Today s youtube

Today s youtube

Today youtube list contains videos from :

1- Drive on wintery road Chiasso – Milano
2- Shaolin Master performs pattern in China
3- Gold plating artwork in China
4- Extracting vegetable oil – how to
5- Drive in Khao Yai National Park Thailand
6- Rice Farming in Ayuthya province Thailand
7- Taekwondo competition in Vienna Oberlaa
8- More Khao Yai drive Thailand
9- Drive in Nice Cote d’Azur
10-Africa s greatest hunter
11-Hunters of Africa
12-Africa s Savannah

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WORDPRESS VS DRUPAL ( the plugin dilemma )

WordPress – new assessment

Many, if not a massive amounts of blogs, postings have been published about the right choice of content management systems.

What we need to understand is : WP is not without faults. If it was, there wouldn’t be any upgrades each month. But so are others.

 

What benefits

What benefits does the user find on wordpress – A good question, for there are not one answers.

Let’s go straight to the attached chart. Anyone familiar with statistics would be able to interpret the chart here. What is essential to our discussion is the focus on wordpress :

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We use a number of content management systems :


FIFTEEN YEARS WORDPRESS

  • SECURITY WINNER : 

Most secure management system : DRUPAL – Drupal is my Fort Knox system – my favorite when it comes to keep valuable company blogs. It does only allow limited HTML , uploads to server can be a hassle.

SFTP transmit procedure : It warns you if you use NON – SECURE FTP. Many first hand service providers give you an option to run a secure form of DRUPAL on the server level – this gives you an added protection and updates software once it becomes available.

 

  • VERSATILY – WINNER :

Best in this category – without competitor : WORDPRESS – WP lets you choose from literally hundreds of plugins for any given task you may have in mind.

There is however a hitch : WP plugins are so diverse and variable, they hardly can be controlled. WP does not create these plugins – but uses a developer platform. Our own experience is : ” IF YOU DON’T NEED IT – DON’T INSTALL IT “. Plugins are a risk to host and blogger or copywriter.

In many cases they promise more than they deliver.

 

  • LESSONS LEARNED :

What are the lessons learned from ten years of maintaining various platforms ( invaluable advice ) :

 

  1. BACK UP – BACK UP – AND BACK UP – WORDPRESS in particular. There are various froms of backups – and not all are foolproof. OUR OWN EXPERIENCE IS :

    DOWNLOAD A COPY OF MYSQL files (server based).

    LOG into your server ( SELF HOSTED WORDPRESS ). You will come to php-mysql (check this link how to : HOW TO BACKUP ( How to backup wordpress) which points to your “mysql folder”.

    Download your GZIP file, or simple XML file.

    It contains ALL YOUR POSTS and page related items, such as comments, dates, etc. NEVER DELETE ANY POSITION without knowing what you are about. You are going in with administrator privilege and have the possibility of wiping out your whole data.

  2. ONCE you have done so, you have a – complete file – of your blog in your hand. In the worst case you can extract your posts, details by opening it in your word editor.

    WINDOWS WORD or OFFICE can open and edit XML files. So if all other fails – in case of a disaster – such as – hacking – plugin mess up – you are safe.

    It will take some time to rebuild your blog, but you can do so.  There are other ways to back up however. But I swear by this basic and simple back up method.

  3. WORDPRESS allows you to download a copy of your blog. Go to :  TOOLS — > EXPORT –> DOWNLOAD EXPORT FILE . I never was successful with this option, since wordpress changes frequently. If you want you may try this method. 
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  5. DATABASE – Export your file – This brings us to the next subject. Use a DATABASE ORGANIZER : You can find them in : Install new plugins section under ” Plugins “. This is one plugin I do not want to miss. Cleaning your database as it gets bigger and larger is an important task. You also have a feature to optimize database tables. These contain your data and your cleaner is doing a great job there. 

