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Is having a solid Computer Science foundation per se enough to thrive in the IT industry?

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A Computer Science (CS) degree undeniably equips us with the basic building blocks to be a great software engineer. It taught us how to analyse an algorithm in terms of its time and space complexity. We often denote them with a seemingly recherché notation called the Big-O Notation. …


Being rejected by our dream school or company is by no means a sign that we are not good enough. It merely means that it is not our time yet.

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A high school in Chicago implemented a grading system where students were given the grade Not Yetwhen they failed to pass a course. This will, in turn, spurred the students learning interest as they were ascertained that their learning curve would improve progressively.

When we are ashamed of making…


Successful leaders like Mark Zuckerberg, Warren Buffet, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates are voracious readers.

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Nerd is the moniker that we give to those people who read voraciously. Some of us might even consider that these people lead a lacklustre life because they spend most of their time reading books. Little did they know that some of the world’s high achievers are avid readers.



Graduating during a pandemic is beyond our control, but our attitude towards it is within our control.

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Finding a job during a pandemic, especially for fresh graduates, is a catch-22 for most people. The unvarnished truth is that most companies prefer to hire people with experience. …


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Virtually all of the industries — aviation, tourism, hospitality, etc. — have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. We have also witnessed the desperate attempts of some of the leading tech unicorns to reduce their expenditure. The shrinking workforce and the introduction of pay cuts are the manifestations of those…


The advancement of AI indeed has the potential to disrupt the labour markets, albeit it will never replace the love & care of our families and friends.

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Four years ago, the world was taken aback when the world Go champion, Ke Jie, lost his battle. He lost the fight against an AI algorithm candidly named AlpaGo.

It heralded an era in which machines have transcended human abilities to comprehend and process the information around us. Although Machine…

A picture of me taken in Oakland, California awhile ago

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Who am I?

Hi there! My name is Erwin, a trilingual from the world’s fourth most populous country, Indonesia.

I spent some of my teenager and early young adult days in Singapore before returning to my hometown, Jakarta, late last year.

If you are interested in finding…

Erwin Leonardy

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