2014-09-05

Create a Time-Lapse Video in Linux using OpenShot


Before I start this tutorial, I want to make one thing clear: I do NOT recommend you use OpenShot to make a time-lapse video. It is certainly possible, but far too buggy in my opinion. I have done another tutorial documenting how to do the same thing using Kdenlive, and it is MUCH easier to do. You can view that tutorial here.

Create a Time-Lapse Video in Linux (or Mac) using Kdenlive


Time-lapse is a fun thing to do. Whether looking at clouds, plants, or in my case, cooking food, time-lapse is a way to make things a bit more exciting. Fortunately, it is quite easy to do in Linux.

2014-09-04

SecuriTales (Internet Freedom) Review



Over the past few months, I have been very happy to use SecuriTales service to bypass "The Great Firewall of China." SecuriTales is unique in the fact that unlike a VPN or Proxy, you don't have to install or configure anything on your computer.

SecuriTales is super simple and just works.

2014-08-23

How to install Freegate in Linux using PlayOnLinux


I have already talked about how much I like Freegate. Basically, if you are in China and would like to access Facebook or Youtube (for free) then you should be using Freegate.

In the past I have used Wine in Linux to install Freegate, but lately I have been having problems installing it. Today I decided to install Freegate using PlayOnLinux (which to be clear is still using Wine) and was very pleased with how easy it was and how well it works. I had a bit of trial and error but have documented all of the steps below so you don't have to struggle like I did. (Note, I used PlayOnLinux version 4.2.4)


2014-05-05

VPN Review - VyprVPN


Vyprvpn is unique from other VPN services in that they have their own in house protocol created by their developers that allows users to defeat VPN Blocking via Deep Packet Inspection. You can read more about their "Chameleon" protocol here. This is especially useful for users in China or other countries where websites (and VPN services) are heavily monitored by the government.

2014-05-01

The Best Free VPN and Proxy Services


While almost all VPN and proxy services have a fee, there are some ways to use a VPN or proxy for free. Warning to the wise: these are still companies who need to make money somehow. Some depend on donations while some (or all) may make money selling your browsing information. I am not saying this is the case, but I am saying you should certainly exercise caution.

How to make powdered sugar using your blender and granulated sugar.


Well. That is basically all there is to it. Add granulated sugar to a blender, blend it up, and you get powdered sugar.

2014-04-01

Homestarrunner is back!


After more than three years, Homestarrunner.com has finally updated with a new toon!

2014-03-17

Freegate Logo (Free proxy for Windows, Linux, and Mac)


Freegate is a free proxy that can be used in China to bypass the "Great Firewall of China." I use this software in Linux using Wine. Because I can only use it in Wine, when I add the icon to the toolbar, it shows up as gears and I must manually select an icon. Doing a simple Google search for "Freegate logo" brings up some less than stellar results. So I decided to make my own logo (so hopefully next time when I do a Google search, I can at least find this logo).

Below are the icons I created if you would like to use them. I created them in Inkscape, and included the SVG (Inkscape) file here as well.

2014-03-16

How to make your ownCloud server sync 5-10 times faster



I have been running my ownCloud server for just over a week, and for the life of me I could not figure out why on earth my syncing speeds were so slow. Here is the answer:

Don't use a SQLite database, USE MySQL.

Sorry for the use of caps and bold, but I just wish that someone had mentioned that before I set it up. If you have already set up ownCloud and are using a MySQL database, you can now commence your laughter and finger pointing at my naïvety and move on. If however, you have not yet set up ownCloud, it might be worth your while to read on.

2014-03-13

VPN Review - IPVanish


IPVanish is a multi-award winning VPN service with hundreds of servers throughout the world. IPVanish offers all of the standard features of your typical VPN service provider, but offers greater speed, selection, and reliability than most others. IPVanish has their own Tier-1 network to enable the fastest speeds on the market. If you are looking for something reliable and fast with no hassle, look no further than IPVanish.

2014-03-10

How to use Bitcoin to transfer money from one country to another while making money (China to USA)



Ever since I have lived in China, I have been looking for an "easy" way to transfer money from China to the US. I also have been looking for a way to do this without paying excessive transfer fees, conversion fees, or withdrawal fees. This month, I found out how. Not only am I not paying fees, but I ended up having about $600 MORE just by transferring the money.

2014-02-19

How to make pancakes from scratch the lazy (and delicious) way



Because I live in China, I cannot go to the supermarket and buy a pancake mix so I have to make it from scratch. After using various recipes for the past few years, I decided that I would make my own recipe that was easier to make, remember, uses fewer cooking tools, and tastes delicious!

2014-02-13

Happy 2014 Valentines Day!


Here are my valentines for the year 2014. I hope everyone has a fantastic Valentines Day!

You can view all of my past valentines here, or go to my tutorial here for how to make these.

2014-01-20

VPN Review - PureVPN


If you want a no-hassle, easy to use VPN client, then PureVPN is the way to go! PureVPN makes using a VPN so simple that you often might forget you are using a VPN at all. With more than 40 servers all over the world, you are certain to find a location that works fast and consistent no matter where you are.

2014-01-17

Shutter - The best screenshot software for Linux.

If you need a screenshot app that simply takes a screenshot and nothing else, the default screenshot app is fine (Ksnapshot for KDE and Gnome-screenshot for Gnome). If however you need to do ANY sort of editing to your screenshot, then you will need a program with more features. Shutter is that program.

Best free VPN Android apps for getting past "The Great Firewall of China."


VPN for Android (free)
If you are an expat living in China, you probably are not able to function normally for too long before you start using a VPN. Here is a list of some of the better free VPN Android apps.

VPN Review - SaferVPN


SaferVPN writes 100% of their own VPN server software. This sets SaferVPN apart from other VPN services in that their proprietary VPN protocols are modified to overcome some of the common problems associated with getting past "The Great Firewall of China." Because of this, not only is SaferVPN a great solution for anyone needing safe, fast, and secure internet, SaferVPN is especially beneficial for users in China. SaferVPN manages their own network and hardware which gives the users ultra fast VPN speeds.

2013-12-04

Prevent your laptop computer from overheating with this one simple tip.



The easiest way to prevent your computer from overheating is by simply keeping the fan free from dust. You can blow out a lot of the dust by using a can of compressed air. Think it can't be that simple? Think I am full of it? Read on.

2013-11-15

Tip of The Day - When copying and pasting to the web, don't use MS Word


Suppose you are writing a blog post that you want to upload to Blogger or Wordpress. Maybe you are just writing a long email to a friend and want to copy and paste it and send it has an email.

You should avoid copying and pasting from MS word; here is why: as you can see in the screenshot above, using MS Word (or some other Word Processors) adds unnecessary coding, which can often be problematic and cause headache down the road when you want specific formatting.

A simple way to avoid this is simply to copy and paste into a text editor such as Notepad++. Once you have pasted into Notepad++ the formatting is gone with the extra coding. Now you can copy and paste your text without having to worry about bloated code from MS word.