Monthly Archive: February 2012

Feb 23

Get smart while buying a monitor

So you’re looking monitor but with no idea how to find a nice one. Here are some parameters you should consider for judging a monitor.

With CRT’s and TFT’s out, choise remains between LCD’s and LED’s. with the recent surge of LED’s even LCD’s are on the vere of extinction. Here’s a short distinction between the two

LED and LCD monitors are based on the same basic technology for image display, but differ in the kind of backlighting used. While LCD monitors use cold cathode fluorescent lamps for backlighting, LED monitors use light emitting diodes. LED monitors nothing but an improvement over LCD ones which cure one of the basic problems with LCD TVs, i.e. the inability to display true black colors. They can produce true black hues, by switching off LEDs entirely, increasing the ‘blackness’ quotient of black colors, providing better contrast in the process.

Why buy a LED monitor?

LED’s are softer on the eyes, making it easier to work for longer hours. As no mercury is used in its production and as LED’s consume lesser power, they are ecofriendly too. Also LED monitors last longer than LCD ones. A price drop recently in LED monitors makes it the number one choice and there remains no reason to prefer a LCD monitor

Vendors usually give you a long list of features to attract your attention but the basic and most essential information is never talked of. Before you jump into knowing what the native resolution is, just check out what is the panel type of your favorite monitor.

Which panel type to look out for?

You must know the panel type of the monitor you’re thinking of buying as it not mentioned in the features list usually.

The best one is IPS or in panel switching. In-plane switching (IPS) panels have the liquid crystals in parallel to the panel, not perpendicular to it. Advances in this technology are super IPS which provides an increased contrast ratio, Horizontal IPS and E IPS or enhanced IPS which reduces the response time to a few milliseconds. However such monitors are too expensive and fit for professional gaming or graphics work. For home based usage, you need not drive such a big hole in your pocket.

Another alternative to IPS ( used by DELL ultra sharp series) is Super PLS or panel to line switching. It is found only with Samsung monitors and the most selling model is Samsung S27A850D. it is as good as IPS monitors and are relatively cheaper.

The next and most widely used one is Twisted Nemantic or TN panels. They are cheap with excellent response times and perfect for home use. However Display and performance can be no were compared to IPS technology, but they are best suited for office work such as surfing, word processing etc. it uses only 6 bit colour, and do not display the 16.7 million colors available.

A mid way between these two extremes, both in price and performance is VA panel technology. They offer better color reproduction and wider viewing angles than TN panels, but have slower response times. Better contrast ratio than both IPS and TN panels as well as a color reproduction and viewing angle comparable to IPS ones makes them stand out, but a horrible response time lets them down. They are worse than VA panels when it comes to fast pace gaming. But both VA and IPS use 8 bit color, that is why they have an enhanced color reproduction

Native resolution

It is the max resolution which a monitor can display. Most of the 18.5” and 20 “ monitors come with 1600×900 which is pretty good for this screen size. But monitors above 22” need to have resolution of 1920×1080 atleast. Also check out the refresh rate. a 75 Hz should do fine but 85 hz is what you should get for today’s technology.

Other features which improve display

DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort is a must nowadays to enhance the digital quality of display. Don’t worry the analog ports are available with all of these. The latest trend being HDMI which allows you to see full High Definition pictures making it a must have

Response time

Rise-and-fall response time indicates the time required for a pixel to change from black to white (rise) and back to black (fall). You need a lower response time for advanced gaming, otherwise a response time of 5 ms is good enough. Another indicator gray to gray is often promoted by vendors but this is not much useful.

Brightness:

It is measured as candelas per square meter (cd/m2). A minimum 250 c/m2.  He one’s having 300 give a more than needed desired level of brightness.

Viewing angle

A minimum viewing angle of 160 degrees is needed. ISP monitors offer till 178 degrees allowing you to view that perfect picture from any desired angle. As long as you don’t work with someone sitting by your side or watch movies from a distance, you don’t need to mind settling with one having viewing angle of 160 deg.

Contrast ratio

This is an important parameter you must know. It is the difference in light intensity between the brightest white and the darkest black. A ratio more than 600:1 is required but most of the brands offer a contrast ratio of 1000:1. Another indicator is the dynamic contrast ratio. But these parameters is not as useful in determining your choice.


