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Monday, December 31, 2007

Google Will Triumph In The Free Market

As we like to predict things and envy to become a visionary, TheStar online today published that Open University Malaysia has migrated to using Google's mail as the main email address for everybody.

Previously we have tried to think about what are the possibilities out of Google Apps ?

Google Apps Education Edition offers free-for-all usage to education institutions, NGOs and Non-profit organizations.

The question is about "remote-hosted" and "self-managed" information. Period.

Both provides security, just a matter of where and how effective ?

While "self-managed" model seems to offer built-in information security because we can presumably sure that accesses from public will be minimal. However, the question remains to answer is that what about internal security breach ?

Thus, security is not just for external, it has to be all-rounded.

"Remote-hosted" model may seem risky ... but I have to assure you that it is being handled by the expects; Google. With this fact, we take out the big part of business continuity issue (data backup, external security breach, contingency plan and etc). The only question remain is that "how well you can entrust Google with the confidentiality of the information" ? If you don't have that problem, then basically using Google Apps will be a win-win-win.

By all means, if the CEO of the organization sends out emails to someone, the content of the emails should be protected and encrypted. But due to the reason that it is remotely hosted, thus it is arguably possible that information may be stolen while passing through the public infrastructures being shared amongst Google's customers.

This makes up the business case for companies providing enterprise technology for business continuity, security and optimizations.

Even though it is costly to setup proprietary stuffs, however analysts think that Google Apps will not make it to the enterprise market. Big enterprise would still go for expensive proprietary solutions and infrastructures because of one simple reason; protecting the business is more important than anything else.

However, it is just psychology ? What about personal email ? Don't we send personal emails through GMail, Yahoo mail and hotmail ? Are are not aware that whatever dirty secrets that we typed are capable of being exposed ? But this has never happened for the past 10 years (when Internet became popular).

But I still think that Google will triumph over the free market and even the SMI/SME market in Malaysia.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

The Blogs and Bloggers Evolutions

There is a competition to elect the best Malaysian DotCom Youth.

Evaluation is based on the following criterias:
  • Revenue Generating
  • Innovative
  • Influences To Society
During those days, DotCom is referring to companies where they operate solely on a web front and nothing else, and I could still remember a few names such as the followings:
  • Asia Travel Mart
  • Lelong.com.my
  • Pararborong.com.my
  • Cari.com.my
Nowadays, DotComers are usually bloggers and many enterprises have opted to use a blog as the core web fronts rather than having conventional web sites.

I strongly believe and it is in my observations that when something becomes common, there will be no more money to be earned. For instance, pioneers bloggers used to be able to make a lot of money out of advertisements and other endorsements. As time grows, everybody can blog and thus the opportunities of making income out of blogging alone becomes harder. This issue has been explored under the long tail debates.

Not only that opportunities shrink due to intense competitions, also it is due to the psychology factors affecting customers whereby the perception that paying for a common thing would be totally unwise. This will be the period for DIY (Do-It-Yourself). Essentially, the explosive phenomenon of blogs is actually an indication of the decay of web development business, particularly those involving establishment of small medium enterprise web sites. The decision by Google to launch Google Apps confirmed this.

While there are still not many people are bloggers, due to the fact that some have no time to write while some are just not interested, I am very sure that blogs has brought many people to the web front easily.

Thus, a time will come when some really amateur bloggers will "retire" forever, due to the reason that there is an evolution trend coming.

Evolutions will bring about categorizations of blogs....
    1. Content Providers
    2. Aggregators
    3. Intelligence Miners
Each category of blogs will have typical strengths and values for existence.

Content Providers

Content providers have to be source for many other people and medias. They would consists of a few sub-categories.
  • Journalists - These people go out to the real scenes to grab breaking news.
  • Thinkers of a very specialized field - Why it has to be very specialized because if you are not specialized, you are not an expert and thus high chances are that the contents that you will produce are the results of the contents from others. Example of highly specialized field is Javascript programming (not just computer software programming but Javascript programming)
  • Authors and Writers - These people spend many hours pondering over the sky just to create something which you wouldn't be able to think off. And it is not very high chance that these people will publish their contents to blogs
  • People with many source of informants - Screenshots is one example.
  • Personal Blogs - Blogs which write on personal things.
In conclusion, blogs or bloggers falling under this category would need to invest a lot of time to look for the most original content.

Aggregators

Aggregators are web sites primarily aggregate blogs together. It is already a common thing. It includes technorati, netvibes, petaling street malaysia, planetmy and etc .

However, there are also blogs which aggregate information based on the personality factor. One of such example is LiewCF. Whatever LiewCF sees, smells, hears and thinks, he blogs about them. And it sells to a certain extend.

Another example is readwriteweb, which consists of a few bloggers and they attempt to cover many topics, mostly about web 2.0. Each of the bloggers is responsible for different aspect such as analysis, breaking news and etc.

The success of aggregators depends upon its platform and features available for content providers.

As for the case of LiewCF and readwriteweb, success depends on mass readerships as well as wide coverage of search engine reach.

Intelligence Miners

This category describes blogs and bloggers who do not produce original contents but is able to not only aggregate but also to make sense of as much information as possible which proves to provide values to readers.

For instance, when a blog about crude oil is presented, the miner must then be able to spider around its own blog and other information sources to create a snapshot of what is happening around the websphere with respect to this issue.

It must be able to keep readers in the loop and present readers with the best interest according to reading preferences.

The scope of intelligence mining is wide; aggregators' next step should be intelligence mining.

The success of intelligence miners, like aggregators, depends heavily on its platform and tools available.

The most relevant technology to describe ancestor of such availability is perhaps semantic web.

It-Sideways is currently a bit of content providers (with no area of specialization) and aspires to become an information miners.

It-Sideways is still an opportunist. And I call out to other opportunists to quickly embark on the right category in order to not becoming obsolete.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Games For Mental Development

Not long ago, Yahoo games issued an article about how playing computer games gives rise to a few benefits, the reasons given are:
  1. They can make kids smarter
  2. They can Help Fight Cancer - collection of distributed computing power in order to unlock the mysteries of protein folding - the key to cancerous formation
  3. Raise Awareness
  4. Ease Pain
  5. Brighten Your Day
Personally, I play some games whenever possible. I heard that computer games was created for programmer to break monotony of computer programming. During those days, programmers spent many hours facing the computer screens trying to develop software, and they needed some sort of break to relax their brain, thus computer games was created.

Now, computer games is everywhere and for many purposes.

I play Sierra Pharaoh, Ceasar III, StarCraft and games available at my Vista machine, which consist of Chest Titans, Queens, FreeCell, Minesweeper, Solitaire and Puzzle.

And I reckon to the following benefits that achieved through me:
  1. Makes Me Smarter - Think harder, creatively, analytically and etc
  2. I Train Myself to Solve Problems On The Spot - because engaging in games forces me to think solutions out of problems
  3. Relaxing
  4. Get Myself More Comfortable With My Own Computer - this is good for those who are suffering from computer phobia
  5. Acquire More Knowledge - For instance, playing Sierra Pharaoh gives me the opportunity to learn about Egyptian civilization. Playing flight simulation games enable me to learn about being a pilot.

Yesterday I found another new games which I believe it contributes constructively to mental development. It is called the HumanBrainCloud.

It is very simple game where it will generate random text so that users or players will response with something (a word or text or phrase) which is deemed as most relevant.

