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?

[Consumer Review] – AirServer

Recently, I find myself needing to mirror the image from my Apple iPad to my computer during presentation so I went on searching for a tool that can help complete this task. As I uses Apple Mac at work, so I need something that is friendly to Mac but at the same time friendly to Windows too (Kill two birds with one stone).

Happened to chanced upon AirServer when I did an online search so decided to give it a spin since they offered 7 days trial. You may want to give the application a spin by hitting here. (You are not seeing the wrong thing, the link is a referral link that was assigned to my account. Well, I believe in a win-win situation. Definitely, you have all the freewill to hit the download section via the site directly as it doesn’t affect me at all.)

Installation Process

During the installation process on a Windows 8.1 computer, I encountered that there are more pre-requisites that is required as compared to installation on my Mac. Hereby, I will walk through the differences.

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As you can see, since I giving the software a spin and I want to be able to enjoy every single bit out of it. I wish to enable both AirPlay and Miracast.

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This is simple, downloading another driver to get it installed is easy matter since concise instructions was given. Just download the Bonjour Print Services from here and get it installed. Alternatively, if you have iTunes installed, you would have installed the Bonjour Print Services in one way or another.

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Second item on the list flagged out because I have selected Miracast is complex because I am installing it on my Intel NUC and Ethernet Lan was used all the time since I did not add Wireless Card in it. Well, too bad, I will just remove Miracast then.

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Run the check again to make sure all pre-requisites are installed and move ahead by clicking on “Next”. Agree to the EULA and continue.

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If you have downloaded the application via the site, you would have been prompted to either Sign-Up via logging into FaceBook or fill in the basic details to sign-up. Either way would have an Activation Code created on the screen.

Change to the desire folder to install the AirServer but usually I will just leave it as default.

This is rather a special way to phrase it. I always get options such as “Do you want to make this application available to yourself.” or “Do you want to make this application available to everyone?”. Something different at once… Click on to get the application installed.

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Usage

After installation, the AirServer application is launched and I am welcome to this screen.

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I seriously thought that I have entered the Activation Code once during registration and it seems like it hasn’t been registered. (To the AirServer Team, is this a bug?) This is the part where Internet Connection is needed as the application will hit back to one of the server at AirServer to make sure that the code entered is valid and not expired.

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Hooray! It is running now! Now time to give it a spin…

I was suppose to get it working by mirroring my iPad display to my Windows 8.1 screen but doesn’t seem working presently. However, all audio that are playing on the iPad are routed to the Windows 8.1 computer via AirServer.

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I don’t think this should be rocket science to setup but definitely doing it on an Apple Mac is way easier compared to Windows.

 

Compatibility

Operating System: Compatible PC / Compatible Mac
Sender: AirPlay Compatible Device or Miracast Compatible Source Device
Network: Source and Destination to be on the same Network. (Be it Wired or Wireless connected)
Internet Connection: Required only for Software Activation.

For this, I am so entice to get Miracast compatible source device. (I promise to write another blog post after I tried AirServer with my newly purchased gadget.)

 

Pricing

As you can see from the chart below which I have grabbed it from AirServer website.

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It just cost US$14.99 in order to enjoy the full function for life (perpetual license). It is not expensive at all for all the convenient it gives you.

Will you give this a spin or you have something better to recommend? Share with me via the comment box or drop me an email.

Cheers!
Milton Goh

[Consumer Review] – AirServer

Chance Upon–vSphere Mobile Watchlist (Mobile App)

While I was doing my usual surfing for mobile applications on my devices (iOS on iPad / Android on Samsung Galaxy Note 3), I happened to chance upon this application – vSphere Mobile Watchlist by VMware, Inc. Swipe through the available screen captures provided in PlayStore, I saw some exciting things that I can do with this application so I went ahead to down it.

The application looked like this in PlayStore.

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As what it is shown in the description, “Monitor the VMware vSphere VMs you care about and remediate any alerts remotely”. It is that simple right? Simplified the way System Administrator(s) work now!

Since I have a one-server vSphere environment at home, I quickly login to the environment to test out the application.

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Since my mobile phone and my lab server sits in the same network, I could easily access the vSphere instance without any issue. However, for other system administrators that are on the move most of the time or wish to work on a quick-fix or reboot a Virtual Machine (VM) in the movie theatre, then probably you will need to bypass security layer like connecting to the vSphere environment through VPN.

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After successful login, it just presented me with a very neat outlook (which is something that I like the most, don’t build unnecessary features that complicates things when we can do only this much in a small device like our mobile phone!).

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Clicking on the “+” (plus) sign on the screen will bring you to the list of Virtual Machine (VMs) available for selection. Initially, I have no idea what I should be doing! However, by a few knocks, I finally get to know how this works.

You will need to select the radio button shown on the left of each Virtual Machine listed and it will appear on the dashboard (or main page) of the mobile application.

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I selected a few and head back to the dashboard and you will see those selected are somehow the “highlights” that you may want to view instantly upon logging in using the mobile application.

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In the dashboard, there is two views (on the left which shows more details compared to the lesser details one on the right). It is rather useful if you really have lots of vSphere hosts loaded and you want your attention to be focus on selected VMs on every host. After all, you care for what is most important to you although all of them are equally important but in every environment, there will definitely be servers that has more weightage compared to the rest.

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Diving into the individual Virtual Machine gives you more details of the selected VM. On the glance, it just provides you with information that you want to care most. For example, if you received an alert from your monitoring tool telling you that one of your server are hitting the threshold of 80% in CPU utilization or the available storage is less than 10%. You probably want to validate that piece of information immediately upon login to your vSphere environment. Notice that there is 4 nodes at the bottom, it just means that there are more information if you swipe to the left.

