Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Where to Measure your Bandwith Speed

There are a lot of sites where you can measure your bandwidth speed

1. Speedtest.net This one seems to have become a lot of people's favorite. The nice thing about it is that it will give you a world map and indicators where the different servers are. You can practically measure your internet speed according to servers in different parts of the world.

2. http://210.5.68.202/speed/ If you are a PLDT MyDSL subscriber you could measure your internet speed here.

3. http://utilities.globequest.com.ph/ This one can be used by Globe subscribers

4. http://speed.skyinet.net/ For Bayantel and SkyInet subscribers.

Yahoo Messenger (YM) Hangs Shutdown After Login

You might encounter Yahoo Messenger hanging after you successfully login. Or it my automatically shutdown. The reason for this is that Yahoo Messenger is dependent on Internet explorer to display some of its windows. Your Internet Explorer might have been corrupted so a reinstall of Internet Explorer should fix this problem.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Three Must Have Books for Web Writers

Whether you are a website writer or a blogger, these are the three books you should read.  

1. Letting Go of Words by Janice (Ginny) Redish This book will teach you that writing for the internet is different from writing for regular magazines, newspapers, or books.
 
2. Problogger by Darren Rose and Chris Garett What better way to learn how to succeed in writing for the internet than from the Probloggers themselves.

3. If You Can Talk You Can Write by Joel Saltzman This book will help you feel confident about writing.

I do not describe these books extensively here because I don’t want to spoil the content. But believe me, if you find them in your local bookstore, buy them.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Reasons to Write Your Own Tutorial

Think of any topic then search the internet for it. You will find that most likely there is already an existing tutorial for what you are looking for. But there are still plenty of reasons why you should write your own tutorial:  

1. Because you can explain it clearer A lot of people write tutorials. They explain the process to accomplish a certain tasks but they make no effort to explain clearly. Perhaps they use too much jargon or they forget to go through the steps in the proper sequence.
 
2. You have a simpler process I have met people who instead of making a process simple, makes it more complicated and eventually confuse themselves. One reason for this is that they unconsciously pad the process with unnecessary steps. I have read a couple of documentations that have this problem. You can help them. You can study how a certain task is done and perhaps you can find a way to make it simple.
 
3. Your web visitors like your writing style more than the others There are people who write like robots. There are people who write like they are talking to themselves. But there are people who write like they are talking to you directly and these are the people we like to read.  

4. For personal reference If you are a technical consultant, you will encounter a problem that crops up every once in a while. That is a very good reason to write down the solution. If you encounter the same problem, you can instantly refer to your article. It will save you time. One advantage to saving your tutorial over the internet is that you don’t have to carry a notebook around. You can refer to it anywhere.
 
5. You can earn from it People will have a similar question or problem and they will need your tutorial. There are various ways how you can earn from it.  

a. You could submit it to a website like Helium.com and get paid.
b. You can post it in your website or blog and earn from the advertisements you place in your site. 
c. Or with enough tutorials, maybe you can publish a book.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

How to Remove Conficker Virus

One of the symptoms that you are infected with that Conficker virus is that you can not access security websites like Mcaffee, Systemantec, Comodo, and AVG.

So how do you remove this virus when you can't access anti virus websites?

Solution:
1. Go to the Command Prompt. You can do this by clicking on Start > Run
2. Type in cmd then click the ok button
3. In the command window type in ipconfig /flushdns This will clear cached dns records
4. Or you can stop the dns cache service by typing net stop dnscache
5. Download the Conficker remover from this site http://www.symantec.com/security_response/writeup.jsp?docid=2009-011316-0247-99
6. Disconnect from the internet and run the virus remover.
7. If it did not seem to remove anything, run your PC in safe mode then run the virus remover again.
8. When the program is finished it should give you a report of the processes that where stopped, the files that were clean, and the registry entries that were corrected.

