Thursday, October 29, 2009

Confronting Challenges, Self-Responsibility and Finding Answers

Criticism alone is not enough in dealing with issues you are confronted with. Development of intellectuality where focus on debate and criticism is emphasized teaches little about responsibility towards the issues that challenge us.

At the global level, criticism encourages citizens to be rebellious without taking responsible action against causes such as poverty or the environment. At the national level, debate without end can subliminally subjugate a country’s people to feel powerless against corruption or drugs. At the personal level, voicing one’s criticism can mislead one to think that I have had my say against what has made me unhappy and therefore I don’t need to do anything more about it. In the long run, one is left with an increasing feeling of anxiety without knowing its origins.

In our present world of increasing complexities there are also increasing possibilities towards solutions. Criticism not only will not help us find solutions, it will trip us over if not outright put a wall up in between us and those possible solutions. I love the internet because it has shown me how endless solutions can be found. It has taught me how to ask questions, and when my questions can not deliver me the answers I know that I have asked the wrong questions.

So I would like to encourage you to pause if you become aware of yourself criticizing something. Reframe your mind, re-ask your questions. Don’t just use the internet, ask even the unlikely stranger who may be passing you by just to give you that original answer. Finally, don’t just ask questions. If you have felt compelled to criticize, to ask about something, understand that something deep inside has impelled you to take responsible action for it. Clear up these little things that bother you one by one as attentive as you would if you were weeding your garden and you will never have to carry the weight of anxiety in your life.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Visiting Khao Yai?

This is a Slideshare presentation I made about places and things you can visit and do when you are in the Pak Chong, Khao Yai area.

Friday, October 2, 2009

Web hosting for idiots: How do websites work?

We visit numerous website each day but do we know how they operate? Probably not, and in reality there is a huge amount that goes on behind the scenes when you visit any website. Here's some basic ideas about what is actually happening.

A website is actually a collection of web pages that link here and there depending on what you click. All the web pages contain text and images which is stored in a different place. The place where all the text and images are stored is called the web server. A web server will have access to the internet which is connected to a certain website. When someone clicks on the website address, it will be link to the web server and download the page onto the screen of the monitor.

In other words, web server allows you to see the text and images through your web browser. Among the browsers available in the market is Internet Explorer, Firefox or K-Meleon.

In some cases, the computer could be turn into a server but it must have a fast internet connection speed. A computer turned into a server must be kept running at all times and will need extra care when managing it. Therefore, many people usually do not choose this way of having their server. They will choose a proper company to have their web server with a web hosting company. Web hosting companies will many servers where they can provide services to thousands of website owners. The main priority is to keep the servers working at all times. Reputable companies such as GoDaddy maybe a little more expensive, but there record for ‘uptime’ i.e. how long do they host sites without having any problems is 99.99%.

For a website to run smoothly, a space on the web server with internet connection is required to store web pages. Space in the web server is calculated in MB. The more MB you require, the more it will cost. Besides that, internet connection which is used to connect the website to the internet is known as bandwidth.  Bandwidth will be the key for surfers to access the website and is counted in GB or MB. The bandwidth provided will be different from different companies. Customer support is also another important thing when it comes to good web hosting company. Companies which provides customer help line is definitely a bonus. Besides that, companies today also provide email support. The ability to explain term in a simple manner is very important because not all customers have a great knowledge about computers.