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Travel Diaries: Hongkong~Disneyland & Oceanpark

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Though I’ve visited few theme parks in Hyderabad & Beijing. It isn’t the same with Hong kong’s Disneyland & Ocean park. I felt for the magic spell of Disneyland and adrenaline rush of Ocean park. I made this visit in June end 2009. Its almost been 6 years but still the memories are so intact that I feel this, as if it happened yesterday. We only carried a small digital camera so the pictures are not upto the mark. I wish I can show you guys all the rides and activities we did but I can’t and don’t want to because I wanted you people to go to Hong kong to experience it..

Disneyland: Where imagination comes to life

This is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true. Fantasyland is dedicated to…

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Troop Trains

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Troop Trains were important to the United States in previous Wars. The first war in which trains were used to carry Americans to battle was the Mexican War in 1846.   Extensive use of trains to carry troops occurred in both World Wars.

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Here’s a preview of some of the exciting projects we have put together for you:

Our feature article is “All About Troop Trains”

We have a Troop Train Slide Show that will enjoy very much.

See all about Vietnam troop trains, including the last major troop movement from Junction City, Kansas to Oakland, California.

On our site, we cover troop trains on the New Haven Railroad , military movements , hospital trains, camp trains and ammunition trains on the New Haven

We have a section on Freedom Trains. and some great photos at The New Haven Railroad goes to war!!!

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Huge Fire at General Electric’s Appliance Park

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A fire that broke out at a building at General Electric’s Appliance Park Friday morning has been contained.

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Numerous fire departments remain on the scene at Building 6 and a shelter-in-place order has been issued for an area within a two-mile radius of Appliance Park. are on the scene of a massive blaze at General Electric’ s Appliance Park.

Authorities expanded the original half-mile radius area shortly after noon but reduced it back down to a half-mile due to changing weather conditions. Shelter-in-place means residents are recommended to go inside, close doors and windows, turn off air conditioning or heating systems, and turn on the radio or TV for more information.

The blaze consumed the building and it appears to be a total loss. All employees are accounted for and safe. Several other buildings at the park were empty because employees were off for Good Friday.

GE issued the…

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Yet Another Predictor For This Year

Lot of folks enjoyed this

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As 2015 begins to roll, it’s time to consider what this year may bring along with it in terms of issues and opportunities along the supply chain. Certainly things will change as they always do, but whether those changes will be good for each of us individually or not will depend on circumstances that will be different for every company.


In his story “Supply Chain Predictions for 2015” our own Michael Martz looked at topics including big data, robotics, drones, and the Internet of Things. I agree that all those expanding technologies will have significant impacts on everyone in the supply chain in the coming years. But I also think that the most significant issue we will see this year will be something prognosticators tend to disregard.

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What Wikipedia Won’t Tell You About EDI

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Picture appears courtesy ofGiulia Forsythe.  This week’s blog was written by Kristen Kearns, Manager of EDI Services for Aurora Technologies.  Lots of people search for information on Wikipedia, don’t they?  What Wikipedia doesn’t tell you about EDI, could hurt you!  Or hurt your business.  Read on to get the 411.

First off, Wikipedia talks about Standards in EDI.  EDI standards are not the “be all end all” of a successful EDI operation.  I’ve seen all types of variations to the Standards.  This runs the gamut from data not being where it’s supposed to be to not following element code standards or putting too long or too short data in data elements, etc.  How do you work around this?  If you have a robust EDI solution, such as Liaison’s Delta/ECS, you could have separate maps for each trading partner accommodating for those variations.

Wikipedia talks about Specifications for…

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Troy Union Station Clock and More

Troy Railroad Station Clock, an artifact from the Troy, NY station is coming up for auction. This might be the last time it will be on public display, it’s likely to disappear into a private collection, not to be seen again for decades.

 

The clock is described as a Reed & Stem station clock. It appears in this _completed auction_ eBay postcard:

Understand itis currently owned by an antique  & architectural salvage dealer called “Urban Archeology”. UA has hired Guernsey’s auction house to liquidate part of their accumulation..

This site shows a slideshow of lots. Note that the Troy Station clock is the GREEN clock with two mythological figures (There are other clocks in the same auction.)

Some questions posed and some anwsered by New York Central experts:

Did Reed & Stem design the whole Troy Station, or did they just design the interior decoration?  Yes, the whole thing.  And they were the first architects on Grand Central Terminal.  I never saw the clock, but I would believe that the “Reed and Stem” was on the clock to commemorate the architects, and not to represent the clock maker, whoever that was.

Do we agree that the style is “Beaux Arts”? Yes

How did this station fit into the operations of the NYC _System_? Trains left Troy for what points? Albany (Belt Line), Schenectady, New York (NYC), Montreal (D&H), Burlington and Montreal (Rutland), and Boston (Boston and Maine).  The Albany-Troy Belt Line was a joint NYC-D&H operation.  At one time, B&M and D&H operated a Boston-Chicago service via Binghamton-Erie.

What can we come up with about the clock itself? Weights? Spring-wound? Electric? Chimes?

Which department maintained clocks in stations? The Bridge and Building Department.

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Does anyone remember actually seeing the clock?

Is Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer a Dinosaur or a Visionary?

While back Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer announced a requirement that Yahoo employees who work remotely relocate to company facilities. Isn’t this bucking the trend of businesses around the globe? Is she trying to go back to the old ways or is her “spirit of collaboration” what will bring her company back ahead of its competitors?

Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home,” reads the memo to employees . “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together.”

Digging deeper into her comments: “To become the absolute best place to work, communication and collaboration will be important, so we need to be working side-by-side. Some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu team meetings. Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.”

Business Insider shed a lot of light on why Marissa Mayer made this move:

  • Yahoo has a huge number of people of who work remotely – people who just never come in.
  • Many of these people “weren’t productive,” says this source.
  • “A lot of people hid. There were all these employees [working remotely] and nobody knew they were still at Yahoo.”
  • These people aren’t just Yahoo customer support reps. They’re in all divisions, from marketing to engineering.
  • Mayer is happy to give Yahoo employees standard Silicon Valley benefits like free food and free smartphones. But our source says the kinds of work-from-home arrangements popular at Yahoo were not common to other Valley companies like Google or Facebook. “This is a collaborative businesses.”
  • Mayer saw another side-benefit to making this move. She knows that some remote workers won’t want to start coming into the office and so they will quit. That helps Yahoo, which needs to cut costs. It’s a layoff that’s not a layoff.
  • Bigger picture: This is about Mayer “carefully getting to problems created by Yahoo’s huge, bloated infrastructure.” The company got fat and lazy over the past 15 years, and this is Mayer getting it into fighting shape.

This source gives Mayer credit for making a very tough decision – one that her predecessors knew they had to make, but never did. She’s turned out to have a lot of courage. She’s dealing with problems no one wanted to deal with before.”

To be remote or not has been an issue recently. Some say it is the wave of the future and others think employees are not as productive offsite. And both sides can back up their statements with statistics.

We have covered this topic before by talking about remote workers do, go for remote, required attire for a remote workforce , and contingent workers (many of whom are remote).

A conclusion that can be drawn, is that there are several dimensions like the type of industry and skill set of the employees that must be considered in any decision to “go remote”. It is not just tech companies that go remote. Insurance companies and banks are utilizing some remote workers too.

Tools are NOT the issue. They exist already. All kinds of vendors are jumping on the band wagon.

The more I read and reflect on the big picture, I am declaring her a VISIONARY. She is correcting some bad decisions by previous management. Marissa wants Yahoo! To be a leader, not just turn a profit and knows she must recharge the company. Her modus operandi is person-to-person contact, so this translates to the “spirit of collaboration”

Jason Fried’s forthcoming book Remote: Office Not Required can be read as many things—a how-to guide, a manifesto, a chronicle of modern work. It is also a refutation of Yahoo! CEO Marissa Mayer’s assertion that remote work is incompatible with collaboration and productivity. Some of the more salient points he brings out are:

  • According to Fried’s research, US health care company Aetna has half its 35,000 employees working from home. Financial services firm Deloitte has about the same number of employees, 86% of whom work remotely at least 20% of the time. At microchip giant Intel, a company whose entire business depends on coordination, collaboration and innovation, 82% of staffers regularly work remotely.
  • Yahoo!’s leaders are hardly unique in feeling uncomfortable with remote workers. Fried’s apparent aim in Remote is to illustrate that the most common objections to remote work are groundless, and that, when appropriate, remote work can lead to more productive companies staffed by happier employees.
  • In the retail business you have to have people serving customers at a counter, but everything else, from legal and writing to professional services, can basically be accomplished with a telephone, a computer and an internet connection. Almost any service or anything that requires technical or creative work can be done remotely.
  • When people work remotely there is more of a focus on the actual work that’s being produced. It’s the work itself that is evaluated, less so than the personality or the politics or all the things that happen when people are together in person.
  • He thinks that the more people are together, the more opportunity there is to interrupt and distract each other. People working on creative problems need uninterrupted stretches of time to get work done.

IWordPress founder Matt Mullenweg wrote: “For anyone who enjoys working from wherever they like in the world, and is interested in WordPress, Automattic is 100% committed to being distributed. 130 of our 150 people are outside of San Francisco.”

There is a great story about how Toronto-Dominion Bank is renovating their offices to the new part remote / part traditional office culture. A great many of the employees have no assigned desk. They use a computer screen to book available work spaces and conference areas. The bank joins a growing number of employers who are deciding that the traditional office – with a desk for every employee and an expectation that everyone will be in their place throughout the work day – is as outdated as teller’s cages and dusty ledger books. The bank is replacing 20 floors of old offices that stationed employees in identical rows of high-walled cubicles that resembled bank vaults. This trend is called hoteling. By sharing spaces, an office needs fewer desks and this can mean significant savings on the amount of office space required.

 

 

 

 

New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation

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Sunday afternoon and looking for a cool blog topic. All the required stuff was under control and co-worker KC Jones was busy commenting on big changes in the Mid-West; our manager was tied up with FAIRPROMISE. Then I spotted magic: a shortline in New Hampshire that just received a grant. Now, I love shortlines: you can put your hands around them and understand them. I love New England (almost as much as the Adirondacks). Had my usual fit about online map services, including GOOGLE EARTH, being so concentrated on “mobile” users that I cannot find decent maps anymore because I still use a C-O-M-P-U-T-E-R.

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The New Hampshire Northcoast Corporation (reporting mark NHN) operates part of the former Boston and Maine Corporation‘s Conway Branch between Rollinsford and Ossipee, New Hampshire. The railroad’s primary traffic is quarried sand. It interchanges cars with Pan Am Railways

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