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MIley Cyrus - Party In The U.S.A. - Official Music Video (HD)


I'm gonna present you all with this nice song since the news are coming out badly from very beginning of this week. Good Luck and all the best!!!

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Updated On 30 September 2009 9:27 PM (Thailand Standard Time)

19:00 Wed Sep 30 2009
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Maximum Winds
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Current Type & Category
               Typhoon - Category 1


Typhoon Ketsana wreaks havoc across Southeast Asia


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Quake triggers tsunami in the Samoas, killing 82


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If Unexpected error 0xffe2740 occurred when you are starting your Internet Informations Services

Written By Eric Buras
"Unexpected error 0xffe2740 occurred" when starting your Internet Informations Services. You may have received this at one time or another if you have SKYPE installed on the same machine as Prolog Website or any other application that requires IIS.

How do you know that this is occurring and how do you fix it?

You'll know it's happening if you boot up your machine and Prolog Website isn't working. If you open your IIS (Administrative Tools in the Control Panel and click on Internet Information Services), you may see that IIS is stopped. If you try to start it, it will error. The error is pretty generic. It means that IIS can't start on Port 80, the default, because something else is bound to it.

Resolution: If SKYPE or some other application is also using port 80, then it is binding to it sooner than IIS can get to it. In SKYPE, you'll need to click on Tools | Options | Set connection Parameters and Proxies and then uncheck "Use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections".
In case you want to reproduce this problem, you can
1. Ensure SKYPE is checked to use port 80 and 443 as alternatives for incoming connections.
2. Close SKYPE and then stop IIS
3. Open SKYPE and then attempt to start IIS

There are several ways to access IIS, but one of the easiest is to:
1. Click on Start
2. Run
3. Type: iisreset and click OK.

Follow the resolution and you'll be fine. If you have another application instead of SKYPE that can use port 80, then you would want to stop that program or service and see if you can start IIS.

I've just fixed an issue on IIS using this resolution.

Typhoon Ketsana: Thailand on full alert for flash floods

BANGKOK, Sept 29 (TNA) – Thai authorities upcountry and in the capital are braced for a major blow from tropical storm Ketsana, which has intensified to typhoon status, and is moving towards Thailand's Northeast and North, Interior Minister Chavarat Charnvirakul said Tuesday.

Having ordered the authorities in the northern and northeastern regions to be on alert for possible flash floods, Mr Chavarat said the Interior Ministry had allocated Bt50 million from its emergency budget to each province to help flood victims.

Meanwhile, Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra said the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will keep Bangkokians updated on the weather condition in Bangkok.

The updates include the amount of rainfall and flood-proned areas, he said, adding that announcements will be made via radio, television and traffic signs so that residents will avoid entering flooded areas, move their valuables to higher grounds and prepare themselves in better manners.

In a bid to protect Bangkokians affected by heavy rains, the BMA has set up mobile emergency units to visit flood-impacted various areas and provide drainage pumps, temporary accommodation, medical teams and other facilities.

Mr. Sukhumbhand also said that the BMA would help repair and clean damaged homes after the floodwaters recede.

He instructed the heads of flood-prone districts, in particular the eastern metropolitan area and Thon Buri, to urge community leaders to brace for possible flooding.

The governor himself will be at the emergency relief centre to inspect the authorities response to flooding.

The BMA has launched its Hotline 1555 to receive complaints from flood-hit residents.

Meanwhile, in the southern province of Songkhla, fishermen in the Gulf of Thailand started sailing for shore after a warning was issued by the Meteorological Department.

The department earlier announced that strong winds and waves would likely be higher than two metres due to tropical storm Ketsana which was moving across the South China Sea and expected to enter Thailand's northeastern provinces of Mukdaharn and Ubon Ratchathani via neighbouring Laos.

Meanwhile, customs officers in the northeastern province of Nong Khai warned ferry boat and motor raft operators plying between Bung Kan District and Laos against overloading with cargo and passengers to avoid possible accidents during the heavy rain and strong winds. (TNA)

To check weather forecast on Bangkok and other areas in Thailand, please click on below links.
Weather Underground
Tropical Storm Risk
Thank you very much.

Starbucks launches instant coffee


Starbucks has launched instant coffee called "VIA".  Now available to all its retails across U.S and Canada. But It has not yet available in S.E.A. If I'm not wrong, there are two type of "VIA", one is Colombia [Latin America, Medium] and the other one is Italian Roast [Specialty Roast, Extra Bold].
Now, to enjoy world best coffee, only 3 simple steps you will need to proceed.
1.  Pour In Packet
2.  Add Hot Water
3.  Stir and Enjoy.


Fire engine stucked in its 45-degree angle position.


Los Angeles - Fire engine sunk into a large hole caused by a broken water main in the San Fernando Valley early Tuesday morning. The Fire Engine 60 was sent in response to water main rupture and finally ended up as a victim itself. It was successfully pulled out of it later today.

source :

Immigration 1 Division (Bangkok Immigration Division) has been moved to new location.

Immigration 1 Division (Bangkok Immigration Division) 
Service for area in Bangkok as :
- Visa Extension
- Re-entry Permit  
- Issue and change visa
- Resident permit
- Resident certificate
- Aliens Registration
- 90 Days Address report
has been moved to Government Center, Chaengwattana Road Soi 7 (close to the Department of Consular Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chaengwattana Road.)  on last Monday 28th September 2009
(Except special labor of Laos, Cambodian and Myanmar nationalities service at old office)

Location     :  Government  Center  Chaengwattana  Building B , No. 120 ,
Moo 3 , Chaengwattana Road ,  Tungsonghong  Sub-District ,  Laksi  District,  Bangkok 10210  (As  shown  in  the  map)
Tel  :  0-2141-9889  ,   Fax   :   0-2143-8228

Remarks     :  Only  in  case  of  visa  issuing,  visa extension  and  90  days  report  for the  special  labor  of  3  nationalities  ( Laos, Cambodia,  Mynmar ) is  still  be serviced  at  Immigration  Bureau,  Soi  Suan Plu,  Satorn,  Bangkok  

More details Call Center 1178


MAP Indoor B Building, Floor 2 


ต 10   :  MO CHIT 2 – PAKKRET
ต 16   :  MINBURI - MO CHIT 2
ต 22   :  MINBURI -  PAKKRET
ต 26   :  RAMA IX  - PAKKRET

source :

U.S Secret Service busied with the investigation on FaceBook's poll.


