Is localization important?

The question is:

Is localization important?

The following questions pops up to target at different actors:

  • Is localization important to end-users?
  • How do organization provide localization?
  • Does organization require to provide localization?
  • Without localization, will you still consume the service?
  • Is this act a big or small one to consumers?

There are many ways to post these questions and there will be many different opinions from people from all walks of life. So what exactly I am referring to?

Well, I am a regular Grab user for a long time and I almost use it for my daily commute for personal/work purposes. On the latest updates that was released the last two weeks, I suddenly saw the following on my Grab App.

Wow, the starting of some “Singlish“. There is “Ah” at the statement in the above image. Next is:

One more… “Pai Sei”. What does this means? Well, it meant “Sorry” in english or the meaning that is extracted from the Wikipedia.

Means to be embarrassed. Usually used as an apology after making an embarrassing mistake. From Hokkien 歹勢 (pháiⁿ-sè).

This is so into the daily commuters life, at least for those who resides in Singapore for a period of time.

There we go again, “Alamak” is being used here. The meaning is as close to:

Phonetically close to the Chinese term “Oh, my mother!”. It expresses shock or surprise.

Gosh, these may be something that is really small to changed and managed by the Grab Engineering Team for each Country to be localized. However, all these small and effective efforts does made a different to the end-users life.

Initially, when I saw it, I could immediately made fun of it when I read it but it also kind of amused me when there isn’t any Grab drivers without the area that wants to pick me up which is kind of disappointing.

Therefore, this gives me a little bit of mixed feelings. 😉

However, kudos to the Engineering Team in Grab that develops these and also to the person who thought of such idea! I am looking forward in using Grab services to all the places that I travel so that I could see how far such localization is being done up.

Cheers,
Milton

Is localization important?

Love-Hate Relationship with Clutter in Outlook

In such a fast-pace technology world, features are released quicker than anyone can afford to learn everything. Recently I am getting lots of feedback from co-workers or customers saying that they have dropped me an email but I have not responded in a manner that I used to. (P/S: I read mails everywhere, on my laptop, my iPad and my mobile phone. Email has become an integral part of me.)

So I had a thought on why emails are not falling into my “Inbox“? With a little searching around, I saw that my mails has been falling into:

“Junk Email” folder has been a pain too, but of course with certain help in mitigating spam mails from flowing through, but What is Clutter?!

Copying off the article:-

In Outlook 2016 for Windows, “Clutter” can help you filter low-priority email, saving time for your most important messages. If Clutter isn’t for you, you can TURN IT OFF.

So what are typically treated as “Low-Priority“?

Ooooo. So, notifications from Wunderlist is being treated as “Low-Priority”. So what’s the point of having an email reminder?

Like what is mentioned in the block quote above, there are means to toggle “on/off” for this feature depending on individual. All one have to do is to logon to the Office 365 Outlook Web Access (OWA) via https://outlook.office365.com/ and right-click on the “Inbox” to access to the “Clutter settings” as shown below.

You will arrive at the page similar to the image below.

If you love this feature, do nothing!

If you dislike this feature, un-check the highlighted checkbox and “save”!

Provide your feedback to me and let me know your thoughts on this feature!

Cheers,
Milton

Love-Hate Relationship with Clutter in Outlook

New PowerBank in da House!

Hooray! New gadget in the house! What is new this time? Lately, I have been relying a lot on my PowerBank or Battery Pack or Juicer as my ageing Apple iPhone 6S Plus is draining battery way faster than usual. However, I am holding on to this until the new iPhone 8 is released as there is totally no point in jumping on the iPhone 7 bandwagon at this point of time when we know the release date for the new iPhone 8 is imminent!

As I was doing some window-shopping at Suntec City last week, I walked past the “Mi” Store which is the store for XiaoMi line of products. Feeling curious what’s in store for me as it has been a real long time ago that I have used XiaoMi product. Still remember those days when XiaoMi do not have an official store front in Singapore, I went ahead to buy my first PowerBank (16000 mAh in capacity) and have to collect it from an industry area in Singapore. Time flies and now it is so easy to get this value-for-money line of products almost anywhere in Singapore. So, why the flagship store then? I don’t have the answer either but I am a fan of buying from the original store instead of going through re-sellers.

My old (16000 mAh) battery juicer suffered a damage when I was in Auckland last year where it slipped out of my jacket pocket and create a dent on the cover itself but since then I make do with it all the while. However, when I saw the newer series of the PowerBank, I am so in-love with the design as it looks so sleek! Without further ado, please see below:

Woot, the package is so much better than before. In the past, we do not even have any wording printed on the exterior of the box!

Look at the statistics being published and printed on the exterior of the box, this juicer (a.k.a. PowerBank) can fully charged 7.5x an Apple iPhone 7. *Roar*

More specifications of the specs as such “Fast-Charging” which is something that I can make do without in terms of bi-directional functionality. I need my PowerBank to quickly charged up my device as soon as possible else I will probably not be able to stay connected in this Internet-Enabled World! I definitely can make do without the fast charging of the PowerBank as I always leave it by the power socket for hours adoring the blinking lights on the PowerBank.

More wordings…

Man, artistic shot of my PowerBank. Although the material of the casing is Plastic compared to the older version which I suppose it should be made up of Aluminium. (*Wild Guessing*)

This PowerBank equips with 2 x USB port so that one can concurrent charged up two devices. It works flawlessly for the older version and I have yet to have this tested out on the newer version. The centre socket is the one used for charging the PowerBank which is uses the regular kind of cable used widely for Android devices before phasing out into using Type-C.

