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Tips to Set Directory Alias on Filezilla Server

Documentation of Filezilla server is not available, the only thing that I can find so far is Filezilla’s forum. I felt really sad the first time I was using Filezilla server on windows, I had to spend lots of time figuring things out. Note just ignore the little tips in Enter Directory Alias dialog, it’s misleading though, I can never have aliases working for me if I follow that reminder 😉

Here is how you can add directory aliases to Filezilla server:

Start Filezilla server interface, click the user/group button on the menu bar, create a user/group if you don’t have one already.

Then select Shared folders from the left panel, and select a user/group from the right panel

Now in the middle panel you can add a few different directories pointing to wherever you want, but if you try to log onto your FTP server now, you will only see the root directory. All other directories are hidden from you since you haven’t added any aliases yet.

Right click one of the directories other than home directory (denoted by a leading H) and choose Edit Aliases from popup menu. In Enter Directory Alias dialog enter the alias for that directory with a leading slash “/”. For example, /pub or /etc. (Don’t try to create nested aliases such as /pub/documents/engineering, I had never got this work for me. If you can please let me know)

Next click OK to close Enter Directory Alias dialog, add more directory aliases as you want.

Once you are done with that, click OK on Users/Groups dialog to make the changes take effect

You should now be able to navigate to different directories from your FTP clients


July 10, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Technology | , , , | 23 Comments

How to view more than 7 days’ history data in wordpress.com

While blogging in your wordpress.com account, you may always want to check if your blog’s pageviews is increased or improved, what trend of blog is, where are the visitors coming from, which posts have better pageviews, and even search terms from search engine. I found referrer and search statistics are very useful, they are great hints to improve your blogs pageranks in search engines such as google, yahoo etc. But I was feeling hopeless to see only 7 days history data and then I found it’s a simple job to view more statistic data back to history ;-). This howto is about going beyond the limited history data (by default 7 days) to 9 days (seems it still doesn’t solve my issue though, but what can we do).

If you logged in and visit your wordpress stat page using this link http://<YOUR_USERNAME>.wordpress.com/wp-admin/index.php?page=stats or moving your mouse over your wordpress.com admin “My Account” menu and clicking stat, you will be presented with wodpress.com’s statistics page. There are 7 sections: Pageviews Graphs(daily, weekly and monthly), Referrers, Top Posts & Pages, Search Engine Terms, Clicks, Blog Stat and Incoming Links. We will see how to view more history data for Referrers, Top Posts & Pages, Search Engine Terms, Clicks.

As mentioned above, WordPress.com currently only displays 7 days history data for wordpress bloggers, but this limit can be modified through changing URLs on your browser’s location bar. Note the system currently only allows for a max of 9 days’ result to be returned and default to 7 days, here is how: Continue reading

July 10, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Technology, Wordpress Tips | , , , | 1 Comment

How to Kill a Windows Process on Windows 2000, XP and Vista

There are many scenarios that we need to kill processes on windows, such as your computer is slowing down significantly by one specific process like virus or hacking application and adwares, and even IE and Firefox browsers need to be killed sometimes since they are using too much memory and your computer doesn’t even work except chirping and slowly responding. If you know Unix/Linux well you probably know how to kill a process using the “kill” command which is really powerful as long as you have the permissions to do so. I am sure you can’t always kill all the processes on Linux/Unix systems. Well, let’s focus on windows system.

You don’t have to be an expert to use some of the tools available from Microsoft or third parties. Most of us know Process Manager and you use it to kill processes, don’t you know Process Manager doesn’t really show you all the processes running on your windows system, such as those windows services and system processes. If you can find your process from Process Manager, then you can select the process by right click and choose kill, this process will go away. Be warned that some of the system processes should not be killed unless you really want to do so, otherwise, your system will also be killed and shutdown.

There is another tools from Microsoft called Process Explorer:

The Process Explorer display consists of two sub-windows. The top window always shows a list of the currently active processes, including the names of their owning accounts, whereas the information displayed in the bottom window depends on the mode that Process Explorer is in: if it is in handle mode you’ll see the handles that the process selected in the top window has opened; if Process Explorer is in DLL mode you’ll see the DLLs and memory-mapped files that the process has loaded. Process Explorer also has a powerful search capability that will quickly show you which processes have particular handles opened or DLLs loaded.

Pretty useful tools to kill processes and its child processes. It’s very similar to Process Manager but with more information available. You know sometimes one process can spawn one or more processes, if you only kill the parent process, then you left its child processes running as zombie processes. Similar to Process Manager you can kill the process tree so that it will clean up all processes that you really want to kill.

Give it a try, you will like it soon

You can download this tool here

July 10, 2008 Posted by | How Tos, Technology | , , , | 2 Comments