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Thursday, February 15, 2007

LLogisticNET - Scalability

Following from previous blogs about LLogisticNET's introduction and case studies. Now, we would like to explore the issue of software scalability.

Scalability factor is often more important than the brand factor of the software provider, because scalability would define the life of the software purchased by clients. That is, how long your software can last as compared to the life-time of your business? Do you have to scrap your existing software and invest into new software infrastructures just to suit the changes to your business requirements?

LLogisticNET is scalable. At the same time, it can also leverage on Microsoft Office Infopath technology to cater for scalability.

Microsoft Office Infopath is an information-gathering program included in the 2007 release of the Microsoft Office system. With Office InfoPath 2007, you can create and deploy electronic forms solutions to gather information efficiently and reliably. You can also use the InfoPath Forms Services capabilities in Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 to extend your business processes beyond your corporate firewall, delivering forms as Microsoft Office Outlook e-mail messages, Web browser forms, or forms for mobile devices.

In short, scalability is built-in to Microsoft Office Infopath.

The following table illustrates the options of scalability available for our discussion:

FeatureLLogisticNETMS Office Infopath
Base ProductA fully functional and industry compliant documents management compliant software for freight forwarders under the shipping logistic industry.A generic software engine for electronic forms management.
Base PriceRM 5,000 (3 concurrent users)

RM 500 per additional users (up to 20 users)
RM 1500 ++

To configure Infopath into a full-fledge documents management system like LLogisticNET, customization is required.


i.e 30 days (or more) of configuration with RM 600 per man-day would require RM 18,000.

Total start-up cost would then be RM 19,500 ++
Scalability Model & Cost (New requirements)1.Customized solution

Cost = RM 600 per man-day

2.Microsoft Office Infopath

Cost = RM 1500 ++
(base product)
RM 600 per man-day
( customization)
1.Extra configuration

Cost = RM 600 per man-day


TMCS recommends the following package as the best solution for our valuable clients:


    1. Obtain LLogisticNET as the base product.
    2. Obtain Microsoft Office Infopath as scalability extension. This would minimize the man-day requirement for enhancements.

WIMAX license awards : MCMC doing it right

Leaving the sunset industry...

It all started in year 2005, around the fifth month of the year when StarBiz publishes an article highlighting dilemma(s) faced by Malaysian second or third tier players who were indulging heavily into the business of VOIP.

During those times, many foresighted that the busienss of VOIP was already at its peak and the right thing to do is to look for new business advenues.

Broadband was the answer for them, given the fact that during those times, broadband was still very new to many Malaysian with market penetration of less than 3%. But rolling out broadband solution is yet again not without-frills because the big guys own the infrastructures and if they have to rely on leasing these infrastructures, experiences from running VOIP businesses taught them one thing; it is always better to be independent. So, they got to find a way to do without having dependencies on others and since the air is free; WIMAX seemed to be the winning-horse.

However, WIMAX was pretty much in its infancy. The biggest problem was there is no hardware (at least mobile devices) which is able to receive the signal of WIMAX. WIFI was already pretty common but not WIMAX. So, everybody was left playing the guessing game.

Intel came to rescue...

Then a few months later (March 2006), Intel lived up to the challenges of its new branding called "Leap Ahead" and announced ventures into creating WIMAX chipset. All technology fund managers were pretty excited about that development.

Scandals, rumours and politics ...

The biggest break came on July 2006 when government of Malaysia via its telecommunication commissioner MCMC suddenly shocked the news by cancelling the calling for the tender of 2.3GHz spectrum.

Reason is cited as the tender requirements do not compliant with the ICT blueprint endorsed by goverment, suggested by MCMC known as the MyICMS 886 strategy.

And then consecutively, the following events unfolded from Malaysian news:



Latest News ...

The latest being the rumours where winners had already been chosen, who will be Green Packet and YTL-e. The news considered them as frontrunners. However, some declared it as fact-inconsistency because these people are not so much of a "real" telco players. They are not even second or third tier players but more of a technology providers.

Nevertheless, both had previously joint-ventured with other parties to become eligible. YTL-e with Bizsurf and Green Packet with MIB Comm.

