WordPress 2.6.2 Upgrade

Just to let you guys know that the upgrade went smoothly thanks to this very plug-in , that made it possible. All i’ve to do is answer a few questions and it does upgrade for me without worrying about anything WordPress Automatic Upgrade . You should give it a shot. Anyhow I am going to review on this plug-in very soon and even a post a step-by- step tutorial on how to use it.
For those of you who are geeky and would like to read the changelog (aka the upgrades) , you may want to click here (WordPress 2.6.2 Release)

I laughed

Today is the day that i nearly fainted – aka Doomsday. I thought its going to be real but oh well its just another hype on the Internet. For those who don’t know , there are some rumours that were circulating that the world will end if the experiment went wrong  – it would create a black hole and suck the whole World. I bet we will be the next laughing stock for Aliens. anyway those who you who said that its going to fail and we are going to die – I am still going to laugh at you , especially at the lulz post over the forums 

Humans conquering Mars - Err - Is this even possible ?
Humans conquering Mars - Err - Is this even possible ?

Aliens : LOL WUT ?! FAILED  – PWNT !!!!1111111
The God Particle aka Higgs Boson - The matter that makes up mass !
The God Particle aka Higgs Boson - The matter that makes up mass !

Anyhow , glad that the experiment went safe (phew – Thank God). Anyhow , read the article on what I’m talking on , by clicking here. I get it , its hard to understand but pretend that you love physics and you enjoy reading. I should blog more on stuff that matters now ! – Be happy that we are still alive and kickin’

Downloading Music Legally and For Free !

Ever have you wondered if there is a way to download music legally through the Internet. I’m sure you have tried lots of ways , and you haven’t stumbled across anything. Surely , you may use other means such as acquiring it through peer-2-peer services such as Bit Torrent. But what most of us do not think is that we are harming the record industry and our artists as well. So do think twice before stealing music. There are other ways of accquiring music legally and free. Read on more on how its done.I promise its free and no this is not an advertorial or other “Click Me to complete offer and get things for free”. You wouldn’t even need a Credit Card nor some friends to refer. All it takes is you , your PC (Windows XP/Vista) and Windows Media Player 11
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September 16th Should be a Public Holiday

Our country (Malaysia) has just celebrated its 51st Independence on 31st August 2008. Now what concerns me is that , the actual date when Federation of Malaysia was formed was on 16th September 1963. What concerns me that on that very day its not a public holiday for us Malaysians.

Malaysia Day celebration in 1963. (Majulah Malaysia means Onwards Malaysia) - Source Wikipedia
Malaysia Day celebration in 1963. (Majulah Malaysia means "Onwards Malaysia") - Source Wikipedia

For Sabahans , its a public holiday because it is the birthday of Sabah’s Head of State. Great ! – Not to honour our country. For those who are in residing in West Malaysia , you may not feel the pinch but how about those who are from Sabah and Sarawak , they would feel it. Its like they aren’t being respected and the very day when Malaya was known as Malaysia is not a public holiday. This is the very day , when our First Prime Minister – Tunku’s Abdul Rahman’s dream turned into a reality. He actually wanted to form Malaysia to free Singapore  ,Sabah and Sarawak from British colonisation. 
Not to mention these days politicians are just opening their mouth and saying we aren’t patriotic enough and not showing our support to the nation. Now , how could you set an example to us , as a politician you must lead and show us you truly care for the nation. At least , I hope that our politicians would declare as a state holiday for Sabah and Sarawak at least. I hope that my cries and the cries of Sabah and Sarawakians are heard as well. Please , do it for the sake of our Nation and remember this year’s National Day Theme is all on Unity , “Unity Is The Core of Success” – Its a nice slogan and together we must stand as one nation (Also the Federal Government must acknowledge Sabah and Sarawak’s contributuion to our country. Yes – a lot , right from crude oil to our national landforest that lures tourists from all over the world) 
The Unity Band - It symbolises that malaysians should be united as one race
The Unity Band - It symbolises that malaysians should be united as one race

I hope they do declare it as a state holiday for Sabah and Sarawakians. Thats my plea , I hope its being heard by the officials as I do believe that We (Malaysians) must learn to respect each other (even states and our differences in language , cultural background and religion). Oh if you’re interested to know more on how Malaysia was formed , you may want to click here

Maxis and MSN Diliema

Using Maxis Wireless Broadband ? Having issues with MSN disconnection issues. I bet’cha. This is one of the most common problem faced by Maxis Wireless Broadband users. If you notice , most of them are just grumbling saying that its very hard for them to connect to Windows Live Messenger. Yeah , you bet. Lets anyalze why such thing occurs
Firstly , MSN Messenger connects to its server by  establishing a connection through port 1863 to gateway.messenger.com (This is their address anyway).  You can test my hypothesis by using Pidgin or Adium X. I’ll provide screen shot later for you guys to check it out anyway

But as we all know , this port is being blocked. This is why you keep on getting disconnected. MSN Messenger or in this case Windows Live Messenger wants to establish a direct connection with your PC. Unfortunately , Maxis has configured their Gateway (err in lay man’s term their “connection”) with a very good reinforced firewall that pretty much just drops the packet or makes it harder for it to connect. This is why you are getting sucky speed for your p2p traffic and suffering from very high latency when playing games (like 20-30k pings) . Its not because of the fact that its wireless , its just that Maxis does it so that everyone gets to have fair silce of the bandwidth. Now , if you keep on trying , the system will detect that the port is being blocked and it will try to establish its connection over port 80. (This is why you’re able to connect). However if you use port 80 , you’ll notice that the file transfers are slow and you might be disconnected again. This is the nature of port 80 itself as their servers are busy
So what can you do about it ? – Well there are several alternatives you could do. If you’re getting annoyned not being able to connect. You could try to use these alternatives
Pidgin (Windows/Linux)
Adium X (OSX)

