Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
So, there were some interesting tweets in the Twitter-verse yesterday and I think it started with Alan Lepofsky (yes, of the one-time Lotus fame) talking about some “Gen Y” people who had come to his booth today and spent a great deal of time talking about how they wanted to change the world, and that their needs for tools were different than anyone else’s.
And Alan’s initial tweet was
…Just listened to 20 min of 4 20somethings talk about their needs, which were identical to the needs of everyone around me.
And, of course, there were other tweets in response, some from fellow IBMers like Luis Suarez. And Luis’ comments are valid and certainly pointed out that not everyone has the time to search for information nor does everyone live with these kinds of tools.
But, it got me thinking. In many presentations, I have seen people tie this whole social networking thing to the Millenials - and we even have slides in many of the Lotus Connections presentations that show age gaps and how different ages learn differently, or react differently to the sharing and collection of knowledge.
As a side note….I can’t tell you how many times I have had customers come up to me after a presentation like that and say they took offense to that particular slide - the one about how different ages learn/connect, etc. They say, it’s not true, and is a generality we shouldn’t be preaching. And, I, for one, have taken that slide OUT of ANY pitch I give on Connections or social software. I think it’s a bit demeaning.
But Anyway…back to my point…
Was it really the age gap that brought about these tools? Was it really the “needs” of the millenials that were SO different from the needs of everyone else that brought this whole revolution? Are millenials really the only ones who were crying out, demanding these tools? Or are we just grasping at straws here? Why do we feel the need to constantly hold onto that age gap thing? I’m really having a hard time with this.
Sure, we had a TON of intellectual capital sitting in people’s heads - but I would argue that many non-Millenials were thirsty for the tools to share this information too. I think the need was out there, no matter WHAT age you were or where you were in your career. I use the Internet. I “play” online. I collaborate in new and inventive ways. And I’m NOT a millenial. And, I know many, many just like me - and they aren’t millenials either.
Maybe it’s that the millenials are pushing harder or refusing to use other tools more - maybe we should have stood up long ago and pushed for these tools ourselves - maybe we were just too complacent with things like team rooms and discussion databases and forums and such. (which have been around the whole time I’ve been out of college)
I don’t know. But I know one thing…I for one, am going to try to stop pushing the age issue so hard. I think we ALL need these tools. We ALL should be using them - because true collaboration is NOT new. The ability to share information is NOT new and this is NOT just a millenial concept.
It just has a better wardrobe. (ok..and maybe a face-lift or two)
Or am I just age sensitive today?
at 4:40 PM
Thursday, December 4, 2008
What you really need to get the most out of high resolution observing Without wasting your $$$ resources.
I have already written a bit about planetary and general high resolution observing but I would like to encapsulate the essentials here for those who need a quick picture before actually purchasing a telescope or beginning a telescope assembly or design/construction process. It is my firm belief that most amateur astronomers become over-concerned with items that have relatively little impact on high resolution observing. I see many spend their money where it doesn't help deliver the best image, particularly new comers who must feel overwhelmed in the sea of gizmos and doodads, both electronic and optical, dangled before them. The fact is that most of these attachments and appliances are of relatively little value and do almost nothing but empty one's wallet. And since most of us have a limited budget I'd like to help those who just want an exceptionally good visual scope and want to get a really good view of the planets, moon and binary stars without going broke.
The Kind of Telescope It is my belief that a reflector with a good optical train and a sound design will work as well as a refractor. A reflector can always be made with a larger objective and relatively shorter tube than a refractor. Why serious interest remains in refractors for instruments over four inches aperture is a mystery to me. They are very expensive - far more expensive than a reflector of, say, two inches more in aperture made to exacting standards with first rate materials. The problem with most reflectors is that they are made with substandard materials and then compared - unfavorably - with refractors. No big surprise. Spend a little money in the right places and a reflector will give you the best image you can get with any telescope. Also, don't expect a 10" reflector four feet long to work like a 6" refractor four feet long. Please be reasonable. Please try and keep things in proportion. A bigger telescope has to be proportionally longer than a little scope, but a reflector will always have the edge in compactness.
