PayPal Automatically Accepts Fund Transfer

There have been some changes with PayPal and Google Adsense lately in terms of how they are currently handling fund transfer. Google Adsense allows withdrawal to Western Union while PayPal is accepting credit/debit card withdrawals for Malaysians. Both changes have speed up the withdrawal process and reduced the cost encountered by us.

I had two incoming PayPal transactions yesterday. As usual, I tried to accept them one at a time. Strangely, there was a popup message that mentioned that the consequent transactions will be automatically accepted if I were to choose to proceed. I accepted it and proceeded. Sure enough, my second transaction was automatically accepted.

Today, I have another two incoming PayPal transactions. When I signed in to my PayPal account, the transaction has been already accepted in both occasions. Does this mean that PayPal will automatically accept all transactions sent to me from now on? Are you having the same “problem”?

This change will be great for those who have many transactions to accept previously. Now, they will only need to login to their PayPal account occasionally to view how much their money has grown. Oh well, I still have no idea if PayPal will accept my AmBank credit card withdrawal. Can someone phone them up to enquire for me? LOL.


The End Of Blogging’s Most Wanted?

The selling of pixels or block spaces on a website was popularized by the Million Dollar Homepage. Back then, who on earth would think that anybody would want to buy a 10 X 10 pixels space on a website that cost $100 ($1 for 1 pixel)? Strangely, many people did buy them. In fact, there are many who invested thousands of dollars just to buy a space big enough to make themselves stand out from the rest.

The 1 million pixels (equivalent to $1,000,000) were sold out within months of the website launch. Many similar buy-a-pixel websites mushroomed throughout the process. Some even used a different marketing strategy buy allowing people to rent a space instead of buying them. The owner of the Million Dollar Homepage, Alex Tew came up with another project a few months after he has successfully sold out the first project — Pixelotto. Some critics do not think that Pixelotto would go far with the reason that “a second silly idea is just another silly idea”. The amount of pixels sold on Pixelotto has been stagnant for a very long time now.

Then there was Blogging’s Most Wanted, a website that sells 40 X 40 pixels space for only $15 per block. The website focuses in selling ad space to bloggers around the world. As of writing, 49 blocks have been sold while another 576 blocks are still available.

Comparison of alexa ranking among Bloggingsmostwanted.com, milliondollarhomepage.com and pixelotto.com

Comparing the Alexa stats of the three websites mentioned above revealed that Blogging’s Most Wanted one did pretty well at the beginning — even surpassed the traffic of the Million Dollar Homepage. However, their traffic has decreased ever since.

Is this the end of Blogging’s Most Wanted? Will there be a turn around point where it will become popular again and become the next sell out buy-a-pixel website? It is anyone’s guess. Dare you make one?

New DoFollow Blog In Town, Oops! I Did It Again

Oops! I did It Again

A few weeks ago, I hinted that I was setting up a new blog. It took some time to choose a theme that I really liked. In the end, I chose sodelicious2 green 2.0. It is quite a nice looking theme but required some tweaks. Lots of them. In fact, this theme required the most tweaks compared to the other themes that I have worked with. And this is not a good sign.

There are still a few things that I need to change with that theme. I will work on it when I have the time.

Let me introduce you to my third self hosted blog — Vocal Junkie dot Com. It is a place where I will blog about the kind of music that I enjoy. Everybody listens to music. Everybody enjoys music. So, head over there now and enjoy the few music videos that I have chosen.

That blog will be running with the new dofollow plugin. The nofollow tag will be removed after the third comment. So, leave as many comments as you want. Don’t forget to subscribe to the feed as well. Thank you very much and please support ya! :-)

How To Remember Over 10 Different Passwords

I used to have two or three username-password combinations in the past. I will be using these username and password for all of the online services that I sign up to — web based email service, online games, forums, etc. However, I make it a rule to use a different set of password for online banking and other important services.

When I started blogging, I had to create more accounts from the various services that I signed up to. Being the paranoid freak that I am, I made an effort to use different sets of username and password combination for each and every account that I signed up to. Currently, I am using more than 10 different sets of username and passwords. So, just how in the world am I able to remember all of them?

At first, I remember these username and passwords by writing them down on a few pieces of papers. I still keep them now, in case I forgotten and needed to recover it.

Note: Do not leave your username and passwords written on a piece of paper in your office or house where outsiders may be able to view it. I live with my family so it is probably safe :-P

Anyway, I used to read the username and passwords needed from the paper when I first started. However, after a few weeks of using them, I have unconsciously memorized most of them. So, how exactly am I able to memorize over 10 different sets of username and passwords?

I realized that I do not remember them “visually”. If I am requested to write them down on a piece of paper, I may not be able to do it. In fact, a few days ago I was trying to login to my blog admin but failed because I “forgotten” my password! At that time, I was holding a piece of bread while munching on it and typing with the other hand. That is when I realized I “remember” my passwords through something that I will just refer to as “feel-and-type”.

I am a touch typist

I am a touch typist; therefore I feel when I type, instead of looking at what keys that I am hitting. It is like how some people remember phone numbers. When you ask them to write it or say it out, they may find difficulty in doing so. That’s when you see them trying to imagine pressing the telephone key pads in their heads. You may even notice some of them moving their fingers while “pressing an invisible keypad” in the air.

I later “recovered” my password by relaxing for a minute and resume to login typing with both hands like how I was used to. As if my fingers have their own brain, the password was typed on screen as usual.

Strange but true.

Withdraw PayPal Funds From Credit/Debit Card In Malaysia

Over the weekend, I have read a few posts that reported PayPal allowing Malaysians to withdraw their PayPal funds into selected credit/debit cards. This is great news to me since I am deciding on a way to withdraw my funds within the next two months.

This change was reflected in PayPal’s Payments (Sending, Receiving, and Withdrawals) Policy (modified on 30/8/2007). In section V. Withdrawals #0, it reads:

Original Credit Withdraw. Users in Italy, India, Luxembourg, Israel, Malaysia, Argentina, Philippines, Turkey, Brazil, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Indonesia, Uruguay, San Marino, Slovakia, Latvia, Chile, Romania, Cyprus, Slovenia, United Arab Emirates, Estonia, Malta, Gibraltar, Liechtenstein and Iceland may withdraw funds from the PayPal system to their valid credit or debit card in the form of a credit to the card on file with PayPal.

Therefore, apart from Malaysia, the other countries that were mentioned are allowed to withdraw their PayPal funds through a credit/debit card as well.

It was reported that some credit/debit cards do not allow such transactions from PayPal. The AmBank NextG debit card is one of those that can’t be used for this transfer. I have an AmBank credit card. I wonder if mine will work. I guess I either have to just give it a try or phone up AmBank service centre to ask.

I read from a forum post that someone called up their credit card company and was advised:

1. If you got credit card balance, amount transferred from PayPal will be knock-off with that credit balance
2. If the credit card balance is zero or less than the amount transferred from PayPal, you are not advise to withdraw at the ATM. It will be considered as cash advance withdrawal and subject to charges eventhough the credit card amount is already debit balance
3. What you can do is to give an instruction to the credit card issuer to transfer that debit balance amount to your saving or current account (clear in 5 working days) with no charge

This is great news to all of us but is also creating a lot of confusions. I won’t go rushing in withdrawing my funds just yet. No point being overcharged or risk any penalty from PayPal.

[Via Lilian and abdulla]