15 March, 2017

Excise Duty on Electrical Goods

If you don’t know yet, starting next month onward some electrical goods and video games will start seeing price hike. Thanks to my friend who informed and forward the full PDF tax document from Ministry of Finance for me to view. I just caught wind of this news last week. After Brunei Times shutdown, I don’t feel like reading the only local news site anymore.

However, what I am surprise seeing the new excise duty for video games and consoles increase from 5% to 20% which is the highest among the electrical good's category. Apparently, the Government wants us to focus more on healthy lifestyle rather sitting at home playing video games all days. But is this part of the daily problem? For me, mobile phone gamers are far worst. Anyway since the Nintendo Switch is very expensive with few new games at launched. I’m okay with that and decide to delay buying next year if the price is right in Brunei.

Mobile phones and digital camera tax increase from 5% to 10%. For sure this is going to happen due to the increase numbers of new release models every year and there aren’t good methods for proper recycling. Photographers who plan to upgrade their digital cameras and accessories probably decide to wait during Hari Raya promotion. With additional 5%, I wonder...

The third and first time electrical goods for computer use such as cables, speakers etc will now include 5% tax. So every each hard disk, memory ram, CPU etc are included from now on if I am right. Can you imagine if I were to sell WIFI card for computer, which means I needed to pay AITI license (per year for each brand) and plus additional 5% tax. I think it’s official we are the most expensive wireless devices seller in Brunei.

Maybe for some of you thinking 5% doesn’t add much. I disagree and this is simply too early made decision that could hurt the smaller IT business owners. I feel they need more time. How are they going to make adjustment in their business strategy will be quite tricky ahead in noncompetitive market. We don’t have strong local produce skills in IT industry and now we are facing economics issue including facing layoff every month.

11 February, 2017

Gundam Front Tokyo Goodies!

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Nope I didn’t fly to Japan, my sister does. I give her money to help me loot some goodies there since she also interested visiting Gundam Front Tokyo (GFT) last year before the place closing down on March. I do feel a bit regret buying few of the stuffs because when it comes to buying directly in Japan, you need to be careful and check the website for tax-free zone details.

04 February, 2017

The First Step Sorting Lego Bricks

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The increase on the Lego collections starting to pile up and harder to search if I put the parts in the same containers. It also had taken the space on my room so I had to find ways separating all the bricks and sort out in order for easier access to unique parts. During the first week of new year I already spend at least $100.00 on the plastic boxes where I found some good deals at both Hua Ho and Soon Lee department stores. Hopefully the stocks continue to be available because I try not to over spend during difficulty start of new year and watching out for the damn car insurance.

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While it’s not surprising unable to store all the parts in the plastic storage’s, but I just can’t believe spending almost the whole day just on sorting and dismantling the Lego. I can only remove the small to mid size finished build sets. The larger sets have to wait until I find larger and better plastic storage's because the current sets doesn’t seem to be even enough to accommodate all the different types of Lego parts.

21 January, 2017

I Want Nintendo Switch!

Not an awesome start for new year but after seeing the Nintendo switch introduction on the hardware and features. I am going to get one but not on the first day release on March this year. I am going to wait and see if there are more interesting unannounced game going to release this year. Also, making sure that the console first release in the market doesn’t have any issue. So better wait little longer rather rushing it.

31 December, 2016

Failed Again on Windows Server 2012...

Except this time was Windows Server 2012 R2. My company has asked me to retake Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Installing and Configuring course last week. Same as usual 5 days training courses driving up and down to the capital. After that taking the examination yesterday and failed again miserably for the last 2016.

I actually not interested retaking the course again but due to the limited course's selection set by AITI (Government). My boss insist I have to go for the same course and see what’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2. Honestly, if you want to learn what’s new then better off looking at Windows Server 2016.

The early examination was surprising unexpected and a bit disappointing not enough time preparing. The reason behind this was because it was subsided by the Government, you cannot postpone to next month which is kinda button pusher. I didn’t even know at first and thought able to take it next month once the holiday is over. The rush really put me really stress even I have to study during Christmas day and at the same time dealing nonsense in the company work.

I only managed gone through 30% of Windows Server 2012 R2 topics before the examination day. Still, not bad for myself able to score 600 points. I might able to passed if given more time. Will I retake the exam again next month? Nope, I really want to focus Windows 10 Installing and Configuring since the study book is here and today I just finished prepare the image in the Virtualbox. Let’s see if I might score big on 4D next month then I will retake one last time.

Anyway, goodbye 2016!!!

11 December, 2016

The Craze on End of the Year Sales - Books

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How much did I blow so far is unbelievable. This time around are more on about getting something useful. Yes, books! I can’t believe myself would ever bother to buy books that I don’t usually like to read. Age probably really changes part of me and of course it’s about keeping up. Three study books from Microsoft Press Store (just arrived from FedEx) and two Richard Dawkins from Book Depository.

If I couldn’t find a way to change my current IT Technician position then you better stay and get some knowledge upgrades. When Microsoft Press Store offer 55% coupon for all the paperback books and eBooks, this is something I can’t overlook. The timing of these offers probably the best so far because both Exam Ref 70-698 Installing and Configuring Windows 10 and Troubleshooting with the Windows Sysinternals Tools (2nd Edition) were published two months ago. Nice~!

