27 December 2008

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Instant Ab Flatteners

Achieving a toned, sexy tummy might seem like a pipe dream this time of year. Baggy sweaters abound, egg nog is served and Frosty the Snowman doesn't offer much in the way of flat-belly inspiration. But getting a sleek, sexy stomach is easier than you think. Spend just five minutes a day on toning your abs and you'll get an amazing middle.

We rounded up five of the most effective tummy toners around. Work three or four of these exercises into your routine (easing them in will minimize soreness). Do the number of reps indicated, resting one minute between moves. The only equipment you will need is a hand towel. Washboard abs, here you come!

Pike 90

Lie faceup; raise legs until perpendicular to floor, feet flexed. Lower right leg so it hovers 1 or 2 inches off floor and place hands lightly behind head. In this position, do 15 crunches, lifting chest toward ceiling and lowering. Switch legs and repeat.

Crunchy frog

Sit with knees bent, feet flat. Keeping legs together, raise feet several inches and bring knees toward chest. Wrap arms around knees without touching legs. Extend legs and stretch arms to sides, palms forward. Return to wrapped-arm position; repeat. Do 15 reps.


Stand with feet hip-width apart, right leg in front of left, right foot turned out. Bend elbows and raise arms out to sides at shoulder level (like goalposts). In one motion, raise right knee to lowered right elbow. Return to start; switch sides and repeat to complete one rep. Do 15 reps.


Lie faceup. Press legs together and raise them toward ceiling until they're at a 90-degree angle, with knees slightly bent and toes pointed. Raise butt and legs off floor using ab muscles; twist legs slightly to left. Repeat, twisting to right, for one rep. Do 15 reps.

Side arm balance

Start on floor on knees. Lean to left and place left hand on floor under shoulder; extend right arm up and to left, palm down. Straighten right legs out to right with foot on floor, resting on left knee. Hold for 5 breaths. Return to start; switch sides. Repeat twice per side.

22 December 2008

Laptop Itu Haram?

I don't know if this is funny story for you guys... ;) Just far away from tense moment...

Ahmad merupakan peniaga barangan komputer di tempatnya.Semua orang mengenalinya. Sebut sahaja Bill Gates semua orang kampung mengenali tak kira kecil mahupun dewasa.

Perniagaan komputernya pula semakin lama semakin berjaya hasil jualan lap top kepada masyarakat di kampungnya.Ini disebabkan sudah semakin ramai orang kampung yang celik komputer.

Sehinggalah pada suatu petang, dia singgah untuk minim di warung Pak Itam, diperhatikannya pada sekumpulan anak muda yang diketuai oleh Sidek sedang berbincang tentang lap top. Kata Sidek Lap top itu haram.Lalu disambut dengan rasa kehairanan oleh rakan-rakannya.

Sebagai penjual komputer Ahmad terasa seolah-olah ayat itu ditujukan padanya. Tanpa berfikir panjang Ahmad terus menyergah Sidek dan mempertikaikan kata-katanya,"Siapa kata lap top tu haram hah!, Tak pernah sepanjang aku berniaga ada mana-mana fatwa yang mengatakan berniaga lap top tu haram, ni memandai-mandai pulak kau buat fatwa,"

" Apa yang salahnya aku cakap, lap top tu cakap bahasa Melayunya komputer RIBA, RIBA kan ke haram?" Kata-kata Sidek menyebabkan kawan-kawannya ketawa berdekah-dekah.Ahmad tak menghabiskan air yang diminumnya dan terus berlalu meninggalkan warung Pak Itam dengan perasaan malu.

19 December 2008

Who Is Writing Obama's Speech (He Just 27 Years Old)

At 27, he already booked his name at the history book by being a speechwriter for new President of USA, Barack Obama.

The job requires him to work unnoticed, even in plain view, so Jon Favreau settles into a wooden chair at a busy Starbucks in the center of Penn Quarter. Deadline looms, and he needs to write at least half a page by the end of the day. As the espresso machines whir, Favreau opens his laptop, calls up a document titled "rough draft of inaugural" and goes to work on the most anticipated speech of Barack Obama's life.

During the campaign, the buzz-cut 27-year-old at the corner table helped write and edit some of the most memorable speeches of any recent presidential candidate. When Obama moves to the White House next month, Favreau will join his staff as the youngest person ever to be selected as chief speechwriter. He helps shape almost every word Obama says, yet the two men have formed a concert so harmonized that Favreau's own voice disappears.

"He looks like he's in college and everybody calls him Favs, so you're like, 'This guy can't be for real, right?' " said Ben Rhodes, another Obama speechwriter. "But it doesn't take long to realize that he's totally synced up with Obama. . . . He has access to everything and everybody. There's a lot weighing on his shoulders."

Especially now, as Favreau and the rest of Obama's young staffers begin a transition that extends far beyond new job titles. Three months ago, Favreau lived in a group house with six friends in Chicago, where he rarely shaved, never cooked and sometimes stayed up to play video games until early morning. Now, he has transformed into what one friend called a "Washington political force" -- a minor celebrity with a down payment on a Dupont Circle condo, whose silly Facebook photos with a Hillary Rodham Clinton cutout created what passes for controversy in Obama's so far drama-free transition.

Favreau believes he will transition well if he focuses exclusively on writing, which is why he has buried himself in the inaugural address. He moves while he writes to avoid becoming stale -- from the Starbucks, to his windowless transition office, to his new, one-bedroom condo, where the only furniture in place is a blow-up mattress on the hardwood floor. He sometimes writes until 2 or 3 a.m., fueled by double espresso shots and Red Bull. When deadline nears, a speech consumes him until he works 16-hour days and forgets to call home, do his laundry or pay his bills. He calls it "crashing."

Last month, Favreau met for an hour in Chicago with Obama and adviser David Axelrod, as is their habit before important speeches. Obama told him to make the inaugural address no longer than 15 or 20 minutes, and they agreed to theme it around, Favreau said, "this moment that we're in, and the idea that America was founded on certain ideals that we need to take back." Obama asked for a first draft by Thanksgiving. Favreau explained that he had planned a vacation and promised a draft by this week.

During his vacation, Favreau e-mailed notes to himself via BlackBerry while visiting friends in Manhattan and talked about structure at his family's Thanksgiving dinner. He listened to recordings of past inaugural addresses and met with Peggy Noonan, Ronald Reagan's speechwriter, to seek advice. One of Favreau's assistants researched other periods in history when the United States faced crises; another interviewed historians such as David McCullough.

Still more daunting is the list of things Favreau can't think about as he writes the inaugural. He went for a run to the Lincoln Memorial last month and stopped in his tracks when he imagined the mall packed with 3 million people listening to some of his words. A few weeks later, Favreau winced when Obama spokesman Bill Burton reminded him: "Dude, what you're writing is going to be hung up in people's living rooms!"

"If you start thinking about what's at stake, it can get paralyzing," Favreau said.

Obama sometimes jokes that Favreau is not so much a speechwriter as a mind reader. He carries Obama's 1995 autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," with him almost everywhere and has memorized most of his famous keynote speech from the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He has mastered Obama's writing style -- short, elegant sentences -- and internalized his boss's tendency toward reflection and ideological balance.

Favreau's job is "to be like a baseball umpire," one co-worker said, and perform his task so deftly that nobody notices him. He listens to Obama tell stories in his office and spins them into developed metaphors, rich in historical context. When Obama delivers a speech on the road, Favreau studies the recording and notes the points at which Obama departs from the text so he can refine the riffs and incorporate them next time.

In four years together, Obama and Favreau have perfected their writing process. Before most speeches, Obama meets with Favreau for an hour to explain what he wants to say. Favreau types notes on his laptop and takes a crack at the first draft. Obama edits and rewrites portions himself -- he is the better writer, Favreau insists -- and they usually work through final revisions together. If Favreau looks stressed, Obama sometimes reassures him: "Don't worry. I'm a writer, too, and I know that sometimes the muse hits you and sometimes it doesn't. We'll figure it out together."

"The president-elect understands that Jon is a rare talent. He knows what he's got," said Obama spokesman Tommy Vietor, who also worked in the Senate office. "There's a mutual respect and appreciation between them, and the president-elect trusts Jon's instincts and ability. It's a partnership."

They stumbled upon it by accident in 2004, when Obama, just elected to the Senate, needed to hire a speechwriter. He brought Favreau, then 23, into the Senate dining room for an interview on his first day in office. They talked for 30 minutes about harmless topics such as family and baseball before Obama turned serious.

"So," he said. "What's your theory on speechwriting?"

Awkward silence. Favreau, just graduated from Holy Cross, had talked his way onto Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign in 2003 and had become a press assistant, arriving at the office at 3 a.m. to clip newspapers. The speech he had given as class valedictorian circulated around the staff, and Favreau eventually got a shot at speechwriting. He wrote well and rose to the top of the department, but there was never any time to formulate theories. Now, Favreau looked at Obama and went with his gut.

"A speech can broaden the circle of people who care about this stuff," Favreau said. "How do you say to the average person that's been hurting: 'I hear you. I'm there. Even though you've been so disappointed and cynical about politics in the past, and with good reason, we can move in the right direction. Just give me a chance.' "

"I think this is going to work," Obama said.

