Posted in Astahost / Hosted Members Support / IRC Support
Author: miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG Total-Replies: 34
First of all thanks to szupie for the idea. We've a new irc channel for this board on Dal.Net - try joining any of the dalnet servers (irc.dal.net) and join the channel #AstaHost - it's up for a test run and we've had quite a few of the mods already visiting the place. Let's give it a shot for a few days and see if we can use this to help out in the Hosting Support Program... plus it'll act as a much faster alternative for the shoutbox. Flip side is, if this works out well, the shoutbox here will almost die out.. Let me know your opinions/views.
Posted in Astahost / Hosted Members Support / IRC Support
Author: szupie Total-Replies: 3
I think that it'd be great if we make our own IRC channel on some network. We can just chat there and... yeah. irc.webchat.org is a good server we can put our channel in. Our users can still post their questions and answers on the board, but get some more faster additional help on IRC.
Sun Mar 20, 2005 New Discussion
Posted in Astahost / Hosted Members Support / IRC Support
Author: Mar-tin Total-Replies: 11
Bit old topic it seems but one of the newest in this board so I guess it's fine.
Feedbacker: looks like there isn't a lot you can do about that except get to know an IRCOP and have him do it for you (not a realistic scenario)
QUOTEI don't recommend auto-opping people who join. Just Half OP (%/Access Level 4) or have a special servant who is protected op (&/Access level 10)
Don't be too stingy with op statuses, That doesn't mean you need a lot but don't be too stingy, ops are needed and if there are very few ops then things can get out of control.
Some other tips:
Posted in Free Web Hosting / *FREE WEB HOSTING REQUESTS / FREE WEB HOSTING : NEW ACCOUNT..
Author: miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG Total-Replies: 0
Dear Propspective Member,
Recently we've made some changes to our hosting policies - and the changes haven't reflected to all the pages citing requirements to be met for hosting at AstaHost. Hence, I'm making this post to inform you how our hosting system works - and what you should or shouldn't do to qualify for a hosting account here.
Our present criteria (as of April 2005) is set at:
1. 10 Credits for the Starter Package/Package 1 ( 20 MB Disk Space )
2. 30 Credits for the Upgrade Package/Package 2 ( 150 MB Disk Space )
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How do I see my Hosting Credits?
Ans: You cannot view your hosting credits till you've received a hosting account here - but the Administrators can determine your present hosting credits depending on the number of posts you've made and allot your a hosting account accordingly.
2. Is the number of posts I make = My Hosting Credits?
Ans: More often, NO. While your hosting credits DO depend on the number of posts you've made, they depend more on the QUALITY of the material of your posts. If they consist of good long tutorials just 2-3 posts might be enough to get you the first 10 credits for the starter package. On the other hand, if your posts are mostly one-liners, even 15 posts won't fetch you enough credits to qualify for hosting. Mind you, if most of your posts are SPAMMY one-liners, even though you might have made enough of them and got well over 10 Credits, you'll still be denied a hosting account. For more information on what constitutes GOOD POSTS, refer to:
3. How do I know that I've fulfilled my quota of 10/30 Credits before I make a hosting request?
Ans: Earlier on you couldn't determine that on your own. But from now on, you can see your current amount of piled up credits on the Astahost Board Index Page, right below the ShoutBox - where you'll find both your Hosting Credits Amount, as well as a little discussion on how the Credit System works. READ THAT carefully.
An alternative way, would be to join Internet Relay Chat (IRC) and join our Live Support chatroom.
We have a support bot there, which will respond to your credit amount request and report back to you. Once you're connected and joined the channel, you can type:
in the main channel window, and the bot will inform you, your present credits.
It'll look like:
Account Posts for New members only : 31.
Here, the figure 31 represents your current hosting credits.
4. How do I know that I've qualified and received hosting?
Ans: You will receive a notification email in the account which you used for signing up at this board. The email will contain all necessary instructions and links to the site that'll enable you to create your hosting account. Also drop back in this forum and check the hosting request you had made. There will be a reply to that saying Hosting APPROVED/DENIED.
5. I've already qualified for hosting and have the required credits. How long will it take before my request is approved?
