Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Dolphins Are Going To Extinct Soon

Denmarkis a big shame.

The sea is stained in red and in the meanwhile its not because of the climate effects of nature.

It's because of the cruelty that human beings (civilised human) kill hundreds of the famous and intelligent Calderon dolphins.

This happens every year in Feroe Iland in Denmark . In this slaughter the main participants are young teens.


A celebration, to show that they are adults and mature!

In this big celebration, nothing is missing for the fun. Everyone is participating in one way or the other, killing or looking at the cruelty supporting like a spectator

It is necessary to mention that the dolphin calderon, like all the other species of dolphins, its near extinction and they get near men to play and interact in PURE friendship

They dont die instantly; they are cut 1, 2 or 3 times with thick hooks. And at that time the dolphins produce a grim cry like that of a new born child.

But he suffers and theres no compassion while this magnificent creature slowly dies in its own blood


Take care of the world, it is your home!

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Tips and Tricks Of Debian Linux

Tips on working with Packaging Commands on Debian Linux:
Search for a specific package installed on your system
You might probably be using, "dpkg -l | grep 'gnome'". But do you know that you can also use, dpkg -l "gnome*"
If the long package name is getting truncated, and you later need to use the -L option for the specific package, get the listing with this command, dpkg-awk "Status: .* installed$" -- Package | cut -d: -f2 You might use this to search by keyword for packages to install,apt-cache search
Long package names getting truncated in package listing?
export COLUMNS=200; dpkg -l
Build the kernel in debian way using 'make-kpkg'
You can do a make menuconfig; make dep; make clean; make bzImage, but to do all these in a debian way - Configure it the normal way and do make-kpkg --revision= kernel_image This will build a debian package. For example, if you ran this on a linux-2.4.16 kernel, the file of the package would be named kernel-image-2.4.16_rev1_i386.deb Once you have the .deb file, install it using 'dpkg -i'. After the package installation, cross-check /etc/lilo.conf and /sbin/lilo -v before rebooting.
Worried of handling the 7500+ packages in so many installation CDs?
The newer distributions come with a bunch of CDs (woody has 7 CDs !) which will become a pain once you start playing around the system. Use 'apt-cdrom add' on each CD one time and update the cache in 'dselect'. From then onwards, use only dselect and your life would become much much simpler. This may appear silly, but you will know of the difficulty only if you don't know this!
Want to rebuild the "dselect" database if something really goes wrong?
you either select to remove to lots of critical packages or select to install a boat load of stuff that you don't want?
perl -i.bak -pe 'if (/^Status: [^\s]+ ([^\s]+) ([^\s]+)/) { $_="Status: ".($2 eq "installed" ? "install" : "purge")." $1 $2\n"}' /var/lib/dpkg/status
Want to place a hold on a package during apt or dselect?
This is how you can have a package permanently ignored during updates:
echo "<package> hold" | dpkg --set-selections
What's the best way to install a non-debian package (tar source file downloaded from somewhere)?
The preferred directory to install is /usr/local. Give a try to use 'checkinstall' once, which creates a deb package, and installs in /usr/local/. You can then use the normal dpkg commands to view or delete the package on your system. You can even install the .deb package on other systems. To use this, compile your programs normally using .configure and make. After that, instead of running "make install", run checkinstall.
Checkinstall debs are available for download at: here or here (or ask me!)
How to remove any lingering packages in your list?
# dpkg --get-selections|sed -e 's/deinstall$/purge/'|dpkg --set-selections apt-get dselect-upgrade
Installing another system and want to have the same set of packages on your current system (or just want to take a backup of your packages)?
On the machine that you already installed woody with a bunch of packages do,
dpkg --get-selections | sed -e 's/hold$/install/' > yourpkgs.list
The sed ensures that the packages even on hold get installed properly (take it out if you don't want this). Take this file to the other system where you just installed with a fresh woody.
dpkg --set-selections < yourpkgs.list
Start inserting the woody cds (or the appropriate sources) and do apt-get dselect-upgrade
Did you lose a particular file from your debian package?
dpkg -S <file> to see which package installed the lost file. You can then try a dpkg-reconfigure $package to see if reconfiguring the package will reinstall the affected file. If reconfiguring does not work, try reinstalling the affected package again.
apt-get -d $package
cd /var/cache/apt/archives
dpkg -i $package Want to extract the package files but don't want to install?
apt-get install --download-only your_pkg.deb
dpkg -x /var/cache/apt/archives/your_pkg.deb your_directory
How do I know what package contains the file I am looking for?
Easy way is to search at Debian or
apt-cache search your_file | less (and get your package_name)
apt-cache show your_package

How do I create artificial dependencies between packages?
You want the "equivs" packag. This helps you to create dummy Debian packages, which only contain dependency information. This way, you can make the Debian package management system believe that equivalents to packages on which other packages do depend on are actually installed. Say package X depends on Y, but you can't or don't like to install Y, use equiv - fake the system to believe that Y is actually installed. But use this at your risk.
How do I set up apt-get to use a proxy to connect?
Enter these lines in your .profile or .bash_profile,
export http_proxy=http://proxy_host:port/
export ftp_proxy=$http_proxy
(The trailing slash is very important!)

What are the typical entries in /etc/apt/sources.list ?
Below are the typical entries for the testing release (woody) which includes non-US stuff also.
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian testing main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US testing/non-US main contrib non-free
Here are the typical entries for the stable release,
deb http://http.us.debian.org/debian stable main contrib non-free
deb http://non-us.debian.org/debian-non-US stable/non-US main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org stable/updates main contrib non-free
Is there any GUI interface for dselect, apt, ... ?
'stormpkg' provides all the GUI functionality under Gnome. Try it out. It's cool!

Twitter tips and tricks

People have been searching for the formula to finding value out of twitter.  My previous post on 10 steps to finding business value in twitter.  Now that you're using twitter, you'll find these will launch your experience and value into hyperspeed.
I use SharePoint as my community example throughout, if you're not a SharePoint person you can easily replace with .NET or whatever.

