June 26, 2020

How to Maintain PMI Certifications with Free Webinar PDUs from ProjectManagement.com and Ensure PDUs Are Reported Correctly

If you have earned your project management certification with PMI already, then you would know that satisfying PDUs (short for Professional Development Units) is required as part of maintaining and renewing your Project Management credentials. 

PDUs are one hour blocks of time doing something "project management", by learning, teaching or volunteering. Different certification requires different PDUs. For example, if you are PMP-certified, then you need to earn 60 hours of PDU over a 3 year period. More on what are PDUs here and ways to earn them here.

You probably would have also realized that your PMI membership automatically gives you free access to ProjectManagement.com which has lots of on-demand webinars that you can use to earn your PDUs. If not, now you know :)

May 11, 2020

You Can PPT Too! (Part Two): Useful Shortcuts With SHIFT

Well, the second part took longer than I thought it would. Hopefully with some down time now, I can get the other parts out sooner.

So onto the main topic, in this article, I will talk about some useful and convenient ppt shortcut features, powered by a simple but useful key - the SHIFT key. Some of these may already be familiar to seasoned Powerpoint masters, but may not be immediately apparent to new users. If you know of any other tricks, I would love to hear from you in the comments :)

Let's start off by running through the more well-known uses for SHIFT:

June 23, 2019

You Can PPT Too! (Part One): How to do Proper Alignment in Powerpoint

PowerPoint has many interesting and time saving features. I like to call them Quality of Life (QoL) features. For the most part, these QoL features make working with Powerpoint easier. 

Unfortunately, some of these can be confusing for newcomers. At least, that was how I felt when I starting learning how to do better PPT presentations beyond the default templates. Why not do a mini-series to share some useful PPT tricks I have learnt, I thought. And so I bring to you the first part of my "You Can PPT Too!" series. 

Let's start off with something simple. Simple and yet, I would often see neglected in presentations. 

December 11, 2018

How to Control Xiaomi Web Camera Sharing Permissions

This post came about as a result of another earlier post on How to share a Xiaomi webcam/video camera to multiple Mi accounts. A reader wanted more privacy control over his web camera after being shared with other accounts but could not find the necessary settings. After a few back and forth, it got apparent that even across Xiaomi products, the level of controls are not consistent and I thought this was worth a post by itself to show where to find the settings and get more feedback on the inconsistencies.

To set the context, I am using Xiaomi Home Security Camera 1080p (it's the China website because not all products are available in every market, just compare the photo with your web cam).

The below steps have been tested and are same in Mi Home IOS versions 4.8.7 and 4.9.2, but I noticed differences compared to version 3.19.0, so do take note which application version you are using.

November 23, 2018

In Cloud Computing, What is the Difference Between Scalability and Elasticity

In Cloud Computing, we often hear the terms 'Scalability' and 'Elasticity' being thrown around, often being used interchangeably. Recently, I was listening to an online course describing Cloud Computing concepts, and the way these two terms are described got me thinking about the differences.

So far, there is no general consensus on how to draw the line. I have seen explanations which put Scalability as adding resources while Elasticity as adding AND removing resources. I have also seen descriptions that says Scalability is to be able to scale an instance's resources, while Elasticity is to be able to add/remove additional instances.

I am of the opinion that demarcating the differences purely from the perspective of resource adding and removing is too simplified and a little ambiguous, while the latter view of instance resource vs new instances is really still talking about Scalability (Vertical Scaling vs Horizontal Scaling - explained at the end of this article).