Category Archives: Web Notes

Shiny bits and pieces of the Internet which caught my attention

The Answer is in the Colours

(Image by ClaudOnLake)

Our lives should be colourful.

Colourful pictures make me happy. Rainbows, crayons, flowers, gardens… all these bring a smile to my face no matter how bad my day is.

And now I can tell my state of mind by just choosing a sequence of colour which calm me the most. I have done this colorgenic test before, so it was with a streak of nostalgia that I revisited the newly revamped site.

The results? Not surprising. It had always been accurate for me. Here’s a reflection of my well being right now. Those that resonate strongly with me is in bold, and those inaccurate ones are striked out.

My colour for today is blue. What’s yours?

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You are the sort of person that needs a peaceful environment. You seek release from stress and freedom from conflicts and disagreements, of which you seem to have had more than your fair share. But you are taking pains to control the situation by proceeding cautiously and you are right in doing so as you are a very sensitive person.

You are very talented, imaginative and sensitive but you are holding back as you do not really like going it ‘on your own’. In preference you would like to team up with someone, someone with similar attributes as your own, to explore – to seek out and go perhaps ‘where no other man has trod before’. It is the unusual that attracts you and which will give you a sense of excitement and adventure.

The situation at this time is one of considerable distress. You feel trapped and you are looking for some way out. You can find solace in the arms of someone who cares so long as there is no long-term emotional involvement.

You are being unduly influenced by the situation that is all around you. You do not like the feeling of loneliness and whatever it is that seems to separate you from others. You know that life can be wonderful and you are anxious to experience life in all its aspects, to live it to the full. You therefore resent any restriction or limitations that are being imposed on you and you insist on going it alone.

You wish to be left in peace… no more conflict and no more differences of opinion. In fact you just don’t want to be involved in arguments of any shape or form. All you want is for ‘them’ to get on with it – and to leave you alone.

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48 Things You Might Want To Know About Raz

Wow, there are sure a lot of this kind of meme going around in Facebook, so I’m doing it selectively. Got tagged by Cheryl, Anna, Paul, Charles and a couple of other “invisible tags”, so here you go! More things for you to know about me… if you so inclined, hehe. This is a copied version from the actual Facebook note.

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25 Random Things About Razlan

I remember the day I was tagged on Facebook to do this meme. It was the first time I got tagged to do something, and I thought… what the hell. I was bored, I had half an hour before my next appointment, so I started writing.

… and didn’t stop until 40 minutes later. Gosh. That was some hard work. Writing 25 random things about yourself is almost as hard as choosing 25 friends to tag. What I didn’t realise was how I released something viral into my circle of friends.

More than half of the people tagged did the note, and tagged me back, and in turn tagged more people, many of whom are our mutual friends. I learned more about my friends in these notes than over a couple of beers. And according to some report, more than 5 million of these notes got written.

Gosh, just how desperate are we to share with the whole world? LOL.

Anyway, here is the note I did, reproduced in all it’s glory. If you did one too, show it to me!

Oh… just in case she got pissed off I didn’t credit her – this post was inspired by social media rockstar, Pat Law.

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So here’s the deal. The tagged person (in this case, me) has to write 25 random things about him/herself. And then tag 25 other people to do it!

In turn, the 25 other tag-ees will have to write 25 random things about themselves and tag the person who tagged them along with 25 other people they wanna tag!

1. My stomach is christened “Ma’at“.

2. Another part of is christened “So’ot“. Guess which.

3. When I dance in a club, I like to bite my pendant, if I am wearing one.

4. I like to arrange my dollar notes in my wallet according to size. I feel uneasy if they are all jumbled-up.

5. Whenever I make tea, I always put in two tea bags, and will use them three times. Always.

6. I need to read before I sleep. If I don’t, I can’t sleep. If I do, I might be able to sleep.

7. When I use my laptop at work, my MS Outlook must be the first thing I load, so it will appear left-most on my taskbar. If it is not aligned so, I will close all my programs and start all over again.

8. I hate the alert “ping-ing” sounds on computer programs, like Gtalk or MSN. It irritates me to no end. I turn off everything if I could. So if you message me and wondered why it took me so long to reply, now you know.

9. I can’t eat spicy stuff, but I love wasabi with sushi, and seafood tomyam.

10. I used to spend 10-hours on IRC everyday for two whole months. Non-stop.

11. My biggest idol is Orlando Bloom, and once I almost spent thousands on air ticket to see him at the world premiere for Troy. Sanity took hold of me before I can click “purchase ticket”

12. When I get married, it will be a white wedding in Santorini, Greece. The rings will be from Tiffany and the flowers will be purple tulips. Only 40 guests will be invited (20 will be mine) so start being nice to me now.

13. I intend to name my first son, Ryan Haiqal. My first daughter, Rachel Nurhaliza. And second son, Nathan… Malay name to be determined.

14. As of now, I have not found the person I want to do the above two items with. Yet.

15. My Mac is named “Bulut”. I did it after a certain encounter in Istanbul. Don’t ask me what happened.

16. At my “peak”, I weighed 90 kg and my waistline was 40″. Yes, I know I didn’t look like it, but it’s the truth. If you want my oversized, specially tailored pants and jeans, you can have them.

17. In my uni-days, I was known as “Professor Harry Potter“. I can recite the names of all the spells cast by Harry, Ron and Hermione, backwards. I know I was awesome.

18. I read the entire series of Harry Potter books at least 12 times.

19. I dropped a tooth when I was 23. I still keep it in a special, wooden container. I think I will drop more teeth as I age.

20. I once took a photo with Michael Jackson when I was little. Now I am not sure if it is the real person or just a life-sized cut-out.

21. When I was young, I thought hanging a string of firecrackers in front of the balcony will attract lion dancers to come to my house.

22. I used to hate people who drink, smoke, and/or club. To the core. Now I can do all three myself. Maybe not so much for smoking, unless it is Turkish water pipe.

23. I love Phuket. I been there seven times within 1.5 year.

24. I can recite and act out scenes from FRIENDS. I have ten whole seasons of it on DVD. I stopped counting when I watched it for the tenth time.

25. I am having a tough time citing 25 random things about myself, and to choose 25 friends to tag. And I am late for my appointment. But here you go – keep it going!

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About RSS Subscribers & Such

I was checking up my Feedburner account to see if they offer email subscription service, and I was in for a surprise.

No, it is not the email service. That is a given. I am surprised by the number of RSS subscribers that I have for this blog.

A total of 29. I know, to some of you this is a very small number, nothing to boast about, but for me, it is, when I only have like a miserable 4 subscribers earlier this year.

I guess the frequency I blog nowadays and the plugin for WordPress RSS feeds must have everything to do with the increase. LOL. Anyway, I would like to invite you to RSS feed to follow my blog updates using a RSS reader, or you can also be updated via email alerts too.

All this information is duplicated from my subscription page.

Screenshot of my Feedburner account after the jump.

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Plurking Your Way to Insanity

I have been toying with Plurk for some weeks now, and to be honest, I really, really like it! Even my current Twitter is set to reflect what I have Plurk-ed.

This is an example of the kind of funny shit you can see on Plurk, everyday:

LOL. So, join me on Plurkville and have some crazy fun whenever you get bored working, studying… or whatever that is you are doing. And check out these cool badges – just remember to credit if you use them!

See ya on Plurk!

PayPerPost – Earn $$$ By Blogging

I am sure you have noticed some new posts that cropped up recently on my blog, on topics that I usually won’t blog here. In the interest of full disclosure, such posts are actually sponsored posts from the PayPerPost network. Basically, what you do is to respond to “opportunities” posted by advertisers in the PayperPost marketplace by blogging. Then you submit your post for review.

If your post is accepted, you will be paid for the amount offered. As simple as that!

I have been on the system for about a week now. So far did three posts only; however, all three have been accepted and I will be paid! Here are the details (click for bigger image).

My PayPerPost earnings so far...

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Lawyers on the net – a battle of SEO superiority?

When I saw an opportunity to review a law firm website, I was a bit puzzled. First of all, what is a law firm doing online? Why do they need to create a buzz on their website? And if I never used their service before, nor am I anywhere near Austin, should I do a review of them?

I decided I take another tack – to review their website usability instead.

This Austin Personal Injury Lawyer website scores a very good impression upon my first visit. The store front is impressive, sleek and professional looking. Everything is laid out proportionately, and the website elements are pleasant to the eye.

So, I imagine myself as a potential client. What would be my questions? Let’s say, I sustained an injury due to a malfunctioning product. So I will be interested to know: Is the firm suitable for me? What are its areas of expertise? How can I quickly get help? How can I quickly call someone?

The site was built to address these key concerns easily.
1) It lays it’s key area of expertise right at the top of the navigation bar
2) Then it provide a prominent banner that display its phone numbers
3) And if you want to go more detailed, a simple web form is available for you to key in the details and hit send

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When you get paid for what you blog about

I have been tinkling with many money-making mechanisms on the web. Some are relatively simple to implement, like Google Adsense and Nuffnang. Others require a bit more work.

Like writing blog reviews.

The concept is simple. Advertisers tell you what you should blog about – call “Opportunities” – that they are willing to pay for. Bloggers go into the “Marketplace”, and select the opportunities they want to blog about. If your post is approved, then voila! You get money credited to your account.

Sounds simple, isn’t it? Not really. Quite a lot of effort is needed. You really need to do a good job in reviewing the product/service. If you don’t usually use a particular service, how can you blog something that actually will benefit your readers and the advertisers? And if you are the greedy type, what are the risks that you’ll fill your blog with “sponsored” posts, and anger your readers?

Decision, decision. But is it as tough as it sounds?

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Great Online Advertisement

They say web assets are dead. Banner ads, flying ads, blinking ads, pixel ads, ticker roll ad… all out to interrupt your attention to what you actually want to concentrate on.

But when it is done tastefully like this, one gets entertained. And you’ll pay attention.

Hat tip to Ryan.

Grand Central

Imagine.

One number. Many phones. Full control. Almost free.

These are some of the promises of Grand Central, which was recently acquired by Google.

The service is currently confined to US only; however you can still sign up to be notify and (hopefully) reserve a number of your choice. Perhaps if more of us could sign from Singapore, they will come here in a jiffy.

I wonder how this will change the telecommunication landscape here?