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2 Alternatives to Paypal in Nicaragua — March 2, 2016

2 Alternatives to Paypal in Nicaragua

Last year I wrote an article about how Paypal is working on Nicaragua, and its 2016 and we are still on the same place: we can get money in, but we can’t cash it out locally ūüė¶ , we need to spend it again via Paypal, which on my particular case has come in handy when paying for servers in Digital Ocean (please use this affiliate link – thanks for using it), Domains & Hosting in Site5 (please use this affiliate link), Games on the XBOX store (I’m a HUGE batman fan).

But at the end of the day you need hard, cold cash. So below are some options you can use instead of Paypal if you work with foreign customers.



This is a very known Mastercard debit card that is used by many freelancers who work and get paid via and other similar sites. This is a service that provides you with a US based checking account in Bank of America that companies on the US can deposit money and it will be linked to your card. Unfortunately that only works to get deposits from business or corporate accounts.

They do offer however a credit card based service, which it was suspended a couple of years ago and it seems is working again. The service will basically send an email to your client and they will go to a page from Payoneer where they can put their credit card information and perform the payment. They can even decide who is going to pay the fee for the transaction.

In Nicaragua, you can use this card on any ATM from banks who take Mastercard, I have being told by some freelancer friends that ProCredit ATMs offer the lowest fees, followed by BANPRO and lastly BAC being the most expensive one.

Payoneer Fees

Debit Card Annual fee: USD 29.95
Deposits to US Checking account: 1% (if you get paid 500 USD, they will charge you USD 5). Maximum is USD3000 per transaction.
Credit Card payments: 3% per transaction, the only take MASTERCARD & VISA, Maximum is USD2000 per transaction.

ATM Withdrawal fee:  3.15% per transaction (some ATMs add another charge on top of this percentage)

As a conclusion, this is a very good solution if you are getting payments from different customers and your transactions are below the USD2000. My suggestion is to use it when you can and instead of cashing out, to avoid the fees, try to use it as a debit card to pay for stuff like groceries, internet, gas or entertainment!

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Paypal @ Panamá via LAFISE

This is a solution that has been suggested to me recently and for which I am still on the process of requesting it to LAFISE, since they are a regional bank with offices in Panama, you can open a bank account in LAFISE PANAMA without ever even leaving Nicaragua. You will have to go to your nearest LAFISE branch and talk to Customer Service (servicios bancarios in Spanish) and they will provide a list of the requirements to do so. Once you have filled all the requirements they will give you the bank account information. It cost around USD 20 since you are required to get LAFISE ID, which is their security method to login plus around USD200 cash to have there to keep your account opened.

They you will need to open a new Paypal account, but open it as if you were living in Panam√°. After that you will link your LAFISE PANAMA Bank account to Paypal so you can start getting payments. Since LAFISE also has offices here, the transfers between countries are free.

All normal Paypal fees apply.



2co_logoA friend of mine, who owns a business directory website, has used their service for many years now. What they basically do, is they provide a back end so your customers can login there, put the credit card information and process the payment. 2checkout would then give you the option to wire you the money to your Nicaraguan bank account.

They do ask a lot of questions and are very strict about knowing exactly who you are, so they will ask you to provide a lot of documentation, but in the end you will be able to get payments internationally, so on my humble opinion, it’s worth it.

2checkout fees

Credit Card Transactions:¬†3.9% + 45¬Ę
Wire Transfer cost: USD40-65

What’s next?

There are some options I didn’t include on this list because they would need you to open legal companies in other countries or ar alternative methods of sending money to Nicaragua so I am just going to list them briefly:

  1. Open a US company or LLC on any state, file with the IRS to get EIN, open a bank account on the business name and then start using services like Stripe or
  2. Open a bank account in Costa Rica, in Banco Nacional and  create a Paypal account as if you were living in Costa Rica and link it to that account.
  3. Use Western Union, Moneygram, Xoom, etc.

