Sunday, January 29, 2006
yeah, we have heard that blogspot and typepad is being banned in China.
The only way to do that; visit such blogs from China, is to put "proxy server" into the equation.
What do I mean by this... very simple.
Using some methods, China government would detech IPs belonging to these two blog service. However, the methods would fail if it is being tampered with, using proxy server to route the blogs into visitors' PC.
The best way is perhaps to utilize Yahoo for dealing with such purposes.
If you noticed merticulously, Yahoo uses proxy for its routing. For instance, the relative URL for this blog is this.
Where it actually when through the relative URL of rds.yahoo.com
Thus, if you would expose URL of such format to China's visitors, then it should work.
Other than Yahoo, we might want to check out other proxy services..
RSS can do the job as well, but that is of course RSS and not HTML.
This also explains why wordpress is still allowed. Because wordpress usually encourages own hosting plan. Even though it seems to be that the free wordpress service is still available with regards to China, but the fact that it is considered china-friendly is probably because it doesn't allow for template configuration. There are only limited template to choose from the customization is limited. This means that customization can go as far as text-based contents and thus it is easily monitored by spider for political-bashing activities. In other words, one can't possibly create a anti-government homepage that comes with rhetoric themes.
Thursday, January 26, 2006
鲜肉 (Freshmeat)维护了一大数量的Unix, Linux,多平台(cross-platform),好看不好吃(candy)及Palm操作系統的软件。是网络最况之一。在内，数千个程序应用都是被列为開放源碼软件类式(open source)，小心翼翼的被登记于该数据库。甚至，每每都有新程序应用被添加。每个词条(entry)含有软件的描述，下载及其他资料的链接，和有关工程的版本历史。这导致用户们可以得知有关钦体的更新消息鲜肉(Freshmeat)是Linux拥护者的第一软件下载的门户网站，这些软件有助于拥护者之工作及休闲须求。
除了提供新软件版本及新闻,本台也发布许多正版有关软件发展的技术，政治及文化的内容。这些内容都来自本台的拥护者及Free Software启发者。每一面的意見板支柱了有益的讨论，技术供应及bug报道的精神。鲜肉(Freshmeat)是认真软件开发者之必要资源利用它可以得知谁在作什么，及别人有什么一见。于May 1st 2002，鲜肉(Freshmeat) 将themes.org(原本开设及维护于Trae "OctobrX" McCombs)的网站内容移至它的数据库为Linux社区提供更进一步的服务。
Activate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR) - Your phone uses the best sound quality but talk time is reduced my approx. 5%
Deactivate Enhanced Full Rate Codec (EFR)
Activate Half Rate Codec - Your phone uses a lower quality sound but you should gain approx 30% more Talk Time
Deactivate Half Rate Codec
Displays your phones software version, 1st Line : Software Version, 2nd Line : Software Release Date, 3rd Line : Compression Type
Phones software version if *#0000# does not work
For checking the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI Number)
Provider Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols)
Network Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols)
Country Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols)
SIM Card Lock Status. (use the "*" button to obtain the "p,w" and "+" symbols)
(vodafone) this lets you know who called you last
Last call (Only vodofone)
Allows you to check the number that "All Calls" are diverted to
Displays security code in use
Lets you see the private number
Allows you to check the "Call Waiting" status of your phone.
Allows you to check the number that "On No Reply" calls are diverted to
Allows you to check the number that "Divert If Unreachable (no service)" calls are diverted to
Allows you to check the number that "On Busy Calls" are diverted to
Removes operator logo on 3310 & 3330
Reset phone timers and game scores
Displays the SIM Clock status, if your phone supports this power saving feature "SIM Clock Stop Allowed", it means you will get the best standby time possible
Restore factory settings
Software version for the nokia 8110
Displays - 1.Serial Number, 2.Date Made, 3.Purchase Date, 4.Date of last repair (0000 for no repairs), 5.Transfer User Data. To exit this mode you need to switch your phone off then on again
Deactivate the PWM-Mem
Turn on "All Calls" diverting to the phone number entered
Turn on "No Reply" diverting to the phone number entered
Turn on "On Busy" diverting to the phone number entered
This is the default security code
press and hold #
Lets you switch between lines
*#3283# or *#DATE# (Not real)
Date of Manufacture
*#682371158412125# (Not real)
Some are working while some not. I didn't try all of it.
it states simply that USA has to do the following:
1. Continuous innovation.
2. Learn Chinese and Tamil.
3. Widen up entry to Asian students for varsity admission.
In my opinion, the fact that USA will lead in continous development will not be a problem for the next few decades.. The reasons are:
1. People go for brand. USA has the biggest brand in the world, and the biggest brands in the world originated from it as well. To name a few, Google, Microsoft, Apple, Dell, HP and etc.
These big brands are operating at a level where they are always ahead of people even for the rising Chindian. Not many Asian originated company is capable of operating at the future level for the reason that business-suistainability has always been the main priority to the majority of enterprises.
For instance, many search engine companies started off in Malaysia before Google, to name a few they are:
But these search engines (which I have used before), are hardly heard of these days because probably they didn't figure out the future plan and when Google hit the road with search-algorithm... all was lying flat on the ground.
Other malaysian search engines.
There is no way these companies are going to gear up for continuous innovations because they have a bigger issue to handle; existence as a search engine. The search-algorithm factor had put them out of the equations for long.
Using Google as example, which is already talking about ...
1. Google Earth.
2. Google Mini
3. Software Pack.
which are all fun and extra to their establishment. Of course those people in the Google Plex are having fun everyday.
2. Mentality of Chindian.
Many have argued and some thought that Chindian don't have the right attitude to lead the world. Some chinese believes the the teaching of confucianism is not good at all, they preferred the american way. That such teaching don't encourage innovative thinking...