Earlier on we're able to approve requests within a very short time, but most of us are bogged down heavy workload and hence I'm sorry to say that approvals might take upto a week from now on. I'm trying to scrunge out some free time from my daily schedule so I can keep reviewing the approvals on a regular basis.. but till then, kindly be patient.
As for the rest, Welcome to AstaHost. Wish you an enjoyable stay with us here. And keep posting ....
On behalf of Astahost Team.
Mon Apr 18, 2005 New Discussion
Posted in Others / Introductions & Welcome (N..
Author: Jeigh Total-Replies: 7
Welcome to the boards MK. The people here ARE really great, although if you stumble accross a few of our recent topics I'll point out we love to joke around with each other once we get to know each other pretty well hehe.
Enjoy your stay and welcome once again.
Posted in Free Web Hosting / Hosting Support & Help
Author: xboxrulz Total-Replies: 11
Spam and Unsolicited Commercial Emails (UCE) are not allowed. Accounts will be cancelled and deleted immediately if found to be spamming or sending out UCE.
Web sites deemed offensive or racially degrading, by Astahost.com, will be removed from our servers without notice. Web sites promoting, making available or otherwise contributing to software piracy, hacking, spamming, denial of service attacks and/or damage to commercial networks or servers will be removed from our servers without notice and illegal acts will be reported and prosecuted. Abusive behavior of any type will not be tolerated.
Astahost.com has a zero tolerance policy for the use of its network for the posting of messages or commercial advertisements, which violate the rules, regulations, FAQ or charter of any newsgroups or mailing list.
Cgi-based message boards are not allowed.
Internet Relay Chat (IRC) traffic is not permitted on our servers in any of its many forms including, but not limited to: bots and IRC servers.
All server activity is logged. Any snooping, hacking, or other inappropriate activity of any type outside of your account, on our servers, will be grounds for termination.
Astahost.com reserves the right to refuse or discontinue service to anyone at Astahost.com's sole discretion. Astahost.com may deny you access to all or part of the service without notice if you engage in any conduct or activities that Astahost.com in its sole discretion believes violates any of the terms and conditions in this agreement. Astahost.com shall have no responsibility to notify any third-party providers of services, merchandise, or information, nor any responsibility for any consequences resulting from such discontinuance or lack of notification.
Astahost.com reserves the right to cancel/suspend any account(s) without prior notice.
Astahost.com requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of our policy to direct the information to abuse@Astahost.com
Astahost hasn't specifically ban MP3 files, however, the point is that you MUST NOT upload any files that are copyrighted.
Posted in Computers & Tech / Programming / Scripting / PHP
Author: Houdini Total-Replies: 12
I generally notice confusion with new users to PHP and or MySQL and first of all I believe that unlike HTML which is automatically associated with a IE browser in a Microsoft system. HTML is automatically rendered with whatever browser is the default browser, be it Internet Expolrer Firefox Netscape or any other browser that has been set.
PHP is a different matter to view the output of a PHP file it must be run on a webserver, and if you do not have one set up on your local PC it simply will not work. (Note serverside langauge requies a server) HTML is client side and requires only a browser so it will display by double or single clicing the file itself and the program associated with it will open it, but not so with PHP or ASP (Window servers only) or Perl. You must have a working webserver like IIS PWS Apache Solaris and so on, and the file must be accessed with a browser that sends a request for a page that resides on the server like one of the above mentioned.
All webservers have a ROOT where they keep files and other subdirectories. Normally you will have an index.html or index.php file (the server looks for these type files and serves them upon request of that file. With a PHP file the server will look up what you typed into to address bar and try to PARSE it (unlike HTML) to do whatever it is supposed to do, if PHP is not set up properly it will produce either errors or unexpected results or both. The webserver must know where the executable file is and this is set up in the servers sonfiguration file, then there are dlls that the PHP or other langauge will need to perform certain operations when asked to do so, if these are not set they will fail with errors.
If you are using astahost as a server usually you do not need to worry about this, but if you have some ideas about creating something that requires PHP on you site it would be best to place a webserver on your home PC or MAC and develop these programs there and when debugged to the point where you are satisfied then upload them to astahost.
