April 2016

Photo of the month - March 2016

Published: 30 April, 2016 seen 51 Digital Photography School

Sorry for late update on photo of the month project, as it is already end of the April, I'm rushing to publish an update for March photography. The reason fur such late update is simple - I feel really tired of my 365 days photo project. Keep capturing and post precessing a picture in a day is really a pain. On the other hand I feel I have developed my skills pretty decent, so I can gather pretty decent count of faves and comments on Flickr, I only need to publish my pictures to more groups. Due to my laziness I didn't publish much of my photography to Flickr groups during March (trust me, it…

Home Remodeling - Season 2 starts now

Published: 29 April, 2016 seen 188 Home Remodeling

Loyal readers of this blog are already familiar with the home renovation and remodeling process which we started a year ago, if not, make sure you check out article - How it all starts. On April 14, 2016 we made a long and tired journey with our cats to get where we left this process at the end of Summer 2015. I was really glad that I had spent whole winter improving my photographer skills (see digital photography school), so it was just a matter of installing a tripod in meadow and setting my camera to capture HDR images. There are two major things we did last year - replaced roof and…

HP 15 L0T84UA 15-g210nr Laptop Review

Published: 28 April, 2016 seen 264 Gadget Reviews

Wow, it has been almost eternity since my latest laptop review, seems I'm very satisfied with my latest ASUS laptop purchase. Anyhow, recently HP 15 L0T84UA 15-g210nr Laptop popped up on my radar, and since I have been core HP brand admirer and user for more than eight years  - allow me to add my 50 cents by reviewing this particular model.  First of all - this model is not of the first freshness anymore - it has been available for sale on Amazon since February 2015 - make sure to check out latest laptop computer releases of 2016 if you are looking for newer laptop model, second it comes from…

Drupal String Overrides For Comment form + Translated Month names

Published: 27 April, 2016 seen 326 Drupal Development

In yesterday's article How to hide Drupal comment Subject line and help text I talked about a simple and neat module Simplify, with help of whom I was able to get rid of confusing Subject line field and help area under Drupal comments. I was working with a Drupal for a non-English language website and had to translate some strings - of course I could go for Internationalization module, but since this site is just in one language - Internationalization might be too much - I didn't wanted to install Drupal in other language than English - I was left with few options to rewrite some of English…

How to hide Drupal comment Subject line and help text

Published: 26 April, 2016 seen 1,092 Drupal Development

There are several ways of hiding Input format options for Drupal comments, the simplest (but the wrongest) way is by just hiding area with CSS (display:none), second -  you can use the hook_form_alter function to make changes to a form before it is rendered (See article: How to Theme the Comment Form in Drupal 7)  and third one is by using a simple module with simple name: Simplify. In this article you will find how to hide help area for Drupal comments using module Simplify. I must admit, I have always avoided using default Drupal comment system (which ships out of box for any Drupal site,…

Top 20 Intel Core i7 processor Laptop / Notebook models

Published: 25 April, 2016 seen 281,691 Online Shopping

When it comes to power and endurance a fast processor, plenty of RAM and great graphics card are among the top three to look on. In this article, I have listed Top 20 laptop models with the  Intel Core i7 processors. Bellow listed models will be the top choice among gamers and business users. Creative graphic designers, video animators, and photographers will enjoy these powerful laptops as well. See: Top 5 Best Selling Intel Core i9 (Gaming) Processor Laptops Disclosure: As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. This article contains affiliate links to Amazon.com, by clicking…

Drupal - How To Add Read More Link To Copied Text (addtocopy)

Published: 25 April, 2016 seen 353 Drupal Development

Time after time I have received negative comments on my blog, where users were complaining about disabled copy functionality from my blog - For a very long time I had disabled to copy any text and images from my blog using simple but neat Drupal module: Copy Prevention. See case study here: How To Protect Drupal Content (Articles and Photos) From Being Copied My main concern was at least to somehow protect my digital artworks (I have a few gigabytes of my photos uploaded and stored in this blog). Following words I used to describe my situation around a year ago: Some time ago I noticed some…

How Long Does It Take To Rank a New Website on Google

Published: 24 April, 2016 seen 1,420 Blogging

Recently I started a new micro-niche website, and one of first questions I tried to find an answer - how long does it will take to rank my new website on Google SERP? Luckily, this is not the first new website I have created - as a Drupal developer I have made tons of websites, many for customers and many for myself. So far, the most successful project have been blog you are currently reading (www.reinisfischer.com) - after about two and a half years since I started this blog I have reached record more than 54,000 unique visitors monthly last November to my blog. For the last six month…

