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13 August 2
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Photolog: Kuala Lumpur Streets and Markets

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From a tin-mining shanty town in 1857 to a bustling modern metropolis of the 21st century, Kuala Lumpur is a cultural melting pot of around 1.8 million with a rich history and vibrant past. The city has seen a big transformation due to economic boom in the 90’s but retained its historical identity so you can see a blend of modern sophistication and traditional lifestyle side by side. Kuala Lumpur has some of Southeast Asia’s largest shopping malls and is considered a retails paradise for shoppers.

From skyscrapers to hawker stalls this city has everything for everyone.

This photolog feature is part of several where I’ll be covering various aspects of the day to day city life from streets to markets and beyond.

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My inbox is my timeline …

Under - My Musings, Technology

While sifting through some old emails I realized that my inbox reflects most of my life – it is indeed my true timeline not what I made-up on Facebook!

I’ve been using Yahoo email since 1998 and Hotmail since 1996 if remember correctly (though I don’t get to use it much now) – both have documented my life ever since. I can see myself growing – my first job interview email, my appointments, meetings, plans, disappointments, happy moments … my conversations with my wife, and family, and friends. What I purchased/sold/owned or talked about over time. What I liked and shared and how I expressed my frustrations on numerous occasions. I can see my life recorded there, it is a real snapshot of my life albeit not that visual.

To Hotmail and Yahoo, you certainly missed something you always had with you!

21 July 4
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An early winter afternoon in Virginia Water

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An early winter afternoon photo shoot at Virginia Water Lake which lies within Windsor Great Park. The lake is mostly in Surrey county, though the western extremities are in the civil parishes of Old Windsor and Sunninghill and Ascot in Berkshire, England.

According to Wikipedia the shores of the lake have recently been used for lakeside scenes in the Harry Potter films. You can view the complete set at Flickr.

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19 July 3
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I’d prefer Google+ over Facebook!

Under - Media, My Musings, Technology

I just came across this article on PCWorld.com which confirmed what always annoyed me. It is Facebook’s usability. I used to think (a bit ridiculous though but anyway) may be it is Microsoft’s legacy passed on to Facebook to make things unnecessarily complex and useless, and to turn deaf on to users when they expect something and something intelligent until things start slipping out of hands.

I must accept that despite using Facebook for years I still don’t get it fully. Why simplest of things are buried deep down in confusing maze of pages, settings and menus? Why every one of my contacts is added as ‘Friend’? Why it is difficult to control what I share? Why there’s no direct link to pages that I created using the same account? Why navigation changes so drastically from one section to another? Why I’m not in control of my experience? … and the list goes on including privacy concerns.

Usability is science but not a rocket science. Users tend to react fairly quickly online and we have seen how some big online setups have been deserted by their users who were in millions. Google+ is built upon Facebook’s shortcomings to provide users with what they have been expecting for so long. It may not matter to some but for me it is what I wanted and I fully recommend it.

To Facebook, best of luck.

7 July 3
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Fireworks at Datchet Cricket Club

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Every year in November a bonfire and fireworks spectacle takes place at Datchet Cricket Club, Datchet (Berkshire, England). Datchet is a small English Thameside village situated just outside Windsor.

Contrary to my Upton Court Fireworks photography, I went for a different approach to capture fireworks flares, flashes and explosions in this shoot which resulted in rather abstract and surreal light painting.

I took these pictures a while back but have not been able to share online before so here we go now.








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North Wales photography

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Three days four places: Snowdonia, Llandudno, Llangollen and Froncysyllte, and I wish I had more time to spend and capture the breathtaking beauty of North Wales.

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1 April 6
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The Copper Horse, Windsor Great Park

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This impressive statue is located at the end of the Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, Berkshire, England. The Long Walk runs around 3 miles (5km) from the Windsor Castle ending at Snow Hill where The Copper Horse statue is located. The spot provides an excellent view back to the Castle and surrounding areas. The park which served as a private hunting ground of Windsor Castle for many centuries is largely open to public now and an attraction for photographers like me.

Unlike my previous morning photography walk, this was late afternoon/early evening and the statue of George III appeared to be making some sort of statement in front of the setting sun.

The statue, commissioned by George IV, bears an ironic inscription: ‘the best of fathers’ in Latin. Like so many father-son relationships in the Hanoverian family, George III and George IV were known to have despised one another.








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IE6 coming to a peaceful demise

Under - Media, My Musings, Technology

We have been hoping, wishing, praying and actually struggling to liberate Internet from IE6 for so long now. The ‘kill IE6’ movement has seen all kind of phases and made substantial gains over the time. From IE6 Death (counting time when it is buried alive!) to mock funeral, and from IE6 No More to Death to IE6, the Internet is full of uncontrollable emotions and moments around this browser.

The time is nearing though for IE6 as Microsoft itself, besides sending flowers to the mock funeral last year, has joined the move to put this monster to rest that is just not dying. Microsoft has put up a website ‘The Internet Explorer 6 Countdown’ that is dedicated to watching IE6 usage dropping to 1% worldwide. It states:

10 years ago a browser was born. Its name was Internet Explorer 6. Now that we’re in 2011, in an era of modern web standards, it’s time to say goodbye.

Internet Explorer’s overall performance and irreconcilable differences with web standards aside, IE6 tarnished Microsoft’s reputation as a lead in this domain. I’m not sure how many IE9 it would take to rebuild the user confidence in this browser which is only surviving because of the OS it is bundled with.

IE6 Funeral by Aten Design Group

IE6 funeral by Aten Design Group held back in March 2010

18 February 5
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One winter’s day in Black Park

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Some photographs from Black Park Lake that I took one winter’s morning. The park offers a different kind of experience in winter when it is easier to get lost into the woods.

Black Park is 530 acres of woodland and heathland just outside London with a centre-piece lake in Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England. The site is next to Pinewood Film Studios and has been used for many films and TV productions such as James Bond, Harry Potter and Sleepy Hollow to name a few.





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A funfair and some fireworks

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Some photographs from Upton Court Park fun fair and fireworks.








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