3 simple approaches to be a digital talent ready in the disruptive era

LinkedIn Learning

With the increasing demand of being ready to face modern challenges today is to simply understand the right way to allocate our time to learn modern skills. My statement will be not sufficient If I am not making my own current career with this type of mindset.

I am making lots of attempts to be able to shift from the pre-digital era to fully submerge into the deepest root of digital business. But I will gladly share with you my tips, a very simple set of mindsets for every learner, regardless if you are a student, jobseekers, or professional who likes to enrich the modern skills, especially digital related skills.

  1. Empty your ego of knowledge & experiences

Many people I saw during my journey of career, which has a solid ego of their knowledge and experiences, fail to understand the rapid and dynamic change of the modern era. They think what all they know and experience will be relevant for like forever and after. But the bitter fact is, it is not. What’s changing in the digital era is more than we can chew, it is a sea of new knowledge for us. We need to be careful of our ego trap, we see lots of cases like Nokia, Blackberry, etc. We are pretty much sure we want to avoid the same mistakes. Empty your ego, empty your glass, start learning with the challenger mentality, starting from zero to hero.

  1. Tap into right sources of knowledge sharing & learning platform

The most beneficial situation in terms of learning in the modern era is the overwhelming resources of knowledge & information. That’s why the allocation skills of our time and attention need to be directed to the right resources. My usual approach for this is starting with legit sources like Microsoft or LinkedIn. You can just check Microsoft Learn or LinkedIn Learning platform to find your most suitable “in-demand” skill that will probably skyrocketing your career in the near future.

Microsoft Learn
  1. Do not be afraid to try, fail, and fail better

The last tip that probably I can share is fighting your own fear of applying the new skills. If you have a small heart to start bold, you can try to socialize with similar people who desire and pick the same skills. Go create a LinkedIn profile, and share the journey of learning with the right crowd. Microsoft also provides you with various activities you can join like Social Learning Challenge. 

I give you the small secret, LinkedIn data shows that Members with 5 or more skills listed are contacted (messaged) up to 33x more by recruiters and other LinkedIn members, and receive up to 17x more profile views. The job and opportunities are there waiting for you, go seize it!

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Huawei Video celebrates its first-year anniversary with its fans in Singapore

Huawei Video

Huawei Video also sets to launch in Indonesia later this year

Huawei Video, the video-on-demand (VOD) streaming platform by Huawei, is looking to celebrate its first-year anniversary with its fans in Singapore. In conjunction with its anniversary, the streaming platform announced the launch of its limited-time ‘Huawei Video Turns 1’ contest, where users in Singapore can compete to win Huawei’s latest products and free subscription to its service.

Since launching its all-in-one video streaming app on March 2020, Huawei Video has become one of the fastest-growing video streaming services in Asia Pacific. The app, which comes pre-installed on HUAWEI devices, offers an extensive library of video content for its users – ranging from child-friendly content, to dramas, movies, documentaries, as well as concerts. Currently available across six markets in the Asia Pacific region, including Hong Kong (China), Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, the platform is also set to launch in Indonesia later this year.

“The growth of Huawei Video in the past year shows that there is a huge demand for streaming content in Asia and we are committed to delivering quality content through our curation and new partnerships,” said the Director of Huawei Asia Pacific Consumer Cloud Service, Shane Shan.

Ahead of its one-year anniversary, the streaming platform has announced the addition of exciting simulcast content such as the hit Chinese reality series Sisters Season 2 from MangoTV, and TVB Drama Beauty and The Boss. The app also features popular content such as The World of the Married from dimsum entertainment, A Quest to Heal from Mediacorp as well as Say Yes to the Dress from Discovery.

Source: Huawei press release via PR Newswire

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Disruptive technologies that are affecting incumbent industries in 2020

Since new technologies are implemented in products and services, companies have been able to increase customer satisfaction. As the demands of today’s customers are higher, companies are always looking to develop products that can reshape the market.

Emerging technologies indeed are helping companies to make customers happy. They have changed the way organizations operate and how people see the world. But, as they are creating a whole new market, they have caused a massive job disruption.

