Wednesday, June 23, 2010

*SOLVED* Avira Antivirus June 23, 2010 Update is Alarming Warcraft III Players?

Just this day, I was on the internet cafe business owned by my family. Since i am the one who configured everything, my job is to maintain it also. From the operating system setup, online and offline games, up to the security, tweaks and auto-maintain features of the workstation.

I use the Avira Anti-virus 10 on the net cafe. Not to say it's free, but it also provides concrete protection (as for my experiences and for the independent antivirus testing organizations). Most of our customers are gamers. Warcraft III: Frozen Throne and the DOTA (Defense of the Ancient) are some of the most-played games since 2004.

Since i have set the Avira Anti-virus to automatic update it's viral definition, for the past months on business, i can't compare it's stability with regards to viral protection.

Just this day, one customer complained to my cafe attendant that Warcraft III: Frozen Throne is showing an error. To be exact, it's an file-missing error that the FrozenThrone.exe could not find the war3.exe. I decided to turn off my stable cyber cafe manager I then boot up another unit beside the customer to see if another computer was also having that error. If not, i could transfer him and fix it. But after launching the Frozen Throne shortcut on my desktop, i got the same error too. Until i decided to let the other computers boot up and try if it's getting the same. Well as i've suspected, they are on the same page of the book.

I turned on my Acer Aspire 4520 laptop and check for an existing topic on the internet and for me to isolate from the network i have directly connected the modem on my laptop, but got no luck. Since i am using Microsoft Windows 7 operating system, it alerted me that my antivirus was out of date. The last virus definition was dated 2 days ago so i begun updating. After a couple of seconds, notifying that my virus definition was updated, Avira Guard notified me that he found a Malware on my system. I also installed Warcraft III on my laptop for my pastime so indeed i am infected with this Malware.

It's an TR/Patched.IV.43 and the access to that file was denied. I am pretty sure that my network is clean. I did isolation per computer units then fire up a complete system and hardisk scan, and yet i only got this malware alert. Furthermore, I also tried reinstalling the client while isolating the computer out of the network. For the past years i am also playing Frozen Throne and DOTA, my trust is with them.

To releave the business out of this false alarm, and since avira is not keeping off the trail of Frozen Throne, and my customers are craving to play DOTA, the only thing i did is put the war3.exe process on the exceptions. You could found the exception option on the expert mode of Avira Antivirus. Lying beneath the Scanner > Scan tree

PS: As far as i can remember, one of my google searches give me a result that this TR/Patched.IV.43 has a variant of war*.* filename (Where * asterisk is a wild card character). If this post mislead the fact, feel free to complain below and enlighten the readers. Thank you!

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Monday, June 14, 2010

Even Animals Have Hearts

This is just a total ripped-off from, a heart-tugging video captured the extraordinary reunion of two old friends: a man and the gorilla he raised from infancy.

It had been five years since British naturalist Damian Aspinall had seen Kwibi, a lowland gorilla who was born at Howletts Wild Animal Park in England as part of an ongoing conservation program by the Aspinall Foundation to re-introduce gorillas back into the wilds of Africa.

Several years after Kwibi was released to live in Gabon, West Africa, Aspinall traveled there to see if he could catch a glimpse of his old friend. Cameras captured the scene as Aspinall glided down the river calling out to Kwibi, "C'mon! C'mon!" Incredibly, Kwibi appeared on the bank. "He heard my voice and came to the edge of the river," Aspinall explained in the video.

What happened next is astounding. Aspinall approached Kwibi cautiously. After all, the gorilla is a wild animal and he hadn't seen the naturalist in many years. And yet, Kwibi recognized Aspinall. "The moment I heard his deep, rumbling love gurgle, I knew I was OK," explained Aspinall. Kwibi nuzzled his face close to Aspinall, then wrapped his hairy arms around the man, refusing to let him go.

When Aspinall had to leave, Kwibi followed his boat down the river. "All night he hooted, calling for his friend," said Aspinall. At 6:00 the next morning, when Aspinall took a swim, Kwibi was there on the banks of the river.

"It's no different if you go see a friend in another country and you meet and you have a reunion and you go on your separate lives again," Aspinall told Matt Lauer in an interview on "Today." "I always feel I'll see him again."

Aspinall wants the video to encourage people to support the efforts to protect animals in the wild. "I hope when people see this they realize animals deserve their chance and it shows how gentle gorillas can be," Aspinall said on "Today." "We have a responsibility to this earth and I think as a species, we can do so much more for this planet."

