September 2016

Few Tips Before Launching Your First Web Push Notification Campaing

  • Few Tips Before Launching Your First Web Push Notification Campaing

    Published: 30 September, 2016 seen 96 Blogging

    Web push notifications have been around for a while already. Chances are, if you are reading this article, you have already implemented them on your website or at least you are planing to do it soon. Continue reading and I will reveal how did it go for my first web push notifications campaign. In fact I'm new to web push notifications. I first installed and enabled web push notifications for my blog just few days ago. See: How To Setup Web Push Notifications for Drupal or Any Site using PushEngage. In four days I gathered 300 subscribers and first campaign was sent out.  Get a free account at…

How To Sync Drupal RSS Feed to Mailchimp

  • How To Sync Drupal RSS Feed to Mailchimp

    Published: 29 September, 2016 seen 457 Drupal Development

    RSS is not dead, it's more than alive - nowadays it's used to sync content across services and devices. After finishing installing push notifications for my blog I decided to re-check my e-mail marketing strategy. Wow, it's hard to compare actually - I got about 200 push notifications subscribers in less than 3 days, while my attempts of collecting e-mails turned out to be more gloomy  - about 60 subscribers in 3 months (after which I stopped to collect e-mail addresses at all). Not to speak about crafting and editing each newsletter. I decided to make my e-mail marketing strategy more simple…

How to List Drupal Child Terms on Taxonomy Pages with Views

  • How to List Drupal Child Terms on Taxonomy Pages with Views

    Published: 28 September, 2016 seen 9,871 Drupal Development

    I spent a good amount of time at Monday's evening to actually figure this out. In today's Drupal Tutorial - How to List Drupal Child Terms on Taxonomy Pages with Views. This issue has been on my table for about two years. For the ease of this tutorial - here is basic setup. For a content type blog I have created pre-defined vocabulary - Category. Most of the category items are not related and are in linear format. But few of them are related and I have listed them as child terms. Pre-defined category in Drupal The tricky part is how to display child terms under parent taxonomy page - let's…

How To Setup Web Push Notifications for Drupal or Any Site using PushEngage

  • How To Setup Web Push Notifications for Drupal or Any Site using PushEngage

    Published: 27 September, 2016 seen 2,710 Drupal Development

    Push Notifications seems are hot and worth to invest trend nowadays. I have seen them around for about last 6 months in blogs, portals and other websites.   In fact I have always chose to block them, when popped in my Chrome Browser, as I think they might be annoying. On the other hand as a blogger with pretty solid audience (more than 55,000 unique monthly users) I have wandered maybe it's worth to explore them more and implement on my blog?! As I see it now - web push notifications could help me to increase repeat visitors and page views, that's the reason I finally opted in and implemented…

7 Hot Dell laptop Releases of 2016

  • 7 Hot Dell laptop Releases of 2016

    Published: 26 September, 2016 seen 4,303 Online Shopping

    It has been a while since I last listed popular DELL laptop models, my previous article on 13 Best Dell Laptops - Buy Online From Amazon have generated more than 20,000 page views in past 2 years, and I decided to see what's hot now. In short, during past two years a lot have changed. A convertible? not a problem! Touch screen?  You name it! Gaming computer under $1,000? Yep, that's possible! You don't have to wait for a Black Friday or December massive sales to get decent  Dell laptop right now. Meet 7 brand new and hot laptop releases from DELL available on Amazon Q3 2016. Update: See - 18…

'Delicious Ravioli' on Tumanyan street in Yerevan

  • 'Delicious Ravioli' on Tumanyan street in Yerevan

    Published: 25 September, 2016 seen 106 Restaurant reviews

    Delicious Ravioli on Tumanyan street in Yerevan, Armenia serves a traditional Georgian cuisine. Actually this is a typical khikali place and I still wonder why this place is called a Ravioli place instead of Khinkali, as in Russian language sign - this place is still called Tasty Khinkali. Strange. Anyway, as usually when abroad I search for a Georgian cuisine. Last time I visited Georgian Tavern in Tallinn, Estonia, today was Yerevan's turn. Another evening, another Yerevan restaurant.  We visited Delicious Ravioli just shortly we returned from Khor Virap monastery complex. Delicious…

