Saturday, December 09, 2006

Top Searches of Yahoo in 2006

Generally Google is the God of search. But Yahoo, the erstwhile king of directory searches, is still popular in the US. And it has come out with a list of its top searches of 2006. While we all too well know what figures mostly on Google's searches, Yahoo's top searches are an interesting mix, mostly dominated by personalities, and topped by Britney Spears and surprisingly WWE! What else did you expect coming from Uncle Sam's land, but a wrestling fad? A look into the year 2006's hottest topics.

Top 10 Overall Searches

Britney Spears
Jessica Simpson
Paris Hilton
American Idol
Beyonce Knowles
Chris Brown
Pamela Anderson
Lindsay Lohan

Top 10 News Story Searches

Steve Irwin death
Anna Nicole's son's death
Israel & Lebanon
U.S Elections
Fidel Castro Stroke
North Korea Nuke
JonBennett Confession
Saddam Hussein Trial
Danish Cartoon

Top 10 celebrity searches

Britney Spears
Jessica Simpson
Paris Hilton
Beyonce Knowles
Chris Brown
Pamela Anderson
Lindsay Lohan
Jessica Alba
Mariah Carey

Top 10 Blog/Blogger Searches

Perez Hilton: An American celebrity gossip columnist/blogger known by the nom de plume Perez Hilton, based in Los Angeles, California. His blog - formerly - but now has become extremely popular since its inception.
The Superficial: is a website that parodies celebrities. It was started on May 23, 2004 and has quickly grown in popularity.
Pink is the New Blog: Pink is the New Blog is a website documenting everyday celebrity gossip with sardonic humor. The website's signature is in the large block pink letters that are used to add comments to papparazzi photos.
Huffington Post: he Huffington Post (often referred to on the Internet as HuffPost or HuffPo) is a political group weblog founded by Arianna Huffington and Kenneth Lerer. It was launched as a news and commentary outlet with a predominantly progressive tilt.
TMZ.Com: is a celebrity gossip and news website which garnered much attention for breaking transcripts of drunken remarks to police by actor Mel Gibson in July 2006. TMZ refers to the "Thirty Mile Zone" around Hollywood, a show business jokey allusion to the observation that anything important to the industry occurs there.
Daily Kos: An American political weblog aimed at Democrats, liberals, and progressives.
Jossip: The leading source of news covering the blogosphere, Web 2.0, new technology, and related topics.
A Socialite's Life: An online gossip magazine, it provides you with daily dose of celebrity gossip, photos, fashion news, and media speculation.
Little Green Footballs: A conservative political blog run by California web designer Charles Johnson. In the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks, Johnson transformed his blog's discussion of bicycle racing, programming, web design, and the occasional humorous news item into a very active discussion of the American War on Terror and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Gawker: A blog based in New York City that bills itself as "The source for daily Manhattan media news and gossip" and focuses on celebrities and the media industry with a funny, sarcastic voice.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Why Employees Leave Organizations? - Azim Premji, Wipro

Every company faces the problem of people leaving the company for better pay or profile.

Early this year, Mark, a senior software designer, got an offer from a prestigious international firm to work in its India operations developing specialized software. He was thrilled by the offer.

He had heard a lot about the CEO. The salary was great. The company had all the right systems in place employee-friendly human resources (HR) policies, a spanking new office,and the very best technology,even a canteen that served superb food.

Twice Mark was sent abroad for training. “My learning curve is the sharpest it’s ever been,” he said soon after he joined.

Last week, less than eight months after he joined, Mark walked out of the job.

Why did this talented employee leave ?

Arun quit for the same reason that drives many good people away.

The answer lies in one of the largest studies undertaken by the Gallup Organization. The study surveyed over a million employees and 80,000 managers and was published in a book called “First Break All The Rules”. It came up with this surprising finding:

If you’re losing good people, look to their immediate boss ....Immediate boss is the reason people stay and thrive in an organization. And he ’s the reason why people leave. When people leave they take knowledge,experience and contacts with them, straight to the competition.

“People leave managers not companies,” write the authors Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman.

Mostly manager drives people away?

HR experts say that of all the abuses, employees find humiliation the most intolerable. The first time, an employee may not leave,but a thought has been planted. The second time, that thought gets strengthened. The third time, he looks for another job.

When people cannot retort openly in anger, they do so by passive aggression. By digging their heels in and slowing down. By doing only what they are told to do and no more. By omitting to give the boss crucial information. Dev says: “If you work for a jerk, you basically want to get him into trouble. You don ‘t have your heart and soul in the job.”

