Saturday, July 24, 2010

Kindle 2.5 is on the air

Kindle Version 2.5 Overview

We're excited to announce that a new, free software update is now available for Kindle and will be automatically delivered to your device. The features included in this update are:

  • Collections: Organize your books, audiobooks, and personal documents into one or more collections. Subscriptions such as newspapers, magazines, and blogs cannot currently be added to collections on Kindle. Learn more. -->

  • PDF Pan and Zoom: Zoom into PDFs and pan around to easily view small print and detailed tables or graphics. Learn more. -->

  • Password Protection: Password protect your Kindle when you're not using it. Learn more. -->

  • More Font Sizes & Improved Clarity: Enjoy two new larger font sizes and sharper fonts for an even more comfortable reading experience. Learn more. -->

  • Facebook & Twitter Posts: Share meaningful book passages with friends on Facebook and Twitter directly from your Kindle. Learn more. -->

  • Popular Highlights: See what the Kindle community thinks are the most interesting passages in the books you're reading. Learn more. -->

Social component is clearly the most interesting. Can't hardly wait to try.

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

How bad MBAs for your startup?

Despite of the common belief that MBAs are typically bad for the startup, I want to disagree with this statement.  And to support my point, lets dig into the grounds of the issue.  

Entrepreneurs (typically, without MBA, so let me call them non-MBAs :) are coming to form the company, ready to fight for the vision, to lead the passion.  At some point there is a need for somebody educate to come onboard.  And when MBAs are coming in, entrepreneurs are often making a huge mistake: blinded by the name of b-school and degree, they forget to test candidate to share the same vision and passion.  

More than that, some entrepreneurs I know, don't think they need a passionate MBA.  Instead, they want a super smart and knowledgable person, to use the best of his knowledge to apply to their problem.  They don't even understand why passion is needed for these brutal business men, who are born (or made) leaders.  

But the startup is built by those who came to lead, not leaders.  MBAs may apply the best of their knowledge, but this wouldn't help to win the market, if they are non guided by passion and belief.  Yes, they'd definitely get some portion of it, but never the hearts of mass market, what you are really for.  

Disagree?  Try Start with Why http://www.amazon.com/dp/1591842808/?tag=iwhite-20 by Simon Sinek first.  And than lets talk.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Ten tips for being happier

1. Don’t start with profundities.
When I began my Happiness Project, I realized pretty quickly that, rather than jumping in with lengthy daily meditation or answering deep questions of self-identity, I should start with the basics, like going to sleep at a decent hour and not letting myself get too hungry. Science backs this up; these two factors have a big impact on happiness.

2. Do let the sun go down on anger.
I had always scrupulously aired every irritation as soon as possible, to make sure I vented all bad feelings before bedtime. Studies show, however, that the notion of anger catharsis is poppycock. Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate.

3. Fake it till you feel it.
Feelings follow actions. If I’m feeling low, I deliberately act cheery, and I find myself actually feeling happier. If I’m feeling angry at someone, I do something thoughtful for her and my feelings toward her soften. This strategy is uncannily effective.

4. Realize that anything worth doing is worth doing badly.
Challenge and novelty are key elements of happiness. The brain is stimulated by surprise, and successfully dealing with an unexpected situation gives a powerful sense of satisfaction. People who do new things — learn a game, travel to unfamiliar places — are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well. I often remind myself to “Enjoy the fun of failure” and tackle some daunting goal.

5. Don’t treat the blues with a “treat.”Often the things I choose as “treats” aren’t good for me. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt and loss of control and other negative consequences deepen the lousiness of the day. While it’s easy to think, I’ll feel good after I have a few glasses of wine…a pint of ice cream…a cigarette…a new pair of jeans, it’s worth pausing to ask whether this will truly make things better.