To me, the bigger issue is about jeolousy of the same race. Chinese and Indian are not by a fair distribution, as patriotic as the Japanese and Korean. They stabbed each other from social-political to corporate arenas. And let me tell you it is not easy to become successful under this type of environment.
The fact that China will innovate is not impossible, in fact, they are already sending human up to the space and having olympic champion in events used to be championed by the american. However, is there a need to do that when the two governments of world most populated nation need to emphasize on solving unemployment and poverty problems rather than anything else. Perhaps, slowly...
At the same time, world women squash player no.1 is Nicol David of Malaysia, a chindian.
While Malaysia has always been busy with politics.
who looks like chindian to you ?
Wednesday, January 25, 2006
According to The Sun, 3G is facing lukewarm responses from the Malaysian community.
Only 30% indicated that they will adopt 3G by 2006.
Primary reason is due to the expensive 3G handset required for enabling 3G services. Maxis understood such challenge and thus educate its users with 3G handphone deals from its 3G web site.
MCMC indicated that the adult market(mobile phone service) for this industry is already saturated. Now it is up to the players to tap pre-teens and teens market.
Another challenge is to determine the feasibility of allowing number portability, this demand arised from mobile phone users not quite satisfied with existing telco service and would like to switch telco by maintaining the same number.
Referring to the statistic, only 7.4% of users spent charges for more than RM 200. And 7.4% of 25 million is 1.85 m of fanatic business people living around Malaysia. These should be the target of 3G.
Today, wow fantastic, many happenings already..
1. Iris gets RM74m Indonesian E-ID card system.
Its partners in the project are the main contractor who signed with NCSA, PT Superintending Company of Indonesia (Suco ndo) and PT Data Aksara Matra (DAM).
This is a 10 years project.
2. Mobile Money to target 1m end-users by end of 2006.
Mobile money is a mobile ATM solutions which caters for electronic payment from the mobile phone.
3. Green Packet found another market in China.
Collaboration with Zhejiang Telecom
4. mTouche and M-Mode collaborate to develop mobile games
mTouche said the tie-up enabled mTouche to ride on the mobile games provided by M-Mode while M-Mode would benefit from mTouche's established market presence.
Go Malaysia Go!
1. The Sun E-Paper.
I am surprised that it took them so long to identify this problem and to resolve it. This proves that majority of this epaper users are using Internet Explorer as their browser while those technical people like me usually just don't care and bother to complain. Blogging is not complaining, it is just highlighting.
The ePaper is powered by BodhTree Solutions.
2. WA Online Malaysia.
WA online malaysia, a political driven chinese oriented radio stationed now available online, which uses Microsoft Media technology for its broadcasting service.
Whenever the homepage of WA Online is being launched from the browser, MSN Media Player will be loaded and audio would thus be streamed towards users. The script to launch the player is:
<object ID="mediaplayer" CLASSID="clsid:6BF52A52-394A-11D3-B153-00C04F79FAA6" width="0" height="0"><param name="uiMode" value="invisible"></param><param NAME="URL" VALUE="mms://radio.waonline.com.my/waonline"></param></object>
It seemed that Firefox is not able to comprehend and thus process this script.
Also, nobody really cares much about it.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Who is Brandon Teoh... qualified IT Evangelist.. Graduated from APIIT, degree in BsC(Hons) Computing, year 2002. You can check out with Dr. Paramjit Singh.
Do you guys still remember PINCenter back in year 2003-2004, it was my favourite that time. I still remember how we used to sweat to make things happen there... I was counting on it to make my first break. Many good people (technical people) actually came out from the server room and started to experience MLM-type entreprenuership lifestyle. People were actually going gung-ho and pretty rhetoric about things.. at times, expectations were out of control, so to speak.
I have high respect for people like:
1. Mr. Kong who once said that "whenever there is a big technology implementation in Malaysia, there ought to be problems"
2. Mr. C.M Ang from Accenture consulting said "the business of business is to stay in business"
3. Mr. Thomas Chow (P.O.D) said "One don't need to have good English to be successful.."
Indeed, what Mr. Kong had said is very common in Malaysia, implementation is always the problem.
Take for example MCMC's deadline of getting all prepaid mobile phone users to have their personal details registered by end of 2005. Is it practically ?
Jeff Ooi thinks that the fault is with the players, that MCMC is a mere policy maker. He called it the rotten governance. To me, it is not the fault of either side, the problem inclines towards practicality. First of all, pre-paid was created for non-registration purposes, that is why it can be sold so well. By the way, Pincenter is supposed to be selling 019 mobile line to end-users also in a prepaid manner, that no questions asked about backlisting and bankcruptcy. Wonder how would the policy affect them ?
The telcos should have the technology to track down criminal activities in case required. They should have those type of technologies visible from the movies like "Enemy of the State" where trouble maker can be traced real-time.
The policy requires Telco to churn out RM 10 million each to enable the exercise, and what a waste of money to do that. These type of money might as well channel to charity and other meaningful applications. Even contributing to entreprenuership funding like Cradle and MSG would be much better.
The biggest major problem is that deadlines and news are announced with no whatsoever intention of serious dealing.. Cakap cakap je... (talking talking only.) And who is responsible for that ? Could it be blogger like Jeff Ooi who merely remind us of our contemporary-history (with his free time) or sharer-blogger like Brandon Teoh?
Perhaps, everybody (MCMC, Telcos and etc) are bowed to pressure. Who is in charge ? Not me definitely.
The anonymous blogger thinks he is in charge.
And please don't make non-anonymous blogger like Jeff Ooi become enemy of the state. If you are not satisfied with anything, commentary is welcomed and opened to public.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Then suddenly, many other follow suit, for example.. NextTel.
