Monday, June 17, 2013

What is qualities of truly confident people?

Dharmesh Shah, Founder and CTO at HubSpot line up 9 qualities of truly confident people.

1. They take a stand not because they think they are always right… but because they are not afraid to be wrong.

2. They listen ten times more than they speak.

3. They duck the spotlight so it shines on others. Truly confident people don’t need the glory; they know what they’ve achieved.

4. They freely ask for help.

5. They think, “Why not me?”.

6. They don't put down other people.

7. They aren’t afraid to look silly…

8. … And they own their mistakes.

9. They only seek approval from the people who really matter.

If you want to read a details for each quality, please read his article in LinkedIn here : 9 Qualities of Truly Confident People

Creative Writing: Tips and tricks for beginners

  • Do some short exercises to stretch your writing muscles –  Many new creative writers find that doing the washing up or weeding the garden suddenly looks appealing, compared to the effort of sitting down and putting words onto the page. Force yourself to get through these early doubts, and it really will get easier. Try to get into the habit of writing every day, even if it’s just for ten minutes.
  • If you’re stuck for ideas, carry a notebook everywhere and write down your observations. You’ll get some great lines of dialogue by keeping your ears open on the bus or in cafes, and an unusual phrase may be prompted by something you see or smell.
  • Work out the time of day when you’re at your most creative. For many writers, this is first thing in the morning – before all the demands of the day jostle for attention. Others write well late at night, after the rest of the family have gone to bed. Don’t be afraid to experiment!
  • Don’t agonize over getting it right. All writers have to revise and edit their work – it’s rare that a story, scene or even a sentence comes out perfectly the first time. Once you’ve completed the initial draft, leave the piece for a few days – then come back to it fresh, with a red pen in hand. If you know there are problems with your story but can’t pinpoint them, ask a fellow writer to read through it and give feedback.
  • HAVE FUN! Sometimes, we writers can end up feeling that our writing is a chore, something that “must” be done, or something to procrastinate over for as long as possible. If your plot seems wildly far-fetched, your characters bore you to tears and you’re convinced that a five-year old with a crayon could write better prose … take a break. Start a completely new project, something which is purely for fun. Write a poem or a 60-word “mini saga”. Just completing a small finished piece can help if you’re bogged down in a longer story.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Mountain Bike Types

Cross-country bikes
Cross-country bikes (also called XC bikes) are lightweight and efficient. They're great for smooth trails with rolling hills, but you wouldn't want to take them on really rough terrain.
Trail mountain bikes
Trail mountain bikes are modified cross-country bikes with a softer suspension to handle bigger obstacles.
All-mountain bikes
All-mountain bikes were built to handle rough terrain. They're heavier than cross-country bikes, and can climb hills with ease.
Downhill bikes
Downhill bikes are made for speed. They have the most suspension of any mountain bike and can take the abuse of rough courses with steep drops, but they're not ideal for uphill riding. Dirt jump bikes tend to be smaller and are built to withstand big jumps.
Freeride bikes
Freeride bikes are easier to pedal than downhill bikes. Their thick wheels and long-travel suspension make them good for jumps, stunts and big drops.
Mountain bikes also come with two kinds of suspension, which protect the bike and rider from the shock of rough terrain:
Full suspension
Full suspension bikes have both front and rear suspension. They're heavier, more comfortable and easier to control than hardtail bikes.
Hardtail bikes
Hardtail bikes have a front suspension fork, but no rear suspension. They are lighter and pedal more efficiently than full suspension, and they're more durable for off-road riding.

Notice From MRT Corp: Trial Lane Closure & Boring works at SPRINT highway ( Damansara Heights area )

MRT Construction Updates for SPRINT Highway / Jalan Semantan Area
 from 13 June 2013 to 13 October 2013

Please be informed that temporary construction works will be commencing at several places along SPRINT Highway / Jalan Semantan. The activities involve are trial lane closure and bore piling works (please refer to the map below)

The working hours are as follows:
1. Trial lane closure: 10.00am – 4.00pm & 9.00pm – 5.00am (from 13 June 2013 to 20 June 2013)
2. Bore piling: 7.00am – 10.00pm (from 13 June 2013 to 13 October 2013)

The trial closure is intended to allow MRT Corp and its contractors to study the impact of the closure on the traffic flow at SPRINT Highway (KL bound). Subsequent to the success of the trial lane closure, a permanent road closure will take place for a period of six (6) months. The closure is necessary to facilitate pipe jacking works for the relocation of utilities.

The boring works will be carried out at the former Shell and Esso stations for the construction of the foundation for Semantan Station.

We apologize for the temporary inconvenience as works has to be carried out at night, otherwise it will adversely and severely impact the traffic flow at this stretch if it is carried out during the day. 

Your kind understanding and patience is much appreciated as we build the MRT for our future betterment in improving KL’s public transport system.

For any information: 
MRT construction works at SPRINT Highway:
Sunway Construction 
Ms. Liyana Yusoff – Exec. Communications 012-295 5993
        Mr. Ong Gin Lip – Project Director           019 -236 4688
        Mr. Subba Rao – Deputy Project Director       019 -773 6806
MRT Project:
MRT Hotline: 1800 82 6868             

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Job Search : Networking

Your ability to network effectively will provide you with the tools to access the hidden job market. Remember, the hidden job market represents 75% of jobs that are not advertised. The networking approach is a proactive model for job-search that is particularly useful to professionals.

Let's Get Started
How many people do you Know? You will be surprise that the average person knows 100 or more people. The following table will assist you in identifying people you know. It's always best to create two lists; one for people you know personally, and another for those you know through business. 

Family members
Professional contacts in other companies.
Personal friends
Trade Association contacts
Personnel Agency Consultants
Business owners
Financial Adviser
Bank Manager
Religious associates
Sporting associates
Political party associates

Your Network
  • Your Family
  • Local Business People
  • Your Teachers 
  • Your Friends
  • YOU
  • Your Community
  • Professionals
  • Your media social network ( LinkedIn, twitter, Google+ Community )
  • Others
Here are Some Tips
  • Networking is about using additional eyes and ears to assist you in your job-search.
  • Networking is about gathering information on industries you wish to target.
  • Networking is about getting referrals to other people who may assist.

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Happy Birthday! Mr Donald Trump.

Real estate developer Donald John Trump( twitter: @realDonaldTrump )  was born June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York. In 1971 he became involved in large profitable building projects in Manhattan. He opened the Grand Hyatt in 1980, which made him the city's best known and most controversial developer. In 2004 Trump began starring in the hit NBC reality series The Apprentice, which also became an offshoot for The Celebrity Apprentice.
"As long as you're going to be thinking anyway, think big."

Famous People Who Also Born Today

Harriet Beecher Stowe
(06/14/1811 – 07/01/1896)
US writer
"The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity."

Margaret Bourke-White
(06/14/1904 – 08/27/1971)
US photojournalist
"The beauty of the past belongs to the past."

Mary Cassatt
(05/22/1844 – 06/14/1926)
US artist
"Acceptance, under someone else's terms, is worse than rejection."

Che Guevara
(06/14/1928 – 10/09/1967)
Argentine revolutionary
"Silence is argument carried on by other means."

G. K. Chesterton
(05/29/1874 – 06/14/1936)
English writer
"Ten thousand women marched through the streets of London saying 'we will not be dictated to,' and then went off to become stenographers."

Boy George
(06/14/1961 – )
British singer
"Comparing Madonna with Marilyn Monroe is like comparing Raquel Welch with the back of a bus."

Yasmine Bleeth
(06/14/1968 – )
US actor, model
"This is my ultimate fantasy: watching QVC with a credit card while making love and eating at the same time. With somebody else's card, of course!"

Diablo Cody
(06/14/1978 – )
US writer, stripper
 "If this whole writing thing doesn't work out, I'll be getting right back on the pole."

Jorge Luis Borges
(08/24/1899 – 06/14/1986)
Argentine writer
 "The original is unfaithful to the translation." 

Alan Jay Lerner
(08/31/1918 – 06/14/1986)
US lyricist (songwriting partner of Frederick Loewe; was married to Nancy Olson, among others)
 "Coughing in the theatre is not a respiratory ailment. It is a criticism."

Rory Gallagher
(03/02/1948 – 06/14/1995)
Irish guitarist
"I try to sit down and write a Rory Gallagher song, which generally happens to be quite bluesy. I try to find different issues, different themes and different topics that haven't been covered before...I've done songs in all the different styles...train blues, drinking blues, economic blues. But I try to find a slightly different angle on all these things. The music can be very traditional, but you can sort of creep into the future with the lyrics.."

What Happen In 1946

In 1946, the world was a different place.
There was no Google yet. Or Yahoo.
In 1946, the top selling movie was Song of the South. People buying the popcorn in the cinema lobby had glazing eyes when looking at the poster.


Remember, that was before there were DVDs. Heck, even before there was VHS. People were indeed watching movies in the cinema, and not downloading them online. Imagine the packed seats, the laughter, the excitement, the novelty. And mostly all of that without 3D computer effects.
In the year 1946, the time when you arrived on this planet, books were still popularly read on paper, not on digital devices. Trees were felled to get the word out. The number one US bestseller of the time was The King's General by Daphne du Maurier. Oh, that's many years ago. Have you read that book? Have you heard of it?
In 1946... A revised and streamlined revival of Kern and Hammerstein's Show Boat opens on Broadway at the Ziegfeld Theatre. The United Mine Workers rejoins the American Federation of Labor. Yugoslavia's new constitution, modeling the Soviet Union, establishes 6 constituent republics: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia. The Soviet Union and Switzerland resume diplomatic relations. In Japan, women vote for the first time, during elections for the House of Representatives of the 90th Imperial Diet. King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy abdicates, and is succeeded by his son Humbert II. Laurence Olivier's Henry V opens in the United States nearly 2 years after its release in England. It is the first Shakespeare film in color, and critics hail it as the finest film of a Shakespeare play ever made. The Basketball Association of America is formed in New York City.
The Nobel prize for Literature that year went to Hermann Hesse. The Nobel Peace prize went to Emily Greene Balch and John Raleigh Mott. The Nobel prize for physics went to Percy Williams Bridgman from the United States for the invention of an apparatus to produce extremely high pressures, and for the discoveries he made there within the field of high pressure physics. The sensation this created was big. But it didn't stop the planets from spinning, on and on, year by year.    
The 1940s were indeed a special decade. World War II continued, affecting people in Europe, Asia and elsewhere. The post war world encouraged decolonization, new states and governments emerged, while others declared independence, often not without bloodshed. The dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four is published, picturing a totalitarian Big Brother regime controllings its citizens. The NATO gets established. Iceland declares independence Denmark. Mao Zedong's Chinese Communist Party is victorious in the Chinese Civil War. Mathematics sees the invention of cryptography. Ballistic missiles are created.
Do you remember the movie that was all the rage when you were 15? Blue Hawaii. Do you still remember the songs playing on the radio when you were 15? Maybe it was Tossin' and Turnin' by Bobby Lewis. Were you in love? Who were you in love with, do you remember?
In 1946, 15 years earlier, a long time ago, the year when you were born, the song Oh! What It Seemed to Be by Frankie Carle topped the US charts. Do you know the lyrics? Do you know the tune? Sing along.
It was just a neighborhood dance
That's all that it was
But, oh, what it seemed to be
It was like a masquerade ball
With costumes and all
'Cause you were at the dance with me
In 1946, a new character entered the world of comic books: Rocky and Murph. Bang! Boom! But that's just fiction, right? In the real world, in 1946, Laura Bush was born. And Cher. Donald Trump, too. And you, of course. Everyone an individual. Everyone special. Everyone taking a different path through life.  


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Thursday, June 13, 2013

3 Things Bill Gates has Learned From Warren Buffett

This morning I turn on "mobile data" on my phone and got email notification from Gmail. One of the email is comed from Linkedin with subject "Mohd Akmal, learn what Warren Buffett taught Bill Gates"

I click to the link and here are three Bill Gates has learned from Warren over the years:
1. It’s not just about investing.
The first thing people learn from Warren, of course, is how to think about investing. That’s natural, given his amazing track record. Unfortunately, that’s where a lot of people stop, and they miss out on the fact that he has a whole framework for business thinking that is very powerful. For example, he talks about looking for a company’s moat—its competitive advantage—and whether the moat is shrinking or growing. He says a shareholder has to act as if he owns the entire business, looking at the future profit stream and deciding what it’s worth. And you have to be willing to ignore the market rather than follow it, because you want to take advantage of the market’s mistakes—the companies that have been underpriced.
2. Use your platform.
A lot of business leaders write letters to their shareholders, but Warren is justly famous for his. Partly that’s because his natural good humor shines through. Partly it’s because people think it will help them invest better (and they’re right). But it’s also because he’s been willing to speak frankly and criticize things like stock options and financial derivatives. He’s not afraid to take positions, like his stand on raising taxes on the rich, that run counter to his self-interest.
3. Know how valuable your time is.
No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy more time. There are only 24 hours in everyone’s day. Warren has a keen sense of this. He doesn’t let his calendar get filled up with useless meetings. On the other hand, he’s very generous with his time for the people he trusts. He gives his close advisers at Berkshire his phone number, and they can just call him up and he’ll answer the phone.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Brute Force attack against WordPress websites

This morning I have log to control panel to do some php programming and saw this message:

Potential WordPress problem (Brute Force attack against WordPress websites)
We have monitored on-going brute-force attack against WordPress websites, in order to keep your WordPress website secure, we recommend you do the following:

1. Please change your password for WordPress admin area.

2. Go to your cPanel > File Manager and find your wp-login.php file.

Temporary rename wp-login.php file into wp-login1.php.

You need to change a line in your wp-login.php to reflect the change to the file name. Its line 680 where the form action refers to wp-login.php
Unlike hacks that focus on vulnerabilities in software, a Brute Force Attack aims at being the simplest kind of method to gain access to a site: it tries usernames and passwords, over and over again, until it gets in. Often deemed 'inelegant', they can be very successful when people use passwords like '123456' and usernames like 'admin.'

They are, in short, an attack on the weakest link in any website's security: You.

Due to the nature of these attacks, you may find your server's memory goes through the roof, causing performance problems. This is because the number of http requests (that is the number of times someone visits your site) is so high that servers run out of memory.

This sort of attack is not endemic to WordPress, it happens with every webapp out there, but WordPress is popular and thus a frequent target.

How Protect Yourself

Don't use the 'admin' username
The majority of attacks assume people are using the username 'admin' due to the fact that early versions of WordPress defaulted to this. If you are still using this username, make a new account, transfer all the posts to that account, and change 'admin' to a subscriber (or delete it entirely).

Good Passwords
The goal with your password is to make it hard for other people to guess and hard for a brute force attack to succeed. Many automatic password generators are available that can be used to create secure passwords.

WordPress also features a password strength meter which is shown when changing your password in WordPress. Use this when changing your password to ensure its strength is adequate.

You can use the Enforce Strong Password plugin to force users to set strong passwords.

Things to avoid when choosing a password:
  • Any permutation of your own real name, username, company name, or name of your website.
  • A word from a dictionary, in any language.
  • A short password.
  • Any numeric-only or alphabetic-only password (a mixture of both is best).
  • A strong password is necessary not just to protect your blog content. A hacker who gains access to your administrator account is able to install malicious scripts that can potentially compromise your entire server.
Plugins can be used to limit the number of login attempts made on your site, or block people from accessing wp-admin.


Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Investment Strategy

Because investing is not a sure thing in most cases, it is much like a game – you don’t know the outcome until the game has been played and a winner has been declared. Anytime you play almost any type of game, you have a strategy. Investing isn't any different – you need an investment strategy.

An investment strategy is basically a plan for investing your money in various types of investments that will help you meet your financial goals in a specific amount of time. Each type of investment contains individual investments that you must choose from. A clothing store sells clothes – but those clothes consist of shirts, pants, dresses, skirts, undergarments, etc. The stock market is a type of investment, but it contains different types of stocks, which all contain different companies that you can invest in.

There are three aspects that can help you create a personal investment strategy:

  • Your personal tolerance for risk
  • Your financial goals
  • Your time horizon

Ask yourself the following questions and make a list so that you can map out your investment strategy.

  • What purpose am I investing for?
  • Am I investing to create a side income stream to supplement my retirement plan?
  • Or am I investing to build a massive sum of money that I can rely on in my “golden years?”
  • Will I need to access this money in the next 1, 5, or 10 years?
  • Am I more interested in passive investing or active investing?

If you haven’t done your research, it can quickly become very confusing – simply because there are so many different types of investments and individual investments to choose from. This is where your strategy, combined with your risk tolerance and investment style all come into play.

If you are new to investments, work closely with a financial planner before making any investments. They will help you develop an investment strategy that will not only fall within the bounds of your risk tolerance and your investment style, but will also help you achieve your financial goals.

Never invest money without having a goal and a strategy for reaching that goal! This is essential. Nobody hands their money over to anyone without knowing what that money is being used for and when they will get it back! If you don’t have a goal, a plan, or a strategy, that is essentially what you are doing! Always start with a goal and a strategy for reaching that goal!


Monday, June 10, 2013

What Is Gout

What Is Gout?

Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. It occurs when too much uric acid builds up in the body. The buildup of uric acid can lead to:
  • Sharp uric acid crystal deposits in joints, often in the big toe
  • Deposits of uric acid (called tophi) that look like lumps under the skin
  • Kidney stones from uric acid crystals in the kidneys.
For many people, the first attack of gout occurs in the big toe. Often, the attack wakes a person from sleep. The toe is very sore, red, warm, and swollen.
Gout can cause:
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Heat
  • Stiffness in joints.
In addition to the big toe, gout can affect the:
  • Insteps
  • Ankles
  • Heels
  • Knees
  • Wrists
  • Fingers
  • Elbows.
A gout attack can be brought on by stressful events, alcohol or drugs, or another illness. Early attacks usually get better within 3 to 10 days, even without treatment. The next attack may not occur for months or even years.

What Causes Gout?

Gout is caused by the buildup of too much uric acid in the body. Uric acid comes from the breakdown of substances called purines. Purines are found in all of your body’s tissues. They are also in many foods, such as liver, dried beans and peas, and anchovies.
Normally, uric acid dissolves in the blood. It passes through the kidneys and out of the body in urine. But uric acid can build up in the blood when:
  • The body increases the amount of uric acid it makes.
  • The kidneys do not get rid of enough uric acid.
  • A person eats too many foods high in purines.
When uric acid levels in the blood are high, it is called hyperuricemia. Most people with hyperuricemia do not develop gout. But if excess uric acid crystals form in the body, gout can develop.
You are more likely to have gout if you:
  • Have family members with the disease
  • Are a man
  • Are overweight
  • Drink too much alcohol
  • Eat too many foods rich in purines
  • Have an enzyme defect that makes it hard for the body to break down purines
  • Are exposed to lead in the environment
  • Have had an organ transplant
  • Use some medicines such as diuretics, aspirin, cyclosporine, or levodopa
  • Take the vitamin niacin.

How Is Gout Diagnosed?

Your doctor will ask about your symptoms, medical history, and family history of gout. Signs and symptoms of gout include:
  • Hyperuricemia (high level of uric acid in the blood)
  • Uric acid crystals in joint fluid
  • More than one attack of acute arthritis
  • Arthritis that develops in 1 day, producing a swollen, red, and warm joint
  • Attack of arthritis in only one joint, usually the toe, ankle, or knee.
To confirm a diagnosis of gout, your doctor may draw a sample of fluid from an inflamed joint to look for crystals associated with gout.

How Is Gout Treated?

Doctors use medicines to treat an acute attack of gout, including:
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Corticosteroids, such as prednisone
  • Colchicine, which works best when taken within the first 12 hours of an acute attack.
Sometimes doctors prescribe NSAIDs or colchicine in small daily doses to prevent future attacks. There are also medicines that lower the level of uric acid in the blood.

What Can People With Gout Do to Stay Healthy?

Some things that you can do to stay healthy are:
  • Take the medicines your doctor prescribes as directed.
  • Tell your doctor about all the medicines and vitamins you take.
  • Plan followup visits with your doctor.
  • Maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Avoid foods that are high in purines, and drink plenty of water.
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight. Ask your doctor about how to lose weight safely. Fast or extreme weight loss can increase uric acid levels in the blood.

      High-Purine Foods

  • anchovies
  • asparagus
  • beef kidneys
  • brains
  • dried beans and peas
  • game meats
  • gravy
  • herring
  • liver
  • mackerel
  • mushrooms
  • sardines
  • scallops
  • sweetbreads

What Research Is Being Done on Gout?

Scientists are studying:
  • Which NSAIDs are the most effective treatments for gout
  • Optimal dosages of medications for gout
  • New medicines that safely lower uric acid in the blood and reduce symptoms
  • New therapies that block a chemical called tumor necrosis factor
  • Enzymes that break down purines in the body
  • The role of foods and certain vitamins
  • The role of genetics and environmental factors
  • The interactions of cells involved in acute gout attacks.


Corticosteroids. Powerful anti-inflammatory hormones made naturally in the body or man-made for use as medicine. Injections of corticosteroid drugs are sometimes used to treat inflammation in the shoulder, knee, and other joints.

Diuretics. A type of medication that promotes the formation and output of urine. Diuretics are prescribed to treat the accumulation of excess fluid in bodily tissues that can result from diseases of the kidneys, liver, lungs, or heart. They may also be used to treat high blood pressure or glaucoma, a condition in which pressure builds up inside the eye.

Hemolytic anemia. A form of anemia (deficiency of red blood cells) caused by the destruction of the cells rather than the body’s inability to produce them in adequate numbers.

Hyperuricemia. The presence of elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.

Hypothyroidism. A condition in which the thyroid gland (the gland that makes and stores hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, and the rate at which food is converted to energy) is underactive. Without treatment, this condition can result in fatigue, weight gain, other serious medical problems, and even death.

NSAIDs. A class of medications, available over the counter or with a prescription, that ease pain and inflammation.

Podagra. Gout in the big toe.

Pseudogout. A condition often mistaken for gout that results from the deposit of calcium phosphate crystals (not uric acid crystals as in gout) in the joints and other tissues. This condition is also called chondrocalcinosis.

Psoriasis. An autoimmune disease characterized by a red scaly rash that is often located over the surfaces of the elbows, knees, and scalp, and around or in the ears, navel, genitals, or buttocks. Approximately 10 to 15 percent of people with psoriasis develop an associated arthritis referred to as psoriatic arthritis.

Purines. Found in the DNA and RNA within the nuclei of cells, purines are part of all human tissue and are found in many foods, especially those high in protein.

Synovial fluid. The slippery fluid produced by the synovium (joint lining) to lubricate the joints.

Tophi. Nodular masses of uric acid crystals that sometimes form in the soft tissue of people with chronic gout. Although tophi are most common around the fingers, elbows, and big toe, they can occur in virtually any part of the body. (The singular is tophus.)

Uric acid. A substance that results from the breakdown of purines, which are part of all human tissue and are found in many foods.