Daily Observations

The Only Handheld Device That You Should Let Your Kids Play

A Kindle or any e-Book Readers that can only be used for reading, without any of those media playback capability and games.

Any other devices should be restricted, because no matter how beneficial those handheld devices promise, I am still not convinced that the kids who interact with these devices would have any idea how it would damage them cognitively.

2014-12-07T00:26:34+08:00December 7th, 2014|Daily Observations|0 Comments

Attachments

E-mail attachments can sometimes be a very damaging thing- not referring to the virus and scams that you get everyday. It’s the fact that once your attachment is sent out, there’s no way you can ‘undo’ it. You can definitely remember the time when your attachment is sent to the wrong intended recipient… All the embarrassing damage control you mustered up to ensure things doesn’t get any worse. Only it’s already out of your control.

If only there’s an email app that attaches a file by linking it to a specific location on a server, instead of literally attaching it together with the email. This way, the sender can choose to edit or remove the attached file referred to in the e-mail.

That should save everyone a lot of unnecessary awkwardness.

2015-03-20T01:51:15+08:00November 23rd, 2014|Daily Observations, Productivity, Technology|0 Comments

Is the Dengue Infection Out of Control?

A close friend’s mother recently passed away due to dengue fever. There are friends who I know personally admitted to hospital due to dengue.

Too many reports of dengue cases, and all these incidents are directly from the people I know. The regularity of these dengue reports are frightening. At this rate, I really think that the virus is starting to get out of control.

Maybe it’s the change of the weather. Or the urban environment which is favorable to the breeding of these deadly Aedes mosquitoes.

Whatever it is, please take extra caution.

Some stats from flutracker.com:
2014 (Jan to May) – 36,825 cases reported, with 72 deaths.
2013 – 41,226 cases reported, 88 deaths.
2012 – 21,444 cases reported, 35 deaths.
2011 – 19,884 cases reported, 36 deaths.
2010 – 46,171 cases reported, 134 deaths.

2014-06-30T04:03:35+08:00June 30th, 2014|Daily Observations|0 Comments

No More Whipping the Llama’s Ass

The first ever MP3 player we had back then. There was really lots of awesome skins and visualizations effects you could play with.

WinAmp No More!

On WinAmp.com’s homepage:

“Winamp.com and associated web services will no longer be available past December 20, 2013. Additionally, Winamp Media players will no longer be available for download. Please download the latest version before that date. See release notes for latest improvements to this last release.
Thanks for supporting the Winamp community for over 15 years.”

You’ll be remembered, Mr Llama.

2013-11-21T03:47:52+08:00November 21st, 2013|Daily Observations, Technology|0 Comments

How to Make Your Family Rich

Rice paddy fields at Dawn

“No one who can rise before dawn 360 days a year fails to make his family rich.”

That’s a very interesting quote I keep referring to from Gladwell’s Outliers. It’s a saying originated by Chinese paddy farmers, which literally means, wealth comes to those who works hard with consistency and perseverance. In the book, this is contrasted with the Western culture’s wheat cultivation, where there’s a gap of about a 3-4 months where no significant labor is performed on the field because of the unsuitability of the soil during those period.

Note that, the quote refers to paddy farmers. Hence, their work cycle has to start in the morning, before the sun’s first light.

Today, many of us no longer toil the fields, and we’ve come a long way since the industrial era. Many enterprises I know no longer practice such orthodox way of running their business. Case in point, the very platform I am using to write this short essay is built by Automattic, the company that did away with cubicles and every employee works from home.

Some even say that by not reporting to work by a certain time of a day, one is considered an individual lack of discipline. Of course, if one first agree with the working hours, and has the same idea on productivity and efficiency. If by working from 9 to 5 implies great efficiency, we would have a very effective government service- just look at the hours they put in and the number of people employed by the government. We could easily be the most productive and efficient government on Planet Earth.

What do you say about working hours and it’s effect on productivity and efficiency, especially in the context of a technology-based enterprises (where creativity, innovation, effective problem-solving and decision-making is of utmost importance)?

2013-11-18T04:29:44+08:00November 18th, 2013|Daily Observations, Entrepreneurship, Productivity, Technology|0 Comments