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Food Inc Movie

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

I saw this movie it is interesting documentary prepared by Robert Kenner It shows how american food processing companies work and control the farmers of America. After seeing this movie what I understand is most of the farmers in america controlled by Big Food processing companies using method called Corporate farming.

Very interesting topic one should see how the food comes from american farm to Super market .
after seeing this movie i found average pre-packed food item travels 1700 miles to reach super market

This movie also explores deaths caused by pre packed food because of E. Coli.

The movie name is Food Inc

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Categories: Personal

My part in giving back to community

February 28, 2010 Leave a comment

Me and my wife decided to give our hand in helping 14 children in India. I feel very good from my heart when giving back to community .When we share our part back to man kind where needed.

My new family



Born: Jun 13, 1999

Grade: 5
Favorite Subject: Local Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Local Traditional Games
Gender: Boy
Chores:Helps Family
Country: India
Manoj lives with his parents and 1 brother. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is an agriculture worker and his mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Manoj is growing up in a poor rural community 60 miles west of the Bay of Bengal. Typical homes are made of mud, straw, reeds and bamboo. Rice, vegetables, meat, fish and prawns are staples of the local diet. Temperatures range from annual lows in the 60s to extreme highs over 120 degrees. The community is located on a flat plain.

Manoj is in primary school and he enjoys studying the native language. He helps at home by doing the family chores. He likes to play traditional games. He is in satisfactory health.

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Born: Jun 01, 2003

Grade: 3
Favorite Subject:

Local Language

Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play:

Jumping Rope

Gender: Girl
Chores:

Cares For Animals

Country: India
Usha lives with her parents and 1 sister. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is an agriculture worker and her mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Usha is growing up in a poor community in India located in the state of Andra Pradesh. Homes are made of mud-plastered wood with thatched roofs and dirt floors. A typical family diet consists of rice, vegetables, cereals and beans. The climate is very warm and humid, with temperatures as low as 60 degrees and highs in the 90s. The terrain is mostly flat with forests and grasses.

Usha is in primary school and she enjoys studying the native language. She helps at home by caring for the animals. She likes to jump rope. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Jun 07, 2001

Grade: 3
Favorite Subject:

Number Counting

Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play:

Ball Games

Gender: Boy
Chores:

Carries Water

Country: India
Subhash lives with his parents and 1 brother. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is an agriculture worker. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Subhash is growing up in a poor rural community. Typical homes are made of bamboo with tile or thatched roofs. Wheat bread, rice, vegetables, chicken and meat are staples of the local diet. Temperatures range from annual lows in the 70s during November to highs sometimes above 115 degrees in May. The community is located on hilly terrain with forests nearby.

Subhash is in primary school and he enjoys mathematics. He helps at home by carrying water. He likes to play ball games. He is in satisfactory health.


Born: Jun 08, 2001

Grade: 4
Favorite Subject:

Local Language

Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play:

Cricket

Gender: Boy
Chores:

Carries Water

Country: India
Adarsha lives with his parents and 1 brother. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is an agriculture worker and his mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Adarsha is growing up in a poor community in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Homes are made of cement, brick, wood or bamboo with tile or thatch roofs. Rice, vegetables, meat and seafood are staples of the local diet. Temperatures range from annual lows around 60 degrees to highs of 116 degrees in May. Monsoon season is from July to October. The community is located near the Bay of Bengal.

Adarsha is in primary school and he enjoys studying the native language. He helps at home by carrying water. He likes to play cricket. He is in satisfactory health.


Born: Dec 21, 2004

Grade: 0
Favorite Subject: Local Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Running
Gender: Girl
Chores: Helps With Mother
Country: India
Syamala lives with her parents and 1 sister. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is an agriculture worker and her mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Syamala is growing up in a poor community in India located in the state of Andra Pradesh. Homes are made of mud-plastered wood with thatched roofs and dirt floors. A typical family diet consists of rice, vegetables, cereals and beans. The climate is very warm and humid, with temperatures as low as 60 degrees and highs in the 90s. The terrain is mostly flat with forests and grasses.

