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.

Jaring ISP appointed new CEO

JARING Communications Sdn Bhd, an internet service provider, has named Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Yaacob as its new chief executive officer effective March 1.


Nik Abdul Aziz, a former senior director of the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), replaced Dr. Mohamed Awang Lah, Jaring said in a statement yesterday.

An engineer by training, Nik Abdul Aziz, 42, was also a senior vice president with Khazanah Nasional Bhd from 2005 until 2008, in charge of major IT development projects

Read more: Nik Abdul Aziz is Jaring’s new chief executive

Image Credit : http://skpayabunga.blogspot.com

.My Extensions is Getting Popular

Report from Domain Registry Malaysia that number of new and active registration has increased tremendously over the years. According to Domain Registry the introduction of second level domain name .my and the requirement to apply (Mykad or Business presence) contributed to the high percentage of increase.

DataKL is an accredited .my reseller and get your .my for only RM 100 (RRP RM 120.00) and use Mykad/ROB/ROC to as supporting document

MyIX’s Traffic Surges

This month we could see demand for local traffic increases. Aims IDC which selling local bandwidth separately shows increase of bandwidth utilization between AIMS (IDC provider) – TM (Broadband Provider). The IDC has been popular due to traffic segregation charges between local and international. Thumbs up for AIMS.

Aims-TM
Aims-TM

Second graph shows intra traffic between Jaring and Aims

Jaring - Aims
Jaring - Aims

Third graph shows intra traffic between Jaring – TM

TM- Jaring
TM - Jaring

We expect Aims-TM traffic would jump to 3Gbps (peak daily) with the absorption of new high speed broadband by TM – Unifi.