World population to reach 6.5 billion this Saturday

The World Population clock estimates the planet’s population is projected to reach 6.5 billion at 7:16 p.m. EST Saturday.

The clocks operates continuously, estimates that each second 4.1 people are born and 1.8 people die. The figures are estimates, subject to error, given the difficulties of maintaining an accurate global population count.

An interesting article at Wired News discuss this issue can be found here.


A ghost captured on video?

This is a car advertisement from Great Britain. When they finished filming the ad, the film editor noticed something moving along the side of the car, like a ghostly white mist. They found out that a person had been killed a year earlier in that exact same spot. The ad was never put on TV because of the unexplained ghostly phenomenon.

Watch the front end of the car closely as it clears the trees in the middle of the screen and you’ll see the white mist crossing in front of the car then following it along the road….Spooky!

Is it a ghost, or is it simply mist? You decide. If you listen to the ad, you’ll even hear the cameraman whispering in the background about it near the end of the commercial. A little creepy but it seems to be authentic!

Microsoft leaks Vista info prematurely

Microsoft has mistakenly published information about the much-anticipated Windows Vista operating system prematurely on one of its websites earlier than originally planned.

Apparently they are planning to release eight different editions of the new operating system. The plan was to offer six primary editions of Vista and additional two flavours for Europe. Included in those listed offerings was Windows Starter 2007, a stripped-down version for customers from emerging markets that can’t afford to pay for the full version.

Full article can be viewed here.

Yahoo!Mail bans Allah in screen names

According to The Register, Yahoo!Mail bans Allah. This issue was uncovered when Linda Callahan found out that Yahoo rejected her surname which includes the letters “allah” when she tried to register with the service.

You’ll find a list of other usernames that will not be accepted or allowed even as some are considered offensive, derogatory or sensitive here.


You are a true Sabahan when…

A friend of mine sent me this list of things which embodied a true Sabahan, as her email said.

  1. You drive at right lane of the road, with a speed of only 50 KM/H.
    If people horn behind you, you still don’t know what’s wrong.
  2. You have the luxury of working from 8 AM to 5 PM (get off work punctually).
  3. You don’t believe that there is any "clean" politician in Sabah.
  4. You feel "obligated" to reach the top of Mount Kinabalu at least
    once in a lifetime.
  5. You prefer a big car than a big house (probably you can’t drive a
    big house around to show off).
  6. You wear slipper and short wherever you go, even in city.
  7. You still think that Labuan belongs to Sabah.
  8. You will not go to any FREE seminar / function that has no food or refreshment.
  9. You don’t care about service. You just want things cheap, cheap,
  10. You know where to get your candles and torch light quickly in the
    total darkness (due to training by frequent blackout).
  11. You know what "aramaitiee" means…
  12. You shout "referee bodoh" and at the same time throw mineral water bottles on the pitch during a football match at Likas Stadium..
  13. Your Timorese maid ran away with her lover, taking your money or jewellery along..
  14. You doubt someone’s mykad wether it is real or fake..
  15. Your favourite assemblyman whom you vote and supported all this while…gambled away and lost a whopping 60 million ringgit in a London casino..
  16. You go inside a karaoke at 12 pm and realise that the place is
    still open at 5 am…
  17. You come across a supposedly local person but with a very foreign accent..
  18. You cannot vote in an election because someone has voted on behalf of you…
  19. You own a bakakuk

I was looking for something that’s funny and clever at the same time but they are either funny or clever but not both. Nevertheless, some items ring true for a Sabahan and some applies to Malaysian in general.

Personally I think item number

3. You don’t believe that there is any “clean” politician in Sabah
If there are more responsible politicians than the irresponsible ones, we would be on par in terms of physical and human capital development like our neighbouring Sarawak.

4. You feel “obligated” to reach the top of Mount Kinabalu at least once in a lifetime.

Who doesn’t, even the west Malaysian travel all the way to conquer her peak.

6. You wear slipper and short wherever you go, even in city.
Well for me at least. But I put on jeans more often now.

11. You know what “aramaitiee” means…
A true Sabahan knows what this means.

15. Your favourite assemblyman whom you vote and supported all this while…gambled away and lost a whopping 60 million ringgit in a London casino.
After partings with my hard earn money to pay taxes like a responsible citizen that I am, this is where our money ends up sometimes. London casino.

19. You own a bakakuk
Own three and get a death penalty.

Anybody can topped this list, I’d like to know 😉

Anti-Virus Software That Requires No Update

The protection offered by an out of date anti-virus software is as good as no protection at all. The rate at which new viruses are released into the wild is getting faster everyday. Anti-virus software have to be kept updated as frequently as possible so as to avoid your computer from getting infected from any unknown new viruses.

But imagine anti-virus software that is a few hundred kilobytes in size, needs no yearly subscription, and that protects mobile phones, PDAs, iPods, PCs, Linux boxes and Macs not only from known viruses but also from future epidemics of trojans and other malware that is yet to be invented.

Yes, it may sound too good to be true, but that is indeed what an Indian software company based in Madras claims to have achieved.

To be honest, I am a little skeptical with this notion of a be-all and end-all anti-virus program. Viruses evolve. The pattern that is used to identify behaviour of possible malicious code today may very well change tomorrow. The technology used to create new viruses will change too.

An article by Robin Good discuss this could be breakthrough software is available here.

Send and receive faxes from your email – free for one month

Would you like to send and receive faxes from your email? You can try out eFax free for one month.

When you sign up, you”ll get

  • A local or toll-free fax number
  • Access faxes anywhere using your email or the web
  • Send fax from your computer
  • Receive faxes as PDFs, even on your PDA

What are you waiting for? You can even select a local eFax number, KL number to be exact, for you to use.

Find out how eFax can turn your email account into a paperless fax machine.

Google admits Desktop security risk

Google Desktop is a nifty little tool that sits on the right edge of my desktop. I haven’t upgrade to the latest version yet.

A recent news surface where Google admits Desktop poses a security risk.

One of features which worried most people especially to enterprises is the ability for the application to automatically stores copies of files, for up to a month, on Google servers. From there, copies are transferred to the user’s other computers for archiving. The data is encrypted in transmission and while stored on Google servers.

User will the be able to utilize the ‘Search Across Computers facility’ and search any company on the local network.

Would you allow the transporting of internal, probably sensitive information to outside of your company and share network-wide information to anybody?

Anyway, as an individual user, I don’t see this issues as great concern unless you have propriety or sensitive information which put on great disadvantage when the information is divulge to others.

At the end of the day, each company should make its own decision. If they are uncomfortable, they shouldn’t enable the feature.


How a guy made USD80K in less than two months with affiliate program.

I came across an interesting and rather inspiring thread in Sitepoint.com forum which was started by a member called Mook-Jon.

He began by showing a screenshot of his CJ earnings for the month of December 2005 and early January 2006.

This guy is making USD500,000 annually from affiliate program and giving out tips and advices to others. He has chosen not to divulge his websites information for obvious reasons but someone did a research and managed to discover several of his websites for the rest to analyse. This is not much of a concern for him, as you’ll find out why when you the thread.

The discussion is ongoing. Very useful if you are into affiliate program and looking to read a hands on experience from some who have been there done that.

Welcome To Sabahan.com

I’ve decided to make full use of Sabahan.com after I managed to grab this cool domain just over a year ago.

This blog was brought into existence so that I can write about my interest in areas such as computers, the Internet, technology, Internet marketing and other stuff. I hope you’ll benefit from it too.

In the mean while, you can visit Sabahan.com sister site at SabahForum.com

Oh, btw this blog is still undergoing some tweakings.

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