Image Backup Of Entire Hard Disk Using CloneGenius (Free!)

For some people, their hard disk means everything to them. Their collection of movies, songs, games and personal files are all stored in their hard disk. Therefore, a serious hard disk failure that may result in total or any data lost could be as bad as having the whole world crashing down on them.

I am one of these people. I store everything I have in my hard disk. My collection of photos taken ever since I bought my first Lumix digital camera is stored in my hard disk. Losing my hard disk means losing a part of my life. Knowing how important these photos are to me, I still fail to make an effort to properly backup of my hard disk.

I stumbled upon CloneGenius. It allows you to make an exact copy (image) of your hard disk for back up purposes. Some of the key features highlighted include:

  • Backup the operation system and restore it in the event of a fatal system crash or virus attack
  • Automatically scan the selected hard drive for recoverable files within minutes
  • Works with a wide range of hard drives and removable media, including USB drives
  • Clone Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, 2003 and Vista

For such a great tool, I am quite surprised that it is offered for FREE. There aren’t any advertisements on the website at all. I wonder how the owner plans to maintain the website which I am sure isn’t free.

I haven’t personally tried this software and I couldn’t find anything that may indicate CloneGenius with any spyware or spam. It is a nice backup tool so use it at your own risk.

Online .htaccess File Editor

.htaccess file generator

The .htaccess file is a very useful file. You can use it to control how your website works. Some of the functions include customizing error page displayed, restrict search engine bot access, setting restrictions to folders and rewriting URLs for SEO purposes.

I stumbled upon htaccessEditor, a web tool that allows you to easily generate a basic .htaccess file for your website. Just select the options that you need from the menu and the .htaccess file will be automatically generated for you. Copy the text into your .htaccess file and save it.

Another .htaccess generator with more features is the htaccess file Generator by cooletips.de. This web tool doesn’t look as attractive as the previous one but it offers more options for you to tweak.

Have fun.

How To Make Money Buying Expired Domain Name

According to DeletedLive.com, over 750,000 domain names expire every month. Among these expiring domain names, there are many who have high ranking PageRanks. The owner of the expiring domain name will usually renew them before it expires but you will be surprised at how many domain names are left to expire.

Here is your chance to make some money out of these expired domain names. You can grab these domain names that have expired and resell them at a higher price. Firstly, what you need is a tool to help you search and identity expiring domain names.

Make money by searching for expiring domain name

DeletedLive.com is a new web tool that provides you with a search tool to search for expiring domain names. You can search for specific keywords in the domain that you are looking for. Other search factors include setting the number of days before the domain name will expire and minimum PageRank score.

I have tried this service but the result isn’t 100% accurate. For example, there are some domain names that are expected to be deleted in August but are still in the list. Some of the domain names have already been bought or renewed but are still showing as “expiring”. However, just sort the domain name by expiration date and view them from the back. I manage to find some good PR domain names that are currently opened for public bidding.

I found this website two days ago and I notice there are already some changes to the search function. Maybe they are still updating the service. Bookmark the website. I am sure there will be more updates in the coming days. Who knows, it may even be a powerful web tool all domain name traders need in the future.

Cartoonize Your Photo Using BeFunky

BeFunky is a web tool that allows you to cartoonize the photo that you upload. It is currently in private beta therefore you will need to get an invitation first. Just enter your email address and follow the instructions in the email that you will receive. It took me one or two days to get my invite but it was worth it. BeFunky is a nice tool that you may want to play around with.

Cartoonized photo of myself using BeFunky

So, how accurate do you think my initial sketch (photo below) was?

This is a sketch of me, Chan Kelwin

[Via Somewhat Frank]

How To Check Other Domain Name On Same Server

MyIPneighbors reverse IP domain check

If you are using a shared web hosting package, have you wondered what other domain names are hosted under the same server as you are?

Previously, I was using the reverse IP function provided by domaintools to check the list of domain names hosted under the same server. This function does not come for free. You will need to subscribe to their service and pay a monthly fee in order to use it. For non-subscribers, they will display the first three domain names for free. I only tried out their 30 day free trial and cancelled my subscription after that.

I was reading iCalvyn’s blog and he was blogging about a website called myIPneighbors. MyIPneighbors uses the same reverse IP lookup method to export the list of all domain names hosted under a server. The advantage of this service compared to the one by domaintools is that myIPneighbors is completely free. In fact, it provides extra functionality by displaying the website or blog within the same page.

Go ahead and try out myIPneighbors. You may just find a new website or blog that is interesting. Who knows, you may even make a friend or two.