Google to set up Asia HQ in Singapore

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – April 1, 2006 – Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) has set its sights on conquering Asia. In the latest development, it appears that the two founders of Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt have targetted Singapore as its base for the Asia-Pacific region. An insider spoke on condition of anonymity, “Larry and Sergy have long had Singapore in their sights. Its just that its not on the top of our “Top 100″ list then. However things have changed now and we seemed to preparing for what would be another milestone in our history”
Over in Singapore, the government is eagerly anticipating scoring another coup. “Our position in the world economy has received another recognition with the news from Google. Its definitely a decision that has had much thought into it. Given our geographical location as well as our world-class infrastructure, we have positioned ourselves to be in the forefront of magor corporations strategic positioning decisions”
All eyes are now set on Monday 9AM, when the stock market opens for the week. It is widely expected to have a ripple effect on the market sentiment and this will bode well for the coming weeks as the STI aims to break its previous record high.

Expanding your business to another country is a task for localization professionals, which, as well, are translation companies. To find one for you, feel free to consult a list of the best translation companies. There, you will find customer reviews, price and quality comparison and a lot more useful information that will make your decision a smart one.

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The Things I Love About You… Youtube that is!

I have taken to Youtube recently. It seemed inevitable that i would be smitten by such and i am guilty as charged. I received a link from my chums telling me to check out this American Idol audition that showcased the young and lovely “Paris Bennett”. Ok, i admit, the friend sent out the email like this: “Hey, check out Paris. Real good stuff. You know you’ll want more.” Now before dirty thoughts start creeping in, i have always been interested in Paris, the city, not Paris Hilton. Yeah right!

Anyway, back to the post, after watching the video clip, i decided to just look around and lo and behold, i found plenty of interesting videos that made me forget the time and i just clicked and clicked til my mouse button came unhinged. Unhinged? Yeap, apparently my mouse has hinges.
So there i was happily surfing away looking at parodies of Sopranos, V for Vendetta trailers and even a how to build your linux box video. I would say that i came out of it wiser for the experience, but now i have a problem. I’m addicted to it!

Oh, btw, i did not see any Paris Hilton clips much to my chargrin!

Technorati Tags: Youtube, American Idol, Paris Bennett, Paris Hilton, unhinged, Soprano, V for Vendetta, linux

Microsoft Delays

Microsoft Corp. will delay the consumer release of its new Windows operating system until January 2007, missing the holiday sales season and throwing some PC makers and retailers into turmoil.

The delay in Windows Vista – caused by Microsoft needing more time to enhance security and other functions – will come as a blow to Microsoft partners who were looking forward to a new operating system to boost holiday sales.

“It’s a much bigger deal for the computer makers than it is for anybody else,” said David Smith, a vice president with Gartner Inc.

Windows Vista is Microsoft’s first major update to the company’s flagship operating system since Windows XP was released in late 2001, meaning partners will be left with a fifth major holiday season without a new version of the operating system to promote.

“It’s not the optimal situation, to be launching the next-generation version of Windows right after the big holiday sales season,” said analyst Joe Wilcox with Jupiter Research.

Spokesman for Dell Inc. declined to comment on how the delay might affect sales. In a statement released by Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard Co. said it supported Microsoft’s decision to make quality a priority in scheduling the operating system’s release.

Microsoft will release some versions of the new operating system for big businesses in November as planned, but the consumer version will be postponed until January, said Jim Allchin, co-president of the Microsoft division that includes Windows.

Wilcox said releasing the system in November to businesses would likely help Microsoft – since its business sales are highly profitable – while the delay in the consumer release would be most harmful to its partners.

“You can play semantics and say that the operating system is shipping in 2006, but if consumers can’t buy it until 2007, PC manufacturers don’t have it to sell to them,” Wilcox said. “This blow falls on the partners.”

The news sent Microsoft shares down 2.5 percent in late-session trading, to $27.05. Earlier the stock fell 15 cents to close at $27.74 on the Nasdaq Stock Market.

Allchin said the decision to delay the Vista release came after Microsoft realized that Vista would be completed several weeks later than originally planned, largely because of efforts to improve security in the new system. Microsoft’s Windows operating system has been an immensely popular target of Internet attackers, leading to a major companywide initiative to improve security in all its products.

That delay was enough for some retailers, computer makers and other corporate partners to say they would have trouble preparing for the holiday season. Allchin said troubling factors included the time it takes to move computers from overseas manufacturers onto store shelves.

“The fact is that we wanted everybody in the industry to be ready for this,” Allchin told journalists and analysts in a conference call.

In an interview, Allchin said he suspects some computer makers may give consumers who buy a new PC during the holidays a way to easily upgrade once Vista becomes available. But he said he couldn’t predict how the delay might affect holiday season computer sales.

Analyst Matt Rosoff with independent research firm Directions on Microsoft said he suspects computer makers are likely displeased with the situation, but with Microsoft’s stranglehold on the operating system market they have little control over it.

“Certainly PC makers aren’t going to be happy about it, but I don’t know exactly what they’re going to do. They’ll wait,” he said. “There’s not a whole lot of choice at this point.”

All that jazz about security issues come as an irony to me as Windows have not exactly rolled out a bug free copy from the very first instance. Capturing the market first, before reeling them in with software patches seem to be their preferred business model of choice. Why the turnaround now? Will they even pull it off? One suspects that they will though

Digital Point Forummers Fall In

Greetings my fellow forummers,
we are gathered here because i have a favor to ask of you.

Could you please suggest to me how can i get rid of a 404 error whenever a spider bot comes to this site? As far as i know, i already have a robot.txt, however i cannot seem to get any headway. The robot.txt section in the forum says much about creation, but nothing much on whether i should chage its permission or what?

i constantly getting errors similar to this:

Thanks to all who read up to this point, really appreciate your know-how and comments.

Bottle Cap Tripods

The rage these days it seems comes from a bottle cap and a piece of threaded dowel.

Branded a bottle cap tripod, it has emerged from the searches in all over the world to rise to the top search phrase for this week. That is no mean feat when you consider that it has to contend itself with the other hot phrases of the moment like “Bush does”, “Pavlina”, “in Euroweb”.

How do i know all this? All thanks to my Gmail and myspace@msn. I have been getting scores of emails from people telling me of what i have been missing out and urging me to go click on that flashing link to take a look. A Peek-a-boo of sorts.

Thats right, we definitely need to look more at spam and how to best counter them. Granted that spam will always think of new ways to attack our mail boxes, we still must perhaps develop thinking spam busters which would help to filter as much of unnecessary emails from even hitting our inbox. This is one situation when we definitely have to be constantly on the defensive since spam tends to find new innovative ways to entice us to click. Or maybe we can devise one spam buster where we can state something like: Bush out, pavlina in. Oh, we have that, its called a spam filter. :p

Technorati Tags: bottle cap tripod, Bush, Pavlina, Euroweb, Gmail, myspace

No cents from Adsense

After consecutive days of Adsense earnings that was bringing the bacon (fat free bacon at $1+ only), i had a shock when i saw that my earnings for 90 clicks was a measly $0.10.

Now if my mathematics have not deserted me, that works out to be about a tenth of a cent for every click. Great going dude, at this rate, the Cassini-Huygens would have flown back from Saturn and another spacecraft sent out to Pluto before i perhaps hit my $10K mark.

Being a noob, i am clueless as to what has happened actually.
But i don’t intend to stay clueless for long. Now, i have always had this knack of getting the information i desired. All i have to do in this case is just to put my rusted brains to use once more and attempt to understand better the Adsense patent and stuff. I would recommend Eric Giguere’s site for Adsense beginners, since its what i’m going to read.

If its good enough for me, it should be good enough for anybody, considering i have the attention span of a three-year old. Ok Ok, i confess, i have the attention of a two year old. You happy now?

Adsense
, i’ll be back. Stronger and more worthy of your consideration. Mark my words. After all, if i have the whole of Digital Point to help me, i cannot go wrong, unless i screw myself up.

Much to do with Xbox 360

What is the Xbox360?
The Xbox 360 is Microsoft’s Next-Gen sequel to the Xbox.

Can I use the Xbox360 controllers on my PC?
Yes. The Xbox 360 wired controllers have been confirmed to be fully Plug-N-Play operational with Microsoft’s next Windows OS.

What are the Computer USB Devices Xbox360 support?
Microsoft USB Keyboard works on Xbox360. Tested on DOA4 and FFXI beta

What is the Xbox360 Guide Button?
The Guide Button takes the place of the “Jewel” on the previous Xbox controllers. This button gives you instant access to the Xbox Menu, Gamer Card, and LIVE! features. You can press this button at any time to access these features.

Xbox LIVE!

What is new with LIVE! on the Xbox360?
The Xbox 360 will feature two tiers of Xbox LIVE! Service: Silver and Gold.

Silver tier service will be free and included with every Xbox360. This offer makes the Xbox LIVE! community available for everyone. Silver service will include all the new, exciting features of Xbox LIVE!, except for online multiplayer gameplay. Gold Service will be a paid service, (a price has not beed announced) will feature all of the Silver Service features, plus Online Multiplayer and Matchmaking.

Xbox Gold Live 12 Monthly Fee – SGD$88
Currently, all Xbox360 users can register their Xbox360 with a silver account and they will be given one month free Xbox Live Gold Subscription.

What are Microsoft Points?
Microsoft points are a form of currency which gamers can use to buy Xbox Live Arcade Games, Gamer Icons, Console Themes & Other Fanciful digital content to enhance their Xbox Xperience.

How do I buy them? Simple. Just go to your dashboard and click on “Add Microsoft Points”. The available amount to purchase are as follows:

* Xbox Live 500 Microsoft Points – SGD$11.00
* Xbox Live 1000 Microsoft Points – SGD$22.00
* Xbox Live 2000 Microsoft Points – SGD$44.00
* Xbox Live 5000 Microsoft Points – SGD$110.00

Xbox Live Arcade Games

All XBL Arcade games comes with a trial version which you can download and try. If you are interested in the game, simply unlock the game with your Microsoft Points are start to play the whole game and earn Achievements.

Xbox360 Accessories and Peripherals:
The Xbox360 will feature a ton of exciting accessories to enhance gameplay and LIVE!

Some of these accessories include:

Changeable Faceplates
Camera
Memory Unit
Universal Media Remote
LIVE! Headset
Wireless Network Adapter

Hardware Specs:

CPU
Custom IBM PowerPC-based CPU:
– 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
– 2 hardware threads per core; 6 hardware threads total
– 1 VMX-128 vector unit per core; 3 total
– 128 VMX-128 registers per hardware thread
– 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz each
– 1 MB L2 cache
– 9 billion dot product operations per second

Custom ATI Graphics Processor:

– 500 MHz
– 10 MB embedded DRAM
– 48-way parallel floating-point dynamically-scheduled shader pipelines
– Unified shader architecture

Polygon Performance:
– 500 million triangles per second

Pixel Fill Rate:
– 16 gigasamples per second fillrate using 4X MSAA

Shader Performance:
– 48 billion shader operations per second

Memory:
– 512 MB GDDR3 RAM
– 700 MHz DDR
– Unified memory architecture

Memory Bandwidth:
– 22.4 GB/s memory interface bus bandwidth
– 256 GB/s memory bandwidth to EDRAM
– 21.6 GB/s front-side bus

Overall System Floating-Point Performance:
– 1 TFLOP

Storage:
– Detachable and upgradeable 20 GB hard drive
– 12X dual-layer DVD-ROM
– Memory unit support starting at 64 MB

I/O:

– Support for up to 4 wireless game controllers
– 3 USB 2.0 ports
– 2 memory unit slots

Online:
– Instant, out-of-the-box access to Xbox Live features, including Xbox Live Marketplace for downloadable content, Gamer Profile for digital identity and voice chat to talk to friends while playing games, watching movies or listening to music
– Built in Ethernet Port
– Wi-Fi Ready: 802.11 A, B and G
– Video Camera Ready

Digital Media Support:
– Support for DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, JPEG Photo CD
– Stream media from portable music devices, digital cameras, Windows XP PCs
– Rip music to Xbox 360 hard drive
– Custom playlists in every game
– Windows Media Center Extender built in
– Interactive, full screen 3D visualizers

HD Game Support:
– All games supported at 16:9, 720p and 1080i, anti-aliasing
– Standard definition and high definition video output supported

System Orientation:
– Stands vertically or horizontally

Customizable Face Plates:
– Interchangeable to personalize the console

Xbox 360 Backwards Compatibility

Here is the most current list released of games Xbox games that will be playable on the Xbox360:

Alias
Aliens vs. Predator: Extinction
All Star Baseball 2003
Amped
Army Men: Sarge’s War
Atari Anthology
ATV Quad Power Racing 2
Baldur’s Gate Dark Alliance 2
Barbarian
Barbie Horse Adventure
Batman Begins
Battle Engine Aquila
Battlestar Galactica
Blinx 2
BMX XXX
Brute Force
Buffy the Vampire Slayer – Chaos Bleeds
Cabela’s Dangerous Hunts
Cabela’s Outdoor Adventures 06
Cabela’s Deer Hunt 2005
Cabela’s Deer Hunt: 2004 Season
Call of Cthulhu: Dark Corners of the Earth
Call of Duty: Finest Hour
Casino
Catwoman
Chicago Enforcer
Circus Maximus
Close Combat: First to Fight
Colin McRae 4
Combat Elite
Commandos 2
Conflict: Desert Storm
Constantine
Crash Bandicoot: Twinsanity
Crash Nitro Kart
Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Curse – The Eye of Isis
Dark Angel
Darkwatch
Deathrow
Digimon Rumble Arena
Dinotopia
Dead or Alive 3
Drake
Egg Mania
ESPN MLS Extra Time 2002
Euro 2004
F1 Championship Season 2001
Fable
Fable: The Lost Chapters
Fairly Odd Parents: Breakin’ da Rules
FIFA 2003
FIFA 2004
FIFA Street 2005
FIFA World Cup 2002
Fight Night 2004
Fight Night Round 2
Ford Mustang Racing
Ford vs. Chevy
Forza Motorsport
Freedom Fighters
Frogger
Futurama
Fuzion Frenzy
Genma Onimusha
Goblin Commander
Grabbed by the Ghoulies
Grand Theft Auto III
Grand Theft Auto Vice City
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Gravity Games Bike: Street. Vert. Dirt.
Grooverider: Slot Car Thunder
Half-Life 2

Halo
Halo 2
Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & The Sorcerer’s Stone
He-Man: Defender of Grayskull
Hitman: Contracts
House of the Dead 3
IHRA Drag Racing 2005 Sportsman Edition
IHRA Professional Drag Racing 2005
Jade Empire
James Bond 007: Nightfire
Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death
Jurassic Park Genesis
Kabuki Warrior
Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer
Kids Next Door: Operation VIDEOGAME
kill.switch
Legends of Wrestling
Lemony Snicket A Series of Unfortunate Events
Loons Fight for Fame
Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Manhunt
Mat Hoffman’s Pro BMX 2
Max Payne
Max Payne 2: The Fall of Max Payne
Medal of Honor 3 Rising Sun
Medal of Honor Frontline
Medal of Honor: European Assault
Mega Man
Metal Arms: Glitch in the System
MicroMachines Odyssey
Mike Tyson Heavyweight Boxing
Monster Garage
Mortal Kombat: Deception
MTV Music Generator 3
Murakumo
MX World Tour – featuring Jamie Little
Namco Museum X Next Generation
NBA Live 2003
NBA Live 2004
Need For Speed: Underground 2
NFL Blitz 2002
NFL Blitz 20-03
NFL Blitz 20-04
NHL 2004
NHL Hitz 20-03
Ninja Gaiden
Ninja Gaiden Black
Outlaw Golf 2
Outlaw Volleyball
Pariah
Phantom Crash
Pinball Hall of Fame
Pitfall: The Lost Expedition
Predator
Prince of Persia 4: The Sands of Time
Pro Evolution Soccer 5
Pro Race Driver
PUMP IT UP
Pure Pinball
Puyo Puyo Fever
Quantum Redshift
Rayman Arena
Raze’s Hell
Red Dead Revolver
Red Faction II
RedCard 20-03
Robotech: Battle Cry
Rocky: Legends
Rogue Ops
Rugby 2005
Samurai Jack
Samurai Warriors
Scooby Doo: Night of 100 Frights
Scrapland
SeaWorld: Shamu’s Deep Sea Adventures
Sega GT 2002

Shadow the Hedgehog
Shellshock:Nam ‘67
Sid Meier’s Pirates!
Simpson’s Road Rage
Simpsons: Hit and Run
Sneakers
Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945
Soccer Slam
Sonic Heroes
Sonic Mega Collection
Speed Kings
Sphinx and the Cursed Mummy
Splat Renegade Paintball
SpongeBob Square Pants:Battle for Bikini Bottom
Spy Hunter 2
Spyro: A Hero’s Tail
SSX 3
Stake
Star Trek: Shattered Universe
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: Clone Wars
Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic
Star Wars: Knight of the Old Republic 2
Street Racing Syndicate
Stubbs the Zombie: Rebel Without a Pulse
Super Bubble Pop
Super Monkey Ball DX
SX Superstar
Tecmo Classic Arcade
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Terminator : Dawn of Fate
Test Drive: Eve of Destruction
Tetris Worlds
The Great Escape
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction
The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer
The Thing
Thief: Deadly Shadows
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon
Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon 2
Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six 3
Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland
Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4
Tony Hawk’s Underground 2
Tork
Toxic Grind
Ty The Tasmanian Tiger
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 2
Ty the Tasmanian Tiger 3
Urban Freestyle Soccer
Vexx
Volvo: Drive for Life
World Series Baseball 2K
Worms 4: Mayhem
Worms Forts Under Siege
WWE Raw 2
XIII
Yourself!Fitness

Cars

Fans of Pixar Animations would be delighted to hear of the fast paced comedy adventure that is set to hit the silver screen soon.
A fine story about life and its journeys, rather than the destination, it showcases the typical talent of Walt Disney to incorporate life’s lessons into their productions. Owen Wilson and Paul Newman are among the many to lend their voices in this production.

Enjoy the preview in the meantime!

I copy you!

in the wee hours at just before lunchtime · Filed under Afterthoughts, Got to know

What is the price of a photograph?
To what extremes would you go to earn, get this, 50 whopping ringgit?

Apparently, one of our neighbours up north decided that it was a big deal and proceeded to take a pic which first appeared on ‘celebrity blog’, Kennysia.com. By removing the water marks and all, Ms Vivien “i will plunder from Kennysia to win RM50″ Chew won herself the cash prize from The Star

Maybe the editors felt that the piece of watermark removal job is quite well done and proceeded to acknowledge her “talent”. After all, in a society bereft of creativity and teeming with intellectual property thieves, what better way to put yourself in the shop window than this? Plus, RM50 would probably buy you lots of wanton noodles there. ( Uncle, i want ketchup hor? )

Well, Kenny, you should just go and badger the Editor of The Star for your moolah when you are over in KL for the KL Marathon