Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Google's "Project 10 to the 100th"

Google wants your ideas! This latest initiative by Google sets out to encourage the world to contribute their ideas for the betterment of humankind. In their words,
"Project 10100 (pronounced Project 10 to the 100th) is a call for ideas to change the world by helping as many people as possible. Here's how to join in."
Google will then short-list 100 ideas and let the public vote for 20 semi-finalists. Out of the 20 semi-finalists, only 5 ideas will be chosen to be developed. Google has committed USD10 million to implementing these ideas into projects that will help as many people as possible.

So if you have any ideas that you want to submit, do it here. The deadline for submission is October 20th 2008. Voting starts on January 27th 2009. Good luck!

Project 10100 promotion video.

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Sunday, September 21, 2008

LifeStraw, an invention for Life!

This has got to be one of the most important invention in recent years! LifeStraw is a portable water purifier. It is an award winning invention from Vestergaard Frandsen.

This European company's goal and philosophy to "develop innovative products that prevent the transmission of waterborne and vector-borne diseases in developing countries," is very noble and inspiring.

In Malaysia (and most countries in the World), we take drinking water truly for granted. Most of the daily choices we make with regards to drinking water are what or where to drink. It has never been about whether if the water is safe to drink or not.

Below, we can see how the LifeStraw helps to provide safe drinking water for all those in need.

I am very happy to find out that a device like LifeStraw exist. It must have saved countless of lives since it was introduced. Other life saving and innovative products from Vestergaard Frandsen includes the following:
  • PermaNet - Curtains and bed nets that fight vector-borne diseases such as chagas, dengue, filariasis and leishmaniasis.
  • ZeroFly Tent - "ZeroFly Tent is a disease controlling shelter making use of long-lasting insecticide impregnated materials. No other refugee tent offers this long-term disease controlling effect."

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Cool AnswerTips from

My company will be going for our annual trip and this time the destination is Hanoi. Someone mentioned that we should consider Ho Chi Minh City as an alternative destination and so I decided to do some research.

I googled for "compare Hanoi versus Ho Chi Minh City" and received 100,000 plus of results. I was reading this blog post, "Comparing Hanoi with Ho Chi Minh (well sort of)," when I accidentally double-click on a word in the post with my mouse. To my surprise, a pop-up appears and provided me with the meaning and related references to that particular word!

This service is provided by AnswerTips from I think this is a great service and that all bloggers should have this in their blogs. Basically, what AnswerTips do is that it provides definitions, translations, Geography information, weather, maps, time, etc. depending on the context of the word you selected.

I have subscribed this blog to the AnswerTip service. Here... double-click on this word: Hanoi, and you will know what I mean. Here is another word, Bangi (that's where I currently reside). (For some reason, the tip does not show up on the main page. You have to go into the article to see it in action.)

A must-have tool for any sites!

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