Get Well Soon

I’ve received a bad news a couple of weeks ago, that one of my good friend from college has been diagnosed with Leukemia. I was shocked and wished it was not true, as it was unconfirmed.

Today I had the opportunity to contact his wife who is working in the same company as me, and asked a bit about him. I don’t want to pester her too much as I know it must be a very miserable period for her. She has confirmed that he is indeed diagnosed and confirmed to have Leukemia.

I asked her whether we can visit to give him our support for him to go through but he’s still too weak and prone to infections. He must be going through hell now, with chemotherapy and stuff. Poor guy. I sent my regards via her and asked her to let me know when we can visit.

I really wish that he will get better very soon. This guy have a little girl, and a family to support. God willing.

Mobile Madness

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Months ago I did write on how plastic surgeons are going online, advertising their business and some even have online appointment booking facilities!

In this post I am going to write about cell phone deals online, Wirefly to be specific. Although it sounds normal for a cell phone business to have a website, Wirefly offers a high-tech (not to mention well-designed) website. I wish cell phone businesses at my area have this kind of futuristic vision. Well, I see some of them do have websites, but they look ugly and offer nothing for the convenience of visitors and prospect customers.

At Wirefly, you can see all kinds of deals going on, with many mobile providers. Hey they are not bluffing when they say you’ll get free phone. You will get one. Just choose the best deal available and voila! You’ll be the proud owner of the latest gadget available in the market. There’s even a list of top ten free phones. Believe it or not, these are not one of those cheap plastic phone, these are the real branded phones!

I like this phrase: “This cell phone’s price is too low to show”. What about that, I would have never thought of something catchy like that.

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On the site, you can also enter your zipcode and be presented with deals by carrier, by phone, or by service plan. It’s so easy you might have to be careful to prevent your children from trying to order from this site.

This is also great opportunity to replace your dying, 5 years old mobile, if you have no time to drive to the shop. Free 2-day delivery is provided via FedEx for phones and accessories if you sign up with a new line.

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If you’re worried about security and privacy (providing your payment details, address, etc.), don’t. The site is fully secured, even comes with few certifications such as VeriSign, ScanAlert, and Trust-E.

Any time you click on the “Shop Now” button, you’ll be brought over to a page asking for your zipcode so that the system can find a suitable deal for you.

As someone who loves gadgets so much, I drool over the deals. Too bad I can’t take them. 🙁

This post is brought to you by Wirefly

Time Runs Fast

Well it felt like yesterday since 2007 came and said hello to us. And now it’s already the end of February? Wow. One of my favorite thing about February is that anyone who was born on the 29th of February actually grow older slower, only one fourth of the normal person 😉

Have any one of you actually reached your goals or resolution for 2007 yet? Well some might have done so well, like some bloggers I see in the Internet are actually already claiming themselves to be ProBlogger. Well there’s nothing wrong with that, good for them! It’s not like there exist any kind of authority to award the title. No, being a ProBlogger is not my target, although one of the reasons I blog is to improve my writing skills. I dream of writing a book someday, maybe.

Alright, so I wish everyone a happy March, a happy April, and be happy all year round!

Music Love

Do you like listening to music? Well if you don’t I think there must be something not right with you. Everyone loves music. It’s just the type of music people enjoy differ from people to people.

I enjoy any kind of music as long as the lyrics and melody is right. For example among the music I listen to are Celine Dion, Iron Maiden, The Offspring, Metallica, Megadeth, Evanescence, Bon Jovi, Akon, etc. See how those differ in genre? Although I am embarrassed to admit it I did listen to those boy bands back in the 90s.

I found this site featuring Hard Rock Artists, which is unique in every way. I still remember my colleague at work recommending me to listen to these unsigned artists as he said that they are more original. What he means is that these kinds of artists enjoy and love music and not do it for the money.

I guess a part of me do agree with him, seriously. He really has a point there.

