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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

How to build a culture of innovation - 50 tips

Fostering innovation in an organization is one of the most difficult things to do. You have to let people be creative, and yet ensure that the work required to be done by your organization still gets done.
Here is the link for 50 tips on how to foster innovation (link)
Some examples from the site are:
- Make new mistakes.
- Have more fun. If you're not having fun (or at least enjoying the process) something is off.
- Ask questions about everything. After asking questions, ask different questions. After asking different questions, ask them in a different way.
- Encourage everyone to communicate. Provide user-friendly systems to make this happen.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Adult joke: A small patch of hair

Three boys were sitting on a fence talking. One of the little boys
says to the other, "If you could have your body covered in anything,
what would it be?"

After thinking for a while the boy answers. "Silver"

"Well, why?"

"I could peel it off and buy that Honda over there"

The boy then asks the other, "And you?"

"Gold, I could peel it off and by the BMW sitting over there"

After a few seconds one of the boys ask the first boy, "Well, what about you?"

The boy thought and thought and finally, said very calmly, "Hair".

Well the other two boys were just sickened and asked..."HAIR???? Why
in the hell would you want your WHOLE BODY covered in HAIR???"

"Well", the boy answered, "My sister has got a little tiny patch of
hair and she owns both of those cars!!!"

Quick jokes about divorce

"What grounds do you think you have?" asked the attorney whom the
woman was consulting about a divorce.

"My husband keeps bringing his work home with him night after night!"
exclaimed the client.

"But that's hardly grounds for divorce," smiled the attorney. "Why, I
do that myself."

"Sure, I can see a man doing it if he's a lawyer," snapped the woman,
"but my husband's a pimp."


A lady was quarrelling with her maid, and the maid decided to tell
her some home truths.

"I'll tell you, madam" she said "That your husband has told me
himself that he thinks I am a better housekeeper, cook and laundress
than you are! AND he thinks i am prettier. But that's not all - i am
better than you in bed!"

"I suppose he told you that too" demanded the lady

"No" she replied "The gardener told me!"

Joke: Whose child is it

A man and his wife in court was getting a divorce. The problem was
who should get custody of the child.

The wife jumped up an said: 'Your Honor! I brought the child into the
world with pain and labor. She should be in my custody.

The Judge turns to the husband an says ' What do you have to say in
your defense?
The man sat for a while contemplating..then slowly rose. 'Your Honor!
If I put a dollar in a vending machine and a Pepsi comes
out...whose Pepsi is it..the machine's or mine?

What is the Microsoft Silverlight Media Framework?

Microsoft's open source Silverlight Media Framework (SMF) enables developers to quickly deploy a robust, scalable, customizable media player for IIS Smooth Streaming delivery. The SMF builds on the core functionality of the Smooth Streaming Player Development Kit
Learn more at this link.

Player Elements
Play / pause
Fast forward
Slow motion
Next chapter marker
Previous chapter marker
Timeline Scrubber
Current position / total position
Go to live
Bitrate meter
Full screen / restore

Advanced Features
Brand your player - Use Blend to re-invent how users experience your content!
Emphasize defining moments by embedding Markers in your Timeline.
Communicate and respond to bandwidth utilization by using the Bitrate element.
Integrate external data sources using the Data framework.
Deliver differentiated Live and On-Demand experiences.

Providing digital publishing solutions for the publishing industry - Olive Software

In this digital world, an increasing number of newspapers and magazines are looking to have a combined digital and print version, or only a digital version; in addition, they have a huge amount of content, and need good stable solutions. One such company providing such solutions is called "Olive Software". From the site:
Olive Software is the leading provider of digital edition and digital archiving solutions for the publishing industry. Our solutions enable newspapers, magazines and other content publishers to cut printing and distribution costs, boost online traffic, and create new markets and revenue streams.
Olive Software’s products allow you to transform your content resources into intelligent knowledge assets, enabling information discovery, effective search and future-proof preservation. Our product lines support the entire content lifecycle, including digitization, transformation, warehousing, search, access, view, and Web-based delivery.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Adult Joke - Extra charge by manager

I remember of a joke of a couple who went to Hotel for 2night/3day package holiday stay. On one night they did not take dinner. At the time of settling the bill they were charged for dinner. Husband asked" Why?"
Manager replied that dinner was available you did not take it. It is your fault.
Husband thought for a moment and said in that case you should pay me USD 500 . Manager exclaimed Why!!!!!
Husband said" you enjoyed with my wife last night and her charge is USD 500 per night."
Manager" I did not have anything with your wife!!"
Husband " Yes but she was available. You did not avail. It is your fault"

Monday, January 4, 2010

10 biggest cyber cimes of the period 2000-1009

We have got somewhat used to cyber-crimes all around us, but when they happen, they can be shocking; further, they were a surprise when they first happened and let to more security measures and tech innovation after they happened.
Wired has run an article on the top 10 cyber-crimes of the first decade of the 21st century, and you can read it at this link.
It contains details of:
Breaches of state databases
The Slammer worm
The Traffic Signal Attack in LA
and many others

Top freeware apps for the Samsung i8910 / Omnia HD phone

The Samsung i8910 HD phone is a great phone, with a 8 Mega Pixel camera, with 16 GB of memory, and a superb 3.7 inch OLED screen. However, as with any phone like this, there is a need to get more apps, and here is a listing of articles and places where some apps can be obtained.

Top 20 freeware apps for the Symbian based Samsung i8910 HD phone (link).
This includes Google Maps, Youtube, Opera Mini (to replace the default browser), Gmail, AccuWeather, Twitter Client, Travel Information, Chat clients, etc.

Friday, January 1, 2010

Antenna Web - Maximize your television reception

And get inputs on what type of antennas to buy. If your TV reception is not proper, then consider using this website to evaluate the reception in your area.
The mapping program, provided by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), locates the proper outdoor antenna to receive your local television broadcast channels.
Based on geographical maps and signal strengths, AntennaWeb locates the best antenna for you — whether the antenna is for use with a home satellite system, high-definition television (HDTV) or a traditional analog set.
Click on the site (link) to learn more.
Good TV antenna selection is not based on distance from the transmitting station except in rural environments. Good reception is based on accurately characterizing signal conditions, and selecting an antenna that works in that situation.
That is why this antenna selection guide has been prepared by applying massive computing power to massive databases to compute antenna requirements in your neighborhood. Even with this amazing capability, assuring good TV reception requires attention to details in your neighborhood and proper installation.