# Thursday, 19 October 2006

So.. you made a good application, won the local leg of the Imagine cup, had Bill Gates deliver you your prize, which in effect was a prize itself as well. So how did a bright, aspring programmer go from representing her country (scroll to the bottom)..

To becoming part of a pirated DVD distribution site?

I wonder if the media exagerated their income? RM1 Million made from selling pirated DVDs for a year? Hmmm.. usually the media, or companies like to place the sticker price based on what the authentic product would cost, then multiply it by number of pirated units sold to get said price.. still... RM1 million, that's a lot of pirated DVDs.

I showed this news to my colleagues, some of them said well.. maybe she has reasons we don't know of, like she needs the money to take care of a sick mother, or maybe the boy friend coaxed her into doing it.

I don't agree with those reasons, for one thing.. IT'S ILLEGAL!! Another thing is that why sell pirated DVDs? The MPAA has enough combined money and iffluence to come after you wherever you are. Could have tried selling some other fake stuff like rolexes or something. And I'm sure there are other better cons that you could have thought of.

Well.. now she might end up in jail.. a perfect example of how you can go from the top of the world to rockbottom. There's only one thing that she can do when she comes out of all this... Write a book about her experiences, how when at first she was just skeptical about the whole deal, then as the money started rolling in how she start being more and more afraid that one day the authorities are gonna come aknocking. Yup.. the first great Malaysian cyber story!!

Thursday, 19 October 2006 01:43:24 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Sunday, 15 October 2006

Is a sign like this a good or bad thing? Does it make the customer feel safe that they can get a one on one exchange if the thing fails? Or worry that because the things has a history of failing and hence the company needs to keep the customer's mind at ease and give them the one on one policy.

Sunday, 15 October 2006 01:31:19 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 07 October 2006

Sometimes it's tough being an ISV, sure the job is great in the sense that since you're not tied to any one company you'll be building apps for various customers and usually in various different industries. But the biggest headache that I always face is what to do when the client obviously wants something that's bad for his company?

I have a customer that essentially wants me to build what is a light spyware application, I totally disagree with the features he wants. But the app is part of a bigger project that is already ongoing. I've tried to make the customer see the errors of his ways but still he wants the feature to go in.

Aaaarrrggg... Well, everyone's got a mortgage to pay!

Saturday, 07 October 2006 00:57:45 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  | 
# Monday, 02 October 2006

When I go travelling I carry quite a few gadgets with me. My Pocket PC phone, the Creative Zen Vision, Bluetooth GPS unit and a Nintendo DS Lite.

Some people wonder why I just don't get a powerful, GPS capable Pocket PC phone and thus elminate the need to carry around so many other doodads. Well there's a simple answer to that question.

Battery Life, the phone when in use has about 3~4 hours of continous ON time, meaning backlight on and I'm doing something with it. Like a notebook the actual time depends on what I do with it. The Zen Vision also lasts about the same time, the GPS lasts about 10 hours, but I never tested it before. And the DS Lite lasts about 5 hours.

Now... if I only used the Pocket PC for all my entertainment purposes, within 3 hours I'd be without a phone. Which is definetly not a situation anyone wants to be in. But with seperate devices I don't have to worry about the dependencies on one battery, I can keep watching movies on my Vision till the batteries run out, play my DS lite till it goes flat and still my phone has enough juice to get through the day.

Monday, 02 October 2006 01:20:23 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [0]  | 
# Saturday, 30 September 2006

Today I was at APIIT to do a presentation about the XBox 360, so I went through what  I did previously at MIND. Which was after a brief show of gameplay, I'd talk about other features of the 360. Friends list, downloadable content, various features of micro transactions, etc. etc. I noticed that the audience really didn't like it when I was talking about other things, there felt like an audible groan when they heard about stuff that cost money. They realy didn't seem to care much about the mechanics or business of selling micro transactions online.

They did however express a lot of attention and enthusiasm when I was playing trailers, game demos, etc. etc. I reflected on this issue when I got back home and realised... they are mostly full time students still studying and such, of course they wouldn't be that interested in the business side of things since it doesn't affect them yet. So I should have just shown lots and lots of games... and trailers.

Know your audience.. choose the right content!

Saturday, 30 September 2006 22:29:14 (Malay Peninsula Standard Time, UTC+08:00)  #    Comments [1]  |