Optimising the Search Engine called “Life”

23 07 2008
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God is a principle. The moment god takes over us when we surrender, we focus on making our business more for the benefit of the end user.

We plan and earn money for our coming generations. Why, we love our kids because we see ourselves in them-the self image in our subconscious when we used to be toddlers-we can’t recall ourselves when we were in front of that mirror. So we prepare the edited version of our path for them.

There is a lot of suffering in some countries like Africa. So we have to think about humanity too. We realize we can’t be everything. So, we find out small core competencies like we look at our kids and relay the work cycle-like our employees , freelancers and corporates. We are the purpose of their business and rightly expect that we aren’t outsiders as well.

That’s how we shortlist the providers. That’s how we look at our suppliers. We have to segregate essentials and luxuries if we want to create utopia.

Relationships start just the way micro blogs so. We initially get paid in differentials and then trust too exponents. There is a definite way to optimize work/pay. So we remain down to earth and money works for us-it is not our master. And some day we are really rich-materially and spiritually.

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How to hire freelancers and create an asset out of them.

23 07 2008
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Going to freelance sites like elance.com and expecting a good work is what is desired. Here’s a list of how you can hire:

1. Know what you want to achieve in work. Put down points and make an estimate of how many hours the job can be done.

2.The posting shall consist of identifiable sub-works. Ask your freelance site how these sub-works can be posted-whether as a single project or multiple.

3.The best way to identify core competencies of providers is to draw circles and list the prospective providers. If the circles overlap, it’s good for interactive co-ordination.

4.Start with a small job-$10, then $25, then $100 and so on. Sample an assignment and give a detailed description of what is the goal of the project and technically, what and what not is ti be done. Assigning $10 job to 3 prospective freelancers is not a bad choice-you can always catch up with the faster one.

5.Be clear in identifying deliverables. If you miss a deliverable and you presumably ask it for granted, the freelancer can sway you towards his range and press you for inflated amounts.

6.Use freelancing for services first and then for goods.

7.Keep records of messaging on website, enabling mediation. Emailing and chatting may not be a good choice. Unrecorded phone conversations aren’t since it is very difficult to retrieve memory based commitments.

8.Walk through orientation videos on websites and chat in the forums for subject related queries.

9.Asking for a paid 10 minute demo ($5) to every provider is not a bad choice.

10.Go clear on the size and type of deliverable. e.g. a walk through with 240×480 pixel resolution 16 frames per second. Movie length 10 seconds. Number of revision sessions-3. Time required-1day. Budget $100.

11. Don’t hesitate to ask for the time sheets in advance if you anticipate that the work would prolong.

Remember, ask full questions and answer to the provider’s queries, than coaxing him to ask reactive ones “What is your qualification?”,”Where are you located”,”Hey hey”, ” R U there” or any question which is described on provider’s profile. You might miss out a good, quick & economical provider.

Remember, a freelancer doing a good work truly requires $25 per (billable) hour to cover his expenses and save for his future. If it is a company or consortium it can be more than $200 per hour.

I wish you a happy posting and benefiting.

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An old legend says

15 06 2008
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A competition was organized between two groups-demons(asuras) and angels(devatas). The elbow of every member was stiffened with a stick and amrit(holy water) was put in the hands of everyone and asked to drink it.

Demons tried the whole day; but how could they drink it without bending their elbow in order to bring their palms near their mouth. So everyone raised the hand and spilled the amrit.

Angels just took one minute. They offered the water to their fellow mates and everybody became immortal.

So, my resolution is to give. So let’s live long:-)

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Start a fu-biz.

15 06 2008

The first way to start a business using latest systems is to understand vice versa.

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Organisation in unplanned cities.

30 05 2008
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I have seen a small city. Yes the quality of life is more natural. Things of your convenience-ration, clothes and other household utilities are within walkable reach-say just 200 m. More special services and quite a lot of employer locations are just within 500m. So why need a vehicle just spending ten times in commuting for a trivial thing. Manual transport reduces pollution and old courtyard houses save a lot of energy keeping bills as low as $100/year. I have noticed that per capita living cost is just $500/yr in such cities. So what have we really achieved by metros is what I really wonder.

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Civil role of professional inputs in small homes in India.

