Archive for October, 2010

Symbolic act from Maldives for the world

October 27th, 2010

What is the first thing that came into your mind from the photo above?

What if there’s something (although slightly) common with this below?

Answer: The second photo is the President of the United States swimming in the Gulf, signifying it is safe to return to the beaches after the world’s worst offshore oil spill.

The first one is the President of Maldives, installing solar panels on the rooftop of the Mulee Aage, the official residence of the president of the Maldives.

The Maldives, a tropical archipelago of 1,190 coral islands spread out over 500 miles (860 kilometers), averages only about 5 feet (1.5 meters) above sea level, making it vulnerable to sea level rise and typhoons.

The Maldives ranks 168 out of 186 countries in carbon output, according to the World Resources Institute’s Climate Analysis Indicators Tool.

Nasheed says 16 of the islands already face serious erosion problems, and on 60 islands important freshwater sources have been contaminated by saltwater intrusion. The nation also worries that the depletion troubling its fishing industry, its second-largest economic sector next to tourism, is due to changes in the global climate.

For the Maldives, climate change . . . is not a problem in the future, It is a problem that we are facing every day. – Nasheed

For a nation so small, their President is showing how important it is to go for renewable energy.

What’s the rest of the world working on?

More info on the mentioned event and President Mohamed Nasheed.

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Everything I know about business I learned from Monopoly

October 26th, 2010

I first learn about the word Monopoly from the board game and not by its economic definition of the one’s superior control over a market.

What came into mind with the single word ‘Monopoly‘?

Photo : Scott Speaks

Parker Brothers is the publisher of Monopoly board game and owns it as a registered trademark. Hasbro is Parker Brothers parent company, hence any use of Monopoly’s logo and name has to be licensed by Hasbro.

Including the book Everything I Know About Business I Learned from Monopoly.

Title of this books sounds just like a business book, with readers expecting business strategies by examples from a game of Monopoly.
In reality, it’s not.

This book has 29 chapters, covering topics of the rules of the Monopoly board game, especially on how to win it.

The only thing ‘business’ in it are the quotes from famous people, slipped into pages where the chapter is related to such famous quotes.

There are a few interesting topics though, where it covers the statistics of landing on specific coloured properties, what chances of getting numbers from the roll of dice and how to make shortages of houses to win the game.

I found some reviews particularly accurate from my point of view, and to spare more comments from me, here’s a quote from one of the book’s reviewer post in Amazon:

This book lacked a lot of focus in what it wanted to accomplish. Was it trying to give tips on how to win at Monopoly or trying to show how the game teaches lessons to be applied to real life? In both cases, it came up lacking. More… Marcus Helms

Most of the time the author is just trying to tell the reader how to win a Monopoly game.

Sadly, that wasn’t what the title of the book meant to be.
Probably that was also why I got this book from a book fair with discounted price. 🙂

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Skype Mobile now available for Android, iPhone and Nokia

October 11th, 2010

With the latest release of Skype mobile for Android, Skype mobile app is now available on three most popular type of phones, Android, iPhone and Nokia. One lacking is only for BlackBerry.

It was rumored that telco providers would never allow such mobile applications to be used by their customers, as that phone calls charges was the main income of telecommunication business.

Due to the shift from making calls and SMS to data usage though, allowing mobile apps such as Skype that make calls via data or VOIP is inevitable.

Most, if not all customers are already on data plan, so providing a certain limit of free calls or SMS has been common, and mobile app like Skype that allow users to make calls via WiFi is not only predictable, but most welcomed by all. 🙂

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