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The 22-year-old behind Everex CloudBook's Linux OS

Eric Lai /
January 9, 2008 - 8:22 P.M

A little more than a year ago, David Liu was sitting in a lecture hall at UCLA. After graduating, Liu worked as an IT contractor for several months before starting Good OS.

Today, the young native of West Covina (a suburb 30 miles east of Los Angeles) is heading development for a flavor of the Linux operating system that is, in its own small way, throwing down a big challenge to Windows Vista.

More than two decades old, Windows, say critics, long ago fell victim to a malady common to mature software - bloat, which is more colorfully known as 'featuritis'.

Personal Growth - Psychology

Happiness Is a Clean Desk

How to beat the paper monster

J. Bud Feuchtwanger
Institute for Business Technology

G round zero in the battle against clutter and lost time at work is the desktop. To win the war, and win that raise or promotion, you must have a clever system for routinely processing all of the reports and follow-up projects that pour into your office.

Here are our strategies for gaining permanent control of your desktop no matter how disorganized you are.

News Cellar - Startup / Entrepreneurship

Do Whites and Wealthy Have a Start-Up Edge?

By KELLY K. SPORS / WSJ's Small Business

Editor's note: Memos is a weekly roundup of news and tidbits about small business and entrepreneurs by columnist Kelly Spors. Ms. Spors also answers reader questions in Small Talk Q&A.

Wealth and race affect start-up rates

Being white and wealthy means you're more likely to get your business off the ground, according to a new study released by the Small Business Administration's Office of Advocacy.

The study found that wealthy nascent entrepreneurs -- those in the top 25% of U.S. income distribution -- were four times more likely to open a business than nonwealthy nascent entrepreneurs. It also compared the start-up rates of nonwhites with whites, concluding that minorities were 55% less likely to start a business than whites.

Personal Growth - Psychology

Stress management

Stress at work, stress management techniques, stress reduction and relief

Employers should provide a stress-free work environment, recognise where stress is becoming a problem for staff, and take action to reduce stress. Stress in the workplace reduces productivity, increases management pressures, and makes people ill in many ways, evidence of which is still increasing. Workplace stress affects the performance of the brain, including functions of work performance; memory, concentration, and learning. In the UK over 13 million working days are lost every year because of stress. Stress is believed to trigger 70% of visits to doctors, and 85% of serious illnesses (UK HSE stress statistics). Stress at work also provides a serious risk of litigation for all employers and organisations, carrying significant liabilities for damages, bad publicity and loss of reputation. Dealing with stress-related claims also consumes vast amounts of management time. So, there are clearly strong economic and financial reasons for organisations to manage and reduce stress at work, aside from the obvious humanitarian and ethical considerations. If you are suffering from stress yourself the stress management guidelines here are just as relevant. See the workplace stress research articles below.

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