Which Social Network Is Right For You [InfoGraphics]


Maan Boli [Sufi Kalam]

Online Jobs Salaries [InfoGraphics]


Salaries for Popular Online Jobs - Infographic

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What is Circular Debt in Pakistan: Issues and Impacts [Article]


Power sector inefficiencies have cost this country significantly in direct budget costs in the last five years. In addition, growth has been slowed down by at least 2% per annum i.e., 10% lost growth in the last five years. Yet the problem is far from behind us. The restructuring and reform of the power sector has been held up for over two decades leading the costs to accelerate in recent years. The
important question that arises is “Why are we incapable of addressing such a big problem.” The problem requires careful study and research which can only happen if time and resources are devoted to the problem. With enough independent expertise and research for developing a body of knowledge on the required reform, a process of reform must be developed in Pakistan. There have been major
shortcomings at all levels of the reform spectrum which are split into three main areas:

1. At the policy level there is complete disarray between all entities involved. The Ministry of Water & Power, which is the main
policy maker of the sector has no roadmap set out for itself and is more reactive than proactive to power sector reforms which of
course is coupled by a lack of political will to help improve the system.

2. At the regulatory level there is an authoritarian attitude towards all entities involved. The regulator has failed to address or acknowledge problems of the power sector and is working in isolation.

3. At the entities level there is a complete breakdown of governance. Though they are being micromanaged by both the policy makers
and the regulator, the entities themselves have no aspirations of  moving ahead reforms and are happy to maintain status quo.

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Circular debt is one of the major issues in Pakistan. The Oil, Gas and Power sectors of Pakistan are the main sufferers of this giant dilemma to deal and manage the circular debt in an appropriate and suitable manner. The policy makers of Pakistan have been striving hard to find a way to solve this problem, but up till now they had not been able to find out an effective solution. Nonetheless, as a consequence of this, the circular debt in Pakistan as it is termedhas been circling around the three most important sectors of Pakistan, and the predicament is increasing day by day.

Circular debt arises when one of the two parties do not have enough cash to pay out its liabilities and pay the withholding payments to its suppliers.  This creates difficulty for the supplier to pay out its liabilities, which ultimately sets out an-unfathomable circle of debt liabilities in the economy.

In June 2011 the total circular debt reached to the level of more than Rs. 200bn, and in this year it is increasing by Rs.95 crore a day. It is a misfortune that mismanagement with regard of government owned power generation and power distribution agencies is one of the major reasons for a continuous increase in the circular debt of Pakistan. However a proper and cost effective management and organization of these companies would be able to reduce this debt position by a considerably higher level in the long run.

The significance of the management of the circular debt in Pakistan is not a secret any more. The government of Pakistan should try different types of strategies to critically fathom the core reason and find the solution that should be effective enough to positively deal with this critical issue as soon as possible.

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Thanks to http://www.pc.gov.pk/hot%20links/2013/Final_USAID-Pakistan%20Circular%20Debt%20Report-Printed%20Mar%2025,%202013.pdf

15 Examples Of New Technology In Education


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What latest gadgets and gizmos are going to change your classroom in 2013?

It’s hard to know exactly what will catch on and what won’t, but the following list showcases some of the emerging new technologies, software, and platforms available. With their innovation and practicality, many of these are poised to enter the classroom and change the way students and teachers learn permanently.

15 Examples Of New Technology In Education

1. Flashnotes

Remember the days of doodling on the side of your spiral notebook while you tried to take copious notes from your boring biology teacher? Would you be more motivated if you knew that your notes would not only give you an edge on the exam, but could also earn you a bit of cash?

Flashnotes allows students to upload their lecture notes and sell them to other students who need more help or resources. The rating system allows the best note takers to get more business and the general pool of knowledge expands as students continue to share their work with one another.

2. Lore

The new startup is using a Facebook type platform- riding the wave of what works- and tailoring it for education. This social network allows professors and students to communicate, follow one another, and discuss class work and lectures.

In addition to the social aspect, it allows for document uploads, calendar sharing, and a grade book option. So why is this better than Facebook? Simply put, social networks aren’t always the best place to develop academic networks. Students can follow their professors and interact with them without worrying about that compromising photo from a crazy weekend party.

