Thursday, August 12, 2010

Gross National Happiness

My colleague in the office asked me one day about Bhutan's national commitment to endorse Gross National Happiness, instead of Gross National Product, which is a metric that are widely used in Macro Economic World to represent how significant a country's contribution toward global economy.
A good indication of how wealthy and developed a country is.

According to the official site of "Gross National Happiness", this concept is first introduced in 1972, by King Jigme Singye Wangchuck who was concerned about the problems afflicting other developing countries that focused only on economic growth. He decided to make his nation's priority not to focus on its G.D.P. but its G.N.H., or gross national happiness.

The king said,
Bhutan needed to ensure that prosperity was shared across society and that it was balanced against preserving cultural traditions, protecting the environment and maintaining a responsive government.

which is not a bad concept at all.

While household incomes in Bhutan remain among the world's lowest, life expectancy increased by 19 years from 1984 to 1998, jumping to 66 years. The country, which is preparing to shift to a constitution and an elected government, requires that at least 60 percent of its lands remain forested, welcomes a limited stream of wealthy tourists and exports hydropower to India.

The concept which are practically based on Buddhist doctrine, teaches people to think of human well-being in broader terms, in which material well-being is only one component and that it doesn't ensure that you're at peace with your environment and in harmony with each other

This was further discussed in his Madhavrao Scindia Memorial Lecture (2009) - "Changing World and Timeless Values"

(you can find the complete transcript here

Then, I stumbled across this article:
World's Happiest Countries: Norway, Denmark, Costa Rica, Turkmenistan?
The article mentioned that maybe the King of Bhutan is on to something here.

Scandinavians which are well-known in their relentless pursuit of happiness are on the top three most happiest countries, with Denmark at #1, Finland at #2 and Norway at #3, then Sweden at #4, followed by Netherlands at #5 (all 5 also represents top five in Europe).

In America, surprisingly, it's Costa Rica at #1 (#6 overall), Canada #2 (#8 overall) and Panama #3 (#12 overall), with Brazil #4 (#13 overall), while United States is at #5 in America & #14 overall.

In Africa, Malawi is the most happiest country in the continent (#63), followed by Libya (#67) and Botswana (#68)

In Asia, which also include Australia and New Zealand, New Zealand is the most happiest country with #7 overall, followed by Israel (#9) and Australia (#10). The next one is Turkmenistan (#19) and Arab Saudi (#20), followed by a bunch of middle eastern countries, such as Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, etc.
What about the fastest growing country in the world today? China is at #125, India at 115 and Japan at #81.

Indonesia? at #85 overall (or #22 in Asia), only behind Thailand (#79) and Singapore (#81)

What about Bhutan? Not even listed in the ranking.

I guess the "Gross National Happiness" is still a work in progress.

Complete List

Complete Transcript of King of Bhutan's Speech on Gross National Happiness

Full transcript (with some important message block-quoted):

During my year at the National Defence College in Delhi, I came to value my visits to this auditorium as a place, at which one would hear words of wisdom delivered, often very memorably. I always thought of myself as the humble listener. Even though I am here today as a Head of State, this auditorium fills me with the same reluctance to speak – I wish I was here to listen. I know that there are others present and others who have preceded me on this platform with far greater experience in leadership and with much greater achievements behind them. And then there are those of you who are poised on the brink of remarkable careers in the service of a great nation and people. I feel humbled in your presence.

But I accept this responsibility because I represent a small nation - the Kingdom of Bhutan and her citizens who, I believe, possess a unique experience from which they may offer – through me - something of value to the people of the world. So when Shri Jyotiraditya called with the invitation to be here I said ‘Yes’ immediately – as friends – and out of great respect for the late Shri Madhavrao Scindia. This is indeed a wonderful forum in which to represent Bhutan. Thank you all for this opportunity.

