MUAMMAR GADDAFI’S LAST FORMAL SPEECH

Libya's Skyline by Night

follow GADDAFFI’S LAST FORMAL SPEECH – THIS IS VERY MOVING!

In the name of Allah, the beneficent, the merciful…

For 40 years, or was it longer, I can’t remember, I did all I could to give people houses, hospitals, schools, and when they were hungry, I gave them food. I even made Benghazi into farmland from the desert, I stood up to attacks from that cowboy Ronald Reagan, when he killed my adopted orphaned daughter, he was trying to kill me, instead he killed that poor innocent child. Then I helped my brothers and sisters from Africa with money for the African Union.

Libya Skyline - DayI did all I could to help people Understand the concept of real democracy, where people’s committees ran our country. But that was never enough, as some told me, even people who had 10 room homes, new suits and furniture, were never satisfied, as selfish as they were they wanted more. They told Americans and other visitors, that they needed "democracy" and "freedom" never realizing it was a cut throat system, where the biggest dog eats the rest, but they were enchanted with those words, never realizing that in America, there was no free medicine, no free hospitals, no free housing, no free education and no free food, except when people had to beg or go to long lines to get soup.

Muammar GaddafiNo, no matter what I did, it was never enough for some, but for others, they knew I was the son of Gamal Abdel Nasser, the only true Arab and Muslim leader we’ve had since Salah-al-Deen, when he claimed the Suez Canal for his people, as I claimed Libya, for my people, it was his footsteps I tried to follow, to keep my people free from colonial domination – from thieves who would steal from us.

Now, I am under attack by the biggest force in military history, my little African son, Obama wants to kill me, to take away the freedom of our country, to take away our free housing, our free medicine, our free education, our free food, and replace it with American style thievery, called "capitalism" ,but all of us in the Third World know what that means, it means corporations run the countries, run the world, and the people suffer.

Muammar Gaddafi - KilledSo, there is no alternative for me, I must make my stand, and if Allah wishes, I shall die by following His path, the path that has made our country rich with farmland, with food and health, and even allowed us to help our African and Arab brothers and sisters.

I do not wish to die, but if it comes to that, to save this land, my people, all the thousands who are all my children, then so be it.

Let this testament be my voice to the world, that I stood up to crusader attacks of NATO, stood up to cruelty, stoop up to betrayal, stood up to the West and its colonialist ambitions, and that I stood with my African brothers, my true Arab and Muslim brothers, as a beacon of light.

Muammar Gaddafi - DeadWhen others were building castles, I lived in a modest house, and in a tent. I never forgot my youth in Sirte, I did not spend our national treasury foolishly, and like Salah-al-Deen, our great Muslim leader, who rescued Jerusalem for Islam, I took little for myself…

In the West, some have called me "mad", "crazy", but they know the truth yet continue to lie, they know that our land is independent and free, not in the colonial grip, that my vision, my path, is, and has been clear and for my people and that I will fight to my last breath to keep us free, may Allah almighty help us to remain faithful and free.

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Source:http://www.english.pravda.ru/opinion/columnists/13-04-2011/117563-message_from_qaddafi-0/

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ON GROWING UP AND SHOWING OFF!

Goal Setting

Why would I waste my time trying to save a lot so I could show off to others that I am indeed a successful person? Why would I go back again to school and put too much stress on my brain memorizing new lessons just so I could get another degree or put an extra suffix on my name? Why would subject myself to too much politics just so I could climb myself up the corporate ladder and becomes the ultimate boss? Why?

Well, many of us get the drive to do things not to advance ourselves in terms of personal growth but to prove to others how good we are. We often find ourselves enduring all the tests of time not because we want to but because we want to show others that we can. It’s funny but it’s true. We are driven by the fact that the more we can show off, the more people will get to realize how successful we are.

Having spent almost 2 decades in school, I am wondering why I still get to feel the push to enter the university once again so I could brag a master’s degree. It took me so many years longing for the day that I would finally graduate so I could start working and enjoying life. Now that I am done with all the homework, projects and waking up early for school, I am once again trying to take graduate studies.

SuccessI am almost halfway the race but because I wanted to show others that I am too fast for the run, I am taking another lap just to show-off that I can outshine others. Well, this may be true for all of us. I have been thinking lately why people get to feel this way. It may be their thirst for success or just plain boastfulness. For me, I am doing all these because I want to grow as a person. No more. No less!