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Excellent Ads

Well i guess i don't need to say anything with this advertisements of different companies world wide. Note that these images are resized and for you to see the big picture, you have to click the images :) Good luck!

And Lastly...

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Facebook, A Social Media Used as Marketing Strategy

Social Media Marketing

Social media marketing benefits organizations and individuals by providing an additional channel for customer support, a means to gain customer and competitive insight, and a method of managing their reputation online.
In the emergence of Web 2.0, the internet provides a set of tools that allow people to build social and business connections, share information and collaborate on projects online. The growth of social media has impacted the way organizations communicate with their customers.

Social media is information content created by people using highly accessible and scalable publishing technologies that is intended to facilitate communications, influence and interaction with peers and with public audiences. This is typically done via the Internet and mobile communications networks. Today this practice is being enjoyed by executives and professionals for brand exposure and marketing.

Facebook, A Social Media Used as Marketing Strategy

Facebook is a social networking website launched in February 2004 and operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc. Users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by workplace, school, or college.
According to Wikipedia, Facebook decided to use these demographics to their advantage. Facebook legally owns all the rights to the information that is posted on their website, and created an advertising program that targets the users of Facebook individually by grouping that information together and targeting each individual person with advertisements that will catch their eye.

This strategy created a buzz in the advertising world. Previous to this type of advertising, online advertising had not been very effective due to pop-ups and banner's lack of substance. Most people found these annoying and or distracting when using the internet. With Facebook targeting each individual on its website, 400 million users strong, it created a target market for every company. Therefore if a bridal company wanted to advertise on Facebook they could literally make sure their ads were only seen by those whose status says engaged or dating depending on how broad they wanted to go. This allowed Facebook to start using the pay-per-click strategy that many advertisers’ shy away from because of the lack of impact on internet users.

With the pay-per-click strategy in effect for Facebook, every time a Facebook user clicks on an advertisement, that company pays Facebook for the ad. Studies have shown that over sixty nine percent of online shoppers use social media like Facebook not only to reach out to people, but also to see what's popular and what are some of the in things. The original pay-per-click strategy was not effective because users did not want to be taken to another page and look at something that did not appeal to them. With Facebook's new targeting system their ratio of clicks per user is astoundingly higher than any other competitor, even Google. This makes sense since the ads appeal to the fact that they are engaged or have an interest in fashion.

Guess what, Ideas and Technologies provides a facebook fanpage for you to stay updated while you're facebook wall. Login to your account now and follow Ideas and Techs on Facebook

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Adsense Competitor Yahoo Publisher Network to Close

Have you already use the Yahoo Publisher Network? The Yahoo! Publisher Network (abbreviated YPN) is a beta advertising network launched on August 2, 2005 by Yahoo!. As the service is currently in Beta, it is currently only accepting US-Based publishers. YPN provides cost per click contextual advertising as well as various tools and services to assist publishers in building and improving their websites.

After conducting an extensive review of the Yahoo! Publisher Network beta program, we have decided to close the program effective April 30, 2010. We expect to deliver final publisher payments for the month ending April 30, 2010 to publishers no later than May 31, 2010. All publishers eligible for 1099s for the 2010 tax year will have those mailed by January 31, 2011.

I was once a registrant way back 2007. But since i'm from the Philippines, i am not qualified for their service. Yahoo! was never been fair for me that time. I guess the reason why they came up with a low traffic result of their study is because they have target and conduct the study for the U.S. The fact that, it is just 1/4 of the world. Unlike Google Adsense.

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Friday, June 4, 2010

Chinese Water Color Artist Guan Weixing

Guan Weixing was born in Dunhua County, Jilin Province, China in 1940.

In 1960, when Guan Weixing was still a first grade student in Luxun Fine Arts Academy, Eugen Popa, a Romanian Professor, broke a rule in order to accept Guan into his oil painting training class. And in 1962, he was graduated a master. So far, many of his works have been published, collected, and exhibited not only in many national exhibitions but also in international ones held in America, Japan, France and so on. These are some of the best works of
Guan Weixing featured in Water Color Artist's article entitled Profiles in Courage.

Old Farmer from Shanbei (watercolor on paper, 11x15)

Wrestler from Inner Mongolia (watercolor on paper, 44x26)

Expectation (watercolor on paper, 14x20)

Northeast Farmyard (watercolor on paper, 30x20)

Autumn Rhythm (watercolor on paper, 21x29)

First Look Into the World (watercolor on paper, 20x15)

Shanbei Folk Singer (watercolor on paper, 15x20)

Little Monk from Xishuangbana (watercolor on paper, 20x30)

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The Power of Bounce Rate

What is a Bounce Rate?

It essentially represents the percentage of initial visitors to a site who "bounce" away to a different site, rather than continue on to other pages within the same site. A bounce occurs when a web site visitor only views a single page on a website, that is, the visitor leaves a site without visiting any other pages before a specified session-timeout occurs. There is no industry-standard minimum or maximum time by which a visitor must leave in order for a bounce to occur. Rather, this is determined by the session timeout of the analytics tracking software.

The Google Analytics is one of the best and free services offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website. Its main highlight is that the product is aimed at marketers as opposed to webmasters and technologists from which the industry of web analytics originally grew.

How Bounce Rate helps your site's niche?

Bounce rates can be used to help determine the effectiveness or performance of an entry page. An entry page with a low bounce rate means that the page effectively causes visitors to view more pages and continue on deeper into the web site. analytics specialist Avinash Kaushik has stated:

"It is really hard to get a bounce rate under 20%, anything over 35% is cause for concern, 50% (above) is worrying."

On an ecommerce site, where the sole aim may be to sell products online, the bounce rate is a primary concern and useful measurement. Information sources and sites which drive the customer to make contact via email or phone may see much higher bounce rates. This may not be a bad thing as they are only viewing one page of the site.

How can you decrease your Bounce Rate?

While Bounce Rate helps you to study the success of your site, you and your site, on the otherhand, can affect the rate of bounce your visitors do. Below are some rules to decrease your site's bounce rate:

  1. Make your blog user friendly. Your blog should be clean, orderly and appealing to the visitors. The text should be readable and the downloading should be fast. If you have an idea of what Web 2.0 means, you should be craving to minimize the use of high-weighing elements(flash animations, images, and applets) on your site/blog.
  2. Write Quality and Relevant Contents. The articles published at your blog should be interesting and useful. Give your visitors the reason to stay longer at your blog.
  3. Inter- linking articles. Offer your visitors more articles to read that are relevant to the landing page. This can be done by: linking to the other articles by using the relevant keywords within the article; and listing few related articles at the bottom of the article.
  4. Proper SEO. In optimizing your blog or every pages of your blog for the search engines, you need to target the keywords that are relevant to the page being optimized.

For example, if you're targeting a specific keyword, “Pinay Scandal” on this case, make sure that the landing page(Learn Landing Page Optimization) contains relevant content because if the content is not related to the keywords used to find a page of your blog, most likely your visitors will immediately click the “Back” button of the browser to check for another websites.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Strange Houses

I found these funny houses while browsing the web and i think you might like it.

Stone House Guimaraes
Stone House Guimaraes

The Basket Building Ohio
The Basket Building Ohio

The Kvivik Igloo
The Kvivik Igloo

The Upside Down House at Poland
The Upside Down House at Poland

The Kerala House Boat
The Kerala House Boat

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Photojournalism, a Way of Life

To fill up another entry for the category Photography, here is something great i wanna share to you. Photojournalism. This is my favorite in photography. Since you make a story of your own based on what you see and what is happening around you. About people and how they live their life.

New to photojournalism, photo stories have the same construction as news stories. There is a lead image, transitions, emotion and resolution. Throughout the story, characters, conflicts and motives are revealed, explained and concluded.

Still images remain the most powerful communication tool. Each still image can literally burn into the brain of a viewer. Images speak to every person in their own language. This power accompanies massive responsibility. Consequently, photojournalism is more than a vocation. It becomes a way of life.

Everyone entering the field must understand they must be better than established pros at everything. They need superior technical skills, access, and a unique style. They must capture stories the world has never seen, or be able to tell old stories better than anyone ever has.

They must pursue difficult stories. Much of the news industry has been reduced to pop culture and delivery speed. Instead of following celebrity and entertainment, focus on the issues affecting everyone. Look for the emotion of the events unfolding in the world around us. People are hurting across the planet. Find the cause of the pain, and show the results to others. Whenever possible, show readers a way to help others.

Below are some of my shares about Photojournalism. Hope you like it!

Title: Through The Struggles...

Title: Love Your Children

Title: World

Title: Preparing for that single step

Title: When i just have to carry the world to feed you....

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Monday, May 31, 2010

Benefits of Using Web Proxy Server

There are, in fact, many benefits of using a web proxy server.

