Mandarinportal.com Is Now A Host For the CC-CEDICT project

I am proud to say that Mandarinportal.com is now one of the hosts for the CC-CEDICT project. CC-CEDICT is one of the best open source Chinese to English dictionaries in the world, and very useful to use. You can download it in many different and convenient formats here. CC-CEDICT is somewhat hard to search initially, but, I will put more information here about how to quickly and efficiently search it soon.

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My first book review

I am happy to announce that I have made my first book review of a book for learning Chinese or about Chinese culture. It is my review of China Online: Netspeak and Wordplay By Over 700 Million Chinese Internet Users by Veronique Michel. It is quite a fascinating book. You can read my review here. More book reviews will follow at mandarinportal.com/book-reviews.

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Website Upgrade and Transfer Now Complete

I having finally finished transferring my server fromĀ  a shared hostĀ  in Ireland to a VPS in Singapore. This upgrade took many many hours, and at times made me want to pull my hair out, but was a great learning experience. Lots of technical things behind the scenes had to work perfectly for the transition to complete. This upgrade has forced me through sheer necessity to get much better at Linux administration very quickly. Using a shared host allows you to have the host hold your hand so to speak, but really limits what you can do. Having a VPS is like having ultimate freedom with regards to the server, but with no one to hold your hand. I might host this site in Ireland again eventually, but for now, I am sticking with my Singapore server. But in any case, I love both Singapore and Ireland, so I am OK with having the server in either country. This upgrade will allow me to do many more interesting things with the site, and allow it to be significantly faster.

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