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18 April, 2013
18 April, 2013
Talk about first impressions; telephone greetings are critical. I’ve heard many times complaints from foreigners visiting Tbilisi that home phones are kind of wild in terms of answering etiquette. As there are few answering machines installed on the city home phone lines. Home phones are unanswered, messages are lost. Answering machine culture is a part of reality in the USA, UK, Canada and Germany.
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11 April, 2013
11 April, 2013
There is a question about governments, particularly about the new Georigan government. Can it create and enforce rules to make peoples lives better? The former government had somewhat of a philosophical conviction that government regulation was by its nature a bad thing; that governments stood in the way of people living their lives and conducting their business, because of this, Georgia has less regulation than in almost any country in the world.
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11 April, 2013
11 April, 2013
I don’t read much news normally. I am the opposite of Jamal, character on a rather spectacularly popular TV show My Wife’s Girlfriends, who is glued to the TV, listening to the news of each and every day. I do read a little bit from time to time, to hear the latest gossip, to keep up with bizarre developments, latest one being depriving the defendant of a right to speedy trial, but overall I just do it to keep from looking like an idiot when people talk to me about politics.
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11 April, 2013
11 April, 2013
In some countries, like France, having your wifi network (adsl router, etc) unprotected is illegal. But it is generally good practice to always have your network protected.
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04 April, 2013
04 April, 2013
For those who have been living in a cave for the last several weeks and may have missed it, Cyprus is in full financial meltdown. There are several reasons.
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04 April, 2013
04 April, 2013
When it comes to home appliances, few things are as important as the kitchen gas range. Gas ranges offer several advantages over electric ovens, including faster heating times. If trying to choose which gas range to purchase had you stressed, stop worrying. Kitchen range and home appliance experts have highlighted some of the most important things to look for in a good gas range one of them is horizontal glass surface holding burners and iron-casted frame for frying pans and kettle along with normal pans. The market leaders here are Ariston (Italy) and Gefest (Belarus) glass line model, accumulating heat.
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28 March, 2013
28 March, 2013
USAID is a part of the US government that gives out money in poor and mid-income countries around the world. In Georgia, it just granted a Washington (or actually Bethesda) based company a million dollars a year to evaluate Georgia's USAID projects over the next five years. This seems crazy to me. Leaving aside better ways to do this, there are plenty of companies in Georgia who could do this job. Wouldn't a firm based in Georgia be better able to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs than a group of former senior USAID managers based along the Beltway in Washington? These evaluations are secret, or at least very well hidden. In fact USAID is less transparent than most parts of the Government of Georgia. A more open conversation would be a good thing for Georgia and for USAID.
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28 March, 2013
28 March, 2013
Today we have a sea of registered non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in Georgia. Yet, the reader will agree that actually, only the slim percentage is functioning. Few NGOs, which depend on foundations and business circles, have managed to find respective niches and perpetual funding from various donors. It goes for years. I won’t continue.
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28 March, 2013
28 March, 2013
Advanced malicious software can collect sensitive, confidential information about security and national defense centers in any country of the world and then uploading it to some of command and control servers.
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21 March, 2013
21 March, 2013
I remember Shevardnadze's time when there were two types of civil servants. The first were ones whose position allowed them to make some money, they usually purchased their positions. They were the ones who needed to make decisions that could some how affect people's lives. For example the anti-monopoly commission would make money by not investigating monopolies. Tax inspectors would make money by not investigating tax fraud, traffic police would make money by....well, asking for it. And people in the passport offices would make money by deciding to move a little faster than they would if they weren't given any money. The rest of the civil servants would work or not, show up or not, some had died years ago but still got paid.
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21 March, 2013
21 March, 2013
When the matter concerns a law or its adoption, politics is always involved. I was told these words a few days ago in the tete-a-tete meeting by one of the esteemed ambassadors accredited in Georgia. I cannot help but agree with these words. Any legislative act is adopted by the country’s parliament and the process necessarily involves going through a political mincing machine. Yet, I think there is one “but” there.
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21 March, 2013
21 March, 2013
What Are the Differences Between Cell Phone Batteries? Cell phone batteries drain power based on how much you use the device and which features you have enabled. OEM, or original equipment manufacturer, batteries differ from non-OEM batteries mainly Chinese .
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14 March, 2013
14 March, 2013
I am in Sweden now and the concept of consensus is so deeply imbedded in society here, it is easy to see in simple day to day life. Politically many votes in parliament, perhaps most tend to be symbolic because disagreement tends to be worked out before the fact. There is a general tendency for two or more sides to smooth over their differences and move towards a compromise policy.
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14 March, 2013
14 March, 2013
Let’s stop putting the kibosh on e-mail public Internet providers and search engines. While working from home, I immediately thought: Oh, I can see it now. Somebody jumped on the inbox and hacked all private and confidential information.
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07 March, 2013
07 March, 2013
For the last few decades the traditional right left spectrum has less and less meaning in world politics. And yet the worlds newest political movement has not yet made it to Georgia.
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07 March, 2013
07 March, 2013
AS Percy Bysshe Shelley, major English Romantic poet and political activist has noted, the most pernicious mistake ever made in the world is the segregation of political science from morality.
This seems to be the underlying intent of Mr. Bidzina Ivanishvili in his new political venture and something that he clearly applied throughout life in his business and personal matters. An individual is defined not only by what he does, but how he does it.
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07 March, 2013
07 March, 2013

Everyone is talking about Cloud Computing, but what does it mean? Business applications are moving to the cloud. It’s not just a fad – the shift from traditional software models to the Internet has steadily gained momentum over the last 10 years.

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28 February, 2013
28 February, 2013
The smart people outside the room is a group increasingly discussed around the world by the smart people in the room. The smarter the people in the room the more they discuss the smart people outside the room. It comes from concept that is now almost a new proverb. Imagine a group of smart people sitting in a room deciding or designing something, making a plan or product. "there are more smart people outside this room than inside it" In a very real and profound sense that is always true no matter how many people are in the room and how smart they are. The question is do we want to do anything about that fact?
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28 February, 2013
28 February, 2013
When you buy a new mobile or super-duper Smartphone, is the first thing you look at what the specific absorption rate (SAR) is of the device you’re interesting in spending cash on? Me neither, but according to some health organizations, we should be paying attention to mobile phone radiation.
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21 February, 2013
21 February, 2013
There were several types of prisoners. Those who committed crimes, were convicted in a trial, and went to jail.
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