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Monday, December 22, 2008

ICT Summary for 2008 From Tech Blog Malaysia

Check out the most interesting news from IT-Sideways for year 2008.

March 2008

  • RPK fined with RM 2 million.

    April 2008
    May 2008:

    WCIT 2008

    June 2008:
    July 2008:
    August 2008:

    September 2008:

  • Juniper Network's industry’s first Dynamic Services Architecture


  • October 2008:
    November 2008:

  • The 100 GbE Services

    Conclusion:

    • The 3rd quarter is the most happening of all.
    • Nothing much happening from Malaysia's companies, not much interesting products and news.
    • There are still other significant events like Microsoft TechNet and etc which IT-Sideways didn't blog about.
    • The most blogged about event is WCIT 2008.
    • The most blogged about company is Adobe
    • The topic generated the most interest is Qucomhaps


  • Happy New Year to all readers and contributors

    Special thanks to the following people:
    • David Gibson and Anne Ewe from Inter-Asia
    • Jana from Emerald Communication
    • Visitra from EC-Council
    • Sirius PR
    Thanks for all your leads and supports. This is indeed a great year for IT-Sideways.

    Sunday, December 21, 2008

    TM Revealed Reason For Slow Internet Connectivity

    Much Ado about Broadband.

    Circuit fault at Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 4 (SMW4).

    To be restored by 31 Dec 2008.

    Malaysia should broker for investors to buy more bandwidths for the country.

    Yesterday connectivity was not bad from the office (corporate line).. and it helped me to realize that using tools like InternetFrog is not accurate as well :P

    And this site offer one better suggestion but not so practical. Another good way is to check out online videos.

    Perhaps someone can help to create a software which will monitor the broadband speed on the daily basis by performing automation of downloads and uploads.
    1. First of all, we need an atlas like Google Earth
    2. Then we need to identify the locations of the sources (such as YouTube servers and etc)
    3. Next, perform download on certain videos and measure the speed and record down the performance in the database.
    4. Continuously do this and keep compiling reports for current and the average speed, we should be able to have a better indicator.
    5. With the availability of the atlas, we can even pinpoint where are the bottleneck before TM does.

    Thursday, December 18, 2008

    Juniper Networks Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of Leading Analyst Firm’s Enterprise Network Firewalls Magic Quadrant

    Juniper Networks, the leader in high-performance networking, announced that the company is positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant of Gartner's recently published Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls. The Leaders quadrant contains a mix of large and midsize vendors, with the common element of making products that are built for enterprise requirements: including a wide range of models, support for virtualization and virtual LANs, and management and reporting capability that is designed for complex and high-volume environments, such as multitier administration and rules/policy minimization.

    Next-generation firewall capability is an important element as enterprises move away from having dedicated IPS appliances at their perimeter and remote locations. Vendors in this quadrant lead the market in offering new safeguarding features, providing expert capability rather than treating the firewall as a commodity and having a good track record of avoiding vulnerabilities in their security products. Common characteristics include handling the highest throughput with minimal performance loss and options for hardware acceleration.

    "Our positioning in the 'Leaders' quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls as the greatest network firewall vendor among competitors with the strongest blend of price, management and performance demonstrates our continued leadership in high-performance network security," said Wan Ahmad Kamal, Country Manager of Juniper Networks Malaysia. "Juniper will continue to deliver innovative and comprehensive network security solutions that enable high-performance businesses to quickly and cost-effectively take advantage of new service opportunities, address changing business requirements and deliver superior user experiences."

    Check out the full press release here.

    Wednesday, December 17, 2008

    Internet Sucks Big Time Lately

    The feeling is like traffic crawl... traffic jam.

    Internet connection in Malaysia sucks big time lately. I am using TM's Streamyx and I have tried from Maxis 3G.. all the same.

    via InternetFrog..



    Where we pay for Broadband tapi dapat Dial-Up speed. This is double jeopardy because in Dial-Up, you only pay what you used but in Broadband, you pay even though you don't use it. And this is not just one particular day or week or month that compelled me into this bitching spree, Malaysians have been so forgiving for half a century!

    InternetFrog thinks that I am connecting via a dial-up and gives me 85% for quality of service. This is insult to don't-know-who ?

    I can secretly tell you that I only managed to witness speed of > 1Mbps for less than 10 counts in a year!

    I just tak faham despite having petroleum, we can't do better than Singapore, Korea and etc.

    Backbone not big enough ? Or just talk only, no action and wasted marketing funds. Big corporates in Malaysia like to waste marketing funds and delivered nothing.

    Maybe it is still cheaper to do marketing, get the sales than investing on the technology.

    Perhaps the answer is infrastructure and politics. Check out Qucomhaps for some reference.

    So, nobody wants to end up like Atlas One and we haven't heard politicians politicizing for faster broadband to the whole nations. Oh ya, the Penang government is doing that which means that it is about money. The corporate won't invest and government is equally reluctant. It is nobody's business. The corporate won't do it because we are not technology exporters, we only buy and implement and sell for RM 88 per month. No big picture benefits.

    Another way to support this corporate-do-not-forsee-future can be leveraged from this blog (from Google's Blog) where Google stated that they are committed to open Internet platform. Why ? Simple reason.. they takut sabotage by competitor that their search engine cannot be accessible. So, from this example it is easy to understand that a corporate like Google won't mind investing US$4.6 billion into some kind 'infrastructure' which they don't seem to have direct business interest with, nevertheless, Google's business is more than that amount. Hence, they have a reason to fear and protect and they aren't successfully with every bid.

    Why Google won't invest in Malaysia infrastructure ? Because they are convinced that no one is capable of sabotaging them in Malaysia lar...

    Therefore, for Malaysia's private sector to invest in infrastructures, the business case must be justified. Otherwise, why not get Petronas to invest in the infrastructure so that people will be traveling physically less by going online more and Petronas can expect to slow down resource depletion. Does this make sense ? Maybe it is not their problem because the oil belongs to ALL MALAYSIAN! Who has the say ? Just keep digging lar.

    What you guys think huh ? (I heard that Tenaga (TNB) has a nationwide fibre optic network.. I wonder who can contribute what TNB has in mind?) C'mon, I need your feedbacks and support to benefit Malaysians.

    I hate to say this, maybe Malaysia are destined to be mediocre.

    And it made me feel sad trying to convince some aunties and uncles to convert from Dial-Up to broadband for some mere benefits.

