Goodbye Opera


I’ve been an Opera browser user for far more than I can remember (I’ve used it on a dial-up line if you want to get an idea), Opera was one of the first applications that I download when I get a new computer, it was one software that is never closed on my home PC, it was the safe for my digital life, but today and thanks to the new version 15 I’m ready to say #goodbye-Opera

So why did I stick with Opera for so long?

It’s not like opera was the best browser, it has its flaws, mostly compatibility issues, slow scrolling, slow startup, memory eating. But still I loved it, first of all because of the password manager (the wand),  which can get you enslaved to it if you use if for long enough, many times I read a website that I have no idea of ever being on before, and clicking ctrl-enter would simply get me in! sometimes I wondered if the passwords were carried from a previous life of mine. The Opera Link system which was added recently made the password manager just unbeatable.

The second thing is that Opera is not a very popular browser, it is not IE, FireFox or Chrome. most of the black hat techniques of passing scripts and pop-ups would just fail to get to you, just becasue these people didn’t bother with working on the Opera compatibility of their techniques. Also the page element blocking feature was a great addition, you can simply hide the annoying ads on the pages you visit frequently.

And last but not least I loved Dragonfly, the Opera developer troubleshooting utility, for me it “was” much better than Firefox’s or Chrome’s one, I think many devs would agree.

What was so wrong about Opera 15?

Where to start! The password manager is gone!! they have changed to a new Firefox like “save password” feature which will only save one password per page, and it can’t be synched with Opera Link, I know that this is most likely to be fixed in future version but to hell with it, no version of Opera should have been released without it.

Also where is CTRL-ENTER ???????? I was shocked to see that it is not working on the default configuration, every browser that I have ever used had it, why would you take it away? do I have to feel awkward every time I want to open a website??

Somebody also must have stepped on the DragonFly! Also the Developer tool have changed for worse, it is not just an unpleasant version of Firefox’s Firefly. what ruined it for me was the removal of the” click to select” in the element debugger. which is what I loved most about it

Last but not least, bugs, bugs, bugs, I guess nobody tested Opera under a bad internet connection, for example when you try to type a link, most of the time it would just open a blank page deleting everything you wrote.  I don’t want to talk about Youtube cause that will be just sad.

 

I know that most of these issue may be solved in future version, but I’m taking this opportunity to recover from My Opera addiction and move to a solid browser that I can rely  on. I chose Google Chrome, What’s your daily used browser?

Goodbye-Opera

Bitcoins, the currency of the future

Bitcoins; a term that has started to sound more and more familiar around forums, IRC, and the rest of the internet’s underworld, is a new digital currency that doesn’t depend on any central bank or organization, instead it depends on a P2P (peer to peer) network built between its users. Unlike any real currency, or other online payment form, it does not get its value from reserves of gold or other forms of money, so why should anyone invest in bitcoins?

 

An accountant would highly advise you to stay away from bitcoins, they’re not real, they don’t have a fixed value, and are not really safe. While an anti-corporate geek will tell you that it is the currency of the future, and that it doesn’t depend of the economical, or political status of any country.

Our regular money gets its value from real gold stored at banks, but why does gold have any value? you can’t eat it, use it to build weapons, houses or cloths, it’s not even that beautiful! it is just valuable because it’s limited, and because society said so, thats where real money meets bitcoins.

While gold is found at mines, bitcoin transaction depend on blocks of data that are found using a complex process requiring huge processing power, this process is conveniently called “bitcoin mining”, the miner is rewarded an amount of bitcoins that is paid from bitcoin transaction fees.

Now lets talk about bitcoin mining, you need to dedicate your computer’s processing power to the calculation of hashes, you can work solo or as a part of a group called a pool, if you work solo, you’ll need to find your blocks alone, which is much more rewarding but almost impossible with regular computers now a days, as the process of finding new blocks gets harder every day. Working in a pool means that you just handle a portion of the work, the reward is then destribution among miners according to their contributions to the calculations.

While you can mine with your CPU, GPU mining is much faster and much more rewarding. My Core i7 2.67 ghz can do a humble 14 mega hash per second, while my ATI radeon 4890 OC is able to get around 120 mega hashes at stock frequencies. Usually ATI (AMD) GPUs are the best for mining due to their architecture nature, nVidia preformance is rather scarce  .