Khor Virap Monastery Complex in Armenia

  • Khor Virap Monastery Complex in Armenia

    Published: 24 September, 2016 seen 1,054 Churches and Monasteries

    The Khor Virap is an Armenian monastery located in the Ararat plain in Armenia, near the closed border with Turkey, about 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) south of Artashat, Ararat Province. The monastery was host to a theological seminary and was the residence of Armenian Catholicos. Located some 30 km from nations capital Yerevan, Khor Virap is best reached by organized tours, personal vehicle or by hiring a taxi. I have kept contacts from good old taxi driver Tom, which we met first when arranged a tour to Etchmiadzin cathedral, Tom wasn't available today but agreed to send his friend Misha. Here is…

Tashir Pizza (On Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan)

  • Tashir Pizza (On Mashtots Avenue, Yerevan)

    Published: 23 September, 2016 seen 358 Restaurant reviews

    I first heard about Tashir Pizza back in Tbilisi (Georgia), the girls from local community informed that there is a famous Armenian pizza coming to the town - I had no clue what does famous Armenian Pizza stands for, so I visited my first Tashir pizzeria at Tbilisi East Point mall - read my review here: Tashir Pizza at EastPoint Mall (Tbilisi) Now, couple of months latter we were on a short few day trip to Armenia, and Tashir name popped up again, we were sitting at our cozy Park hotel room and decided to go for a walk and look for the brand. We hadn't to walk too long as first popped soon we…

Armenian Wedding

  • Armenian Wedding

    Published: 22 September, 2016 seen 135

    In today's Piece of Life photo series - Armenian Wedding, no not mine big fat Armenian Weddings, but a candid street photography from Yerevan. It all probably started at Yerevan's Brandy Factory, after visiting which we returned back to the old town by foot and noticed a crowd gathering near church. Yup, they were waiting for the bride and groom.  So did we.. I quickly changed glass to telephoto and decided to experiment - yes your are right with the candid street photography. Wide apertures and amazing models.  Wedding limousine  Taxi driver without enthusiasm  Wedding guests ...and…

Yerevan Brandy Factory Ararat

  • Yerevan Brandy Factory Ararat

    Published: 21 September, 2016 seen 411 Tourism objects

    This post is about Yerevan Brandy Company producing famous Ararat brandy. During my latest trip to Yerevan (Armenia) I had a free time and I decided to to visit Yerevan Brandy Factory. So, we just walked there by foot, and huge was our surprise when the girl at reception informed that tours can be arranged only by calling before - that's lame. But OK, if you are planing to make an indie trip to Yerevan Brandy Factory - make sure you contact them prior or you will be left with the same we got - wandering around at a small brandy kiosk at entrance, instead of taking a tour inside factory,…

Yerevan Opera Theatre

  • Yerevan Opera Theatre

    Published: 20 September, 2016 seen 362 Tourism objects

    It took me about 4 or 5 times to visit Yerevan, before I actually visited Yerevan Opera theater. OK, in fact I didn't even visited it, just passed by, but the Opera House is a popular landmark when wandering around Yerevan.  Here is the fun fact - The ground-breaking of the Opera-Theatre took place on 28 November 1930 during the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of Soviet Armenia. Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan in Yerevan was officially opened on 20 January 1933, with Alexander Spendiaryan's Almast opera performance.  Yerevan Opera…

Top 20 Quad Core Laptops (Popular among Gamers) as of 2016

  • Top 20 Quad Core Laptops (Popular among Gamers) as of 2016

    Published: 19 September, 2016 seen 10,248 Online Shopping

    The holiday season is fast approaching - but you don't have to wait for Black Friday or December massive sales to get very powerful Quad Core gaming laptop right now. Update: Top 20 Quad Core Laptops (Popular among Gamers) Quad Core laptops come with the price attached - to get a decent one - expect to spend about $1,000. On the other hand - prices for quad core laptops have gone down since they have started to gain popularity (and not only gamers have started to acquire them). In fact you won't need to spend even a thousand to acquire the most popular quad core laptop (2016) - a decent 6th…

