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Saturday, February 28, 2009

Run Your Life With SMS: 10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do Via Text

Taken from this blog entry.

10 things you should do with SMS on Internet services.
  1. Track Your Packages
  2. Get Stock Quotes
  3. Track Your Expenses
  4. Stop Smoking
  5. Pay Your Bills
  6. Search For An Apartment
  7. Read The Classifieds
  8. Update Your Amazon Wishlist
  9. Search Google
  10. Order Pizza
This is what I normally do..
  • Download ring tones and other contents
  • Reload and transfer credits
  • Get latest lottery results
  • Voted for Malaysian idol
  • Register for events

But the things I really wanted is to be able to query knowledge base services.. So that instance, if I happen to step into a car sales center, I would like to query the following things with accuracy:

  • Latest interest rates
  • Second hand value
  • Pricing of other similar products
  • What is the biggest pro and con of the brand ?

But the problem is that if I can subscribe to this service, the sales people can also subscribe to this service as well. Then it wouldn't make any difference.

For instance, if there is a knowledge base system which provides the latest traffic information and if everybody subscribe to it, then it wouldn't make much difference; because everybody will be flocking into the less congested routes.

So, instead of providing a knowledge base service, we should sell knowledge base system and it will be up to the self efforts of users to accumulate as much knowledge as possible.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Independent Study Shows TCO Improvements with JUNOS Implementation

Juniper Networks announced the results of a new study that reveals total cost of ownership (TCO) improvements in companies that have deployed JUNOS® Software, the network operating system that integrates routing, switching, security and network services. The study, conducted by Forrester Consulting, demonstrates that through the use of JUNOS Software and Juniper switches and routers, the companies studied achieved an overall reduction in operational costs for specific network operations tasks, including planning and provision, deployment, planned and unplanned network events.

Among other top-line results, the study reports a 41% reduction in overall network operations costs based on dollar savings across specific task categories: planned events, reduction in frequency and duration of unplanned network events, the sum of planned and unplanned events, the time needed to resolve unplanned network events and the “adding infrastructure” task.

Forrester used its deep research expertise in enterprise networking and its Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) methodology, which not only measures costs and cost reduction, but also weighs the enabling value of a technology in increasing the effectiveness of overall business processes. For this study, Forrester employed four fundamental elements of TEI in modeling JUNOS Software: costs and cost reduction; benefits to the entire organization; flexibility; and risk.

Based on interviews with customers, Forrester constructed a TEI framework for a composite organization and an associated ROI analysis to illustrate the areas of financial impact. Forrester identified a three-year risk-adjusted ROI of 63% associated with the deployment of Juniper switches and routers and JUNOS Software in an enterprise network, and positive financial payback within nine months.

Check out here for more details.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Juniper Networks Enhances J-Partner Program

Channel structure announcement from Juniper Networks, attached and below. Spokesperson’s pic attached. Juniper announced the expansion of its J-Partner product specialization opportunities to keep pace with the company’s expanding product portfolio. All of Juniper’s products are now accessed by J-Partners through one of three product specialization areas including Advanced Security, Network Infrastructure, which includes the company’s newest EX Series Ethernet Switches and Advanced Network Infrastructure with high-end routing platforms deployed into the largest high-performance networks worldwide.

The new J-Partner Services Specializations allows J-Partners to build margin-rich services practices that correspond to their Juniper product specializations. Designed to increase revenue, profits, and customer satisfaction, Juniper’s Services Specializations deliver the enablement tools needed to optimize practices to more efficiently and profitably deliver a wide range of services surrounding Juniper products and solutions. Reflective of Juniper’s core value proposition of offering partners the best services opportunity in the industry, the new J-Partner Service Specializations include Design, Implement and Operate.

Check out the details here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Juniper Networks Outlines Vision and Strategy to Develop Next Generation Data Center Fabric

Legacy architectures constrain today’s data centers as they attempt to cope with the exponential increase in applications, servers, storage and network traffic.

By rethinking the network from the ground up, Juniper has created a long-term strategy to develop a single data center fabric with the flexibility and performance to scale to super data centers, while continuing to drive down the cost and complexity of managing the data center information infrastructure. This is based on Juniper’s vision for a Cloud Computing Infrastructure that enables operational innovation based on the ability to connect everything and empower everyone.

