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For the past 2 days, I have been googling around the internet to do the research on best web hosting/VPS service. The promotion and information layout on most of the sites are highly marketized and most of the time confuses me with the one-side facts. At first my criteria was to look for best price-value offers and mochahost.com stands out among the crowd from its feature rich and incredibly lower price. I placed an order online and I shall have another good night sleep. Well, not too fast. There are something weird that I noticed during the live chat session with their customer support representative. Here you are the saved chat session:

Chat Transcript
info: Please wait for a site operator to respond.
info: You are now chatting with ‘Nell’
Nell: Welcome to MochaHost’s Live Help ! How may I help you ?
wirawit: am interested in perfetto2 plan
wirawit: and a bit doubt if i will get both promotion of ..
wirawit: 1. free domain
wirawit: 2. free domain transfer
wirawit: coz I will apply it for 2 yr plan
Nell: windows or linux based?
wirawit: linux
Nell: http://www.mochahost.com/vps_order_perfetto2.php
wirawit: oh and it said if I transfer already existed domain I will get additional discount of 10%?
wirawit: I saw that site once
wirawit: but since the first screen ask to choose between transfer exist domain or register new one
wirawit: since I have one domain need to be transferred another need be newly registered
wirawit: question is do I get both promotion for 2yrs plan?
Nell: NO SETUP FEE
Nell: Initial Discount 25%
Nell: 2 FREE Static IPs (save $48/for 2years)
Nell: 1 FREE Domain Name (save $18.90/for 2 years)
Nell: 1 FREE Domain Transfer (save $9.45)
wirawit: so yes?
Nell: yes
wirawit: another question
wirawit: the transfer promotion
wirawit: and free new domain registration
wirawit: can I later decide using e-mail
Nell: yes
wirawit: coz in the webhosting order page it ask if I would like to transfer one or register one now
wirawit: okay
wirawit: so how to I proceed the order process without choosing any options?
Nell: the second option
wirawit: ?
wirawit: transfer my existing domain? << this is the second option presented
wirawit: any idea?
Nell: I’ll be with you shortly
Nell: please wait
Nell: I will use My Existing Domain and update My Nameservers only
wirawit: okay and then later I can mail to your company for free domain registration and free domain transfer
wirawit: is that right?
Nell: it will be better if you transfer your domain
wirawit: hmm
wirawit: okay
wirawit: i see
wirawit: but it’s not my current option now
wirawit: coz I don’t want to transfer domain at the moment
Nell: then choose: I will use My Existing Domain and update My Nameservers only
Nell: you will submit tickets later to our tech dept
wirawit: what about the promotion ticket “transfer”
wirawit: it said in the special page that there will be 10% additional discount?
Nell: ok you will use it later
wirawit: alright
wirawit: thanks for the answer
Nell: Is there anything else I can do for you today?
wirawit: I’ll save this chat session for later reference
wirawit: no thanks
Nell: ok

p.s. Note that all these happened in 21.27 minutes duration, you may have to imagine the pause for each answer to be replied.

The thing is that there are no such discount really happening as promised and the company doesn’t seem to care about ticket open asking about the subject even though I already paid for them!

I came back to google again for info. research but this time I focus on finding the other side of information. Starting by the search for ‘mochahost sucks’ and the first link that came up in the result (http://www.hostingsthatsuck.com/mochahost-sucks/) is quite eye-opening for me. If you read through it, you will notice the blogger is trying to say that there are very few bad comments about mochahosting compare to the good (or general?) one. But what really caught my attention is not the too-good-to-be-true biased review but the voices from real customer who suffers from mochahost service not less than me in the comments that followed.

After realized that I am (also) in trouble, I immediately find the alternative company focusing on the reliability and good business conduct of the company as the highest priority. To my surprize again, a lot of awards given to these web hosting service firms seems to be very deceitful when you look close enough. Their criterias on how they come up with the ranking are not provided, not even for a qualitative approach (don’t have to mention quantitative one). It can be easily thought as another marketing weapon (which I prefer to call it a scam) to hook the customer in.

Desparately navigating around, there seems to be none of them giving a real clue of their quality of services and supports other than their beautiful words. In this capitalized world we often hear “Cheap is not good, Good is not cheap” but I like to believe that it does not hold true for all. I have had a chance to travel to many countries and my memory recall me one of the place that most of the people are working with their heart putting more than 100% of efforts in to daily work in a very discipline manner. Yes, it’s Japan. Then my search keyword changed and destiny has led me to this site:

http://www.tsukaeru.net/

How can I be sure that this is the end of search? No, I can’t but the heart of business relies on trust. The information given about their CEO personal life indirectly gave me an sense of how this company treats their customer. And you may say I am a dreamer but I am not the only one.

Let me hear what you says ; )

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BuddyPress.org | Community/groups | How-To and Troubleshooting | Forum.

Though they have made it’s quite simple to install BuddyPress but it is to my surprize that number of people had stucked(and some even still have stucked, please refers to the link above) on some issues. One of the common problem that many people has come across is the step of changing “Permalinks” structure to something else that is NOT the default one.

