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digital-ocean vps

Digital Ocean Review : Cheap and Best SSD VPS Hosting!

Digital Ocean is a new VPS company which has gained a lot of popularity in a very small time span (recently, it crossed the 400k+ servers).

Current Promo Code : DODROPLET for $10 credit (worth two months of free hosting).

digital-ocean vps

Well, there are lots of VPS providers, what makes Digital Ocean so awesome ? I’ve been using Digital Ocean for around 5 months (for my web applications/Ruby on Rails Apps, e.g one is PC Builder) and here are few reasons – why Digital Ocean is one of the best VPS provider.

Why Digital Ocean is Awesome ?

  1. Very affordable price (plan starts at $5/month)
  2. Offers more than its competitors – 512MB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1TB Bandwidth, Automated Backups/Snapshots – all at $5/mo
  3. Easy to launch/manage servers with its nice Dashboard
  4. Great customer support (the average response time for a support ticket is less than 15 minutes – vow!!)
  5. Advanced Features, easy to use APIs (for managing servers, you don’t have to login to their control panel)
  6. Even if you’re a noob, you can easily learn all stuffs, they have awesome tutorials available in DO Community
  7. it’s a reliable company, backed by awesome team in NYC, they are not going anywhere.
  8. Login to your servers via ssh and you Have full control over your VPS
  9. Zero Downtime -If you use Digital Ocean, your servers are up no matter what. (In past 5 months, I never faced even a single downtime)
  10. Create backups easily using snapshots or automated backup feature. (creating manual snapshot is free but automated backup costs a little). You can also spin up new servers (in minutes) using your snapshots.

Hosting Plans available at Digital Ocean

If you’re starting out, the starting plan @ $5/month would work fine. You get 512MB RAM, 20GB SSD, 1TB Bandwidth. They also bills on Hourly basis, you can use either monthly or hourly plan – depending on your need. Another plan is $10/mo – for which you get 1GB RAM, 30GB SSD and 2TB data transfer, and so on.

checkout their website for larger plans

So, what are you waiting for ? 

Whether you want to Deploy a Web Applications (Ruby On Rails, Django, node.js etc) or a Blog or simple website – Digital Ocean would work great. You can get started now – (no credit card is required! try test mode)

Get a VPS at Digital Ocean

Current Promo Code : DODROPLET for $10 credit (worth two months of free hosting).

Update! Now, they’ve updated the dashboard and added few more features like Resource usage graph, new data center location for servers (also in asia region) and so. Added a promo code. Also added a video.

blogilo in Ubuntu 11.10

Best Blogging Client for Ubuntu/Linux

If you are one of the bloggers who publishes articles too frequently then publishing directly from desktop in a few clicks may be easier than publishing from the web interface (although Web interface has evolved into lot better now a days and most of the desktop blogging client lacks even basic features, except Windows Live Writer (but we can’t change Operating System just for Live writer :) )).

On Ubuntu or other Linux distributions such as Linux Mint, Fedora, PCLinuxOS, OpenSuse etc, There are few desktop blogging softwares are available for blogging that supports Blogger, Live Journal, wordpress, wordpress (self hosted or called as Movable Type), Tumblr, Posterous etc but none of them are even little closer to Live Writer. In this post you will learn about Two great software – one a KDE blogging client called as Blogilo and the other one is ScribeFire, a plugin for Firefox, Chrome and Opera.

Blogilo : Blogging Client for Ubuntu (11.10/12.04)

blogilo in Ubuntu 11.10

Blogilo is a KDE blogging client, it works well with Gnome 3 or other Desktops. It is the most advanced blogging software in Ubuntu. it is very easy to use and supports a lot of blogging platform.