The leader in high-performance networking today reinforced its commitment to the data center by disclosing the existence of a program within the company to deliver the next generation data center fabric. The program, code-named the Stratus Project, represents an initiative to create a single data center fabric that will deliver a quantum jump in scale, performance and simplicity, with the flexibility to support fully converged and virtualized data center environments.

The Stratus Project, which has been underway for more than one year, was coined after the meteorological term ‘stratus,’ defined as a low-altitude, flat, single-layer cloud. The Project, initially inspired and led by Juniper’s CTO and Founder Pradeep Sindhu, now spans across multiple business groups and has resulted in more than 30 patent applications filed to date.

Check out here for more details.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Streamyx (Malaysia Internet) Connection Very Slow ( 24 Feb 09)

The broadband service (Streamyx) is very slow...

Want to load a simple web site also hard...

There must be something wrong happening at the International link as locally hosted web site is having no problem with accessing..

I think it is worth a thought on creating Malaysia owned Internet by caching International contents on local servers. Someone can make money out of it right ?

Seems like the APCN2 is having problem.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tun Mahathir Calling For the End of Financial Industry Boom

This is interesting to me because I have previously blogged about The End of Financial Industry.

Tun Mahathir said that "everyone should go back to producing goods and services although the profits would not be that massive."

I totally agree.

Because I was a victim and survival of the dot-com crashed.

I still remember those days, I was still in college. Everybody was talking about going IT and it was deemed to be a confirmed good future and no regrets. It is the way forward.

Everybody was telling me that there were too many engineers on the street, and engineering is dead.

I remember seeing construction workers wearing construction boots attending night part time courses in APIIT. He told me that IT is the future.

And I remember that I interned for a dot-com hotshot called The (Singaporean based). It was a Java based e-commerce solution provider with many talents in there as well. And the Malaysian office had like about 25 people all cramped into a medium size office at MBF plaza (the Gotham tower of KL).

The reality is that people actually didn't complain about the small office space, because the pay was so good. A typical solution cost about RM 1 million and with 10 sales people, the company had expected to make millions.

The solution was good, most of the core was developed by Java software engineers from the Singapore office and things were really happening.

After my internship, I went back to my final year. Dot-com crashed, the entire industry was almost gone by half and slowly diminished.

And then everybody was telling me that IT is dead.

Back in those days, every company would have at least one or two IT executive, whose jobs varied from doing internal software to looking after the servers.

And for now, there is no IT executive in most of companies out there and servers are managed by freelancers or outsourcing companies. And most of these jobs are done as complementary service.

When I graduated from APIIT in 2002, the financial industry was already booming, and financial graduates were more in demand than IT graduates. You get to see programmers who spent almost 12 hours per day working on software earned less than sales job.

It is a trend... not about intellectual.

The world is now looking for the next industry.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Open Reply to P. SRITHARAN

This is my take in responding to P. SRITHARAN who suggested that blogs should be censored.

My reply will be short and precise.

The Internet and all its content cannot be censored because of one simple reason; we are all adults. Period.

I don't think as an adult, we like to be told what to do even from the government. In many ways, this is like communism.

The problem with this world is that there are good and bad guys out there, and sometimes in certain situations, bad guys contributed good deeds to the society while the good guys may have indirectly contributed bad deeds to the society.

It will take us forever to debate who is right and wrong on all matters that are around us. This is not a productive thing to do.

Therefore, the Internet should be totally free and the viewers have to decide for themselves. The wrongdoers can be charged accordingly, but Internet and its content must never never never never be censored, otherwise, Malaysia will have no adults.

A blog is just a web site, a blog is not a special thing, it can be considered a different type of contents because it usually come from personal point of views. Thus, why are blogs so effective ? Because it is personal, it relates and it is if not fake, real.

It is a good thing that blogs can get people excited and the brain started thinking, for this we reap the benefits of hitting two birds with one stone, because Malaysia can then train its citizen to become more mature and articulate so that we can compete with other people better. The key point is that we have to think and make decision and be responsible for it.

