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Welcome Bonuses – A Place to Start

If you have a lot of money to spare then you can easily play the online casino, but if you don’t have a lot of money to spare, you can simply play a game or two. In order to beat the casino and get a free registration bonus you must play at the right kind of casinos and land on the right casino bonus pages. With a little research you can find the right casino bonus for you without much difficulty.

It is always a good idea to find out if you are entitled to a welcome bonus. Most online casinos will offer this in their welcome bonuses and there are many things you should know about. A welcome bonus is a payment that is offered when you register with a casino.

The welcome bonus is paid every time you register with a casino. You are not required to pay any money as part of the welcome bonus. The fee is paid when you are registered. There are many online casinos that charge a registration fee, although it is not normally required and some are completely free.

When casinoguards.com you register with a casino, they will allow you to download a form that you can use to request a free registration bonus, which in many cases is used as a replacement for the welcome bonus. The free registration bonus may only be offered on certain sites so make sure you read the fine print.

There are other bonuses that can be claimed by players who sign up at certain sites and take part in a pre-registration bonus. It is not illegal to claim a welcome bonus and it is possible to receive a welcome bonus at one casino and another one.

The welcome bonus is often very useful for a lot of people. If you are someone who is particularly tempted by the bonuses, for example if you have children and are sure that you will not have a problem making the payments, you might wish to go for a welcome bonus. Your kids can enjoy their free games, your spouse can have a nice afternoon playing slots and you can even have a couple of drinks at your favorite casino.

If you are interested in opening an account and therefore thinking about a deposit bonus, you should first check out the conditions at your chosen casino. You should be aware that the deposit bonus is nonrefundable and it is possible to claim a large amount of money back if you do not win.

The welcome bonus is a useful tool that can help you make deposits to your bank account or spend the money on bonuses that are provided by the casino. If you wish to play at a casino that offers welcome bonuses and not a welcome bonus then you should make sure that you check out all the fine print before making any decisions.

Circles.Life Flexi Plan – The Race to Zero has Started

Circles.life flexi plan
Earlier in May I was greeted with an email alert that Circles.life was coming out with a free mobile plan ($0/m). As a consumer with multiple wireless gadgets, this of course meant that I could get a free cellular service for my spare mobile phone at home and/or power my cellular iPad whenever I need to step out of my home.
It comes with 1GB of data, 30 mins of talkative and 10 SMS which is pretty decent if you’re a ‘lite’ user. Even if you do top-up 1GB of extra data, it only sets you back by SGD8 one-time.
I’m not sure how Circles Life plans to make their money but I figured that they want to gain market share ahead of all the other MVNOs such as MyRepublic, Zero Mobile, hoping to have them bleed a lot longer and see who survives in the end. Hopefully along the way some of these $0/m users will move to a paid plan…
Anyway the race to zero has started. And it started with a real zero.

ChatSIM- Interesting Service for frequent travellers

It’s been a seriously long while since my last post. Work has been busy and family life even more so.

Recently I attended an industry trade show – Communicasia 2017 and met a few vendors.

One of them is ChatSIM which was very interesting. Their service allows subscribers the ability to text over a variety of instant messaging platforms without limits.

The catch? ChatSIM allows unlimited messaging via WhatsApp, Messenger, LINE and a few other services. However sending of images, photos and web-surfing incurs a separate data charge (pretty expensive!).

Charges wise it’s actually very reasonable USD25 for a one-time registration with a USD25 yearly subscription plan for almost worldwide coverage with unlimited text messaging.

Keen to find out more? Check out their site via the link below:

https://www.chatsim.com

E-Commerce – going Mobile-Only?

The past few years has been all about companies adopting a mobile-first strategy which meant everything the organisation is doing on e-Commerce has to be done with mobility being at the forefront of decision-making.

I was reading an article this week about Myntra.com, one of the leading e-tailers in India go a step further and offer a mobile-only strategy. Sounds crazy? Not really – if what they claim is true – 95% of visits to their sites are from mobile devices which also makes up 70% of their sales.

I guess the top guys at Myntra must have considered the pros-and-cons pretty thoroughly before making this strategic move. Obviously they will take a hit on sales which thus far is an approx. drop of 10% (read more here).

Initial thoughts on what benefits could be realised with such a move:

1) Simplified operations/development – If you had to build for 2 formats (mobile, desktop) you will probably need to spend twice as much effort. Everything – design, catalogue, icons, graphics, ordering systems, process, etc needed to be done twice.

With a ‘mobile-only’ move, you just do it once – and hopefully excel at that.

2) Simplified decision-making – What if the fancy new feature your app team is developing and you want to implement it on the desktop? The guys at the desktop team says it’s going to take another 6 months. Do you launch on the mobile format first before launching on desktop later (alienating desktop users in the process) or do you hold off till both parties are ready (losing the ability to excite your mobile users immediately in the process)?

This is interesting as I do a lot of online shopping via desktop (read – nice large screens, opening multiple tabs to research, calculator in hand, etc). If all my favourite eCommerce sites start to go mobile-only I may need to upgrade to a larger mobile device…

Read more about the article here

Internet Backbone Maxing out?

As part of my usual Sunday routine, I took some time to catch-up with news over a freshly brewed coffee at home. Today the usual news came up, some articles over Amos Yee (whom I think has had too much media exposure lately), news regarding a Singapore-flagged oil tanker getting shot at by Iranian military vessels and also Forbes 2015 listing of the world’s most valuable brands (yay Apple!)

One thing disturbed me a little – it was this Gizmodo article about the fibre optic cables that transmit everything from our Facebook photos to Skpe video maxing out capacity. Link to Gizmodo article here

What happened to all those dark fibre lying around!?

