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Friday, 8 December 2006

Change of Name

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"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other word would smell as sweet."

--From Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)1


"Brain Rights" is now "An Intellectual Property Blog". [^^,]

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Notes

1. http://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/what-s-name-which-we-call-rose
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Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Links for Indigenous / Minorities

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Indigenous Rights - Monash University
[ link ]

United Nations Millenium Goals Homepage
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Sunday, 3 September 2006

Building a Wind Turbine

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Dear Reader,

Have you been thinking, of late, of free energy?

Photovoltaic panels are expensive and probably need quite a sizeable investment in order to power up a house. Yet photovoltaic panels (solar panels) probably offer the easiest installation: Just install it, and forget about it. It is likely that wind turbines are more economical to tinker about with. With this in mind, I set out to understand a little more about these creatures which have evolved from simple windmills to present day "wind farms".

Some links I have found along the way:

  • Alton's Wind Turbine Page [click here for link]
    From one man's efforts to create a wind turbine.


  • Windpower Workshop [click here for link]
    A book on how to create your own wind turbine.


  • Hugh Piggott's Homepage [click here for link]
    Quite a resource-laden page. Very useful with many links.


  • Rob Webster's Turbine Diary [click here for link]
    This young gentleman managed to finish off quite a bit of the wind turbine making process. His diary with many helpful pictures (for those who would attempt the same).


  • Danish Wind Industry Association [click here for link]
    From Europe, a chockful of information on how to get started.


  • I Built A Wind Charger For $400! [click here for link]
    From Mother Earth Magazine 1973, an article by Jim Sencenbaugh about how he made his own wind turbine.


  • A Wind Powered Energy Charger [click here for link]
    Kelly Isaac, a science teacher, reveals how she built her battery charger that uses a wind turbine. Of note: The turbine has a vertical axis (as opposed to horizontal axis).


  • Pico Turbine Educational Kit [click here for link]
    Free downloadable plans available for the turbine as well as a convertor for AC (Alternating Current) to DC (Direct Current). This wind turbine also has a vertical axis.


  • Build Your Own 1000 Watt Wind Turbine [click here for link]
    Similar to Rob Webster's page -- step by step process with lots of photos. Found via Make Magazine [click here for link]


    This is all for now.
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    e-Print Network

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    Generally a good place to get information on academic research on a subject matter (especially renewable energy et al).

    Link:
    http://www.osti.gov/eprints/pathways/index.shtml

    Found via Pusat Tenaga Malaysia's Resource Page.
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    Tapping into Wave Energies

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    The world's energy needs are increasing. How do we produce more energy without killing our natural resources? Burning hydrocarbons produces more global warming than we need. Witness the recent reports of glaciers melting in the Andean region. One solution is to harness the energy generated by sea waves.


    Link: http://www.wavegen.co.uk/

    Rising demand for energy and the finite nature of conventional fuels, are leading to increased prices. The problem of green house gas emissions continues. Harnessing the immense wave power in the world’s oceans can be part of the solution to our energy problems. At Wavegen we are delivering the wave energy technology to help make that happen.


    Greenpeace website has an animated explanation of the Islay wave turbine.

    Link: http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/Templates/template3_view.cfm?UCIDParam=20021121153111

    In time, we may be able to generate enough electricity by using wave energies. Examples of possible applications are:
  • Power grids for seashore communities
  • Energy source for vessels
  • Energy monetization from otherwise inhabitable areas (e.g. mangrove swamps)
  • Creation of lighthouses with alternative energy source (solar, wave and wind)
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    Tuesday, 22 August 2006

    things i thought about at camerons

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    This weekend was spent in Cameron Highlands. I had a whale of a time with my girlfriend there. It was wonderful.

    I had a few ideas from the holiday:

    1. A new type of tripod for couples to shoot themselves.

    2. A new type of door jammer to prevent break-ins.

    3. A skateboard type of trolley for briefcases.

    4. A trolley with sprocket type wheels to climb stairs.

    5. An enhancement to enable chairs to (a) turn on the spot, and (b) move
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    Monday, 31 July 2006

    Some Links For Patent Search

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    Every so often we come across a great idea and think whether it could be the base for a wonderful invention. But then, many inventions exist in this world. If you create something which you believed was "new", yet had been patented elsewhere in the world, you would have infringed the patent. And, you would have to pay a fine for it. However, it is great if that previous patent had expired. Then, you could copy the invention and create cheaper alternatives. The lifespan of a patent, typically, would be 20 years. It varies from country to country.

    The Malaysian Intellectual Property Office has a website, from which patents can be searched for a fee.

    Link: MyIPO - Malaysian Intellectual Property Office

    The US Patent Trademarks Office, too, may be searched. However, images are in TIFF format and require a QuickTime plugin from Apple.

    Link: US PTO - US Patent Trademark Office

    And then there is the European Patent Office.

    Link: eSpaceNet

    Of course, if things get boring around there, you could always look out for instructions on how to make good food. For example:

    Pittsburgh Post Gazette

    Hint: Try to search for "Pupasas" -- it's an American Indian staple.
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    Tuesday, 25 July 2006

    Chocolate Malaysia!

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    It seems that Malaysia has the following statistics on Chocolate:

  • 37 Chocolate Manufacturers
  • 12 Entrepreneurs that make handmade chocolate
  • 9 Cocoa grinders
  • Apparently 0 Cocoa Bean Exporters.

    Source:
    The Malaysian Cocoa Board

    These pages have actually been found via another page, full of links. I intend to explore the links one by one.

    The page I came from
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    Chocolate Malaysia!

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    It seems that Malaysia has the following statistics on Chocolate:

  • 37 Chocolate Manufacturers
  • 12 Entrepreneurs that make handmade chocolate
  • 9 Cocoa grinders
  • Apparently 0 Cocoa Bean Exporters.

    Source:
    The Malaysian Cocoa Board

    These pages have actually been found via another page, full of links. I intend to explore the links one by one.

    The page I came from
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    Monday, 24 July 2006

    Things I've recently found

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    Dear all,

    Things have been picking up pace in the life of Mr. Koo. Yet in these troubled times, I've scoped out a few things. Here's a few touch and go's:

  • Coolest Gadgets - A nice blog about gadgets that make you go "Hmm! Why didn't I think of that?"

  • Silicon Solar - They sell solar panels and related project kits, so that the toy tinkerer in all of us might play with sunshine. I wonder, whether there are any similar concept shops in Malaysia? May be a little money maker waiting for import...

  • Electrolux Twin Clean - A product that's caught my eye. I'm actually looking for water filter based vacuum cleaners, but they seem not to come highly recommended by the sales staff at both Best Denki and JUSCO.

  • Fish Corkscrew - Imagine the pulling power of your hand, popping the cork out.
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    Saturday, 15 July 2006

    Citibank Malaysia's "Globalising Your Ringgit"

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    It's time to learn more about offshore banking. Things to look out for:

  • Foreign FD accounts
  • Foreign stock exchange markets

    Click here for link.
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    Saturday, 10 June 2006

    CRM - Customer Relations Management

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    A couple of links to help you on your way today. CRM is important because it helps you manage your customer relations. That is the lifeline of many a business. Most organisations spend time looking for new customers while neglecting existing ones. Yet it is trite to state that existing customers are potentially your best new customers.

    Links are as follows:

  • Open Source CMS [link]
  • Open Source CRM and ERP [link]
  • Open Source Financial Software [link]
  • Get Free Softs [link]


  • I researched CRM with the hope that it would help my organisation. Implementation may take some time. Yet my hope is that it will in time bear fruits. Your organisation too, may stand to benefit from CRM. So give it a go today.
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    Sunday, 7 May 2006

    Syahril Azam

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    Today, I remembered that I used to have a classmate called Syahril Azam. He was in my class in Form 1 Geroda. Quite a cheerful fellow. Unfortunately, he left to pursue his studies in a vocational school, in Setapak. I used to have his phone number, but I've lost it. It's sad when you remember a good friendship. A search online for his name gave me a page with his email, but the email I wrote bounced.

    Perhaps, one day, in this lifetime, we shall chance to meet.
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    Tuesday, 2 May 2006

    Google Suggest

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    AJAX is shaping the Web today, into what is known as Web 2.0. New applications, which provide a new degree of interactivity between user and computer program.

    Google Suggest is one such page. It offers suggestions, as the user types his search keyword. It reminds me of the word processor in the Open Office suite. Regardless of that, it's quite interesting in that you get suggestions that you may not otherwise have thought of. Click to go there:

    Google Suggest


    At present, it is my Firefox start page.

    On a lesser note, I've been quite delighted with Amazon's search engine. Is it a marketing gimmick? I wonder. Only time will tell.
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    Thursday, 20 April 2006

    Cain Bond -- Millionaire at 19

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    Internet Marketing E-Book

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    PayPal.com is giving away a free e-book online.
    Learn how to do e-Business!

    Go to:
    https://www.paypal.com/en_US/pdf/mkt_guide.pdf
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    Wednesday, 19 April 2006

    Create a Google Account!

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    Google seems to have ended the "invitation-only" mode of Gmail. Given the size of the enormous inbox they provide, Google is doing the world a big favour. One wonders how many servers are hosted by Google? One thing is for certain: Microsoft would have never taken the same step.

    So do yourself a favour -- Sign up for a Google account today.
  • Let's Create That Google Account
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    Create a Google Account!

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    Google seems to have ended the "invitation-only" mode of Gmail. Given the size of the enormous inbox they provide, Google is doing the world a big favour. One wonders how many servers are hosted by Google? One thing is for certain: Microsoft would have never taken the same step.

    So do yourself a favour -- Sign up for a Google account today.
  • Let's Create That Google Account
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    Wednesday, 5 April 2006

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    i'm still alive :)
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    Monday, 13 March 2006

    Home Business :ideas:

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    Many people aspire to work at home. And why not? Rather than having to rent a separate office, or work for a big corporation, there is always that option. A friend of mine is doing precisely that -- working for an NGO as its secretary (Full time job, from home) and editing a newsletter for an MNC (Multi-National Company).

    Here is a list of ideas for home businesses:
    http://www.digital-women.com/homebizideas.htm
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    Thursday, 9 March 2006

    solar powered air conditioning?

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    another wonderful product waiting for distributorship.

    http://www.solarserver.de/solarmagazin/artikeljuni2002-e.html
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    Plastic Surfacing

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    Here's one invention that I feel would be a wonderful thing to market in Malaysia. In Malaysia, the flooring market is booming, with the likes of Lumber Mart and Floor Depot conquering the market.

    A DIY system for home owners would be most welcome indeed, what more when it can create a surface that is burn proof, UV proof, etc....

    Liquid Surface Creations

    by Perry and Heidi Eckert

    * Inspiration
    * How does it work?

    Liquid Surface Creations is a decorative coating, like a paint or varnish, that is applied in a single application. It looks like liquid glass, without the expense of glass or risk of cracking.
    CONTACT DETAILS:
    www.liquidsurfacecreations.com.au

    Watch the 'Liquid Surface Creations ' (Requires RealPlayer):

    * Watch broadband video
    * Watch dialup video

    Inspiration

    The Eckerts own a paint company and were exhibiting their products at the Housing Industry exhibition. They painted their exhibition floor with existing products and realised that compared with the snazzy walls it just wasn’t the effect they were looking for.

    They spent the weekend at home playing around with different composites of polymers and pigments, and came up with the finished solution. Ideas were inspired from a trip to Europe when they saw the swirling of solid colours into epoxy for achieving stone or marble looks. They realised this came down to the skill of the applicator. Whilst they liked the idea of the floor not being a solid colour, they wanted a uniformity in the application results that were not reliant on specialised skill.
    How does it work?

    Liquid Surface Creations is a single application decorative polymer, chemical composite, coating (like a paint or varnish) that looks like liquid glass. It doesn't have the expense or risk of cracking.

    It can include special effects such as a pearl finish, sparkles, or luminescence within its composition, and is heat resistant, UV resistant, chemical resistant, and hard.

    The coating is a combination of parts that are mixed then hardened.
    1) Special effect pigment, such as pearlescence (different particle sizes leads to different effects such as sparkles or metallic)
    2) It's mixed with a colouring agent (if you’re after a colour)
    3) It's then mixed with an epoxy and/or polyurethane and/or polyester (sticky chemical resisting) resin. These form the part A of a chemical reaction between 2 liquid chemicals. The resins will differ according to what use the coating is being put to.
    4. This is mixed with a hardener component, Part B of the chemical reaction to form a solid polymer

    Once mixed, it needs to be applied no longer than an hour later, before it hardens to a smooth glossy coating with texture (the longer you leave it, the harder it will be to apply). The use of the thick and transparent resins with special effect pigments allows thick coatings to be formed. These suspend the effect pigments within the mixture in a non-uniform way.

    This is due to the high viscosity (stickiness/resistance to flow) of the coating. The special effect pigments are basically hanging suspended in the mixture. The textured look comes about according to how the coating has been applied (eg. paintbrush, spatula, trowel, blade, roller, spray etc..) either during application or after application before it hardens.

    No solvents are required which enable it to be thick for the desired textured effect. What emerges is a unique decorative pattern with variations in shade and a glassy 3 dimensional effect. The coating surface then settles before hardening to suspend the pattern in the coating with a smooth or textured surface.

    If you don’t want a smooth glossy finish but want to feel the texture as a finish, they add a suspension aid to the hardener. This ensures the mixture is thick and sticky enough to maintain its shape with the special effect pigment within. Ideally the coating will harden in temperatures of 15 degrees celcius or more, over a minimum period of 24 hours.

    The coatings are waterproof (non-porous), and therefore do not harbour bacteria. Consequently, the coatings provide very hygienic surfaces for food preparation areas, including commercial kitchen benches, floors, walls and splashbacks.

    It can be used to incorporate different effects such as covering flat objects on the floor, eg, broken up sheets of paint. Instead of the many coats of polyurethane varnishes (on top of paint) this normally takes, you just paint the floor with a solid polyurethane colour paint, lay the objects down and apply the coating (this time with no colour) over them once. The choice of resin and hardener will determine the performance characteristics of the coating.

    It’s durable, hard wearing, easy to clean, and can withstand heat to over 100 degrees. Its lifespan is similar to a timber floor finish, 5 to 10 years.

    Source: The New Inventors, ABC Australia
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    Invention - Soak Oil Spill

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    The York Daily Record reports of a construction worker's quick thinking that prevented diesel fuel and hydraulic oil, from an overturned truck, from contaminating a nearby river. His solution: use dirt from the construction site as a dam.

    The driver, Tim Fake, has been admitted to the hospital for observation after complaining of back pain.

    I think that using dirt to contain oil spills from dirtying rivers is a very good idea. Compare, for example, the following invention:

  • Mr. Charles Vinsonhaler's "Oil Spill Cleanup and Recovery System"

  • German company eco.carbon's Super Sponge Mats
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    Sunday, 29 January 2006

    Inhalable Insulin - Exubera

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    Dear Reader,

    Today we learn about inhalable insulin, which the US Food and Drug Administration has approved of. Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company that created a storm with Viagra, has created an inhalable application of insulin, which does away with the traditional method of using needle injections.

    Insulin has been applied by injection since its discovery in 1920. Insulin is not a cure but can save lives of diabetics, whose bodies cannot break down the calories consumed and have, as a result, high sugar in their blood.

    Medscape.com has published an article about the development of inhaled insulin by Lutz Heinemann and Tim Heise. The authors noted:

    Dermal insulin application does not result in a reproducible and sufficient transfer of insulin across the highly efficient skin barrier. The dream of an 'insulin tablet' has also not become reality, the main problem being digestion and a lack of a specific peptide carrier system in the gut. Nasal insulin application led to a rapid absorption of insulin across the nasal mucosa; however, the relative bioavailability was low and required the use of absorption enhancers. To date, it appears that the pulmonary application of insulin is likely to be the first alternative route of insulin administration to become available within the next few years.


    It's not easy being diabetic. However, the new drug, called "Exubera", looks set to change all that. Unfortunately, diabetics are still required to be constantly aware of their blood levels.

    Use of rapid-acting inhaled insulin will not replace the need to inject the hormone occasionally, the Food and Drug Administration said. It approved Exubera on Friday, a day after the multinational European Commission did so.

    Diabetics also will have to continue pricking their fingers to test blood sugar levels.

    Exubera will provide an option for adults with Type 1 or 2 diabetes who are reluctant to use the syringes, pens and pumps currently needed to inject insulin, Pfizer said. In clinical trials, Exubera managed blood sugar levels just as well as injected insulin.

    Source: Washington Post


    On the other hand, it is possible that inhaled insulin may not meet the requirements of the diabetic. It is possible that the dosage taken is too much or too little.

    Inhalable insulin is a welcome advance, said Dr. Nathaniel Clark, the national vice president for clinical affairs for the American Diabetes Association. But he added that needles still allow better dosage control.

    .... [skip a few paragraphs...]

    "My reaction was, I have excellent control of my blood sugars right now and I just don't have any interest in messing with a good thing," said Rayner, 33, who's used both insulin injections and the pump for her Type 1 diabetes.

    Source: Washington Post


    Is this worry legitimate? Pfizer, on its website, states otherwise.

    Exubera is a fast-acting, dry powder formulation of human insulin that is inhaled into the lungs via the mouth before meals using a simple-to-use, hand-held device that does not require batteries or electricity. The device, which weighs four ounces and is about the size of a carrying case for a pair of eye glasses, is designed to deliver an accurate and precise dose of insulin each time it is used.

    Source: Pfizer


    The way it seems, one of them must be wrong. But the appliance has been approved both by the US FDA and the European Commission. Does this necessarily mean that the drug is safe for use by the public?

    Pfizer itself acknowledges that there are certain caveats to the use of Exubera. First, since the drug is applied nasally, patients who have lung problems will naturally be affected, more so if they are smokers.

    Patients should not take Exubera if they have poorly controlled or unstable lung disease, or if they smoke or have stopped smoking less than six months prior to starting Exubera treatment. If a patient starts smoking or resumes smoking, he or she must stop using Exubera and see a health care provider about a different treatment.


    The second is that certain patients may experience low blood sugar levels.
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    Thursday, 26 January 2006

    The Chinese Constitution

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    Yay... It's in English. This will prove useful some day.

    Thanks to XinHua news agency.

    The Constitution of the People's Republic of China
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    Wednesday, 25 January 2006

    Opera Mini is Out!

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    Opera needs no explanation. Tagged the "fastest browser on Earth" (although Firefox would claim to have a smaller memory footprint), it has been made available for mobile phones! Ah... If only my phone had Wi-Fi on it.

    :: Click here to get to the downloads page ::
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    Underwear Risk?

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    Nothing x-rated here, it's merely a euphemism for a possible side effect caused by "orlistat", a drug just given the green light by the American Food and Drug Administration board for over-the-counter sale and distribution.

    SmithGlaxoKline will manufacture the drug and market it under the brand "Alli". The drug is new and has surprisingly garnered an 11 to 3 vote for its mass production and over-the-counter distribution.

    The drug works by blocking up to 25% (one quarter) of fat consumed.

    Among other side effects that the label needs to highlight is the need to take multivitamins along with Alli as the drug blocks the absorption of some fat-soluble vitamins like D, E, K and beta-carotene, fecal incontinence and gas. Also, since the drug blocks the absorption of 25 per cent of fat consumed and excretes it through the fecal route, those on the pill experience oily motions as also involuntary passing of oil through the anus.

    “The risks seem relatively small, but I do have concern with what we euphemistically call the underwear risk. They need to be clearly outlined to people. These are real risks that do have social consequences,” Dr Wood added. The prescription form of the drug, Xenical, was approved by the FDA in 1999.

    Source


    My comments are in the tooltips when you "mouse over" the underlined phrases.

    I wonder when the drug will be available? I know a number of people who need to lose weight fast.
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    RTI - Google VoIP Suit

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    Google has been sued by RTI over patent infringement in its VoIP software. The program in question is Google Talk, which enables users to talk via Internet. The infringement comes about when the VoIP call can be transferred to a normal telephone line.

    RTI's president, Jerry Weinberger, put it more succinctly in a conversation with CNET News.com reporter Elinor Mills late last month: "When a VoIP call can be transferred to the regular PSTN (telephone network), the switching of that call infringes our patents."
    Source: ZDNET


    A patent infringement occurs when technology used in another application, is similar. The argument that the technological step was achieved through independent research will not stand. Patent law is diametrically different from copyright law, which allows for similarity if the similarity is purely serendipituous and was caused by independent effort - in other words, no copying.

    RTI's suit seems to have scared the giants of the VoIP industry into signing deals with it, including Skype.

    Google isn't the only company that RTI is pursuing. Weinberger said his company has already received one-time technology usage fees from heavyweights including Yahoo, Microsoft and Cisco Systems, has sued Vonage and Comcast, and is in discussions with Skype and America Online.
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    Ambergris On The Beach

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    Dear Reader,

    Today we learn about ambergris, that magnificent vomit of sperm whales that can make a beachcomber's afternoon a most profitable one. In West Australia, a woman named Loralee discovered that a stump-like item, resting on the beach for days, was actually ambergris. Ambergris is used in the perfume making industry, to slow down the evaporation of perfumes. In its raw form, it smells terrible. A quote from today's story of interest:


    Ambergris is, in basic terms, what the sperm whale can’t digest.

    It’s a combination of things like squid beaks and juice found inside sperm whales, but Mr Jury says that it is the quirky way the ambergris is released from the whale that really makes it off.

    “They actually belch it out, and apparently those rare souls across the world who have actually heard this happen, say you can hear it for miles.”

    Once the whale has belched up the ambergris it stays in the ocean for around a decade.

    “If you were to take it… immediately after the whale has expelled it, then you would put it back in the water, because apparently the smell is horrific. But importantly it has to float around the oceans of the world for ten years… so that the sun and the water of the oceans can wash it, until all the nasties have gone and it assumes that sweetness that we’re witnessing now.”

    Mr Jury says scientists believe only about one per cent of sperm whales release ambergris.
    Source


    Well, the next time you go to Pangkor Island, or Redang Island ... or even Sentosa ... try to keep an eye out for anything stump-like. Just don't forget to bring along a hot screwdriver to poke into it -- that's one of the two tests of real ambergris!

    At USD$20 per gram, the 14.7kg chunk of ambergris could make Loralee's family richer by US$295,000 (£165,300).

    Beach trips will never be the same again :)
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    KlipFolio - RSS Feed Freeware

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    If you've never heard of RSS, you're out of touch. RSS, or Really Simple Syndication, is a way of "publishing" your website by making a "feed" available for the public. Yes, now that everyone can blog, and create podcasts, and even videocasts... nobody ever visits the sites anymore. They just want to scan the headlines, just like we scan the headlines in newspapers. So, RSS feeds are here to help us scan the "headlines" on our favourite web news service (e.g. Google News) or even favourite blogs (e.g. JeffOoi.com or even Lim Kit Siang's blog).

    Enter KlipFolio from Serence -- Which is similar to Konfabulator (presently known as Yahoo! Widgets) in its slick application user interface. It's freeware, and there's tonnes of "Klips" to be downloaded from the site. The similarity is only minimal. There are "Klips" to check your Hotmail, GMail and Yahoo Mail, and then there are "Klips" that update you with feeds from news services, websites, blogs, etc.

    KlipFolio is focused on RSS Feeds, so you can download the SDK and make your own customized Klips. That's a wonderful marketing plan and similar to the approach taken by Konfabulator. In the case of Konfabulator, the authors created a funky cartoonish site, complete with gallery of widgets, etc, which could work on both Mac and Windows platforms. There is a lack of support for Linux platforms though -- one wonders why?

    In any case, the best test of the program is to run it yourself. I did not do a check on Google to see if any spyware had been reported, but it's best to do so if you want to start using this excellent program. So far, I've been using it for hourly updates from Google News and hourly updates from my many email boxes, incl. my POP3 box. There's even a Klip for the weather -- similar, one might add, to Konfabulator's. However, in the case of KlipFolio, all its widgets are pretty tiny, and they are best left in minimized form -- only to expand when the mouse goes over.

    Click here to visit the excellent site.
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    Friday, 20 January 2006

    Business Case

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    Dear Reader,

    Perhaps you have started on a project recently, and you wish to capitalize on it -- perhaps take it to the next level. Perhaps you have a home based industry that is doing well, and you think it has potential for growth. In that case, it is time to get corporate funding. The following article shows you how to build up a business case for your secret mission.

    Making a Business Case
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    Tuesday, 17 January 2006

    Itsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Little Wireless Camera

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    It is very interesting what you find online while looking for images to illustrate what a broadcast of images is. This tiny little thing can record up to 380 lines of video. That sounds sweet. I remember while walking around Apliu Kai in Hong Kong, I saw a whole bunch of similar gadgetry on sale. Anyway, if this makes you excited, surf over to rf-links.com.  Posted by Picasa
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    Sunday, 15 January 2006

    Chip Chick

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    Summary:
    A blog featuring gadgets and inventions from a young 20-something female perspective. Click here visit the Chip Chick Blog.

    Note:
    The last entry, about the TV-B-Gone, seems to be old news. Mitch Altman's invention made the news in late 2004. It seems surprising that TV-B-Gone should feature in a technology-slanted blog in early January, 2006. Wired.com also reported that TV-B-Gone is capable of turning on any television.

    The TV-B-Gone invention had prompted Altman's friends to ask for other inventions, to "jam cell phones, shut down vehicle subwoofers and kill car alarms." Perhaps, such requests is an indication to would-be inventors what people would fork money out for.

    Engadget.com has a couple of videos showing the TV-B-Gone in action.
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    Saturday, 14 January 2006

    Creating An Online Shopping Site With Blogger

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    Quote from Floating Atoll blog:

    1 Using Blogger, get a blog (and configure it to use your FTP server, if so desired).
    2 Using Picasa, create a new Hello account and configure it for the blog.
    3 Using PayPal, get a merchant account.
    4 Using Picasa and Hello, send a merchandise photo with a short description to BloggerBot.
    5 Using PayPal's merchant tools, generate an "add to cart" button for the item.
    6 Using Blogger, edit the new post to include a title, a description, and "add to cart" and "view cart" buttons.

    Looks like it's worth a shot. All thanks to that wonderful blog. Read more.
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    Blog Search Tools

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    1.
    IceRocket

    2.
    Google Blog Search

    3.
    A list at Ali Paparo dotcom.

    4.
    Search Engine Watch does not have any listings to categorize "Blog Search Engines".
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    Why Brain Rights?

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    Because your life is inextricably affected by Intellectual Property. Just because you can't see the wind, does not mean that the wind is not blowing. Just because you can't see a sunbeam, does not mean you don't feel the heat. Intellectual Property, generated from your mind: Ideas which although reside in the realm of the intangible, are capable of being translated into tangible cash.

    So - Load up today with knowledge on Copyrights, Trademarks, Industrial Designs, and Patents.
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