Chat tips for effective professional communication

Nowadays many people uses chat tools in professional life at work place. Many time communication is not effective. Following are the tips to make it more effective.

1. Ask permission for discussion & time before starting discussion

Do you have time to discuss this?
Can we discuss this?
can we discuss for 10 minutes?
It is very important in professional environment.

2. Start day with greetings for first time in day.

Good Morning or something like that.
It makes good feel to opposite person.

3. Prepare all material require to discuss.

If require, send all documents & query list via email.

4. Messages should be clear & short, but should not miss important detail

5. Very important: Clear the context.

In which context you are talking, other person cannot understand it easily.

6. Confirm the understanding

It is important
It will save you from disaster.

7. Notify other party about delay

If you are on phone, say : moment on phone
If you are opening or checking some detail, say: moment checking
avoid delay without any explicit notification

8. Send suitable greeting at the during end of discussion like following

Thanks, Thank you
Have a nice time/day/weekend,
Sorry for delay
bye Take care etc…
This will be considered as official notification of end of discussion.

9. Correct spell mistakes in next line

**corrected spelling
wrong spelling = right spelling

10. Know timezone of opposite person.

It will help  you make decision about actions.

11. Be polite not aggressive or decisive

No need to tell this to any professional.

12. Avoid short forms of message

like lol, brb, jam etc….
This may create confusion.

13. Use messenger status, to avoid unwanted messages.

like Busy, In meeting, In office, @Work etc..

14. before ending chat session confirm the summery points

Something like:
1. 5 documents to deliver
2. 3 Emails to send
It will increase the effectiveness of communication.

15.While pasting web links. Brief the other person what this link is about.

Other person can not understand what to do with link without any information. You can not order by pasting link to messenger to open it. Give brief info so he can make suitable decision.

I hope this will help in your professional life.

Keep in mind that effective communication can make good relationship, that you can en-cash it easily.

While pasting web links. Brief the other person what it is before hand. He is not free to just click on whatever you send. He might be in a happy mood about his new born baby; You send him the link of “100 people dead in a plane crash”.. Does it make sense to him?
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PHP Strange Timezone problem

On my system Timezone is Europe/Berlin in php.ini

//Block 1
$z = \'2009-10-25\';
$a = strtotime($z);
$b = date(\'r\',$a); //Format date from int time stamp to string
echo $b;
//value of $b will be Sun, 25 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0200

//Block 2
$z = \'2009-10-26\';
$a = strtotime($z);
$b = date(\'r\',$a); //Format date from int time stamp to string
echo $b;
//value of $b will be Mon, 26 Oct 2009 00:00:00 +0100

1. When date is 25th Oct timezone is +2
2. When date is 26th Oct timezone is +1

You can see the difference in timezone caused by strtotime.
Assuming from 26th Oct, winter considered to be start & DST will be applied
in central Europe.

Now is is confirmed that, problem is caused by timezone setting change or DST.

If I keep timezone to UTC, then I can not see this problem. To overcome this issue I set timezone to UTC in my function. This behaviour seriously affects my complex program which calcultes hours.

Please let me know if you have any DST related official information. I mean when it will apply on which date.

Clock changes in Berlin

Chrome’s 1st Stable Release

Google released first stable version 1.0.154.36 of Chrome on 11 December 2008.  This is version is mailly bug fix & performance optimized version.

  1. It has fixed bug related to audio & video plugins. Now it has some more stability.
  2. It has optimized V8. Chrome team claims V8 of this release is faster than first beta.
  3. Bookmark management features introduced. Also introduced some priacy related features.

chrome-bookmark

These were main points of first stable release. Stable release just after 100 days with basic features is good from any developmet team. In between first beta & first stable there were 14 releases.

Now people will think about Chrome as it has stable version. There is a challenge to come and stand equal with IE, Firefox, Safari & Opera. As Chrome is in its childhood with not much features, it may require some more time & some more new features to become mature or comperable main stream browser.

There will be many new features in version 2.

Google Chrome Beta release 0.3.154.9

Google Chrome version 0.3.154.9 has been released by Google. This new version is get updated automatically. You can open About Google Chrome (from the wrench menu) to get the update at any time. 

Google Chrome

Google Chrome

Top Fixed Issues

  1. Scrolling with laptop touchpads now works.
  2. Improved performance and reliability for plugins (like Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, and Windows Media). We fixed issues with video not loading, stopping after a second, and slowing down or freezing Google Chrome (100% CPU usage). 
  3. Fixed the ‘chrome has crashed’ message when you close a tab that was showing PDF using Adobe Reader 9. 
  4. We no longer store data from secure sites (they use https: and show a lock in the address bar) in your history. You can still search your history for the site’s address, but not the contents on the page. 
  5. Improved performance and reliability for people who use web proxies (thanks to griffinz for the fixes).

Some improvement in incognito window, spell checker & download behaviour of the files are some other changes.

Security fix for address spoofing in pop-ups issue released in the new beta release.

Now Google Chrome is not crashing while writing WordPress blog. Previous version was crashing frequenly. It is more stable version than previous release.  Read more about first version review.

More details on: http://googlechromereleases.blogspot.com/2008/10/beta-release-031549.html

Firefox 3.1

Firefox 3.1 beta 1 realeased on 14th October 2008.

Following are some major improvement, changes & new features of Firefox 3.1 beta1.

  1. Web standards improvements in the Gecko layout engine
  2. Added support for CSS 2.1 and CSS 3 properties
  3. A new tab-switching shortcut that shows previews of the tab you’re switching to
  4. Improved control over the Smart Location Bar using special characters to restrict your search
  5. Support for new web technologies such as the <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications.

Firefox 3.1 beta

Web standard improvements  & CSS support will not be easily noticable to browser end user. Developer of web application need to study its support in Firefox 3.1.

Switching tab will show preview of the tabs is really good, valuable feature. Browser end user will surely get benifited.

Smart location bar using special character to restirct search is another good feature. It helps user to search URL of need by filtering unwanted URLs.

Firefox team is looking forward to implement new standards. Firefox 3.1 suppors <video> and <audio> elements, the W3C Geolocation API, JavaScript query selectors, web worker threads, SVG transforms and offline applications. This features add some new base capability in the browser. This will help web application developers to develop better applications easily.

New TraceMonkey JavaScript engine is used in Firefox 3.1. Firefox Team claims it is fast & better engine. It will help to improve preformance of JavaScript based application.

Overall Firefox 3.1 has adopted many new standard. This will keep firefox on the top in future. Uasibility feature will make new fans of Firefox. As it is Beta1 end user need to wait till final release.

As of now Firefox team has published schedule upto Beta 2 which in mid Novemer. I think some stabel/final version of Firefox 3.1 will be released in December 08 or January 09 (Its all my guess). According to my expection Firefox 3.1 should be relased before Xmas.

Getting started with Amazon EC2, S3

I have found some good resource about Amazon EC2, S3.