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My words and my answer to those who hate me

I am a brave person with a power of confidence and knowledge who have always accepted risk in his life and I have enjoyed standing against extremism. Do what you want to do, do whatever you can do. I am a lion whose nature is to die like a soldier and live like a leader.

The Social Network

We all have access to computer and internet today. Some of us use it related to work, others for study and the third just to be online and social. We all hear the message and advice; “build social network.” It is a great way to introduce and to meet new people that might be useful and important to us.

Let us think about our daily life. Communication with colleagues, customers, clients and some friends happens through social network places or emails. We read news on the internet instead of buying newspaper as before. Information is searched on the internet, discussions happens in forums online and invitations and advertisements happens through various web pages. And then there is the e books that are sold online that are scaring the booksellers all over the world.

When we apply for a job, we are told to send the application and cv as email. For those who don’t have time to study at university or college because of job or children, apply to internet studies. Post offices, banks and other institutions have much information and application forms available online so that you don’t have to move outside the home. When we want to speak with our friends, we tend to chat with them.

This week, the post office in Norway introduced digital mailbox to the citizens. Now we don’t even have to walk out our door to check the mailbox, but log onto the internet and see what mail we have. We will also be able to send, receive, manage and archive important mail on our account that is as safe as using online bank. 2 days after the launch, the Digi mail had 40,000 users.

But what is the purpose of internet? The mission is to share information fast and to far destinations as possible where it will be available for many. The more the information is shared, the more we need to add.

Numbers from World internet usage data from June 30, 2010 has put together statistics from each region of population and internet users.

Region                         Population (estimate 2010)     Internet users, dec 30, 2010

Africa                                        1,013,779,050                    4,514,400

Asia                                            3,834,792,852                    114,304,000

Europe                                      813,319,511                          105,096,093

Middle East                            212,336,924                         3,284,800

North America                     344,124,450                        108,096,800

Latin America                       592,556,972                         18,068,919

Oceania / Australia            34,700,201                           7,620,480

WORLD TOTAL                  6,845,609,960                    360,985,492

Facebook – the anti-social network


The power Facebook has seized today is unbelievable. It has become a part of most people’s daily life. Some use it to keep in touch with family and friends and to post pictures and share information like a dairy or blog. Others use it simply for marketing as it is a goldmine for marketers.

Statistics from Facebook shows that there are:

  • More than 500 million active users
  • 50% of our active users log on to Facebook in any given day
  • Average user has 130 friends
  • People spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook
  • 70% of the users are outside the United States

What are the positive and negative aspects of Facebook?

As for the positive aspects, we are able to track down friends and family that we wouldn’t have found so easily and we can keep in touch with each other much better rather than using other ways. Second, others use it to promote their work and find clients and customers. Marketing has become a huge thing and we use it intensively by posting ads on our wall, sending messages and creating various groups.

But for the negative aspects, unfortunately we cannot trust everybody with the information that it is shared. Some people create false profiles or write false information to attract friends. We add or send request to people we don’t know to expand our network for various reasons and this point can actually be both good and bad.

Like or dislike?

There are millions of reasons that can make us unhappy, but a research from the Stanford University called; “Misery has more company than people think” that was published in the scientist magazine Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin in January 2011.

Alex Jordan, who was a PhD student at the time at Stanford, found out that people constantly undervalued how miserable others were. Alex Jordan got the idea for the research after observing his friends reactions on Facebook. He especially did notice that his friends seemed unhappy with themselves after logging in and browsed through others happy statuses, photos and achievements. They all seemed to believe that everybody else had a perfect life.

But the importance of feeling or being better than everybody else is affecting women more than men. According to Slate.com, the last year women’s happiness has been lower than ever. Meghan O’Rourke and 2 economists from University of Pennsylvania studied the difference of happiness of men and women. What the economists found out that the increasing possibilities to succeed in many different ways for the women have led to probability that their own life is not good enough. Women are especially targeted as there are more female than male users on Facebook, and the females are more active according to Forbes.

