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Thursday, February 28, 2008

GREEN PACKET REPORTS 24% REVENUE GROWTH IN FY2007

Company to Remain in Investment Mode Over The Next 24 months

More about Green Packet.


Press Release:


KUALA LUMPUR, 28 February 2008 – Green Packet Berhad (Green Packet) today announced a 24% jump in revenue from the previous year to RM122.84 million for its financial year ended 31 December 2007.

However, the company posted a lower pre-tax profit of RM30.99 million as compared with RM58.56 million in FY2006. Profit after tax (PAT) and minority an interest was RM30.16 million as compared with the previous corresponding period at RM55.29 million.

According to Group Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr Puan Chan Cheong, while Green Packet has consistently registered higher earnings since its listing with its wireless solutions business being continuously profitable and gaining market share - the drop in company’s earnings towards the second half of last year was due to temporary slow down in sales to China and continued heavy investments to build the converged telecommunications business of its subsidiary, Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. It was also attributable to share of losses from non-core businesses via associated companies and higher provision for costs made in the discounted telephony subsidiaries.

On the numerous broad based reports that Green Packet’s revenues are affected by slower sales to China due to regulatory delays on award of 3G spectrum, Puan maintains that China will remain to be an important target market for Green Packet due to the sheer size and high growth potential of the China telecommunications market.

Puan said, ”We see this slowdown as no more than a temporary hiccup faced due to external risk factors. However, plans have been in place since early 2006 to mitigate the risks associated with over-dependency on any single market.”

He adds, ”We are pleased with our diversification strategy in terms of markets, customer base, and solution offerings. As a result, the dip in our solution business in China has been substantially off-set by strong growth in both Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asia Pacific.”

According to Puan, Green Packet will further rationalise its business operations to pursue telecommunication opportunities in two major growth regions i.e. the Asia Pacific and MENA.

Green Packet expects to continue investing in the near future to solidify its second key business pillar of converged telecommunications service provider. This new business unit will continue to aggressively build up its organisation and the necessary infrastructure to roll-out WiMAX broadband services by the first half of this year.

“Based on the positive outcome of some of the key strategic directions and investments we have taken over the past 2 years, I am extremely confident that Green Packet’s cumulative plans will pan out in this year,” ends Puan.

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About Green Packet Berhad (Green Packet)

Green Packet is a leading developer of Next Generation Mobile Broadband Networking Solutions. The company’s mission is to provide a seamless and unified platform for the delivery of user centric multimedia communications and services regardless of the nature and availability of backbone infrastructures.

As a mobile broadband networking solutions developer, Green Packet brings forth best-of-class technologies, devices and services to simplify and enhance connectivity and communications.

To fulfill a wide array of targeted needs of its varied market and user segments, Green Packet employs two key business pillars:

Pillar 1: Products & Solutions

Targeted to mobile enterprises, mobile workgroups, telecommunications and Internet Service Provider, Green Packet is a one-stop shop providing end-to-end products and solutions to fulfill all Information Technology and Communications needs. Tailored to the requirements of each market segment, its offerings include the Self Organising Network (SON) products and solutions, online camera surveillance systems, project management engineering services and consultant services.

Pillar 2: Converged Telecommunications Service Provider

Aimed at enterprises, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), residential and end-consumers, Green Packet through its subsidiary and WiMAX arm, Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (P1) delivers advanced wireless connectivity serving up an impressive range of converged broadband services in the form of connectivity, communications, contents and services.

For more information, please log on to:
www.greenpacket.com
www.p1.com.my

How to Maintain a Web Site Which Doesn't Sleep ?

By Google's blogger standard, just do it.


People can wait.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Connection to Remote MS SQL Server 2005 Over The Internet

I have been working on this issue and want to share it out.

First of all, go download and install MS SQL Server 2005 Express Edition.

Step by step guide for setup of connection to remote MS SQL Server 2005 instances over the Internet.

It involves several steps. (It is important that you follow all the steps)

1. SQL Server Surface Area Communication Manager
    You need to configure this to the remote MSSQL Server 2005. For this part, Microsoft actually narrated it clearly. Just follow this article.

    Windows Firewall are deployed mostly by default in Windows XP and Windows Vista, except for Windows 2003 Server. If you have it installed and enabled, be sure to follow the step as described in the article. Otherwise, you may just choose to turn-off the firewall.


2. SQL Server Configuration Manager
    You need to configure this part to the remote MSSQL Server. This portion is described too generically by Microsoft.

    Ok, assuming that you follow default installation settings, where you are currently having a named instance called "SQLEXPRESS".



    Ok, take a look at this article.

