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Which is more portable - Drupal or Wordpress

Hands down, after my simple installation tests, Drupal is more portable. No? Oh really?

Try renaming your wordpress directory and see if wordpress will automatically figure it out... lol No, it won't. Drupal will.

Simply because Wordpress developers have or perhaps had poor programming standards believe it or not. It is pathetic when you think about it because programmers should always take this into consideration when programming. This is why Wordpress will cost you more in the long run. While it will offer you features, when something breaks, you better believe its going to cost you more money.

Good luck

Columbus Trinidad / FLOW Internet Review

I decided that enough was enough! I signed up for the FLOW 5 MB package last week during their free installation promotion - it took about 4 minutes to sign up. Columbus Trinidad/FLOW called me on Monday but I missed the call and the end result was that the technician feel ill and could not install for me on Monday. They called me back and told me Friday. I was extremely disappointed and upset that it would take an additional 3-4 days to get the internet BUT they kept their word and installed on Friday so definitely I would like to commend them on dates and times - they do stick to what they say unless its really out of their hands or so I believe. The technician was extremely friendly and courteous - he even understood when I explained to him that I wanted a need install of the cable which had to run overhead through my dining room and living room since my core switch is at the "core" of the house. Within 5 minutes after he installed the cable, he called them to activate and after 1 minute, I was online and running!

So how has it been so far from my experience? EXTREMELY BETTER THAN TSTT'S SERVICES. I have to tell you though that internet does not "feel" faster as yet and I think its because browsing webpages doesn't necessarily show the 5MB capacity but heck, I'm paying 199.99 for a 5 MB versus TSTT's 2MB package for ~230 dollars. TSTT even tried to offer me a 4MB package for ~192 but I would have to sign a 3 year contract with them - I have to wonder sometimes if people actually think before they sign stupid contracts like that - but then again... okay, let me not bash people about not thinking.

Tiling a wall is harder than it seems

Well I've started doing some work for Christmas around the house and I realized today that tiling a wall is harder than it seems far less for a whole room like a bathroom or a toilet... now its difficult when you're trying to do it right... if you do it half way, it mightn't be so difficult.

So I learnt firstly that you can't just tile a painted wall and expect the best results... so I decided to use a grinder for the first time to make mahem on the wall (make it rough enough) so that the tinset will bond to the wall. Secondly, tinset is a little tricky, a little too much water and you're going to have a runny goo and too little water and your arms will hurt just mixing (just like cement). So I took a little tinset and added a little water until I got what I wanted... it isn't hard to figure out. The hardest part for me is using the trowel... but it did make sense when I got the hang and I realized that tinset comes out easily from tiles so its no biggie if you throw down some.

So tomorrow I have to continue this wall and then I'll have 2 more.... its a lot of work, I hope it comes out alright.... oh lastly, spacers doesn't always help to line up your tiles so don't depend on them too much....

UPNP / DLNA Windows Media Player 12 Sharing Vs. Nero MediaHome 4

So I began testing an LG Bluray player with built in network access to stream videos over the network. The LG bluray came bundled with Nero MediaHome 4 which is a simple application to enable you to share videos on your computer to your home network and basically let the LG bluray player to play movies from over your network.

After noticing a dramatic decrease in performance on my RAID 1 computer, I opened up Windows Task Manager and clicked the Processes tab and enabled I/O Read Byes and I/O Write Bytes. To my amazement, it seems the Nero MediaHome 4 background service was writing exessively to the drive even while it was not being used for streaming purposes. In fact, there were more writes than reads which is extremely odd since Nero MediaHome4 is responsible for reading from the hard drive so it is very strange to see I/O writes peaking.

In any event, enough was enough, this program is crap so I removed it and decided to keep it simple. Low and behold, I was extremely shocked to see the effeciency of Microsoft Media Player 12 Media sharing (yes, Microsoft actually gets it right sometimes). After running tests, Microsoft's implementation was twice as fast at listing files and was much less resource intensive than Nero Media Home 4 by far.... a little bit shocked, my confidence in Microsoft has once more been re-established a little more.

There are alternatives such as XBMC which was not tested so I can't comment on its efficiency.

