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Thursday, December 30, 2010

System.Threading.Timer Sample Code (VB.NET)

I consider this to be best practice.

This sample codes requires the knowledge of multi-threading.


1.) It examines two models.

1.1.) Single timer multiple tasks model.

1.2.) Multiple timer objects model.

2.) Reentrancy Issues:

For both model, reentrancy will still happen. In fact, reentrancy cannot be avoided, it can only be mitigated.

2.1.) Try to use system.threading.timers and asynchronous processing. System.timers.timer are more for synchronous processing.

2.2.) Design the program in such that if previous scheduled task is not yet completed, ignore current task schedule and come back later.

3.) CPU Utilization:

Both models have the about the same CPU utilization, with single timer model suffers slightly higher CPU.

The bottleneck is happening at refreshing text at 'System.Windows.Forms.Label'

The more GUI refreshes is made, the high CPU utilization and the slower data gets to be displayed real time.

4.) Benefits of Single Timer Multiple Tasks Model:

Improve manageability, single point of troubleshooting, single point of view.

4.1.) Reduce the possibility of deadlock.

4.2.) Reduce the possibility of exceptions.

5.) Conclusion

5.1 Both models are workable.

5.2 It is not necessary to deploy the single timer multiple tasks model, which will give rise to more bottlenecks and more CPU utilization. Using multiple timer objects proves to be more optimized.

5.3) The most important thing is to mitigate Reentrancy.

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

Other References:

Also refer to 'System.Timers.Timer Vs System.Threading.Timer'

And 'System.timers.timer hung or hangs'

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

2010 A Year Flashback

Jan 2010:

Apple launched iPad.

Feb 2010:
Mar 2010:

TM launched UniFi.

Apr 2010:
June 2010:

10th Malaysia Plan ICT related.

Jul 2010:

Aug 2010:

Microsoft introduced Microsoft Partner Network.

Sep 2010:

Google introduced dynamic search.

Oct 2010:
Nov 2010:
Trends:

The most happening periods of the year were 2nd quarter and 3rd quarter, with May 2010 tops the list.

The government of Malaysia relaxes on ICT initiatives, choosing to focus on mobile and Internet lifestyle.

There isn't any significant funding and grant initiatives for entrepreneurs.

The launched of UniFi by TM ended years of speculation on the HSBB (High Speed Broadband) project initiative by the government; Malaysia has high speed broadband now.

Network based technology is going to take over, due to the fact that cloud computing has gained a lot of momentum and attention. Besides that, Internet coverage has improved. This is going to give a lot more opportunities for the Internet culture. Anything to do with Internet Protocol (IP) based, Internet, web will have good prospect.

By the way, happy new year :D

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

F5 Simplifies and Centralizes Access Management for Citrix Applications

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today announced its improved support for organizations that run Citrix and other virtual desktop applications.

Organization can consolidate and centralize authentication and access control for better access management across all virtual desktop environments, including Citrix, Microsoft, and VMware - using F5’s BIG-IP® Access Policy Manager™ (APM™) or BIG-IP Edge Gateway™ solution.

This gives F5 customers a choice of flexible solutions to meet their business needs, rather than only being able to work with a specific vendor’s offerings.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Latest Updates from TM on UniFi

First of all, UniFi is HSBB (High Speed Broadband) project; an initiative lauded by the government of Malaysia to improve the broadband coverage in Malaysia.

It is happening now, it is UniFi.

'UniFi' is using Fibre and the core is totally IP(Internet Protocol) based, therefore, it is a very complex system.

It will be a 10 years project started since 2008.

Total cost = RM 11.3 billion over 10 years. (Shared between TM and government).

It involves 2.500 contractors and approximately 19,000 TM staffs.

Currently, the service is available to a few locations namely Klang valley, some industrial areas in Johor and Penang.

Beta stage has already passed, it is considered to be live now.

According to TM, 90% of traffics go international, this makes the bottleneck at the international gateway which has limited bandwidth.

1% of the users are using 25% of the traffics.

In lieu of this, TM recognizes the need to implement traffic management based on Fair Usage Policy (FUP).

This problem is not new to TM actually, based on their experience from Streamyx where 90% of traffics go international and 1% of users are using 25% of the traffics. However, the challenge is that they want to make things better now, make things right.

Users are getting more sophisticated, most of them are downloading Blu-Ray movies, making use of VPN tunneling and MKV container. This scenario puts network engineers into sleepless night.

TM reckons that an understanding needs to be achieved between TM and consumers.

The reason is that most UniFi users are hard core users, while Streamyx users are soft-core who may only use up to the average of 512 Mb, it is a different scenario now.

Since its launch (Mar 2010), TM has tried to implement several FUP methods such as contention ratio (CR) which some believe that it could have been responsible for the recent outage, according to TM, they are still finalizing on the actual causes of the outage. According to the technical team, it was due to routing issues which could have been resolved instantly, nevertheless, it took them 36 hours to make sure that everything is well checked; a risk mitigation procedure.

According to CEO Dato' Sri Zamzamzairani, FUP in the form of volume based pricing will most likely be introduced by 2011. The exact date is unknown, however, consumers will be informed earlier.

Other strategies include getting favourite contents to be hosted locally; a move which Google (YouTube) and Microsoft have implemented. This means that if you are using TM's broadband service, access to YouTube and Microsoft's Updates will be faster than when using other providers.

TM stresses for the need to have more local contents which to me is very encouraging to local ICT entrepreneurs.

TM is geared up to work with the social media, particularly on popular forums like lowyat.net.

And on customer service, TM reckons that there are rooms for improvement. As the matter of fact, TM would like the social media to help out with such area.

Finally, on competing with YTL Yes, CEO Dato' Sri Zamzam thinks that TM is strong on the fixed line business while mobile Internet will always have certain limitations such as signal's strenght and availability. TM is looking forward to setup more hotspots to supply consumers with more coverage of broadband services.

The conclusion for now is:

Contention Ratio (CR) is based on speed. 2M package is slower than 4M package. Volume based (VB) pricing means that for the same speed, charges are according to the total bytes downloaded or uploaded.

By default, CR should be the way of broadband. But there is actually no standard for UniFi unlike ADSL; UniFi is the creation of TM.

Therefore, there is no right and wrong on the solution towards the limitation of international bandwidth per se.

Using CR, slower package users will donate bandwidth to faster package users. While using VB pricing, hard core users donate bandwidth to soft core users.

The culprit is international bandwidth because if this country is USA, then everybody can have fast access to Google, YouTube, Facebook, Microsoft and etc; as fast as the core.

Juniper Networks Secures iPad for Mobile Devices

Juniper Networks® announced the Junos® Pulse App for the iPad, which enables anytime, anywhere secure remote access and connectivity to all enterprise resources, is now available for free download on iOS 4.2 from the Apple iTunes App Store .

With more than 65 percent of Fortune 500 companies deploying or piloting the iPad and 7.5 million iPad's sold worldwide1, securing the device while enabling productivity for the enterprises has become paramount.

