What Geeks Do With Old Hardware

When you upgrade your system, what do you do with the old parts? Individuals may just throw them away or store it up until they decide to throw them away some time later. On the other hand, large companies may have dozens or even hundreds of old system lying in the storeroom. What would you do with the old systems if you were one of the staffs in the IT department?

This may not be the longest or the most sophisticated domino effect ever done but it is still one expensive domino effect. If you ever want to try something like this yourself, just make sure you do not use new harddisks.


PayPal, Your OverProtective Father In Law

I know it is advisable to change our passwords every now and then. This helps in preventing stolen passwords up to a certain degree. However, to force your users to change their passwords before they can proceed is like having an overprotective father in law watching over your back.

Let me introduce to you, your overprotective father in law from your past life — PayPal.

When I logged into my PayPal account a while ago, I was required literally forced to change my password or else clicking on anything on the PayPal website (except the logout link) will load up the screen below.

PayPal forces users to change password to proceed

I had to think hard for a new password that is hard to guess yet easy to remember. After entering the new password and confirming my email address, I have control over my wife PayPal account again.

Cheap Web Hosting To Host Multiple Blogs And Websites

If you are looking for a web hosting package that is cheap and enables you to host multiple domain names, this post serves as a good starting point. I looked through the top 10 most popular hosting companies list on Web Hosting Stuff (which strangely contains 25 companies instead of 10) and found four web hosting companies that you can consider.

Below is the list of the web hosting companies in no specific order.

1) Servers And Domains

  • 1 GB disk space
  • 20 GB bandwidth
  • Host 10 domains
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • $30.00 / year
  • Note: $5.95 / month package available where disk space, bandwidth and add-on domains are doubled.

2) ProService Hosting

  • 5 GB disk space
  • 50 GB bandwidth
  • Host unlimited domains
  • Database amount not available
  • $4.95 / month
  • Note: 25% discount on all hosting packages. Coupon code: 2007

3) iValueHost

  • 2 GB disk space
  • 40 GB bandwidth
  • Host 50 domains
  • 5 MySQL databases
  • $4.95 / month
  • Note: Hosting fees decreases when you pay for a few months (eg. $3.95 / month if paid for 12 months)
  • Note 2: The restricted amount of MySQL database available to you means that you will need to setup each blog’s table with a different prefix. Therefore, one database holds a few blogs data

4) Integra-Net

  • 1 GB disk space
  • 20 GB bandwidth
  • Host unlimited domains
  • Unlimited MySQL databases
  • $32.95 / year
  • Note: $4.95 / month package available where disk space upgrade to 2 GB and bandwidth to 30 GB

Please check the appropriate websites to confirm any detail mentioned above. These are really cheap web hosting packages that you can choose from where you can host multiple domains.

Besides the price and features of a web hosting package, the uptime, speed and reliability of the server and connection is important too. These are factors that I will have no knowledge of since I have not tried any of these companies before. Therefore, do your research and select the one that you feel good about.

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]

Why I want to eat at Friday’s

Nuffnang is organizing another blog competition thanks to sponsor TGI Friday’s. So, why I want to eat at Friday’s, you asked?

Only one reason to dine at Friday’s

I am looking for a nice place with great food to bring my girlfriend to dine at. I have only been to Friday’s once. I bought my brother and girlfriend dinner that day. The food was okay since I played it safe by ordering a simple chicken dish. The service provided by the waiters and waitresses was good.

If I am Being among the 50 Nuffnangers selected for the free dinner, I plan to order something exotic to satisfy my taste buds. Most importantly, I plan to have a great time over at Friday’s because I am sure that Friday’s is not just an ordinary restaurant.

What will I do with the RM1,000 cash grand prize

I could use the cash to upgrade my camera with a new lens or other accessories. Instead, I will buy 10 (or more) of my friends dinner over at Friday’s. That is if they are able to serve us great food and a perfect atmosphere for me and my friends to enjoy.

Conclusion

Bottom line is that I am looking for a great place to bring my date to enjoy a great meal with excellent service and atmosphere. If TGI Friday’s cannot provide me with what I want, please do not invite me over for dinner.

Thank you very much.