Google unveils Web page creator

Google launched another service. This time is the web page editor that allow gmail users to create web pages and later web site with multiple pages. This is largely expected as with the launch of gmail for domain, look like Google will allow users to create web site for their domain as well. We shall wait and see 🙂

I have just tried and it return an error and was not able to test it out.

Google launched on Thursday a service that lets people create their own Web pages hosted by the Internet giant.

Google Page Creator, which is in beta, has sample layouts and lets people type in content, upload images and publish their pages, without knowing HTML. People can create multiple linked pages and are allowed 100MB of storage on the service.

The free service requires a Gmail account and supports either Internet Explorer 6.0 or Firefox 1.0, or higher.

With Page Creator, the company has drawn a distinction between Web sites and Web pages, saying that a page is a “single document with its own Web address,” whereas a site is a “collection of pages with a common subdomain,” or the “” portion of the URL. “During this initial testing period,” Google said, people can create only pages, not sites.

Google already owns Blogger, a company that enables people to create blogs. The company also recently launched a service offering hosted e-mail accounts with an individual’s chosen domain, instead of Gmail.

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Mc Laren back on track

It is good to know that after days of testing, Mc Laren is back on track and their track time and is now ahead of Renault’s Alonso in Barcelona. It is definitely good new to all Mc Laren’s fan and we look for furthur improvement from Mercedes engine in term of reliabiliy and Horse Power within the next three weeks before the first race in Bahrain on March 12. Also hope to see Raikkonen win again in Sepang on March 19.

In addition to Renault, Mc Laren will face another strong competitor, name the Honda F1 Team. Jenson Button eager to win his first face after more than 100 F1 races and Barrichello eager to prove himself as a worthy driver in the Honda team will surely motivate both of them to win some races for Honda. Not to mention that Honda’s engine is currently the most powerful engine on the grip. However, thing may change again in three weeks time, who know :-).

Kimi Raikkonen was the man to beat at Barcelona on Wednesday, as McLaren gained the upper hand over Renault.

With the weather conditions having improved since Tuesday and a dry track for the entire session, Raikkonen clocked a best time of 1:15.223 during his 97 laps, which put him 0.277 second ahead of Renault driver Giancarlo Fisichella.

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The Lost Horizon

During my previous trip to Li Jiang, Yunnan, I purchased a book titled The Lost Horizon, a book talk about Shangrila, a beautiful and scenic place in Yunnan, China.

The Lost Horizon

The book talked about the hidden paradise of Shangrila and is a nice book to read and learn about this scenic place that I did not had a chance to visit during that trip. The original book in English is as follow:

Lost Horizon

Cinderella Man and …..

One of the recent good movies that I have watched is the Cinderella Man . The Cinderella Man starred by Russell Crowe is definitely one of the best 2005 movies that I have watched. A good movie as motivating as The Seaiscuit which I watched two years back in 2003. It is about a true story base on James J. Braddock .

Another movie, though not equally good but worth watching is the Constant Gardener. It is a film about Romance, Thriller, and Social Realism all in one.

Google Desktop 3 has some security risk for enterprise users

There has been many reports on the security risk of Google Desktop 3 during the past few weeks and finally Google recognised that it is a risk. Read below:-

Businesses have been warned by research company Gartner that the latest Google Desktop Beta has an “unacceptable security risk,” and Google agrees.

On Feb. 9, Google unveiled Google Desktop 3, a free, downloadable program that includes an option to let users search across multiple computers for files. To do that, the application automatically stores copies of files, for up to a month, on Google servers. From there, copies are transferred to the user’s other computers for archiving. The data is encrypted in transmission and while stored on Google servers.

The risk to enterprises, according to Gartner, lies in how this shared information is pooled by Google. The data is transferred to a remote server, where it is stored and can then be shared between users for up to 30 days.

Gartner said in a report on Thursday that the “mere transport (of data) outside the enterprise will represent an unacceptable security risk to many enterprises,” as intellectual property could be transported out of the business.

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Long Leg Crabs, Hokkaido

During the same visit to morning market of Hakodate, Hokkaido, we had a chance to take a close look at the long leg crabs. These live crab can be purchased at a price of 14,000 Yen (about RM 490.00). The crab was then prepared (BBQ) on the spot. During our stay in Hokkaido, we had the chance of tasting this tasty crab almost every meal and they are best eaten boiled.

long leg crabs, hokkaido

long leg crabs, hokkaido

long leg crabs, hokkaido

long leg crabs, hokkaido

long leg crabs, hokkaido

Hokkaido is famous for its catch of variety of crabs (‘kani’ in Japanese), such as ‘kegani’ (hairy crab, the most popular), ‘tarabagani’ (king crab) and ‘hanasakigani’. ‘Zuwaigani’ (snow crab) is often called ‘the king of winter taste’. ‘Tarabagani’ and ‘hanasakigani’ have long legs and in fact they belong to hermit crabs. Their recipes include ‘nabemono’ (a one-pot dish), ‘yakimono’ (grilled) and ‘sunomono’ (vinegared), but best eaten boiled.

Microsoft Launched Office Live Beta

Microsoft launched Office Live Beta ( and the entry level Office Live Basics is free. It will be free as long as the user use within the provided resources and does not exceed the bandwidth usage of 10GB per month. However, 10GB bandwidth allocation is definitely enough for 5 emails and a simple web site.

Office Live

Office Live Basics, the free entry-level service, offers small businesses their own Internet domain, 2GB of e-mail storage for up to five accounts, 30MB of storage for a Web site and up to 10GB per month of data transfer. Those who set up a site with Office Live Basics also get access to simple site analytics such as page views and which browser customers are using to visit the site. Office Live pages can be built using a variety of customizable templates, and no HTML experience is needed.

Mercedes engine is the least powerful on the grid

A change in tyre and engine rules change the whole scenorio again in F1 and what we have seen last year in 2005 with the domination of Mercedes engine is not likely to repeat again in 2006. Change in tyre rule will also change the way how F1 team manage thier race again. Continous change in rules may make each racing season interesting but it is quite confusing for fans.

With barely three weeks to go, Mercedes engine still has 35hp less than Cosworth engine and that will cost them dearly in championship point. Look like William is going to get some plus point here with the Cosworth engine. With tyre change allowed this year, we should also see more of Michael Shumacher on the front of the grid again.

Let wait for the Bahrain race !!

McLaren could be losing as much as 35bhp to their Cosworth-powered rivals ahead of the new season with their Mercedes engine reputedly the weakest on the grid.

According to a specially-commissioned survey for F1-Racing magazine, Cosworth have been packing the heaviest punch in winter testing despite being the only privateer engine builder on the grid.

While Mercedes’ 2.4 V8 engine is estimated to be revving a maximum of just 710bhp, Cosworth’s is apparently reaching 745bhp, with Ferrari and Honda at 730bhp.

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Haug: ‘We are behind where we want to be’

The above statement by Mercedes Motorsport Boss sound worrying for Mc Laren. Mercedes engine has played some part in causing the Mc Laren to lose the championship in 2005 and another slow start in 2006 season due to poor engine will have great effect again on the title chase again . To win the championship, playing catch up is difficult and tough for the drivers. To win, F1 team need to lead from the start of the season like Alonso in 2005 or like Mika Hakkinen in 1999. We do hope that Mercedes can work the engine ready for the first race in Bahrain and reliability is at least the aim they need to achieve. Renault has won in 2005 where reliability and consistency played a big part in the victory.

We shall hope for the best.

Haug: ‘We are behind where we want to be’
Thursday February 16 2006

Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug has admitted that McLaren are lagging behind in their preparations for the 2006 F1 season.

In the first two days of this week’s Valencia test, McLaren have failed to match the front-runners, lacking either pace or reliability.

On Tuesday, the Woking team’s two drivers present failed to get within a second of the P1 time, while the following day Kimi Raikkonen showed pace but not reliability. The Finn, who was P2, suffered yet another engine failure.

And although everyone at McLaren and engine partner Mercedes is well aware of the problems, Haug fears they won’t have enough time to solve them before the season starts in March.

“Some teams are ahead of us, which we wouldn’t mind but only if we had another month to prepare,” Haug told Motorsport Aktuell magazine.

“We have not had a dream start. We are behind where we want to be.”

He added: “We are doing everything possible in order to be competitive for the first race in Bahrain.”

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One of the family – Dogs

An article of dogs ownership published by Star last month where I was one of the person interviewed.

One of the family
The Star, 24 Jan 2006

Patches, a two-year-old Shih Tzu, is one lucky pooch. Not only does he have a well-made bed area (complete with fluffy pillows) and a basket full of toys, he has his very own chef too.

