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Sunday, July 31, 2005

the implications of rising petrol prices

The actual title for this blog should be "The difference between Cost-Saving and Not-Paying". Nevertheless, I chosed the title above to encourage searchability from the search engine :)



Alamak, the Malaysian government rise the price of petrol again, 10 cents up. They put the blame on fuel subsidy burden where with the latest inflation, approximately 1 billion ringgit can be saved from the federal budget.

Is 1 billion really that much? This is like a forced-spending hidden-agenda splashed to the people of Malaysia. Based on the fact that Bank Negara recent findings highlighted that Malaysian are more cash-rich today than before, be it the reason which people should be encouraged to spend more money to boost the GDP.

I strongly few that they did give it a thorough consideration. Part of it is related to the recent AP issues and the survival of proton; national car maker of Malaysia. So, is proton vehicle really that sort of petrol-efficient? Can anyone comment on this?

The world is also predicting another economy meltdown by year 2007 (a 10 year per cycle model). We assume that such wave is coming, Malaysian GDP will be really bad as well because nobody is going to buy anything, especially Proton Vehicle. We might as well keep the old one for good. So, now is a good time for inflation because the market looks good. With the ringgit peg removed and blue sky all over the places, I have seen recreational parks doubled pack with people. Probably they are more relaxed now.
2006 is predicted to be the best year for Malaysia economy, anything is acceptable before 2007. We are expected to see more inflation coming along the way. I feel that property prices for good places such as those close to LRT would enjoy a significant appreciation. New properties might also take this opportunity to hike its price before 2007.

Anyway, I am not expert on this, just my two cents.

Back to IT (Information Technology), we need to save more money now. We need to force those sales appointment and business conversation to migrate to the Internet platform. Everybody should have broadband access, those without should be disqualified from business. Malaysian must be committed to help each other in cost saving and at least I am happy to tell you that IT has the way. We will wait for those entrepreneurs out there to impress you with their applications.

By the way, don't you guys think that Broadband is the cheapest thing on earth ? The next buzz world for ICT in Malaysia is not "outsourcing", it is "Cost-Saving". Aiya, sounds kind of scary. Pls don't simply use it because your customer might counter-offer with "not-paying"

thanks for reading my blog :) I will read yours too.

-------------------Evaluation--------------------
1. Is this the right time for promoting ICT via the cost-saving phenomenon?
2. Should we protest when government hike the ICT infra cost? (This might not be possible)
3. Shouldn't the usage of IM(Instant Messenger) officially considered as the main business channel communications?
4. The time is now for second soft dot-com activities ?
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Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Redtone the winner

My father used to object me working for a telephony card company which I worked for during the whole of last year. He wanted me to work for MnC.

Recently Redtone has been busy doing public relation. Fresh from the news where its M.D is being charged for some wrongdoing (Do you understand what the is happening there?), which would have some impact on its public image. They(Redtone) counter-offered the public with strategies in dealing with market saturation, with a big poster of their M.D of course. And I feel that they got want they wanted.

The champagne is successful, my father just told me this “Why don’t you get a job with Redtone?” I mean, I don’t blame my father, he is an outsider, he is having no idea about the telephony cost saving and IDD business. He is just a public entity who makes decision based on market sentiment. With reaction like this, I can pretty sure that he is not alone, millions of Newspaper readers would at least share the same notion; that Redtone is indeed a good company and double-bonus; they have a M.D who can kick off those stupid lawsuit and plan ahead. (The lawsuit is forgotten already)

Redtone Business Model:
To use their own systems and technology to provide discounted calls in Malaysia. They address the needs of the corporate, SME (small and medium enterprise), consumer and foreign worker markets. It has seen very good success.

Redtone Four Strategies to Deal with Market Saturation:
1. Duplicate existing successful business model to another country. Pakistan and China.
2. Broadband phone with assigned 015 numbers.
--> I thought Jaring is supposed to be using the 015 number?
3. Roaming calls
4. Mobile Money.

Redtone's Mesdaq counter is trading at average of above RM2 and the lawsuit didn’t affect much. They are proud of it and is very determine to protect the value.

We can learn something from Redtone in fact, that having own technology is essential for survival. Well at least, having control of the technology which you would like to use is essential for surviving. Let me emphasize on this by taking a simple model; the Web Site.

