Sayonara Yahoo!

My blog got hacked again.  Only discovered it last night when I tried to post the entry about my first day (which is Sun) in Bangkok and got the damn "parse error" again.  Logged into Yahoo webhost and true enough, my index.php and xmlprc.php file got edited on 4 Oct 2008.  Sky happened to be online so I told him about it.  Even he was surprised that my blog seemed to be getting hacked so often given that my password is really quite secure (consists of special characters, capital letters, numbers and with no proper word).  The only reason he could think of is there may be some weakness in my Yahoo and/or SQL database setup and I really can’t be sure ‘cos I have no idea how the technical aspects of it work.  Anyway, Sky happens to offer webhosting services too so I decided (on the spot) to switch to his.

The price he charges is very reasonable and he helped me shift my entire blog to his server.  Will have to work out with him how to upload files via FTP, as well as figure out a way to shift my email adds to his server.  He helped me sort out the entire migration till 4am last night.  (THANK YOU!!).  I sure hope he wasn’t working today.  Haha. 

Once everything is sorted out, I’m going to dump Yahoo for good.  Though convenient (and I loved the Snapshots Backup feature), it’s getting very costly to host it with them.  I got an email just 2 weeks ago saying that the price is going up by USD1 from USD11.95 to USD12.95 per month.  It’s ridiculous.  The biggest benefit I see about hosting with Sky is that I know him and I know I’ll be able to approach him for help.  At least with a friend as a webmaster, I don’t mind telling him my password if need be, for him to help troubleshoot and then changing it to a new password thereafter so I can’t hold him liable for any subsequent security lapses either.

As it is, I already noticed a few improvements to my blog/Wordpress interface.  For e.g., the "index.php" has been removed from my my pretty permalinks.  (This is probably ‘cos this is now a clean installation of the latest WordPress compared to the upgrade I did on my own).  Also, there’re more theme options in my WordPress admin panel.  Better still, the plugins that I deleted when fixing the damn 4 Oct hack have also been added back for me.  Whoopee!!

Anyway, I really hope this puts a stop to the hacking of my blog once and for all.  Damn you chao hackers!

Bangkok Conference 2008

First day in Bangkok… the only day with a bit of free time.  Went to the Healthland Spa at North Sathorn Rd for a really good aromatherapy oil massage.  Thb850 for 1.5hrs.  Really worth it.  Wanted to do the Thai massage initially (which costs a superbly cheap Thb450 for 2 hrs) but my colleague wanted to do the former and so I followed suit…so she wouldn’t have to wait 30min for me.

Went to Siam Center to shop for 45mins (tight, tight schedule) but that’s ok ‘cos I spent a whopping on face and moisturisers, eyeliner and foundation even before I left Changi Airport.  Bleah.

Think some of my colleagues are a little disappointed ‘cos it’s also elections day in Bangkok today… and no alcohol is served during the period from 6pm 4 Oct to 11:59pm 5 Oct.

Am supposed to prepare some slides for a presentation tomorrow.  Last minute kena arrow by Bigmac.  Sigh.  Slacking a bit before I start preparing.  Hehe.  Here’re my photos from today.  (I’m staying at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel).

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Patience is very pleased that she got her own bed.

 

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Dressing area

 

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View from my window.  (The water’s really brown).

 

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Nice big sink.  Good for putting on makeup.

 

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Toiletries provided.

 

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Lots of small and big towels.  Heh.

 

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Lots of free beverages (should be free ‘cos they’re not on the price list…)

 

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Guess what’s a condom called on the price list?  It’s called "Gent’s amenity".  HAHAHA.

 

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Wonder how many people will cave in to temptation and drink from the minibar.

 

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What do you call someone who helps you with stuff?  Ans: Assistant Manager.

 

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Hotel lobby area

 

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Interesting displays

 

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Front desk area

 

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I like the pop-up art!

 

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Not sure why my pics turned out grainy and dark.  🙁

 

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Not sure why either but by pressed and holding the capture button longer, I somehow managed to increase the exposure of the shot making it not as dark.  *Scratches head*

 

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Am using the Panasonic FX33.  Toggling between the iA and night scenary modes.

Sigh.  Nothing interesting’s on TV tonight.  I’m actually watching Channel News Asia!  Pengz.  Okie… time to do my slides.  Don’t know what I’m going to talk about man.  Crap.