As we all do know , the wise and mighty netkas (yes indeed) has released fakeSMC controller for us – hackint0sh users. Firstly some of us may not know what is SMC. SMC stands for System Management Control. What it does on a real mac is that it controls fan levels , tells the system when to wake , how to wake , how to shutdown , which devices to shutdown and basically it controls all other power management related stuff. FakeSMC tries to emulate a real SMC device so that its possible for Hackint0sh users to run several programs and most importantly to fix annoying SMC errors and such during boot up. This makes it one step closer to vanilla and to be closely as real mac as possible.
Now you may ask , why on earth – would you want to recreate back something which has already done. I’ve had several reasons to do it. Firstly , it started when i installed fakesmc.kext from netkas’ site. When I ran system profiler , I saw a SMC update for “Macbook Air”. Therefore I want it to be like a real MacBook Air , having similar stuff to the real thing. Secondly , SMC Version 1.23f20 is needed to run CoolBook in Snow Leopard. It wouldn’t work with older versions of it. I am not sure why , it just checks for SMC Version in System profiler. If it sees anything < 1.23f20 . It will not run and it will ask you to update SMC verison of your MacBook Air Read More
Horray , Malaysia is officially 52 years old . Some of us may say ‘Malaysia sucks’ and so on and so forth. For me , despite all other drawbacks , Malaysia would be the only country whereby you could go out with your friends of different ethnic groups to a game of soccer @ Mamak or ‘yam cha’ together. So Malaysia , I love you soo much <3
I’ll update more bout it tomorrow
The more reasons for me to stick with Google Voice. Today I’ve discovered that its possible to send and receive International SMSes with a Google Voice number. Best of all its free of charge. So for those of you who are looking for a way to send free International SMSes to your buddies from other countries. Look no further – Google Voice is here for the rescue. Yep thats right , it seems that Google is not charging a cent (at this time) for sending SMSes to International numbers. Its handy though if you want to save $$$$ on your text messaging rate , if you have unlimited data. Thanks to programs such as GV Mobile for iPhone its entirely possible. I have the picture attached so that you can take a look at it on how it works. Both sides
This is how it looks like on the desktop. Typing SMSes couldn’t be this easy. You can send unlimited SMSes to your pals and make full use of it. Pretty neat by Google though. Now you could mass SMSes to your friends if you plan to do send SMS. Anyhow , I am bit surprised that Google did allow its user to do this. its surprising and its indeed great. Oh , you could even sync your phone contacts with Google servers and then you can just send sms it that way. It would be much more easier
So if you haven’t tried Google Voice yet. Do give it a shot. Its currently an invite only program which requires you to be in United States of America and you’ll have to own a phoneline in order to do so. However there some workarounds that you could try to get your Google Voice account. Do read about it here Personally , I wouldn’t be using it to send SMSes to Malaysia or to International numbers , as personally I wouldn’t want to abuse such services.
This is a very quick guide which I made up. Again its not prefect , I’ve made this to teach on how to restore your MacOS X Snow Leopard disk which you have bought it for $29 to a USB Stick in order for you to run Snow Leopard Retail installer and install it on your drive.
Before we begin , do make sure you have (the following stuff) :-
Snow Leopard 10A432 DVD aka “$29 DVD” (By the way its a full DVD and its not an upgrade DVD)
A working MacOS X installation (Tiger or Leopard) (even Panther would do if you’re still using PPC that is)
8GB USB Stick (if you have a hotswap , another hard disk , external hard disk – by all means use them) *If you don’t have a 8GB or larger USB stick , there is alternative method) (even iPod would do)
-or – 128MB USB Stick (if you plan to use Retail DVD to boot) (Not recommended) -or – a blank cd
Common sense (yes you’ll be needing them)
ADDED Advantage – Have installed OSX Leopard Retail discs via boot-132
IRC Client for you to grab some of the required files
Basic knowledge of how to patch DSDT manually , troubleshooting and stuff
USB Keyboard/Bluetooth (It works with PS2 keyboard as well – Tested)
For the past week , I’ve been promising my readers on how to get Google Voice if you’re outside the US. Yes , I’ve managed to get Google Voice working plain though I’m located outside of the United States . So before we get into the complete how-to , lets take a look what is Google Voice all about . Google Voice is actually hybrid VOIP Service provided by Google , which allows you to make free calls any number in the US and it allows you to send and receive text messages without paying a dime or a cent. This is ideal if you have lots of friends in the US or if your family members are in US and you want to call them for free over the Internet. What is different compared to Skype and other VOIP Services is that you get a fixed number (and you’re allowed to select your own number) .
