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Friday, June 30, 2006

Have salesmen gone by the days ?

I did realize that there are certain things in this world is a waste of time, but still people are doing it because you probably think that you might have 50:50 chance.

For instance, trying to promote something using friendster's shootout.

Selling something via spam mail...

I like to think that nobody will even care to look at these promotional messages, because they know that you are selling something already..

At the same time, should people wanted to buy similar things, they would check out with search engines first.. and if offering from search results are cheap and affordable, the sales would go through definitely.

Salesmen would probably needed when more consulting roles are required. For instance, when informations provided by search engines are vague, incomprehendable, doubtful or too complex to be absorbed. Therefore, it is a good idea to build a large corporate website, try to put in as much things as possible. Confuse customers so that they will get back to the consultants.

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

liewcf is facing problem ..

Champion blogger liewcf complained that his blog liewcf had been "sabotaged". According to him, his daily traffic is currently under 2000 k. This is quite suddenly and it seemed that he is right about the case with respect to Google.

I remembered not long ago... liewcf was no.1 for search term "tech blog malaysia" under Google. Now it is not even in top 30. While searching with "tech blog" guaranteed that liewcf was top 10, now it is not in top 30 either.

Anyway, his listing under Yahoo and MSN is still good for him, both favouring as the no.1 blog for "tech blog malaysia".

Thus, what could have happened to ? Could it because of other sabotage ?

Currently, it-sideways is no.1 for the term "tech blog malaysia" in Google.

Then I remember that it-sideways used to be the no.1 listing under MSN for the search term "tech blog", but now it seems like nowhere to be found. Exactly the opposite effects.

Therefore, similar thing could have been happened to liewcf where search engines deliberately clean up old data to make way for new ones. They want to be perceived as political correct. Therefore, is this a real risk for content providers ?

It is obvous that Google are bound to pressure on this issue (to be fair for eveyone) and I noticed that Google had been creating services such as co-op, Google Sitemap and etc to make things right; make sure that the righteous information are being propagated well.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Malaysia is indeed preparing for 3G

Digi prepares for 3G infrastructure...

Digi is not going to bow over to pressure... they are not going to become MVNO. They are planning its way back where they have engaged Siemen to provide alternative solutions for expanding current EDGE capability.

Celcom prepares for 3G infrastructure...

On the other development, Celcom had through its mother company, engaged Alcatel SA to build the necessary infrastructure for 3G implementation. Currently Celcom is already running 3G over existing network, however and perhaps this new implementation serves to improve many other things.

The good thing about google's cache

I was trying to check out some resources from Jeffooi when it was experiencing unusually high traffic which rendered the inavailability of certain web pages which I was looking for.

Frustrated... I thought that perhaps Jeff Ooi should upgrade to more bandwidth. However, that still don't quite solve the problem where I desperately needed the information.

Then suddenly I thought about an alternative... Google's cache!

Without hesitation, I loaded up the world most famous web page - Google and search for the appropriate keywords... and voila... I found what I was looking for.

After identifying the right entry, click on the "cached" link and you will get what you are looking for...

I used to thought that cache is useful for web administrators to identify when search engines last visited the site. Now, I realized it has other usage as well.

Google's cache saved my day!

Sunday, June 25, 2006

web venture insights...

Previously we talked about creating successful web venture...

You will appreciate this when I become famous one day..

Anyway, to live the spirit of blogging and IT-Sideways... I will keep providing you with my insights into the ICT happening around me..

Recently blogexplosion (blog aggregator) is put up sales... and they created a portal to faciliate with the sales. I must tell you that initially it looked like annoying.. who cares.. but to those web entrepreneur wannabes... you better take time to read up everything because it provides a lot of insights into running a web venture.

From there, one may appreciate that running a web venture isn't all that savvy and it requires a lot of courage, energy and strategies.

For instance, the followings are some information about blogexplosion.

Age of site (months): 24
Monthly revenue: $4,000
Revenue details: See below for details.
Monthly page views: 8,500,000
Traffic details: See below for details.

Traffic details:
- 2.1 million weekly pageviews
- 235,000 pageviews daily
- 9 pageviews per visitor
- 50,000 unique visitors per week

Please note these traffic numbers are for BlogExplosion only and does not include BlogCharm, HelpMeBlog or any other sites included in this sale.

