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China

List of Chinese apps for foreigners

This list will be continuously updated! Or, at least until I leave China. Android CAUTION – Before installing any of the APKs listed below, consider uploading them to VirusTotal to make sure nothing nasty has been done to the installers! 饿了么 (Èle me) – Direct APK link (open this on your Android phone)淘宝 (Táobǎo) – […]

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China Life

Tips on staying clean from an OCD germaphobe

If you know me in real life, you probably already know that a) I am extremely OCD, and b) I’m a germaphobe. I keep getting asked why I keep vats of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in my room and why I carry around pocket-sized hand sanitizer bottles. And yes, I admit I’m a germaphobe, and a […]

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China

Using image recognition to make Chinese classes easier

I suck at Chinese. If someone asks me to read a Chinese story, I can’t do it unless it’s extremely easy or has pinyin on top of it. So what do you do when you find a block of text that you can’t read? “Ah, just copy that into Google Translate! It shows you the […]

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China Linux

Using tinc to get around double-NAT

When I came back to China in 2018, I learned the hard way that the network carriers don’t give out public IPv4 addresses anymore. Now, you’re stuck behind their NAT, using the same IP address as everyone else, forced to live that peasant life. I mean, sure, it’s not a big problem for 95% of […]

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China Linux

Set up a network wide VPN using Ubuntu Server

Isn’t it fun living in China? The answer is – it depends. And if you’re a foreigner craving for your Netflix binge and YouTube addiction, this just might be the solution to your problems. Enter the network-wide VPN – your own gateway that you will set up to tunnel your entire home’s network! Prerequisites You […]

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China

Reset service password on China Mobile

On China Mobile, when you need to check up your fees or change your plans, you need something called a “service” password, or fúwù mìmǎ (服务密码). And if you don’t have a Chinese passport and citizenship and their ridiculous ID system, you will not get through the automated calling system they have, or the online […]