The only thing that intrigued me is the "push" ... why use the world "push" ? I know that it is supposed to mean something related to non-permanent engagement, to save the bandwidth. But with 3G, it is so necessary to do that ? since the bandwidth is supposed to be abundance? Perhaps just to make the concept looks great ? Not really, Maxis didn't actually stressed on the bandwidth part, except for the availability of simultaneity. It states... EMO Push Email lets users to send and receive emails along with viewing, editing and sending its attachment. Sure, this will help them will bandwidth management.
Actually, the anwser should be related to Java MIDP Push Registry, the API for developing such services. That is why, it is made popular by Java.
In business, there is also another concept known as the push and pull concept.
Push = Try to make relevant; ubiquitous. --> The u-Korea.
Pull = Try to find relevancy; association.
Thus, the PUSH concept of Java MIDP states that...
1. A powerful mechanism which is based on asynchronousism.
2. It is uses a central registry.
3. Based on timer.
I have no time to explore further, but this shall do.
Thus, those guy must be using Java to develop such technology or at least referred to.
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Not long ago, it was at its peak... MSN=No.2 (Tech Blog), Yahoo=No.30(Tech Blog)..
Right now, as at now, it is nowhere to be found from MSN, Yahoo or Google for category "Tech Blog"
MSN usually only updates its cache every two weeks per se. I have to wait for two weeks to see if this blog had been totally terminated.
Such a dark day for SEO in my own terms.
Anyway, I'll be back, stronger.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Some time ago, I received a fowarded message about the method to "hack" into someone else TM account. The message goes like this..
Urgent Message from TELEKOM
To those who have a telekom home phone, please read. Here is the original text received from Telekom:
If you get a call from someone identifying himself as a phone
technician performing a test, and this person asks you to touch nine(9), zero(0),hash sign (#) and then hang up... Please REFUSE TO DO SO!
By pushing 90#, you are giving the individual, who called you, access to your telephone line and allowing them to place a long distance call with the charges appearing on your telephone bill.
We were further informed that line scam has been originating from many of the local jails/prisons.
Please pass the word around.
Can anyone verify this ?
Thursday, January 19, 2006
The MyICMS 886 aims to create a catalystic cycle by enhancing the existing investments in ICMS infrastructure that will support future growth of ICMS services.
The introduction of eight (8) new services catalyses and promotes the development of eight (8) essential infrastructures - both hard an soft. These new services and infrastructures are aimed at generating growth in six (6) areas that have been identified as key for the consumers and businesses in Malaysia.
|1. High Speed Broadband||Hard||1. Content Development|
|2. 3G & Beyond||1. Multiservice Convergence Networks||2. ICT Education Hub|
|3. Mobile TV||2 3G Cellular Networks||3 Digital Multimedia Receivers|
|4. Digital Multimedia Broadcasting||3. Satellite Networks||4. Communication Devices|
|5. Digital Homes||5. Embedded Components & Devices|
|6. Short Range Communications||Soft||6. Foreign Ventures|
|7. VoIP/Internet Telephony||4. Next-Generation Internet Protocol (IPv6)|
|8. USP - Universal service Provision||5. Home Internet Adoption|
|6. Information & Network Security|
|7. Competence Development|
|8. Product Design & Manufacturing|
According to YB Dato' Sri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, Minister of Energy, Water and Communications, Malaysia, that...
Since the implementation of the regulatory framework under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, the industry has made significant progress. Gross turnover of the communications and multimedia (ICT) industry has doubled from RM 12 billion in 1999 to RM 24 billion in 2004.
Highspeed broadband, which a few years ago was considered luxy is today a necessary part of the industrial, commercial and lifestyle landscapes. Other emerging services such as 3G, mobile TV, digital multimedia broadcasting and RFID applications need to be promoted due tot the synergies they generate both within as well as outside oof the ICT sectors. The potential of these services must also be leveraged tto promote the local design and manufacture of related appliances and equipment.
This strategy is of course very similar to the Korean IT 839 strategy. However, something for eager ICT entrepreneur to explore because it is where government is going to pour the money as stated iin the budget 2006 previously.
Now, I finally understood how things got worked out in Malaysia.
1. They will wait for the MOF to announce the budget.
2. Someone will have to propose something to utilize the budget.
3. Not just merely proposing, but it has to be backed-up by influential people. In the case of MyICMS which is proposed by MCMC and supported by the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications Malaysia.
Pikom also proposed another thing; to setup a grant which aims to help SME with export. This is having an inherent conflict with MATRADE's BPG (Brand Promotion Grant). However, Matrade's grant is focusing on branding while Pikom's is probably focusing on sales.
Ministry of development also proposed another thing; SME development.
What is Next?
The next question to ask is have all these been approved ?
MCMC is busy doing marketing for the proposal now, although we are not sure how we can contribute or benefit from it. Blogger will also help them with marketing (bcoz blogger is looking for content also lar..)
Anyway, I hope they all got what they are looking for. All the best to them.
Download - MyICMS Strategy.
Monday, January 16, 2006
I finally understood why is chinese language web sites load slower than the default English one, this is because more HTML tags are required to be associated with its encoding.
Try to launch the this link, a chinese blog provider.
One of the reason is due to the fact that web authoring tool like Microsoft Front Page or Macromedia Dreamweaver are great DOM(Document Object Model) analyzer. Means that it is able to unearthed to you the hidden element of DOM's object such as a string.
~Take note that after copying from MS Word to MS Frontpage, the text or string object became underlined~
Sometimes, a DOM manipulator like Microsoft Word relies on the concept of "state" for its working. Means that if you had a string called "GONG XI FA CHAI", first you had it underlined, thus a state of "underlined" would be applied. Then you had it "bold", another layer of state added to it. Then you undo-underlined, by right the same for "underlined" should be removed. But what if you underlined it 10 times and then undo it once, I am not sure, it might be corrupted. However, you won't see the defects in Microsoft Word, but if you copy it and paste it on Frontpage, you might be surprised to see that it is underlined. This is probably due to DOM comformance standard.
