Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Learning to say thank you in Chinese

A great article from Hiren Doshi about an Indian expat's life in China:

My encounter with China dates back to 2002 when I was based in Hong Kong and looking after business development for Infosys in the region. After months of shuttling between HK and Beijing, the time came to make a permanent move to Beijing. Unlike popular belief back in India in those days India was not that far behind China in infrastructure or development and prosperity. I had a sense of the difference between India and China and what to expect when I landed in that country for the first time. But nothing can prepare you for the full impact until you see it with your own eyes. Travelling from the airport to my residence—the experience was overwhelmingly world class. The question which puzzled me many times before haunted me again - why had we not been able to do this in India? This time the urge for finding an answer was much higher.


Saturday, January 06, 2007

Members map now online!

A long requested feature, the members map, is now online at Instructions can be found here but are also reproduced below (please note there are two possible stages to use of the map - "adding your location" and "updating your profile").



Please remember that there is no requirement to add your location to the members map and that all locations are publicly visible. If you do wish to use the map you may wish to consider giving an approximate rather than exact location. Use of the map is at your own risk.


Moving around Google maps can be done via the mouse, keyboard or the built in controls on the map. Using the mouse, drag the map to center it where you want and use the mousewheel to zoom in or out. With your keyboard, the cursor keys move the map up, down and side to side while the +/- keys provide zoom in and out controls respectively. Each map also has built in controls in the upper left. Using your mouse simply click the appropriate icon to move, center or zoom the map.

Adding A Location

Adding your location to the members map will result in a marker with your username being placed on the map which will be visible to all visitors. Note: once you have added your location you may also wish to update your profile (see below) so that people can click on the location listed in your profile and view the location on a Google Map.

Locations can be added in 3 different ways: with your mouse, using the address entry box or via the Manual Location Entry Page. Using the mouse, navigate to the point that you would like to add a location. Next, simply click the map at your location. A window will pop up prompting you for the information pertaining to your new location. Simply enter the info and click the button to submit it. If you decide that you do not want to add the location, simply click the "x" icon in the upper right of the window.

Each map allows you to enter a location by typing in its location/address in the address entry box. Here are some examples of allowable syntax:
Cranbourne North, Victoria, Australia


1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC

Kansas City

Astrodome, Houston, Texas

If Google recognizes the address you supplied, the map will move/zoom to the location and a window will pop up prompting you to enter the info for the location. At this point the same instructions as described above apply.

Updating Your Profile

Once you have added your location (see above) you may then wish to update your profile with a link to this location. This means that when visitors view your profile (either the full version or the mini-version next to each forum post) they will be able to click on your location and view it on a Google Map.

To update your profile firstly ensure that you have added your location as outlined in the previous step then click the "profile" button below the Members Map and enter the text you would like to appear as the location in your profile (remembering to click "Update Profile Location"). Note: you may then need to logout and log back in again in order to view the change in your profile.

Monday, January 01, 2007

Happy New Year!

A very happy New Year to all our members and visitors!

2007 figures to be a big year for Expat Focus - we hope you'll join us.

Best wishes,