August 27th, 2010
Warren Buffett celebrates his 80th birthday on Aug. 30. Over the years, he has amassed an estimated $47 billion fortune. Must just be a way of keeping score, since – in line with his longstanding reputation for philanthropy – he has pledged to donate 99% of his wealth to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation upon his death. Buffett, previously the world’s richest man, is respected for his savvy business skills and his integrity. His rise to fame and fortune illustrates the value of slow and steady growth based on solid businesses that lead their markets. If you ever wondered if cheating and immorality are the only paths to riches, just look at Buffett. Apparently, they’re not.
To learn more about his life and how he amalgamated his wealth, click on the following links:
August 25th, 2010
According to Richard Boyd, a research scientist at the Georgia Tech Research Institute in Atlanta, eight-character passwords are no longer sufficient to protect your computer systems, and 12-character passwords should become the new norm. Apparently, hackers using “clusters of graphics cards” can crack eight-character passwords in less than two hours. However, it would take 180 years to crack an 11-digit password and more than 17,000 years to solve a 12-digit one (assuming that hackers can attempt one trillion combinations per second). Some websites allow their users to create exceedingly long passwords to optimize their security. Fidelity, an investment firm, has a limit of 32 characters.
To learn more about internet security, check out these links:
To learn more about the kind of people who conduct this type of study (and we’re grateful to them, of course), click on these links:
August 25th, 2010
Do you curse your commute to work? Do you despise the mind-numbing time you waste in transit every day? Well, next time you are trapped in choc-a-block traffic, spare a thought for the thousands of people who were stuck in their vehicles (mainly trucks) in 100 km (62 miles) of gridlock outside Beijing for nine days. The log jam formed due to heavy road construction work and numerous breakdowns. It unfolded between Jining in Inner Mongolia and Huai’an in Hebei province.
Commuting is passé. Telecommuting is the way of the future. To learn more about the benefits of distance working, check out the following links: