Updates – 28th April 2017

The last update that I did was on 12th March 2017. I haven’t been writing much on my personal thoughts and feelings, rarely sometimes, probably ranting on Twitter and my Facebook Page. I may not even be posting any updates on my personal Facebook, probably just pasting my round up of updates in a article post from here and paste it there.

In between the previous update and this update, the content and articles on my personal site here were mostly about technology updates, I had been pushing myself through, sharing technology news, there were quite a handful over this period of time. Due to a bit of news influx, the sharing of the news, events coverage and reviews might be slower than usual due to my schedule constraints.

This personal site is one of my sites to share content on technology and financial news, one of my channels and platforms for sharing content, complementing my photography business, news and updates relating to photography and travel, as a writer on different industries and interests.

Our current economy is still slow and subdued, personally, my view is that this is going to be a slow and small growth for 2017, a trend that we have to accept for the future as Singapore enters into a mature economy stage. I mentioned earlier in the year that starting a small business in this year is going to take a lot of guts and hardships. My photography business is moving slowly, it still needs some time to get my business stabilised. This journey is very tough, not many people can understand, not many people are willing to learn and understand.

Partnerships and collaborations are stepping up a gear, in time to come, I will share a new partnership. Just to refresh, I am working/partnering with

  1. Wills & Wills
  2. Pro Traders Code

If you like to know more about Will Writing, check out my article here. If you like to know more about trading in the stocks & shares, FOREX market, check out my article here.

Although I need (and we all need) to earn revenue and bring in income, I always tell myself to count my blessings, be full of gratitude, grateful and stay humble. There are some things in life that money CANNOT buy, that is your health and well being. Nothing lasts forever.

Be appreciative of your family and loved ones, spend time with them. I know it is very difficult for me at this stage in time, building up this small photography business and other small business partnerships and collaborations.

I don’t want to make the same mistake again.

The Future Workplace with Dell

In today’s workplace environment, take a break and reflect back on how much it has changed over the past 5 to 10 years, followed by the past 10 to 20 years. How much, how big and drastic the changes in the workplace environment over all these years? Now, look at your current workplace, technology and innovations, the disruptions and changes to our work environment. What does the future workplace looks like?

In a recent media event organised by Dell, titled Dell Future Workplace, I had a glimpse into the upcoming changes to how our future workplace might look like (in some cases, they are already into our working environment). During the introduction by key Dell management staff, this quote resonates with me

“The next industrial revolution is upon us”

The Internet of Things (IoT), gadgets, devices and with the boom of social media and internet usage, lots of disruptions are taking place right here right now. There are more changes coming such as 5G networks, 8K video broadcasting. How true indeed, the next industrial revolution is upon us, coming to us fast and furious. Innovate and adapt or else you be disrupted.

Look at the way how technology, innovation and work lifestyle is changing (and disrupting) how we do our work and approach our workflow. At Dell Future Workplace, I discovered some Dell products that caught my interest, for the mobile workforce – On The Go Professionals and specialised workers – Creative Professionals. I will share in another article on my photography and travel interest site, in the area of Dell Future Workplace for Creative Professionals because I am a photographer as my main profession.

In my side profession (a.k.a. taking on other jobs) I am working in the areas of marketing (mix of digital and traditional), social media, writing (blog). Therefore, On The Go Professionals also strikes a common bond with me and my workflow.

What are the new, interesting and amazing Dell family of products for the Future Workplace? Let me share with you, especially the business owners on the range of Dell commercial products showcased at the Dell Future Workplace event –

Dell commercial devices refresh

Dell’s line of OptiPlex, Latitude and Precision commercial products get upgraded with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors, USB-C with Thunderbolt™ 3 connectivity options and updated professional graphics from NVIDIA and AMD.

The award-winning 12-inch Latitude 5285 2-in-1 weighs less than 1kg and features a unique auto-deploy kickstand that extends up to 150 degrees for multiple viewing angles and has multiple connectivity options.

For desktop lovers looking for space-saving designs, Dell has redefined the desktop experience with an updated line of OptiPlex small and micro form factor desktops. These sleek products provide full desktop performance and productivity in compact chassis that can be mounted behind corresponding displays with our innovative AIO stands or under a table to free up desk space.