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How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 LTS

  • How to Upgrade from Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04 LTS

    Published: 18 September, 2016 seen 819 Servers

    In this article I will provide simple instructions on how to upgrade Ubuntu 12.04 to 14.04.  In fact I didn't wanted to push for a server upgrade for a while, but decided to do it now, and not to wait when things will break completely. In fact I was working on a Drupal 8 site development and wanted to have it on more recent version of server, and so I opted to upgrade whole server. Following tutorial is inspired from How to Upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Backups I highly suggest you to take a snapshot of your current server, before pushing for your upgrade. I have Linode backups enabled and…

How To Enable PHP Curl Ngnix (Good for Social share counters)

  • How To Enable PHP Curl Ngnix (Good for Social share counters)

    Published: 17 September, 2016 seen 9,942 Servers

    Today I was eager to install and enable really cool Drupal module for my blog - Social Share Counter, this module looked simple - all I had to do, just download, enable and a little bit tweak around. From module creator (s) This module gives the share counts for only Facebook,Twitter and more which has some excellent features in more elegant manner. If you have a website, then you definitely need this module. Unfortunately, after I successfully installed and enabled this module I noticed that share count is not increasing for my articles (I had one article - with more than 5,000 shares and…

How to Upgrade PHP 5.3 to 5.5.9 on Ubuntu 12.04 to Support Drupal 8

  • How to Upgrade PHP 5.3 to 5.5.9 on Ubuntu 12.04 to Support Drupal 8

    Published: 16 September, 2016 seen 2,724 Servers

    That day finally have come and I've officially started a new project on my first Drupal 8 website. While my first attempts were about two years ago, but due to the lack of time and will to explore new things and configure new servers I proceeded just tonight (after a conversation with a long time customer we agreed to make a re-branded website and I was allowed to "experiment" with a Drupal 8 site) I took me some time to get it running as I wasn't prepared for the Drupal 8 requirements, and one of them, is to run on at least PHP 5.5. I have two linodes configured - one for this blog only and…

The Swan Lake park in Yerevan

  • The Swan Lake park in Yerevan

    Published: 15 September, 2016 seen 601 Tourism objects

    The Swan lake park in Yerevan is a popular recreation area in the heart of Yerevan, located next to the Opera house in a 5 minute walking distance from main Republic Square. The Swan Lake park usually hosts various open air art exhibitions. - Ice-skate with many locals at the Swan Lake (next to the Opera House) during winter months. The huge guitar and piano at the entrance of the Swan park I visited Swan park in the middle of March, it was still grey all around, but the green decors made it much better. Sculpture Sorry - can't tell more about it - probably very famous Armenian composer?…

Postcards from Yerevan (Spring)

  • Postcards from Yerevan (Spring)

    Published: 14 September, 2016 seen 41

    Back at the March 2016, we made a short, but very remarkable trip to Armenia and of course its capital Yerevan. In today's Piece of Life series - a day from Spring in the city of Yerevan. Republic Square in Yerevan Read more detailed article about the Republic Square of Yerevan. View towards mount Ararat Architecture in Yerevan city center Sculpture in Yerevan's park Advertisement in Yerevan Panoramic view of Yerevan In the background - Yerevan's brandy factory - Ararat, more on that in some of the future articles

Cathedral of Cadiz

  • Cathedral of Cadiz

    Published: 13 September, 2016 seen 354 Churches and Monasteries

    Cádiz Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church in Cádiz, southern Spain, and the seat of the Diocese of Cadiz y Ceuta. It was built between 1722 and 1838. The cathedral was declared Bien de Interés Cultural in 1931.  When visiting Cathedral of Cadiz, don't forget to climb up the bell tower and get some spectacular pictures from above, see: The Bell Tower of Cadiz Cathedral Cathedral of Cadiz The Plaza de la Catedral houses both the Cathedral and the Baroque Santiago church, built in 1635. The church was known as "The Cathedral of The Americas" because it was built with money from the trade…