The Junos Pulse App for the iPad is part of Juniper's broader Junos Pulse platform. It builds on the market-leading Juniper Networks® SA Series SSL VPN solution that already enables more than 25 million end users to remotely and securely connect their devices, including laptops and smartphones, to corporate networks. The Junos Pulse App has been built for ease of use and seamless deployment so enterprises can enable the mobile workforce of iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to be productive and secure.

Friday, December 17, 2010

My First Encounter with SolarWinds

I visited SolarWinds (Singapore) while I was in Singapore few days ago.

I have known Ms. Audrey Too (Marketing Manager) previously.

The office is located at Suntec City, Tower 2. It is a pretty nice place to be, with so many different companies camped there waiting to conquer the world, particularly the APAC region.

Ya, Singapore is very successful country, primarily it is able to attract investors from all over the world and hence it is considered to be the gateway to the APAC.

SolarWinds (Singapore) is no different, was first setup two years ago.

SolarWinds Incorporated was founded in 1999, during the early stage of Internet where all possibilities were possible.

Currently, its Regional Sales Director for APAC is Mr. Patrick McKinney.

The company's core products consist of:
  1. Orion - network performance monitoring (NPM) and application performance monitoring(APM) suite
  2. Profiler - storage performance and monitoring suite.
Network performance monitoring means monitoring by knowing all registered network-oriented devices about its status (up or down) which includes VM (virtual machines) devices.

With this, you can measure just everything that you want to measure such as bandwidth usage, latency, bottlenecks and etc.

And of course, you can do many tasks with the software such as creating reports, creating alerts, creating triggers and etc, just everything that one needs for monitoring,management,analysis and troubleshooting.

Application performance management is about monitoring for network connected devices' computing resources such as CPU utilization, memory utilization, up or down as well as the storage.

While APM is focusing on computing resources, the profiler is focusing on storage.

SolarWinds primarily focuses on selling its products to network engineers and system administrators. It is suitable for organizations of any sizes as long as you have network devices which include routers, PCs and even mobile devices.

What I am fascinated with the product is the core idea, which is to serve as a platform to integrate all sort of technologies together, to create some sort of console view of what is happening around your IT assets. Such technologies are SNMP, WMI, Netflow, IP SLA as well as other custom APIs.

In other words, the product is just able to work with any other network-oriented devices out there in the market, as long as it supports open standard technologies, known technologies or custom APIs.

Orion is selling at about USD 2,500. It is web based and supports Microsoft platform. Currently, it supports Windows Server 2003 onwards. The application is pretty much AJAX and CSS oriented, with simple GUI and caters for simplicity with the back-end as Microsoft .NET technologies.

Mr. Henry Pea (Sales Engineer) told me that the secret of success is Thwack.com; a community knowledgebased web site for its customers and the general public. Thwack.com provides us with forums, blogs and knowledgebase.

Through Thwack.com, not only customers get to have technical supports, they also gain access to other know-hows and tips. Besides that, this is the platform for product innovations where customers get to request for new features while critics get to challenge product innovations.

Having Thwack.com is what I call it the 'closed circuit product development strategy' where every issues will be able to get known and resolved eventually; nothing is left in the dark.

Another culture that I like about SolarWinds is the free tools provided. Each free tool is actually a module of the Orion suite with some limitations. Orion suite simply combines everything together. And one can utilize such tools to solve many technical issues arising daily.

“SolarWinds (Singapore) is one of the fastest rising companies in Singapore and we see tremendous opportunity for SolarWinds in the APAC region. With the recent addition of the Brisbane office as the APAC Headquarters, we intend to continue the expansion of our presence in APAC in 2011 especially in countries like Australia, Singapore and China.”

For Malaysia, existing customers include Green Packet P1.

SolarWinds encourages companies to monitor all network oriented devices, to maximize investments and productivity. It is always better to have more visibility.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Google launches new tools for businesses to grow internationally

Google yesterday introduced a number of new resources for businesses to expand internationally. The Google Global Market Finder is a free online tool for advertisers to find new markets overseas. This tool will be available as part of Google Ads for Global Advertisers, a new website and hub for businesses to identify, reach, and engage with
customers worldwide.

These new tools help businesses of all sizes address traditional barriers to international
expansion, such as finding the right customers, translating their websites and ad campaigns into local languages, and reaching customers in foreign markets with relevant ads.

This is a global launch and Malaysia is the second country after China to launch this business initiative.

Check out details.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Internet Connected But Browser Not Working

Able to connect to Internet, able to ping www.yahoo.com, windows updates able to work, but not able to use browser; all web browsers.

Having ability to ping www.yahoo.com means that IP, subnet,DNS, gateway settings are correct. It also implies that the network card is working normally.

Try to 'telnet www.yahoo.com 80'



Not successful.

Check Windows Firewall; is off.

Try to ping the PC from other PC in the LAN.

Not successful.

Thus, since Windows Firewall is off, there must be another firewall which prevents such to happen.

The culprit is Norton Internet Security.

Tried to open Norton Internet Security, unable to.

Must be corrupted.

Uninstall Norton Internet Security.

It works. Web browser is able to surf the Internet.

Thus, either someone changed the settings of Norton Internet Security or there is a trojan which corrupted the settings, even made it not operable.

When everything is able to work properly, if you perform 'telnet www.yahoo.com 80', a blank window will open.

You can also use WireShark to see the communication.

Install WireShark, apply filter for 'Http' only. Then start to capture the network interface.

Then perform 'telnet www.yahoo.com 80' from command prompt.



Saturday, December 11, 2010

Freecorder 4 - Download Youtube Videos, Record Love Songs

I have just discovered this free software; Freecorder 4.

It is supposed to be able to cater for YouTube videos, and record audios which come out of the audio output from your PC.

This is cool!!


Now you can sing love songs and convert it to MP3 and send it to someone.

Freecorder is distributed alongside FLV (Flash) player.

Other features include:
  • Audio formation conversion.
  • Built-in to web browser.
  • Include FLV player.

Friday, December 10, 2010

A Year in Malaysia Search: Google's Top Searches of 2010

Today, Google announced its annual Zeitgeist, a look at 2010 through the collective eyes of the world on the web. The 2010 Year-End Zeitgeist offers a unique perspective on the year's major events and hottest trends based on global searches, as well as searches conducted in Malaysia on google.com.my

When it comes to Malaysia's fascination with the Proton Inspira, not even Apple’s iPad and the Greatest Show on Earth come close to the national car manufacturer’s Mitsubishi Lancer lookalike, which was launched in November. The fastest rising searches of 2010 also showed Malaysians going online for a variety of reasons, from checking out Indonesian drama Benci Bilang Cinta and spending time interacting via Facebook to looking for the best deals in town on mudah.com.my and staying up-to-date with the latest news on Utusan. They also kept their reflexes sharp playing online games on Didi games and kept an eye out for singing teen sensation Justin Bieber.

Juniper Networks Announces Acquisition of Altor Networks

Juniper Networks announced it has acquired Altor Networks, a leading provider of virtualization security technology that enables organizations to secure the virtualized world. This acquisition will allow Juniper to extend its market-leading security position by delivering an integrated, highly-scalable security architecture that protects physical and virtual systems. Under the terms of the agreement, Juniper acquired Altor for a cash purchase price of approximately $95 million, net of Altor shares already owned by Juniper.

