Mobile number portability (MNP)


Wow, sounds like alien huh! Today I went to make a courtesy visit to one of my customer who work at a reputable telecommunication company in Malaysia. Since this month is Ramadan so we talk just in his office. Normally I would have a “teh-tarik” with him.

So along the casual conversation suddently we jumped to talk about Mobile number portability (MNP). Basically MNP enables mobile telephone users to retain our mobile telephone numbers when changing from one mobile network operator to another. This is cool when we want to switch to a new mobile service provider, while retaining our existing mobile number.

The service which was launched last Friday, would firstly be on a limited ‘live’ trial basis for prepaid phone users in the Klang Valley. He said the service would be extended to postpaid users later on mid September followed by a nationwide launch in early October 2008. This is what his CEO told a reporter on this seamless tranfer for mobile users in Malaysia.

Read the report in theedgedaily.com for further details.

Goggle it!


I read an interesting gadget today at reuters.com.

Japanese researchers have come up with a device which can help find keys and other misplaced household items.The goggles rely on complicated computer algorithms to achieve the feat.

My question is, could it find a missing person??? 🙂

Andrew Potter reports via this video.

Save Your Stuff


There are times when changes in your life – leaving a job, school, or going overseas – will necessitate figuring out how to package up all of your important data to take with you. And if you have been using one PC for a long time, chances are good that you have lots of data you would rather not lose. When you arrive at your new place and settle in with your new PC, you will save hours, if not days, by having packed up a suitcase full of lice-long possessions. Here how it is done.

For the past several months I have been testing Mozy, an online backup from Salt Lake City-based Berkeley Systems, which was recently acquired by software giant EMC (Charts, Fortune 500). I had the service recommended by some colleagues and I liked Mozy’s interface and free service. So I upgraded to the pay plan.

Signing on is simple. Surf over to Mozy.com and sign up for two gigs of free online backup. Unlimited storage costs $4.95 a month for single users. MozyPro – my pick for the small business – offers live support and more robust features starting at $3.99 per seat per month and $.50 per GB of storage. So an average 10-person business with, say, 100 GB of files to protect – should expect to pay about $90 a month, way less than a few hours of professional IT support.

Note that Mozy works best for backing up data files, not your giant system and application files which you should back up on disks. Neat system dick tip: Jot down those insanely long license numbers for your office software and e-mail them to yourself. Than save that e-mail. That way you have your software keys in case of physical damage to the disks.

What makes Mozy so great?

Mozy makes online backup possible for everyone with an affordable, secure solution that’s easy to use. Don’t just take my word for it. Check out the news section to see all the nice awards Mozy have received and what the experts are saying about Mozy.

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Selling Internet job listings in booming Asia seems like a cinch.


This is another fine example on how one could be successful online. I mean an online business. This article was in Forbes.com today. May I ask you few questions?

  1. Have you got a job?
  2. If not where do you find one online?

In Malaysia we will search for jobstreet.com. Well, this is the story about Mark Chang the founder of JobStreet.com

When Mark Chang started JobStreet in 1997, he figured it would earn him a regular paycheck and allow him to be his own boss, but he didn’t expect anything more. Fast-forward ten years: JobStreet is now Southeast Asia’s largest online employment company. It’s growing in Hong Kong and India, and it’s entered Japan.

Who is Mark Chang? Mark Chang is an Executive Director and Founder of JobStreet.com. He has also been its Chief Executive Officer since its inception. He obtained his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, USA in 1988 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA in 1990.

After graduating from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Chang returned to Malaysia and took a job as an engineer at a catheter factory in Perlis, northern part of Peninsular Malaysia. He spent his evenings and weekends tooling around the Internet. In 1995, figuring he was ready to set out on his own, he started Malaysia Online, the country’s first commercial Web site. MOL offered the usual portal services, including online classifieds, and Chang quickly noticed that the job listings were popular. That led to JobStreet.com.

The site’s growth soon bumped into a problem: Malaysia’s then slow Internet speeds were putting off some job seekers. So he wrote software enabling the site to match jobs with job seekers and automatically e-mail them when a suitable opening was posted. That way they didn’t have to keep logging on to the system to conduct fresh searches of the listings.

By 2000 Chang had decided he had too much on his plate with MOL. He spun off JobStreet into a separate company and sold MOL for $3.2 million to Vincent Tan, the chief executive and controlling shareholder of Berjaya Group. He then plowed $2.6 million into JobStreet and began building the site in earnest.

During the early years Chang was basically winging it. “When I started JobStreet, I had no business plan,” he says. “I just thought, ‘I’ll try it for two years and see how it goes.'” His approach worked in his favor as dot-com fever swept through Asia in 1998 and 1999 and Internet consultants and angel investors bombarded Chang with business plans and big ideas.

Read the whole Success story of Jobstreet and Mark Chang at Forbes.com Turning Classifieds Into Cash

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What is Hot and What is Not in Technology for 2008


Guys, I have read this interesting article that I would like to share here. Since we are still on the 3rd week January read this article meticulously.

After looking into my crystal ball, I have made a cluster of predictions about what will be hot, and what will be not so hot in technology for 2008.

1. Video
YouTube has not shown any signs of slowing down. With the increasing popularity of portability and the increase of video-viewing technology, the growth of video is unlikely to slow down.

2. Healthy
Healthy is in. It is not only fashionable, but now cool to be healthy. Maybe this will help counter the rise in obesity in the US. Even those who give in to their cravings and indulge agree that it is cool to be healthy. Organic foods are at an all time high with an increase of roughly 20% per year in the US! This may also be a top New Year Resolution.

3. Long Tail
The Long Tail is still hot. Small businesses and big business are all attempting to capture the famed long tail.

4. Buy USA
Buying USA is in. The falling dollar has made US products more competitive in foreign markets. Moreover, the quality issues that came to light in 2007 (lead in various Chinese products) have made US consumers more conscious about buying US manufactured products.

5. Rich Internet / Interactive Web / Semantic Web / Web Services
The interactive web with user reviews, peer voting, and social bookmarking has never been more popular. The Internet has become more personal and interactive. Contextual content has given way to personal preferences.

6. Aggregate and Attention Data
Suggested purchases, related purchases, and recommended purchases are now an integral part of e-commerce. Aggregate data is becoming a critical component of up-sells.


7. Power of the People
The collective voice and user-generated content is taking the Internet by storm. Yahoo Answers is a pristine twist on the collective voice; it allows visitors to answer questions from others. Good answers are rated and users are rated on a point-based system. Amazon’s MTurk acknowledges the need for humans: pay people to do things that machines cannot. Surprisingly, in a technical society, people still have power.

8. Going Green
Going green has never been more popular. With environmental concerns becoming a global issue, saving the planet, protecting resources and living green is tantamount to being a responsible citizen. Venture capitalists are not turning a blind eye to the needs of clean green technology; alternative energy and green living are attracting interest from deep pockets.

9. Biometrics and Big Brother
Digital data and tracking is at an all time high. Privacy concerns appear to be taking a backseat to cool new technology that is likely to label the 21st century.

10. Prosthetics / Bionic
The revolution of evolution. The devastating limb injuries to soldiers is expediting the growth in the biomedical field of prosthetics. Huge advancements are being made, and super human limbs are a future possibility.

Top 10 Losers – What is Not Hot Predicted for 2008

1. Lead
Lead and harmful chemicals in toys is definitely out.

2. Squat Toilets
Squat toilets are definitely out! The Olympics in Beijing will likely westernize the East and introduce them to modern conveniences of the Western world.

3. DRM
Not much better than #2, digital rights management still has a number of issues to work out.

4. China
Between the claims of spying, rampant pollution and poor quality imports, China is on the outs for 2007.

5. Skinny is Out
Curves are in.

6. Blockbuster / Netflix
The future is downloading movies to iPods. Blockbuster and Netflix are likely to have a difficult time in the future. On demand video rentals available for immediate download offer compact portability and will cut into the current video rental markets.

7. Orbo
Orbo, the promised dynamic new energy source is going out. Orbo fell flat, with lots of hype and little to show. Perhaps Orbo will prove the naysayers wrong and make a splash in 2008, but for now Orbo is not hot.

8. MySpace fell to Facebook
Between perverts and conscientious parents realizing the risks associated with MySpace, the social network toppled. However, it was quickly replaced by Facebook, which promised a higher level of security (which is proven to be a fallacy). Facebook violated user privacy by sharing purchases with “friends”, and with the addition of privacy controls, users are still leery. Social networks not only experienced growing pains but online threats are still an issue and privacy concerns are increasing exponentially.

9. Privacy
Stores tracking purchases, cars equipped with satellite tracking, cell phones tracked, and still few common citizens realize or acknowledge how much privacy they have lost over the last 20 years.

10. Piracy
For the first time it seems people are beginning to comprehend the effects of piracy in the software industry. It seems that software piracy may be on the decline and that software piracy is no longer considered cool.

Last Years Predictions — How Did We Do?
Readers can assess my ability to predict based on last year’s collection of technology predictions at: http://www.small-business-software.net/whats-hot-whats-not.htm.

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About the author

Sharon Housley manages marketing for FeedForAll http://www.feedforall.com software for creating, editing, publishing RSS feeds and podcasts. In addition Sharon manages marketing for RecordForAll http://www.recordforall.com audio recording and editing software.

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