Many web sites are not utilized properly because the owner has to rely on third party to make those changes, unless we are talking about sites with content management capability. For this type of web sites, the biggest let down is not due to heavy charges from the consultant, but the ability of automation. You can see this from many government web sites where there is just no update at all for a long period. I strongly feel that it is not due to heavy charges imposed by third party consultant, rather it is due to the process of getting the job done. Most of the time, no one in the company is responsible for it. If the boss has to call up the consultant to make changes every single day, whenever he or she has a better idea to present information, this would be really harmful for both ends. This is a problem with time allocation. For big companies, web sites would be managed by in house team, because they have budget for it. As for smaller companies, this remains an issue as in to choose between investing in CMS or just having ad-hoc service contract. According to Redtone, having CMS or even developing the CMS for oneself is the best solution, because you actually have more control(the ability to set datelines for plans and strategies) and the ROI would be higher. Besides that, having own system also means that one would have in depth knowledge of particular industry, in terms of technical and business processes.

So come on the rest of you guys. Exticom, Viztel, MySat(V8), UnitedTelcom(Smart), Level-One Communications,Centennial,P2PTel and etc... why don't you just spice up your PR and get those counter rolling.

Thanks for visiting this tech blog:

-------------evaluation---------------------------------------
1. how bad would PR hurt your company?
2. how real is PR to your company?
3. Why is Redtone more well known than others?
4. Did Redtone contribute to public awareness of the industry?
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Monday, July 25, 2005

HITB SecConf2005



hey guys...

there will be a hacking conference & training events happening in Malaysia by Sept 2005. This is jointly organized by a volunteer group hack in the box together with MCMC.

they have got some wonderful topics lining up the event's itinerary, such as VOIPreaking - making free phone calls and many mores.

Those involved in VOIP and IDD business should be encouraged to attend, as well as web hoster and web solution people.

A great place for those business development manager to develop your contacts as well.

Check out the event's main page.

Thanks for visit this tech blog :)

Information originated from Selamber

Sunday, July 24, 2005

Bookmarking your site

I was just telling you about the bookmarking tool provided by Yahoo not long ago..

Yahoo MyWeb is great

For those of you non-Yahoo user, this(Blinklist) is good one. It has a very nice user-interface and also simple to use.

One of its feature is the ability of tagging. See those terms for tag below?



They are actually popular search terms for search-engine. I think what Blinklist is trying to do is to create affiliate-value to search-engines. I am not sure, maybe they are already affiliate with Google or etc. In retrospect, having tag to your favourite web site also means that you can organize your list better, because they are stored as collection of tags. Means that one tag would be one folder of your favourite web site URL.

and of course, you can search with the tag for both public list and your own list.


The interface is really nice looking..



Tips:
You gotta decide on one of the tools to use, if you keep favourite website in multiple places.. then it would be better if you just keep them in a notepad and save it to your HD.

Thanks for visiting my tech blog :)

Saturday, July 23, 2005

Real-Time Entertainment

I always feel that the best entertainment on earth would be the ability for anyone to view anything. Ok, let’s put aside pornography or something related, we can assume that people like to see what is hard to be seen. For instance, you might just want to visit any country at any time without traveling there. I did mention before that what we can have is to organize a team of people acting as virtual tour guide and located at different locations. They will be equipped with VCR as well as video streaming capability to the Internet. What they would do is to wait for customer request and start shooting real time video. For instance, a Malaysian customer might request:

1.New York
2.From 7th Avenue goto W 31st Street.
3.From W 31st Street goto W 30th Street.
4. Head for north-west and stop at Trump Tower.

Then the virtual tour guide will follow the instruction and move along, by returning real time video. The customer will watch it and pay.

Such would only be possible if there is a GIS system installed with New York database. But we are not too far already, because Google is on its way to do the same thing even though their intention is mainly focusing on “comprehensive-search.”

Ok, some of you might already know, there is this program developed by Google which is called Google Earth. And in case you haven’t try it out, it pretty much provide a Proof-of-concept that what I just said is possible.



Basically, how this system work is that Google obtain still images with very high resolution from some satellite company. Then, based on these images, they add layer to the images for object such as buildings and roads. They even make the building 3D.
However, it is not a fully GIS yet, because those 3D objects are not yet clickable.

You can zoom in.


as well as turning it around vertically.


Currently, Google has made it to created object for other some countries, thus if you look at Malaysia and Singapore, you probably would be seeing some images with not too deep resolutions(means it is not ready yet). Try USA, especially New York.