The acquisition builds on Juniper’s existing technology partnership with Altor and will extend Juniper’s leadership in security for both the enterprise and service provider virtualization markets. As organizations rely more on virtual servers for critical applications, concern around server security in the cloud has increased. Altor has developed some of the industry’s most advanced capabilities to address this challenge, including a high-performance hypervisor-based firewall, on-board intrusion detection, complete network visibility and monitoring and comprehensive reporting for compliance. Altor’s solution enables security visibility, compliance and control over the entire virtual machine infrastructure, giving security teams’ visibility to understand the applications, services and traffic being sent between virtual machines.

Check out details.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

A 2010 Year End Wrap Up From Juniper Networks (By Wan Ahmad Kamal)

Cloud computing and mobile Internet has finally gained a lot more momentum in 2010.

Juniper Networks has proved to be able to keep up with everything which include development of new products and evolution of existing products.

One of the fundamental challenge of existing economy is to have solutions which are good in terms of quality,affordability as well as manageability.

Check out all Juniper Networks product launching and initiatives.

On top of that, Juniper Networks has also demonstrated capability in supporting the 'Connected Culture' which gives rise to higher requirement for security. The launching of Junos Pulse Mobile Security Suite is a major paradigm shift for the Telecommunication industry.

Telecommunication providers business models are heavily dependent on network products innovation, as such that cloud computing is heavily dependent on the concept of virtualization.

En. Wan Ahmad Kamal explains that Juniper Networks plays major role in transforming the economy of our societies. The network will not only be key drivers for communications, but will also become other economical drivers for the content industry, XaaS and etc.

A number of Malaysia based organization has deployed Juniper Networks solutions, such as Packet One, Technology Park Malaysia, the Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN), and University Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP).

En. Wan Ahmad Kamal endorses the coming of mobile Internet age to Malaysia, which is also lauded by the Malaysian government recently under Malaysia Budget 2011 announcement.

Going into 2011, Juniper Networks expects to see accelerated spending on technologies that innovate and preserve the network, such as cloud computing, server virtualization, desktop virtualization, security software and appliances, unified communications, WAN optimization, XaaS applications, networking management software or appliances, wireless networking, and application acceleration.

Refer to full text here.

2010 is definitely a great year for Juniper Networks.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Conversion failed when converting datetime from character string

This applies to T-SQL.

When creating dynamic SQL query, you need to generate SQL string statement.

Thus, when you do that, SQL requires that the date is to be converted to string format.

This error occurs when SQL tries to convert the date to string intrinsically but failed.

The solution is to convert the date extrinsically.

Refer to all date formats of T-SQL.




Friday, December 03, 2010

SOLARWINDS ESTABLISHES ASIA-PACIFIC HEADQUARTERS IN BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA

SolarWinds  a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software for more than 97,000 companies worldwide, announced today that it has established its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Brisbane, Australia.

The Brisbane office will offer sales, customer support, and services for Australasia and the greater Asia-Pacific region. The office will also have a development team focused on localization of SolarWinds’ network, application and storage management products. Doug Hibberd, who has led SolarWinds’ global research and development organization since 2006, has been named General Manager of APAC Operations and will be based in Brisbane and will continue in his role as Senior Vice President of Engineering.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Malaysia’s First 4G WiMAX Operator Packet One Selects Juniper Networks For New MPLS Core

Juniper Networks announced that Packet One Networks (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (“Packet One”), Malaysia's leading 4G WiMAX service provider, has deployed Juniper Networks® MX Series Universal Edge Routers to create a new high-speed, service-enabling MPLS core network. With the MX Series, Packet One has increased network capacity while reducing operational costs and accelerating the delivery of advanced fixed and mobile wireless broadband services.


Packet One acquired one of Malaysia's four WiMAX licenses in March 2007, and was first to market with its service launch in August 2008. In the following 12 months, it signed up more than 80,000 customers, including a sizable share of new broadband business customers in competition with the incumbent fixed network service provider. To date, Packet One has over 200,000 subscribers.

“The broadband market is relatively under-served in Malaysia and we are supporting the government's goal of reaching 50 percent of households by the end of this year. We are on track to extend our 4G WiMAX coverage to 45 percent of Malaysians households by the end of this year, with the goal of hitting 65 percent by 2012,” said Michael Lai, CEO of Packet One. “To deliver the full benefits of 4G WiMAX to our customers and maximize revenue opportunities, it is essential to have a highly stable core network. The deployment of Juniper Networks MX Series routers helps to monetize our 4G network by accelerating service delivery, while reducing operational costs and complexity.”

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (Nov 2010)

As usual, check out the analysis for 2009.

For month of Jan 2010.
For month of Feb 2010.
For month of Mar 2010.
For month of April 2010.
For month of May 2010.
For month of June 2010.
For month of July 2010.
For month of Aug 2010
For month of Sep 2010
For month of Oct 2010

For month of Nov 2010, we have the followings.
  • The brand of this blog
  • Co-author of this blog
  • An Adobe's backend program
  • A common .NET programming issue.
  • A common CR8.5 issue.
  • Common Windows Font Issues
  • A social portal in Malaysia.
  • Malaysia ICT related.
Overview:

  • Total monthly traffic decreased by as much as 8.28%.
  • Traffic from referring sites increased by 0.67%.
  • Google still top contributor (50.34%). Up from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, India, Singapore, UK,).
  • New visitors 87.30% (up from last month).
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F5 Positioned in Leaders Quadrant of the Application Delivery Controller Magic Quadrant

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADC), announced today its position in the Leaders Quadrant of the 2010 Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers from Gartner, Inc.1

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Application Delivery Controllers evaluates 13 vendors in the ADC market space based on Completeness of Vision and Ability to Execute. According to Gartner, being a leader in the Magic Quadrant for ADCs needs to have strong or growing market share, especially in the Advanced Platform ADCs, and to have solutions that resonate with an increasing number of enterprises, and expertise in complex data center application deployment.

F5’s Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development, Dan Matte says. “We believe F5’s strong customer and partner relationships have helped us become a leader in the Magic Quadrant. F5’s market execution and differentiation are the result of our ability to respond to the evolving needs of ADCs in the market. In addition, F5’s DevCentral presence as the industry’s largest ADC-focused community, continue to contribute to our success.”

To view the full ADC Magic Quadrant report, please go to:
http://www.gartner.com/technology/media-products/reprints/f5networks/vol6/article2/article2.html

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Juniper Networks Expands Leading Security Services Gateway Line to Address Small to Mid-Size Data Centers

Juniper Networks announced general availability the SRX1400, the newest member of its leading SRX product line. The SRX1400 is a consolidated security services gateway ideal for securing small to mid-size enterprise, service provider and mobile operator data center environments.

“Not only does the SRX1400 help companies migrate their mid-size data centers to 10Gbps, but it also helps them reduce costs in the process,” said Wan Ahmad Kamal, Managing Director, Juniper Networks Malaysia. “The SRX1400 consolidates multiple security functions, including our new AppSecure application security capabilities, on a single services gateway, providing the flexibility to scale bandwidth and services in the future.”