If you have any tips or other ways that we as Nicaraguan Freelancers and entrepreneurs can benefit from, please let me know!

DLNA on Mac: The Ultimate Guide — February 24, 2016

DLNA on Mac: The Ultimate Guide

Well folks, many of you have read my article from Streaming from Mac OS X to a Roku Streaming Device and Stream Media from Debian to XBOX One, now it comes this guide, which is basically a different way of using DLNA on your Mac OS X (El Capitan).


  • Mac OS X El Capitan
  • Internet access
  • Brew
  • Any DLNA capable device (Android device, Roku, Windows based computer, Playstation 4, XBOX or¬†any SmartTV. The device needs to be on the same network as your Mac OS X computer.
  • Time, and willing to geek out!!

Step 1: Install Brew

Brew is the missing package manager for Mac OS X, it’s what aptitude is for Debian, yum for Red Hat based Linux distributions (RHEL, Fedora, CentOS, etc).It makes your life really easy if you are a developer or sysadmin. Install packages just like you would do on linux. Forget about downloading sources and compiling. This is the way to roll.

  1. Open your Terminal on your Mac OS X computer.
  2. Type the following command:
    ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL"
  3. Wait for Brew to be installed. If it fails for any reason, please visit this link for further information.

Step 2: Install minidlna

On linux, we have minidlna which is a daemon used to share media contents in your network using DLNA. The daemon is now called ReadyMedia. The full description is:

ReadyMedia (formerly MiniDLNA) is server software with the aim of being fully compliant with DLNA/UPnP-AV clients.

  1. Once Brew is installed, go back to your terminal and get ready.
  2. Type the following command on your terminal to install minidlna:
    brew install minidlna
  3. This will download & install minidlna on your device. If you get any errors, then please run this command and then go back to step 2:
    brew update
  4. If minidlna installed without problems, move to the next step.

Some clarifications:

  • The software is installed on the folder¬†/usr/local/Cellar/minidlna/x.x.x (x.x.x would be the version of minidlna installed.

Step 3: Setup minidlna sharing folders

This step is about to setup all the following: device name, folder where your media is stored and that you want to share across your network.

  1. Go back to your terminal.
  2. Open a text editor to modify the configuration file. So type the following command:
    nano /usr/local/Cellar/minidlna/x.x.x/share/minidlna/minidlna.conf
  3. Now customize your settings, please make sure that you customize the media_dir with the actual path where your media is stored, below is an example that you can use :
    friendly_name=Mac DLNA Server

    Please note that you can name it what ever you’d like and the media_dir NEEDS to be an existing directory/folder on your computer so be sure to put the right path.

  4. Brew does not creates the symbolic links for minidlna to work well, so we are going to have to do this:
    ln -s /usr/local/Cellar/minidlna/x.x.x/sbin/minidlnad /usr/local/bin/minidlnad

    What you are doing here is basically creating a shortcut from our recently installed minidlna on the brew directory to our /usr/local/bin directly which is where most used commands are stored. In a few words to make your life easier. Less is more, enjoy!

  5. Launch minidlna with the following command:

    If you have OS X firewall turned on, then you will get a prompt that you will need to approve to give permission to minidlna to serve files on your network.

  6. Voil√°! Now you can turn on your TV, XBOX, Android Device or any DLNA capable device that is connected to the same network as your Mac, and you should be able to see your Mac serving media files via DLNA.

    No need for Apple TV or any other Apple branded media devices. This will make your Mac talk to EVERYONE using a STANDARD that they have refused to use or implement! Bad Apple!

Let me know if you need a guide for a specific device, XBOX, Playstation, Roku, etc. I’m always eager for new challenges!

Avoid SSH Timeouts on the Mac Terminal — February 18, 2016

Avoid SSH Timeouts on the Mac Terminal

I admit it, I’m always with a lot of applications opened, Chrome with at least 6 tabs, Skype, Slack, PHPStorm or SublimeText, Airmail or Outlook for Mac, Photoshop and terminal.