“My pastor thinks I’m mad,” said Ten Siew Yung who once held a birthday party for Patches at her pastor’s house with friends and relatives. Actually, her friends and relatives think so too, but Ten is used to it by now. She just laughs it off and says that she’ll do anything for “Patchy Boy”.

That includes preparing well-balanced home-cooked meals made out of the finest organic ingredients for Patches.

Every morning before going off to work – Ten is a private tutor – Ten throws some quinoa grains into the rice cooker, lightly steams meat and vegetables and then adds some healthy supplements, which she makes herself, to the meal.

Ten Siew Yung and her dog, Patches. Ten prepares Patches’ meals carefully, ensuring that they’re organic and nutritious.

Patches eats only organic chicken – after it’s been put through the ozonizer to remove toxins. Sometimes Ten gives him some fish oil, home-made yoghurt, or liver treats which she makes herself.

Ten created Patches’ menu after much research from books bought from the Internet. She cautions against feeding dogs food scraps as it is not well-balanced and contains ingredients that are harmful to dogs.

Her obsession with Patches’ nutrition came after he had an operation which shortened his intestines.

“A lot of dogs die young of diseases, and I wonder if it’s to do with the food that they’re given,” said Ten. She wanted to prevent that from happening to Patches and threw herself into research.

After breakfast, Patches will be taken to his dogsitters’ place (she pays her a monthly fee) so that he will not be alone while she is away at work.

“I know that they can be left alone but my heart is just not at peace when he’s alone,” she said and then laughed, sounding almost embarrassed.

Ten didn’t think that she’d become the kind of dog owner she is today.

“I lost a dog when I was young and I was very affected by the incident. He was poisoned and he died on the vet’s table,” said Ten. After the incident, Ten vowed not to have dogs, so when a good friend gave her a Shih Tzu puppy, she was reluctant to keep him.

She promised her friend that she’ll “try it out” for a week.

“For some reason, we developed a strange bond. He seems to understand what I say,” she said. The trial period is long over, and now the two are inseparable.

Fruit of urbanisation Pets as surrogate children? It’s nothing unusual, said Deputy Chairman of the Malaysian

National Animal Welfare Foundation Dr S. Sivagurunathan.

Before, pets are kept because of their usefulness – as guard dogs or mousers – but now many are regarded as members of the family, appearing in family photos and boasted about by proud human parents to their friends.

Urbanization coupled with affluence and education has played a large part in this shift.

More people are now living in the cities, and as city folks, their lives are busy. Parents choose to have pets keep their children company while they’re away at work. Singles, some living alone, seek companionship from the unconditional love of animals. Families are becoming smaller, so pets fit in well. And as Malaysians become wealthier, they spend more on their pets.

“This happens throughout the world. All big, metropolitan cities are going through these changes. It’s not a Western or Asian culture thing,” said the veterinarian.

And as pets become family members, owners treat them as such, extending their life, giving them better food and preventive health care.

“Veterinary practice has changed tremendously for the past 30 years,” said Dr Sivagurunathan. For one, old age animal management is a big part of the veterinarian’s work.

“For the past 10 years, more modern veterinarian clinics are coming in and sophisticated equipment are now being used for diagnostic purposes,” he said. All this, again, is not unusual.

“The vet practices have to improve to meet the needs of the public,” he said.

The same for pet services. Pet shops are springing up, and the last few years saw the birth of department-store-like pet shops such Pet Safari at Ikano Power Centre in Petaling Jaya and Pets Wonderland which has several branches in PJ and Kuala Lumpur.

There are also more “exotic” pet services: A look at the notice board outside Pet Safari and one can see various services being offered, from the usual grooming services to hand-drawn pet portraits and homemade organic cookies for pets.

However, Malaysia has certainly not reached a stage where pet spas and pet cafes are the norm. For one, many dogs are still barred from parks, which is something that frustrates dog lover Khoo Boo Gee.

Khoo, who created popular pet websites (he is also an avid koi enthusiast), and, didn’t let that stop him, however. Since 2000, the businessman has organised gatherings at Central Park, Bandar Utama, Petaling Jaya, which are attended by thousands of dog lovers and their dogs. Also, he created “K9 Trekkers” ( – every Saturday morning, dogs and their owners will go jungle trekking at Gasing Hill, Petaling Jaya.

When asked if dog parks – a park where dogs can frolic freely – could become a reality in Malaysia, Khoo answered frankly: “Not easy. Unless someone is willing to do it on a charity basis, whereby it’s not a commercial concern. Because if it is, the park will not make money.

