Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Mr.Bean Jokes

A few jokes involving Mr.Bean. These are fun to read but thinking logically -Mr.Bean would never do such things because he is smart :)

Anyways, have fun reading the jokes.

On a romantic day Mr. Bean’s girlfriend asks him,“Darling on our engagement day will you give me a ring?”
Mr. Bean : “Ya sure, from landline or mobile?”.

Mr. Bean was busy removing a wheel from his auto. A man asks Mr. Bean "why are you removing the wheel from your auto."
Mr. Bean : Cant you read the board. Parking is only for 2 wheeler.

Interviewer: What is your date of birth? Mr. Bean: Nov 28.
Interviewer: Which year?
Mr. Bean: Oh You Idiot, Every year.

Mr. Bean became a photographer and was focusing a dead body’s face in a funeral function, suddenly relatives beat him. Why?

Mr. Bean sent an SMS to his pregnant wife. Two seconds later a report came to his phone and he started dancing. The report said, “DELIVERED”.

Mr. Bean says I LOVE YOU to his girl friend and suddenly falls on the floor. Girlfriend: What is this?
Mr. Bean: ahhhh, I am falling in love!

Four guys one from Harward, one from Oxford one from Texas and Mr. Bean. A common question was asked : What is the fastest thing in world?
Guy from Oxford: Light
Guy from Harvard: Thought
Guy from Texas: Blink of an eye
Mr. Bean: Its loose motions,because last night I was lying in my bed & before I could blink, think or turn on the lights, it was over!

Mr. Bean to a friend: Mr. Zee Guess how many coins I have in my pocket?Mr. Zee: If I guess right, will you give me one?
Mr. Bean: aahhh, I will give both of them.

Professor: Chemical symbol of Barium?
Mr. Bean: BA
Professor: For sodium?
Mr. Bean: NA
Professor: What will we get if one atom of BA and two atoms of NA combined? Mr. Bean: BANANA

In bio practical - Examiner: Tell me the name of this bird by seeing it’s legs only?
Mr. Bean: I don’t know.
Examiner: You failed, what’s your name?
Mr. Bean: See my legs and tell my name?

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Quotes by Steve Jobs, Hitler and Others

"Have The Courage To Follow Your Heart And Intuition. They Know What You Truly Want To Become, Everything Else Is Secondary" - Steve Jobs

"People Don’t Change When You Tell Them A Better Option. They Change Only When They Realize That There Is No Other Option" - Hitler

Have you everwondered…
Which hurts the most “Saying something &…Wishing you hadn’t
Saying nothing & Wishing you had… ?”

“No man ever made a great discovery without the exercise of the imagination.”

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Saturday, October 08, 2011

A Few Cute Abbreviations

These abbreviations are not known to many of us and in a way they are cute.  There are a few anagrams, which you might like here.

Chess : Chariot – Horse – Elephant – Soldiers

Cold : Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease.

Joke : Joy Of Kids Entertainment

Date : Day And Time evolution

Tea : Taste & Energy Admitted

Pen : Power Enriched in Nib

Smile : Sweet Memories In Lip Expressions

Bye : Beside you everytime

Absolutely Amazing Insect Engineering

This indeed is amazing engineering by the insect trying and succeeding in building its tree house. It should be called an art because it is not using any tools and the way this insect constructs its house is beautifully inspiring. Sure this is the instinct that the God gave it because there are no schools and universities to teach insects. This sophisticated instinct of the insect makes it superior to human beings considering we human beings have to learn a lot before we can perform such an amazing task of engineering.

Observe how this bug is building its house.

First, it cuts a straight line.

Leaving a part to hang the house

What's it doing now....measuring distances?

Starting to fold the leaf.

Folding two sides and holding both the sides of end of the leaf. This is amazing.

Using right side legs to hold and left side to fold.

Bringing a shape.

Making a hole or installing a door.

Finally some quality checks for the support and applying some glue to make sure.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Fake currency number series in India

I got the list of series currency note numbers for which the recent huge bulk of fake notes are in circulation.  These notes are believed to have come from Pakistan through Nepal.  I can not prove it though.  One of the sources also told that it is becoming very harder even for the bank officials to identify the fakes as they are as good as the originals.  The worst part is that people are complaining of ATMs dispersing fake notes.  This is the last thing that could happen and if this is true we can not believe any one excep to gently telling your payers that you are not accepting any Rs.500 and Rs.1000 denomination notes from the following series.

This is the list of series you should be bothering about.

For Rs. 500

  • 2AC
  • 2BW
  • 4DG
  • 6AB
  • 6AV
  • 6BL
  • 6DK
  • 6DW
  • 7DN
  • 7AC
  • 7DD
  • 8BD
  • 8BS
  • 8BP
  • 8PP
  • 8PQ
  • 8DC
  • 8BF
  • 8BK
  • 9AR
  • 9AN

For Rs.1000
  • 2AQ
  • 7AC
  • 7DN
  • 7CN
  • 8AC
  • 9AT
 Disclaimer - I have got this information from a friend of mine and I am in no way liable and accountable to this information.  My intentions are just to help the readers.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

45 Lessons Life Taught To Regina Brett

Regina Brett wrote these 45 lessons that life taught her.

1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.
5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
6. You don't have to win every argument... Agree to disagree.
7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8. Its OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. Its OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind & soothes the soul
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take NO for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow...
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive everyone and everything.
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time... You already have all you need.
42. The best is yet to come.
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Listen, yield and share hugs and knowledge with abandon.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

Indian Toll free Numbers

Here are a few Tool free numbers you can use in India for different companies.

Do curse me and then please let me know if you find any of these not working so that I can update them.

Indian Airlines -
( 1800 180 1407
Jet Airways -
( 1800 22 5522
Spice Jet -
( 1800 180 3333
Air India --
( 1800 22 7722
Kingfisher -
( 1800 180 0101


( 1800 11 2224
Canara Bank -
( 1800 44 6000
Citibank -
( 1800 44 2265
Corporation Bank -
( 1800 443 555
Development Credit Bank -
( 1800 22 5769
HDFC Bank -
( 1800 227 227
ICICI Bank -
( 1800 333 499
( 1800 22 4848
IDBI Bank -
( 1800 11 6999
Indian Bank -
( 1800 425 1400
ING Vysya -
( 1800 44 9900
Kotak Mahindra Bank -
( 1800 22 6022
Lord Krishna Bank -
( 1800 11 2300
Punjab National Bank -
( 1800 122 222
State Bank of India -
( 1800 44 1955
Syndicate Bank -
( 1800 44 6655


Mahindra Scorpio -
( 1800 22 6006
Maruti -
( 1800 111 515
Tata Motors -
( 1800 22 5552
Windshield Experts -
( 1800 11 3636


Adrenalin -
( 1800 444 445
( 1800 425 6664
Apple Computers -
( 1800 444 683
Canon -
( 1800 333 366
Cisco Systems -
( 1800 221 777
Compaq - HP -
( 1800 444 999
Data One Broadband -
( 1800 424 1800
Dell -
( 1800 444 026
Epson -
( 1800 44 0011
eSys -
( 3970 0011
Genesis Tally Academy -
( 1800 444 888
( 1800 180 8080
( 1800 443 333
Lexmark -
( 1800 22 4477
Marshal's Point -
( 1800 33 4488
Microsoft -
( 1800 111 100
Microsoft Virus Update -
( 1901 333 334
Seagate -
( 1800 180 1104
Symantec -
( 1800 44 5533
TVS Electronics -
( 1800 444 566
WeP Peripherals -
( 1800 44 6446
Wipro -
( 1800 333 312
Xerox -
( 1800 180 1225
Zenith -
( 1800 222 004

Indian Railway
General Enquiry 131
Indian Railway
Central Enquiry 131
Indian Railway
Reservation 131
Indian Railway
Railway Reservation Enquiry 1345,1335,1330
Indian Railway
Centralised Railway Enquiry 1330/1/2/3/4/ 5/6/7/8/9

Couriers/Packers & Movers

ABT Courier -
( 1800 44 8585
AFL Wizz -
( 1800 22 9696
Agarwal Packers & Movers -
( 1800 11 4321
Associated Packers P Ltd -
( 1800 21 4560
( 1800 111 345
FedEx -
( 1800 22 6161
Goel Packers & Movers -
( 1800 11 3456
( 1800 22 7171

