Monday, February 7, 2011

Norma, Bulan dan Dacing...

When I first move to my mother in law's house kat Melaka ni, ada seekor kucing betina yang sedang pregnant selalu masuk keluar rumah...bila tanya kat Mak Mertua, dia kata itu memang asalnya kucing rumah ni...ada dua beradik, yang abang dia ada sekor kucing hitam jahat selalu halau tapi yang betina ni balik je rumah sekali sekala...

Mak mertua aku marah kat kucing betina ni pasal bila dia nampak tikus dia lari bagai tak cukup tanah...hahaha...dasar kucing penakut...yang aku suka tengok pasal kucing ni ialah bentuk leher dan kepala dia ala-ala Sphynx Cat...and the next day aku dengar my wife panggil dia Normah...bila tanya, dia kata Norma Jean..hehe...

Anyway, aku ni bukan suka kucing sangat pun sebab my kids ada asthma so tak nak la ada bulu-buluan dalam rumah ni...tapi since kawasan rumah ni luas, tak kisah la pasal dia tak dok dalam rumah sangat setiap pagi aku memang bagi dia makan, but not seriously...Ada balance ikan goreng ke sure dia dapat...then one day aku kesian pulak, pi la beli makanan dia kat kedai, start to feed her on that...

Masalahnya, aku ni tak biasa dengan kucing...tak tahu bila due dia nak beranak berdasarkan keadaan dia...hehe...bila nak ke Bangi last Wednesday, aku letakkan makanan dia di tepi rumah yang aku rasa cukup la...kalau tak cukup dia kan survival, jiran semua dah kenal dia...

Balik rumah, sampai malam tadi sebelum game Chelsea lawan Liverpool tu, tengok pintu kayu belakang terbuka sikit...I was assuming angin la kan...tapi tak pe sebab pagarnya padlock...yang macam pelik ialah LCD TV aku terpesong dari sudut 180° dan curtain belakang dia crumpled...dah selesai letak barang dan anak-anak, nak tengok bola...

1st aku betulkan LCD TV punya sudut...then aku tarik curtain..berat...aikkk...selak sikit, rupanya si Norma dah beranak atas curtain tu, belakang LCD TV, tepi dekoder Astro...hahahaha...nampak la tiga ekor anak kucing kecik...tapi baru aku tegur je Norma dia dah ngangakan mulut tunjuk aku pun rileks dulu, tengok bola dan tidur lepas tu...

Pagi ni, lepas hantar anak sekolah, Norma datang nak makan, aku feed dia then lepas tu dia keluar rumah, macam nak ambik angin la aku dan wife ambik kesempatan tu mengalihkan anak-anak kucing tu dalam kotak elok-elok...kesian, ada sekor dah mati tak tau kenapa...agaknya sejuk ke, lapar ke...menangis bini gua tadi...lawa pulak tu yang mati...iskk...


Tanya bini aku, nak boh nama apa cucu-cucu you ni....dia kata "Bulan dan Dacing. Yang mati tadi PKR"....apa nak dikata...



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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Operations Pyramid: A logistical nightmare (By: BIGDOGDOTCOM)

Article written by Zakhir Mohamad a.k.a Big Dog, copied from HERE.


The riot to pressure Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to resign and leave in Cairo has now dwindled into a situation much horrified. It is a lawless scenario where rampant rioting and looting spiraled into total blackout of communications and curfew imposed. Phone lines and internet have now become non existence.

Amongst those affected are 14,000 Malaysians, mostly students which numbered 11,000. Majority of them are Federal Government sponsored students, specifically MARA.

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak instructed that Wisma Putra co-ordinate trapped Malaysians to be evacuated from Egypt. First to be deployed is RMAF C-130H transporters from No. 20 squadron based in TUDM Subang. RMN frigates serving operations in the Indian Ocean for piracy patrol were also deployed to provide support for ferrying the trapped Malaysians via sea.

Malaysia Airlines and AirAsia joined Wisma Putra’s co-ordinate ‘Operation Pyramid’ in the evacuation. Malaysia Airlines committed 2 B747-400s whilst AirAsia committed an A330-200 for the operation. Despite facing diplomatic bureaucracy and landings rights for the Government initiated evacutaion, first Malaysians were successfully evacuated from Cairo landed in Jeddah earlier today.

These aircrafts supposed to fly at least 9 flights between Cairo and Alexandria to Jeddah. The B747-400s are designed to carry 400 passengers where else the A330 is supposed to carry 290 passengers and the C-130Hs are abled to carry 200 passengers per flight. That means that maximum, only 1690 passengers are able to be evacuated any givenr day from Cairo or any destination to Jeddah (the transit point for the operations before being flown back to Malaysia).

Realistically, that is a nine day operations. To ferry the aircraft to and from Kuala Lumpur to Cairo via Jeddah, roughly 460-500.000 litres of aviation Jet A1 is required per day. That makes a sum of 4.25 million litres of highly flammable kerosene fuel. At international cost of RM 3.20 per litre, that is RM 14 million in just fuel bill alone. That does not include 18 pilots, 9 license aircraft maintenance engineers and 42-45 cabin crews required daily.

Other cost include ferrying relieve/relay crew, landing and parking operations, the temporary lodging and food for Malaysians in Jedda (currently, housed at Tabung Haji’s transit facility near the King Abdul Aziz Airport) and cost to co-ordinate the operation. Reinstatement of communications within Eqypt and Eqypt to the outside world would termendously improve the situation.

‘Ops Pyramid’ is a serious effort. Malaysians should not complain this herculean effort. Especially when ‘earth is literally moved’ to get these trapped Malaysians out.

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Egypt's last working Internet service provider disconnected, completing a total shutdown of the Internet in the country.

Original Article : Al-Jazeera

Egypt's last working Internet service provider disconnected, completing a total shutdown of the Internet in the country.

Egypt's last working Internet service provider, the Noor Group, has been disconnected, a US Web monitoring company said, leaving the crisis-torn country completely offline.

Renesys, a New Hampshire-based firm that monitors Internet routing data in real time, said on Monday that the Noor network "started disappearing from the Internet" around 20h46 GMT.

"They are completely unavailable at present," Renesys vice president and general manager Earl Zmijewski said in a blog post.

Attempts by the AFP news agency to access and other websites in Egypt serviced by
the company, such as the Egyptian stock exchange site at, were unsuccessful.

Egypt's four main Internet service providers - Link Egypt, Vodafone/Raya, Telecom Egypt and Etisalat Misr - cut off international access to their customers on Thursday.

The move left the Noor Group as the only working Internet provider in the country rocked by days of protests against President Hosni Mubarak.

Mobile telephone networks have also been severely disrupted in Egypt along with the Internet.

Activists have used mobile phones and the Internet to organise the most serious anti-government demonstrations in decades, protests inspired by the uprising in Tunisia.


Google, in response to the Internet blockade in Egypt, said on Monday that it had created a way to post messages to microblogging service Twitter by making telephone calls.

Google worked with Twitter and freshly acquired SayNow, a startup specialising in social online voice platforms, to make it possible for anyone to "tweet" by leaving a message at any of three telephone numbers.

"Like many people we've been glued to the news unfolding in Egypt and thinking of what we could do to help people on the ground," Google product manager Abdel-Karim Mardini and SayNow co-founder Ujjwal Singh said in a blog post.

"Over the weekend we came up with the idea of a speak-to-tweet service - the ability for anyone to tweet using just a voice connection," they said.

Voice mail messages left at +16504194196; +390662207294 or +97316199855 will instantly be converted into text messages, referred to as tweets, and posted at Twitter with an identifying "hashtag" of #egypt.

Twitter hashtags are intended as search terms so people can more easily find comments related to particular topics or events.

People can call the same numbers to listen to messages or hear them online at

"We hope that this will go some way to helping people in Egypt stay connected at this very difficult time," said Singh and Mardini. "Our thoughts are with everyone there."

Google, meanwhile, declined to comment on reports that one of its Egypt-based marketing executives, Wael Ghonim, has been missing since late Friday.

"We care deeply about the safety of our employees, but to protect their privacy, we don't comment on them individually," a spokesman for the California Internet giant said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.


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