Is Google & Oracle Open Office a Serious Threat to Microsoft’s Office?

I started using Google Docs and Oracle Open Office since 4 years, Microsoft’s Office software is under attack since then from these free alternatives. I don’t rule out that, I don’t use MS Office anymore. I am still a big fan of MS Office because of its user ease, features and feel factor of products. Although Microsoft has responded to these alternatives in 2010 with Microsoft Live, a free version of cloud office, perhaps it waited too long. There is no surprise for this wait, as its office applications business has long enjoyed a near monopoly and has been profitable. It is seen that their customer’s apart from price sensitive users(such as college students) have not flocked to the free products. This is due to some reasons such as incompatibility of files, minimal functions availability (I faced it several times while using Google docs) and the need to teach users or employees the usage of applications.

Has the Microsoft has erred in not considering the price sensitive users? perhaps yes, the growth use of free alternatives has gone up from 4 % to 20 % since last five years. For example, free Google App users have increased from 7 million to 10 million in the past two years and about 3 million small business users and some large institutes as well in USA. This can be a serious threat to Microsoft, with the improvement from free alternatives that is attractive for new users, youth and price sensitive users.

One has to see if the Microsoft Live will be effective in countering the offerings of their competitors? The present limitations are – unlike Open Office, it doesn’t offer an option to download to individual computer and non-aggressive nature of marketing it product, hence its still not as popular as Google docs.

We live with several questions ponder over and discuss –
1.Does all this indicate that, Microsoft’s half heart response? 2.Does it want the customer not to switch over to free alternatives?
3.Will Microsoft prevent free-product competitors from expanding their foot hold?
4.Will their customer of business and power home remain loyal?

World’s Worst Handshakes

Many of us come across and felt when someone didn’t give a heartily handshake. Lets look into some of mist annoying and disliked handshakes and their variations.

One: The Wet Fish (Rating – 1 out of 10)
The Wet Fish (something like cold or clammy hands) is uninviting, the kind of soft, placid feel is universally unpopular – this is indication of weak character (lack of commitment), mainly because of the ease with which the palm can be turned over. Nevertheless this handshake can be seen offensive in some cultural (some Asian and African cultures) or health issues (hyperhydrosis – chronic sweating). It is advisable to carry tissues or a handkerchief for mop-up strategies before any about of handshaking.

Two: The Vice (Rating 4 out of 10)
This is quite popular among men in business and it reveals a desire to dominate and assume early control of the relationship. Interestingly the palm is presented in the downward position with one sharp downward pump with strokes and a grip that can even stop blood flow to the hand. This indicated the person feels weak (inferior) and fear of dominance by others.

Three: The Bone-Crusher (Rating – 0 out of 10)
The most dreadful among all the handshakes, it leaves an indelible memory on the recipient’s mind and fingers and impresses no one other than the initiator. This indicates the person is overly aggressive, likes to demoralize the opponent by grinding his knuckles to smooth paste. It’s safe to avoid wearing ring on right hand in business encounters as the Bone-Crusher can be a blood sucker. Unfortunately there are no effective ways to counter it, one possibility of bringing attention about the hurt could help not to repeat.

Four: The Finger-Tip Grab (Rating 2 out of 10)
This is commonly seen in male-female greetings, the user mistakenly grabs the other person’s fingers, this indicates the user lacks confidence in himself. The best way is to keep the receiver at a comfortable distance (personal space differences).You may need to request or ask for with a smile, ‘let’s try hand-shake again!’ and shake hands equally.

Five: The Stiff-Arm Thrust (Rating – 3 out of 10)
This is like Palm-Down Thrust, the Stiff-Arm Thrust tends to be used by aggressive one’s, the purpose is to keep distance and away from their personal space. It is interesting to observe that people will lean forward or try to balance on one foot to keep their distance while giving handshake.

Six: The Socket-Wrencher (Rating – 3 out of 10)
This involves forcefully gripping the receiver’s outstretched palm, then simultaneously applying a sharp reverse thrust, attempting to drag the receiver into the initiator’s territory.
This has three possibilities – there is insecurity and feels safe only within his own personal space or the person is from a culture that has smaller space needs, or the person likes to control. in anyways, the initiator wants to control the receiver on his own terms.

Seven: The Pump Handle (Rating – 4 out of 10)
This is observed among strong rural overtones, there are series of vertical strokes. It looks interesting to see as if someone is drawing water the ground-water.

Eight: The Dutch Treat (Rating – 2 out of 10)
This originated from the one of the beautiful country ‘The Nethherlands’, where a person can be accused of ‘Geeft’n hand als bosje worteljes’ meaning – Giving a handshake like a bunch of carrots. It is like distant relative of Wet Fish, fortunately stiffer and less clammy to touch.

‘Top Ten’ Most Spoken Languages In The World

Languages connects people and hence language form the most important function of the human body. Like me, many of us have get connected (acceptance) to people, literature, music and films because of same language spoken. This list reveal in the order of least to most spoken, summarizing the most important languages are in use today.

Ten: French
I personally admire this language and it is often called as the most romantic language in the world. It is widely spoken in Belgium, Cameroon, Canada, Rwanda, France and Haiti and many others. We perhaps need to thank this language as we French Fries, French Toast, French Kiss rather than Dutch Fries, Dutch Toast and Dutch Kiss!!!

‘Hello’ in French is ‘Bonjour’

Number of Speaker: Approx 130 million

Nine: Malay-Indonesia

Malay-Indonesian is spoken widely in Malaysia and Indonesia. There are perhaps many dialects of Malay and the most popular one is Indonesian (same root languages). The nation is sixth most populated country in the world with 13,000 islands.

‘Hello’ in Indonesian is ‘Selamat pagi’

Number of Speaker: Approx 160 million

Eight: Portugal

Thanks to early independence of Portugal from Spain in 12th Century and its expansion across the world because of their famous explorer vasco da Gama and Prince Henry the Navigator. It is widely spoken in Brazil (National Language), Macau, Angola, Veneuela and others.

‘Hello’ in portuguese us ‘Bom dia’

Number of Speakers: Approx 191 million

Seven: Bengali

Bangladesh, a country with more than 120 million people where everybody speaks Bengali and its surrounded by India, the number of Bengali speakers in the world is probably much higher than most people would think.

‘Hello’ in Bengali is ‘Ei Je’

Number of Speaker: Approx 210 million

Six: Arabic

The World’s oldest language and spoken in the Middle East such as kuwait, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon. It is also the language of Koran, millions of Muslims in other countries speak Arabic. It is also sixth official language of the UN.

‘Hello’ in Arabic is ‘Al salaam a’alaykum’

Number of Speaker: Approx 245 million

Five: Russian

This is one of the six languages in the UN, Russian is spoken in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and the U.S.

‘Hello’ in Russia is ‘Zdravstvuite’

Number of Speaker: Approx 275 million

Four: Spanish

One of the languages learn language in west high school students, it spoken widely in South and central America country, Spain, Cuba and the U.S.

‘Hello’ in Spain is ‘Hola’

Number of Speaker: Approx 390 million

Three: Hindustani (Hindi)

This is primary language of Indian’s and there are large number of dialects (among them Hindi is commonly spoken). Britishers have left greater impact of English, preventing Hindustani from surpassing the most popular language in the world.

‘Hello’ in Hindi is ‘Namaste’

Number of Speaker: Approx 500 million

Two: English

There may not be many speakers, it has become an official language of more countries. The speakers are found across the globe including Canada, the U.S., New Zealand,Australia, Hong Kong and others.

‘Hello’ in English is ‘What’s up, freak’

Number of Speaker: Approx 520 million

One: Mandarin

The most populated country, China on the planet is where Mandarin is spoken, perhaps a tough one to learn, because each word can be pronounced in four different tones and often confusing to understand. You can perhaps learn if so many could speak!

‘Hello’ in Mandarin is ‘Ni hao’

Number of Speaker: Greater than 1 Billion

Note: Pics taken (apart from English) from
The article is inspired from one of the contributor F Jamie.

Smaller Signature’s

In the previous article we read and saw some interesting observations of signature. We shall look into some examples and discuss some interesting observations –

Signature Slightly Smaller than the Writing
A signature slightly smaller than the rest of the writing indicates insecurity. The person is reserved, shy, and would rather fade into the background, not get a lot of attention.

Signature Much Smaller than the Writing
A signature much smaller than the writing indicates, the person wants attention by being so obviously unobvious. For example: You are at conference where everyone is sitting together in a group, except for one person who is sitting in the corner by himself. Who do you notice? Perhaps the one sitting in thee corner by himself.

Your Signature as Your Public Self-Image

How many us dream of giving autograph like a big celebrity? Do you imagine people flocking to you and ask for your most admired signature. I was taken back for a moment, when some students asked me for a autograph with a signature. Nevertheless it is a great feeling. A signature represents public self-image,how one behave in public, act around other people, your social persona. In other words –
a.What one think of yourself in public
b.What you like others to think of you and
c.What you think others think of you

Many of us acts differently in public (school or college, work etc) compared to private (relationships, home, friend etc). Some of us feel insecure or feel fine based on situation. Then there are people, they become lively in party and dull in one-to-one basis.

Why does your signature symbolize your public self-image?

Lets consider a simple psychological deduction, when we write sentences and paragraphs, we communicate feelings and ideas. That is the conscious focus, when you get to your signature, thought, you are communicating something completely different; you are leaving your name, your self, your public identity on the page. If the signature looks nothing like the rest of writing, then person is actually telling that his public behavior is nothing like his private behavior; what you see is not what you get.

Lets take couple of examples-

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Lets take a look at the first one among the two, if the signature is the same as the rest of writing – that is, if the size, style, slant, pressure, spacing are pretty much the same, as we see here in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s writing, then this means the person behaves the same way in public as in private. What you see is what you get.

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Now lets take another example of Walt Whitman’s (Poet) sample. His signature is much larger than writing, this signifies someone screaming to be seen and heard. The person with this trait feels small inside, and to compensate he comes on extra big, cocky, attention-seeking.

Stay tuned to read more about signature styles and their significance. We hope you enjoyed reading this article, we welcome your suggestions and feedback. God bless you all!

Know Yourself – Medium and Small Sized Writing

We thank you for the huge response for the previous article. You read about Large writing, lets look at people with Medium and Small-Sized Writing.

Medium-Sized Writing
If a writing is neither big or small, that is medium size – the person is normally social and who has an average ability to concentrate. It might be a rule and not the exception. Most people do write with average size most of the time, varying only at moments of great mood shifts.

Small Writing
If a writing is small (not the microscopy one’s) often means introversion. In order to produce small writing, one has to confine the movements of your hand and fingers to a limited area. People with small writing are likely to direct one’s interest upon oneself rather than on external objects, events, or people. In other words, ‘island unto himself.’

To give you an example, Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi was made out to be a politician, spending a great deal of time before the masses. But if you look into his autobiography, it is interesting to find out that he was a loner, and he spent most of his time hour upon hour alone in meditation.

Somewhere between 5 to 10 percent of people whose writing is perpetually small feel small in importance. It is likely that, they see themselves as inferior and indicate their shrunken self-esteem. About 1 percent of people who perpetually write small are doing to save paper. These writers are usually compulsively economical in all facets of their life.

Large Size Matters – Your Writing

Let me take you back to school days, when teacher scolded or chid over hand writing. We were asked to sit next to someone with good hand writing skills. We wrote (and perhaps continue to write) large, overly large, medium, small or overly small (microscopic). Some of us always continue to write big, others write small and some others with combination,depending upon mood.

Lets look into some of the interesting meaning associated with the size of writing-

The blank paper represents the writer’s total environment, then whether a person is expansive or restrained with his writing tells whether he reaches out or pulls back from his surroundings and other people. In other words the writer is feeling socially extroverted or introverted, and the way s/he relates to the environment. It also gives the indication of concentration of a writer.

As a rule, large writers are feeling socially extroverted, expansive with their movements, and unwilling to concentrate or confine their energies to small details. The scripts are easily noticeable that attracts attention. The large letters that sprawl across the page are also showing their need for space in life. They do not wish to confine to limited territory, rather interested in their environment and in moving around in it a great deal.

A. The desire to appear big and important, to gain approval of others. Perhaps wanting to distinguish themselves from the masses, they make themselves bigger than life around them, desiring to top in accomplishment.
B. Some are flamboyant people who lean towards the lavish, the ceremonial, the luxurious.
C. Showing off – The need to show off, those who ‘bloat that others may take note’ are usually fancy dressers who gestures broadly, take big steps, talk loudly, and seem to brust forth upon the scene. They just want to be noticed!

We hope you enjoyed this article, stay tuned to know about Medium-Sized Writing and Small Sized Writing secrets! We welcome your comments and feedback. Have a great evening!

It’s Not What You Say

Whenever we meet people for the first time, we often made quick judgments about their behaviors towards you and others such as dominance, potential, friendliness etc. Research shows that words are used for conveying information, while the body language is used to negotiating interpersonal attitudes or even perhaps as a substitute to verbal messages.

For example, It’s quite interesting to see that people copying during examinations. The hand and eye co-ordination goes so perfect during copying from other student handbook.

Birdwhistell was the first to claim that a well-trained person should be able to tell what movement a person is making by listening to their voice regardless of culture. He also learned how to tell what language a person was speaking, simply by watching their gestures.

As humans we dominated by biological rules that control our actions, reactions, body language and gestures.The thing would fascinates all is that human is rarely aware that its postures, gestures and movements can tell one story while voice may be telling another.

How Fortune-Tellers Knows About You?

If you’ve ever visited a fortune teller or astrologer, you would come away amazed to see that they know so much about you. Perhaps you wouldn’t have known about yourself, right? Research has shown that most of the fortune-tellers use a technique known as ‘cold reading’, that is likely to produce 80 percent accuracy when ‘reading’ a person you’ve never met.

It is possible to be appear magical, keep people mum, it is simply a process based on the careful observation of body language signals plus an understanding of human nature and a knowledge of probability statistics.

It’s a technique practiced by astrologists, psychics, tarot card readers,and palm readers to gather information about a ‘client’. Many ‘cold readers’ are largely unaware of their abilities to read nonverbal signals and so also become convinced that they really
must have ‘psychic’ abilities. This all adds to a convincing performance,bolstered by the fact that people who regularly visit
‘psychics’ go with positive expectations of the outcome.

Throw in a set of tarot cards, a crystal ball or two and a bit of
theater, and the stage is perfectly set for a body-language reading session that can convince even the most hardened sceptic that strange, magical forces must be at work.

It all boils down to the reader’s ability to decode a person’s reactions to statements made and to questions asked, and by information gathered from simple observation about a person’s appearance.

Most ‘psychics’ are female because, as women, as discussed previously, they have the extra brain wiring to allow them to read the body signals of babies and to read others’ emotional condition.

How should I dress for an Interview?

It is expected that candidates should dress one step above the average employee in their present position. In most of the software companies, this implies Jeans(not the colorful or patchy or with holes) and slacks with nice shirt (non-gaudy). If you are invited for an interview at Institutional or Govt set ups or service companies, stick with slacks.