Some of the more common ones involve maintaining your privacy and getting around blocks placed upon your IP address, such as the ones placed on school computers.I wouldn't recommend using a proxy service to get around blocks - they are there for a reason - but for many other legitimate uses they can be a real boon.

In simple terms, a proxy works thus:

You want to connect your computer (1) to another computer or website (2) but you either cannot, or you want to do so privately.
In this case you would then use a proxy (3) to connect to computer or website (2), thereby gaining access without the computer or website the other end knowing it was you that had made the connection.

Here are a few reasons why you might want to do something like this -

Improved Security

If you visit a website that you think may pose a risk to your computer for some reason then using a proxy can give you an added layer of protection, much like using a firewall does.

You will not connect directly to the website in question and so you will have a further degree of protection from any malware that the site may try to infect you with.

Hacking Protection
Using a web proxy server between your computer and the web will prevent hackers from obtaining your IP address, thereby drastically redusing the risks of them being able to gain access to your cache or hard drives.

Website Filtering

The ability of a proxy to filter certain sites is quite variable so you will need to put in a little research time to take advantage of this feature.

Big players who use proxies to block certain sites include the United Arab Emirates and, more famously, China who block large parts of the world wide web from their citizens.

On a more personal note, you could employ a proxy service to prevent your kids watching porn or your employees from accessing social networking sites such as Facebook, Friendster, Plurk and Twitter.

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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Basic Understanding of CSS Frameworks

You don’t have to write the same CSS-code or (X)HTML-Markup over and over again. Whatever project you’re starting to work with, at some point you have to define classes and IDs you’ve already defined in your previous web-projects. To avoid unnecessary mistakes you might want to start not from a blank file, but from an almost “perfect” scratch. The latter might contain some basic definitions you’d write in your code anyway. However, once you’ve decided to create such a scratch, you need to make sure it is really bulletproof — besides, if the stylesheet also sets up optimal typographic rules and basic form styling you manage to kill two birds with one stone.

And this is where CSS Frameworks and CSS Reset are becoming important. Using them, you can get yourself a perfect default-stylesheet and markup, save your time and ensure the best quality of your code from the very beginning. But what are CSS Frameworks? And why do you need the Reset for?

So What is a CSS Framework?

A framework is a basic (usually abstract) conceptual structure which you can use as a “scratch” for your web-projects. For instance, instead of defining global reset, consistent baseline, typographic rules or basic styles for forms over and over again — every time you work on a new project — you can prepare a default-style once and reuse it in all your future projects. This is what you call a CSS Framework.

CSS frameworks don’t have to be complex or large, they may contain a set of simple CSS-styles such as
  1. typography.css for basic typographic rules,
  2. grid.css for grid-based layouts or
  3. layout.css for general layouts,
  4. form.css for basic form styling,
  5. general.css for further general rules
and so on. In your code segmentation you can also go further, for instance: structure, typography, design presentation, specialist sections (e.g. menus, navigation), print, mobile web, tweaks (mostly old style browser hacks), browser specific workarounds (via IE conditional statement).

List of CSS Frameworks Available on the Web

  1. The Blueprint CSS framework, created by Norwegian tech student Olav Frihagen Bjørkøy, is a very promising foundation for developing typographic grids using CSS. The framework offers an easily customizable grid, sensible typography, a typographic baseline and a stylesheet for printing. It also uses relative font-sizes, provides a CSS reset and is supposed to be cleaned of code bloats. The latter isn’t always true.
  2. YAML is based on web standards and supports every modern web browser. All Internet Explorer’s major rendering bugs are countered. YAML fully supports all IE versions from 5.x/Win to 7.0.

    Apart from a number of standard-conform layouts the framework also offers a debugging stylesheet, print stylesheet as well as various robust tools for web-development in YAML. All CSS components of the framework as well as the various layout methods are thoroughly documented in both English and German, supplemented by numerous examples.

That's it for now. On my future post i will discuss about CSS Resets. If you have any suggestions comment below. Meanwhile, for additional topic relating to Web Design and Web Development you might consider reading What is really Web 2.0 and Mashup means?

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

The House Attack

In 2006, artist Erwin Wurm had an art exhibit at Austria’s MUMOK (Museum Moderner Kunst), displaying work that was often architectural in nature such as ‘fat houses’. Outside the building, the theme continued with an installation called ‘House Attack’ – an actual house imbedded in the museum’s roof.

Photos are from An-Architecture

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