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Change is an incident beyond norm. There are certain changes that are caused by you and others are totally independent of your actions. Some changes are positive and others are negative. One thing that’s sure is that changes happen around us all the time.

Humans are generally change averse creatures. Most of us prefer the familiar over discovering new ways to do thing. If it’s not for the explorers, tinkerers, geeks and boffins we lot would have gone nowhere! We’d still be living in caves and hunting for food.

The fact is that the world around us keeps changing. Our ancestors realize that some days are colder than the norm. Out of necessity they discovered fire, used fur and leather as clothes, reared animals and farmed. Why? Because keeping the status quo will ultimately lead to their doom.

I’m setting myself up for change too. Soon my days of being an employee will end. I decided to take the entrepreneurial path as my next move. It might seem that I’m bringing this change to myself, but there are external factors that have guided me this way as well.

I see some changes on how businesses in the 21st century are operating. These changes will inevitably come to Malaysian companies too and those who don’t (or won’t) transform themselves will fold. My task is to ensure that this won’t happen to my clients.

Enough about me. Do you realize that things are changing all around us? Information travels much faster and virtually unfiltered nowadays. Turnaround time of product delivery is now calculated in minutes and seconds. The line between home and office aren’t that clear anymore (perhaps even non-existent).

So are you ready for these changes and more? You should, because the world sure as heck won’t be waiting for you.

My Brother’s Wedding

On Sunday, our family held a kenduri kahwin (wedding reception/banquet) for my brother, Azlan and my sister in law Fadila (yes they own blogs too… way too many if you ask me!).

Sensing the opportunity to get some hands on wedding photography experience, I got the green light from my parents to be the photographer for the event.

Bride and Groom Arrival

Bride and Groom Heading to Reception

The bride and groom arrives along with escorting entourage.

All smiles!

Smiling Bride and Groom

It’s smiles all around from Azlan and Fadila.

Flying flower petals: In your face!

Flower Petals Thrown at Bride and Groom

My grandma literally throwing flower petals at my brother and sister in law!

Time for food

Wedding Lunch

Also known as makan berdamai in Malay.

The happy couple

Bride, Groom and Flowers

Close up photo of Azlan and Fadila. This photo is taken after the event is almost over.

The happy couple (2)

Bride and Groom Posing at Garden

Full length photo of Azlan and Fadila.

What do you think of the pictures? Would you hire me to take your wedding photos?

Wow, that was quick… You can download WordPress 2.6 “Tyner” from the usual location.

You can read more about this release from WordPress.org’s announcement post.

Update: And HTNet’s running it 🙂 Upgrade is smooth as you’d expect from any WordPress build.

Anyone can create web pages

Photo credit: Thomas Hawk

I’ve been asked hundreds of times to quote for a web site project. Nothing strange about it, right? The thing is, the web site projectconsists of only one page!

So have I ever taken any of these one page web site projects? Not even once. So what do I normally do then? Well, I just informed the person that he can actually create a simple web page himself with software that might already be available on his computer.

Almost all of them are shocked to find out that they can actually create web pages using software that is normally already installed on a typical computer. They thought that creating web pages must be done by professional web developers or by using expensive web development software!

Well, if you’re among this group of people I’m going to tell you how you can create simple web pages using commonly available software.

Believe it or not, all of the commonly used Microsoft Office applications can create web pages from its native file format.

You can save Word documents, Excel spreadsheets and entire PowerPoint presentations as web pages by using the Save As function under the File drop down menu.

For Microsoft Word, I recommend that you save your document as Web Page, Filtered. It provides a cleaner output compared to the normal save as web page option.

I also found that quite a lot of PowerPoint presentations that’s exported as web pages can only be rendered properly using Internet Explorer. It probably uses a lot of IE-specific instructions that can’t be rendered perfectly by better web browsers.

If your computer doesn’t come with Microsoft Office and you aren’t particularly impressed by its price tag, don’t worry. There’s a perfectly suitable free alternative in the form of OpenOffice.org and it can save documents as web pages and PDFs as well. For those who spend most of their computing time online, then you can make use of Google Docs and later save your work as HTML.

If you’d like to have more web-specific features in your web page composing software without having to grapple with code you might want to check out KompoZer, a WYSIWYG web authoring tool. It’s free, open source software and there’s a version of KompoZer for the most common operating systems; Windows, Linux and MacOSX.

Web page composition is not just for professionals. Anyone can do it and it’s a pretty useful skill to have nowadays. With the right mindset (ie. eager to learn) and the proper tools, you can be creating beautiful web pages in no time at all.