Best hosting provider

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Advice, Premium resources

I have been shopping for a new hosting provider and after comparing all the different companies out there I decided to go with Host Gator. They have tons of hosting services, awesome hosting prices and most importantly they are a dependable hosting company. I recently signed up with a no-name hosting provider because of the awesome hosting prices and impressive list of benefits but within the past couple weeks my site has gone down at least 4 times a week and now I am not getting any response from tech support. If I can offer one word of advice it would be to stick with a larger (reputable) hosting company.

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sync all your calandars and contacts easily

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Gadgets and Cool Toys, Premium resources

I Just came across a free program called Plaxio that quickly and easily allows you to sync your calandar and contact information. You can sync with google, yahoo, Outlook…. and updates appear on all of your sites instantaneously! Just make a chance in one place and it will automatically show up in all your other calandars without having to use cables, cradles sync programs… and best of all it free! Apparently there are about 15,000,000 people who have already signed up so I guess this is not exactly exciting cutting edge news, but its new to me and hopefully you’ll find it useful too! Here is a video that briefly describes some of features of Plaxio:

Free 411 calls from Google

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Fun and Entertainment, Premium Gadgets and Cool Toys, Premium resources

I just wanted to share an awesome Google creation I just came accross… It’s Google 411 and it lets you call toll free from any phone to get local business listings. Previously I had been using traditional 411 or 1-800-SanDiego as a free 411 service but the new google 411 is 1000% better. Not only do you get your answers instantly with no advertisements, but it will also connect you for free (or even text message you the information for free)! Now you can find what you are looking for instantly! To try out Google’s new 411 service just dial 1-800-GOOG-411 (1-800-466-4411) from any phone.

Here are some tips for using Google 411:
1) When you are asked for city and state, you can say city and state or you can simply say (or type) the zip code.
2) When you are asked the business name or category you can say the specific name or be general. EX: “hardware stores”
3) Say “details” to get more info about the current listing.
4) You can say “text message” or press “9″ to receive a text message with detailed info (when you are calling from a cell phone).
The text message feature came in very handy when I was on my way to a steakhouse in Downtown San Diego and didn’t know thier address. I simply said “92101 The strip club steakhouse” then “text message” and I was instanly sent a text with their phone number and address!
Anyway… Not much more to it! Its free, it’s easy and its way faster than looking something up on your phone when your not in front of a computer so give it a try!

download online videos for your smartphone

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium resources

I just came across a really cool site that converts online videos (ex: youtube videos) into any format and lets you download them (for free)! You can even convert a video (ex: a music video) into MP3 format. All you need to do is provide the URL of the video and vixy.net’s FLV Online Converter will quickly convert your video and provide you with a link to download it!

This is especially cool if you have a smartphone or PDA. I converted a few videos to MP4 so I could watch them on my Blackberry Pearl and it worked perfectly. If your a fan of “The Office” you can convert the Prison Mike scene so you can watch it on your phone over and over and over… :) Anyway, check it out!

Click here to convert your videos!

P.S. Let us know if you have any other good video url’s worth converting…!

Until next time, Dinkin Flicka!

Dell Blade Server Upgrade

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Gadgets and Cool Toys, Premium resources

Blade servers3Today my friend Shawn and I had to upgrade the computer servers for premiumposts.com because of the tremendous success of the website! When I first started premiumposts.com way back in March of 2006 I was only getting about 2 unique visitors a day (1 from my home computer, and one from my work computer). However, now because of the immense popularity of the site and all my loyal readers I am receiving upwards of 30 unique visitors (from all over the world) every single day!!!!! (Amazing I know). If you look up premiumposts.com on Alexa you will see that it is indeed ranked as the 2,483,449th most popular site in the World! Due to this huge explosion in popularity within the past couple months I have decided to get some new Dell Blade Servers! It ended up costing me just under $90,000.00 dollars but I figure that since I am already pulling in almost $40.00 dollars in ad revenue every month, the servers will pay for themselves within 187 years!

Here are some details about the new blade servers: The Dell blade chassis houses 10 loaded Blades, each consisting of 20 dual-core 2.8Ghz Xeon processors (112Ghz total), 120GB RAM, and 20 146GB 15,000 rpm drives (2.9TB total). I also installed a 48 port gigabit switch, a rack-mounted redundant power supply for the switch, and 2 load balancers (one of which is a hot spare). I am keeping my fingers crossed, and I am hopeful that this will be enough to handle the traffic. What do you think?

