Monthly Archives: December 2017

Hit Refresh

Hit Refresh written by Microsoft’s third CEO Satya Nadella is a very good read.

In the past decade, Microsoft was viewed as a big company with decreasing impact in the software industry. Google started to take over Microsoft’s productivity suite in the educational space (where Microsoft was strong at) and increasingly more company, especially in the startup, prefers to use Google’s G Suite over Microsoft Office 365.

In recent years, Microsoft has stopped or slow down the pace of Google take over. I think it’s because of Satya Nadella’s leadership.

I think Microsoft is making a come back. Microsoft is now energized. If you recently take a look at the love received from developers over their Visual Studio Code and the improvement of Office 365 application or on the web.

In the book, Mr. Nadella reflected how how he get Microsoft “refresh” from his personal story and his journey in Microsoft. After hearing the stories, I believe that your life experience affects the way you do business.

Mr. Nadella reflected on why chose “Refresh” as the title of the book. It’s truly a good fit of his plan with Microsoft. When you are looking at a page in a browser, sometimes, you need to hit refresh to get new content. After refresh, the main structure of the web page still retain, but you might get some new content. This is a good analogy with Microsoft. Microsoft is not building from scratch, it’s has hit refresh to give their customer new content with the past intact.

Deep Work

In the digital age, information are widely available anywhere and anytime. We don’t have to wait for the next morning for the library open to find out more about the topic we are interested in. We are one social media away from keeping us up to date about our friends and relatives. We have TV with us in our pocket.

In Deep Work, it introduced a world where one can spend time to focus solely on a single topic without being distracted by the constant incoming of emails, instant messages, meetings, and social media.

This book explained about how solving a difficult problem requires a person’s full attention. In research, a person most likely has abut 2 – 4 hours a day to get deep into their work. The book encouraged reader to eliminate as much “shallow work” so that there will be enough energy left for “deep work”. It also encourages to quit social media (the argument from the book is quite good) in our spare time. So that we let our mind relax in order to recharge enough for deep work.

It is a very good book.

After I read the book, I want to practice some of the advises from the author.

  1. Stop work after work. (shutdown complete)
  2. Allow myself to get bored. (quit or limit social media use)
  3. Mono processing. (leave multi-task to computer)

Back to WordPress

After almost a year on leaving WordPress to Medium, I decided to (partially) move back to WordPress.

It was the one feature I cannot live without from WordPress. It was the automatically embed of book when I post the book link from Amazon.

As I like to blog about the book I read, I found it will be very helpful to those who landed on my book review immediately has a glimpse of the book. As of now, Medium does not has this feature.

As of today, I will post my book review from WordPress only. The other stuff such as programming and random thoughts, I will keep it at Medium.