    “The Googlies” awards 2008

    Rounding off another impressive year in Southeast Asia, Google recently handed out "The Googlies" awards at an appreciation event in Singapore to thank local customers and partners for their support in 2008. And two Malaysian companies won key awards - Malaysian Airlines won The Advertiser of the Year Award and MindShare won The Agency of the Year Award.

    The Googlies awards were given to agencies and advertisers who have successfully and creatively leveraged Google's products and advertising solutions to execute sizzling, memorable online campaigns in the past year.





    Check out the full press release.

    Friday, December 12, 2008

    A Year in Search: Google Releases Top Searches in Malaysia during 2008

    Google reveals the internet "Zeitgeist" (German for "the spirit of the times") through an exploration of the millions of search queries they receive every day. The fastest rising is more interesting that the most popular, because 'the fastest' rising gives better insights to the queries as it picks up the 'stars' of this years' search terms.

    Under 'Google Zeitgeist' there is Google Trends which there are 4 categories may interest you:

    Check out full description here.

    For 2008, we see a year where Malaysians are politically savvier than previous years and have been actively searching for political news online. The general election held early this year was definitely still quite fresh on top of mind for Malaysian searchers, as blogs, news portals and political personalities are topping the searches.

    • It comes as no surprise that the general election held early this year was top of mind for Malaysian searchers. Anwar Ibrahim edges out Barack Obama to the top of the fastest rising personality searches list, while political blogs, including that of Mahathir’s ‘Chedet’, also rose to prominence, dominating the fastest rising bloggers list.
    • The Perodua Nautica, a locally manufactured SUV, is the outright winner among all car model searches done by Malaysians, beating out foreign car models by Honda and Toyota.
    • Terengganu beats Genting to bag the top spot for fastest rising local destinations as Malaysians move away from the highlands and onto the exotic beaches and islands of this coastal state.
    • Malaysians’ very own Olympic badminton medalist Lee Chong Wei beats all-around swimming champ Michael Phelps on the fastest rising Olympics searches list.

    Most popular searches of 2008
    1. Youtube
    2. Yahoo
    3. Friendster
    4. Utusan
    5. Mp3
    6. Google
    7. Games
    8. Map
    9. Lyrics
    10. Myspace

    Fastest rising searches of 2008
    1. Malaysiakini
    2. Facebook
    3. Harakah
    4. TV3
    5. Malaysia today
    6. Rapidshare
    7. Blogspot
    8. Youtube
    9. Malaysianinsider
    10. Beijing 2008

    This proves that in the larger picture, many of Google's users are people who do not use browser history and bookmarks.

    Check out the full list here.

    Indonesia’s Education Department DIKNAS) Accelerates Country’s Largest WAN and Significantly Increases ROI with Juniper Networks

    The Indonesian Ministry of National Education (DIKNAS) has reduced traffic latency, improved network application response time and eliminated wasted bandwidth on its school network -- Indonesia's largest WAN -- with Juniper Networks application acceleration and routing integrated on a single platform. The Juniper Networks WXC Integrated Services Module (ISM) 200 with the J2300 Services Routers can deliver the fastest throughput currently offered in the application acceleration industry, enabling DIKNAS to boost network performance and value, and increase operational simplicity for 1140 schools and other sites across the country.

    Check out the full press release.

    Juniper Networks Helps Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Double Network Performance, Cut IT Management Time in Half

    Located at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), LONI is a leader in the development of advanced computational algorithms and scientific structures for the comprehensive and quantitative mapping of brain structure and function. LONI has the largest neuro-imaging database in the world with more than 25,000 unique scans and at nearly a petabyte in size. Hundreds of researchers work with datasets ranging from 20MB to several hundred gigabytes.

    As usage of their high-performance computing (HPC) cluster grew, the network infrastructure was straining under the demands. LONI set out to improve performance and simplify the network in order to improve both researcher and IT staff productivity, and overall reliability, while controlling costs. LONI selected the Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet services router, EX-series Ethernet switches and Secure Access SSL VPN appliances. LONI has doubled network performance, reduced network management time by 50 percent and increased user productivity with secure anywhere, anytime access to computing resources using any Web-enabled device. This allows researchers to shorten the time from theory to results and improve the productivity of their neural research.

    Check out the full press release.

    Thursday, December 11, 2008

    Malaysia Wireless Broadband Comparison (# 2)

    Previous blog..

    Now we have a better one..


    Features

    P1

    Izzi

    uMobile

    Wimax

    Yes

    No

    No

    4G

    No

    Yes

    No

    3G (HSPDA)

    No

    No

    Yes

    Mobility

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Extra Mobility (iBurst)

    No

    Yes

    No

    At least 1 Mbps connection

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Wireless

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Plug n Play (USB)

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    Free startup cost

    No

    No

    Yes

    > 1Mbps connection with cost < RM 100

    No

    No

    Yes

    Phone and PC

    No (PC Only)

    No (PC Only)

    Yes



    P1 Wimax

    What I like about P1 is the theme (green, black, grey) and the much 'honest' speed test tool. Anyway, I still think that InternetFrog's tool is the most accurate of all.

    iZZi

    While iZZi is focusing on iBurst technology which provides uninterrupted connectivity even on fast moving objects.The biggest issue is power supply.But no advise has been discoursed to its potential users on how to charge the laptop battery on the bus or something.

    uMobile

    uMobile is focusing on the concept of 'u' for ubiquitous. The main idea is that uMobile (ex MiTV) has a 3G license and using the uMobile network, users can surf the Internet using either the phone or the computer with USB HSPDA Modem (which will use the sim card from uMobile). This is good for startup entrepreneurs, one-man-show entrepreneurs and etc who doesn't want to have some much commitment to many things, but you still need a good supply of electricity though.

    Redtone

    Redtone Wimax ? Nothing much heard about it.

    Maxis and Celcom

    Seemed to have disappeared.

    Check out a good review here perhaps.

    General Concerns
    • All these wireless providers risk users with higher amount of unwanted telco radiation. TM streamyx seems to be the safest.
    • People are still lazy to switch providers whenever they are stuck with Streamyx account (including myself). Even worst, with the financial market getting unstable, people are not willing to consider even investing to try out something new and presumably better.
    These broadband providers should really give bloggers free accounts so that we can try it out and do proper reviews. For me, I would choose either P1 for its elegance and cool marketing campaign and uMobile for the idea that if the broadband doesn't work, I can still use the SIM card for something else (such as using it for the GSM modem).

    Monday, December 08, 2008

    SearchWiki, Internet Search and Semantic Web

    Not long ago, Google published their big vision on the Intelligent Cloud, which is their version of Artificial Intelligence for the future.

    That was great and recently they announced SearchWiKi as one of the step moving closer to that vision.

    It is not really a WiKi as in Wikipedia... it is a way for users to edit the ranking of search results but that is only relevant to the user themselves. Which means that right now, if you think certain web sites should rank higher for certain key words, you can do that for your own good.

    But Google is actually going to leverage on human intelligence to help improve their quest for even better intelligence of search technologies. This is not a catch, it is just a strategy. Like it or not, Google knows who you are in terms of IP address when you are searching for some dirty stuffs, but who cares anyway, life is too short for that. For them (Google), it is more important to improve their technologies than knowing who you are and they are glad that you are part of the help.

    Semantic web technologies hasn't been seeing a lot of breakthroughs for this year but there are progresses recorded.

    In the general, semantic web technology is the next step of search engine whereby it is supposed to incorporate automation into your search. To make this happen, it requires complicated data analysis functionality and also the support of natural language processing as well as cloud computing as the platform. You can think of cloud computing as the CPU, the natural language processing as the keyboard and data analysis as the output (monitor).

    Let's take a look at what is hot in the semantic web arena for 2008.


    CompaniesDescriptions
    FreebaseFreebase is an open, semantically marked up database of information. It looks similar to Wikipedia, but Freebase is all about structured data and what you can do with it.
    CalaisA tool for users to incorporate semantic functionality to the blogs
    PowersetPowerset (see our initial coverage here and here) is a natural language search engine. It's fair to say that Powerset has had a great 2008, having been acquired by Microsoft in July this year.
    TwineOrganize, share and discover information around your interests
    HakiaHakia is a search engine focusing on natural language processing methods to try and deliver 'meaningful' search results.
    TripitTripit is an app that manages your travel planning.
    AdaptiveBluethe basic idea behind BlueOrganizer is that it gives you added information about web pages you visit and offers useful links based on the subject matter.
    TrueKnowledgeUK semantic search engine TrueKnowledge
    TalisA semantic web application platform.
    SpockA people search engine.
    BooRahIt uses semantic analysis and natural language processing to aggregate reviews from food blogs.
    SwottiSwotti is a semantic search engine that aggregates opinions about products to help you make purchasing decisions.
    Dapper Mashup AdsNew ad network will provide monetary incentive for publishers to have their websites marked up semantically.
    InformInform.com analyzes content from online publishers and inserts links from a publisher's own content archives, affiliated sites, or the web at large, to augment content being published.
    SiriPersonalized assistant that learns.
    EvriA search engine that emphasizes the relationships between different search terms.
    UpTakeaims to make the process of booking travel online easier.
    IMINDIis essentially a mind mapping tool, although it markets itself as a "Thought Engine".
    Juicea new Firefox 3 add-in currently in public beta from Linkool Labs, that makes researching Web content as easy as click-and-drag.
    Favikisocial bookmarking tool
    ZemantaIs a blogging tool which harnesses semantic technology to add relevant content to your posts.
    SearchMonkeySearchMonkey allows developers to build applications on top of Yahoo! search, including allowing site owners to share structured data with Yahoo!, using semantic markup (microformats, RDF), standardized XML feeds, APIs (OpenSearch or other web services), and page extraction.


    Thanks to ReadWriteWeb for here and here and here.

    So, now we know what the world is moving towards semantic web, still a very primitive step towards full fledged Artificial Intelligence. Personally, I am using Zemanta to help me with my blogging.The biggest benefit is the help of sourcing for relevant pictures into be included in the blog. Zemanta is available as a Firefox plugin which works well with blogspot. And it doesn't work well with Malaysia's very slow speed broadband connection.

    This close for semantic web 2008 and let us plan ahead of 2009.

    Nevertheless, SearchWiki not available to Malaysia yet.

    Sunday, December 07, 2008

    Nokia Music (Store)

    Nokia Music is just like iTunes and Windows Media Player and etc. It is designed with the concept of ...
    • One stop music manager
    • Music portal
    • Software interface for hardware

    It is a hybrid software (Desktop with built-in Internet browsing capability).



    The first screen for setup is rather interesting because it reminds me of just how to get users to stick to using your software which in this case is which music audio format do you want Nokia Music as the default player ?

    So, I am rather 'stingy' here, for some reasons, I really want to offer royalties which I know that all of these formats would have already been assigned to a default player such as Windows Media Audio (WMA). So finally I decided that I will just allow Wave Audio(wav) and Music CD (cda) to play with Nokia music.

    Nokia Music should create proprietary format to increase stickiness.

    The software is in version 1.0






    It has built-in ripping function which is for you to convert and copy music from CD into the hard disk to appropriate formats.

    It is targeting Nokia handset users but you can also connect it to use with other handset's brands. This is a good strategy to penetrate the already saturated market.

    Check out the Nokia's Calling All Innovators.

    Check out more about Music from this blog.

    Friday, December 05, 2008

    Computer Games, Software, Best Practices and Marketing

    The box art of StarCraft.Image via WikipediaI do play some computer games and would like to play more. I am currently playing Ceasar III, Starcraft, F-16 Allied Forces and etc.

    Playing computer games can make you become smarter in a gig way, it is good for computer programmers. It is just like going to gym where it provides the following benefits:
    • Forces one to take pressure (yes, playing game can be pressuring if you keep losing).
    • Trains one to be more patience.
    • Trains one to think about strategies and solutions to problems on the spot.
    • Trains one to not to give up until you find a solution (this has more to do with spiritual side of it).
    • Helps computer programmers to stay at the computer; to eat and sleep computer.
    • Trains one to stay focus.
    • Trains one to be innovative (in certain ways).
    • Trains one to think about best practices.
    • Get to become an expert in many things if you play many different games (it is good way to acquire knowledge).
    In many ways, it is helpful more me because I enjoy think-out the logic behind the games which is what made up of the games and essentially, the core logic is what going to help you to win the game; enlightenment. For reasons that every game has limitations and it is by understanding such boundaries that one can conquer the game.

    Check out here too and here where games can help the fight of survival.

    I don't regard myself as a great gamer, but I do like to share out my experiences. Check out some of the strategies I have recorded here.

