elftronix.com 2018-05-25T14:14:46Z https://www.elftronix.com/feed/atom/ https://www.elftronix.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-elf-32x32.png David <![CDATA[Step-by-Step: Installing macOS Compatible Bluetooth USB Dongle]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=3756 2018-05-25T10:01:24Z 2018-05-25T07:00:24Z Looking for an easy to install Bluetooth USB dongle for your Mac or Hackintosh PC — I recommend the Broadcom BCM20702 Chipset. It’s readily available used by many dongles, inexpensive and works easily without drivers. But you need to install some software just to enable it.

Here are my step-by-step instructions!

Mac Bluetooth USB Dongle

Tip! Cheap macOS compatible Bluetooth USB dongles here on eBay.

In my case the integrated AirPort Extreme card was broken on the Macbook Pro. This is a combo card with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth combined — (1) Wi-Fi would work for a while and then turn itself off until restart, (2) Bluetooth would keep randomly turning off and back on, making it impossible to use any Bluetooth device. So I decided to get a cheap external adapter instead of paying for expensive replacement work.

Note that I have El Capitan (10.11.6 at the time of writing) but this will most probably work with earlier versions of the macOS.

Bluetooth USB Dongle Broadcom BCM20702

I purchased a Broadcom BCM20702 equipped USB Bluetooth Adapter which went under the brand name “GMYLE” (although received dongle says “Succul”).

I noticed that with a lot of compatible dongles you don’t see Mac compatibility listed. But it’s safe to ignore that, as long as you have a supported chipset in your hands. Mine actually says on the back of the box that it’s Mac OS compatible.

Bluetooth 4.0 USB


Required Software

First you need to install: Xcode (the OS X developer tools). Then an additional tools package that contains the “Bluetooth Explorer” app, which is needed to activate the “Host Controller”.

(1) First — grab Xcode over here if it’s not already installed. Apple ID is required for both downloads (1) (2).

Xcode 8

(2) Second — go to the “Downloads for Apple Developers” section and search for Xcode. Or use this direct link to get there. Look for the version of the tools package that corresponds to your version of Xcode. Previously the package has been called “Hardware IO Tools” but since Xcode 8 it’s just “Additional Tools”.

Xcode Additional Tools & Hardware IO Tools

Note: “Additional Tools for Xcode 8” supports only macOS Sierra. So if you are on El Capitan or other older version, you might consider sticking with Xcode 7.

Open up Bluetooth Explorer and go to Tools –> HCI Controller Selector.

Bluetooth Explorer Host Controller Selector

You should see the Broadcom Corp chip within the list of host controllers. Pick the right one and “Activate”. And you are done!

macOS Bluetooth

Bluetooth mouse gets immediately connected.

How is this working for macOS 10.13 High Sierra in 2018? Let me know!

Please, also let us know the setup that’s working for you.
Or is the Bluetooth USB dongle not working? Leave your problems below.

Also I’d likely kindly note my readers, that some of these guides and posts on Elftronix are affiliated with other companies and the services they provide. This could potentially result in financial benefit.

Sincere thank you for reading and supporting me! David.

David <![CDATA[eBay Poland Website “eBay.pl” in English! Best Equivalent Polish Site]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6530 2018-05-25T14:13:15Z 2018-05-24T07:00:56Z Shopping on the Polish eBay is convenient for finding items located in Poland and globally with shipping to Poland. Now in 2018, available in English.

Click here for eBay site in Poland in English

eBay Poland

The site eBay.pl is aimed at Polish users only. Those who need an English interface for shopping in the country, use — the international version of eBay.

Nearly all Polish sellers on eBay.pl are available on both site versions! So without further ado, here’s my guide on shopping, and auctioning in Poland;

How eBay works in Poland

If you simply want to use the global marketplace, to search for items anywhere in the world with support for shipping to Poland. Just use the global eBay, which automatically detects your location and even calculates sending costs.

However, there are methods for a more localized experience;

Shopping from eBay sellers in Poland;

For the cheapest, and fastest shipping. You might want to check if the product you are looking for is available directly in Poland;

Step 1. Open this link for English eBay in Poland

Step 2. At the top, look for the “Advanced” link next to Search button.

Step 3. Scroll down on that page until the “Location” options.

Step 4. Choose “Poland” from the list of countries.

Now all your searched are narrowed down to Polish sellers.

Shopping from eBay sellers in Europe;

You can find more extensive range, and competitive pricing from Europe. Especially since goods from the EU are exempt from customs duties;

Step 1. Open this link for English eBay in Poland

Step 2. First do your search as you usually would.

Step 3. Towards the bottom left of the window, you’ll find a quick selection menu for your shopping region. Select Europe and you are good to go.

Selling to Polish buyers through eBay;

Undoubtedly, eBay is the best way to sell and auction items in English to Polish consumers. Check out the Global Shipping Program for more.

Basically you can be located anywhere in the world, and have a huge global seller market in your hands, taking your business to Poland, Europe and beyond.

Including access to the eBay.pl equivalent site.

eBay Poland in English & Polish Equivalent

There are two main version of the website, mainly in use by eBay users that are located in Poland or shopping to Poland from elsewhere;

The native Polish version at eBay.pl, which is mostly the same as the main site, except that the language of the website is in Polish only. It’s the best equivalent.

The global version of eBay at eBay.com, which is in English only and servers all the features you would have on the Polish equivalent.

While eBay.pl would offer you Polish shipping and calculate sending accordingly as default, on eBay.com it will detect your location based on the IP address of your internet connection. However, you can also change the location later to Poland even if you are located outside of the country or elsewhere in Europe.

And that’s the end of my quick guide on Polish online shopping.

I welcome questions and comments on eBay in Poland.
And let me know what you consider the best equivalent or similar site.

To all my readers, thanks for popping by and your potentially voluntary support by clicking on any of the affiliate links, scattered around the blog. Your visit means a lot to me. My biggest, most sincere thank you! David.

David <![CDATA[USA Amazon.com en Français ! — Le Guide d’Achat Facile]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=1492 2018-05-23T08:40:13Z 2018-05-23T07:00:34Z Quand je suis aux États-Unis, c’est très pratique de pouvoir faire du shopping sur la boutique en ligne Amazon.com. Mais naviguer sur le site en anglais n’était pas vraiment pratique ! Jusqu’à ce que je découvre qu’il existe un moyen très facile d’utiliser le site presque entièrement en français.

Cliquez ici pour Amazon.com!

Amazon.com USA en Français

Saviez-vous qu’il y a 2 millions de personnes qui parlent français en Amérique ? Ce qui en fait la quatrième langue la plus parlée dans le pays, après l’anglais, l’espagnol et le chinois. Malheureusement, cela ne signifie pas qu’il y ait autant de services francophones dans le pays.

Après avoir essayé d’utiliser le site avec un traducteur, j’ai découvert quelque chose d’encore mieux. Il est possible de rendre l’ensemble du processus totalement automatique, de sorte que pratiquement tout le texte sur chaque page soit en français.

Donc, disons que nous convertissions cette page d’inscription. En cette page, qui ressemble exactement à la précédente, sauf que la langue a changé!

