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E-BORNEO.COM'S E-NEWSLETTER (3 DECEMBER 2001)

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1. Borneo Editorial: '2001 in Retrospect'
2. MasRaya Electronic Greeting Cards
3. Editorial Partnership Programme
4. Mystery Gift Winner and Your Feedbacks
5. Travel Borneo Destination
6. General Travel Tips
7. Hot Discussions: 'Osama, Misuari and Pairin'
8. Latest Virus/Worm/Trojan
9. Word Search Game
10. Tell Your Friends About Us

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1. BORNEO EDITORIAL

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***2001 in Retrospect***

Greetings Fellow Borneons and Friends,


We have arrived at the last month of 2001. And what a year 2001 has been. An event that had shocked us and touched our heart is undoubtedly the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US. Somehow, this atrocity had brought the world together fighting for a safer and fearless world to live in. It would be hard for anyone today to forget '911' and its consequences in a hurry. In Borneo, this was the year of a new CM in Sabah, the landmark Likas seat by-election in Sabah, the Sarawak General Election, and Visit Brunei Year. For tragedy, who can forget the horrifying ethnic clashes in Kalimantan, and the Ellie James Mount Kinabalu mishap.

As for e-borneo.com, we reach a personal milestone on 2nd December. We turned two years old and we are still here largely because of your support. e-borneo.com has evolved tremendously through your invaluable help and feedback. Our e-newsletter had grown from about 200 subscribers in early 2000 to well over 2,000 strong subscribers today. Thank you. One of our New Year’s resolutions is to make e-borneo.com a people’s website - your website. That is why we are encouraging you to be a regular contributors through our Editorial Partnership Programme (see below). Without your invaluable contributions and constant feedback, we might not last through 2002. It is our fervent hope that you will continue to strongly support us next year so that we can grow together as a valuable information provider to Borneons and to the rest of the world.


Feel free to share your feelings on this editorial, or any related subject, at feedback@e-borneo.com. Please note that for the purpose of interactivity, your name/nick and comments received may be published in our e-newsletters or on our website (Note: Rest assured that your email address will not be published, but if you have a website, please include your URL - we will give it a FREE promotion here for you).

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2. MAS RAYA ELECTRONIC GREETING CARDS

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This year, once again Muslims and Christians will be celebrating a rare double celebration - Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Christmas - on the same month (about a week apart). Here's an opportunity for you to send a unique Borneo flavoured 'MasRaya' electronic greetings to your friends or loved ones. Tell them that you are thinking of them this festive season:

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/card.shtml


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3. EDITORIAL PARTNERSHIP PROGRAMME

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e-borneo.com wishes to invite you to participate in our FREE editorial partnership programme. If you have something interesting, or knowledgeable in a certain topic(s) that is related to Borneo or beneficial to Borneons and the world, you can publish and share them with Internet surfers all around the world. And you do not need to be an expert in HTML or programming.

Be a columnist, expert, adviser, story teller, etc. and have your very OWN COLUMN published right here at the website. This is a golden opportunity for you to promote yourself or your website/company, and showcase your interests on the Internet to a wide global audience. It can also help you to establish yourself as an expert in your field of interest. For more information, please click on the link below:

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/editor.shtml


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4. MYSTERY GIFT WINNER AND FEEDBACKS!

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Every month, we are randomly giving away a mystery gift to one of our valued e-newsletter subscribers. Simply tell us how we can improve our e-newsletter and/or website so that they can be of much value to you. Email your suggestion to contribution@e-borneo.com and the best suggestions will be published in the next edition of our e-newsletter.

This month's lucky Mystery Gift winner goes to a Guntoyon from Malaysia who sent us the following feedback:

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"One of the things I like most about your
newsletter is the readers' comments. They
give your site some brilliant testimonials
and approvals. I reckon your site would be
more interesting if you have a special page
like a Guest Book or Visitors' Comments. I
bet I'm not the only one who thinks so. I
know I will be one of the firsts to read
what readers have to say about a site from
my own region."

Guntoyon

(ED: Thanks and your suggestion will be seriously looked into.)

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Some of the other suggestions/feedbacks received in no particular order (some are edited for clarity or translated from other languages) are as follows:


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"I like to support Mrs. Green of UK on her comments
on the lack of natural history and environmental
information on your website (October issue -
http://www.e-borneo.com/newsletter/0110.shtml ).
Borneo, with Mount Kinabalu as its centre of
attraction, has been a jewel to many Western
biological collectors. Today, many natural history
information centres are established for the benefit
of both Malaysians and foreign biologists. For e.g.,
the educational programmes provided by the Sabah
Parks at Kinabalu Park provides valuable information
to the general public. I suggests that you include
more links to such information and even better, if
you are able to get those Bornean biologists or
experts involved.

I hope this will help you. If not, at least I tried."

Tan F. L., Malaysia

(ED: Thanks Tan, we hope that there's an expert willing to be a columnist at our site)

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"I read with great interest your recent article about
newly discovered reef systems within close proximity
to Miri. I am currently completing a large volume
photographic book about the reefs and rain forests of
Sabah. It is my hope and belief that through education
and understanding, we can encourage people to preserve
these delicate and endangered ecosystems."

