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Monday, August 31, 2009

Juniper Networks and Interoute Win Global Telecoms Business Award for Innovation in Fixed Network Infrastructure

Juniper Networks, Inc., the leader in high-performance networking, and Interoute, a leading pan-European service provider offering both business and wholesale solutions have won the Fixed Network Infrastructure Innovation award with their joint solution. The joint award was presented at the recent Global Telecoms Business (GTB) Innovation awards ceremony in London.

Check out details.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

VB.NET Thread Concurrency For Module

Refer to the System.Threading.Interlocked sample.

and also the System.Threading.ReadWriteLock sample.

This sample demonstrates the usage of System.Threading.ReadWriteLock instead of System.Threading.Monitor to mitigate thread-concurrency issues related to shared methods in module (VB.NET).

The module contains a method to replace single quote character with another character (Icelandic thorn), this is useful for formatting text to be inserted into database using SQL statement.

Download the sample code (VB.NET Visual Studio 2008 SP1).

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

CIO Guides From Intel - Surviving The Hard Times

Hard time is now.

Many are suffering, sales are slowed, management stressed, employees stretched to the limit.

Intel shared with TheStar Online how they cope with hard times with focus on cost saving but not entirely going backward. IT utilization and investment is critical to make such practice possible without the need to consider more opinions.

Intel would do the followings:
  1. Green IT
  2. Increase efficiency by reducing older hardware with more efficient one
  3. Enteprise Collaboration with video conferencing, instant messaging and even Facebook

For more ideas, check out the following archives and URLs from IT-Sideways.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Juniper Networks Posts Four Consecutive Quarters of Growth in the Enterprise Ethernet Switch Market and Surpasses One Million Ports Shipped

Juniper Networks, Inc., the leader in high-performance networking, today announced that its EX Series Ethernet Switches posted four consecutive quarters of revenue growth through 2Q09 and have surpassed the important milestone of one million ports shipped, according to the most recent Dell'Oro Ethernet Switching Market Report.

Check out full details.

Adobe in Leaders Quadrant of Top Analyst Web Conferencing Report

Adobe Systems IncorporatedImage via Wikipedia
Because of the H1N1 virus outbreak, most public sector agencies in Malaysia – and probably people in many company operations also - have been advised to avoid (if possible) official events or gatherings for the next few weeks.

It’s a timely moment to remind people in government, business, and education, that Web conferencing provides an alternative way for people to get together. For example, Adobe® Acrobat® Connect Pro enterprise Web conferencing solution enables live, interactive Web meetings, virtual classes, on-demand presentations and courses and group collaboration.

Connect Pro is unique in the marketplace as it avoids the technology hurdles found in other Web conferencing solutions, while providing the richest online experience available for highly-dispersed workforces, business partners, customers and students.

Adobe today announced that Gartner, Inc. has positioned Adobe in the Leaders Quadrant of its 2009 “Magic Quadrant for Web Conferencing” research report. Connect Pro runs on Adobe Flash® Player software, which unlike any other member of the Leaders Quadrant, is installed on more than 98 percent of Internet-enabled desktops.

This allows easy access for participants even in lock-down environments or external-facing meetings, enabling organizations to effectively share a wide range of content, including slides, live and recorded video, Adobe Flash Player compatible content, live screen sharing, application sharing, audio and multiuser text chat. In addition, Connect Pro can help enterprises and government organizations meet demanding security and customization requirements with flexible deployment options.

Check out full details.

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Email Interview with Smart Surface Sdn. Bhd.

This an email interview with Mr. Ammar from Smart Surface Sdn. Bhd.

Smart Surface is a company focuses on providing multi-touch technology.

We hear from Mr. Ammar about the company's origins and visions and he shared with us about the future of multi-touch for both business and technical.

Multi-touch technology is still very new. Windows 7 which provides support for multi-touch is seen as the potential catalyst to bring such technology out of the 'wow' factor.

The followings are questions and answers.

1. Tell us a little about Smart Surface Sdn. Bhd. (who is the founder, key persons and what are the objectives) ?

The company’s multitouch solutions was initially envisaged by the two co-founders, Faysal Abdulaziz (from Bangladesh, Malaysia resident) and Homam Alghorani (from Syria, Malaysia resident), during their study at APIIT and as part of their interest in multitouch technology, ubiquitous technology and related natural computer interfaces.

