#MakeMagicEveryDay Series – Here’s how to be a Bond in Business

After watching Spectre of the Bond series, tell me: what is that one thing Bond cannot live without?

I’ll tell you what, it is the technology. The Bond girls comes and leaves, agents dies too often, everyone’s room is his own, and I can go on and on. But he does not say NO to technology, that even his classic ride in the movie could churn out state-of-the-art weapon systems.

Here’s a tip – you can be Bond too. Not the Bond who assassinates, but the Bond, in Business. Instead of having high tech weapons, you get high tech state-of-the-art lumps of metal to churn you important data and create engagements across the seas we call, the computer. But not just ANY computer – you get a laptop so personalized to your needs and completes your classy look, you’ll even carry it around like an accessory when it’s out of battery. Like mine *grin*

What am I talking about? It’s the uber cool HP Spectre X360.
Equipped with the ever dependable state-of-the-art 6th Gen Intel processor and Windows 10 of course 😉

I’ve been in love with her ever since I first gave it my virgin experience.

Here’s why.

1. SLEEK DESIGN

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The HP Spectre X360’s silver matte colour and combination of sexy curves and lines gives it a very fashionable look! There was a time when I had to think twice before pulling out my previous laptops in front of my client, and wishing that they won’t judge a creative enterprise from my bulky machine – no more of that! Pride is what you wear when you own this beast with its metallic finishing.

Why does this matter? Tip: giving a great impression raises your chances of securing the job, so do it like a Bond 😉

 

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Just another look from the back while it is still closed. Sturdy, sexy and reliable, just what you need on an everyday basis!

 

2. IT’S POWERFULLY FLAT – AT EVERY ANGLE!

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No matter how you look at it, this thing is a piece of art. How they managed to give it a fashionable look while fully retaining its power, is what I call evolution beyond expectations. Look at the keyboard, it’s sexy as hell you gotta admit it! At the very least I’d commend the keyboard as it is really easy to use, smooth to touch and lights up in the dark. I do work best in the best conditions, and so do you I’m sure.

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Oh wait, did you know that the HP Spectre X360’s battery can last at least 6-8 hours for me? Now you do, and even then, the Intel Core i7-6200U Processor inside powers up the beast to a speed that’s so smooth, it fits is label of the Spectre, the Bond of all laptops.

Stability & endurance is what you need when you are fully focused on your goals. The HP Spectre X360 is just that.

 
3. IT BENDS OVER BACKWARD FOR YOU

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Yes it literally does! You’ve no idea how many countless of expression I’ve seen whenever I do the “flattening” act. Even my compatriots in the #MakeMagicEveryday campaign, Sabrina & Shawn Lee were jealous of my Spectre (no pun intended). In business, you’ll be looking to work for people who will bend over backwards for you – so why not start with the machine which is going to help you achieve your dreams?

Oh and you know what else bends backwards for you? The amazing speed in which Windows 10 switches between being a laptop and tablet. Damn.

 
4. STANDS OUT WITH SPEED

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Surprised at the way it naturally acts as a tablet? And an uber cool one at that? Or just at how messy my table is? Ignore that. In fact, a messy mind is an indicator of a genius, I read yesterday, so don’t judge 😛

But hey! Most laptops can do that now with Windows 10 available for upgrade on most (legal) machines. So how does my Spectre win this round? Clearly by its SPEED. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I’ve no longer a need to keep my iPad and laptop in my bag making it look so bulky. This two-in-one beauty is sturdy enough to become my work companion yet light and flexible enough to turn into my tablet, and the switch happens in a matter of seconds with the help of Windows 10’s sidescreen controls (more about that in my next post!)

Yes it stands out the way I wanted it to, and the speed & sturdiness gives me so much confidence that I’d never fear the Spectre to stall when prepping for presentations. PEACE OF MIND YO!

