13 March 2013

Lessons Learned From Top Curating Sites

While the Huffington Post works hard to keep people on the site, the Drudge Report sends them away as quickly as it can. In both cases, people keep coming back. While they are operating on different scales – HuffPo as a multi-million dollar subsidiary of AOL and The Drudge Report as a one-man, home-based operation – both have been able to turn news aggregation and curation into a basis for income and long-term, sustainable businesses.

If you interested in content curation, you might want to read the article.

It Would Be Great if Millionaires Would Not Lecture Us on ‘Living With Less’

A millionaire does not have the standing to tell regular people that money is overrated. Graham Hill moved into a smaller apartment and sold some of his stuff. But he sure as fuck didn’t empty his bank accounts. It’s easy not to have material things when you can just buy whatever you need, whenever you need it. “ My space is small. My life is big,” writes Hill. Of course it is! You can buy anything and go anywhere at any time, thanks to your vast wealth! The fact that a millionaire’s “life is big” offers little valuable wisdom to the common person. The presumptuousness is akin to a fat food critic walking out of a restaurant after a huge meal and telling a starving beggar on the curb, “Trust me—you don’t want to eat at this place.”

Thought-provoking.

12 March 2013

Money and Happiness

“So what do we do? We go after the money. We chase it like there’s no tomorrow. And as we do that, we lose time that we could spend having a leisurely dinner or taking a long walk with the love of our life; we lose time we could spend hitting the StairMaster or making a sandwich rather than driving through a fast-food joint for a grease-fest; we lose time we could spend taking classes that might lead us to a career we’d truly enjoy.”

Nicely written. Having more money is nice, but having time to spend with our loved ones is priceless.

OneTab

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Highly recommended, if you’re on Chrome like me.

8 March 2013

7 Years

This blog has been around the internet for 7 years. Of course, I did delete the whole content in the middle of 2010, due to some technical issues. But to be exact, I hate WordPress.

On the other hand, infomalaya.my is not mine, despite carrying the initial concept of the original InfoMalaya. To the owner, good luck with that.

7 March 2013

Stop Begging Investors

Invest your time in the right actions. When you build a great product investors will contact you, so get to work and stop begging for money. “I can’t start, because I don’t have funding” is the lamest excuse not to change your life ever.

Right on!

6 March 2013

How to get rich without making more money

We’ve all heard stories of tycoons who couldn’t be happy, or lottery winners that end up ruined a few years later, wishing it had never happened. I can understand the possibility that having amounts of money that seem copious to you and me might bring certain problems we’re ignorant about. But I still always find myself thinking that these people must be particularly foolish or naive not to be able to make millions of dollars work for them.

Clearly, we need to develop the ‘enough’ mindset.

Which one?

Which one do you prefer? By being wrong all the time, for trying to make, and did something. Or, by being right all the time, for doing nothing, and achieve nothing.

- Mohd Huzairy

Certain people, especially perfectionist, afraid to try something, because they don’t want others to think that they’re weak and wrong. For them, if they want to start something, they want it to become successful.

But, only a weak and wrong people will think like that. Success is not something you can predict, at least in my book.

So, who is the weak and wrong now?

28 February 2013

On Building High Performance Website

I’m hooked with this. I thought that just by writing good CSS, placing Javascript at the bottom of the page, and using PNG images, will make the websites faster. Turns out, we can do a lot more. Thankfully, my online friend, Adi from Hardyw3b, shared his reports on this topic.

From the perspective of web developer, this kind of thing will help us deal with high-traffic and heavy content websites. Everyone like it fast, right? But, how fast is fast?

Let’s find out.

27 February 2013

Should Programming be Taught in Schools?

I’ve bombarded with this kind of question several times. The short answer is, no. Both to the primary and secondary school.

Surprised?

Most people especially programmers, designers, or even internet users, thought that learning programming will makes us learn to think.

Let me catch you on that. Thinking is a process of using our mind to consider or reason about something. I really hope that you can list other things that can make us learn to think besides programming.

