Monthly Archives: January 2011

Auspicious Day to Start Work after Chinese New Year 2011

From the previous post,  now you should know what’s your lucky colour to wear during Chinese New Year.

Next, you might want to know when is your most luckiest day to start working after CNY!

A little background on the Chinese traditions of the “Date to Start Work”. Most Chinese believe in Feng Shui, and there is a saying: “一年之计在于春, 一日之计在于晨”, which means “the key to success lies in the early preparation on the first day itself”. It is believed that to start working on the luckiest day in the year, one will be having a great and prosperous life throughout the year.

For those who would like to know what your Chinese Zodiac Sign is, you may want to check out this Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator. Of course, for non-Chinese, you may want to try it for FUN!

We Wish You A Prosperous New Year Ahead!!!

Auspicious Colours to Wear during Chinese New Year 2011

I found this interesting source from the Internet on the “Auspicious Colours to Wear during Chinese New Year” for this year – The Year of Rabbit!

Want to know what colours you should wear during CNY to enhance your luck this year? Check out the table below!

Of course, this is just a guideline and don’t be disappointed if you didn’t manage to buy any clothes with your lucky colours this CNY ^^

For those who would like to know what your Chinese Zodiac Sign is, you may want to check out this Chinese Zodiac Sign Calculator. Of course, for non-Chinese, you may want to try it for FUN!

We Wish You A Prosperous New Year Ahead!!!

Now, you might want to know when is your Auspicious Day to Start Work after Chinese New Year 2011?

Apple Profit Rises 78% on Demand for iPads, iPhones

I have come across with an interesting article about the rising demand for Apple’s iPads and iPhones.

In the last quarter, Apple has made an amazing 78 percent jump in its net profit on the demand of iPads, iPhones and Macintosh computers. In terms of sales, it has increased 71 percent to a record $26.7 billion.

Another good news is that Apple’s shares have risen to 53% last year in the market. It was a blowout quarter for Apple. In the last quarter, Apple sold 16.2 million iPhones, 7.33 million iPads, 4.13 million Mac computers and 19.5 million iPod media players, according to the statement.

A main driver of growth for the quarter was the company’s iPhone, which sold 16.2 million units, 86% more than a year ago. In addition, the company’s laptop and desktop computers grew 23%, well above the industry’s average growth. On the other side, iPod media players were sold 19.5 miilion, falling 7% compared to last quarter.

The iPhone is Apple’s top-selling product, accounting for 39 percent of revenue last fiscal year. The iPad is also becoming a bestselling product for Apple, accounting for 17 percent of revenue last quarter. The company has now sold 14.8 million since it was introduced in April.

(Images from Apple: iPhone, iPad, iPod Shuffle)

Is the “Apple Fever” going to an end after a dramatic growth?

Of course, no! Many are anticipating a sustainable growth in Apple’s sales for the next 12 months with the iPad and iPhone refresh. What is more is that the smartphone has already earned more buzz last week when it was revealed a Verizon Wireless version would be available for the first time next month (February 2011).

Do you own any Apple product(s)? Cast your vote in the below poll:

Source From: Business Week, The Wall Street Journal

Domain Propagation

Before we can discuss about Domain Propagation, it is important for us to know about DNS first.

What is ‘DNS’?

Domain Name System (DNS) is a software program that runs on a dedicated computer known as a DNS server. DNS serves two functions which are very important and beneficial for the users.

As human being communicates with another human being using language(s), computer also communicates with another computer through a set of numbers. The numbers are known as ‘IP Address’. DNS will translate the domain names into IP addresses. Every domain name must have at least two DNS servers. If your friends type your website address in the web browser, their computer will ask for the IP address of your domain name from the DNS server and they can easily browse your website.

Besides as an online translator of domain names, DNS acts as an authority for the designated domain name. The two DNS servers will be your domain name authorities. What is authority? After your domain name provider put the entry in the DNS server, it’s technically to indicate you are visible to the world now as it will store all the information about your domain name. Anyone in the world can access your website by browsing your domain name and their computer will communicate or ask permission to browse from the two DNS servers.

The Propagation Process

After the client have bought and registered the domain, the domain name providers will point the domain name to their DNS servers. The domain propagation starts here and will take about 24-48 hours to complete before your website is visible to everyone. Propagation refers to the period of timeline all the DNS servers in the world to communicate to each and other. It is highly depending on the Internet Server Provider (ISP) who caches your DNS records and only updates them every few days (there is not any kind of standard of the cache time and it is different for all servers: it can be few hours to few days). To let this process to be completed, one has to be patience. It is crucial for the website holder as he will benefit a lot from it.

Why domain propagation and what’s the benefit after all?

