elftronix.com David Elfering 2019-01-17T08:57:31Z https://www.elftronix.com/feed/atom/ https://www.elftronix.com/wp-content/uploads/cropped-elf-32x32.png David Elfering <![CDATA[How Google Ads Billing & Payments Works on Old Internet Explorer 11]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8296 2018-12-19T01:36:44Z 2018-12-01T07:00:19Z While Google Ads no longer officially supports IE11, I found out that it’s still somehow usable if you have to for some reason.

My problem was that the contents of the “Billing & payments” page was blank and showed only the “Summary” title. Here’s how it works on IE 11.

Billing & Payments Not Working IE11

This is what the “Billing & payments” page looked like at first.

Also, most of the top toolbar items such as “Go to”, “Reports”, “Tools” and others don’t work. So to access the right page you might first need to login to Google Ads with another browser and copy the direct URL from there.

Billing & Payments Not Working IE11

Navigate to your internet options, and go to the Advanced tab.

There you need to make sure that the TLS 1.1 is enabled, which is being used by the iframe that is being shown on that billing page.

This should also fix the console warning:

[BILLING] 2018-12-18 03:18:13.964 WARNING 48 ads.awapps2.infra.prefetch.RpcPrefetchLoader Prefetch timeout: PAYMENTS_INTEGRATOR_SCRIPT_URL.

In my experience this works and solves the problem on the old Internet Explorer 11 on Windows 7 as well as the IE11 included with Windows 10.

Comments are welcome below.
Thanks for visiting, having a read. David.

David Elfering <![CDATA[Best way to prep for GRE online? Everything you need to know!]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8216 2018-12-02T22:08:41Z 2018-11-23T07:00:57Z Looking for an all-in-one prep solution to GRE that’s online, you might as well use the best and most proven materials to get that acceptance letter.

In this post I’ll introduce Magoosh, used by millions of students for fast results.

Prep GRE Online

Magoosh was founded back in 2009 by a group of business students at UC Berkeley. They provide a range of test preparation materials, including for GRE.

Perhaps one of their best result driven features is making the practice as close as possible to the real exam, so that you gain real GRE experience.

You can drill yourself on selected subjects and difficulty levels, while checking up explanations, either written in detail or through easy to follow videos.

Also you have efficient email ticket support at your reach in the case that you have any questions or difficulties understanding the material.

They have built in an intuitive way to follow your progress, which is great for that boost of motivation that gets you ahead. I’ve seen reviews where people accuse Magoosh as a “placebo” but I wouldn’t underestimate the power of motivation.

Preparing yourself is not just about the questions but it’s also a mental training and if someone understands that best, it’s Magoosh in my opinion.

Achievements that took Magoosh to the top of GRE prep;

  • Venture lab competition winner (UC Berkeley)
  • 186th Fastest-growing private company in the US. (Inc. 500)
  • 21st Fastest-growing company in the Bay Area (San Francisco Business Times)
  • Happiest company in education (TINYpulse)
  • Foundation entrepreneurial award (Intel)

But don’t just take my word for it!

Click here guys, and get started with a free trial.

Best of luck with your GRE examinations.

Any questions or concerns about online prepping?
I’m happy to answer all questions really!

Your visit is much appreciated. Thank you, David.

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David Elfering <![CDATA[Is Pornhub Premium Worth it or Scam? And How to Get it Free?]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8323 2019-01-17T08:57:31Z 2018-11-14T12:00:28Z After doing research on Pornhub Premium to find out if it’s worth it or scam, I decided to put my findings into a review to help others decide if to sign up.

Pornhub Premium Worth it?

Main benefits of Pornhub Premium;

On the outside it seems the main benefits are;

  1. Full HD video streaming
  2. Completely ad free video player and website
  3. 360-degree video for Playstation VR

I wasn’t that interested at first, since I couldn’t play VR videos, and the Pornhub main site already features some HD video and ads are not so super annoying.

But there’s a lot more;

I had never paid for porn before, but thought that if I should put my money somewhere it should be the world’s biggest porn site, right?

So I dug around and these were the decision makers for me.

Faster streaming;

Perhaps it’s just me, but I do travel quite a lot and I’ve noticed that sometimes videos are very slow to load with lagging that makes me crazy.

Streaming has been more stable since signing up with Pornhub Premium. My guess is that they utilize a CDN network to make it faster and more stable.

Safer watching;

Did you know, that ads have the potential to infect your machine with malware. And that’s especially true for adult sites, even including Pornhub.

I read on The Independent that a computer security specialist had found this kind of ‘malvertising’ on Pornhub. So ads free site will obviously be safer too.

Video downloads;

For obvious reasons, Pornhub has code in place to prevent video downloading so you have to come back to their site each time and watch ads, etc.

I was blown away when I discovered after registering to Pornhub Premium that you have a download button under each video, including full HD.