3. Study Blue

Imagine your smartphone as your primary source for study materials. This company has created an app that allows students to organize their coursework, store notes and flashcards, and share their materials with other students.

Study Blue’s main attraction is that it is mobile. Whether standing in line for coffee, riding the train, or waiting at the dentist, a student can easily access their class work and prepare for an exam. The social aspect also helps students find other people studying similar subjects, capitalizing on a different set of notes and study guides.

4. LEAP Motion

Imagine the ability to sign your name on a digital document using only your finger and the air. That is technology behind LEAP Motion, a company intent on giving people a more natural way to interact with the computer.

LEAP has developed a piece of hardware that allows anyone to write, draw, zoom, play, and interact with their computer screen using a finger, fingers, or entire hand. By moving your hand over the device, the mouse follows your movements.

This is a huge improvement from the days of the stylus and pad- even with the fine motor control- it was difficult to make drawings look authentic. LEAP is set to do that.

5. Papertab

Papertab won’t be ready to use in 2013, but I think it’s interesting enough to include it in this list. Paper, afterall, is HUGE part of the school life.

6. Chromebooks

Despite the rising popularity of tablets, Google’s Chromebook may snatch the competition in the lower grade school classrooms. The laptops have a few distinct advantages over the apple iPad:

-They are less expensive

-One-button-push easy setup

-Easy to control settings and restrictions

-Offers the traditional keyboard for fast typing and note taking

-Hardware fixes are easier and less costly

7. Celly

Teachers are continually fighting against the ever-growing list of distractions that a smart phone offers to bored or shy students in the back of the room. But Celly is a text-messaging network that allows anyone to create a network anywhere- at a rally, event, in the classroom, or on a field trip using smartphones.

Teachers that have used this in their classrooms have noted that those who normally never speak up…do. It forces students to write their thoughts clearly and concisely. Rather than fighting the tide against texting, instructors are using it for academic purposes.

8. Flipped Classroom

While not a technology per se, this teaching model is using technology to change the way instructors teach. Rather than spending the class time lecturing the students, the lectures are delivered to the student’s in video format for them to watch at home (or in study hall).

Then, the classroom time is set aside for 1 on 1 help, discussion, and interaction based on the lecture homework. With nearly every student carrying a mobile device or laptop, this model may give students and teachers more time to work on areas of difficulty rather than simple straight lecture. For too long, instructors have seen that precious class time go to waste while a teacher scribbles on a blackboard and has their back to the students.

9. Snagit, Jing, Camtasia

These screen capture video software programs are making it easy for instructors to give online tutorials. TechSmith offers a host of different products from a free screen capture to professional quality videos.

Imagine a tech-ed teacher trying to explain how to download an app. He/she can record narration while capturing the screen shots as he/she demonstrates the action. This feature can also be used for teachers who are correcting a paper or demonstrating a math problem.

10. LessonCast

Teachers need help and support with their lesson plans just as much as students need help with studying for exams. LessonCast allows teachers to submit a 2-minute lesson plan strategy, idea, or resource using video, documents, Powerpoint, etc. and share it with other instructors.

The free-based software is just another way to offer networking opportunities and a general pool of knowledge that globally impacts education in a positive way. Teachers Paying Teachers is a similar network that allows educators to sell their lesson plans to other instructors.

11. Kid Blog

Designed specifically for younger students; Kid Blog provides a safe opportunity for children to start up their own blog connected to the classroom.

Teachers can help students design a blog around a science project, a history lesson, or an entire year’s worth of school progress. The students get the benefit of other students and parents commenting on their work- a great motivation for hesitant writers. Kid Blog makes it easy to keep the child and content secure from the dangers of the Internet.

12. Glogster EDU

Gone are the days of laboring over a diorama made from a shoebox or wrestling with markers on a poster board. When it is report time, students can use Glogster to creatively display their research.

Glogster allows students to collage pictures, text, video, and custom graphics to create a visually appealing presentation for their latest project. The Glogs are easy to make and share!

13. Donors Choose

Funding websites are popping up all over the Internet. People who are frustrated with the bureaucracy of grant writing decide to strike out on their own and build a project from the ground up. With Donors Choose, you can pitch your idea for your classroom.

Teachers create projects they hope to accomplish with their students. Much like Kickstarter, individuals can fund or back any project they choose. Then they share it across social media and if a teacher has created the project pitch well, it gets the attention and money it needs.