This is not good… With all the commotion about net neutrality this would mean that’s it’s just another piece of ammunition that could be used by ISPs and carriers to justify for differentiated pricing based on the type of service and/or content provider. Having been an employee of a telco and having also previous run my own cloud hosting business, this makes sense. You should charge for consumption and the higher the usage, the pricing should change. Hence you see why taxes are increasing changed from direct taxes to consumption based taxes (eg. Malaysia recently introduced GST)

However as a consumer, I dislike it. I cannot imagine a world where viewing my emails are blazingly fast but YouTube and Deezer crawls and stutters because Google doesn’t want to pay my ISP extra money…

A funny incident happened the last time the CEO of Singtel brought this topic up. During then I was still with Singtel and was undergoing an in-camp training (read – conscription, military training) and we were going around introducing ourselves as there were new soldiers being added to our unit. At the earlier lunch break, this potential charging was the hottest lunch topic and everyone was cursing and swearing at Singtel. So much so that when it was time for me to introduce myself, I just mumbled that I worked in IT and was in-between jobs. Self-preservation was paramount and I have no wish to get the evil-eye from everyone and be assigned extra guard-duties for something like this…

I sure hope those scientists figure a way to push more data through those fibre optic cables soon…

 

Outlook.com Plugins

Those of us who have been on the internet long enough would remember the 1990’s when free internet email accounts from providers such as AOL, Mail.com, RocketMail (acquired by Yahoo) and of course Hotmail (acquired by Hotmail) were all the rage. There were others such as from Excite and Lycos but I didn’t really think those were that commonly used, at least not here in Singapore.

I registered a Hotmail account way back in 1990’s when I think the mailbox limit is 4MB. It has since been rebranded by Microsoft countless times, MSN, Windows Live Mail, Live and now Outlook.com.

Despite the confusion each rebranding has caused, I still love Outlook.com and use it as my personal email address. The latest iteration is intuitive, modern (I love the ‘Flat’ interface), and minimalist (it’s ooh so clean).

Another very cool feature is the tight integration with the other Microsoft properties and products such as OneDrive (previously Skydive), Skype (they used to have Windows Messenger too but they then killed it) and my favourite – the web-based Office suite of productivity tools.

Last week, they announced that soon there will be 3rd-party Outlook.com add-ins via APIs. This is interesting for a number of reasons:

1) Typically add-ins are client-based (think Chrome, Firefox plugins). This is on the cloud.
2) Add-ins by Microsoft have typically gotten a bit messy, probably due to their huge size and developer base. Just recall Internet Explorer (if you’re old enough) and you can imagine how the once-dominant browser is now passé due to the bloat. There is even a Microsoft project to kill it! Read on Project Spartan here
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) Add-ins/Plug-ins typically slow down the service and lead to a bloated piece of software over time if not managed well.

I hope Microsoft manages the the 3rd party add-ins a lot better this time round because I have grown to love Outlook.com and would hate to change my de-facto mail service anytime soon.

Read more from TechCrunch here

How old are you?

How old do I look? 

Typically a question asked during social gatherings and one that has gotten a lot of guys with little EQ into hot soup with their dates.

Seems to be also the latest craze on Facebook. My news feed is swarmed with everyone trying out this new site from Microsoft –  http://how-old.net 

An attempt by the guys at Microsoft to showcase how rapid application development (RAD) can be achieved with Microsoft’s impressive Azure platform. (Blog post)

I did a test with a photo I took with my elder son just to see how old Microsoft thought I was. Here’s what Microsoft thought of me and my son (Javian). Looks like with 75% of my face visible and with Instagram filters applied (Rise filter if you are curious), I look 19 years old. Flattering definitely. Not too happy about being thought of as a member of the fairer sex though…

Javian was 2 years old when this photo was taken so he’s not too stoked about being thought of as 250% of his age. He’s literally pouting now as I type.

From Microsoft’s post, it apparently took 2 developers 1 day to code this, so it’s really impressive. I have worked in a few companies in my career thus far – some large MNCs and also in government organisations and to get anything done in a day is amazing. For almost all my projects, 1 day is about enough time for me to schedule a meeting with my IT developers to run through my requirements documentation. Then I need to wait 1 month for them to come back to me with a quotation of man-effort, etc etc… Heck, I have even met vendors who quoted me 2 man-days to change some static text on a simple website (with existing CMS provided)…

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Personal Branding – 2.0

Recently a recruiter who previously gotten me a job offer at an MNC reached out to me on LinkedIn inviting me to join this new community at www.branded.me

If you already familiar with about.me, this is a no-brainer. Sign up to the service with your LinkedIn account (everyone has one right?) and the service will automatically pull out all your history and put them into a nice modern blog-style page.

Along with placing your most important information in an interesting format (my favorite is the timeline of your experiences) you get to choose nice bold pictures to decorate your page. Once done, you have a nice bold modern CV to show the world!

If you haven’t checked out the site already, get yourself started now – www.branded.me

Jeremy’s Branded.me here

 

Not dead, yet…

A few concerned subscribers have been messaging me recently. Most questions were along the lines of ‘is this blog dead? or are you dead?’

Well, thanks for the concern. I am not dead, at least not yet. God-willing, it shouldn’t be any time in the near future also. The blog is also not dead, it’s just that I haven’t had the time to update it yet.

As close friends and family know, I recently started with Apple (back in Dec 2014) and since then, work has been insane. And I really mean insane, with the volume of work sucking all the free time that I have. 12 hour days are pretty much the norm now… So with work and the kids taking up most of my time, the blog has kind of taken a backseat.

But no worries, I am planning to be back from now on and going to set aside some dedicated time each week to post at least an article that interest me during the week and we’ll see how that goes.

 

Take care everyone!

 

Jeremy