The Objective Mirror and Secondary Mirror To have a first class telescope you need to have an excellent primary mirror, the heart of your telescope. Without this, you have nothing; everything else becomes superfluous. If the mirror can not deliver a wavefront image of Strehl .95 or better (nominal 1/8 wave), you will not see things at their best. Buy a mirror from me and you can be sure that this condition will exist. A 10" f/6 mirror from me will cost about $800. Now, go out and price an 8" apochromatic objective. After you catch your breath realize that an 8" apochromat will deliver an inferior image when compared to a 10" f/6 parabolic mirror made by me. Think about that - please. If you can get beyond this you will have the beginnings of a great telescope. Fine telescope mirrors have to be made with great care and with no concern about anything except producing the best product that will deliver the ultimate image. Of all the optics I have made for amateurs as well as professional, industrial or governmental use, nothing is more challenging than making a good telescope mirror. They require the most exacting standards; the finest geometric figures, the smoothest surfaces. Such work takes time, and, yes, even devotion. They don't come off a production line.
The diagonal secondary is a bit easier to make; its smaller and not aspheric; but it is not be despised and treated offhandedly. You need to get a good one or my work will be destroyed! It needs to be as good as the primary (See CALCULATING THE SIZE OF YOUR DIAGONAL and The Impact of Diagonal Surface Errors) and it needs to have a good coating. Mounting is also very important. I strongly recommend Protostar for the best diagonals at any price. I and my customers have had excellent results with these diagonals and their spider supports and mounting cells.
Eyepieces and other Essential Accessories If the mirror and secondary is where the amateur tries to skimp, the eye end is where he loves to spend money. What feels better than a new eyepiece in your pocket at the trade show? Right! The reality is that it will largely do nothing that the ones you have already do. Look, this is like addiction treatment. We live in a world where we are tantalized at every turn, from fast food to new cars. It just feels so good to spend a little money. We're a nation of box openers and shrink wrap rippers. If its packaged well it must be good. Unfortunately this does not work with astronomy. I suggest you save your monster eyepiece money and buy one really good mirror. I have bought very few eyepieces over my life time. I routinely use three or four Plossls, and two Barlows for an evenings work - that's it. Large, multi-element eyepieces have been designed for low to medium power wide field work, not for high resolution observing and high powers. They have too much glass, too many surfaces and scatter too much light. Not good for the planets.
My approach to eyepiece use is based upon an understanding of how optics work. Higher powers are best developed using a Barlow lens. And you do not need a very powerful one, a 2X or 2.5X Barlow is very good. Higher power Barlows are very sensitive to misalignment and have been reported to deliver less than desirable images. Nor is an apochromatic Barlow necessary. An ordinary two element achromat is plenty good enough. Barlows don't work that hard. And they should not be made to work hard. The basic idea of a Barlow is to gently bend the incoming rays outward so as to effectively slow down the primary mirror. An f/6 mirror optically becomes an f/12 or f/15 mirror. You can see now that the f/6 mirror takes on the characteristics of a slow classical refractor. The rays converge less obliquely, the mirror imaging system is now more relaxed and the eyepiece refracting system can more easily handle the job. You need to have less aberration correcting power built into the eyepiece - in other words, the eyepiece can be simpler with fewer elements, fewer surfaces, less scatter. What I have just described is the very essence of understanding the optical essentials of producing a fine stellar image. Keep the elements as few and the rays bent as little as possible. There is no more to it than that.
Bearing this in mind, a 10" f/6, or 8" f/6, is maximized for high resolution observing with the following accessories: 25mm, 12.5mm and 8mm Plossl eyepieces; a 2X and/or 2.5X achromatic Barlow; and a set of color filters such as a are sold by Orion or similar distributors. With these the following magnifications on a 10" f/6 can be realized:
Eyepieces alone: 60X, 120X and 190.5X
Eyepieces with a 2X Barlow: 120X, 240X and 381X
Eyepieces with a 2.5X Barlow: 150X, 300X and 476.25X
If you want to go crazy on a very good night and split a difficult double, pile the Barlows on top of each other and you can get up to 952X. And, believe it or not, with a good mirror, on a very good night, a star will hold its image! It won't be pretty, but it will remain as a well-defined spot and not explode into a fuzz ball. Try that with a mediocre mirror - it won't work.