Favreau worked for more than two years in Obama's Senate office before moving to Chicago to help with the presidential campaign. He hired speechwriters Rhodes and Adam Frankel -- and, a year later, former Clinton speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz -- and together they crafted the speeches Obama delivered on the night of each primary.

The writers could sometimes crank out a 1,500-word speech in one or two days, working in Obama's Chicago headquarters almost until sunrise. Sometimes, it took Favreau and his team hours to conceptualize the opening few lines. They gathered in a tiny office and formed sentences out loud, each word mulled and debated, until suddenly -- yes! -- they could envision the whole speech.

"When we were on, we could finish each other's thoughts," Frankel said. "We knew where we were going next. We were in total alignment on those speeches."

One Saturday night in March, Obama called Favreau and said he wanted to immediately deliver a speech about race. He dictated his unscripted thoughts to Favreau over the phone for 30 minutes -- "It would have been a great speech right then," Favreau said -- and then asked him to clean it up and write a draft. Favreau put it together, and Obama spent two nights retooling before delivering the address in Philadelphia the following Tuesday.

"So," Obama told Favreau afterward. "I think that worked."

Favreau wrote a first draft of the Democratic National Convention acceptance speech, but his boss thought it lacked direction. Obama rewrote it, and it ended up almost 15 minutes too long. Favreau spent three days traveling across the country with Obama so they could trim the speech, editing until a few hours before Obama stepped to the lectern in front of more than 84,000 people in Denver.

For Election Day, Favreau wrote two speeches -- one in case of a win and another for a loss. After Obama learned that he had won Pennsylvania and essentially secured the presidency, he called Favreau to make final word edits on the victory address. "Okay, this all sounds good," Favreau said when Obama finished making his changes. "And hopefully we never have to think about that other one again."

All told, Favreau spent more than 18 months on almost constant deadline, staying up until 5 a.m. during the financial crisis to craft speeches for the next day and waking up at 8 a.m. to obsess over the daily tracking polls, which he started calling "daily crack."

When the pressure wore on Favreau, he unwound like a 27-year-old, sending prank e-mails to friends at the Obama offices or playing the video game Rock Band in the Lincoln Park group house he shared with six campaign staffers. He visited Axelrod's office and sought advice. He called his best friend, Josh Porter, when he felt ready to break down.

"A few times he called at midnight, sounding just done," Porter said. "He would be like, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore. I'm in over my head. I'm starting to freak out.' "

But there were also moments of euphoria, when Favreau would catch himself choking up while riding in the motorcade or rehearsing with Obama backstage. Before he entered Grant Park on election night, to stand in the VIP section with his parents and younger brother to hear Obama speak, Favreau sent a quick e-mail to Porter at 9:07 p.m. The subject line read: "Dude."

"We won," Favreau wrote. "Oh my God."

Two weeks after the election, Favreau accepted a new job that essentially came with a new life. He moved back to Washington, hired a real estate agent, bought his first apartment and ordered furniture from Pottery Barn that sits unopened in nine boxes lined against his wall. He will need to buy more jackets and ties to replace his preferred outfit of jeans and a sweater. Friends joke that Favreau suddenly turned 40 this year -- but he still shows flashes of 27.

At a party at his parents' house over Thanksgiving vacation, he danced and posed awkwardly next to a cardboard cutout of Clinton. A buddy uploaded photos onto Facebook, reporters discovered them, and suddenly experts were debating Favreau's maturity on television. Favreau called Clinton and Obama to apologize. They told him not to worry, but he still does.

How is this supposed to work, anyway? Do Favreau and the rest of Obama's young staffers transform to meet the formalities of the White House, or does the White House change to accommodate them? For almost two years during the campaign, Favreau and his speechwriting staff came to work in jeans and communicated via instant messaging. When they needed to write, they crammed together into a closet-size room, feet on the table, downing energy drinks and ordering takeout late into the night.

"We were always informal -- that's Favs's style," said Rhodes, one of the speechwriters. "I don't think he ever scheduled a meeting where we all sat down at a table and said, 'Here's what we have to do this week.' And if he had, we probably would have laughed at him."

But now Favreau and the other senior speechwriters are preparing to move into separate offices and expand their staff. Favreau expects to hire four or five more writers -- including a few who focus on foreign policy -- and he's unsure how to manage them. "My biggest strength isn't the organization thing," he said. A few of the other speechwriters have volunteered to help train and direct new hires.

Obama's speeches are likely to evolve, too. Some will focus more on policy, Favreau said, and a few dozen bureaucrats will want to parse each word. Andrei Cherny, a former White House speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore, called Favreau after the election to congratulate him and then warned that, in the White House, "the scrutiny and the power is unlike anyplace else."

"We know that we're going to have to approach the White House our way and have some fun with it," Favreau said, "because that kind of attitude is what made us successful."

No matter how it goes, Favreau believes this will be his last job in politics -- "anything else would be so anticlimactic," he said. Someday, he wants to write in his own voice, for himself.

"Maybe I'll write a screenplay, or maybe a fiction book based loosely on what all of this was like," Favreau said. "You had a bunch of kids working on this campaign together, and it was such a mix of the serious and momentous and just the silly ways that we are. For people in my generation, it was an unbelievable way to grow up."

By Eli Saslow
Washington Post Staff Writer

courtesy from Yahoo

18 December 2008

Ancient Computers?

A 2,000-year-old computing device may change the way we think about ancient civilizations. The mechanical star-positioning instrument was discovered in a shipwreck at the turn of the 20th century, and until recently, no one had figured out how it worked.

Research from Cardiff University, in conjunction with the National Archeological Museum of Athens and the Universities of Athens and Thessaloniki, suggests that the device “is more sophisticated than anyone previously thought” and that “Greek technology was far more advanced than previously thought.” 1 The device was able to track the motions of the sun and moon, even predicting eclipses, the irregular orbit of the moon, and possibly the positions of the planets.

The wood and bronze device was named the “Antikythera Mechanism” after the Aegean island near where it was discovered. The researchers recreated its 70 pieces, including 30 gears—some of which are differential gears, a concept that was not rediscovered until modern times. Recreating the device was difficult and painstaking, involving the expertise of astronomers, mathematicians, computer specialists, script analysts, and conservation experts. Professor Mike Edmunds of the School of Physics at Cardiff said, “The way the mechanics are designed just makes your jaw drop.”1

The historical paradigm that man has gradually evolved a smarter and larger brain over vast periods of time stands in contrast to the biblical history, which holds that mankind was created fully human from the beginning,2 with a fully-developed human brain. However, because of sin, mankind has actually been “de-evolving” ever since.3

Bible believers should not be surprised to find evidence of advanced technology from the ancient world (in this case, dating from before the time of Christ). This millennia-old computer, along with many other previous discoveries, is another example that our current understanding may actually not be as advanced as our “antiquated” predecessors.

by Brian Thomas, M.S.

17 December 2008

Cute Technology

I wish i could get one of this at my home, cute isn't?

This is what I called creativity + technology. Technology itself can be translated as art.

Perhaps there will be combination between a computer and a cat.

Pinggan Mangkuk Pun ada Melamine!

Satu isu yang perlu dilihat dengan teliti oleh pengguna jika mahukan hidup anda selamat.

Selalunya, hanya makanan yang berpotensi untuk dihinggapi kuman yang boleh menyebabkan virus seterusnya memudaratkan manusia tapi lain pula jadinya apabila pinggan mangkuk pun boleh jadi punca.

Saya selitkan salah satu artikel yang diemelkan kepada saya. Ia harus dipandang serius dan dikaji dengan teliti kerana penghujungnya juga melibatkan nyawa manusia.

Kebanyakan pinggan plastic di Malaysia dibuat daripada MELAMINE yang mengandungi 'urea formaldehyde' dan sangat berbahaya kepada kesihatan.

Urea Formaldehyde adalah sejenis bahan yang biasanya digunakan untuk membuat bekas barangan electric dan 'insulation' wayar electrik. Bahan ini amat berbahaya jika memasuki badan manusia.

Ia boleh menyebabkan masalah sistem penghadaman, masalah pernafasan, batu karang, kegagalan buah pinggang, cancer pundi kencing dan kerosakan sistem pembiakan.

Kebanyakan restoran-restoran di Malaysia juga menggunakan pinggan jenis ini kerana ia tidak mudah pecah dan kelihatan cantik seperti pinggan ceramic.

Mudah sahaja untuk mengenali pinggan mangkuk yang diperbuat daripada melamine. Pada kebiasaanya di bawah pinggan ini tertulis MELAMINE.

Tetapi pinggan-pinggan melamine yang di buat di Thailand atau China selalunya tidak menulis perkataan ini di pinggan tersebut.

Mangkuk pinggan melamine dari Thailand adalah jenis paling berbahaya disebabkan bahan kimia yang terdapat dalam pinggan mangkuk tersebut sangat mudah 'leech out' ke dalam makanan kita, terutamanya jika makanan itu panas.

Oleh itu elakkan semua pinggan mangkuk plastik yg kelihatan berkilat seperti seramik, kerana ia kemungkinan besar adalah melamine.

