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Thoughts on Socmed today

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues. Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to [...]

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues.

Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to manage it?

Examples of bad socmed etiquette:

  • Sarcastic comments and negative sentiments towards the governments.
  • A comment on Cerita Panas Brunei saying: “Mentri brunei ane talor2″, the person perhaps not realising that His Majesty himself is the Prime Minister, Defence and Finance of Brunei.
  • UBD students on a Facebook page venting out on a lecturer.

Me: Although I am a keen supporter of the Internet as a platform for free speech, the key word here is decorum. The problem is people believe that the internet is some place where they can be anonymous and so behave in ways they would never dream of doing in real life. We all know this is often not the case. But what’s important here is that the public should be educated on taking responsibility and being accountable for their actions online.

Azim: Why do you think that interest in blogging has faded over the years?

  • A lack of love to write in Brunei?
  • A lack of understanding of the importance of blogs that it can be read by everyone and our legacy is cemented so long as the internet/web is not replaced by something even more sophisticated.
  • Or Bruneians prefer the simpler ease of Twitter and Instagram to express their ideas or arguments?

Me: I think blogging is just another tool for people to express their views and ideas. Tools evolve and become better and more efficient. But not everything can be expressed in 140 characters or less. So there will always be room for long-form expression like blogs. For all we know, twitter and instagram may go the way of blogs pretty soon.

Azim: Do you think that the only path for blogs to sustain its course is by means of making a commercial value out of it?

  • Is there no social or academic value for blogs in Brunei?
  • Can blogs be an infant industry or platform to an academic think tank such as http://www.e-ir.info/?

Me: I disagree. Apart from reaping some commercial value (if any), bloggers also post entries with a view towards collective recollection for the public at a future point in time. For example, my posts on Brunei’s National Day celebrations have become a visual and historical record of the atmosphere during those events, which will allow future generations of Bruneians to see how National Day was celebrated in the early 21st century.

Azim: Can the country rely on bloggers to uphold new aspirations regarding MIB or the Syariah Penal Code?

  • Or are bloggers or social media users entitled to challenge their legitimacy?
  • Because some Bruneians are constantly rocked over any online articles without even realising that these stories are not of concrete reports or proper research papers such as thewww.miricommunity/com.
  • Perhaps proper blogs on explaining these things can pave the way for a better understanding and act as a standardised source of national information.

Me: Yes of course bloggers and the social media can be harnessed as a tool for upholding any sort of ideology. But they must always be prepared for opposing views and opinions. Healthy debate and conversations are always the best way to steer public opinion in a particular direction but it must be done transparently in order to maintain credibility.

Thought I’d share this online interview I gave to Azim a couple of years ago. Do share your thoughts and comments on the issues.

Azim: With the ubiquitous use of social media now, what are your thoughts on the importance of the public knowing what and not to say – social media etiquette? How to manage it?

Examples of bad socmed etiquette:

  • Sarcastic comments and negative sentiments towards the governments.
  • A comment on Cerita Panas Brunei saying: “Mentri brunei ane talor2″, the person perhaps not realising that His Majesty himself is the Prime Minister, Defence and Finance of Brunei.
  • UBD students on a Facebook page venting out on a lecturer.

Me: Although I am a keen supporter of the Internet as a platform for free speech, the key word here is decorum. The problem is people believe that the internet is some place where they can be anonymous and so behave in ways they would never dream of doing in real life. We all know this is often not the case. But what’s important here is that the public should be educated on taking responsibility and being accountable for their actions online.

Azim: Why do you think that interest in blogging has faded over the years?

  • A lack of love to write in Brunei?
  • A lack of understanding of the importance of blogs that it can be read by everyone and our legacy is cemented so long as the internet/web is not replaced by something even more sophisticated.
  • Or Bruneians prefer the simpler ease of Twitter and Instagram to express their ideas or arguments?

Me: I think blogging is just another tool for people to express their views and ideas. Tools evolve and become better and more efficient. But not everything can be expressed in 140 characters or less. So there will always be room for long-form expression like blogs. For all we know, twitter and instagram may go the way of blogs pretty soon.

