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1) Your problem will be there for a few days but will most likely be forgotten in weeks.

2) Bring a notebook, write your journeys in detail. The food you eat, the tea you drink.

3) Observe local culture.

4) Take a lot of pictures.

Basically, try to forget your day job.

If you travel, I'd suggest you to go to Asia (Japan, Korea, China, India, and SE. Asia countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia). Go to a place with rich culture. Spend a few weeks or even months there.

Those pictures and stories would hopefully make you feel better on your gloomy days.

I've been living in North America for almost 10 years (in particular Vancouver) and the cities get boring quickly. Lack of personality and culture. Asia is completely different; more vibrant.

More importantly: change your perspective on how to live life.


Somehow the menu style reminds me of Widgets/UI-component from the Windows ecosystem.


That would be Computer Systems Analyst. #5 on the list.


Out of the blue. I used to check out DimDim UI a year go to see how far they can use GWT. Never thought the next news coming out from them is this one.


I grew up in Asia (up until my high school year). Back then, my generation were influenced heavily by western culture: basketball, hip-hop, R&B, rap, pop, boy-band, baseball, pizza, steaks, computers.

Many of my friends went to study abroad (mostly US and UK) and hope to settle as long as they can like my uncle and aunt who had done the same thing 20 years ago.

About 2 years ago, I saw a change in tide where most of my friends (or friends of friends) were going back home. Most of them prefer to go back home because they would get a better job, which is normal for western educated young worker.

I went back home twice since 2009 and traveled in SE Asia a bit. I see why people wanted to go back: it's not just the job, it's the culture, the networks, friends, family. The whole package.

It's easy to "connect" with people who have big businesses there. Often you meet them in odd places like noodle shops, outdoor markets, food courts.

Night life is definitely better. By night-life I mean strolling down the Clarke Quay in Singapore, eat dinner outside style food court in Jakarta, or wandering around Ginza in Tokyo, enjoy Seafood in Jimbaran (Bali) mostly with your husband/wife and kids. Not necessarily means clubbing or bar. Thus better here is relative.

After a while, the fried chicken and the filet mignon became dry and tasteless to my wife and I. We've decided to pursue ways to go back to Asia starting this year. We'll see if we can go back there soon enough before our retirement (plan was to go back to retire).


What do you think this says about the US? Be honest.

(I don't have any political motivations here. I love my country. But I'm curious as to your perspective.)


There are less hype about US these days. That's all. US is no longer the powerhouse it used to be.

US used to be a symbol of pride among SE Asia tourists: you have to visit US, smell the air, buy their bands, etc. These days, Japan and other exotic locations seem a lot more interesing.

It used to be working there is like some sort of symbol of success. These days, only IT and blue-collar workes who still want to go to US. The rest stay put.


The content of the book came from his essays (posted on his website).

Whether it is worth or not, it depends on how you define worth.

I used to buy the hype cycle out of recommended books by "the internet" (reddit, HN, blogs, etc), for example: the tipping point, wisdom of the crowd, paradox of less, this book, get things done, etc.

But then I figured out that I want to (and should) do my own thing, not to follow someone else's lead.

I sold mine last month and am now trying to get rid the other books as well.

Keep in mind that while it is 6 years old, most of the content are "concepts" of various topics from startups, competition, hackers/recruiting, etc.


I also (same book lineup as you and 4 hour week, Godin stuff, those other bad books from Gladwell, yes all of them, I still like Black Swan) came to the conclusion those hype cycle blogosphere books are not for me and only distract.


They do indeed. Funny though, I was cleaning up my bookshelves 2 days ago and I stumbled upon old books "Software Engineering in UNIX/C Environment" (1991)[Honest: I copied the book from my university library before I graduated a few years ago] and "The Greatest Secret in the World" (1997).

I browsed found interesting information. For example: SE in UNIX/C Env book mentioned Unit, System, Integration, and Acceptance Testing. Just like those Agilist/Scrum books are doing these days.

Og Mandino book is sort of self-help book that seems a combination of a few recent self-help books.

They're both thin and easy to read. I suppose I would believe reviews about old books than newer books from now on.


They had a chance to make it better when they re-wrote their app from Java to PHP no? (If... that is their main cause of failure. Which probably isn't.)


There's not enough detail of what kind of "gold platting" the author had done. Now I'm not an expert on "architectures" or "patterns" and my view is just a personal observation when I glanced over HN, slideshare.net, and InfoQ to some extend.

Often I saw 2 types of architectures:

1) System-Level

2) Component-Level

The System-Level type of architecture usually shows up in companies (or person that does the explanation) where the tools being used are UNIX-y: python, ruby, rails, django, apache, nginx, mysql, linux/command-line, syslog, etc. These people/companies tend to adopt a strong "pipe"-like architecture.

The mindset here is to write a program/application that does one thing really well.

The Component-Level type of architecture usually shows up in places where there's a strong OOP/Java/.NET culture. Often, this is the place where many people try to write the best damn code possible. You'll see some sort of "ManagerXYZ.java" or "XYZService.java" or "PolicyXYZ.java" or "XYZProvider.java". The Component-Level type of architecture tends to link many components tightly together and somehow each Component acts as if it is a "mini-API".

The mindset here is to write a library/component/class that does one thing really well.

Which one that the author chose?

Now when ugly code happens. Well.. I'd like to stay away from flame-war and all that stuff so I suppose you'd have to make your own judgement which way is better: System-level or Component-level.


Sometime I wonder what would happen in the near-future?

Many brick-n-mortar stores (musics/cd, books, video-rental) where people used to sort of hang-out are now closing their doors and filing bankruptcy. Many young people are losing their jobs.

A few days ago I saw Amazon selling video games about $10 cheaper than EBGames (this particular game: Call of Duty Black Ops).

These are places where kids and teenagers used to hang out or even work during the summer.

Automation is replacing humans. Not sure if that's good or bad.

As much as I'd like to buy items cheaper, I'm a bit worried with the repercussion of my action.


Race to the bottom.


>>Race to the bottom.

Probably, but you seem to imply that is bad?!

What happens when all the world's areas of dirt poor people has been "used up" by outsourcing, so they lack dirt poor people? [Edit: That is, what will happen after the race to the bottom?]

I really don't have an idea about the answer. But the world will be better, with much fewer poor people.


It's going to be strange to live in a world where there is no longer a double-digit percentage of poor people. There may still be pockets of poor in areas at war or under very dysfunctional regimes. But poor continents or regions will be things of the past. It's so incredibly different from anything that has happened before in all of recorded history.


Will the world become a better place?

That depends on whom you asked. From my perspective the world was a better place in the past but that's my personal opinions.

Has India become a better country because of all the offshoring? Their GDP might increase, but what about their quality of life? What about those overwork IT workers?

There are 2 things I learned in life so far:

1) There's this thing called "balance".

One gives, the other receives. One gets something, the other lose something. Addition, subtraction.

2) Money is the root of all evil.

I've never perceived that money can make the world a better place. In 1998, money nearly destroys Asia. In 2008, money hurts western countries.

US residents probably have more money than the other countries. But at the same time, check out the obesity level of US residents. Check out how many trash US produces. Why do you think people are buzzing over "green" thing.

If you have more money, you will want more of everything. The end result of this cycle hasn't been good so far.

As of today, the world has more problems than it was. Eliminate one, then two or more problems will arise.


>"Has India become a better country because of all the offshoring? "

Yes, yes, a million times yes. How is it even a question?




Obviously I'm ignorant. Excuse me.


Obviously you neither know every area, nor have you thought about every type of problem. I haven't done that either. Or anyone else. The important thing is to love learning.

If you haven't thought at least a bit about a problem area, you don't know enough to realize that you don't understand it. That has happened to me many times.

I'm sorry if I was rough in the last comment.


I don't know if you're a kid or really trolling on Xmas? I'll bite shortly, to be polite.

≈>>One gives, the other receives. One gets something, the other lose something. Addition, subtraction.

Please look up the definition of "zero sum game". Then realize that modern economy really isn't one. Most people are winning, in the present world.

Exceptions are people in countries with conflict or with corrupt/dictatorial regimes.

>>There are 2 things I learned in life so far:

>>2) Money is the root of all evil.

How about learning something from history?

Start by reading some books about poor people's lives and how it feels to bury your kids.

People die today, because of lack of food. Children still get organ damage (including brain) from too little food.

The point is, below a certain level of money/resources, life gets bad. Everyone should be happy that an increasing part of humanity can go away from that.

Please go look at Hans Rosling on TED:


>>As of today, the world has more problems than it was. Eliminate one, then two or more problems will arise.

For my information, how would you describe someone that has a total lack of sense of size of problems?! Someone that confuses losing money on a stock market crash -- with seeing your loved ones die young from treatable diseases?

(And I'm not arguing everything is better than it used to be.)



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