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The Chinese Great Firewall Starts to Crack Down on VPN Connections

Well, I'm not very surprised about this one. For those that have been to China, you probably know that most of the websites you use on a day to day basis in the US are either BLOCKED completely by the Chinese government or blocked occasionally (whenever the Chinese government feels the need). So sites like Youtube, Facebook, Google Docs, Gmail. Pretty much all the sites we love and enjoy are blocked by the Chinese government. Read more »


iherb.com - The Best Online Vitamin, Supplement, and Organic Foods Store!!

Use this discount code for first time users: DIR792 and get $10 OFF your first purchase at iherb.com in addition to enroll in their rewards program!

I shared one of my favorite online sites a while back, but I thought I would do a quick write up again. About 3 years ago, a friend of mine in Japan, recommended this online supplement and vitamin store, iherb.com. I have been an extremely happy customer for the past 3 years and I would like to share this website with you! You wont be disappointed!


Drupal Web Design Series

I wanted to let everyone know that I am currently working on releasing a Drupal web design series on my Youtube channel. I have been asked by a few people to make video tutorials on how to setup a website using Drupal. I decided I would make a web design series on my Youtube channel and TRY to release a new video each week. Let's see if I can find time to do this.

Here is a link to episode 1 in this Drupal web series.


SitePoint - The SEO Business Guide

I have been a long time fan of SitePoint.com for their fantastic web design and CSS articles. I found myself, more often than not, being directed to Sitepoint.com through my Google results when searching for answers on CSS and web design problems.

I came across this ebook series, that SitePoint has created, called The SEO Business Guide. A friend of mine had recommended it to me so I checked it out. You can even get a few chapters of the book for free. From what I read it was a worth while read. SEO is very important to any web designer these days, if you want a good starting point, have a look at SitePoints SEO guide book.

 

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Cloudon Ipad App - Microsoft Office on your Ipad AND for FREE!

I just stumbled upon an awesome free ipad app called Cloudon. It's basically an app that allows you to use Cloudon's virtually served Office client and it's all free! The only catch is you need a internet connection.

Check out this awesome article here: http://www.wired.com/cloudline/2012/04/cloudon/

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Article about Dalian and Fashion

Here is a link to an article about Dalian, China an up and coming fashion hub. I was contacted at Fashion Asia to provide some information about the fashion scene there and I am quoted in this article. Check it out...http://gochina.scmp.com/dalian/business/dalian-fashionable-city


Dalian Fashion

A cool little article on fashion in Dalian, China in which I am quoted. Check it out here: http://gochina.scmp.com/dalian/business/dalian-fashionable-city.

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Backing up your Iphone App saved game/app data

If you have multiple iOS devices, you may run into a problem of transferring apps to other devices and keeping the saved data in that game or application. A good example of this is a app called My Japanese Coach which I use from time to time. Well, I sure as heck don't want to have to go from lesson 1 all the way through lesson X to get back to where I left off. If you redownload this app from the app store you will be left with a blank slate and will have to start the game over from the beginning. Luckily there is a way to avoid this. You will want to download a software called iExplorer.

Available here:
iExplorer - http://www.macroplant.com/iexplorer/ Read more »


How to Tar a folder in Linux

Tar is a useful application to archive your folders/files to save for later, or to make a backup. Here are the commands you need to know how to Tar.

# tar -cvzf archive-name-you-want-to-use /rootofyour/folder/locationyouwanttoarchive

To untar this file you would use this command:

# tar -xvzf tar-filename.tar.gz

That's all you gotta do!

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Preparing a Ubuntu (or other distro) Web Server for Drupal

So I recently created a VMware application with Ubuntu to test some of my Drupal sites offline. You can easily install Ubuntu by downloading one of their Images, I recommend 8.04.4 LTS (Hardy Heron) as it comes with Php 5.2. Anything after Hardy Heron comes with PHP 5.3 which causes issues with Drupal 6. If you are using Drupal 7 or newer, than it probably wont matter. But as most of us our probably on Drupal 6, I thought I would mention this.

So just download the server version and run through the installation. It's pretty straitforward and at one point it will ask if you want to install optional services. Install the LAMP, OpenSSH, and anything else you will want. Now you should have a running server with a basic LAMP install running. You will want to edit a few things so that it plays nicely with Drupal.

Drupal uses a bit of memory, so let's increase this first. Edit your php.ini and my.cnf files.

# nano /etc/mysql/my.cnf

Search for max_allowed_packet, there will be two occurrences, increase the limit to whatever you see fit, I push mine to 128M.

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