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Seven lessons I learned from relocating to a new city

May 6th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Given the current state of economy and job market, I know a lot of people who are thinking about moving to a new city with better job prospect and lower cost of living. Relocation is not easy. For most people who relocate to a new city, they will have to face two very stressful events […]

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Netbook sales overtake iPhone numbers

March 16th, 2009 · No Comments

I first noticed the popularity of Netbook during this past Christmas season. Costco was carrying two brands of Netbook computers (Acer Aspire One and HP Mini .) They were all sold out within a couple of weeks. According to data from Gartner, in third quarter of 2008, 5.6 million Netbook computers were shipped compared to […]

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Everyone should know a little bit about Fuzzy logic

March 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Twelve years ago, when I was an undergraduate student at UC Berkeley, I was very fortunate to take the Fuzzy Logic course taught by the legendary Professor Zadeh, who invented the field of Fuzzy Logic. The class not only introduced a very exciting new field to me, but also taught me to look at our […]

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Tags: Learning and Growing · Tools & Tips

You must be a lazy man if it takes you ten hours to do a day’s work

March 2nd, 2009 · 4 Comments

When A.B. Farquhar, a Pennsylvania businessman, mentioned to Carnegie that he was always sure to be in his office by “seven in the morning”, Carnegie remarked laughingly: “You must be a lazy man if it takes you ten hours to do a day’s work.” “’What I do,’ he said, ‘is to get good men, and […]

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Tags: Start-up Success · Tools & Tips · Work/Life Balance

Is your paycheck correct?

February 27th, 2009 · 3 Comments

When you receive your paycheck each time, do you check and make sure it’s correct? I know some folks who never bothers to check — their paychecks are automatically deposited into their bank accounts. But, let me tell you that I have run into all sorts of payroll errors throughout my career: Travel expenses were […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Tools & Tips

Do Time Management techniques work?

February 27th, 2009 · No Comments

Some people simply dismiss self-help books. They believe in their own abilities. Some people turn to religion and God. They ask God for wisdom and help. some people constantly read self-helps books and look for ways to improve themselves. I’m curious — let’s pick one area of self-help, Time Management — do the Time Management […]

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My wish list of blogging software improvements

February 25th, 2009 · 6 Comments

This blog is powered by WordPress. I composed most of the posts using the offline blog editor Microsoft Live Writer. I have run into several “pain points”. Below is my wish list of blogging software improvements: This blog receives hundreds of comments each day. A lot of these comments are spams. I would like to […]

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Tags: Product Management · Tools & Tips

Apply 4HWW principles to have a great weekend getaway at Vancouver, BC

February 17th, 2009 · 2 Comments

You might wonder why I haven’t made any post in a few days  — that’s because I took a two-day family vacation to the beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia. I would like to share a few things with you about our trip. In case you haven’t heard about 4HWW — it stands for 4-Hour Work Week […]

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Tags: Tools & Tips · Work/Life Balance

If you’re laid off and let go today, are you going to lose all of your personal data on your computer at work?

January 8th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Almost everyone I know who got laid off was notified and let go on the same day. Some of them even didn’t get a chance to send out a farewell email. Do you think they had enough time to back up their personal data on their work computers, save contact addresses, and remove personal/private data […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Tools & Tips

Lehman Brother’s check for an MBA student’s travel expenses bounced. No matter what company you work for, you should get your expenses reimbursed NOW!

January 7th, 2009 · No Comments

Right before everyone left for Christmas, I had a colleague who was working furiously to get all of his expense reports done. One of his expense reports was for a business trip to Japan he took in July, 2008. That’s 5 months ago! The total amount was more than $15,000. And this is not a […]

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Tags: Beat Recession · Tools & Tips