Malaysia Ain’t Going Green ? Why & When ?

One thing that caught my attention is that while many nations are aiming to go green by encouraging folks to invest on hybrid cars. For example , google provides intensives for its employers when they want to get a Hybrid cars , such good moves are vital as oil prices are soaring and the resources are scarce. Anyhow lets get back to Malaysia ,what that caught my attention is this article. I nearly fell off from my chair after reading it

Its not funny , its just that it sounds insane and stupid. Why would someone want to buy a Benz car to replace a Proton car where the money can be used for the rakyat (citizens) of Terangganu for their future use. I am not condemning their move but it sounds too me that something is wrong here. I wouldn’t mind if they bought a Hybrid car , as it would set an example to the rest of the state government that we should preserve our environment. Anyhow ,let us see if there will be any good moves by the government to send out the message to our rakyat that we should slowly change our lifestyles – Yeah I know they have said it , but saying itself is not enough. Try to implement something and encourage our folks to switch to hybrid by reducing the prices of hybrid cars ( subsiding it ?) , or encourage Proton to make a local Hybrid car , it would be super cool too !. I am just saying out from my heart. Its not that i am condemning the government , its just that I want to see they do something for our environment , thats about it !

BTW , this just came in , DPM seems to be against this whole move from Proton cars , guess he got a point there – the cost and of course it would be humiliating to say that official state government folks aren’t even using local cars. Anyhow , as a Malaysia , we must have the Malaysia Boleh Spirit – (if the government officials don’t set an example – and then how do you expect the rakyats to follow). Let us see how this thing goes !

Wow – Take a look at this Bus/Taxi Stand

While , while I was driving around. I stumbled across this bus stand in around Genting Klang Area.  Wow , look its shape. I mean common , you expect buses to stop there , I do not think so. Firstly , the location itself is not strategic and secondly , just take a look at the cars that are parked outside (I don’t blame them as there is not enough parking space at that area) . Now let us anaylze the picture (yeah I know its crappy as it was taken from my Dopod D810 phone)

Just look at it
Just look at it

Ah ha , just see how it looks like ?. Well If I were a bus driver , I wouldn’t certain stop there as the road is  not wide enough and plus it can cause traffic jams. I mean they should place it some where more appropriate for people to use the bus stand/taxi stand. Look at that place itself , it looks like to me like a construction site. Sadly , it has been like this for the past 2-3 years and no action has been taken to improvise on that. Usually I see some tourists and locals around who’ll have to walk about a metre or two away just to catch a bus or taxi. This truly defeats the purpose of placing a bus/taxi stand in the first place. Mind you the location is a very strategic location – I can travel to Setapak and to City Centre – it acts a middle hub.

My suggestion is that they should place somewhere more appropriate people to use public transportation and a better taxi stand. The location is a diaster , at least they should move it a bit further from the place. I hope that the aurthorites read this and hope they do something about it. Its just heart breaking to see that stand just left alone like an orphan. It would be great if they decorate it and add route links as well (just like Singapore).

My 2 cents

Ack Streamyx Again !

Great just great. Yesterday it was a disaster for streamyx users nationwide (Malaysia) , lots of streamyx home/basic users couldn’t even surf any local links and international links at all. It just times out. So I called up TM to enquire if its any problem on my side or on their side. They said that there is no maintence and they suspect that I am not using the latest version of Windows. So they asked me to contact my PC Vendor to upgrade my OS. Thank god , I was being paitence yesterday (yeah – paitence is virtue – correctos 100%) , so I just kept quiet and let him explain. So finally he ( the streamyx call centre dude) himself deicded to file a report on this issue. Bam , I wonder if the technicial team are going to enterain such report. Nevertheless , they managed to fix the problem today (12 pm – I believe). Anyhow , the connection seems to be great and so far no issues.

But still TM doesn’t admit anything. If you go to the official streamyx site there isno mention on downtime or anything like that

*Sigh*

RM 1.92/litre for Taxis – Now stop overcharging us !

Woke up this morning , read the papers and guess what taxi drivers get 720 litres of petrol @ RM 1.92
which is in fact great , now these taxi drivers do not have another  excuse reason to hike up the fare. In fact , I do hope that the images of our Malaysian Taxi System will be repaired as they are known for overcharging and not using the fares. No , I am not bashing the taxi drivers as I do understand why they are hiking up the fare and not following the metre (Am I contracting myself here ?) . Anyhow , its a wise move by the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister , Datuk Shahrir Abdul Samad. I do hope that by doing this , it would improve our Taxi Driver Images. Let us wait and see how is the reaction – only time will tell !. For now , it seems to be a good news and a sigh of relive for taxi drivers. Lets put this into realilty. I’ll blog or update the status on it for you guys !. Guess I should be wiring on public transportation system too as well.

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. 

Continue reading Blogs should be designed for Mobile Devices too !

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

~ Hacking ~

Well , hacking (again its a very subjective) has become common these days as there are lots of tools for professional script kiddies to play around with it. An unprotected computer or system can be easily compromised by many different ways (I call it flavours , lots of flavours). Some will try to use a worm to gain entry to your  , others will silently install a keylogger to log all your keystrokes (including your password and other things) and some other folks will silently hack your WiFi so that he/she can get Free Internet service. You may ask , what do they want out of me , why do these hackers want. Some of these hackers want to get confidential information from your system (especially if you are in a government sector) ,others want to get your personal information which they can they can use (pretend to be you that is) or that can be sold to third party folks and make a profit . Others will do it for the lulz (or in other words – for fun) , and there are some hackers that do it for educational purpose (to teach these people a lesson so that they will secure their PC)

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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. 

000webhost and TmNet Streamyx

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’t access 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 !