 
5. VERSATILE TO THE VERY END

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In the end, to be a Bond in Business, you know your handy tools has got to be versatile. You don’t have enough space to take with you everything, yet at the same time you want to keep them to a minimum so you don’t look like a bumbling fool. Which CEO you know walks around with a lot of bulk on their body? Case closed.

That’s exactly why having something so multipurposely fashioned is important to be inside your arsenal of weapons. The HP Spectre X360 not only does all of the above, it can even work as a presentation screen on-the-go and STILL make you look good, thanks to the seamless synergy it has with Intel and Windows 10!

 

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If bending over backwards isn’t enough, the Spectre literally transforms itself into whatever you want it to become. In the process of doing so it doesn’t even lose its cool-factor, case in point as above! By the way, I have to add that the user interface is so well thought of compared to other makes of the same device – do you know how important it is for the power inlet and the power button to be on the same side? I’ll let it simmer in your head.

 

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Seriously though, versatility is one of the most important traits an entrepreneur must have in order to survive through waves of difficulties. Even now as I blog about the Spectre, I’ve got some end of year issues I have to solve but thanks to knowing how to manage the issues and having my teammates at my back – it didn’t become too much of a problem. To that respect, I readily admit that the HP Spectre X360 is one of the best laptops I’ve used in my entire lifespan, being so versatile, fast, long battery life and supports my favourite apps on Windows 10.

 

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Conclusion?

Yes, I like what I see, #WIN10.

I’m also readily admitting that while this unit is on loan to me for the purpose of “making magic”, I’m already preparing to buy this exact unit to accompany me for the next 2 years of my life – that’s how much I’m willing to testify for this Bond Beast we call Spectre.

 

How about you? What’s the weapon of your choice? Do share, especially you Apple lovers – let’s see how are able to defend your machines against my beast!
If you don’t have any yet, I’d recommend you to head to http://makemagic.my/, you’ll be able to find out the best laptop ranges for you spanning multiple brands according to the person that you are. Get your Bond weapon sorted for 2016 and you’re set for life.

Milestone Achieved: SocialGrooves.com 5th Anniversary & Top 10 Malaysia’s Leading Social Media Agency 2015

It turned 15th December 2015 this morning.

And I was reminded by Facebook on some old tweets which went something like this:

I mean, to remember the company’s birthdate is a must (much like how important your loved one’s birthday is to you) but to see it on Facebook’s memories.. Man, that was one heck of a journey!

Yes, I said I would do it. And I did it. And 5 years later…

 

Yes we’ve come a long way baby!

The directors and I went to collect the awards a week before knowing that it was probably too early to admit we’re one of the 10 leading social media agencies in Malaysia, but hey, we’ll certainly do our best to live up to the hype!

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I mean, who’d knew that I’d be representing Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s digital account, consulting to the God of Stand Up Comedy in Malaysia Harith Iskander, managing really prestigious brands and serving retainer clients for more than 3 years under the brand name of SocialGrooves.com.

 

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Our belief of Connecting Businesses and Communities is truly making an impact, and our clients are beginning to appreciate our foresight especially in the game of stamina in terms of brand recognition and advocacy.

At the same time, who says we can’t reap the fruits we’ve sown over the past 5 years? A dream to own a yacht some day, can? *grin*

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Anyhow, thanks to Top 10 Malaysia for the award, and thanks for connecting us with some of the most prestigious network in town.

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I mean, it’s not often you get to meet with founders of super successful enterprises like Joe who runs Sangkaya 😉

 

Anyway happy 5th anniversary to SocialGrooves.com, and may we continue to rise above to raise the industry level for the benefit of businesses and communities!

#MakeMagicEveryDay Series – 6 Life Hacks Musts for Entrepreneurs-to-be

Hi! Thanks for dropping by my humble blog, which I started since 2006, ever since the days of Geocities and Tripod. Yeap, I was one of them pioneers in using social media during those times where I shared about my experiences living life at London while studying at Imperial College London. I also shared how a student from overseas, typically Malaysia, could experience all I experienced with the little resources we have in terms of time and money, and how to maximize all of that through the little tips and tricks we now know as life-hacking.

