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Digital Gaia works on Bedstymusic.com

Digital Gaia SNS has started the works on Bedsty.com, the official site for Bedsty Music. Watch this space ~!

About Bedsty Music

Bedsty Music was started by Syaheed in 2003 with long-time collaborator and mentor, Koko aka Kokeyzee aka Ko Ko da Beatman, and had the gracious opportunity at working with various household names across the region. Bedsty Music today boast some of the best urban music producers in the region as part of the team, and it intends to pave the way for the next generation of Urban acts out of Singapore and beyond by working with them closely, delivering the best quality music available on the street.

In the last 4 years, Syaheed has released a 3-track single, and Bedsty Music’s production works have received radio airplay in 6 countries, attained 5 #1 singles* in 5 countries, and even 3 nominations at Anugerah Planet Musik 2006 and one at the Anugerah Era 2007.

Bedsty Music has recently finished work on:
1. Altimet’s solo debut album,
2. Dina (Malaysian Idol)’s upcoming 2nd album,
3. Richard J’s debut solo album,
4. One Asia Compilation (Powder Records) and
5. DJ Fuzz’s Mixology 2.
6. Mahadhir solo debut album (Malaysia),

A sample pool of artists we’ve worked with…
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Singapore: Ahli Fiqir, Taufik Batisah (Singapore Idol), Hady Mirza (Asian Idol), Bonafide Vintage Flav’r, Imran Ajmain, Freaky Z, Richard J, Mark Bonafide, Triple Noize,
Malaysia: Altimet, Teh Tarik Crew, Too Phat, Dina (Malaysian Idol Runner-up), Joe Flizzow,
Brunei: ProjecTunes
Jamaica: Majestic
USA: IF, Lil’ Z

…and many more…

*”Angguk-angguk Geleng-geleng” #1 in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, ”LoveIz” #1 in Brunei, *”Unbreakable” #1 in Jamaica, ”Clap, Move” #1 in Malaysia & “Feels Good” #1 in Singapore.


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Swan Lake

by Glenn Marshall. Coded in Processing

Absolutely brilliant!


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Selamat Hari Raya

Selamat Hari Raya
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We would like to take this opportunity to wish those who are celebrating a blessed “Hari Raya Aidulfitri, Maaf Zahir Batin”

In conjunction with this coming Aidulfitri, we’ve loaded up a Hari Raya-nized version splash for our home page (with Sharifah Aini’s Hai Selamat Hari Raya song~!)

May you have a great weekend of celebration.

For those who are gonna be having a long drive back home, drive safely.


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Microsoft’s reply to Mac vs PC ad

Microsoft just released this 3 new ads as a counter reply to Apple’s Mac vs PC ads. It pokes fun at the whole Mac vs PC stereotype.

Personallly, i think these are brilliantly done. (Scroll down for links to youtube version)

And oh, it’s silverlight =)

Youtube versions:
I’m a PC 1
I’m a PC 2
I’m a PC 3


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Google Chrome : yet another browser to test against

Google has released their own take of a browser : Chrome a couple days ago. In addition to the much hyped multi process tabs, the simple straight forward design, i think the incognito mode is quite interesting. That mysterious looking spy in thrench coat image on the top left of the browser window does makes your private browsing ‘experience’ feel more secure… But just make sure that there’s nobody standing  behind.

So great, now i have another brand new browser to test against. The first thing i did was to load up all of our sites and web app into the browser for a test run. Everything worked as expected. There’s a slight design issue with our main site when viewed in Chrome but this was also expected since the problem is caused by hacks that I use to make the layout IE  compatible (IE still sucks).  If your coding is standard compliant, then you don’t have to worry.

I dont know how many browsers does other developers/designers  usually test against but for now i’m fine w/ Firefox, Chrome, IE, Safari, Opera.

