Blogs should be designed for Mobile Devices too !

Its a shame that most of the blogs that I visit aren’t tuned for mobile devices. Surely you may say that that it would be better for me if I just Subscribe to the RSS/Atom feed but then for folks like me its somewhat a hassle to update all my feeds in my mobile device (I prefer to go to the site and read it there myself). Anyway, the factor that prevents me to access blogs or heavy content site is because of the rich multimedia content and other things such as advertisements. I do have nothing against the rich multimedia content and ads , but then if you view it on your mobile phone it does take a lot of data. Hence I’ll be charged for the data transfer and mind you , it is not cheap here in Malaysia to have unlimited data plan. Anyhow , two days ago while searching for wordpress plugins to enhance my blog , I stumbled across this cool plug-in - WordPress PDA & iPhone  and guess what its WordPress 2.6 compatible. The installation was a breeze (as you know installing wordpress plugins are pretty simple and straightforward). You would see the effect of the plug-in by browsing the site on an iPhone/iPod Touch or on a mobile device. It would be ideal to browse your blog on the go for somebody who may want to get to know what is the latest/hottest news or on your reviews on food. It is that simple. Anyhow , i’ve managed to capture a screenshot in my iPod Touch and on my DoPod D810 (HTC P3600i) on how my site looks like in both of the devices. 
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Fuel Debate : Anwar Ibrahim VS Shabery Cheek & Our Public Transportation

I couldn’t think of a better title for this. Anyhow , I am not going to analyse  the whole thing. What disappoints me is that none of the politician did ever come up with a solution to control the roaring fuel prices in Malaysia. Honestly think , the debate was more of a fight rather then a debate , it was sort of like personal attack against Anwar Ibrahim and Shabery Cheek which I find it to be  interesting and entertaining to. 
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A part of the Debate – You can pretty much find all the missing parts in YouTube itself !
 

Now what concerns me is that what is going to happen to us , I mean the average Malaysian. Our household income per annum is low compared to other countries , plus the soaring costs of living forces students such as myself to seek alternatives as well. But then , we do not have much alternatives here in Malaysia – i mean just take a look at our public transportation system for instance , its not as systematic and connected as Singapore. I mean to walk from one place to another – pfft it takes time  and plus some of the stations are connected remotely. Plus the joke is that its not integrated at all , suppose if i want to go to Bukit Bintang (home of Lowyat , Berjaya Times Square) , I would have to take a train from Taman Melati to KL Sentral and from KL Sentral (pathetic – its not even integrated – i’ll have to walk from KL Sentral to the KL Sentral monorail station and then from there I’ll have to take a monorail to Bukit Bintang). Sure , I might take a cab but then taxi drivers don’t not go according to the metre (- just great). some of you may disagree saying that you can get down from a putra lrt station and walk , but then doesn’t it defeat the purpose of having public transportation in the first place ?. Think about it. If you have been to Singapore , you’ll notice that their public transportation system are linked up properly and it is a world-class system. Anyhow , let us get back to our story – shall we. Okay , where was I , Uh yes , so there we go , we just need a better intergrated public transportation system in the KL area and PJ area. Do it properly and we are set. there is no use for us to use cars if the public transportation system is good.

Putra LRT which is now known as RapidKL (Credits : urbanrail)
Putra LRT which is now known as RapidKL (Credits : urbanrail)

 

SMRT - Singapores MRT System (Credits : dreamstime)
SMRT - Singapore's MRT System (Credits : dreamstime)

 
 
 
Suppose if they can’t do proper public transportation system due to the costs and other things , then the government should focus on reducing the import duty tax on foreign cars  vehicles which is crazy , 300% on foreign import vehicles – heh , thats madness. If they do reduce the tax , I am sure that hybrid cars will be afforable for all of us. Think about it. We can cut usage on petrol and it doesn’t burn a hole in our pocket as hybrid cars are way to go (long term investment).
 
Let us see how they implement the 9th Malaysian Plan. I do hope to see  that there would be an improvement towards the public transportation system here in Malaysia. Let us keep our fingers crossed and we hope to see a better Malaysia and also to protect our environment as well

Relatives..Ha Ha Ha

Blah relatives , they can be pain in the butt. Yep , seriously , especially when you’re in an Indian family. My relatives are from India , so uh you get the picture eh (No offence to folks from India if you are reading this). But then my relatives do have this mentality that we in Malaysia are richer and better off then them in India. So they expect us to ‘save’ them by sending money every month via Western Union every month. Oh common , its not like I am super rich or something like that. Can’t they just earn a living in India – i am sure that it is possible. No , they are bunch of lazy <censored> . Anyhow , one of my relatives (who is bloody damn rich – nah he is not the one that is begging $$$ from us) from India came down to Malaysia , and yeah he was a stingy pig. Uh , its like we have to pay for food and all other things (For your information , he is a consultant in a very well company and heck , the company pays for his expenses and all other stuff). Oh yeah , he treats us like we are bunch of losers too , its like he knows a lot of things and we are like uh , some sort of idiots. The arrogance seriously kills me.
 
Anyhow , i am just saying out that most of my relatives are pain in the butt when you ask them to help or when you ask them to buy you things from India (such as pickles from India – I love’em {of course I am an Indian myself} ). Even if I send my money to them , they’ll not ship it , even if they do , some of the money goes missing and they ask me to send them more money by giving lame excuses such as “<with the indian accent> The courier fees are expensive </accent>”. What solution do I have ?. I think I am going to boycott all of them , that is what I am going to do. I think i should get back to my wiring on serious matters such as Mobile blogging and current affairs and economic issues

Things that I should do

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. 
Things that I plan to write in this week 

  1. Write something on mobile browsing and mobile blogging – i am not sure if that would be intresting or not  (Wrote on the plug-in for WordPress that tunes the blog for mobile devices such as iPhone and PDAs/Mobile Phones)
  2. 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) 
  3. Write something on the current political  affairs – Uh this is way too risky
  4. Talk about my life and some other things – It would be cool 
  5. Write a Tutorial/Guide on how to QoS and basic router configuration for Wireless router and other things 
There we go , those are the things that I wish to do. Hopefully that with the effort that I put into , I do hope that I’ll write the useful content. 

WordPress plugins that I can't live without !

As a new user of WordPress , there are many things that we can do. This thing is highly customisable – you could pretty much as you like – This is what that i am looking for in any services (including softwares). The ability to customise 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) 

  • All in One SEO Pack (Recommended by vkeong) – What it does basically that it optimises the header , keyword and everything for search engines , meaning that spybots spiders can easily can track your site. As the old style typing goes by :-
          1. Install All In One SEO Pack
          2. Configure it
          3. ??????
          4. Profit !
  • ShareThis – 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 article 
  • Youtube Brackets (Thanks 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. 
  • WordPress PDA & iPhone – 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  – I think this is the one that you can’t live without .  It keeps spams at bay and at under control too which is useful to protect your blog against spambots which will occasionally spam your boards comments with links to pornography websites , gambling 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 free registration over at WordPress.com . Oh one more thing , do not share your API key , its meant for your account only – its just like your password
  •  WP Super Cache   – 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 caring 
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 . 
Here is something for you to ponder around in the meantime :-
How far do you agree with that statement

C'est La Vie – Life

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
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Comme d’habitude by Claude François and for now the english version :-
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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