Friday, January 28, 2005

Yushchenko (a must see picture!) and Basescu...

Viktor Yushchenko as he appeared in July 2004 (left) and as he appeared in November 2004 (right) after the poisoning

I don’t know if the so called ‘threats’ concerning the life and safty of Mr President Traian Basescu are real or just an attempt of Mr. Radu Timofte form SRI (the Romanian Information Service) to look good, busy, involved and professional…

But I know that some people may feel very threatened because of Mr Basescu’s determination to fight corruption and prosecute the guilty individuals, no matter the party or business they are involved in or the influence thay have in the country. I know some so called local ‘barons’ that can’t sleep well these nights. And I hope that Mr Basescu’s speeches will be imidiatly followed by facts and prosecutions.

It makes sens that some important and influential people threatened by Mr. Basescu’s attitude and determination could hatch a plot to get rid of him. Hireing a professional payd killer, posioning him or just denigrating him.

We have here an example: Mr President Viktor Yushcenko, another hope for democracy and strong minded President, also a leader of the “Orange movement”…
He won the election only after ‘the Orange revolution’ and after he has been poisoned!

Take a look at the above picture. In july 2004, Yushcenko was a young powerfull candidate for presidency, a trusted leader of the Ukrainian opposition…. In November, and also in January as the new President, Yushcenko look like another man: an old man, tired and apparently weak.

They desfigurated his face but not his spirit!
Let’s learn something from the Ukrainian experience.

And let’s stand by our President in his fight against the local Mafia, corruption and all the persons that think they are above the law!

God Bless Romania!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

The new world's A to Z (with Google Suggest)

I’ve told you in one of my previous posts about Google Suggest.

As you type, Google will offer suggestions. Use the arrow keys to navigate the results. To learn more click HERE.

As you type into the search box, Google Suggest guesses what you're typing and offers suggestions in real time. This is similar to Google's "Did you mean?" feature that offers alternative spellings for your query after you search, except that it works in real time.

For example, if you type "bass," Google Suggest might offer a list of refinements that include "bass fishing" or "bass guitar." Similarly, if you type in only part of a word, like "progr," Google Suggest might offer you refinements like "programming," "programming languages," "progesterone," or "progressive." You can choose one by scrolling up or down the list with the arrow keys or mouse.

Today, when the world’s only constant is change….in the third millennium, words are added to and taken out of the dictionary every year…

And the Google Suggest tool can tell you what the most important words online are.

Simple: inputting just the first letter to see what Google believes is the most likely thing you are going to type in… And the old Google tells you the number of results also…

Here, on the PYM blog, you can find the ‘new world's A to Z. This is it:

A, is for Amazon, the online success story. The company that came from nothing and managed to shake up the entire book-selling business overnight. Since then it has relentlessly forced other industries to stir themselves out of complacency and start dealing with the internet world. The World Wide Web at its very best.

B is for Best Buy More likely an indication of the internet's ability to cut margins and help people hunt for bargains than the actual site. How many controlled markets has the internet helped to smash thanks to instant information being available on the Net? The BBC - arguably the best news site on the internet - comes a close second.

C is for CNN The US news channel.

D is for Dictionary Which, it could be argued, is a good example of how the internet and digital world is educating all of us. Instant information available at the press of a key. (Remember the harvards Library project…;-)) Whether people's literacy will get any better as this suggests though is perhaps asking too much. Especially with advertisers doing everything in their power to get people used to trademarked misspellings.

E is for eBay As if it could be anything else. eBay does what everyone always said the internet would - let people communicate one-to-one with each other and miss out the middleman. The ultimate democratic tool. It also graphically answers the question: where does all the crap that people buy go?

F is for Firefox (and not Free something ..)The new open-source browser, not the 1982 film starring Clint Eastwood. It's only been out there for a few months but its writers claim 10m downloads. Another great example of what the digital age has done for us - worldwide code collaboration and not just for profit, but for higher reasons.

G is for Games Ironically beating Google itself into second place!!! ;-) Games - especially the latest console games - remain the one big block of culture that mainstream society has yet to embrace. Digital technology has seen the most spectacular advances in game technology, which themselves seem certain to filter down into a million different aspects of our lives. Plus of course, online games give you something to do while bored and at work.

H is for Hotmail Instant and free communication with anyone in the world. Despite being taken over by Microsoft, Hotmail remains a shining example of what the internet has managed. Just imagine trying to explain to someone 20 years ago what Webmail is.

I is for Ikea Perhaps surprising in that it comes one ahead of iPod, but Ikea is a good example of how the internet happily embraces changes in wider society. Ikea represents low-cost, high-quality goods for people's homes, their everyday lives. Itself a revolution, the internet loves Ikea almost as much as the hot-dog munching hordes that visit its stores across the world at the weekend.