In case you didn’t catch my sarcasm it’s not actually me that is upgrading my servers just yet. I have a hosting plan with Bluehost.com that gives me 15 gigs of storage, 400 gb/month of site transfer, and the ability to host 6 Domains on 1 Bluehost Account for $6.95 Per Month So… for now I think BlueHost is a bit more cost effective.

I did however just help my friend Shawn (founder and CEO of digital Point Solutions) deliver and install his new servers (the ones mentioned above) to their new home at the data center in downtown. First we had to lug the equipment down the hall and out to the parking garage. We then proceeded to cram the nearly 500 pounds of computer equipment into his SUV :)

Loading up the new servers
Once we were there it took a few hours to move around the old servers, hook up all the new equipment and secure everything to the rack. There ended up being about 1.5 hours of downtime were digitalpoint.com actaully had to go off line because we had to physically shut down and move the old servers (pictured below)
and put them next to the new blades on the new rack.

The old Digital Point servers
Within a few hours everything was up and running and the installation was complete! Hopefully digitalpoint won’t have to upgrade again any time soon. Here is a picture of the new setup with the 10 blades on the bottom.

The new DigitalPoint equipment
In case you aren’t familiar with DigitalPoint.com it is the 5th most trafficked website in all of California, and ranked as the 165th most popular site in the world! Digital Point gets upwards of 1,000 hits every second and sees about 5 million unique visitors every month (That’s even more than PremiumPosts.com)! Digital Point receives more traffic than buy.com, latimes.com, sun.com … (anyway, you get the idea… its big)!

Digitalpoint.com is an immensely popular website for webmasters and internet marketing. It is a great resource for anyone who owns or operates a website. The website offers a number of free tools that help webmasters with Search engine optimization and internet marketing. Digitalpoint.com also has a very popular forum (that actually just logged its 1 millionth post). The forum discusses search engine optimization, internet marketing, digital Point software… If you own a website and are looking to improve your search engine rankings and improve your internet marketing than digitalPoint.com is a great resource.

Here are just a few of the free tools available to everyone:
1) Keyword suggestion tool: This allows you to quickly see which phrases are searched upon the most (for determining the best phrases to target for your website).
2) GeoVisitors: This tool will show you the physical location of the visitors to your website/blog.
3) Keyword Ranking Monitor: This tool allows you to track historical search engine result placement data for any keyword/URL combo you choose.

Exotic Car forum

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium Automotive, Premium resources

I just came across a great exotic car forum and wanted to share it. I was looking through all the cool exotic car pictures and different topics and figured everyone that reads the premium automotive section of my blog would probably appreciate this forum as well. This exotic car forum (called ExotiXboard.com) is a great place for all those car nuts who have a passion for exotics.

Exotic cars forum

The forum has only been online for about a year but it seems to be getting very popular with close to 2,500 members. Forum topics cover all aspects of owning and/or appreciating exotic cars. I have been hooked for the last couple hours, looking at pictures, videos, and info. The site is very well designed and super easy to navigate. It’s broken down into Asian Exotics, American Exotics, and European Exotics. Other forum topics include tuning and mods, exotic car care, events and gatherings, and a “Member’s Garages” section for members to show off their exotic cars (I’m hoping to have one to show off soon) :) Lastly, there is a photography section with some beautiful exotic car pictures that make great exotic car wallpaper for your desktop.

Anyway, If you own an exotic car or have an appreciation for premium sports cars and luxury automobiles check Read more…

Stock Market Research

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium resources

I know stock market research can sometimes be overwhelming but it definitely pays to do your research. One of the best sites to track stocks, get detailed stock charts and company news is Google Finance. You can click here to check out Google finance for yourself. However if you are lazy or have become too busy (like me) to do your own research I have found that Forbes has some great independant stock market research available so you can sit back and let the stock market experts do the work. I actually just signed up for the Stock Market Research newsletter and saved a few hundred dollars off the initial price so I thought I would pass it along if anyone is interested. Get independent research from Forbes Special Situation Survey.
12 issues — Save $400 and get a FREE 16 page report. click here!

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If you prefer to do your own stock market research here is a little more information about “Google Finance”. Google finance is Read more…