The Need for Optimizer:
This also helps me to understand the basis of optimizer, which is to get rid of the redundance and repetiting elements of a particular AUTOMATION-GENERATED entity; in this case would be the HTLM file. Noticed that I highlight about AUTOMATION-GENERATED... It is not automatically generated, there wouldn't be redundance but errors, because there is no way human would be able to code redudance thingy, because we are so limited. Well if you want to argue, less-experience programmers might be coding redundance-design-codes which is not directly coherent with what we are talking here, that is due to knowledge and experience lacking.
Over here, redundancy occurred due to the following reasons:
- The automation is not wonderfully created.
- For technical reasons, redundancy has to be there. To explain this, let me give you one example. For instance, certain web authoring tools which provide WYSWYG interface recognizes your moment as a mean of providng automatic HTML tagging. Most of the time, if you press "enter", a p-tag would be embedded instead of br-tag. This is because there is no way for it to differentiate between a paragraph and new-line. Unless you highlight a sentence and mean it to be a paragraph, however the problem is that haven't you write anything and you already meant p-tag, how can it be communicated? - Understand me? Thus, usually br-tag would only be embedded with one move the cursor up and down again. The task of writting such HTML encoder and parser is not easy one, and those who made it are currently working for big names like Google, Apple, Microsoft. You can be famous for doing this type of programming feats
- The feature of the web-authoring tool is not fully developed. For instance, if one needs to determine which tag to apply between p-tag and br-tag, there would probably be 100 possibilities. Hoewever, due to time constraints, only 70 possibilities are being catered for, thus leaving 30% of redudancy to the output. This could be very time consuming because it also involves the study of UCI (User computer interfaction)
- The need for greater possibilities. Sometimes, a programmer might think too much. If a scenario can be solved with 50 possibilities, the codes might be over ambitious to cater for 100 possibilities, (a preventive metaphor to avoid bug) hence inducing 50% more of redudancy into the codes.
- To think about more facts would create redundance isn't it ?
The idea of optimizer works when a scenario can be analyzed in a different angle.I like to believe but don't know how that out of the 100 possibilities, an optimizer probably just need to consider 10 possibilities. Probably because optimizer will stick to industry standard while automation would like to cater the greatest possibilities ever.
Certainly like to explore more about optimizer for the lower level such as optimizing compilers. Maybe next time.
However, now I realized that the reason for optimizer is due to the presence of man-made automation.
Another reason for slowness is due to the fact that a chinese font web site would on the average having more contents than English one because the font is smaller.
However, perhaps XML-based processing can solve the problem. Yeah, it could, but you need to build web site in a work-around method. Otherwise one would have suffer when using Google Mobile Personalized Home Page for reading non-english site.
Friday, January 13, 2006
Referring to my previous blog about "more insights into SEO"
which this blog was ranked under keyword = "Tech Blog":
MSN = No.3
Yahoo = No. 100
Google = No. 149
However, the latest ranking is:
MSN = No.33:
Boing Boing is not very relevant to "tech"
The reason for rise in ranking is due to the fact that Yahoo's spider called Slurp has been actively crawling this blog recently via feedburner. In fact, under Yahoo, the ranking was much higher couple of days ago; No. 30.
And "Earning passive income" is not so "techie" than previous contents.
This topic about "bookmarking" is an old cached. This shows that Google hasn't been crawling to this blog for some time (at least two weeks).
1. Contents will affect your ranking with respect to keyword. If you want to be displayed in the foremost ranking for a particular keyword, your latest content has to match it by the definition of the search engines.
2. Having the right contents is not enough where it is also important that search engines' spider must be willingly visit your web site frequently. Now I know that Yahoo crawled through this blog via feedburner. MSN not sure from where but it is always crawling over here. Google? Unknown.
Thursday, January 12, 2006
1. Cheers for new MDC CEO.
2. Kompakar wins Beijing hospital deal.
3. Aone unveils SMS gateway system.
Are we for real, isn't there any other news ?
Malaysia tak boleh meh ?
Read full details here.
Intrigued, I tag along hoping to uncover the lock to my first cheque from Google (I haven't earn anything yet lar..)
It seems that, even though Wai Pyo didn't offcially put it and the story of earning that cheque has already received many praises... that Wai Pyo strategy is to leverage on:
1. Myanmar photo gallery
2. Links, coolstuff and jokes
As I can only see Google Ads out of this two sites. The official site, I still haven't find any Google Ads.
Thus, there is something for me to learn here..people would prefer to browse mundane thingy and images(yes of course), if you pore in serious thoughts, they won't bother look for the fullstop. Unless they are working for the USA's secret society.
The reason I brought this up is to remind other non-IT people that there is no system in this world is fully 100%, unless you have a backup plan. Mission critical applications have backup plan, that is "never touch it if you don't have a plan".
Another old time blog which I wrote about similar issue.. "it is the web site lar"
Last week, I was invited to witness for myself an evolutionary invention for the medical world; CyberKnife, which is a robo-mechanical Artificial Intelligence system which is capable of removing cancer tumours and other lesions using laser technology without surgery.
It is a complete system which is analogous to computer aided manufacturing, where the surgeon will only standby for backup, all procedures are being carried out by the computer system.
Currently, this invention (from Stanford University) is only being deployed at 100 locations around the world, with Malaysia being the first in south east asia region. There is one in each South Korea and Japan. It is a huge machine which would occupy a 10 x 10 meters room.
CyberKnife being offered by Wijaya International Medical Center(WIMC) is Asia Pacific's first revolutionary non-invasive treatment, for destroying tumours and other lesions throughout the body with precision radiation using this Stereotactic Radiosurgery System.
