Dealing With Micromanagement

We’ve all been there at one point or another. Working with a boss who can’t or won’t delegate. Looks over our shoulder all the time. Obsesses over the most minute details. I’ve had quite a few people talk to me recently looking for some advice about dealing constructively with the micromanagers in their midst, so here I am to proffer a few ideas.

Why Does this Happen?

Micromanagement comes from….

Fear: Of someone else getting credit. Of blame if something goes wrong. Of personal failure on the part of the individual doing it. Fear that if they don’t put their stamp on it, no one will see how hard they work.

Insecurity: People who obsessively micromanage often aren’t sure they’ve got what it takes themselves, so they step on other people in order to make themselves feel better. This bit can range from the annoying to outright bullying.

Need for control: This can be not understanding that there’s more than one way to the finish line. It can be ego, bravado, or a false need to assert authority in order to demonstrate pecking order or dominance. It can be their own disorganization showing through in trying to force others to be organized for them.

Lack of Trust: Whether warranted or not, they don’t feel like the people involved can do the job handed to them. Or they don’t think things are going to get done if they’re not touching every detail. That can be a symptom of the wrong team sometimes, or the right people and a simple lack of confidence that they can deliver.

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Tazkirah : Perkara yang Hilang dari Umat Islam

Samada kita sedar atau tidak, sebenarnya banyak perkara yang telah hilang dari umat Islam dan wajib kita mendapatkannya semula demi keselematan dunia akhirat. Dapat dikategorikan kepada beberapa perkara :

  1. Hilang malu pada wanita
  2. Hilang pemurah pada orang kaya
  3. Hilang khusyuk pada orang yang sembahyang
  4. HIlang tawadhuk pada golongan atasan
  5. Hilang amanah pada yang diberi tanggungjawab
  6. Hilang adab
  7. Hilang kasih sayang
  8. Hilang ilmu pengetahuan
  9. Hilang rasa persahabatan Hilang rasa kehambaan, hilang rasa berTuhan…dsb

Sebenarnya banyak lagi perkara yang hilang dari umat Islam yang tidak disebutkan di sini. Maka untuk mengembalikannya, memerlukan usaha yang berlipat kali ganda. Ia memerlukan jihad yang hakiki, serta pengorbanan apa sahaja, dan perlu diambil perhatian. Pengorbanan lahir, batin, pengorbanan masa, pengorbanan kewangan, pengorbanan perasaan. Tetapi alangkah malangnya, mereka tidak menyedari pun kehilangan perkara tersebut, dan tidak diambil perhatian. Sebab itulah usaha untuk mengembalikannya tidak dititikberatkan.

Source : http://www.zaidie.net/home/2010/06/22/tazkirah-perkara-yang-hilang-dari-umat-islam/

mod_dosevasive for Apache

mod_dosevasive is an evasive maneuvers module for Apache to provide evasive action in the event of an HTTP DoS or DDoS attack or brute force attack. It is also designed to be a detection and network management tool, and can be easily configured to talk to ipchains, firewalls, routers, and etcetera. mod_dosevasive presently reports abuses via email and syslog facilities.

Detection is performed by creating an internal dynamic hash table of IP Addresses and URIs, and denying any single IP address from any of the following:
  • Requesting the same page more than a few times per second
  • Making more than 50 concurrent requests on the same child per second
  • Making any requests while temporarily blacklisted (on a blocking list)
This method has worked well in both single-server script attacks as well as distributed attacks, but just like other evasive tools, is only as useful to the point of bandwidth and processor consumption (e.g. the amount of bandwidth and processor required to receive/process/respond to invalid requests), which is why it’s a good idea to integrate this with your firewalls and routers for maximum protection.

