Anyway , Since I’ve started to blog. There are couple of things that I should do as a blogger and as of course a citizen of Malaysian and most importantly a resident of planet earth. So I’ll try to gather useful information and publish them in my blog with my view of point. This includes stuff from my daily life , technological stuff , tutorials , how-to guides and any other thing that i can think of. Since my site is newly started , it will take some time for me to write useful content and hopefully , it will start to roll my blog and be one of those ‘top-lists’ blog out there.Â
Things that I plan to write in this weekÂ
Write something on mobile browsing and mobile blogging – i am not sure if that would be intresting or not Â (Wrote on the plug-in for WordPress that tunes the blog for mobile devices such as iPhone and PDAs/Mobile Phones)
Write something on the current soaring oil prices and global warming – seems to be the current topic (Wrote that as well , and joined with point no 3 as well into one post. I guess I should write another topic on global warming as well minus the local politics)Â
Write something on the currentÂ politicalÂ affairs – Uh this is way too risky
Talk about my life and some other things – It would be coolÂ
Write a Tutorial/Guide on how to QoS and basic router configuration for Wireless router and other thingsÂ
There we go , those are the things that I wish to do. Hopefully that with theÂ effortÂ that I put into , I do hope that I’ll write the useful content.Â
Great just great. what more can I say. I do not know if its the web hosting provider or TMNet Streamyx that is giving me the issue. Every 1-2 hours , I can’tÂ accessÂ the site and this forces me to do a reconnection the internet which is painfully annoying. I tried to contact my web host provider (000webhost) and they said that over at their side everything is fine , but over here I can’t access my site at all. So I’ve tried to disconnect and reconnect (the typical method that you guys use to get a new IP address) to see that if it resolves the issue or not and yes it did (wewt). I am guessing that TmNet is having some issues with routing again , no wonder people over at LYN and everywhere in the Internet rant and complain about. I’ll call up Telekom later and see what they have to say. Hopefully they don’t point fingers. Just would like to add another thing that the customer support for 000webhost is superb and they respond you on time – which is great to know for a free hosting company that does a lot in fact !
Last time , I was a moderator in ascent community forums and a helper (that was back then before Burlex decided to start Summit – I’ll blog on my life on being an administrator and a GM of private servers). anyway , where was I. Click this screenshot and just see it for yourself. Don’t blame me if you fell off from your chair !
*Drums Roll* – Read more for my spoiler and on my views on this artist expression ! – I call it artist as it has aesthetic values !Â
I am sure that many of you guys have read the latest rumours on Maxis bringing iPhone 3G to Malaysia under RM 1,000 (that is under USD$ 250). Some of the users over at lowyat.net said that it can be true as Maxis has recently published their booklet on rewards and other stuff. If you take a look at the front page of the booklet closely , you’ll notice that its an iPhone !. We will never know that if really Maxis will bring iPhone over to Malaysia. So far we aren’t listed in Apple’s site. So who knows. We shall see how things go !. In the meantime join the never ending discussion over at Lowyat.net.Â I’ll keep you guys updated on any breaking news on iPhone 3G in Malaysia. If you ask me honestly , it would be great for Apple and Maxis to bring iPhone here in Malaysia ,trust me it will create a new wave of iPhone among users as Malaysians now tend to listen to music , multi-task and SMSing. Plus it will be a fashion icon to. This could generate for both Maxis and Celcom. On the other hand , there is a tiny demon within me that says that there is no way that they could bring it to Malaysia – as we dont have major players here in Malaysia. Pretty much , its being monopolised and laws prohibits a phone being tied down to a provider. Oh those who are interested to get iPhone 3G here in Malaysia , there are some sellers who are selling unlocked 3G iPhone for RM 4200 (yeah thats right – whopping RM 4200)
As a new user of WordPress , there are many things that we can do. This thing is highlyÂ customisableÂ – you could pretty much as you like – This is what that i am looking for in any services (including softwares). TheÂ abilityÂ toÂ customiseÂ things. Here are some of the plugins that I use (I’ve managed to get some of it by myself , and others contributed by folks in lowyat.net and on the Internet. I’ve included the credits as well)Â
All in One SEO PackÂ (Recommended byÂ vkeong) – What it does basically that it optimises the header , keyword and everything for search engines , meaning that spybotsÂ spiders can easily can track your site. As the old style typing goes by :-
Â Â Â Â Â Â 1. Install All In One SEO Pack
Â Â Â Â Â Â 2. Configure it
Â Â Â Â Â Â 3. ??????