Selain itu, bahan MELAMINE ini juga boleh bertindak-balas dengan bahan makanan dan membentuk racun yang lebih berbahaya, iaitu melamine cyanurate.

Bahan ini akan membentuk crystal seperti kaca yang boleh merosakkan salur darah dan buah pinggang.

Baru-baru ini kecoh berita tentang pencemaran melamine di dalam susu kanak-kanak. Kira-kira 15 bayi telah mati dan beratus-ratus sakit buah pinggang di China disebabkan oleh bahan ini. Pada tahun 2007 juga, telah kecoh di Amerika Syarikat kerana bahan melamine yang mencemarkan makanan haiwan peliharaan telah membunuh beratus-ratus binatang peliharaan.

Ini adalah bahan yang SAMA digunakan di dalam pembuatan pinggan melamine.
Pinggan-mangkuk melamine ini banyak dijual di pasaraya di Malaysia termasuk di TESCO, GIANT, MYDIN, CARREFOUR dan byk lagi.

Untuk keselamatan, gunalah pinggan yg dibuat dari kaca atau seramik kerana bahan ini adalah sangat 'stable' dan tidak beracun.

Banyak kerajaan di Eropah, New Zealand, kerajaan Amerika Syarikat, dan juga kerajaan UAE telah mengharamkan semua mangkuk pinggan yang diperbuat daripada melamine.

12 December 2008

Hot MP3 Players

Got a music lover on your list? These popular MP3 players run the gamut, from hard drive- to flash-based, pricey to cheap, iPod to (gasp!) non-iPod, you name it.
The bigger, the better
Some music fanatics just can't leave the house without all—and I mean all—of their tunes in their pocket. These hard drive-based MP3 players may not be the smallest on the market, but they've got storage to spare.

iPod Classic
Notes: Obvious choice for Mac users; redesigned, two-paned interface; supports video and iTunes movie rentals; no Wi-Fi; no music subscription support.
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET)


Notes: Syncs music and podcasts over Wi-Fi; can buy music wirelessly over Zune Marketplace; music subscription (via Zune Pass) available; meet fellow music lovers on the Zune Social; limited selection of TV shows, no movie rentals
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET), 4/5 (PC Magazine)

Ibiza Rhapsody

Notes: No, 30GB isn't a tone of storage, but player offers deep, seamless Rhapsody support over Wi-Fi; works without a PC; podcast support; Web browser; video player
Reviews: 3/5 (CNET)

Small, but beautiful

You won't be able to fit your entire music collection on these flash-based players; then again, you can't clip a hard-drive MP3 player onto a key ring, can you?

iPod Nano
Notes: Super-slim and trim; new, iPod Touch-like interface; video playback, including iTunes movie rentals; no Wi-Fi; no subscription music support
Review: 4/5 (CNET), 4.5/5 (PC Magazine)

Zune (flash-based)
Notes: Same Wi-Fi, video, and Zune Social features as its HDD-based big brother; a bit cheaper compared to the iPod Nano; subscription music (Zune Pass) support
Reviews: 3.5/5 (CNET), 3/5 (PC Magazine)

Sansa Fuze
Notes: Steep discounts online make this a good choice for bargain hunters; just 0.3 inches thick with a 1.9-inch display; video playback; Rhapsody subscription support
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET), 3.5/5 (PC Magazine)

iPod Shuffle
Notes: One of the tiniest (and cheapest) MP3 players out there; clips onto your clothing; no display, so there's no way to browse for songs
Reviews: 3/5 (CNET)

Creative Zen Mozaic
Notes: FM radio; built-in speaker; voice recorder; video playback; stylish design; a bit clunky at 0.5 inches thick; critics aren't in love with the so-so interface
Reviews: 3.5/5 (CNET), 3/5 (PC Magazine)

They've got the touch

Touchscreens are all the rage, and these flash-based MP3 players have 'em.

iPod Touch
Notes: Tons of apps available over iTunes; Wi-Fi; video playback, including iTunes movies rentals; TV-out capabilities; one of the best touch UIs on the market; earned stellar ratings from critics; relatively pricey
Reviews: 4.5/5 (CNET), 5/5 (PC Magazine)

Samsung P2
Notes: Way cool design, snazzy touch interface; lets you take cell phone calls via Bluetooth; supports video rentals via CinemaNow; getting a bit long in the tooth; no 32GB model
Reviews: 4/5 (CNET), 3.5/5 (PC Magazine)

05 December 2008

Wii's Future In Motion

Hardcore gamers may still scoff at Nintendo's Wii for catering to casual gamers. But hidden behind its Clark Kent facade are some impressive financial muscles.

Nintendo rocked the gaming world when it brought out the Wii gaming console three years ago by turning an entirely new demographic of users on to gaming. Middle-aged and senior citizens stood in line to buy Wiis on the strength of games like Wii Fit, which audiences found more fun than workout DVDs.

To date, Nintendo has sold nearly 35 million Wiis, including 12.6 million in the U.S., Nintendo's biggest market. That's lower than Sony's PlayStation 2, which has sold 43 million units since 2000. But it's still pretty high for a console that, at launch, was technologically a generation behind its chief competitors, Sony's PlayStation 3, with 13 million units in users' living rooms, and Microsoft's Xbox 360, with 23 million units. This year, the Wii is expected to sell more than the best-selling PS2 sold in its best year, 2003.

Just as interesting as how Nintendo has changed the gaming world, however, has been its business approach. Nintendo sells games along the time-honored razor-razor blade model, namely pushing out the console and then enticing users to buy more games.

"More casual players aren't as likely to be attracted by hardware features, so it's all about delivering a fun, easy-to-use and addicting game experience," says Anita Frazier, toy and video game analyst at NPD Group.

Another factor in enticing those casual users is keeping its console cheap. "The key thing about Nintendo is they want their things to be at price points that anyone can respond to," says Hiroshi Kamide, director of research at KBC Securities Japan. Nintendo's strategy is to buy inexpensive components instead of making them in-house, allowing the Wii to sell for $260 while the PS3 costs $300.

But here's the winning point: Unlike its competitors, Nintendo has figured out how to make money from its console sales. Sony loses money on each Playstation sold. Microsoft might just break even. But every Wii brings in $6 of operating profit for Nintendo, says David Gibson, an analyst at Macquarie Securities.

Nintendo also sells 60% of Wii games itself, compared with 30% for Microsoft and 15% for Sony. Wii users are expected to buy the most games this year, 220 million, compared with 120 million PS3 games and 125 million for the Xbox 360.

The top three Wii games--"Wii Play," "Super Smash Brothers Brawl" and "Super Mario Galaxy"--are all Nintendo's own titles, but the top three for PS3--"Grand Theft Auto IV," "Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare" and "Assassin's Creed"--are all from outside developers, not from Sony.

By making most of its games itself, Nintendo risks sacrificing the chance to earn licensing fees from as many third-party developers as its competitors. It also prices games cheaper--at $50 versus $60 for the other two consoles. But so far the gambit has paid off: Wii locks in fans because many of its most popular games appear exclusively on the Wii. And Nintendo has a higher gross margin on game software than the others at 65%, compared with between 50% and 60%.

Those only-available-here games sell better than games that have been ported to other consoles because the Wii's unique features--the motion-sensor remote, for instance--make it hard to translate into other systems. PS3 and Xbox 360 games can be ported between those two systems fairly easily, but developers that want to make a game for all three consoles need a dedicated Wii team to write the Nintendo version.

Ubisoft's new "Shaun White Snowboarding" game, which shipped in late November, uses the Wii Fit motion board to simulate full-motion snowboarding; its Xbox and PS versions push online virtual snowboarding with friends. - Forbes

04 December 2008

Six Windows Netbooks Rated by ConsumerReports.org

Find out which is best for you.

Netbooks, highly portable mini-laptops that are smaller, cheaper, and weigh less than regular laptops, are on track to be one of this holiday season's hot sellers. The cheapest netbooks, priced well under $400, run the Linux operating system, which limits which application software you can run on them and may require learning how to use Linux. Models with Windows XP installed start at around $400 and have nine- or ten-inch screens.

We tested six of the least expensive Windows models now on the market:

Asus Eee PC 904HA
MSI Wind U100-016US
Lenovo IdeaPad S10
The Dell mini 9
HP Mini 1000
Acer Aspire One A150X

None of these offered the best of everything. We found plenty of trade-offs between weight, battery life, size, storage capacity, and ergonomics. (Check our computer buying guide for more information on important computer features.)