Sounds easy but for those of you who use share hosting or the system that wasn’t configured by yourself, there are very high chance that you might forgot to set the permission of the .htaccess file properly that wordpress application cannot modufy the file. The consequence of failing to modify .htaccess for new Permalinks rule will prevent BuddyPress to link successfully to some of the inner page like “/wwwroot/members” or “/wwwroot/groups” etc.

Captured 404 Not Found Error Image

I have answered in short at the mentioned link but will describe in more details of how it can be achieved for those who are still struggling (like I was!) to follow:

  1. First try modify the Permalinks structure to something else NOT default as suggested by the installation method by enter the /wp-admin page and click on menu Settings -> Permalinks
  2. Look at the bottom of the page should you see the warning message says “If your .htaccess file were writable, we could do this automatically, but it isn’t so…” (WordPress version 3.0.1) it is the indicator that wordpress does not have permission to modify the file. In general, there are two option you can choose, first modify the Permission Mode and/or change the owner/group of the file, second manually edit the file and upload it to the server. We are going to take the second choice since it needs no explanation of how Permission Mode works (Though it is some thing that will come to bite you again soon!)
  3. Use any mean (ftp, ssh, web file manager etc.) to download .htaccess file from your www root directory. Some of ftp client do not show this type of file (files beginning with . dot) by default so be sure to tell the program to show all hidden files.
  4. Copy the code shown below the warning message and then paste it in the .htaccess file just downloaded (append to it if it already have some contents in side).
  5. Upload it back to server, ofcourse, overwriting the old file.

You should have your BuddyPress site fully navigatable by now then, good luck and happy blogging!

Central Desktop landing page

Have tried it for couple of months on a small project of 4 people. We enjoy planning, collaborating, sharing and communicating on this one platform. What they call it? cloud? oh doesn’t matter, it does the job for a pre-determined period of time!

Imagine yourself going into a department store and asking if you can buy a microwave oven with the price for three months uses. The good of SaaS (Software as a Service) is you don’t have to pay the full price if you don’t really need it for long.

p.s.1 forgot to mention, find out more about CD at http://www.centraldesktop.com

p.s.2 I am not CD representative of any kinds nor do I earn income from them (though I wish I could badly ; )

pity-error


อยากรู้จังว่าใครเป็นคนแปล หรือว่าจะเป็นพี่กุ้กเกิ้ง

วันนี้คุกกี้ก่อคดีใหญ่ ก่อนออกไปกอนข้าวเย็นมันมาตะกุยประตูรถฟอจูนเน่อสุดที่รักของแม่ผม

เพราะเจ้าน้องสาวตัวดีดันไปเรียกมันน่ะซี่

ผมก้อไม่ดี ไม่ได้อุ้มมันออกมา น้องฟอจูนเน่อเลยเป็นรอยเลย

เจ้าคุกกี้ก้อโดนไปหม่าม้าผมจัดไปหนึ่งชุด ฮ่าๆๆ

พูดถึงหมา วันนี้ก้อมีหมาไปแข่งมาราธอนด้วยนะ

น่าจะเป็นชิวาวา ตัวเล็กมาก วิ่งแซงผมอีกต่างหาก 555

นี่ล่ะเคล็ดลับที่ฮึดถึงเส้นชัย

ถ้าคุณแน่ อย่าแพ้ชิวาวา!


Well , it has been more than a few years already to continuously run for more than 10km.

In my high-school time, I was expected to take a half-marathon when I was an exchange student in Japan for one year. It was amazing on how can I improve so much through hard training which was held through out the year. At the beginning of the semester, I cannot even finish two rounds of soccer field just like other classmate did in the average time. But at almost the end of the year, I’ve made 13km training course within 1hr 1xmin. kindda proud of it a bit ;-). However, never I went to real half-marathon which was held when I already got back to Thailand.

Today recalling me those moment. I was out there for KrungThep Marathon! 10km , an easy one. And here you are the prove.

Bangkok Marathon 2008!

เคยมีใครสักคนได้บอกคำๆนี้กับผมมา ในเมื่อครั้งผมยังวัยรุ่น ก็ไม่เคยได้สงสัยหรือติดใจอะไรกับคำนี้เลย

เพราะไม่เคยคิดว่าตัวเราหรือนี่จะเปลี่ยนไป จะไม่เหมือนเดิม

เวลาผ่านมาเกือบสิบปี ได้ตั้งคำถามกับตัวเองในวันที่วุ่นวาย

หรือเพราะเราเปลี่ยนไป … เข้าใจก็เมื่อวันที่เราได้รู้ตัวว่าจิตใจอันนั้นของเราได้หายไป

เพื่อนเรา คนรอบข้าง คนเคยรู้ใจ ก็เปลี่ยนไป ทุกๆคนเปลี่ยนไปตามกาลเวลา

ถ้าไม่พยายามรักษาไว้ ก็คงต้องเปลี่ยนไปสินะ

ถ้าไม่เคยทุกข์ ก็คงไม่ซาบซึ้งถึงความสุขใจ ดีใจที่วันนี้ได้เข้าใจ

ขอให้บทความนี้ ได้เตือนทุกคนถึง จิตใจอันสดใสและอ่อนโยนในวัยเยาว์ อย่าให้มันจางหายไปไหน

แล้วพบกัน ที่เก่าเวลาเดิม นะเพื่อน


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