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Design Thinking

Why Facebook’s Desktop UI Makes No Sense from Human Computer-Interaction Perspective

Is this is beginning of the end of the new Facebook Desktop user interface?

Every once in a while, a design change comes – and people get furious. And it’s quite OK – because people hate changes. Remember, I was seven. People hated the icons of iOS 7. But eventually we made peace with it. However, in this case of Facebook’s redesign, I think the hatred is quite logical. Because when examining the designs from HCI perspective, I had found that they are repeating the same mistake which Microsoft did a few years ago.

A hallmark of a good user interface is how simple it is to find and do things on a web page.

Users shouldn’t have to read a manual in order to publish a Facebook post.

Why I think Facebook is in trouble with the new desktop design

2012, I was using Windows 7 on my laptop. A free offer prompted on my screen to upgrade from Win 7 to Win 8. The first look was really very impressive, but the problem started when I was trying to find common apps that I needed most. I tried many ways with utter frustration to get back to old desktop theme and when I finally did, the option was to move the mouse pointer to absolute lower left corner. The “tile thing” on Win8 had nothing to do with my PC activities! I desperately Googled to get back my Desktop look and feel permanently. I still wonder how many people use that tiled interface on their Win 10 PCs.

Probably not many. Because Microsoft has been phasing out the tiles and in the October 2020 update, the new start menu will finally put a nail on the coffin for tiles.

The reason why Microsoft was pushing tiled interface hard was based on the assumption that people will no longer be using the PC we know today, instead everybody will be carrying and working with mobile computing devices with no mouse and keyboard. While the later part is true, contrary to their belief, people are still using PCs with tiled interface off. They were theoretically (Fitt’s Law) correct, but not historically (Cognitive Adaptation). Moreover, it was also Microsoft’s illusion that if most users get adapted with their new interface, people will be quick to accept their mobile Operating System. Eventually they launched their Windows Mobile and when I got my hand on it, I couldn’t figure out how to make call with this pathetic device! The rest is history, a 100s of millions $ just drained into water.

Facebook’s new design turns your PC into an enormous phone

Once you switch to the new Facebook layout, the first overwhelming impression is one of supreme embiggenment.

Everything is so ******* big! From the icons to the layouts, the buttons, it’s like it has been designed for really small resolution phones.

Facebook forgets Fitt’s Law

While designing the new Facebook user interface, I guess the designers completely forgot there is a thing named Fitts Law. Here is a simplified version of the law.

You can read this really cool article on Fitts Law and it’s importance on our life in this article at interaction design foundation.

If you have time, listen to my WordCamp session on human-computer interaction where I have talked about Fitts Law from 25 minutes mark in this video.

The text sizes are larger, the elements are more widely spaced, and very little fits on the screen at Interaction Design Foundation

Fitt's Law
IDF explaining Fitt’s Law

Put simply, Fitts’ Law states: “…the time to acquire a target is a function of the distance to and size of the target”. As the distance increases, movement takes longer and as the size decreases selection again takes longer. Whilst Paul Fitts established his law of movement before the advent of graphical user interfaces, the law is no less robust when applied to navigation through the virtual world.

Interaction Design Foundation

The Stories banner is, thankfully, less obnoxiously huge than it was on the old layout. That’s a matter of sheer necessity, unfortunately; it has to be smaller in order to fit even half of a post underneath it on the new scale of things. I was unable to find a single pair of posts on my timeline that would fit on one page under the new layout—and at least half of them were at least two pages tall, all by themselves.

What’s really ugly

  • Huge text! Even normal texts are huge
  • Wasted space! The left and right portion is completely wasted.
  • Only one post on the screen at a time. (Huge waste of space!)
  • The Messenger functionality is also downgraded, with only a single chat visible at any one time. If you click another contact or group on your contacts list, your current chat disappears, to be replaced with the new one.
  • The layout itself, basically!

Doing the same mistake like Microsoft: Taking users’ for granted

As I said in the earlier part of the article, Microsoft paid a price for taking users for granted. The same could happen to Microsoft.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t hate Facebook. I actually admired them for some design changes in mobile a few months back. But you can’t replicate the same design and push it to your desktop users.

There are more Facebook users on mobile phone (79.2%) than on PC, 19.1% users use on both. Taking the fact guaranteed, Facebook might have similar expection/hypothesis that PC users are ready or even will be happy to use its mobile interface paradigm on desktop. My instinct only can tell that this could be another Microsoft case where they failed on both end.

P.S. Thanks to Dr. Tabin Hasan, a Human Computer Interaction Scholar and my HCI mentor, for helping me to use some portions of his thoughts in this article.

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Life

Why Friends Matter and Why It Mattered To Me

Friends.

