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4G Internet Regression?

Sorry but are we regressing in technology? Why would I want a 4G limited internet plan for my phone? So I could give money to money hungry cellular phone companies? I don't know about you but I am not stupid enough to do that. Since Digicel Customer Care did not contact me back within my 24 hours request I want to urge everyone to stay away from these 4G packages that are not unlimited (in other words, stay away from this limit package). It is not of true value to you nor in your best interest to pay for a limited amount of internet... this will only cause YOU to lose more money than you should. My best suggestion is always go with an unlimited internet plan especially when you are doing anything with multimedia or social media such as youtube, facebook etc. Do not succumb and encourage companies to ride your backs.

Did you know that Digicel Trinidad and Tobago does not support Blackberry Internet Service to be tethered to your laptop? What sort of company that wants to revolutionize cell phone services in Trinidad and Tobago would not be competent enough to offer this service? Maybe perhaps they are interested in selling you their limited 4G packages so that they can suck you dry of your money while they become corporate giants. Think about it, either way, it isn't good for you.

I know that even after I say all this, some of you will still encourage this but I have to try. It's purely ridiculous, illogical and down right a lack of intelligence. We need to get out of this 3rd world mentality.
There should be one package that just works, you should not have to order 3 packages just to get internet for the month. This makes sense only to the corporate giants at YOUR EXPENSE.

BE SMART!

Keshorn Walcott

Keshorn Walcott, you is the man of the hour! Don't take on them people who jealous you get so much stuff, you deserved it, well done!

Less tired, much better ;)

Since my post yesterday, I'm really sticking by what I'm saying and to be honest, today was pretty good not having to try to change the world all in vain. So now, I'll focus on making myself happy ;) Glad to finally move on to better things :)

Premium Gas goes up

The prime minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar just said on tv after the budget that this increase in premium gas from around 3 dollars to 5.75 per litre only affects 6% of the country's consumers. She also claims that only high end cars use premium gas... so clearly my cheap mitsubishi lancer 2002 with a 1.5 GDI engine is a "high end" car since it is recommended by Mitsubishi to use "premium" gas. I don't know how they are so utterly misinformed - so shameful.

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

Block a host (iptables firewall)

Thanks to lowendtalk.com and Alex_Liquidhost for this:

iptables -A INPUT -s x.x.x.x -j DROP

where x.x.x.x is the IP address

I haven't tried it but it seems fairly straight forward and should work.

Of course, please be careful using the iptables command since it can be used to block all connections to your server.

Good luck!

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

Download youtube videos to your computer

So someone was asking me about download youtube videos and / or audio from youtube videos. Since I had the time, I did a quick search on google and found that there's a simple application to get this done. Be it, you will have to copy the youtube url to the application, its still free and fairly easy to use.

You can get Free Youtube Download via http://youtubedownloader.com/
It is also available via CNET's Download.com Website
AVG 2014 reported that it was virus free

Autologin and run console application in Raspberry Pi

Try this first: sudo nano /etc/inittab

1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty --autologin {USERNAME} --noclear 38400 tty1

Found this at: http://www.opentechguides.com/how-to/article/raspberry-pi/5/raspberry-pi...

Step 1: Open a terminal session and edit inittab file.

sudo nano /etc/inittab

Step 2: Disable the getty program.
Navigate to the following line in inittab
1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 115200 tty1

And add a # at the beginning of the line to comment it out
#1:2345:respawn:/sbin/getty 115200 tty1

Step 3: Add login program to inittab.
Add the following line just below the commented line1:2345:respawn:/bin/login -f pi tty1 </dev/tty1 >/dev/tty1 2>&1
This will run the login program with pi user and without any authentication

Step 4: Save and Exit.
Press Ctrl+X to exit nano editor followed by Y to save the file and then press Enter to confirm the filename.

Reboot the pi and it will boot straight on to the shell prompt [email protected] without prompting you to enter username or password. But this isn't enough; you need your Pi to automatically run some command or a script. which is explained in the next section.

Run a Script after login

How to automatically run a script after login.
Step 1: Open a terminal session and edit the file /etc/profile
sudo nano /etc/profile
Step 2: Add the following line to the end of the file
. /home/pi/your_script_name.sh
replace the script name and path with correct name and path of your start-up script.
Step 3: Save and Exit
Press Ctrl+X to exit nano editor followed by Y to save the file.

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