Quirky: What the Rest of Us Can Learn From Really Smart People (Book Review)

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Innovative Genius: The Underlying Theme of Quirky Albert Einstein Steve Jobs Marie Curie Thomas Edison These people amaze us with their ability to come up with world-changing products and ideas throughout their lives. As business owners, we might even envy the ability of these individuals to create. In trying to understand how thee creative geniuses […]

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Why 000webhost Will Help Your Business to Grow? [Detailed Review]

Web hosting service is a product of a relevantly recent invention of huge influence on humanity: the Internet. It’s quite surprising when remembering that the modern Internet dates back to the early 1990s. Since the late 2000s, its services and technologies have touched almost every aspect of human lives. Today many can’t imagine how life was before the Internet. Therefore, web hosting has grown a vital business around the world.

Web hosting, called housing in Latin America and France, allows both individuals and organizations to post web pages on the Internet. Web hosts provide the technologies and virtual spaces needed to view websites in the World Wide Web by storing them on their servers.

Web pages have grown quite significant rapidly. They are a major factor of the growth of many businesses nowadays. They help them expand and achieve more success. It’s essential to realize that the needs of starting-out and small businesses differ from those of big companies. Consequently, web hosting companies should offer flexible services and multiple choices.  Among the renowned, well-reputed web hosts is 000webhosting. So, in this article, we present you this in-depth review of 000webhost.com.

 About 000webhost  

000webhost, $00.0Webhost, is a leading web hosting company that offers an excellent free service since 2007 “without advertising and hidden costs” as they emphasize on their website and Facebook page. Among the free features that they present are 100 GB of data transfer, PHP 5 support, FTP support, MYSQL databases, and 99.9% uptime. Beginning from 2008, the hosting providers initiated their paid services. 000webhost owns its servers and locate them in high-quality data centers.

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 000webhost plans  

In an attempt to meet the wide range of needs of their clients, the company offers three plans to choose from: the free, premium-silver, and business-gold hosting.

The free web hosting is a good choice for the individuals as well as small and starting-out business owners. It’s true that free hosting is always limited compared to paid services, but 000webhost offers quite impressive options in their free package, including 1000 MB disk space, 10000 MG bandwidth, and two websites to have.

The premium-silver and business-gold plans are for bigger businesses. They offer a wider range of options such as free domain name, unlimited number of websites, unlimited bandwidth, SSD disk space, FTP users and email accounts. Plus, the paid services don’t sleep, unlike the free hosting that sleeps one hour per day. The gold hosting has its distinguished features; it offers daily backups, live support, 2X processing power & memory, etc.

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 Pros of using 000webhost  

1 No ads added by the host

Many web hosting companies add advertisements to show up on their customers’ websites as a part of their free web hosting service. Well, with 000webhosting, you don’t have to accept that to get the service for free. There are no ads placed by the host. Furthermore, you can put ads on your website.

2 99.9% uptime guarantee

A high server uptime is a vital factor that should govern your choice of a web hosting. However server downtime happens, they should be kept in the minimalist. Most of the 000webhost servers reach 99.9% uptime.

3 Impressive free options

It’s true that the free web hosting service is limited, especially for businesses, but it comprises excellent features which make their free service quite competitive. The 1000 MG of disk space and 10 GB bandwidth could be enough if you don’t use a lot of huge images. Also, a free user can have five email addresses that could be employed as webmail, POP3, or forwarding. The cpanel allows you to manage the emails, files, FTP accounts, and backups. Backups keep your website and databases up to date; the monthly automatic backup gives minimal protection, so you could initiate more frequent backups from the cpanel.

4 Inexpensive pricing

Along with the free web hosting, 000webhost offers two cheap premium plans. The Premium-Silver cost starts at $3.49, originally $8.84, per month, while the Business-Gold plan begins at $7.95, witnessing 34% off.

