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Been busy and Lazy in Year 2016

Hey Bloggy

Just now I realised that it has been nearly a year now since I blogged. I have been so lazy and busy off-roading on weekend and really didn’t find time to blog. I feel really bad that one year has fully gone without blogging. Inshallah I will make sure that I will start blogging regularly from now on.

This my new beast which keeps me busy during the weekend..

And now I have big second family 🙂

I hope everyone I knew had a great and wonderful year 2016 and I wish everyone a very happy and successful new year 2017..

sayonara..

Blog Update Year 2014

For really long time I have not updated the blog, mostly I been busy with other activities and really lazy. There were not much updates this year as I was majorly focusing with the new job and responsibilities.

I have few updates coming soon related to OBD port, photography and electronics stuff. This update is just to break the silence. Below is a picture of my cat “Pixel”

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Easy, Cheap and Robust Cloud Hosting Solution from Digital Ocean

For the past couple of years I have been hosting with Hostgator. I was a happy customer until the acquisition by EIG. In the past 2 months my blog was down for almost two days. I really wanted another cheap and best solution for hosting my website. Another thing is the response time has gone so bad over the months. When you goto their website for support you have to wait for 30 to 45 minutes for the technical guy to come up say something. So I decided to part away from hostgator for bad service and being very expensive.

Last week my friend Ambarish recommended a new cloud based hosting service from DigitalOcean. First I was very sceptical about this cloud as I tried hosting my site with same configuration on Amazon Cloud and did not get good result. But I though let me give a try. So I migrated my blog and did a test run for couple of days and I am pretty happy with it.

Some of the best features I like about DigitalOcean

  • Very easy to create an instance. (Droplets)
  • You have very good list of configuration to choose for the instance
  • The instance can be loaded at 6 different location. I choose Amsterdam as I wanted my instance to be high all the time 😉
  • You can boot the instance from variety of images
    • Fresh Linux Distributions
    • Pre build Linux Distributions with custom application like WordPress, LAMP, Ruby, GitLab etc
    • Your own custom images
    • Your existing backup images
    • Even from recently destroyed images
  • Automated Snapshot backup etc.

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The journey with DigitalOcean has been really good. Will be updating more on how to related to DigitalOcean and some stats in a months time. They are giving away 10$ credit for every referral I make. Please click on the banners in this blog post if you wish to get a new account. You will be supporting me on my hosting cost for this blog 😉

WordPress S3 plugin updated to 1.1 Alpha

Past couple of days I have been focusing hard to optimize my blog. Related to this I have been working on the next version of s3 plugin.

This version supports the following

  • Uploads any media file in the blog to a CDN
  • Support for cloudfront
  • Expire headers
  • Support for CSS and JS compression
  • Dynamic Cache prefix

Other developers can use this plugin to upload the files to s3 for example

1. This will scan the given content for images belonging to same domain. And will schedule the images for s3 upload. If the upload is done it will replace them in the text.

2. Advanced if you are control freak like me you would like to get more options.

If you are interested in testing please download the wp-s3 1.1 Alpha or checkout from wp-s3 plugin repository trunk.

And another happy new is my blog got a descent page speed score with this plugin update 😉

Note: Please not this plugin is in alpha stages. Please test this on local test environment before testing it on production sites.

Breaking the silence after a long time.

It has been a while since I wrote anything on the blog. I don’t want to give any excuse as it was mostly being lazy. After a while I started to get a feeling what to blog and I was really running out of topics. Yesterday I got an email from WordPress team that their new version 3.0 is out. This gave me a reason to goto my blog and start updating the software. As usual the upgrade was smooth as silk and everything worked spot on. I even upgraded my plugins and themes so everything works fine. All my plugins except organizer is working fine in the latest wordpress 3.0

Apart from that I was busy past month updating iPhone app Naviflix. The new version is already submitted to the app store. Once it is approved I will share some the hurdles I crossed while development.

Some of my friends requested me to write a plugin which helps to move the media files in their blog to Amazon S3. I have written a simple plugin and once I get the space in wordpress subversion I will be posting more details about the same. I have uploaded my niece Afifa picture below.

If my plugin is working fine it should be serving the image from the S3 cdn.

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