Yat Yi Sam Sei

Four aces card

To some people, the number 4 isn’t a good number. To the Chinese, the number 4 means die or death. To some, “4 letter words” represent vulgar words. There are 4 letter vulgar words that start with A, B, C, D, (err…E?), and the famous “F”.

I don’t know why I came up with an introductory paragraph like that. LOL. Sorry, couldn’t think of anything else. Anyway, pablopabla gave me the link love so I guess I need to do this 🙂 Below are the 4s about myself.

4 Jobs I have had in my life:

  • Cashier
  • Computer technician
  • Computer salesman
  • Tech promoter

4 Places I have lived:

  • Kuantan
  • Kajang
  • PJ
  • Mother’s womb

4 Countries I have been to on vacation:

  • Singapore
  • New Zealand (this coming December)
  • Malaysia
  • Malaysia (a-buh-den? I no money.)

4 of my Favorite food:

  • Nasi lemak
  • Curry mee
  • Mee goreng
  • Roti Canai

4 Places I would rather be right now:

  • Some place not so hot
  • Some place where politics isn’t a “2 times 4 letter word”
  • Some place where no politicians are corrupt
  • Some place where people are truly civilized

4 Friends I’m going to link love:

Jeff Ooi Joins Nuffnang

Jeff Ooi joins Nuffnang. Bye bye Advertlets.I remember reading or heard Jeff Ooi praising Nuffnang and mentioned that if he were to join either one of the two blog ad aggregators in Malaysia, it would have been Nuffnang. Join Nuffnang he did.

I don’t know what kind of charm Timothy and Ming has but it seems like they are able to convince and attract more big time bloggers compared to *ahem*. There is no doubt that money could be one of the factors but I wonder if there is anything else apart from that.

I wonder which company will become the first advertiser at Jeff Ooi’s Screenshots.

Backup WordPress Database The Easy Way

Most web hosting providers do a daily backup on their servers. In case of any failures on the primary harddisk, there is always a backup to fall back on. However, these backups are never or at least seldom guaranteed by web hosting providers. Therefore, it is always advisable to have a backup of your database yourself.

Here are two methods where you can backup your database.

Method #1: Manual backup through cPanel (control panel)

You should be given a control panel to manage your account. The type of control panel depends on a few factors including the operating system that you are on. If you are using something else apart from cPanel, you will need to check how your control panel works.

Use cPanel to backup database

For cPanel users, click on the Backup icon. You will then be directed to the backup page where you can choose to download a backup or restore your database with your previous backup.

Download database in cPanel

Click on the link of the database that you want to download.

Method #2: Automatic backup using WordPress Plugin (the easy way)

The WordPress Database Backup plugin can be setup to backup your database automatically. This plugin is very useful and easy to use.

Wordpress database backup plugin error

After activating the plugin, go to “Manager … Backup”. If you see an error message such as “WARNING: Your wp-content directory is NOT writable! We cannot create the backup directory.”, you have two options to solve it. The first method is to set the permission of the wp-content folder to 777 (remember to change it to the default settings later). However, I recommend creating the backup folder manually. That way, you don’t risk leaving the permission of the folder to 777 and risk any potential attack.

The backup option page is split into two parts. The top part is used to download, save a copy in your server or send a copy of the backup to your email. The bottom half is used to configure automatic backups. You can select the frequency of the backups — never, once hourly, once daily or once weekly. The backup will be sent to your email address. Click on the submit button when you are ready.

The frequency of the backup should depend on a few factors including the number of posts you publish and the number of comments you get. If you publish a few posts daily and/or you get a lot of comments daily, it is best to backup daily. Or else, do it weekly.

Do it now

Many others have recommended this plugin as a “must have” for bloggers. Unfortunately, not everyone has taken the initiative to activate this plugin including myself. Well, I have just activated it a few hours ago and it is working like a charm. You should do it too before you lose your posts and comments to a harddisk failure.

Maxis Broadband Throttles Download Speed

Fellow blogger Freethinker SOS-ed me the other day. He subscribed to Maxis Broadband and noticed his torrent download is very slow — less than 1kb/s. That is extremely slow indeed. There is no doubt that even a dial up connection can be faster than that.

After checking the Maxis Broadband fair usage policy, there is a few sections that indicated download activities such downloading torrents is prohibited and may result in bandwidth throttling.

5.2.1 Certain software/applications which is used by a small number of customers to send and receive files containing very large amounts of data (including without limitation traffic from peer-to-peer software/applications (such as Bit Torrent, eDonkey, Gnutella) or file sharing software (such as Limewire)). These activities may cause network congestion and can negatively impact the speed at which other customers can access the internet.

5.2.2 Maxis does not guarantee a service level and/or connectivity to users of peer-to-peer or file sharing software/applications.

5.2.3 The system that is used to provide the Maxis Broadband service can identify very high bandwidth users and Maxis seeks to manage the customer’s usage by throttling their bandwidth to a much lower broadband speed to ensure fairness to all customers.

If you plan to download files using P2P programs, you are better off not using Maxis Broadband. In case this is not enough to deter you, there is yet another section in the Maxis Broadband fair usage policy that you may want to take a look at.

5.3.1 Each customer’s total usage per month shall NOT exceed 3GB of data volume transmitted (total upload and download usage). This is to ensure that no individual hogs the bandwidth at all times.

If you plan to use more than 3GB of data transfer per month, you will need to have a written request to Maxis. The approval of your application is entirely up to Maxis.

You got to love the broadband services provided by our Malaysian providers. It is like going for a buffet dinner that costs RM100 per head and having the below conversation/situation happen to you.

Manager: I am sorry sir but you will have to stop eating now.

You: Huh? I thought buffets are for me to eat as much as I can?

Manager: Yes, sir. However, you have been eating too much, more than what we can afford you to eat. In fact, you are eating other customer’s portion. You really have to stop now, sir.

You: Shut up. I am going for that turkey over there. Try stopping me if you can.

[At this point, the manager calls 5 security guards and straps you to your chair preventing you from eating anymore food.]

Manager: I will bring you your dessert and bill. Thank you very much. Do come and dine in our wonderful buffet restaurant again.

This policy isn’t new. Jeff Ooi reported it a year ago.

101 Things You Didn’t Know Your iPhone Can Do

I want to buy an iPhone!
I want to buy an iPhone!
I want to buy an iPhone!

You have probably heard others saying how much they want to buy and iPhone. You may even be one of them. Or you could even be one of the lucky ones to have already owned one.

Anyway, what is an iPhone and what can it do? Just watch the video below for 101 things you didn’t know that your iPhone can do. I was totally amazed by it and almost immediately wanted to get one for myself too. Almost. 😛

In case you haven’t notice, the video is meant to be a joke.