iPods Banned In Schools

Schools across the country are now banning iPods to stem cheating. Last year, cell phones were banned from high schools and universities. Sad to say, but cheating is a fact of student life. It happens. Not everyone does it, but a handful do. School administrators are always going to be one step behind. Students will find new ways to cheat especially with newer technology. So, no hats, no cell phones, and now, no iPods. So, what’s next?

Laptop Batteries

More battery problems? Why do laptops have so much problems with batteries? Problems from overheating, explosions and now performance problems as Apple has reported about its MacBook. The problem is quality. Manufacturers are making high-energy cells for the least amount of money. More quality testing and control is needed which could translate to higher costs, but most laptop owners like myself would pay a little bit more for a reliable battery. The battery life on mine is down to a mere 10 minutes, but then again, it’s two years old.

Hot Movies This Summer

What’s on the silver screen this summer? Here’s a list of blockbuster movies that are coming up in the next few weeks:

Nintendo’s Profit Up 77%

Who would have thought. With everyone raving about the Xbox 360 and the Playstation, Nintendo slingshots past its competitors. To note Nintendo was barely a mention a year ago. Over 10.21 millions units have been sold worldwide. Demand is very strong. As a result of brisk sales, Nintendo reported a net profit of 174.29 billion yen ($1.47 billion) in the year through March, up dramatically from 98.38 billion yen a year earlier. Nintendo is predicting 18% rise in profit sales next year. That is probably a very conservative number.

Surfing Safety

Surfing the net contains no sharks, no rocks, no wipe outs, no drowning and no risks of hitting your head on your surfboard. But, surfing the internet is not entirely a secure experience. As a rule of thumb, never make any online purchases or access your banking account when online on a public hotspot. Anyone with a monitoring software can view an unsecure wireless network. PCmag.com has an article about online security. It’s nothing you don’t already know, but it just reinforces the wild side of public hotspots.

Sharing WiFi

Great title for an article I recently read, “Honey, there’s a guy in the yard using our Wi-Fi and he wants a decaf latte.” It made me laugh. It made my day. What is it about? It’s about a Spanish startup called Fon, which will create a router which allows you to split your signal, one private and one public. The idea is to share your Wi-fi signal with other Fon users. In return, you can use other Fon hotspots around the world for free. Non Fon customers can use the service for $2-3 dollars for a day pass. I don’t know if the idea will fly. Who drives around looking for wifi signals in the residential neighborhoods? If Starbucks switches from T-Mobile to Fon, then you may have something there.

WordPress MU .htaccess file

Here’s the correct .htaccess for a subdomain type of installation for WordPress MU version 1.1.1. Please double check your .htaccess for correctness. This file needs to be on the base level of your WordPress MU install. Here’s the code:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /

# Rewrite www.domain.com to domain.com
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.(.*)
RewriteRule ^(.*) http://%1/$1 [R,L]

#uploaded files
RewriteRule ^(.*/)?files/$ index.php [L]
RewriteRule ^(.*/)?files/(.*) wp-content/blogs.php?file=$2 [L]

RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -f [OR]
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_FILENAME} -d
RewriteRule . – [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(wp-.*) $2 [L]
RewriteRule ^([_0-9a-zA-Z-]+/)?(.*\.php)$ $2 [L]
RewriteRule . index.php [L]

WordPress MU: DNS Wildcards

To enable a subdomain type of installation in WordPress MU, you’ll need a wildcard entry in the DNS. The following instructions applies only to Dreamhost users, but they can be easily adapted to other CPanels or other host providers.

Steps

  1. Login to the Dreamhost’s Panel
  2. Click on the Manage Domains
  3. Find yourdomain.com and click the DNS link
  4. Add a custom DNS to yourdomain.com. See entry below
  5. Click the Add Record Now submit button

Custom DNS Entry
Name: *
Type: CNAME
Value: yourdomain.com.
Comment: wildcard dns script

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If your provider does not provide you with the facility to add DNS records, please contact the support team telling them you need a wildcard entry in the DNS for a particular domain. They are usually happy to enter it for you. Please note some providers don’t allow wildcard entries, then you are better off using a subdirectory structure or moving to another host provider that supports it.

You literally do not need to add subdomains to yourdomain.com when installing WordPress MU. I made that mistake. The DNS wildcard and Apache’s mod_rewrite module should do the trick for you. As long as you have those two requirements, the subdomain type of install of WordPress MU will work.

WordPress MU Structure

There are two types of WordPress Mu structures: subdomains or subdirectories. Which one is for you? You decide. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me explain. Assuming your base install is located at yourdomain.com, you can install new blogs in two different ways. The first option is using subdomains. For example, the blogs1, blog2 and blog3 will look like this.

  • blog1.yourdomain.com
  • blog2.yourdomain.com
  • blog3.yourdomain.com

The second options is using subdirectories which will look like this:

  • yourdomain.com/blogs1
  • yourdomain.com/blogs2
  • yourdomain.com/blogs3

Either one will work. WordPress MU is not particular. It’s a matter of preference. The only requirement is that you will need a wildcard entry in the DNS if you use subdomains.

$3 Microsoft Student Education Suite

Microsoft announced today plans to offer a suite of applications to children in developing nations similar to one laptop per child initiative for just $3 dollars. The Microsoft Student Education Suite as it is called will include a specialized version of Windows XP, Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007, Microsoft Math 3.0, Learning Essentials 2.0 for Microsoft Office, and Windows Live Mail desktop.

I think it’s a great move by Microsoft. One of the biggest problems in developing nations is piracy mainly due to software being too expensive. For a measly $3 dollars, students are able to get the Microsoft Student Education Suite. The move also stems the tide of users switching over to other alternatives such as Linux or Google’s suite of applications.