Little did I know that my little blog could spearhead me into what I am now – one of Prestige Top 40 Under 40 2012 recipient, a nominee at the Newman Creative Pioneer Award 2014, the co-founder cum social entrepreneur of an award-winning social enterprise outfit EYE Project, founder of SocialGrooves.com a boutique social media consultancy agency working with clients such as Maybank and Domino’s, a digital branding consultant to well known personalities like Dato’ Lee Chong Wei & Harith Iskander and many other roles which you can read on my About Me section, all within 8 years!

 

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Basically, I owe it all to social media, my passion in all things IT and of course, computers & mobile phones. And I am no one more special than you are – not as talented, not as handsome (or pretty), not super well off, basically as normal as it gets lah – a typical gamer and manga reader (I love Crayon Shin Chan, Naruto, One Piece, and recently One Punch Man!). The secret lies in my secret techniques, life hacks using technology, in order to achieve so much together with my collaborators, business partners, and partners-in-crime. In this post, I want to share with you 6 of the many tips on how you can empower yourself to do everything FASTER, with BIGGER RESULTS and most importantly, LOOK GOOD doing so 😉 Without further ado, let’s begin!

(Ps do share if you have an even better way of doing things okay?)

 

  1. Use a Windows-Intel device!

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I’m not joking.

I started my journey as a highly curious boy with a PC powered by Intel. And since most PCs at that time are equipped with Windows and Intel, learning became a breeze. Every iteration of the latest Windows and Intel processor defies all odds in terms of how we integrate our lives with technology, and just recently Intel coined the best processor ever – the 6th generation intel Core Processor Family (formerly Skylake) making it an ultimate upgrade. It is so fast and seamless – doesn’t even lag as I switch between Desktop and Tablet mode! Show you proof in my next few posts under the my #makemagiceveryday series 😉

But yeah, it helps me to switch between work & play, so who needs more than one device now?! My bag now looks slimmer than ever without the need of stuffing in 1 iPad, 1 laptop and 1 tablet  into it haha.

 

  1. Be Ever-Ready for anything!

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Manage energy, not time. Your energy limits what you can do with your time, so manage it wisely. Being able to do many things simultaneously helps me to keep my ideas fresh, and since I don’t waste a lot of time waiting, I end up just doing awesome work! Ideas can come from anywhere, inspired by anything. However you must always remember to MAKE THAT DECISION.

Of course the problem with multitasking is that often your battery runs out. This postpones work done and you’d have to find another café to recharge. Well I basically said goodbye to that – my new HP Spectre X360 lasts up to 10 hours, it’s true! Big plans need an ultimate sidekick like a Windows-intel device to work magic!

 

  1. Make magic but still stay stylish!

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The slim size of the my new laptop is a serious plus point! Talk about being sleek and stylish – especially with Doria next to me <3

Honestly I got to where I am not because I work harder than most, or because I’m smarter or anything – it’s how I brand myself. What people see me use, what I wear, it creates a lasting impression & that’s why I make sure I look good & stylish anytime, any day. Using my HP Spectre X360 daily wherever I go definitely helped 😉

 

  1. Always challenge yourself & never say ‘enough’

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Know your goals and set a mental note to remind yourself every day. The only person you should be better than is the person you were yesterday. That’s how I ended up managing Dato’ Lee Chong Wei’s social media platforms & responsible for his commercial & collaborative performances!

Every year I aim for a new recognition and challenges with clients, and I’m glad my handy sidekick can keep up with me so far. By the way, that’s what Windows 10 is all about – they knew what didn’t work & made it into something awesome through innovation and more importantly, feedback!