If you’re using Pidgin or Adium X , you can configure it to connect to via HTTP server , so that it will get connected
I’ll try to come up with pictures and more information. But for now , due to tied down with exams and lots of preparation to do. This shall do the trick for now

Getting Traffic & 'Genuine' Readers for your Blog

I know I know , when you first read the title. You’ll be like “Oh Gosh , The same ol’ song over and over again. Gee ,  get a life please ” I promise , these are the methods that I’ve used to promote my blog. You may ask how did I come up with such a formula. My answer is simple – I’ve tested this formula on how to lure players for my World of Warcraft private server and I’ve found out it to be efficient. These are the tips that I would like to share with you guys. Anyhow first thing is first , let us sum it up in a simple manner. So how to get traffic you ask , follow these simple steps. Oh don’t worry , this is not one of those posts whereby I am promoting some service that forces you to surf a site to get more traffic. That’s my last resort on promoting my site. 
1. Friends & Family Members – Yes , these people are very important in your life , but they’ll be your biggest asset , your viewers. Just let them know that you have started your own blog and just spread the word around. Maybe to get their attention blog bout something , lets say your friend – David loves to eat Chinese Food , then blog about something on Chinese Food with his picture. It will make him to say WOW and he’ll continue to read your blog everyday (or worst – every fortnight/week – Just make sure you have content). Now David will spread about your blog to his friends , and his friends will start to talk (suppose if you have some interesting stuff) to their friends and that is how you get your regular user base. I do have a couple of regular readers which includes mainly my close friends and family members. Get them to read and comment your blog , then move on from there
2. Blog Directory – Get it listed , this is important. I know nuffnang has their own innit for their glitterati members whereby these members can post on their blog entry and get some traffic. Its another way to pull readers as well. The other option is to register for Technorati or other Blog Directory Listing to get your blog listed. Don’t expect it to give you a lot of traffic , but at least do expect some traffic from. Oh yeah mybloglog is another good list to get listed and you get to have the cool ‘People who have visited my blog statistic’. 
3. Visit Other Peoples Blog and exchange URLs – Found another fellow blogger who shares the same intrest as you. Read one of his/her post and comment on it. Just don’t post crazy comments like ‘Nice one’ , ‘Thanks man’ , ‘Nice blog’ , but post a constructive comment whereby he/she will thank you and who knows she or he will be your blog subscribe or a regular reader. You may even want to blog roll (i.e exchange links) with them. Just remember not to spam , otherwise you’ll be blacklisted by the blogger.  Oh , just keep the spirit rolling. Just go to popular blogs and exchange – Don’t forget to spend some time in their blog as well
4. SEO (Search Engine Optimisations) & Collecting Demographics – As we all know that we can’t use the internet without a search engine. The probability of someone using a search engine a day is ~ 1 (Yes , 100% I would say – Uh okay this thing data is bit biased but you get the idea). But if we could optimise our blog so that it comes out in the top 50-100 on user searches , it would be great. If you have wondered how those crappy sites turn up first with crazy keywords and no content. Its simple – they just use the common keywords. You’ll have to come up with that. Anyhow , if you’re a WordPress user like me , then please do check this two plugins , which I highly recommend for any WordPress user – Google XML Sitemaps and WordPress.com Stats . Its very important as well to collect people demographics and what search queries and what are your popular posts. This is ideal for rojak (mix-content)  blogs (and even some niche blogs). This way you’ll be blogging on topics that people love and at the same time your own topics too. Another great way to pull to lure more people to your site
5. Get listed in Search Directory – Usually you’ll get listed automatically as these softwares such as wordpress includes a tool to submit to Google automatically , but if you want to get listed in many search directories , then I would suggest you to try this site . I’ve used it before and I highly recommend anyone to do it as well. Get listed even in other search engine directories , which aren’t in English. This is ideal for blogs which are in bilingual (i.e English and French , Mandarin and English). So , yeah now the whole world can stalk you *evil laugh*
6. Forums & Instant Messengers & E-mails – Are you participating in any message boards ? If so , then do put your blog in your blog signatures or in your e-mail signature. So that you’ll get more visitors for your blog. But then most of them might not be interested , another way to grab their attention is by using Feed Burner , as we all know with Feed Burner we can create a dynamic (animated) signature that tells users on your latest blog entry and it increases the probability of them clicking and checking your blog out , rather then just including your URL. However , some forums prohibits on promoting your site , or the use of Dynamic Signatures. You’ll have to check with your message board rules before putting it up.  As for Instant Messengers , just include your blog Address in ‘My Status’ or ‘What I am doing right now’. Its another great way of advertising your blog to your buddies. Might generate some traffic for you by doing this way
7. Facebook & Other Online Social Networking – I do use facebook regularly and sometimes my friends can find me using my facebook. But I thought about on publishing my blog updates in my facebook as it would be easier for my face book buddies to read my blog entries. At first I thought its going to be impossible , till I stumbled across with this nifty plug-in which does the trick – Wordbook . It does it exactly what I want – automatically cross-post my entries. I am not sure if there is such plug-in for folks who are hosted in Blogspot. If you do know let me know. If you have stumbled across plug-ins for myspace and friendster do let me know as well. I would gladly put them here and would certainly give you a credit
Oh yeah as for my  final tip :-
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