The world is facing yet an even bigger problem that is related to this debate, that is 'Net Neutrality'. Net Neutrality is a concern about telecommunication infrastructure owners such as Telekom Malaysia and etc, exercise content filtering based on the ground that the infrastructure is owned by them. However, at the same time, they market the Internet as a free medium. This, if is rampant, is even worst because it resembles dictatorship.

The consequences of not achieving Net Neutrality will bring doom to the world because majority of Internet users will only be exposed to selected few content owners. And this is what feared by Google as well.

Malaysia cannot afford to stay in the comfort zone forever, we have to move on and take risks. Why must we make sure that everybody passes the SPM ? (Even though in reality still some will fail)

The Internet must be totally free and remained uncensored. Let adults take own risks and be adults.

Finally, I think that it would be more feasible and fair if we prevent young children from using the Internet or we can have some sort of content filtering tools and even a subnet of Internet for children and youngsters only. I think they will understand it when they become adults one day.

Freedom of thoughts is the ultimate privacy that humanity should protect.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) Enhance Partnership to Address Worldwide Carrier Ethernet Market

Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) announced an enhancement to their partnership with plans to deliver a fully interoperable Carrier Ethernet solution intended to provide resilient access and aggregation for service providers worldwide. The enhanced partnership is intended to bring the vision of a unified Carrier Ethernet solution supporting all services on a single network. The complementary products and technologies are intended to provide service provider customers with the industry's best Carrier Ethernet solution for mobile backhaul, enterprise and residential services.

At the Mobile World Congress 16-19 February 2009, NSN demonstrated a live application over HSDPA, with the base station being backhauled over the complete chain of Carrier Ethernet Transport enabled platforms (e2e) including the following components: Flexi WCDMA BTS (the base station), FlexiPacket Radio, FlexiPacket Hub, and the Juniper Networks MX-series Ethernet Services Router. Also demonstrated was packet-based synchronization based on the IEEE1588-2008 standard.

Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks have a long standing partnership that now encompasses IP aggregation, edge and core products and have deployed solutions in more than 200 service provider networks around the world. The enhanced partnership further strengthens both parties' positions in the Carrier Ethernet segment, one of the fastest growing network applications for wireline and mobile service providers.

Check out here for details.

Adobe Scene7 Survey Reveals Global Trends in Online Marketing and Merchandising For 2009

Web marketing continues to be an area of investment for businesses. In challenging economic times the Web is a vehicle that can deliver a high-impact marketing programs that can be easily and immediately measured, and survey respondents from around the world say they are planning to invest in new rich media and social networking technologies to engage customers.

Check out more details here.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

425 Can't Open Data Connection

When trying to ftp to a server using Internet browser.

Assuming you are using:

  • Windows Server 2008
  • IIS 6 (By default)


When connecting to a FTP server using Internet Browser, FTP passive mode is being used. Check out here for details.

Usually it is due to the firewall.

To double confirm this, you can actually perform packet sniffing to see what is happening from the client side.

You can make use of Wireshark.

The following demonstrates a situation where passive mode is successful.

Check out here to figure out how to derive the port number from the syntax of (192,168.1.98,193,148)

The case below demonstrates that it is due to firewall problem because even though port 21 (control port) is opened, but the dynamic port for ftp passive mode is not opened through the firewall.

To double confirm this, turn off the firewall at the server side and try to perform FTP again.


Assuming you are using Windows Firewall in Windows Server 2008.

By default setting, all outbound ports are opened.

So, the problem is actually the inbound port. By default, the port 21 is already opened in the Firewall. But this is not enough, because during passive mode, the client will communicate with the server via a dynamic port.

Check out the sniffing screen shots above.

Thus, you need to enable dynamic ports for FTP connection in the Firewall. But Windows Firewall don't have the option to let you configure inbound dynamic ports for FTP service.

Also, it doesn't allow you to configure a range of ports as well.

The solution is defined here or here.

which are..

  1. Define a limited range of dynamic ports for FTP passive mode.
  2. Then add this limited range of ports in the inbound list for Windows Firewall.