Mobile friendly browsing;

Now I might be able to stand the ads and pop-ups on a desktop computer. But when it comes to mobile devices and tablets, the interface is pretty annoying.

Premium members get a much more mobile friendlier layout.

Anonymous & safe payments;

You know how they say that you shouldn’t pay for porn sites using your credit card? Well Pornhub Premium has two good solutions to this.

If using Visa, MasterCard, JCB or Discover your credit card statement will show a charge from “probiller.com” with no reference to you know what.

For the geeky types, pay with Verge, a 100% anonymous crypto currency.

So is it really worth it?

I’ve heard that if you’re into VR, you should definitely get a premium account. But also as a regular Pornhub consumer I found it decent priced, and worthwhile.

Porn is just one of those things that you don’t want to be;

  1. Slow & lagging
  2. Poor quality
  3. A hassle

And those three the premium has managed to solve pretty nicely.

If you are one of those who think, “who pays for porn anyway?” you might not share the idea with me that supporting the industry might actually be a good thing.

On the other hand, you probably haven’t made it this far in this post either.

So while being worth it is really up to you, it’s definitely not a scam of any sorts as it does bring value to those who want to pay for the points mentioned.

And since you can get a free account to try without limitations, I’d dare to say that for most people the free trial is worth trying.

I’d love to hear your experience with Pornhub Premium!
Leave your comments (or questions) below please.

Thanks for reading my review, David.

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David Elfering <![CDATA[Is Brazzers Worth it or Scam? Is it Possible to Get a Free Account?]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8339 2019-01-11T15:01:02Z 2018-11-13T12:00:18Z I’ve done quite a bit of research on if it’s possible to get a free Brazzers account and if it’s really worth paying for or just scam. Here’s my findings;

Brazzers Worth it?

Second, no it’s hardly a scam. It’s obvious that competition is though with all the free porn sites out there to bring enough value for such a low price.

So be warned..! Once you get used to the quality and convenience you are likely to get hooked. At least that’s what happened to me.

What you are getting with the trial period and paid plan includes;

  1. Access to 30+ Brazzers sites
  2. Large exclusive video library with over 30 categories
  3. New scenes added every single day
  4. Thousands of favorite pornstars
  5. Unlimited HD streaming on any device
  6. Interaction with pornstars

From the pay sites it’s one of the most popular ones, and for reason.

If you are the “who pays for porn?” type, this might not be for you. But I promise you, the site likely has all the streaming needs you’ll ever need.

Another thing I’ve been satisfied with, is that credit card statements have no reference to porn. There’s no way of anyone finding out what you are subscribing to. And for security fanatics, you can pay with crypto currencies for full anonymity.

So do you think Brazzers is worth it or not?
I’d love to hear your questions, comments below.

Thanks for stopping by, David.

This post contains affiliate links where appropriate which may convert to monetary benefit to the author of this blog. Thank you.

David Elfering <![CDATA[Free PS Plus in 2018?! This is How to Get PlayStation Plus for Free]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8255 2018-12-12T12:21:33Z 2018-11-07T07:00:56Z Looking for a free subscription of PlayStation® Plus or the free trial?

Here are all your options (details below);

  1. Click here for PS Plus at ridiculously low prices
  2. Click here for the free trial of eBay (no credit card but PayPal required)
  3. Click here for a free trial subscription (unlimited accounts).

PlayStation Plus Free Trial

Please note; To access the free trial, it doesn’t matter if you are logged in to your old SONY ID as long as you haven’t used it to obtain the trial offer before. Enjoy.

The longest, fully functional trial period subscription you can get for PS Plus is 14-days. No credit card is needed for verified PayPal account holders.

Steps to subscribe for PlayStation Plus free;

  1. To access the free trial page please,  “click here“.
  2. Then click on the grey “subscribe” button.
  3. If you haven’t logged in, do that or create a new account.
  4. Follow instructions to activate free trial.

If you have used up the free trial before with your account and wish to obtain another one, you will need to create a new Sony ID for yourself.

But this also requires an unused credit card and/or PayPal account. If you wish to create unlimited PS Plus accounts, please check the link on top of this post.


The 14 day free trial of PlayStation Plus is available from the PlayStation Store. Use PayPal to subscribe to the free subscription without credit card.

Please, cancel in time if you don’t want to be charged for a full subscription.

This is how you can create a new SONY ID;

  1. Enter email and password as usual.
  2. Choose your country region and fill in residential address.
  3. Choose a unique Online ID name.
  4. Fill in first and last names as well.
  5. Accept the privacy policy and do the recaptcha.
  6. Click on “create account” to finalize.
  7. Verify your email.

This was easy. Now have fun with PS Plus for as long as you can…!

Any questions on concerns, leave a message below.
Thanks for visiting my site, David.

