Sunday, June 22, 2014

Remove Unity Bar in Ubuntu 12.10

I couldn't find a way to eliminate the anooying bar but changed the interface to GNOME Desktop:

sudo apt-get install ubuntu-gnome-desktop ubuntu-gnome-default-settings

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Windows 7 folder refresh

I encountered an issue with Win 7 today where the folder wasn't refreshing automatically and I had to press F5 for that.

To resolve the issue, I tried this and it worked:

Go to "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID\{BDEADE7F-C265-11D0-BCED-00A0C90AB50F}\Instance", look out for a DWORD value called "DontRefresh" which is set to "1" (on). Change the value to "0" (off). This re-enables the refresh. Note that the CLSID given above may depend on your machine. The easiest solution if you can't find the key is to just go to "HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\CLSID", hit "F3" and do a search for "DontRefresh". 


Friday, January 3, 2014

Thursday, October 10, 2013

What is your skin telling you: FACE MAPPING ZONES

Source: Learning Petals, Facebook.

What is your skin telling you?

Your skin can tell you many things about what is happening throughout your body. Its amazing how interconnected everything is. There are different “zones” that are related to certain functions of your body. When a certain part of your body is not functioning properly you will often times see the results as a breakout in that specific zone of your face. Knowing your “zones” can help you pin point and treat the cause of breakouts, prevent them in the future and heal them quicker; resulting in a healthier body and healthier skin.I hope this is helpful and preventive

* Yellow eyes: issues with the liver (liver jaundice)
* Gum infections: issues with the intestines
* Swollen under-eyes: issues with the kidneys
* Forehead acne: issues with the digestive system
* Breakouts on the chin: hormonal imbalances
* Swollen cheeks: can tell you that you might have an under active thyroid
* Dark under-eye circles: while mostly hereditary sometimes can signify issues related to the kidneys. quick tip: sometimes dehydration causes dark under-eye circles so drink up and figure out what is the exact amount of water your body requires (each body requires a specific amount).

Here are the face mapping zones and their correlation to the different functions of your body. Enjoy!

Zones – Forehead
Traditionally, this zone is regarded as the “sister” to the bladder and digestive system. If you breakout frequently in this area, it might mean that you need to improve your elimination by drinking more water and eating more “whole” foods.

Zone – Mid Forehead
The middle of the forehead, between the eyebrows, is related to the liver. Congestion in this zone can indicate over consumption of alcohol, rich foods, and possibly a food allergy (such as lactose intolerance).

Zones – Ears
The ears are a highly sensitive area related to the kidneys. If you notice that your ears are very hot, you might be stressing them out – drink plenty of plain water and cut down on caffeine and alcohol.

Zones – Cheeks
The cheeks often give an accurate glimpse into any respiratory distress. Smokers or people suffering from allergies generally experience fine, broken capillaries or congestion in this area.

Zones – Eyes
The eyes are truly a window to the body’s health because they’re related to the kidneys. Dark circles , while often hereditary, are made worse by dehydration and poor elimination.

Zone – Nose & Upper lip
A reddened nose can indicate heightened blood pressure, or the early stages of rosacea. Congestion around the upper lip can occur if you use comedogenic lipsticks or liners.

Zones – Jaw Line
If you’ve had extensive dental surgery done, you might notice a breakout along the jaw line, near the ears. Extreme stress can also cause your adrenal glands to overproduce creating breakouts in this zone.

Zone – Chin
Breakouts or unusual hair growth can indicate hormonal imbalance, possibly caused by extreme stress. Premenstrual breakouts are also very common around the chin.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Law of Dependent Origination

Law of Dependent Origination

"No God, no Brahma can be found
No matter of this wheel of life
Just bare phenomena roll
Depend on conditions all.(Visuddhi Magga)"

The Law of Dependent Origination is one of the most important teachings of the Buddha, and it is also very profound. The Buddha has often expressed His experience of Enlightenment in one of two ways, either in terms of having understood the Four Noble Truths, or in terms of having understood the nature of the dependent origination. However, more people have heard about the Four Noble Truths and can discuss it than the Law of Dependent Origination, which is just as important.