Il était simplement question de configurer mon navigateur pour traduire le site web d’Amazon de l’anglais au français automatiquement lorsque j’ouvre chaque nouvelle page. Ce qui n’a pas été très difficile une fois avoir trouvé la bonne extension de navigateur qui permet ce genre de fonctionnalité.

J’ai remarqué que la plupart des add-ons de traduction n’étaient pas bons, donc après avoir effectué beaucoup de recherches, j’ai compilé une petite liste de navigateurs Web et la meilleure façon de parvenir à faire cela pour chaque navigateur. Il suffit de sélectionner le vôtre dans la liste (qui, nous l’espérons, s’agrandira à l’avenir).

Google Chrome

Ceux qui utilisent déjà la navigation avec Chrome n’auront pas grand chose à faire. Si la langue de votre navigateur est configurée pour quoi que ce soit d’autre que l’anglais, il vous demandera de traduire les pages qui sont dans une langue étrangère. Cela fonctionne avec d’autres langues aussi, bien sûr.

Mozilla Firefox

Firefox dispose d’une extension très utile qui automatise complètement le travail. Il suffit de télécharger « S3.Google Translator » et il s’installera en un clic. Après un redémarrage du navigateur, vous verrez une nouvelle icône dans le coin supérieur droit. Vous avez différents réglages possibles, mais le fait de simplement activer l’option « traduire automatiquement www.amazon.com » devrait suffire !

Je espère que ceci aura été un guide utile, et que vous savez maintenant comment vous inscrire et acheter sur la boutique Amazon.com, en français ! Les expériences et commentaires sont les bienvenus !

Elftronix.com participe au Programme Partenaires d’Amazon Services LLC, un programme d’affiliation conçu pour permettre à des sites de percevoir une rémunération grâce à la création de liens vers Amazon.com

David <![CDATA[eBay Argentina Site in English for South America Shopping & Shipping]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6514 2018-05-25T14:14:46Z 2018-05-22T07:00:54Z I wrote this guide for online shopping in South America, on the Argentinian eBay site, with Argentina & global shipping. Now in 2018, available in English!

Click here for Argentina eBay website in English

eBay in Argentina

The direct link to the English version of eBay for Argentinians is this one — but if you are still seeing the website in Spanish follow these steps;

Step 1. Look for the “Español” link with a globe icon in the top menu.

Step 2. Hover over that link, and select the option for “English”.

How eBay works in Argentina

These are the different ways you can use the popular eBay.com marketplace for your shopping and auctioning needs in Argentina.

But if you are simply looking for items from anywhere in the world, that support global shipping to Argentina. The site will detect your location and serve only suitable search results when browsing through the site.

Or follow these tips for a more localized experience!

Buying directly from eBay sellers in Argentina;

Step 1. Use this link to go to eBay in Argentina

Step 2. Click on the “Advanced” link, besides blue Search button.

Step 3. Scroll down the page, to where it says “Location”.

Step 4. Choose the Turkey option in “Located in” drop-down menu.

Buying from South American eBay sellers;

It’s real pity, that eBay currently does not support searching for sold items, and products in the whole of South America with one search.

In the advanced search page, you can select location preference as worldwide, North America, Europe or Asia. But there’s no option for South America.

Therefore your only option is to use the method described above for searching through Argentinian sellers, and do an individual search for every country nearby Argentina. For  example, Chile, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia, etc.

Selling to Argentina buyers on eBay;

You can also use the global eBay.com site to reach Argentinian buyers. Read more about their Global Shipping Program for shipping, and sending to Argentina.

The benefits are an English language seller interface, and Spanish for buyers. And that sellers can be located in the US or anywhere in the world.

eBay Argentina in English & Spanish

The website is available in two native languages for Argentinian visitors, English and Spanish. But the Spanish version is only available for those who are located in South America with a local IP address for proof of location.

This means, that those outside of the country where Spanish is not the first language, will only be able to access the website in English. And pretty much the only way around this restriction is to use a VPN to obtain an IP address from Argentina.

But users residing in the country, will have the convenience of access to both languages with the same servers. Great for sellers who cannot speak Spanish and buyers who are residing in the country but cannot speak the language.

Also there are no sites that are considered equivalents to Argentinian eBay, and the problem with other somewhat similar sites is that they lack the global marketplace feature which connects you with one of the biggest shopping basket of the world, with extensive support for global shipping and delivery.

Hope this helps your online shopping ventures!

Questions are welcome on how eBay works in Argentina.
Or what’s your experience with e-commerce in South America?

Thank you for visit & reading!

Tip! There’s no eBay.ar site, this guide is for the recommended site eBay.com.

Also I’d like to note to my dear readership, that not all of the posts but some contain affiliate links which are equipped with a nofollow tag. This helps to support my time put into creating useful and helpful content. My most sincere thanks, David.

David <![CDATA[How to Register & Buy .CN Domains — The Easy Registrar Way]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2720 2018-05-21T15:04:42Z 2018-05-21T07:00:55Z I wrote this quick guide on how anyone can buy CN domain names (the Chinese TLD), easily, with low-cost registration, and from anywhere in 2018.

Guide to CN Domains

Times when only a registered business in China could buy .cn domains are long gone. This created a whole industry of fake registrars that stole your money acting as a middleman to register the domain for you.

Then big companies started showing up.

On the international supply of trusty .cn registrars, I’ve seen only one company stay afloat with cheap, fast registration for businesses and individuals. In my line of experience I’ve found that the best place to get a .cn domain is Dynanot.

Chinese .cn Domain Pricing at Dynadot.com

Despite the convenience of dealing with a US, California based company. You will be under the scrutiny of Chinese law. Not to worry though, just stick with “the rules” and you have a domain for life.

Here are the pointers:

  • You need to verify your domain whois info with an ID scan
  • Processing takes max. a week, usually around 4 working days
  • Save by buying multiple years on first time registration
  • You can use this link to register the domain
  • Price is $6.99 per year for .CN registrations
  • Price is $9.99 for renew and transfer

Note that you can register the domain for you immediately, but changing name servers will not be allowed before your identity is verified.

Having experience with Chinese internet authorities, I am astonished that the verification process is so efficient. Once that is done, you can quickly register new domains by simply setting the whois info to the one that you have verified, with a scan of your ID or passport. Naturally, private whois will not be available.

So there you have it. A cheap and easy way, and most likely we will not be seeing any rivals to match the level of service anytime soon. Godaddy has quit the game and stopped providing Chinese domains already.

Hope this helps and please go a head if any questions arise. I’m planning to do a step-by-step guide for the actual registration process if someone is interested.

Sincere regards, David.

Questions on registering Chinese domain names in 2018?
Please, write your comments in the field below.

David <![CDATA[Best TGV Child Tickets Price: Cheap Kids Seat for a Few Euro Fare!]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6366 2018-05-20T16:42:37Z 2018-05-20T07:00:49Z Traveling on TGV trains with children in France is fun and convenient, as well as affordable — here’s how to get the incredibly low child fare ticket price!