Speaking of innovation, I’ll share about Intel Real Sense & Windows Hello technology next! It’ll be followed by some productivity apps recommendation (have you the new native apps like Mail?! Uber cool!), a few shortcuts I’ve found useful while working on the go and of course, the all-new Microsoft-exclusive browser – Microsoft Edge!

 

  1. Learn from mistakes

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Every day, I make mistakes. The only difference, I’m the FIRST to make the mistake. And when you’re the first, the only person who knows it’s a mistake is YOU!

Best of all, magic truly happens usually during the process of making mistakes. You’ll find something new, something no one has ever done and creating something no one has event seen. That’s why I’m truly honoured to be able to work with two legendary brands – Microsoft and Intel, and hope they will continue to feed me with the latest technology so I can be first to experience and share it with you all.

 

Feel free to share constructive comments about what you love or what you don’t love!

Disagree with me? Do share, there’s always room for more magic 😉 

 

NEXT UP: ALL ABOUT THE HP SPECTRE X360 – Ain’t it a BEAUTY?!

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For more information on Microsoft’s and Intel’s latest products, check out www.makemagic.my.

TIME: A Breath Of New Life into Businesses

The challenges of social and digital analytics no longer revolve around a lack of data – quite the opposite is true today. With so many different internet service providers to sift through, how do you identify what’s best for your business and which tools will make that data ultra-usable? Because in the end… it’s all about utilities.

From my experience, as someone who is interested in both the social and digital business (as it relates to SocialGrooves) and how companies relate to the social media, I’ve culled through this topic and highlighted my experience with the use of TIME Business Internet and how it streamlined my company’s performance.

Well, we SocialGroovers, just took one giant step into the future. I had earlier announced that TIME Fibre Business Internet just got set up to SocialGrooves. TIME is the new ‘must-have’ in the current Asian telecommunication sector. Check the scoreboard, numbers don’t lie. It’s almost an unusual feat that TIME delivers such high-end performance.

A technology is invented, it spreads, a thousand flowers bloom, and then someone finds a way to own it. Pretty much what we, at SocialGrooves are looking at. Those in the know make a beeline for the fact that companies running on social and digital grounds need network connections to meet critical needs. You wouldn’t even have to be a good shot to think alike.

In a new office, I brainstormed the need for a much-needed makeover. Nearly everybody that time was on a basic broadband operating at 15Mbit/s on average, but with the growing demand we were approaching with the shoot in the size of files and videos we were streaming, we needed superfast broadband at a minimum of 30 Mbit/s; precisely why we turned to TIME.

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Today’s small businesses rely on internet speed more than ever. Ever since we installed TIME, the experience has been, what we’d say in Bahasa Malaysia ‘menarik’. Just recently, TIME made a migration to a new plan. Backed by the highest speed, TIME has become an industry-recognized provider. How fortunate we were to be working with TIME, perfect timing to catch the new plans. Right up, the before/after plan we are currently on:

  • 100MB file? Done and dusted in seconds
  • Uploading a 2GB video to dropbox, no problem-O one minute also can gau tim
  • Business calls on Skype without the lag and frozen screens. Previously unheard of.
  • Having multiple workstations seamlessly connected with no interruptions? A value every business will appreciate.

You know what this meant for us? We could get that cherished streamed video up to our clientele, and it never felt so good. Our large and heavy files are no longer a lag we have to withstand. We can work super effectively. Not to mention, this means we won’t live in a “not-spot” where we are nipped out from the global grand future that will arise from this important caveat.

 

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And yet, while we pay lip service to the idea of businesses putting their clients first, few companies truly put it into practice. TIME, on the other hand, has built their primary focus to accommodate the needs of multiple type end-users. Here’s how:

For companies just getting on their feet, the TIME Fibre Business Internet Basic, is just on time to save you on budget! At the same time, there is TIME Fibre Business Internet Plus for companies that have established a stronghold over the years in business. Learn the fundamentals on www.time.com.my

Well, as soon as I got us signed up for TIME, what hit home was the realization of the goodies we got as extra <3. Thank you TIME. Don’t we love our free voice calls! Your upload and download rates get a surge for you to hop onto, isn’t that just great?