Lastly is the business of filters. On planetary and lunar work they are essential to really good observing. I use orange on the moon, it seems to increase contrast but mostly it reduces the amount of light. If you have too much light entering your eye it essentially becomes stunned and unresponsive. Even the planets are mostly too bright. Since the moon is a monochromatic gray, after a while the obtrusive orange appearance will begin to disappear and you will seem to not notice much of anything except the nice flat and sharp lunar features. You should feel that the lunar landscape near the terminator is razor sharp and exciting to look at, not dull and soft. Planets benefit from specific colors: Jupiter reveals much with a blue filter, Saturn is especially beautiful with a yellow-green filter and Mars with blue and yellow and orange filters is good for showing clouds and enhancing surface features. Much has been written about this subject, but, sadly, I see almost no one using filters on the planets. Magnifications used should be moderate for planets, for a 10" about 200X to 250X. As discussed above, double stars can stand a lot of power when required for splitting a close pair, but their beauty dissolves with increased magnification. The moon, being an extended object can handle fairly high magnification, perhaps as much as 500X with a 10" on a very good night and 250X on most any night
at 3:39 AM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
1. If you want your dreams to come true,
2. The smallest good deed is better
than the grandest intention.
3. Of all the things you wear,
your expression is the most important.
4. The best vitamin for making friends
5. The 10 commandments are
not multiple choice.
6. The happiness of your life depends on
the quality of your thoughts.
7. Minds are like parachutes...
they function only when open.
8. Ideas won't work
unless YOU do.
9. One thing you can't recycle
is wasted time.
10. One who lacks the courage to start
has already finished.
11. The heaviest thing to carry
is a grudge.
12. Don't learn safety rules
13. We lie the loudest when
we lie to ourselves.
14. Jumping to conclusions
can be bad exercise.
15. A turtle makes progress when
it sticks its head out.
16. One thing you can give and still keep
...is your word.
17. A friend walks in when
everyone else walks out.
18. The pursuit of happiness is
the chase of a lifetime!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
What is effective note taking?
Preparing to take notes
Monday, October 13, 2008
When in a committed, loving relationship, sex can be an aspect that brings you even closer together.
Due to the bond sex creates between you and your partner, you will feel like at that very moment in time, there is nothing in the world that can make you feel closer.
However after a number of years of being together, the sex life of many couples slowly diminishes, as they find themselves having sex less frequently. Through no fault of their own, this slowdown occurs for a number of reasons, and with the added stresses and strains of life thrown in the mix, they find themselves in a place they never imagined they would ever be.
So why does this happen to so many couples, especially when you consider the fact that early on in their relationship, they more than likely could not have gone five minutes without putting their hands on places that should only be touched in private! The fact of the matter is that the stresses of life create changes in people that go unnoticed until at times too late. However it is important to state that even at if you do find yourselves at this point in your relationship, it is never too late to rekindle the flame on your sex life.
Living in an uncertain economy places a great deal of stress on couples. Furthermore, with interest rates and inflation soaring through the roof, those who were financially ‘getting by’ are now struggling to make ends meet. This added pressure that couples are now faced with means that couples are having to work more, which means less time spent at home, which leads to less time spent together, and may ultimately lead to less sex.
As you may be working more, not only will you be spending more time at work as opposed to home, when you are home, you will more than likely be feeling a lot more tired, which simply adds to the problem. A key to tackling this issue is to improve your general fitness. This may include going to the gym; going for runs around the block; or dusting off your purchased home gym equipment, and making use of it.
Although all these are great ways to improve your general fitness, a just as good way to improve your fitness is through sex itself. Not only will it help you burn unwanted calories, you will more than likely enjoy it a lot more than taking a run around the block, where the only sounds you’ll be experiencing here are the sounds coming from your iPod!
Bringing up Children
Although children are a welcomed addition to a family, their presence automatically changes the shape of your sex life. From pregnancy to the time they leave the nest, you find yourselves putting them before your lives. Gone are the days where you could spontaneously surprise your partner, making love to them on the dining room table, as sitting at the other end of it, is probably your 14 year old son or daughter looking over at you in great disgust!
However, having children doesn’t mean your sex life has to stop. Make use of family and friends that welcome the idea of baby/ child sitting. Not only can you rekindle the flames and spontaneity in your relationship, it gives you both time alone to catch up on other things you may have unintentionally neglected.
