Join the “Counter Strike Game Server challenge”

Grab yourself a cool World Cyber Games T-shirts as Bitstop, Inc. invites you to play and win CounterStrike Source!

Using our newest game server which runs on the latest server hardware and powered by Windows server technologies, we would like to find out the server’s capacity and how much load it can take. It is for this purpose that we installed the CS game server.

Game Mechanics:

Logon to and play. We will base on the stats recorded in as of September 15, 2008 at 12pm (noon).

The player with the highest KILLS on record will get the first World CyberGames T-sihrt. The second t-shirt will go to the player with the longest online time on record, while the third T-shirt will go to the player with highest SKILL on record.

Moderators, Anton and Keith are playing, but are NOT allowed to win.

Read More

PHP runs 10X faster in IIS 7.0

One of the key takeaways from the Microsoft Technet in KL, Malaysia is the talk on New features of IIS 7.0. Among the exciting things is the support for native FastCGI mode. This allows IIS 7.0 to run PHP applications some 10 to 20 times faster!

The use of metabase has also bee removed. This allows the configuration information to be stored in web.config files. This means that websites can be deployed by XCOPY or similar file copy programs. There is no need to migrate the IUSR account anymore.

BNSHosting can also offer Windows 2008 Web edition as the IIS 7.0 now supports non windows AD accounts. It can authenticate to IIS created users. Then it also allows remote administration and delegation of task.

Its interface has been improved and looks a bit like Plesk control panel. I also heard the speaker, Ken Shaefer say that IIs 7.0 will offer similar functionality to apache’s mod rewrite and mode_proxy. And if that werent enough, FTP will support multiple host per IP!!!

Read More

Data Recovery Tips for Sharepoint Sites

These tips were gathered from the excellent presentation made by Mr Joel Oleson (

1. Sharepoint Recycle bins
2. Sharepoint Central Website, Operations / Perform Backup
3. stsadm -o backp
4. SQL backup and restore
5. SQL clusters, database mirroring, log shipping

The key takeaway is that sharepoint relies on a lot of services to be running, and so, simply backing up the sql database would not be enough to recover a site. You will need to backup a lot of other files as well. The shortcut, just use the Sharepoint Central website’s Perform Backup to do this.

Read More