I regularly login via SSH to VPS in Digital Ocean and AWS EC2 and then run some commands like:

wp plugin install wordfence

Then I go to the wordpress site and start adjusting the settings, but by the time I get back to the terminal (5 – 10 minutes), the SSH session is frozen, so I’m forced to open a new one. I honestly became tired of this, and I remembered that SSH was built on TCP and as such it should have some “Keep Alive” settings like on SIP (sorry I come from the call center world). And after some search online, I found that you can make this change both from the server side (SSHD: Secure SHell Daemon) or from your CLI (*nix, Linux & Mac).

Reduce SSH Timeouts from the server

Reduce SSH Timeouts from your computer

All you need to do is to setup your ssh client to send a “Keep Alive” signal to the server every certain amount of seconds. So you can add the following text to your ~/.ssh/config file:

Host remote-host
ServerAliveInterval 120

This basically tells your computer to send “keep alive” signals to every 120 seconds (2 minutes). That way the session will not get frozen for that server.

If you want to enable this for all of the hosts that you connect to, then simply add the following strings instead:

Host *
  ServerAliveInterval 120

This will setup the “keep alive” signal interval to 2 minutes for any host that you connect to via SSH.

After you finish editing the file, please make sure to change the permissions on the file using the following command:

chmod 600 ~/.ssh/config

And there you go, as simple as that! No more timeouts on my terminal app on my Mac OS El capitan MBP! vs – An Idiot’s Guide — February 6, 2016 vs – An Idiot’s Guide


For you that are starting with WordPress and you are trying this on your own, let me help you on clarifying this:

WordPress is a Content Management System (CMS) that is built on PHP (one of the most popular programming languages, see for more info) and using MySQL as the database to store your user info, settings, posts and other information.

The company that developed WordPress is Automatic, they are the ones that coordinate the development of WordPress. And have made (and acquired) other popular WordPress plugins such as bbPress, BuddyPress, Jetpack, etc.

As many open software companies, they created a community version of WordPress which is open source and whose source code is hosted on GitHub and they made a commercial service that provides a hosted WordPress service that has both FREE and PAID plans. The service

For novice (n00b) users, I strongly suggest that they start experimenting with which already comes with many of the features someone would need to start a blog or website. You would get familiarized with the setting and would probably fall in love with Calypso which is backend GUI. Since the service is free and already comes with SSL, you would not have to worry about hacks, or performance, or security like you would do when you are using the open source version.

Sites like CNN, Time, UPS, Chrysler and NBC run on WordPress VIP, which is a paid version of WordPress that is made to provide the highest quality of service, no wonder why the pricing starts at USD 5,000 a month (Five Thousand US Dollars).

The FREE version of is limited. Well if it’s free it has to have some limits don’t you think? Well, at least I do. So what are the limits:

The limitations of

  • Limited availability¬†of plugins. Only a small list of preapproved plugins.
  • Limited availability of themes.
  • You can’t edit the themes much.
  • You can’t run or place Ads on any site you create here.

The awesomeness of

  • Works straight up. No much setup needed.
  • It comes with FREE SSL (Wildcard SSL *
  • No SysAdmin work needed: security, upgrade, performance, everything is managed by them.
  • Callypso is so much cooler.
  • Built In stats
  • Social Media syndication

What’s the ideal usage for

If you want to run a blog and only want to care about writing contents, with limited features and you do not want to worry about server & software maintenance. Or big companies with lots of cash, who need dedicated and professional hosting and support for their highly visited websites. The software is where the software that is the core of lives. The difference is that is not an integrated platform, but a software that you can install on any server as long as it can interpret PHP nad have a MySQL database.

WordPress is pretty extendable and is sitting on 25% of all websites in the world. People have build business websites, helpdesks, knowledge bases, ecommerce stores and even social networking sites with it. Since it’s FREE, and you have thousands and thousands of both themes and plugins, is pretty popular amongst developers and non-IT folks.

