Archive for April, 2012

Through The Eyes of Tiger Cubs – TIME Magazine

April 18th, 2012

Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation is a book published by John Wiley & Sons.

This book is a product from an essay competition in 2010 titled – Asia’s Challenge 2020 organized by TIME Magazine, Asia Business Council and the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

Among the 400 essays submitted by Asians age 32 and below, nearly 100 author’s essays were selected and compiled for publication of this book.

Asian Tigers refers to four Asian countries, namely Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Taiwan. These nations and areas were notable for maintaining exceptionally high growth rates (in excess of 7 percent a year) and rapid industrialisation between the early 1960s and 1990s.

The term has now being used even more broadly to describe economies that are growing rapidly on a sustained basis. The young Asians of the Asian Tigers now belong to the generation of what we now called Tiger Cubs – they have protective parents who often use their newfound affluence to ensure that their children make the most of opportunities that the elder generation never had.

The Asia’s Challenge 2020 Essay competition poses the following questions to writers:
What is the most important challenge facing Asia over the next decade? Why? What should be done about it?

The main purpose of the essay prize is to generate fresh ideas for tackling key challenges to Asia’s continued competitiveness and development, as well as encourage young professionals to make an impact on public policy and business in Asia.

As such, you can expect a myriad of opinions from young Asians about a diverse range of topics about Asia as a whole from this book.

Two authors of this book, Mark L. Clifford and Janet Pau compiled the selected essays and summarizes the important views of all the essayists into the following chapters.

Chapter 1 – Education
Chapter 2 – Inequality
Chapter 3 – Demographics
Chapter 4 – Environment
Chapter 5 – Governence
Chapter 6 – Geopolitics
Chapter 7 – Asian Identity

This book is for you if you are always into current affairs and would like to know what Asians born after 1978 views on the region of Asia as a whole.
If you are from the generation of baby boomers, this book will provide valuable insights about Asia from the perspective of Gen Y.
There are definitely young (as young as 18) and smart Asians who knows what’s happening in Asia and what’s coming in the next decade.

Quotes from the book’s Back Cover

“The Tiger Cubs will soon inherit Asia and with that vast challenges ranging from inequality to water security. Fresh insights from the up-and-coming presented in Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs: Views of Asia’s Next Generation show that the Cubs are up for it.
—Marjorie Yang Chairman, Esquel Group, Hong Kong

“As in all previous generations, Tiger Cubs lack historic perspective and so are also not burdened by it. Their views on the future are thus worth contemplating. After all, they and not we the older folks, will have to live with it. If we do not muck up things too badly, which is a distinct possibility, then the ideas of our young as documented in this book should help point the way. We all wish that as Mr. Deng Xiaoping says, our next generation will be brighter than we are and so has a better chance of mapping out a brighter future.”
—Ronnie C. Chan Chairman, Hang Lung Properties, Hong Kong; Co-Chair, Asia Society

“The subjects covered in this book are not new. They have been covered in many essays and commentaries in the media. But this book is different in that it sees these problems and issues from the view point of the Tiger Cubs generation, those born after 1978. Their views can be disconcerting to the older generation who focused on survival and built the foundation for the life of the Tiger Cubs generation. Nevertheless we have to listen to them because they will shape the world in which the older generation will live out their last years.”
—S. Dhanabalan Chairman, Temasek Holdings (Private) Ltd., Singapore

“While the challenges Asia faces over the next 10 years are formidable, if the essays submitted for Asia?s Challenge 2020 are any indication, our future is in the good hands of many intelligent, creative, globally minded, locally active thinkers. I will do all I can to support this new generation of future leaders in their efforts to promote greater harmony and a higher quality of life in Asia and throughout the world.”
—Nobuyuki Idei CEO, Quantum Leaps Corp., Japan

Through the Eyes of Tiger Cubs brings to the fore the perspectives, pragmatism, aspirations, hopes, and beliefs of the next generation of young leaders across Asia. I would recommend this book as a ?must-read? for business leaders and scholars of globalization across the world.”
—N. R. Narayana Murthy Chairman Emeritus, Infosys Ltd., India

“The Asia?s Challenge 2020 essay contest was a unique opportunity for young Asians to articulate their views about the obstacles the region faces over the next decade. As a judge I was struck by the wide range of issues and impressed by solutions offered to the many challenges facing Asia. With the publication of this timely and much-needed book, readers now have the opportunity to hear first-hand about the hopes and concerns of Asia’s rising generation.”
—Lubna Olayan Deputy Chairman and CEO, Olayan Financing Co., Saudi Arabia

“This book is a must-read for those interested in and concerned about Asia?s long-term growth. It presents in a systematic way the region?s great challenges from the eyes of young Asians. Understanding the thoughts of those who will ultimately take up leadership responsibilities offers insights on Asia’s future direction.”
—Qin Xiao Chairman, Boyuan Foundation, China

The book also includes the four winning essays which you can also read it online from

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Oracle vs Google – Android Court Case

April 17th, 2012

Oracle has made available the slides of the Oracle-Google case unfolding in a San Francisco courtroom also known as The World Series of IP.
I would probably call it the match of the Larry. Or Larries. 🙂
Larry Ellison of Oracle and Larry Page of Google.

In any argument, a party would only presents what is positive for them.
I’m interested to see how Google counter this, if possible with slides for the public as well.

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How to edit or view Outlook email HTML source

April 1st, 2012

You might not know but more often than not, the email you compose and send out is in HTML format.

However, the email client software rarely allow you to edit the HTML source directly.
One recent use-case I have:

I want to put a yahoo emoticon into a Gmail composed email, not by attaching the image file, but a direct HTML img tag which shows the online image.

Obviously Gmail does not support coding HTML email.
There are many ways to do this, you could also sign up for some bulk email services that you can edit the HTML template, but that’s another story for sending more than one email.

So one easy way is to use Microsoft Outlook, edit the source and forward it to Gmail.

One thing is missing in some older Outlook versions though.
You cannot edit HTML source in Outlook directly.

Found the solution here: Outlook 2007: Edit your Messages HTML Source

1) Create a VB module with the following code
Create a module from Tools menu > Macros > Visual Basic Editor

Sub EditHTML()
Dim mit As MailItem
Dim fname As String
Dim fcon As String
If Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem.Class <> olMail Then
MsgBox “The HTML Code cannot be edit for this item.” & vbCrLf & “Only Mail Items are supported.”, vbExclamation, “Edit HTML Error”
Exit Sub
End If
Set mit = Application.ActiveInspector.CurrentItem
fname = Environ$(“temp”) & “\temptxt.txt”
On Error Resume Next
Kill fname
Open fname For Binary As #1
Put #1, , mit.HTMLBody
Close #1
Shell “notepad.exe ” & fname, vbMaximizedFocus
MsgBox “Click OK when Done and the saved HTML will be inserted to your message”, vbOKOnly + vbInformation, “Edit HTML”
Open fname For Binary As #1
fcon = Space(LOF(1))
Get #1, , fcon
Close #1
mit.HTMLBody = fcon
End Sub

2) Add ‘Edit HTML’ function to New message menu
Open a new message,
Click The Ribbon Customization Button
Select the “More Commands” Menu
Instead of “Popular Commands” Select the “Macros”

Select the new macro created named “Project1.EditHTML”
Select the EditHTML Macro
Click The “Add” Button, Customize the new button

3) Do the HTML editing!

Notepad will pop with the HTML source of the message
Do your editing
Close when done or if no changes performed

Credits to Udi!

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