Worst passwords of all time

July 31, 2009

One out of fifty people use a top-20 "worst password", and one out of nine a top-500.

123If you’re curious, these are the top three bad passwords…

  1. 123456
  2. password
  3. 12345678

… but let’s go read the full list, just in case…🙂

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Most expensive cities in the world

July 16, 2009

According to Mercer, a consultancy firm, these are the most expensive cities in the world in terms of cost of living. The number next to each city is an index that compares it to the study’s base city, New York (100).

  1. stack of dollarsTokyo 143.7

  2. Osaka 119.2

  3. Moscow 115.4

  4. Geneva 109.2

  5. Hong Kong 108.7

  6. Zurich 105.2

  7. Copenhagen 105

  8. New York City 100

  9. Beijing 99.6

  10. Singapore 98

Of note: the only Latin American city in the top 50 is Caracas, Venezuela at #15 with an index of 93.3.

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Chinese move on world auto brands

June 11, 2009

volvo logoVolvo

Beijing Automotive Industry Holding Co. is said to be interested in bidding for Ford’s Sweden-based brand. Geely, China’s largest private automaker, is also interested.

Opel

Beijing Automotive tried to acquire GM’s Opel brand in May, but failed.

Hummer

Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery Co., a heavy equipment manufacturer, has agreed to buy Hummer from GM at $500 million. The deal, however, may face objections from Chinese regulators.

Saab

If three current bidders can’t finalize a deal, Beijing Automotive also wants to bid on Saab Cars, a Swedish division of General Motors.

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Bad leaders: common traits

June 5, 2009

Harvard Business Review recently published a report indicating the "10 most common leadership shortcomings".

This list was based on analysis of 360-degree feedback data on 11,000 leaders, from which they evaluated the 10% least effective leaders.

The shortcomings are ranked by size of difference between successful and unsuccessful leader scores.

  1. Bad leadershipLack energy and enthusiasm
  2. Accept their own mediocre performance
  3. Lack clear vision and direction
  4. Have poor judgment
  5. Don’t collaborate
  6. Don’t follow the standards they set for others
  7. Resist new ideas
  8. Don’t learn from mistakes
  9. Lack interpersonal skills
  10. Fail to develop others

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Bad leaders: common traits

June 5, 2009

Harvard Business Review recently published a report indicating the "10 most common leadership shortcomings".

This list was based on analysis of 360-degree feedback data on 11,000 leaders, from which they evaluated the 10% least effective leaders.

The shortcomings are ranked by size of difference between successful and unsuccessful leader scores.

  1. Churchill WinstonLack energy and enthusiasm
  2. Accept their own mediocre performance
  3. Lack clear vision and direction
  4. Have poor judgment
  5. Don’t collaborate
  6. Don’t follow the standards they set for others
  7. Resist new ideas
  8. Don’t learn from mistakes
  9. Lack interpersonal skills
  10. Fail to develop others

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If you can’t beat piracy…

April 28, 2009

Rongcheng Huatai Automobile logoChinese automaker Rongcheng Huatai Automobile has unveiled a new car called “Rover” in English; however its local name is pronounced “San-da-i-fe”. The vehicle looks exactly like Hyundai’s first-generation Santa Fe SUV.

A case of piracy, perhaps?

Not so… Hyundai says that Chinese automaker has acquired the rights to sell the Santa Fe, as well its overall design and engine, so that Rongcheng Huatai can develop its own version. Hyundai stopped producing this version of the Santa Fe in 2006.

Hyundai Santa Fe 2005Why did Hyundai do this?

"According to Hyundai officials, the company decided to enter into such a contract because it is difficult to prevent Chinese carmakers from copying its products."

Read it here.

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BMW vs. Audi: great billboard ad

April 16, 2009

BMW responds to an Audi billboard with their own, click here to see this great marketing move…

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