A 7 character word. It sounds so simple, yet the true meaning of this word is more substantial than we realize.

Friendship is more complicated as an adult, especially in your 20′s and 30′s. You get a lot busy with your work, meet a lot of new people which you do blunder considering friends, explore new paths, make new roads, but amidst the city rush – they stand by us when we’re down, and they’re always up for a night or an afternoon.

Unlike our relationships with our partners or family members, there’s no outright expectation that we have to stay involved in our friend’s lives. Our friendships are voluntary, and it’s the ongoing choice we make to stay connected to our friends that makes the support we received from them so incredibly validating and essential for our overall well-being and self-worth.

WHAT MATTERS MORE THAN THE NUMBER OF FRIENDS WE HAVE IS THE QUALITY OF THE CONNECTIONS WE MAKE.

I made this cool little video, as a tribute to my friends and to celebrate the 15 long years.

Simply put, having friends, good friends, is essential. Our friends can help us figure out who we are and what it is we really want in life. They encourage us to reach our goals, make it easier to cope with life’s ups and downs, and shield us from mental health struggles, like anxiety and depression.

Even though we’re learning just how meaningful our friendships are for our health, well-being, and success, we just don’t talk about our friendships as much as we do with our other connections.

My friends had a significant and profound influence on me, leading a stress-free life with excellent mental health. And this helped me a lot to focus better, being more productive, be in good health, having a better concentration on learning, and more. Above all, they made me a BETTER HUMAN BEING, and I cannot be prouder for them.

We often take these for granted; however, this pandemic situation has taught us a bit more why friends are absolutely crucial.

Happy friendship day to all. Here’s a thank you note to all those crazy nights, afternoons, hangouts, fights, debates, support, criticism, and more.

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Movie Reviews

Why I Absolutely Loved Sleepless in Seattle Even Watching It After 27 Years of Its Release

Today I watched Sleepless in Seattle 27 years after the film got released. And I loved it.

I don’t know why I didn’t see this movie earlier in my life. I usually avoid RomComs because I am keener in thrillers, sci-fi but missing this movie for so long was an utter stupidity.

I should have watched it right after I watched “You’ve Got Mail.” Nora Ephron was behind some of the greatest romantic comedies of all time, including When Harry Met Sally, You’ve Got Mail, and, of course, Sleepless in Seattle.

I was browsing through the Netflix catalog and somehow found it, and I instantly remembered that it was in my watch list for so long; nevertheless, I kept procrastinating because of the genre.

But after seeing this movie today, I have liked the film SO MUCH, more than I initially hoped so. Some films stick with you beyond its stories, screenplay.

There are some moments in films you keep coming back to see (Cap wielding Mjolnir, Run Forrest Run, I wanted it to be you so badly, I’ll be back, etc.) again and again. This movie is that kind of film.

It starts with a phone call to a late-night radio host, and, suddenly, we are introduced to the ever beautiful Meg Ryan and ever charming Tom Hanks. And they have electrifying chemistry that’s almost palpable.

Sleepless in Seattle tells the story of a bereaved architect (Tom Hanks) who confesses his loneliness to a radio DJ and is subsequently sought out by a woman who lives on the other side of America. A boy wants to see his dad (Hanks) happy after his mother died of cancer. Hanks and Meg Ryan comes into the play as the perfect duo with unparalleled chemistry. The story is full of innocence and a pure heart.

27 years later, the film is still as fresh as it was 2 decades ago. The story is simple, but it was done masterfully.

The movie offers a lot of hard-to-believe scenarios, like meeting on the top of Empire Street Building but still, as a 90s rom-com – you can give that a pass.

A heartwarming movie perfect for a lazy afternoon. It’s also available on Netflix.

Watch the movie on Netflix

Watch Sleepless in Seattle on Netflix

Watch on Netflix

Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks have a chemistry that’s hard to come by today. Still a classic. See it with your girl.

Bored? Frustrated? Can’t decide what to do?

Give this movie a chance, and I hope you’ll have a smile when you end the movie.

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Mobile

A Journey From Android to iPhone

I have been using Android since Android Froyo. I am a great fan of Android and I still am very enthusiastic about Android. I have been tinkering with phones since the early days of Gingerbread / CM7. I wrote blog post back in the days when I first bought Motorola Atrix. I also wrote a tutorial about installing CyanogenMod7 on Atrix back in the days.

My journey with Android started with a bang. I loved every minute of the thrill. I loved modding. Flashing custom ROMs, overclocking kernels and trying out different ROMs helped me to explore the openness and possibilities of Android. I even flashed Ubuntu on a phone. It was pretty wild back in the days.

Why I have fallen in love with iPhone and iOS

If you don’t want to read the whole thing, just read the last paragraph.

