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My hosting : To stay or to migrate

I’ve been taking some time to take a decision on this. Should I migrate or not? With the current economic situation, it’s not really good to migrate but since I have a lot of problem to deal, on the second thought maybe I should migrate. Migration will take some money out of your pocket and I wonder if I have all money to cover the cost. No, I’m not talking about migrating to other places for work, I’m talking about migrating my web hosting of course!

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It’s nearly a year now since I bought this domain along with the hosting package. The time to renew the webhosting fees will come soon and I need to make a decision whether I want to stay with the current hosting or move to another hosting. I’m puzzled at the moment, seriously. I don’t want to take all the trouble to move my files to another hosting and update the DNS and stuff, but I think if I want to move forward, it’s better to migrate my files to another webhosting. I don’t really mind with an hour downtime each month but I can’t afford a few hours or days of downtime. Although I’m not running any critical web application on the hosting but still more downtime means less visitors. Less visitors can lead to more reasons to migrate. Hmmmm….

A serious online marketeer can get a VPS webhosting but it’s quite expensive plus I’m not an online marketeer. At the moment, I’m just a serious blogger. I guess I need to make a list of web hosting rating sites and get some feedback from other bloggers on the best webhosting out there. What do you think guys? Do you have any difficulties to reach my blog sometimes? If you think I should migrate to another hosting, just let me know. I need to renew my hosting soon so it’s better to migrate soon than to pay double for 2 hostings in the future!

Do you have P1 Wimax?

I don’t know how many of you out there who already has P1 Wimax at their homes. I just subscribed P1 Wimax last week and I’m going to write a short review on my experience so far. If you guys never heard of P1 Wimax, Packet One is the first company to offer Wimax in Malaysia. Wimax is a technology based on wireless but implemented for a larger area like a town or larger area. This gives a wireless internet connectivity and portable wireless access at a larger scale. Enough of the introduction, let’s go into my experience with P1 Wimax so far.

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Setting up the connection.

Connecting to P1 Wimax access point is very simple. Get the router unit out of the box, power it up and connect the cable to the LAN port of your computer. Make sure it’s set to DHCP and it will get an IP address from the P1 Wimax router. No need to set up any password as it will connect to the nearest access point automatically.

If you have trouble in getting the signal from an access point, locate the nearest access point from P1 Wimax website and make sure you face the router to the location. Usually people tend to put the unit near their windows but it doesn’t really make a difference unless it’s facing the access point. This is from my experience, feel free to let me know if there’s any other method that you find useful.

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Getting your own Cisco devices

I’m a Cisco Certified Network Professional or CCNP in short. Many people doesn’t know what CCNP is unless they’re in networking stuff too. Although I’m a CCNP holder, currently I’m managing Checkpoint firewalls for my company and for that, I have to take Checkpoint Certified Security Advisor or CCSA and I’m looking to further my certification in Checkpoint by taking Checkpoint Certified Security Expert or CCSE sometime this year, hopefully. At the mean time, my CCNP certification will expire in this coming November so I have to resit for an exam for that too. That’s too much too handle I guess.

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When you’re switching from a router/switch guy to a firewall guy, there’s a lot of things changing in your life. Before this, I learned a lot about routes, ip addressing, Cisco router and switch commands, but now I’m more exposed to Checkpoint System commands, Unix and Nokia devices commands and other security stuff. When you’re too attached with something like me at the moment, you will tend to forget what you have learned in the past. This is what happened to me. I need to get my knowledge in Cisco Systems polished again before I sit for the recertification exam.

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What is Windows Prefetch File?

Have you ever heard of Windows Prefetch File? Windows Prefetch Files are used to optimize application loading and Windows boot up. In Windows XP, the main component is called Prefetcher and in Windows Vista, there are 2 major components that are working together to increase the prefetch ability which is Ready Boots and Super Fetch.

Prefetch files are used to monitor and adapt the usage pattern of files and applications over period of time and to load the majority of the files and data needed into memory so that they can be accessed directly and very quickly when needed instead of searching them from the hard disk making it slower due to seek and spin time of the hard disk.

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The picture above should show you the location of the prefetch file. There’s also a rumor that if you delete the files in the prefetch folder, it will make your computer loads faster. Well, eventually this is against the principle of prefetch file in the first place. Deleting the files in the prefetch folder will make your computer takes a longer time to boot.

Prefetch files can be identified as files with extension *.pf or File Extension OPF. Remember, these type of files are meant to increase the speed of application loading and deleting the files will make your program to load longer.

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