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    Archive for August, 2006

    From Engineering to Computing

    Posted by CJCM on 28th August 2006

    It is really funny how I got myself into the IT world. From the very beginning, I never liked the idea of having to stay in the office just facing the computer screen and tapping the keyboard all day long. It was just plain boredom for me at that time. So when I was offered to do Engineerig course at Bendigo College of Advanced Education, I never had to think twice.

    However, my sailing in the Engineering world wasn’t that plain after all. Suddenly I couldnt cope with all the mathematical subjects in the Engineering course. It was just numbers and calculations and I found out that this was just much. I couldnt maintain my enthusiasm for long, as a result of that, I knew I was heading for disaster, and I wasnt wrong.

    The final semester results came out. I only passed 3 subjects out of about 9 subjects, if I remember correctly. I was doomed. I knew I had to do something about it but I was just not interested in the course anymore. My unplanned plan B immediately came into picture. I wanted to change my course of study…but what would be my choice? What is really I wanted to do with my life? Honestly….at that time I didnt know. But plan B must be executed at all cost.

    So I approached the Dean of Business School and inquired if there is still any available seat in the Accounting course, purely out of desperation. However, I was told all places in the Accounting course were fully taken. But……if I was interested in switching to Computing, he could immediately confirm a place for me. Pheww…..this was hard. Computing? That boring machine? My thought ran wild for a while…what was I going to do….looked like I didnt have much choice. Again…out of desperation I just said YES….and that was the day I got myself into the world of IT.

    I reluctantly enrolled into the Bachelor of Applied Science (Computing), with a few credits given for my three subjects that I passed in my Engineering course. What lied ahead was totally beyond my expectation….I will share with you about my journey in the Computing studies in my next post.

    How about you? Do you think you made the right choice when you 1st enrolled in your tertiary education?

    Popularity: 3% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | 2 Comments »

    How To Withdraw Money from PayPal

    Posted by CJCM on 24th August 2006

    Well folks, if you haven’t heard of PayPal, maybe you want to know about this service. PayPal allows you to conduct businesses easily on the internet. PayPal accounts allow internet customers to pay for products and services that they purchase on the internet. For merchant selling products and services, PayPal accounts allow them to receive payments from their customers as well.

    Since PayPal doesnt allow you to withdraw cash from your PayPal ccount directly, do you know how to transfer your money from PayPal to your other bank account so that you can withdraw the money from an ATM?

    For those wanting to know about the procedure, there is an e-book that is writtten in Bahasa Malaysia by a Malaysian internet business practitioner. The book will be launched soon and will be sold at a price to be determined by the author. However, for a limited period of time, the book will be given FREE, all you have to do is to click here to register for the FREE book or click the banner shown on the left and the sidebar menu.

    Good luck.

    Popularity: 4% [?]

    Posted in Internet Business | 1 Comment »

    Free Software - Easy Thumbnails

    Posted by CJCM on 24th August 2006

    Webmasters normally need to display a lot of images on their webpages. One method to use so that the image is uploaded and displayed faster is to use thumbnail of the original images.

    The thumbnails that are hyperlinked to the original images are displayed first. This shouldnt take very long with thumbnails. When a thumbnail image is clicked, the actual and bigger image is then displayed in the browser window.

    One such software that can help webmaster to convert normal images to thumbnails is Easy Thumbnails, created by Fookes Software. The beauty of this small software utility is that it is offered completely free.

    tn_cjcm-and-it.JPGCheckout the sample that I created. Click the thumbnail to see the actual image. If you would like to download the software, please click here.

    Key Features
    Can scale images up or down with high quality results.
    Choice of eleven resampling filters, including Lanczos3.
    Can sharpen soft images, particularly those from digital cameras.
    Shows a real-time preview of the target image and its file size.
    Preserves EXIF data in JPEG images larger than 300×300 pixels.
    Automatically removes EXIF data from small thumbnails.
    Supports JPEG 2000.
    Supports lossless rotation of JPEG images.
    Offers an extensive set of command-line switches.
    Can create Web pages of image sets, based on customizable templates.
    Free software producing quality results.

