Upgrade to Windows 7 For Free!

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Windows

What!? Free upgrade to Windows 7? You gotta be kidding me. Well, its not really free in that you need to have had purchased Windows Vista earlier this year, somewhere round the date of June 26, 2009. Recently, Microsoft have been rolling out flyers with the Windows Vista software packages and OEM discs claiming that by following a few simple steps, you can get Windows 7 for free. You can get more details at windows7upgradeoption.com

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Securing Wordpress

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Security, Wordpress


Security is a big issue these days, not only in the real world but also in the online world. Unfortunately, some people have nothing better to do than hack other peoples websites and blogs. I for one am a victim of such an attack. So, what can we do to avoid spam attacks and website exploits? Locking down your website/blog is the answer. Here are the things I’ve done so far to harden up my blog:

1. Upgrade to the latest Wordpress Version- Holes and exploits are always being discovered in Wordpress so it is wise to have the latest version with the exploits patched up.

2. Use a complicated password and change it often- Hackers will sometime attempt to do a brute force attack to gain your log in details to exploit your blog. Changing your password regularly can avoid such attacks. To further stop this kind of attack, install the Login LockDown plugin for Wordpress, which will block an IP address after attempting to login to your blog within 5 minutes.

3. Set correct file and folder permissions- Setting file and directory permissions is important as you don’t want to give access to unauthorized people. Chmod values should be: 755 for directories, 644 for plugins and core WP PHP files, and 666 for my active theme files. Tutorial.

4. WordPress Exploit Scanner- This plugin will search for any suspicious activity on your server. Good too to run occasionally.

5. Make regular backups- The more regular the better, because if something does come up, you’ll be able to restore your blog within minutes. I now backup my blog every couple of days. Make it a habit.

So far I haven’t been compromised using the above steps, and am hoping for it to stay that way :D . If you have any suggestions or questions, just leave a comment.

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PC Tutorials Online Back

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Site Announcements

G’day everyone! If you’ve been hanging around long enough, you will know I haven’t posted for a while. This is because I have been trying to fight a spam issue on my website, as it was being attacked. It’s taken a while to recover, but we’ve made it. Big thanks to Layered Networks for helping me out. If you want excellent hosting and support, check them out. If you are a long time reader or subscriber, thanks for holding on, I’ll do my best to get back to regular posting and responding to comments. Funnily enough, my next post will be on spam prevention ;) ! Stay tuned!

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Website Spammed

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Site Announcements

Someone or something has infected my website with lots of spam hidden in my php files. It causing problems with Google page rank and general SEO. Trying to fix it ASAP. 

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VOIP – Cutting down your phone bills

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: VOIP

It's been a while since I made decent post, study and exams have been a huge work load for me so I'll do my best to regain blog posting.


Just recently, I've made the switch to VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol). Making phone calls over the internet is much cheaper than on a standard PSTN line, at least here in Australia. In Australia, the phone company Telstra are the big guns who own the copper networks. 

What this means is they can charge an arm and a leg for telephone calls. Even if you choose not to have Telstra, they wholesale the copper lines to other suppliers. I'm still paying line rental to Telstra because its handy as a backup phone, but using VOIP to make calls, I'm saving lots!

I can call anywhere in Australia on landlines for 10c untimed! Mobile rates are 15c a minute with no connection fee. I can't recall Telstra's figures from the top of my head, but all I know is it's much cheaper making phone calls over the internet.

I suggest if you have ADSL/Cable and want to save money, you should consider making the switch to VOIP.  

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Play Classic Sierra Games Online!

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Gaming, Internet

Remember good old Police Quest or Space Quest? Well, now you can play those classics online for free AND with added bonus of multiplayer support! Head over to Sarien.Net to view the complete list of games, as more and more games are being added. By the word multiplayer support, I mean you can chat to people who are in the same area as you, so not co-op support. Who's knows, maybe in the future ;) . Anyway, have fun playing some games.

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Vista Anti Lag Software

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Windows


I thought I'd install CS:S on my laptop the other day and to my surprise, I experienced some major lag spikes every 60 seconds. Turns out Windows Vista searchers every 60 seconds looking for a better wireless network connection  to connect to. This is quite useless for home use where usually you stay connected to one broadcast for hours. Luckly, some smart Dutch company has come up with a solution. Vista-Anti-Lag. Does exactly what it says, and no configuration required. You just load the program before you go to play your game or whatever activity and your good to go. 

You can download it from Codecase.de. Don't worry, the software is in English. May you never lag again ;) .

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Xbox 360 Project Natal

Posted by: pctutorials  :  Category: Gaming


Remember the post about the Rumored Microsoft 3d Wii Killer? Well Microsoft unveiled it at the E3 2009 convention. If the videos are anything to go by, we're all in for a treat. Unlike the Wii, Project Natal uses an infrared 3D depth map camera for full body motion capture so you don't need any controllers what so ever.

One of the most interesting videos though was the demo codenamed "Milo". I'm not sure really how to describe it, but Milo computer character that can detect your emotions/voice and communicate with you. Amazing. However, assuming the video wasn't scripted it, there will be so many possibilities. For example, A.I. for co-op would be dramatically improved since the character could understand your commands.

Anyway, check out the videos, its good stuff and something to look forward to.

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