The title for my talk today is ‘Changing World and Timeless Values’ – the reason for such a title is that I had always wanted to think more deeply about how one might find an enduring place for simple human values in a world that is becoming unrecognizable from one generation to the next. And how, sadly, while the need for values is stronger and more urgent than ever, the climate in which they would flourish grows more and more unfriendly. Alas, I am neither an academic, spiritual leader nor philosopher and I can only bring to this important topic my own personal thoughts.

Many years ago, I told a group of students at a convocation ceremony in Canada that

“The power of the individual has never been greater than at this time in history and yet, the helplessness of the less fortunate may never have been as distressing either - in an age of plenty. Modernization and political change have raised the individual’s freedom, but it has also led to a less desirable and unconscious freeing of the individual from his obligations to society and the greater good.

An inherent sense of values has gone missing.” I told them, I felt that while young people leaving university must be armed with degrees, it is more important that they be endowed with a strong sense of values that bring meaning and purpose in their lives as well as stable, bright futures ahead for society and the world.

This is the theme of my conversation with you today. I truly believe that
the only way to observe the most important things in life and in this world is by putting them through the lens of ‘Simplicity’. You must break everything down to its fundamentals, break it down to basic human instances.
For in the end, no matter what country we may be from, we are human beings – no matter what our cultures and beliefs may be, we share the same needs and abide by the same fundamental values.
In fact, it may be these very values that could guide us, through the great problems, even those of environmental degradation, terrorism and world poverty. Perhaps the first of these values is the sense of a shared planet. This is a world that is shared – not between governments and nations but among us, the people. It may sound idealistic – but this is a natural and practical way of approaching things that seem intractable and inflexible – no matter how big the problem. The image of a shared planet must always be present in our minds – and especially in the minds of those who are in positions of leadership.

I don’t claim to be an expert on global issues but it can only help in the search for a solution if we remember that this planet must be passed on to our future generations and to other living beings. Isn’t it natural that every individual will seek to enhance his inheritance and pass it on to his own children? Shouldn’t it be even more natural, then to assume that our generation ... every generation that inherits this earth must pass it on stronger and more secure to the next? Without this simple guiding value, that our world is shared among us and our future generations, we will continue robbing our planet and our children.

Is it wrong to assume that a huge step to finding solutions to global problems, and averting future crises, will be taken if we can think in the spirit of community and fraternity, not as individual entities? When we accept that this is a world of people all alike, of families all alike, of communities all alike - of countries facing the same challenges – of human beings ultimately seeking the same thing – then we will truly be in a position to foster well being, security and happiness.
In this interconnected world no nation stands alone. How could it? Disease, poverty, strife – these afflictions do not understand national boundaries – the internet age and the free and fast flow of information shows us daily, the incongruity, injustice and inhumanity of a world of vast inequality.
“Individual or even national success is a ship that cannot carry everyone together to the same place at the same time”.

Rich nations must stop to be mindful of the poorer ones left behind. Successful people must stop to remember those who didn’t make it. No nation today can stand alone in achievement.
Time is slowly telling us that there can be no lasting individual success without success as a community and there cannot be lasting national progress and success if it does not fit into a future of global peace, harmony and equality. The world must progress together or fail together.

I believe that any real and lasting solution to global issues can only come through a universal wave of human empathy, desire and passion for the common good. Global problems are problems that face mankind and our planet. Governments might mediate problems at the global level, but its effects are felt by people, like you and me. While we know it is an accepted process that governments and large institutions debate the issues, negotiate and bargain on the concessions to be made we tend to forget that in protecting our own constituencies, we jeopardize the world and thus ourselves and our own future generations. Global problems cannot be solved by protecting local self-interest.