Dell Canvas – Work at the speed of thought

What began as the Dell smart desk concept in 2014 evolved into Dell Canvas—a new category of smart workspace technology that expands creative productivity for content developers and designers. The 27-inch QHD smart workspace can be used at an angle or flat on a desk so professionals can create, communicate and express their thoughts and ideas as naturally as they do with pen on paper. For example, through the use of touch, digital pen and totems, the Dell Canvas turns drawings into part of the digital workflow and enhances collaboration. Developed in partnership with Microsoft Corp. and powered by virtually any Windows 10 device, Dell Canvas plugs seamlessly into software solutions from partners including Adobe, Autodesk, AVID, Dassault Systems, SolidWorks and Microsoft to unleash the creative genius in everyone.

Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 – Designed for the home and business

Launched in Singapore earlier this March, the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1[1] offers a 360-degree hinge for multiple productivity and viewing options using Continuum, up to 15 hours of battery life[2] and eye-popping clarity with a gorgeous QHD+ (5.7M pixels) InfinityEdge touch display—another first for a 2-in-1.

The fan-less design keeps it silent and the quick-booting solid state drive has it up and running in seconds. And for working professionals, the XPS 13 2-in-1 functions as a business laptop with security features and can be configured with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, Dell BIOS and manageability software—all backed by Dell’s global ProSupport services.

Precision 5720 AIO – The best sound quality of any all-in-one PC

Some All-in-One (AIO) PCs on the market today treat the audio experience as an afterthought. Co-created with Jack Joseph Puig, Grammy™ award winning producer and director of creative innovation at Waves Audio, the new Precision 5720 AIO, cranks sound to a whole new level with built-in audio quality that previously required an external sound bar. With full frequency range high-fidelity audio built in, it delivers the best sound available in an AIO with 10 speakers pumping out sound at 50W per channel.

The viewing experience is equally impressive with a beautiful 4K Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) edge-to-edge touch display supporting 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut. The Precision 5720 AIO delivers more performance options with Intel® Xeon® processors, AMD Radeon™ Pro graphics capable of powering VR and outstanding reliability with ISV certifications for top programs like AVID and SolidWorks, as well as leading security and manageability software.

* Information and details courtesy of Dell *

Personal thoughts and views

Being a small business owner myself (photography profession + marketing / social work), some of the Dell products caught my attention, the Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, OptiPlex and Precision AIO and Dell Canvas. There is also the Latitude 5289 2-in-1, not too bad in technical specifications and performance, however, I might be more leaning towards the XPS 13 2-in-1.

The OptiPlex looks really small yet they are packed with some powerful technical specifications. Moreover, they have a few different range of models and also the All-in-One Desktop solutions to your business needs.

I will give the Dell Canvas and Precision 5720 AIO more attention in a separate article post on my photography and travel interest site.

At the Dell Future Workplace event, there were zones setup by businesses to showcase how various Dell products played a part in their working environment and workflow.

Dell Future Workplace – On The Go Professionals

Dell Future Workplace – Desk Centric Workers

Dell Future Workplace – Specialised Workers (Experiential Workers)

Pricing and availability

All products are available through Dell and its authorized partners

If you are a small business owner or a medium to big company size workforce, Dell workplace solutions are there for you to look into. Mix and match your needs with the various types of Dell Future Workplace solutions.

Personally, my ideal Dell Future Workplace setup in the context of the “On The Go Professionals” would be Dell XPS 13 2-in-1, OptiPlex and a Dell Ultra Sharp Monitor.

[1] Based on Principled Technologies Report of November 2016, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks.

[2] MobileMark 2014 battery benchmark: XPS 13 2-in-1 tested with 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and FHD display. Based on testing using the MobileMark 2014 battery life benchmark test. For more information about this benchmark test, visit www.bapco.com. Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.

End of Q1 & Start of Q2 2017

1st April 2017, most people will associate it with April Fool’s Day, not for me though. This date and day marks the end of Q1 2017 and the start of Q2 2017, a new quarter in 2017 has now started.

Q1 2017 was mixed with working behind the scenes where nobody can see what you are doing to get the website, collaborations and partnerships established. The “blood, sweat and tears”, the stress, pressure and growth of more white hair. Yet, hard work and perseverance pays off, your fruits of labour, very slowly appear and start to grow, while it’s still very very small, this marks a start, new growth and expansion. The journey ahead is still filled with many giant obstacles, winding roads, tall mountains, gusty weather, there are many things to weather and get through them.

