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Top 10 Domain Registrars in 2014

Domain Price is going up and up during past few years. Most of my domains are registered through 1and1. Now the renewal price of .com is $14.99 now. I feel it is too high.

There are so many domain registrars in the market. Let me show you the top 10 domain registrars in 2014.

dotcom Privacy Protection ICANN fee
1and1 $8.99 $14.99 $8.99 included included $8.99 $8.99 $8.39 included included
godaddy $12.99 $14.99 $7.99 $9.99 $0.18 $10.99 $10.99 $8.25 $3.99 included $9.99 $9.99 $9.99 $2.00 included
dreamhost $11.95 $11.95 $11.95 included included $10.69 $10.69 $9.69 $2.88 $0.18 $9.99 $9.99 $8.29 $8.99 included
Network Solutions $34.99 $34.99 $9.99 $9.99 included
eNom Central $39.95 $39.95 $39.95 $8.00 included

Privacy Protection: is a service offered by a number of domain name registrars. A user buys privacy from the company, who in turn replaces the user’s info in the WHOIS with the info of a forwarding service (for email and sometimes postal mail, done by a proxy server) such as “Domains by Proxy, Inc.” or eNom’s “ID Protect”.

It is very important to use Privacy service to prevent from spam.

The table above just displayed .com domain. The other domains are in the same pattern, including .net .org etc.

I am thinking about to transfer my Domains to namesilo in the next 12 months.

Note: The price above are retrieved from their official site domain pricing page or new register page, renewal page, transfer page. Price is USD.

DIR-845L vs DIR-826L

One of readers asked the difference between DIR-845L and DIR-826L. I did a lot of research online before purchasing my new Router.

They have a similar shape. Not easy to distinguish them without look at the back. There are not many differences between these two router, but the difference are important.

The following information are collected from DLink Canada and UK sites.

The same parts:


  • mydlink Cloud Service – mydlink Lite App
  • SharePort Mobile App

Gigabit Router:

  • Four Gigabit LAN ports
  • one Gigabit Ethernet WAN port


  • 300+300 Mbps
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz Dualband

The difference:


  • DIR-845L has Six internal antennas
  • DIR-826L has 2X internal antennas

They call it SmartBeam technology.

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Pro and Con of Dreamhost

I am using Dreamhost for more than 7 years. It is not perfect, but trustful.
There are some Pro and Con lists. It is my list below.
DreamHost status tells what happen on their network, server, services.
Dreamhost newsletters provide a overall information update every month.
Support Knowledge Wiki, easy to find the answer before to ask the support.
Response time of support ticket is better than my expect.
A lot of program for One-Click-Installation
User friendly Cpanel.
Most important is the price. It is $107.40/year for unlimited space, unlimited Bandwidth, One free domain, etc. Use dreamhost coupon G2SAVING to get ONE MORE FREE DOMAIN.

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Browser, OS and Screen Resolution data of 2011

I use Google Analytics on this Blog for many years. Now I would like to share the basic user technology statistics.
The Top 5 Browsers of 2011 are:

  • Firefox 35.36%
  • IE 25.89%
  • Chrome 21.56%
  • Safari 12.33%
  • Opera 1.93%

When I compare the first half year with the second half year data, Firefox and IE decreased, with Chrome increased.
More people start to use Chrome.
The Top 5 Operating System of 2011 are:

  • Windows 71.1%
  • Linux 9.67%
  • Mac 9.30%
  • iPhone 4.30%
  • Android 1.74%

I also compared the date. It seems more mobile devices visitor came.

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Component vs Composite vs S-Video vs Coaxial

When we are shopping for a TV or DVD player, etc, we are always confusing by the different connection. Let me keep these comparison for reference.
S-Video (Separated-Video) is better than a composite video connection.


A standard 4-pin S-Video cable connector, with each signal pin paired with its own ground pin.


Standard S-Video connection.


The old “AV” standard connector. The common RCA connector is color-coded Yellow for Composite video.
The term “yellow-plug video” is recommended to help cut down on confusion between “composite” and “component” (which sound alike).

On consumer products a yellow RCA connector is typically used for composite video.
Component (not composite) Video [aka Analog Component Video; Y – Pb – Pr; red-green-blue]:
Uses a three jack cluster of wires with the ends color coded green, blue, and red. (does not include audio cable).
Y-Pb-Pr, or what we nowadays refer to as component video or color difference video, was invented to simplify video electronics and reduce the overall bandwidth requirements for transmitting video compared with RGB. In practice it provides one luminance signal with full horizontal resolution and two color signals with reduced horizontal resolution.
Y = Luminance, Pb = Chrominance 1, Pr = Chrominance 2

YPbPr component video out on a consumer electronics device.

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Kobo original vs Kindle 3

I ordered Kobo and Kindle. Kobo is on the way to my home. I will properly get it this week. I have to wait Kindle next month. Anyway, I still can do some pre-research on them.
I am watching on following points.
1) Screen Size
Kobo: 6″
Kindle: 6″
Same size.
2) Screen greyscale level
Kobo: 8
Kindle: 16
Of course, Kindle can show more details on Carton books. But the real difference have to wait until I can compare them side by side.
3) Memory
Kobo: internal Storage Capacity 1 GB, Digital Storage Media Accepted SD, Included Memory Card 1 GB SD Card
Kindle: 4GB internal (approximately 3GB available for user content).
You can add your own big memory card into Kobo to have more books.Kindle can not, but 3G is big enough for me.
4) Supported ebook format
Kobo:Document Formats DRM ePub, PDF, Adobe DRM
Kindle: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, Audible (Audible Enhanced (AA, AAX)), MP3, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively; HTML, DOC, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP through conversion.
Kindle support audio.

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Shaw and Telus service comparation v.2010

Here, in Vancouver, most of the people use Shaw or Telus for their TV, Internet and Telephone.
Actually, Shaw is a Cable TV company. Telus is a telephone company. Now they provide the service crossover.
I do my third compare during last 6 years. I did it every two year.
The information based on the location of Burnaby, British Columbia.
The price or cost does not include device purchase, or some special promotion for new customer.

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Testfreaks is a site aggregating all information about your favorite products. User reviews, professional reviews, prices, blog posts, forum threads, news, rumors, manufacturers descriptions and specifications, manuals, videos and more.
For example, I want to buy a mono laser printer, Lexmark E120.
I do the search on the Testfreaks, and got the product page which under the Printers category.
Lexmark E120 is better than my current printer Lexmark E210.
It shows me 8 expert reviews, 16 user reviews, price from UK$59 – UK$62. Including Manufacturer’s Specs with photos.

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