PLUS, your database cleaner has an option to BACKUP . Now, again this may be for the tech savvy, but you are not losing anything by trying the backup feature. You should optimize your database once a month.

THAT brings us to the question – which PLUGINS to install – as well as which NOT TO: REMEMBER – the leaner – the better. All plugins carry additional data and add load to your server. Depending on their developers, such additional data can go into 10 MB.

We learned it the hard way . Wrong plugin – (and updates) – whoop – your data is garbled up, some are incompatible, whichever. The result is always havoc. PLUGINS in general are not worth the trouble they cause – not all but many of them.

Take the CACHE which supposedly increases ” SPEED ” – or page loading speed, a favorite subject of mine. WORST experience I made was with cache plugins W3 CACHE and WP SUPER Cache.

They caused havoc once you un-install them, all data tables been reconfigured, rearranged. You give access to the plugin to go into administrator mode, they modify all tables and data. MY ADVICE : DO NOT INSTALL them – ever.

The performance benefit ( I never noticed any ) – if at all, does not outweigh the risk. PLUS , both of these have been hacked and all passwords as well as data were compromised. Whatever – hacking into their database, or other excuse the developers gave – to me  it sounded vague – why should you have access to one s database and alter same ? – was not satisfactory. It brought 2 of oour blogs down ( saved because of METHOD 1 – mysql backup – I backed up our posts ).

IF YOU HAVE to install plugins, step carefully. Read users comments, check how many downloads, who has commented. Comments can be bought – useful  word of advice. Read the comments and see if the poster is ‘ real ‘. Lots of folks make their money from posting comments.

Get practical : Ask : What do I want to achieve, whether to install a certain plugin – do I want to show my instagram pics on my blog ?, etc.

Captchas : The best captchas are not available on wordpress. They are java based and are used by Google or other giants. The rest – are mediocre – at   best.

Captchas (plugins) are being frequently upgraded, so you waste lots of time – without getting a visible benefit from them. The choice is always yours however. Captchas ( PI s ) caused many conflicts and I removed them all.

LIGHT WEIGHT – Keep it light – is my advice, again.

THERE is however one plugin I would recommend. The Wordfence security plugin – to keep hackers at bay. Others are listed on wordpress.org, so you can choose from the best. We have our own preferable choice. Go and search on wordpress.org, plugins: security.

Set a limit, if someone attempts to access your WORDPRESS.COMLOGIN.PHP page, after 1 attempt block the IP. It helps to keep bad guys out.

We have a total of 5 plugins at the time of writing. We will not change it significantly , plus or minus 1 – 2 maximum.

DRUPAL will remain a safe alternative, but has some restrictions due to security. It probably will never reach the popularity of wordpress, Matt will be happy. More about in one of the next posts.

NOT HAPPY ? or satisfied ? Drop us a note. We learn with you. We never stop learning in fact, no matter what.

Have a good day.

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videos have been recorded on location such as : China, Thailand,
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On WP – the plugin mania

If you maintain a WP blog drop the plugin craze

All those who use wordpress – in short wp – as their site platform content management system, are going to experience a sheer avalanche of plugins made available for their wp site.

We have had them all, and we came out unshaven on many occasions, due to non-conforming new plugins after wp was updated.

Altogether we experienced a triple site crash, and it was always AFTER a new plugin was installed. This is wordpress s weakness : My warning : stay away from plugins, except a few, real useful ones.

We wrote about this problem a few times, here we repeat what we want to avoid :

  1. Do NOT install a complicated Cache system – to enhance your site loading speed. They are not bringing the wanted effects and cause havoc when you un-install them. ( Database structure is affected ) Super cache and W3 cache are a definite no – go. Further, they were hacked some time ago, and hackers got all your data.
  2. Rule 2 : The lesser the better. Wp becomes overloaded and starts aching under the weight of too many plugins. Keep it slim. Use the most essential only.
  3. Captcha issues : Captchas are really an unnecessary evil. They are frequently updated and in most cases disaster strikes at this moment. Instead of captcha – use a complicated – figures and numbers uppercase and lower case letters as a login name. Open a new account – and log in with this only. It is difficult for hackers to figure out two login credentials at once.

