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Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Pakistan Android Training 25 – 26 May 2012 [Event]


Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Pakistan was set up by the Government of Punjab as an autonomous body to use synergies of the IT industry, academic institutions, and the government representatives on the PITB board to develop and implement consequential strategies, to enable our province to achieve its IT potential.

Due to the massive growth in Mobile application development in recent years, there is a severe shortage of resources who have expertise and knowledge of Android platform. There by, hundreds of skilled people are needed in this domain by the local industry. PITB is arranging trainings to fill the gap of supply side. Game industry is providing master trainer to train the IT graduates (preferably students already selected for Industrial training).

There seemed to be a spread of opinions about whether Pakistan has a cost advantage over other countries such as United States and Western Europe, Central Europe, and India etc. and how long will this advantage last. The general consensus seemed to be is that it costs about $15-25k to develop a decent game on a mobile device in Pakistan. Pakistan may be broadly in line with India in this regard and somewhat cheaper than Central Europe. The cost for doing the same in the United States is likely to be an order of magnitude higher. It is, therefore, possible for a small start-up of 10-12 people with a burn rate of $250k a year to develop 15-20 games per year – a number good enough to turn up at least one (perhaps two) “winner(s)” in the course of a year. Typical success ratio of a mobile game, for example, on Apple Store is 1 in 20-25 (3-4% by another account) and a typical Top-1o application on the AppleStore could do about $2 million worth of sales.

USA and Japan are the leading countries in this domain. Our local industry has able to get huge business of game development from Japan.

Training Outcome

  • To groom the IT graduates for the game and mobile application development industry
  • Local Game and mobile application development industry may get skilled human resource to get more business from off-shore market.

Training Plan

Resource Person: Ahmad Saleem Khawaja (Director Technical)

Day 1: 25th of May, 2011: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Day 2: 26th of May, 2011: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Contents for two days Android training:

Day 1: Android Basics 

1. Android Architecture

2. Android Projects

a. Making a Simple Android Application using eclipse and android SDK

b. Major components of the program

c. Walkthrough of the architecture on a running program

d. Deploying Android project on Emulator

e. Deploying Android application on Device.

f. Android App Market

3. Basic API Components

a. Activity

b. Intent

c. Widgets

d. Service

4. Resources

a. R.java

5. UI Elements

1. Lists

2. Drop Downs

3. Test Input Controls

4. Buttons

5. Menus

Day 2: Advanced Topics

1. Broadcast Receivers

2. Content Providers

3. Surface Views

4. Overview of OpenGL

There are limited seats; participants can register by sending email at registration@pitb.gov.pk on firstcome first basis.

For more details: http://pitb.gov.pk/mobileapplicationdevelopment

Top Ten Things You Must Consider When Making Your C.V [TIPS]


1. Understand Attention Spans

Keep in mind that people read resumes about halfway down the page/screen before deciding if they are going to continue reading, save it for later or hit the delete button. Anything marketable about you should be in the top third of the resume.


2. Make It an Appropriate Length


The optimal length of the resume will depend on your experience. A person with a single year’s experience and a four-page resume is in trouble, as is a person with 10 years experience and a one-page resume. Be concise and try to fit your resume into three pages. Need to cut down? You don’t need an objective — it’s a waste of precious space, unless you are a career changer.


3. General Summaries Bad, Technical Summaries Good


General summaries can help if used sparingly and appropriately. Technical summaries are more helpful, because the first person reading your resume could be non-technical and only knowledgeable enough to look for keywords. However, there should not be a laundry list of every technology you have ever heard about.


4. Dates Matter


Be clear about your dates of employment. Most companies want to see months, not just years — especially if you have some jumps or if you are currently unemployed (i.e. they want to see how long you have been out). It’s better to be upfront than to make them guess.


5. Highlight Accomplishments, Not Just Job Functions


The descriptions of your positions should ideally be a mix of a broad overview and specific accomplishments. That way, recruiters will know what you did day-to-day, but also what effect your activities had on the overall company or department.


6. Quality Writing Still Matters


Long-winded paragraphs or bullets are mind numbing, but short choppy sentences can appear simplistic. The ideal resume should have a combination of short paragraphs and bullets — or even just bullets. If you opt for bullets, combine related activities into one bullet where appropriate to save room.


7. Use Action Verbs


The most overused phrases on resumes are “responsible for” or “participated in.” It’s hard to know if you were just a bystander or a true contributor or even a leader on a project. It’s okay to use these terms once or twice, but it’s much better to use something like “managed,” “completed,” “administered,” “developed,” etc. If you are having trouble coming up with action verbs, Thesaurus.com should be your new best friend.


8. There Are No Rules About Education Placement


Education placement is variable. If you went to a particularly good school, have an advanced degree or have a very relevant degree to the types of roles you are pursuing, then it might be worth putting at the top, but it’s okay for education to be at the bottom, too.

The same applies for certifications — but if you have many, then it might consume too much space at the top. Assuming your resume has the experience to back up the certifications, your prospective employer will be intrigued enough to get to them at the end.


