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Monday, July 31, 2006

can you find nutch ?

can you actually find out what is nutch ? not according to dictionary.com

I discovered this search engine via the feedburner subscribers' report as follow..


Nutch is an open source search engine... and it is Java based. well, of course, it has to be Java based because in my opinion, they are going to give Google a hard time. That is good, this is what they called the zero-sum theory.

Java won't die ..

Some claim that Java will one day die off.. but if you look at the industry in a big picture, it will never unless Microsoft acquired all major competitors like Apple, Oracle, Google, Yahoo, SAP and etc. One has to understand this... in order for Google to become Microsoft main competitor... they have to be anti-microsoft... this is to say that they CANNOT make use of Microsoft technology such as Windows OS, Microsoft Dev. Studio and etc. Otherwise, if Google is built using C++ .NET, then eventually Google is still Microsoft. They also try not use Borland or others... however frankly speaking, I have no idea what technology Google is made of, other than Linux and C programming. I know Google Earth is based on Java...

Zero-sum theory states that the world is the boundary where in order for someone to become rich, a few others have to be poorer.

I think challenging world top industrial players like Google, Microsoft, SAP, Oracle and etc is an ambitious yet prestigious job. It is worth doing.. there is no point challenging IT-Sideways literally because IT-Sideways don't make big money.

With proliferation of netpreneur or web 2.0 entrepreneur, it is hard to create a profitably niche which would remain profitable for 10 years down the road. I would suggest and strongly feel that it is a better option to challenge the big boys so that we get to profit share their current wealth.

I feel excited about the possibility of someone from nowhere, leverage on open source technology to give Google, Yahoo and others a big time.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Beware of Vishing

I got this email from a friend...

We have seen emails scams where recipients are directed to fake websites seeking their financial details quite a while. People are more aware of those schemes now. However, a new method of gaining financial information has emerged.

Its call Vishing. Criminals are sending emails asking people to call a number where their personal information is taken through touch-tone or through recorded messages urging them to enter their account details. The technique has been dubbed "Vishing" because it combines email requests with VoIP phone services that can appear to be in any city, regardless of where the criminals are located. Another scam uses only telephones - bulk dialing, warning of fraudulent credit card use, and then requesting credit card and security code information.

Remember, common sense is the first line of defense!!

Be cautious! If you receive such emails, please delete them at once and inform the Security Unit immediately!

Best Regards,

Saravanan Thulukanam
Assistant Manager, IT Security
Wisma MCIS ZURICH
Jalan Barat, 46200
Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan

Malaysian may one day censor the Internet

I can't possibly imagine... the day when Internet censorship is forced into the Malaysian context for the sake of political correctness.

We have... since long ago, stress that the Internet must not be subjected to censorship at all costs. This cost is so huge that it worths dying for ...

Against Internet Repression
Dark Side of the Corporate World

According to Jeffooi ...

When the MSC was launched in 1996, a set of cyber laws, including the Digital Signature Act 1997, were introduced to reign supreme in the IP-network sphere. Under the provisions of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, judicially, there is no censorship of Internet.

Malaysia may have re-invented the reverse gear.

Please keep your heads up.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

I-BHD-Double-Whammy

I-BHD... I remember seeing the company appear suddenly out of nowhere... that was a few years ago..

now, I don't even know that they have been listed on second board of KLSE. Anyway, there haven't been much heard about them and their products. The only thing I could remember was about the campaign on Albert Einstein and IQ.

Just today.. they are rejected by Security Commission for proposal to use proceeds from unmaterialized projections.

Curiousity took me to access their web site and I found another problem..



Anyway... check out their stock performances..

I have nothing to comment more.

Monday, July 24, 2006

KLSE and the long tail..

When is KLSE going to adopt the long tail economics ? ? ?

The Long Tail economy states that ...

There is no more movie star... everybody can be a star.. No more blockbusters... no more zero sales... everybody, every products will get it fair chances. Even though the best still get the most sales but there is no more total monopoly, no more Elvis Presley, Micheal Jackson or Diana Ross. You will have Simple Plan, Hoobastank, Mandy Moore, Avril Lavigne and etc.