David Elfering <![CDATA[How to Remove Site Name from WordPress Post Title Tags]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8249 2018-12-04T02:22:18Z 2018-11-06T07:00:01Z This is how you can easily remove the name of your website or blog, from the <title> tag of your WordPress site, without the use of any plugins.

Fix WP Title Tag

While this depends on the WordPress theme used, often the title format of WordPress posts seen by Google and other search engines is something like this;

<title>Post Name - Site Name</title>

or it could be;

<title>Post Name | Site Name</title>

If you want to just have the name of the post included and remove the site name, while keeping the old title formatting on homepage and other pages.

Try to add this piece of code to your functions.php file;

add_filter( 'document_title_parts', function( $title )
if ( is_single() )
unset( $title['site'] ); /** Remove site name from post titles */
return $title;
}, 10, 1 );

And that’s it. Please note however that;

  • This might not work for all WordPress themes.
  • Google might still append the site name on your titles without your wish, especially if the post title is short.
  • It can take a long time for the title to change for old search results.

Hope that helps.

Did that work for your, or have any questions?
Please, let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading, David.

David Elfering <![CDATA[Best Way to Find Your Origins & Ethnicity Through DNA Testing Kit]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8240 2018-12-02T23:01:34Z 2018-11-04T07:00:14Z Ethnicity estimates at their best have evolved to provide detailed and reliable data of your origins, as well as life changing discoveries of course.

But getting those accurate results you need to be careful on what company to trust your precious DNA information with, and stay within reasonable pricing.

Best DNA Test Kit

Here’s what you need to know about AncestryDNA, which is currently leading the cutting-edge DNA science, with the best DNA kit in my opinion.

Being the largest genealogy company in the world founded in 1983, they also have the added benefit of having more DNA samples and experience then any other company. Providing accurate region data for your ethnicity estimate.

Click here to see the latest offers on AncestryDNA kits.

But Ancestry is so much more than just detailed DNA testing. You can go deeper in finding your through origins and discover endless data.

  • Find your relatives through DNA matching
  • See how your ancestors migrated over time periods
  • Accurate geographical maps
  • Build a family tree to magnify your DNA results

Order the DNA kit by mail, return your saliva sample and expect results within 6-8weeks. Everything will be conveniently and securely available online.

And if you get really excited about studying genealogy, you can complement your journey with an Ancestry membership, “free trial here“.

You can find your ancestors through a database of more than 20 billion records to go further in the discovery of your origins,  all in one easy online solution.

All in all the best and most popular DNA testing kit if you ask me.

Any questions about ethnicity estimates?
I’m happy to be of assistance if you have any inquiries.

Thanks for reading and share if you can, David.

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David Elfering <![CDATA[Notes for Making ChinaPay Payments with ICBC for Google Ads]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8217 2018-12-02T08:36:19Z 2018-11-03T07:00:06Z I’ve had a fare share of problems with online payments and ICBC in China. Here are notes on how I managed to pay Google Ads (formerly Adwords).

This can also be helpful for those with other online banking problems.

ChinaPay ICBC

For years and years, the problem has remained the same that new versions of web browsers are usually not supported. In my case, I’m a Mac user and can say that Safari has worked pretty well until I updated it to the 12.0.1 version.

I’ve seen three types of dead ends with ChinaPay;

  1. It gives you an error saying that they don’t support the browser version
  2. It tells you to install or update the USB-Shield driver endlessly
  3. The red button when entering your card number doesn’t work

Please note that sometimes updating the software does work, so it’s worth trying first. And that sometimes a restart is required.

In my experience, getting Chrome or Firefox to work has been really troublesome, so I don’t know much about that. But what I do know is that Internet Explorer 11 is your most likely savior if nothing else works.

Microsoft Edge has never worked for me either. But the old Internet Explorer comes ready installed on Windows 10 and is on Windows 7 of course.

I’m actually running a “virtual box” of Windows on my Mac just for this.

Paying for Google Ads with ChinaPay & ICBC

I was previously using Windows 7 and Internet Explorer 11 to make payments whenever Safari would stop working. But, Google Ads no longer supports IE 11.

You can use the site, but payments page never worked for me on Windows 7. Instead, I discovered that it did work on Internet Explorer 11 when using Windows 10.

Google Ads NetBanking China

So this is the solution I am using for as long as it works.

I have the “USB-Shield” but likely this will equally effect those using the “Password device”. If you are starting from scratch, login to ICBC internet banking and look for the download link that says, “Complete the installation of Internet Banking Security control USB-shield” and install the ” Internet Banking Assistant” first.

When making payments, you have to allow a lot of things and it’s messy but works.

Please note, that once you’ve entered your password and confirmed payment.. “wait”. As it can just stand there for quite a long while before it continues.

Any questions? I can try to answer them.. 🙂
Thanks for reading, David.

And please, share this if you can!