This post is brought to you by Unsigned

Yahoo! POP3 and SMTP Via SSL


It has almost been 5 years since I have subscribed to Yahoo! Mail Plus and I am really satisfied with the service. With POP3 and SMTP access, I couldn’t be happier. Furthermore the ability to add disposable email addresses to combat SPAM from not-so-trusted sites is really useful.

Yesterday I tried to send an email to a friend via SMTP and the connection failed. Well, I thought it was a glitch somewhere and didn’t really care so I saved the message as draft. However, checking email via POP3 still works fine.

When I tried again today, I still can’t connect. The first thing I checked is the POP & SMTP help in Yahoo! Mail. Indeed, Yahoo! now have SSL support for both POP3 and SMTP (port 995 and 465 respectively). Cool. I didn’t realize when Yahoo! had this available but this is a good news. Nobody can sniff my email communications on the line anymore.

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I changed my Thunderbird settings to use SSL for sending and receiving, and all is working fine now.

I also realized that Yahoo! never disabled the non-SSL SMTP port 25. I wonder why Thunderbird failed to connect earlier. Oh well, maybe that’s just a sign to let me know that SSL is available 🙂

For the non-technical readers, SSL enables encryption for the communication between your machine and the server. Yes, the similar technology as HTTPS for browsers.

Wifi For Everyone

I asked a hotel reception in Kuantan last year, whether or not they have any wifi in the rooms and the guy didn’t know what I was talking about. Oh come on, in this Internet age, how concealed are you from the reality by not knowing what wifi is, especially if you’re in the hospitality industry.

Well, only one hotel in Kuantan had wifi in the guest rooms – Hyatt Regency. The most expensive hotel around, which is not a big problem but they were full.

Even without wifi, new hotels should consider having at least built in network points inside the rooms. That way visitor can at least bring their own wifi access points for total mobility in the rooms. 😉

I still remember I had to install several cigarette-box sized access points for a client so that they can implement wireless VOIP in a huge building!

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A Global Community: Own The Internet

AGLOCO – simply a weird abbreviation that I am curious to check it out.

What is AGLOCO?

Simply put, AGLOCO is an Internet marketing tool for us to use in order to earn money. Advertisers, search companies, online merchants, businesses, etc. will pay for traffic and attention.

AGLOCO will work in the same way as Spedia did, using a toolbar while you browse the Internet. This bar is called Viewbar. However the concept is a little bit different where you’ll get actual shares of AGLOCO and also of course, referral commission. As I remembered back then my wife did get paid by Spedia, I think this program is also worth it and it costs nothing. You’ll be browsing the Internet anyway, wouldn’t you?

AGLOCO pays members for two things: sharing a part of the desktop space (the Viewbar), and increasing the network. It’s pretty logic, as I can see. I am not really interested in all the numbers for now.

OK then you would ask what’s the rationale behind it? Well, the toolbar of course will keep track of what you browse and gather the data for marketing purposes. It’s all about data mining. It’s the same concept as those bonus cards you use to gather points (i.e. BonusLink and RealRewards in Malaysia). They all have links to a central database and gather data. So now you have it, it’s not for nothing. You are willing to share something precious to the data miners and they will pay you back.

Leaving the network or uninstalling the bar is always an option if I think it’s not worth to have the bar floating around and not so much earnings later. The bottom line is earning a couple of bucks more per month wouldn’t hurt, would it?

The Viewbar, however is scheduled to be released in March and currently in limited Beta mode. Give it a try, sign up now (ref).

WordPress 2.1.1 and 2.0.9

Hey, did anyone realize that there’s an upgrade available? Or February is the busiest time for everyone?

WordPress 2.1 is upgraded to 2.1.1 while WordPress 2.0.7 is upgraded to 2.0.9.

