Saturday, April 23, 2005

Two Minute Management Course

Two Minute Management CourseThese are very true management lessons!
Truth that may brighten your day !

Lesson One
An eagle was sitting on a tree resting, doing nothing. A small rabbit saw
the eagle and asked him, "Can I also sit like you and do nothing?"
The eagle answered: "Sure, why not."
So, the rabbit sat on the ground below the eagle and rested.
All of a sudden, a fox appeared, jumped on the rabbit and ate it.

Management Lesson - To be sitting and doing nothing, you must be sitting
very, very high up.

Lesson Two
A turkey was chatting with a bull.
"I would love to be able to get to the top of that tree," sighed the
turkey, "but I haven't got the energy.""Well, why don't you nibble on some
of my droppings?" replied the bull.
"They're packed with nutrients."
The turkey pecked at a lump of dung, and found it actually gave him enough
strength to reach the lowest branch of the tree.The next day,after eating
some more dung, he reached the second branch.
Finally after a fourth night,the turkey was proudly perched at the top of
the tree.
He was promptly spotted by a farmer, who shot him out of the tree.

Management Lesson - Bullshit might get you to the top, but it won't keep
you there.

Lesson Three
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird
froze and fell to the ground into a large field.
While he was lying there, a cow came by and dropped some dung on him.
As the frozen bird lay there in the pile of cow dung, he began to realize
how warm he was. The dung was actually thawing him out! He lay there all
warm and happy, and soon began to sing for joy.
A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate. Following the
sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung, and promptly
dug him out and ate him.

Management Lesson -
(1) Not everyone who shits on you is your enemy.
(2) Not everyone who gets you out of shit is your friend
(3) And when you're in deep shit, it's best to keep your mouth shut!

[adapted from forwarded email attachment]

Friday, April 22, 2005

18 possible action to damage your computer

01. press "enter" key rudely
02. Eat and drink when using computer (dirty the keyboard)
03. Forgot to eject CD after finish using it (it is still in CDROM)
04. boot up computer immediately after shut down
05. Open CPU casing while using computer
06. Touch monitor with hand while computer is in operation
07. Use same wallpaper without changing it once in half a year.
08. put some object on top of monitor
09. use the CPU as foot resting area
10. share same electrical output (socket or extension) with air-conditional,television etc.
11. smoking while using computer
12. keep updating driver (soundcard, graphic card etc)
13. install various beta version software or shareware
14. force restart (Ctrl Atl Del or push the restart button on CPU) while computer is in operation
15. forgot to scan and defragment harddisc
16. do not specify virtual memory size
17. delete program instead of uninstall program
18. install too many software which provides similar functionality (2 antivirus, 3 firewall etc).
[source: 电脑操作最忌讳的十八个小动作]

Wednesday, April 20, 2005

The Mayonnaise Jar and the 2 Cups of Coffee

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and the 2 cups of coffee.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar. He shook the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes."

The professor then produced two cups of coffee from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now," said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things --God, your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions--and if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full. The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car. The sand is everything else--the small stuff."

"If you put the sand into the jar first," he continued, "there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

"Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Play with your children. Take time to get medical checkups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first--the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is just sand."

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the coffee represented. The professor smiled. "I'm glad you asked. It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of cups of coffee with a friend."

[adapted from forwarded email attachment]

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Healthy PC DIY

How to maintain a healthy personal computer(PC)?
A brief checklist is listed here, verify it yourself!
  • Windows security updates
For the Microsoft windows user, stay update with your windows is a must to keep your pc from any possible problem. Remember to activate your "Automatic updates". I set this to update itself overnight (3am) so that it will not affect me whenever i need to use the pc urgently.
  • Fresh install
From my personal experience, it is recommended if you can "format and install" all your software one in a year or 1.5 years. There are always additional things no matter how we maintain our computer such as additional registry value, additional folder etc. A fresh install keeps your computer in best possible situation.
However, please do not do this if you are not familiar with the windows environment. Make sure you have everything you need on CD.
  • Control installations
Try to monitor the installation so that you really know which path does the software install to etc. If it's possible, you can modify your start menu so that the programs is categorised by different categories rather than everything in "program files". This will keep your desktop cleaner.
  • Dusting
Keep your computer clean by clean away the dust from time to time(especially those attached inside the fan).
  • Uninstall, don't delete
Uninstall using the "Control Panel" -> "Add/Remove Programs". Try not to delete the folder yourself a prior action has been dones via the "Add/Remove Programs"(which means you're cleaning the remaining files).
  • Update virus software
Virus pattern update is one of the most important things you must do to prevent you from infected by malicious virus/worms/trojan horse etc.
  • Use firewall
Try to use some firewall to enable you to "grant" access rights. This is proactive way and helps eliminate possible intrusion of spyware/adware.

[part of the source: The australian newspaper, 12 April 2005]

Agent, syntax and semantic web vision

What is agent?
If you want to book an ticket to fly abroad, where will you go? Travel agent? I suppose many people will go for this option.
Agent is executing some task on our behalf. A mobile agent is just "virtual" agent that try to execute some operations on our behalf. Some example is ask for their help to book two movie ticket while we busy with works and we will not miss the time to be with our love ones(for movie). Isn't this good? This can double or even triple our time efficiency. This is just small part of it. Mobile agent can be used in a wider range of purposes.
However, can a "machine" understand the relation between Ferrari and car? How about money and currency? Most internet is keyword based and this appears to be a limitation for keyword searching. This is where XML comes in and trying to realise the semantic web vision. We as a human, we understand that Ferrari is car while money and currency is related. these relation can be indicated in XML form and the relation ratio among them can be stated clearly.
I try to deliver three different concepts in one passage but it's too hard. I'll continue slowly in next passage.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Gmail vs Yahoo!

What would you do if you get 1Gb storage for your email?
Now, google provides more during its GMail 1st anniversary (1st April 2005), you can get 2Gb storage instead of 1Gb!
Yahoo! mail also going to move from 250Mb to 1Gb soon(tentatively by the end of April [source]). It increases its limit from 4Mb->100Mb->250Mb->1Gb, how far will this offers increase?
As long as the competition goes, these will continues. What i am concerning now is who offer the best service since storage space is not a BIG problem anymore(you have virtually unlimited storage). Will Hotmail compete with them?