Georgia - The Most Beautiful Country In The World

  • Georgia - The Most Beautiful Country In The World

    Published: 12 September, 2016 seen 23,646 Living in Georgia

    The other day I was reading an article in which the head of the World Tourism Organization Claimed - Georgia is the most beautiful country in the world. Well, I can ONLY agree with the words from the head of WTO, Mr. Taleb Rifai, and to ad my 50 cents  I have listed 32 places you should visit to make the most from your trip to Georgia.  For more cool tourism sights, restaurants or travel options in Georgia - check out  All about Georgia travel app based on my personal experience as an expatriate in Georgia. Georgian nature, culture and people make this country the most beautiful in the world…

The Bell Tower of Cadiz Cathedral

  • The Bell Tower of Cadiz Cathedral

    Published: 11 September, 2016 seen 905 Tourism objects

    I don't know how many popular tourism objects in Spain's Cadiz there are, but the Cathedral of Cadiz and it's bell tower should be among them for sure. We visited Cadiz for couple of hours in June 2016, arrived here from El Puerto de Santa Maria by the ferry in the morning and left afternoon. There is a small entrance fee - EUR 5, which gives access both to the Bell tower and access to the church, audio guides are available as well. There is no lift to get up to the bell tower. The total height of bell tower is about 40 meters. Cathedral of Cadiz Tried to apply the panoramic photography…

Postcards from Cadiz

  • Postcards from Cadiz

    Published: 10 September, 2016 seen 70

    My latest trip to Spain took us to the sunny and astonishing city of Cadiz. In today's Piece of Life series - a fraction, os simply Postcards from Cadiz. Square in Cadiz Cádiz is a city and port in southwestern Spain. It is the capital of the province of Cádiz, one of eight which make up the autonomous community of Andalusia. White arch in Cadiz Cádiz, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Spain and one of the oldest in western Europe,has been a principal home port of the Spanish Navy since the accession of the Spanish Bourbons in the 18th century. The city is a member of the Most…

Port of Cadiz Bay

  • Port of Cadiz Bay

    Published: 9 September, 2016 seen 43 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    We used Port of Cadiz Bay (Puerto de Cadiz) twice - first for entering from El Puerto de Santa Maria, second for leaving back to, yes you re right, back to the El Puerto Santa Maria again. At Reina Victoria pier in Cadiz-City Basin, there is a metropolitan maritime station from Cádiz, that attends to the passengers between Cádiz, El Puerto de Santa María and Rota, with modern catamarans. It has it access from Sevilla square and it is five minutes walking from the center of the city. Inside terminal building Passengers leaving Port of Cadiz Bay terminal Puerto de Cadiz See more: http://www.…

Average Monthly Salary in Former Soviet Union Republics 2016

  • Average Monthly Salary in Former Soviet Union Republics 2016

    Published: 8 September, 2016 seen 6,157 Economic notes

    About two years ago I first compared average monthly salary in Former Soviet Union Republics. Now, two years later, I decided to compare again. I was surprised after seeing results. Let me explain. First - call it as you wish - major world economic crisis, sanctions against Russia, better integrated or worst integrated parts of the World, but after seeing huge drops in all but Baltic States and Armenia's average salary for me it seems, those countries are still very closely related with Russia, at least in economical plan, and I'm not saying it is good nor it's bad. It's just how it looks for…

Castle of San Marcos (El Puerto de Santa María)

  • Castle of San Marcos (El Puerto de Santa María)

    Published: 7 September, 2016 seen 207 Tourism objects

    While waiting for our ferry departing for Cadiz, we had a chance to visit a local fair in El Puerto de Santa Maria). I made some interesting photography here. One of the first tourism objects I noticed in El Puerto was Castle of San Marcos. Castle of San Marcos (also Castillo de Alfonso X El Sabio) is a medieval castle located in El Puerto de Santa María, Cádiz, Spain. The castle was erected as a fortified church by King Alfonso X of Castile. It was built on the site of a mosque of which the wall of the qibla survives. Front view of Castle of San Marco The castle was declared a national…