Looking into the digital future, companies need to know it is not just about thinking big, it is about the steps to go from small to big. Businesses now live or die based on their understanding of exponentials. Connectivity takes a big role in a matter such as this. If you don’t want to be the next Kodak or Blockbuster or conversely, if you want to be the next Amazon or Google, you need deep immersion in the wonderful world of TIME’s

Fibre Business Internet. Get the jump on and share the ride. We at SocialGrooves are excited to hear how it turns out for you !

 

An Award Above All Others, The Elusive #MerdekaAward

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I just wanted to share more about the Merdeka Award, because it truly deserves more awareness than what it has now. Each year it highlights individuals who have done some crazy amazing impact that you and I probably don’t find sexy, but it’s like a game changing moment that improves all our lives as a whole! Just recently, Dr Jemilah Mahmood of Mercy Malaysia is one of this year’s recipients, read here; http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2015/10/01/jemilah-mahmood-receives-merdeka-award/

I had the opportunity to share at one of the #MerdekaAward Roundtable among friends who are passionate about the youths and the impact it has on our relatively young country recently. I’m sure you know of Dzameer Dzulkifli, Co-founder and Managing Director of Teach for Malaysia; then you have the young Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam, Recipient of the Merdeka Award Grant for International Attachment 2014; next is the pretty & amazing Suhaili Micheline Ahmad Kamil, Choreographer, Lecturer & Performer; and finally power lady Suzanne Lee, Documentary Photographer. Of course, we were hosted by Cynthia Ng of ASTRO Awani who I’ve met several times already, and still amazed by her intelligence & beauty!

Here’s the video:

You can watch it on the link above, but in summary this is what I have to say about the topic:

“With such rich and diverse cultures in Malaysia, our people can go anywhere, do anything and succeed. There is no reason why we can’t be a global citizen and do more for our nation. Our young people have an important role to play in our nation’s development, hence, they need to take charge of their future. They need to capitalise on the bountiful support available to them and get ahead.”

It is only then that the nation’s young generation will be ready and equipped to assume a bigger role in helping shape Malaysia as a developed nation, in the years ahead.

 

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I’ve got more to say about this, but it’ll have to wait for another blog post. I’m the meantime I’d like to convey my thanks to the founders of the Merdeka Awards, the three supporting pillars Petronas, ExonnMobil & Shell, and to the royal patron Sultan Dr Nazrin Shah of the Merdeka Trust – He’s been super inspiring of the late among all the shit that’s happening, a voice of reason.

Thank you for driving the need for a #betterMalaysia thought this joint effort.

http://www.merdekaaward.my/News/Emerging-Leaders-How-will-the-Next-Generation-of-M.aspx

TIME to get your Internet  speed BOOSTED!

Did my punny title catch your interest? Have I ever said before that TIME has the best internet connection ever?! Haha I must have many times, but never got to try it since they didn’t cover my old office. But hey… My new office has it, woot!

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It’s TIME to SPEED UP Woohoo!

And guess what, as soon as we signed up for TIME, they decided to revise their plan to give even HIGHER speed and connectivity at an even lower cost. Talk about a stroke of good luck lol. So without even thinking I dumped the rest and got ourselves subscribed to TIME Fibre Business Internet, and see how it compares with the others I’ve tried including Maxis & TM Unifi which I use both back at home and at the old office.

Their plans are even quite flexible with two kinds of packages to suit your business needs.

I would recommend the TIME Fibre Business Internet Basic for businesses in the start up life like my office who need a reliable speedy internet provider to get the basics and a little bit more done!

Check out the difference in the before and after plans!