United States Secret Service, an agency to protect the president, has started its investigating after FaceBook's user created a poll asking if President Obama should be killed. A site member built a poll using third-party applicaiton on FaceBook that allow users to create polls, asking whether the president should be killed or not.
"As is usually the case, our vigilant users reported it to us first" FaceBook spokesman Barry Schnitt told CNN. "U.S Secret Service sent us an email late Monday morning (PDT) asking us to take it down. At that point, it had already been removed and we let them know." he said.
"The poll appears to have been posted over the weekend" he added.
FaceBook allows third-party developers to create applications such as games, polls and quizzes, which can be made available to its users. Users may choose their contents available to general public or only to their friends. In this case, poll was launched available to general public.

ref : CNN

Singapore Airliner (SIA) AirBus380 turns back after engine failure.


Singapore Airliner (Singapore International Airline) A380 was forced to turn back to Paris 2 hours and 45 minutes after took off from Paris and headed for Singapore with 444 passengers onboard due to its fourth engine failure.
The huge double-decker AirBus 380 can continue its journey as its designed which was created by AirBus, but turned back to Paris as a precaution.
The engines on that giant aircraft was built by British Rolls Royce Group .

ref : reuters



တိမ္ေတြ ေပၚမွာလား...
ေဟာ....ေတြ ႔ ျပီ...
မင္း က ရင္ခြင္ထဲ ေရာက္ေနတာကိုး....

လင္းေနကို (30.09.2009)

It's just an old evening. (ေရႊအိုေရာင္ ညေန)

နင္သာ ခဏေလာက္ ေနမယ္ဆိုရင္
အိုး......ဒီလိုညေနေတြ ဆိုတာ....အျမဲလိုလို
ႏွင္းေတြေတာင္ ေ၀ ေတာ ့မယ္ ေလ....

ေရႊအိုေရာင္ ရင့္ခဲ့တဲ့
ညေနေတြေပါ့....ဟိုး.....၃ ႏွစ္ေက်ာ္က တိမ္ေတြေအာက္မွာ....

ငါ...အရမ္းကို ေသခ်ာခဲ့ဖူးတယ္....
ဒါေတြ ဟာ.....မေသခ်ာျခင္းရဲ ႔ နိဒါန္း ရက္ေတြမွန္း........တကယ္ကို မသိခဲ့ဖူး.....

တည္ေဆာက္ခဲ့တာေတြ အားလံုးေပါ့......
တကယ္ကို ပ်က္သုဥ္း သြားခဲ့တဲ့ အခါ......

ၾကာခဲ့ေပမယ္လဲ့......ငါရင္မွာ တခါက လို႔ သတ္မွတ္ဖို႔....
ငါ့ရဲ ႔ညက အာရုဏ္တက္ခ်ိန္ မေရာက္ေသးလို႔ပါ.......

It'll be a beautiful evening if you are in my arms just for a while.
There again, season is reaching a time, that the snow about to be falling, dear sweety.

The evenings, which were under the clouds of 3 years ago with color of olive brown.

I was certain, but I didn't know it was a beginning of uncertainties.
I simply didn't really know that.

When everythings I have built are falling...

It's has been a long time ago already. But to say it's a just "Once upon a time".
My long dark night is still couldn't reach it's own dawn yet.

lynnnayko (26.09.2009 11:57 PM)

5000 Kyats!!


photo creditted to Ko Arkar

Myanmar Government announced on its state media that, the central bank will issue a new bank note for 5000 kyats, and it will be available to public at 1st October 2009.

Exchange Rate, as of 24.09.2009 based on (black market, it's based on actual country economy)
1 USD = 1060 Ks
1 THB = 31.45 ks

Exchange Rate, as of 22 September 2006. (official, it's not based on actual country economy)
1 USD = 6.69 Ks



ThaNaKhar - Blackhole


"ပါးေပၚမွာ သနပ္ခါးေလးနဲ႔ ခ်စ္စရာေကာင္းလိုက္တာကြာ "
"Parr paw mhar ThaNaKhar lay nat chit sayar kaung lite tar kwar.", which means "Girl, you are too cute with ThaNaKhar on your face."
This is a popular song which is created by a band called "Blackhole" from Myanmar (formerly Burma).

What does ThaNaKhar mean?

“ThaNaKhar”, is an important beautifier for the ladies of Myanmar in all walks of life since over a thousand year back.
It is a traditional and natural cosmetic to all Myanmar people including all ages and genders, countries and cities, all over the country.
“ThaNaKhar”, is a word of Myanmar for a kind of tree call Limonia acidissima, and we, burmese people called it “ThaNaKhar” tree, which can be found in the dry zone of the middle and upper regions of Myanmar.

More than other kinds of modern cosmetic product does, “Tha Na Khar” makes people skin smooth, prevents exposing of direct sunlight or heavy wind, moisturizes and cool by naturally. And It can also be used as a traditional medicine.
It can also be used in both powder and paste types. It is also very common to see young boys wearing "ThaNaKhar" in almost every parts of the country.

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Wild World.

Wild world (Live-1971) Cat Stevens

Wild World - Cat Stevens (1976)

Wild World - James Blunt (Live Earth in London)

Way B Baby - A Ngae

And... here's the lyrics

Wild World

Now that i have lost everything to you
You say you wanna start something new
And it's breaking my heart you're leaving
Baby, i'm grieving
But if you wanna leave, take good care
Hope you have a lot of nice things to wear
But then a lot of nice things turn bad out there

Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
It's hard to get by just upon a smile
Oh, baby, baby, it's a wild world
I'll always remember you like a child, girl

You know i've seen a lot of what the world can do
And it's breaking my heart in two
Because i never wanna see you a sad, girl
Don't be a bad girl
But if you wanna leave, take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware


Baby, i love you
But if you wanna leave, take good care
Hope you make a lot of nice friends out there
But just remember there's a lot of bad and beware


Cheers!!! Have a nice day!!!

