Open Source Is Free But Not Cheap

 have an open source competitor but I don't encounter them that much in Singapore market.

If and when I do encounter prospects using this open source solution now, I tend to avoid them. The reason for avoiding them isn't because I am competing myself with free, but rather, I have found these prospect have invested, not just time, but money and resource to maintain this open source software.

Let me explain.

While the open source solution is free for download from the source website, maintaining the open source solution requires effort. Interestingly, I found that IT teams that use this open source solution, have a manpower or two hired assigned just to manage this open source solution.

If these open source IT teams decided to use my paid solution, it would have meant that their investment, in terms of time and money, to get where their open source solution is today, have been a wrong decision from the start.

Unless I am to talk to new a IT director who wants to revamp their solution, it would be a lost cause for the IT person in charge to totally drop the open source solution, which time and money has been used, for a solution that would not have required him/her to spend that amount of time and resources in the first place.

This open source solution recently provided a premium support. Problem is that the service support comes from the US and the company is in Singapore. This means that support queries, for only by email, will be replied only after 1am Singapore time.

This means that if an issue occur at 8am Singapore time, the support answer will only be replied 16 hours later. If the Singapore IT team have questions about the support, it will be another 16 hours wait.

They use to say open source is for those with no money but lots of time. However, with time being an important commodity today, open source may be free but it won't come cheap.



Cathay Organisation, owners of Cineleisure, has put up Pink Dot ads on its escalators. To the chagrin of those against Pink Dot contacted Singapore advertising watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS), to weigh in the legality of the advertisement.

ASAS responded and reports highlighted that the watchdog asks Cathay Organisation to remove the phrase "Supporting the freedom to love" as it "may affect public sensitivities due to the issues at hand". ASAS did highlight that the rest of advertisement was ok by them.

Read more here.

Isn't it strange for the watchdog to ask the owner the medium rather than the advertisers to make changes to the ad?

Cathay Organisation also felt that the changes should have been directed to the Pink Dot organisers rather they, the medium owner.

“Given that the ownership of the ad belongs to Pink Dot, Cathay is not in the position to decide on the removal of the statement ‘Supporting the freedom to love’ on the advertisement,” a Cathay spokesperson said. The organisation however, stated that it would relay ASAS comments to the organisers of Pink Dot. Meanwhile, it added that it stands by its previous statement to support an all-inclusive society. - via Marketing Interactive

Local writer Ovidia Yu wrote about her phone call to ASAS to ask about their decision on the Pink Dot ad but found her conversation raising more questions.



In 2014, ASAS demanded a tuition agency to stop an "objectionable" but didn't make any comment on POP Club, a monthly magazine from local bookstore giant Popular.



Wrote Today "Assoc Prof Tan said the authority “will be conveying to the advertisers that the advertisement is not acceptable and has to be ceased”. 

Associate Professor Tan Sze Wee is the Chairman of the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (ASAS).

Why isn't ASAS engaging Pink Dot directly with Pink Dot advertisement at Cathay Cineleisure? 





It is amazing how we are quick to forget that a single wrong comment on social media can make one the most hated person in Singapore.

Back in 2012, we had Amy Cheong. Her comments on Facebook about a Malay wedding under her HDB void deck resulted in an online CSI that cost her her job.

Fast forward to 2017 and we have Thomas Chua Poh Heng and whose name will forever live in Internet infamy.



Thomas reposted a video of the funeral of a Traffic Policeman who died while on duty. Thomas then commented that his death was well deserve as Thomas was once given a traffic ticket by the same Traffic Policeman.

Even the Home Minister for Singapore, who is responsible for the Police Force, was offended by Thomas' statement.



The screenshot showed that post was marked global by the Globe image next to the Singapore tag which could hint that this post was meant for all to see. As such, the argument of a "private"post does not hold any weight here.

Just as expected, after this post was screenshot and shared, angry netizen investigated or CSIed, to identify Thomas, his occupation and his employer.

In my opinion, a human life was lost and one shouldn't be gloating on the lost of a life. Furthermore, the traffic offence that Thomas was ticketed for had no relations to this accident. As much as we are told that we should watch our words we speak, we should also watch our words on social media.

The Internet may never forget, but it seems we, humans, are the forgetful ones. Sooner, rather than later, we will have another Amy and Thomas, whose life may turn for the worst for a few comments posted with regrets.

See the video below? It is a video about a luxury car "Vending Machine" that was created by the team at SENATUS.

This vending machine is so unique in Singapore that the YourSingapore Facebook Page, the official Facebook Page of Visit Singapore, decided to feature the same video on their Facebook Page with the possible intend of telling travelers to come and visit Singapore to see this luxury car "Vending Machine".



However, YourSingapore Facebook Page admins didn't linked the video to Senatus, instead they decided to Freeboot the video into the Facebook Page, thus stealing views from Senatus.




















The credit was only given to Senatus after it was noted by Senatus and one prominent Singapore Blogger, Benjamin "Mr Myagi" Lee, of the Freebooting. As a result of this Freebooting, Senatus probably lost 41K views to YourSingapore.

Benjamin also noted that his comment was hidden by YourSingapore but YourSingapore assured in a comment that it wasn't.



Freebooting, originally, refers to the downloading of videos from Youtube and putting it on Facebook, but in this case, it was a Facebook Page freebooting another Page.

SENATUS, according to their Facebook page, is a "Lifestyle and Luxury Magazine featuring topics ranging from Art, Entertainment, Beauty & Fashion, Health & Living, Motoring, Travel to Technology". 

Chope And You're It


Chope seats, swear words and a deliberate hard shove from behind. Nope, it isn't a script for a movie, but a video recording that went viral over social media over the weekend.

The video showed a lady arguing with a senior citizen over choped, or reserved seats, at a local kopitiam, or known as coffee shop. The incident was compounded when the lady's male companion made a deliberate hard shove against the old man from behind. it was later reported that the guy pushed the plates to the ground in a fit of anger.




As the video continued its viral non-viscosity, many commenters were looking to the Internet to CSI the identity of the couple - to “make them famous”.

One alleged that it was a lady from a local bank and shared her photo. Some online sites picked it immediately and it was quickly shared online. However, the alleged lady responded to say she was overseas and could not have been part of the video.

Singapore Police Force investigated the issue and the latest update that the couple, a lady in her late 30s and a man in the mid 40s, was arrested and charged for being public nuisance.

The whole episode has shown how easy it is to film and upload content online with the modern smartphone and 3G/4G connectivity we have today. Sharing the video is also as quick as pressing a button.

In the rush to get eyeballs and clicks, new social sites today are looking to get the scoop faster than mainstream media. Given that the new social sites have lower editorial restrictions, they can quickly push their scoops online faster. On the other end of the spectrum, the lack of their experience in verifying their sources could result in false allegations.

Online mob lynching isn't new in Singapore. In 2012, a Facebook user posted on Facebook to express her unhappiness over the “noise” from the Malay wedding at the void deck below her flat. The online community started to identify her and her employer, which so happened to be the national trade union. As racial harmony is a key foundation of Singapore's cohesion, this Facebook user was fired from her post at the trade union, and left Singapore to escape the local online lynching.

You can read more at
https://sg.news.yahoo.com/police-report-filed-against-amy-cheong-over-racist-facebook-post.html

This chope and shove incident it also serves as reminder that eyes are everywhere and they come in the form of a smart phone and mobile data connectivity. As such, we have reached a stage where you always have to be on your good behaviour.

Unfortunately, are we on our best behaviour because we want to or because we have to?



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