I am a regular contributor to PHP Builder Forums and Dev Shed here and see these question all the time, I used to answer and try to help, but now it seems that installation of these services. My PAT answer anymore is to just download and install either XAMPP available here or you could use WAMP available here
This is not a tutorial but a post to try to help those that are new to PHP to get started in the right direction. While it is possible to install a server and MySQL and PHP on your own (with much frustration and questions) the programs I suggested will help you if all you really want to do is write PHP and MySQL routines to develop a site. This is just my opinion for newbies and I am sure that there will be those that tell me you should actually learn something from doing it on your own, but when I see people getting more and more confused trying to do this then I really wonder if the satisfaction of self installation is really that much a benefit unless that is your desired career.
Posted in Computers & Tech / What's New...?
Author: xboxrulz Total-Replies: 26
Steve Irwin, 44: Famed 'Croc' hunter
Sep. 4, 2006. 11:57 AM
CAIRNS, Australia (AP) — Steve Irwin, the hugely popular Australian television personality and conservationist known as the Crocodile Hunter, was killed Monday by a stingray while filming off the Great Barrier Reef. He was 44.
Irwin was at Batt Reef, off the remote coast of northeastern Queensland state, shooting a segment for a series called Ocean's Deadliest when he swam too close to one of the animals, which have a poisonous barb on their tails, his friend and colleague John Stainton said.
"He came on top of the stingray and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart," said Stainton, who was on board Irwin's boat at the time.
Crew members aboard the boat, Croc One, called emergency services in the nearest city, Cairns, and administered CPR as they rushed the boat to nearby Low Isle to meet a rescue helicopter. Medical staff pronounced Irwin dead when they arrived a short time later, Stainton said.
Irwin was famous for his enthusiasm for wildlife and his catchword "Crikey!" in his television program Crocodile Hunter. First broadcast in Australia in 1992, the program was picked up by the Discovery network, catapulting Irwin to international celebrity.
He rode his image into a feature film, 2002's The Crocodile Hunters: Collision Course and developed the wildlife park that his parents opened, Australia Zoo, into a major tourist attraction.
"The world has lost a great wildlife icon, a passionate conservationist and one of the proudest dads on the planet," Stainton told reporters in Cairns. "He died doing what he loved best and left this world in a happy and peaceful state of mind. He would have said, `Crocs Rule!' "
Prime Minister John Howard, who hand-picked Irwin to attend a gala barbecue to honour President George W. Bush when he visited in 2003, said he was "shocked and distressed at Steve Irwin's sudden, untimely and freakish death."
"It's a huge loss to Australia," Howard told reporters. "He was a wonderful character. He was a passionate environmentalist. He brought joy and entertainment and excitement to millions of people."
Irwin, who made a trademark of hovering dangerously close to untethered crocodiles and leaping on their backs, spoke in rapid-fire bursts with a thick Australian accent and was almost never seen without his uniform of khaki shorts and shirt and heavy boots.
Wild animal expert Jack Hanna, who frequently appears on TV with his subjects, offered praise for Irwin.
"Steve was one of these guys, we thought of him as invincible," Hanna, director emeritus of the Columbus (Ohio) Zoo and Aquarium, told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.
"The guy was incredible. His knowledge was incredible," Hanna said. "Some people that are doing this stuff are actors and that type of thing, but Steve was truly a zoologist, so to speak, a person who knew what he was doing. Yes, he did things a lot of people wouldn't do. I think he knew what he was doing."
Irwin's ebullience was infectious and Australian officials sought him out for photo opportunities and to promote Australia internationally.
His public image was dented in 2004, however, when he caused an uproar by holding his infant son in one arm while feeding large crocodiles inside a zoo pen. Irwin claimed at the time there was no danger to the child, and authorities declined to charge Irwin with violating safety regulations.
Later that year, he was accused of getting too close to penguins, a seal and humpback whales in Antarctica while making a documentary. Irwin denied any wrongdoing, and an Australian Environment Department investigation recommended no action be taken against him.
Stingrays have a serrated, toxin-loaded barb, or spine, on the top of their tail. The barb, which can be up to 25 centimetres long, flexes if a ray is frightened.
Stings usually occur to people when they step on or swim too close to a ray and can be excruciatingly painful but are rarely fatal, said University of Queensland marine neuroscientist Shaun Collin.