5 Free & easy website builder

The website builder 000webhost offering is easy to use and doesn’t require you to be experienced in website designing. You could simply choose the design you like from the professionally designed quality templates that the company offers. After that, all that remains to do is to add your content and publish. Doing the desired edits to the chosen template doesn’t demand technical knowledge. However, you could spend easier time doing so if you have an idea about the concepts of CSS, Cascading Style Sheets; it describes how HTML elements are to be displayed on the screen.

6 PHP & MySQL

As a free user, you can run PHP and MySQL from a free account with the minimal restrictions. Among the PHP features that the company fully support are Curl, GD2, Zend, XML, fopen(), PHP sockets, loncub Loader, .htaccess, etc. Plus, free accounts can have two databases, and the user could manage them with phpMyAdmin. Just keep in mind that some experience is required, for you will be using WordPress or uploading files instead of building the website online.

7 Free Autoinstaller

000webhost gives their free users an access to Autoinstaller. The one click website installer is a system to ease the installation of popular scripts. And you can install more than 50 scripts such as WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, OS Commerce, Photo Gallery.

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 Cons 

1 The SSL Support is not free

It’s an essential feature, especially that many people use unsecured Wi-Fi. The SSL, Secure Sockets Layer, as defined on the SSL website, is “the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser”. This link secures the privacy of the data passed between the web server and browsers. The absence of the SSL support increases the risk of the interception of data; any confidential information and passwords become in danger.

2 Premium Customer support Only for Paid users

However the web hosting provider offers an excellent live support to the gold premium users, the free plan doesn’t include customer support. On the other hand, the company’s website comprises a forum where users can post their questions and receive replies from other users. Also, searching the forum you may find answers to your inquiries right away, but keep in mind that you may not find the current feature set in the older discussions.

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Websites and social media have turned an essential part of the growth of a lot of businesses. A vital factor in the success of your website is choosing the efficient web host and the right plan that suits your needs as well as the size of the business you run. 000webhost is among the best web hosting service providers around the world. Choose wisely, and best of luck!

Arsenal Gentleman’s Weekly Review

Arsenal Gentleman's Weekly Review

After the rip-roaring success of my exclusive interview with our new attacking forward, Mr. MacMillan, a couple of weeks ago, Arsenal’s famous Welsh press officer Dai Laffyn contacted me this week with another offer. Would I like to interview our new striker Peter O’Bannon, signed with such Arsenalistic drawn-out drama from Prussian Dortmund at his country estate ‘Little Tipperary’, just outside London Colney?

You wager I would. So I called for my chauffeur Osborne to bring the 1933 Humber16-60 saloon round to the front of the house and we off we toddled.

Mr. O’Bannon has owned the estate since 2010 following the sale of his father, Kneecaps O’Bannon’s scrap metal dealership, and he has spent a number of years and many hundreds of thousands of pounds recreating the Tipperary of his childhood.

We reach the gates and Osborne depresses the silver button in order to speak to a butler or first footman. The first electronic notes of It’s a Long Way to Tipperary strike up, the gate buzzes into life and we enter Little Tipperary. Standing on the front steps of the grand mansion is O’Bannon himself, Arsenal’s new striking superstar.

He invites me in and we take our seats in a large hall, with raging fire, portraits of O’Bannons through the ages around us.

Thank you kindly for inviting me here.

It’s no bother, I’m honoured. Yours are the only pictures that seem to capture my personality, like. Pure fried!

Your surname is O’Bannon. A very well-to-do-clan?

Our ancestral seat is Leap Castle in Offaly. In Irish, the name of the castle is “Leim ui Bhanain,” or “Leap of the O’Bannons.” Which is poetic, considering I am one leaping hellhound of a striker.

So you’ve held this estate long before your move to Arsenal.

Aye, I can’t actually move back to Tipperary for complicated legal reasons so I thought I’d recreate a little bit of it here, And when your man Gaye-Seedless and the little fella who keeps forgetting his own name, Dick somebody, fella who keeps shouting “WE’LL PAY YE NO MORE THAN ONE THOUSAND ENGLISH POUNDS” came over and made the reporters take a picture of them near me big silver car, and explained that the training ground is only a couple of miles from here I thought ah, feck it, why not then. Let’s do it for the craic, for the sneer, as they say back home.

