[Managers] 2 Tips For Managers

I was talking to a very young manager at a startup the other day and this article jists down the facts i learned from this Young Manager who happens to be a girl. These tips can help you gain more respect from your fellow peers and subordinates.

As a Human Being we all yearn for two things and these two things should be the basic qualities of every manager. 

1.) We all Wish to be Acknowledged for the Good Deeds that we do. So if you are manager reading this post, it gets important that you acknowledge the contributions of your fellow teammate(s). There are a lot of ways of doing so and it all depends on how you wish to acknowledge your fellow peers and subordinates.

 

Being Acknowledged and Cared for are the qualities every manager must possess

Image: Being Acknowledged and Cared for are the qualities every manager must possess

2.) We all Wish to be Cared For. This is another human tendency which all managers should be considerate about. We all wish to be cared for, especially during the times of distress. So in today’s gloomy economical environment, if you wish to get more respect from your fellow peers, start caring for them. You will surely get to learn a lot about them.

There definitely can be more tips, but this post was specifically meant to share my learnings after having met this charismatic lady at a startup event yesterday.

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[Startups] 5 Killer Tips to Get your Startup Observed

If you are someone who runs a startup and have always thought about getting it observed, noticed and talked about, these 5 tips will helps you achieve that.

1.) Get a Blog. Write about your Startup and let the people know.

Though this sounds like something easy to do, in practise maintaing and updating a blog is not the easiest thing to do. A blog helps you by getting you an audience, helping you get your content on to the search engines and also get you feedback about your approach or product. A strategy i can recommend here is to have the blog as a path component of your website. So if your website is http://www.foo.com having a blog at http://www.foo.com/blog will help you get your website continously indexed by search engines. 

Use your blog as a way to keep your customers, prospects, employees and others informed. Write useful content and do engage in conversation with other bloggers to help you get backlinks and reviews about your products. Remember, when it comes to blogging, relationships matter.

2.) Network with other Startups and Startup Enthusiasts

Networking is a key to success when it comes to getting observed by others. Do try making it to networking events like Open Coffee Club, Barcamps, Startup Lunch, Proto or any such event where you can meet, interact and discuss your startup with other like minded people.

3.) Engage a PR Agency for better coverage.

PR Agencies can certainly help you get coverage amongst the media folks. However, this will work for your benefit, if you have a product and a customer you can talk about. In today’s OCC meet we learnt about PR.  

If you are a startup low on cash, try going through the various Free PR Wires available. Be sure that you write interesting content and showcase your though leadership. If you article is interesting and sounds value, it might get picked up by a few leading media channels.

4.) Get an account for your startup with Twitter, Wikipedia and Youtube.

This is one of the most effective tip. Ensure that your startup has a Twitter channel. Twitter is an interesting space to be in. If you are new to Twitter, you need to read What is Twitter?. Use Twitter to effectively Publicize your brand and your blog and also to track what others are saying about your startup.

Also its important that you have a few backlinks coming to you from Wikipedia. This is pretty simple to achieve if you are a thoughtleader or working on a product which has the potential to revolutionize the industry space.  All you need to do is edit the existing Wikipedia entry. Also mention relevant links from your blog or product page. Ensure that the editing you do for the Wikipedia link contains relevant content, else you might have to face the heat from moderators.

Youtube can help you get a face and a voice. You can use this to demo your products, services or opine your views. Integrate the Youtube channel with your blog in a way that you have relevant videos complementing your posts.

5.) Get Reviewed by relevant Startup and Technology Blogs.

This is also a key tip. Submit your startup with specific notes and text about your startup to some key sources. Below is a list of key sources you can try approaching for reviews.

  • TechCrunch: TechCrunch, founded on June 11, 2005, is a weblog dedicated to obsessively profiling     and reviewing new Internet products and companies. You can submit your startup to Techcrunch by clicking here.
  • Pluggd.in: Pluggd.in is another interesting weblog you can consider submitting your Startup. This is particularly important resource for startups in India. You can submit your startup to Pluggd.in here.
  • You can also get reviewed by Technofriends, if you are a startup and have a product in Technology space, write to me at pandey.vaibhav@gmail.com.  I will write a detailed review for relevant startups.

