Apple Heroes and Villains

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Every story has its heroes and villains, and the history of Apple Computer is no exception. The world's most lickable computer company has seen its share of good guys and bad guys during its 30-year history, and sometimes, the goodie is also the baddie. More!

Dokumen pengenalan sementara.

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4 haribulan March lepas ialah hari yang sungguh bermakna. Bukan sahaja kerana ia merupakan tahun pertama aku menyambut hari lahir bersama Haziq, tapi pada malam 3 haribulan, beg duit berserta kad pengenalan dan dokumen penting hilang entah kemana. Yang pahitnya, ini bukan kali pertama tapi yang pasti ia sudah berulang tidak kurang dari 4 kali. Entah dimana silapnya, sampai nak seratus hinggit la jugak aku kena banyar buat mykad baru.

Nightmares on Wax

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Nightmares on Wax have been commanding high levels of respect from those in the know for over 15 years now. And whilst 2002s Mind Elevation album didn’t receive the critical acclaim that the now classic Smokers Delight and Carboot Soul albums enjoyed, his latest long player is already set to be a highlight of 2006. In A Space Outta Sound is a soulful, compelling record that many will struggle to put down. It wields genuine warmth and spirit like few downtempo albums manage. more

Go to his official website for more info and music sample

Plague of Happiness - Konspirasi

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Hi everybody, something for you guys. I've been thinking of posting this video since last year. Some of you guys already post KONSPIRASI of our last performance at HOMEGROWN... thanks a lot. For the time being share this video with everybody. It was directed by ATOI and my youngest brother.


A ska-punk hero from Pasir Gudang Johor. More!

One Laptop Per Child

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Before, I have posted about the affordable USD$100 laptop, developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology and OLPC with the goal of " to provide children around the world with new opportunities to explore, experiment, and express themselves."

They have added 2 new designs that are still in the concept stage for us to droll on to.

Anak patung yang tak kiut untuk anak-anak anda

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The boy with nails in his eyes

Junk girl

Roy, the toxic boy.

Mummy boy


Bosan dengan anak patung Mickey Mouse atau Barney? Kini ada pilihan yang agak sadis lagi tragis. Koleksi Tim Burton's Tragic Toys adalah pilihan yang sesuai untuk anda. Ia Tim Burton, Pengarah yang terkenal dengan filem yang gelap, pelik tetapi kreatif seperti Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory dan Beetle Juice. Kolensi ini adalah kesinambungan dari imaginasi beliau dan diilhamkan dari buku The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy : and Other Stories .

Minyak sayuran pengganti diesel & petrol?

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Mengikut CETREE, minyak sayuran boleh digunakan sebagai minyak gantian kepada diesel.

Pemeliharaan alam sekitar bukan lagi perkara baru buat masyarakat kita. Namun disebalik pemeliharaan alam sekitar ini ramai yang tidak sedar akan kegunaan minyak masak bagi menggerakkan kenderaan selain dan diesel. Alam sekitar dicemari asap dari kenderaan-kenderaan yang menggunakan diesel. Pemilik kenderaan semakin ghairah melepaskan asap hitam semasa berada di jalanraya.Tidak sedikit pun terlintas dihati mereka yang asap tesebut memberi kesan yang buruk kepada alam sekitar.

Mereka telah mengubahsuai sebuah van dengan teknology ELSBET, sebuah syarikat Jerman. Contoh pengubahsuaian ini boleh dilihat pada kereta Fiat Marea ini Kebaikannya? CETREE mendapati peratusan asap yang dikeluarkan adalah 50% lebih rendah berbanding van daripada jenis yang sama dan menggunakan diesel. Ia juga lebih bersih, tidak tercemar dan berbau wangi.

