November 30, 2008

Free Webhosts Lose Their Minds, Make Users Register Twice

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:07 am by gloriouscomputing

Personally, I’ve been pretty happy paying for my webhosting for the last 4+ years. However, I need to find a good free web host that lets people download any filetype, so I can recommend this provider to my users (for Dispatcher).

I’ve gone through a list of the Top Free Web Hosts (no link, don’t feel like making you miserable too). Besides the first spot (which has a manual approval process and hasn’t replied yet), the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th have consistently done the following, which just blows my mind.

They ask you to Sign Up. OK, great. However, in the middle of the sign up process, you come across a form that looks like so:

They require that you are already registered with them, at their Forum. Of course, if you are a new user to this WebHost, which only does webhosting, which you are in the middle of signing up for initially, there is no way in hell that you already have a forum account.

So in the middle of signing up, you have to open a new tab/window, register for their forum, check your email to confirm that, then get back to the actual Sign Up page, and enter your forum user name in addition to the user name that you actually want to use.

When I saw this on the first webhost, I thought “Wow, these people are out of their mind. Surely I’ll never come across another webhost that requires you to register two separate accounts for the same webhost”. By the third webhost that used exactly this torturous method of making people register, I understood why nobody I know uses any of these webhosts.

If you have a forum software that is unfortunately not tied to your self-coded user account system, either:
1) Deal with it. Make users register once for your webhosting solution, and once more if and only if they want to use your forum.
2) Figure out a way to make a single registration system that signs people up for both accounts at the same time. Making your users enter the exact some information twice into the same website is an insult to their intelligence.


November 24, 2008

DVDFab – DVD Decrypter’s Successor? Seems that way

Posted in Beginner at 1:27 am by gloriouscomputing

I’m so old-school, I thought CSS was still the only game in town when it comes to DVD movies.

I found out how wrong I was when I came across “10,000 BC” from another region. “Wrong region”? I’ll just copy the DVD to fix that, I thought.

Long story short, turns out a lot of old software can’t handle some of the new little hackish protections the movie industry figured out how to add to new movie DVD releases. Namely, neither DVD Decrypter nor DVD Shrink could handle it.

So what to do? Just rip the DVD to the hard drive with DVDFab HD Decrypter, then burn it with ImgBurn. Problem solved, and with free software to boot.

Now I could actually watch the DVD I bought. If only I had pirated it, I wouldn’t have had this problem… Yay for punishing customers, MPAA.