29 February 2012

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Best Geeky Tattoos for Techies

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 12:11 AM PST

Tattoos are a way of expressing humor and disposition by means of body art. The earliest tattoos were found in the fifth century BC and they haven't gone out of rage even today. Tattoos in this age are symbols of love, and some people love technology so much that they tattooed unexpected symbols on themselves.
Here is a collection of geeky tattoos for techies that we bet you didn't know people had, collected from sources ranging from Business Insider to tech blogs.


1. USB hub: This guy is probably compatible with any portable device. Or maybe you can just load anything onto his brain.


2. HTML personality: You might not find a more profound statement of a personality in a tattoo. Sharp-tongued and soft-hearted indeed.


3. Firefox: This girl must really live on the internet.


4. Mr. Knuckles: This guy probably wanted to send the message every time he punched somebody in the face. It's a bet that uses both hands to do it.


5. Etched Circuit:  Look at this guy's etched circuit with a power button! Maybe if you touch a bulb to it, it'll glow? In any case, he really has it "wired in".


6. Binary Code: If you can read this, you must be a computer. This is how the person's name is in binary code. Maybe this person was thinking in case he becomes a clue to a crime this code could be handy.


7. Linux on Rockets: Whoever said penguins can't fly? If Linux was on power boosters, its logo probably would have looked like this.


8. A tribute to Mario: Who can forget Mario? The star is taken from the oh-so-popular video game that spanned divides. This tattoo just says one thing– "Because we all had a childhood".


9. Chipped Shoulder? Or 'chip off the old block'? This tattoo brings with it a couple of dilemmas. But in any case, it's one of the geekiest ever.


10. Email always on the "back" of her mind": Enough said.


11. Apple-back:  A true Apple fan, as one can see. She really does think differently.


12. This is for the Kingdom Hearts' fans: A little "heartless-ness" can go a long way in the game, apparently.


13. Graphics, anyone? This guy must be a designer. You can see it when you just look at him.


14. Networks Rule. There's no doubt about it. There are some things that remain precious through all time. Your first bike, your first salary, your first router—the list is endless actually.


15. An ode to Ubuntu: It's so beautiful it could be a song. Like the "Ode to Joy". This guy seems ecstatic about the idea.


16. Computers make the world beautiful: And this guy knows it.


17. Armed with the strength of Windows 7: The OS probably changed the world, in this guy's opinion.


18. Marked for Adobe: This way you can keep guessing if this person is an engineer or a designer.


19. Command tattoo and an Apple: A symbol for al Apple fans to unite, probably?


20. Stop Hating and start loving:  And it's written in code. Short and sweet, especially for a coder.

Women Smarter than Men on Social Media

Posted: 28 Feb 2012 12:00 AM PST

Social Media week recently passed us by, and with it a number of surveys related to social networks and media came to light. One issue that has come up a lot in the past month is that of the sexes' activity on social networks.

So how do men and women measure up in areas such as privacy, and regrettable content? Take a look:


Who's more active on social networks?

Women are more socially active than men, according to a survey of 10,000 consumers from all across Europe. Porter Novelli, the public relations firm that conducted the survey found that 65 percent of women were active on social media compared to 51 percent of men.


Who posts more regrettable content?

The most recent survey, carried out by the Pew Research Center on American individuals showed that 15 percent of men tended to post content on social networks that they tended to regret, when compared to 8 percent of women.
What is interesting about these statistics is that 15 percent of youngsters in the age group 18-29 had the same tendency to regret their statuses and posts on social networks, compared to only 5 percent of people aged 50 and above.


Privacy settings and caution

Women are also more likely to choose private settings for their profiles on social media with 67 percent of them preferring these settings. On the other hand, less than half of the men (48 percent) who used social media were comfortable keeping their profiles private.


Who had made more information public?

uSamp, another firm that is actively involved with providing targeted audiences and SaaS technologies conducted a survey with respondents from the United Kingdom. According to its statistics, 35 percent of women were comfortable sharing their email addresses on social media networks, compared to 47 percent of men who were all right with the action.

Men were also three times more comfortable with sharing their phone numbers online on social networks, while only 4 percent of women would do the same. This points to the fact that men are prone to sharing personal information on social media than women are.


Who gets better discounts on brands?