Currently, WIMC, being the only facility in the Asia Pacific region providing CyberKnife radiosurgery is a recognized member of CyberKnife society. The society is an international body comprising membership of doctors and specialists who are dedicated to the clinical and academic exchange of information.
This painless, outpatient Cyberknife procedure is an alternative to conventional surgery or radiation therapy.
What is CyberKnife ?
CyberKnife Radiosurgery is a precise, painless, non-invasive radiation treatment that can be an alternative to open surgery in certain cases. It was invented at Stanford University and is considered a major advance in the radiological treatment of cancer.
In CyberKnife Radiosurgery, multiple beams of high-energy radiation are delivered from multiple points outside of the body and converge precisely at the tumour or lesion inside the body.
Each individual beam is not sufficient to cause harm, but the covergence of all the beams at the tumour results in the lesion receiving a very high dose of radiation while sparing nearly normal tissue.
CyberKnife Radiosurgery, with sub-milimeter clinical surgery, is so precise that radiation can be matched to the shape of a small complex tumours located near critical structures.
This ability allows CyberKnife to treat many lesions that may be considered inoperable or untreatable with other Radiosurgery systems.
What types of tumours can be treated?
The cyberknife system is cleared by the FDA to treat tumours and lesions anywhere in the body when radiation treatment is indicated. Consult with your doctor to advise if CyberKnife treatment is suitable for you.
Types of tumours and lesions that may be treated by CyberKnife.
- Arterio-venous malformations
- Pituitary adenormas
- Accoustic neuromas
- Other benign lesions
- Glioblastoma multiforme
- Spinal metastases
- Naso-pharyngeal tumours (nose)
- Lung & bronchial carcinomas
- Prostate cancers
- Pancreatic tumours
- Liver hepatoma and metastases
- Renal carcinormas
- Parkinson's disease
- Compulsive obsessive disorder
- Intractable bone pain
Accuray, Manufacture of CyberKnife
Advanced Medical, Accuray regional turnkey project manager.
For more information, please contact:
Wijaya International Medical Center
No.1, Jalan 215, Seksyen 51, Off Jalan Templer, 46050 P.J, Selangor, Malaysia.
Tel: 603-7620 7979
Fax: 603-7620 7929
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Media services company; ZenithOptimedia estimated that global Internet advertising revenue will near the US$20 bil (RM 76 bil) by 2007.
Internet advertising provides companies with a global audience while reaching specific targets. - Crid Yu, Head of sales Google Hong Kong.
The Ads Industry Fears Google:
- Google customer billings = US$6 bil (RM 22.8 bil)
- Google is charging marketing firm like Carat Americas(largest independent media services company in north america) US$50k (RM 190 K) per month to use Google's ads buying system.
- Google's recent earning US#381.2 million (RM 1.44bil) in profit. nearly six times that of ad-dependent Washington Post Co, for instance.
- Google's share price closing at US$417.70 (RM 1,587) since December 2005.
TheStar, in.tech, December 22, 2005.
Who is Affected ?
1. Media companies -
1a. Carat Americas
- Because advertisers can now directly access to Google's ads service. According to David Verklin (CEO of Carat Americas):
Advertisers are spooked by the idea of relying entirely on Google to deliver their ads and want independent ways to shop around for the best price and the greatest exposure.
This is of course the middle man job.
2. Advertising consultant -
2a. aQuantive's system; top independent supplier of ad-buying tools (analysis tools) for advertisers' use to buy ads online. Google recently had put them into the hot fire by announcing plans to provide such tools for free.
"There is an inherent conflict of interest there," said Brian McAndrews, CEO of aQuantive Inc.
Contradictory, at the Malaysia shore, Internet advertising earn many praises from industry goers.
1. DDB International Malaysia.
2. Tyraco S/B
3. Arachnid S/B
They all feel that ads analysis features offered by online advertising services, such as Google Adsense is of highest significant in terms of value-add to their business. But actually, I couldn't find any comprehensive analysis tool from Adsense, perhaps only for premium users.
The benefits of Online Advertising (in Malaysian point of view):
1. Internet has increasing number of users. Broadband adoption rate increases from 1.35 to 1.64 in 3rd quarter 2005.
2. E-Commerce rate increases.
3. Ads numbers can be tracked.
4. Low cost production.
5. Follow-up opportunity.
6. Online advertising in Malaysia is still very small, thus opportunity for entrepreneur still very large.
7. Younger generation audience.
What is happening actually ?
I am not from the ads industry, but I have always wonder what is happening at the back of this industry. Based on these facts, it is known now that..
Media services company uses Google to help their client with online advertising.
What options to they have ?
They could actually produce own advertising channel, following the footstep of Amazon and CBS.
CBS is charging US$400 mil or RM1.52 mil for one 30 second commercial on CSI(Crime Scene Investigation).
With these type of figures, we understood that middle man would still needed, particular in high-value advertising deal. For instance, a brand manager wouldn't take full responsibility of such investment, unless she has a lot of experiences. A wise one would usually hire consultants(famous one) to bear to responsibilities in case sales outcome don't rise to expectation. Nobody wants to be the marshal to call the shot, who should be doing that ?
Therefore, the statement made by March Leibowitz; Google's director of strategic partnerships:
"There's is this notion that Google has a grand devious master plan to put ad agencies and publishers out of business. We see ourselves in a symbiotic relationship with them."
Contradictory, it seems that the biggest problem with media companies and advertising consultants are not Google's uprising, rather it is costing problem. People have the tendency to request for free consultancy or steal the idea and implement it via in-house branding team. Recently, Malaysia's advertising industry proposed to charge pitching fees for customers where the deals fail to happen, similar move was undertaken by Thailand. According to them, they sell ideas for a living and it cannot be shared. This seems to have some indirect conflict with weblogging as well, where personal ideas are just published like that. Even though weblogs are not taken seriously by many, it may one day change the way we live.
