Chris Leong

Disoriented views from the rosy lens of an optimistic realist.

Check out the lighter side of Windows 7

Windows 7 Lounge 

The Windows Lounge features the lighter side of Windows 7. It’s a secure group on Facebook – you need a Microsoft email address to join! Come for Tips n Tricks, fun videos and to share your thoughts on Windows 7.

 

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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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Michael Jackson Memorial – Live Broadcast

Michael Jackson is a great singer and I would always remember him for all the fantastic songs that he brought to us. I basically grew up listening to his songs and my favorite song of his is “Man In The Mirror “ . I’m planning to watch the Michael Jackson Memorial live tomorrow to rekindle my childhood memories.

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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.

TweetCraft Video

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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Download Windows 7 RC before it closes down

Still on the Windows 7 Beta ? You need to move to the RC and fast. Starting July 1st, the Beta will start to reboot every 2 hrs and will expire on Aug 1st.

Want to download the RC? . The RC download program closes August 15th. After that, you won’t be able to get the download, but you can still install the RC and get a key if you need one. (To get a key, just go to the Downloads page and follow the instructions.)

If you’re using Windows 7 Release Candidate, and would like to feedback to Microsoft about your experience, then go to http://input.microsoft.com . You’ll be able to give feedback on various aspects of the operating system.”

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Microsoft Innovation Day @ Wisma MCA – 11 June 09

Microsoft Innovation Day

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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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Free Online Training on Developing Windows Mobile 6 Applications

Check out Ramp Up to get free training to upskill yourself. Here are some information about Ramp Up.

Ramp Up (www.MyRampUp.com) is a free online learning program for developers. We’ve just launched the “Develop Windows Mobile 6 Applications” track. This track, along with the other currently offered ones (eg, SharePoint for Developers, Visual Studio 2008), teaches the important skills in a guided path, making the learning process easier and more efficient. The easy-to-access content (provided by subject-matter gurus) is specifically tailored for the Ramp Up program, and offered in a variety of forms (article, v-lab, codecast and slidecast). Check it out now at www.MyRampUp.com, and see how Ramp Up can help you become more employable by learning important and marketable skills.

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