Syamala is not in school at this time. She likes to play running games. She helps at home by working with mother doing household tasks. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Dec 08, 2002

Grade: 1
Favorite Subject: Local Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Ball Games
Gender: Girl
Chores: Cleans
Country: India
Usha Sri lives with her parents and 2 sisters. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is an agriculture worker and her mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Usha Sri is growing up in a poor rural community 60 miles west of the Bay of Bengal. Typical homes are made of mud, straw, reeds and bamboo. Rice, vegetables, meat, fish and prawns are staples of the local diet. Temperatures range from annual lows in the 60s to extreme highs over 120 degrees. The community is located on a flat plain.

Usha Sri is in primary school and she enjoys studying the native language. She helps at home with the house cleaning. She likes to play ball games. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Jun 03, 2006

Grade: 0
Favorite Subject: Number Counting
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Ball Games
Gender: Girl
Chores: Baby Sits
Country: India
Krishnaveni lives with her parents and has no brothers or sisters. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is an agriculture worker and her mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Krishnaveni is growing up in a poor community in India located in the state of Andra Pradesh. Homes are made of mud-plastered wood with thatched roofs and dirt floors. A typical family diet consists of rice, vegetables, cereals and beans. The climate is very warm and humid, with temperatures as low as 60 degrees and highs in the 90s. The terrain is mostly flat with forests and grasses.

Krishnaveni is not in school at this time. She likes to play ball games. She helps at home by babysitting. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Jun 26, 1998

Grade: 4
Favorite Subject: National Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Hide And Seek
Gender: Girl
Chores: Helps With Mother
Country: India
Kavita lives with her grandfather and 2 brothers. Her grandfather is a farmer and struggles to provide for the family. Despite his efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Kavita is growing up in a poor community in India. A typical home is constructed using wood with a thatch roof and dirt floor. Rice is a staple of the local diet, and families may also eat vegetables, cereal and beans. Some communities are able to get meat, fish and prawns as well. Plains, hills and forests mark the land.

Kavita is in primary school and she enjoys studying the national language. She helps at home by working with mother doing household tasks. She likes to play hide and seek. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Aug 08, 2003

Grade: 0
Favorite Subject: Number Counting
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Cricket
Gender: Boy
Chores: Cares For Animals
Country: India
Amit lives with his parents, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is a farmer. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Amit is growing up in a poor community in India. A typical home is constructed using wood with a thatch roof and dirt floor. Rice is a staple of the local diet, and families may also eat vegetables, cereal and beans. Some communities are able to get meat, fish and prawns as well. Plains, hills and forests mark the land.

Amit is not in school at this time. He likes to play cricket. He helps at home by caring for the animals. He is in satisfactory health.


Born: Mar 05, 2002

Grade: 1
Favorite Subject: National Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Jumping Rope
Gender: Girl
Chores: Carries Water
Country: India
Anjukumari lives with her parents, 2 brothers, and 1 sister. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is a daily wage earner. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Anjukumari is growing up in a rural farming community in northeast India, 55 miles from Delhi the capital. Homes are made of mud or brick with concrete or thatch roofing. A typical family diet consists of rice, vegetables, cereals and beans. The summer is warm and humid with temperatures in the 90s. In winter, temperatures reach freezing. This fertile area is good for crop farming.

Anjukumari is in primary school and she enjoys studying the national language. She helps at home by carrying water. She likes to jump rope. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Aug 10, 2002

Grade: 2
Favorite Subject: Local Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Jumping Rope
Gender: Girl
Chores: Helps Family
Country: India
Fathimabi lives with her parents and 1 brother. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is an agriculture worker and her mother is an agriculture laborer. Despite their efforts it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Fathimabi is growing up in a poor rural community 60 miles west of the Bay of Bengal. Typical homes are made of mud, straw, reeds and bamboo. Rice, vegetables, meat, fish and prawns are staples of the local diet. Temperatures range from annual lows in the 60s to extreme highs over 120 degrees. The community is located on a flat plain.

