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Thursday July 21, 2005
Developing ideas and apps
By Brigitte Rozario

SOFTWARE developers have found in blogs the ideal tool to share information and experiences. This of course goes to helping them with the software and applications that they are working on.
Darien Nagle, 34, senior technology specialist of Microsoft Malaysia’s enterprise and partner group, was inspired to start such a blog when he was at one of Microsoft’s training sessions in the United States.
Says Nagle: “We were in one lecture and I was sitting with a colleague, a prolific blogger, Cameron Reilly (
http://reilly.typepad.com). As the lecture was going on, he was blogging away so I asked him, ‘What are you doing?,’ and he’s like, ‘What! You don’t have a blog?!,’ like it’s a crime or something.”
That was when Nagle started blogging. Today, he has two blogs – a developer blog at
http://blogs.msdn.com/darien and a personal one at MSN Spaces (http://spaces.msn.com/members/darien).
“I think some blogs are written and others continue to be written without a purpose in mind. That’s okay, but it’s good to keep things on track. For me, my professional blog is to connect with people I meet at events; to connect with customers who might not know me that well; to connect with fellow IT professionals and to connect with local developers.
“There’s a link on my professional blog, which incidentally I have a reference to in my e-mail signature, that refers to my personal blog. So that completes the connection,” explains Nagle.
According to him, if someone sitting amongst a thousand other people at a Microsoft TechNet/MSDN event sees him on stage giving a presentation, they can then visit his blog and get to know him both professionally and personally.
“That can form a relationship that might not otherwise have had a chance without that connection,” he says.
As a Microsoft developer, Nagle feels he addresses the needs of two communities – the developers and the IT professionals, or as he calls them, “the infrastructure guys and gals.”
“I generally post references to useful bits of information on what my core areas are in Microsoft. It’s a place for people to go for links if they are interested in Windows or High Performance Computing, or if they attend an event and want to get my presentation information. The blog helps them stay informed,” says Nagle.
Blogs, he says, teach you a lot about a person because, unlike a formal homepage, they include opinions and perspectives on all kinds of stuff.
He believes that while individuals and developers have embraced blogging, companies and corporate types are still a bit hesitant.
“I think most businesses are really cautious of blogs – mostly because they don’t know how to manage this new phenomenon of ‘expressionism.’ Employees who are empowered to write whatever they feel like all over the place scares the heck out of them.
“I think Microsoft is really wonderful because it lets us have our expressive freedom, and all of us who blog are making those wonderful ‘connections’ with people.
“Blogs are a great resource to gather feedback on a product, plan, or idea. Microsoft has some broad guidelines to make sure that you gather and use feedback the right way to protect both the company and those providing their opinions to the blogger.
“I think a lot of companies are really cautious about official company blogs. I think it will become a trend soon, but we’re still very much in the ‘wait and see’ game for a lot of companies,” says Nagle

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Thursday July 21, 2005
New marketing tool
By Brigitte Rozario

PLAXO does it. GM’s leaders do it. Flickr is doing it too.
To be more specific, all three companies have incorporated blogs into their websites.
Yup, businesses have found a way to use blogs to sell their products and promote their companies.
It’s not just a US phenomenon either.
In.Tech dug around (read: Googled) and found a few “early adopters” who have incorporated blogs into their company websites.
Scan Out
XiMnet Malaysia decided to have a blog to set it apart from the many other web design and multimedia companies in the country.
“The blog is a good platform to talk about what you believe in,” says Wiley Chin, chief alchemist of XiMnet. “We’re blogging as a journey, as a story, as who we are and what we believe in. We’re saying it’s tough but we’re willing to stick to it through thick and thin to deliver the best.”
Chin believes that recent international events such as the Sept 11 2001 terror attacks as well as the Enron scandal have made people in general more cynical about corporations.
“I think blogging helps you get beyond the typical sleek front and go to the back and know what this company stands for. Especially for a small company like ours, there’s nothing to lose. For instance, I say I stand for hard work and passion in what I’m doing.
“Blogging supplements a voice. And it’s also interesting because it’s a rebel kind of thing. If it’s a voice that is anti-establishment, it can be pretty strong. It also generates a lot of interest in your beliefs. People now are very focused on your beliefs rather than corporate vision. People want authenticity now,” says Chin.
XiMnet’s blog (
www.ximnet.com.my/thelab/blog/default.asp) offers information about the company, what it is working on, and some general thoughts on life by Chin.
Documenting history
The blog which was started about 10 months ago is also a way for Chin to motivate his team and to document his company’s history as it happens.
“How do you tell this story to your customers and your staff, or your potential business partners? Even though the story might not sound like a connected story, but there is a story underneath all those blog entries that connect to this dream of achieving something.
“If it is a journey, you need to consistently tell this story and the various facets of it. Assuming you are a walking story, (you should document) how you interact, and how you respond under different circumstances. A blog is a good place for you to put down those thoughts,” says Chin.
Through his blog, Chin also hopes to attract like-minded clients and staff.
“In a typical case of a customer responding to us, it’s not the company responding to us, but rather individuals. For instance, if a company needs to build a website, it would be one of the IT or PR staff who will start searching on the Internet or asking around for a web developer. “If people can identify with you and your values, it is often a much more productive and effective relationship when you work together, rather than working with people who don’t share your values,” says Chin.
He explains that some of his blog readers have also recommended customers to him.
Selling products
Unlike XiMnet, Foto-ZZoom’s blog (
www.fotozzoom.com.my/wp) is used solely to provide information on the company’s latest cameras as well as photography tips. The company also uses its blog to better handle queries from customers and potential customers.
Explains webmaster Jason Chow: “We blog about our new products, so that people will be able to find our site when they do a search for that product.
“Customers can also ask questions in the comments area. So instead of calling us about the products, they can just ask a question at the blog.”
According to Chow, blogging also helps market their products and their website. News in blogs apparently appear faster in search engine results rather than regular HTML (HyperText Markup Language) pages.“Blogs have RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to alert readers when there is an update, so basically anyone who uses an RSS reader can straightaway get the alert that there’s a new post or a new camera,” he says.
Foto-ZZoom administration manager Khoo Ban Seng says that once in a while there is the odd complaint from customers. “You can’t run away from that.
“Through the blog, we try to answer the questions as fast as possible. Sometimes it could be a few minutes, but sometimes it could be a few days,” he explains.
Combined effort
Still new to the blogosphere is Mobile88.com. The company’s blog (
www.mobile88.com/blog) was launched just three months ago.
Explains L.K. Chong, head of e-commerce at Mobile88.com: “The main purpose is to provide a platform to our enthusiastic members who are keen to share information as well as opinions on the mobile industry, devices and technology.”
Right now the blog is open to selected members only. The company hopes that the blog will provide more variety to the company’s website content.
By deploying the open-source concept in content sharing, Mobile88 also hopes to produce an annual mobile technology pullout by its resident bloggers.
Build the brand
Chong believes that blogging is a trend that companies will not be able to ignore as it provides a platform for businesses to interact with potential customers as well as a way for companies to build their brand through knowledge sharing.
Says Chong: “Blogs provide a new communications platform for marketing, branding, sales and customer support.”
XiMnet’s Chin believes that blogging will catch on with the younger entrepreneurs who are bolder and braver.
“I think most of the chief executive officers in Malaysia are very conservative. I don’t think it’s going to happen at that level. But maybe the young entrepreneurs, the mavericks, are going to do that,” says Chin.
He explains the business of blogging aptly when he says: “A blog merges your personality and your business vision. It is a very good entry point into who you are, what you do, and what your values are.”

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Thursday July 21, 2005
The business of blogging
By Brigitte Rozario

IF you think blogging is a fad which only tech people with too much time on their hands indulge in, think again.
Blogs are being used by communities of software developers to share information. They are being used by big corporations as a way of sharing information with their customers while getting immediate feedback on products. Even the small companies are using blogs as a way of reaching out to customers and potential customers.
Are blogs today what the dotcoms were to businesses in the 1990s?
Making a connection
Butt Wai Choon, managing director of Microsoft Malaysia, says it is a great way for Microsoft’s employees to connect with a broader world.
“Microsoft is about people. As a technology company, we’re glad that our employees are able to ride the new information wave to express their thoughts quite candidly about their work here, our products and more.
“We’ve set out some basic guidelines for employees who want to start their own blogs, to ensure that (what they write complies with) the company’s human resources and information management policies. But, by and large, these blogs have been growing for more than a year now,” says Butt.
Julian Goh, senior marketing manager at Oracle Corporation Malaysia, agrees that blogs are an effective way to connect.
“(Blogs are) about interaction and influence and (they) create communities. They provide employees an avenue for sharing knowledge, information and opinions with colleagues, partners, distributors and customers,” says Goh.
Although Oracle Malaysia does not have blogs at its website, the company still believes in the value of blogs as a platform for business.
“Corporate blogs provide organisations with the ability to connect with their audiences on a more personal level, build trust, obtain feedback and foster stronger relationships. At the same time it also extends the marketing reach and brand to new audiences almost overnight,” says Goh.
Share and share alike
Like Oracle Malaysia, Hewlett-Packard Malaysia also does not have any blogs at its local website. However, the company is supportive of staff blogs. In addition, HP provides bloghosting for staff through its intranet as well as through its global site for executives and through its technical blogs (http://devresource.hp.com/blogs).
Says T.F. Chong, managing director of HP Malaysia: “We see the benefits of blogging primarily from a knowledge management standpoint and also in terms of solutions positioning – especially for HP subject matter experts who share their professional viewpoints with peers and other interested readers.
“HP has found that blogs are a great way to directly link our experts and leaders with our customers and the public – e.g. blog links can be integrated into HP marketing eNewsletters, for example. In turn, our customers get to know HP, our products and solutions, and our staff get direct feedback.”
IBM Malaysia is another multinational company that encourages its staff to use blogs and other forms of online collaboration tools to have “webjams” – to help employees learn and share information.
In fact, Suhaimi Sulong, IBM Malaysia’s Director of Human Resources, says that “IBMers have been blogging internally for several years now, and we’re one of the first organisations to provide guidance to employees on how to blog responsibly on external sites. These guidelines are designed to encourage all IBMers to contribute to this growing and increasingly important public platform for the sharing of ideas and innovation,” he says.

According to Suhaimi, IBM’s blogging guidelines include common-sense suggestions such as respecting copyright and financial disclosure laws; being personable and interesting; and respecting the views of others.
Apparently, among some of IBM’s global bloggers is the company’s vice-president of Technical Strategy and Innovation, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, whose blog can be found at http://irvingwb.typepad.com.
Suhaimi says that IBM’s blogging guidelines were actually created through another online collaborative tool – the wiki.
“Wiki” is the Hawaiian word for “quick” and it is an online application that enables people to add content as they would in a forum. Unlike a forum though, people can also edit the content online in a wiki.
According to Suhaimi, employee blogging has a great potential for enhancing innovation.
Credible source
Cheam Tat Inn, managing director of Sun Microsystems Malaysia Sdn Bhd believes that a blog initiated and supported by a company may give a certain credibility and focus to the subject matter.
“When you read these blogs, you know the blogger is who he says he is. The second benefit is you know you are not reading something crafted by the company’s corporate communications team but the opinion of the individual, and sometimes their opinion is refreshingly different from that of a press release.
“Let’s draw an example from the legal arena. When the court makes a decision we know what the decision is, but wouldn’t it be interesting to be able to read the dissenting judge’s opinion?” says Cheam.
He however points out that blogs do not actually have any standard format, guidelines or code of ethics.
“Here lies a possible loophole for exploitation – how do we know that the blog is not written by a team of clever corporate communications experts?” asks Cheam.
Butt of Microsoft agrees, and adds that it is hard to quantify how blogs will affect a company’s return on investment.
However, he says, “blogs are powerful tools to solicit direct and candid customer feedback about a certain product or service – and that gives reason for a company, like Microsoft to improve.
After all, agility is reinvention.”

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Tuesday July 19, 2005
From bombs to blogs
BY JOHANAN SEN
BLOGGING is, for the most part, a voyeur’s homage to monotony. From weekly grocery lists to “moblogged” VGA images, most bloggers do their level best to document life with little thought paid to how their content might engage visitors.

Monotony breaks, however, when the life being documented becomes newsworthy.
Respected news organisations have begun paying attention to bloggers. I was surprised at how The Guardian, The Independent and the BBC’s online facilities have all referenced (at one point or another) bloggers, particularly after the recent blasts in central London.
Being in the city, at the time, the only way I could get news out that I was safe was through my blog.
Phone networks (landline and mobile) were busy and I was confined to my apartment for hours, all modes of transportation either gridlocked or down.
I waited for friends to call, text or e-mail, not hearing from a few until eight or nine hours after the bombs had gone off. Many, like me, kept in touch through blog posts and instant messengers. It was a way to keep sane. By keeping your mind on documenting the chaos, you give shape to it and avoid panic.
Many of those near Edgeware Road and King’s Cross station snapped pictures and short video clips on cellphones or PDAs (personal digital assistants) equipped with cameras.
The BBC News, ITV News and Sky News networks all used images and videos taken by private individuals, some first posted on personal blogs.
The few hours of fear, curiosity and worry passed rather quickly as London moved on. Emergency teams worked efficiently and Londoners made room on their streets and their schedules for things to be cleaned up.
We went back to worrying about alternative routes and what we’d all do for dinner, that “stoicism and resilience” born from an inability to do anything else. With nations placed in more immediate danger, the same technology is also playing a huge part.
War blogsA growing number of bloggers are reporting from front lines and war zones. It is an international community with its own patois.
One where “the liberated” is code for the oppressed and “election” code for caution.
In the pages of blogs like Baghdad Burning (riverbendblog.blogspot.com), the recent war in Iraq is better documented than in the archives of some respected mainstream news sources.
Omitted by these bloggers, are the press releases and official statements that appear in the newspapers.
In its place is a passionate dialogue about Iraq’s experiences during the past few years with a new vocabulary shaped from the United States’ need to spread its freedom and the Iraqi people’s desire to have theirs.
Another project, called United We Blog! … for a Democratic Nepal (www.blog.com.np), is run by professional Nepalese journalists who feel stifled by their censorship laws.
In 2001 – after the Crown Prince of Nepal killed his parents and siblings before committing suicide – the newly proclaimed King Gyanendra dissolved the government, declaring martial law.
Much of what has gone on in Nepal since then has been under wraps, until two journalists – by the name of Dinesh Wagle and Ujjwal Acharya – launched United We Blog.
You’ll find references to Wagle and Acharya’s posts on articles in many mainstream news sources. It is seen by many as the only independent and propaganda-free source of reporting from Nepal.
How the two have held out this long with as much media attention as they’ve received, is beyond me.
Even so, their views are now playing a huge part in how Nepal is perceived by the international community.
True, what we read on the blog is most certainly tainted by the opinions of those who contribute, but it is a project that does not seek to brew distrust or anger. Rather it is simply one that parts fact from fiction – something Wagle and Acharya feel they cannot do through conventional means.
Minority representationWe may approach sources like United We Blog with caution and prejudice – knowing that these pens are neither licensed nor well backed – but without them the minority view would not be heard and for that they have the respect of netizens.
Journalistic articles and personal memoirs used to be the only published sources one could accept as primary data.
But we have now found a medium with that has more current and raw content than any of its predecessors. It is a medium that is less censored and one that I favour regardless of how it may threaten my chosen profession.
Not all bloggers are amateurs. Some – like Noam Chomsky (blog.zmag.org/ttt) – are well-known personalities and have chosen this method of circulation for its instant, unmediated reach.
But the amateurs, despite incorrect grammar and dodgy semantics, offer candid points of view without compromise.
They are loved for their candour and they are a force that is much harder to silence. So don’t think you’ve gotten your daily bread after the morning paper.

Log on and find yourself a blog.

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Thursday June 23, 2005
Appealing to old and young alike
BY BRIGITTE ROZARIO
DOES the Internet solely belong to professionals and the youth? It may have in the past. But this is no longer the case.
The Internet today belongs to everyone – the working profes¬sionals, the elderly, the disabled and the young ‘uns too. Perhaps those who find it hardest to understand and learn to use are the senior citizens.
Not because the Internet is not user-friendly but because there is a general fear of the computer.
Senior citizens in general are afraid that if they press the wrong button, the computer will “spoil” or that they will let in all manner of evil such as viruses, spybots and spam.
Surprise!Retired chief executive offi¬cer David Wong, 81, was very reluctant to learn to use the computer. His daughter kept asking him and his wife if they would like to take over her old computer.
Wong consistently declined as he felt he was “too old.”
However, after a trip to Scotland to visit another daughter, the Wongs returned to find a computer set up in their home. Their eldest daugh¬ter had taken the opportunity to set it up while they were out of the country.
“It was staring me in the face and I gradually came to use and love it,” says Wong.
He uses the Internet and e-mail to keep in touch with his children in Scotland, England and Hong Kong, as well as with friends all over the world.
He also enjoys surfing to sites like the BBC where he gets the latest international news. Also, he does not subscribe to pay TV (Astro), so Wong relies on the Internet for news.
When his computer was on the blink recently, he found him¬self having to do without the Internet for more than five weeks. This was a source of frus¬tration for Wong as he was no longer in touch with family and friends. When the computer finally did come back, his e-mail address book and browser favourites were wiped out.

“The Internet has been a joy as well as a great frustration to me. Frustration when I couldn’t e-mail or surf the Net when the computer was down,” says Wong.
Nonetheless he is full of praise for this great technological enabler and equaliser. “It would have been a great tool for people at work if we had had it (when I was working) because there are so many sources of information that one can garner from on the Net,” he says.
He keeps trying to persuade his wife and friends to try surfing the Internet. “It is very useful in keeping you active as well. The difficulty lies in the reluctance to learn. Once I got down to it I found it fascinating,” he adds.
The expertTan Chet Wah, 65, is a retired executive in the private sector. He uses the Internet mostly to e-mail and contact friends.
“I am not an IT man. I am just a user,” he says humbly, while admitting that sometimes his friends call him when they run into problems with their computers.
The solution is sometimes a small matter, he adds grinning.
“At the moment I use the Internet to get the news. My homepage now is the share market watch at The Star Online,” says Tan.
He also surfs to the Bernama site for local news, while the BBC and CNN give him international news.
Although he also buys the newspapers, Tan finds the online versions “better” as there are fewer distractions on the page.
“I also pay all my bills online. And I get all my health information and news on alternative medicine, as well as sports updates.”
An avid golfer, Tan sometimes follows live golf tournaments online.
“The Internet is our window to the world and the world has shrunk in that sense,” says Tan.
Resources and recipesRetired government servant Jenny Williams, 61, goes online almost every day. She surfs the Net for information on everything including religion and recipes.
If I want to check anything, I go straight to the Net, admits Williams.
She is a self-taught surfer who says that seniors should not be afraid of the computer even if it breaks down. “Just call the technician,” she says. “Even though we are senior citizens, we should still know something about modern technology, if not for work then for personal use. “Don’t say that you can’t learn. If I can (learn), then you can too!”
William says that senior citizens should not just sit at home idly; they should go on the Internet as it keeps them busy and keeps them active.
Whatever-lah!While the seniors are more conservative and reserved, children under 12 tend to be fearless. Can we blame them? They grew up not knowing of a time when there was no Internet and no computers. The Internet is part of their daily lives, just like the library and land-line phones were a part of ours.
On a recent visit by In.Tech to SK Convent Bukit Nanas 2, we discovered that children 12 and below found the Internet as much a part of their daily lives as handphones, short message service (SMS) and video-conferencing.
While not all of the five girls we spoke to could remember the URL for their websites, they all said they would want to build another website in the future.
“It’s fun,” they chirped, almost in unison.
These girls – Fara Diana Khairuddin, Faridah Faiz, Adibah Shahrum, Sonia Ashley and Fatin Syahiera – are in Year Five and Year Six.
They have no idea what HTML (HyperText Markup Language) is, but they looked at this writer strangely when asked whether building a website was easy. They’re at that age – the things they take for granted are things we adults struggled with.
After all, every primary pupil today is exposed to the computer. And building websites is just a matter of signing up at any of the free webhosting sites and using wizards and templates. It’s just a matter of point and click. While most of these girls have their sites just for fun, Faridah seems to be the most serious, using her site to chat with friends and put up her latest news in a blog. She says she’s even made one or two new friends through her site.
All these girls e-mail their relatives and friends, while video-conferencing parents who travel is also the norm.
It’s a new generation – handphones, PCs, the Internet, SMS, MMS (multimedia messaging service) and technology are all part and parcel of the average day.
As a computer graphics animator once said, technology has succeeded when people don’t notice the technology.

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Blog & Teknologi Manusia (1)

Akhbar The Star dalam ruangan teknologi menarik minat aku membacanya. Ia berkenaan tentang Blog, sepertimana yang anda lihat sekarang. Kewujudan Blog sudah dilihat sebagai agenda profesional bagi golongan korporat dan perniagaan dalam meningkatkan nilai pasaran mereka. Malah dari sudut kehidupan, individu ia memberi implikasi yang cukup besar dalam pembentukan masa hadapannya. Ada juga yang dibuang kerja apabila kisah di dalam blognya menjadi bacaan pihak atasan, secara tidak langsung diri penulis berkenaan dijadikana sasaran oemecatan mereka apabila timbul kritikan dan gesaan terhadap syarikat tersebut. Aku sertakan bersama keratan akhbar maya The Star bertarikh 23 Julai 2005 agar semua pengunjung blok boleh memikirkan sesuatu yang menarik dengan blog milik mereka
www.motivasiminda.cjb.net
Doing your own thing
Blogging and podcasting explained
BY H. AMIR KHALID
TWO fairly recent innovations of the Internet age are blogging and podcasting. Blogging, an updated form of public diary-keeping, has seen an explosion of people emulating Samuel Pepys, the 17th century diarist. All these people add to (or subtract from, depending on your opinion of a particular blogger) the rich feast of public discourse that is the World Wide Web.
Podcasting, meanwhile, promises to make a broadcaster out of anyone with an internet connection, a soundcard and a microphone.
Blogging is by its nature a highly idiosyncratic activity. Web-loggers “blog” at their own pace, several times a day, daily, weekly, or monthly. They make their blog entries as long – or as short – as they please. A blog entry might contain only two or three paragraphs of text; or it might contain pages and pages. Some blogs are little more than series of photographs with captions. Others consist of video and/or audio clips.
A blog’s content might be aimed at the blogger’s family and close friends only. Or at those who share a particular hobby, or interest, or political inclination. Or at fellow professionals, or at fellow office drones. Or by attention-seekers or busybodies (but let’s not go into that).
Serious bloggers can devote four or five hours a day to the activity. Not all of it is spent actually writing or creating visuals; much of it is spent reading and responding to feedback, to gathering news and information that might be of interest to the blogger’s readers. It always helps to have content to put in one’s blog.
There is no one way to create a blog. Some bloggers work alone. Some work as a team, in effect approximating an online publication. Some post contributions and feedback from subscribers or even casual readers. Some do it the old-fashioned way, creating blogs from scratch and posting them on a static website using File Transfer Protocol (FTP).
Many use blogging software such as Moveable Type, Bloxsom, Scoop or Slash, which allow for automatically archiving old posts, time and date stamping, and creating permalinks (a permanent link to another blog or website). Bloggers can choose free or paid-for software, software installed on their own machines or hosted from a remote server, depending on their needs.
The layout might be simple or complex, depending on the blogger’s enthusiasm (and talent) for working with images and graphics. Whether the blog site looks individual or generic depends on the software used and how much customisation it allows, or how much the blogger wants to bother with. More graphics and features naturally require more work. Some blogs that are part of a corporate news site conform to a corporate house style.
This article by John Hiler at the MicroContent News website (www.microcontentnews.com/articles/blogware.htm) describes various blogging software (blogware) and which blogs each type is best suited for.
So what is podcasting, anyway? Do you have to own an iPod to receive and play a podcast? (These portable hard-disk based audio players, the Walkman of the early 21st century, go for anything from RM1,000 to a little over twice that, depending on hard disk capacity and other features.) Why should you get podcasts in the first place?
The term podcasting itself is very new, as words go: A Feb 12, 2004 article in British newspaper The Guardian is thought to be its first public use. The term combines the concept of “broadcasting” with the concept of iPod usage, which in this context means on demand, and portable – at least potentially – listening.
Podcasting is a way of publishing sound files to the Internet using the RSS 2.0 (Really Simple Syndication) protocol. The public can use an RSS feed to subscribe to a publisher of these files, automatically receiving them as they are published.
Subscribing to an RSS feed can be as simple as clicking on the RSS button on a website. Or you can use software that aggregates the RSS content, downloading files as they become available.
These audio files can then be played at your convenience, whether on your iPod or other digital audio player, or on your PC if it has the right software. You don’t necessarily need to own an iPod, despite the term. In effect, you can timeshift your radio listening the way you timeshift television watching by recording a show to watch later.
Nor are you limited to only listening to radio stations that broadcast to Malaysia – or, for that matter, to radio stations. An audio blogger who supports RSS downloads of his audio clips is in effect podcasting his audio blog.
For instance, an avid museum-goer could create his own unofficial audio museum tour guide, or a football fan could post his own runnng commentary of his favourite team’s matches.
The advantage is that you don’t have to be listening at the appointed time to catch a radio show. The disadvantage is that listener participation, such as calling in to a talk radio show or live listener surveys, is impossible – but hey, you can’t have everything.
A number of radio stations in Britain, the United States, Canada, Australia, Spain and elsewhere, have begun podcasting their shows. However, no stations in Malaysia have begun this practice as yet.

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Lima Das & Ketakutan

Pengeboman kali ke dua di Kota London menjadi hidangan berita televisyen bersama-sama liputan perhimpunan agung UMNO yang sedang rancak di PWTC. Meskipun pengeboman kali kedua disifatkan sebagai tidak seteruk insiden yang pertama, namun impaknya terhadap umat Islam London dan seluruh dunia menjadi semakin meruncing. Seorang lelaki mati dengan lima das tembakan apabila cuba dikejar oleh pihak polis dengan berpakaian biasa. Lelaki tersebut berjaya dijatuhkan dan kemudian ditembak. Pada masa yang sama sebuah masjid dikepung oleh pihak berkuasa. Kematian lelaki Brazil akibat lima das tembakan tersebut menandakan mereka dalam ketakutan yang amat sangat dan menjadi prejudis dan buruk sangka terhadap orang lain. Boleh jadi lelaki tersebut bukanlah orang yang dicarinya, sejak beberapa hari yang lalu seorang lelaki keturunan Arab mati dibelasah kerana Islamophobia yang menjadi-jadi. Ini menjadi alasan yang cukup kuat untuk mangsa ketakutan pihak keselamatan yang ditembak untuk melarikan diri. Seandainya anda dikejar oleh sekumpulan manusia dengan berpakaian biasa, adakah anda akan menunggu mereka?
Petikan Berita Harian Sabtu 24 Julai 2005
Lelaki disyaki mahu melancarkan serangan berani mati ditumpaskan di sebuah stesen kereta api bawah tanah di selatan bandaraya London
LONDON: Polis London menembak mati seorang lelaki di sebuah stesen kereta api bawah tanah selatan ibu kota itu semalam ketika laporan stesen televisyen menyatakan lelaki yang mati itu disyaki bakal melancarkan serangan berani mati.
Kejadian itu berlaku, sehari selepas siri kedua serangan pengganas ke atas rangkaian pengangkutan awam negara itu dalam tempoh dua minggu.
Pada masa sama, polis London semalam memburu empat `bakal’ pengebom selepas tiga kereta api bawah tanah dan sebuah bas diletakkan bahan letupan yang gagal meletup kelmarin, serangan ganas kedua di ibu kota Britain itu dalam tempoh dua minggu.
“Kami mengesahkan sejurus selepas jam 10 pagi pegawai polis memasuki stesen kereta api Stockwell. Polis berdepan dengan seorang lelaki dan akhirnya dia ditembak dan disahkan mati di tempat kejadian,” kata jurucakap polis.
Stesen televisyen Sky News sebelum ini melaporkan lelaki yang ditembak mati itu disyaki sebagai penyerang berani mati sehari selepas cubaan melakukan serangan ke atas tiga kereta api bawah tanah dan sebuah bas, gagal dilaksanakan kelmarin.
Polis Pengangkutan Britain berkata, laluan kereta api bawah tanah Northern dan Victoria yang melalui Stockwell, ditutup berikutan kejadian tembakan itu.
Penumpang berkata, seorang lelaki yang digambarkan sebagai dari Asia Selatan, berlari memasuki sebuah kereta api. Polis memburu lelaki itu sebelum lelaki itu terjatuh dan ditembak polis.
“Mereka menolaknya sehingga tertiarap di atas lantai dan melepaskan lima das tembakan ke arah lelaki itu. Lelaki itu mati. Dia kelihatan seperti musang yang terperangkap dalam jerat. Dia kelihatan ketakutan,” kata saksi, Mark Whitby kepada Perbadanan Penyiaran Britain (BBC).
Whitby berkata, kelihatan lelaki itu tidak membawa apa-apa tetapi berkata, lelaki berkenaan memakai kot tebal yang kelihatan mengandungi sesuatu.
“Kami berada dalam kereta api itu apabila tiba-tiba terdengar seseorang berkata, `keluar, keluar’ sebelum kedengaran bunyi tembakan,” kata seorang lagi penumpang, Briony Coetsee.
Alistair Drummond dari Perkhidmatan Ambulans London berkata, paramedik dikerah ke stesen itu pada jam 10.10 pagi. —
Agensi

Inilah akibatnya jika berguru denga Israel.
Berita Harian 26 Julai 2005 DUNIA
Polis Britain tersilap kerana terikut-ikut latihan di Israel

LONDON: Ketua Suruhanjaya Hak Kemanusiaan Islam (IHRC), Massoud Shadjareh, berkata kesilapan polis Britain menembak mati lelaki warga Brazil, Jean-Charles de Menezes ialah hasil latihan yang diterima pasukan itu di Israel mengenai cara menghalang serangan pengeboman berani mati.

Laporan latihan yang diterima itu kemudiannya disahkan oleh bekas ketua polis Britain, John Stevens.

Dasar itu mengundang kritikan tajam akhbar terkemuka dengan Financial Times menyebut polis ‘mengambil langkah bahaya’ manakala Daily Mail melaporkan mereka berisiko dituduh bersikap ‘sama teruk seperti pengganas.’

Sementara itu, ketika menerima ‘tanggungjawab sepenuhnya’ di atas kesilapan membunuh Menezes, polis Britain masih tertakluk kepada arahan menembak orang disyaki pengebom tepat di kepala, kata Pesuruhjaya Polis Metropolitan, Ian Blair.

Dia mengesahkan laporan akhbar bahawa polis negara itu kekal dengan dasar ‘tembak untuk bunuh’ dan tidak boleh memberi jaminan kesilapan serupa tidak akan berulang, lapor Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“Saya rasa kami agak selesa bahawa dasar itu betul tetapi sudah tentu sekarang ialah masa paling sukar buat kami. Tiada sebab menembak dada seseorang kerana di situlah letaknya bom.

Sementara itu, dia menegaskan pasukannya ‘bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya’ di atas kematian Menezes, yang menjadi mangsa kesilapan tembakan polis Britain di satu stesen kereta api bawah tanah di selatan London Jumaat lalu.

“Ini satu tragedi. Polis Metropolitan bertanggungjawab sepenuhnya atas perkara ini,” katanya. – Agensi

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