Mengikut Dato’ Mamat Salleh, ada sebuah kereta buatan Jepun menggunakan %100 minyak sawit tulen berjalan sejauh 200,000 km tanpa masalah. Ini menunjukkan kerajaan mempunyai alternatif lain selain NGV untuk membendung kenaikkan harga minyak. Selanjutnya

Tip memerangi kenaikan harga minyak

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Harga minyak makin naik, jalan makin jem. Poket makin susut. Jadi, kene pandai-pandaila kita memaksimakan fungsi kenderaan awam dan persendirian kita. Tapi jangan la sampai macam abang-abang kita ni. Ni dah tahap tak senonoh.

Sudut keraftangan : 'Action figure' dari wayar telekom

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Ada sebuah pencawang mini (kitorang panggil bom, pasal memang macam bom bentuk dia) berdekatan rumah kami di Ulu Tiram. Selain berfungsi sebagai port melepak yang cukup effective, ia juga merupakan sumber untuk kami mendapat bekalan wayar-wayar yang berwarna-warni yang kami selalu gunakan untuk mencantikkan lidi penunjuk al Quran. Rupa-rupanya ada benda lain yang kita boleh cipta pakai dawai ni. Selanjutnya

Gambaran satelit bahtera Nabi Noh

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Imej di atas diambil oleh satelit komersial DigitalGlobe yang menunjukkan objek seakan-akan bahtera Nabi Noh di gunung Ararat, Turkey. Gambar ini diambil pada tahun 2003. Binaan ini terletak 15,300 kaki (4,663 meter) ke Timur gunung Araratdan hampir ditenggelami ketulan glasier.

Porcher Taylor, seorang profesor emeritus dari University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies di Virginia, Amerika Syarikat, telah melakukan kajian selama 13 tahun untuk mencari lokasi sebenar bahtera ini walaupun kesahihannya masih hangat didebat oleh pelbagai pihak.

Ada juga pakai yang masih ragu-ragu dengan kajian ini dan berpendapat ia hanya ilusi optikal. Farouk El-Baz, Pengarah Boston University Center for Remote Sensing berkata

"One has to be familiar with Sun lighting effects on the shape of observed features," El-Baz said. "Very slight changes in slope modify shadow shapes that affect the interpretations. Up to this time, all the images I have seen can be interpreted as natural landforms. The feature that has been interpreted as the 'Ararat Anomaly' is to me a ledge of rock in partial shadow, with varied thickness of snow and ice cover.

Cerita selanjutnya

Slobodan Milosevic, killer & vicious politician died March 11 2006

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Slobodan Milosevic, killer & vicious politician died March 11 2006. There are many controversies surrounding his death, some people are relief with the news but others look at his passing as to easy for a man that have killed millions during his tenure as President of Serbia 1989 before becoming the Yugoslav President 1997. In the process, he left a legacy of more than 200,000 dead in Bosnia and 2 million people (half the population) homeless. He ethnically cleansed more than 800,000 Albanians from their homes in Kosovo. Here are news about his passing from various sources.
Milosevic’s parents, both teachers, were depressives who eventually committed suicide. Their son will be remembered as the man who bears the greatest individual responsibility for the collapse of the former Yugoslavia and the massacres that resulted. Most of these were not spontaneous popular combustions, but a carefully planned assault sponsored by Belgrade. From TimesOnline

The death of Slobodan Milosevic in prison while still on trial for "crimes against humanity" underlines the travesty of his trial. I am no defender of Milosevic, but if he were guilty of the heinous crimes for which he was accused, he could have been convicted within months, not the five years he has supposedly been on trial. The evidence was so tenuous in terms of proving he was responsible for the undoubted crimes that took place that no conviction would have been plausible. That's why it is more than convenient that he has died in prison. - John Green

Ruthless manipulator of Serbian nationalism who became the most dangerous man in Europe. The Guardian

Slobodan Milosevic may be remembered as a nationalist who brought disaster upon his nation and the Balkans. Or as a gambler, playing with people's lives, and using conflict to cement his hold on power. Few will mourn his passing, and many in the Balkans will breathe more easily. From BBC

Fate & life changing decision.