I do not like Apple as a company for overpricing pretty much everything. After Atrix 4G, I bought another Android from Motorola, the infamous Moto G!

The Moto G sold like hotcakes for $199

The Moto G was one of the best phone I ever used.

Nevertheless, when my Motorola updated the Moto G from KitKat to Lollipop, I was utterly frustrated with the overall experience. Lollipop was shipped even before it was ready. It had horrible performance issues and the new material UI didn’t look or feel as good as the demos/YouTube videos.

Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow to fix these situations. It improved the situation but I didn’t like the whole design language Google took for Androids. The Android material design seemed like a mess and the animations were not smooth back in the days. Due to the design, the system required more memory and efficient processors.

I used MM and Lollipop for like a year and at that point, I often felt frustrated because of the plastic UI and app performance. The Facebook app on Android still lagged on the most high-end phones at that time.

What’s the point of a high specs phone if your phone can’t handle apps like Facebook and Gmail together? So I decided to jump the ship. I was very hesitant since I was totally hooked up with Google ecosystem. (Google contacts, Google play music etc). I also needed some key apps like SwiftKey, Keep. They were already there so I decided to switch.

Why I switched to iOS

After using Moto G for like 2 solid years, I thought about upgrading. I never liked Lollipop and Marshmallow. I believed they were released without proper stability and testing. The software was half done. The apps lagged. The frame rates dropped across the OS. Apps crashed. It was a bad experience.

I wanted to get another stock Android but at that time – the only available options were Nexus. Nexus 6 was way too big for me. And all the other non Nexus phones had a custom skin on top of Android which I had never been a fan of. Stock Android all the way, right? 😅🙌

This video from Mrwhosetheboss sums a lot of my thoughts. You might give this video a go.

I bought an iPhone 6S sometimes back in January 2017 and started using it from around March that year. I agree that the first month in iPhone has been bad. I didn’t quite figure out how to move all my photos to my 16GB iPhone.

I moved the photos from iTunes to iPhone then I figured out, I couldn’t delete the photos I moved from PC to iPhone. I mean wtf Apple? If I copy photos from pc to iPhone, I can’t delete them? What kind of rubbish is this? And Apple still is an arrogant prick about this.

My first iPhone was the iPhone 6S

Then I figured out Google Photos and since then it has been a must-have app for me. I used Google Play Music to play all my local songs via cloud.

Since the initial hiccup, the experience has been fantastic. The apps run way better in iOS. Facebook Instagram and even some Google’s stock app run better on iOS. They released YouTube dark mode on iOS first. I always get security updates. Although iOS 11 was pretty bad, however, from 11.1, things mostly are as good as before. (Although I liked iOS 10’s design better). Who misses the dotted network bars?

There are somethings which Android does better like downloading stuff to mobile. iOS can download too but in the app’s own sandboxed space. However, with iOS13’s Files app it has been a breeze. Anyone can download anything in Files app and can import in other apps. The Files app has been a great addition to iOS.

No central storage access for user was a bummer st first for me. In iOS all data must reside inside an app. There’s no storage which all app can access. This seems like a hiccup at first, but it’s a great way to make sure other apps can not access the data of another app.

I am really loving the iOS experience and didn’t expect this type of smooth performance from a 3-year-old phone. It can easily go another year or year and a half. So no wonder why people keep buying the Apple phones. Mostly because they work so smoothly, without any hiccups (exceptions happen but let’s ignore them here) and the user remains very satisfied. On the other hand, major apps still lag in high-end Android phones (Mi5 lagged while running Facebook app).

That is very frustrating. I remember using facebook lite app because the Facebook app lagged like hell on my phone. Mostly because the app wasn’t optimized properly. Not Android’s fault at all.

At the end of the day, I am amazed and very satisfied with iOS because how reliable and efficient it is with its resources.

I recently upgraded to iPhone11

This smoothness is there because all codes run native on iOS and do not need JIT Compiler like Android (Java compilation). Android would never be as smooth because of JIT.

Why I upgraded to iPhone 8, then iPhone 11

Now when I’m thinking about moving, I’m afraid I won’t be able to be satisfied outside iOS. Well I guess that’s how Apple wraps you up in their web of ecosystem. After using 6S for a while, I only upgraded because I needed 64GB of storage.

I used an iPhone 8 for about a year. The phone was great. It served all my purposed. A fast processor, great screen and great performance. The camera quality was great too.

However, I recently upgraded to iPhone 11. Mostly because I loved the green color of the new iPhone 11. Nothing else. iPhone 8 was perfectly capable of serving me another year for sure.

The experience has only got better. I do miss iPhone 8/iPhone 6S small footprint a lot – but gosh I love that green color of iPhone11.

