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Eileen Yu

Eileen Yu began covering the IT industry when Asynchronous Transfer Mode was still hip and e-commerce was the new buzzword. Currently an independent business technology journalist and content specialist based in Singapore, she has over 18 years of industry experience with various publications including ZDNet, IDG, and Singapore Press Holdings. Eileen majored in Journalism at The University of Queensland, Australia, where she wrote an honours thesis titled: To Censor or Not: The Great Singapore Dilemma. In her By The Way blog, she covers industry developments in Singapore as well as other Asian markets, and enjoys pushing the line in her discussions about the impact of government regulations and policies.

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Some businesses still don't get IT

Some businesses still don't get IT

Three weeks ago, I placed an order with a Hong Kong-based online store that offers its e-commerce platform as a way for its retail partners in the country to reach consumers outside Hong Kong.Three weeks later, today, I've yet to receive the products I ordered but the payment has already been charged to my credit card and the amount is already reflected in my bill statement for this month.

April 17, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Not young enough to know everything

Not young enough to know everything

When James Matthew Barrie, creator of Peter Pan, proclaimed "I'm not young enough to know everything", he probably wouldn't have guessed this declaration would hold truer in this post-Internet age than any other.I hate to think I don't know more about technology than someone who's 15 years younger than I am, but in this Web 2.

April 10, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Technology made me forget my manners

Technology made me forget my manners

The next time you fly with Emirates, you might have to put up with someone yakking on his mobile phone in the seat next to yours.Last week, the airline said it would invest US$27 million to equip its entire fleet with the technology to offer in-flight mobile phone service.

April 3, 2008 by in Mobility

I am woman, hear me code

I am woman, hear me code

Ten years ago, as a rookie reporter, I penned several articles profiling female IT professionals and the job landscape in which they operated.Women in high-level positions were still somewhat of a novelty back then, and because there were only that many of them around, the same group of executives would be featured regularly.

March 27, 2008 by in Tech & Work

Teaching old tech new tricks

Teaching old tech new tricks

Remember the days before mobile phones made their way into our pockets, when beeping pagers were the toast of the town? 'Twas 15 years ago that I inherited my brother's pager, and I recall rushing to the nearest public telephone every time the little black box goes beep beep beep beep beep.

March 13, 2008 by in Mobility

When politics lend an uncertain hand

When politics lend an uncertain hand

Journalists in the Philippines have been having a field day this past couple of weeks, scrambling to cover new developments concerning a massive bribery scandal that implicates government officials.To cut a long story short, a US$330 million-deal between the Philippine government and Chinese state-owned network equipment maker ZTE turned sour after allegations of bribery involving high-ranking officials emerged.

February 21, 2008 by in Asean

Can companies bend it when needed?

Can companies bend it when needed?

Don't use the family restroom unless you're nursing or attending to your child.Those were the instructions an office building landlord recently belted out to its tenants.

January 24, 2008 by in CXO

Should healthcare IT be 'low-profit'?

Should healthcare IT be 'low-profit'?

In my blog post last week, I discussed how tough it can be sometimes to meld capitalism and charity, primarily because businesses aren't charity organizations.It prompted a response from Rita Sully, corporate social responsibility manager for Hewlett-Packard Asia-Pacific and Japan, who queried my definition of "charity" and highlighted that business-led initiatives such as HP's recycling schemes, shouldn't be classified as charitable acts.

January 17, 2008 by in Enterprise Software

Why charity and capitalism just can't mix

Why charity and capitalism just can't mix

When you're the Googles, Microsofts, HPs and IBMs of the business world, and generating billions of dollars in revenues a year, you'll probably feel a sense of duty to return some of the profits back to the community.

January 10, 2008 by in Intel

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