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Saturday, April 21, 2012

What is happiness? (Collection from Forbes)

When what we are is what we want to be, that's happiness.
-- Malcolm Forbes

The better part of happiness is to wish to be what you are.
--Desiderius Erasmus

There is only one duty; that is to be happy.

Act in such a way that you will be worthy of being happy.
--Emmanuel Kant

There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy.
--Robert Louis Stevenson

The game was to just find something about everything to be glad about-- ... You see when you're hunting for the glad things, you sort of forget about the other kind.
--Eleanor H. Porter

There is only one way to achieve happiness on this terrestrial ball,
And that is have either a clear conscience, or none at all.
--Ogden Nash

Happiness is good health--and a bad memory.
--Ingrid Bergman

Happiness is no laughing matter.
--Richard Whately

If you are foolish enough to be contented, don't show it, but grumble with the rest.
--Jerome K. Jerome

Nobody cares if you're miserable, so you might as well be happy.
--Cynthia Nelms

Happiness is salutary for the body, but sorrow develops the powers of the spirit.
--Marcel Proust

I find my joy of living in the fierce and ruthless battles of life, and my pleasure comes form learning something.
--August Strindberg

We make ourselves our own distress We are ourselves our happiness.
--L.E. Landon

I'm five-feet-four, but I always feel six-foot-one, tall and strong.
--Yvette Mimieux

To be happy we must not be too concerned with others.
--Albert Camus

He loved being happy! He loved happiness like I love tea.
--Eudora Welty

Better to be happy than wise.
--Jon Heywood

All happiness is a form of innocence.
--Marguerite Yourcenar

There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
--George Sand

Be virtuous and you'll be happy!
--Artemus Ward

I am happy and content because I think I am.

If you want to be happy, be.
--Leo Tolstoy

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Art of Living's Sudarshan Kriya - Lots of Questions, and some 'answers'

Very interesting animated Q&A about Art of Living's Sudarshan Kriya.
Definitely worth watching.
Raises many interesting questions

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

How could Eastman Kodak, the 131-year-old film pioneer declare bankruptcy?

Founded in 1880 by George Eastman, Kodake stablished the market for camera film and then dominated the field. product.“You press the button, we do the rest,” was its slogan in 1888.

By 1976 Kodak accounted for 90% of film and 85% of camera sales in America. Until the 1990s it was regularly rated one of the world’s five most valuable brands.But, it ain't easy! First came foreign competitors, notably Fujifilm of Japan, which undercut Kodak’s prices. Then the onset of digital photography eroded demand for traditional film, squeezing Kodak’s business and in 2003 (finally) Kodak halted investing in its bread and butter.

When the train moves, you better jump in -otherwise you are left dealing with bankruptcy.

Kodak was still implicitly married to an outdated business model that relied on people printing their photos. (Do we HP following Kodak now with its reliance on INK for profits?)Kodak’s leadership has been inconsistent. Its strategy changed with each of several new chief executives. The latest, Antonio Perez, who took charge in 2005, has focused on turning the firm into a powerhouse of digital printing (something he learnt about at his old firm, Hewlett-Packard, and which Kodak still insists will save it. That did not happen).

Another reason why Kodak was slow to change was that its executives “suffered from a mentality of perfect products, rather than the high-tech mindset of make it, launch it, fix it,” says Rosabeth Moss Kanter of Harvard Business School, who has advised the firm. Working in a one-company town did not help, either. Kodak’s bosses in Rochester seldom heard much criticism of the firm, she says. Even when Kodak decided to diversify, it took years to make its first acquisition. It created a widely admired venture-capital arm, but never made big enough bets to create breakthroughs, says Ms Kanter.

“They were a company stuck in time,” said Robert Burley, an associate professor at Toronto’s Ryerson University who has photographed shuttered Kodak facilities in the U.S., Canada and France since 2005. “Their history was so important to them, this rich century-old history when they made a lot of amazing things and a lot of money along the way. Now their history has become a liability.”

Kodak also failed to read emerging markets correctly. It hoped that the new Chinese middle class would buy lots of film. They did for a short while, but then decided that digital cameras were cooler. Many leap-frogged from no camera straight to a digital one. Kodak was still attached to the old school revenue model - when they should have been innovating to adapt with the times and creating net new solutions and ideas. They failed to innovate!

Whereas Fujifilm has mastered new tactics and survived. Film went from 60% of its profits in 2000 to basically nothing, yet it found new sources of revenue. Kodak, along with many a great company before it, appears simply to have run its course. After 132 years it is poised, like an old photo, to fade away.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

IT simplified - like driving a car? Checkout IBM's announcement

Announcement here

IBM has announced the introduction of a new category of "expert integrated systems."
IBM’s newly announced, Pure Systems family is the result of $2 billion in R&D and acquisitions over four years.....an unprecedented move by IBM to integrate all IT elements, both physical and virtual.
Traditionally, systems have been procured and managed as a myriad collection of hardware and software components.  Making disparate pieces combine into one, smooth user system can seem like a wartime challenge.
Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president and group executive of software and systems, indicates, “With its new scale-in design and built-in expertise, PureSystems represents an important advance in the evolution of computing.  By tightening the connections between hardware and software, and adding incomparable software know-how, PureSystems is designed to help clients to free up time and money to focus on innovation that many businesses cannot address due to ever rising costs and staffing needs in the traditional data center.”

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sugar the new toxin???

Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research coming out of some of America's most respected institutions, which find that sugar-- the way it's being consumed by Americans today-- is a toxin.

This week on 60 Minutes, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports on new research coming out of some of America's most respected institutions, which find that sugar-- the way it's being consumed by Americans today-- is a toxin. And it could be the driving force behind some of this country's leading killers, including heart disease.
We at Overtime couldn't believe our ears when we heard this report. We knew sugar was bad, but a "toxin"? We give our kids that stuff!
We weren't quite sure how to apply the new science in the 60 Minutes report to the challenges of everyday family life, so we sat down with Dr. Sanjay Gupta for some practical advice. Both a doctor and a father of three, Dr. Gupta offers his take on how a typical American family should think about the sugar in their diet.

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