Although the actual insight into dependent origination arises with spiritual maturity, it is still possible for us to understand the principle involved. The basis of dependent origination is that life or the world is built on a set of relations, in which the arising and cessation of factors depend on some other factors which condition them. This principle can be given in a short formula of four lines:

When this is, that is
This arising, that arises
When this is not, that is not
This ceasing, that ceases.

On this principle of interdependence and relativity rests the arising, continuity and cessation of existence. This principle is known as the Law of Dependent Origination in Pali, Paticca-samuppada. This law emphasizes an important principle that all phenomena in this universe are relative, conditioned states and do not arise independently of supportive conditions. A phenomenon arises because of a combination of conditions which are present to support its arising. And the phenomenon will cease when the conditions and components supporting its arising change and no longer sustain it. The presence of these supportive conditions, in turn, depend on other factors for their arising, sustenance and disappearance.

The Law of Dependence Origination is a realistic way of understanding the universe and is the Buddhist equivalent of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. The fact that everything is nothing more than a set of relations is consistent with the modern scientific view of the material world. Since everything is conditioned, relative, and interdependent, there is nothing in this world which could be regarded as a permanent entity, variously regarded as an ego or an eternal soul, which many people believe in.

The phenomenal world is built on a set of relations, but is this the way we would normally understand the world to be? We create fictions of its permanency in our minds because of our desires. It is almost natural for human beings to cling to what they consider as beautiful or desirable, and to reject what is ugly or undesirable. Being subjected to the forces of greed and hatred, they are misled by delusion, clouded by the illusion of the permanency of the object they cling to or reject. Therefore, it is hard for us to realize that the world is like a bubble or mirage, and is not the kind of reality we believe it to be. We do not realize that it is unreal in actuality. It is like a ball of fire, which when whirled around rapidly, can for a time, create the illusion of a circle.

The fundamental principle at work in dependent origination is that of cause and effect. In dependent origination, what actually takes place in the causal process is described in detail. To illustrate the nature of dependent origination of the things around us, let us consider an oil lamp. The flame in an oil lamp burns dependent upon the oil and the wick. When the oil and the wick are present, the flame in an oil lamp burns. If either of these is absent, the flame will cease to burn. This example illustrates the principle of dependent origination with respect to a flame in an oil lamp. Or in an example of a plant, it is dependent upon the seed, earth, moisture, air and sunlight for the plant to grow. All these phenomena arise dependent upon a number of causal factors, and not independently. This is the principle of dependent origination.

In the Dhamma, we are interested to know how the principle of dependent origination is applied to the problem of suffering and rebirth. The issue is how dependent origination can explain why we are still going round in Samsara, or explain the problem of suffering and how we can be free from suffering. It is not meant to be a description of the origin or evolution of the universe. Therefore, one must not be mistaken into assuming that ignorance, the first factor mentioned in the dependent origination, is the first cause. Since everything arises because of some preceding causes, there can be no first cause.

According to the Law of Dependent Origination, there are twelve factors which account for the continuity of existence birth after birth. The factors are as follows:

Through ignorance are conditioned volitional actions or kamma-formations.
Through volitional actions is conditioned consciousness.
Through consciousness are conditioned mental and physical phenomena.
Through mental and physical phenomena are conditioned the six faculties(i.e., five physical sense-organs and mind).
Through the six faculties is conditioned (sensorial and mental) contact.
Through (sensorial and mental)contact is conditioned sensation.
Through sensation is conditioned desire, 'thirst".
Through desire ('thirst') is conditioned clinging.
Through clinging is conditioned the process of becoming.
Through the process of becoming is conditioned birth.
Through birth are conditioned decay, death, sorrow, lamentation, pain, grief and despair.

This is how life arises, exists and continues, and how suffering arises. These factors may be understood as sequentially spanning over a period of three life-times; the past life, the present life, and the future life. In the dependent origination, ignorance and mental formation belong to the past life, and represent the conditions that are responsible for the occurrence of this life. The following factors, namely, consciousness, mental and physical phenomena, the six senses, contact, sensation, desire, clinging and becoming, are factors involved in the present life. The last two factors, birth and decay and death, belong to the future life.

