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Hosting

Search For Passive Income

OLX and craiglist are examples of sites that use the type of advert platform that is now on arthurwales.com

The platform is open source so most likely no two sites will be the same as you have a free rein to get your hands dirty manipulating the underlying code.

Please help to review the site by publishing an advert (or more!). You may also compare to earlier mentioned sites.

By the way, it looks good on mobiles too.

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Networking

Back To Life!

Cisco E1200I picked up a number of WiFi routers on Amazon last December for a very good discount, hoping to make a good profit selling them in Nigeria. The Linksys E1200 brand of WiFi routers was retailing for $19.99 (about N3,200) apiece, and my plan was to sell them for N10,000 each.

It was not until i had taken delivery of them that i realized that i just might have flushed my money down the drain because the router had a bouquet of issues bedeviling it.

Issues included;

– Dropping/Intermittent wireless connectivity
– Slow downloads and uploads speeds
– Seemed not to be able to handle more than 5 or 6 connected devices at once
– Power cycling does not always fix issues and sometimes hard reset is necessary

Apparently, there were issues with the firmware that was bundled with the device. Repeated updates to the firmware failed to fix the problems. Extensive search on the internet revealed a horde of very dissatisfied customers. The customer services of Cisco (the manufacturers of the device) also did nothing to help the situation.

It was a painful decision but i just could not sell devices that i knew were faulty, so i let them gather dust in the store, swearing never to be blinded with greed again when making business decisions.

That was until i decided to pay a visit again to DD-WRT.

DD-WRT is a site that develops and host Linux-based firmware for wireless routers and wireless access points. It is compatible with several models of routers and access points and is among the many third-party firmwares, which are designed to replace the firmware that ships pre-installed on many commercial routers. There are many advantages to running alternative firmwares as they unlock features that are not present ordinarily on all routers and can give your low budget routers features that are not available on even some professional grade routers, unlocking settings that are not accessible normally; static routing, VPN, repeating functions, boost your router range by increasing antenna power and overclocking.

It is a fact that your router is only as good as its firmware, the software that makes it tick.

My earlier check on the site dd-wrt.com in early December 2012 listed the Linksys E1200 as not being supported by this open source firmware. However, what i did not realize was that it became supported just a few days later.

I have upgraded the firmware of all the routers in my possession and now they are worth all the N10,000 ($62.50) that i am asking for them.

With the latest tested and stable builds of DD-WRT customized firmware, the true capabilities of the Linksys (Cisco) E1200 hardware are unleashed. Now you can create a personal VPN network, manage several wireless and guest networks, take advantage of advanced QoS bandwidth controls, and lots more. I have since parked up my Belkin Wireless N+ Router for this beauty and i am absolutely loving it!

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Gadgets Mobile

XBMC Beta For Android Now Available

XBMC is undoubtedly the best media center software around. It is open source and free.

Recently, it was announced that the software has been ported to the Android platform. The software will function on any Android smartphone, tablet or set-top box. This new version of XBMC for Android will provide  local network video and audio streaming, with a full-range of desktop equivalent features. Additionally, it will not require your Android device to be rooted or jailbroken in any form.

The xbmc team has released the beta source so far and will aparently be releasing an apk and pushing to google play in a few weeks.

But for those, like me, who can’t wait to test their paws on this software, here is an unofficial link to the compiled apk  http://dl.miniand.com/miniand/xbmc-a…g-20120714.apk

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Hack Hosting

How To Secure Your WordPress Blog – Part 1

WordPress is an open source and free blogging software. Two variants abound;

WordPress.com

WordPress.com are blogs hosted by the company that gave us WordPress, Auttomatic. Recommended to beginners with little knowledge of what goes on behind the scene of this blogging platform.

Features

– WordPress.com is the safer way to go. There are a lot of mechanisms in place to make sure that you don’t accidentally break it or prevent it from working the way it was intended to.

– While no online platform can be regarded as impregnable, this is probably as safe as you can get. All of the technical maintenance work is taken care of by some of the best hands — Setup, upgrades, spam, backups, security, etc. Believe me, it is a scary world out there.

– It is free, with 3GB space to play with. This is more than enough. Diary of a Geek with over 300 posts uses less than 100MB of web space.

– Some of the best sites also use wordpress hosted blogging; CNN .

– Yes, your blog will be in the form of, say, artwales.wordpress.com but with $18 per year, you get to use a domain name of your choice.

Deal Breakers

– Inability to use your themes or plugins. You are restricted to a bunch of boring free and premium themes. However, from a security sandpoint, this can be viewed as a strength because most hacks into wordpress blogs are not via the blogging platform itself but through loopholes in these themes and plugins. Timthumb readily comes to mind.

– You can not monetize your blog with adsense and the likes. However, wordpress has its own home brew called Wordads.

– ads, though few, are present. You pay $30 per year to remove this.

WordPress.org

These are self hosted blogs. You subscribe to a web host to host your blog.

Features

– You have complete control over the look and feel of your site

– You can install any WordPress theme or plug-in to extend the functionality of your site (believe me, this is a very powerful and inexpensive way to add functionality to your website)

Deal Breakers

– Some level of skills is required to manage your blog satisfactorily.
– Careful, you can easily break something
– You need to manage your own backups. (However, there are free plugins to automate this easily.)
– Themes and plugins may contain vulnerabilities that can be exploited.
– You pay hosting fees.

In part 2, we would discuss some basic steps to secure your WordPress.org blog.

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Articles Linux

Zorin OS, The New Sheriff In Town

Many people coming from Windows try Ubuntu Linux as their first Linux distribution. But Ubuntu itself, while very good, may not always be the best choice. There are many Ubuntu derivatives and it is possible that one of those can sometimes be a better bet for those seeking to ease their way into a comfortable Linux niche. Zorin OS is an Ubuntu derivative designed to help make the transition from Windows to Linux as easy as possible.

Tagged as “The gateway to Linux for Windows Users”, Zorin OS is a multi-functional operating system designed specifically for Windows users who want to have easy and smooth access to Linux.

Zorin OS features a unique Look Changer program that allows users to change the user interface at the touch of a button.The Look Changer lets you change your desktop to look and act like either Windows 7, XP, Vista, 2000, Mac OS X or Linux (GNOME) for ultimate ease of use.

Now in its version 6, the following  were given as some of the advantages of Zorin OS:

  •     No risk of getting viruses
  •     Much faster than Windows 7
  •     An easy to use and familiar desktop
  •     Customizable user interface thanks to our Look Changer
  •     Stable as it is based on the robust Linux operating system
  •     All the software you’ll ever need out of the box
  •     Extremely versatile and customizable Open Source software
  •     Available in over 55 languages

While these advantages may not be unique to Zorin,however, i feel it is its ease of usage and familiar desktop that gives it an edge over its more popular cousin, Linux Mint.

Packed with a suite of software out of the box, and with a lot more available in the Ubuntu repository, you never have to shell out your hard earned cash to pay for any software again.

Some of the unique softwares included are:

  • Zorin Look Changer
  • Zorin Internet Browser Manager : The default web browser in Zorin OS is Google Chrome. However, this software makes installing and uninstalling other web browsers simple and quick.
  • Zorin Background Plus : You can set a video, audio file or screensaver as your background
  • Zorin Splash Screen Manager : Makes it easy to change, install and remove Plymouth splash screen themes in Zorin OS
  • LibreOffice : The LibreOffice suite includes a word processor, spreadsheet software, a presentation program and a drawing application for all your document production and data processing needs. It is compatible with Microsoft Office.

Others include Google Chrome, Evolution Mail, Banshee Media Player, Gimp Image Editor, OpenShot Video Editor and a number of Games.

Additionally you’ll find a Premium page on Zorin website where they offer you Ultimate, Business, Multimedia, and Gaming editions, which is mostly just the Core software with many additional applications for that type of system. The effort it takes to put all those extra programs into the ISO is why they charge for those editions.

Zorin comes in several versions and either 32 bit or 64 bit architectures:

  •     There are two versions specifically designed for schools — the Educational and Educational lite.
  •     Zorin Core is one of the free versions and is a baseline Ubuntu 11.04 distribution.
  •     The Gaming version includes a selection of games.
  •     The Multimedia version includes tools for creation and working with various media applications.
  •     The Business edition is oriented toward small- and medium-size startup companies.
  •     The Ultimate edition includes all of the previously noted software.

All premium versions are priced at 10 Euros (~13USD) except Ultimate which is 15 (~20USD). Shipping costs of physical media is 3 Euros so it is cheaper to download in most cases. A live CD version of Core is available for those who wish to try it out.

This Linux distribution comes highly recommended. It effectively lends credence to the fact that you can replace your Windows PC, like i have, with Linux.

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Linux

The top 20 strongholds for desktop Linux

As a server OS, Linux has long been highly successful and a poster child for open source. For example, Linux currently powers a majority of the world’s web servers and supercomputers. As a desktop OS, however, Linux has yet to gain mainstream acceptance.

That said, there are some countries where people have embraced Linux on the desktop to a greater degree than most.

Since you probably wouldn’t be able to guess which these countries are no matter how hard you tried, we have highlighted them in this article. Read on to find out where desktop Linux is most popular, plus some nice bonus stats.

Top 20 countries by Linux market share

We looked at desktop OS market share, in this case defined as the share of computers used to access the Web. It’s basically the only metric out there that can give us an estimate of actual market share of actively used computers. The numbers are based on aggregated visitor stats for more than three million websites, courtesy of Statcounter.