 

 

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SPEED 6Mbps 12Mbps 24Mbps 36Mbps
PRICE RM168 RM268 RM368 RM468
BOOST 20Mbps 30Mbps 50Mbps 50Mbps
BOOST HOUR 15 hours monthly
FREE VOICE LINE 2 lines with 2 single-line phones
FREE CALLS 5,000 minutes
FREE HOSTING EBiz Power Plan for 5 users (powered by Exabytes Network)

 

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SPEED 10Mbps 20Mbps 30Mbps 40Mbps
PRICE RM168 RM268 RM368 RM468
BOOST 20Mbps 30Mbps 50Mbps 50Mbps
BOOST HOUR 15 hours monthly
FREE VOICE LINE 2 lines with 2 single-line phones
FREE CALLS 5,000 minutes
FREE HOSTING EBiz Power Plan for 5 users (powered by Exabytes Network)

 

 

Now my friends who are running larger entities, how bout trying the TIME Fibre Business Internet Plus package which packs a lot of extra OOOMPH!

 

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SPEED 6Mbps 12Mbps 24Mbps 36Mbps
PRICE RM688 RM1,288 RM1,788 RM2,288
BOOST 20Mbps 30Mbps 50Mbps 50Mbps
BOOST HOUR 30 hours monthly
FREE VOICE LINE 4 lines with 4 single-line phones
FREE CALLS 10,000 minutes
FREE HOSTING EBiz Power Plan for 10 users (powered by Exabytes Network)

 

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SPEED 15Mbps 25Mbps 35Mbps 45Mbps
PRICE RM588 RM988 RM1,288 RM1,488
BOOST 20Mbps 30Mbps 50Mbps 50Mbps
BOOST HOUR 30 hours monthly
FREE VOICE LINE 4 lines with 4 single-line phones
FREE CALLS 10,000 minutes
FREE HOSTING EBiz Power Plan for 10 users (powered by Exabytes Network)

 

The increased speeds, lowered costs and additional business tools means businesses can even be more effective and save more costs! This also suggests that TIME has every intention in mind to put their customers first!

 

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Well one thing for sure, although it’s only been 3 months since I’ve enjoyed TIME, I’ve seen a reduction in the times I had to restart the modem. Yes although there’s still some hiccups but usually it happens at peak hours and a simple restart would work, unlike the countless days I had no Internet when I was at the old office… My colleagues can attest to it haha. So far so good in the sense we didn’t need to call them up to do anything :)

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Yeah…that’s our type of connection – through the internet 😛 ​

 

Speed

When it first started we were like WHOA!! Speed ten times more than what we had was unheard of, and our speedtest (of course we used a non biased tool, not TIME’s own one) went through the roof but on downloads and uploads! In fact now they’ve raised the speed to 70% times more – it makes us at Socialgrooves the happiest people alive, even without making use of our boosted time 😀 Do you know what’s that? I’ll share it in my next point…

 

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One of my favorite feature none others can compare to is the BOOST feature! I mean, suddenly we’re able to download a 100MB file (trust me in our digital industry, this is pretty common lol) in a matter of seconds! Streaming YouTube videos we produced for clients, sending proposals over 50MBs wasn’t an issue for us anymore, only on our clients or partners side haha. Yes, we’re pretty proud of our boost function and our friends come to visit us for this too 😛

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So yeah these are the top three areas in which I feel TIME has trumped their competitors. It makes it easier for us to work with online tools more than ever before, working with websites (oh did I share that TIME’s subscription comes with bonus business tools from Exabyte and free calls as well? You can check them out at their website www.time.com.my) and basically producing quality content with the peace of mind that comes with uninterrupted connection and speed :)

 

So what are you waiting for? Ok on a serious note just let me know, cos as far as I know even the installation was super efficient with the guys coming over to make sure our line is great, installing without disturbing us and making sure all is good. If I’m not wrong they even gave us extra lines in case we want to extend. Pretty cool guys? Gotta commend them :) Let me know if your experience was otherwise, interested to know!

 

 TIME.net.my - bringing Malaysia up to speed

 #TIMEFibreBusinessInternet

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