WordPress 3.0 “Thelonious”

Arm your vuvuzelas: WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download (or upgrade within your dashboard). Major new features in this release include a sexy new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them to easily implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies. (Twenty Ten theme shows all of that off.) Developers and network admins will appreciate the long-awaited merge of MU and WordPress, creating the new multi-site functionality which makes it possible to run one blog or ten million from the same installation. As a user, you will love the new lighter interface, the contextual help on every screen, the 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements, bulk updates so you can upgrade 15 plugins at once with a single click, and blah blah blah just watch the video.  (In HD, if you can, so you can catch the Easter eggs.)

iTunes 9.2 Released

iTunes 9.2

What’s new in iTunes 9.2

iTunes 9.2 comes with several new features and improvements, including:

  • Sync with iPhone 4 to enjoy your favorite music, movies, TV shows, books and more on-the-go
  • Sync and read books with iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4 and iBooks 1.1
  • Organize and sync PDF documents as books. Read PDFs with iBooks 1.1 on iPad and any iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4
  • Organize your apps on your iOS 4 home screens into folders using iTunes
  • Faster back-ups while syncing an iPhone or iPod touch with iOS 4
  • Performance improvements make scrolling much faster

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: support.apple.com/kb/HT1222

Short Neurological Test

1- Find the C below.. Please do not use any cursor help.

OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.

99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999699999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999
99999999999999999999999999999999999999999999999

3 – Now find the N below. It’s a little more difficult.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMNMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you’re far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.

Congratulations!

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Pantun Lenggang Kangkung

A question from @farizatoy‘s tweet ” lenggang kankung ” – kenapa kangkung ea? kenapa x lenggang sawi ke lenggang bayam ke lenggang kailan masak ikan masin ke..kan?

So here’s the answer 🙂

The lyrics of Lenggang Kangkung is based on the format of a pantun. The first two lines of the pantuns and have no other purpose than to set up a sound and rhyme pattern for the second couplet. The second couplet is the only meaningful part of a pantun.

Lenggang, lenggang kangkung
Kangkung tepi telaga
Balik dari menyabung
Makan nasi lauk tak ada.

Lenggang, lenggang kangkung
Kangkung berbatas-batas
Kalau orangnya sombong
Satu hari mendapat balas.

Lenggang, lenggang kangkung
Kangkung berjela-jela
Hati bongkak dan sombong
Itu bukan pakalan kita.

Source : http://thatbottle.blogspot.com/2005/11/lenggang-kangkung.html & http://www.cyloong.com/Multicultural/SEA.html

Kangkung Belacan :p

Mac OS X 10.6.4 Released

After launching a new Mac Mini, and iPhone Pre-Orders, Apple went ahead and pushed out Mac OS X 10.6.4. The update is 315MB and can be installed through the system software update application.

The 10.6.4 Update is recommended for all users running Mac OS X Snow Leopard. It includes Safari 5 and general operating system fixes that enhance the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, including fixes that:

– resolve an issue that causes the keyboard or trackpad to become unresponsive
– resolve an issue that may prevent some Adobe Creative Suite 3 applications from opening
– address issues copying, renaming, or deleting files on SMB file servers
– improve reliability of VPN connections
– resolve a playback issue in DVD Player when using Good Quality deinterlacing
– resolve an issue editing photos with iPhoto or Aperture in full screen view
– improve compatibility with some braille displays

For detailed information on this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4150

For information on the security content of this update, please visit: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1222


Source : http://www.iclarified.com/entry/index.php?enid=10058

Speed Up Connection to ProFTPD server

Open the config file (/usr/local/etc/proftpd.conf)

add these lines into the config
[plain]
IdentLookups                    off

UseReverseDNS off[/plain]

and restart your proFTPd services. Tadaa~!

Spam Attack Stats

Thanks to Akismet, I’ve re-enabled it due to spam attack & mass email notification from the blog regarding spam registration & comments posting which require approval. From the stats, it shows that 17,846 spams caught, 432 legitimate comments, and an overall accuracy rate of 99.814%. **phew

17,846 spams caught, 432 legitimate comments, and an overall accuracy rate of 99.814%.

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