October 21, 2005

About Me

This is Himanshu here and you have logged into my blogspace and i hope you enjoy this journey of blogging!!!


October 16, 2005

Interesting Web Sites

Tired of searching for a doc or mail in your system.Try this one out and this will keep your CPU free for other work


Check out this for getting the date and time of any place in this world.


Wanted to use Instant Messenger in the office but it is blocked.Than this will solve your problem


Wanted to encrypt all the data that you have.Than you have PGP(Pretty Good Privacy) for yourself


Wanted a secure email service,than need to check this mail service which enables you to send email to the desired recepient without any violation


Another secure mail service


Planning to do an MBA and dont know much about MBA Forums and their usefulness than you have to check this MBA forum which has impressed me a lot and the best part would be to check out more about its young founder Allwin Agnel


Want to read news or other conent on the web page and still waiting for the images on the web page to be downloaded than you need to have a look at RSS(Rich Site Summary) Reader


Now Mobile blogging goes on the blocks.



This page will be continually updated as and when i find new and interesting links.If you have any interesting link to share with others, mail me on himanshu.sheth@gmai.com



October 15, 2005

Is Miscrosoft's "Internet Explorer" Losing the rat race to "Mozilla Firefox"

It is just a usual day when i begin browsing on the internet and suddenly realize that there might be many web browsers available which might be offering better facilities than Microsoft's Internet Explorer popularly called as IE.What exactly made me think about this?May be when i see my task bar full of IE's(by opening many instances of IE) , i get this feeling that i should get another Web-Browser which would not clutter my tray with so many things and also makes the job easier.

So,i start searching on the internet for Web Browsers and as usual , get many of them.Now i am in a bit of dilemma as to which one is the best replacement for IE or which one can offer more facilities than IE.And the result comes out to be the open source browser Firefox which is now freely available for download on Mozilla.Now,the question to be asked is what additional features does Firefox have which makes it superior to Microsoft's IE.

May be at the very first glance Firefox seems to be like IE but when we dig into Firefox,we will come to know that there are many,if not plenty of differences between IE and Firefox and it is due to those small additional features makes Firefox stand tall in front of pigmy like IE.It is my bet that once a person starts using Firefox he would never return to IE except for cases where Firefox is not supported.

Imagine opening many instances of Firefox but instead of getting bunch of windows , what you see on your PC is a single instance of Firefox.This is the Tabbed Facility of Firefox where many instances of Firefox windows are seperated by Tabs allowing better navigation between the windows and hence making browsing pleasurable and enjoyable.This feature was original by Mozilla and is now supported by Opera and Safari browsers as well.

There might be many other technical differences between the two browsers but for a novice person,even switching between the windows makes a big difference.

This is the time when Microsoft thinks about its strategies to revamp IE and bring it to the mark of Firefox since we see only some minor upgradation in Windows but IE still remains the same.In this crunch of the competition,such small things matter and may be in the case of Browsers,David "IE" may lose the race to the Goliath "Firefox"

(This article will be updated as and when more information is received and would welcome the reader's inputs as well).


October 9, 2005

How to handle a bad boss

Source : Economic Times, www.economictimes.com
Date : 09/10/05

  • Set up regular progress reports
Many problems arise due to lack of communication, you can avoid it by interacting with your boss on a regular basis.

Sit down with your boss and bring him up-to-date on projects. He will thus come to know what you are presently working on, is your performance up to the mark. Also, he can give you suggestions as to how you can overcome your shortcomings, if any.

The effect? Developing the boss/employee relationship, which will ultimately make working together more favourable.
  • Focus on the problem, not the boss
At times you just assume that you have a bad boss who doesn’t care about you. Have you ever gone forward yourself and tried to know what he really is?

Perhaps the boss isn't the problem; maybe you just can't get a good communication flow going. Don't be shy to pull him aside when something doesn't go your way.