Different managers can stress out employees in different ways - by being too controlling, too suspicious,too pushy, too critical, but they forget that workers are not fixed assets, they are free agents. When this goes on too long, an employee will quit - often over a trivial issue.

Talented men leave. Dead wood doesn’t.

“Jack Welch of GE once said. A company’s value lies “between the ears of its employees”.

Monday, December 04, 2006

Tips for Dandruff

  • Massage the Scalp with pure coconut oil. This will also help for growth of hair.
  • Apply coconut oil which has been boiled with small onions. Wash it off with a mixture of green gram powder and water drained from cooked (boiled) rice.
  • Apply a mixture of almond oil and gooseberry juice with finger tips on the scalp.
  • Apply the warm mixture of olive oil, lemon juice and coconut oil. Do a steam-towel-wrap for 15 minutes and wash the hair with a shampoo.
  • Apply a paste of fenugreek and mustard to the scalp.
  • Mix Shikakai powder with the water drained from the cooked rice and wash hair with it.
  • Crush the leaves of five petal hibiscus flower and take the juice. Wash the hair with this juice.
  • Heat the oil with a little camphor. Apply the oil in the scalp and massage for 10 minutes. After 30 minutes wash the hair with a herbal shampoo. Do the steam -towel- wrap for 15 minutes.

Tips for Healthy Hair

For Healthy and Shiny hair

  • It is better to apply castor oil for a healthy growth of hair.
  • Wash hair with tea once in a week.
  • Apply besan in the hair and wash it with water drained from the cooked rice.
  • Soak a handful of gooseberry in a cup of milk for two hours. Make it as a paste and apply in the hair.
  • Apply the mixture of an egg white, 2 spoon of castor oil, 1 spoon glycerin, in the scalp and hair. Wash it after some time.
  • Massage hair with warm coconut oil an hour before washing. Let it soak. Cover your head with a hot towel and wash your hair after an hour or so.
  • Boil a few hibiscus flowers in coconut oil. Filter and use this hair oil to control hair loss and thinning.
  • Do a 'steam-towel-wrap' once in a while, if your cuticles are damaged, as this steaming opens out the pores and absorbs the oil.
  • Deep condition with curd, beer and egg.
  • Mix a little vinegar in warm water and rinse your hair with this solution. This will add bounce to dull and lifeless hair.
  • Soak 1 teaspoon fenugreek in curd and keep it for a night. Have it in the next morning.
  • Boil coconut oil with the juices of curry leaves, basil, hibiscus flower and gooseberry. Apply on hair, keep it for sometime and rinse.
  • Egg white and curd is a good conditioner for hair.
  • Take a cup of coconut and mustard oils. Soak half a cup of curry leaves in the oil mixture and keep it for a night. Next morning, heat on a slow fire till the curry leaves turn crisp. Remove from heat and add two to three camphor balls. Allow oil to cool and then strain. Apply oil to hair roots using cotton wool along the parting and massage in circular movements. Leave the oil overnight and shampoo the next morning. Repeat twice a week.
  • Add a lemon peel to a 'shikakai' and 'amla' mixture while washing your hair.

For Graying

  • Take a little Mehandi , an egg, juice of half a lemon, one table spoon of instant coffee powder. Mix it together and apply on the hair. Wash it after 45 minutes.
  • Boil one cup of dried gooseberry with 4 cups of water. Add a pinch of sugar in it. Keep boiling till the quantity of the liquid reduces to one cup. Mix 2 cups of Mehendi, an egg, juice of a lemon and the gooseberry solution and apply on hair. Wash the hair after two hours.

General Health Tips

  1. For tooth ache, keep a clove on the affected area.
  2. Eat the powder of dried ginger and cumin with sugar for relief from cough.
    Have the mixture of mustard paste and honey for good relief from cough.
  3. For a good relief from cough, mix equal quantities of basil juice, honey and ajwain juice and drink on an empty stomach.
  4. Are you suffering from urinary infection? Drink a glassful of water with a pinch of cardamom powder.
  5. Chew some cumin and sugar for relief from stomach pain.
  6. Have a mixture of lemon juice and honey when you are suffering from cold.
  7. If you have bad breath, drink at least five glasses of water in the morning.
  8. For nagging cough and chest congestion, boil 3 cups of water with 2 fresh betel leaves and 4 crushed peppercorns, till the water is reduced to half. Strain and drink every morning and night with a teaspoon of honey.
  9. For relief from toothache.. Take two basil leaves, a grain of salt and a pinch of pepper powder and press against the affected tooth.
  10. For minor rashes on the skin, add few basil leaves in your bathing water before you bathe.
  11. To get a fair baby, it is said that mothers can drink saffron added to milk during pregnancy.
  12. For fever and cough of children, give some honey mixed with water.
  13. The juice of carrot and tomato, mixed with a little honey is good tonic for children.
  14. A teaspoon of the powdered pomegranate skin taken with water early in the morning will not only purify the blood but also will serve as a good de-worming agent
  15. Chewing raw guava leaves is an excellent quick fix for diarrhea
  16. If you are suffering from acidity, drink a glass of water with a piece of jaggery dissolved in it, after meals.