I want to have an MBA degree because I want to be a top manager someday. I want to go back to school not just for the degree but also to expand my professional network and further enhance my business skills since I need it in my job. I subjected myself to extreme stress and politics because I want to train myself not to quit in difficult times. Climbing up is not easy so I need to have all the training I can get.

I have not switched career since I realized my passion for computers. For almost 15 years since college, I have been doing programming, system administration, networking and project management. I have been practicing the same craft for more than a decade now. It is not just about having a good name and a good reputation for me but it’s all about maximizing life and growing towards who I wanted to be.

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MUAMMAR GADDAFI IS DEAD! (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Gadhafi is Dead!!!

Just minutes ago, I saw an Al Jazeera footage of the dead Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi being kicked and punched by Libyan rebels in Misrata. I am not just so sure if he was already dead or was dying when the video of him being mauled on the street was taken. Although I want the war in Libya end, I am not in favor of violence and even the desecration of someone’s body. 

LIBYA-CONFLICT-KADHAFIIt was alleged that the late strongman was killed when a NATO airstrike hit his convoy. He was later found hiding in a ditch badly wounded and was then shot in both legs. A separate video shows that rebels were taking him alive in a vehicle while others were throwing punches and kicks. Contrary to reports earlier by NTC that he was taken well and alive in an ambulance but died shortly due to his injury on his way to a hospital to Misrata, Muammar Gaddafi seem to have sustained a gunshot wound in the head and some other injuries insisting that he was deliberately killed on the way to Misrata. Justice served as they say!

As the footage shows, his body was laid on the street of Misrata stripped of his usual military uniform and being extremely kicked, humiliated and abused by rejoicing NTC rebels and residents. I guess that Saddam Hussein was rather lucky to have been imprisoned, brought to court and executed by hanging than what Muammar Gaddafi suffered. This will be a horrifying example to dictators around the world.

I just hope that since he is now gone that NTC will be able to put democracy in Libya and move on.  We have had enough violence and war. I hope that NATO will once and for all stop their military operation in Libya and let the people live peacefully. At the end of the day, the mission is now achieved – regime change and the death of Muammar Gaddafi. Let’s now give peace a chance! Thank you!

See video footage from Al Jazeera…

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IELTS FREE LEVEL TEST: SO I’M GOOD WITH ENGLISH!

IELTS

As I was preparing some documents for visa processing, I got curious about my level of proficiency with regards to the English language. Since I will be taking the International English Language Testing System or commonly known as IELTS, I thought I would check some free sample exams online just to check my level.

So I clicked this link – IELTS FREE LEVEL TEST and answered 15 sample test questions. Since it’s a free online practical test to gauge you quickly on what level you are with regards to your language proficiency with English, it’s just a preview of what a typical exam looks like. I would assume that the actual exam would be harder.

The exam is quite short so I completed it quickly and got a C2 Advanced Level rating. It made me laugh for awhile but I guess the actual exam would be quite difficult since it would cover more items and will cover listening, reading, writing and speaking the language. Nonetheless, I’m happy to know that I’m still good at English!

Anyway, you can try as well. Take the IELTS FREE LEVEL TEST now! Click HERE!

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LOCAL SAP MANAGER OR GLOBAL IT PROJECT MANAGER?

SAP ManagerSAP nowadays remains on the top of the list in terms of value as one of the most expensive technology and most expensive job in the IT industry. At the same time, Project Management has always remained a viable career leading to higher management spot. Having a career on either one of them offers a lucrative remuneration and a vast opportunity to see the world for free.

Someone who wanted to be under SAP and yet practice Project Management has the option to push for an SAP Project Manager role. It is a very good job title though. Nonetheless, some professionals may not be lucky enough to get into the said job simply because SAP Project Management requires a successful applicant to have at least a full-cycle implementation exposure prior.

Global IT Project ManagerThe only way to get an exposure in SAP is to actually have the job prior. So it is quite tricky. But then again, some plain IT Managers are sometimes commissioned to rollout SAP projects with minimal requirements – knowledge of ASAP Methodology and the ability to execute a project plan.