Basically... if you check out the sales report... every products in the inventory would have recorded certain sales volume. Even the 100,000th and 200,000th product, there will still be sales. According to statistic, the distribution cost is known as "long tail distribution", because the tail of the curve is very long relative to the head.

It is about the theory of abundance, where when the bottlenecks that stand between supply and demand in our culture start to disappear and everything becomes available to everyone.

Check out the following book..




KLSE and stock trading problems...

It is very obvious that investments are driven by news..

For instance... in the news article stability and turmoil in the market focuses on Iris as big loser while IJM Corp Berhad as big winner. Now, these news are targeting fund managers because individual stock activities wouldn't quite cause significant impact.

Even if we study the news article about Bukit Katil in search for white knights... where it is actually doing marketing. Because details about Bukit Katil is not given and how can someone possibly wanted to become the white knight? It is obvious that news like this is going to drive certain stock trading...

Conclusion:

TheEdgeDaily and TheStar is influenced by some major stock traders... therefore foreplay is suspected.

The Long Tail economy can present a much fairer game for investors. Because fund managers must not only be influenced by blockbusters as TheEdgeDaily and TheStar, however, they should also be thinking about "everything else" such as:

etc

Friday, July 21, 2006

Streamyx Down

Check out the scenario when Streamyx is down...

Screen capture 1: (Streamyx function normally)

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
(C) Copyright 1985-2001 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\Teoh Yi Haur>ping yahoo.com

Pinging yahoo.com [216.109.112.135] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=312ms TTL=51
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=313ms TTL=51
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=312ms TTL=51
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=312ms TTL=51

Ping statistics for 216.109.112.135:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 312ms, Maximum = 313ms, Average = 312ms

C:\Documents and Settings\Teoh Yi Haur>tracert 216.109.112.135

Tracing route to w2.rc.vip.dcn.yahoo.com [216.109.112.135]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 * * * Request timed out.
2 46 ms 70 ms 29 ms 219.93.218.177
3 18 ms 18 ms 17 ms 219.93.216.101
4 17 ms 18 ms 17 ms 219.93.155.37
5 18 ms 17 ms 18 ms 219.94.12.133
6 119 ms 216 ms 18 ms 210.187.143.1
7 209 ms 26 ms 200 ms 219.93.174.155
8 18 ms 18 ms 18 ms 219.93.151.226
9 245 ms 244 ms 244 ms 219.93.168.234
10 254 ms 254 ms 255 ms exchange-cust1.lax.equinix.net [206.223.123.16]
11 312 ms 312 ms 313 ms ge-2-0-8.p420.pat1.dce.yahoo.com [216.115.97.134]
12 311 ms 312 ms 312 ms ge-0-0-0-p100.msr1.dcn.yahoo.com [216.115.108.1]
13 312 ms 312 ms 313 ms ge7-2.bas2-m.dcn.yahoo.com [216.109.120.197]
14 311 ms 312 ms 312 ms w2.rc.vip.dcn.yahoo.com [216.109.112.135]

Trace complete.

C:\Documents and Settings\Teoh Yi Haur>


Screen capture 2: (Streamyx Exchange down)

Microsoft Windows 2000 [Version 5.00.2195]
(C) Copyright 1985-2000 Microsoft Corp.

C:\Documents and Settings\brandon>ping yahoo.com

Pinging yahoo.com [216.109.112.135] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 216.109.112.135:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\brandon>ping 216.109.112.135

Pinging 216.109.112.135 with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 216.109.112.135:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 0, Lost = 4 (100% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 0ms, Maximum = 0ms, Average = 0ms

C:\Documents and Settings\brandon>tracert 216.109.112.135

Tracing route to w2.rc.vip.dcn.yahoo.com [216.109.112.135]
over a maximum of 30 hops:

1 * * * Request timed out.
2 74 ms 38 ms 22 ms 219.93.218.177
3 18 ms 18 ms 19 ms 219.93.216.101
4 18 ms 18 ms 17 ms 219.93.155.37
5 17 ms 17 ms 19 ms 219.93.177.243
6 19 ms 18 ms 18 ms 219.93.174.83
7 365 ms 366 ms 362 ms 219.93.168.238
8 * * * Request timed out.
9 * * * Request timed out.
10 * * * Request timed out.
11 * * * Request timed out.
12 * * * Request timed out.
13 * * * Request timed out.
14 * * * Request timed out.
15 * * * Request timed out.
16 * * * Request timed out.
17 * * * Request timed out.
18 * * * Request timed out.
19 * * * Request timed out.
20 * * * Request timed out.
21 * * * Request timed out.
22 * * * Request timed out.
23 * * * Request timed out.
24 * * * Request timed out.
25 * * * Request timed out.
26 * * * Request timed out.
27 * * * Request timed out.
28 * * * Request timed out.
29 * * * Request timed out.
30 * * * Request timed out.

Trace complete.

C:\Documents and Settings\brandon>

Conclusion:

Both scenarios indicate that the DNS (202.188.0.133 or 202.188.1.5) is working fine, however in scenario 2, the exchange is not reachable, thus you are unable to surf anything web sites. In this example, we try to PING Yahoo web site.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Geocities is phishing

OMG... I got phished from the URL...

http://www.geocities.com/this_cant_be_real_0/


Phishing is a new way of cheating Internet users of their usernames and passwords and even credit card information and etc... where users are hoaxed into believing that a particular URL is what it claimed to be... check out wikipedia explaination for it.

How this work is simple....

Someone just have to pull the trigger... Let's say the defaulter took 100 yahoo emails from the Internet. Then, it all just took 1 user to believe that it is real... it will spark the whole chain reaction...

Nevertheless, this phishing of virus is quite mild.. just meant to irritate you.. My yahoo account was infected and thankfully all it ever did was to send similar message to my contact lists. Not much of other big disasters observed anyway. I hope so...

Anyway, what I did is to change my password.

If you had login to it, please change your yahoo password. (Someone already have your password and might be reading your secret emails...), login to yahoo email and change your password.

Also, don't forget to send similar message to your contact list, you may copy and paste the following message which I sent to my list.


did you receive this from me ?
http://www.geocities.com/this_cant_be_real_0/
don't ever login to it.. it is trap to capture your YAHOO username and password.
if you did login, then u must change your YAHOO password now!
this is knowns as PHISHING!
It will use your YAHOO account, get your contact lists and start sending the same thing.
But no need to scan for virus because there is no virus on your PC.
Sorry ya.

Against Internet Repression

helo..

let's us go against Internet Repression..




The Internet cannot be censored, otherwise how do we verify that the righteous information are the one being published. How do we justify biasness ?

Problems persist in countries like Iran, Maldives, Cuba, Vietnam and China.

Please join our hands to make Internet free from prejudice.

Heads-up from Jeff Ooi.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Wimax Bubbles : by the sideways

ok.. this topic is interesting.. I could be wrong from the sideways.

First of all, the headline goes that "Government cancels tender for WiMAX"....

the knee-jerk reactions are according to Jeff Ooi..

1. It is related to DiGi again.

According to news, the applicants for the licence of 2.3 GHz spectrum are:

1. DiGi
2. REDtone international
3. Nasioncom

and that is it ...

so, it is kind of strange why Maxis, Celcom and others didn't go for it.. Don't u think so ? Maybe there are too busy with 3G preparations.

Anyway... this is what the minister said for the reason of cancellation until further notice.

Its minister Datuk Seri Dr. Lim Keng Yaik said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission's (MCMC) specifications for the provision of the WiMAX licence did not include a nationwide rollout.

He said the MCMC did not comply with the MyICMS 886 standards. The MyICMS 886 is a five-year ICT blueprint which outlines an industry-driven initiative that will leverage on existing policies and programmes to increase the usage of broadband Internet, cellular telephone service and 3G service. Original Link

So, here is what I think ...