Cafe La Brioche in Batumi

Published: 23 April, 2016 seen 336 Restaurant reviews

Cafe La Brioche is located at Batumi Pizza square on top floor at clock tower - delicious Italian coffee, masterpiece desserts and gourmet food is served here. If being in Batumi you feel an aroma of Italian coffee in the air, bravely follow it because you will be surely led into the heart of the city, on the Piazza Square, in the famous French Cafe “La Brioche”. Entrance doors at Piazza clock tower  Inside interior at Cafe La Brioche Free English newspapers are available here, while waiting for our supper to be served I red a few ones. Here lovers of magnificent architecture and live music…

Piazza Square in Batumi

Published: 22 April, 2016 seen 864 Tourism objects

Piazza square in Batumi is one of the landmarks of city - square features luxury and boutique hotels, cafeterias and interesting architectural elements. A small Italian renaissance in Georgian sauce.  The visiting - card of Batumi, local peoples and tourists favorite place of meeting. Batumi Piazza was built in 2009 in Old Batumi. Square was designed by famous Georgian architect Vazha Orbeladze and it is a mixture and an unique ensemble of different styles and trends. Clock tower at Piazza square in Batumi Inside the tower building there are lovely restaurant and a boutique hotel located…

Argo Entertainment Center and Cable Car (Viewing Platform in Batumi)

Published: 21 April, 2016 seen 823 Tourism objects

By saying Argo Entertainment Center and Cable car I wanted actually to say - Batumi viewing platform. As this place is located at the other end of Batumi Aerial tram ropeway, and from here a spectacular view towards Batumi bay can be seen.  Cable car station at Anuria mountain in Batumi There is a small lovely church located next to the station building.Inside the building there are small cafeteria. I have headed here especially for taking lovely sunset photography, the ride price in cable car 10 GEL (as of 2016). Speaking of actual entertainment here, I can't name anything than just a small…

Cafe - Bar Qaravan in Batumi

Published: 20 April, 2016 seen 215 Restaurant reviews

If there is a reason to visit Qaravan restaurant in Batumi, Kiev's Cutlet, Olivie salads are just a few of my reasons. First discovered by accident back at the start of 2011, this place has been on my radar ever since.Located next to the Batumi Circus building on Nikoloz Baratashvili street 23. Kiev's Cutlet at Qaravan in Batumi Gosh, the best Kiev's Cutlets here Olivie salads The Bottom Line The interior here at Qaravan bar-cafe is a bit old and neglected, the music box in the corner playing top songs from Soviet era will throw you in a few decades back in the history, thus the food is…

Ali and Nino- The Statue of Love in Batumi

Published: 19 April, 2016 seen 976 Tourism objects

Batumi will never end to surprise you, and so does the Miracle park close to Batumi Bay. Exactly here is located a really cool statue of Love, meet Ali and Nino. I spent a lovely morning at Batumi Miracle park and photographed here a lot, when was turn to photograph Ali and Nino, I had already switched my kit lens to more powerful telephoto lens - got a really cool close ups at the end. Ali and Nino Statue of Love Created by Georgian artist Tamar Kvesitadze (Georgian: თამარ კვესიტაძე), the figures move toward each other and merge into one piece every 10 minutes. (Source: ABOUT ART – “STATUE…

Trending "2 in 1" Laptop / Notebook computers of 2016

Published: 18 April, 2016 seen 919 Online Shopping

Two in One (2 in 1) laptops are great invention of this decade, thus they have been around since late 90's for business consumers. A lot of has changed since then - price and technical performance have made convertible laptops a very affordable choice for any consumer verticals. In this post I have listed 11 trending convertible (2 in 1) laptop models trending in 2016. Toshiba, Dell, HP, Lenovo and  Asus are brands dominating convertibles market this year. Alternatively check out: Top 50 Best Selling Laptop and Notebook Computers To Buy Online on Amazon 2016 Top 30 Budget Laptops / Notebooks…

Q1 2016 Blog Traffic and Online Income - 136,784 Users / $2,467.48

Published: 18 April, 2016 seen 407 Online Income Reports

For the past two years I was doing online income reports each month, at start I even had separate versions for traffic and income reports, as time went, and in last September I decided to combine them in one post, latter at the end of the year I got a feeling that monthly reports are probably a bit overdose -  today I'm representing first quarterly report covering early months of 2016 - January, February and March. In a long run - I believe quarterly reviews can give a better understanding of what actually happens, also it gives more time to observe effects of new implementations. For a…

Kalina Ukrainian Restaurant in Tbilisi

Published: 17 April, 2016 seen 302 Restaurant reviews

Kalina is a Ukrainian cuisine restaurant in Tbilisi (located on 18 Shalva Dadiani street). Last time I was here (2016), you could try varenyiki, dumplings and other Ukrainian goodies.. The place has a pretty decent retro style interior, seems this interior style is trendy for Tbilisi. The same interior you can find at Gardenia, Barberstan... this retro interior style is trendy all over the world, chandelier lamp shades, jars on shelves and so on. Interior at Kalinka Overall the interior is pretty fine (just boring, as have been seen a dozen of times already) let's speak about food - Since…

Chacha Tower in Batumi

Published: 16 April, 2016 seen 688 Tourism objects

Chacha tower is really interesting tourist attraction site in Georgia's Black Sea resort town of Batumi. Originally built in 2012, it was meant to feature Georgian national spirit chacha fountain instead of water.  It has been noted that noted that chacha will flow once a week for 15 minutes. Frankly speaking I have never seen chacha flowing here yet. Chacha Tower in Batumi The tower is surrounded by 4 fountain pools, near which the dispensers with sensor taps are installed. Chacha dispensers  Construction of 25-meter Chacha Tower costed around 800,000 Georgian Lari (around 500,000 USD) to …

Alphabetic tower in Batumi

Published: 15 April, 2016 seen 538 Tourism objects

Alphabetic tower is one of the many skyscrapers of Batumi. The tower symbolizes the uniqueness of Georgian alphabet and people. Located in the Miracle park, Alphabetic tower of Batumi can be considered as one of the main tourist attraction sites in the city.  Alphabetic Tower is a total of 130 meter tall. The structure combines the design of DNA, in its familiar double helix pattern. Two helix bands rise up the tower holding 33 letters of the Georgian alphabet, each 4 meters tall and made of aluminum. In the middle of the building is an exposed elevator shaft leading to very the top of the…

Batumi Miracle Park

Published: 14 April, 2016 seen 810 Tourism objects

Miracle park located on the shores of Georgian Black sea resort town Batumi, features Alphabet tower, Statue of Lowers, Lighthouse, Ferris wheel and Chacha tower. It is directly connected to Batumi boulevard and Batumi city bay.  Visitors of Batumi city will enjoy unique and really interesting architecture, featuring some of the tallest buildings in country. View towards Batumi skyscrapers When I first visited Batumi back in 2011, there was just one unfinished skyscraper (Radisson building at left). When I moved to live in Batumi for about six months in 2012, a new university were built (now…

Batumi Bay and Port

Published: 13 April, 2016 seen 281 Tourism objects

Once in Batumi, take a lazy walk at Batumi bay area, watch ships on anchor and enjoy a cup of tasty Turkish coffee at some of the bay cafeterias.  From Batumi bay you could take an aerial tram and get some really spectacular views towards Batumi. Boulevard at Batumi bay Ship on anchor at Batumi You can climb down from the boulevard and enjoy pebbled shore.  Cargo ships at Batumi port And really spectacular views towards Adjarian mountains,

Tashir Pizza at EastPoint Mall (Tbilisi)

Published: 12 April, 2016 seen 464 Restaurant reviews

From local Armenian ex-pat community in Tbilisi we heard that famous Armenian 'Tashir Pizza' has entered market of Georgia. Back at this stage I never had even heard about Tashir Pizza before.  It was on routine shopping day at East Point shopping mall in suburbs of Tbilisi, when we noticed a Tashir Pizza, since we had heard good words about it we decided to give it a try. And let me share my joy, how surprised I was  - this place is just wonderful - delicious pizzas for real budget prices. I really like their approach serving thin Italian style or thick American style base pizzas. Thus I…