MCMC making the right decision ...

The decision to choose Green Packet and YTP-e other than the likes of telco heavy-weights like Maxis, Celcom, TM, DiGi, MiTV and etc is perhaps, borrowing the logics from this article; is that big telcos particularly those whose major advenues come from servicing clients for telephony communication, will probably keep the obtained licenses in dormant-mode in the near future because the likelihood of cellular phones having support for WIMAX will not be something of the distant future.

In other words, these so-called big players, will not live up to the expectation of WIMAX potentials envisions by the MyICMS 886 strategy.

To argue this further, let me try the followings.


    1. Too much to be pampered.
    Telcos like TM, Maxis, Celcom and even DiGi has their telephony businesses and also they have 3G at their disposals (except for DiGi). So, they have plenty of things to meddle with.

    2. Conflict protection.
    WIMAX solutions, if available will divert many telecommunications into the Internet funnel. Thus, this will revolutionalize the way people communication to a great extend. As such, many business communications would be diverted from current practice of phone-to-phone (via telcos) to peer-to-peer (via software like SKYPE and etc).

    No business will try to outdate itself, this is proven by recent dispute of TM marginalizing second and third tier players by counter-striking cheaper VOIP solutions targeting the market eaten up by the former (second and third tier players). During the period of 2004 and 2005, Second and third tier players had worked very hard and now they feel betrayed and thus calling it dirty play and demanded MCMC to take immediate action.

    TM says that it is their rights.

    In fact, this is what they should do to protect what they deem as "their belongings" blinded by the need to curb monopoly.

    However, this is what we think that Green Packets and YTL-e are the rightful winners compared to the heavy-weights. But in actual fact, they know the game better than you and me. In fact, they really wanted the licenses and Maxis has been working hard on it.


The Cloud's Strategy ...

Reason why heavy-weights have to try to be part of it is because of one simple principle; either you are in or out of the game. The fact that WIMAX and telephony are inter-related. We borrow the intelligence from The Cloud (the biggest WIFI operators in EUROPE by partnering with SKYPE and operating many hotspots).

The Cloud's strategy is to capture as much customers (making calls through Internet via hotspots than through cellular networks) and try to brainwash their loyalty to Vodafone and Orange. Thus, if The Cloud's sales is going up, then Vodafone and Orange's sales will be going down.

As The Cloud's CEO George Polk puts it, "If they don't embrace these things, they'll lose the game."

Precisely, Polk thinks that it is possible to get Vodafone and Orange to pay him commission to channel back some customers to their (latter) networks or they(latter) can pay up-front booking fees to have certain traffics reserved for them. So all these are like figures and costing game, where product managers have to crack their heads to recalcute profitability all the time; over and over again (just like being in love).

Finally, we shall wait for actual announcement which is expected to be happening at the end of the month.

LLogisticNET - Case Studies

Previously, we have talked about what the heck is LLogisticNET, a documents management system for freight forwarders from TMCS.

Now let's analyze some case studies related to LLogisticNET.

LLogisticNET may not the only way to manage documents, nevertheless it offers value to targeted customers.

Let’s analyze this through other means of document management. The primitive way of managing documents is through usage of folders and files. However, this will give rise to the difficulty of searching for relevant documents in real-time basis; that is to say, response time is critical to your business operation efficiency.

Under Microsoft Windows operating system, primitive search feature is built-in. Nevertheless is it able to cater for your efficiency needs? We may also want to explore another new technology provided by Google Inc which is called Google Desktop Search, a search technology which mimics Google’s web search that encases information at your local computers.

Let’s analyze in details.


  • Folders + Files using Microsoft’s primitive search as enhancer

    Microsoft’s primitive search is real-time and thus it is not efficient. Real-time search means that it has no previous knowledge of your search activities and thus would not learn to be smarter to know your behavior. Therefore, searching with this technology would take longer times and usually outcomes are not accurate because searching process would tend to overlook certain files which should come under your search boundary.


