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Metis Talent Management brand new website goes live

Last fortnight was a joy, as we came to the launch of Metis Talent Management's website. Metis is a Singapore based organisation that advises clients on Talent Management with a primary focus on Talent Development and Organisation Design. Best wishes to team Metis!

The other great thing is how folks at Metis approached this by going in for a full overhaul, including getting a new logo and brand colours. Do leave your comments on what you feel about the website and the logo!!

THIS NEW YEAR, SEND OUT TALKING EMAIL GREETINGS

Imagine the conventional email greetings that we send out this part of the year. This new year consider replacing the text by greetings in your own voice using your computer and a standard PC mic and a free software combo of Audacity and an mp3 converter . It is pretty simple and can be done without much of a pain.Record your greetings in your own voice and export the recording to mp3 format using the software combo mentioned before. Attach and send it by email. Some mail services, such as Gmail even sense that the attachment is an audio mp3 file and directly offer to play it.

I see good potential here to surprise faraway friends whom we may not call, but still may want to wish them in our own voice. Sorry, no voice-merge here!

For Installation help on Audacity here. Fellow blogger Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspirationhas written a very useful poston voice recording using such software and I recommend all readers to spend a minute on very tips provided by Amit.

SLIDESHOWS ADD VALUE TO YOUR SITE, TRY ZOHO

Of late I have come across professionals who want to add slideshow onto their blogs or business websites.Zohoprovides an interesting feature which allows you to embed slideshow onto your website or blog in just a few steps. If you use your desktop to make slides, Zoho Show works fairly well. However, it also allows you to create presentations from scratch using its own online interface, as well as embed them to your blog or website such as one shown below.



Steps to embed a ppt onto a blog like this are very simple. A. Signup for Zoho Show. B. Upload your slides or create your presentation online C. Once done, click on 'action', you would see a menu bar like shown below

D. Once you have clicked on and see the some code, copy it completely. E. If you want to add to a blog like this, do write your blog in the text editor and then click on the Edit Html button above. Paste the Zoho code at the place where you want your slideshow to appear.Publish and your are up. It may appear complex, b…

TSUNAMI:REAL GOOD SITE TO KNOW ABOUT QUAKES

Today is the anniversary of 2004 Tsunami that devastated the lives of people across many on the coastlines of Asia. As news about a possible Tsunami in the Phillipines trickles in, here's a good site to refer to. It is the US Geological Survey site's Eathquake Center (recently redone, but how recently not sure). You may like to check out.The home site is very informative and worth spending a few minutes.It's here.

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FINALLY, BLOGGER IS OUT OF BETA

Google today announcedthat its popular blog platform Blogger is moved out of Beta. It is been called as New Blogger. Of late, Google has been rapidly migrating blogs on Blogger to Blogger Beta, which is now been called as 'New Blogger'. The 'New Blogger' has some nice features but the migration for many users like me have not been without trouble. The timezone was reset and in case ofmy Hindi blog, the language was changed back to English. But nevertheless, some nice features. I suppose the feeds location changes too, though for few days Google would redirect your readers to the new feed location.Next few days would be worth the watch in blogosphere.Pour in your reactions.

AFTER LAPTOPS, NOW DESKTOPS ON FIRE!

A Computerworld story recounts how NEC desktops, atleast two two of them, set themselves ablaze in Japan this Oct and Nov.While this is something to be concerned about, the story does not mention the environment in which these desktops were being used, and whether any user action was responsible for this. Thankfully, NEC is not a major name in Desktop business. Look at the cheek, they have quickly mentioned that the faulty components were not made by NEC, but outsourced!

GOOGLE NASA TIEUP:WHAT DOES IT MEAN

Google seems heading deep in space with its tieup with Nasa.Google will be able to make previously unavailable pitcures from Nasa's library to its consumers and Nasa would be able to leverage GOOG's huge computing facilities and expertise in this area. Nasa will provide high quality pictures of Moon and Mars, as well as that of the international space station.Sounds like a win-win for the space enthusiasts.