It is also apparent to me, though ambitious, that weblog can shake the very foundation of conventional media industry when the quality of contents improves. When such time has arrived, perhaps those influential weblog might be acquired by those who are freaking out. This is to suggest that if you want to develop a business which would be eventually acquired by giants such as Microsoft, Google and etc, you may want to think about doing things which will affect their revenue interest.
While the existence of middle man for the ads industry is still pretty much justified, technology have to move on. Conventional TV commercials can only go as far as a fire hose, where everyone gets wet, including people who don't want to. But when there is a need for more explanation, it fails indefinitely. Video-on-demand and follow-up service pretty much become importance with rising popularity.
Thus, we just need more advertising channels.
"It took radio 38 years and television 18 years to reach 50 million people but the Internet only took four" - Chin Weng Keng, Arachnid S/B - The Star In.Tech, December 22, 2005.
According to this link, they were having problems looking for the right person to play the role because non of them matches the face.
According to historian, lord Buddha was born 560 BC, last saturday marked the day which he gained enlightenment more than 2000+ years ago, the 8th day of the 12th month of chinese calendar. By right, lord Buddha should be the father of Indian community because he was born an indian. Similarly, the father of Chinese was confucius, born 551 BC. 500 years later, Jesus Christ emerged and then 500 years later, Nabi Muhammad emerged. (or so I read)
The film production team is hoping to leverage on Google search and face recognition technology to spot a pick for the closest match to the data which they have; depicting Buddha's face features. But is this practical? The best actors would be in Hollywood, Hong Kong and Bollywood. Where else can they find actor ? Anyway, perhaps I am wrong. We may experience situation that defies expectation as such when the Argentina Basketball team beat the DREAM TEAM from the USA in recent Olympic games. This is yet another spirit of blogging, defy the odds.
Boing Boing, the directory of wonderful things was ambitious enough to take on Google for that role. And they have found a guy which they think matching Buddha.
Why not the the following ?
Monday, January 09, 2006
Taken over the thin-client technology, because it provides a hybrid solutions (hardware + software)
Cost saving ?
1. Maintenance cost (Human cost)
2. Outsourcing cost (NComputing will become the outsourced maintenance partner)
3. Cheaper Windows OS implementation.
Comparing this with cloned PC.
Windows XP for two licenses = RM 600++
4. By taking consideration of 10 PC altogether, 70% of saving (according to the web site), is achievable.
How much can they earn ?
Probably don't earn much.
Economy of scale - Stable income, something like web hosting.
They have to deliver solution, like what Novel did for Linux Suse computing business.
The principal (NComputing Korea) has potential for big projects with induction of the following technologies:
1. Terminal Server Technology - This is a good technology which can be moulded into other applications. It is similar to emulation/multiplication technology. For instance, mass production of [something] can leverage on its algorithms and processes to achieve accurate results.
2. Windows over IP (WoIP) - Microsoft might want to buy it.
3. SoC Chip Architecture - Microprocessor technology, currently cellphone manufacturing is a lucrative business.
Samsung Electronics - Expected to sell 120 million units of mobile phone in 2006.
LG Electronics - Expected to sell 100 million units of moile phone in 2006.
Source link- Reuters.
4. Terminal hardware design - Best practices, they can provide consulting services for other manufacturers.
This business is exciting. I am quite impressed!
Sunday, January 08, 2006
1. Load from CD.
2. The installation system will then load the kernel into memory.
3. Choose between KDE and GNOME.
4. The biggest challenge is obviously the partition choosing stage. I started off with having three partition; C (For windows), D (for linux) and E (for data). I was planning to have everything install to partition D. However, the problem is during this stage, many terms are alien to me, instead of C, D, E. Partitions are referred to as /dev/hda1,/dev/ hda2,/dev/ hda3 and etc. (Trust me, if it is the first time you are doing Linux installation, it will freak you out!) In fact, by default, the installer did the following.
It repartition the hard disk again, where allocating the default 5 Giga Byte++ to the existing C; into two more new partitions. One is for root partition, why the other is for swap partition. If you run the Windows XP, it will look like the following..
You may notice that Windows Partition manager is not able to recognize linux partition. This is actually good because when you need to reinstall Linux, such as downgrade to previous version, no repartition is required because Linux installer can look for Linux partition by itself. This means that Windows and Linux installer are smart enough to respect each other's partition, so that it gives users convenience of identifying the right place to install. Otherwise, one might risks overwritten to existing partition loaded with data!
Also, in Windows system, Linux partition are not visible at all. However, under Linux, Windows partitions are visible, but you have to login as root to be able to have write-access, otherwise just read-only.
5. Once installation is done with the first CD, it will have to reboot.
Becareful here, after it rebooted, you have to choose to load from hard-disk. Because your CD 1 still inside the CD-ROM. For this part, the installer is not smart enough to decide for you, you have to know that it should load from hard-disk.
6. After this rebooting, for installation of CD 2, 3, 4 and 5 would require no more rebooting.
7. Then you have to set the password for root. (The selection for encryption mode will give you headache too). Actually, either one would do.
8. Network configuration - use default.
9. Test Internet Connection. (It might ask you to download free updates)
10. User authentication. --> You have to create new user here, choose Local.
11. Then it will be doing "writting system configuration".
12. Release notes
13. Hardware configuration.
14. Installation completed.
Please note: When you first created partition using Windows Partition manager, Linux Suse can recognize Windows partition.