Home Appliances

Aiwa/Sony -
( 1800 11 1188
Anchor Switches -
( 1800 22 7979
Blue Star -
( 1800 22 2200
Bose Audio -
( 1800 11 2673
Bru Coffee Vending Machines -
( 1800 44 7171
Daikin Air Conditioners -
( 1800 444 222
DishTV -
( 1800 12 3474
Faber Chimneys -
( 1800 21 4595
Godrej -
( 1800 22 5511
Grundfos Pumps -
( 1800 33 4555
LG -
( 1901 180 9999
Philips -
( 1800 22 4422
Samsung -
( 1800 113 444
Sanyo -
( 1800 11 0101
Voltas -
( 1800 33 4546
WorldSpace Satellite Radio -
( 1800 44 5432

Investments/ Finance

( 1800 44 2267
Chola Mutual Fund -
( 1800 22 2300
Easy IPO's -
( 3030 5757
Fidelity Investments -
( 1800 180 8000
Franklin Templeton Fund -
( 1800 425 4255
J M Morgan Stanley -
( 1800 22 0004
Kotak Mutual Fund -
( 1800 222 626
LIC Housing Finance -
( 1800 44 0005
SBI Mutual Fund -
( 1800 22 3040
Sharekhan -
( 1800 22 7500
Tata Mutual Fund -
( 1800 22 0101


Club Mahindra Holidays -
( 1800 33 4539
Cox & Kings -
( 1800 22 1235
God TV Tours -
( 1800 442 777
Kerala Tourism -
( 1800 444 747
Kumarakom Lake Resort -
( 1800 44 5030
Raj Travels & Tours -
( 1800 22 9900
Sita Tours -
( 1800 111 911
SOTC Tours -
( 1800 22 3344

Best on Health -
( 1800 11 8899
Dr Batras -
( 1800 11 6767
GlaxoSmithKline -
( 1800 22 8797
Johnson & Johnson -
( 1800 22 8111
Kaya Skin Clinic -
( 1800 22 5292
LifeCell -
( 1800 44 5323
Manmar Technologies -
( 1800 33 4420
Pfizer -
( 1800 442 442
Roche Accu-Chek -
( 1800 11 45 46
Rudraksha -
( 1800 21 4708
Varilux Lenses -
( 1800 44 8383
( 1800 33 1262


AMP Sanmar -
( 1800 44 2200
Aviva -
( 1800 33 2244
Bajaj Allianz -
( 1800 22 5858
Chola MS General Insurance -
( 1800 44 5544
HDFC Standard Life -
( 1800 227 227
( 1800 33 4433
Max New York Life -
( 1800 33 5577
Royal Sundaram -
( 1800 33 8899
SBI Life Insurance -
( 1800 22 9090

Hotel Reservations

GRT Grand -
( 1800 44 5500
InterContinental Hotels Group -
( 1800 111 000
Marriott -
( 1800 22 0044
Sarovar Park Plaza -
( 1800 111 222
Taj Holidays -
( 1800 111 825


Asian Sky Shop -
( 1800 22 1800
Jaipan Teleshoppe -
( 1800 11 5225
Tele Brands -
( 1800 11 8000
VMI Teleshopping -
( 1800 447 777
WWS Teleshopping -
( 1800 220 777


Domino's Pizza -
( 1800 111 123

Cell Phones

BenQ -
( 1800 22 08 08
Bird CellPhones -
( 1800 11 7700
Motorola MotoAssist -
( 1800 11 1211
Nokia -
( 3030 3838
Sony Ericsson -
( 3901 1111

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

SiliconIndia Startup City, 2009

SiliconIndia Startup City is an exciting event happening in Mumbai on September 12th, 2009 at Hotel Rangsharda.

From early-stage entrepreneurs and recent start-ups to well-established and fast growth technology companies, you can find them all at the Siliconindia Startup City.

There will be 30 most promising technology startups showcasing their products. You can meet these entrepreneurs and also over 30 investors.

The largest and most exciting event of its kind - offering more than ever in 2009, with 50 exhibitors, an outstanding range of speakers, 40 investors, 500 entrepreneurs and more than 4000 attendees.

Over there, you'll hear companies you have probably not heard. You can find out what do they do and the promise they hold.

And for those of you who are thinking of starting a business, or already in business and looking to network, you will be going to the right place.