J is for Jokes Probably in order to make second-choice "Jobs" ('jobs' has 390.000.000 results on Google while 'jokes' has 35.000.000...)more bearable. This could be viewed as the internet helping in social interaction, although we suspect it's more a case of trying to cheer yourself up while sat at a PC for 10 hours a day.

K is for Kazaa Another great example of the Internet changing our world, albeit more controversial thanks to huge corporates' fury at seeing their well-protected market blown to pieces. Songs, videos, applications and almost anything else became easily exchangeable with largely untraceable files, and so long as someone in the world had it, you could get it too. The RIAA - which doesn't make the "R" spot - thinks Kazaa is the devil, or maybe the spawn of the devil Napster, which doesn't make the "N" spot. Just as the internet has been embraced in some quarters, it's same radical powers have found less welcoming hosts.

L is for Lyrics A great example of the internet providing hard-to-find information instantly. Where could you go before the Web for the words to songs? Let's be honest, a huge number of songs are virtually incoherent usually due to the artist's addled brain. It's always nice to be able to sing along to your favourite songs though, ain't it? S'cuse me while I kiss this guy.

M is for Mapquest Another fantastic example of vital information being put at your fingertips - maps. Where you can find people in the real world. It seems amazing that anyone ever found anyone at all before Mapquest and its numerous other examples across the world - MultiMap in the UK for example. It is also a good demonstration of the fact that geography has become radically altered in society's mind in the modern world. Microsoft offerings incidentally account for five of the top ten. Just in case you were wondering.

N is for News An absolute pure revolution brought on by the internet. Anyone can publish anything they like on the net. Suddenly not only has the control over information been loosened but we are able to see the same story as presented from the other side, instantly. It has made it far harder for determined and powerful figures to control how people see events and that can only be a good thing. The Register, you will note, is part of that revolution.

O is for Online dictionary This represents an intriguing truth about people. No matter what tools and aids and mediums are put in their way, a large percentage of people remain quite stupid. Why you would want to look online for an online dictionary, rather than just a dictionary, since you are already online? To be less cruel, it is perhaps a good example that the internet remains a very young medium and still a bit of a confusing novelty for some.

P is for Paris Hilton ('Paris Hilton' has 6.5 millions rsults while 'Panasonic' has 65 millions...)Not the hotel, but rather the young, nubile heiress of the Hilton empire. Surprised P doesn't stand for porn? Don't be, because Paris Hilton is there thanks entirely to her homemade porn videos being made available online. Porn remains an enormous part of the internet and always will do. But while most people will shy away from the niche sexual offerings the internet can offer, it's safe to say that the personal sex tapes of a spoilt young rich girl will always appeal to a good section of society.

Q is for Quotes Like Dictionary and Lyrics, a good example of people using the net for information and education.

R is for Recipes Another grand reflection of how the internet has changed lives. Recipe cards have been used for decades by all sorts of people ranging from magazines to supermarkets to draw customers. People love eating and cooking and a bit of variety. But no matter how many boxes of musty recipe cards your Mum has upstairs, the internet is always going to have more.

S is for Spybot (not 'sex'! And not 'Sony' who has much more results on Google - 140.000.000 vs 2.5 mil) Reflecting the darker side of the internet, Spybot is the most popular spyware removal tool on the internet. Digital technology, while allowing us to do all sorts of things we couldn't before, has also let people spy on what exactly you are doing like never before. Despite increasing pressures on software companies not to do so, a large number of common programmes bring with them applications that report what you are doing and who you are to others, usually without you even being aware. Spybot is an extremely effective tool for fighting back and deleting all those hidden programs.

T is for Tara Reid Tara Reid is the blonde actress star of, among others, American Pie 1 and 2. Here is an example of the internet acting as the greatest gossip source ever known to humanity. When Ms Reid's dress slipped at a recent party, she was unaware that her left breast had popped out and smiled all the more because of a sudden frenzied interest by photographers. Hollywood went into overdrive and clamped down as far as it could on the pictures. And so everyone, naturally, jumped onto the internet where the pictures were instantly available on thousands of websites. Instant worldwide fame, albeit of a different type to which she wanted.

U is for UPS The American delivery company has been an enormous success and successfully embraced the internet by coming up with an innovative package tracking feature online. Now you can instantly find out where exactly your package is, wherever it is in the world. It was something that only the internet could have made possible and it has seen the company prosper.

V is for Verizon A good indicator that the most important thing about the internet is actually getting on it. Super-fast internet access may have ushered in a second phase in its development, but you still need to get hold of it and that's where ISPs come in. It is also a good indication of the growing importance of the wireless internet, which Verizon is playing a big part it. Getting the internet out of the house and onto everyday devices, access wherever you are.

W is for Weather The worldwide obsession with weather is hardly surprising since it is the most immediate thing in all our lives that we have no control over whatsoever. We may be able to communicate with people on the other side of the planet instantaneously but Nature is still boss.

