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Cheaper-Better-Faster: Jobs, Stress & Understanding the Eco-System

I have not since, written such a serious post. Let me start by saying that this is not aimed at any one company or individual, it is more of a collective mindset that everyone approaches consumption with.

However, after watching the BBC Panorama Amazon Documentary recently, I had some thoughts regarding corporate operational systems, and business administration in today’s tech intensive world. You can view the original video here.

The aim of most operational systems would be to achieve maximum efficiency & optimal solutions, however, people often forget that the “human” components of any chain have psychological and morale aspects of their selves.

Yes, business administration and operations has never been more traceable and enforceable, due to technological advances today, employees can be pushed every single step of the way to hit their targets. Businesses can better cater to customers, with lower costs and larger output and higher profits all the way round.

Most businesses complain that customers are getting more and more demanding, wanting cheaper-better-faster products and services. Although, why is that?

It is also easy for some suited executive to look through data and say, this is too slow, let’s put a tighter time limit on this process and ensure compliance by all workers, enforce disciplinary action and sack those who cannot comply.

But, I feel, if we take a step back out to look at the full picture, we’d find that this is a situation that may draw some similarities to the wage-price spiral.

Yes, I know that it’s an open economy and I cannot look at things in such a closed loop / controlled environment method.

However, when you consider Business-to-Consumer, often, your consumer population are employees of a business, small business owners, freelance workers, etc. However, a large portion of individuals still make up the employee slice of the pie.

This is the disconnect I see, why as a consumer, one would be so keen on cheaper-better-faster services, whereas as an employee, the less work the better yeah mate? I mean the obvious answer is everyone is lazy and greedy, which as a human being i’d have to agree with.

This brings me to the main point; are we as consumers and customers too focused on the business end of things? Cheaper – Better – Faster are the three main aims of any business, and often only 2 / 3 can be achieved without actual slavery or full automisation. If you want it cheap and fast it won’t be good, want it good and fast it won’t be cheap, and want it cheap and good, it’ll take awhile!

Slavery, yes as i know was abolished ages ago, however, even on wages, there may be working conditions that are down right unethical. As companies aim to achieve cheaper-better-faster, all 3 aspects of them, workers will be driven further and further towards being treated like slaves whether they work in an office or on an assembly line, although as it often goes, the ones to be hit hardest are the ones at the bottom of the pyramid.

People in the developed world often campaign for animal rights, “ethical” products and services, but they often forget that in both developed and developing worlds, there are unethical practices even towards employees. Sometimes, as consumers and customers we need to appreciate someone else’s work, be it the postal / courier guy, the warehouse sorter, etc., and understand the ease and difficulties of another individuals job. It seems that technology has truly put a barrier between people where they start to see other individuals as a part of a large, well oiled machine.

There is no need to be understanding or caring for a machine is there? Just fix it when it’s broken, swap out a part and throw the old useless part away. One day, if you are ever the part being swapped out, you would understand what I mean.

I hope that more people realize this fact, and as a customer and consumer on one end, worker, supervisor, boss, manager, employee / employer on the other end, practice more understanding and appreciation of each others jobs and industry. Always remember, no one is infallible, everyone makes mistakes, everyone has bad days, and yes, we do need to keep some minimum standards, however, we need to account for human factors as well.

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How Large Must God’s Harddisk Be?

According to many major religions, including Islam and Christianity, god will judge all human beings for their thoughts actions and sins. Well of course, assuming that these religions are right, these thoughts and actions must be recorded somewhere. So the question is, how large must gods harddisk be?

Well, let’s find that out by calculating it in Bytes.

 

The Total Number of People who have Lived on earth:

107,602,707,791

- http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2097038/Are-really-people-alive-today-lived-Earth.html

The Average lifespan of a human being throughout the ages:

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21.38 years

- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_expectancy

 The average size of a 1 minute video (1080p of course):

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12.4 MB

- http://www.whistleout.com.au/Broadband/Guides/Broadband-Usage-Guide#section-youtube



That gives us a grand total of:

Estimated: 1.5e22 bytes

Translated into digits:

15000000000000000000000 Bytes

and growing. Wow.

Well of course that are other factors that may affect this number, this is just thought play, it’s still staggering though.

by Ryan Goh

Re: Cloud Hosting and Why you shouldn’t be shunning it

by Ryan Goh

To many, especially those rooted in firms who express their disdain at having their data and information, “hosted on someone else’s computer”, Cloud Hosting is an entirely new beast that is yet to be explored. However, if you look back not too far in the distant past, more specifically external hosting, has actually been around for quite a long time… Read More

 

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Holiday Where-to: Batam Island

I had previously travelled to Batam City for Business. However, it seemed that the island had so much potential for a holiday that I just had to try! Well I tried it recently and the holiday was pretty awesome!  Here are some things about Batam City, for those who want to travel there!

 How do I get there?

Location:

Batam City or Batam Island is in the Riau Islands, in Indonesia. It is part of a few Islands that are “tax free” 0% tax on all goods and services offered in the Island. There are two ways to get to Batam, Flight or Ferry.

Visa:

Citizens from the following countries do not require a visa, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Hong Kong SAR, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Morocco, Peru, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore.

For more information on Visas for Indonesia visit: imigrasi.go.id

How do I get around?

Batam City has multiple taxi operators and “private” taxis that are un-licensed. A good car rental and private passenger carrier that I have personally tried is http://www.batamrental.com. I would recommend a private operator as the comfort and driver familiarity of the roads are often better. The local taxis are usually dirty and uncomfortable; a pretty terrible ride.

What is on the island really?

Resorts, Hotels, Shopping Malls, Temples and many other attractions and sites to see!

Resorts

The Resort that I stayed at Turi Beach Resort (Agoda Link: Agoda.com) in Nongsa was pretty awesome. Good service, Attentive Staff, Large rooms and most of all, a private beach and pier.

Other Facilities provided by Turi Beach resort:

Island Bar, Spa, Outdoor swimming pool with pool bar, Tennis courts, Rock wall climbing, Water sports, Yacht Club, Conference rooms, ballroom, business center

Some pictures from my stay there:

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Shopping

You can choose from various shopping Malls in Batam City Center, including Nagoya Hill Mall, MegaMall and other malls in the area. Sadly, I have no photos of the malls. Might take some when i’m back there again.

Other Attractions

Batam is also home to the largest temple in South East Asia, the Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple, (Trip Advisor Link: Tripadvisor.com)

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Maha Vihara Duta Maitreya Buddhist Temple

All in All Batam is a great experience to relax, unwind and is not as crowded as other tourist destinations such as Bali, Indonesia or Phuket, Thailand.

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