    Supported Image Formats
    JPEG (*.jpg;*.jpeg;*.jpe;*.jps)
    JPEG 2000 (*.jpc;*.j2k;*.jp2)
    Portable Bitmap (*.pbm; *.pgm; *.ppm)
    Portable Network Graphics (*.png)
    Tagged Image File Format (*.tif;*.tiff;*.fax)
    Truevision Targa (*.tga;*.targa;*.vda;*.vst)
    Windows Enhanced Meta File (*.emf)
    Windows Icon File (*.ico)
    Windows Meta File (*.wmf)
    Windows or OS/2 Bitmap (*.bmp;*.dib;*.rle)
    Wireless Bitmap images (*.wbmp)
    Zsoft PC Paintbrush (*.pcx)

    Which software tool you use to convert your images to thumbnails?

    Popularity: 7% [?]

    Posted in IT Related, Software Review | No Comments »

    Bendigo, here I come.

    Posted by CJCM on 20th August 2006

    As I said, my Victorian HSC result was not one that I would be proud of and would be telling everyone about. Nevertheless, it was enough to get me enrolled to Bendigo College of Advanced Education (BCAE), now known as Latrobe University Bendigo Campus. I was offered a common year Bachelor of Engineering program which I gladly accepted. Depending on how I would progress, I could decide on my major in the second year. Remember my original intention was to study Civil Engineering? Well, the day I received the offer letter from BCAE must be my lucky day, so I thought.

    For your information, Bendigo is about 200 kms away from Melbourne. She was very much a country town, very well known for the gold rush era, but I believe she must have been progressing very well in transforming herself to a more modern and vibrant city. Check her out at Bendigo Tourism website.

    I still remember very clearly when I arrived in Bendigo by train for the very first time. I could not understand what the taxi driver was talking about…the slang was sooo different from the Melbourne folks…or was it just my imagination and perception?

    Despite the fact that Bendigo was just a small country town, the years I had spent in Bendigo were more colourful than the year I had spent in Melbourne…I will touch more on this in my other postings later.

    So I finally settled down in Bendigo with quite a few of my friends, most of us were studying Engineering with some guys and gals in the Computer Science, Geology and Accounting streams.

    Did you study in Bendigo or any part of Australia? Share with us your experience.

    Popularity: 4% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | No Comments »


    Posted by CJCM on 19th August 2006

    I have known about blogging for a long time but have never had the ‘wanting’ feeling to start and own a blog. I have been reading how blog can be different thing to different person…some blogging for just fun, some treat blogging as another channel to release and express whatever feeling inside them, and there is a growing trend blogging for money…I am probably all of them even though the latter is not yet a reality but that is the least of my concern now which explains why I hardly talk about it…yet.

    In my research about blogging, I have come across a few popular names (at least from my perspective) in the blogging world. LiewCF (LiewCF.com), Darren Rowse (ProBlogger.net), Irfan Khairi (IrfanKhairi.com), Alang (Blog Webmaster Malaysia), Wendy Piersall (eMoms at Home), Sabri dan Curixs (SaifulHisham.com) just to name a few.

    I am beginning to enjoy blogging and have spent every available moment doing more research about blogging and reading more and more blogs from all walks of life. I already have a few ideas to further my blogging interest, the details of wich will be anounced in this blog in the very near future.

    Do you have a blog? Share with us about your blog so that more people will know about you. Cheers..

    Popularity: 9% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | No Comments »

    Amazon, Google Ads, Paypal

    Posted by CJCM on 17th August 2006

    I found out Amazon and Google Ads can co-exist in one page provided Amazon ads are not set as content-based ads. This is because Google IS content-based ads and it has made it very clear that Google has exclusive right to deliver content-based ads on its members website.
    So I will be working on this soon to incorporate Amazon ads on my website.

    On top of that, I just signed up with PayPal for a Personal Account. PayPal account allows anyone to send and receive money to and from anyone from 55 countries. This would be helpful in the future for handling internet-based monetary transactions I may have with anyone from overseas.

    In the mean time I am still working on promoting my ‘CJCM and IT’ blog and ArticlePortfolio.com directory to the internet masses. Good luck to me…

    Popularity: 3% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | 1 Comment »

    My first time in Australia

    Posted by CJCM on 16th August 2006

    I have been posting quite a few entries about my ventures into blogging and article directory, but I have never forgotten to continue writing about the journey that brought me into IT.

    So finally in 1984 I set my foot in Melbourne for the very first time. A group of Malaysian students already studying in Melbourne and a couple of Malaysian Student Department’s (MSD) officers were at the airport to meet us. We were taken to Melbourne University’s hostel just outside Melbourne where we spend the next few days while the seniors were busy assisting the MSD officers finalizing the accomodations for all of us.

