Use it or lost it

I have been so busy with work lately that I have not been checking Arabic news sites. Today I added Aljazeera to my RSS feed and I could barely read the Arabic words on the screen … oh man .. thats to be expected. I always scored better in English than Arabic 🙂

Now that I have it in my rss feed, I should gain back my quick Arabic reading skills in no time.

Another free idea – flight approval/scheduling for MSBs

MSBs is medium sized businesses. In small/medium companies with a decent sized sales force, getting approval for expensive flights and scheduling them takes a long time and creates frustrations for every body (the administrative staff, management, and the sales staff).

A simple website with some management settings that allows various levels of management to approve flights automatically would be great. Let me elaborate a little bit; the site should make it easier for MSBs to stream line the approval process for flights. For example, flights less than $200 can be scheduled without any manager’s approval. Flights between $200-$800 can be approved with direct line manager approval. Flights more than $800 need to be approved by the next line of management and so on. Now if you got a company with some strict expense control, this will really make sense.

Considering the low cost of setting up something like this, it could be worth a try. If anyone actually does, all I ask is let me know how it turned out.

Free idea – Managing calendars

Apart from Ajax calendars like Google, there has not been much innovation on how calendars work or operate. Syncing your calendar between your cell phone, desktop, laptop, and any other device you have is a hassle. I have been talking about creating a web-based calendar synchronization software so my phone, my laptop, my desktop, and my online calendars are all in sync. Not only that, it should enable me to allow certain people to view my calendar. Cross-company calendar scheduling is such a hassle too.

I will pay for this service and I’m sure many other professionals would too.

Internet stocks in 2008

Google, Amazon, Yahoo, eBay, IAC, Expedia,, Ominiture, ValueClick,, Orbitz, Priceline, CNET, etc are expected to do well in 2008 according to JPMorgan. JPMorgan expects 34 percent earnings growth in 2008 for the Internet stocks it covers versus 8 percent earnings growth for the S&P 500. Interesting … need to do some research on this one

Bhutto’s death causes wall street confusion

The Dow fell 192.08, or 1.42 percent, to 13,359.61. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index declined 21.39, or 1.43 percent, to 1,476.27, and the Nasdaq composite index fell 47.62, or 1.75 percent, to 2,676.79. Another sign that the US stock market is not in good shape right now. I was going to buy Apple stocks …. something I should have done at $90/share … but now I am holding back. Now here is the thing … I will wait out until the first week of January and buy then. A stock tip for anyone reading, Apple’s stock always goes up after Mac World … ALWAYS