The RFID Simulation:
Now, imagine we can totally do that, would it be amazing where anyone with Internet connection can visit anywhere without having to endure sitting in the plane for many hours, the culture shock and weather changes.

I would think it is a great product.

Nevertheless, if we are talking about entertainment, I would feel that the best would be having this so called real-world simulation. Bear in mind, what I mentioned just now is based on assumption that only static objects are taken into consideration. So, is it possible to simulate human walking on the street? Well, it will probably take many years to built such project.

However, RFID would help to solve the problem. If everyone has a RFID, coupled with a good GIS system, we can virtually have a huge entertainment system where the actors are real people. We need to have RFID receivers all around the places, and as soon as someone with RFID tag installed to his body, it will interact with the based station and report back to the server of its location. This is similar to mobile phone’s cell technology, except that time round, it is possible to be cheaper because we can leverage on the Internet.

As much as it is fun, the availability of such system is also a security risk to people. It is okay that you might not want to expose your real name, but knowing where my house is, someone would be able to tell that Mr. Nickname is actually me right?

The Game:
Thus, perhaps the best entertainment is we maintain the GIS and use game as a mean of putting human simulation to it. We could have, like the previous idea, a GIS system that is interfaced to a game environment. Anyone can logging to it and start doing all sorts of activities as human being. For instance, someone can act as a woman and go shopping here and there and etc. The best part is that someone and many people will be watching.

what you think?

Go on and try out Google Earth, teaching Geography will never going to be the same again.

Thanks for visiting my tech blog :)

Wi-Fi on the air

Syiok had a blog about "Wi-Fi on the air"

It mentioned that surfing on air will not be free. Now why is it? Why don’t the airlines discourage people from surfing on the Internet? Because probably surfing on board might give rise to potential harm to the passenger. Laptop usage can potentially surf up to neck problems.
http://www.laptopical.com/16651-laptop-health.html

Secondly, I think it is probably very expensive for airlines to bear all cost. Connection is probably enabled through satellite and should airlines push for the idea of free Wi-Fi, they must virtually reserve the bandwidth for as many passenger seats as it may. Means if there are 1000 seats, it will need to assume that 1000 people might need the bandwidth.

So, over here is probably on-demand basis. If you refer syiok, you need to create an access point for it (not sure what it is), and this could be the signal send to Connexion for bandwidth request. So there is a way for on-demand bandwidth.

Now, why not the airlines sponsor these on-demand bandwidth?
Well, maybe they just want to have higher profit margin. And probably this would allow Connexion to earn more because it is dealing with customer directly, there is no need to provide big discount. If airlines were to pay for these bandwidth, they would probably ask for a long-term discount from Connexion as part of the deal. Thus, it is actually WIN WIN for both.

What you guys think?

Just my evaluation.

thanks for visit my tech blog:)

Friday, July 22, 2005

SEO problems

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) is pretty much volatile in nature. I have been trying to figure out rule of thumb but so far what I got is merely observations and assumptions.

The following are some changes to the top 3 search engines happened to I.T Sideways.

Yahoo:
It virtually went crazy where all old blogs are indexed now. Because last week, it had virtually deleted off this site from its caches.



Google:
I was pushed to the ranged of 21-30


This is very debateable because I was listed top few weeks back. Does this means I needed to have new incoming links created every week?

MSN:
It shows great improvements.

If you notice, the first contact was made via “BlogThis!”

BlogThis is a Blogspot feature for posting blog to it without logging to Blogspot; using a button from Google’s toolbar.

Possibilities:
Someone could have created an incoming link to the following two blogs which are my best written articles so far.
MSN crawler would pretend to me a user and search from Google for something. Somehow they make the links.

Well, conclusions are still gray. It is still hard to draw a conclusion at this point as the pattern are non-predictable. There is no concrete answer as in to get what you wanted with SEO.

All I know is how to get "IT-Sideways" indexed to these 3 search engine. But to provide the real SEO, I am not at it yet. If you need information, give me an email.

I will be back!

thanks for visiting my tech blog:)

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

2004 weblog awards

please check here ....

it even explains how they tally up the results and etc.

it-sideways is not been shortlisted yet. Just "Stand By Me", ok ?

Hewlett-Packard to cut jobs


Alamak, Hewlett-Parkard to axe 14,500 jobs by 2007.

