Monthly Archive:: March 2013

Car insurance, and any other type of insurance, are one of those bills that we particularly dislike paying; after all, we may never actually need to cash in on all those premiums we pay year in and year out. But, should we ever need it, we are sure glad we had it. Very few of us could cover the potential sky high costs associated with auto accidents.  You may be curious how rates are calculated, and here are some of the major factors insurance companies use to determine your premiums. Gender Men generally are charged more for auto insurance than women; a recent US study found that over the course of their lifetime, males paid more than 15,000 dollars than women for car insurance.  While

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Obtaining auto loans for people with bad credit is not an impossible task, though at times it may seem that way. No matter what you think of your financial situation, you should always familiarize yourself with your credit score. If you know what your score is then you can begin taking the necessary steps to determine the best time to begin looking for a car loan. Finding auto loans for people with bad credit might happen at a better time than the present. It might be prudent for those people looking to buy, to wait for six months then begin applying for loans. In that amount of time they can contribute positively to their ever-changing credit score by continuing to make payments on any outstanding

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As a kid everyone remembers making a few prank calls. Call a person and either fake it or hang up after a ring or two. Of course this was not as fun as ring or stray doorbells! But with the introduction of caller ID, it makes the task a whole lot harder. Now you prank call a person and they’re sure to call you back. But of course one benefit is still left, if you call a landline and the person doesn’t know you’re number, the anonymity still stays. As long as you can call a person and remain anonymous, we guess you can still play that game. The only loophole is if the person looks up the landline number in a telephone directory. If

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Marketing for real estate has been a hot subject today. By having a website with a good search engine visibility, you can openly view all the buyers and the sellers who use the Internet in doing business. As days passed, new stats and information are being released about the number of consumers who are using the internet these days. This occurrence implies that many people who want to purchase or sell a property is using the internet. Therefore, it is very important for beginners to be visible online most of the time. It is much even better that you will have your own website about real estate marketing. The marketing world of real estate is indeed complex. It is a field where there is so

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  Sports stadiums operate like amusement parks and shopping malls, providing recreation and entertainment activities such as seating, restrooms, food and beverages, restaurants and cafes, car park, and waste disposal for thousands of spectators. A sports stadium can be used for many sports activities such as football, rugby and athletics, probably costing tens of thousands of dollars to host any single sporting event. According to a project on U.S. sports stadiums and arenas in energy management and energy efficiency investment conducted by Masters students in Duke University in 2011, a sports stadium uses 5-10 MW of electricity during an event, which is equivalent to 5,000 home uses. In an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and improve their energy efficiency, sports stadiums are being designed

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In an age where we are working longer hours for less money, it’s no wonder the levels of stress in the workplace are so high. There are so many things that can get you down; boring colleagues, little free time, looming deadlines or even just running out of coffee at 10am on a Monday. Sometimes it’s good to get away from the stress of work-related duties and to take some time out during your day to forget about those pressing issues. Distraction If you’ve been working so hard on a project that you just can’t seem to get any further with it then perhaps you need a distraction. Just taking some time out to think about something else can get your subconscious working on those

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There are some things in life which we simply cannot give up on, and one of them is smoking. As luck has it, it seems that a new incredible technology has appeared, an alternative to regular smoking, the e-cig! Electronic cigarettes are devices which work on batteries. The battery makes a thing called „atomizer” or „cartomizer” work. The cartomizer transforms the e-liquid in the cartridge in healthy, pleasant vapor which may or may not include a doze of nicotine. Now that you know a little about how it works, let’s see why it is healthy and safe. E-liquids contain nicotine with perfect purity which means that the dozes are made precisely to suit the needs of any vaper. You can start with larger dozes if

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A lot of people are drawn to self-employment because of the freedom it gives them – not just professionally, but in the way they organize their lives and living. Yet with complete freedom – with no set 9-to-5 commitments and with weekends equivalent to weekdays in their potential for productivity – comes a structural void. As your income rests exclusively on your shoulders, it is easy to remain in “business mode” for long hours, prioritizing work above all else in your life. By the time you’ve established a steady income, you’ve also established the habits of working hard and compromising your leisure time, which will prove hard to shift. How do you go about making new friends as an entrepreneur? Why would you need to

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The human body was created with the amazing ability to repair itself. Our bodies can repair many different types of tissues when there has been an injury or illness. Skin, muscles, bones, and many other tissues and organs can all be naturally healed by the human body. Some tissues take longer than others, but with increased cell growth healing does occur. One of the most fascinating repair processes that occur within our body is the repair of a broken bone. How Do Bones Break? Bones can be broken in many different ways. From catching yourself from a fall, jumping into a ditch, having something fall on top of you, a crushing or jarring injury to falling off of a bike, broken bones can occur from

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The Playstation Vita has broken ground recently by outselling one of its competitors, the Wii. This fact, coupled with the recent price cut for the Vita, may open the device up to a new audience. With this in mind, it’s worth highlighting some of the top games for the PS Vita that just may tempt gamers to try the portable system. Dead or Alive 5: Set to be released on March 19, this MMA-style fighting game will have fans of the franchise pumped for new action. DOA 5 offers new martial arts fighting styles and techniques, a new graphics design style that brings the details of each character to life and powerful finishing moves that satisfy dedicated fighters. Innovative gestures use all of the Vita’s controls, including the rear control