Let the BOSS talk first.

Once upon the time, Boss, senior manager and junior manager were on their way to meeting at the another town.
On their way, they've stopped for a short break for the fast food at the gas station since they haven't had any food yet. When they are back from food, surprisely found a lamp in their car. "It looks like an ancient lamp" said one of them, he picked it up and rubbed it accidentally.
"WOOP!!" as they saw the white smoke are coming out of the lamp. When the smoke is cleard they saw the Giant before them.
"I'm the guardian giant of this lamp" said Giant, "you can ask whatever you want but one each only".
Senior Manager couldn't wait and asked "I wanna be in hotel with world prettiest girl with nothing to worry and truck load of money". Giant granted his wish and senior manager disappeared.
Junior Manager also couldn't wait to shout. "I wanna be in Las Vegas with beauties and big house." and he's disappeared.
And now is turn for the Boss. Boss asked calmly "I want those two idiots back in this car now.".

This story is created by me based on funny story which i received via email. Thank you very much for your visit. It means a lot to me.

Moderate earthquake rattled northwestern parts of Myanmar

Tuesday, September 22 2009

There was a moderate earthquake of 5.6 magnitude hit parts of northwestern Myanmar early today. It damaged 11th century Buddhist temples in Ohn Pwetaw village and Yay Nan Chaung, and no immediate casualities are reported. It was felt in several towns in the northwestern Magway Division.
It rattled the area at just after 2 AM local time with epicenter about 260 miles nortwest of the former capital, City of Yangon (Rangoon).

ref : nytimes.


Thai born burmese boy makes Thailand proud.


TOKYO — A boy with no official nationality who lives in Thailand captured third place in a Japanese paper airplane contest Sunday after his tearful pleas to be allowed to attend prompted authorities to grant him a rare temporary passport for the event.
Mong Thongdee, 12, won a national paper airplane championship in Thailand in August 2008 after he threw a plane that flew for 12 seconds, and was later chosen to attend the Japanese contest in Chiba, near Tokyo. But Mong, who lives in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand, is the son of Myanmar migrants who are stateless and so have no legal right to travel abroad.
His first application to leave Thailand was denied, but after national media coverage of him quietly sobbing after the refusal captured the hearts of many Thais he was granted a temporary passport.
Mong appeared Sunday in a white T-shirt decorated with the Thai flag, whipping his carefully folded airplanes high into the air during the competition in front of hundreds of spectators.
He placed third in the division for elementary school students with a time of 10.53 seconds. In an earlier exhibition, Mong's airplane stayed in the air for 16.45 seconds.
After the event he said he wanted his family back home to know he got third place, and that he was grateful to the people who supported him.
On Saturday, his three-person Thai team won the group competition. Contestants quickly fold their planes at the event, then throw them into the air.
Mong's ethnic Shan parents have only temporary permission to live and work in Thailand, so although he was born in the country he has only temporary resident status. Under normal circumstances, if he left and tried to return, his status would be revoked and he would be barred re-entry to the country where he was born.
When his initial application for temporary exit papers was denied, the story dominated the front pages of Thai newspapers, and a national lawyers' council petitioned the court on his behalf.
His tale has led to fresh attention for those in his situation in Thailand, who have less access to education and health care. Mong is on a list of people who will be considered for repatriation to Myanmar in February 2010.

source :  Google News
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Angela Ammons Vs Gyo Gyar

Angela Ammons - Always Getting Over You

This is an unplugged version. I'm giving my apology of poor video and sound quality of this MTV.

I'm sorry that I can't present you the original version of the MTV of this song. This video is created by Jojilchannel

Gyo Gyar - Pon Ma Pyaw Nat

This is a burmese version.


Movie Channel

"All Channel For All Myanmar", is a slogan of
Today, newly created "Movie Channel" has been launched at the address of Thank you very much.


Indian auto-trishaw drivers are learning English

The motorized trishaw drivers in India's New Delhi are going to conduct training course organized by state tourism authorities. The Tranining program includes yoga, life skills, first aid, spoken English and psychometric. Each of them will be paid daily about Rs 200, or about $4 for attending the program.
They, the trishaw taxis drivers, have been accused of overcharging, refusing short trips and misbehavior oftenly. If passengers experience such a problem, they can call hotlines 3 digit number printed on the auto-trishaw taxis or sending text messages.
The city of Delhi is scheduled to host Commonwealth Games in 2010.

ref : CNN

Good Service

"Yeah, my daughter also in London, studying Computer" said the woman in her 40s. With high tone. The woman pretending like she is chitchatting, but obviously she is leveling up her pride. 
This is in the Embassy of the Union Of Myanmar in Bangkok. She has got room's attention as she asked officer about some major title or some high rank officials, and i'm wondering if it's required. I heard her that she was there to pay income tax to embassy. An officer asked her to fill up some form, and then I got my turn in queue.
I didn't ask for major name, and I got my form to fill up. I've forgotten about her already. Then I've done filling up and submitting.
When I was asked to wait for a moment by officer gently, honestly he is really gentle, I tried to start conversation with my friend. After a few moments, a man appeared from nowhere and greeted to that woman.
From that moment on, the whole room was shot by high tone words such as New York, London, Cambridge, Singapore, NUS (National University Of Singapore), NTU, Nanyang Poly, LA., and so on.
Finally, "Let's play golf later sometime" woman said. "I didn't bring a stick" replied a man. The war has ended after making farewell with huge words. Then, I heard my name's
called and my waiting has ended.
Anyway, honestly, I must admit, today service of Bangkok Myanmar Embassy is awesome. It took only 45 minutes, the most fastest service, i've ever experienced so far, from our government agencies.
Finally, I'm feeling lighter and happy of getting done the pending jobs.

Please leave a comment.

21 Guns - Green Day

This awesome video is created by Rommel5055Returns.

Do you know what's worth fighting for?
When it's not worth dying for?
Does it take your breath away
And you feel yourself suffocating?

