Monday, August 29, 2005

Planet Up For Sale?!

Advertisement spotted at Kelana Jaya.

What if you had a chance to own the planet? What would you do with it?

Friday, August 26, 2005

Be careful of using Control-C while surfing

We do copy various data by Control-C for copy/cut & paste function. The copied data is stored in your PC's clipboard can be retrieved from the internet with a combination of Javascripts and ASP.

Just try this:

  1. Copy any text by Control-C
  2. Click the Link: http://www.friendlycanadian.com/applications/clipboard.htm
  3. You will see the text you copied on the Screen which was accessed by this web page.

Do not store sensitive data (like passwords, creditcard numbers, PIN etc.) in the clipboard while surfing the web. It is extremely easy to extract the text stored in the clipboard to steal sensitive information. If you have copied some info that you would not want disclosed, overwrite the clipboard by copying another piece of non-sensitive text once you have finished pasting.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Development or Destruction?

This is not a picture of nice corals nor that of beautiful scenery. It is a sad sight to behold to see that once again, the rich and powerful use the name of development to further fill their coffers while God's creation suffers the slow, suffocating death.

As though a strategy, the barges and machinery appeared overnight after the hue & cry from the public has died doen to commence with the Marina construction at Tioman. Can you believe they are doing piling in the sea at a "designated marine park"? Politicians must have written their own dictionary and twisted the definition to something else. One would think that the noise on land from the piling is bad enough but can you imagine the sound being carried underwater? Sound waves would be shock waves from that thing hammering down. Seems like putting "nails into the coffin" for the surrounding marine life.

The scientist Steven Hawking had stated that a computer virus is a lifeform. It adapts and propogates like that of lifeforms. However, if that lifeform takes on its image from its creator, then it doesn't say much good about humankind. Are we doomed to self-destruction?

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Worm strikes down Windows 2000 systems

Microsoft in 'emergency response' as worm reported on three continents

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A fast-moving computer worm Tuesday attackedcomputer systems using Microsoft operating systems, shutting down computers in the United States, Germany and Asia.

Among those hit were offices on Capitol Hill, which is in the midst of August recess, and media organizations, including CNN, ABC and The New York Times. The Caterpillar Co. in Peoria, Illinois, reportedly also had problems.

A small number of computers in an administrative office at San Francisco International Airport also crashed, but they were not essential to the airport's operation, spokesman Mike McCarron said.

The FBI said the computer problems did not appear to be part of any widespread attack.
While the worm affects primarily Windows 2000, it also can affect some early versions of Microsoft XP, said Johannes Ullrich, chief technology officer of the Sans Institute, a network security firm based in Jacksonville, Florida.

Symptoms include the repeated shutdown and rebooting of a computer.

Microsoft has a downloadable patch on its security homepage, Microsoft.com/security.

The director of Microsoft's security response center, Debbie Fry Wilson, said the computer giant was in an "emergency response" mode. "Right now, we're mobilizing our two war rooms," she told CNN.

"The key thing I want to stress for customers is making sure that they install security updates as quickly as possible," Wilson said.

Although she said that the number of affected computers is unclear, most Windows 2000 customers are business users. And automatic security updates would have protected most home users, she said. Wilson added that "at least 200 million computer users worldwide" have downloaded the patch.

Business software provider AssetMetrix reported in June that Computers running Windows 2000 were on about half of all corporate desks.

Microsoft is working with law enforcement to track down those who unleashed the worm, Wilson said.

Lysa Myers, a virus researcher for the computer security firm McAfee, Inc., said the worm exploits a vulnerability in Microsoft's plug-and-play service. "How it's spreading is it's looking for machines that are unpatched and running itself," she said.

What was causing the damage was unclear, although experts pointed to a new worm called worm-rbot.cbq.

David Perry of Trend Micro, an Internet monitoring firm, said the latest worm may have been derived from the Zotob worm, which was first reported over the weekend.

Ullrich, of the Sans Institute, said Zotob "will connect to a control server to ask for instructions. It scans network neighborhoods and tries to infect them, as well."

Typically, the worm enters a system via a laptop connected to unsecured networks, Ullrich said. "This laptop will infect your systems from the inside."

Several versions of the worm have been released, some as late as Tuesday, he said.
Around 5 p.m. problems began at CNN facilities in New York and Atlanta before being cleared up about 90 minutes later.

The New York Times also was able to bring its systems back up, and "newspaper production will not be affected," spokeswoman Kathy Park said.

The White House said it did not have reports of computer problems.

Improved firewalls and faster patches may have limited the worm's spread, said Jeff Havrila, a technical analyst with the U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team, a coalition of public and private groups that combats computer attacks.

He also said it is unclear how long the worm may take to run its course, noting that many people are away on summer vacation and may be affected only when they return.

