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My brother, Aung a.k.a Zatlite, has started blogging yesterday after a few years of persuasion from me. He started off with twittering ,which was also the result of my persistent persuasion, and has been a good regular twitterer to date. Yesterday, he suddenly made himself a blog and now he’s crazy about it.

His very first blog, “The private life of a badminton maniac“, talks about all his passion on racquet sports, especially badminton and racquet breaking hobbies. I’ve posted some of his actions on the past Badminton games in this post and; photos and videos of his squash tournament here. (more…)

Suva on Open Street Map

This little apps, “Open Street Map” is getting popular among my colleagues and quite becoming the topic of discussion this morning. It’s all started from strangepants who pass on the word to my bro zatlite and now everyone at the office started adding street names for their residential areas. As for me, I just observed the site but haven’t done any actual work on it since almost every streets in our area has already been added by my bro. Anyways, here is how this cool little thing works.

It’s a wiki sort of world street map where anyone can login to add/edit the streets in your region.

OpenStreetMap is a free editable map of the whole world. It is made by people like you.

OpenStreetMap allows you to view, edit and use geographical data in a collaborative way from anywhere on Earth.

To edit, you need to sign in first. Anyone can open an account there easily. You can also export the chosen map area into a few formats, (png, jpeg, svg, pdf, postscript) and can play around with the size, scale etc under “Export” tab.
You can also write some diaries on it or do some GPS tracing.

Suva Fiji on Open Street Map

Ofcos’ if you are confused with how to do the tracing, you can always check out their wiki help page. In the Beginners’ Guide, there is an very well explained introductory video for you to get started with. I’m also checking out the video and briefly reading through the steps.

I did ask my bro, who actually done editing on the map, to write a post about it since it’s quite interesting to play around but as usual the lazy slime just passed me the video and ignored my request. So here I am dropping a note to whoever out there love playing with maps to check this site out.

Ciao!

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  • Here is one good site I came across (via barnyar, I think). It’s a very neat blog (wp platform), well organized categories for authors, download links using Megaupload, very clean no ad (yet) and might become users generated content site like any other ebooks share sites in the future as they accept contribution from users. I’m very much impressed with the site as I find many good books I like. I found two books from my favorite author Juu. Gonna download them soon. One of the advantages for providing a site like that in blog format is that you can roll the feed and keep yourself updated regularly than the normal static sites. So good work whoever the owners are.

    ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို တစ္စုတစ္စည္း တစ္ေနရာထဲမွာ ေဒါင္းလုပ္ လုပ္ႏိုင္ရန္ ရည္ရြယ္ခ်က္ၿဖင့္ ဒီဘေလာ့ကို ဖန္တီးၿခင္း ၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။ အခု ကၽြန္ေတာ္မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို အရင္တင္ေပးသြားမည္ ၿဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ေနာက္ထပ္ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ႀကိဳးစားၿပီး စုေဆာင္းပါမယ္။ စုေဆာင္းလို႕ ရသမွ်ကိုလည္း ဒီဘေလာ့ေလးမွာ တင္ေပးသြားမွာပါ။ ကၽြန္ေတာ္ မသိေသးတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္ေတြ အမ်ားၾကီး ႐ွိေသးပါတယ္။ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔မွာလည္း ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ား႐ွိရင္ မွ်ေဝေပးေစလိုပါတယ္။ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔ မွ်ေဝေပးတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကိုလည္း ဒီဘေလာ့ေလးမွာ ၿပန္လည္တင္ေပးသြားမွာပါ။ တစ္ကယ္လို႕ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔မွာ႐ွိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္မ်ားကို မွ်ေဝေပးခ်င္တယ္၊ မိတ္ေဆြတို႔သိတဲ့ ၿမန္မာအီးဘြတ္လင့္မ်ားကို ေပးခ်င္တယ္ ဆိုရင္ေတာ့ myanmar.ebooks@gmail.com ကို ပို႔ေပးၾကပါ။ အားလံုးကို အထူး ေက်းဇူးတင္႐ွိပါတယ္။

    Just one small thing I like to see/suggest is to put the book covers in each post and if possible a brief intro/description of the book. But I know it could be too much hussel for the site owner as he got to manage lots of books and some books might not have covers. But just a thought anyways as it will make it much prettier and informative for each post. The site is very new so I bet they might be doing lots of improvments later on. (like replacing default wp blogroll list with related myanmar ebook site links etc)

    It’s a good thing they have “Help” page explaining how to use Megaupload and also provided the login info. Very thoughtful indeed. Note: Once you click on the category link, it will direct you to a page with all entries for that particular category/author. Download links are disabled there and you have to click post title to get to proper page with enabled download link. So, don’t think that the downloads are unavailable, just click around and you’re set to go. Visit the site: Myanmar Ebooks

    Oh check out the “Credits” page write up. I find it quite amusing especially the last sentence. Becareful, you might twist and tangle your tongue as I did. Let me count how many “mm-ebooks” word they used in that one paragraph……..they need one more “mm-ebook” word to have 10 in total so how about adding “Thank you, mm-ebook admin” in the end as the closing paragraph. hehe that should make it total of 10.

    ဒီဘေလာ့မွာ ႐ွိေသာ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ားမွာ အင္တာနက္ထဲမွာ ႐ွာေဖြျပီး ေဒါင္းလုပ္ လုပ္ကာ ျပန္လည္တင္ထားျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ ဒါေပမဲဲ့ အမ်ားစုမွာကေတာ့ ခ်ယ္ရီသစၥာမွ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕မွာ ျမန္မာျပည္သားမွ ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ဖိုရမ္မ်ား ႏွင့္ သူငယ္ခ်င္းမ်ား ဆီမွ ရထားျခင္း ျဖစ္ပါတယ္။ တစ္ခ်ိဳ႕ေတြကေတာ့ ဘယ္ဆီကရသည္မွန္း မမွတ္မိေတာ့ပါ။ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ား၊ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)လင့္မ်ား ေပးပို႔ခဲ့လွ်င္ ေပးပို႔သူမ်ား အမည္ကို ေဖာ္ျပေပးေစလိုပါက ပို႕(စ္)၏ေအာက္တြင္ ေဖာ္ျပေပးပါမည္။ အကယ္၍ အမည္မေဖာ္ျပေပးေစလိုပါက ေဖာ္ျပမည္မဟုတ္ပါ။

    မည္သို႕ပင္ျဖစ္ေစ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ရ႐ွိခဲ့ေသာ ဆိုက္မ်ား ၊ ဖိုရမ္မ်ား ၊ သူငယ္ခ်င္းမ်ား ႏွင့္ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့သို႔ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)မ်ား၊ ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)လင့္မ်ား ေပးပို႔သူမ်ား အားလံုးကို ျမန္မာအီးဘုတ္(ခ္)ဘေလာ့မွ အထူးေက်းဇူးတင္႐ွိပါသည္။

    Check out the parent site ie. www.mmblogs.net too. I think they’re using WordPress MU and providing free blog service on my favorite wp platform which is very cool indeed. They got a good write up on what their site is all about and some rules and regulations. The only thing I don’t see that they should have is the network user links. Should provide the links of all those blogs that using their service. It’ll be good to see how people make use of their service don’t ya think so?

    Anyways really appreciate the good effort from both sites. Do visit and check them out, I bet you’ll enjoy it. Just spreading the word with Link Love.

    Interesting Contest: CSS Off

    Here is one interesting contest I come across.

    Every month, we’ll design a web page in Photoshop and host a competition to see who can turn it into the best web page. The designs we release will present specific markup challenges, along with design and coding considerations for everyone from web newbies to experienced developers.

    The point of CSS Off is to make you think critically about web design, and then execute it on a dime. You’ve got 12 24 hours to take our design and slice it up.

    The first contest starts at 1st June 2007. Can’t wait to see how it turn out. If time favors, I like to give it a try too.
    To do so…I need to install Photoshop. I’ve been using Firework too much that I’m forgetting how to use Photoshop.
    May be I’ll convert their .psd file into .png and slice it up. Will see their design first. Read details here.
    Join along?

    GV Awareness

    I’m just here to post a note on awareness and familiarization of GV site. I’m sure some of you have already heard about this great news source site – Global Voices Online. In case if you haven’t, here is abit of info.

    Global Voices Online is a non-profit global citizens’ media project founded at Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, a research think-tank focused on the Internet’s impact on society.

    Global Voices seeks to aggregate, curate, and amplify the global conversation online – shining light on places and people other media often ignore. We work to develop tools, institutions and relationships that will help all voices, everywhere, to be heard.