Still, if you're considering an inexpensive, super portable computer for the holidays, we found the following tested netbooks had some particular advantages:

Asus Eee PC 904HA

Best combination of long battery life and well-designed keyboard:
Its battery lasted more than 5 hours. We liked the large trackpad, which lets you use "multi-touch" gestures to scroll horizontally and vertically; zoom and rotate photos; scan and zoom Web pages; and more. That said, the trackpad buttons were hard to press. The Asus was also a bit larger than the other netbooks, was the heaviest at 3.1 pounds, and had the dimmest screen. You get 1GB of memory, a 160GB hard drive, Microsoft Works, and Skype for Internet phone calls. The Acer netbook had even longer battery life, but some drawbacks in its ergonomics.($400)

MSI Wind U100-016US

Best combination of a fine keyboard and light weight:
If a large screen, superior keyboard, and easy-to-use trackpad are most important, this is your best choice. Its 10-inch screen was one of two that size we tested. It's matte rather than glossy, minimizing reflections. Battery life was a short 2 hours and 23 minutes, though. You get 1GB of memory, a 120GB hard drive, and 60-day trial versions of Microsoft Office 2007 and Norton Internet Security. The Wind weighs 2.5 pounds.
(Starting at $399.99)

Lenovo IdeaPad S10

Best combination of compactness, large screen, and features:
Lenovo did the best job of building a large 10-inch screen into a compact package. There's also a unique set of features, including an ExpressCard slot for connecting peripherals, such as cellular Internet cards, plus a disaster-recovery system to protect you from losing work. Battery life was relatively short at 2 hours and 40 minutes. You get 504MB of memory, an 80GB hard drive, and Norton Protection Center. Weight is 2.7 pounds.
(Starting at $399.99)

Other models have some advantages, but also more shortcomings:

The Dell mini 9 (Starting at $349) and HP Mini 1000 ($399.99) were both very light, thanks to solid-state drives. But those drives are very small at 8GB each and slowed the computer noticeably. The Acer Aspire One A150X (Starting at $349.99) had a long battery life and includes Microsoft Works, but a quirky trackpad and shallow wrist rest.

Guide to Ratings
Rank order is based on our tests of speed, battery life, keyboard, plus weight, features and specifications. Speed High-speed models ran applications as quickly as a 1.6GHz Celeron-based laptop; Low-speed ones ran noticeably slower. Keyboard includes its size and layout, plus our assessment of the trackpad. Storage is either a hard drive (HD) or solid-state drive (SSD). Size can vary in each dimension by an inch or so, but even the largest model is far smaller than a standard laptop.

All models use the Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor and include Windows XP installed, 2 or 3 USB ports, a smaller keyboard than a standard laptop, Wi-Fi, a slot for both Secure Digital (SD) and Multimedia (MMC) memory cards, webcam, microphone, headphone jack, but no CD or DVD drive. Most offer a choice of colors; some offer a higher- or lower-capacity battery, or more built-in storage.

03 December 2008

LGKF350 Sweetest As Ice Cream

Yesterday was smart move to LG when they announced their LGKF350, sweet handphone which is not created to man market i guess...

With the emotional illumination technology which veiled LED signal appearing magical make this product looks girlish and outstanding appeared...

In a nutshell, this LG which is associated with ice cream has communication with light that breathing lighting effect with audio sync and will blinking once you've got call or SMS.

Others feature that we have to look at it including 3.0MP camera and WAP services to connect to internet.

Nokia N97

Yesterday evening in Barcelona, Nokia announced the Nokia N97 mobile computer and new Ovi services, including Maps on Ovi and Mail on Ovi.

Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5” touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an ‘always open’ window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations. Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their ‘social location.’

01 December 2008

Top 10 Searches for 2008

1. Britney Spears

The singer's steep trajectory to redemption restored her to the top of searches. Her year began with a police visit, hospital stay, and psych evaluation. She returned under her father's shelter and, by summer, settled custody with her ex. Professionally, she guested on a sitcom, won thrice at the MTV Video Music Awards, broke records with "Womanizer," relaunched her site, and released a documentary detailing her fall and comeback...by age 27.

2. WWE

A June explosion destroyed a World Wrestling Entertainment stage and "injured" chairman Vince McMahon, unleashing a sweaty soap opera of chaos that included his kids appealing for cooperation in difficult times. The stunt could've symbolized the sporting empire's battles against the economy's fall and mixed martial arts' rise. WWE produced more events, video games, and movies to make up for fewer paying fans, and faithfuls kept track online to maintain its Top 2 status.

3. Barack Obama

The Illinois junior senator faced two hard-fought contests and nearly won a third—although toppling Britney Spears wasn't on his list. He entered 2008 as a relative newcomer on the national scene and ended the year as president-elect. His campaign defied political wisdom and made history at every turn. His Web strategy set the groundwork to make him the first wired president and, in an unprecedented Search surge, landed him at No. 3.

4. Miley Cyrus

Before 2008, the singer/actress had been better known—and searched—by her Disney persona, Hannah Montana. She appeared on shows like "Idol Gives Back" as Cyrus, but true name recognition came with scandal: a Vanity Fair spread featuring the 15-year-old seemingly wrapped only in a bedsheet. Savvy Cyrus apologized, survived, and closed down Disneyland for a 16th birthday charity bash, and ended up at No. 4.

5. RuneScape

The multi-player role-playing game's international popularity rests on its cheap access, ability to run on older computers, and compelling play. Its underground success has even led to a real black market, trading actual cash for RuneScape gold—and controversial restrictions to stop it. A new boss, graphics, and touted player-versus-player combat release signal the company's power play to step up in the RPG battle...and take hold at No. 5.

6. Jessica Alba

Her movies fared none too well, following 2007 missteps that got her three Razzie Worst Actress nominations. Still, she earned Best Movie Actress at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards and No. 6 in searches, buoyed by her wedding and baby Honor Marie (who earned a reported $1.5 million in her OK! mag debut). The pregnant pause may have given her impetus to switch to more serious roles—something to watch for in 2009.

7. Naruto

The manga. The game. The anime. Whatever form Naruto Uzumaki takes, the awkward but accomplished young graduate of the Ninja Academy remains the Web's most popular fictional character in seventh place. His peers and enemies also command their own followings, but the complex tale of Naruto (whose name translates to "maelstrom"), the orphaned misfit who craves recognition, resonates with its generation of fans.

8. Lindsay Lohan

At No. 8, the actress made stumbling progress back from rehab, revolving-door relationships, and rejected roles. On the upside, she settled down (with a monogamous twist), blogged about politics, and recreated Marilyn Monroe's photo shoot. On the downside, she got booted from "Ugly Betty" and as World Music Awards host. Lohan has had celebs testifying to her talent, but a true comeback may have to wait for 2009.

9. Angelina Jolie

Leading power lists in Forbes and even Guinness World Records, the actress took her place among Hollywood's elite. "Delicate" condition aside, she underscored her image as a tough-dame throwback with a 21st-century vibe. She earned box-office bucks as an assassin and cartoon tigress, Oscar cred in "Changeling," and karma by donating her and Brad Pitt's twins' $14 mil pictorial payout to charity—moves that muscled her in at No. 9.

10. American Idol

Judges kept declaring its 2008 singers their best ever, but while the Fox reality show ruled ratings, an audience decline since 2007 sent producers into a fit of self-examination. In a season beset with complaints, "Idol" had the last laugh with a smashing finale and iTunes recordbreaker. The show also got "cougar" into household vernacular, unlikely credit for exposing youth to the democratic process, and a top Search 10 nod once again.

25 November 2008

PLEO, The Next Generation's Pet

Yesterday i have an opportunity to attend Pensonic event at Westin Hotel, Kuala Lumpur early in the morning.

At first, i thought it's gonna be home appliances launching which much synonym with the company but surprisingly PLEO comes out!

What the hack is PLEO (perhaps you will think such)? It's a ROBOTIC PET, same concept as we saw with ASIMO but for PLEO, it has emotion, awareness, evolution, interaction that couldn't be controlled by human.

Interesting to see that PLEO is physically a small Dinosaur which can evaluate his or her movement according to environment.

PLEO can walk, sleep, eat (using piece of leaf provided by Pensonic) and will ask for attention from his / her owner.

For sure it's will attracts kids especially or for somebody who wants companion in his / her life.

With the price of RM1,699, PLEO will be great alternative for IT geeks beside laptop, PDA etc.....

23 November 2008

IPv6 Will Support More Data and Users

The Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) address system has the means to support a large user base and at the same time encourage more in the community to utilise the internet.

The Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Fadillah Yusof said to ensure that Malaysia was not left behind in the world of information technology, his Ministry was actively undertaking research and development (R&D) work on the IPv6.

“The R&D is important as the IPv4 address system used in Malaysia is expected to be completely utilised between 2008 and 2010. This factor is the main reason why the IPv6 version is needed,” he told reporters after launching the MyDNSIPv6 in Seri Kembangan here today.

The MyDNSIPv6 is a IPv6 version that is still being developed and tested by MYNIC Bhd.

MYNIC Bhd is an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and regularised by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC).

A IPv6 centre of excellence has been established by the government at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang.

According to Fadillah, it had the ability to develop the IPv6 use in Malaysia in future.

He said that the government had allocated RM1.9 million for R&D work at the USM centre on the IPv6, including enhancing its security features and service quality.

The USM IPv6 centre is also to provide the training for professionals on the IPv6 while streamlining other activities such as R&D in the IPv6, creating awareness of the IPv6 and a certification programmes.

Meanwhile, MYNIC Bhd director Shariya Haniz Zulkifli said the IPv4 internet address system was now 20 years old.

“The IPv4 can still function but its capacity to register IP addresses is decreasing as a result of an increase in the number of users and using the IPv6 is the solution to the problem,” he added. — BERNAMA

19 November 2008

Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte Reflects Authenticity and Performance

Nokia introduced the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte, a new premium mobile phone that marries the timeless design of the Nokia 8800 Arte range with materials that reflect a new exclusivity based on refinement and authenticity. Engineered from carbon fibre, titanium, polished glass and stainless steel, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is for individuals who appreciate uncompromised high performance.

