A guy who was born in Canada, grew up in Indonesia, went to high school in Australia, spent half a year in Hawaii, and ended up back in Canada.
This is my story...
DR's Corner
Thursday, July 01, 2004

Got a Gmail account

Ok, due to a spur of the moment, I actually went to Ebay and bought myself 5 invites to Google's Gmail. After trying it for a bit, I find that it still has some delays here and there when performing operations, but it looks that it has lots of interesting features, like the conversations, labels and stars.
I'm still gonna keep trying out the different features, but it looks good so far.

On another note, Spymac also has lots of cool features, such as free hosting, blogging, forums etc. And one thing I just noticed is the "auto preview" feature (the one where you hover your mouse over the subject in Inbox, and it shows you the message). I totally enjoyed that feature, and wished that Gmail, Yahoo and Hotmail would do the same thing. Maybe in the future.

So, it seems like all the big names are joining in giving us lots of free webspace. I guess it's partly because storage space is becoming so cheap nowadays, and also partly competition between these companies. I can only say: "competition rules !!!" :)

Interesting bits about my job

I went to an orientation yesterday, specific to the people who were accepted to the I&IT (Information & Information Technology) stream. The first speaker of the day was actually the CIO of Ontario, Greg Georgeff, which was kinda cool. After all, how many CIO's of large corporations take their time to meet and talk to the new recruits? He seemed like a visionary, and knows where he's taking the IT initiative in Ontario Government. Considering he's leading the IT department of an organization comparable to a huge private organization (then again, which private organization has 60,000+ employees), it was quite fulfilling to have him meet and talk to a group of 20 of us.

I found out that there will be plenty of opportunities to move around within the government, experience different facets of IT and even business, and really grow up. I find this fascinating, as it is almost impossible to do the same thing in a private corporate world.

It's also great to know that the Ontario government is one of the leaders in e-government, utilizing technology in almost every facet of service, and it uses leading edge technology in its implementation.

There will be a showcase of how the government of Ontario uses all these technologies within their scope of work at Showcase Ontario 2004. It will be great, as there will be lots of workshops, labs and conferences featuring many of the technologies that we use / apply. So, come up and register, it's free for us government employees, not sure about the public, but I can assure you it's gonna be a great showcase event.

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