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    Skali to put unemployed ICT grads to work

    Posted by CJCM on 7th October 2007


    KUALA LUMPUR: If you are an ICT (information and communications technology) graduate and having a hard time getting a job, e-business specialist Skali has an offer for you.

    It will train you and give you a job in the Managed Portal Services (MPS) project, which involves the maintainance and upgrading of the 102 state government and 471 federal government websites.

    Skali announced that it was awarded the six-year project, which is worth RM258mil, on Wednesday and has openings for 4,000 graduates in its training programme.

    Through the programme, called Spike (short for Skali Pioneers and Innovators in Knowledge Economy), the company hopes to help unemployed graduates further develop their ICT knowledge and become entrepreneurs.

    “The trainees will undergo practical training in multimedia and business, programming, IT networking systems, and project management,” said Aimi Aizal Nasharuddin, president of Skali (also known as Alam Teknokrat Sdn Bhd).

    During the first three months, the trainees will be paid an allowance of RM500 per month. Once they reach apprentice stage, they will receive salaries of between RM1,200 and RM4,000, depending on their level of skill and competency.

    The training will be conducted at MPS support centres in Selangor, Terengganu, Kedah, Pahang, Johor and Perak, and has already started with a group of 300 graduates.

    Applicants should surf to www.spike.com.my for more information.

    Aimi said that at the end of the contract period, more than 400 companies would be set up to take over the managing of the government websites.

    “The graduates we train will get the opportunity to become entrepreneurs because they will be encouraged to form those companies,” he said. Skali will also outsource other work to them.

    There is an estimated 8,000 unemployed ICT graduates in the country, out of an overall 150,000 graduates in total looking for jobs.

    According to Skali, the lack of working experience and “very bad English” are the main reasons why there are so many unemployed ICT graduates.

    “If they sign up for Spike, we will be upfront and tell them where they are going wrong so that they can improve,” said Skali co-founder and group CEO Tengku Farith Rithauddeen.

    The programme, he added, is also designed to push these graduates out of their comfort zone so that they will start to strive for themselves.

    Source: Star Online

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    Malaysian government may cancel broadband licenses

    Posted by CJCM on 16th April 2007

    You may be asking why do they want to to that? I think that because someone screwed up… and considering the parties and technology involved, the extent of damage possibly done, I’d say some one had comitted a big time screw-up. The government had issued four licenses to four service providers to operate on the 3.5-Gigahertz (GHz) frequency, only to find out that it had interfered with the operations of the Measat-3 communications satellite.

    Are these guys telling us they didn’t know about the potential problems? Come on guys… you can do better than that.

    On Thursday, Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik said use of the 3.5GHz frequency by the wireless broadband service providers was interfering with the operations of the Measat-3 communications satellite.

    He blamed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), which had given out the licences, for the predicament.

    Measat-3 also uses the frequency, which is employed by the broadband service providers to offer fast wireless Internet access to the corporate sector, as well as other related services.

    The other 3.5GHz frequency licence holders are Airzed Broadband Sdn Bhd, TM Bhd, Maxis Communications Bhd, EB Technologies (M) Sdn Bhd, TTDotCom Sdn Bhd and Atlas One, according to the MCMC website.

    So another finger pointing will just show how capable these people are in carrying out projects of national interest. Malaysia Boleh!!

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    Pikom’s PC Fair 2007 in Kuala Lumpur

    Posted by CJCM on 9th April 2007

    The Pikom’s PC Fair 2007 kicked off last weekend in Penang, Malacca, Sabah, and Sarawak. This weekend the much awaited event will be held in Kuala Lumpur Convention Center for folks in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. You would not want to miss this weekend if you are looking for great bargains of computer products.

    Kingston will be celebrating its 20th anniversary at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center so you wil have another reason to bring the family there. There will be lots of fun there with lucky draws, scratch card contest and instant prizes to be won. Share with us what did you buy at this year’s PC Fair.

