I have never imagined that I’ll miss a flight and the reason would be such silly. The Uber cab was low on fuel and stopped just after running a kilometer.
On 26th April 2017, I had to catch a flight to New Delhi from Hyderabad at 13:15. I had to travel with wife and kid. I booked an Uber cab at 11:12. The airport would take almost 30-35 mins from my location of stay. Uber cab was just near my location.
I called the Uber driver to explain the exact location. However, he called again asking to change the payment method to cash, as he needed to fill the fuel. I agreed and changed the payment method to cash.
After getting in the cab, the cab stopped just after 3-4 mins after running 1.38 km. The petrol pump was just 200 meters ahead. The driver took Rs. 300 from me for fuel. However, he went twice to petrol pump with different containers to bring petrol.
Even after filling the fuel, the car didn’t start as may be the driver tried to run it on the empty tank for some distance. The whole fiasco took away almost 40-45 mins. We tried booking alternate Uber cab. However, the new cab booked was at 15-20 mins distance. The new cab booked canceled the booking after few mins without consulting.
We arranged another cab (not Uber) parked nearby and shifted our luggage. The new cab driver tried his level best to drop us as early as possible. We reached the airport at just past 12:45. He took almost 20-25 mins.
However, the officials of the flight showed their inability to allow us with the luggage. They would have helped us to board if having only hand baggage. It would
Afterward, we booked another flight to New Delhi at 19:20. Options were few and this was the cheapest. Even next two days flights were at a higher price. The new flight costs us Rs. 25, 618.
We waited almost 6 hours at the airport. After landing in New Delhi, when I opened Uber to book a cab, I found a charge pending on my card for Rs. 257 for the failed transit in the morning. So, even after choosing cash payment, I paid Rs. 300 by cash (for petrol) and Rs. 257 by card. Rs. 557 for a failed transit which costs me Rs. 25,618 extra for the flight and harassment for the whole day.
I have emailed Uber my story and waiting for a reply. Let’s see how much Uber cares for its customers.
In my last post, I Want to Restart Blogging, I talked about setting up a WordPress site in less than 5 mins using EasyEngine. Actually, I talked very less about the advantages of EasyEngine. In this post, I’m going to take you to the world of Lightning Fast WordPress using simple WordPress-NGINX Configuration achieved using EasyEngine.
Apache is the world’s most used web server. So, why to opt for an NGINX based server. I’m going to start with an image which tells you a well-known secret.
The above analysis tells us the usage percentage of different popular servers in the world based on its usage in all the websites; usage in top 1,000,000; top 100,000; top 10,000 and top 1,000 websites. Apache is overall definitely a very popular web server. But, when it comes to top 10,000 or top 1,000 websites by usage, NGINX surpasses them to be the most widely used web server. It shows that NGINX has definitely an edge over Apache.
Google’s server seems a popular web server in top 1,000. But, it is a costly web server. Further, as it is only popular among top 1,000 websites, it means Google web server is definitely good. But, Google’s Server is not for all. It is a premium service.
One more interesting thing is even WordPress are using nginx for its own servers. You may check it out at the following pages. WordPress.COM and WordPress.ORG.
Here are some benefits of using nginx in simple language:
Nginx is fast because it does not need to create a new process for each new request.
Nginx uses very little memory, especially for static Web pages.
Nginx can be used with a range of systems.
Nginx is highly scalable, and performance is not dependent on hardware.
Nginx is easy to install and configure.
Nginx has very less CPU load
However, there is an overlooked fact here. Apache is used by a heavy number of top 1,000 websites. So, those websites with best minds on the earth behind them must be getting phenomenal result with Apache too. The thing is Apache needs some tweaking which is not simple to do. Tweaking nginx is easy. Even on low-budget and nil tweaking, nginx gives impressive results.
Before going into the question, why EasyEngine, I should answer what is EasyEngine.
In 2010, one of my website TheApplePirates.com became a hit within a month of its launch. It was getting more than 10,000 pageviews a day. It was my first website to get such a good response. I had invested in just domain name for this website. Hosting was from a free one. So, it was becoming slow after the traffic crossed 5,000 a day mark. It was the first time that I went first to a VPS Server, then to a dedicated server. Being completely in an unknown arena. At that time, I came to know about some packages like Alternate PHP Caching (APC), Varnish, memcached, eAccelerator and other such names. I researched a lot those days and tried to implement few on my server. It took me more than 3 days to make APC working on my server. I know, I’m not a technical guy with any degree or even diploma in computers. But, spending 3 days to make APC work that too without a splendid performance. Its insane.
Anyways, after the recent success of my websites, once again I was forced to try my luck with memcached and nginx. It was real pain to make all these packages to work together. If you have tried to do the same. I’m sorry for your wastage of time. The answer to all these complex installation could be a very simple to use customized Package EasyEngine.
EasyEngine with not more than 3-4 commands can install a nginx based server with PHP5-FPM, MySQL and added features like FastCGI, memcached, Zend OPcache, Google Pagespeed, Postfix. It is a package made especially for WordPress and its performance optimisation. It gives option for a WordPress website to be created with page caching support using optimal setting for either of FastCGI or WP Total Cache or WP Super Cache and also with no page cache. Further, one can use it for WordPress subdomain or sub-directory installation too. Using EasyEngine on a fresh server, one can install 12 types of WordPress install in less than 5 mins. An interesting feature, it tweaks its configuration itself as per available hardware resources. However, for optimal use, I recommend to tweak the configuration of packages included as per your requirements.
EasyEngine blends compatible and latest packages together to give a stable environment. Regular updates are released which are easy to install with a single command. However, the tweaks and settings remain unchanged after update. I’m using SSD-VPS from Virpus Hosting for this website. At Virpus Hosting, by paying just $ 5 per month one can set up a website using EasyEngine to easily support a WordPress blog to handle daily traffic of 1,000-2,000 that too with a page load time of under a sec. If you are a blogging for long, you must think I’m giving false picture. But, this is true. Using EasyEngine along with few plugins that I’ll tell you in coming posts. You can do it without hassle.
The beauty of EasyEngine lies in its simplicity, flexibility, cost effectiveness and performance. I give 5 out of 5 in all these segment to EasyEngine. There is more alternative to EasyEngine – Like LAMP, WAMP, MAMP, XAMPP. But, all are Apache based packages. I would love to test package similar to EasyEngine for nginx if you can suggest some.
Installation of EasyEngine
Installation of EasyEngine is quite simple and Easy. Get a fresh server. If you want for testing, you can use an instance from Amazon EC2, else for deployment of your WordPress blog get a VPS from Virpus Hosting. EasyEngine currently supports Ubuntu and Debian 6/7. I prefer Ubuntu over Debian due to its wide popularity.
Once you get root access to your server via command line (Putty), the first step should be to update the server to latest using following command. Press y, if it needs permission during update.