The Definition of Marketing

October 14th, 2013 No comments

This is just a mark to remind me to use my mind into thinking of something creative. Hope it can benefit you!

Marketing is the management process responsible for identifying, anticipating and satisfying customer requirements profitably.


from The Chartered Institute of Marketing


Marketing is the activity, set of institutions, and processes for creating, communicating, delivering, and exchanging offerings that have value for customers, clients, partners, and society at large.


from  American Marketing Association


Marketing is the process of communicating the value of a product or service to customers, for the purpose of selling the product or service.




Marketing is the activities of a company associated with buying and selling a product or service.



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Leap Motion postponed shipping date for pre-ordered customers

April 26th, 2013 1 comment

logo_leap_motionI just got the email from Leap Motion CEO Michael Buckwald telling me they had to push back the shipping date of the Leap Motion controller units to July 22. The reason, Michael said, is they needed more time for comprehensive testing. I mean I have been waiting for over 3 month since I pre-ordered. The device is said to be amazing, with break-through technology etc., that was why I pre-ordered and just wanted to get my hands on the device when available. It is absolutely sad to know the change. Here is the letter from Michael Buckwald.

I wanted to reach out to update you on the status of our ship date. After a lot of consideration, we’ve decided to push back the date and will now be shipping units to pre-order customers on July 22nd.

This is not a decision we take lightly. There are hundreds of thousands of people in over 150 countries who have pre-ordered Leap Motion controllers, some as long as a year ago. These people are part of our community and there is nothing more important to us than getting them devices as quickly as possible.

We’ve made a lot of progress. When we first started taking orders back in May we were twelve (very tired) people in a basement. Now we are eighty (although still tired and possibly still in a basement). We’ve manufactured over six hundred thousand devices and delivered twelve thousand to amazing developers who are building applications that let people do things that just wouldn’t have been possible before.

These developers have given us great feedback that we’ve used to make huge improvements to the stability and polish of the product. We’re really proud of Leap Motion as both a company and a product.

The reality is we very likely could have hit the original ship date. But it wouldn’t have left time for comprehensive testing. This will come in the form of a beta test that will start in June. We will give the 12k developers who currently have Leap Motion controllers access to the feature complete product including OS interaction (today developers only have access to the SDK). We will also invite some people who are not developers to join the beta test.

Ultimately, the only way we felt 100% confident we could deliver a truly magical product that would do justice to this new form of interaction, was to push the date so we would have more time for a larger, more diverse beta test.

I really appreciate your patience. I know it’s been a long wait. Everyone at Leap Motion is working tirelessly to make sure that the wait is worth it. Thanks so much for your help and support.

David and I will be participating in an open video Q&A using Google Hangout tomorrow at 11:30am Pacific time. To join our hangout, please visit our Google+ page. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our support team at or my personal email. As always, we will not charge pre-order customer’s credit cards until the devices have actually shipped.

Thanks again.

Michael Buckwald

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Microsoft, or Skype, do something about your Skype/WLM integration!!!

April 25th, 2013 2 comments

So today I got a popup message from Windows Live Messenger that I must update to the latest version in order to use, which is Skype 6.3. So it is like an ULTIMATUM, I had no choice but updated it. To tell you the truth, I didn’t like the integration last time I updated my Windows Live Message and merged it with my Skype account and I Googled and found out Skype and WLM could co-exist and then I did the same to use them at the same time.

I guessed all my colleagues received the same message and it turned out to be true and I went to help them update it. It went pretty well when you login with your WLM credential, the problem occurred when merging the accounts. The circle in Skype windows just kept spinning and spinning and spinning and spinning, then it said “Sorry, we didn’t recognize your sign-in details. Please check your Skype Name and password, then try again.”



What does that even mean? I spent the whole morning trying to login with the Microsoft Account, every measure I took seemed in vein. After digging, it turns out many many users have been experiencing the issue.

– I uninstalled the latest version and installed the previous version, it didn’t work.

– I  deleted Shared.xml in AppData, it didn’t work.

– I changed the port in connection setting and opened ports in Windows Firewall, it didn’t work.

– I unlinked Microsoft Account from Skype and linked again and it didn’t work.

– I added the current PC to the trusted devices in Microsoft Account and it didn’t work.

Nothing seems to work now. I have no Live Messenger, nor Skype. As a matter of fact, I could login with Skype account name but that didn’t help. It was a complete waste of my time.

What’s going on? Skype, and Microsoft. Don’t release a product that is full of bugs. I will have to start looking for alternative if this is not resolved soon enough. Spread the word people. If you find a solution to it, do not hesitate to share.

Merry Christmas

December 26th, 2012 No comments

Merry Christmas!

For me in China, the Christmas Day is over, those of you in the west semi sphere, you have few more hours to spend with your family. After all Christmas is all about family gathering, isn’t? What do you do at this time of the year?

For us, the Luna New Year (spring festival) is the day for family reunion! This is the time people celebrate, pray and eat. Yes, eat… It is a feast. Luckily this day is coming soon!

Let’s all celebrate!! Again Merry Christmas to all and happy holiday!

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The world didn’t end. Now what?

