Listing my blog on Technorati and TopOfBlogs

Note from the blog owner: This article is outdated; it is kept here for historical reasons.

Yanniel's notes is now alive in Technorati and TopOfBlogs. Both sites give authentic backlinks to your blog, as they don't implement the rel=”nofollow” attribute in the HTML <a ... tag.

Technorati is a blog search engine and directory, which in my humble opinion is very professional and well established. In fact, I prefer to use Technorati rather than Google Blog Search to browse and search the blogosphere. The bad thing about Technorati is that it only allows blogs in English.

TopOfBlogs is a blog directory that has gained strong popularity lately. It ranks the blogs according to several variables, which converge in a general rank value for each blog. TopOfBlogs is far from been as professional as Technorati, but it covers all languages and cultures.

Both sites perform a manual revision of each blog you claim (submit). The purpose is to fight spam and to allow only authentic content to be listed. Of course, spammers are quite smart these days and the battle cannot be won just by the initial moderators' revision.

There's much more about  Technorati and TopOfBlogs. I intend to talk about them in further posts.

I just registered a new domain for my blog at Dynadot

I decided to move away from Blogger's free hosting service and get me a custom domain. Although you can register a domain from within Blogger, I decided to use a different domain name registrar: Dynadot.

”Dynadot is an ICANN accredited domain name registrar ” which I have used in the past with no complaints. It has a bunch of cool features like:
  • Domain search (extended to premium domain search if desired).
  • Domain suggestion (great if you haven't decided the name of your domain yet )
  • Domain privacy (this is what you need if you intend to high your identity as owner of the domain)
  • Lots of payment methods (Credit Cards, PayPal, MoneyBookers and more...)
I wanted a generic domain name for my blog (not a .cu, .ca, .us domain). So, my initial ideas were yanniel.net, yanniel.com, yanniel.org and yanniel.info.

After a quick search, I decided to buy yanniel.info because it was cheaper and at the end, this blog is all about me. So, yanniel.info (standing for Yanniel's information) is pretty much what I wanted.

One observation, the domains bought at Dynadot are cheaper than the ones you buy directly from within Blogger. Blogger charges you with $10 (USD) annually, and a I got my domain just for $5.75 (USD).

In the picture below you can see the Dynadot domain search interface:

Domain's search at Dynadot

Once you have added your domains to cart, you are prompted to log-in (or register) as a Dynadot's user. This is indispensable to configure your domains later. I expect to replace my current blogspot.com sub-domain with  www.yanniel.info ASAP. I guess at that point I will write a new post to explain how to set up a Blogger 's blog using a Dynadot registered domain.

Using Macros in Delphi

Computer programmers often need to transform a piece of code in a repetitive way. For example, consider transforming the following fields declaration into a fields initialization [1], as shown below:

Delphi macros to transform source code

You can do that by hand of course, but you can also use macros to streamline your work, specially if you need to convert more than just a few lines of code.

Macros allow to record a sequence of keystrokes and playback such compilation with just one saved keystroke.

To record a macro in Delphi you need to:
  1. Press Ctrl + Shift + R to start recording your macro. [2]
  2. Use as many keystrokes as you want to transform your code.
  3. Press Ctrl + Shift + R (again) to finish recording your macro. [3] 
To playback a saved (recorded) macro you just need to press Ctrl + Shift + P each time you want to run it. [4]

At this point you might be a little lost, hopefully the following video will clarify all your doubts:


In the previous example I recorded (and played) a macro containing 20 steps (keystrokes), but I am sure you can do the same with less keystrokes. If you do, please, write you keystrokes in the comments section at the bottom of this post.  

