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26 February 2009

How to deal with Bad Boss

Young man looking angry

It everyone wishes that they have good and understanding bosses but in reality it seldom happens or will never happen. What if you end up working with a BAD boss? What will you do to manage the situation? How do you cope with your job working under him? You feel like cursing him almost daily. You stress your self trying to find solutions but in the end you get tired, frustrated and annoyed. Human is the most difficult to deal with. So stop thinking and carry on with your job. Do follow the steps below and if you still feel the problem is unbearable, quit your job and find another.

Here are the tips to cope with Bad boss.

a) Learn to accept your boss’s power and authority over you – even if used unfairly. Some boss have attitude problem, egoistic, too proud and there is nothing you can do to change that. They are born with the handicap.
b) Don’t keep wishing your boss were different. Put your energy elsewhere. Divert your energy to do something useful.
c) Stop Looking for approval. Create your own strong sense of self – so negative feedback doesn’t define you. Always think positive.
d) Do you very best regardless of the appreciation received. Have pride in doing your job.
e) Clarify job responsibilities, your boss’s expectations, and then fulfill them. Doing this will Minimize errors.
f) Confer regularly. Discuss your performance and the criteria by which you’re evaluated.
g) View yourself objectively from your boss’s perspective.
h) For self-satisfaction, set your own standards. Follow them – unless they conflict with the management’s.
i) Set the tone. Model desired behavior. Be courteous, co-operative and respectful.
j) Show you value your boss’s opinion.
k) Gently, tactfully, suggest you respond best to positive feedback.
l) Acknowledge, then release your anger – but not at your boss.
m) Pretend telling your boss exactly how you feel.
n) Confide in a friend – off the job.
o) Cease playing victim – build your self esteem. Your boss will step back more often.
p) Build a support network of allies, mentors and friends.
q) Find something to give you affirmation and praise.
r) When feeling trapped, imagine working elsewhere (so you don’t feel stress).
s) Think of at least 10 or more new alternatives and be persisting.

Related articles: Are You a Bad Manager?

24 February 2009

Streamyx Broadband Access Very Slow

I am experiencing very slow internet connectivity using streamyx broadband lately. I was shock and disbelieve when I try to access the great john chow site it just stop and prompt a pop up message shows that the site is currently unavailable.

I don’t like to be rich, unless I want to be a crook or take advantage of people

How many time you heard a person or your friend say to you thing like “I don’t like to be rich, unless you want to be a crook or take advantage of people” or some thing similar. Most people prefer to give excuses to justify why they are not rich or want to be rich. Believe me; this is true, that why so few of them become rich. They like to blame people or other for their failure or lack in financial. The more you talk about getting rich to these people the more they bombarded you with unpleasant respond.

I have listed below some of the excuses I frequent heard throughout the years and would like to share it with you.

a) I am to busy to think about money.
b) I am not interested
c) I am not cut off to be a rich man.
d) I am not smart
e) I don’t have good business knowledge
f) I don’t want to be a crook
g) I may not have time to spend with my family
h) I don’t like working hard
i) I am scared they will kidnap my children for ransom.
j) It involved too much work.
k) I do not want to con and take advantage of people for self-gain.
l) Money is the root of all evil.
m) I am waiting for the right time.
n) I am scared to do business
o) God does not allowed me to accumulate wealth
p) God doesn’t like rich people.
q) Health is more important than wealth.
r) Fear of failure
s) Fear of loosing money
t) I am not ready, too young to think about it now.
u) What wrong with being in the middle class.
v) I choose not to be rich
w) My friend says business is risky
x) People would dislike me.
y) I am not greedy.
z) I want money but I don't want to work for it.

The list of excuses can go on and on and there are no ending to it. People are good at making excuses when come to issue to do with becoming rich. They don’t want to admit that it is their own fault of not becoming financially sound. Most of them don’t even dare to try. They prefers to sit down in their comfy sofa and wondering what going to happen when they retired or looking at the sky and hoping the money will falls from the sky. But in reality, these false hopes will never come through.