Many workers have lost their jobs because their skills have become obsolete. As companies are promoting human-robot work environments, the need for employees with tech skills has increased. 

This article will allow you to know how new technologies are disrupting incumbent industries. As a result, you’ll be able to identify what you need to meet employers’ requirements and stay relevant, so you won’t lose your job, and you’ll be ready for coming challenges. 

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Machine learning and artificial intelligence are some of the most disruptive technologies these days. They have been implemented by many organizations in several sectors, from the healthcare industry to the automotive and travel sectors. They have changed not only how companies build products but how organizations provide services.

World-class companies like Google and Netflix have used machine learning to improve their products. For example, Netflix uses machine learning to analyze content searched by users to provide suggestions they are likely to watch. 

Since streaming services are providing more personalized experiences, they have become more popular. Traditional TV companies are being left behind, and an impressive amount of employees are losing their jobs.

Google’s Gmail uses machine learning algorithms to allow users to give quick responses. The systems can “understand” what an email says and provides you with accurate options to reply. But, Gmail not only uses machine learning to give quick responses. Also, while composing a new email, users can receive suggestions while typing. It allows you to write a full new email within seconds.

In the healthcare industry, AI-powered robots are helping doctors to implement best practices. As they can analyze previous procedures, doctors can save more lives by improving their techniques. Furthermore, machine learning is being used to develop virtual nursing assistant apps. They won’t replace nurses at all, but these systems can monitor patients’ health to help doctors give more accurate diagnoses.

Companies like Tesla are using machine learning to provide customers with unique driving experiences in the automotive industry. By implementing machine learning algorithms, the company has allowed its vehicles to learn how to drive. Customers can now enjoy a trip without putting their hands on the wheel. And, since Tesla’s cars can auto-park, their customers are happier as parking is no longer a challenge.

Tech talent with machine learning skills is in demand these days. As they can help companies to create innovative products, they have become indispensable to attract customers. Python is a beginner-friendly tool that’s among the easiest programming languages to learn. As it has a huge community that’s always willing to help, it’s an excellent tool you can add to your skillset.

Learning Python will allow you not only to create smart solutions but also to analyze and interpret data. Today, several online bootcamps offer Python courses, but Springboard will meet your requirements if you have a busy schedule. The company provides online courses that will allow you to learn enterprise-level skills in only six months. 

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Virtual reality and augmented reality have indeed changed how people see the world. They are helping organizations to provide immersive experiences that make customers feel engaged. Virtual reality has been used to take gaming to a whole new level. Companies like Sony have developed very realistic games where users enjoy mind-blowing experiences. 

An excellent example is the PSVR game Resident Evil 7. With its great visuals, the game allows users to disconnect from the real world and immerse themselves in a scary digital environment. In the travel industry, virtual reality enables hospitality companies to provide customers with very realistic tours before heading to their destination. In that case, they can improve their customers’ attraction strategies as guests will see what the destination is like.

In the retail industry, augmented reality has become popular to enhance marketing strategies. As customers can see how a product fits in a specific room, they can decide whether to buy it or not. Other companies like Sephora allow their clients to “try on” products. Sephora’s virtual artist enables users to get a 3D preview of how makeup products look on them. Consequently, Sephora has been able to reduce product returns.

Learning programming skills will allow you to create augmented reality and virtual reality solutions. It will help you not only to keep your job but to change your lifestyle. According to Glassdoor, a programmer’s salary is, on average, $76,526 per year in the US, so, what are you waiting for to learn new skills?

3D printing

3D printing has significantly affected the construction industry. Since companies like WinSun are building 3D-printed houses within 24 hours, they’ve been able to reduce labor costs. Fewer workers are needed to build 3D-printed houses as a giant 3D printer plays the leading role. 3D printing has also allowed customers to change their mindset.

3D-printed houses are way cheaper than dwellings constructed in the traditional way. Customers can now think about owning instead of renting. In the food industry, 3D printing is also playing an important role. As it’s highly customizable, it has enabled companies to provide more personalized eating experiences. 