The limitations of

  • It requires a lot of things and concepts to be learned: php, mysql, etc.
  • It does not come with a good security protection from scratch
  • It requires constant upgrading and sometimes this results on broken themes and plugins.
  • Has a lot of XSS Cross site Scripting exploits
  • Common target of hackers and script kiddies

The awesomeness of

  • Since its open source, you can use it however you like & customize it
  • It has thousands and thousands of plugins and themes available
  • Its easier to get assistance on than
  • It can be used to build almost every type of website.

What’s the ideal usage for

A web designer or business owner that wants a tool for his business to use for sales (ecommerce, product catalog, services showdown, etc), marketing or other things like CRM and even social media. Someone looking for incredible flexibility and easy to change.


If you basically want an easy way to publish your stuff online, then go with But if you have a vision and would like way more flexibility, and be able to upload custom plugins, then I definitely suggest you go with

What about you guys ? What is another difference between them?

Upgrading to Debian Jessie 8.3 — January 31, 2016

Upgrading to Debian Jessie 8.3

Recently I became aware that there was an update to my favorite Linux, Debian. I have been using Debian Jessie 8.2 on my laptop (Dell XPS 14) since it came out and honestly I did not have any problems at all.

But recently I was requested to install a Linux server for a small app developed on Ruby on Rails. And honestly my first choice is, and probably always be¬†Debian; unfortunately when I came to the meeting with the good folks who wanted my assistance, I was informed that the server was already installed and that the developer installed Ubuntu 14.04¬†on it. Well that shouldn’t be much of a problem, after all is¬†Debian at heart.

But due to many issues with it (performance and others), I wiped the install and did a¬†Debian Jessie 8.2 install on the beautiful Dell server. Everything went well during the installation, but the error stroke after the first boot ūüė¶ video issues all over the place. I couldn’t see the console or screen due to some odd conflicts with the drivers and the Matrox video card. I did see several issues and complaints on some forums about the same that I was experiencing, but it has its positive side. The developer was using this server as a workstation and had the GUI installed and used tools like Atom and other things and was going to use the server to do the training. And now with the issues with video, I had the perfect excuse to make him use his laptop. #Win for me.

Today, I was happy to read that many video issues have been patched with 8.3 and I intend to do the upgrade on the server tomorrow night. But I did try to do the upgrade on my computer and everything went well.

How to upgrade to Debian 8.3 from Debian 8.x?

The process itself is pretty easy, on your terminal using an account with sudo rights, run the following commands:

sudo apt-get update

This command will request all the latest versions from all the repositories that you have on setup on your sources.list.

sudo apt-get upgrade

The upgrade modifier on apt-get compares the latest versions of software on the catalog available online against the local catalog of installed software on your machine, and tells you which are the ones that you can upgrade to newer versions.

sudo apt-get dist-upgrade

The dist-upgrade modifier, besides doing the same thing as upgrade it also changes the dependencies with newer version of packages. It will prioritize the most important packages to upgrade.

sudo reboot

After the reboot your computer should be now running full Debian 8.3 and you can verify it by running the following command:

lsb_release -a

The output should be something like this:

Distributor ID: Debian
Description: Debian GNU/Linux 8.3 (jessie)
Release: 8.3
Codename: jessie

And there you go, Debian Jessie 8.3 installed, enjoy!

If you face errors or have questions, let me know!

PS: Thanks to Christian Torres for the correction!

Overcoming the WordPress’ white screen of death — November 18, 2015

Overcoming the WordPress’ white screen of death

Yesterday’s incident with La Prensa Nicaragua reminded me that I wanted to write about this 6 months ago. So I took some time and wrote this up. I really hope this helps someone.

If you have ever played with WordPress, plugins and themes a bit, it is very likely that you have faced the dreadful white screen of death. This can be very frustrating and even irritating if you do not know where to look for clues. So below I’m sharing a few tips for what I normally do on these cases.