1. The minister could not be that wrong... because first of all, the infrastructure for WiMAX is not ready yet. WiMAX is supposed to solve the last-mile problem where service providers are able to shoot the signal from afar directly into nodes (PCs).

Let's not forget that WiMAX enabled laptop and network-card is still rare.

2. Redtone acquired CNX solutions in order to go for such bidding. CNX Solutions web site.

Redtone announces new strategy as alternative telecommunication provider before the shocker from the Ministry of Energy, Water and Communications. In retrospect, they have been persistent because they have expressed the wish of becoming a MVNO during the 3G bidding period last year.

The Last Mile Problems:

The one company who is fighting with WiMAX trend is probably current MESDAQ champion Green Packet with their introduction of new product called SONmetro.

If we study it carefully...

"SONmetro enables the provision of wireless broadband connectivity at GSM type coverage with DSL/Cable data speeds and high speed mobility at a cost substantially lower than any other wireless solution."

Statement above actually means "3G alternative" or in order words, it could be a 3G solution for DiGi.

It further adds ..

"SONmetro’s intelligent relaying system provides ultimate wireless broadband coverage in metropolitan areas. It is the perfect solution to overcome the Wi-Fi limitations and last-mile problems faced by carriers and service providers."

This means that if today you are WiFi providers, you can operate your network as WiMAX because using SONmetro, you can combine your isolated WiFi cloud as a single network.

How it work is ?

"Powered by the Self-Organising-Network (SON) and Opportunity Driven Multiple Access (ODMA) technologies, SONmetro provides faster and further distance communication with less power consumption than the conventional systems. With mobile node bursting and receiving data from tens of different neighbors from different locations per second while driving, it even adds mobility to low mobility mediums like Wi-Fi. With SONmetro, one can still communicate over 1.5Mbps while traveling at speed up to 300 km/hour."

This means --> Fully Mesh

Thus, WiMAX is a threat to Green Packet. But it is not available yet.

3G is an option:

We have discussed that 3G is not an option for telco, but now probably it is possible that telco can achieve higher ARPU via alternative service offerings such as Wireless broadband.

Well, at least DiGi, REDtone and Nasioncom think that without 3G, they can rely on wireless broadband to be part of the game.

Relationship between all the industry players:

So, it seems like Malaysia is a fair country after all...

3G Players = Maxis, Celcom, Time dotcom, MiTV
Wireless Broadband = DiGi, REDtone, Nasioncom

Green Packet is not competing with either one of them because it is their vendor.

hey, what about WiBro from Korea ?

Monday, July 17, 2006

Font Arial Doesn't Support Style Regular

If you ever got this message while running your application under Windows 2000 or Windows XP, don't panic, it happens.

The real reason is unknown, some forums said that it is due to corruption of Arial.ttf file. However, in fact it is more likely due to corruption of Windows with respect to Arial font. Under my observation, Windows mistakenly pointed to the wrong font. For instance, if you selected the font Arial-Regular, it will be pointed to Arial-Bold. This is the reason why when applications are looking for Arial-Regular, it finds that your system is pointing to Arial-Bold or others. In fact, if it is pointed to Arial-Italic, you wouldn't be able to delete the font file from the font folder under Control Panel.



ok, what you need to do is this...

Go to the Internet to download all files for Arial font such as Arial-Regular, Arial-Bold, Arial-Italic, Arial-Narrow and etc.

If you are using Windows 2000, restart and go into "Safe Mode".

Then, go to the font folder under "Control Panel" and delete all fonts related to Arial.

Copy and paste the downloaded Arial font files back to the font folder under "Control Panel".

Restart the PC and it will work just fine. At least it worked for me.

Corporate Blogging to Take Momentum

Following the lead-up from Jeff Ooi, where BT (British Telecom) will consider blog as a channel for marketing...

"Corporate blogging can be a marketing tool, a new approach to collaborative working or simply a way to free computer resources." Original link

Sun Microsystem CEO and former COO is renowed for his blogs which evangelize about computer and technologies. Check out Jonathan's blog.