If your CD-ROM is not big enough(means that if it is not powerful enough), some packages might fail to be installed (because the laser is not sensitive enough). But don't worry as you can always install it later, through YaST (analogous to Windows' Control Panel)
Linux Suse Experience:
1. It is slower than Windows O.S (at least on a Dell Machine). This is understood because Windows is built for Dell (native) and vice versa. Linux is more like Java program..
2. Don't have to install most of the driver. Linux Suse is more efficient than Windows in a way that it can look for suitable drivers to fit all your hardwares. Except those that is not plug to the system during installation, such as PCMCIA card.
3. Just like Apple, even fresh from installation, users can enjoy myriad of applications pre-installed, even for graphics software.
1. I can't get my PCMCIA card(Aztech WL500PC) to work.
2. I don't know how to install chinese font to the system.
Official Support Portal.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
I have couple of debts at hands (Credit cards, cars and some angel fundings). Having no bonuses for the last 4 years doesn't give me the advantage of clearing debts seamlessly. I have to do it slowly and prudently.
Robert Kiyosaki talks about passive income too, and in a very practical manner. You need to have money to earn passive incomer; the key is to strike balance. Of balance will be disastrous.
Then the Internet proved to be a good platform for passive income as well. Proliferation of online MLM proves that I am not alone or genius to have thought about this. Yeah, of course it is simple.
Global MLM Money Machine
88 MLM Biz
The Power Matrics
I have been thinking.. with computing skills in my hands, I could probably come out with some solutions like creating an online accounting system, doing web sites like friendsters or aggregators like Technorati. However, the onus to such ventures is that it can NOT be totally passive because commitment is required.
Simple Accounting Software:
For instance, if I develop a simple program for accounting purposes, people will not buy unless I demonstrate commitment. You got to keep adding new features and competiting with competitors. Thus, this idea is out of the answer, even though it is grey, for the reason that there is no single company or person in this world who has ever developed a software or solution based on hindsight and managed to reap a big bucks without putting further efforts to it, not even Microsoft. To reasons are basically:
1. You are not a god or genius who knows everything about a subject. Even a PhD has limited knowledge.
2. If you don't know everything about a subject, you have to keep learning.
Theoritcally, it is possible to develop a perfect software for a given domain of application (subject) , however the problem is the knowledge required to cover all aspects. Otherwise, it will be buggy.
Thus, selling software is not going to be a passive income business, it should be a big income business.
Content Management System
Content Management System
Friendsters, Linkedin and Technorati:
And if you are thinking about web sites like friendster, linkedin and technorati, same problem applies, you have to be there to maintain and provide continuous development.
After pondering for some times, painfully I accepted the fact that doing those things don't promise passive income. It may bring income but not a passive one.
Thus, in my quest to chase for passive income, I can NOT lie to myself to pretend that such bottom-line thoughts are not real and thus try to beat the odd, that is naive I think.
I conceded that content provider is the only way to do that. For instance, if you start a web portal, aggregating informations from various sources will be it a contents provider. Now, let's assume that a web portal is like a web site to many (actually it is not merely that, Google, Yahoo and MSN run a cluster of systems), the minimum cost for doing that is according to the following links; USD 133.85 (RM 481.86).
Affiliate marketing too expensive ? - Dunce Money.
But as the matter of facts, I feel that weblog is the most cost-efficient channel. What you need to do is just to sign up a free account and include adsense to it. Your job is then to write whatever you want and invite readers. Last month, my income from adsense is around USD 11 (RM 39.6), not bad and it can be considered passive because blogs are written during free time.
In my summary blog about 2005 summary, I mentioned that to earn a good RM 2k (enough for my basic expenses for a bachelor), I need to attract like 125K visitors per month to earn from per-impression basis. Currently, full time blogger Liewcf is probably able to do that, he is attracting around 80K visitors per month to his blog.
The right thing to do?
Ok, thus instead of thinking about being high-tech like doing technorati or another search engine like baigoo.com where heavy commitments are required. It is appropriate that to earn passive income, why not figure out a way to attract more people to your contents. Then we can think about doing SEO and etc, but the real problems are two things:
1. What does people want to read or view ?
2. How good is your contents ?
People want contents to be of the following things(based on my experience):
1. News ( If becoming reporter, then it is not passive)
2. Analysis, statistic and research. (for business purposes)
3. Leisure (Entertainment, porns, images and videos)
4. Sharing (no big impact)
Weblogs are information sharers. I don't forsee anyone would be serious with my blog when making important decision is the priority. I may be writting something about Microsoft or Linux but I will still need to link back to the principals. And I realized that these days, with explosion of blogs from all over, there is no time to read all of them, even those in your favourite and crony lists. People won't read all of them. period.
Take liewcf blog, even though the traffic coming to it is impressive, but the duration of time spent on reading the contents is only less than 2 minutes on average. Same goes for this blog, people are not actually reading 90% of the time. Unless they are critics or etc.
Contents is King - Graphical:
Therefore, I still think that the best contents would be the brainless content, such as images of pretty faces or celebrities, after all, Google confirmed that the biggest search of 2005 are things like Janet Jackson, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Thus, why doubt it ?
Now, we have to think of producing graphical centric contents, as addon to our writtings. Have you read through this part already ? (nevermind)
I have always got this idea, hope to make it work, that if I could translate main ideas of a blog into pictorial. Something like cartoons which is work-intensive. It has to come with some automation. Right now I am experimenting with some technologies like Flash and also Java Graphics.
If people like seeing pictures to eradicate boredom and for enlightenment, having more graphical contents should deliver the 125K visitors objective.
Friday, January 06, 2006
Recently, Google's founder; Mr. Larry Page gave a presentation or lecture on entrepreneurship. I could still remember a few important points:
1. Solve big problems, don't be afraid.
2. A business which depends on a single customer is doomed to fail.
3. Don't jump in the VC bandwagon because the seat is hot.
For for details, please refer to this link.