BeeHex is a company that developed a 3D pizza printer that could serve pizza in any kind of shape. Since they are creating pizza slices with unique shapes, they’ve been able to transform the food industry. Some food companies like Perfect Day have already implemented 3D printing in their production processes. Given that, they’ve been able to reduce production costs and, in the case of Perfect Day, make dairy proteins without cows.

Conclusion

Emerging technologies are indeed disrupting incumbent industries and changing our future. But, as long as new vacancies are created, you have opportunities to get a new job. Employees with low skills are being left behind. For that reason, if you want to remain competitive, learning tech skills will be mandatory.    ~Artur Meyster

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12 tips for preparing your video for success

Rob from VidIQ
Rob from VidIQ

Since then I’m sure you’ve come up with some ideas, created some content, and now your video is ready to go live. What happens next?

Here’s Twelve Steps to Helping Your Video Crush It!

  1. Check your real time analytics and our best time to post tool to find the optimum publish date and time.

2. Your video should have been created with keywords in mind. Now use those keywords in your tags, video title, and description. Reinforce your topic over and over. This is called Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

3. The main keyword should appear in the title and you should include as many keywords as possible in your description, whilst still being natural, free-flowing sentences

4. As you complete your tags, title and description, our upload checklist will grade your SEO score to make sure your video has maximum discoverability.

5. Use vidIQ boost to get recommended tags and suggestions to further boost your video’s SEO.

6. Thumbnail tips:

  • Bright and dark contrasts between foreground and background
  • Make sure the thumbnail compliments the title rather than copying it
  • A human being with a reaction always helps, if it’s relevant
  • Text is not always required in the thumbnail, the title can do that.

7. Add video cards at appropriate times in your content to link to other videos you think the viewer may find interesting and relevant.

8. Always include a voting poll, they encourage a lot of engagement.

9. Always add videos to a playlist. When you post a link to the video, post the playlist link. Consider creating a new playlist for the video: to YouTube this is the same as uploading a video.

10. Include end screens to promote your content but keep your outro brief and to the point. Viewers can tell when a video is ending and switch off very quickly.

11. Make sure to share your content on other social media platforms and with communities you are a part of but don’t randomly spam it on Reddit.

12. Check back on the video within the first 2, 12 and 24 hours and reply to as many comments as possible to drive up engagement.

~ Rob from VidIQ (published with permission)

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BBI for 2021

At this special BBI coordinative meeting, the Coordinative Minister of Maritime & Invesment reminded us that the program expansion to leverage the MSME & national product should be accelerated in 2021; and the programs would include the quality improvement for the MSME & their products. Some MSMEs must be leveraged to the class of artisans, whose products will have better quality than the industry comparisons.

Telkom, with its definitive role as the architect of the platform-based digital ecosystem for MSME business will expand the digital market for the MSME, including generating and promoting a wider market demand for the MSME products & services. Some horizontal and vertical integrations have been planned to ensure the MSME economy will be part of national development strategy; and some new services could be established, including financing, certification, quality improvement, export facilities, etc.

How to play Roblox on Linux

I used to play Roblox with my kids from my Linux-based (Ubuntu) laptop – by having a virtual machine set up (on VirtualBox) with Windows, and play there. Of course it’s slow, but I still CAN play.

However one day Roblox decided to disable playing from Virtual Machine. And there goes my little bit of happiness with my children.

One day I found this article about using Steam Link to enable remote access to a Windows desktop, and it got me an idea – can I use this trick to play Roblox again from my laptop?

So I setup Google Chrome to be streamable from my gaming computer on my house’s second floor – and voila, it showed up in my Steam account indeed !

By invoking Google Chrome on my Steam app on Linux – then I can browse to Roblox.com, and then play all the games there.

Mission accomplished !


Use Steam to Stream Your Desktop Instead of Your Games : https://lifehacker.com/use-steam-to-stream-your-desktop-instead-of-your-games-1818722875

Setup OpenVPN Server on Proxmox LXC

I needed to do this, but all the tutorials that I could find are incomplete, or already outdated, such as this.

