Web Hosting has a very important impact on your website

Web Hosting has a very important impact on your website and you have to choose it with care. Your website availability, your website safety, your website speed and so on are directly dependent of where your website is hosted.

All online businesses are based on creating an online trusting and you do not want to ruin this trust with a bad hosting.

Always a reliable hosting will mean that the actual web server is physically placed on a secure data centre starting with reliable business internet connection, continuous air conditioning, secured access to the server, reliable backup devices, antivirus & firewall protection,  additional source of power supply and so on. All these will result in considerable big deploying costs, so the price of hosting your website cannot be the cheapest one.

But there are out there on the market companies that claim that they are doing web hosting and offer a duping price. The difference between web hosting hosted on true data centre and let’s called it “free lancing web hosting services” is enormous. “Free lancing web hosting services” risks can be:

  • Poor website availability. The server can be down for long periods of time because accidents such as: power supply down time, faulting hardware, internet connection down time etc. Days or weeks of website downtime will make you to lose potential business opportunities.
  • Data loose in the event of system crush or Virus & Warm infections
  • Possibility of virus & warms infection when connect your computer directly to the web server to update or backup your website
  • Poor or inexistent access to your website management tool. You have no control over your website.
  • Your website visitors can be redirected from your website and their details can be stolen. You are by law responsible for your website visitors’ safety.
  • A slow website loading will make you to lose part of your website potential visitors.
  • Free lancer will simply give up servicing web hosting and you will be forced to find another provider that for you mean stress and losing time and money.

All this risk when occur, and it is a big chance to happen this, will make you lose business opportunities and thus this money, lose time to fix the problem and lots of stress. This is the point when paying more for your website hosting is worth it. Actually you invest in availability and good website functionality.

For Australian businesses reliable web hosting solution is a reliable Australian data centre to assure an optimum website loading speed.

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ASUS Taichi Dual Screen Windows 8 Notebook

The ASUS Taichi is a revolutionary new product that combines the power of a ultrabook with the flexibility and mobility of a tablet.

Like many so-called Ultrabooks, the Taichi will be available in 11.6″ and 13.3″ models.

ASUS Taichi’s Features:

  • 1080p IPS touchscreen
  • another 1080p IPS screen
  • a backlit keyboard
  • trackpad
  • two USB 3.0 ports
  • a micro-DVI port and a mini-VGA port
  • The Taichi is powered by Intel Ivy Bridge Core i7 CPU
  • SSD storage
  • 4GB RAM
  • both screens also have their own front-facing cameras

The touchscreen can mirror the display of its twin or be used independently, so you and a friend can chat to each other on one device.

08 June 2012 Release date for ASUS TAICHI Notebook.


Inspiron Duo – Dell Double Screen Laptop

Dell Inspiron Duo Notebook is so pretty. This product uses Tablet PCs and notebooks of mixed design, equipped with a rotating screen. Dell’s Inspiron Duo unique flip screen presented an alternative take on the convertible tablet market. Switch seamlessly from tablet to laptop with the flip-hinge design. Transform your tablet into a digital frame, clock or music player with the optional Inspiron™ duo Audio Station.

Dell’s Inspiron Duo features:

  • Atom N550 processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 320GB hard drive
  • Broadcom HD graphics accelerator
  • Inspiron Duo 10.1 inch screen size with resolution of 1366 × 768
  • two USB ports
  • card reader
  • Ethernet
  • heaphone jack
  • Windows 7 Home Premium

The screen flips lengthwise in the middle of the bezel, a quick and intuitive movement with the screen locking fast with magnets. It’s extremely well constructed and gives you faith in the longevity of the device. The touchscreen on the touch responsiveness is very good, when rotating to Tablet mode that will automatically launch the Dell Stage user interface with appropriate TS interface as well as many social network features.

Also Dell Inspiron Duo Notebook cames with the ability to dock the duo in a speaker station. The docking station gives you a better audio experience as well as adding some extra ports, such as ethernet and USB.

Dell hopes to get it in Australia around Christmas, as quickly as possible.

Dual Screen Laptop Acer ICONIA 6120

Acer ICONIA 6120 is an older player in my puzzle of hardware pieces, but still a very interesting hardware concept… Acer’s inventive Iconia laptop falls into that exclusive category of so-called executive laptops.

