MyYearBook CEO’s memo to employees after merger with Quepasa

You know facebook. Do you know MyYearBook? It’s a popular networking site for teenagers in U.S. Recently Quepasa, social networking site for Latinos, bought MyYearBook for $100 million. The merger news itself is a non-event. However, the way the CEO communicated the merger news to the employees was unique. MyYearBook CEO Geoff Cook started the memo with clear message: Your job remains safe. Our intention with this merger is to continue to grow, and grow faster, not to make cuts. Your job is as secure as it was a month ago, a year ago, or in the case of many…

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What the hell is Big-O?

If you are a computer science graduate, you might have heard about Big-O. It’s basically a way to analyze the performance of your algorithm. There are lots of web pages that go in deep to explain Big-O, for example Harvard University page dives deep into this concept. I was looking for pretty simple explanation, finally found it at http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=227909 Related Link: Big-O Notation – What it is good for?

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Time Algorithm

Algorithm is a set of rules for solving a problem in a finite number of steps, as for finding the greatest common divisor. (Source: http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/algorithm) We can see the obvious words arrayed in sequence for rules, problem, a finite number of steps, and divisor. What is time algorithm? I defined time algorithm in my own words in a sentence as; a person using a fraction of time in a day to cogitate specifically focus on how to work and reach a personal daily life’s goal. The related elements between algorithm and time algorithm are; 1. Rules: using a fraction of…

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How to Manage Time Effectively – A Personal Quality Time Management

I write this article based on my true life searching and finding for what is a QTM (Quality Time Management) for me to make use it as my APQTM (A Personal Quality Time Management) and absolutely it is a type of writing which is characteristic apart from any other writers specific ideas in presenting and publishing their own personal thoughts. 1. Introduction As a reader, listener, and observer many times we heard about QTM already been defined, meant, and outlined by qualified and professional speakers. Things which a layman in banal couldn’t catch up the details of explanations made and…

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H1B Visa Ban and the Opportunities in Canada

U.S. President Obama signed $787 billion bailout package with the provision to restrict H1B workers in companies that receive federal assistance. The measure, as finally approved by the Congress, would require the bailed-out banks to hire only Americans for two years unless they could prove they were not replacing laid-off Americans with guest workers, according to Bernie Sanders one of its sponsors. However, the bar affects only firms receiving bailout funds hiring new workers to replace laid off US citizens. The ban does not affect existing workers. It also doesn’t restrict the bailed out companies to outsource the work to…

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U.S. workers call for law against outsourcing

It has been barely a week when I wrote about Senator Chuck Grassley’s letter to Microsoft. I mentioned “…Now the senator is speaking. You will see more protests in the street if things get worse…”. It is already happening. Washington Alliance of Technology Workers and Alliance IBM are running campaign against outsourcing and the proposed 2,800 job cuts announced recently in IBM. Lee Conrad, national coordinator of the Alliance, said, “The Alliance is strongly urging IBM not to go forward with a new round of job cuts and to stop the off-shoring of US workers’ jobs.” “There is a growing…

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Senator wants U.S. companies to fire foreign workers first

Senator Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to Microsoft, urging them to make efforts to retain qualified American workers during its recently announced lay-offs. Noting that last year, Microsoft had advocated for more H-1B visas in the US Congress, the senator said the purpose of the H-1B programme for professionals in “specialty occupation” is to help companies hire foreign guest workers on a temporary basis when there is not a sufficient qualified American workforce to meet those needs, he said. However, the programme is not intended to replace qualified American workers, Grassley said asking questions of both American and foreign based…

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Microsoft to layoff 5,000 employees

Apple computers came up with good earnings yesterday. On the contrary, Microsoft corporation missed 2Q profit today. It reported 11% drop in 2nd quarter profit. Microsoft shares plunged 7% and are trading at $17.92. To make up for lost profit, Microsoft is going to terminate 5,000 employees over the next 18 months. Microsoft will terminate 1,400 employees today. Microsoft said it was being hurt by deteriorating global economic conditions and lower revenue from software for PCs. The holiday quarter of 2008 was the worst the PC market had seen in several years. Microsoft said that profit slipped to $4.17 billion,…

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Forced unpaid leave for IT employees in India

Agilent Technologies has made a two-day leave mandatory every month in India for its 1,800 employees. The trend of asking employees to take unpaid leave is gaining momentum in many countries including U.S. and Europe to survive the financial meltdown. Agilent India plans to reduce annual operating expenses by about $65 million with the global restructuring, while in its global pay cut move (effective on January 1), it plans to save another $100 million. The option of taking unpaid leave instead of pink slip is better for employees although few could still complain. The IT employees in India may face…

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Pornafide Work

Sex is the major activity in Internet. All porn sites make money and get good amount of traffic. It’s not a secret. However, an employee viewing porn sites during office hours is a serious issue. Indian IT employees’ visits to porn sites have shown an increase of 23 percent compared to last year, as per a report by Newsweek. More than 30% of U.S. men visit porn sites at work according to the poll conducted by Harris Interactive. The trend has resulted in considerable increase of employees’ ending up facing termination orders. An employee of Wipro under anonymity said, “One…

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