Recently, my daughter has started her first year in primary school. As she was fully educated in a pure Montessori pre-school, I was curious to see how an online education would work for her. So I started her with Khan Academy last year. Here are the lessons which I have learned as a parent and why Khan Academy may still have a long way to go as an online tool to educate kids over the past year.Continue reading What have I learned so far from taking my daughter through Khan Academy?
Where will science and technology be heading in the next decade? One of my thinking frameworks to analyze and forecast what comes next is to leverage the basic concepts of physics to understand what is going on in the technology business world.Continue reading Bits to Atoms
FourSquare is a location-based social networking service combining the web and mobile phone. FourSquare has incorporated a game element that makes it extremely viral among her users. Originally, the app only works for major cities in the US and Europe. Recently on 20 Nov 2009 (a day before Barcamp Singapore 4), FourSquare has expanded beyond 150 cities including Singapore. After evangelizing, stress-testing, discussing and reviewing the app, here are my muses, impressions and hacks on FourSquare for those who want to know more about the app. Continue reading FourSquare in Singapore: Impressions, Muses and Hacks
The book “The Audacity to Win” by David Plouffe focuses on the inside story from the perspective of the campaign manager for the Obama Presidential campaign 2008 and the lessons learnt from the historic victory to elect the first African-American president. With an insider view, the story starts from how David Plouffe together with Robert Gibbs and David Axelrod put together an inner circle with candidate Barack Obama that subsequently led to a two years campaign culminating to his presidency. The book does not talk about the present day where we are debating whether President Obama have lived up to expectations, but provide the snapshot of the years that end with the day of his inauguration as the 44th President of the United States. Continue reading The Audacity to Win by David Plouffe
Last week, Google released their initial version of how Google Chrome OS will look like. Within 24 hours, a lot of developers took a look at the first release of the OS. There are two ways to build Google Chrome OS: (1) You can build the Chrome OS from source code on Ubuntu following thru with this set of instructions (finally, I can now justify why I put a Ubuntu Linux in my Macbook Pro) and (2) Use the Google Chrome OS image from gdgt.com and run it on VM ware. I tried both ways and both worked. Of course, I recommend the 2nd method to those who want to get a glimpse on Google Chrome OS (and one of the requirements is that you have VM ware). Continue reading Google Chrome OS: Initial Impressions