Tuesday, July 31, 2007
1. iZZi - Malaysia Mobile Wireless Broadband Services
2. Sarawak handicraft to go for e-commerce
3. Am I addicted to Blogging?
4. JennyHow.com - Malaysian Fulltime eBay Seller
5. Worldwide Broadband Prices and Speed
As a start, industry players are encouraged to utilize the one-stop e-handicraft mall set up by Sarawak Craft Council. The website, www.right.sarawak.gov.my/Rightmart, will be place for the handicraft industry players to showcase their products and designs online.
Currently, the website offer a small collection of best branded products such as indigenous beads, pua kumbu and songket textiles, rattan baskets and woodcarving objects.
This is indeed a very good move especially for small and traditional home-based handicraft makers. The setting up of the e-handicraft mall will help them to expand their market and sales. However, the URL seems to be a bit long. I would rather go for a shorter URL such as www.e-handicraft.com.my, www.sarawak-handicraft.com, or anything that is shorter and easy to remember.
Next project – e-wau bulan, e-wayang kulit, www.pangkor.com – a one stop online center for Pulau Pangkor’s local products such as dried prawn meat and other sea-based products.
In return of their kind gestures, I also wrote reviews for their blogs too. Thanks.
1. Simons's Money Notes - My E-commerce (Review)
2. iCalvyn.com - Reviewback (Season 3)
3. BlogChung - E-Commerce Blog in Malaysia
Simon and Calvyn exchanged the review with me through the ReviewBack.
I always welcome my readers and friends to write reviews on My E-commerce. Your contribution will be greatly appreciated! You are also free to link to any articles I've written as part of the review.
How to do My E-Commerce review? Click here for more information.
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
* Tulen means Original in Malay Language. Ops Tulen is the coding for Operation against the pirated software while Sikap Tulen is the campaign to instill the correct attitude in adopting the orginal software.
Enforcement (Ops Tulen):
Continuous raiding companies that use illegal software as well the illegal vendors selling the pirated software. A total of RM12.63 million worth of pirated hardware and software has been seized since 2002. A lot of the IT malls in Malaysia has been raided for the past few months.
Education (Sikap Tulen):
To educate the relevant groups on the importance of respecting Intellectual Property and stay away from pirated software. Those targeted groups are professionals, companies, public and IT malls.
Source: The Star InTech, 25th July 2007
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
75 years old Sigbritt Lothberg is accessing the Internet at her home with the 40 gigabits-per-seconds fiber optic Internet connection, believed to be the fastest residential uplink in the world.
Location: Karlstad, Sweden.
How fast is it? A full-length movie like Transformers, Die Hard 4, and etc., can be downloaded just in 2 seconds. That's really superfast!
Designers: Hafsteinn Johnsson, Karlstad city network unit chief and Peter Lothberg, Sigbritt's son, also a networking expert.
Technology: New modulation techniques that allow sending of data between 2 routers placed up to 1240 miles apart with transponders in between.
Application: Sigbritt is using it to read the online newspaper rather than downloading movie as she is a new learner on Internet.
Source: CNN Tech News, 20 July 2007 - Old lady surfing Web at 40 gigabits-per-second
Monday, July 23, 2007
This question has been constantly appearing in my mind some time ago since the moment I noticed this image “This post sponsored by PayPerPost” when I browsed and read some of the entries on my friend’s blogs. One day, a strong sense of curiosity had triggered me to find out what is this payperpost. I explored the payperpost website and it opened up a new learning process for me. Not only that, it actually opened up a new opportunity to earn some extra revenues.
I discovered that it is a place where, by using my blog, I can put up some writings and reviews on some of the services, products, websites posted in the PayPerPost advertisers and getting paid in return. There are a variety of topics to choose from and each topic offers different price. Sound interesting to me. So I decided to sign up and now I’m a PPP member. I can also proudly display the tag “This post sponsored by PayPerPost” now.
What I like the most about the PPP is the availability of vast amount of opportunities for blogger or postie. Besides, I can also make new friends from the PPP community, learning some new tips and tricks from them too.
With the money earned from payperpost, I believe it would be handy to use it to purchase some books from Amazon.com plus other online purchases too.