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[How-To] Instantiate Multiple Download Sessions in Internet Explorer

Internet Explorer by default doesnt allow more than 2 download session. However, this limit can be removed by a simple registry hack. This limit is a part of the Internet Standards which prohibit multiple download simultaneously.

This post describes a simple registry hack using which you can remove the download session limit of 2 in Internet Explorer.

1.) Ensure that you bakcup your computer or registry before you attempt this hack.

Regedit allows you to edit the registry settings.

Regedit allows you to edit the registry settings.

2.) Click Start — Run. Enter regedit and press OK.

3.) Navigate to HKEY_CURRENT_USER | Software | Microsoft | Windows | CurrentVersion | Internet Settings.

Create a New DWORD Value

Regedit: Create a New DWORD Value

4.) Click on Edit | New | DWORD Value . Name the DWORD as MaxConnectionsPer1_0Server

5.) Double click on the newly created value and enter the value data as 5. Set the base value as Decimal.

6.) Again, click Edit | New | DWORD Value to create another Value and name is as MaxConnectionsPerServer .

7.) Double click on the newly created value and enter the Value Data as 5 and base value as Decimal.

8.) Close the registry editor.

The above hack will allow you to increase the number of simultaneous downloads in Internet Explorer to 5. However, Microsoft doesn’t recommend this change as it conflicts certain standard procedures.

Also Read: Why does Windows have a registry?

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Understanding Prefetching

This post describes an interesting concept called “Link Prefetching in Web Pages”. It talks about the ways to design Prefetching within your webpages and also talks about the issues attached with it.

What is meant by Prefetching in Web parlance?

In order to understand Prefetching, we need to understand how a web page with multiple objects like images, stylesheets etc is loaded by a Browser. In a usual scenario, we always have a web page designated as the HTML rendered by the browser. This webpage then has the embedded objects like images ( jpeg,gif,png etc) , stylesheets ( css ) etc. When the user makes a request for such a webpage, the first thing a web browser does is load the HTML. The browser then parses the HTML and asks for the different objects in a top-down fashion.

Skeleton of a Web Page.

Skeleton of a Web Page.

The above figure explains the request flow for a hypothetical web page with HTML, Images, FLV, Javascript and CSS. The numbers written against the component refers to the way they would be requested by the browser.

So if you have a script written at the top of the web page, that will get loaded first, then whatever next. What is important to understand is that the next request from the browser is made only when the first request has completed. This ways, the browser waits for the first object request to complete before issuing the next request. This leads to a lot of wait time, which in turn can make your website appear to be slow.

With Prefetching, the web browser tries to resolve this issue. When Prefetching is enabled, the browser requests for the first object (i.e. the html) and while it delivers and renders the response to the end user, also parses the HTML to figure out the next subsequent requests. It then makes those requests Asynchronously and stores the result in its browser cache. Therefore, the wait time between the two results is reduced. When the user actually asks for that content, all the browser has to do is give that object from its Cache. The object appears immediately, thereby giving an impression to the end user that the website is indeed fast. Read more about How to get data from the browser cache in Firefox.

How to design my HTML to enable link Prefetching?

The browser looks for either an HTML link tag or an HTTP Link: header with a relation type of either next or prefetch. An example using the link tag follows:

<link rel="prefetch" href="/images/big.jpeg">

The same prefetching hint using an HTTP Link: header:

Link: </images/big.jpeg>; rel=prefetch

The Link: header can also be specified within the HTML document itself by using a HTML meta tag:

<meta http-equiv="Link" content="&lt;/images/big.jpeg&gt;; rel=prefetch">

Please note that even if you dont have these special tags in place, some browsers/ applications can still prefetch your links.

I am a Web Administrator, How can i identify Prefetch requests from the Browser client?

Yes. Firefox sends a special request header X-moz: prefetch for Prefetch requests. You can setup your server to track these requests seperately or block them totally, as the case may be.

If you are a web admin and seeing lot of traffic on your server, firstly identify Prefetching requests from your Server Access Logs and then in order to take control of the situation related with prefetching process, decide upon a rescue strategy.

Do i need any special kind of Browser for the Prefetching to work?

Almost all the web browser these days, support Prefetching. All you need to ensure is that your browser supports prefetching and it is enabled. Test if your browser supports Prefetching.

Are there any issues with Prefetching?

There are no serious issues attached with Prefetching but yes, you may find your bandwidth being utilized for content which you might never actually view. 