You can get the IE standalone browsers over here : http://browsers.evolt.org/?ie/32bit/standalone

If you’re very ambitious to test your stuff against more browsers, Evolt has a good collections  of browsers for download : http://browsers.evolt.org/

If you’re not too fond of downloading gazillions of browsers  into your PC, and you’re only testing the layout, you can get a screenshot  of your sites in multiple browsers (more than 46!) here : http://browsershots.org

Else, just test in Firefox. If it’s OK in Firefox, it should be OK in almost all major browsers (but probably not in IE)

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.my domain

A bit hectic at the moment for a real updates. Our first .my domain name. www.gaia.my


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Don’t Damage Your Professional Image

There’s tonnes of tips out there that pinpoint designs that exude a more professional appearance, but me being a noob designer (that’s why we have Luqman and Pudin), I’ll pick another scope to feel good about myself :). And hopefully share some prohibited practices that are still not considered a taboo.

DotCom Professionals

First impression always count. That’s a result of human imperfectness, but keep that in mind and you’ll be far better than being ignorant.

Your corporate website is your most far-reaching front office, so you’ll loose more prospects if they arrive and found out what a cowboy your business is. So here’s some things that you should be aware of if you want to keep your corporate website higher on the professionalism scale:

1. Don’t Use Free Email Host

Never, never sell a business or services which cost hundreds and tell them to contact you at —-@yahoo.com or —-@gmail.com. Being thrifty is not always a positive attribute, and you’re just increasing the suspicion that you’re a scammer. If you have a domain name, just head on to Google Apps and you can have your own GMail attached to your own domain. Free.

2. Check Your Email Designation

Even if you have your own email addy, the designation is as important. Don’t use webmaster@yoursite.com. When people want to contact you, most probably they’re interested about your business, and not “Hey, nice header. How do you make it transparent?”. Using ‘webmaster’ as designation also tells the reader that their email is being directed to your 3rd party developer. Use your official designation (marketingmanager) or better still, use your own name.

3. Don’t Put External Advertisements

“Our business aims to deliver a world class service through principles Ads By Gooooogle Want To Make Money? Learn How You Can Earn 2 Billion in 2 seconds we believe brings the best out of our client’s project”.

Got it? It’s nice to reap in a few bucks on the way but don’t tell your customers that you’re too desperate for cash. It’s like selling unrelated product during your product sales presentation.

4. Don’t Let Updates Be ‘Outdates’

We don’t call the unification of Germany a news. We call them history. If you have your news or updates section and it wasn’t updated for about a year, ditch them. Or maybe relabel them as ‘Archive’. Or guess what. You can also update them. That’ll be nice.

5. Don’t Has A Grammatically Errors

Pun intended. This is an old, classic, rhetoric advice. If your website is a static website, for once get someone who don’t read Icanhascheezburger.com to double-check before it’s even published. Like Arnold Scharzenegger said, “I don’t care if it hurts 5 minutes during the filming stunts, all I care is that the scene is perfect. Because the film will be watched for years.” Trust the termina-tah. (er..Luqman..you’ve checked ours rite?)

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6. Don’t Leave Any Trace of a Free Blog Host

Out of the hype, some businesses jump on the bandwagon and decided to write a blog. Good. But don’t direct them to your blog with ——.blogspot.com address. Blogger.com and Wordpress.com now have a redirect service, so use them. And there’s always people crying about Blogger unprofessional appearance, so at least swap the default template and change the favicon. Unless of course, you intend to run a corporate splog.

7. Don’t Use (Obvious) 3rd-party Widgets

We like widgets because they provide great utilities, hassle-free. But if you’re keen to use them on your website, customize their appearance so that it looks like a native feature. Remove any ‘Powered by widgetbox etc.’ And if you like the MyBlogLog recent visitors, at least blend their design with your theme. I don’t actually recommend you using any 3rd-party widgets, but if you can cloak their 3rd-partiness, go ahead. But read their TOS first so you can prepare a logical excuse if you’re caught.