23 05 2008
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1. Pre-Requisites-

a) Contractor- Availability on phone. Good labor management, flow monitoring, relay, anticipating materials week beforehand. Co-operative slab subcontractor.

b) Essentials- Give week’s commencement notice to authorities. Ensure site cleaning. Temporary Water Connection for soft soil. Electrical Connection for wood, water pump and night work. Reserve water tank. Temporary Store Raw material area & mortar platform at optimum work flow & secure place.

c) Documents- Copy of permit drawing, letter, working drawings, site order book, bill folder packet, pen, pencil, sharpener, eraser, stapler, staples, tape and 3’ plastic laminate roll, on caretaker’s responsibility.
d) Material Reqd-2000 Bks (recoverable), iron door, lock+3 keys & 4 steel sheets/angles/bolts. Flex pipe, tap, nipple & motor tanker, if no water.

2. Works till DPC Stage-

a) Excavated Volume-Stable pegs (temp bk piers+mud mortar-2′ away) confirms PL per WD.

b) Contractor marks notched CL for wall foundation(red) & column footing(white). Materials-Colors/lime/stone dust/brick dust, Peg/12mm bar & spade.

c) II Lines to CL to accommodate width of above as per WD.

d) Excavation-Use excavator for bulk & ensure safe stacking. Tarpaulin cover for rains.

e) Leveling-Define the leveling plane by mortar-lining and blue string line to relate with depth.

f) Boring small holes with bar, pesticides are poured and layer of specified sand is covered in all.

e) PCC auto-mixed is to be laid and rammed/compacted. Checked with plumb & tape.

g) On proper footing mesh (and pedestal) of steel bars, L bars are laid on columns tied by double wire. Should be vertical and cater to specified cover. Alternate laps follow.

h) Brickwork-staggered tapering on top, ensure level in brickwork. Ensure size to apply for DPC.

i) Backfill soil in specified compacted layers below top header course.

j) Pipes stacks erected before construction. Plinth beam & DPC be followed as per specification.

2. Works in Superstructure-

a) Siphon leveled and aligned joinery embedded & pest-proofed in course before brickwork is must.

b) Walls and columns should be checked in plumb line. Brick work should not have vertically continuing joint over joint.

c) Continuous curing is a must at any cost.

d) Junctions should be gripped as per detail.

e) Last course/layer is specialized.

3. Pre-Roof Laying

a) Shuttering should be placed, tied and leveled properly on compacted ground

d) It takes a week (+21 days) to lay well placed reinforcement. Ensure your shuttering fellow.

e) He should have additional planks for mortar platform at top

f) Before laying slab mesh, get checked location of electrical boxes, form work & beams.

g) The peripheral slab mesh would be cranked higher. It is never flat.

h) Ensure the specified additives to strengthen the roof.

4. Roof Slab Casting.

a) Less water and sand. General ratio should be 1:2:4.

b) Vibrator is a must everywhere in 1′.

c) Cold water for 7 days is a must.

5. Pre-Plastering-

a) Ensure all conduits & pipes in place in wall and columned tucked.

b) Ensure watering immediately before plaster.

c) Try getting done scraped rough plaster to tile bathrooms, kitchens and facades first.

d) Get all the plaster checked through professional.

6 Pre-Flooring

a) Ensure proper ramming, and leveling of floor base.

b) To avoid termites put more sand adjoining the walls etc.of

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Organisational Architecture

20 05 2008
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I have not worked in any large organization, still I offer an unbiased opinion.

Every business goes on reputation which is different from character. The founder CEOs really have very good visions which become secondary. But the one way “Order” communication has complicated the organizational problems. How?

The face value of the senior “Order” becomes an excuse and gives the employee “benefit of doubt” so that he can prove that the order has been obeyed without giving the outcome desired by the end user-“Customer”. Hierarchy aggravates the problem. This lack of interaction in employee is a natural tendency as he may want “home culture” in his corporate environment-or his colleague had taken an advantage (not realizing if ha has himself unknowingly) etc.

Every service is time bound package-we need to invent a calculus which would soften the rigid graphs and have a trend torch which will show the way with different cadres in different colors. Often customer feedback is the only key to narrowing and focus of the trend torch-we have to come out of good and bad-to good and learn-implement-follow equation. The employee will himself realize where he has to go to keep it more focussed and competitively upwards.

We have to remember that only true formula is=A simple equation.

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