If the virus is preventing you from downloading the virus remover even after you stopped the dnscache service, you will need to download it from another PC that has not been infected. Maybe you can download from another PC in your office or from an internet cafe.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Thank You

Thank you to all of you who sent your message, visited us during mother's wake, or were with us during Mama's burial. Your support is very much appreciated. Tomorrow the family will start life without her physical presence but we will be strong out of our love for Mama. And because that is what she would have wanted. For me, Mama did not really die. Infact, she is very much alive and well - cured of all her sickness. For us and Mama, there are no goodbyes but only 'see you later'.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Something Different with the World Today

Today I woke up and hoped that yesterday was just a dream. But as I stood up and looked at our house, the same lights and burning candles were there. And you were not there to remind me that I should eat my breakfast before it gets cold.

My sister told me that your grandson, who is just over one year old, went to look at you. He tapped the glass of your coffin like he always tapped your cheek to wake you up in the morning. But he seemed to be puzzled because you were not stirring. He tapped your coffin a little harder and even seached for a way to open it because you were not moving. And in his little mind he wanted to wake you up like he always does. Because he knows that when you wake up, the very first thing you will do is smile at him.

But today and yesterday is very different. Some things have changed and will never be the same.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Birthday Gift Papa Will Never Forget

Let me she share to you something about my mother. And show you how selfless she is.

My mother had a lot of sacrifices for us while we were growing up. And she really made sure that we will be able to finish our studies. Even though it would be hard for her. She really fought for us so that we would grow to be responsible adults and citizens. My mom, one of the best moms in the world.

For her final act, my father's sixtieth birthday was approaching. And she promised that she would give him a very memorable present. She fullfilled that promise yesterday. Her task started around 7:30 am and was completed at around 2:30 in the afternoon.

You see her gift to my father was an unforgettable birthday party. My father will have atleast five days celebration where all the neighbors are invited and she made sure that even our relatives would come. And there will be plenty of food. But she planned a coffee party. So we expect to have coffee, milk, biscuits, and some nuts to fight the sleepiness. Because it was a five day non stop party remember? She also made sure that she was the best dressed. Indeed my mom looks beautiful in her barong and her make up is exquisite. As a testament to her boundless selflessness, the party required she give her life for it to get started.

And she gave it. My mom died, in the year of the Lord, April 8,2009 due to traumatic bleeding in the brain. Because she accidentally slipped and hit her head on the concrete floor.

It's my father's birthday today, April 9, 2009. My mother's body is with us but she is not. We miss her. But don't worry mama. Life happens in a blink of an eye. Next thing you know we will be seeing you again. And you could share with me again your smiling face and your contagious laugh.

Love, Your Son

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Site Layout Update

Forgive my site for looking horrible right now. I'm in the process of updating my template. This might take me the whole week.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

On Cloud Computing

Cloud Computing is a novel idea. You take a companies back office software (like accounting, purchasing, sales, human resource, etc. ), host it to a third party, and let them take care of its maintenance. This has two advantages:

1. The software is kept in one location so it will be easier to maintain it.

2. Companies can concentrate on their core business and let the professionals handle the technology side.

However there are also things going against it. Like Denial of Service Attack. You won't have access to your software which is hosted outside of your company if the hosting company suffers a Denial of Service Attack. If you read my earlier post before this one, you will see that recent victims are reputable technology companies.

Another thing is that, there will always be companies who will not be willing to share their data. Especially, if these information are vital to their competitive advantage.

These are the challenges that will prevent Cloud computing from reaching general acceptance and I think they are very strong challenges.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Distributed Denial of Service Attack: Something is Wrong around the Internet

For the past days we have been hearing about the Conficker worm which is supposed to go live April 1. But the date passed and nothing happened. Yet today something is wrong with the Internet. Websites that would have been normally up could not be accessed.

Upon investigating further I found these http://www.secuobs.com/revue/news/79101.shtml, http://www.thewhir.com/web-hosting-news/040309_Registercom_Falls_Prey_to_DDoS_Attack, and http://www.webwire.com/ViewPressRel.asp?aId=91639. A Denial of Service attack is when hackers attack servers where the addresses of websites around the internet is kept. What happens is that you cannot view the website though it is up because your internet traffic is being redirected somewhere else.

Nothing much we can really do about it, except to wait for those responsible to fix their DNS servers.