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Tomorrow is the last day to submit Income Tax Return

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008 4,986 views

Income Tax, hasil.org.my

Have you submitted your Income Tax Return for 2007, BE 2007? If not please do so via e-filing or visit the branch.

Visit: http://www.hasil.org.my/

e-filing Income Tax Return

You can do your Income Tax Return via https://e.hasil.org.my/, but I just try to access it’s very very slow now. I think thousand ppl are now rushing to do their Income Tax Return the e-filing way online at the very last minute. Do not wait any longer, submit it now before it’s too late. In addition to that, please be prepared to expect slow loading time and maybe system failure might occur as expected all the people are rushing last minute.

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Tax deadline rush causes system to malfunction

General manager Ding Sing Dir, 57, from Shah Alam, waited at least an hour in front of the computer, trying to access the system, at the IRB branch in Kelana Jaya.

“The system (right now) is no good. It takes up so much time. I thought doing it from the IRB office itself would be faster,” said Ding, adding that he had tried to log in more than five times but was not successful.

Beautician Lynn Chan, 37, was also unable to e-file her form.

“Although they say I can do it at home, I prefer coming here because they have staff to help,” she said.

IRB CEO Datuk Hasmah Abdullah told The Star that the department had increased its 24Mbps Internet connection speed to 60Mbps this year.

“However, the Internet line hit maximum capacity due to a sudden surge of e-Filers submitting their forms,” she said, adding that it caused congestion and led to slow connection between 10am and 6pm.

She said traffic flow was back to normal from 6pm.

“We apologise for the inconvenience. This is to be expected towards the end of filing season and we are prepared for it,” said Hasmah, whose team is monitoring the system around the clock.

So far, 751,572 taxpayers have submitted their returns online, an increase of 57% compared to last year’s 476,972.

Hasmah said the IRB recorded the highest number yesterday – 53,686.

IRB branches in Klang Valley are extending their operation hours from 8am to 10pm until tomorrow.

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Sunday, April 27th, 2008 14,433 views

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How Anyone Can Improve Their Search Engine Rankings – Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Saturday, April 26th, 2008 5,506 views

The goal of the search engines is to provide the most relevant information to its users. It’s in the best interests of the search engines to be relevant because if the information returned is not relevant, the web user will use a different search engine and this will take money out of their (massive) pockets.

The majority of searches worldwide are conducted on 3 major search engines (Google, Yahoo! and MSN).

Are you familiar with algebra? The search engines use mathematical formulas called ‘algorithms’ to evaluate your website’s relevance in relation to ‘search terms’ or ‘keywords’. Each search engine uses different algorithms (which are not disclosed to the public), which focus on 2 main areas which I call: Content and Link Popularity.

The term ‘link popularity’ as I refer to it, means: “How authoritative your website is in the eyes of the search engines according to the amount of links you have and the quality and relevance of those links.” (When compared to the content on your website and your competitors’ websites).

This means any content in your website including: all text, images, audio and videos.

PageRank is a series of algorithms that was invented by Serge Brin and Larry Page, (the billionaire founders of Google) in 1998 and is constantly evolving.

Google’s description of Pagerank:

“PageRank relies on the uniquely democratic nature of the web by using its vast link structure as an indicator of an individual page’s value. Google interprets a link from page A to page B as a vote, by page A, for page B. But, Google looks at more than the sheer volume of votes or links a page receives, it also analyzes the pages that casts the vote. Votes cast by pages that are themselves ‘important’ weigh more heavily and help to make other pages ‘important’.”

PageRank (from here on I will refer to it as PR) works on a scale from 0 – 10, with 0 being lowest and 10 being highest. The higher your PR is, the more authoritative your site is.

Each website that links to you will give you some of their PR (if they have any) and vice versa. A great analogy is that PR is like water. The higher the PR of the website that links to you, the more water that they will give you. It’s important to remember though that if that webpage is already giving water (linking) to lots of other sites, they will not give you as much as they would if they weren’t linking to so many sites.

Most websites have the highest PR on their homepage because that’s where the majority of their incoming links point to. A common theme is that a website will have a high PR on their homepage, but low or no PR on most of their internal pages.

It is important to have “deep links”, these are links going to a page in your site other than your homepage.

FAQs:

Do I need to have a high PR to get into the top listings of the search engines?

That’s a tricky question, my answer is Yes and No! Each of the search engines has different criteria when it comes to listing your website on their first page. It is possible that you could have PR of zero and get the first listing. However, this would most likely be only on a keyword with no competition. Example: “vanilla carrot croisants” Obviously this is not a word that anyone is typing into the search engines, (as of now lol).

If the keyword you are trying to get high rankings on is competitive, usually the top spots go to relevant sites that have the highest PR.

As the PageRank formula is an algorithm, how many links would it take from a PR 4 site webpage to equal one link from a PR5 site?

The answer to this is kept top secret by Google and Yahoo, but some industry experts predict that you would need between 8-10. So if that is true than it would take from 60-100 PR3 links to equal just 1 PR5 link based on PR alone.

Personally I think this is just a vague guideline that doesn’t hold true in many cases. A PR5 link will be more or less valuable depending on: how many pages it is already linking to, it’s relevance to your website theme, and other hidden factors.

How do I get onto the first page of Google?

Getting onto the first page of Google (and the other search engines) for a particular keyword or keyword phrase depends on 3 factors:

*Content – what your webpage contents say that it is about in relation to a particular keyword.

*Link Reputation – what other web-pages say your webpage is about (based on the words in and around the links that point to your website) and the determined quality and authority of those web-pages.

*Authority – how important your website is in the “eyes” of the search engines based on the amount of links and quality of links pointing to your site (PageRank)

The position that your site will get depends on the ‘score’ that it receives based on these factors. Remember that this ‘score’ is always in relation to a particular keyword.

If your website is about “chocolate cake recipes” (are you getting hungry yet?), your website can achieve rankings related to this keyword. You won’t be able to rank for “banana pudding” or “creme brule” unless you have that content in your website.

If you would like to get higher search engine rankings I suggest you start to learn about how to optimize your content and how to get quality links to your site. Happy Optimizing!

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About the Author: Jason Storm is an SEO Expert who consults for small-business owners and webmasters who want to increase their search engine rankings by using content optimization and link building strategies. Visit his site http://www.Affordable-SeoServices.com.

My Statements offers electronic account and bill statements online @ Maybank2u.com

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2008 4,998 views

My Statements offers electronic account and bill statements online via Maybank2u.com. View and print or save your account statements to your own computer instead of receiving printed statements in the mail.

Effective Monday 21 April 2008, Maybank2u.com registered users will be able to view the following statements online:

• Maybankard Credit Cards
• Trading Accounts – Maybankinvest and Aseambankers

Statements that are available in Maybank2u.com:

Products – Statements Available Online
Credit Card – Current month + 2 previous months
Maybankinvest (Monthly Statement) – Current month + 2 previous months
Maybankinvest (Daily Statement) – 30 days
Aseambankers ( Monthly Statement) – Current month + 2 previous months
Aseambankers ( Daily Statement) – 30 days

This function enables you to view:

My Statements
Lists available statements, date and month ending balance

Statement Summary
Displays your full monthly statement

Statement Details
Displays your transaction details for the account cycle or month

Download/Print
Print your statement or save it in Adobe *.pdf format (Adobe Acrobat version 7 & above required).

Note: There is no Print/Download function for Maybankinvest Monthly Statements. It will be mailed to you.

How to view My Statements?
Login to Maybank2u.com and select “My Statements”* in the left menu. You are required to read and accept the Terms and Conditions of Access to My Statements before viewing your electronic statements.

*Account statements may be updated at different times of the month according to account type and not necessarily on the 1st of each month.

Online Banking => Account Summary shows your real time account balance
Maybank2u

Maybank2u

My Statements =>Home shows your month-end statement balance
Maybank2u

FAQ of My Statement from Maybank2u.com

It’s good that Maybank2u also go greens after Citibank. So I don’t need to keep so many statement and my room is cleaner. =)

Why Page Rank is Important in Building Traffic

Thursday, April 17th, 2008 7,378 views

What is PageRank?

PageRank is a link analysis algorithm that assigns a numerical weighting to each element of a hyperlinked set of documents, such as the World Wide Web, with the purpose of “measuring” its relative importance within the set. The algorithm may be applied to any collection of entities with reciprocal quotations and references. The numerical weight that it assigns to any given element E is also called the PageRank of E and denoted by PR(E).

The name PageRank is a trademark of Google. The PageRank process has been patented (U.S. Patent 6,285,999 ). The patent is not assigned to Google but to Stanford University.
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Google PageRank is important in building traffic to your website for a number of reasons. Before we discuss why, here is quick heads up on how it works.

Page Rank is based on links between your site and other sites, in fact specifically between web pages, since it is links between individual pages rather than complete websites that interests Google. That is because Google lists individual pages and not domains. There is a formula that Google uses to determine the value of each link to your site, which is based on the PageRank of the web page providing the link and also the number of other links leaving that page.

You can see the page Rank in the Google PageRank bar on the Google Toolbar – it is the green bar that shows a numerical value of 0 to 10 when you hover your cursor over it. This value is logarithmic, which means that if it takes 10 links to reach PR 1, then it takes a lot more to reach 2. If Google uses a logarithmic factor of 8, as it might do (nobody knows), then it will take 8 links to your site to get to PR 1, 64 to reach PR 2, 512 to PR 3 and so on. This is very basic, since, as I have stated, it also depends on the PR of the page providing the link and the number of other links leaving that page.

Here are the top 4 reasons that in my opinion help most to generate traffic and make you money:

1. The higher your Google PageRank, then the higher Google is likely to list you in the search engine results pages. Google take the view than the more other websites link to yours, then the more relevant your web page must be to the topic in hand, otherwise they wouldn’t link to you. In fact, the links are to specific pages in your site, not to the site as a whole, which is why it is called ‘Page Rank’ and not Site Rank.

2. The higher the Page Rank, then the more relevant other people will consider any particular page on your website to be. They will feel more confident that if they visit your site they will have their questions answered and find the information they are looking for.

3. A high Page Rank shows that you have a high number of links on the pages of other websites. There is then the possibility of others clicking on these links to get to your website.

4. The higher your Page Rank, then the more people will want you to link to their website. That means that they too will be likely to visit your site. They will also offer you a reciprocal link if you want one, and that too will provide you with more exposure online.

There are some factors you should keep in mind that could affect your Page Rank. The way your domain name is presented is very important. Take at look at these domains:
i) www.mydomain.com,
ii) www.mydomain.com/index.html,
iii) domain.com,
iv) domain.com/index.html

They are all different URLs that will lead somebody using them to your domain. However, search engine spiders see them all as different URLs, and if you use different ways to write your home page URL, then they will all be listed separately, and all be given a different Page Rank. Thus, the page rank for any one of them will be weaker than your page would have been if you had used only the one way to express it. Get into the habit of expressing your domain in only one way.

There are other ways in which poor use of your website URLs and also injudicious linking policies, can harm your Page Rank, but the main point that should keep in mind is that the your page rank applies to each page individually, and you get a share of the Google PageRank of the page that provides you with the link. If that page has a PR of zero, then you get nothing.

In giving my reasons for page rank being important in building traffic, I should stress that it is not one of my more important ways. However, Google takes notice of your PageRank, otherwise why would it bother giving you a Page Rank in the first place. For that reason alone it is well worth building up as many links back to your webpages as possible, not just for the traffic, but also to keep your website in the public eye.

It is the Home Page that is highest listed on most search engines, and also the page is given the highest PageRank, so if you can persuade others to link to your home page in return for a link from a page internal to your site, then that would be a good deal, and is what you should be trying for.

Don’t ask me though, because I would a link back from your highest Page Ranked page!

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About the Author: Page Rank is an important property of your website, and for more information on internal and external linking strategy check out Pete’s website Improved Search Engine Rank where you will find many other SEO tips.

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Personally for me, PageRank is not really important I would say or maybe google don’t like me, now my blog http://blog.saimatkong.com has a PageRank of 0. How could this be? Previously I check it’s PageRank2 and now it become 0 sad-nya but never mind I’m still getting quit a lot’s of hits per day =)

Why my PageRank drop? There’s a lot’s of reasons for it. example: you sell links in your site or sponsor post etc.
How to build up my PageRank? Write more good content so that ppl will link to you =)

You can check your PageRank:
1) http://www.prchecker.info/
2) http://pr.blogflux.com/

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ATM users be cautious

Monday, April 14th, 2008 5,032 views

Dear saimatkong blog’s reader, please be extra careful when u withdraw money from ATM. Please read the incident below which I got from a forwarded mail. Next time you might want to count your money directly under the cctv so you have prove? LOL.

RM50 note
*Picture 1 – Two RM50 notes. The note on top is folded to the right.

RM50  note
*Picture 2 – The folded note is counted as two notes by the machine (two notes counted as three).

This incident happened on today evening (1 April 2008). I went to the PJ State (Also known as PJ New Town) Maybank to withdraw RM500. Unfortunately for me, only 9 RM50 notes came out instead of 10.

What happened was, one of the RM50 notes was folded exactly in half and placed at a corner of the stack (Please refer to the attached pictures showing how two RM50 notes can be counted as three).