You can -

  • Watch live product demonstrations
  • Get a peek into cutting edge technologies
  • Lay hands on the best-of-breed solutions
  • Meet young, energetic, passionate geeks
  • Experience the culture of innovation
This can be your chance to know the building of companies like Rediff.com, Syntel, Netmagic, Sulekha, Microworld and many more as their founders come and share their journey:
  • Venki Nishtala, Founder & CEO, Rediff.com
  • Keshav R. Murugesh, CEO, Syntel
  • Sharad Sanghi, Founder & CEO, Netmagic
  • Govind Rammurthy, Founder, CEO & MD, MicroWorld Technologies
  • Satya Prabhakar, Founder & CEO, Sulekha.com

To attend this event you can register FREE at http://www.siliconindia.com/startupcity_mumbai/index.php

8 Places to create Flow charts and Workflow online

There are several free, and quite powerful diagramming solutions available as online tools. The following solutions can be used to help diagram software development steps, processes, sitemaps and more. Online applications such as these, make it much easier for people to collaborate when compared with offline software such as Microsoft Visio or OpenOffice Draw. The cost and limited licensing of Microsoft’s product can be a deterrent right from the start. The applications below will address your need to create visually-appealing, easy-to-understand, and cost effective wireframes, flowcharts, sitemaps, and other types of organization charts.

Google Docs too is now providing better shapes to draw nice flow diagrams.

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Baby's protruding heart tucked inside body

Ever wondered how big miracles can haapen with the advancement in clinical science? A 10 day old baby's protruding heart was tucked inside body by making some space by displacing the lungs and the liver.

In a critical surgery performed at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Indian government doctors Thursday eased the protruding heart of a 10-day-old baby boy back into his body in what they called a critical but successful surgery.

A.K. Bisoi, cardiothoracic surgeon at New Delhi's All India Institute of Medical Sciences, told that his 13-member team did not stop the child's heartbeat as they performed the 3½-hour operation. The dangling organ has been successfully placed in a space surgically created between the chest and the abdomen, he said and he added that the baby is stable and may not require any other surgery.

Bisoi explained that surgeons had to displace organs including the lungs and the liver as they created a space for the heart. "We will have to keep a watch on how those organs respond," he said.

The baby was born August 25 in a remote village in India's eastern state of Bihar along the border with Nepal.

He was admitted to the hospital the next day with acute dehydration and infection that doctors say he probably caught during a 683-mile (1,100-kilometer) journey in a rickety train compartment. Specialists replaced the baby's infected blood and covered his heart with a synthetic membrane.

Bisoi described the case -- called ectopia cordis, which only affects five to eight cases in 1 million live births -- as a "lifetime opportunity" that might shed light on how to deal with similar conditions in the future.

"You are daring to correct a defect of Mother Nature," Bisoi told a day ahead of the surgery.

All India Institute of Medical Sciences, carried out the operation free of cost.

The child's 24-year-old father, Chander Majhi, is a laborer in Bihar, one of India's most impoverished states.

He said he felt indebted to the doctor in his home state as well as the hospital specialists. The Bihar doctor had not only referred the baby to the hospital but also financed the trip.

Source: CNN.com

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Nice anagrams (rearranging letters)

An anagram is a type of word play, the result of rearranging the letters of a word or phrase to produce a new word or phrase, using all the original letters exactly once; Someone who creates anagrams is called an anagrammatist. The original word or phrase is known as the subject of the anagram.

Here are a few nice anagrams.

  • SMAISMRMILMEPOETALEUMIBUNENUGTTAUIRAS - ALTISSIMUM PLANETAM TERGEMINUM OBSERVAVI (Galileo used smaismrmilmepoetaleumibunenugttauiras for Altissimum planetam tergeminum observavi ("I have observed the most distant planet to have a triple form") for discovering the Rings of Saturn in 1610)
  • DILIP VENGSARKAR(Former Indian cricketer) - SPARKLING DRIVE
  • INTERNET ANAGRAM SERVER - I, REARRANGEMENT SERVANT (http://www.wordsmith.org/anagram/)

A few cute abbreviations are here.

    Tuesday, August 25, 2009

    A few time tracking tools

    We always seem to 'waste use' our time on different things at work or at home. Though we know tend to do this again and again. We do decide and say to ourselves that we will use time productively. At least I do all this. But almost all the times I had to take the same decision again and again. I think the reason is that I do not have a formidable way of measuring how much time I'm using for different things. If I know that I would definitely reduce the unproductive time phase by phase.