The other corporate blogger is Scobleizer blog, which is essentially a corporate blog for Microsoft. But I don't think it is that popular.

The most prominent corporate blog is in fact Google's blog where in 2005 alone, it accumulated 4.3 million unique visitors and 8.7 million pageviews in just 6 months.

MSC Malaysia earned praises for aggressively innovating its corporate web site.. however, they have to keep innovating to keep visitors coming back.

Pretty soon, I wouldn't doubt that blogging would be a requirement for getting marketing, public relation and sales jobs.

Happening/ Changes in Malaysia:

One of the thing which motivated this writing is that the blogging culture could totally transformed the way business is being conducted.

Asian economy has been on roller coaster ever since 1997.... In fact we are not sure if we recovered or so..

The Asian market is so vulnerable to crude oil prices which shot up to USD 80 per barrel last week and immediately the next monday, all financial markets took a beating.

In fact, people are already traveling less for leisure and businesses related to transportation, logistic and etc took a deep slump.

Personally, I myself already restrain from pumping more petrol and hence travel less. I keep my travelling to a close distance around my house and conduct lesser social meetings.

This is serious issue and it is affecting the economy of Malaysia.

Malaysia ICT Prospect 2006

During our last discussion about ICT prospect 2006 for Malaysia; v12 where the picture was gloomy over previous weeks. The only excitement around was probably with Green Packet (which is reported to worth RM 1 billion) and MCMC MyICMS 886.

Good Opportunity:

This is perhaps a good opportunity for the emerging 3G market as well as interactive communications within the Internet. However, how many companies outside are able to adapt so fast and furious enough that the right market capitalization is captured before it is drifted away?

Too fast, too furious.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Thriving amid network congestion : Blue Coat

Blue Coat Systems in its mission to provide organizations with total visibility and control of all Web communications.

This is quite good because what they are doing now is to capitalize existing infrastructure and create value out of something. They are talking about QoS, a feature which is available from the all other routers. However, they are marketing the idea of visibility and control towards web communications.

For instance... under Cisco router, the following QoS techniques are available..

Managing Network Performance with queuing and compression.
+ Strict priority queuing of delay sensitive
- LLQ (Low latency queuing).
- PQ (priority queuing).
+ Payload compression is suitable for Virtual circuit such as frame-relay and ATM because it only compresses the data portion of the transmission. All L2 headers are left intact. Compared to non-VC such as PPP and HDLC.
+ CBWFQ:
- Maximum percentage of bandwidth allocated by default to all classes of traffic by CBWFQ =75%
- 25% = reserved for routing traffic (controlled traffic)
- Commands can be configured to each CBWFQ traffic class.
* bandwidth
* queue-limit = defines how many packets may reside in a queue.
Default value = 64
* random-detect
- “Service-policy” command is applied to interface.
- “priority” command is applied to LLQ.
- Uses WRED if random-detect is set.
- Traffic not matching any classes will be handled by default class.
+ When priority queue is full and more priority queue traffic is matched, priority traffic will be restrained to its allocated queue size and packets will be dropped = Tail Drop

- Inside CBWFQ, tail-dropping will be subjected to UDP packet when the destination queue is full.
- etc
+ Congestion detection:
- Traffic policing:
Random-Early Detection is used to mitigate the problem with TCP global synchronization.
Random Detect is part of a class. The class is grouped under a policy-map.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TCP_global_synchronization

Using WRED as alternative to tail-dropping in CBWFQ.
- You would like to make use of IP precedence of DSCP values to make early decisions.
- The bulk of your traffic is TCP traffic.
- You would like a chance to decide which packet to be dropped when it is necessary.
+ Queuing types:
- Priority queuing = Four queues, packet starvation possible.
- Low latency queuing (LLQ) = Designed to prioritize VOIP traffic, priority and weighted classes.
- CBWFQ = Up to 64 classes, no priority queue(s).
- Custom queuing = round robin service; user defined bandwidth allocation.
- Flow-based queuing = Interactive traffic gets priority, no classes.
- Weighted fair queuing = Gives low volume traffic stream preferential service
+ Stac compression tends to leave certain data uncompressed because of its usage of token.
+ etc


"The infrastructure has been there but it has lacked intelligence," said Steve Mullaney, vice-president of marketing for Blue Coat. "Now, Blue Coat SG appliances with Mach5 technology accelerate and control traffic based on real business imperatives." Original Link.