In order to speed up the rate at which your customers can view the internet, each Internet Server Provider (ISP) caches their DNS records. This means that they make their own copy of the master records, and read from them locally instead of looking them up on the Internet each time someone wants view a website. This actually speeds up web surfing quite a bit, by firstly, speeding up the return time it takes for a web browser to request a domain lookup and get an answer, and secondly, reducing the amount of traffic on the web therefore giving it the ability to work faster.

Before we can discuss about Domain Propagation, it is important for us to know about DNS.

What is ‘DNS’?

Domain Name System (DNS) is a software program that runs on a dedicated computer known as a DNS server. DNS serves two functions which are very important and beneficial for the users.

As human being communicates with another human being using language(s), computer also communicates with another computer through a set of numbers. The numbers are known as ‘IP Address’. DNS will translate the domain names into IP addresses. Every domain name must have at least two DNS servers. If your friends type your website address in the web browser, their computer will ask for the IP address of your domain name from the DNS server and they can easily browse your website.

Besides as an online translator of domain names, DNS acts as an authority for the designated domain name. The two DNS servers will be your domain name authorities. What is authority? After your domain name provider put the entry in the DNS server, it’s technically to indicate you are visible to the world now as it will store all the information about your domain name. Anyone in the world can access your website by browsing your domain name and their computer will communicate or ask permission to browse from the two DNS servers.

The Propagation Process

After the client have bought and registered the domain, the domain name providers will point the domain name to their DNS servers. The domain propagation starts here and will take about 24-48 hours to complete before your website is visible to everyone. Propagation refers to the period of timeline all the DNS servers in the world to communicate to each and other. It is highly depending on the Internet Server Provider (ISP) who caches your DNS records and only updates them every few days (there is not any kind of standard of the cache time and it is different for all servers: few hours to few days). To let this process to be completed, one has to be patience. It is crucial for the website holder as he will benefit a lot from it.

Why domain propagation and what’s the benefits after all?

In order to speed up the rate at which your customers can view the internet, each Internet Server Provider (ISP) caches their DNS records. This means that they make their own copy of the master records, and read from them locally instead of looking them up on the Internet each time someone wants view a website. This actually speeds up web surfing quite a bit, by firstly, speeding up the return time it takes for a web browser to request a domain lookup and get an answer, and secondly, reducing the amount of traffic on the web therefore giving it the ability to work faster.

FREE Download Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011 – Jan & Feb

Serverfreak is giving FREE Download of Desktop Wallpaper Calendar 2011!

This is not an ordinary calendar – this calendar marks the date of our upcoming promotional activities. Now you will always be reminded of each and every great web hosting deals!

Make sure you check out our blog every 2 months for the upcoming calendar with more great deals.

Calendar for January & February 2011

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Chinese New Year Promotion

Chinese New Year is just around the corner!

In conjunction of this festive celebration, Serverfreak is offering a GREAT PROMO for VPS (Virtual Private Server).

This year is the year of Rabbit (兔) – it is read as “tu” in Mandarin, sounds very similar to the word “two”. We know you like DOUBLE so much – double happiness, double income $$…

Now you can get DOUBLE UP your RAM and Disk Space with purchase of any of our VPS packages before 2 Feb 2011!

Terms & Conditions:

  1. This promotion is applicable for new sign-up of VPS10, VPS25 and VPS50 packages during the promotion period only.
  2. This promotion is applicable for monthly, semi-annually and annually subscription.
  3. This promotion is applicable for referral commission.
  4. This promotion is not applicable for any payment received after the promotion period even though the order is placed before the promotion ends.
  5. This promotion is valid from 17 Jan 2011 until 2 Feb 2011.

Serverfreak is officially on Facebook!

First of all, happy new year to everyone of you!

Have you set your new year’s resolutions? Yes, we did! One of our resolutions is to keep more in-touch with our valued clients (which is YOU). Therefore, we have put ourselves available on Facebook now.

Befriend with us on Facebook now: http://facebook.serverfreak.com and unlock the exclusive discount code for our FB fans (make sure you go to the “Promotion!” page and grab that code!)

Do check out our FB fan page for more upcoming promotions, activities, contests, etc. You are also welcomed to leave us a message at our “Contact Us” tab on anything about our FB fan page. Of course, for Sales and Technical Support issues, we still encourage you to send us a ticket to the respective email accounts.

Share our PAGE on your Facebook too! Sharing is Caring =)

Internet Surpasses Television as Main News Source for Young Adults

This seems a good news for many of us who are in the online business field.

A study from the Pew Research Center shows that the Internet has become the main national and international news source for people ages 18 to 29. This has also shown, indirectly, that the Internet is now the main information source for these people, and the opportunity of approaching our potential customers online will be greater from time to time.