I really like the Pearlie White colour on this PowerBank, I wonder if XiaoMi is going to start producing more of different colours! If yes, I will be collecting them!

Cheers,
Milton

New PowerBank in da House!

Fedex – Review YOUR scheduled jobs.

From the above image, do you see what I see as an “error”? Well, if not, let me point it to you.

  1. This message was received at 7.56 PM.
  2. Reading through the content of this text, it says I have up to 8.00 PM to decide if I would like to opt for self-collection.

Come on FedEx, are you testing your consumer speed in terms of responding to texts OR are you trying to say that the cut-off time is not valid and even if I go past that timing, it will still work?

In the natural human behaviour, I would wait for my parcel/package to be delivered to my doorstep rather than needing to pick it up unless I am in a superb urgency that I need the content of the parcel/package.

I know it is a goodwill of FedEx that they are offering a varieties of options for consumer to “choose”, but please take into consideration of how the system is being designed! You are adversely upsetting your consumer by treating them like super-human. I strongly believe that this will be a cycle where this feature will be deprecated sooner than expected because of the pickup rate.

An enterprise / organisation such as FedEx would (should) have designed it with the best user experience to the end users. Always remember that AdoptionGovernance comes after!

Just my 2 cents worth of my rumbling thoughts.

Cheers,
Milton

Fedex – Review YOUR scheduled jobs.

3 Steps Up-size in Microsoft Azure

I have to admit that I am no longer one who is managing a production environment since my primary focus is to bring in more customers into the organization. One simple yet cool feature of upsizing in Microsoft Azure that Microsoft has designed really amazed me and bring me to the thoughts that how importance is User Experience.

Take for example, what if one needs to scale up the instance size of Azure Virtual Machine (VM), how many steps to accomplish that?

Step 1 – Navigate to the instance and look for the one that you intend to scale up and select the “Size” as shown below.

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Step 2 – Select your desire configuration based on your requirements and the pricing model which is stated clearly.

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Step 3 – Once confirm, the instance will be required to reboot and the resources will be upgraded shortly.

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Is this kind of features notice by everyone or most just take it as it should be? I personally feel that within the Product Group of Microsoft, they take into consideration of the views and opinions of the Public User and have them implemented into the environment as soon as possible.

For this, let’s give a hands-up to Microsoft!

Cheers,
Milton

3 Steps Up-size in Microsoft Azure

Hooray! My Third Year as Microsoft MVP!

Hoooooorrrrayyyyy! I am back as a Microsoft MVP as I received the email this morning at 1am (GMT +8).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have to admit that it comes with a mixed feeling as I was in Manila for one of the PowerShell User Group meet-up in Microsoft Philippines office.  During my opening, I did my usual introduction but with the deep feelings that, “Due to the timezone, I am no longer a Microsoft MVP as I am set to expire on 1st July 2017.“. Of course, this isn’t quite valid as if I am swing back to the Seattle (Microsoft HQ) timezone, then I am still a Microsoft MVP!

Took the afternoon flight from Manila back to Singapore and the feeling of “getting renewed” is bothering me as I aren’t sure if I will be a shiny Microsoft MVP when I wake up the next day in my timezone. Through my night yesterday, I keep browsing Twitter under the #MVPBuzz hashtag and see many ways of how other MVPs who are like me trying to find out if they get renewed. The tension got worst through the day when I start seeing negative tweets from fellow MVPs whom their Community Program Manager (CPM) has already informed them they are being retired from the program and move over to the Reconnect program. Moreover, fellow PowerShell MVPs also start sending farewell messages through the Distribution List (DL) and it just creates another sinking moments.

OK, enough of those negative news and I have strong faith with those whom have retired yesterday will all get back to the Team really really soon!

I am really thankful to Microsoft and fellow MVPs who have helped me through this journey. It is really a long journey, lots of fun and tough times as we are battling between work commitment and living up the community spirits. I am glad that I am given the chance and the recognition and I promise that in the next 12 months, my community contributions will be soaring to the next height.

Cheers,
Milton

Hooray! My Third Year as Microsoft MVP!

Microsoft Azure: Schedule an Auto-Shutdown

Today when I was meddling with my Virtual Machine (VM) in Microsoft Azure, I chanced upon this new feature known as “Auto-shutdown” under the section “Schedules” although this was originally released in November 2016. The piece of news can be found here. With this naming, it tells it all that Microsoft is helping us consumers to save some costs! (Thanks Microsoft!) #MicrosoftIsGreat.

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Clicking on it further brings me into this simple form.

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As you can see that this form is rather simple to operate which also means that it is missing some features that I can think off immediately upon seeing this.

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Microsoft Azure team has built this feature to allow you to shut down at anytime at your convenience which is down right the whole purpose of this. I faced with tons of issues with time zone where I set an alarm at 6pm (GMT +7) and after a flight, it does rang only at the specified time zone even I return to my home land which is in (GMT +8).

One of the immediate limitation of this is, once you scheduled a time to have the resource to be shut down. It will be on run on a daily basis, which means that I will need to manually start the Virtual Machine if I need to. Well, a list of awesome features that I hope to see on this Schedules will be:

1) Auto-StartUp – Automatically start the resource if it is not in the Stopped State at a specified time.

2) Allow more granular control such as:

  • Control by Shutting down on a specified day of the week/month
  • Control by Starting up on a specified day of the week/month

3) What is better is, if I can even start/stop a resource by using my Mobile Device (regardless of Email/Mobile Application)

Cheers,
Milton

Microsoft Azure: Schedule an Auto-Shutdown