3 tips for salesmen to succeed

June 30, 2006

They are follows:

  • The hide of a rhino, to withstand constant rejection;
  • The stamina of a cheetah, to keep chasing a deal after all the others have given up,
  • The persistence of a hyena, to never take “no” for an answer;

  • How Yahoo! failed in China

    June 30, 2006

    Yahoo was the first major American Internet company to enter the market, introducing a Chinese-language version of its site and opening up an office in Beijing in 1999.

    Yahoo executives quickly learned how difficult China was to penetrate – and how baffling the country’s cultural barriers can be for Americans. Chinese businesspeople, for example, rarely rely on e-mail, because they find the idea of leaving messages to be socially awkward. They prefer live exchanges, which means they gravitate to mobile phones and short text messages instead.

    Baidu, a Chinese search engine that was introduced in 2001 as an early competitor to Yahoo, capitalised on the national fervor for chat and invented a tool that allows people to create instant discussion groups based on popular search queries.

    When users now search on baidu.com for the name of the Chinese N.B.A. star Yao Ming, for example, they are shown not only links to news reports on his games; they are also able to join a chat room with thousands of others and argue about him. Baidu’s chat rooms receive as many as five million posts a day.

    As Yahoo found, these cultural nuances made the sites run by American companies feel simply foreign to Chinese users – and drove them instead to local portals designed by Chinese entrepreneurs.

    These sites, including Sina.com and Sohu.com, had less useful search engines, but they were full of links to chat rooms and government-approved Chinese-language news sites. Nationalist feelings might have played a role, too, in the success Chinese-run sites enjoyed at Yahoo’s expense.

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    Sun Microsystems plans to lay off as many as 5,000 employees WHY?

    June 21, 2006

    Sun Microsystems plans to lay off as many as 5,000 employees, sell real estate, and “simplify” its product line in an effort to boost profits, its newly appointed CEO Jonathan Schwartz said.

    The reason given by CEO was

    Schwartz CEO said Sun “will be simplifying our product line and reducing duplicative R&D” and highlighted products key to the company’s future, such as its eight-core processor Niagara server. But he didn’t explain what research and development the company now considered duplicative or how that product line would be simplified.

    100 of the most significant events in Linux history.

    June 21, 2006

    August 1991

    “Hello everybody out there using minix – I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months, and I'd like to know what features most people would want. Any suggestions are welcome, but I won't promise I'll implement them 🙂 Linus (PS. Yes – it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT protable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.''

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    Gulf Bloggers:a new breed of Arab activist

    June 21, 2006

    Internet blogs are giving rise to a new breed of Arab activist as ordinary residents increasingly use them to press for more political rights and civil liberties in conservative Gulf states.

    Typical was a recent posting by a 33-year-old Saudi man. "Are we destined to just listen to the news of all the big changes around the world as we await a good deed from our king?" he questioned in his weblog, or blog.

    And in one notable case, blogs in Kuwait were used to rally broad support last month for street demonstrations in favour of election law reforms.

    The bloggers write in Arabic, English or a mixture of both. They are eager to set themselves apart from both newspaper and web columnists writing for established sites as well as the hugely popular Internet bulletin boards that often have a militant Islamic bent.

    Yahoo hit by worm

    June 21, 2006

    Yahoo Inc, the world's largest provider of e-mail services, said on Monday that a software virus aimed at Yahoo Mail users had infected "a very small fraction" of its base of more than 200 million accounts.

    The e-mail virus, or worm, has been dubbed Yamanner and landed in Yahoo mailboxes bearing the headline "New Graphic Site." Once opened, the message infects the computer and spreads to other users listed in Yahoo users' e-mail address books, security experts said.

    Few questions to help you stay fresh

    June 19, 2006

    questions to ask yourself…

    • How can I experiment with something new?
    • What do I want to explore?
    • What do I need to read?
    • What would I like to study?
    • What do I need to practice?

    Many people are very resistant to change, challenge, anything new or different. Mark Twain said it best: "Why go out on a limb? That's where the fruit is." There is always something new to see, to hear, to taste, to experience. There are opportunities all around you. So, live it up and try new things.