Can't find on Google

By , July 22, 2007 12:14 am

There are some questions that can't be answered by Google

Google is incredibly powerful!

For sure!

But what if what you’re searching CANNOT be found on this powerful engine?

Wayne Radinsky made a list for internet users to fill in what they couldn’t find on Google.

By doing so, you’re helping search engines to improve their services and the benefits will come back to you.

Can’t Find something on Google? Post it to Can’t Find On Google

IELTS Tips

By , July 22, 2007 12:12 am

Written for N.C.D and T.N

 

Please note that this list is growing

IELTS Test Structure

General

  • The computer-based is adaptive, that is, if you answer a question correctly, the subsequent one will be more difficult and will give more marks. You can’t return to previous questions in computer-based test
  • Focus on vocabulary
  • Less grammar is tested
  • Time is your worst enemy
  • Practice a lot of English
  • Consider between test centres, there can be differences in the way the test is conducted. In HCMC: British Council or IDP
  • Get enough sleep, eat a good breakfast (not so square), arrive early

Reading

  • Read the questions before reading the paragraphs, trying to find an hint what information is being asked
  • Never leave blanks, just guess the answer
  • Don’t spend too much time on a question, leave it there and get back later
  • Try and predict the content of each paragraph from the opening sentence. The summary of a paragraph is usually asked.
  • Don’t give more than one answer. If more than one words/phrases can answer the question, choose one of them
  • If they specify “three-word answer”, give them exactly three words
  • Articles “a” and “the” count as one word
  • Spend at least 3 minutes to copy your answer to answer sheet. You don’t have extra time for this as in Listening.

Writing

  • Learn a variety of sentence structures, with which you can write anything about
  • Write task 2 first
  • Must complete both tasks. Even if both are not meticulous, both complete ones give more marks than [one excellent plus one unfinished].
  • Don’t copy exactly the topic. Use different words and phrases to describe the topic.
    Example: The topic reads “Discuss negative aspects of the youth’s entertainment.”
    You may want to start the essay with “This article aims at identifying the problems of how young people spend their leisure time.”
    See that ‘problem’ replaces ‘negative aspect’, ‘young people’ replaces ‘youth’ and ‘how to spend leisure time’ replaces ‘entertainment’
  • Cohesion: one paragraph, one idea
  • Coherence: use different linking words: additionally, besides, furthermore, what’s more, moreover, however, firstly, finally, eventually
  • Try to recognize how 150 words (for task 1) and 250 words (for task 2) look like in your handwriting. Don’t spend time to count during the test.

Listening

  • Exploit the silence time to anticipate the expectation of the questions. See if it should be time, or name, or place.
  • Often the speaker will give you an answer and then correct themselves. It’s a common trick.
  • If it happens that you missed one answer, forget it and focus on the following ones immediately. Regretting only makes you lose concentration.
  • Write the first letters of the answers to save time and get back to them later. Example: you can note down ‘hu bld’ for ‘huge building’
  • Don’t leave blank what you missed, try to guess the answer

Speaking

  • Fluency is no less important than grammatical correctness
  • Talk about what you’re most familiar with, not necessarily your favorites
  • Develop your answers as much as possible
  • Always speak more than the examiner
  • It is not to test your knowledge, but how you give your opinion. Giving simple opinion fluently and confidently is enough – no need for in-depth but difficult explanations.

Reference

British Council britishcouncil.org

rxpgonline.com

Best of luck, task-takers!!!

Microsoft Office 2007 for the 2007 Business Analyst

By , July 6, 2007 7:51 pm

Microsoft Word 2007

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Microsoft Excel 2007

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Microsoft PowerPoint 2007

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Microsoft PowerPoint for the 2007 Business Analyst

Microsoft PowerPoint for the 2007 Business Analyst

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FeedBurner Pro services now Free after Google's acquisition

By , July 5, 2007 3:11 am

FeedBurner Logo
As you know, we’re constantly looking for ways to identify and offer new tools for content creators and website publishers. Likewise, we constantly aim to give AdWords advertisers broader distribution to an even wider audience of users. For these reasons, we’re very pleased to tell you that we’ve just acquired FeedBurner.