    Everyone was so excited with the new environment and all of us were really looking forward to start the academic term at our respective schools. We took the opportunity of the idle time we had at the hostel to explore the City of Melbourne, by tram of course.
    To me, Melbourne is truely a nice city to live in. Known as the Garden City, Melbourne city’s landscapes are full of greens. The rivers are clean. The people were friendly and polite. To learn more about Melbourne, please click here.

    I was finally informed that I would be going to McKinnon High School, now known as McKinnon Secondary College, and would be staying in an apartment somewhere in Carnegie. I was to share the two bedroom apartment with three other flat mates, Hamid, Hannan, and Razak, and all of us went to the same school.

    My schooling at McKinnon was not really the best thing in my life, or something I could spend hours talking about it. If you asked me what was the most memorable moment, I’d probably say none. It was just a plain sailing..period. To tell the truth, I wasnt doing that well in my HSC, where I managed to score just ordinary pass, enough to get me a place in a college to study….guess what…Engineering.

    I will dwell more about my college life in my future posting.

    Any of you studied in Australia or Melbourne specifically? Share with us your experience in Australia. Or if you have travelled Downunder for whatever reason, please share your moments with us.

    Have a good day mate…

    Popularity: 4% [?]

    Posted in Personal Encounters | 1 Comment »

    Adsense and Amazon

    Posted by CJCM on 15th August 2006

    I did get the reply from Amazon yesterday. They approved my application for the affiliate program. Now I can access Amazon Associates webpage and start putting Amazon ads on my sites. Actually I already did that yesterday, but something strike me in my head. Are we allowed to have Amazon and Adsense Ads in one page?

    Amazon did not mention anything about this…if you are Amazon affiliate and have read otherwise about this somewhere or have anyknowledge about it, I appreciate if you would share with me here.

    I went to Adsense website and read their terms of services. It specifically mentioned that other content-based ads cant be displayed next to Adsense if it creates confusion to visitors…do I understand this correctly?

    Which brings up another question..are Amazon ads considered content-based ads? Any help out there? Anyone of you affliates to both Amazon and Google Adsense? Do share with us your experience.

    In the mean time, I have decided not to feature Amazon ads yet until I find out more on this. Looks like some emails to Amazon and Google will be required.

    Popularity: 3% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | No Comments »

    Customizing My Blog

    Posted by CJCM on 13th August 2006

    I am in the midst of customizing my blog to incorporate some links to show Googel Adsense contents. You should be able to see some of the results here already here. This is not going to be final yet as I stilll explore the templates and may include some other customized codes in the future.

    All in all, working on the Wordpress templates is not difficult at all. After a while of browsing the templates, you get the idea of where you should change to incorporate new enhancements.

    I have also joined Amazon affiliate program already but that part will have to wait for a go-ahead from Amazon after they have reviewed my site. I hope there would be no problem getting their approval for my application.

    Actually, it is quite time consuming having launched two sites, ArticlesPortfolio.com and ‘CJCM and IT’, at almost the same time. Both require some degree customizations and a lot of setting up at the beginning.

    In the meantime, my article directory started to get registrations from authors and at this moment, I already have more than 10 registered authors…not bad for a start. One author already submitted an article so I have additional one on top of mine…:)

    I look forward to receive more articles from Article Marketer through automated posting, which should happen sometime next week, because I have setup the script on my site and successfully tested it.

    Popularity: 5% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | 3 Comments »

    1st Posting using the WordPress blog

    Posted by CJCM on 12th August 2006

    During the migration of my blog from Blogger.com to WordPress (installed on my domain), I have decided to change my blog name to CJCM and IT. This is to reflect my own identity within all of my blog entries and articles submitted to article directories. I also want to start ’selling’ CJCM as my own ‘trademark’ in the world wide web…if you know what I mean.

    This morning I was working on new script from Article Marketer. I installed the script so that new articles from Article Marketer can be submitted automatically and directly to my article directory. The script was easy to install and works well during the testing. I am waiting for the first batch of new articles from Article Marketer to arrive into my approval queue. I have setup my account to receive only one article per author per day to see so that I dont have to spend that much time approving stacks of articles submitted to my directory. Eventually I will have to look for  new script to allow for mass approval to automate the task. Dont forget to regularly visit my article directory site at Articles Portfolio.

    Have a nice weekend.


    Popularity: 100% [?]

    Posted in IT Related | No Comments »