WEB 2.0: 'TIME' NAMES 'YOU' AS PERSON OF THE YEAR

In 1982 Time rated PC is the person of the year. That was the hardware bit in the computing business getting recognized. Things have indeed moved forward and the focus is now on the net and PC is on the sidelines, enabling things as they happen.The focus is on content.Web enthusiasts have been using newer platforms(are they really new indeed?) such as blogs, mashups etc self expression and have felt good about it. Now Time magazine has announced that the Person of the Year 2006 is 'You', crediting the users for enriching web with their content and for having great influence on vox-populi. This is mainstream recognition that Web 2.0 has arrived. This should also silence critics who have often spoken of Web 2.0 as a geeks' hype. BTW, here's an interesting wiki on Time's Person of the Year here.

MICROSOFT TO ATTRACT TALENT DIFFERENTLY, DIFFERENTLY FROM GOOGLE

After Google attracted considerable flak in blogosphere over its vague stance on its Google Wordmasters Challenge contest results, others have thankfully decided to do things differently.
Microsoft has recently announced Web Rockstars contest ( for web designers and developers). In contrast to Google Wordmasters Challenge event, things are a little different here. Rules and regulations are known to potential participants and so are the prizes. 10 winners get XBox 360s and an unspecified number get to travel to MSFT's Redmond Campus. Results will be declared on 31st Jan and possibly you may not even need to send your SAE to them to know the results. Related: FINALLY, WHO WON GOOGLE WORDMASTERS CONTEST?

CALLING MARKETING, RSS ON YOUR WEBSITE IS GOOD ROI

A website is supposed to be the webmasters baby, isn't it? Not quite true. This post is for Marketing professionals. Ever noticed the below icon on any website of late?


We are going to talk about it. Modern day communication is characterized by short attention span and over exposure to diverse communication sources and cues.

It is perhaps too much to expect all people interesting in your company as an investor, analyst, career seeker, media person to get to know the updates on your corporate website site as they happen.They need to come and check as often as they can, on which, apply your judgement. Email again is an active response item, which means someone has to revert as soon as they can, and this can be very repetitive and prone to errors.

As a company, you would be interested in making sure the right media guys do not miss out your all important press release, a potential talent does not join the rival because he did not have the time to go through all the career openings in the…

WAL-MART JOINS INDIAN RETAIL REVOLUTION

Wal-Mart, world's largest retailer(turnover USD 315 BN, Mcap USD 193 BN and employing employing 1.3 MN people in US) recently moved a step forward to enter India. According to a Confederation of Indian Industry report, there are 5.5 outlets per 1000 Indians, which is the highest in the world(Figure that out for a billion Indians!). It speaks volumes about the size of these outlets and their capacity to offer the best to their customers. It also means that distribution costs are very high for companies retailing via these shops. Last few years of GDP growth rate in the range of 8% means that there is much higher attraction in entering this market (Infact, it is nudging 9% levels now). Indians are shopping than ever before. The Indian shopping season, which centers around Diwali, was a record for cellphone industry this Diwali as estimated one million phones are reported to have been sold on one single day!(Market leader reportedly Nokia sold over 4,00,000 phones on Oct 19). The inter…

FORD ORGANIZES JOB FAIR FOR ITS OWN EMPLOYEES

It is common knowledge that 103 year old Ford Motor Company, one of America's crown jewels, is in deep financial trouble. It has hired Alan Mulally (US $2 million salary + US$16.5 million other compensation according to this wiki) to salvage the situation. It is trying it reduce its workforce and has succeeded in pursuading 38000 employees to agree to accept buyout packages. It is even organizing job fairs for its employees and hiring motivational speakers to pursuade employees to leave. You might want to check out Detroit News here for an event report.
Employees are getting hired by CIA, FBI, Fire Service, Railways etc. Employees visiting the fair are even getting a DVD that contrasts the likely future of those who choose to continue with Ford vis-a-vis those who choose to pursue opportunities outside.