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    Archive for January, 2007

    Exciting Time at Home Turf Media: More City Blogs Go Online

    Posted by CJCM on 29th January 2007

    Home Turf MediaI have blogged about Home Turf Media before and we are going through some exciting time with the addition more fascinating cities into the blog network

    The following Home Turf Media city blogs are either already online or will be on line soon:

    1. Kuala Lumpur Is Home
    2. Chattanooga Is Home
    3. Scene and Herd NY
    4. The San Diego Beat
    5. East London Life
    6. Brisbane is Home
    7. Calgary Voice
    8. San Francisco Voice
    9. Homespun Honolulu
    10. Las Vegas is Home

    I am inviting all of you to check them out and be fascinated by the colourful cities as written by Home Turf Media city bloggers.

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    Posted in Blogging, News, Personal Encounters, ProBlogging | 2 Comments »

    Keywords melayu boleh: The SEO competition heats up

    Posted by CJCM on 27th January 2007

    Wang Cyber.com, had taken the initiative to hold an SEO contest with the idea to eliminate the adult-oriented, 18sx-oriented, sex-oriented image of the keywords melayu boleh, two malay words that have been long associated with pornography. And the response among Malaysian bloggers is just overwhelming, to say the least. Almost one month after the launch of the SEO competition, the impact can already be seen on search engine results. Try it out for yourself and search melayu boleh in Google, Yahoo, or whatever your search engine you typically use… Except for one site hosted in Indonesia, which I think is using a paid search engine advertising on the keywords melayu boleh to ensure it is listed in the 1st position, you wouldn’t see many links to adult-related or pornography sites for the keywords melayu boleh in the first few pages of the search results…. thanks to the SEO competition organized by Wang Cyber.com, a cyber war worth organizing to restore the credibility Malaysia as a nation and Malay language as an official language of Malaysia.

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    Posted in Blogging, Internet, Malaysian, SEO | No Comments »

    An SEO challenge on Malay keywords Melayu Boleh

    Posted by CJCM on 21st January 2007

    This is interesting. A Malaysian-based WangCyber.com, a Malaysian Internet Enterpreneurs Community, is organizing an SEO challenge on Malay keywords Melayu Boleh.

    The idea is to utilize your SEO skills and depoly what ever techniques you want to use to make sure the keywords Melayu Boleh are listed high in the search engines. The top three sites listed in the search engines will be declared as winners and the site owners stand to win some prizes, the top one being a MYR100 (approximately USD30).

    What makes this challenge interesting is the fact that, unce upon a time, the keywords Melayu Boleh used to be associated with an adult site named Melayuboleh.com (I am not sure the exact URL used by the site at that time. At present www.melayuboleh.com had been registered and listed for sale by whoever the owenr is). So popular the Melayu Boleh site that the keywords had been searched millions of times by websurfers looking to find pornography materials on the internet.

    The aim of this competition is to dis-associate the terms Melayu Boleh with the pornographic materials the keywords were once famous for. For the uninitiated, if I am not wrong the term Melayu Boleh (Malay Can) was coined by a Malay-based political party UMNO to inject some sense of pride among Malays that they can achive anything. Correct me here if I am wrong.

    Congratulation and good luck to all those bloggers who have joined the bandwagon to eliminate this bad image of the term Melayu Boleh and I would like to wish all the best to those who have accepted the challenge by WangCyber.com. You guys can!!

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    Posted in Blogging, Internet, Malaysian, SEO | 3 Comments »

    Jeff Ooi and Rocky sued by NST… Bloggers United

    Posted by CJCM on 21st January 2007

    Jeef Ooi/Rocky First Blood

    This is the hottest topic now in the Malaysian blogosphere world. Jeff Ooi and Ahiruddin Atan a.k.a Rocky had been sued by News Straits Time of Malaysia for defamation. The right and freedom of speech are being compromised again in Malaysia, this time in the blogosphere. Your support… yes YOU bloggers… Malaysian or otherwise, are of paramount importance to make sure the last frontier of free speech in Malaysia are not taken away.