Does the pain weigh out the pride?
And you look for a place to hide?
Did someone break your heart inside?
You're in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I

When you're at the end of the road
And you lost all sense of control
And your thoughts have taken their toll
When your mind breaks the spirit of your soul

Your faith walks on broken glass
And the hangover doesn't pass
Nothing's ever built to last
You're in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I

Did you try to live on your own
When you burned down the house and home?
Did you stand too close to the fire
Like a liar looking for forgiveness from a stone?

When it's time to live and let die
And you can't get another try
Something inside this heart has died
You're in ruins

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky

One, 21 guns
Lay down your arms, give up the fight
One, 21 guns
Throw up your arms into the sky, you and I 

3rd Anniversary


There are NO leaves or a holiday available for Bangkok Metropolitan Police from Friday to Sunday.  All security forces are ordered to be on standby for the whole three days starting from Friday.
Red Shirts announced that they are going to hold a rally on 19.09.2009 which is the third anniversary of the military coup staged back in 2006.

To All Burmese In Thailand (especially in BKK) : Don't wear red-shirt or yellow-shirt in these days.


Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree - Dawn


I'm coming home. I've done my time.
Now I've got to know what is and is it mine.
If you received my letter telling you I'd soon be free,
Then you'll know just what to do if you still want me,

If you still want me,
Oh, tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.
It's been three long years.
Do you still want me?
(Still want me?)
If I don't see a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree,
I'll stay on the bus,
Forget about us,
Put the blame on me,
If I don't see a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.

Bus driver, please look for me,
'Cause I couldn't bear to see what I might see.
I'm really still in prison, and my love, she holds the key.
A simple yellow ribbon's what I need to set me free.

I wrote and told her please,
Oh, tie a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.
It's been three long years.
Do you still want me?
(Still want me?)
If I don't see a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree,
I'll stay on the bus,
Forget about us,
Put the blame on me,
If I don't see a yellow ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.

Now the whole damn bus is cheering,
And I can't believe I see,
A hundred yellow ribbons 'round the ole oak tree.

I'm coming home, mm-hmm.
Tie a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.
Tie a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.
Tie a ribbon 'round the ole oak tree.


The number of Facebook users are now approaching nearly U.S population. Current US population is about 307 million and total of facebookers are reaching 300 million.
About 70 percent of facebooker are from outside of U.S and more than 800,000 users are signing up everyday. And It has turned a profit.



Patrick Swayze, Star of 'Ghost' & 'Dirty Dancing' Dies at 57


Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into moviegoers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," his publicist, Annett Wolf, said in a statement Monday evening. Swayze died in Los Angeles, Wolf said, but she declined to give further details.
Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer. He kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast," an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot.
Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making "The Beast" because they would have taken the edge off his performance. The show drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season.
When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was "considerably more optimistic" than that. Swayze acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease.
"I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking," Swayze told ABC's Barbara Walters in early 2009. "Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it."
C. Thomas Howell, who costarred with Swayze in "The Outsiders,""Grandview U.S.A." and "Red Dawn," said: "I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick. While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older `Outsiders' brother."
Other celebrities used Twitter to express condolences, and "Dirty Dancing" was the top trending topic for a while Monday night, trailed by several other Swayze films.
Ashton Kutcher — whose wife, Demi Moore, costarred with Swayze in "Ghost" — wrote: "RIP P Swayze." Kutcher also linked to a YouTube clip of the actor poking fun at himself in a classic "Saturday Night Live" sketch, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent — and frighteningly shirtless — Chris Farley.
Larry King wrote: "Patrick Swayze was a wonderful actor & a terrific guy. He put his heart in everything. He was an extraordinary fighter in his battle w Cancer." King added that he'd do a tribute to Swayze on his CNN program on Tuesday night.
A three-time Golden Globe nominee, Swayze became a star with his performance as the misunderstood bad boy Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing." As the son of a choreographer who began his career in musical theater, he seemed a natural to play the role.
A coming-of-age romance starring Jennifer Grey as an idealistic young woman on vacation with her family and Swayze as the Catskills resort's sexy (and much older) dance instructor, the film made great use of both his grace on his feet and his muscular physique.
It became an international phenomenon in the summer of 1987, spawning albums, an Oscar-winning hit song in "(I've Had) the Time of My Life," stage productions and a sequel, 2004's "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," in which he made a cameo.
Swayze performed and co-wrote a song on the soundtrack, the ballad "She's Like the Wind," inspired by his wife, Lisa Niemi. The film also gave him the chance to utter the now-classic line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
Swayze followed that up with the 1989 action flick "Road House," in which he played a bouncer at a rowdy bar. But it was his performance in 1990's "Ghost" that showed his vulnerable, sensitive side. He starred as a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee (Moore) — with great frustration and longing — through a psychic played by Whoopi Goldberg.
Swayze said at the time that he fought for the role of Sam Wheat (director Jerry Zucker wanted Kevin Kline) but once he went in for an audition and read six scenes, he got it.
Why did he want the part so badly? "It made me cry four or five times," he said of Bruce Joel Rubin's Oscar-winning script in an AP interview.
"Ghost" provided yet another indelible musical moment: Swayze and Moore sensually molding pottery together to the strains of the Righteous Brothers'"Unchained Melody." It also earned a best-picture nomination and a supporting-actress Oscar for Goldberg, who said she wouldn't have won if it weren't for Swayze.
"When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick," Goldberg said in March 2008 on the ABC daytime talk show "The View."
Swayze himself earned three Golden Globe nominations, for "Dirty Dancing,""Ghost" and 1995's "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar," which further allowed him to toy with his masculine image. The role called for him to play a drag queen on a cross-country road trip alongside Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo.
His heartthrob status almost kept him from being considered for the role of Vida Boheme.
"I couldn't get seen on it because everyone viewed me as terminally heterosexually masculine-macho," he told The Associated Press then. But he transformed himself so completely that when his screen test was sent to Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin pictures produced "To Wong Foo," Spielberg didn't recognize him.
Among his earlier films, Swayze was part of the star-studded lineup of up-and-comers in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel "The Outsiders," alongside Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez and Diane Lane.
Other '80s films included "Red Dawn,""Grandview U.S.A." (for which he also provided choreography) and "Youngblood," once more with Lowe, as Canadian hockey teammates.
In the '90s, he made such eclectic films as "Point Break" (1991), in which he played the leader of a band of bank-robbing surfers, and the family Western "Tall Tale" (1995), in which he starred as Pecos Bill. He appeared on the cover of People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991, but his career tapered off toward the end of the 1990s, when he also had a stay in rehab for alcohol abuse. In 2001, he appeared in the cult favorite "Donnie Darko," and in 2003 he returned to the New York stage with "Chicago"; 2006 found him in the musical "Guys and Dolls" in London.
Swayze was born in 1952 in Houston, the son of Jesse Swayze and choreographer Patsy Swayze, whose films include "Urban Cowboy."
He played football but also was drawn to dance and theater, performing with the Feld, Joffrey and Harkness Ballets and appearing on Broadway as Danny Zuko in "Grease." But he turned to acting in 1978 after a series of injuries.
Within a couple years of moving to Los Angeles, he made his debut in the roller-disco movie "Skatetown, U.S.A." The eclectic cast included Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormack and Billy Barty.
Off-screen, he was an avid conservationist who was moved by his time in Africa to shine a light on "man's greed and absolute unwillingness to operate according to Mother Nature's laws," he told the AP in 2004.
Swayze was married since 1975 to Niemi, a fellow dancer who took lessons with his mother; they met when he was 19 and she was 15. A licensed pilot, Niemi would fly her husband from Los Angeles to Northern California for treatment at Stanford University Medical Center.
In February, Swayze wrote an op-ed piece in the Washington Post titled, "I'm Battling Cancer. How About Some Help, Congress?" in which he urged senators and representatives to vote for the maximum funding for the National Institutes of Health to fight cancer as part of the economic stimulus package.
He also appeared in the September 2008 live television event "Stand Up to Cancer," where he made this moving plea: "I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light. ... I dream that the word `cure' will no longer be followed by the words `is impossible.'"