Azim: Do you think that the only path for blogs to sustain its course is by means of making a commercial value out of it?

  • Is there no social or academic value for blogs in Brunei?
  • Can blogs be an infant industry or platform to an academic think tank such as http://www.e-ir.info/?

Me: I disagree. Apart from reaping some commercial value (if any), bloggers also post entries with a view towards collective recollection for the public at a future point in time. For example, my posts on Brunei’s National Day celebrations have become a visual and historical record of the atmosphere during those events, which will allow future generations of Bruneians to see how National Day was celebrated in the early 21st century.

Azim: Can the country rely on bloggers to uphold new aspirations regarding MIB or the Syariah Penal Code?

  • Or are bloggers or social media users entitled to challenge their legitimacy?
  • Because some Bruneians are constantly rocked over any online articles without even realising that these stories are not of concrete reports or proper research papers such as thewww.miricommunity/com.
  • Perhaps proper blogs on explaining these things can pave the way for a better understanding and act as a standardised source of national information.

Me: Yes of course bloggers and the social media can be harnessed as a tool for upholding any sort of ideology. But they must always be prepared for opposing views and opinions. Healthy debate and conversations are always the best way to steer public opinion in a particular direction but it must be done transparently in order to maintain credibility.

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Jealousy – What’s it to you?

Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. Jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived, it can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful [...]

Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. Jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived, it can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful friend.

Conventional wisdom holds that jealousy is a necessary emotion because it preserves social bonds, but jealously usually does more harm than good, creating relationship conflict and strife.

Principle triggers of jealousy are beliefs that create feelings of insecurity.

Feelings of low self esteem are based in beliefs we have in a mental image of who we are. In order to eliminate the insecurity and low self esteem we don’t have to change, we just have to change our belief in the false self image.

While some people assume this may be hard, it is only challenging because most people have not learned the skills necessary to change a belief. Once you practice the skills you find that changing a belief takes very little effort. You just stop believing the story in your mind. It takes more effort to believe something than it does to not believe it.

What is the difference between Envy and Jealousy?

Ask ten different people and you might get ten different views on how the emotions of envy and jealousy are distinct.

It turns out that psychologists agree on a fairly straightforward distinction. Envy occurs when we lack a desired attribute enjoyed by another. Jealousy occurs when something we already possess (usually a special relationship) is threatened by a third person.

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Jealousy is a complex emotion that encompasses many different kinds of feelings ranging from fear of abandonment to rage and humiliation. Jealousy can strike both men and women when a third-party threat to a valued relationship is perceived, it can be a problem among siblings competing for parental attention, or envy after a more successful friend.

Conventional wisdom holds that jealousy is a necessary emotion because it preserves social bonds, but jealously usually does more harm than good, creating relationship conflict and strife.

Principle triggers of jealousy are beliefs that create feelings of insecurity.

Feelings of low self esteem are based in beliefs we have in a mental image of who we are. In order to eliminate the insecurity and low self esteem we don’t have to change, we just have to change our belief in the false self image.

While some people assume this may be hard, it is only challenging because most people have not learned the skills necessary to change a belief. Once you practice the skills you find that changing a belief takes very little effort. You just stop believing the story in your mind. It takes more effort to believe something than it does to not believe it.

What is the difference between Envy and Jealousy?

Ask ten different people and you might get ten different views on how the emotions of envy and jealousy are distinct.

It turns out that psychologists agree on a fairly straightforward distinction. Envy occurs when we lack a desired attribute enjoyed by another. Jealousy occurs when something we already possess (usually a special relationship) is threatened by a third person.

Read more here

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It’s a word that reeks of New Age dogma – “Abundance”. To someone who lives in a world where bills have to be paid and money doesn’t appear out of the sky from meditation, “abundance” can just sound plain goofy. Abundance is a state of mind. It is not its literal meaning, “a very large [...]

It’s a word that reeks of New Age dogma – “Abundance”.

To someone who lives in a world where bills have to be paid and money doesn’t appear out of the sky from meditation, “abundance” can just sound plain goofy.

Abundance is a state of mind.

It is not its literal meaning, “a very large quantity of something,” or “the counting of many things.” When spiritual teachers refer to abundance, they mean that you want for nothing, and that you have everything you need right now.