Hot New Laptop Releases of 2016

Published: 11 April, 2016 seen 2,179 Online Shopping

Either you call yourself an early technology adapter or you just are looking to upgrade your old laptop to the brand new, you will find a lot of powerful, durable and even budget laptops on this list. Alternatively, check out: Top 50 Best Selling Laptop and Notebook Computers To Buy Online on Amazon 2016 A quick note: This article contains referral links to Amazon.com, by clicking on links on this page and by making a purchase on Amazon site, I will earn an affiliate income at no cost to you. Prices for laptops listed on this page are retrieved using Amazon Product Advertising API and is…

Georgia / Armenia Border Crossing at Sadakhlo / Bagratashen

Published: 11 April, 2016 seen 8,361 Travel guides

One of the shortest routes for crossing Georgian / Armenian border, if traveling from Tbilisi to Yerevan, is Sadakhlo / Bagratashen border point.  I have traveled this route several times, mostly for my travels to Yerevan  I have used private taxi cars or minivans leaving from Avlabari or Ortachala (in Tbilisi) and back from Kilikia bus station in Yerevan. Learn more about cheap travel between Georgia and Armenia by mini vans: Tbilisi - Yerevan transfers by taxi car There are no Visa requirements for EU, US, Canada and most other Western country passport holders for crossing Georgia/Armenia…

Kilikia Bus Station in Yerevan, Armenia

Published: 10 April, 2016 seen 11,089 Railway / Bus / Ferry

I have used Kilikia bus station to travel from Yerevan to Tbilisi using minivan (marshrutka), but seems you can get from Kilikia to Istanbul (Turkey), Tehran (Iran) or Moscow (Russia), take in note those will be very long trips (starting 40 hours) and I would rather prefer to fly instead of traveling such long distances by bus. I reserved a seat a day before by calling to firm in Yerevan - Tbilisi minivan (Read more:Tbilisi - Yerevan transfers by taxi car ). Cost for Yerevan - Tbilisi minivan (7 seats in comfortable Mercedes Benz minivan) is 8,000 AMD (USD 17) (As of March, 2016). Minivan was…

Narikala Fortress

Published: 9 April, 2016 seen 2,273 Military Heritage

Ask anybody in Georgia - what are the must have tourist sites to visit while in Tbilisi. Narikala fortress will be a top of the list. And there is a good reason -  an ancient fortress, featuring rich history, overlooking Tbilisi, with some really spectacular views towards Tbilisi Old Town.  Spectacular view to the Narikala Fortress Above photo is shot from another monastery, located just opposite to Narikala fortress: See: Tabor monastery Inside fortress complex there is located St. Nicholas Church St. Nicholas Church inside Narikala fortress There are many (at least three) options to get…

Karas fast food on Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan

Published: 8 April, 2016 seen 301 Restaurant reviews

We paid a visit to Karas fast food restaurant on Mashtots avenue in Yerevan, just shortly we checked in at nearby Park hotel on Koghbaci street. We got to this place by simply asking on street to a passer by where are some cool places around to get some cool food experience. The lady told - Karas, it's just around corner. So we ended up in Karas. Menu at Karas restaurant in Yerevan This was the most interesting menu I have seen, featuring neat marketing element. Menu was illustrated with happy people eating at Karas with texts like this - Omelet with ham and tomato juice - its the best start…

Continent News Cafe, Tbilisi

Published: 7 April, 2016 seen 193 Restaurant reviews

Located on the lively David Agmashenebeli Avenue (close to Marjanishvili metro station) in Tbilisi - Continent News cafe seems is a new dinning venue in this area.  I had a chance to visit this place in the middle of March (2016). I was back at our apartment, when my beloved phoned me and invited me to this place,  - I just asked, which lens should I bring (the small one or larger) - I got instant reply - bring on the kit lens. That's how photographer girlfriends should reply, ha ha. Let me explain - kit lens are standard lenses, mostly 18-55mm, there is not much use of telephoto zoom lenses…

Cranberries in Powdered Sugar

Published: 6 April, 2016 seen 784 Food blogger

Cranberries in powdered sugar are one of my favorite sweets (sorry, Georgian churchela). I remember in my childhood there were nice little carton boxes available for sale at local stores around my native Riga. It was always as small celebrity when my mom or grandma bought me some box with cranberries in powdered sugar and let me eat all out, For a very long time I didn't find them around, but at the start of 2000's they started to appear again in shop shelves. Anyhow - many more years latter I got this treat again, in my kitchen - home made cranberries in powdered sugar. I haven't touched…