So your previous club, Prussian Dortmund, they seemed to imply that you’d behaved rather badly. Can Arsenal fans expect something similar?

Ha ha ha ha ha. No, I’m sure everything will be fine at Arsenal. I’ve changed me ways. I wouldn’t do anything crazy like I did at Dortmund. Like, I don’t know, shoot some dogs. Dogs belonging to an ex Arsenal player. A real rope of an Arsenal player, never passed the ball to his own players, just to the opposition. Do you want to buy any dog food by the way? I don’t mean tins of dog food, I mean food that is specifically made of two very trusting labradors.

So you won’t get caught speeding here in England.

No, of course I won’t. I learnt me lesson after the last time. You can get cloned number plates quite cheaply now so there’s no chance of getting caught again. Plus, even if I did, I’ve got plenty of mates who would take the ticket for me, so I’ll be fine.

And the time you flew ten pals out to Milan then were late to training the next day?

Like I said, I’ve learned me lesson. I’ve got a big bag of disguises, you know, beards, glasses, nuns’ outfits, masks and whatnot, so there’s no chance of being recognised when I do that again.

You’re well known for being late. Managers hate that.

A step ahead of you there, big man, and I have arranged for all the clocks at London Colney to be kept back half an hour so… Problem solved! I’m a new man.

And the time you were a Dembele shirt when Dortmund were playing Hertha, after that player forced a move to Barcelona?

Hey, what can I say, I’m a fan. Sue me! Everything will be fine with me at Arsenal, there’s definitely no looming crisis coming toward the end of my contract.

So what attracted you to Arsenal?

I’ll be honest with you, tash boy, it was the money. They’ve offered me more money than I know what to do with. Have you got any ideas? I’m thinking of a really big fishtank, with killer whales in it, or a lake full of mermaids. I would love to keep mermaids. Which end is best though? I like the top half of a woman and the bottom of a fish, ideally, but how do you know what you’ll get. Do you own any?

Do I own any mermaids? I do not.

I’ll get you one. Got a fella looking for some for me now. That Head of Recruitment fella, Steven Mislington, he said as a sweetener, he’d get hold of some mermaids for me lake.

I see. Well, I wish you the best of luck. Are you sure there were no other reasons? Like playing for one of the most historically significant clubs in Europe, for one of the greatest managers, alongside such talents as Henry MacMillan, Melvin Orwell and Alexander Lakeshead?

Oh yeah, all of that too. All them fellas.

Nice to see your special move this weekend last?

Oh, the old ruglifter, yes. I was I was definitely offside by the way which was even more hilarious. It was inspired by Old Granny O’Bannon, who used to lift the corner of the rug with her toe if she suspected there was a little mouse under there. I’ve got another one too, it’s called The Really Fast Run. Because I can run really fast.

You certainly can. I wish you the very best of luck!

You too, me moustachioed friend. Right. I’m so hungry. I could eat the twelve apostles! Where’s that bag of dog food?

Are Online Review Sites Hurting Local Business?

Is your local business slowing down? Has the phone stopped ringing? Are you getting fewer calls for your plumbing business, home repair service or other local service business? Or, are you finding it difficult to attract customers for your new local service business? The culprit could be online review sites. Here’s what you need to know.

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A Year in Review (And a Needed Break)

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As dawn broke on this year, I was excited for a fresh start. Last year, I dealt with panic attacks and anxiety from taking on too many projects, a breakup that left me heartbroken, and a mini-identity crisis from settling down.

But that “greatest worst year of my life” set the stage for a year in which I shifted my priorities and focused on developing routines. On a personal level, this was a solid year.

I cut my travels in half.

I now love waking up, opening my fridge, and making breakfast.

My panic attacks are gone.

I read a lot more.

I drink less and cook more.

I joined a gym.

I developed routines.

And, while my insomnia is not gone, I’m starting to sleep a lot better.

