Sync issues with OneDrive (SkyDrive Pro)

Recently I migrated our office from exchange server 2003 on premises to office 365 (mid-size business plan). I used the old-safe way of exporting all the mailboxes (.pst files) and importing them into Office 365, since we have only 30 mailboxes.

In terms of file sharing, we used a mounted drive located on the server. When the migration was done, I got rid of the server, and in terms of file sharing system, I purchased a 100 GB Dropbox account, which I installed on each and every computer.

Microsoft Office 365 comes with Sharepoint and file sharing features (based on Microsoft OneDrive, used to be called “SkyDrive Pro”), which means every user gets 25 GB of personal storage. The files are hosted on the cloud, and basically accessible from every computer that’s connected to the internet, where you can also set files to be accessible offline, by syncing folders to the computer).

I chose Dropbox because I didn’t have the time to train the employees on how to use OneDrive.

Recently I decided to migrate the whole file sharing system from Dropbox to OneDrive, so I started playing around with it, and testing it, before we switch to the new system.

The problem

While everything went smoothly in the beginning, as soon as I restarted my computer, OneDrive aut0-started, and there was a yellow exclamation point on OneDrive’s icon in the taskbar and an error message saying “we ran into problems syncing”, and also Microsoft Upload Center said “upload failed”.

Checking the error log, I found this:

ICsiError: csierrOdc_ScopeIntersectionUnresolvable (0x7B)

Error code=0x80004005; Error source=Groove

The solution

To solve this problem, we have 2 options. Option 1 is the shortest and most of the time solves it pretty fast. Option 2 takes more time, so use it as a backup if option 1 fails for you.

Option 1

1. Open the Task Manager and end every Office process (MSOSYNC.EXE, GROOVE.EXE and MSOUC.EXE).

Sync issues with OneDrive - SkyDrive Pro
Sync issues with OneDrive – SkyDrive Pro

2. Open Windows Explorer, navigate to the following locations and delete everything (files & folders):

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\Spw

C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Office\15.0\OfficeFileCache

3. Go to Office 365 online, click “sync” in OneDrive, and OneDrive app should start running again and sync normally.

If this method didn’t help you, try the following option 2, and at the end repeat step 1 to 3 of option 1.

Option 2

1. Right click on OneDrive’s icon in the taskbar, and choose “stop syncing a folder”.

2. Open windows explorer, and look for the OneDrive folder (usually on the left side, under “favorites”). Right click on the folder and delete it (all the content + the folder itself).

3. Go to Internet Explorer (even if you’re not using it), and clear browsing history (Settings -> Internet Options -> “Browsing History” -> Delete).

4. Run Disk cleanup (right click on your system drive -> Properties -> Disk cleanup).

5. Repeat Option 1.

Good luck!

What is Trello and How to Use Trello

Trello is currently being marketed as a collaboration tool that can help to organize various projects and make it easier to get things done on time. You can use it to organize your tasks, create checklists and search assignments- among other things- and the possibilities are virtually endless when it comes to using this website. It can be used in a variety of different ways.

If you are looking for a better way to keep yourself organized, then Trello really can help. It is not only fun to use, it is practical- and best of all it is free to download!

Trello Example Board
Trello Example Board

Using Trello for Project Collaboration

Trello was originally created as a project collaboration tool. It uses boards, checklists, cards, and various labels to assign tasks to members of your team, and you can also see what is in progress and who is working on what assignments. It is one of the easiest ways for you to handle the task management in your workplace, or in your home environment. It can help with both large and small collaborative projects.

Whether you are trying to set up a large project for a large number of freelancers that work remotely, or you are just trying to set up a chore list for the people in your household, Trello can help! If you haven’t already started using this great tool, then you don’t know what you are missing out on. Let’s go over some of the information about how it works, and how it can help you.

Add members to Trello
Add members to Trello

Understanding the Components of Trello

It is important to understand the three basic components that make up Trello. They include the boards, the lists and the cards.

Boards: Boards are actually used to help when it comes to managing large projects or campaigns. You use it board to build your project on the program. You may have a separate board for various projects that you have going on, to keep them separate and keep them on track. You can manage the board, and determine how small or how large you need it to be. It really is completely customizable, and it makes it easy for you to stay on track with your goals.

  • On the right of your board, you will notice that there are various different functions that you can choose from. You can add members, change settings, and filter.
  • You can also take a look at the activity feed within your board, just to see how much progress is being made, and by whom.

Lists: Lists are used along with the boards, and they separate and track the tasks into columns- based on categories. This helps you to see what is going on with the project, and how many tasks are required to finish the project. You can modify your lists as needed to make sure that you are on the right track with everything.

Move cards on Trello by dragging them from list to list
Move cards on Trello by dragging them from list to list

Cards: Cards are actually the components that fall under the lists. They are the individual tasks that are assigned to the lists within your boards. Each card is a task that is assigned to certain members of your team, and you can track progress on the cards as well. This is basically a small ‘checklist’ of sorts.