As I said before, I risk sounding idealistic – but the fact is that I believe it is only when we are willing to bear the embarrassment of being a little innocent that we will be able to say – ‘Let us place the interest of humanity, not national populations and constituencies, above all else. Let us take political risks and strong decisions in addressing the needs of humanity. The answer to global problems will come closer at hand when we grasp that universal simplicity – that sense of a shared planet and a shared fate for those who walk on it. We need shared human endeavour not just negotiated change.
I have been inspired in the way I look at things by Bhutan’s development philosophy of Gross National Happiness (GNH) and its pioneer, my father His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck. Today, GNH has come to mean so many things to so many people but to me it signifies simply - Development with Values.
We strive for the benefits of economic growth and modernization while ensuring that in our drive to acquire greater status and wealth we do not forget to nurture that which makes us happy to be Bhutanese. Is it our strong family structure? Our culture and traditions? Our pristine environment? Our respect for community and country? Our desire for a peaceful coexistence with other nations? If so, then the duty of our government must be to ensure that these invaluable elements contributing to the happiness and wellbeing of our people are nurtured and protected. Our government must be human.
Thus, for my nation, today
GNH is the bridge between the fundamental values of Kindness, Equality and Humanity and the necessary pursuit of economic growth. GNH acts as our National Conscience guiding us towards making wise decisions for a better future. It ensures that no matter what our nation may seek to achieve, the human dimension, the individual’s place in the nation, is never forgotten. It is a constant reminder that we must strive for a caring leadership so that as the world and country changes, as our nation’s goals change, our foremost priority will always remain the happiness and wellbeing of our people – including the generations to come after us.

Thus, that is why I say GNH is Development guided by human Values. The greatness of the concept lies in the simplicity of its origin. For, it is born from nothing other than one person – King Jigme Singye Wangchuck’s - passionate desire to serve a country and people – from virtuous human endeavour.
I am confident that the noble goal of Gross National Happiness will be key to Bhutan’s success in maintaining our unity and harmony – indeed our character as a nation.

Another factor that has always played a central role in our success – without which we would certainly not be where we are today – is India’s friendship. Some say Bhutan was wise to seek strong bilateral relations with India. Yes, after all whether we speak about our socio-economic progress or our recent transition to democracy, India has been our steadfast partner and friend.
But I feel that the true wisdom lies in the fact that we sought and continue to seek true friendship with India. I see the roots of our ties in the difficult yet most personal and intimate journey of Pandit Nehru to Bhutan in 1958 on the invitation of my grandfather. And how, after all these years and such a great widening of our cooperation - our friendship remains as intimate and strong as it was then - between two very great men.

It is said that a man’s most important relationships are formed in the early years of life. I have always said that this saying holds so true for India and Bhutan. One country – while still radiating joy and warmth from the attainment of Independence – ushered the other into the realm of modernization.
Since then, our relations have grown strong, vibrant, and dynamic. From religious and cultural links to political and economic cooperation - today our ties encompass a great diversity of areas and issues on which we work closely together in each other’s best interests. The strength of our friendship is even more striking when viewed in the context of the profound changes that have taken place in the world in the last few decades. With modernization our peoples have a greater awareness of the world beyond our region. And though awakened to new realities and experiences, our friendship has evolved, as only true friendship can, over time. Despite the vast difference in size and population, our friendship has been constant because of the pillars of trust and understanding on which we have founded it. Our relationship stands as a model of partnership and cooperation.
If we view India Bhutan Friendship - through the prism of simplicity – the perspective of fundamental human values, Indo-Bhutan friendship began as a bond between two men – two leaders – and that our best future lies in an unaltering bond between our two peoples.

Finally, let me say something about the role Values play in my life as an individual – and as someone called upon to assume a position of leadership.
As a young person, I thought a great deal about the future awaiting me. I thought about the question of how good Kings and great leaders come about – what factors bring them into being. We see that world history speaks of leaders with great foresight and vision – leaders for troubled times – leaders for young nations and ancient empires. Leaders in different fields. All kinds of leaders – religious, economic, political.
After many years of observing my father, working with government, touring the country, living in the villages and meeting the people , I learned that you don’t just become a leader for a prescribed and planned situation – you have to offer leadership whatever the circumstances. Now, having assumed the duties of Kingship of this small Himalayan nation in the midst of a globalizing world that changes in an instant, it is even more clear that there is no way to foresee the circumstances and plan for leadership in such a world.
So my guiding principle has been born and nurtured on the simple instinct that in order to do the job I have been given as best as I can – first and foremost, I must strive to be a good human being.

So while the wider vision is crucial to me – it is more important for me as a King whose aspirations are lodged within those of my country and people – to be able to crystallize that vision – to fulfill the ultimate aspirations of the people – in the form of simple daily acts carried out from moment to moment.

I take each day as it comes. If someone in a village has something to tell me, I stop and listen. If an old man’s house must be rebuilt after a natural disaster, I try and stay there to see it through. It may take an extra few minutes or months but it must be done. Not only is it the duty of a good human being, but each moment, each action is to me, a building block that will one day take shape in the wider vision. Besides, it’s all very well to have a vision that stretches to the top of the peaks, but unless you are walking a little up the hill everyday, you will never get there.

That is why today, I do not have my eyes on the rewards or legacy that accrue to the work of leadership. I prefer to focus on the immediate, most pressing needs of people – not just in Bhutan, people anywhere. Every day, as an individual, I aim at being a good son, brother, friend – a good human being. As a King, I always find myself humbled by the duty to serve a country and people. So I strive to do so in a spirit of Kindness, Integrity and Equality. I always seek to discern what is right – what is good for the country and the people – every moment of the day. These Values mean everything to me and they will always define me, and my duty to the country.
I cannot imagine living in a world where one’s duty is only to oneself or to one’s family or country. We must build from these true and intimate relationships outwards and upwards to the nobler duty to the greater world and to peace, prosperity and happiness that is global.

In conclusion, after this long speech, all I have said is that there is only one starting point to resolve any problem – big or small – that is one’s self. Each one of us must embark upon our personal journey towards the timeless goal of living a good life – being a good human being – even as we tackle the world’s largest problems.

Thank you for being here to listen to me today.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Iron Man

How would a guy not flinch when somebody fakes a ball to his face?
It's either he's a man with an iron heart or he's a man with a slow reflex.

Given that Kobe Bryant has won 5 NBA Championships, 2 MVP Finals, 2 MVP All-Star Game, 1 MVP Regular Games, 1 Scoring title, and scoring 81 pts in one game (second only to Wilt's 'fixed' 100 pts effort), I think it would be SAFE to conclude that it's the former.

Go Lakers! Go Kobe!

Here's a video of what happened in real time:

And here's in slow motion:


Thursday, August 05, 2010

Men are better at Parking Cars

Finally a research to back my suspicion all this time.

Men are 35% faster and 2.4% more accurate than women at parking cars overall, with the differences being even more pronounced in parallel parking, according to research led by Claudia C. Wolf and Sebastian Ocklenburg of Ruhr-University Bochum in Germany. Men's superior ability at identifying rotated images of three-dimensional objects is presumably important in parking, the researchers say.


Google WAVE is dead!

A classic example where too many functionalities are becoming too much and create unnecessary complexity.

My office has been trying to utilize Google Wave as one of our productivity tools but it's just too hard to explain novice users how to use it that the benefit will not outweigh the efforts.

So now. with this official announcement from Google, our project will also officially killed.

Looking forward to more innovations from Goggle though.

Official announcement from Google
Comment from one of the most devout Google Wave's supporter - Gina Trapani from F@st Company

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

China Plans Huge Buses That Can DRIVE OVER Cars

China may have found an environmentally friendly way to save money while easing congestion on city roads, Engadget reports.

Instead of spending millions to widen roads, the Shenzhen Huashi Future Parking Equipment company is developing a "3D Express Coach" (also called a "three-dimensional fast bus") that will allow cars less than 2 meters high to travel underneath the upper level carrying passengers.


China Hush, which has nicknamed the project "Straddling Bus" has details:

The model looks like a subway or light-rail train bestriding the road. It is 4-4.5 m high with two levels: passengers board on the upper level while other vehicles lower than 2 m can go through under. Powered by electricity and solar energy, the bus can speed up to 60 km/h carrying 1200-1400 passengers at a time without blocking other vehicles' way. Also it costs about 500 million yuan to build the bus and a 40-km-long path for it, only 10% of building equivalent subway. It is said that the bus can reduce traffic jams by 20-30%.