110512 top 20 linux countries

This chart reflects the relative popularity of Linux as a desktop OS in each country. It doesn’t mean that these countries have the most Linux users overall (which is more difficult to estimate correctly).

A few general observations

As we collected the data for this article, we couldn’t help but make a few additional observations that you might find interesting.

  • Linux is most definitely a niche OS on the desktop: In most countries, Linux has less than 1% market share.
  • The Linux vs. Windows situation: In no country is Linux anywhere near replacing Windows on the desktop, but this shouldn’t come as a surprise.
  • The absence of the US and UK: The United States is far outside the top 20, with a 0.73% desktop OS market share for Linux. This by the way happens to be the exact same market share as Linux has in the United Kingdom.
  • The top countries in Europe are, in order: Macedonia, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic, France, Italy, Estonia and Germany.

Sweden, where we are based, sadly didn’t make this list. We just managed a measly 1.09% desktop OS market share for Linux, but at least that’s above average.

If you are wondering what Linux’s desktop OS market share is in the various world regions, here are the numbers:

  • Worldwide, 0.76%
  • Europe, 1.14%
  • South America, 0.88%
  • North America, 0.72%
  • Oceania, 0.72%
  • Africa, 0.45%
  • Asia, 0.34%

In other words, Europe comes out as the overall most Linux-friendly world region.

Why these “low” numbers are not bad at all

Linux may currently be a niche desktop OS, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be a bad thing. It’s often described as the “tinkerer’s OS,” and it’s hard to see how it could go mainstream and retain that quality. If you keep that in mind, it’s quite possible that Linux will never go mainstream on the desktop, but will continue to flourish in a similar way it is now, with a relatively small but very dedicated community of users.

And when we say “relatively small” we really mean relatively. The worldwide Linux desktop OS market share (0.76%) coupled with the number of Internet users (1.97 billion) indicates that there are at least 15 million active desktop Linux users out there.

We say “at least,” because that number is probably significantly higher since there is a lot of overlap in these stats with people who use more than one OS and more than one computer.

That’s not a small community by anyone’s standards (except maybe Facebook’s ;) ).

Notes about the data: The numbers are for the three-month period of February through April 2011 and are taken from StatCounter Global Stats. StatCounter bases those numbers on aggregated visitor stats for more than three million websites. To avoid statistical anomalies caused by small samples, we didn’t include any countries with fewer than 250,000 Internet users.

 

SOURCE – PINGDOM

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Articles

Best Alternatives to Outlook

There are a lot of reasons to use Outlook. With few exceptions, Outlook is a fairly decent PIM (personal information manager). If your business relies on an Exchange Server, Outlook is definitely the best PIM for the job. Sometimes Outlook isn’t the perfect fit for everyone, so today I’m exploring some fairly decent Outlook alternatives. Because Outlook is primarily a Windows application (the new version of Mac OS X not withstanding), the list of alternatives here will be focused on Windows, although some of them may also work on Mac OS X or Linux.

Evolution for Windows
If you’re looking for an open source alternative to Outlook with all of the bells and whistles, I swear by Evolution. I use the Linux version, but it also works on other platforms. Evolution works with my IMAP and MS Exchange account(s), plus it has other Outlook functionality such as Tasks, Calendar, and of course Microsoft Exchange two way sync support. The Evolution interface is ugly, but it does indeed work well.

Best Outlook Alternative

Lightning
When you’re looking for something free, transport friendly, and able to work easily out of the box, Lightning is very close to perfect as an alternative to the Outlook calendar function. To make it perfect, you really need to consider using the “Provider for Google” add-on to make it feel complete, which also means you need to use Google Calendar. This way you have the ability to keep things in-sync with your mobile devices and Google Apps as a whole. The downside might be that Lightning is not that great for mobile users who can’t or would prefer not to sync to Google. As long as you’re willing to use Google Apps, Lightning is a great companion calendar solution to an IMAP or POP email client like Thunderbird.

EssentialPIM – One of the more attractive solutions out there, EssentialPIM provides you with all of the nice feel of a modern release of Outlook, without having to spring for a copy of MS Office to get it. EssentialPIM will sync nicely with services like Google Calendar, but does not work with MS Exchange. So if MS Exchange is important to you, then you may need to consider Evolution instead or go back to using Outlook outright.

SOURCE – LOCKERGNOME

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Gadgets Mobile

CyanogenMod 7.0 now stable, released for over 30 Android devices

It’s official, folks! CyanogenMod 7 is now deemed stable enough to be called, well, stable. The ROM is available now for your flashing pleasure on over 30 devices — including some tablets. Don’t worry, it doesn’t disappoint; I’ve been using it through the development process for months and it’s well worth the wait.

