install GAPPS / google apps in android smartphone bought in china

install GAPPS / google apps on smartphones for the chinese market which has not these gapps preinstalled

Description on how to get GAPPS for HTC D820US and maybe for any other “China-smartphone”

1_: Unmount the SD Card
2_: go to with Chrome
3_: Right click on the page > translate to english
4_: Choose the green button next to blue one and above the other three green ones to download a small file called com.gmsinstaller.apk
5_: install it
6_: this apk will download a file of abt. 246MB and needs following code in the dialer which pop-ups automatically [ code: * # * # 442 # * # * ]
7_: The device automatically restart and automatically install GAPPS, after the completion of all applications please check the list.
8_: If needed after all, download separately from “” following two apk’s: Google Play Services and Google Play Store. (and install them of course…)

***update every single app you might have installed from a different source than play store

…works like a charm 😉


Κόστος διοδίων Αθήνα-Θεσσαλονίκη Απρίλιος 2015

Πλέον προστέθηκε και ο μετωπικός σταθμός ΜΑΥΡΟΜΑΝΤΗΛΑΣ (παράκαμψη Στυλίδας) και έτσι οι σταθμοί διοδίων έγιναν 12!!!

Από Αθήνα προς Θεσσαλονίκη κατά σειρά:

  1. ΑΦΙΔΝΩΝ 3,30€
  2. ΘΗΒΑΣ 3,85€
  3. ΤΡΑΓΑΝΑΣ 3,85€
  4. ΑΓΙΑΣ ΤΡΙΑΔΑΣ 1,65€
  6. ΠΕΛΑΣΓΙΑΣ 3,50€
  7. ΜΟΣΧΟΧΩΡΙΟΥ 4,00€
  8. ΜΑΚΡΥΧΩΡΙΟΥ 1,40€
  9. ΠΥΡΓΕΤΟΥ 2,00€
  10. ΛΕΠΤΟΚΑΡΥΑΣ 2,00€
  11. ΚΛΕΙΔΙΟΥ 2,20€
  12. ΜΑΛΓΑΡΩΝ 1,20€

ΣΥΝΟΛΟ 30,70€ και άλλα τόσα για την επιστροφή: 61,40€ η 0,06€/χλμ

Κόστος διοδίων Αθήνα-Θεσσαλονίκη Μάϊος 2014

Λοιπόν έχουμε(;) και λέμε…:

Από Αθήνα προς Θεσσαλονίκη

Σταθμοί διοδίων [11]

  1. ΑΦΙΔΝΩΝ 3,35€
  2. ΘΗΒΑΣ 3,95€
  3. ΤΡΑΓΑΝΑΣ 3,90€
  4. ΑΓΙΑΣ ΤΡΙΑΔΑΣ 1,65€
  5. ΠΕΛΑΣΓΙΑΣ 3,50€
  6. ΜΟΣΧΟΧΩΡΙΟΥ 4,00€
  7. ΜΑΚΡΥΧΩΡΙΟΥ 1,40€
  8. ΠΥΡΓΕΤΟΥ 2,00€
  9. ΛΕΠΤΟΚΑΡΥΑΣ 2,00€
  10. ΚΛΕΙΔΙΟΥ 2,20€
  11. ΜΑΛΓΑΡΩΝ 1,20€

Σύνολο: 29,15€ μόνο πάνε και άλλα τόσα γύρνα, κάνει 58,30€, δηλαδή 0,06€/χλμ.

Το παλαβό στην ιστορία είναι, ότι, κάθε φορά που αυξάνουν την τιμή των διοδίων, μειώνεται η κίνηση των αυτοκινήτων, άρα προφανώς και τα έσοδα…στην διαδρομή συναντά κανείς ελάχιστα αυτοκίνητα, σε τέτοιο βαθμό, που πολλές φορές δεν υπάρχει άλλο όχημα μπροστά η πίσω για πολλά χιλιόμετρα. Πριβέ κατάσταση…

Φυσικά μπορεί κανείς να επιλέξει εναλλακτικές διαδρομές, η Ελλάδα είναι μια όμορφη χώρα…

Create a network in wordpress

Create a network in wordpress

bypass any plugins for multilingual wordpress sites

this is very useful if you want to bypass to use a plugin for multilingual sites.   Go to : for easier approach of the whole procedure, here the necessary steps at once: wp-network / multisite —————————————— 1_: install wp normally 2_: change permalinks to /%postname%/ 3_: add this