    Read my posts in my other blog for more details:

    1. Jeff Ooi and Rocky sued: Bloggers United
    2. Malaysian bloggers sued… the first in history.

    Blogger United - Bloggers help bloggers

    This is the official statement of Bloggers United. This statement is jointly drafted by Susan Loone and Sheih of Kickdefella. All those who believe in justice and right to free speech, please sign on and put this up in your blogs. Spread it around; let it grow far and wide. The fight is on! See also Susan Loone.


    We, Malaysian bloggers, we, who believe in justice and right to free speech, we, who endorse the Bloggers United movement, unanimously condemn the action taken by media conglomerate NST against bloggers Rocky Bru and Jeff Ooi. The action by the newspaper against the duo is an action against all bloggers who believe in their right to free speech, freedom of expression and justice.

    The recent event may seem like a grave development in the path of bloggers, but it can never and must never impede or stop us from defending our right to speak, to express, to write and to tell the truth, to be the watchdog, eyes and ears of the people, or simply to share our view, and give fair comment on any subject which involves and affects us as humans, as rightful citizens of this country.

    The recent event may very well give the government owned media the opportunity to dictate the so-called ‘truth” but such actions only prove that bloggers must unite, continue to uphold the right to free speech and freedom of expression, fight for justice, even if it is not our own, be more alert, committed to the cause of free speech, relentless and persistence in the face of such persecution like the one which had befallen on the two of us.

    What YOU do to any of US, is what YOU do to ALL.

    As responsible bloggers, we demand and claim our space on the blogosphere for free and fair comment, where important national issues and prominent personalities are discussed.

    Although it may seem as if the NSTP defamation suits will have a chilling effect on freedom of bloggers, as litigation can be expensive and may jeorpadise a blogger’s economic position, we will not be cowed or silenced by those who have no regard for free speech.

    If you find our post offensive, you may refute us with correct facts and figures and fair comment, in the spirit of free speech.

    The first two cases will have grave impact not only on the internet, but country as a whole as the country celebrates VMY2007. The healthy, mature and democratic growth for free speech and expression in our midst is at stake. The reputation of the nation as it strives to promote our multimedia supercorridor and love for IT will be a national joke for all the world to feast on.

    We demand for a level playing field in all action meted out to bloggers and in particular in the defamation proceedings particularly in terms of financial resources and capabilities, and secondly, that the legal rights of bloggers et al are properly protected in keeping with the imperatives of an information society and knowledge economy which Malaysia aspires to become.

    For further information, please contact blogger susan loone at susanloone@gmail.com and sheih at kickdefella@yahoo.com

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    Posted in Blogging, Internet, Malaysian, News | 6 Comments »

    USB heated blanket for your cold back

    Posted by CJCM on 17th January 2007

    USB heated blanketAre you living in cold winter? Or the airconditioner in your office or home is too cold for you to work on your PC and you can’t switch off the aircond for some reason? Well worry no more. This USB heated blanket will help you warm up your body and all it takes is just to plug in the connector to any of available USB port on your PC. Your feet also feel cold? At $25 each you can buy two blankets and keep one under your feet as well, as long as you have more USB ports to plugin. If not, just buy another USB adapter for all your USB powered devices and spare for the future expansion too because you can never tell what is coming up next to plugin into your USB ports.. :)

    Read [Red Ferret] via [Coolest Gadget]

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    Posted in Gadgets, USB | No Comments »

    SponsoredReview: Another pay per post blog advertising program.

    Posted by CJCM on 17th January 2007

    SponsoredReview - win-win for bloggers and advertisers

    With so much controversy generated in the blogosphere over the program pionered by PayPerPost, you’d thought there would not be new players pushing for similar concept, right? Wrong. SponsoredReview has joined the band wagon, and naturally as one of the proponents of such programs, I had registered myself and hope to start earning some advertising dollars from SponsoredReview as well.

    I believe more bloggers than ever will join forces with blog advertising companies in a trend that I can say is gaining popularity and accepted by all parties (advertisers, bloggers and consumers) except of course some quarters that think it is unthical to receive money for reviewing products in blogs.