  • If you click on a particular card within your list, you will be able to see properties. You can also add due dates, team members, files, or checklists to the card.
  • You can also take a look at the progress on the card, if you take a look at the progress bar that is located on the bottom of the card.

Now that you have a better understanding of the basic components of Trello, are you ready to get started with it? This gives you a bit of a background on the program, but using it is something that you will actually learn best through first hand experience. Sure, you can watch tutorials and learn various tips and tricks, but many things you will actually be able to learn by simply playing around with the website.

Who Can Use Trello?

Trello can actually be used by both professionals and individuals. It helps to make it easier to manage time, and get things done. For people that procrastinate, this can actually be a life saving tool! Don’t let yourself get backed up with projects, or spend time trying to figure out how to effectively manage your projects! Instead, why not just give Trello a try? It has really started taking the world by storm, and many people are finding it to be a tool that they just can’t live without now that they have tried it and found it effective at helping with time and project management.

Trello Card
Trello Card
Trello iOS app
Trello iOS app

How to Use Trello

Using Trello is actually quite simple, at first glance. You can use it to make lists within lists, and you can drag and drop tasks, and it is really just a fun tool to use. While it appears really simple, there are various features that may make your experience with this tool a lot smoother. In fact, you can use certain features to help you when it comes to switching boards, editing cards, uploading attachments, and much more. There are also shortcuts that you can use to make it easier for you to get things done.

All in all, Trello seems to really be making a positive impact on the world. In a world where it seems like the days just get shorter and shorter, it makes sense that we would need to find a way to make things just a little bit easier. This is perhaps one of the main reasons why Trello was introduced- and definitely one of the main reasons why it has been such a hit!

Sign up to Trello

Facebook Plugin Breaks WordPress’ Pagination

For one of the websites I created, XpatGirls.com, I installed Facebook’s official plugin for WordPress. It’s a nice plugin, that adds some “social” elements to your blog, instead of installing different plugins for different purposes, including:

  • Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol
  • Insights
  • Like, Send and follow buttons
  • Recommendation bar etc.

So, I installed the plugin on the website, like I do with almost every website that I build. A couple of weeks later, I found out that WordPress’ pagination was broken. Although the pagination appeared at the bottom of the blog, clicking on the page numbers / previous / next – would do nothing but navigate to the main page. So like everytime there’s a problem with WordPress, I started disabling themes and plugins, in order to isolate the problem, and then resolve it.

How to fix WordPress’ pagination problem caused by Facebook plugin

In the end, I found out that the Facebook plugin was the trouble maker.

To make a long story short, and to make your life easier, try adding the following piece of code to the end of the file functions.php (inside the theme’s folder). It solved my problem, and I hope it’ll solve yours.

function td_pagination_fix() {
 global $wp_query;
 unset($wp_query->queried_object);
}
add_action( 'wp', 'td_pagination_fix', 111 );

I assume it only happens with specific themes, so if you encountered this issue, please mention your theme in the comments below.

Invite All Friends to Like a Facebook Page / Event – 2014

Recently I started a new website about The Best Flea Medicine For Dogs. The website is all about flea treatment and flea control for dogs.

When I created the Facebook Page for the website, I needed some initial likes in order for the page to become viral. I had 2 options:

1. Create ads on Facebook (recently I read and watched a video says that the audience that you get from advertising on Facebook is pretty much useless).

2. Invite all my friends to like the page.

We, or everyone who’s in the social media business, know that Facebook won’t let you to invite all your friends to like a page / invite to an event, since it’s a “spammy” action, which is pretty much true, but this is not the issue right now. So if Facebook won’t let you to invite them all together, there’s probably a hack, workaround to get it done. And there’s one.

Until recently, we used to copy some JavaScript code, paste it in the browser’s address bar, click “enter” and we got to invite all of our friends. The other method was to copy the code, paste it in Chrome’s console and run the code. This is not working anymore and if you try to do that, you’ll get this message: “SyntaxError: Unexpected token ILLEGAL error”. Facebook has blocked this method, but not totally.

How to invite all friends to like a Facebook Page / invite them to an event

So I found out there’s a solution to invite all of your friends to like a Facebook page, and you can all use it for your marketing efforts and needs, but I must warn you that you’re using this code at your own risk.

In order to get it to work properly, follow the following steps.

1. First – use Google Chrome. I haven’t tested it on other browsers, but I know it works for sure on Google Chrome.

2. Visit this page – a warning by Facebook about JavaScript console and why it is disabled by them. PLEASE READ IT CAREFULLY and approve it. Without accepting this page, it will not work. This is what the page looks like:

Facebook Self XSS message
Facebook Self XSS message

3. Copy the following code:


javascript:var inputs = document.getElementsByClassName('uiButton _1sm');

for(var i=0; i<inputs.length;i++) {

inputs[i].click();

}

4. Go to your Facebook page and make sure you’re using Facebook as yourself, and not as your page.

5. In the top area, go to “Build Audience” and click on “Invite Friends”.

6. Make sure the dropdown is set to “All Friends”.

7. Now you get to see a list of some of your friends. Since we want to invite them all, scroll the list down to the end. TIP: use your mouse’s auto-scroll button (if it has it) instead of manual scrolling.

