Here is a little research project I did at request to figure out all the gateways, if you want to sell stuff in russian speaking countries – turns out Stripe or Paypal are not exactly going to cover all your needs.

So here is the results of my research on the topic.

Feel free to add in the comments if you have some extra input on the topic.

Yandex Money / Kassa

The first plugin is from Dayes Design :

 

Yandex Money Payment Gateway for WooCommerce

$20 – available on Code Canyon.
Support team behind seems to be available.

Alternative plugin:

 

from Verstayem Vse available here for about 1200 Rb

Now for Yandex Kassa  – and if like me, you had no idea what are the differences between  Yandex Money / Yandex Kassa, and you wanna know you can check this article  (in russian).

Yandex Kassa – which seems to be the official plugin and which seems to work ok if you rely on this demo video:

 

Webmoney

Pretty straight forward, just have a plugin for it :

Wc Webmoney

 

Now if you liked the previous company for yandex money they have one for WebMoney as well:

You can download it here – it costs 1000 rb.

 

PrivatMoney

More geared toward Ukraine, I found this plugin which I haven’t tested – Private24 for less than $20 on webmakers.com.ua – you can buy it here.

Privat woocommerce 600x380

Some alternative free one, which might work but hasn’t been updated in like ages can be downloaded for free here.

QIWI

Ok for Qiwi, I had some trouble finding anything for woocommerce in english, but you can find it from the Verstayem Vse  here.

Now check the other category, because most places I found refered either to Payssion or to Wallet One.

Others

Payssion

You can use intermediate company that provide you right of the bat a middle-man like Payssion (https://www.payssion.com)

and then, they have a plugin you can use that will give you instant access to a large number of payment options: QIWI, Webmoney, Yandex.Money, Sberbank

Wallet one

Walletone seems like a great solution, with a clear pricing scheme (basically a fee+percentage)

Check it here, and they have a plugin as well, which seems pretty cool.

Walletone

Payment supporting:
Visa/Mastercard/Mir
YandexMoney, Webmoney,Qiwi visa Wallet, MasterPass
(check full list here)

If you are in the NGO world and want to collect money for donations you have this interesting and free and maintained plugin Online Leyka

Onlineleyka

From the plugin description :

Supported payment methods includes bank cards Visa and MasterCard through Cloudpayments, PayPal, Chronopay and RBK Money systems, mobile and SMS payments via MIXPLAT, also WebMoney, ROBOKASSA and Yandex.Money are supported. You can also use a traditional bank payment orders (quittances).

 

Now – I haven’t install and double check in production any of these yet, but they all seems pretty legit and seems to work.

If you have other suggestion or precisions I am more than open…

 

On a side note and while we are at it, from personal experience, if you have Stripe set up already (meaning your business / organisation is in an area covered by Stripe) – you will be able – most of the time – to receive payments from customers in russia, but… you will see a higher case of transaction failure – where either the bank or Stripe not letting the transaction happen for seemingly no reason…) but in a pretty good amount of cases – it will work.

 

 

  • Don’t run the internet facing SSH on an IP used by a key application.
  • Use a dedicated host acting as a jump box.
  • Use port knocking.
  • Use key pairs.
  • Use fail2ban.
  • Don’t allow root logins.
  • Restrict access to a named group.
  • Don’t use shared logins.
  • Don’t allow direct access below the presentation tier.

Have more ?

Ping me in the comment or in twitter and I’ll add them here.

Voice and IOT

Amazon Echo, Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod and Siri (and Microsoft Cortana) are all fighting to control the voice market. While they get full respect for doing so, I am not gonna say I am particularly trusting any of these companies to provide us with the best level of privacy, service and control over what we do with our devices and how is the data used.

Therefore I am compiling here some resources which I’ll probably update as we go on interesting DIY tools to build similar devices.

Libraries

Cool tutorials

Ok, if you have never heard of Shenzhen, China you might want to get yourself up to date with this quick article – because really, it is getting more and more attention lately, as it has turned into a major platform of electronic hardware manufacturing of the past 15 years.

 

Located north of Hong Kong, Shenzen is the center of the supply chain hub for electronics. All of the major contract manufacturers working for Apple, HP, Microsoft and all the big guys all are there.

 

Shenzhen Electronic Market

This is probably what is the most flashy and amazing part of Shenzhen: the Huaqiangbei electronic market.

A market of spare parts which will have probably anything you could need if you wanted to build any kind of electronic device (check what how this guy has built his own iPhone from spare parts bought on the market)

Visually impressive.

(quick gallery collected by W. Oskay from Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories)

 

And if you want a guided tour – here is one made by Maker’s Muse inside the Shenzhen Electronic Market

 

Hardware Startup Land

Shenzhen is not just about factories and spare parts for geeks – but because of its rich electronics ecosystem, it has become home to a couple of startup accelerators – like HAX :

It makes sense : if you have a hardware startup – better to negotiate directly with the people that will launch your product in mass-production – and since most founders will this hard to do alone, having an infrastructure to guide you is really an attractive proposition for a startup incubator.

Shenzhen: The Silicon Valley of Hardware

This goes beyond spare parts – it is slowly turning into a major place for hardware innovation.

If you want to know more – I suggest you have a look at a piece done by Wired.

They go into making a parallel between the Silicon Valley and how it developed and how Shenzhen is now growing and the differences that comes in.

 

Even if you don’t plan to launch a hardware startup tomorrow, it is one of the places to know about.

 

 

 

 

Ever wonder if you can build your own phone?

Well this guy did.

Last time I checked how to make a phone myself, the only thing I could find always seemed very hard and not very practical (just have a look at this DIY Smartphone based on a rasperry-pi)

But the Strange Parts’s project is really impressive and  give plenty of hopes for a different future of DIY-phones.

While I am probably not going to that myself, it is still rather instructive and inspiring.

Hope you enjoy it!