CELEBRATING MOTHER’S DAY 2008 April 24, 2008

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Mother’s Day is a time of commemoration and celebration for Mom. It is a time of breakfast in bed, family gatherings, and crayon scribbled “I Love You’s.”
Mother’s Day will be celebrated on Sunday May 11, 2008 (in the U.S.). In the UK Mothering Sunday is celebrated on the 02nd of March, 2008. The earliest Mother’s Day celebrations can be traced back to the spring celebrations of ancient Greece in honor of Rhea, the Mother of the Gods. During the 1600’s, England celebrated a day called “Mothering Sunday”. Celebrated on the 4th Sunday of Lent “Mothering Sunday” honored the mothers of England. During this time many of the England’s poor worked as servants for the wealthy. As most jobs were located far from their homes, the servants would live at the houses of their employers. On Mothering Sunday the servants would have the day off and were encouraged to return home and spend the day with their mothers. A special cake, called the mothering cake, was often brought along to provide a festive touch.

M – O – T – H – E – R

“M” is for the million things she gave me,

“O” means only that she’s growing old,

“T” is for the tears she shed to save me,

“H” is for her heart of purest gold’

“E” is for her eyes, with love-light shining,

“R” means right, and right she’ll always be,

Put them all together, they spell
A word that means the world to me.

Howard Johnson (1915)


Celebrating Earth Day 22nd April April 23, 2008

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Earth Day is one of two different observances, both held annually during spring in the northern hemisphere, and autumn in the southern hemisphere. These are intended to inspire awareness of and appreciation for the Earth’s environment. The United Nations celebrates an Earth Day each year on the March equinox, a tradition which was founded by peace activist John McConnell in 1969. A second Earth Day, which was founded by U.S. politician Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in in the late 1960s, is celebrated in many countries each year on April 22.


Asus water cooled, triple GPU card

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ASUS has unveiled what it claims to be the world’s first on-board triple GPU solution with the concept model ASUS EAH3850 TRINITY/3DHTI/1.5G graphics card. With three RV670PRO GPUs onboard, users can enjoy a 139% improvement in speeds when compared to single-GPU solutions. Additionally, the EAH3850 TRINITY is equipped with a MXM module for upgrade possibilities and two exclusive extra DVI outputs.


It also features a specially designed water cooling solution – ensuring efficient heat dissipation for stable performance. On top of all this, the ASUS EAH3850 TRINITY is equipped with a world-exclusive large onboard memory size of 1.5GB – designed to provide feature-rich DirectX 10 gaming and the best multimedia playback at ultra-high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

Now if you’re slavering over this piece of water cooled, graphic goodness, just hold on a second. As we’ve written above, its still a concept model so until ASUS actually anounces an actual for sale model, we just have to hold on to our horses. Until then just read on for more info on this card and its specifications.

As the world’s first onboard triple GPU solution, the ASUS EAH3850 TRINITY/3DHTI/1.5G is able to elevate 3DMark06 scores from 4880 to 11662 – an astonishing 139% speed improvement when compared to the single-GPU solutions *. Gamers can now truly feel the exhilarating rush of extreme gaming performance only with the ASUS EAH3850 TRINITY.

The EAH3850 TRINITY comes with the MXM module design that allows users to obtain the flexibility to upgrade the MXM VGA module in regards to GPU and memory size with lower costs. The EAH3850 TRINITY also utilizes a specially designed water cooling solution that effectively dissipates heat away from the three GPUs through heatpipes that are specially connected to the main board of the graphics card instead of the GPUs. Due to the fact that the water cooling solution works exceptionally well even with upgraded GPU and memory, the hassles of displacing the thermal module when upgrading the MXM VGA module is avoided for minimized upgrading costs. On top of all this, the EAH3850 TRINITY is equipped with two extra DVI outputs for a maximum of four-display video outputs.

Memory size is paramount if one does not want to suffer from graphic bottlenecks. With most current and upcoming games requiring high video memory requirements; plus the fact that game developers still constantly increasing the estimated video memory size, the ASUS EAH3850 TRINITY/3DHTI/1.5G is able to truly deliver a world-class graphical performance – allowing users to fully enjoy games or movies without lag or stuttering even at very high resolutions and maximum quality settings.

In line with the Rock Solid promise of quality from ASUS, the EAH3850 TRINITY comes with several solutions to provide top quality graphic performance. The temperature of the newly adopted DIP Spring Chokes is 5~10°C lower in comparison to traditional Toroidal Coil Chokes; while the Japan-made polymer capacitors lowers power loss to provide more stability. Users will thus feel at ease while enjoying extreme performance with ASUS’ uncompromising quality only with the ASUS EAH3850 TRINITY.





Graphics Engine

Radeon HD 3850

Video Memory

1.5G DDR3

Engine Clock


Memory Clock

850 MHz (1.7GHz DDR3)

Memory Interface

256-bit + 256-bit + 256-bit

DVI Max. Resolution

2560 * 1600

Bus Standard

PCI Express

DVI Output

DVI *4

HDCP compliant


HDMI Output

Yes, via DVI to HDMI adaptor

D-Sub Output

Yes, via DVI to D-Sub adaptor

HDTV Output

Yes, via HDTV Out cable

TV Output

Yes, via S-Video to Composite

Thermal Solution

Water Cooling System

Adaptor/Cable Bundled

DVI-to-D-Sub adaptor

DVI-to-HDMI adaptor

HDTV-out cable

Power Cable

Software Bundled

ASUS Utilities & Driver


Microsoft reduces price of Vista

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 Microsoft has announced a price revision for its Windows Vista operating system. In Asia, Malaysia is the only market to enjoy the adjusted pricing offered thru local IT partners, and is one of the only two countries in the world to adopt this strategy. Depending on the editions of the Windows Vista, price adjustments range from 10 to almost 50 percent.

This is reflected in its OEM licensing offering, a move which presents the easiest and most attractively-priced option for purchasing Windows Vista preinstalled in a PC, as well as its stand-alone retail packs. According to Mr. KT Ng, Director, Client Business Group, Business Marketing Organization, the strategy will also increases the product’s relevance to the mainstream IT industry in view of the dropping prices of computer hardware and peripherals. As a result, the overall package is now more affordable to consumers, in addition to increasing user confidence in its genuine products.

Microsoft firmly believes that the increased affordability of Windows Vista Home Premium will enhance digital empowerment to a wider cross-section of Malaysian consumers and users and allow more to experience the rich features of a digital lifestyle. It will also ensure consumers and users’ computer are well protected from security attacks.


Abit’s new AMD motherboard

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abit has announced their latest AMD platform motherboard, the A-S78H, supporting ATI Hybrid CrossFireX Technology. The A-S78H is based on the AMD 780G chipset with ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics and the SB700. It supports AMD AM2+/AM2 processors running HT3.0 up to 5200MT/s. It has four 240-pin DIMM sockets offer a maximum of 8GB memory capacity for Dual Channel DDR2 1066 modules. 1 x PCI-E X16, 1 x PCI-E X1, and 2 x PCI slots hold enough potential for further expansion and system upgrades with different add-on cards.

The ATI Hybrid CrossFireX Technology offers multi-GPU performance capabilities by enabling the integrated graphics processor and a discrete graphics processor to operate simultaneously with combined output to a single display for blisteringly-fast frame rates. Enabled hybrid graphics cards models so far include ATI HD2400XT, HD2400Pro, HD3470 and HD3450 based VGA cards, providing the ultimate visual experience.

Stay tuned for pricing and availability. Read on for specifications.


abit A-S78H

CPU Support

AMD Socket AM2/AM2+ Processors

System Bus

AM2+ runs HT3.0 5200MT/s, AM2 runs HT1.0 2000MT/S


AMD780G chipset with ATI Radeon HD3200 Graphics/SB700 chipset

Expansion Slots

1 x PCI-Ex16, 2 XPCI-Ex1, 3x PCI


Gigabit Ethernet


4X240-pin DIMM sockets support max. memory capacity 8GB

Dual channel DDR2 1066/800/667


6XSATA 3Gb/s connector


5.1-Channel HD

abit engineered™

abit SoftMenu, abit EQ


The Death Watch By Yeow Siew Hoon April 22, 2008

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Personal Review

The Death Watch is written by Yeow Siew Hoon, the “ young “ generation of Malaysian

writer who was born and raised in Penang. She lives in Singapore in the present time.