8. When you get to the bottom of the list, click CTRL + SHIFT + J, to open Chrome’s Developer Tools, and click on “Console” on the very right:

Google Chrome Console
Google Chrome Console

9. Paste the code you have copied in the Console.

10. Press “Enter” and let the magic happen!

If you have many friends, this process can take some time. You’ll notice that your friend names are being “checked” one by one, which means they’ve been invited.

You’re welcome, and if I helped you, please like my page below:

 

What is Dropbox And How To Use Dropbox

Dropbox is a cloud storage program that offers a great way for you to store and access your data from virtually anywhere with an internet connection. It is designed for people that want to access their files from anywhere, but don’t like to carry around a thumb drive or email files to their own email address. It has become increasingly popular, as more and more people are moving to the cloud. If you are looking for something that will help you to manage your files easier, then it may be something worth looking into. Let’s take a closer look at how it works, and how it may benefit you.

How Dropbox Works

When you create a Dropbox account, it gives you a folder that will sync with all of your devices. When you save a file, you will simply add it to your Dropbox folder on your desktop, or on any of your other devices. It doesn’t require you to have a large storage space on your desktop, because the data is stored virtually through the cloud. It works on a variety of devices, including PCs, Macs, iPhones, iPads, and many Android devices, among others.

Accessing Your Dropbox Account

Accessing your account is not difficult. In fact, when you set your account up, you will be able to sync the folder on all devices. Then, when you login to your account, whether you are on your desktop or on your mobile device, you will be able to view the folder and open the documents. You can even log in from another computer, go to Dropbox.com, and login to your account to view your folders. You don’t even have to keep the icon on your desktop, although this is the easiest way to drag and drop files to be saved and synced. It is really quite simple, and anyone with any background with computers should be able to do it.

The Benefits of Using Dropbox

Dropbox offers a variety of benefits. While it is obviously a great place to store your data because it allows you to access it anywhere, it has other benefits that you should consider as well:

  • You can store audio, video, photo, and other document types.
  • You can sync devices across the globe, with just the click of a button.
  • You can recover your deleted files for up to 30 days, or longer with a paid account.
  • You can use the software to share files and folders with friends and family.
  • You always have a backup of your data, even if you lose it on a particular device.

As you can see, Dropbox is really an effective tool that can be used for a variety of different reasons. If it isn’t something that you have tried before, then it may be time for you to take a look into it. It could really prove beneficial to you- even if you just use it as a way to backup your files virtually so that you don’t have to worry about losing important documents in the event that your computer is stolen, damaged, or compromised. It is also safe to use, and your data is always secure.

Share Files Easily

One of the biggest advantages is the file sharing. Any time you want to share a file with someone, as long as they have a Dropbox account, you can just click share and choose the folder or file. It shares instantly. You can even make shared folders that you share with everyone in your family, which is a great way to share family photos. It is also great for business use, because it allows you to share your information with everyone in the workplace with ease. It is an essential tool for businesses, for sure, as well as individuals.

Pricing Structures

So, just how much does Dropbox cost? If you look into it, you will find that they offer a free version. This gives you up to 2GB of storage space, and you don’t have to pay anything for it. This is sometimes enough for some people, and they even have a great referral program that allows you to earn more storage space.

They also offer paid memberships, and they are as follows:

  • 100GB for $9.99/mo or $99/year
  • 200GB for $19.99/mo or $199/year
  • 500GB for $49.99/mo or $499/year

For teams that need a great deal of storage space, they also have the Dropbox Teams option, which costs roughly $795 annually. It can be used by up to 5 users, and it offers a terabyte of storage space. It also offers 200GB of additional storage space for any new users that may be added later. These added users are $125 annually.

How to Get Started

To get started with Dropbox, you will start by downloading the software to your computer. You will also want to get the apps on your mobile devices. Register for your account and install the folder onto your desktop. You will then be ready to start using the program, and start reaping the benefits. It only takes just a few minutes to download it.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, Dropbox can really be a great tool. It is easy to download, and easy to use. It is designed so that just about anyone that uses a computer should be able to use it. It offers free storage options for those that want to try it out, or those that just simply don’t need a lot of storage space. It is something that people wish they had around many years ago, because it really just helps to make life a lot easier. You always have your files on the go, and you can share with just a few clicks. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.

Sign up – start using Dropbox today!

How To Set Outlook 2013 Calendar Reminders To Stay On Top And In Focus

Recently I migrated our company to Office 365. It was a big change, since we used to use Office 2003 that was connected to Exchange Server 2003 Onsite. One of the biggest changes about Outlook 2013, is that when the Calendar reminder window “pops up”, it usually stays “hidden” behind many other windows. It does play a sound and the window “blinks” yellow in the task bar, but if you’re concentrating on something else, it’s easy to dismiss it, and you could find yourself running late to a meeting.

