iProperty’s Hot Seat – The Invasion of the Technophiles

Contrary to popular belief, the geeks do get the girls, geeks know how to have fun, and the term “geek” is now considered a highly-esteemed compliment. This month we badger Carso Leong and Dandy Masyaril Handoko, iProperty.com’s software engineers and iP3 March winners, to let us in on their award-winning Facebook app, tell us why the PC is better than the Mac, and also share some geeky deep dark secrets. Read on!

Carso Leong:

A true techie - Carso Leong

Q: How long have you been with iProperty.com?
A: More than 4 years! :)

Q: On a scale of 1 – 5, how would you rate the experience of working in iProperty.com?
A: I would say it’s definitely the perfect score – 5. iProperty.com has been very supportive, our contributions are recognized and I have to say there are a lot of great people here working with iProperty.com.

Q: What inspired you to come up with the Property Friend Finder mobile app?
A: It is started with one question:  “What are the best places to stay, so that I can find all my friends easily?” Dandy and I made some jokes about it and we found that the idea was in fact very interesting and one thing led to another. Finally we brought this idea to Michael Ong for him to give us some feedback and see how to improve it. And here we are today!

Q: Do you have any advice for newbies in this line?
A: My advice is to be passionate about what you are doing. Your positive energy can keep you moving ahead and perhaps directly influence people around you to move with you.

Q: Be honest – Do you ever find your job boring?
A: Definitely not boring la, we have a lot of celebrations throughout the year and a lot of good food waiting for us. Seriously though, iProperty.com is a fast-growing company and there are a lot of things waiting for us to explore and improve, making our life very busy and making time pass without our knowledge!

Q: Choose: Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or Sony Wii?
A: Sony Wii, so that I can move around and do some exercise. Good for health, you know!

Q: If you could be granted ONE superpower, which would you choose, and why?
A: I would like to have a power to time travel. Haha! I can undo a mistake and attempt again!

Q: Tell us two things people don’t know about you.
A: First thing, I am trying to become a vegetarian. Second thing is I like buying books alone. Just don’t ask me why! :)

Q: Choose: PC or Mac?
A: I would choose PC because I think I like the open-source community.

Q: Which job would you give an arm and a leg for to experience for a day?
A: Maybe a Hack Day job :)

Dandy Masyaril Handoko:

Dandy takes a break from the PC!

Q: What do you do in iProperty.com?
A: I am a software engineer. Basically it’s all about maintenance, adding features and functionality, performance enhancement, and other geeky stuff that make our awesome iProperty.com site way more awesome! :)

Q: On a scale of 1 – 5, how would you rate the experience of working in iProperty.com?
A: I say 5, for sure! The working environment here is very positive, I see a lot of good work ethics and lots of new things can be learned here.

Q: What inspired you to come up with the Property Friend Finder mobile app?
A: It started with just small talk between my senior Carso and me to plan an app for the Facebook Hack Day, and we discussed the idea with Michael Ong. We were thinking of creating a simple Facebook app which is both useful and fun to use. One of the unique features that I like in this app is of course the main function, where you can find properties for rent nearby your friends, but here’s the interesting part:  you can filter out if you are only interested in female or male and single friends only…genius aye? Hohoho!

Q: Describe your work style in 3 words.
A: I would say creative, conscientious, and responsible. :)

Q: This is something we have to ask: your opinion on Google’s Project Glass?
A: I love it! It reminds me of the Dragonball glasses I had watched in the cartoon, and I’d really love to have one. It uses very advanced technology, and it seems both useful and futuristic. With the Artificial Intelligence system working behind the scenes, we can do almost everything just by wearing it. But I don’t think it will be released to public soon.

Q: Who are your major influences in life (famous or not), and why?
A: My mom.  I’m a momma’s boy, just like Johnny Bravo. From the techie side, I’d say Bill Gates, he is truly a genius of our times and, most importantly, he really cares for others and is very generous. A genius philanthropist…who wouldn’t like him??

Q: Facebook, Twitter, or Google+? Why?
A: I vote for Facebook, because we can share anything here and engage the use of a variety of interesting apps. Moreover, the timeline is awesome.

Q: If you could visit one place in the world, where would it be, and why?
A: Heaven. Hehe! Hmm but seriously, I want to go to the UK, and finally catch my favourite football team live there. (Editor’s note: Here’s hoping it’s not Manchester City!)

Q: Choose: PC or Mac?
A: Since I like gaming, I would any day choose the PC over the Mac. Hey, the Mac is cool too but to be honest, I think it’s overpriced.

Q: If computers and mobile devices did not exist, what do you think you would have ended up doing?
A: Can I choose househusband? I really do want to enjoy life and relax at home…hehe. Hmm, who knows, I might have ended up as an engineer, because that was my ambition as a child. :)