TGV Child Tickets

I was recently traveling from Paris to Nice with the family, and tried a handful of booking sites in English looking for the best ticket price.

To my surprise I found out that my youngest children could travel with their own seat, just 9 euros each for a 1000km trip! Or even less for shorter distances.

And booked early, also adult and youth tickets were affordable. Being tired of air-travel, I was delighted that travel was cheaper by high speed trains in France!

The special child fare is only available on the “Trainline” ticket retailer.

Here’s how to grab your cheap TGV seats for your kids!

Trainline TGV Booking Search

Navigate to Trainline, and make sure you are on the EU version of the website. You are immediately presented with a search for trains throughout Europe.

Enter origin, destination, date and all passengers with their age. The form will automatically search for the cheapest possible tickets for both 2nd & 1st class.

TGV Child Price

You will be presented with a list of all TGV trains running on that date, and the total price with taxes and all other charges included.

Choose between tickets from Cheapest, to Semi-flex and Flexible. Or sort search results with the fastest train routes only, without changes if possible.

Also, you can select if you need booth seating (highly recommended for families), or first floor or second floor with better views (latter up to preference).

Note the “Passengers” section to see which tickets you are valid for. If you see “Fortfait Bambin”, congratulations. It’s the cheapest TGV seat fare possible!

TGV Child Ticket Pricing

Here is the price of tickets depending on their age;

TGV Toddler Ticket Fare;

Children and babies, under 4 years old who do not require a seat can travel free on all TGV trains in France. If they require a seat, you are valid for the “Bambin” or toddler ticket price, which is a formal payment of a few euros.

On top, the ticket is valid for a refund if canceled before the train departs, or can be changed to another date without any additional cost.

TGV Child Ticket Fare;

Children under 12 years old are valid for the “Enfant” or child fare. The cost of these tickets is usually half price from the regular adult fare.

Please note, price also varies depending on the TGV train and booked date.

Thumb rule is, the earlier you book the cheaper.

All in all, Trainline is a train booking website I can highly recommend for affordable travel within Europe and France;

  • There are no booking fees and hidden costs
  • The price is the same as booked directly with carrier, Trainline doesn’t add anything to the ticket fare.

Good luck finding the best fares for your family!

Any questions about train and TGV travel in France?
Or what’s your experience with child tickets, give us a comment!

Finally, not all but some of the articles I wrote on my blog contain links that are affiliated with companies that they link to. This is to support the blog and won’t affect the price of any such services. Much thanks for your voluntary support.

And for having a read! Hope this was helpful. David.

David <![CDATA[Cheap TLD Guide: The List of Cheapest Domains & Registrars]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2918 2018-05-19T17:36:04Z 2018-05-19T07:00:36Z This is a comprehensive list of the most cheap (TLD) top level domain names and registrars that maintain these low prices. This does NOT include domains that have cheap one year registration only — this is the real deal in 2018!

Cheapest Domains

Update – Cheapest Domains of May, 2018 available at Namesilo.

Domain names $1.89/year for Register, Renewal & Transfer. (Tip! First time orders: Use coupon code “smartdom1″ and receive $1 OFF);

.accountant, .bid, .cricket, .dating, .download, .faith, .loan, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .stream, .trade, .webcam and .win

These are inexpensive to register for multiple years with constant, flat pricing. Although some might be even cheaper when registered for multiple years.

Country Code TLDs: ccTLD

— TLD: .com.de
— Cost: $4.88/year
— Registrar: Namecheap

— TLD: .co.in, .net.in, .org.in, .ind.in
— Cost: $6.40/year
— Registrar: Crazy Domain

Generic TLDs: gTLD

— TLD: .work
— Cost: $4.88/year
— Registrar: Namecheap

— TLD: .accountant, .bid, .cricket, .date, .download, .faith, .loan, .men, .party, .racing, .review, .science, .trade, .webcam, .win,
— Cost: $4.88/year
— Registrar: Uniregistry

This is an ongoing list, with more super cheap domains added over time..

Know any other cheap domain registrars?
Let us know in the comments on the cheapest TLDs!

Not forgetting to let my readers know, that when ever appropriate the links are affiliated with the companies they refer to for financial gain. Huge thanks for support in considering these services, and having a read! David.

David <![CDATA[eBay Saudi Arabia Site! Online Shopping Guide, Shipping & Delivery]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6493 2018-05-22T14:34:30Z 2018-05-18T07:00:12Z I wrote this guide for online shopping on the Saudi Arabia version of eBay. Get shipping and delivery to Riyadh & rest of the country, now in 2018.

Click here for the eBay website in Saudi Arabia

eBay in Saudi Arabia

eBay is a popular, international shopping portal in Saudi Arabia, especially as a trusted and familiar e-commerce, seller/buyer auctioning site brand.

How eBay works in Saudi Arabia

The website can be used for both, online shopping in the country with shipping & delivery support to Saudi Arabia. Or to sell goods to Saudis.

You can search for items either within sellers physically located in Saudi Arabia for custom duty free shopping. Or amongst Asia and the Middle-east for faster and more affordable delivery. Also you can find plenty of items located in US, Europe and the rest of the world that support sending to Saudi Arabia.

Buying from eBay sellers in Saudi Arabia;

Step 1. Open this link for eBay in Saudi Arabia

Step 2. Select “Advanced” next to the Search button.

Step 3. Go down on that page to find “Location” settings.

Step 4. Select Saudi Arabia from the drop-down menu!

All searches will be narrowed down to items located in the country, for reduced shipping costs and shopping in Saudi riyal if possible.

Buying from Asian & Middle Eastern eBay sellers;

Step 1. Open this link for eBay in Saudi Arabia

Step 2. Start with a search of the item you are looking for.

Step 3. On the left you can select the “Item Location” as Asia. From now on, all searches will be limited to the selected region.

Selling to Saudi Arabia with eBay.com;

It’s also possible to use the global eBay.com site to reach buyers in Saudi Arabia, no matter where you are located in the world.

Get to know the Global Shipping Program for shipping and delivery.

Good to know;

The default currency is in US Dollars. But you may change to the native seller currency (which will obviously vary on seller location).

There are no native Arabic or Saudi riyal currency versions of the website.

Any additional custom duties or taxes are usually not included within the price, and should be individually taken into consideration.

When your internet connection is physically located there, and has an IP address from Saudi Arabia, eBay will automatically show you items that support shipping to Riyadh and other parts of the country. And calculate the cost of delivery.

Online Shopping in Saudi Arabia

The country has many online shopping portals, of which eBay remains an importal portal. Other websites worth looking into include;

  • Souq.com — ” Largest e-commerce site in the Arab world”
  • Wadi.com — “Online shopping in Saudi Arabia”
  • Jarir Bookstore — “Not just a bookstore”
  • Noon.com — “Online shopping redefined”

However, in terms of the global scale of eBay’s seller/buyer and auctioning features there is no real equivalent such site in the country.

Any questions about online shopping in the land of the Saudis?
I’m happy to answer questions about eBay in Saudi Arabia!

