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Google Pack Offers Free Screensavers Too

March 30, 2007 by · 8 Comments 

Google has added two new applications to Google Pack to help you improve you computer’s security.

The two products are Symantec’s Norton Security Scan which detects and removes viruses and an anti-spyware – Spyware Doctor Starter Edition – from PC Tools.

Both software includes free updates.

I didn’t install those software since I already have the full version of Norton Internet Security 2007.

If you are wary about installing third party screensavers you found on the Internet, Google Pack screensaver application should ease this concern.

The latest Google Pack includes a screensaver application that displays photos from your own computer or from online photo sharing websites such as Flickr.com.

I am currently streaming photo feeds from

Buck Forester’s Photos
His photos are stunning to say the least.

Stuck in Custom’ Photos

imapix’s Photos

Gov.My – The Malaysia Government’s Official Portal

March 30, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

www.gov.my is a website created by the Malaysian government to help members of the public access a host of government websites and obtain information ranging from payment to complaints, applications and services and more.

The website links to 395 online services of ministries, departments and agencies and 3,300 Government forms are available for free download.

The range of information on offer is mind boggling and because of this it is important to have them arranged in an intuitive ways. Currently I think the main page is a little over-crowded. There’s no single focus to guide users to help them find the info they wanted quickly and easily. Every element competes for attention and this lowered the usability of the website.

I don’t know if it’s just me but I noticed that government designed websites tend to use outdated designed elements. They should remove the animated gif and best viewed with Internet Explorer notice. That’s so 90s.

Google Pay Per Action From AdSense Publishers’ Side of Things

March 30, 2007 by · 1 Comment 

Previously I’ve shown how Google’s Pay per Action looks like from the AdWords advertisers’ side.

Today, Barry Schwartz of Search Engine Land has written a post taking you through a screen by screen view of Google’s Pay Per Action from AdSense publishers side of things.

Unfortunately publishers from outside of the US will have to wait before Pay Per Action is fully rolled out.

Read the full story: AdSense Publisher View Of Google Pay Per Action

Yahoo! Mail Is Offering Unlimited Storage

March 30, 2007 by · 8 Comments 

One of the major ‘selling points’ that Google uses to market GMail is its huge storage capacity. With 2.8GB of storage, there’s no need for the users to delete their emails to make space for new ones.

While Google’s GMail is busy adding 0.000001 MB each second to their 2.8GB mail storage capacity, Yahoo! Mail is beating them to the punch by offering a whopping unlimited email storage this May 2007.

Yahoo! Mail is breaking new ground with this move and I expect many competitors will follow suit to stay competitive.

It was interesting to see how fast things are changing. Yahoo! Mail total storage capacity was a mere 200GB for all their users when the service was first introduced in 1997. My own computer today has over half a terabyte of storage capacity – (250GB + 300GB).

My Cat Clicked On My AdSense Ads

March 30, 2007 by · 12 Comments 

Like all self-respecting and responsible AdSense publishers, I am careful not to click on my own AdSense ads. If I find an ad that interests me, I usually check its URL and type it directly into my browser address bar.

You can also use the Preview Tool to check the destination of ads that are on your page. Ads displayed in the preview tool are in a test state so you don’t have to worry about accidentally clicking on an ad.

But what happen if my cat clicks on my AdSense ad? He likes to sleep on the table where I am working and sometimes do what some cats usually do – play with the mouse and keyboard.

Will Google accept my explanation if I say my cat clicked on my AdSense ads?

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Why You Should Advertise On MSN adCenter

March 27, 2007 by · 1 Comment 

If you are doing pay per click advertising on AdWords, there are several good reasons why you should expand your PPC campaigns on MSN adCenter.

MSN adCenter allows you to select the time and days you want your ad displayed – a useful feature that’s missing from AdWords and Yahoo! Search Marketing.

There are four unique value prepositions to the MSN adCenter model as described by Joe Griffin from Search Engine Journal.

  • Because they have far less advertisers than Google and Yahoo, the bid prices are still quite a bit lower in almost every category. MSN has also proven to sustain conversion rates in the same range as Google and Yahoo, often times higher in certain categories.
  • MSN adCenter offers a very unique way to target specifically by demographic. This technology is still being enhanced, but initial case studies show that by setting demographics you are more likely to get clicks from those demographic profiles.

Pay-Per-Download Music Subscription Service Is Here in Malaysia

March 27, 2007 by · 3 Comments 

An article at The Star Online has reported that, MyMix a local company is offering full song downloads for mobile phones users starting from June this year.

You have a choice of downloading the songs via the Internet or use one of MyMix’s 13 music kiosks in Kuala Lumpur and Penang.

There’s no final word as yet on how much this will cost but it’s expected that they are offering a package of 20 songs between RM 10 and RM 20.

The second package will allow the user to download unlimited song which could cost less than RM 30 per month.

The download is in MP3 format which is protected by Digital Rights Management and it is limited to those with music enabled phones.

While I appreciate their effort to offer a legal way for music lovers to download music in Malaysia, I am a little skeptical whether this service will take off.

Would You Pay $2500 to Get Your Blog Reviewed On Another Blog?

March 27, 2007 by · 6 Comments 

JohnChow.com had seen his ReviewMe price went up to $500 when his blog broke into the Technorati Top 100.

However, as it turned out, Technorati recovered from his evil blog ping attack and his blog was removed from the Top 100 list. This has reduced his ReviewMe price tagged to $300.

I thought the $500 was way too expensive for a review, not until I saw it cost a jaw dropping $2500 to have your blog reviewed by Jeremy of ShoeMoney.com.

Now this makes JohnChow.com ReviewMe price a real bargain.

If you wonder if anybody was willing to part with their hard-earned dollars and pay the $2500 price tag, ShoeMoney has received 4 such review requests, out of which he accepted only one.

However as the advertiser explained in his blog he actually pay nowhere close the $2500 price tag. After Jeremy approved his review, he increased his price substantially.

Find Out Which Blogs Are Making You The Most Money From AdSense

March 26, 2007 by · 2 Comments 

If you are running AdSense ads on several of your blogs or sites, you can find out where AdSense is earning you the most revenue using URL Channels.

You can use URL channels to track ad performance across an entire domain, across a subdomain, within directories and for individual pages.

To find out which of your domains is generating the most income, simply follow the following steps to create URL channels.

  1. Log in to your AdSense account and click on the AdSense Setup tab.
  2. Click on the Channels link beneath the tabs.
  3. On the sub tab ‘AdSense for content‘ (or AdSense for search), click the URL channels link and then click ‘+ Add new URL channels
  4. Enter a new URL channel, in this case the domain name without the ‘www’ in the box such as Sabahan.com

Malaysian Clones digg

March 26, 2007 by · 10 Comments 

Perhaps in the spirit of ‘Malaysia Boleh’ a Malaysian has cloned the digg website. Cloning without permission from the original creator is one thing, but placing the Malaysian flag next to the digg logo is totally irresponsible.

It gives the impression that Malaysian in general is a bunch of thieves who couldn’t care less about stealing other people intellectual properties. They are basically ripping off the logo, entire layout and text from digg.com.

With AdSense ads all over the site, it isn’t too far fetch to assume that the main motivation for creating the site is probably to make money. The commenting system is filled with posts from anonymous spammers. Digg.com.my has been up since December 2006 and from the look of it, it doesn’t get that many visitors until it was recently dugg by the offical digg.com – ironic.

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