Members : 52,000
Average Uniques per week - 50,000
Alexa Rating – 5200
Google Page Ranking – 5

Also download the sales fact sheet to learn about other insights... such as what sort of servers do they used and how the make the monthly revenues.


So much effort just to earn $4k monthly... it is not making money. Look at their strategies of owning so much web domains..

But I don't think linkedin and friendster are up for anything better, even though prospects are always bright. Anyway, I could be wrong.

But I think friendster is definitely going to be introducing auction and ete, to capitalize e-commerce and its large users base.

US CIO Survey 2006

Get yourself a copy of US CIO Survey 2006..

You will have to fill up a survey.. so this is how they collect data by giving end-users free information while charging the corporate for it. One of the reason is that corporation can't wait and is willing to pay.

According to the survey..

Our 457 respondents, all CIO Decisions subscribers, represent more than a dozen industries. Some 70% work at companies with $500 million in annual revenue or less. Their average age is 46. Across all titles, nearly half have 20-plus years in IT. Yet in many ways, the CIOs stand apart. Some 66% of the 128 CIO respondents bring home $150,000 or more in salary and bonus, compared with 56% of the 61 vice presidents of IT and 16% of the 210 directors—and differences grow only more extreme at higher compensation levels (see “Salaries,” page 30). Almost half of CIO respondents say they report directly to the CEO, compared with 26% of VPs of IT and 16% of IT directors. And a whopping 70% of CIOs hold a seat on their organization’s executive committee. Just 57% of VPs and 24% of directors do.

Experiences and Qualifications:

Advanced degree or technical degree = 67%
MA or MS = 12%
PH.D = 2%
No advanced degree or certification = 33%

Years of Experience in Business Functions:

None = 13%
Up to 1 year = 2%
1.1 to 2 years = 5%
21. to 5 years =14%
5.1 to 7 years = 10%
7.1 to 10 years = 9%
10.1 to 15 years = 11%
15.1 to 20 years = 14%
more than 20 years = 21%

Next Jobs:

Continue in current role = 29%
Move up higher within my organization = 21%
Move to a larger company = 18%
Move up higher within my IT organization = 15%
Move out of IT into a business role = 7%
Move to smaller company = 4%
None = 6%

Spammed by

My email was spammed by spamcop in the most creative way...

first of all, they created a spider to determine my personal email address via the domain name

The spider traversed through the pages and into multi-level until it finds something that fit. For my case, it look for ...

Contributor --> Brandon Teoh --> Profile --> Email

The following screen capture gives you an illustration..

The message was...

The full message goes like this..

We have received your message, which is why you are receiving this
automated message. You will receive this message at most once a week.

The SaintMail Abuse Desk has received your mail. All abuse reports will
be looked into, however, not all mail can be answered personally.
SaintMail takes the misuse of email very seriously and will do as much as we
can to respond appropriately to all abuse reports. You must report spam
within 2 days of receipt.

If you are sending an email message reporting spam with the Return
Address of or, please be
advised that we know of the problem. A spammer is faking the return
address in their messages. Not much we can do about it.

The spam is not coming from our network.

We HIGHLY recommend that you use SpamCop at to
identify the source of the spam and complain to the proper people.
SpamCop is a Free service. We have no affiliation with SpamCop.

Your help is greatly appreciated since this spammer has caused us
serious problems and has incurred us a great deal in costs in dealing with
his spam.

We are currently getting thousands of complaints concerning this spam
per hour causing a tremendous load on our servers and staff.

Please visit the below webpages that can help you in the fight against

If you still have the spam in your mailbox PLEASE send us a copy of the
spam with FULL HEADERS included, this will help us track down the
person sending these messages so that we can take legal action.

If you are an SaintMail customer and this is a report of spam but you
did not
include headers with it, please resend the message with all headers.
Instructions for including headers for most email programs are listed



Click on the "View" menu, then "Page Source," then copy the contents of
window (Ctrl-A, Ctrl-C in Microsoft Windows) (Command/Apple "A",
Command/Apple "C" in MacOS).

Older versions: Click on the "View" menu, then "Headers," then "All."