For instance, if the system generates the word "love", then users may response with "wedding" or "mother" or "christ" or etc. There is no right and wrong.

What I like about HumanBrainCloud is that it forces you to expand your imagination in order to reason the responses. Such game is good for some break in between long hours of brain-drenching activities and it is accessible online.

Human Brain Cloud

It also lets users view the cloud generated as a result of users' responses; the cloud is a dynamic illustrations of a particular text with its associated responses.

Human Brain Cloud

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Rooms For New Generations

Revisiting Malaysia's best...

It strikes me to think about the possibility of having another Robert Kuok coming into the Malaysian picture.

Of course I am not so qualified to disclose a good analysis about this, however my thoughts are that if the new generations are not able to reap successful foray into industries like marketing and new media, ICT, Bio-tech, social science and etc. There is even a slimmer chance of us booming out of old industries like plantation, sugar refinery, flour milling, oil and mining, manufacturing, real estate, transportation and trading and etc. All these require even more deep-root knowledge and capital to start with.

I still think that younger generations should wage war to grab a frontier on the new age industries...

Some recently interesting take from readwriteweb...

1. HumanBrainCloud
2. Google Killer App - Online Accounting System
3. Cisco social networking
4. Etc... Any other things

Also check out the Long Tail economy.

Friday, December 14, 2007

The 2008 Outlook of Spam Emails

Previously, I did propose an anti-spam campaign, which is to offer spammers marketing and sales "counter-spams". And I could noticeably see that some spam emails actually stop coming back.

From Google Blog, we can see some important facts. 1 billion of messages where blocked at Google's side due to spamming reasons.

And ..

In fact, Nucleus research estimates unchecked spam can cost a company up to $742 per user.

Spam evolution.
  1. Text spam
  2. Image spam
  3. Attachment spam
  4. Audio spam
2008 Forecast:
  • Spam volume will stabilize and could actually decrease in 2008 as spam attacks become more targeted and less of a pure volume game
  • Virus attacks will continue to blend with spam and will focus more on identity theft.
  • Information confidentiality will gain importance.
  • Hosted solution will increase in lieu to the increase in cost in terms of self managing activities.
  • Identity theft will increase through web sites (social networking sites, blogs and auction sites)
Email Archiving:

Another important thing is email archiving which will promote the following benefits:
  1. Secure Messaging
  2. Backup and Recovery
  3. Business Continuity
  4. Retrieval On-Demand
And according to OpenFind, here are top 10 reasons "Why Implement OpenFind MailBase Email Archiving Solution"

  1. Build email retention policy to meet regulatory concerns
  2. Archives all email messages and attachments without compromising
  3. Maintenance effort are considering as high priority in IT operation
  4. Longing for better ILM solution to manage the stored mail
  5. Hard to retrieve required data instantly
  6. Insufficient design and difficult to manage retained messages
  7. Hard to balance the information security and message retrieval
  8. Looking for more efficient backup and recovery process
  9. Mail audit is required for enterprise-wide risk management
  10. Business continuity is a continual challenge

Thursday, December 13, 2007

eBay Malaysia, PayPal Express Checkout and Web Trends

I got a newsletter via PayPal who is actually doing marketing for eBay Malaysia.

It states that it is easier now to sell via eBay Malaysia with hosts of new features and tools.

Another great thing is 'express checkout' from PayPal, which claim to have a capacity of 40% conversion rate. This is good to hear...

I do realize that selling on eBay has now become a pre-requisite to setting up an e-commerce web site, given the fact that there are so many skills available to be acquired and get accustomed with and it is best practice.

It is the same as the fact that if you want to start a web site, start a blog first. Get yourself familiarize with concepts such as rss, search engines, url, content management, hosting, templates and etc.

PayPal also offer extended and localized customer supports.


WeekdaysWeekendsContact Info
Phone Service09:00 - 21:0009:00 - 18:00(+65) 6510-4650
Email Service09:00 - 21:0009:00-18:00Email

Also, if you would like to solve out the issues by yourself.

Monday, December 10, 2007

uCertify PrepEngine Updates

I am pleased to inform you that uCertify has released an upgraded PrepEngine for the uCertify PrepKits. A free upgrade is now available to all our users.

The distinctive features of the new PrepEngine are:

  1. New Interactive Dashboard for easy access to every feature.
  2. Practice faster with Keyboard shortcuts.
  3. Tag and organize the contents according to your needs.
  4. Discuss the contents and get help from others.

Please discover all the exciting new features at their blog.

To check out all the new features, please downloaded the trial version of any PrepKit and install it on your computer. Since you have already registered the PrepKit, the new version of the PrepKit will be ready to use immediately. You can also upgrade the to the new PrepEngine also from within the PrepKit. Just Click on PrepKits >> Update PrepEngine menu.

uCertify constantly upgrade their products to provide customers with the latest and the best in IT certification exams. You can have free unlimited upgrades for a period of one year. I would like to thank you again for your wonderful review of our PrepKit and will appreciate your continued interest in our Products.

More about uCertify.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

PIKOM PC Fair 2007 (III) - KLCC

PIKOM Show Guide
The final PC Fair for the year is happening now... PIKOM PC Fair 2007 (III). It is otbe held with three dates at multiple locations.


The main sponsor for the show guide is World of KungFu.

I went there for a walk... I actually bought myself a notebook cooler pad, which I think it is pretty cool. You know Malaysia is a full-time summer country. This would give my laptop IBM ThinkPad R60 a longer run perhaps (I hope so).


Comes with 3 USB powered fans.

The cooler pad cost me RM 30 (outside the PC fair) and RM 29 (in the fair) plus a complementary free gift. That is not too bad for a passionate drive down to KL city center amidst a very bad traffic congestion.


Check out other cooler pads available in Malaysia. I personally prefer the "CoolerMaster NotePal Infinite". I think it looks cool and it is more expensive too.

And Lenovo has got new things.... ThinkPad R61, T61 and X61. And comparing with previous specs, R61 now has the following new things.

Lenovo
  1. Intel Core 2 Processor (1.8GHz, 800MHz FSB, 2MB L2 Cache)
  2. DVD Recordable Dual Layer
  3. Intel Graphic Media Accelerator (GMA X3100) Built-in Graphic Card
Not bad ... basically a new model, this proves that technologies get obsolete so fast. It was just less than a year which I bought the "brand new" laptop.

And Dell has got good stuffs too...

The Inspiron notebooks now available in 8 vibrant colours.



I want you to check out HTC here...


HTC TyTN II with integrated keypad cost RM 3288 with free (screen care + 2GB MicroSD + bluetooth headset ) while HTC P3600i that has almost similar features comparing to TyTN II but without integrated keypad cost RM 2799. All special prices for the fair only.

And Streamyx is selling as usual, with promotional packages.



LiewCF says just have to change your cable and it will work great.

Logitech has got some good stuffs for gamers, check out it similarity with StarCraft.

Logitech
And MSI for the cool graphic cards flyers ... I just like the graphics.



A glimpse into the crowd... nothing unusual.

Very Intelligent Search Engines

I do want to compliment that Google and Yahoo are very intelligent entities.

Just about one week ago, since realizing Blogspot's available features of URL forwarding... I decided to change the URL from http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com (common) to http://www.it-sideways.com (custom)

This is pretty much like a rebranding exercise for this blog.