    More info check out the FAQs section.

    You may or may not notice that authors and editors from GV has been aggregating your sites and occasionally featuring/linking to your interesting posts. Those who have wordpress blogs will notice it quicker than those of blogger as there is a link tracking feature WP provides to detect the back links frequently. Ofcos’ you can always check Technorati for back-linking and tracking conversations.

    GV is very search engines friendly site. The post published there will be on google search hit within an hour or so. That means, your link will get a bit of search branches and link bites. GV is also an internationally well known center for collecting news hence whatever featured on the site will reach to a vast medium of global readers.
    At the moment, my regions of interest are:

    East Asia (rather South East Asia) – Myanmar
    [ Direct Page Link ] [ RSS ]

    Oceania – Fiji
    [ Direct Page Link ] [ RSS ]

    Feed Icon LargeGlobal Voices Online provides “RSS feeds” of all its content as it is posted to Country, Region and Topic sections.

    Here is a list of feeds they roll for each region. [ GV feeds on Bloglines ]

    I guess they haven’t updated the list for quite sometime now cos’ it is an old, incomplete compilation. They got only a few Myanmar feeds that time and no feed from Fiji in there. But ofcos each regional author has his own feed list. I have my own compilation for Myanmar blogs and also quite a few Fiji feeds. Due to last year coup in Fiji, many political blogs bloom up along with a few personal blogs. There is a good possibility of more Fiji blogs to come as awareness of blogging has been spreading through media – newspaper, forums, social networking and among youth groups.

    The main difference between Myanmar and Fiji blogosphere is that, Fiji blogs are excelled in English; almost all of them post in English language with a few exceptions of Fijian language blogs. Where else for Myanmar blogosphere, a lot of new blogs emerge in Myanmar language and also some of the formerly English blogs are now transformed into native language blogs. Each has its own pros and cons; I won’t go farther into that.

    Anyways, GV is starting to get interested in Fiji and South Pacific blogosphere as well as Myanmar Blogs. So if you find any interesting blogs/news from these regions especially from Myanmar, just give me a shout. The world is listening, so speak up your voices.

    Alrite it’s very sleepy, sneaky, slimy, stupid kind of gloomy weather here at Suva today, plus it’s Friday evening so I’m getting bored typing this up. That’s all folks!

    Oh Lunchers, your Lunch in Suva blog has already been noticed; how about that huh?

    CrazyEgg Visitor Stats Tracking

    crazyegg stats tracking serviceCrazy Egg is yet another web statistic tracking service. It displays in 3 formats:

    • Overlay – % clicks, referal links
    • List – view a full summary of raw clicks
    • Heat Map – shows the most click areas on the page.

    There are 3 paid plans and a free plan. A free account is ideal for a small personal site such as blog to track the visitor stats. Ofcos, there is a limit of 5,000 visit/month, 4 pages and 4 screenshots archive for the free plan. Very neat interfaces so you can consider using it for your blog stats tracking.

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  • Write a Letter to America

    I got this through my contact form last night. It’s called Blog to America, a site where you send a letter to America. It’s an interesting concept they are starting. They gather letters from all over the world about America. You can read and discuss about other people letters as well. The site is pretty new and there is no letter from Fiji or Myanmar yet. If you have anything to say about America, just submit a letter there and it will be known to the world. So, be the first to send a letter yarr.

    Blog to America is a site where individuals from around the world post their opinions on the United States in the form of letters and comments.

    Here is the email I got from them. It explains abit about their site. To know more about Blog to America, visit the site here.

    Dear May,
    My name is Yosei and I discovered your blog while browsing through international sites on the Bloglines website. I am one of the founders of a new site called Blog to America. I had a chance to read through your blog and I think your unique Burmese/Fiji perspective would be a great addition to our site. Our goal is to find individuals like yourself to help increase global awareness and create a greater understanding of the way the United States is viewed across the world. Our site allows people to write a letter addressed to the United States telling the world how they feel about any and all topics relating to the U.S.

    If you are interested in writing a letter to the United States or simply interested in reading letters written by others please visit our site at www.blogtoamerica.org

    Also, if you are interested in exchanging links, please send us an email with the URL you would like us to post. We would love to feature your site on our blog.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to reading your letter.

    Sincerely,

    Yosei

    Alrite I’m just spreading the word. Now…what do I have to say to America…

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