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Consolidated thoughts

February 27, 2011 11:18 PM | Comments (0)

Again, it’s been a while since my last update. Every time I think of this blog, I wonder whether it is time to bring things to a close.

It’s not easy finding a common theme for this blog anymore, as my interests are so varied that it may bewilder some readers.

One day, I may write about my favourite football team (which may not appeal to most female readers and those who only know the American version of the game).

Another day, I may write about a management theory, which may put off the layperson who is looking for a light read.

And yet another day, I may write about my travels or a recent concert I attended (which is unlikely to happen now, since I haven’t had time to get out much for those sort of things).

I have thought of getting a new domain name and writing on a specific topic which I am accumulating knowledge in, like strategic planning and systems thinking. But this may also be limiting my scope.

It is also a shame to stop doing what has kept me going for years, and to leave my many varied thoughts unexpressed. The alternative is to revamp this blog so that the different sections come across more clearly, but I have little time so this may not happen in a while.

On the other hand, I have spread out my attention to other forms of social media; some posts can only be viewed by friends, such as those in Facebook.

Perhaps what is needed, then, is a social media consolidator! Any suggestions of tools which I can embed on this blog?

The jury’s still out on this one, but it won’t be hung forever.

Nothing to hide

November 24, 2010 1:44 AM | Comments (0)

Recently I was updating different groups of seniors (including an elderly relative) on how information can be easily found on the Internet, say, about myself. In fact, someone did discover my online profile prior to meeting me, and I was recounting how impressed I was at this resourcefulness.

However, that provoked a very different reaction on their part. They felt I got what I deserved for putting my information online. (i.e. it was ‘bad’ for other people to know about you). I would have attributed this difference in attitude to the Generation Gap, but a few of their own contemporaries have online profiles themselves, so I’d say it’s more about differing mindsets or privacy preferences.

Going back to my story: As they were not present during my encounter with the aforementioned ‘resourceful person’, they did not know that this person had formed a positive impression of me based on the online research - at least, that was what was said!

I’m sure we all want to give a good first impression. But in today’s world, the first impression is no longer how you look - that’s the second impression. People now Google each other’s names before attending a big meeting. Depending on how open you are with sharing information, you would either want people to 1) not find anything about you, period or 2) find only good things about you.

I tend to prefer the latter option, but that’s my personal choice. I decided long ago to allow nothing online that one would be ashamed of. If one has issues with work or family, take it up personally with the people involved. It’s more constructive that way. Useful insights may be shared online (as with this post) - but in a very generic manner, to ensure that no living human beings or animals are harmed in the course of production.

Ultimately, in the grand scheme of things, whether or not we have an online profile, it is what we do in real life that matters most.

Famous fiction, in Twitter format

December 12, 2009 5:42 PM | Comments (0)

Saw this at a bookshop today, and decided to buy it.

Twitterature

To give you an idea of what to expect, here are a couple of excerpts:

Milton’s Paradise Lost

Twitterature - Paradise Lost

Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Twitterature - Macbeth

So don’t think I’ve totally stopped reading fiction. See, I’ve met my quota of at least one fiction book a year. (Everything else I read now is self-help/business/management related)

And considering how bite-sized the chapters have become, since they’re now in the form of tweets, I may even be able to finish reading this book!

If only school textbooks could be like this…

Still in France

May 22, 2009 9:16 PM | Comments (0)

It’s been 3 weeks in France already and the food is great. I don’t miss Singapore food at all (Let’s see if this can last for 2 months). The breads, the cheeses, the wine, the champagne are all good. And the weather is lovely today. Clear skies (UV rays!!!), cool winds, better road manners. What more can I ask for - apart from the company of my dear R and my family, who will be arriving in June.

I realise that while I’ve been writing about living abroad, I wasn’t specific as to when I’ll be back in Singapore. I am in France for my final term at INSEAD, and will be back in Singapore in early July.

Up to then, there’s no point inviting me to any events back in Singapore. Thank you for keeping me on your list.

Moving to Wordpress?

April 1, 2009 11:45 PM | Comments (0)

This blog’s back up again, but the spammers are still hitting my MT comments file, according to my web stats log files.

I’ve just blocked several more IP addresses, all coming from Nevada / Las Vegas. I apologise if there are really people from that state trying to read my blog, but in one day I don’t expect thousands of pageviews from people in that part of the US, unless it was an automated attack.

Which leads to another point: After years of using MovableType and endorsing it, I feel like moving to Wordpress.

Why? Here are my pros:

Time. I simply don’t have the time to upgrade MT every time a new version comes out. Whereas with Wordpress, I can go to my Cpanel and automatically upgrade it without having to upload any new files.

Comments mess. I think it was a mistake for me to switch, midway, to the new Typepad comments system. My old comments are still in my database, while the new comments are stored over at Typepad. It’s neither here nor there.

Comment spamming, even with a built-in blacklister, is still hitting my site hard. I wouldn’t mind switching to a PHP platform instead of having my Perl/CGI comments file attacked all the time and causing my websites to be inaccessible…

Familiarity. I am familiar enough with Wordpress, having used it at work and toyed with it at home for years. It’s reliable, responsive, and has the power of the crowds behind it. I loved MT, but somewhere along the way it lost momentum and became all big and corporatised. I used to donate to it when it was still free. Then later I realised I needed to pay more to get professional help.

And as a long-time user I haven’t felt like I belong to a special “MT community”. I used to feel that way in the early 2000s, but not anymore.

Cons:

Databases. I don’t like the idea of Wordpress requiring 1 database per blog. I have quite a few blogs on this platform. Which means I need to set up 1 database. Troublesome, but not entirely difficult to do; it just creates some inertia.

Design. I stuck with MT because I was familiar with how the templates worked. But that was a few years ago when things were more straightforward and I was more into hard coding. Now it makes less difference if I switched to Wordpress. Plus, there are many more Wordpress templates than MT ones, which tend to look pretty similar to each other.

Obviously I am writing of the top of my head, because I don’t have time (nor much interest) to dig through technical details anymore. If I’m wrong on any points, let me know. Basically I want something that gives me the least trouble and is the easiest to set up and update.

In the meantime I’m getting on with my job search, homework, travel plans and the big move to Fonty.

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