The trouble which concerns us all is that the biggest asset of the web frontier is still the URL. And search engines like Google and Yahoo work based on URLs. It means that it is the URLs which will be indexed and subjected to pageRank and not the content. Thus there is a risk where if you have an old URL with pageRank equals to 5/10, by switching over to a new URL, you will suffer totally from 0/10 because it is considered a new baby to the search engine.

However, Blogspot takes note of this issue well and it works.

Last time...



Now ...





Thus, just within a week, even search engines recognize that I have put forth with the changes to the URL, and it happens in a seamless manner. This is really sophisticated, respect!

So, if you are in my situation, don't worry and you can proceed with the undertaking of changing from a blogspot URL to a customized URL. Guaranteed to work!

However, also due to the surge of traffics lately, this blog is now suffering from bandwidth congestions.


It could be the problem of communication between Blogspot's server and the server which registered the custom URL (goDaddy).

Friday, December 07, 2007

Whoi Brother, Google Maps Has Arrived for Malaysia

wow!!!, this is my first reaction.

Thanks to Liewcf, now I realized that Google Maps is finally available for KL (Kuala Lumpur), Penang, Ipoh, Kota Bharu, Melaka, Kangar, Alor Setar, Langkawi, Kuantan, Johor Bharu and slowing building up for east Malaysia.

Wow!!! I am so exited, think of what you can finally do... endless possibilities. As compared to my previous take of gloomy possibilities.

Think about it .... the web culture is going to get more and more excited for Malaysian now.

However, beware of the Long Tail confusion.

Becoming a Front-End Engineer

In software, there are two things known as front-end and back-end.

Front-end refers to what you can see such as the GUI, concept, designs, animations, flows and etc. Ultimately, it is referring to presentation.

Back-end refers to what you don't usually see at the back, it involves things like calculation, database, data structure, fault tolerance, security, performance and etc. It is more about conventional engineering.

The metaphor of front-end and back-end is not so distinctively visible before the emergence of web-based software development, this is because non web-based software such as standalone, client-server would be developed with integrated tools that are available for platforms such as Windows, Linux, Solaris and etc. In other words, the tools ensure that developers can to do away with much hassles of developing front-end components. Take for example Microsoft Visual Studio, where it is not common for developers to develop front-end components because there are many available ones provided by Microsoft.

However, when it comes to web-based software development, things got cranky up. Why ? this because in a typical web-based software development environment, more parties are involved in a project. For example, there will be a web designer responsible for creating the graphics and layout design, then there would be an integration engineer to integrate the design to the back-ends which consist of scripts and etc.

This is predominantly so because a web-based project has highly requirement for front-end look and feel as compared to non web-based project. Thus, web-based project opens up more cultures and excitements to the industry.

With the emergence of so many technologies for the web, such as the web 2.0, AJAX, Flash, Javascript and etc. The industry is caught in a phenomenon where it will not be wise not to leverage on other resources than to build everything by yourself (imagine building your own IDE as well).

Thus, it is very possible that by leveraging on the many services of back-end technologies in the form of web services, databases, content providers and etc, we can now focus on just doing the front-end while realizing our visions for the project we are trying to do.

In other words, it is very possible that you don't have to be good at doing back-end in other to get your software visions done. A software vision can be a project or just an idea, it is presentation of the electronic media.

Ideally, front-end is able presentation, and since we don't have a lot of time to do everything, might as well just focus on the front-end.

This is the idea with front-end engineering for the web.

And Yahoo has got a recruitment drive for it, the program is called Yahoo! Juku.

The program aspire to train up front-end engineers to fill up positions. But I like to suggest that front-end engineering may have some good money to make. It is suitable for IT evangelist who wanted to have a quick and presentation platform to quickly develop software visions, doing away the hassle of back-end programming. Think about it, you can get things done 2 times faster.

Of course, what Yahoo!UI has to offer is no magical box as compared to what BriteWorks has to offer. This is just the beginning. My idea is that by making use of YUI's technology and leveraging on the culture of Juku, it could be possible to build software prototypes without focusing on the backends, because the front-end is powerful enough to convince the idea given the assumption that the back-end calculation works.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

BriteWorks : Effortless Application Creation

I just got introduced into this cool company from Malaysia; BriteSoft. BriteSoft (a self funded company) developed BriteWorks.

About BriteWorks:

BriteWorks is an emerging technology, the Effortless and Rapid Application Development Tool for Web, Desktop and Mobile development. BriteWorks studio is used for development of application without writing or generation ANY code. The engine is built using Java and as such applications can be deployed in any platform or database.


About BriteSoft:

BriteSoft is in the business of Highly Rapid Application Development Tools that eliminate coding. With its extensive application development experience, BriteSoft has changed the rules of the game when it comes to programming and building applications. Its flagship product, BriteWorks is an award winning platform that helps customers deliver applications 20 times faster, yet with higher quality and hugely reduces costs. Developers need not know java, VB, C++ or any other programming language or technology.

BriteSoft’s philosophy is ‘zero code generation’ and ‘develop once, run everywhere’ (i.e. client server, web, PDA). BriteSoft has a series of line-of-business applications that have all been powered by BriteWorks.

BriteSoft has a track record for quality and successful implementations in company’s such as TM, DiGi, TimedotCom, Proton/Maybank, Heitech Padu, XYBase, MTIB, ActValue (Italy), JM Stefko (Poland), Daffodil University (Bangladesh) etc.

Research:

The Gartner group has stated that by 2020 most application will be built in the manner outlined by BriteWorks, i.e. less or no coding.

Case Study:
  1. BriteAccount is a TelCo billing system. It is an enterprise application built using BriteWorks and currently used by DiGi Telecommunications. Completed in 2.5 months vs 6 man-month with repeat orders.
  2. ProtonEdar/Maybank2U – 1 week on Linux & MYSQL
  3. ActValue – 2 persons in 4 weeks for WMS integrated to RFID / BarCode Reader
  4. HeiTech – For eGovernment projects (integrate to digital devices, bio-matrix, gate etc) on POC / prototype to increase win rate
  5. MIDA – with 45 man-days Vs 450 man-days

Check out BriteSoft and contact the marketing at marketing@britesoftcorp.com.

Also check out their live demo with presentation by its CEO (Mr. Fazel Naghshineh)

Monday, December 03, 2007

Windows Vista : Better Than Nothing

CNET UK rated Windows Vista to be top 10 terrible tech product.

I have been using Vista for around 7 months now and I have to tell you that Windows Vista is just the best Windows all over, better than XP of course.

Just to name a few things I like about Vista...

1. The graphics
2. The fault tolerance
3. The power plans.
4. The rabbit-hole-deep search.
5. More intelligent and user-friendly.





Things which I don't really like about...

1. Minimum 1G RAM.
    The tip is to make use of a blank 2G thumb drive to assign it as virtual memory. Claimed to be recommendation from Microsoft




2. Vista Business has no default DVD decoder for Media Player.
3. IIS 7 has no default SMTP server.
4. Device driver problems is still quite persistent. I heard many complains about this.

The Great Delay...

Vista had been delayed for some time before it was finally launched during the early months of 2007. Speculations spread about Microsoft incompetencies and business problems, however, I just like to suggest that delays were caused by Microsoft last minute changes made to Vista in order to make sure that it goes well with their business strategies, which consist of:

1. Making sure that Google Desktop couldn't function well.
2. Making sure that business partners have money to be made. (Microsoft even wants to make sure that DVD Decoder sellers make money this time).
3. Making sure that direct competitors don't make a fool out of it.

Conclusion is that if you are Windows user, Vista is still the best choice of operating system.

