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Sunday, 27 November 2016

Donald Trump failed. But he got up again.

Congratulations, Mr Trump. You made it to the post of President. You won your election fair and square.

It may not be your intention to inform the public about your past failings, but I think it might be educational, even motivational, for ordinary people like me. Because your winning of the presidency means that you've succeeded where others have failed.

And that means that you probably have a number of lessons about failing, and getting up again, that could benefit ordinary folks like me. And the other readers of this blog. (There is intelligent life out there, no?)

Friday, 25 November 2016

The Ringgit Exchange Rate was set in Singapore until 2013

Blame it on Donald Trump. Ever since he won the American presidency by surprise, the Ringgit has been in a slump. The investors bought into his "Make America Great Again" campaign promise, and have withdrawn their funds from Malaysia.

That puts demand for the Ringgit at a low, while pushing up demand for the US Dollar. End result: Ringgit exchange rate falls, and falls.

So I was reading the Sydney Morning Herald when I came across this piece of news which made me very surprised.

Thursday, 24 November 2016

How to be a Rentvestor

Today I read an article about how an Australian lady was renting a nice property in town. She was staying at a nice address, but she could not afford to buy a property around that neighbourhood.

But in her mind, she knew that she would be silly not to invest in real estate. Hence, her search for the right strategy started. After all, property ownership is a dream for many people, and they grow up expecting that they will dump all their life savings into a property.

Most people invest in liveable houses, but if you want to invest in a house that fits in the size of your hand, let me know. On a more serious note, investing in property can lead to long term benefits, which we discuss below.

Enter The Rentvestor Strategy

Eventually, after searching high and low, the Australian lady found the "Rentvestor" strategy:

a) Rent a property in the city, and
b) Buy and rent out a property in the outskirts.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Review of Able2Extract 10


I was recently given the opportunity to review a software called Able2Extract. “Hi,” said the e-mail, “would you like to have a look at our software?” I decided that I would give it a go, despite the busy schedule of late. To put things in context, I’m currently juggling between trying to be a good dad, a good husband, a kickass attorney, and a part-time student. Most of my evenings are spent entertaining the kids, and, if there is office work that needs attending to, then the latter. But of late my focus has been on my part-time studies, because you don’t often get opportunities to study.

I'm a Linux supporter

The main reason why I agreed to give it a spin was because it had a Linux version. Last year, I got a Windows laptop, but it was mainly for SPSS and SEM-PLS, and a bunch of other stuff that needed Windows. My old laptop, with its superior virus-free operating system (Linux!) seemed so much more appealing. Add to that the feeling that I was always never out of the woods, because of something that might break (it’s open source, after all), that always gave me a rush of excitement. But only because my Linux laptop works 99% of the time. Because if it did not work most of the time, I would have decided that it was not worth my time. So, to the great Linux pioneers like Linus Torvalds, and Mark Shuttleworth, I give my undying thanks.

That’s why companies that make commercial software for Linux also deserve applause, and support. For example, I purchased Xmind. It proved to be a capable mind-mapping software. I’ve also bought Linux-supported Steam games. Sunless Sea is one of my favourite games for whiling away afternoons (when I can spare them). Finally, I also bought VueScan, which was a better version of Xsane.

Friday, 7 October 2016

How a clever woman became the king's wife

A long, long time ago, in the time of ancient prophets, there lived a foolish man called Nabal.

Nabal's name, as it happened, meant "fool". And he was indeed a fool. He was brutish, and mean. He had a bad temper that could match any woman on her period. 

Nabal was a farmer.

Nabal's wife was a clever and beautiful woman, called Abigail. She was quick witted and intelligent, and probably helped her husband become a rich man.

"I am farmer, hear me roar!"