At any given time there are thousands of computer worms and viruses in existence. Last year, the Sasser worm shut down millions of computers worldwide. A German teenager has been sentenced to 21 months' probation.

Monday, August 15, 2005

What dew you see?

Spiderweb? Chandelier?
Perhaps something more beautiful than a pearl necklace?

Wet flower? Perhaps water marbles?

Saturday, August 13, 2005

I love storms


I have this thing for storms that I cannot explain ... it always leaves me in awe. I feel its power and feel one with it. I revel in its energy .. in its restless lashings and rumblings. I love storms. Of course it helps if I am cosily tucked up safe at home.

Night Visitor

The Atlas Moth is considered the world largest moth with a wingspan that can attain a length of up to 12 inches. This one had a span of approximately 8-9 inches. Notice the wing tips resemble the head of a snake.


A close-up of its 'handsome' features. Wonder if its antennae could pick up TV channels?

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena

This is a fascinating site on Optical Illusions & Visual Phenomena by Michael Bach

http://www.michaelbach.de/ot/

Keroncong

Krontjong (keroncong),
originally Portuguese folk music which travelled the world with Portuguese seafarers, is one of the earliest forms of world music. En route to the East the music became blended with local music. On Java (Indonesia) the music developed into the present krontjong. The genre is called the soundtrack of the Eurasian identity and the Pasar Malam Besar is the best place in the world to experience it. This year there will be performances from Rayuan Samud’ra and the krontjong orchestra Putra Malaysia will be flying in from Malaysia. A krontjong dance will be demonstrated too: a rare event!
From Pasar Malam Besar

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Blogs Provide Free Speech Outlet for Iranians

In a country where speaking one's mind can have dangerous consequences, many Iranians are showing remarkable bravery through a medium that is proving immensely popular, reports the Online Journalism Review. It's called blogging and thousands are doing it.

An online journal where one can write anything from personal thoughts to political commentary and link news sources from around the world, a web log, or blog, represents a "cyber-sanctuary" for many Iranians. Users can hide their identities by employing anonymous e-mail addresses and pseudonyms. Many use their blogs to criticise Iran's ruling clerics through satire or humorous cartoons.

While Iran's rulers have clamped down on the country's independent press, the Internet has so far eluded its authority, largely because the government still allows privately owned servers to operate. Even so, bloggers in Iran could use foreign-based servers to host their sites if the government tried to shut them down.

Blogging has proved effective in mobilising political action. In 2003, journalist Sina Motallebi was arrested and interrogated about his blog (http://www.rooznegar.com/). He was jailed for 23 days and later released. Motallebi says he believes the community of bloggers in Iran and the United States helped him gain his early release by publicising his case in the foreign media and coordinating a petition to free him from jail. One blog had collected 4,000 signatures on a petition.

Read more at IFEX page

Saturday, August 06, 2005

Transcending to a Higher Realm

CAPE CANAVERAL, 3 Aug. - Islamic devationist leader from the eastern state of Malaysia, Ariffin Mohamad, a.k.a. Ayah Pin escaped the Malaysian police with the blast of the US space shuttle Discovery here today.

The shuttle, carrying the most sought after deviationist with seven other crew members, soared into slightly hazy skies, the roar of its solid booster rockets rattling windows and shaking the ground across the Cape.

Nasa lauch director, Mike Leinbach told the newsmen that the decision to include 65-year-old Ayah Pin was made very recently as to ensure the success of the mission.

Yesterday's mission was the Nasa's first since the Columbia disaster in 2003, and the man from sleepy hollow town called Besut in Terengganu is said to be a critical factor for success.

"Ayah Pin is so special to us that he knows everything out there in the space, like everything is at the back of his hand. Even Nasa's most sophisticated technology cannot come anywhere near to his knowlegde on the sky kingdom," Leinbach explained.

With Ayah Pin on board, the astronouts are expected to find the US$1 billion mission easy as the Malaysian would be able to tell them what to do once the shuttle reaches beyond the final frontier.

"Ayah Pin will do all the communications out there with his contacts all over the sky kingdom," he said, adding that this mission will be a breakthrough where communication with space creatures is concerned.

"He told us that he is very much familiar with the outerspace, which is his second home," said Leinbach.

It is very unfortunate that Ayah Pin's four wives could not board the shuttle due to space constraints. The four, however, were seen doing some shopping at the Walmart supermarket in the Cape hours before their husband departure.

With the Nasa's announcement, the mystery of Ayah Pin's whereabout came to an end. The Malaysian police is expected to give up their hunt for Ayah Pin, as Malaysia has yet to own a similar space shuttle to chase the Discovery.

Nevertheless, Ayah Pin's departure to the space via Discovery once again prove the spirit of Malaysia Boleh! (Malaysia Can Do It).