Abundance pulls you into the present so that you recognize the true breadth of possibilities before you.

It’s hard for most of us to feel abundant though about our money because we’re sure we’ll never have enough of it. We’re not aware of our own financial neuroses. We accidentally live small financial lives. You want to live a big life filled with mission and purpose, but your thoughts on money stay small. You get stuck.

Abundance is your way out. Abundance allows you to mentally break from the habits you practice out of fear and insecurity about the future.

Abundance is for everyone. You may not believe it until you’ve come to terms with your own financial story, but you’re getting in your own way.

The Double A’s of Financial Struggle

The two main ways we sabotage our finances day in and day out – Avoidance and Attachment.

Which one do you practice?

Read more here

It’s a word that reeks of New Age dogma – “Abundance”.

To someone who lives in a world where bills have to be paid and money doesn’t appear out of the sky from meditation, “abundance” can just sound plain goofy.

Abundance is a state of mind.

It is not its literal meaning, “a very large quantity of something,” or “the counting of many things.” When spiritual teachers refer to abundance, they mean that you want for nothing, and that you have everything you need right now.

Abundance pulls you into the present so that you recognize the true breadth of possibilities before you.

It’s hard for most of us to feel abundant though about our money because we’re sure we’ll never have enough of it. We’re not aware of our own financial neuroses. We accidentally live small financial lives. You want to live a big life filled with mission and purpose, but your thoughts on money stay small. You get stuck.

Abundance is your way out. Abundance allows you to mentally break from the habits you practice out of fear and insecurity about the future.

Abundance is for everyone. You may not believe it until you’ve come to terms with your own financial story, but you’re getting in your own way.

The Double A’s of Financial Struggle

The two main ways we sabotage our finances day in and day out – Avoidance and Attachment.

Which one do you practice?

Read more here

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A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins. Adults often make New Year’s resolutions [...]

A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins. Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or exercise more.

However, thirty-five percent of us who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January. And only 23 percent of everyone who makes a resolution will see it through to completion [source: FranklinCovey].

Below are the top 10 commonly broken new year resolutions from TIME:

  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less

A New Year’s resolution is a decision to do or not do something in order to accomplish a personal goal or break a habit. It comes at a time when people look back at the past year and make an effort to improve themselves as the new year begins. Adults often make New Year’s resolutions to lose weight or exercise more.

However, thirty-five percent of us who make New Year’s resolutions break them by the end of January. And only 23 percent of everyone who makes a resolution will see it through to completion [source: FranklinCovey].

Below are the top 10 commonly broken new year resolutions from TIME:

  1. Lose Weight and Get Fit
  2. Quit Smoking
  3. Learn Something New
  4. Eat Healthier and Diet
  5. Get Out of Debt and Save Money
  6. Spend More Time with Family
  7. Travel to New Places
  8. Be Less Stressed
  9. Volunteer
  10. Drink Less

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I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point, we’ve worked a job where the manager was absolutely dreadful. The type of boss that makes your job unbearable to a point where you feel like walking …

More a reminder for myself than anything else.

I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point, we’ve worked a job where the manager was absolutely dreadful. The type of boss that makes your job unbearable to a point where you feel like walking …

Source: www.business2community.com

More a reminder for myself than anything else.

I’m sure we’ve all been there at one point, we’ve worked a job where the manager was absolutely dreadful. The type of boss that makes your job unbearable to a point where you feel like walking …

Source: www.business2community.com

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A sharing economy takes a variety of forms, often leveraging information technology to empower individuals, corporations, non-profits and government with information that enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services. A common premise is that when information about goods is shared (typically via an online marketplace), the value of those goods [...]

A sharing economy takes a variety of forms, often leveraging information technology to empower individuals, corporations, non-profits and government with information that enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services. A common premise is that when information about goods is shared (typically via an online marketplace), the value of those goods may increase, for the business, for individuals, and for the community.

Collaborative consumption as a phenomenon is a class of economic arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership.