    Different types of Time Tracking tools come handy for this.

    A good short list and review of the tools available is posted at pocketmacblog

    5 things to learn from toddlers

    Ever wondered why a kid is always so happy...it's because of the following 5 things observed and learned from a toddler by a mother.

    1. I Will Try, Try Again.

    Kids fall down on a regular basis. My son falls 400 times a day. And, he gets up 400 times a day. He never gives himself a hard time for falling. He doesn't feel guilty about past falls. He just gets up and tries again. Life is about getting up again after falling. So is your career.

    2. I Know It All Works Out.

    In kid's shows, characters find themselves in sticky situations. They ask themselves, "What do I do now?" Then, they find the answer. They don't go backwards, ever. They go forward, and because they go forward, they build their confidence and self-esteem. The pathway forward may not also be in a straight line, or it might take a little longer, but they find their way out because they know they will.

    3. I Will Ask For Help.

    Kids are not afraid to ask for help. It's a way of life for them. They do so regularly and naturally and that's how they are able to reach their goals successfully. Kids don't expect to work out their difficulties alone. They know that alone they are not as effective.

    4. I Will Have A Good Attitude.

    No matter what happens, no matter how grim a situation looks, kids look at the bright side. If the bridge they need to cross falls down, they take another bridge. If the road is blocked, they find another road. They keep doing different things (with a smile) until something works. If they get afraid, it's short-lived, and they are on their way again.

    5. I'm Growing And Learning.

    Kids don't give themselves a hard time when they make a mistake. They know they can't do everything. Frequently their limitations are frustrating, but they keep learning because they understand that success happens over time with hard work and practice.

    Let's try to practice these things, which we used to do some years back and let's observe the difference they bring in us.

    Thursday, August 20, 2009

    Top Ten Tips for Good Interpersonal Communication Skills

    In day-to-day life every person has to communicate either with the person himself (through self talk) or with others. One needs good interpersonal communication skills to have an effective outcome of the communication.

    Following are the top ten tips, which are very easy to follow and which should be followed by every one not just in job and business communications but in every aspect of life.

    1. Listen first. Communication is a two-way process; getting your message across depends on understanding the other person.
    2. Be interested in the people you are communicating with. Remember people are more attracted to those who are interested in them, and will pay more attention to what they are saying.
    3. Be relaxed. Bad body language such as hunched shoulders, fidgeting, toe-tapping or hair-twiddling all give the game away.
    4. Smile and use eye contact. It’s the most positive signal you can give.
    5. Ask questions. Its a great way to show people that you are really interested in them.
    6. If the other person has a different point of view to yourself find out more about why they have that point of view. The more you understand the reasons behind their thinking the more you can understand their point of view or help them to better understand your point of view.
    7. Be assertive. By this we mean try to value their input as much as your own. Dont be pushy and dont be a pushover. Try for the right balance.
    8. When you are speaking try to be enthousiastic when appropriate. Use your voice and body language to emphasis this.
    9. Do not immediately try to latch onto something someone has just said ... "oh yes that happened to me" and then immediately go on and tell your story. Make sure you ask enough questions of them first and be careful when / if you give your story so as not just to sound like its a competition.
    10. Learn from your interactions. If you had a really good conversation with someone try and think why it went well and remember the key points for next time. If it didnt go so well - again try and learn somethign from it.
    Source: Linkedin Group

    Thursday, August 13, 2009

    Is Recession Ended?

    This is the news of the day that French and German have climbed up from their dipping economies exiting recession.

    BBC reports that both the economies grew by 0.3% between April and June, bringing to an end year-long recessions in Europe's largest economies. But economic activity in the eurozone fell by 0.1%, showing the region as a whole is still in recession.

    UK markets responded positively to the news.

    Hope the rest of the world follows.

    Source: BBC

    Chevy Volt 230 mpg

    General Motors Corp. said Tuesday its Chevrolet Volt rechargeable electric car should get 230 miles per gallon (98 kilometers per liter) of gasoline in city driving, more than four times the current champion, the Toyota Prius.