And if you are technical person, it would be ideal to turn off the UAC.

There is no Easy money in long tail of blogsphere

At least some one agrees with me, something which I blogged about making money in the long tail economy.

ReadWriteWeb wrote that "There is no money in the long tail of blogsphere"

Check out my analysis and research on The Long Tail.

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Frenszone Latest Updates

Frenszone latest update.

Frenszone

  • All-new design, layout and site structure - There's lots more goodies on your profile page now
  • Create your own Groups - Create any groups you want be it about love, career, your college, anything!
  • Customize your profile anyway you want - Change the color, border, photos, as you please
  • Post Classifieds to sell your items - Free unlimited classifieds for members like yourself
  • RSS feeds, new Blogs, better Friends and more - Ah, who could ask for more
Become Frenszone ambassador for local colleges.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Google Analytics on IT-Sideways (Nov 2007)

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For this last month, Nov 2007, we collected from ..
  1. Something about enterprise software solution
  2. Microsoft Platform Problems
  3. SPAM and Phishing Problems
  4. Software for freight forwarders
  5. A Malaysia private company's venture on High Altitude Platform Stations(HAPS)

Upgraded Official URL

This blog (IT-Sideways)'s URL has been officially updated to http://www.it-sideways.com from http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com

Thanks to Blogspot's intelligent redirection feature (check out picture below), the popularity of IT-Sideways may not suffer much. However, in the middle-term, the search engine achievement of IT-Sideways (based on new URL) may be affected.



Let's see how well Blogspot's pledge of "we won't leave your reader behind!" works ?

I personally welcome this transition because this would transit IT-Sideways from a personal-centric blog into a much more holistic-centric.

Let's see how well this blog perform.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

uCertify PrepKit - Macromedia Flash Professional Exam

The IT business is a very dynamic one, it is about trends and innovations. There are two critical success factors;
  1. Best Practices
  2. Speed
To be able to keep up to date with latest trends, updating latest skill-sets is an art. It is a trade-off between time and money. The ideal way is to obtain the required skill-sets within the shortest time as possible.

Of course, you don't want to learn the wrong thing within the shortest period of time, that would be suicide because it may be more costly to unlearn something. And with explosion of information both online and offline, the precedence of Just-Google-It culture and also the introduction of attention-economy, it is really hard to study the best content.

Even though it is wise to study from the source(vendors) such as Microsoft, Cisco, Sun, IBM and etc and yet still there is a trick to it.

Personal Experience:

My personal experience taught me that the best way to pick up new IT skill-sets is to learn as if you are going for the certification exams. This is because certification exams are prepared by vendors and they know best.

Not only that, it is cost-effective because certification exams come with clearly defined scopes and objectives, so to ensure that you are learning the right idea and going at the right path.

Tools To Choose From:

Thus, now it landed us to a junction of choosing the right tools. Are you going to buy a certification book ?? or go to attend courses ??

I have always think that eLearning is the best learning method, for the reason that not only eLearning provides abundance of information that are well organized, it also can customize to personal factors such as studying at the right time and place. (Some people only study well at night). Thus, going for classes is a yes-no for me, while eLearning is a yes-yes for me.

Nevertheless, eLearning is also a tricky thing. Sometimes users may be tricked into believing the integrity of an eLearning provider, later to find out that the content and tools provided are not as comprehensive as expected.

The technology used by eLearning providers forms the pivotal factor for their survivals and successes.

About uCertify:

uCertify is a online provider of certification PrepKit; interactive software that helps you to learn and track your progress and identify area for improvement and simulation of actual exams.

This is tremendously promising and let's check out one PrepKit; Macromedia Flash Professional Exams.

After you have purchased a PrepKit, an email will be sent to you for download instruction and license key.

The PrepKit is a window based (including Vista) desktop software to be installed on your local machine. In fact, the PrepKit is the technology of uCertify; a software engine which has upgrade ability.This means that users can upgrade the engine and content for free in the future. This is really important because technology such as Flash would undergo upgrades very often and as avid IT professionals, we don't want to miss out a single thing.

Like I mentioned earlier, our intention is more about learning new skill-sets without prior knowledge in the best shortest time and efficient manner as possible.

The first thing you see from the PrepKit is the dashboard; an intuitive interface to almost everything that the software has.



PrepKit For Normal People:

And I must emphasize again, the good thing about PrepKit is that it provides you a good environment which helps to engage your mind, assuming that we are all just normal human with normal IQ.

Let's assume that you are really very busy and wanted to learn about Macromedia Flash within a short period of time; in case you are a project manager to a project which requires usage of Flash technology or you have to quickly undertake a project overnight.

All you need to do is to access the "Study Notes and Articles" immediately.

Contents are organized into three formats:
  1. Flash Card
  2. Articles
  3. Notes

PrepKit FlashCardFlash Card


Articles
Notes

Thus, what you need to do now is within just a very short period of time, you can browse through the whole content, performing bookmarking, tagging and taking notes as you go about it. And you don't have to worry that you will miss a pivotal thing because contents are molded from certification point of view.



And then, maximize your learning with the quiz and tests.

If you are serious about learning, take the adaptive test which will adjust the test according to your strength. Also, make use of the custom test (where you can work more on your weeknesses).

Otherwise, if you are a hardcore "RAD (Rapid Application Development)" test-goer, do everything all at once. And you are almost there.

Make use of the progress tracker to find out if you are really ready. And go for the exams.



The good thing is that you can make use of PrepKit in various manners, you can follow a honest studying routine (never peep at the answers) or you can just strip naked all the way, else you can mix between both.

Learning with PrepKit is better than learning from books because you hit the button straight, rather than listening to the book authors' fantasy and suggestions to be intelligent. Well, we have to time for that.... Maybe later.

Conclusion:

  1. Learn what professionals would learn and know and practice.
  2. At the same time, study as if you are going for certification exams which would give you double edges because what you are learning is really want the vendor wants you to know.
  3. PrepKit provides a very ideal environment for learning because it is interactive with features as such tagging, bookmarking and making notes.
In short, one would learn better with PrepKit because it is mind-engaging and fun. It is not so much pedagogy but it is very effective. The critical good things about PrepKit is that we are learning best practices and with the help of PrepKit, we can do it fast and effective.

Just Like Playing Games:
    Ultimately, PrepKit works by making learning as playing games. As you keep playing over an over again, you would then be able to master the ideas and concepts because it becomes routine and eventually, you become enlightened with it.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

estate123 : Property Trading Made Easy

TheEdgeDaily published this news.

Matrix Invent launched property trading web portal; eState123.

In quick summary...
  1. Portal.
  2. For Property Trading.
  3. Search Features.
  4. SMS Enabled.
Business Model...

Collect Database and offer value-added services. In other words, this is the real Information Technology business where they will collect information first for free and then as it becomes sizable, they will sell information in various forms using technology. For instance, analytics services.

Other Comparison:

Online business is a fun thing, it looks like a lot of potential, even though one mustn't underestimate the challenges.

I know about another similar web site called Nestoria, a vertical search engine portal for U.K and Europe.

Nestoria seems more fun, it has cool user-interface and also it provides development API and tools. It also integrates Google Maps to give it the maximized potential. Another cool thing about it is it's initiative to integrate with other web sites.

To find out the challenges faced by Nestoria team, check out this blog.

Too bad, estate123 does not have the luxury of integrating with Google Maps for Malaysia, simply because it(Google Maps for Malaysia) is not available to Malaysian. estate123 is also being low-profile on its technical adoption. Perhaps the CMO can comment here.

