Thursday, May 29, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
When NASA began the launch of astronauts into space, they found out that the pens wouldn't work at zero gravity (ink won't flow down to the writing surface). To solve this problem, it took them one decade and $12 million. They developed a pen that worked at zero gravity, upside down, underwater, in practically any surface including crystal and in a temperature range from below freezing to over 300 degrees C. And what did the Russians do…?? They used a pencil.
One of the most memorable case studies on Japanese management was the case of the empty soapbox, which happened in one of Japan's biggest cosmetics companies. The company received a complaint that a consumer had bought a soapbox that was empty. Immediately the authorities isolated the problem to the assembly line, which transported all the packaged boxes of soap to the delivery department. For some reason, one soapbox went through the assembly line empty. Management asked its engineers to solve the problem. Post-haste, the engineers worked hard to devise an X-ray machine with high-resolution monitors manned by two people to watch all the soapboxes that passed through the line to make sure they were not empty. No doubt, they worked hard and they worked fast but they spent whoopee amount to do so. But when a rank-and-file employee in a small company was posed with the same problem, he did not get into complications of X-rays, etc., but instead came out with another solution. He bought a strong industrial electric fan and pointed it at the assembly line. He switched the fan on, and as each soapbox passed the fan, it simply blew the empty boxes out of the line.
MORAL: - "Always look for simple solutions. Devise the simplest possible solution that solves the problems. Always focus on solutions & not on problems"
Monday, January 14, 2008
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Cyberstalking is on the rise and women, senior citizens and children are the most likely targets. As more and more people become computer savvy, the population of cyber stalkers is imitating real life.
Cyber crimes in India are slowly evolving from a simple e-mail crime (sending obscene materials over e-mail) to more serious crimes like hacking and source code theft. …there are also cases involving sending obscene e-mails to women colleagues from their male counterparts…usually such messages are sent out from cyber cafes. However, with the help of internet service providers, the police can trace where these mails have been sent from.
Its best to take some advice from experts:
1) No to sharing personal information online
2) No to filling out profiles on websites
3) No to using gender specific or provocative screen names or e-mail addresses
4) No to flirting or arguing online
5) No to sharing your passwords
6) Yes to setting up a special e-mail address for cyber contact
7) Yes to a good anti-virus program
8. No to replying to cyberstalkers
9) Yes to saving all communications on your computer
10) And yes to reporting cyberstalking to the police! Its a grave matter, so take it as such
Here are some important addresses and telephone numbers.
- CBI Cyber Crime Cell: Cyber Crime Investigation Cell Central Bureau of Investigation, 5th Floor, Block No.3, CGO Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi - 3, Phone: 4362203, 4392424 : EMail: email@example.com. Web: CBI.nic.in
- Bangalore for the Whole of Karnataka
Cyber Crime Police Station. C.O.D Headquarters, Carlton House,
# 1, Palace Road, Bangalore - 560 001. 22201026/22943050
- Chennai for Rest of Tamil Nadu
Cyber Crime Cell. CB, CID
Assistant Comissioner of Police
Cyber Crime Cell
Commissioner office Campus
Egmore, Chennai- 600008. 55498211
Cyber Crime Investigation Cell (Crime Branch, C.I.D), Annex-III Building, Police Commissioner Office, Crawford Market, Mumbai. 22630829/22641261
Mumbai Cyber Lab:Mumbaicyberlab.org
- Delhi Police: Delhipolice.nic.in
- Chandigarh Police:Chandigarhpolice.nic.in
- Assam Police:Assampolice.com
- Haryana Police:Haryanapolice.nic.in
- Himachal Pradesh Police:Hppolice.nic.in
- Hyderabad: Crime Investigation Department, 3rd Floor, D.G.P. Office, Lakdikapool, Hyderabad-500004
23240663, 27852274, 23297474 (Fax)
Taking a dig at cyber security preparedness levels, a hacker, who claims to be based in Sweden, posted online on the evening of August 30,2007 the passwords of 100 email accounts of embassies and government offices across the world, including 13 Indian accounts, containing classified information and correspondence.
Top on the list of passwords that have been posted on http://derangedsecurity.com give access to email accounts of Indian Ambassadors to China, US, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Oman, Finland besides officials of the National Defence Academy (NDA) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
Other accounts include those of the embassies of Uzbekistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Japan, China, UK and Russia.
To check the authenticity, The Indian Express sent a test mail to the Indian Ambassador in China on her official email ID and, using the password posted online, was able to access it. The email account of the Indian Ambassador to China contained details of a visit by Rajya Sabha member Arjun Sengupta to Beijing earlier this month for an ILO conference. There was also a transcript of a meeting this evening which a senior Indian official had with the Chinese Foreign Minister.
