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Remote Desktop 

  I’ve heard about this technology since the end of 2015 but I was not interested. But then, earlier today, I have a chat with PhD students from Nigeria who told me a story about her PhD life.
“One of my office mate rarely showed up because she’s using remote desktop”, she said.

So, this afternoon, I opened the uni website to find out. I installed the app to my mac and followed the instruction. 

First impression: this is cool. The display of my mac suddenly replicated the appeareance of any PC at the library. I can also access all my files that is saved on library PC’s. 

Second impression: okay, I still could access my files (especially journal articles) because most of the time, I will upload each journal to my Google Drive. Thus, I still can access the journal from any gadget. 

How about printing?

Well, since the beginning of my course, I’ve installed Pull Printing app on my mac, so I can print any document from my mac simply by pressing Ctrl+P and jump up to the nearest printer at the library to catch my printed files. 

However, this tech is still sophisticated. It could be easily forgotten that this was huge improvement for students without actually realising how big is the impact for our daily academic activites. 

Silento: New Forms of Gangnam Style

First time I heard the name of Silento was when I watched the video of 11 years old girl dancing with his father on Ellen Show. I saw the video on YouTube, which at this time, has been viewed by more than 13 million times.

The girl, named Austynn Samarco created the video of her dancing like Silento where in the middle of the video, her father appeared and join him dance like a pro, LOL. The original video of Austynn has been viewed more than 10 million times on YouTube.

Now, who is Silento?
Based on Wikipedia, Silento is a young rapper from America. Just like Justin Bieber, he started his career from YouTube. Born in January 1998 (my God, he is really young), Silento makes his debut at June 26, 2015. His song was on number 3 at Billboard 100 for 6 consecutive weeks. At this time, Watch me (Whip/Nae Nae) watched 700 million times on Vevo Channel at YouTube!.

Watch me (Whip / Nae Nae) is a dance that looks better when performed as a ‘flashmob’. Have a look on a kind of flashmob by Silento and some staffs on a Los Angeles Radio Station. Silento even post a tutorial for Watch me (Whip / Nae Nae) dance.

djbooth.net has an article says:
“2015 was the year of the whip. Silento’s anthem racked up more than half-a-billion views on YouTube, but the song’s popularity was primarily driven by a dance that would find everyone from toddlers to Ellen doing their own versions. Like the “Harlem Shake” before it, it was the internet’s “everyone gets a participation trophy” phenomenon operating at its most monstrous.”

In 2014 there was also Korean singer, Psy who release a viral Gangnam style.  His popularity worth $8 billion dollar. Psy broke the myth that only US singer could get that amount of popularity.

This phenomenon is absolutely a good news for those who are creative or trying to reap a fortune by applying viral marketing strategies. On the other hand, this is not quite a good news for the media industry. During my course on Media Management, it has been repeated so many times during the lecture, that the uncertainty in the era of convergence, makes it hard for the media to track the audience behaviour. Why is it important? in order to formulate a content, media manager have to know what kind of programme demanded by audiences. Why? So the crowd would magnetising advertiser. Thus, media could make money of it.

Apparently, there are so many options available for audience. YouTube, Facebook video, and so on. Does audience still allocate their time for watching ‘traditional’ TV?
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Building a Startup

Sounds cool isn’t it? Well, but I am (currently) not the one who intended to do this. However, I went to Start Tech Meet Up this evening at Sir Alwynn Williams Building, UoG. This event was held by School of Computing Science SIE (don’t know what this abbreviation belongs to).

I was late for the event because I had another class which is Essay writing class. Surprisingly, it was refreshment time when I arrived at the event. So I was grabbed a can of orange soda and just stayed at my sit rather than approaching boxes of pizzas. About 5 minutes later, 2 guys were step forward and started to introduce themselves.

They are Tomasz Sadowski and Daniel Tsvetkocv. Tomasz is a student in UoG majoring Computing Science and Daniel is an alumni in the same degree. They both created a startup called Opinew.

Opinew is an application, which maintaining reviews in a company website. Sounds interesting. Indeed, I was, for several times, holding my intention to read my whatsapp messages during Tomasz and Daniel’s presentation.

They were formulating the idea and execute it for the duration of 9 months. Wasn’t simply to build a startup I suppose. After they found their product, they then arranged several meeting with real customer!. They’ve use this opportunity to hear the feedback and developed their app.

Surprisingly, their first customer was not from Glasgow but from Australia!. They admitted that they thought the internet or perhaps the information about Opinew was just spread throughout Scotland. Thanks to the globalisation then.

Overall, I found this event is pretty good. Even though, I assume, I am the only student  that not from Tech but I obtained some useful knowledge about this issue.

Firstly Everyone could have creativity. But those who execute and know how to execute tend to succeed on building startup.

Secondly friends from other major are useful. Tomasz says that Opinew needs resources from other background, preferably from marketing. He mentioned that this business (e-commerce) worth millions pounds in the UK alone.

Thirdly is not all about the money. I may say that Tomasz and Daniel excitement’s is mainly driven by their tech skill. It took a lot of determination and time to shaped their product. Daniel says it took £100 for operating this startup and -£100 as their revenue. Despite this losses drop them down, in fact, they keep on moving.

Lastly the event hosted from other school was not ‘scary’ at all. So I’d better put more attention at my inbox :D.