Beli barangan harian online, sampai ke pintu rumah

Oleh NADZARUL AMIR ZAINAL AZAM
amir.azam@kosmo.com.my


SENARIO seperti kekangan masa kerana sibuk bekerja, menguruskan keluarga dan tuntutan harian yang memenatkan sudah menjadi asam garam kehidupan masyarakat kota hari ini.

Itu belum ditambah lagi dengan masalah kesesakan jalan raya, kesukaran mencari parkir atau barisan di kaunter yang terlalu panjang.

Kerana itu, bukanlah menghairankan apabila budaya beli-belah barangan runcit warga kota hari ini semakin berubah.

Sambil duduk di rumah melayan anak-anak atau menonton TV, dengan satu klik di internet sahaja selepas beberapa jam barangan yang dibeli akan tiba di depan pintu rumah.

Itulah antara perubahan gaya hidup dan budaya beli-belah yang dibawakan Doorstep Retails Sdn. Bhd.

Syarikat itu telah membangunkan laman web http://www.doorstep.com.my dalam menawarkan dan menyediakan perkhidmatan penghantaran barangan keperluan harian rumah sehingga ke pintu pengguna.

Ketua Pegawai Eksekutifnya, Datuk Ragavan P. Nair berkata, laman web berkenaan dibangunkan untuk memberi platform alternatif kepada pengguna bagi mendapatkan barangan keperluan harian rumah mereka.

“Kebanyakan masyarakat hari ini mempunyai gaya hidup yang agak sibuk dan tidak mempunyai masa berkualiti untuk membeli barangan keperluan harian rumah mereka.

“Justeru itu, laman web ini akan dapat membantu memudahkan pengguna kerana mereka tidak perlu lagi keluar rumah mendapatkan produk sebaliknya hanya melayari alam maya dan produk akan dihantar ke rumah atau pun pejabat,” katanya kepada Kosmo!.

Pada mulanya, Ragavan menambah, laman web tersebut hanya menawarkan produk barangan korporat terutamanya dalam industri hotel, institusi kewangan, hospital, syarikat telekomunikasi dan televisyen.

Bagaimanapun, melihat sambutan yang diberikan segmen tersebut amat positif, ia telah dikembangkan kepada pasaran pengguna pada tahun lalu.    Continue reading

The world’s largest solar-powered boat

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The world’s largest solar-powered boat, the Turanor PlanetSolarSource: Supplied

IT’S not so much clean and green as clean and white.

The world’s largest solar-powered boat, the Turanor PlanetSolar, is sailing into Brisbane, after crossing the Pacific from the Panama Canal.

She will go on show on Sunday at Brisbane’s Riverside Centre Pontoon and remain open for inspection until June 2.

The 95 tonne Turanor is making its only Australian stop on a world circumnavigation, aimed at showing that renewable energy technologies work.

She is the idea of Swiss businessman and electrical engineer Raphael Domjan, who is sailing the boat without the need for sails or a clattering, pollution-producing diesel engine chewing non-renewable fuel.

Pushing it along on its 50,000km world-first voyage is a solar photovoltaic surface area of 537sq m, with 38,000 solar cells.

Nearing Australia it struck big seas and overcast conditions, reducing the boat’s speed to just 37km a day, way down on its 200km-plus legs in fairer weather.

Her crew’s aim is to sail her at an average speed of 7.5 knots – just on 14km/h – which, they say, is about what a conventionally-powered oil tanker makes.

Solar panels are attached to outriggers that can be retracted in stormy weather. Energy is stored in batteries which can power the vessel’s electric motors without sunlight for three days at 7.5 knots.

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The world’s largest solar-powered boat, the Turanor PlanetSolar.
Source: Supplied

Mr Domjan’s log details tough conditions for a solar-powered craft on Wednesday, with nose-on squalls to 74km/h.

“Distance covered during the last 24 hours: 20 sea miles (37km),” Mr Domjan said.

It was the first time the catamaran faced such tough conditions.

“We take every hit of the unchained ocean against our superstructure. The roar of the wind against our hull is deafening. One could have the impression of being in a cabin perched in the high mountains,” he said.

“…After more than 7500 miles in the Pacific Ocean which we covered in relative tranquillity, I believe that the greatest of all oceans has decided to show us how powerful it can be.”

The Turanor’s course, location and adventures can be followed on the net atwww.planetsolar.org.

Imagining Windows 8 has Xbox, Kinect, and Surface

One of the things that appears clear from some of the changes at Microsoft is that Steve Ballmer is pulling down some of the traditional siloes, and forcing groups to work together more closely. On stage at CES, Steve showcased four products, Windows 7 with an ARM future, Windows Phone 7, Xbox Kinect, and Surface. While he didn’t specifically talk about the new Windows 8 (the name for the next generation of Windows has not yet been decided), the proximity of these technologies has many of us wondering whether Windows 8 could be the Mother of all Microsoft OS offerings.    Continue reading

Floating Cities: Last-Hope – Watery World

With so many visions of humanity’s future involving the devastating effects of climate change, architects are looking toward a life without land: entire self-contained cities purposefully built on water complete with housing, schools, hospitals, restaurants and shops. These floating city concepts range from recycled oil rigs to what could be the largest structure ever built (if we ever discover a material strong enough to bear the weight, that is.)

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