The players are:
1. Asiaspace Dotcom Sdn Bhd
2. Redtone-CNX Broadband Sdn Bhd
3. Bizsurf (M) Sdn Bhd
4. Packet One Networks Sdn Bhd
What to share?
Cost and Infrastructure of setting up the transmission towers.
Green lights has been given by Malaysian government for these companies to share the transmission towers rather than building four different towers within the same area. Even the government would be able to support with some funding on this aspect.
Source: TheStar InTech, 23 July 2007
If the operational can be reduced by these sharing, WIMAX service providers can focus more on the quality of the services and also providing the services at a lower price. It is basically a win-win situation for Government, service providers and consumers. I will go for QUALITY rather than the quantity.
Saturday, July 21, 2007
The business model offered by Blogsvertise is similar to the other paid posts services such as Pay-per-Post, Sponsored Reviews, ReviewMe and Bloggerwave, where bloggers need to write and review in return for some payments. For these kind of business model, the most important thing is the availability of critical mass or vast amount of opportunities provided by the advertisers for bloggers to post their review on their products or services. It is hope that Blogsvertise will be able to provide such opportunities for the bloggers.
Upon visiting the website, clear steps, rules and FAQ were provided to help the potential bloggers and advertisers to understand the ways how Blogsvertise operate. The layout is simple and easy for the surfers to navigate.
How does this simple plan of Blogsvertise works? You just need to follow these 3 simple steps:
Step 1: Get registered and you will be assigned with tasks.
Step 2. Write a review or sharing of your personal opinions and experiences related to the topics, products or services. Of course, don't forget to put up at least 3 links of the website in your post.
Step 3. You will get paid in your PayPal after the post is approved.
As simple as that! Of course, you need to patient as the payout period is quite long - 30 days after your post has been approved.
The 3 weeks testing on the new systems generated twice in number more than of the expected reviews.
Wal-Mart also launched a new program "Site-to-Store" recently where shoppers can order the products online through the Wal-Mart website and have the orders being delivered to the nearest Wal-Mart store for free.
The rating systems implementation is similar to ebay and Amazon's strategies to increase customers loyalty and stickiness of the website. Beside, the systems enable Wal-Mart to interact with its customer and understand their needs.
Source: The NewYork Times Technology - Walmart.com to let customer review merchandise
This really provides great market opportunity for mobile phone vendors as well as the mobile communication service providers in this huge market.
Friday, July 20, 2007
He also commented that eventhough our country has the well-developed broadband access, it does not reflected in the International ranking as our country is occupying the lower spot in the ranking.
I believe the main issue doesn't lies with the infrastructures but more on the services provided by the service providers. There are some positive comments on the latest iZZi wireless broadband technology on this post - iZZi: Malaysian Mobile Wireless Broadband Services.
The standard of the current Malaysian broadband services is a popular topic for discussion nowadays. The recent poll conducted at this blog indicated a negative-inclined rating by the audience where 76% polled Bad and Very Bad for the broadband services. Although this may not be a reliable instrument to justify the argument above, nevertheless it did show the level of user's satisfaction on the services rendered. It is hope that more improvement can be seen in the very near future to gain back the users confidence.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Fact 1: Countries that switched to the fiber optic networks had the best speed at the lowest prices.
Currently there are 4 countries are offering 100Mbps net connection namely Japan, Sweden, Korea and Finland. Japan's broadband per megabit per second is priced at USD$ 0.22 (RM0.77), the lowest among all the countries surveyed. The most expensive broadband per megabit per second can be found in Turkey with USD$ 81.13 (RM283.95)
Comparatively, US's and UK's broadband per megabit per second are priced at USD$ 3.18 (RM11.13) and USD$ 3.62 (RM12.67) respectively.
In Malaysia, TMNet is going to provide the 100Mbps net connection soon. However, the price has not be determined.
Fact 2: There is a decrease of 19% in broadband prices but at the same time an increase in speed by 29% during the period of the survey, which is a very positive indications.
Fact 3: Sweden has the least expensive monthly subscription for broadband with USD$ 10.79 on the 256kbps followed by Denmark and Switzerland. Mexico is the highest with USD$52.36 (RM183.26) for a 1 Mbps net connection per month.
Currently the Streamyx is charging around RM77.00 (USD$ 22.00) for 1 megabit broadband connection per month.
