Reasons to move your business from Exchange to Google Apps

Consider Google Apps


I work for a company which is the parent company for about four other companies. The four other companies all access their e-mail from an Exchange 2007 server which is administered in-house by me. Up until a few months ago this had been working great but as the businesses grew it became increasingly difficult to administer the Exchange Server and keep on top of backups and the complex nature of routing multiple domains all while still doing the rest of my work as well.

The implementation of the Exchange server admittedly wasn’t very well planned and ran on a very underpowered system, this made administering it even more of a headache and just to make it worse we also ran our own SonicWall spam filtering appliance which costs $3,000AUD per year to license. Continue reading “Reasons to move your business from Exchange to Google Apps”


Troll Psychology: A discussion on ‘internet bullying’

An interesting suggestion was put forward to me on Yahoo answers the other day by ‘Patricia’ who said that I should write an article about internet bullying and more specifically why the internet bullies; or trolls are compelled to purposely to post inflammatory comments on websites in the first place. Please be warned that this article does contain some strong language, if you are easily offended please do not read any further.

What is a troll?

Before we begin we need to define exactly what a troll is. According to Wikipedia a troll is “In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into a desired emotional response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.”

The definition in my opinion is spot on but it certainly doesn’t tell us what motivates an internet troll. Not being one myself I can not really tell you with any kind of first person experience. I can offer you the opinions of others though.

Why so aggressive?

In my own opinion I do not think there is any singular reason why people feel like they need to be trying to insult others on the internet but rather a combination of a number of factors. A very nice article about exactly this came from Michael Marshall of the prestigious New Scientist publication back in 2007. You can read the full post here but here are some points that I found interesting: Continue reading “Troll Psychology: A discussion on ‘internet bullying’”

The Best Freeware Site Ever!

Awesome website for finding freeware applications and utilities for all uses.

Gizmo's Freeware ReviewsI was just flicking through StumbleUpon earlier, as I do when I am bored and came across this little gem of a website.

Gizmo’s Freeware Reviews is a very nice looking site which I have bookmarked for future use. The site contains a fantastic collection of freeware utilities in all different kinds of categories including security, pc maintenance, multimedia, image tools and freeware video editing among others.

I know myself I am always stuggling to find quality freeware but this site seems to compile it all together in one easy to use website. Please note that this is not a paid or a sponsored post just good old fashioned personal advice. I highly recommend you check out Gizmo’s Freeware Reviews!
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I hope this has been useful and thank you for reading.

Starcraft 2: How to increase digital download speed

Throttle your upload speed on the Starcraft 2 downloader to increase download speed.

 

Running NetLimiter on the Starcraft 2 downloader to increase download speed.

As I write this I have just begun downloading Starcraft 2 after purchasing the digital download copy off of battle.net. I don’t know about anyone else but when I buy a game, especially one as long-awaited as Starcraft, I am itching to load it up and start playing it straight away!

Anyway, I started the 6.99gb download about half an hour ago. To begin with, the SC2 downloader gave me an estimated time of about 4 hours, which is ok I guess. But a few minutes later I watched in horror as the estimated time increased, 6 hours, 8 hours and so on. I looked at the connection details and realised that the downloader uses peer-to-peer sharing and that my upload speed was now higher than my download speed!

Fortunately within the downloader there is an option to switch off peer-to-peer sharing and just use direct downloading. I tried that but the speed barely increased. A quick scan of a few forums put me on to a little piece of software called NetLimiter. After installing NetLimiter I was able to re-enable the peer-to-peer method of downloading and limit the upload speed (within NetLimiter) to around 30kbps which saw my download speed eventually increase to around 900kbps.

A few points to be aware of:

  • Limiting your upload speed too drastically seems to also drag your download speed down as well, so don’t go cutting it back too much.
  • Inside the preferences for the Starcraft 2 downloader there is an option to disable background download throttling which I would also suggest you set.
  • NetLimiter runs as a 28-day trial. Should you need to use it past the trial period then it only costs $30USD for a single user license.

I’ll let you know how Starcraft goes!

Also if anyone has their own experiences, suggestions or comments please leave me a comment.

For a detailed and comprehensive guide to the art of Starcraft II be sure to check out the Shokz Starcraft II Strategy guide as well.

Thanks for reading.

Watch Hulu outside of America

Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

Last night I jumped on the Hulu website for the first time not realising that it is accessible only from the US. Being from Australia this posed a bit of a problem. Fortunately for you guys after a bit of research on Kuan Hoong’s blog, I have found a solution in the form of a small piece of software called Hotspot Shield.

The best thing about this software is that it’s completely free, ad and spyware free (although there are prompts during the install to setup toolbars, set your default search provider and change your homepage, which I always uncheck), it is also lightweight and compatible with Mac OSX and all versions of Windows from XP up. There is also a prompt about “Recommended Additional Protection” services at the end of the install, not needing any of it I unchecked all of the boxes and completeled the installation, installing the services are up to you however. Continue reading “Watch Hulu outside of America”