Friday, April 26, 2013

Line Messenger Application

With the smartphone user getting more popular, there are so many variety of messenger apps in store for user to choose of, I'm considering LINE Apps is one of my favorite messenger apps to use, especially their sticker feature, want to sent inquiry to me via LINE? You may do so to this number +6012-2043717.

Line (usually stylized in all-caps as LINE) is a proprietary instant messaging application for smartphones and PCs. In addition to basic messaging, Line users can send each other images, video, audio media messages and make free VoIP calls.
Initially a mobile application for Android and iOS phones, it has since expanded to Windows Phone[1] as well as desktop computers. A BlackBerry version was released in October 2012[2] and a Nokia Asha version in Asia and Oceania at the end of March 2013.[3]
As of November, 2012, Line had more than 74 million users worldwide and was used in over 230 countries.[4]
As of January 18, 2013, Line had reached 100 million users worldwide and reportedly was gaining about 400,000 users daily.[5]


Line was launched on June 23, 2011 by NHN Japan after the Tōhoku earthquakeNHN Japan realized how inconvenient the damaged communication system was and discovered that a data service would work and be more efficient.[6] They decided to design an app accessible on smartphonestablets, and desktops that would work on the data network and provide a continuous and free instant messaging and calling service. The name Line was originated from the fact that after the incident people had to line up outside of public phones, because in Japan the public phones "are programmed to take priority over networks during and after an earthquake".[7]
In late October 2011, Line experienced an unexpected overload on the server due to the extreme growth of users around the world, causing outages and delays in message delivery.[8] After concluding that the scalability process had to be improved, NHN Japan chose to adopt HBase as the primary storage for user profiles, contacts, and groups.[9]
On July 3, 2012, NHN Japan announced the new features "Home" and "Timeline" for Line. The features allow users to share recent developments in life to friends in real-time, similar to social networking services.[10]
On December 16, 2012 the Line application was shown in rap artist Big Sean's music video for his song 'Guap'


One feature of Line is the Sticker Shop where users are able to purchase virtual stickers depicting original and well-known characters; besides there are many stickers that available for free download, depends on country availability. The stickers are used in chat between users and act as large sized emoji. Users are able to purchase stickers as gifts. Purchased stickers are attached to an account and can be used on other platforms. Stickers are only available for download to users on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone and are purchased through their respective mobile stores. New stickers are released weekly. Some stickers are released only for a limited time and are usually in commemoration of events (e.g. the 2012 Summer Olympics).

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

Nissan March K12 Cylinder Head Gasket

Nissan March K12 model is a fully imported model from Japan, not really have many of them in Malaysia due to its pricing for the small cc when compare the same range to other model.

The model selling in Malaysia is power with CR14DE engine which with capacity of 1,386cc, there are also CR10DE type for 997cc and CR12DE type for 1,240cc. Anyway this 3 types of engine is using the same type of cylinder head gasket.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Oh! Is about Subaru gasket again!

Once a while, I will have some inquiry on Subaru EJ20 series overhaul set gasket or head set gasket, sorry to say that I'm not stocking for the gasket set, it is too slow moving in Malaysia market and the cost for me to stock this item, I think is just can't make a good sense for me.

So, I just take an initial step to getting some individual item content in gasket set.

What I'm having now at a glance as below list,

Cylinder Head Gasket (Metal Type) for EJ20 and EJ25

Rocker Cover Gasket having 4 types of model for EJ20 series which is still not complete full range

Rocker CVR Gasket, which some may call it as Plug Seal

Semicircular Plug Gasket, which some may call it as Half Moon Seal, normally this seal is made by rubber for other car model but for Subaru type of it it seem more like plastic material.

Valve Seal

Fuel Injector O-ring seal

Exhaust Manifold Gasket

Intake Manifold Gasket

Exhaust Pipe Gasket

With those above combination, it seem already having a head set gasket, hmmmm..... it may be just can be consider a simple head set gasket, for a complete head set gasket, it actually still have a lot more small pieces of gasket and O-ring seal need to be included into it.

That's why I still love the fax machine

Fax machine is contribute so much to our daily work, bravo!