If you haven’t been following the updates on its progress, here’s a quick recap: It’s based on Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread, it’s got built-in root access with all the command-line goodies, Apps2SD capability (built-in), Incognito Mode for the Android Browser, built-in CPU frequency adjustment and scaling (including overclock and choice of governor), loads of UI improvements and interface tweaks, OpenVPN and SIP calling settings, USB/WiFi/Bluetooth tethering, FLAC support, an FM Radio player, and loads of other features and enhancements.

It’s even got a one-click UI theme-switcher that T-Mobile helped develop (open-source, no less).

Even if you aren’t into flashing custom ROMs on your expensive new smartphone, you have to admit that this release is a pretty great thing… After all, it means a fully-functional version of Android 2.3.3 is now running, with loads of bells and whistles, on about 30 devices whose manufacturers and carriers are simply too lazy to update.

Alright, enough jabbering. You can learn more about the ROM at CyanogenMod.com, or jump straight to the download mirror if you already know what you’re doing!

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Opensource: The cure to Software Piracy

Software Piracy, as defined by Wikipedia refers to several practices which involve the unauthorized copying of computer software.
There is an unspoken consensus, especially in this part of the world, regarding Software Piracy. For computer users to be productive, certain tools must be present on their computers. This includes, but is not restricted to, an Office Suite, browser, Media Player, etc. Some of these tools are already present with the Preinstalled Operating System that comes with your computer, however, some others are not, most notably, the Office Suite.
The first impulse for most honest individuals would be to go to the markets to purchase a copy of that particular software they need. However, on getting there, they are hard pressed to find an original copy, and even when they do, it is so expensive, that most average folk can’t afford it.
The last resort is therefore to buy that 200 Naira recordable CD containing a pirated copy of that software we so desparately need, install and get some work done. Others more conversant with technology will take to the torrent and file sharing sites, search for, and download the appropriate file.

This scenario I have painted above obviously does not mirror the collective behaviour of software pirates. Some of them have decided not to buy any software ever in their lives, even if it is brought right to their doorsteps.

However, for those of us that get a guilty conscience when we copy that executable file from our friends, or download that software from torrent sites, there might be redemption for you yet.

Over the last couple of years, I have began a slow but steady migration from Proprietary software over to free and opensource Software. It all started with dualbooting my computer with Ubuntu Linux.

I know some readers might not be as impulsive or do not want to dive into something completely unfamiliar. Luckily, most Opensource software are also available for windows (some are even exclusively built for windows).

With opensource software, you don’t have to feel guilty when copying that file from a friend or downloading it online, because, that is what you are expected to do. It is even stated in the Licence for most Open source software. It your right.

There is a reoccuring argument that Opensource software is always substandard and not on par with their Proprietary alternative. However, as you will soon realise, this is not the case most of the time. For example, I am typing this post in OpenOffice.org Writer, An equivalent to Microsoft word, and all the features I have found invaluable on MSWord are right here, and even more, such as the “export to PDF function”.

Most Opensource software is developed by volunteers in their spare time or non governmental (not for profit) organisations. Therefore, they mostly only require donations from those that can give.

Since Opensource software is free to download and share, there is really no harm in trying them out and one might be pleasantly surprised how good they are. You might even already be using one or two opensource software without realising it.

Below, is a list some of the most popular Opensource Software and their Proprietary (and mosttimes more well known counterparts)

1. Mozilla Firefox (Internet Explorer Alternative)
2. OpenOffice.org (Microsoft Office Alternative)
3. The Gimp (Photoshop Alternative)
4. Paint.net (MSPaint or even Photoshop Alternative)
5. Blender (3D Max or Maya Alternative)
6. VLC Media Player
7. Dia (Microsoft Visio Alternative), etc.

The list is limitless. To find an appropriate opensource alternative to any proprietary software you might be using, the best place to go is osalt.com.

As we see free and legal alternatives to Proprietary software that offer the same, and even sometimes better functionality, I hope that we will begin to cut back on Software piracy in all forms.

NB: If you clone a system, or buy a system without an Operating System, there are always Opensource Operating Systems you can Install.

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Articles Reports

Weekly Review

From a promising height of 1495 unique visits in the maiden week, last week recorded a sharp drop of about  45% in the number of visitors to this blog site. Total number of visitors stood at 826.

Activities for last week was rather low, was out of town for a few days. Well, that’s what you get when only one man is running the show. Guest contributors and commentors are earnestly welcomed to keep the mast high.

In the spirit of freely sharing ideas and resources, this week we would introduce a new section called NOTICE BOARDS. Amongst other things, we would be sharing links to ONLY freewares, Open Source and bargain softwares. ILLEGAL SOFTWARES ARE NOT ALLOWED!

Have a fun-filled week.