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Mastodon

Recently, I’ve registered for Mastodon. I got intrigued about it when a friend, Karen, mentioned about it.

For those who are not aware, Mastodon is the new social networking site that rocked the Internet for these past half month. But what’s different about Mastodon is that Mastodon is open-source. It means that the code is available for everyone to use, and people can make their own Mastodon servers as alternative platforms, which are called “instances.”

Like Twitter, you can post statuses/messages and pictures in Mastodon. But instead of 140, Mastodon’s character limit is 500. And a feature that I love most, the “CW” or Content Warning, for spoilers, NSFWs and stuff.

Another great thing I found interesting about Mastodon is that you can interact with people even when they’re from different servers. There’s a “Local timeline” where you can find the toots (or posts) of people in the same server as you, and a “Federated timeline” where you can see toots from across all of the Mastodon instances.

If you’re tired of spammers, troll, and bullshit from Twitter, you might wanna try being on Mastodon.

Though I’m mostly a lurker, my Mastodon handle name is @euri@darksocial.party, if you’re looking for me. I hang out here often because Twitter is blocked from the office and people on Mastodon are the most interesting bunch.

If you’re on Mastodon too, send me a toot!

PS: The Mastodon mascot is super cute! 😍

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Firebase as Image Host

Google Drive announced last year that it will be deprecating the web hosting feature by August 31, 2016. That’s a few days from now. It means that the once very useful URL, googledrive.com/host/[id], will cease to exist. And it also means that I’ll lose my blog’s image host. 🙁

As you may remember, sometime ago, I decided to move my blog’s images to a Google Drive for several reasons – it’s easier to manage the images, and it’s less likely to lose the images from jumping from one hosts ti another, since it’s in a cloud storage. So now that GD is shutting down the web hosting feature, I wont have anyway to hotlink to my images. But the other day, as I received an email reminder of the same content from the Google Apps Team, I read somewhere there about Firebase Hosting.

So I went and checked around Firebase. Firebase is a cloud service provider that software developers can use to create their web applications to. In short, it’s like Google App Engine, but better. I tried playing around with it yesterday morning before I went to sleep. It’s pretty straightforward and easy to use.

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CDN

I was thinking of moving all my site files to a CDN for a while now and was researching a bit. The best ones I’ve tried were DropboxGoogle App Engine and Google Drive. So I’ve been playing around them lately, on the rare occasions that I get free time.

I noticed that Dropbox has smaller limit compared to GAE and GD for bandwidth so I dropped it. Besides, I’m already using my Dropbox for personal files and I’m almost at my space limit too.

So between GAE and GD, I’m opting to use GD instead because:

  1. Configuring is easier using GD. You needed to have at least basic background in Python to actually make something work in GAE. Although I’ve managed to make it work somehow, comes reason #2.
  2. GD is more accessible. You can simply use the browser to access, upload, etc. your files. Heck, you can even use an image editor directly from GD.
  3. There are practically no file limit for GD (actually, there’s a 1 TB limit but a CSS or Js file that’s 1 TB large is insane) while GAE has a 1 MB limit per file.
  4. There’s a bandwidth limit of 1 Gb incoming and  1Gb outgoing that refreshes everyday for GAE, but GD is pretty much unlimited as long as it doesn’t reach too much, like millions.
So. GD is the clear choice. It’s actually very easy to move my files, it just takes a lot of time because you might not notice, but my site is really huge. And my collections of random things is also huge. XD
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Aspire by InfoCreek

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I’ve always loved this theme by InfoCreek. I’ve been using this theme for my blogger blog and my roleplay blog for years. Back then, it could be found all over the net. But when blogger updated, the theme broke and the creator of the theme went missing. I’ve been finding a replacement XML code for the same theme, but I couldn’t find one that’s actually working. The only one I found was the original theme being redistributed by BTemplates.com. So I decided to use that theme and fixed the parts that were broken and uploaded the missing images to my Picasa albums. Just in case anyone out there would be interested, I share the theme I re-coded for download here.

Download Aspire theme:

  • using default Blogger comments
  • using Disqus (you would need to change something here before uploading the template – see below)

Using Disqus

Unzip and open the XML template in an editor like notepad and look for this line:

var disqus_shortname = 'EXAMPLE'; // required: replace example with your forum shortname

Just replace “EXAMPLE” to the Disqus shortname you created, save it and that’s it!

Change Logs

2013.09.27

  • Added “Read more…”
  • Added quick edit buttons below each posts.

2013.10.22

  • Added Blogger pages to right sidebar.
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Period and Health Calendars

I’ve been trying different period and health calendars for months to find the perfect one that would suit my taste. And finally, after several apps, I found the Period Calendar / Tracker app.

Here’s how it looks like:

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Every other period and health calendars, has the same basic functions. There’s a calendar (duh) where you can mark the start and end dates of your period. You can also add notes to it and other marks like if you’re taking pills, symptoms you feel, mood, weight, etc. It also has charts and graphs. Most people probably just use it as a health calendar more than a period tracker. Most of them have backup features too, where you can backup your calendars just in case. Usually, they’re local, cloud storage or email.

The thing I love most about Period Calendar / Tracker is it’s design. It is straight-forward, simple, clean-looking and that it has cute icons. You can also mark it when you’re pregnant, but I haven’t tried that one. Also, recently, aside from the usual backup options, they added a new Dropbox backup feature. You can upload your calendar backups to Dropbox in a single click, which is a super plus for me because I’m an unconditional lover of Dropbox.

Other calendars I’ve tried are:

WomanLog Calendar – I’ve been using this for months before I found Period Calendar / Tracker. Feature-wise, it’s one of the best period and health calendar apps. However, personally, I just find the design too busy. There’s also added features for the pro version, on which, I haven’t tried. They also have one for pregnancy, both free and pro versions.

LoveCycles Menstrual Calendar – This one is really cute. I love the theme. It’s so simple that I fell in love with it and uses it for a while. The design is really easy on the eyes and the icons are cute too. It doesn’t have graphs, however. The thing that made me changed my mind about it is that it doesn’t work well with a tablet.

Menstrual Cycle – Woman Log  and My Cycles Period and Ovulation are just the same with the WomanLog Calendar.

You can try them out and see which ones best suit your taste. They’re all basically the same, with a few added features here and there. But for me, it all came down with the simplicity and the design of the calendar.

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