  • Folders + Files using Google Desktop Search as enhancer


    Google Desktop Search is not operating under real-time basis. It uses batch-processes to secretly run through all your files; pretty much the same manner how anti-virus software scan through all your files and remembers the trails. In other words, this newly search technology create intelligence based on your information and structures information according to open format.

    Google Desktop Search outcomes are very accurate and fast and definitely would edge over Microsoft’s Operating System primitive search. Nevertheless, it does give rise to the following disadvantages comparing to LLogisticNET:

      I. Not able to flatten redundancy.
      Redundancy comes by means of multiple files created for similar content.

      II. Centralized management is hard to achieve because synchronization requires extra efforts.


By the way, Microsoft also has a version of desktop search called Windows Desktop Search (WDS) while its latest Vista operating system has better search features built-in.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Search engine not able to index blogspot pages

I recently did an upgrade to new version of blogger. It has more features and more fun, really. Amongst the list are no-publishing-act, more AJAX features, labelling of blogs (tagging with keywords), user comments administration and etc.

However, after the upgrade the internal search features provided by FreeFind failed. I got this from the indication (weekly reports) that FreeFind's spider has only managed to get one page to be indexed.

The first thing I realized was that I have actually put the archive list into a drop-down box. Which means that spiders will not be able to render out the listing of archives at non-real-time.

However, the biggest observation I had is that FreeFind's spiders also not able to follow-through links available from the main page. This is quite unusual.

I don't remember making any changes to FreeFind's spider settings, thus logically problems should be coming from upgrades to blogger's new version.

robots nofollow through problems...

From FreeFind FAQ section, it narrows down the problem to "You are using a nofollow robots meta tag".

Then I went on to check the html codes rendered out as this blog and found the following...

<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
<meta name="document-classification" content="Commercial">
<meta name="document-rating" content="Safe for Kids">
<meta name="document-distribution" content="Global">
<meta name="rating" content="General">
<meta name="author" content="Brandon Teoh">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">



<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="true" />
<meta name="generator" content="Blogger" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - Atom" href="http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - RSS" href="http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss" />
<link rel="service.post" type="application/atom+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - Atom" href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/8024740/posts/default" />
<link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml" title="RSD" href="http://www2.blogger.com/rsd.g?blogID=8024740" />
<meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW" />


A you can see, the red color portion of meta tags are self-generated by blogger based on the tag below.

<$BlogMetaData$> (provided by default from blogger's template)

Therefore, since <meta name="ROBOTS" content="NOINDEX,NOFOLLOW" /> is being generated and it comes under <meta name="robots" content="index,follow">. Thus, follow-through is be turned-off.

By default, blogger's meta setting for robots prevented spiders (from search engines and etc) to follow-through all links from the main page. This is perhaps, the policy to uphold your piracy. However, this may affect your blog(s) from being spidered and indexed by search engines.

Solutions ..

Turn-on the follow-through features...

Take off blogger's default meta tags (<$BlogMetaData$>) and the put any other meta tags which you would be injected to the template manually. That is, in this situation, it is simply...

<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
<meta name="document-classification" content="Commercial">
<meta name="document-rating" content="Safe for Kids">
<meta name="document-distribution" content="Global">
<meta name="rating" content="General">
<meta name="author" content="Brandon Teoh">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">


you may also want to copy some important tags generated by blogger's default meta tags' script and insert them manually.

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" />
<meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="true" />
<meta name="generator" content="Blogger" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - Atom" href="http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default" />
<link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - RSS" href="http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss" />
<link rel="service.post" type="application/atom+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - Atom" href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/8024740/posts/default" />
<link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml" title="RSD" href="http://www2.blogger.com/rsd.g?blogID=8024740" />


or in case you are using FreeFind, just add the following line under all meta tags.

<meta name=FreeFind content="all">

That is ...