I was so upset because I have no proof that the ATM did not give me the correct amount. After much hesitation, I finally decided to call Maybank to complain about the incident knowing that I may not get back my money. But at least I can caution them of such incident. When I told of my situation to the Maybank Customer Service Representative, to my surprise, I was informed that I’m not the first victim. It seems that similar cases have occurred before. The lady explained that it is the malfunction of the ATM and the money may accidentally get folded in half. However when questioned, she was unable to explain to me why the money can be folded exactly in half and placed nicely in the corner of the stack.

I believe this is the new technique of cheating money, done by the people who are responsible of placing the money into the ATMs. In the stack of money which is to be placed into the ATM, one RM50 note is folded nicely in half, for every one note taken out of the stack of money. The folded RM50 notes are then placed at the edge of the stack and positioned in the ATM where the money would be counted. With that done, every one folded note would be counted by the machine as two notes.

I may be wrong about how and why it happened, but I would like to warn everyone about this incident. Please be careful when withdrawing money from the ATM (it may happen to other banks as well) and do count your money to be sure. If such an incident really happened to you (*touch wood*), please do call up the bank to complain about this. If everyone keeps quiet about this, the bank may be unaware of such incidents and the people responsible may just continue doing what they do without getting caught! Even if it is actually because of the ATM malfunctioning, the bank should know about this and there is also a chance of you getting your money back.

Mudah.com.my, the marketplace of Malaysia.

Sunday, April 13th, 2008 32,547 views

Mudah

Mudah is a great and free way for you to post up your items for sale, whether its your gadgets, furniture, property, car or even services that you offer!

Mudah in English is “Easy”, in Mandrin is ” 容易”, so by the name you also know how easy is to use the system =)

So want to sell your things online and don’t know where to post and sell? Find it at not other place other than Mudah.com.my It’s easy, simple and convenient. You don’t have to waste your time and waste your petrol, no need to drive out = no jam + no hassle of finding parking! That’s the most important point. Besides that, you could compare price and the easy of your thumb.

Mudah

So what are you waiting for? Let’s go to Mudah and start to buy and sell things online with a peace of mind.

This review is brought to you by Advertlets.com and Mudah.com.my!

You can use Touch ’n Go card to buy burgers by next Saturday

Sunday, April 13th, 2008 6,296 views

Buy doughnut using touch n' go
Motorist Noordalila Paris using her Touch ’n Go card to purchase doughnuts at a Dunkin Donut outlet at a petrol kiosk in Jalan Damansara Friday. From next Saturday, the cards can be used to pay for fast food at 21 outlets in the Klang Valley. – Uu Ban / The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: The next time you go to a fast-food stall for your burger or doughnut, don’t worry if you have forgotten your money as all you need is your Touch ’n Go card.

By next Saturday, you can buy such items from 21 outlets in the Klang Valley under a pilot scheme for the Touch ‘n Go card which is currently a toll, public transport and parking paying device.

The outlets are from A&W, Burger King, Dunkin’ Donut, 7-Eleven, Carrefour hypermarkets, Caltex convenience stores and Cineleisure.

According to Touch ’n Go chief operating officer Hasni Zarina Mohamed Khan, this project would be the start of the card being used for retail purchase. Describing it as a natural progression, she pointed out that the card was an electronic purse and supports Bank Negara’s move for a cashless society.

“We have issued 4.5 million cards to date of which 50% are active (used at least once a month).

“At present, the cards are used mainly for toll payment but we hope that by next year, 5% to 10% of the cardholders will use it for retail,” she said in an interview.

She said even for the Octopus card – the transit electronic purse in Hong Kong that is one of the most successful in the world – only 20% of the holders use it for retail purchase.

Touch ‘n Go hopes to increase the number of retail outlets by 20 a month. There could be even more than 150 such outlets throughout the country by year’s end.

She explained that her company had to supply the card readers and backend solutions for the outlets and this took time.

“Consumers need not worry about hidden cost because all the chain stores have an agreement that there will be no extra charges for those using Touch ’n Go cards compared to those using cash. If the item is RM1 then it will still be RM1 if you use our card,” Hasni Zarina added.

Hasni Zarina said cardholders could top up the value of their cards to RM1,000 and need not worry if the cards were lost or stolen.

“All they have to do is to inform us immediately and we can block the card. We can then issue a new card with the remaining value,” she said.

The card could also be a good way of controlling children’s spending as this could be their one card from taking public transport to buying their lunch or snacks.