Fathimabi is in primary school and she enjoys studying the native language. She helps at home by doing the family chores. She likes to jump rope. She is in satisfactory health.

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Born: Jan 03, 2002

Grade: 2
Favorite Subject: National Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Marbles
Gender: Girl
Chores: Helps Family
Country: India
Babitakumar lives with her parents, 5 brothers, and 1 sister. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is a rickshaw puller. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Babitakumar is growing up in a rural farming community in northeast India, 55 miles from Delhi the capital. Homes are made of mud or brick with concrete or thatch roofing. A typical family diet consists of rice, vegetables, cereals and beans. The summer is warm and humid with temperatures in the 90s. In winter, temperatures reach freezing. This fertile area is good for crop farming.

Babitakumar is in primary school and she enjoys studying the national language. She helps at home by doing the family chores. She likes to play with marbles. She is in satisfactory health.


Born: Jul 12, 2002

Grade: 2
Favorite Subject: Drawing
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Ball Games
Gender: Boy
Chores: Cleans
Country: India
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Awdesh lives with his parents, 2 brothers, and 2 sisters. His parents struggle to provide for the family. His father is an agriculture worker. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Awdesh is growing up in a poor community in India. A typical home is constructed using wood with a thatch roof and dirt floor. Rice is a staple of the local diet, and families may also eat vegetables, cereal and beans. Some communities are able to get meat, fish and prawns as well. Plains, hills and forests mark the land.

Awdesh is in primary school and he enjoys drawing. He helps at home with the house cleaning. He likes to play ball games. He is in satisfactory health.


Born: May 02, 2003

Grade: 0
Favorite Subject: Foreign Language
Health: Satisfactory
Favorite Play: Jumping Games
Gender: Girl
Chores: Cleans
Country: India
Rusika lives with her parents, 1 brother, and 2 sisters. Her parents struggle to provide for the family. Her father is a policeman. Despite their efforts, it is difficult to meet the family’s needs.

Rusika is growing up in a poor community in India. A typical home is constructed using wood with a thatch roof and dirt floor. Rice is a staple of the local diet, and families may also eat vegetables, cereal and beans. Some communities are able to get meat, fish and prawns as well. Plains, hills and forests mark the land.

Rusika is not in school at this time. She likes to play jumping games. She helps at home with the house cleaning. She is in satisfactory health.

Categories: Personal

Why Can’t we have Electronic Coupons on our Mobile Phone?

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

There is one company by the name of Cellfire who does this. We all know that during the economic recession, everyone is looking for more ways to save money. This is an opportune time for mobile coupon businesses. But here’s the catch: in order for this to work, everyone must have a smart phone and will have to front the SMS costs.

If this idea were to be implemented in densely populated countries such as China and India (where coincidentally, incoming SMS happens to be free) there is no doubt that such an idea would work. Unlike the US where so much money goes into coupons, there are no coupon industries in India. With that in mind, I sought out an answer to that problem and observed that instead of using physical coupons, manufacturers offer deals directly to customers. The premise is the same; for example, there are buy-one-get-one-free deals. Why not bypass the paper coupons and go straight to an electronic format where mobile subscribers receive great deals? This would be a huge hit.

Here is a recent study that shows how coupon business has been doing in the USA.

Categories: Business Related

Mint.com: I always knew this website would rise to the sky

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

When I first started visiting mint.com, I registered for the website and next, added my bank accounts to confirm login details.

And I thought: “What in the world am I thinking? Why should I provide my online bank account login information to some one I don’t and will never know; why would I provide this to a complete stranger?

But then I started exploring. Mint.com is actually backed up by excellent venture capitalists such as DAG Ventures, Shasta Ventures and First Round Capital.

I then dug more into the technology of how they store banking details. Surprisingly, and to my relief, I learned that whatever the information I am providing to mint is not actually stored in any of their systems. What it actually does is pull my banking transactions to evaluate how I spend my money. After reading a little more about the technology I was much more comfortable and was able to convince my self to give it a try. So I did. And the moment I completed the process, mint.com grouped all my expenses, my credit card spending, merchant-based check card transactions and each were separated into the categories I spend my money on: rent, restaurants, shopping, etc. I was thoroughly impressed by application and its service.