Happy Trading Online.

Rum Radionet - Your Alternative Online Radio

RUM Radionet is back and even better and easier to log in!

You can now listen to non-stop music (with no commercial breaks!) by simply logging into RockUnite and click on the Real Player icon to enjoy various original music we have playing on RUM Radionet provided by kind courtesy of their owners-musicians-artistes!

RUM Radionet's playlist now includes music from

~ Cats In Love ~ Soft Touch ~ Mokita ~ Jerry Felix ~ Single Track Mind ~ Kiri ~ Pocus Whiteface ~ Passion ~ Blues Treats ~ Tolyn Red Hot ~ Mokita ~ Electric Ladyland ~ Saharadja ~ Karen Nunis Blackstone ~ Fasylive ~ Peter Brown ~ Deja Voodoo Spells ~ Spunky Fuggy ~ Sharin Band ~ Nrocinu ~ Zubira ~ Duke ~ Mistaken Identity ~ Afterburn ~ Reborn ~ The Big Band and soon to come, a heart wrenching ballad from Ayani, Eastern metal meets traditional infusion in Nrocinu's 'Pengganas', Kiri's full length album for all hybrid rock lovers and Karen Nunis Blackstone's second album, 'Dark Sun Big Rain'.

So yes, if you would like your music to be played on RUM Radionet, send Gerry Loh and email.. No distinction, no barriers - we welcome and play any music, any genre, any language - as long as you think it's great listening and would like to share it with all.

DJ Fadhil aka Cool Dude will soon be coming on air live and will spin his nightly selection of songs. If there are any other cool dudes and babes out there who would like to DJ on RUM Radionet, send me an e-mail too!

RUM Radionet is also featured on www.tmfootballchannel.com which opens up another whole new market of listeners.

Thanks to all the owners-musicians-artistes who have contributed their songs to RUM Radionet. We welcome others anytime.

Thanks to all of you who have been supporting RUM Radionet and being passionate about another alternative channel for the promotions of original music.

Do pass the word around about RUM Radionet - remember, it's RockUnite again.

Happy listening.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

UNOS bags Audience Choice Award the Asia Mobile Innovation Awards

UNOS bags Audience Choice Award and honoured as a ‘Top 50 Innovator’ at the Asia Mobile Innovation Awards

UNOS has won the Mobile Monday Audience Choice Award and was selected as one of the Top Innovators in the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Innovation Awards at the recent Mobile Innovation Summit in Macau.

More about UNOS.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 21 November 2007 – UNOS, a Virtual SIM for mobile phones, has been recognised at the recent Mobile Innovation Summit at Macau on 12-13 November 2007 as one of the Top 50 Innovators at the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Innovation Awards . At the Summit, UNOS won the Mobile Monday Audience Choice Award.

Seven months since its initial launch in April 2007, UNOS is already gaining widespread interest in the international mobile phone community as the latest and first of its kind, Virtual Mobile Operator solution. UNOS enables any mobile phone user a new alternative operator through its Virtual SIM software downloaded to the phone.

FSBM Holdings Berhad (FSBM) first introduced UNOS in April 2007 to the market via its maiden flagship – UNOS Voice. UNOS Voice offers low costs mobile communications, as well as powerful PBX (Private Business Exchange) functionalities – historically only available on fixed devices – on the mobile phone.

With its 6 functions, UNOS Voice appeals to an array of users. Travellers use UNOS Voice as a zero roaming solution on calls and SMS. Businesses leverage on its PBX functions to improve their operational efficiency.

UNOS Voice is available for download Over-The-Air at www.myunos.com through a simple 3 step registration process.

FSBM then launched their second flagship – UNOS Friends – a few months after, a streamlined service targeted to the younger-aged market with its more lifestyle approach.

UNOS Friends has 3 functions, and is available for download at www.unosfriends.com . Last month, FSBM announced the launch of Man You Bao – UNOS Voice for the China market. The Online Reseller Program was also made available in the market, allowing anyone in the world to be a UNOS Voice Reseller.

UNOS midlets are less than 60kb in size, and compatible with more than 600 phone models worldwide.

They now join the hallmark of achievers from the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Innovation Awards, being honoured as a Top 50 Innovator for the Most Innovative Consumer Application/Service category, and won over the audience by sweeping the Mobile Monday Audience Choice Award.

“We are thrilled with the number of high-quality entries we received this year for the Asia Mobile Innovation Awards. Our congratulations to UNOS and all the winners and participants for making the awards and the Mobile Innovation Summit in Macau a great success." said Bill Gajda, Chief Commercial Officer of the GSMA.

The Asia Mobile Innovation Awards were created by the GSMA as part of its Mobile Innovation Programme to encourage breakthrough technology, applications and services in the mobile industry by bringing together small and medium-sized companies developing innovative mobile products, industry investors and mobile operators.

“Being recognised as a Top Innovator at the GSMA’s Asia Mobile Innovation Awardsis indeed a notable feat for UNOS. We are very new in the market, and so we take this prestigious acknowledgement to be a further endorsement of our efforts in revolutionizing the mobile phone market,” comments Michael Ta, FSBM Multimedia and Communications Group CEO, at the recent Mobile Innovation Summit in Macau.

UNOS was subsequently accorded the Mobile Monday Audience Choice Award during the Summit. “There were 32 presenters, and being chosen above the rest highlights the
public’s confidence and interest in UNOS. We were recognized by the audience at GSMA’s Mobile Innovation Summit, which is a significant accreditation to UNOS on a global front,” said Michael Ta, who was also a presenter during the Summit.

There is more to come from UNOS, Michael adds: “We are also in the midst of developing UNOS Voice Pro, an advanced version of UNOS Voice. We hope to launch it
in early 2008.”

About FSBM Holdings Berhad

FSBM is one of Malaysia’s leading information technology service and systems provider. It is a public listed company on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad. FSBM source and integrates technologies from leading computer hardware, network and software manufacturers to deliver innovative business applications for customers in the commercial and government sectors. It specializes in developing and delivering fully integrated customized software solutions, which are complemented with a complete range of project management, post sales support and maintenance services to ensure successful installations.


Contact Corporate Affairs Department for more information

Contact: Tan Wan Yen
Phone: (+603) 7843 2288
Email: wytan@fsbm.com.my

Monday, November 19, 2007

SAS Malaysia appoints new Head of Channels & Alliances

More about SAS.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 November 2007 - SAS Malaysia, leading provider of Business Intelligence (BI) solutions today announces the recent appointment of Jonathan Lee as its Head of Channels & Alliances.

The appointment of Jonathan Lee is in tandem with SAS Malaysia’s onward strategy to cover a wider market and to extend SAS market leadership in Malaysia via Channels and Alliances. So far, SAS Malaysia has principally been operating via a direct sales model.

Jonathan Lee has more than 10 years experience in the IT industry in the area of Marketing and Channels, and has worked in both hardware and software companies including Patimas Group of companies, NEC Malaysia and IBM (ASEAN). He holds a Bachelor of International Business and Trade Relations from an Australian-based university.

Jimmy Cheah, Managing Director of SAS Malaysia, says that Lee’s appointment is a clear indication of SAS Malaysia’s focus moving on for 2008, “SAS has tremendous offerings to all organizations looking to improve performances and competitiveness with better insights of its data, whether enterprises or SMIs, public or private. We look to work with partners who bring about specific vertical industry value which can synergize with our existing and new offerings to the expanding BI market. Via our direct sales force and now complemented by our alliances and channel partners, SAS will have greater reach and expertise to effectively address all sectors of the growing market space.”