    While SponsoredReview is not much different from other similar programs, there is at least one differentiating feature that I like. The advertising price is not fixed by SponsoredReview. Although it provides a guideline how much a blog should be paid for reviewing a product or services, bloggers and advertisers can negotiate their prices. This would be a plus both to advertiser and bloggers.

    If you are wondering, this post is not sponsored by SponsoredReview, yet… :)

    Read [SponsoredReview] via [Techzoogle]
    Read [SponsoredReview Blog]

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    Posted in Make Money, ProBlogging | 1 Comment »

    iPhone’s Visual Voicemail: Nortel may sue Apple.

    Posted by CJCM on 16th January 2007

    NortelIt looks like Apple is in for more trouble with its iPhone. This time it is over the use of the term Visual Voicemail where a product with the same name already exists as part of the Nortel’s Voice Office Applications Suite.

    Apple I wonder, with over 200 patents applicable to the handset, as claimed by Steve Jobs, how many more will come up and join the party Apple did not invite that would potentially cost Apple millions of dollars. Is it worth it? Only time will tell. But if previous products by Apple is anything to go by, iPhone should be generating a lot of cash for Job’s lawyers to negotiate with the suing parties. Good luck to Apple.

    Read [The Inquirer] via [SZC’s Agglomeration]

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    Apple vs Cisco Over iPhone

    Posted by CJCM on 16th January 2007

    iPhone: Apple vs CiscoI think everyone knew that Cisco’s fiasco with Apple over the brand name iPhone would eventually end up with lawsuit. However, what is more interesting behind this whole episode is why Apple took the risk of going ahead with using iPhone brand name when Steve Jobs and his lawyers already knew that iPhone is a trademark belonging to Cisco. If you are wondering about the same question, my post at Techzoogle may have the answer… :) Enjoy!

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    Posted in Apple, Gadgets, News | No Comments »

    CJCM and IT’s Page Rank 4/10

    Posted by CJCM on 15th January 2007

    CJCM and IT's Page Rank

    I wasn’t really aware that Google had apparently updated the page ranks again. Just out of curiosity, today I checked my blog’s page rank, and I was in for a surprise and I am quite happy with the page ranking. I have been waiting quite long for my blog to be ranked by Google. Honestly I didn’t expect the ranking to be that high. I thought 2/10 would have been just fine, but I am not complaining :) So what does it mean to have a good page rank?

    1. PageRank is a function of Google that measures the quality of a website on a scale of 0 to10. The theory is that high quality sites receive a higher PageRank based on visitors and traffic your site receives. (Note : Definitions of Page Rank on the Web)

    2. From SEO point of view, any link from a good Page Rank web page would contribute positively to the page’s ranking of the link. In the blogging world, this means that if you make comments in a good page rank blog and provide a link to your blog, the chance of your blog receiving good page rank is also high. So, just like what I normally do, please do not hesitate to comment on my blog :) after all, it’s good to practice to comment in the blog postings to encourage interactions. If you comments on other blogs, the chances are people also comments on your blog so the benefits are both ways. In addition, I also have a link exchange page if you like to exchange link with my site.

    3. I participate in PayPerPost or other similar programs. Now that my blog has got a quite high page rank, I can participate in more campaigns especially in the ones that specifically mentioned a page rank requirement. For example a campaign some times specifies that a blog must have a page rank of 3/10 (or whatever page rank) to participate in the pay per post campaign. So I now have better opportunity to make more money :) speaking of which, I just received my first payment from PayPerPost for one of the campaign that I have participated before.

    4. Other opportunity to earn from advertising also opens up better. Text link advertising for example, provides better link value if your blogs have good page ranks. I currently do not have any text link advertising on my site but I hope to venture into that later.

    I look forward to improving the page rank further in the future. In the mean time, if you just got an updated page rank by Google, I wish your blog’s page rank is as good as mine if not better.

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    Posted in Internet, SEO | 2 Comments »

    Stephen Colbert Views on iPhone

    Posted by CJCM on 14th January 2007

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    Posted in Apple, Video | No Comments »