Open Source Risk and Investment

AESTE was engaged by Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd to help with a problem that they have been having recently – open-source. Cradle is a Malaysian government agency that focuses on pre-seed funding for start-ups. While they cover a wide variety of fields, they have been getting more and more applicants who are doing open-source, in one way or another. However, since most of their people are investment analysts and not software developers, they are not sufficiently familiar enough with open-source. Read more…

Abdullah: Hi World!

Hi everyone! This is my first time to post at AESTE blog, so here is a short introduction about me: My name is Abdullah Shamil Hashim, you can call me Abdullah or Abdu. I am a final-year student at Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS (UTP), studying Electrical & Electronics Engineering. My field of interest lies within computer system architecture . What am I going to do at AESTE ? I shall be working on an I/O processor for the AEMB as the Read more…

Unifi is Coming

Earlier this week, there was some construction work along a side-road leading away from the office. At first, I did not know what it was until I took a closer look – they were contractors installing a couple of large enclosures for Unifi – our national optical fibre broadband service. This means that the area around the office has been earmarked for the next stage of fibre deployment. Although I was not sure when the office would be covered, I Read more…

Sam Ibrahiem: Introductions

My journey at Aeste started on 1st of March 2011 when I was welcomed by my supervisor and was briefed about the company road-map. Well, to be honest with you my friend, from the moment that I approached the company, I knew for sure that working here won’t be a waste of time and it will need a lot of effort considering my background and what the company is doing. So after being briefed on my first day, i was Read more…

Small-office System Infrastructure

Virtualisation comes in handy for a small-office – we can run a bunch of disparate services on limited hardware. Hardware A second-hand laptop is used as the KVM host and is installed with Debian and Lib-virt. I like using laptops as servers because of the built-in UPS. However, it is important to take care of cooling and hard-disk reliability in laptops. For the purpose of cooling, some cheap (RM10) laptop cooler fans were installed. Storage is off-loaded to a dedicated Read more…

Small-office Physical Networking

I’ll talk a little about the wiring up and networking infrastructure in the office. I had a lot of old networking equipment lying around my home and decided to work with that instead of buying new ones. However, the future is also important and I have planned for easy upgrades and growth. Wiring The main backbone of the office network is wired. While wireless networking has its place, it is not a replacement for good old copper wiring in terms Read more…

New Aeste Offices

AESTE moved out of my home and into its new offices at Queen’s Avenue about a year ago. The renovations were completed and the furniture was installed in stages. Almost all of the furniture comes from IKEA because they sell startup-friendly furniture at a very startup-friendly price. The image above illustrates the office plan. While things are always under construction, there is very little deviation from the original plan. Let’s start with a virtual walk-through of the office. When a Read more…

Partnership with Otak-Otak

We are happy to announce our parnership with Otak-Otak – The Internship Programme for Leaders. Quoting the official website: The Otak-Otak Program will be built around a first of its kind, unique talent development schedule consisting of leadership training and site visits. Our core mission is to connect top student leaders to Malaysian companies, select the 50 best interns to be placed in internships with our Corporate Partners, and to build meaningful internship experiences for both the Corporate Partner and Read more…

Why Engineers are Better-Off Joining Startups

There is an interesting article in TC recently, about how it is now an excellent time to join startups. Just to note that AESTE is HIRING NOW. Quoting the article: Today, most interesting technology is built directly for end users and it is a crucial skill for an engineer to understand quick iteration based on user feedback, however complex the technology. Increased technology and distribution leverage means that in the future, smaller teams are going to build higher impact things Read more…