Maths, Science, Language, Music, Living Skills, and other subject taught in schools; those will help us to learn to think, right? But of course, it is boring like hell, obsolete, and not cool at all.

Things to ponder: Do you really think that all students can accept and love programming? Or they just see the computer as the medium for internet and entertainment?

So, I would never recommend programming to schools. Honestly, programming is not for all. Let students decide for themselves when they finish their SPM. Rather than introducing programming to schools, why not consider these subjects:

  1. Entrepreneurship (already introduced in KSSR & KSSM as a side-element curriculum)
  2. Financial management (people with this skill is bad for the economy)
  3. Personal development (thinking skills, soft skills, IQ, EQ)

The best thing is to prepare our students with a solid thinking skills. Only after that, they can choose what they want to be, and learn how to become what they want to be.

Making students to learn something new is trivial. You never know either they just love it or just doing it because they had to. Programming is an art. To learn it, you need to love it first. In an ideal world, I would recommend it without hesitation. But in the real world, it cannot be done.

Truth to be told, I still got a long way to go on becoming a real programmer.

24 February 2013

Medium

Sharing ideas and experiences moves humanity forward.

New place to read good article!

40 Days without Home Internet

Pada 31 Disember 2012 yang lepas, aku ambil keputusan untuk berehat sebentar dari internet selama 40 hari. Disebabkan aku nekad, aku poskan modem dan wifi router ke rumah di kampung. Mungkin ramai yang tak tahu, aku dah potong line Blackberry Internet Service, dan sekarang tengah guna telefon Nokia 100. Jadi, aku cuma boleh online di sekolah sahaja. Banyak benda yang aku dapat hasil eksperimen ni:

  1. Aku dapat tidur awal, dan dapat bangun awal. Nak pergi sekolah pun seronok.
  2. Baru sedar yang aku ada banyak masa lapang, yang sepatutnya diisi dengan benda-benda yang lebih berfaedah dari online sepanjang masa.
  3. Facebook dan Twitter, memang susah nak ditinggalkan, sebab semua info tentang dunia, dan perihal kawan-kawan ada dalam tu. Aku anggap FB dan Twitter ni salah satu curated stream, sebab tu aku unfollow dan unfriend orang yang suka merapu tak tentu pasal.
  4. Bila sekadar jadi pemerhati di FB dan Twitter, baru aku nampak, ramainya orang yang buat dan maklumkan sesuatu untuk bagi orang lain impressed dengan kita, termasuklah aku sendiri.
  5. Jadi, timbul kesedaran dalam hati dan diri.
  6. Alhamdulillah, kawan-kawan baik aku tak buat perangai macam tu.
  7. Sebut tentang kawan, dalam tempoh 40 hari inilah juga aku kesan ada kawan yang waktu ada internet dia selalu datang ke rumah, tapi bila dah takda internet, batang hidung pun tak nampak.
  8. Tindakan drastik aku ‘berpuasa’ dari internet ni mendatangkan soalan seperti, “Eh, tak boring ke takder internet?” dari segelintir rakan-rakan.
  9. Aku rasa orang lain pun patut buat apa yang aku buat ni, tinggalkan kejap internet dalam tempoh 40 hari, di rumah. Dekat tempat kerja ada internet takda masalah, sebab zaman sekarang memang semua kerja nak guna internet.

Sekian, marilah kita gunakan masa sebaik-baiknya.

22 February 2013

The Truth about a Failing Startup

If I can leave with one piece of advice to young founders. Please think really hard about taking other peoples money. If I had failed using my own money, I could live with it. But having a team of investors believe in you, only to let them down is an incredibly difficult thing to deal with. Try and finance your product yourself for as long as you can. At least until you can realise if your idea is decent (which takes a long time to figure out).

Great advice.

18 February 2013

So?

Nothing significant happened. But life without internet at your home and mobile phone for 40 days, is really exciting.

I shall write more on this, but not this time.

30 December 2012

See you again on 18th February 2013

If I succeed, I believe I can be what I want to be, do what I want to do, and change what I want to change.

Like I said, IF is a scary word. :-)