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This would be good news to me! No need to carry cash and coins =) just one Touch n’ Go and further more I’m using Maybank zing Touch n’ Go so it will auto reload for me by just paying RM2 extra and I think it’s worth it. Imagine buy fast food using Touch n’ Go, so convenient “Sentuh Pergi”, just touch it and you can enjoy your food. Hahah… but it doesn’t mean that the food is free. Anyway hope more retail outlet will be using this service. Hope GSC cinema also can use it. It’s similar to Visa Wave or Paypass.

This service is very common and successful in Hong Kong (Octopus) and Singapore (Nets) too. So in few years time you can’t go out without your Touch n’ Go! Way to go. Malaysia Boleh! =p

PIKOM KLCC PC FAIR 2008 Hot Deals and Offers and Leng Luis =)

Saturday, April 12th, 2008 8,768 views

PIKOM PC Fair 2008 (I)
Yes, PC Fair is here again. Want to buy cheap laptop? cheap pc? cheap pen drive/thumb drive, dvd-r, dvd-rw, cd-r, Broadband like Streamyx, IZZI, Maxis Broadband, Celcom Broadband, HWM Magazine, PC.com, pc accessories, mouse, keyboard… etc and a lot’s more. Subscribe HWM Magazine free HDD!

Most importantly some ppl just go all the way there to check some of the tech updates but some go all the way there to see leng luis? ahah.

PC Fair 2008 Leng Luis

Will update more when I come back from PC Fair.

Dates and Venues
4 – 6 April 2008
11:00 am – 9:00 pm Persada Johor International Convention Centre, Johor Bahru, Johor
Jalan Abdullah Ibrahim, 80000 Johor Bahru

Dewan Perbandaran Taiping, Taiping, Perak
Jalan Taming Sari, 34000 Taiping

Level 5, Permata Car Park Building, Kuching, Sarawak
Jalan Padungan, 93100 Kuching

Dewan Masyarakat Sandakan, Sandakan, Sabah
Jalan Leila, 90000 Sandakan

Dewan Masyarakat Tawau, Tawau, Sabah
Jalan Bakau, 91000 Tawau

11 – 13 April 2008
11:00 am – 9:00 pm KL Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Lumpur City Centre, 50888 Kuala Lumpur

Stadium Indera Mulia, Ipoh, Perak
Jalan Stadium Perak, 31400 Ipoh

Berjaya Megamall, Kuantan, Pahang
Jalan Tun Ismail, Sri Dagangan, 25000 Kuantan

Dewan Milenium, Kepala Batas, Penang
Bertam, 13200 Kepala Batas

Dewan Jubli Intan Sultan Ibrahim, Muar, Johor
Jalan Arab, 84000 Muar

18 – 20 April 2008
11:00 am – 9:00 pm Penang International Sports Arena, Penang
Jalan Tun Dr Awang, 11900 Relau

Mahkota Parade Melaka, Melaka
Jalan Merdeka, 75000 Bandar Hilir

Sibu Trade & Exhibition Centre, Sibu, Sarawak
Power Road, 96000 Sibu

Miri Indoor Stadium, Miri, Sarawak
Jalan Sukan, 98000 Miri

Dewan Merdeka MPM, Seri Manjung, Perak
Jalan Pinang Raja, 32040 Seri Manjung

Haagen Dazs All You Can Eat Ice Cream Buffet

Friday, April 11th, 2008 12,366 views

Haagen Daz All You Can Eat Ice Cream Buffet

Haagen Daz All You Can Eat Ice Cream Buffet

Irresistible Feast! Enjoy unlimited scoops of eight tantalizing flavours
Belgian Chocolate * Chocolate Chocolate Chip * Chocolate * CoffeeCookies & Cream * Macadamia Nut * Strawberry * Vanilla Indulge!

All You Can Eat Haagen Dazs Ice Cream Buffet is now available at
Häagen-Dazs 1-Utama (Old Wing)
Häagen-Dazs AEON Bukit Tinggi
Häagen-Dazs Bangsar Village II (Jalan Telawi Satu)

Monday – Friday
12noon to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm

Terms & Conditions
Available for dine-in orders till 30 April 2008.
Not available on Saturday, Sunday and/or Public Holidays.
Buffet promotion at RM29.90 per child is for children aged 10 & below.
All prices subject to service charge and prevailing government taxes.
Strictly no sharing allowed.
Selection of flavours and toppings as stated on buffet menu and subject to availability.
Not valid with other offers, discounts, promotions, Super Premium Card privileges and CORP/ENT/Complimentary Gift Vouchers.

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