Archive for October, 2006

Child Abuse and Child Murder Cases

by on Oct.30, 2006, under Posts

Following on the topic of child abuse (see Lau Jun Wei), I found a website called “Parents Behaving Badly”, maintained by Jay Andrew Allen. Warning: if you are put off by reading numerous cases of babies and children hurt and killed by their parents and caretakers, carefully consider if you want to visit this site.

Most of the stories show us how foolish and irresponsible people can be when a young life is supposed to be cared for by them. The children are needlessly dragged into these people’s fights, disrespectful behaviour, or twisted mentalities. Parents leave their babies in cars. Crying babies are strangled. Kids are starved to death. Parents performing immoral acts with their children. Fathers taking his children’s and his own lives.

These people have no love for their children and do not deserve them. These people, known and unknown, must be punished and removed from society. We must not ignore their sad and sickening crimes, and be active in helping prevent future cases from happening.

This is a list of the most significant cases:

Most Mental Parent – Adoptive Mother Guilty of Striking Son, Letting Him Die
http://www.parentsbehavingbadly.com/2006/10/28/adoptive-mother-guilty-of-striking-son-letting-him-die/>

Most Violent Mom – Mom Convicted of Killing Baby by Bouncing Him off A Wall
http://www.parentsbehavingbadly.com/2006/10/24/mom-convicted-of-killing-baby-by-bouncing-him-off-a-wall/>

Most Stupid Parent – Baby Drowns in Mom’s Vomit Bucket
http://www.parentsbehavingbadly.com/2006/09/23/baby-drowns-in-moms-vomit-bucket/>

Most Cold-Blooded Parent – Mom Teaches Teen Daughter The Basics of Burying Dead Babies
http://www.parentsbehavingbadly.com/2006/09/02/mom-teaches-teen-daughter-the-basics-of-burying-dead-babies/>

Most Negligent Parents – Two Toddlers Scalded to Death
http://www.parentsbehavingbadly.com/2005/10/08/two-toddlers-scalded-to-death/>

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Mozilla Firefox 2 Web Browser Released

by on Oct.27, 2006, under Posts

The world’s best free web browser has been upgraded to version 2 and released on October 24 2006.

Firefox 2

The list of new features in Firefox:

  • Improved tabbed browsing
  • Spell checking
  • Search suggestions
  • Updated web feeds
  • Identity theft protection

I have used a beta of version 2 before. The major peeve for me is the changes Mozilla made for tabbed browsing. The width of each tab is fixed, which is a benefit as you will be able to read the title of the page all the time. However, this results in tabs that are not able to fit in the width of the browser window and you will not be able to guage the number of tabs that are currently open and not be able to see the next tab that you are about to switch to. Having a button that lists the open tabs doesn’t appeal to me because I prefer to use the keyboard (ctrl-tab and ctrl-shift-tab) to navigate them. I suppose there is a key that I can set to change the behaviour of the tabs.

If you happen to accidentally close a tab, Firefox 2 can recall it from the History menu. My favourite add-on, called Session Manager, can save and restore the list of tabs when the browser is restarted, so you can resume your browsing when you turn your computer back on. This also has been integrated in version 2 and is known as Session Restore.

Identity theft, or phishing, protection is a very useful feature. Firefox 2 will warn you when you visit a web site suspected of forgery and is out to maliciously capture your secure information.

Some of Google Toolbar’s features have also been integrated natively into Firefox 2. You will find spell checking in forms and search suggestions in the search toolbar in this browser. However, Google Toolbar is still good to have for features such as AutoFill, AutoLink, PageRank, Word Translator and Highlight Search Terms.

Go ahead, get yourself a better web browser. Click on the “Get Firefox with Google Toolbar” or the links below.

Update (30 Oct 2006 1047hrs):

To revert the tab behaviour to pre-version 2.0, type “about:config” in the address bar, press “Enter”, look for or create (if it does not exist) the setting “browser.tabs.closeButtons” and set its value to 3, set or create the setting “browser.tabs.tabMinWidth” and set its value to 0, and install this style. For more information on new or upgrade installation issues with Firefox 2, go to this thread in the MozillaZine Forums.

Links:

Download Firefox
http://www.spreadfirefox.com/?q=affiliates&id=187103&t=213>

Firefox 2 Press Release
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/press/mozilla-2006-10-24.html>

Firefox Into The Sky!
http://glob.lokety.com/2006/05/firefox-into-sky.html>

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Social Segregation, Democracy and The Consitution in Malaysia

by on Oct.20, 2006, under Posts


Here are some good reading on social segregation, democracy and the Constitution of Malaysia.

Links:

Constitution of Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Malaysia>

Racial segregation in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_separation#Malaysia>

Status of religious freedom in Malaysia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Status_of_religious_freedom_in_Malaysia>

Ketuanan Melayu / Malay Supremacy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ketuanan_Melayu>

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