    The Volt is powered by an electric motor and a battery pack with a 40-mile (65-kilometer) range. After that, a small internal combustion engine kicks in to generate electricity for a total range of 300 miles (480 kilometers). The battery pack can be recharged from a standard home outlet.

    GM came up with the 230-mile (370-kilometer) figure in early tests using draft guidelines from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for calculating the mileage of extended range electric vehicles.

    If the figure is confirmed by the EPA, which does the tests for the mileage posted on new car door stickers, the Volt would be the first car to exceed triple-digit gas mileage.

    GM has produced about 30 Volts so far and is making 10 a week, CEO Fritz Henderson said during a presentation of the vehicle at the company's technical center in the Detroit suburb of Warren.

    Most automakers are working similar plug-in designs, but GM could be the leader with the Volt, which is due in showrooms late in 2010.

    Toyota's Prius, the most efficient car now sold in the U.S., gets 48 miles per gallon (20 kilometers per liter) of gas. It is a gas-electric hybrid that runs on a small internal combustion engine assisted by a battery-powered electric motor to save gasoline.

    The first-generation Volt is expected to cost near $40,000, making it cost-prohibitive to many people even if gasoline returns to $4 per gallon. The price is expected to drop with future generations of the Volt, but GM has said government tax credits and the savings on fuel could make it cost-effective, especially at 230 miles per gallon (98 kilometers per liter).

    The EPA guidelines, developed with input from automakers, figure that cars like the Volt will travel more on straight electricity in the city than on the highway. If a person drives the Volt less than 40 miles (65 kilometers), in theory they could go without using gasoline.

    The mileage figure could vary as the guidelines are refined and the Volt gets further along in the manufacturing process. GM is nearly halfway through building about 80 Volts that will look and behave like the production model, and testing is running on schedule. Two critical areas, battery life and the electronic switching between battery and engine power, are still being refined, but the car is on schedule to reach showrooms late in 2010.

    GM also is finishing work on the power cord, which will be durable enough that it can survive being run over by the car. The Volt will have software on board so it can be programmed to begin and end charging during off-peak electrical use hours.

    Chrysler LLC, Ford Motor Co. and Daimler AG are all developing plug-ins and electric cars, and Toyota Motor Corp. is working on a plug-in version of its gas-electric hybrid system. Nissan Motor Co. announced last month that it would begin selling an electric vehicle in Japan and the U.S. next year.

    Source: AOL Autos

    All the new, upcoming and to be launched cars list

    AOL Autos consists of list of all the new, upcoming and to be launched list of cars. This list provides different options to check the new cars by make, by style, by type and by price. You can also search the new cars by providing the criteria.

    Friday, May 08, 2009

    What is Swine Flu and How to protect yourself from getting infected?

    Different species harbour different strains of the flu virus, for example Bird Flu, Swine Flu and Human Flu.

    What is swine flu?

    Swine flu is a respiratory disease, caused by influenza type A which infects pigs.

    There are many types, and the infection is constantly changing.

    Until now it has not normally infected humans, but the latest form clearly does, and can be spread from person to person - probably through coughing and sneezing.

    What is new about this type of swine flu?

    The World Health Organization has confirmed that at least some of the human cases are a never-before-seen version of the H1N1 strain of influenza type A.

    H1N1 is the same strain which causes seasonal outbreaks of flu in humans on a regular basis.

    But this latest version of H1N1 is different: it contains genetic material that is typically found in strains of the virus that affect humans, birds and swine.

    Flu viruses have the ability to swap genetic components with each other, and it seems likely that the new version of H1N1 resulted from a mixing of different versions of the virus, which may usually affect different species, in the same animal host.

    Pigs provide an excellent 'melting pot' for these viruses to mix and match with each other.

    How dangerous is Swine Flu?

    Symptoms of swine flu in humans appear to be similar to those produced by standard, seasonal flu.

    These include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, chills and fatigue.

    Most cases so far reported around the world appear to be mild, but in Mexico lives have been lost.

    How worried should people be?

    When any new strain of flu emerges that acquires the ability to pass from person to person, it is monitored very closely in case it has the potential to spark a global epidemic, or pandemic.

    The World Health Organization has warned that taken together the Mexican and US cases could potentially trigger a global pandemic, and stress that the situation is serious.

    However, experts say it is still too early to accurately assess the situation fully.

