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· 3 min read

1. When Everything Seems too Easy

My first impression when I first hands on a RPA Tool, everything seems so easy because of the drag and drop features, pre-built functions, puzzle like building blocks that allow you to construct a sequence of actions just at your fingertips. The creator of these tools made it so easy to implement and deploy automation, this causes a lot of headaches and technical debts down the road if we do not do our homework to have a full understanding of what we are trying to automate and what control are needed in-place.

2. Rush into RPA

Due to the hype related to RPA technologies. When we first started to adopt RPA in our company oftentimes we made a huge mistake calculating ROI by just using 'Current Time Spent' minus 'Future Time Spent' without really think and consider about infrastructure and cost of maintenance. This often due to our team rushing to build up momentum, wanted to prove the capabilities of the tool and most importantly to get buy in from upper management. But realistically most of the current processes is not ready, ended up the team is spending more time maintaining the bot than the manual process.

3. No everyone can do it well

Too naive to think that everyone can use the tool that have been offered. Business user often been asked to attend RPA course and started to automate some of their task. Unfortunately, most of these automation developed were not properly tested, and assume everything is been taken care automatically. We normally started off working on the "Happy Path" without considering the scenario that are usually more complicated than that. These could be variant of an input or the input can be in a different format that you expect. RPA can complete your job 10x faster, but also can create mistake 10x faster.

4. Just focus on building and Robots are ready, set and forget

From day one of deploying our first bot, not a single bot can be set and forget. Bot needed to be manage operationally and maintained. We have made mistakes for not properly documenting and communicating automated process with business SMEs. When a bot breaks, no-one will know how to recover the process and leads to unnecessary over-time to figure what had happen and what needed to be done.

On the other hand, due to rapidly changes in business requirements, system upgrade and process changes have causes us lots of bot down-time. Getting involvement of IT and Business SMEs and knowing these changes before hand could reduce unnecessary over-time trying to fire fight to get your bot up and running again.

5. Failing to Scale, not building for scalability

After 3 years of RPA experience. Started to feel the impact of not building for scalability. Most of our solutions were built in silo mode rather than enterprise-wide. We are much now spending a lot of time re-visiting our solution, re-designing our bots.

Another mistake which was choosing the right candidate processes for RPA, we had wrong thinking about using automation as a quick fix which now end up deploying multiple bots which are doing similar job while ideally they could be designed as a single bot.

· 3 min read

Interesting thoughts this morning when I am brewing my cup of coffee. When dumping my coffee grounds to the bin and I am thinking how much of coffee waste do we produce per as a coffee drinker.

How Much Coffee Waste Do We Produce?

According to the SCA, the “golden ratio” for brewing coffee is 55g per litre. This works out at just under 14g for a 250ml cup. While this might seem individually insignificant, billions of cups of coffee are consumed every single day.

Waste in Coffee Production

So why is coffee production so bad for the environment? The decomposition of coffee waste in landfills generates greenhouse gases and whenever these are dumped into landfills, they create methane which are more harmful than carbon dioxide

Reusing Coffee Grounds At Home

As what I have been doing, majority of used coffee is often thrown to the bin without being separated or treated. I did some googling and found some good ways of reusing coffee ground at home

  • Coffee grounds make great fertilizer because they contain several key nutrients required for plant growth. They can also help attract worms and decrease the concentrations of heavy metals in the soil.

  • Adding compost to your garden can significantly improve the health of your plants. Coffee grounds can help increase nutrient levels and decrease the greenhouse gas emissions of your compost.

  • Like other insects, fleas do not like coffee. Bathing your pet in used coffee grounds may help keep fleas at bay.

  • Coffee grounds can help absorb and eliminate odors from your refrigerator, gym bag or smelly shoes. Using them as a hand scrub can also help remove lingering smells from onion or garlic.

  • Coffee grounds can be used as an abrasive cleaner. They can help sanitize and remove buildup from sinks, cookware, grills and other surfaces around the house.

  • Coffee grounds can be repurposed into an exfoliating scrub for your face and body. They help remove dirt and dead skin cells and promote overall skin health.

  • Coffee grounds contain compounds that are toxic to many insects. You can use your coffee grounds to repel mosquitos, fruit flies, beetles and other pests.

  • Coffee grounds may help reduce the appearance of cellulite by breaking down fat deposits and increasing blood flow to the affected area.

  • Use coffee grounds to weigh down the ashes in your fireplace before cleaning. This makes for easier ash removal and less mess.

  • Coffee grounds can be repurposed into an exfoliating scrub for your face and body. They help remove dirt and dead skin cells and promote overall skin health.

  • Coffee grounds contain natural acids and enzymes that help tenderize meat and enhance its flavor.

  • You can use coffee grounds to buff out scratches on wooden furniture and darken them to match your existing finish.

  • Coffee grounds contain caffeine and antioxidants. When applied to the skin, they can help prevent aging and reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles and puffiness.

  • Coffee grounds contain compounds that can raise blood cholesterol. Consuming small amounts on occasion is fine for most people, but they may be problematic if consumed in excess.

· One min read

Vaper since Year 2015. Can't remember the hype of vaping few years back. Been using various kind of mods, box-mods, squonk mods. So far, the only still surviving is my Taifun - Scarab ( Skarabäus) when I first bought in Paris. Together my favourite Pico RTA. Could be I am tired of chasing for the latest stuff out there, just like how we are chasing for gadgets and shit. Sticking with the same old mod and same old RTA.

Taifun - Scarab (Skarabäus)

The Taifun Skarabäus Pro is characterized by its relatively simple operation, which excludes the usual disadvantages of a mechanical switches such as arcing, carbon build up, and performance degradation over time. The benefit of the switch design in the Skarabäus Pro results in fast and instant power ramp up for strong hits and consistent performance over time.

Taifun - Scarab

Pico RTA

The Pico RTA by YellowKiss (The Vape) The Pico by YellowKiss (The Vape) in Korea, is an exclusive rebuildable tank atomizer that is designed for some of the most incredible flavour reproduction available from any tank on the market today, packaged in an incredibly small size!


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Recently I have been looking for something new to try on. How about baking a cake? Since the cake I like the most is cheesecake, google up and found this in Youtube. Gathered all the ingredient and baking utensils, honestly it's really not hard to make a cheesecake. I would suggest to give a try! Updates: I have been messing around with the same recipe, just giving a try on switching out the brands of cream cheese, percentages of sour cream and I am having fun!

The Best New York Cheesecake Recipe | Emojoie Cuisine