With the keyboard:
1.CTRL-F3 (Message Source Window)
2.CTRL-A (select all)
3.CTRL-C (copy)
4.ALT-F4 (close)
5.Paste the message with Headers to

With the mouse:
1.Click on the spam message
2.Click on the "File" menu
3.Click on "Properties"
4.Click on the "Details" tab
5.Click on "Message Source"
6.Copy and paste everything from this window
7.Paste the message with Headers to

Outlook 98

1.Open the message.
2.Under the View menu select Options
3.Copy the text in the Internet Headers window
(unfortunately it doesn't include the message itself).
4.Paste into the Headers into an email to
5.Close the options window
6.Copy the message text.
7.Paste the Message into the email to
8.Make sure to leave a blank line between the headers and
the message body.



Click on the button labeled "blah blah blah" in your toolbar.

If there isn't a "BLAH BLAH BLAH..." icon in the upper-left of the
window then you're probably using an early version of Eudora for the
Click on "special," "settings;" or if settings isn't listed here, click
"tools" and then "options". From the icons listed on the left hand side
the dialogue box, click on "fonts and display," then check "Show all
(even the ugly ones)"

Copy and Paste into a message to



If the feature is enabled, you simply press "H" to toggle full headers.

If the feature is not enabled, you must enable it first: From the main
press (S)etup, (C)onfig. Scroll down about 40 lines to the option

Press [ENTER]. Press (E)xit, (Y)es - to save. Then you can
return to the message window and use "H" to display the headers.

Press (F) to forward the message, click (N) when asked "Forward message
as an attachment?"

Send message to

Even though it is annoying but it is fun to see what they are capable and I appreciate their skills.

Saturday, June 24, 2006

D-LINK Certified Engineer

Free courses!!!

Module 1 - Wireless LAN:
- Radio frequency fundamentals
- Wireless LAN applications and deployments
- Basic Antenna Principles
- Power-over-ethernet
- Wireless LAN security
- Conducting site survey
- Troubleshooting wireless LAN
- D-Link wireless LAN product competitive analysis
- Setting up wireless LAN

Module 2 - Security & Surveillance:
- Packet filter & network address translation
- Virtual private network
- D-Link Firewall competitive analysis
- Setting VPN tunnels for firewall
- Internet camera components
- Internet camera feature
- D-Link Internet camera competitive Analysis
- IP surveillance software
- Setting up internet cameras

Module 3 - Switch 1
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Standard
- Migration & Deployment
- 10 Gig Ethernet
- Standard & interface
- Application
- Layer 2 switching
- Spanning tree
- Virtual LAN
- Link aggregatioin
- Port mirroring
- Port security
- Layer 3 switching
- Address control list
- Static route
- Routing information
- X-Stack
- How it works?
- Benefits
- D-Link Switches Competitive Analysis

Module 4 - Switch II
- All the features covered in
- Layer 2 switching
- Layer 3 switching and X-Stack in the previous module.

Date: 12 & 13 July 2006
Time : 9.00 am to 5.00 pm
Venue : Advancenet Technology S/B
Technical Department
143B, Level 2, Jln Kenari 23A,
Bandar Puchong Jaya,
47100 Puchong.

RSVP: 30th June 2006
Tel: 03-8070 3633
Fax: 03-8070 9633

Friday, June 23, 2006

Digi to expand EDGE network

Digi, as we have predicted previously.. is planning for a come-back to counter the lost of award for a valid 3G spectrum.

According to The Edge... Digi will engage Siemen to expand mobile broadband network over EDGE.

This is pretty good for consumer because expectedly, should Digi able to present a strong case of using EDGE as alternative for 3G technology, its service offering should be cheaper than that provided by Maxis and Celcom in order to attract lost-confidence.

The timing is right now because the market for 3G and high-speed mobile data is not yet saturated, further dimmed by the fact that the asian market is lacking stability which hurts consumer behaviour.

In the mean time, digi has been named mobile operator of the year for Malaysia by Asian Mobile News.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Knowing the numbers

Mobile Money Development in Malaysia:

Mobile Money is finally backed....

They are hoping to sign up 1 milion users by year-end.

