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The Best Webhost for Your Blog

Ever since March 8th 2008, Malaysians realised the power of the Internet and more specifically the power of blogging which essentially is a tool to allow an individual to throw their thoughts and arguments into the wilderness in a bid to reach the public and maybe at the same time, to obtain feedback or counter-arguments.

Blogs have proliferated on the Internet so much so that Malaysian politicians have embarked to spread their news through their personal blogs.  Even the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohd has his own very successful blog (www.chedet.com); hitting 1 million hits in the first month it started online.  That speaks volume about the power of blogging.

If you have your own blog (not using free blogging platforms like blogspot or wordpress) and you intend to be as successful as the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, you have got to get a serious webhost who has the best package and the best uptime.  That’s the easy part; simply look for the best website hosting review for these site(s) have already done all the homework for you.  All you have got to do is choose a webhost.

The difficult part — write contents that continue to amaze your visitors so that they come back to your blog again and again until it becomes a habit for them to check out your blog everytime they come online.  If you are able to do that, you will soon find your blog is ripe for making some money (that’s another blog post for another day).

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Free Online Collaboration Tools

In my course of discharging my duties, I find myself working with more and more clients on a global scale.  With business flourishing (more work for me), I find that I being to lose touch on the details.  This is something that I am unable to escape as I have many clients and many ongoing projects with many more in the pipeline.  Looks like work is cut out for me for the next 2 years.

I suddenly realized that I need tools to help me in my work to increase my efficiency and productivity.  I needed tools to help me collaborate on documents with a multitude of customers and fellow project members.  I need something online and yet free. ;) I found 3 tools that I could use.

First is of course Google Docs.  Totally online and easily shared among netizens.  However, I’m quite limited to word processor, spreadsheet and presentation.  You will need to work entirely online on the documents.  If you do not have a stable Internet connection, don’t bother. You will need a Google account for this.  It’s free.

Second is Microsoft Office Live Workspace.  I am able to create folders and share specific documents or the entire folders.  All that is required is a Windows Live account. I found that I was able to upload other types of documents into individual folders or workspaces.  There is a Microsoft Office plugin so that you can work directly on your local machine and yet update/create documents on Office Live Workspace. It’s free.

Third solution that I found was Zoho.  It has a multitude of applications including project, CRM, word processing, spreadsheet and the works.  Loads and loads of tools.  However, the free version has it’s limitations in terms of users and storage.  You will need a Zoho account.

In the end, I chose Office Live Workspace as I normally work with Microsoft products and the same for many of my clients.  I love the fact that I’m able to work offline and yet update online on an on-demand basis.  If you are in my shoes, try any of these tools.

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Winzip Self Extractor Error – The Requested Operation Requires Elevation

Yes, I do agree with you.  The error message does not make any sense.

There I was, having downloaded 1.3GB of CNC Demo, all ready to install on my Windows Vista when WinZip suddenly pops up an error message “the requested operation requires elevation”.  I clicked OK and nothing happened.  I tried reinstalling 3 times and the same thing happens.

Instead of double clicking the installation file, I right-clicked on the file and chose “Run as administrator”.  Woohoo… it worked. :)

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