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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Information + Free ?

hi guys, I am brandon teoh... okay this name is pretty well heard in APIIT(Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology,Malaysia), not because i got first class honour for my degree nor i was selected as the best student for diploma & high. dip, but because I was some kind of friendly monster who hangs around in the college for around 3 years.. yea.. i know everyone from top management to the gabage lady, yeah..some people think I got quite handsome face(some say 'nar'....) but nevertheless i wasn't destined to be the next Bill Gates just because i got a degree from APIIT.

well i got some talents.. i could manage up to certain level of computer programming and perform pretty good presentations. my jokes were from the heart and thus natural.. and I am sincere with people, most importantly, I volunteered as class rep throughout the years.

So I am officially in the I.T industries.. but this won't gurantee my future.

I been thinking a lot about 'making it' .... when is the day coming where i can say to myself 'I've made something out of myself and i am proud to live it forever.. that i can finally retire this rat-race thingy..'

One big issue popped out constantly is that can i charge someone for information??; such that can I earn money for providing information... I thought yes but until recently my PC was infected with somekind of trojan which was pretty fun to tackle. It was CWS hijack; where it constantly redirects you away to other URL when trying to check yahoo mail and also restoring your homepage as 'http://www.windowws.cc or something like tat. I tried to deal with it without referrencing much to the web.. i deleted one dll and some registries and still, same problem persisted. Then i finally give up and consulted 'http://www.cybertechhelp.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46229' and problems were solved altogether... and by the way, i got infected while visiting some 'ham-sap' site.. keke.

From this experience, if information weren't free.. i wouldn't be typing this message now.. I might be scratching my head to figure out which advice to take on before paying and then only to discover that they are not really living up to expectations.. I thanked those who have maintained strong faith such that information is left free (at least in the Internet).

So, the idea of making money out of information is not really 'prosperous', in restrospect, making them free would be a great charity. I also cant help wondering that in the future, all software would have to be made free as well. Currently, not all free software writers share the same thinking, some of them were thinking of imposing charges when the software got popular.. but if they do that people might turn away to other similiar software (i have been using 'open office' since the malaysian government launched the 'ops tulen' some time ago, and I am slowly liking it than MS Office). Thus, the bandwagon for free software is larger than those propietary software coz how many of us can actually become a programmer for Microsoft and etc..?? and if i am a god damn genius programmer, where do I start to be the next Bill Gates..?? I simply got no time brother.

So how now ?? what can I do for the I.T industry ??

Then suddenly, i got this idea..'value'. Free informations and software got lower values than propietary stuff.. because users dont feel pinched when they downloaded free stuffs as compare to when they have to pay... So maybe we can figure out a business model to make value out of free stuffs... particular free information.

For instance, if we can make use of free software to improve someone else businesses then we got a value there... and we need to figure out how they are paying for such virtual thingy.. Ah-chong-the-customer might say "hey, the softwares are free and u guys are charging this much ???, i can do it by myself too if i got the time". As irony as it is, people don't quite tally value with money.

Give me your comments.

thanks.