VPN Services in China

Designers in China have limited access to the rest of internet because of the digital Great Wall. The digital Great Wall blocks out key digital services such as Google, Facebook and Twitter. It also slows down our favorite tools such as Dropbox, Slack, InVision or Basecamp.

That’s why VPN services is critical to our everyday productivity. If you are university students, you may be able to find affordable VPN services through friends or taobao. If you are professionals, you may be able to use companies who have oversea office or purchase professional VPN services. However, most of them are on and off all the time.

Here is a short list of most stable VPN services I’ve used in the last 3 months.

TechRuno
TechRuno has best stability on all my mobile devices. It always works on iOS. However, on all my laptops purchased in China, I have to use WebVPN to get TechRuno going. It also has pretty responsive services.
https://www.runox.biz/

VPNCloud
This saves my life for being able to sync Dropbox on my laptop. VPNCloud is my new hero VPN. Hopefully it stays that way. 
https://www.ytvpn.com/

Astril
Most people around me use this but it has never been friendly to me. You have to find the right host to be able to log-in. And there’s no way you know it when it updates. (from my personal experience)
https://www.astrill.com/index.php

This is by no mean a professional investigation on VPN services in China. It’s a quick handy reference for whoever needs this.

Although there’s no light in digital freedom, there’re hopes in the dark. 

Erwin Wurm

One of my favorite artists.
http://www.erwinwurm.at/

From Wikipedia:

Erwin Wurm (born 1954) is an Austrian artist born in Bruck an der Mur / Styria. He currently lives and works in Vienna and Limberg, Austria.

Since the late 1980s, he has developed an ongoing series of One Minute Sculptures, in which he poses himself or his models in unexpected relationships with everyday objects close at hand, prompting the viewer to question the very definition of sculpture. He seeks to use the "shortest path" in creating a sculpture — a clear and fast, sometimes humorous, form of expression. As the sculptures are fleeting and meant to be spontaneous and temporary, the images are only captured in photos or on film.

The Design Details Podcast

The Design Details Podcast
http://www.designdetails.fm/
A weekly show about the people who design our favorite products. Hosted by Bryn Jackson and Brian Lovin. 

This is the first podcast I listened to: Her Let Me. It's really fun to feel who are these designers & how they talk and what they are thinking via their voices, rather than written words.

Thanks to Harry Chen who introduces this to me!

Harry is a hybrid interaction designer & software engineer who is fun and always has interesting point of view.