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.

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 March 2008 – Tradenex.com Sdn Bhd (Tradenex), subsidiary of Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM) and leading local e-commerce collaboration solutions provider, today announces its strategic alliance with German-based global business integration solutions provider SEEBURGER Asia Pacific Ltd (SEEBURGER).

Through this partnership, Tradenex will boost and scale up its flagship nexCONNECT e-commerce collaboration solution with the ability to integrate with the business-to-business (B2B) supply chains of large multinationals – which is an area that SEEBURGER is world renowned for.

Mr. Soon Koi Voon, chief executive officer of Tradenex says that this strategic partnership with SEEBURGER is a result of extensive studies of the various market offerings for a synergistic and value fit to the company’s flagship nexCONNECT e-commerce collaboration platform that provides an integrated supply chain IT infrastructure to local SMEs.

“Tradenex’s nexCONNECT currently services SMEs in the manufacturing, retail and logistics industries with some 500 users mostly ranging from small to medium sized businesses. Partnering with SEEBURGER is a strategic move in our effort to provide Malaysian companies with world class supply chain solutions – in tandem with their eventual need to integrate into business ecosystems consisting of large multinationals.”

Tradenex selected SEEBURGER as the best solution to compliment their existing offerings for Malaysian companies. “Tradenex will be introducing SEEBURGER solutions to our customers who are looking for competitive advantage. In fact, we have already begun work with some of our key customers to implement B2B Gateways,” says Soon.

Meanwhile, Mr. James Hatcher, managing director for of SEEBURGER Asia Pacific Ltd explains that the partnership with Tradenex is a glove fit to the company’s strategy to distribute SEEBURGER’s B2B Gateway and value-added integration solutions in this region.

“For Malaysia, Tradenex is no doubt the leading provider of an electronic, inter-enterprise collaboration solution with its nexCONNECT platform, with deep level of insight into the supply chain process of the local SME industries. These are crucial partner factors for SEEBURGER in its endeavor to establish its presence in the Asian market,” says Hatcher.

He adds, “Tradenex the necessary industry experience, a good existing customer base of supply chain clients, and an excellent domestic reputation. In addition, SEEBURGER has global customers who we need to support across Asia so this relationship with Tradenex will extend our execution capabilities across Malaysia.”

SEEBURGER sets to expand into region via Tradenex

SEEBURGER is a global household brand renowned for its Electronic Data Interface (EDI) based solutions and ranked by Gartner Research as a market leader in the B2B integration space.

The company has global operations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific, and has an installed base of over 7,000 customers across 15 various verticals including aerospace, high-tech, automotive, retail/consumer product goods (CPG), pharmaceutical and logistics.

Hatcher shares that some of the many high profile customers that deploy SEEBURGER’s B2B gateway solutions are Abbot, Airbus, Coca-cola, DHL, Dunlop DaimlerChrysler, Hyundai, Kraft Foods, SEGA America, Sony and Osram, amongst many others.

“The SEEBURGER B2B Gateway has been rated as best of its class by analysts and is the only B2B/EDI solution embedded in the SAP Netweaver technology stack. SEEBURGER’s Asia Pacific headquarters are located in Hong Kong and is rapidly penetrating the Asia Pacific region via strategic partners like Tradenex who have excellent knowledge and experience in the local markets that they serve”, ends Hatcher.

I started my working life being a support/sysadmin guy with a computing giant in Singapore. Needless to say, spending over three years in such an industry made me learn a few unconventional tips and tricks to rectify common computing problems. One tip I’d like to share here is on reviving a seemingly dead notebook battery.

Before I proceed let me just lay down a few disclaimers here:

  1. If your notebook computer is still under warranty, then by all means get the battery replaced!
  2. There’s no guarantee that this tip will work with your notebook battery; but so far this tip has never failed me
  3. If you have the money and there’s still available stock for your notebook battery, then just buy a replacement unit you cheapskate
  4. I won’t be held responsible for any damages or injuries resulting from following this tip. You have been warned!

OK, now that the above has been made clear, here’s the tip: freeze the battery! Yup, that’s the concept. However, here’s the proper way to do it in easy to read steps:

  1. Remove the battery from the notebook computer
  2. Wrap the battery with old newspaper, making sure that it envelops the battery tightly
  3. Repeat step 2 above with at least three pieces of large sheet newspaper (if you’re using tabloid sized newspaper, then use at least five pieces)
  4. Place the wrapped battery in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator
  5. Let it stay in that cryogenic state for three to seven days

Once your battery has been given the frozen treatment, do not directly plug it into your notebook! Let the battery thaw to normal room temperature within the newspaper wrapping by leaving it in the open for at least half a day (overnight is recommended).

Tear off the newspaper wrapping and touch the battery. Does it feel cool to the touch? If so, then leave it at room temperature for a few more hours. Once it feels just about room temperature, take a piece of tissue and wipe the contact points of the battery just in case there’s some traces of moisture there.

Once this is done, plug it in your notebook computer, plug in the power adapter and leave your notebook in “charging” state. Do not power on the notebook!

Give your battery time to fully charge (this depends on your notebook/battery model). Once you’re 100% confident that the battery is fully charged, say your prayers, cross your fingers and power on your notebook. If all goes well, your battery should be working just fine.

Although I won’t promise that this notebook battery revival method will work for your particular notebook model, it has yet to fail me on a HP, Compaq, Dell and an old IBM ThinkPad… why not just give it a try, what have you got to lose?

If you find the steps above too complicated or risky, why not look for bargain prices for your particular notebook at batteries.com (FREE shipping on select laptop/notebook batteries):

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When your family is at home and you’re not, I’m sure you have some worrying thoughts playing in your mind. Are they safe? Are the kids asleep? How is the Mrs doing? Although you may never know for sure, wouldn’t it be nice to have some visual reassurance that they’re OK? If you answered yes to that question, I’m sure you’d appreciate EZWatch Pro Video Surveillance products keeping a close eye on your loved ones.

I remember the days when security cameras are only affordable to only the rich. Nowadays, with the advances in IT and security technology, security solutions can be deployed at much more affordable prices.

If you check out the prices of the EZWatch Pro product line, you’d see that they are a bargain considering the high quality. I’ve found out that the EZWatch security solutions are inexpensive because they are produced, marketed, delivered and supported directly from the very factory that produces them.

By cutting out the middleman, EZWatch saves quite a sum of money and this savings are passed directly to you; the customer.

Technology wise, I can confirm that equipment are actually value for money. I wish I had known about them much earlier as I had been implementing two DVR security solutions for my company this year.

So if you’re looking for an affordable security/surveillance system, do check out EZWatch. It’s definitely worth considering as an end-to-end solution for your security needs.

A lot of IT graduates from the 80s and early 90s will find that the skills developed from their university or college days are becoming obsolete with each passing day. Heck, some of the programming languages they’ve implemented projects with are probably no longer in existence today (or more likely to have evolved to the point of being unrecognizable).

One area that is almost unheard of back then is web applications development. Today, your web browser is not just used to explore web sites, it is an applications platform in its own right.

I can’t think of any traditional software that doesn’t have a web based equivalent. From office suites to something as specialised as healthcare management software, web based applications are being deployed much faster than anything we have seen in computing history. My take on it is that it will only become more prevalent.

I can think of a couple of reasons why web based software grew phenomenally in such a short period of time:

  1. It is easy to deploy: Code once and serve as much clients as your servers could handle. Updates are also less time and resource consuming to deploy
  2. Centralized expansion cost center: You’ll virtually only need to be concerned of the specs of the hosting server rather than your clients’ equipment
  3. Platform agnostic: Once you’ve decided on your hosting platform, web applications can pretty much run on any operating system and Internet-enabled devices (not only computers!)
  4. Growing toolsets: New web programming languages, libraries, scripts and toolkits are born almost daily, adding to the arsenal at the disposal of developers
  5. More reliable transmission infrastructure: Billions are invested each year to make the Internet faster and more efficient. Web application developers are virtually riding on this growth for free

Although I don’t foresee there will ever be a day where everything runs off the Internet (at least in my lifetime), it is nevertheless too gigantic to turn a blind eye to. Every traditional software company is moving on to Internet applications… so should every developer.