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downloading folders from google drive.

I wanted to download some course material on RL shared by the author via Google drive using the command line.  I got a bunch of stuff using wget a folder in google drive was a challenge. I looked it up in SO which gave me a hint but no solution. I installed gdown using pip and then used: gdown --folder --continue if there are more than 50 files you need to use --remaining-ok and only get the first 50. In such a case its best to download using the folder using the UI and decompress locally. Decompressing from the command line created errors related to unicode but using the mac UI I decompressed without a glitch.

When one size can't fit all - UI/UX breakpoints

What are UI/UX breakpoints? Breakpoints in a user experience of user interface design are the width specifications at which layouts change to accommodate larger screens with different layouts on various devices and orientation. Breakpoints are used with column based design drawn from a grid system. In the real world, for example, Android devices highly fragmented screen sizes implies that a single  design's functionality will be challenged to conform with so many different sizes. Breakpoints essentially simplify the work by grouping many devices together. Within each bucket, a design will have to scale to adjust. But between breakpoints, there may be more radical changes in the interface's functionality. Infographic for breakpoint from Google's material design site One best practice of design involves the use of grids. A notable reference is Josef Müller-Brockmann's  book " Grid Systems in Graphic Design ". This has found itself into web design th

Wikimania 2016

Wikimania Goes Outdoors  (please never again) Thanks to the kind support of Wikimedia Israel, I attended Wikimania 2016 in the alpine village of  Esino Lario located in the Lombardy region of northen Italy. I was also able to attend the Hackathon event.  Compared to other Wikimedia conferences which I have attended this was a challenging event. The Wikimedia foundation has undergone a management crisis with the result of staff leaving in droves. For this Wikimania, the number of scholarships for staff has been restricted so attendance by staff developers was much less with many development teams not being represented.  This has had two outcomes one is that it is unclear what is being developed by WMF these days but the upside is that community projects and developers got more emphasis. The Kiwix Ecosystem Kiwix - the offline wikipedia reader Two such projects are Kiwix and the " community wishlist ". Kiwix is the brainchild of  Emmanuel Engelhart (User:Kelso

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