The new year has arrived and once again it's that time of the year for many to make new resolutions.I'm not the kind of guy who makes resolutions every year but I do try to think about how I want to prioritize my resources--both time and money--and direct them at my goals for the year, so that I can focus on attaining those aims I've set out to achieve.
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An engineer by training, Edwin first cut his teeth as a cellular radio frequency optimization engineer in one of Malaysia's largest telcos. <br>After more than five years, he hung up his radio engineering boots to try his hand at technology reporting at <i>The Star</i>, Malaysia's leading English daily, where he won several awards for Best Online Technology reporting. <br>He left to start his own editorial consultancy and is now a freelance journalist for several publications, including ZDNet Asia. <br>A self-confessed gadget geek, Edwin hopes his blog contributions will stir up deeper discussions within the Malaysian technology scene.
As the year winds down, I thought it good for me to recap what I believe to be a couple of developments in the technology scene in Malaysia.The year started cautiously with many industry pundits being unsure of how the larger economy woes would affect the ICT industry as a whole.
Consumer broadband service in Malaysia has been around for almost 10 years now, but it wasn't until 2005/2006 that the stakes of the broadband service in Malaysia were increased.Until then, the only broadband service that consumers could count on was provided by state-owned incumbent, Telekom Malaysia (TM).
Last week, a friend of mine pointed me to an online promotion for some software for the MacBook that I own. It was a suite of 12 security-related programs designed specifically to protect the Mac OS.
It was a slow last week, largely due to the Hari Raya holidays here. So with a few public holidays in hand, I decided to spend the week relaxing and catching up with friends and family over long lunches and dinners.
Ramadan, or the Muslim fasting month, is usually a busy time for journalists as invites begin to pour in for Buka Puasa or breaking fasts feasts in the evenings. Over the years, companies not only organized these dinners just for feasting purposes, but also as an incentive to get journalists to cover events.
Mention the "c" word in Malaysia these days and all hell breaks loose. Censorship is indeed a highly charged word today, given that the country has gone through another iteration of what appears to be an attempt to censor the Internet.
About a month ago, a friend of mine revealed that his bank account had been compromised and that an unknown person or persons had conducted a foreign telegraphic transfer to wire a significant amount of cash he had deposited in one of the country's leading banks into a foreign account.My heart went out to him as he had no inkling as to what had happened until he went to the bank last month to conduct some ATM transactions.
A couple of weeks ago, the Malaysian government ignited a controversy when it reversed a five-year-old government policy that sought to teach Science and Math in the English language at primary and secondary schools, and reverted back to teaching the two subjects in the national language, Bahasa Malaysia.
Yes, I finally did it. I've joined the ranks of millions who have started blogging since the phenomenon hit the Internet as far back as 1999.
SEACEM, ChangeFusion and Freevoice are now accepting applications for "ASEAN E-Media Startups Competition".The goal is to identify talented e-media startups in Asean that bring independent news and views with financial sustainability in order to enhance freedom of expression, openness and political and economic liberty in the region.
Malaysia is mulling the creation of a cyber court to deal with the problem of bloggers who post content that may be deemed seditious.Prosecuting bloggers is not the solution.
David Carr of the NYT provided an interesting suggestion, that perhaps news can be sold the way music is sold--to an iPod-like device.Rich Gordon of Poynter begs to differ and highlights one very important point: Unlike music, news stories don't get replayed.
Malaysia's broadband penetration rate may only be 18 percent but that doesn't mean Malaysians are unsophisticated users of the Internet.In fact, Malaysia recently emerged in the top 10 among media consuming nations, out of 52 countries surveyed by Nielsen.
I'm in the process of launching a new Web site for The Edge. It's to replace their current Web site.