<meta name="robots" content="index,follow">
<meta name="document-classification" content="Commercial">
<meta name="document-rating" content="Safe for Kids">
<meta name="document-distribution" content="Global">
<meta name="rating" content="General">
<meta name="author" content="Brandon Teoh">
<meta http-equiv="Content-Language" content="en-us">

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8" /> <meta name="MSSmartTagsPreventParsing" content="true" /> <meta name="generator" content="Blogger" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/atom+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - Atom" href="http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default" /> <link rel="alternate" type="application/rss+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - RSS" href="http://brandonteohno1-it.blogspot.com/feeds/posts/default?alt=rss" /> <link rel="service.post" type="application/atom+xml" title="IT-Sideways: Tech Blog Malaysia - Atom" href="http://www.blogger.com/feeds/8024740/posts/default" /> <link rel="EditURI" type="application/rsd+xml" title="RSD" href="http://www2.blogger.com/rsd.g?blogID=8024740" /><meta name=FreeFind content="all">

Characteristic of FreeFind ...

All these come partly due to FreeFind's nature of real-time indexing and updating... Which means that everytime FreeFind's spider does a crawl, it will not keep old indexes in the archive. Old indexes will be purged and new indexes will be created.

Therefore, your indexes may be healthy yesterday but might subject to problems tomorrow; in case your server is down concurrently with spiders' activities, high possibility that your indexes might be temporarily erased.

The good thing is that it helps you with the problem of bad caches. But it may take longer time as your blog's pages grow.

Also, take note that if you are using free version, limitation to maximum of pages indexed will bring future problems.

Saturday, February 10, 2007

What is LLogisticNET ?

LLogisticNet is a trademark for software solution by TMCS.

What it is ...


  • It is a "Documents Management System for Freight Forwarders under the shipping logistic industry"
  • It is web based
  • It is based on Microsoft platform and technologies


Documents Management System ...

  • Digitization of paper documents into electronic forms
  • Information to be stored in electronic media
  • Conversion of information between electronic file standards (PDF, Excel, XML, Word and etc)
  • Printing of information into various formats (hard copy, reports)


Benefits ...


  • Centralized management of documents
  • Documents searching efficiency
  • Malaysian budget solution
  • Scalable solution
  • Customized reports for analysis


Scopes ...


It covers the following scope out of its large domain as listed alphabetically...

A
Access Rights,Accounting Details, Agents, Air Export, Air Import, Airport,Airway
B
Bill, Bill of Lading, Booking
C
Cargo, Cargo Weight, Carrier, Consignee, Consignor, Contacts, Correction Manifest, Costing
D
Daily Reports, DDU, DDP, Default status list, Default Costing, Delivery Point,Domestic Transportation
E
ETA,ETD, Existing Job
F
FCL,Closing Time, File, Forwarder, Freight CC, Freight PP
H
Haulier, HAWB, HBL, House Address
J
Job Status (completed, Opened, Cancelled, Pending)
L
LCL, Load Type
M
MAWB, MBL, Monthly Reports
N
Notify Party
P
Password, Pick up Point, POD, POL,Ports,Preinvoice
Q
Quotation
R
Report Type (General, Performance, Sales), Roles
S
Sales Person, Sea Export, Sea Import, Shipper, Shipping Instruction, Sub-agent
T
Trucking Reports
U
User Groups and Allocation, User Name, User Profiles, User Security Levels
V
Vessel
W
Warehouse


Some Screen Captures ...









50 Most Influential Blogs in Malaysia

This is taken from Sabahan.com where it published about the 50 most influential blogs in Malaysia currently. The results are based on Technorati ranking.

Here are the 50 most influential blogs in Malaysia.


