Why You Need VPN to Get Online in China

Many first time travellers to China are surprised or chocked to find out that they can’t access popular websites such as Google, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube etc. in this country. Welcome to the People Republic of China! You might have heard of the Great Firewall of China (or GFW). In short, it means that a lot of western websites are blocked in China.

That sucks, isn’t it? Especially if you depend on Gmail and are addicted to social media posting on Twitter or Facebook. Not to mention a lot of business related services or website are not accessible either.

The good news is, there are a number of solutions for this problem. One of the popular way of bypasssing the Internet blocking is to use a VPN service.

VPN stands for virtual private network. Basically, it can help you bypass Internet censorship and visit blocked site anonymously.

However, since many people in China use VPN, many big VPN providers are blocked in China. Therefore, choosing a good VPN service is a little bit tricky. The good news is, there’re some VPN monitoring and testing websites in China that keep an eye on which VPNs work in China and which ones are blocked. One of such services I would recommend is called VPN大大, or VPNDada.com. This website not only reviews VPN services, but also  recommend VPNs that work well in China.

If you plan to travel to China and plan to stay there for a while, be sure to be prepared. Signing up for a good VPN service before the trip might save you a lot of trouble.

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How to turn ipod touch into iphone (怎样让 iPod Touch 变 iPhone 手机)

If you have an iPod Touch (for example, iPod Touch 4), you might know that it’s more or less like an iPhone without the capability of making phone calls. You might wonder: how nice would it be if I can make phone calls from my iPod Touch? Yes, since an iPod Touch is much cheaper than an iPhone, if it can be used as a phone, you will definitely save a lot of money.

你想让你的 iPod Touch 变成 iPhone 手机,可以用来打电话吗?

Actually, this can be done. You can really turn an iPod Touch into an iPhone if you have the right equipments. Currently, as far as I know, there’re two major options for turning an iPod into an iPhone:

目前让 iPod Touch 变 iPhone 手机主要有两种办法。

Option 1: Apple Peel 方法 1:使用“苹果皮”。

An Apple Peel looks like a regular iPhone case, but it’s a little bigger and you can insert a SIM card into it. Once you have connected your iPod to an Apple Peel (just like putting a case around your iPod touch) and have downloaded and installed some software, you will be able to use it like an iPhone! The drawback of Apple Peel is that it looks bigger and thicker than a regular iPhone.

If you’re interested in buying an Apple Peel, you can try finding it on Taobao.com: Click here to search for Apple Peel on Taobao.com

“苹果皮”就像一个 iPhone 套子,但“苹果皮”可以装入 SIM 卡,然后经过越狱和安装适当软件之后,你的 iPod Touch 就可以像 iPhone 一样打电话了。“苹果皮”的缺点是体积较大,装上“苹果皮”的 iPod Touch 看起来比一般的 iPhone 体积大,有些笨重。

如果要购买苹果皮的话,可以到“淘宝网”找一找:“苹果皮”的淘宝链接

Option 2: Gmate  方法 2:使用 Gmate

Unlike Apple Peel, a Gmate is a stand-alone equipment that connects to your iPod Touch using bluetooth technology. You don’t have to connect your iPod Touch to Gmate directly. Instead, as long as your iPod Touch can communicate with your Gmate using bluetooth, you will be able to make phone calls on your iPod Touch. You can insrt a SIM card inside a Gmate, and you must download and install some software on your iPod Touch. As a matter of fact, Gmate can be used not only for iPod Touch, you can use it with your iPhone (or an Android phone) so that you can have two numbers at the same time with one phone.

If you’re interested in buying a Gmate, you can try finding it on Taobao.com: Click here to search for Gmate on Taobao.com.

Gmate 不需要和 iPod Touch 直接连接,而是通过蓝牙连接。Gmate 本身体积不大,可以插入 SIM 卡。在 iPod Touch上安装适当软件后,你就可以用它像 iPhone 一样打电话了。此外,Gmate 还可以用在 iPhone 和 Android 手机上,让你的手机可以实现“一卡双号”。

如果要购买 Gmate 的话,可以到“淘宝网”找一找:Gmate 的淘宝链接

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Dropbox: 免费的文件同步工具

最近发现了一个免费的网络工具——Dropbox。这个工具可以用来为电脑上的文件进行网络备份,还可以当作一个文件同步工具使用。

假如你同时拥有好几台电脑,你可以在每台电脑上都安装一个Dropbox软件,当你在其中任意一台上把文件存在Dropbox指定的文件夹里时,这些文件就会自动在Dropbox的服务器上备份,并且可以显示在你其它的电脑上,这样一来,你就不需要很费力气地使用U盘在不同电脑间复制、传输文件了。

Dropbox可以实现很多有用的功能,比如:同步文件夹、同步MSN和QQ聊天记录、同步文档、同步桌面、同步IE收藏家、网站自动备份等等。

Dropbox是一个免费的软件,目前为每个账户提供2G的免费空间。下载、注册Dropbox请按这里

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WordPress SEO 插件

作为使用WordPress的博客作者,为了提高自己博客的访问量,应该掌握最基本的SEO技术。

SEO的全称是Search Engine Optimization,就是“搜索引擎优化”的意思。SEO的目的是让搜索引擎更好的发现你的WordPress博客,并且在关键字的搜索结果中使你的Wordpress博客排名靠前。

最近出现了一个很好的针对SEO的Wordpress插件,名叫“All in One SEO Pack”,就是“一揽子SEO”的意思。这个插件可以自动优化博客的Title(标题),自动生成META tags;还能避免Wordpress博客常见的内容重复(Duplicate contents)问题。

如果你使用WordPress写博客,并且对WordPress SEO感兴趣,建议你去下载、试用 一下这个“All in One SEO Pack”WordPress插件。

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