Communication Goes a Long Way
Communication is the key for any kind of relationships survival. Some couples inadvertently take each other for granted, and talk at, rather than communicate with each other. Routine occurs to everyone, and although humans get content with this fact, it is important that you keep the lines of communication open, as if you’re not comfortably communicating with each other, you will find yourselves going off into different directions, and finding little time for each other.
Whether experiencing difficulties finding time for each other due to bringing up children, or just through the general stresses and stains of life, if you keep talking you will at least make sure you’re both still on the same page. This is the starting point to getting your sex lives back on track.
at 5:31 PM
Focusing on three good things that occurred each day is proven to increase levels of happiness and decrease feelings of depression.
To experience this for yourself, each night before sleep recall three good things that happened that day. Do this for one week. A good thing need not be something dramatic, just something positive. In addition to recalling each good thing, review what might have caused that good event.
Researchers doing this study found that positive effects continued for up to six months, primarily because the study participants found three good things so satisfying they continued it on their own beyond the study period.
at 5:07 PM
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Is your life so busy you re wondering how you are going to
find time to read more, especially when it s just for
pleasure ? Having trouble justifying it, even to
yourself? Leisure activities like reading are often the
things that slide when life goes into overdrive. And
that s sad because it s an activity that can make life
richer and more enjoyable.
A lot has been written about the benefits of reading for
and to children. However, there is very little about the
benefits to adults in engaging in regular reading. Let me
assure you that the benefits for adults do exist and are
many and varied.
Some of these include:
1. Providing an escape from the day-to-day
Fiction is a great way to take a quick immediate break, to
be instantly transported into another world. Today you
could be in America, in the deep south with Alice Walker s
The Colour Purple , tomorrow in the Australian bush with
Tim Winton s Dirt Music , next week in downtown London
with Helen Fielding s Bridget Jones Diary and next month
in Ireland with Jim O Neill s At Swim, Two Boys . There
is no limit to the places fiction can take you.
There is something about stopping to focus on words
arranged for our reading pleasure that is instantly
relaxing. Maybe it s staying still, something that doesn t
seem to happen often enough. Maybe it s knowing that we
are stepping into a secret world that we have to relax
enough to enter. Then there is the words themselves. The
beauty and rhythm of language has the ability to calm and
3. Stress relief
Taking your mind off your own problems, even for a few
minutes, can have a therapeutic effect and be a timely
circuit breaker. This is so effective that the National
Health System in the United Kingdom has introduced a
Reading and You Scheme . The scheme encourages mental
health patients to read more as part of their therapy for
reducing stress and overcoming anxiety, depression and
4. Stimulates the right side of your brain
Reading opens your mind to new possibilities. It stretches
your imagination in new and wonderful directions and takes
your mind on a wonderful journey through others lives.
What would you do if you were Jo Becker in While I Was
Gone by Sue Miller? Would you tell your husband and three
daughters about a grisly crime that happened when you were
a university student? Or would you try to pretend it never
Fiction is capable of provoking many and varied emotional
responses it can make you laugh out loud, it can make
tears spill onto the page, it can be edge-of-the seat
terrifying, it can make you blush with embarrassment, it
can challenge your core beliefs. There is a world of
emotion in every story and you as the reader get to be part
Reading is a deeply satisfying pursuit. The expression
curling up with a book evokes a warm and cosy image and
feels luxurious if you don t get to do it often.
Reading is an easy and quick way to nourish your soul
because it is for the most part a solitary pursuit. And
being alone, or at least alone in your thoughts, on a
regular basis is crucial to maintaining a sense of self.
As I m sure you know, it s easier to give to others when
you feel fulfilled and your needs are met. Even just a few
minutes of reading can keep you going throughout the day.
Of course, you know you ve read something special when you
find your thoughts continually re-visiting it.
Reading is like exercising mental and physical benefits
flow from a regular routine.
So don' t feel guilty about taking time out to read. Its
good for you!
Friday, September 19, 2008
1) Post More Often
A quick glance at your blog shows that you’ve only posted two entries in your blog over the past month. Google loves fresh content that is regularly updated. I would suggest to post at least once a week and continue in a regular pattern. In November and December you posted eight posts per month while in May you’ve only done one and we’re half way through the month.
2) Write 300 Words or More
Google wants to see that your posts have enough meat to them before they rank you in their index. You want to make sure that your posts are at least 300 words to show Google that it is a serious post and is worthy of their attention. Your most recent post is only 209 words while the one before it is only 176 words. Try to make a serious effort for future posts to get over the 300 word threshold.
3) Get More Links
This seems to be a recurring theme with many of the sites that have been submitted. Your Page Rank is only a 2 and you need to get a higher ranking if you want your pages to come up in Google’s index. Instead of spending your time commenting on other people’s blogs (blog comments are usually set to “nofollow” which means you get no Page Rank benefit from them), I would try to establish link relationships with those blogs, write in forums which do not have the “nofollow” on them, post articles in article directories, and write great content that people want to link to.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
“It’s better to train your people and have them leave than it is to not train them and they stay or they don’t get training and they leave.”
OK, so it’s no shock I’m a HUGE proponent of training.obviously, Make It Great! and Joyful Jubilant Learning), attend as many conferences as I (and my day job) can afford, subscribe to about 300 blogs, 1 great podcast, and read as many books as I can, as often as I can.
In recent conversations with many other smart managers, we had a discussion about the importance of training, and I thought I’d share our conversation with you, and ask that you share YOUR thoughts about training in the comments below.
In recent conversations with many other smart managers, we had a discussion about the importance of training, and I thought I’d share our conversation with you, and ask that you share YOUR thoughts about training in the comments below.
o Hands on
o Reading manuals and documentation
o Observation with others on team
Key to training: Put the skills into practice shortly after training or retention is super low (if at all)
What do YOU think?
Do you agree training is important, or don’t you care about having a GREAT team?....
"Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was." - Robert Louis Stevenson
"The best place to succeed is where you are with what you have." - Charles M. Schwab
Where are you?
What do you have?
Are you poised to receive YOUR greatness today?
at 11:43 PM
Friday, July 11, 2008
There are so many bad writers on the Internet, especially in the blogging world, so here are some amusing rules to help you become a world-class writer.
34 Rules For Kick ass Writing
1. Verbs HAS to agree with their subjects.
2. Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3. And don’t start a sentence with a conjunction.
4. It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
5. Avoid cliches like the plague. (They’re old hat.)
6. Also, always avoid annoying alliteration.
7. Be more or less specific.
8. Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are (usually)
9. Also too, never, ever use repetitive redundancies.
10. No sentence fragments.
11. Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used unless you don’t want to seem too formal.
12. Foreign words and phrases are not always apropos.
13. Do not use more words, phrases, sentences, or other linguistic elements than you, yourself, actually really and definitely need to use or employ when expressing yourself or otherwise giving voice to what you may or may not be thinking when you are trying to say how many words you should use or not use when using words.
14. One should NEVER generalize.
15. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
16. Don’t use no double negatives.
17. Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, i.e. etc.
18. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20. The passive voice is to be ignored.
21. Eliminate commas, that are, not necessary. Parenthetical words however should be enclosed in commas.
22. Never use a big word when a diminutive one would suffice.
23. Kill excessive exclamation points!!!
24. Use words correctly, irregardless of how others elude to them.
25. Understatement is always the absolute best way to put forth earth shaking ideas.
26. Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place and omit it when its not needed.
27. Eliminate distracting quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson is said to have once remarked, “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”
28. If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times: Resist hyperbole; not one writer in a million can use it correctly.
29. Puns are for children, not groan readers.
30. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
31. Even IF a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
32. Who needs rhetorical questions?
33. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
34. Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.
Credit: I have spent the past few hours trying to find the original source of this, I have asked numerous people, and done numerous searches, and the best I could do was to narrow it down to 8,400 webpages and two possible authors.
I apologise if I am wrong, but the closest I can find to an original source is here: Source
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Saturday, June 28, 2008
My friend Richard happened to see my blog site and asked me:
' Why your blog site so many advertisement? '
I believe he is new to this because he does not even know what is blog?
I started blogging on this site since 14th oct 2007.
After one month of blogging, a blogger suggested to me to apply for adsence programme that relevant advertisement will be placed on my blog pages and i will earn revenues [ Coffee money ]whenever readers click on my goggle advertisements, so call Pay Per Click.
After that, i applied for the adsence programme and the application was approved on 10th Dec 2007, the next day the advertisement could be seen on my blog pages.
Since 11th Dec 2007 until now , about 2 month, i observe the following:
1. More page view will generate more revenues due to more click on advertisement.
2. Interesting topics will attract more readers.
The key point is if i really want to be a blogger who can really earn big, i have to fullfill the following:
Qualiy blog---It is really important to write blogs with good quality contents which then can detain repeated readers.
Internet traffic---If my blog site has no internet traffic, then who is going to click my advertisement.
This is my little thought about Pay Per Pay and Internet traffic.
I am happy to see so many races here, all people can live peacefully. We respect each others and work hard to contribute something to the society and country.
Although here has no natural resources but only has " Human resources "
The government has invested a lot on education so as we have the capability and skills to survive in this competitive global world. We have to go globally, constantly look out new opportunity in business, etc. From the media, I learn that many countries from middle east, Asia, Europe even Africa welcome us for investments, consultancies, etc.
Similarly, many foreigners come here to work as Doctors, Engineers, Teachers, Maids and so on. For me, I welcome them warmly because we are all the same-Human being, am I right?
Friday, June 13, 2008
What is Viral ebook?
If you already have an e-book. But it is still just in your possession. You will not benefit from it unless you let others know that you have that e-book. You have to make the online world know about your e-book and start making it become viral.
How do you advertise or promote your e-book so that many readers will know your viral ebook in this cyber world?
Promoting Your Viral e-Book
Producing a viral e-book is to generate sales and increase your revenue within just a short period of time. For that to happen, your e-book should have maximum exposure as possible. But if you try to do it all on your own, that would definitely take all of your time and is not efficient. Please don’t do it yourself. Make it viral by others. How?
Firstly, clearly define your target market. Having a well defined set of audiences will make your promoting time more effective and efficient.
Next, you should do is create a newsletter or an ezine that will reach your target market. Start to build a list of subscribers for a newsletter that might interest your potential customers. This newsletter can have articles, tips, news and other updates related to your e-book and your product. This ezine should prominently feature your e-book. It will be useless to create an ezine if your site and products are not promoted in there.
Once you have thought of what to put in your newsletter, it is now time to gather subscribers for your ezine. To get a subscriber is to include a page in your web site where people can subscribe. Having a small pop-under box where people can place their email addresses to subscribe also works, no matter how terribly annoying it may be.
Have your newsletter listed on group subscription forms and on the inside pages of high traffic Web sites. Signing up for a free publisher account on sites such as Idea Marketers will also be beneficial because you can add your newsletter in their directory.
Other than newsletters or ezines, you also have to actively promote your e-book on your own web site. A good way to have it seen in your site is to devote a single page, or even more, just for the e-book. Listing in together with all your other products will do no good.
Make it easy for your visitors to find information about your e-book anywhere in your site. Feature the e-book on all the pages, if possible, or add a navigation bar just for it. Featuring some good excerpts from the e-book will also arouse their curiosity and most likely lead them to get your e-book.
As the author of the book, include information about yourself as well. The more people know about you, the more they will build their trust on you. Having a picture also adds more credibility to your personality.
There are also a lot of e-book directories out there. Make sure that your e-book gets listed in every single e-book directory there is to gain more exposure. Joining forums that talk about the same topic as your e-book is also one way of actively promoting it. You can post threads or reply to other people’s concerns that may be related to what your e-book is offering.
If you want to maximize exposure, apply one of the principles of viral marketing. Give your viral e-book for free to people who might find it useful and interesting. You just need to gather a list of potential customers then send the e-book to them for free. Just make sure that it will not appear like a spam message; else, it will just damage your e-book and may not reach its full potential that you would desire.
These are just a few examples on how you can promote your e-book. There are a lot more possibilities that you can explore. You just have to be imaginative and creative. But these methods can be sufficient enough for you to start promoting your viral e-book.
Internet has made this world an open enterprise. It has become important for companies to further expand their market and consumer targets. The best products which will definitely capture their interests and needs. This means that you need to identify specifically who these people are, location and financial level. Have a marketing knowledge and skill to achieve your goal in the field of Internet marketing.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Diploma in Business Administration
(Student No –DBA 0707119)
June 03, 2008
A scan of the internal and external environment is an important part of the strategic planning process. Environmental factors internal to the firm usually can be classified as strengths (S) or weaknesses (W), and those external to the firm can be classified as opportunities (O) or threats (T). Such an analysis of the strategic environment is referred to as a SWOT analysis.