David Elfering <![CDATA[Getting Started with Genealogy & Studying Your Family History]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8201 2018-12-01T07:05:23Z 2018-11-02T07:00:58Z Interested in researching your family’s origins and history but don’t know where to start? Good news, everything is easily achievable through online records!

In this post I’ll explain how Ancestry.com works, which is the largest historical records and genetic genealogy research website. All in one.


What is genealogy?

Genealogy, or “family history” as it is often referred to is the study of a family’s origin and it’s history. In the past this knowledge was passed down by word of mouth, depicted in the form of paintings and documents. In today’s genealogy, you can research the names of your ancestors through online databases.

How Ancestry.com works?

The Utah headquartered company was founded in 1983, and originally sold their first products on floppy disks from the back of a car. The first online version was released in 1995 and the database consists of 20 billion records to date.

And they keep adding about 2 million records, every single day. So there’s really no better way of researching through generations of family stories.

Click here to see all the current promotions at Ancestry.com!

Here’s how to start by growing your own family tree;

  1. Start collecting as much details of you and your family (names, locations, dates, etc.) as possible.
  2. Receive a list of automatically suggested ancestors.
  3. Explore through the records and make discoveries to add to your tree.
  4. Research and grow your tree over time.

That’s the basics to getting started with genealogy.

Also, consider signing up for a free trial of the service and try it out.

You can get started with a free trial or discounted subscription. Enjoy.

Questions about Genealogy and family histories?
I’m happy to answer them in the comments below!

Thank you for reading. Kind regards, David.

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David Elfering <![CDATA[8 Reasons to Love Grammarly & Subscribe to Grammarly Premium]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8064 2018-11-17T05:53:54Z 2018-11-01T07:00:17Z Not sure if to love Grammarly or not?

As a user myself, here’s my top 8 of what I love about Grammarly.

Why I Love Grammarly

1. Writing goals!

I can base my text on it’s intent, audience, style, emotion and domain.

2. Stand-alone word processor!

I stopped paying for Word once I subscribed to Grammarly. No kidding.

3. Document insights!

You get some very fun and very useful stats of your text, like how many unique or rare words it contains. And a readability score.

4. Plagiarism Detection!

I am constantly checking my content for plagiarism, even if I write it myself to produce unique blog content that ranks on Google.

5. Easy to use!

I have never had to read any manual or help guide. I just started using the software, straight out of the box and never had problems.

6. iPhone support!

I love having Grammarly with me wherever I go and ever since the Mobile Keyboard was introduced, Grammarly and me go hand in hand.

7. It’s accurate!

I have found that the proofreader is very efficient in finding my mistakes in English. Never had a teacher find a paper with grammar mistakes since.

8. It’s a bargain!

At just $10/month and compared to the value I get, I’m happy with the price.

Interested? Click here to sign up to Grammarly Premium.

I’m happy to answer questions about Grammarly?
Please, give me a shout in the comments!

And please, share if possible. Kind regards, David.

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Thank you for your support!

David Elfering <![CDATA[Run HitLeap Viewer on DigitalOcean Droplet: Quick Step-by-step Guide]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8142 2018-11-20T10:33:13Z 2018-10-31T07:00:16Z I created this easy “copy/paste” guide on setting up a cheap DO droplet that you can connect to via VNC and run Hitleap on, as quickly as possible.

This is not a very secure method (VNC password sent unencrypted) and I don’t recommend doing much anything else on the VPS server. Also, I’m running VNC via command line without having to set up a daemon for automatic startup.

This way it’s quicker and works for as long as the droplet stays up.

HitLeap DigitalOcean

So let’s get started.

First create the DigitalOcean droplet:

  1. Go to create droplet “direct link here“.
  2. Choose Ubuntu 16.04.4 or whatever is ready selected.
  3. Choose the cheapest 1GB droplet at $5/month.
  4. Choose any datacenter region.
  5. Choose any “hostname”.
  6. Click on “create”
  7. Login to shell via SSH as root (connection details in email).
  8. Create new root password

Then go through each command in order:

apt-get update

Update package lists.

apt install xfce4 xfce4-goodies tightvncserver

Install lightweight xfce4 desktop environment and VNC server.

adduser hitleap

Add a regular user named hitleap.

su hitleap

Create a password for VNC (max 8 chars). No need for view-only pass.

mkdir /home/hitleap/Desktop/
cd /home/hitleap/Desktop/
wget -O /home/hitleap/Desktop/HitLeap.tar.xz https://hitleap.com/viewer/download?platform=Linux
tar xf HitLeap.tar.xz
wget -O /etc/init.d/vncserver https://www.elftronix.com/wp-content/uploads/vncserver.hitleap

Download VNC configuration. Edit this if username is other than ‘hitleap‘.

chmod +x /etc/init.d/vncserver

Make it executable.

systemctl daemon-reload

Reload systemctl so it can find the script.

/etc/init.d/vncserver start

Run VNC server.