For mobile service providers, the SRX1400 is a cost-effective solution that delivers security at scale to their core networks and protects against a variety of attacks and unauthorized access on critical infrastructure including the internet connection on the Gi interface, roaming exchanges and signaling networks. With its separate control and data planes, the SRX 1400 combines carrier-class resiliency with advanced inspection and protection capabilities developed specifically for mobile networks and applications.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Malaysian iPhone Developer Made It To Italy

A Malaysia iPhone app development company, Just Mobile Sdn Bhd, has signed an iPhone development agreement with an Italian company, Act One SRL, a company which has strong business partnerships in the media and broadcasting industry in Italy.

Act One’s businesses include mobile application and multimedia services in Italy and Europe. The owner of Act One, Francesco Galano, is an established television producer for more than 18 years, producing popular TV shows for Mediaset, the largest broadcasting company in Italy.

In this agreement, Just Mobile shall be developing iPhone, Android and Blackberry applications for Act One to market and sell to Italian government and companies. Mobile application market is expected to hit USD17.5 billion by 2012 and with Apple responsible for 99.4% of mobile app sales in 2009, building apps for the iPhone and iPad shall be the curtain-opener to kick-start this global business collaboration.

About Just Mobile (www.JustMobileInc.com)

Just Mobile Sdn Bhd is a Malaysia MSC-status company with 6 years experience in mobile app development on iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Nokia Widget, Java, WAP and SMS. Just Mobile has developed over 40 mobile apps and these apps are distributed across the world, especially in U.K, U.S, Europe, Australia, Middle East, Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia.

Check out details.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Technology Park Malaysia Selects Juniper Networks for State-of-the-Art Campus Network

Juniper Networks announced that Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (TPM) has deployed Juniper products and services in a total revamp of its campus network. This will help TPM attract additional tenants and enable it to generate new revenue streams by offering more application hosting, system management and network services.

TPM, Malaysia’s premier technology park, is accessible to all major universities and research institutions and is currently home to over 160 technology-based companies. TPM offers approximately two million square feet of incubation and business commercialization R&D space and about 400 land parcels for supporting innovative technology based-companies in engineering, information and communications technology, and biotechnology. The company's strategy is to use IT infrastructure as a competitive tool to attract and retain local and foreign entrepreneurs.

“We embarked on our latest IT infrastructure enhancement project to build a world-class campus network, enabling us to provide tenants and strategic partners with a range of high-value, network-based services delivered in compliance with ITIL framework standards,” said YBhg Dato’ Hj. Mohd Azman Hj. Shahidin, president and chief executive officer of Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn. Bhd. “After careful consideration of multiple proposals we selected Juniper’s solution, which combined best-in-class technology with easy management, reasonable pricing and strong support. Implementation of the Juniper solution has delivered a rapid improvement in enterprise-level performance, making IT a strategic enabler for the company.”

During the project implementation by Comintel Sdn. Bhd., a Juniper Elite Network Infrastructure partner, legacy ATM switches in TPM's core network were replaced with Juniper Networks® MX480 3D Universal Edge Routers, which were also deployed in the distribution layer, while MX240 routers are now used for Internet routing.

The co-location data center has been equipped with redundant Juniper Networks EX8208 Ethernet Switches, delivering the port densities, non-blocking performance, scalability and high availability required by the most demanding high-tech clients.

Together with Juniper Networks EX4200 Ethernet Switches deployed within each campus building, the MX480 and MX240 routers and EX8208 switches form a high-performance, highly-resilient and highly-secure MPLS infrastructure. Juniper Networks EX3200 Ethernet Switches, meanwhile, provide TPM's tenants with thousands of power-over-Ethernet LAN ports within its campus buildings.

Almost every network device on the campus – including Juniper Networks IDP8200 Intrusion Detection and Prevention Appliances and a STRM 2500 Security Threat Response Manager – run the Junos® operating system, enabling TPM to benefit from lower network operation costs and integrated network and security management, controlled through Juniper Networks NSMXpress Appliance.

The expandability and virtualization capabilities of the Juniper Networks NetScreen-5400 co-location firewalls enable TPM to operate as a managed service provider (MSP) without the need for additional systems. In addition, Juniper Networks SA6500 VPN Appliances, operating in MSP mode, provide remote access for TPM's tenants.

“Technology Park Malaysia is competing in the top tier for hi-tech tenants on a worldwide basis and that's a real challenge for a property company,” said Wan Ahmad Kamal, Managing Director of Juniper Networks Malaysia. “With the deployment of a next generation carrier-class campus infrastructure based on Juniper, TPM is now fully equipped to operate as state-of-the-art MSP and can offer both internal and external clients a full suite of shared and managed services.”

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Juniper Networks Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire Trapeze Networks

Juniper Networks (NYSE: JNPR) and Belden Inc. (NYSE: BDC) today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Juniper will acquire Trapeze Networks, a technology leader in enterprise wireless local area network (WLAN) systems and management software, in an all cash transaction valued at approximately $152 million. The acquisition is anticipated to close in the fourth quarter of 2010, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions and applicable regulatory reviews.

The acquisition will make WLAN infrastructure a key part of Juniper's portfolio, accelerating the company's growth in the enterprise market and advancing its vision for the new network. Trapeze Networks provides the highest levels of WLAN reliability, performance, security and management for today's most demanding mobile applications. The company's innovative WLAN technology is highly complementary to Juniper's campus and branch switching, routing and security business. Customers will be able to build new networks based on Juniper's end-to-end routing, security, wired and wireless switching infrastructure that improve users' experience and increase their productivity regardless of location, while delivering lowest total cost of ownership.

Check out details.

Friday, November 19, 2010

F5 Offers Solution to Cost Effectively Support Mobile Traffic Growth

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: FFIV), the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), today launches F5® Service Delivery Networking (SDN) – a new array of solutions customized for global telecommunication service providers.

F5 is offering mobile operators a unified platform to deliver converged, full proxy IP services for voice, data, and video – through a set of integrated solutions for service and subscriber management such as intelligent traffic steering, large-scale IPv4 to IPv6 translation, secure DNS traffic management, traffic optimization and acceleration, and policy enforcement.

These solutions enable providers to cost effectively scale their service offerings thus increase average revenue per user (ARPU), as well as address the fast growth of mobile IP traffic (voice, data, and video) while increasing the flexibility of their telco networks.

F5 Managing Director for ASEAN, Teong Eng Guan shares that F5 SDN solutions provide a holistic architectural approach to solve mobile operators’ challenges in the deployment of service delivery network for voice, video and data traffic.

“Mobile operators need to evolve how they offer and charge for IP-based services. The new F5 unified platform will enable mobile operators to effectively manage and steer all telco traffic based upon subscriber policies, device type, geolocation, and network conditions - giving them the agility required to cost effectively meet the changing market demands and manage the explosive growth of mobile data traffic,” says Teong.

