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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.)