Today also marked the return back to my alma mater, Gan Eng Seng School Dragon Scout Group. I had been pretty quiet and away from this family for probably about 1 year since the 94th anniversary campfire in 2016. It felt really great to be back, in the midst of an old old boy among the young boys and girls in secondary school, ventures, rovers and the junior leaders. This was homecoming for me, felt great to return back to this one big Dragon Scout Group family, celebrating her 95th anniversary in 2017.

Sometimes, I write a short personal post, sometimes a very long personal post here on my personal site. Updating status on my personal Facebook wall is going to be a lot lesser or non-existent sometimes, except sharing of my personal and my photography and travel site posts, or interesting news/articles. More action can be seen on my Facebook Page on the topics of photography and travel.

Sometimes, I need to write and share something different, to break away from the technology posts that readers would usually read it here.

Goodbye Q1 2017 and Welcome Q2 2017.

Dell @ IT Show 2017

IT Show 2017 is now on! It started on Thursday 16th March and would end on Sunday 19th March. Dell is participating in IT Show 2017 and they have a range of new laptops released in January 2017 and they are now available at IT Show 2017! The new Dell laptops are powered by the latest 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors!

The range of the successful Dell XPS laptops series are also going through a refresh and they have new Dell XPS laptops! On a personal note, I do like the Dell XPS series of laptops!

Dell is adding the XPS 13 2-in-1, the world’s smallest 13-inch 2-in-1[1], to the beloved XPS family. It offers a 360-degree hinge for multiple productivity and viewing options using Continuum, up to 15 hours of battery life[2] and eye-popping clarity with a gorgeous QHD+ (5.7M pixels) InfinityEdge touch display—another first for a 2-in-1.

The fan-less design keeps it silent and the quick-booting solid state drive has it up and running in seconds. And for business customers, the XPS 13 2-in-1 can be configured with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors and Dell BIOS and manageability software—all backed by Dell’s global ProSupport services.

Dell has also updated the XPS 15, the smallest 15.6-inch laptop on the planet[3], with 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processors and NVIDIA Pascal™ architecture – GeForce GTX 100 graphics.

[1] Based on Principled Technologies Report of November 2016, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks.

[2] MobileMark 2014 battery benchmark: XPS 13 2-in-1 tested with 7th Gen Intel Core i5, 8GB RAM, 128GB SSD and FHD display. Based on testing using the MobileMark 2014 battery life benchmark test. For more information about this benchmark test, visit www.bapco.com. Actual battery life may be significantly less than the test results and varies depending on product configuration and use, software, usage, operating conditions, power management settings and other factors. Maximum battery life will decrease with time.

[3] Based on Principled Technologies Report of November 2016, the smallest refers total surface area of the notebooks.

Check out their brochures below and if you are planning to purchase Dell laptops and other Dell products, visit IT Show 2017 and take a look!

Happy shopping with Dell @ IT Show 2017!

*Information and brochures courtesy of Dell Singapore and Cohn&Wolfe*

 

Singtel partners Microsoft to offer Office 365

The Microsoft Office productivity suite is one of the most well known software in the world, from the home user, student to the businesses, it’s being utilised by many people from all walks of life. A Mac user myself, I have the older Microsoft Office for Mac installed on my MacBook Pro, using Microsoft Word for writing/typing my articles/documents and the powerful Microsoft Excel software.

Singtel is bringing Microsoft Office 365 to her customers in Singapore, with a partnership with Microsoft. This is good news for Singtel customers, I might consider this offer by Singtel.

Let me share with you more details below –

Singtel and Microsoft announced a new partnership for Singtel to offer Microsoft’s cloud-based productivity suite – Office 365 – to Singtel Consumer customers. With this new offering, customers who subscribe to Singtel’s fibre broadband and postpaid mobile services can sign up for either Office 365 Home or Office 365 Personal plans through Singtel. They will enjoy savings of at least $46.80 per year or over 30% off regular online price. In addition, customers can enjoy the added convenience of paying for their Office 365 subscriptions together with their monthly Singtel bills.

Mr Yuen Kuan Moon, CEO Consumer Singapore, Singtel said, “This collaboration marks a new milestone for Singtel. We are excited to be the first telco in Asia to provide Consumer customers the best value for Office 365 applications. With this new offering, customers will also enjoy ease of payment and enhanced productivity. We will continue to engage different partners to offer solutions that are suitable for our customers’ digital lifestyles, whether for work or play.”