    As what mentioned earlier, computer software is about best practices. And best practices not only help to make the product better, it is also helpful to allow the innovator to take a technical lead in the industry as well as gives edge for more marketing. One very typical example of this is Apply computer. Check out this video of new ways to make laptop. Fyi, Apple will take off respective videos after certain period of time (this is another strategy to wade off competition).

    And wait a minute, about marketing, I have discovered that one good way to promote games is to put up a lot of screenshots. Check out these screenshots from Starcraft II, it is simply amazing, I just wouldn't mind getting one piece just for the sake of good graphics.

    Check out the following list of games which I would like to play and what compelled me to desire it?

    Games

    What Interest Me ?

    Trism (iPhone)

    Because the creator made a lot of money by doing part time

    Rock Band

    Because the creators made a lot of money

    Spore

    Because it is considered the best invention of 2008 and it is featured in TED and everybody is like playing it



    The conclusion of good marketing for computer games:
    1. Good graphics
    2. Everybody is playing it
    3. Makes a lot of money

    Monday, December 01, 2008

    Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (Nov 08)

    What People Search on Tech Blog Malaysia (Nov 2008) ?

    As usual, check out the analysis for 2007.

    For month of Jan 2008
    For month of Feb 2008
    For month of Mar 2008
    For month of April 2008
    For month of May 2008
    For month of June 2008
    For month of July 2008
    For month of Aug 2008
    For month of Sep 2008
    For month of Oct 2008

    For Nov 2008, we have the followings:
    • The brand of this blog
    • A company providing HAPS technology
    • Malwares and Phishings
    • A Common MS Windows' Problem
    • A common VB6 programming problem
    • Problems with accessing Apple store in Malaysia


    Overview:


    • Total monthly traffic decreased by 7% (This is a significant decrease)
    • Traffic from referring sites improved by 1.68%
    • Google still tops contributor (68.17%). Slightly up from last month.
    • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, UK, India, Singapore). Check out here.
    • 86.51% of visitors are new visitors. (A slight decrease from last month, this is attributed to the total monthly traffic decrease.)


    Friday, November 28, 2008

    Juniper Networks Introduces Data Center Infrastructure Solutions that Significantly Reduce Complexity and Total Cost of Ownership in Malaysia

    Juniper Networks today introduced its new Data Center Infrastructure Solutions in Malaysia. Designed to advance IT initiatives for data center consolidation, server virtualization and sustainable information technology, the Juniper Networks Data Center Infrastructure Solutions can significantly reduce network complexity and total cost of ownership by up to 52 percent in capital expenditures, up to 44 percent in power, up to 44 percent in cooling and up to 55 percent in rack space in the data center.

    Industry leaders increasingly depend on their information infrastructure to accommodate growth and maximize revenue. To remain competitive, they need to provide a growing number of users with robust applications and services while lowering costs. In the data center network, however, these businesses are constrained by legacy architectures that cannot scale with increased information processing demands and energy requirements. With Juniper, customers can achieve greater operational simplicity, agility and efficiency for accelerating the deployment of new applications and services.

    Juniper simplifies data center network design with the combination of its’ EX-, MX- and SRX-series products to consolidate services and data center switching layers resulting in significant capital cost savings. Juniper’s Virtual Chassis technology in the EX 4200 series Ethernet switches combined with line-rate 10 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) performance on its chassis-based products can significantly reduce the number of interswitch links and the amount of equipment required in the data center by up to half. Juniper’s data center approach, which includes switching, routing and security technologies, all running on a single network operating system – JUNOS® software – is supported by strategic partner IBM and customers.

    Check out the full press release here.

    Thursday, November 27, 2008

    Adobe Issues 2009 Adobe Design Achievement Awards Call for Entries

    Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq: ADBE) today announced the call for entries for the ninth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA). The competition honours the best student graphic designers, photographers, illustrators, animators, digital filmmakers, developers and computer artists from accredited higher education institutions worldwide. Now in partnership with the International Council of Graphic Design Associations (Icograda), the awards ceremony will be held during the Icograda World Design Congress in Beijing, China in October 2009. The Congress will bring together 2,500 delegates from around the globe at the China National Convention Center, located in the heart of the Beijing Olympic Green.

    In August this year, Adobe announced the winners of the eighth annual Adobe Design Achievement Awards for 2008, which marked another record in submissions with more than 2,700 students from 33 countries competing in the program.

    The Awards had been were extended to include entries from Malaysian institutions of higher learning for the first time in 2008, resulting in over 70 entries from Malaysia and 20 semi-finalists. Malaysian submissions to reach the semi-finals included entries in the Designer/ Developer, Motion Graphics, Illustration, Packaging, Photography, and Print Communications categories.

    For Malaysia in 2008, there were:

    • 13 semi-finalists from The One Academy of Communication Design College, including 8 in the Packaging category, 3 in the Print Communications category, 1 in the Motion Graphics category, and 1 in the Design/Developer category
    • 3 semi-finalists from Limkokwing University of Creative Technology - in the Illustration, Print Communications and Photography categories respectively.
    • 2 semi-finalists from Multimedia University, both in the Illustration category
    • 1 semi-finalist from University Putra Malaysia (UPM), in the Photography category
    • 1 semi-finalist from KDU College (Penang Campus), in the Photography category


    In Malaysia, the availability from the Communications and Multimedia Commission, of a Networked Content Development Grant for local companies has created interest in digital content development for online digital TV, 2.5/3G mobile data services for information purposes (ie.Tourism, e-Government, e-Learning, e-Health), entertainment, E-commerce, and interactive Education. Use of Adobe software can and does help local organisations nurture local talent and develop innovative offerings.

    In Education, Adobe Systems’ products are actively used by nearly every institution in Malaysia - both in the pre-tertiary education sectors as well as in universities; because of their ability to advance digital literacy amongst schoolchildren and students. In particular, Adobe has forged an effective collaborative partnership for digital literacy tools in schools, with the Malaysian Ministry of Education. This extends from the provision of Adobe Presenter for up to 60,000 teachers’ laptops, to further initiatives. Adobe provides MoE with very strong consultative support and resources – including training and curricula development, along with access to Adobe’s regional Education technology specialists, in support of MoE’s vision and initiatives in Pembestarian Sekolah and IT provisioning for the Malaysian education sector.

    At the Adobe Systems Education Leadership Forum in April this year, high-level education decision-makers, principals and vice principals of education institutions and schools, teachers and lecturers, heard how Adobe products can help deliver engaged learning to prepare the next generation to compete in the global economy. 190 international participants from Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan and Thailand, as well as from Malaysia, heard about the status of digital education in Asia, the latest digital media education trends, and new digital literacy tools for educators.