The key to this is that this is not an easy task either... it took them probably 9 months and they are still trying to achieve this target. Mobile Money gained public attention when it finally made public appearence during September, 2005. Ever since then, they have been redefining its corporate directions and marketing strategies. It is reported that they spent up to RM 5 million the R & D.

Mobile Money International is a spinned-off from Redtone and is funded by Robert Kuok's group; richest man in Malaysia.

MSN Local Partner:

Innity Sdn Bhd. had been taken over by Media 2.

They are targeting the 10 million Internet users in Malaysia where alone has 2.4 million users monthly. Hotmail messenger has over 35 million messages transacted everyday.

Monday, June 19, 2006

why big guns aim small fish ?

Malaysia SME Facts:

There are 349, 617 registered SME in malaysia...

HP, Intel and SAP collaboration:

These 3 big guns team up to target SME market.

Microsoft also wanted to play similar game by launching Microsoft Dynamics GP (Great Plains).

SAP Revenue Growth:

SAP to grow $40 billion from $30 billion(revenue) to $70 billion via SME sales.

On the other development...

Malaysia pledges with ample budget:

RM 200 billions has be pledged for development projects under the 9th Malaysia plan, now it is reconfirmed by the prime minister.

So, what's doubting it ?

Let the other experts figure it out.

Corporate Strategies:

All these are very obvious that it is part of corporate strategies, part of their milestones. It is inevitable that in order to be relevant in the game, you got to keep up with competitors. And it is a good idea too because everybody is counting on the hope that competitors are right. Meaning... SAP thinks that Microsoft is accurate about doing the right thing with SME while Microsoft thinks vice versa.

Other corporate strategies are...

  1. Distribution
  2. Access to capital
  3. Brand equity
  4. Customers relationships
  5. Great employees

Which game are you ?

The corporate game:
- Steve Ballmer
- Dato's Larry Gan

The innovator game:
- Google's founder
- Donald Trump

The genius game:
- Bill Gates
- Steve Jobs

Saturday, June 17, 2006

windows update and 0x80080299

Microsoft not only checks for genuine windows license before one can start downloading windows update, it also checks for genuine office licenses.

Otherwise, one would experience "unable to validate windows genuine copy with error message of 0x80080299".

This is due to the fact that there is an activeX control not presence in your system when either you had illegal windows license or office license.

Assuming you are using illegal Microsoft Office license on top of a genuine windows operating system license, proceed to uninstall Microsoft Office and follow instruction from the following url...

Thankfully, the support site is pretty comprehensive and updated.

Mobile Phone Security

Mobile Phone Security

Here is something worth knowing if you have a mobile phone ....

Have you ever wondered why phone companies don't seem interested in trying to prevent the theft of mobile phones? If you have ever lost, or had one stolen, and if you are on a plan, you still have to pay the plan approximately up to 24 months, and you have to buy another handset and enter into another contract. This is more revenue for the phone company.

There is a simple way of making lost or stolen mobiles useless to thieves and the phone companies know about it, but keep it quiet.

To check your mobile phone's serial number, key in the following on your phone:
star-hash-zero-six-hash ( * # 0 6 # ) and a fifteen digit code will appear on the screen. This is unique to your handset. Write it down and keep it safe.

Should your mobile phone get stolen, you can phone your service provider and give them this code. They will then be able to block your handset, so even if the thief changes the sim card, your phone will be totally useless.

You probably won't get your phone back, but at least you know that whoever stole it can't use / sell it either.

If everybody did this, there would be no point in stealing mobile phones.

World Cup, Wealth, IChing & IT

Red Alert !!!
Attention to all FIFA World Cup Lovers and Punters

We have the Ultimate Match Forecasting System for you.

Check it out on our link below:

Our e-Book, FIFA World Cup: The Ultimate I Ching Flying Stars Forecasting System is written by Master Chee Wen and Master Chow Fong of the I Ching My Life fame... Both these Masters are expert in their fields of I Ching and Chinese Astrology.

They have painfully devised a system for World Cup prediction and if you have not purchased the book yet, is showing an astounding accuracy in their prediction.

They were 100% correct in their prediction in the first day of World Cup competitions. You may say that it is easy to predict victory for The German and England BUT the most amazing prediction came when they predicted a draw between Sweden and Trinidad. Now this is something!