Important features of Blogilo

  • Post Preview (you can also preview in blog style – for some reason it wasn’t working for me (probably due to caching) but give it a try)
  • a good visual editor
  • Insert image from your computer or remote location (although drag ‘n’ drop style is not supported)
  • HTML editor
  • Post categories (although creating new categories is not supported right now)
  • local draft (that you can write even you’re offline)
  • permalink customization options
  • post tagging
  • time stamp modification
  • auto save (default is 5 minutes but you change it under settings)

How to install Blogilo in Ubuntu

Open terminal (Ctrl+Alt+t) and execute –

sudo apt-get install blogilo

Publishing an article with Blogilo

adding a blog in Blogilo

#1 : It’s quite simple, go to Settings -> Configure Blogs -> Blogs -> Add

#2 : Then specify the URL (address of your blog), enter the login details (username and password) and click on Auto-Configure button.

#3 : Click on New Post icon, write post and when you’re done – hit the submit button. That’s All, check out the new entry in your blog!

ScribeFire : Blogging Add on

scribefire-screenshot on Chrome (Ubuntu 11.10)

ScribeFire is a very simple and easy to use blogging tool – available as a plugin for all modern Web Browsers such as Firefox, Chrome, Opera etc. ScribeFire has a lot of cool features – including the most basic features – tagging, categories (creating new categories is also supported), Excerpt, Custom Fields, WYSIWYG editor etc. Some advanced features – including Zamanta Integration (which will allow you to get relevant meta data – such as images from Wikipedia, Flickr etc, for the posts; and it’s free), Markdown support etc. Initially it was available – only for Firefox but from its vs 4.0, it’s available for all popular browsers, and so it is platform independent!

Install ScribeFire in Ubuntu

Go to http://www.scribefire.com and click on Install Button (it should automatically detect your browser, otherwise click on individual links give below for each browser)

newtwork-connections

How to Setup Mobile Broadband in Linux Mint 12 / Ubuntu 11.10

Slow Mobile broadband connection is not something a typical Linux user wants but in some case when no other options (cable broadband or 3G) are available it’s really useful. The average speed depends on your location, provider, signal strength and so many things; in india, it’s around 50-150 kbps (Now you may guess, why I’ve published very few articles in past three weeks, yeah! You’re right!). So in past three weeks, I tried a couple of mobile broadbands – first MTS Data Card, then Micromax modem with Airtel (better than MTS data card).

Anyway, this post is written for those who wants to set up such mobile broadband connection with Linux Mint 12 or similar Linux distributions such as Ubuntu 11.10. Most of the providers such as MTS, Micromax etc comes with an auto installer program for Windows (as you insert the modem in USB port, it gets recognized and the set up process begins.. and will complete in very simple steps) but unfortunately they do not provide such application for Linux based distributions such as Linux Mint 12 or Ubuntu 11.10 or Fedora etc.

Setting Up MTS Data Card In Linux Mint / Ubuntu

newtwork-connections

step 1 : Open Network Connections (search in Applications Menu) and click on Mobile Broadband tab then on Add button.

step2 : Then complete the setup process in few simple sub steps –

select-mobile-broadband-device

First, Choose the mobile broadband device –

Then, Choose Provider Country –

choose-provider-country

Next, Select your network provider (e.g Airtel, MTS etc for India)

select-provider

Now, you may get additional option such as Choose your billing plan (if your plan wasn’t listed in previous steps) otherwise your will be directly jumped to final step – to confirm and Apply the settings.

apply-settings

That’s All! If you’re having some problem then you can manually edit the connection parameters such as Authentication Protocols (e.g CHAP), Username, Password etc.

change-settings

Finally, on a successfully setup, the network icon will appear in top panel (near right corner) like this –

active-network-icon

That’s All. If you’re using some other Mobile broadband provider then select that while following the installation instructions. Process is same – not only across different network providers but also across Linux distributions similar to Linux Mint e.g Ubuntu, Fedora, Kubuntu, etc. Have Fun! :)

opera snapshot in ubuntu 11.10

How to install Opera in Ubuntu 11.10

Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) users got Firefox installed by default – which is pretty good for browsing. If you’re not happy then there install Google Chrome or Chromium, you will be browsing seamlessly without any problem. But in the case, if you want to try any other browser in Ubuntu 11.10, then probably you are looking for Opera. Opera has already been dominating the mobile browsing market, although it’s not so popular in desktop market (it’s probably the 4th most popular browser in desktop market) but it’s a pretty good browser; well, it also support modern good stuffs (HTML5, CSS3, etc) you don’t want to miss.