Acer ICONIA 6120 features:

  • Intel Core i5-480M / 560M / 580M
  • up to 4GB of DDR3 memory
  • 320/500/640/750GB hard drive
  • Screen(s): Two, A pair of 14-inch multitouch displays (1366×768 resolution)
  • Intel HD graphics (128MB RAM)
  • VGA / HDMI outputs
  • 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1USB 3.0 port
  • inbuilt microphone and a S/PDIF interface
  • Acer’s CrystalEye webcam (1280×1024 resolution)
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 3.0+HS
  • integrated 3G WWAN, gigabit Ethernet
  • Battery: A four-cell battery
  • Windows 7 Home Premium (64-bit)

Let’s move on to the Apple market.


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Hardware and Software Evolution in 2012

I will start with the summary for people who are in a hurry: when buying a new laptop I will recommend to buy the new generation of laptops because are faster and powerful and less energy-consuming which mean a better portability. If you intend to buy an Apple it is no problem, Apple just changed its models and you can benefit of the software changes at no extra charge when will be released in this summer. If you want a windows based, I suggest to wait for Windows 8 to be release this autumn. Windows 8 is made for portability. As hardware point of view: Intel Core Ivy Bridge processor is the 3rd generation of Intel processors, smaller, powerful, faster and less energy-consuming – better portability. Solid-state drive is far faster than a hard disk drive. The other components of the laptop should be chosen based on what you are going to do with your laptop. For Chromebooks lovers, happy shopping!

The Innovations in Computing Technology

The PC is my work tool, the laptop is my work when I am away, the smart phone is part of our every day life and the tablet… the tablet I can name it the indulgence of my life. Like me is everybody. Too many tools like these around us? May be.  This is why hardware designers try so many alternative in 2012. Laptops which have a double function: laptops and tablets, smart phones which are phones and tablets in same time…

You may need a new laptop. Maybe is better to wait a bit. The very next months will change the computing world! What to expect from a new laptop?

Intel 3rd Generation of Processors

Let’s start with beginning. First on the list is the processor – the new generation of INTEL processors. More powerful, less consuming, more portable, smaller devices.

In 2012, Intel shrinks the Sandy Bridge (2011 processor – 2nd generation) microarchitecture down to the 22-nanometer process (a nearly 30 percent drop in size from the existing 32nm chips). The resulting new CPUs, code-named Ivy Bridge, promise even better power savings and performance, much as the last two processor generations did. Core i5 and Corei7 “Ivy Bridge” processors is available begining with the second quarter 2012.




Windows 8

Windows 8 is Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. Windows 8 is an all-new touch interface. Windows 8 is a new Windows for new devices.

Windows 8 represents a remaing of Windows. As you can see in the above video, Windows 8 delivers a fast, fluid and no-compromise experience.

We can expect Windows 8 to be launched sometime in mid-late 2012.

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Move website – CMS Made Simple

This is not a “click and have it” stuff.

We  were using this method for more than 2 years in commercial environment. It is 99.99% working.

1. As a basic website, a CMS made simple based website is done real very well. The single file you will have to change is config.php

2. Backup your website using an ft client, filezilla or dreamweaver for example

3. Backup your database as following. Login on the “phpMyAdmin” from your hosting provider, go into the database and export all tables into a file on your local computer. Do not export the database because you need to export tables only. On the new location database the name may be different. Make a note with what character set the database is using there, on that hosting. May be utf8 may be something else.

4. If you have modules installed into your CMS it is better to have knowledge about how every single module is working. One real problem may be when that module has written into database, in its own tables hard links (file uploaded for example).

5. Do note delete the website from old location before getting it working in the new location. You may need it to compare value or even to copy data across.

6. Be aware that in the new location all requirements of installing a CMS Made Simple must be met. If it is a hosting company usually they (requirements) are met but if it is your environment, it is better to configure it properly firstly.

7. Be sure you have ftp connections details (ftp server url, name and password) and mysql details (mysql server url, database name, database user and database password).

8. Restore the website in the new location

9. Upload all website files into the new location. Give proper permission to tmp and uploads folder and subfolders. may be module folder and other folders if you have module with specific permission requirements installed. If you have modules which you suspect that may have written into database the hard links then edit the sql file (unzip it if it was compressed) and do a “search-replace” of a old path to the new hard path. Compress file back if it is applicable.