Check it out yourself. Click the link below:

About their system, it is suffice to say that the system is based on I Ching and Chinese Astrology principles. In devising the system, The Masters have taken into consideration of their world ranking in FIFA, their respective geographic location in the world, the year, month and day Lu Shu Flying Stars and Finally the interactions of all these mysterious stars.

The book is designed for easy reading and you do not need to have I Ching knowledge to understand.

The system is in a simple point format and it is both easy and fun to use.

If you are a punter, check it out before it is too LATE1

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

IT Spending Prospect 2006 - v11

Too early of a recession since 1997 ?

The KLCI dipped below 900 mark at mid-day trading ... closing at 896.95.

This is quite dissappointing to many because just at the end of April 2006, the prospect seemed too good. Back then, we were just keeping the finger crossed, right now we are just totally tight-lip.

This is definitely going to have some profound effects on IT spending in Malaysia by 2006. And if any one has any idea of mitigating this "rising cost" ...

- opportunities cost
- risk cost
- future cost
- etc

You may find your luck from the following...

here, 917.23 & going down
here, 916.12 & going down
here, 912.24 & going down
here, 908.35 & going down
here, 905.76 & going down
here, 900.88 & going down
here, 896.95 & going down

I am totally tight-lip, leave it to the veteran!

Are we still solid ?

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Mitigating Rising Cost

Perhaps it is best to groom MSC into a global outsourcing center specializing in certain vertical industries. I have gotten to this enlightenment following reading Petronas' strategy to mitigate rising cost in their business. The answer is to have long term contracts, be relevant to the equation for long enough that you are part of the cost factors or at least you know when the cost is coming up or down.

Therefore, ever since the rebranding exercise of MSC Malaysia, I believed that they have to be cost conscious and responsible to tax payers' money. It is already 10 years since establishment and MSC Malaysia is not a new comer anymore.

It is understood to assume that playing the global outsourcing game will gives MSC Malaysia a far ahead life-time in the business of ICT. Not only that, we have to make sure that we are able to secure long-term contracts, this is probably the reason Deputy PM had visited India to help boost high-level marketing for the country. Similar efforts have also been carried out by the PM of Malaysia not long ago. These are common practice.

We cannot rely solely on the local market (Malaysia) because it is simply too small of a pie to be shared by so many entrepreneurs in the country. Let alone the fact that the big boys are hungry as well...

1. Sapura
2. Kompakar
3. Hitech Padu
4. CSA
5. Mesiniaga
6. Formis

what is there left for others if everybody are just hoping to secure some government projects ? and at the same time dare not challenge Google and etc.

Monday, June 12, 2006

IT Spending Prospect 2006 - v10

Since our latest analysis on IT spending prospect - v9 where we have been awared that MSC is banking on grooming Malaysia's tech sectors into billion dollars global outsourcing center. Besides that, government of Malaysia continues to pursue better relationship with foreign counterparts to secure continuous FDI into the country's tech sectors.

Solid Growth:

Since saturday, the director of central bank (Bank Negara Governor), Tan Sri Dr. Zeti declared that the country economy is headed towards solid growth with where the country benefited from both favourable external environment and strong domestic demand. This strong and convincing statement sent the share market up by 2.30 points by mid-day trading at 12:15 pm, with the composite index higher at 917.70 than the low-boundary of 916.00

Billions of Losses:

In the other development... MSC direction is gaining stronger momentum where under previous leadership, MSC and Malaysia is said to have suffered losses up to billions of ringgit malaysia when red tapes prevented the country from benefiting in head-start global outsourcing setup.

According to the report, the country was chosen by global outsourcing leader Infosys(India) as strategic partner for the setup of a global outsourcing and data recovery center in the country, and the proposal was not given its due respect and hence didn't reap any fruits. Analysts know that this country was headed by a respectful leader during the Y2K period. For more reference, please check out with political experts; here and here.

