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10 Wacky Tech Habits We’re Totally Guilty Of Tech Habits We’re Totally Guilty Of


    Nothing seems to invite superstition and strange behavior like the new and complex world of technology. As we’re learning to use and interact with a bevy of personal devices, we’re each developing small, but hugely strange, habits. Habits largely without any sort of redeeming value beyond making us happy and comfortable.

     

    Everyone’s got their quirky habits, right?

    Like any of you are perfect.

    Psssh !!!

     

    We wanted to unleash 10 awesomely weird, unusual tech-centric habits we’re totally guilty of:

  • Unplugging only at 100 percent. Yeah, it doesn’t matter. But we always do it anyway.

  • Leaving the plastic screen guard on our new gear for as long as possible. It’s there to ward off scratches, isn’t that a good thing?

  • Going into the Apple Store at the mall when we don’t need to buy anything. Even if you have an iPad at home, isn’t it fun to play with the ones in the store?

  • Using our laptop for warmth. Sure, we could put the DVD on our bedroom TV, but cozying up with Mr. MacBook sounds so much better in the winter.

  • Being nearly OCD about washing our hands before we handle white tech. What? Those little rubber earbuds stain so fast!

  • Opening up a GMail tab every time we fire up our browser. Even if we just checked for new messages a split second ago on our phone.

  • Re-routing our GPS midway along our journey. We want to make sure we’re still on the shortest route, OK?

  • Taking our phone to the bathroom (and sometimes even our laptop). What? You do it too.

  • Spending more for something “official” or “approved.” Sure, generic would be cheaper but we’d rather have the real thing.

  • Not opening up the box until we’re ready to use our new tech. It keeps that new feeling, like it’s fresh of the shelf.

If you, too, want to clear your chest of your own strange techie behavior, share it with us in the comments!

China’s Social Media Evolution


Six months ago Ogilvy’s China social media team created an info graphic to show some of the local platforms thriving in place of the major international equivalents.

Since then, new social media platforms have become relevant – on both sides of the Great Firewall – and so the team reworked the info graphic. They have also widened the scope to include more platforms within some of the categories.

Major changes include:

Three new categories: professional social networks, which may become more important with LinkedIn’s China future still uncertain, mobile chat, and online music.

Grouping’s Chinese platform: Although just launched, if their planned investment is anything to go by and they get over some of their initial obstacles, Group On China is likely to become a major player in the next few months.

Quota: Although different to Yahoo Answers, which it replaced, Quota is now the Q&A platform everybody is talking about. On the China side we have included its direct equivalent, Zhou, as well as Baidu Zhidao and Tianya Wenda, which are more like Yahoo Answers.

More Tencent: This Chinese internet giant has been given a lot more face than last time, with the addition of their microblog and the highly populated but relatively inactive Qzone.

Making graphics like this is, of course, far from an exact science. Many of the changes are debatable and the Chinese equivalents also have very different features from their equivalents. Inevitably, there is also the difficulty relating to category crossovers.

Suggestions welcomed in the comments!

One Mind Blowing Interview


Interviewer : Tell me about yourself.
Candidate: I am Rameshwar Kulkarni. I did my Tele Communication engineering from Baban Rao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology.
Interviewer : BabanRao Dhole-Patil Institute of Technology? I had never heard of this college before!
Candidate : Great! Even I had not heard of it before getting an admission into it..
What happened is – due to cricket world cup I scored badly! in 12th.I was getting a paid seat in a good college. But my father said (I prefer to call him ‘baap’) – “I can not invest so much of money”.(The baap actually said – “I will never waste so much of money on you”). So I had to join this college. Frankly speaking this name – BabanRao Dhole-Patil, can at the most be related to a Shetakari Mahavidyalaya
Interviewer: ok, ok. It seems you have taken 6 years to complete your engineering.
Candidate : Actually I tried my best to finish it in 4 years. But you know, these cricket matches and football world cup, and tennis tournaments. It is difficult to concentrate. So I flunked in 2nd and 3rd year. So in all I took 4 + 2 = 7 years.
Interviewer: But 4+2 is 6.
Candidate: Oh, is it ? You know I always had KT in maths. But I will try to keep this in mind. 4+2 is 6, good, thanks. These cricket matches really affect exams a lot.. I think they should ban it .
Interviewer : Good to know that you want cricket matches to be banned.
Candidate : No, no… I am talking about Exams!!
Interviewer: Ok, What is your biggest achievement in life?
Candidate : Obviously, completing my Engineering. My mom never thought I would complete it . In fact, when I flunked in 3rd year, she was looking for a job for me in BEST (Bus
corporation in Maharashtra ) through some relative.
Interviewer : Do you have any plans of higher study?
Candidate: he he he.. Are you kidding? Completing ‘lower’ education it self was so much of pain!!
Interviewer : Let’s talk about technical stuff. On which platforms have you worked?
Candidate : Well, I work at SEEPZ, so you can say Andheri is my current platforms. Earlier I was at Vashi center. So Vashi was my platform then. As you can see I have experience of different platforms! (Vashi and Andheri are the places in Mumbai)
Interviewer : And which languages have you used?
Candidate : Marathi, Hindi, English. By the way, I can keep quiet in German, French, Russian and many other languages.
Interviewer: Why VC is better than VB?
Candidate : It is a common sense – C comes after B. So VC is a higher version than VB. I heard very soon they are coming up w it h a new language VD!
Interviewer: Do you know anything about Assembly Language?
Candidate: Well, I have not heard of it . But I guess, this is the language our ministers and MPs use in assembly.
Interviewer : What is your general project experience?
Candidate : My general experience about projects is – most of the times they are in pipeline!
Interviewer: Can you tell me about your current job?
Candidate: Sure, Currently I am working for Bata Info Tech ltd. Since joining BIL, I am on Bench. Before joining BIL, I used to think that Bench was software like Windows.
Interviewer : Do you have any project management experience?
Candidate: No, but I guess it shouldn’t be difficult. I know Word and Excel. I can talk a lot. I know how to dial for International phone call and use speaker facility. And very important – I know few words like – ‘Showstoppers ‘ , ‘hot fixes’, ‘SEI-CMM’, ‘quality’, ‘version control’, ‘deadlines’ , ‘Customer Satisfaction’ etc. Also I can blame others for my mistakes!
Interviewer: What are your expectations from our company?
Candidate : Not much.
1. I should at least get 40,000 in hand..
2. I would like to work on a live EJB project. But it should not have deadlines. I personally feel that pressure affects natural talent.
3. I believe in flexi-timings.
4. Dress Code is against basic freedom, so I would like to wear t-shirt and jeans.
5. We must have sat-sun off. I will suggest Wednesday off also, so as to avoid breakdown due to overwork.
6. I would like to go abroad 3 times a year on short term preferably 1-2 months) assignments. Personally I prefer US, Australia and Europe. But considering the fact that there are Olympics coming up in China in the current year, I don’t mind going there in that period. As you can see I am modest and don’t have many expectations. So can I assume my selection?
Interviewer : he he he ha ha ha. Thanks for your interest in our organization. In fact I was never entertained so much before. Welcome to INFOSYS.

The fellow was appointed in a newly created section ‘Stress Management’ in the HRD of Infosys.