Chris Leong

Disoriented views from the rosy lens of an optimistic realist.

Category: Random Thoughts

What is success?

I saw this great video from my friend’s blog – Sybreon Ones Nought. I find it very true and want to share it.

There are some things success is not.
Its not fame.
Its not money or power.
Success is waking up in the morning so excited about what you have to do that you literally fly out the door.
Its getting to work with people you love.
Success is connecting with the world and making people feel. Its finding a way to bind together people who have nothing in common but a dream.
Its falling asleep at night knowing you did the best job you could.
Success is joy and freedom and friendship.
And success is Love.

This are all important points for you to consider when you want to venture to business. Many entrepreneurs are successful because they love what they do. They are fulfilled and enjoy all the work that comes along with the business.

Are you excited with what you are doing?

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Evaluating your business idea

A friend of mine, Bugs Tan has a great way for inventors and entrepreneurs to evaluate good business ideas. Bugs Tan is an award winning inventor who is very passionate in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship.

Based on his experience, he came out with a practical series of questions to help entrepreneurs and inventors to evaluate their ideas. I like these questions as it provides a very good perspective on how an entrepreneur should review the viability of their idea.

Do also check out Bugs’s blog to tap his thoughts on innovation.

Office 2010: The Movie

An effort by Microsoft to promote Office 2010 movie style. So far so good, its the top 5 viral video for the past 24 hours (as at 10 July 09 by Unruly Media) with 66,000 views and 112 blog post.

If you want to try out the technical preview of Office 2010, check out this website Office 2010: The Movie Web site.

 

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What’s in the mind of a Malaysian Gen-Y?

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Read a insightful survey that I found on the net about a study about Malaysian’s Gen Y(millennials) workforce by PwC. This reports summarize the “turn-ons”  and “turn-offs” of a Malaysian Gen-Y worker.  This report provides some clues on how  a manager especially from the Gen-X and Baby Boomer era should manage a Gen-Y worker.

After reading it, I find that this report is also very useful for any marketer who wants to sell to Gen-Ys. Like it or not, Gen-Ys are going to contribute the bulk of consumer spending in the near future. Understanding what they turn them on is key for any marketer.

I compile some of the highlights of the report but to read more click here to Download survey

Highlights of a Global Gen-Y Worker

  1. Consistency gets stale. They want mobility throughout their career lifetime, preferably involving overseas stints.
  2. Job-hopping is overrated. Debunking the portfolio careers myth, our Gen Y will remain loyal to their employer – as long as they feel fulfilled in their role, that is.
  3. Green is in. Issues of sustainability and climate change are of major concern, and will affect their career choices.
  4. Can’t live without gadgets. They’ve grown up with technology – it is part and parcel of their lives, which includes the work they do for a living.
  5. The term work-life balance is passe. Employers can’t just encourage a balance but should provide the means for this balance through more flexible work hours.
  6. Respect my space, please. The Gen Y maintain clear separation between their work and personal lives, and are unwilling to share too much personal information with their employers.
  7. Coaching welcomed here. They prefer on-the-job development rather than formalised training, especially working with strong coaches and mentors.
  8. Cash is king. When it comes to benefits, cash bonuses are valued higher than training and development.
  9. We are all made the same. They believe in gender equality, where they and their partners will contribute an equal amount of financial support for their households.
  10. I rely on me. They will take personal responsibility for funding their retirement

The key findings reflect the views and opinions of our Malaysian Gen-Y worker, which for the most part mirror that of their global counterparts:

  • The majority hope to experience work life overseas – 88% expressed the desire to work abroad.
  • Corporate responsibility (CR) plays a big role for millennials in their choice of employer with 86% choosing employers with similar corporate responsibility values and 77% stating they would leave an employer whose values no longer matched their expectations.
  • Strong coaches and mentors are key to development – 98% of the respondents stated working with strong coaches and mentors was important to their personal development.
  • 65% indicated that they plan to self-fund their retirement while only 22% expected their retirement to be funded by their employers’ retirement scheme.
  • 68% of millennials believe that by 2020, China, Russia and India will have more economic influence than Europe and the USA.
  • Job hopping in a portfolio working arrangement is not likely. 86% of millennials believe they will only have between two and five employers and only 3% believe they will have 10 or more employers

Our millennials are hoping for a shift from traditional Asian work practices. 58% expect to work traditional work hours with some flexible hours and 57% selected flexi-hours as the most highly valued employee benefit.

  • Our millennials value privacy – only 29% are willing to share more personal information with their employers.
  • Cash is king for millennials – 49% value cash bonuses as one of the most preferred employee benefits.
  • Our millennials are on the fence on the current Malaysian economic health. However, almost three-quarters (72%) feel that the global economy is worse off.
  • They believe in gender equality. Two-thirds (66%) believe that they and their partners will contribute an equal amount of financial support to support the household.
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TweetCraft – Twitter client for World of Warcraft

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TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for World of Warcraft. TweetCraft is an open source Coding4Fun project and is available to download now.

