Sunday, June 12, 2016

Chairman Mao (4)

Pickled radish with chilli
Hunan style fried rice
Stir fried julienne potato with vinegar and chilli
Xiang Quan / fine spirit from Hunan Province

Thursday, June 02, 2016

Tools and frameworks for building responsive websites 2016

Until recently I used Blogger exclusively for my webs since throwing in the design towel back in 2006. Blogger has lots of templates and flexibility to customise site design. It is CMS based, user maintainable without the need for web geeks. Best of all the sites are alive, and changes propagate to people who subscribe to feeds. The thing that bugs me is that edits do not seem to propagate automatically to RSS, so you need to ping feedburner after edits.  Other tools on the box ticking list include: analytics, webmaster tools, and domains from enom.

notes for subsequent web serves only:
  1. setup vm instance
  2. connect to remote folder sftp://b...l@10...2 and copy files
  3. sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install apache2
  4. run copy script sudo sh
[ note2self: sudo nano /etc/apache2/apache2.conf sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 restart]

In the last few weeks one thing lead to another and I got into Google Cloud Platform. Before 2006, like a lot of web geeks, I dabbled in LAMP based web servers, building machines from bare metal upwards. The years between 2006 and 2016 were my server capability gap years. Now with GCP I got my server powers back, in the cloud / via Google / better than ever.

After playing around with your first hand carved GCP website based on basic HTML, it is not long until the first client wants a site built. It is at that point that recent whispers from your peers start to echo in your head -- responsive, responsive, responsive. In about a day or two you do a bit of research, and get elbow deep in responsive frameworks. Read about skeleton, google web fundamentals, mdl, and codepen.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Choosing a koganmobile plan

Recently Kogan Mobile started to offer a great variety of plans. They all have unlimited calls and sms (except for the standalone data pack) with differences in monthly data allowances. The general idea is that the more you pay up front, the better the value that you get.

It can be difficult to figure out which has the best value for you. My monthly usage is about 1.5GB. Here is a chart with what I believe looks like a good balance of spend commitment and value showing in cyan.