Dec 28, 2010

Thoughts on the Life Online Show #LOLshow

Hello everyone. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!! Recently, I listen to this podcast called the Life Online Show or #LOLshow in short.

I started listening to it after I saw Niki Cheong's post on his blog. John Lim, Niki Cheong, David Lian and David Wang are the crews of the #LOLshow!  #LOLshow is my 1st podcast and I think it was quite good. The podcast talks about the latest development of social media in the world and also in Malaysia. I thought it was great as it was not as long as This Week in Tech (TWiT) by Leo Laporte and it is more into the local scene as compared to TWiT which oftens talks about issues which happens in the USA.  John Lim, Niki Cheong, David Lian and David Wang will share their views on the lastest issues like the roll out of YTL's Yes 4G in Malaysia, Twitter's new guidelines, Facebook's new profile page, Wikileaks, Gap's new logo and the suicide of Alviss Kong on Facebook. Some of the views are quite good, an example would be David Wang's view on the proposed ISP Liability Act in Malaysia (Listen to it on #LOLshow Episode 8). 

Another thing I like about the #LOLshow is that there will be a web tip given every week. And of course thank you David Wang for the Groupsmore tip on #LOLshow Episode 4.

My suggestion is that a guest on #LOLshow would be really good. The current length for the show is appropriate for me. Overall, i think that #LOLshow is a great effort done by John Lim, Niki Cheong, David Lian and David Wang (The mic is louder now.. haha..)! I guess it must be difficult for all of you to meet up to record the show online every week? Thank you again for the great work! 

This week you can stand a chance to win a BlackBerry Curve 3G by listening to this week's episode and check out how you can win it by checking it out here

Here's the latest #LOLshow - Episode 11: Best of 2010

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Here’s what you get in the sleek and slim package that is the BlackBerry Curve 9300 3G:

  • 2MP camera with flash
  • GPS
  • WiFi & 3G
  • Optical trackpad + media keys
  • BlackBerry messenger

Nov 22, 2010

Google's Guide to the Internet

20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web

Google published a simple, illustrated, short guide on web browsing and the internet on 20 Things I Learned About Browsers and the Web. It is very easy to understand as Google guides and tells about the basics of the internet (TCP/IP), cloud computing, IP addreses, HTML5 and security risks and threats in the online world. Check this guide out as it is loads very fast and is easy to understand.

Find out why plug-ins are pepperoni for your cheese pizza.

You can resume reading even after you close your browser (as long as you preserve the cookies).

You can print the books or download as PDF by clicking the "PRINT BOOK" button. You can also read with a white or dark background by toggling the scroll bar between the bulbs.

Nov 11, 2010

Google Search: Google Instant Preview

Now you can have a sneak preview of your search results on Google with its new Google Instant Preview
1. Enable it HERE.
2. Do a search on Google and click on the magnifying glass beside the search results. You'll see the preview on the right.

Nov 1, 2010

Guidelines for Use of the Twitter Trademark

Yup! That's right!
Twitter wants to control the use of its logo and name. Make sure you follow the guidelines HERE
Some of the highlights:
  • On the web: Use the phrase "Follow me/us on Twitter" with the word 'Twitter' spelled out or using a Twitter logo and an optional link to your Twitter Account. You can also use the current Twitter logo, Twitter Bird Icon, or one of the Twitter buttons as a link to your account. (Yup! That's right! I've updated the Twitter icon on the top of this page!) (No logo on this post! Hah!)
  • In print: Use the phrase "Follow me/us on Twitter" with the word "Twitter" spelled out or with a Twitter logo (available here) and your username. 
  • Refer to "Twitter" when talking about us, and "Tweets" when talking about the messages or updates on our service on Publications, on TV and at Conferences.
  • Manipulate the logos unless necessary due to color restrictions (for example, black and white)
  • Imply sponsorship, endorsement, or false association with Twitter, Inc.
  • Use the Twitter bird as a spokesperson to carry your logos or messaging (for example, your logo next to or being carried by the bird).
  • Create your own buttons or marks using our logos.
  • Make inaccurate statements about our service on Publications, on TV and at Conferences.
Using Twitter screenshots:
  • Use screenshots of other people’s profiles or Tweets without their permission

Will Blekko "slash" Google and Microsoft's Bing?

blekko logo is the new search engine which uses what they call the "slashtags".

This will narrow down searches as the users create and refine searches to filter out spam searches.

This allows you to create some sort of categories like the "hashtags" in Twitter.

To try out log on to

Click on some of the current popular searches on Blekko (as at 2.40pm, 1/11/2010):


Previously on techknew:

Google Search Tips

Oct 16, 2010

New Skype 5.0

Try the new Skype 5.0 now!

There's a new interface now and it is now integrated with Facebook so you can check the latest status updates and call all in one program!

Previously on techknew:

Oct 15, 2010

Have you missed the Google Dictionary function on all Google products?

As a reminder, Google's Gmail, Blogger and Docs have word spell checker and correction in its services.

Try it now if you have not known about it!

Follow techknew by clicking "Follow" on the sidebar or through @techknew on Twitter now!

Oct 14, 2010

AppUp Your Netbook. Laptop and desktop too!

Intel AppUp(SM) center
Intel AppUp is a source for applications for your netbook!

It is not limited to only Intel Atom powered machines. All computers running Windows or Moblin (Mobile Linux- created in collaboration with Intel- this is one cool operating system!) can try Intel AppUp.

All you have to do is download the installer, install it and search for the applications from the program installed.

Utilise it to get more out of your little netbook!

Some applications to start with:

*Free* Thumbplay Music
*Free* Boxee
*Free* Fizy
*Free* Backupify Desktop Client

Download from Intel AppUp.

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Oct 13, 2010

Self-help: Bad sound quality in iTunes?

If your music sounds fine in Windows Media Player but sounds bad in iTunes, here's how you can tweak the settings.

1) Open up Apple QuickTime (NOT iTunes).------------------------------------------------------>
2) Click "Edit" --> "Preferences" --> "QuickTime Preferences" 
3) Then select the "Audio" tab above. 
4) Then look out for "Safe mode (waveOut only)". Select that setting.
5) Click "Apply". (The sound quality should improve by now.)

Oct 12, 2010

Khan get enough of Wikipedia? Now there's Khan Academy.

The Khan  is a not-for-profit educational organization created and sustained by Salman Khan. With the stated mission "of providing a high quality education to anyone, anywhere", the Academy supplies a free online collection of more than 2,000 videos on mathematics, science, history, and economics.

As of September 2010, Google announced they would be providing the Khan Academy with $2 million to support the creation of more courses and to enable the Khan Academy to translate their core library into the world’s most widely spoken languages, as part of their Project 10^100.

Congratulations for winning Google's Project 10^100 !

Oct 10, 2010

Add Album Art Automatically in iTunes

Download from tidysongs now: Download tidysongs and Adobe AIR (tidysongs requires Adobe AIR)

No album art in iTunes?
Need album art for your songs and music?
Have too many songs to add album art manually?

tidysongs can help you. Just install and turn it on and it will add album art to all your collections.

tidysongs can also:

(Source: tidysongs)

tidysongs is fast and has very simple interface.

Download from tidysongs now: Download tidysongs and Adobe AIR (tidysongs requires Adobe AIR)

Oct 7, 2010

Windows Live Messenger 2011

Windows Live Messenger 2011 is out now. 

Get it from Microsoft now! GO!

Oct 2, 2010

Google's own URL shortener

Check out the new Google URL Shortener at

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