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By Patrick Burke Patrick Burke is a writer and editor based in the greater New York area and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting. If you’re into the latest technology, tunes or independent films, Austin is the epicenter of all things fresh and innovative, as the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) 2013 Conferences & Festivals went underway in the Lone Star State. In terms of technology, the event, which ran from March 8-17, featured five days of presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, hundreds of networking events hosted by industry leaders, the SXSW Trade Show and a lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas from the international community. CloudTimes.org compiled a list of what drew some attention

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Going on a trip is a time for splurging and indulging—you are supposed to have a good time so eat that dessert, opt for the taxi and stay in that extra fancy room. But, traveling long-term can be a bit of a different experience and you need to adopt a different mentality. If you are going to be spending months or years on the road, the ‘’I am on vacation’’ excuse is not really valid for constantly eating unhealthy food and skipping on regular exercise.  As I write this, I am about two years into my travels through Southeast Asia and during this time, I have experienced weight fluctuations that I have gotten under control. I would like to share what strategies have personally worked for

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As a content management system, Magento is renowned for being an extremely robust and all-encompassing ecommerce platform. However, it can be performance intensive, needing a great deal of processor power to query complex databases and process information without harming the end user experience. To achieve increasingly important ecommerce flexibility, resilience and performance optimisation, it makes sense to look at migrating your Magento site (or any ecommerce site) to the cloud. Expanding Your Online Presence  By choosing to migrate to a hosted cloud solution, your website instantly becomes a scalable asset that requires negligible internal micro-management. By leaving maintenance and performance optimisation to dedicated experts you free yourself to do what you do best, run your business! Leave resource intensive tasks, such as maintaining the site,

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It might not seem like dolls — especially fashion dolls like the Monster High Dolls – have life lessons to tech kids. And when you’re in the toy aisle looking at kids dolls, these dolls — which look like goth versions of Bratz — may not seem like the best pick for girly girls. Yet there’s more to these spooky dolls than meets the eye, which makes Monster High a great gift for your young child that may also function as a self-esteem booster. Monster High Message Getting past the doll’s strange appearance, there is a message that we are all unique and that is a good thing. Sure, the dolls look strange. One has greenish-blue skin, another one has pasty white skin and another one wears

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If you’ve reached that crucial stage in setting up a small business – the one where you need to start thinking about spending some cash on IT – we have good news for you. St. Patrick’s Day, the Irish saint’s celebration, means more than excess Guinness, leprechauns and vivid green hats. A few choice tech manufacturers are offering deep discounts as part of their St. Patrick’s Day Sale. Here’s our guide to capitalising on this for small businesses. Tip 1: Gather all the eCoupon codes you can Sales on St. Patrick’s Day are going to work a little differently to how they did on Black Friday. The first difference (across the majority of suppliers) is the requirement of eCoupon codes to claim sales. For Lenovo,

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By Jennifer Marsh Jennifer Marsh is a software developer, programmer and technology writer and occasionally blogs for Rackspace Hosting. Ever lost data and wished there was a backup available? Backups save companies time and money, especially when the data is an integral part of revenue and customer support. Internal backup systems are expensive, but cloud backups eliminate much of the cost, time and storage space needed to keep archives of data. Good cloud hosts offer cost-saving opportunities for companies looking for a backup solution. Backup De-Duping Even some seasoned IT professionals haven’t heard of a process called de-duping. De-duping checks the physical blocks on a hard drive and identifies whether the system has “seen” the block of data before. If the system has seen the data

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    When it comes to solar power, not all countries are made equal. While some countries are just beginning their journey into solar power development, others have been producing solar power for decades, proving themselves to be leaders in the renewable energy cause. This article will explore examples of the countries that are at the front of the pack in embracing greener initiatives and solar energy growth. Research your country to see how it stacks up against pioneers in the industry.   Germany   Germany, the world’s leading country in solar power, is unique not solely because of its commitment to renewable energy, but also because of its perspective on renewable energy as a product that should be available for the average citizen. In

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What does an Apple™ a day really do for the doctor? The medical profession is currently experiencing a surge in the utilization of tablets and smartphones as medical devices. A number of diagnostic programs are being developed exclusively for the medical community and join the phenomenon called mHealth (mobile health). The medical profession and software companies have identified the potential for mobile-based technology to revolutionize the way that healthcare works. Custom-designed applications range from MobiSante’s smartphone-based ultrasound imaging system, MobiUS SP1 – an ultrasound monitor that can be plugged into an iPhone – to applications that can display medical images for doctors and patients to view on a phone screen, such as Visible Body. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has started to officially approve

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You Already Know Even if you aren’t sure what it is, you’re more than likely already familiar with Wide Format Media. Wide Format Media generally refers to the equipment used in the production of various large prints. No matter what the finished product is used for, the process requires a specialized digital printer that is designed to handle prints that are up to and over 60” wide. Inkjet technology allows these printers to work on a variety of different material, including vinyl or glossy-coated papers. Instead of using individual sheets like smaller-scale printers do, wide format printers use rolls of material to produce the finished product on a much larger scale. But what’s the point of this? Why use a big roll of paper instead

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One of the unique characteristics of Windows 8, compared to its predecessors, is the built-in internet security protection.  While there are a lot of features and functionality which contribute to this, there are two items of particular importance – Boot Time Protection and Windows Defender.  The key to truly protecting a Windows 8 device from ever-present internet security risks rests in understanding what their roles really are.   Boot Time Protection   The most talked about internet security feature of Windows 8 is the built-in boot time protection capabilities.  It is designed to overcome common vulnerabilities found in previous operating systems.  Previous operating systems allowed malware to insert itself during the boot sequence.  Boot time malware is one of the most difficult to internet security

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