Opera have a lot of cool features including tabbed browsing, mouse gesture, page zooming and a well integrated download manager (super cool!). Opera is also known as the origin of a lot of cool features that every browsers adapted later. Opera is available for a lot of platforms  – GNU/Linux, FreeBSD, Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X.

opera snapshot in ubuntu 11.10
Opera with Ubuntu 11.10

Opera for Ubuntu/Linux Mint

The latest version of opera – 11.60 released in the first week of the Dec 2011. For Debian based linux distributions, such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint – download the *.deb package and install it either with Ubuntu Software Center or gdebi Package Installer.

Install Opera in Ubuntu 11.10 (or Linux Mint 12 or other Debian based distro)

downloading-opera

#1. Download the debian package from the official website. (it should automatically detect your OS and the required package, if not, then follow the snapshot before hitting the download button)

Download Opera Browser

installing-opera-ubuntu

#2. Then open the download file (something like this : opera_11.60_i386.deb) with Ubuntu Software Center (If you’re using Linux Mint then open it with gdebi package installer), click on install to continue and wait for the installation to complete.

#3. That’s All, no you can find it in Applications – >Internet. Happy Browsing :)

Chrome 14 released

Best Browser for Ubuntu 11.04

Ubuntu 11.04 (code named as Natty Narwhal) is the latest version (Released few months ago) from the Canonical. This post is aimed to choose the best browser among the current web browsers available for Ubuntu 11.04. Ubuntu users typically use – Firefox (It’s installed by default on all versions of Ubuntu), Google Chrome, Opera, Chromium (almost similar to Chrome) for their common tasks such as – surfing, web Apps, web development etc.

So I’m going to help you in finding the best web browser for you (of course on Ubuntu platform it may vary on other Operating systems such as Windows or Mac OS X), based on your tasks and the way use it. The one simple truth is that – what is best for you? depends on a lot of other factors rather than few generic factors (that we will discuss here) so you can only decide the actual best stuffs for you and it’s not only with the browser but anything in your Life.

Best Web Browser for Surfing : Google Chrome

Google Chrome (Latest stable version is Chrome 12 ) is the best web browser but why ? Ok.. here are some points which makes Chrome a great web browser for internet surfers.

Chrome - The best Browser for Ubuntu

Why Google Chrome is Best for web surfing ?

  1. Chrome is the fastest web browser on Ubuntu.
  2. You can enjoy heavy surfing with a bunch of tab/windows open simultaneously (If you will do the same thing in other browser such as Firefox – then you will be pissed off).
  3. Chrome is the most stable browser on Ubuntu.
  4. It’s secure, in fact security has been the first preference in Google Chrome.
  5. It has a lot of useful and innovative features e.g Sync will store all your bookmarks in Google Cloud, you can access (go to Google Docs) and synchronize (just enter the Google Account login details) bookmarks, Themes, Password, Extensions, Apps etc. anywhere from this planet (I mean Earth, got it?).
  6. It supports modern web (web 2.0) standards and technology (such as HTML 5, CSS 3, OpenGL … ), so we can enjoy the next generation features and sites easily with Chrome.

Get Google Chrome for Ubuntu

Download Latest version of Google Chrome

Best Web Browser for Web Development : Mozilla Firefox

Firefox comes by default on Linux based distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora etc and Firefox is a very popular web browser but it has having hard time on Linux platform. Firefox rocks on Windows but if we compare the same version on Ubuntu, you might say that – it’s horrible. Despite of providing poor performance on GNU/Linux, Firefox is very extensible. A lot of exclusive plugins available for Firefox users makes it very popular among web developers. The latest version Firefox 5 is available now for Ubuntu 10.10/11.04 users.