1. Twitter to Facebook - Add the facebook twitter app at http://apps.facebook.com/twitter then put in your twitter account.  One draw back... if you tweet a lot you get a lot of wall posts, including replies.  It does say it comes from twitter so the techy people should understand, but your family may be confused.  It does allow for a nice interesting threaded discussion on your wall.
2. Blog to Twitter (to Facebook)Twitterfeed.com as simple as logging in and putting in your RSS.  I suggest putting "Blog:" so we can tell immediately what this is.  Cool thing it can automatically be shortened even.
3. Twitter & Blog to FriendFeed - Yet another aggregation service, but I like this one better than legit.  FriendFeed.com consolidates all your twittering and blogging and flickr and about 50+ other services.  Scoble is recommending it based on the ability to see what you're doing across the web.  My initial feedback is, yes it's worth it.  You don't have to spend any time there, but it is a decent way to provide web consolidation of your various feeds.  This will make your twitters and all the rest available via RSS via a "Home Feed."  (You can view and subscribe to my friend feed at http://friendfeed.com/joeloleson)
4. Twitter to blog with Twitter Widgets - You may or may not have seen my recent post on SharePoint Widgets and Webparts.  The Twitter widget that you see on my blog is from widgetbox.com.
5. Use Global Search - On twitter.com in "Find People" you can search.  http://twittersearch.com/statuses?searchstring=sharepoint or http://search.twitter.com/search?q=%23sharepoint If you search for SharePoint, you can see recent tweets where people use the term "SharePoint."  The real value I've found in tweetdeck the ability to add a search for "SharePoint." There are always some interesting tweets from people who are having conversations, people needing help, or people beyond help.  Tweet deck adds a pane so you can watch your normal following, plus this pane.  I'm also a fan of the twitscoop pane.  If you follow twitscoop you can add this pane.  This will show you current trends, from Windows7 to DOW to Palin.  The latest SNL Palin with Tina Fey... if it's any good :).  You'll stay ahead of the days trends and news minus the commercials and repetition.  Without doing much I can simply do a quick scan and see how I can help people in the SharePoint community.  Obviously it's much easier to do when they follow me or @ contact me.
Using search.twitter.com you can actually subscribe to the RSS feed of query.  http://search.twitter.com/search.atom?lang=en&q=sharepoint
6. Use Hashtags - hashtags.org has setup indexing if you follow @hashtags and use one.  Check out their site hashtags.org for more information #SharePoint, whether you follow hastags or not, it will be much easier for all of us to see your posts if you include #SharePoint or SharePoint in your interesting SharePoint posts.  Many events will have special tags like #TEUS08 (Teched US 2008) or #Gartner (Gartner Symposium).  Hashtags will give you visibility outside your followers as people search or even retweet these tags.
olivermarks #cse I'm at Cloud Summit Executive conf at Computer museum mountain view ca, high end saas business discussion
#Gartner new analyst video now available on YouTube: www.youtube.com/gartnervideo
More on hashtags on the twitter wiki.  That's another place to learn and get better.  There are some people that are annoyed by hashtags and would prefer you use the new Track options.  I don't want IM notifications, I simply want to be able to filter the relevant community related content.
7. Follow to be followed - Enter your real name in your profile.  If you search for your full name and can't find yourself, how can anyone else?  Those who understand the value of twitter, understand that those you follow dictate the level of interesting conversation.
Secret: I follow people who follow SharePoint.  This means I look at the followers of SharePoint, SharePoint MVPs, and MS SharePoint people.  I now follow over 1000 people and see 10 tweets every 5 minutes.  I went from having a tight following of just SharePoint folks to a much broader base of SharePoint Users, Admins, Developers, and people who occasionally complain about SharePoint amongst other social networking and news contacts.
8. There's MORE! It's not just marketing or lame status updates - I actually find a lot of conversations revolve around development, support, even venting can be therapeutic. :) Let me give you a glance into the future.  Today there's a lot of people who don't get microblogging.  They wouldn't see twitter as a place to go for answers... cause what can you really get in 140 characters?  In the future people will say... I do a search or pose my question to my favorite microblogging interface and ask my 5000 friends (followers) and within seconds I can have the answer and a source (URL.) Your following becomes very valuable.  Think about the millionare game show.  If you could ask your 60 second million dollar question to twitter, google, or facebook.  You'd have a different experience on each.
LLiu Finally! Someone said "everyone is a marketer - support, dev, etc." I heart you man! :-) Social media not just a marketing thing. #nms08
9. Retweet incredible things and big announcements - RT at the beginning of your post means ReTweet.  This is a way of passing on an important or incredible message.  It's amazing what you can fit in 140 characters, but these will give you visibility.  I recently retweeted where someone lost their teenager daughter.  In the next 10 minutes I saw the message retweeted a half dozen times.
RT @genochurch's 14 yr old daughter is missing http://tinyurl.com/5yodvb. Please retweet! (via @tranqy)
This one spread like wildfire on twitter.  I see a rate of 20 tweets per minute of this tweet now.  <Update>More like 250 per minute according to this article</update>
10. Twitter Mashups and Community - There is so much possibility here.  When you mashup maps and twitters you get twittervision.com and twitspy.com.  Look at election.twitter.com and you can imagine a sharepoint.twitter.com where you see the top recent tweets and topics and realtime rolling search results.
Developer?  Check out the twittervision API
Did you know you could follow Barack Obama and Joe Biden or Stephen Colbert?  They'll tell you what to watch and where to go.  Mccain isn't on twitter?  Guess we shouldn't be surprised.  I'd like to follow Palin.  Not just what people are saying about her... (in election.twitter.com you can do this.)
Twitter - Life or Death?  Add the Red Cross and they can tell you where to go, what to do, and communicate with you if there's a disaster.  You can imagine using your phone to respond... Very practical.  In your profile you can update where you are, or use twitteriffic on your phone to send GPS location.
If advised to evacuate, do so immediately. Wear protective clothing, take important papers, tell someone where you're going. #LAFIRE 11:11 AM October 13, 2008 from web
CA Wildfire evacuation shelter is at San Fernando High School San Fernando High School 11133 Omelveny Ave San Fernando, CA 91340 #LAFIRE 10:55 AM October 13, 2008 from web
The dev.twitter.com guys are doing a bunch in this area...
"What kinds of new methods will you be adding to the API?
Well, search-related methods, as you might guess. We're embracing the concepts of searching and filtering statuses, and we have a bunch of ideas about how that's going to fit into Twitter. Expect the ability to filter many API responses by provided search terms, for example (ex, an API method that can answer the question, "what are the people I follow saying about 'iPhone 3G'?")."
One last thought... Have you looked at http://status.twitter.com/  Have you ever considered building one of these for your users?  You can communicate your downtime, people could subscribe to the feeds.  It's essentially a team blog with the whole intention of speaking broadly to your user base, but then allowing them to comment without having to pick up the phone.  The 2 way communication from the small twitter team to the millions of twitter users may seem daunting, but now compare that to your environment.  It can definitely increase user/client satisfaction.