23 February 2009

Stylus is better than finger

Iphone is great to use but it does become uneasy after awhile when the screen become smudge with sweaty finger prints and oily. You need to constantly rubbing and clean it with the special cloth supply with Iphone. Iphone is a touch screen devices and it doesn’t need a stylus to operate. However, there is a time this stylus become necessary especially when to do with sketch, drawing and many more. This is where the Pogo Stylus becomes very handy and useful. Imagine using iphone during winter, you have to use bare finger and how convenient it is, frost bite. Now with this specially made for iphone stylus, you can still answer calls and surf the web all while keeping your hands toasty. For those who have long finger nail is also a problem using iphone unless you use this stylus.
Pogo Stylus features an ultra-light aluminum body with an anodized finish and laser graphics. The soft tip glides easily over the surface of the display, making it fun and easy to sketch, draw characters, or just slide to unlock. Sized for accuracy, it does away with the awkward typos and misfires common to fingertip-only use.
Since you reduce the need for fingers, it helps keep the iphone’s screen free of smudges and grease.
The body of the stylus is a lightweight aluminum alloy, with an anodized finish in your choice of three colors. Laser-engraved graphics set off the matte sheen of black, gunmetal, silver, or cranberry to best advantage.
The Pogo Stylus also features a soft, durable tip designed with the needs of mobile users in mind. It is precision-formed to the perfect size for the keyboard keys.
A perfect match for iphones.
Pogo Stylus is available for pre-order at for US$14.95.

22 February 2009

How to get traffic for your blog

One of the most difficult task to owner of blog site is to get traffic. There are plenty of tips, how to increase traffic on the net and most of them is more or less identical to one another. However the most inportant steps to do if your site is very new is to submit your url to Yahoo, technorati and Google. For newbie it is worth to try get traffic by visiting the site : Blog : How to get traffic for your blog.

11 February 2009


We have in our home a large medley collection of pens. Some were bought personally but mostly they were company give-aways (gifts promoting their company). Finding a pen is never a problem in our home. Here are but a few of the good designs.

This is your standard ball point pen but the ink is purple and is marked by the purple body. Other conventional pens have either black, blue and red bodies to show their ink colour.

This one comes in bright primary colours with a heavy top that tapers down. Looks top heavy or slim and elongated, depending on your point of view.

This is cigar or rocket shaped and there was a ring holder at the end for hanging the pen aroung your neck. Quite uniqe actually.

This one is useful for lecturers and those who give talks and seminars. There are two laser lights at the top which come in handy when you need a pointer. Body is stainless steel and durable.

Need to find a pen in the dark? Well this is the answer to your prayer. A phosphorescent coloured pen. They should also invent one which whistles back (with a microchip) so that you can find your pen in your room or office mess.

Yes I know. It doesn't look interesting at all, but the clip at the end is flexible and will never break off! It pulls away with a spring. Good for rough people.

This is a foldable half pen. Handy for carrying around. It came in two attractive illuminous colours - red and light green. You can even hang it around your neck on a string.

This is my personal favourite as I am a practical person. Not only does it have a firm rubber grip near the nib but the clip has a unique wrigley design.

This is my second favourite. A pen small enough to clip to the side of a tiny notebook (fits into the palm of your hand). Nothing new really but it is handy to carry around, write down things to do like your shopping list or information you find along the way and many other things.

Now this one tops all the ones we have in our collection. A 3-In-One pen. A red and black pen together with stick-on-notes for emergency messages or notes.

Some of you may have seen better designs. Yes there are many out there which have caught my eye but I never quite got to buying them. Some have uniquely carved wooden bodies with nibs and ink inside and others have flexible bodies which you can curl into a spiral and there are 10 in One coloured pens (although I must say these often malfunction after a short while - springs fly out easily and changing colours can be tricky when the mechanical parts get stuck together).
Should I come across any other unique designs in the future, I may update my pictures when I have the time - for all to share.

How do we make ourselves financially self dependant

Not long ago I have written an article about the abbreviation of J.O.B. How to be financially sound while still remain as an employee? Most people have the opinion that you need to start your own business to make you rich. The word rich is very subjective. The true definition of rich depends on the individual perception. Some says they are rich to have only $500K in the bank and some says they need $1,000,000 to be considered rich. Another says you can not be rich working with somebody. Your earning power is dictated by the employer. The employer decided how much you can earn working with them.

As an employee, we are dependent on the mercy of our employer to provide us food and shelter. Without them, we have nothing to look forward at the end of the month.