For general good Health:

  • Add vegetables and fruits in your diet chart.
  • Drink 12-16 glass of water daily.
  • Avoid excess eating of fried things.
  • Try to buy meat which contains less fat.
  • Avoid excess sugar in tea and coffee.
  • Slice vegetables into big pieces, so that it won't lose vitamins.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Target: Losing 10 Pounds in 2007

For many people, the most popular New Year resolution is to lose weight. If you are targeting to shed 10 pounds in 2007, here are 20 tips to help you achieve it. Some times simple changes can bring about big results. When it comes to losing weight, more often than not it is all about numbers. The key is to make small changes that are reasonable, achievable and realistic to maintain. Over the course of a year a small change can add up to 5, 10 or even 15 pounds. Here is a list drawn with the help of health experts on 20 ways to lose 10 pounds in 2007.

1. Switch from whole-milk product to skim-milk product. If you consume 3 servings a day, you can save up to 200 calories a day. That’s 20 pounds you can lose next year.

2. When you go to a restaurant, ask for half of your portion into a doggie bag straight away. Even if you go only go out twice a week, you will easily save enough calories to lose 10 pounds a year.

3. Reduce the use of butter and margarine. Use apple sauce in recipes instead of oil. Try fat free, butter flavored spreads or sprinkles. Just eliminating a pat of butter on your morning toast will let you drop 10 pounds.

4. Chill soups, gravies and stews, then skim off the fat that floats. Doing this can save you up to 100 calories per serving.

5. Use extra lean pound beef, ground chicken or ground turkey. Buy beef labeled “select” instead of “choice” or “prime” (select meats have less fat)

6. Is a tall glass of juice is your morning ritual? Slap that 20 OZ OJ for a real orange and you not only save more than 100 calories, you also get a fiber while you are at it.

7. Meatless products, such as imitation hotdogs, burgers and sausage, are available at many grocery stores. They often have the half the calories as their meat counterparts.

8. Switch from a 10 OZ cappuccino to a regular coffee with artificial sweetener and you can save over 10 pounds a year.

9. Switch from fried potato chips to baked ones and save 90 calories. Do this everyday, that’s your 10 pounds.

10. Learn how to add 10 minutes of exercise a day. The goal is 30 minutes a day. If you walk for just 30 minutes - even just three 10 minute walks per day – you will lose 13 pounds a year.

11. Cut back on egg yolks. It’s the yolk that contains virtually all the fat and cholesterol. Or, in most recipes, you can use 2 egg whites instead of one whole egg.

12. If you love microwave popcorn, just switch to the light kind. Enough to lose 10 pounds if you eat it every night.

13. Use sugar substitute instead of sugar in all your baking. If you use a couple of teaspoons in your iced tea, a couple on your morning cereal, you could easily lose 10 pounds by switching to a substitute.

14. Switch from 100 pulse calorie sandwich bread to the light whole wheat bread. You save 100 calories per sandwich, and you get the benefit of the good whole grains.

15. Swap out your cheese.. Replace the cheddar or American cheese on your sandwich with once ounce of mozzarella and lose 11 pounds next year.

16. Switch from 2 tablespoons of regular mayonnaise to 2 tablespoons of low-fat mayonnaise on that sandwich.

17. Take the stairs everyday at work. If you go up and down often enough (say up and down 5 flights 3 or 4 times a day) you got your 100 calories. Remove the skin from the chicken breast after cooking and save 100 calories each time.

18. Instead of topping ice cream with crumbled cookies or hot fudge, top it with fresh berries and save 100 calories.

19. forgo regular bottled salad dressing (2 tablespoons, about 150 calories) for an equal portion of fat free dressing (about 10 calories).saves at least 100 calories.

20. Don’t super size anything.