I got this in my email some weeks back and I realised that it was time to renew my hosting plans.
Come November 25th, I’d have to pay slightly more than 200 USD (192 USD for hosting plus 14 USD for domain renewal)
The thing that was going through my mind was, “Woah! So expensive? I don’t remember having to fork out this much the past times.”
I’m a longtime user with bluehost since 2006. And while I think that their service has been 90% excellent so far (apart from the several downtimes) I’m sad to say that I think that I’d have to let go of the hosting … It’s just costing too much.
Even with adsense running at the side, it’s not enough to cover the hosting fees
(HOW SAD! ME NOT FOFULAR!)
It doesn’t make sense to be paying this much for a personal blog, hence I have no intention of renewing. And thus rinaz.net, as well as my email email@example.com will stop functioning here on the 25th November.
And though I think it’s very kind and generous, there is no need to contribute or donate any money.
Thanks for accompanying me in my journeys and listening to this woman ramble. It’s been lots of fun
As you remember, I’m having issues with my main computer. It was already having issues for some time now, being super slow when I’m editing videos (which is why I hardly do video editing nowadays) and then this week, it took forever just trying to edit pictures!
The final straw was when it couldn’t boot up at all on right after my Monday’s post. Compy is probably punishing me for putting up a picture of my mom’s knickers :p
But anyway I’m pretty sure it’s more of a software issue because this problem escalated when I installed certain programs. So for the longest time, I’ve had the intention of wiping the slate clean and reformatting it. However, the internal dvd drive is probably malfunctioning as I cannot use it for some months now.
Getting a propriety one will probably take a while, so for a quick fix, I got for myself this handsome Asus external dvd drive yesterday! Looks so shiny! I’m just thankful that I could boot compy using an external drive. Else compy will just be a white elephant in the room.
I mean, sure I could install ubuntu in it via a thumbdrive (I love ubuntu by the way. In fact I gave it a try on the main compy to see how it goes and I ADORE how fast it is) but at this point of time it’s not really working out for me as I don’t know of any linux based image editing software which is similar to lightroom (the software I use for editing pictures) With it, I could edit like 100 pictures at once, which makes it a lot faster and time saving for blogging thus I really don’t want to go back to editing pictures one by one again …
And so, at this point of time, I’m typing this post on my netbook while my main computer is being re-formatted and re-installed with Windows 7. No fuss. No drama. Sometimes I amaze myself at how calm I am at erasing away 4 years of memories (well, I backup-ed my important files in my portable hdd anyway). I guess after years of working in IT, I’ve learnt to let go :p
Anyway, it will take a while to get it ready for blogging though, what with all the installation and updates and whatnots, so regular blogging (aka posts with loads of pretty pictures) will resume hopefully on Monday onwards
It’s not the end of rinaz.net! But if it is … will you miss me?! :p
Sidenote : Probably silly, but my devices has pet names. The main computer is compy, my netbook is lappy and my camera, camie. I might name my new phone as mobie and if I have a tablet, I might call it tabby.
Second sidenote : Sometimes I feel like reformatting my blog too. It’s having a lot of issues now …
Oh wow, this is quite unexpected. I got a Samsung Galaxy Nexus as a belated birthday present from Cartcart and my brother Naz. I didn’t even asked for it from them, I guess they read my previous post, huh?
Thank you so much!
Anyway I’m not going to do a full review on it as there are a plentiful of reviews online, but I’d just give a few quick thoughts after playing with it for a couple of hours.
1. Opening it from the box, it’s so thin and looks kind of plasticy. I really hope that I don’t physically damage it.
2. The screen size is really huge compared to my old phone. I could read webpages comfortably with this, especially as it also auto rotates.
3. As this phone is a dedicated Google android, trying to log in for the first time was a PAIN as I had a 2 step security! In the end, I left the sim card on my old phone to wait for the pin while setting up the Nexus.
4. As I’ve been a Nokia user for the longest time, there is a learning curve for me when using it for the first time. It took me a while to change the settings like wallpaper, network settings and so on. Too many buttons
5. I still prefer my qwery keyboard on my Nokia E72. Typing on the Nexus, seriously takes FOREVER! On the other hand, I could have it record from speech to text, but it’s never always accurate. I say rinaz and it thinks I’m saying rhino.