/> However, women (according toPorter Novelli's statistics) are more likely to help an ad or brand's campaign go viral since 78 percent of them shared their preferences related to brands, while 74 percent of men tended to do the same. What is to be noted is that women this way have a better chance at getting a discount from their preferred brands than men.

How do GPS Satellites Know Where They Are?

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 11:55 PM PST

Our Global Positioning System (GPS) tells us exactly where we are, down to a few metres, but how do satellites that make up the GPS themselves know where they are?

They have to rely on a network of sites that serve as “You Are Here” signs planted throughout the planet. The catch is, the sites don’t sit still because the planet is moving all the time, yet modern measurements require more and more accuracy in pinpointing where “here” is.

Accordingly, NASA is helping to lead an international effort to upgrade the four systems that supply this crucial location information. NASA’s initiative is run by Goddard Space Flight Centre, Greenbelt, US, where the next generation of two of these systems is being developed and built.

“In practical terms, we can’t determine a location today and expect it to be good enough tomorrow-and especially not next year,” says Herbert Frey, who heads the Planetary Geodynamics Lab at Goddard.

And Goddard, in partnership with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif., is bringing all four systems together in a state-of-the-art ground station, according to a NASA statement.

“NASA and its sister agencies around the world are making major investments in new stations or upgrading existing stations to provide a network that will benefit the global community for years to come,” says John LaBrecque, Earth Surface and Interior Program Officer at NASA Headquarters.

Measuring such properties of Earth is the realm of geodesy, a time-honoured science that dates back to the Greek scholar Eratosthenes, who achieved a surprisingly accurate estimate of the distance around the Earth by using basic geometry

Online Dating Services TwoMangoes Raises Angel Funding

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 11:50 PM PST

Anita Dharamshi, TwoMangoes

With a new approach and perspective, online dating site startup TwoMangoes raised an undisclosed amount of angel funding from family, friends and Andy Jasuja, Chairman and Founder of Sigma Systems. The company plans to use the fund to launch and iterate their product. They are also looking forward for further investments.

Founded in 2010 by Anita Dharamshi, Paras Dharamshi, Rahul Bhardwaj and Richa Jain, TwoMangoes was formed when the team got inspired by the need to create something different for South Asians/Indians. The site allows the user to connect, meet and network with Indian singles all over the globe.

Commenting about the investors interest, Anita, Co-Founder, says, "The current set of angel investors believe in the TwoManoges' vision and agree that although there are similar such products out in the marketplace, the company is extremely well positioned to capture a large part of the market share due to its unique online approach to social dating."

The fund raised will be used toward development, social media and marketing activities. They are extremely cautious while spending the money and makes decision based on analytics and research to ensure a high level of returns. They also plan to have a pan-India presence. "The demand of the site is higher in Tier I and Tier II cities where people tend to be slightly more accepting of the concept of meeting people and dating, however we have many of our users from small cities as well," says Anita.

The team of TwoMangoes currently have four founders and three early stage employees that bring a variety of expertise from product development, marketing and social media, strategy and analytics, SEO/SEM and financial operations.

Commenting on the competition, Anita says, "The traditional matrimonial sites seem to falling out of favor with the younger generation as their focus is much more matrimonial based, something which this generation don't necessarily relate to. Up until now, there hasn't been a new player that's entered the market that appeals to the mass of young single Indians. Although there are many niche plays that have been introduced into the market, there is no one solution that satisfies the needs of this population."

Big Business That Started During Recession

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 11:38 PM PST

It might seem counterintuitive to start a new venture when the economy is in the dumps. But, a recession can prove to be the ideal time for launching a company. In fact, many well-known and successful big organizations were born during an economic downturn only. Below mentioned are few such big business that kicked off themselves during the recession as they knew that it is time to awake and act while others were still sleeping.



business that started during recession, GE

Founded by Thomas Edition during the financial panic of 1892 in the U.S., GE (General Electric) was formed by the merger of Edison General Electric of Schenectady and Thomson-Houston Electric Company. When the company was founded, the U.S. was undergoing long and deep recession  of 1873-96. GE began with the first invention of the first incandescent light bulb.