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Page 2 shows you the console view while Page 3 gives you a list of commands that is available similar to what you see on the VMware console used for administering VMware Virtual Machines.

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Page 4 is one of the important one where it shows you all the Tasks & Events pertaining to the Virtual Machine. This will be really useful for troubleshooting purposes.

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Very comprehensive filtering features built in so that the Administrator could filter accordingly to what is the level of details he/she wants to view.

VMware is really good with graphical representation of the information that is gathered which I really really appreciate the team who developed all these. Some of the breakdown of the graphs that you will find.

CPU & Memory

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Disk

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Network

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Want to quickly send the current state of the individual Virtual Machine to your team mates to review or escalate to the next support level? Well, you could easily gather the information and email it over through your mobile!

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Remoting / Accessing the Virtual Machine

If you are at your weep-ends where you really need to login to the server to check out what is happening within the server, then the mobile application has built in something that is as similar to the experience you get during a Teamviewer session.

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Using the on-screen keyboard, it takes a bit of effort though (I am not a fan of working with small screen unless I really have to). It will definitely be more soothing to your eyes when the screen is rotated.

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That’s all for the Virtual Machine section. Now, let’s move on to the Host.

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Similar to the Virtual Machine view, it gives you a holistic view of the utilization of the Host.

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This view gives you all the Virtual Machine that is hosted within the vSphere host and the list of datastore visible to the vSphere host.

The statistical portion of the Host is exactly the same as the Virtual Machine so I will be omitting the screen shot to save some of your bandwidth. 🙂

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Much lesser functionality compared to Virtual Machine but is definitely aligned to the what it has in the VMware console. The Tasks & Events is the same as the Virtual Machine ones and filtering possesses the same as Virtual Machine too.

One very last feature that is useful for System Administrator when administering a farm of vSphere host and Virtual Machine is that, sometime you would want to group certain Virtual Machine and Host into different view as the different group may signify usage for different projects or team. Take a look at the feature “WatchList” where you are available to create new “WatchList” and pull in respective Virtual Machine you would like in this view.

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Select the Virtual Machine or Host that you want and then shift it into the WatchList.

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Do you find this application useful for System Administrator? Is there any features that are lacking from this? Share with me in the comment fields and let’s discuss!

Cheers.

Milton Goh

Chance Upon–vSphere Mobile Watchlist (Mobile App)

My Ez-Link Mobile Application–Convenient at a cost.

The company that take care of all our electronic card (EZ-Link) that commuters used on a daily basis while commuting has released its own mobile application for mainly the Android and iOS platform. The mobile application has been sitting on my phone for awhile and until just yesterday I decided to give it a spin again. In the past, I used it mainly to check the values that is remaining in my card as I am a lazy commuters who doesn’t bother looking at the gantry indicators whenever I go through.

Let’s roll over to the mobile application itself.

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This is the start screen of the application. To get things started, there is a need to scan the EZ-Link card to know what other functions is available.

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Once I place my EZ-Link card at the back of my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with NFC enabled, I will be able to get all the details.

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OK, previously I have scanned this card and save this card as per identified as “Milton’s Ezlink” as usually one card is tie to one person. However, there is no ruling that one person cannot own more than one card but that isn’t something that I required as of now. (I have intentionally replaced the CAN ID so that it is not known, I personally do not know the implications if someone knows my card ID but just want to be on the safe side). This application gives me a break down of my last few trips made or rather the last few transactions that was performed using this card. This actually reminds me of the past where I commute using Bus / MRT during work and we will need to access one of the machine at the nearest station to print a transaction receipt so that I can claim it from the company. Although it is just less than a dollar or two but when things adds up, it could foot the bill for a meal for one easily.

So is there any situation where you are about to leave home for work or anywhere else and you wish to take the public bus but to realize that your EZ-Link card runs low on value? On top of that, you have run out of coins to use to pay off the bus fare and aren’t willing to throw in a two-dollars note to pay off a ride that may only cost you 90-cents or one-twenty?

Here the mobile application come to your rescue! Touch the “Topup Card” feature as shown in the previous screen image then you are on your way to top-up your EZ-Link card using E-Payment such as Credit Card.

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Select the desire amount you want to top-up and continue. My recommendation here is to select the highest amount available! Will come to it shortly.

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Now do you see why? Do you see that greeny weeny “Convenience Fee” that the Credit Card merchant is going to impose for helping you to make sure you don’t lose out? Be it $10, $20 or that mean option of $5, you will still need to pay for the thirty-cents “Convenience Fee”! So be wise, since you paid for the convenient, utilize it fully!

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From the back of my mind, I do not remember that I have keyed in my date-of-birth anywhere when I set this whole thing up, but nevertheless, I couldn’t have forgotten about when I was hatched from the egg. Go ahead, enter the value and proceed. (Maybe I would try to provide false information and see what the application will prompt me)

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Lastly, enter the Credit Card information and proceed… Hooray! EZ-Link card topped up! (Oops, I didn’t continue because I still have values in my EZ-Link card but wonder would I ever fall in such trap where I do require to use this feature!)

In the current era, technology has advanced so quick that providing convenient to consumer is on the top priority. Integrating many solutions into one so that to leverage on expertise from different field or industry.

Have you used this application before? If yes, share with us how it goes for you. If no, why not? Would you give it a spin like what I did? Perhaps, that one day you would really need this?

Find this Android Application over here.

Cheers.

Milton Goh

My Ez-Link Mobile Application–Convenient at a cost.