Finally I would like to kindly inform my readers that a portion of the hyperlinks that are placed in these posts may be affiliated for financial gain.

This supports the blog in a big way and keeps me writing helpful content to my dear readership. Thank you so so much! David.

David <![CDATA[The Fastest & Best VPN in Japan! List of Speed Tested VPN Providers]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2619 2018-05-18T15:11:41Z 2018-05-17T07:00:06Z Did you know that in Japan, ISP tracks and records every site visited for up to 10 years. For that and many other reasons, securing your connection can be a good idea. But in a country of high speed internet, it’s important to pick a VPN service that is as fast as possible to maximise performance.

This is my research for the best and fastest VPN for Japan in 2018!

Fastest VPN in Japan

In this post, I have made four simple speed tests in Tokyo, Hong Kong, Los Angeles & London, with my fast 1000Gigabit connection in Japan. First without a VPN and then the same with each VPN service.

The list is ongoing, so I will add up VPN providers with time.

The fastest VPN for Japan is Astrill.

VPN Tokyo
Hong Kong
Los Angeles
Without VPN 438 Mb/s
586 Mb/s
250 Mb/s
188 Mb/s
313 Mb/s
103 Mb/s
121 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
Astrill 211 Mb/s
146 Mb/s
208 Mb/s
141 Mb/s
202 Mb/s
121 Mb/s
182 Mb/s
115 Mb/s
NordVPN 75 Mb/s
77 Mb/s
66 Mb/s
74 Mb/s
70 Mb/s
74 Mb/s
41 Mb/s
24 Mb/s
IVPN 80 Mb/s
110 Mb/s
37 Mb/s
146 Mb/s
31 Mb/s
55 Mb/s
22 Mb/s
46 Mb/s
ExpressVPN 67 Mb/s
140 Mb/s
65 Mb/s
149 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
120 Mb/s
16 Mb/s
33 Mb/s
Golden Frog 51 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
14 Mb/s
18 Mb/s
5 Mb/s
PureVPN 33 Mb/s
29 Mb/s
32 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
27 Mb/s
23 Mb/s
25 Mb/s
SaferVPN 34 Mb/s
37 Mb/s
8 Mb/s
4 Mb/s
30 Mb/s
28 Mb/s
14 Mb/s
17 Mb/s
NolimitVPN 31 Mb/s
21 Mb/s
32 Mb/s
19 Mb/s
32 Mb/s
16 Mb/s
24 Mb/s
10 Mb/s
PIA 24 Mb/s
153 Mb/s
20 Mb/s
175 Mb/s
11 Mb/s
146 Mb/s
7 Mb/s
6 Mb/s
Perfect Privacy 19 Mb/s
36 Mb/s
17 Mb/s
21 Mb/s
20 Mb/s
13 Mb/s
10 Mb/s
12 Mb/s
ZenVPN 3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
3 Mb/s
2 Mb/s
1 Mb/s

Here are the connection specs:

Connection: Flet’s Hikari フレッツ光公式 High-Speed Optical Fiber 1Gbps
Intermediary: NTT WEST NTT西日本
Provider: Excite Japan Co., Ltd エキサイト株式会社

Flet’s Hikari (without VPN)

Speeds are impressive inside Japan but there is a great deal of variety in performance overseas. When downloading larger files, speed can be improved by using concurrent connections with multi-threaded/segmented downloading.

Speed Tests Without VPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests Without VPN: Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Hong Kong:  Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests Without VPN: Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests Without VPN: Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests Without VPN: London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Astrill VPN

Location: Three Tokyo Servers

ISP1: GMO Internet, Inc.
ISP2: Linode
ISP3: SoftLayer Technologies

Click here to see Astrill membership plans.

This is a fast and stable VPN for Japan. With a significant increase in speed for overseas connections. Three servers within the country to choose from for optimal speed, and a very extensive but simple to use connection client.

The client also gives the option to use OpenWeb protocol which is an even faster connection method that works only with web browsing. I managed to record downloads speeds of up to 420Mbps with it! So you can stream anything overseas.

Speed Tests with Astrill (1st February 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests with Astrill: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests with Astrill: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests with Astrill: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests with Astrill: London


You will loose potential Gigabit speeds but the connection is solid globally and quite fast within the limits of a 100Mbit internet connections or less.

The level of security and anonymity is very good. All the personal information you need to give them is your email address. The support is very fast and helpful too. See here for NordVPN pricing options.

Speed Tests with NordVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with NordVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with NordVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with NordVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with NordVPN: London


Steady performance, but sadly looks like speeds are pretty much stuck around 30Mb/s.

Speed Tests with PureVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with PureVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests with PureVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with PureVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests with PureVPN: London


Not good performance.

Speed Tests with SaferVPN (31st January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with SaferVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with SaferVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with SaferVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with SaferVPN: London


Location: Hong Kong
ISP: SoftLayer Dutch Holdings B.V.

Speed Tests with IVPN (7th February 2016):

Tsukuba: Hosted by SoftEther Corporation

Speed Test with IVPN: Tsukuba

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with IVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with IVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with IVPN: London

Private Internet Access (PIA)

Service is good and the staff was very helpful to try and fix the issue with download speeds, without results unfortunately. Perhaps it can work for some, but just opening web pages was slow enough to make this unusable with my connection.

Speed Tests with PIA (1st February 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests with PIA: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests with PIA: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests with PIA: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests with PIA: London


Two servers located in Tokyo with similar performance. Good connection inside Japan, but speed seems to progressively slow down when moving outside of the Japanese waters. Decent performance, but looses with downloads speeds.

Speed Tests with ExpressVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Tests With ExpressVPN: London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Golden Frog

Below average performer.

Speed Tests with Golden Frog (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with Golden Frog: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with Golden Frog: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with Golden Frog: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with Golden Frog: London


A below average performer.

Speed Tests with NolimitVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: Hong Kong

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with NolimitVPN: London

Perfect Privacy

ISP: Green Net Co., Ltd.
Location: Tokyo

Speed Tests with Perfect Privacy (7th February 2016):

Tsukuba: Hosted by SoftEther Corporation

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: Tsukuba

Taipei: Hosted by Asia Pacific Telecom

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: Taipei

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with Perfect Privacy: London


This is a good example how a VPN service can go terribly wrong. According to the results I got, ZenVPN is at the moment not suitable for the Japanese market.

Speed Tests with ZenVPN (29th January 2016):

Tokyo: Hosted by Cordeos Corp.

Speed Test with ZenVPN: Tokyo

Hong Kong: Hosted by HKIX1

Speed Test with ZenVPN: Hong Kong (HK)

Los Angeles: Hosted by Phyber Communications

Speed Test with ZenVPN: Los Angeles

London: Hosted by Burstfire Networks Ltd

Speed Test with ZenVPN: London

Please note that this is not an accurate indication of average speed. The test is to see the potential capacity of the VPN bandwidth.

Hope this was helpful in finding a fast Virtual Private Network. If you have any suggestions or questions please go ahead and leave a comment!

David <![CDATA[eBay Netherlands in English! Guide to Dutch eBay Site & Equivalents]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6456 2018-05-22T14:19:16Z 2018-05-16T07:00:35Z This is my shopping guide to eBay in the Netherlands & Holland. Shop locally, or access Dutch e-commerce globally — now available in English!

eBay in The Netherlands

How eBay works in the Netherlands

Most Dutch eBay sellers are selling on both, the local eBay.nl site and international version of eBay at eBay.com which is available in English.

On both stores you can limit searches to sellers in the Netherlands, or Europe for a wider reach of items, free from customs duties and with affordable shipping,

These are the basics on doing your shopping there!

Shopping from Dutch eBay sellers;

Step 1. Open this link for international eBay in Netherlands

Step 2. Look for where it says “Advanced”, besides top Search button.

Step 3. Go down on that page to “Location” settings.

Step 4. Choose Netherlands and search for items!

Shopping from European eBay sellers;

Step 1. Open this link for international eBay in Netherlands

Step 2. First search for your item as usual.

Step 3. Then check the “item Location” settings on the left, and choose to narrow down your search to within Europe only. That’s it!

Selling to Dutch customers on eBay;

Weather you are located abroad or within the Netherlands, eBay provides a convenient way to sell items to Dutch buyers in English. See the “Global Shipping Program” for more information for international & foreign sellers.

eBay Netherlands in English

To use the native Dutch version of the local eBay store in the Netherlands, an alternative solution is to translate the whole website from Dutch to English.

The best way to do this, is to use the Google Chrome browser, which does this automatically. But I still recommend using the international version of eBay which is in English, as product descriptions are contained within an iframe which are left untranslated if in Dutch. For these, you’ll need to manually copy/paste the description to Google Translate or other translation tool. Alternatively open the iframe in a new browser window. Please, ask me if you have any questions about this.

This is still the best method to register an account at eBay.nl

eBay Equivalents in the Netherlands

Currently no other site based in Holland has taken on the challenge to provide competing online auctions, and trading portal services. Therefore no shopping sites can be really considered equivalents, in terms of available features.

However, Marktplaats is a popular site and most similar to eBay.

They are a more traditional classifieds site, which goes by the slogan, “The place to buy and sell new and second-hand items”. Founded in 1999, it started as a free place to post seller ads but now has paid services and more features such as online auctioning. It was acquired by eBay in 2004 and is still one of the most visited e-commerce websites in the whole of the Netherlands.

The website at Marktplaats.nl is available in Dutch only. However, as most sellers can speak excellent English, those foreigners who manage to navigate the interface usually have no problems making purchases, or even selling there.

It is often considered the best alternative for eBay, however they are mostly limited to used items and individual sellers. Other sites like Marktplaats exists in the Netherlands and Holland, however they are largely overshadowed by it’s popularity.

And this was my guide to eBay in Netherlands & equivalents in English.

Any questions about online auctioning and shopping in Holland?
Your input and feedback is most welcome below!

Please note, this post is linking to sites like eBay.com and eBay.nl, both of which Elftronix is affiliated with. Therefore the author may be eligible for monetary compensation for any purchases made after clicking on a link. You may freely opt-out of this by clearing your cookies. Thank you for supporting me! David.

David <![CDATA[Best Cheapest .CN.COM Registrar (TLD) .cn & .com.cn Alternative]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=3560 2018-05-18T15:03:07Z 2018-05-15T07:00:14Z The .cn.com domain name is the most popular alternative for a China-based Top Level Domain such as .cn and .com.cn, the benefit is easier registration and less strict whois data requirements. With a .cn.com you can use whois privacy or unverified name/address details contrary to Chinese domain law requirements.

Here’s how to register a cheap .cn.com domain in 2018!

Domains .cn.com

However .cn registrations are much cheaper and fairly easy. So if you are willing to submit yourself to Chinese laws and regulations, see the article below;

Related: How to Register & Buy .CN Domains, The Easy Way

Cheapest .cn.com Registrars

I’ve done extensive research on the cheapest registrars offering low-cost .cn.com registration for multiple years. Here are some of the results.

Order in: Price of (1) Registration, (2) Renewal and (3) Transfer.

Recommended Registrars

Namecheap Inc.

(1) $17.88, (2) $17.88, (3) transfer not available

Note! (Namecheap Customer Support): Unfortunately, Namecheap is not supporting incoming transfers of .cn.com domains at the moment. However, it is possible to register .cn.com domains with us.

Tsohost Domains (cheapest transfer, excellent support, no hidden fees)

(1) $27.95, (2) $27.95, (3) $27.95

To transfer your old domain or register a new one with Tsohost you need to first open up an account. Otherwise it doesn’t work. Follow these steps.

Please note: Tsohost was previously known as Vidahost.

My Vidahost

Step 1. – Click on the top where it says ‘My.Vidahost’.

Vidahost Account Register

Step 2. – Select ‘Register’ from the dropdown menu on the right.

Vidahost Client Area

Step 3. – After the registration process, – go back to the My Vida Client Area and select “Renew’ or ‘Transfer’.

And that’s it. Hopefully you have either the cheapest possible, newly registered .cn.com domain name, or a cheap TLD transfer in your hands.

Other Registrars


(1) $27.90, (2) $27.90, (3) $59.90


(1) $59.95/yr, (2) $59.95/yr, (3) $59.95


(1) $24.99, (2) $39.99, (3) $39.99

Blacknight Solutions

(1) €36.99 (€24.99/y from second year when registered for multiple years)


(1) $7.99, (2) $34,90, (3) $33,00


(1) $47.95, (2) $47.95, (3) $47.95


— discontinued


(1) $39.00, (2) $39.00, (3) $39.00

Easy Trace Group

(1) €44.90, (2) €44.90, (3) €44.90

EuroDNS S.A.

(1) €42.00, (2) €42.00, (3) €42.00


(1) US$18.00, (2) US$36.00, (3) US$36.00


(1) €24.00, (2) €36.00, (3) €36.00

TierraNet Inc.

(1) $49.98/yr, (2) $49.98/yr, (3) $49.98/yr

NetEarth One, Inc

(1) $75.00, (2) $75.00, (3) $75.00

Media Giant Design

(1) $60.13 USD, (2) $60.13 USD, (3) $60.13 USD


(1) 77.00 $ / year, (2) 45.00 $ / year, (3) 45.00 $ / year


(1) $45.31, (2) $45.31, (3) $45.31

123 Reg (note: not good reputation)

(1) £19.99, (2) £19.99, (3) £19.99

The pricing on this list is subject to change.

Know more related .cn.com registrars for register & transfer?
Please, let me know in the comments!

Worth noting, is that some of posts contain affiliate links, but not all. This supports the blog and won’t make you any poorer. Thank you, David.

David <![CDATA[eBay Switzerland in English & French! With Swiss Shipping & Delivery]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6362 2018-05-18T14:33:43Z 2018-05-14T07:00:54Z This is my buying guide to eBay in Switzerland, change the language & get Swiss global shipping — now in 2018 available in English!

Continue reading for support for French language..!