Today, the company is into offering appliances, aviation, consumer electronics, electrical distribution, electric motors, energy, entertainment, finance, gas, healthcare, lighting, locomotive and several other sectors. It has more than $147.3 billion in revenue for the year 2011.



business that started during recession, microsoft

Microsoft needs no introduction. Microsoft was not always the jaw dropping enterprise as it is today. When in 1975, the U.S. was mired in stagflation, with the combination of rising unemployment and inflation; Bill Gates, a Harvard University dropout, and Paul Allen decided to take advantage of this recession and start their own company. The company was located in Albuquerque and worked with rudimentary computing languages. It began climbing the success ladder during the recession of the early 80s with the introduction of MS-DOS.

Today, Microsoft has more than $70 billion in revenue, and offers a huge range of computer products and services along with the mobile platform with its Windows 7 Mobile phones.



business that started during recession, IBM

When Herman Hollerith founded the Tabulating Machine Company-later renamed as International Business Machine by Thomas Watson-in1896, the U.S. economy was stalled in a prolonged recession. When Watson took the charge of the company, he started building on its core punch-card technology and put the company on the fast track by focusing on landing large-scale custom projects with big business clients.

Today, the company has over $107 billion in revenue and offers computer hardware, computer software, IT services, and IT consulting.


General Motors

business that started during recession, GM

When William Durant and Charles Stewart Mott founded General Motors in 1908, the U.S. was undergoing a severe recession due to a series of bank failures in 1907. When the U.S. was striving hard to come out of the downturn, General Motors was on a buying spree, and acquired brands like Oldsmobile, Cadillac and the Reliance Truck Company within a year of its formation.

Currently, GM values more than $150 billion in revenue and offers products in automobile and financial services.



business that started during recession, HP

One of the biggest computer software and hardware manufacturers in the world, HP (Hewlett-Packard) was founded by Bill Hewlett and David Packard in 1939, when the U.S. was trying to recover from a huge recession due to tight fiscal policy from an attempt to balance the budget after the expansion of the New Deal. In 2007, it became the first tech company to exceed $100 billion in revenue. However, the company started as an electronics company that was run from a garage with an investment of mere $538.

Today, the company values more than $128 billion in revenue and offers printers, digital cameras, scanners, PDAs, pocket computer, desktop calculator and computers, thin clients and several other products.



business that started during recession, disney

Disney was founded in 1923 by two brothers Walt and Roy Disney as Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio. However, the company truly found its identity in 1929 as was renamed as Walt Disney Production when the U.S. was undergoing a recession and the extensive new tariffs and other factors contributed to an extremely deep depression. The turning point happened when they introduced Mickey Mouse, which propel the company to new heights.

Today, the company values more than $41 billion in revenue and offers cable programming, films, television, theme parks and websites.


People Who Made Millions After Quitting Their Job

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 11:25 PM PST

The world has changed the people's way of thinking as they are finding their own ways of getting richer day by day by quitting their jobs. So, do you want to be one among them? If yes, then the 1st reason for you to quit your present job may be because you must be bored of serving for others and then you must have made up your mind to get richer by yourself by your own hard work. But there's one thing you must keep in mind, i.e., you must be lucky enough to get the chance of becoming rich along with your hard work. So, if you are in any plans of making millions by building up your own career, here are few millionaires from whom you can get inspired as they have turned their dreams of becoming rich into reality by their own hard work as reported by Michelle Fox on Yahoo Finance Website.

1. Rick Wetzel and Bill Phelps, Wetzel's Pretzels

These two guys were working for the Nestle when they got an idea of starting Wetzel's Pretzels. The idea was 1st suggested by Wetzel's wife to start soft pretzels [snacks] to sell at the mall. To start this business Wetzel sold his Harley Davidson to raise their funds to start it during their leisure times. When all the recipes were created at Phelps' kitchen these two guys persuaded a mall landlord by giving him to taste their recipe. Later as the land lord liked their food's taste, he rented Wetzel's Pretzels its first store. Their lucky charm started to work after a year later of their business when they were offered a partition package by Nestle. With that separation by the Nestle they opened up several more stores before decoding to franchise in 1996. At present, there are about 250 stores United States and they have plans of opening their stores in Japan and India this year.