So later I did the same with my business transactions to compare the expense charts with Quickbooks. Surprisingly, the graph produced by mint offered more clarity. I did not foresee myself using much of Quickbooks in the near future.

It was at that moment that I knew: mint.com would surely rise to the sky.

Yesterday I received an email from mint.com telling me that they have not seen me around for months (meaning I did not login to the website for quite some time). That email reminded me about mint.com so I went ahead and visited their page.
What I saw first surprised me: there was a Quicken logo at the very top.

This was exactly my guess when I visited mint.com in 2007: this company will be an extremely good asset to either any bank or companies such as Quicken Intuit, Peachtree, or Microsoft or any other accounting software firm for that matter. I was damn sure that this company would be acquired soon by one of those three companies (not including Bank of America because they already has this kind of software in their online banking system where you can pull all bank and credit card account and create real time portfolio): Wells Fargo or Citi may not have had the chance due to the financial crisis but surely any of the aforementioned would see the immense potential and opportunity.

I am highly impressed that Aaron Patzor, the founder of mint.com, made his company worth 170 million dollars in two years time (from Q3 2007 to Q4 2009). He had successfully built a product with a great user interface and built his company from scratch into something huge. I really admire this guy.

Interestingly enough, at 30 years old and now a sought after millionaire, Aaron still drives still drives his 1996 Ford Contour with 135,000 miles.

Click the link below to read Aaron’s Interview with Inc.com

http://www.inc.com/articles/2009/09/mint-qa.html

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Categories: Business Related

If You Build It, They Will Shop

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

If You Build It, They Will Shop.

Tools for creating and souping up an online store

Should you set up shop on the Internet? That’s a no-brainer. Launching a Web store lets you sell to a worldwide audience, seven days a week, at any time of day or night, holidays included. That helps explain why online sales in the United States grew 19 percent in 2007, to more than $136 billion. Customers also frequently turn to online stores as educational tools. A recent study byForrester Research (NASDAQ:FORR) found that half of all customers who were considering purchases began their research online. Those customers were also more likely to ultimately buy the products online.
Though selling online can be lucrative, setting up an e-commerce operation is often a frustrating exercise, with complex steps such as tweaking the design to match the rest of your website and figuring out how to get your software to charge an array of credit cards. If you don’t get it right, customers who are accustomed to shopping hassle-free on sites like Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN) will bolt.
Whether you have a team of programmers or are trying to do it yourself, these affordable tools can help you get an online store up and running. They will even help you sell your products on Facebook, publish customer reviews, suggest other products that suit your customers’ tastes, and ship out orders quickly without having to manage a warehouse.

Best For: Customizing stores
Magento
What it is: Open-source e-commerce software
What’s cool: It’s a robust e-commerce application, and it’s free to download. With Magento, sellers can manage multiple stores from one location, and shoppers can make side-by-side product comparisons and read customer reviews. Unlike most open-source software, Magento is relatively easy to use. Plus, it was designed to be simple to customize, so you can add or create new functions and features.
Drawbacks: Magento was first released last year, and some of its features are still in beta testing. Building a store with Magento does require technical expertise, but you can pay for help from Magento’s stable of 60 partners, which will handle things such as design and Web hosting.
Price: The software is free, but if you need technical support, it can cost from $500 to $4,000 per year.
Best For: Easy installation
Volusion
What it is: Hosted e-commerce software
What’s cool: There’s nothing to install, and Volusion takes care of the hosting and security for you. Even the most basic packages let you organize your products via drag and drop and monitor which customers have recently abandoned their shopping carts. Sellers can even hang a shingle on their Facebook or MySpace pages.
Drawback: You will still need to configure dozens of settings and templates to get it working just the way you want it.
Price: From $29.95 per month to list 20 products to $197 per month for an unlimited catalog. There’s a one-time setup fee of $99 to $129. All packages include Web hosting and 24/7 phone support. There are extra fees for services such as Web design and payment processing.
Best For: Technophobes
Shopify
What it is: Hosted e-commerce software
What’s cool: Even if you don’t know HTML and can’t afford a Web designer, you can probably set up an online store with Shopify. Creating and editing product descriptions and entire webpages are as easy as typing text into a form. Shopify’s image viewer makes product photos look slick. You can easily create discount codes for promotions.
Drawbacks: Without knowledge of Web design, you will have to make do with one of six basic design templates. Shopify doesn’t offer payment processing — you will have to sign up for a service like Google Checkout. If you sell more than a few items, Shopify’s transaction fees can create huge bills.
Price: $24 per month plus 2 percent of transactions, for up to 100 products. $299 per month for up to 10,000 products, plus 0.5 percent of transactions.
Best For: Smooth shipping
Fulfillment by Amazon
What it is: A shipping service from Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN)
What’s cool: You can use Amazon.com’s logistics system. Send your goods to one of 20 Amazon warehouses around the country, and when orders roll in, Amazon will ship products for you. You can use the service whether or not you sell your wares on Amazon.com. Fulfillment by Amazon even handles odd-shaped or bulky packages up to 150 pounds.
Drawback: All packaging is done in Amazon-branded boxes, though packing slips carry the merchant’s name as well as Amazon’s.
Price: Monthly storage fees are 45 cents per cubic foot, plus an extra 15 cents per cubic foot during the fourth quarter. Shipping charges vary, depending on the item. It costs about $3 to $6, including packing fees, for standard shipping of a 1-pound item.
Best For: Product recommendations
Loomia Retail
What it is: Product recommendation software
What’s cool: Loomia tells customers, “You may also like…” or “Other people who purchased this also purchased…” In retail lingo, it’s a personalized approach to cross-selling and impulse buys. The system integrates into your site as a widget; it makes recommendations based on which product a customer is checking out. Loomia also offers a version that works on mobile phone Web browsers.
Drawback: When recommendation software works correctly, it’s great for sales. But if suggestions go awry, it can alienate potential customers.
Price: 2.5 percent of all sales generated by Loomia recommendations
Categories: I read on Internet

Elon Musk and Tesla Motors Roadster

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment

The very first time I saw Elon Musk, he was featured on “Inc. Magazines” home page. I was curious as to who he was so I then read about him on the internet, discovering that he was one of the co-founders of PayPal. Musk works on a daily basis despite his high status and I was instantly a fan. He founded three companies with entirely different purposes and he is capable of running those businesses extremely well. Such a man demands admiration. His three recent ventures, Solar City, Tesla and Spacex, have three different business angles. Solar City is a business which successfully produces Solar Energy related equipment for homes and corporations; Tesla motors is a business which makes Electrical high-end cars and lastly and unbelievably, Spacex is working on sending the average man to space for a reasonable cost, their aim is to be a sort of space tourism company. Imagine this: no longer will vacationing in Hawaii be the norm, but if you or I would like to go to outer space for the holiday, this company would be the one to look to.

The reason I am writing this blog is this: when I read about Tesla Roadster two and a half years back, I noticed that the price of the car was too expensive: $115, 000. Today I happened to come across an article in “Business Week” which mentioned that a Tesla Motor Roadster can be leased for $1658.00 a month. After calculating the ratio of overall price to gas expense, I found that although it may be worth leasing, I’m not sure how it can reach the common citizen to save gas and simultaneously protect the environment. Let us hope that one day we all can afford to have an environmental friendly car with a decent price tag. Only then can we stop depending on oil and start depending natural energy.

If you’re interested in reading the article, click this link:

http://www.businessweek.com/technology/content/feb2010/tc20100225_189974.htm?chan=rss_topStories_ssi_5

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Categories: Business Related

When CEOs Have Warren Buffett in Their Boardroom

February 27, 2010 Leave a comment
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