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Ever since our company was established (in 2016), our web site has been built using the industry leading content management system WordPress, currently used in over 60 million websites around the world (according to Wikipedia). Why did we choose to change and rewrite our site completely? Is there something wrong with WordPress? No, WordPress is still great, easy to use, has tons of beautiful…

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We have recently refreshed out website with a brand new look, additional content, and a new hosting environment. Previously, the website was running on an old Ubuntu 14.04 virtual machine on Azure, using the bitnami WordPress image. This required manual operating system patching, and the instance type was fixed and non-scalable. We have now reposted the website using a WordPress Docker Linux…

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When I turned 50, I announced my professional retirement. We had calculated that we have accumulated enough savings to live out the rest of our lives in comfortable obscurity, in “shabby poor” circumstances, and that was fine by us. I could devote the rest of my life in creative pursuits, the occasional travel, and lots of gazing at sunsets and long walks. I wrapped up a current engagement with a…

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In 2017, mainly because I reacting to the unbounded optimism and idealism that were prevalent in attitudes about technology and how it was a force for good and changing our lives, I wrote 5 somewhat dark and pessimistic tech predictions. Surprisingly, I seemed to have caught a trend, and at the beginning of 2018 I created 5 new predictions for the year: Google pivoting Apple stumble Dumb human The…

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Often people are surprised when I tell them I don’t like Technology, especially Big Tech (the FAANGs – Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) and also the Gig or “sharing” economy (Uber, Airbnb etc.). I don’t subscribe to any streaming services (music or video) – no Apple Music, Spotify, Netflix or even cable TV. “But …”, people often say, I “seem to know a lot about technology, and immerse in…

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Previous articles in the series are: Part 1 (Learning ServiceNow and Xcode/Swift) Part 2 (Learnin’ and Hustlin’) Part 3 (Approaching the Innermost Cave) Part 4 (Eating, Drinking, Sprinting) Part 5 (The Dark Cave) If you recall, Part 5 represented the nadir (or rock bottom point) of the journey, with me struggling to use the Microsoft Graph API and the team trying to hold on to our dev environment…

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Previous articles in the series are: Part 1 (Learning ServiceNow and Xcode/Swift) Part 2 (Learnin’ and Hustlin’) Part 3 (Approaching the Innermost Cave) Part 4 (Eating, Drinking, Sprinting) Code Code Code As we headed towards the end of Week 3 Sprint 3, that seems to be all I can think of. I am even starting to dream code in my sleep. Seriously. I was stuck in a static variable initialisation that…

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Previous articles in the series are: Part 1 (Learning ServiceNow and Xcode/Swift) Part 2 (Learnin’ and Hustlin’) Part 3 (Approaching the Innermost Cave) We have organised ourselves around weekly Sprints, with a daily 15 min check-in and a Show and Tell demo session every Friday with our stakeholders. We are currently in the middle of Sprint 2 (week 2). Week 1 Sprint 1 Last week was extraordinarily…

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Previous articles in the series are: Part 1 (Learning ServiceNow and Xcode/Swift) Part 2 (Learnin’ and Hustlin’) This week I am busy writing my prototype iOS app in Xcode/Swift. The last two weeks have been hectic – I have attended a 6 day bootcamp on Human Centred Design, and 2 days in a workshop with Apple where they were teaching us how to use the SAP SDK for iOS. I also spent the last two…

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This is the second part of my series of articles on learning to code at age 55 and creating some prototypes. For the first part, click on From Zero to Hero (hopefully) – Part 1 (Learning ServiceNow and Xcode/Swift). In today’s article I provide an update on my learning progress, hustling a team together and some observations and self-reflection on the journey. In my first article, I referenced The…

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I am a management consultant, which means I get involved in many things. I am 55 years old. Although I have studied computer science at university, and did some software development in my first few years after university, I haven’t really been involved in writing code, or delivering solutions, or being part of IT projects, for over 30 years. I do have some experience working in IT organisations…

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Were you forced to memorise the multiplication table at school? Did you find it difficult, and wish there was an easier way to derive the multiplication table using a few simple rules rather than memorising the entire table? Recently I saw a video on Facebook about how you can easily multiply by 9 because if we write out the “times 9” column in the multiplication table, it looks something like…

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Last year, I wrote an article making what I thought (at the time) were controversial predictions for 2017: Five Tech Predictions for 2017. I wrote it as a bit of fun, I wasn’t even sure anyone was going to read it, but it ended up being liked by a few people, and the other day someone reminded me that they were looking forward to my predictions for 2018. But before I start, how did I fare with the…

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This year I attended my first conference in Hong Kong – RISE 2017, organised by the same people who do Web Summit in Europe. The conference was very focussed on the tech startup ecosystem and I really enjoyed it. I arrived in Hong Kong on Monday the night before the conference starts. By time I had checked in to the hotel, it was too late to register and consequently I missed out on the pre…

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Whilst the media is busy celebrating ten years of the Apple iPhone, it’s easy to forget that the concept of smart personal devices has arisen much earlier. The original Palm Pilot was launched in 1997, and Apple had a much earlier device called the Newton in the early 90s. Microsoft launched Windows CE in the mid 1990s. The concept of carrying a personal computer small enough to fit in a pocket is…

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I updated my LinkedIn profile last week. I have recently established Hello Tham, a boutique management consulting company that showcases my consulting skills and hopefully those of my associates as well. I have created acompany page on LinkedIn, plus I also have a vanity web page at www.hellotham.com. We are @HelloThamCom on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. I took the opportunity of…

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What is FOLO (Fear of Losing Out)? It is an advanced form of “Fear of Missing Out” (FOMO). Singaporeans often call it the “Kiasu” syndrome. If you have FOMO, then you have an anxiety that someone somewhere is having a great party that you are missing out on because you forgot to check your email. It could also be a regret from a perceived wrong decision in the past that has now prevented you…

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I have decided to make some controversial predictions for 2017. I don’t guarantee that these will come true, but I have tried to make them as controversial as possible. Feel free to disagree with me and post your own opinion. My apologies for the somewhat negative nature of these predictions. I am not normally a doom and gloom person, but there is already way too much hype in the tech industry…

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As a sucessor on my previous post, I also did some investigation to see if I can emulate another classic Unix hardware and software combo, 4.3BSD on a VAX, this time with networking! VAX DEC introduced the VAX-11/780 in 1977 (coincidentally the year my parents bought me a home computer after strenous amounts of pleading and begging). It was intended as the 32-bit successor to the PDP-11 with…

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I bought a Raspberry Pi 3 recently. For those of you that don’t know, the Pi is a tiny and affordable (US$35) computer (roughly the size of a credit card but thicker) created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, for the purpose of teaching children about computers and programming. Since then, the foundation has sold over 8 million of these devices and many hobbyists have used the Pi as a foundation for…

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I am a lover of LEGO (I think the official term for people like me is “Adult Fan Of LEGO”) and not ashamed to admit i have bought way too many LEGO sets and likely to buy more. Lately I have also been using Python to do various data ingestion and wrangling tasks (along with R). I recently learnt both languages by signing up to a few courses on Coursera. And of course I have been using Tableau…

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Let’s face it, we have all done some of these things at some stage. You spend most of your working life dealing with consequences of exemptions, rather than the root cause of why people request them. You Laughed Out Loud when an executive bought a new Mac, and tried to connect to their corporate email. You don’t believe her when she succeeds without any help. You have spent 8 weeks evaluating…

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