8. Don’t Use Blog Format

This is a controversial issue. I know, I know, for instance WordPress can be as good as any CMS. But more often than not, you’re not designing it to appear like a proper corporate website. Blogging platform tends to carry similiar characteristics- the 2-3 columns look, the comment section, the chronological trace, the ‘written by —- at ——p.m.’.

Regular people don’t actually notice them, but your corporate website (except news, updates etc.) should not carry any time-sensitive information, or risk your visitor thinking “I wonder if these infos still apply today!”. Unless of course your business is the WayBackMachine website.

I believe everything that’s important come in 10. So I must miss a couple of things. That’s for you to figure out and share!


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Your client’s projects as lab mice

There has been lack of updates for this blog. My last blog post was on April 17 , which actually a repost of Izzat’s earlier entry, so that doesnt really counts. We (myself particularly) have been very busy with our side-project-turned-main-project : woobik.com - a web 2.0 social video / streaming project, which aims at redefining how social networking works (uhuh)  but in itself is not a social network (i know.. i know). More on this later.

As a web company, experimenting new technologies and new kind of developments / projects is vital to the growth and health of your company (or yourself if you’re a freelancer). If you’re a webdesign/dev company, yes no doubt you’ll get better and perhaps will reach the  ub3r l33t status at something when you keep doing the same thing, but routine works wont help us grow that much. A company needs to get out of its comfort zone in order to grow. Those warm and fuzzy  feeling won’t get us anywhere. Sometimes we’re afraid to step out of the ‘know’ into the ‘unknown’  just because we’re afraid that we’re not well equipped for what’s coming. There’s a reward in every risk taken. If all babies are afraid to take those baby steps , none of us will be walking today.

Personally, i am more lean towards a radically different concept for each project. However, this approach might not be suitable for every clients.

Now, a somewhat related question : what if you get a chance to do a project with a huge room for experimentation but w/ a very small budget. Do you go for it or will just let it slip?


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Web 2.0 : What does it means to the webmasters - Part 1

Below post is a repost from an original post by Izzat:

Picking up from the previous post by Luqman, we already know the basic underlying elements behind Web 2.0. But before we go around carrying the buzz to our colleges and clients alike, do we really know why does it matters? To begin with, I’ve found this great explanation which went viral through the net about what Web 2.0 is really all about:


The Choice Has Increased

5 years ago, people use the internet to search for information. For e-mails. And the occasional news updates here and there.But over the years, the internet users have grown in numbers tremendously. So does the websites to serve them. So does the activities to indulge in.Now, they have videos to watch on YouTube, personal profiles to update on MySpace, post to publish on Blogger blogs, news to vote at Digg, forums to participate in community portals…But the time to do these things is more or less remains the same. With this in mind, their power to choose increases. They will decide what they read, how they use, and where they consume.

So Many Things To Do, Yet Not As Much Time

Time is of the essence, therefore the way they use the internet has to be revolutionized. The very basic (really, basic) understanding as a webmaster is to ask the ultimate question:

“How can your websites address the scarcity of time faced by your web users?”

A general picture has already been painted in the previous post, and in the next few upcoming posts, we shall dive deeper on how the world wide web you’re shaping can address the Web 2.0 bandwagon. Stay tuned for more insights on the Web 2.0, or subscribe to our feeds for the latest update.


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Free web redesign

Hello guys gals,

For those Malaysians who owned businesses out there, you can stand a chance of winning a website redesign / or new website design by joining our web awareness survey campaign. This campaign is aimed towards understanding more about web perception among Malaysian business owners. The questions are not that long, take a look, who knows, you might get lucky.

View the campaign page here >> http://www.digitalgaia.com/freewebsite

Below scenario might increase the likelyhood of you winning

  1. You have a huge company but a piss ugly website

Well, that’s about it. Basically the stinkier your site, the better chance you will have for a complete website overhaul. The winner will be announced on this blog on June 2, 2008 together with the reasons of selection and you will be able to follow our whole design process/decisions on this blog.

Happy answering!


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