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Saturday, July 30, 2005

Do not put this in the PPS title!

Hi, just pinged my most recent post and to my horror, it has no title! It was supposed to be "< RM15 Domains". I didn't mean to do that but I think I know what's the reason:

The signs ">" and "<" are not accepted in the title field.
Hopefully this can be written somewhere, so other users can avoid the mistake I made. Alternatively, the PPS developers can write a script to check it and BlogsMalaysia too! *Update: The ">" and "<" also screws up the "Excerpt" field too. Anyway, found a temporary solution to this, instead of using the ">" and "<" on the keyboard use the ASCII characters:
  • ">" = &#62
  • "<" = &#60

RM15 Domain?

Was trying to buy a domain last night and tried searching around for one. My normal choice is GoDaddy but this time I decided to shop online for a cheaper one and guess what I found:

$3.95 domains!
I know the exchange rate has changed recently but let's put it at the old USD1.00=RM3.80, and it turned out to be:
That's only like a week's supply of Chicken Rice (RM3 each). So, I bought it and decided to share this with you. After buying I realised that the reason why they can charge so cheap is because they do not offer domain forwarding/masking for free. So, if you have your own hosting and do not need to forward it somewhere else, this is the value for money buy! So, to summarise:
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Friday, July 29, 2005

More on IE7...

Well...was playing again with IE7 today and since I was so used to Opera, I entered this in the address bar:

g where can i find the boringest blog

This in Opera would mean that you would like to search "where can i find the boringest blog" in Google. Guess what happened in IE7 -> it went to the MSN Search site searching "g where can i find the boringest blog"!

So, now after learning that you can actually set other search engine as your default, I tried using Google, Yahoo! Search, Ask Jeeves and AOL Search and they all work!

Then, I tried figuring out how to make IE7 not to search "g" instead but just the search term itself and I found 2 commands that allow you to do so:

go where can i find the boringest blog


search where can i find the boringest blog

So, there you go - a new function for IE7 - address bar searching. Also say if you type in a domain that nobody has e.g., normally you'll arrive in a page that says "Could not locate remote server" but IE7 will goto your default search engine instead, quite smart i think.

Also, finally IE7 supports transparent PNGs as you can see on my "XML Feed Me" button on the sidebar, where some greyish-white tip will appear at the edges of the button in IE6. Finally, after reading the official technical overview, it seems that the features in IE7 are not complete yet and there'll definitely be improvements in the CSS department.

Thursday, July 28, 2005

7E7 vs 787

I might be a bit late with this piece of news but Boeing has just finalised the exterior look of the 787. From my limited experience with aircraft design, this is a crucial step as it would allow the component designers, especially the structural engineers to optimise and finalise their calculations. Now, let's see what has changed from the super-sexy 7E7 to the current not-so-sexy-but-still-pretty-sleek 787. The picture on the top is the original 7E7 and the one below it is the final design of the 787. The most obvious changes are:

  • the vertical stabiliser/fin which changed from aggressive-looking, shark-fin-like to a more upright, traditional-looking one
  • and the nose which has become more rounded and blunt
So, why has it changed so much? Well, the easy explanation is that designers and engineers are different. Designers value aesthetics and engineers, practicality. Anyway, Boeing is making a plane which airline companies can make greater profits with lower fuel consumption and higher efficiency. So, practicality wins in the end! What use is a plane which looks nice but can't fly? Anyway, a few more pictures for you showing the latest 787: Note the wings which are deflecting so much. Engines are huge! The winglet design (stuff at the wing tip) seems to have changed as well. Main difference between 787 and other planes would be the sweep angle of the wing, which is quite high. The nose seems sharper from the bottom view and the wings seem to be quite narrow, but could be due to the bigger sweep angle.