Please note:

If you run VNC on the default port, it’s likely that bots will try and knock on your door which can result to this error message when trying to connect;

Too many authentication failures

One solution is to only allow connections to the VNC port with your IP address. Just run this line of code as root (change IP to yours);

iptables -I INPUT -p tcp ! -s --dport 5901 -j DROP

Or try and change the port to something difficult to guess.

Connecting to VNC server:

Next all you need is to connect to IP:5901 with your favorite VNC client.

Password is sent in plain text. So use this at your own risk.

Remember to choose “use default config” at first xfce4 startup.

Just double clik on the “HitLeap Viewer” icon on your desktop and you are ready to go. Obviously you’ll need to have create an account previously.

I’m happy to answer any questions you might have?
Or leave a comment if you found this helpful.

Thanks for stopping by, David.

David Elfering <![CDATA[Smart Online Method to Enhance and Improve English Writing Skills]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8102 2018-11-03T22:19:41Z 2018-10-30T07:00:02Z Is your goal to become a better writer in English and to improve your grammar, sentence structure and style..? Here’s an interesting online solution.

In this post, I’m introducing Grammarly, a premier writing enhancement tool.

Enhance Writing

Writing and having mistakes pointed out to you are the two single most basic but important tools to improving your skills in producing text in English.

But quality proofreading is expensive, time consuming and so on.

And then there are the online solutions. But as proofreading is something really difficult to automate, most tools are not really good enough to rely on.

What I consider the best such tool out there is Grammarly.

They have been developing their grammar checker and text enhancing algorithm since 2009 and keep on doing so at tremendous speed.

Let’s face it, only a big company like Grammarly, that can invest millions into developing their software to the cutting edge is going to make it. And they are the only such firm to exist, bridging the gap between it’s competition at increasing rate.

Why to use Grammarly for improving writing skills?

This is no magic bullet, you will need plenty of motivation to get better at writing in English. And some of these features available for Grammarly;

  • Spell checking
  • Advanced grammar checking for context, punctuation, etc.
  • Context based vocabulary enhancement
  • Suggestions for writing goals depending on the style, intent and audience.
  • Support for word processing, web browsers and smartphones.

The software provides all the possible multitudes of automatic writer enhancement in one single tool. And carrying it with you wherever you write, really gets you in the right mind-set for learning English grammar, sentence structure, etc.

There’s loads of other useful features too, but you’ll really need to grab the Premium version of Grammarly to get all the benefits.

Some of my favorites are the plagiarism checker that checks your document against the web and millions of academic texts. Essential in a Google driven world.

And document insights, which measure the readability, uniqueness of your text and how many rare words it contains. It’s just so easy to make your text not only free of grammar mistakes but to enhance sentence structure, vocabulary and more.

What are the downsides of Grammarly?

While the benefits are pretty obvious, there are downsides too and no automatic tool can be perfect as English language continues to evolve.

If your level of English is poor, this is not enough to make you a better writer as you need to understand the corrections that are presented to you.

So if English is your mother tongue, or your English is good enough this might be the perfect tool for your by itself. Otherwise, you’ll need to combine it with actual studying by using textbooks and other online material for learning English.

Or consider enrolling to a writer enhancement program for the perfect companion together with the Grammarly software.

Thanks for reading and I hope you benefited from this article!
All related questions are more than welcome of course.

Please share if possible. Sincere regards, David.

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David Elfering <![CDATA[Best Digital Visual Effects Software for Mac & Windows]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8115 2018-11-04T01:18:32Z 2018-10-29T07:00:38Z Obviously each piece of software for creating digital visual effects has a different set of features and what they specialize at. But what’s the best overall?

In this post, I will explain why I recommend Adobe After Effects software for visual effects, motion graphics, etc. with the best features for the best price.

Visual Effects Software

Adobe has went far and wide to expand the software’s capabilities, having refined the tools for professional film makers as well as motion-graphics artists.

Consider it a must have for video editors and animators, especially if you work with Premiere Pro CC. There are plenty of revised tools worth mentioning such as Refine Edge Tool, Pixel Motion Blur and Warp Stabilizer VFX.

Everything works through “Creative Cloud”, which provides easy installation of any Adobe application including After Effects, managing of plans, etc.

And my favorite, ability to sync preferences and user profiles between machines, perfect for working remotely. Creative Cloud turned Adobe products into subscription based programs, but also have provided tremendous convenience in upgrades and accessibility. And affordable pricing from $20.99/month.

Roto Brush

Here’s a summary of what I love about Adobe After Effects.

Speed up animation

The software has a powerful feature that makes it faster and easier to animate scenes or objects in videos. Possible by using expressions that are in code or line to control an animation with less time consumed in the process.

Immersive virtual Reality

Make your audience feel actively engaged with what they are watching with an immersive video experience.