Why iPhone SE is a big deal for the phone industry

I love the strategy Apple has chosen for its newly released #iPhoneSE. This might be the most important phone releases in the industry for a while. It doesn’t do anything out of the ordinary. But it does everything pretty damn well for $399 as mentioned by Marques Brownlee.

We have been seeing the “Services” move by Apple for the last couple of years. Apple TV+, Apple Music, iCloud needs more customers if they want to earn big from SaaS services. Giving an iPhone to mass audience with spectacular build quality and the latest & greatest chip (A13 Bionic) only reiterates how serious Apple is with its services. This should also boost the sales of already loved Airpods. (Fun fact: Did you know if Apple separated Airpods as a different company it would still be a Fortune 500 company?)

I’m keenly waiting for 2021 when Apple should be introducing MacBooks with ARM chips. The future should be very interesting. That would be a major blow for Intel who has been in a major competition with AMD Ryzen chips.

I still don’t like Apple because of their aggressive pricing but I will think twice before buying other phone.

(I wrote the whole post from WordPress app from mobile. Pardon me if there was some grammatical errors)

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Movie Reviews

Why Matrix Is One of The Best Sci-fi Movies of All Time

Some movies don’t age. The Matrix from the Wachowski sisters is one of them. I have watched this movie a few times before.

The first time I watched it was on BTV with a Bangla dubbing. However, I couldn’t complete the movie because it was late at night.

The second time I watched it on a DVD disk. I was blown away. The third time I watched it on blu ray. The Matrix, which came out two decades ago, is still very relevant today. It’s still astonishing how they made this movie in 1999 when technology wasn’t advanced as of today.

As a tech enthusiast – The Matrix has always stayed with me because of its futuristic story telling in a very believable way. The distinct look, vibe and atmosphere (tinted green color, urban isolated high tech environment) is truly its own.

This movie has inspired countless movies with its action sequences. The bullet time scene has been an iconic scene since the first day. The effect was immediately copied everywhere in movies and on TV – hell, even commercials were doing it – and was eventually absorbed into the standard language of special effects. For better or for worse, “bullet time” reinvigorated the genre and shattered the clichés for a whole bunch of new ones to come.

Dialogues like “Red pill or blue pill” has made its way to the pop culture. The Matrix is still one of the best movies ever made. I’m glad the series is getting a fourth movie with the original cast. I’ll be waiting.

A timeless classic of modern cinema.

#ThrowbackToGreatMovies

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Design Thinking

The Science Behind The New Facebook App Settings UI

Facebook recently rolled out a new User Interface for accessing the settings from mobile. The new user interface is quite a bit different than the previous user interface.

But why did Facebook roll out such a drastic change? If you analyze the new settings cards you’ll find actually find a few HCI principles coming together.

  1. The new cards now contains an icon on top and bold headings. This increases the Visibility and creates Affordance through the card UI.
  2. The second principle the new UI follows is Fitt’s Law. It’s now much easier to tap on these large buttons using our thumb or index finger. Here’s a YouTube link describing Fitt’s Law https://youtu.be/M-9FbUJk6tI

If you don’t know about the basic principles of Human Computer Interaction, watch my session at Pop-up Livestream, hosted by Matt Mullenweg. https://livestream.w.org [The second topic].

This is HCI, in action. Enjoy HCI.

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Life

Why I think 2019 was the best year of my adult life

I wanted to write this article back in November, in time for my birthday. However, I got so much sucked into work and other stuff – I couldn’t make time for this. But here we go. I will try to wrap all the major things that have happened to me in 2019. By adult, I meant after 18.

I started 2019 with a silly video

2019 is the year I wanted to get out of my comfort zone. So I jokingly shared one facebook image that said: “If this post gets 5K comments – I will do an ice bucket challenge.”

My average facebook posts get around 20-25 comments at best, I was so sure it’s never gonna happen. But to my sheer surprise – I had my facebook friends waiting to make it happen.

Within one day, the post got more than 5K+. Well, I had to take a crucial decision – do I say “Yes” to the promise I made or do I skip it? I said “F*** it! I am doing it! It doesn’t matter how silly it is!”

I got out of my comfort zone and ended up making the ice bucket challenge video.

I learned HCI from the very best mentor

During my last semester at American International University-Bangladesh – I took a course named “Human-Computer Interaction.”

Frankly, I did not know anything about HCI before enrolling in the course. However, as soon as the course started – I noticed this course is vastly different from any other courses I had done in AIUB.

Little did I know that this course was going to change my entire perspective of computers, user experience, and human psychology. By the end of the course, I learned many different things about how humans perceive computers/other physical objects.

I always had good skills in building a good UX. That doesn’t mean I am a Graphics Designer and I can make pixel perfect good looking UIs.

But, I am a problem solver when it comes to building a seamless user experience. I believe design is not something that just looks nice. Design is more impactful.