We can copy the same idea actually…. Focusing on visibility of something. Probably corporate visibility, information visibility and etc.

The biggest selling point is that enterprises who deploy Blue Coat solutions will not have to rely heavily on system administrators and network engineers to cater for the followings

  • Security
  • Performance
  • Control
  • Proxy Technology
  • Scalability
I do feel that Blue Coat System is a good example of entrepreneurship because they are able to perfectly position themselves among the already crowded marketplace of computer networking segment. As narrated by IDC, there is no doubt that they know where they are going.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Understanding 3D visualization

I was going through a journal called the 3D Visualization For Blood Cells Analysis Versus Edge Detection by Dr.Qussay A. Salih.

Basically it is trying to tell the story of blood analysis using 1D, 2D and 3D techniques, with emphasize on the benefits of 3D visualization over blood cell analysis.

1D = Impedence Analysis and Flow Crytometry
2D= Edge detection
3D = 3D

what is interesting is that it actually guides you through the process of 3D visualization from a captured image source, whereby...

2D captured image --> enhancement processing --> Edge Detection --> Edged 2D image --> Enhancement processing --> binary segmentation --> zero-order interpolation --> 3D plot surface --> 3D visualization.

Also, it gives you the idea of relationship between mathemtics, functional theories and software development.

This is a good paper to illustrate the application of computer science.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

MyICMS 886 on or not ?

So MCMC announced the MyICMS 886 strategy since January 2006... that was before the announcement of 9th Malaysian Plan.

We previously predicted that it has the intention of securing funds from the government.. have they succeeded ? I hope so because this strategy is a good guide for many ICT entrepreneurs.. In fact, it is available for download officially from the main web site already. Nevertheless, still the way MCMC presented it was a bit low profile. If you ever wanted to download printable version, please use this link. Download MyICMS 886 Strategy.

Anyway, it is given due priority for certain procedures initiated by MCMC such as this one. Where project proposals have to reflect common ground with the MyICMS 886 strategy.

As you know, the fundings allocated for 9th Malaysian Plan should have been allocated for by now. This is Malaysian standard... one of the main reason is that Malaysia industries are not really fantastic, especially for ICT sector which is not quite exportable. Thus, many local entrepreneurs would be counting on this fund to survive for the next five years. Otherwise, I hope I am wrong but maybe you have to wait for another five years.

MSC Malaysia Goal Goal Goal !

First of all, a big thumb up to MSC Malaysia. Ever since they undertook the rebranding exerise, they had definitely improved.

The biggest improvement which I can visibly notice is to its web site of URL = http://www.msc.com.my/index.asp

If you would notice, the web site is pretty much alive.. where it is constantly being updated with latest news, happenings and even promotions which are related to IT in Malaysia. This is definitely the goal of IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia anyway.

Latest one is ..

Incubator Space at KL Sentral - cheap cheap one.

Got brain one!

You may also notice, the web architect is pretty brainy person... he/she took into consideration of the macro aspects of MSC Malaysia, whereby you may mind information about Malaysia..

1. Malaysia advantages
2. Doing business in Malaysia
3. Cost of doing business in Malaysia

These are important because of a few reasons:

1. It saves research time required for investors to figure out the answer.
2. Since MSC Malaysia is a government body, the information presented is deemed accurate.

Success Guaranteed

I think if MSC Malaysia could maintain a good job with its official web site, it will definitely be a success because it will guarantee critical mass of visitors daily. I am still waiting to see if they could provide information like the following:

1. How did the government spent the money for 8th Malaysian Plan?
2. How did the government going to spend money for 9th Malaysian Plan?
3. Who was awarded what projects ?
4. etc

MSC Malaysia Go Go Go!

