Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Saturday, February 17, 2007
If you happen to live in Los Angeles or any of the surrounding areas, I highly recommend reading BlogDownTown, a blog about downtown Los Angeles. The author Eric Richardson is a long time resident of Los Angeles and is really passionate about downtown LA. He updates the blog often with news, commentary and photos of downtown related events.
Also check out the BlogDownTown Flickr pool.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Commercial diving has been around for quite some time now with offshore diving (diving for maintenance of oil platforms in the ocean) and onshore diving (diving for survey or maintenance of engineering projects such as bridges, etc) being the most well known branches. But with the advent of nuclear power, there is now a new type of diving – nuclear diving. ... (more)
Friday, October 13, 2006
Thursday, May 11, 2006
- 63% cannot find Iraq on a map of the Middle East (despite the fact that America is fighting a war there)
- 75% cannot find Indonesia on a map.
- 75% do not know that a majority of Indonesia's population is Muslim (making it the largest Muslim country in the world)
- 74% believe English is the most commonly spoken native language in the world(It is not. The right answer is Mandarin)
- 50% cannot identify state of NY on a map (even though it is the third most populous state in the union, after California and Texas).
- 75% cannot find Iran or Israel on a map.
- 88% cannot find Afghanistan on a map of Asia. (Hard to believe!!)
- 70% cannot find North Korea on a map.
- 48% say Muslims are in the majority in India.
PDF: National Geographic Survey
Friday, May 05, 2006
5: "Your input is valuable to us"
No, it no. What is valuable to them is to have you think that!
4: "The future is bright."
Actually this is not a complete lie. It is partly true. Having worked at a startup, I realized that while it was a dead end job for me, the future was bright from the people in management who had a huge personal stake in the company.
3: "Our people are the best."
If you give your boss truth serum before this talk you would hear him say "Our people are the best amongst the people desperate enough to work here at the meager salary we were willing to offer"
2: "We'll review your performance in 6 months."
I personally fell for this one when I was negotiating my salary for my first job. The 6 months never came.
And the top lie, ladies and gentlemen (drum-rolls in the background)
1: "Employees are our most valuable asset."
They should be, but they are not. The only time they treated that way is on their last week at work, when management needs them to transfer their knowledge to another employee.
On a side note:
You know as a software engineer you are a valuable asset to the company when you have..
"a quiet private office, a great computer, unlimited beverages, an ambient temperature between 68 and 72 degrees (F), no glare on the screen, a chair that's so comfortable you don't feel it, an administrator that brings them(you) their mail and orders manuals and books, a system administrator who makes the Internet as available as oxygen, a tester to find the bugs they (you) just can't see, a graphic designer to make their (your) screens beautiful.."
Truth Serum: On Wikipedia
Development Abstraction Layer
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Internet Explorer 7, set to come out this summer is the first upgrade to the browser in 5 years. Amongst many new features that will be part of the new version, there is a small search box in the upper right corner of the browser. What it does is it allows the user to start a search directly, without having to go to a web site of a search engine. On typing a search query and hitting enter, the user is directly taken to a web page of the search engine containing the results. Unless set otherwise, this search box is set to use Microsoft's MSN search.
This move as per Google, benefits Microsoft tremendously. Google says that about 30-50 percent of all the web search originate from that little search box. They also say that it limit user choice as not many people are savvy enough to be able to change the default search engine.
In the past few months Google has:
- Heavily promoted Google Toolbar, which also has a small search box. The default search engine it uses is Google.
- Heavily promoted Firefox, which also has a small search box. The default search engine it uses is Google.
- Paid $ 1 billion to Dell computers, for having them install a Googlized web browser on the computers they ship.
- And let's not forget about Safari, where Google is the default search engine and it's very hard for normal people to change that.
Internet Explorer home page
Google Promoting Firefox on its home page
Google Shares Slammed On Billion-Dollar Dell Deal