Archive for June, 2011

Bona Fide


bona fide

Bona fide in Latin means  “in good faith”,  is good, honest intention or belief.

In law, it is the mental and moral state of honesty, conviction as to the truth or falsehood of a proposition or body of opinion, or as to the rectitude or depravity of a line of conduct. This concept is important in law, especially equitable matters.

In contemporary English, bona fides is sometimes used as a synonym for credentials, background of documentation of a person’s identity.  “Show me your bona fide” can mean;  “Why should i trust you (your good faith in this matter. Tell me who you are).  In this sense, the phrase is sometimes used in job advertisements, and should not be confused with the bona fide occupational qualifications.

[ bona fide = keikhlasan; dengan jujur]

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How to monitor landuse conformity/inconformity with Quantum GIS?

Step 1: Activate zoning plan.

Without being over-ambitious, how does one do a simple monitor for landuse conformity (or inconformity otherwise) using a GIS? Firstly, it is important to know whether the appropriate module is available in the GIS in hand. For the current Quantum GIS (QGIS) Ver. 1.7, the geo-processing tool is called Intersect. Just activate and compare the zoning plan and existing landuse plan then get the GIS module to highlight landuse conformity with the zoning plan. It also implies landuse not highlighted equals to landuse inconformity to the zoning plan. OK, OK, there is still room for improvement as real live situations can differ sometimes but let’s just give QGIS a try after all, it’s free! These 5 printscreens show QGIS can easily do basic monitoring of landuse conformity which is not bad for a start and must be given credit for that.

Step 2: Activate existing landuse layer

Step 3: Activate Geoprocessing Tools/Intersect

Step 4: The intersect output is produced

Step 5: Run an SQL query to highlight landuse conformity

Result: Landuse conformity is highlighted but landuse inconfomity is not highlighted.

So what you think, QGIS still a lousy GIS?

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Innovations starts with “why”

A very good article at the Star Online at http://thestar.com.my/education/story.asp?file=/2011/6/26/education/8720903&sec=education by Dr. Kamal Jit Singh, Agensi Inovasi Malaysia (AIM) which stresses that “When used effectively, a simple question can help uncover the root cause of a problem and open up new solutions.” Worth a read.

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JPBD helps BOMBA find GIS solution

BOMBA recently sought advise from BMGN to help find a GIS that could determine the shortest route possible from a fire station to a preferred destination e.g. fire plus as cheap as possible. To fulfill the “cheap as possible” prerequisite, BMGN turned to free Quantum GIS and it just so happens the latest version 1.7 comes default with a Road Graph module. BMGN successfully tested the Road Graph plugin to calculate the shortest distance between 2 paths separately by length or time and concluded it functions well and should meet BOMBA’s need. A proprietary equivalent of such a module could easily cost RM10,000 per pax and BOMBA admit they currently do not even have a GIS so Quantum GIS is acknowledged as a very attractive suggestion. BOMBA officers  were shown how the Road Graph works and En. Fazillah, BOMBA agreed it is simple and easy to use. However, they were advised to collect data of separate road length, junction and direction if they wanted to optimize the module. A team of 6 came to BMGN on 24.6.2011 and were equally impressed what they saw even for a brief moment. They said they would like to study QGIS and if the results prove positive, may extend its use beyond their pilot project in Petaling District which involves the identification of catchment areas of potentially new fire stations.

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Zimbra SPAM and JUNK email filters successfully created!

Got fed up with spam mail and junk mail in your Zimbra Townplan mailbox? Are they gradually taking up space in your mailbox? Got tired of deleting them on a daily basis? Have no fear, Abbas is here! I too got fed-up so decided to investigate the many features provided in the Zimbra Collaboration Suite and realized even if a centralized anti-SPAM or anti Junk filter is not provided, the user can easily customize filters.

How did I do it? It is not difficult. I created 2 filters: one called “SPAM” to discard spam emails before they enter the mailbox and the other called “Junk” to filter emails from selected senders into the junk folder, in the event I wanted to refer to them later. Of course, I need to register the sender of unwanted emails for the filter to learn the next time it receives such unwanted emails. Yes, there is no compromise to this preliminary task but since using the filters, the number of spam emails dropped from under 20/day to under 5/day. For new unwanted emails, I just copied the sender’s email address, click the “+” in the filter created, scroll down if the box is full, paste it in the empty sender’s email box. Next, don’t forget to change the first column rule from “Subject” to “From” then select OK. I made the mistake not changing that first rule so the filter did not work. I tested and found the “run filter” does the job but not immediately. The user needs to log out for the filters to work effectively, I think they works on a memory concept because after I logged out and logged in again, all unwanted emails in the mailbox were discarded as directed. If interested, you can download the .pdf procedure file I created at “http://www.mediafire.com/?2neb2ndo8ye69nt“. (Sorry, need to copy and paste the URL , blog hyperlink doesn’t work)

PS. I usually do but this time, I don’t charge any curry-puff for this knowledge.

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