2. Shep and Ian Murray, Vineyard Vines

These brothers were dejected sitting behind desks at their corporate jobs in Manhattan. Shep resigned from his job as an advertising account executive in the year 1998 and on the same day his brother Ian resigned from his job. After quitting their jobs they started the Vineyard Vines which was a tie company based on Martha's Vineyard. They started selling their product at beaches, boats and in bars and with that they were able to sell 800 ties within the first week of their business. With that at present they are having around 18 freestanding Vineyard Vine retail stores across the U.S., and their product can be found in about 500 stores at present. The company projected about $100 million in sales for 2011.


3. Terry Finley, West Point Thoroughbreds

When Terry was completing his military service in the year 1990, he along with his wife Debbie, bought a horse worth $5,000. Terry got addicted to horse racing when his horse Sunbelt won its 1st race. This 1 win was enough for him to quit his insurance job. After he quit that job, he concentrated more on his passion and by that enthusiasm he started West Point Thoroughbreds with his better half [wife]. At present, this West Point Thoroughbreds buys 20 to 25 horses every year and since 2007 its horses have won more than 20 percent of their races. The annual sale of that West Point Thoroughbreds is nearing $7 million.


4. Rakesh Rocky Patel, Rocky Patel Cigars

Rocky Patel is the Indian born American, who was originally a Hollywood lawyer and he had represented several movie stars including Arnold Schwarenegger and Gene Hackman. It was at that time when he got exposed to smoking cigars while spending time with the actors. He was the one who introduced Indian tobacco blend in the mid 1990s and he had almost sacrificed 15 long years of his life to start this business. Even though his friends and colleagues warned him to leave such a profitable practice for an industry he didn't know, he saw an opportunity to create a product he thought which was missing in the market. His business took a good turn with the first big success that came in the year 2003 with 'The Rocky Vintage Series," which earned him high ratings and tributes. His cigar company now produces 20,000,000 cigars annually and in 2011 it had sales in excess of $40 million.


5. Kim and Beaver Raymond, Marshmallow, Fun Company

Kim and Beaver quit their jobs when their dream home made toy for their son became a big hit surprisingly. They both were working in the fashion industry in 2002, when they made marshmallow "shooters" out of PVC pipe to their son's birthday party. With this success, the couple along with some of their friends figured out how to construct and market a new toy marshmallow shooter and at this time the Marshmallow Company took its birth. The company sold more than $7million worth of shooters in the year 2010.

The Greenest Companies in the World

Posted: 27 Feb 2012 11:15 PM PST

Global warming and environmental pollution have been the major concerns for the world currently. In an attempt to counter them, companies across the globe have adopted several measures and some have even excelled in their efforts. Newsweek came up with a list of greenest companies of the world last year and it compared the actual environmental path, management and transparency of various companies who have made their efforts to make a difference in the environment.

The top 10 greenest companies are:


1.Munich Re:

Munich Re ranks first in the list of greenest companies. The company is headquartered in Germany. They deal in financials. The green score of the company is 83.6.

Munich Re is a Climate Group member. The company helps corresponding companies find solutions to climate change, for instance by adapting both their product ranges and their consulting services to change environmental conditions. The company’s involvement in the Finance Initiative of the United Nations Environment Programme goes back to 1999. The company is also a party to the June 2007 UNEP FI joint declaration on climate change, which calls for cuts in greenhouse gas emissions and includes a commitment to sustainable management.


2. IBM:

IBM ranks second on the list. Headquartered in the United States, the company has a green score of 82.5. The company deals in Information Technology and services.

A few years ago, IBM Corporation took its data centre business under the Project Big Green concept to the next level of completion by launching three new data centre designs for the Indian market. IBM solutions can help customers reduce costs and minimize energy, water, carbon emissions and waste. The company is helping customers to become more energy efficient, implement new ways to source, manufacture and distribute goods and services in a more sustainable manner, enabling safe and renewable sources of energy and manage resources at a macro level, thus, transforming entire industries.


3. National Australia Bank:

NAB ranks third in the world's greenest companies. The company is headquartered in Australia and deals in financials. The green score of the company is 82.2.

More than 600 employee volunteers have helped the NAB cut its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 15 percent ever since 2006. The NAB since 2006 has saved around 21,000 tonnes of annual emissions from reduced energy use across its operations and another 12,000 tonnes by boosting its renewable energy purchase. The company in September 2008, topped the Global 500 Carbon Disclosure Leadership Index for non-carbon intensive industries segment, and it became the highest scoring Australian bank.


