Monday, 17 December 2012

AmiableAmy's Blog Christmas Giveaway

Hi guys, I am inviting you all to join in my sister's Christmas giveaway! Prizes are $50 Williams-Sonoma Gift Card and Mrs. Smith's Signature Deep Dish Pie (which is open to U.S residents only), and 2 $10 Paypal cash prize(open worldwide). All you have to do is join in using the Rafflecopter below and you will be notified through email if you win! The giveaway will be open from midnight on Dec.11,2012 and the drawing will be after midnight on December 25, 2012. The lucky winners will receive an email and some information on how to claim the prize. The lucky winner will have to respond within 48 hours after receiving the email communication or Rafflecopter will pick another winner. Must be 18 years old and above to join! Just to inform everyone, that this is not a sponsored post and I am not compensated for this post and so is Amiableamy. Good Luck! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, 30 November 2012

Zoobies Pet Blanket Giveaway Winner

I would like to thank everyone who have joined in my sister's Zoobies pet blanket giveaway! Although the tittle did say Zoobies pet blanket giveaway, there are also 3 additional prices given away, such as a $10 old navy GC, and 2 $10 PayPal cash price. You may check out the winners of the said giveaways at the Rafflecopter attached below. Congratulations to the winners and thank you once again to all who have joined in!  
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Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Join The Zoobies Pet Blanket Giveaway

Hi everyone, if you or your child loves Zoobies products, then I am sure you would love Lilly the ladybug pet blanket from Zoobies. This is such a lovely toy blanket and I think would be an ideal present for the little ones, specially that Christmas is on the way.

Now the best thing is that you might even get one for free! All you have to do is join Zoobies pet blanket giveaway by sending your entries through rafflecopter below and try your luck! The giveaway runs until November 28, 2012 open to U.S residents, but do not be disappointed if you are not from USA as this raffle also gives non US residents a chance to win $10 PayPal cash to 2 lucky non US residents (worldwide). Bloggers or Non-Bloggers are welcome!

Prizes: One Zoobies Pet Blanket and One $10 OLD NAVY GC - OPEN TO US RESIDENTS ONLY but, there will be 2 $10 PAYPAL cash prize to be given worldwide.





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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Plano Texas Car Title Loan

A title car loan or title loan is commonly use these days as this releases money quickly and does not require a credit check! This type of loan is short term, using your car as collateral but the good thing about this is that you only leave the car title or the certificate of title and not your car, so you can still keep your car and still use it whiles you have it on collateral.

Title Loans are offered almost anywhere in America, I have not tried this yet, but I know someone who did from Texas using Title Loans in Plano and she does recommend this regards to their excellence in handling costumer service! Based on what she told me, it only takes less than 1 hour to get the loan. She went in personally at the Title Loans Plano’s office in San Antonio and was greeted and helped by a friendly loan specialist and came out of the office in less than 1 hour with a check on hand! It is not really necessary that you go to an office to get a title loan, as you can also apply online much easier and hassle free, but my friend went in for a personal reason.

Anyway this is worth checking out as borrowing money has surely been tightened over the past few years and short term loans like this surely helps when you are in need of emergency cash!

Friday, 24 August 2012

Using a mobile phone to get internet access on a laptop or tablet

You don’t actually need an internet dongle to get an internet connection on your laptop when you are away from home, and you do not need to go looking for a wifi hotspot when you can use your mobile phone to share the Internet connection to a tablet or a laptop. This is actually what they call tethering!

Now, I am currently using a Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray, but I believe that this tethering feature will work on any android phones 2.2 or above! You can either use your mobile phone usb cable to get an instant access or wirelessly by making your mobile phone as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot.

So, where can you find this feature?
You can find this on your mobile phone settings
• When you are already on the settings, tap the wireless & network
• Go to the mobile networks, tap and enable data access via mobile network (this would allow you to use internet on your mobile phone)
• Go back and tap tethering & portable hotspot

Using a USB:
• Connect the USB on your phone to your laptop
• Tap USB tethering (it will then automatically install all the settings on your laptop)
• Open a browser and start surfing the net!

Using as a portable Wi-Fi hotspot (without cables)
• Tap the port Wi-Fi hotspot setting
• Configure your Wi-Fi Hotspot ( keep the security setting as WPA2 PSK since it is the most secure connection then make a password and save)
• Tap portable Wi-Fi hotspot
• On your laptop or tablet, on the right lower corner look for the settings and click on it
• Look for the wireless network connection and find your mobile phone wireless hotspot
• Click on it and type on your password and then connect.

When the status says you are connected, you can now use the internet on your laptop or tablet.
Good luck!

Sunday, 5 August 2012

The importance of survey software in business market research

You might as well have noticed that you always get a research survey from almost anywhere now a days, from dining in a restaurant/fast-food chains, after staying in a hotel, to buying things online, on high streets and even on groceries you do get a market research survey!

Now, how do you get these surveys?
When purchasing online, you usually get an online survey after a few days of receiving your products, this will then be sent on your email with a link attached. However when buying on a high street shop, you will be invited to take the survey by store personnel and details are usually on the receipt of the items bought which of course includes the website wherein you will take the survey, same as staying on a hotel or dining on food chain or restaurants.

Why do businesses use market research survey?
Businesses uses market research for a very good reason, that is to gather feedbacks from costumers like you and me, and help businesses understand what they are good with and what needs improvements. From there these companies can decide what would best enhance their products and services! Now to gather these said feedbacks, a company/business uses a tool called survey software, based on what I know, this can be either used directly online or installed on a computer (depending on online survey provider). Once a survey is created, an email with a link will then be sent out to costumers. When a costumer responds to it by taking the survey, the collected data is immediately recorded and analyzed on the software; this will then be on a form of chart or graph, and can be then used as statistical analysis! I honestly think that this software is very handy to have or use in any businesses, as I used to work in a corporate company before and not only that this software is use for gathering consumer feedbacks but we do use this kind of software for internal use such as employees suggestions and feedbacks on company's policies, progress, and initiatives. Whichever you look at it, this is a very useful tool for businesses, so why not give it a go?

How to set up the internet on giffgaff android phone

Most android mobile phone already has a quick set up for internet and MMS, but using the new mobile sim called giffgaff, this will does not work! Instead you have to do what I did, to manually install the settings on the phone with the procedure below. This procedure along with other mobile phone settings are found on giffgaff website help page, so if this will not work on your phone, just log-in to your giffgaff account and look into the help page.

This settings is for Android phones running the following Android versions - 1.6, 2.1 and 2.2

Setting up internet & MMS:

- Press the Menu key
- Tap Settings
- Tap Wireless & networks
- Tap Mobile networks
- Tap Access Point Names
- Tap a giffgaff APN (if there are no APNs go to 10)
- Press the Menu key
- Tap Delete APN
- Repeat 6, 7 and 8 until no giffgaff APNs remain
- Tap the Menu key
- Tap New APN
- Tap Name then tap the text box and enter giffgaff then tap OK
- Tap APN then tap the text box and enter giffgaff.com then tap OK
- Tap Username then tap the text box and enter giffgaff then tap OK
- