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Gmail blocked

It was rumored last January that Gmail and Gtalk would be banned. It is confirmed now. Many of my friends were frustrated.


An official from Bagan Cybertech, the country's only Internet service provider, confirmed that both Google and gmail were inaccessible but declined to comment further.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1692971.cms

I truly hope that they will reconsider this.

Some work-around to bypass
Gmail Lite
Search for keywords "gmail lite links" or anything related to gmail lite and you can find some links to check gmail (which are intended for mobile devices).
http://m.gmail.com

http://gmail.asware.net

http://www.serendipity.org.za/monday/

http://mobile.pocketmatrix.com/gmail/index.html?sid=43e174f60f050f9c9252730f2128dedb

https://laputa.sytes.net:883/gmailer/gmail-lite/

http://www.jimiz.net/gmail/

http://dev.yk55.com/g/glite-mobile/index.html

http://glite.sayni.net

http://mickey.globalogc.org/glite

http://gmobile.phpmagazine.net

Gtalk web based client
http:/…

MIT education at your finger tips for free

In 1998 when I first went to the States to study, I dreamed that one day open and free online course materials will benefit all the unfortunate kids all over the world who couldn't afford to go to MIT or Harvard. Now MIT has its course materials available online FREE. Take advantage of it and get MIT education at your finger tips. I hope Burma will realize that Internet censorship is a bad thing after all. Open and free flow of information will benefit all people concerned down the road. Enjoy MIT courses here:

http://ocw.mit.edu


Aw Pi Kye's Wisdom

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This joke is for Burmese people only :-) Sorry if you can't read Burmese. I got this from Mg Hla's blog.




69 Burmese women were sold in China

69 Burmese women were sold for as much as 20,000 yuan ($2,500) each in China. According to a report by Reuters, Chinese police in the poor, inland province of Henan have rounded up 69 women from Burma who were sold to farmers unable to find local wives, quoting a Chinese newspaper report.
The women were smuggled into Xincai county from Burma some 4,000 km away, and sold for as much as 20,000 yuan ($2,500) each.
Source: http://in.today.reuters.com/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=worldNews&storyID=2006-06-16T155506Z_01_NOOTR_RTRJONC_0_India-255099-1.xml

If you can read Chinese:

http://www.nanfangdaily.com.cn


ALOHA from the Land of Smiles

June 18, 2006
Sawadee Khrap (in Thai), Min Ga La Bar (in Burmese), How are you (in English :-) ? It was hot and humid outside. The rain is so scanty in Bangkok. It is nothing comparable to Burmese rain forest. The cloudy sky made the weather hotter and more humid. Eighty degrees Fahrenheit plus 85 % relative humidity is something not pleasant to bear.

Nevertheless, it was very nice and cool inside Bangkok Christ Church. Leaving a nice air-conditioned building, Steven, Mar Naw and I went to rent a car at Lumpinee Car Rent Center Co., Ltd. at 167/4 Wireless Road, Bangkok. Steven and Mar Naw were students from Burma, studying at St. Johns University in Bangkok. A tall, thin Stephen with a nice smile, was the best in Thai among us.

After showing us around which car we could have, we needed to sign a rental agreement. Steven showed the office girl his passport. As soon as she saw the passport, she said we needed a Thai citizen's help to rent the car. She didn't say it at …

Renting a car in Bangkok

It was hot and humid outside. The rain is so scanty in Bangkok. It is nothing comparable to Burmese rain forest. The cloudy sky made the weather hotter and more humid. Eighty degrees Fahrenheit plus 85 % relative humidity is something not pleasant to bear.

Nevertheless, it was very nice and cool inside Bangkok Christ Church. Leaving a nice air-conditioned building, Steven, Mar Naw and I went to rent a car at Lumpinee Car Rent Center Co., Ltd. at 167/4 Wireless Road, Bangkok. Steven and Mar Naw were students from Burma, studying at St. Johns University in Bangkok. A tall, thin Stephen with a nice smile, was the best in Thai among us.

After showing us around which car we could have, we needed to sign a rental agreement. Steven showed the office girl his passport. As soon as she saw the passport, she said we needed a Thai citizen's help to rent the car. She didn't say it at first even though she knew that we were foreigners. Only after she saw his Burmese passport, she cha…

Myanmar Unicode Fonts

I think it's time for me to write something about current status of Myanmar Unicode fonts. Recently I have been seeing many people using ZawGyi-One Unicode font on some blogs. So I installed that font on my system. I also had MyaZedi font installed. Yesterday, I installed a new one, MyMyanmar Unicode font. What I found out was that since they used different partial encodings, it messed up my Burmese language display. It's very bad that they all use their own partial encodings, not fully compliant to true Unicode standard.


Padauk is the one and only almost-truly-Unicode-compliant. The only problem with Padauk is they use Graphite rendering engine. You need to install a special build of Graphite-enabled Firefox. Graphite rendering is slow for a very long Burmese page. And if you type in Padauk using Microsoft Word, it won't render correctly. You will also need a special Graphite-enabled word-processors such as OpenOffice.

Myanmar1 from Myanmar Unicode and Natural Lang…

MyMyanmar Unicode System

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http://mymyanmar.net

This Myanamr unicode font is said to be truly unicode compliant.

Here is their font rendering our Burmese-English dictionary site correctly. Our dictionary will be released online soon here:http://www.sealang.net. Right now, we are still doing development work on it. Countless hours of Perl coding!




China - Children of Blessing

I am right now watching a documentary called "China - Children of Blessing" on Australian TV. The documentary is about Lahu girls attedning urban Chinese schools. It reveals how China assimilates its minorities. Actually, Lahus are not only China's minorities. They also live in Burma.

Today's globalization has caused huge pressure on ethnic minorities to conform. I hope their cultural identity wouldn't be lost.

http://www.journeyman.tv/?lid=19246

The girls work hard determined to make their parents and Miss Peng proud. They sweep the boards in the games and score the highest in the Chinese exams. They should be happy but are they? They were lured into China with the promise of a better life. But over the past year, they've learnt they can only have this on Chinese terms.
http://www.childrenofblessing.com

"We Lahu people need to learn to speak Chinese, and just because we can speak Chinese doesn't mean we'll lose our culture and language," …

Family Registration in Burma

Burma's military government has told residents in some townships in Rangoon to hang their family photos in their homes and to send copies to local authorities for security checks, according to residents in the capital. http://www.irrawaddy.org/aviewer.asp?a=5844&z=154


Practical Aspects of Modern Cryptography

http://www.cs.washington.edu/education/courses/csep590/06wi/lectures/

The University of Washington has made "Practical Aspects of Modern Cryptography" course availabe free online. One of these days, our young students in Burma will be able to follow a course from a prestigious university without having to spend a lot of money. My dream would come true one day.