Archive | March, 2013

The All New

Maybank has recently launched a completely revamped version of it’s main website (Not to be confused with the online banking service, Maybank2u) –

It’s a lot bolder, brighter and fresher than the old design – which is quite innovative for a Malaysian bank, I hope this leads on to more innovate products from Maybank in the coming year.

It has a similar style to the Metro type interface on Windows Phone and the newly launched Windows 8 (favouring a text based rather than graphical navigation, in a block format). New Website

It looks great on phones and tablets and anything with a narrow viewport, the site layout is dynamic and responsive. On a Mobile Phone

When viewing on a mobile it has a near drop down menu that replaces the large spanning menu. Mobile Navigation

All the relevant information is there with sliding/ticker type dynamic content and the interior pages following the same design queues.

There’s information on:

  • Investor Relations – Annual Reports, Key Financial Data, Bursa Announcements etc
  • Scholarships – Like the Maybank Foundation Scholarship
  • Careers – If you’d wish to join Maybank
  • News – Latest publications and articles pertaining to Maybank
  • Maybank International – Operations in Singapore, Philippines, Cambodia, Indonesia and Hong Kong Careers

It’s good to see a local bank moving with the times, with a lot of consumption happening on mobile platforms now – it’s highly important for companies to have websites where information can be easily accessed on the phone or tablet.

Of course it’s important it looks great on the desktop too, which it does.

I’ll be interested to see if Maybank2u will be undergoing a similar revamp with a responsive/mobile friendly design – that would be a good idea for Maybank to look at IMHO.

I checked a few of the other major Malaysian banking websites and non that I found had anything near to a responsive design, most of them in fact seem to be stuck at Web1.0 and haven’t even caught up with Web2.0 yet – and here’s Maybank hitting up mobile/tablet friendly design. Kudos for that.

I genuinely hope more Malaysian companies follow suit (not just banks) as the general landscape of websites in Malaysia is quite hideous.

Anyway do check it out here:

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Petronas Motorsports Grand Prix – Meet The Drivers 2013

So as any fan would know, this coming weekend is the F1 at Sepang and the Petronas Motorsports drivers were over in KLCC on Wednesday for a meet and greet with the fans.

Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are celebrities in their own right and excellent F1 drivers so the crowd, as expected, was HUGE!

The iconic location of KLCC also adds to the prestige of the event of course, with the proceedings happening in the main concourse.

Petronas Motorsports Grand Prix - Meet The Drivers 2013

There was a huge crowd lining up to shake hands and get signatures from Lewis & Nico.


The crowd went wild when the finally appeared. We were able to view everything from the floor above since the KLCC concourse was filled to the brim.

Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg

They both said a few words to the crowd before heading down to the table to start signing stuff for their fans.

Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg

The signing table, and the hoardes waiting to shake hands with their idols.

Meet the Drivers

There was a lot of awesome merchandise for sale too from Mercedes and Petronas (booth at the top left). Which was great for the supporters as they could purchase memorabilia on the spot – so many people bought shirts/caps etc for the drivers to sign on.

Here’re the boys hard at work.

Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg - Meet The Fans

The queue was immense with some people having been their since 10am when the mall opened its doors!

There was a boy who even took off his shirt on the spot for them to sign on.

Meet the Drivers Queue

Happy fans and happy drivers! F1 really still does have a huge following. Here’s another close up shot of the duo.


And us who got to meet Lewis and Nico thanks to Petronas and Mercedes.

Lucky Bloggers Meeting F1 Drivers
KY, Michiekins, Tianchad, Joyce, and Ernest (pic credits to Tianchad)

So, anyone going for the Grand Prix at Sepang this weekend? Make sure you get your tickets quickly! Tickets are being sold at KLCC Concourse along with some merchandise.

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Getting Old – Turning 35 Today – Happy Birthday To Me!

Well another year has gone by, big year it was – with me getting married and all. Today, March 21st 2013 I have been on this earth for 35 eventful years. I’m not actually posting this right now, as one again (just like last year) my beautiful wife is taking me on a surprise vacation – so I have no idea where I’m going.

