(LINK) Daring Fireball: The New Dropbox Sucks

It’s kind of amazing. First they raise prices and give more space I don’t need and then give me a new product I don’t want. It’s as if they want everyone to want a Dropbox for business style account but that’s the last thing I want.

I don’t share much from Dropbox – it’s where I file a lot of personal stuff. Might switch over to iCloud and drop Dropbox.

Daring Fireball: The New Dropbox Sucks
— Read on daringfireball.net/linked/2019/06/13/dropbox-sucks


Turkey Thoughts

On holiday in Bodrum and enjoying the weather, the food, the company and just chilling.

I am averaging about 5-6 Turkish coffees per day. We have a proper machine in the house and a packet of Turkish coffee is about 2 SGD. Heaven.

In general I am eating way too much but the meats, cheeses and breadS are to die for. And quite affordable.

One things I do miss though is fast internet, affordable 4G and NFC payments. Most places the internet is in okay but always feels delayed. It was cheaper to turn on my M1 roaming than to purchase a local SIM card since the card was about the same prices as my roaming but only for 8GB. I have 150GB with my M1 plan. Easy decision.

Lots of places take credit card but it’s chip based and they don’t work with Paywave or Apple Pay which sucks cause I am so used to using my phone for payments everywhere. I wonder why this is just not a thing here given it’s phone friendly place and there are machines everywhere that have the Paywave symbol but usually don’t work.


Anyways. Back to the food.

(LINK) Opinion | The trade war shows China’s economic dream is dying. Beijing now has a choice: open up or stagnate | South China Morning Post

Not saying I agree but interesting stance.

The US is demanding that China change course and, for all its growth and promises, Beijing is in no position to argue: in tech, it still lags at least 10 years behind the US and doesn’t have the depth of skills to produce its own high-end goods.
— Read on www.scmp.com/comment/opinion/article/3013800/trade-war-shows-chinas-economic-dream-dying-beijing-now-has-choice

(LINK) Examining the Super App Strategy in Southeast Asia – Bernard Leong

Of course there is a lot of folks taking on this subject with most of it being regurgitated fodder from press releases or other people with some decent viewpoints but without much research.

I think Bernard takes the subject head-on and offers some history lessons in the process.

No one, and I repeat, no one knows if this is all going to work or if there is even a chance or reason to be a Super App. Don’t get swayed by the over-raising of capital or the supposed metrics since now that we see Lyft and Uber in the public markets we can assume that our local Southeast Asian version are probably not doing any better.

Only time will tell.

We examine the Super app strategy adopted by the ride hailing companies in Southeast Asia. In the same spirit, we want to validate the strategy that are adopted by both Grab and Gojek in comparison to US and China and explain the challenges which these companies has to overcome so that the strategy can succeed.
— Read on www.bernardleong.com/2019/06/09/examining-the-super-app-strategy-in-southeast-asia/