Feb 13

create a website locally and get it online in 8 easy steps

1. first download xxamp, then install joomla or wordpress CMS on your local host. read here to install wordpress CMS on your server..
2. create the website using joomla or wordpress.
3. Go over to PHPMyAdmin on your localhost. Select the database on the left side of the window. At the top of the page there’s a Export tab. Click it. If it says “Quick Export” then you’re good to go. If not then make sure to “select all” in the tables window. Make sure that “IF NOT EXISTS” is selected as well.
4. Export the database as a file. Don’t worry about all the default setting, just click “go”.
5. Open that file in a text editor; strip out everything from the top down to the first “IF NOT EXISTS” or “TABLE STRUCTURE FOR….”
6. Go to your new hosting cPanel or wherever the Databases are and create a new DB. Some hosts have the “database wizard” that will create the db, db user and password all in one swoop. Get those credentials and keep them handy.
7. Go back to the file you have from the exported database. Copy everything (Select all) from that text file then go over to the new host’s PHPMyAdmin window. Remember, select that new database you created, then instead of going to “Import” select “SQL” at the top then paste everything into that window and click “GO”.
8. If you did it right then it should execute the command and then you’ll see all your tables over on the left and then you can set your config file to the new database credentials, etc and you can have a happy life from there on out with your new website and better yet, newfound knowledge
for more details check out http://mytechsearch.flaminghorns.com

Feb 09

no clicksor ads please

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I just received emails from some of my fans stating that this website was being blocked by their virus scanners. On inspection, I found out that the culprit was clicksor ads that I’d put up recently. Please do not go for clicksor for your website because:

1. they slow down your website

2. Irritating banners and pop ups

3. Some stupid malware they run scarring off visitors.

So a small piece of advice for all buddy bloggers.

Please let me know if I’ve the wrong information, any criticism or advice is always welcome!! thank you for reading folks!!

Feb 02

Does domain name affect your site ranking in search engines?

Since the last few days I’d been researching about effect of domain name on ranking in search engines such as google.
My two domains, www.mytechsearch.tk and www.mytechsearch.wordpress.com were used for comparison. I’m using dot.tk domain because it is free and has superior quality of service as compared to that of other free domain names. Also .tk extension makes my domain name sweet and short too.
.tk is a ccTLD i.e. country code top level domain while the wordpress one is a free sub domain provided by wordpress. .com domains are generic TLD like .org or .net . the ccTLD’s rank high in the country to which it belongs. For eg if my domain was www.mytechsearch.in , (.in for India) it would achieve higher rankings in India but not worldwide. But this is not absolute. Highly relevant websites always get a higher ranking no matter what is the domain extension.
The domain www.mytechsearch.wordpress.com did rank in the first page of google search results. In my previous article I had advised to go for dot.tk domains because they are absolutely free and high indexing on google but I’d like to say that when it comes to ranking internationally, you need to have a .com domain name to compete
So what’s recommended?
As my articles are directed for newbies I would always recommend you to start up with something free and later move on to paid services once you get settled and gain some experience in this field.
Another option for newbies is to start with sub domains or else wordpress or even blogger would do fine. WordPress.com provides a free account but with basic facilities only. You cannot run java/html scripts and thus you cannot put your own ads e.g. adsense
Blogger is way better when it comes to freedom but the user interface is not as developed as wordpress. So getting something for free is so very difficult. If you want to earn a free domain, then there’s a ray of light : www.freedomainfactory.com . you have to fill up some surveys and u earn points which then can redeemed for a domain name. 50 points would do it. Its advantageous for us residents as they get more surveys to complete and earning them is not difficult. But I’m not sure whether it works as I could complete 50 points since I do not have much surveys available for my country. You can check it out HERE

How does your domain extension play a role in search engine rankings?
There are 3 elements which determine rankings
1. Content
2. Domain name
3. Ip address and server location

Content
Speaking of content, it is the single most big thing that can change the game. Using search engine optimization techniques such as tags, keywords, unique content can have a visible effect on your rankings
But let me tell you just working hard for the content is not enough. You need to consider other factors too, they are
Domain name
Your domain name : generic ones like .com, .net, .org are the top most
Then come the ccTLD’s like .co.uk, .in, .au, .us
Ip address and server location
If you want to target visitors from a particular country for e.g. India then u can use a .in domain name and also host your website in India. Obtain an Indian static ip address which will definitely boost your website’s ranking.

so decide which visitors you are targeting and chalk out an appropriate plan. remember everybody has different needs and you need to understand yours thoroughly before you make a decision

 

 

Feb 02

Installing wordpress CMS on your server

go to the end of this article if you have this error : http //error404.000webhost.com/ wordpress

So, you decided to go creating your website with wordpress. Here’s an example telling you how to install your wordpress CMS on 000webhost.com

Step1<>

First download wordpress version 3.3.1 from wordpress.org. Extract it and save it to your desktop

Step2<>

MySQL

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Go to 000webhost > members area > select your domain and click on go. Now the control panel opens up

Now search for Mysql there. Click on it and a new page opens up.