For those of you who aren’t bloggers, podcasters, or feed creators, Chicago-based FeedBurner is a leading provider of feed distribution and management tools. A web feed is a way for online publishers to syndicate their content and deliver it straight to readers. Each day, FeedBurner delivers feeds to millions of users around the world and offers unique and useful tools for publishers to analyze, optimize, and monetize their content. Further, FeedBurner offers a feed advertising platform for advertisers to reach engaged feed readers through targeted in-feed ads and innovative techniques like RSS feed-driven ads.

We’re excited to continue offering the exceptional tools of FeedBurner to content creators throughout the world, and our teams will work together to improve the experiences of feed users, advertisers, and publishers. You can sign up for FeedBurner’s services and take advantage of their feed tools and features immediately.

Susan Wojcicki, VP, Product Management, Google Inc.

Source: Adding more flare, Official Google Blog

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FeedBurner logo

FreeBurner for Everyone

One of the many benefits that FeedBurner publishers will enjoy now that FeedBurner is part of the Google family is a little something we like to call, “more for free!” Beginning today, two of FeedBurner’s previously for-pay services, TotalStats and MyBrand, will be free. Not in the sense of soaring high above the clouds or recently sprung from the hoosegow, but free like you’ll no longer gladly be billed on Tuesday for a burned feed today. We suspect this will be welcome news to the 450,000+ of you using many of our other free services, but understanding that your feed is your feed, you will need to activate these newly freed-up services in order to partake in their awesomeness.

FeedBurner Stats PRO

PRO is feed analytics taken to the next level. You will now have access to the number of people who have viewed or clicked individual content items in your feed and “Reach,” which estimates the daily number of subscribers who interacted with your feed content. You can turn this on by signing in to your account, navigating to the Analyze tab and heading to the FeedBurner Stats PRO section. Click the “Item Views” checkbox to activate these PRO features.

MyBrand

The MyBrand service (also PRO-level) is located under the “My Account” tab after you’ve signed in. MyBrand lets you maintain consistency between your feed address and your hosted website’s domain, if matchy-matchy is your thing. For example, rather than using feeds.feedburner.com/MyFeedName, your MyBrand-ed feed address can be feeds.myexcellentdomain.net/MyFeedName. To get started with MyBrand, sign into FeedBurner, click the “My Account” link in the upper left-hand corner, and then click “MyBrand”. Nota Bene: You must be comfortable playing around with DNS entries and own the rights to the domain whose DNS entries you’ll be playing around with in order to successfully activate MyBrand.

Previous “PRO” customers will not be charged for the month of June 2007 and beyond. Also, after newly activating either of these features or services, you’ll notice a nifty new “PRO” badge next to your feed(s) on My Feeds page.

Welcome to FreeBurner!

Source: FreeBurner for everyone, FeedBurner Blog

Iroha

By , July 4, 2007 9:19 am

Iroha - Hiragana, Kanji & English

Iroha - Hiragana, Kanji & English

Iroha

Iroha

Efficiency vs. Effectiveness

By , June 26, 2007 1:05 pm

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Efficiency Effectiveness
Concerns Cost Saving on either Time, Budget or Efforts Concerns Quality of output
Skillfullness in avoiding wasted factors Quality to bring about an effect
The ‘means’ The ‘ends’
Measures ratio between input and output Measures the output and its impact

Shorter working week in IT future

By , June 26, 2007 8:41 am

I had a discussion with Buu Nguyen on the topic: Shorter working week in the IT industry

The article that inspired the discussion

IT’s future – how about 20-hour work weeks?

http://news.zdnet.com/2100-9589-6187506.html

CIOs need to prepare for the 20-hour working week as social models and technologies change to promote a work-light future, analyst house Gartner predicts.

By 2015, more people will spend less time in work as companies surrender to individual demands to retain more experienced and skilled workers.

Brian Prentice, research director of emerging trends and technologies at Gartner said as IT becomes woven into the fabric of people’s lives, traditional work/home boundaries will become obsolete and a “digital free-agency” will emerge.

The “digital free-agency” is a term coined by Gartner to describe how professional and personal computing requirements are being blended to enable different working models–such as working from home and part time roles.

Prentice said: “CIOs need to prepare for the arrival of this new work phenomenon, which is being driven by political, social and technology changes.”

These changes include the move away from a single bread-winner family model and the shift away from the conventional view of retirement as the end of working life, said the analyst house.

Prentice added: “The additional pressures of an ageing population and skills shortages will lead to the adoption of digital free-agency and flexible work structures as social, political and business necessities.”

