CyVee’s Concern of Security conflicts with its Account Levels

By , November 29, 2007 12:03 pm

CyVee banner

CyVee cares about security of information by providing security options and regularly reminding its users of setting security issues. This is what I applaud.

However, this concern of security conflicts with its Account levels.

Currently CyVee offers 3 levels of account: Personal, PersonalPlus and Premium. Details can be viewed here

To upgrade to PersonalPlus for free, user needs to complete 100% profile. I have filled in most information about my portfolio and career, and I am very cautious about these fields:

  1. Birthday in Personal Information
  2. Email in Contact Information
  3. Cellphone in Contact Information

I eventually decided to fill in Email field with a little tweak so as only human can get it correctly, and left the other 2 blank. Since I leave 2 fields out, my profile is 60% complete, which means I am not able to upgrade my account to PersonalPlus.

So in order to upgrade the account, one has to violate basic security practice by revealing his/her crucial information.

My suggestions

  1. Provide built-in email image-generator like that of Facebook
  2. Make these 3 fields non-required


Tai Tran

The Brand Gap between Business Strategy and Design

By , November 26, 2007 12:40 am

RMIT Coat of Arms

By , November 24, 2007 8:46 pm

Universitas Technicus Melburnensis Regia

The Coat of Arms was officially designed in 1986 to coincide with the 1987 Centenary Year of RMIT and to be an ongoing symbol for the University. Approved by the College of Arms, the Coat of Arms is held to be a mark of great dignity and embodies a rich symbolic language.

The crest of wattle which defined this Coat of Arms as uniquely Australian and the sprigs of Commonwealth, the floral emblem of Victoria, proclaim a nationalistic spirit.

The shield itself symbolizes the immutable strength of education.

The ancient lamp on the shield, which has featured prominently in former Badges of the University, continues as a clear symbol of enlightenment. St. Edward’s Crown, used in accordance with the permission granted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, is boldly highlighted on the chevron.

In chief on the shield are two four-pointed stars representing enlightenment and skill.

“Perita Manus Mens Exculta”, the RMIT motto, meaning “a skilled hand and a cultivated mind”, continues to be most relevant to the variety of programs offered by the University.

Supporters of the Coat of Arms are the Lion and the Kangaroo. The rampant Lion is derived from Supporters to the Coat of Arms of Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister of Great Britain, after whom Melbourne was named in 1837. The Kangaroo Supporter is an emblem of Australia. The Coat of Arms thus uses emblems to acknowledge the Royal Patronage, indicate a pride in Australia and proclaim Melbourne as the foundation city of the University.

Symbols of enlightenment are skill point to RMIT’s concern for future year and the important role of the University in serving the community.

Webnerations: From Web Service to Web Platform, and how their Business Models evolve

By , November 8, 2007 7:45 pm

We thought Web Service was good. It certainly is!

Web Service has brought the economy to the web. There is no need to repeat what Amazon, eBay, Yahoo! and Google all have done.

Windows Live Centralized Point

Web 2.0 and a different approach

But another approach is rising fast. Web service providers now make their product a Web Platform.

They build up a very good core based on solid philosophy. Then they provide API for developers to build applications on.


With their defeat by Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, Mozilla temporarily withdrew and launch their next hit: Firefox.

As in September 2007, market share of Firefox reaches 35.4%, according to W3C.

One important reason why Firefox has become this popular is due to its extensions gallery. A huge collection of well-done small web services are offered for free by developers worldwide.

Many of Firefox extensions are done to support other web services such as Google Search, Blogging,, StumbleUpon, digg, Amazon, eBay.

Gradually, the browser becomes one of the largest centralized points of the web.

Social Networking

Talking about Social Networking today, we have to praise Facebook immediately.

Facebook is also doing very well to provide their API so that applications can be developed on a very good and mature skeleton.

Most successful Facebook applications support networking purpose such as free gifts, messages, testimonials, collaborative games.

The goal of a social networking site is to become the home of as many activities of users as possible.

Content Management Systems

WordPress, Joomla, phpBB have been building communities around them.

Themes allow personalization.

Plugins allow customization.

Most of all, the platform allow monetization.

Conclusion: Web Platforms

Looking at these obvious examples, we see that Firefox, Facebook, WordPress et al offer a very solid and useful core and highly flexible and open API on which applications, extensions, addons, plugins, themes can grow and develop.

They have become Web Platforms to Web Services.

These Web Services in turn make the Platforms new and ever-changing.

Future: Information Depot

In near future, or maybe now already, we’ll see these central points become Information Depot in Semantic Web.

When a web seller wants to approach specific market segment, it should know what and how the potential customers are like. How? From Information Nodes such as e-Commerce sites and Social Networking sites. It would go to Amazon to get information on the customers’ buying preferences, and go to Facebook to get information on the customers’ networks and personal interests.

Can you imagine what happens next? These Information Depots will be able to manipulate the information in whichever way they prefer, not limited to making the information available, for prices.


We’re moving from separated glamorous isles to metropolitans on the web.

You will be able to do many things on a single website. Enjoy the sweetness it brings, while not lowing your guard on diabetes.

Test your Website on different Browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Konqueror) and Operating Systems (Windows, Linux, Mac)

By , November 2, 2007 1:24 pm

Browsershots allows you to test your website on different browsers and operating systems.

Simply enter your site, select options such as size, color depth, javascript, java, flash and hit Submit. Screenshots will be generated for you in minutes.

Browsers supported

  1. Windows Logo Windows
    1. Firefox 1.5
    2. Firefox 2.0
    3. IE 5.0
    4. IE 5.5
    5. IE 6.0
    6. IE 7.0
    7. Opera 9.23
    8. Safari 3.0
  2. Linux Logo Linux
    1. Firefox 1.5
    2. Konqueror 1.5
    3. Opera 9.24
  3. Max Logo Mac
    1. Firefox 2.0
    2. Safari 2.0

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