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Social Media and Revolution

Is this a new beginning ? The jubiliation was enormous with the citizens of Egypt. The downfall of Mubarak's regime, which reigned supreme for 30 years. Toppled in a mere 18 days, followed by massive protests and strikes across the Arab world’s most populous nation.

What is a carbon footprint ?

A CARBON FOOTPRINT is a measure of the impact our activities have on the environment, and in particular climate change. It relates to the amount of greenhouse gases produced in our day-to-day lives through burning fossil fuels for electricity, heating and transportation etc.

Predators on Social Networks

From Tony Bradley, CISSP-ISSAP

Social networking is all the rage. Various web sites have sprung up for the sole purpose of providing a place for users to express themselves, share with like-minded individuals, discover new things, and communicate with others.

The concept is so popular that even the 400-pound gorillas of the Web have jumped on the bandwagon. MySpace was snatched up by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Google has Orkut. Yahoo tried Yahoo 360, and is now beta-testing their new social network dubbed Mash. Microsoft just bought into a large stake of Facebook.

Safe Email Practices

In continuation of discussion on safe email practices...

Safe Email Practices

• Don’t open email attachments unless you know what they are. They might contain trojans and viruses which would install in your computer without your knowledge.
• Avoid logging into the system using administrative user id’s.
• Don’t open, forward or reply to spam or suspicious emails; delete them
• Be aware of sure signs of scam email.
Not addressed to you by name
Asks for personal or financial information
Asks you for password

Outliers - a review

Thought of sharing the review of a book I just completed. "Outliers - The story of Success" by Malcolm Gladwell.

Gladwell attempts to disprove our fascination with the classic from rags to riches stories, and explains that the extraordinary people we love to cherish were not just simply based on pure ability and hard work, but rather through a combination of chance, cultural heritage, and their initiative in taking advantage of the opportunities that were presented to them and practicing until they gained unique skills no one at their time could match.

Acknowledging the positive...

Unrealistic Expectations of Perfection are set by Parents, Teachers and Supervisors in today's competitive world.
Suppose a child comes home with a report card with five As and one B. Usually the first thing his parents will say is, "Why the B?" What do you think will go through the child's mind? Did he try for the B? Or should his parents congratulate the child for the B and accept a lower standard?

What the child is really looking for is acknowledgment and encouragement for the effort in getting the five A's. A parent, after acknowledging and praising the As, can make clear

Talking through..

We're an engineering culture. As such, I expect little argument that the shortest distance (the most efficient route) between two points is a straight line.

It is a geometric truth, and it is a communications truth too.

Usually our circuitous communication is well-intentioned. No one wants to hurt someone's feelings. Neither do we want to appear rude or disrespectful. And sometimes fear is involved too-- fear of disagreement, or fear of an inappropriate reaction.

The Secret Powers of time

For book lovers - Free Downloadable books

A. S. W. Rosenbach's famous quote "After love, book collecting is the most exhilarating sports of all"

If you are a avid book reader here is something that you should explore.

Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/scores/top

Project Gutenberg is a free service open to all of you with no membership required. How cool is that ?

At this point most everyone has heard of LibraryThing, the most popular social cataloging website online, and perhaps even of the Amazon-owned Shelfari, but here are a few websites for book lovers that you may not have heard about:

More on http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/2009/10-websites-for-book-lovers/

Happy reading !!!

Elite Tripura troopers to provide security during CWG

Tripura State Rifles (TSR) troopers, specialised in combat actions, will help in providing security during the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi following a request from the union home ministry, a top official said here Sunday.

"Following the request from the union home ministry, one battalion (around 1,000 troopers) of TSR is expected to take up security-related responsibility during the Commonwealth Games," Director General of Tripura police Pranay Sahaya told IANS.