Category Archives: Internet

DreamHost Invitations! 4x the Disk/Bandwidth

Of course, you don’t NEED an official invitation to sign up, but here are 4 invitation codes:

577810808160
968613422275
395056570420
930134361276

By using these codes your will get all these super special advantages not available any
other way:

  • You will get four (4) times the normal disk and bandwidth!
    • Up our plan features to 2TB disk and 20TB bandwidth!
  • If you choose our five-year plan, they’ll get $150 off!
  • If you choose our ten-year plan, they’ll get $200 off!
  • Are way better than regular promo codes.. but are in very limited supply!

If you use these codes you agree to not be active in fraud/spamming/illegal activities.  If you are I loose these nice invite codes. Please post the code you use too so other people do not use it. Thanks.

Use the 12-digit code in the “Promo
Code” field when you sign up at:

https://signup.dreamhost.com/

Have fun! I got 5 but I am going to use one… ;) If these are gone you can search for my other promo codes by using the search box.

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Legal (and Free) Music Library

With todays musictechnologies no one has to go without music.  MP3 players are very cheap now and CD players are practically given away – you could find anyone of the devices for around $20 or less. Getting a music player is not at all difficult.  Getting legal music doesn’t have to be either.  Their are many alternatives to peoples favorite illegal methods (limewire, thepiratebay, mininova, etc;).  Some cost money and other are free; all of them support the arts.

One of the most popular methods of downloading digital music is iTunes. iTunes offers over two million tracks and counting for only 99 cents. Some of their tracks are also DRM-free.  They also offer a multitude of other media solutions (video, podcasts, etc;).  I however strongly encourage you NOT to use iTunes. There are much better alternatives in the market and the artists only get roughly 15-25% – I have heard that the average is 7 cents per track.  Also you do not own the song, you basically just ‘lease’ it.

amazonmp3 is a popular alternative to iTunes. They have about the same number of tracks but they are cheaper! Only 89 cents fper song. They have a multitude of album prices.  I saw one album for only $1.99. The best thing about amazonmp3 is that ALL of their songs are DRM-free and compatible with iTunes. Sadly, I could not find out how much the artists gets per track (enlighten me if you find out). If you like big labels and live in the USA use amazonmp3.

Magnatune is an independent music retailer. You can download of license the music. There is no DRM and everything is CD-quality with a bunch of formats to choose from.  They also let you share the music after you buy it for as low as $5. On top of that the artists gets 50% of all sales. The only downside I saw, which I am not sure if it was magnatune’s fault of the artists, was that the album I purchased notesSurfacing by Roots of Rebellion (rr44). Please comment if you download so I can take the link down after three.

Jamendo is the perfect place for artists.  Jamendo supports six different languages so they attract people from all over the world.  They have over 5,500 artists who all use Creative Commons licences. All of their songs are DRM-free and cost nothing. If you do choose to donate the artists makes nearly 100%. Jamendo takes about 80 cents per donation of five dollars or more for bank fees and service charges. They also give 50% of its advertising revenues to the Artists who opted for the Program ‘Revenue Sharing’.

You can have a music collection of legal music that doesn’t cost you a penny. However, if you like a band, please donate to support their music.

Stop Supporting IE6? Reddit Has!

IE6 has been in a downward spiral since FF. With the release of IE7 and the development of IE8, not to mention the open source movement, people start to question why they are using old software. Reddit.com recently released a beautiful new redisign and they have chosen to not support IE6. It still looks fine in IE6 but it does not look ‘perfect’. Is this the beggining to an end of IE6? A step in the right direction? A mistake? You decide 2008!

KeePass – The Password Manager

KeePass is a free, open-source, light-weight and easy-to-use password manager. I use this application all the time; It helps me make stronger passwords. If you can’t make your own hard-to-remember-but-very-secure-passoword, then KeyPass has an auto-generate feature which is very customizable, fast and easy to use. It is also very easy to manage your multitude of passwords – with sub-folders, groups, and handy-sorting. To top all of this off KeyPass can be used in Windows, Linux and Mac! The Linux and Mac version is called KeePassX because it is an unofficial port; you can find KeePassX in Add/Remove in Ubuntu. Don’t worry about people viewing your passwords because the database is always encrypted either with AES (alias Rijndael) or Twofish encryption algorithm using a 256 bit key. You can also hide almost all the KeyPass information under asterisks.

KeePass is a must use for computer users who use several passwords for several websites or utilities that want to be secure.

The Age of Technology is Now

The future is now. There is no excuse for every family not to have a computer with internet access. Children in third-world-countries can enjoy technology if you donate $100 to One Laptop per Child (OLPC). There are other options too. There is the nimbus cloud computer that is almost 100% free – all you have to do is pay $9.99 for shipping. However you can only buy the nimbus in the States and you may have to put up with advertisements. Others may be more interested in the Eee PC by Asus for as little as $300. Most restaurants now have free WiFi so users now have the internet at their fingertips. Home users are also opening up their routers to share the goodness with networks like FON.

How is it possible to have all this technology available and offer it for so little money? Linux. You will never see a Windows or Mac computer being sold for next to nothing. Thank you Linux for providing the world with internet.

Connecting to the Internet on Gutsy

This little guide will tell you how to enable the firmware for Broadcom 43xx chipsets when you get the following error message in Ubuntu Gutsy 7.10.

The software source for the package bcm43xx-fwcutter is not enabled.

In order to do this you will need to have a computer with internet. If you don’t have a computer with internet go to your local library and put the files on a flash drive. If you are lucky enough to plug your computer in via wire do that.

All you have to do is download bcm43xx-fwcutter. It is a deb package so it is a graphical install. Install it. Restart computer.

Download bcm43xx(wl_apsta).

Next go to restricted drivers (System -> Administation – > Restricted Drivers Manager) and click enable. A diolage box should pop up telling you to specify a location of firmware. Point to bcm43xx(wl_apsta). Restart.

And there you have it! No command line necessary. Wasn’t that easy?

Block/Redirect IE6 users

This script may not be for everyone but it is pretty cool.

<?php

$ua = $_SERVER['HTTP_USER_AGENT'];

if (strpos($ua,'MSIE') != false && strpos($ua,'Opera') === false)
{
if (
strpos($ua,'Windows NT 5.2') != false)
{
if(
strpos($ua,'.NET CLR') === false) return;
}
if (
substr($ua,strpos($ua,'MSIE')+5,1) < 7)
{
header('Location: http://redirect.com');
}
}

?> 

That little snippet of PHP coding will redirect all IE6 users to a different page. This is perfect for designers who want the follow the trend of Open Addict and block all IE users from viewing their website. You can find out more about this code here. Also do not forget the opening and closing tags.