Open Office vs Microsoft Office

The Culture

When we buy a new laptop, usually it is preinstalled with original home Vista. Sometime the sale person will offer to install other software for free such as Office, Adobe, CD software and etc.

in my case, when I bought my DELL laptop I asked the guy to install me everything that he have for “free”. Free aka pirated software. Yup, I know its illegal but  as long as my Vista is original then all my software doesn’t have too rite.

Unfortunately I really have  a bad habit, I will update anything that need to be update and will  fix any update message and error I prefer all my software and OS to be updated. Why it is bad ?

When I run update for my WIndow ,I accidentally click update to Microsoft Office :). You know what happen when you update online your pirate software, you will busted by Microsoft  online police. This time it’s called OGA, Office Genuine Authentication.

Microsoft police will detect the pirated software and show every time I use office. It will remind me that I maybe a victim of software pirate whom kidnap me and force me to install their software hehehe.

Short Solution

Even I tried to install a fresh cracked Office, OGA still recognise my software as illegal version. Then I search for OGA Remover, 🙂 . Well I did find one and there is no more warning message. Then when I get a new update, the same thing happen again. Plus, sooner or later, Microsoft will soon fix this crack and I need to find a new crack version of OGA. So this things will keep move in a circle. I need to find a complete solution.

Ease of Mind

At last, I decided to fully use Open Office. Because I don’t want to end up l like my Project Manager, when his adobe professional reader crack version was not working during a presentation. Everyone can read the warning message for not using the original version.

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Lesson to be taught

I am in the process to fully use Open Office to replace Microsoft Office which is quite challenging but not impossible. It’s all begin within your mind. For your information, the Goverment sector are also switching to Open Office to cut cost and support Open System here in Malaysia. My wife from MAMPU  has started to use Open Office since last year.

Hopefully Education Minister can implement Open System Education to our kids soon. This need to be exposed when their are young so that they can learn that Microsoft is not everything 🙂

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Currently I am using Foxit FDF Reader, Firefox & Chrome Browser, Open Office , VLC Media Player and GIMP.

How to Flush DNS with IPconfig

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After buying a new domain and for sure you have to  change to new DNS in your domain point to your hosting. My experience on changing my DNS, usually it will take 48 hours.

Most DNS clients cache the results of name resolution requests. This speeds up name resolution if multiple look ups are done to the same address, such as is common when browsing the web.

Sometimes a bad DNS entry will be cached and you will need to either flush the DNS cache to get rid of it, or wait up to 24 hours for it to be dropped from the cache automatically.

How to Flush DNS in Microsoft Windows

In Microsoft Windows, you can use the command ipconfig /flushdns to flush the DNS resolver cache:

type cmd in box for Vista or for XP type in run box
C:\>ipconfig /flushdns

Windows IP Configuration

Successfully flushed the DNS Resolver Cache.

You can also use the command ipconfig /displaydns to view the DNS resolver cache.

  • How to flush DNS cache in Windows from the command line

How reliable is your hosting ?

Just last week,I have problem with my domain, It fails to redirect to my forum that I created for my Hiking Club. Well, I found out that Mr AKuBetul also face the same problem and even 5xmom also face problem with her hosting.

Let me introduce my hosting first and how I deal with my domain breakdown.I have been using Serverfreak hosting service for the past 3 years. So far, this is the second time only I face this kind of problem. As usual, I will buzz Serverfreak taukeh, Sam Lee through Yahoo Messenger  to check my hosting. My line of conversation will start like this :

lankapo ” Bro, can u check my domain/hosting ?

bla bla bla problem solved

Lankapo ” thanks bro”

Sam Lee “np”

🙂 He will always end all our conversation with that without asking for money.I mean not asking for extra charge and happy to help. I remember once, asking him to transfer my friend’s old blog to a new hosting for free.

It turns out that TMnet DNS is having problem. He asked me to change my DNS into OpenDNS which only solve my problem, other user that use TMnet DNS will unable to reach my forum. So, that is the best solution for now as we cannot do anything with TMnet DNS.

Google Change IP

Mr Akubetul however have to pay for RM5 extra when he called his hosting provider. They told him his DNS has expired and need to be renewed. I am not sure about that. later that day I checked, it still down. His domain still failed to reach his blogspot.

A few days after that, my domain back to normal along with Mr AKubetul site. Mr Akubetul mentioned one of his theory to me that Google has change their IP and TMnet did not update. Anybody can verify this ? As I am no expert here.

Bluehost Disaster

Back to 5xmom, her Bluehost hosting drove her crazy hehe.

I tried logging in during the downtime and I cannot even access my cpanel. And I cannot submit a ticket because if I don’t login, I cannot submit a ticket and if I don’t submit a ticket, I cannot communicate with Bluehost. Doh…

I think the problem has been solved since she is not complaining about it or cursing kaw kaw Bluehost anymore.

Choose wisely

I am not going to say my hosting is better than you, or have more technical wise 🙂 (Sam, you should belanja me teh tarik for this). You can have expensive Premium hosting as much as you want. But when your site is having problem/breakdown, it will heavily rely on your Hosting Customer Service, rite ?.No matter your hosting is local or from oversea. Premium hosting or just 500 Mb like me hehe.

So choose the best hosting that is reliable and easy to communicate with their customer service.

Opportunity to make more money with Nuffnang


Great news from Nuffnang our Malaysian Advertiser Network has introduced a new beta systems called metered unique visitor system. What ?

It is a system where advertiser will buy an X number of unique visitors from each blog. So no more selling ad on weekly slots. Meaning that you will have 3-4 advertiser in a week that will rotate isn’t that Cool. So you can increase your income by bringing more traffic to your site.


Free and easy update for all your software

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If you find it hard to find update for each of your software. You don’t have to so because we have Update Checker

What is it?
The Update Checker will scan your computer for installed software, check the versions and then send this information to to see if there are any newer releases. These are then neatly displayed in your browser for you to download.

But it gets better…
The client is FREE, only 100kb to download and only takes seconds to run! In fact on our test machines the process is complete in under 2 seconds!

What are the requirements?
The Update Checker works on any Windows PC running Vista, XP, 2003, 2000 or 98.
It requires that the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 is installed, which you may download directly from here.

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