The Problem

Microsoft has designed it to work that way, so that if you’re in the middle of something and don’t see the pop up window, you won’t press “Enter” by mistake, confirm the reminders and make the window disappear. Hence, when Outlook 2013 calendar reminder window pops up, it becomes hidden since there are other open windows covering it.

The Solution

One simple solution is to set a different – more noticeable – sound to the reminder window. You can do that by opening Outlook -> File -> Options -> Choose “Advanced” on the left side -> Click “Browse” and choose a different sound under the “Play Reminder Sound” field.

Of course – this simple solution won’t help you set Outlook reminders to stay on top.

The real solution here is a VBA based code (Don’t freak out, it’s pretty simple and easy to create) that pops up a customizeable message box that stays on top of every other window, and you can’t ignore it. The only con I find for this solution, is that this message box comes before the reminder window, and in order to view the reminder window, you need to click “ok” on the message box.

This guide is related to Windows 7 and Office 2013 / Office 365, althoug h I assume it will work in Windows 8 as well. So here we go:

1. First – we need to create a Digital Certificate:

How To Find And Create Digital Certificate In Office 2013:

I read on many websites that you need to click “Start” and type “Certificate” and then choose “Digital Certificate for VBA Projects”, but it will not work in Office 2013 / Windows 7.

In order to Create a Digital Certificate, we need to run the file “SELFCERT.EXE”. Here is the file location: “C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office 15\root\office15”.

When you run the file, you’ll get this window:

Office 2013 "Create Digital Certificate" window
Office 2013 “Create Digital Certificate” window

2. Name your certificate and click “OK”. “outlookreminder” for example [without the quotation marks].

3. You’ll get a message says “Succesfully created a new certificate for outlookreminder”. Click “OK”.

4. Go to Outlook, and press ALT + F11 to open the VBA Editor.

5. On the left side, you’ll see “Project 1”. Double click, it will expand and you’ll see “Microsoft Outlook Objects”. Double Click it, it will expand and you’ll see “ThisOutlookSession”. Double click it.

6. On the window on the right side, copy and paste the following code [You can always change the text ‘This is a friendly reminder…’ and the title “Attention!”]:

Private Sub Application_Reminder(ByVal Item As Object)<br /><br />If TypeOf Item Is AppointmentItem Then<br /> MsgBox "This is a friendly reminder about upcoming meeting!", vbSystemModal, "Attention!"<br /> End If<br /><br />End Sub

7. Your final window should look like this:

8. Click Save [Don’t exit yet!].

9. In order to run the macro, we need to “sign” it. To do that, go to Tools -> Digital Signature -> Click “Choose” and select the certificate name we’ve created before [I named it “outlookreminder”, remember?].

10. Click “OK”, save again and close the window.

11. Now – since this is a macro, we need to allow it in Outlook. I’ve tried to allow this macro specifically with no success. I had no choice but allowing all macros. It’s not risky in my opinion, but do it at your own risk.

12. In Outlook, Go to File -> Options -> Trust Center -> Trust Center Settings -> Macro Settings -> Check “Enable All Macros”. Click “OK”, close Outlook and open Outlook again.

13. From now on, every time there’s a calendar reminder, you’ll get a message box that will stay on top of each and every window, and trust me, you WON’T ignore it.

14. You welcome:

The Final Result
The Final Result

Bluehost vs GoDaddy – Webhost Wars: Which Should You Choose?

These days, looking for the best web hosting company for your website / blog can be a nightmare. With thousands of companies offering web hosting services, it could be likened to finding a needle in a haystack. As a result, many become overwhelmed and end up making the wrong choice. And we all know that is a mistake you cannot afford to make. Thus, it is important to do some research, narrow down your choices, and make in-depth comparisons between and among these web hosting companies. Two of the names that make most shortlists are Bluehost and GoDaddy, and these are the two webhosting providers that we will be comparing in this article.

Bluehost and GoDaddy

In the world of web hosting, both Bluehost and GoDaddy are considered to be veterans. Bluehost was founded in 1996 and GoDaddy a year later, in 1997. With more than 15 years in the industry, it comes as no surprise that these companies now host millions of domains. Bluehost, with its sister companies FastDomain and HostMonster, hosts over 2 million domains all over the world. GoDaddy, on the other hand, is the fastest growing web host today, with more than 55 million domains under management as of 2013.

Clearly, these two hosting companies have a lot to offer. The question is: when it comes to shared hosting, which is the better choice? In order to answer that question, we have to take a deeper look at their differences and similarities, if any.

Hosting Packages and Prices

First, let us take a look at the hosting products or packages offered by both companies. Bluehost has always specialized in shared web hosting from the beginning, although it also started offering VPS and Dedicated Server hosting in 2013. GoDaddy on the other hand has established itself as a one-stop-shop, with a wide variety of products to varied users. Aside from basic shared web hosting, GoDaddy also offers advanced hosting options, such as VPS, dedicated servers, managed hosting, and even reseller hosting.