    PC Fair 2007 (I) Dates and Locations:

    6 - 8 April 2007
    11:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Penang International Sports Arena
    Jalan Tun Dr Awang, 11900 Relau
    Mahkota Parade Melaka
    Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Bandar Hilir, Melaka
    Dewan Masyarakat Sandakan
    Jalan Leila, 90000 Sandakan
    Dewan Masyarakat Tawau
    Jln Bakau, 91000 Tawau
    Level 5, Permata Car Park Building, Kuching
    Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching

    13 - 15 April 200711:00 am - 9:00 pm KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur (Route Map)
    Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50888 Kuala Lumpur
    City Square Johor Bahru
    Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru
    Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh
    Jalan Stadium Perak, 31400 Ipoh
    Summit Shopping Complex, Batu Pahat
    Jalan Bakau Condong, 83000 Batu Pahat
    Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan
    Jalan Tun Ismail, Sri Dagangan, 25000 Kuantan

    20 - 22 April 200711:00 am - 9:00 pm Dewan Milenium, Kepala Batas
    Bertam, 13200 Kepala Batas
    Dewan Perbandaran Taiping
    Jalan Taming Sari, 34000 Taiping
    Sibu Trade & Exhibition Centre
    Power Road, 96000 Sibu
    Miri Indoor Stadium
    Jalan Sukan, 98000 Miri
    Dewan Dato’ Hormat, Tanjong Karang
    Tanjong Karang, Kuala Selangor
    Dewan Jubli Intan, Muar [carried forward from PC Fair 2006 (III)]
    Jalan Arab, 84000 Muar

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    Posted in IT Related, Malaysian, PC Fair | 2 Comments »

    Online resources for web developers and programmers

    Posted by CJCM on 28th March 2007

    When I started my tertiary studies in the field of information technology way back in mid 1980s, all I had for references were hard-covered books and computer manuals that I had to carry around the campus for reference. There weren’t even softcopies of user manuals of the programming languages I was learning then. If I need some help in doing my assignments, I had to go and personally see either my lecturers of some friends who were obviously more knowledgable due to the fact they had personal computers at home. At that time there were no internet available yet.

    But that was then. Since the advent of internet, the scenario had dramatically changed, not only in the field of education but in every imaginable field mankind are involved. As for developers and programmers, internet had provided a medium not only for information sharing but also as a medium where the like-minded communities can actually communicate and interact with each other. Web developers and programmers, naturally are the group of people who actually gain the real benefit of internet in the early days. Online communities of every field of information technology are now avaialble all over the internet, serving millions of members of the information society who are always hungry for information related to computing

    Online information resources offer students and professionals alike, tremendous amount of freely available information that allows creativity and skills development to flourish even without the presence of gurus. One such online communities is Dream.In.Code The web development and programming community had been in existence for 6 years now with almost 26,000 members who are actively involved in the exchange of information related to web development and computer programming in their forums.

    Dream.In.Code forums cover wide array of web development and programming topics such as Building Your Site, Promotion & Monetization, HTML & CSS, PHP, ASP, C++, Java, VisualBasic, .NET, and more. Members and visitors also have access to online tutorials, code snippets, online resources as well as interesting contests. You can even laze around in the Caffeine Lounge with other like-minded geeks to exchange ideas and shares your thoughts with them… online of course. All in all, Dream.In.Code is a fun community for beginners and experts to share their knowledge and passion for programming and web development.

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    Peace of mind with dedicated web hosting services by HostedSolution’s Charlotte Data Center, North Carolina

    Posted by CJCM on 3rd March 2007

    Charlotte North Carolina

    I have previously discussed about the advantage of using dedicated web hosting to cater for your growing business needs. In this followup review, lets look at other advantages of using a dedicated web hosting for your business needs. One such factors is more related to human-nature, we call it peace-of-mind. Why is this important? As a business owner that depends heavily on the reliability and security of the internet infrastructure running your business, you owe it to yourself to be assured that you are completely freed from having to worry about the level of reliability and security of your IT investment. That’s what dedicated web hosting managed environment provides for you.

    Dedicated server hosting is favorable because it offers peace of mind in terms of control and reliability. A dedicated web administrator has more control over a dedicated server which makes it more secure. compared to a shared web server. By knowing what exactly is installed on a dedicated server a system administrator is able to fully in control on the software and application updates necessary to maintain the dedicated web server.

    Having full control also means a server administrator has the self-sufficiency and authority to optimize performance by tweaking variables such as page load speed and general server resource allocation. This server reliability translates to customer satisfaction, which is you, and an increase in the bottom line goals of a your web site’s presence.

    Having decided that dedicated web hosting is the way to go for some businesses, the issue is not over just yet. You need reliable and trusworthy partner to ensure you get a real peace of mind in your decision to go for dedicated web hosting.

    There are many service providers offering dedicated web hosting in the face of this earth but for business owners in North Carolina, HostedSolution’s Data Center Charlotte is worth considering.

    Hosted Solutions’ Charlotte Data Center is a SAS 70 Type II compliant that offers 24/7 monitoring, delivering the highest level of security, safety, redundancy, reliability, scalability and technology.

    Some of the features offered by Charlotte Data Center are:

    • Lightning protection throughout the perimeter
      Ballistics-proof walls, doors, and windows
      24-hour physical security with card access control throughout space
      Redundant off-site monitoring of all security systems
      Camera on each doorway
      Sensor-driven cameras that that digitally record all movement in and around the data center
      Hurricane wind rated roof
      Leak detection system
      Redundant off-site monitoring of all security systems
      Forces double verification and provides extra secure data center entry
      Prowatch building management system
      and many more….
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    Microsoft using AirAsia to push Vista?

    Posted by CJCM on 2nd February 2007

    Gadget for tracking Air Asia deal, but your PC must have Vista... what a bummerMalaysia’ leading low cost carrier AirAsia today announced the availability of a software tool called ‘Gadget’ that allows its customers to track AirAsia deals from the desktop without firing up the browser.

    Gadget will enable frequent AirAsia fliers to stay abreast of the airline’s promotions and offers without the bother of having to point their browsers to the airline’s website and monitoring it manually,” said AirAsia vice-president Kathleen Tan.

    But there is a catch. Your PC must have Microsoft Vista to run AirAsia Gadget. Tony Fernandez must be kidding or he had not been approriately advised by the IT executives of AirAsia. I believe majority of AirAsia customers are normal folks whose PCs are running Windows XP at most, if not lesser version of Windows. In fact many of them still buy AirAsia tickets from the AirAsia counters. I also believe there are not many corporate jet setters fly AirAsia either due to its low cost carrier image and unreliable schedule so I doubt very much if Tony Fernandez are targeting the software for the corporate clients, which would have better chances of having Vista installed in their offices. Even then, majority of corporate PCs are running older versions of Microsoft operating systems such as XP.

    What am I trying to say is there are just not enough numbers of Microsoft Vista users that could make use of AirAsia’a latest software… unless of course Tony had been convinced by Gates that there are enough Windows Vista users in the countries AirAsia is operating and majority of them are already AirAsia customers.

    If I were Tony Fernandez, I’d say thank you to Bill Gates and would ask my IT team to write a software that runs on more down to earth operating system such Microsoft XP and Linux… which are more common even in the business organizations. Good luck to Air Asia and Tony Fernandez on the new software.

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    Dedicated Web Hosting

    Posted by CJCM on 9th January 2007

    When I first time ventured into blogging, I had a free blogging account at Blogger.com where I created my 1st personal blog. After a few rounds of posting and getting to know more about internet web hosting and blog software, I decided to make a switch from Blogger and register my own domain name. Subsequently I also decided on Wordpress for my blogging needs and have been very happy with the decision. I have since have a few blogs which occupy most of my free time after work and weekends. All of my blogs are hosted on shared web hosting service.

    For individual blogging, I think a shared hosting is just fine. As a matter of fact, shared hosting is an economical, flexible solution for individuals and even small- to medium-sized businesses looking to just establish an online presence. With shared web hosting, multiple websites are allowed to reside on a single server sharing all the resources to run your website as well as others.

    As your business grows and the number of blogs and its traffic increase, you may want to consider upgrading the hosting of your sites. In terms of blogging, you may now be running a huge blog networks consisting of tens or even hundred of bloggers. Under such scenario, dedicated hosting may be your next logical choice.