Option 1: Enabling WP_DEBUG on wp_config.php

The file named wp-config.php is where all the important settings are for your site are stored. You will find the database hostname, name, username and password for the MySQL instance that your site is using. But it also holds some other very important features, and one of them is the one we need to enable with the following line:

define( 'WP_DEBUG', true );

By default your wp-config.php comes with this setting set to false, just change it to true to enable the debugging feature. Once the debugging mode is enabled, your wordpress instance will now show you on screen all the errors from themes and plugins.

You can alternatively also enable the feature for wordpress to write a log of all the errors and not show them on screen; this is especially handy if you are debugging on a production environment and you do not want the visitors to notice the errors. You do that adding the following code to the file:

// Enable WP_DEBUG mode
define('WP_DEBUG', true);

// Enable logging to the /wp-content/debug.log file
define('WP_DEBUG_LOG', true);

// Disable display of errors and warnings 
define('WP_DEBUG_DISPLAY', false);

Once you have added this to the wp-config.php file, you can check all the error messages of your site on the file located on /wp-content/debug.log. You can now find what is the error that you are getting and start fixing it.

Option 2: Troubleshoot with a plugin

If you search on the WordPress’ Plugin repository you will find that there are several plugins that help you on your troubleshooting tasks. So if you still have access to the WordPress Dashboard, then you use any of the plugins.

To start up with I suggest you try one of these plugins:

If you are running a Multisite instance of WordPress, then I suggest you use a plugin that was done specifically for networks and super admins, and is called Debug This.

I suggest you try them and based on your preferences you pick your favorite and start finding all the errors.

Option 3: Check the Error log on your web hosting Control Panel

This works if you are using whether cPanel or Plesk.

cPanel instructions

On your cPanel go to Logs and then Error Log.

Plesk instructions

Go to Files, then on the left side select the Logs folder, and then scroll down to find the file named error_log.

For other web hosting control panels, you would have to do an online search to find the proper instructions where to find the error log. The same it goes if you are using a Linux instance without any control panel. Please look for your linux distribution to find the error log of the web server (either Apache or NGINX).

Other things you can do

Disable plugins

Sometimes upgrading the plugins can break your site. It sucks but its true. So you can simply disable any of them by renaming the folder of the plugin to something else.

A radical measure its just to rename the entire plugin directory (/wp-content/plugins/)

Disable the themes

Yup, even some themes have caused the White Screen of Death many times. Easiesy way to disable it, just like with plugins is to rename the theme folder (/wp-content/themes/yourtheme).

You can also go to the MySQL database for this wordpress website, and look for the table wp_options, and change the theme to one of the builtin themes like twenty fifthteen, twenty fourteen & twenty thirdteen.

.htaccess issues

This is another of the most common issues, faulty rules on .htaccess. It can be a wrong rewrite, redirect or even a wrong add directive.

The good news is that errors caused by .htaccess are visible on your error_log. You can find that file based on your system configuration (cPanel, Plesk, Linux, Windows, etc).

Be sure to check Apache’s documentation for .htaccess. Or simply grab a clean version of the htaccess from WordPress’ Codex and backup the one you have for security purposes. Using the clean version of .htaccess will most likely solve the errors if you do not have time to troubleshoot and need the site back online asap.

If you want me to lend you a hand, contact me so we can take a look at your issue.

Stream Media from Debian to Xbox One — November 11, 2015

Stream Media from Debian to Xbox One

Hi there, if you have been reading my blog, you probably read my article about Streaming from Mac OS X to a Roku Streaming Device. Well now I am back for another one, but this time is from my Debian 8.2 (Jessie) to my XBOX One.

Requirements before we start

The setup is pretty simple, but before that let me first explain what are the requirements to accomplish this:

  1. Debian 8.2 installed on a computer with WIFI or connected to the same router as the XBOX.
  2. A XBOX One device that is connected to the same WIFI as the computer and that is up to date.
  3. A WIFI connection with internet connection, the faster the better.
  4. On the Debian box you must have root or sudo rights.

