Cheap or even free SSL certificate

SSL certificate is essential if you want more security for your website, but unfortunately the price of a valid and cheap SSL certificate is rarely to be found. The average price of SSL certificate ranges from $100 - $200, a price that usually can only get the lower-class certificate.

A few days ago, I made an observations to some of SSL Certificate providers out there, where I want the SSL certificate to meet my needs as follows:

  • Multiple Domains (UCC)
  • Wild Card Capability
  • S/MIME Client + Auth / SMTP

And after several days of searching, I finally found a SSL certificate provider that provides features like I was looking for with a very cheap price at only $59.90 for two years. Not only that, they also provide a free SSL certificate, valid for 1 year and can be renewed again.

Company that provide this SSL certificate is StartCom Ltd, which is an Israel-based company and founded by Eddy Nigg. Get your cheap or free SSL certificate here.

See also: Comparison of SSL certificates for web servers.

P5RD1-VM and Windows 7

I have a very old computer, built in 2006 by using Asus P5RD1-VM motherboard and an Intel 2.8GHz processor. This system was built when Windows 7 has not been released so that the default driver of the P5RD1-VM motherboard is no longer compatible.

After looking on the internet and visiting a few forums, I finally found the drivers needed so that I could install Windows 7 on my old computer, here are the new driver for P5RD1-VM:

  • P5RD1-VM has an integrated graphic card based on ATI Radeon X300. You can download the driver here.
  • P5RD1-VM has an integrated sound card, the SoundMAX from Analog Devices. Download the sound card driver here.
  • P5RD1-VM use the ULi SATA M5287. Download the SATA driver here.
  • P5RD1-VM use the ULi M526X Ethernet Controller. Download the ULi Lan driver here.

Indeed, the graphic driver used is using the driver for Windows Vista but it works well with Windows 7, even I can got the Windows Aero to work as well.

Microsoft plans Windows 8 in 2012

Age of Windows 7 was not yet 1 year, but Microsoft is aiming to release the Windows 8 in the year 2012.

This rumor originated from an article from the Microsoft Kitchen Blog, the article shows the roadmap which clearly visible on the list in 2012 is the timeframe for Windows 8's release.

There is no additional information, only shows a plan from Microsoft, and Microsoft also has not issued an official statement about this news. However, there are signs to over there, it can be seen Microsoft has started to recruit talent to build their new operating system is. At the beginning of this month, a list needed work at Microsoft indicates Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Group would begin focusing on Windows 8.

Looks like this time Microsoft is making SP1 for Windows 7, and plans to release the beta version in January 2010, for OEMs in the summer and to the public in the fall.

In connection with the sale of Windows 7, Microsoft claims that sales of Windows 7 is now more than two times compared with the operating system ever. Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer said Microsoft is off to a "fantastic start" with Windows 7.

The Azure Platform

The Azure platform? Hmm..very interesting. A few days ago we try to find more information about this platform and the tools (Windows Azure SDK) and it only support Vista or Win7 for development environment.

Windows XP is still wide use among developer and me is one of them. Need 1000 USD or more to build new development environment for Azure platform. They said they will explore options to enable the SDK on WinXP, and we hope this will be done sooner.

It's seem Microsoft try to sell Vista to developer too, what a strange requirement considering we are building cloud applications to remove the underlying OS support.. lots developer complain about this Azure system requirements.

The only thing that we can do now is try to adding new features into our products and hope we can create new products for Azure platform sooner.

Flow Document Writer

"A flow document is designed to "reflow content" depending on window size, device resolution, and other environment variables. In addition, flow documents have a number of built in features including search, viewing modes that optimize readability, and the ability to change the size and appearance of fonts. Flow Documents are best utilized when ease of reading is the primary document consumption scenario."

Flow Document is a powerful document format from Microsoft, the extension from Flow Document is XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language). Flow Document can include many components including paragraphs, videos, images, and more. These components correspond to elements in markup and objects in procedural code.

In Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), XAML is used as a user interface markup language to define UI elements, data binding, eventing, and other features. Here's the best source if you want more informations about XAML: Wikipedia and MSDN.

Creating Flow Document using our Flow Document Writer is a step forward because you don't need to know XAML syntax at all. Our Danet Studio provide a Flow Document Writer (Danet Creator), and you can get this Flow Document Writer for free.