The mining process on a GPU is very heavy and the temperature of the GPU and PSU will sky rocket in just a few seconds. Sove people are investing in mining by building mining dedicated machines using many GPUs on crossfire, reaching up to 3G hash/s, an investment that is looking more and more futile as the income of the investment is constantly decreaing due to the increase in the number of miners and the increasing complexity of the mining process. After a couple of hours of abusing my GPU at 75 C degrees and its fan running at 75% speed (LOUD) I only made 0.02 BTC which is 0.14 dollars at todays rates, so mining doesn’t look to be worth your time or electricity anymore.

So bottom line is, don’t go rushing into bitcoins, take a long time to read and understand everything there’s to it before doing anything, investing in mining hardware is generally a bad idea after 2011. let us know what you think.

 

R.I.P Megaupload. it was a good run.

If you are wondering what the internet would look like if SOPA / PIPA where to pass, then take a look at this pretty screenshot taken today from the homepage of megaupload.com a 1 click file hosting website. One may argue that Megaupload.com was loaded with copyrighted material: movies, games, software, that are all available for download for free illegally, at the same time, Megaupload was making tons of money selling premium accounts and displaying ads to millions of daily viewers. But the thing is: why megaupload? how is it any different from rapidshare, filefactory, and hundreds of similar websites? Megaupload, like every other website took down any file after receiving a claim from a copyright owner, and that’s how all file hosting solutions survive. Was Megaupload just the first of many to come? will we still have any free file hosting service after all of this is over?

At least Megaupload got it good, they went to court, they got a lawyer, and they had their chance. But what of the rest? what will happen after SOPA (stop online piracy act) is in effect? man we should really get used to the sight of this FBI notice.

The elite hackers group Anonymous retaliated to the shutdown of megaupload by attacking the Depatement of justice, the FBI and some other copyright websites.

Many megaupload users are  furious for the loss of their legal contents and their subscriptions money,while users of other started packing their belonging stored with other  less than fully legal file hosting services.

This is just pre-taste of the bitter days to come,  where no information is safe, where websites get imploded into oblivion with the snap of a corporate finger. Rest in peace Megaupload, it was a good run.

OPENSKY Connection Manager on Windows 7

Are you unable to connect to your Opensky satellite internet account on windows 7? the same thing happened to me, even though I was using the “Windows 7” version of the application.

Anyway, I found a way around to make it work.

1. insure that your satellite card is running, set on the right transponder, and the right PIDs are on.

2. Download and install the OPENSKY Connection Manager, enter all settings correctly and choose direct access. this is supposed to be it, but you will be unable to connect yet.

3. click the network icon near the clock on the task-bar of windows 7, then right click, properties, the OPENSKY direct access.

4. on the security tab select “Layer 2 tunneling protocol”

5.save everything, then try to connect, it should work!!

If you get connected but for some reason unable to browse, then the problem can be one of the following:

1.your satellite card tuner is off, not on the right transponder,  not on the right pids, or does not have a signal at all.

2. For some Magic reason, sometimes on windows 7, your cards MAC address will read as zeros, if that is your case, you must manually set your subscription MAC address  through the device manager, ask me if you need help doing that .

Hope this works for you. but always remember, satellite internet IS NOT SAFE, read about that here

The Cheapest unlimited webhosting on the internet

I found this new host that made feel ripped off  $5.9 a month with my current host.

They have unlimited bandwidth to unlimited space for unlimited domains. I already have all of that but price here is only 1.99 $/month

It’s true that it is  relatively new, I know for sure that it has been out there for a year or more and it is still trying to find a place between the “monsters”.

I know a couple of websites hosted there and they are doing pretty fine.

This hosting service’s name is http://www.webhostingpad.com

I don’t know about you but I think that I found my next web host. It is rare to actually find a good service that is still selling way too cheap just for promotion. Really; don’t let it go.

In case you are wondering, yes the likes here are affiliate links and you will be helping out a little if you go there and subscribe, but at the same time, I’m note selling you crap! go there and see for your self

503 Valid RCPT command must precede DATA FIX

Your message did not reach some or all of the intended recipients.

Subject: Insert files as printouts
Sent: 1/1/2009 12:12 PM

The following recipient(s) cannot be reached:

dest@host.com’ on 1/1/2009 12:12 PM
503 Valid RCPT command must precede DATA

Generally, when you get this error when sending a message from microsoft outlook, it is because you did not enable authentication for outgoing emails.

To fix this error open the outlook “tools menu” and select “account settings” , from there select “Change” while selecting the account you want to use from the list. Now click the “More settings” button and select “outgoing server”, click “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication” and keep “Use same settings as for my incoming mail server”

Press Ok , next , finish, close, die

try it now, it should be working.