    Check out the full press release.

    Sunday, November 23, 2008

    VB6 Custom Installer for MSSQL Software Application

    Previously, we looked at Installing MSSQL Together With Software Application where we use batch file (command prompt) to perform the following three things.
    1. Install MSSQL 2005
    2. Setup database using osql
    3. Install the software application
    However, the method illustrated has the following flaws:
    1. Doesn’t run well with Vista (if you just double click the SetupTas.bat)
      Unlike Windows XP, Vista default each ‘command prompt run as administrator’ to ‘C:\Windows\System32’, thus after you have run SetupTas.bat, it will not find any file through the related folder ‘.\’

    2. ‘osql’ utility will not work when the machine was freshly installed with MSSQL 2005.



    Solutions:

    Problem 1:

    We need a way to set the relative path to the CD ROM. To that, we will create a custom installer (using VB6) which will point to the relative path of SetupTas.bat

    Problem 2:

    Since ‘osql.exe’ is a utility which doesn’t required to be installed, it can be copied into the CD (together with its dependencies file) and we can invoke it from the CD itself.

    Check out here for full description.

    And download the custom installer code(VB6) or here (Planet Source Code).
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    Friday, November 21, 2008

    VB6 Tracking A Process

    This sample code illustrates the usage of Windows API to track a process ID belonging to a command prompt process whether or not is already terminated before proceeding to perform other task.

    The command prompt process in this example is to perform a timeout for 10 seconds before auto-closing the window. When this happens, the command prompt process terminates by itself.

    The VB6 program will pick up the signal and then will send out notification.



    You need to use two kernel32 APIs namely..

    Private Declare Function OpenProcess Lib "kernel32" (ByVal dwDesiredAccess As Long, ByVal bInheritHandle As Long, ByVal dwProcessId As Long) As Long

    Private Declare Function GetExitCodeProcess Lib "kernel32" (ByVal hProcess As Long, lpExitCode As Long) As Long

    Check out the code here or download here or here (Planet Source Code).

    Thanks to these reference sites which offers incomplete descriptions.

    Thursday, November 20, 2008

    Three Malaysians complete global open source projects in Google Summer of Code 2008

    Three bright and talented Malaysian university students wrote thousands of lines of code to augment existing open source projects during their term break through the Google Summer of Code™ program, whose goal is to increase the world's supply of open source software while providing young computer programmers with inspiring, meaningful summer jobs.



    Over the last three months Raj Kissu Rajendran (21), Phua Khai Fong (24) and Devtar Singh (22), learned, experimented and collaborated with mentors from open source organizations worldwide through Google Summer of Code 2008, which matches university students with an interest in open source programming with international open source organizations.

    They were the only Malaysians among over 900 students globally who successfully completed their projects.

    Raj Kissu Rajendran, a student of Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT), wrote code to implement BLOBStreaming in phpMyAdmin to allow for easier management of media streaming over the Internet. He was mentored by Marc Delisle of MySQL.

    Phua Khai Fong, a graduate of Multimedia University (MMU) wrote code for The Squeak Project to enable 'freeCAD' (a basic 3D CAD with Motion Simulation) to function in a virtual world environment called Croquet. freeCAD/Croquet can be used as a powerful education tool that helps improve the way people teach and learn using 3D graphics. He is currently working and partnering with his mentor on open source projects such as KMZ Importer for Cobalt.

    Devtar Singh, also a graduate of MMU, constructed the Umit Bluetooth Scanner to aid users in accurately tracking Bluetooth-enabled devices. He is also working on a version that will soon be integrated into the Umit Network Scanning Suite. Adriano Monteiro Marques of Umit mentored Devtar throughout the program.

    Check out the full press release.

    Networking Leaders Announce Initiative to Develop 100 GbE Services

    The development of standards for 100 Gigabit Ethernet is a key part of the process to support widespread cost-effective deployment of 100 GbE technology. The IEEE is currently targeting mid-2010 for industry agreement on a 100 GbE standard.

    Internet2, ESnet, Infinera, Juniper Networks and Level 3 Communications today at the annual SC08 conference in Austin, Texas, announced they have agreed to work together to aggressively develop and test emerging 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technologies. The initiative will build on fresh-from-the-laboratory technologies to create a 100GbE testbed on the Internet2 and ESnet networks with an operational network capability soon thereafter.

    The initiative highlights the leadership of these organizations in ensuring the Research & Education community has the networking capacity and speed they need to drive advancements in fields such as high-energy physics, telemedicine and climate research.

    In support of the development, Juniper Networks plans to leverage its industry-leading T1600 core router. As the only 100 Gbps-ready core router available today, the T1600 provides unparalleled investment protection and a seamless migration path to 100 Gbps. With 100 Gbps of capacity per slot, the T1600 ensures Internet2 and ESnet could quickly and easily deploy 100 Gbps interfaces.

    Press Release:

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, 19 November, 2008 – Internet2, ESnet, Infinera, Juniper Networks and Level 3 Communications today at the annual SC08 conference in Austin, Texas, announced they have agreed to work together to aggressively develop and test emerging 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) technologies.

    The initiative will build on fresh-from-the-laboratory technologies to create a 100GbE testbed on the Internet2 and ESnet networks with an operational network capability soon thereafter.

    This joint development effort brings together the technical leadership of Level 3 Communications, Infinera, and Juniper Networks, as well as ESnet and Internet2's unmatched experience supporting research communities with the most demanding networking requirements.

    Check out here for full press release.

    Wednesday, November 19, 2008

    The Last Chance In the Capitalism World ?

    Frankly speaking, I would have never imagined this day when USA is struggling with its economy. For instance, the automobile industry is really struggling and gives warning for serious consequences in the wake of collapsing.

    It seems these days that people around the world are buying Toyota more often that you think. My uncle in Singapore told me that the two best brands are Toyota and Honda where the former is rugged, tough and economical and the latter is ladylike; smooth, desirable and not-so-tough. He warned me not to buy Nissan and etc. But I think Nissan Grand Livinia is cool.

    So, nobody really cares about buying USA made cars, I suppose so. And it seems like the Americans also don't care about royalty anymore.