At the beginning of the year 2009, a Syrian entrepreneur living in Japan came to know about their research through the personal blog of Homam. He then offered the two aforementioned developers to co-form a company and fund their research. After several blog entries, emails, YouTube posts, Facebook investigation, as well as a few telephone calls back and forth, the three co-founders hammered out their vision and its details over several planning sessions in Kuala Lumpur and established Smart Surface Sdn Bhd.

Of course our company and all its products are Malaysian and bear proudly the label “made in Malaysia” since the first prototype launching on May 15th 2009.

The objective and vision of Smart Surface is nothing short of ubiquitous computing. We see computers integrated to our desktop, on our walls, and on every surface imaginable. As our communication needs change, computers need to evolve to meet that change. With our multitouch products, SmartSurface, we are seeking to reformulate the very concept of computing itself. Smart Surface Sdn Bhd has the potential of becoming a first Malaysian company (and even a first non-American/European company) with a dominant presence and an established brand name that will be associated with the field of multitouch and surface computers all around the world.

2. Smart Surface multi-touch technology, can you highlight to us what other products and services you are providing ?

Smart Surface Sdn Bhd is specialized solely in multitouch solutions, and surface computers that are the main media to realize multitouch. We research, design and build surface computing units of different forms (tables and horizontal surfaces, and vertical walls) with multiple multitouch and gesture recognition technologies (rear-projection, LCD, IR, Laser) (see answer to Q4).

We also develop software and applications for these multitouch surface computing units.

3. Multi-touch is relatively new in Malaysia, tell us a bit more on the market scenario?


Multitouch and surface computer technology is still in its infancy but is expected to penetrate the market and occupy an increasing percentage of the touch screen technology pie. Multitouch technology will make a big leap ahead in the coming two-to-three years with the launch of Windows-7 which supports multitouch screens.

In order to increase market interest in multitouch technology, we intend to outsource the marketing, sales and lease business through distributing & reselling partnerships with partners who are strong in a certain field or industry. These partners have already their own customers and market penetration and they are best qualified at introducing this technology to the market.

Furthermore, we consider that lease and rent provide enormous marketing possibilities especially until surface computing and multitouch technology establishes itself as a solid product in the consumer mind. Most businesses would prefer at this stage to rent and see what this novel product can benefit their businesses before they take the step further of a buy decision.

4. Can you give us a hint on the pricing and the brand of your product range? Otherwise, tell us about your target customers.

At the moment we are concentrating on the following products:
  1. Customized size vertical wall surface computers using rear-projection display technology; SmartSurface Wall.
  2. Customized size horizontal tabletop surface computers using LCD display technology; SmartSurface Table.

Since the size, shape and computing capacity are customized depending on the need of the customer, then the cost is different and we can not quote a simple price.

However, to give an idea, a 40” multitouch tabletop computer would cost around MYR 30,000 normally. Have in mind that some available products in the international market (such as Microsoft Surface) are selling for more than double that price for a unit with the same size and specs.

Regarding the target customers, and due to the size and cost of the units, multitouch and surface computing is still beyond the reach of individual consumers unfortunately. We mainly target industries, commercial entities, and large institutions. At this early stage, our main customers are advertisement & exhibition businesses, smart offices equipments providers, and educational institutions.

5. What technology platform is Smart Surface multi-touch technology (Windows, Linux or etc) ?

The platform could be either Windows or Linux depending on the request of the client. However, the core application and software are all developed using JAVA, Action Script AS3, Flex (Adobe) programming platforms, and Python and C++ programming languages.

6. Do you believe in the concept of killer applications, if so, give us some of your ideas?

We do believe that multitouch has yet to find a “killer application” beyond the initial “wow” factor that is attracting people to it at present.

The technology certainly works. However, we are still researching for applications which demonstrate how the technology might be used in a constructive (ie business etc) way beyond exhibition and events. That includes trying to identify areas where the multitouch technology would defeat conventional input devices. And by defeating, we do not mean just as an equivalent replacement, but having a clear advantage. At present, even with all the application we and other multitouch specialists are developing, we have to admit that there is no real full exploitation of the power of multi-touch.