6. On the flipside, getting to the apps is super fast. A swipe, a tap and you’re there already. Opening the apps itself doesn’t take any time at all.
7. Speaking of apps, they are designed very elegantly. Beauty with function. I like little touches like how you could just drag the top on this twitter app to refresh.
8. Because the Nexus uses gmail contacts, over the course of years, I’ve over 300 contacts on my phone. But most of them are not active anymore. So does that means that I have to delete them manually? If so, oh boy!
9. I finally have instagram! Now I can play with useless filters! Hahaha! The funny thing is that I wanted to dedicate instagram to my twitter account but I keep having the “Please check your username and password” when I try sync in my twitter to instagram. Even if it’s the correct one. Boo!
10. Like what I’ve been worried about, the battery life is significantly shorter than my Nokia E72. Just a couple of hours and the battery drains to half. I’ve yet to bring it out for a normal day use though. Wonder how that’ll be like.
But the biggest irony of it being a phone, is that I haven’t been using the phone option. However to be fair, I don’t think that we’ve been using this feature a lot ever since the uprising of social media. Even on my E72
Sidenote : Cart tried to download Angry birds into my phone. I didn’t let him!
I love my phone. I really do – it has an awesome battery life and can last for over a day with normal use, without recharging. And with the physical qwerty keyboard means that I can reply to messages really fast.
Unfortunately the Nokia E72 phone that I love so much is starting to get halfway obsolete …
As Nokia uses a symbian platform, it doesn’t support newer social media apps like instagram and those newfangled image editing program. Sometimes I feel so left out when I see my twitter filled with instagram feeds, but I can’t even sign up for an account with them!
And then, I can hardly open programs nowadays without having the dreaded Memory issues. Facebook app, Foursquare app, even opening just a webpage gives me issues. It’s especially frustrating when you are on the road, and am lost and want to use the Nokia maps but can’t because there isn’t enough memory!
But that’s the only app that was open …
There are days when I just want to throw the phone to the wall because sometimes it’s just easier to go without a phone rather than live in frustration. Already I’m getting jealous of Cart when he can log in apps faster than I do.
But urgh! I don’t want to buy a new phone! I still want to use this one! Why do phones get obsolete so quickly? At least I could still use my whatsapp …
Ever since I’ve started tutoring, I asked Cart if he had a printer for me to use for printing out handouts, worksheets and whatnots.
Cart owns an Epson stylus photo printer that he bought some years back. At the time, he was impressed by the print quality as because this particular model uses two types of ink cartridges : a 5-colour cartridge and black one.
Each ink cartridge uses a chip (like what you see on top there) which will indicate to the printer of how much ink that is has left. Which is quite smart (although my old printers have the same function even with no inbuilt chip)
However, after using the printer, Cart eventually found out that one undesirable thing about this printer is that if either one one of the colours run out, the printer would not function at all.
So lets say, I use a lot of blue in my printwork and eventually the colour runs out. What will happen is that the printer will lock up even though the rest of the cartridges are full! Even if I just wanted my next document to printed in black.
Yikes! Making consumers buy a new cartridge altogether when just one colour runs out? What a waste of resources. That’s strike one.
But well, we sucked it up and headed to an ink cartridge shop to get some new ink and did a few print test page on it to get the ink flowing. The colours were faint at first but slowly ink started to flow out and I was feeling hopeful. But after a few nozzle cleanings, to our horror, the printer indicated that once again, it ran out of ink!
Huh? I was befuddled. The inks were brand new so they shouldn’t be acting up like that! What a waste of money!
And once again, the printer locked up. Strike two.
Something seems very fishy about the whole deal and Cart was so furious that he did a search online and bought for himself a chip resetter which costs about 10 euro. What it does is that it will reset the chip and make the printer think that the cartridge was brand new with full ink.
And behold, we were able to continue printing. It’s not a perfect print, but it should get better as the ink flows.
But what was interesting is that we found out later that using the chip resetter with the old ink cartridges, the printer was able to whip out a fully coloured document! Which means that the cartridge was not empty in the first place. Look at what Cart printed out.
Epson. What a deceitful thing to do. Who was the smart person who approved of this concept? If they think that this is a profitable idea of forcing consumers buy more printer ink, instead this will make users boycott this brand even more.
Cart and I both use linux as an operating system for our laptop/netbook. He’s using Ubuntu and I’m using Jolicloud. I’ve always liked these two distros because they are pretty straightforward to use and they load up pretty fast.
While waiting for our connecting flight in Beijing, Cart started to play Diablo. It’s a game that I used to play a lot while I was back in Jurong Institute. My favourite character was Rogue since she could attack from a distance and I remember feeling chills when the Butcher comes out of the door, sneering, “Aaah! Fresh meat!” Its so creepy that don’t remember if I managed to finish playing the game even.
I played Diablo 2 but it didn’t have the same effect and Diablo 3? Blizzard has been announcing and hyping out the release for what? 3 years now? Is it even going to be released yet? It feels so anti climatic.
Anyway, seeing Cart playing it on his laptop makes me keen on revisiting my favourite game classics. Since my netbook probably has enough juice to run a late 90s and early 2000 game proper, I thought that I’d try installing Roller Coaster Tycoon 1. Its a game where you create your own theme park and I had fond memories playing it.
I wish I am in my own theme park!
Theoretically, installing a pc game in a linux based netbook should be straightforward.
I absolutely adore whatsapp. Its one of the most convenient and possibly also the cheapest way to text with friends and family and there is no need for additional sign ups and passwords and other gobledygook since all your contacts are already in your Sim card or your phone.
It used to be only for iPhones but now its available for Symbian, Android and Blackberry! So we could all enjoy the whatsapp goodness. I cannot believe how a simple app can be so elegant and yet make it so easy to keep in touch with friends *eyes shining*
Anyway, here is a short video I did, with Daphne having a guest spot in the demo section
Have you used whatsapp before? Do you lurrrrvee it as much as I do? Comment below!
Its always sad when someone, excited about an idea tries to nurture it, but doesn’t work out in the end. What’s even sadder is when you’ve built a community, and they will lose another form of communication and another way to keep their memories with them. A couple of examples that I can think at the top of my head, like Geocities, yahoo galleries, There.com, ecircles (anyone remember that?) just to name a few.
And in a couple of days, 12seconds.tv will be closing its doors.
How shall I describe 12seconds? I guess its kind of like twitter, but instead of texts, it uses a short video. And you can ramble about anything you like, and its fine because well, its just 12 seconds and you don’t feel like you’ve wasted too much time
I joined 12seconds a couple of years back when Jerrick recommended me to join. What? Another site to leave a digital footprint on? Ah well, lets give it a try then! And this was my first video back in November 2008 :
Yeah, I was pretty confused. What the heck is this 12seconds?
But I still remember the moment recording it. I was just back from my yoga session and sitting in my old room in Singapore. There were loads of decorated boxes around me, personally handmade by me for the upcoming wedding ceremony in about a month time. There’s even a gluegun on top of my touchsmart computer that was to be shipped to Italy!
And seeing all that just made me reminisce, man.
One of the things that I quite like 12seconds is mainly because I could upload anything I wanted by webcam, uploading from a camera or from the mobile phone. And it could probably be just me, but the people were civil and unjudgemental, so we were all feel free to be silly and we didn’t really care. Indeed, I’ve never seen any flamings at all!
At the beginning of this year, I tried to be a little more active in participating. And like foursquare, 12seconds had a ladder that when you reach it, you get a badge. These are some of the badges that I’ve unlocked. I tried to unlock the consequence video badge. I almost reached the 48 days, but I missed one day and went back to zero and I just couldnt be bothered to continue anymore
But one of the easiest way to get a badge was to post videos regularly and it wasnt difficult to do, especially when they have daily challenge questions. The site will pose a question, and you give your response and if other viewers liked it, they could vote for you. It was actually quite fun to participate.
And while you could think of and upload videos with topics you want to talk about, its nice to have this 12erator which generates interesting questions too in case you cannot think of anything. Many of them make pretty good blog topics even … and here are a couple of them :
How about … “Hi!” :p
Actually pick up lines doesnt really work for a woman, I dont believe there is a magic word that works for everyone. Why not just talk to her and try to get to know her better?
