Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Microsoft Employees Prefer Google?

Very interesting although I am not sure if the data is true.

If most Microsoft employees use google, I wonder which one does Bill Gates use?

Microsoft Employees Prefer Google?: ".
Here are some of the interesting bits:

Microsoft Corp: Top Search Engines Used
Google: 66.31%
MSN: 19.65%
Yahoo: 10.18%

Yahoo! Inc.: Top Search Engines Used
Yahoo: 68.87%
Google: 29.80%

Google Inc.: Top Search Engines Used
Google 100%"

Books on "hard conversations"

One of my favorite blog Lifehacker has a post about "Ask the Readers: How do you deal with hard conversations at work?" It says "Whether you're an employee or employer, there's bound to have been a time in your career when you've had to have a difficult conversation at work: firing (or getting fired), figuring out what to do when things go awry, etc."

This is exactly the topic I have been interested in recently. I think it might be interesting for others to see the books I have read or I am reading on this topics.
There are a lot of books on this, I only list the best I could find.

Here they are:

Difficult Conversations How to Discuss what Matters Most:
by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen of the Harvard Negotiation Project . This is the very book to begin with in this topic.

Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes are High:
by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler

Crucial Confrontations Tools for Resolving Broken Promises, Violated Expectations, and Bad Behavior:by Kerry Patterson, Joseph Grenny, Ron McMillan, and Al Switzler. This is the follow up of the previous book.

Also some books on conflict management:

Managing Interpersonal Conflict (Interpersonal Communication Texts)

$56 on Amazon, quite expensive, but definitely worth the cost.

Getting to Yes Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In:

A classic book on this topic, the one you should not miss.

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Friday, June 02, 2006

Google Map Mashups become easier than ever!

With the help of brand new "Google AJAX Search API" anounced yesterday, creating Google map mashups will become easier than ever!

In the anouncement, Google said the Google AJAX Search API will "let you integrate a dynamic Google search module into your web pages so your users can mash up Google search results with other content on your site or add search results clippings to their own content."

As a pain to the Google Map Mashup developers, Google map API does not provide the user a way to get the geocode. Therefore the users have to look for the geocode manually or use the geocode API from Yahoo, which require a lot of extra efforts. Now people can just use the local search results from AJAX Search API to generate the geocode. I am sure that the combination of Google AJAX Search API and Google Map API will lead to many fresh mashup in short time. A good example will be something like this.

Here is the documentation and the examples of the Google AJAX Search API.
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