I do know, that it will be awesome – that’s for sure! Last year she took me to Pulau Weh, which was spectacular. We did some diving, which was spectacular!

SCUBA Diving Pulau Weh

We did a lot of chilling, eating and exploring – it was amazing, a true paradise.

Pulau Weh

I can’t wait to find out where we are going, I’ll probably know by the time you read this..Excites!

My birthday in –

2012 – Happy 34th Birthday To Me!
2011 – Happy Birthday To Me!
2010 – Random Blog Post #1 – What A Week & My Birthday
2009 – No post for some reason?!
2008 – My Surprise 30th Birthday Party / Being 30 – Happy Birthday to Me!
2007 – Happy Birthday to Me Again
2006 – Happy Birthday To Me.
2005 – The Triple Faggot Birthday Bonanza!
2004 – Hadn’t started blogging yet, and was still in the UK actually.

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Fix Unknown Table Engine ‘INNODB’ Error For MySQL Munin Plugin

If you are running Munin on a newish server, with a new version of MySQL and you have InnoDB disabled (as recommended by scripts like, the Munin plugins for MySQL will fail with the following error:

DBD::mysql::st execute failed: Unknown table engine 'INNODB' at /etc/munin/plugins/mysql_connections line 958.

It’s a pretty easy fix though, just edit the follow file:

sudo nano /usr/share/munin/plugins/mysql_

And at line 960-965 (+960 in vim or CTRL+_ 960 in nano), replace this:

if ($@) {
if ($@ =~ /Cannot call SHOW INNODB STATUS because skip-innodb is defined/) {
$data->{_innodb_disabled} = 1;
die $@;

With this:

if ($@) {
if ($@ =~ /Unknown table engine 'INNODB'|Unknown storage engine 'innodb'|Cannot call SHOW INNODB STATUS because skip-innodb is defined/i) {
$data->{_innodb_disabled} = 1;
die $@;

Your MySQL plugins for Munin should now work fine 🙂

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MongoDB For Ubuntu Doesn’t Install A Logrotate Script

This tripped me up before, one of my servers very rapidly ran out of disk space and I had to figure out why – I scanned the server and found the culprit directory was /var/log/mongodb/ and there was a single multi GB log file in there.

I checked /etc/logrotate.d/ and indeed the Ubuntu MongoDB package directly from (mongodb-10gen) doesn’t install a lot rotate script (which is rather perilous).

So as I wanted to keep logs on rather than disabling them totally, I rolled up a logrotate script. All you need to do is:

nano /etc/logrotate.d/mongodb

Then paste inside:

/var/log/mongodb/*.log {
rotate 30
/bin/kill -SIGUSR1 cat /var/lib/mongo/mongod.lock 2> /dev/null 2> /dev/null || true

That’s it, now your logs will be rotated and compressed and your server diskspace won’t explode.

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Upgrading Ubuntu 10.04 To Use SVN 1.7 Client

If you are using ‘svn switch‘ on your deployer and you have older servers (Ubuntu 10.04 for example) the standard repo version of SVN will be 1.6, and won’t support the command.

What you need to do is upgrade the SVN client to version 1.7x with a PPA package. I suggest using the following commands:

sudo aptitude install python-software-properties;
sudo apt-add-repository ppa:svn/ppa;
sudo aptitude update;
sudo aptitude safe-upgrade

From top to bottom, it installs the software you need to add a PPA, adds the PPA, updates the repo index and then upgrades all packages (which will upgrade SVN too).

A PPA is a Personal Package Archives for reference.

Using a Personal Package Archive (PPA), you can distribute software and updates directly to Ubuntu users. Create your source package, upload it and Launchpad will build binaries and then host them in your own apt repository.

That means Ubuntu users can install your packages in just the same way they install standard Ubuntu packages and they’ll automatically receive updates as and when you make them.

The PPA above is from the SVN development team, so I assume it to be trustworthy.

After completing you should get this:

svn --version
svn, version 1.7.7 (r1393599)
compiled Oct 26 2012, 08:48:56

Have fun!

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