Apple, Microsoft y Coca-Cola, las marcas más valiosas

Los rivales tecnológicos Apple y Microsoft y la líder mundial en la fabricación de bebidas, Coca-Cola, ocupan los tres primeros lugares de la última lista que la revista Forbes ha elaborado con las marcas más valiosas del mundo.

La creadora de los ordenadores Mac, los populares reproductores iPod y los teléfonos iPhone reina en el primer puesto.

“Va a hacer falta más de un problema con la recepción de la antena del iPhone 4 para que la marca Apple se vea afectada”, señalan los responsables de Forbes, que situaron a la compañía californiana en lo alto de su listado gracias a los 57.400 millones de dólares que se calcula que vale su marca.

Microsoft, la firma fundada por Bill Gates, pisa los talones de la compañía que dirige Steve Jobs gracias a un valor de 56.600 millones de dólares, y por detrás de ambas se sitúa Coca-Cola, cuyo imperio de bebidas refrescantes ha conseguido que su marca, una de las más reconocidas en todo el mundo, valga 55.400 millones.

En un listado de 50 posiciones y dominado por empresas tecnológicas en un 30 por ciento, otros dos gigantes del sector cierran los cinco primeros puestos: IBM (43.000 millones), que se beneficia de su “fuerte innovación” en el sector, y Google (39.700 millones), cuyo valor ha aumentado un 450 por ciento desde 2005.

Los siguientes en aparecer son la cadena de comida rápida McDonald’s (35.900 millones), el conglomerado General Electric (33.700), la firma de cigarrillos Marlboro (29.100), distribuida por Altria y Philip Morris International, la tecnológica Intel (28.600) y la fabricante finlandesa de telefonía Nokia (27.400).


3 years in Oracle

January 16th 2007 was my first day in Oracle. I went straight to boot camp (the training programme) after a very quick session of interviews.

I guess it was the fastest hiring ever. On January 11th (a Thursday) I had the languages test, the next day I got a phone call. The next interview was set for Monday, January 15th. Later that day I got another phone call. “Tomorrow you will start…”
Three years later… I can’t hardly believe it…
I’ve changed 6 desks, but it was good, as I like changes.

I have learned a lot, I’ve been and still am involved in interesting projects. I’ve grown professionally a lot. I speak Spanish and English on a daily basis. I’ve seen people coming and going, I’ve coached a lot.
I renewed big contracts. I’ve solved issues. I’ve received emails of appreciation.
Sometimes I feel like wanting a change, but not only a job change. Until I am ready to make that change, I think I will stay a little bit longer within Oracle.

Santa Claus has come…

And “She” brought me something I wanted. As usual… For a couple of months I have been looking for a stainless steel ring. I saw several but I could not decide myself for one. And “She” decided for me and it was a good choice.

Brad Pitt – 46

William Bradley “Brad” Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and film producer. He has been cited as one of the world’s most attractive men, a label that entices the media to report on his off-screen life. Pitt has received two Academy Award nominations and four Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one.

Pitt began his acting career with television guest appearances which included a role on the CBS soap opera Dallas in 1987; later gaining recognition as the cowboy hitchhiker who seduces Geena Davis’s character in the 1991 road movie Thelma & Louise. Pitt’s first leading roles in big-budget productions came with A River Runs Through It (1992) and Interview with the Vampire (1994). He was cast opposite Anthony Hopkins in the 1994 drama Legends of the Fall which earned him his first Golden Globe nomination. In 1995, he gave critically acclaimed performances in the crime thriller Seven and the science fiction film Twelve Monkeys, the latter earning him a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor and an Academy Award nomination. Four years later in 1999, Pitt starred in the cult hit Fight Club. Subsequently in 2001, he starred in the major international hit Ocean’s Eleven and its sequels Ocean’s Twelve (2004) and Ocean’s Thirteen (2007). He has had his biggest commercial successes with Troy (2004) and Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005). Pitt received his second Academy Award nomination for his performance in the title role in the 2008 film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
Following a high-profile relationship with actress Gwyneth Paltrow, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston for five years. As of 2009, he lives with actress Angelina Jolie in a relationship that has attracted worldwide media attention. He and Jolie have three adopted children, Maddox, Zahara, and Pax, and also three biological children, Shiloh, Knox, and Vivienne. Pitt owns a production company named Plan B Entertainment, which produced the 2007 Academy Award winner for Best Picture, The Departed, among other films. Since beginning his relationship with Jolie, he has become increasingly involved in social issues both in the United States and internationally.

The first snow

Authorities were getting ready for the forecasted snowfall since Saturday.
Today it snowed. They have been caught off-guard again. It was not even a big snowfall but the removal equipment was nowhere to be seen. Many streets turned into skating rinks. It took me 50 minutes to get home. It usually takes me 20.
But I got the chance to test my car. It did really well although it doesn’t have winter tyres.

Black Friday Sales

Black Friday is the Friday following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, which is the beginning of the traditional Christmas shopping season.
Because Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday in November in the United States, Black Friday occurs between the 23rd and the 29th of November.
Black Friday is not an official holiday, but many employees have the day off as part of the Thanksgiving holiday (with the exceptions of those employed in retailing, health care, and banking), which increases the number of potential shoppers.

Retailers often decorate for the Christmas and holiday season weeks beforehand. Many retailers open extremely early, with most of the retailers typically opening at 5AM or even earlier. Some of the larger retailers (depending on the location) such as Sears, Best Buy, Macy’s, Toys “R” Us, and Walmart have been reported to open as early as midnight on the start of Black Friday in localized areas and remain open for 24 hours throughout the day until midnight the following Saturday. Upon opening, retailers offer doorbuster deals and loss leaders to draw people to their stores.

Although Black Friday, as the first shopping day after Thanksgiving, has served as the unofficial beginning of the Christmas season at least since the start of the modern Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1924, the term “Black Friday” has been traced back only to the 1960s.

The term “Black Friday” originated in Philadelphia in reference to the heavy traffic on that day. In many cities it is not uncommon to see shoppers lined up for hours before stores with big sales open. Once inside the stores, shoppers often rush and grab, as many stores have only a few of the big-draw items. On occasion, injuries and even fatalities are reported.

Tropicana Juice

This brand among many others reminds me of America. There was hardly a morning without the Tropicana Orange Juice.
100% Orange Pure & Natural… that’s how it is promoted and it sure feels like it.
It is made with fresh oranges, there are no water, sugar or preservatives added.

To make the best juice, Tropicana works with some of Florida’s most established groves. Tropica is the largest single buyer of Florida fruit. They are making sure they pick the fruit at the perfect time.

The orange oil is extracted from the peel to capture the from-the-orange taste and aromas which are later carefully blended into the juice for consistent quality and flavor.
Oranges have a limited growing season, and because there is demand for juice year round, an unspecified quantity of juice (some or potentially all) is deaerated and then stored for future packaging in chilled tanks to preserve quality. The aseptic tanks protect the juice from oxygen and light and hold the liquid at optimal temperatures just above freezing to maintain nutrition. It has been reported that deaerated juice no longer tastes like oranges, and must be supplemented with flavor packs derived from orange oils before consumption. Tropicana also uses small quantities of high-quality orange juice from Brazil to supplement the Florida crop.