This is 10% of the total work force.

Those involved would be of support activities which is HR, Finance and I.T (Information Technology)

So, I.T is support only. would those working in Shell IT Malaysia suffer the same fate too? Maybe not because Shell IT malaysia is a well-cost division since it provides worldwide support. It is a money making division in fact.

Only those R&D and Sales people will be retained. Sales job are not often axed because probably the basic pay is much lower. Sales job are also more manageable and measurable in terms of sales revenue.

What does the labour law say about all these ?

Other big companies cutting jobs:


1. Fuji Xeroz
2. Digex Inc
3. Knight Ridder
4. IBM
5. Silicon Graphics Inc

Thanks for visit my tech blog :)

---------------evalet----------------
1. USD 1.9 Billion is a lot of money to Hewlett-Packard
2. Job cut news didn't affect the stock market very much becoz it is seen as a good strategy by investor after they recently suffered publicity problems when ex-CEO resigned.
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Monday, July 18, 2005

Yahoo-MyWeb is great

Check out Yahoo new FREE tools - My Web. For book marking your favourite web site.
What you needed is to install the new Yahoo toolbar..

When you encounter the desirable site, click on the button and then login to Yahoo account.


Then provide a comment for the site to be saved. Notice the "Store a copy of this page". It is actually like caching(off-line version), means that it is stored as-is during that particular time. or means that an copy of the HTML file will be stored to the hard disk, which may be outdated later. Those seach engine does this for their indexing.


Then finally save it.


Why it is cool ?
Well, probably not so cool now. During those Windows 98 days, how many times your PC got formatted over and over again ? The problem with formatting is that each time your favourite web sites would be deleted as well because the person responsible to help you with the formatting forgot to backup them from the c:/windows/favourites/
folder.

So, normally what I did is to keep favourite web site listing in a list and store it in my Yahoo mail. Try to hack it and see.

anyway, now with MyWeb it will be just great.

Sunday, July 17, 2005

Web Services & RSS

Like I promised in the earlier blog "What is podcast to me?", I would now offer my analysis on Web Services and RSS.

Ok, if you look at blogspot’s site feed features, see the following screen capture.



That is not a Web Service either, it is an XML file generated for my blog using Web Service. This is RSS/XML, which means that Site Feed = RSS = XML File.

How about FeedBurner? What is it all about?

Well, the truth is that FeedBurner is like middle-man, helping you to promote your blog.
In many ways, it is similar to Project Petaling Street where it aggregates blogs’ changes not via the actual link(http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/web-services-rss.html) but using the Site Feed(XML File). And then based on your Site Feed (as shown above), it provides you with another Site Feed (means another XML file). So, it much more like giving your original site feed a new face on top of existing substance.

Ok, you see, this blog’s originally Site Feed is:

http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/atom.xml

by registering to FeedBurner, you will get a new Site Feed

http://feeds.feedburner.com/It-Sideways-A-Tech-Blog
They are both referring to the same thing.

It have few intentions:
· Branding. Like Technorati, Project Petaling Street and etc, their intention is to ride on the bandwagon of Blog to create a brand.
· Aggregator. They help your blog to reach out to more people because it is easier for others to find them (feedburner) first than finding your site.
· Advertisement. Once they got their brand up and lots of traffic, they can follow Google’s path into the advertising industry. In fact, they already started.
· Blogsphere. They are part of the blog communities which responsible to make blogging better and more fun.

In exchange, they provide you with the following advantages (This is also my reason of subscribing to it):
1. Site statistic management (Feedburner)
2. Community (Technorati, Feedburner,PPS)
3. Reach awareness. (Technorati, Feedburner, PPS)
4. Tools (Feedburner)

So, where is the Web Services? Is it visible?

Like my earlier blog on “What is podcast to me?”, I did mention that Web Services is the main thing behind all these things. Simply put, Web Services allow applications to talk to each other via the Internet.