Â Â Â Â Â Â 4. Profit !
ShareThisÂ – As the name suggests , it allows you to share your blog posts via digg , facebook , e-mail and a lot of other choices. You can even bookmark it to any online bookmark storage system. This is a neat tool. I just find it useful , who knows – maybe someone out there that may be interested in digging my articleÂ
Youtube BracketsÂ (ThanksÂ Caroline) – A must have addon if you want to link youtube videos. It makes it even easier then embedding the video using youTube’s code. This is installed in WordPress hosted blogs but then if you are hosting your own blog like me. then you’ll find that this Addon handy , especially if you want to rick roll someone or include some video for the lulz.Â
WordPress PDA & iPhoneÂ – It is a must have especially if you want mobile users or those who are on PDA/iPhone/iPod Touch to view your site. Is it annoying when you view a site such as this on a mobile phone (especially Mobile Internet Explorer) as it sucks. Another reason is that if you are on EDGE/GPRS/3G/HSPDA then you’ll have to pay a lot of data charges as there are lots of images , text , ads , flash animation that you’ll have to downloading. This is a must have if you have lots of mobile users or if your site is catered for mobile users. I’ll describe/blog more about this plug-in. I find it very useful
Akismet Â – I think this is the one that you can’t live without . Â It keeps spams at bay and at under control tooÂ which is useful to protect your blog against spambots which willÂ occasionallyÂ spam your boards comments with links to pornography websites ,Â gamblingÂ sites and all those unwanted sites. You’ll have to get an API key from wordpress in order for you to activate this , which requires a freeÂ registrationÂ over at WordPress.comÂ . Oh one more thing , do not share your API key , its meant for your account only – its just like your password
Â WP Super Cache Â Â – Recommended to save bandwidth and cut down usage of bandwidth as it caches your blog. Hence no new content has to be downloaded to your readers pc. This is true when you have limited bandwidth and if your blog is really popular. I would recommend you to install
There you go , this is all that I have for now. If I do have time , I will certainly updated this page with the plug-ins that I use and to share it with you guys. After all sharing is caringÂ
There we go , some of the wordpress plugins that I am using right now. I think I did i left out couple of other plugins. But fear not , I’ll include them tomorrow. For now , my eyes are getting tired and it is too heavy to open my eyes. If you excuse me , I’ll have to hit the slumberland .Â Here is something for you to ponder around in the meantime :-
Blah , what can I say about life. Everything its the same ol’ thing over and over and over and over again. Its like I can predict the pattern everyday. You wake up , attend classes , you do your assignment and study , blog/chat/WoW and then sleep and the cycle continues (Not to forget makan/yam cha/lepak/eating out). Sure you may say – Uh what about it – what difference does it make ?. If you want to change it you should change your life style ? (Remember ubah gaya hidup) . But then whenever I want to change my life style that is when I wish to change things – bam something unfortunate happens. For example today, when I wanted to take another route – Bam I was caught in jam and then today when queing up to make payment , my queue was the longest one and it takes such a long time for the queue to move compared to the lame next to me. Argh , why such thing must happen to me. Guess what ?. Its not only me and there is even a Law for this kind of phenomena and it is called – Murphy’s Law
Murphy’s Law states that :-
“if anything can go wrong, it will.” It is also cited as: “If there’s more than one possible outcome of a job or task, and one of those outcomes will result in disaster or an undesirable consequence, then somebody will do it that way”; “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong”; or, “Whatever can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time, in the worst possible way”. – Wikipedia
I guess it is true after all when it comes to realilty. But then as human beings , we must not give up our hopes. When there is a series of unforunate events happen , there must be there for a reason. Who knows why ? – God is playing with us (if you believe in God that is). Maybe He is testing our patienceand our resilienceas well. After a lot QQness (QQness = emoness/sadness – I learnt lots of these lingos from World of Warcraft to be frank) Today , it made me realised that sometimes in life it has its ups and downs too. What I am trying to say is that when you try to make a change and face a lot of obstacles in life – We must carry forward as always. Anyway here is a YouTube Video clip (Comme d’habitude – The French version of My Way) , which translates to As Usual. Its a very meaningful song. If you do not understand the the meaning of the song (lyrics) , just listen to the tune and I am sure that you’ll try to get the message