The other issue is related to prefetching of certain links with topics which might be illegal in your geography.

Your Web site statistics data may become less reliable because of statistics registered for page hits that were never seen by the user

Can i disable Prefetching in Firefox? How do i disable Prefetching in Firefox?

Yes. Though, by default Prefetching is turned on in Firefox, but it can be disabled by following the steps mentioned below.

1.) Open the Firefox browser

2.) Type about:config in the address bar and press Enter

3.) Scroll down the resulting preference list to network.prefetch-next

Disabling Prefetching in Firefox

Disabling Prefetching in Firefox

4.) Double click network.prefetch-next so the value is set to false.

5.) Close Firefox and restart it to enable the change.

Can you list any other Softwares or Add-ons which use Prefetching technique to help me gain some time?

Well, there are many but the two most famous one’s are Google Web Accelerator and an interesting Firefox Add-On for speeding up Firefox called FasterFox.

References: Mozilla

Also Read: Firefox 3.1 to add Private Browsing feature

[How-To] Open Firefox Bookmarks Using Keywords

Mozilla Firefox: Get the data from your Cache

Do you store your passwords using Firefox?

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PC Decrapifier Lets You Cut the Crap from your PC

If you have got a new laptop or a desktop or even for that matter a new version of Windows, and you are experiencing a latency when it comes to the boot time of your laptop or desktop, this post will help you get rid of the crap which comes installed by default. Crap, as these are those softwares which you will most probably never use; but they do block up your memory. You already know how to free up some memory on your PC by disabling Windows Messenger, if you dont use it.

PC Decrapifier is designed to detect and delete all such annoying software. Don’t worry, you will always get to see what has been detected; if there is anything you want to keep, you can always retain it.

PC Decrapifier works with all versions of Windows XP and Vista. You can also get the complete list of softwares which a PC Decrapifier can remove.

 

PC-Decrapifier lets you cut the crap from your PC.

PC-Decrapifier lets you cut the crap from your PC.

In short, PC Decrapifier does let you get rid of the bloatware which simply clogs up space and memory of your PC during boot time.

Though, you can always remove such programs from your Control Panel’s Add/Remove Programs feature, but this tool lets you get a list of most of the crap which might be sitting on your PC without even you knowing about it.

Also Read: Top 3 FREE Antivirus Applications

Top 3 Anti Spyware Applications

 

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[How-To] Add Flickr Photos to your Word Documents with Ease

What do you do when you have to embed an image from Flickr into your Word Documents? Download the image from Flickr onto your own computer and embed it using Insert Image feature of Word. If you are also the one who does the same thing and wastes a lot of time and bandwidth doing all this download and insert, their is good news for you.

 

Flickr4Word is a Plugin for Microsoft Word 2007 software that allows you to insert Flickr photos into your posts. All you need to do is install this software and get started.

 

Flickr4Word lets you embed Flickr Images into Word with Ease.

Flickr4Word lets you embed Flickr Images into Word with Ease.

The plug-in enables you to search all your content, photosets, or search by tags.  It is available for free and can be downloaded from Codeplex.  For developers, the code is also made available if you want to contribute fixes and features (that comply with Flickr API terms of use).

Also Read[How To] Convert PDF to Word files for free

Kingsoft Office 2007: Microsoft Office comes free

How-To: Copy Excel cells into a Word document

 

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[How-To] Create Powerpoint Presentation in Five Minutes

This post talks about creating Powerpoint Presentations in relatively very less time. Below is an embedded video from Youtube which talks very clearly about creating Powerpoint presentations using in-built templates and SmartArt.

Another interesting post worth having a look at is available at Lifepal, it talks about Creating Powerful Powerpoint Presentation by Nancy Duarte.

Some point to note when you go in for the presentation

1.) Remember to KISS, i.e. Keep it short and Simple.

2.) Use more of graphic than the text: More text means more attention diversion.

3.) Keep the humor going: Its important that while delivering presentation, you keep your Humor Quotient up. This helps the audience stay focussed.

4.) Practice makes a man perfect: Before you deliver your presentation, do rehearse it once in front of a mirror or some friends and seek feedback for further improvement.

Also read: Kingsoft Office 2007: Microsoft Office comes free « Technofriends

How-To: Copy and Align Shapes in Microsoft Powerpoint

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