University of Texas in Austin has revealed results showing that men use Facebook mostly for sharing information associated with news or work/marketing while women often use it for personal communication such as posting pictures, videos and share it with family and friends. This kind of things easily make women more unhappy as for another example from last fall when Washington Post had a an article about women with fertility problems who couldn’t avoid to see and read the happy news from their friends who had babies.

In the end, I want to refer to a quote from the philosopher named Montesquieu (1689-1755);

We wish to be happier than others, and this is difficult, for we believe others to be happier than they are.

China – The new superpower

What comes to your mind when you think about China?

We think about that everything is made in China; think about the strict discipline they are raised with, noodles, kung fu movies and communism. But the fact is that now days everybody is speaking about China’s economical growth and that they are on their way to become the new superpower.

So now they are about to become the world’s largest in the car market as there is bought more cars in China than in any other country in the world. This has resulted in endless traffic jams and very much pollution in the air. So here are some numbers to highlight China’s economical growth and success in the international world.

1, 34 billion;

Chinese people eat, drink, consume and produce more than any other country in the world and this means that every 1 in 5 people are Chinese. Therefore the new frightening word in US industry is “China price”.

17 million;

Vehicles were sold in China in 2010 and it is expected that by 2020 the number will increase to 40 million. China has about 85 million registered cars, buses and trucks. With this enormous sales growth, China will beat USA with its 250 million in 10 years.

2000;

Cars were sold each day in the first 9 months alone in Beijing, the world’s most polluted city. On a normal day, Beijing’s pollution level is 4 times higher than what WHO (World Health Organization) describes as acceptable to live in.

46 500;

Vehicles are sold every day in China. Norway in contrast sells 127.000 cars in a year and has 2, 5 million registered vehicles.

Over 500 million;

Bikes are in China and in 1998, 60% of the Chinese people used their bikes to get to work. Today the number has decreased to 20%. What once used to be bike paths are now turned into car roads.

China borders to 14 countries;

The countries are; North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Burma, Laos and Vietnam. In addition to this, China also borders to the South China Sea, East China Sea, Yellow Sea and Korea Bay.

The world’s largest;

Dam is located in China and is called Three Gorges Dam. All 13 small cities have been relocated to make room for the reservoir which took 10 years to build.

3, 7 million km;

Paved road runs through a landscape of 9, 6 million square kilometers.

70 000 km;

Highway is located around the country linking the 169 largest cities with more than 2 million people.

Climate in China;

The climate is varied. The North is cold and dry the more near you get the Himalayas and Tibet and in the South it is warm tropical climate.

6000 billion;

Was the total value of China’s exports of goods and services in 2009. China has overtaken the US, Germany and Japan as they became the world’s largest exporter.

200,000 km;
China produces 200,000 km with zippers, enough to measure 5 times around the earth and 15 billion buttons in a year.

80%;
of all the toys for children and adults are made in one of the 10 000 toy factories in China.

Ice cream was invented in China as they combined milk, rice mixture and snow. For many centuries, China was one of the most advanced civilizations in the world and the great inventions such as the compass, gunpowder, paper, printing art, fireworks and Chinese medicine was invented by them.

China is rich in;
natural resources such as coal, oil and iron ore. Meanwhile, China is also the world’s largest energy consumer and second largest consumer of oil and it is expected that they take back the United States.

800 million
mobile users are in China. Perhaps not so surprising considering that half of all mobile phones is also manufactured there.

50%;
of all the world’s pigs are eaten in China. The insatiable Chinese also eat a third of the world rice, 53% soya beans and 19% of all poultry. However, China remains a “poor” country which until recently received support through the UN World Food Program.

These are huge numbers and China is the largest in producing, exporting, consuming etc. But what is concerning is that by having so much production, the country is getting severely polluted and not a healthy place to live. Because of the increasing population, many Chinese people also do have problems to finding a place to live as the rent prices is high. Not long ago, I read about students and working families who had to live in a small tiny room 5 -6 floors under the ground (basement). The room was so small that it seemed like a prison cell with no windows and view. I was amazed how people could live there, but then they also mentioned that the students had wireless internet connection.