Bluehost offers two shared hosting packages: Basic and Pro. At $4.95 per month, Bluehost provides Basic users with UNLIMITED domains, storage, websites, and email accounts; a free domain; automated backups; and 24/7 technical and customer support. Upgrading to a pro account will increase the monthly rate to $19.99, with Pro features thrown in, such as domain privacy; more than 5 times better server performance; a dedicated IP address; SSL certificate; Backups PRO; and additional 10 anti-spam email accounts. What’s more, these packages come with a money-back guarantee.

Godaddy Hosting Packages
Godaddy Hosting Packages

GoDaddy, on the other hand, offers three packages: Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate. Their basic plan, Economy, consists of 1 website, 100 GB disc space, 10 MySQL databases for Linux OS or 1 MS SQL Database for Windows OS, and 100 email addresses. Originally, Economy is priced at a monthly rate of $6.99 but is now lowered to only $4.99 per month. Their Deluxe Package supposedly offers the best value among their shared web hosting services. From $8.99, users now need only pay $5.99 per month to host unlimited websites, with unlimited bandwidth and disk space, 25 MySQL Databases for Linux OS or 2 MS SQL Databases for Windows OS, and 500 email addresses. GoDaddy’s Ultimate Package is priced at $7.99 per month (it used to be $14.99) and has similar features as the Deluxe Package, except for unlimited databases and 1000 email addresses instead of 500. Users also get Premium DNS and SSL certificate, subject to certain restrictions.

Verdict: The Basic packages of both Bluehost and GoDaddy are both priced almost the same monthly rate, at $4.95 and $4.99, respectively. Those who opt for a Basic plan will get more value from Bluehost’s offering, considering how it offers almost unlimited everything, including databases. GoDaddy’s Basic package, on the other hand, is severely limited in comparison. The price disparity becomes more glaringly significant if you update to a higher plan. Upgrading to a Pro package in Bluehost costs $19.99 monthly, while the GoDaddy’s Ultimate package is priced at a lower $7.99 per month. Users with multiple websites will also end up saving a lot of money with Bluehost because you can host them all using one package. But if you only have the one website, GoDaddy’s Economy package’s 1 website limitation won’t be an issue. Now, if you are on a tight budget, looking for a dirt-cheap basic web hosting service, Bluehost is the obvious choice. However, if you plan on getting a higher-than-basic account and you can live with certain limitations, there’s no doubt that GoDaddy will cost you a lot less.  The money-back guarantee in Bluehost’s package also goes a long way in putting customers’ minds at ease.

Hosting Features

The features of both web hosting companies’ shared web hosting services were mentioned earlier in their package offerings; now it’s time to dig a little deeper. Bluehost offers more flexibility when it comes to its databases, using PHPMyAdmin and MySQL, while GoDaddy is limited to MySQL only. Bluehost also wins, on all counts, with respect to disk space, easily trumping GoDaddy’s disk space limitations.

Again, if you only have a single website that you plan to host, GoDaddy works just fine. But the unlimited websites, domains and email accounts offered by Bluehost makes it ideal for those who are planning to host multiple websites, since they no longer have to get separate hosting plans for each domain. Unless you choose GoDaddy’s Economy plan, the disk space provision of both web hosts is also the same: unlimited.

The unlimited file transfer capability available in Bluehost also makes it the more attractive option. While it is true that GoDaddy also offers backups, there is no denying that Bluehost gives the better deal, with its automated data backups, which is further enhanced when you go Pro.

Both Bluehost and GoDaddy also offer e-commerce applications, which is perfect for users who need an online store management system in their websites. In this regard, Bluehost once again comes out on top, boasting e-commerce applications and platforms such as Zen Cart, SSL, Shared SSL, CubeCart, Agora and Magento. GoDaddy, on the other hand, only has Zen Cart and SSL.

Another area where Bluehost offers more is the accumulation of web statistics. It has referrer logs, a raw Log Manager, error logs, AWStats, and Webilizer. GoDaddy has none of these.

Verdict: Setting the price factor aside, comparing the two companies’ Basic packages based on features alone shows Bluehost as the clear winner. In fact, even if you compare the features of Bluehost’s Pro package to that of GoDaddy’s Ultimate package, Bluehost still wins by a mile.

Usability

There is now the question on which web hosting is more user-friendly. Of course, your level of technical know-how will be factored in. This aspect may not matter much to experts who are fairly adept at programming, but beginners will naturally prefer an interface or setup that is very easy to understand, navigate, and use.

Take a look at the “backend” – the screen, dashboard or control panel – users are presented with once they have purchased a hosting account and logged into the web hosting site. Bluehost’s control panel is called, well, cPanel. At first glance, the smattering of icons and options on the screen is daunting, but once you get the hang of it, navigating through it is very easy and straightforward. GoDaddy has come up with its own custom backend which looks initially to be uncomplicated. However, it is only when you attempt to do more that things with GoDaddy’s interface becomes tricky, not to mention frustrating. There is also the matter of Bluehost’s automated script installer – the Softaculous – being more intuitive and faster, allowing the installation of more than 300 popular software for the website to be hosted. GoDaddy’s script installer offers only a handful of applications.