The F5 SDN will be positioned as key components of any telco 3G, LTE, or IMS network, with solution highlights as follows:
  • More flexible pricing models and reduced server requirements - F5’s advanced solutions allow service providers to make policy-based traffic steering decisions
  • Seamless transition to IPv6 – thus reducing mobile operator’s CapEx and OpEx by eliminating the need to maintain two separate systems: one for IPv4 and one for IPv6.
  • Massive scale for device and network resources - F5’s large-scale Network Address Translation (NAT) solution is offered at one-third the cost of firewalls
  • Superior user experience and security - F5’s secure DNS solution provides massive scaling, monitoring, and high availability for DNS services, while protecting against malicious DoS attacks.
F5’s Ecosystem of Technology Partnerships
 
To further address market needs, F5 partners with companies like Bridgewater Systems, Bytemobile, Ericsson, Flash Networks, Nokia Siemens Networks, Openwave Systems, Vantrix, and Volubill, each of which leverage F5’s SDN capabilities to deliver best-in-class service provider solutions.

Companies Are Forced To Walk the Talk

In conjunction with PiPR's 1st birthday recently, I took the opportunity to ask the Managing Director Ms. Lee Ting Ting 5 challenging questions.


What does it feels like become 1 year anniversary?

It’s been just slight more than 12 months, but we feel like we’ve come a long way (just turning one on October 1, 2010). Pi was up with a good start against many other more established PR agencies by managing to gain the trust and retainer accounts of several big IT brands in the local market. This significant to us in wanting to established our own positioning as ‘Your boutique IT PR specialist’ in Malaysia.

How has the PR industry changed over the past few years and what are coming next ?

The PR industry landscape has definitely become more competitive, with more and more players coming into this low-barrier industry. This is why Pi needs to ‘go niche’ – that is to focus on providing IT PR consultancy, instead of spreading it thin by claiming to be a PR expert in all fields. It’s pretty hard to have depth and at the same time command the width/ breath of the market at the same time. It is not impossible, but having a known expertise and continuing to hone that expertise, I figure, is not a bad strategy.

In the foreseeable future, I see the PR folks playing a more critical and strategic role in directly impacting the business. PR is a very powerful marketing tool, as communication of corporate and brand message is a major element in building perception. And we know that Marketing is all about Perception.

Companies with more ‘foresight’ will be able see how they can really leverage PR to gain real competitive edge; and how PR is also a way of imposing corporate ‘self-discipline’ – in the sense that companies are forced to walk the talk they have made in PR communication to their audience. The media watches and monitors – pretty much like a watchdog of sorts…so as much as you want to leverage the media for business advantage (read: branding and marketing your products and services), it can also be a double-edge sword if you cannot fulfill what you have committed publicly through PR.

This is why I think that PR consultants are increasingly conscientious of what they advice on the communication of business concept to their clients. In short, the PR industry will alleviate into a much more ‘professional stature’ with organizations relying on them to more and more to achieve a more respectable, clearer and more definitive position in their markets.

Tell us your best experience in servicing your customers in 2010 ?

There have been several good experiences with the successful delivery of PR briefs in some unconventional ways. However I must say that the common thread in all of the ‘good’ customer servicing experiences is when Pi was recruited really to be an integral part of the corporate strategy – in exercises to help the customer gain specific competitive advantage in their marketplace.

The trust and close interaction that Pi shared with these particular customers (or PR projects) deem it the best experience for us.

Everybody is talking about social media, how has that changed the PR industry ?

Really, there is no escaping the social media. The longer companies try to wait for another solution around having to do social media, the more that they are just wasting precious time.

I am not saying that all companies should dive into social media, as it really depends on their sort of business and market they are playing in. But where and if consumers (or the masses) are involved as your target audience, then you have to get involved in social media.

Pi PR has a very strong social media alliance in eGency.com which has a fantastic track record of successes in leveraging Web 2.0 for many large IT and non-IT PR/ creative projects. From the work done and in progress, I would say that PR consultants today cannot possible detach themselves from questions such as ‘How could social media play in this (PR) scenario?’, ‘What are the costs of NOT doing social media in this (PR) scenario?’, and ‘How can social media synergize the PR plan I have for this particular brief?’

What would you tell your customers about how they can go to the next level by engaging your service ? What do people generally do not realize ?

I can’t speak for all people in the PR industry, but I am probably the strongest advocate of PR for the technology sector – especially when this industry is so (often) convoluted, confusing, technical, dry, boring and yet so important!

The simple truth is that most IT products, solutions and services bring about a good level of advantages if anybody or any organization invests in it, AND ensures that they know how to get an ROI back from that IT investment. PR comes in, quite unexpectedly, in trying to bridge the many ‘I Can! I Can!’s’ of IT vendors, and the ‘I Want! I Want!’s’ of the mass market.

What an IT vendor CAN do, and what the market WANTs can be bridged by PR. People need to realize this as the often understated role of PR – good PR at least.

PR is never about lying about what a company does, it is not about false impression. PR is really a corporate media service for the articulation of concepts, messages and clarifications – in the most diplomatic and honest manner, which IS the way of the media and what they ideally stand for.

Google Instant now in Malaysia!

Two months ago, we announced Google Instant, a new way of searching that makes search more interactive and helps you find information more quickly and easily. Today, we are excited to let you know that we’ve begun rolling out Google Instant in Malaysia on google.com.my, and it should be available to all signed-in users in the coming days.



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Juniper Networks Acquires Advanced Video Delivery Technology from Blackwave

Juniper Networks announced it has acquired the intellectual property assets of Blackwave, an innovator in Internet video storage and delivery infrastructure, further enhancing the company’s solutions for delivering Internet video content with exceptional scale, performance and efficiency. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Juniper plans to integrate Blackwave’s technology with Juniper Networks® Media Flow Controller, creating one of the most comprehensive converged content delivery solutions. This move reinforces Juniper’s continued investment in technologies that bring value to service providers, content providers and content delivery networks (CDNs).

“The acquisition of Blackwave technology continues Juniper’s commitment to the new network by serving the rapidly escalating appetite for high-quality video from anywhere to any device, ” said Rajan Raghavan, vice president and general manager, Content and Media Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “The Blackwave technology brings storage performance and scaling capabilities that, combined with the Media Flow platform and Juniper’s high-performance networking systems, will provide a compelling solution for our customers who require scalable and efficient distribution of content and high-quality video over the Internet.”

Juniper Networks Media Flow portfolio includes advanced software and hardware designed to address the challenges of rich media delivery. Media Flow is a converged content delivery and caching solution that dramatically improves the performance of rich media delivery by leveraging unique innovations such as hierarchical caching, superior media-aware intelligence and massive scalability. With Media Flow, customers can profitably and efficiently deliver rich media content at massive scale.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Yes (YTL 4G Mobile Internet) To be Launched on 19 Nov 2010

This is a very interesting promotional video for Yes



It is catchy and Malaysian.

I definitely can't wait to get a Yes ID.

Just wondering how it is going to work ? It will come with a 018 number. So, most likely it is relying on MNP (Mobile Network Portability).

So, YTL Communications was reported to have invested in own network infrastructure consists of base stations and backbone.

And their proposed deadline to have commercial launch is on time.

Refer to previous updates.

