A Weblog of Artem Dudarev

VPN on Amazon EC2

Dan Deacon @ Coachella 2008
Dan Deacon @ Coachella 2008. Photo by Mick O.

It is not always easy to get media content from third world countries. Thanks to Virtual Private Network (VPN) you may access external services via intermediate networks located in developed world, and use services like Spotify, Rdio, and others that block users from outside of the US and Europe.

Data Liberation SaaS Design Pattern

Google Data Liberation Logo
Google Data Liberation Front logo. Source: Wikipedia.

This post is a copy of my entry for Grammarly contest, where they asked to suggest any feature for any software as a service (SaaS) application. In the proposal I described a hypothetical feature for Bing Maps to easily navigate to other mapping services. It was selected amongst ten other runner-ups. As a prize, I received Grammarly subscription for a year. I do use it occasionally and find rather useful.