    We have heard the story that Lenovo Thinkpad and Apple Macbook is not the most popular laptop in Japan, it is Toshiba because of royalty culture. Similarly, we also know that Koreans will only use Korean-made technology, so forget about selling to Koreans. There is actually not much different from Taiwan.

    The point now is that culture differences has succeeded in helping the economy to become more diversified and helps with competitions which in turn promotes better economy.

    But the Internet and globalized media is probably the spoiler. End-users' opinions have never been so important than before, couples with proliferation of blogs, the trend of buying is shifting to one-brand economy. Just think about Microsoft, Google, Toyota and whatever, you would understand.

    This may not be a bad thing after all. This offers a window of opportunity for those rising stars to capture the global market with high possibilities faster than we could imagine. My take is that it could happen to you pretty fast, but you have to work hard and fast. Internet is definitely going to be the ultimate market place, we need to find a way to engage users more proactively and effectively through the Internet. And it is low-cost thing to have access to the Internet.

    However, what's bitter is that when it is over, it is over. Entrepreneurs today running a risk that there will be no more loyal customers, it is possible that anyone can replace you.(Unless you become the one-brand)

    The one-brand economy could perhaps be the peak of capitalism and the world needs to be ready for the next economy and I don't know what it is.

    Anyway, the timer is still ticking.

    US Economy and The Tech Industry Recently

    Got this compilation from email (Thanks to TK Chin)

    Happenings Around Malaysia
    • Flextronics 4 days week for Month Nov and Dec 2008.
    • AMD Penang announced this morning VSS lay off 500 employees.
    • Spansion force to take leave (5 days in this quarter)
    • Jabil planned shut down from Dec 24 to Jan 4, will be 6 days leave.
    • Agilent planned shut down from Dec 24 to Jan 4, will be 6 days leave.
    • ASE shut down every fortnightly on Monday starting from Nov 3.
    • Fairchild planned ‘Mass Vacation’ for 9 days leave in FY08 (Q2 : 3 days,Q3 : 2 days,Q4 : 4 days)
    • ST-NXP Wireless cuts 500 jobs World-Wide, including subcontractors, from the current total of more than 7500 people.
    Flextronics cuts 118 jobs in Limerick, Ireland

    The job cuts were confirmed during this weekend. Flextronics has announced that the company will cut around 100 jobs at the Limerick plant, said RTE. The reason for the cut backs is due to the global economic downturn.

    Flextronics employs around 300 staff at the Limerick facility, which provides warehousing and logistics services to a number of companies in the region.

    Dell lays off 700 in Ireland

    The Dell facility in Raheen, Limerick is to lay off 700 temporary workers. Additional to that, Flextronics in Limerick is also rumoured to lay off 100 staff.
    Mary Coughlan, Irish Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, met with members of Dell’s senior management to discuss the future of 3000 employees at the manufacturing facility in Limerick.

    STMicro to lay off at Phoenix facility

    Switzerland based chip maker STMicroelectronics is to lay off staff at its Phoenix, Arizona facility. Local news states that the chip maker will lay off 100 staff. The facility - which currently employs around 850 staff - will expercience an ongoing lay off process. azcentral cites spokesman Mike Michael Markowitz in saying that "about 100 of the plant's 850 workers were let go this week and that the process would continue".

    Last year, the company announced closure plans for 3 American chip facilities and that chip manufacturing would be transferred to low-cost locations. Staff and management hoped for a buyer to keep the plant open.

    Dell workers asked to take unpaid vacationMichael Dell

    Media reports state that CEO Michael Dell - of computer giant Dell - has asked employees to consider taking a maximum of 5 days unpaid holidays.

    As reported earlier, Dell is currently running a restructuring programme to counteract the economic and financial downturn.

    This include 8,900 job cuts, voluntary severance packages and a global hiring freeze. "We are asking employees on a voluntary basis to consider taking off (up to) five days ... as unpaid time off as a flexible way to reduce costs for the company," the CEO was cited in a Reuters report in saying.

    Tele-Fonika Kable to cut 900

    Polish based cable and wire producer Tele-Fonika Kable plans to lay of 900 employees or 19% of its workforce. The lay offs will affect all production units across the group. The company has seven plants, of which five are located in Poland, said PB. Tele-Fonika Kable also plans to sell parts of its business, however it will not close down any plants. The company wishes to optimize production process and reduce costs.
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    Monday, November 17, 2008

    Get uCertify Promotion Codes (10% Discount)

    uCertify offers IT certification preparation kits for Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, CompTIA, Sun Java, CIW,Adobe, ISC-2 and EC-Council.

    Email team@it-sideways.com to obtain the promotion codes which would entitle you to benefit from 10% discount for purchase of preparation kits.



    You can use this promotion code on the e-commerce page of uCertify will checking out the items.

    Check out more on uCertify.

    Friday, November 14, 2008

    Juniper Network Appoints Mike Rose as EVP of Service, Support & Operations

    Juniper Networks announced the appointment of Mike Rose to the newly created role of executive vice president of Service, Support and Operations. Most recently, Rose was the senior vice president and chief information officer for Royal Dutch Shell, where he led a 10,000 person service and IT group. Prior to Shell, Rose had a 23-year career at Hewlett-Packard (HP) in roles across finance, IT and field operations. This included serving as HP's chief information officer.

    Press Release:

    KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA, November 14, 2008 – Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today announced the appointment of Mike Rose to the newly created role of executive vice president of Service, Support and Operations.



    Rose will report directly to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Johnson, and reporting to Rose will be the leaders of Juniper's Services and Manufacturing organizations.

    Check out the full press release.

    Thursday, November 13, 2008

    Adobe Creative Suite 4 KL Launch - Other Technologies

    Adobe Creative Suite 4 had a launching event yesterday (11th Nov 2008) at Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    Flavert Media Blog sums things up pretty neatly.

    Check out the full details of all new features for web, print and production.

    Other interesting stuffs presented by the evangelists ...



    Smarter Adjustment Tools - Photoshop CS4

    A few things which Tim mentioned swiftly was the 'Dodge Tool' which is now a better shading tool. And then he mentioned the 'Smart-Guy Tool' which in a automated built-in feature for alignment of objects on the canvas; just think of it as automated alignment tool and it is smarter now.

    Then you have the 'Content-Aware-Scaling Tool' which is smart enough to auto-generate according to patterns when scaling.



    In this video, you can see from the low resolution video that the ship object is actually being rebuilt on real-time in order to accommodate for the picture getting bigger or smaller.