Anyway, I made this article to put up a poll surveying the preference of SAP and Project Management Professionals. I know that both jobs are quite in demand right now. I want to see which one is rather preferred by people in the industry. Thus, the question is…

Given the chance, will you take a local SAP Manager role or a global IT Project Manager job?

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ON APPLE, MICROSOFT, STEVE JOBS, BILL GATES & SILICON VALLEY!

Speaking One's Mind © 2011

Just now while thinking about the death of Steve Jobs, I went to my bookshelf checking if I still have some books about Steve Jobs or Apple since I have already moved half of my library from Manila to Pampanga to save space. Well, I found one and it is next to a book about Bill Gates. Indeed, even in my bookshelf, there is this rivalry between the two moguls that I admire most that cannot be denied.

Steve Jobs! You will be missed! Thank you for your contribution to human race! May your soul rest in peace. 

STEVE JOBS IS DEAD…

Steve Jobs - www.apple.com

Steven P. Jobs, the Apple Inc. chairman and co-founder who pioneered the personal computer industry and changed the way people think about technology, died Wednesday.

"Steve’s brilliance, passion and energy were the source of countless innovations that enrich and improve all of our lives," Apple said in a statement. "The world is immeasurably better because of Steve."

His family, in a separate statement, said Mr. Jobs "died peacefully today surrounded by his family…We know many of you will mourn with us, and we ask that you respect our privacy during our time of grief."

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Steve Jobs - WozniakiDuring his more than three decade-long career, Mr. Jobs transformed Silicon Valley as he helped turn the once sleepy expanse of fruit orchards into the technology industry’s innovation center. In addition to laying the groundwork for the modern high-tech industry alongside other pioneers like Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates and Oracle Corp. founder Larry Ellison, Mr. Jobs proved the appeal of well-designed intuitive products over the sheer power of technology itself and shifted the way consumers interact with technology in an increasingly digital world.

Steve Jobs - 1Unlike those men, however, the most productive chapter in Mr. Jobs’ career occurred near the end of his life, when a nearly unbroken string of innovative and wildly successful products like the iPod, iPhone and iPad fundamentally changed the PC, electronics and digital media industries. The way he marketed and sold those products through savvy advertising campaigns and its retail stores, in the meanwhile, helped turn the company into a pop culture icon.

Steve Jobs - 2At the beginning of that phase, Mr. Jobs once described his philosophy as trying to make products that were at "the intersection of art and technology." In doing so, he turned Apple into the world’s most valuable company.

Mr. Jobs was 56 years old. After exhibiting significant weight loss in mid-2008, he took a nearly six month medical leave of absence in 2009, during which he received a liver transplant. He took another medical leave of absence in mid-January without explanation before stepping down as chief executive in August.

Mr. Jobs is survived by his wife, Laurene, and four children.

Steve Jobs - 3Although his achievements in technology alone were immense, Mr. Jobs played an equally groundbreaking role in entertainment. He turned Apple into the largest retailer of music and helped popularize computer-animated films as the financier and CEO of Pixar Animation Studios, which he later sold to Walt Disney Co. He was a key figure in changing the way people used the Internet and how they consumed music, TV shows, movies, books, disrupting industries in the process.

Mr. Jobs also pulled off one of the most remarkable comebacks in modern business history, returning to Apple after an 11-year absence during which he was largely written off as a has-been and then reviving the then-struggling company by introducing products such as the iMac all-in-one computer, iPod music player and iTunes digital music store.

Steve Jobs - Tim CookThe company produces $65.2 billion a year in revenue compared with $7.1 billion in its business year ending September 1997. Apple has become one of the world’s premier designers of consumer-electronics devices, dropping the "computer" in its name in January 2007 to underscore its expansion beyond PCs.

Although Mr. Jobs officially handed over the reins of the company to long-time deputy Tim Cook in August, his death nevertheless raises a high-stakes question for Apple of how the company—which has been in the vanguard of technological creativity for most of the past decade—will sustain its success without his vision and guidance. Other icons of American capitalism, including Walt Disney, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and International Business Machines Corp., experienced some transitional woes but eventually managed to thrive after their charismatic founders passed on.

Steve Jobs - 4But few companies of that stature have shown such an acute dependence on their founder, or lost the founder at the peak of his career. Several years after Mr. Jobs was fired from Apple in 1985, the company began a steady decline that saw it drift to the margins of the computer industry. That slide was reversed only after Mr. Jobs returned to Apple in 1997.

Mr. Jobs also leaves behind innumerable tales about his mercurial management style, such as his habit of calling employees or their ideas "dumb" when he didn’t like something. He was even more combative against foes like Microsoft Corp., Google Inc., and Amazon.com Inc. When Adobe Systems Inc. waged a campaign against Apple for not supporting Adobe’s Flash video format on its iPhones and iPads in April 2010, Mr. Jobs wrote a 1,600 word essay about why the software was outdated and inadequate for mobile devices.

Steve Jobs - 12The CEO maintained uncompromising standards about the company’s hardware and software, demanding "insanely great" aesthetics and ease of use from the moment a consumer walked into one of Apple’s stylish stores. His attention to the smallest details in the development and design process were instrumental in shaping some of the most distinctive features of Apple’s products, while his meticulously planned onstage demonstrations helped fuel excitement that was unmatched by his peers.

At event after event to introduce new Apple products, Mr. Jobs often puckishly proclaimed "There is one more thing" before revealing the most significant news at the very end of a speech. He enforced strict secrecy among Apple employees, a strategy that he believed heightened anticipation for upcoming Apple products.

Steve Jobs - 01Mr. Jobs, the adopted son of a family in Palo Alto, Calif., was born on Feb. 24, 1955. A college dropout, he established his reputation early on as a tech innovator when at 21 years old, he and friend Steve Wozniak founded Apple Computer Inc. in the Jobs family garage in 1976. Mr. Jobs chose the name, in part, because he was a Beatles fan and admired the group’s Apple records label, according to the book "Apple: The Inside Story of Intrigue, Egomania, and Business Blunders" by Wall Street Journal reporter Jim Carlton.

Steve Jobs - 7The pair came out with the Apple II in 1977, a groundbreaking computer that was relatively affordable and designed for the mass market consumer rather than for hobbyists. The product went on to become one of the first commercially successful personal computers, making the company $117 million in annual sales by the time of Apple’s initial public offering in 1980. The IPO instantly made Mr. Jobs a multimillionaire.

Steve Jobs - 10Not all of Mr. Jobs’s early ideas paid off. Apple’s Apple III and Lisa computers that debuted in 1980 and 1983 were flops. But the distinctive all-in-one Macintosh–foreshadowed in a ground-breaking TV ad inspired by George Orwell’s novel "1984" that famously only aired once — would set the standard for the design of modern computer operating systems, in which users point and click on icons with a mouse rather than typing in commands.

Even then, Mr. Jobs was a stickler about design details. Bruce Tognazzini, a former user-interface expert at Apple who joined the company in 1978, once said that Mr. Jobs was adamant than the keyboard not include "up", "down," "right" and "left" keys that allow users to move the cursor around their computer screens.

Steve Jobs - 11Mr. Jobs’s pursuit for aesthetic beauty sometimes bordered on the extreme. George Crow, an Apple engineer in the 1980s and again from 1998 to 2005, recalls how Mr. Jobs wanted to make even the inside of computers beautiful. On the original Macintosh PC, Mr. Crow says Mr. Jobs wanted the internal wiring to be in the colors of Apple’s early rainbow logo. Mr. Crow says he eventually convinced Mr. Jobs it was an unnecessary expense.

Many ideas in the Macintosh came from a visit in 1979 to Xerox Corp.’s Palo Alto Research, where Mr. Jobs saw a machine called the Xerox Alto that had a crude graphical user interface and a mouse. The episode underscored his recurring role as a refiner and popularizer of existing inventions.

"Picasso had a saying, ‘Good artists copy. Great artists steal,’" Mr. Jobs said in a PBS documentary on the computer industry from the mid-1990s. "I’ve been shameless about stealing great ideas."

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Even in his appearance, Mr. Jobs seemed to cultivate an image more like that of an artist than a corporate executive. In public, he rarely deviated from an outfit consisting of Levis jeans, a black mock turtleneck and New Balance running shoes.

Steve Jobs - 30As Apple expanded, Mr. Jobs decided to bring in a more experienced manager to lead the company. He recruited John Sculley from Pepsi Co. to be Apple CEO in 1983, famously overcoming Mr. Sculley’s initial reluctance by asking the executive if he just wanted to sell "sugar water to kids" or help change the world.

After Apple fell into a subsequent slump, a leadership struggle led its board’s decision to back Mr. Sculley and fire Mr. Jobs two years later at the age of 30. "What can I say – I hired the wrong guy," Mr. Jobs brooded in the same PBS documentary. "He destroyed everything I had spent ten years working for."

Steve Jobs - 27Mr. Jobs then created NeXT Inc., a closely watched startup that in 1988 introduced a distinctive black desktop computer with advanced software that was initially targeted at the academic computing market. But the machine was hobbled by its exorbitant price tag and some key design decisions, including its use of an optical disk drive and a Motorola Inc. microprocessor at a time when Intel Corp. chips and floppy drives had become the norm.

NeXT eventually stopped selling hardware and failed to make money as a software company. But its operating system would become a foundation for OS X, the software backbone of today’s Macs, after Apple purchased NeXT for $400 million in December 1996.

Steve Jobs - 29In 1986, using part of his fortune from Apple, Mr. Jobs paid filmmaker George Lucas $10 million to acquire the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm Ltd. The company he formed out of those assets, Pixar Animation Studios, first sold hardware, then software, and later turned to feature films. Pixar went on to create a string of computer-animated hits, from "Toy Story" to 2008’s "Wall-E." Mr. Jobs sold Pixar to Disney in January 2006 in a $7.4 billion deal that gave him a Disney board seat and made him the entertainment company’s largest shareholder.

Meanwhile, Apple began foundering. Computers using Intel chips and Microsoft software grew to dominate the market, a trend that accelerated after Microsoft’s Windows emulated many elements of the Mac’s visual interface.

Steve Jobs - 13Apple, by contrast, had to finance both hardware and software development internally. Fewer developers of application programs created products to make the Macintosh more useful. Apple would eventually decide to license its operating system to other hardware companies, but it was too late to reverse the swing to Windows-based machines.

Steve Jobs - 9By 1997, Apple had racked up nearly $2 billion in losses in two years, its shares were at record lows and it was on its third CEO–Gil Amelio–in four years. Eight months after the deal to buy NeXT in December 1996, Mr. Amelio was ousted and Mr. Jobs appointed interim CEO, a title that became permanent in January 2000. One former Apple employee recalls Mr. Jobs joking soon after he returned that "the lunatics have taken over the asylum and we can do anything we want."

Mr. Jobs, who was given a salary of $1 a year along with options to Apple stock, made a series of changes that started paying off quickly. He ended the nascent software licensing program that created Mac clones, killed the struggling Newton handheld computer and trimmed a confusing array of Mac models to a handful of systems focused on the consumer market.

Steve Jobs - 14In May 1998, he introduced the iMac, an unusual one-piece computer that sported a colorful casing in translucent turquoise and gray. The popular machine–which sent competitors scrambling to improve their own designs—was embodied by a bold ad campaign that featured the phrase "Think Different," with the picture of one of Mr. Jobs’s heroes, such as Albert Einstein and Muppets creator Jim Henson.

Steve Jobs - 17While shareholders cheered the changes, Mr. Jobs flexed his power on Apple’s Cupertino, Calif., campus. Within months of taking over, he had replaced four of the five top executive positions with former NeXT underlings. He issued emails forbidding employees on the famously laid-back campus to bring pets to the office, smoke even in parking lots, and threatening to fire anyone caught leaking company documents.

Steve Jobs - 15One personal assistant became a target when he failed to arrange the installation of a high-speed digital data line to Mr. Jobs’s office fast enough to suit the interim CEO. The worker said Mr. Jobs fired him for the delay, but rescinded the firing the next day after he had cooled down. (The worker ended up resigning soon afterwards).

Apple had some stumbles during Mr. Jobs’s second coming, including a cube-shaped Macintosh that failed to catch on and was scrapped in 2001. The failure was one reason that Apple posted a quarterly loss and warned it would miss estimates several times in 2000 and 2001.

Steve Jobs - 8But big hits followed. In 2001, Apple introduced a PowerBook laptop made from titanium, a metal more frequently found in fighter airplanes. The same year, it introduced the iPod, which transformed digital music players with features such as its smooth shape and DJ-like wheel for navigating through songs. As of Sept. 2010, Apple had sold more than 275 million iPod devices since its introduction, and it has more than 70% market share in the market for digital music players.

Steve Jobs - 16A key differentiator was the iTunes Music Store, opened in 2003. At the time, the music industry was largely sitting on the sidelines of the digital revolution, badly wounded by illegal downloads but unable to agree on an easy, inexpensive way to sell songs online. But Mr. Jobs helped convince major record labels to sell recordings for 99 cents each, along with antipiracy restrictions that most consumers found acceptable.

Steve Jobs - 18The store, which has sold more than ten billion songs, became the largest music retailer in the U.S. in 2008. It also became an incentive for consumers to buy iPods because, for much of its history, songs from the iTunes store could only be downloaded to Apple’s music player and not devices made by other companies.

Steve Jobs - 19At the same time, Mr. Jobs was building a deep bench of executives. He recruited former Compaq Computer Corp. executive Tim Cook in the late 1990s to straighten Apple’s operations and promoted him over time to chief operating officer. Ron Johnson, senior vice president of Apple retail, was hired from Target Corp. in 2000 to launch Apple’s stores worldwide. Apple’s lead industrial designer Jonathan Ive took charge of the physical look-and-feel of the company’s products and is said to share in Mr. Jobs’s sensibilities about design.

Steve Jobs - 21In 2004, Mr. Jobs had to lean on this bench when he disclosed that he had had surgery to remove a cancerous tumor from his pancreas. Apple revealed the procedure in early August 2004, but a person familiar with the situation said Mr. Jobs first learned of the tumor during a routine abdominal scan nine months earlier.

The board and Mr. Jobs said nothing to Apple shareholders as the Apple executive, during that time, dealt with the tumor through changes to his diet, the person said.

In June 2007, Mr. Jobs made another splash when Apple introduced the iPhone. The cellphone pushed the envelope in the mobile phone market with features that included a touch-screen interface, allowing tricks such as blowing up images by spreading a thumb and finger on the phone’s surface.

Steve Jobs - 20Mr. Jobs was typically hands on in the creation of the iPhone. People familiar with the matter say the CEO was the one that made a decision to change the screen of the iPhone from plastic to glass after he unveiled the product at the Macworld trade show in 2007. The iPhone team scrambled to procure glass that would meet his exacting standards, so the devices could be manufactured in time for the launch, which took place just seven months later.

Steve Jobs - 24Despite skepticism about Apple’s ability to enter an already-competitive market dominated by the likes of Research in Motion Ltd.’s Blackberry devices, Apple quickly became a force in the mobile phone market, selling 92 million iPhones as of December 2010. The product kicked into a higher gear earlier this year when Apple said it would begin selling iPhones through Verizon Wireless in addition to carrier AT&T.

Steve Jobs - 5Last year, Mr. Jobs also unveiled the iPad tablet computer to great fanfare, billing it as "magical and revolutionary". In the first nine months of the product’s release, Apple sold 14.8 million iPads as consumers snapped them up to use as a casual multimedia device for activities such as emailing, watching video and reading. People who work closely with Mr. Jobs said the project was so important to him that he was intimately involved in its planning even while recovering from his 2009 liver transplant.

Steve Jobs - 26A major selling point for both the iPhone and iPad has been the App Store, which allows developers to easily make application programs that users can download for free or for a small fee; the store meanwhile has seen more than seven billion downloads as of the end of 2010.

One cloud to Mr. Jobs’s reign came in 2006 when Apple also disclosed that an internal investigation had discovered that stock option grants to Apple executives between 1997 and 2002– including to Steve Jobs - 28Mr. Jobs– were improperly dated. Apple became the most high-profile technology company caught up in a broad series of options backdating scandals that helped inflate the profits executives made from their stock awards.

Apple later disclosed that Mr. Jobs helped select the favorable option dates, but denied that he did anything wrong since he didn’t understand the accounting implications of his actions. Apple’s investigation ended up blaming two ex-Apple executives – former general counsel Nancy Heinen and former chief financial officer Fred Anderson – for their role in the backdating. Steve Jobs - 25Both were later charged by the Securities and Exchange Commission. They ended up settling the charges. Mr. Jobs was never charged with any wrongdoing.

Those who knew Mr. Jobs say that one reason why he was able to keep innovating was because he didn’t dwell on past accomplishments or legacy but kept looking ahead and demanded that employees do the same. Hitoshi Hokamura, a former Apple employee, recalls how an old Apple I that was displayed by the company cafeteria quietly disappeared after Mr. Jobs returned in the late 1990s.

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"Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose,"

Mr. Jobs said in a commencement speech at Stanford University in June 2005, almost a year after he was diagnosed with cancer.

 
Source: YUKARI IWATANI KANE

—Pui-Wing Tam, Don Clark and Jim Carlton contributed to this article.

Images: Sourced from the Internet.

iPHONE 4S – THE “iPHONE 4 STEVE”!

iPhone 4S

October 4, 2011. Apple just unveiled yet another revolutionary iPhone product but it’s not iPhone 5 as rumored and very much expected by the world. It’s called iPhone 4S instead! Well, Apple stocks went down and so many people got disappointed just because they were expecting the “5” as a suffix and not the “4S”. Amidst this, I smell yet another success for Apple! It’s the most amazing iPhone yet!

Steve Jobs - Apple Co-FounderI guess, if I were to change the name to iPhone 5 even if I retain all the new features of the iPhone 4S, people will be happier thinking they have a totally new product. Nonetheless, I think that iPhone 4S exceeds my expectation of what would it be for iPhone 5 less the changes in appearance. iPhone 4S is the fifth generation of iPhone retaining the exterior design of the iPhone 4 but it’s insanely greater inside!

But then again, the question is – what’s with the name? I guess, I have to answer it myself! Well, it might be coincidence but I think that the meaning of iPhone 4S is iPhone 4 Steve! Indeed, it is the latest product dedicated to Steve Jobs. Perhaps, it is the completion of Steve Jobs list of functionalities supposed to be incorporated with the iPhone. Thus… iPhone 4S!

iPhone 4S

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Below is the official review video of the iPhone 4S showcasing new features!

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WANTED: DOG KILLERS!

Dog Killers

”Hi guys, i need to ask you a huge favor. Please circulate this photo on your profiles and send it to your friends. We need to find these people and make them pay for the abuse and pain they are inflicting on innocent animals. We don’t know what country they are at, but Facebook is worldwide, so let’s use the power of social media and friends to capture these abusers. Thank you in advance, i would be so grateful if you could do that for the little animals out there. Please notify the police and animal protection services as soon as you come across some valid information.”

UNBELIEVABLE. INHUMANE!

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Note: I just read the post above via Facebook and I thought of sharing it as well just so we could give these two young guys their lesson on how to treat pets with dignity.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)… I hope you get to read this as well! I hope we could identify these culprits and have them educated. Thanks!

FACEBOOK CAN BE ANNOYING TOO… OR MAYBE IT’S JUST YOU!

UnfriendFacebook is somehow annoying sometimes. Well, I blame the people behind the accounts but I guess that social networking sites have created a divide more than unity. These days, we see people fighting over because someone “unfriended” another or that another person is blocking another an access to a photo album.

It may sound petty but indeed, these acts are somehow provocative because we are already used to associating our relationship with people based on our relationship in social networks. If we like someone, we give them full access while people we hate are restricted via strict privacy settings. It’s funny and immature but it happens!

I am quite wondering as well why we are so attached to our keyboards and computers that we rather express our feelings through social networking sites than talking to people face to face. I never had friends who clicked “unfriend” to block me off but I knew someone who would often change privacy settings for unknown motives.

One day you have full access to information, the next day you are blocked on seeing other details for no reason at all! Well, we are all entitled to do that anyway but I just hope that people will get to speak more rather than putting their expressions to social networking sites. It does not make sense at all! It’s immature and so plastic in form.

We all have our own way of using social networking sites. Some people get to convince themselves by trying to post shouts contrary to their state. Some people who wanted to seek attention put suspense in their status messages. There are others who would showcase their achievements by posting brags. It’s their style!

Anyway, I just hope that as Facebook or any other social networking site becomes famous and so much attached to our daily expression and communication, people using the said technology get to reach the level of maturity that would let such innovations bridge relationships rather than annoy and break-up ties.

Just speaking my mind!