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Interesting Articles - April 22nd 2017

People have a thing for "Bucket List", and that is needed to keep goals in perspective or the things that one wants to achieve in life - but there are times when you want to do nothing. Sometimes being still or to be doing nothing is more fulfilling than ticking a bucket list.

Success isn't always a forward motion.

1. Indian Engineers Unwanted Everywhere - Saucy headline with some truth to it (4 minutes)

This headline caught my attention more than the substance of the article. It is easier to point fingers at others rather than acknowledge the shortcomings of oneselves. Having said that, there is some element of truth to the discrimination that is been witnessed across the globe in the past 3 years with the whole "Nationalism" movement or as liberals call it, towards the "Right Wing" party.

2. Robots - Sorting 200000 packages a day! (2 minutes)

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Interesting Articles - April 20th 2017

1. Codeine and Kids - What can go wrong?

Deep down we all knew the side effects of the painkillers and cough syrup, now the FDA has come out slinging against Codeine and Tramadol. On one hand FDA has decided to come against the painkillers, but on the other hand, it did nothing to stop pharmaceuticals to sell OTC cough syrups and drugs that do contain those chemical elements.

2. Emirates - The problem begins

This was my fear when the current administration signed the executive order to ban tablets and laptops for three middle eastern airlines. How long before the other two airlines cut down the stops in US and concentrate more in Europe and the rest of the world? What it means for passengers? More expensive flights for world travelers. The tourism industry is already hit with anxiety and a lot of travelers are definitely avoiding the hassle to come to thi…

Interesting Articles - April 19th 2017

1. Too much work?

This got my attention when I read this line:

"Employers may subject our bodies to drug tests; monitor our speech both on and off the job; require us to answer questionnaires about our exercise habits, off-hours alcohol consumption, and childbearing intentions; and rifle through our belongings. If the state held such sweeping powers ... we would probably not consider ourselves free men and women."

On similar lines, I liked this article from Quartz - Why being grumpy at work is good for you!

2. Zombie Malls

One out of every 10 American works in retail. 89000 workers have been laid off since October 2016. The total Coal Mining industry  that created a big foofaraw during the 2016 elections, has roughly 80000 employees and retail industry lost more than that in less…

End of 2016...Welcome to 2017!

Phew.....What a year 2016 has been. On a personal front, the year was tumultuous. The expenses keeps on mounting with no end in sight. On professional front, things are the same. The good news is - Health for all concerned family members is intact and in a good shape. So, something is right!

Looking back at 2016, here are my thoughts.

1. Professional goals took a setback and couldn't focus more attention on new things.
2. Started projects, but did not completed.
3. Networking was moderate and couldn't reach out to new areas.
4. Personal growth took a hit with nothing that helped pushed my professional career.
5. Procrastinated..A lot!
6. Politics sucked!
7. Couldn't keep pace with health goals as the year progressed. A very up and down year.
8. Couldn't spend time with kids!
9. Learned a lot about Photography though!

Very few books read and that was a shame! I did listened to few audible books, but that was it. I do want to rectify that.

Looking forward to 2017:

Here are…

Books read in 2014

Understanding Michael Porter - Joan MagrettaAge of Spiritual Machines - Ray KurzweilConfessions of a Public Speaker - Scott BerkunQueit: The Power of Introvert in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain

Whats more important at Valentines?

Wait for countless hour to be waited at a restaurant and then wait for the another hour for your order to be placed?
In that process you let your kids go crazy, or hear other kids scream scaring the singles and couples in that process?What is the point of going outside to begin with? I get the jest of it, but at what cost? The most precious moments are to be with someone special or your family or friends,  family then do what suits you. If but means being in the chaos, so be it. For me, I am done with eating outside or even a take-out on that day. I am perfectly fine with a wine at home with a home cooked meal and watch a movie in my PJs.

Microsoft Surface Ad - Change?

A month back Microsoft released a new ad for their Surface tablet, and I have to admit it is refreshing to see Microsoft do something "unique".  It is a lot different then their "Scroogled" ads and that is what makes it so refreshing.  The ad is cute, to the point and lists all the things that you can do with the tablet.

Here is the video for the ad.

Now I don't want to bash Microsoft or Surface products with the ad as they want to sell the product. I do have reservations about the whole premise of having Windows, Office and Keyboard to do real work.

For students, I don't think any of the things below mentioned in the ad is a requirement.

New Windows OSOfficeSkypePlay Games Bing Smart Search What really matters that were mentioned in the ad were Real-Keyboard and Battery The keyboard that comes with Surface tablets is not really a "real" keyboard. I rather prefer a real laptop than the keyboard that comes with the Surface. 
The battery performs more…