If you insist to see it, the Web Services is actually a set of API exposed by BlogSpot. Please refer to the following URL to look at them.

http://www.blogger.com/developers/api/1_docs/

So now Site Feed=RSS=XML=Web Services.
Site Feed = the actual URL for the XML file.
RSS = The concept representing the technology.
XML = The technology enabling the concept.
Web Services = The lower-end technology which works with XML technology.

how is my explanation to briefy explain the whole concept?

thanks for visit my tech blog :)

the financial wave is here

hey guys..

haven't you guys notice that the banking industry is going mad these days. Over here in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia, any vacant shop houses on a busy street would guarantee something; that surely some bank is going to take over to start one branch.

they all seems to have similar passion, vision and idea. The ground floor would be nicely furnished with designer's concept. Each partition will be seated with financial consultants... giving you personal financial advises.

referring to my earlier blog topic bank the taiko, I did analyze that there reason they are in explosive mode now is because of the credit facilities given. ok, I am not expert in this, just my two cents. These days, you don't need to have enough money to buy whatever you want. You merely need to prove that you have a good chance of financing it. For instance, mortgage loan is selling like hotcakes. People just don't care about the interest and etc.. what they wanted is to live up to expectation - to have a own house. On top of that you would have insurance for mortgage loan, where your mortgage would be covered should anything happen to you. All this is based on the power of interest. anyway, just my two cents.

what i am trying to say is that people are willing to spend on financial services now, which is essentially interest charges. and the idea is getting people crazy as well, many people have opted to become financial planner.

David Lim supported the fact:
1. Malaysia's financial industry has topped RM168 billion in 2004.
2. The average income has increased per household.
--> Can this be accurate?
3. The average income of an independent financial advisor earns $9,950 per month according to NAMLIFA report year 2005
4. 76% Malaysian surveyed, indicated that they need some form of financial advice in various aspects of financial planning and personal financial monitoring.
--> would this really help?
5. Demand exceeds supply, by 1 out of 2,280!
--> Must be due to credit services.
6. No.1 Career in USA and Australia.

hey guys, this is kind of like those dot-com days isn't it ? But I think it is good that this would actually draw people's focus towards career choices and bring back balance to the I.T industry, giving more and better opportunity for those who are still in the business.

thanks for visiting my tech blog :)

--------------evalet--------------------
1. what is the outlook of I.T industry?
2. what is the latest industrial trend in Malaysia?
3. why is financial services in such great demand?
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Saturday, July 16, 2005

Podcasting benefits

Have you guys ever been into a terrible traffic jam of your life? I been to a few and I really felt like time wasted down the drain.

I have always had this idea where you get to learn something on your go. There is no time to study everything as pre-requisite; nobody has the capacity to do that. To prepare well for future challenges, the only most valuable asset one must have, is the ability to learn anything whenever it is necessary. Yeah, you got to be smart, you needed to have the right mindset and skills, but no need for the biggest brain of all. It is ok to ignore the details, but you need to be able to imagine the concepts well.

Klang Valley, Malaysia has one of the most terrible traffic jams in the whole world due its lacking of township planning. One way for Malaysian to deal with wasting time is to actually listen to good audio during those jams. I used to think that it would be workable for someone to actually make request in a portal about what they would like to learn and wait for audio reply. For instance, you may have a lot of questions about other things which you are not familiar with:

How is it possible to avoid paying taxes?
What is the actual labor law for annual leave?

Someone actually pick the requests and start making audio feedback and then you may be able to download it and then burn in to a CD or something. So, a content management system is very important here, to assist you with automation of planning and inventory. The contributor will be paid according to rating system.

In all, before iPod and PodCast came off, I was just thinking that it might work to have one of such portal running to deal with requests and feedbacks as well as software for downloading and synchronizing contents to the media of CDs or cassettes tapes.

I rallied the ideas around and not long after that, iPod came out aggressively with availability of audio books. Now with PodCast, the puzzle is almost completed. I am obsolete! Anyway, doesn’t matter.

What is left to be done are the following:
* Player’s price.
- We have a choice of Apple’s iPod, Sony, Creative’s Zen and etc.
* Portal usefulness and flexibility.
- There must be enough free software tools for CMS and etc. If you look at http://www.odeo.com/, most of the contents are pretty much voluntarily uploaded and serious learner might not have the time to appreciate it well yet. We need something very simple, make a request or search for the things you would like to learn and wait for feedback. The only problem is that nobody might want to share their expertise with you! But with all these blogs coming which are unread most of the time, wouldn’t people share it, on top of the fact that they might get paid many times for one contribution?

For more on portable player, please check out http://www.reviewcentre.com/products18.html

iPod is priced around RM1k plus, you may get them from some handphone shop in town. But I still down see people do that very often; in fact it is very rare yet.