In High-Tech Japan, the Fax Machines Roll On

Kosuke Okahara for The New York Times
Yuichiro Sugahara, whose company delivers bento lunchboxes, mostly through fax orders.

TOKYO — Japan is renowned for its robots and bullet trains, and has some of the world’s fastest broadband networks. But it also remains firmly wedded to a pre-Internet technology — the fax machine — that in most other developed nations has joined answering machines, eight-tracks and cassette tapes in the dustbin of outmoded technologies.
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A decade ago, Tamagoya tried to shift to online sales of its bento lunches, but business suffered.

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Last year alone, Japanese households bought 1.7 million of the old-style fax machines, which print documents on slick, glossy paper spooled in the back. In the United States, the device has become such an artifact that the Smithsonian is adding two machines to its collection, technology historians said.
“The fax was such a success here that it has proven hard to replace,” said Kenichi Shibata, a manager at NTT Communications, which led development of the technology in the 1970s. “It has grown unusually deep roots into Japanese society.”
The Japanese government’s Cabinet Office said that almost 100 percent of business offices and 45 percent of private homes had a fax machine as of 2011.
Yuichiro Sugahara learned the hard way about his country’s deep attachment to the fax machine, which the nation popularized in the 1980s. A decade ago, he tried to modernize his family-run company, which delivers traditional bento lunchboxes, by taking orders online. Sales quickly plummeted.
Today, his company, Tamagoya, is thriving with the hiss and beep of thousands of orders pouring in every morning, most by fax, many with minutely detailed handwritten requests like “go light on the batter in the fried chicken” or “add an extra hard-boiled egg.”
“There is still something in Japanese culture that demands the warm, personal feelings that you get with a handwritten fax,” said Mr. Sugahara, 43.
Japan’s reluctance to give up its fax machines offers a revealing glimpse into an aging nation that can often seem quietly determined to stick to its tried-and-true ways, even if the rest of the world seems to be passing it rapidly by. The fax addiction helps explain why Japan, which once revolutionized consumer electronics with its hand-held calculators, Walkmans and, yes, fax machines, has become a latecomer in the digital age, and has allowed itself to fall behind nimbler competitors like South Korea and China.
“Japan has this Galápagos effect of holding on to some things they’re comfortable with,” said Jonathan Coopersmith, a technology historian who is writing a book on the machine’s rise and fall. “Elsewhere, the fax has gone the way of the dodo.”
In Japan, with the exception of the savviest Internet start-ups or internationally minded manufacturers, the fax remains an essential tool for doing business. Experts say government offices prefer faxes because they generate paperwork onto which bureaucrats can affix their stamps of approval, called hanko. Many companies say they still rely on faxes to create a paper trail of orders and shipments not left by ephemeral e-mail. Banks rely on faxes because, they say, customers are worried about the safety of their personal information on the Internet.
Even Japan’s largest yakuza crime syndicate, the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi, has used faxes to send notifications of expulsion to members, the police say.
After the deadly earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan in 2011, there was a small boom in fax sales to replace machines that had been washed away. One of the hottest sellers is a model that is powered by batteries so it will keep working during power failures caused by natural disasters.
At Tamagoya, Mr. Sugahara has turned his company’s reliance on the fax and standard telephones into an art form. Every morning, orders for about 62,000 lunches pour in, about half by fax. Most of those lunches are cooked and put onto trucks even before the last order is taken. A small army of 100 fax and telephone operators carefully coordinate deliveries, and fewer than 60 lunches — or 0.1 percent — are wasted.

Hisako Ueno contributed reporting.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Renault Kangoo 1.4 Inlet Manifold Gasket

Sourcing for non Japanese model gasket will be tougher experience for me as lack of information from my side, a Renault Kangoo 1.4 with K7J engine, but will have some minor changes in between their few generation of K7J engine.

A customer bought a full set gasket, and notice that the intake manifold gasket of his vehicle is actually design as 4 pieces of rubber o-ring, instead of a whole piece of metal gasket sheet.

And this is the throttle body for the said Renault Kangoo 1.4, just helping up to source for my customer.