NoBlog TitleTechnorati Rank Category
1kennysia.comRank: 234 (4,828 links from 2,406 blogs)Personal
2SapiensBryan.comRank: 604 (2,676 links from 1,577 blogs)Technology
3Hemmy.netRank: 1,667 (1,862 links from 932 blogs)Humor
4JeffOoi.com Screenshot Rank: 2,009 (2,824 links from 836 blogs)Politics
5LiewCF.comRank: 3,346 (1,532 links from 613 blogs)Technology
6Yasmin The Story TellerRank: 3,594 (1,026 links from 585 blogs)Entertainment
7Afdlin ShaukiRank: 3,750 (874 links from 569 blogs)Entertainment
8PaulTan.OrgRank: 7,360 (863 links from 369 blogs)Auto
9Alex AlliedRank: 8,367 (589 links from 345 blogs)Personal
10Rocky’s BruRank: 8,402 (1,015 links from 344 blogs)Politics
11Lim Kit SiangRank: 8,593 (826 links from 337 blogs)Politics
12Hot-screensaverRank: 8,976 (531 links from 323 blogs)Personal
13EVERiBODi LAFU ROJAKSRank: 9,411 (785 links from 310 blogs)Humor
145XmomRank: 10,439 (1,131 links from 297 blogs)Personal
15masak-masakRank: 11,717 (648 links from 269 blogs)Food
16smashin’ pOpstarRank: 12,698 (669 links from 254 blogs)Personal
17cheeserland.comRank: 13,733 (439 links from 236 blogs)Personal
18Kahsoon.comRank: 15,091 (427 links from 218 blogs)Humor
19minishorts.netRank: 16,256 (398 links from 202 blogs)Personal
20Patric Teo TokkokRank: 18,289 (282 links from 182 blogs)Personal
21FriedBeef’s TechRank: 20,119 (356 links from 168 blogs)Technology
22Amanz.netRank: 21,013 (430 links from 161 blogs)Technology
23KickdefellaRank: 21,251 (505 links from 159 blogs)Politics
24CyberHackz.netRank: 21,381 (558 links from 158 blogs)Technology
25SultanMuzaffarRank: 21,514 (324 links from 157 blogs)Entertainment
26FireangelRank: 21,668 (348 links from 156 blogs)Personal
27Lagu Top Masa KiniRank: 22,088 (298 links from 153 blogs)Entertainment
28jasiminne anorexic penguinRank: 22,088 (264 links from 153 blogs)Personal
29Gobala KrishnanRank: 22,200 (365 links from 152 blogs)Marketing
30The Scribe A Kadir JasinRank: 22,200 (269 links from 152 blogs)Politics
31A Gonzo JournalRank: 22,371 (381 links from 151 blogs)Personal
32As Suanie Sees ItRank: 23,740 (457 links from 142 blogs)Personal
33Nizam Zakaria - Limau NipisRank: 24,396 (269 links from 138 blogs)Literature
34Susan LooneRank: 25,146 (509 links from 134 blogs)Politics
35ShaolinTiger.comRank: 25,286 (337 links from 133 blogs)Personal
36BibliobibuliRank: 25,921 (329 links from 130 blogs)Literature
37MichaelOoi.netRank: 26,568 (290 links from 127 blogs)Personal
38SaifulSham.comRank: 27,158 (386 links from 124 blogs)Marketing
39Faisal TehraniRank: 27,639 (169 links from 122 blogs)Literature
40Raymond.CC BlogRank: 27,690 (276 links from 122 blogs)Technology
41RantingbyMMRank: 27,865 (241 links from 121 blogs)Politics
42Anwar IbrahimRank: 28,570 (185 links from 120 blogs)Politics
43Eudcation In MalaysiaRank: 29,571 (298 links from 116 blogs)Education
44SmartUsahaRank: 29,935 (298 links from 113 blogs)Marketing
45RotorBlog.comRank: 30,287 (170 links from 112 blogs)Technology
46Vincent ChowRank: 30,287 (158 links from 112 blogs)Humor
47Babe in the City - KLRank: 30,844 (398 links from 110 blogs)Food
48kyspeaks.comRank: 31,740 (261 links from 107 blogs)Food
49Irfan KhairiRank: 32,439 (398 links from 105 blogs)Marketing
50Aisehman.orgRank: 32,858 (314 links from 104 blogs)Politics


Table is copied from Sabahan.com


IT-Sideways it not enlisted. However, we congratulate them.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Security Threats on Window Vista and Beyond

A seminar was conducted by InternetNow! with title "Security Threats on Windows Vista and Beyond".

A great seminar..

Windows Vista is finally launched. After so many years.... And it promised greater securities.

A few questions to ask Vista users...

1. Having Windows Vista, do you still need antivirus ?
2. Windows Vista provides a freeware called Windows Defender, is it good enough ?

UAC (User Account Control)...

Actually the bigger thing from Vista is called UAC.

