Friday, April 18, 2014

Put your energy in getting on with your lives

I quote from J. Michael Straczynski:
People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives.  

When something happens and is not your fault, it's natural to blame others. It is a natural reaction but you shouldn't let it be the only action you will take. Spend more of your energy fixing the problem than to blame others for it. After all, if you're blaming others for it, it means that it is important. :)

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Multitask versus Delegation

I realised that many people tend to confuse between the words multitasking and delegation. The truth is most, if not all of us cannot multitask.

So what is multitask? Multitask is like talking to your boss, and at the same time SMSing your spouse. If you're not doing both at the same time, you're not multitasking.

Delegation on the other hand is different. For example, you can delegate your computer to run a report while you're replying a email that your boss sent you. After sending your email, you check back if the report has been generated. In actual fact, most of us are delegating our work, either to other colleagues or to the computers.

If you still think that you can multitask, try telling your spouse what happened from the start of the day till the end of the day, while at the same time reply an email to a friend on the details of a next gathering for example. Note, the keyword is at the same time.

Can you do it?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Cherish your visions

I quote from Napoleon Hill:
Cherish your visions and your dreams as they are the children of your soul, the blueprints of your ultimate achievements.  
Take note of what you dream or think of because you may never know that the dream or the thought that came may be the next wonderful invention.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Building apps with no IT foundation is dangerous

Recently I've been concerned with regard to people starting to develop apps with only about 3 months of programming experience because of one simple reason. The IT foundation is not there and therefore the application may be unstable or worse still, leak information out to the public.

I believe everyone knows that regardless of the level of technology or social media know how, if a person is not trained for some time on a particular skill, he/she may only be able to understand the basic concepts and not understand how to build on top of it.

Giving a very simple example, if someone creates a simple application that has a login screen, so that you can store your daily tasks in their servers (or they call it cloud). Without the basic concept, how would you know if the person
  1. encrypted your login credentials on the servers and store it securely so that no one can access it from the internet
  2. encrypt the transportation of the login credentials to the app provider so that people are unable to sniff out your credentials on the fly
  3. store your daily tasks securely so that other users of the application will not have a chance to peep at your tasks.

Yes, some people may be able to grasp this concept fast but I do not think its the norm. I have not gone into load balancing, and clustering of the servers to enhance performance.

Just because you can create a program called Hello World does not mean you're ready for the world of programming. You may be able to figure out if you have the affinity for programming but I believe that may be just about it.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Freemium is just like a demo

The freemium model, made popular by mobile applications, have been fast becoming the norm and more and more applications are adopting this model. The reason behind this is very simple... Expectations.

Before the days of freemium model, sometimes developers used to create demos or time-limited programs to showcase the features of the programs and entice people to buy the full version. This is time consuming on both the developer and the customer because the developer needs to create different versions of the same product and the customer sometimes need to un-install and re-install the application as the full version is different from the demo version.

With the freemium model, the 2 issues have been resolved because the developers now only need to create one version of the application (depending on platform) and the customers can have access to the features immediately upon paying online.

The freemium model is definitely here to stay and it is quite an effective marketing tool. In fact, some of the highest grossing applications are based on this model because the application/game was designed to be so addictive that the customer will be willing to pay more to stay ahead.

Freemium model is definitely here to stay but in order to be successful, the fundamentals never change. The application/game needs to be good. Very good...

Friday, April 4, 2014

Strive for the best, but ...

I quote from Brené Brown:
Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it's often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.

Strive for the best, but it need not be perfect as evolution will ensure that the perfection is only for a fleeting moment. Continuously learning and trying out new things is the answer.

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wondering why my external storage was slow in Mavericks

I had recently upgraded by Mac Mini which I bought in 2010 to Mavericks and somehow, my 2TB firewire external storage became slow and I couldn't really write anything into it. After much trial and error, I finally found out what's the issue with it. Spotlight.

Apparently, spotlight was trying to index my 2TB external storage which is already half-filled. As my Mac mini is not on 24 hours, it is forever trying to index it, causing any read/write to the storage to slow down.

My solution? To go into spotlight and stop the indexing for my external storage. I didn't really need it because I use it mainly for my Elgato TV tuner. To stop the indexing, just do the following:

  1. Click on System Preferences
  2. Click on Spotlight
  3. Click on the Privacy tab on top
  4. Click on the + and select the external storage (Note: Do not click the folders within or it will just exclude those specific folders)

That's it. After that, my external storage functioned as per normal.

Hope this helps...

Monday, March 31, 2014

Why not attach a GPS to the debris?

It is with great sadness that till now, MHA370 is still not found and every passing day, it seems like we're getting further away from finding the reason why the plane ended up in the South Indian Ocean.

Currently there are both planes and ships scouring the area for the debris. It makes sense because planes travel faster than the ships and so the planes supposedly is able to narrow down the search area. However, what I did not understand is why did they not try to mark the debris with some form of GPS so that the debris can be tracked.

For example, isn't it possible to load some sort of raft into the airplanes and deploy those rafts whenever the debris is found, attaching some kind of GPS to it so that the ships can track the signals? The currents are forever moving the debris away from the location and all the satellite images can tell you is the previous known location. Why can't the planes mark the debris so that the ships can follow the trails? They have done it to wildlife to track them, why not to the debris?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Walking on the right road

I quote from C. S. Lewis:
We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

Sometimes stopping what you're doing and restarting on a totally different path means you're progressing more than others. Do not lose faith.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Obamacare did not take into account integration complexity

The more I read about Obamacare in the news, the more I think that the intention is good, but it did not take into account the extreme complexity of such implementation.

From what I understand, state exchanges in Obamacare means that the state allows different approaches in handling healthcare and other welfare systems. However, I do not think that they have taken into account how the main exchange is going to take into account all this information.

If there is integration, there must be a common denominator among all the different healthcare plans. If there is no commonality between all the different plans, then what's the use of integrating them together? Therefore, it's not possible to have a total different approach in handling the healthcare plans.

Any plans in the exchange needs to have that same base. If not, the integration cannot happen. That's a fact. I believe the base plan which was defined caused some of the implementation issues because many healthcare plans provided by the companies did not meet the declared minimum requirements. I believe that is why some people are not able to keep their plans.

The intention is good but it is difficult to get this intention across if the people are not earning enough to afford such coverage. That is why some choose to have lesser coverage because it is better than no coverage.

Integration is never easy...

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