I think this could be a solution for a lot of cities. Although probably this type of transportation can only be implemented on highways. (or in Jakarta, for busway)
I couldn't imagine this transportation method can be used in city downtown.

Anyway, this is yet another evidence that 2000s will be ruled by the Chinese.


Volvo is now owned by a Chinese company

Today marked the first time in history, a Chinese company owns 100% of a foreign carmaker.

The Chinese carmaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group paid $1.3 billion cash for the carmaker on Monday and issued a $200 million note payable to Ford. And today, officially Volvo is owned by a Chinese company.

I remember someone said to me, that 1800s was ruled by the British, 1900s was ruled by the U.S. and 2000s will be ruled by the Chinese.

I think early evidences show just that.

for more info about the news, Chinese company bought Volvo by NY Times.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

This Clock is an Attention Seeker

Genius innovation.

This clock will only show the correct time, when you look directly into it.
Or else, it will display incorrect time or just scrambling its display.


Mr.Clock_Hye-yeon.park_Design Product_2010 RCA from hye-yeon.park on Vimeo.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Hedonic Adaptation

Larry lived in an apartment downtown with his wife and his two kids, because he couldn't stand living in the suburb due to the traffic jam.
If he would live in the suburb, he would have to spend around 2-3 hours each day to drive to and from his downtown office.
His current trip time to and from the office is less than 1 hour on average, which means he got to spend more time with his family.

But he have always dreamt to have a big house for his family once he has kids because he believes a big house with a big yard is the best place for his kids to grow up. He could imagine the laugh and happy time that he could enjoy with his kids playing in the yard.

So he decided to buy a big house with a big yard like he always dreamed of, in exchange of 1-2 hours more suffering beating the traffic. He was very happy of his decision to buy the house, so was his wife.

Living in a big house with his family, playing with his kids were all as good as he always dreamed of. It surely was full of laughters and happy times, just like he thought they would if he bought the house in the suburb.
Life was good.


Soon, Larry finds that the additional 1-2 hours trip time is starting to feel unbearable. He starts to get irritated more easily because he couldn't get home as soon as he used to. He begins to wonder if the additional 1-2 hours trip is worth it, because it seems he rarely gets to enjoy his big house and the happy time, he imagined he would have with his family.
He starts to wonder if buying the house in the suburb is the right decision after all.

And this is what experts called "Hedonic Adaptation".
It happens when a person sacrifice something to have more.
When you do it, you always think the sacrifice will bring something more valuable.

It surely is in the short term, but once you settle back into your normal-self without the hype from the expectation.
You might find that the sacrifice is not so worth it anymore.

Apple's revenue is up by a whooping 78%

Apple just announced financial results for its fiscal 2010 third quarter ended June 26, 2010. Apple posted record revenue of $15.7 billion and net quarterly profit of $3.25 billion, which is up by 78% compare to the results a year ago.

During this quarter, Apple sold:

3.47 million Macs, which is a new quarterly record and a 33 percent unit increase over the year-ago quarter.

8.4 million iPhones in the quarter. 61 percent unit growth over the year-ago quarter.

9.41 million iPods during this quarter, representing an eight percent unit decline from the year-ago quarter.

iPads sales which was the best product launch before iPhone 4, with total sales of 3.27 million during this quarter.

We'll see how the 'antennagate' affects Apple's revenue in the 4th quarter.
Although based on the current trend, I don't see that it will bring significant impact.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Top MacOSX Applications (Non-Apple)








Simply the best messenger client available for MacOSX. You can create multiple messenger accounts: Yahoo!, MSN, GoogleTalk, Facebook, even Lotus Sametime. (there are still some other options, but I don't use them, such as AOL, etc) In some of the older version, Adium has also tried to offer Twitter account as an option, but it's not available anymore. I remembered it was not very stable, so that's probably the reason why it's no longer available.