Good design is not picking colors and making it pretty. Good design is removing steps, understanding motivations, making it clearer, more navigable, faster, easier.

It is how it works not how it looks.

By taking the HCI course, I solidified my understanding and it gave me more confidence going forward. By the end of the semester, we made a small project on tangible user interface. Here’s a little video.

Fun fact: Did you know some of my UX suggestions were directly incorporated into Microsoft Windows 10?

My course teacher at AIUB was Khandaker Tabin Hasan. I am really glad that I got his course. He is a great man, and he teaches more than just the syllabus. By the end of the course, I started to take life from a different angle. He completed his Ph.D. on Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Trento.

I finished my Undergrad in 2019

I finished my undergrad at AIUB on Software Engineering. I met some great teachers and made some great friends over the last 4 years at AIUB.

However, I will admit it outright. The academic pressure was very high in AIUB. I barely had time to do anything other than academic study. However, I still managed to contribute my free time to AIUB Computer Club and spent quality time with friends. I also got a pretty good grade point average. Not that it matters, but to inspire others that you can do extracurricular activities and even maintain your grades if you are serious enough.

Sixteen One AIUB Rag
I do not know how I spend my undergrad life so quickly. Here’s a photo of our Rag Day.

4 years later, I am more mature than a high school kid. When I was joining the university as a fresher, I had only 1 thing in my mind.

I should be able to say ‘I tried my best’ when I am leaving university.

Me, 4 years earlier

After 4 years, I can proudly say,

I tried my best.


I joined at weDevs as a full-time employee

I started doing a part-time job at weDevs from November 2018. I was enrolled full time at my university – I couldn’t give my full time to the company.

Doing a part-time office and being a full-time student – was one of the toughest things I had to manage. Balancing work life and studying at the same time was difficult. Anyone who studies in AIUB already knows about the academic pressure of the institute.

However, I managed it somehow and completed 3 semesters while working at weDevs. I finally completed all my courses in May 2019 and started full time in June 2019.

Fortunately, I met some of the nicest people at weDevs. For example, our CEO Nizam Uddin and CTO Tareq Hasan are some of the nicest and kindest people I have come across. They are actually good human beings. There is enough negativity in the society. At this time, the number of good human beings are very scarce. I feel proud to say that I am in touch with such good human beings.

This article would lose its purpose if I do not mention 3 other key people who have helped me and supported me from the very first day at weDevs. Nazir Ahmed (Head of HR @ weDevs), Mainul Kabir Aion (Head of Content & Marketing @ weDevs), & Rajuan Islam (HR Manager @ weDevs)

I will share a story. During my last semester at AIUB, I was simultaneously working with 4 different projects.

It was very tough for me to find time to go to the office. I remember, I only showed up 3/4 times in a whole month. But they were very supportive at that time. If they hadn’t given me support at that time, I would have had to quit.

When you have that belief that you are in the right hands – things get easier for you. You can focus better, and work seems not only *work*. You get inspiration daily to do better.

New things that I learned in 2019

I learned a few new things this year.

  1. Laravel
  2. NodeJS
  3. OpenGL
  4. Adobe XD & Sketch
  5. Basic working knowledge with Arduino Uno
  6. Basic working knowledge with Raspberry Pi
  7. Basic Software Project Management (SCRUM Management)

I always wanted to learn Laravel. Since I was a full-time undergrad student and AIUB has its own curriculum – I couldn’t focus on these topics. However, during the last semester – I took the course “Advanced Topics in Programming” which taught me Laravel and NodeJS. I was very glad to finally learn Laravel and NodeJS. I am not saying, I am a PRO on these two. Nevertheless, I have a full understanding of how the MVC architecture works and how to develop basic CRUD applications using both Laravel and NodeJS. I am thankful to my course teacher Md. Al Amin who taught beautifully.

I did a few projects in 2019.

  • I was working with Laravel to make a full-fledged inventory management system, We did!
    Here’s the Github URL
  • We made a travel booking website using NodeJS.
    Here’s the Github URL
  • I made an Online Medicine Booking Shop using NodeJS.
    Here’s the Github URL
  • I was working with Raspberry Pi 3 to make a full-fledged home automation system.
    Here’s the Github URL)
  • We made a project on Tangible User Interface using Arduino Uno, OpenGL, Python

    Here’s the YouTube video

I learnt some new things that I wanted to learn since 2016.

New Skills that I Acquired & Improved Upon

Other than learning new things, I also acquired some new skills. For example, I did not know how a company functions until joining full time. Since I joined full-time, I regularly had to attend the SCRUM meeting (in our case, Standup Meeting).

I was never an early riser. However, finally in this year – I started to sleep early, so I can wake up early in the morning.