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  1. Use a good database optimizer. Follow the recommendations of other users. Use those with the most stars, and use them with caution. Follow the actual recommendation. Back up your database. Before you make a change on the database, back up from Mysql data base on your server level. You can do so by downloading your full blog in mysql in gzip or normal state.
    If anything goes wrong at least you have your full data backed up on your pc.

  2. Use a good Malware protection. I have used numbers : Name them all, but I come across one that beats it all. You can send me an email, leave a comment and I will forward you the link and details. Best of all : It’s free.

That ‘s it folks. Keep on looking at our videos as we bring more and more in the coming months.

HAVE A NICE DAY

About Heinz Rainer

About Heinz Rainer videos

This series brings a few new videos portraying our favorite places of visit and countries, locations of immense beauty.

There are numerous places on our globe, and all can show off it s own beauty, and more. Only so much we can tell, there are so much more to show.

We will attempt to bring as much as possible, but we realize there is much more than we will ever be able to display here.

Let s start with some clips we took in China, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, and Europe, such as South of France, and Germany.

About Heinz Rainer videos


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Our Google repositories

Google repositories are here

What is this all about? You may have hosted your page in Hintertupfing, and a visitor from Anchorage wants to see what you got.

He opens your page and .. it opens at a horrible slow speed, where he gets frustrated, and before the page opens leaves.

If anything he remembers about you, it s the slow page loading speed. Chances are he won’t return.

For faster imaging, loading check out some of these pages :

GOOGLE CDN URLS

 

africasiaeuroappcdn
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As these are hosted on Google servers, the cdn becomes available around the globe, at lighting speed.

 

 

 

 

 

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++ LATEST NEWS ++ BIBIE performs at NEW MORNING

Bibie concert on 16.7.15 at NEW MORNING ART CAFE

We wish to inform of Bibie s concert on the evening of 16.7.2015 at her NEW MORNING ARTS CAFE THEATER.

We would express our utmost and sincerest thanks for being able to be part of such a great performance that evening.

BIBIE BREW PERFORMS AT NEW MORNING

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On a wing and a prayer, Freetown, Sierra Leone

On a wing and a prayer, Freetown, Sierra Leone

The Meetings have passed with ease, we are pleased with the arrangements made.

Return flights to Accra from Freetown are once a week, we opt to fly out on a Sunday. The weather has been moody, in Freetown it rains every day, the clouds are hanging low over the foamy sea. Last nights dinner was sumptuous, as always, the quality of food outstanding considering the location and the time. Credit to the Italian Management Paolo, and his girlfriend and the fact that we have the right contacts.

Late night we are informed that the Hovercraft is non-operational, and we must fly with a local commuter plane departing Hastings airport to Lunghi International. Also we are informed that the rooms are all fully booked, so we have no choice but to leave. Military personnel from all over, U.N. UNHCR, Peacekeepers, High ranking officials from OAU, CIA, Mercenaries alike, all are lodging at the Cape Sierra, a somewhat funny arrangement, yet without choice. Cape Sierra is the only foreign run Hotel in war torn Freetown.

Early morning we move, after breakfast we say goodbye to our friends, and move with the Car provided by the Hotel.


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Hastings airport is about an hour drive from Cape Sierra, we pass the U.N. Security barrier, the OAU barrier, slipping through devastated Freetown in the middle of misery and carnage that befell this city.

We can see houses destroyed, tin roofed buildings in desolate condition, people without hope. Yet somehow, life goes on. Talking about it brings back memories that are not at my top list. I try to forget the kids without limbs, but somehow the sight keeps coming back.

Pity to see small children in their misery, for what ? Power, greed, money. Same story happens today in another part of this planet, without making direct reference.