Read more: San Francisco Chronicle


Land of Smiles with lack of law enforcement.


Yesterday, Saturday September 12, PM Abhisit was welcomed by the bags of fermented fish and a barrage of shoes thrown by red shirt protesters while he was in Lop Buri province to hold a meeting with acting police chief.
The protesters managed to break through the police line of 500 policemen and soldiers and confronted the motorcade of country’s premier and officials.
In another story, the airport authorities also still can’t take control the illegal activities from the Suvanabhumi Airport.
According to Bangkok Post, there are 20 powerful gangs operating at the airport which are under the command of major gangs such as Kamnan Samruay, Boonruang Srisang, Sak Pakphanang and Pirap.
They are engaging the underground businesses like foreign exchange services, ticketing, illegal taxi and tour guide services and , also taking “protection fees” from the smaller gangs.
They were used to work at Don Muang Airport, later at the new Suvanabhumi Airport, and they are still at large.
“In Democracy, you have a right to shout out loud, but not in violent and unlawful way.”

reference : Bangkok Post


Tea party activists rally at U.S. Capitol


The conservative advocacy group Tea Party Express massed at the U.S. Capitol on Saturday to protest health care reform, higher taxes and what they see as out-of-control government spending.

Marchers en route to the rally held no feelings in check as they waved signs reading, "Proud member of the angry mob," "I didn't vote for this Obamanation," "Fire the czars" and "You represent us, not rule us."

Nazi imagery and a poster of President Obama as an African witch doctor were popular images.
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Woman In Love

Woman in Love - Barbra Streisand

S.H.E..美麗新世界.09.Woman In Love


President Obama Speaks at the Pentagon Memorial on 9/11/09


The Pentagon
Arlington, Virginia

9:34 A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Secretary Gates, Admiral Mullen and members of the Armed Forces, fellow Americans, family and friends of those that we lost this day -- Michelle and I are deeply humbled to be with you.
Eight Septembers have come and gone. Nearly 3,000 days have passed -- almost one for each of those taken from us. But no turning of the seasons can diminish the pain and the loss of that day. No passage of time and no dark skies can ever dull the meaning of this moment.
So on this solemn day, at this sacred hour, once more we pause. Once more we pray -- as a nation and as a people; in city streets where our two towers were turned to ashes and dust; in a quiet field where a plane fell from the sky; and here, where a single stone of this building is still blackened by the fires.
We remember with reverence the lives we lost. We read their names. We press their photos to our hearts. And on this day that marks their death, we recall the beauty and meaning of their lives; men and women and children of every color and every creed, from across our nation and from more than 100 others. They were innocent. Harming no one, they went about their daily lives. Gone in a horrible instant, they now "dwell in the House of the Lord forever."
We honor all those who gave their lives so that others might live, and all the survivors who battled burns and wounds and helped each other rebuild their lives; men and women who gave life to that most simple of rules: I am my brother's keeper; I am my sister's keeper.
We pay tribute to the service of a new generation -- young Americans raised in a time of peace and plenty who saw their nation in its hour of need and said, "I choose to serve"; "I will do my part." And once more we grieve. For you and your families, no words can ease the ache of your heart. No deeds can fill the empty places in your homes. But on this day and all that follow, you may find solace in the memory of those you loved, and know that you have the unending support of the American people.
Scripture teaches us a hard truth. The mountains may fall and the earth may give way; the flesh and the heart may fail. But after all our suffering, God and grace will "restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." So it is -- so it has been for these families. So it must be for our nation.
Let us renew our resolve against those who perpetrated this barbaric act and who plot against us still. In defense of our nation we will never waver; in pursuit of al Qaeda and its extremist allies, we will never falter.
Let us renew our commitment to all those who serve in our defense -- our courageous men and women in uniform and their families and all those who protect us here at home. Mindful that the work of protecting America is never finished, we will do everything in our power to keep America safe.
Let us renew the true spirit of that day. Not the human capacity for evil, but the human capacity for good. Not the desire to destroy, but the impulse to save, and to serve, and to build. On this first National Day of Service and Remembrance, we can summon once more that ordinary goodness of America -- to serve our communities, to strengthen our country, and to better our world.
Most of all, on a day when others sought to sap our confidence, let us renew our common purpose. Let us remember how we came together as one nation, as one people, as Americans, united not only in our grief, but in our resolve to stand with one another, to stand up for the country we all love.
This may be the greatest lesson of this day, the strongest rebuke to those who attacked us, the highest tribute to those taken from us -- that such sense of purpose need not be a fleeting moment. It can be a lasting virtue.
For through their own lives –- and through you, the loved ones that they left behind –- the men and women who lost their lives eight years ago today leave a legacy that still shines brightly in the darkness, and that calls on all of us to be strong and firm and united. That is our calling today and in all the Septembers still to come.
May God bless you and comfort you. And may God bless the United States of America.