Bluehost's CPanel
Bluehost’s cPanel

There is also a waiting period involved when managing websites via GoDaddy’s in-house backend. This is because it queues all requests related to website or account management. Users end up having to wait for at certain length of time until their requests will be processed.

Verdict: GoDaddy’s control panel is user-friendly IF you prefer something that is easy to use, and you don’t really plan on making changes or hosting account management actions that go beyond the basics. However, in the long run, Bluehost’s user interface offers more flexibility and options, as well as speed. Don’t be intimidated by the “many icons and options” seen on the screen; they’re there for a reason, and that is to give you more control or power over managing your accounts.

Customer Support

It is inevitable that you should run into problems or certain issues with your web hosting, and it certainly helps if your chosen hosting service can be reached at any time of the day (because, really, problems arise when we least expect – or want – them to). Fortunately, both Bluehost and GoDaddy offer exceptional 24/7customer support, starting from a very informative FAQ and Help sections to interactive tools, such as email and phone.

GoDaddy’s phone support has a 36-minute expected wait time, and utilizing only one phone line – no toll-free phone number. Bluehost, on the other hand, involves an average wait time of 9 minutes through two phone lines: a toll-free line for users in the United States and another line for customers outside the US. The email support of both web hosts is done via support tickets. Bluehost guarantees a response period of 24 hours when contacted via email, while GoDaddy do not give out any assurances as to how quick they can respond, only that priority is given to users who are logged into their site. Meanwhile, Buehost also has a live chat team available to assist customers in real time, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Another noteworthy addition to the customer support of these two webhosts is the integration of user forums in their customer support. GoDaddy also set up its own blog for news and updates about its products and services, and hosts the GoDaddy IdeaShare, for a more interactive user experience. Bluehost also deserves commendation for uploading video tutorials on their site, while maintaining a deep and vast knowledgebase. Bluehost users can also keep track of their support history when they log into their accounts on the site. Speaking of interactive, Bluehost and GoDaddy also tapped into the social media trend, making their presence felt on Facebook and Twitter.

Verdict: GoDaddy’s customer support gets the job done. From firsthand experience by many users, GoDaddy’s support is “adequate” and “meets their expectations”. But the clear winner for this round is still Bluehost, with its fast response time and customer service that “exceeds expectations”. Now this does not come as a surprise at all, since Bluehost is one of the highest rated in terms of customer support.

Performance

It’s time to take a look at the performance – in terms of speed – of both web hosts. Website speed tests conducted on Bluehost and GoDaddy showed that they both set low memory limits initially. Bluehost has the upper hand in this, since it allows the option of upgrading to Bluehost Pro, which speeds up performance by up to 5 times. In GoDaddy, the hosting account will require more optimization in order to get better performance. As things are right now, there are quite a huge number of customer complaints about GoDaddy web servers being unable to handle high loads of traffic.

Verdict: Basically, Bluehost and GoDaddy do not have significant differences when it comes to load time. It is, however, general knowledge that GoDaddy’s web servers are much slower when it comes to processing time. If you are thinking long-term, Bluehost is the better choice.

Other Products

As mentioned earlier, Bluehost also started offering VPS hosting and dedicated server hosting in 2013, two products that were already included in GoDaddy’s product line. Both web hosts also offer a number of packages or plans for these products. For purposes of comparison, we will focus on their “best value” plans.

Bluehost’s Enhanced VPS hosting charges $29.99 for the first month, renewable at $59.99 for every succeeding month. This is certainly more expensive than GoDaddy’s Value VPS plan, which has a monthly fee of $39.99 (discounts are available for 12-month and 24-month prepayments). Both plans support a monthly bandwidth of 2,000GB (or 2TB) and 60 GB storage. However, Bluehost’s plan offers 4GB available RAM, which is twice more than GoDaddy’s 2GB RAM. Bluehost also threw in two CPU cores, 2 IPs, and a free domain.

When it comes to dedicated servers, GoDaddy’s Value Deal’s features include Intel Core i5 quad core CPU and a 4GB RAM. Customers will also get a storage of 2 x 300 GB hard drives, and a monthly bandwidth of 10TB. All these are at a monthly fee of $149.99, with discounts available if customers choose a 12-month or 24-month term. Bluehost, on the other hand, offers its Enhanced plan at $99.99 for the first month, then renews at $199.99 per month. It also features a 4 x 2.5 GHz quad core CPU, a 10TB bandwidth, and 1TB storage. However, it has 8GB available RAM against GoDaddy’s 4GB. Aside from a free domain, those who avail of this plan will also get 4 IPs.

Verdict: You know what they say about getting what you pay for. On a monthly basis – after the first month – Bluehost’s VPS hosting and dedicated servers hosting is more expensive. But it makes up for the price by adding more features and functionality in their packages.