This is going to be part 2 of my VOIP Review. I thought of finishing this earlier. Anyhow , in this section. We’ll be focusing on the call quality , how the system works and my over all thoughts about P1’s VOIP Service. Firstly , if you’re totally new to the whole thing , I would recommend you to read part 1 first. Call Quality
Firstly , lets take a look at the call quality. The call quality is dependent of your P1’s WiMax Internet connection. If your getting sucky upload and download speeds , frequent disconnection – expect the call quality to be pretty bad. I’ve experienced this couple of times. At times , it would just drop your call – if the connection is bad . However if its good – then expect the sound quality to be good as well. Overall , I’m somewhat sastified with the call quality. Its not clear as Skype , however the quality is just bout the same as if you would use a cell phone to place a call.
Secondly , one nice thing I like about P1’s VOIP Service is that it comes along with Caller ID service which tells you the number of incoming caller and plus it logs it to the system – meaning that you’ll have a complete log of who have called you. This is indeed useful to trace back an unknown caller or perhaps to trace back a prankster. Its indeed good. I hope they soon add the ability to block certain numbers (P1 – do take note – I hope you’ll come up with blacklisting/whitelisting functionality with your router to automatically blacklist certain calls at certain hours). You may have a look here of the system on how it logs incoming calls and outgoing calls
Yes it even logs International calls (both incoming and outgoing as well). The phone number resembles a Malaysian Fixed Line phone number , starting from 03-402xxxxx instead of a typical mobile phone number which generally starts from 012 , 013 , 017 , 016 , 019. So overall , its pretty good to have a landline replacement. Could VOIP replace our fixed line (TM fixed line)
Now let us take a look at my analysis if its worth it to use VOIP and dump landline all together. In my honest opinion , I honestly think that in Malaysia , it will take few years before we can finally be free from TM or other land line providers. However in order for us to use VOIP as total landline replacement , our ISPs should start giving us more bandwidth and not to mention a stable connection – as there is no point of having 50-60 Kilobits of connection whereby it just disconnects every 5-10 seconds. There is no point for us to use such services and it would truly defeat the purpose of using VOIP in the first place. This problem wouldn’t arise on a traditional phone as its connected to a phone exchange instead of a server .So therefore you’ll constantly have a dial tone as opposed to VOIP – whereby you’ll have to be connected to the Internet in order to use it. So there are disadvantages also , especially if you’re in a poor coverage zone whereby its hard for you to get connected then you’ll have a big problem. The advantages are well you’ve a mobile fixed line anywhere you go and you don’t have to fork out money to telecommunication company to setup a fix line at your place , especially if you’re renting a place. Experience and Final Thoughts
Well overall experience for P1’s VoIP service is pretty good. To be honest ,its better then Maxis’ Broadbands VOIP Service indeed. I like the whole idea and concept of having a router which doubles as a voip gateway. Not to mention that it comes along with a phone (I’m not quite sure about the final product but I am sure it would). Secondly , I would prefer if P1 gives users settings for softphone. For instance If I’m on a laptop and I would like to place a call , wouldn’t it be great that if there is some software that I could use in my netbook or laptop that allows me to place a call from my netbook itself , as these days notebooks and netbooks alike do come along with a microphone and a camera. This would be great especially if you’re using Wiggy (their Wireless modem service) or if you’re simply downstairs (whereby your router and the phone is located upstairs)
Thirdly , to me it would be great if there is a pre-paid plan. For instance , If I top up RM 25 (whereby the validity is around 6 months to 1 year) , it would be great as a land line replacement or as a backup phone – whereby I don’t have to pay any monthly fixed call charges. I just top up and use it. If I dont use then I can’t just make any outgoing call. It should be modeled after the current pre-paid system which is widely used in our country. I’ve already told P1 folks about this , just hope that they listen (hopefully it doesn’t go into deaf ears) Conclusion
Would I recommend this service ? – Yes it depends on one’s preference and criteria. If you have a mobile phone and you mainly use it for texting then VOIP is not the thing. However if you’re looking for a cheap land line alternative to make calls as low as 13 sen/minute then P1’s VOIP service may interest you. However keep in mind that you’ll still have to subscribe for their internet service before you’re allowed to use VOIP Services. This can be a great solution for your parents or grandparents. If you think land line rental is expensive (RM 25 for Telekom Malaysia fixed lines) and you want your parents/grandparents to surf the internet and still make cheap phone calls , then P1 service may interest you. If your parents/grandparents are on some kind of Family plan – whereby you’re allowed to make free unlimited calls then its better on to carry using the plan. As for me , I want it to work in both ways , something like how Google Voice works whereby I have the ability to forward calls from my p1 VOIP number to my mobile phone or to another line whenever I’m away.
Well , all of a sudden and out of the blues our Information Minister , Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim wants to install a filter ( a la China green dam system) – whereby its possible to block undesirable” Web sites, on the grounds of maintaining racial harmony in the multicultural nation and to prevent our children from watching pornographic material through the Internet. (For more information , read about it here)
Today , our beloved Prime Minister has announced that The Government will not censor the Internet. Thank you Y.B Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. (Read about it more). Now , what happens if they try to filter the Internet. They could do it in several ways. Force users to use their own dial-up client or software which automatically filters from both software and hardware side , or they could do it in hardware side – whereby they would install filters which would do their job). Now my question is why should the government spend on taxpayers money in installing such a filter in a large scale ? Wouldn’t it be better if the money is used to upgrade infrastructures of Malaysian Internet such as providing a speedy connection and not to mention widen broadband coverage zone. If the government think that pornographic materials are indeed bad for our society. They should at least educate parents and also children the adverse effects of it (No , not by saying “Tak Nak to porn” as that is not going to help). Apart from that , I truly believe that its the parents responsibility to install filters to block pornographic web-site. Let’s face it , all modern day operating systems such as Windows Vista (and the up-coming Windows 7) and as well as MacOS X comes along with parental control. On top of that even anti-virus , firewall and internet security solution which would do the trick. Parents should starting playing their role instead of just leaving it to the government or to someone else to take care of their children’s pornographic addiction.
Thirdly , even if they start to censor pornographic websites. Its still going to scare investors as they would think twice before investing in Malaysia. They would obviously ask if the government starts to censor pornographic material , what are the odds that they would not censor other materials ?. This could hinder the growth of economy. For all you may know , investors would be taking out their money and invest it on another country such as Singapore , Thailand , Philippines and even Indonesia. This would be really bad for our country.
Fourthly , it would just make matters worst. A lot of people are going to be unhappy on this and it would just make them to use proxy services to bypass or circumvent this . Imagine you could find tons of proxies to bypass or circumvent blocked sites by simply typing “bypass internet filter” or “bypass school filter”. If you dont believe me , go to Google and key it in and then try to access blocked web-sites or even Youtube or those US-only websites such as Veoh !
Lastly but not least , it contradicts MSC’s Bill of Guarantee whereby there wouldn’t be any kind of Internet censorship. If you would like to read more about MSC Bill of Guarantee , I would suggest you to head up to MSC Site and read all about it. Its better to learn about it . Conclusion – you ask – Its simple – you can’t censor the whole Internet. Uh ha , its a big no go
Whoopie ! I am excited. After a month of waiting for the cheque to arrive , finally I did get my nuffnang cheque today . Yes thats right folks – I’ve finally managed to get my first cheque today from Nuffnang , after being like a year with them. Its kind of slow but then its worth it. Oh yeah , I know what you’re thinking , wheres the drill (the pictures) and the amount. So take a look for yourself :-
It did take for a while for me to get mine. I know – most of you may ask – How Can I increase my earnings in order for me to cash out a cheque just like the rest of the nuffnang folks. Let me tell you , its very simple. Firstly , just be yourself. If you’re a blogger talking about your daily activities – go ahead and do that. Just don’t copy other people’s content exactly but without giving them any credits. Secondly , be patience – its virtue ! . You just need some time for your blog to gain its popularity. If you’re a tech guy (posting on latest stuff) , then chances are you need to find a way to get traffic by posting something different and original. Lastly , but not least – For God’s sake – don’t put messages such as “Please click my nuffnang ad – it helps me a lot” or “Please visit my sponsors”. Chances are you’ll never get your money and on top of that its annoying. No , If I were to visit your blog and you put such a thing , chances are I’ll just ignore it. Oh yeah , please don’t try to fake your clicks by asking your family member to do it or by going to a cybercafe and clicking your own ads. I’ve seen my friends who have done such a thing before ! As for me , like I’ve promised , I’ll have to donate portion of my money to charities and such (Don’t worry – pictures will be uploaded) and also to continue to write my article and keep you folks up to date on what are the latest happenings in Malaysian Broadband an technology in general !
So those who are still carving for a cheque – Don’t worry – Just believe in yourself and be an optimist and you’ll earn. Just don’t follow those crazy guides on the Internet on how they managed to get $5000 over a short period of time. ITs hoax and its MLM. The best way to earn money – is to work hard and is for you to strive for the best ! As for Nuffnang , thank you for giving Malaysians and Singaporeans a chance to earn some cash. As for my advertisers , thank you again for picking my blog ! If its possible , I Would like to thank each and every advertisers !