Collin said he suspected Irwin died because the barb pierced under his ribcage and directly into his heart.
"It was extraordinarily bad luck. It's not easy to get spined by a stingray and to be killed by one is very rare," Collin said.
News of Irwin's death spread quickly, and tributes flowed from all quarters of society.
At Australia Zoo at Beerwah, south Queensland, floral tributes were dropped at the entrance, where a huge fake crocodile gapes. Drivers honked their horns as they passed.
"Steve, from all God's creatures, thank you. Rest in peace," was written on a card with a bouquet of native flowers.
"We're all very shocked. I don't know what the zoo will do without him. He's done so much for us, the environment and it's a big loss," said Paula Kelly, a local resident and volunteer at the zoo, after dropping off a wreath at the gate.
Stainton said Irwin's American-born wife Terri, from Eugene, Ore., had been informed of his death, and had told their daughter Bindi Sue, 8, and son Bob, who will turn 3 in December.
The couple met when she went on vacation in Australia in 1991 and visited Irwin's Australia Zoo; they were married six months later. Sometimes referred to as the "Crocodile Huntress," she co-starred on her husband's television show and in his 2002 movie.
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On the Net:http://www.crocodilehunter.com
Wow, this is indeed sad. I remember that I kept watching his shows day in day out. I even have his movie.
Posted in Others / Introductions & Welcome (N..
Author: miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG Total-Replies: 132
What is the secret behind your nick ? Or in other words - how & why did you come up with the nickname you're using on this board or elsewhere ? The idea for this post struck me yesterday when Nils asked me why did I choose this nick.
This isn't something NEW that I've learnt - but it'll be kind of a revelation for all of us - and the way we all think - so I'm posting it here. You should followup this post with your nick and a short explanation as to how you came across it.
Here's a starter:
My nick - microscopic^earthling: I listen to a lot of very hard electronica/psychedelic trance music, and one such psych. band is named Earthling. They came up with an album containing a track titled Microscopic. On the backside of the CD cover it was listed as:
Microscopic - Earthling
....... as soon as I saw it I knew THIS had to be my nick. I've been using it for ages now. Another point that struck me about this nick was the sense of propriety & humility associated with it. I consider myself no more than microscopic when counted against the world population or as a matter of fact the limitations of my knowledge when pitched against the infinite amount of knowledge that no one can ever acquire even during the course of 1000 lifetimes... so there...
So..... what's the secret behind yours ?
I feel rather stupid now, coz szupie had started a similar thread sometime back and I completely forgot about it and started another concurrent thread. Lets see if I can get hold of him and merge these two.
Posted in Astahost / Your Voice! Your Review..
Author: miCRoSCoPiC^eaRthLinG Total-Replies: 73
Hehe - so do I wholeheartedly agree with twitch. Spelling and Grammar are not only two important aspects of any good writeup, but they essentially reflect how far you're willing to go to make yourself be understood. Leaving others to do a guesswork between what you wrote and what you meant - is NOT a good thing to do.
Moreover, the use of punctuations - as twitch pointed out - isn't restricted to writing. The "breathing" and "voice-modulation" that one does during talking are the auditory counterparts of punctuations. While we easily grasp a lot from these pitch modulations during a conversation - don't forget we've the advantage of SEEING that person face-to-face on most occasions. We are at a big advantage here as we get to observe gestures and facial expressions - and subliminallu these contribute a lot towards our final understanding of the conversation. Same goes for Classroom teaching and Presentations.
BUT - when we hand in inert articles to be reviewed, or in our case here, make posts, we've only got punctuations to back them up. Our posts cannot be heard, neither are they accompanied by the aforesaid expressions and gestures. Punctuations are our essential means of rendering those same expressions to an inert piece of text. Why do you think we've got the Exclamation !!! and Question ??? marks ? Do you think you'd really be able to tell the difference in most cases if our sentences weren't delimited with these ?
Imagine a board-room presentation or a class teacher going on in a dull monotone for hours - without any pitch flunctuations or kinesthesis (body movements/gestures). How long will you remain interested in such a class/presentation and how much of the subject will you actually retain ? The same goes for articles without puncutations and proper formatting - they just turn into a dull, boring and most unintelligible piece - however well they might be written.