It took so many of us(including theStar) 6 years to come up with the numbers.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Digi in dog shits

Ever since the ignition of 3G extraganza since march 2005, where Malaysian mobile lifestyle is about to move into a new phrase with promises of never ending funs and excitements. I have been waiting, we all have been waiting for the day to come. The feeling is quite comparable to the wait for year 2020, when Malaysia will become a developed nation. Just imagine what would happen when you wake up in Jan 1, 2020 morning, are you expecting a different breathe of air ?

Then dog shits happened, just as forest gump said that shits happen.

We had earlier realized that 3G is not an option for telco, it is a must. It is part of the milestones and part of the game. yup... i know we have heard of opinions from many parties, though we will never find what which theory holds the most credibility, we can be quite sure that the game of telco is a big one... and since they already have big liabilities and also big earning at the same time, what is the cost of 3G implementation matter anyway ?

Digi is reported to have liabilities of RM 300 million in borrowing and recent net income of RM 187 million.

During May 2005, they seem to have ran out of ideas. Just keeping its fans' hopes afloat with sheer market excitement.

Digi's CEO

Now, the empire strikes back...

They will never never ever bow to dogs' pressures. They are in talk with companies to explore other possibilities of beaming videos and multimedia stuffs over existing airwaves.

Now let's just see how MiTV and Time dot com are going to cope with new licenses (3G) given to them, do they already have a plan ? Seems pretty dead aren't they.

Where Malaysia is all about Dr. M, Uncle Lah (and here too) , Proton, Petrol prices, TNB's earning and the bullshiting bull.

and you know why ? because of the mindset. So much so for the dogs eat dogs society.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Google's World

Ever wonder the boundary which Google covers ?

You can get a hint here..

It is a 2 x 20 HTML table...

It will take you years to explore all these things ... unless you are paid for doing that..

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Changing the world yet again...

Google has always been great, they have always come with great surprises.

Recently, they created a web-spreadsheet, with purpose of sharing enabling.

And if any of you are interested with the history of spreadsheet, you may check out this link where Microsoft has been the latest ruler of the spreadsheet world, a reign held for many years without qualifying competitor.

The fact that Microsoft has been granted such wealth for so long is due to two reasons:
1. Microsoft never intended to make spreadsheet sharable in a workgroup manner. To do that you have to buy other products such as Microsoft Sharepoint or even Microsoft Outlook.
2. Everybody has been thinking about making money because creating a "sharable" software seems like a bad idea for profit maximization.

Therefore, Google Spreadsheet is definitely not about sending group email or time-share, it is in fact having less for more.

Let's take a look at some latest development with Google..

French book publisher to sue Google

A French publishing group is suing Google for "counterfeiting and breach of intellectual property rights" over its controversial book scanning and digitization project

Kalam for tough laws to check Google Earth

... APJ Abdul Kalam Tuesday sought tough laws to regulate high resolution pictures of vital installations being made available on the Internet by Google Earth and other websites.

Google ducks lawsuit over search rankings

Google has dodged a lawsuit filed by a California man who claimed his Web site rankings precipitously and unfairly dropped.

Google's answer to Flickr?

This link points, but as of yet there is still no trace of that site existing.

Google to Present at the Piper Jaffray Global Internet Summit

To access the live audio webcast of the event, please visit

Google founder lobbies for net neutrality

o-founder and President Sergey Brin met with U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday to press for legislation that would prevent Internet access providers from charging Web sites more for faster content delivery.

Google struggles to find markets outside search

Google is struggling to make an impact in markets outside of its core search business, despite making a huge push to diversify and reduce its dependence on search-linked advertisement.

Google argues with UK publishers over digital libraries

Publishers hit out at Google over the plan, and the effect it will have on copyright, at Monday's launch of the All Party Internet Group report on digital libraries.

Dell to supply Google with servers

said Tuesday it had reached a deal to supply Google Inc. ... The systems will be sold to Google's corporate clients as the Google Search Appliance.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Empowering business via mobile technology

ZNaps would like to inform you that we have finalised the relocation of
our operations to our new office at the following location.

Business Location:
12-B, 2nd Floor, Jalan SS3/33,
47300, Petaling Jaya,
Selangor, Malaysia

Telephone: 03-78760285
Fax: 03-78760287

Kindly update your address book and redirect all future correspondences
to the above address.

Z-Naps Mobile Sdn Bhd provides software solutions and services on the
mobile handset allowing our clients to reach out and interact with
customers. We help our clients leverage on mobile technology such as
SMS, WAP, GPRS & 3G to value add to their products and services for
their customers. Other than software development, we also provide
advisory & consulting services.

"Empowering business via mobile technology"

Thank you for your support. Cheers!


Cheong Takhoe,
Manager - Business Development
Z-Naps Mobile Sdn Bhd

Frame-Relay Point-to-Point - subnet problems

Frame-Relay technology, a low cost WAN technology has two main modes.

1. Point-to-point
2. Multipoint

Meant for connecting different routers from different subnets via a central frame-relay cloud.

Meant for connecting routers within the same subnet via a central frame-relay cloud.

However, having said that point-to-point serves to connect routers from different subnets, it actually implies to higher accuracy that point-to-point mode is meant for connecting groups of routers in different subnets; where each group is a different subnet by itself.

Refer to the following diagram for illustrations.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Lacking Synergy

The Star recently published an article about FPX (Financial Process Exchange); an e-payment initiative by Mobile88 and other local banks such as Bank Islam.

Actually the real story is not quite that. FPX is operated by FPX Payment Gateway Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary company of Malaysian Electronic Payment System Sdn Bhd (MEPS). Mobile88 is just a merchant.

This is an initiative quite similar to Mobile Money which seems to have not taken-off the runway in a good manner. The following are previous entries about Mobile Money, who are financially supported by Robert Kuok's group of companies.

Mobile Money - Customer Feedback
Mobile Money demsytified

Lacking Synergy between Mobile88 and The Star

Immediately after reading the article from TheStar, I clicked on to web site of Mobile88 and was anxiously looking for more information about FPX. However, much to my dismay, there is no a single spark of excitement there. It was focusing on the LG's Chocolate phone.

This is quite similar to the problem of having bad inbound logistic to your web sites where marketing messages are not delivered well for maximum effects. Unless it is intended for, otherwise the news published by TheStar is just another pass-by-day news.

Friday, June 02, 2006

BCRAN - Lab Essentials

PPP and PAP configuration

LabI#conf t
LabI(config)#int s0/0
LabI(config-if)#ppp authentication pap
LabI(config)#username user1 password user1
LabI(config)#username user2 password user2
LabI(config)#username LabJ password cisco
LabI(config)#int s0/0
LabI(config-if)#ppp pap sent-username LabI password 1234

VPN configuration:

LabI#conf t
LabI(config)#crypto isakmp enable
LabI(config)#crypto isakmp policy 10000 --> set the priority as the highest if there is only one policy around.
LabI(config-isakmp)#authentication pre-share
LabI(config-isakmp)#encryption des
LabI(config-isakmp)#group 1
LabI(config-isakmp)#hash sha
LabI(config-isakmp)#lifetime 36000
LabI(config)#crypto isakmp identity address --> prefer to use address
LabI(config)#crypto isakmp key cisco1234 address

How to tranform our data ?
LabI(config)#crypto ipsec transform-set LabI esp-des --> Encrypt your information
LabI(config)#crypto ipsec security-association lifetime second 36000

---create an access-list-----
LabI(config)#access-list 100 permit ip host

--crypto map---
LabI(config)#crypto map LabI 1 ipsec-isakmp
LabI(config-crypto-map)#match address 100
LabI(config-crypto-map)#set peer
LabI(config-crypto-map)#set pfs group 1
LabI(config-crypto-map)#set transform-set LabI
LabI(config-crypto-map)#set security-association lifetime seconds 36000
LabI(config)#int s 0/0
LabI(config-if)#crypto map LabI

------AAA authentication------
LabI(config)#aaa authentication login Secure_Login local
LabI(config)#line vty 0 15
LabI(config-line)#login authentication Secure_Login

Debug Tips:
- Make sure advertise correctly for the protocol set.
-Make sure before implementing VPN, you can ping from interface to interface freely.
-Make sure your crypto map don't interfere with the routing.
-If you do not now why RIP is not working, just use the static route.
-Make sure your VPN is working?
+ debug crypto isakmp
+ debug crypto ipsec
+ debug crypto sessmgmt
+ Do an extended ping

More Tips ?