6. Buy some happiness.
Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, and good at what we do and having a sense of control. Money doesn’t automatically fill these requirements, but it sure can help. I’ve learned to look for ways to spend money to stay in closer contact with my family and friends; to promote my health; to work more efficiently; to eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes; and to have enlarging experiences. For example, when my sister got married, I splurged on a better digital camera. It was expensive, but it gave me a lot of happiness bang for the buck.

7. Don’t insist on the best.
There are two types of decision makers. Satisficers (yes, satisficers) make a decision once their criteria are met. When they find the hotel or the pasta sauce that has the qualities they want, they’re satisfied. Maximizers want to make the best possible decision. Even if they see a bicycle or a backpack that meets their requirements, they can’t make a decision until they’ve examined every option. Satisficers tend to be happier than maximizers. Maximizers expend more time and energy reaching decisions, and they’re often anxious about their choices. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

8. Exercise to boost energy.
I knew, intellectually, that this worked, but how often have I told myself, “I’m just too tired to go to the gym”? Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters. Even a 10-minute walk can brighten my outlook. Having trouble sticking to your exercise regimen? Here are 12 tips for staying motivated to exercise.

9. Stop nagging.
I knew my nagging wasn’t working particularly well, but I figured that if I stopped, my husband would never do a thing around the house. Wrong. If anything, more work got done. Plus, I got a surprisingly big happiness boost from quitting nagging. I hadn’t realized how shrewish and angry I had felt as a result of speaking like that. I replaced nagging with the following persuasive tools: wordless hints (for example, leaving a new lightbulb on the counter); using just one word (saying “Milk!” instead of talking on and on); not insisting that something be done on my schedule; and, most effective of all, doing a task myself. Why did I get to set the assignments? I found it hard to give up nagging—in fact, I came up with 19 strategies to try to cure myself of the nagging habit.

10. Take action.
Some people assume happiness is mostly a matter of inborn temperament: You’re born an Eeyore or a Tigger, and that’s that. Although it’s true that genetics play a big role, about 40 percent of your happiness level is within your control. Taking time to reflect, and conscious steps to make your life happier, really does work.

Great write up that, if followed directly, can make your life happier in 10 easy steps. (Don't take it as a sales pitch though! :)

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Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Гугл поймал самолет

Самолет.  В Гугл Картах.

Кто хочет убедиться самостоятельно, прошу:

Вопрос - откуда?

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Apple is pro-active on repairing laptops

To my greatest surprise, I've checked the repair status on laptop and figured out that it was fixed and about to be shipped back.

However, what was my surprise about, is that it was fixed *tomorrow*.  :)

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Monday, July 12, 2010

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Тинькофф. Он такой же как все.

Вчера поддался соблазну и прочитал книжку Олега Тинькова "Я такой как все".

Читал в электронном варианте, но наврядли ощущения бы изменились.  За полдня.

Несмотря на то что многие считаю Тинькова и Чичваркина представителями одного "движения" в бизнесе и вообще, по мировосприятию, книжа "Чичваркин Е...гений" мне оставила гораздо больше эмоций.  

Да, что-то общее просматривается, но все равно кажется они совсем разные.  По-крайней мере книга о Чичваркине понравилась.  Книга Олега Тинькова оставила с ощущением того, что и пиарнулся, и понтанулся, а закончил словами "А чо я, я ничо.  Сижу, никого не трогаю, примус починяю..."

Много "дырок", недосказанности, с одной стороны миллионы туда-сюда, с другой стороны кредит не получить.  Если верить книжке, то снимаю шляпу, находчивость и безшабашность Олега вызывает внимание.  Однако, не уходит ощущение, что все так, но не совсем так.  Умение разогнать всех бандитов Питера силой воли и взглядом изподлобья - тоже хорошо, однако насколько Я помню 90-ые, хотя был еще пацаном, кроме авторитетной братвы с понятием, были просто беспредельщики.  А там - умеешь ты на фене ботать или нет - не всегда успеешь обсудить.  

Прочитать рекоммендую.  Во-первых, много времени не займет, а во-вторых, с такой книгой лучше сложить свое мнение, чем верить чужому.

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