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TweetCraft Overview

TweetCraft is an in-game Twitter client for World of Warcraft. TweetCraft has two major components:

  • Windows client – A Windows client utility that sends/receives messages from Twitter & TwitPic
  • Warcraft Addon – A Warcraft AddOn that sends/receives messages from Twitter

Key Features

  • Send/receive Tweets in-game
  • Upload in-game screenshots using TwitPic
  • AutoTweet Warcraft achievements
  • Auto-Tweet when you log in, enter an instance or change zones
  • TweetCraft is also extensible so that AddOn authors can build custom AutoTweet messages

More Information

Check it out!

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Now you can Tweet with your MS Outlook

Ok if you are Tweeter fan, now you can actually tweet using MS Outlook.

Some summary about TwInBox

If you are a Microsoft ® Outlook ® user, you probably have it open all the time. Now you can have a fully-featured, powerful Twitter client at your fingertips without having to open any other applications. TwInbox seamlessly integrates Twitter into Outlook. It is a perfect Twitter client for any Outlook user, from a Twitter newbie to a business professional.

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Here are some of the features provided by TwInbox

Features

  • Update your Twitter status directly from Outlook.
  • Receive your friend updates in Outlook.
  • Archive, manage, group and search your tweets the
    same way you manage your email (details).
  • Search, track keywords. TwInbox will automatically download ALL tweets matching the keywords you specify, even if you are not following the tweet sender. This feature is perfect for keeping up to date with the Twitter buzz on your name, brand, interests, etc.
  • Group tweets by sender, topic, etc using the Search feature.
  • Upload and post picture files and Outlook email attachments.
  • See new tweets at a glance (details).
  • Assign custom folder and categories to new messages.
  • Use Outlook’s “Reply” and “ReplyAll” commands to send twitter direct messages and @replies.
  • Automatically sort new tweets into per-sender folders.
  • Shorten URLs with tinyurl.
  • See graphs of your Twitter usage statistics.
  • Tweets sent to you (@replies and direct) are marked with high importance, so you can see them at a glance.

 

Thanks to Blake from the Road to Know Where in highlighting this

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Now you can Bing it with Microsoft Bing

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Bing is out and available for everyone to try. I personally don’t agree with the name “Bing” but oh well, let’s see what the rest of the folks thinks of the search experience.

–> Try Microsoft’s BING Here

 

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Office 2010 coming your way

Office 2010 has its own website for anyone who wants to know more about what Office 2010 has to offer. They even created a preview video (transformer style) to promote it.

Office 2010 Preview

Also for anyone who’s looking into testing the new Office 2010 can sign up for the technical preview. Here’s some explanation about the technical preview

The Microsoft Office 2010 Technical Preview is a limited, invitation only program which will provide you with the opportunity to experience early, pre-release versions of Office 2010 which will include the following applications:  Word 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010, PowerPoint 2010, OneNote 2010, Access 2010, InfoPath 2010 and Publisher 2010.

By registering you are signing up to be considered for the Technical Preview Program, you will be waitlisted for consideration to be invited into the Technical Preview Program. We will notify invitees in early to mid July.

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Try out Windows 7 RC

Windows 7 RC (Release Candidate) is out, this is the version where no more new features will be added. This is as near as the original that you will get when Windows 7 is out. So try it out. I’m a fan of Windows 7 beta and I’m excited to hear that they made quite some improvements to it.

Some of the things i heard from friends who tried it out are:

  1. Faster performance. A friend claim that its 30-40% faster than the beta
  2. XP mode which i blog about previously. Now you can use your legacy application in XP mode.

Go download Windows 7 RC it @ http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/download.aspx. Downloading Windows 7 RC could take a few hours so use a download manager to speed things up. Get Free Download manager for free.

Windows 7 Beta upgrade to RC

For those of you who is using Windows 7 beta, there is no easy direct upgrade from beta to RC. However, there is a workaround and I tried it out and it works. Here are the step to it

  • Download the ISO as you did previously and burn the ISO to a DVD.
  • Copy the whole image to a storage location you wish to run the upgrade from (a bootable flash drive or a directory on any partition on the machine running the pre-release build).
  • Browse to the sources directory.
  • Open the file cversion.ini in a text editor like Notepad.
  • Modify the MinClient build number to a value lower than the down-level build. For example, change 7100 to 7000 (pictured below).
  • Save the file in place with the same name.
  • Run setup like you would normally from this modified copy of the image and the version check will be bypassed.

I got the workaround are from the Windows 7 news

 

P.S

Before doing the upgrade, you MUST do a backup. Use a free tool by Microsoft call SyncToy to backup your data to an external hard drive.

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Interview between the rich and the richer (Buffet vs Gates)

Buffet and Gates talk a little about Google towards the end of the interview. Near the end (skip to the 6:10 mark of the 2nd video) Fox’s Liz Claman talks about Buffett’s love of Google, quoting him: “Their moat of competitiveness is so wide and what they do is so tough to compare and to compete with that in that moat are sharks and crocodiles that no one can get near.”

Gates fires back, saying that Microsoft is undeterred: “Well, technology companies do for a period get in these wonderful positions and, you know, it’s great that there’s somebody willing to attack those moats. Microsoft is undeterred. We look at each one of those crocodiles and we say charge!”
Buffet responds “No shark wants to come up against him,” and Gates ends with “So, it is, it is a daunting thing, but consumers benefit when somebody’s willing to take that on and say, hey, we can do a better search product.”

 

Thanks to TechCrunch for the post.

 

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