Swiss eBay

How eBay works in Switzerland

Most Swiss eBay sellers are also selling on the international version of the eBay website, which is available in English. So you necessarily don’t need to go through the Swiss version of the site at eBay.ch, available only in German.

Also, anything ordered from Europe that’s valued below 65 Swiss francs (or 54 Euros) is free from import duties, and thus you have more options there.

This is how you can search for and buy items from eBay in Switzerland, with global shipping and delivery to the country.

Buying from eBay sellers in Switzerland;

Step 1. Open this link for international eBay in Switzerland

Step 2. Click on where it says “Advanced”, besides the Search button.

Step 3. Scroll the page to “Location” section.

Step 4. Select Switzerland from the drop-down menu.

Buying from eBay sellers in Europe;

Step 1. Open this link for international eBay in Switzerland

Step 2. Search for your desired items as usual.

Step 3. Look for the “item Location” settings on the left side, where you can quickly choose shopping region as Europe to narrow down the search.

Selling to Swiss customers on eBay;

Wherever you are located, eBay provides a convenient way to access the Swiss market with their Global Shipping Program for international sellers.

If you wish to list your items directly on the local Swiss version of eBay, for the time being you will need to register a new seller account there and list items separately. This process is only in German, or see translation methods below.

eBay Switzerland in English & French

If you wish to use the native German version of the local Swiss eBay store, an alternative is to have it automatically translated to English or French.

Namely, Google Chrome is the most convenient web browser that can achieve this. By simply browsing to eBay.ch with Chrome, it will ask you if you want to have the site translated live, as you browse the pages of eBay.

This will only work, if the language of your operating system (Windows, Mac, etc) is set to some other language than German.

But please be warned, while this works very well for registration, searching for items as well as for finalizing purchases, it won’t convert item descriptions to French, English, or any other language. You will need to copy paste the text, to Google Translate for example and have it translated separately.

eBay Equivalents in Switzerland

There are also other alternative, similar sites, that are perhaps not equivalents but provide online shopping services worth looking into (unfortunately none are available in English, although some are also in French);

Ricardo — slogan; ‘Buy cheap online in Switzerland’

The internet auction house, Ricardo is an established e-commerce site in the country, founded in 1998. Available in both German, and French, it’s a seller/buyer portal which supports both buy now items as well as bidding.

Tutti — slogan; ‘Free listings in your area’

A more traditional, but popular classified portal where Swiss sellers can list their items for sale. Founded in 2010, this site has no transaction costs and buyers communicate directly with seller. Website only in German.

These two sites are most similar to eBay in Switzerland. However, they mostly serve the market for individuals, and locals only.

Know of any other good alternatives for eBay in Switzerland?
Or have questions concerning shopping on Swiss eBay in English?

Comments and suggestions most welcome below, please!

Please note; The range of items, and products on the international version at eBay.com and local Swiss website version at eBay.ch are different. Checking both sites is advices, check the direct links above. Thanks & regards, David.

Also I want to be transparent with my readers, and let you know that some posts, such as these equivalent, or sites similar to writings contain affiliate links. This keeps me working hard to bring beneficial content to all. Thank you so much!

David <![CDATA[Perfect Privacy VPN Review & Discount Promo & Coupon Watch]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2888 2018-05-13T15:20:57Z 2018-05-13T07:00:10Z High-end VPN service and internet anonymizer, Perfect Privacy has a focus on extreme security, quality bandwidth & advanced features. Suitable for those, who are picky about privacy and transfer speeds. This is my review in 2018.

Perfect Privacy Encrypt and Anonymize Internet

Cost & Discount Coupons

There are no public discount coupons and any site claiming to offer discounts is most likely fake. Instead, they are offering reduced cost pricing for subscriptions with longer payment cycles, please see this page for more about Perfect Privacy VPN discounts and pricing. So far no coupons are known to exist.

I will be in contact with the awesome administrators of PV and publish information here about any possible discount promotions they might run in the future.

Service Specifications

Perfect Privacy VPN Features

  • Bandwidth: Up to 1000mbps (No traffic limits)
  • Simultaneous connections: unlimited
  • Server locations (23 total): USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Netherlands, Australia, Switzerland, Turkey, Sweden, Czech Republic, Luxembourg, Egypt, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Iceland, Israel, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan.

Security Policy

As the name suggests, the services infrastructure has been built with the anonymity and privacy of it’s users in mind. With no logs or any data that could help to identify users, you can leave the worry of privacy protection to these guys.

The simple reality is that operating servers in multiple countries, one is inevitably committed to a degree of regulations and laws of each country. Perfect Privacy admits that and while it obeys legally within those jurisdictions, any communication with the authorities would fall short however as no data can ever be extracted from those servers.

Besides that, I was impressed at features such as “Cascading”, which enables users to jump through a server location to another, which is the most effective way of operating without leaving the slightest trace of the origin of your connection.

There is a lot you can get out of this service to please the most demanding of customers. Or just enjoy the government grade 256 bit AES encryption and solid connections for a sound sleep.

Click here for more info on Perfect Privacy and their VPN features.

Check back for possible discount promotions and coupons.

What’s your experience with Perfect Privacy VPN?
Comments, and inquiries are welcome this way.

Please note, some of these VPN reviews and other bits of content on the blog might contain affiliate link to promote the work behind writing them. My most sincere thank you for your visit and voluntary support. Regards, David.

David <![CDATA[eBay Turkey in English! Buying from Istanbul & Turkish GittiGidiyor]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6359 2018-05-18T14:35:15Z 2018-05-12T07:00:19Z I wrote this guide for online shopping on eBay in Turkey and Istanbul. About shipping and delivery, with easy buying from Turkish eBay in English in 2018.

Click here for eBay website in Turkey in English

eBay in Turkey

The most popular eBay-like site amongst locals in Turkey is GittiGidiyor, which has been around since 2001 and was acquired by eBay in 2007.

But it’s only available in the language of Istanbul Turkish. And it does have less sellers and available items than the international version equivalent.

For easy shopping in English;

First check out the eBay international site to see if your item is available there. Otherwise, consider going through the hurdles of GittiGidiyor in Turkish.

How eBay works in Turkey

Two popular methods for buying from Istanbul, is to either shop from eBay sellers located in Turkey or from sellers from Europe for competitive pricing, as most personal items sent from the EU are free from import duties & tax.

Buying from eBay sellers in Turkey;

Step 1. Use this link to open eBay in Turkey

Step 2. Click on the “Advanced” link, besides blue Search button.

Step 3. Scroll down the page, to where it says “Location”.

Step 4. Choose the Turkey option in “Located in” drop-down menu.

Buying from European/EU eBay sellers;

Step 1. Use this link to open eBay in Turkey

Step 2. Do a search for your item or product normally.

Step 3. On the left, see the “Item Location” settings to quickly narrow down all item searches to Europe. Click on “View options” for pricing in EUR.

Selling to Turkey market with eBay.com;

You can also use the global eBay.com site to reach Turkish buyers. Get to know their Global Shipping Program for sending, and delivery to Turkey.

This is a likely the most convenient option for sellers in English.