Boringest IE7 Preview

IE Sucks? Let's see what Microsoft has in store for us. It's a 10MB installation file which is quite big compared to Firefox (4.8MB)/Opera (3.8MB) but once installed everything seems to run quite smoothly and it seems faster too (not too sure about this, but could be b'cos I haven't used IE for so long after meeting Opera). Immediately, you'll be able to see a few new features - most notably the:

  • Anti-phishing tool (see below)
  • Tabbed browsing
  • New button layout - 2 distinct buttons - back/forward, address bar's all the way to the top!
  • RSS reader (only RSS 0.9-2.0 supported, ATOM not supported) which can be added to "Favourites"
  • MSN Search box on the top right
I think the main issue Microsoft is trying to tackle here is 'phishing' and security, where secure websites are marked with a blue padlock icon as follows: and non-certified websites like this: So, in order to see how far they have gone in the Beta version, I went through my collection of spam mail and tested a phishing email as shown below: And it works! A yellow icon that says "Suspicious Website" will pop up next to the address bar: Not too sure about the numerous security holes but all in all, the beta version of IE7 looks promising, but more work has to be done, especially to allow support for ATOM feeds, a new button for "New Tab" should be included as well (see top picture) and an option to remove one of the toolbars, leaving just the address bar and tabs to allow more viewing space would be good as well. On the other hand, a quick look in MSN Sandbox shows a few interesting developments, notably "Start" - a personalised homepage very similar to Google's which I think could be the new Start page for IE7. Looks pretty cool though and it uses AJAX.

Dust Mask!

Only less than 5 visits to see my 'Greed is Good?' article! Guess I shouldn't write anymore financial stuff...anyway, I'll give you guys something more boring - my summer job in the lab: Further to my post on Mesothelioma, I finally got the chance to work with somewhat dangerous substance now in my lab -> carbon-fibre/glass-fibre composites. The material itself is not dangerous but the dust produced when cutting/machining it is so fine and turns out needle-like, once it gets into your lungs, you might lose a few alveolis/which might eventually lead to Mesothelioma perhaps! So, being a newbie at this, I had to attend a lecture yesterday by one of the workshop technicians on how to operate the machines properly and since I have to wait now while they have their tea-break (which happens 2x a day, for about 45 mins each, not including lunch) and work on some of the contract stuff, I'll be blogging about this =P Didn't take any pictures 'cos I'm not sure if I have the right clearance to do so but here goes: I was supposed to be using one of the wet saws with diamond-tipped blades to cut the materials which would then make it safer for me since dust won't be flying around but gets washed away by the coolant. But somehow after the technician demonstrated the thing to me and asked me to try, the machine broke down! As a result I had to resort to using the dry saw, which is diamond-tipped as well + it's not automated (which means I have to use my hands to push the material into the blade hence risking one/more of my fingers if I wasn't careful) + the dust will be flying around. So, the technician asked me to wear a dust mask and at first I thought, it would look like the ones ppl wear during SARS:

and then he said no, then I thought it was the ones used during a chemical attack: then he said it's similar and finally took it out to show me (the one in my lab looks way cooler, but can't find the pic of it): Cool huh? Maybe I'm jakun but this is the 1st time I see something like this. There's a small motor that sucks in air from outside through a filter as well and when you wear it you feel a nice vibration around your whole head. Anyway, searched it online and here's a picture to show you how it works: Come to think of it, the helmet in my lab looks something like this when the visor's pulled up...hehe:

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Greed is Good?

Missed writing about the market at the beginning of the week. Nevertheless, I'll start from mid-week. My trades are predominantly based on the USD, so I'll only be writing about the GBP/USD and the EUR/USD pairs. I tend to use a mix of fundamentals and technicals in my trades (rojak =P)! Mid-week USD outlook: Bullish A further tightening of the US monetary policy is expected. Greenspan's clear announcement last week that the tightening rate will continue (i.e. increasing interest rates thus giving the USD a firm tone, reinforcing the USD's yield advantage), underpinned by waves of bullish data this month (e.g. today's Durable Goods data was stronger than expected) has made traders to be in favour of the USD. Also news that IBM is planning to repatriate about USD$9B usd in foreign earnings, taking advantage of the temporary repatriation incentive from the American Jobs Creation Act is holding the USD up. Today's US Federal Reserve's Beige Book is expected to paint a rosy picture of economic conditions across the country, and to cement expectations of further interest rate hikes to come. Watch out for this Friday's Real GDP figures though! Now to the currency pairs, outlook for this mid-week onwards: GBP/USD - Bearish! Recent terrorist attacks, expectation of an interest rate cut in August, slowdowns in UK spending, stagnating housing market prices, cooling in the labour market and contracting manufacturing sector - things don't look too good for the mighty British economy! Analysts have expected the rate to go under 1.70 in Auguest if this conditions continue. Technicals seem to suggest the same sentiment as well. EUR/USD - Neutral The pair was fighting it out at the 1.20 level yesterday and even with a strong German IFO business sentiment survey (which suggested that the worst may be over for the EU economy) which causes a sharp hike for a moment resulted in a drop down again to the 1.20 zone. Also somewhat in an odd way, the ECB reported a substantial forex reserves decline of EUR$1.2B without any explanations - huh? Could be the summer effect, traders get a bit disoriented during this harsh period =) Hard to pinpoint any direction from technicals/fundamentals, so I'll have to say it's neutral. On the Ringgit issue, read this well-written article: Link Finally to end on a funny note, with the Yellow/White/Pink/Purple bands you see around to promote something, check the Greed Band out! Yes - like Gordon Gecko said "Greed is Good"! DISCLAIMER: All this are only boringest's views/opinions and do not qualify as investment advice/recommendations. It is not a production of my employer, and is unaffiliated with any FX broker/dealer. The information on this site is provided for discussion purposes only, and are not investing recommendations. Under no circumstances does this information represent a recommendation for FX trading.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Have you got ICE in your phone?

Basically I.C.E. = In Case of Emergency Read about this in London where the UK paramedics are encouraging handphone owners to store the emergency contact details as ICE in your handphone contact list, so that in case you fainted/unconscious/delusional, etc, the hospital staff would still know who to contact provided your handphone's still with you. Thought it's a pretty simple concept which should be implemented in Malaysia as well. If you have more than 1 ICE contact, just put ICE1, ICE2, etc... Link *Just read at another site which uses the same title as mine..coincidence I guess, anyway, I think I should link there as well just in case...

Saturday, July 23, 2005


Been looking at the stats of my websites and I've been wondering why so few use Opera as their browser of choice! This is honestly the best browser that's available on the planet right out of the box! Why? 1. Speed - Time is money, so why not choose a browser that'll save you time! Here are some comparisons made on the same computer with no tweaks made on both browsers: A Javascript test from 24fun: Opera: 5.77 seconds Firefox: 9.95 seconds ~1.7x faster than Firefox on the same computer! Next, Opera has a smart rendering system (a combination of deliberate FOUC rendering) which gives higher priority to the loading of text and hence readable content will appear faster. See the next set of pictures to see how big the difference is: 15ms on Opera vs 5782ms on Firefox! 384.5 x faster! You can test your browser here. 2. Mouse Gestures - the feature that convinced me that Opera's the one for me. This feature has been available on Opera browsers since 2001 in version 5 and furthermore it's configurable! What this does is it allows you to 'draw' an imaginary diagram on the screen using the mouse while holding down the right mouse button and it activates a command: Frequently used Mouse Gestures by me:

  • If you do an L on the screen, it'll close the tab.
  • Move it to the right & it'll go forward/fast forward (e.g. in Google Search result you can just move your mouse instead of scrolling down and then press next)
  • Move it to the left & it'll go back to the previous page
  • Move it downwards on a link and it opens on a new tab
  • Move it downwards & then upwards again, and it opens the same content on a new tab
  • Move it upwards & then downwards again, and it reloads the page.
So effectively this means you'll never need buttons anymore (you can remove/add them very easily in Opera) and you can surf Full-Screen! *I understand that this feature is available on Firefox which some programmer has copied but only through an extension which means you have to go search for it and then download to your computer and there's no guarantee that it'll not cause bugs/problems. 3. Configurable Bookmarks - what this means is that you can give a nickname to the bookmark group. E.g. You have multiple email accounts on Yahoo, GMail, Hotmail, etc and you group them under 'Emails' in your Bookmarks. Give them a nickname, say 'Email'. So, the next time you wanna open up your emails, you don't have to manually open them up 1 by 1, but just type in 'Email' in your address bar and voila! - all the websites that are within the group will open up in separate tabs! 4. Embeded Mail and RSS program - no need to download additional programs/extensions, once you see an orange XML/RSS button, just click on it, a textbox will appear to confirm if you want to subscribe to the feed and there you go once you press Yes. The email program is also integrated and it fully supports IMAP, POP, etc. 5. Tiny program - space efficient! Only 5.2MB total when installed and it includes an integrated RSS/Email reader! (+Bittorrent for the latest version) 6. Undo - ever experienced accidentaly closing a window, but want it back on again? You can undo this just by pressing Ctrl-Z and the previously visited website opens in a new tab. A history for the session is also available, so let's say you have visited 100 pages and you wanna go back to page 1 you visited an hour ago, you still can by clicking the 'Trashcan' icon. 7. Page-Zoom - this allows you to zoom the whole page - not just the text and the graphics are smoothed while zooming which makes it great for pictures which are too small to be seen. For advanced users: 8. UserJS - what this does is that you can customise the use of Javascript on a website to customise to your needs e.g. removing the Google Image frame when loading a picture, highlighting the words that you searched for in Google in the destination webpage, add Google Suggest to your address bar or even to allow the use of Greasemonkey scripts from Firefox! 9. UserCSS - some websites are still designed for IE so it'll appear different in Firefox/Opera which can make it unreadable sometimes. This allows you to change the website according to what you like everytime you visit the page. 10. Ultimate Customising options - almost everything can be changed on Opera, from adding new panels to adding new buttons - it all can be done on Opera! So are you convinced yet? Why not try it out yourself and decide for yourself:
Download Opera

Friday, July 22, 2005

Unpegging the Ringgit

Source: China Revaluation A lot has happen in the past 24 hours - China revaluates the yuan and announcing plans to move into a basket of currencies, bombings again in London, largest fall in US jobless claims and Malaysia follows suit with China by unpegging the Ringgit! Wow! So what does this mean to us plain folks? While others are worried about their reduced Adsense earnings, the Bank Negara stepping in to prevent a rapid appreciation, this is what I gather after reading the reports. Of course, there's no right or wrong to this, since we can't see the future: 1. Oil prices will go down - Why? China is one of the largest importer of oil, so naturally when the yuan strengthens, China exports get more expensive and ppl think this will slow down the economy. This should happen in the medium term as things will go back to its previous state considering China's rapid economy growth. However, there's a countering argument since oil is priced in US dollars, crude oil will be realtively cheaper for Chinese importers. Thus, they'll buy more now and drive oil prices up. 2. +1 to China diplomatic relations - By revaluing the yuan, this gives a clear signal that China's a cooperative trade partner and shows a growing maturity of the Chinese economy. 3. Malaysia made the right choice in unpegging the Ringgit - With total exports of about $123.5 billion and $26.25 billion in that to China (~21%) makes our economy quite reliant on China. If we have stayed on the 1USD = RM3.8 peg, we would have make huge losses in trade, while unpegging it and making sure that it stays within a certain trading band comparable to China makes perfect sense to me. 4. Expect Chinese corporations to venture out of China now - with reports of China trying to gain favour to get approval for deals such as Unocal (an American oil company), this might eventually be true. As I speak/write, the USD is rising against the major currencies - GBP, EUR, JPY.

Most analyst expects China's trading bands to widen soon. I personally do not think so, since everyone's been speculating the yuan revaluation since 2002, and it has only happened now. Although there are signs of Chinese economy overheating, I believe the Chinese goverment would like to sit-and-observe the situation of the current revaluation first before anything else happens.

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Thursday, July 21, 2005

The 14 Fallacies

We're often tricked by the news/fundamentals when trading FX. Thus, I have tried to note down the 14 major fallacies that we meet everyday. This is from Jack Schwager's "A Complete Guide to the Futures Markets". 1. Viewing Fundamentals in a Vacuum 2. Viewing Old Information as New 3. One Year Comparisons 4. Using Fundamentals for Timing 5. Lack of Perspective 6. Ignoring Relevant Time Considerations 7. Assuming that Price Cannot Decline Significantly Below the Cost of Production 8. Improper Inferences 9. Comparing Nominal Price Levels 10. Ignoring Expectations 11. Ignoring Seasonal Considerations 12. Expecting Prices to Conform to Target Levels in World Trade Agreements 13. Drawing Conclusions on the Basis of Insufficient Data 14. Confusing the Concepts of Demand & Consumption

Trackback added =)

I'm all new to this blogging thing. Anyway, this is my 2nd time adding the Haloscan trackback system and the previous time I deleted this default post, the trackback controls were deleted as well. So I'll leave this here then =) Haloscan commenting and trackback have been added to this blog.