Even though I agree with it, but I like to defense Malaysian companies who are usually not in that kind of mindset. (of course there are exceptions)
1. You can't solve big problems until you solve the smaller problems. Of course, unless you study for PhD or something, otherwise your big problem is a big problem.
2. Well, a business which depends on a single customer is better than no customer. Or unsteady customers. Still, if your big customer is a giant, it is still good.
3. Very agreed. Don't need it, don't go for it. Need it, go for it.
Many Malaysian companies have "survival" as the first issue in mind, not innovation, but survival, period. Thus, when the MSC-MDC came about for more than 10 years now, many are affeceted by directive problems; not knowing the bottom line. That is why I mentioned earlier that Malaysia is taking a big leap.
Well, of course, Google is different and very great. Now let's see how great.
1. First of all, Google has changed my life, which its blogspot and adsense. I am now having a healthy hobby. It works for others too.
2. Revenues of USD 381.2M from web ads alone ?
3. Foray into mobile business
You see, for the recent Motorola case, the winner is obviously Motorola per se. For reason that Motorola is depending on Google's brand to boost handphone sales from multitude of rivals such as Nokia, Samsung, LG, Sony-Ericsson and etc.
While Google painfully enjoy the following benefit:
For Google, the alliance with Motorola will help bolster its position as the main vehicle for users to access information irrespective of the devices used.
Which, there is no need for holler. Google is only competiting with Yahoo and the uprising MSN. In terms of Chinese market, there is probably just Baidu.com.
Ironically, I still remember that during the early days (dot-com period), we have the following:
Other malaysian search engines.
These names (even though they survived) are often mentioned in the news and etc those days(at least I have used them), now hardly heard. Well, of course I don't suppose they develop own search-engine technology like Google, Yahoo, MSN and even become.com (Korean origin, still not famous). I used to be searching for Malaysian content using catcha.com.my, but now I don't remember doing it for the past one year.
Even the recently Google-AOL, which analysis and experts claimed that Google is the winner, but in fact, I would say Google is the donor, blood O type. Perhaps, it has solved the big problem 7 years ago.
However, as there is always exception, Google is also collaborating with Intel. Interesting.. It seems like Intel is levaraging on Google's searching technology by embedding it to its product. And this time, Google's expected to gain:
Google's expansion from its core Internet search feature into a range of Internet and software services has pushed its stock price up to more than $450, and given it a market capitalization of $133 billion, bigger than all but a handful of blue-chip companies.
Google is ultimately the God of Fortune for the 21st Century, hopefully it will last.
Gong Xi Gong Xi..
Right now, I am exploring how I can build a business out of Google Earth.
Wednesday, January 04, 2006
Tech Trends to Watch in 2006.
1. Portable Entertainment PC.
3. Making digital video.
4. Sharing personal media.
5. Video to go.
7. Entertained by open source.
There are yet so many things to be done; as a consumer or user, one just don't have enough time to live up the day. Shouldn't personal automation be the next big thing ?
At the almost similar time, Dr. Raymond Greenlaw; dean of school of computer science of Armstrong Atlantis State University reminds us of the ten breakthroughs in computer science ever.
1. Turing Machine.
2. Moore's Law
5. Personal computer.
6. The Internet.
7. The Web.
8. High-level languages.
9. Handheld & wireless devices.
10. Human Genome Project.
Thus, it seems like the world has NOT gone that far away from the blueprint of personalized computing (Thanks to Bill Gates). Portable PC, making of digital video, sharing, podcasts are all individual-oriented. On the other hand, human genome project is also pretty much individual-oriented.
Another individual-centric project is Google's Earth, where Google has plan to make it into a multi-purpose entertainment hub for everyone in this planet. Soon, we may begin to witness the possibility where web browser's interface may be replaced by that of a globe. Internet-surfing start from clicking the desirable location from the globe, instead of providing URLs.
Monday, January 02, 2006
Intrigued, I proceeded to check out what the heck is "gigablast" ?
Gigablast provides large-scale, high-performance, real-time information retrieval technology for partner sites. The company offers a variety of features including topic generation and the ability to index multiple document formats. This search delivery mechanism gives a partner "turn key" search capability and the capacity to instantly offer search at maximum scalability with minimum cost. In addition, the Gigablast website (www.gigablast.com) provides unique "Gigabits" of information, enabling visitors to easily refine their search based upon related topics from search results.
What is it trying to say is this... this company called Gigablast, provides technology for client to retrieve real-time information from the Internet. Not only that, it is able to do the job in a large-scale and performance-guaranteed manner.
This is because it is using web spider to do the job.
My intepretation is this...
Many companies these days having problems with market positioning, especially for IT companies because the industry changes so fast. Information is king because it is essential for decision making. But no one is being employed in the company to do the job of researching information; perhaps only in the big companies. That, marketing intelligence gathering are usually performed by marketing personel, so much so that it becomes a priority problem for these people, because you have to gather the intelligence, but your performance is not based on that, it is based on other factors.
Just like once Bill Gates said... "no one is being paid to research information even though everybody are expected to do it."
This is very accurate because high-tech industry just can't live without the Internet these days, for the primary reason that you can't learn everything in school and second, you have to learn new things, finally you have to know what is happening around you.
Even programmers have a lot of research to do, but can't afford an assistant.
Now, what happens next ?
I had been thinking, for the reason that my job requires a lot of market intelligence gathering.. there could be a big time business for providing market intelligence tool/software/services in my country (Malaysia), similar to the model demonstrated by Gigablast.
We can provide companies with tool to help them to gather information... and even updates their reports based on the latest information and etc. We can also provide people with software to help them do whatever readings they required.. I am not sure if this is already possible, but with Gigablast leading the way, I have rejuvenated. At least I am not crazy.