After hacking around for a while, here’s how to correctly setup OpenVPN server in a container on Proxmox:

IN HOST

# create special device "tun" for OpenVPN
mkdir -p /devcontainer/net
mknod /devcontainer/net/tun c 10 200
chown 100000:100000 /devcontainer/net/tun

# enable your container to use that tun device
# change 124 into your container's number : pct list
echo "lxc.mount.entry: /devcontainer/net dev/net none bind,create=dir" >> /etc/pve/lxc/124.conf

# forward OpenVPN traffic to your container's IP address
# change 10.10.60.6 to your container's IP address
iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i vmbr0 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 1194 -j DNAT --to-destination 10.10.60.6:1194

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i vmbr0 -p udp -m udp --dport 1194 -j DNAT --to-destination 10.10.60.6:1194

iptables -t nat -A PREROUTING -i vmbr1 -p tcp -m tcp --dport 53 -j DNAT --to-destination 10.10.60.6:53

# save iptables's rule
iptables-save > /etc/iptables.rules

IN CONTAINER

# execute the automated OpenVPN installation script 
mkdir /root/scripts
cd /root/scripts

wget git.io/vpn --no-check-certificate -O openvpn-install.sh ; chmod +x openvpn-install.sh ; ./openvpn-install.sh
 
# if you'd like to change the default 10.8.0.xxx IP address, do this :
# vi openvpn-install.sh
# :%s/10.8.0/10.88.0/g

# setup NAT, so the OpenVPN clients can connect to the internet 
# while connected to this OpenVPN server
iptables -I POSTROUTING -t nat -s 10.88.0.0/24 -j MASQUERADE

# save iptables's rule
iptables-save > /etc/iptables.rules

After executing the /root/scripts/openvpn-install.sh script , it will result in a file with ovpn extension

Download that to your computer / client,
install OpenVPN client,
and use that ovpn file as the configuration

Enjoy !

OBS (Open Broadcasting Software) As Video source (for Zoom, Google Meet, Skype, etc) in Ubuntu 20.04

I used to use my Android smartphone as webcam for Zoom / Skype / Google Meet / etc because my laptop’s webcam is so bad. This is possible thanks to the Droidcam app.

But sometimes there are problems, like the wifi got interference so the video would slow down or freeze for a while. And for long conference / meeting, it got my phone pretty hot because sometimes I have to charge it. And of course I can’t use my phone while it’s being used as webcam.

So I bought Logitech C920 Pro webcam, and started using it instead. In Linux it’s recognized and can bs used straight away.
But you may need to tweak its image quality a bit using guvcview before being used for work.

The picture quality is not as good as my smartphone’s , because my smartphone is heavily processing the images, so it came out even with HDR quality, in real-time. But as a daily work webcam, this Logitech webcam is good enough.

Then I need to start using Green screen as well with this webcam. There’s one problem – my Green screen is not wide enough to cover the webcam’s wide angle.

With Droidcam, this is not a problem, there’s a “Zoom” feature. So I just Zoom-in, until the green screen fills the view.
But since Logitech does not provide any kind of software for this webcam on Linux, I use OBS instead.

Using OBS, I can set up green screen in it, so we don’t need to use Zoom’s green screen / Virtual Background feature. And also that means all other software (Google Meet, Skype, etc) will automatically got the already green screened video from OBS.

To zoom-in in OBS, I just enlarge the webcam’s image box, until the green screen fill the view.
To activate green screen, I use the Chroma key filter.

choose Tools – V4L2 Video Output to enable OBS as Video Source for other software
Make sure to tick the “Auto Start” option
(no green screen tho when I took this screenshot)

To make OBS become a video source, we’ll need to install obs-v4l2sink : https://github.com/CatxFish/obs-v4l2sink

Turned out there are a few problems installing it in Ubuntu 20.04 , we’ll discuss here the workaround for those:

# Another possible solution is using Snap's version of OBS, 
# which already include v4l2loopback kernel module 
# & obs-v4l2sink plugin
# sudo snap install obs-studio.
# sudo modprobe v4l2loopback video_nr=10 card_label=”OBS Video Source” exclusive_caps=1