How I Made $1,000 with Google AdSense in 7 years

  • How I Made $1,000 with Google AdSense in 7 years

    Published: 6 September, 2016 seen 1,000 Blogging

    Yes, I know the title doesn't sounds too much promising. Do a quick Google search and there will be zillion of results pointing out how to make $1,000 a day, or at least in a month. No to speak about - how to make a million dollar from Google AdSense. I'm here to tell you my story how I made humble thousand dollars in seven years. Dude, I feel sorry for me. Round a year ago I covered an article about Google AdSense achievements, it turned out I was using Google AdSense for already 6 years. Now it's already seven years, that's about 1/4 of my life or about one half of my adult life.  Now to…

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Top 15 Best Selling Laptops September 2016

  • Top 15 Best Selling Laptops September 2016

    Published: 5 September, 2016 seen 1,577 Online Shopping

    Laptop market changes very rapidly, I started to cover laptop best sellers more than two years ago. In September 2014 most popular user choice when looking for a brand new laptop was a DELL brand, a year ago in 2015 it was already Toshiba model. This year seems is a year of ACER.  In September Acer Chromebook is the most popular module - followed by a traditional Acer Aspire laptop (Windows 10 OS), in third place a very powerful gaming laptop from Lenovo Yoga series. Among other brands you will find HP, ASUS, DELL and Even Apple MacBook. Please note: items listed bellow contains affiliate…

Ferry from El Puerto de Santa Maria to Cadiz

  • Ferry from El Puerto de Santa Maria to Cadiz

    Published: 4 September, 2016 seen 4,720 Railway / Bus / Ferry

    The other day we arrived to El Puerto de Santa Maria just for one reason, we had red in some travel guide, that if approaching from Jerez to Cadiz, a nice option to have is to take a ferry leaving El Puerto and connecting with Cadiz. It took us some time to actually figure out where the terminal building is located and to find a free parking space for our rental car. Once we found both, we had some free time before ferry departing and luckily we got a chance to see a local fair, see Fair in El Puerto de Santa Maria. Yachts (boats) at Bay of Cadiz Terminal Maritima El Puerto de Santa Maria…

Fair in El Puerto de Santa Maria

  • Fair in El Puerto de Santa Maria

    Published: 3 September, 2016 seen 534

    Right, its time to continue our latest adventures from our latest Spain trip (visiting region of Andalusia). In today's Piece of Life series a trade fair in small town of El Puerto de Santa Maria. We left Jerez early in the morning and followed by the advices on the internet decided to get to the Cadiz today, and one of the options was by making a stop at El Puerto de Santa Maria, from which a ferry departs to the city of Cadiz. We arrived around 10:00 AM at El Puerto de Santa Maria, searched a while for a free parking lot and got one a bit out of the city center next to the matador and bull…

Campsite 'Miera Osta' near Pāvilosta

  • Campsite 'Miera Osta' near Pāvilosta

    Published: 2 September, 2016 seen 93 Tourism objects

    I'm a huge admirer of Latvian seashore town of Pāvilosta. I guess I first discovered it just last year. This Summer we spent many trips to Pāvilosta and vicinity - just by doing nothing - wandering around.  The other weekend we found a new road end and decided to give it a try - at the end we were met by the campsite Miera Osta located near white sand Baltic seashore, some 240km from nation's capital Riga. Tree house Kids will enjoy this, and you can actually rent this tree house for about EUR 50. I had a chance to met with the owners of Miera Osta, and I was told that because of campsite…

Deep in the Forest

  • Deep in the Forest

    Published: 1 September, 2016 seen 46

    I'm not a huge fan of wild woods, instead, I prefer parks, thus this time I agreed to accompany a person in a thing called mushroom gathering, and believe it or not - I even got a nice catch of mushrooms.  In today's Piece of Life series - a hunt for mushrooms in the deepest forests in Courland (Latvia) Ferns in the woods Observant viewer will find chanterelles under these ferns. Red-Capped Scaber Stalks Polypore The Polyporales are an order of fungi in the division Basidiomycota, subclass Agaricomycetidae. The order includes some (but not all) polypores as well as many corticoid fungi and…