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September 11

The sky isn't coloring blue as before as it was siezed by fading layer of smoke and dusts. Buses and trains are running with deserted seats . It looks like the city was just woke up from the nightmare. This is scene of early Wednesday morning 12/09/2001.

At the same time in the morning of Tuesday, the city was started with the beautiful melodies and smiles. Sky-high buildings were proudly stands with the background of beautiful sky. The stream of various types of vehicle are flowing on the road.People were preparing to start a day as they have no idea what will happen in the next few hours.

All the melodies and smiles were badly disrupted by devil's scream. The beautiful sky suddenly turned it's color into dark, several buildings and ground was shaken when the huge planes crashed into the 1 World Trade Center (North Tower), it's the time of 8:46 AM, September 11 2001.

The 9/11, also known as September 11th was the series of attacks by Al-Qaeda upon the United States on September 11, 2001.

Early morning of Tuesday September 11, 2001, 19 terrorists hijacked four airliners en route to San Francisco and Los Angeles from Boston, Newark and Washington Dulles International Airport, Washington D.C.

On that morning at 8:46 AM, American Airline Flight 11 was crashed into the North Tower of the WTC. Later at 9:03 AM, World Trade Center's South Tower was hit by United Airlines Flight 175. Pentagon was also hit at 9:37 AM by American Airlines Flight 77. Flight 93 or United Airlines which seemed to target the United States Capitol or White House, crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania at 10:03 AM, after the passengers tried to retake the aircraft from hijackers.

According to United 93's blackbox recordings, the crew and passengers tried to take control of the plane after learning about the crashings through the phone calls.
Soon after, the plane was crashed into a field near Shanksville in Stonycreek Township, Somerset County, Pennsylvania at 10:03:11 AM.
Later in the interview with Yosri Fouda, an organiser of the attackes, mentioned the target of United 93 was the United State Capitol, code name "the Faculty of Law" as given.

Due to the attacks, Three Buildings, North Tower (1 WTC), South Tower (2 WTC) and  7 WTC, were collapsed. During the North Tower collapsed, debris heavily damaged the nearby
7 World Trade Center(7 WTC). The build later collapsed in the evening at 5:20 PM.

There were a total of 2,993 deaths including citizens from 19 hijackers, 246 on four planes, 2,603 in New York City in the towers and on the ground, and 125 at the Pentagon.
Citizens from more than 99 countries were killed in the attacks. An additional 24 people listed as missing. All of deaths were cilivians except for 55 military personnel at the Pentagon.
Estimated about 17,400 people were in the buildings at the time of attacks. The people below the impact zone safely evacuated the buildings, alongs with 18 peoples from south tower.
At lease 200 people jumped from the burning towers to their deaths.
411 emergency forces were died as they attempted to rescue people and fight fires.
341 firefighters from FDNY (New York City Fire Department) and 2 FDNY paramedics.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) lost 23 officers.
The Port Authority Police Department lost 37 officers.
Private EMS units lost 8 EMTs (Emergency Medical Technician) and paramedics.
An Investment bank, Cantor Fitzgarald L.P., on the 101-105 floors of the 1 World Trade Center lost 658 employees, more than any other employer.
Marsh Inc., located on 93-101 (the location of Flight 11's impact), lost 355 employees and Aon Coporation lost 175 employess.
Weeks after the attack, the estimated death toll rised over 6,000. The city was only able to identity remains about 1,600 of the victims at the World Trade Center.
The medical examiner's office also collected "about 10,000 unidentified bone and tissue fragments that cannot be matched to the list of the dead".
Bone fragments were still being found in 2006 as workers were preparing to demolish the Deutsche Bank Building, which was damaged by the collapse of 2 World Trade Center (South Tower) .
In addition to 110 floors Twin Towers, several other buildings around that area were damaged including 6 World Trade Center, 5 World Trade Center, 4 World Trade Center and
3 World Trade Center (Marriott World Trade Center), World Financial Center complex and St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church.
The World Trade Center site, ground zero, was cleared by the end of May 2002.

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Kanpai!!! (Cheers!!!) my friend.

Y Wine - Phyay Theint Lite

The main theme of this song is "Friends encourage each other".

Nagabushi Tsuyoshi - Kanpai ( traduzida )


President Obama's back-to-school speech.


Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release September 8, 2009
Wakefield High School
Arlington, Virginia
12:06 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. All right, everybody go ahead and have a seat. How is everybody doing today? (Applause.) How about Tim Spicer? (Applause.) I am here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, from kindergarten through 12th grade. And I am just so glad that all could join us today. And I want to thank Wakefield for being such an outstanding host. Give yourselves a big round of applause. (Applause.)
I know that for many of you, today is the first day of school. And for those of you in kindergarten, or starting middle or high school, it's your first day in a new school, so it's understandable if you're a little nervous. I imagine there are some seniors out there who are feeling pretty good right now -- (applause) -- with just one more year to go. And no matter what grade you're in, some of you are probably wishing it were still summer and you could've stayed in bed just a little bit longer this morning.
I know that feeling. When I was young, my family lived overseas. I lived in Indonesia for a few years. And my mother, she didn't have the money to send me where all the American kids went to school, but she thought it was important for me to keep up with an American education. So she decided to teach me extra lessons herself, Monday through Friday. But because she had to go to work, the only time she could do it was at 4:30 in the morning.
Now, as you might imagine, I wasn't too happy about getting up that early. And a lot of times, I'd fall asleep right there at the kitchen table. But whenever I'd complain, my mother would just give me one of those looks and she'd say, "This is no picnic for me either, buster." (Laughter.)
So I know that some of you are still adjusting to being back at school. But I'm here today because I have something important to discuss with you. I'm here because I want to talk with you about your education and what's expected of all of you in this new school year.
Now, I've given a lot of speeches about education. And I've talked about responsibility a lot.
I've talked about teachers' responsibility for inspiring students and pushing you to learn.
I've talked about your parents' responsibility for making sure you stay on track, and you get your homework done, and don't spend every waking hour in front of the TV or with the Xbox.
I've talked a lot about your government's responsibility for setting high standards, and supporting teachers and principals, and turning around schools that aren't working, where students aren't getting the opportunities that they deserve.
But at the end of the day, we can have the most dedicated teachers, the most supportive parents, the best schools in the world -- and none of it will make a difference, none of it will matter unless all of you fulfill your responsibilities, unless you show up to those schools, unless you pay attention to those teachers, unless you listen to your parents and grandparents and other adults and put in the hard work it takes to succeed. That's what I want to focus on today: the responsibility each of you has for your education.
I want to start with the responsibility you have to yourself. Every single one of you has something that you're good at. Every single one of you has something to offer. And you have a responsibility to yourself to discover what that is. That's the opportunity an education can provide.
Maybe you could be a great writer -- maybe even good enough to write a book or articles in a newspaper -- but you might not know it until you write that English paper -- that English class paper that's assigned to you. Maybe you could be an innovator or an inventor -- maybe even good enough to come up with the next iPhone or the new medicine or vaccine -- but you might not know it until you do your project for your science class. Maybe you could be a mayor or a senator or a Supreme Court justice -- but you might not know that until you join student government or the debate team.
And no matter what you want to do with your life, I guarantee that you'll need an education to do it. You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer? You want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer or a member of our military? You're going to need a good education for every single one of those careers. You cannot drop out of school and just drop into a good job. You've got to train for it and work for it and learn for it.
And this isn't just important for your own life and your own future. What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. The future of America depends on you. What you're learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.
You'll need the knowledge and problem-solving skills you learn in science and math to cure diseases like cancer and AIDS, and to develop new energy technologies and protect our environment. You'll need the insights and critical-thinking skills you gain in history and social studies to fight poverty and homelessness, crime and discrimination, and make our nation more fair and more free. You'll need the creativity and ingenuity you develop in all your classes to build new companies that will create new jobs and boost our economy.
We need every single one of you to develop your talents and your skills and your intellect so you can help us old folks solve our most difficult problems. If you don't do that -- if you quit on school -- you're not just quitting on yourself, you're quitting on your country.
Now, I know it's not always easy to do well in school. I know a lot of you have challenges in your lives right now that can make it hard to focus on your schoolwork.
I get it. I know what it's like. My father left my family when I was two years old, and I was raised by a single mom who had to work and who struggled at times to pay the bills and wasn't always able to give us the things that other kids had. There were times when I missed having a father in my life. There were times when I was lonely and I felt like I didn't fit in.
So I wasn't always as focused as I should have been on school, and I did some things I'm not proud of, and I got in more trouble than I should have. And my life could have easily taken a turn for the worse.
But I was -- I was lucky. I got a lot of second chances, and I had the opportunity to go to college and law school and follow my dreams. My wife, our First Lady Michelle Obama, she has a similar story. Neither of her parents had gone to college, and they didn't have a lot of money. But they worked hard, and she worked hard, so that she could go to the best schools in this country.
Some of you might not have those advantages. Maybe you don't have adults in your life who give you the support that you need. Maybe someone in your family has lost their job and there's not enough money to go around. Maybe you live in a neighborhood where you don't feel safe, or have friends who are pressuring you to do things you know aren't right.
But at the end of the day, the circumstances of your life -- what you look like, where you come from, how much money you have, what you've got going on at home -- none of that is an excuse for neglecting your homework or having a bad attitude in school. That's no excuse for talking back to your teacher, or cutting class, or dropping out of school. There is no excuse for not trying.
Where you are right now doesn't have to determine where you'll end up. No one's written your destiny for you, because here in America, you write your own destiny. You make your own future.
That's what young people like you are doing every day, all across America.
Young people like Jazmin Perez, from Roma, Texas. Jazmin didn't speak English when she first started school. Neither of her parents had gone to college. But she worked hard, earned good grades, and got a scholarship to Brown University -- is now in graduate school, studying public health, on her way to becoming Dr. Jazmin Perez.
I'm thinking about Andoni Schultz, from Los Altos, California, who's fought brain cancer since he was three. He's had to endure all sorts of treatments and surgeries, one of which affected his memory, so it took him much longer -- hundreds of extra hours -- to do his schoolwork. But he never fell behind. He's headed to college this fall.
And then there's Shantell Steve, from my hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Even when bouncing from foster home to foster home in the toughest neighborhoods in the city, she managed to get a job at a local health care center, start a program to keep young people out of gangs, and she's on track to graduate high school with honors and go on to college.
And Jazmin, Andoni, and Shantell aren't any different from any of you. They face challenges in their lives just like you do. In some cases they've got it a lot worse off than many of you. But they refused to give up. They chose to take responsibility for their lives, for their education, and set goals for themselves. And I expect all of you to do the same.
That's why today I'm calling on each of you to set your own goals for your education -- and do everything you can to meet them. Your goal can be something as simple as doing all your homework, paying attention in class, or spending some time each day reading a book. Maybe you'll decide to get involved in an extracurricular activity, or volunteer in your community. Maybe you'll decide to stand up for kids who are being teased or bullied because of who they are or how they look, because you believe, like I do, that all young people deserve a safe environment to study and learn. Maybe you'll decide to take better care of yourself so you can be more ready to learn. And along those lines, by the way, I hope all of you are washing your hands a lot, and that you stay home from school when you don't feel well, so we can keep people from getting the flu this fall and winter.
But whatever you resolve to do, I want you to commit to it. I want you to really work at it.
I know that sometimes you get that sense from TV that you can be rich and successful without any hard work -- that your ticket to success is through rapping or basketball or being a reality TV star. Chances are you're not going to be any of those things.
The truth is, being successful is hard. You won't love every subject that you study. You won't click with every teacher that you have. Not every homework assignment will seem completely relevant to your life right at this minute. And you won't necessarily succeed at everything the first time you try.
That's okay. Some of the most successful people in the world are the ones who've had the most failures. J.K. Rowling's -- who wrote Harry Potter -- her first Harry Potter book was rejected 12 times before it was finally published. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. He lost hundreds of games and missed thousands of shots during his career. But he once said, "I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that's why I succeed."
These people succeeded because they understood that you can't let your failures define you -- you have to let your failures teach you. You have to let them show you what to do differently the next time. So if you get into trouble, that doesn't mean you're a troublemaker, it means you need to try harder to act right. If you get a bad grade, that doesn't mean you're stupid, it just means you need to spend more time studying.
No one's born being good at all things. You become good at things through hard work. You're not a varsity athlete the first time you play a new sport. You don't hit every note the first time you sing a song. You've got to practice. The same principle applies to your schoolwork. You might have to do a math problem a few times before you get it right. You might have to read something a few times before you understand it. You definitely have to do a few drafts of a paper before it's good enough to hand in.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. Don't be afraid to ask for help when you need it. I do that every day. Asking for help isn't a sign of weakness, it's a sign of strength because it shows you have the courage to admit when you don't know something, and that then allows you to learn something new. So find an adult that you trust -- a parent, a grandparent or teacher, a coach or a counselor -- and ask them to help you stay on track to meet your goals.
And even when you're struggling, even when you're discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you, don't ever give up on yourself, because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
The story of America isn't about people who quit when things got tough. It's about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.
It's the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and they founded this nation. Young people. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google and Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
So today, I want to ask all of you, what's your contribution going to be? What problems are you going to solve? What discoveries will you make? What will a President who comes here in 20 or 50 or 100 years say about what all of you did for this country?
Now, your families, your teachers, and I are doing everything we can to make sure you have the education you need to answer these questions. I'm working hard to fix up your classrooms and get you the books and the equipment and the computers you need to learn. But you've got to do your part, too. So I expect all of you to get serious this year. I expect you to put your best effort into everything you do. I expect great things from each of you. So don't let us down. Don't let your family down or your country down. Most of all, don't let yourself down. Make us all proud.
Thank you very much, everybody. God bless you. God bless America. Thank you. (Applause.)
12:22 P.M. EDT