SAS Malaysia has been the market leader in BI for the past few years and according to the1H07 IDC AP BI Tracker, SAS holds 31% of the BI market share.


About SAS

SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. Customers at 43,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight from data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products and processes. Only SAS offers leading data integration, storage, analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®.


For more information:


Jeanisha Wan
Marketing Manager
SAS Malaysia
Tel: 03-2162 2227
jeanisha.wan@sas.com

Visithra
PR Consultant
Sirius PR
Tel: 03-7806 2700
visithra@siriuspr.com.my

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Who is Making All That Money ?

Google recently announced the Android challenge.

I began to wonder what is going to happen to this industry, as more people get into the business, profit margin would dwindle and nobody actually make any money.

Besides the 5 essential mobile applications, Google needed more.

In fact, eventually Google and the other big boys would be making all the money. This is what I can it trend. When the trend is confirmed, the only way to make money is to do things fast and easy. No one can afford to sit back and started to do architecture visualizing.

We have to do it fast, we need competency benchmark, for instance, prove that you can code some applications within 1 day and etc. This is what I called competency and no longer we need to sell the ideas of ubiquitous lifestyle which Google would be able to do a lot of marketing on that part, which is what is happening now.

Google has taken over as the marketing manager of many high-tech lifestyle models on behalf of all the technical evangelist like me.

The winner is supposedly be the one who can follow trend and prove competencies that things can be done with a solid dateline and speed.

But then again, I pause to wonder .... Is this still software engineering ?

Think about it, just many things are possible now, the question is how fast you can adopt it. Google, Yahoo and etc has already created a world of innovations which even a college degree can't afford to teach all. We need individual efforts to create miracles; that is for sure.

But still, how we are going to survive ? If you have an idea and wanted to make it work on the web, it is considered done, you just need to have more time to learn and apply. But if everybody is thinking about the same thing, then what is your uniqueness ?

So, at times like this, being web-based doesn't make anything special anymore, it is just a matter of time. So, web now becomes a necessity, meant to create more operation efficiency than sales.

To survive in this economy, we need passions supported by available technologies, and not the other way round.

It used to be the day when passions are limited by technology availability, now I think the world is ready for another culture shift.

Entrepreneurs who can succeed must clearly indicate their passions, the more passionate, the better you can succeed.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

F5 Networks - New BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™

F5 Networks Delivers Comprehensive Application Security Solution with New BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™



Increased integration with F5’s application delivery portfolio delivers a 9x performance boost, provides robust, transparent security for Web 2.0 applications

More about F5 Networks.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, NOVEMBER 14, 2007 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced a new version of its BIG-IP® Application Security Manager™ (ASM) solution. BIG-IP ASM delivers a new level of integration by further leveraging the plug-in architecture of TMOS™, the modular architecture platform for F5’s application delivery solutions. With this integration—along with manageability and feature improvements—F5 has delivered the industry’s foremost comprehensive application delivery security solution for enterprises and other organizations.


The new BIG-IP ASM delivers unprecedented security capabilities, enabling both network and security architects to manage the multiple layers of their application security environments comprehensively and transparently. In addition, BIG-IP ASM’s robust capabilities and ease-of-use make it an ideal security solution for architects seeking to safely introduce new technologies into their application delivery infrastructures, including solutions that ensure regulatory requirements for financial, e-commerce, health care, and retail industries.

“While most organizations are incorporating security into the software development lifecycle for new applications, there are still many legacy applications that organizations must protect for regulatory and compliance reasons,” said Diana Kelley, Vice President and Senior Analyst for Burton Group. “Application firewalls can help organizations provide compensating control protections for legacy and commercial applications.”

As part of F5’s integrated application delivery portfolio, BIG-IP ASM inherits unmatched performance enhancements by taking advantage of native TMOS functionalities including compression, caching, rate shaping, SSL offload, TCP content manipulation, and TCP Express. The result is the industry’s fastest and best-performing application firewall—a streamlined, integrated security solution that can easily be deployed into an end-to-end Application Delivery Network.

Other highlights of the new BIG-IP ASM include:

Application Intelligence – By parsing requests and responses, ASM’s Real Traffic Policy Builder inspects the bi-directional flow of traffic to applications, detecting anomalies—including attacks—and adaptively tightening security policies automatically.

Convenient Deployment – ASM delivers road-tested, out-of-the-box protection for industry-standard applications, including Microsoft SharePoint, Outlook Web Access, SAP NetWeaver, Lotus Domino, and more, providing pre-packaged application fluency that alleviates the burden of manual configuration.

Comprehensive Security – With ASM’s integrated XML firewall, security architects and administrators can offload various security checks without writing additional code or deploying an XML security point solution to ensure interoperability. ASM provides multi-layer security and application protection against Denial of Service, evasion attacks, SQL injection, and other popular attacks on traditional and Web 2.0 applications, providing complete application delivery security for Layers 2–7.


Real Traffic Policy Builder

“At F5, we recognize that each enterprise has specialized security requirements in addition to general application protection,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager for F5 Networks Malaysia. “Enterprises and other organizations need a manageable, end-to-end application security solution that’s flexible enough to protect against the next generation of application attacks as well as current threats. As a result of F5’s successful integration and development efforts following the acquisition of MagniFire, we’re the only vendor that can provide administrators, architects, and developers with comprehensive, adaptable application security on a single architecture platform.”

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5’s extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability—all on one universal platform. Over 16,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with offices worldwide.


Local PR contact:-

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
(603) 7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

UUM gears into Analytics with SAS

Universiti Utara Malaysia pioneers the first ever Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC) in the local education sector

More about SAS.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 November 2007 - Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with SAS Malaysia in collaboration for a SAS Business Intelligence Competency Centre (BICC) at the university’s premise.

SAS UUM MOU

From Left:
1) Dato' Khalid Ahmad, Chairman, R&D SerindIT Com UUM
2) Mr. Steven Ing, Professional Services Director of SAS Asia Pacific

UUM through its own company, R&D SerindIT Com UUM Sdn. Bhd., is the first university in Malaysia to embark on the setting up of a BICC, which promotes and supports the effective use of Business Intelligence (BI) across the university. The establishment of the SAS BICC centre on UUM’s grounds is part of the university’s strive to become a centre of excellence for management.

The Business Intelligence Competency Centre, or BICC, is a permanent and formal organisational structure, akin to an advisory panel or a user group that oversees the overall BI strategy within an organisation.

Of the driving factors behind UUM’s BICC initiative, R&D SerindIT Com UUM Sdn. Bhd. Chairman, Dato’ Khalid bin Ahmad says, “We decided to integrate a BICC into UUM’s initiative for analytics in order to centralise our efforts to facilitate better BI best practices and knowledge transfer within the organisation.”
“The set up of a BICC will not only help us pool our resources, skills and knowledge to gain a higher level of ROI from our investments in advanced analytics, but also enables us to channel the BI knowledge we have into consultations and research work for ministries, agencies and organisations seeking for BI information,” he adds.

UUM has been licensing the SAS Software since 1989. SAS was chosen as it provided the necessary curriculum development and course consulting that was essential to UUM.