Facebook Tips and Tricks

If you surf Facebook on daily basis or occasionally, chances are you’re already familiar with regular stuffs like add/delete friends, update statuses, walls and profile, add and explore pages & applications, etc, but there’s more..
This week we want to cover some interesting things you can do on (or with) Facebook; inclusive of tricks that are not documented or unknown to many, as well as tips to stay connected better with your friends. Without further ado, here’s 20 Facebook Tips/Tricks You Might Not Know. If you have interesting tips/tricks related to Facebook, please feel free to share in the comment box below.


  1. How to Place Facebook Chat On Firefox Sidebar

    If you are using Firefox, you can place the Facebook Chat at the sidebar.
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  2. How to Download Facebook Photo Albums

    FacePAD: Facebook Photo Album Downloader allows you to download your friends’ facebook albums, Events albums, and Group Albums, en masse, with the click of a button.
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  3. How to Share Flickr Photos to Facebook

    Flickr2Facebook is an unofficial Flickr to Facebook uploader(bookmarklet) which allows you upload photos to Facebook from Flickr.
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  4. How to Update Facebook without Using Facebook

    hellotxt and Ping.fm both introduced features that let Facebook administrators update Facebook Pages.
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  5. How to Schedule Facebook Messages

    Sendible lets you schedule Facebook messages ahead of time so you can send messages to your friends, customers or colleagues in the future.
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  6. How to "Friend" Someone on Facebook & Hide It From Your Status Updates

    A short tutorial on Makeuseof to guide you how to hide Facebook status updates and keep that fact confined to your closer friends.
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  7. How to Create a Photo Collage Using Pictures of Your Facebook Friends

    Click on Friends tab. Proceed to More tab. From "Choose an option" dropdown, choose any of the dashes "" . Your Facebook friends collage is right on your computer screen.
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  8. How to Know When Facebook Friends Secretly Delete or Block You

    This service has been discontinued. X-Friends is a unique tool for tracking friends that disappear from Facebook.
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  9. How to Display Selected Pictures Only on your Facebook Profile Page

    A little-known feature in Facebook that lets you decide who shows up in that Friends box. Click that "edit" pencil in your Friends box and type the names of your best friends in the box that says "Always show these friends"
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  10. How to Remove Facebook Advertisements

    This Greasemonkey script – Facebook: Cleaner removes many of the annoying ads and updates that unavoidably appear on your Facebook pages.
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  11. How to Syncs Photos of Facebook Friends with Contacts in Microsoft Outlook

    OutSync is a free Windows application that syncs photos of your Facebook friends with matching contacts in Microsoft Outlook. It allows you to select which contacts are updated. So you can update all contacts at once or just a few at a time.
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  12. How to Display Facebook Statuses on WordPress Blog

    The following method make use of Facebook status feed and WordPress RSS widget to display Facebook Statuses on WordPress blog.. It will also work for self-host WordPress blogs.
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  13. How to Post Your Blog Posts to Your Facebook Wall Automatically

    Wordbook allows you to cross-post your blog posts to your Facebook Wall. Your Facebook “Boxes” tab will show your most recent blog posts.
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  14. How to Access Facebook Chat on Desktop

    Gabtastik and digsby let you keep Facebook chat sessions open on your Windows desktop outside of your regular web browser, using minimal screen real estate and system memory.
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  15. How to Create Quiz on Facebook Easily

    LOLapps provides quiz creator that can be employed to conjure up these popular personality quizzes that are so widespread in Facebook.
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  16. How to Hide Your Online Status on Facebook Chat from Select Contacts

    Facebook has integrated friends list with Chat and you can also choose which of these list members get to see you online.
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  17. How to Get Facebook Updates on Email

    NutshellMail consolidates your Facebook accounts through the inbox you use the most.
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  18. How to Update Facebook Status from Firefox

    FireStatus is a status update utility for multiple social networks, including FaceBook.
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  19. How to Get Facebook on Your Desktop

    Seesmic Desktop, Facebooker, Xobni, Facebook Sidebar Gadget, Scrapboy and Facebook AIR application are desktop applications that allows you interact with your stream just as you would on Facebook, but without the browser.
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Top PC Games

Finally, we'd like to give one last shout out to our good friends at MobyGames. This site is spectacular and has been an enormous help to us in getting this list together. If you've got some knowledge of classic gaming and are looking for a place to show it off, head on over and set up an account with these guys. You'll be glad you did... Now without further ado, here are the top five games of all time.

5) Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss
Developer: Blue Sky Productions
Publisher: Origin
Year Released: 1992

Synopsis: This game was literally years ahead of its time and remains the favorite RPG of a great number of genre fans. While there's no doubt that the game still holds up well, what should really blow you away about this first-person representation of the Ultima universe is that it was released in 1992, offering up slick first person action, complete with an RPG style inventory and tons of monsters, a full year before Doom even hit the shelf. While the game's scope was a little limited by today's standards (you're thrown in a dungeon for a crime you didn't commit and spend your game wandering through its depths), in terms of storyline and game length, it's worlds beyond even the biggest RPGs of the last few years. In late 1993, Origin released the sequel to this title, Ulitma Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds, which featured the Guardian as the big villain. These two titles led (at least intellectually) to the company's 1994 release of System Shock, another breakthrough title. An amazingly rich title that showed the world that first-person engines were capable of a lot more than simple shoot-em-ups.
Other games influenced by Ultima Underworld: The Stygian Abyss: Ultima Underworld 2: Labyrinth of Worlds, System Shock, System Shock 2.

4) Civilization
Developer: Microprose
Publisher: Microprose
Year Released: 1991

Synopsis: Holy cow! Back before anyone realized that they were both game design geniuses, Sid Meier and Bruce Shelly sat down together to design a title that proved to be one of the most important releases in the history of the PC. The result, Sid Meier's: Civilization, lets players take on the persona of a tribal leader (with a surprisingly long lifespan) at the beginning of human history who must lead his people from the dangers of nomadic life to the responsibilities of running a global empire. There are so many things that were revolutionary about this game that a listing becomes pointless, but here are a few highlights: the incredibly deep and complex research tree, the massive number of units that reflected the time and technology level of their creators, the town development system that enabled leaders to improve their cities' ability to produce new units and resources and the Wonder system that let players create huge monuments that gave them advantages over their opponents. Civilization was not only impressive as an exercise in game design, it was also amazingly well thought out from a historical side as well. The connection between certain inventions and the units that they brought to the table on their discovery (Wheel gets you Chariot, Feudalism brings the Knight and Conscription served up Riflemen for example) were often obvious, but a few of them didn't make a lot of sense until you really thought about them for awhile. One of the finest games ever crafted and a precursor of great titles to come.
Other games influenced by Civilization:Pretty much every strategy game released since '91. Obvious examples include Civilization 2, Colonization, Alpha Centauri, Age of Empires, Age of Empires 2, the Caesar series, Pharaoh, Outpost, Master of Orion and Master of Magic.
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3) Pirates!
Developer: Microprose
Publisher: Microprose
Year Released: 1988

Synopsis: The greatest tribute to Sid Meier's greatness was Pirates!, a naval strategy/adventure game that even now has never been approached in its subtlety and ability to entertain. You started the game as a citizen from one of four different nationalities (English, Spanish, Dutch or French) with a long lost sister to rescue (a foreshadowing of the X-Files if I've ever seen one) and a thirst for adventure. After outfitting your ship with a crew, food to feed them and guns to fire at your enemies, you set to the sea in search of adventure. You could either play the game as a raw pirate sliding from island to island looking for any ships you could loot and sink or you could ask the various governors that you encountered for letters of cachet that would reward you richly for sinking their enemies. The latter tactic could lead to gold, titles of nobility and better and better marriage prospects. The game also featured several different forms of combat (all equally entertaining) which allowed captains who preferred hand fighting to lock with their enemies as quickly as possible and those who favored traditional naval battles to dance nimbly out of range while peppering their foes with their cannons. If you were really lucky, you could discover a treasure map that would lead you to a fortune or you could get information that would lead you to the treasure fleet (although the latter wouldn't give up its gold without a fight). One of those rare games that managed to give something to everyone.
Other games influenced by Pirates!: Loads of adventure and strategy games borrowed from this one at least in part, but there were a bunch of naval trading games that were direct descendants including Cutthroats, High Seas Trader, the Man of War series and the upcoming Sea Dogs.

