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Online Shop for Baby Clothes

Posted by chanxj on 23 Feb 2012 | Tagged as: Thoughts, Youth Activities

Its been a long time since I last post as I have been very busy with life. Maybe I will get back to posting articles soon later in the year when time permits.

Anyway a friend just opened her new online shop MineeMe.com which is focused on cute looking baby clothes. So please go on down to support!

Cheers
XJ

User Interface in Applications

Posted by chanxj on 23 Jan 2011 | Tagged as: Thoughts

Today, when browsing through my google reader feed, I saw this comic:

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/shopping_cart

This really reminded me on the basis of why PEN21 was developed. The consumer oriented world have come to their senses that the UI to any application can either empower or cripple the people using it. Sometimes as developers, we really have to think of people using the systems we design as “Humans”, not just a mere “User” in a user case diagram.

Sadly this is not the case in the enterprise world. Companies and governments are still thinking of IT systems as data storage and processing units, not so much as things that we interact with. Top piority in any system design will of course be data integrity and availability. But at the very same time, we cannot forget that if no one likes the interface, its going to have adoption issues and bring down morale of the people interacting with it.

When I was at a hospital in Yishun the other day, I really pitied the doctor using the system in place. It was a mashup of various applications with inconsistent UI design. It was an application filled with text boxes and text boxes with no subtle hints to guide the user on the steps required to use it. The system also couldn’t foster communciation with the other clinics in the hospital. My referral letter had to be hand written, instead of virtually stored on tagged for my next visit. This is the huge disarray our health information is in.

When I spoke to the guys dealing with the EHR project the other time during my FYP, I got the feeling that the project was approached with creating a huge database, but not on creating something where healthcare professionals would like to use, cherish and allow them give better care to their patients. It was not something where the aim was to create a unified interface where doctors wherever they are deployed can understand and use. It wasn’t something that was designed to withstand a crisis where there is a sudden in flood of emergency cases.

Hopefully, one day the big boys in town will realize the inherent defect in the systems they designed. Some companies have realized this, but many have not as evident in our daily life. The problem here is not that we do not have talented programmers and designers, but more of having people understand the benefit of dedicating time and resources towards building a cohesive interface which people love to use.

There is a certain product that I market, that is very innovative, but does not meet my benchmark when it comes to UI. It has many functionalities no doubt, but it was too complicated for mere humans to use. It is good though that this Singapore company is bringing about change after much feedback,

There are many products I have come across that have innovated and inspired me that the future holds many great possibilities. That includes the iPhone and iPad of course, but beyond that there are many others. One of them is n-trig’s dual touch/tablet technology. The microsoft surface. The android OS. The soundcraft VI6 sound mixing console(One of the best mixer interface I have experienced). The Versonic mixing console(though I felt that the technology it was based on is a bad choice).

What is hardware without software? These very devices cited above would have been crippled if heart wasn’t taken to ensure that the UI was well built and loved by many.

PEN 21

Posted by chanxj on 10 Jan 2010 | Tagged as: Singapore Polytechnic

Its has been sooo long since updating the blog and one of the reasons why is that I have been very busy with my group mates @ Singapore Polytechnic developing our Final Year Project called PEN 21, a document management system for hospitals. We just showcased it @ spinnovex from thurs till yesterday.

I would have to thank Soon Bing, Kevin and Fazli for seeing this project through together with me. We may have our ups and downs in the process, but without each and everyone playing a role in this, it would not have been possible. Also, I would like to thank everyone at DMIT especially Mr Tan Hu Shien our project supervisor.

Even if our system does not get implemented, we seriously hope the guys at software houses like SAP and Microsoft (whom organises the imagine cup we took part in) will seriously rethink how enterprise systems should be. I was horrified at the system NUH paid SAP to implement. It was text boxes after text boxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes after textboxes.

The best part is that we heard that the new EHR system the government will be implementing is going to be similar to what the SAP systems has for an interface. Our government is really on the cutting edge i would say…….