7. Can you point us to uploaded videos on YouTube or etc ?

Please refer to the following links:







For more videos.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

APC Appoints Mr. Ng Hon Chun as New Country General Manager for Malaysia


APC Appoints Mr. Ng Hon Chun as New Country General Manager for Malaysia, responsible for leading the local team to grow the APC business in Malaysia.

Hon Chun brings with him over 20 years of IT industry experience, as well as a strong background in business management, enterprise solution sales, run-rate volume business, channel development and professional services sales and delivery including IT outsourcing engagements. Prior to this, Ng was the country manager for midmarket and ibm.com at IBM Malaysia Sdn. Bhd., and a member of the IBM Malaysia senior management team, responsible for the company's mid-market business as well as the tele and web routes to market.

According to Hon Chun, his priorities (within the immediately period) would be as follows:
  • Educate customers - Sales and marketing
  • Become employer of choice - Branding
  • Achieve more operational efficiency - Management
APC products have four categories of differentiators:
  1. Components - On-demand architecture.
  2. Close-coupled cooling - Doesn't need to have big computer room cooling facilities.
  3. Containment - Stopping hot-air mixing with cool-air.
  4. Capacity management - Software
According Hon Chun, the estimation cost for 2 servers is about RM 2500 (per annum) and with about only 30% (of power) being channeled to productive usage while the rest are being wasted on cooling, and other things. This means that on the average the cost of running 2 servers (per annum) is about 2500/0.3 = RM 8333.33.

The figure for RM 2500 is an estimated one and is derived from the following:
  1. Per server uses about 500W.
  2. Cost per KWh (KiloWatt per hour) = RM 0.30
  3. Thus per annum = 365 (days) * 24 (hours) * 0.30 (cost per KWh) * 0.5(KW per server) = 1314
  4. 1314 * 2 = 2628
Therefore, with some discount for derivation, cost per 2 servers per annum is about RM 2500 (round down of 2628)

But all these can be improved by deploying APC solutions and technology.

APC provides the widest solution offering 4 market segments:
  1. Residential

    • 1-Phase UPS
    • Surge protection
    • Power conditioners
    • AV

  2. Business Networks

    • 1-Phase UPS
    • Surge protection
    • Network management software
    • Security and environment

  3. Data Centers

    • Data center design
    • Data center assessment
    • Infrastructure@architecture
    • Change & capacity management software
    • Power management
    • 3-phase UPS
    • Cooling systems
    • Rack enclosures
    • Power distribution
    • Maintenance services

  4. Building, Industry and Infrastructure

    • 3-phase UPS
    • Power distribution
    • Maintenance services
    • Remote energy mgmt
Hon Chun quoted two Malaysian case studies:

1. Sunway Medical Center

The high reliability of Infrastructure allows us to function with the peace of mind that we never had before, and we are highly satisfied with the preventive-proactive service that APC practices to support the system on 24x7 basis.

Rachel Lim - IT Manager (Sunway Medical Centre)

2. Hess Oil & Gas Sdn. Bhd.

The flexibility and scalability of Infrastructure and Symmetra allows us greater control in the expansion of our data centre needs. We are also very pleased with teh support and proactive response we get from APC, which sets the company apart from other vendors we have dealt with.

Nicholas Vargis (Team Lead - IS Service Delivery)
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Juniper Networks Routers, Switches and Security Solutions Achieve Common Criteria EAL-3 Certification

Juniper Networks announced that a number of their routing, switching and security solutions that have achieved Common Criteria (ISO 15408) certification for information assurance and security at Evaluation Assurance Level 3 (EAL-3), satisfying critical requirements for defence and civilian government procurements.


Developed by the governments of Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, the UK and the U.S., and now accepted by more than 25 countries – including Malaysia, the Common Criteria international standard defines functional and security assurance requirements that are tested by independent laboratories. Governments and industries around the world use Common Criteria to ensure rigorous and standardized evaluations of IT solutions in actual deployments. The certification–consuming (Common Criteria Recognition Agreement (CCRA) member organisation for Malaysia is CyberSecurity Malaysia (formerly known as NISER), at Mines Resort City in Seri Kembangan.

EAL-3 evaluates a product in design stage, with independent verification of the developer's testing results, and evaluates the developer's checks for vulnerabilities, the development environmental controls and the product's configuration management. Juniper routers and switches were certified by the UK Certification Body within Communications-Electronics Security Group (CESG), the Information Assurance arm of U.K.’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ). Other Juniper routers and security solutions were tested and certified by Australia’s Defence Signals Directorate.

Check full details.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

TheStar Reported That Internet Censorship Plan Will be Cancelled

Good news!

At least something to celebrate for this coming National day on 31st Aug.

Let's keep Malaysia nice and steady.

VMWare To Push Ahead With Developer's Culture

VMWare wants to push ahead with developer's culture. They needed more apps that suit and run on their virtual platform.

SpringSource looks like a good choice.

According to this author, VMWare decided to purchase SpringSource to move up the food chain, which is to get bigger and cover the bigger market and have more controls by having a bigger wing.

I can agree on this. Let's just focus a few minutes on this by thinking about computer platforms. As we did mention before that computing platform is probably the biggest business of all.
  • Microsoft - Windows
  • Apple - Mac OS
  • Sun Microsystem - Solaris
  • Open platform - Linux
All these proliferated many other industrial successes such as iPhone, Java, Windows Mobile and etc.

Google is caching up with Android and the latest Chrome OS for netbook while at the same time championing the open-source movement and cloud computing.

And therefore, I reckon that now it is time for VMWare to bring its virtualization platform to the next level, to stay in par with Windows, Mac OS, Solaris and Linux. The road ahead is still winding and full of unknowns, but they reckon that a platform is useless without developers developing apps for users.

It is a fact that Microsoft Visual Studio is considered to be the best development tools in the world, and it is virtually free if you are willing do develop in Microsoft. Developers can get the full set of tools via program like ISV with only about RM 2000 and you can get a full suites of Microsoft products.

I haven't tried out Apple development tool because I am not using Apple and I did have some experience developing Java using the tools from java.sun.com which was many years ago.

But tools being tools, it has to be state of the art. I know that some people used to argue with me that they use notepad to write the Java codes, but then how efficient can you when there is a need to debug complex situations, fine-tune performances and etc? In fact, would u still be using notepad if others are using sophisticated tools with code-generations and other sub tools ?

This is quite exciting which I believe that it is important to maintain certain level of multi-culture in the field of computer science and IT. What I am suggesting is that it is a good thing to have a few more platforms and nurture a world with a diversity of developers specializing on different platforms for different needs or at least niches.

I haven't tried out SpringSource, however looking at the official web site, it offers a combination of:
  • Software Frameworks
  • Java IDE and development tools
  • Specialized web servers and application servers
  • Performance monitoring and analysis tools
I am excited. Java is still pretty much alive.

Finally, check out the official answer from VMWare's CTO Steve Herrod's Blog Post.

He explained a few points that are a mixture of companies' visions and the future.
  • Simplify IT (on both VMWare and Java)
  • Tighter Integration Between Low-Level and Higher-Level Programming
  • The Run Anywhere Model (on both VMWare and Java)
  • Cloud Computing Future Direction
  • PaaS (Platform as a Service)

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Where Must Malaysia ICT Proceed to #1 ?

Based on my experience. I have some ideas.

Entrepreneurship ?

Ok, I have said this before, that during this economy slow-down, it is a good time to nurture entrepreneurship. Why ? because now is the time to slow down on sales and marketing and focus on R & D and innovation. However sadly, it seems like surviving is still the biggest concern in Malaysia. The culture of Malaysia is that we want to graduate oversea, get a stable and good job (with multinational), get married, buy properties and big cars and work less.

In this economy slow-down (I don't know how long it will drag), many ICT people will quit what they are doing (because of many reasons) and venture into something else, so this is a time of what they called it 'shuffle card'.