    Currently, they say the world is closer to a flu pandemic than at any point since 1968 - upgrading the threat from three to four on a six-point scale following an emergency meeting on Monday.

    Nobody knows the full potential impact of a pandemic, but experts have warned that it could cost millions of lives worldwide. The Spanish flu pandemic, which began in 1918, and was also caused by an H1N1 strain, killed millions of people.

    The fact that all the cases in the US and elsewhere have so far produced mild symptoms is encouraging. It suggests that the severity of the Mexican outbreak may be due to an unusual geographically-specific factor - possibly a second unrelated virus circulating in the community - which would be unlikely to come into play in the rest of the world.

    Alternatively, people infected in Mexico may have sought treatment at a much later stage than those in other countries.

    It may also be the case that the form of the virus circulating in Mexico is subtly different to that elsewhere - although that will only be confirmed by laboratory analysis.

    There is also hope that, as humans are often exposed to forms of H1N1 through seasonal flu, our immune systems may have something of a head start in fighting infection.

    However, the fact that many of the victims are young does point to something unusual. Normal, seasonal flu tends to affect the elderly disproportionately.

    Can the Swine Flu virus be contained?

    The virus appears already to have started to spread around the world, and most experts believe that containment of the virus in the era of readily available air travel will be extremely difficult.

    Can Swine Flu be treated?

    The US authorities say that two drugs commonly used to treat flu, Tamiflu and Relenza, seem to be effective at treating cases that have occurred there so far. However, the drugs must be administered at an early stage to be effective.

    Use of these drugs may also make it less likely that infected people will pass the virus on to others.

    The UK Government already has a stockpile of Tamiflu, ordered as a precaution against a pandemic.

    It is unclear how effective currently available flu vaccines would be at offering protection against the new strain, as it is genetically distinct from other flu strains.

    US scientists are already developing a bespoke new vaccine, but it may take some time to perfect it, and manufacture enough supplies to meet what could be huge demand.

    A vaccine was used to protect humans from a version of swine flu in the US in 1976.

    However, it caused serious side effects, including an estimated 500 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome. There were more deaths from the vaccine than the outbreak.

    What should I do to stay safe to avoid Swine Flu Spread?

    Anyone with flu-like symptoms who might have been in contact with the swine virus - such as those living or travelling in the areas of Mexico that have been affected - should seek medical advice.

    But patients are being asked not to go into GP surgeries in order to minimise the risk of spreading the disease to others. Instead, they should stay at home and call their healthcare provider for advice.

    After the WHO raised its alert level over swine flu, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office began advising against all but essential travel to Mexico.

    What measures can I take to prevent Swine Flu infection?

    Avoid close contact with people who appear unwell and who have fever and cough.

    General infection control practices and good hygiene can help to reduce transmission of all viruses, including the human swine influenza. This includes covering your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible and disposing of it promptly.

    It is also important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people and cleaning hard surfaces like door handles frequently using a normal cleaning product.

    If caring for someone with a flu-like illness, a mask can be worn to cover the nose and mouth to reduce the risk of transmission. The UK is looking at increasing its stockpile of masks for healthcare workers for this reason.

    But experts say there is no scientific evidence to support more general wearing of masks to guard against infections.

    Is it safe to eat pig meat?

    Yes. There is no evidence that swine flu can be transmitted through eating meat from infected animals.

    However, it is essential to cook meat properly. A temperature of 70C (158F) would be sure to kill the virus.

    What about bird flu?

    The strain of bird flu which has caused scores of human deaths in South East Asia in recent years is a different strain to that responsible for the current outbreak of swine flu.

    The latest form of swine flu is a new type of the H1N1 strain, while bird, or avian flu, is H5N1.

    Experts fear H5N1 hold the potential to trigger a pandemic because of its ability to mutate rapidly.

    However, up until now it has remained very much a disease of birds.

    Those humans who have been infected have, without exception, worked closely with birds, and cases of human-to-human transmission are extremely rare - there is no suggestion that H5N1 has gained the ability to pass easily from person to person.

    Where can I get further advice?

    Further information and advice on swine flu can be found at websites of leading health and research organisations around the world. The World Health Organisation gives background information on the Swine Flu virus. The UK's Health Protection Agency advises the public about what to do if returning from a Swine Flu affected area. The US government's Centre for Disease Control is counting the number of cases in the US.