P.S. If you wish to contact Ayah Pin via the NASA ground control you can e-mail to
AP_Free@Last.skyking.dom

Friday, August 05, 2005

Moon Up Close & Personal

There was a time when it was thought that the moon was made of green cheese. The astronauts went there and found only rocks & dust. That's what happens to green cheese when it is left out there for a long time ;-)

The 2005 Perseid Meteor Shower

Got a calendar? Circle this date: Friday, August 12. Next to the circle write "before sunrise" and "Meteors!" Attach all of the above to your refrigerator in plain view so you won't miss the 2005 Perseid meteor shower.

The Perseids come every year, beginning in late July and stretching into August. Sky watchers outdoors at the right time can see colorful fireballs, occasional outbursts and, almost always, long hours of gracefully streaking meteors. Among the many nights of the shower, there is always one night that is best. This year: August 12.

The source of the shower is Comet Swift-Tuttle. Although the comet is nowhere near Earth, the comet's wide tail does intersect Earth's orbit. We glide through it every year in July and August. Tiny bits of comet dust hit Earth's atmosphere traveling 132,000 mph. At that speed, even a tiny smidgen of dust makes a vivid streak of light--a meteor--when it disintegrates. The shower is most intense when Earth is in the dustiest part of the tail.

Perseid meteors fly out of the constellation Perseus, hence their name. The best time to watch is during the hours before sunrise when Perseus is high in the sky: sky map. Between 2 a.m. and dawn on August 12, if you get away from city lights, you could see hundreds of meteors. Scouts, this is a good time to go camping!



Really, it could hardly be better. The Perseids come on a warm summer night. (Note: This is a northern hemisphere shower.) Other familiar meteor showers like the Leonids of November require a parka to enjoy. All you need for Perseids are light pajamas.

And there's a bonus: Mars.
In the constellation Aries, right beside Perseus, Mars is shining like a bright red star. Step outside before sunrise, look east, and you'll find you have a hard time taking your eyes off Mars. There's something bewitching about it, maybe the red color or perhaps the fact that it doesn't twinkle like a true star. It's steady. You stare at Mars and it stares right back.

Earth and Mars are converging for a close encounter on October 30. Consider August 12 a preview. Mars already outshines every star in the night sky, and it's getting brighter every night. If you like August, you'll love October.

And you will like August. Picture this: It's four in the morning. The sky is dark. The breeze is pleasant. Mars is beaming down from the east while meteors flit across the sky.

Maybe you should go circle the calendar again.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

PDA shipments up

PDA shipments up 31.5% in Q2 2005 by ZDNet's ZDNet Research -- Gartner said worldwide shipments of PDAs rose 31.5%, with Research in Motion Blackberry leading the pack. 3.6 mln PDAs were shipped in the Q2 2005, up from 2.7 mln in Q2 2004. Research in Motion claimed 23.2% of the market with a shipment of 840K units, up 65% from a year ago, when it shipped [...]

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Mas Plane incident in Australia

I don't know if this news made in to the local newspapers, but it was on all Australia's breaking news last night.

According to the news, about 200 passengers were on board the Malaysian Airlines flight to Kuala Lumpur and was forced to return to Perth International Airport after the plane experienced instrument problems about 40 minutes into the journey... the plane began shuddering violently and dropping more than a hundred metres at a time over a period of about 90 seconds. Here's the best part... passengers begin to panic after one flight attendant dropped a tray of drinks and another began praying.

That was a close one for MAS. The fact that the flight attendant started praying tickled me a bit. I am not saying that it's worng but I guess flight attendants should be calm and composed when faced with such situation. Anyways, the plane landed safely and the passengers all cheered when the plane touched down without further incident.
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Above was from a blog by Ivan (apparently a Malaysian) in Australia

the reason why i wanna be the pm for one year only

oh ya... the reason it's for only a year is because i can't imagine going to work in such an official manner for any longer than that. i don't want to wake up so early in the morning, go through all that grooming, take photos all the time, answer questions from journalist, blah-blah... which does not an ounce of good for the country. i also don't think it would take me more than a year to make such changes. it is either it can be done in that period of time or it can't be. if it can't be, then i don't want to be hanging around when i can do something elsewhere. that's the other reason why i don't want to deal with foreign relations because those take a long time and i don't want to waste even a day overseas. after my one year term, i can holiday as long as i like. :)

oh ya... i will also need a lot of help since i will be in office for such a short time; so you people better make yourself free to help ar. especially need those fellars that can write in english and not manglish like me. speaking no problem lar because people are used to samy vellu edi. only one day rest a week too; friday if you're muslim and sunday if you're christian and whatever else that is proper. any other holidays also must work.

malaysians boleh, malaysia also mesti boleh!