Why people quit jobs ? Because in this situation, sales will slow down everywhere and bosses are experiencing tremendous stresses. To cope with it, bosses will think of creative tasks for the staffs to tackle which in other words it translates to more workload and same pay. To cope with such stresses, employees quit.

I must stress that it is only natural that during economy slow-down, governments must create more funds for entrepreneurship and etc, and not the other way round.

We must have long term vision, not a based on election.

Outsourcing ?

Some parties have been championing outsourcing and believed that Malaysia can be the next outsourcing hub. But to do that, we have to import talents from countries such as India and etc because local people cannot work 24 x 7.

Wondering how has that progressed so far ?

Professional / Specialist ?

This is what I want to talk about.

I feel that Malaysia ICT should focus on professionalism. We should focus on nurturing ICT people to become more professional and do professional jobs in their fields.

This is because the market is already not big enough, with only around 24 million people and the average income is quite low. We can't afford to outsource work anymore and our boys need to survive and to keep the economy wheel rolling.

I suggests that for consumers, try to let local guys do most of the work, while for suppliers, strive to become more professional.

And Malaysia needs to be produce all sorts of professionals including other arenas such as sports, F & B, entertainment and etc. Only if you are professional which people will trust your passion and commitment.

And professionals must not only be limited to doctors, lawyers, engineers and etc. It must include everything... everything.

Eventually, jobs will be outsourced to us.

We can succeed.

I see future here.

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Tun Dr. Mahathir Says No To Malaysia Internet Censorship

Former prime minister Tun Dr. Mahathir said no to Internet censorship.

I support him fully.

VB.NET System.Threading.Interlocked

Refer to ReadWriteLock Sample.

ReadWriteLock and Interlocked are built on the same basis:

  • Read - Multiple simultaneous
  • Write - One by one in queue.

Thus both System.Threading.Interlocked and System.Threading.ReadWriteLock have the same speed.

There is no delay when using System.Threading.Interlocked.Exchange.

The only bottleneck possibility is at the display.

Make sure you adjust the displaying timer's interval according to the collection's size. Let's say you have 5 objects, thus the proper speed is 1000(ms)/5(objects) for the interval.

Download the sample code (VS 2008 SP1)

Najib : No Censorship of the Internet (Good)

Good deal!

Good job.

It is most fair.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

The Last Mile Effort Case #1

Interestingly, as we have just discussed the problem with broadband connection in Malaysia and the seemingly biggest challenge; the last-mile.

I was talking about having investors investing in the infrastructure.

This morning we wake to a news that someone is just up to that for Kuantan.

"The country’s first open access fiber-to-the-home high-speed broadband facility is set to take off here over the next six months, involving 2,000 homes and offices in the initial roll-out.

Jalur Lebar Nasional Sdn Bhd (Jalenas) is expected to invest up to RM10bil in infrastructure and plans to connect up to 2.5 million city homes and offices, making it the world’s largest open access deployment based on a single network operator."

Claimed to be the first in Malaysia, this is a good start. Let's hope more Jalenas will surface in our society. Why not P.J first ?

How To Create ISO Image File?

You can use VirtualCloneDrive, it is freeware, download it from there.

After you have installed it, you can find it from 'Elaborate Bytes' folder.


Look for a folder which u want to create as ISO Image, right click.


Enter the path for the image file.



Make sure the path do not contain spaces.



Once done, you can burn the image (.iso file) to CD.



The burner feature of VirtualCloneDrive doesn't work well, just use Nero or something else to burn the image into CD.


You can use Winrar to view the content of ISO image file.

Why use ISO Image file ?
  • You can upload (to the Internet) the whole CD content for file sharing; for software or content distribution. Just like zip file but usually you don't zip the whole CD, you ISO-image the whole CD, this is the best practice.
  • It is better to burn ISO-images into CD than burning individual files. This is will reduce the chances of being corrupted. It is always better to burn as little individual file as possible to a writable CD and close the session, to reduce the risk of the disk being corrupted. For instance, if you have the habit of reusing writable CD for backup, this is a good option.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Juniper Networks Selected for Next-Generation Trans-Eurasia Information Network

Juniper Networks Routers and Switches have been deployed in the third generation of the Trans-Eurasia Information Network (TEIN3), which provides a dedicated high-capacity Internet network for Research and Education communities across 11 countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region – including the Malaysian MYREN network, which operates from the MSC Innovation Centre in Cyberjaya.