For more reading, click here - BBC News: Global broadband prices revealed
It is good to see that the prices is going down and the speed is increasing. However, the consistency and reliability of the services should also be looking into as the services rendered must be in par with the prices paid. Looking forward for a better services coupled with speedier connection for a worthy price.
That’s the trick used by Calvyn, an IT officer, who is giving out free domain for whoever review his blog. Calvyn, himself also active in writing review for others blog. Such efforts can be seen at his blog in the ReviewBack series.
The blog layout is neat and tidy with lots of images supporting his posts. His blog topics ranged from Tech-related and mobile services to his personal life as an IT officer.
He also shares his personal experience on being a novice in the online money making trend but given the efforts and pace that he is putting on currently, I guess it is a matter of time that he will strike it big in the online community. Keep it up!
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The online concert will be conducted for a duration of 12 days from 17th July 2007. Each show will run for 10 minutes and the will be 6 episodes which will be updated every 2 days.
Episode 1 was aired on the 17th July 2007. It includes 3 songs namely Unbreakable, Ku Tak Upaya and Mulakan.
Where to find it? Go to: http://www.friendster.com/karenkong (look for the media box at the bottom of the page)
How To Do My E-Commerce Review
To do a review of this blog and get a linkback, all you have to do write your review in between 50 to 100 words, link to this blog's home page (http://ecommerze.blogspot.com) using any of the following anchor text:
- internet business
- online business
For example, you can write something similar to this:
My E-Commerce is a blog that share with you on the latest development and updates on e-commerce and internet business related issues and applications.
You are also free to link to any articles I've written as part of the review.
I particularly like 2 of his posts. One of them is the summary reports on his June/July 2007 Update where the monthly report card highlights the monthly income, his blog’s achievements and his goal for the following months. This is a good sharing as it will motivate us to have goals when come to blogging and particularly in making money online.
The second post is on traffic generators. I have tried two of the traffic generators recommended by Simon recently, and I am starting to see a gradual increase in traffic coming to my blog. This really demonstrates what he really means by make money with Simon.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
GUGE is Beijing Guge Science and Technology Ltd.
Now this Chinese firm is suing Google for harming its business because it is too similar to its own name. This actually has led to situation where numerous phone calls to get into contact with Google were made to Beijing Guge Science and Technology Ltd as Google is not being listed in the local telephone directory.
Source: BBC News - Chinese firm sues Google over name
Other similar stories:
YouTube.com vs Utube.com
Similar situation was also encountered by Utube.com (Universal Tube and Rollform Equipment) which caused the little known website server experienced dramatic increase in the page request up to 2 million hits per month as the popularity of YouTube.com is increasing. This caused the company server to crash a few times and a more reliable server were required.
China: Gmail vs Gmail.cn
Google is currently engaging in a domain name battle with another China firm for Gmail.cn.
Subscribers will be informed through SMSes that they had won some cash worth a few thousands from Maxis. In order to withdraw the money, they were required to call a foreign 15 digits phone number to provide then with the bank account number.
A Maxis spokeperson beside denying their involvement, also reminded the subscribers to ignore SMSes with foreign or weird codes.
Source: TheStar, 14th July 2007.
Seems like the SMS scams is getting bolder and innovative. A lot of new tricks are being implemented to trick the subcribers to disclose some crucial financial and personal information. How could the government and telcos help to stop this scam from spreading on? May be they can consider the actions taken by SC in closing down the illegal fund investment websites - blocking all the weird or foreign codes? The government also should control the licenses for mobile services operators which are related to SMS.
Friday, July 13, 2007
She started her eBay seller experience 3 years ago by selling the Elba Steam Iron as her first item (see the picture below). She shared her excitement on the auction processes which includes bidding and delivery processes plus some lessons she learnt from her first eBay transaction as a seller.
She is now an eBay Powerseller and has sold more than 3,000 items online through eBay. She also received up to 2,600 feedbacks from her customers. (which is really quite a lot!)
Her blog provides some nice and hands-on sharings on her experiences as an eBay seller and I find it to be very useful especially for new beginners. You will be able to find some examples of the interesting auctions such as a package of Pampers being sold at USD 929.69 with a starting bid of USD 0.99.