I got better with the following skills that I had 1 year ago.

  • Time management
  • Working under pressure
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Search Engine Optimization
  • UI/UX Design
  • HCI
  • Personal Growth (Mindset)
  • Communication
  • Reporting
  • Writing Detailed Documentation
  • Completing On-Demand Responsibilities
  • Content Distribution (via social media, email)
  • Copywriting
  • Public Speaking
  • Basic Project Management
  • Leadership

I want to elaborate a couple of them to signify their importance on me in 2019.

Communication

One of the best things I have learned in 2019 is to communicate better. I always thought I had communication skills, but after joining my company. I can proudly say I can communicate better than I did last year. Communication is one of the key factors that help to get work done from others.

A Growth in Leadership Skills

Leadership is something that one cannot learn without doing it in person. I have organized many workshops, national-level events, get-togethers, Iftar Partys & more. It will be a lie to say that I did not have a minimum level of leadership skills.

However, my leadership skills grew further. I got promoted to “Product Manager” at weDevs and had to step up and took more responsibility. Besides, regular product management and office works, I volunteer at AIUB Computer Club, and currently, I am one of the executives of the club.

AIUB Computer Club organized workshops regularly last year and pulled off 1 national event during the last quarter of 2019, “AIUB Cyber Gaming Fest 2019“. My tenure as an Executive at ACC will be expiring soon. However, I am proud that I have helped to build a great Media team over there. They have done a great job covering all the event-related tasks this year.

Here’s some coverage of the event,

I wasn’t even present in the country when the event happened. But I am proud that the team has taken the responsibility to do all Content & Marketing related tasks during the event. The Cyber Gaming Fest event created a lot of buzz in the local community and attracted more than 1000 gamers across the country.

To me, that is a success. Because I have helped to build a team during the last year who are capable enough to do all the things they are required.

To sum up, on leadership, I have learned to make action plans to lead better in 2019.

How I Got Out of Comfortzone by Making a Series of Cricket Videos

One of the best things happened in 2019 is that I got out of my comfort zone while shooting and uploading videos.

I love Cricket. I do think I have a great Cricket brain and I have what it takes to be a great Cricket Strategist. Finally, this year, I made a series of videos on the Cricket World Cup 2019.

I know my videos aren’t that great in quality (I do not have any video editor with me! If you are a video editor and reading this – let me know if you want to volunteer some of your time!) but the content is solid.

Here are a couple of my videos

You can find more videos on Facebook. Just search with the hashtag #CricWithSaif.

More than 80% of my pre-match analysis became true. I am really glad that I got out of my comfort zone on video making this year. I had been planning to do it for years.

For me, life related skills like better communication and leadership are more important than learning a new language.


Joining WordCamp Pokhara 2019 as a speaker

I joined 3 WordCamps this year, two of them in 2 different countries within 1 week.

I participated in all of the WordCamps as a speaker.

This is the year I joined my first WordCamp. However, it was also the year I joined 2 different WordCamps in 2 different countries within 1 week. Met a lot of people and made a lot of new friends.

I was very glad that I got the chance to visit Pokhara (Nepal) & Kochi (India) this year. I got an amazing experience while networking with new people beyond the borders. It helped me to think more globally.

I will write more in detail about my experience with WordCamp Kochi and WordCamp Pokhara – but in one word – it was an unforgettable experience.

If you don’t know already, I am a speaker at WordCamp Asia 2020 too. If you are coming to WordCamp Asia, I will be very glad to meet you.

How I Got More Productive by Cutting Down Smartphone Usage

I have been always a gadget freak. I like to stay in the bleeding edge. However, this is the year where I thought about cutting down my smartphone usage.

During Q2 of 2019, I figured out that I have been wasting too much time on a smartphone for no particular reason. Browsing Facebook and watching memes & videos took away a large portion of my time.

Cutting down smartphone usage has helped me a lot to regain my focus & improved my attention span.

I thought about reacting to these. I switched to a basic phone (with no internet connection) and used it for more than 1.5 months. That really helped to increase my attention span and helped to be more focused.

Then, I switched to my iPhone 8 for a month. I sold my iPhone 8 again and lived with a 2013 Moto X (and used as a basic phone almost with no social network) for more than 1 month. Living with a dumb phone has its perks. I could finally read a lot more books that I wanted to read for the past few years. I finally had time to read books!

I read more than 20+ Books in 2019

When I cut down my smartphone usage – I instantly had more time. I started reading books. I have read more than 20+ books in 2019.

I read more than 20 books in 2019.

I will admit – not all of those books are super productive. I like to read for fun too. I read a lot of sci-fi, thriller books in this period. However, I read 5+ productive books too.

