Category: Living

Review: YTL Yes 4G

Its been days if not weeks, the internet has failed me at home. I’m getting the worst speed ever since the last few days and it really bothered me and my work. I knew that there is a speed degradation currently due to the internet submarine cable has issues. I also noticed that since Unifi was launched, I’m feeling my 1Mbps is not performing as it used to be. Maybe I’m used to a more faster internet line in the office though I didn’t think this is really the reason since as I remember, loading a manga page doesn’t require me to wait for 30-45 seconds and few refresh!

Anyway, enough of ranting. So, since the slowness is affecting my life and my work, I decide to look for options (as Unifi only available Q2 next year!). I’ve used mobile broadband from Maxis and Celcom and I’m not impressed. So, in my mind I have P1 4G and also Yes 4G as I heard quite a good review on these 2. As I’m not looking for a permanent solutions, I opt for Yes 4G package, which is on per use basis and I really delighted with it! Well…until i realized that I might be spending more than I expected later. huhuh~~

Here is the screenshots of the speed that I’m getting. On Average it’s around 150KB/s and the max I manage to get is 600KB/s! woohoo!!

Pros:

  1. Awesome speed (as seen in the screen above)
  2. No P2p throttling
  3. Mobile
Cons:
  1. If you a heavy user/downloader, at 3 sen/MB for 1GB it will cost u RM 30. Just imagine if 20GB, how much will you spent a month.
  2. That’s all for me ūüėõ

Bicycle allowed on LRT?

I wrote back in Oct 2010, about the Greater KL MRT project and really warmed up to that idea. Not only does it address a few issues that we are currently facing (traffic jams, air pollutions) it also open possibilities for the commuters. Though the new MRT does not cover all area of Greater KL, but the shuttle service does make up for it. But, this doesn’t come without a price. I expect once the MRT project completed, the tariff will be increased as well as the time it takes to commute (due to the increase number of stations).

So how can we reduce the time and cost to commute. The answer will be bicycles ūüôā

Being an ex-commuter myself, I always find it difficult and time consuming whenever I had to transfer line or taking a bus eventhough sometimes, the destination is just a few blocks away and walking would be not an options. Imagine yourself reaching your destination all sweaty! You wouldn’t want that right ūüėČ

With bicycles, not only you don’t need to spend your time waiting for your shuttle (especially on peak hours when its jam-packed with human sardines!) you get your daily¬†exercise¬†and also save cost ūüôā But, I wonder whether is it possible to bring bicycles on LRT.

So, with that in mind, I sent an email to RAPIDKL to seek an answer. I’m very pleased with RAPIDKL CSC as they always reply your questions or feedback quite fast. This is what I receive from them.

Though, the answer is not what I was hoping for (I was thinking of bringing a mountain bike on it though :D) but I guess this will do for the time being. Once, more and more people are looking for this kind of options, they can’t just leave it be and I bet they will start re-think about this. Lets hope we will see this in near future.

Note: The current KL city infra is not really bicycle friendly (no bicycles parking nor bicycles alley), so be very careful on the road and always practice a safe travel. Wear protective gears and always aware of the surroundings. Have and have a safe¬†journey¬†ūüôā

NKEA – Greater KL MRT Project

By 2020, seven out of 10 Malaysians are expected to live in urban areas like Greater KL, which, according to unofficial sources, will have an immediate population of about 7.2 million and with the rapid property development in Klang Valley area, the infrastructure can’t cope with it.

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One of the entry points project under the National Key Economic Area or NKEA is the Greater KL MRT to address the poor and inadequate public transport coverage in Kuala Lumpur. It’s also a factor to push Kuala Lumpur to be on par with other developed cities. It is by far the largest infrastructure project in Malaysia with 141 KM of three new corridors which integrates with the existing systems – KTM, LRT, Monorail & STAR.

Pros:

  1. Better public transport
  2. Generates estimated 130,000 new jobs
  3. Hopefully lessen the car on the road
  4. Better and cleaner air and lesser noise.

Concerns:

  1. The coverage – is it enough?
  2. the effectiveness of the system
  3. sustainability of the new system.

Coverage

The new MRT system will integrated all those other system and also feeder bus to cover all the residential and commercial area. Based on the image given above, some places such as Puchong still not integrated. I live in Gombak and work in Cyberjaya. Many of my colleagues and their friends also commute more than 50KM everyday, some from Shah Alam, Gombak, Keramat & Selayang and I bet they are many more others like us. Having an fast and efficient transport in Cyberjaya and few parts of Putrajaya does help to increase the adoption of public transport.

System effectiveness

I used to be an avid public transport but I’ve stopped…ermm…less use when it tooks me an hour plus just to get to my office in Jalan Ampang which most of the time (40 mins) waiting to hop into the train and don’t let me start with KTM Komuter. I’m not sure how it is now for both LRT & Komuter during peak hours but I believe it doesn’t changed much from what I heard.

System sustainability

Greater KL is expected to have a population of 7.8 million and it will keep on increasing. Will the MRT is enough to cater the ever increasing number of population? if its not, we will see the same thing happen again. People will start driving their own much more and the hectic traffic will start all over again.

Hey, do you know that Malaysia has a law regarding control of emission?