    Tim over and over again kept reminding us that the 3D engine in Photoshop CS4 has been rewrote from scratch so that everything (within the 3D context) becomes objects. This allows great feats to be accomplished such as totally merging of an image into a 3D surface and removing a 3D surface without affecting other parts.

    Check out the video below.



    My biggest impression on Tim was the mention of IDML (InDesign Markup Language), which is a new technology (based on XML) in InDesign CS4 which allows automation, period.

    Think about it, if you want to automate certain tasks while working on InDesign, you can't unless you get CS4 and make use of either one of the followings:
    1. Scripting
    2. IDML
    For instance, if you have an InDesign template and would like to generate 100 different posters based on 100 different slogans and images stored in a database, then this will be useful for you. It is similar to MS Word Mail-Merge.

    This is for programmer. IDML is just an open format for InDesign's Document based on the XML technology. So by referring to the specification, software developers can now develop third party software applications to create InDesign's document. This is pretty cool!

    Tim also reminded the audience to make use of the 'GREP Tool' to make bulk changes to InDesign's documents for repetitive texts such as dates for working with formats.

    He also demonstrated the use of 'Pencil Tool' to wrap a text object around an object such as human body.

    The best tip Tim gave the crowd as finale is the method to improve bad taken digital photos. He went on to explain that the biggest problem with digital photography is when you do not have enough lights to support the taking of crisp shot; I totally agree, especially when you are using 2M pixels camera. But sometimes it is also due to bad cameraman.

    He demonstrated that by taking 4 to 6 shots of all bad shots of an image such as these two blurred images.





    This is what you can do...
    1. Take 4 - 6 shots.
    2. Load in Photoshop CS4
    3. Goto 'Tools/Load Files Into Layer/Auto-Align Layers/Convert Smart Objects'
    4. Goto 'Layer/Smart Object/Stack Mode/Median'
    Photoshop CS4 will rebuild for you an enhanced image.

    What I can remember getting from Karl Soule was 'Adobe Device Central' which can be used as Content Simulation Tool for testing the effectiveness of a content such as video designed with a generic specifications. It is able to perform transcoding for you into many mobile devices.


    Selecting Devices


    Content Simulation

    The other thing which Karl mentioned was the 'speech search' in Premiere CS4 where speech will be subjected to speech-recognition to generate transcripts which will then be used for text based searching.



    Check out a video here.

    Also check out The Overview and The People for the event.

    More About Tim Cole (Creative Evangelist):

    Tim Cole started his career at Aldus Corp. in 1988, doing technical support and training for PageMaker. He has been with Adobe since 1998 when he returned to work on the launch of InDesign 1.0. Since that time he's been an evangelist for InDesng and InCopy, as well as Photoshop and Illustrator.

    Tim works extensively with newspaper, magazine, and book publishers around the world. he speaks at industry events, users groups, product conferences and at seminar events around the world. he and colleague Rufus Deuchler collaborate on the Adobe TV program Caffe Fibonacci where they discuss and demonstrate the powerful features and workflows avaialble in Adobe Creative Suite Software.

    More About Karl Soule' (Creative Evangelist, Digital Video & Audio):


    Karl Soule' is responsible for promoting Adobe's video and audio tools to creative professionals. Soule' joined Adobe throug the company's acquisition of Serious Magic, the original creators of the OnLocation software, where he was Product Marketing Manager, and interim Product Manager, Professional group. in this role, he oversaw the development and marketing of the OnLocation and Ultra Software, now part of Adobe CS3 Production Premium. Prior to Serious Magic, Soule' was a Senior Sales Sales Engineer and Trainer for GlobalStreams, Inc., GlobalStreams is a leading provider of video communications hardware and software for the video production professional.

    Soule' has extensive experience with live video streaming technologies, engineering live broadcasts for sites such as countingdown.com and playTV.com. His video production experience includes graphic production, live switching, editing, chroma keying/virtual set operation, and 3D animation. Soule' has provided training for companies such as NFL Films, Yahoo, WWI, CBS Marketwatch, and national goverment agencies like the House of Parliament in Ottawa, Canada.

    Soule' first jobs in production were working for several local radio stations, cutting comedy segments for a top-rated afternoon talk show, and engineering NBA broadcasts for the Scaramento Kings.

    Soule' began his professional career at age of 14, working with dBase II and a CP/M terminal for lobbying firm in Scaramento, CA.

    Gmail Voice and Video Chat is Finally Here!!

    Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today launched Gmail voice and video chat, making it simple for Malaysians and people around the world to chat in high-quality video within Gmail - all for free.

    Now Malaysians can make video calls to friends and family and cakap-cakap all you want, all for free, right alongside your email.


    Here’s how to get started with Gmail voice and video chat:
    1. Go to mail.google.com/videochat and download the Gmail voice and video
      chat plug-in
    2. Be sure to restart your browser when asked
    3. Sign in to Gmail
    4. In the Chat section of your Gmail, select the contact you want to call. Click on ‘Video & more’ in the lower-left part of the chat window
    5. Click either ‘Start voice chat’ or ‘Start video chat’. If your contact doesn’t have a web camera, you can still have a voice call or a one-way video call
    6. If you’d like to make the video area full screen, just move your cursor over the video chat and click the icon in the upper-left corner
    7. When you’re done chatting, just click the ‘Hang up’ button
    Check out the full descriptions here.

    And check out the top 10 tips about Gmail. Wow! this is cool.

    mTOUCHE Strikes Deal With Paramount Digital Entertainment

    Following hot on the heels of its announcement with Cartoon Network last week, here is another significant move for MESDAQ-listed mTouche. mTouche is collaborating with Paramount Digital Entertainment to distribute Paramount Pictures’ movie content through mobile devices, exclusively for Malaysian and Thai consumers.

    Press Release:

    Kuala Lumpur, 13 Nov 2008 - MESDAQ-listed mTouche Technology Berhad (‘mTouche’) today announced its collaboration with Paramount Digital Entertainment to localise and distribute Paramount Pictures content through interactive mobile devices exclusively for Malaysia and Thailand in the South East Asian (SEA) market. Paramount Digital Entertainment is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation - a unit of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA and VIA.B).

    Terms of this deal will enable Paramount Pictures’ rich filmed-based content to be transformed, localized and accessible in SEA via multiple wireless touch points.

    Additionally, mTouche will develop and deliver a hybrid roll-out of content offerings, including movie-themed ringtones, wallpapers, java games, on-demand video clips and movie updates to be based upon a select list of titles from Paramount Pictures’ existing catalogue and upcoming new releases.

