I have just spent the last two weeks in Thailand and I am currently writing this blog on the 13 hour flight back from Bangkok to London. Thailand is an amazing country. I have experienced it’s two extremes – the busy streets of Khaosan Road in Bangkok and the peace and tranquillity around islands such as Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Ao Nang. I was fortunate enough to experience things such as:
A Buddhist monk prayer session in full flow. Hearing them recite their ancient chants in the Wat Pho Buddhist temple, home to the worlds largest reclining Buddha.
Passing my open water PADI Scuba diving course 18 metres under the Andaman sea with green turtles and leopard sharks to keep me company.
Riding an Asian elephant called Nancy bareback into the sea and then swimming with her after she decided it would be funny to throw me and my unsuspecting girlfriend into the sea
The one thing that struck me above everything is the entrepreneurial spirit of the Thai people. The less the person had, the more they tried. When you are on a remote island where there are no shops for miles, the locals set up stores in their houses to serve the community around them. Locals on the streets were working all hours of the day selling fruit for small amounts of money that the western world would not consider worth picking up off the floor. By western standards the low pay, long hours and shanty town living would deem their quality of life as unlivable. However, on the whole, the people seemed very happy. The holiday made me feel very humble and gave me some time to reflect on how lucky I am and the things that have helped make me happy. I wanted to turn these thoughts into two tips to help you live a happier life.
Technology is a massive part of my life, I live, eat and breathe it. I love it.
But……..I don’t care about cloud computing.
To me as the end user it doesn’t matter how or where these magical services are coming from. The information could be coming from a data center or Mark Zuckerburg’s garage for all I care. It doesn’t matter to me. As an end user of all this good stuff and in the words of the late great Steve Jobs, all I care about is that:
“IT JUST WORKS”
I want to know I can access whatever information I need to access from where ever I want to access it on whatever device I want to access it on. I don’t need to know or need to care where it is coming from or where it is hosted.
My advice to all you techno-geeks out there who know the difference between a Platform as a Service and an Infrastructure as a Service is this:
Think about what the user does in their job and how you make it easier for them
Understand your end user, get to know them and try to figure out how to fix the problems they are not asking you to fix
Don’t consider if your solution should be in the cloud until you understand what is the problem. Then decide what would serve your end user the best.
With all the information out there on the big world-wide web thing, wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way of bringing it all together in one place? Think of how many people read a newspaper or a magazine everyday? Anyone who doesn’t read a newspaper probably thinks it is not relevant to their life. Something has come along that will change the way you consume information forever.
What happens to your online profiles when you die?
Did you know any of the places you store or upload information Facebook, Twitter, etc own your data.
There is technology out there today which can predict what your next tweet might be.
There is talk that the technology might exist in the future that with all the information you put online that Facebook, Twitter etc might be able to create a virtual you long after you have gone. The “virtual you” could be able to interact with future generations. All this comes from analysing the many years of information you have been sharing online.
Check this video out for an insight into what might happen………..
Where do you draw the line between personal and professional networking?
In this blog I will give you an overview of how I use different sites for business and personal use.
As social networking begins to be apart of most businesses marketing and even customer service strategies where does your professional presence stop and your personal presence begin? Continue reading →