The Connected Ambulance

Imagine this situation: Someone got a heart attack. An ambulance is coming to transport him to the hospital. But alas, a very bad traffic jam is preventing the ambulance to reach the hospital in time to save the patient.

Thankfully the patient live in a networked society. The ambulance that took him to the hospital is equipped with medical devices that are connected to the central computer in the hospital. As the ambulance races on the road, a set of physician and heart specialist is sitting in front of their monitor, reading real time patient’s telemetry and video sent from the ambulance.

For a moment, it is like NASA’s engineer sitting in mission control center in Houston reading telemetry from space shuttle. But instead of NASA engineer, it is doctors, and instead space shuttle telemetry, it is the patient’s telemetry.

The ambulance arrived 1 hour later. But thanks to the connected ambulance, the heart specialist are able to perform a remote catheter to open the blockage in the artery. The patient is now being observed closely and will make it.

How I Work

If you are a regular reader of Lifehacker, you would be familiar with the column How I Work. This column interview people about their workstation setup, music, gadgets, apps, and many more, related to how the person function in a day.In an attempt to recreate the column for myself, this is how I work.

Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Gig: Full time corporate slave, part time blogger, food entrepreneur, sport and wellness enthusiast, technology aficionado.
One word that best describes how you work: Unplanned, Unstructured (OK that is 2 words)
Current mobile device: Mi4i and Xperia Z3 (under repair), ipad mini mainly for gaming
Current computer: I use Acer Aspire S3 running Windows 10/Ubuntu at home, and HP Elitebook 8470p at office provided by company.

What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without? There are 2 apps that I’m currently using daily. The first one is freeletics. I love the ability to exercise anywhere, at hotel room, at the park across the street or indoor when it is raining. I even cancelled my gym membership last month in favor of freeletics.

Another one is headspace. Meditation is something that I long want to try.

On my laptop, it is Truecrypt and Keepass. Despite of being unsupported, I still depends on Truecrypt for my drive encryption. And keepass to keep my password safe, synced over Dropbox.

What’s your workspace setup like? At the office it is standard cluttered cubicle. At home I usually work on my dining table. Bad idea because I tend to finish all the snack before I finish my work. So, me and my wife are setting up another dedicated workspace that we can use without finishing all the snacks

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? First, to wake up early. I’ve been training myself to wake up at 4:30 am in the morning. That way, I have more time in the morning to do anything for myself before everyone else in the house wake up and create some distraction.

Second, make less decision. The brain only have enough power to make limited decision in a day. Deciding what to eat for lunch definitely one of decision that waste brain power, so I tend to have same lunch everyday.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Pencil and paper. They never run out of battery, never loss internet connection, and if you run out of ink or paper, you can always borrow a pen, and get another paper near the printer.

On another note, I use wunderlist for reminder of recurring bill, and google keep to take note of shopping list or money transfer list that I need to do during lunch time.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why? Hmmm… not sure… really…. does money and credit card count?

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret? I’m good at driving things forward, to make things happen at my workplace. There are no secret to it. I used to work with someone with strong drive forward, and I think it leaved a mark on me.

And to persevere. When a door closed, knock another one. You never know if another door will open unless you knock.

What do you listen to while you work? Nothing for most of the time. But if somehow the environment become too noisy, I listened to A Soft Murmur

What are you currently reading? I just finished Jesse Itzler’s book, Living with A Seal. A must read for entertainment as well as some mind changing stuff. Haven’t started any book yet for now.

How do you recharge? Getting outdoor in the morning or evening usually sufficient to charge me up. Either running, walking or doing freeletics. When things got too tough, beach and ocean breeze never failed to recharge me from zero.

What’s your workout routine like? As said, I’m doing freeletics at the moment, 4 days a week. I’m thinking to add running back into my routine.

What’s your sleep routine like? Having a son that started to go to school change everything. I sleep with him at 10 pm for most of the days, weekend included, and wake out at 4:30 am to do my stuff.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions. My wife, maybe, and Steve Jobs. unfortunately he is no longer with us.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I received a log of good advise, but something that I remember every now and then is from Scott Jurek’s mom: “Shut up and do it”. And seriously, if you think about it, if you don’t dili dali, 24 hours is a lot of time in a day.

Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans? When you are doing your professional work, learn how to strip your ego. Having some ego is OK, and in fact important to propel someone forward. However, for most ordinary people, a pure focus on ego will only get you nowhere. Only when you let your ego go and focus to get the job done that you can finally deliver something

Have You Grow Someone Today?

The business world is measured by profitability, on positive cash flow, on how much money can you create for your shareholder. It is no wonder that all of our goals, whether as business owner, executive, or employee, are around increasing sales, and keeping cost manageable.But one should not forget that, at least for sometime in the future, business is operated by human. Human do get old, get sick, unreliable and need to be replaced. Therefore, it is important that in addition to increasing sales and managing cost, a company should also grow the people within and society around it, in order for achieving sustainable growth.

