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Free alternatives to Mandrill for sending transactional emails

March 12, 2016

If you're a Mandrill user, you've probably already gotten an email from Mandrill that they will completely be integrated with MailChimp and will require a paid MailChimp subscription to continue its use. The cheapest paid MailChimp subscription at the moment goes for $20/month.

If you're bootstrapping a startup, you look for any savings you can get. That $20/month could be used for other things, like 4 DigitalOcean servers to run ...

Working from a 24-hour manga cafe in Kyoto, Japan

January 30, 2016

Popeye Media Cafe - Kyoto, Japan

I decided to spend a week in Kyoto a few weeks ago before leaving South Korea as it was only an hour flight away. I had client work to do that week and since my client is 14 hours behind and the apartment I was staying in wasn't really comfortable to work in, I had to look for 24-hour cafes to work from.

One option is the 24-hour McDonald's and I did work ...

ASUS Zenbook UX305LA 13.3-Inch Ultrabook with Ubuntu 14.04 Review

December 27, 2015

I finally replaced my 3-year-old Dell XPS 13 Ultrabook about 3 weeks ago with this cheaper ASUS Zenbook UX305LA model.

I originally intended to replace it with the newer developer edition of the XPS 13 line but then I found out a couple of days after I placed my order that an even newer model with a newer generation CPU that's more efficient and a faster SSD was just released. The newer edition also ...

Working from cafes in Daegu, South Korea

December 22, 2015

I've been in Daegu, South Korea for just over 3 weeks now and all I've done here so far is work from cafes. The last few weeks had been very busy for me as my business partner and I wrap up Seller Republic. Plus I still have my regular freelance gig as well, which actually made South Korea for me a good place to be.

I was in Manila, Philippines before coming here ...

My first Uber experience in Manila, Philippines

November 5, 2015

I'm now in Manila, Philippines, and just like in most other big cities, taxi drivers here get a bad reputation. I actually try to avoid taxis in most cities unless I have no other option. Last time I was here was almost 3 years ago and have only used the taxi a couple of times and it was fine. But I've heard enough stories of taxi drivers refusing to use the meter or ...

Adding a Time Zone setting to your Django app

October 29, 2015

I'm currently working with a friend of mine on a Django app for Amazon sellers to automatically reprice their product listings. One of the features of the app is to show the price change history of their listings. Since they would want to see the timestamp of when the change occurred, we added a setting for them to set their Time Zone so they won't have to do time adjustments in their head ...

Certificate verify failure with version 2015.9.6.2 of the certifi package

October 12, 2015

I just spent the past hour trying to troubleshoot this error message I was getting from the requests package when communicating with the MailChimp API:

SSLError: [Errno 1] _ssl.c:510: error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed

I just provisioned a production server running Ubuntu 14.04 x64 for a new Django project and had been pulling my hair out trying to figure out why it was throwing this error when our stage ...

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