# If by any reason you can't use this Snap-based solution, 
# then continue : 


# download needed software for compilation
sudo apt-get update ; sudo apt-get install -y install obs-studio git cmake build-essential libobs-dev ffmpeg qtbase5-dev

cd /tmp ; mkdir myobscode ; cd myobscode

# get OBS' source code
git clone --recursive https://github.com/obsproject/obs-studio.git

# get plugin's source code
git clone https://github.com/CatxFish/obs-v4l2sink

# compile the OBS plugin
cd ~/obs-v4l2sink
mkdir build && cd build
cmake -DLIBOBS_INCLUDE_DIR="../../obs-studio/libobs" -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=/usr ..

make -j4
sudo make install
sudo cp v4l2sink.so /usr/lib/obs-plugins/
sudo cp /usr/lib/obs-plugins/v4l2sink.so /usr/lib/x86_64-linux-gnu/obs-plugins/

# Turned out we need to compile and build v4l2loopback by ourselves - this is because the Ubuntu's version is too old
# Thanks to user jplandrain : 
# https://github.com/CatxFish/obs-v4l2sink/issues/54#issuecomment-722966599
cd ..
sudo apt-get remove v4l2loopback-dkms
git clone --branch v0.12.5 https://github.com/umlaeute/v4l2loopback.git
cd v4l2loopback
make && sudo make install

# make v4l2loopback automatically loaded by kernel after reboot
echo "v4l2loopback" >> /etc/modules-load.d/modules.conf
echo 'options v4l2loopback video_nr=2' >> /etc/modprobe.d/v4l2loopback.conf

echo 'options v4l2loopback card_label="VirtualCam"' >> /etc/modprobe.d/v4l2loopback.conf

echo 'options v4l2loopback exclusive_caps=1' >> /etc/modprobe.d/v4l2loopback.conf

# load the loopback module into kernel now
sudo modprobe v4l2loopback video_nr=10 card_label="OBS Video Source" exclusive_caps=1

# start OBS - now there should be a new menu : 
#     Tools - V4L2 Video Output
# also you'll need to tick "Autostart" option after choosing that menu
obs &

BBI Q4/2020

BBI (Bangga Buatan Indonesia) is a coordinative & collaborative programs to improve the economy and commercialisation of national products with special emphasis on MSME products, led by the Government of Indonesia — in this case the Coordinative Minister of Maritime and Investment (Menkomarves). Telkom is actively involved in this program via its MSME Digital Ecosystem programs, incl PADI UMKM and Rumah BUMN.

This year, some footholds have been established, including the BBI program itself, PADI UMKM & Bela Pengadaan, and some programs related to MSME in Creative Economy and Maritime & Fishery. For Telkom, the main role is to build, establish, and expand the platform-based digital ecosystem for MSME business, including their development and economic improvement.

The next thing to do is to build a context for integration among those separated systems and applications, to establish a real ecosystem supported with integrated information and platform, where all programs and activities could provide mutual support in leveraging different segments of MSMEs, including small and medium business in agriculture, fishery, forestry, creative industry, etc.

Круглый Стол в ЮФУ

This weekend, Mr Ford asked me to provide a presentation in a forum organised by the SFedU. The title of the forum is «Круглый Стол : Развитие Компаний в Период COVID-19: Вызовы и Возможнпсти» — or more or less: Round Table: Business development in the COVID-19 era: challenges and opportunities. SFedU, or Southern Federal University (Южный федеральный университет = ЮФУ) is a university in Rostov Oblast, Russia, with campuses located at Rostov-on-Don and Taganrog.

The speakers for this forum are from the academicians and business people from Japan, Italy, Thailand, and Indonesia.

In my presentation, I discussed again how these COVID-19 crises actually provide some contexts for us to design a strategic transformation by exploring the new opportunities and using potential collaborative innovations. In theory, we have all we need to start establishing it with synergistic efforts. I described in brief the way we can start planning the ecosystem.