Data driven animation

Import JSON data into the software to create interactive animations and motion graphics driven in their compositions.

Virtual reality effects

The CC version of After Effects offers a range of tools for applying virtual reality effects to 360/VR videos. You can enhance the video without unwanted distortions because of this. And you can add all kinds of effects, dynamic transitions and titles.

Keyboard shortcut editor

Create your own keyboard shortcuts with the visual keyboard shortcut editor, so that you can animate and edit the videos with what you are comfortable with.

Team projects & auto-save

A useful auto-save functionality is provided that works in conjunction with the team projects feature. You can share revisions of work with other team members, giving access to all previous versions of a composition.

And there you have it, why I consider Adobe After Effects the best tool for visual effects, motion graphics and a whole lot more.

Click here to download Creative Cloud and get started.

Any questions about visual effect software for Mac or Windows?
I’m happy to answer questions in the box below this.

Much thanks for visiting and reading, David.

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David Elfering <![CDATA[Best Site for Textbook Solutions & Answers for High School & College]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8091 2018-12-28T08:58:50Z 2018-10-28T07:00:29Z

There are a few sites offering answers to school textbooks, but which one is worth it? In this post, I’ll introduce some of the best websites for textbook solutions.

Textbook Solutions

My mother used to say, “don’t study hard, study smart”.

She was right about that, although little did she know that I would take her advice to a whole new level. Online textbook solutions really revolutionized learning..

But before you go on any site looking for answers to your homework, be aware that there is the smart way and the dumb way. So just hear me out!

The reason Chegg is the best site for that, is that they actually promote learning. While there is no use banging your head against the wall in the middle of the night, trying to figure out your homework, neither is there point in copy/paste.

They are a legit authority in supporting students and have detailed step-by-step instructions for each solution, so that besides the answers, you also get very good explanations for each problem to actually understand them.

Both excelling in your homework and better understanding help to:

  • Increase your self-esteem & confidence.
  • Promote faster and improved learning.
  • Reduce school related stress and fatigue.
  • Get recognition from teachers and students.

And their site covers more than 22,000 textbooks..!

Besides textbook answers, what you are also getting is 24h/7 access to online tutoring as well. So when the textbook solutions are not enough you have another backup to rely on as well. Chegg really is your friend for increased confidence.

Interested..? Here is my suggestion!

First, grab your account by singing up with Chegg “here“.

Now when you have homework, or need to solve textbook problems first try to do them without looking up the answers.

There’s no need to spend too much time on it but first it’s good to rely on yourself. Once you’ve went through the problems that you understand, use Chegg provided solutions as a reference to check your work.

This way, you spend a lot less time on homework as well.

Over time, you’ll notice that you rely less and less on the textbook answers as confidence and understanding increases over time.

And that my friend is the “smart way to learn”.

Hope you enjoyed my guide to the best site for textbook solutions, and just leave me a comment if you have any questions. Thanks!

Warmest regards and share please, David.

And! Affiliate links are present in this post. This is monetary benefit to the author for potential purchases made after clicking on them.

David Elfering <![CDATA[What’s the Best English Language Grammar Checker Tool Online?]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8063 2018-10-30T03:37:38Z 2018-10-27T07:00:04Z Wether submitting a school paper, writing a business letter, or publishing an online article.. I know how crucial it is to get your text right, and on first try.

That’s why those serious enough will want to sign up for the most advanced and best grammar checking tool out there. Read on to find out more..!

Best Grammar Tool

It’s 2018 and you might be wondering, what is the best possible method for error free writing. And that’s none other than Grammarly.

Why is Grammarly the best grammar checker today?

Let’s get straight to the facts. These are the main reasons to their success.

  1. They have more than 7 million active users to date!
  2. They have the most developed grammar checking algorithm in the world, and they’ve been at it since 2009.
  3. They have invested $110 million in 2017 to make their software even better and continue to do so with regular updates.
  4. They are a fully featured “swiss army knife” of grammar, with plagiarism detection, document insights, writing goals, web browser extensions and smartphone support, etc. etc. all under one subscription.

So are you interested yet? Ready to brush up your English skills?

Click here to try out the famed Grammarly software.

Not only are they the best on the market but they are also the most popular.

As the grammar checker is based on a monthly subscription, having over 7 million users not only subscribe but continue paying for their subscription is enough proof of just how good they are — which btw. is reasonable from about $10/month.

Thanks for reading and questions on Grammarly welcome!
Or what do you think is the best Grammar checking tool?

Huge thanks & regards for visiting my blog, David.

This website contain affiliate links where appropriate. This is for both the benefit of the author and hopefully the reader.

David Elfering <![CDATA[StrongVPN 2.0 Review! New VPN App & Website Announced in 2018]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=5733 2018-10-29T08:19:48Z 2018-10-26T07:00:39Z The famed VPN service has recently announced an official launch of StrongVPN 2.0, complete with brand new apps and website redesign. Reviewed here.

