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Twitter to stop counting photos, links in 140-character limit
The micro-blogging site Twitter is reportedly planning to stop counting photos and links against the 140-character limit.
 
This comes as a welcome news for Twitter fans as the change will allow them to compose longer tweets.
 
"Twitter is planning to incorporate changes in the coming two weeks," The Verge reported on Monday.
 
Attaching links and photos currently strikes out 23 and 24 characters respectively off a tweet's character count which often requires thinking in unconventional ways to convey what you mean in your tweet.
 
The change looks more tuned in comparison to earlier reports by Twitter to increase the 140-character limit to 10,000. 
 
Twitter is hoping that it will make the service more approachable to users.
 
According to Twitter, there is still time for you to tweet in 10,000 characters and its original 140-character limit is here to stay.
 
Appearing on a TV show recently, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that the 140-character limit is "a beautiful constraint" and that Twitter "will never lose that feeling".
 
"It's (140-characters) staying. It's a good constraint for us, and it allows for of-the-moment brevity... We're changing a lot. We're always going to make Twitter better," he was quoted as saying.
 
Earlier in January, media reports said that Twitter is building a new feature that will allow users to tweet longer than its traditional 140-character limit.
 
The 140-character limit has been around as long as Twitter has been and has become part of the product's personality.
 
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'Most graduates in India have theoretical knowledge, need skills'
Most graduates coming out of colleges in India have only theoretical knowledge and ways have to be found to make them skilled in their areas of choice, the head of an institution tasked with doing just that has said.
 
"We have graduates who have theoretical knowledge but no practical experience. A person can explain his or her learning on paper, but may have never done it in actual work situations," Jayant Krishna, CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), told IANS in an interview, pointing to the deficiency of employable skills among graduates in India.
 
"We need to find ways and create avenues to make them skilled in the area of their choice and help them become an employable workforce as per local and global industry requirements", Krishna said.
 
He said that hundreds of thousands of jobs were created in India every year but most of them were in the unorganised sector.
 
"India has a labour market of 48 crore (480 million) people. Almost 1.2 crore (12 million) people are added every year. It includes all kinds of jobs - organised or unorganised. Job creation is happening, but the challenge is that a very large number of these jobs are created in the unorganised or informal sector. This is a challenge for our country because most of the people want to work in the formal sector", Krishna contended.
 
He said youth must understand the difference that skill development brings to their lives, something which a degree or certificate alone cannot do.
 
Formed in 2010, NSDC acts as a catalyst in skill development by providing funding to enterprises, companies and organisations that provide such training.
 
NSDC partners have skilled over eight million people and placed around four million people in jobs. It has a target of skilling or up-skilling 150 million people by 2022 by fostering private sector initiatives.
 
Krishna said that there is an agreement with training partners that after successful completion of a course, at least 70 percent of the students have to be employed, but he confessed that the actual number is a "little less".
 
"If you ask me whether 70 percent of students are actually being placed, I would say it's a little less than that. But the fact is that as many jobs are also to be created in the country", he added.
 
He said there was an urgent need to fill the gap between academia and industry to build a cohesive skill eco-system for youth.
 
"As part of initiating skill education at school level, we started a programme on vocationalisation of secondary education on a pilot basis in some schools in Haryana.
 
He said there is one optional vocational subject, such as information technology, hospitality or retail.
 
"We got very good response and implemented it in other schools across the country as well", he said.
 
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Param

1 year ago

unfortunately my interactions indicate that they lack theoretical knowledge as well.

Alternatives to MS Office
Recently, one of our readers shared with us several issues that cropped up after updating his laptop to Windows 10. He was happy to use the vastly improved operating system (OS) from Microsoft but his worry was about the inability to use MS Office after the upgrade.
 
Well, he is not alone. Several among us may be facing similar issues, especially after upgrading the OS, either on our computers or mobile devices. Microsoft also knows about these issues in its Office suite, following the upgrade to Windows 10. The best possible solution is update the Office suite to version 15.0.4745.1002 or later. It can be done by starting Office 2013 applications like Word or Excel and then clicking on File > Account > Update Options > Update Now. If you are using Office 365 ProPlus, you can uninstall it using a fix-it tool from Microsoft (read more) and re-install it from Office 365 website. Office 2016 users should not face any trouble after upgrading to Windows 10. However, if there is an issue, try uninstalling and then re-installing the Office suite.
 
However, the issue with the reader mentioned above was different. After upgrade to Windows 10, the Office suite was asking him to purchase the software. Most probably, he was using an ‘unofficial’ version of MS Office and this was caught by the upgraded OS. The reader wanted me to guide him if it was possible to open and edit Word or Excel files without buying MS Office suite. Unfortunately, the answer is no. 
 
If you want to use software that is efficient or convenient for your purpose, you should be ready to shell out some money for it. If not, many varieties of open source (read free) software that work flawlessly are available. But you will have to learn and adjust to use such free software with its (possible) limitations. 
 
One of the most popular alternatives to MS Office is Apache OpenOffice, which comes with word processor, spreadsheet, presentation software, graphics editor and database management system. OpenOffice also supports a large number of file formats like shockwave file (SWF) and PPT. In addition, there are several extensions that can be used to enhance productivity on OpenOffice. Try it. But do not expect it to give you same styling like MS Office. For basic office work, it will work smoothly. OpenOffice is available on Windows, Mac and Linux as well.
 
LibreOffice is popular mainly for its fast processing, especially for Word documents. Since it is more actively developed, it comes bundled with many Linux OS.
 
WPS Office comes in two versions, free and paid. The free version has restrictions on some features. WPS Office is lightweight (just 100MB) and, if you need just the basic Office suite, look no further. The only issue with this software is that, while it allows you to create and edit documents in MS Office compatible formats, for saving, you need to upgrade to the paid version.
 
Softmaker FreeOffice is another alternative to MS Office. This also comes in free and paid versions. It contains three standard office applications, Word, Spreadsheet and Presentation.
 
For Mac users, there is one good and robust alternative to MS Office—NeoOffice. Unfortunately, it comes only in paid version. While it provides all the standard features of OpenOffice, there are some native extras like grammar checking, text highlighting and integration with the OS for drag and drop functionality. The only issue with NeoOffice is its incompatibility with newer versions of MS Office formats.
 
In addition, you can also use online Office suites. The most popular ones are: Google Docs, Office Online and Zoho Office Suite. Mac users can use iWork through iCloud for creating and editing small documents, spreadsheets and presentation files. 

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Harish Kohli

1 year ago

Namaste Yogesh ji,
Sometime ago, in response to your article on upgrading software, I had written the difficulties I had after upgrading to Windows 10. Very frequently I could not print, or the laptop could not be started and had to "force quit" or would just hang. Then started a series of messages to buy upgrade/software and I have genuine software. I understood from friends that if you bought one then you were prompted to buy another. I tried but could not revert to the older software.

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