Bayan M. Qandil

From My Perspective…

Will the $17k Apple Watch Edition hold value (or appreciate) as well as a ‘traditional’ clockwork watch of a similar price?

I wrote this answer on Quora and thought it’s worth sharing on here as well. Answer by Bayan Qandil: The answer to this is not answered by technology strategy but rather economics. The resale market for Apple Watches will decide the value of the resale of the high end model.  The key question will be what the valuable attributes of the watch will be. Typically resale items hold value due to: Brand – think Rolex Quality – think German cars Scarcity – think limited edition Apple branded products typically have higher resale value than other brands in the same market. […]

The Power of Decision Making

Many years ago, I had a lot of conversations with colleagues and even wrote a blog article on decision making.  On the heels of my blog re-launch and my recent blog on the importance of Truth in business, I think it would be a good idea to revisit this topic. What Is Decision Making When I refer to decision making, I’m talking about the ability and willingness to make a decision when necessary.  There are a few key aspects of my definition that I want to focus on: Willingness: By this word, I mean the desire or comfort of wanting […]

The Importance of Truth in Business

I posted this article almost 5 years ago and I’ve decided that it’s time to update it based on my more recent experiences. Let me first start by saying that what I wrote 5 years ago, still stands true today.  When it comes to management and leadership, there is one attribute that is almost always forgotten: Truth.  People don’t understand or realize the value and importance of Truth. Let me tell you why it’s crucial to each and every organization. What is Truth So what do I mean by this thing I call ‘Truth’. has numerous definitions but my favourite has to be: […]

Repost: What kind of room for career growth is there for software engineers at large companies?

My answer to this question on Quora: What kind of room for career growth is there for software engineers at large companies (i.e. Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, etc.)? I’m first going to answer the question, then I’m going to give you my thoughts on Software Professionals, career progression, management and leadership. Typical Software Engineering Career Paths Software Engineerings or Developers are typically promoted based on their technical skills.  As you improve and add to your skills, you are promoted through the typical technical “ranks”, which typically are Jr. SW Developer, Intermediate SW Developer and Sr. SW Developer.  Different organizations may […]

Yet Another Re-launch, Truthfully

This is probably the third re-launch of my personal blog.  Each re-launch came with its own story and maybe I’ll be sharing that with you nice folks one day.  This re-launch, however, is focused on the truth. If you’ve been following my blog, I’ve talked about honesty and the truth in the past.  I think it’s the key to all success in personal and business aspects of life.  Being truthful to yourself, being truthful with your partners and being truthful with your colleagues.  Without truth, there can be no ‘good faith’ and without ‘good faith’ there is no trust, and without trust, […]

iMessage and FaceTime working fine on Beta 3

Seems like iOS7 Beta 3 has a lot of stability fixes. The OS overall feels snappier and more stable. It also fixes the iMessage and FaceTime registration issues that caused lots of problems for people. Apple seemed to have fixed some Application Compatibility issues since a lot of apps appear to be working more smoothly. Beta 3 so far looks like a huge improvement in stability. by

iOS7 Beta 1 App Compatibility

I’ve compiled a list of Apps and their compatibility with iOS7 Beta 1. I will update this over time. Let me know if your experience is different than mine in the comments. Also, feel free to send me requests to test apps that you’re interested in either in the comments or to my twitter account @BayanQ. Compatibility Levels Works Fine – No issues identified Somewhat Works – Some issues identified Doesn’t work – Always crashes Application List Netflix – Somewhat Works Has weird issues where you can’t click on some areas of the screen after search. Vine – Somewhat Works […]