Click here to go straight to see what’s new!

New StrongVPN 2

Introducing the New StrongVPN

Being one of the oldest VPN services in the industry, StrongVPN takes pride in delivering their customers fully pledged speed, privacy, and security.

They offer industry’s strongest encryption methods, in combination with a VPN server network optimized for speed.

But being an established provider was not enough, and they have been working hard “behind the scenes” to built the best version of StrongVPN yet. Today, with excitement the launch of the new StrongVPN 2.0 is official!

See here what StrongVPN has released.

What’s new Reviewed

While the revamp makes everything more attractive, it’s also more intuitive to use. Continuing the tradition of easy use, taking it even further.

Redesigned Website;

Be it a newbie or an experienced VPN user, navigating the website with confidence is a whole lot easier than before. A fresh design, with a sleek interface to find everything you need to quickly and easily.

30-Day Money-Back Guarantee

Now it’s possible to grab a free trial, buy taking advantage of their new 30 day money-back guarantee. No commitment, no pressure.

Leak Protection & IKEv2 Protocol

The connection client is now equipped with IPv6 and DNS leak protection for an extra secure layer to make sure that you identity never leaks out by accident. Satisfying the needs of the toughest security fanatics. Also, the IKEv2 protocol will bring more stable security between networks.

Optimized VPN Server List

Browsing through VPN country locations to connect to has been made easier, and quicker. With a possibility to sort by both, either city or country location.

Best Available VPN Location

The connection client can now select the best StrongVPN server automatically, depending on your location. Get fastest possible speeds in an instant.

New Mobile Settings

The popular iOS and Android app for securing your smartphone’s online activities, has a new advanced settings screen to control VPN connection, and get in touch with support.

New Dashboard Screen

The all-new, and sleek dashboard gives VPN users a quick, and easy glimpse of the details of their connection status.

Simply hit the big, green connect button and connect in seconds.

These were the essential new features.

There’s a whole lot more new stuff on StrongVPN 2.0, which is better tried in person than read. Grab an account and let us know your review!

Click here to access StrongVPN coupon page for the best discounts.

All comments, and experience good or bad welcome below!

Oh and do note; that sometimes these reviews, and other blog posts contain affiliate links. This means, that there could be financial benefit for the author to support a good cause without change in price. Huge thanks for your visit!

David Elfering <![CDATA[Where to get Help in Math and Find a Private Math Tutor Online?]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=8073 2018-12-29T03:04:59Z 2018-10-25T07:00:32Z Fancy some polynomials and quadratic expressions, eigenvalues, inverse matrices or perhaps just some help with your math homework?

Here’s how to find an online math tutor online.

Online Math Tutor

Did you know that there is no need to go through the frustration of dealing with math problems alone. And you don’t need to rely on your math geek friend.

The one that’s annoying to work with anyway. Instead..!

You can make school a whole lot easier and learn faster with an online tutor.

It’s all possible to the Chegg revolution which provides a holistic approach to all aspects os study problems from high school to college. And it’s all online!

While it won’t cure Dyscalculia, it does provide all this:

  1. Online tutors recruited from top universities, available 24/7 to answer and discuss any math problem or issue you may have.
  2. Text book solutions to all math books, which not only include the answers but also guided step-by-step instructions for understanding them.
  3. Q&A community, get answers from experts to any math question.
  4. Math solver resource with guided explanations to anything from fractions to characteristic polynomial eigenvalues.

Having all the resources for tackling all your problems in mathematics, topped with all textbook answers and online tutoring is the perfect combination.

You’ll never have to use Google again searching for answers.

On Chegg it’s all in one place. Leaving it up to you to decide on what you do with the massive resources in your hands. Either just get through school during busy and hard times or enhance your learning power by multitudes.

It works forwhatever you are studying, for homework or to prepare you for an exam on algebra, pre algebra, calculus, pre calculus, linear algebra, etc.

And from $14.95/month you are spoiled in price..

Click here to try out a Chegg math tutor online!

Any questions about solving your math problems online?
I’m happy to answer your related questions.

Sincere thanks for stopping by, David.

And know that some affiliate links are present in this and other posts, which can convert to monetary benefit to the author (me).

David Elfering <![CDATA[Process PHP Script in Background while HTML Output & ob_start(); Fix]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=5881 2018-10-24T15:32:38Z 2018-10-24T07:00:30Z This is how to display HTML or send a HTTP response with PHP while processing a PHP script in the background, using ‘ob_start‘ output buffering.


Here is the code that I am using;


echo '<!DOCTYPE html><body>If this works, you are taken to this page before the rest of the script finishes. Enjoy!</body></html>';

header('Connection: close');
header('Content-Length: '.ob_get_length());
header("Content-Encoding: none");

// continue with the PHP script below

The code is put together from suggestions online, you could also use ‘ob_gzhandler‘ to compress the output buffer with gzip, which I haven’t.

