Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet Shanghai is Left in the Cold – Thatsmags.com

I’ve often wondered this while putting on my thermals to keep warm despite having the air conditioner on full blast.

Due to budgetary limitations, however, this heating entitlement was only extended to areas to the north of the geographical dividing line between northern and southern China – the Huai River-Qin Mountains Line. The logic being that they have a longer winter, which last for at least 90 days (meteorologically, a winter day is defined in China as when the average daily temperature falls below 5 C).

Source: Explainer: Why Beijing Gets Central Heating Yet Shanghai is Left in the Cold – Thatsmags.com

Is VPN Banned in China? – VPNDada.com


Some recent China news suggests VPN is now banned in China. Is VPN banned in China? We will discuss the news and whether you can still use VPNs in China.

Source: Is VPN Banned in China? – VPNDada.com

This is probably the best article I have read based on the recent new VPN laws announced in China. Many of the other articles pain the picture of the end of the internet as us Expats know it. Although we cannot be sure exactly what will happen, I think VPNDada.com have assessed the situation well.

Goodbye Mint, Goodbye Fever // ShaunInman.com

As of today I’m officially suspending sales and support of Mint and FeverBut! As self-hosted software, absolutely nothing changes and you can continue using both Mint and Fever as you were yesterday.

Source: Goodbye Mint, Goodbye Fever // ShaunInman.com

I started using Fever after the demise of Google Reader, it was self-hosted and worked extremely and had some cool features to manage my RSS feeds.  It even gained a decent amount of 3rd Party app support for synchronisation and offline reading despite the API being in a beta state. Sadly once Anthony Drendel stopped development of Sunstroke for iOS, the fastest of those apps, I had to find an alternative.

Sadly none of the alternatives performed well synchronising with Fever and most of the time they were not useable.  About a year ago I migrated from Fever to Tiny Tiny RSS and found a plug-in that mimicked the Fever API so it could be used with the various 3rd Party applications. I now use this configuration with Reeder on both macOS and iOS, synchronisation is lightening fast and I can now get to browse through my RSS feeds wherever I am in the world.

My main concern now is that if these 3rd Party app developers see the demise of Fever then they may remove the support for the API, leaving me hunting for yet another solution.

Chris Thile is laying a new foundation for ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ – TimeOut

I have to admit, when I first heard Garrison Keillor was retiring from A Prairie Home Companion after 42 years I was concerned my radio listening would never be the same.

I moved to the US for a few years in the late 90s and I discovered A Prairie Home Companion on Michigan Radio, and ever since then the show has been a part of my weekends. It’s possibly my favourite show on the radio…actually it’s probably second to my best buddies show, Leader’s American Pie.

However I was wrong to be concerned, Christ Thile is doing a fabulous job.

Chris Thile has been preparing to host the beloved radio variety show A Prairie Home Companion—which comes to Pasadena this weekend—for nearly his whole life

Source: Chris Thile is laying a new foundation for ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ -TimeOut