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Hilariously Funny or Creepy

3 rather interesting computer related how to

Your mouse suddenly got offline by itself and you only got half an hour before the presentation yet the PPT still needs a few adjustments. Thank God you know how to use computer without a mouse.

A retiring computer is hardly environment-neutral, you need to dispose them properly as various parts of it contain toxic chemicals. Basically, you have 4 ways to recycle a computer.

This is the fun part. An essential part of being a good hacker, many may not know, is to be able to guess passwords. People are too easy to use catchy texts or numbers for their passwords, if you know them well enough, chances are you may have guessed it right after a few tries.

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Programming Tips & Insights

What is a programming framework?

Programmers write programs for users so certain processes in the workflow can be automated for efficiency and correctness.

As such, to improve the programming efficiency of similar projects for addressing a common set of related problems, such as the need for content management system in web authoring, some programmers write programming frameworks to integrate the bare bone workflow of a system that acts like a prototype. It is then on the prototype that more details are added and project-specific needs are satisfied.

While you can create a php website from scratch, spinning out code line by line, you may also consider using one of the frameworks such as cakephp and zend framework to accelerate your development if you are familiar with one of them.

However, it’s not all goodness coming out of enjoying such an established foundation. First of all, you have to learn them and some modern frameworks such as Zend Framework are well established that it’s just not easy to master it. While you may spend time learning other people’s framework, you can easily create your own, especially if you have done enough coding and prototyping and have always wanted to be faster in production by reducing repeating stuff, which is the essence of programming frameworks.

Every seasoned programmer has his own library of frameworks, one way or another. If you speak PHP, you may want to read this php framework comparison article by chad.

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Domains Internet Tools

VeriSign Data Analyzer – The Most Authoritative Type-in Traffic Analysis Tool for Unregistered Domains / Misspelled Domains

VeriSign, the central registry for COM domains, recently released a new tool called Data Analyzer. Data Analyzer allows you to check the amount of traffic a domain name gets, even if the domain does not exist.

So just the kind of traffic analysis tool that examines the type-in traffic of unregistered domains (.COM). Well, not just type-in. Imagine a domain that has some history but recently got abandoned, wouldn’t it be great to know that? To sum up, you can use this tool to:

  1. Grab valuable unregistered .com domains with decent type-in traffic.
  2. Know mistyped versions of your current domains, those your visitors tried but failed to get to your site.
  3. Hunt for abandoned or dropped domains that have a history and traffic.

The tool has just now been released to domain registrar Dynadot at this address. If you are not already a Dynadot customer, sign up for an account.

Where does the data come from?

Verisign, being the central registry for COM domains, also runs the root name server for COM domains. Each time you type in a domain name in your browser, Verisign’s root name server will receive a query for that domain name. Verisign stores all queries, including those for domains that do not exist, in their massive Data Analyzer database.

How do I use the Data Analyzer?

You can find the Data Analyzer by logging into your Dynadot account and clicking on the “Search” tab and then “Data Analyzer Tool” sub menu.

On this page you can submit a list of domain names that you want to check the traffic for. They will send your domains to Verisign, and the next day you can sign back into your account and check the results. Each domain name will receive a score between 0 and 10. 0 means no traffic, and 10 means lots of traffic.

How can the Data Analyzer help me?

Say for example you own the domain name “acmewidgets.com“. You want to check to see if your customers are mistyping your domain name, and thus not getting to your website. You can submit a list of domains to the Data Analyzer such as:

axmewidgets.com
acmwidgets.com
acmewigets.com

If any of these domains return a high score, then you can register the domain name, and forward the traffic to your correct domain name.

How many domains can I upload?

You can upload as many domains as you want. In fact some customers have already uploaded millions of domains to be analyzed by the Data Analyzer. However, if you upload lots of domains, it may take many days to finish analyzing your domains. Verisign limits the number of domains Dynadot can submit to them each day.