2) Dune 2: The Building of a Dynasty
Developer: Westwood
Publisher: Virgin Interactive
Year Released: 1992

Synopsis: This is the game that started real-time strategy. Dune II combined a great license with incredible strategic play and interface breakthroughs that developers are still modeling their systems on today. The game also introduced a branching mission structure into the strategy mix and offered up three separate sides to choose from ( the Harkonnens, the Atreides and the Ordos, each with their own signature units), a feat that wasn't really repeated until Starcraft. Unit design was rich and well-balanced featuring units of raw force, like the Harkonnens Devestator, units of subtle assault, like the Atreides Sonic Tank and units that are just plain devious, like the Ordos Deviator. The game also introduced the random element of the sandworms, overwhelmingly dangerous natural enemies that could swallow an entire assault force before it had a chance to respond. Trent still keeps a boxed copy of this game on his desk to remind him of the greatness the PC games can aspire to.
Other games influenced by Dune 2: Every single one of the RTS titles out there. The Command & Conquer series, the Warcraft series, Starcraft, the Age of Empires series, the Dark Reign series, the Battlezone series and countless others.

1) X-COM: UFO Defense
Developer: Mythos Games
Publisher: Microprose
Year Released: 1994

Synopsis: While there were a lot of arguments between us as to what games would make the list and where they would end up, the number one title was never even discussed. Microprose's X-COM: UFO Defense is, simply put, the greatest PC game we've ever played and the main reason why most of us got into the video game business in the first place. Like many of the games on this list, the premise was simple: you control a group of international alien hunters as they try to protect the Earth from an invasion. Actually pulling this stunt off wasn't quite as easy. First you had to build and equip a base that would house your soldiers, your scientist and your engineers. Your base also needed a radar station that would allow it to pick up signals from invading alien craft. Next it was time to buy enough equipment to make sure that your soldiers would actually be able to survive a battle. With this accomplished, it was time to wait for an attack and for your scientists to research new items and equipment to help you in your battles to come. Once a craft appeared on the screen you sent out attack craft to ground it and once it was down, it was time to put your soldiers in the field to eliminate the alien presence and try to capture as much alien equipment as possible. The game's economic model was such that if you ever ignored alien incursions into a certain area, that nation would no longer fund you anymore. Eventually you had to figure out where the aliens' base was on Earth and use that information to try and stop the invasion at its source. X-COM was cool for so many reasons... First, its slowly unfolding storyline gave you the sense that you were up against overwhelming odds without ever being frustrating - quite Aa trick to pull off. Second, the individual battles (in part because of the game's turn based engine) served up a tension and suspense that we've experienced in no game since. There's nothing quite like the feeling of opening a door and seeing an alien just as your movement points run out. Third, the game allowed you to personalize your play experience by letting you rename all of the characters and bases in the game. It means a lot more to you when one of your friends freaks out and starts shooting at you than when some random name from a database does. Finally, the game featured several innovations that are really hard to define as a group - the aforementioned psychological system would cause your soldiers to run from battles, go berserk or even start shooting at their teammates, the game's promotion system gave you a real feeling of accomplishment as your soldiers made sergeant, lieutenant and major and the game's use of the research system as a storytelling tool has never been matched. The finest PC game we have ever played.
Other games influenced by X-COM: Surpisingly, there haven't been all that many games of this type released over the years (certainly not as many as we would have liked), but the Jagged Alliance series, Incubation, Shadow Watch, and Abomination: The Nemesis Project are all pretty good examples.

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IT sector4. The IT Sector: The IT Sector has been the sunrise industry since a long time. Salaries paid are touching the sky by the day. Today’s business world cannot do without computers and hence people in this sector have jobs which are recession proof.

SW5. Software programmers and Certified Computer professionals: These two professions command high salaries and companies are willing to pay. A software programmer can fetch up to 12 lakhs per annum easily. Computer professionals can join a company or set up a coaching institute and they will see money rolling in faster than they can open an excel sheet.

medical6. The medical profession: Doctors are always in demand. Those who have a private practice and have earned a name for themselves can really rule the roost where earnings are concerned. Specialization in a specific field and your earnings further increase. Surgeons command unheard of respect and monetary figures to match them. Even dentists with various branches are not left out in this race to earn.

lawyer7. Lawyers and Advocates: Once you establish yourself then you can command the fee that your heart desires. Their earning potential definitely transports them to the top bracket.

poli8. Politicians: Our politicians are the ones who have tremendous power, clout and goddess Lakshmi on their side. They have no educational qualifications or age limits to adhere to.

sports9. Sportspersons: Once they have made their mark in their field then the world is at their field. Advertisements are a second option to generate more money.

10. Actors: An actor has all the adulation and money to fall back on however, short their career span is. They are the most highly paid of individuals.