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It will be all about Steve Jobs for this month in the media, at least in the tech media.   Or should I say, one month of tribute to Steve Jobs. It’s not an overstatement he had touched so many people’s lives that everyone has something to say.   Analysts, writers, anyone who ever worked with him or knew him are now pouring in their writings and thoughts about Steve Jobs, from insiders’ stories to inspirational writings.   Isn’t that typical we always recap or reflect on a person after he/she passed us by???  I am hence inspired to do my writing.

I personally think it was very brilliant of him bringing his products to everyone’s homes and therefore his influence on people’s lives.  He read quotes. I admire him for the way he lived and died.  I like him for his being a Zen Buddhist, for being honest with who he was.

The statement “People loved Jobs not because he didn’t make mistakes – but because he learned from them.” brought me back to my previous post re: “Also part of my credo“.

BNET  has a few good articles on Steve Jobs’ business skills and lessons we can all learn from.   A good analysis by Margaret Heffernan, 6 lessons leared from Steve Jobss. , truly brings out good points on Steve’s management style.

Erik Sherman’s Steve Jobs and His Magical Business Decisions delivers a good recap of what it took for Jobs to be successful.

Since we are committed to continued learning, it is worth re-educating ourselves these key lessons or qualities:

  • Be open to change .
  • Courage is the only choice.
  • Focus also means you have to pick carefully.
  • Don’t give up.
  • Work on principle.
  • When its time to change, make a smart decision and a bold move.
  • Trust is a must in relationships.
  • It’s tough to start over again, but sometimes it’s the only way to move ahead. 
  • A little quiet mutiny never hurt.
  • The ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.
  • Its not just the design – sleek, chic but minimalistic.  It’s also the functionality. 
  • Think different.

I believe we can draw some lessons learned from his life experiences, or can relate ourselves to him in certain ways.   It ‘s called “the law of attraction”, or “like minds think alike”.   The last paragraph of the “6 lessons learned..”  article really hits home:

The lessons we could learn from Steve Jobs aren’t all that remarkable. Many of them contain wisdom that we already know — we just don’t apply it. Why not? Is it that we lack courage? Or is it that we find it hard to believe that tenets so simple can prove so effective? Surely that’s the moral of the Apple story: there is genius in simplicity. But simple is hard.

My job is to not be easy on people. My job is to make them better. My job is to … take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better, coming up with more aggressive visions of how it could be.

On last note, I enjoy this musical piece “We all are Steve” as a tribute to him.

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The news came out Wednesday night…  The world of technologies lost a founder, a mentor, a friend,  a colleague, a true leader.  The entire world lost a passionate  innovator.

Anyone who had ever been to one of his seminars would know he was not looking healthy…  Still,

It’s so hard to believe Steve Jobs was gone.  He took all the risks.  I am sinking into the thoughts of losing someone to deadly disease…   It was just last year I lost a cousin…   It’s even harder to imagine what it’s like to battle cancer.  My prayers are with him; my thoughts are with the wives, young kids, and loved ones who had to go through such tough times.  It was really hard indeed at my cousin’s funeral seeing how finally accepting they were of the fact that their dad had to go peacefully.

Steve led such a humble, normal life like any ambitious and hard-working person who has a passion to make the world better.  Better off, he had the guts to believe in himself.

For some reasons, I relate him to my cousin of about the same age.  My cousin Mike – a charismatic, quiet man – had to go to college to better his life off in the US and supported younger brothers who were with him in the US, and family in Vietnam.  Coming to the US at young adulthood age, he started out from zero, went to high school in Iowa, attended colleges in California, brought brothers with him whenever he went, established a beautiful family of his own, never forgot about his responsibility as a brother, a son, a child of the family.  As an engineer, he pursued a MS degree while working FT, and continued working throughout his life while supporting his family.  He left this world after a long battle with lung cancer.

“An apple falls to the ground to become a shade-giving tree.”

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. ~Steve Jobs

Interestingly, “knowing you’ll die soon would give you the thinking that you have nothing to lose. You’re already naked…”  is exactly my line, my thinking sometimes, the same meaning as in “you were born naked; and will die naked“.  That is the Zen Buddhist mentality.

In his 2005 Stanford commencement speech, Jobs said:

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

By what he means, I ‘d think, we should take it wisely and apply at practical level.  I love quotes.  And I found a best article of his quotes I’ve ever read.

