Get my new iPhone 11 Pro, not MAX

My iPhone X screen was broken when the world was put in lockdown mode two month ago due to the Coronavirus outbreak. Fortunately I was able to make backup to my computer and restore to my old iPhone 6s Plus, so I can make phone call and receive messages, but I need an new phone.

Few days ago, I order my new phone from Apple, and delivered this morning. It is an 256GB space gray iPhone Pro, with (PRODUCT RED) case.

iPhone 11 Pro may not be a choice for many people, the screen size and battery life is smaller and less than iPhone 11 Pro Max, but price was much higher than iPhone 11 without OLED. People intend to choose large screen phone when budget is not an issue, and for people want cheaper phone without sacrifice performance iPhone 11 will be their choice.

I want an better screen phone, therefor iPhone 11 with only LCD was out of my list. The new camera system on Pro series is also a plus.

My wife is using iPhone 11 Max Pro, although the screen is great, it too big and too heave for me to hold with one hand. With 5.8 inch iPhone 11 Pro I can still touch top left cornet with only my right hand, but there is no way to complete operate an 6.5 inch Pro Max without help from another hand.

As iPhone with 5G support will be available this year, I probably switch to new iPhone 12 and make this iPhone as the shortest-lived phone on my hands.

More: Infrared flood illuminator was turned on and captured by my camera.

Sublime Text 3 安装Package Control

Sublime Text 2 logo

Sublime Text可以算是我用过最棒的文版编辑器之一,不仅仅美观而且提供了强大的插件扩展功能,你几乎可以哟娜他来做任何想做的事情。使用Sublime Text 3的Beta已经有很长一点时间了,不过似乎开发团队仍然在添加一些功能以及修复Bug,而且看起来距离正式本版的发布还要有一段的时间。
由于Sublime Text的升级,Package control for Sublime 2不能直接在Sublime Text 3上正常工作,而安装Package control for Sublime 3 也不像在Sublime Text 2上那么的方便(就目前的状况看)。

Move to WordPress, and Why

wordpress on desk

I moved this site to official WordPress hosting ( about one year ago. I was using WordPress as my blog system since 2005 by moving away from Movable Type. My first site was setup on a LAMP server, then move to Media Temple Grid hosting, and then move to Linode VPS. After few problem and incident I decide move my site to managed WP with a paid plan.

Some times I receive message of asking comparing VPS hosted WordPress and, which is not an easy question to answer. I list reason why I move to and what I lost.

Why I move to

Security and Updates

Site security is important. And it was the main reason I move to a managed solution. I don’t mean how good the security in, but generally speaking they do security better than most VPS owner.

I work for a major IT company, and have client in Top 500 list. I know there will be risk of put my web server direct to internet. So when I deploy WordPress on my Linode VM, I put my Apache and database in an internal network behind a Haproxy.

Example of Haproxy with Let’s Encrypt

The software and proxy run on different VPS connect to private network with Firewalld on. I can only SSH to non-root account with ssh-key, not using password. And also have script for install Linux security update every 2 weeks.

Every thing looks great, but one day in 2017 I see my site was marked with security warning by Google. After check and file scan, several script has been found injected into WordPress plugin and program. The root cause was not found, the best guess was cause by security vulnerabilities in old WordPress version.

I have to complete rebuild those VM, and restore data from backup. But even update WordPress is not a difficult task, I did have experience of failed upgrade, and take me time to fix the problem. This is why I am looking for am managed service, and is the first option.

HTTPs and Let’s Encrypt ACME

I also using Haproxy for HTTPs offloading, and using Let’s Encrypt as my HTTPs certificate provider. But certificate provided by Let’s Encrypt have short expire date, so I setup auto renewal with ACME for update certificate every few weeks.

However, sometimes the auto renewal failed and causing Haproxy stop working. On the other hand helps me renew certificate without any problem.


