Thursday, December 15, 2011

Board of Computing Professionals Malaysia Bill 2011

I cannot fully comprehend, why the IT industry that is thriving so well, need a body to regulate them. So here is my point on why the bill is not necessary, in fact, redundant.
1. Why do we need to be registered to have something to do with IT? Does users of IT system need to go through the registration as well?
2. What if we get an expert from overseas to come to Malaysia to solve some critical IT issues? Is it illegal for them to touch the keyboard since they are not registered? Can he check in his code or fixes, OR, he will be locked up by the police?
3. What if the registration board finds someone they don't like and fail to register the person? Would it be that this person would better start to look for a job that has nothing to do with IT?
4. So, there would be Certified Professional Software Developer, who has all the certificates or connections to get him or her registered, but he or she does not know how to code at all. AND, there is this young genius student who is still studying and has no cert. So the poor student would have to give or sell all the codes/solution to this registered person? Starts to sound like accounting industry.
5. And how about fees? Would I be subjected to pay like I am a professional accountant or something?

All this crazy scenarios sounds so crazy. And I guess it definitely turn people off, not that they are not already turned off right now. I think the group of people pushing for this bill is trying to make themselves more useful, unfortunately, they got the opposite effect. I'd say, if you stop thinking about how to make money out of it and really do more in educating the wider Malaysia (especially the rural) on IT, it would have been much more practical. I don't buy this crap, really...

~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Sales like Never Before

I heard about the crazy book sales, but I have not seen it until the other day, I went and people don't carry plastic bags, but they carry boxes and luggage bags.
I was totally unprepared, I felt ashamed, haha.

Check out the photos....


Look... the kid is carrying a BOX!!


They bring books by pallet via a forklift I think


Not to be outdone by the kid, I have a box (hehe) and 4 shopping bags :)


~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility

Recently I went for a course organized by Asian Productivity Organization (APO) that is, e-learning, on ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility.

It is interesting to understand that increasingly people are looking at how a company conduct itself rather than only on the quality of the goods produced exclusively. Organizations now aware of the needs to look into their social responsibility image to the public. As well the points in SR also ensure sustainable development.

So company have to look into areas like to have a balance healthy ecosystems, social equity and good organizational governance. At the end of the day, the organization have to exist in a healthy ecosystems and organizational governance is important because there are various stakeholders that will surely scrutinize every discrepancies and gaps that the organization has.

It also takes into consideration a wide area in terms of societal, environmental, legal, cultural, political and organization diversity (small to conglomerate), as well as differences in economic conditions and keeping in tab consistency with international norms.

This of course is not for certification and only meant to be guideline. The area coverage would be too big as well as different industry has different governing rules. So, it is not meant to be all coverage, but it is overarching of corporate social responsibility. It is something important and not that difficult, but we definitely have to spend some time to look into it and start implementing within our organization.

~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Of Video Cam and Camera

I was in a dilemma a couple of days back on which video cam I should go for.

Canon Vixis HF M300
HF M31
Panasonic HDC-H560
JVC GZ HD620
Canon FS200/21/22
JVC GZ HD670
Canon Legria HF R16 RM1499
Sony PJ10E RM2299

The below was some of those considered. Guess which one I went for :)

Wanted to go for a small camera, with limited functionality. Quick and small for family use... Shortlisted 2
A2200IS - seems suitable for mom
IXUS 115 - good for YL

Any comments?

~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Ethan - Walking Freely

Ethan grows by the day and everyday, he seems to give me and my wife a surprise. Just until 3 days ago, he was walking but was terribly unstable. He could fall front, which he could soften by slamming his hand on the floor first, and then he could also tilt and fall sideways, which he could fall on his buttock first (like sitting down), and sometimes after sitting down still not stable and knock his head on the floor. Not too hard, but I do feel his pain...

Now, just barely 3 days later, he is walking around so relaxed, as if he has been walking all this time and steady at that. Boy, is he growing up quickly. I better spend more time with him and keep on snapping away with my camera. I think I would also need a new hard disk to store those photos. One Terra-byte? Two? hmmm...

And my wife and I caught on to a new interesting book about teaching baby how to read. We are all set for the little project and already bought the stationary. Glenn Doman, I recommend his books to you too.

~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Purpose of my Life

It is the point in time every year that I take a step back and see what is happening in my life. Every year I make a little bit of adjustment here and there, like less of sinful food, more of exercise, strategy to reduce my body fats, strategy to contact some long lost friends and etc. This year though, I take a more profound approach by asking the question, what is the purpose of my life here? Well it has been 2 weeks since I asked that question and really it is not one that I readily have any answers to, even though I have 2 weeks to think about it.

I do know that everyone has a different purpose. Not everyone look at it objectively, and build a plan to achieve it, most people drift by it or get into the thick of action without giving too much of a thought about it. When they do give a thought about it, it is too complex, takes too much time, so, revert to something easier or forget about it.

So after 2 weeks, here is what I have, the most important thing for me is to trust and walk with Jesus and to build that relationship, next is to be the best that I can be with all the given talents and physical health, to give my best to my family and friends and to do my best in every initiative that I embark on.