When we reach Hastings airport, the rains pours down in full force. Nigerian OAU troops are guarding the airport, their Captain shaking our hands, welcoming us. We sit down on a wooden makeshift bench, one hand holding our valuables in an attaché case, the other bag with our necessities.

We are told the plane coming from upcountry is due to arrive shortly and will take us to Lunghi  Int’l. I wonder, with a visibility of 50-100 meters, the clouds so low that you can almost touch it, it needs a special Pilot skill to land in such weather.

Although the ILS is working, the Pilot cannot see the tarmac till he almost touches down. We are conversing with the Captain about the war and its repercussions on the civil population. One thing that strikes me is the explanation that behind all the carnage in Sierra Leone is one man, Charles Taylor.

He supplies arms to the main rebel leader Fodeh Sankoh and his URF United Revolutionary Front in return for Diamonds, which both should make them rich.

However, for every  seller there must be a buyer. And I know that De Beers has its offices in Freetown, throughout the war. We can debate the negative ness of this, but one thing is sure, that I won’t buy anymore diamonds for anyone as long as I live.

We hear the distant rumbling of a planes engine, a turbo prop twin of Czech origin drops out of the sky, lands safely, taxiing to the main tarmac.

Hastings  is  a small airport, we can follow all the movements precisely. We grab out bags, and walk towards the parked plane, to take a ride to Lunghi.  Njet, Njet says the Russian pilot.

No way he flies again in such weather. We stand like paralyzed, trying to convince him to take us. The OAU Captain does its best, to no avail. The guy remains stubborn, nothing will make him move this plane again today. as long as the clouds hang so low.

We glance at our watches, the time close to 11.00 AM, our Ghana Air flight departing at 13.00 PM from Lunghi.

We are sitting on needles, I turn to the Nigerian Captain, asking him if they have choppers stationed here. He nods, but says he can’t ask them to take us. I say: ‘Come on, help us, if we can’t leave today, we won’t be able to leave till another week’. He moves away to see what he can do, but returns with resignation, no way.

I do not know what happens on this day, except that somewhere some angel must guard over me, for in about 20 minutes I hear the distinctive whirl of a chopper, a large Transporter or fighter, we cannot see because of the fog.

It comes closer and gets louder by the second, then the craft slips out of the sky like the twin before it, I notice the distinctive marks of a MIG 8. The MIG rolls along the runway, turns towards the Hangars, its Rotors spinning in near half throttle, anyone would know he does not stop here.

Our Captain gets into action, runs towards the monster, now turning its tail 30 degrees towards us, the Captain exchanges a few words with the pilot who opens his cabin and leans out. A mighty white, hairy arm waves towards us, come on and hop in, the Captain now running back towards us, waving us to hurry up. Needless to say, we grab our bags, and run with our business attire towards the chopper.

The captain receives a buck from us for his troubles, and advises us to tell the Pilot that we love Cuba. We reach the chopper, after waving goodbye to the soldier who helped us, and we are both helped into the vibrating aircraft, its Rotor blades now picking speed we can hear the from the turbines sound.

The Interior is a junk yard and a warehouse, two machine gunners with heavy submachine guns guarding both entrances, open door, we lift off almost instantly.

Flying very low over the Mangroves that occupy the are between Hastings and Lunghi, I wonder what it would be like to make a hard landing in this waters below us.

I have time to study the interior, they carry supplies to the troops, from rice in bags, to toilet paper rolls, all is stuffed in the craft, and so are civilians who are sitting in the back. I am amazed to see how much stuff goes into that craft. Vibrating, with the gunners watching carefully the Mangroves below, we fly towards our destination, a mere 10-15 minutes ride, our lifeline to the outside world.

And when we reach Lunghi, I see the Ghana Air F27 approaching and land on the runway. The Pilot moves the MIG to a close area near the main building, and we thank him, amidst the noise jumping out of the aircraft, and running to the main building.