However, this time around, they seem to have dropped WiMax out of our consciousness.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

System.Runtime.Remoting.RemotingException: Server encountered an internal error

Just technical sharing. No big deal.

if you ever encountered the following exception.

System.Runtime.Remoting.RemotingException: Server encountered an internal error. For more information, turn off customErrors in the server's .config file.


It is tricky, because it is not telling you what actually is the exception about ?

The first thing you need to do is to follow as what it suggested, turn off customError.

How you do that ?

At the code segment which remoting is being used. Insert the following codes.

RemotingConfiguration.CustomErrorsMode = CustomErrorsModes.Off


Once this is done, you can see that the exception generated will be different.

The same error, but shown differently.


In this example, you can see that even though the exception message is still 'Server encountered an internal error', however, the stack trace actually shows more meaningful information.

The problem is 'HandleReturnMessage', and it comes from 'get_Var_MyKey'. 'Var_MyKey' is actually a property, which means that it happens while trying to access the value of the property.

This implies two of either one of the followings:
  1. The object which carries the property is already disposed (collected by garbage collector)
  2. In the context of remoting, even if the object is not disposed, it could be however already expired. If this is the case, you must either resort to using local object or implement object leasing and sponsorship. Refer to Client Server Sample (VB.NET) Using Remoting Version 2

PiPR 1st Aniversary

PiPR, celebrated its first birthday on 1st October 2010.

It is a public relation consulting firm who specializes on the ICT industry.

Pi's clients include SAS Malaysia, SL Information, New Age Porfolio, MTouche, MYREN, Tipping Point and many more.

Public relation is an art by itself. It is also a function in marketing for organizations seeking to build and grow brand values and many more; it is marketing.

PiPR believes that recognition (of value) is equivalent to business growth.

And this is what I believe about PR.

In this age of social media, decision makings can be totally non rational most of the time. People choose to believe in trends and lifestyle ideas which they barely familiar with. Such phenomenon is especially true when it comes to buying technology stuffs.

The fact that technology is about best practices which are created by human. In other words, we can almost conclude that most products will ultimately the same. For this reason, why bother to talk about product differentiation so much ? Your products are expected to be as competitive as others.

So help me out, which product should I buy ?

PiPR, having inculcate the essence of Pi, best fit this role of sorting out answers.

SonicWALL Announces Granular Application Intelligence, Control and Real-Time Visualization for Its Next-Generation Firewalls

SonicWALL, Inc. a leading provider of intelligent network security and data protection solutions, today announced SonicOS 5.8 for its Next-Generation Firewall product lines. This enhances its existing application intelligence and control capabilities by integrating a real-time application visualization dashboard and analysis tools, enabling IT managers to visualize all application traffic and determine application bandwidth consumption based on real-time information. Administrators can immediately control and allocate resources for critical applications and users to drive productivity, while blocking or controlling inappropriate activities. All controls operate on specific applications rather than trying to rely on generic port or protocols often used by stateful packet inspection firewalls.

Policies like 'Facebook but no Farmville, and Facebook only uses less than 10% of connections and bandwidth during business hours' are now possible."

Says Greg Young, vice president of research at Gartner: "Firewalls have traditionally been a binary block/allow model. Stateful inspection firewalls can only control ports and IP addresses, so there is no context for what is in that Web session. Intrusion Prevention Systems can spot malware, but application control in Next-Generation Firewalls can limit or control applications such as social media, and with granularity controlling which activities within a social media are allowed, and can allow critical applications get the bandwidth they need.

check out details.

Juniper Networks Introduces the Next-Generation Core Router for the New Network

Juniper Networks introduced its next-generation and the industry’s fastest core routing platform, and demonstrated a standards-based 100G core-to-edge network. 100G networking technology is vital to the continued growth of IP-based services and applications, including supporting traffic from wireless and wired broadband devices as well as data-intensive applications, such as cloud computing and collaborative scientific research.

Juniper Networks® T4000 Core Router, powered by the Junos® operating system, provides the scalability and flexibility required to meet rapidly expanding bandwidth requirements, while extending the investment protection of the T Series platform, which is the most widely deployed core routing platform in the world.

As well as meeting the growing needs of service providers around the world, the next-generation high-performance processing innovations of Juniper’s routing portfolio will help usher in a new era of scientific discovery. For example, by connecting to Internet2’s recently announced 100Gbps research network powered by the T Series, scientists accessing the Large Hadron Collider at CERN will be able to accelerate the processing of terabytes of data in the quest to advance our scientific understanding of the universe. The same research network will also increase the data transfer capabilities between the two telescopes of the Gemini Observatory located in Hawaii and the Chilean Andes, allowing astronomers to access skies in both hemispheres simultaneously.

Juniper has been showcasing a live demonstration of the 100G network, during the SC10 Supercomputing 2010, international conference on high-performance computing, networking, storage and analysis, being held this week in New Orleans in the U.S.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Juniper Networks Selected for Next Generation Upgrade of Malaysian Research Network

The Malaysian Research and Education Network (MYREN) - which provides high-capacity broadband to universities, colleges, research organisations and scientific laboratories, has migrated its Phase 2A network infrastructure to a robust Juniper Networks routing solution running the Junos operating system, to scale capacity with increased reliability and pave the way for the expansion of its user base, including more public and private-sector universities, hospitals, polytechnics and community colleges.

Launched in 2005 and funded by Malaysia's federal government, MYREN currently links 68 academic research institutions throughout Malaysia and is linked to national research and education networks in Asia Pacific, Europe and North America. After five years of successful first phase operations, advanced data-intensive applications are driving demand for greater bandwidth across the network, and for advanced networking technologies such as IPv6 and virtualization. MYREN is administered by the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) and connectivity is centralized at a Network Operation Centre in Cyberjaya. Researchers are running data-intensive applications such as video conferencing, digital video transport system (DVTS), data computing, visualization/image modeling and e-learning.

Deployment of Juniper Networks M7i Multiservice Edge Routers at MYREN’s backbone network’s five points of presence in west and east Malaysia and at MYREN's peering point, has enabled migration to high-speed backbone links of up to 1Gbps. The M7i's separate hardware-based routing and forwarding engines drive a high-performance distribution layer MPLS network architecture, with Juniper Networks J6350 Service Routers acting as the provider edge at MYREN-connected campuses. As access links are dictated by MYREN's end users, the J6350 has to handle a variety of L2 and L3 connections, with physical media ranging from optical fibre to microwave transmission.

With the advanced Junos operating system running across the entire infrastructure, network administrators are much better positioned to respond dynamically to the bandwidth and network security requirements of researchers and academics across the extended network.

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Garmin-Asus Launches the A50 Android Navigation Smartphone

Designed to perform both as a navigation modes. It’s super fast, with an average location fix taking only 30 seconds. The A50 presents a stylish, durable device powered by professional Garmin navigation software, and offers users the fastest and most precise navigation available in its device category.