Carbon fibre is an ultra light and strong material that expresses a woven pattern that is both high-tech and sensuous. Custom built to ensure the precision engineering that these materials require, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte features 3D patterns that express the inherent performance and luster of carbon fibre.

Inspired by the use of these materials in a range of areas, including architecture, sports cars and aerospace, the Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte reflects a modern feel through the unique tones, textures and sculpted shapes that carbon fibre and titanium deliver. The Nokia 8800 Carbon Arte is now available in the market with a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM5,688.

HP Introduces New Imaging and Printing Devices and Tailored Solutions to Accelerate Business Results for Enterprise Customerst

HP today announced its expanded portfolio of imaging and printing devices, solutions and services to help enterprise customers boost productivity, security and environmental sustainability.

HP also announced increased traction in HP Managed Print Services with an increasing number of new customers in Asia Pacific who are benefiting from a cost-effective, productivity-enhancing imaging and printing environment.

Building on HP’s leading position in enterprise imaging and printing, HP’s broadened portfolio comprises four specialized solutions, five new assessment services, one HP LaserJet multifunction printer (MFP), three HP LaserJet printers, an HP Scanjet device, and enhancements to the HP Carbon Footprint Calculator.

According to IDC, HP is the leading provider of laser single and multifunction hardcopy peripherals shipped to Enterprises(1) in Asia/Pacific (excluding Japan) region, with 42% market share and strong double digit year-on-year growth (+13%)(2).

“HP is continuing its efforts to help enterprises build an Enterprise Print 2.0 plan as enterprises optimize their infrastructure, manage their environment and improve workflows,” said Yan Yoke Ping, Country General Manager, Imaging and Printing Group, Hewlett-Packard (M) Sdn Bhd.

“The expanded imaging and printing portfolio features a robust line-up of targeted, cost-effective solutions with the right mix services and devices to enterprise customers, helping them achieve better business results.”

Specialized solutions for enterprise customersTailoring solutions to meet specific industry needs, HP has added new enterprise solutions focused on customers in the healthcare and manufacturing and distribution industries.

HP also introduced two imaging and printing solutions and four new assessment services that span industry sectors to address specific business needs for enterprises.

Designed to streamline information workflows, enhance security and help reduce costs, HP’s newest solutions offer customers industry-specific expertise with a single point of contact for simplified sales, service and support processes.

Loyalty Bonus for Xpax Users

Xpax, Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad’s prepaid brand, today introduced Loyalty Bonus, its latest offering under the Xpax Bonus campaign.

With this new bonus plan, the longer a customer stays with Xpax, the more FREE SMS they will receive to their 8pax. Only customers who have been with Xpax for more than 6 months are eligible to enjoy this bonus. The Loyalty Bonus will be awarded to customers automatically every mid of the month (no registration required), and will be given based on the table below:

Length of stay Free SMS to 8pax (per month)

6 - 11 months 15
12 – 23 months 25
24 – 35 months 35
36 – 47 months 45
48 – 59 months 55
60 – 71 months 65
72 – 83 months 75
84 – 95 months 85
96 – 107 months 95
108 – 119 months 100
120 months & above 100

Speaking at an exclusive media briefing on this new bonus offering, En Zalman Aefendy Zainal Abidin, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad said, “The Loyalty Bonus is Xpax’s way of rewarding millions of our loyal customers. With the introduction of yet another new bonus, Xpax is clearly the market leader in terms of rewarding our customers. We are continuously coming up with innovative and original customer loyalty programmes designed to empower our Xpax customers with the BEST overall prepaid experience in the market.”

Xpax has already launched five other bonuses via the Xpax Bonus campaign, which are :
§ Every Month Bonus - rewards Xpax customers with MORE free bonus airtime EVERY MONTH in addition to many more great benefits and rewards. Customers will get up to 8% bonus airtime for usage of RM50 or more. The bonus airtime is automatically credited into customers’ account. They don’t need to redeem points or wait for four months.
§ Birthday Bonus - rewards customers with FREE calls and SMSes to their 8pax on their birthday and the next 6 days. Customers can enjoy this bonus if their stay with Xpax is more than 3 months since activation and the customers’ account remains active.
§ Early Reload Bonus - Xpax customers can enjoy up to five extra validity days when they reload a minimum of RM10 within their active period. The extra five days validity will then be credited the next day once the customer has successfully completed the reload.
§ Surprise Bonus - customers from time to time will enjoy surprise benefits whenever they reload.
§ Hello Sunday Bonus - customers can enjoy FREE minutes to their 8pax on Sundays every month based on how much they spend the previous month. For every RM1 they spend, they will get 30 seconds FREE the following month.

In addition to the launch of the Loyalty Bonus, Celcom rolled out its new mobile instant messaging service, IM(X), which enables prepaid and postpaid customers to enjoy real time text conversation with friends and colleagues, anytime, anywhere.

Customers can also chat with other non-Celcom IM(X) subscribers using the IM(X) client via the SMS continuity feature, which means that non-IM(X) users will receive their messages in the form of an SMS. Other IM(X) features include seamless login (no passwords required); adding contacts via mobile number or phone book; adding friends using their mobile numbers; public & private chat rooms and so much more.

“Celcom is the only telco in Malaysia to tie-up with Yahoo! for this service. IM(X) is fully integrated with the Yahoo! Messenger platform, which means that all existing Yahoo! Messenger users can bring their chatting experience from their PCs to their mobile phones and enjoy real time conversation, anytime, anywhere, using Celcom’s unrivalled network coverage,” Zalman said.

IM(X) offers unlimited messaging at one low flat fee. The monthly unlimited subscription fee for IM(X) is only RM8, whereas the weekly unlimited subscription fee is only RM3. Free trial of the service is currently being offered until 31 December 2008.

Next Generation of Windows Live by Microsoft

Microsoft today announced the next generation of Windows Live, an integrated set of online services that make it easier and more fun for consumers to communicate and share with the people they care about most.

The new generation of Windows Live includes updated experiences for photo sharing, e-mail, instant messaging and more. These highlights include:

· Social Features
That allows users to further “express” themselves and better on-the-go access with Windows Live SkyDrive that enables 25GB of storage online

· Windows Live Messenger
Now includes more personalization, a “what’s new” feed with updates from contacts across the Web, drag-and-drop photo sharing in the conversation window, a favorites list to designate the most important contacts, and group IM to chat simultaneously with up to 20 people at the same time.

· Windows Live Hotmail
Upcoming changes include the ability to bring multiple e-mail accounts together, the ability to put multiple e-mail addresses onto almost any device, increased storage, and a revamped calendar that makes it easier to share calendars with others, subscribe to multiple calendars and use your calendar with Microsoft Outlook.

· Windows Live Groups
A place for groups to collaborate online, includes a shared calendar, shared storage, a shared e-mail address, and shared instant messaging.

Adding onto that, Windows Live also goes local!

All Windows Live and MSN properties including Messenger, Hotmail, and Spaces now have full local language capabilities offering users the opportunity to Discover, Communicate and Share in the language that they feel most comfortable. Besides Bahasa Malaysia, Windows Live provides local language capabilities in 48 languages including Bahasa Indonesia, Thai and Vietnamese.

Tiny, long-lost primate rediscovered in Indonesia

Something interesting I found at one of the browser... Is it true?

On a misty mountaintop on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, scientists for the first time in more than eight decades have observed a living pygmy tarsier, one of the planet's smallest and rarest primates.

Over a two-month period, the scientists used nets to trap three furry, mouse-sized pygmy tarsiers -- two males and one female -- on Mt. Rore Katimbo in Lore Lindu National Park in central Sulawesi, the researchers said on Tuesday.

They spotted a fourth one that got away.

The tarsiers, which some scientists believed were extinct, may not have been overly thrilled to be found. One of them chomped Sharon Gursky-Doyen, a Texas A&M University professor of anthropology who took part in the expedition.

"I'm the only person in the world to ever be bitten by a pygmy tarsier," Gursky-Doyen said in a telephone interview.

"My assistant was trying to hold him still while I was attaching a radio collar around its neck. It's very hard to hold them because they can turn their heads around 180 degrees. As I'm trying to close the radio collar, he turned his head and nipped my finger. And I yanked it and I was bleeding." - Reuters

16 November 2008

Mental Illness and Solutions for It?

Yet, Nurin and few other cases have been highlighted in the NST newspaper today. It's much concerned about public safety nowadays which pretty much different when we see kids walking around alone in 80's or early 90's.

They're much safer, not worrying for any crime that could harm them, how could we lost this such environment in a century which seen peoples are more civilized?

Is it caused by mental health problems, especially stress-related ones or too much sex exposure leads to pedophile behavior becomes serious among nations.

It need to be addressed urgently in the society so that problems like Nurin or other
mental illness and psychiatric disorders can be avoided.

Although a 1996 national health study found mental illness to be prevalent in 10.7 per cent of the population, the facts seem to indicate a surge in mental illness which is the manifestation of the ill effects of urbanisation, stress and poor mental health.

We cannot be unconcerned about the growing spate of incidents involving the mentally ill or those suffering from mental disorders.

There are few suggestions to prevent crime committed or perhaps could avoid from being serious case as one of them is by technology.

Yes, we've seen CCTV installed everywhere but is it really effective or well strategic places to put on?

Where are the surveillance camera at the park? road? and another question raise is who are responsible to do that, cops? public?

Clearly, we need really comprehensive solutions plus great cooperation among all parties to make our environment safe, not only for us but our kids as they are the future who will not again be a victim to mental illness committed.

Hands-on review: Sony Xperia X1

I wish this article could help you guys to know better about Xperia, but I've experienced myself this phone and will write an article on it later after few considerations.

It's not an iPhone, and for many that's half the appeal: Sony's $800 (unlocked) Xperia X1 is the most expensive mainstream cell phone on the market, but it's one of the sexiest handsets around that doesn't start with an "i" and end in "phone."

The main X1 interface is unlike any other handset you've tried, and you'll notice the difference immediately as you punch into the XPanel home screen, a custom dashboard that lets you quickly -- and stylishly -- jump from one application to another, usually with just a single touch. You get nine panes to work with. By default they include an FM radio, calendar, clock, photo viewer, and the Opera web browser (a much appreciated improvement over the IE browser included with Windows Mobile, atop which all of this is built). Some Xperia-specific apps, including a bizarre system that uses colored fish as alerts, are also on tap to baffle you for months. Dig into the settings and you can mix and match the apps you want to appear and download new apps from Sony's website.

The phone is a horizontal slider, and when closed the front of the phone features a three-inch touchscreen (with a whopping 800 x 480 pixel resolution) with a small collection of buttons beneath it. Of special note is the center action button, which also works as a tiny touchpad in many applications while you drag your fingertip around on it.

Flip the phone on its side and slide the screen up and you get a full QWERTY keyboard, a real blessing for those of us cursed with the inability to type on touchscreens. The buttons on the keyboard are a bit too flush for my taste -- typing with two thumbs didn't work well for me -- but it beats tapping on the screen with a stylus. The design is very sturdy (and not too heavy at 5.6 ounces), and the phone, on the whole, feels like it will be able to handle multiple drops to the floor.

Other features include a nice 3.2 megapixel camera (though it's dog slow to focus) and a microSD slot (no Memory Stick for this bad boy), which is located under the battery panel cover. The phone supports 3G, but only if you use an AT&T SIM card, but it also has Wi-Fi built in to pick up the slack no matter what network you're on. GPS (and Google Maps) are also in the box. I haven't done a full battery drain test on the handset, but Sony rates it for six hours. Judging by experience and the size of the battery, that seems like a fair guess.

In addition to notes above, I have a few smallish complaints with the phone. The biggest problem is that Windows Mobile underlies the innovative XPanel, and I found I had to scurry back into WM more often than I'd like in order to get certain things done. I wish Sony would have enhanced the OS it uses on its Walkman handsets instead of building on Windows... though I do understand the benefits that Windows Mobile gets you, including email and application viewers. But still, do we really need both Opera and IE on one handset?

The X1 also has some general performance problems: Apps load so slowly that I often found myself clicking a button twice, which would then inadvertently undo what I was trying to do while I waited for the phone to catch up. Everything is kind of pokey, even the web browser. Whether it's a slow CPU or all those layers of OS that slows the Xperia down I don't know, but it's bothersome to the point of frustration.

Lastly there's that little matter of price tag. Who will pay $800 for a cell phone? No matter how excited I am about the mini-touchpad and the XPanel system, I can't justify spending nearly a grand on this handset. Subsidize it to $200 with a contract and I'm on board.

courtesy from Yahoo!

2008's Best- And Worst-Performing Cars

The recent news that Chrysler may merge with General Motors didn't come as a surprise to many, as Chrysler has been struggling for years. It can't negotiate a deal with GM fast enough to save it from going under, in large part because its poor-performing vehicles are a drag on overall sales.

It therefore shouldn't come as any surprise that when the performance of cars is examined according to their predicted reliability, recalls and rate of depreciation, Chrysler vehicles dominate the list of the poorest performers, with seven of the 10 models on our list. All the vehicles have multiple recalls, ranging from airbags to door latches, along with mediocre resale values and bottom-level reliability scores for market-research groups.

Owners of the current-model-year Dodge Avenger, for example, have had to deal with six recalls. The depreciation and true market value of Avenger only ranks at two stars (out of a possible five) in the Automotive Leasing Guide, which provides depreciation estimates for use in the automotive financing industry.

And experts see no signs of Chrysler making quality improvements across the board, because the company currently lacks the financial resources to do so. It also remains unclear if the company has the means to hang on until auto sales revive.

"I'm not sure Chrysler can weather the storm as an individual company," says Dan Edmunds, director of vehicle testing at Edmunds.com.

It's an entirely different story, however, for the two Japanese auto giants, Toyota and Honda. The best-performing cars, according to our rankings, are all made by these two carmakers, with Toyota claiming six spots and Honda four in the top 10.

In the sixth spot is the immensely popular Honda Accord. It earned the highest Insurance Institute Highway Safety crash test ratings, its predicted reliability is high and there are no recalls so far this year.

"Honda's manufacturing quality is strong, and the consumer's perception of quality is also strong," says Jonathan Banks, senior director of consulting services for Automotive Leasing Guide.

Behind the Numbers

To compile our list of 2008 best- and worst-performing cars, we looked at five factors, all pertaining to 2008 model-year vehicles: the number of recalls to date, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) database; reliability ratings from Consumer Reports; depreciation, in the form of Automotive Leasing Guide's (ALG) star ratings; safety from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test ratings; and fuel economy and annual fuel costs from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Fuel costs were based on AAA's national regular gas price of $2.42 and unleaded at $2.60.

Aside from a standout number of recalls, we looked specifically for below-average reliability, high depreciation and IIHS results of "marginal" or "poor" for worst performers. Of the vehicles that met at least two of these qualifications, we also looked at other factors, such as fuel efficiency and fuel cost per year of ownership, assuming 15,000 miles driven per year.

Leading the Pack

Just as Chrysler dominates the bottom of the list, Toyota reigns at the top, with six vehicles that have among the highest resale values and best reliability scores. And all of the top 10 are among the most fuel-efficient cars and SUVs on the road.

The fuel-efficient Toyota Prius hybrid tops the list with an "excellent" reliability rating, no recalls and a five-star-rated resale value. It has the highest fuel economy (46 mpg) and the lowest annual fuel cost of any car on the list ($789).

Another top performer is Toyota's Scion xD, a hatchback introduced in the 2008 model year as a replacement to the xA hatchback. The xD has an "excellent" reliability rating, no recalls and good fuel economy (28 mpg).

While the Scion is a solid performer, however, it isn't perfect. It earned an "acceptable" (second-highest) frontal crash-test rating but did score a "good" rating (highest) in side- and rear-impact crash tests. Also, its resale value is an average three stars.

While there are no similar cars from U.S. automakers on the top half of the list, there are bright spots for 2009 and beyond, as GM and Ford Motor both plan to bring more fuel-efficient, nicely equipped small cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Festiva to the U.S. from other countries.

"There are things in the pipeline," says Edmunds, at least for those two companies. "I just don't know if Chrysler will be around to do it."

Trailing the Pack

Chrysler has carved out for itself a big space on our list of poor-performing cars, but the automaker has plenty of company.

When gas prices topped $4 a gallon this summer, consumers dropped gas-guzzling SUVs like the Nissan Xterra (17 mpg), as sales plummeted 29.1% from January to October, compared with same period in 2007. The Xterra falls to sixth place among the worst-performing vehicles, as there have been three recalls on the car so far this year, not to mention its below-average performance in crash ratings in side (marginal) and rear (poor) tests, as well as its mediocre three-star resale value.

The Xterra's sales drop can't be chalked up to a general anti-SUV sentiment either, as the smaller Toyota Rav-4 rated fourth among best-performing cars and the Honda CR-V came in fifth. Unlike the Xterra, both cars deliver on fuel economy and resale value.

With the 2009 model year now in full swing (it kicked off Oct. 1), the 2008 model-year cars still sitting on dealer lots are loaded with incentives to make them more appealing to consumers. Chances are, says Banks, many poor-performing vehicles are among the ones with the highest incentives. But while you may save with a lower transaction price now, on a year-end deal, you're likely to be paying for it later.

"If it has a one- or two-star resale value, then it's not a great quality car," says Banks. "If it has a lot of recalls, then you may spend a lot of time in the repair shop. And when the vehicle warranty ends, you may face high repair costs."

courtesy from Yahoo!

30 October 2008

Enjoy the Best Rates With the Celcom Broadband Daily Unlimited Year End Sale

Celcom is once again treating customers to a new promotion called the “Celcom Broadband Daily Unlimited Sale”, in which its Broadband Daily Unlimited service has been re-priced to RM6 from the current RM8 for 24 hours usage. The promotion is valid from 28 October 2008 until 28 January 2009 in line with the festive year-end celebrations and also the school holidays.

To subscribe to the daily unlimited service, either type Broadband Daily and send to 28882 or dial *118# from a mobile phone and select broadband and follow the simple instructions.

Celcom Broadband was the first in Malaysia to offer the Daily Unlimited Mobile Broadband Package when it was officially launched on 31 July 2007. Celcom Broadband offers customers instant high speed Internet connectivity, anytime and anywhere instantaneously using their mobile phone. Coupled with Celcom’s undisputed network coverage, customers can always expect to be connected to the Internet at super fast speeds, no matter where they are.

“Over one year later, Celcom Broadband is proud to be the largest mobile broadband player in Malaysia with subscribers exceeding 170,000 on the Active Monthly Package. Celcom Broadband’s Daily Unlimited subscribers have also seen a substantial growth exceeding 45,000 successful subscriptions per month and steadily increasing,” said Dato’ Sri Shazalli Ramly, Chief Executive Officer, Celcom (Malaysia) Berhad. ‘This promotion is being introduced to coincide with the school holidays and year-end festive season so that more people are able to try the service before choosing our affordable monthly plans.”

Dato’ Sri Shazalli added that the Daily Unlimited package offers convenience for occasional users who now don't have the hassle of searching for a WiFi hotspot and can also enjoy the flexibility and choice of using the service with any 3G or HSDPA enabled device.

28 October 2008

Fright Free: 10 Least Scary Horror Movies

10 Scariest Movies Ever (Yahoo.com)


There's a fine line between being atmospheric and just being boring. This film -- about killer tree pollen -- is filled with long lingering pastoral shots of trees and tall grass punctuated by laughably spectacular mass suicides. In what is supposed to be a gripping suspense sequence, the heroes run away from the wind. Oooh, scary, scary wind. By the time the credits roll, you're more likely to be nodding off instead of contemplating the movie's "deep" ecological meaning.


The 1973 original, which was hailed as "the Citizen Kane of British horror," has an ending that still shocks. The only shock to be found in Neil LaBrute's unbelievably bad remake is the realization that well-paid movie professionals actually thought that dressing up Nic Cage in a bear suit would elicit anything other than laughter.


After watching the original Japanese version of the flick, a genuinely spooky flick about technology and loneliness, you'll never look at your computer in the same way again. This version, on the other hand, just felt stale. Moody lighting? Check. Freaky music video-like dream sequences? Check. Overbearing soundtrack? Check. Wildly over-produced special effects? Check. Vacant, gym-sculpted teens stumbling around in the dark? Check. The resulting movie, like most J-Horror remakes, was so dull that you could say it, um, lacked a pulse.


A band of hapless, nubile teens who venture to a remote island for a rave soon find themselves zombie bait. The characters, however, prove to be so bland and annoying that by the end of the flick, you're rooting for the undead -- at least they have personalities. Directed by German hack extraordinaire Uwe Boll, this movie doesn't have a tenth of the scares as the videogame it was based on, even though footage of the game is spliced into the action for no good reason.


Director Wes Craven has helmed horror masterpieces like Nightmare on Elm Street. Screenwriter Kevin Williamson wrote Scream. And star Christine Ricci is great at playing cute and creepy. So why is "Cursed" such a bore? It plays out like werewolves on the CW. The characters are all whiny, spoiled 20-somethings, and after the studio cut down the violence to get a PG-13 rating, there weren't any thrills left over. The only frightening thing about the flick is the bizarre Scott Baio cameo.


Stephen King has been responsible for some of the most terrifying books of all time. But, he's also be responsible for some of the dullest and silliest movies ever. When lists are compiled of people's biggest fears, "dropping a few extra pounds" isn't generally on there. But that's what happens to the overweight lawyer who gets a gypsy curse placed on him until he withers away to nothing. To break the spell, his mobster buddy strong-arms the shaman into transferring the curse to a pie. "The Shining" this ain't.


The original "Halloween," about a masked killer lumbering after babysitters, is pretty much the godfather of slasher flicks. In this installment of the franchise, the filmmakers jettison its original, financially-lucrative formula in favor of face-eating Halloween masks, shamrocks, and one of the most annoying commercial jingles ever written. Not surprisingly, the knife-wielding maniac returned in Halloween 4.


You'd think that escaping from a shark with a Charles Bronson-esque taste for vengeance would be easy. Just avoid the ocean. But this didn't seem to occur to the Brody family. Instead, they stubbornly remained in the Bahamas where they were terrorized by the shark's biologically-impossible roars. This movie is so dull that even the actors look bored, particularly Michael Caine, who couldn't collect his Oscar because he was stuck filming this dud.

9. TROLL 2

By pretty much any measure, this film has to be ranked as one of the worst films ever made. Describing the mind-bogglingly idiotic plot might very well induce a migraine, but it does include oozing chlorophyll, militantly vegetarian goblins, and some of the worst line readings in history. The main thing the movie lacks: a single troll.


To criticize this movie's staggering incompetence is like criticizing a child's drawing for not understanding perspective. Sure, the film features gasoline soaked paper plates posing as UFOs, ghouls terrorizing housewives in cardboard cemeteries, and talk of a bomb that causes sunlight to explode, but director Ed Wood's vision is so laughably juvenile and pure that the "Plan 9" seems strangely wholesome. And it's no more frightening than your average episode of "Mister Roger's Neighborhood."

There are a lot of truly terrible, laughably unscary horror films out there. Runners up for this list included: feardotcom, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, My Bloody Valentine, The Fog, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Manos: The Hands of Fate, Orca, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, and Dark Water. What else should be on this list? You tell us.

Well, what say u guys? tell me which movie do you think can beat these 10hehehe. p/s I personally put 'Shutter' (Thai movie) as one of the scariest movie

17 October 2008

Microsoft BlueTrack Technology

Microsoft Hardware has introduced the world’s most advanced tracking technology, Microsoft BlueTrack Technology, which allows consumers to take their mice anywhere and work with confidence on more surfaces than ever before. Microsoft’s first-of-its-kind innovative tracking technology combines the width and power of optical technology with the precision of laser tracking to allow consumers to mouse on virtually any surface (except glass and mirrors) – from granite kitchen countertops to the living room carpet.

“Microsoft Hardware has always been at the forefront of innovation and BlueTrack Technology solidifies this position further,” said CP Chia, Senior Manager (Marketing) of ECS ASTAR Sdn Bhd , authorised distributor for Microsoft Hardware products in Malaysia . “We are very proud to be the distributor for these new Microsoft Hardware products in Malaysia and trust that they will be well received by the public,” he added.

“Research shows that people aren’t sitting at a desk all day, but they’ve gone mobile. PC shipments today are being driven by laptops and consumers need a mouse that can go with them anywhere,” said Katherine Teu, Regional Marketing Manager for Microsoft Hardware in South-East Asia . “BlueTrack Technology excels in areas where optical and laser technologies were falling short. Laser mice, for example, have a difficult time working on some common home surfaces, including granite and marble

LCD or Plasma TV?

There is still baffling among people of how to choose between LCD or PLASMA television in the market. Well, here some article related to that, perhaps it could guide you guys to consider before buying for your entertainment desires.

Question: What is the Difference Between an LCD TV and a Plasma TV?
Answer: Outward appearances are definitely deceiving when it comes to LCD and Plasma televisions. Although both types of televisions are flat and thin, they employ different technology in an attempt to deliver similar results.

Plasma TV Overview
Plasma television technology is based loosely on the fluorescent light bulb. The display itself consists of cells. Within each cell two glass panels are separated by a narrow gap in which neon-xenon gas is injected and sealed in plasma form during the manufacturing process. The gas is electrically charged at specific intervals when the Plasma set is in use. The charged gas then strikes red, green, and blue phosphors, thus creating a television image. Each group of red, green, and blue phosphors is called a pixel (picture element).
Although Plasma television technology eliminate the need for the bulky picture tube and electron beam scanning of traditional televisions, because it still employs the burning of phosphors to generate an image, Plasma televisions still suffer from some of the drawbacks of traditional televisions, such as heat generation and screen-burn of static images.

LCD TV Overview
LCD televisions, on the other hand, use a different technology (see also question #1 for this same explanation).
Basically, LCD panels are made of two layers of transparent material, which are polarized, and are "glued" together. One of the layers is coated with a special polymer that holds the individual liquid crystals. Current is then passed through individual crystals, which allow the crystals to pass or block light to create images. LCD crystals do not produce their own light, so an external light source, such as florescent bulb is needed for the image created by the LCD to become visible to the viewer.
Unlike standard CRT and Plasma televisions, since there are no phosphors that light up, less power is need for operation and the light source in an LCD television generates less heat than a Plasma or traditional television. Also, because of the nature of LCD technology, there is no radiation emitted from the screen itself.

Plasma vs LCD

The ADVANTAGES of Plasma over LCD are:
1. Larger screen size availability.
2. Better contrast ratio and ability to render deeper blacks.
3. Better color accuracy and saturation.
4. Better motion tracking (little or no motion lag in fast moving images).

The DISADVANTAGES of Plasma vs LCD include:
1. Plasma TVs are more susceptible to burn-in of static images.
2. Plasma TVs generate more heat than LCDs, due to the need to light of phosphors to create the images.
3. Does not perform as well at higher altitudes.
4. Shorter display life span (about 30,000 hours or 8 hrs of viewing a day for 9 years) than LCD. However, screen life span is improving to as high as 60,000 hours due to technology improvements.