The departing passengers give us a curious look, because from where we come not other passengers appear. Immigration, Customs are passed quickly, leaving our last Leone, the main currency. The plane meanwhile has parked and we are the first, occupying seat Nr. 1 + 2 in the front. I recognize another friend who is a member of the security forces of Ghana, accompanying the plane from Banjul, Conakry, Freetown on to Abidjan and Accra.

Long after taking our seats, the plane has taken off, I realize how fortunate we are, for if this chopper hadn’t taken us we would be still waiting for another week in this forsaken place, but with uncertainty where to sleep, as all the rooms are booked out. We sip on our welcome drink and try to relax.

In the news a week later we hear that Freetown  has been overrun by the Rebels again, and we know that the favorite place of the rebels is the Cape Sierra Hotel, the Hotel staff explaining to us whilst we are there. If this is not luck, then what is….

We thank those brave soldiers of the Nigerian peacekeepers for making our return possible, to the Pilot of the MIG; and I pray for those children who lost their arms, that they will find a somewhat normal life again.

It remains a vague hope though, because one can imagine what it means to live without his right or left hand, or both. God bless those who can.

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Austria, County of Burgenland, Uchatius Barracks

Austria, County of Burgenland, Uchatius Barracks

Robotic like, we stumble to our feet, daily routine, our limbs sore from strenuous exercise. Tuck your bed, grab your rations, gear, equipment, all ready for the longest march to the alpine glaciers.

Prime mountainous region of the Wechsel, training ground for the Austrian Army. 07.30 sharp our trucks begin to roll. The drive takes about 2 hours, and we reach our destination, Mariensee.

The captain, Walter Lukesch gives instructions to his junior charges and off we go, right from the start its up the mountain, through dense pine forest, firs. We continue in a sharp pace, one after another, zig – zagging along the mountaineers trail.

Within half an hour we all feel the tremendous efforts it takes to carry near 20 kg of Alpine gear, rifle, helmet, and personal supplies up a steep trail. The Hauptmann is a powerhouse and pulls the company along the trail, without the slightest hesitation.

Whilst carrying the heavy radio equipment on his shoulders, he has no back gear, unlike us.

Our panting becomes unbearable, the speed of the ascent is almost barbaric. Well into 2 hours, our first victim of exhaustion collapses on the steep trail, the company for mates and takes cover like in real wartime situations, we are on maneuver after all.

Here, in the alpine wilderness, no sound can be heard except the occasional song of a cuckoo, and the mountain buzzard.

Whilst we welcome the unscheduled rest, we are concerned about our colleague who collapsed because of exhaustion. And we know the worst is still ahead of us.

The captain shoulders our colleague’s backpack onto his chest and off we move to higher grounds. Up and up and the lower parts hardly visible through the dense forest. Within minutes, Herr Lukesch has out walked us and we have problems to keep up the pace. With a double weight to carry he shows no sign of the slightest exhaustion. His stamina is unequivocal.

When we finally reach the top, and the trail goes on a less steeper slope, we are instructed to carry our chemical masks. We nearly suffocate under the rubber mask, the sweat runs down our faces.

Nobody has time to think about his own misery, we all are tired and worn out, finally the command to remove the masks is given.

At the time we were angry, frustrated and saw a beast in our Hauptmann. But we knew, he was doing his part to turn us into real Soldiers, nothing short of it.

Long after, well into the afternoon we reach our summit, the highest point in the massive glacier. When we pass the first masses of snow, the Captain forbids us to drink the ice cold water that emerges from under the ice bed. The risk of contracting pneumonia was not a welcome thought, and we observed, although with difficulty, his instructions.

The first stop is after the peak, we are taking a break of 30 minutes.

From here the trail now points downhill, through harsh landscape above 2000 meters altitude. Alpine meadows will harbor cattle in summer, but stand empty now in early spring.

