Free Domain Names and Web Hosting Accounts – Without any Catches

- September 19, 2017

When I had a problem finding out why an error page kept coming up on my web server, I looked for alternatives. I found a place that gives away free domain names. The TLDs aren’t the best, but they work.

I had already found a free web hosting service. One that isn’t interested in converting a free account to a premium account. They rely on donations.  (more…)

Loofah or Luffa, it’s the Scrubbing Sponge made from a Fruit

- September 19, 2017

I heard a daughter-in-law, Diann, use the word “loofah” once when referring to a plastic mesh scrubbing sponge. That was years ago and I forgot about it. Until today.

It turns out that the plastic mesh scrubbing sponge gets its name from the luffa fruit. There’s a plant bearing that fruit in our back yard. The Tagalog (Filipino) word for it is patola and Filipinos eat it before it gets old enough to use for anything else but food.  (more…)

Digital Media Evolution – CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Beyond

- September 18, 2017

Having been born in 1960, I’ve seen both analog and digital media evolving in the marketplace. Younger people can’t seem to appreciate these advances in technology. I’m talking about the people who were born after the 1970s.

Digital media comes in all shapes and styles, but the basic media it’s stored on is very inexpensive.

Expense comes into play when you start adding computers and assorted computer peripherals to the equation.  (more…)

A Power Bank isn’t Necessary but it’s Something Nice for Emergencies

- September 18, 2017

I have a power bank in my possession for the first time. They’ve been around for some years but I never thought about buying one. And I didn’t buy this one.

My daughter-in-law, Cathy, bought a larger power bank and got this extra one for free. A buy-one-get-one deal at Lazada Philippines.

I don’t know if Cathy bought this product instead of others because it was a good deal or because she wanted to give the extra one to me and my wife (Josie). Either way, I have one.  (more…)

Cell Phones and Smartphones in the Philippines – Even the Latest Models

- September 17, 2017

Just like anywhere else in the world, you can see all kinds of mobile phones being used in the Philippines. The mobile phones include everything from the really old-style cell phones (without the colorful screens) to the latest smartphones and everything in between.

The thing that makes me laugh is that many smartphone options are only usable in and around the “downtown” areas of the cities. There are people who will brag about those options in the rural areas, even if they can’t use them. (more…)

This Error Page on Chromium-based Web Browsers does not Make Sense

- September 17, 2017

I need some help. Someone, anyone, please test my comment form. The form processes but I get an error page displaying in my web browser, currently Vivaldi. What’s odd is that the PHP file processes before the error page displays and the comment goes through.

It doesn’t happen with Firefox and some other web browsers I’ve tested. The error page appears with Chromium, Google Chrome and Vivaldi (all Chromium-based), all fresh installations. I can’t test with Safari or Internet Explorer, of course, because I’m using Linux.  (more…)

Native Comments will Return when I Finish the Custom Routines

- September 15, 2017

Native comments are those that become a part of every post or article. The software makes it so. This contrasts with comments from third-party services like Disqus, where the comments load from another source.

Most static websites won’t include a comment section unless they use a third-party service. That’s because they can’t use server-side scripting with whatever host they’re using. I can use everything with my web host, though I choose not to. I can use PHP for form processing even when I choose not to use it for anything else.  (more…)

American Restaurant Franchises in the Philippines

- September 14, 2017

There are American restaurant franchises you can expect to see in the Philippines because they’re in many countries. And then there are also franchises you expect to see in the Philippines, but they’re not here. At least, I haven’t seen them or heard about them being here.

Of course, none of them can compete with the Philippine restaurant franchises when it comes to numbers. Jollibee, Chowking and Greenwich pizza (all belonging to the Jollibee Foods Corporation) are everywhere.  (more…)

Google AMP – Don’t Bother with it if you have a Regular Website

- September 13, 2017

Implementing Google AMP (accelerated mobile pages) is a complete waste of time if you’re not a news organization or a big publisher. I say this based on experience, not something imagined.

There’s one exception: If you convert to a Google AMP only website, you’ll benefit from faster loading speeds. Of course, you’ll then have to deal with all the headaches that come with that transition. The sad part is that it won’t get your web pages any higher up in the search engine results.  (more…)

Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Formerly United States Naval Base Subic Bay

- September 12, 2017

The Subic Bay Freeport Zone is one of four economic zones (that I know of) in the Philippines where everything is tax-free and duty-free. Shopping is great. Before the Philippine government took over, it was United States Naval Base Subic Bay. Before that, it was a military base operated by the Spanish Navy.

From the air, it probably looks a lot like it did back when it a United States military base. The picture I selected is from 1990. The changes are far more visible on the ground.  (more…)

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