This time I would like to share a story about growing the employee.

During one project assignment, I was given a fresh graduate to assist me getting the job done. Someone right out of the university gate, one of the best in the country, and the best raw material that you can get. As I worked with him more, I see a lot of potential in him.

So, I start to put more work on his shoulder, while at the same time handhold him to make sure he didn’t trip. Guiding him page by page on how to come out with nice slides, asking him to meet customer, first from staff level, then middle management and finally an executive. I shared some of the company’s philosophy, and my own that you can also find in this blog. And of course, make sure that he is visible in our own management team, that his work is known by customer, and our management.

Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see him promoted. Due to family reason, I decided to take another job closer to home with bigger flexibility. My parting message to him was: “Stay in this company, and aim for your promotion. You are on the right track.” And apparently I did touch something on him that, he also gave me a parting gift.

Yesterday, I heard the news: He earned his promotion this year. He was happy, I was ecstatic.

He did earn the promotion based on his hard work. As for my role, I just gave him the chance, trust and mentored him to grow. I just put water and fertilizer on a good bean to grow a great tree.

So, have you seen some good talent in you team that is willing to put the hard work, step up the responsibility, and learn new things? Have you grow them today, by giving your trust, a chance to shine, and guidance for the next level?

HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Today mark one of the biggest event in tech industry: the split of HP as we know it into HP Inc and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The event is so big that it probably only rivalled by the merger of HP and Compaq back in 2001.

And today, as the company start to operate as 2 different entity, also one of my saddest day. Being part of the company during its glory days as it recover from 2001 dot com bust, I can’t help to think and reflect my 8 years tenure of then a great company.

I started HP in late 2000, only 1 year after I graduated. HP back then was a different company. We embrace risk, and encourage innovation to meet customer needs, and focussed to get the job delivered to customer. Even and after Compaq merger happened, things were pretty much the same.

For most analyst, HP downfall started when HP decided to buy Compaq. But for me, it is all started when Mark Hurd took the helms. The reason is simple: aggresive cost cutting has hurt HP innovation. As Apple evolve PC market into mobile, and as Amazon and Google innovate Data Centers into Cloud, HP was busy making sure that the bottom line is in order, without any concrete plan to evolve the top line.

I wrote once that you can only skimp so much before you get sick. Even as a company. And HP fell sick during Mark Hurd’s tenure.

Then I left HP during Mark Hurd’s tenure. Watching HP from outside is even more a sad story. HP continue to starve for innovation, yet getting wrong medicine by acquiring companies. To see HP buy Palm as futile attempt to get into mobile market, only to kill it later. And having Leo Apotheker’s limbo leadership that make HP downfall even faster. Admit it, having 3 CEO in 1 year is not a good sign for a company.

I was hoping that someday I will get the chance to turn HP over, to come back as former employee who still live and breath the HP Way. Not as a CEO, but maybe a practice lead. But I think the hope is gone, since the company is now split into 2.

So, what is my hope for the new companies?

I certainly hope that HP Inc will be able to maintain its leadership in printing and imaging business. To evolve to 3D printing maybe? I certainly hope that the company will embrace The HP Way, to promote innovation, to embrace risk. Besides, it is what left from HP that I knew.

As for HP Enterprise, to be honest, I don’t see any light at the end of the tunnel. I guess, and I really hope that I’m wrong, the company will be split further, or sold and merged to other company.

Apple 3D Touch: Another User Interface Revolution

Bill Gates predicted back in D5 conference in 2007 that 3D will come to user interface. Back then, we all was thinking of something like what Tom Cruise use in the film Minority Report, and what the people from Thalmic Labs has able to produce

But the latest announcement from Apple about the new 3D touch blew my mind. It is basically an additional layer in iPhone 6S that allow the device to sense how hard you push the screen, and pass the information to application to be processed and responded.

Many people think that this is similar to Android’s long press capability that has been there for some time. Another Apple copying someone else. Well, it is Apple’s bad in the demonstration. With the support of additional hardware in iPhone 6, the 3D touch can do much more than Android’s long press, something that is missing from the demo.

Think of the use of pressure-sensitive user interface for these things: 1. For painters, who used to apply different pressure to create different line thickness. This will also apply to those who write Japanese and Chinese. 2. Pianist, who use different stroke power to create variation in a play. This will be mainly for people who learn to play piano

Not to mention game makers, who are sure to fund better way to play games. The possibility is limitless.

Again, Apple revolutionize the industry, this time in the area of user interface. I wished Apple to do better in their marketing campaign to separate themself from competitors.