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Monday, April 20, 2009

Polyphasic Sleep Strategy

 

The average human sleeps 8 hours a day which means out of the 100 years of life expectancy 30 years is spend on sleeep. I was researching as how to reduce sleep time in our life.

This can boost the productivity. Although this has been researched by many and some found new techniques like Uberman and Dymaxion.

The key is to take naps when needed and use these  naps to enter to the stage of actual sleep. This requires considerable training and adherence to the schedule.

My strategy

I am working on a monthly schedule where I need 17 hours of productivity of which 8 hours is work with 1 hour of break in between the work. After 17 hours I have 7  hours left with me to schedule my sleep.  I would like to break this 7 hours to 3 hours of sleep with 3 times 1 hour nap.

Starting From May 1st I am going to experiment polyphasic sleep strategy and will be publishing the results as well.

I am going to publish each days results to verify the progress and what are the customizations and changes that I have to make so that my planning and strategy becomes a success.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

A Struggle for existence, Another to Flourish and leave a mark for others to follow.

I was thrown out of the walls of light to darkness of the material world at the age of 17. I fought with darkness and continued to struggle till I found the light within me and around me.

It was a painful struggle to find the light that needs to be carried throughout my life. I first fought with the people around me, I challenged those who threw up questions on my credibility and ability and made sure that they were wrong. Sometimes, I just did too much than necessary there are mistakes in me, but that does not deter the fact that wars which were seen like lost were won with the power of god in me and also due to my patience.

I came out to Bangalore, India’s Silicon Valley at the age of 17  finding myself in a new struggle. All I had that time was courage, confidence, and immense faith in myself that I will not fail until I keep trying.

That is the greatest lesson someone needs to learn, you do not fail until you fail to try. The first job I got was a  Hutch now renamed to Vodafone telecaller for the post paid sales. My last sales ended up with the commissioner of Bangalore and that was my last sale and I switched to Spheris or Healthscribe. I worked without pay for the first 6 months of my training for medical transcription. Cleared the qualifying test and got selected as an Advanced Medical Transcription Trainee and worked for almost INR 2800 per month. Those were the days of real struggle where I struggled for each paisa out of my salary most of the time had only 2 times meals. The whole period also saw depression taking a toll on me. I was one of the bright students who had good grades but I was thrown out to the darkness of the world. I was denied education due to financial difficulties.

I went further from HealthScribe and Joined CLI3L now acquired by SITEL as Technical Support Associate with a salary on INR 11000 per month. This was quite a good period and then I went to Dell and joined as Technical Support Associate.

When I joined Dell during the training process people were against me. Neither I understood them nor they understood me. By God’s grace I came out of the training and got a rank of 27 out of 180 people who were working in the same process during the first month of my tenure in Dell. Then during the same quarter I became the Agent of the Quarter and during the last 2 and half years I got promoted twice and became a Technical Support Expert. 

 

During this period I had experienced intense depressive phases due to the craving need for education and the continued mental struggles. I continued my struggle and won the battle again to secure a seat. I was denied a seat in Christ University not because of my marks but because I was too old for them and I had a break in my studies for 4 years. Injustice was done to me, yet I was not prepared to give it up. I went to St.Joseph’s college and got the admission for BSc  with majors Maths, Electronics, and Computer Science and planning to join them at June 11th.

I feel that God has decided that St.Joseph is the best for me. Now I have one more struggle. It is to secure the finance for my education. From darkness I came to light yet the light does not seems to be there and there is one more step before I reach that… The struggle continues. Well that is the story of human race ,

It is the struggle first for an existence and survival and then another struggle to flourish and another struggle to leave a mark of endurance for others to follow…..

the onward march continues…………….

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Airtel: Call India for 1 Cent per Minute

Airtel announces  a New service where you can call India from US for 1 Cent per minute.

To enable NRIs in the US to call friends and family back in India at competitive rates, telecom services provider Bharti Airtel has launched an "India One" offer. This scheme will provide users calling rates of 1 cent a minute on its online calling card service Airtelcallhome.
The $9.99 pack of India One has a rental of $3.99; for the remaining balance of $6, you get the rate of 1 cent/min rate on local access.

You need to use the minutes within 30 days of buying the product.

"Through this offer, we are looking at delivering value to the 3 million strong NRI population in the US, who reach out to their friends and family in India," said the company's spokesperson at the product launch.
Airtel has also launched other features for US consumers, including auto recharge, free SMS from the web, as well as audio-conferencing facilities.
Subscribers will be able to buy the online calling card for $10 through the Airtelcallhome website or through phone by calling the toll-free number 1-877-247-5150 in the US.
Airtel CallHome was launched in the US in 2006. It is available in UK, Singapore, and Canada since 2008.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Portable Apps

I love this one. I use Lastpass for my  online accounts. One of the best password managers. The office computer recently upgraded to Windows Vista, and in Windows Vista thanks to the dreaded User Account Control installing firefox required admin rights and I hate using internet explorer instead of firefox as many add ons are just not there in Internet Explorer. I came across Portable Apps. Got a 4GB installed the portable apps lite suite over there. Now  I am very happy. Irrespective of whether I am at home or office all my settings are there in my little tiny flash drive. Just plug it in wherever I go, even I can use it in a cafe, just do my stuff take it back and its secure as I got a encryption on my drive.  Install Portable Apps at http://portableapps.com.

So if you are looking out for something which will help you bridge the gap between your personal computer and your office computer buy a min USB Flash drive and install Portable Apps. Try considering something which has built in program for encryption so that incase you lose the flash drive your data is not accessed.

 

Try Portable Apps and let me know.

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