I used to take LRT to commute to my workplace and to other places in KL and I’m a a big fan of it ūüôā But due to¬†inefficiencies¬†in Malaysia’s public¬†transport¬†system and also change in working place(working in Cyberjaya now),¬†I have stopped using one (well..I still using it¬†occasionally¬†on weekends ūüėČ ) about a year and a half ago.¬†Imagine, what would take you usually 15 minutes commuting can turn out to be 1.5 hours which half of it waiting and ranting about the stupid system and those who didn’t queue¬†up. ¬†Not only it’s a waste of time, it adds up to pressure and also lessen your “pahala” so early in the morning ūüėõ

Anyway, since my new job is now 55KM from my home, and the nearest public transport to my office will take me at least 150 minutes to/from my office/home, I had to drive. It’s been 10 months since and I’m feeling a bit guilty that I help the earth warm up a bit. ūüôĀ

I’m kind of deviate from¬†my¬†original content now. hahhaa. The reason I’m writing this article is just to share with the members of the public regarding Malaysia’s law on Control of Emission from either a petrol or diesel vehicle. I sent an email to Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar to enquire about the law regarding the smoke emission from vehicle after seeing and breathing (i like to open my car windows — well, actually my aircond is broke but hey, morning breeze is always good ūüėČ a lot of vehicles especially lorries, busses and also motorcycles are emitting black smokes from their exhausts. To my¬†surprise, I received an email an hour or so after I¬†posted¬†it¬†in their¬†feedback forms in the website. and I get 2 people keeping me updates on the issue and within the third day, I already receive full details of my enquiries. My thanks to the team and keep up the good work!

Here are the replies from them.

Encik Lokman Hakim Mohamad Azli,

Jabatan Alam Sekitar telah menguatkuasakan empat (4) undang-undang bagi mengawal pencemaran udara daripada sektor kenderaan dan pengangkutan. Undang-undang tersebut dinyatakan seperti di bawah :

  1. Environmental Quality (Control of Petrol And Diesel Properties) Regulations 2007 – P.U.(A) 145/2007
  2. Environmental Quality (Control of Emission From Motorcycles) Regulations 2003 – P.U. (A) 464/2003
  3. Environmental Quality (Control of Emission From Petrol Engines) Regulations 1996 – P.U(A) 543/96
  4. Environmental Quality (Control of Emission From Diesel Enginers) Regulations 1996 P.U (A) 429/96

Dalam usaha mengawal pencemaran ini, yang dijangkakan meningkat setiap hari, JAS telahpun merangka Pelan Tindakan Udara Bersih ataupun ‘Clean Air Action Plan’ yang akan dilaksanakan secara bersepadu oleh agensi-agensi yang terlibat, sama ada di bidang pengangkutan, industri mahupun bagi mengingkatkan kesedaran orang ramai bagi mengurangkan pencemaran udara. Dalam hal ini juga, Kementerian Sumber Asli dan Alam Sekitar bertindak sebagai ‘focal point’ bagi semua aktiviti yang bakal dijalankan.

Sekian untuk makluman tuan, terima kasih.

Basically, the bill states that any vehicle that are parked in public area and left idle for three (3) minutes, can be charged on this bill with a fine for up to RM 2000 ringgit. The bill also laid a guidelines on the what is the threshold for the concentrations & density of smokes that coming out from a diesel and petrol engine.¬†I hope this can be of use to anyone and the agency will enforce the law more and act on the ‘Clear Air Action Plan’ fast.

-Lokman- signing out


Earth Hour 2010: How many we could save in 1 hour? (theoretically)

I bet many people was wondering how much we save during the 1 hour we¬†switch¬†off our light. Well…this is based on my novice calculation.

Let say 1 billion user pledge to switch off 1 60Watts light bulb for 1 hour

60 x 1 billion x 1 hour = 60 billion Watts  = 60 million kWH

1 kwH roughly produce 16.44 pounds of CO2 emission

so, 60 millions x 16.44 pounds CO2 = 986,400,000 pounds of CO2 or 447,423.51 metric tonnes of CO2.

we need 2,700,000 trees to offset this carbon per year!!

Well, how much is 1 tonnes of CO2 worth

One tonne of carbon dioxide gas would fill a cube over 8 metres high.

Because we can relate to this illustration physically it provides a better sense of scale than the abstract number itself. Breaking large volumes up into discrete quantities (such as a number of one-tonne cubes) makes comparison easier. As viewers, we sometimes struggle to compare volumes, but we are very adept at comparing discrete quantities (numbers) of things.

http://carbonquilt.org/about/carbon

1 tonnes of CO2 emission will increase the global temperature about  0.0000000000015 degrees celcius

Until now, it has been difficult to estimate how much climate will warm in response to a given carbon dioxide emissions scenario because of the complex interactions between human emissions, carbon sinks, atmospheric concentrations and temperature change. Matthews and colleagues show that despite these uncertainties, each emission of carbon dioxide results in the same global temperature increase, regardless of when or over what period of time the emission occurs.

These findings mean that we can now say:¬†if you emit that tonne of carbon dioxide, it will lead to 0.0000000000015 degrees of global temperature change. If we want to restrict global warming to no more than 2 degrees, we must restrict total carbon emissions ‚Äď from now until forever ‚Äď to little more than half a trillion tonnes of carbon, or about as much again as we have emitted since the beginning of the industrial revolution.

“Most people understand that carbon dioxide emissions lead to global warming,” says Matthews, “but it is much harder to grasp the complexities of what goes on in between these two end points.¬†Our findings allow people to make a robust estimate of their contribution to global warming based simply on total carbon dioxide emissions.

via GLobalWarmingBlog

carbon footprint calculator – http://www.carbonify.com/carbon-calculator.htm

to be continued….