Random Rants By Jimmy Nolan

It Sounded Great Back Then: 5 Gadgets Which Won’t Make It To The New Year

It sounded like great tech

Some gadgets are not born to last

Like the super hit gadgets which created a revolution when they were launched, we have also seen a fair share of flops, ill conceived ideas and blasphemy gadgets in the year of 2013. While most of this year’s flops have lasted longer than a Kardashian marriage, they will surely be featuring in history books, not as proper content, but as footnotes. So let’s have a look at some impulsive ideas which were regretted later.

Windows RT Tablets

Well surely a good idea at the start, a low power consuming tablet, with poor, or in our honest opinion, blatant execution. Windows RT was one of the biggest flops made by Microsoft. Instead of pleasing the developers and geeks worldwide with a flexible, new generation of low power devices, Microsoft’s decision to separate it from Windows 8 apps made the RT a complete waste of money. The similar UI which was used in RT and Windows 8 also sparked a lot of flame when users complained about being misled. Windows RT, which was once a great idea, now swims in a shallow market share and is probably expected to reach obsolescence soon.

 

Chromebook Pixel

Chromebook Pixel turn out to be not so good

The Chromebook Pixel did not turn out good

Chrome book pixel is the black sheep in the Google’s latest technology which is performing surprisingly well. So well that it actually dominates the sales list in Amazon. However the pixel didn’t receive much attention, despite the popularity of other chromebooks, due to the premium attached to it. While it does posses a great look and a comfy keyboard, it lacks the features which a Desktop/Laptop OS, like Windows or Mac, can provide. And simply put, it lacks a lot of features in general which a $1000 PC or Laptop can provide.

Any phone with Ubuntu Phone OS This year we surely saw an impulsive spurt in the number of Mobile OS available in the market, with Ubuntu, Firefox and Tizen. Little did the developers realize that a phone is not a PC. While desktops can have any number of OS installed in them the same can’t be said for a phone. It seems that these developers were too caught up in drooling and vying over the attention which Android and iOS received to realize that a phone lacks the capability of a desktop. While at least Tizen and Firefox have some backing with some phone manufacturers like Samsung, Alcatel and ZTE, Ubuntu will come to an end suffering from lack of a strong corporate. Apart from that, we surely liked the UI and its ability to run desktop apps.

The Motorola Droids

The Motorola Droid

The Motorola Droid

Each high end phone in the Droid line of Motorola was a great quality phone which posses stunning features and great usage of the Android OS. Their failing? They were Verizon exclusive. No matter how big the product you sell is, it won’t last if you put all its eggs in one basket. Google later acquired Motorola and needless to say, will be expected to remove this bias at the very start.

Sony Vaio Duo 11

If there was an example for worst of both worlds, this gadget would be a perfect one. The Viao Duo works as a tablet and a net book and frankly, is bad at both. With a thick and heavy device when compared to tablet and an uncomfortable typing space when compared to normal net books, we predict that this device won’t last long.

So that’s it, the five worst performing gadgets of 2013. While they could be great on paper, they surely weren’t effectively planned or executed to be practical. Agree/Disagree with us? Do post your thoughts, as we value them a lot.

Tips To Make A Long Distance Relationship Work

Long distance relationships work

Long distance relationships work

Many people dread long distance relationships and would think like the romance will wane without physical contact. Although long distance relationships can be very challenging, some experts disagree that they are impossible. With today’s technology and improved communication channels, you do not have to worry about how to keep the flame burning in a long distance relationship if you find yourself in one or decide to be in one. Below are some helpful tips that can help you handle the relationship.

Your phone is essential: Use it well!

Communication is essential and you can use your phone to ensure that you have quality communication with your partner. The ideal would be talking with each other every day. You can set a specific time to be on the phone with each other. The downside of using your phone is that it will cost you some money, and if you’re not financially prepared, you’ll find this very difficult. However, there are applications and software that allow you to make long distance calls for free. One of such applications is Viber. You can also check out cheap long distance telephone plans.

You can also use alternative communication channels

Stay in touch

Stay in touch

Social media websites are amongst the effective communication tools that you can use today. You can consider instant messaging through Yahoo Messenger, Skype, Facebook, etc. You can also email each other to keep connected and share your thoughts, fears, and dreams. You can also use your phone for text messaging; this can be cheaper than actually calling each other. Even if you’re using other communication channels to connect with your partner, you should always find ways to communicate via phone calls. Actually hearing your voice over the phone can have a more positive impact than reading messages from each other.

