Saif Hassan is widely known as saiftheboss7 in online communities. He loves to brainstorm on topics including PHP, theme customization & WordPress. A pro PC guy. working in Web Design, SEO & Google Adsense. Passionate about Blogging, WordPress, Google, SEO, Gadgets, Macs, Smart Phone, Android and helping others. Other interests and post topics include Photography, Psychology, Literacy, Science, Bengali and Life. :-) Loves to write about Microsoft, Apple & Google.
I want to share a story that happened to me in 2016, but I signed a legal NDA with Microsoft not to disclose it for a certain period of time.
In 2016, I got connected with Microsoft’s Windows Vice President of that time (how I got connected with him is a whole different story). I started emailing him regularly with many of my thoughts about improving Windows 10 as it was in very early beta.
Just like how Bruce Wayne falls down to a pit when he lost his dad, my emotions reflect the same.
We exchanged many ideas and he often asked me to give prototypes and demonstration of the features. I sent the demo, prototypes with more enthusiasm each time the next day.
Many of my ideas and feature ideas later got shipped with Windows 10. (Windows Defender self-security, the new screenshot tool which is replacing Snipping Tool, many improvements in Windows 10 Mobile, Automatic Sign in with Microsoft Account are just some of the ideas that got deployed in later years). I also gave an idea of a browser that updates itself, detaching from Windows 10, which I was surprised to see because the idea was pretty similar like the new MS Edge. Anyways, the reason I’m sharing this is not about these features that got deployed later on. For these contributions, the Microsoft team wanted to gift me something back in the days. They sent a brand new top-tier Core i7 Surface Pro 3 with a stylus and everything to me. As I had been a tech guy since I was a teen, this was like my wildest dream come true. Freaking Microsoft’s Windows Vice President sent me a top-tier, max spec’d Surface Pro 3! I couldn’t wait to use it.
So after getting it shipped to Bangladesh and unboxing, my father couldn’t believe it. He was so astonished and was so awe’d by the laptop. I could see he loved the computer. Since it was mine, he never could have asked it for himself because he knew I was damn excited for the Surface Pro 3. But seeing his excitement, I took a decision that day. I thought to myself – I am still pretty young, and an expensive gadget like this – doesn’t suit me. It would be best if my father uses it and I instantly gifted one of my most precious gifts to him. He was delighted, and he used it till the last week before he went into a coma and eventually passed away.
My father would have been 62 today (it was his birthday today). I had to open the laptop today to collect some old data files. I’m proud that I gave it to him as a gift a few years back (and made him a bit proud). It’s tough coping up with the situation. If you have your parents, do take care of them. If you can, please pray for my father’s departed soul in your next prayer.
Is this is beginning of the end of the new Facebook Desktop user interface?
@Facebook Your new web interface SUCKS!!!! It doesn't work (posting pictures makes it crash) and it's ugly and incomprehensible. Please, please, please go back to the simpler AND SMALLER user interface. I'm gonna be stuck using mobile forever if you don't. Couldn't hate it more.
I HATE HATE HATE the new FB interface and really resent that for no other reason than gratifying some pre-pubescent urge to piss all over something their need to force me to accept a shittier version of their site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
The new cards now contains an icon on top and bold headings. This increases the Visibility and creates Affordance through the card UI.
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].
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!”
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.
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.
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.
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.
After 4 years, I can proudly say,
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.
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
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.
Working under pressure
Search Engine Optimization
Personal Growth (Mindset)
Writing Detailed Documentation
Completing On-Demand Responsibilities
Content Distribution (via social media, email)
Basic Project Management
I want to elaborate a couple of them to signify their importance on me in 2019.
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.
Check the Publication category to learn more about the coverage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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