.My Domain Query Via SMS

Effective from 23 May 2011, you can check .my domain name availability instantly by sending SMS to .MY Domain Registry.
Below are the expected SMS you will receive:
Domain Name is AVAILABLE to apply
Domain Name is NOT AVAILABLE to apply
Domain Name is NOT FOLLOW the Rules of Choices of Domain Name
Step:
Type MYcheckand send to 36828.

NOTE:
This service is only available to Celcom, DiGi and Maxis subscribers.
One domain name per SMS only. Each SMS Alert is charged RM0.30. Your mobile number must be active and a minimum of RM1.00 credit balance is required to receive the SMS reply.

Google will house their servers in N9?

Has Google finally decided Malaysia to be one of location to host their servers in the Asian region? Our previous Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi met with Google CEO Eric Schmidt at the Davos conference in Switzerland in 2008 and the outcome was positive. Naturally Malaysia is the best choice since formed the highest group of Google users in South-East Asia. Malaysia has lower energy tariffs compared to India or Singapore and outside the ring of fire – certainly removed Asian countries like Taiwan from the list.

Google
Google

Teliti International is currently building and hiring NOCS engineer and specialists. Together with Cisco they are building DC in Bandar Enstek Technology Park in Negeri Sembilan, which is close to KLIA and 120,000 sq ft in size and claimed the biggest Data enter in Asia. The state-of-the-art centre is designed to have minimal levels of energy consumption and a low environmental impact. It incorporates a reliable and fully redundant power supply to enable 99.9% uptime to all equipment as well as smart cooling systems to recycle waste heat. Solar energy and rainwater harvesting are also used for day-to-day operations.

Will Google be placing their equipment there? The IDC with sheer size is carrier neutral and recently in joined the consortium of Malaysian ISPs to purchase international bandwidth at cheaper rate. Teliti also informed that 40% of the space already been booked by Multinational companies. Whether Google servers will be placed there or not this is certainly good for our economy. Thumbs up for Teliti International!

Did you know that we run DNS clustering ?

Did you know that we run DNS clustering for all our shared hosting Accounts?
Why DNS Clustering

1. Unified nameserver. We use only a pair of nameservers – ns1.datakl.com and ns2.datakl no matter where your site is hosted. Your addon domain will use the same nameservers as well. That is what we call easy and clean.
2. Or ns1 and ns2 are geographically diverse. Ns1 being hosted in Malaysia responds to DNS query for Malaysia and Asia primarily. Ns2 being hosted in the USA to answer any queries from North America and Europe.
3. 1. 0% downtime due to DNS service being down. If the DNS service is down in the server, the domain DNS will be served by the other servers in the cluster.
4. If a server is down (say being rebooted), and at that point if someone tries to send an email to a domain on that server, they will get a delivery failure message and the mail will not be sent again. This is because the sender’s mail server will assume the domain does not exist. But in case a DNS cluster is setup, the mail server sending the mail will only assume the mail server is down, and hold the mail in its queue to be retried again. No delivery failure report message will be sent.
5. It is easy to transfer domains among servers. The client will not have to change the nameservers used by the domains. The same nameservers can be used to point the domain to the new server. Easy migrations for us to move you to better specifications in the future. Other providers might have to contact you and ask you to dig up your domain control panel login, which might delay migration and causing downtime.
6. Faster recovery from server reboots. If you typed your domain name during maintenance and the DNS was down as well, page could not be found could be cached in your computer. It takes a few hours for your site’s DNS to refresh. This can cause confusion and. If you are hosted in DNS clustering environment, the moment server is up and running you can view your web site immediately.

cPanel DNS clustering
cPanel DNS clustering

7. Less work for web server. Our web server only handles web content serving and email. No DNS means less work for web server and fast loading web sites!.

How can you tell? If your current hosted giving out nameservers for example 105.nameserver.com and n106.nameserver.com think again because you are not hosted in clustered environment. The DNS, mail, database and content are hosted in the same server

Case Study: During Taiwan earthquake that ruptured undersea cables, internet connection including dns queries were delayed and timed out. Our USA DNS servers pointed the email towards the right server. Most of client emails got through even though the connections was slow. Other hosting providers email transmission timed out due to DNS record could not be reached. Geographical distance and latency caused their email to bounced back to the original sender.

PEMANDU taking steps to curb challenges for Data Centre Industry

The Malaysian government’s ambition to transform the country into a world-class datacenter hub is a promising move, but several challenges will need to be ironed out to ensure success, say industry watchers.

Prime Minister Najib Razak last year announced a national masterplan comprising public-private sector economic activities to transform Malaysia into a high-income nation. Dubbed the Economic Transformation Program (ETP) and facilitated by government arm, Pemandu, the scheme seeks to double the country’s per-capita income to US$15,000 by 2020.
Continue reading PEMANDU taking steps to curb challenges for Data Centre Industry

Consortium Set Up to Own Submarine Cable

Konsortium Rangkaian Serantau Sdn Bhd under the Entry Point Projects (EPPs), has been set up to buy international bandwidth for Internet traffic to lower the costs of Internet protocol (IP) transit,
The consortium comprises 24 members including Telekom Malaysia Bhd (TM), Time Dotcom Bhd, Maxis Bhd, Celcom Axiata Bhd, DiGi.Com Bhd,U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Green Packet, YTL Communications Sdn Bhd,RedTone International Bhd, OCE, Fibrerail Sdn Bhd, Jaring, Sacofa, Sarawak Information Systems, Fibrecomm Networks (M) Sdn Bhd, and V Telecoms.

“The main objective in setting up the consortium is to lower the broadband subscription cost for users through cost savings as the subscription cost of international bandwidth capacity accounts for 40% of the total cost of providing broadband services.

StarBiz reported that the consortium may build and own an undersea cable network or partner other cable networks for capacity in a private-public partnership to address the problem of high IP transit cost.

Not All Web Graphics Created Equal

Here is another tip to speed up your web site loading time. Slow loading site drives visitors away from your web site. The most common mistake made by web owners is placing high resolution web graphics on their web site. This unintentional behaviour is causing them losing quality traffic.
Images can be optimized. Graphics optimization software like Photoshop is expensive and not suitable for novice. Most are unsure how to reduce the resolution without jeopardizing quality.

Here is a solution for you. No need to download or purchase expensive software. Use Smush.it™ and optimize your header graphics or content image on the fly. It also has the capability to to reduce image size from an URL.

Smush.it™
Smush.it™

Let us know the outcome!

SG & MY Discounted Roaming Charges

Source Thestar
PUTRAJAYA: Effective May 1, mobile phone rates for incoming roaming calls and SMS between Malaysia and Singapore will be reduced by 20% and 30% respectively.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said the cuts will be reduced further to 30% and 50% for voice and SMS respectively from May 1, 2012.

The cuts are applicable to prepaid and postpaid users subscribing to Celcom, Digi, M1, Maxis, SingTel, Star Hub and U-Mobile, he added. “These are minimum reductions in rates as traffic between both countries increase,” he said at the joint-launch of the rates reduction with Singapore Information, Communications and the Arts Minister Lui Tuck Yew on Wednesday.

The rates reduction follows Dr Rais and Lui’s joint announcement in June last year to cut mobile phone roaming rates for both countries.

Thumbs up for the discounted roaming charges. What about data charges? I think both countries should consider having a flat rate data charges. Most of us use our phones to check on emails, update status, downloading maps for directions and traffic abroad. We don’t want a huge ‘surprise’ when we receive our bills.

Deterring Spambot

Spam comments and fake user registrations are really annoying. You got tonnes of fake registrations for your forum and blog and it is time consuming to delete and manually approve registrations. Did you know that these automated process can be minimized.
All you need is .htaccess file inside your public_html folder and include lines below.

RewriteCond %{HTTP_USER_AGENT} libwww [NC,OR]
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} ^(.*)=http [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ – [F,L]

The rules above will block perl user agents. Normally being used by automated fake user sign ups for forums and blogs.
What is user agents? Yes you can read about it here Visitors normally visit your web site and use Mozillla user agents (Firefox and IE 9) and IE user agents for older IE browsers. Spambots use perl scripts to automate their job.

Illustration purpose only
Illustration purpose only

p/s User agents can be faked but most common spammers are not that smart! Grrr

Saving Your Bandwith Quota – Hotlinking protection

A cPanel functionality, known as Hotlink protection prevents other websites from directly linking to files on your website. This means that when another website is visited, it cannot load pictures from your pages – this is one of the ways for limiting the outbound traffic for your account.

An example of hotlinking would be a different website using HTML code to display an image from your site. In effect, the other website is using up your bandwidth quota.

Before adding new sub domain, make sure you disable your protection, then enable it back in order to include the new sub domain URL in the include list.

Hotlinking Protection
Hotlinking Protection

Info : You can check your .htaccess content to make sure the rules are properly aligned to prevent internal server error. This is normally caused by syntax error in .htaccess file.