A few of the books are

  • The Design of Everyday Things
  • Don’t Make Me Think
  • 100 Things Every Designer Needs to Know About People

I contributed to nature by going carbon-free for transportation

One of the best investments I made last year was buying an eBike. Not only it’s very economical – it doesn’t leave any carbon footprint.

I have saved almost 0.62 tonnes of carbon dioxide in 2019 by opting for a bicycle.

Quick research told me that I have saved 0.62 toness of carbon dioxide in 2019. It always feels good to give back to mother nature.

The calculation goes like this.

  • I travel around 30KM/day by bus/motorcycle. I am using a 125CC motorcycle to compare my carbon dioxide offset.
  • If I assume I have worked 200 days during the last year – I have traveled 6000 KM.
  • A quick calculation on Carbon Footprint Calculator says that I have saved around 0.62 tonnes of carbon dioxide.
  • Here’s the calculation

Also, I have saved a lot of time by using a bicycle. In Dhaka, the average speed of any transportation is around 7KM/hour. By opting for an eBike I have saved almost 300 hours in a year! Ain’t that awesome?

Like always, I love living life to the fullest. You can only live once.

If you want to connect with me, feel free to connect with me on Facebook or Twitter.


I guess this is a nice recap. Thanks for reading.

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Hosting From Web Host Python – Should You Go For it?

After searching so many web hosting I have found a technical is a sound web hosting company which offers Litespeed hosting with a very robust platform of hardware. If you want Litespeed reseller with NVME SSD, it will be the best platform for you.

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What is the benefit of Litespeed server?

Litespeed serves static content faster than any other web server. It increases PHP performance due to its custom PHP LSAPI.

 

Why Web Host Python?

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Benefits of Using NVMe SSD Storage

Web Host Python’s plans come with pure SSD storage. However, their so-called Venom Powered plans come with the latest in SSD technology, the new NVMe SSD drives. These drives reach outstanding speeds that are incomparable to the already fast standard enterprise SSD drives.

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[2018] Learn WordPress Free – Step by Step Tutorial Collection

Learn WordPress Free with our carefully chosen beginner-friendly tutorials

WordPress is one of the best CMS right now in the world. It’s easy, fast and easy to customize. There are also millions of themes and plugins available for WordPress. However, learning WordPress from the beginning can be hard. I have prepared a small step by step learning syllabus which you can follow to up your learn WordPress free gradually.

Just follow these tutorials and you would be able to slowly grasp the context of CMS, WordPress and how WordPress has changed the game for the web industry. About 30% of websites nowadays use WordPress to power their websites including top names like BBC, Microsoft, Facebook, Mercedez Benz.

If you find yourself thinking why should I use WordPress? then you’ve come to the right place. You have taken to ask this question that means you have at least some knowledge on WordPress. But that doesn’t mean you’ve completely learned the ins and out of WordPress.

Therefore, we’d like to break down the benefits of using WordPress for you and give you a complete tutorial list to learn WordPress free of charge.

8 Reasons to Choose WordPress as a CMS

Everything from Wix has wonderful tools for certain skill levels, but we’re going to explain why you should use WordPress over all of them.

  1. WordPress is free and open-source
  2. It supports many media types
  3. It is customizable.
  4. WordPress has a huge developer and user community.
  5. You can customize with themes and plugins
  6. Doing SEO is easy.
  7. You have full control of your website
  8. Everyone is doing it

Step by Tutorial to Learn WordPress Free

  1. What is WordPress? Why Businesses use WordPress?
  2. How to create a blog in minutes?
  3. How to install WordPress on localhost using WAMP or XAMP?
  4. How to install WordPress on cPanel?
  5. WordPress Posts vs Pages
  6. What are WordPress themes? How to install one?
  7. What are WordPress widgets? How to add Widgets?
  8. What are WordPress tags? How it affects SEO
  9. How to manage WordPress Security like a Pro?

Also, you need to choose a great web hosting to run WordPress like a pro. Learn the basic difference between WordPress Hosting vs Other Hosting

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Artificial Intelligence in Education Sector

Right from the 1980s, novels, books, and films have dealt with the amazing changes that can arise when computers and robots outsmart the human brain. The day has arrived. In recent times, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and deep learning have developed into applications that can solve complex problems, give answers to huge calculations in seconds and many more. In this article, let us focus on the changes brought about by Artificial Intelligence in Education.

Just take a look around. You will see many of your daily activities revolving around Artificial Intelligence. The best example is of Siri the virtual assistant. Yes, Artificial Intelligence has already made significant changes in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, healthcare, and many more industry sectors. But the best changes have to come in the field of education.

Well, ten years in the future, we may see humanoid robots teaching children in schools. There are already AI chatbots that can help special children (suffering from dyslexia) to learn subjects in an easy way. In this article of Artificial Intelligence in Education, let us look at some of the changes that this new technology will bring about in the sector.