The response we got from the industry folks we met during spinnovex from companies such as Sun, A Star, Changi General Hospital, Hitachi, etc. are very very encouraging and positive and we are happy many many people see great potential in us changing the face of the enterprise information systems market.

So shown below is a video preview it :D

PEN21 is a project created with an intuitive, easy to use interface, leveraging the latest Microsoft Windows® Tablet and Touch technology to keep medical professionals as comfortable with it as if they are using traditional paper records. The doctor is able to add multimedia rich documents, and be able to make annotations on them using his PEN21 tablet PC, which is then automatically synced with a central server at the earliest possible time. PEN21′s support for rich media complements the doctor’s note-taking, and allows better subsequent recall and understanding of past consultation sessions.

Blog Update

Posted by chanxj on 19 Jul 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Have been busy for the past few months. Will start regular updating probably in end August.

Currently, I have been busy with my FYP and also producing a video under my club SPVC for NTUC Cleaners Day celebration.

Youth Voices Concert 2009

Posted by chanxj on 20 Apr 2009 | Tagged as: Music, The A Cappella Scene, Youth Activities

Many of you may know that I am a huge fan of the The A Cappella Society Youth Voices training programme. Its a programme where youths meet weekly to sing and jam A Cappella music together. It fosters great teamwork and life skills into the youth through the various activities they do such as singing in small groups, managing the Youth Voices itself through their committee, giving shows at various venues such as malls.

This May, they would be given the chance to perform at The Esplanade Recital Studio for their own concert and they are pretty excited about it. Everyone, go on down to give them your support!

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Launch of Filmgarde Cinema at Iluma

Posted by chanxj on 28 Mar 2009 | Tagged as: Impress, Thoughts

Just came back from the preview of a cinema by one of Singapore’s newest cinema chain Film Garde. This cinema is the 2nd one for the chain and is located at Iluma, ibe if the newest mall in town which is opposite Bugis Junction, beside Bugis Village.

It is a great cinema with great sound, great projection, nice ticketing and food area and best of all Great Seats!

Yes! Great Seats, for tall people like me above 1.8m, I treasure the extra legspace given as compared to other cinemas. I think it has the most legspace out of all cinemas in Singapore.

Personally, I think this cinema would give Shaw cinemas a run for its money as their cinema at the opposite Bugis Junction is of NO FIGHT! This new cinema is one of the best in town, and can rival that of the nearby cathay offerings which are already very good. Plus with the promising mix of tenants in Iluma itself, it would be a great place for your free time to go shopping too!

Ok, enough rambling. Go and see to belive. Opens today! 28th March 2009.

Hiatus

Posted by chanxj on 20 Jan 2009 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

Many would have noticed i have not posted for a long time. I will not be posting(not much if any) at the mean time due to a very packed schedule. I will begin posting hopefully in march when my schedule should clear up much more.

Vocaldente in Singapore

Posted by chanxj on 23 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Music, Photography, The A Cappella Scene

On the 15th and 16th of October this year, we had the honour of the great sounding German Group Vocaldente Sing in the 1st A Cappella Festival at the Arts House organised by The A Cappella Society. I have there for snaps the first 2 days and was doing the sound for the last two nights for the local groups. Here are some photos I took. Reflections will come when I have more time :)

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Closeup Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Vocaldente - Wide Shot - International A Cappella Festival 2008

Fun Camera

Posted by chanxj on 23 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Photography

Hi all,

In my previous post, i advertised about my friend selling accessories online, this time round, she is conducting a round of mass order for a film camera(looks fun dunno how to classify it as).

Goto http://chainless-brain.livejournal.com/2974.html#cutid1 to take a look :)

Accessories

Posted by chanxj on 01 Oct 2008 | Tagged as: Uncategorized

An old classmate of mine has started an online shop for some accessorie such as ear rings necklace etc.

http://chainlessbrainchap1.blogspot.com/

Seems to be interesting items. Those who are planning on ur next model shoot, maybe u could consider to get some :)

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