Similarly, accounts of NDA and DRDO officials reveal phone numbers, commercial documents, official correspondence and personal mails. The account of the Indian embassy in Germany contains a query by two IIM (Calcutta) students about safety in the wake of recent racial abuse cases in West Germany.
While it remains unclear how the passwords were accessed by the hacker — he has posted his name on the website as Dan Egerstad from Malmo in Sweden and even gave contact details — Indian experts said that loopholes in POP (post office protocol) mail servers could have been exploited to gain access.
“A POP server that had not been updated for security could have been exploited by the hacker to get usernames and passwords,” said a cyber security expert who did not wish to be named.
Monday, September 3, 2007
Sleep is important to all people and especially to kids. It is essential to their well-being and growth. Many parents focus heavily on their children sleeping habits. It has an appreciable influence on the well-being of the entire family if the children sleep soundly through the night. During sleep, the child rests and regains the energy it needs for a new day. But sleep does more than just restore energy. It helps the child process the numerous impressions of life through dreams. Sleep is essential to a child's well-being and growth. Practically, the entire production of the all-important growth hormone for one day takes place during the first hours of sleep.
Infants sleep lightly and go from light to deep sleep every hour. Older kids perspire a lot and tend to kick off their quilt - subsequently feeling too cold. Small and frequent disturbances lead to an uneasy sleep. Often, the parents will wake up too and have their sleep disrupted.
Improved sleep through space technology
Technology that helps astronauts maintain a steady body temperature during space walks now helps kids to a better sleep .
Once the astronauts leave the space shuttle to move around in space, they are exposed to huge variations in temperature – from extreme heat on the sunny side to bitter cold on the shady side! Inside the space suit, an Outlast® coating provides control of the astronaut's body temperature.
The TempraKON® baby/junior quilt, which has been further developed by the Danish quilt manufacturers Quilts of Denmark, works in the same way. The down filling absorbs the sweat whereas the TempraKON® coating absorbs excess body heat and releases it again once the body temperature drops. Not only is the body temperature kept steady throughout the night. It is also maintained at the most natural sleeping temperature, which is a little lower than normal day temperature. For TempraKON® to work as efficiently as possible, you should build an entire nest with quilt, pillow and mattress. Quilts of Denmark has developed a special foam mattress for kids which has a layer of down on top and the TempraKON® coating underneath. The surface of the foam mattress is similar to that of an egg tray, providing good air circulation and like that helping the kid to get rid of sweat.
The TempraKON® technology uses the body's own energy for the temperature control. Technically speaking, the Outlast® material consists of numerous microscopic, liquid-filled capsules. When the body temperature is too high, the liquid will absorb excess heat from the body and become fluid. Once the body cools off, the liquid solidifies and releases the heat back to the body. The kid's range of products comprises a baby-size quilt with pillow and a junior-size quilt, which also comes with a pillow. Distributed through specialists, department stores and BabySam.
Quilts of Denmark has been awarded the Space Certificate by The Space Foundation for further developing space technology for use in new products. TempraKON® is patented worldwide.
Sources: NEWS, press release august 2004
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Saturday, August 25, 2007
The Beethoven Orchestra
The Beethoven Orchestra of is one of the most important "ambassadors" of Bonn's culture, meanwhile successfully promoting the city’s musical image abroad. The orchestra with its 106 members counts among the best ones in Germany. It contributes in an important way to the artistic success of the Beethoven Festivals, which have taken place since 1927.
Beethoven Festival Bonn
With over fifty concerts each year performed by top international orchestras, eminent ensembles, prominent soloists and promising young artists, plus the fact that it lasts for nearly four weeks during September and October, the Beethovenfest Bonn has developed into a big musical event attracting interest far beyond the Rhineland. A feature of the festival, which takes place in Bonn and at charming venues in the surrounding area, is the way in which it compares and contrasts the work of Beethoven and the music of his time with that of subsequent centuries and the present. The festival focuses each year on a different European country with its musical and cultural history.
The Beethovenfest also dedicates itself with great success to educational projects for children and young people and seeks to network with the many cultural institutions in the city of Bonn. The Artists in Residence scheme presents musicians who specialise in Beethoven’s work in particular. The festival’s own concert and stage productions focus on new means of artistic communication. In addition, the Beethovenfest Bonn commissions works every year.
The tradition of the Beethovenfest in Bonn goes back to the year 1845, when a three-day long music festival to dedicate the Beethoven monument took place in the Münsterplatz on the occasion of the composer’s 75th birthday.
The Beethoven Festival 2007 will take place from 24 August to 23 September.
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