The SWOT analysis provides information that is helpful in matching the firm's resources and capabilities to the competitive environment in which it operates. As such, it is instrumental in strategy formulation and selection. Normally firms use SWOT analysis to develop a competitive
Wal-Mart is the largest grocery retailer in the
Wal-Mart operates in
Wal-Mart has been criticized by some community groups, women's rights groups, grassroots organizations, and labor unions, specifically for its extensive foreign product sourcing, low rates of employee health insurance enrollment, resistance to union representation, and alleged sexism.
A firm's strengths are its resources and capabilities that can be used as a basis for developing a competitive advantage.
The absence of certain strengths may be viewed as a weakness.
The external environmental analysis may reveal certain new opportunities for profit and growth.
1. To take over, merge with, or form strategic alliances with other global retailers, focusing on specific markets such as
2. The stores are currently only trade in a relatively small number of countries. Therefore there are tremendous opportunities for future business in expanding consumer markets, such as
3. New locations and store types offer Wal-Mart opportunities to exploit market development. They diversified from large super centres, to local and mall-based sites.
4. Opportunities exist for Wal-Mart to continue with its current strategy of large, super centres.
Changes in the external environmental also may present threats to the firm.
at 1:21 AM
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Managing a business is not easy and if you don't have more knowledge and skills on how to manage your business very well. I'm sure you're going to lose like my father he had sugar cane business before but he lost it, because he doesn't have more knowledge and skills on how to manage his business very well to make it success. For those who are planning to start a business but don't have a knowledge and skills don't worry there's a website where you can go and have a business Intelligence Training. And to make sure you won't lose your business you might want to hire a business intelligence consultants. This website have a client runs a company that specialises in the field of business intelligence. I feel their service is important and great because they have the experience, training and knowledge to successfully deliver your solution and to help your business to success.
They believe that their ability to understand your business requirements is as important as their technical knowledge. That is why they start by listening to your needs, your experiences and your challenges, so that they build the understanding they need to really help you. If you are looking for Business Objects, Crystal or Microsoft technical skills or a partner to deliver a complete Business Intelligence solution then Contemporary’s people will deliver. So, if you need help or more knowledge on how to manage your business visit their website here.
at 2:35 PM
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at 2:24 PM
"A relationship is like a rose,
How long it lasts, no one knows;
Love can erase an awful past,
Love can be yours, you'll see at last;
To feel that love, it makes you sigh,
To have it leave, you'd rather die;
You hope you've found that special rose,
"Cause you love and care for the one you chose."
"Friendship often ends in love; but love in friendship - never."
"Immature love says: 'I love you because I need you.' Mature love says 'I need you because I love you.'"
Life without love is like a tree without blossoms or fruit."
at 2:21 PM
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Love Poem # 7
You're my man, my mighty king,
And I'm the jewel in your crown,
You're the sun so hot and bright,
I'm your light-rays shining down,
You're the sky so vast and blue,
And I'm the white clouds in your chest,
I'm a river clean and pure,
Who in your ocean finds her rest,
You're the mountain huge and high,
I'm the valley green and wide,
You're the body firm and strong,
And I'm a rib bone on your side,
You're an eagle flying high,
I'm your feathers light and brown,
You're my man, my king of kings,
And I'm the jewel in your crown.
- Nima Akbari -
at 6:19 PM
Saturday, March 8, 2008
at 4:49 PM
Thursday, March 6, 2008
I am so happy coz I got an email today from USCIS that we're approved. After 144 days of waiting since we filed the K1 visa application, now we made it finally. Jeff and I are so excited coz we will be together very soon. WOW!!
I have no sleep yet since last night and its 2 pm now here. I am not even sleepy. Hehe!!too much excitement i know but can't help it. This is what i really feel right this moment. I was right about my feeling that will be approved anytime this week. The last time i checked our status online it says that they updated it October 2007. But yesterday they updated again and finally approved today. Its really a good news for me and Jeff and to our family as well. Before i opened my yahoo mail , i prayed first and i saw the email from USCIS and was really crying like baby. I also checked on their website and its true I AM APPROVED.