4. Bradesco:

Bradesco ranks fourth on the list. It is headquartered in Brazil and the type of business dealt in is financials. The green score of the company is 82.2.

Bradesco has a Carbon Credit Management area, which offers funding to companies that want to launch projects to reduce their greenhouse-gas emissions. However, the programme is so advanced for Brazil that it is not deeply utilized. The bank advocates eco-efficiency, which attempts to ‘create more value with less environmental impact.’ The Eco-efficiency Working Group established a Master Plan in 2010 which lays out plans for the next five years.


5. ANZ Banking Group:

ANZ Banking Group ranks fifth. It is headquartered in Australia. It deals in Financials and has a green score of 80.9.

The firm has set targets to reduce consumption of electricity, water, paper, green house gas emissions. They have developed Environment Management System. In late 2010, the firm received certification from the Australian Carbon Trust (now Low Carbon Australia), the body which administers the government’s National Carbon Offset Standard. The company’s global headquarters ANZ Centre, has been designed to produce 70 percent less green house gas emissions than a standard commercial office building and it uses 60 percent less water than the industry average.


6. BT Group:

The BT Group is headquartered in United Kingdom. It ranks sixth on the list. The company deals in telecommunications and has a green score on 80.4.

The company has plans in order to reduce its carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2020, and has already reached a 54 percent reduction. In 2004, they announced the world’s biggest purchase of ‘green’ electricity in a huge deal. Under three year contracts with British Gas and power worth several hundred million pounds, BT’s depots, offices and 6,500 telephone exchanges were powered mostly from sustainable resources such as solar, wave, wind and hydroelectric schemes. The deal saved emissions equivalent to the quantity of carbon dioxide produced by over 100,000 cars.


7. Tata Consultancy Services:

TCS ranks seventh on the list and is headquartered in India. The company deals in Information Technology and services. They have a green score of 79.1.

In 2010, TCS reduced its carbon footprint by 14.07 percent, reduced paper consumption by 34 percent, and increased waste conversion to manure by 60 percent. All of the company’s new buildings are designed to meet national and international standards, like LEED Green Buildings. For the disposal of waste, 16 of Tata’s facilities have started composting and some others have bio-digesters, which can turn waste into methane fuel.


8. Infosys:

Infosys, headquartered in India ranks eighth. The type of business dealt in is IT and services. The green score of the company is 77.3.

Infosys undertook an aggressive plan to design all new buildings as green buildings when it realized that its buildings are the largest consumers of energy. For instance, to reduce the office space required within its facilities, it asked carpenters to come up with designs that promise to cut down the length or breadth of office furniture. Likewise, performance of a window or a wall in reducing heat is measured and analyzed. The artificial lights have also been replaced by luminescent lighting that consumes less energy. The right building design and alignment have also helped reduce ambient heating by sunlight and led to a significant reduction in cooling requirements. Sensors are deployed to automatically turn off lights, monitors, and IP phones when people are not at their desks.

Correspondingly, a conference room management solution automatically turns off all electrical appliances and lights when not in use. Furthermore, to increase awareness, the firm has also developed green applications such as a desktop-based personal carbon calculator, an enterprise level Carbon Emission Management System and an organization level Environment Resource Management System.


9. Philips:

Philips ranks ninth. The company is headquartered in Netherlands and deals in capital goods. They have a green score of 77.2.

Philips has launched a series of environmental programmes since 1994. Its present programme EcoVision4 was announced in 2007. EcoVision4 aims at achieving many goals, including investing Euro1 billion in Green Innovations and increasing energy efficiency by 25 percent. The company sells many energy-efficient products and most of them are made through the EcoDesign process.


10. Swisscom:

Swisscom ranks tenth on the list. It is headquartered in Switzerland and deals in telecommunications. The green score of the firm is 77.

The company introduced the world’s first solar-powered phone in 2009. The firm uses 100 percent renewable energy. Its Mistral system uses fresh air to cool its television exchanges instead of air conditioners. The company also offers many environmentally-friendly devices, such as the Ecomode cordless phone, which do not emit any radiation when on standby mode.