TEIN3 offers Asia-Pacific a gateway for global collaboration, enabling more than 30 million users in 4,000 research and educational organizations across the region to participate in joint projects such as the fight against malaria, forecasting extreme weather conditions and improving health via telemedicine.

The Juniper infrastructure will enable TEIN3 to deliver advanced services such as next-generation video conferencing, virtual classrooms, remote consulting and other services while lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) and greatly improving scale and efficiency while facilitating the transition to IPv6.

Announcement attached and below.

Additional links:


Check out more details.

My Comments on Can Malaysia Get Out Of The Information Black-Hole (by YB Lim Kit Siang)

Refer to ..

Can Malaysia get out of the information black-hole as a result of snail-pace broadband to join the ranks of super-fast broadband nations?

Nothing political here.

I am a Malaysian who lives in Malaysia and uses Streamyx (home and corporate) for many years.

I am a user; customer.

First of all, it is interesting to learn a few things from the blog post of Yang Berhormat Mr.LKS.
  • Internet penetration by user is only 6.1% (per population)
  • Internet penetration by household is over 30%.
  • TM Net owns 75% of market share.
  • In June 2009, 31% fault of customer and the rest was TM Net's fault.
About quality of speed is that TM Net does not have enough International Bandwidth to support its current customer base. And that TM Net has oversold their available International Bandwidth to corporate customers such as the banks and other ISPs such as P1 Wimax. If this is true, then we should all subscribe to P1 Wimax which is still not available near I live, but there is no guaranty of quality of speed as well.

Corporate line is indeed faster.

Some of my telco friends think that the biggest problem is due to the last mile (roll out of fibre optic to users) and not the International bandwidth. TM is pushing for the HSBB and remember our Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Dr Maximus Ongkili was selling the idea of BBGP. The minister thinks that things will not happen until at least 3 years from now June 2009 and home users can really get around 2 Mbps.

And finally, above all matters, I must emphasize that net neutrality is the most important issue, it is the ultimate freedom.

Last time we have discussed that to solve all these issues, we either need to create more competitions or we need investors.

Investors as in things like Wireless@Penang initiative by Redtone and Hotgate. However, the last time I was in Penang (May 2009), nobody (Penang folks) seems to know,care and excited about it.

Another case study of private investor can be learned from Google. This is already an outdated news, but it shows the meaning of investing. During that period, Google intends to commit at least $4.6 billion to bidding for spectrum in the upcoming 700 Mhz auction.

The reason, which I guessed was because Google needed to protect net neutrality by upholding open Internet platform. Why protect net neutrality ? Because a free country, anything can happen. One day, some Google competitors might buy up some broadband companies and block access to Google.com. That is it, that is big news. Google.com is down for a few hours --> Scary. So Google needs to make sure this doesn't happen.

Will Google invest in Malaysia ? Maybe we need someone to figure out a way which may potentially bring realistic competition to the future of Google.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Hong Kong Broadband Network Scales Border Network with Juniper Networks M Series

Juniper Networks, Inc., the leader in high-performance networking, today announced that Hong Kong Broadband Network Limited (HKBN) has deployed M Series Multiservice Edge Routers to support continued expansion of its international network connectivity.

Check out details.

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (July 09)

As usual, check out the analysis for 2008.
For month of Jan 2009.
For month of Feb 2009.
For month of Mar 2009.
For month of April 2009.
For month of May 2009.
For month of Jun 2009

For July 2009, we have the followings:
  1. A company providing HAPS technology
  2. The brand of this blog
  3. Education System In Malaysia
  4. A Malaysia edutainment portal.
  5. A Crystal Report 8.5 Problem
  6. Malaysia Internet Services
  7. A Telecommunication Company in Malaysia


Overview:



  • Total monthly traffic increased by as much as 18.92%
  • Traffic from referring sites increased by 0.56%
  • Google still top contributor (60.39%). Down from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, UK, India, Singapore). Check out here.
  • New visitors 85.04% (up from last month).