The “Feistritz Sattel”, a pass between two mountains comes into our view, still far away. We know there are still hours till we finally reach our target. After reaching the town of Trattenbach, the trail steepens again and we take a final onslaught to our day’s destination, unknown to us.

The mountain ranges around us, the view towards the glacier we have climbed, we notice how far we have come. All around us beautiful nature, un spoilt, untouched by humans.

Towards 18.00 PM finally we come to a standstill, the Hauptmann giving us lectures about the final days of World War II when Storm troopers of the Nazis defended this last stronghold against Russians invading from Hungary. Tracks where once rails were laid, up here in the mountains, carrying ammunition to the heavy Artillery positioned up here. The Well built, the entire command post, did it nothing to stop the Russian Army to finally enter this last area of Nazi Germany.

We assemble to take instructions for the night camp, preparing our tents, logging fires and start the night watch. We are amidst fir trees, above a mountain stream where we fetch our water.

Finally, we take over the night watch in turns of 2 hours, and relax on the forest ground, separated only by a thin sheet of plastic from the wet undergrowth.

To be continued ..

Next : Kummerbauerstadl / Trattenbach / Lower Austria County

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Near death experience survey

Near Death Experiences in China – A Study of Survivors of the Tangshan
Earthquake

On July 28, 1976, the monstrous Tangshan earthquake caused more than 240,000
fatalities and 160,000 serious injuries. Medical workers in China did case
studies on the survivors, most of whom had been buried under the rubble of
collapsed buildings.

According to their recollections, more than half of the survivors reported
that during the time they were in danger, not only were they not afraid, on
the contrary, their minds were clear, calm and comfortable. In such a
dangerous situation, there was no panic; some people even had feelings of
happiness and thoughts running rapidly through their minds. Many different
thoughts came up. At this moment, things that had happened in their earlier
lives kept flashing back like a movie and the scenes were mostly happy ones.
The recollections were of such things as funny moments during childhood,
wedding ceremonies, and achievements and awards from work. This phenomenon
is called life retrospection or “full-scale recollection.”

Even stranger, close to half of the people had the feeling and awareness
that their consciousness or soul had left their bodies. Some of the people
equated this with “the soul coming out from the shell.” They stressed that
they had felt their supernormal capabilities were in another dimension
outside their bodies, and not inside their brains. They thought that their
physical bodies neither had these abilities nor the ability to think.

One-third of the people had the strange feeling of being inside a pipe or
passing through a tunnel. Sometimes, it was accompanied with loud noises and
the feeling of being pulled and compressed. They called it “the tunnel
experience.” Some people had the feeling of getting to the end of the
tunnel; they saw light and felt that “the light would come soon.”

About one-quarter of those surveyed experienced encountering incorporeal
beings, or ghosts. Most of these unsubstantial beings were their relatives
who had passed away. It was as though they had gone together to another
world and continued to live there. Or, they saw living friends or even
strangers. It seemed like a reunion. These “ghost-like” figures were
sometimes described as being in some sort of “light” form. Some people
looked at them as having been “transformed” according to concepts in
religion.

From the survivors of the Tangshan earthquake, inquiring researchers came up
with 81 useful survey interviews. They classified the experiences into 40
categories: looking back at one’s life, the separation of the consciousness
and the body, feeling of weightlessness, feeling strangeness in one’s own
body, feeling abnormal, the feeling of departing from the world, the feeling
of one’s body being united with the universe, the feeling of time’s
nonexistence, and many more. The majority of these people experienced two or
more feelings at the same time.

Although the survey of survivors of the horrible Tangshan earthquake
produced only 81 usable case studies of those experiencing near death
experiences, this is the most data collected among all the research on near
death experiences in the world. After their “return from death,” most of
these people remembered clearly their near death experiences even after ten
or twenty years. These research results from China are amazingly similar to
the surveys done by scholars in other countries all over the world.

Reference: Popular Medicine, Issue 5 (1993), Page 34-35, Shanghai Science
and Technology Publishing House.

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