St. Nicholas Church, Tbilisi

Published: 5 April, 2016 seen 1,110 Churches and Monasteries

The chances you have seen or even visited St. Nicholas church, if traveled to Tbilisi, are huge - located on the lower court of city's most famous landmark's - Narikala fortress. This Church has been "recently" restored. Newly built in 1996–1997, it replaces the original 13th-century church that was destroyed in a fire. The new church is of "prescribed cross" type, having doors on three sides. The internal part of the church is decorated with the frescos showing scenes both from the Bible and history of Georgia. St. Nicholas church in Tbilisi Located in the Narkala fortress complex, from…

20 Budget Laptops / Notebooks under $250 in 2016

Published: 4 April, 2016 seen 1,700 Online Shopping

Nowadays the budget laptop market is pretty much oversaturated with Chromebooks, if you find you cannot spend more than $250 right now on a new laptop purchase, a Chromebook might be a very good alternative, thus if you still prefer classical laptop with Windows OS, there are few models available just under your budget price. Depending on your daily computing needs - are you looking for a laptop to take with you on your travels, maybe perform your accounting? If you are looking for simple machine, that's always connected to internet, and you don't need to run specific programs on it (like…

Tbilisi For Dummies- 10 Places To Visit When Planing Your Trip to Georgian Capital

Published: 4 April, 2016 seen 767 Travel guides

Planing your next trip to the Pearl of Caucasus - Tbilisi? Spending hours researching Lonely Planet, TripAdvisor and travel blogs? I'm here to help you, save time on researches and let Georgia to surprise you - after five years spent in this South Caucasus republic I decided to craft list of ten interesting tourist attraction sites in Tbilisi which will please most of the travelers. You don't need a fancy budget to visit these sites (as most of them are free of entrance or for symbolic price). How to get around city? Easy - download taxify mobile app and pay as you go (cheaper can be only…

How to replace all "http" hyperlink with "https" Drupal

Published: 3 April, 2016 seen 5,116 Drupal Development

Recently I made a switch from http to https. I was pretty pleased with results, and started to wait for possible SEO boost from Google. As time passed, instead of boost some traffic drop started to appear in my Google Analytics account. I cannot say for sure is this because of https thing or some major update in Google Search algorithm (Penguins & Pandas) , I just wanted make sure everything works right on my site. Traffic dropped to 0 (hourly view) Most probably it is just some glitch in Google Analytics (it happens time after time), or my server was not accessible, but maybe it was…

Independent Travel Guide to Mtskheta

Published: 2 April, 2016 seen 1,025 Tours in Georgia

Prefer exploring Georgia on your own, you call yourself an indie, even a rough traveler? Then this guide is for you - explore Mtskheta by your own - no tourist groups, just you and your free spirit in one of the most beautiful Georgian towns - Independent Mtskheta Travel guide. The best way to getting to Mtskheta is either by a taxi or marshrutka leaving from Didube station in Tbilisi. Cost per ride with marshrutka - 1 GEL. If you still prefer taxi - I recommend using taxify mobile app. Tip: you can get to Tbilisi mall with marshrutka and from here order a taxi (I negotiated a street taxi…

Georgia - 5 years latter (Economic Developments 2011-2016)

Published: 1 April, 2016 seen 243 Economic notes

April 1st marks my five year anniversary since I opted to move to this amazing country on the edge where East meets West - Republic of Georgia. Today, to celebrate this small anniversary I decided to take a look back - to see economic developments in Georgia 2011-2016 - how things how changed since I first landed at Tbilisi airport back at at April 1st, 2011.  See: 3 years in Georgia and 16 places to visit in Georgia and Tbilisi , for my previous annul reviews about Georgia. As for a small country, pretty much of daily life in Georgia is related to politics. During past five years a major…

Eldar's Bike Workshop at Kidobani Market (Tbilisi)

Published: 1 April, 2016 seen 562 Professional services

Eldar's bike workshop is a place where back at the end of 2013 we bought two mountain bikes as a Christmases gift for ourselves. Take a look of my riding experience in Tbilisi: First ride, Cycling to Tbilisi sea or alternatively check out cycling topic. At Eldar's place you can fix leaky tires, fix brakes order new details and of course to buy a new or used bicycle. It was at the start of March, warm weather approached Tbilisi and I decided to change the leaky tire for one of our bikes, so I went to Kidobani market and searched for this workshop.  Eldar's bike shop in Tbilisi Eldar asked me…