31 Dec

India Food Price Rise: Revisiting on New Year eve 2010

The Year that I am writing in is just on the corner to end and the new year is ready to gear-in. There are numerous lessons learnt and lot of thoughts on how to make the coming years better.

Just a few days back I was back to my home country “India” and I was very much disturbed by the rising prices of the food items hence making the life of not even poor but even the middle class a real challenge. Since the advent of this Globalization the prices have really sky-rocketed. India surely has benefited from this globalization but the benefit has only gone to the minority and that too at a cost of sky-high prices of all food items.

During the same time I got a lot of chances to go and live in the country side and have interaction with the farmers. The farmers complained low income potential in agriculture which was a shock to me. I was expecting that they must be the most privileged after looking at the prices in the market. The existence of the age-old mal-practice that the farmer still gets the same old prices for his crop and all the money is made by the traders  came into limelight in all such discussions. For a cabbage that the farmer still sells for 1.5-2 Rs/Kg is sold at more than 10 Rs/Kg in the markets etc.

The worst part to the whole problem is that the Government is still not doing enough to control this. The biggest challenge for the Indian Government should be to control the inflation and bring it down. The cabinet needs to understand that the masses in India don’t need cheap automobiles but food items at cheap prices. Hope someone is listening………

I would recommend a very nice article by Arindam Chaudhuri.

31 Dec

links for 2009-12-30

31 Dec

Planet’s First Democratic Mag. RememMe.com

I just got  a wonderful email about the launch of a new startup RememMe. The event will take place at the stroke of the midnight hour, when the world celebrates the commencement of the New Year. RememME.com is humble endeavor to bring together people from across the globe to share their exclusive thoughts, experiences and knowledge in the form of scoops under any of the following subject categories: Entrepreneurship, Business & Management, Science & Technology, World & Politics, Sports & Entertainment, Health & Lifestyle and My Life.

These scoops are then knocked and commented upon by this online community in a democratic way which collectively decides top three scoops from each category. The winning scoops are then published in a monthly RememME Mag, rightfully be Planet’s First Democratic Mag.

Look forward to see RememME.com in 2010. !!

Thanks to Amit Rawat Co-founder of NOMAD Publications Pvt.Ltd. for this wonderful idea. You can reach him at amit.rawat@rememme.com

30 Dec

New Year 2010

The new year 2010 will just not bring  a new year but also a new decade. It will also bring a start of surge in economy for the coming decade. The market is making a upward move and the things are settling down. Everything seems to be slowly and slowly coming back to the right pace. CNN Money reports according to the CareerBuilder 2010 Job Forecast, 20% of employers are planning to increase their number of permanent, full-time employees for New Years 2010.

This will also be a blue moon New Years Eve, there will be a partial eclipse.  The New Year’s Eve blue moon will be visible in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Africa. For partygoers in Australia and Asia, the full moon does not show up until New Year’s Day, making January a blue moon month for them. However, the Eastern Hemisphere can celebrate with a partial lunar eclipse on New Year’s Eve when part of the moon enters the Earth’s shadow. The eclipse will not be visible in the Americas.To find out more about the blue moon New Years Eve and times for the partial eclipse, visit Fox News.

The countdown to the new year is also an interesting thing to watch for.

30 Dec

Mac or PC: What should I buy? Advise please!

Even after 3 days of extensive thoughts and discussion I am still confused with the decision to buy mac or pc. I have another 18 hrs to decide and buy (my own personal deadline). Comments are well appreciated.

I am going to to use this machine for the following most of the times:

  • Normal daily use like emails, web browsing etc.
  • Programming (Java, Oracle etc.) and application servers (JBoss etc.)
  • Photos and Videos (Non-Professional)
  • Blogging
  • Music
  • Movies
29 Dec

Mac vs PC

The two choices available to the public today are the Macintosh interface and Windows Personal Computer. Though both serve the same function, the interface are significantly different.

For instance, the control buttons are arranged differently in the keyboards pad, which can cause confusion in using formulas and control functions when shifting from a Mac to PC or vice-versa. The orientation of the basic commands in the software programs also differs. For a PC, the exit, minimize, or maximize option of programs are located on the upper right hand area. While in a Mac, these same options are placed at the upper left.

Due to being first in the market, PCs are more commonly used worldwide. It’s the program and interface that most computer manufacturers use for their laptops and desktops. This makes it more accessible and available, thus cheaper to own as well. Distribution is wider, which permits a larger user base to operate this interface. With more users on its side, compatibility to a PC is essential for gadgets and new developments to be successfully launched in a market.

The strength of PC is on basic programs that are commonly used by people in work or school such as word documents, tabular sheets, or presentation materials with the Microsoft Office software. Using these programs in a PC allows more shortcuts and formulations, which are missing in the Mac version of the same software.

Its weakness though is its vulnerability to virus that makes PCs more susceptible to breakdowns and crashes. Safekeeping of documents is a challenge because of this, thus the need to back-up regularly. Security of information is also an issue as hacking of information from PCs are easier to manipulate.

The power of a Mac is on a niche target market, those that are more savvy and advanced in their requirements for technology. Though it is capable of running basic programs, its specialty is on the honing creative outputs such as photographs, designs, movies, and music.

Macintosh is very clear and focused on the artistic and creative market, that they are confident to change the rules of the game vs. the conventions set by the pioneers in the industry, the PC.