UAC assumes every users as standard users. Therefore, one would need permission to do just anything. In other words, it can be considered to be an overly protective parent.

Thus, when one tries to execute a trojan file, UAC will ask one to think twice. And if users are deceived through psychology that such file is safe indeed, then UAC has no way to prevent the system from being hit.

Good news is that it can be turned off.

Therefore, anti-virus and anti-spyware softwares are still needed with UAC around.

History of Virus...

Let's examin a bit on the history of viruses and etc.

1986 - Boot sector viruses
1987 - File viruses
1994 - Email viruses
1995 - Macro viruses
1998 - 2006 - Malwares (Virus, trojan and etc)

Therefore these days, we should not only be thinking about anti-virus, it has to be anti-malwares.

Good Characteristic of an anti-malwares...

1. Frequency of updates ?
2. How many categories can it detect and CLEANRemove malwares ?
3. OS backward compatibility... For instance, most latest software would support Windows XP, but does it support Windows 98?
4. Is it resource friendly ? Fujitsu A6010E can only last 1 hour and 15 minutes under normal usage you know..
5. Technical competencies of support team ?
6. License or subscription renewal affordability ?

InternetNow Dr. Web ...

Because part of this content belongs to InternetNow!, we will do some marketing here.

InternetNow! Dr. Web is an anti-malware software.

It has ...

1. Updates of 5 times per day.
2. It can detect and CLEANRemove many categories.
3. It supports up to Windows 95 SE with at least 64 MB RAM.
4. It is very resource friendly.
5. Its support teams consist of developers.
6. It is of Malaysian Budget.

So, it is a good software per se.

And how well does Windows Defender faired against these five points ? We gotta find out.

One thing for sure... Windows Defender is not an anti-malwares, it doesn't include anti-virus in its features. Why ? Maybe because Microsoft feels obligated to protect people like Norton, TrendMicro and etc.

Conclusion ...

1. Turning off UAC is merely just a matter of one registry key from "regedit".

2. InternetNOW's Dr. Web is able to go deep during real-time scan.

Some other anti-malware softwares do not go deep during real-time scan, which means that if today there is a trojan horse executable which has been zipped three times, it may not be detected. This may not be too critical because as soon as users extracted out the real file from the root, defense will be triggered anyway. Nevertheless, the question is that how accurate is the marketing message representing the actual solution provided.

Which means that if an anti-malware software is not able to scan nested-zipped files and that it claims to be the fastest and most prominent real-time scanner, then it is not accurate.

Real-time scan refers to the ability of the anti-malware software to conduct an accurate analysis of the object at the point of contact with the system.

How real-time is InternetNow! Dr. Web ? You gotta test it out.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Simple methods to test your new computer

Previously, we did discuss about the possibility of rich web applications being the catalyst to boost the sales of computer (laptops, desktops and etc) because new computers would come with better hardware specifications.

CNET attempts to find out the better between AMD Athlon 64 x 2 and Intel Duo Core and it concludes the winner as AMD. To know why, find out more.

Fujitsu ...

But the bigger problem is how to test if your processor and RAM(s) are really not malfunction ? It is not easy, compared to testing the battery duration of your laptop as claimed by the sales person. For instance, Fujitsu claimed that Lifebook A6010E with a basic 4-cell battery can last 2.8 hours. However, make sure that it is on standby mode or safe-mode of Windows XP.

Very funny.



In actually fact, a 4-cell battery on Fujitsu Lifebook A6010E can last around 1 hour and 15 minutes with normal usage (non-server, no gaming and etc); just a few web browsers windows, office application and perhaps outlook express.

Dell ...

I know a 9-cell battery on Dell Inspirion 6400 can last up to 3 hours or even more on normal usage. This is fantastic.... Despite the fact that Dell has suffered some reputation bruises after the announcement of recalling of faulty batteries for selected models of its laptops.

Simple Methods...

Now to test whether your RAM slots are faulty and how well your new processor living up to its expectation. If you like technical terms, means that you want to find out if the hardware are not yielding too much leakage of performances.

1. Using digg labs swarm real-time simulation.

This web application is a real CPU resource sucker. Try it out to see if it gives you the hang feeling.


