Tempted by Commufa, a Cheap Alternative to NTT Flets

If you live in the Chubu region, you’ve probably seen the TV commercials for Commufa Hikari, a product of Chubu Telecommunications. They run a pretty aggressive marketing campaign with door-to-door and telephone sales reps, and since I was not opposed to saving 2,000 yen on my phone bill, I agreed to take them up on their offer. A no-hassle changeover? At least I did at first. The problem is, although they promise an easy transition […]

Tony D. Puddlespuddle Reviews JapanSoc

I’m running a contest over on the JapanSoc Community Blog, with a grand prize of $50! All you have to do is make a promo video for JapanSoc, about 2 minutes long, post it to YouTube and send me the url via the JCB contact form The first entry into the contest is this video by Mike from Japan Is Doomed. Here’s Tony D. Puddlespuddle, Internet Expert… Mike is urging everyone in the world to […]

So Much for 99.9% Uptime

Originally, all my sites were hosted with Host A. For a couple of months at the start of this year, my sites suffered so much downtime I moved them all across to Host B. Host A, for the most part, has been good, and I can forgive them for suspending my account every time I write a script with an accidental infinite loop. Anyway, for complicated reasons, I had to move one of those sites […]

Goodbye AVG, Hello Windows Live OneCare

I’ve always been frustrated with anti-virus software. Reducing your computer to a sloth as it scans for viruses, delaying your system’s start-up while it checks for updates, and then blocking you from opening various applications, email or websites because of potential risks. This pre-emptive “war on viruses”, is enough to drive you mad. Third-party access to Vista When Vista launched, I was hoping Microsoft had gotten their way and blocked third-party access to the core […]

VTC Review – Online Software Tutorial Videos

A few days ago I found the Virtual Training Company, a website with 70,000 video tutorials on how to use different kinds of software. How can you watch 70,000 videos? I can’t, but you don’t need to. There are over 650 courses to choose from covering everything from C++ and MySQL to Adobe Photoshop and Windows Vista. Right now, I’m going through one of the PHP courses which has 9.5 hours of video tutorials split […]

EasyPHP “Apache cannot be runned…” Error

I’ve downloaded EasyPHP, a package containing PHP, MySQL and Apache, so that I can write and test PHP scripts without uploading my files to my web host all the time. However, I was getting this errror: Apache cannot be runned : another Web server use the Web port or port is blocked by firewall. After a fair bit of head scratching, I discovered that Skype was using the same port. To have both Skype and […]

Put Code Snippets in a WordPress Blog

I’ve installed WP-Syntax, a great plugin for WordPress that lets you add code snippets to your blog posts without losing all the formatting. You can use all manner of languages and even include line numbers if you want. Here’s a snippet from one of my math worksheet makers written in Perl: 5 use List::Util shuffle; # Use the Shuffle moduleuse List::Util shuffle; # Use the Shuffle module 166 167 168 169 170 171 # define […]

Set Up A JapanBlogger Blogroll in WordPress

JapanBlogger is the perfect complement to JapanSoc. While the latter promotes individual articles and pages from the Japan-related web, JapanBlogger serves to promote entire sites. This is done by a blogger submitting his or her site, and watching people vote for it and leave feedback. Harnessing the power of JapanBlogger Since JapanBlogger sorts its database of blogs according to popularity (i.e. the number of votes each site receives), I thought it would be great to […]