Wednesday, November 30, 2005
1. Application of Technology
2. Quantitative Analysis
3. Theory Development and Conceptual Thinking
4. Creative Production
5. Counseling and Mentoring
6. Managing People and Relationships
7. Enterprise Control
8. Influence Through Language and Ideas
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Friday, November 25, 2005
I guess codebase isn't important in most cases if the client has WMP already installed. It's useful only when the client browser hasn't got any version of WMP installed then the page will fetch the correct version from the Microsoft site to have that installed.
works OK in both FF and IE, bottom bar display streaming status appears only in IE.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
A very good tutorial is also found HERE. At Web Studio Forum the moderator has listed codes for various audio and video files you want to play.
The clsid (class id) used for the Windows Media Player appears to be wrong in some examples I found according to this reference at w3schools.
The official guide is here from MSDN.
The major trouble is that Microsoft doesn't really support other browsers other than its own IE. I have just tried that same code works OK in IE but not in FF.
If you are expecting users to use FF to view your website it is important to alert users to check if their FF installations has plugin for WMP installed properly, steps to follow are here in this FORUM.
What Has Gone Wrong With Traditional Career Development
The mistakes made by a traditional HR department in career development:
- People are satisfied with jobs they excel at
- People get promoted by preset schedule or when performance standard is met
- In organization reshuffle music chair is played, i.e. key positions are filled then empty slots are filled by second grade people according to abilities.
- People demanded promotion and got moved to position with stretched responsibilities
- The Manager has no say in career development for talented people
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
That's great news because I was about to give them up. I found something good about them which is that they retained the my bookmark structure. Whereas in Furl all my 800+ links are all grouped under "imported bookmarks" and I'll have to manually move them into "My topics" for logical grouping.
Another reason, perhaps, for Spurl for spending so much time before making links available to me is that they have analysed them, see below screenshot. Oops, lots of them are broken.
I first tried del.icio.us because it associates with Flock that I'm trying. It didn't quite work because I have 800+ links bookmark that I want to upload. It's import feature wasn't available for most of the time and when I was alive again I uploaded my bookmarks but they are not available after few days of uploading. The next one I tried was spurl. They have made it quite clear that uploading of bookmarks needs 24 hours before they are visiable.
I did that and waited for 36 hours, still nothing available after logged in. I emailed support so far nothing is heard. The last one I tried is furl, this appears the best and I can see it's working because uploading of bookmarks is easy and I could actually see it updating until it's all done. All my 843 links are uploaded and are now available on the Internet. I think all of them is designed for no-brainer and wondered why they don't appear to be user friendly and tell you what has gone wrong if it's not working to what they have described.
The research by the authors began in 1986 for a period of 12 years. The authors have interviewed 650 professionals from a wide range of industries and a battery of psychological tests were doneon the interviewees in order to assess what factors contribute to their work satisfaction. The authors have drawn aconclusion that you can retain your best people if they are satisfied at workand if the job matches their “deeply embedded life interests” that will lead towork satisfaction.
What are “Deeply Embedded Life Interests”?
These are not hobbies (e.g. opera, skiing…etc) nor are topical enthusiasms such ashistory, politics or investment. “Deeply Embedded Life Interests” are long-held, emotionally driven passions, intricately entwined with personality and these bon of anindeterminate mix of nature and nurture. The word “embedded” implies that these interests are hidden within oneself which is not easily uncovered. These interests also do not determine what people are good at; instead drive whatkinds of activities that make them happy. The research has shown that deeply embedded life interests start showingin early childhood, then embedded and forgotten, and remain relatively stable throughout our lives. Where as education and training would equip someone smart to succeed in virtually anyjobs that throw at him/her. Most people grown up to fulfill other people’s expectation on them due to thesubject their parents selected, the first successful job application or the career path with least resistance.
Monday, November 21, 2005
I modified a few things to make it look like what is now at the sidebar
- removed the duplicated ?php _e('Login'); ? such that "login" and "login:" will not appear on two consecutive lines
- h2 tags are changed to h3 because for this theme h2 is for the box
May be I'll find a good button to replace the "login >>".
Thank you ioerror
There is a good guide here from podz for CSS that may tell me how to do that.
Sunday, November 20, 2005
With the help of Ajay I finally have successfully activated this theme of version 1.2. The problem was due to my oversight that Apache server doesn't like space in the folder name.
The customization I have done are
- Pages on sidebar removed.
- Added My Swicki
- Added Google Search box
- Added Google Adsense
- Added a Flickr Badge
- Added Register and Signin to the top navigation bar
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The next one I noticed is a community powered search engine called Swicki I have just joined and put the search box on this blog. It's good that we, our group doing interent research together, could test this out using this new search technology.
I have used key words such as "korea, economic, demographic, political, legal....." when setting up my Swicki therefore when my team members use this search engine it's being tuned to confine results to what we are all looking for. This is what I understand how it works. Let's see!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
There were traces of Chinese rule and the Koreans have resisted, from time to time, Chinese invasions. From 7th - 10th centuries, Korea was unified by the Silla Kingdom and flourished.
In 935 the Silla(新羅) dynasty was overthrown by Wang Kon who had established (918) the Koryo(高麗) dynasty (the name was selected as an abbreviated form of Koguryo and is the source of the name Korea).
Confucianism(孔子學說)—introduced from China during the Silla years and adapted to Korean customs—controlled the pattern of government. A coup in 1170 led to a period of military rule. In 1231, Mongol forces invaded from China, initiating a war that was waged intermittently for some 30 years. Peace came when Koryo accepted Mongol suzerainty, and a long period of Koryo-Mongol alliance followed. In 1392, Yi Songgye, a general who favored the Ming dynasty (which had replaced the Mongols in China), seized the throne and established the Choson dynasty.
There is also an interesting theory by Leon at his website that Koreans are a combination of Tungusic and Austronesian ethnicities.
The 1592 invasion by the Japanese shogun Toyotomi Hideyoshi(豊臣秀吉) was driven back by Choson and Ming forces, but only after six years of great devastation and suffering. Manchu invasions in the first half of the 17th cent. resulted in Korea being made (1637) a tributary state of the Manchu (滿洲) dynasty. Subsequent factional strife gave way, in the 18th century, to economic prosperity and a cultural and intellectual renaissance. Korea limited its foreign contacts during this period and later resisted, longer than China or Japan, trade with the West, which led to its being called the Hermit Kingdom.
In 1876, Japan forced a commerical treaty with Korea, and to offset the Japanese influence, trade agreements were also concluded (1880s) with the United States and European nations. Japan's control was tightened after the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–95) and the Russo-Japanese War (1904–5), when Japanese troops moved through Korea to attack Manchuria. These troops were never withdrawn, and in 1905 Japan declared a virtual protectorate over Korea and in 1910 formally annexed the country. The Japanese instituted vast social and economic changes, building modern industries and railroads, but their rule (1910–45) was harsh and exploitative. Sporadic Korean attempts to overthrow the Japanese were unsuccessful, and after 1919 a provisional Korean government, under Syngman Rhee (李承晚 1875～1965), was established at Shanghai, China.
A brief history in Chinese can be found HERE.
Friday, November 11, 2005
Thursday, November 10, 2005
It's at the archives template file changed the parameter at
[?php the_content() ?]
Sfong, glad you like the theme. Any changes are OK, since it was released under GPL.
As for the archive/category listing - just search the forum, it was asked over 1,000 times :)
[Hint: replace the_excerpt with the_content]
Looks like this is a easy fix, I'll be on my own.
Wednesday, November 9, 2005
When I click one category under sidebar the posts displayed have images suppressed. To see the images within a post ('cos I know it's there) I have to click the title of that particular post. How do I make displaying of images or the complete post content by default?
Added a Links template which is copied from the Archives template of the original theme.
As usual added the get firefox button at the end of the sidebar.
Tuesday, November 8, 2005
Blockquote for this theme looks like this
Monday, November 7, 2005
NCSoft is at the top having the biggest (34%) market share in Korea.
Nexon is at 2nd having 14.6% share but they have no English webpage. Korean are certainly going out to take the World, as described in The Seoul Times 10 top gaming companies are going to UK to explore the European market which is 3rd biggest in the World. These 10 companies are Anipark, Buruxo, Mgame, Kog Studios, Neowiz, Nexon, NHN, SD Enternet, UZdream, and WeMade Entertainment.
According to a review by the Embassy, Korean companies in less than 5 years have done better than any other countries in taking the Chinese market. They have now 70% of the market in terms of revenue according to the government-run Korea Game Development and Promotion Institute (KGDPI).
Another name mentioned in the report is NHN who is 3rd (13.9%) for 2004. It appears to be the biggest Internet portal in Korea according to Korea Times. The PCCW in Hong Kong has also a JV set up with NHN for the China market according to Business Times. May be some classmates who used to work in PCCW could pull a few strings. NHN is working with China's largest game portal SeaRainbow Holding Corp (stock code 000503 listed in Shenzhen Stock Exchange in 1992) according to Asia Media. SeaRainbow operates the largest Chinese online gaming portal called OurGame
The next one down the list is Netmarble who had 12.8% in 2004. It wasn't straight forward to track this down simply because I don't read Korean therefore can't identify their mother group name from their webpage. Apparently they have partnered with SINA in China to launch a game portal in 2004 according to this Press Release. Netmarble's mother group is Plenus Inc. (renamed to CJ Internet Corp, KOSDAQ: 37150)
The 5th in 2004 is Neowiz who had 8.7% market share. They are also KOSDAQ listed (A42420).
The 6th is Webzen which has been covered in my earlier post.
The 7th is Wizgate who is also working with NASDAQ listed firm SOHU in China according to this article. Again their identity is difficult to locate because they have their name changed to Mgame in 2004 according to this Press Release. Their company information can be found here if we really want to write to them.
No 8th is Gravity which has been covered in my earlier post they have 2.1% market share in 2004.
The 9th is CCR, easy one to deal with because they have a English website.
The last one is Actozsoft who has 1.7% in 2004.
I have also tried lexxe, the talked about new generation search engine powered by advanced natural language technology. The question I used was "top players in korea gaming industry". I got 5 results.
This article is about GSTAR, largest Korean game show. 2 other results from Lexxe are basically duplicated and the rests are useless.
I then used a new question as "list of companies in korea gaming industry" then I got 100 results. That's more like it. There is one useful there at news.com which says "NCSoft's medieval role-playing game "Lineage" is the most popular online game in the world, with more than 4 million subscribers, mostly in Korea". There is also useful link to List of Stocks for gaming industry. I found elsewhere that quite a few Korean companies have been listed in NASDAQ. The list there is quite long therefore I have to click links there one by one to see if they are Korean. One other article mildly related can be found at The Industry Standard is about fast growing online gaming industry in China. Last but not least is the famous report from Market Research.com which costs you US$475.
I'll go back to Google's search results from here.
This article in BBC News tells you how South Korea is one of the most "wired" societies in the World. There are more than 25,000 cyber cafes across the country. These are called "PC bangs" which operate 24 hours a day.
We are talking about gaming therefore can't ignore the official site World Cyber Games. There are a lot at this site if you have time to look inside.
After you read this post at gamestudy.org you'll be scared to know that the Virtual World is as dirty as the real one. From this article at MSNBC you'll know that selling virtual goods for real cash is not illegal in Korea. Also read from there that the largest online auction company in Korea is Itembay but too bad they only have a website in Korean. Also a gaming expert at Yonsei University in Seoul (named Asia's best universities 2000 by Asiaweek) is called Whang Sang-min.
From this archived article by Electronic Gaming Business it was said that Korea has the highest broadband Internet penetration in the World. You will also see that quite a few Korean firms have done fundraising in the US in 2003, they are Netamin and Unibox Korea.
This site by GameDailyBiz has a lot of information. The Korean Government has been helping the industry and they have KOCCA, short for Korea Culture & Centent Agency, to help. By the way KOCCA has branch office in Bejing, Japan, USA and Europe. It was said that the Korean online game market is the largest market in the Asia/Pacific region based on online game subscription revenues. According to IDC, by 2008 the subscription revenues in Korea are expected to grow to $586 million.
It's also found from this article that the other 2 key players in the business are Gravity Interactive and Webzen.
This article by news.com tells you more about key players Webzen and Gravity from Korea. Another article by BusinessWeek Online tells you how successful NCSoft is and these Korean firms are making big bugs and going for the global market of $18 billion industry which is still essentially dominated by US firms.
Friday, November 4, 2005
Just posted at this site few minutes ago from Opera 8.5. When the post is written and publish button pressed I clicked "view site", to my surprise the post wasn't there. However I could see that particular post in FF. Clicked also home url of the site, the post still disappeared but this works fine as usual in FF. In Opera I had to click archives for November before I could see the post I just published. When I click home again I couldn't see the latest one just published? Extremely weird behaviour. In FF, I did exactly the same thing, everything was normal.
This post is published via Flock, a new browser I prefer to stay with after few more trials.
It's OK perhaps to use Opera and FF together for 2 gmail accounts but too bad just found out that Opera doesn't support Goolge's Personalized Page for some reasons. I have since reported that. It would be nice if Opera supports Netvibes or Netvibes quickly make their site good for Opera.