In this law, the first factor of Ignorance gives rise to Volitional Activities (or kamma). Ignorance means not knowing or understanding the true nature of our existence. Through Ignorance, good or evil deeds are performed which will lead a person to be reborn. Rebirth can occur in various planes of existence: the human world, the celestial or higher planes, or even suffering planes depending of the quality of a person's kamma. When a person dies, his Volitional Activities will condition the arising of Consciousness, in this case to mean the re-linking Consciousness which arises as the first spark of a new life in the process of re-becoming.

Once the re-linking Consciousness has taken place, life starts once again. Dependent on the Consciousness, there arise Mind and Matter, that is, a new 'being' is born. Because there are Mind and Matter, there arise the six Sense-organs (the sixth sense is the mind itself). With the arising of the Sense-organs, there arises Contact. Contact with what? Contact with sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile objects, and mental objects.

These sights, sounds, smells, tastes, tactile objects, and mental objects can be beautiful, pleasing and enticing. On the other hand, they can be ugly and distasteful. Therefore, dependent on Contact arises Sensations: feelings that are pleasant, unpleasant or neutral. Because of these feelings, the laws of attraction (greed)and repulsion (aversion) are now set in motion. Beings are naturally attracted to pleasant objects and repelled by unpleasant objects. As a result of Sensation, Desire arises. A person desires and thirsts for forms that are beautiful and enticing; sounds that are beautiful and enticing; tastes, smells, touch, and objects which the mind regards as beautiful and enticing. From these Desires, he develops very strong Clinging to the beautiful object (or strongly rejects the repulsive object). Now because of this Clinging and attachment, the next life is conditioned and there arises Becoming. In other words, the processes of Becoming are set in motion by Clinging.

The next link in this chain of Dependent Origination is that Becoming conditions the arising of Birth. And finally, dependence on Birth arise Decay and Death, followed by Sorrow, Lamentation, Pain, Grief and Despair.

The process can be ceased if the formula is taken in the reverse order: Through the complete cessation of ignorance(through the cultivation of Insight), volitional activities or kamma-formations cease; through the cessation of volitional activities, consciousness ceases; �‚ through the cessation of birth, the other factors of decay, death, sorrow, etc., cease. Therefore, one can be free from the rounds of rebirth through the eradication of ignorance.

To re-iterate what was mentioned earlier, this doctrine of Dependent Origination merely explains the processes of Birth and Death, and is not a theory of the evolution of the world. It deals with the Cause of re-birth and Suffering, but in no way attempts to show the absolute Origin of Life. Ignorance in Dependent Origination is the ignorance of the Four Noble Truths. It is very important for us to understand the Four Noble Truths because it is the ignorance of these Truths that has trapped us all in the endless cycle of birth and death.

According to the Buddha, while He was speaking to Ananda: It is by their not being able to comprehend the Dependent Origination, that people are entangled like a ball of cotton, and not being able to see the Truth, are always afflicted by Sorrow, --born often into conditions that are dismal and dreary, where confusion and prolonged suffering prevail. And, they do not know how to disentangle themselves to get out.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Google As A Champion Of Fluid Core Strategy

Google As A Champion Of Fluid Core Strategy

The American enterprise is in flux and Google GOOG -1.03% is a great example of it. The vast majority of Google’s revenues comes from advertising but the majority of news around the company originates in its non-advertising activities – Chromecast, the Nexus tablet, the new Smartwatch, Project Loon and Google Glass, to name a few. A couple of days ago I offered a suggestion for how this type of management strategy might be labelled – and called it The Fluid Core (you can see my paper on Fluid Core Strategy here – transparency statement: It is sponsored by Cognizant).

Google is a great example of The Fluid Core at work. Though people still regard it as ad-dominant, it core competency is evolving and fluid. Executives are telling a transformational story. It has its moonshot projects and at the same time it is developing new products at the more mundane level of hardware devices and fiber. Google is, in fact, transforming into a device and telecoms infrastructure company, and along the way it is picking up new competencies and pushing others to the margin.

In some senses it is beginning to resemble an old conglomerate, which is not so flattering. But the newer picture is of a core competency that is changing – the company has its software competency intact but it is developing a strong hardware outsourcing competency, online marketing, and, gradually, hardware design and execution.

