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Traffic Surveillance in KL

Posted by Naro on October 31st, 2007

Kuala Lumpur is such a beautiful cities and it is where Malaysia’s capital stand. Like other mega cities in the world, massicve traffic jams is a normal problems occured at the place like this. There are time when the traffic jams can be predicted, but often it is out of control. Eventhough the government try to persuade us using the public transports, not many of us prefer that way. Lack of network, poor services and conflict management contributes to the low respond from the public. In the end, people are more comfortable to travel by their own vehicles.

But, wait, if you choose to travel by your own, then please check out traffic surveillance around KL first before you start your journey. Kudos to DBKL for offering such services inside their web. Now people can have a better plan before they start their engine. I’m the regular web surfers who used to check the traffic status before going back after work. You can have a live traffic images at:

Live image traffic at Bulatan Kampung Pandan, KLBoth of the web provide CCTV view at different places and angles. (Pictures on the right side shows live image at Bulatan Kampung Pandan, KL – if the pictures doesn’t appear, then the server goes offline again..) However, I’m quite dissappointed with their servers infrastructure where it always offline during the peak hours. It looks like they didn’t pay much attention on their IT infrastructure. There’s no point you spend millions of ringgit to place the cameras and traffic systems, but in the end failed to deliver to public what you should have delivered. I can say that 2 or 3 times the server will go offline from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm in a weekdays. Maybe they can give a reason saying that ther server is overload by public accessing the info, but in the real manner, they should prepare for it and have a solution to overcome it.

What can I say? Typical local IT vendor is always like that…

Quick Google Adsense Payment via Western Union

Posted by Naro on October 17th, 2007

Due to the long Adsense check clearing time, international Adsense publishers from countries such as Malaysia and Philippines had wished Google Adsense payment to be conducted via Paypal before. While that seems impossible with Google having their own Google Checkout system which is also a competitor for the Paypal service, a very good alternative has been provided to them.

On September 28, 2007, Google has made some regions to be eligible the Western Union Quick Cash Adsense payment option. Countries that are available for the method of payment are China, Malaysia, Pakistan, Romania, Philippines, Argentina, Chile. Peru, and Colombia. During the testing period last year, only certain publishers from those countries were selected to use the service but now it’s open to every publishers residing there.

Tell me what is Western Union Quick Cash?

Western Union Quick Cash is a payment method that allows you to receive your Adsense payment in cash using the worldwide Western Union money transfer service. Payments will be available for pick up at your local Western Union Agent the day after they are sent according to Google Adsense’s normal payment schedule.

This means that you won’t have to wait for a check to arrive in the mail. Choosing to receive your payments by Western Union can also cut down on the bank fees and long clearing times associated with depositing checks. Depending on your WU agent, you can opt for the cash to be in your own country currency. Users in Malaysia can find the agent at Pos Malaysia, Bank Simpanan Nasional, RHB Bank, CIMB Bank and Bank Rakyat. Google officially announced that there are no services charges to withdraw person. All services charges will be absorbing by Google.

How to receive Adsense payment using Western Union Quick Cash?

Bring the following information with you:

  • Malaysian Identification Card (IC)
  • sender’s information: Google Inc. 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California 94043, USA. Phone Number: 650-253-4000
  • amount of your payment, which you can find on your Payment History page
  • your unique MTCN (Money Transfer Control Number) which you can find by clicking on the ‘details’ link next to the Payment Issued line on your Payment History page

When you go to the Western Union agent, please let them know that you would like to pick up a Quick Cash payment and fill up the yellow form (to receive) and not the green one (to send). Sender will be, First Name: Google Inc. Last name: empty. Additionally, please remember to pick up your Western Union payment within 35 days of the payment date, or the amount will be credited back to your AdSense account.

To learn more on how to utilize this payment method, you can check out some Google’s guides on their website.

My points: This is a great news because like some other Malaysian Adsense publishers before, I was irritated by the long check clearing time and eventually paid $24.00 processing fee to Google for Secured Express Delivery just for the sake of faster check delivery. Now with Western Union, time & money is saved. However, the maximum amount Google can send through Western Union at this moment is USD 2,800.00

Never ending story for traffic jam during festive leave

Posted by Naro on October 12th, 2007

As expected, this year Aidilfitri comes with a terror traffic jam because it will be celebrated on Saturday, 13th October 2007. Thus, leaving no extra room & space for people to head to their hometown before the event. As schools are granted to take extra 2 days pre-holiday on Thursday & Friday, people start congesting all the highways and trunk roads as early as Wednesday evening.

My journey to my hometown couldn’t escaped this terrifying drive too. The actual plan to start at 01:30 am Thursday morning went smoothly, as I leaved my apartment nearly at 1:45 am, together with my brother-in-law’s family. When these 2 cars approaching Karak Toll near UIA, I started to realize that the traffic jam is in front of me soon. The massive numbers of cars at the toll booth and along the 60 km KL – Karak’s Highway stretch tell everything. When it comes to cross the town like Bentong, Raub, Kuala Lipis, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai, and Ketereh, all the traffics will stuck, and people start to loose their patient. They start to take extra driving class such as using emergency lane, cut-off the ques, overspeed, and some are totally lost their mind to drive on the opposite lane, eventhough there are incoming cars, lorries and buses.

After all, I had just break my own record traveling from Kuala Lumpur to Kota Bharu by using Lipis-Gua Musang roads when it cost me 12 hours to complete the 446 km stretch. I arrive at my home nearly at 2:00 pm Thursday evening. The pictures shows the traffic jams before I reached Kuala Krai’s, nearly 15 km before town.

The main reason why this extreme traffic jams happened is because everybody have to cross the town. There’s no bypass road for Bentong, Raub, Gua Musang, Kuala Krai and Ketereh where those cities are in critical condition during festive holiday. We can’t stop the increasing numbers of vehicles on the road, we also can’t stop the huge number of people migrating from their hometown to Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, we can’t educate people to drive properly and have a safe journey. Their manner will stand by themselves forever. But what government can do is build necessary bypass road for this selected towns as they have built for Machang’s (Kelantan) town. I believe, the new Machang bypass road had saved at least one hour of driving time.

Blog in your pocket!

Posted by Naro on October 3rd, 2007

Have you ever think to have your own blog viewed via handphone? I just found a new services (maybe quite late for me) from FeedM8 [www.feedm8.com] which provide a platform for any content feeder such as news, blog or even portal. I haven’t discover yet how far does this service can enhance my blog, but I’m not afraid to give it a try.

All you have to do is just subscribe by clicks on the button at the right here and follow few simple steps to verify that the feed (content from the blog, which is automatically send thru RSS) is yours.

After a few reading, i noticed that these service quite similar to Google Adsense, except it is for WAP services, which can be accessed by handphone or mobile device. This services will convert any news feed from our blog to a content and display it by mobile phone together with their advertisements. We, as a publisher can generate extra income whenever readers click at the ads appeared inside or mobile blog. Sound similar is it? And the best part is, it can pay through your PayPal account. I will give more attention to this feature from time to time.

Mean while, if you are on the go, you can access my blog via your phone using 3G, GPRS or WAP at this link:

http://feedm8.com/narostown

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