Adium also offer many customisation option, such as message template, emoticon sets, even apps icons (you can change it into an animated icon)

I also enjoy it's option to save all chat log, into searchable entries.

The only major issue i kept experiencing are file transfer is very unreliable and frequently failed to send or receive. Another issue that's quite annoying although not as major the file transfer problem is the character limit when you chat. I am not sure how many is the limit, but it's quite annoying when you want to copy a bunch of message to find that it cannot be sent because it's over the message limit.

However, in conclusion, for a FREE apps (yes, it's free), Adium is definitely the best messenger client for MacOSX.

(Not available for Windows)



Screen shot 2010-07-20 at 6.48.23 PM






Keeping track of what you had to do is very important and Things helps you with it. You can create an to-do entry from Mail to link your to-do task with a particular email, and you can also add a file attachment if necessary. Then, you can set a deadline for every to-do list that you have created.

You can also tag each entry and then group it based on the tag. Or you can also group the entries into a project. When in the project mode, you can then see list of the to-do entries belonged to the project.

You can also create a scheduled to-do list to remind you of a certain task you need to do every so often.

The beauty of Things is that it's very simple with a smart user interface. It's very easy to use.

The only drawback is probably because you have to pay to use Things. And the price is not cheap either at $49.95

(Not available for Windows)












MacOSX is equipped with a very good search capability in Spotlight. However, Spotlight is designed to look for everything inside your Mac. And the search results could be quite useless, especially when you actually know what you're looking for, you just need to find and open it fast.

If speed is what you need, then LaunchBar is definitely the right choice.

LaunchBar helps you to find and open files, apps, etc based on your search entry. It will then record and memorize your search entry and the files/apps that you open when you type the search entry. So the next time you search for it again, it will immediately display it at the top of the search result. Pretty neat, right!

Another useful feature of LaunchBar is it also record your clipboard entry (that's the entry recorded every time you copy something in your system - text, files, etc). And it will create a history of it.

The only drawback I can think of when using this system is it doesn't offer an option to hide the LauncBar icon from your dock. Another drawback is probably because LaunchBar is a paid application. You need to pay $24 for a single license.

(Not available for Windows)









Posting a blog entry has never been easier with MarsEdit. It has the option to create a blog entry in HTML code or Rich Text Format.  The later is very useful for non-computer geeks. You can also save your draft entry for later.

Configure MarsEdit to link with your preferred blog is almost without an effort. You just enter set where your blog is located and enter your username and password.  That's if you're using one of the most popular blog sites, such as or

You can also access your media, either in your Mac or Flickr.

The only issue I found so far is you cannot directly access your video.  You need to upload it to external site first, such as, then you can insert the video using the embedded code.

Another drawback is probably the price.  Since you have to pay to use it at $39.95

(Not available for Windows)












For a notebook, battery is its life, without it, it's pretty much useless.
So taking care of the battery is extremely important.

Watts helps you managing your battery by monitoring your battery health.
In Mac-based notebooks, the battery comes with a factory setting to count the number of cycle a battery has been used, usually the limit is 1000.

But every so often, the battery needs to be calibrated so it can count the cycle correctly.  And that's where Watts is most useful.
It helps you by reminding when you should do the calibration and also notify you the steps to do the calibration correctly.

Some people might argue that you don't actually need an app to remind you of the calibration process because it's already well-known how to do so.
But a little help wouldn't hurt, right?

The only drawback is probably the price. At $6.95, some might say it's too pricey for a simple app, but if it helps you from buying a new battery too soon, then why not!

(Not available for Windows)

Monday, July 19, 2010

Don't Make Us The Laugh of The Universe

Do the right thing!
Make Earth Proud!


Harvard is a second option for this guy

Jeremy Lin is an undrafted rookie who attends 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, playing for the Dallas Mavericks.
If a basketall player goes undrafted, it means NBA teams passed him for 60 times.
It doesn't say a lot about you when so-called experts pick 60 other basketball players as better than you. (although NBA teams have their shares of mishap when they choose their draft picks, but let's just agree that they are better than most)

So what's so interesting about this guy?

Although he captained his high school basketball team and won state championship, he cannot get any athletic scholarships (scholarship awarded for potential athletes) from top tier universities.
So he then chose to enroll at Harvard University.
(if you wonder, Harvard is that little university known as the best university in the US.)

Anyway, since Harvard doesn't offer athletic scholarship, Lin has to rely on his IQ and he was granted enrollment.

I guess intelligence. doesn't always contradict with athletic ability.

If you still having a hard time believing, watch this interview:

And this is his highlight against the 1st 2010 draft pick , John Wall (yes, against the guy who was drafted first):

(Note: pay attention to the commentators and how Lin guarded John Wall, he caused John Wall some turnovers and short jumper)

If he gets an NBA contract, he could be the first Asian-American player to play in NBA.

What's even better? He might sign his NBA contract with the LAKERS!
I'm going to root for this guy.
Click here to support Jeremy Lin via Facebook

Pay & Sit - Just not a good idea

Are you now officially too capitalistic?
It just not right to charge people when they want to sit in a public bench.

There are something you just shouldn't put a price on.

PAY & SIT: the private bench (HD) from Fabian Brunsing on Vimeo.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Products that cost less today than in 2000

Price doesn't always go up, which is a good thing =D


Thanks to @mint

Are you happy?

Happy? Good!
Unhappy? Find out why and how to fix it!

Are you happy -o

thanks to @flowingdata

The Secret about Happiness

There's no one that doesn't want to be happy.
It's everyone's ultimate goal.

'To be happy' will always be THE motive for us to do anything, even if it doesn't show.

The thing is, 'to be happy' is not easy.
It never was, it never will.


Here's why:
When you do something, you expect that you WOULD be happier when u completed it.
Take an example of you deciding to eat an ice cream:
When you bought the ice cream, you expect that your FUTURE SELF will be happy and appreciate that your CURRENT SELF is making the decision to buy and eat the ice cream.
But, you only predict that you would be happy.
There's no way for you to guarantee that you definitely will be happy.

And that's the reason why it's so hard to find happiness, because you can never be sure.
How could you know what will make you happy?

Then how?

Remember all those sayings that advises you to live in the present and not worry so much about the future?
That's the answer.

Enjoy the moment, live in the present.
Do things that makes you happy now.
And don't regret it later on, because you cannot blame your OLD SELF for failing to understand what you want now.
After all, your CURRENT SELF will have the exact same challenge to satisfy your FUTURE SELF.
And you might not be successful in doing it too.
Or, you might.
But who knows.


Saturday, July 17, 2010

RIM's Response to Apple Iphone 4's Antenna Issue

During the Apple press conference, Steve Jobs also talked about the fact that other RF cellphones are experiencing similar signal loss that Iphone 4 is, including RIM's 9700 Bold (Onyx)

As one of the owner of RIM's 9700 Bold, I don't think this is a correct preposition.
I have been using it for over a year and I haven't experience a sudden signal loss due to the device flaw.
Mind you, I experienced signal loss but I believe it's more on the fact that signal carrier in Indonesia is very unstable.
Anyway, I guess for us in Indonesia (or at least XL users) could never know whether our cellphones' signal loss happened because of the device itself or our provider.

Here's the official statement from RIM:
"Apple's attempt to draw RIM into Apple's self-made debacle is unacceptable. Apple's claims about RIM products appear to be deliberate attempts to distort the public's understanding of an antenna design issue and to deflect attention from Apple's difficult situation. RIM is a global leader in antenna design and has been successfully designing industry-leading wireless data products with efficient and effective radio performance for over 20 years. During that time, RIM has avoided designs like the one Apple used in the iPhone 4 and instead has used innovative designs which reduce the risk for dropped calls, especially in areas of lower coverage. One thing is for certain, RIM's customers don't need to use a case for their BlackBerry smartphone to maintain proper connectivity. Apple clearly made certain design decisions and it should take responsibility for these decisions rather than trying to draw RIM and others into a situation that relates specifically to Apple."

- Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie

According to some 4205 polls taken in, 72% has voiced their opinion that the Death Grip problem is non-existence for 9700 Bold.

Apple's Response to Iphone 4's Antenna Problem

Basically, they're saying that the issue has been blown out of proportion and it's normal for a new revolutionary device to have problems.
All RF cellphones has this type of problem one way of another.

They offered free bumper case which has been proven to solve the problem.

Here's the video:

What's interesting though, even with this issue, Apple has successfully sold 3 millions Iphone 4 in 3 weeks, which is by far its biggest product launch ever.

This is a great case, where brand preference toward Apple (and Iphone) is shielding them from further heavy PR problems.
I don't think other company can survive this debacle just by offering free bumper case.
Most companies will definitely be pushed to do mass-recall, which is huge business loss.

But Apple can pull this bumper case offering without a problem.
This could even be a blessing in disguise.
Because people who haven't used bumper case, will.
And if 80% of people who take the free bumper case offer, buy another one for spare.
it's a new business all together.

Strong brand can save you big time.

The Best Movie in 2010

Here, I am ready to call it in July.

Inception is the best movie in 2010.

Christopher Nolan is definitely living up to his own expectation, even after directing the best Batman movie "The Dark Knight"

Nolan is so brilliant in directing great talented actors.
He proved it in The Dark Knight and he did it again in Inception.

Leonardo di Caprio is further solidifying his reputation as one of the best actors in the current era.
While Joseph Gordon-Levitt is fast catching up.

Ellen Page, in her first non-comedy role, is showing that she's seriously talented.

Just like The Dark Knight, the casts in Inception is full of reputable actors.
Michael Caine and Ken Watanabe are probably the most notable other than the first three, I mentioned earlier.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Why Being Geek Is Not Cool?

Geek = Google Android 2.2

Cool = Apple iOS 4

After watching the video, you will understand what i mean.


4 Things You Should Expect from Your Employer

As an employee, the influence of our organisation to help you succeed in your life and achieve your dreams cannot be underestimated.
And that’s the reason why finding the right organisation is much harder than looking for a job.

So how do you do that? how do you know when the organisation is the right one for you?
Here are four things you need to expect from your organisation:

As cliche as ‘love’ might sound, the right organisation is the one who shows you their love, that they care about you and your future. When they do, it means you’re an integral part of them, not just a moving part and there’s no higher achievement than that.
However, you need to be careful about this too, because to measure love is harder than to count the number of sands on the beach. Most of the times, it’s your current organisation that care about you with the right amount. When you are in the process of moving to a new organisation, usually you’re being over-valued and you might disappointed that your current organisation doesn’t value you as much. But you need to realise, that when you cannot deliver what they expect, their love will dissipate as fast, which is happened too often because no recruitment system can predict you to be successful in your job 100% of time.

No one wants to be exactly where they are forever. A culture that allows you to grow and expand is very critical before you totally commit to an organisation.
But you also need to understand that an opportunity to grow and expand is not created because the organisation has a career management system or because your boss gives you a promise that almost too good to be true. You still need to work hard and smart to create the opportunity yourself. Never be satisfied with what you had achieved. Ignore success and always strive for excellence.

To feel fulfilled and recognised, you need know that you are contributing to the whole. Therefore, you need to know that your work matters to the organisation. Many organisations have performance management system in place, which measures the expected contribution that you need to perform. This system is usually very good on paper but ineffective in actuality. The main culprit is usually a disconnection between vision, mission and strategy of the organisation with day-to-day execution. Several factors are at play, lack of leadership capability of your boss is one of them. Translating organisation strategy and goals into individual performance indicator is the biggest challenge in implementing and sustaining a performance management system.

People are meaning-seeking creatures. A shared vision that demonstrates that you are engaged in a larger purpose goes a long way to motivate yourself. Only you can motivate you. When you find an organisation with a vision that you believe in, you don’t need to have any other reason to commit to that organisation. Because that’s all you need.