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The Future is Now

Posted: April 17, 2011 in Message

According to Six Revisions, they are predicting the following possibilities that The Internet may be capable of in the near future.

1. Audio Web Surfing
Fancy navigating a web page on your mobile device without having to point, touch, or click? Control your web browsing experience entirely by giving voice commands to your device.

2. Surf the Web on any Device
While it may sound ludicrous to have a display screen on your chopping board, this may be possible. In fact it seems possible to have a touch screen on virtually any device that you may have at home. The only question that stands is: Would you want a display screen for web surfing on every device that you own? Isn’t it a bit of an overkill?

3. Futuristic Input
Remember the TED video that was screened during last week’s lesson? That seems to be coming our way soon; it’s no longer just in Star Trek or other futuristic movies.

4. Mobile Networking
Move aside, Social Networking. Enter Mobile Networking. With a powerful in-built bluetooth, users can now interact with other mobile phone users (nearby). This opens a lot of possibilities for networking.

5. The End of .com Domination
New URL extensions which allow for more creativity. del.icio.us would probably go down in history as the pioneer, but this isn’t exactly ground-breaking.

6. Internet Explorer 6 stops being used
Rejoice for Microsoft! If they could, they’d definitely hope that IE6 stops working altogether.

Well, that is Six Revision’s predictions for the future. As for me, what I’d like to know is what is the future of attitudes held by Internet users. I have observed a worrying pattern – Internet users have little tolerance towards other users, and are very likely to to engage in undesirable behaviors like flaming and trolling.

As The Internet becomes increasingly integrated into our lives, I’m concerned with the education on The Internet (or the lack off, rather). I hope that Internet Ethics is a subject that schools will be educating the youth on. Do you think that educating the youth on behaving well on The Internet is important as well?

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Six Revisions

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How I keep up with Groupons

Posted: March 6, 2011 in Message
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Finally managed to upload my video! It seems that WordPress came under attack from Chinese hackers over the weekend.

Why Ecommerce Businesses Succeed

Posted: February 20, 2011 in Message
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We all know of several highly successful e-commerce businesses. Amazon, ebay, Dell, and Apple are among the few names that most people can identify. Some of them are B2C (business-to-consumer), while others are C2C (consumer-to-consumer) set-ups, but regardless of its structure, one thing is evident – you don’t need to have a fancy pen to be a great cartoonist. In layman’s term, it means that you don’t have to be a big organization to succeed at e-commerce.

Let’s take a look at the top ten reasons why online businesses succeed.

1. Niche Market
Products have to be unique and stand out from the rest. Catering to a specialized but profitable section of the market can be highly effective as they are focused on being the master of the trade.

2. User-friendly Website
The website has to have an excellent design and layout. This allows potential customers to navigate the website and browse products without any frustrations. A smooth shopping experience is bound to improve the customers’ mood, which in turn affects his purchasing decision.

3. Stellar Customer Relationship Management
Businesses that provide an excellent level of customer service is likely to have more returning customers.

4. Good Market Research & 5. Competitive Prices
Tremendous effort has to be put into market research to ensure that the 5P’s of marketing (sans place) will give the business an edge over their competitors.

6. Innovative Marketing
With the popularity with Social Media, its reach is extensive if utilized effectively.

7. Word of Mouth Buzz
Never underestimate the power of word of mouth recommendations. In order to tap this potential, implement a referral system which rewards existing customers with incentives.

8. Good Product Sourcing
Good product sourcing will help the business to keep production costs low and maintain a higher profit margin, which is ultimately the fuel that keeps the business running. Buy low, sell high.

9. Good Business Planning & Financial Planning
Whether the business takes off or goes bust is dependent on this factor. He who fails to plan, plans to fail.

10. Strong Perseverance
When it comes to business, perseverance is a synonym to success. With the abundance of e-Commerce sites springing up daily, the competition is stiff and many businesses may not be profitable during the initial stages. Persevere through the initial hardship and a bountiful harvest may be awaiting.

Do you agree that most e-commerce businesses are able to succeed because of these ten reasons? If no, what are your thoughts on their success/failure?

Source: Powerhomebiz.com

COM125C

Posted: January 23, 2011 in Message
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As I grow in age, I realize the ever increasing importance of social networking as it can often open the doors of opportunity. Whenever I think of networks, I inevitably think of The Internet, which is a large network of computers.

6 years ago, when I was taking a Diploma in Multimedia and Information Technology, the term ‘network’ was constantly brought up. As my specialization brought me into hardcore game programming, much less leisure time was spent on The Internet. After graduating and enlisting to National Service, many technicalities such as the type of hubs and the OSI Model were but fragments of a distant memory.

After attending this week’s COM125 lessons, at there mere mention of IP Address Classes, my recollection was jolted and I recalled what I learnt on the binary numeral system; 8 bits = 1 byte, packet switching, and how data is sent from a sender to a receiver with reference to the OSI Model.

While this week’s lesson is generally a refresher for me, I have refined my knowledge of The Internet after My Choy aired a very comprehensive video clip on how The Internet works. Mr Choy has certainly made his lessons interesting; as a result, I am able to remain attentive and I find delight in rediscovering my forgotten knowledge.

Let me end this post with a memorable quote that I learnt during my prior acquaintance to The Internet and its networks – There are only 10 types of people in the world: Those who understand binary, and those who don’t.