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The Prophecy by Anjana Appachana is about teen pregnancy and the issue of sexual relationship outside of wedlock on India. The main character of the story is Amrita, a social, outgoing and stubborn girl that always get whatever she wants in life. The story was told from the viewpoint of Amrita's best friend, Beti, a girl that has a personality very contrasting compared to Amrita. The narrator was more demure and lives a more traditional lifestyle. She is not as outspoken as Amrita and can only dream about dating handsome men that actually dating them. Both of them are studying in an all-girl boarding school and live in a hotel with a struck superintendent and her assistant, Patram.

The story start off with the two girls decided to see an astrologer to read Amrita's fortune. She have a feeling that she might been pregnant, but before consulting a gynecologist, they decided to see the astrologer first. Hindus believe in astrology and mysticism and that is why Amrita decided to see the astrologer first before consulting a doctor. Amrita was shocked when the astrologer told her, " The star are not good. The shadow of Shanti is falling on you." The astrologer suggested to the girl that he performed the 'puja' for them. 'Puja' is a religious Hindu ritual that can bring back good luck to a person. This part show that, even though Amrita said that one cannot change their fate as it already been written down by God, she still hope her future can be changed with the 'puja' ceremony.

Later, both of the girls went to see a gynecologist. Here we can see how a doctor, a man of facts and highly educated handles teen pregnancy issues. Even though Amrita and Beti lied about their age but the doctor, Dr. Kumar, can sense the truth. This may not be the first case he had encountered. Dr. Kumar did not scolded Amrita for lying to him about her pregnancy. He might be a western-trained doctor that understands about the teenage pregnancy and its problems. Before the girl went back to their hostel, the doctor even consoled them about contraception and refuse money from them.

The decision why she didn't want to keep the baby was because she was afraid her mother and father would not understand and would not accept her as their daughter. It was a sin to have a relationship out of wedlock. Their neighbor even committed suicide when the mother was informed that her daughter was pregnant.

Beti didn't understand why Amrita doesn't want to marry Rakesh. He was a handsome and nice man. Beti herself would gladly marry Rakesh. Amrita didn't want to marry Rakesh maybe because she was still you. She preferred a more adventurous man rather than a nice man. There is also the question of what is objective for Amrita and Rakesh relationship. Was it based on love or just sex? Amrita was a very social girl she must love the attention of a handsome man like Rakesh and the sexual experience but she still not sure if Rakesh is the correct person for her.

In this story, the author has added in the characters of a very strict peon, superintended and headmaster. Anjana shows that, even with a very strict upbringing and law, sometime society cannot discipline teenagers or stop them from doing something wrong. Amrita was pregnant because of her lack of understanding of contraception or lack of guidance from the school and family. The school are more concern about their reputation rather that their welfare.

Amrita didn't have the money to perform the abortion but soon, she got measles and was bleeding. Here was when the secret was finally out, he was thrown out of the school. The baby die and she was married off to an educated man.

It is ironic, a girl that was very active and vocal about everything was soon confined to the house doing domestic chores and taking care of kids. The author have shown that how, someone action can change her fate to the better or the worst. Amrita, as earlier mention by the astrologist, gets her wish, to marry handsome and educated man, after all.

Refferences
1. X.J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia, 2005, Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama, Pearson Longman, Ninth Edition.

2. Anjana Appachana, 1991, Incarnation and other stories, Virgo Press.

10 tahun gunting rambut sendiri

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pick of the week Tahun ni genap 10 tahun tak gunting rambut di kedai. Mula-mula tu pasal bosan apek kedai gunting asik nak buat slop kat belakang walaupun aku kata jangan, rambut aku tak kene style tu. Aku bukan into sangat fesyen diskang-diskang ni walaupun masa tu 90 peratus buat gitu. Lagi 10 peratus masih mengekalkan style flat top ala abang-abang askar. Masa tu masih boleh sabar lagi, tapi ada satu kali tu apek gunting asik terpotong sideburn aku. Sikit takpa, tapi ni dah sampai takda, straight macam budak-budak keje hotel. Aku dah mula hangin. Terus boikot kedai gunting. Gunting rambut sendiri dekat rumah lagi bagus. Murah, senang. Kalau sopak-sopak pun, sendiri yang buat. Puas hati.

