How to solve Avast freezing computer problem?

I was working on my computer when all of sudden it stopped working. Ctrl+Alt+Del won’t help. Power off button won’t do anything. At last I had to switch off the power supply to restart it. Again after few minutes of working same thing happened and in a span of 2 hours I had to restart my computer for more than 15 times. I was going crazy as I had replaced my hard disk few weeks back and switching off power too frequently could cause damage to it.

My first doubt went on some virus which might have sneaked in my system, though I am using Avast home edition since long and never had any problem. I started scanning my computer and it froze again. I restarted the system again and thought of updating Avast first. I know, it updates itself automatically but sometimes I go fanatic. Run of “Update engine and virus definitions” went fine. I thought of running “Update Program” too. As soon as I select this option computer froze again. My doubt on some smart Trojan / Malware / Virus was getting stronger. But when after 5 reboots and attempt to run “Update program” went fruitless, I uninstalled and reinstalled Avast. No use, still same problem. I googled and came to know about Avast clean uninstall utility. I went through the instructions given on the utility page at avast website, downloaded, uninstalled avast using this utility and then did a fresh installation of Avast.

After this all the updates went just fine and it has been four hours continuous work without any reboot :).

Internet testing regional flavour with Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs)

An internationalized domain name (IDN) is an Internet domain name that contains a language-specific script or alphabet, such as Hindi, Chinese, Russian or the Latin-based languages with diacritics, such as French. These writing systems are encoded by computers in multi-byte Unicode. Few domain registrar companies worldwide have started offering IDN registration. Recently I purchased (read Registered) my own IDN अजय.com from one such registrar.  Now, the question comes is that how IDNs can be hosted or accessed? How do one type the internationalized domain name in browser window if (s)he doesn’t has the tools to type in that particular language. Enters Punycode.

Punycode is intended for the encoding of language specific component of the Internationalized Domain Names, such that these domain names may be represented in the ASCII character set allowed in the Domain Name System of the Internet (The encoding syntax is defined in IETF document RFC 3492). This procedure is known as ToASCII and ToUnicode. For example अजय.com in punycode becomes xn--l1b0cxc.com. To host an IDN (domain name containing international (non-English) characters), you need to convert the domain name into “punycode” before entering it into the DNS server. The domain registrar with which you will register the IDN shall provide you punycode equivalent of that IDN. However, you can find one such tool at network tools website.

In my opinion IDNs will take some time to pickup the pace. Moreover, it will add more confusion to already confused common user of internet.

PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT – WordPress Upgradation Problem

Recently I was asked by a client of mine to upgrade her self-hosted WordPress blog to 2.71. from 2.6. I though it to be a smooth task as this was a pretty new installation without any plugins or themes and I had upgraded at least 10 other self hosted WordPress blogs (far bigger than this one) few days back without any problem. I logged on to the blog’s dashboard and upgrade warning from WordPress was flashing on the screen. I gladly clicked on upgrade button and thought the task is taken care of. But what the hell!!!! Continue reading “PCLZIP_ERR_BAD_FORMAT – WordPress Upgradation Problem”

Stay out of Trouble with your Adsense a/c using these Tips

We’ve given you many optimization tips over the years, and, as you know, it’s important to consider how your ad implementations affect not only your click-through rate, but your users’ and advertisers’ experience as well. To support this, we’d like to …

Google has very clear guidelines outlined for placement of Adsense ads on any publisher’s website. As per google, “It’s important to consider how your ad implementations affect not only your click-through rate, but your users’ and advertisers’ experience as well”. Continue reading “Stay out of Trouble with your Adsense a/c using these Tips”