In all, the idea of downloading MP3 into a dedicated device might sound silly by next year when the 3G wave is well adapted by the average Malaysian.

thanks for visiting my tech blog :)

---------------evalet---------------------------------------------------
1. what is the application of CMS to podcast?
2. what is the threat of 3G to portable MP3 player?
3. when would Malaysia be a truly place of knowledge society?
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Sunday, July 10, 2005

What is Podcast to me?

PodCast is derived from concept of iPod (that is why it bears the name). iPod + broadcasting = PodCast.

http://www.podcastalley.com/what_is_a_podcast.php

If you read the explanation from URL above, it is actually kind of confusing for a tech person like me. The last paragraph seems to predict similar outcome from readers.

What makes podcasting special is that it allows individuals to publish (podcast) radioshows, that interested listeners can subscribe to. Before podcasting you could of course record a radio show and put it on your website, but now people can automatically receive new shows, without having to go to a specific site and download it from there.

What it is trying to say is that the practice of uploading and downloading MP3 file has been around for sometime. Except that now, people can automatically get new uploaded file for better convenience.

All this is made practical by having this technology called RSS (really simple syndication). How does RSS work? It is actually based on Web Services. (I think the author deliberately drop this term to make it user-friendly). Web Services is a technology where you can communicate with other systems without having to login to it. Means that whenever you “call it up”, it will give you an answer regardless of whether you are a dog behind the monitor or a human, it just doesn’t care. No, what I mean is that using Web Services, the provider (the one with the MP3 files) will not have to worry about security breach because you are actually not being logged in to the system. Thus, what it does is that whenever you call for it, it will reply you with a text document formatted in XML format.

Now, with that XML document, the next thing you need to do is to comprehend it, in technical terms it is called “parsing”. The purpose of this process is to extract the information. For instance, let’s take a real example:




Try to access the following XML document: (just click on it)

http://feeds.feedburner.com/BitByBit

What the extraction process would do is to reformat it(XML document above) into the following format.


Item NoTitlePublished Date
1Bit By Bit Podcast: July 7, 2005 Show 04 "So... what IS a podcast?" The question on everyone's mind. Shownotes. Click for the show! Or Subscribe to the FEED.7th July 2005
2Bit By Bit Podcast: July 4, 2005 Show 03 "What are you Using?" The basic setup. Shownotes. Click for the show! Or Subscribe to the FEED.4th July 2005
3Bit By Bit Podcast: July 1, 2005 Show 02 "Where 'dja Get It?" An answer to the quest for "Podsafe Music." Shownotes. Click for the show! Or Subscribe to the FEED.
1st July 2005
4National Educational Computing Conference
29th June 2005

Besides formatting, it also structures the content in such a way that there will be a hyperlink to the real MP3 files when you click on the titles.

Savvy? Ok, for those of you technical expert out there,please bear with me because this may not be the exact output even though this is the generic expectation. To really justify the actually output, we all need to analyze the data-dictionary (DTD)

http://search.yahoo.com/mrss" xmlns:itunes="http://www.itunes.com/DTDs/Podcast-1.0.dtd

DTD file is only needed by programmer who is going to develop the software or scripts that would do the parsing. Such software is known as RSS Aggregator. Well, we can also call it the XML-parser.

Thus, with PodCast now available for iPod, it means that iTunes has to somehow support the feature of RSS Aggregator (PodCast aggregator) so that it can do the parsing or XML reformatting. If you are using iTunes version 4.7.1.30, you would require an upgrade.

It is funny, if you read the paragraphs from bottom up, it makes more sense to me, perhaps for you too?

ya.. the conclusion for PodCast is this.
1. You record an audio into MP3 or etc format.
2. You then upload it to a host which has Web Services(so that it can return a XML file for the purpose of RSS).
3. Then you advertise the URL of your XML file as PodCast.

In other words, PodCast is using RSS technology, which is Web Services technology which is XML technology.

Ok, enough for now. I will share with you about how “web service” work as well as how people build a web based RSS aggregator and my thoughts on application of PodCast, in the next blog.

thanks for visiting my tech blog :)

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

you are hired lar

hey guys, what would you do if you are hired to be salesman for the following company ?

The Mobile Business Builder

Basically, what they are doing is that they are expert in SMS system. Where they have the front-end which communicates with a SMS gateway and backend which communicates with database. So they are selling this like Mobile CRM, Mobile Logistic, Mobile Sales and etc.

