10th Malaysia Plan on IT, entrepreneurship and startups, announced by PM @najibrazak

10th Malaysia PlanExtracts from the 10th Malaysia Plan (2011 – 2015) speech by Prime Minister Najib this morning, related to IT industry and stimulating the emergence of startups in Malaysia:

  • Encouraging entrepreneurship: “…bankruptcy laws will be simplified to support a risk-taking culture, eliminate the stigma of failure and allow high calibre and credible entrepreneurs who fail to become active again (p 20);
  • National Key Economic Areas, NKEAs: Information and communication technology, ICT as one of the 12 NKEAs (p. 15).
  • Focus on soft infrastructure development: The 10th Malaysia Plan’s “allocation for non-physical infrastructure will be increased to 40%, compared with 21.8% in the 9MP. Focus will be given to skills development programmes, R&D activities and venture capital funding geared towards promoting a higher level of innovation in the country” (page 14);
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tab tab Opera Mini: how many is too many on iPhone?

The newly released Opera Mini offers an alternative web browser for iPhone users. Until the roll-out of iPhone 4.0, tabbed browsing is probably the closest thing to multi-tasking experience on the iPhone. Opera’s tabbed browsing offers a tad different experience, compared to Safari browser. Safari adopts a zoom-out-flip-select-zoom-in approach whereas Opera Mini offers, well, tabs.

On Safari browser, the maximum number of tabs open at once is 8. For Opera Mini iPhone app, the maximum total tabs I managed to open is 38. Maybe that’s the maximum tabs, set by Opera. Maybe, it’s because with more tabs, the add-tab section becomes narrower until it becomes the untouchable zone.

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Swivel Screen and Stylus Are Ancient; Get Ready to Hover and Gesture

New Scientist looks at Apple filed patents for hints on the upcoming Apple tablet. One is hover, under filing In addition to touch, users can hover over an element on the screen to activate it. Patents Filing: Simultaneous Sensing Arrangement with “touch sensing devices can include multiple sense points, each located at a crossing of a drive line and a sense line.” and just granted patent, Noise Detection in Multi-touch Sensors as “touch sensing devices can include multiple sense points, each of which can be stimulated with a plurality of periodic waveforms having different frequencies to measure a touch value at the sense point. Noise at one or more of the frequencies can interfere with this measurement.”

Second is gestures, where users interact with onscreen elements using gestures. Patents filing: Multi-Touch Gestures Dictionary that “..include a variety of motions associated with the chord and the meanings of gestures formed from the chord and the motions” and Swipe Gestures for Touch Screen Keyboards which “allow for a user entering text using the virtual keyboard to perform certain functions using swipes across the key area rather than tapping particular keys.”

Let’s wait and see if these features are available in Apple’s latest creation. ¶ @zhiQ

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Don’t Know Much About RoyalPlaza on Scotts Hotel But I Think They Serve Good Tweets

logobigSome companies get its right when it comes to conversing on Twitter. I’ve never experience the hospitality of the RoyalPlaza on Scotts hotel in Singapore. But on Twitter, I’ve some pleasant ‘conversations’ with @royalplazatweet. Late one night a few weeks ago, I tweeted RoyalPlaza to obtain its room rates. Shortly, I received a Direct Message from the hotel asking me for more details e.g. check-in date and duration of stay.  The next morning, the hotel tweeted me again with their best promotional rate. I’m pleasantly surprised by its fast responses.

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Rise and Fall of the World Wide Web(Words)

Since its birth on August 06 1991, the World Wide Web has spawned numerous words and concepts. Its 17 years of existence probably can be arbitrarily divided into two epochs; the first (circa 1991 to 2000) is broadly dominated by e-commerce and the current one (c. 2001 to present) by social networking. Here are some of the popularly used terms and concepts used in both epochs, so far:

Inventory of Web(Words)

1991 – 2000 2001 – present
Concepts dot-com
business-to-business (B2B)
business-to-consumer (B2C)
B2B exchange
vortal (vertical portal)
virtual community
virtual organization
digital economy
new economy
internet relay chat (IRC)
instant messaging
information superhighway
open source
killer app
mass customization
electronic cash (e-cash)
electronic data interchange (EDI)
electronic funds transfer (EFT)
electronic mall
web 2.0
enterprise 2.0
social networking
tag (metadata) / geotagging
semantic web
location-based service
real-time streaming
user-generated content
cloud computing
social computing
grid computing
mobile internet
really simple syndication (RSS)
application programming
interfaces (APIs)
social media
social ads
perpetual beta
virtual world
massively multiplayer online
role-playing games (mmorpgs)
distributed computing
Dominant Meme e-commerce social networking
Superstars Netscape, Yahoo!, Amazon.com, eBay, Geocities, Hotmail, AltaVista, Priceline, Enron, Webvan, AOL, CDNow, Paypal, Napster, Pets.com, eTrade, Hotbot, FreeMarkets, Excite Google, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Friendster, Digg, Wikipedia, Twitter, LinkedIn, Last.fm, Skype, Delicious, Friendfeed, Second Life

From Google News Archive, we can see the popularity of both ‘e-commerce’ and ‘social networking’ over the years.