Now you have to create a data base here. Go to create new database

Eg

Enter a database name : a****_word

Enter a username : a****_word

Enter a password :

Retype the password

After you type these and click on create, a new page opens open saying database created and it will show you the details.

Step 3<>

Go to the folder on the desktop where you extracted wordpress.

Select the configsample.php file , right click and select edit it with notepad

Now scroll down and you’ll see something like these:

// ** MySQL settings – You can get this info from your web host ** //

/** The name of the database for WordPress */

define(‘DB_NAME’, ‘database_name_here’);

/** MySQL database username */

define(‘DB_USER’, ‘username_here’);

/** MySQL database password */

define(‘DB_PASSWORD’, ‘password_here’);

/** MySQL hostname */

define(‘DB_HOST’, ‘localhost’);

for the host name , enter the hostname provided by ooowebhost (not localhost)

save this file as config.php

Step 4<>

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Now, you’d need a FTP client , the free one is Filezilla.

Create a connection to your server by entering the FTP details

If you see default.php file delete it (very important)

Open public_html (root directory)

Now do not direct drag the folder containing wordpress here . open the folder to see its contents (wp-admin etc) select all items and then drag them into the root directory.

Step5<>

In your browser address bar type in the following address: http://yourdomain.com/wp-admin/install.php

If all the instructions were followed then you’ll see the wordpress setup page.

If not then u’ll get an error “error404.server……….”

Make sure you type the path correctly,

See that the config.php is edited properly

Make sure you have deleted default.php

WordPress

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Feb 02

Netgear DGN 1000 n – 150 vs D link DSL2730U wireless n 150 ADSL2+ router

So when it comes to buying a wifi modem, you often narrow down your search to Netgear or dlink . these are no doubt the big players but offer great hardware and inbuilt firewall, keeping you internet surfing more secure.

Design

DGN1000 has a sleeky and handy design and is extremely light, weighing just 265 g . It has 9 LED indicators in the front panel, for power status, the 4 LAN ports, DSL link, Internet connectivity, Wireless and WPS status. The DSL 2730 U has similar 9 LED’s but its glossy and has a more futuristic look.

However in DGN1000, the LED’s are placed much low down to be visible from above and there aren’t labeled unlike D link which looks more organized.

Connectivity

Both modems have 4 ports each, for connecting 4 LAN computers and an antenna at the rear. A noticeable feature of Dlink DSL 2730 is that it has ADSL2/2+ standard which is the latest in the market and more suited for bsnl broadband. The IEEE 802.11b/g delivers a wireless speed upto 150 mbps for Netgear while its only 54 mbps for DSL 2730. But let me tell you, this is not a criteria to defer DSL as internet speed is set up by your ISP.

Both work with 2.4Ghz frequency band .

Security

Both modems have inbuilt NAT(network Access Translation), Denial of service and Stateful Packet Inspection or SPI.

However, Netgear DGN 1000 has advanced security features such as WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK and WEP encryption which is a must need. The Push ‘n’ connect with wifi protected setup or WPS present in the DGN 1000 allows you to connect to all your devices with a push of a button. But talking of access to multiple devices, DSL 2730 provides multiple priority queues which allows a group of users to have a smooth network connection. Also DSL 2730 works well with the previous generation wireless G devices.

Pro’s

Netgear DGN 1000

Better online security features like live parental controls  and flexible and customizable filter settings.

It allows virtual private network VPN pass through which allows you to access data on networks which you have access

DSL 2730

The 802.11e Wireless Quality of Service (QoS) support allows you to enjoy high ADSL transmission for applications such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), streaming multimedia and online games over the Internet.

 

Recommend?

Regarding availability and performance, DSL 2730u does pretty good as it just marginally wins from Netgear. More popularity among buyers and retailers (a recent survey among local sellers) Check out the customer feed backs below!!

