Sunday, 28 June 2009

What an idea!!!

Sponsors of Tomorrow…the ad campaign by Intel is very unique and a good idea. The campaign not only promotes the product, it as well promotes the people with whose ideas, the product came into existence. So far, I was not aware of who invented the idea of USB till I saw this ad. We use USB so often without knowing the brain behind making USB available…and most of the pc based products are run using USB. Be it the pocket mp3 player, the printer, the modem, keyboard, mouse, etc etc and etc… The following is one of the ‘Sponsors of Tomorrow’ ad which describes Ajay V Bhatt, who is working on mobile technology currently and who is a co-inventor of the USB technology.. In this video an actor plays the character of Ajay, while information about the real Mr. Bhatt can be found on Intel's website (Click Here). Ads like these are good motivation for the employees as well as an innovative way to tell the world who has been working on a great idea!

Friday, 26 June 2009

Dog – More than a faithful friend…

I am regular reader of Reuters Oddly Enough on reuters.com This section covers interesting stories which are a good read! Came across this story which describes how Dogs can help in diagnosing diseases before its too late. These dogs are specially trained to alert if a person is having cancer, when the levels of blood sugar is to rise…etc. And surely, after knowing this info, I can say that Dog is not just a faithful friend, its more than that! Take a look at this video…

Saturday, 13 June 2009

News - New competitor!

We are subject to lot of information every day...mails, television, news papers, magazines, internet, etc... Lot of information through these sources may not be relevant to every body, and thank god we have the ability of selective listening and seeing... All said, there is lot of information which make its way to almost everybody in real-time through internet/mobile internet with facebook, twitter, etc. The social networking sites have grown significantly and its still growing. Agree or not, these sites are in a way becoming a competitor to the news industry. People in conference, movie halls, shopping complex, traveling, etc with their status updates are able to keep their friends informed on whats happening in real-time. Be there a great idea being described in a conference, or the traffic jam on some road, etc..all this information make its way through the networks and reaches hundreds of their friends in real-time. May be a news provider would have taken more time to publish this story as a lot of times the story goes through a various checks in the news room before its made public. Well, on fb or twitter, the status updates don't go through those checks and makes it easy for those updates to become public within less time. These sites are the new competitors to news providers, however they cannot match the depth and breadth of news coverage. But, news provider may no longer have an opportunity to say that a particular event was covered by them before anybody did. You may not know, somebody might have put that information before you in their twitter or fb status!

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

Physical Cash Missing!


Paying the expenses like mobile bills, insurance premiums, dining at the restaurant, traveling, etc..all has gone digital. Just with a click, transfer of funds take place. The use of debit/credit cards has been rising. This mode of payment is convenient and easy. Who would like to carry 25k to pay an insurance premium or who has the time to visit the bank to pay the premium? Give it a click or swipe the card, Life is simple!

All good.. if life is simple. Between all these developments, are we going to miss the physical cash in future? I think yes... we are certainly going to miss the currency notes and of course the feel of holding it. Over hundred million of cards in circulation alone in India and still counting...and the rise in the cash less transactions during the past few years, shows that the focus is shifting from a paper based money to e-money. May be kids in the next generation would be taught of what Master Card/Visa, IBFT, etc mean in their primary classes, rather than being taught of which leaders photo appears on a currency note.

The convenience that accompanies e-money is great and this factor is going to play a vital role in chaning the paper based economy into a digital one...and allowing the physical cash go missing!

Friday, 5 June 2009

THE common term widely used at corporations...

I have been listening to 'Work Life Balance' term for quite some time now...and trying to figure out what it actually means. After few observations, I realised that most think it in terms of dividing the 24 hours of the day for work and personal life. Does it mean absolute division of the hours? For some its x hours at office and the remaining hours at home or with friends. The question boils down to what is x hours. It does not mean, being 12 hours in office is going to affect the so called 'work life balance'. Or being at office for say 8-9 hours is going to increase the score of work life balance. I believe it boils down to the fact that it is very subjective and to the question - 'what makes you happy?' For one working for 9 hours, spending a couple of hours with family and friends, after that reading a book, playing games or just being curious on what is everybody up to by logging into Facebook, Orkut, Twitter! would make happy... Someone else may feel happy with what he/she is working on and may end up spending two or three hours more at office, does that mean work life balance is affected? I don't think so. Its a 24 hour day...and spending 8+2 hours does not affect the work life balance, it is more to do with how well you manage the time with work and family. As I mentioned earlier, it is very subjective and depends from person to person. After all, the 'work life balance' is to do with 'what makes you happy'.

How I manage work life balance? I don't keep a count of the hours I work or spend with family/friends, etc. I make sure I am connected to them by meeting them, speaking to them, etc. During breaks using the Internet on my phone to stay connected with Facebook, my blog, emails, etc helps me a lot. Even when it is quite busy schedule, I don't miss on speaking to my family or my close friends. I read a lot and I like movies. I make time to read and watch movies. Sometimes even after a busy day, to watch a good movie or read through some interesting pages i would not mind. All this put together brings a balance with my work and life :)

Monday, 1 June 2009

the johari window...

Arena

(known to self and others)

adaptable, confident, independent, intelligent, knowledgeable, wise

Blind Spot

(known only to others)

able, bold, calm, caring, clever, complex, dependable, dignified, energetic, extroverted, friendly, giving, happy, helpful, idealistic, introverted, kind, logical, mature, modest, observant, organised, patient, proud, quiet, relaxed, responsive, searching, self-assertive, self-conscious, sensible, sentimental, shy, tense, trustworthy

Fa├žade

(known only to self)

Unknown

(known to nobody)

accepting, brave, cheerful, ingenious, loving, nervous, powerful, reflective, religious, silly, spontaneous, sympathetic, warm, witty

Dominant Traits

52% of people agree that amitbulbule is confident

All Percentages

able (8%) accepting (0%) adaptable (13%) bold (4%) brave (0%) calm (4%) caring (17%) cheerful (0%) clever (8%) complex (8%) confident (52%) dependable (26%) dignified (13%) energetic (21%) extroverted (4%) friendly (21%) giving (4%) happy (13%) helpful (8%) idealistic (4%) independent (13%) ingenious (0%) intelligent (43%) introverted (4%) kind (4%) knowledgeable (47%) logical (21%) loving (0%) mature (17%) modest (4%) nervous (0%) observant (21%) organised (34%) patient (8%) powerful (0%) proud (4%) quiet (8%) reflective (0%) relaxed (4%) religious (0%) responsive (8%) searching (8%) self-assertive (8%) self-conscious (8%) sensible (8%) sentimental (4%) shy (8%) silly (0%) spontaneous (0%) sympathetic (0%) tense (4%) trustworthy (26%) warm (0%) wise (13%) witty (0%)

Created by the Interactive Johari Window on 1.6.2009, using data from 23 respondents.
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