Maybe it was the reason why i can't sleep last night its b'coz something was happening. Thanks and Praise God, he's so good all the time
I get happy and excited when i got a message from bloggerwave stating that my blog is approved. I submitted my blog the other day and got approved today. So it was just very fast. I really wanna be part of the team bloggerwave. Now, i am waiting for the opps and start working with them.Wish me luck guys.
at 3:49 PM
Sunday, March 2, 2008
FINAL ASSIGNMENT (1st semester)
Assessing its economic, industry and global conditions.
(Student No –DBA 0707119)
Diploma In Business Administration
1. Overview 1-2
2. Other operaters 3
3.0 Malaysian mobile market 4
3.1 Digi 4-5
3.2 Political environment 5
3.3 Economy 5
3.4 Telecom policy environment 6
The Malaysian government has been engaged in industrial policy for telecom and information technology. Network services were liberalized in 1990s under the nationalistic and economic policies of government. Government heavily restricted the foreign investment to protect the state control network in telecom sector. Late Asian financial crises of 1997-1998 ushered a new era of market transformation.
Government engineered a dramatic consolidation on telecom service market but simultaneously introduced an institutional framework for progressive policy reforms. The creation of independent policy and regulatory body, the Malaysian communication and multimedia commission, has brought a new dimension of transparency and public accountability to telecom technology sector.
Large state-funded infrastructure and training projects are a trade mark of government new economic policy. The success of this infrastructure development effort has thus far been discrete: program aimed at increasing ICT usage and promoting an E-society have yet ignite widespread adopted of broadband service application through out Malaysian society. Here are some key factors that indicating Malaysian key indicators in economic point of view.
The Malaysian government seeks to the make the leap to knowledge based economy and achieved developed country status by year 2020.At independence Malaysian inherited an economy dominated by rubber and tin. The economy sustained growth averaging 8 percent every year since 1980s.
In 2002 and 2003, a sharp swap arranged between TM Cellular, telecom renamed mobile cellular business, and celcom effectively merging the two. Following the financial crises and competitive woes of the large field of players, the government aggressively encouraged rationalized of sector. Three service provider emerged, a structure that remains in place today. Telecom acquired time. Dotcom and celcom, maxis acquire Time Cell, Telenor increased its minority position in Digi to effective control. Each consolidated operator has its own trunk network and international gateway.
Although Digi has right to provide land line service that haven’t do so. Celcom covers 97% of land line connection. There are three major player in this telecom sectors, they have license and mandated by ministry of rebalancing the tariff.
Telecom Malaysian is the bigger player for land line number and has license for both mobile and fix but Digi still not launching land line service for is customer it deals mainly with prepaid connection. Other operator Maxis is dealing with post paid and land line also but mainly with Post paid and prepaid.
Digi has 99% prepaid connection almost all Digi connections are prepaid because their target market is teen agar and students they often prefer to have prepaid connection. Digi is smallest one among the major operators and controlled by Telenor and company from Norway, Digi is holding its own in the face of two major rivals it is overall shares are increasing, in the end of 2004 it was 21.5% with 0.5 increment. Telenor (
Digi targeted the lower end of the market with customer’s friendly service, such as being first launch MMS services and leading the way to simplify the number of calling zone in Peninsular Malaysia to two and in eastern Malaysian to four. Digi relies heavily on dealership network with 99% of its users being prepaid. Placing the company under the pressure of lower prices and at the same time maintained quality and innovative services.
To achieve this Digi is placing a lot of emphasis on backend system, efficient building systems, CRM system, and IN software. Digi is using EDGE technology as migration part of 3 G. Digi which has international gateway, is trying to build a traffic from partnership with application service providers at home and abroad, including prepaid IDD cards with running tones download features.
Malaysia is a political strong country lead by King, whose selection criteria is predetermined, but it controlled by parliamentary system, Prime Minister is the head of state, and all other decision made by Cabinet, in Malaysia since its independence UMNO is ruling party so continual of policies is here.
The government has taken an active role in guiding the nation’s economic development.
Telecom Policy Environment:
Telecom Policy Environment:
www.itu.int/asean2001/reports/material/MYSpercent20CS time: 9.45 date: 1feb 08
www.maxis.com.my/personal/about_us/investor/annualreports25Dec2005 time: 9.45 date: 1feb 08
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