We have moved our sites to a better server. Migrating to an un-managed private server is quite an experience, but you get to play with Linux distro of your choice and learn a lot in the process. Plus, you get freedom, root access, and can make partitions, clone the system, can build OS & webserver of your choice from scratch. Although WordPress doesnt need a lot of freedom or root access, simple LAMP stack with mod_rewrite enabled apache would be adequate. I chose Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS & Apache 2.2. I must admit that complexity or freedom was not the reason for this move. I’ve few complex wordpress sites running with multisite or buddypress/bbpress setup; & they’ve been running without trouble on shared hosting.
Linode Private Server, Japan datacenter
You should see significant performance improvement on our sites network now. I have been thinking of Amazon web services (AWS) & MediaTemple’s (+ve) hosting for couple of years. But then I found a better service & suitable servers. Name is Linode
. Their servers are located all across the US, one in the UK & one in Japan. You get a choice of 6 locations & build your own CDN, setup load-balancing & make a highly scalable setup. You can increase RAM, disc space with a click of a button & get charged on a hourly basis. They’ve been doing cloud before cloud 😉 enough said.
One of the best productivity hack, I’m fond of is rotating the widescreen monitor into portrait mode.
I highly recommend this on your workstation/ production computer. For media consumption such as watching movies, pictures etc widescreen horizontal display is suited. But if you use the computer for work and content creation (blogs, forums, word, excel, emails/outlook etc) portrait mode would benefit you a lot. Just try it on your regular monitor and see the difference. Let me know about your experience. At first it may be bit awkward but later, I’m sure you’ll find increase in productivity. 🙂
Portrait mode of monitors
Buying Dell’s (swivel, tilt, & pivot/rotation enabled) ultrasharp monitors has been in my wishlist
for years. But c’mon! It’s twice the price of regular LCD widescreen. So if you dont want to shell out extra for the flexible stand, you can literally rotate your monitor by 90 deg.
Recently we’ve seen boom for non-traditional courses. Degrees/certificate courses other than stereotypical- BA, BCom, BSc or mainstream professional courses like law (LLB), CA, medical science (MBBS), engineering (BE, BTech) etc.
Times Career, a weekly supplement of Maharashtra Times -leading Marathi newspaper has published booklet (or series of e-books?) for job-oriented courses. These are non-traditional courses which have gained lot of popularity and has generated job opportunities. Or I can it was other way around. First there was demand for such courses, later it’s been fulfilled. Career oriented courses have not only given choice to 12th pass, 10th pass students but also provided head-start when they graduate and enter in job market.
Click here to get list of all guides and direct download link. Please note that the guides are in Marathi language
These pdf/e-books are in Marathi language
There’re few miscellaneous documents covering soft skills and general tips to ace in career you can get it if you download entire collection (mentioned in Part-I)
Note that I do not reserve rights to these e-books. The links for these soft copies only made available for the benefit of reader with no commercial or vested interest. They are written by Times group’s education division in collaboration with few institutes related to these programmes.