Rest in peace, Mike and Steve.  (On second note, I can’t stand that acronym R.I.P.  It can be translated into anything. It has to be spelled out for the sake of full respect.  Think different.)

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In recent years, the gps tracking technology has expanded into different industries – from leisure/travel to cellular communication to vehicle/truck fleet tracking, law enforcement, banking/packaging… “Little Buddy Child Tracker” device sold by Best Buy helps parents track their children ‘s whereabouts. Should we have similar device for tracking partner? About a year ago, fascinated by the gps tracking technology, I mentioned the idea of tracking a human with a chip embedded in human body (the arm, especially). The use of these chips is not new – as far as department of intelligence concerned. We see them popular in many spy and scy movies. The agents for sure do not like much about the control issue. But when it comes to relationship, it is the “trust” issue. The controversial’s kick in. I don’t mean all men cheat. But I believe, men and women cheat. There are women who are faithful and take care of home, kids, and husbands in every way still cheat. When you have that suspicion in mind and can’t find time to fit those questions such as “Where were you tonight?”, “Why is there lipstick on your collar?”, “Who is this phone call to?”, “Why are there unfamiliar charges on the credit card statement?”, “Why aren’t we ever intimate any more?”, on and on…, will this technology help catch a partner who cheats, ensure the suspicious men/women of their partners’ integrity, and keep them entrusted in each other? What if he cheats right in his office/house where his wife expects him to be at that time? Cynical I may be. But integrity is a hard-to-find quality nowadays. Leaders are trained to lead with integrity, but they are also humans at the same time. But wait a minute, aren’t we even more evolved humans?
Bernie Madoff or Tiger Woods or John Edwards are a few example of power-abuse. They cheated “just because they thought they could” (per Bill Clinton) without necessarily thinking of the consequence…
Spyware might help provide evidences. But when the trust is broken to the extent that a gps tracking chip needs to be used, the relationship is fragile or already at the probationary stage – like a form of “punishment” or “jail time”. Communication hurts; emotion dies; slight chance of holy rescue if there is.
The keys are respect and responsibility. We adults need to continually learn the word “respect”. In my opinion a “real man” is somebody who treats his wife with total respect, loves her no matter what and is a good dad to the children they have had together. Being committed to your love takes not only respect and self-respect, but also takes constant work. Each partner in the relationship takes charge of preventing the “cheating” from ever happening. You are responsible for your own act(s). If your act was a mistake, apologize and undo your act, then learn to forgive your self and each other. You both will grow out of that mistake, re-nurture each other so that your relationship will grow stronger. Sometimes things don’t always work the way we expect. Frustration from work from business from life is inevitable. But frustration from between the partners should be eliminated. I would discourage the couples from saying “I am frustrated…”. It can put your partner in sunken feeling before you finish your sentence. Instead, ask questions such as “how would you feel if …” and discuss the “why”, the feelings.

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Sitting in one webinar with DoL on “What are we doing right? What can we do better?” (back thought: this is the positive way to question, instead of saying “what are we doing wrong”), the term “crowdsourcing” was brought up and linked to Web technologies.
The workforce as well as DoL finally realized the convergence of these two – crowdsourcing and Web 2.0.
Crowdsourcing is the act of taking tasks traditionally performed by individual (contractor/employee) and outsourcing them to a group of people in a form of an open call. In a way, it is one way of outsourcing through collaboration. The workforce sees this trend in practice for years now. Government agencies have adopted and are adopting this trend onto “how to perform better” and into development strategies. Then there are innovative individuals who came up with Gov 2.0 or Citizen 2.0 groups of those who are passionate about where our government is heading to and what all US citizens want. Running parallel to this trend is the rising popularization of Web 2.0 technologies. Nobody ever heard of Web 1.0 as it was basically “the Web as a platform” as defined by John Batelle and Tim O’Reilly. They associated Web 1.0 with the business models of Netscape and the Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Wikipedia is the younger sister of the Encyclopedia Britannica Online. The difference between the Encyclopedia Britannica Online and Wikipedia can be sourced at Wikipedia. However, to be brief , Wikipedia has a tendency to trust anonymous users in their constantly and quickly building content whereas Britannica is based on expertise to create articles and release them periodically in publications. In terms of business management, both facilitate and empower their own groups, but at two diffferent levels.
The first glimmerings of Web 2.0 began to appear in 2004. Thanks to Javascript language and content management concepts, Web 2.0 has grown into the web (2.0) sites where individuals, experts, or community members can come to gether to share ideas, data, and project progress, to blog, to forum, and to dynamically add more layers on the web platform. Regardless of how critics say, Web 2.0 technology was indeed a bubble of the last decade.
If Josh Kopelman noted that Web 2.0 had excited only 53,651 people, I can agree with that, it means
the majority of the population has not been into the content management. And who would have thought….?
How would we define Web 3.0? I look forward to seeing more facets or more than just linking ideas and people.

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Very interesting highlights from the Project Honey Pot
– A billionth spam message received on December 10th
– “Fraud” spammers – those committing phishing or so-called “419” advanced fee scams – tend to send to and discard harvested addresses almost immediately.
– Whereas, “product” spammers tend to hold on to email addresses longer and send on average several messages a week to each address on their list.
– “There is a 21% decrease in spam on Christmas Day and a 32% decrease on New Year’s Day. Monday is the biggest day of the week for spam, while Saturday receives only about 60% of the volume of Monday’s messages.” Bad guys take vacations too!
– IRS is the second most hit entity which is used for frauding comsumers by spammers
– Though a lot of spams originate from foreign countries; there are more “bot” machines located in the US
– Most common blog-attacking spammers come from the USA
– On the lists of Best IT Security vs. Worst IT Security:
Best IT Security
#1 Finland
#2 Canada
#3 Belgium
#4 Australia
#5 Netherlands
#6 United States – We (our IT systems) are not as secure as that of Canada! :-{
#7 Norway
#8 New Zeland
#9 Sweden
#10 Estonia
Worst IT Security
#1 China
#2 Azerbaijan
#3 South Korea
#4 Colombia
#5 Macedonia
#6 Turkey
#7 Viet Nam
#8 Kazakhstan
#9 Macau
#10 Brazil
I was expecting to see Nigeria or Indonesia in this list, but they probably are on other reports.

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For any admin who sets up or stumbles through the setup of a new e-commerce website using nopCommerce and the host provider is Godaddy, to configure the mail setting, use
the host name: relay-hosting.secureserver.net
After trying to dig through forums and help pages, there is only one place that provides the correct answer, which is on GoDaddy. But I also want to list here as another resource.

  • Host : relay-hosting.secureserver.net
  • Port : 25
  • User : Your full email address.
  • Password : Your email account password.
  • Enable SSL : Do not enable this option.
  • Use default credentials : Do not enable this option.
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    After installing Aptana and Eclipse, loading any thing in IE on my PCs at work and home threw the Visual script errors to debug. That prompt for me to click on Yes or No to debug is getting so annoying. The Debugger Plugin within Eclipse is not functioning properly, or was just not installed with auto updates for some reason. Any websites that have JavaScript throw this type of error. Having been reluctant to install Firefox as IT department will give me a hard time, I waited and waited until now I realize I need it to run Aptana/Eclipse for projects. But what I need is a browser with debugger, and with NetSuite projects, Firefox is what the developer needs. Many script writers and Mozilla gurus call it the “fix to stupid Internet Explorer bugs”. So I decided to download and install Firefox on the PC at work, not meaning to replace IE though. I don’t want to remove IE, as it is there just in case I want to revert from Firefox to IE. Besides not all websites are designed with both Mozilla and IE in mind. Some web sites may just throw a “you don’t have javascript enabled” message; while others recommend “use IE”. But it is all just the compatibility issue. You Tube seems to have problem running in Firefox. So it’s better to keep two choices then.
    So far I love it. The download and installation took only a few minutes. Importing favorites and home page, settings from IE, and voila. Mozilla Firefox is ready for me. It’s slick. It’s a powerful web crawler, with built-in search engine besides Google. It’s smooth and fast running. It even speeds up the loading of Facebook. The interface of the latest version is clean and light. I have to say it (version 3.5.5) is much mature compared to the earlier versions (that I saw people using before). Why did not I think about migrating my browser earlier? What did I wait for? Actually I did give it a thought, but was not ready. Some buddies and IT geeks recommended. I guess I did not have a purpose for using it. These are the resources that will help me with my work projects, as long as I know what I am doing. I’ve got to do what I need to do.

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