X is for Xbox Microsoft gets a second outing in the A to Z, following Hotmail. The games console is the software giant's attempt to break into the multi-billion-pound market. And it's been doing pretty well. It also starts with X, the least used first letter in the alphabet.

Y is for Yahoo The Internet giant that has two fingers in every pie. In the top ten of "Y" results only the famed Yellow Pages manage to make two entries against Yahoo's eight. Yahoo is perhaps the greatest example of a company which does very little except provide what the internet offers that nothing else can.

Z is for Zip Codes Demonstrating that the US still remains a fundamental influence on the Internet, Zip Codes also makes clear how the internet is expanding our geography from the virtual world into the real one. Or it may be people searching for a real zip code other than their own to put into an online form :-) . It just beats "Zone Alarm" the firewall - another reminder of the darker side of the Internet.

Interesting, ha? ;-) Try it yourself! (Are there any SEO professional reading this blog? ;-))

I guess Google suggests the words sorted by popularity or number of searches... since the number of results is not relevant in the suggestions’ order...

By the way, did you know that SEO comes from Search Engine Optimization?

And did you know that Andra and Cornel form Kondiment Solutions are two of the best SEO professionals in Romania?

If you need SEO for your web site, please contact me!

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Monday, January 24, 2005

Introduction to Detecting Lies

Some of the following techniques to telling if someone is lying are often used by police, and security experts.

This knowledge is also useful for Successful managers, employers, and for anyone to use in everyday situations where telling the truth from a lie can help prevent you from being a victim of fraud/scams and other deceptions.

Warning: this is not an ‘exact science’! Sometimes the ‘feeling’ is more important than ‘the signs’. Using these techniques, you can guess if something is wrong or you can be aware that someone might tell a lie. But any of the signs below are not ‘signaling’ a lie for sure. Somebody might do something because it felt natural…not necessarily to hide something or to tell a lie. DO not mistake a ‘personal style’ or a ‘natural personal characteristic behavior’ with a ‘lie sign’. Be aware, but open-minded.

So, act natural, and do not get paranoid. If you recognize just one sign…wait to see if other signs of telling a lie appear.

Detecting lies may be a gift or a curse for you! Take care!

Signs of Deception:

Body Language of Lies:
• A person who is lying to you will avoid making eye contact.
• Physical expression will be limited and stiff, with few arm and hand movements. Hand, arm and leg movement are toward their own body the liar takes up less space.
• Hands touching their face, throat & mouth. Touching or scratching the nose or behind their ear. Not likely to touch his chest/heart with an open hand.

Emotional Gestures & Contradiction
• Timing and duration of emotional gestures and emotions are off a normal pace. The display of emotion is delayed, stays longer it would naturally and then stops suddenly.
• Timing is off between emotions gestures/expressions and words. Example: Someone says "I love it!" when receiving a gift, and then smile after making that statement, rather then at the same time the statement is made.
• Gestures/expressions don’t match the verbal statement, such as frowning when saying “I love you.”
Expressions are limited to mouth movements when someone is faking emotions (like happy, surprised, sad, awe, ) instead of the whole face. For example; when someone smiles naturally their whole face is involved: jaw/cheek movement, eyes and forehead push down, etc.

Interactions and Reactions
• A guilty person gets defensive. An innocent person will often go on the offensive. (it depends what’s the natural style and personality of the person)
• A liar is uncomfortable facing his questioner/accuser and may turn his head or body away. (it depends what’s the natural style and personality of the person)
• A liar might unconsciously place objects (book, coffee cup, etc.) between themselves and you.

Verbal Context and Content
• A liar will use your words to make answer a question. When asked, “Did you eat the last cookie?” The liar answers, “No, I did not eat the last cookie.”
•A statement with a contraction is more likely to be truthful: “ I didn't do it” instead of “I did not do it”
• Liars sometimes avoid "lying" by not making direct statements. They imply answers instead of denying something directly.
• The guilty may speak more than natural, adding unnecessary details to convince you... they are not comfortable with silence or pauses in the conversation. (it depends what’s the natural style and personality of the person. It is also possible that knowing that he/she is Innocent – the person will try to convince you with many enthusiastic arguments…)
• A liar may leave out pronouns and speak in a monotonous tone. When a truthful statement, is made the pronoun is emphasized as much or more than the rest of the words in a statement.
• Words may be garbled and spoken softly, and syntax and grammar may be off. In other words, his sentences will likely be muddled rather than emphasized.

Other signs of a lie:
• If you believe someone is lying, then change subject of a conversation quickly, a liar follows along willingly and becomes more relaxed. The guilty wants the subject changed; an innocent person may be confused by the sudden change in topics and will want to back to the previous subject.
• Using humor or sarcasm to avoid a subject.

NLP will give you more interesting signs about face and eye movement, body language etc. NLP helps you both understand and influence yourself and the others.

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