Follow the instruction but do remember the followings:
  • Run the command prompt as administrator
  • Define the ports with a bigger number. The port range I defined was 49000-49999 60000-60999 (check out here)
  • Remember to restart your server because restarting the FTP service is not good enough.

These are what I typed to the command prompt.

To define a range of port for FTP passive mode.

and to open the range of port in Windows Firewall (without having to key in one by one)

This works!

If you check out Windows Firewall...

And also, you may want to do port forwarding for your router.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Microsoft (Global) Coping With Interim Uncertainties

Microsoft is still big and very very big.

And I was first enlightened to take note that Microsoft was preparing for the fact that the sales of software application like Microsoft office will drop significantly during current financial crisis. The first thing which I noticed was from Jonathan's blog about the 'hidden' collaboration between Microsoft and Sun Microsystem. Details wasn't discoursed, but it is about Microsoft being an advertiser of Sun's Java download. Check it out here.

Let's focus on Microsoft Office; the most popular software application and the most pirated software application in the world. Almost instantly, as soon as someone starts a computer (be it Windows, Mac, or Linux), you just expect to launch Microsoft Word or Excel.

By the way, have you check out the latest Open Office ? It has been tremendously improved.

So, I assume that MS Office sales will drop significantly during the financial crisis (at least in the beginning part of it). Why not just use free software which is actually compatible with MS Office ?

Then not too long ago, Microsoft announced new approach for anti-piracy; Office Genuine Advantage.

And then Microsoft global announced job cut for the first time in the history; well it is nothing actually since almost everybody is doing that at the same time.

I agree with Erin that Microsoft came out earlier than some other people to tell that 'hey people are not buying software enough!!!'

And then own retail stores.

This is something to learn here.

My take is that definitely, more people will switch to Open Office at least for the interim. And by piggy-back on Java download, the effects can be countered more less fairly.

This is to me, business. When you think about business, think Steve Ballmer.

Multi-Touch G2

Multi-Touch G2 is a touch screen overlay that can be easily mounted onto any LCD or Plasma TV monitors. This simple, lightweight and low cost solution let you deploy Multi-Touch technology instantly to existing monitors without the need of any configuration. Multi-Touch G² is connected to the computer via a USB cable (No power cable is needed).

This is how it looks like..

Usage (Applications):
  1. Gaming using your hands
  2. Photo presentation
  3. Syn. with mobile devices
  4. Mapping
  5. Illustration, design

Malaysian government will be buying a lot of these stuffs for:

  1. Infrastructure (facilities, roads) planners
  2. Tax agencies to figure out where are the high taxable area in Malaysia
  3. Events organizers
  4. Simulators
  5. Security departments
  6. Marketeers
  7. Idealists for better multi-media presentation.
  8. Enforcers like police, fireman and etc.
  9. Engineers, architects, designers
This will give new life to many more software applications to come. Something to look forward to.

Stuff like this is cool because it is something new.

People will not hesitate to buy because it is new.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sun Microsystem Business Revenues (Latest Discovery)

Image representing Sun Microsystems as depicte...Image via CrunchBase

Thanks to Sun Microsystem's CEO Jonathan Schwartz for his sharing.

Check out how Sun Microsystem actually makes money these days because Sun is usually associated with the open source notion.

  1. Enterprise SPARC systems - Unix server (hardware platform) such as blade server.
  2. Licensed Java run-time (JRE) for PC, set top boxes and mobile devices (software).

    Even though Java run-time can be downloaded for free, but that is from a user point of view. This is the trick.... In fact, if you are hardware system manufacturer, Java run-time is not free for you.

    First of all, if you download Java run-time (JRE), you have to install it, you can't copy the JRE from one machine to another, therefore, you can't redistribute the JRE (without the installer) without permission from Sun.

    Secondly, there is only a handful of platforms for download of JRE and Symbian, Mac OS, Windows Mobile are not included. Try to download and see.

    Then, check out here why would hardware system manufacturer would purchase the Java run-time.

  3. MySQL - Enterprise database
  4. Solaris - enterprise computing and the cloud
  5. Niagara platform - Competiting with IBM's AIX and HP's HPUX
  6. Amber Road - storage system

This indicates that Sun Microsystem is selling technology and the marketing is free-for end-user download termed as either GPL or LGPL.