Comme d’habitude by Claude François and for now the english version :-
My Way by Frank Sinatra
It is a very meaningful song , trust me. It will make you to ponder around !. Oh yeah , I would like to thank Caroline for her guide on how to embed videos in WordPress. I view thats our life , we will just have to face anything , if someone says the truth – Just accpect and thank the peron for telling the truth and stop being in denial – Thats life and thats how you take a leap forward
I wrote this post in Lowyat.net Message Board (A Forum whereby Malaysians hang-out) and thought of posting it in my blog since I am the originalÂ authorÂ and thought of expressing it out it in my blog. This whole storyÂ describesÂ my journey and how I did finally managed to get Broadband. It was hard and I had to face lots of challenges. Yeah , its sort of like one of those Indian movies –
Firstly , I could not remember how I ended up in Lowyat. I think it was via Google when I first came to site. Like most of you guys here. I started to rant and blame TMNet as I couldn’t get streamyx. Dial-up was pain in the ass , not only its slow but it costs you a ton of $$$$ just to surf and watch things. I don’t mind if the connection is slow but going unlimited with dial-up is just insane. You’re paying both the bills (Telekom Bill + 1515 access fees). So , much like you guys , I started to rant TM as they gave me 10001 excuses why they couldn’t set up streamyx. Eventually I gave up and then one fine day (couldn’t remember when. I’ll try to include the date back if I’ve managed to get it). I came across with this agent by the name of JaringWireless. A very honest agent. I did some homework on this new JARING broadband (Jaring wireless broadband) by googling and calling JARING personally. JARING representative told me that there is no way I could get signal over at my area. As usual , I was frustrated and was in agony (yeah….Damn..#$#$#$ 7 years old dial-up).Â
So I PM’ed this guy politely and asked him if its possible to come out to my place and do test it out. He came to my house and brought along with a JARING Somaport test unit. He tested it by placing the somaport outside of my place. It took couple of minutes for the SOMAPort to boot and to establish a connection. What surprised me was thatÂ It did manage to get a SignalÂ . I was overwhelmed and tears of joy started to emerge from me. He said I could test the SOMAPort for a week to see if it suites me or not. Bam without any hesitation , I signed up after the Trial Period as I needed a Broadband connection. The connection to be honest isn’t the best but it certainly did give me around 100-900kbps of throughput without any disconnections. On top of that JARING’s site keeps customers up to date on current issues , upgrades , downtimes and other things. Which is another plus point , plus their customer support team are friendly. I pretty much fell with it for 1.5 years. Then , bam..the connection degraded severly mainly because of new construction projects around setapak area such as Prima Setapak II and other new apartments (great !). So I didn’t blame JARING at all as I am not in their coverage zone.Â
Then, I said to myself that there must be another way out. There must be another alternative and the first option in mind – Streamyx . So I tried to apply for streamyx again as they said its possible to apply but in reality it didn’t turn out to be in my favour. The same ol’ cock and bully story. In other words the same ol’ chicken and egg story. Then I turned my attention to Maxis Broadband as I’m under their HSDPA coverage and like JARING they did offer a 1 week Trial Period (*cough* you gotta pay up some */cough*). Within a week or two , I got my Maxis ZTE MF600 Modem and the whole kit including the phone. I tested it out and I was pretty amazed with the speed. 600-700Kbps for a 786Kbps package. Its pretty good and superb upload speeds and the same cycle continues (just like my jaring) but this time its not because of external factors , its because of maxis itself. they have blocked and throttled non-standard port which made it worst as i’m a person who hosts site , internet radio and other couple of stuff. Plus on top of that my latency for gaming shoot up to 10-50k (WoW) which results in frequent disconnections. After reading bytefreezer’s post (Â http://forum.lowyat.net/topic/656354Â ) , i’ve decided to send a letter to MCMC as i am unable to bear with it. Thankfully Maxis responded quickly but they were unable to provide any solution to it. So its time to say goodbye to restrictive broadband