GittiGidiyor Shopping in English

The eBay owned store GittiGidiyor (also known as ‘Gitti Gidiyor’), is the most similar site like eBay (while not exactly and equivalent) for shopping in Turkey.

What you can do, is to obtain the Google Chrome web browser which provides easy and completely automatic translations of websites from Turkish to English.

You can get through registration, have item descriptions translated and even check-out securely as Google makes sure your personal information is not leaked.

Other popular and similar online stores, sites in the country are, Trendyol, Araba.com, & Hepsiburada all worth checking out for basic shopping needs.

And that’s your quick guide for eBay Turkey in English.
Questions below on buying and online shopping in Istanbul, etc!

Or can recommend any alternatives? Comments, please!

Please note; There is no Turkish domain like eBay.tr, instead use the international eBay.com or the local gittigidiyor.com as an alternative.

Also worth noting; Some of the posts, guides, reviews may contain affiliate links within them, when appropriate. It won’t affect the content or your deal on any third-party website. Biggest thanks for supporting me voluntarily. David.

David <![CDATA[Case Study — Drip Feed High Retention YouTube Views on Fiverr]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=953 2018-05-12T14:27:02Z 2018-05-11T07:00:14Z Important update in [yearnumber1] — YouTube view services are now called “YouTube Video Promotion” gigs on Fiverr. See the “Online Video Marketing” section for affordable, quality ways to drip feed views to your YouTube videos.

YouTube Views Fiverr

In my case study I found out, that the biggest impact for boosting my YouTube videos with views was by using services that have high audience retention and drip feed combined. Now I can finally rank videos both on YouTube & Google SERP! Here are my results & observations.

But first, the best & cheapest source for drip feed views..

Click here to jump straight to Fiverr Marketplace

Targeting a video with thousands of high retention views within a few days has better results when the video has the natural long term potential of receiving a large number of views. Otherwise the “ranking signal” doesn’t look natural, and also in my experience this has less effect on Google Search.

Drip Feed 5000 Slow YouTube Views Fiverr Gig

So how to make a natural “view profile” for a video that is less competitive, – well with drip feed views of course. And after looking around for ever, I discovered that while high retention services are abundant, drip feed seems virtually non existent, except on Fiverr. The popular marketplace for services starting from just $5.

These gigs have been removed since. Please, see notice above;

Quality Tested Fiverr Gigs

Below are the results after testing two such gigs with two of my videos.

Note: These videos were aged, and already had an average of 3000 high retention views, some comments, likes and a couple of backlinks.

Video #1

Fiverr Gig: Drip feed 5000 slow youtube views

Keyword #1

Before drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 4th
  • Google ranking: None

After 1 month+ of drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 1st
  • Google ranking: 6th

Keyword #2

Before drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 7th
  • Google ranking: None

After 1 month+ of drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 3rd
  • Google ranking: 6th

Video #2

Fiverr Gig: 5,000 drip feed youtube views 250 to 350 per day

Keyword #1

Before drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 7th
  • Google ranking: None

After 1 month+ of drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 3rd
  • Google ranking: 10th

Keyword #2

Before drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 5th
  • Google ranking: None

After 1 month+ of drip views:

  • YouTube ranking: 4th
  • Google ranking: None

The first video had better results and it was for a more competitive keyword. Biggest difference I saw with the views, that it was slower in delivering them. So if you have the patience, the slower service the better can be applied to some cases.

Obviously not every drip feed gig on Fiverr is going to be as good. So as always, it’s a good idea to try different ones to see which one suits your needs best. But undoubtedly this can be a successful SEO technique for many.

Related: Fiverr Promo Coupon Codes & Free Gig Guide

Guide updated to reflect updates in 2018.

Comments, questions on YouTube views are very much welcome.
Or pretty much anything concerning Fiverr services.

Happy dripping!

David <![CDATA[Fix Trip.com Hotel Booking “Please use English” Warning Message]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6317 2018-05-11T04:01:52Z 2018-05-10T07:00:32Z When filling out the optional, special requests field on the booking/payment form on Trip.com, you might see an unexpected message “Please use English” which prevents you from completing the hotel booking. Here’s the solution!

Also, see Trip.com FAQ on hotel reservations and special requests.

Trip.com Please Use English

This is the warning for the “Special requests” field on Trip.com;

Trip.com Special Requests Warning

Obviously, despite the warning the message is in plain English language.

…so what’s wrong?

Trip.com Warning Fix

You simply need to remove all special characters from your message. Such as commas, and even question and exclamation marks, etc.

Only full stops and the roman alphabet & numbers are accepted.

After the warning message is gone, the “Book” button is re-activated & working.

Simply as that. Have a good say at your hotel!

Still not working, any problems? Comments welcome below.
Thanks for reading and stopping by. David.

David <![CDATA[Alfa AWUS036AC (& S036EAC, S036ACH) Purchase Review]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2562 2018-05-09T09:28:59Z 2018-05-09T07:00:30Z My trusty Alfa AWUS051NH broke. Although an excellent device, a weakness with all the “classic Alfa design” models, is that the receptacle is easy to get detached from the circuit board when dropped. It was time to move on from 802.11n to the 802.11ac generation, and to explore new Alfa offerings.

Alfa AWUS036AC Review

Looking for a new design, optimum range and speed – the USB3 enhanced AWUS036AC caught my attention. I ordered the device from the official Alfa reseller on eBay, screen shots below. For those who are considering to purchase this or any other Alfa products, they have good stock and service. And yes, you do need to watch out for fake products with other sellers. And another thing I like about Alfa, is that there is no need to support the tyranny of Amazon.

There are three models to choose from, with quite obvious differences. All worth considering, depending on use.


  • Middle price
  • Dualband 802.11g/b/a/n/ac up to 867Mbps
  • USB dock stands on flat surface
  • Two detachable 5dbi antennas


  • Lowest price
  • Dualband 802.11g/b/a/n/ac up to 867Mbps
  • USB dock has a clip to attach on to things
  • No extra antennas


  • Most expensive
  • Dualband 802.11g/b/a/n/ac up to 867Mbps
  • Classic Alfa case structure
  • Two detachable 5dbi antennas

Choosing from the three, boils down to the design and what kind of range you need. I opted for the wide range device, with compact design: AWUS036AC. Here are the photos from the device I obtained from the above mentioned seller on eBay.

AWUS036AC: eBay Seller FlexiPack

AWUS036AC: FlexiPack Customs Declaration

AWUS036AC: AC1200 USB Wireless Adapter Package

AWUS036AC: Product Package Behind

AWUS036AC: Alfa Network Authentic Tape

AWUS036AC: Opened Box

AWUS036AC: Alfa Box Contents

AWUS036AC: Product Authenticity Seal & Serial Number

AWUS036AC: Product Top View

AWUS036AC: Antenna Length Comparison

AWUS036AC: Dual Wide Range Antenna

AWUS036AC: Product User Manual Driver Utility Alfa DVD

AWUS036AC: USB Adapter, Dock & Cable

AWUS036AC: USB3 Dock Stand

You can choose to plug in the USB3 Network Adapter directly to your USB2/3 port or attach it to the dock stand. Both have their weaknesses as the device is rather bulky and won’t attach very strongly to laptop USB ports, so mobility can be an issue. While attached to the dock, even placed on a flat surface it’s not always that stable. If there is something heavy you can place on top of the dock, or if there is a grip between two surfaces to keep it in a hold position, it will be perfect. Desktop users will not have a problem with it obviously.