2. Using 3D Album

3D Album is a specialized multimedia software for creating 3D multimedia presentations based on photos or pictures. It has many built-in 3D templates and effects which can be used easily. Presentations can be built and deployed into various format which includes common video format like mpg, avi and etc. Besides that, you can also format it into VCD and DVD format.

To push your hardware to the limit, make use of photos which have the highest resolution and run it through complex animation templates.

I have tested with Dell Inspiron 6400 with Duo Core processor and 512 MB RAM, one template fails me.

3. Search for ambigious files.

Ambigious files means files which are very very very common and also uncommon. (hard to explain). Try searching for file with search term "host", you will be landed to a few files. See how fast it present the search results.

4. Open a folder with more than a hundred files...

From your office application such as word processor, launch the "open file" dialog box and try to open a folder which has more than a hundred files...

If you are using Pentium III with 260 RAM, Windows 2000 will hang!

Tips of choosing laptops...

Choosing laptop is not about looking through the specifications. Specifications are related to pricing. If you can afford a higher price, the specification will be higher and better, such as larger hard disk, more RAM, branded video card and etc.

So, how do we choose between all these branded brand ? where the only difference is probably a few hundreds more or less.

My answer is choose the design, concept and battery duration.

All laptops of different brands would have different design. And also each comes with own concepts...

For instance, coming back to Fujitsu Lifebook A6010E, which is actually a very great product. It is desktop in a laptop. It has great LCD, great plug and play features (Which includes networks detection) and also security. Fujitsu is all very crazy about security. And it has nice keyboard.

Dell Inspiron 6400 is the ugliest laptop I have ever seen, and the older version has stupid mouse pad which is so insensitive that users have to settle with USB mouse. However, I would think that it has the longest battery duration for normal usage.

Some say IBM Thinkpad is the toughest... it just wouldn't crack even with Jesus Christ as the nutcracker.

And others, they each having different designs, concepts and battery durations. If you are a poor student who needs to use laptop for your varsity life.. you want to bring laptop into lecture hall and also hope to surf the Internet under a tree in the garden, I would recommend Dell Inspiron 640m. Well, unless you have any other comments and idea, please comment.

Malaysia IT Spending Summary V15 - Jan 2007

Following up from previous discussion version 14.

We found that ...

1. MCMC RM 20 million funds for 3G development. (IT Projects)
2. MDeC RM 80 million funds for pre-seed development. (IT Projects)
3. Edaran RM 12 million contract for supply of ICT products for Education ministry. (IT Projects)
4. Heitech Padu RM 258 million contract for Mindef software development. (IT Projects)
5. Huawei-3COM RM 4.5 million for network deployment of University Malaya. (IT Projects)
6. Mimos RM 162 million (out of RM 474 million) for various research programmes. (IT Projects)
7. MSC MGS grant RM 120 million. (IT Projects)
8. i-Power RM 60 million bidding for corporate and government e-business tenders. (IT Projects)

Rumours, screenshots and defamation lawsuit..

Screenshots raised the issue of US$50 billion loans from foreigners to fund 9MP, it is still considered as a rumour only.

At the same time, Screenshots with Rocky Bru has been subjected to defamation lawsuits for their aggressive bloggings. Screenshots urged to be given fairness to both plaintiffs and defendants. Therefore, viewers are advised to exercise discretionary alerts in order not to create subjudice-undertaking circumstances. However, it is your choice to choose to walk with them or watch by the sideways. There is nothing wrong, it is a court case... no fear, won't die.



New Projects Recorded ....

A commentor commented that "Some big project are not from 9th plan and some fall into PFI (Private Finance Initiative) category which involve total project cost for 15 years." Pleas take note.

1. Satang Jaya Mindef's project of RM 364.5 million for equipments for the airforce. (IT Projects) (9MP)
2. RM 30 million E-Judiciary system. (IT Projects)(9MP)
3. RM 120 million to bring unlimited power supply to ICT facilities for school (IT Projects) (9MP)

Conclusion:

This brings the total of Malaysia IT Spending to RM 1543 million (RM 1.543 billion) plus minus.