The “header(“Content-Encoding: none”);” is simply a paranoid measure, since this won’t work if it’s set to anything else.

When I moved from an old PHP 5 set up to using PHP 7.2 with PHP-FPM, ob_start(); stopped from working. To fix this problem, I added “fastcgi_finish_request();” to the end. Other suggestions I saw was to change the “output_buggering = 4096” line in php.ini to Off but this had no effect for me.

That’s pretty much all there is to running PHP in the background.
Thanks for reading! David.

David Elfering <![CDATA[Making Quick Backup of Entire Linux to Remote Host with Rsync]]> https://www.elftronix.com/?p=5867 2018-10-24T15:28:02Z 2018-10-23T07:00:10Z These are my notes on how to do a quick Linux backup with Rsync. In this case, copied all files from Debian to a remote Ubuntu machine.

Rsync Backup

Here is the command line I ended up with and why;

rsync -rP / --exclude={"/dev/*","/proc/*","/sys/*","/tmp/*","/run/*","/mnt/*","/media/*","/lost+found"} user@remote_host:/mnt/remote_directory

The synced directory, in this case / needs to precede excluded directories.

I haven’t used -a or “archive mode” which preserves groups, owners, modification times, etc. of files. Which is useful for system restoration, etc.

Also you can compress the whole thing with -z but haven’t bothered.

Because of -P mode (which combines progress and partial flags) you can run the same command again to update the files or continue where you left of. Note that you would need to add “–delete” if you later want to sync removed files as well.

The -r flag is recursive so pretty obvious, and must.

It took more than an hour for this command to run, which transferred a huge amount of files one-by-one, about 25GB in total size.

And that’s about it. Thanks for reading.
Will updated as necessary. David.

David Elfering <![CDATA[Easy VPN Service! Guided – Simple Client Setup Instructions]]> http://www.elftronix.com/?p=2341 2018-10-24T15:27:17Z 2018-10-22T07:00:45Z As an experienced old VPN user myself  I wanted to introduce a super easy method for friends and relatives, suitable for any total beginner or those who just like convenience. Security is so important that everyone should use VPNs.

So here it is, step-by-step VPN instructions below!

StrongVPN — Easy setup & simple to use

StrongVPN: Access Easily and Securely

Find out more from the StrongVPN website

Besides inexpensive, why I chose StrongVPN in [yearnumber1]:

1. Best for all day use

Ordinary VPN is shared with other users. This can be a problem when logging into social media websites (Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, etc.). StrongVPN is a private VPN: it doesn’t share your IP address with other users, suitable for all websites.

2. Fast Support & Speed

When you need help, you get it fast. Also VPN speed has been impressive.

3. Easy VPN Software for all Devices

I found it extremely easy to install and use their VPN client software and get connected in a matter of minutes. Works with both desktop and mobile devices, including Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone, etc.

4. Unlock Website Location Restrictions

Access video & music streaming websites that are restricted by country (Netflix, BBC, Sky Go, Hulu, etc.). Many VPN services are blocked by these sites, with StrongVPN you can simply use all websites undetected.

Read below, & get up and going in four steps!


Step 1. — Register StrongVPN

StrongVPN Service Packages

Select a VPN package that contains all the country locations that you need. And go through the sign up process as usual.

Note: There is a choice between 1 month and 1 year plans. I would take a yearly plan for the best offer. In case there is anything, it’s easy to get a refund because all plans are backed by a 5 day money back guarantee.

Step 2. — Install VPN Client

StrongVPN Account Setup Instructions

Immediately after sign up, you will receive an email with the link to download the VPN connection program for Windows or Mac. Install is simple & straight forward.

Step 3. — Login to StrongVPN

Strong VPN Client Login

Fill in your e-mail address and the password you setup during registration.

Step 4. — Choose VPN Server

VPN Server Selection: United States - United Kingdom

Select your desired country from the list of server locations and hit connect!

Step 5. — Connected!

VPN Server Connected: US New York

Connected and ready for use. From then on, everything you do online will be fully secured by the VPN connection.

Not Forgetting! — Smart Phones

StrongVPN iPhone iOS App

With their simple to use app, you can easily get connected with most mobile devices. Search “StrongVPN” on the App Store for iOS devices, or Google Play store for Android devices. And VPN on your phone will be under one press of a button.

Click here to sign up with StrongVPN

I hope this guide was helpful. Thank you for reading!
Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. Regards, David.

Please note: “Cisco Easy VPN” is a Virtual Private Network deployment system for businesses – not suitable for private use. This article is targeted at simplifying every day use of VPN services.

Пожалуйста, обратите внимание: «Cisco Easy VPN» – это виртуальная частная сеть, созданная для предприятий, а не для личного пользования. Эта статья рассматривает использование VPN в повседневной жизни.