14. Live Binders

Those handy three ring binders are now digital. Using the same idea as pinning and bookmarking, the binder allows educators to collect and organize resources for lesson plans.

The Live Binder can also work for students who are amassing resources for a big project. You can also browse other binders and share your own.

15. Knewton

This new technology company aims at personalizing content for optimal learning. The platform monitors the student’s activity and uses the information to give the student the best personalized resources based on their level of performance.

The technology also boasts integration among different disciplines creating a more comprehensive set of resources that interact with one another. Knewton grows more intuitive the more the student uses the software. It can follow a student through their entire education career.

This is a cross-post from opencolleges.edu.au; Image attribution flickr user intelde

Thanks to http://www.teachthought.com/technology/15-examples-of-new-technology/

 

Year 2012 In Review [Blog]


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 18,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 4 Film Festivals

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The Art of Problem Solving [Article]


Forget the Problem & Become Solution-Oriented

Instead of focusing problem only, you need to pay attention towards generating the solution of the problem once after diagnosing it well.

Always Develop POSITIVE ATTITUDE

Think problem as an opportunity to learn and practice; this will certainly add value in your life experiences

Do Some Blue-Sky Thinking

Think openly; Pay attention to the detail; Do some history research; Take some senior’s advice if possible.

Always Develop Multiple Solutions

Even seems too silly in start, analyze and advance as many keys as possible

Estimate and Establish Optimum level of Quality, Cost and Time for each Solution

Do it with Right approach and Right force

Analyze and Interpret Results

Feel Sense of Accomplishment

Use Results as Future Key

The Used Key is Always Bright – Benjamin Franklin

Share your Experiences to others

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Upgrade WordPress.com to WordPress.org [Tips]


 

WordPress.com is a great platform for users who want to easily create a free website or blog. With more than 23 billion pageviews in 2010, the service is a hit with millions of users.

Premium themes are now available for WordPress.com, but the nature of the system still limits what plugins can be used and how deeply customized a design and overall site structure can be.

For that reason, it is natural that some WordPress.com users will want to take the leap to the self-hostedWordPress.org software.

Transitioning from WordPress.com to WordPress.org may seem daunting — especially for users who have lots of content and multimedia already hosted on WordPress.com. That’s why we decided to put together this screencast that walks through the entire process from beginning to end.

Moving From WordPress.com to WordPress.org

Note: This process covers moving from an existing WordPress.com blog to an existing WordPress.org installation. If you need help installing WordPress.org or finding a web host to use with WordPress.org, WordPress offers some recommendations.

Using Plugins to Re-create WordPress.com Features

As I point out in the screencast, the real key to getting WordPress.org to function (and look) like an older WordPress.com site comes via plugins.

Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com, has customized its hosted version of WordPress to include some built-in features that just aren’t included in a standard WordPress.org installation.

As a result, some media like videos, embedded tweets and polls may not show up properly.

I mention some of the most common plugins in the video, but here are some quick links:

  • WordPress.com Stats — This will give you the same kind of stats on WordPress.org that are available to WordPress.com users.
  • VideoPress — If you have ever paid for the VideoPress video upgrade, this plugin will bring the same functionality (and access to your VideoPress videos) to WordPress.org.
  • Wickett Twitter Widget — This is the same widget WordPess.com uses to display tweets in the sidebar of a blog.
  • Grunion Contact Form — This plugin was used as the basis of the new Contact Form feature in WordPress.com.
  • PollDaddy — This plugin will enable any polls created in WordPress.com.

After the Move

After moving content from WordPress.com to WordPress.org and installing any plugins to enable native WordPress.com functionality, users may want to consider purchasing the Site Redirect upgrade from WordPress.com.

For $12 a year, WordPress.com will redirect your old WordPress site links to the new site. These are proper 301 redirects which means search engines will get updated to redirect traffic as well. That also means that most users won’t need to pay for the upgrade after the first year.

You can learn more about Site Redirect at WordPress.com and add the feature from the Upgrades section of the WordPress.com dashboard.

Thanks to http://mashable.com/2011/02/09/move-blog-wordpress-com-org/

How 3D Printing Works ?


