Welcome to blog about management, marketnig and random (not)interesting stuff.

As you might guess from blog title, I will post some basic management and marketing tools aswell as info about managerial skills needed to be a sucessful manager. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. Yours sincerely, BojanCo

Monday, May 30, 2011

How To Hide Folders On Your Computer

Hello people,
today we are going to see how you can hide your folders from curious eyes.

First, right click on a folder (or icon) and select "Properties".
Then check in the "Hidden" checkbox.
Click "Apply".

Click "Organize" and then click "Folder and Search Options"

Click on the "View" card and then check "Do not show hidden files and folders". Then, click "Apply".

You are done! To unhide the folder, just reverse the procedure!
NOTE: This is for VISTA, i presume that is more-less the same for WIN 7.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Difference between Stocks and Bonds

 Today, in this post, we are going to see the difference between stocks and bonds.

We all know that the problem is not the money but how to spend it. In an investor's case, the problem is how to invest it. For the new investor, watching going through an investment newsletter can be a daunting task. Trying to figure out the difference between stocks and bonds from all the financial jargon can be a headache.Stocks in their simplest form represent part ownership in a company. For example if you own 10 shares in a company that has 100 shares, you will own 10% of the company. If the company is doing well, so are you. If it is doing poorly, so are you. Companies have realized that it is cheaper to raise funds for their activities by offering part ownership in their companies.
Bonds on the other hand are a loan that you give to a company. The company or government will pay you interest for using your money for their activities. For example, if you bought a bond for 100 pounds with an interest rate of 5% over 5 years. The company owes you the interest plus the 100 pounds.
A company must pay back any funds that accrue to a bondholder. However, the shareholder (owner of stock), does not have to be paid anything. The shareholder is taking a risk that the company will do well and even in bad times, he will continue holding the stock in the hope that things will get better. The bondholder on the other hand does not care about the bad or good times in a company; he only wants his investment paid back plus the interest.
When deciding whether to invest in shares in a company or bonds, you should note that bond returns are fixed while the returns on shares can fluctuate and are not guaranteed. You should also note that in case a company winds down or is bankrupt, the bondholders are paid first and the shareholders last.
A good investment portfolio contains both stocks and bonds. If you are investor only interested in short term returns, then you should have more bonds than stocks in your investment portfolio. Bonds will provide you with a consistent income and in cases of market fluctuations, they offer a great cushion.
However, if you are planning on investing your funds for longer than 10 years, then your investment portfolio should have more stocks as companies will tend to increase in value in the long term.
As a rule of thumb, the younger you are, the more you should invest in stocks than bonds in your investment portfolio. Most investment managers recommend 70% stocks and 30% in bonds for anyone under 30 years. The older you get, the lower the percentage of stocks you should hold, as you are more interested in income than growth in your portfolio. Discuss these issues with your investment advisor and you are likely to do very well in the stock market.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

The History Of Computers

"Who invented the computer?" is not a question with a simple answer. The real answer is that many inventors contributed to the history of computers and that a computer is a complex piece of machinery made up of many parts, each of which can be considered a separate invention.

Prehistoric man did not have the Internet, but it appears that he needed a way to count and make calculations. The limitations of the human body’s ten fingers and ten toes apparently caused early man to construct a tool to help with those calculations. Scientists now know that humankind invented an early form of computers. Their clue was a bone carved with prime numbers found in 8,500 BC.
The abacus was the next leap forward in computing between 1000 BC and 500 BD. This apparatus used a series of moveable beads or rocks. The positions changed to enter a number and again to perform mathematical operations. Leonardo DaVinci was credited with the invention of the world’s first mechanical calculator in 1500. In 1642, Blaise Pascal’s adding machine upstaged DaVinci’s marvel and moved computing forward again.
In 19th century England, Charles Babbage, a mathematician, proposed the construction of a machine that he called the Babbage Difference Engine. It would not only calculate numbers, it would also be capable of printing mathematical tables. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA (near San Diego) built a working replica from the original drawings. Visitors can see in the device in operation there. Unable to construct the actual device, he earned quite a few detractors among England’s literate citizens. However, Babbage made a place for himself in history as the father of computing. Not satisfied with the machines limitations, he drafted plans for the Babbage Analytical Engine. He intended for this computing device to use punch cards as the control mechanism for calculations. This feature would make it possible for his computer to use previously performed calculations in new ones.
Babbage’s idea caught the attention of Ada Byron Lovelace who had an undying passion for math. She also saw possibilities that the Analytical Machine could produce graphics and music. She helped Babbage move his project from idea to reality by documenting how the device would calculate Bernoulli numbers. She later received recognition for writing the world’s first computer program. The United States Department of Defense named a computer language in her honor in 1979.
The computers that followed built on each previous success and improved it. In 1943, the first programmable computer Turing COLOSSUS appeared. It was pressed into service to decipher World War II coded messages from Germany. ENIAC, the brain, was the first electronic computer, in 1946. In 1951, the U.S. Census Bureau became the first government agency to buy a computer, UNIVAC .
The Apple expanded the use of computers to consumers in 1977. The IBM PC for consumers followed closely in 1981, although IBM mainframes were in use by government and corporations.
  • 8,500 BC Bone carved with prime numbers found
  • 1000 BC to 500 BC Abacus invented
  • 1642 Blaise Pascal’s invented adding machine, France
  • 1822 Charles Babbage drafted Babbage Difference Engine, England
  • 1835 Babbage Analytical Engine proposed, England
  • 1843 Ada Byron Lovelace computer program to calculate Bernoulli numbers, England
  • 1943 Turing COLOSSUS the first programmable computer, England
  • 1946 ENIAC first electronic computer, U.S.A.
  • 1951 UNIVAC first computer used by U.S. government, U.S.A.
  • 1969 ARPANET Department of Defense lays groundwork for Internet, U.S.A.
  • 1968 Gordon Moore and Robert Noyce found in Intel, U.S.A.
  • 1977 Apple computers for consumers sold, U.S.A.
  • 1981 IBM personal computers sold, U.S.A.
  • 1991 World Wide Web consumer Internet access, CERN, Tim Berners-Lee Switzerland/France
  • 2000 Y 2K Bug programming errors discovered
  • Current Technologies include word processing, games, email, maps, and streaming

Friday, May 27, 2011

Fun and mostly useless facts - part 1

Here is some trivia i found:

- Male hospital patients fall out of bed twice as often as female hospital patients.

- The first toilet being flushed in a motion picture was in the movie Psycho.

- The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime

- You can start a fire with ice.

- The word 'News' is actually an acronym standing for the 4 cardinal compass points - North, East, West, and South! 

- When glass breaks, the cracks move faster than 3,000 miles per hour.

- When young and impoverished, Pablo Picasso kept warm by burning his own paintings.

- The Muppet Show was banned from Saudi Arabian TV becuase one if its stars was a pig.       

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Are you emotionally intelligent?

In order to answer this question first we need to define emotional inteligence.

Emotional intelligence (EI) is an ability and skill to identify, assess, and control the emotions of oneself, of others, and of groups.
 There are two main models of emotional inteligence:

- Ability EI model
- Mixed model of EI

Ability EI model

The ability-based model views emotions as useful sources of information that help one to make sense of and navigate the social environment. The model proposes that individuals vary in their ability to process information of an emotional nature and in their ability to relate emotional processing to a wider cognition. This ability is seen to manifest itself in certain adaptive behaviors. The model claims that EI includes four types of abilities:

  1. Perceiving emotions – the ability to detect and decipher emotions in faces, pictures, voices, and cultural artifacts—including the ability to identify one's own emotions. Perceiving emotions represents a basic aspect of emotional intelligence, as it makes all other processing of emotional information possible.
  2. Using emotions – the ability to harness emotions to facilitate various cognitive activities, such as thinking and problem solving. The emotionally intelligent person can capitalize fully upon his or her changing moods in order to best fit the task at hand.
  3. Understanding emotions – the ability to comprehend emotion language and to appreciate complicated relationships among emotions. For example, understanding emotions encompasses the ability to be sensitive to slight variations between emotions, and the ability to recognize and describe how emotions evolve over time.
  4. Managing emotions – the ability to regulate emotions in both ourselves and in others. Therefore, the emotionally intelligent person can harness emotions, even negative ones, and manage them to achieve intended goals.
Mixed model of EI

The mixed model focuses on EI as a wide array of competencies and skills that drive leadership performance. Mixed model outlines four main EI constructs:

  1. Self-awareness – the ability to read one's emotions and recognize their impact while using gut feelings to guide decisions.
  2. Self-management – involves controlling one's emotions and impulses and adapting to changing circumstances.
  3. Social awareness – the ability to sense, understand, and react to others' emotions while comprehending social networks.
  4. Relationship management – the ability to inspire, influence, and develop others while managing conflict.
Did you know?

  • Emotional Intelligence is a learnt skill.
  • Research shows that emotional competencies are controlled by a different part of the brain to technical and cognitive skills.
  • Emotional Intelligence has been proven to be twice as important as IQ for job performance.
  • The importance of emotional intelligence increases as one climbs the career ladder.
  • Teams with high emotional intelligence as well as skill are faster, more productive and more innovative.
  • EQ allows teams to think more clearly under pressure, are calmer and less stress as they spend less energy on internal emotional turmoil.
  • Leaders with high emotional intelligence have been rated the the best bosses that talented people want to work for.
  • Emotional intelligent work environments have less turnover, adapt to change quicker and are more innovative.
  • Emotional Intelligent organizations have less customer complaints and increased customer trust and loyalty.
So,are you emotionally intelligent?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

First computer virus

SCA virus was the first virus ever created in order to infect the Commodore Amiga computers.
It appeared in November 1987. and it was a boot sector virus (part of HD's, floppies or other storage device that contains code for booting programs). SCA contained an interesting text message that appeared in every 15-th rebooting: 
The text was: "Something wonderful has happened. Your AMIGA is alive! and, better yet ... Some of your discs are infected with the virus! Yet another masterpiece Mega-Mighty SCA!"

"SCA" is actually an acronym for the Swiss Cracking Association, a group formed with the aim of removing the security software, so the virus homeland is actaully Switzerland. The virus was probably created by a member of SCA, also known under the nickname "Chris".

SCA will not by itself harm the drive, but will infect other floppy disks. If you use common blocks (such as games), the discs become unusable. If the user does not know how to remove the SCA (which could make the command "install df0: FFS FORCE" to recover a 'fast filesystem' floppy), this virus will destroy the newer system files.

Of course, the mega-powerful SCA has produced the first Amiga virus checker that destroyed SCA virus. This may have been a response to estimates that as many as 40% of all Amiga computer somewhere, on a disc, had the virus (another proof of the great "rise" of piracy in this period).

Inspired by the SCA harmless virus,  later were produced a much more dangerous and destructive viruses, such as Byte or Byte Bandit Warrior.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept

Here is a treat for all car lovers (especially BMW lovers, like myself)
This is a concept car from BMW, made in the honnor of the most sucsessful and the most attractive sports car from 1930-1940.
The famous 328 this year celebrates 75th birthday.

BMW 328 Hommage Concept is made in carbon fiber in order to reduce weight and increase performance (they are still unknown). The weight is 780 kilos and it is powerd by a 3.0L petrol straight 6.

I don't know about you, but i think it looks fantastic and woudn't mind having one in my garage. :)

Monday, May 23, 2011

Greetings fellow Bloggers!

First of all, let me introduce myself.
My name is Bojan, i'm 21 and i am from Belgrade, Serbia.
I'm a full time student on university of Sheffiled on which I am attending postgraduete course - MSc in Management.
As you can see from above, I will post here everything from business to everyday topics and also topics that i find of interest to me and this community.
Moreover, I would like to express my personal satisfaction for being a part of this community.
Sincerely yours,

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