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Hosting

Create Free Websites Using Your Dropbox Account

Owning a website is the norm nowadays. Whether to showcase yourself or your product, most people seem to have a reason (or more!) to own one. However, not many are willing to pay for this service.

If you are among this category of penny pinchers, you are in luck. I know just what you need – Dropbox! Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage, file synchronization, and client software. Dropbox allows users to create a special folder on each of their computers, which Dropbox then synchronises so that it appears to be the same folder (with the same contents) regardless of the computer it is viewed on. Files placed in this folder are also accessible through a website and mobile phone applications.

site44Dropbox offers 2GB of this space free for everyone that signs on. In conjunction with site44.com, you have more than enough space needed for a website.

Follow the steps below and you will have your website running in a few minutes. It is simple:

  • Create a new Dropbox account or use an existing one.
  • Go to site44.com. Then click Sign in with Dropbox to get started
  • Click Allow to allow site44 to connect with your Dropbox account
  • You will be taken to a page on site44 where you can create your site
  • You have a choice of using a free site44 sub domain name for your website in the form artwales.site44.com or you can use your own domain name.
  • A new folder for your site will automatically be created in your Dropbox account.
  • You can modify the content of the folder to make changes to your site or you can upload website pages or templates to it.

Limitations

  • It is great for hosting small websites with static content like an online resume site, but it lacks several desirable features. It does not support any server side code like Java or PHP.
  • No, you can not host a blog on it.
  • The free package, unfortunately, is very limited in features – Maximum data transfer of 100MB in a month.
  • Premium packages are not competitively priced, you will be better off hosting your sites with a regular web host.

Free users can create up to 5, low-traffic pages in this site. Site44.com  is definitely not a replacement for fully equipped web hosting service, but for starters who don’t need all those features  and you use Dropbox anyway, then this is a good option. Do check it out!

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Gadgets

Behold, All Things Have Become New …

One of the signs of a dying OS platform is the increasingly decreasing (smile) rate at which software applications for the platform are churned out, coupled with the near dry-up in the number of phones that are produced containing the OS. Palm OS, Symbian UIQ and Symbian S60 are examples of now dead or near-dead OS platforms.

One other platform that can be considered dead is the Windows Mobile OS iterations; 5,6 and 6.1 and 6.5 platforms. From the enviable height of having about the most apps written for it among other mobile OS platforms, the Windows Mobile platform can hardly boast of any decent app released recently. Such was the predicament i faced when i realised that most programmers have discontinued writing apps for the Windows Mobile platform.

In my quest for a cheap but decent phone, late last year i got a HTC TyTn II (also known as AT&T Tilt), a windows mobile 6 phone with full QWERTY slider keyboard, a device with a fairly decent specs which i got through hayzees for about $180. The first thing i did was to format the phone, remove the whole OS containing the bloatware installed on the phone by AT&T and installed a clean and lean Windows Mobile 6.1 OS (cooked rom), devoid of all unnecessary softwares, thanks to the guys at XDA. With this, i was also able to free up enough space and RAM on the device.

HTC TyTN II
HTC TyTN II

However, a few weeks ago, i got really tired of the Windows Mobile platform and its lack of good up-to-date apps, i decided to lay the plaform to rest and try out the Android Platform via XDA forum. I must confess that, for me, the installation process was a bit of rocket science with a high possibility of “bricking” my phone in the process. Thankfully, i was able to install the crowd favorite, Android “Froyo” 2.2 on the device, complete with access to the android app market.

The snappy speed of the device with the experience of a whole new platform on an otherwise “old school” phone is a really exhilarating experience. It really feels like i have gotten myself a new phone!