Study Hacks Blog: On Monks and Email

Short and sweet.  Amen to Cal Newport’s latest post about thinking.

We hook people up to email inboxes and Slack channels because it’s convenient. We justify Twitter addictions on the grounds that we need to be “part of the conversation,” and compulsively post to Instagram to bolster our “social media brand.”

But few organizations think seriously about thinking, which, after all, really is the fundamental value-producing activity in knowledge work, just as divine communication was the metaphorical money-maker for the pious medievals.

The monks were on to something. Concentration is hard work. It requires, for lack of a better word, more serious attention.

Follow this link to read his 29 April 2019 blog post in its entirety.

Shalom (שלום), MAA

Consumer Barometer with Google in Viet Nam

This is a useful resource that reveals the following information, most of it fairly up-to-date, about Vietnamese online habits. The relevant data graphics are displayed after four (4) key questions.

Keep in mind that Viet Nam currently ranks 7th in the world for Facebook users with about 64 million accounts, a 40% increase (!) this year alone. This in a population of about 96 million. (That’s 3% of the global total.) It’s clear that those are not unique accounts and that many people have more than one, which also applies to mobile phones. Ho Chi Minh City ranks among the top 10 cities globally for having the most Facebookers with 14 million users.

How do Vietnamese connect to the Internet?


Do they use the Internet for personal purposes?

internet use for personal purposes

How often do Vietnamese go online (for personal Internet usage)?

frequency of internet usage

What online activities do they do on their smartphones at least weekly?

weekly smartphone online activities

How digitally savvy are Vietnamese netizens?

digitally savvy





“Repairs to cable break disrupting Vietnam’s Internet to take nearly 20 days”

Ouch!  The Internet is not just a place to read the news, download music, catch up on the latest gossip or play games; it’s also where business is increasingly conducted.  This latest cable break reminds me of a line from the classic movie Groundhog Day in which Phil Connors (played by Bill Murray) is trying to place a  call to Pittsburgh to make his escape from Punxsutawney, PA but all of the phone lines are down because of a major snowstorm:  Come on, *all* the long distance lines are down? What about the satellite? Is it snowing in space?  Bottom line – we are, for better and for worse, reliant upon the Internet and dependent upon a 20,000-kilometer-long submarine communications cable system that connects Southeast Asia with the US mainland, across the Pacific Ocean via Guam and Hawaii.

Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre News

Internet users in Vietnam will have to suffer slow connection speeds for at least 18 more days, as repairs to the undersea cable system, part of which broke down on Monday, can only begin on September 29 and will take a week to finish, a telecom firm said Wednesday.

Repair work is expected to be greatly affected by foul weather, especially Typhoon Kalmaegi, FPT Telecom general director, Nguyen Van Khoa, told tech newswire ICTNews.

Follow this link to read the rest of this 18.9.14 Tuoi Tre News article and say a prayer for good weather in the coming two weeks in the East Sea!


Vietnam Ranks Among Top 20 Countries on the Internet

According to Pingdom, a Swedish company whose “focus lies on covering the uptime monitoring needs of 90% of the companies in the world,” there are a total of 1.8 billion Internet users in the world (i.e., about 27% of the human race).   

Vietnam ranks 20th just behind Canada.   24.3 million Vietnamese are connected to the Internet, which is about 27% of the population. 

Top Sites in Vietnam

Below is a list of the top 10 sites in Vietnam, according to  The 1 month rank is calculated using a combination of average daily visitors and pageviews over the past month. The site with the highest combination of visitors and pageviews is ranked #1. 

1  Google  (

2  Yahoo!  (

3  VnExpress (


5  Google (

6  Facebook (

7  Bao Khuyen hoc & Dan tri Online (

8  YouTube (


10  MediaFire (

 If you take a look at the world rankings of the media websites on this list, you’ll know why the advertising rates are skyrocketing.  The types of sites represented also give you an idea of how connected young people here are spending some of their time (social networking, videos, file sharing, etc.).