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General

Why are business laptops so expensive?

I haven’t bought a consumer class laptops since 2007. Business laptops are the way to go and I’m happy to pay a premium for it.

Why?

Because they are built better, last longer, come with a better warranty, had fingerprint sensors long before consumer laptops got them recently, a lot of them were tested under different temperature/dust/humidity conditions, and on top of that they don’t attract a lot of attention. What do you think a thief will notice more? A giant gaming grade laptop with cool looking fans and RGB lighting or a plain looking Dell Latitude or Lenovo ThinkPad? They probably have no idea that the business laptop costs more than the gaming one did usually.

Business laptops also (though they are becoming more similar to consumer laptops these days) offer more functional features, like TPM, Smart carder readers, WWAN capability, removable batteries, a variety of ports, easy access to replace RAM or HDD, etc.

Also, as a bonus they usually omit the bloatware or spyware that usually come with consumer laptops (those are there usually because a third party company paid the OEM to install those on the computer so that the OEM can give a discount to the end user)

That’s why its more expensive.

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Business Programming

Startup Weekend Toronto

Edit: looks like these guys are on their way! http://www.vuru.co/

I attended Startup Weekend in Toronto during the weekend. What an experience that was! Met lots of great people, there were lots of great ideas, and everyone was a fellow entrepreneur minded individual like me. Everyone pitches their idea, and then everyone gets together into different teams, with each team working on their most viable idea.

I worked with a team called Vuru, with our team leader being the co-founder Yoseph West. The idea for the application was that it contained an algorithm for choosing stocks such that a value investor wouldn’t need to pour over financial statements himself. I thought it was a pretty cool idea, being an investor myself, hence why I joined. The website was already working for the most part, and me and another developer mostly made incremental changes to the site to enhance different functionality of the UI using PHP.

In the end, our team didn’t win the competition, but we did come up with a pretty cool storyboard:

Our persona and use case
Our persona and use case
He doesn't have time to research stocks
He doesn't have time to research stocks
Vuru automates everything
Vuru automates everything
We are more cost effective than our competition
We are more cost effective than our competition
Vuru analysis application
Vuru analysis application
Portfolio performance & tracking
Portfolio performance & tracking

Overall, I enjoyed it, and look forward to working with more people next time!

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Business General

With a positive attitude, anything can be achieved

In my previous posts I had mentioned that location and where you work can have a profound influence in who you network with,
your career opportunities, etc. But I realize that more broadly, you just need to have confidence and a passion or desire to achieve
your goals. These goals have to be concrete, definite goals. It is preferable to have a deadline for your goals.
I want to achieve xxx by age 25 for example. And they have to be reasonable yet ambitious. For example, if you have a 2.0 GPA
and want to get into Harvard, forget about it.

But aside from those, I think anyone can achieve their goals, if they really wanted to. If people really want to achieve their
potential, if people work hard and be productive everyday instead of being lazy and discussing the latest TV shows, then
they could do it. Alot of people wonder if great leaders are born or raised. I think it can be both. But for the latter, you
have to have determination and be decisive. You can even be from a poor family and end up being rich. Just ask Andrew Carnegie.
Jimi Hendrix was living on the streets before he became a world famous guitar player. Warren Buffet’s family weren’t that well off either.

How many people will you meet in your lifetime? 10,000? 100,000? 1,000,000? Even if you meet 1 million people before you die,
that’s only 0.00015% of the world’s population. I want to meet as many people as I can and experience everything.
People who live in a small town of 30,000 and stay there their whole life have no idea what they’re missing out on.
I still have yet to travel outside of North America, or even to the west coast for that matter. There’s much to experience and
much to learn in my life. I don’t think I’ll be ready to die until I’ve achieved all my goals, which might never happen.

However I believe that many people who have potential simply don’t use it to its fullest. They have dreams and ambitions but they
have an attitude that they’ll ‘never be rich or famous or never this or that’. With that attitude, it’s a self-fulfilling prophecy because
you have caused your own failure. How do you know if you don’t try? There’s a lot of opportunities around us, and those who
are not risk-taking and have this self-defeating thinking will never get higher in life because they are their own biggest obstacle.
The CEO of PayPal once said that he failed over 100 times before he succeeded. All you need is one success that is all that matters.
To have taken a chance and failed is still a lot better than to have failed because you never tried. That’s my attitude towards
achieving my ambitions and for every rejection I receive, it inspires and motivates me to improve myself, learn from my mistakes and
try, try again. Drive, confidence and this optimism that I have will be the path I take to success. The past cannot be changed, but
the future is one that you do have some control over and I honestly believe that there is no problem that can’t be solved if you have the right attitude and right approach. And remember – luck is truly where preparation meets opportunity.