    The primary difference between a shared and dedicated hosting services is that with a dedicated plan, your site resides on its own server. The increased power of provided by a dedicated server results in higher computing power which are more suitable for customers with high traffic volumes and complex web requirements typically running complex and mission critical web applications such as online shopping website.

    The good news is, there are multitude of options of dedicated web hosting companies available out there for you to consider.

    HostedSolutions is one such companies. Having 4 data dedicated centers and offering a range of web hosting solutions such as Colocation, Dedicated Servers, Managed Services and Disaster Recoveries, HostedSolutions may just be the web hosting service provider you are looking for to help fullfill your increased web hosting and computing needs for your business.

    Outsourcing your dedicated web hosting to third party web hosting service providers such as HostedSolutions does make business sense in the long run where it allows you company to concentrate on the core business activities while HostedSolutions takes care of the technology part of it, saving your company considerable amount of high inventment dollars on the fast changing technology that may be obsolete even before you reap full benefits of your technology investment.

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    City Bloggers Wanted at Home Turf Media

    Posted by CJCM on 6th December 2006

    Home Turf MediaIf you are not yet aware, Home Turf Media is a new blog network based in Canada. HTM is a niche blog network specializing in city blogging. The first three blogs are already up and running, but they are looking for more city bloggers to achive an ambitious target of 100 city blogs by end of December 2007.

    The second round appplication is already open so do get in touch with HTM to get your city on Home Turf media. Good luck.

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    Posted in IT Related | 1 Comment »

    Which Type of Blogger Are You?

    Posted by CJCM on 4th December 2006

    I have only started blogging for just over four months ago. I started with a free blog and then moved my blog to my own domain only after making less than 10 entries in the original blog. Some 3 months later, I moved again to a new domain CJCM2u.com which is going to be a permanent address for my blog.

    All the while I am an editor for my own blog. Along the way, I had been introduced to the idea of paid blogger, which can be a single author or co-author. When you co-author a blog, you and at least one more bloger would post entries to the blog.

    Yet, there is another type of blog authoring known as ghost blogger. No…you are not a ghost when you become a ghost blogger, just that blog readers do not know that you are the one who are writing all the blog entries. This is because the owner of the blog still uses his or her name as the author of the blog. However he or she has engaged you to become a ghost blog writer and never made known to the blog visitor.

    I believe there are many ghost bloggers out there in the blogosphere, but they are never popular or known to the readers or visitors. However, it is a different case for Neil Crespi, a Freelance Journalist, and the author of Squidoo. Besides being a Freelance Journalist, Neil Crespi is also a Part Time Blogger and Part Time Ghost Blogger. Naturally, it is not stated which blog he is a Ghost Blogger for, other wise he wouldnt be a ghost any more…right?

    I for one do not like to be a Ghost Blogger. I’d rather be authoring a blog on my own or with other bloggers as co-bloggers. How about you?

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    It Has Been an Exciting Week

    Posted by CJCM on 2nd December 2006

    This week ending Friday 1st December 2006, had been very exciting for me. The weeks to come will be even more exciting and here are the reasons:

    1. I just started my new IT Project Management job at a multinational IT company in Cyberjaya. I will talk more on this in my future post, especially on the nice office environment.

    2. I just got accepted as a ProBlogger (well actually Semi-Pro.. since I am not full time Blogger)for a new blog network. Only a handful were selected for pilot project and I was lucky to be one of them. The blog is being setup and I will dwell more on this once the site is up and running. The domain name is ready but I will only let you know later when I talked about it in more detail. I love startup and this one is an exciting project. Watch out for more news on this.

    3. My blog CJCM2u had been accepted by Blog to Profit, a relatively new startup specializing in blog advertising. For trial run, I have received an order for 5 posts, so I am going to work on it this weekend.

    4. My latest blog, Sembang Gadget, the first gadget blog written in Malay language, is taking off quite nicely and steadily getting more readership. I hope this will continue for the months to come.

    There are also a few new things I want to introduce in CJCM2u.com but I will leave that one for next time.

    I am off to PIKOM’s PC Fair in Kuala Lumpur Covention Center with my kids and hopefully be able to pickup something cheap there. I will update on this later. Stay tuned and have a good weekend.

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