Let’s get started!

I’m going to divide this in 3 phases: Debian Setup, XBOX Setup and Playing time!

Debian SETUP

So for this you would have need to have terminal access to the computer running Debian 8.2 (Jessie). Once you are logged in you will type the following command on the terminal:

sudo apt-get install minidla

This will install minidla and all the requirements. MiniDLA is now called ReadyMedia, and its a very small and simple DLNA/UPnP media server that is compatible with all media players and OS: Windows, Roku, Smart TVs, Android, XBOX & Playstations. So this program, is a daemon itself that is installed on your Debian box and it shares all your media files with your network.

Once¬†minidla is installed on your Debian box, it’s time to set it up. So let’s go back to the terminal and use our favorite text editor to edit the file, on this case I’m using vim:

sudo vim /etc/minidlna.conf

Once you have the file opened, look for the line that stats with: media_dir=
(or line 24 if your editor supports this) and then go ahead and change the value for your home folder so the statement looks something like this:


Where username is the one that you use to login to your Debian box. I use that one because that way it will scan all the media on my home folder; however if you have your media stored elsewhere like on a USB Hard drive, then please use that full path instead of the one I used.

When you are done stating what is the media directory, save the file and close it. We will then now start the minidlna service on our console with the following command:

sudo service minidlna start

That command will start the sharing media service and now all computers (but Mac unless you use Plex) and media streaming devices will be able to see the media contents of the folder that we previously set on the minidlna.conf file. And that’s it on Debian ūüôā

XBOX One setup

For the XBOX One setup is easier, just turn on the XBOX, make sure you have internet and then go to the XBOX Store and look for the Media Player app and install it if you do not already have it.

XBOX One Media Player

Once the apps finishes installing (its about ~ 45MB), go to your XBOX home screen >> My Games & Apps >> Apps >> Media Player and launch it.

Once you are on the app you should see the name of your computer with minidlna listed ūüôā on my case my computer is called debianXPS as you can see on the screenshot below:

XBOX Media Player showing DLNA

When you click on it with your XBOX One Remote, you will see all the folders listed. I navigated to videos and found all the videos listed as you can see below:

XBOX Media Player DLNA Movies

Just click on any of the videos to play them. And enjoy!

If you are facing issues about this not showing, please be sure that:

  • Debian box firewall has the minidlna ports opened.
  • Both Debian Box and XBOX One are on the SAME NETWORK.
  • That you setup correctly the media folder on minidlna.conf file and then restarted the minidlna service.

I am still looking for a way to use my XBOX as a secondary screen, so if you have a suggestion, let me know either on the comments or elsewhere!!

WordPress and admin-ajax.php — May 14, 2015

WordPress and admin-ajax.php

In past articles I have shared with you what I consider the Top 5 WordPress Plugins for Shared Hosting but I must admit that I forgot about this one. It  was only after assisting customers from Site5 that I remembered that I had forgotten to add this important plugin as it causes severe damage sometimes.

What is the admin-ajax.php on WordPress?

It’s called WordPress Heartbeat API and it’s used by¬†WordPress¬†to communicate between the web browser and the server, it’s used for tasks of user session management & auto saving.

In layman’s term is the file that allows¬†WordPress¬†to save automatically while we are writing posts or pages and other related tasks. It helps¬†WordPress¬†to keep track of what is happening on the Dashboard and for this the¬†Wordpress Heartbeat API calls this file every 15 seconds to auto save posts, provide other useful information like what your fellow administrators and authors are working on at that moment.

Unfortunately, sometimes WordPress begins to send excessive requests to admin-ajax.php which can cause a high CPU usage and this is something you need to avoid specially if you are on shared hosting accounts. For instance leaving a web browser with WordPress Dashboard opened this could be a potential issue.

