Archive for July, 2008

Hackers get hold of critical internet flaw

Internet security researchers warned that hackers have caught on to a "critical" flaw that lets them control traffic on the internet.

An elite squad of computer industry engineers that labored in secret to solve the problem released a software "patch" two weeks ago and sought to keep details of the vulnerability hidden for at least a month to give people time to protect computers from attacks.

"We are in a lot of trouble," said IOActive security specialist Dan Kaminsky, who stumbled upon the Domain Name System (DNS) vulnerability about six months ago and reached out to industry giants to collaborate on a solution.

"This attack is very good. This attack is being weaponised out in the field. Everyone needs to patch, please. This is a big deal."

DNS is used by every computer that links to the internet and works similar to a telephone system routing calls to proper numbers, in this case the online numerical addresses of websites.

The vulnerability allows "cache poisoning" attacks that tinker with data stored in computer memory caches that relay internet traffic to destinations.

Attackers could use the vulnerability to route users wherever they want, no matter what address is typed into a web browser.The threat is greatest for business computers handling online traffic or hosting websites, according to security researchers.

The flaw is a boon for "phishing” cons that involve leading people to imitation web pages of businesses such as banks or credit card companies to trick them into disclosing account numbers, passwords and other information.

"I was not intentionally seeking to cause anything that could break the internet,” Kaminsky said today during a conference call with peers and media. "It’s a little weird to talk about it out loud.”

Kaminsky built a web page, http://www.doxpara.com, where people can find out whether their computers have the DNS vulnerability. As of today, slightly more than half the computers tested at the website still needed to be patched.

"People are spending tens of thousands of hours getting this patch out the door,” Kaminsky said.

The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team (CERT), a joint government-private sector security partnership, is among the chorus urging people to quickly protect computers linked to the internet.

"Just like you should wear a seat belt going down the road to be safe in a car accident, the same applies here,” said Jerry Dixon, a former director of cyber security at the US Department of Homeland Security.

Two "exploits,” software snippets that take advantage of the vulnerability, have been unleashed on the internet in the past 24 hours, Securosis analyst Rich Mogul said during the conference call."The threat is there,” Mogul said.


This Can’t Be True !!

I am sadden by the state of whats happening to Malaysia, Its such a sad sight to see the the government is so helpless and why is the state police showing off authority? I am no fan of DSAI or the Government, I just want to see that Malaysia is in peace, but reading all this article and comments about the sodomy case, atluntaya and many happening, its really make me feel ashamed to say that I am MAlaysian, I was reading this article in this website call malaysiatoday and I have overcome this piece of information that was commented  so tell me if this IS True ? I can’t believe it? how is one so posssible to amass such wealth? its the bank account and the amount invested and saved in various banks. check it out
 
 Money – more waste and losses

TDM was the one introduced Wang Ehsan…

hey ex-PM nyanyuk, hang pun sama la rompak harta negara…

Details of accounts are as follow:
Family of Dr. Mahathir:
1. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : AGF-2192-2442-722-(X)
Amount : USD 4,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 25/06/95
Date of Maturity : 25/06/98
(Maturity continued to 25/06/2001)
(Extension interest agreed upon)
2. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : FA-4196-2493-313 (A)
Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 09/06/97
Date of Maturity : 09/06/00
3. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : DD-3919-714-271-(A)
Amount : USD 5,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/12/95
Date of Maturity : 06/12/98
4. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : FB-5614-1499-515 (C)
Amount : USD 9,800,000.00
Date of opening account : 12/11/97
Date of Maturity : 12/11/2000

 
 5. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : CE-2418-7172-492 (E)
Amount : USD 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 07/03/98
Date of Maturity : 07/03/01
6. Name : Ms Siti Hasmah Bte Mohamed Ali
Post : Wife of Prime Minister
Passport No. : D 173596 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : GB-6921-4212-712 (F)
Amount : USD 6,650,000.00
Date of opening account : 19/03/95
Date of Maturity : 19/03/98
(Maturity continuity to 19/03/2001)
7. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : C-719-418-210 (M)
Amount : USD 13,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 17/06/96
Date of Maturity : 17/06/99
8. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : F-817-200-11 (C)
Amount : USD 12,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 03/12/96
Date of Maturity : 03/12/99
9. Name : Ms Marina Bte Mahathir
Post : Malaysia AIDS Council President
Passport No. : R 671918 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
5 years
Account No : G-211-922-718-2 (D)
Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 12/07/97
Date of Maturity : 12/07/02
10. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
1 years
Account No : F-3532-3310-501 (NG)
Amount : USD 15,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/09/98
Date of Maturity : 21/09/99
11. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : DA-9159-7211-819 (M)
Amount : USD 4,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 20/05/96
Date of Maturity : 20/05/99
12. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : ME-3138-5144-219 (A)
Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 08/09/97
Date of Maturity : 08/09/00
 
 13. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Current Account
Account No : A-7213-4441-223 (MB)
Amount : USD 15,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 11/12/97
Withdrawal : USD 5,000,000.00 on 10/02/98
Cheque No. F2912718
Deposit : USD 9,500,000.00
Last Balance : USD 19,500,000.00

14. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
1 years
Account No : F-3518-3279-441 (ND)
Amount : USD 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 08/09/98
Date of Maturity : 08/09/99

15. Name : Mr Mokhzani Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 719325 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : M-3121-3149-512 (D)
Amount : USD 7,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 03/12/95
Date of Maturity : 03/12/98

16. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : LA-5716-3919-862 (C)
Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 16/08/96
Date of Maturity : 16/08/99

17. 17. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : CM-6983-7419-365 (F)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 29/06/97
Date of Maturity : 29/06/99

18. 18. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : JE-8145-6073-396 (L)
Amount : S $ 5,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 15/11/97
Date of Maturity : 15/11/99

 19. 19. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : YE-3909-2616-398 (M)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 25/11/97
Date of Maturity : 25/11/00

20. 20. Name : Mr Mirzan Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 914315 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
1 years
Account No : G-7051-3996-521 (EC)
Amount : USD 12,500,000.00
Date of opening account : 26/09/98
Date of Maturity : 26/09/99

21. 21. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : M-2074-6219-332 (E)
Amount : USD 8,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 05/06/97
Date of Maturity : 05/06/99

22. 22. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
3 years
Account No : DL-6074-3691-7785 (E)
Amount : USD 3,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 26/09/97
Date of Maturity : 26/09/00

23. 23. Name : Mr Mukhriz Bin Mahathir
Post : Son of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 639296 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
3 years
Account No : CF-3711-5681-742 (G)
Amount : S $ 7,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 06/07/96
Date of Maturity : 06/07/99

24. 24. Name : Ms Melinda Bte Mahathir
Post : Daughter of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 697339 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit (Foreign Currency)
2 years
Account No : EX-6965-7718-396 (D)
Amount : USD 15,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 19/11/97
Date of Maturity : 19/11/99

25. 25. Name : Ms Melinda Bte Mahathir
Post : Daughter of Prime Minister
Passport No. : R 697339 (M)
Bank : Israeli National Bank
Type of Account : Fixed Deposit
2 years
Account No : FN-1799-6673-983 (M)
Amount : S $ 10,000,000.00
Date of opening account : 21/01/98
Date of Maturity : 21/01/00

TOTAL :
USD 199.45 MILLION AND S $ 42,000,000.00 IN FIXED DEPOSIT

Ponder on the amount and think for yourself how could they have acquired these vast amount of wealth just being the wife and children of the PM of Malaysia ????

 

Govt Shooting themself in the foot AGAIN !!

The state government has defended the purchase of 14 Mercedes E200 Kompressor cars at RM3.43mil for the use of its state executive councillors and senior officials.

Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said said the state government had planned to purchase the cars for a long time now to replace its Proton Perdana V6 Executive fleet in a move to cut cost.

“Please understand that the Proton Perdanas go through continuous long-distance journeys. It’s costing us a lot of money due to high cost of maintenance.

“We are not saying that the national car is not good but in reality we are coughing up more money for maintaining the Proton Perdanas, particularly the gear boxes,” he said.

ahmad said Ahmad cited the example of the Proton Perdana of state Commerce, Industry and Environment committee chairman Toh Chin Yaw, which has twice undergone expensive repairs costing RM50,000 within 36 months.

“In the long run, Mercedes cars are cheaper to maintain and could also save us fuel costs.

This is the state’s long-term plan – we are farsighted. The cars could also fetch  a high market price, when sold as second-hand cars.

“We studied all angles before deciding to buy the Mercedes E200 cars,” he added.

Ahmad also denied that the oil royalty money was used to buy the cars.

“In the first place we have yet to receive the oil royalties from the Federal Government.

“The funds to procure the cars were from our own coffers and has nothing to do with the oil royalties,” he said.

 

When I found out about this move by the Terrengganu MB, They have really taken the cake, In times of crisis and Pak Lah has said that we all should tighten our belt but these RICH ppl bought themself 14pcs of Merc, explain why you need 14 Merc? going for long distance ? RM50k for gear box ? all this really dont make sense, long run ? you sell the so called old cars? what about those 4 year old perdana? where does the sale proceed to ?? will it be used to offset the Merc ? or has it gone to some croonies? or someones bank account ? I just got to fed up reading all this and just had to blog about this !!! MERC in Msia, i believe everyone should just change to Merc, its STATED BY THE GOV themself that Msia cars cant be use, so those ppl doing sales driving around thier perdana, Change to MERC !


Buying a Phone but dont know how to ?

How to choose a cell phone for Dummies

 

When it comes to guys and their phones, it’s usually not surprising to find that they are far more concerned with features over design. Business users may be interested in the smart phone and PDA functions, while for the most sophisticated jetsetter, having dual SIM cards or even a keyboard for easy text input may be key. Whatever the feature, it goes without saying that they have to perform well enough. Below are some of the more desirable features to have on your phone, depending on your budget. For the various types of phones and their ergonomic attributes, check them out here.

Your lifestyle requirements

Features to consider:
Bluetooth with A2DP support::
Bluetooth makes it easy to transfer/sync photos, videos, music or any other data between devices and your PC, and to connect wirelessly with a Bluetooth-enabled headset. This is one feature that should come standard on handsets today, though check if it has A2DP support as this will allow you to listen to your music via Bluetooth stereo earphones.

Wi-Fi/HSDPA:
This is the ultimate connectivity to aim for, empowering the well-connected guy on-the-go whether for work or play. With either Wi-Fi or High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA, a 3.5G mobile technology) supported on your device, all you have to do is get a good data plan that suits your budget, and you’re off.

Once connected, you can stream YouTube while commuting, browse the Web for stuff that guys like to update on, such as sports recaps and stock quotes. You can also check your emails, instant message friends and colleagues to talk tech, update your Facebook, even Skype on your mobile with your girlfriend, saving you long distance costs. The options are virtually limitless.

Push-email:
If your phone supports this, a data plan in your budget range will ensure you get your email fix at anytime. Push-email essentially "pushes" your personal or work email to your handset. Think of it as always-on email, though consider a QWERTY keyboard for easier text input if you email a lot.

Camera and video recorder:
Today’s camera-phones can almost rival your basic standalone compact camera on the market. With resolutions that can go as high as 5 megapixels, top-end camera-phones even offer features taken from point-and-shoots, such as Xenon flash as opposed to LED photolights, special optics, editing options, dedicated camera buttons, autofocus, scene modes, macro closeups, image stabilizer, face detection, optical zoom, even direct TV connectivity. Even video recording has been given some tech shine, with DVD-like video capture and optical zoom.

MP3 player:
According to the 2007 report released by MultiMedia Intelligence, 50 percent of phones will play music by 2011. Indeed, evolving from a mere addon on your phone to an onboard player, today’s music phones give MP3 standalones a good run for their money. Besides offering cool designs and great performance, some music phones come with stereo headset support, playlists, dedicated music keys for easy access, integrated 3D surround speakers.

Memory:
It goes without saying that with a digital music player, camera and office functions on your phone, you’ll be needing loads of storage for the files you will use. An expandable flash memory slot will offer you the memory space you need. The only concern is perhaps the cost of the card that your phone supports.

The two most common memory formats for mobile phones today are microSD and Memory Stick Micro (or M2). The high capacity version of the microSD card, which is also known as microSDHC, has a minimum capacity of 4GB. You might want to buy a handset that supports this format if you are looking at affordable high capacity storage. So before purchasing, make sure your device supports the memory card you want. Not all microSD slots will support microSDHC.

Office and PDA:
Even the most basic handsets offer organizer features. But beyond the standard PIM functions, smart phones can go where no ordinary phone has gone before, offering the ability to read business documents in a variety of formats such as PDF and Microsoft Office, complete personal organizer, full-featured email support, even business card reader, as well as ease of switching between voice and data tasks.

GPS:
Do you need GPS or Global Positioning System? Well, it’s a good-to-have feature, particularly if you’re unfamiliar with the roads in a foreign country or you’re terrible at navigation even on homeground. Look for GPS mapping with automatic routing and voice-prompted turn-by-turn guidance.

For even greater value-add, GPS paired with location-based services means you can choose a category such as restaurants, hotels or theaters. The service then determines your location and sends your phone search results. Once you make your choice, you can get driving directions. How easy is that? Do note that even though your handset may support GPS, you usually will have to purchase the software map. On top of that, location-based services, where applicable, require a monthly subscriber fee.

Other features:
As manufacturers try to outdo each other, we see an increasing number of features being touted, some really nifty, some more fad-like, including touch-sensitive screens that react to taps, swishes or flicks of a finger, which are more intuitive than finger presses and stylus pointing.

Accelerometers (or tilt sensors) have also been put to various uses in the mobile phone. Applications include allowing a user to dial the phone by "writing" numbers in the air, detecting when a phone is rotated, activating it, turning your handset into a game controller, with the potential for more uses. Dual SIM card slots have also been well-received, particularly by frequent travelers, as this translates into automatic configuration of network service for two carriers without the need to swap SIM cards.

Your budget

Depending on the features you desire, mobile phones can easily cost more than S$1,000 without an operator plan. If you want to be the kid on the block with the latest and best, then expect to pay a premium. But if you can wait for older models or special deals from mobile phone operators, though tied to two-year contracts, you might just get the phone you’re eyeing for next to nothing.


PROMOTED !!

the biggest present for my wife musta have been the promotion she got at her workplace.. I AM SO HAPPY FOR HER !!! this year there isnt any promotion for me, but nevertheless she got it, when I work in any job, I always get promoted, but not this one !! so I guess I handed her the title for promotion this year ! It will be mine again next year !! once again !! CONGRATULATIONS DEAR !!

LCD or PLASMA for dummies 1.0

How to choose a flat-panel TV

These days, everyone wants to buy a new flat-panel TV. Not only do they look great in the living room, they also take up a lot less space than traditional CRT TVs while offering larger screen sizes, making them ideal for the modern home entertainment system. While early flat-panel TVs were known to suffer from certain performance issues and were priced at a premium, technological improvements and rapidly decreasing prices have made them a popular choice over other types of displays such as CRTs, projectors and projection TVs. But with so many new models and such a dizzying array of features to consider, finding the ideal TV for your living room can be confusing

 

The space you have

Generally, TV panels 32-inch or larger are recommended for the main living room. Anything smaller is usually more suited for the bedroom, study room or even kitchen. If you are planning to buy a full-HD TV, you will need to get at least a 42-inch LCD or 50-inch plasma panel

Your viewing requirements

Know your distance:
The viewing distance is usually measured between the TV and couch. The optimal viewing distance for a widescreen TV is usually about 1.5 to three times its diagonal screen size. For example, a 42-inch TV is best viewed from a distance of between 5.3-10.5ft. Anything closer, and the picture quality will look poor. Anything further, and the image becomes too small and the immersive experience lost. Note that a range, rather than a definite distance, is given as it also depends on individual preference as well as the type of video content you are viewing. Best Buy has a reference guide for both standard flat panels and HDTVs. DTV City has a calculator if you want to work backward and calculate the screen size based on the viewing distance you have.

Screen size

Suggested max. viewing distance

32-inch

8ft (standard) | 6.67ft (HDTV)

37-inch

9.25ft (standard) | 7.75ft (HDTV)

42-inch

10.5ft (standard) | 8.75ft (HDTV)

50-inch

12.5ft (standard) | 10.42ft (HDTV)

 

LCD vs. plasma:
This is one of the most common dilemmas faced by first-time buyers when purchasing a flat-panel TV. Both plasma and LCD TVs generally produce good picture quality and seemingly offer similar feature sets. However, there are pros and cons to each TV technology. Over the years, manufacturers have resolved (to a certain extent) some of the issues that have plagued earlier panels. For instance, plasma TVs now have features such as pixel orbiting to reduce the burn-in effects. On the other hand, LCD panels are now rated with faster refresh rates, thereby minimizing the potential for motion blur during fast action scenes. Some LCD panels have also narrowed the gap significantly with plasmas in producing deeper black images.

 

LCD

  • Wide range of screen sizes from 15 to over 60 inches
  • Available in 1080p full-HD resolution at smaller sizes
  • Relatively thinner and lighter, easier to install
  • Uses less energy than plasma
  • Limited viewing angle compared to plasmas
  • May have stuck (or dead) pixels
  • Potential for motion blur

Plasma

  • Known to produce deeper blacks than LCD
  • Better at handling fast-motion images
  • Better contrast and brightness than LCDs
  • Available in larger sizes only, from 40 to over 60 inches
  • May suffer burn-in effects
  • Generally lower resolution than similar-sized LCD
  • Glass surface reflects light
  • Runs hotter, needs ventilation space around

Full-HD or not?:
HD or High Definition simply refers to the display resolution set by the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) for TV broadcasts. There are three main HD formats currently found in flat-panel TVs: 720p, 1080i and 1080p. All are widescreen formats, meaning a 16:9 aspect ratio rather than the traditional 4:3 ratio on regular TV screens. The 720 refers to the number of lines of horizontal resolution, while the p and i denote progressive and interlace scan, respectively.

HD format

Resolution

Horizontal lines

Scan type

720p

1,280 x 720

720 lines

Progressive

1080i

1,920 x 1,080

1,080 lines

Interlaced

1080p

1,920 x 1,080

1,080 lines

Progressive

Naturally, the more lines, the better. And progressive is preferred over interlace scans. Most flat-panel TVs today are capable of 720p and 1080i resolution, which are generally good enough for most panels below 42 inches. 1080p, which is often known as full-HD, offers the best resolution of the trio. It is best viewed on TVs larger than 46 inches. Most people these days are looking for full-HD panels to complement their HD devices such as a Blu-ray player and PS3 gaming console, or to double as a PC monitor. But 1080p panels are not cheap. For that reason, the majority of users are sticking to 720p and 1080i panels which are relatively more affordable.

Other features:
Here are some key features to look out for.

  • Connectivity: In addition to the standard connectivity ports such as component, composite and S-video, most LCDs and plasmas today also come with at least one HDMI port, the latest digital interface that carries both audio and video in one cable. With increasingly more HDMI-enabled devices in the market, this is one connectivity option that you’ll want to have, especially if you plan to jump onto the HD bandwagon. Higher-end TV models currently sport up to three (and soon four) onboard HDMI ports. You may also want to look out for TVs that offer a VGA port if you plan to hook up your PC to the TV. The thing to remember here is, the TV you choose should support the connectivity ports that let you connect directly to the other A/V devices in your home entertainment setup.
  • Native vs. dynamic contrast: Contrast ratio is the measurement of the difference between the darkest black and whitest white of a TV display. A high contrast ratio usually denotes that the TV can deliver deeper black levels. This, in turn, means more shadow details and better picture quality. However, this may not be true all the time. We’d still recommend comparing panels side-by-side if possible to determine the color accuracy and details of the TV. Note that manufacturers like to associate their TVs with exaggerated contrast ratio figures, but these often refer to dynamic contrast ratio which is the difference between the white and black parts under dynamic backlighting conditions. To avoid being misled, make sure you look at the native contrast ratio when making comparisons.
  • Remote control: Most consumers underestimate the importance of a remote control unit when buying a TV. The fact is that a badly designed remote can make it a pain to use, so try out the remote control, too. A good unit should be comfortable to press and its buttons intuitively laid out and labeled. Increasingly, TV vendors are bundling remote controls that can double as universal remotes for other devices. Check to see if these remotes work with just same-brand products or across all brands. TVs that support HDMI-CEC also let you control compatible devices linked to the panel via HDMI, but this is usually restricted to devices under the same brand.
  • Built-in memory card slots: Many flat-panel TVs today offer integrated memory card slots which let you playback multimedia content stored on the various flash memory formats. This function is often used for sharing JPEG images taken with a digital camera or for listening to MP3 music, though you will find that some new TV models also support video playback.

Your budget

Obviously, the bigger the budget you have, the larger the screen you can buy. It’s that simple. There are some cases where you can expect to pay (sometimes, significantly) more for better features such as a higher-resolution 1080p full-HD panel, built-in digital tuner and integrated hard drive recorder. Several TV makers have also started introducing a designer range, which typically will cost more than standard models. LCD TVs are known to offer the best value in terms of price and quality for screen sizes below 42 inches, while the same can be said for 50-inch and larger HDTV plasma panels. Most people nowadays are looking at panels of between 32 and 42 inches due to their relatively affordable pricing. Larger panels are still priced at a slight premium.


it all started with ..

Its all started when the pin which fell from my wallet without me knowing, what the heck is that you ask ? Well, this is about the month that is downhill for me, badluck city, in the black cloud I say, sigh, I tell you its not a vey good month to start with, it all started with yes .. my Wallet, the wallet which is my fav Hugo Boss bought for my bday by my wife its a wallet with those money clip holder, one day I realized that the money holder is no longer there, I was so sad, but life goes on, still using it because I love the blackness of the wallet, it holds my 16pcs of credit card well, so I guess it will be with me for a long time, but thats not all, then it all gets worst from there, I dropped my blackberry and cracked the screen, knowing that Singapore has no repair center, I was desperate for a solution, In the end I managed to fix the screen, Sigh .. by disecting the blackberry myself and replacing the screen with another one, YAHooo .. like brand new..  here comes another curve ball thrown at me, I signed up for a housing loan, knowing that this would throw my financial priorities into wack but yet I did it, cause I know owning the house is the ultimate thing for me now at the moment, so I got to sell my precious, my bike.. my love.. ahha .. I have taken care for it so much .. anyway .. like I said times are hard, we have to learn to let go what is most precious to us,
 
to top it all up knowing I am cash strapped. I lost a $100 bucks for no reason, its not gambling nor either illegal activity, its just flew away like the bermuda triangle, dont make sense to me. Well wifey’s bday coming soon, She wont know what hit her .. I told her no present, and guess she think there wont be one anyway cause she know I am cash strapped.. but I have already planned this for the longest time. .ahah .. see if she jump for joy ! haha .. anyway .. to brighten my day .. I spend my colleague a round of drinks to cheer myself up, yup.. treated my colleague to their fav drinks and got my cheery friend Nicole something nice.. hope she like it also la.. anyway .. I hope my friends are all happy, IT wont matter to me that I am sad and alone sometimes.. but to see other faces smile is a pleasure to me..

8 Million Downloads in One DAy

Hey Guess what I was reading on some blog and found that He was one of the Mozilla 8 million download, I was figuring how come I didnt get it, cause I downloaded like 5 copies for my desktop and my laptop, I thnk i tried downloading it for my two pda phones and my blackvberry, guess it didnt work.. haha, neways.. just want to show you guys the token of appreciation that was given to me by Guiness Book of World Record Mozilla !!
 

Thanks to the support of the always amazing Mozilla community, we now hold a Guinness World Record for the most software downloaded in 24 hours. From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 and are now enjoying a safer, smarter and better Web.

Ever since Firefox was launched in 2004 we’ve relied on our community to help us spread the word, and thanks to projects including crop circles, newspaper ads, giant stickers, videos, blogs and more we now have over 180 million users in more than 230 countries.

So what’s next? We’ll just have to wait and see what YOU come up with!

 

Mozilla Cert

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