But no year is perfect.

I replaced one addiction (traveling) with another (work). On the road, it was easy to fill a day with exciting adventures. But now that I was home, what was I going to do? I did the one thing I knew i could default to: work. And I worked all the time. I annoyed my team on the weekend by sending them work. I released more digital guides and published a new edition of my print guide, How to Travel the World on $50 a Day. We changed the site’s design. I did two speaking tours. I ran three tours.

And, in the process, I burned myself and my team out.

As this year ends, I’ve come to realize that while I enjoy the stability in my life, I gave up the one thing I wanted most by slowing down: time.

Time to learn languages and start hobbies. Time to read and relax. Time to explore New York. Time to date. Time to do whatever the hell I feel like doing.

While I’m better at managing time, I still have too many projects going at once. As my friend Steve recently told me, “Matt, I got tired just hearing what you are doing. I can’t imagine what’s it like to actually do it.”

There’s a certain irony in that, while I preach the importance creating time in your life for what you want, I haven’t followed my own advice.

The truth is I’m a workaholic. I have been since I was I was a kid. I used to pull 60 hour weeks at my 9 to 5. I don’t know how not to work.

I think that’s why I love being an entrepreneur. It’s easy to always create projects and build stuff.

But I take it too an extreme: I just work. And then work some more. I write, I blog, I start new website and initiatives.

But I need to stop that. I need to free up time. The average life is only 29,000 days and, as I barrel closer and closer to the statistical half way point of my own, it’s time to live a more purposeful life.

And so, as I am off to Thailand and then New Zealand through January, I’ve decided to take a mini-break from blogging. In truth, while the panic attacks are gone, the conditions that created them still haven’t gone away.

I need to work on that.

Last year was a revelation. This year was a realization:

This new me is still a work in progress.

One thing I loved about this year was that I finally got offline while traveling. I didn’t bring work with me. I allowed myself to fully enjoy the places I went. I didn’t rush off to find an internet connection or get bothered if one didn’t exist. I want more of that. It makes me love and appreciate travel.

When I’m doing that, travel isn’t work.

This is not one of those “omg blogging is so much work so I’m taking a vacation” posts. I plan to still write and be on social media. This is taking a step back and trying to figure out how to find balance.

I’m not looking for work/life balance.

I’m just looking for balance in general. I want to stop feeling like I’m five minutes away from a panic attack.

While there are two big community announcements coming in January (We’ve been working on them for months and they are freaking awesome. They are designed to get people together in real life and talk about travel.), new blog posts will be few and far between until I return from New Zealand.

If last year taught me to stay put, this year taught me the need for balance. Multitasking is an illusion, and settling in one place made me realize just how easy it is to fall into “the busy trap” of modern life. The internet, with its 24/7/365 schedule means, without proper restrictions, it’s easy to give it your 24/7/365. And that’s not a good habit to have.

2018 will be a year of focus. It will be the year of stepping out of “the busy trap.” It’s time to learn to say no to things I don’t love and reclaim the world’s most limited and precious resource: time.

(On a final note, thank you for everything. You all are amazing and I’ve enjoyed your emails, letters, and random run ins on the street! Thank you for coming to all the meet-ups! This community is awesome and I look forward to seeing and meeting more of you in the new year. Thanks for always being there. Have a happy holidays and an amazing new year!)

P.S. – The winner of the free trip around the world contest has been picked. I’ll be announcing it tomorrow. Just have a few more details to work out Stay tuned!

P.P.S. – I’m hosting a meet-up in Bangkok on Christmas Day! Let’s grab drinks and talk travel Follow the Facebook event for updates.

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Twitter’s fourth-quarter results: The TechCrunch Review

 Here at TechCrunch, we cover company earnings on a pretty regular basis. And we promise it’s for a good reason: The success and failure of these publicly-traded companies tends to give us at least one more data point when it comes to calibrating which technologies are exciting to investors, as well as the trajectory of those technologies. One of our favorite companies to cover,… Read More