Why Orchard CMS is Not Good for Blogging

Previously, I had been busy exploring Orchard CMS verion 1.1 that I had just installed. Orchard CMS is a free, open source, community-focused content management system aimed at delivering applications and reusable components on the ASP.NET platform. Microsoft Malaysia is running a series of competition for Orchard CMS.

Since Orchard came with a Blog receipt, so I decided to build my Ooiks Blog using Orchard as the exercise. Although I’m perfectly understand that Orchard is still new and a CMS does not mean a good tool for building blog website compare with other available tool like WordPress which was customized specially for blogging, but Orchard just did not pass my minimum requirement for a tool to build blog website.

Reason #1 – No Back Post

Orchard allow user to publish the post immediately or later by specified date, but user can’t back post on the date in the past. That mean I can’t manually import my blog post from other blog like WordPress to Orchard because the date will change to today’s date. This is not annoying enough, every time I update a post that I found a minor error there, it force me to publish again on today’s date. If I correct a post in last week, it will become the post I post today and go all the way up to the first post.

Reason #2 – No category

I like to group my blog posts into multiple categories because I used to blog more than one topic on my blog for example Imagine Cup and AutoBot. This enable my readers to browse to specified category they want. Although Orchard’s build-in blog provide tag feature, but it missing category feature which I want the most.

Reason #3 – Limited Modules and Themes

I know Orchard is new that is the reason why it have so few Modules and Themes available to download, but there are just too few of them to select, not to include those useless module and theme. Orchard need more modules and themes to attract more user to use it.

Hope next version of Orchard will solve those problems and provide more feature for blogging.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

 

Domain Caught in A Loop

Well, since this is the first time I setup my own private hosted blog. I caught by a very stupid mistake made by myself. I want to temporary redirect my root domain (http://ooiks.com) to my blog which is in one of the dictionary (https://ooiks.com/blog/). I set my domain to forward http://ooiks.com to https://ooiks.com/blog/ through godaddy.com without realizing big trouble waiting me ahead.

After the domain server update my setting, I not longer can access to my blog any more. It keep on showing “This website is temporarily unavailable, please try again later“. At first I though my hosting server is down or domain server is down, but after that I realize that I’m wrong. Search around for solution but I can’t found any. Finally from a post, I realize my problem is domain caught in a loop. Since the post does not have any solution, so I have to solve it myself. After much thinking, I only realize the meaning of caught in a loop. By forwarding my root domain to subdirectory, it will caught in loop since my subdirectory (https://ooiks.com/blog/) also contain root domain (http://ooiks.com) in the path, thus it will keep on forwarding non-stop.

Enough of the story, so how to solve this problem. First remove the forwarding so that it will stop the loop. Some users report that even remove the forwarding the problem still occur, so it is better to reset the domain including the domain nameserver (DNS).  Finally, wait a while for the domain server to update, then the problem should go away.

After learning the mistaken, I only remember using HTML redirect in default page on my website is the correct way to do the job. Add the line below on the default page on the website to redirect any visitor from root domain (http://domain.com) to subdirectory (http://example.com/blog/).

<meta HTTP-EQUIV=”REFRESH” content=”0; url=http://example.com/blog/”>

Hope this post can other who just setup their own website and encounter the same mistake like me.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Ooiks’s Blog Move to A New Home

I proudly to said that I had move my blog from WordPress.com (http://ooiks.wordpress.com) to private hosting and with a new domain name (https://ooiks.com/blog/). You may found some broken link or link pointing back to my old blog, I’m working hard to fix those mess.

This is my first time setting up a private hosting web. I had this idea a long time ago, but never actually do it until today. I had change a new theme for the blog since I can’t found the old one. Hope reader like my blog’s new look. OK, get back to work again…

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

PolyU’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC) 2011 – Date Extended

If  you are a high school student or undergraduates and have a great business plan or a great product, don’t miss once-in-a-life-time opportunity to enter the PolyU’s Innovation & Entrepreneurship Global Student Challenge (GSC) 2011 and win your team a free trip to Hong Kong, the Asian’s World City.

GSC is an international business plan competition for high school students and full time undergraduates worldwide. Shortlisted teams will be sponsored for their flights to Hong Kong with accommodation provided on PolyU campus in June 2011 to present their business proposals in front of renowned business executives and venture capitalists and compete for the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Commendation Award and win the cash prizes up to USD5,000!

Requirement:

  • Have a brilliant business idea about a product or service, which may include but not limited to one of the sub-themes: Health & Wellness, Lifestyle, Environment & Sustainability.
  • Form your team – Each team should consist of three students in the Secondary School Division and three to four students in the University Division. A mentor is compulsory for the Secondary School Division and optional for the University Division. You are welcome to form a ‘joint team’ with members from another secondary school or university.
  • All team members must be upper form secondary school students or undergraduates for their respective division at the time of the Semi-Final and Final rounds of the Challenge to be held between 11 and 17 June for 2011 Challenge.

For more information, visit the link below:

Registration date had extended to 31 October 2010 due to many requests from students worldwide.

I had personally experienced this great event on 2010. It was really well organized and I did learn a lot from other competitors around the world. It is a competition worth to spend some sleepless night and come out a proposal. Don’t miss this opportunity again this time if you miss it last time.

by Ooi Keng Siang

PolyU Global Student Challenge 2010 – Day 6

Today is the final round of global student challenge 2010 for both university division and secondary school division. They were required to present on the stage. I had a great time listen to the presentation of the top 6 teams for university division. I can see all presenters are quite nervous on the stage and begin to panic. As usual, the judges throw a lot of tough questions to them as well.

We all had the chances to watch the elevator pitch  video before each presentation start, but it was kind of weird to me. I though elevator pitch is something like you bump into a VC / CEO of some company and then you want to pitch / sell your idea to him/her in the elevator. The key idea is to let the VC interested on your idea or product and hope they give you a second chance to present more to him later on, but it is totally something different in this competition. Their elevator pitch was just like a super short presentation in 60 seconds to the video camera, that all. Wound anyone shout their product name out loud at elevator when you bump into a VC in the elevator? Aren’t it is scary if 4 persons pitch their idea to the VC in a small size of elevator?

Next is the Gala dinner and prize giving ceremony, a grand event at The Mira Hotel. The environment in the grand ballroom is nice. I heard it cost 1000 HKD per person. Wow! We had a very interesting talk as well, but I can’t remember his name. The talk was about social responsible as an entrepreneur. One of the responsible is don’t give too many money to your children. A good one!

Finally the prize giving ceremony, As we had already expected, SurgyPack from US won the gold award in university division because they product and presentation was so convincing. Team from UK and Australia bring home with Silver award together, I guess both team share the same score. I don’t really remember all the winning team list. I think I will just skip it here.

Today is suppose to be the last day for PolyU Global Student Challenge 2010 because the coming up 2 days will be free activity for competitors and all prize already given away. That mean 2 more days to play before we left Hong Kong! Let’s enjoy it to max!

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

Longtail Break MouseHunt Travel Advisory 1.2

With the release of MouseHunt 3.0 (Longtail), MouseHunt Travel Advisory 1.2 is not longer function. It may take sometime for me to fix it out. The travel from other location back to Town of Gnawnia is now charge for certain among of gold but if follow the Larry’s travel then it cost no gold. I really need some time to redesign the whole script. Stay tune till then.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

PolyU Global Student Challenge 2010 – Day 5

Day 5 at Hong Kong. It was a rainy day. Today start with group photo taking with all competitors from both university division and secondary division. I wish I can have a copy of the photo later on. After that, the Tai-chi experience. We had 2 tai-chi master here to teach us tai-chi. This was the first time I learn tai-chi through English language. Feeling kind of weird. Ops, I totally forgot all the tai-chi steps while following the master. If my master who teach me tai-chi last time know it, I’m definitely die for sure. Although this activity was short but it was very meaningful to me, like everyone from different countries and different races was there play tai-chi at the same time. Cool!

Next, we all went for a presentation given by Paul Pei, the executive director of sales and marketing from Ocean Park. We all though that this will be another boring presentation promoting Ocean Park, but we were wrong. The presentation was very interesting and funny. It share the story of Ocean Park, how Paul and his team re-brand their service to fight the mouse (Disneyland)! He show us the important of branding and how he did it. I really learn a lot from his talk. He is indeed a great speaker that make us laugh non-stop. I guess this is the reason make him the executive director of sales and marketing. One of the competitors actually commented that this was the first presentation in Hong Kong that he can stay awake until the end.

Following up next was the Ocean Park! There were lot of peoples there and most of them were tourist. The thing I want to see the most there is the panda! But we arrive on a bad timing because the panda was just finished it’s meal and went to sleep. All I can saw was it’s butt facing me while it sleeping facing the wall. Due to rainy day, some of the roller coaster stop servicing. Too bad for my team members who want to try that out. But it had nothing to do with me because I’m not a roller coaster lover and in fact I hate it. Impression of Ocean Park to me was small zoo + small theme park at a large park. A lot of construction is performing on the park, I guess they are still upgrading.

After the Ocean Park, we personally went for dinner ourselves. We went and try out steamboat. We saw a lot of shop promoting steamboat so we decided to try it out. Not bad actually, but I miss tom yam soup for steamboat at Malaysia.

That was all for today. Tomorrow will be the final round presentation for all top 6 teams for both university division and secondary division. I’m definitely going to watch their presentation. All the best for all teams that are going to present tomorrow.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

PolyU Global Student Challenge 2010 – Day 4

Whole day of full of activities were waiting for us. Our first stop was the Hong Kong Science Park where innovation and creative idea turn into real business here. We were presented how the Sciences Park can help the new startup technology related companies especially those require research and development. We were given the chance to tour around the Science Park and got to know more about research and development carry out by the companies at Science Park. I didn’t found anything particular interest me expect the big egg sharp conference hall where we listen for the presentation.

Next was Dim Sum lunch at Jumbo Kingdom Restaurant. I was really hungry and excited to try out Hong Kong dim sum because many people told me that Hong Kong dim sum is the best. The restaurant is build on top of a giant big ship. In order to get to the restaurant, we need to board on a small boat first before we got on board onto the big Jumbo ship. That was something really special. The jumbo ship was really big and it was not shaky at all. The restaurant environment was great. It is full of Chinese kingdom style of design, the dragon symbol were everywhere. Everyone was queuing up to wait for the chances to sit on the dragon chair and took photo. Most important thing was… the food there was really great! Some of the competitors cannot make it for today activities (Not sure what happened) thus this left a lot of food for us to finish it off and we were really happy to do so because the food were just too delicious (I guess those who miss it must be regard by now). It is something that everyone should go and try out if visiting Hong Kong.

After the delicious lunch, our next activity was visiting Cyberport. It is something similar like Science Park but Cyberport is specially for multimedia, mobile and ICT related company only. The technology showcase here had caught my attention because of my interest in ICT technology. Most of the building here is inter-connected and the environment is so nice. There is a small park just outside of the building where I saw some of the employees were having their coffee and relaxing there with a nice sea view. Cinema and many food choices also available at there. Cool! I guess ICT people really know how to relax, that why I’m in this field.

We were sent back to student hall resident after that, while the top 6 teams for each division will have to do a 60 seconds of elevator pitch after this. Elevator pitch is not going to be easy. The key idea behind elevator pitch is to attract the attention of venture capitalist on your product before they left the elevator and the final goal is to get the second chance to present to them if they interested. I wish all 12 teams all the best for them.

Since we had nothing to do after that, we went to Mong Kok for dinner and side seeing. First impression of Mong Kok was… many many many peoples there. I never saw that many peoples on the street. There are a lot of things to shop there as well. Variety of food, cloth, accessory, gadget and etc ranging from cheap to expansive. We were there until 11 something before we caught the last few train back to the student hall.

Tai Chi tomorrow! I didn’t play tai chi since I graduated from secondary school and I had forgotten all the steps. Next will be Ocean Park, which is the most famous park in Hong Kong. I’m so looking forward for tomorrow activities.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

PolyU Global Student Challenge 2010 – Day 3

Finally the day had come, the judgment day. All 28 teams from university division and 29 teams from secondary school division will compete for the top 6 finalist places in each division. Everyone look so confident when heading to PolyU campus from student hall resident for presentation. This is not going to be easy!

Very unlucky that we got the very last slot for the presentation, thus we had to wait nervously until our turn came. But it was also lucky for us to got the chances to watch other competitors to present and got to know how tough the question throw by the judges. Man, the judges really gave all competitors a hard time. All the questions were very straight forward and strike on each business plan weakness. One of the judges in our room (all teams were divided into 6 group and compete in the same room) was an ex-economic ministry (something like that, I forget the full title), this make us even more nervous.