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Turning iPhone into remote control

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Despite its power in the living room, the remote control is a largely unloved device, its endless array of buttons more confounding than comforting.
But what if your favorite phone or touch-screen MP3 player could take on the tasks of the remote control, replacing the riot of buttons with a truly intuitive interface?
That's a promise that's slowly taking shape with the rise of innovative gadgets like the iPhone and iPod Touch, which can be programmed to do any number of jobs.
Apple has made it possible for iPhone and iPod Touch users to control their iTunes program or Apple TV through a downloadable application called Remote. Sonos, the maker of multi-room music systems, released a free iPhone app that allows customers to use their iPhone instead of a Sonos remote.
And last week, Apple approved an app from iTV that allows consumer electronics makers to easily build iPhone apps that can serve as remote controls. ITV said the first devices to get the support are TiVo digital video recorders.
It's still just a trickle and no immediate threat to the venerable remote control or third-party universal remotes. But the emergence of remote control apps creates some intriguing possibilities.
Instead of a static array of buttons, an app can be dynamic and more easy to use. And it can change over time with a simple software update.
"You'll see the phone as a remote control more and more," said John McFarlane, CEO of Sonos. "It's better than any infrared device you've picked up. It's a wonderful platform, and you don't have to train someone to work with another device."
This scenario works only on electronics gear that can connect to an outside gadget. While remotes use infrared signals, most phones don't have that capability and would need some kind of accessory to control other devices.
And this set-up depends on an iPhone, an Android-based handset or a similar device, which generally start at $199.
But as more and more electronic devices get Internet access and wireless connectivity through Ethernet ports, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, it opens the door for communication with the growing number of handsets.

Only a few buttons

"I think the biggest advantage of a touch screen is you don't have to show all the buttons all the time," said Carl Howe, an analyst with the Yankee Group. "You can have literally just two or three buttons that are most commonly used."
But the benefits aren't just about simplifying the user experience. Apps can change the way people interact with their consumer electronics. Take, for example, the TiVo app being developed by iTV for Series 3 TiVos. ITV makes a program for the iPhone that allows people to see what shows are on and allows users to sort through programs by genre and actors.
But future versions could allow people to use an iPhone not only to consult a program guide or change channels, but also to get previews of other channels or videos or pull up relevant data. Or perhaps they could participate in real-time surveys, contests and fan forums.
It would make the gadget a complementary second screen, not just a control device, said Brad Pelo, CEO of iTV.
"What's intriguing is the second screen can now become truly interactive," he said. "As you're watching media, you can interact with it and with others watching at the same time."
It could also be a boon to advertisers, giving them a way to reach people through offers that are tailored to their viewing habits.
Again, the future is still being written. But electronics-makers and cable companies are intrigued by the idea.
Vizio, for example, has installed Wi-Fi and Bluetooth in new TV models and is open to the idea of creating a remote control app or having an outside developer pursue it.
Logitech, which makes the popular Harmony universal remotes, is also taking a look at the technology. Scott Harrington, director of product marketing for Harmony remotes, said it wouldn't be too hard to build an infrared peripheral for an iPhone that could enable it to communicate with consumer electronics devices.

Minimal controls

But he said feedback from Harmony users indicate they still want physical buttons for some of the simplest tasks like volume control.
"The best experience is having a minimal set of buttons because people like to use the product without having to look down at a touch screen for every function," he said.
Still, the time may be ripe to overhaul or replace the remote control, said Mike McGuire, an analyst with Gartner Research.
"I don't know anyone who loves the remote control," he said. "It's either line of sight issues, or for me I have to change the batteries. Or you grab the wrong one. If people are consuming more media, to have an application that eases their burdens makes a lot of sense."