“Having worked so well with SAS for the last 18 years, it’s only natural to embark on the setting up of a SAS BICC in UUM. Furthermore they are the only vendor that can provide the platform, solutions, strategy and execution,” says Vice Chancellor of Universiti Utara Malaysia, Yang Bhg Tan Sri Dr Nordin Kardi.

Steven Ing, Professional Services Director, SAS Asia Pacific, shares the relevance of BICC in the expanding BI market, “BI tools are fast becoming the top investment priorities for corporations as it facilitates competitive-edge analysis, query and reporting business performance information. But the inability to integrate IT with the company’s core business eventually leads to the downfall of their investment.”

“BICC helps organisations identify its objectives, areas of concern, and the required role of each member to develop a user-centric management plan. SAS BICC provides a unique approach that combines the four critical elements for the success of BI deployment: Infrastructure, Knowledge Processes, Culture and Human Capital,” he says.

“SAS BICC has helped various organisations worldwide turn their data into actionable knowledge. It acts as a bridge between IT and businesses by helping ensure IT investments (in BI) reaps its full potential for the business.”

Use of Analytics at UUM

BI has been part of UUM’s syllabus for some time now. Many courses in UUM under the Faculty of Quantitative Sciences, Faculty of Information Technology and Faculty of Accounting are currently using SAS software such as the SAS Data Mining and Data Analysis solutions which allow users to explore and exploit corporate data for strategic business advantage.

Students and lectures alike have benefited from the use of the analytical software to gain valuable insights from real-life datasets. At the same time, researchers at UUM work together with SAS in analytic research as well as management consultation work (provided by UUM) in the field of analytics.

“There is no doubt that UUM has adopted BI as an integral part of the university’s academia operations. The setting up of BICC in UUM will definitely help drive our aim to proliferate the usage of BI in the most optimal manner, as part of our contribution to the nation’s thrust towards generating a reliable pool of knowledge workforce,” ends Tan Sri Dr. Nordin Kardi.

About SerindIT

R&D SerindIT Com UUM Sdn. Bhd. is a company wholly owned by Universiti Utara Malaysia. The core competency of R&D SerindIT.Com is R&D-based. It covers a wide spectrum of ICT products, which include IT hardware, software solution, network solution, services and education. SerindIT is continuously innovating to create the cutting-edge in core technologies and improve existing systems and technologies. R&D SerindIT.Com is charted to assist universities, the government and private sectors in development of ICT. This strategic mission has been carried out by deploying effective ICT applications and cultivating a growth environment for ICT industry development, with the strengthening of national and industrial competitiveness as one of our primary goals.


About SAS

SAS is the leader in business intelligence and analytical software and services. Customers at 43,000 sites use SAS software to improve performance through insight from data, resulting in faster, more accurate business decisions; more profitable relationships with customers and suppliers; compliance with governmental regulations; research breakthroughs; and better products and processes. Only SAS offers leading data integration, storage, analytics and business intelligence applications within a comprehensive enterprise intelligence platform. Since 1976, SAS has been giving customers around the world THE POWER TO KNOW®. www.sas.com


For more information:


SAS Malaysia

Jeanisha Wan
Marketing Manager
SAS Malaysia
Tel: 03-2273 6288
jeanisha.wan@sas.com

PR Consultant

Visithra
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700
visithra@siriuspr.com.my

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

F5 Networks - Application Ready Network™ for Oracle

F5 Networks Announces Application Ready Network™ for Oracle F5’s application delivery technologies and best practices help ensure optimized Oracle application and technology performance.

More about F5 Networks.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, NOVEMBER 7, 2007 – F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking, today announced the Application Ready Network™ for Oracle. This new iteration of F5’s expanding Application Ready Network (ARN) portfolio helps ensure the successful deployment and delivery of Oracle® applications over the network. The result of methodical testing and research, the ARN for Oracle provides architecture-based, best-practice documentation on how to deploy F5 and Oracle solutions in tandem, helping joint customers unlock the full potential of Oracle applications.

F5’s Application Ready Network for Oracle is a holistic application network architecture and infrastructure designed and optimized specifically for Oracle’s suite of applications such as Oracle Portal, Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle’s PeopleSoft, and more.



A BIG-IP LTM Oracle 10g logical configuration example



A global F5 and Oracle deployment showing the use of the F5 product suite to optimize, secure, and deliver Oracle E-Business Suite deployments over the WAN and LAN.

By providing users with application fluency across the data center, LAN, and WAN, the ARN for Oracle provides organizations using Oracle applications with a simplified way to design, deploy, and manage an integrated and optimized network infrastructure from a single vendor.

“F5’s comprehensive approach to application delivery make their solutions a good fit for our customers,” said Jayesh Shah, Vice President Platform Product Management at Oracle. “Through dedicated research and partnership activities, F5 has put together the resources to enable our joint customers to further enhance their Oracle Fusion Middleware and applications investments in terms of security, speed, and overall experience.”

Application-Focused Networking

By mitigating the negative effect of performance factors outside the application’s control—WAN latency, etc.—F5’s ARN for Oracle can improve user experience, augment application security and access control capabilities, and ensure infrastructure scalability. And, by leveraging F5’s unique TMOS™ architecture—a modular, scalable application delivery platform—the ARN for Oracle features application-specific configurations that take advantage of SSL offload, as well as caching and compression capabilities. For deployments with the BIG-IP® WebAccelerator appliance, the ARN for Oracle also includes specialized policies for Oracle Portal, Oracle E-Business Suite, and PeopleSoft.

F5’s Application Ready Network for Oracle enables organizations to benefit from a holistic approach to applications and their performance over the network. Prior to announcing, F5 rigorously tested its technology with Oracle’s to deliver categorical performance gains for Oracle Fusion Middleware (including Oracle Application Server 10g, Oracle Portal, and Oracle Identity Management infrastructure components), Oracle E-Business Suite 11 & 12, and PeopleSoft 8 & 9. These performance gains include:
  • Less wait time for users – Improved login and application speeds up to 3x, with document download times improved by 20x or more
  • Less hardware costs for enterprises – F5 solutions offload processor-intensive duties, reducing hardware needs by up to 40%
  • Maximized server performance to enable consolidation – ARN best practices can reduce Oracle server utilization and reduce the number of server-side connections by a factor of 20x
“Many of F5’s customers count on Oracle Applications to keep their businesses running,” said Ivan Wen, Country Manager for F5 Networks Malaysia. “With the ARN for Oracle, joint customers can be sure that their Application Delivery Networks are not just delivering applications, but optimizing performance and improving end-user experience in the process.”

To read comprehensive application and deployment guides detailing best practices for deploying F5’s application delivery solutions with Oracle applications, and To learn more about F5 and Oracle’s work together, please visit www.f5.com/oracle. For more information on Oracle OpenWorld.

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 19,500 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle’s premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today’s global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle’s position as the world's largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels.

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks is the global leader in Application Delivery Networking. F5 provides solutions that make applications secure, fast and available for everyone, helping organizations get the most out of their investment. By adding intelligence and manageability into the network to offload applications, F5 optimizes applications and allows them to work faster and consume fewer resources. F5’s extensible architecture intelligently integrates application optimization, protects the application and the network, and delivers application reliability—all on one universal platform. Over 16,000 organizations and service providers worldwide trust F5 to keep their applications running. The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington with

F5 is also a member of the Oracle PartnerNetwork.

Local PR contact:-

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
(603) 7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Inventions of Year 2007

iPhone is the coolest invention of the year.

