Best Search Engine

Maximum PC has an article about the best search engine in 2014. It takes a look at three search engines of Google, Bing and DuckDuckGo. It compares the three for accuracy, image and video searches, layout and features, privacy and security. As you might expect, the winner is still Google. If you want privacy, go with DuckDuckGo. Bing still trails Google by a wide margin. It’s a nice alternative.

Ubuntu Upgrade to 14.10

If you’re running an older Ubuntu version and you want to upgrade to the latest 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, there are two ways of doing it. You can upgrade from the Ubuntu Gnome desktop via Software & Updates or you can run the upgrade via the Terminal using this command.

do-release-upgrade

Be sure the backup your previous work. There’s a third option. Install Ubuntu 14.10 from scratch.

Requested an Invite to Google Inbox

I just sent an email to inbox@google.com for an invitation to newly minted Google Inbox. I really would like to write a review of it. We’ll see how soon will I get it. I heard it’s hard to get by. Google is touting Inbox as a trend that will change email forever. It’s a way of organizing and prioritizing with important and relevant email. I would love to get my hands on it.

My Next Phone Is?

My phone contract is coming up this month. It’s time to think about the next phone. There are many choices to consider. There is Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with its Apple Pay. Then there’s the new Google’s Nexus 6 and the slightly older Nexus 5 model from last year. One thing I am seriously considering is lowering my monthly payments to affordable levels. I’m targeting perhaps around $50 for monthly payments. The only way I can achieve this is to purchase an unlocked phone to go along with T-Mobile’s prepaid plans. So, the iPhone 6 is definitely out of the question. The Nexus 6 is very tempting, but the price tag of $650 is both disappointing and discouraging. So, that leaves me with last year’s Nexus 5. An unlocked Nexus sells for $399. This might be my next phone. I’m still looking around for other options. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Spin a AWS server from a disk image

I was able to successfully create an AMI (Amazon Mirror Image) of the Laravel server that I just created. I launched it and it worked perfectly. Creating an image from a running instance is quite easy. Just go the EC2 Dashboard. Select Instances and choose the Instance you want to clone. Go to Actions and select Create Image. It takes several minutes to create an image. Once the AMI is created, you can launch another instance using the AMI that you just created. It took close to 3-5 minutes before the server was able to serve Laravel page that was recently installed. In the future, if I want to launch a clean Laravel install, I can just launch an instance based on the AMI I just created.