    What it means is ...



    You must follow exactly where you have to set the IP (IP1 in this case) to a valid IP (the IP which your computer or server is currently running; an IP which can be ping). Take note that if you are running the computer or server on dynamic IP mode, MSSQL Server 2005 will automatically assign a random IP for you in this scenario, u have to remove it as the random IP will have no use (It cannot be ping). If you have to use dynamic IP, you have to at least set the IP to the dynamic IP which your computer or server is currently running (i.e 192.168.1.101)

    Be sure to clear the TCP Dynamic ports to blank instead of 0.

    You are done for this part. Now u have to proceed to port forwarding at the router of the remote site.

3. Port Forwarding
    Assuming you are using D-Link AirPlus G+ high-speed 2.4GHz router as for this scenario.

    Create an entry to "Virtual Server"



    Set the private port to the port you set earlier (which is 1475), the public port can be any number (in this case is also 1475).

    Which it will then automatically create the following entry



    Also have to create another port forwarding under "application", as according to this article.



    Also, it would be better if you register a dynamic DNS if you are running on a dynamic WAN IP.



    Ok, the port forwarding settings have been done.

4. Connecting to Remote Site

    Ok, now that the remote site has been configured, you need to try to connect to it.

    The most important thing is the connection string format. There are two formats.



    Therefore, for this scenario, you can connect to the remote server (which you have configured above) using connection string of "seiya1.dyndns.org\sqlexpress,1475"


5. Linked Server
    Now that you are able to connect to the remote MSSQL Server 2005, you can basically run SQL queries on it.

    The proper concept is to use "OPENQUERY(T-SQL)" and "linked server".

    Thus, to setup link server.



    Ok, now you want to fill up the form the connection. Refer to this article for guidelines.

    Basically...



    where

    Name = Any name
    Provide = "Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL SERVER"
    Product = "SQLOLEDB"
    Data Source = Connection string mentioned earlier.

    Woohoo, you are done!

What is SQL Native Client Protocol?

According to this article...

What it is trying to say is that..

It is used by client (i.e Management Studio) to connect to MS SQL server instances.

This means that by setting a 'aliases', you don't have specify the port number in the connection string.

Thus, reverting back to this scenario ...



And you can try to connect to it again using...



You don't have to specify the instance name because the port will point to the correct instance.

What is SQL Browser Service?

According to this article, this service is useful to help you to lookup for the instances of MSSQL Server 2005. Means, if you don't provide the port, by just stating the IP and instance name, it will help you to look for the right port number and connect on your behalf. (This is if the browser service is enabled earlier).

However, if we try to do that for this case, it means that the connection string = "seiya1.dyndns.org\sqlexpress" --> without the port number.


However, it doesn't work for this case because we need the port number for port forwarding. Remember that in this scenario, we set the public port = 1475 and private port = 1475.

Unless there is a way to do port forwarding for SQL Browser Service, otherwise it is mostly useful for situation which doesn't require port forwarding such as LAN or MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) environment.

Upgrade to MS SQL Server 2005 SP2 for Express Edition ?

According to this article, there is no upgrade files for Express edition. You will have to reinstall from scratch.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

mTouche Q407 Results and Strategies

mTouche Registers Q407 Losses while 2007 was ‘spring cleaning’ year, 2008 will kick start a ‘turnaround, fruit-reaping’ year.

More about mTouche.

Press Release:

KUALA LUMPUR, 19 FEBRUARY 2007 – Mesdaq listed mTouche Technology Berhad (“mTouche”) today announces its results for fourth quarter of financial year ended 31 December 2007 (“Q4FY07”). The Group announces a revenue and loss of RM45.2 million and RM12.5 million respectively.

The Group’s revenue is down by 15.2 percent from RM 53.3 million of the same period ending 31 December 2006. Its fourth quarter record loss of approximately RM17.8 million as compared to a profit of RM6.0 million from the previous quarter, is in line with anticipation of lower revenue generated due to adverse market condition.

mTouche’s Chief Executive Officer, Eugene Goh, says the Group’s less than satisfactory results were mainly due to a decline in market share, resulting from a competitive environment and a highly regulated industry.

The company’s loss position is due to higher expenses incurred, which includes several one-time charges stemming from the company’s heavy regional expansion via acquisitions of new subsidiaries, professional fees incurred, foreign exchange loss, provision of doubtful debts and impairment of goodwill, higher depreciation and amortization of intellectual property.

“In 2006, we expanded relentlessly with new set-ups in the regional, and investment via acquisition in excess of RM30 million. With intense competition in the region, some acquisitions did not do as well as expected and were subject to impairment of goodwill. So last year we re-assessed some investments which were not strategic to our growth going forward, and tightened our revenue streams. mTouche is working on a new clean slate and have seen the last of the difficult times,” says Goh.


Going with Mobile Advertising in 2008


Moving on in 2008, mTouche is confident that its investments in Hong Kong and Vietnam will start to pay off, with solid revenue contribution coming in from its numerous partnership alliances forged within the region’s mobile content and distribution network.

“For one, mTouche is setting its sights to be the biggest regional mobile media player in 2008. We are very excited to be announcing details of our collaboration with one of the world’s largest web2.0 company later this month. Through mTouche’s mobile platform, the web2.0 company will launch into the lucrative mobile advertising market in Asia,” Goh added.

Goh sees contribution from mobile advertising to make up a significant part of the company’s revenue starting this year. “Through mobile advertising, mTouche will make money with every impression received… through this collaboration, we target to receive more than 500 million impressions by end of the year, you can see that revenue input is real and just around the corner.”

mTouche has also launched its Mobile Advertising Platform at the 3GSM Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. mTouche’s Mobile Advertising Platform provides a framework infrastructure for publishers and advertisers for optimization of mobile advertising on mobile sites.

“Mobile advertising is about reaching out to as many end-users as possible, and we have the solutions to maximize our partners’ opportunities. Apart from focusing on our core business, 2008 will be an exciting year for mTouche, as we are clearer on our strategic path. We anticipate much better results for 2008,” says Goh.

Earlier Goh earlier shared mTouche’s mobile advertising platform launch in China last month, “We are already seeing over 2 million impressions since the China launch, and we target to see 100 million impressions per month by June and 500 million impressions a month by year-end.”

About mTouche Technology Berhad

mTouche Technology Berhad is involved in the provision of mobile short messaging technologies such as mTouche Intelligent Short Messaging Platform and mTouche Content Provisioning Platform. It is a forerunner and leader with expertise in mobile messaging technologies and interactive media applications (which includes television, radio and press) in South-East Asia with operations in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Hong Kong, Vietnam, India and China.

PR Contact:-

Jade Lo
Sirius PR Sdn Bhd
Tel: 03-7805 2700
jade.lo@siriuspr.com.my

Friday, February 15, 2008

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Sal.xls.exe - Not Able to Enable Viewing of Hidden Files For Vista

First of all, my sister's laptop got infected with some malwares, and here are the findings. It contracted through infected pen-drive.

Then I concluded that Vista is safe from any threats, however I soon realized that my laptop which is currently running Vista is also got infected by a malware.

It is identified with the file called sal.xls.exe (or tel.xls.exe) and full descriptions can be found here.

To simply put, how it got infected to my Vista was probably through my sister laptop's infection which it spread across the LAN in my house. During that time, the UAC for my Vista was disable for development purposed.

When it infects, it will first create an autorun file (autorun.inf) into C drive which points to sal.xls.exe.

And when you boot up the next time, sal.xls.exe will be executed and it actually creates one trouble and a few shits (additional files).

The only trouble which it creates is the inability for you to view hidden file. When you enable viewing of hidden files from "folder's option", it will roll back to "Do not view hidden files". This is the only trouble, and it not harmful.

The additional files created as spoofs are:
  • algssl.exe
  • msfir80.exe (Is a trojan)
  • msime80.exe (Is a trojan)
I don't really want to go about explaining so much... instead, I will just show here the steps I have taken from discovery to restoring the system.

I first discovered the problem not due to any peculiarity from the system, (even with autorun.inf being rested comfortably on my C drive, I could still execute explorer from My Computer), but from the Windows Task Manager.


"Form1" is created by the process of algssl.exe.



Then I check out 'msconfig' and found that..


So, the next to do was to remove all these files.

Take note that Windows Defender doesn't help in this case, one of the reason is that Windows Defender couldn't scan for hidden files (because the damage done to the laptop is to corrupt feature to view the hidden file).

This web teaches me how to remove all these files. Too bad it is in mandarin.

Let me translate here with minor enhancement.
  1. The first thing you have to do is to terminate the process of algssl.exe using "Task Manager". This is very important. Otherwise, the process of algssl.exe will cause interruption to the following steps, especially step 3.
  2. The second thing that you need to do is to get rid of the autorun.inf file in C drive and all other drives. To do this, the most effective way is through this video. The content of autorun.inf looks like this..

  3. Then, proceed to fix the viewing hidden files problem. This has to be done via regedit.
      Click Start/Run,type regedit then press Ok
      Navigate to the following registry key:
      HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
      \Advanced\Folder\Hidden\SHOWALL

      Now right click on,and delete the value "CheckedValue" in the right
      hand window.

      Now create a new "DWORD Value" called exactly "CheckedValue" in the
      right hand window.
      Double click on "CheckedValue".
      In the opening 'Edit DWORD Value' box,set the 'Value data:' to 1

      Press Ok,exit regedit,restart your pc. Thanks to this link
  4. After restarted, 'enable viewing of hidden files' and also 'enable viewing protected operating system files'. Then use Windows search utility to search for the following files(if it is found) and delete them
    • msfir80.exe (would be found in c:\windows\system32)


    • msime80.exe (would be found in c:\windows\system32)
    • algssl.exe - You have to go to task manager to terminate the process first.
    • sal.xls.exe
    • tel.xls.exe
  5. Then fix the startup settings. You can either get it done with regedit or msconfig or both.
      regedit:
      Look under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run &
      HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Run and delete way the entries for both msfir80.exe and msime80.exe

      msconfig:
      Disable the entries under msconfig/startup
  6. Done, restart you machine.
More Tips (Complements the steps above):
  1. In Vista User Account Control (UAC)--> Able to stop this malware package from editing the registry.
  2. It will place autorun.inf in all partitions.
  3. It will place 'sal.xls.exe' in non active partitions --> you have to enable viewing protected operating system files.
  4. It will place msfir80.exe and msime.exe into '\windows\system32\' of the active partitions. You have to search msfir80.exe and msime80.exe from within the 'c:\windows\system32' itself.

Conclusion:

  1. Vista is only resistant to infections if UAC is enabled.
  2. The sal.xls.exe worm only causes damage of unable viewing hidden files, which interferes with the working of anti-virus and malwares softwares such as Windows Defender
  3. It will spread through machine from the LAN (Need to confirm this again).
  4. It spreads through thumb-drive interactions.
  5. I did mention that Spyware Doctor is a great tool for dealing with things, much better than AVG (free edition).However, it is only available for Windows XP under Google Pack (also known as started edition). For Vista, the free version is called trial version and similar to AVG (Free edition) where it permits real time detection and removal of threats but not for on-demand scan. Check it out here.. Spyware Doctor is not able to detect sal.xls.exe(algssl.exe + autorun.inf + msime80.exe +msfir80.exe)
  6. If after having gone through the steps described above, you are still having recurring algssl.exe attacks, then you should at least disable it each time before you connect to the Internet, this is because it is known to have outbound communication and may potentially transfer unsolicited information out of your computer. Perform at least step 1 described above (to kill the active process which will come back after restarts).
  7. All 'sal.xls.exe' has to be removed physically (from all partitions) and thumb-drives. It is the main file of this package of malwares (sal.xls.exe, autorun.inf, msime80.exe, msfir80.exe, algssl.exe)

Effects of Public Holidays on Blogs - 2008

The effects of Chinese New Year public holidays (2008) on IT-Sideways.

Traffic drops..



The highest peak is lower while lowest peak is greater.

But the good thing is Internet speed (Streamyx) goes up.. (Having download speed of > 1 Mbps is quite rare for a normal working day)



Thus, during Chinese New Year, it is a good time to download bit-torrent from the office.

More about Streamyx

More about Bit-Torrent

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

More About Bit-Torrent

I recently trying to pay more attention to bit-torrent, for my interest is to find out how I would be able to make use of bit-torrent to build a database replication service. Pretty cool huh ?

First of all, let's find out more about Bit-Torrent. Ok, it is created by Bram Cohen it is actually a protocol (standard) for information distribution. In a way, what this means is that if you want to send someone a file, use bit-torrent (protocol) to chop it into pieces and send over. The other party would be able to reassemble it because it is a standard; right ?

So, how it works is that you have a large file, you need to make a torrent out of it. Then as the first person downloads the file, you will start to have two nodes in the whole Internet who will help you to distribute the same file. As the third person start to download from either the 1st and 2nd source, you will then have 3 nodes doing the following things simultaneously.
  1. Sourcing the file (for the pieces that you have downloaded)
  2. Downloading the file (for the pieces that you haven't downloaded)
So, this is really cool.

And to find out how to create a torrent (file to be distributed with bit-torrent) ? Check this out.

Another thing to take note is the tracker, which is the pivotal to the solution where it is like a server. The purpose of the tracker is to track the activities of torrents; knowing how many nodes are there and etc. Find out more about trackers here.