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Saturday, February 07, 2009

Internet is very slow 7 Feb 2009

The Internet has been slow again for the past few days..

Well same old story...

You should try out this software where you can test the download speed for a particular site, this should be more accurate than using test tool like InternetFrog which is just testing download speed between you and a fixed site (url). With this tool, you can test the speed for any url that you will be accessing. For example, if you are accessing, check out the speed first.

Juniper Networks Brings Virtualization to the Core with Industry’s Most Flexible Multi-chassis Routing System

Juniper Networks unveiled a matrix switch for interconnecting core routers into a higher density, more scalable system. The TX Matrix Plus is designed to enable service providers to unite up to 16 core routers into a single 25Tbps system. It can also work with the company’s Juniper Control System (JCS) 1200 to allow the virtualization of routing systems, networks and services to create efficiencies by consolidating networks, services and functionality, Juniper says. A virtualized core is one in which larger routers can be partitioned into multiple routers that might represent services (video traffic or corporate traffic) or network element types (aggregation or core nodes) and--most importantly--can if desired share resources such as interconnecting links and uplinks.

Service Providers today deliver applications through a large number of silo networks (e.g., separate networks for Internet, ATM, Enterprise, FR/ATM, voice, IPTV, VoD, etc.) Convergence of these silo networks to deliver all these services seamlessly has been a priority. However, there are questions about service availability, service consistency, service integrity and security. Virtualization in the core allows service providers to build one physical network, but still deliver all the above requirements. Another important factor is that the services mentioned, are delivered to different sets of customers by different administrative groups within the service provider organization. These groups need visibility, manageability of the network that delivers these revenue generating services. Virtualization delivers clear visibility and manageability to the groups that are responsible to deliver the services.

With huge growth in traffic driven by various factors especially video sites such as YouTube, Video on demand services such as Netflix and large amounts of user generated video traffic is being exchanged by users through applications such as Facebook. Enterprise high definition Video conferencing, Cloud Computing, SaaS etc. are other high bandwidth drivers. Also, with the advent of smart phones, which are nothing short of handheld computers, traffic generated by the wireless users is expected to grow exponentially.

A virtualized core helps service providers move extremely quickly in order to translate changing traffic and market factors into revenue in a timely fashion. These factors include an unpredictable rise in bandwidth, the need to monetize high-value content when it crosses multiple networks, and the ephemeral business models of content providers and network operators. The largest Tier-1 providers and providers of content worldwide are the Juniper customers who have requested IP/MPLS systems of the magnitude announced. The TX Matrix Plus will be available in the third quarter. The OTN interfaces will be available later this quarter. The TX Matrix Plus consists of Line Card Chassis and Switching Card Chassis. The Switch Card Chassis lists at US$300,00, but the price will be dependent on various system configurations and the number of LCC that need to be interconnected. The Line card chassis is a T1600 system, and pricing depends on the interfaces populated on the chassis.

Check out the full press release.

Friday, February 06, 2009

Malaysia ICT Jobs 2009 #1

  1. Business Process Analyst (Banking industry)

    Those have six sigma similar methodologies and work in banking environment is preferred…..budget 7 – 10k….either permanent or contract basis…..

    Candidate with BEA especially in SOA……..budget 8 – 12k

    Candidate with strong EAI…….budget 8 – 12k

  2. IT Retail Banking Manager - budget 10-12K

  3. System Analyst – 8 positions

    - Permanent position
    - salary between – RM4k – RM9k

    * In-depth knowledge and experience in web and database technologies
    * Sound knowledge in either Java or .NET, and SQL.
    * Familiar with SDLC methodologies
    * Analytical skills to gather and interpret business requirements and prepare detailed documentation accordingly.
    * Ability to plan and execute System/Integration/ User Acceptance testing.
    * Minimum 3 years of relevant experience.
    * Good negotiation and interpersonal skills.
    * Self motivated, self starter.
    * Ability to work together in a dynamic team environment.
    * Willingness to learn and share.
    * Ability to see a task through from assignment to completion with minimal supervision.
    * Ability to provide recommendations for improvement.
    * A strong written and verbal communications skill in English is required

