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While looking for a freeware tool or plug-in to check current session level cookies I found a firefox extension that allows me to watch selected cookie in a statusbar.
It is a simple extension. It helps testing web applications – it quickly can wipe ‘session’ cookie or it helps to identify cluster node in clustered environments using cookie value.

Download it here.

~Himanshu~

Last week I received an email that talks about a job interview… Thought of sharing with u..so just read on…& nJoy..

Some, rather most organizations reject his CV today because he has changed jobs frequently (10 in 14 years). My friend, the “job hopper” (referred here as Mr. JH), does not mind it. well he does not need to mind it at all. Having worked full-time with 10 employer companies in just 14 years gives Mr. JH the relaxing edge that most of the “company loyal” employees are struggling for today. Today, Mr. JH too is laid off like some other 14-15 year experienced guys  the difference being the latter have just worked in 2-3 organizations in the same number of years. Here are the excerpts of an interview with Mr. JH:


Q: Why have you changed 10 jobs in 14 years?

A: To get financially sound and stable before getting laid off the second time.

Q: So you knew you would be laid off in the year 2009?

A: Well I was laid off first in the year 2002 due to the first global economic slowdown. I had not got a full-time job before January 2003 when the economy started looking up; so I had struggled for almost a year without job and with compromises.

Q: Which number of job was that?
A: That was my third job.

Q: So from Jan 2003 to Jan 2009, in 6 years, you have changed 8 jobs to make the count as 10 jobs in 14 years?

A: I had no other option. In my first 8 years of professional life, I had worked only for 2 organizations thinking that jobs are deserved after lot of hard work and one should stay with an employer company to justify the saying employer loyalty. But I was an idiot.

Q: Why do you say so?

A: My salary in the first 8 years went up only marginally. I could not save enough and also, I had thought that I had a permanent job, so I need not worry about, what will I do if I lose my job. I could never imagine losing a job because of economic slowdown and not because of my performance. That was January 2002.

Q: Can you brief on what happened between January 2003 and 2009.

A: Well, I had learnt my lessons of being ‘company loyal and not money earning and saving loyal. But then you can save enough only when you earn enough. So I shifted my loyalty towards money making and saving – I changed 8 jobs in 6 years assuring all my interviewers about my stability.

Q: So you lied to your interviewers; you had already planned to change the job for which you were being interviewed on a particular day?

A: Yes, you can change jobs only when the market is up and companies are hiring. You tell me  can I get a job now because of the slowdown? No. So one should change jobs for higher salaries only when the market is up because that is the only time when companies hire and can afford the expected salaries.

Q: What have you gained by doing such things?

A: That’s the question I was waiting for. In Jan 2003, I had a fixed salary (without variables) of say Rs. X p.a. In January 2009, my salary was 8X. So assuming my salary was Rs.3 lakh p.a. in Jan 2003, my last drawn salary in Jan 2009 was Rs.24 lakh p.a. (without variable). I never bothered about variable as I had no intention to stay for 1 year and go through the appraisal process to wait for the company to give me a hike.

Q: So you decided on your own hike?

A: Yes, in 2003, I could see the slowdown coming again in future like it had happened in 2001-02. Though I was not sure by when the next slowdown would come, I was pretty sure I wanted a “debt-free” life before being laid off again. So I planned my hike targets on a yearly basis without waiting for the year to complete.

Q: So are you debt-free now?

A: Yes, I earned so much by virtue of job changes for money and spent so little that today I have a loan free 2 BR flat (1200 sq.. feet) plus a loan free big car without bothering about any EMIs. I am laid off too but I do not complain at all. If I have laid off companies for money, it is OK if a company lays me off because of lack of money.

Q: Who is complaining?

A: All those guys who are not getting a job to pay their EMIs off are complaining. They had made fun of me saying I am a job hopper and do not have any company loyalty. Now I ask them what they gained by their company loyalty; they too are laid off like me and pass comments to me why will you bother about us, you are already debt-free. They were still in the bracket of 12-14 lakh p.a. when they were laid off.

Q: What is your advice to professionals?

A: Like Narayan Murthy had said  love your job and not your company because you never know when your company will stop loving you. In the same lines, love yourself and your family needs more than the company’s needs. Companies can keep coming and going; family will always remain the same. Make money for yourself first and simultaneously make money for the company, not the other way around.

Q: What is your biggest pain point with companies?

A: When a company does well, its CEO will address the entire company saying, well done guys, it is YOUR company, keep up the hard work, I am with you.  But when the slowdown happens and the company does not do so well, the same CEO will say, It is MY company and to save the company, I have to take tough decisions including asking people to go.

So think about your financial stability first; when you get laid off, your kids will complain to you and not your boss.

Few weeks back I read an article from Joe Sansone where he was talking about Good & bad Boss…

read on to know if you have traits of a “Best Boss”…….

Most of us have experienced the wrath of a bad boss and fortunately many of us have also had the joy of working for a good boss.  The difference between the two is as wide as the Grand Canyon.  Throughout the years, I have identified several traits of the “best boss.” They are as follows:

1)      Exhibit integrity.

Power comes from integrity; bosses have a long leash and can get away with anything, whether it’s stiffing an employee or a third party. Bosses must always exhibit integrity.

2)      Provide a vision.

Vision is what sets good bosses apart. A good boss will share his vision to motivate his or her employees.

3)      Encourage feedback.

Obtaining feedback from your employees is an essential component of meeting their needs. Good bosses must have a mechanism for allowing their employees to express themselves. A good boss does not wait for an employee to knock on their door; rather she initiates contact with employees to discuss their needs.

4)      Actively listen to your employees needs.

Obtaining feedback is only half of the battle, the good boss actively listens to the needs of his employee.

5)      Empower employees.

The good boss empowers his employees to do the job that they were hired to due, unencumbered my micro-managing.

6)      Encourage employee’s advancement.

A good boss lets their employees know that there are opportunities for advancement within their organization. They make sure their employees know there are long term career pathways and opportunities for promotion.

7)      Give the BOD.

BOD stands for give the benefit of the doubt. You know the drill. You hear from an irate customer or an irate co-worker that one of your employees acted in some horrible way. Before you fly off at the handle and chastise your employee, give them the benefit of the doubt, ask them what happened, it will save a lot of eating crow and embarrassment later on.

8 ) Praise in public.

The employee has not been born that does not relish public praise. It is an important arrow in all bosses quiver to recognize their employees in front of their peers.

9)      Correct in private.

As important as it is to praise in public, it is equally important to never correct or chastise employees in front of their peers. The sophisticated boss does this only behind closed doors to save the employee embarrassment.

10)  Get your hands dirty.

Successful supervisors must be able to sit with their employees and assist them in their daily tasks.

11)  Have fun with your employees.

Be of good cheer.  A good boss is a happy boss, and a happy boss motivates his or her troops by being happy. This does not mean being a clown and joking around with employees, it means choosing a perspective that is positive and constructive rather than critical and destructive.

12)  Be firm, fair, and consistent.

Throughout my years of interviewing employees, I’ve asked this question 1,000 times, “who was your favorite boss and why did you like them?” The answer always comes back some version of  “my favorite  boss was always firm but fair.”

Each of us may manage utilizing a different style.  Whatever your style is, it can be accommodated by using each of these 12 components. Remember, being a  boss is a full time job and managers must work at their supervisory skills. Honing these skills is not something that is simply nice to do, honing these skills will help develop your business and your stature as a boss within your organization.

Soma Bhattacharya of Stepping into Project Management – Newbie’s Diary has published a quick interview with tips for project managers and other technology people who are looking for jobs.

If you’re not yet familiar with Soma’s blog, why not head over and take a look?

Getting a Job in the New Economy

Happy New Year 2010

Dear Readers,

I Wish You A Relaxed Mind, A Peaceful Soul, A Joyful Spirit, A Healthy Body & Heart full of Love..

in this coming new New Year.


Regards,

Himanshu

The Difference..!!!

The difference between a Leader and a Boss

A leader supports his subordinates, inspires, and encourages when the going gets tough. He delegates’ responsibility, wants them to make decisions, is willing to share information and consider subordinates ideas. A leader is a team player that learns from his subordinates.

A boss wants everyone to know he is in charge. To keep others from challenging his authority, he does not share any more information than necessary to get the job done. He wants everyone to come to him for decisions. He is reluctant to consider subordinates ideas for fear of a rising star.

Absolutely stunning. The Sixth sense technology.
Guys – must watch!!

Absolutely stunning to see where technology is heading and what the future is gonna look like.

And be proud – the man behind this is an Indian!!

This is just incredible and unbelievable, yet true. Click the URL below and see the demo and find out how things are going to change in the computer world.

See the live demo of Pranav Mistry who shook the world recently on this Sixth Sense Technology.

This is simply a terrific presentation and absolutely astounding!! !!!!

At TED India, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data — including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper “laptop”.

In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he’ll open-source the software behind Sixth Sense, to open its possibilities to all. MICROSOFT better watch out.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/Pranav-Mistry-The-thrilling-potential-of-SixthSense-technology/videoshow_ted/5231080.cms