Files changed in 2.1.1 from 2.1:

  • wp-includes/post-template.php
  • wp-includes/cache.php
  • wp-includes/formatting.php
  • wp-includes/category.php
  • wp-includes/post.php
  • wp-includes/version.php
  • wp-includes/js/scriptaculous/wp-scriptaculous.js
  • wp-includes/js/tinymce/tiny_mce_config.php
  • wp-includes/js/tinymce/wp-mce-help.php
  • wp-includes/js/tinymce/tiny_mce_gzip.php
  • wp-includes/capabilities.php
  • wp-includes/cron.php
  • wp-includes/functions.php
  • wp-includes/bookmark-template.php
  • xmlrpc.php
  • wp-admin/admin-ajax.php
  • wp-admin/admin-functions.php
  • wp-admin/custom-header.php
  • wp-admin/options-general.php
  • wp-admin/edit.php
  • wp-admin/index-extra.php
  • wp-admin/options-reading.php

Files changed from 2.0.7 to 2.0.9 (version 2.0.8 was tagged for Debian, but never announced):

  • wp-includes/cache.php
  • wp-includes/wp-db.php
  • wp-includes/version.php
  • wp-includes/js/tinymce/wp-mce-help.php
  • wp-includes/js/tinymce/tiny_mce_gzip.php
  • wp-includes/classes.php
  • wp-includes/functions.php
  • wp-includes/rss-functions.php
  • readme.html
  • wp-admin/edit-form-advanced.php
  • wp-admin/link-import.php
  • wp-admin/link-categories.php
  • wp-admin/user-edit.php
  • wp-admin/options-permalink.php

This time I not going to upgrade yet, as if something is broken I can’t fix it right away 😀

Big Money

I nearly fell down off my seat when I logged on PPP dashboard today. Right at the blogger Dashboard I see an opportunity valued at $1,000.00. Thats right, my friend – a thousand American bucks!

This is a very good example of the effect of the new segmentation system. Bloggers are differentiated by their rankings in major Internet ranking services such as Google Page Rank, Alexa, and Technorati. Advertisers can specify what kind of blogger they want to write a post about them.

Although I am quite disappointed that I cant take the $1,000.00 opportunity due to the high requirements set by the advertiser, I must agree that its just fair.

I also found out that PPP is charging only 35% service fee (transparent between PPP and the advertiser, not on the post offer) compared to a painstaking 100% markup such as charged by ReviewMe.

Furthermore with PPP, it does not matter whether you have high or low traffic. As long as your blog is active and have certain number of posts within a few months, youre in. This is not the case with many other blog marketing systems where they require the most ridiculous rules and the strictest terms while concealing the fact that the post is sponsored.

Yes, PPP requires that disclosure is made by bloggers so that visitors realize they are reading sponsored posts. This way, post credibility and quality are maintained, while observing honesty and integrity itself.

However due to my lack of time I doubt that this blog will increase in ranking any time soon although I have so many things in my head to write about. Looks like I will never get a chance to write on a thousand dollar post! 🙁

Moment of Silence

It has been quite a while I have the chance to update this blog. February is the busiest month ever for myself, and I still have a week to go until it all ends.

I have not been sleeping well since I am on 24×7 standby and holding a pager. Indeed, life is hard. I even dozed off at my desk with my home PC, my home laptop, and my work laptop. Luckily the VPN connection is working quite okay otherwise I would have to drive to the office every time I get paged.

It’s not that I am complaining or anything, just to let you know what happened to this blog. Actually you can see the pattern – from 40 posts in December 2006, the number decreased to 26 in January 2007. And this month I am not even sure I can pass the 10 post milestone.

I think after February I am going to claim all the time-off I can get due to out of office hour work, and finish up many pending tasks.

Until next time, see you guys around.

PayPerPost Latest Program

Due to my busyness lately I didnt have the time to really look at the online programs anymore. Back from work a couple of hours ago I just casually log in to my PayPerPost account to see what is available, and everything is different!

I see that PPP is constantly improving its services. Now who said that PPP would be a short term program?

PPPs latest addition to the program is the Review My Post program where bloggers can put a badge at the end of their posts, like the one you can see above. When a new “postie” (user) registers to PPP and review your post, the postie will be paid and you will also be paid $7.50

The program is open to all bloggers, and not restricted to only blogs registered in “My Blogs”. Its cool and extremely useful especially for bloggers who does not like to write sponsored posts. Also if youre always busy like me and dont have time to research and write for sponsored posts (I do my research before writing in order to provide quality posts), youll share the benefits of PPP.

