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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.

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.

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!

SSH logins without password prompt

To generate a public key which is to be placed in the /home//.ssh/authorized_keys of the server you are trying to connect to. This will allow you to SSH without a password.

On the client machine, run: ssh-keygen -t rsa

Put this key into the authorized_keys in the remote computer :)

Presto

--Rish

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Winamp is shutting down 20th December 2013

Winamp is undoubtedly one of those applications that remind you of what computers were and what computers have become. It's very unfortunate that Winamp is shutting down on the 20th December 2013. Definitely Winamp was and probably is one of the best media players out there. Definitely for sure, the most awesome feature for me was the fact that Winamp had really cool visualizations. Furthermore, it was the only media player that could read Variable Bit Rate (VBR) mp3 formats while Microsoft Media Player at the time couldn't. I still wish they were going to stop development and close down but I guess at the end of the day, its all about sustainability which co-relates a lot of the time to making money - and who buys media players nowadays? Not many people.

So Winamp and Nullsoft, I salute you for a really awesome app. It was a great journey.

--Risharde

Management in Trinidad and Tobago

Perhaps I have been "unlucky" but two organizations have greatly disappointed me during my working periods with them. They suffered the same disease which seems to be unfortunately plaguing some organizations and companies in Trinidad and Tobago. Indeed, it is a shame when managers and / or upper management use archaic methods such as cursing and embarrassment to get their way. I always believed that education removes ignorance but it seems that some human beings become more illiterate with education. It is quite ironic that those who behave this way are higher paid that their fellowmen. This is an injustice that I cannot come to terms with.

Please excuse me for not conforming to being "normal"

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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