The collaborative consumption model is used in online marketplaces such as eBay as well as emerging sectors such as social lending, peer-to-peer accommodation, peer-to-peer travel experiences, peer-to-peer task assignments or travel advising, car sharing or commute-bus sharing.

More here.

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A sharing economy takes a variety of forms, often leveraging information technology to empower individuals, corporations, non-profits and government with information that enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in goods and services. A common premise is that when information about goods is shared (typically via an online marketplace), the value of those goods may increase, for the business, for individuals, and for the community.

Collaborative consumption as a phenomenon is a class of economic arrangements in which participants share access to products or services, rather than having individual ownership.

The collaborative consumption model is used in online marketplaces such as eBay as well as emerging sectors such as social lending, peer-to-peer accommodation, peer-to-peer travel experiences, peer-to-peer task assignments or travel advising, car sharing or commute-bus sharing.

More here.

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Are you an introvert?

Do you prefer your own company sometimes? Away from the madding crowd? Do you consider your personal space sacred? Chances are, like me, you’re an introvert. Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness [...]

Do you prefer your own company sometimes? Away from the madding crowd? Do you consider your personal space sacred? Chances are, like me, you’re an introvert.

Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.

Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to “recharge.”

When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective.

Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social small talk.

Here are five signs a person is an introvert. I found myself nodding to all five…

Graphic designer Schroeder Jones has come up with an easy-to-understand guide to getting to know introverts.

Introverts are all around and perhaps, understanding how they tick will make for lasting friendships with people that seem shy and quiet at first.

Remember that not everyone who is interesting or worth getting to know, has to be chatty or overtly friendly.

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Do you prefer your own company sometimes? Away from the madding crowd? Do you consider your personal space sacred? Chances are, like me, you’re an introvert.

Contrary to what most people think, an introvert is not simply a person who is shy. In fact, being shy has little to do with being an introvert! Shyness has an element of apprehension, nervousness and anxiety, and while an introvert may also be shy, introversion itself is not shyness. Basically, an introvert is a person who is energized by being alone and whose energy is drained by being around other people.

Introverts are more concerned with the inner world of the mind. They enjoy thinking, exploring their thoughts and feelings. They often avoid social situations because being around people drains their energy. This is true even if they have good social skills. After being with people for any length of time, such as at a party, they need time alone to “recharge.”

When introverts want to be alone, it is not, by itself, a sign of depression. It means that they either need to regain their energy from being around people or that they simply want the time to be with their own thoughts. Being with people, even people they like and are comfortable with, can prevent them from their desire to be quietly introspective.

Being introspective, though, does not mean that an introvert never has conversations. However, those conversations are generally about ideas and concepts, not about what they consider the trivial matters of social small talk.

Here are five signs a person is an introvert. I found myself nodding to all five…

Graphic designer Schroeder Jones has come up with an easy-to-understand guide to getting to know introverts.

Introverts are all around and perhaps, understanding how they tick will make for lasting friendships with people that seem shy and quiet at first.

Remember that not everyone who is interesting or worth getting to know, has to be chatty or overtly friendly.

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By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% [...]

Find out more about TelBru HSBB by clicking here!

By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% penetration of households using FttX. The USA and parts of Europe are also rolling out fibre, although there is concern that parts of Europe are lagging behind. It is the countries that recognise the importance of a fibre optic telecoms infrastructure for healthcare, education and e-government, as well as for their economy, that are leading developments in FttX.

English: Fibre optic strands

Fibre optic strands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is Fiber Optics?

Fiber optics transmit data through long, thin strands of glass that are the diameter of a human hair. Instead of using electricity to carry data, they transmit information using light- at the speed of light.

How does Fiber Optics work?

Imagine yourself looking through a very long, plastic pipe coated with a perfect mirror. Several miles away, on the other end, a friend shines a flashlight into the pipe. Because it is a perfect mirror, the light beams reflect off the sides. Even though the pipe curves and twists, you will be able to see the light at your end.

Benefits of FTTH

More Network Capacity (Bandwidth)- They have the ability to accommodate a wider variety of data and video applications.

Future Proof- The need for faster Internet speeds and more bandwidth has grown and will continue to grow in the future. Optical fibers have the flexibility to deliver more services.