LCD television ADVANTAGES over Plasma include:
1. No burn-in of static images.
2. Cooler running temperature.
3. No high altitude use issues.
4. Increased image brightness over Plasma.
5. Longer display life (about 60,000 hours - at which time all you may need to do is replace the light source, not the entire set). This can vary according other environmental and use factors.
6. Lighter weight (when comparing same screen sizes) than Plasma counterparts.

DISADVANTAGES of LCD vs Plasma televisions include:
1. Lower contrast ratio, not as good rendering deep blacks.
2. Not as good at tracking motion (fast moving objects may exhibit lag artifacts) - However, this is improving with the recent implementation of 120Hz screen refresh rates in higher-end LCD sets.
3. Not as common in large screen sizes above 42-inches as Plasma. However, the number is growing fast, with 46 and 47-inch screen sizes becoming more common, and some LCD sets having a screen size as large as 65-inches now available to the general public.
4. Although LCD televisions do not suffer from burn-in susceptibility, it is possible that individual pixels on an LCD televisions can burn out, causing small, visible, black or white dots to appear on the screen. Individual pixels cannot be repaired, the whole screen would need to be replaced at that point, if the individual pixel burnout becomes annoying to you.
5. LCD televisions are typically more expensive than equivalent-sized Plasma televisions (although this is changing), especially when comparing EDTV Plasmas to HDTV-LCD Televisions.

So, should I Buy an LCD Television or a Plasma Television?

Answer: The final decision as to what type of flat panel television to purchase (LCD or Plasma) is really up to you; both types of flat panel televisions have advantages and disadvantages.

Plasma Television Advantages

For Plasma televisions, the advantages over LCD, are: Better contrast ratio, better ability to render deep blacks, more color depth, better motion tracking (response time), and more availability in very large screen sizes.

Plasma Television Disadvantages

However, the disadvantages of Plasma vs LCD include: more susceptible to burn-in (although this is not as much of a factor now, due to technology improvements in the past few years), more heat generation, does not perform as well at higher altitudes, and shorter display life span (although this too is changing due to technology improvements), heavier weight, and more delicate to ship.

LCD Television Advantages

LCD television advantages include no burn-in susceptibility, cooler running, less screen glare, more functional at high altitudes, longer display life (although improvements are being made in Plasma screen life), looks better in brightly lit rooms.

Also, LCD televisions have made great strides in upping-the-ante in native pixel resolution, with a growing number of sets offering a full 1080p (1920x1080) display capability at affordable price levels in screen sizes ranging from 37-inches and up. On the other hand, the number of Plasma Televisions offering 1080p native pixel resolution are still few and far between, as well as being more expensive in comparison to their LCD counterparts.

One factor to consider in favor of LCD over Plasma (at least for the near future) is that if you are planning to purchase a Blu-ray Disc, HD-DVD, or Upscaling DVD Player, LCD may be a more cost-effective option as you can get a 1080p LCD set from 37-to-42-inches at a lower price than and 42-inch size Plasma set that has 1080p resolution.

One other factor to consider is that LCD televisions are typically lighter (when comparing same screen sizes) than their Plasma counterparts, making wall installation easier.

LCD Television Disadvantages

LCD televisions do have drawbacks in several areas vs Plasma televisions: Lower contrast ratio, not as good rendering deep blacks, not as good at tracking motion (although this is improving, especially with the implementation of 120Hz refresh rates on higher-end models).

Also, although LCD televisions do not suffer from burn-in susceptibility, it is possible that individual pixels on an LCD televisions can burn out, causing small, visible, black or white dots to appear on the screen. Individual pixels cannot be repaired, the whole screen would need to be replaced at that point, if the individual pixel burnout becomes annoying to you. Finally, large screen LCD televisions are usually more expensive than an equivalent-sized Plasma television, although the price gap is closing.

The Mercury Issue

Also, one argument that Plasma Television manufacturers are making about LCD Televisions is that they use mercury as part of the chemical makeup of the florescent lighting used to illuminate the screen surface.

However, this is a "red herring" with regards to choosing a Plasma Television over an LCD Television. In LCD sets, the amount of Mercury used is not only small, it never comes in contact with the user. Also, keep in mind that most common high-efficiency florescent lamps also use Mercury.

Mercury is one of the Earth's elements; its existence in nature is a part of natural processes and has both beneficial and non-beneficial uses, just as most other elements and chemical compounds. You are probably in more danger eating fish, that may contain traces of Mercury, a couple of times a week than watching, touching, or using an LCD TV. Also, with the development of LED lighting sources for use in LCD televisions, which is Mercury-free, this issue will resolve itself in the years ahead.

LCD Television and HDTV Reception

On the HDTV part of the equation, most LCD televisions already have built-in standard TV tuners (HDTV tuners must usually be added externally - but more are showing up as a standard feature), while many Plasmas are just monitors-only and may require both external standard and HDTV tuners to receive television signals (although more are beginning to include either NTSC and/or both HDTV tuners). This is definitely a point to check when making your buying decision as it will affect your budget.

Closing Thoughts

My recommendation is to go to a dealer and really take a look carefully at several Plasma and LCD televisions and compare the performance based on the above factors and narrow down your choices to one or two of both types and make your decision based on what type will give you the most pleasing image, connection flexibility, and fits your overall budget expectations.

However, both Flat Panel Plasma and LCD televisions are viable options for home theater, and, with prices continuing to come down and features and quality continuing to go up, both types are quickly becoming a good value for consumers

16 October 2008

Mobile Portability Number (MNP)

MNP program officially launched yesterday by Minister of Telecommunication, Water and Energy.

People has to know that MNP or Mobile Number Portability is a system that allows you to switch your mobile phone carrier without changing your current phone number.

Here 2 comments from Telco players in Malaysia which are DiGi and UMobile. I'll try to get other 2 Telcos to comment later.

DiGi’s CEO, Johan Dennelind

"MNP puts Malaysia at par with developed nations in terms of our telecommunications offering. This is an industry milestone that sets to raise the bar on mobile user experience," he said.

Johan added, Liberating consumers with the freedom to choose the best value they deserve, DiGi is in a sweet spot where we have, and will continue to be, at the forefront in delivering value to customers, with the introduction of industry’s first such as One Low Flat Rate to all network across prepaid, postpaid and business segments.

Customers can expect the unexpected from DiGi in the coming days. DiGi will make it easy for customers to enjoy greater savings, better connection with friends and family, latest innovation, best rewards and to top it off, an excellent customer experience. The race has begun. We are excited at the opportunity to shake up the market again.

Based on my interview with him this morning, he is confident to keep DiGi's customer to stay with them and stressed his positively thinking for DiGi's valuable plans will attract others to switch to DiGi.

Upon that matter, newcomer in Telco industry, U Mobile announced its nationwide Mobile Number Portability (“MNP”) promotional offerings that enable mobile phone users to easily switch to U Mobile’s exciting rate plans and enjoy great benefits at no extra cost.

Commenting on the nationwide rollout of the MNP service, Oh-Kwang Jin, U Mobile Chief Executive Officer said, “We are excited with the rollout of the MNP service, as mobile services users across Malaysia will now be able to enjoy true freedom of choice and benefit more from the services available in the market. We are confident that our fresh and innovative offerings will be attractive to mobile phone users who want to ‘call the shots’ in getting more value from the services they subscribe to.”

“One example is an offering that we will introduce soon, where U Mobile subscribers will get to make calls and send SMSes at a very attractive rate,” Oh added.

Under U Mobile’s MNP Promotion, both prepaid and postpaid subscribers of other mobile service providers can switch to U Mobile’s rate plans with no processing fee , as well as enjoy RM10 credited to their new account .

U Mobile will also give a free U Mobile 018 Prepaid Starter Pack with RM10 top-up credit to pre-paid and post-paid subscribers who are unsuccessful in their applications to switch to U Mobile.

In addition, prepaid subscribers who switch to the U Mobile 018 Prepaid Plan will receive 10 SMS free-of-charge for every RM10 of usage , up to a maximum of 110 SMSes per top-up, until December 31, 2008.

The U Mobile 018 Prepaid plan is a hassle-free plan that lets mobile phone users pay for only what they use. Subscribers enjoy per second billing for video calls and voice calls.

To further provide great saving, U Mobile will soon launch a new offering that will enable all subscribers to make more calls and send more SMSes without having to worry about incurring expensive phone bills. In addition, U Mobile will also introduce soon a new phone bundling plan for subscribers to own handsets at affordable prices .

“U Mobile’s MNP Promotion makes it easy for mobile phone users to switch to any of our service plans, at no extra cost, and enjoy the many benefits we are offering as a dynamic service provider that continuously listens to its customers and is committed to meeting their needs,” said Oh.

Mobile phone users who want to find out more about the U Mobile MNP Promotion and switch to U Mobile’s service plans can do so at any of U Mobile’s service centres and appointed dealers nationwide. U Mobile’s MNP Promotion is open to all prepaid subscribers nationwide, and postpaid subscribers with a 3G handset in the Klang Valley .

Users can find out more about U Mobile’s service centres and appointed dealers at U Mobile’s website, www.u.com.my , or call the U Mobile Contact Centre at 018 388 131.