Of all people, Gobala Krishnan forgets to renew his blog’s domain name at http://www.gobalakrishnan.com/ and as it appears, the domain has expired on 14 March 08 and now redirected to Godaddy’s domain parking page.
A similar incident happened to Advertlets.com, a Malaysian own online advertising company which had its domain expired on January 3, 2008. The case attracted quite an attention as it involved thousands of publishers who sell advertising space via Advertlets.com system.
Anyway back to Gobala, he is a great Internet marketer and one can only wonder how he could end up having one of his important domain names expires. But I understand that he was probably just too busy with other important projects which could easily steal a considerable amount of his time.
That’s according to an article published in The Star Online today. Telekom Malaysia (TM) is currently testing a 100Mbps broadband access using fibre-optic connection and the electrical wiring in our house.
The first phase of the project will be rolled out in the third quarter of next year with an initial speed of 10 Mbps. Those living in high-rise building in big cities will get to enjoy the service first. Newer housing developments would probably be able to take advantage of this service as laying fibre optic cables become part of the development plans.
I don’t expect this service to become available anytime soon in my area though since I’m living in the interior division of Sabah (I give it 5 years). Anyway, I hope this is a sign that a speedier and better connection than the 1Mbps I am currently using is coming to town soon. I’ll be content with a cheaper 4Mbps connection.
Last week eBay pulled all their campaigns from Google AdWords to protest a party planned by Google to promote Google Checkout that was coincide with the eBay Live event in Boston.
The eBay’s event was overshadowed by Google planned to promote Google Checkout to eBay sellers who used PayPal.
Google said eBay has been refusing to offer Google Checkout as a payment option for sellers and buyers on eBay even after Google had been approached by power sellers to obtain access to Checkout.
When I read the story I wondered how much cash Google lost after eBay pulled their ads.
Greg Sterling of Search Engine Land has written an interesting post of how much traffic eBay received from Google and Google cash lost.
Without citing a source, Did-it’s Mark Simon says in this MediaPost piece that eBay spends — or used to spend — $26 million monthly on Google AdWords in the U.S. market. If true that’s $312 million annually.
According to an article published in The Star Online recently, Malaysia’s Securities Commission (SC) is going to block access to illegal investment schemes operated by some 60 websites after it received 720 complaints and queries.
However no mention on how this will be done and who are they going to work with (MCMC & Telekom?) in order to achieve the objective of preventing access to those websites.
Whether this measure will also block those who try to bypass the restriction by surfing via anonymous proxy will remain to be seen.
Check out SC’s alert list to find the list of websites which are not authorised nor approved under the local securities laws
This is an unwelcome development for those get rich schemes investors. But you still have time to act accordingly as the SC’s exercise to block the website will begin on June 11 2007.
The Star Online has published an interesting article about blogging and how Malaysian bloggers are making money from it via online advertising.
The story starts with some discussion about two local blog advertising companies Nuffnang.com.my and Advertlets.com.
These companies seem to be gaining ground among the local bloggers and are worth checking out if you are trying to monetize your blog and don’t mind placing permanent image ads in there.
Several well-known bloggers are also featured in the article. This includes Gareth Davies, who blogs at ShaolinTiger.com, Lillian Chan who owns 5xmom.com and JeffOoi.com.
The article gives a general overview on how Malaysian bloggers are using online advertising to generate income from their blogs.
We still have a long way to go before we could narrow the gap between our country and the developed nations such as the UK and US as far as online advertising is concern. But we are heading in the right direction.
On 20th March, I wrote about TM plan to introduce 4 Mbps broadband to TM customers in June. True to their word, the package is now rolled out and available to home users.
TM has introduced two new packages, 2 Mbps and 4 Mbps which cost RM188 and RM268 per month with modem respectively.
While those prices are not out of reach for me, at those speeds, I still find them way too expensive.
I wonder who are they trying to sell the packages to. As far as I know, I should be one of those who fit nicely into their target demographics.
I am a heavy home user and not the average one. I make a living working full time online so the new packages should serve me well. But at that price, I have to pass. I don’t usually download/upload big files and I don’t play online games.
In case you’ve missed the news, the Malaysian Government is considering registering local bloggers in a move which they hope will prevent the spread of negative or malicious content on the Internet.
On the 5 April 2007, The Star Online published an article about the Deputy Energy, Water and Communications Minister Datuk Shaziman Abu Mansor proposing bloggers using locally hosted websites may be asked to register with the authorities.
Shaziman said there are about 50,000 websites registered under the .my domain and any of these websites could provide a fertile ground for the concoction of malicious content which could harm the country’s security.
Unfortunately, this statement only show the lack of understand on his part on how the Internet works locally. When I compiled the Malaysia’s 50 most influential blogs, I found that NONE of the blogs were using a .my domain. This reflects the preference for the majority of the Malaysian bloggers who mostly use the .com domain as a domain of their choice.
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).
Internet domain name allows sixty three characters maximum and six people last year registered the longest Internet addresses allowed for the European .eu domain.
The domains names range from the tongue-twisting name of a Welsh village to the first 63 numbers that make up the mathematical constant pi.
The domains include
Another French company has registered a French language phrase promising that its services would help Internet business grow
Another tongue-twisting name is
which is a village on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales.
A German technology company has registered the first 63 decimal places that make the number pi.
It was claimed that the longest domain name for the com extension belongs to
The owner tried to have it recognized by Guinness as the longest domain in the world and got this response instead
The Observer, a UK Sunday newspaper has an article up about under 30 UK entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of the web.
You might have never heard most of them except one guy named Alex Tew who hit the jackpot in 2005 with his website Million Dollar Homepage idea.
With the diminishing cost of hardware, the cost of entry is getting cheaper.
All you need is a computer, an Internet connection and an idea. The profit margin is typically higher compare to what a brick and mortar shop is getting.
I am spending around RM800 on a web hosting per month and I am working from home. Renting or buying a physical shop lot will cost me around RM1000 to RM2000 or more per month. On top of that, setting up offline business is riskier and costlier.