I currently using Premium Plan from costs me 8.00 USD per month. Compare to VPS plan, cost me 5.00+20.00=25.00 USD per month, save my 204.00 USD each year.

I also using premium theme included in my plan, so I do not need to spend extra cost to buy theme, or safe time for develop by my self. And I don’t need to spend time to maintain those VMs.


There are some limitation of using Some of the limitation due to my 8.00 USD Premium Plan, and can be resolved by upgrade to more expensive plan. But other limitation can not work around easily.

Feature and Plugins

My Premium Plan don’t include plugin service. As a SaaS service, there is no more control other than WordPress dashboard panel, any extra feature not include in WordPress must require install a plugin. The cheapest plan with plugin support cost 25.00 USD per month.

Without plugin support some advance feature such as CDN, some show-box, google analytics are also limited.


DNS and Domain Name can providing one year free domain name for customer, but the best practice is register your domain name with major domain provider such as godaddy or I didn’t use free domain name provide by so I do not know how much I have to pay for next year, and I am not sure offer private Whois.

By default, require using their DNS, and DNS do support most of the DNS record type

But for user have large record list, or do not want to transfer DNS from or, you can create a A record to ingress IP addresses. I using following IP address provided by support:


They can be different from your site, ask support for conformation.

SANS in HTTPs Certificate

Certificate issued by under common name * My domain name list as one DNS record in SANs, with other user’s domain name. I can not have a http certificate with only my domain name in SANs list.

China Problem

I living in China, and sometimes blocked in China. Currently I using a workaround for this issue. This only cause problem for people visit my site from China.

Log and Visiter Metadata

On, I can only see visitor information from Jetpack. If you have plugin support, other traffic analytics service such as Google can be support. But unlike VPS, I can access raw log from Haproxy or Apache web server can and send to ELK on my data platform for archive or analysis.


The only problem for me now is raw access log and no plugin support. I use CDN solve the certificate and access problem. I don’t know is any SaaS provider will provide those access log, but before I see better stable WP managed service, I will stay in, and perhaps buy the Business Plan.

ThinkPad X220 24小时电池续航能力测试

我前段时间拿到一个ThinkPad X220的底座电池,在使用中和原装的6芯电池能达到10多个小时的续航时间。不过X220还有一块9芯的电池可以配合电池底座使用,Microsoft的Ben Rudolph就用9芯的电池和底座电池做了一次真实使用状况下中的耐力测试


数周以前,我得到了一台崭新的 ThinkPad X220,一台配有第二代Core i5,8G内存,160GB Intel SSD的12.5寸的个人电脑。它还带有一块9芯电池和一块可以附加在在底部的6芯超薄底座电池(原文是9-cell “battery slice”,不过底座电池应该是6芯)。联想声称X220将会是一台可以运行24小时的笔记本电脑,不过这仅仅是理论,不过实际将会怎么样呢?




第一排 从左往右

Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 250GB ST3250318AS
Western Digital Caviar 320GB WD3200AAKS
Western Digital Caviar Green 1TB WD10EADS
Western Digital Caviar 500GB WD5000AAKS

第二排 从左往右

Western Digital RE3 1TB WD1002FBYS
Western Digital RE3 1TB WD1002FBYS
Western Digital Caviar Green 2.0TB WD20EARX
Western Digital Caviar Green 2.0TB WD20EARS
Seagate Barracuda XT 2TB ST32000641AS

DIY Apple USB 充电器

同时要给多个设备充电是一件非常麻烦的事情,而同时要给2个iPad,iPhone,HTC G14,iPod Touch,iPod Nano充电就是一件非常痛苦的事情了,特别是给2个iPad充电。和其他用电器不同,iPad需要2A的充电电流,这意味着2个iPad就要用掉20W的功率。每个设备使用自带的原装充电器自然是好,不过数个充电器不仅仅占用数个接线板插口和桌面空间,而且非常不美观,所以多接口充电器便是十分必要的。