Friday, November 24, 2006

gimme my steel parang.

It would be humourous if it wasnt so sad.

Sounds like Malaysia and Thailand's Technology Ministers are trying to out do each other!

Here's the latest from our very own Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation:

The minister cited the example of a parang (machete) made from titanium and another made of stainless steel.

"If you believe that you can do more using the titanium parang, then use the titanium parang," he said. And if the stainless steel parang serves you better, you should use that.

"It's about choice. Let the market decide," he added

Anyway, who'd use a titanium parang?

  1. cost would be exhorbitant
  2. shouldn't use a lightweight product to do heavy weight work
  3. maintenance would be a killer
  4. sharpening stones would need to come with guaranteed advantage
  5. Once broken considered gone
  6. Weight distribution will be all wrong
  7. Form over function

All in all, users of titanium parangs tend to be bad hackers anyway.


Monday, November 20, 2006


Woo... One of my posts have been Groklawed.
.... well ... in a very minor way.

Pamela Jones keeps a roll of interesting 'News Picks' articles on the right hand column of her very popular FOSS Law website, and the one which caught her attention was my commentary in the site on the concerns regarding Open Formula in the ODF / ISO 26300 specifications which Microsoft Malaysia is harping about.

Im trying to put facts into context and dismiss all the pseudo-concerns (FUD) regarding this issue.

Anyway, here is the screenshot, which Im very proud of:

And here is the article entitled: The Formula Issue in Detail.