Changing default SSH port in CENTOS

I thought this would be useful in helping to secure your CentOS linux box better

So basically, the default SSH port is 22 allowing anyone to be able to get to your username and password prompt and do some bruteforcing etc.

You can move SSH to a different port by editing the /etc/sshd/sshd_config file

I like to use nano (a small text editor to edit text files in CentOS) so basically you type the following at the console prompt

nano /etc/sshd/sshd_config

Look for the line
#Port 22

Remove the # from the start of the line
Change the number 22 to some other number. Make sure the number is a positive number and less than 65535. Also make sure its not a port in use. For example port 80 is used for http so you never want to use a port that is currently in use by another server application that is listening for connections.

Save your config file

Then do the following:

service sshd stop

Then

service sshd restart

Now open another ssh client and connect to the new port and make sure it is working before you close off your previous ssh client connection (this is to make sure that you can get back into your linux box)

WARNING: IF YOU DO THIS WRONG, YOU CAN LOSE ALL ACCESS TO YOUR BOX!!! WHICH COULD BE SERIOUSLY HORRIBLE.

Good luck

Crontab files stored on CentOS

I discovered that crontab files for users are also stored in the /var/spool/cron/ directory
as well as the /etc/crontab file and a few sub folders which you can find by typing
ls /etc/cron*

Good luck

Normal Contracts Vs. Service Level Agreements

I have been thinking about how service contracts work in the communications industry with the largest players being Digicel, TSTT and Columbus Communications (FLOW). My main comparison will be between TSTT and Columbus Communications bearing in mind that I in no way believe I know much about the legal aspects.

I have noticed that nearly all TSTT services require a year long contract which disturbs me after experiencing a horrible track record of bad experiences with this large company. The impression I now have is that companies in Trinidad that lock you into yearly and / or long term contracts are not looking out for the consumer. I would like to further express that it seems that these companies that have such contracts are more interested in the long term money and profits they achieve while not sustaining or committing to proper customer care and providing the best value for money. In essence, the contract seems to be there to disuade you from moving to companies that may have better packages and short term contracts (if any at all) and in many cases with cheaper prices. Therefore you should ask yourself and / or remind yourself that if you decide to take such long term contracts, YOU ARE SUSTAINING THESE COMPANIES AND ENCOURAGING THEM TO OFFER YOU POOR SERVICE AND / OR EXPENSIVE SERVICES REDUCING THE VALUE OF THE MONEY YOU HAVE.

Let me alternate the perspective I am sharing here to express what I believe logically and makes "common sense". If a company offers you normal month to month billing, then it is in the best interest of that company (for example: Columbus Communications aka "FLOW" to the typical Trinbagonian) to provide adequate services and / or maintain or intend to maintain a failry high level of customer satisfaction on a monthly basis. The consumer power is therefore "more powereful" in this scenario because the customer has the choice without penalty to stop paying for poor service which implies some form of fairness (Good Service=Continuous profits).

These contracts should not be confused with Service Level Agreements which deal more with maintenance of good service versus rebate for inadequate or poor services.

So what am I trying to say?
Simple, you wouldn't want to hire someone you didn't know to construct your house on a yearly contract because if that person doesn't deliver, the only party losing out is you... so why choose a company such as TSTT where you have to sign up for a whole year to get a price for internet which is still more than paying a company like Columbus Communications a lower price on a month to month basis for two times more internet bandwidth / speed.

If you can't understand that, I can't help you with anything else. If you do understand and agree with what I just said then I give you kudos where kudos is deserved.

Merry Christmas!

Hi everyone, just want to wish you all a merry christmas! Thanks for the support!

IF

If you are the Lord, God, Almighty, put all this into positive alignment

Interstellar was awesome

Wow, I wasn't convinced that Christopher Nolan was a genius when he wrote the new Batman scripts but definitely after seeing Interstellar, I was blown away. Seeing this movie was extremely emotional for me with flashbacks of my father who has passed away and also trying to understand the science behind our universe. This is one of the movies that will make you wonder more about life and the universe in such a way that you get that feeling that there is still so much we need to know.

5 out of 5 stars for a PERFECT movie!

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