Besides, the auctions and eBay tips provide new beginners with useful tips, recommendations and updates which is worth of reading.
Some of the interesting articles posted are:
1. How to get started in eBay?
2. Why I choose selling in eBay?
3. How NOT to be successful in ebay?
4. eBay tips: Where to find things to sell on eBay.
Take note: The video is in Thai with English subtitle.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
These new areas of coverage will add on to the existing coverage areas such as Klang Valley, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Johor Bahru, Alor Setar, Langkawi, Genting and Kota Kinabalu.
A faster growth rate for maxis 3G services was predicted due to:
- easy access
- richness of services offerred
- affortable 3G phones
- Internet Surfing
- Video calls
- TV Programming
- Remote surveilliance
1. Celcom to expand its 3 coverage
2. Digi vs Celcom for territory
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Blogging has become emerged from just being a past time activities to money earning tool. If you interested to blog and at the same time earn some pocket money, you may want to consider joining Bloggerwave - a new opportunity awaiting bloggers.
Advertisers are looking for valuable feedbacks and guess who else can provide these valuable feedbacks? It is you, who are familiar with the products, services, surfing their websites and companies. By blogging your personal feedbacks and experiences, you'll get paid by the advertisers. Isn’t it a fun thing to do? I would say: “Why not give it a try?”
Register with Bloggerwave, assess the opportunities, submitting the post, get it evaluated and approved, in the end your PayPal account will be credited. As simple as that!
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
There are 3 packages offerred namely iZZIone which use the PCMCIA card (RM88), iZZiyou which connect through the USD Terminal (RM98) and iZZipro specially for desktop terminal which cost RM118).
The iZZi mobile wireless braodband services is based on the iBurst technology.
What is iBurst?
It is a wireless broadband Internet system which uses adaptive-array antenna technology as well as SDMA, multi-carrier wideband and other technologies to achieve high speed, high capacity and excellent portability. It makes broadband Internet access easy at any time or place, including real-time video streaming, large-volume data downloads and web browsing.
How is it different from Hotspot?
Range - signals from hotspots are limited to 50 metres whereas signals from iZZi can be picked-up several km from the base station.
iZZi also provides extra advantages on the mobility and you can stil surfing Internet while you are travelling in the car.
Currently it is only available at limited area around Klang Valley. Refer to the map below. Could you find your spot?
I would welcome new services such as iZZi if they can provide better services as promised as well as competitiveness to the existing service providers. However, I would also wait to see how its performance. Looking at the coverage area, I still have to wait as its seems have not cover my areas yet.
Monday, July 09, 2007
However, the sales of the pysical album has decreased 15%.
The shifting trend for digital music has been going on for the past few years in accordance to the individual preferences on selected music hits or singles instead of the music album as a whole. Besides, various e-tailers are providing online music sales like Amazon.com selling the DRM-free songs which may encourage users to go for digital music. The introduction of the new devices like iPod also contributed to this trend.
Source: TheNewYorkTimes Business - Digital Purchases Rise as Album Sales Fall
Thursday, July 05, 2007
To monitor criminal activities, illegal dumpling and haphazard parking.
Leasing of CCTVs and equipments will cost RM3 million a year.
Source: TheStarInTech, 5th July 2007.
The interesting question is - Is it necessary to do so?
I watched a documentary on the Discovery channel some time ago which highlighted London being a city filled with CCTVs and cameras. May be Selangor, self-proclaimed as the most developed state in Malaysia, would like to emulate London. Basically there are pros and cons and in this case, hopefully the pros will outweight the cons.
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The top 5 posts for June 2007 are:
1. Buying durians with credit card
2. OpenTable.com - online restaurant reservations
3. JohnChow dot com - Blogging Mogul
4. My 1st adsense cheque
5. Tapping the Internet for supplementary resources in teaching
The blogging also exposed me to a lot of new ideas and technologies related knowledge, in turn epanding my life horizon, testing new formats and ways to improve the blog and blogging experiences. Sometimes I wonder if I'm addicted to blogging.
Thanks to one of the entry at slyvisions' website, I am able to test my blogging addiction now and below is the result of my addiction. If you want to try, just click on the image and check whether you are really an addict or not. Don't worry, it is just the blogging addiction.
Beside YouTube.com, what are the others online video sharing sites that you are using?