On China

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China is this, China is that… So-called experts have said. Usually about whether they will go beyond the U.S. or not. But, no matter what, the social state of 1.3B people gets some close to her and is willing to disturb its neighbors plus remote ones. That’s the thing.
To prepare this oriental impact properly, we first have to see them straight and read them accurate. One-eyed speculation? Intentional simplification? No more!

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Misleading Tens of Thousands

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Looking back, he was eminent when in talking about the past and about theories. Applause here and there. But he left me with a shadow of a doubt when he entered the world he doesn’t know well: he started to deal with ins and outs of real-life politics, and environment issues. Finally into foreign affairs, he’s misleading tens of thousands of people, covering their eyes. His latest is at the top.

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From Fresh Air to a Leaning Tower

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A webcast called JKJ-TV has provided economic and other insights for years in a libertarian perspective. It was kind of fresh air to many people tired of anti-government, social counterparts. Thousands of followers collected. Months ago, it changed its identity as a news cast—JKJ-News . And now, it’s about to charge.
But this tower started to lean as it covered things in a daily basis. In a few weeks, it became clear the cast came to its limit in many ways. As a long time subscriber, and also as a rebel, I pick up a scope and check it out deeply.

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Chief of the Company Says

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GeekWire featured the email Satya Nadella , chief of the Redmond company, sent to his men. It became the hottest in tech, it seems. Since it’s the first big thing he did in his shop, I’d like to check a few sentences out one by one.

Nadella on GeekWire

  • . . . we live in a mobile-first, cloud-first world . . .
    Needless to say. The tide and its direction were so clear, even years ago, that every reasonable man in the tech industry was able to see.
  • . . . and the transformation we are driving across our businesses . . .
    During the last transformation in 2005, they faced their own mega-failure, Windows Live. Led by Ray Ozzie, It started big. Its initiative was not bad. Time to market, not too late. But the depth and speed were short of expectations and also less than that of competition.
  • . . . what culture do we want to foster that will enable us to achieve these goals? . . . we need a culture founded in a growth mindset . . .
    Really? Growth mindset? Strategic mindset, I suggest. To recognize core competency; to set major goals and minors; to identify enemies and partners; and to focus available resources on where it is needed most.
  • . . . we will grow with our customers and partners, we will grow our opportunity . . .
    No, you guys better go deeper. Go deeper into your customers to find out what they really want. Go deeper into visible opportunities and find some invisibles among them.
  • . . . to move people from needing Windows to choosing Windows to loving Windows . . .
    So… what is the status quo? People are dumping Windows… forgetting Windows. Sad but true. If Redmond guys stick to what they have been doing in recent years, they would not reach out this goal for sure.
  • . . . We will need to innovate in new areas . . . make some tough choices in areas where things are not working . . .
    These are typical but stressful decisions to top management, and absolutely normal in business environment. Nadella just wrote what every executive like him would do, not about that something—bad to some passionate customers—could happen soon.

CAPTURE: © 2015 GeekWire

More to S. Korea Than Meets the Eye

How valuable is South Korea as an ally? What about the Korean Peninsula in a geopolitical perspective? People in my country—almost everyone—still think the former is dependent and close to the latter.
Back in the mid-20th century, the two were virtually the same. Nowadays, however, for free countries such as the U.S., one could be much higher than the other. Why is that? The hint is in what South Korea is doing outside the peninsula.

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The reality of File History feature in Windows 8.

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I would provide this as an evidence that upgrades in Windows world does not always mean getting better. But, don’t be relieved. The same came in the Mac world when Apple recently upgraded iWork to balance the desktop version with its web cousin.

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My favorite tech journalist Paul Thurrott is finally out from a corporate life and about to begin new on his own.

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

I left this comment on his reminiscence...

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How a princess fought her fate, overcame her femininity and, finally, became a king. | IMDb

Elizabeth (1998)

POSTER: © 1998 PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

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Last Thursday, Henry Edward Roberts, arguably the father of personal computer, passed away at the age of 68. He made an electronic kit named Altair 8800 in 1975. Soon the kit made two young men, moved from WA, popular.

Ed Roberts with Altair 8800

On the day he’s gone, the two, now in their 50s, memorized him here .

PHOTO: Computer History Museum