Singtel customers can select the plans that best suit their needs:

  • Office 365 Personal caters to people who are looking to have Office 365 for personal use. Subscription for Office 365 Personal starts at $6.90 per month (U.P. $10.80 per month) for a 12-month subscription, and comes with installations on one PC or Mac device, one tablet and one smartphone, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.
  • Office 365 Home, on the other hand, caters for the entire household. Subscription for Office 365 Home starts at $9.90 per month (U.P. $14.80 per month) for a 12-month subscription, and comes with installations on five PCs or Macs, five tablets and five smartphones, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage per user.

Microsoft Office 365 is a cloud-based productivity suite featuring Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook, as well as OneDrive cloud storage. With the availability of Office apps on Windows and Android tablets and phones, as well as iPads and iPhones, users can enjoy the flexibility of using Office on-the-go, with the ability to access, view and edit files seamlessly, wherever they are.

“We are pleased that Microsoft and Singtel have come together to offer the best-in-class productivity suite to Singtel Consumer customers. In today’s mobile-first, cloud-first world, constant connectivity and productivity is becoming more important for people in Singapore, and Office 365 is designed to meet that need. Whether they are at home, at their favourite café, or simply moving around and about, Singtel customers can now have easy access to all the features and functionalities of the Office they know and trust, and empower their personal productivity wherever they are,” said Mr Kevin Wo, Managing Director, Microsoft Singapore.

To sign up for Office 365 with Singtel, customers can visit the IT Show from 16 to 19 March 2017, or any Singtel Shop and Exclusive Retailer. Singtel postpaid mobile customers can also sign up via MyAccount or MySingtel App.

For more information, visit http://office365.singtel.com.

* Information courtesy of Singtel *

Would you like to learn FOREX trading?

When the term FOREX trading comes into your mind, is it something very difficult and foreign to you? Is it something very technical and confusing to you? Are you an investor that would like to learn FOREX trading as an extension to your current investment platforms? Or you someone who sees yourself as a future investor that wishes to gain more knowledge in the area of financial investment tools in order to conduct your own investments to earn passive income?

Today, I would like to introduce you to ProTradersCode, a website and platform founded by fellow entrepreneur friend, Brian Lam, a professional trader, he’s also an internet marketing expert that saved me a few times with my WordPress platform technical troubleshooting. Brian and myself, went to the same FOREX trading class together a few years back. We took different routes in life, Brian continued on to become a professional trader while I continued in freelance/semi-professional photography and established my commercial/professional photography in January 2017.

An investor myself, it’s like coming a full circle and back again to FOREX trading. I am going back to restart my FOREX trading after a hiatus, by attending Brian’s FOREX trading class.

This is not telling you that you have to do FOREX trading and investment. Any form of investment that you decide to take up and start is at your own personal decision after learning about the investment knowledge, techniques, careful thorough analysis and consideration. Investments are not for everybody, let alone, FOREX trading, a much more technical and complex form of financial investment tools.

If you would like to know and learn more about FOREX trading, sign up for ProTradersCode preview session and listen to Brian’s sharing before you make any decision whether you would like/want to sign up for his FOREX trading class.

The ProTradersCode website link is here, if you are keen, click on it, go to the website and more information is available there!

Some updates and announcements

Taking the pen and writing down the points that I wanted to write for this post, I took a back in time and reflected on my journey for the past 1 year. It was coincidental or even an omen that it took a year since I left my previous organisation in 2016. March 2016 was the start of a journey from the bottom of the well, getting myself back on track with the hurt, disappointments, anger and a big blow to my self-belief. The journey in 2016 doesn’t make it easier dealing with the loss of three people that left the world.

All these life lessons taught me and honed me in many different ways, over the course of this 1 year. Yes, it took me a bit longer than some of your “perceived + expected” expectations to reach this juncture today, writing out these updates and announcements article. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.

In the past few months, the first quarter of 2017, I was very busy preparing and setting up my photography business, when you planned and prepared your things yet you faced even more things popping up here and there. More life lessons learned during the past few months, always be prepared for more of the unexpected even though you had did your planning. Thus, there was a slowdown and backlogged in writing and sharing my technology posts. They would be swinging back to action soon.

Therefore, what are my major updates and announcements?

First and foremost, I took the leap of faith and founded my photography business, Tan Geng Hui Photography. There were some changes, restructuring and realignment of my photography sites, written in an article here for your reading.

Meanwhile, I am still working with Wills & Wills, let me recap on what they do and the importance of will writing and estate planning.

Moreover, I am now added another work to my portfolio, working with ProTradersCode. They specialise in conducting classes on how to invest/trade FOREX and stocks and shares. I would be sharing more about them in an upcoming article soon.