Benefits of FTTH

The FTTH broadband connection will spark the creation of products not yet dreamed of as they open new possibilities for data transmission rate. Using the past as a guide, think what items that now seem commonplace were not even on the drawing board five or 10 years ago. FTTH broadband connections will inspire new products and services and could open entire new sectors in the business world, experts at the FTTH Council say.

FTTH broadband connections also will allow consumers to “bundle” their communications services. For instance, a consumer could receive telephone, video, audio, television and just about any other kind of digital data stream using a simple FTTH broadband connection. Such an arrangement would be more cost effective and simpler than receiving those services via different lines, as is often the case today.

Crosby, Tim.  “How Fiber-to-the-home Broadband Works”  28 March 2008.  HowStuffWorks.com. 14 April 2013.

The 3 Stages of FTTH Installation

Stage One: Initial Site Visit.You may see surveying crews locating the best line of entry to your home and then burying the FiberOptic Lines.

Stage Two: Connecting your Home. This stage involves crews placing an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on the outside of your home. This small box is attached to a battery backup- which enables your phone to work during a power outage.

Typical FTTH Installation

Typical FTTH Install

FTTH fiber-to-the-home

FTTH fiber-to-the-home (Photo credit: dvanzuijlekom)

Stage Three: Activation so you can enjoy faster broadband technology!

Fibre Cable

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Fibre Splicing

Find out more about TelBru HSBB by clicking here!

By the end of 2010 there were well over 500 million broadband subscribers worldwide (including all fixed access technologies). While Japan continues to lead the world in terms of the number of FttX subscribers; South Korea has the highest penetration in the world and is the first country in the world to reach over 50% penetration of households using FttX. The USA and parts of Europe are also rolling out fibre, although there is concern that parts of Europe are lagging behind. It is the countries that recognise the importance of a fibre optic telecoms infrastructure for healthcare, education and e-government, as well as for their economy, that are leading developments in FttX.

English: Fibre optic strands

Fibre optic strands (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

What is Fiber Optics?

Fiber optics transmit data through long, thin strands of glass that are the diameter of a human hair. Instead of using electricity to carry data, they transmit information using light- at the speed of light.

How does Fiber Optics work?

Imagine yourself looking through a very long, plastic pipe coated with a perfect mirror. Several miles away, on the other end, a friend shines a flashlight into the pipe. Because it is a perfect mirror, the light beams reflect off the sides. Even though the pipe curves and twists, you will be able to see the light at your end.

Benefits of FTTH

More Network Capacity (Bandwidth)- They have the ability to accommodate a wider variety of data and video applications.

Future Proof- The need for faster Internet speeds and more bandwidth has grown and will continue to grow in the future. Optical fibers have the flexibility to deliver more services.

Benefits of FTTH

The FTTH broadband connection will spark the creation of products not yet dreamed of as they open new possibilities for data transmission rate. Using the past as a guide, think what items that now seem commonplace were not even on the drawing board five or 10 years ago. FTTH broadband connections will inspire new products and services and could open entire new sectors in the business world, experts at the FTTH Council say.

FTTH broadband connections also will allow consumers to “bundle” their communications services. For instance, a consumer could receive telephone, video, audio, television and just about any other kind of digital data stream using a simple FTTH broadband connection. Such an arrangement would be more cost effective and simpler than receiving those services via different lines, as is often the case today.

Crosby, Tim.  “How Fiber-to-the-home Broadband Works”  28 March 2008.  HowStuffWorks.com. 14 April 2013.

The 3 Stages of FTTH Installation

Stage One: Initial Site Visit.You may see surveying crews locating the best line of entry to your home and then burying the FiberOptic Lines.

Stage Two: Connecting your Home. This stage involves crews placing an Optical Network Terminal (ONT) on the outside of your home. This small box is attached to a battery backup- which enables your phone to work during a power outage.

Typical FTTH Installation

Typical FTTH Install

FTTH fiber-to-the-home

FTTH fiber-to-the-home (Photo credit: dvanzuijlekom)

Stage Three: Activation so you can enjoy faster broadband technology!

Fibre Cable

DSC 4052

Fibre Splicing

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