Monthly Archives: April 2011

Moved to Karoo Lark Web Messenger

In the past few years, we were providing web messengers from several locations, like java2script, izuz and webuzz. We had several problems in operating these websites:

  • User experience was not the same
  • Some band names were not good and might confused our users
  • Band name conflicted with other existed band names.
  • Maintaining several websites required more time.

Last month, we decided to build a new band, that is “Karoo Lark [ka:ru:la:k]”, a bird’s name. We hope our web messenger will give you a bird’s feeling to sing out your message. We were encouraging our users to try out the new web messenger here. In the past week, we has redirect some old web messenger services to our new web messenger service Karoo Lark web messenger. From user feedback,  we think it’s time to move all of our old web messenger services here now.

So enjoy Karoo Lark web messenger!

And please let us know, if you have any problem or advice.

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Weekend Books: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

As most of our users are office workers or school students. We would like to recommend you some of popular books in this weekend. Here is one of our favorite book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People“.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change was a groundbreaker when it was first published in 1990, and it continues to be a business bestseller with more than 10 million copies sold.

Stephen Covey, an internationally respected leadership authority, realizes that true success encompasses a balance of personal and professional effectiveness, so this book is a manual for performing better in both arenas. His anecdotes are as frequently from family situations as from business challenges. Before you can adopt the seven habits, you’ll need to accomplish what Covey calls a “paradigm shift” – a change in perception and interpretation of how the world works. Covey takes you through this change, which affects how you perceive and act regarding productivity, time management, positive thinking, developing your “proactive muscles” (acting with initiative rather than reacting), and much more.

This isn’t a quick-tips-start-tomorrow kind of book. The concepts are sometimes intricate, and you’ll want to study this book, not skim it. When you finish, you’ll probably have Post-it notes or hand-written annotations in every chapter, and you’ll feel like you’ve taken a powerful seminar by Covey.

-Joan Price

Here is Wikipedia’s summary about these 7 habits inside the book.

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the habits, which are represented by the following imperatives:

The First Three Habits surround moving from dependence to independence (i.e. self mastery)

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive

Synopsis: Taking initiative in life by realizing your decisions (and how they align with life’s principles) are the primary determining factor for effectiveness in your life. Taking responsibility for your choices and the subsequent consequences that follow. Getting things done.

  • Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Synopsis: Self-discover and clarify your deeply important character values and life goals. Envision the ideal characteristics for each of your various roles and relationships in life. It is always better to try and foresee situations. Predict outcomes and then think of worst case scenarios, will help come up with informed decisions.

  • Habit 3: Put First Things First

Synopsis: Planning, prioritizing, and executing your week’s tasks based on importance rather than urgency. Evaluating if your efforts exemplify your desired character values, propel you towards goals, and enrich the roles and relationships elaborated in Habit 2. Prioritization is the key to the success of any business or in any walk of life. Being proactive rather than being reactive leads to success.

The next three have to do with Interdependence (i.e. working with others)

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win

Synopsis: Genuinely striving for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships. Valuing and respecting people by understanding a “win” for all is ultimately a better long-term resolution than if only one person in the situation had gotten his way. Everyone will feel inclusive and involved. A better environment of trust and loyalty establishes.

  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to be understood

Synopsis: Using empathetic listening to be genuinely influenced by a person, which compels them to reciprocate the listening and take an open mind to being influenced by you. This creates an atmosphere of caring, respect, and positive problem solving. This can also avoid situations where the problem does not actually exist and its just a matter of misunderstanding. It is always said that listen double to what you talk since we have 2 ears to listen and one mouth to talk.

  • Habit 6: Synergize

Synopsis: Combining the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals no one person could have done alone. How to yield the most prolific performance out of a group of people through encouraging meaningful contribution, and modeling inspirational and supportive leadership. Everyone is a master of something and not everything. Positive potentials can be put together to achieve better results.

The last habit relates to self-rejuvenation;

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw

Synopsis: The balancing and renewal of your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable long-term effective lifestyle. This is constant improvement of one’s self in order to be a better human being and to sharpen one’s skills in order to achieve better results.

It is being sold as $8.86 on Amazon right now. Go and get one. It is worthy buying and reading it. And you will learn to become an effective people.

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Web Messenger Performance Improvements

We have rolled out some updates in the past few days. These updates help improving Karoo Lark web messenger performance.

  1. The server pushes data to browser side in a more compact way. That is to say, our messenger will load your friends more quickly.
  2. Now our messengers will refresh friend list only when it is necessary. If a friend outside current visible friend items has been updated, the messenger will not update the UI until you scroll to that friend. So our web messengers will run in a smoother way.
  3. Disable background picture for Internet Explorer (IE). From our test, we found out that background picture made IE very very slow. So we has disabled this feature for IE.
    We strongly recommend all IE users update your browsers to Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox. Karoo Lark web messengers runs much faster in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
  4. Fixing other bugs.

Please let us know what you think about our web messenger. We are improving Karoo Lark web messenger always.

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Feedback Request: KarooLark on iPad/iPhone or Smartphones

We found that a few visitors used our Karoo Lark web messenger on their iPad in the last few days. We hope they like our web messenger.

It’s a fact that not so many users give us feedback of our web messengers on mobile devices. So if you are away from your PC/Mac outside office/home but want to have a conversation with your friends, please try our web messengers on your iPad or other pads, or your iPhone, Android phone or other smartphones. Please also be kind to told us what you think. We would like to improve our web messengers so that it can fulfill the basic IM requirements for those mobile devices.

And we are also considering developing native multiple IM messengers for mobile devices. Are there any such KarooLark mobile messenger requirements from you? Thanks!

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