I suppose time management, wealth, happiness need not be mentioned here because if I am able to do the above and prioritize accordingly, the rest will be added on into my life. Am I missing anything? Well, my friends, do say something if you have anything constructive :p

~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Ethan - 1 year old

Ethan just had his 1 year old birthday party earlier this month. He is a happy boy, giving a wide big smile whenever he is happy and cheeky. Most important of all, he gives me a wide big smile every time I come back from work.

He makes a lot of noise when we put him down in the play pant. He will shout and cry like we have bullied him. Well he definitely knows the tips and tricks to get out of the play pant. When he is not in the play pant, he'll try to walk around (totally unstable) and he will circle around the table and throw about toys and whatever he could grab on. Occasionally, he will grab hold of any two things in his hand and not let go, even when he is climbing and crawling.

He is growing up and definitely growing smarter. He is a handful but I have a very merry great time spending time with him. This Easter weekend reminds me again how important he is in my life and the life of my family.

~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hanoi

Day 1
Arrived early in the morning and when we got out of the plane, the temperature gave us a shock and the winter chill went down my spine. I am imagining the time that I will be away from my son, and the time that I am going to miss him, but a break for myself is really much needed. I was looking for a break away from work, as well as giving myself an opportunity to make some important decisions coming my way.

Done with the formalities in airport, five of us make our way to the hotel on a normal sedan car though we asked for a seven-seater like Toyota Innova. Anyway, the few of us squeezed into the sedan and went on our 30 minutes trip to Hanoi City (Old Quarters). Funny, I have always thought that Hanoi = Saigon, apparently not. From the journey, we started to notice the condition of the road and the way driver communicates with one another. The honking never stops and it just seems that cars are talking to each other with it. The number of vehicles on the road is unbelievable and there are scooters everywhere going in every directions and it seems impossible at times to imagine how get to our destination. Like one of my friends say, controlled chaos. The other word that I cannot get out of my mind is 'population explosion'. This 2 phrases describes exactly how the city is, to us from Malaysia.

Well we reach our destination with the driver unable to find the hotel, which when he finally did, had to reverse back to the hotel because he couldn't figure out how to get there. It was quite a ride! We settled in to www.luckystarhotel.com and it is pretty good. We put down our stuff and embarked by foot to conquer Hanoi. First stop is to search for food.

The first attempt to look for food did not go too smooth, though, we finally landed ourselves on the sixth or seventh eating place we came across. It was for 'pork' rice noodle soup. It was the nicest food I have tasted this year and with the cold weather (around 10 degree Celsius), it was too good. The only down side is that the soup was cooled too fast for our liking. When we were done with food, we then next explored around and went back towards a cafe we saw earlier. And yes this cafe offers 'Kopi Luwak'. Priced at 250k Dong. A bit pricey, I think, so we settled for something less, Vietnamese coffee. The thing with Vietnamese coffee is that it is really strong, and the cup is really too small. I prefer a big cup of coffee, and couldn't find something like it there. We relaxed at the cafe for about an hour before we embarked by foot to Standard Chartered office.

Our friend managed to locate his Vietnamese friend who brought us out for a good dinner. Of all the delicacies we had that day, the "Fried Needle Fish" was probably one of the highlight. It was good. I'll probably have more photos coming up with this in my Facebook, but for now, it is just one great dinner. And, our neighboring tables, when they are about done, they sing to the tune of guitar for like an hour or so. We all had free Vietnamese music :) We got back to the hotel for an early rest at about 1030pm. Day 2... coming up...


~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Changes

 I have now make a shift in work life. Doing about the same work but with different people and different environment. I am still trying to feel comfortable in the new place. It is not easy if I have been working in the same place for the past 7 years. I have build a bond with the friends and colleagues that I have known for years.

On the 2nd day in my new place I am looking at the Word of God to help me adjust to my new place. I am comforted with the following:

“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7)

As his children, one of the many things that he let us feel is the emotion and that is one big thing that separates us from animals. Emotion is part of God and that is now part of us all. We know how to feel love, happiness, sadness, loneliness etc. which all forms and shape us. With this change, I know that God taught me that, yes, I have made great friends, but I have to let go, as nothing in this earth is eternal. I must burden myself to share the Word to them so that we can save them and ourselves. We are all made to be disciple and I cannot shy away from it. So when I decided to move out from the comfort zone I am in, I know that God is preparing me for something better, somewhere better, that I can impact more people. I have to think eternity then.

God bless all and have a nice day! Please pray for Japan as well.


~~~ Life is an adventure where we search for the meaning of the outcome.

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    Winson has about 15+ years of working experience, 10+ of which is in the area of Quality Assurance in software/design industry. A senior member of American Society for Quality (ASQ), a member of IIST and an ASQ Certified Quality Manager or better known as Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE), Certified Project Manager (PMP) and Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Currently, he has about 5 years in managerial position in charge of QA Department, managing a team of QA executives and IT Administrator, performing software testing, software quality assurance/audit and process improvement.

    He also handles area of certification and technical partnership for his current organization both for products and the organization. Currently he leads an independent team to study the software testing capability in his organization and suggest improvements for it.

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