  1. Artificial Intelligence Can Help In Grading

Do you know how a major amount of teachers and tutors’ time get spent? It is checking essays, homework and giving grades. This time, they can spend on interaction with students, and work on the personal development of every individual.

 

Yes, AI is in the nascent stages, but yes, definitely in the future, the application will do the human grading. If only the application is written so that it can check the multiple choices and fill in the blanks, the purpose is achieved.

 

  1. Student Needs

 

Not all students are the same. Some may be bright, some may be dull. It is the teachers’ responsibility to take care of their learning habits. But, due to the huge number of students in a class, the teacher finds it difficult to give personalized attention to the student who needs it the most. But this can change with the entry of artificial intelligence in education.

There are some special software, games and learning programs designed with the help of AI that can help these sorts of children. These special design applications help students to learn at their own level and pace, thus simplifying a common topic.

  1. The improved version of courses

Let us imagine a situation. A mathematics teacher gives a lecture on trigonometry. Only fifty percent of the students understand the concept. The other fifty students keep mum because of fear of the teacher and inferiority complex. In the homework, they can copy and complete the homework. In the tests, because of lack of knowledge, they flunk in a specific problem. A human teacher may overrule the issue, but an AI can take note, and send an alert.

These type of applications make the teachers and school management aware of gaps in the learning process.

  1. Additional Support

Let us imagine a situation. You have completed ten years in the workforce. Now, you want to do an additional course to move forward in your career. And lack of time forced you to join the virtual learning course. You have access to a platform, online learning materials and a tutor to clarify your doubts.

 

But please note, that the tutor at the other end may not be a human, but a deep learning modified robot. Designed to respond effectively to certain situations on its own, by artificial neural networks, the chatbot can respond similarly to a human. In the future, these types of artificial intelligence chatbots may become common.

  1. Courses

Two decades ago, in India, joining computer science engineering courses was a dream come true for many students. At that point in time, the industry favored only computers and other related courses. So, even students who are not good at practicals also joined computers. They faced the most difficult of times to pass the final grade.

But now, times have changed. If you have talent, you can become successful. So, a student who is in his/her teen may not know the correct choice of study courses. But an AI can correctly predict their interest and career. In some colleges, the students have to answer a set of questions that are related to their interests. Based on their answers, the AI can then give the perfect source of study to the students.

  1. Role of Teachers

In several low-level jobs in Japan, robots have replaced humans. Similar will be the case in the education sector if AI makes an entry. When AI takes over grading tasks, help students with difficult concepts, the role of the teacher will definitely change. It will be related to the coordinator or facilitator.

  1. Data Analysis

The most difficult transition phase comes to a student on two occasions. As kids, they have to attend school. Some kids do not like to go to school in the initial phase. AI tool can give the best solution to parents based on a series of experiments done by the child experts. Of course, the treatment will vary.

The second phase comes when the students have to leave school and join college. Now, the entire tradition is different. Some students who suffer from inferiority complex will have trouble adjusting to the environment. There are some students, who take up courses because of the peer pressure. These students will face difficulties. Till now, no tool can sum up the real talent of a teenager for a certain career. But with AI in the forefront, teenagers can take the exams, get to know about their interests and choose career accordingly. In fact, Artificial Intelligence in education can make the transition seem easy for students who are going from college to high school.

  1. Artificial Intelligence in Education in Recent Times

Business experts all over the world have termed that AI in education will grow to a staggering 47 percent in the year 2021. The technology will bring about many changes right from kindergarten to multi-degree levels. And Yes, students may have personal AI for a companion. In the future, a student may have a robot as a toy who helps him/her reading and learning techniques.

  1. Creation of Content

Can AI create content? You bet. Newspapers of international fame such as Forbes and Washington Post have already embedded AI tools for the creation of content for simple articles. Let us do a case study. A student has difficulty in remembering dates in history subject. Now, the AI tool can make the issue of dates in a simple form. Then the student will face no difficulty in mastering the subject.

It can also make use of videos and PPTs to make complex subjects seem simple.

Conclusion

Let us imagine a case study again. You have done a Masters in Business Management. You work in a company specializing in home care services in Hyderabad. To move up the ladder, you decide to do a course through virtual learning. You pay the fees for a virtual training course. Now, you can read the online content, and pose questions on the platform to get the doubts clarified. Now, the answer to the questions can get completed either by a chatbot or a human. In some virtual learning institutes, it is the chatbots which do most of the simple work. They handle customer care queries. But when faced with a complex one, the call gets routed to a human.

 

Have you read the article about the impact of Artificial Intelligence in Education sector? The changes are only beneficial. In a decade, artificial intelligence will take over many of the simple jobs in the education sector.