Another case is the yearly migration of people. Tens of millions travel across the country to reach home for the Lunar New Year celebrations. This year, an estimated of 2, 85 billion people planned to return to their homes for the Lunar New Year, 0,3 billion more than last year. But it’s not easy as mentioned. People have to stand for hours and throughout the night in the cold waiting to purchase a ticket. But if you are willing to pay a “little extra” there is always a ticket available.

Sky Tree – The Tallest TV Tower in the World

This TV tower rises 601 feet above the ground. According; to the plan tower measuring 634 meters when completed later this year. The tower has cost about 800 millions of dollars to build, and the creators hope that the two lookout platforms will attract 2.7 million visitors each year. In addition to sending television signals out to Tokyo’s inhabitants, the tower will also house an aquarium, planetarium, cinema, 300 shops and restaurants. Japan’s six top broadcasters are building the tower, which is expected to booster television and radio transmissions across Japan. Designed by Japanese architect Tadao Ando and sculptor Kiichi Sumikawa, the Sky Tree is constructed on a triangular foundation and its “body” turns into a cylinder as it reaches upward. It is being managed by Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co.

This will now sets a new benchmark in terms of transmission & tower engineering for World & in Japan. Sky Tree will be another feather of success in the Japanese Researchers Hat which always keeps on enlightening & surprising the world with their progressive technological values driven by the high dreams of Japanese ambitious society. It is truly a “Modern Media Samurai of the Far East.” Which has passed the 600 m-high Canton Tower in China’s south-western city of Guangzhou.

The TV Towers are now dwarfed by Sky Tree in the World are:

Android Power – Google Revolution

Today Android has become a possible contender to major market players Windows & Apple especially in the smart phones section. It is the revolution launched by Google Inc to grab a respective market share & erode a sheer dominance of the Windows OS. Android is a mobile operating system initially developed by Android Inc. Android was bought by Google in 2005. Android is based upon a modified version of the Linux kernel. Google and other members of the Open Handset Alliance collaborated on Android’s development and release. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is tasked with the maintenance and further development of Android.The only disadvantage to it is that It is still at an initial stage with fews infancies & stabilities but it has given the edge to lot of mobile phone manufacturers to provide better options & applications developed by them for their users.

Handset Alliance & Market Development: On the 5th of November 2007 the Open Handset Alliance, a consortium of several companies which include Texas Instruments, Broadcom Corporation, Google, HTC, Intel, LG, Marvell Technology Group, Motorola, Nvidia, Qualcomm, Samsung Electronics, Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile was unveiled with the goal to develop open standards for mobile devices. Along with the formation of the Open Handset Alliance, the OHA also unveiled their first product, Android, a mobile device platform built on the Linux kernel version 2.6. On 9 December 2008, it was announced that 14 new members would be joining the Android Project, including PacketVideo, ARM Holdings, Atheros Communications, Asustek Computer Inc, Garmin Ltd, Softbank, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba Corp, and Vodafone Group Plc.The new developments are now taking place in terms with Samsung Tab, Dell Streax, & other devices Like Micromax Android. In early 2010 Google collaborated with HTC to launch its flagship Android device, the Nexus One. This was followed later in 2010 with the Samsung-made Nexus S. The world’s first TV running Android, called Scandinavia, has also been launched by the company People of Lava. In Q4 2010 the Android O.S. was the world’s best-selling smartphone platform, dethroning Nokia’s Symbian from the 10 year top position, according to Canalys. With the growing number of Android handsets, there has also been an increased interest by third party developers to port their applications to the Android operating system. As of December 2010, the Android Marketplace had over 200,000 applications.

Versions of Android: 2.0/2.1 (Eclair), 2.2 (Froyo), 2.3 (Gingerbread), 3.0 (Honeycomb), Ice-cream sandwich,

Licensing: With the exception of brief update periods, Android has been available under a free software / open source license since 21 October 2008. Google published the entire source code (including network and telephony stacks) under an Apache License. Google also keeps the reviewed issues list publicly open for anyone to see and comment.

This new Google’s invention has taken a market like storm creating new waves of cut throat competition & fine edge technologies between the giants like MS, Apple, Google & many more.

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