The Verdict: Bluehost or GoDaddy?


When it comes to package offerings, hosting features, usability, performance, customer support, and other product offerings, Bluehost is way ahead of the race against GoDaddy. It is in the pricing that things get quite tricky because, well, looking at the figures alone, it is clear that Bluehost is the more expensive web host. Cost-benefit analysis, however, would show that you will still get the most bang for your buck even if you pay for the higher price tag attached to Bluehost’s hosting services instead of GoDaddy.

Now, which one should you choose? The answer will depend on what you actually need in a web hosting company. Your know-how, and even your willingness to learn about how these web hosts work, will also have to be factored in. If you are looking to invest in a web host that will serve you well in the long run, and you do not want to be hampered by the limitations set by GoDaddy, then go for Bluehost. In fact, if you want to get the best overall deal on web hosting, Bluehost is the one that is highly recommended. If, on the other hand, you are operating under strict budget constraints, and you do not foresee GoDaddy’s limitations to be a problem with your hosting, then there’s no reason why you shouldn’t go for GoDaddy.

Whatever choice you make, you have to be sure that you have given it proper thought, and weighed the pros and cons while taking into consideration your own needs and particular circumstances.

How To Setup A Linksys E3000 Router As An Access Point

I have a 3 room apartment (Living room + 2 Bedrooms). Since we’re only 2 people, we made the second bedroom into a home office. We have a nice setup there with a very big desk, docking station for Dell laptops, HP All In One printer and a queen size bed, in case we have guests over, or if we ever (god forbid [girlfriend’s addition]) fight (which I’ll always be to blame for [girlfriend’s addition]) 😉

In our house, we have Verizon FIOS as our Internet Service Provider, and we use their wireless router to have Internet all over the place. The router they provide is pretty decent and we installed it in the living room, but the wireless signal is insanely low in the office. I decided to make it better, by using another – stronger – router as an Access Point.

Setup Cisco Linksys E3000 Router as an Access Point

Access Point is a device (in our case – Linksys E3000 router) that allows wireless devices to connect to a wired network using Wi-Fi. The new setup is pretty simple. The Low-Signal Verizon router is located in the living room, and the Linksys E3000 is connected to the Verizon router via LAN cable. Since the Linksys E3000 has a stronger and better signal strength, we will use it as a wireless router and will connect to it in our home office.

Setup Linksys E3000 as Access Point
Setup Linksys E3000 as Access Point

In order to make it happen, follow these 6 steps:

  1. Use a LAN cable to connect the Linksys router to your comouter (use the regular 4 LAN ports, not the yellow “Internet” port).
  2. Use your web browser in order to access your Router’s Control Panel (Usually by going to 192.168.1.1). The default username and password are “admin” for username, “admin” for password (without the “”). If you can’t access the Router’s Control Panel, reset the router’s settings by pressing the Reset button for 10 seconds. Obviously, if you reset your router, you are going to lose all the settings.
  3. Go to “Setup” and then “Basic Setup”. Change the default IP Address (192.168.1.1) to a free IP Address in your existing LAN. If your LAN’s IP structure is 192.168.1.x, change it, for example, to 192.168.1.55. If you’re LAN’s IP structure is 10.0.0.x, change it, for example, to 10.0.0.14. Make sure the address is free by accessing the main router. If you want, you can assign and reserve a static IP to the Linksys E3000 in your main router’s settings.
  4. Change “DHCP Server” from “enabled” to “disabled”.
  5. Save settings and reboot router.
  6. It’s now safe to unplug the router from your computer, and plug the Linksys E3000 (regular LAN port, not the yellow “Internet” port) to any free LAN port in your main router.

Congratulations! Your Linksys E3000 is now acting as an Access Point. Don’t forget to setup all the wireless settings in the router’s wireless settings page.

How To Change / Assign / Re-Assign License key On Office 365

One of the best features of Office 365, is that every machine can serve multiple users just by signing in and out. Let’s say I’m in the confrenece room in my my office, and I want to use some document / presentation located in my SkyDrive. Office 365 is installed on the computer, and all I have to do, is to open some Microsoft Office program, click on “Sign In”, put my username and password and I get access to my private SkyDrive. When I’m done, I log out and every other user (employee) can log in and get access to their files.

So that was the situation with one of our computers, until at some point, when a user tried to log in, Office said there’s a problem.

I guess Office got confused with all the users / licenses assigned to that machine, so the solution is to re-assign a license to a user to a machine. Usually when it happened, I used to uninstall Office 365, since nothing else helped in this situation, but after researching the web, I found a great – quicker solution than uninstalling Office. By the way, after uninstalling, I also used to run CCleaner, just to make sure the registry is clean and healthy.