Whenever she was free, she would travel and writes during her own time off. This short

story is about a man named Harry, married to the lusty Jane. Harry, in his old age right

now, wished that her wife would be dead in no time. This is because he was tried of

feeding her super-obese wife and worried that his savings after his wife’s death would soon be finished

before her death. Jane was once a slender, beautiful women but her lust for food had made her a super size

women. For a few years, both of them had a happy marriage but things started to go dull when Jane started

to eat excessively and ended up being an obese. Their 3 children quickly moved out to another house once

they have started to earn their own money. The endless feeding continued until one night when Harry wished

that Jane would die quickly, he bought three roasted chicken and ate it with his wife. During the meal, he got

choked. He was struggling to breath and tried to ask his wife to help him. But, sadly, her could not move to

help him and she ended up watching her husband died. The Death Watch itself means that

Harry waited for her wife to be dead but ironically, her wife ended up watching his death. Unconditional love

is the theme of the story. Harry let his love for Jane turned him into a coward and weak-hearted man, who

cannot stop Jane from consuming more food day by day. As a result, Harry could not stop Jane when she

became larger and his savings were drained to the last cent. His unconditional love also caused him to lose

love from his children. Yeow Siew Hoon’s story added another life that resembled the Malaysian culture. This

attention-grabbing story was good enough to relate readers to their everyday life. The irony that had been

showed at the end of the story is the most intriguing part. Jane’s unhealthy eating habit is an explicit and

clear picture of Malaysian and Singaporean lifestyle. Based on the research done by the Ministry of Health,

the country’s level of obesity is one of the highest in South East Asia region. The unhealthy way of eating

habits and social relationship are one of the major problem that most Malaysian and Singaporean is having

at the present time. Although that this story portrayed the negative side of the modern Malaysian and

Singaporean people, its purpose is to raise the awareness of the reader on the importance of taking care of

our health especially in food consumption and habit. In addition, it also showed the side effect of

incapability of controlling one’s lust, resulting in the lost of love and care in the family. Next , for the

elements of nativization in the story, the writer mentioned a lot of popular Malaysian food such as nasi

lemak, rending, roti prata, kuey tiow, laksa and the famous Western junk food such as Mc Donald and

Kentucky Fried Chicken. These names are not just popular in its own category but it is also the food that can

caused people to obese easily if taken excessively. They are undeniably delicious but it must be taken in a

controlled quantity.


Bekas pembantu rumah jadi Menteri di Brazil April 20, 2008

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Marina Silva miskin, pernah buta huruf bukti kegigihan wanita

BUTA huruf, miskin, pernah bertugas sebagai pembantu rumah, mengambil upah menjahit, menoreh getah, menghidap hepatitis dan tinggal jauh di pelosok pedalaman yang serba serbi amat kekurangan.

Ini semua ciri-ciri yang pastinya dilihat segelintir masyarakat sebagai resipi seorang individu gagal yang tidak mungkin dapat menikmati kejayaan, jauh sekali bergelar Menteri.

Namun, itulah pengalaman pahit yang mendewasakan seorang wanita Brazil, Marina Silva yang bertatih daripada seorang buta huruf kepada celik, ke menara gading, sebagai aktivis dan seterusnya bergelar Menteri Alam Sekitar Brazil.

Lebih membanggakan, pemilik nama asal Marina Silva Vaz de Lima yang kini berusia 50 tahun, dapat pula berkongsi anugerah berprestij alam sekitar dunia yang dimenangi bersama bekas Naib Presiden Amerika Syarikat, Al Gore di atas usaha mereka menyelamatkan alam sekitar, baru-baru ini.

Kisah unik Marina yang tidak ubah seperti telenovela � kehilangan ibu pada usia 14 tahun, diuliti kemiskinan sehingga pernah berlapar sehari semalam kerana tiada makanan, bergelut sebagai pembantu rumah mungkin asing bagi kita, tetapi di Brazil, Marina dianggap wira.

Bagaimanakah wanita sepertinya mampu menjadi Menteri � jawatan yang lazimnya dikaitkan dengan faktor seperti berlatar belakang keluarga kaya dan berpengaruh, khususnya di negara Amerika Latin?

“Kehidupan saya amat susah. Saya dilahirkan di kawasan ceruk di pedalaman hutan Amazon. Bapa hanya bertugas sebagai penoreh getah,” kata Marina dalam satu temubual dengan media asing, baru-baru ini.

Kesengsaraan diuliti kemiskinan itu turut menyaksikannya kematian dua adik kesayangan. Enam bulan kemudian, ajal menjemput ibunya dan seterusnya, adik lelakinya.

Marina terbiar, terumbang ambing, sunyi dan tidak pernah mengenali maksud di sebalik abjad kerana keadaannya yang buta huruf.

Ini menyebabkannya tidak pernah menaruh harapan tinggi dalam hidup, jauh sekali menjadi ahli politik popular.

