WordPress 2.7 is available !

WordPress 2.7 is available!

I have read this message over and over on my wordpress blog’s admin pages. Today i wanted to explore what is new on the latest version of the blogging engine the world relies on for their hassle free blogging needs. I just tried some of the features of the administration panel of the engine and one thing i have to say is that – I WAS BOWLED OVER by the design and features improvements made in the publishing engine’s administration panel.

Although I didn’t probably get to explore all the new features, I will try to show some of the changes they have made and I liked.

wordpress 2.7 Administration Dashboard
wordpress 2.7 Administration Dashboard

Now the same WordPress Administration Dashboard with all the Screens and Menu Panels shrunk. The design has been made to look so elegant that you can’t go anywhere else for the blogging stuff. I just like the Lean and Clean design and the layout of the Dashboard.
Wordpress 2.7 Administration Dashboard Shrunk
Wordpress 2.7 Administration Dashboard Shrunk

Now here is the wordpress 2.7 Administration Menu with some options expanded.
Wordpress 2.7 Administration Menu Panel
Wordpress 2.7 Administration Menu Panel

The WordPress 2.7 Administration Dashboard Menu Panel with all the menu items shrunk. The options within the menu items are hidden behind using what seems to be AJAX and expand once the menu item is clicked upon. It makes the interface similar to a desktop application and increases the efficiency of use of space on the Administration Dashboard.
Wordpress 2.7 Administration Menu
Wordpress 2.7 Administration Menu

This upgrade seems to be focussed on improving the design elements of the administration area of WordPress as well as improving the space utilization using the hiding features of all the elements on the dashboard. You can keep what ever screen you need and even keep them expanded or shrunk on your will. That is just fantastic to use. I am addicted to WordPress 2.7.

Pakistani Terror Groups Disappear

One Pakistani newspaper had recently reported that the major Jihadi groups in Pakistan have disappeared. All their offices have been found either closed or shifted. Many of the Jihadis are either hiding or are absconding. They are not issuing any statements against the actions taken by the Pakistani police and army against the Lashkar -e-Toiba.

How come such a situation be arrived, that there are no Jihadis found inside Pakistan within days of the Mumbai Terror attacks. How is it possible for them to shut down their training and shelter camps within days of the Jamat ul Dawa being banned by the Pakistani government after clear directions from the UNO. Their can be many things that could happen –

  1. The Pakistani media is trying to project a picture of the Pakistani government and the Pakistani Army wherein they have taken stern actions against the perpetrators of the heinous acts of terror undertaken by these organizations recently or in the past in Indian territories.
  2. The ISI has helped them find good hiding places so that the army can’t find them so easily.
  3. They have indeed gone into hiding for the time being and will be joining hands with the ISI again for other such strikes in India and other parts of the world.
  4. There is a network of all the Jihadi organizations and they run it professionally like any other organization. The group is called The United Jihad Council (UJC), says the Times of India in their article – Major Jihadi groups have disappeared says Pak newspaper

The United Jihad Council (UJC), formed in 1994, comprises of top terror groups such as Harkat-ul-Ansar, Hizbul Mujahideen, Jamiat-ul-Mujahideen, Al-Jihad, Al-Barq, Ikhwan-ul-Mussalmin and Tehrik-ul-Mujahideen. “Following the Mumbai attacks and the subsequent tension between Pakistan and India, the United Jihad Council has decided to remain silent,” reports The News International quoting a commander of one of the UJC member organisations who requested anonymity.

There may be many other theories but for now this many would be enough.

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Your valuable comments are welcome.

Barak Obama and India

Barak Obama the President Elect for the United States of America is being shown as a no nonsense person by the US Media and the world media is lapping up the story. But is that totally true in all the senses of the War on Terror? Barak Obama has in public given statements that he as his predecessor will work towards rooting out the menace of terrorism from the world especially terrorism that is against the US and her citizens. He has talked about Islamic terrorism.

Obama had previously given statements that He will be ready to bomb Pakistani territories if the need be. He is ready to go out of the way to protect American Interests. He is going this way and that way. But what about those Americans killed in the recent Mumbai terror attacks. The attacks that rendered India and the world breathless for three days. The attack that killed hundreds of innocent people including Americans.

Initially the president elect told that India reserves the rights to attack the territories of Pakistan, but he turned back on his own statement after Pakistani President told the media that Pakistan will have to pull out of the War on Terror going on at the Afghan border with Pakistan. After this incident Obama issued another statement stating that every sovereign state had the rights to protect itself and its own territory. This at first look seems to be a simple statement wherein a state can do anything to protect itself and its territory. But after deeper analysis – the sentence seems to be saying that India has rights to protect itself only on her own territories and can’t attack Pakistan – ‘as the greater American cause of the War on Terror will get affected’.

Pakistan has been using such tactic in the past to dissuade the any military actions by India on Pakistan.

They have also used the tactic to gain further financial assistance and concessions from America. The USA has been in the past generously providing the Military rule in Pakistan with all the needed cash to run their otherwise bankrupt country. They didn’t ever question the purpose for which the funds were used. The funds changing hands from the Military to the ISI had been feeding the terrorist organizations breeding inside Pakistan and have been using the forces against India primarily and recently on the US forces after gaining access to the unruly tribal areas adjacent to the Afghan border.

But now since some US citizens have been killed in the Mumbai attacks they have suddenly found the Indian claim of declaring Pakistan a terrorist state true. India has been facing Pakistan sponsored terrorism for the last two decades but the US has not been giving heed to it. This time they have forced Pakistan to ban the terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Toiba and its front Jamat ul Dawa. This is a big step towards the realization of the world that Pakistan is the primary of source of Islamic terrorism in the world now and the world needs to unite and fight this war together to root out terrorism from the Pakistani territories because that is when we will be able to live in peace. Better late than never. Let us now hope this goes on and good sense prevails over the Pakistani establishment to tide over all the terrorist organizations at once.

The Future of Blogging – for the New bloggers

Hey there !

Recently I stumbled through the post on Problogger with the same title :- ‘The Future of Blogging’. The post is a collection of views from different people about the future of blogging. Well it differs in most of cases and the most common thing in what almost everyone believes is that the mode and media of blogging is going to get a major overhaul.

But what I think is that it may be the case for many established bloggers who already have a huge fan following and can afford to feed their readers with their ideas in other forms like video and audio podcasting as well as online video websites like You Tube etc.. but I don’t think they can solely rely on media other than the text on the traditional blogs. That I think should be the case because they not only need to keep a tab on their readers at present but also need to increase the numbers in order to have an even wider audience.

Now what about the novices who have started on the blogging scene recently – they must take the path well trodden by the stars of the blogosphere. They must increase their popularity through traditional media i.e the traditional text blogs whether it is a free service like blogger or wordpress or Vox or a paid hosting using the traditional blogging software with fine templates that are again available for free. Then they can go on to having professionally designed themes, Search Engine Optimization(SEO) and link building for rising up the ranking among the bloggers.

So, the future of blogging for the New Bloggers is going to remain the same for some time to come. They may think about using the new media only after gaining a respectable number of regular readers. Or one thing that they can do is to go and start with the new media itself. So, we can find many bloggers of the new media who are not popular among readers of the traditional blogs. But that doesn’t undermines their success or popularity among the users of the new media like etc. They will also need to go the traditional way to gain more numbers in readership or viewers. So the new Media and the old media are going to coexist for the bloggers and the new media will see a considerable increase in use by the popular bloggers.

India – going the Lean Way

India is going the Lean Way. Yes, that is true. The Indian government had in the recent past initiated the Industrial Development program that included multiple initiatives for the development of the Indian Manufacturing Industry. The government organizations and ministries have initiated many programs for the uplifting of the Indian Small, Medium and Small Enterprises (MSME). Some of these programs focus on inculcating best manufacturing procedures in the industry in terms of better technology and better efficiency machines while some other focus areas are – world class manufacturing & management principles.

One of these programs will focus on inculcating among the MSME some of the practices of the Toyota Production System. The Toyota Production System has many tools / ways to manage their daily operations like inventory management and production planning and control etc. Any process that a production company needs to take care of are also common place in Toyota too. Hence TPS can be used for any type of industry as this system has been tried and tested by Toyota successfully for so many years now that Toyota is now the number one in its field – automobile. The Toyota Production System is also termed as Lean Management / Manufacturing by some quarters of the industrial analysts.

This term ‘Lean Management’ was coined after a study conducted by the MIT research team as it found out that the TPS was based on the basic principle of taking maximum output by wasting the minimum resources. So, Lean Management basically means reducing waste from all the walks of work involved in the work place.
Given the records of the Indian Manufacturing Industry, their resource utilization has always been among the lowest worldwide. This is the primary reason for the Indian Manufacturing Industry being left behind the competition in many sectors although the quality of products are at par with others in many cases. What the industry lags behind is – in the untimely delivery and costly products compared to other competitor countries like China and others. So, only to equip the Indian MSME with the latest technological knowhow was not sufficient for making the country’s manufacturing industry competitive against the rivals who have been following the best management and manufacturing principles invented and practices worldwide. What was needed was to inculcate among the indigenous manufacturers the practices of management followed by the top tier manufacturing companies in the manufacturing business. What can be the best example in the manufacturing business than the Japanese manufacturers who are not only technologically advanced than their world wide competitors but also follow the best management principles to maintain their competitive advantage on all fronts of productivity, effectiveness and quality.

Hence the practice of ‘Lean Management’ has been introduced as a field of management where the Indian government departments responsible for development of industry in the country want to emphasize upon. So, the MSME Development Institute, Mumbai has taken up the initiative to start the ‘Lean Leader Training Program’. The Small, Micro and Medium enterprises from around Mumbai were invited for the program after payment of a minimal fee of INR 10,000 for a candidate.