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My First Post Since That Last Post Over Two Years Ago!

Hello people! I felt like writing something here after the rather long silence.

I am still around but I’ve been doing my own stuff. Blogging is just an avenue for me to share my experiences or thoughts about the online marketing scene. So I’ll update the blog when I have something to share.

By the way, I am now getting involved with Android app development, nothing fancy, just getting my feet wet. I might write about it in the future.

I wonder how many subscribers this blog have now. If you still visit this blog, I thank you for your support.

In the mean time, as you can tell, I have not been very active in the blogosphere for a while and might have some catch up to do. I was wondering which marketing blogs are you reading right now to get your fix on SEO, Internet marketing and making money online news. Feel free share them in the comments.

Are there new marketing blogs (Malaysian own especially) people should be aware of?

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Sabahan.com’s Partners Page Removed & Some Updates

It has almost been two months since my last post. If you are wondering if I am still around to update Sabahan.com, yes I am very much here, still alive and kicking 😉

For the past few years I’ve been spreading myself thin working on too many projects at once. I ended up taking more than I could handle and in the end, it became harder to achieve what really matters to me.

One of my business goals for 2009 is of course to continue working on where I left off in 2008. But this year, my plan is not only to work hard but to play harder. Instead of working longer hours, I aim for less than 5 hours a day of quality work. I plan to do a lot more travelling and spend more time on my hobbies as well as exercising more.

Quality work means, concentrated, uninterrupted (no checking emails, no  reading blog or forum posts, no checking Facebook, no instant messaging and so on) where I focus all my attention to start and work on a particular projects.

What makes this idea different from others is that the work will be unscheduled. Instead of scheduling the exact time period when I should start and finish a project, I work whenever I have 30 minutes or longer to spare.  I’ll always focus on starting instead of finishing.

That means I could be working anywhere and anytime such as when waiting to catch a bus or a plane, or when I am about to go out for a movie and then start working for 30 minutes right there and then.

The idea came to me after reading a book by Neil A Fiore titled The Now Habit,
which has helped me to be more productive. I realise that this probably doesn’t make much sense to you right now so I’ll write more about it in my coming post.

Another update that I’d like to let you know is that I’ll be removing Sabahan.com’s Partners Page. The page was running as it should for while until a few spammers decided to use it to promote unrelated links irresponsibly. Without a constant monitoring, the page has become nothing more than a place for spammers to add their spam links as you can see below.

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I’d like to thanks those who have properly participated in the link exchange plan but I have no choice but to take the page down due to the abuse by some spammers.

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6 Ways to Add More Hours in Your Day and Make More Money at the Same Time

Contrary to what some people may think, multitasking does not always improve efficiency. You’ll be more efficient when you can focus on a single task for a period of time.

I spent several minutes trying to come up with an attractive opening paragraph for this article, instead I ended up answering emails, fixing the Rules & Alerts in my Outlook, registering for an affiliate program, checking my sites stats and viewing my Text Link Ads commission.

And as if that’s not enough, the Yahoo Messenger dialog pop up as a friend initiated a chat – ok if you are reading this I am not blaming you my friend 😉 – but I still haven’t came up with anything ;)!

The only consolation from all this is that now I have a story to tell in the opening paragraph!

I guess this happens to almost everyone. If you work from home, it can be harder to focus on the task at hand. Over the years, I’ve learned that if you love what you do then the other things can always wait.

There never seems to be enough time in a day to do everything. Your “to-do” list keeps on growing – I know mine is – and often I decide to put big projects on hold. BTW, if you are looking for to do list software, check out the Swift To-Do List from Dextronet. I am using it because of its simplicity and it just works for me. You can test drive the trial version here

I’ve been trying to find more hours out of the day (less sleep time is not one of them though) and along the way I’ve discovered some useful tips that help me cross those items in my to-do list and learn how to prioritise.

 

Learn How to Prioritise Your Tasks

While some tasks in your to-do list are really more important than the others, at first glance, they may all seem important and need to be dealt with now.

I’ve just started this habit of listing down everything that I need to accomplish in a day; usually I create the list the night before. Then I prioritise the tasks on the lists according to how important they are to me personally.

The level of importance is based on the potential of the task to make me money. Reading RSS feed in the morning won’t help me make money, but writing a blog post will. So browsing the RSS feed can wait till late evening.

I review my to do list from time to time to find tasks to cross off such as those that don’t really make any different whether I do them or not. That way I could free up more time and focus more on those important tasks.

 

Forget About Replying Emails in the Morning

While I do check emails the first thing in the morning. I almost never reply them immediately unless they take less than a minute to shot up a quick reply. After a quick glance, I flag those that require a follow up and move on.

When it comes to email replies, most people expect to wait anyway so there’s no need to respond to them immediately. However, that’s not to say it’s OK to keep them waiting for three or four days. Give them an idea as to how long to expect a reply from you and you should be fine.

To reduce email distraction further; I’ve disabled the schedule email checking so that I won’t be interrupted by that little sound that announces a new email.

Instead of devoting one of most productive periods of the day by answering emails, write a blog post or two, create a landing page and perform tasks that will make you money. If answering emails makes you money, by all means then do that too.

Incidentally, if you have written to me recently, I do apologize for the later than normal replies because we were having some problem with the mail server but now it’s no longer an issue.

 

Set Aside Specific Time for Surfing the Internet

This is probably one of the hardest things to do when everything is just a mouse click away. Your web browser is ready to be fired up into visiting your favourite blogs, forums and so on.

One site lead to another and before you know it, you realise that you’ve spent several hours doing things that certainly pleasurable but take you away from your real tasks.

Frankly, I am just “learning” to do this properly as well as I try not to go over my allotted time each time I decide to surf the net. How many times something pop up in your head and you just got to check it out and promised yourself it will only take a minute?

If this seems hard to handle, you might want to look into a software solution that control and limit Internet access at a specified time, schedule or on demand. Just Google around and you should find one that suits your needs.

 

Cut Your Lunch Time into Half

An hour of lunch time can be cut into half. In addition, do you really need a multiple coffee breaks when you could devote those time working on your important tasks?

To be fair though, I work at home and it’s easy for me to grab something to eat without having to drive around and look for a parking space. Good for me, but then it’s also easy to get distracted when the TV is just in front of you waiting to be switched on.

You’ll need to find a way to cut your own lunch time. Perhaps by bringing your own lunch to work, you don’t only save time but money too.

 

While You Are Doing Nothing, Do Something

There will be times of your day when you “don’t do anything” such as while commuting or driving to work, waiting in line in the post office, washing the dishes and so on.

You can make this “idle” time more productive by bringing along some reading materials while waiting in line or listening to the training material with your MP3 player or car audio player.

You can also use this time to come up with new making money ideas for your blog or website or rehearse some training by visualizing important parts of your presentation for instance.

 

Watching TV & Playing Games Is Good but They Won’t Make You Money

The above heading may seem obvious but that doesn’t make people realise that decompressing in front of the TV after work is one of the biggest time wasters there is.

If you want to make money from the Internet, the time spent watching TV is better spent working on your blog or website. Cut it down to only your absolute favourite show or news. You can go one step further by pre-record them so that you could fast forward through the commercials and save 15 minutes of your time.

Playing games can be addictive – ok it can help you make money if you are really good at it but that besides my point. Cutting back on the game time or limiting your play time on the weekends only will spare you more time to work on your tasks.

 

Effective time management is really about accomplishing more by working less, not doing more in less time. So how does accomplishing more by working less has to do with the ability to add more hours in your day?

Since your tasks are spread out and are accomplished throughout the day, you don’t have to “cramp everything” in one sitting.  You are essentially accomplishing more with shorter actual working time.

Here’s a related post that you might want to check out too: 10 Time Management Tips for Busy Bloggers.

 

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The Dell XPS M1530 Experience

My first big purchase online was in 2000 when I purchased the Acer TravelMate 508T laptop for RM5000+. Having a laptop with a 12.1 TFT screen with a 500 MHz processor was kind of exciting back then.

For a while the laptop served me well but it wasn’t long before problems started to crop up. I had to repair the hinges twice; which cost me around RM300 each time. While the laptop is still working today, I’ve stopped using it a couple of years back when the hinges broke again for the third time.

It’s also obvious that at 500 MHz, the processor won’t be able keep up with the demand of today’s CPU hungry software.

Since then every time I travel, I would leave my work behind which was good because I could concentrate on having a break instead of thinking about work.

Fast forward 8 years later, the demand of work requires me to be online more frequently, and so I decided it’s time to get a new laptop – yes it took me that long to buy another laptop lol. I am not really a fan of working from a cyber café due to security reasons. Who knows what people have installed or rather, have not installed on the public terminals that could prevent others from spying your online activities.

I had no choice but to go online if I wanted to get the latest hardware at an affordable price. So I headed to my favorite online computer store at Dell.com.my and waited a few weeks for any deals that tickles my fancy.

When it comes to purchasing computer hardware, the best time to buy is now. However I was hoping to get a laptop equipped with Intel’s first five 45 nanometer (nm) processors, codenamed “Penryn” and that’s what the waiting was for.

Intel’s press release says “All of these new chips include the company’s new transistor formula and 45nm manufacturing process that boost a PC’s speed, reduces power requirements, saves on battery life, helps the environment and comes in smaller packages for more fashionable and compact computer designs”. That’s the marketing department talking. But it’s still good to get the latest processor nonetheless.

Soon enough the dual core 2.5GHz T9300 and 2.6GHz T9500 featuring 6MB of L2 cache were rolled out of Dell Malaysia assembly line. When it comes to choosing a processor, I usually settle for the “second fastest” processor which I think is good enough for my long term needs as the 2.6GHz would have cost me an arm and a leg.

There’s an option to add a Blu-ray drive but since I don’t usually watch movies on my laptop I chose not to add one. In addition it’ll add an extra RM2000 to the laptop price. The option to add a 64GB solid state hard drive was enticing but I figured the performance gain won’t justify the extra RM3000 price tag as well as its small storage capacity.

After doing some research, I settled for the Dell XPS M1530 laptop. Personally I think it is one of the sexiest laptops I have ever seen. Sure some people may argue that the Apple MacBook Air wins hand down in the design department.

 

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While the Dell’s laptop can’t beat the MacBook Air ultrathin form factor, with the same price tag I am paying for my Dell laptop, I would had got a 13 inch screen, 80GB hard drive with a 1.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor MacBook Air. I know some people don’t mind paying for a lower specs system just to enjoy the status symbol but I guess for me practicality wins 🙂

Besides, as a Windows software developer, there’s no much point using Mac OS X as my OS environment.

So here’s my laptop specs

  • Intel(R) Core(TM)2 Duo Processor T9300, 2.5GHz, 6MB Cache, 800 MHz FSB
  • Genuine Windows Vista(R) Ultimate 32 bit (English)
  • 15.4" Widescreen WXGA+ (1440×900) TFT Display with TrueLife(TM)
  • Midnight Blue LCD display with Integrated 2.0 mega pixel web cam
  • 3GB (1X1GB+1X2GB) 667MHz Dual Channel DDR2 SDRAM
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive
  • Internal 8X DVD+/-RW Combination Drive with dual layer write capabilities
  • 256MB NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) 8600M GT
  • Palmrest with Fingerprint Reader
  • Intel(R) 4965AGN Wireless-N Mini-Card
  • 6-cell Lithium Ion Primary Battery
  • Dell(TM) Bluetooth Travel Mouse

The total cost inclusive of delivery to East Malaysia is RM7218.00. The price includes Office 2007 Professional OEM which adds RM1015 to the base price.

Instead of opting for the 4GB RAM, I opted for 3GB RAM forgoing the ability to run the memory at dual channel which may improve performance. I’ve read somewhere that having a dual channel, matched 2 x 1GB pairing will be faster but then again the gain would depend on your other hardware as well.

Hardcore gamers and those primarily running CPU intensive applications would likely benefit from a dual channel setup. Then again the performance increase by having more RAM (eg. 3GB at 1x1GB + 1x2GB) would probably outweigh a lesser amount but faster RAM (eg. 2GB at 2x1GB ).

You can learn more about dual channel memory here.

Anyway, just for fun check out my Windows Experience Index. Obviously the slower 3.2GHz processor limits my desktop’s base score. However I could hardly tell the difference in performance when doing normal tasks as both systems are as fast as they could be.

 

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Here are some pictures of the Dell XPS M1530.

 

Shipment took less than a week to arrive at my address once the manufacturing build was completed. The online price has dropped RM300 a few days ago which kind of irritating for me but that’s how things are. There’s always a better and cheaper system around the corner.

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What’s in the box? From left: Belkin Home Series MasterCube with 25,000 Max Spike Amperage; manuals, software and accessories; Belkin Sling Bag; and the laptop itself.

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The sexy Dell XPS M1530 with a built-in 2.0 MP web cam.

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There are three USB ports, 8-in-1 media card reader, a single FireWire port, 1 ExpressCard Slot, an HDMI-out port and other ports you would expect from a high end system.

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View from the back. The metallic finish gives it a solid and distinct feel of quality and luxury. (Ok I started to sound like a salesman here lol)

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The Belkin Sling Bag which I ordered separately includes a handphone compartment in the shoulder strap. It’s sure handy but my Nokia N95 is too big to fit in there.

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Thick inner lining created using soft material protects laptop from scratches. I actually prefer the Belkin Messenger Bag but the only colour available was Dove/Pink which is too girly for me 🙂

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Dell XPS M1530.

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My workspace showing the Dell XPS laptop alongside the Dell Dimension 8400 desktop.

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Check out the full review of the Dell XPS M1530 at Notebookreview.com and PCMag.com.

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Interviewed By Gobala Krishnan of InternetMillionaires.com.my

Last week I had the privileged of being Interviewed by Gobala Krishnan. If you don’t know him, he is one of the most successful Internet marketers in Malaysia who have been making a killing online.

Instead of repeating what he writes in his blog, I suggest you hop over there if you want to learn more about his interesting journey into the world of Internet marketing where he lists down his experiences in some sort of timeline.

Initially, Gobala suggested we did an audio Interview, but I don’t have Skype installed and was unable to schedule a phone interview so I thought email interview would be fine as an alternative. So we did that instead.

My answers are rather simple because I just wrote down what came to mind when I answered those questions. I would had given longer answers if required but I hope he finds them satisfactory.

To read the interview in full, head over to his blog at Internet Millionaires.

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Christmas Gift from MaxBounty

Two days ago a packet from Canada was delivered to my P.O. Box. I wasn’t expecting a delivery and thought it might be a bonus from PPCClassroom.com, an online course by Jeremy Palmer and Anik Singal that I am a member with.

I ripped open the packet wondering what it was and lo and behold it was a gift from MaxBounty. I’ve been receiving Christmas gifts from MaxBounty all these years, and how nice of them to continue the practice.

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Unlike some other super affiliates who are pulling tens of thousands from MaxBounty annually, on average I am only making around US5000 per year with them. The gift contains a T-shirt, fresh breath mints, a notepad, a pen and a yo-yo. Nothing fancy but I guess it’s the thought that counts. I think some other networks like CJ.com have only sent me a gift once even though I am making more than the amount I made from MaxBounty.

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Some MaxBounty affiliates from the US who are making the same amount as me got a gift basket containing an assortment of delicious chocolates. I guess due to the distant, it’s not practical to send such a gift as the chocolates would have melted once the packet arrived at my tropical address.

The more you make the nicer your gift would be as in the case of this super affiliates who received a Championship Foosball Table. I wonder if they would be willing to deliver such a big package to Malaysia.

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You can learn more about MaxBounty here.

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Wishing You A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

December is the time of the year when I usually take a break from working. While I am not totally away from the computer most of the time, it’s hard to get into my normal working routine when my mood dictates that I should be doing something else!

December is the time for shopping, getting ready for Christmas, balik kampung, barbeque and Aramai Tii! The last phrase is a typical expression used by Sabahan when they are having a jolly good time.

You just can’t blame someone who has been working till the early hours of the morning, 7 days a week for the past 11 months (ok I’m not that industrious LOL but you know what I mean) I think everyone deserves a break once in a while.

Then again, I still have to work. When I go online, I usually end up answering customers’ emails, read comments in my blogs, forums, check updates from my coder at RentACoder.com and that’s about it. Unfortunately I have little motivation to do other tasks beyond those. I guess this post explains the lack of update here for the past few weeks. Anyway, things should return to normal in January.

I’d like to take this opportunity to wish all my readers a very Merry Christmas and peace and prosperity in 2008.

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An Early Review of My 2007 New Year Resolutions

Some of you may recall that in January this year I’ve shared my top ten new year’s business resolutions in this blog. I think it’s a good time to review whether I’ve achieved any of the resolutions or on track of achieving them.

Telling everyone about my goals reminds me that there’ll be more people to prod me along if I fall behind. Therefore I’ll be more likely to stick with them. Ok lets review them one by one.

 

1. Managing my affiliate programs more effectively

My goal was to improve my relationships with my affiliates. I planned to offer more creatives for them to use in their promotion effort. Sadly I didn’t spend much time on this one. I realised that in order to manage my affiliate programs better, I need to improve my products first. Not that they are bad since I have actually sold over RM1 million worth of my own products since I got started in 2003. The net profit would be lower of course.

 

2. Create new products

My goal was to come up with brand new software products ideas. Well I did conceive three software ideas. But while researching the ideas further, I realised that I had already created the best software products that sell well online. So why don’t I just focus my effort trying to improve my existing products and market them more effectively?

In addition, creating totally new software products will require more investment in time and money, not to mention the time spent dealing with customer support issues, bug fixes, updates, promotions and so on. There’s no guarantee that they will be successful. While I am aware that there’s always an inherent risk when starting something new, the risk is somewhat reduced for proven products.

So instead of creating new products, I’ll create new versions of my existing products with all the cool enhancements and features that would make my software more attractive. My goal isn’t to create perfect software, but create software that are good enough for the customers.

Only after those issue are taken care of, I’ll start brainstorming for new software product ideas.

 

3. Make money with pay per lead/affiliate programs using PPC search engines

This is one resolution where I’ve concentrated most of my effort into. In addition to promoting pay per lead programs, I also promoted many pay per sale products often due to the fact that they offer higher profit margins.

When I talk about affiliate programs, I didn’t mean promoting “how to make money” ebooks to unsuspecting newbies. Affiliate program is much more than that. If you are asking your blog’s readers to sign up with Text-Link-Ads.com via your affiliate link, you are basically promoting an affiliate program. I’ve promoted more products outside of the affiliate marketing niche such as casual games, video editors, online faxing and so on and I am happy to say that things are looking pretty interesting.

 

4. Improve my blogs Technorati Rankings.

As I continue working on my goals, inevitably some goals took precedence and some took the back seat due to the fact that some are potentially more profitable than the others. While I’ll continue trying to make money blogging, I’ll have to spend more time in other areas that I think offer better return on investment. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying you can’t make money from blogging, but I feel that I’m a better affiliate marketer than a blogger.

My goal was to break into the top 5000 of Technorati ranking by December 2007. Yes it’s this month. If I were a problogger who have been churning out quality articles one after another I have no doubt that such goal is attainable. But then again I am not one.

The highest ranking that I had achieved was when Sabahan.com sat around 9000. I think that’s good enough for a part time blogger writing about Internet marketing and making money online. Having a good Technorati ranking is a bonus but I won’t make it a priority anymore.

 

5. Learn new skills and knowledge

While I haven’t got the chance to learn a new programming language, I’ve purchased many ebooks and join an online course to improve my knowledge in Internet marketing. I am a member of PPCClassroom.com, an online course created by Jeremy Palmer and Anik Singal.

If you have never heard of Jeremy, he is the author of an ebook titled High Performance Affiliate Marketing (now has been discontinued). This guy made $1.4 million dollar from PPC marketing last year, about $1 million from CJ.com alone. In PPCClassroom.com, he reveals his methods, some of his websites and even how much money he has made from each affiliate program that he have promoted.

I think the course is one of the best purchases I have ever made. Even at USD497, it’s well worth the price. I might write a full review of it in one of my future posts.

 

6. Improve data backup strategies

This is more of a precaution than a resolution in case something goes wrong. Now I feel more at ease knowing that my important data is backup at multiple locations.

Besides the daily server backup, I am also backing up important data from my hard disk into an external hard drive regularly. In addition, I am using several thumb drives to backup password and other important data and place them at an offsite location. I am also using the free online backup service from Mozy occasionally.

When your livelihood depends on the security of the data in your hard disk, you can’t afford to have only one backup.

 

7. Outsource More

I think I am on the right track with this one. Often the amount of work you can outsource would depend on how much money you can afford to spend. However that won’t always be the case. The trick is to identify tasks that you may not need to do, or you can’t do it better, or when it’s cheaper to pay someone else to do it for you.

In the month of October alone, I’ve spent over RM10K paying other people to help with me with certain tasks and that free up some of my time allowing me concentrate more doing what I am good at. While I won’t recover the RM10K immediately, I look at it like an investment. You need to be willing to put some money in order to make more money.

 

8. Increase my advertising budget

Increase I did and it’s a good thing that my profit follows the same path. I’ve started exploring Yahoo Search Marketing and Microsoft AdCenter too.

 

9. Earn at least USD10,000 by December 2007

I am talking about net profit here not gross. I will only consider myself really successful once I break the USD10K monthly income level.

I’ve been dabbling with other things that distracted my focus towards achieving this goal. Some of the things I did were quite fun such as setting up GOGAGames.com in October where my plan was to sell casual games. Unfortunately it didn’t take off as I initially anticipated. I could’ve spent more time on it but I knew products that could give better profit margin so I’ll get back to it later.

So unfortunately, earning USD10K in December is quite unlikely even when I still have 3 weeks to go. With holiday, Christmas and the New Year around the corner, I’ve to at least take a break. Moving forward, I’ll concentrate more on things that offer the best ROI such as PPC marketing and selling my own products.

Don’t worry, I won’t be neglecting this blog. It will be one place where I’ll continue to share my journey and experience on making money on the Internet.

 

10. Manage my time better

Sometimes there are too many distractions and I ended up getting busy with activities that bring less return. In addition, like most people, I have offline tasks that take away my concentrating from building my online business. I guess this one is more of a learning process than a resolution. In a way, I think I’ve been managing my time much better than in the previous years.

My next New Year resolutions would be to continue where I left things off in 2007. And making USD10K monthly or more in 2008 will definitely be my first priority. I’ll have follow up posts and let you know how I’m doing.

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Sabahan.com Final Contest Winner for Group 7

I’ve waited for over 3 weeks to see if there’s anybody else would send their contest entries, sadly nobody did. So as I wrote in my earlier post, this will be the last draw for the contest due to the lack of participation. The contest is now officially closed.

I guess it’s about time anyway as the contest iwas losing its momentum, a signal that the end is near. Up till today, it has attracted over 35 entries from various blogs including JohnChow.com. OK, I have to admit that I paid John US400 to give this contest a mention in his blog but that still counts as an entry 🙂

While the contest is running, I gave away 7 free domain names. One winner get the free-for-live WordPress hosting package. I’ve been making a living working online full time since 1999, and have no plan to quit anytime soon. So the winner is assured to enjoy his free hosting for a while as I continue to grow in the future or until something that’s totally out of my control dictates otherwise.

In the mean time, it’s time to announce the winner from the four entries I’ve received for Group 7. I asked my assistance to pick a number using a random number generator and the lucky winner is blogger number 4 in the list.

So congratulations to NoorizamShah.com. If you are reading this, I’ll be in touch with you to request for your PayPal email address.

I’d like to thank all the bloggers who took part in the contest. Without your participation, the content won’t be as successful as it is.

Here’s the good news, this isn’t the end for Sabahan.com contest, there will be more to come in the future, hopefully ones that will offer better prizes and more excitement to everyone!

 

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Would You Like the Chance to Win A Free Domain Name?

Most of my regular readers probably know that I was running a contest where I gave away free domain names and free WordPress hosting for life.

I know I haven’t been posting any update about it for a while. So in case you are wondering, the contest is still up and running at the moment. So far I’ve given away six domain names and one free hosting – yes the hosting is free for life.

The next draw will take place once I’ve received enough entries for Group 7. Here are the entries so far.

 

 

  1. Charles Lau
  2. Raja Wang
  3. Tim Un
  4. NoorizamShah.com

You’ll have one in five chances to win the domain name, if you ask me, there’s a good possibility it could be you 🙂 Sadly, this would probably be the last draw for the contest if no more entries coming in. I’ll go ahead drawing a winner among the four entries above and the contest will be officially closed.

If you are interested, this is you last chance to take part. You can read the full details of the contest here.

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Show Me Your Desktop

I’ve seen bloggers showing off their desktop so I thought it would be fun to show mine here :). I am a multi-monitor user and wouldn’t have it any other way. With such setup, I have more screen estate to work with.

My two 17 inch LCD screens provide me with 2560 x 1024 resolutions which is plenty of space for multitasking. It eliminates the intermediate click when switching between two windows because I can have them opened simultaneously side by side.

While the dual 17 inch setup does meet my current needs, I am planning to upgrade to dual 21 inch sometime soon. This will definitely improve my productivity further by reducing scrolling and windows resizing, which I often do repeatedly when designing a webpage or programming.

Here’s a screenshot of my desktop. Click the image to view the actual size.
Obviously nothing too exciting to see here LOL.

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The background picture is the default desktop picture that comes with Windows Vista. I don’t really bother customizing my desktop appearance as long as it’s practical. If I like it then it will stay there for sometime.

My frequently used applications are placed on the Windows Sidebar for quick access. I’ve also installed other gadgets such as Calendar, Notes and CPU Usage, nothing fancy.

Because I work online, Firefox is the most used app followed by Microsoft Outlook for emails, Yahoo Messenger (use it to listen to online radio and chat with my contractors about projects), Words, Dreamweaver for web design, Adobe Photoshop, and WinSCP for FTP.

Besides the above, I used to work with Visual Basic development tool a lot when we were developing new software. I have another computer which I used for testing purpose and learn Linux and a laptop that I seldom use.

PS: If you wonder how my workplace looks like, here a picture of it

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That’s a picture of my cat caught clicking on my AdSense ads.

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Reader Poll: How Old Are You?

It’s been a while since I conducted a poll here so I think it’s about time to do it again.

This time I am going to ask a typical demographic question about the readers’ age. On top of my head, I predicted that the majority of Sabahan.com’s readers belong to the 26-30 age group.

However because of the niche this blog belongs to, the 31 to 35 is also likely to be the biggest age group. Regardless, it would be interesting to find out.

If you vote 15 years or younger (or 60+ for that matter), tell us your exact age if you don’t mind sharing. Hey tell us anyway if you feel like it 🙂

If you’re reading this in RSS, please visit Sabahan.com directly to cast your vote.

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