These systems are actually very useful because there is no need for paperwork overhead. For instance, the sales people of the client would key in the order directly to the mobile devices and send it directly to the gateway and then backend system. So, there is no need for them to bring back the purchase order to the data entry department or something like that.

the challenge is how you get new lead ?

1. Small company / New company ?
--> I would think you need to have a business channel. The business channel is important for them to accept you with open-mind as you walk in for presentation. In this case, maybe you can talk about paperless system or automation. They must have the impression that it will be something which help them to save money.
2. Medium Size company ?
--> These types of company would usually have their own I.T department and would have fair knowledge of I.T systems. Then in this case maybe can talk about efficiency. And probably can propose to help them do some system reengineering because they would be likely facing with bad IS workflow. For instance, they are having problems with data integration between their UBS accounting system and Peoplesoft payroll system, probably you can proposed a system reengineering plus implementation of the mobile module. They are also interested in case study and ROI.
3. Big corporate like Shell?
--> These types of company have large I.S team and would have multiple suppliers. They have the money and the resources, but no time perhaps. To deal with them, probably your business channel would be expertise/consultancy. Maybe the IT manager don't know much about SMS gateway.. you probably need to do some simulation and prove that your solution is a turn-key thingy because they needed it fast and no frills.

another question.. let say you don't know the IT manager for Shell International (they probably have a lot of managers), what you should do ?
hmm... good question.

1. If you ask your friend working in Shell, some might kedekut to give you the name, some won't. Even if you have the name, the risk is that if you call them up and they say not interested, then habis lar. So, calling is not the right way for first contact, have to go meet them. One thing big corporate has a policy which if you require to meet a manager, they have to make time to meet you. So you probably have 5 minutes to get he or she excited. Therefore, you have to leave them with some material like CDs or etc.
During this time, they might tell you their needs. For instance, they might say "oh, we actually looking to implement RFID and etc.." If this is so, maybe you need to use another channel; look for a strategic partner dealing with RFID and try to leverage by combining two solutions.

2. Or you can wait for luck to come, when they actually have some public functions like AGM or some conferences and then you can go meet up the managers, then you can start talking for a long time.

3. Setup conferences and invite those IT managers to come.

4. Make the company web site famous, by having a lot of case study and testimonial. Make sure the I.T Managers see it.

5. Participate in roadshow and exhibitions.

6. Build up your referral contacts.

unless the management already have best practices, which you can just follow otherwise.

what u guys think huh ?

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petrol prices might go up ?

I am not speculating.. just assuming that there is a high possibility petrol prices might go up again in the future, perhaps by next year to RM2 per liter. So what would happen to you guys huh ?

I will definitely drive lesser and refuel a smaller volume each time visiting the petrol station. I used to go for full tank everytime visited the petrol station. Now, I usually just do like RM10 or RM20. stingy right ?

Same thing happens to mobile phone reload card, I would just top-up RM10 recently.

I used to think that such act is quite naive because you are going to spend it anyway.. why give trouble to the retailers (besides they also earn lesser) and your ownself (for visiting the retailer more frequently)

But actually the practical side is control. I actually spend less money on mobile phone airtime and petrol fuel now. It works, and since the place where I live has so many petrol stations and mobile phone retailers around, it is not a big deal to visit them more frequently ever. They might just be bored to see you again and again and again.

Possibility:
1. People will ditch "petrol drinker" car for "petrol anti-absorber" type like Proton, Perodua, Toyota VIOS and Honda City.
2. Bicycle sales will go up.
3. Real estates located at major area will go up as well. (because people will shift from surburb to the city and rely on bicycle to go to work)
4. Toll prices might come down ?
5. Internet usage will go up.
6. Lesser traffic congestion in Cheras, Puchong and Subang-USJ ?

And that is what I would like to talk about now.

The government is proposing to roll-out broadband service for as low as RM45 monthly flat rate fees. This is a good thing for everyone. Not so much that they actually plan out the whole thing already, but because current broadband penetration in Malaysia is around 1%. That is why we are seeing more medium size broadband provider coming up. one of them is CNX. and by the way, what happened to Jaring My015, working fine ?