Traditional nine-to-five work structures are inhibiting people’s ability to juggle personal and professional responsibilities and the 20-hour working week is designed to retain skilled workers who are not able or willing to work 40-hour weeks, according to Gartner.

Gartner said the potential power of this combined demographic will be a “force to be reckoned with” by governments and businesses around the world.

Prentice added CIOs need to accept the fact there will be an increase in jobs with shorter working weeks and develop specific governance strategies to take a more proactive approach towards this predicted business change.

Tai

Nice article, this is not something to be surprised about, as 36-hour work week is spreading out in Europe.

Here, the writer pointed out several reasons for the emergence of this prediction
1. Enterprises will be willing to hire specialists after their statutory retirement. This is ‘backed-up’ by an ageing population.
2. More flexible work structures need to be introduced in order for IT firms to attract the skillful (who are usually more demanding) for dealing with skill shortage.

So I want to start a discussion with some questions for you
1. What other factors do you think will add up to this trend
2. When will this be happening in Vietnam?

Buu

The article means people will work 20 hours/week for a particular job, it does not mean they don’t have other jobs at other companies or by self-employment.

People work less hours not because of things like “flexible work structure” or “lack of skilled resources” – these are reasons for flexible-hour jobs, not reasons for fewer hours. People can work less hours because they have increased their productivity to the level that they can produce enough value in their working hours to fulfill their needs (recognition, purchasing power etc.) Of course, some people (like Bill Gates) do not need to care about the hours at all, they work because they like to work, not so much because of money or recognition (anymore).

So, the real question is when man-kind reaches the productivity state that they can work much less hours (less than 40 hours) and produce much value than what necessary to fulfill their needs. As human needs are unlimited and as there are new needs every single day (e.g. cavemen don’t need money to go to Karaoke), and as there will be more and more people who work longer hours for fun (e.g. Bill Gates), I don’t think 20-hour/week working will happen by 2015 or even 2030 or 2040.

BTW, when in time does the Matrix take place ;)?

I think I already answered the questions in the above paragraphs, but here the quick sum:
>> 1. What other factors do you think will add up to this tend
– Value created + Needs
>> 2. When will this be happening in Vietnam?
– Value created > Needs (and nobody likes working for fun)

Tai

I agree with you that “flexible work structure”, or more accurately, “work schedule with less time dedication” is the consequence for a bargaining process between workers and employer, not the cause of the change.

However, you don’t pay much attention to the fact mentioned by Prentice that firms are to make concessions to retain the skillful. In developed countries with ageing population, the number of people joining the workforce does not compensate for the loss of retirement. Shorter work week that allows the retired to have more time for their personal interest and family is an interim way for the firms to deal with the lack of resource.

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Can this be happening in developing countries, where the population is young and the skillfulness of workers is not strong enough for bargaining?

My answer is theoretically yes, for a reason different from the one discussed above. Shorter work week can help to reduce unemployment rate, assuming that the currently unemployed can perform at an acceptable level. The skillful ones, allowed to take on more than one job, are in good condition to be more efficient in tasks that require creativity.

Buu

I agree with most you say – it’s no different in principle with what I try to argue though. What matters is the value produced, if the aging folks can still add value, it is more helpful to the nation if they are encouraged to work rather than staying idle. Hence, flexible working hours is the trend (but that is a different issue from everyone can work 20 hours as like they work 40 hours now).

>> Shorter work week can help to reduce unemployment rate,
>> assuming that the currently unemployed can perform at
>> an acceptable level.
Good point! I like it that you do mention about “acceptable level” :). But be careful with this though, it also depends on the amount of available work. Otherwise, there’s no point in having 2 persons to do part-time for 1 person full-time job unless it’s very necessary to do so.

Sitemap Released

By , June 25, 2007 12:23 am

Sitemap of Tai Tran’s blog has been released.

It can easily be found on a separate page as illustrated below

Sitemap

Communications Solutions – 2006 Product of the Year

By , June 22, 2007 7:19 am

Communications Solutions 2006 Product of the Year Award Winners Announced

The Enneagram (version 0.1)

By , May 25, 2007 9:46 pm

Genre: Psychology

Pre-requisite: basic knowledge of psychology, Myer-Briggs Type Indicator

Please click here to the presentation

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