Their advantage for catering to a more targeted user base is that there are significantly less virus threats on a Mac, which is the downfall of a PC. But due to the major difference between a Mac and a PC, which everyone is used makes it difficult for people to shift as a longer adjustment period has to be allotted.

Both has its pros and cons for use, but are equally efficient in helping one work smartly. Which one is better is not the question, which one is more fit for an individual’s use for a computer is.

27 Dec

The Seven Habits – An Overview of book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”

Our character is a collection of our habits, and habits have a powerful role in our lives. Habits consist of knowledge, skill, and desire. Knowledge allows us to know what to do, skill gives us the ability to know how to do it, and desire is the motivation to do it.

The Seven Habits move us through the following stages:

  1. Dependence: the paradigm under which we are born, relying upon others to take care of us.
  2. Independence: the paradigm under which we can make our own decisions and take care of ourselves.
  3. Interdependence: the paradigm under which we cooperate to achieve something that cannot be achieved independently.

Much of the success literature today tends to value independence, encouraging people to become liberated and do their own thing. The reality is that we are interdependent, and the independent model is not optimal for use in an interdependent environment that requires leaders and team players.

To make the choice to become interdependent, one first must be independent, since dependent people have not yet developed the character for interdependence. Therefore, the first three habits focus on self-mastery, that is, achieving the private victories required to move from dependence to independence. The first three habits are:

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive
  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
  • Habit 3: Put First Things First

Habits 4, 5, and 6 then address interdependence:

  • Habit 4: Think Win/Win
  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
  • Habit 6: Synergize

Finally, the seventh habit is one of renewal and continual improvement, that is, of building one’s personal production capability. To be effective, one must find the proper balance between actually producing and improving one’s capability to produce. Covey illustrates this point with the fable of the goose and the golden egg.

In the fable, a poor farmer’s goose began laying a solid gold egg every day, and the farmer soon became rich. He also became greedy and figured that the goose must have many golden eggs within her. In order to obtain all of the eggs immediately, he killed the goose. Upon cutting it open he discovered that it was not full of golden eggs. The lesson is that if one attempts to maximize immediate production with no regard to the production capability, the capability will be lost. Effectiveness is a function of both production and the capacity to produce.

The need for balance between production and production capability applies to physical, financial, and human assets. For example, in an organization the person in charge of a particular machine may increase the machine’s immediate production by postponing scheduled maintenance. As a result of the increased output, this person may be rewarded with a promotion. However, the increased immediate output comes at the expense of future production since more maintenance will have to be performed on the machine later. The person who inherits the mess may even be blamed for the inevitable downtime and high maintenance expense.

Customer loyalty also is an asset to which the production and production capability balance applies. A restaurant may have a reputation for serving great food, but the owner may decide to cut costs and lower the quality of the food. Immediately, profits will soar, but soon the restaurant’s reputation will be tarnished, the customer’s trust will be lost, and profits will decline.

This does not mean that only production capacity is important. If one builds capacity but never uses it, there will be no production. There is a balance between building production capacity and actually producing. Finding the right tradeoff is central to one’s effectiveness.

26 Dec

THE SEVEN HABITS

In his #1 bestseller (The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People), Stephen R. Covey presented a framework for personal effectiveness. The following is the list of the seven habits as mentioned by him:

Habit 1:  Be Proactive

Change starts from within, and highly effective people make the decision to improve their lives through the things that they can influence rather than by simply reacting to external forces.

Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind

Develop a principle-centered personal mission statement. Extend the mission statement into long-term goals based on personal principles.

Habit 3:  Put First Things First

Spend time doing what fits into your personal mission, observing the proper balance between production and building production capacity. Identify the key roles that you take on in life, and make time for each of them.

Habit 4:  Think Win/Win

Seek agreements and relationships that are mutually beneficial. In cases where a “win/win” deal cannot be achieved, accept the fact that agreeing to make “no deal” may be the best alternative. In developing an organizational culture, be sure to reward win/win behavior among employees and avoid inadvertantly rewarding win/lose behavior.

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

First seek to understand the other person, and only then try to be understood. Stephen Covey presents this habit as the most important principle of interpersonal relations. Effective listening is not simply echoing what the other person has said through the lens of one’s own experience. Rather, it is putting oneself in the perspective of the other person, listening empathically for both feeling and meaning.

Habit 6:  Synergize

Through trustful communication, find ways to leverage individual differences to create a whole that is greater than the sum of the parts. Through mutual trust and understanding, one often can solve conflicts and find a better solution than would have been obtained through either person’s own solution.

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw

Take time out from production to build production capacity through personal renewal of the physical, mental, social/emotional, and spiritual dimensions. Maintain a balance among these dimensions.

25 Dec

Fixing ikee: the iphone SSH virus

Follow-up post for iphone jailbroken? ikee is never going to give you up..

In order to fix it please follow the steps as mentioned below:

Logon as Root and remove the following files:
(1). /var/mobile/Library/LockBackground.jpg
(2). /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.ikey.bbot.plist
(3). /bin/poc-bbot
(4). /bin/sshpass
(5). /var/log/youcanbeclosertogod.jpg

For those who use mobileterminal to delete files and not familiar with linux command, the command for deleting files is “rm”.
Example, rm /var/mobile/Library/LockBackground.jpg (linux path is case-sensitive)