Key features:
  • Full Featured Smartphone
  • Navigate with Ease
  • Lifestyle-Centered Design

Specifications:

NetworksHSDPA downstream:7.2Mbps, upstream: 384kbps
UMTS 1700/2100
EDGE/GPRS/GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Operating systemAndroid 2.1 (Eclair)
CPUQualcomm 7227 600MHz
Memory256MB SDRAM + 256MB ROM, 4GB eMMC flash
ConnectivityBluetooth 2.0+EDR, USB 2.0, WLAN 802.11b+g
GPSQualcomm GPSOne – Gen7 (AGPS supported)
Display3.5 HVGA TFT with capacitive touch , 65K colors
Camera3 megapixel, autofocus
Battery1150mAh lithium
Standby timeUp to 18 days (2G/3G)
Talk timeUp to 9 hours (2G/3G)
ExpansionmicroSD™ (supports SDHC, up to 32GB)
BrowserHTTP/Google browser
MessagingSMS/MMS/email/push email
VideoVideo playback: MPEG4/H.264/H.263/WMV @ 30 frames per second VGA
Video recording: MPEG4/H.263 @ 24 frames per second VGA
AudioMP3/WMA/3GP/AAC/eAAC

*Product specifications, features and services subject to change without prior notice. Standby and talk time may vary depending different usage.

Pricing & Availability

The Garmin-Asus A50 retails at RM1099 and is available immediately from our authorized resellers. The A50 also comes with two years warranty. For more information, please visit http://my.garminasus.com.

Be a fan at our Garmin-Asus Malaysia Facebook Fanpage and get the latest updates on promotions and contests.


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2 Persons, 2 years To Create Netscape

Netscape was created by Marc Andreessen and Eric Bina. Started development in December 1992 and the first beta were released in 1994.

So, it took about 2 years from nothing to something working.

The success of Netscape was attributed to Eric Bina's 48-hour stints of continuous software development.

In 1998, it was bought over by AOL.

I don't know how did they survive from 1994 to 1998. Maybe they provided consulting.

But I think during those days, Internet was more exciting than now.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

4 Persons, 1 Year to Create Google Maps

Google Maps was created by Lars_Rasmussen, who is now working for Facebook.

In 2003, Lars and his brother, together with two more persons, took about 1 year to create the software which is Google Map today before it was bought over by Google (in October 2004).

Google Map for Malaysia's maps was only available since December 2007 and probably a year earlier for Singapore.

So, imagine you are an entrepreneur.

You will need a team to develop a prototype, promising enough to be bought over by investor one year later and then 3 years later make it available to the market. It is still about 4 years projection.

Client Server Sample (VB.NET) Using Remoting Version 2

Refer to version 1.

This is an enhanced version which is better.

This version is still single server and multi-client.


In this version, both client and server will expose remoting interfaces and connect to each other. This is the best practice.

It also caters for the following features.
  • Cater for TCP or HTTP connection options
  • Implements leasing and sponsorship for remoting objects lifetime management
Download the sample code (VB.NET Visual Studio 2008 SP1).

Refer to other remoting samples.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Recent Cloud Survey From SolarWinds Indicates That as the Technology Moves From Hype to Reality, Management Challenges Continue to Be Top of Mind for IT Pros

A recent cloud survey from SolarWinds was released. Results from the survey indicates that conversations around the “cloud” are occurring in organizations of all sizes and while IT professionals see the need and benefits of moving to the cloud, they may continue to struggle with the challenges of managing this next big wave of computing.

The survey was conducted among 100 IT professionals and key findings such as the following were shared:
  • More than 60% of the respondents indicated their organizations are either evaluating cloud computing or already investing in the technology.
  • Respondents understood the benefits of a cloud-based approach, citing operational efficiency (28%), business flexibility (24%) and financial savings (19%) as the top three reasons for adopting cloud services.
  • The top cloud services that respondents were evaluating are Software-as-a-Service (40%) and Platform-as-a-Service (15%).
Check out details.

Check out more on Cloud Computing.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Pandora Recovery - Great Software

Today I just did something I have never done before.

I accidentally deleted some important files with Shift-Delete.

I actually used Pandora Recovery software to recover the deleted files.

It works and efficiently : D


Refer to here.

Try to do the recovery as quickly as possible, do not make further changes to your hard disk like install new updates, delete files and etc and try not to turn off your computer.

Please donate for them.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Juniper Networks Unveils Media Flow Publisher to Enable the Delivery of New Internet Video Services

Juniper Networks has announced Media Flow Publisher, a Juniper Networks® Media Flow Controller application, which facilitates the introduction of premium multi-screen video services.

With Juniper Networks Media Flow Publisher, cable operators, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) providers and content publishers can now more easily introduce innovative new services by delivering high-quality video content to a variety of end-user devices, while ensuring a superior user experience.

The advent of tablet PCs, large-screen mobile devices and increasingly ubiquitous wireless access is driving the consumption of premium video entertainment content out of the living room. On-the-go consumers now expect access to a variety of content on any device at any time. Delivering premium content to multiple screens in the form of new services can represent a tremendous business opportunity for cable operators, IPTV providers and content publishers; however, it also presents a number of technical challenges.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Tech Blog Malaysia Statistics (Oct 2010)

As usual, check out the analysis for 2009.

For month of Jan 2010.
For month of Feb 2010.
For month of Mar 2010.
For month of April 2010.
For month of May 2010.
For month of June 2010.
For month of July 2010.
For month of Aug 2010
For month of Sep 2010

For month of Oct 2010, we have the followings.
  • The brand of this blog
  • IT trends
  • Tips on installing a database software
  • Common Windows Font Issues
  • An Adobe's backend program
  • A hotlink feature
  • Cisco router protocols comparison
Overview:
  • Total monthly traffic increased by as much as 13.99%.
  • Traffic from referring sites decreased by 7.84%.
  • Google still top contributor (48.96%). Up from last month.
  • Top 5 countries (Malaysia, US, India, Singapore, UK,).
  • New visitors 85.95% (up from last month).
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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Client Server Sample (VB.NET) Using Remoting

Using 'system.runtime.remoting' instead of 'system.net.socket' to create a client server text based instant messaging program.

It is a multi-client single server architecture.


It is much easier to develop because using 'socket', one needs to go low level.

The fact is that 'remoting' will make use of 'socket' in the background.

However, the concept of 'remoting' is bigger, takes longer time to learn and understand. 'Remoting' was meant to replaced DCOM and other distributed programming concept in Microsoft platform. In fact, the next concept which is replacing 'remoting' is Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).

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

For your reference,

Refer to a client server sample (VB.NET) program using 'system.net.socket'.

Refer to other remoting samples.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Social Economical Intelligence

This is my new idea on contributing to human evolution.

I have submitted this as an entry to MyPrize's 'Idea' category.

Basically everything has a pattern. Every lifestyle is a pattern and what if there are relationships between patterns ?

If we can have a system which can identify these relationships, then we can yield intelligence; social economical intelligence.

Let's take football matches result. If we can associate football matches result with weather, political sentiments, location based sentiments, crude oil prices and etc, then we are able to yield certain intelligence.

As such that for football team-A, 90% of the time when goals are kicked, are associated with what factors ?

Using similar idea, we can apply to other areas of our lives which will give rise to different types of intelligence.

Social economical intelligence can be useful for the followings:
  • Content & advertising
  • Entertainment
  • Education
  • Research
  • National security
  • Humanity history archiving
Check out the write-up for more details.

And check out other ideas.

F5 Introduces Self-Service Support Capabilities and Diagnostic Tools

F5 Networks, Inc. , the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN), announced the F5® iHealth™ system, an exclusive online support service available to F5 customers and partners, to improve the performance of application delivery infrastructures. iHealth is a web-based application that empowers administrators to identify performance issues, access data for troubleshooting, and exchange information with F5 Support teams for analysis.

F5 Managing Director for ASEAN, Teong Eng Guan shares, “This new offering is in line with F5's advocacy for greater support and services for our large community of users. Customers can obtain a comprehensive snapshot of their current infrastructure performances with iHealth; and use it to identify the opportunities for performance improvement or anticipate potential challenges.”

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Industry’s Only Integrated Mobile Security Solution for Personal & Business Data Across All Mobile Devices

Juniper Networks has unveiled a suite of software designed to keep smartphones safe from malware and malicious attacks; that enterprises and service providers can use to protect employee and customer devices.

With the proliferation of devices and the number of smartphones sales set to exceed PC sales in 2012, the move follows corporate adoption of devices that offer connected socialization and content consumption along with corporate communications, bringing the need to manage security across all devices connected to the corporate network.

The Junos Pulse Mobile Security suite runs on all mobile operating systems and devices including the Android, Blackberry, Symbian, Windows Mobile and Apple iOS operating systems. It includes antivirus, personal firewall, antispam, and remote monitoring and control services. It remotely backs up and restores data and can locate devices that are lost and stolen, as well as wipe data from stolen devices. It also can send an alert when a SIM card has been removed or replaced. For enterprise users, it protects devices accessing networks via SSL-based virtual private network.

The suite is available now to enterprises and Juniper's reseller partners and will be available to consumers through service providers. Service providers also will be able to offer enhanced security services like parental controls to consumers.

Juniper also announced the opening of a Juniper Global Threat Center, based in Columbus, Ohio, that will track mobile security threats worldwide and issue reports. The center released new research as part of the launch, which includes findings of a survey of more than 6,000 smartphone and tablet users in 16 countries commissioned by Juniper:

The company said that its new Juniper Global Threat Center will provide 24/7 monitoring of security threats. Research shows malware threats focused on mobile devices have increased 250% since 2009.

Additional research findings:
  • Nearly 80 percent of users access their employer’s network without their employer’s knowledge or permission and 59 percent do so every day.
  • Analysis of Android Market applications capable of malicious activity showed that 1 out of every 20 applications requested permissions that could allow the application to place a call without the user’s knowledge.
  • A Fortune 15 company found that 5 percent or 25,000 of its mobile devices were infected with malware.
  • A 250 percent increase in malware from 2009 to 2010.61 percent of all reported smartphone infections were spyware, capable of monitoring communication from the device.
  • 17 percent of all reported infections were text message Trojans, which charge fees to a device’s account holder.
  • More than 76% of consumers surveyed use their smartphones or tablets to access sensitive personal or business information, including: 51% to enter or modify passwords; 43% to access banking or credit card statements; 30% to access utility bills; 20% to share financial information such as credit card numbers; 18% to access employer’s proprietary information; 17% to access medical records; and 16% to share social security numbers.
  • Of the 16 countries surveyed, India (90%) showed the highest level of user concern for mobile security issues, followed by Brazil and Russia (88% each), Germany (86%) and China and Italy (both at 85%). Respondents in Hong Kong (70%), Belgium/Netherlands (74%) and the US and Japan (77% each) were a little less concerned.
  • Russia and Singapore were well above the norm for phone/data loss (68% Russia, 79% Singapore) and identity theft (82% each).
The survey was conducted via global omnibus surveys by phone and online during October 2010 with more than 6,000 smartphone and tablet users from a pool of 16,000 consumers across 16 countries, including the United States, Canada, Brazil, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Belgium, Russia, China, India, Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan. The survey was conducted by KRC Research and Synovate on behalf of Juniper Networks.

Check out some video 1 and video 2.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Malaysia Pushing For Green IT

The recent announcement of budget 2011 wasn't all about green stuff, there was just one part mentioning green technologies.

It states that hybrid cars will enjoy 100% sales tax and import duty exceptions.

Proton immediately announced plans to produce hybrid cars by 2011 the next day.

Perhaps green initiatives has the potential of generating some market excitement which is literally lacking in this society. People just don't really care much about it, there are other bigger things to worry about.

Juniper Networks has recently announced company’s initiatives around green IT, employee and community engagement and global business operations.

Amazon has also announced a patent which will lead towards green initiative for its e-commerce business. In the proposal, Amazon plans to charge customers to go green by allowing options for green goods delivery choices; which will cost more.

And Google invested in wind farms as part of it green-oriented investment strategy.

Small players in the industry will not see much benefits from Green IT momentum.

Check out more on Green IT.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Malaysia Budget 2011 (ICT Related)

First of all, refer to ICT related excitement for the 10th Malaysia Plan.

We browse through based on the following keywords.
  • ICT
  • R&D
  • Human
  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Funds
  • Loans
  • Mobile
  • Green IT

Refer to details.

The followings are what is related.

4. Enhancing the skills of graduates including:

b) Allocation of RM50 million to train ICT graduates.

5. Venture capital, especially high technology sectors.

b) Start-up fund amounting to RM100 million to provide soft loans.

14. Creating an innovative digital economy.

a) Implementing a MY Creative Content programme with an allocation of RM119 million.

b) Extending the investment allowance period for last mile broadband service providers, and exemption of import duty and sales tax on broadband equipment to 2012.

c) Exemption of sales tax on all types of mobile phones.

17. Research, development and commercialisation (R&D&C) activity will be intensified with an allocation of RM411 million.

So, the excitement is on mobile, Internet and content industry.

Refer to mobile related blogs.

So we are expecting to see surge in terms of smartphone adoptions, mobile and digital lifestyle intensified.

It has a lot of lifestyle elements in it.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Juniper Networks Joins Climate Savers Computing Initiative Board

Juniper Networks announced that it has joined the board of the Climate Savers Computing Initiative (CSCI), a global non-profit consortium dedicated to reducing power consumption in information and communications technology (ICT), by increasing the energy efficiency of computing equipment, increasing the adoption and deployment of power management, and shifting user behaviour to smart computing practices.

The initiative, formed in 2007, is led by Cisco, CSC, Dell, Emerson Network Power, Google Inc., HP, Intel, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, and the World Wildlife Fund. The CSCI goal is to reduce annual CO2 emissions from the IT sector by 54 million metric tons by June 2011, to reduce the environmental impact of new and emerging IT equipment.

New research shows that annual CO2 emissions from IT equipment have decreased by 32 – 36 million metric tons worldwide since 2007 : equivalent to taking nine coal-fired power plants offline and equal to more than US$2 billion in annual energy savings. The research showed that the IT sector is on target to achieve CSCI reduction goal by the end of its 2010 fiscal year in June 2011.

Check out details.