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Before you argue that Google is unique or that these developments are specific to the smartphone sector, look at companies like Arjo Wiggins (formerly Wiggins Teape) one of the world’s leading paper producers. Arjo Wiggins is now a leading producer of substrates for printed electronics and is pushing its R&D capability in that area. The era of printed electronics is drawing Argo Wiggins into a new field, disposable, low cost devices.

It happens to be at the convergence between old print and new devices. But the world of devices is a serious adjacency for Arjo Wiggins, just as devices are a serious adjacency for Google. Fluid Core strategy seems well suited to these convergence points – look at Samsung in medical imaging and chip design and manufacture, Nike in intelligent apparel, and of course Google in Smartwatches.

Nike is a great example of a fluid core in action. With Fuelband it has built on its early success with Nike + and is now on it sway to being a device and data company. By the way Apple is a leader here – having created a fluid core that takes in miniaturization, design, platform management, mobility, and retailing.

In all these cases you can see that the core competency is fluid. Fast Company recently said core competency is dead (in an article with the title Death To Core Competency). It is not alone in thinking we can just jettison the idea that companies need a core. But it has not died. It has loosened up.

Companies need core competency in entirely new areas – like ecosystem management. In the research I quoted above Aaron Levie of told me:

“We do think about the crowd and our platform because the old Bill Joy saying that there are more talented engineers outside your organization has to be true. We have only 700 employees and there are millions out there in companies that we want to sell to, so there is a huge focus for us in working with the ecosystem, mostly via our APIs, and so they can build distribution out.”

In other words a core competency now lies in how you relate to your extended family of users and developers. Management still think of the talent they can capture in employment contracts, and yet the ecosystem is where you will scale a business cheaply. These developments also mean you need much broader core competency – in product, ecosystem, perhaps social marketing, design etc but in ways where you can shift emphasis. Right now media companies like Forbes are having to shift core competency to content design for mobile – they will be dead without it. Core competency is fluid in great companies.

Another important change is the sheer breadth of what is knowable and do-able – by employees and competitors. Employees know their company’s strategy was well as executives do. The idea that management can huddle in a corner to do strategy, oblivious to the talents and knowledge of employees is too old fashioned to countenance. Sure many leadership teams still do it but they are mugs not to act in a more peer-like way with the many talented people around them.

Talking with the folks at Apigee, with whom I am discussing some new research on how we can understand changes to corporate decision processes, one of their observations is that digital transformation often relies on someone in the firm who has no responsibility for digital but who is inspired enough to take a career risk on promoting a new digital project. Strategy actually lies in the hands of people who do that. Decisions get made because of unearthed talent.

Abundant talent also means there has been a neutralization of the talent advantage. Does Apple have a design advantage? Hardly. Is it still a core competency? Very questionable. There are plenty of designers out there who can create exciting new products. Microsoft created the trend for flat OS design. Apple is the follower. A coupe of years back design Professor Roberto Verganti (of Milan Polytechnic) told a story about a conversation with world-famous lamp designers Artemide. This is what Artemide say about design:

“…you know, every company nowadays knows that design is important. We have been using design for 40 years, and everyone now can design a beautiful lamp. It doesn’t make any difference anymore. You can go to Ikea and buy copycats of this company for 30 Euros. You don’t need to go to China.”

When Samsung wanted to update its designs it hired world class design talent like Chris Bangle, ex BMW chief designer. When Kia wanted to compete with the value perceptions of western cars they hired Peter Schreyer, the man behind the Audi TT.

The point is these core competencies are variable. Their value fluctuates. They are necessary but they are part of a fluid core where priorities change. Smart management does not abandon the idea of core, it changes the core in response to circumstances. And it expands the core in the knowledge that competing today requires broader competence than ever before. That in fact is the definition of the Fluid Core.

Source: (Young Turks)

Friday, August 2, 2013

Uses of Toothpaste

Removes Scuff Marks
Can you believe that just a dab of toothpaste can remove scuff marks from your favorite pair of leather shoes? It’s simply amazing! Just dab a little on the scuff marks, rub the area with a soft cloth, and then wipe clean with a damp cloth. You will make them look like new!

