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Lesson #4: 22 January 2011 (Update of Team’s Progress)

posted 18 Jan 2011, 05:16 by Roderick Chia
2 month would have been passed since the business plan presentation. As such its time for progress update.  We expect that there are lots of work being done and things should be moving well with some ups and downs here and there.  Not being able to find common time for meeting is not an excuse of not having regular meeting and not updating the blog biweekly. 

In order to get everyone familiar with using IT tool to increase operational efficiency, I have been trying various possible tools.  I was exploring using Google Chat and MSN Messaging.  However, it seems that when conversation involved too many people, it will becomes chaotic.  Last batch I tried using Google Wave to help facilitate online meeting and the feedback from students were great.  It is sad that Google had announced that they no longer want to support this service due to slow adoption. However, they are still keeping alive for 2011. So you are fortunate to lay your hand on it. But why do you want to use a technology that will not be there for long? Google had also mentioned that they will integrate the function of Wave into other Google product after they stop the service so it is always good learn tool of tomorrow's technology.  To familiar yourself with Google Wave you may like to view the video below.

Get Started with Google Wave

You may login with the ID and Password that you are using for the blogging from or in case you are in China and not able to access this domain, you may try

Please go in and get yourself familiar with the tool before the meeting. Try out the wave with your group mate first and understand how to use it.  Please make sure that you test the computer that you are using Wave application on the actual meeting day of the meeting.  IE browser might need to install some component before you can use Wave.  If you are using public computer and not allowed to install application, you might want to test out the system first before the actually Wave conference to ensure that things go smooth.

Please be mindful that certain computer may require to install additional components in order to use Google Wave.  Too old computer may also be a little laggy when using Google Wave because, this application is kind of resource intensive running on browser.  Also most of the Google applications have intermittent problem in China. This was even before Google exited China.  The "Great Firewall of China" is a well known problem in internet.  They are highly efficient in blocking out website that has not gone through their filtering.  In order to increase the chance (but not guaranty) of being able to access the tool that I setup for you, you may need to use alternate URL addresses.  See below for more information.

Default URL Address

In China, use the following URL Address
Below is the schedule (22 January 2011, Singapore Time) for the online meeting.  If any group needs to change schedule, make your own private arrangement but please keep us updated.  We'll not facilitate the changing of schedule but we're ok of any changes if it is mutually agreed between groups.
  1. HeartWorks - 0900 hrs
  2. VOX Art - 0920 hrs
  3. QWER-T - 0940 hrs
  4. Munch Munch - 1000 hrs
  5. UniStrength - 1020 hrs
  6. SmarFishy - 1040 hrs
  7. OMGdeals - 1100 hrs
  8. Escape - 1120 hrs
  9. ShippingSpree - 0900 hrs
  10. SuperSupper - 0920 hrs
  11. YiDuBao - 0940 hrs
  12. 8ThingsAboutEvents - 1000 hrs
  13. Lifetunez - 1020 hrs
  14. RaveHaus - 1040 hrs
  15. Campus Cut - 1100 hrs
  16. NTU Solutions - 1120 hrs
  17. Envisage - 1240 hrs
  18. SleepIsOnMe - 1300 hrs
  19. The Mockers - 1320 hrs
  20. INnovelty - 1340 hrs
  21. i-W@LL - 1400 hrs
  22. L.One - 1420 hrs
  23. Bag Pit - 1440 hrs
  24. Excelsior - 1500 hrs
While we don't have to have everyone online to start the wave discussion, but for this exercise we'll do it with everyone online so that we can have a real-time discussion.  It will start by having everyone give a quick update of what you have done and your progress.  Then follow by a discussion addressing any teething issues. We'll be in the discussion for the first 20 min but the discussion can continue.

Someone in the group shall compile a minute for this meeting and update the team blog.