  4. Junior/Senior Software Engineer (Java) - 20 positions

    - 15 permanent & 5 contract
    - Salary : RM3.5k to RM8k

    * At least 3 years progressive web programming experience including analytical and design experience related to assigned tasks.
    * Knowledge of object oriented design in an n-tier secure internet and/or intranet platform
    * Knowledge in J2EE, Web Services, XML and SQL.
    * Experience with JSF, Hibernate and and Spring frameworks are preferred.
    * Adobe Flex/Flash skill would be an added advantage.
    * Self motivated, self starter.
    * Ability to work together in a team environment.
    * Willingness to learn and share.
    * Ability to see a task through from assignment to completion with minimal supervision.
    * Ability to provide recommendations for improvement.
    * A strong written and verbal communications skill in English is required.

  5. Software Engineer (.NET platform) - 4 positions

    - Permanent/contract
    - Salary : RM3k to RM6k

    * At least 3 years progressive web programming experience including analytical and design experience related to assigned tasks.
    * Advanced knowledge in VB.NET, ASP.NET, SQL query, Web Development (HTML/XHTML, CSS, Javascript) and web services (backend interface).
    * Experience in Java would be an added advantage.
    * Self motivated, self starter.
    * Ability to work together in a team environment.
    * Willingness to learn and share.
    * Ability to see a task through from assignment to completion with minimal supervision.
    * Ability to provide recommendations for improvement.
    * A strong written and verbal communications skill in English is required.

  6. Receptionist
    - budget 2.5k
    - Chinese or malay
    - Communication must be good
    - Presentable
E-mail your application / resume to Ms.Jessey Chan directly to / or mobile 012- 420 1756 / 016-521 1756.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Google Earth 5.0 (Ocean Exploration)

First of all, here is the top ten of what's great about Ocean.

Here is what Google Earth 5.0 can offer about Ocean.

Finally, go download Google Earth 5.0 now.

Check out the press release here.

Google Inc. announced the launch of Ocean in Google Earth, a new feature that enables users of Google Earth to dive beneath the water surface, explore 3D underwater terrain and browse ocean-related content contributed by leaders in ocean science and advocacy. The new version of Google Earth also introduces Historical Imagery, a feature that enables users to virtually travel back in time through archival satellite and aerial imagery, Touring, which makes it simple to create a narrated tour in Google Earth and share it with the world and Mars 3D, which features hi-res imagery and terrain of the red planet.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Juniper Networks Reports Preliminary Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Financial Results

Juniper Networks, Inc. reported preliminary financial results for the three months and twelve months ended December 31, 2008, that included record level annual revenue and improved year-over-year profitability.

Net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2008 increased 14% on a year-over-year basis to $923.5 million. For the twelve months ended December 31, 2008, Juniper's revenue increased 26% on a year-over-year basis to $3.57 billion.

"2008 was a year of record revenue for Juniper with year-over-year revenue growing 26 percent and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share growing 36 percent. We strengthened our product portfolio, captured market share, and improved operating efficiency and execution," stated Kevin Johnson, chief executive officer of Juniper Networks.

Check out the full press release.

Adobe Flash Platform Achieves Record Adoption

Adobe AIR and Adobe Flash Player 10 software - key components of the Adobe Flash Platform, are being installed in record numbers by consumers and companies around the world.

There have been more than 100 million installations of Adobe AIR in less than one year after its initial release; and Adobe Flash Player 10 was installed on more than 55 percent of computers worldwide in just the first two months of its release, far outpacing install rates of past Flash Player versions.

Check out the full press release.

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (Jan 09)

Check out the statistic for 2008.

For Jan 2009, we have the followings:
  • The brand of this blog
  • A company providing HAPS technology
  • Malwares and Phishings
  • A common VB6 programming problem
  • Promotional codes for e-learning
  • A speaker in WCIT 2008

  • Total monthly traffic decreased by 1.11%
  • Traffic from referring sites improved by 0.07%
  • Google still tops contributor (66.39%). Slightly down from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, UK, India, Singapore)
  • New visitors 87.26%. This partly due to the holiday season where loyal readers and critics were on leave