The last one took me a while to decide was Windows Server 2012 Inside Out. I previously attended the course (I failed) three years ago and continue hands on deploying to the market today. Continuing support and optimizing the operating system are the most important part of my daily job. Despite the book was more than three years without any further update. I felt it’s best to have around with me. I just had to say wow, total 1381 pages to read.

Now, are you having a hard time looking for certain books and waiting for discount? Look no further, Book Depository might become one of your favorite online bookstores. I am really surprised with the huge selections titles available at their store. The wildest part is able to get free worldwide shipping deal.

Since I already brought three Microsoft books, why not get some controversy books to read? Yup, ‘The God Delusion’ and ‘The Magic of Reality: How We Know What's Really True’ books. Got a great deal from the bookstore and in case you wonder, these two books are highly recommended by tons of people (not just atheist) around the world. Sadly, they are still separately on the way from UK. I do hope one day I might able to get Richard Dawkins to sign the books.

26 November, 2016

Maketoys Manga Mech Series Set Get!!!

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To be honest, I don’t really want to get it but because I have extra Cyclonus from the Classic/Universe three pack 2010 sitting in a plastic bag with the same left arms many years. I feel that he deserved a second chance for some upgrade since I got another one for free complete replacement. But due to the high US dollar exchange rate and the terrible global oil price, you got to think twice on your spending. Needless to say, 3rd party Transformers toys are freaking expensive these days.

My original plan was supposed to go for MM-02 Rear End alone and mixed with others. Since Robotkingdom no longer (two years?) carry both FansProject and Maketoys, you have to looked somewhere else. I only have two websites in mind previously, either Robotoy Base (formerly known as Chimungmung Toy Shop) or Upgrade Commander. The total price and shipping are definitely don’t come cheap. Yes, I know. Both countries shipping fee have increases. However, it doesn’t mean you got to suck it up. I am patience guy and it doesn’t matter to me losing any exclusive or limited toys in the collection. As long the price is right, I will pay.

After spending time looking deeper through the web in Asia, to my surprises discovering Maketoys happen to sell discounted Manga Mech series set for US$99.90 bundle at their own exclusive shop. I thought they only offer limited version at their exclusive shop. I didn’t imagine they would include other as well. Nonetheless, now it’s time for price comparison against the others.

*Price Comparison Chart (Last checked on 26.11.2016):

Website#

Maketoys Exclusive Robotoy Base Upgrade Commander

MM-01

- - 7,999 YEN

MM-01 w/M.F.B

- US$84.90 -

MM-02

- US$54.90 8,999 YEN

M.F.B

- - 1,299 YEN

MM-01/02 (Set)

US$99.90 ($132.90) - -

Shipping Fee

US$16.95 US$37.70 2,400 YEN

Total

US$116.85 US$177.50 18,297 YEN

Convert to BND (XE.com)

$166.809 $253.390 $230.826

Interesting isn’t it? I can’t believe myself saving so much from it! The offer has been ongoing for quite a while when I made my purchase first week of this month. You can see a ‘Half Decade Deal’ button below at their official website. So if you plan to get it, better hurry before the offer over.

06 November, 2016

I Got An Idea Starting Company But Kinda Tricky...

Over the years of dreaming, I really wanted to start my own product and company. I see myself falling behind in the IT path and still seeking ways to switch. Back to study is no go, I truly don’t have the motivation focusing unless I am working projects and testing several systems. It just I can’t think of anything other than selling toys and computers these days in Brunei. People always told me if you are good at these, go for it.

The answer in my mind says ‘nope’. Many locals are already doing the same thing I am good at so why bother wasting time? This is the reason I need to seek something new and different. My mind is looking at creating and rectifies an existing product to be more useful in any environment. Things are not looking exactly simple.

Producing the Prototype

Making a prototype is not an issue anymore since there is one local company pops up in the newspaper headline last year offering 3D printing service. How well their 3D printer can do is later because I haven’t start designing and even sketching the idea yet. Even if I did prepare the designs, the probably most important thing must do is register intellectual property first to prevent getting stolen or copies. I have to remember we are now in digital era.

Are There Any Green Manufacturers in Brunei?

Finding the right manufactures to produce my idea prototype are tricky because I want it to be made with green technology and able to use recyclable material to reproduce again. Most importantly to be able to made in Brunei. Overseeing the progress, QC and made changes directly are much easier if you plan to cut the costs flying around.

I’m not really sure if there are any well-known local companies have this kind of manufacturing green technology machine available. My search shows up empty in the yellow book and web search. I may have to start searching from oversea…

Dealing with Intellectual Property (IP)

I don’t have any experience with the IP when it comes to registering. What we need to know Brunei is the member of ‘World Intellectual Property Organization’ (WIPO). But my main concern remain is how much do you really need to pay for to get protected? Some countries (like Australia, USA etc) IP law only stated cover at their own not including overseas. Does this mean we need to register the IP separately as well? This is where I am kind of stuck and needed to go through the information bit by bit more at BruIPO. Headache…

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