So how do we make ourselves self dependant? Quit your job and start a business? It is not that simple. However, there is still a chance that you can be financially independent while remain an employee simply by following the simple steps shown below (may be become a millionaire as well, never judge a book by it cover). All you need to do is to:

a) Make as much money as you possible can. You should earn not less than 2K and do all you can to earn more. Work hard, show your manhood and work smart so that your pay will go up (I hope so) as well. Become an expert in doing your job. Be the best in your field. In other word, aim for higher position and go for more pay check. Learn the art of corporate ladder climbing and office politic.

b) Another alternative is to spend less. Most people will not favor this because you have to tighten your belt and it not very comfortable. You tend to miss a lot of thing you desire. Therefore most people willing to forgo this and in the end they tend to spend more and left nothing to save. What a sad scenario.

c) Save part of that money. Make an effort to save a portion of your salary every month. (Read the book: the richest man in Babylon).

d) Learn to invest and invest that saving wisely. Learn and choose an investment that pays you higher return but be very careful. Higher return means higher risk. But then again no risk no gain.

e) Avoid major financial mistakes. This will eat most of your saving and jeopardize your investment.

Please be reminded that JOBS are temporary source of income and J.O.B means “JUST OBEY BOSS”.

Affordable Mini Guitar Practice Amplifier

I was looking for a small guitar amp to practice. The criteria I am look at are a follows:
a) Small enough to fit into the guitar case
b) Requires no AC but runs on batteries (normally runs on 9V battery).
c) Easy to use with or with cord.
d) Not so heavy. Light weight.
e) Delivers clean sound with good tonal quality
f) Produce natural distorted sound.
g) Last but Not Least, it must be affordable enough for every one to buy.

After browsing the net for a while, I manage to pick one that almost fulfilled the requirement that I was looking for. It is small enough and it is very affordable. It has great sound (click video below to hear the sound). But the placement is a bit awkward. I prefer the amp clipped on my belt rather than protruding. Nevertheless, it is small in size and less troublesome to use. When you practice with this amp, it keeps everyone happy. Too bad it does not have Headphone input.

Just take it out of your guitar case plug it in and play!
Take it anywhere! Play it anywhere!

AMPUPLUGNPLAY – Mini Practice Amp

10 February 2009

EARN some cash to recycle your gadget with Gazelle.

Do you still keep those gadgets you no longer want to use? Instead of selling them yourself (if you want to sell them) via auction site or classified ads online, try sell them to Gazelle. Gazelle will buy certain electronic gadget by cash and your old gadget will be recycled.

To Start selling is simple, first find your product (i.e. name, brand, model..etc) and a new page will appeared asking you a few question on your gadget (refers to diagram below).

Once you have completed the questionnaires, Gazelle will automatically generate the cost Gazelle willing to pay you. However Gazelle still need to receive the gadget from you. The moment Gazelle receive your gadget, it will undergo an inspection process to match your evaluation. Once everything is done, Gazelle will notify you via email of your payment.

Well it is not that fast actually. The inspection may take a couple of days to few weeks.

Anyway, if you want to go for it, just click
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04 February 2009

free PDF converter

doPDF is a free PDF converter for both personal and commercial use. Using doPDF you can create PDF files by selecting the "Print" command from virtually any application. With one click you can convert your Microsoft Excel, Word or PowerPoint documents or your emails and favorite web sites to PDF files.

From the developer

doPDF installs itself as a virtual PDF printer driver so after a successful installation will appear in your Printers and Faxes list. To convert to PDF, you just have to print the document to doPDF, the free pdf converter. Open a document (with Microsoft Word, WordPad, NotePad or any other software), choose Print and select doPDF. It will ask you where to save the PDF file and when finished, the PDF file will be automatically opened in your default PDF viewer.

Main benefits for using this free PDF converter:

It’s free - PDF converter free for both commercial and personal use.

64-bit support - can be installed on 64-bit operating systems.

No GhostScript - doesn’t require 3rd party programs to do PDF files (like GhostScript). This makes the setup file to be incredibly small compared to other free PDF converters.

Customizable resolution - you can choose any resolution from 72 to 2400 dpi.

Predefined/custom page sizes - choose a default page size (Letter, Legal, A4, A5, A6, ...) or enter your own custom page size.

Searchable PDFs - you can search for text within the created PDF file (and search engines will also index the text from the PDF).

Multi-language - choose a language for the user interface from the 20 languages currently supported (credits).

Do your part in saving the planet - instead of consuming paper to print your document, why not create a PDF file out of it and spare a couple of planet-saving trees?

Barely uses any computer resources - compared to other free PDF converters, doPDF
barely uses any memory or CPU resources when doing the actual conversion to PDF.

doPDF is a free PDF converter, it is not a PDF viewer. To view PDF files you will need the free Adobe Reader.

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03 February 2009

Don’t be so good in your Job.

