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Archive for November 2009

By KELLY OLSEN, AP Business Writer

SEOUL, South Korea – Tech-savvy South Koreans began getting their coveted iPhones on Saturday amid fanfare and expectations the communication and entertainment device will shake up a local mobile market dominated by domestic giants Samsung and LG.

Hundreds of customers lined up to get their pre-ordered iPhones at an official launch event in Seoul, some waiting overnight. A 25-year-old university student was the first to get one, as music blared and strobe lights flashed.

“I’m so happy,” said Huh Jin-seok, the first recipient, who waited in line more than 26 hours and admitted to being “a little bit tired.”

A band played loud rockabilly music outside the venue near a clock that counted down the time until the launch. Those receiving their phones were among about 65,000 people who placed orders since Nov. 22.

South Korean mobile carrier KT Corp., Apple Inc.’s local partner, said about 850 people picked up iPhones at the event. Others were receiving them via delivery at their homes or offices.

“We’re hoping that this iPhone will be a trigger point for the smartphone market in Korea,” said Yang Hyun-mi, KT’s chief strategy officer, who said smartphones make up just 1 percent of all cell phones in the country. Smartphones are advanced cell phones with computer-like capabilities.

She declined to offer a sales forecast, but said the company was optimistic given higher-than-expected advance orders.

“We just think it will be really huge,” she said.

Lee Bo-ra, who designs beauty tools such as nail clippers and trimmers, said she plans to use her iPhone mostly to access maps and play “Guitar Hero,” the popular game in which users simulate playing rock and roll hits.

“Very,” she said when asked if she was satisfied with her iPhone so far.

The iPhone’s arrival after a long delay has generated excitement among South Korean consumers and industry analysts, who say it is likely to expand the domestic smartphone market and pose a challenge to local manufacturers Samsung Electronics Co. and LG Electronics Inc.

The sleek smartphone, which has grabbed headlines around the world and solidified Apple’s status as a purveyor of cutting-edge consumer electronics, was already available in many other Asian countries including Japan, where it launched last year. It made its official debut in China last month.

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You can use JavaScript commands with the onClick parameter in the input tags of an html form. Wow! That sounds like a complicated line eh? Lol…so it very easy to have the background color of a page changed on the click of a button. Just read the script below – it’s fairly easy to understand:

<FORM>
 <INPUT value="Change to Yellow!" onClick="document.bgColor='yellow'">
 <INPUT value="Change to Red!" name="button4"> <br>
 <INPUT value="Change back!" name="button5">
</FORM>

When you include this code snippet in your html page, it will display 3 buttons; one to change the background color of the page to yellow, one to red and the third to change it back to the original one we started with, i.e. white. The only piece of JavaScript you need to remember here is the document.bgColor and once you assign it with a value, you have a ready script that works!

Obviously you don’t have to use JavaScript to change the background color of a page, you could specify the color you want in the <body> tag of your html script like this:

<body bgcolor="red">

The purpose of this tutorial was just to demonstrate the use of the JavaScript function document.bgColor.

I hope this tip was helpful. You can leave a comment if you want me to set my feet on other aspects of this wonderful scripting language! I’ll definitely write a post about it and illustrate its use.

–          Millie

By BARBARA ORTUTAY, AP Technology Writer

NEW YORK – JPMorgan Chase is letting Facebook users help decide how to give away $5 million. The idea is to get small, local charities on Chase’s radar — ones that don’t have the operating budget to go around asking for grants but do a lot of good work in their communities.

The “Chase Community Giving” program will let Facebook users choose from more than half a million charities that have an operating budget of less than $10 million apiece. The 100 charities getting the most votes by Dec. 11 will each receive $25,000 from Chase.

In the program’s second round, one of the 100 will get a grant of $1 million, determined by a Facebook vote that begins Jan. 15. Five runners-up will receive $100,000 each. In addition, an advisory board will award $1 million to nominated charities of its choice.

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This is a very simple one. JavaScript has inbuilt functions that you just include in your code. See the snippet below:

<html>
<title>Time & Date Display</title>
<head>
<script language = "JavaScript">
var today = new Date()
document.write(today);
</script>
</head>
<body>
Displaying Time Using JavaScript
</body>
</html>

That’s just about it. You declare a variable called today and assign it the Date() function. Then use document.write to display it on your webpage.

–          Millie

ISPstitle

An ISP is a company that provides a gateway to the Internet for individuals and companies. Choosing an ISP requires you to answer this question: ‘what do I want to use the Internet for?’ If you can answer this, you can then start to work out your requirements. Other things you’ll have to consider are as follows:

– ‘how much Internet will I use each month?’

– ‘what time of day will I use it?’

– ‘how much web space can I have?’

– ‘can someone host my web site for me?’

– ‘is customer support important to me?’

– ‘how many e-mail addresses will I need?’

– ‘can the ISP support online payments?’

– ‘how much will it cost?’

DIFFERENT TYPES OF SERVICES

Once you have considered all these questions you then need to know the different types of services available. These include:

Pay-as-you-go

If you access the Internet for only a few hours each day and don’t want to have a web site, then this will be the solution to choose. The costs include call charges via your dial-up line, normally charged at local rates. These accounts can be set up very quickly and require little, if any, registration information.

Leased lines

These are point-to-point connections varying in speed from 64 k (fairly slow) to 2 Mb (very quick). They provide a direct, ‘always-on’ connection straight to an ISP, giving Internet access 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, usually via a device called a managed router (this provides a connection onto the Internet via the leased line). There is also the cost of a Service Level Agreement (SLA) to consider. The SLA provides agreed timescales for service and repair of the connection.

Broadband

There are two main options for broadband: Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), which includes the common Asynchronous Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) and cable, commonly available for home use as well as business.

ADSL utilizes existing standard copper telephone lines, changing them into a high-speed digital link capable of carrying broadband services. This means most new subscribers don’t have to install new connections, and many don’t have to change main telephone numbers. The user installs a device called an ADSL modem that connects via a filter to the standard telephone socket. Users need to be within a certain minimum distance of a telephone exchange for ADSL to be available.

Cable broadband normally uses fibre-optic cables, commonly installed in metropolitan areas for cable TV connection. Many such connections can run up to 40 times faster than standard narrowband, but require local cable access. Connection is via a device known as a cable ‘modem’, although in reality it is not a true modem; it is similar to a cable TV set top box. If there are multiple broadband users on your local cable loop, the communication speeds can be dramatically reduced.

I hope this post has been helpful for those who want to know about the main services ISPs provide. Do leave comments to enlighten us on what you know or about your experiences with ISPs..

– Millie


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