On long flights, I’d be quite achy from sitting down and being squeezed in economy so, I’d usually change movements like squatting on my chair or try interesting and new yoga poses
And one of the things that I appreciated from 12seconds what that it allowed embedded videos that can be viewed directly on my site. And I’ve been using that on my sidebar to replace my rss image widget update from my posterous. It worked for a while, but since December 2009, it just stopped working. Meh.
Videos are better anyway!
But what a shame that all of these wont last because 12seconds is closing on this friday, the 22nd November. I’m in seesmic at the moment, but its just not the same!
12seconds.tv, its been fun and thank you for all the memories. Take care and best of luck, Sol Lipman and David Beach
Sidenote : By the way, did anyone realise that today is 20102010? :p
That sounds so much like Thunder-Thunder-Thundercats! Yes, its obvious that I’m a 80′s baby
Anyway! I’m a happy Ubuntu user for over a year now and I was really looking forward to installing Ubuntu Netbook Remix version 10.10 on my Lenovo S10 Netbook last Sunday. The latest version was said to have a very fast load up time and happily, I did my backup and whatnots before finally upgrading.
In no time at all, the download was done and installed. So I restarted. Unfortunately, something funky happened and the top toolbar was missing, as well as the icons looked messed up.
Then I thought, okay, lets try reformatting the bugger and do a clean install. But the only thing is, that when I slot the USB with the installer, nothing happened because Ubuntu was already installed. No option to reinstall program whatsoever. Hmm!
I’m not that savvy enough to muck around with Sudo but I had an idea that I would just install another distro and after that, THEN reinstall Ubuntu. Probably not the most clear cut idea, but it might work!
At first I had a stumbling block with an odd and very unfriendly “No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!” message. But after a quick search online, I found a fix and it was smooth going from there. I was directed to a live-demo. A live demo means that you can try out the functions of how the software is like without having to install anything yet.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. Unlike gOS (Not to be confused with Google Chrome OS) which I tried earlier. That gave me a huge headache because I had issues with it not being able to detect the wifi connection thus almost every widget failed to work.
On the other hand, jolicloud was able to detect the wifi with no issues at all. Probably the only thing to set up was to register for an account with jolicloud and in a while, you reach the main interface, everything looks so clean and elegant.
Here are a few of the things that I use on a regular basis.
Although I’m not sure why there is a need to make so many “Apps” for the main screen because I could just go to the Chromium browser and access each page, like Facebook and Gmail from there. It makes it seem quite redundant. Kind of like the EEE PC interface. But oh well … By the way, did you know that Apple trademarked, “There is an app for that?” What the heck lah
Opening the apps are amazingly fast. I click on any of them and it opens in a split second unlike Ubuntu which takes a few seconds to start up … I still like you, Ubuntu, dont worry!
Apart from the web applications, there are also installers like Cheese, Thunderbird and Pidgin as well as others you could download and install from the left top green add button
There is also a stream function although I am not too sure what the function is for. Since I don’t see any way how I could chat or make friends with these people. I didn’t really dabble with it much. So what’s the point? It doesnt seem very useful to me.
But apart from Web apps, I could also save files in my netbook, so I don’t feel so crippled even if there are no internet connection available on the jolicloud. I’d usually watch movies on my netbook, and listen to music and jolicloud did the job just well.
And thanks to the latest episode of Glee, I have Tina Turner’s River Deep, Mountain High as an earworm. Even when talking to people, I can hear it. Oh my!
In any case, I was so enamoured at this point of time, that within a few minutes I had a clean install, overriding everything else.
And once that’s done, I spent time playing with it for the entire day neglecting my wifely duties. But I didn’t care! Its a very charming little distro. Its speedy fast – booting up in less than 30 seconds and I could get surfing quickly. Even the screensaver is freaking cute.
And because of it, I haven’t gotten to re-installing Ubuntu 10.10. For now I’m quite happy with my jolicloud and looking forward to the 1.1 version coming soon in November
If you haven’t tried a linux distro, give it a try. It really isn’t as difficult and scary as what people think! Why not try it on an old or spare computer? I promise that it’ll give them a new breath of life and the best part is that they are all free!