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 http://pages.google.com 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 “xxxxxxx.com” portion of the …

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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 …

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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 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:

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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.

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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. Full Article at News.com

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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. 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.

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Microsoft Launched Office Live Beta

Microsoft launched Office Live Beta (http://officelive.microsoft.com) 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 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.

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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 …

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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 …

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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 By ELIZABETH TAI 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 – …

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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 …

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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 🙂

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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.

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