    Check out here for full press release.

    Wednesday, November 12, 2008

    Adobe Creative Suite 4 KL Launch- The Technology (Web)

    Adobe Creative Suite 4 had a launching event yesterday (11th Nov 2008) at Shangri-La, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    Check out the details of what's new in the products for web.

    The session was conducted by Mr. Paul Burnett, Senior Worldwide Evangelist, Creative Solutions Adobe Systems Inc.



    Paul started by evangelizing Adobe's Fireworks which he said is important for two things:
    1. Creating designs for the screen (web). Try not to use Photoshop which later you have to optimize for the web again. You can use Fireworks for slicing as well.
    2. Rapid prototyping of web projects.



    Slicing with Fireworks


    The cool new stuff in Firework CS4 is that you can now do the following two things:
    1. Export web projects prototypes into interactive PDF, send the PDF file to customers for reviewing.
    2. Export prototypes into CSS/Javascripts (xHTML) files (after slicing) and into Dreamweaver for further development (incorporating scripts). In CS3, you can do the same except that there will be no CSS exported, for CS4 the CSS exported is clean-cut, crisp and most important of all, it is based on web standard compliance. So, if you are still trying to create CSS for your web templates, you are wasting time starting from yesterday (in Malaysia)



    Export xHTML from Fireworks for Dreamweaver editing


    Thus, as a web designers, you should be using Fireworks for designing and prototyping. Dreamweaver is meant for programmers where you can do the following things in CS4.
    • Search for CSS of a particular element.
    • Live-code viewing - where you can see on real-time the generation of dynamic HTML codes out of the CSS/Javascripts combination of your project files.
    • You can also now export end products (web projects) not just in binary format (swf) but in XPL (XML for Flash) format so that you can open the same project files in other CS4 softwares such as InDesign, Photoshop and etc as a project files (objects are objects, texts are texts, images are images) and performing editing from thereon



    Fast search CSS for editing


    Live-code Reviewing

    Check out some videos of the new features demonstrated.

    3D:



    Object-Based Motion Tween:



    Bone Tools:



    Decor Tools



    Check out the overview and the people of the event.

    More about Paul Burnett:

    Paul is responsible for promoting the use of Adobe products, talking with customers, giving product demonstrations at trade shows and seminars, speaking at industry conferences, and leading specialized, advanced training sessions featuring Adobe's Creative Suite product line.

    Before joining Adobe, Burnett worked in the web, multimedia and video industries for more than 18 years running his own company, MAD (Multimedia, Art Design), and wining many awards including five Macromedia/Adobe Site of the Day awards.

    Burnett also worked for several years at Macromedia as Senior Evangelist for Asia Pacific, presenting new products, seminars and master classes throughout Asia, Australia and New Zealand.

    Trained in analogue video and audio production, Burnett initially used and taught Adobe Premiere Pro soon after its release in the early '90s and started using Adobe After Effects when it was first released, to creat both standaline video productions as well as incorporating video into multimedia and the web.

    Burnett holds a degree in Education from University of canberra.

    Tuesday, November 11, 2008

    Adobe Creative Suite 4 KL Launch- The Overview

    Adobe Creative Suite 4 had a launching event today at Shangri-La. Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

    Check out the details of what's new in the products web, print and video.



    During the media briefing, the managing director of Southeast Asia Adobe Systems Mr. Ashley Wearne presented an overview of CS 4, which he called it 'Cool Stuff 4 you!' and it is interesting to note a few interesting facts.

    First of all, you got to be serious Adobe users in order to appreciate CS4. According to Flavert Media Blog, all the new features are killer features.

    According to Ashley, all these features are what the customers asked for and they include people like BBC, Direct TV, Disney and etc. CS4 is really focusing on the idea of integrated solution to achieve the state of fully collaborated software architecture.

    Check out a few number facts about CS4.
    • 14 products
    • 14 technologies
    • 7 services
    • 6 suites
    • 19 languages
    • 178 countries
    • 10,014 pre-release customers. (Beta testers). So even company like Adobe Systems leverage on real customers for product testing.(This is something useful for software developers to take note)
    And this product took them 17,000 person years of development.



    What customers should consider when thinking about upgrading from CS3 are just three reasons:
    1. Time Saving
    2. Integration
    3. Innovation
    It only costs RM 3,689 to upgrade from CS3 and that is really affordable. Deal or no deal ?

    Check out the full pricing here.

    Ashley said that the trend of people adopting CS4 is about 20% for early adopters and it will take a year or two for others to follow suit. Adobe Systems headquarters in San Jose, Califo...

    When asked about where are the core software engineers based in ? Ashley mentioned that mainly in three locations; USA, China( for mobile-related development) and India as well. Adobe's headquarter is in San Jose, California USA.

    Finally, came the killer question about the probability of the assumption that CS5 will be out latest in 2 years timeframe, Ashley replied that Adobe Systems is a software company and thus they are always innovating. Of course, speaking from experience, CS5 is definitely on the way.

    In the Q & A session, when pressed for backward compatibility, Mr. Paul Burnett (Senior Worldwide Evangelist, Creative Solutions) mentioned that backward compatibility works in a sense that there will be features-lost moving files from CS4 to CS3.

    And on the issues with learning curve, Burnett highlighted two initiatives:
    1. There are more than ever more online tutorials out there.
    2. Newer features are getting more and more intuitive than ever.
    And check out the people in this event.

    More About Ashley Wearne:

    Ashley Wearne is based in Singapore, where he spearhead the development and growth of Adobe's business in the region and serve to further strengthen the bonds between its customers and partner communities.

    Prior to joining Adobe, he was the VP for Australia, New Zealand, Southe East Asia and India for McAfee where he was responsible for charting the growth of McAfee's customer and partner business elements. Ashley joined McAfee (then Network Associates) in April 2002 as Managing Director for Australia, New Zealand and moved to live in Singapore in May 2003. Previously before joining McAfee, he was the Managing Director for Novell in Australia and New Zealand.

    Ashley as a wealth of experiences in IT Industry having led an illustrious career that spans more than 20 years. Throughout his career Ashley has held several senior management positions in areas such as general management, channel management, corporate marketing and sales management for a number of leading companies which include Unisys and Burroughs.

    Ashely has worked and lived in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Singapore and has a degree majoring in Economics from the Flinders University of South Australia.



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