 

Design a pair of shoes on your computer, hit “Print,” and wear them an hour later. If that kind of technology doesn’t blow your mind, you’re dead to me.

The cost of 3D printing technology is finally within the grasp of consumers, and many believe it’s poised torevolutionize commerce. Companies are rushing to get out in front of this new custom marketplace, offering 3D-printed fashionfurniture and even food.

But how does this technology work? What kind of materials does it utilize? And how fast is this industry growing? The folks at HighTable.com have created the visual explanation below. Regrettably, this infographic will only print in 2D — unless you fold it into some sort of origami swan. But that one’s on you.

3D Printing Infographic

Thanks to http://mashable.com/2012/08/01/how-does-3d-printing-work

 

Blog Action Day 2012 [Event]


 

The theme for Blog Action Day 2012 is …

The theme for Blog Action Day 2012 will be “The Power of We”

We choose this theme for a couple of reasons. Firstly, the popularity of the your suggestions; Community, Equality, Transparency/Anti-Corruption and Freedom, in our theme poll.

Secondly, The Power of We is a celebration of people working together to make a positive difference in the world, either for their own communities or for people they will never meet half way around he world.

So, what what will I do for my Blog Action Day post, I hear you ask?

Well, you might profile someone or a group who inspires you by the way they made a positive influence, talk about your own efforts to make change with others, or highlight a cause that is successful for using people power to make a difference.

There are hundreds of examples you could choose from such as fighting for healthier meals for kids in schools, protecting people’s rights in countries far away, stopping practices in industries that hurt the environment and communities, challenging authorities to listen and act for the people, ensuring people small-scale farmers get fair deals, the rights of women and children are  protected and many many more.

You might even want to discuss the strategies and tips of how to organise to encourage other people to make change happen on the issues they care about, or make it easier for them to join in existing groups.

As Blog Action Day get’s closer (just under seven weeks away) we will be highlighting the thoughts of our NGO partners, previous Blog Action Day participants and interesting individuals have about our theme, and ask them to provide suggestions and materials that you can use for your blogs on October 15, 2102.

Over the next few weeks we will be increasing our communications with a weekly email to people who have registered to take part in Blog Action Day, as well as regularly updates, content and opportunities via our website and social media channels.

The team at Blog Action Day can’t wait to see what you all blog about and we really hope that you enjoy taking part in Blog Action Day on October 15, 2012.

Regards
Jason and Karina from Blog Action Day.

Thanks to http://blogactionday.org/2012/08/28/the-theme-for-blog-action-day-2012-is/

 

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8 Ways to Protect Yourself Online [Tips]


1. Guard Your Personal Information

Never respond to requests for personal or account information online (or over the phone). When your social security number is requested as an identifier, ask if you can provide alternate information. Watch out for convincing imitations of banks, card companies, charities and government agencies. Use legitimate sources of contact information to verify requests for information, such as your financial institution’s official website or the telephone number listed on statements.

2. Don’t Overshare

Don’t divulge your birth date, mother’s maiden name, pet’s name or any other identifying information on social media websites such as Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.

3. Stay Up to Date

Install anti-virus software on your computer and keep it updated. Use the latest version of your web browser. Install security patches and software updates as soon as they are ready to install.

4. Make it Difficult

Use unique and hard-to-guess passwords. Don’t access secure websites using public Wi-Fi.

5. Beware of Fake Online Sweepstakes and Contests

All offers that require payment or private information before giving an award are bogus. Take the time to check out the validity of an offer. Ask for contact information from the sender and details about the company running the contest. Once you start asking a lot of questions and make it clear you won’t be pushed to make an immediate decision, most scammers will go away.

6. Go Paperless

Enroll in electronic statements, use direct deposit, and make bill payments online (to avoid mail theft).

7. Don’t Believe the Work at Home Hype

Thoroughly conduct a background check on the company, making as many phone calls and Internet searches as you can. If in doubt, visit a local law enforcement office and ask their opinion. All offers to earn pay for re-shipping goods sent to your address are bogus. Tragically, some work-from-home scams not only enlist the individual to defraud others, they also make an identity fraud victim out of the individual!

8. Ask What Your Bank Is Doing to Protect You

Understand banks’ guarantees for fraud protection: all large providers now offer zero-liability protection for debit and credit cards, while a few offer a guarantee for online banking transactions.

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