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貔貅

Date Thursday, 13 November 2008  Posted in Category Lifestyle  Tags   Comment 4 Comments »

台湾貔貅珠宝艺品馆里的其中一只玉石制貔貅

台湾貔貅珠宝艺品馆里的其中一只玉石制貔貅

我刚从宝岛(台湾)旅行回来,请了一只佩带的玉石制貔貅(读音 píxiū)。目的就是 为了保平安与建康,还有期望在事业上能一帆风顺。其实,我并不是很迷信的人, 但是经过台湾貔貅珠宝艺品馆师傅的批算下(综合了生辰八字,五行,名字数字),真的没有十分也有八分准确,然而我也不得不佩服算命学了。

老实说,有谁不想避凶、保平安?虽然我不是诚心的佛教徒,但俗语说宁可信其有,不可信其无。在师傅一轮说服下和自己拥有这样的想法“钱财身外物,没有了可以赚回来,但平安与运程并非可以用钱所买的”,所以最终被打动了。

在马来西亚,并不是很多人知道“貔貅”。听过的人,也不知道貔貅是怎么样子。看过的人,也以为貔貅是一头狮子或装饰品 。知道 的人,也不知道怎么写“貔貅”。

貔貅是中国神话传说中的一种瑞兽,就像龙、凤、麒麟。貔貅有雌雄之分,雄性名为“貔”又名天禄,雌性名为“貅”又名辟邪。雄性代表财运,雌性代表财库,因此有“有财要有库才能守得住”之说。貔貅是以财为食,口大无肛(有进无出),样子凶狠。风水学上,貔貅有催财的作用,尤对偏行、收入浮动者有奇效,例如销售、经商、外汇、股票、金融、彩马、期货、赌场等等(据说澳门赌场便摆了一只玉貔貅,也有说毛主席把貔貅的图象定为中国人民银行的行标)。除了财运,貔貅也有辟邪、镇宅的作用,可以赶走邪气、加强 好运、保平安,就像家中的守护神。

后方

后方

右则

右则

左则

左则

貔貅与招财猫或金蟾蜍有所不同,貔貅在历史上是有记载的。而且貔貅必须开光,以纯玉石制的貔貅功效最强。玉石的颜色也必须根据主人的五行,相克的颜色可能会带来反效果。貔貅的摆放与供奉也有忌,所以请貔貅最好是请教专家指导。基本上,开光后的貔貅只有主人可以触摸,而破损了的貔貅不会再灵(已经为你挡灾)。貔貅不能用“买”这个词,一定要用“请”。切记。

假如你想请教专家指导, 可以联络:

天禧貔貅珠宝艺品馆 Tien-Shi Jewelry & Arts Gallery
台北市内湖区瑞光路34号
34, Rui-Guang Road,
Nei Hu District, Taipei, Taiwan.
Tel: +886-2-2792-5170
Fax: +886-2-2792-5243
E-mail: tienshi.peishu@mas.hinet.net

佩带的玉石貔貅

佩带的玉石貔貅

互联网上可以买到的水晶琉璃貔貅

互联网上可以买到的水晶琉璃貔貅

红色圈子里的就是我们的台湾导游- 邓先生(他喜欢我们叫他Billy仔)。从旅行第一 到最后一天,天天都在巴士里对我们讲解貔貅的‘功效’与经验。因为麦克风太大 声,而我就没的好睡。。。

红色圈子里的就是我们的台湾导游- 邓先生(他喜欢我们叫他Billy仔)。从旅行第一 到最后一天,天天都在巴士里对我们讲解貔貅的‘功效’与经验。因为麦克风太大 声,而我就没的好睡。。。

Exabytes vs Shinjiru

Date Tuesday, 11 November 2008  Posted in Category Domain Name & Web Hosting  Tags , , , , , , , , , ,   Comment 11 Comments »

I have conducted a few tests between Exabytes (exabytes.com) and Shinjiru (shinjiru.com) Web hosting. Results turned out Exabytes’ web hosting speed is slightly faster than Shinjiru by about 20% to 25%.

Method of test:

  1. I subscribed 2 shared hosting accounts- one with Exabytes and another one with Shinjiru.
  2. Both website with the same content running on PHP connect to MySQL.
  3. Tests conducted from 1st to 31st October 2008, each day have 2 tests at anytime from 11am to 6pm (working hours) and 9pm to 12am (non-working hours), Malaysia time.
  4. I used a computer with Intel Processor 1.20 GHz and 1024MB RAM and connected to Internet using leased line by TMnet, 3G Mobile Connect by Celcom, Dial-up by Jaring and Streamyx by TMnet.
  5. Run 2 website – to test out the script execution and response time.
  6. Upload files to website by FTP – to test out the uploading speed.
  7. Download files from website – to test out the downloading speed.

However, the tests above were conducted in KL Malaysia, it can’t justified the speed performance from overseas access.

More to considered beside the loading speed

Selecting a web hosting service can’t just based on loading speed evaluation, I believe most of us want a good service and lowest price hosting plan too. I can’t say Exabytes and Shinjiru are the best in Malaysia but so far with my experience with a few of web hosting companies like Emerge, Exabytes, Shinjiru, Webserver (ACME), e-Globalhosting and HileyTech, Exabytes and Shinjiru’s web hosting packages are considered the most competitive among all. Beside that, IPserverone is catching up as well.

Why Shinjiru?

In fact, I personally preferred Shinjiru. They offer the cheapest domain names registration either TLD or ccTLD (country code top-level domain ie. .com.my) and very affordable web hosting plans in Malaysia.  Furthermore, their web hosting overall rating is compatible with Exabytes or Emerge and this company is well established since 1998. However, 2 things I believe they should improve- customer service response time (email enquiries) and technical issues solving duration time.

If you have only one domain name want to be hosted and especially if you are new to web hosting, I advice you go to Shinjiru’s Mini Pack (RM99/year as on 2008-11-11) while Exabytes’ cheapest package is far ahead from this price (RM269/year as on 2008-11-11).

Why Exabytes?

To me, the attractive point of Exabytes is their web hosting speed and customer service response time. As for their Web hosting plan, it is not as attractive as Shinjiru’s Disk Space and Monthly Data Transfer rate (Exabytes is serious in server and data transfer utility, in order to provide best server performance to all hosted accounts, they offer strict and low usage hosting condition.)

If you are looking for an optimised server environment and ‘slightly’ faster web hosting, Exabytes might be your choice. However, it depends on your luck too, as you know shared hosting accounts is hosted on a sharing server, so hope that you do not have busy neighbours (You can checkout who is your domain name neighbours at www.myipneighbors.com, entered your domain name at the search field)

I am currently hosted this website (kenny.my) with Exabytes’ Linux EBiz Plus hosting plan. The reason is simple, I have 8 add-on domains (website) want to be hosted; I need faster speed; and my total website data transfer rate still below the allocated 50GB.

Tips

  1. Switching the web hosting service is troublesome when you have already configured and running website, tasks like backup/restore database, web applications re-configuration and testing will give you a tons of work to do when you switching the web hosting service. Hence, selecting a right web hosting service can avoid all these.
    I am in considering of Shinjiru’s Shared Hosting Business Plan, because I need a larger disk space and data transfer rate. But there’s more to do- I have to transfer all 8 website of mine and re-configure all the applications.
  2. You can register the domain name with Shinjiru and hosted the website with Exabytes. Take the best deal from two side (Exabytes’ domain name registration fee is more expensive than Shinjiru.)
  3. If you are looking for a package that covered the domain name and web hosting, you may consider Shinjiru. Their Shared hosting Standard Plan is come with a free domain registration. (RM190/year as on 2008-11-11)

Both Exabytes and Shinjiru are good at different area, selecting anyone of them is depend on your budget and need.