This made me no choice but to try my luck with streamyx. This Time I applied for a new phone line + streamyx together (streamyx combo) and everything went smooth and voila – Managed to get my streamyx. I’ve to say that i’m impressed with streamyx (you’ll if you have tried other broadband providers) but nevertheless its still the “king” of all other broadband providers in Malaysia. Yes , I am suffering from high latency issue for foreign sites and slow speeds for International sites especially those sites which are located in Europe. This whole journey has changed how I view our broadband. I’ve changed from a hot-tempered guy to a patient guy. I’ve finally managed to understand how our ISP works and other things. Trust me , once you have tried alternative ISPs , you’ll be a different person.Â
Being a Lowyat.net Forum Moderator is fun and at the same time its challenging. Over the past few months , the demand for Wireless Broadband users in Malaysia isÂ tremendouslyÂ increasing (This is based on the number of threads . I am guessing this is because most of us are looking for aÂ portableÂ broadband service or that our location is not under Telekom Malaysia (TM) Coverage zone , hence TM weren’t able to service us. Nevertheless , some of us are glad that finally we can enjoy what has broadband has to offer. For instance , lightning fast speeds ,fast downloads and most importantly a fixed charge for unlimited usage – 24/7. Now let us take a look at the realilty of Wireless Broadband. No , this is not one of those rants post out there thatÂ condemningÂ Â on Wireless Broadband Providers.Â
For your information , I was an ex-user of Maxis Wireless Broadband. The service was great but then eventually it did not cater for my needs as Maxis have imposed a lot of restrictions to ensure that they can live up to theirÂ expectationsÂ Few months ago , I did a speed test and I was shocked that my connection could get 1.2Mbps to 2.3Mbps (Keep in mind that it is not consistent/stable at all). If you compare it with your ADSL (Streamyx) connection , you’ll notice that Maxis performs far better then your streamyx connection in terms of download speed andÂ possibilityÂ upload speedÂ
As we all do know that in Malaysia , there aren’t many options or choices for us to choose from and we are pretty much tied down with limited options. Basically, I personally do not mind such thing as long as we do get a decent connection.Â UnfortunatelyÂ , that is not possible here. Despite of us having growing number of ISPs , their services aren’t par with what they advertise. I do hope that our Internet Connection does grow onwards. I’ve outlined couple of suggestions that our ISPs and government (The Malaysian government) should consider.
Enable Bandwidth Restriction Cap – Some ISPs such as Maxis are using this model to ensure that no customer out there that hogs the whole bandwidth and causing slow downs. I would strongly suggest that our ADSL Provider , Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) to set a monthly cap for Broadband users (especially heavy broadband users) so that it would be fairer for others as well. That if they do not have enough capital to buy more bandwidth. I strongly agree if they do such a thing as it would improve the overall connection speed and other things. Just take a look at countries such as Australia and New Zealand. They are doing fine with it , plus with that TM can offer higher speeds also
Open up the last mile – It would be great that if our Phone Line company opens ups last mile so that other ISPs can provide us with ADSL Service. It would be a fair win-win situation for both the consumer and for the producers (in this case – the ISP companies). TM can generate more revenue by letting other ISPs to set up their own exchange and for consumers they would be more choices.Â
Bring in Foreign Players –This may sound crazy and outrageous but then it may not be praticial inÂ reality. We have think about lots of issues here.Â
Lastly but not least , our ISPs also should try to extend their coverage zone as far as possible as there are still many people out here in Malaysia that still do not have a broadband connection. one of the reasons is that they are not within the coverage area. I do hope that with WiMax (by P1) , that they can service more people especially for unlucky folks who are stranded all this while !