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2023#11

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2023.04.07 Issue 11#

Dear Bodhisattvas, greetings!

Here is the main content of this issue, with an estimated reading time of about 4 minutes.


One#

I came across an article this morning that compares the performance, build times, and pricing differences of static website hosting services provided by cloud service providers such as AWS Amplify, Cloudflare, Digital Ocean, GitHub, Netlify, and Vercel.

The performance results tested by the author show that GitHub Pages is overall the fastest, followed by AWS Amplify and Cloudflare Pages. Netlify and Vercel dominate in terms of build times, with Cloudflare having the longest build time. The pricing and package options show that Cloudflare's free tier offers ample build time, but its long build time may quickly deplete it.

In conclusion, the author suggests that switching to Vercel is an obvious choice because it offers better performance, faster build times, and more generous package options.

I had been using Tencent Cloud's lightweight server before, but I only discovered Vercel when I was tinkering with Notion. When I migrated my website to Notion in February this year and powered it with Super.so, I found that Super.so also uses Vercel's static website hosting service when configuring DNS.

Later on, I also migrated RSSHub to Vercel, which not only made deployment easy but also enabled automatic updates. For someone like me with no coding background, using Vercel is much simpler than tinkering with Docker on a lightweight server.

Similar to Vercel are Railway and Zeabur, developed by Chinese developers.

The difference between the three is that Vercel focuses on front-end development and provides the Next.js framework and Serverless functions. Railway also supports various backend technologies such as Postgres, Redis, MySQL, Mongo, etc. Zeabur is similar to Railway but is still under development, so its features and services are limited.

If you are using Notion and want to build your own website, you can try the open-source and free NotionNext, which can be deployed with one click to Vercel or Zeabur. The related setup process is also very simple, as mentioned in this guide.

Two#

Jimmy Wang's newly written Midjourney tutorial is now online, following his previous ChatGPT tutorial. You can view and learn from them on Learning Prompt.

Based on my own experience, writing a good prompt is crucial when using ChatGPT, New Bing, Google Brad, Midjourney, and Stable Diffusion, as it directly affects whether you can get satisfactory answers.

Elavis Saravia's summary provides a framework for a good prompt, which ideally includes four elements:

  • Instruction: The specific task you want the model to perform.
  • Context: Background information or context that can guide the model to give better responses.
  • Input Data: Information about the data the model needs to process.
  • Output Indicator: The type or format of the output you want from the model.

For a more complex prompt, you can use the framework summarized by Matt Nigh:

  • Capacity and Role: The role you want ChatGPT to play.
  • Insight: Background information and context.
  • Statement: What you want ChatGPT to do.
  • Personality: The style or manner in which you want ChatGPT to answer.
  • Experiment: Asking ChatGPT to provide multiple answers.

If you haven't tried ChatGPT yet and want to know how to register and use it, you can check out my very simple but sufficient tutorial on ChatGPT Introduction.

Three#

The renowned "Wanqu Daily" has finally resumed updates. Unlike its operation from 2014 to 2018, the host will return to web 1.0 and only update on the website, without pushing to other channels. Additionally, instead of updating five articles a day with brief comments as before, it will now have rolling updates with only Chinese titles.

Since 2014, I have been a reader of "Wanqu Daily," which focuses on entrepreneurship, the Internet, and technology. It's like having a distant old friend recommending several high-quality English articles every day. It is an excellent choice for expanding horizons, improving thinking, and practicing English reading skills.

The website itself does not provide RSS or newsletter subscriptions. However, if you use Readwise Reader, you can add the website to the Feed in Readwise Reader to receive real-time updates.

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Four#

How can mindfulness be integrated into life? You can try these four steps that I have summarized.

  1. Be aware of everything in the present moment, including your emotions, sensations, thoughts, etc., without judgment, interpretation, or imagination, just pure observation.
  2. Pay attention to your breath and use it as an object, maintaining mindfulness and focus at all times.
  3. Constantly observe your mindset and emotions, become aware of the generation and manifestation of negative emotions, and recognize their nature, thereby reducing their harm to yourself and others.
  4. Integrate mindfulness into every detail of your life, such as washing hands before meals, taking a shower, getting dressed, etc., paying attention to the details and sensations of each action, and maintaining focus and awareness.

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Seven, Zen Teachings#

All worldly affairs are like illusions, karmic retribution is like a reflection, and all actions are like transformations. All phenomena arise from causes and conditions, and all are like echoes. The actions of Bodhisattvas are all like shadows.
Excerpt from the "Avatamsaka Sutra"

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