Friday, June 30, 2006

Titanic 2 trailer

Jack's back!
Not Really. But still it's worth watching!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Awesome ads

Check it out! I've found this site the cool hunter on digg. It's very interesting to see how good ideas and design are important to the success of ads. Warning, some ads are not suitable for under 18!

With author Dan Browne's international best seller The Da Vinci Code setting spin off trends in T.V specials, games and even a film, the latest advertising campaign from French fashion house Marithe & Francois Girbaud shows a gaggle of super models renacting the scene of Leonardo da Vinci's Christ's Last Supper. The centre figure represents Christ , with her hand gesture offering fashion to the world, like Christ offered peace. The Male figure represents Judas and portrays mere mortal males as easily tempted. Arguably true!

Marithe & Francois Girbraud's influences are obvious. The appeal of mystery, conspiracy and the revelation of hidden truths are all elements of Da Vinci Codes success and are portrayed blatantly through the use of female models in the traditional roles of men in this controversial advertising campaign. And what's a bit of controversy worth without a banning ? An Italian court has had the ad banned and it looks like the French are about to follow suit.

Is there no stopping Adidas and the world cup? On the ceiling of Hauptbahnhof train stain in Cologne, Germany, sits a work of art reminiscent of the sistine chapel. Michael Angelo would be proud. via TBWA

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Share your favourite posts with Google Reader

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Since then I've noticed a new feature of Google Reader which allow users to share starred items and labels, I've been thinking of how to make a meal of it for the benefit of Zero Topic. I've been finding ways to put links roll to my blog, some are related to me and some from myself. Now easy, sign in to Google Reader, subscribe to feeds, from which find whatever posts to be included, then label or star them and rearrange them in a certain order after that get a code, copy and paste it to template. Done! Now you can add your reading lists or whatever lists to your blog!

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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Photoshop Tutorial

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Photoshop is beyond my reach, I know nothing about it. But this photo by Daniel Hammonds is exceptional, seeing how he created merely from a drawing outline to a realistic picture make me impressed immensely.

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Another tutorial : by Lukasz Szeflinski, Poland

Tuesday, June 27, 2006


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Tonight seems to me very romantic. How come? Looking the moon through the window, my mind was suddenly drew back to the past.

One of the night 7 years ago, we were performing a guitar show at the road-side near the student hostel, in front of us were some 3 or 4 girls resting their heads on arms upon the window. Not only us, there are about 2 more groups around. They were waiting us for their turn. That's a mutual aggreement between guys, one group for one song. For the girls part, if they found it entertaining, they were supposed to treat us some snaks, most popularly biscuit and Lahpet thou (a salad of pickled tea leaves). But it's not a must.

No need to say whatever their snacks are very delicious for us especially to go with hard liquor. Such kind of night would not be perfect without a drink. The higher we were, the better our singing! In fact one of my friend was trying to succeed the heart of one girl in that hostel. So all the drink expenses are his responsibility. He also need a help from a good go-between. Here our hero is an elderly man, in charge of the hostel's security! With a little bribe the fellow's love letter could reach out to his darling in minutes.

Ah, I cannot say how much I remember, you know! They are a good old days of me which will never return back.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Google Vs Others

No wonder Google's product are really something. However the question is whether Google is the one and only dominant on the Internet. Definitely not! Why did Google make some companies like Blogger and Picasa it's own? Simply it would cost Google more money and time competing with them. If he can buy them, why bother to compete! Smart, huh? Still we are looking forward to Writely, Google's next soon-to-be.

Not like them, there are some others out there, fighting for a place with Google's existing services. They are equally awesome as Google, some are even getting the upper hand in the battle. The list below are a good example of them. Make a choice between them! Geez, that's difficult. But I'll probably say no to Google this time. "Variety is the spice of life". So try some and have fun.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Inside and out of my blog

Zero Topic is a personal blog. When I say it personal it means that my blog doesn't focus on any particular field but it rather based on whatever thoughts that occupied me at the very moment of blogging time. However most of the topics covered here are latest news on technology, blogging, Google, Firefox browser, shiny new gadgets and freeware.

Well I am not a professional blogger, only a student who fancy surfing the Internet and writing this and that reviews on whatever I find interesting. However it doesn't necessarily mean to follow all my good words about software, links and free downloading stuffs because honestly speaking, I am not so sure about what the actual outcome would be. They will probably be harmful to you and your machine, though I always double check with every sources that I can reach of before publishing. I just let you know those things in case something bad happen, it have nothing to do with me but your own risk.

One more thing that although I name Zero Topic as a personal blog, I will not be talking too much about myself. I find as much uneasy to see my own face on the net as describing daily unimportant details of me. I am doing my best to make Zero Topic the best for you. If somebody manage to get the benefit out of it. I'll be more than happy.

Monday, June 19, 2006


Are you a comment lover? Can you keep track of all your comments on your blog? If comments are on your current post, of course it is easy to find. Then how about the new comment but on the old post in the Archive list, which is let's say about 3 months ago? Pretty difficult to know, huh? In fact, it's just a click on a feed away! You would probably know I'm going to recommend Haloscan commenting and trackback system. It's cool, man, you'd better check it.

But it's still have some point. How about comments on others blog? It is annoying to go every blogs you have visited, over and over again just to see whether somebody reply to your comment you had dropped on it. Even more just imagine you lost the URL of that blog, it's a pain in the a$$, you know. Haloscan is unable to help you this time. But don't worry we have an awsome service called coComment. What can it do for you? Let's check it out what they say first,
coComment is free, and will help you keep track of the comments and conversations you and others are making on blogs. coComment will address these issues by giving you an easy and seamless way to track and follow your online comments and conversations. Sign in, add a tiny bookmarklet to your browser, and put that smile back on your face!
Not just that, they also have firefox extension for tracking immediate respond on your comments and some cools code for your template as well. So just click on the link and see by yourself, I bet you will love it.

Friday, June 16, 2006


I almost forgot what today was
Till I caught the scent of your cologne on a passer-by.
The old pain rushed back so hard
It almost knocked me off my feet.
This time, only one tear fell.
I strained to see your face,
But the image wasn't as clear.
I can still hear your voice in my dreams,
But now the sound is fainter.
Last summer's bitter wine has grown sweeter.
Tonight I drank a glass
And threw the bottle away.

— Mary Martin

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Destination unknown

Since I could not think of what to do, I tried to blog. Nothing came out of my brain. No problem I changed some of my topic names which I thought then was cool now turn to be ridiculous. Then I deleted two posts thinking no one seem to have an interest in them. Now I feel satisfied, because of them I have something to write down. That's not a good practice but I cannot help doing so. I wonder how good it would be if I can edit and delet some of my past as well. In life you must be sure of what you choose for life and stand firmily on what you believe in till to the death. Otherwise you will get to nowhere.

They are just ramdom thoughts which reflect partly of me, I guess.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


Site Meter or Stat Counter whatever you may have, they are fantastic at keeping track of visitors, but one function they don't offer you presently which do is, tracking how many clicks your visitors hit the links you've provided on your blog. I've just finished copying and pasting their code to template and seeing result now. It works well so far, exactly doing it's job just I expected. The are offering 3-day compulsory free trial pro to feel it's full advantage. They said you will be switched to free version after three days. So I have no comment on how cool their free version is for the moment. But it's a worthwhile code to have a go.

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Why I blog?

  • First of all, blogger is available for free on the net.
  • Then curiosity as to what the blogging is all about, after that I want to learn more.
  • It's good to have a job to do instead of wasting time doing nothing.
  • Surfing is no fun if you can't tell people what you've found.
  • To gain confidence in what I do.
  • My brain need to think seriously!
  • Because I have a great fun of Zero Topic blog lol, guess who, it's me, myself.
  • The comments, feedback from readers is the main advantage of blog, I'd like to say.
  • Last but not least, the feeling, some people are reading my blog is incredible.

You are pitiful

I've discovered a hilarious mp3, "You are pitiful!". It's a funny version of James Blunt's "You are beautiful".

Sunday, June 11, 2006

World Cup madness

These days most of the small talk are occupied by World Cup. Last night I had a conversation with a cab driver. Some of them are a good story teller based on my experience. So everytimes I get a chance, I try to make them speak. I did the same thing last night. He retold me of one of his customer, who asked for his boss to give him a month break to enjoy World Cup. But the boss refused him. What do you think of his action? That £ucking guy resigned his job without hesitation, and then flew to Germany the next day to join the crowd there. I'm amazed, he did it at the expense of his job! How I wish, I would be him, huh?

Thursday, June 08, 2006

StarHub MaxOnline 2000 is now MaxOnline 4000!

I have a broad grin on my face! You know why? Because I've got a letter from StarHub (my Internet Service Provider) which you see it below.

From 1 July 2006, all MaxOnline 2000 customers will be able to surf the Internet at faster combined download speeds of up to 4000 Kbps. And as with the previous upgrade in bandwidth, this improvement in your service will come at no additional charge, so your monthly MaxOnline subscription will remain at $56 ($58.80 with GST). All other terms and conditions of your MaxOnline Service Agreement with us remain unchanged.

To reflect the enhanced download speed that the service now offers, MaxOnline 2000 will be renamed MaxOnline 4000.

Google Spreadsheets

Google Spreadsheets has appeared on nearly every tech news front pages. Well it's their jobs to discuss pros and cons of Google's latest hype. Though it's interesting Google can actually knock out giant Microsoft and its office software in the end. For me as soon as finding the news, I immediately signed up one to secure a place. Google announces it's a limited test and first comes first served!

Yesterday I got an invitation to use it. Ok For the questions like, why Google? What is the benefit ot its spreadsheet? Click here. The problem is I have a little knowledge to build my own. So I went on line and searched something handy to use. I found a cool spreadsheet on Of Zen and Computing site. It's a free download .xls (Excel) file and so simple that every body can use it. After downloading a file, I upload again to Google Spreadsheets to test how it works. As it is the result above snapshot!

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Wednesday, June 07, 2006

My Appreciation

A bit late waking up from bed, I checked Site Meter as used to be, to my surprise I saw quite a lot visitors in a short while, 7 of them are coming from NLS blog which referring URL showed and some of them stayed reading quite long. Filled with satisfaction, here I need to specially thanks to Ko Nyi Lynn Seck for giving me a link. It is really encouraging for me. I appreciate it.

Foxit Reader (alternative to Adobe Reader)

PDF documents reader, Light weight free software, 3.31 MB, easy to use, and works as much function as Adobe can do. It runs instantly without installation. Download a program and hit the icon, done, it's that simple. Wanna try? download here.

Monday, June 05, 2006

sharing songs on delicious

When we talk about, we are talking about it is a useful social networking site on which we can post and keep our bookmarks on line and access them from anywhere. In deed, it's not just that, there are several other uses that you may not notice, for example just click on it, you will find various downloadable mp3 and wav songs posted by other users. Or you may want to listen to podcast, then click here.

Noteworthy Values

A list of Values, supposedly written by Dalai Lama.
  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don't lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three Rs: Respect for self, Respect for others and Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don't let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
  7. When you realize you've made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don't let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you'll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don't bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It's a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you've never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. Approach love and cooking with reckless abandon.

World Cup, Google and Wikipedia

If you are a football crazy like me, a great match, World Cup is ahead of us to enjoy day to day event, taking place in Germany. And if you also are like me always hooked up on pc screen no matter what is happening outside World. You may find it difficult whether to sit in front of a pc or go out to watch one of your favourite match. Firefox extension footiefox has a solution to some extent for those of you who refuse to go out to enjoy a match and at the same time want to know the match instant result. It pretty good extension indeed. You can check it out kick-off time from first day to final, live score for every match and every group status, without switching page from what you read right now. It's within your browser and just one right click on status bar!

Sometimes when I google about a word, I want to know what would be it's definition in Wikipedia as well. So I need to type in again wiki's box. Why not in the same page, I've wondered? Now all my desire is fullfilled thanks to a great googlepedia.

If you are interested in which firefox extension I have installed, click here.

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Saturday, June 03, 2006

How to Access Blocked Websites

I've found out an article about how to access blocked websites at, hope you will find it useful. Below is some extract from it.
What if an innocent website is accidentally blocked by your ISP or your government. There are always legitimate reasons to visit these blocked websites. We have listed a few methods to help you access blocked websites in school, college, office or at home.

Talking about AdSense

I assume some of you are not in favour of commercializing in the blog. I also agree with you some point. Seeing too many commercial make me sick. Sometimes it even make me turn away immedialely from such kind of page, especially graphic commercial stuff that make loading time considerably slow. But I do put one or two google text ads on my blog. I just take it for fun not seriously commercial. I like AdSense at some point. It put just relevant ads which I think is appealing and another way of catching readers eyes, at the same time you earn some $, of course. Isn't it fun? It is far more better than annoying pop-ups ads. AdSense also are suffering excessive use of ads block software like firefox extension adblock. I doubt AdSense can last for the long run. Please don't think I am making mainly money out of my blog. My blog is just my hobby, at least for the moment.

Firefox Extension

I would like to share some useful Firefox Extension that I've currently installed in my browser.

Fasterfox 1.0.3
Performance and network tewaks for Firefox.

Tab Mix Plus
Tab browsing with an added boost.

Add Bookmark Here 0.5.5
A convenient way to add bookmarks.

The mass downloader for Firefox.

ScrapBook 1.0.5
Helps you to save Web pages and organize the collection.

Performancing 1.2
Performancing Extension

Blogger Web Comments 1.3
Post and read comments on any webpage

VideoDowloader 1.0
Download videos from Youtube, Google, Metacafe, iFilm, Dailymotion... an...

Footiefox 1.0.9
Soccer scores, live and almost instantly

Googlepedia 0.3.1
Shows you a relevant wikipedia article along with your search research

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Thursday, June 01, 2006


What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare."

by William Henry Davies