10. Login on the “phpMyAdmin” from your hosting provider. Go into the database which you have and import data from the sql where you have exported all tables. It will be good the new database to have the same character set like the old one. If they are not the same you may have on website many strange characters displayed. If it will happen you must fix them one by one editing, correcting and saving every page with problems.

11. Edit config.php
– Look for the following lines and change details according to your real details

Save it.

Check the website in the new location. If you get the “maintenance mode then go in remote location and delete the file” tmp/cache/SITEDOWN.html.
but what if does not work as before ???

a) check confif file and be 100% that the path (url and absolute) si correct.
– To check the URL is simple, should be what you have in browser
– To check the absolute path, create a .php file with one line echo __FILE__; , upload it on your server in root and load it in browser. You will get the path you need.

b) it is nonsense but it works: go to admin, edit and submit all pages, block content and your own tags. No need to change something, just Submit!

c) if the tiniMCE display no toolbar, not graphic WYSIWYG interface, then go to its administrative interface : Modules->TinyMCE WYSIWYG -> Advanced and check the box Use static config file: In 99% of cases it will fix your problem. In our case it helped us at all times,

d) If you get Truetype-Directory is not readable!, you have Captcha installed.
Captcha keeps in database the path to your font folder so even if you will delete all files from temp/template_c the problem will not be solved.
How to fix:
– export database in an SQL file, edit that file replace the old “hard path” with the new “hard path” and then import back the CMS Made Simple module.
– Uninstall and install Capcha. There is no problem because Capcha has no CMS Made Simple module dependency.

Made Simple is a robust CMS but it has two issues (very disturbing)

  • store (and alter) php code in database. This “disease” you find in Drupall, Modex, Jumla..
  • free community hard keep track with the developers of the system and module that worked in one version does not work i the next one. IS your website, that’s fine, you manage but if you put in production for clients than THAT IS BAD

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OS X Mountain Lion aim to be the world’s most advanced desktop operating system

OS X Mountain Lion

OS X Mountain Lion aim to be the world’s most advanced desktop operating system which will make the Mac, iPad and iPhone work even better together through iCloud.

OS X Mountain Lion is designed to easier our life. From data portability to better data organization, better communication via iMessage, dictation features, better sharing and social networking and more.

OS X Mountain Lion is coming in July to Mac App Store.


iOS 6. will take your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch in entirely new directions.
iOS 6 gives you more features to make the things you do every day even better: Maps, integrated Facebook, Share Photos Streams , Passbook, FaceTime, new calling feature to your iPhone, better email and browsing experience, find my phone and find my friends features and more and more.

iOS6 is coming this fall, and it’s free and easy to upgrade wirelessly on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch — the moment it’s available.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display

 MacBook Pro with Retina Display is Apple’s master piece. MacBook Pro with Retina Display is not just the most advanced notebook ever made by Apple, it’s the most advanced Mac Apple ever made. MacBook Pro with Retina Display has a screen as vivid as your imagination, the world’s highest-resolution notebook display.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display features:

  • Retina display with 5.1 million pixels
  • all-flash architecture
  • Quad-core Intel Core i7 processors
  • available in 13 and 15 inch
  • just 0.71 inch thin and 4.46 pounds

The all-new MacBook Pro comes with the fastest mobile quad-core processor on the market: the Intel Core i7.

MacBook Pro with Retina Display is now available.

MacBook Air

The new MacBook Air equipped with the lasted Intel processor and graphics and faster storage is the ultimate everyday notebook. The MacBook Air is powerful enough to carry you through the day.

The MacBook Air is available in 11 and 13 inch.

MacBook Air features:

  • latest dual Intel Core i5 or i7 processors
  • faster all-flash storage 64GB  up to 512Gb
  • Thunderbolt
  • USB 3
  • 720p FaceTime HD camera

MacBook Air is on stores now. Free upgrade to the next OS X when it arrives this summer.

Samsung 3rd Generation ChromeBook

Chromebooks are part of  innovative computer technology. A notebook that has a oparating system based on browser. Chromebooks target enterprises heavily invested in Google’s ecosystem and web power users. Chromebooks  are a very viable, conscious choice to take a different approach to computing.

Chromebooks  are a new type of computer. They’re fast to use, and don’t slow down over time. Chromebooks have built-in security, so you’re protected against viruses and malware. Chromebooks come with apps for all your everyday needs, and keep your stuff safely backed up on the cloud. And with free, automatic updates, your Chromebook keeps getting better and better. Chrome devices boot up in seconds, and resume instantly.

