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Migrating WordPress Site from Bluehost to Amazon Web Services (AWS)

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I made the switch from to a self-hosted WordPress site years ago. Despite the flexibilities offered, I wasn’t happy with the performance for the price I was paying. But with limited options I stuck it out. That’s until I read about people porting their blogs / websites over to Amazon Web Services (AWS). With my hosting provider offering a pro-rated refund on contract time unused, I figured it was as good a time as any to test everything out. Here’s my journey and perhaps it’ll help others who are looking…read more

Renting in Dubai? Here’s What You Should Know – June 2016 Edition

Posted by in Data, Dubai

Not too long ago, Dubai was crowned the second hottest property market in the world highlighting nothing short of an impressive comeback on the world stage. If you were a property investor in this market, that made for great news. However, if you are renting in Dubai, market movements for the most part are not in your favor despite the volatility in oil prices and subsequent macroeconomic shifts. This post attempts to cut through all the real estate predictions (The Narratives) and give current and future Dubai residents real estate truths (The Reality) based on…read more

Google Books Ngram Viewer:The Digital Looking Glass Of Humanity?

Posted by in Data, Musings

Society – the fabric that keeps us together. A group of people with a common, sometimes unspoken, set of rules that they think sets them apart from the rest of the lot. The Hypothesis: Society’s Character Has Changed for the Worse While there is no question that society and its character traits have changed over the course of time, exploring the nature of the change is an interesting exercise. Before we dive into the data it’s important to set the scene. 1. Society’s Character – Most of us have an idea…read more


Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) – Movie Review

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As Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice details started trickling in last year, almost everyone had a reason to freak out – would Ben Affleck be a good Batman?, why are the superheroes fighting?, whats the outcome going to be? – everyone had a million questions. And now that I’ve gotten to see the movie, about 24 hours ahead of the general population and those in other parts of the world including the USA (thank you UAE and timezone differences), I can honestly say – we were all right to freak out…read more

The 5th Wave (2016) Movie Review

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I’m the kind of guy that finds something that I like to eat and goes months on end eating the same thing with no problems. When it comes to movies, it’s pretty much the same thing. I love the ones that follow a tried and tested formula, at least that’s the general rule of thumb.  So if you end up pissing me off, you must be really REALLY bad.  Having never heard of it before, I came across The 5th Wave while trying to find anything I could watch at the theaters….read more

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015) – A Non Fanboy Movie Review

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If you’ve missed out on the initial rush of tickets to watch the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens movie, the one question you need an answer to is whether you should put in the effort to watch it in the theaters or just wait for it to come out on DVD and do a 7 movie marathon. So having seen the movie, let me tell you what I thought of it and maybe along with the plethora of reviews you’ve come across it’ll help you make a decision. The…read more

Which Elevator Button Should You Press

Posted by in Dubai, Musings

Have you ever been in a situation where you wait for what seems like eternity for the elevator to show up at your floor, only to find out it’s already fully occupied with people who shouldn’t even be there in the first place? Now you have to wait for the next elevator to show up. Chances are, your building has slow elevators to begin with. Now you’re late and traffic is messed up. You know how it goes. What boggles my mind is how many people have no clue how to…read more

Jurassic World (2015) Movie Review

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If you grew up in the 90s, odds are you watched Jurassic Park and your mind was blown into a million tiny pieces. Mine was! I remember getting a VHS tape (that’s the thing before DVDs, kids)  from Pizza Hut of all places and watching it for the first time. I watched the heck out of that video tape too over the course of the many years! So when they announced the reboot of the franchise I was stoked, along with the rest of the world. And of course one…read more

Chappie (2015) Movie Review

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So I got to see the movie Chappie before  a whole lot of folks – shout out to a friend who was able to get me the hook up with premiere tickets! A big fan of this particular niche within the sci-fi genre I had high hopes for Chappie – maybe a bit too much for my own good. And as with any other Neill Blomkamp movie, I left wondering where all the potential went. Just like my other reviews, I’m going to attempt to give you an idea of good, bad and…read more

Hostgator – The Worst Hosting Provider 2015

Posted by in Business, Technology

Despite what the many reviews may suggest, Hostgator has to be among the worst hosting providers out there. While searching for a good / decent host (yes there are considerable trade-offs to shared hosting vs. the more robust VPS or dedicated), sometimes you just need a decent shared hosting plan you know? As anyone these days would, I did a quick Google search for “best hosting 2015” and came across PCMag’s Web Hosting Review which I perused. Hostgator seemed to be a decent choice (also because I had heard of it…read more