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WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities — May 12, 2015

WordPress Plugin Vulnerabilities

This is for all of you WordPress users. Recently a lot of vulnerabilities were discovered which allow hackers and script kiddies to have access to your website if you are running outdated versions of all the following plugins:

  • Jetpack
  • WordPress SEO
  • Google Analytics by Yoast
  • All In one SEO
  • Gravity Forms
  • Multiple Plugins from Easy Digital Downloads
  • UpdraftPlus
  • WP-E-Commerce
  • WPTouch
  • Download Monitor
  • Related Posts for WordPress
  • My Calendar
  • P3 Profiler
  • Give
  • Multiple iThemes products including Builder and Exchange
  • Broken-Link-Checker
  • Ninja Forms

The above plugins have already been updated by their developers to fix the issue so we strongly recommend logging into your WordPress admin panel and updating these as well any other plugins that are installed.

What can you do?

UPDATE WordPress

Yup! Get your WordPress to the latest latest version available. Go here to know what the latest version of WordPress is the one that was recently released ->

UPDATE Plugins

Go to your WP-ADMIN Dashboard and then to plugins and update all the ones that are outdated. Please note that this will probably cause some features to break, but its better to fix this than to get hacked and get your domain or server blacklisted. Preventive maintenance it’s¬†ten times better than corrective maintenance. At least that is what my mother taught me.

REMOVE Plugins

If any of the plugins listed above is on your WordPress and it does not have a recent update less than 2 weeks ago (please note that today is May 12th 2015), remove it. It’s better be safe than sorry.

Also cut all the fat, and remove all the plugins that you are not using, even if you have them disabled it’s just safer to remove them for good. Bye, CIAO, ADIOS!!!

Say no to cracked or nulled Plugins and Themes

I know the idea of not paying for software might be appealing to you.. However I suggest to not be cheap when it comes to this, as it’s more often that these types of warez have some sort of injected code which will allow other to get access to your account and use it to run commands on your account remotely.

So do not be a part of the next DDoS attack or SPAM source. Pay for your plugins and themes, below are some great places to purchase your WordPress Themes and Plugins:

For Themes

For Plugins -> Code Canyon By Envato

Further reading

For more information about this vulnerability, please visit the following link:

Claro Nicaragua DNS system sucks! — May 5, 2015

Claro Nicaragua DNS system sucks!

Ok Folks, over a month ago I was finally able to get wired cable internet in my new house thanks to Claro Nicaragua. I grabbed a Triple play: Digital Cable, Land Line and Cable Internet. I was really hesitant and went back and forth with the sales folks as due to my own experience and friends, the cable infrastructure which was inherited from the Cablenet times before Claro Nicaragua bought them and rebrand it as Turbonett along with its Wireless and ADSL internet service.

One of the biggest objections I have is the DNS, oh my God the DNS!

The first two weeks I had a major pain using them, so I went to the RCA router to change the DNS, and surprisingly enough, on the model I have you can’t change them. So I had to change them locally on my computer, as my first choice I have used Google Public DNS, but odd enough it seems¬†Claro Nicaragua¬†blocks the traffic from them from time to time. Which was causing me serious issues as I depend on a stable connection to do my job.

I then decided to do more research and I found NameBench, which is a utility to benchmark the nameservers speed based on your own internet connection thru several tests. At the end you get a report of the ones that work faster for you. Funny enough nor Claro’s own DNS were listed, even Guatemala’s Claro were listed to be faster as well as NTT’s DNS (ISP from Japan). So I with the report in hand, I went in to setup 5 different nameservers on my computer so we can test this.

After changing the DNS, my experience changed… completely. I am now a happy camper!

If you are a Claro internet user and do not want to go over the NameBench experiment, then simply use OpenDNS Name servers which are: &

OpenDNS on Mac OS X

OpenDNS on Windows 7

And if you need further assistance, drop me a note!

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