“Ketika saya membesar, mereka yang bekerja dengan kerajaan lazimnya berasal dari keluarga berada. Saya sebaliknya hanyalah anak seorang penoreh getah dan menjadi penjawat awam amat mustahil. Impian saya cuma satu, iaitu agar celik huruf.”

Atas alasan itu, Marina berasa kagum setiap kali melihat mulut ayahnya terkumat-kamit membaca buku.

“Saya amat kagum bagaimana orang mampu meluahkan apa yang mereka lihat di atas kertas. Saya mahu membaca supaya dapat berbakti sebagai guru untuk membantu yang lain.”

Marina sedar, hanya satu jalan untuknya keluar daripada kemelut sebagai buta huruf. Beliau perlu ke bandar Rio Branco dengan mengikuti kelas celik huruf khusus bagi golongan dewasa.

Berkat kesungguhannya, Marina yang berusia 17 tahun ketika itu, akhirnya boleh menulis dan membaca dalam masa 15 hari. Beliau melipat gandakan usahanya dengan menjadikan buku sebagai kawan yang membawanya ke Universiti Persekutuan di Acre dan memperoleh ijazah sarjana muda sejarah pada 1985.

Kerjaya sebagai pendidik sempat dirasainya sebelum bertemu aktivis buruh dan alam sekitar popular, Chico Mendes. Perkenalan dengan Mendes menjadikan Marina memutuskan untuk mengabdikan diri dalam misi menyelamatkan hutan Amazon.

Usaha murninya mendatangkan hasil apabila Marina menjadi wanita termuda pernah dilantik sebagai Senator. Tumpuan utamanya, meneruskan kempen pemuliharaan alam sekitar dan kawasan hutan.

Berkat kesungguhannya, pada 2002, Presiden Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, yang pernah menjadi budak pengilat kasut sebelum bergelar ahli politik, melantik Marina sebagai Menteri Alam Sekitar � tugas yang memberi tanggungjawab besar kepada Marina untuk melindungi Amazon yang juga kawasan hutan terbesar dunia.

Berbekalkan pengalaman luas sebagai aktivis alam sekitar, Marina segera menangani masalah seperti pembalakan, pertanian dan sikap syarikat korporat yang terbabit dalam usaha penerokaan hutan � tugas berat yang sebelum ini tidak berani digalas bekas Menteri portfolio berkenaan.

Baginya, tugas sebagai Menteri bukanlah alasan untuk berpeluk tubuh dan memerhatikan saja kemusnahan pada khazanah berharga Brazil dan dunia itu.

Semangat juangnya sebagai aktivis masih terus mengalir dalam dirinya yang dianggap Marina seharusnya disemarakkan lagi biarpun sudah bergelar Menteri. Atas kesungguhannya itu, Marina dipuji sebagai antara penyebab utama yang memperlahankan kemusnahan Amazon selain membawa dalangnya ke muka pengadilan.

Nama Marina turut harum di persada antarabangsa apabila dinamakan pemenang anugerah Champions of the Earth Prize – penghargaan tertinggi diberikan Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu.

Kejayaan demi kejayaan yang diraihnya juga berdepan suka duka, termasuk laporan mendakwa usaha jahat meneroka hutan Amazon secara haram masih berlaku.

“Usaha memperjuangkan kepentingan alam sekitar amat kompleks. Lebih mudah memperjuangkan kepentingan mereka yang masih hidup sekarang berbanding generasi yang bakal lahir 10 atau 1,000 tahun lagi,” katanya yang amat mengagumi bapa kemerdekaan India, Mahatma Gandhi.

Kata-katanya itu banyak kebenarannya dan tiada siapa sangka ia diucapkan wanita yang pernah melalui episod duka dalam hidup sebagai wanita miskin yang buta huruf dan kini mahu dikenali sebagai pejuang alam sekitar.

Namun, yang pasti, ketika Marina terus bimbangkan masa depan hutan Amazon sebagai khazanah untuk tatapan generasi akan datang, namanya sudah pun tercatat sebagai wira alam sekitar dan bukti wanita gigih Brazil.


  • Nama asal Marina Silva Vaz de Lima
  • Dilahirkan pada 8 Februari 1958
  • Mampu menulis dan membaca ketika berusia 17 tahun
  • Belajar di Universiti Persekutuan di Acre dan memperoleh ijazah sarjana muda sejarah pada 1985.
  • Dilantik Senator pada 1994
  • Menjadi Setiausaha Alam Sekitar dan Pembangunan parti Pekerja pada 1995-1997
  • Dilantik Menteri Alam Sekitar pada 2002 hingga sekarang