The journey ahead for 2017 and 2018 are very tough and challenging, a time to adapt, adjust, innovate and change. I took the first step on my long journey ahead of me, let it be an amazing adventure of growth, expansion and learning.

100 Days

On the 27th February 2017, this was the 100th day since you left us.

In the blink of an eye, 100 days had gone by. You have left behind a legacy that few people can match up to, your best testimonial is the unity and bonding of the extended family tree of five generations under your matriarch leadership over the past few decades, beyond the times when you are no longer around us.

I wrote a tribute to you and your legacy as the matriarch of the extended family, after we marked the 49th day, this testimonial to you took a bit longer than what I had initially planned to write. I am glad and relieved that it was off my chest, into my own tribute and testimonial article for you and on you.

As we marked the 100th day, the extended family come together again to remember you, your wisdom, stories and adventures. Walking up the hill on a beautiful Monday morning, paying a visit to your final resting place, we saw nice little plants growing on top of your little garden. I personally think it is a fitting tribute to you, I still remember you growing vegetables and crops in the garden beside your home.

There was a little red flower that stood out among the small plants and crops when we were there visiting you, blooming beautifully on your 100th day. Do I want to put photographs in this article? I should though, then I decided to do something different, a photographs only article of my 100 days tribute on my photography site.

Dearest Grandma, you may not longer be physically around us, your presence, aura, legacy, divine protection and blessings will always be among us, looking after us , all five generations under your charge, from above the sky.

Lest We Forget. Your memories and legacy lives forever. I will and we will always remember your teachings and wisdom.

Quick Update – 23rd February 2017

This personal and technology website of mine here has been a bit slow for the months of January and February.

I do have a few new technology products announcements and events that I attended that I would like to share here. I apologise if my posts had been a bit slow here for the months of January and February. Moving forward, I would try my best to make my balancing act better for both my personal / technology website and my photography and travel interest website.

I had been working a lot behind the scenes, on the setup of my new photography portfolio website, it’s coming soon! I am currently pushing out more photography and travel content on my photography and travel interest site – http://www.photojournalist-tgh.tv/ , in preparation to complement my upcoming photography portfolio website.

Thank you to all you folks who had been following and reading my posts from personal, technology, travel and photography!

A short reflection and getting ready to push forward ahead

Time flies pretty fast, it’s almost 2 weeks since the 1st day of Chinese Lunar New Year 2017. While I couldn’t really celebrate Chinese Lunar New Year, I had more of a rest time, gathering and bonding time.

Things are starting to pick up again, hopefully, I can get it stabilised by next week and concentrate fully on marketing my photography sole proprietorship business. It had been a hectic and busy time to get my things up and running. Soon, I would announce and introduce it, currently facing a heavy backlog of articles and things to do. I am clearing them as soon as possible in order for me to concentrate on new business, projects and assignments, while juggling other work too.

In 2017, I am entering into a new area, putting my photography and writing, incorporating into my tech gadgets review along with a lifestyle product shoot with my story telling.

This is something interesting and exciting for me, an area that I would like to expand on for the year 2017 and beyond. My maiden personal project is on the Jaybird Wireless where my areas of tech, photography and writing are combined together.

Till things get a bit more stabilised, my articles sharing might slow down as I build more on partnerships and collaborations for the near future, hoping that all these would eventually bring in the additional revenue for me.

I hope and I want to build stronger working/collaboration relationship and also on a more personal basis with brands, agencies and institutions that benefit both parties. One of my personal and professional philosophy is think and work on Win-Win for both parties.

There are so many challenges ahead for Singapore and the world. I can write a lengthy article on this topic, that’s another few articles to write in the near future. Change and innovate now or get ready to be disrupted and left behind, no matter how high your education level that you have obtained.

I don’t post thesis length thoughts, writing, ranting and sharing “don’t know what kind of news” on Facebook. My thoughts and feelings can be very private, what you see and read here, are what you can see and read, I don’t (rarely) write personal thoughts/complains/ranting on my Facebook wall everyday, except photography and travel articles/sharing on my Facebook page.

The journey ahead is like building a Lego city, currently building the base, bricks by bricks, making a stable foundation first before going to the next level.

I have no time, no space, no heart for those people (even if you are a relative) who look down on me.

I will continue to work extra hard, extra smart, mindful of the changes, disruptions and surroundings, to adapt as fast as I can for whatever endeavours that I have taken on.