Inventions are categorized into:

  1. Car and buses - Green concept automobile.
  2. Aircraft - Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
  3. Space - usage of methane as energy source.
  4. Robots - Hortibot; weeding robot for farming.
  5. Entertainment - 3D
  6. Law & Order - Laser-guided GPS technology.
  7. Living - HITS (Head Impact Telemetry System) helmet.
  8. Environment - Sugar powered battery.
  9. Architecture - Computer-controlled water nozzles' wall.
  10. Fashion - Mood recognition bubelle dress.
  11. Computer - Bended screens.
  12. Environment - PowerFootOne - Battery powered prosthetic foot and recycles energy.

Check it out here.

I still think Segway is the coolest invention around (since 1991) and very much admire its inventor Dean Kamen who is inventing a cool prosthetic arm inspired by injured US armies.

All these are of course by American standard.

For Malaysia, we probably would have categories like water, energy and communication invention. However, one invention from Malaysia that I know about is "The Bubble".

The Bubble is a pair of sunglasses with a device, similar to a Bluetooth headset, attached to it. The device acts as the "eye" for the blind and offers them an invisible protecting bubble.

Google Analaysis on IT-Sideways (Oct 2007)

Keywords landed on Jan 2007
Keywords landed on Feb 2007
Keywords landed on March 2007
Keywords landed on April 2007
Keywords landed on May 2007
Keywords landed on June 2007
Keywords landed on July 2007
Keywords landed on Aug 2007
Keywords landed on Sept 2007

As for Oct 2007, things look a bit different from previous months.

The top 10 keywords consist of the following categories.
  1. Some financial scheme for handphone purchasing.
  2. Microsoft Windows problems.
  3. SPAM emails related.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Streamyx Slow Lar !! Solutions ?

I use to be a strong advocate... now rather prefer to give up.

Why bother about Internet ? Relax...





Behold the quietness; zen.

Take at look the ping snapshot at 3 Nov 2007; 9:44 AM.

C:\Users\brandon>ping yahoo.com

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

Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=702ms TTL=52
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=367ms TTL=52
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=918ms TTL=53
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=612ms TTL=52

Ping statistics for 216.109.112.135:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 367ms, Maximum = 918ms, Average = 649ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping netvibes.com

Pinging netvibes.com [193.189.143.249] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 193.189.143.249: bytes=32 time=1158ms TTL=241
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 193.189.143.249:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 1, Lost = 3 (75% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 1158ms, Maximum = 1158ms, Average = 1158ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping youtube.com

Pinging youtube.com [208.65.153.238] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 208.65.153.238: bytes=32 time=994ms TTL=242

Ping statistics for 208.65.153.238:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 1, Lost = 3 (75% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 994ms, Maximum = 994ms, Average = 994ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping google.com

Pinging google.com [64.233.167.99] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 64.233.167.99: bytes=32 time=1014ms TTL=241
Reply from 64.233.167.99: bytes=32 time=1094ms TTL=241
Reply from 64.233.167.99: bytes=32 time=924ms TTL=241
Request timed out.

Ping statistics for 64.233.167.99:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 924ms, Maximum = 1094ms, Average = 1010ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping pageflakes.com

Pinging pageflakes.com [74.205.69.104] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Request timed out.
Reply from 74.205.69.104: bytes=32 time=780ms TTL=110
Reply from 74.205.69.104: bytes=32 time=953ms TTL=110

Ping statistics for 74.205.69.104:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 2, Lost = 2 (50% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 780ms, Maximum = 953ms, Average = 866ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping friendster.com

Pinging friendster.com [209.11.168.112] with 32 bytes of data

Reply from 209.11.168.112: bytes=32 time=878ms TTL=108
Reply from 209.11.168.112: bytes=32 time=1133ms TTL=108
Request timed out.
Reply from 209.11.168.112: bytes=32 time=1081ms TTL=108

Ping statistics for 209.11.168.112:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 878ms, Maximum = 1133ms, Average = 1030ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping facebook.com

Pinging facebook.com [204.15.20.25] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=254ms TTL=236
Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=633ms TTL=236
Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=999ms TTL=236
Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=1095ms TTL=236

Ping statistics for 204.15.20.25:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 254ms, Maximum = 1095ms, Average = 745ms

Is this a strategy ? Marketing to that sort ....

Only Yahoo, Google, friendster and facebook can be well connected, others in vain.

But then again, on a second thought... Maybe I should restart the router (the non-enterprise router)....

C:\Users\brandon>ping yahoo.com

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

Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=290ms TTL=53
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=290ms TTL=53
Request timed out.
Reply from 216.109.112.135: bytes=32 time=312ms TTL=53

Ping statistics for 216.109.112.135:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 290ms, Maximum = 312ms, Average = 297ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping netvibes.com

Pinging netvibes.com [193.189.143.249] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 193.189.143.249: bytes=32 time=374ms TTL=241
Reply from 193.189.143.249: bytes=32 time=376ms TTL=241
Request timed out.
Reply from 193.189.143.249: bytes=32 time=373ms TTL=241

Ping statistics for 193.189.143.249:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 373ms, Maximum = 376ms, Average = 374ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping youtube.com

Pinging youtube.com [208.65.153.253] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 208.65.153.253: bytes=32 time=245ms TTL=242
Reply from 208.65.153.253: bytes=32 time=239ms TTL=242
Reply from 208.65.153.253: bytes=32 time=225ms TTL=242
Reply from 208.65.153.253: bytes=32 time=233ms TTL=242

Ping statistics for 208.65.153.253:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 225ms, Maximum = 245ms, Average = 235ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping google.com

Pinging google.com [72.14.207.99] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 72.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=284ms TTL=240
Reply from 72.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=289ms TTL=240
Reply from 72.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=280ms TTL=240
Reply from 72.14.207.99: bytes=32 time=287ms TTL=240

Ping statistics for 72.14.207.99:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 280ms, Maximum = 289ms, Average = 285ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping pageflakes.com

Pinging pageflakes.com [74.205.69.104] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 74.205.69.104: bytes=32 time=317ms TTL=110
Reply from 74.205.69.104: bytes=32 time=370ms TTL=110
Reply from 74.205.69.104: bytes=32 time=317ms TTL=110
Reply from 74.205.69.104: bytes=32 time=311ms TTL=110

Ping statistics for 74.205.69.104:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 311ms, Maximum = 370ms, Average = 328ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping friendster.com

Pinging friendster.com [209.11.168.112] with 32 bytes of data:

Request timed out.
Reply from 209.11.168.112: bytes=32 time=232ms TTL=108
Reply from 209.11.168.112: bytes=32 time=267ms TTL=108
Reply from 209.11.168.112: bytes=32 time=236ms TTL=108

Ping statistics for 209.11.168.112:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 3, Lost = 1 (25% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 232ms, Maximum = 267ms, Average = 245ms

C:\Users\brandon>ping facebook.com

Pinging facebook.com [204.15.20.25] with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=234ms TTL=236
Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=232ms TTL=236
Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=236ms TTL=236
Reply from 204.15.20.25: bytes=32 time=246ms TTL=236

Ping statistics for 204.15.20.25:
Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 232ms, Maximum = 246ms, Average = 237ms


Looks good ? Improved tremendously.

The problem is local, the non-enterprise router cannot take too much heat... to be exact, it doesn't have a good memory-buffer system. Restarting will flush out active memory and it will then be able to make good sense of many things again.

So, solution is too restart your router whenever you find your streamyx connection funny.

Now, we can go back to a balance lifestyle.