Malaysia IT Spending Prospect 2006 - v12

Continuation from our previous version v11 and v10

This blogging job intents to look for indicators which might lead up to good predictions of IT spending prospect for Malaysia in year 2006.

China ex-president once asked Bill Gates why didn't Microsoft sell all the shares ? Bill Gates said "The company didn't have that many shares, plus that would be viewed as not having confidence in the company." The conversation follows ...

"I guess I understand. This whole thing is not very rational."

"You know, Mr. Jiang, you are a real capitalist!"

Recently in Malaysia, I suddenly noticed something...

1. Compugates MD sells 1m shares.
2. Willowglen ED disposes of 14.6m shares
3. Green Packet MD places out 2m shares

This probably indicates five possibilities...

1. These so called entrepreneurs probably been waiting for years to accumulate personal windfall.They knew that the highest point would be 980 and lowest was 886.5, thus any movement would clearly indicate going up or down.

2. They are facing rising cost, they need to cash out to fund the operation costs.

3. They managed to secure a few big projects from 9th Malaysian Plan, thus would like to cash out to cater for projects' operation cost.

4. There is nothing in it for 9th Malaysian Plan, they have started to lose faith in I.T and would like to cash out to prepare for retirement.

5. Awarded for projects for 9th Malaysian Plan, however due to certain calculated risks, would like to cash out to prepare for worst case scenario.

6. They are the real capitalists!

On the other development, local financial experts don't see much from the ICT sector, putting more priority over construction and infrastructure projects.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

MobileMonday - Smart Enterprise

I was reading the news from TheStar about NGT Solutions ; provide of Managed Content Transcoding Services which allows mobile content providers automatically adjust contents to fit receiving devices. I also found the story about this company called MobileMonday. Of course the first thing when you visit its web site.. you would notice that "hey .. it is a blog!"

Anyway.. what MobileMonday does is something like evangelist.. and it is open community where it allows anyone to share anything onto its community of users. For instance, if you have a product launch, you may want to make use of MobileMonday. Besides that, networking are done via means of virtual environment such as blogs and etc.

To me.. this is an innovative idea. Definitely, if IT-Sideways were to follow similar trail, it would be value-added. All it is trying to do is to gather more and more audiences for the benefit of its content.

Secondly, I also laude the idea of using blog as base for web sites. For many years, web developers have been facing the problem of web maintenability for its customers. Most of the time, free lancers would have to bear the risk of securing web hosting and others before convincing customers to pay for it. Usage of blog service as CMS allows low-end web site developers to quickly get to the solution without any risk at all. Clients may want to upgrade to customized CMS when future needs arise.

Well, at least MondayMobile proves that it is not a problem to be doing that. We should be expecting more of such blog-oriented website surfacing in the near future.

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Google Earth in nutshell

I was doing a proposal for a project and was looking into Google Earth and guess what ? I found my house ..


It wasn't an easy job because it(Google Earth) only gives you the 2D view.. I had to start from somewhere I was familiar with (KL Sentral) and traced it down using the LRT routes.

It was fun experience to really try to identify places out of Google Earth, especially when you get to know about information such as what are the shapes of swimming pools for condominiums around the map. Or at times, you may be amazed by how much distance you had covered for the last 10 years!

Anyway... to know about Google Earth in nutshell... the best way is to read through the official blog.. The Google Earth Blog.

And after reading the following entry, I realized two things about Google Earth.

http://www.gearthblog.com/blog/archives/applications/

Google Earth has a good interface for doing two things:

1. Use it to create GIS data to be exported to other applications for other functions.
2. Import data from other applications to present it using Google Earth interfaces.

For your information, the director of Engineering for Google Earth was ex-NASA and thus I would guess that it is not easy to come up with such interface!

To understand more about Google Earth, try to start with what others had thought about possible applications using it.

Google Earth Applications.

For nutshell conclusion, Google Earth may covers: