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Sep 14 09

EzPz Upgrade

by Toby Somerville

If you have an existing EzPz site, over the coming few weeks you will notice a few changes – all for the better. We are upgrading not only the EzPz  system but also the whole hosting infrastructure. This means your sites will faster, more reliable and even easier to use – all at the same low price.

The major things you will notice are:

  • Improved graphical statistics.
  • The Administration bar now sits at the top of the page.
  • You can now add video and audio to your site.
  • The WYSIWYG editor (What You See Is What You Get) is improved.
  • Drag and drop page ordering in the site map.
  • The ability to change to site settings.

This is part of our ongoing commitment to our customers to make sure EzPz is robust, user friendly and fast.

If you would like more information – please get in contact.

Aug 30 07

How to find a file that was opened via Outlook, modified and saved but, the modified file has disappeared

by Toby Somerville

Have you ever opened an attached file in Outlook, edited it, saved it and closed it only to find all your modifications have disappeared? Don’t despair, there is a way of finding those elusive modified versions of the attachment.

This is how to find those files in Windows XP

  1. Click on the “start” button (bottom left of the screen)
  2. Click “Run…”
  3. Type: cmd
  4. Hit  “Ok” button
  5. At the command prompt type: cd “C:\Documents and Settings\Toby\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\
    Replace “Toby” in the above with your windows user name and include the double inverted commas
  6. Hit “Enter” key on your keyboard
  7. Then type: dir
  8. Hit “Enter” key on your keyboard
  9. This will give a directory listing in the format: Date Time <DIR> folder name
  10. Open “My Computer”
  11. Put this in the address bar: C:\Documents and Settings\Toby\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\
    Again replace Toby with your Window’s user name.
  12. Add the name of one of the directories i.e. OLK22 to give C:\Documents and Settings\Toby\Local Settings\Temporary Internet Files\OLK22
  13. Hit “Enter” key on your keyboard
  14. This should show you the contents of this super hidden folder and with any luck you will find various versions of your file. If there are no versions of your file in that folder try steps 12 and 13 with the other folder names.
  15. Save the file to a new location such as your desktop

Hopefully this will help someone, no guarantees, but it worked for me.

Jul 18 07

Wireless Broadband – is it any good?

by Toby Somerville

Recently there has be a lot of talk about wireless broadband and how it will save the world, especially in rural areas. But can it? There are a few factors that dictate if you can get wireless broadband and it’s quality.

  • Line of sight – can you see the wireless station?
  • Distance from antennae
  • How much traffic is being used by other wireless users in the area – the bandwidth is shared between users
  • Wireless signal interference from other sources
  • Topography
  • Atmospheric conditions
  • The type of wireless being offered

Wireless will provide increased coverage over rural areas but, there are many factors that will determine if specific locations can get wireless. For instance, I live in hilly terrain without line of sight to any wireless antennae. The likelihood of getting wireless currently is zero. The only way to find out is to get a qualified engineer to check your location.

What are the alternatives

  • ADSL if you are within ~4km of an ADSL enabled exchange (although, I have been quoted by a Telstra technician 13km – which is completely wrong!)
  • Cable (limited availability in major cities only)
  • ISDN (requires an extra separate phone line and is slow)
  • Satellite

Advantages

  • Works anywherethat the satellite dish can see the satellite

Disadvantages

  • Expensive
  • Requires un-hindered views of the satellite (roughly north in Australia)
  • Satellite delay – means VOIP is unworkable i.e. Skype has ~4 second delay

Where does it leave us?

Wireless is not a silver bullet for rural communities but, then again neither is satellite. Currently, ADSL and cable are the preferred options but, if you don’t have the option: it is satellite or wireless. Between the two of them most rural properties will be covered and for those last difficult few – it’s good old narrow-band. Dial-up.

Jun 15 07

Domain tasting or kiting

by Toby Somerville

What is Domain tasting or Kiting?

Put simply – it is the practice of registering ICANN-regulated top level
domain names for up to five days to test if the domain name can create
a viable income for registrant.

Why?
Money – in a word. There is a “grace period” of five days for each
domain registered. If the domain name is cancelled within this
period then:

  1. the cost of the domain is refunded
  2. the domain name is re-released.

During this five day period, the registrants conduct a cost benefit analysis
of how much traffic the domain name receives and the likely advertising
revenue. If the domain is likely to make money then it remains registered
otherwise, it is cancelled – with no strings attached.

It’s a try before you buy scheme – on a large scale.

Where does the traffic for these domains come from?
Some of the domain names are mis-spellings of other site addresses or
generic terms that might be directly typed in or previously registered
names which have lapsed.

Why is it an issue?
This practice is almost at an epidemic level – according to Bob Parsons
of GoDaddy.com the number of registrations in February 2007 was
55.1 million, of those 51.5 million were cancelled within the
5 day grace period. That’s over 93% of registrations.

This means the pool of domain names for people who genuinely
want to register domain names is shrinking.

I have experienced this practic first hand. Iwanted to register
a domain name. I had checked the previous day and it was still available.
I tried to register it the following day only to find it was taken.

Tough luck, you say “everyone knows it is first come first served“.
Fair comment but, on further investigation it appeared to have been
taken by one of the domain tasting companies and sure enough I waited the
5 days, and, low and behold it became available again.

So, all’s well that ends well. Yes, in this case, but what if I had persued the
domain names and perhaps offered money to the domain taster for it? They
would be “quids in” on a domain they probably would have cancelled. I would
be out of pocket, but, with the domain name I wanted.

To date ICANN has introduced no measures to reduce or eliminate this practice.

Let me know your thoughts…