Myanmar street foods

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I finally tried the street foods at Myanmar without having any ill effects (thanks to my Indian trained stomach) . Nevermind the dozens of flies, sands on the rice and somewhat weird taste once a while.

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Villages in Bagan, Myanmar

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It’s good to travel off tourist route once on a bicycle. Luckily there are plenty of local villages behind the to town Ngaung U, Bagan for me to expore around. I checked my maps and decided to spend at least one day exploring it.

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Ways on how to unblock Facebook at your office

Unable to surf Facebook/Youtube as you are being blocked by your parents and your bosses ?

There are many type of technologies used to block these traffics or websites. Understanding these methods may help on how to actually bypass it. Here are some get shares so you can sneakily access Facebook or other great site even though they are blocked

* I will take no responsibilities for anything illegal done with this method as I’m sharing it for my own purposes.

* I will take no responsibilities for any damages/ interruptions cause by changes  done

*Use this method at your own risk

Please take note that not all the method will work. It’s important to understand how the blocking your network works. There are just too much  technologies out there that I cannot explain all , some are less secure and some are more secure but theoretically speaking there are no 100% security in IT world

1 ) MOST Effective method   (Free)

 

Ultrasurf & Ultrareach

This is one hell of a program to bypass filter protection. This program uses SSL (Encrypted connection) to connect to a proxy out there where firewall,eg is not able to block your connection. Possibly the best and most effective ways out there (correct me if I’m wrong).  To start you need to download this program from it’s website

http://www.ultrareach.com/

Unzip Start, the program up

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If you are able to see a green color, it’s a very good sign.  It will pop up a IE where you can surf without limitation. However I do not use any sensitive transactions on urltrasurf as technically, you are connecting to someone’s server before connecting to the internet.

2) Use a proxy ( Free and paid)

During the past, this one of my favorite method when I want to do something anonymously on the internet.  You can use free proxy on the list below, however most free proxy servers are short lifted and you may have to find an alive on from time to time

http://nntime.com/

http://samair.ru/proxy/

http://www.proxy4free.com/list/webproxy1.html

http://www.proxy4free.com/list/webproxy1.html

http://www.proxylist.net/

3) Use VPN service ( Paid & Reliable)

The two methods previously are based on Web technology. VPN is actually a technology where you can build a secured tunnel to a target network/server. So this this tunnel is secured, there are no ways of firewall blocking them. VPN is commonly being used in office environment so the possibility of it being blocked is quite low.  However the downside if this is that I’ve never seen any free VPN service before. You can actually setup a VPN server somewhere overseas and connect to it for free 😀

You can buy the service from

http://www.bolehvpn.net/blog/

Will be sharing more when I have the time to

 

Pokhara lake, Nepal Travel

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Pokhara, Nepal is a great place to visit. This would be the base for anyone who wants to treck the great Annapurna range. However to weather is really bad when I was there so I guess it was just a relaxing trip. The visibility was very poor for photography and I didn’t even see the beautiful Annapurna from the lake. Maybe someday I’ll return here during good weather and take photos that I’ve missed

I rented a bicycle and cycled around the lake as there were nothing much to

To get there

We took a public bus from Kathmandu, it took around 6 to 7 hours to reach this place.

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The Pokhara lake.

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This buffalo was so afraid of me.

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Davisfalls, this fall was named after someone fell into this hole before.

At Nepal, we realized that we have travelled thousands of miles on land and reached somewhere strange. Home is further and further away.

Pantai Jeram Long exposure photography

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Pantai Remis and Pantai Jeram has been one of those place that I wanted to visit soon in my list of photography destination. This place is situation near Kuala Selangor to be exact, somewhere in the middle of Klang and Kuala Selangor. Pantai Remis is one of the good spot for long exposure photography around west coast of Malaysia.

This particular bridge somewhere in the sea is quite photogenic. We photographed this place for a couple of hours and heck, this place is heavily infested with mosquitoes.

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Despite the photos looking clean. This beach is particulary dirty and muddy. There are plenty of glasses and rubbish around so watch your step around the beach.

So the next time you are travelling to Sekinchan, it’s a good place to drop by to watch fisherman and have good seafoods.

How to get there!

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Travelling to Mandalay

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Mandalay would be the second largest city in Myanmar. This city is normally quite far up the north and would be in the list of tourist route to travel. There are plenty of licensed guesthouses at the downtown of Mandalay but it get cramped in the peak season at the end of year so booking early may be wise.

You will possibly arrive from express bus which will stop at the bus station which is quite far away from the downtown. A taxi ride to downtown will cost around 5000 Kyats.

Things to do

There are a few attractions in Mandalay itself, perhaps the Mandalay Palace and fort which is in walking range from the Mandalay Downtown. Mandalay is also a good place to have cheap draft beers and good chinese foods.

 

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A drafted Tiger cost less than 1 USD , usually comes with tit bits such as peanuts and fried stuffs

Around Mandalay.

 

Amarapura

However it would be quite common for all tourist to hire a day taxi to the Amarapura, Sagaing, Mingu which is near Mandalay. The cost of Taxi would be around 23000 Kyat  ( near 30 usd).

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U bein bridge, Amarapura the most photographed place in Myanmar is a great palace for sunset. This bride is older than the city of Kuala lumpur and it’s fully built by teak woods. During the sunset the bridge will be filled with locals walking back to their villages.

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Typical taxi in Mandalay

 

Sagaing Hill

This hill houses a monastery on top of it.  Mandalay has the most monks on the whole of Myanmar. It takes around 20 minutes hike by foot to reach the monastery.

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Novices at Sagaing Hill

 

 

Riccar Vibrance Vacuum Reviews

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Why go for Riccar? In case you didn’t know, Riccar vacuum cleaners are made in America. Riccar vacuum cleaners contain more metal parts than any other vacuum cleaners. So, they last longer than other vacuum cleaners. They comes with better warranty than other brands.

Today, we are going to talk about Vibrance, a family of Riccar upright vacuum cleaner.

Riccar vibrance vacuum reviews

Vibrance vacuum are the cheapest of all Riccar’s upright vacuum cleaner.

There are 5 models available:

  1. Patriotic Good
  2. Patriotic Better
  3. Patriotic Best
  4. Premium With Tools
  5. Classic With Tools

Let us briefly go over each models.

Patriotic Good

  • 10 Amp Motor
  • HEPA bag and Foam Filter
  • 3 year comprehensive warranty
  • ABS Plastic Bottom Plate
  • Wood Brushrool
  • FastTask Hose, 2-Piece Wand, Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush with Natural Bristles and Upholstery Tool
  • 24 Feet long power cord
  • White Color
  • Price $299.95

Patriotic Better

  • 1o Amps Motor
  • HEPA Bag and Foam Filter
  • 3 year comprehensive warranty
  • ABS Plastic Bottom Plate
  • Steel Brushroll
  • FastTask™ Hose, 2-Piece Wand, Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush with Natural Bristles and Upholstery Tool
  • 30 feet long power chord
  • Price $499.95

Patriotic Best

  • 12 Amp Motor
  • HEPA Bag and Electrostatic Filter
  • 4 year comprehensive warranty
  • Plastic Bottom Plate
  • Steel Brushroll
  • FastTask™ Hose, 2-Piece Wand, Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush with Natural Bristles and Upholstery Tool
  • 30 Feet long power chord
  • Price $599.95

Premium With Tools

  • 12 Amp Motor
  • HEPA Bag and Electrostatic Filter
  • 4 year comprehensive warranty
  • Metal Bottom Plate
  • Steel Brushroll
  • FastTask Hose, 2-Piece Wand, Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush with Natural Bristles and Upholstery Tool
  • 30 Feet long power chord
  • Price $699.95

Classic With Tools

  • 10 Amp Motor
  • HEPA Bag and Electrostatic Filter
  • 3 year comprehensive warranty
  • Plastic Bottom Plate
  • Steel Brushroll
  • FastTask Hose, 2-Piece Wand, Crevice Tool, Dusting Brush with Natural Bristles and Upholstery Tool
  • 24 Feet long power chord
  • Price $349.95

You can choose the models that is suitable for your needs. Whichever models you choose, you can rest assured the Riccar vacuum cleaners are of good quality. You can find many favorable comments by existing users in the internet.

 

Word Lens Android -the Awesome app

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OCR /Optical Character Recognition

Optical character Recognition is the process of converting text from sources such as image whether it’s typewritten or hand written into digital format. The application that performs the OCR will have to recognize the text by text using best guesses. OCR is quite accurate and reliable irrespective of font type.

Word lens utilizes OCR and it’s able to recognize complex patter however there are limitation of language translation.

World Lens Android

 

Do you have a trouble readings sign and text board around you ? Look no further as Word Lens Android is design to assist you with text reading and translation.

What is word lens ? 


World Lens is a very creative application that was design to read text in realtime from your smartphone cameras and converting it into digital text.The technology behind this is known as Augmented reality. The beauty of these conversion is  that you can have the digital version of the text to be translated. The Word Lens application is capable of translating these text in real time manner without even having to be connected to the Internet.

Translating text in an image ?

 

Welcome to the future. Ever since birth of smartphone, with processing getting faster and smaller. It has opened a new opportunity to humanity. These smart phone devices maybe me small, however they are mighty.

Technically the web camera can be use to read text from an images. Are  you looking into Translating text in an image ?  With word lens application this is already a feasible technology on your mobile.

 

With Word Lens you can actually translate text in real time matter with your smartphone or tablet devices. The best thing about this is there are no need of Internet or any network connection. Everything comes on the app itself. Basically the app will read the text from your camera and translate it real time.

However, as with all other software translator. Word lens may not be perfect. You should at least get a basic direct translation of a language. This is one app that you must have for all hardcore travelers !

Language supported

  • Spanish
  • English
  • Italy
  • France

Please take note that each way translation function has to be purchased. Cheers 😀

 

Riccar Immaculate Premier Canister

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Flooring choices are becoming virtually endless. It is not rare to find elegant marble, polished hardwoods, luxurious textured rugs and ultra-plush carpet all in one home. While the variety in flooring enhances a home’s décor, it can pose a challenge for many vacuum cleaners. With an entire line of versatile canisters, Riccar is certain to have one perfectly suited to your flooring selections.

Today, I am going to share with you on Riccar’s Immaculate Premier Canister.

Show off the full beauty of your floors by using a canister designed and built in America to exacting standards. You’ll marvel at the tremendous suction power that leaves the plushest of carpets thoroughly refreshed and any surface white glove clean. But just as impressive is the fact the Immaculate’s performance is refined to a subtle, hushed whisper. The Immaculate is so determined to clean, it can even see the dirt that you can’t, with a built-in dirt sensor that alerts you to when a floor is truly spotless.

The crème de la crème of the Riccar canister line. The Immaculate’s motors are abundantly capable of handling all flooring surfaces, yet refined to allow for whisper quiet operation. This smart machine comes complete with a dirt sensor to alert you to when your floors are immaculately clean.

Performance

  • Dual motors combine for a full 12 amps of power

Filtration

  • 3-Ply HEPA Vacuum Bag
  • Activated Charcoal Filter

Durability (The Immaculate is backed by a 5 year bumper to bumper warranty)

  • Stell Bottom Plate
  • Brushroll with extruded aluminium
  • 3 rows of replaceable brush strips
  • Serpentime belt with lifetime warranty

Convenience

  • Dirt Sensor
  • On board tools:Crevice tool, upholstery brush, dusting brush and compact floor tool
  • 6 Position height adjustment
  • Full Bag Indicator light on the handle
  • 28 feet power cord with automatic rewind
  • Deluxe 12 inch floor brush with rubber wheels, a multiple surface brush, deluxe dusting brush and a handheld turbo brush

Wand

  • Aluminium telescopic

Color

  • White Gold

Factory

  • St James Missouri

Price

  • $1529.95

Detect hack wifi at your home ?

Are you using a wifi at your home? You may not know this, however your harmless neighbour may be snopping and cracking your wifi key while using your Internet for free. Using your Internet is still considered harmless. Once an attacker is on your network, it is not so hard to use other methods to get your email accounts or Online banking account. Even your video sex chat may be compromised.

Wireless hacking is now more common than you know.You can buy gadgets at less than $50 over the Internet to crack Wifi-key. My wireless network has been hacked into a few times in my life. My guess is most attack goes unnoticed since people do not know how to detect it at the first place.

Having 7 years experience in IT security,  I have pretty strong network key, using WPA2 and cleverly enough not broadcast my SSID. I had a shock yesterday when I saw a stranger PC in my network. I have a strong reason to believe that my neighbour has hacked into my network a few times event I’ve changed the key  to a stronger one.

How to check intrusion PC in your network ? 

1. Easiest way is to check from your wireless router.  This may vary from router manufacturer and model. Go to your router DHCP list. The method may not be so perfect, however this will give an idea who is connected to your network. Do a count of total PC, mobile devices or laptops that is up and running. If you see one or two extra IP Address and foreign hostname in your network, the chances are you have been hacked!

for this example there are 1 PC connected into the network

2. This method is a little more advance. However it does give a much clearer idea on IP Addresses that are on your network.

Download Nmap from the Internet. Run a Ping scan over your subnet. It will display IP address that are live on your network.

To run , Start->run

C:\>nmap -sP 192.168.1.0/24

Starting Nmap 5.51 ( http://nmap.org ) at 2012-02-24 15:15 Malay P
ard Time
Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.1
Host is up (0.018s latency).
MAC Address: 94:44:52:8E:2A:04 (Belkin International)
Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.99
Host is up (0.10s latency).
MAC Address: 00:18:DE:B9:27:64 (Intel)
Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.100
Host is up (0.10s latency).
MAC Address: 00:22:75:76:34:CD (Belkin International)
Nmap scan report for 192.168.1.101
Host is up.
Nmap done: 256 IP addresses (4 hosts up) scanned in 8.61 seconds

There are 4 IP addresses Up and running which includes the WiFi router from the Nmap command.

Ok, we have know how to detect the intrusive element on the network. The next step is possible to secure your network and prevent reintrusion again.

 Things you can do to make your network secure  ? 

  • Changed your Networkname or SSID , remove broadcasting
  • Do not use WEP but use WPA2 instead. The newer algorithm always works better
  • Use longer and stronger Network key
  • Tune down the wireless signal. Less strength means it will not likely to go next door. In my case I used paperbag to wrap around the router.

For my case, things did not workout although the methods above are implemented. I can see the intrusive PC again a few hours later. The intruder seems to be pretty good at this. Cracking the key again. Fortunately my Belkin router comes with MAC address filtering option for the network. MAC address would be the hardware address on the network card. However this would mean that I will need to add all the connected device MAC address into the router table.

To collect MAC address , go to your PC Start->run

Type

Ipconfig /all

Wireless LAN adapter Wireless Network Connection:

Connection-specific DNS Suffix . : Belkin
Description . . . . . . . . . . . : Wireless G USB Adapter
Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : XX-XX-6D-E1-2F-02          <—- MAC address
DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : Yes
Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes

 

After I added the MAC address filtering, the intruder does not shows up anymore. The funny thing is, one of my particular neighbor seems to hang out on the lawn more after I’ve implemented the security on my Wifi Network.