Category Archives: Personal Opinion

Gmail vs. Exchange

My university is using Exchange at the moment and now is deciding whether to continue using it or change to Gmail (for Business/corporate).

To fellow IIUM staff, as far as domain name is concerned we will still be using our iium.edu.my extension to the name. I support the migration to Gmail even though I was the strong supporter for Exchange few years earlier. Why?

  1. Today is the era of Cloud computing & between Gmail & Outlook, it’s no brainer, Gmail gets two thumbs up.
  2. The best about Exchange & Outlook is its ability to invite meeting appointment. Now, Gmail can also do that. Having said that how many really use the feature?
  3. Oh I better ask the most important question. How many  really use our IIUM email? Many will give the excuse that IIUM email is not reliable. So it’s another reason to switch to Gmail. Known for its reliability.
  4. How much space you got for Exchange? 1 GB? Oh…it is 500MB…. ha ha ha. And many staff complained that they have to delete & clear many emails in the mailbox. With Gmail you’ll get 25GB.
  5. Security & confidentiality. Hmmm.good question. But how many is using Yahoo or Hotmail or Gmail to send their exam questions to the exam administrator? So don’t talk about security & confidentiality lah. If you want security, use encrypted message. Oh you don’t know what is encryption? So don’t talk about security or confidentiality.

I say, let’s change! I know that UM is using Gmail. And you guys are talking about ownership & security with those top in World University Ranking (compared to us) has been using it for some time.

I am no longer holding any IT post in the university, and this is my personal view.

Finally, a photography trip

Photo adventure travel to Mount Rinjani! Again!!

To be exact, we are going there for the 3rd time. I’ve been there twice but failed to conquer its summit on both occasion. The first one was due to eruption & the second one due to bad weather.

For this trip I wish to share my checklist.

  1. Proper warm clothing. I have thermal baselayer & also Columbia jacket. It can stand 4C easily. I expect the temperature to be about that at the rim & summit.
  2. Socks – slightly thick wool sock – again I have Columbia’s socks
  3. Hiking shoes – I am using (again) Columbia’s low cut shoes. Why low cut? Because I have gaiters :)
  4. Sleeping bag – I have a small & compact, with 2C stated as the extreme temperature zone. Meaning, at 2C I won’t be that comfortable & I will definitely still feel cold at 4C inside the sleeping bag.
  5. I’ll bring my own one-man sub 1 kg tent but I need to think of a good ground sheet.
  6. Toothbrush & toothpaste – small one should do. Not the one come with free towel when you bought it.
  7. I do bring shampoo & shower gel, but packed in a small container. It feels good when you can wash your face & rinse your hair even though nobody will shower up on the mountain.
  8. A squeezable bottle for istinjak plus wet tissue & a trowel (for you know what business) :)
  9. A quick dry towel
  10. A pair of clean shirt for sleeping & for solat
  11. Another pair of shirts (very light & quick dry) wrapped nicely inside a waterproof plastic wrappers – guys, hypothermia kills!
  12. Compression shorts – No underwear when hiking… melecet beb
  13. A pair of sunglass (I have Rudy Project Magster)
  14. A cap (& I may bring my Tilley’s cowboy hat – it is very hot walking down Plawangan Sembalun)
  15. Knee guards (I have bad meniscus)
  16. Lightweight outdoor belt
  17. Torchlight & headlamp (with good battery) **** EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
  18. Glove (I have both thick & thin one)
  19. Waterbags (I am using Deuter’s 2L)
  20. Dueter Futura 35L with camera inserts for the camera OR maybe just Lowepro Primus (with raincover)
  21. Thinking of bringing just the usual sling bag (duffel) as it will be carried by porter
  22. Trekking pole
  23. iPhone & PowerMonkey Extreme with solar panel to charge it
  24. Nikon D7000 with extra battery, 14-24mm, 70-200mm, a carbon fibre tripod (it is slightly overkill!)
  25. Leica D-Lux 4
  26. A pair of slipper
  27. Sarong **** VERY USEFUL
  28. Buff as a balaclava during cold & dusty occasions
  29. Sleeping mat – for comfort
  30. My medications – pain killer, oxynase, clarinase, gauze, flavin
  31. Multipurpose tool with knife
  32. Extra ropes
  33. Plastic garbage bag (in case of raining)
  34. Some powergels for energy boost when trekking & some snacks

I hope these things fit my duffel bag :)

Organising a huge cycling event. My personal experience

Last July I joined Ipoh Century Ride. Managed to complete the 160KM bicycle ride in more than 5 1/2 hours. Not great. But not bad either.The best is, I enjoyed the event. However I was wondering why there are no such event in east coast of Malaysia?

I kept on musing the idea to have a century ride in Kuantan. I told few friends. Then I created a Facebook event. A century ride scheduled on 28th January 2012. I was expecting only close cycling buddies will join….. but this friend of mine, Azraie, somehow shared it in BaikBike Facebook’s wall! And suddenly so many people from almost everywhere interested to join in! With such response, I asked Azraie again….whether he is willing to help organising such event. He said YES (3 times!).

So there you go….that’s how KUANTAN160 came about!

At first I gathered few close friends in my house on 8th December 2011. I announced the idea & everyone agreed to the it eventhough I can sense some skeptism. I don’t blame them. There were few cycling events that were not so succesful lately and somehow not many cyclist are keen to join anymore. I told them that the event is not a profit oriented event and we don’t get a single sen out of it. We simply wanna see a major cycling event in the East Coast.

At first we put 300 as our target. Meeting after meeting. Planning after planning. Even before we can print the manual, paper based registration form, registration already reaching 400! So we decided to close it at 500. Well….there are now more than 700 registration!

What is our big concern? It is the funding! Many people think with RM100 fee per person, we should have enough fund to run a century ride. Well my friends, it is not enough. For that RM100 per person, we need to prepare the food, water stations, t-shirt, tents, media kit, time chip, all souvenirs, fee for all related permits, tents and honorariums to marshalls, relevant crews & cycling experts. For 750 riders, almost 300 crews needed. We need to liase with so many government agencies. Not many were willing to come in officially until we can proof to them we got the number!

Securing sponsors is another headache. We need them so that we could cut cost. One thing we really wanna do is to give jersey to all riders. That…we failed to do. With the cost about RM60 per piece, it is indeed a costly momento!

Well guys…unfortunately we can’t afford the jersey.