In conclusion, macros can make your life easier when writing code; besides, you can use them to impress your boss or colleagues with your super fast typing skills ;-)

Notes:
[1]: The unit containing the full source code of this example is at the end of this post.
[2]: In the latest Delphi versions you can click the following button to Record Macro:
Record Macro button in Delphi
[3]: In the latest Delphi versions you can click the following button to Stop Recording Macro:
Stop Recording Macro button in Delphi
[4]: In the latest Delphi versions you can click the following button to Playback Macro:
Playback Macro button in Delphi
Source code:

unit Person;

interface

type
  TPerson = class
  private
    FGivenName: string;
    FFamilyName: string;
    FPhoneNumber: string;
    FDateOfBirth: TDateTime;
    FAddress: string;
    FEMail: string;
  public
    constructor Create(aGivenName, aFamilyName, 

                       aPhoneNumber: string;
                       aDateOfBirth: TDateTime;
                       aAddress, aEMail: string);
    //Other methods and properties here...
  end;


implementation

{ TPerson }

constructor TPerson.Create(aGivenName, aFamilyName, 

                           aPhoneNumber: string;
                           aDateOfBirth: TDateTime; 

                           aAddress, aEMail: string);
begin
  FGivenName:= aGivenName;
  FFamilyName:= aFamilyName;
  FPhoneNumber:= aPhoneNumber;
  FDateOfBirth:= aDateOfBirth;
  FAddress:= aAddress;
  FEMail:= aEMail;

  //Step  1: Ctrl + Shift + ArrowRight
  //Step  2: Ctrl + C
  //Step  3: ArrowLeft
  //Step  4: =
  //Step  5: Spacebar
  //Step  6: Ctrl + V
  //Step  7: Ctrl + ArrowLeft
  //Step  8: a
  //Step  9: Del
  //Step 10: Ctrl + ArrowRight
  //Step 11: Ctrl + ArrowRight
  //Step 12: Ctrl + Shift + ArrowLeft
  //Step 13: Backspace
  //Step 14: Backspace
  //Step 15: Backspace
  //Step 16: Backspace
  //Step 17: ;
  //Step 18: Ctrl + ArrowLeft
  //Step 19: Ctrl + ArrowLeft
  //Step 20: ArrowDown;
end;

end.

Hacking (bypassing) Rogers's restrictions to download BitTorrent files

Recently, Rogers Communications Inc. implemented a mechanism (known as BitTorrent throttling -blocking-) to prevent the download of BitTorrent files from within its network. I guess they are trying to block illegal copyrighted downloads; but the fact is, BitTorrent is not an illegal technology, and it is used to share fully licensed materials as well.

If they were a fair company, they would allow their customers to cancel the contracts; nevertheless, they have put ridiculously high cancellation fees in order to prevent their clients from freely changing to a better ISP option.

Anyhow, enough from blah, blah, blah... this is the way to bypass Rogers's restrictions in order to download BitTorrent files:
  1. Install Vidalia in your computer. “Vidalia is a cross-platform controller GUI for the Tor software”. You need to install the appropriate Vidalia's distribution, depending on your current Operating System (Windows, Linux, Mac).
  2. Specify the following proxy setting in your preferred BitTorrent client (uTorrent, Azureus, Vuze, Free Download Manager): Proxy address: localhost; Proxy port: 8118.
Take a look at the following video. I have recorded how to download and install Vidalia in Windows. Furthermore, I have shown how to configure Free Download Manager (this is my preferred BitTorrent client) in order to access the Internet through Tor. You can see how the Torrent file gets downloaded.



Please, notice this is a general guideline. It might require slightly variations depending on your OS and BitTorrent client. If you have any questions, write them in the comments section below, and I  will do my best to answer ASAP.

That's it! You can now download torrents from within the Rogers network with no restrictions.
Warning: BitTorrent downloading over Tor does not warrantee your anonymity. In other words, you could be busted if you download copyrighted materials. Again, if your purpose is to go undetected when downloading Torrents, then Tor is NOT for you (read the facts). Don’t waste your time with this post anymore: my ONLY purpose here is to teach you how to mock your ISP BitTorrent blocking (throttling).