Archive for November, 2010

Error 1335 data1.cab is corrupt solved, fix, repair & solution

I have had many problems with installations giving me error 1335 data1.cab is corrupt errors. I am running a notebook with 2x 512mb DDR333 Memory.

If you click ignore and it just returns to the same error window it might be caused by one of the memory modules.

I easily solved the problem by removing one ram module and then installing the software  afterward I just replace the memory. For some strange reason when both memory modules are installed I get this error on certain installations packages.

If this doesn’t fix your problem and you get a diffrent error code when you ignore the corrupt file you can try updating MSI Installer or repairing it.

If that also didn’t solve your problem please do a google search. There are tons of reports and solutions. Find the one that works for you.

Cheers

Smokoo, the Gambling Auction Site

Heya fellow South Africans

I was on my usual night owl mission when I saw an ad on Face book for Smokoo. If you haven’t heard of Smokoo, I wouldn’t be too surprised as it is a new auction site that is unlike any auction I have seen before.

Smokoo is like an auction site for gamblers. Unlike Ebay or Bid or Buy, you can’t sell anything on this auction site. Smokoo is the one selling all of the items. They sell items ranging from game consoles to bids. Also unlike Ebay or Bid or Buy, there is no defined end time to an auction. The more bids an item receives, the longer the auction will continue until people stop bidding. If you thought that’s where the differences end, you would be wrong. Most bids take place in R0.01c increments.

If you were wondering what I was talking about when I called it a gambling auction site, this is what I mean. You have to pay for bids. Every time you bid, it costs you R5. It can cost you less than that if you buy your bids in bulk. Whether or not you win the auction, if you are bidding, they are making money off of you. Much like the gambling you would do at any casino, you can spend a lot of money in the hopes of winning something, only to end up with nothing more than a dent in your bank account. This is where the genius part of the site lies.

While many auctions often go for less than their retail value (I saw a 8GB USB drive go for less than $6 last night), because you are paying for the bids you place on an item with a set bid increment, they are still making money hand over fist. Let me give you an example. Last night, I was watching an auction for a PS3, just to see what it would go for. It was an 80GB PS3 with the retail value of $400.00. The last time I looked, the auction was approaching $430 (why people will pay above retail when they don’t have to is always something that will confuse me). Not only did the company make back the retail value on the game console, but when they charge at most $1 per bid (it could be less if you buy bids in bulk) which is $.15 above the last bid, they have likely made over $3000 profit from a single auction. This is not something other auction sites such as Ebay can boast.
Reference to Jeremy “pcnerd37? Bray’s Blog post on Swoopo a similar site to Smokoo

Another ingenious part of this new auction system is that the auction end time is only dependent on when auctions stop receiving bids. With the real-time AJAX interface, there is no need to refresh the page to see if somebody has outbid you. If somebody bids in the final seconds of an auction, the clock is immediately increased back to 7 seconds, allowing people to bid again if they choose. By upping the time left on the clock when people bid, the auction will continue to go on until people stop bidding. This allows the company to make the most amount of money from bids while making sure that people don’t have their auction sniped without being able to do anything in the last second of an auction.

While I will admit that I love this concept and think it has profit margins that no other auction site can come close to, there are some problems with this system. Since Smokoo is the seller of all products instead of the consumer, there is a fairly limited selection of items on the site. Don’t expect to find any antiques or stamps that may be missing from you collection here. This site can’t compete in the number and diversity of items with companies like Ebay and Bid or Buy. While I would call this a possible flaw, it does keep the profit margins on the products they do have much higher. Another major drawback of this system is its gambling like nature. Online gambling is however illegal in South Africa and whether or not Smokoo’s system is legal I have no clue but I will be contacting them to find out and will edit this section accordingly. While I would call this a major drawback to the system, I don’t think it is having a major impact on the system at this time.

All things considered, if you are looking to try to get some great gadgets for cheap, this might be a place to check out although you should be prepared to lose money if many other people want the same item, not something many people can do in this down economy. I recommend checking out Smokoo, but I will warn you, even watching other people bid can be addicting.

This post has been made possible by Jeremy “pcnerd37” Bray.

Links:
http://www.smokoo.co.za

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