Kisah surat yang terselit di wiper kereta

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pick of the week Tadi, sambil tenguk-tenguk tv buat la sikit housekeeping beg-beg dengan file kat dalam bilik tetamu kasi nampak kemas sikit. Terjumpa satu surat ni yang terselit pada wiper kereta masa nak balik kerja. Fadh sikit punya gelak. Yelah kan, bukan selalu dapat surat-surat nak kenal-kenal, masa sekolah ada la kut. Yang pelik tu, kalau surat dari awek takpa jugak, ni laki, apa cerita!

What is Web 2.0

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I am sure all of us, have read about this term somewhere, one way or another. Computer and the internet have evolve to a competent tool that communicate with each other often with participation of more than one user per session. The day of personal computer is a stand alone machine is nearly coming to the end. So, what is Web 2.0 actually? According to wikipedia, it can be defined as,

Web 2.0 is a term often applied to a perceived ongoing transition of the World Wide Web from a collection of websites to a full-fledged computing platform serving web applications to end users. Ultimately Web 2.0 services are expected to replace desktop computing applications for many purposes.

The term Web 2.0 begin when during a brainstorming session between Tim O Reilly and MediaLive International. They were discussing about the fall of the dot.com company when the bubble finally burst in 2001. In the discussion, they that the surviving dot.com company have many things in common. So, what is it?

In his article, Tim O Riley explain in detail what he means as Web 2.0. He list out 7 points to clearly define it

1.The Web As Platform.
Tim said that, Web 2.0 doesn t have a hard boundary, but rather, a gravitational core.

2. Harnessing Collective Intelligence.
Unlike conventional webpages, Web 2.0 is more that one person making and developing his own website. It is more than that. To quote an example from Tim’s article, Yahoo!, the first great internet success story, was born as a catalog, or directory of links, an aggregation of the best work of thousands, then millions of web users. While Yahoo! has since moved into the business of creating many types of content, its role as a portal to the collective work of the net's users remains the core of its value.

The best way to illustrate this is blogging culture. Where conventional webpages are more of personal views without other people’s participation, blogging encourage user to leave comment and give idea to what they are writing about.

3. Data is the Next Intel Inside
Database management is a core competency of Web 2.0 companies, so much so that we have sometimes referred to these applications as "infoware" rather than merely software.

4. End of the Software Release Cycle
The characteristics of internet era software is that it is delivered as a service, not as a product. This is something that Sun have come up years ago, which they say, in the future, PC will be less dependent on rigid software but network or the internet.

5. Lightweight Programming Models
Majority of the current software we are using are heavy and complicated. But much as the web succeeded precisely because it overthrew much of hypertext theory, substituting a simple pragmatism for ideal design, RSS has become perhaps the single most widely deployed web service because of its simplicity, while the complex corporate web services stacks have yet to achieve wide deployment.

6. Software Above the Level of a Single Device
Web 2.0 no longer limited to the PC platform.

7. Rich User Experiences
A Web 2.0 word processor would support wiki-style collaborative editing, not just standalone documents. But it would also support the rich formatting we've come to expect in PC-based word processors. Writely is a good example of such an application, although it hasn't yet gained wide traction.

To sum it up O Riley list out these points which must have for web 2.0
- Services, not packaged software, with cost-effective scalability
- Control over unique, hard-to-recreate data sources that get richer as more people use them
- Trusting users as co-developers
- Harnessing collective intelligence
- Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service
- Software above the level of a single device
- Lightweight user interfaces, development models, AND business models

If you want to know if your website is Web 2.0 compliance or not, you can check it here!

2006 calendar by antalis HK featuring The Click Project

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Milkxhake is a young Hong Kong-based design unit since 2002, mainly focus on graphic and interactive design. THE VERY FIRST MAGAZINE is a collaboration project between design team milkxhake and paper company antalis, both from Hong Kong featuring The Click Project from Malaysia and 11 other contributors from the Asia Pacific Region.

For more information, visit The Click Project's blog or Milkxhake website.