This research was conducted among 1,500 adults from different age groups of 18 – 29, 30 – 49, 50 – 64 and above 65 years old. Below are the graphs illustrating the trend of the public’s media selection when it comes to national and international news:

Graph 1: Internet as the Main News Source

Graph 2: Internet as the Main News Source

In 2010, 65% of people younger than 30 cited the Internet as their go-to source for news, showing a dramatic increase of 31% from 34% in 2007. On the other hand, of the same age group, the number who considers television as their main news source has dropped from 68% to 52% during that time.

The same trend also applies across all age groups. 41% of all the 1,500 adults surveyed cited the Internet as their main source for national and international news, which is up 17% from 2007. Meanwhile, the number who cited television as their main news source has decreased from 74% to 66% from 2007 to 2010.

From Graph 1, it can be seen that the percentage of people using the Internet to source for news is nearly doubling of the number in 2007. Today, even though television is still considered as the main news source for those who are 30 and above, this number is experiencing a modest decrease from year to year. It is believed that the Internet will soon take over television as the main source for national and international news in the near future.

These numbers fall in line with the rise of the personalized news stream online. Both Facebook’s News Feed and Twitter launched in summer 2006 and both have seen explosive growth since 2008. Tweet counts have increased from 5,000 daily in 2007 to 90 million daily in 2010, while Facebook went from 30 million users in 2007 to more than 500 million users today.

In addition, the television viewership culture has shifted in the past few years. Today, people have more viewing options than ever before, like media streaming services on the web and Internet-TV connection devices like Roku and Boxee.

Have you seen the great potential opportunity to put your business online now?  Let’s get started: www.serverfreak.com

 

Contributed by Meghan Peters, summarized by WOW.

 

How to choose between Semi-Dedicated and VPS?

Many clients get confused between the Semi-Dedicated hosting and the VPS hosting. The solution for this is it does depend on the needs of the customers ahead.

What is Semi-Dedicated and Why?

Semi-dedicated hosting and shared hosting are much similar but semi-dedicated hosting is more suitable for the medium enterprises, enterprises or corporate. In the semi-dedicated hosting there will be only few accounts on the server compare to the shared hosting.  This enables the performance and reliability as well as the server resources to be higher for the account user. It’s similar to you where you will be having more comfort, privacy, spaces to live in semi-d house with 5 – 7 tenants compare to a single storey house with 50 – 70 tenants.

What is VPS and Why?

There are a lot revolutions happening in the web hosting field every day, every seconds. VPS is one of them and consider as the subsequent invention. Because of the expenditure competent and high performance of VPS, it has been more demanding package. VPS is suitable for small or medium business. “VPS” stands for Virtual Private Server. The usage or function of the server can be defined from the name itself “virtual” which means a single physical server is divided into multiple private “virtual” servers. Each “virtual” server is totally different from another “virtual” server and here the word “private” plays it role. The client can customize the applications/ programs/ software/ technologies to be installed into their “virtual server”. The clients will have their own freedom to interact directly with the server whereby the root access enable. One of the most important point is the technical knowledge to install, set up, maintain, operate, secure the server is required.  For instance, you will be given a “virtual house” where you can construct it by yourself.  As you can build “living rooms, bedrooms, kitchen, etc.” based on your needs and desires.

Semi-Dedicated vs VPS

Semi-Dedicated or VPS? It depends on your hosting needs! Both Semi-Dedicated and VPS have their own trademarks.

Semi-Dedicated hosting allows the clients to manage the web site or web page easier with minimum technical knowledge. It usually comes with support for the clients who do not have much knowledge of web hosting management. For Semi-Dedicated, since there are only a few websites hosted under the same server, the server resource allocation is better and thus it provides greater performance. What’s more is that Semi-Dedicated hosting is running on a more high-end server than shared hosting! Semi-Dedicated hosting is good for websites with sudden traffic surges such as portals, forums and blogs whose traffic peaks and bursts at random.

One of the big differences of VPS from Semi-Dedicated is that VPS offers the clients FULL root access to the server (just like having a dedicated server) at a lower cost. In other words, you will have TOTAL control over your VPS. It allows customization where you have the option of utilizing various provided add-on scripts or installing your own custom applications. You are also allowed to create applications in whatever programming technologies installed on the server, be it PHP, ASP or Cold Fusion. Moreover, VPS is more secured due to the fact that each VPS is running in the comfort of its own isolated environment, and you are shielded from the stability and security issues originated by other users. Of course, since you have the total control over the server, you will need to have certain knowledge of server management to manage your own VPS. VPS is also a great start for the clients before moving to a Dedicated Server.