December 22nd, 2012 1 comment

So people have talked about the end of the world on 12/21/2012 for a very long time, I tended not to believe that the world would end, not on that day at least, however it did concern me a little. There were some what-ifs that I had in mind.

Now that the day has passed, and things are settled, what should we do now?

There sure are some options:

A. Continue my old life, tomorrow is just another day in my life; or
B. The world means nothing to me now, I will just get wasted and spend all the money on whatever I want… Then, I don’t know what will happen and I don’t care; or
C. Make my life more meaningful, do what I’ve got do. Chase the dreams that have not been realized. Go to the places that I planned to to but didn’t. Spend more time with family so you won’t regret one day… Or
D. Go to a place no body knows and rot there…
E. None above…

What do you have in mind?

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Does marketing service sales?

December 12th, 2012 3 comments

A few days ago during a meeting my boss and I argued when I mentioned collecting raw sales data for marketing analysis. My boss wanted me to give him purposes of collecting data before doing it, I emphasized that with raw data I could generate any kind of reports that could give the direction in marketing and sales activities.
Well that was not enough for him, what again he needed was specific purpose of it. I understood he was, as a boss result oriented, and I agreed with that. So I gave him a typical example of purpose of collecting and analyzing data: to know how our products were distributed and what else we could do about it in terms of marketing activities. That turned out to be not a purpose to him, then he explained to me how the plans should be made from the purpose to the actions.
What surprised me was when he told me sales department was the leading department and the marketing department served it since the sales department was the one earning money (to support the company and its growth).
Well yes the sales department gives the company direct orders from customers which means money, but, hear me out here, how does the company or sales department know where to begin with if they don’t know what the customers need and where they are. I just read something about marketing and sales, marketing is “pull” while sales is “push”. Salesperson can do nothing if not for marketing. One misconception is that in China sales is marketing, marketing is sales, because marketing makes no sense to them and sales does both. They are actually quite similar in functionality but different in a great deal. I will talk about in detail later, before that, what do you see in terms of marketing and sales?

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Nick Cannon Doing Pole Dance on AGT

June 5th, 2012 1 comment

In Episode 7 of America’s Got Talent season 7, Nick Cannon who was the host went on stage after the contestant Lulu’s performance. Quite surprisingly, well not that surprise considering hist his history of hosting AGT, he took off his shirts and showed off his “bras” and did a pole dance with the contestant Lulu. How fun was that?! What would Mariah act after she saw this? Haha… Btw, didn’t it hurt to have his nipples duct taped?

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Remembering My First Bumjee Jump

June 4th, 2012 3 comments

On June 3, 2012, it was a great day for outdoor activities and you just could not let it go wasted. And yet on this day I experienced my first Bumjee Jump, it was a lifetime experience of course. I always wanted to do a bumjee jump, luckily this time I found a friend as crazy to go with!

From a 50 meters high platform, I could see why not so many people want to play this sport. Looking down it was pretty scary. To get to the platform, you had to take stairs, lots and lots of stair steps! I mean by the time I got to the top, my heart already beat at 150.

The staffs spent quite a while doing the preparation which gave me enough time to recover from the high heart rate. I think I was not totally recovered from playing badminton too hard the day before. So now the security check had been done, everyone was lined up for the jump, there were 3 more strangers including a girl whose courage i admired. I gave the chance to my friend to jump first 🙂 Followed by was me going to the edge of the platform. The staff then told me to let go of my hands, I was already leaning backward. It was like my life was in his hands. Nothing mattered except to pray that the rope was strong enough to hold you!

So he counted down to 1 and let go, right at the moment my feet were off the edge, my heart was going to explode. Then I bounced back a few time together with excitement shout! Then I was hanging in the air, looking down and looked up, I knew I’d accomplished my mission!

Overall it was exciting and good experience, I liked the way my heart beat and the adrenalin pumped. However what disappointed me was that I was required to jump with my back down, I wanted to jump with my face down! Secondly I was like pushed to go down, i didn’t need a motivator, I would like to jump on my own counts. Motivators are for cowards. I wanted to control my own life! That’s the way he bumjee jump should be, right? I mean what is the problem with jumping face down?

Okay, going higher is my next mission now! You wanna come along?

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Raid 5 Gone After a Power Failure

July 19th, 2011 3 comments

Just now in my office when we were working, the file server was disconnected as well as the exchange server. I thought it was just a common power failure which we experience in the past all the time and had no problem. So I went back to the server room and found out that UPS was not on (power cut off). Nothing else usual was found, so I turned it on and then the server.

So I waited and waited and the Remote Desktop Connection could not be established after 15 minutes. So I got a monitor and connected it, the strange thing was the screen prompted “DISK BOOT FAILURE, INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESSURE ENTER.” My instinct told me the BIOS setting was changed, specifically the Boot Priority. So I got in BIOS setting by hitting Delete. It was actually the booting disk was missing. By the way, I have RAID 5 built in a Silicate 3124 PCI-X external card. Now the Raid was shown on BIOS setting, what do I do? I was asking myself. Read more…

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Mark His Words!

July 19th, 2011 No comments

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple, Inc.

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