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Month: March 2007

My online empire is semi-functional

Some of my blogs have been down since yesterday and PayPerPost rejected some of my posts. Yet another lesson that I have learned is that never to put all your eggs in one basket and make sure that your activism blog is kept separate from your revenue-generating ones…because you never know when some moron will come along and complain to your host provider simply because he/she does not like the idea of free speech.

Anyway I’m moving that blog in question to a Malaysian web host, there will be no issue of anyone complaining now since the blog is not hosted in the United States of A.


Amazon Context Links Beta

Amazon has recently announced their Context Links Beta program, very similar to the way Kontera displays their ads. According to their blog:

Context Links are for people looking for an easy way to generate money from the content they write. Bloggers, review sites, and people that have archived pages that are currently not monetized are excellent candidates for Context Links.

I have just placed the code onto some of my blogs but have yet to gauge their effectiveness. So far they have not appeared yet but a demo of how the links work can be seen here and here (dotted underlined links are Context Links). It certainly shows much promise!


PayPal package on its way

So I went ahead and made a copy of my documentation, sealed it in an envelope and posted it to PayPal. Total was RM7.50, inclusive of postage and envelope, courtesy of Pos Malaysia.


I’m still going to get my documentation faxed though, just in case the documentation do not arrive as expected. Probably next week.


Restored TMNet home access at last

Finally after nearly a month of agony, desperation and cybercafe-hopping in order to have a few hours of internet access, TMNet finally restored my home access at long last. What was initially supposed to be “two working days” turned out to be four weeks, but what the heck. All I did was to take the initiative and paid a visit to TMPoint Kajang to complain about the inaction I experienced for my report number 4197850. I made the complaint at around 11 am. TMNet took action and service was restored at around 4pm. That’s less than 12 hours. And certainly much more less than the time (and cost) I spent calling 1-300-88-9515 and harrassing the officials there about my case.

So the lesson of the day is simply this: don’t wait for their call after making your report via their TMNet Streamyx Centre. Lodge your report and then pay a physical visit to your nearest TMPoint. If you don’t do that, they will take things for granted and will be “sleeping on the job”, so to speak. Believe me, I know.


PayPal says no to e-mail attachments

I sent a query via their online contact form asking them whether it is possible to send the documents they are asking for via e-mail. Below is the reply that I received from them. Basically the answer is “no, you have to use a bloody fax machine regardless whether you live in a country with Third World facilities, lousy libraries or otherwise”.

Dear Mohd Elfie Nieshaem Juferi,

Thank you for contacting PayPal with your concern.

I am sorry, we are unable to open file attachments due to security precautions. Please fax your documentation to PayPal. If you do not have access to a fax machine, most copy centers and some libraries will have fax machines that you can utilize for a nominal fee.

In addition, if you have a scanner attached to your computer, you may be able to convert your computer and scanner into a digital fax machine through various shareware and freeware available over the internet. One reference website is Type in “fax” into the search box to locate a number of free fax programs that may be available for your computer.