/* Multisite */
define( 'WP_ALLOW_MULTISITE', true );

above of /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ in wp-config.php and refressh the browser 4_: go to Dashboard>Tools>Network Setup and install it as described 5_: save wp-config.php and .htaccess (make a backup of both files somewhere) 6_: add this

define('MULTISITE', true);
define('SUBDOMAIN_INSTALL', false);
define('DOMAIN_CURRENT_SITE', 'localhost');
define('PATH_CURRENT_SITE', '/restokitt/');
define('SITE_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);
define('BLOG_ID_CURRENT_SITE', 1);

above of /* That’s all, stop editing! Happy blogging. */ 7_: open(edit) .htaccess and delete all content first, then add this in to the file:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /restokitt/
RewriteRule ^index\.php$ - [L]

# add a trailing slash to /wp-admin
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?wp-admin$ $1wp-admin/ [R=301,L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule ^ - [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-(content|admin|includes).*) $2 [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$ $2 [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

8_: log-off and log-in again 9_: Go to My Sites>Network Admin>Sites and add site(s) 10_: done tested in XAMPP, not yet in production!

UPDATE February 2015:

Be careful which cache-plugin do you use since most of them does not work correctly in multisites. For me works only “Quick-Cache” well…a good alternative to a multisite is to create a subdomain like In this case you can bypass any issues caused by a multisite. Last solution works like a charm!

How to clone the OS hard drive

clone the OS hard drive

Here will be described in few easy steps how to clone the Operation System (OS) hard-drive in case of hardware failure  or any other disaster…

  1. Keep on hand a HDD of equal size or bigger than your whole files size on C. ( I use the C only for the OS and the installed software, all other files goes to D).
    You can resize the partition to some larger than the ammount of the data on C and using the rest space for other needs. I use for cloning a 1TB HDD and created two partitions, one of 100GB for the C data and a second of ~830GB for general purposes.
  2. Download EaseUS Todo Backup Free and install is of course.
  3. Choose “Clone” from the UI and then “Disk clone”
  4. Choose Clone source and target location
  5. next and wait…it takes some time due to data volume is transfered to other HDD
  6. …done!
  • Remove the C from the system and connect the HDD with the cloned files
  • Start the computer
  • Everything should work as before, and usually does it.

There are other free applications out there too, they do this job as good as easeUS, so I’ll try to update this post if I have the links for that.

Cobian Backup 11 Gravity is another free app for backups, take a look here:



Vivian Maier – new website design

Vivian Maier

The website about Vivian Maier’s work has a new design. I like it very much.

The link is:

I think the idea behind related to PORTFOLIO’s is similar to touchfolio wordpress theme, which I use for one of my websites.

There is another company from USA [squarespace] which offers a theme very similar to touchfolio, called WELLS.

I don’t know if there are more wordpress themes similar to the both mentioned above, but my experience with touchfolio is very positive.

Take a look into the website, both the design and of course the work of VM is worth it!


place a qtranslate flag in menu

Add qTranslate flags to the menu: 2 quick and easy ways

the above link goes to the detailed instruction, where is written how to place bu easily a flag in (almost) any menu, instead to use the qtranslate widget. I tried it with the Twenty Thirteen theme und WP 3.8.1. Works perfectly in the XAMPP enviroment!

Cool tip: Customizr Theme for WP

wordpress themes

wordpress themes / gridly / touchfolio

Now I’ m running these themes for antonis kioupliotis photography and greece-wedding-photography respectively.

The themes are completely different in the way they work. Gridly uses the masonry JavaScript grid layout library, same as Touchfolio, which has the great galleries option by default.
Gridly is a final release, very simple in code and very fast, even then when a lot of featured posts should be loaded on the home page, as in my website.
On the other side Touchfolio is still in development and very unique, so sometimes things like gaps in posts between the bellow edge and the next post can show…
I think for photographers they have a lot of pictures but don’t want to write much Touchfolio is the better solution to showcase their work.
Gridly is more dedicated for different posts which also need some text. As both themes are free any support goes through the forums, which needs some html/css/php/ect… knowledge to solve a particular issue…

Gridly works fine with a child-theme, by Touchfolio I’m using a new “.less” file to modify it. Any well known wordpress plug-in works also fine with both themes und wp 3.8.1.

XAMPP as local server is the first run prior to go online…

Responsive are both too 😉