Murray S. Kaufman, U.S.A.
Author of Reefs and Rain Forests,
the Natural Heritage of Malaysian Borneo
(to be released December, 2001)
website (currently under construction):
http://www.murraykaufman.com

(ED: Murray, I am sure most Borneons would love a preview of your book)

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"I have always admired the rarity of your ecards.
I am sure it is one of the very few available on
the Internet with a Borneo theme. Maybe, you would
like to consider expanding the section into various
themes such as birthdays, anniversaries, newborns,
festive celebrations, national celebrations, and not
forgetting indigenous festivals like Kaamatan and
Gawai."

A Sarawakian in Brunei, BSB

(ED: We will try our best to come up with something in the near term.)

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"I think it very important for your site to have
more news on interaction and relation with Kalimantan
in Indonesia."

Shintani, Indonesia

(ED: Thanks Shintani. We are looking for a person who might be interested to join our free Editorial Partnership Programme for contribution in this area of specialty.)

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5. TRAVEL BORNEO DESTINATION

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Current travel destination spotlights, to be published at the website are as follows:

* Lambir Hills National Park, Miri, Sarawak

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/lambir-hill.shtml

* Scaling the Roof of SEA - Mt Kinabalu, Sabah

URL: http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/roof-mk.shtml


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6. GENERAL TRAVEL TIPS

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- Matching keys with their locks: When traveling with suitcases, use a marker or a little tag to number the locks and their keys. This way you won't have trouble trying to figure out which keys go with which locks.

- Preventing duplicate hotel keys: Try to choose a hotel with modern electronic locks that use key cards. The codes for these key cards change for every new guest. This will help prevent others from having the key to your room.

- Booking flights when traveling with your kids: When traveling with children, try to book during the non-peak period. You may have a free seat for your child to stretch out or sleep. And also don't forget to bring along your child's favorite snack. There's a chance th`t he.shd lax nnt lhke what they sdrve nn board.

Courtesy of PlanetHoliday
http://www.e-borneo.com/travel/ph/


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7. HOT BORNEO DISCUSSIONS

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What Borneons are currently talking about online? A mixture of state, national and global development such as the PBS's application to rejoin Barisan Nasional, Misuari detained in Sabah's island, and some local reactions to the fall of the Taliban government in Afghanistan. These and more, only at the Borneo Forum:

http://www.e-borneo.com/cgi-bin/wsmbb/wsmbb.cgi

Join Borneons and friends in a fruitful discussion on politics, computers, travel, sports, etc. at the Borneo Forum. Get to know Borneons and Borneo, and what's the latest development here.


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8. LATEST VIRUS/WORM/TROJAN

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W32.Badtrans.B@mm (Discovered: Nov 24, 2001)
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W32.Badtrans.B@mm is a MAPI worm that emails itself out using different file names. It also creates the file \Windows\System\Kdll.dll. It uses functions from this file to log keystrokes.
Recently upgraded to category 4 threat as defined by Symantec due to increased in infections.

More details/Removal Instructions:
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.badtrans.b@mm.html


W32.Aliz.Worm (Discovered: May 22, 2001)
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A Category 4 threat (severe threat) as defined by Symantec, WW32.Aliz.Worm is a SMTP mass mailer worm that can be executed just by reading or previewing the file. The worm currently only replicates on Win9X machines. It doesn't seem to propagate on NT platform. The worm propagates by obtaining email addresses from the Windows Address Book and sending itself to those addresses. When the worm arrives by email, the worm uses a MIME exploit allowing the virus to be executed just by reading or previewing the file.

More details/removal instructions:
http://www.symantec.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.aliz.worm.shtml


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9. WORD SEARCH GAME

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Specially for our subscribers, entertain and educate yourself by taking the challenge in the following MasRaya word search game since we are in the festive mood. This edition is a 15x15 matrix game. Find the words either vertically, diagonally, or even backward in the matrix. Best played by printing out this email. Have fun!

Words to find:

1. AIDILFITRI
2. BETHLEHEM
3. CAROL
4. FELIZNAVIDAD
5. HOLLY
6. KETUPAT
7. KUIHMAKMUR
8. MISTLETOE
9. OILLAMPS
10. PUASA
11. RAMADAN
12. REINDEER
13. SANTACLAUS
14. SYAWAL
15. TURKEY

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A W F P V T S O G B A H S N E
S F W M P V G U Y F W Q J S O
S B E T H L E H E M N I S X F
L P U L R E E D N I E R T B B
R U M X I A Y E K R U T S D D
U A Z A R Z M O W D Y I T M W
M S J T L F N A U M C F L E I
K A I N R L P A D F U L A Q O
A I X K L J I T V A D I W B T
M I S T L E T O E I N D A R H
H O L L Y H I J U P D I Y T H
I M O S U A L C A T N A S G P
U H V X Q G X F N T S C D X L
K E T U P A T G P N Q U F O Z
A J C A R O L O P A I C V S L

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Our next e-newsletter is targeted to be sent to your mailbox by early 2002. Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year to all our valued subscribers. Have an eventful festive month ahead, and looking forward to your strong support in the New Year.


STRIVING TO SERVE YOU BETTER IN THE NEW YEAR

Warmest Regards,

The e-borneo.com e-Team,
E-BORNEO.COM
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