Bit-Torrent is known to have two problems as documented in Wikipedia.
  1. Does not offer anonymity
  2. Nodes gradually die out, which results in lesser and lesser torrent sources for older torrents (older files)
And the issues with throttle ? According to here, it can be overcome with encryption and certain clients offer it.

The next big question is whether bit-torrent is open standard ? The answer is yes and you can obtain the specification from official site and unofficial site.

So, it is possible to do what I am trying to do, and to jump start it, just go ahead to study an open source project such as Azureus.

And to conclude this...

Let me share with you two things:

  1. There is a Malaysian bit-torrent portal which I heard offers fast download speed for Malaysian download. But you have to register first.
  2. Check out toolbarpro's torrent seek

ToolBarPro's TorrentSeek is actually a web browser tool bar customized for seeking torrents.

Ideally, it has core functions of tool bar such as short-cut for search engine, email checkers, games and other gadgets, pop-out blockers.

Check out the following screen-shot.



Another screen-shot here.

It is a tool bar for web browser, it is not a torrent client and it offers a ticker which provides summary of pre-registered rss feeds (for short-cuts to popular torrents). It provides a listing of popular torrent sites, so that you can start searching for torrents right away.

ToolBarPro currently is available for Microsoft Windows 2000, XP and Vista too (for both IE and FireFox latest editions).

Go download it!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Yahoo! Publisher Could Happen For Malaysia

Malaysian bloggers and other advertisement publishers will soon be able to benefit from Yahoo! Publisher's publishing opportunity, similar to Google Adsense.

This is good news for people who are blacklisted by Google due to illegal clicks, misunderstanding, sabotages and etc.

Currently, Yahoo!'s equivalent of Google Adsense only opens up opportunity to those with a valid US tax payer ID.



Unless you have solicited help from partners in US to have joint-ventures. You are not able to "really" get an account from Yahoo! Publisher, even with a fake tax ID and US address.

Good news is about to happen when Microsoft announced the bid to acquire Yahoo! for USD 44.6 billons, which Bloomberg dubbed as the biggest acquisition so far.

Personally, I have a mixed feeling about this due to the fact that the world would be less excited with lesser major players in the industry. And this would translate into lesser jobs and entrepreneur opportunities for people all around the world.

As a result of this, the world will get more and more stupid because there is no fun and equally unrewarding in venturing into high challenges ventures because you know that you just can't simply fight with multi-layered super duper heavy-weights like Microsoft, Google and as such.

In retrospect to this, I personally lauded the effort demonstrated by Malaysia's MDeC (Multi-Media Development Corporation) for its initiative in terms of creating a culture of ICT entrepreneurship as well as catering financial supports. Check out more about pre-seed fundings.

According to LiewCF.com, Google owns over 58.4% of the U.S. market, Yahoo has 22.9% and Microsoft is only 9.8%. Well, it is not bad of a 22.9% for just a market of USA alone. Google is spanning all over the world.

And I like to guess that the deal will come through. Micrsoft-Yahoo for corporate profitability.

To keep up the spirit of entrepreneurship, go ahead to apply for MDeC pre-seed funds which currently opens from 15th Jan 2008 to 15th Feb 2008. Good Luck! And think Glocal.

RUM Radionet Updates - New Artistes for Feb 2008

RUM RADIONET!; an online radio station.

New artistes featured this month :-

KAREN NUNIS BLACKSTONE ~ JULIAN MOKHTAR ~ ANGRY MAN ~ LETTO ~ PITBULL INC ~ SAER ZE ~ TOLYN ~ MELISSA INDOT ~ IZWAN PILUS ~ NIDJI ~ HADY MIRZA ~ SASI THE DON

...alongside all time great artistes such as CHUCK MANGIONE ~ LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY ~ EROS RAMAZZOTTI ~ TOTO (in anticipation of their KL concert on 15 March!)

More songs from RU 13, recently released album by KIRI

And SAYAP LARA, an emotionally charged debut ballad from AYANI

Enjoy!

* If you would like your songs / music to be featured on RUM RADIONET, drop us an e-mail at rumradionet@rockunite.com

Friday, February 01, 2008

What People Search on Tech Blog Malaysia ?

Analysis on the whole of last year 2007.

For the month of Jan 2008, the top ten are:
  1. The Branding Itself
  2. Microsoft OS Installation Tips
  3. A Malaysia Private Company's Venture On High Altitude Platform Stations(HAPS)
  4. Fake Emails
  5. New Concept of Education in Malaysia
  6. Windows Font Problems.
  7. A Financial Software Solution Company in Malaysia
  8. Google's Product

Check out the overview from below.


Majority of the traffic is still coming from Google and Yahoo.