I am hoping that more GIS application will surface to complement the need to travel less. Think about it, if we can visit KLCC without going there physically... for instance your girlfriend told you that she is visiting KLCC, but you can't go and yet still want to be with her. if there is this system where you can track someone from shops to shops (yeah probably using RFID) and see if she is cheating on you..

it is not just matter of installing CCTV and stream it live to the Internet.. it has to be interactive and 3D. The system must be adaptive so that for instance, renovation to the area would be easily rendered and etc. We don't want to be building a system which has so many restrictions that any chances to the real-life scenario would make it hell for the programmer.

Think about it, there are two ways of going about it.
1. We can build it from scratch and completely with objects. Something like you build the shops as objects, chairs as objects and etc. So that everything are clickable. (Object technology lar.) Something like those in the RPG game lar..u know ?
2. There is also this satellite technology which can perform a scan on the surface and render the scenario digitally. They are already doing it for road map GIS, and to me it is just fantastic. The algorithms are really powerful as well. U just figure it out.

Further applications will be fantastic, if you ever got the engine done in a good way. Of course you can also leverage on existing game engine.

So, any one of you budding entrepenueur might want to do this and help the world out.

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Saturday, July 02, 2005

3G is coming for real

3G is coming for real in Malaysia, and it is catching many off-guard.









courtesy of

so r we ready ? I mean Malaysian?

The focus:
Their business channel to promote 3G is video call, where using appropriate 3G phones (Nokia 6680,Sony Ericsson 2800, Motorola A1000), you can do video conferencing with other people. Of course, both parties must have 3G phones and subcribed to it.

Current promotion. Subscribers get to enjoy as low as 15 cents per minute for video call. This promotion will be extended up to June 2006. So, they are estimating that the market will really pick up in one years time. It also mean that in their experience, a marketing champaigne needs 1 year in order for its concept to be fully acceptable. This is quite a long time isn't ? No matter those advertising guys are making so much.

Maxis will not be suffering bandwidth bottleneck as well even though now is the right time(for everyone) to do video call because it really caught many off-guard. Think about it, had we been informed last year (30th June 2004), I would have already secured a 3G phone already, and I might be experimenting with the video call now.

Maxis also prepared a 3G portal for users' benefit. (we are expecting other developers to come up with similar portal soon, there could be plenty of projects for content management system). Those having hands-on experience with IBM Websphere or other App. Server might want to get ready for such revenue making. One of its main function is for user management and file storage, where you get to send MMS to its server for media storage. Of course, it is also providing blog services, real time traffic video streaming and etc.

The people:
Are the end user ready... not yet, we are off-guard but yet excited.

Those who really needed it now are foreigners like students, professionals and labours where getting access to entertainment at home is usually a bit tough. For many to register a fixed phone line is usually a bit tougher because they are required to pay deposits. And for those construction labour, hey ..this is their way out.. and also, they can count on free VOIP services to communicate back home. It also comes with many channels of media entertaintments such as Astro, CNN, CNBC and etc. (They can kongsi money to buy just one 3G phone and can watch many things at their 'kongsi') I felt so happy for them finally.

Hype?:
However, despite all these excitement, Maxis haven't been very informative about the charges and rates. Logically, everything should be flat rate for activities happening around the 3G area. Nevertheless, the government is crying about the low penetrations of broadband users in Malaysia, only 1% and is now determined to bring down broadband subscription service to RM45 monthly. This will be great. But is the Telcos going to follow such trend because such initiative will kill their existing lucrative revenue of GMS network for telephony service? This is similar to Redtone's strategy on SIP initiatives, because their PSTN market is even more lucrative now.

At the moment, what we know is that registration fees is confirmed at RM25.

perhaps they have a better reason for doing that.. which is to keep off information from competitors and just to give them headache, so that they lost-focus. (This is a very good corporate strategy)



But it is good news that Maxis actually expects full adoption in a year time. Thus for those budding content developers such as mobile games and etc, you got one year to get yourself ready. Also there is good news for you guys where Celcom Malaysia is rolling out a software development kit based on Microsoft's Connected Services Framework. Using this framework, developers would find the learning curve easier to deal with telco related problems and as for the telco, they get to open up secure connection for its databases.

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-------evalet-------------
1. what opportunities are there for 3G?
2. how cheap can broadband be ?
3. how to develop mobile application ?
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Friday, July 01, 2005

it-sideways top spot

Since yesterday(30th june 2005), this tech blog has been listed on the top spot of google's search result..


pretty cool huh ?

thanks to google's efficient indexing algorithms.. it is really effective!