In addition to that, when someone reviews your post, youll build blog traffic too. Aint in great?

Iceweasel

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Have you ever heard of the browser named Iceweasel? Of course not, if you’re not using Debian. One of my machine at home is running a Debian Etch installation (my torrent box), and a few days ago I ran apt-get upgrade to upgrade the packages.

I was quite annoyed at first, as it’s trying to install a new package (not to mention the huge size) but I let it anyway. Earlier today I launched the web browser in my Xfce and Iceweasel was loading…

Iceweasel is a rebranded Firefox, and exist in 2 independent projects: one by Gnuzilla, and the other one by Debian.

Iceweasel was created since Mozilla demanded that Debian complies to some of the policies and terms that Debian finds unacceptable.

The other products are also re branded. Thunderbird became Icedove and Seamonkey became Iceape.

The current release of Gnuzilla IceWeasel is based on the 1.5.0.7 version of Mozilla Firefox, while the current version of Debian Iceweasel is based on the 2.0.0.1 release of Firefox.

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The most obvious reason for this name change was that Mozilla demanded that Debian retain all branding from Mozilla if they were to continue using the Firefox name. However, because of the Debian Free Software Guidelines that said no non-free artwork and plugins are allowed, they were unable to comply. This generic, non-branded icon on the right was used for Firefox in Debian.

What I can see so far is that only the name changed. All of my plugins can still be used and upgraded normally. As for my active machines, however I always use the extracted package from Mozilla so there would be no way I would realize about the existence of Iceweasel.

Iceweasel. Cute name?

My K750i Is Dead

While updating my phone using SEUS today, SEUS crashed in the midst of downloading the phone firmware and now the phone is dead. Looks like a trip to the service center is needed… 🙁

This is like my 7th time updating the phone firmware but like they say, there’s always a first time in everything. I’m not too worried though, as only the firmware is missing. I just hope they can restore it in one day without having to leave it. My poor baby…

Exabytes Replies

Following the case I wrote about Exabytes’ disappointing respond to my notification, I received an email from the Director of Business Development saying how sorry they are about the incident.

By responding to a customer without being asked is indeed a very beneficial action towards a business. Customers feel happy that there exists someone inside the company who actually cares (even if they don’t really). It’s a good business practice and kudos to Exabytes.

I suddenly remembered I watched a video once by Ron Kauffman, and he explained how good customer service can overcome product defects. I agree with him 100%, if not more.

RegisterFly Gets Ditched By eNom

One little, meaningful email from my mailbox:

This is a formal notice to owners of domains which have been registered through eNom via its reseller, RegisterFly.com.

YOU MUST TAKE ACTION NOW TO RETAIN FULL MANAGEMENT RIGHTS TO YOUR DOMAIN NAME.

Although you purchased your name at RegisterFly, eNom is the actual registrar of record for your domains. As we are severing our relationship with RegisterFly, we are aware that this may have an impact on you as the domain owner.
Therefore we would like to offer this opportunity to assist you in securing control of your domain name directly with eNom.

Over the last year, eNom has become aware of an increasing number of complaints from dissatisfied RegisterFly customers.

As an eNom reseller, RegisterFly is contractually bound to adhere to certain standards of customer service in a speedy and diligent manner. Therefore, effective immediately, we have terminated RegisterFly as a reseller of domain names through eNom.

eNom has come to its senses, as when people buy domains from RegisterFly, eNom’s name gets displayed as well. It used to be like that; now RegisterFly is a fully accredited registrar by its own. The question is, isn’t there any control or qualification rules needed by ICANN to allow a company to be an accredited ICANN registrar?

Update: It turns out that when the domains are transferred to eNom we get an extended renewal for free! A domain I had which expired on the 17th Jan 2007 was renewed even though I was ready to let it go. Maybe this is a sign, and I should do something with that domain?

Update: It turns out that the domains are indeed expired. They keep it for themselves, the expired date shown on a whois query is one year later but the system says it’s expired. 🙂