    You can also track the spread of swine flu reports using unofficial sources. Healthmaps maps viruses using news reports. Social media guide Mashable lists some ways to track the virus . Links to useful websites are being shared on Twitter , the micro-blogging service.

    Monday, April 27, 2009

    Don't Let the Economy Get You Down

    I found this good article by Michael Wood suggesting the needed attitude and the steps to be taken in this time of economic crisis especially by the employers.

    So, here we are, in the midst of perhaps the worst recession in U.S. history. And although originally fueled by bad lending practices in the housing market, the new fuel is the fear, uncertainty and doubt engulfing consumers. Yes, the great U.S. consumption engine that the world relies on is coming to an abrupt halt just as unemployment numbers are soaring.

    For those who have jobs, there lingers a nagging fear that those jobs are not secure, as fellow workers and friends get laid off, retirement accounts get ravaged and cost controls eclipse opportunities for growth. It isn’t surprising that issues related to declining morale and productivity has become commonplace in the workplace. IT is not immune to this situation, and finding ways to stabilize and improve morale within the IT ranks has become increasingly difficult.

    Leaders need to understand that in recessionary times, it is anything but business as usual. They need to introduce counter-measures to break the cycle of fear that emotionally and physically grips employees. The conventional wisdom points to frequent and honest communication and increased employee recognition programs as ways to improve morale. Consider the following from “Impact of the Recession on Employee Morale” from www.managingconflict.com:
    “Instead of deliberately and consistently communicating with employees, employers will go into 'shut down' mode. The result will be increased fear among employees and mistrust of management.

    Communicate constantly to minimize uncertainty. Uncertainty arouses the fear circuits in the brain and is an absolute killer to employee productivity. When people are unsure about the stability of their organization, their standing with their boss or supervisor, or a clear understanding of what’s expected of them, most assume the worst. The ensuing stress decreases the amount of a chemical called dopamine in the brain, a chemical that is critical for clear thinking and reasoning by the prefrontal cortex. Continuous uncertainty can also increase the levels of Cortisol in the body, too much of which can permanently damage both the brain and the circulatory system.”

    So it appears that continuous doses of fear create physically debilitating effects. But is the conventional wisdom enough to remedy the situation? Today, employees need more than empty reassurances and pats on the back. They need to see evidence that management has a workable approach to regrouping and returning to a stable and predictable work environment. Here is an approach that might help management move in that direction.

    Develop a formal set of downsizing rules and scenarios that consciously quantify the trade-offs and impact on customer retention, employee service levels and owner value. Each scenario would be event-triggered, objective and fair. For example an organization that wants to keep reductions in the workforce as a last resort might choose the following sequence of events if downsizing is required:

    • Elimination of all bonuses and discretionary perks for upper and middle management – to demonstrate sacrifices will be top down.
    • Reduction in executive pay to the previous 3 to 5 year levels – to demonstrate sacrifices will be top down.
    • Monetization of non-performing passive investments (land, buildings, etc.)
    • Reduction in Inventory (more frequent replenishment) to preserve cash flow
    • Aggressive accounts receivable collection efforts to accelerate cash flow
    • Hiring freeze – without rehire using attrition to achieve FTE goals
    • Early retirement incentives – without rehire using attrition to achieve FTE goals
    • Elimination of matching 401k contributions with pledge to resume once business improves.
    • Reduction in subsidized medical insurance costs with pledge to resume once business improves.
    • Reduced work week options such as 4 day / 32 hour week, unpaid leave with benefits, etc.
    • Reductions in pay geared to wage brackets (i.e. 100k and up employees take 15% where under 40k employees take 3%)
    • Reductions in force based on performance ratings and tailored to the value each organizational unit delivers and balanced with service level support requirements.
    While this is just an example, it illustrates the kind of proactive planning that once communicated to employees fosters trust and allows them to monitor events that could lead up to their release.

    More than ever, employees need to be able to communicate to their families the current state of financial risk they are facing in a way that minimizes surprises. IT can provide management with the monitoring metrics to assist it in forecasting the impact of scenario triggering events. This information can be shared openly with the workforce helping to forge a connection that conveys “we are all in this together."

    What are your organizations doing to foster positive morale during this recession? How is it working? What would you change? Share your stories with fellow gantthead members. Start a discussion group thread or a GIG


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