Timeline for “E-Commerce”, 1991 to 2008

Timeline for “Social Networking”, 1991 to 2008

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Spanking New Website of Burger King Malaysia

On September 04 2008, I wrote a short blog bitching about the ugliness of Burger King Malaysia website. The mismatch between the web page (as shown below, with my remarks on it) and the brand identity of the world’s second largest fast-food chain is, well, appalling, especially in today’s Ajaxy web landscape.

Burger King Malaysia – THEN

Now, the BK Malaysia website is awful no more (not sure when the new site went live, though).

Burger King Malaysia Website – NOW

If Burger King Malaysia really were in the process of developing its website in early September, I wonder why it didn’t use a more tasteful Under Construction page? But, anyway, at least now BK Malaysia website looks more delicious than BK Singapore‘s (see below).

Burger King Singapore Website

Burger King Corporation should imposed Web design guidelines onto its franchisers, so its brand image / look-and-feel remains consistent across the many brand microsites setup by its franchisors around world.

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15 Mysterious ‘Thoroughbred’ Malaysian Open-Source Companies

Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC) handpicked 15 MSC Malaysia status open-source companies to transform them into global players within two years. Target: Each capable of generating RM150 million of annual revenue!

The 15 promising open-source companies were selected from a total 46 open-source companies (out of 1929 MSC Malaysia status companies, as of Nov 25 2008). However, for whatever reason, MDeC didn’t reveal the identities of the 15 companies.

A simple search (by MSC Malaysia qualifying activities) with the term ‘open source‘ from the MSC Malaysia Company Directory only yields 10 companies, namely:

  1. Byte Craft Sdn Bhd
  2. Microlink Solutions Bhd
  3. KZEN Solutions Sdn Bhd
  4. MNS Systems (MSC) Sdn Bhd
  5. Getronics Technology Sdn Bhd
  6. ELX Operating Systems Sdn Bhd
  7. Synchroweb Software (MSC) Sdn Bhd
  8. Abyres MSC Sdn Bhd
  9. Jayway Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  10. Open Application Systems Sdn Bhd
Also, results from a search with the term ‘open‘ (in addition to the above 10 companies):
  1. Unified Communications Sdn Bhd
  2. Comline DotCom Sdn Bhd
  3. eWarna.com Sdn Bhd
  4. Consolsys Technologies Sdn Bhd
Search with ‘linux’:
  1. CSA Conventive MSC Sdn Bhd
  2. Karensoft Technology Bhd
  3. Axiomatic Solutions Sdn Bhd
  4. Milinux Networks Sdn Bhd
  5. Hybrinix Sdn Bhd
  6. Zen Computer Systems Sdn Bhd
Search with ‘java’ (MDeC is collaborating with Sun Microsystem for this initiative)
  1. Sun Microsystems Malaysia Sdn Bhd
  2. Cyber Logic IT (MSC) Sdn Bhd
  3. Plant Essence Marketing (M) Sdn Bhd
  4. Forest Interactive Sdn Bhd

That’s a total of 24 companies associated with the keywords ‘open source’, ‘open’, ‘linux’ and ‘java’ in the MSC Malaysia Company Directory. The Star’s news article reported a total 46 open-source MSC Malaysia status companies. Maybe the discrepancy occurs due to (a) beside the four search keywords, there are other keywords associated with open-source companies in the Directory or (b) the Directory is poorly maintained (or, @nazroll rightly asked, “how does mdec define an open source company?“)

Are some of the above-mentioned enterprises made up the list of the 15 mysterious creme de la creme Malaysian open-source companies?

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Limited Edition Google Chrome Comic Book Now at eBay

Google Chrome LogoTwo days after Google Chrome’s release, its comic book surfaced at eBay. Duncan Riley of The Inquisitr is auctioning the most-viewed Chrome comic. Google mailed copies of the comic book to bloggers and press media, prior to the launch of Google Chrome.

Google Chrome LogoOf course, you can get the digital version of the comic here. Nevertheless, the comic book drawn by Scott McCloud can be a valuable commemorative artifact because (1) Google Chrome is potentially a force to be reckon in the browser market; currently at version, the web browser offers glimpse of its potential to further evolve into something much more interesting and powerful compared to other offerings, and (2) the comic is the centerpiece of the launch; used to introduce the new browser to the world. Indeed, Google Chrome is a breath of fresh air, in terms of technology and PR product launch.

The auction ends September 12 2008. All proceeds from the auction will be donated to two charitable organizations, Beth Kanter and Beyond Blue.

At the time of this posting, there are already 2 bids with AU$127.50 as the highest bid amount. So, head on to eBay and place your bid. You may end up with the limited edition Google Chrome comic book and at the same time, contribute to charity. Good luck!

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