I can said all competitors were really good! They have great idea, great business plan and great presentation. We got the chances to watch one team from US to present in our room who actually got into the top 6. They got their product protected by applying IP, getting approver from some institution and many promising facts. They were fully prepared for everything. They done everything single thing that one who running the company will really do. I’m really impress with their passion toward their solution. I guess I still need a lot more passion if I really want to step into becoming an entrepreneur. I heard this team had gone into many competitions using this same product before and win too.

Finally our turn to present. We did our best to present our solution. Yes, finally we can use our tablet PC to present our solution although we present it without the projector. Well, at least we got the chances to demo it. Like other teams presented, the judges also gave us a hard time during question and answer section. One of the judges was confuse between software and hardware, like he had no idea what was the different between software application that consumer can purchase and install on their tablet. We had a hard time explaining that. Gosh, but he know about iPad and Windows.

After the presentation was the result announcement. As we had expected, we did not make it into the top 6. Our group’s competitors were very strong and competitive. We lose, but this does not stop us from continue having fun in Hong Kong. We are still looking forward for all the fun activities on the following days. I can’t remember the list of top 6 teams name in both division, I guess I will just skip it here.

We went for our dinner after that and have fun chatting non-stop among our team members because we finally reunion here in Hong Kong and have the time for chatting (no need to prepare for presentation any more). Time to sleep, adventure is waiting for me tomorrow.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog

PolyU Global Student Challenge 2010 – Day 2

The second day at Hong Kong. Me and my team wake up with the sleepy face as we did not get much sleep last night because of busy preparing the presentation. Whole day long of training is waiting for us, we took a short walk from student hall resident to PolyU campus. Not really far actually, but it was very convenience as we didn’t require to cross a single road. The path to the campus are on the sky bride. Cool man and the campus is huge!

We had short briefing about the competition before we went for the campus tour. On the briefing, we only figure out that we were only provided with one and only one projector which is connected with the PC with the power point presentation only. Gosh, how are we suppose to show our software solution which is in our tablet PC? Then we try to request for switching between the PC and our tablet PC, but we got rejected and told that it is not fair if we bringing another PC for the competition. I was kind of wordless that time and think, how suppose that an additional PC will bring in unfair advantages for other competitors? Well, I guess previously no other teams bring in any software product for competition, but only hardware products. I guess we need to come out with plan B without any demo because we might not be able to bring in the tablet PC at all. This is definitely a disadvantage for our team and part of our preparation last night gone for nothing!

We tour around the campus lead by Jackie. She show us a lot of interesting places in the campus. Computer room, innovation center, sport area, canteen, and the list continue. All building name is name with a person’s name. Hmm, it must be hard to remember all the building name, that why all building is given an alphabet. After the tour, I can said PolyU is a really nice place and environment for study. We even had our lunch at the canteen in the campus. I love their canteen food, clean and delicious! Yammy!

Today training was about presentation. A last minute presentation skill polishing for all competitors. John Miers was our speaker today. He gave a good talk about presentation but I was too tired and start fishing at the end of the talk. John said that business presentation is similar like general public speaking, which I can’t really agree with it. We will given only 20 minutes time to present our solution and we can’t really take a slow pace word by word with pause because we will definitely run out of time that way. Pause in between the word may sound ok for general public speaking but I guess is not so ok for business presentation as the audience might think that you came on stage without a full preparation. Well, I did agree with some of the point he mention, such as relaxing, present like you talk with your friend, and 25 second rule for answering question.

After the whole day talk, we were going to have our dinner at Star Ferry Cruise! It sound so exited for us. This was the first time I broad on a cruise (on sea, last time I did on a river), and it was very shaky! Lucky I was able to hold on with the seasick. The view of the cruise was really nice. I can see the Hong Kong city lighting up at night. No wonder people keep on saying that Hong Kong night view is the best, now I know why.

Finally the dinner is over, time to go back to student hall resident and do our final preparation for presentation because tomorrow will be our judgment day. Gosh, we need to overcome our sleepiness and come out with a new plan without the live demo of our solution. It is going to be a sleepless night again.

by Ooi Keng Siang via Ooiks’s Blog