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Archive for April, 2008

Collect Western Union Payment for Google AdSense

Saturday, April 19th, 2008

For Malaysian only: As far as I know, there's only one bank in Malaysia where we can collect our Western Union payment, the CIMB Bank. After I switch to Western Union cash as my Google AdSense payment method about 2 months ago, I finally got to collect my first payment.

The collection process was really easy. It only takes 10 minutes. It would have taken more than a month if you were to wait for Google to deliver the cheque to you, and to wait for the cheque to clear.

What do you need?

  1. CIMB Bank Western Union Money Transfer slip
  2. CIMB Cash Deposit slip (if you want to deposit the money into your account)
  3. Your Malaysian Identity Card

What information do you need to fill?

  1. Your first and last name
  2. Your address
  3. Your phone number
  4. Google's name (Google Inc.)
  5. Google's address (1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA)
  6. Payment amount
  7. Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN)

You could get most of the information from payment history page in Google AdSense, except for your own details.

One problem with this payment method. There is no notification from Google when they issued the payment. That means, you will have to check the payment details from time to time to find out.

I believe many of you have enjoyed this facility. What do you think?

Now My Blog Got Hacked!

Friday, April 18th, 2008

That day, I mentioned about Chitika gets hacked. And yesterday, my blog got hacked.

My colleague notified me about it when he saw these in his Google Reader.

enrii.blog hacked

enrii.blog hacked again

Actually, these are few of the drafts that I planned to write, but due to demanding works, I ignored them for months. They somehow managed to add some links to the end of the drafts, then publish it.

The hacker also managed to changed the upload path to somewhere else, and it actually took a while for me to figure out. I only wonder why my images are being uploaded to a weird directory.

Finally, all seems to be OK now, after I upgraded to WordPress 2.5.

Update: I notice some compatibility issues for my theme after I upgraded to version 2.5. Fixed a few of them. Please let me know via comment, if you found any problem with my blog.

My Online Computer Software Store

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

I didn't know I had an online computer software store until now, after I put in some time to check latest features from Chitika. The concept of the advertising scheme is very innovative, although I don't think I'll benefit much from the program.

I also added a ShopCloud to my sidebar. If you are interesting in any kind of computer software, do have a look!

What do you think about the new advertising concepts?

If you have been using it for a long time, how's the response?

Chitika Blog Gets Hacked?

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

Is the Chitika blog gets hacked or is it Google Reader?

Chitika Blog hacked

Recover Deleted Files from USB Drive

Saturday, April 12th, 2008

I accidentally deleted a PHP source file with hundreds lines of source code and I'll have to show the system to my client tomorrow. I know I should backup additional copies, but I always think that "I'll do it later".

I found 2 "undelete" tools which I tried to recover the delete file from my USB drive.

Free Undelete 2.0 (Not working)

The Free Undelete from Office Recovery showed up as the first result in Google. Believing in Google's PageRank, I gave it a try.

After installing it, I start it up. The user interface was very user-friendly. Besides that, the file size is only 1MB.

However, as soon as I click on the scan button, the whole program took about 5 minutes to scan. Before it shows any result, Windows XP Error Reporting box showed up, then followed by messages related to Dr Watson. I had to restart my computer to gain control of everything (even 'End task' in the Task Manager does not work).

I'm not sure why it doesn't work for me, or probably it doesn't work on USB drives?

PC Inspector File Recovery (Recommended)

PC Inspector File Recovery was the next program I found.

Very much different from FreeUndelete, the file size was so much bigger, with more than 5MB and the user interface was awful. It takes a while to understand the buttons.

The good part is, it shows all the result instantly and I can find the file that I needed in no time. It also shows the modified date and condition of the files.

Give it a try when you are having the same fate some day.

One important note: If possible, do not perform any activity on the drive you would like to recover. Activities may include copying and creating files. That means, installing the recovery program itself can pose some risks that your deleted file could be overwritten. You may want to install it now, if you think you might need it some day.