This is strange, isn’t it? Everyone wants or rather prefers to be very good in their job. It will differentiate you from the pack. Moreover, if you are good in your job, you might get a pay raise. Who doesn’t want that, everyone need that isn’t it. But then again there is always a catch. You can’t have both world. If you are so good or should I say, you are irreplaceable, the boss wants you, you’re the only one can do the job…etc. and you know what. Chances are you’re going to get tired, they dependable on you and the worst thing can happen is, you can’t be promoted. Why? Because if you’re promoted who is going to do the job you’re so good at.

02 February 2009

Do you need intelligent robotic vacuum cleans your floors?

Nowadays people are more accustomed to adapt technology in their life especially if it help them clean their house. one good example is the robot vacuum.This particular robot keeps your floor clean throughout the day. unlike human maid, this little robot prefers to clean than complain. This is just the begining, in a few years time, a more multitasking robot will be invented to replace human maid.

This particular robot vacuum is called Roomba. It is an intelligent and effective vacuuming robot. It main component is the unique AWARE™ Robot Intelligence Systems. AWARE uses dozens of sensors to monitor Roomba's environment, and adjusts Roomba's behavior up to 67 times per second, ensuring that Roomba cleans effectively, intelligently and safely.

To see how some of Roomba's features work, please click: ROOMBA

Roomba main features are as follows:

a) A powerful vacuum -A smart and powerful vacuum Roomba picks up an amazing amount of dirt, dust, pet hair, dander, cat litter, crumbs, leaves and other debris as it autonomously navigates throughout your home. Roomba automatically adjusts from carpets to hard floors and cleans everywhere you want while avoiding off-limit areas.

b) Hard-to-reach places -Cleans hard-to-reach places Roomba’s compact shape allows it to vacuum beneath beds, couches and other hard-to-reach places while the innovative, spinning side brush removes accumulated debris along kickboards, cabinet edges and corners
c) Carpets to hard floors -Transitions from carpets to hard floors Roomba automatically transitions from one surface to the next, effectively lifting dirt, dust and debris from carpets, rugs, tile, linoleum and hardwood floors.
d) Avoids drop-offs -Avoids stairs and drop-offs Roomba knows when it’s approaching stairs and other drop-offs, cleans up to the edge then automatically and safely changes direction to avoid going over edges.
e) Detects dirt -Spends more time on dirtier areas Roomba detects dirtier areas and responds by increasing its vacuuming intensity and cleaning pattern to ensure deeper, concentrated cleaning in that area.
f) Won't get stuck -Won't get stuck Specially designed technology and suspension allow Roomba to maneuver over cords and effectively extract itself from fringe and tassels.
g) Light-touch bumper -Light-touch bumper Roomba identifies furniture and other obstacles, slow its approach then lightly and gently touch the obstacle with its bumper and changes direction.
h) Automatically recharges -Automatically recharges Roomba automatically locates and returns to its Home Base™ to dock and recharge between cleaning cycles and when the battery is running low.
i) Avoids off-limit areas -Avoids off-limit areas Virtual Walls create invisible barriers to off-limit areas that Roomba will not cross.
j) Lighthouse -Efficient room-to-room cleaning A Virtual Wall Lighthouse directs Roomba to completely vacuum one room before moving on to the next and creates an invisible barrier to off-limit areas that Roomba will not cross.
k) Modular Design -Modularity New modular design provides simpler cleaning, maintenance, part replacement and feature upgrades.

01 February 2009

Use Ninja to protect your pendrive

This is a small program sit at the system tray, side by side with your others application. It waits and automatically detect and scan the inserted pendrive . The Ninja is specuially designed to guard computers againts known viruses ( better known as virulent files) i.e. “autorun.inf” and “ctfmon.exe” and also others similar variants, transmitted through pendrive.
T0 download go to ninja homepage at : is rather straighforward and quite informative. Ninja Pendisk Features:

a) Zero Configuration – No need to execute series of installation and no configuration.
b) Automatic Clean i.e. this features can be disable if you want to.
c) You can disable autoplay.
d) Simple, fully portable, automatic update, i.e. 679kb
e) Runs on Windows XP and Vista platforms.
f) License : Freeware
g) Rating ( by : Good (3.7/5)
h) Immunize pendisk/pendrive.
Apart from removing known virulent files, this tool can immunized your pendisk and create a folder called autorun.inf with special protection permissions to protect your pendrive from being infected again when plugged on contaminated computers. It is a useful program knowing that your PC will always be protected against virus transmitted from the infected pendrive.

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