So this is how to change / assign / re-assign license key On office 365:

Last 5 Characters Of Product Keys
Last 5 Characters Of Product Keys
  1. Run command prompt by clicking on Start -> Start typing “cmd“, right click on “cmd.exe” -> Run as administrator.
  2. If you’re using the 32bit (x86) version of Office 365, type “cd\” -> Enter -> type “cd C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft Office\Office15” -> Enter. Go to Step 4.
  3. If you’re using the 64bit (x64) version of Office 365, type “cd\” -> Enter -> type “cd C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15” -> Enter. Go to Step 4.
  4. Type “cscript ospp.vbs /dstatus” -> Enter. This command will display the status of the current licenses, by showing the last five characters of each license (see picture above).
  5. Now all we have to do is to remove all the licenses that are attached to this machine. We are going to do that by typing “cscript ospp.vbs /unpkey:<last five characters of every product key from the list above>” -> Enter.
  6. Run the above command as many times as you need in order to remove all the product keys (one product at a time, not all together).
  7. Restart Windows, and after restarting Windows, try to run any Microsoft Office program, and it will ask you to sign in, in order to activate Microsoft Office 365.
  8. Done!

Review: Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

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Just like the name suggests, the Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm aims to prevent accidents caused by uncontrolled fire in homes. It gives better surveillance and control of the internal environment in the home. The Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is one of the popular devices designed to ensure that you easily stay on top of the internal environment in your home. This product is designed to keep you, those you love, and even property as safe as possible. When high levels of smoke are detected in your house, the product sends you an instant message to your smartphone, tablet, or laptop informing to take a corrective action. This product stands out from most others thanks to the following operational features.

The messaging system sends messages about your house environment to your phone, tablet, or laptop. Another amazing aspect of this device is brought by the powerful sensors that are capable of detecting carbon monoxide particles that are invisible to the naked eye. When you purchase the product, it comes with accessories such as batteries, a special back-plate, four screws, and an operational manual. Other important features include the sensor ring and audio speaker that helps to signal people in the house when specific smoke levels in the house are reached and surpassed.

 

Pros:

If you are planning to buy this product for the first time, you will note that it is not another of the usual smoke or carbon monoxide detector. Here are the main advantages you will draw from using it in the house.

  1. The product is fitted with an intelligent system that helps to sense carbon monoxide and other dangerous smoke particles that are invisible to the naked eye. This is critical because your family will not be at risk of facing smoke related problems such as upper respiratory system diseases. This is also critical in avoiding associated medical bills. Remember that prevention is always better because in extreme cases, excess smoke can even be fatal.
  2. Using Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm helps the house owner to prevent disasters that are associated with fire. Excess carbon dioxide often results from incomplete combustion in the house that often precedes dangerous fires. When the product sends a message to your smartphone to alert you about the high levels of carbon monoxide, you can immediately move in to check the problem and abate possible disasters. With this messaging system, you can be sure that no fire-related problem will go to the extent of being uncontrollable. You’ll get an early alert, which will give you ample time to react and find a quick working solution.
  3. The system is networked to help you monitor smoke levels remotely. This gives the house owner confidence and peace because his family and property will be safe from dangers associated with smoke. When smoke levels go beyond allowed limits, a signal is sent to the house owner’s smartphone or tablet. This is very critical especially when the house has infants, elderly or asthmatic people who can be harmed by high levels of smoke or carbon monoxide.
  4. The process of installation is simple and very cost effective. This product is an advanced model that is light, easy to install, and also very easy to use. When you purchase it, you are also given an installation manual that guides you on how to fix it on the ceiling or wall. You will consequently be able to save on labor costs, fix it perfectly and start enjoying utmost security within a very short time.
  5. The product contains a computerized circuit run by a special software that helps to diagnose and rectify most of the common problems that may arise. The product notifies you when there is a problem and indicates which specific units are problematic. You can also troubleshoot the product, update the software, and even reinstall it from your tablet, smartphone, or laptop.
  6. The product is fitted with Wi-Fi capabilities that enable it to connect with other intelligent systems such as Nest Thermostat. This is an added special advantage because you can use the latter to remotely switch off the gas heating system and reduce the level of gas accumulation.
  7. The people who will be left in the house will be able to know the state of the internal environment simply by observing the alerts in form of light indicators or hearing sound signals specially designed to alert any occupants of the house about the levels of smoke and carbon monoxide in the house. It is however critical to also train the house occupants on the right actions to take when high smoke levels are noted.

Cons:

  1. This product has a major disadvantage resulting from use of rechargeable battery. Though the battery has a fairly long battery life, there is a risk of reduced efficiency after continued use. However, you can address this problem by regularly assessing the charge levels and recharging it when power level fall low.
  2. Some functionalities of this product are reliant on other products. For example, if the product sends a signal to you alerting you of high smoke levels, if the smoke is from the gas system, you will need to have a Nest Thermostat installed in the house to be able to remotely switch off the gas system. Therefore, you must have installed both systems in the house to enjoy this convenience. Though the additional system raises the total amount of money required, it is of great importance because it makes it possible for you to operate remotely and avoid disasters.
  3. Some clients have complained that the product is difficult to find. This would mean a longer wait before the product is shipped to you by your online merchant. However, considering the features that it offers, the wait is justified.

Conclusion:

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