Cleans Piano Keys
Are the keys on your old piano looking yellow and dingy? Make them look brighter by cleaning them up with some toothpaste on a soft toothbrush, then after a little scrubbing, wipe them down with a damp cloth. This only makes perfect sense, since the little ivories are essentially elephants teeth. This trick also works well on modern pianos even though their keys are covered with plastic rather than the real stuff!

Cleans tennis shoes…the rubber part
Try a little of the non-gel variety on one of your old toothbrushes to clean and whiten the rubber sides of your tennis shoes! After scrubbing them, take a damp cloth to clean it off and they’ll look almost new!

Clean “Gunk” Off Your Iron
Non-gel toothpastes contain a mild abrasive, which is just what you need to scrub the “gunk” off the plate of your iron. Apply it to your iron while its cool and scrub with a rag, then rinse well.

Make Your Diamond Ring Shine
Next time your brushing your teeth, take your toothbrush and run it over your diamond ring to make it sparkle! Clean off any residue with a damp cloth.

Clean Your Watch Band
A little toothpaste on an old toothbrush will allow you to scrub all of the dirt away from your watch band. Rinse carefully so the watch don’t get water in it. Polish with a soft cloth.

Baby Bottle Deodorizer
Are your baby’s bottles starting to smell like sour milk? Toothpaste works well to remove this odor! Just put a little bit on the bottle brush and start scrubbing. Be sure to rinse the bottle out well.

Goggles Defogger
Wearing fogged-up goggles is not only frustrating but can be dangerous as well. To prevent this, coat the goggles with toothpaste and wipe off.

Mirror Defogger
Ouch! No wonder you cut yourself shaving…a fogged-up bathroom mirror certainly prevents you from seeing your face clearly. Next time (before you shave and cut yourself) spread a little non-gel toothpaste onto the mirror and wipe it off before stepping into the shower. When you’re done with your shower and ready to shave, the mirror won’t be fogged up!

Shines Chrome
You can find many commercial cleaners containing a very fine abrasive that are designed to make your chrome shine, but if you don’t happen to have one of these cleaners handy, try a little non-gel toothpaste instead (which also contains a mild abrasive) It will work just as good. Smear it on and polish the chrome piece with a soft, dry cloth.Like our page Learning Petals

Cleans Your Bathroom Sink, Destroys Odors From Drain
Non-gel toothpastes work just as good as any other bathroom cleaner when it comes to cleaning out your sink. How handy can you get, it’s sitting right there at your fingertips so why not use it? OR…if your family is like mine, they drop gobs of it in the sink while brushing their teeth so just take a sponge or cloth and make good use of their waste! Rinse it out and see it shine! An additional bonus even! This will also destroy any odors coming from down inside the drain.

Cleans Crayon Marks Off Walls
Did those crayon-toting angels of yours get creative and draw some fancy artwork on your wall? Don’t worry. Just grab a tube, a rag or scrub brush, and dab a little on the wall and start scrubbing. The fine abrasive in the toothpaste will take away the crayon marks every time. Rinse the wall with water.

Hang Posters on the wall Just put a litttle dab in each corner of the poster and a few in between on the edges. Put your poster up and it will stick like magic. When you get ready to remove it will come off easy with no holes.

Fill in holes in the wall
Ugly nail holes showing? Just a little white toothpaste will fill in the hole instantly. Let it dry and you can paint over it.

Get All The Toothpaste That You Paid For
When the tube is almost empty place in warm water for a few minutes while you shower. Lay it on the couter or on the edge of the sink, using your toothbrush handle push the warm toothpaste to the top of the tube.

Air Freshener For Your Car
Squeeze a small amount of toohpaste onto a the center of a paper towel. Roll or fold the towel up. Place under the seat. When the car is left in the warm sunshine it will heat up and the toothpaste will release a nice soft mint smell into your car. Replace as needed.

Make your own toothpaste for making your teeth whiter
This is so easy and will save you money. Mix Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide blend into a paste. Add a few drops of peppermint or spearmint extract to flavor to your desired taste. It will make your teeth sparkle and will help whiting them at the same time.

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