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Hacked!!

The server I am currently was hacked on Sunday morning and was defaced. Fortunately, he/she didn’t take out the rest of my site for which I do not have a backup copy here with me at the moment. He/she attacked all my index files, defacing them.

Though my webhoster swiftly restored the cPanel from their backup, I couldn’t get my wordpress to work eventhough I have replaced the index.php at the main page as advised. I finally got to the problem, the main index was linked to another index file in my template folder,which I did not replace. After removing the culprit in the template,I finally got my blog to work. However,it was done at the expense of the template for which I have adapted from another default template.It took me pretty long to work the things out then. Hopefully,I still remember some of the things learned then. I do not have a backup copy of my adapted template. Thus,all in all,I lost my template.

I guess I will try to make a new one after exam. Till then, I will stick with the wordpress default. It isn’t too bad,anyway.

Adios.

M2/03 Cheerleading

I finally found a way to host the whole video in my server with respectable quality. Realplayer required.

Well, YouTube put an upper limit of either 100 MB or 10 minutes worth of video files so I finally found a way to stream video from my server.

Just click play and pause and let it buffer for 5 minutes to ensure smooth playing.

Update:

Finally got around on how to stream a RealVideo in a blog post. Able to work with wordpress and blogspot so far.

The working code I have used:

<EMBED src=”http://yourwebsite/yourvideo.rm” width=”400″ height=”400″ loop=”false” type=’audio/x-pn-realaudio-plugin’ controls=’imagewindow,all’ console=’video’ autostart=”false”>

Video after the jump

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Headache

Nasioncom had decided to change the modem or perhaps the system. I was provided with Aztech DSL600EU (ADSL2 modem-router) to replace the previous Gigalink modem. I have been using a D-link 704P with the Gigalink modem to share the connection among 3 PCs. No problem last time.

Now,for some reasons unknown to me, the internet connection keeps dropping after roughly an hour. Everytime,I have to reset the modem. As the modem is not a pure modem, it is a modem-router. I have tried a few configuration since I got the modem

First is the default configuration where the Nasioncom people set the PPP connection at the modem itself and provide a static address for the router. Problems? MSN unable to connect, internet connection still drops out.

Second is using the Aztech DSL600EU on a bridge mode.PPP connection was set at the Dlink router. To get my MSN to connect, I disabled the DHCP in the Dlink router and enabled DHCP in the Aztech DSL600EU. MSN messenger can connect but internet connection still drop after roughly an hour.

Finally and current setting, set the PPP connection at the Aztech modem and enabled its DHCP. Use the router with DHCP disabled as switch by connecting the modem into one of its LAN ports.MSN can connect but connection still drops.

Conclusion?Nasioncom is the problem.

Logitech X-530 Afterthoughts

Logitech X-530

My new toy! Logitech 5.1 X-530.Woohoo~~~

No,I know that my laptop cannot support a 5.1 system.In fact,I don’t think there is any laptop out there that is able to support a 5.1 system.And then why the hell I get a 5.1 for?Ah well,it was a long story.

I did a fair bit of research and finally thought I should get myself a 2.1 system,the first on my list was a Logitech X-230 which would cost me AUD59(RRP:AUD 89),which I thought was quite a good deal.When I first looked for a new speakers system,I chanced upon the Logitech 5.1 X-530 going for AUD89(RRP:a whopping AUD149!) actually,a 5.1 system for a decent price.I wanted to buy it then but the shop ran out of stocks.Thus,I went back and thought hard on which to buy.I was rather torn between the 2 actually,didn’t know which to choose.An AUD30 increase would get me a 5.1 system is rather tempting.However,after knowing that my laptop couldn’t support a 5.1 system(I didn’t know that at first),I decided to get the 2.1 X-230.You see,a 5.1 system has three audio input cables so as to give a feeling of surround system.2 for the front,and 1 for the back,all independent of each other.No,not even those powerful desktop of yours can support it if you don’t have a good soundcard that supports a 5.1 system.And thus,I went back to the shop the next day,with X-230 in my mind.I went there the day before and they have stocks of X-230 but not of X-530.

Guess what?When I got there,a new batch of X-530s just came in and they ran out of X-230.Life is really full of surprises.After much thought,i.e. a minute or two,I decided to get the 5.1 X-530.I thought it was really a good deal anyway.Maybe next time,I would have a PC setup that are able to support a 5.1,I thought then.That’s all the story.

Since my laptop could only support stereo at best i.e. a 2.1 system,I hooked up the X-530 like a 2.1 system. I kept the 2 rear speakers in the box after I found out that they didn’t produce any sound unless I connect the rear cable of the 3 cables.Since my laptop comes with 2 audio output,I connect the 2 cables that power the front speakers.Thus,my setup is like a 3.1 system.Weird……but it works.
So far so good,I am not exactly an audiophile myself.But the sound is definitely A LOT nicer compared to my laptop speakers.I did have a Sony headphone with me but a stereo with a woofer definitely sounds nicer.The design of the speakers are pretty sleek as well,shiny black body.The subwoofer is pretty powerful too that I have to turn it on only slightly up as not to wake my housemates up at night.Can’t wait to organise a booze party with all the girls lay my hand on a PC setup that supports 5.1.That would have to wait a while I guess…..
Till next update,adios.

Speakers? Logitech X-530?

Logitech X-530

Technical Specifications

  • Total RMS power: 70 watts RMS
    • Satellites: 45 watts RMS (2 x 7.4 watts front, 15.5 watts center, 2 x 7.4 watts rear)
    • Subwoofer: 25 watts RMS
  • Total peak power: 140 watts
  • Frequency response: 40Hz – 20kHz
  • Drivers:
    • Satellites: (2) 2″ drivers per satellite
    • Subwoofer: 5.25″ ported driver
  • Speaker dimensions (H x W x D):
    • Satellites: 8″ x 2.5″ x 3″
    • Subwoofer: 9″ x 6″ x 9.25″
  • Signal-to-noise ratio: >96dB

Hmm….I am contemplating to get this to put in my room to plug into my laptop, Logitech 5.1 X-530 priced currently at 90AUD. However, the woofer seems to be a bit underpowered.Have to go and have a look myself first.Before that,I have to submit a proposal to the Menteri Kewangan first to see how things go. Any audiophiles here care to recommend me something either a 2.1 or 5.1 under AUD100?I am not much of an audiophiles myself.I am not exactly muscically inclined I must admit.

My requirements?Under AUD100, a powerful woofer and good value for money of course.

Thanks.

*29/9/2006 update: plan dropped,5.1 needs a 3 channel sound card output while my laptop has only 1 channel output.Aiks…..*