9. People are Not That Interested in Interests


The ubiquitous “Interests” section isn’t really necessary; however, if there’s something you are particularly proud of and it’s short, then feel free to include it at the end of your resume. There is always the possibility that when you put “competitive running” on your resume that the person reading your resume is a marathoner and gives you an interview for that reason. However, you should exclude any activities that could be seen as overly political or offensive.


10. Be Prepared With A Versatile Resume Template


Sometimes it’s valuable to have more than one version of your resume. For example, if your background could be applicable to manager or individual contributor positions, you don’t want to scare someone off with a heavy manager resume for a contributor role or vice versa. However, you should not make yourself crazy writing a new resume for every position that comes up (an especially tempting habit if you are unemployed).

Thanks to http://mashable.com/2012/04/01/tech-resume-tip/

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Which Social Network Is Right For You [InfoGraphics]


List of Collaboration Tools


SCREEN-SHARING

GoToMeeting (link)

eBLVD (link)

ConnectNow (link)

Microsoft Shared View

Crossloop (link)

Yuuguu (link)

WebExNow (link)

LiveLook (link)

Vyew (link)

Glance (link)

Yugma (link)

Teamviewer (link)

BeamYourScreen (link)

Remote Control

GoToAssist (link)

RealVNC

VNC

GoToMyPC (link)

logmein (link)

Teamviewer (link)

Webinars

Gatherplace (link)

GoToWebinar (link)

Ozity (link)

VOIP – AUDIO CONFERENCING

Skype (link)

ooVoo (link)

Voxox (link)

JahJah (link)

Gizmo (link)

REBTEL (link)

GTalk (link)

Ozity (link)

VIDEO CONFERENCING

Gchat

Skype (link)

TokBox (link)

Oovoo (link)

Sightspeed (link)

VSee (link)

Mebeam (link)

Flashmeeting (link)

EyeJot (link)

Qik (link)

CO-BROWSING

iVocalize (link)

PageShare (link)

Showdocument (link)

Flowgram (link)

WEB CONFERENCING

WebEx (link)

Elluminate (link)

Wimba Classroom (link)

DigitalSamba (free for 3) (link)

Elluminate VRoom (free for 3) (link)

Adobe Connect Now (free for 3) (link)

WebTrain (free for 2) (link)

iVocalize (link)

DimDim (link)

Spreed (link)

WebHuddle (link)

Convenos (link)

Zoho Meeting (link)

Ozity (link)

WEB PRESENTING

Slideshare (link)

SlideRocket (link)

woices.com (link)

PresenterNet.com (link)

InstantPresenter (link)

Vcasmo (link)

280 Slides (link)

Multimedia Presentations

Vuvox (link)

Animoto (link)

OneTrueMedia (link)

Scrapblog (link)

bubbleshare (link)

Voice Thread (link)

Flowgram (link)

WORKGROUPING

Ning (link)

Googlegroups (link)

YahooGroups (link)

meetup (link)

grouply (link)

Broadchoice Workspace (link)

WebOffice (link)

Yammer (link)

BarCamps (link)

Comindwork (link)

pbwiki (link)

WetPaint (link)

wikidot

mediawiki

wikispaces.com

for teachers (link)

GoogleDocs

Socialtext (link)

Zoho (link)

mindtouch Deki

etherpad

Scribd (link)

FILE SHARING

Microsoft Live Mesh (link)

Filedropper.com (link)

Filemail.com (link)

youSendIt (link)

drop.io (link)

transferbigfiles.com (link)

box.net (link)

dropbox (link)

senduit (link)

4shared.com (link)

Virtual desktops

Jooce (link)

Clip2Net (link)

Spider Oak (link)

COLLABORATIVE REVIEWING

Cozimo (link)

A.nnotate (link)

Diigo (link)

uptogo (link)

ReviewBasics (link)

ConceptShare (link)

Octopz (link)

Buzzword (link)

Note taking

evernote (link)

Textflow (link)

EVENT SCHEDULING

eventbrite (link)

GCalendar

Timebridge (link)

any iCal app

Chandler (link)

Schedgit (link)

Amiando (link)

MINDMAPPING

mindmeister (link)

webspiration.com (link)

web-based

http://www.mind42.com

Spinscape (link)

Mindomo (link)

Bubbl.us (link)

Mindnode (link)

freemind (link)

NovaMind

X Mind (link)

freemind (link)

the brain (link)

Gliffy (link)

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

PHProjekt

Basecamp (link)

Backpack

Comindwork (link)

Zoho planner (link)

Projjex (link)

Google Spreadsheet

Wrike (link)

Remember the Milk (link)

voo2do

VeoProject (link)

Collanos (link)

Projectinsight (link)

Trac (link)

INSTANT MESSAGING

Skype (link)

AOL IM (link)

Meebo (link)

Yahoo Messenger (link)

Digsby (link)

Google chat and video (link)

ICQ (link)

Jabber (link)

Windows Live Messenger (link)

Lotus Notes

Adium (link)

Thanks to ELearningTech

 

Seven Things Which Can FAIL You In An Interview [TIPS]


1. Don’t Be Late To the Interview

Even if you car broke down or the subway derailed, do everything you can to get to that job interview on time.

“If you have a legitimate excuse it’s still hard to bounce back,” says Pamela Skillings, co-founder of job coaching firm Skillful Communications. “People are suspicious because they hear the same excuses all the time.”

On the flip side, you don’t want to show up too early and risk appearing desperate, but you do want to be there at least five minutes early or at the very least on time.

2. Don’t Show Up Unprepared

It seems simple, but countless people go on job interviews knowing very little about the company they are interviewing with when all it would take is a simple Google search to find out. As a result, they end up asking obvious questions, which signal to the interviewer that they are too lazy to prepare.

“Don’t ask if the company is public or private, how long it’s been in business and where they do their manufacturing,” says Mark Jaffe, president of Wyatt & Jaffe, the executive search firm. “Sharpen your pencil before you go to school.”

3. Don’t Ask About Salary, Benefits, Perks

Your initial interview with a company shouldn’t be about what the company can do for you, but what you can do for the company. Which means the interview isn’t the time to ask about the severance package, vacation time or health plan. Instead you should be selling yourself as to why the company can’t live without you.

“Your interest should be about the job and what your responsibilities will be,” says Terry Pile, Principal Consultant of Career Advisors. “Asking about vacation, sick leave, 401K, salary and benefits should be avoided at all costs.”

4. Don’t Focus On Future Roles Instead Of The Job At Hand

The job interview is not the time or place to ask about advancement opportunities or how to become the CEO. You need to be interested in the job you are actually interviewing for. Sure, a company wants to see that you are ambitious, but they also want assurances you are committed to the job you’re being hired for.

“You can’t come with an agenda that this job is just a stepping stone to bigger and better things,” says Jaffe.

5. Don’t Turn The Weakness Question Into A Positive

To put it bluntly, interviewers are not idiots. So when they ask you about a weakness and you say you work too hard or you are too much of a perfectionist, chances are they are more apt to roll their eyes than be blown away. Instead, be honest and come up with a weakness that can be improved on and won’t ruin your chances of getting a job.

For instance, if you are interviewing for a project management position, it wouldn’t be wise to say you have poor organizational skills, but it’s ok to say you want to learn more shortcuts in Excel. “Talk about the skills you don’t have that will add value, but aren’t required for the job,” says Pile.

6. Don’t Lie

Many people think its ok to exaggerate their experience or fib about a firing on a job interview, but lying can be a surefire way not to get hired. Even if you get through the interview process with your half truths, chances are you won’t be equipped to handle the job you were hired to do. Not to mention the more you lie the more likely you are to slip up.

“Don’t exaggerate, don’t make things bigger than they are and don’t claim credit for accomplishments you didn’t do,” says Jaffe. “You leave so much room in your brain if you don’t have to fill it with which lie you told which person.”

7. Don’t Ask If There’s Any Reason You Shouldn’t Be Hired

Well meaning career experts will tell you to close your interview by asking if there is any reason you wouldn’t be hired. While that question can give you an idea of where you stand and afford you the opportunity to address any concerns, there’s no guarantee the interviewer is going to be truthful with you or has even processed your information enough to even think about that.

Thanks to Glassdoor.com

Seven Wonders of the World


 

Thanks to 7Wonders.org

Track Your Happines [iPhone App]


Harvard researchers, using the iPhone to track people’s moods, have found a correlation between daydreaming and unhappiness. The app, aptly named “Track Your Happiness,” contacts iPhone users at random times during the day to ask how they’re feeling and what they are doing while answering these questions. Users have the option to decide when and how often they’ll be notified.

The researchers’ findings, published in the journal Science, were based on samples from 2,250 adults. Out of those surveyed, 58.8% were male, and 73.9% of them reside in the U.S. The mean age of those involved in the survey was 34. As DISCOVER reports, responders said they were daydreaming 46.9% of the time when the iPhone rang to check in on their thoughts. And those who said they were daydreaming were more likely to reveal that they were feeling unhappy.

That said, Jonathan Schooler, a psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, told The Boston Globe that the findings should not just be used to determine that a wandering mind is an unhappy one.

According to Schooler, mind-wandering is key for one’s problem solving abilities — and there is also evidence that it could be important for creativity.

As Schooler told the Globe, “Even if there are times when mind-wandering causes one to be unhappy, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not the thing that one should be doing.”

Meanwhile, “Track Your Happiness” is still out there, being used as a scientific tool to help researchers figure out the causes of one’s happiness. In order to take part in the study yourself, just visit TrackYourHappiness.org, where you’ll have to answer a few questions before becoming a participant.

Thanks to TrackYourHappiness.org

http://mashable.com/2010/11/12/iphone-app-measures-happiness/

Download TrackYourHappiness application from iTunes

Be Bold – — — [Personal Development Tip]


Very Simple yet Powerful.

Thanks to David Airay

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