Never let the romance fade

You can let your loved one feel that you care by doing those simple things that make a big difference. Some people value gifts and will be thrilled when they receive a parcel from you. It could be something symbolic. Remember the special days in each other’s lives and make it memorable. Why not order lunch and have it delivered to your partner? Why not send flowers on his or her birthday? You can surprise him or her with a mailed love song or poem that simple tell him or her that you’re in love.

Unpleasant surprises will come, so be ready for them

You should already know that long distance relationships aren’t easy, so be ready for unpleasant surprises. You’ll need to be more open and understanding especially when your partner gets jealous of that group photo you’re tagged on your Facebook. You’ll need to understand when your partner feels hurt that you never returned the call or didn’t pick up the phone.

Send cards and gifts to be present  in important dates

Send cards & gifts so you’re present on important dates

You’ll make your relationship work if both or you are mature. It is all about cultivating the type of personality that can help you exercise patience when you feel like it’s taking too long. You need to be positive and determined. Learning to deal with jealousy is also important if you want the relationship to work out well. It has happened for many couples, and you can make it happen for you as well.

Weight Loss Tips For Diabetics

Control your body weight, keep it healthy

Control your body weight, keep it healthy

Diabetes is a condition where human body is not able to produce enough insulin to sustain its functions. Insulin is a hormone that controls and balances body sugar levels. Hence, a diabetic person can experience a sudden spike in blood sugar levels that causes fatigue or dullness or sudden drop in sugar levels that can even lead to paralysis or even heart failure in some cases. Many diabetic people are also obese making them even more prone to health hazards like kidney failure or heart failure. It is important that diabetic people work on losing their weight in a safe manner while keeping their sugar levels in check. Some of the tips below talk about how diabetic people can lose weight in a healthy manner

1. Eliminate High sugar products

Sugar when mixed with carbohydrates, produces fat in the body. As a diabetic patient, you are required to refrain from indulging into high sugar products like chocolates, candies, ice creams, even refined flour. You can replace your sweet treats with the sugar free varieties of ice creams and desserts. It is best to replace refined flour that whole grain flour, rice with brown rice and white bread with whole wheat bread. These products take a longer time to release sugar into the blood stream and hence help in stabilizing sugar levels.

2. Read labels carefully

Some processed foods may not show sugar but may have sugar present in other forms like maple syrup or corn syrup. Read labels carefully before filling in your grocery supplies. Also avoid processed foods as they are likely to contain some form or sugars or oils and chemicals that abet weight gain.

3. Oats are your best friends

Eat healthy food

Eat healthy food

Eating a healthy breakfast is must for diabetic patients. Oats are a great way to start your day. These are whole grained so these keep you full longer as these are digested slowly. Also these are rich in fibre so they aid in digestion process and also fill you up faster. Oats being fibre-rich are known to help manage sugar levels in the body. Make sure you do not buy the sugared or highly processed white oats.

4. Moderate exercises

Rigorous exercises may lead to sudden sugar drop in diabetic patients. Hence it is important to follow moderate exercises like walking or swimming. You can also try high intensity interval training.

5. Get the right amount of protein in your food

Proteins keep you full for a longer period of time. Good sources of proteins include fish, eggs and lean meat.

You need to lose weight

You need to lose weight

The diabetics may need to follow a strict change in their lifestyle to control their sugar levels. There are many diabetic groups and communities that encourage and promote proper self-care. The weight loss journey may be a difficult one for diabetics, it is not impossible.

While these tips are time tested and supported by various studies, it is important to consult your physician before adopting them. Your need for medication may also change as you start following these weight loss tips.

Easy Steps For Getting Rich

Set clear goals

Set clear goals

A lot of people have many questions lingering in their mind on what is the actual secret behind making a lot of riches. Well, key answer to this big question is thinking intensively and then implementing your thoughts. It is important to understand that dreaming is not enough. You have to take a step in effort to make your dream come true.

A lot of people actually fail in their process of making their riches for not having a defined and organized plan. You need to define your way from the beginning. That way, you will have a clear focus on what is ahead. The following are important steps that you should implement in your quest to make riches:

Establish the money you desire

This comes as the first step of making riches. You must first establish the exact amount of money you desire to make. A lot of people fail in this stage because they never define their target money. They simply say “I need a lot of money”. However, you must learn to be definite in determining the cash you desire.

Determine what to give back

Will you give back?

Will you give back?

You must understand that there is nothing in this world that goes for nothing. In this regard, you must decide what to give in return once you meet your target. After all, you will want to make more and more riches and meeting your first target should not mark your end. You must give back some amount for more riches.

Set a target date

It is important to have in mind the date when you intend and want to make your target cash. Some may wonder how possible it is to decide on the future. However, having a target date will keep a bell ringing in your mind telling you that there is a mission to accomplish before a particular day.

Formulate a plan

You need to come up with a sound plan on how to accomplish the mission at hand. When you are sure that the plan is fit, you should start accomplishing the mission of making riches right away. It does not matter if you are ready or not. At least ensure you make a step when the whole plan is ready. Any delay at this point means a delay in meeting the set deadline as well as target cash. In addition, you must ensure you are strong and courageous enough.

Have your vision written

Thinking is not just enough. It is important to write clearly your thoughts and your desires. Be sure to include anything else that is of essence in accomplishing the target ahead. Ensure to include the amount of cash you intend to give in return upon reaching your target.

Refresh your mind daily

Do it right and enjoy the profits

Do it right and enjoy the profits

Writing your thoughts and your desires should not be the final step. Be sure to read aloud what you have written. This will help you have more focus on your mission until you accomplish it.

It is clear that making riches is not a hard task as you may think. It is as simple as following the above steps and you will have your desires met in the most convenient way.

Business Plan Evaluation: What To Look For

Write a business plan

Write a business plan

There are two tools you need in order to evaluate a business plan: consistency and objectivity. If part of your job deals with evaluating multiple business plans, then you need to be consistent to be fair. A related tool would be objectivity. You can never let personal thoughts influence your evaluation lest you’ll end up accepting something that won’t work in the end. Now, using these tools, what things would you look for in your evaluation?

Executive Summary

The Executive Summary should powerfully deliver the market opportunity that the business plan intends to address. It should clearly state the business feature that leads the business to its goal. It should be concise, well-written, and interesting enough to make you turn to the next page.

Market Opportunity

Market opportunity

Market opportunity

The market opportunity being targeted should manifest a huge potential for growth. This means that you should also be looking at the depth of market research conducted by the business plan author. You should see facts and understand clearly how the business can turn in huge profits from growth.

Business Strategy

Every business plan should address a market need. Hence, the business plan should clearly indicate what problem it is trying to address, how the business plans to address it, and what kind of solution should manifest in order to consider the need fulfilled. The means to address such problem should be represented by the product or service offered by the business including its marketing strategy.

Business Environment

In almost every business sector, competition is found. This means that the problem identified in the business plan can be something that competitors are also trying to work on. In this case, the business plan should offer a critical comparison of the business environment. It should be able to communicate how its strategy is better than anyone else.

Passion Statement

The degree of the entrepreneur’s commitment to execute the business plan should be clearly shown. Evaluate this factor by looking at the executive information. The executive information should clearly reflect presence in an industry related to the business and should identify strong points to make the company thrive.

Integrity and Experience

Related to passion, all people involved, especially the executives in the business should exude integrity. Their integrity should be well-supported by their experience in the same industry. Accomplishment should be apparent and it should capture how such can help the business plan become a success.

Realistic Projections

Make realistic projections

Make realistic projections

Idealistic entrepreneurs have a tendency to overstate their projections. Some of them envision capturing at least 20% of the market share in two years. That’s not realistic. Look for conservative estimates that are backed by historical data. The same works for projections involving market size.

Return of Investments

The business plan should show you how investments can be recouped and how. The business plan should tell you how things will work and just in case that expectation is challenged, appropriate exit strategies should be in place so investors will get their fair share.

After going through the factors above, consider the whole business plan and think about whether or not it’s really needed or it reflects a real-world company. While every entrepreneur offers a unique way of approaching a market need, the way they present it in the business plan might not create such an impact. So ask yourself: does the company stand a chance of success?