Personally I would have liked that the AWUS036AC would come with the clip attachment mechanism equipped with the antenna-free WUS036EAC model.

The most expensive and classic model AWUS036ACH has it all, with the cost of a more bulky size. Sturdy on flat surfaces and attachable clip both, with extreme range and speed.

Overall, the AWUS036AC is an interesting choice out of the three adapters which I have been very pleased with in performance, once you get to terms with the design.

Thank you for reading!
And comments below on Alfa products are welcome.

David <![CDATA[Is eBay Very Slow Right Now? Fix Too Slow to Load Problems Today!]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6328 2018-05-11T06:17:14Z 2018-05-08T07:00:26Z Is eBay too slow at the moment? Here’s how to check if eBay.com is slow right now & what’s the cause for the site to load very slowly in May of 2018. And the fix!

eBay Too Slow

Here is what you can do to fix slow page loads on eBay;

1. Check today’s eBay system status page

It displays an accurate overview of the status of the eBay.com website at the moment. Check this page to see if there are current server outages, disruptions, etc.

2. Check global site speeds on eBay.com

eBay.com Website Speed Test

Use the “Dotcom-Tools” website speed test tool to see if slow speeds are a country specific problem. Sometimes, issues are isolated to a specific location.

3. Get in touch with the eBay Community

The active discussion boards are a great place to ask for assistance to your problems. You can ask if eBay is slow right now or lately for other users. Also, let them know where you are located, what browser and operating system you are using, etc.

4. Check customer service guides and help articles

You can find many articles that assist you with technical problems, slow page loads and others. Browse through the archive for further assistance.

In my experience, most of the problems have been temporary. Older systems being more prone to speed problems, you might want to make sure that your computer isn’t clogged up and there aren’t too many web browser tabs open.

In general, eBay works fast as it uses a content delivery network to make sure that their pages load as fast as possible throughout the globe.

You can also try out some of the classic solutions in case you forgot, like another web browser, another computer or even your smart phone. As well as clearing your browser cookies. However, patience is key in most cases.

And don’t forget to test if internet is very slow today for other sites too.

Is eBay very slow at the moment, let us know in the comments!
Hope this helps with slow page loads on eBay in May of 2018.

This guide is aimed to fixing problems with poor speeds on sites at; ebay.com, ebay.com.au, ebay.au, ebay.be, ebay.ca, ebay.cn, ebay.fr, ebay.de, ebay.com.hk, ebay.in, ebay.ie, ebay.it, ebay.co.jp, ebay.com.my, ebay.nl, ebay.ph, ebay.pl, ebay.com.sg, ebay.es, ebay.se, ebay.ch, ebay.com.tw, ebay.co.th, ebay.co.uk, ebay.vn, etc.

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David <![CDATA[How To Fix WooCommerce Shop Base Permalink 404 Error]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=282 2018-05-09T09:58:16Z 2018-05-07T07:00:27Z I saw loads of posts from people having problems with WooCommerce product pages resulting in a 404 after fiddling with the permalink settings. I was scratching my head on this one for a while as well. Here is how I solved the problem.

WooCommerce 404 Error

Update 2018: I’m now using the excellent WooCommerce Permalink Plugin which not only fixes the 404 error but gives me total control over permalinks. And many useful features to easily change to a pretty URL structure!

I wanted to give products the following permalink structure:


But all the product pages were giving the HTTP 404 “Page not found” error.

The problem was, that I had set the “Product category base” as what I wanted the “Shop base” permalink structure to be (“shop“).

In other words. If you go to “WordPress Dashboard -> Permalinks“, and want to set the “Product permalink base” setting to “Shop base” or “Shop base with category“, leave the “Product category base” setting alone.

To make this absolutely clear, according to my observations, to set up a “shop base” permalink structure with WooCommerce, you don’t need to set up anything in the “Optional” permalink settings.

Please note: Check the comments for plenty of useful information..!

David <![CDATA[Vultr Storage Instance Warning! Extra Storage Increase is Sold Out]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=6268 2018-05-09T08:09:45Z 2018-05-06T07:00:46Z Here’s my findings on Storage Instance deployment on Vultr.

Vultr Storage Instance

Vultr supposedly offers extra increased SSD storage options for their affordable Cloud Compute server instances in Tokyo (Japan), New York (US), Los Angeles (US) & Amsterdam (Netherlands). All I can say is, if only that would be true!

Storage Instances have been sold out for months, with a warning that says; “We anticipate additional capacity within the next one to two weeks”.

I reached out to Vultr in 2018, and they told me there are NO PLANS to increase their storage instance capacity. So be warned — chances of obtaining a storage increase for your Vultr VPS instance is pretty non-realistic at the moment..!

Here’s what you can do;

Contact Vultr and ask them

Don’t waste your time waiting for nothing, Vultr has fast support and they’ll let you know the current situation on Storage Instances in May of 2018.

Go to DigitalOcean

Have you considered going with DO? They offer quality block storage volumes in all of their Droplet locations, Canada, US, UK, Germany, Holland, India, Singapore.

Their pricing is at $10/month per 100GB.

Go to Linode

Another great alternative is Linode, you can create extra “volumes” for your VPS in Germany, or California, New Jersey & Texas in US. Unfortunately, they do not support all available country locations for additional volumes.

Same pricing as DO, at $0.10/GiB per month.

Vultr on Storage Instances;

Here’s the message you get when trying to apply for extra storage;

This location is currently sold out. We anticipate additional capacity within the next one to two weeks. Would you like to be notified when we have additional capacity?

Thank you for your interest in Tokyo, Japan. We will notify you when this location has new availability.

If you wish to deploy a server now, please select a new location below.

And here’s my conversation with Vultr;

Subject: Storage Instance Temporarily Sold Out

Dear Vultr!

I’d love to get my hands on a storage instance in Tokyo, Japan or alternatively in New York, Los Angeles (US) or Amsterdam (Netherlands), but they are all “temporarily sold out” at the moment.

It says that you “anticipate additional capacity” in a week or two. However, I have been checking up on that page for two months now. Could I please have a realistic update on the situation for your storage instances?

Thanks & regards,

And their answer;

Thanks for contacting us. We do not have any current plans to add additional capacity for storage nodes.

I continued;

Thanks for your answer. So I take it that if looking for storage nodes, I better take my business elsewhere.

Will keep using your excellent and affordable VPS thought.


To which Vultr happily answered;


We are glad you are enjoying our services!

We are pleased to continue to serve you!

Good luck getting increased, extra storage for your SSD server!
Comments, and questions that are VPS related, most welcome.

For your info, some of the posts might contain affiliate links as means to provide material support for my blogging efforts. Big, big thanks. David.