 

Well,  I’m not posting good reviews about this product as you will find these anywhere on the net, the bad one’s are tuff to find. Go through these and make up your mind

Personally, I’ve advised my friends to buy dlink, though some still bought Netgear. Those using Netgear have problems like connection drop outs, bad design, over heating. Dlink though works fairly better but is reported to be very slow. The new adsl2+ does not live up to its expectations as we expect more from dlink. However you should consider the cost to performance ratio too. For around 2000rs, Dlink is fairly sufficient for home use.

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Feb 01

A beginner’s guide to win the online battle

So you are new to this world of blogging and website building but unable to get the right kick start. Knowledge is power folks, and your first steps in this field are precious, so be with me as I guide you carefully through these steps

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Before you get started, it is extremely important that you decide what kind of site you are going to build. Are you building one for your online business store?

Or you want to spread your knowledge through a blog?

Or just giving your hobbies a new dimension!

Before you start, keep in mind the type of audience you are targeting i.e. general or specific groups, country or purpose.

Step 2<>

These are some basic points you need to know regarding the making and functioning of websites. You don’t have to be scared of the technical knowhow. Just go through these get armed with the fundamentals you should know.

  1. Domain Names

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    Domain name : A domain name is your address on the internet, more specifically your identity. This is how your website will be recognized and remembered. You’ll have to pay a fee to get your own domain name, though free domain names and sub-domain names are also available. Starting with a free one is always highly recommended for beginners. A few e.g. of free domain names are dot.tk (www.yourdomain.tk – isn’t it short and sweet?) co.nr, at.ua, 2ya.com etc. Chose the one which suits you the best. Read effect of domain name on search engine ranking

  2. Hosting it  : once you are done getting a domain name for yourself, you need to host it on a web server. Again, these services are paid, but you do have options to try out free hosting services. But these services offer limited disk space and features. Of the many free services I’ve tried, www.ooowebhost.com provides a great free plan with 1.5 GB of disk space which is obviously too good!!  They also provide features such as php,mysql,apache the importance of which I’ve described later.                                                                                                                                             Regarding paid services, bargainhost.co.uk provides a standard hosting services which are are definitely trustworthy. With features like free domain, anti virus, statistics analysis, in their budget plan along with 99.9 % uptime, its one the best less expensive hosting service you can opt for. Also they provide great web space which is pretty much sufficient to get the job done!! check out its website builder too. why need a builder? read on!!
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  3. Nameservers: after completing the above two steps, you need to log into your domain registrar account and specify your name server. Exact details of the nameserver will be provided by your hosting service provider.

The most prominent types of name servers in operation today are the name servers of the Domain Name System (DNS), one of the two principal name spaces of the Internet. The most important function of these DNS servers is the translation (resolution) of human-memorable domain names and hostnames into the corresponding numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, the second principal Internet name space which is used to identify and locate computer systems and resources on the Internet

Step 3<>

The next big task is setting up your website. For a beginner with no knowledge in html programming, visual site builders or online site builders are available which allow you create a site by just dragging and dropping items. Online website builders allow you to build your website online and you can set it up within minutes. The best among these are weebly, devhub, ucoz. Though I’ve used google sites, it doesn’t have much to offer. Ucoz can be extremely useful once you get started a bit as it has a lot to offer in its free plan.

Before signing up for an online website builder make sure that they allow a custom domain.

If you want to create blogs, blogger and wordpress are available. Blogger now with google is completely free whereas wordpress too has a free version but with limitations.

The alternative is using a content management system. Read more….

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As you try the online web builders mentioned above, you discover that the features offered by them aren’t satisfying. Thinking of getting it done everything on your own? Here’s how you can do it…

CMS or content management system is a software system that provides website authoring, collaboration, and administration tools designed to allow users with little knowledge of web programming languages or markup languages to create and manage website content with relative ease.

The best free one’s available are wordpress and joomla. Other ones are drupal, b2evolution etc. working with wordpress is extremely easy and you may find a huge no of extensions and themes which enhance your website.

To install wordpress on your 000webhostserver, click here.

Step5<>

Logotype of FileZilla, the free FTP solution

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After setting up your name servers, it is advisable to download a FTP client ( file transfer protocol) The free one is FileZilla and is sufficient for you

The Ftp login details are provided by your hosting service provider.

This FTP client can be used to transfer files from your pc to the web server

Now with the system ready and powered up, go ahead build your dreamsite.

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