“If the park were to come from the Government it may be quite tough, because the Government has to consider the public, and we are a multiracial society.”

However, Khoo believes that if dog owners were to become more responsible, things will improve.

“It’s very important that when you own a dog you should cause minimum inconvenience to people,” he said.

“For example, if I live in a housing estate and let my dog roam without control, it may intimidate people. If this keeps happening, people will complain to the council and they may tighten the rule on dog ownership.

“However, if people keep their dogs on a leash, and ensure that they don’t cause inconvenience to other people, in the long run, people will accept the presence of dogs. If everyone move in this direction, things will improve.”

Not a perfect picture Dogs like Patches may live a princely life, but there are many animals that are not as lucky. Kept by irresponsible owners, their lives are one of misery.

When Sheena, a German Shephard, was found starving and sitting by a bowl of contaminated water in August last year, the public was outraged. But when her owner was fined a measly RM100 in October, they were aghast.

This only strengthened the resolve of animal lovers and organizations like Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to have the Animal Ordinance 1953 amended.

(Section 44(1)(d) of the Ordinance penalizes those convicted of animal cruelty with a maximum RM200 fine, or a maximum six months’ jail term, or both.)

“That legislation should’ve been changed a long time ago,” said Dr Sivagurunathan.

In the past, when farm animals were abused, they were charged RM120, he said.

“Today, the same legislation is used for companion animals which is wrong, where cruelty is viewed with much more severity. It has to be changed, it has to be done, and I think it will be done,” he said.

Dr Sivagurunathan, however, is optimistic that change is coming. The fact that the media chooses to highlight animal abuse cases and the hue and cry from the public when such cases are highlighted shows that animal welfare is growing fast among communities, and that’s a good sign, he said.

“People are becoming very sensitive to life,” he said. “We’re going to be a developed nation by 2020, so obviously our mindset must change. It’s no use having big cities without developing the mind,” he said. “And if animal welfare is becoming a part of our concern, we’re moving towards a developed status,” he said, quoting Gandhi: “The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

Owners lose dogs due to fireworks

Every year during the Chinese New Year holiday, many dog owners lost their dogs due to fire crackers. In spite of the ban on fireworks, many still play fireworks during the CNY and the fireworks these days are much more advance and louder.

Many dogs, by nature, fear loud noise such as thunder and fireworks and there is a great tendency that they are runaway whenever they ear these loud noise. Hence it is important to restrain your dog or keep them indoor during these period.

I was just told last week that one of the fellow owner of a protection dog ( a malinois) he recently purchased at RM 26,000 lost his when neighbour play fireworks which is too loud for the dog to handle. Many of these protection dogs are trained to get used to loud noise such as gun shot and yet they run away out of fear. Fireworks these day are so powerful and continue to blast for about a minute and continue blasting surely post a great threat to the dog. No wonder they will run away if they can.

Related article on the STAR

The Star, 4 Feb 2006

KUCHING: The Year of the Dog started badly for dog owners here, with several of them searching anxiously for their lost pets.

They said their dogs had run away from home, frightened by the noise of firecrackers and fireworks.

Some went to the animal shelter run by the Sarawak Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SSPCA), off the Kuching-Serian road, to look for their missing pets.

“They came crying, saying they had lost their dogs,” said Elizabeth Lim, who is in charge of the animals at SSPCA.

“They wanted to check if their pets had been caught and sent to the animal shelter by the local authorities or by some good-hearted people.”

She said once dogs panicked, they might hide anywhere – in a drain, a corner of a building or under a bridge.

She advised owners not to limit their search to the immediate neighborhood as there were cases in the past where dogs had taken shelter in the houses of strangers several kilometres away.

Visit to a local wet market in Hakodate, Hokkaido

The first city we landed in Hokkaido is Hakodate, the southern most coastal city of Hokkaido. Hakodate used to be a popular port city in old time.

On 2nd day of visiting Hakodate, we drop by a local wet market and got to try out the fishing of squid and then have the squid sashimi prepared by the store owner and ate the squid fresh.

The cost is 1100 Yen which is about RM 35.00, fairly cheap to try 🙂

eating squid

eating squid

eating squid

eating squid

eating squid

Google acquires MeasureMap

Google acquire Measure Map, a company that provides free, easy stats for your blog. Hence whether Google will add this new service to be part of the Google Analytics or have the new stats service tie to the blogger services, we will have to wait and see. Surely Measure Map will increase the user’s experience about their blog, understand and appreciate their blogs more.