- Internet's Top Dojo Directory moves to

The most popular Dojo Directory on the Internet - has recently moved to a shorter and more relevant domain name: was established in 2004, and over the last 10 years it has gained huge popularity in the martial arts community. It offers advaned location and style based Martial Arts School Search functionality. Each school is featured with several pages of information. You can also rate and review Martial Arts schools, or read reviews written by others. About 200,000 unique visitors come to each month looking for Martial Arts Schools, clubs, studios etc. 

Moving to marks a huge step for the dojo locator network, as the shorter domain name is easier to remember, recognized and more relevant. It is also in line with other country specific Websites on the dojo locator network, such as,, etc.

Currently featuring 29,675+ Martial Arts Schools from all styles and all disciplines, is by far the most active and recognized directory of Martial Arts Schools on the Internet.

Check it out:


Posted on April 9, 2014 16:56 by Haider

The Best Web Hosting Company in Bangladesh gets a new Website!

Alpha Net, the company with best Web Hosting Infrastructure available in Bangladesh, has just launched a new Website: This new Website features a clean layout with separate sections dedicated to the company's Hosting, Domain Registration and VPS services. It also offers online ordering of Hosting & Domain Registration in Bangladesh. Something that was not possible in the previous version of their Website.

Among other things, the Website features .bd whois lookup. In case you are interested in registering a .bd Domain, you can order it through Alpha Net.

Alpha Net recently upgraded most of it's hosting infrastructure, now offering Gigabit up-link and VPS with up-to 16 Processor Cores and 16GB DDR3 RAM. The newest server is based on Windows 2012 and features 32 Xeon E5 processor cores, 128 GB ECC Registered RAM @ 1600Mhz, and 12 Tera Bytes of Enterprise storage.

Many corporations in Bangladesh are now choosing VPS over shared hosting. Specially with recent row of hacking and security concerns.

Alpha Net's Managed VPS services allow corporations to afford a full featured dedicated Web Server without the expertise of server configuration/management.


Posted on February 4, 2013 10:49 by Haider

Microsoft, Bring back the Start Menu where it was!

We were pretty amused looking at the Windows 8 preview. The graphic designer in the office said he felt like touching the screen. The Metro interface has been designed specially for touch screen (tablet, smart phone etc.)  so it is a step towards the right direction. Great!

But here is the problem: of all the 25+ workstations in the office, the number of touchscreen monitors we have is a whopping ZERO. We are professionals working with workstations, some featuring mulitple monitors. After wasting a good couple of hours trying to figure out how to access the most trivial aspects of Windows. I, as the system admin, happily gave up on Windows 8.

Windows 7 is serving us just fine! There is no reason to go through the pain of upgrading to Windows 8 so we would have to re-learn the operating system. The Start menu has been in Windows ever since we can remember. It had gotten a lot better over the previous generations of Windows. The search box in Start menu is something I have gotten quite accustomed to, and I have no idea what is being accomplished by the great minds at Microsoft by removing the most used UI element of the Operating System, with absolutely no option to enable it!

In Windows 8, you have to take the mouse to four corners of the screen and yet you would accomplish less than what the little Windows button on your keyboard does in Windows 7. Beauty!

Like another person said in the office, before he even looked at Windows 8: Microsoft is going to screw up Windows 8, and get it right again by Windows 10. Speaking from experience, of course. We had to stick with Windows XP through all the nonsense and then upgrade to Windows 7 when things settled down.

Microsoft's message is very clear to us IT professionals: Don't bother upgrading to Windows 8, stick with windows 7.

This we can do, but the problem is with Windows Server 2012. Putting a touchscreen friendly interface on the server, and removing the friendly Start Menu is beyond my comprehension! Yes, the server manager is far more capable now, and we can take care of most of the things from the Server Manager, but the Metro's search of "Apps" and "Settings" etc. is more than a practical jokes to the Admins.

Are you suggesting that we start referring to SQL Server and Exchange Servers as "Apps", because that is the popular term today for smart phone applications?

Bring back the start menu before it is too late.

Posted on August 27, 2012 05:26 by Haider

Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V: First Look

Much anticipated Windows Server 2012 (formerly Windows Server 8) was finally released to us on Aug 15th. Depending on what your interests are, you may have been waiting to look at different aspects of the new Windows Server. One of my primary interest, of course, is Hyper-V. We had a brand new Xeon E5 based server with 128GB of RAM and 12TB capacity waiting to be setup with Windows Server 2012. Now that I have installed and took a quick look at Hyper-V in 2012, here is my first impression:


  • Despite many enhancements in Hyper-V, the fundamental approach remains the same. You should have no problem getting started with it, if you have been working with Hyper-V on Windows 2008.
  • Many of the new features, such as replica or shared nothing live migration, does not work if the server is not part of a domain (bummer)

Moving a VM from Windows 2008 R2 Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

First thing I wanted to try and move a production VM from Windows 2008 R2 to Windows 2012. Since live migration was not an option, I decided to export the VM, copy the files into the new server, then import it. Here is a couple of things to remember if you decided to take this approach.

  • Saved states are not compatible between the two Hyper-V versions. So don't save and export the VMs, shut down then export.
  • Integration services have to updated in the guest VM, once moved to Windows Server 2012. Mount the integration disck from Hyper-V manager and install from within the VM
I moved the VM with saved state. First, import feature in Hyper-V 2012 reported that saved state will not be compatible. Then after the import was complete, I was not able to resume the VM. It quits with an error. I found no way to discard the saved state, but deleting the saved state files worked!

So far Hyper-V in Windows 2012 looks good. although I don't appreciate the metro like GUI on the Windows 2012 Server, it is not as much of an obstacle as I initially thought. Although I would take the start menu back anyday.


Posted on August 25, 2012 12:08 by Haider

Thank you, Remote Desktop!

As I switch between 7 different servers located at 3 different location accross the country, it makes me realize how easy much of my work has been because of Remote Desktop. Some of the things I have been able to accomplished over the past 10 years were only possible because of Remote Desktop.

When I am at home, I am logged onto my desktop at work all the time, working as if I am sitting in my office. Sometimes I am logging into the servers from iPhone, and carry out emergency tasks!

Because of Remote Desktop, I only have to keep all my projects in one place, and no matter where I am, I can carry on my work as long there is a PC with an Internet connection. Last year I travelled for 2 months and visited 3 different countries, all the while keeping a connection to my workstation back in the office, and making sure everything is running smoothly.

So Thank you! Remote Desktop.

And thanks to all the people who are behind it.

Posted on November 15, 2011 08:27 by Haider