Talk things over and don't take it personally.
  • Work with your boss, not against him
Remember he is a more experienced person than you. There is so much you can learn from him.
Doing joint work will promote chemistry between you and your boss.
Be proactive and let him take some credit for your good work, so long as he's aware of the source of it.
  • Go over his head
If you feel he is hampering your growth, it is about time you took some action. Don’t let him kill our efforts. Talk to him directly about this. Observe for some time, if he is trying to make things better, fine.

Still, if you see that you're going nowhere fast, then consider talking to his supervisor.

Being productive is far more important than pleasing your boss, at the expense of the company.
  • Plan an out-of-office meeting
Do you keep trying to catch your boss for two minutes to pitch him a new idea, but he doesn't have time?
Invite him for a quick drink after work to discuss some things.This encounter will serve the dual purpose of showing you take your job to heart and want to better your boss/employee relation.
  • Change departments, or quit
You have tried everything, still there are no signs of improvement.

Its about time you asked to be transferred to another department if you work in a big enough firm - or simply hand in your resignation letter.

Only you know your own worth, and if you don't feel respected, motivated and so on, then move on.


October 3, 2005

The Grass is not always GREENER

Move from one job to another, but only for the right reasons

It's yet another day at office. As I logged on to the marketing andadvertising sites for the latest updates, as usual, I found the headlinesdominated by 'who's moving from ne company to another after a shortstint', and I wondered, why are so many people leaving one job foranother?

Is it passe now to work with just one company for a sufficientlylong period?
Whenever I ask this question to people who leave a company, the answers Iget are: "Oh, I am getting a 200% hike in salary"; "Well, I am jumpingthree levels in my designation"; "You know, my job profile is verydifferent there"; "Well, they are going to send me abroad in six months".
Then, I look around at all the people who are considered successful todayand who have reached the top - be it a media agency, an advertising agencyor a company. I find that most of these people are the ones who have stuckto the company, ground their heels and worked their way to the top. And,as I look around for people who changed their jobs constantly, I find theyhave stagnated at some level , in obscurity!

In this absolutely ruthless, dynamic and competitive environment, thereare still no short-cuts to success or to making money. The only thing thatcontinues to pay, as earlier, is loyalty and hard work. Yes, it pays!Sometimes, immediately, sometimes after a lot of time. But, it does pay.
Does this mean that one should stick to an organisation and wait for thatgolden moment? Of course not. After a long stint, there always comes atime for moving in most organisations, but it is important to move for theright reasons, rather than superficial ones, like money, designation or anoverseas trip. Remember, no company recruits for charity. More often thannot, when you are offered an unseemly hike in salary or designation thatis disproportionate to what that company offers it current employees,there is always an unseen bait attached. The result? You will, in thelong-term, have reached exactly the same levels or maybe lower levels thanwhat you would have in your current company.

A lot of people leave an organisation because they are "unhappy". What isthis so-called-unhappiness? I have been working for donkey's years andthere has never been a day when I am not unhappy about something in mywork environment-boss, rude colleague, fussy clients etc.
Unhappiness in a workplace, to a large extent, is transient. If you lookhard enough, there is always something to be unhappy about. But, moreimportantly, do I come to work to be "happy" in the truest sense? If Ithink hard, the answer is "No". Happiness is something you find withfamily, friends, maybe a close circle of colleagues who have becomefriends. What you come to work for is to earn, build a reputation, satisfyyour ambitions, be appreciated for your work ethics, face challenges andget the job done. So, the next time you are tempted to move, ask yourself why are you moving and what are you moving into? Some questions are:

* Am I ready and capable of handling the new responsibility? If yes, whatcould be the possible reasons my current company has not offered me thesame responsibility?
* Who are the people who currently handle this responsibility in thecurrent and new company? Am I as good as the best among them?
* As the new job offer has a different profile, why have I not given thecurrent company the option to offer me this profile?
* Why is the new company offering me the job? Do they want me for myskills, or is there an ulterior motive?

An honest answer to these will eventually decide where you go in yourcareer- to the top of the pile in the long term (at the cost of short-termblips) or to become another average employee who gets lost with time inthe wilderness?So decide before changing your job!!!!!!!!!