The new Samsung (third-generation Chromebook) is thin and light and has awesome battery life. Sandy Bridge processors make a remarkable difference in overall performance.

With this my journey is coming to an end. The “toys” reviewed here may not be the most powerful machines available on the market, but for sure are an overview of extraordinary innovations for extraordinary people. I wish you happy browsing and shopping your new laptop.

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Free Google Apps account, no longer signup

Starting today, Google no longer accepting new sign-ups for the free version of Google Apps.

This change has no impact on existing owners of free accounts, they  can continue to use Google Apps for free.

Upgrading to Paid version : $5/user/mo or $50/user/y (paid version comes with: 24/7 customer support, 25Gb/inbox and 99.9% up-time.

For those who do not know:

Free version of Google apps means you can have your emails system hosted on Google servers and your email address can be @YOUR_OWN_DOMAIN. The free versions of Google Apps initially allowed unlimited numbers of email addresses, then were allowed 10 email addresses (7Gb space for all of them)

What you may know:

  • 24×7 customer support may be not quite 24×7. It can be a just a very personal experience but expect delays when you launch a ticket request.
  • 99.9 up-time is not quite good, it means 36.5 days the email may not work and you as consumer must be happy.

Based on history and on the fact that finally “FREE STUFF” will not be found anymore on the net I am positive that sooner or later the Free Apps users has to start paying as well. If you are one of them try to reduce number of emails to the strictly necessary.

Taking the good part of this story I hope that doing this Google will provide high quality services and a better customer experience.

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htaccess – frendly URL – CMS Made simple

To have pretty URL in CMS made simple it is really easy if  you don not move the website from root in a folder or on a subdomain.

As long as you know what is htaccess file all is fine. If you do not the follow the example:

Let suppose the website was done in development area (most complex scenario: in a subdomain and in a subfolder):

name of the website is: company.com.au

it was developend in: dev1.development.com.au

This is the .htaccess content:


Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /company.com.au/

# 301 Redirect all requests that don’t contain a dot or trailing slash to
# include a trailing slash
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^dev1.development.com.au/company.com.au
RewriteRule (.*) http://dev1.development.com.au/$1 [R=301,L]

# URL Filtering helps stop some hack attempts
#IF the URI contains a “http:”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} http\: [OR]

#OR if the URI contains a “[”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} \[ [OR]

#OR if the URI contains a “]”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} \] [OR]

#OR if the URI contains a “<script>”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (\<|%3C).*script.*(\>|%3E) [NC,OR]

#OR script trying to set a PHP GLOBALS variable via URL

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]

#OR any script trying to modify a _REQUEST variable via URL

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2})
RewriteRule ^.*$ – [F,L]

# END Filtering

# CMSMS Rewriting – Rewrites urls in the form of /parent/child/
# but only rewrites if the requested URL is not a file or directory
# Set assume mod_rewrite to true in config.php and clear CMSMS cache

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?page=$1 [QSA]

—————END ———————-

Let suppose the website will be moved in the production :

name of the website is: company.com.au

This is the new  .htaccess content (Only the top is changed – see bolded):


Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine on
RewriteBase /

# 301 Redirect all requests that don’t contain a dot or trailing slash to 
# include a trailing slash
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^company.com.au
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.company.com.au/$1 [R=301,L]

# URL Filtering helps stop some hack attempts
#IF the URI contains a “http:”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} http\: [OR]

#OR if the URI contains a “[”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} \[ [OR]

#OR if the URI contains a “]”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} \] [OR]

#OR if the URI contains a “<script>”

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} (\<|%3C).*script.*(\>|%3E) [NC,OR]

#OR script trying to set a PHP GLOBALS variable via URL

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} GLOBALS(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2}) [OR]

#OR any script trying to modify a _REQUEST variable via URL

RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} _REQUEST(=|\[|\%[0-9A-Z]{0,2})
RewriteRule ^.*$ – [F,L]

# END Filtering

# CMSMS Rewriting – Rewrites urls in the form of /parent/child/
# but only rewrites if the requested URL is not a file or directory
# Set assume mod_rewrite to true in config.php and clear CMSMS cache

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-f [NC]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} !-d [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.+)$ index.php?page=$1 [QSA]

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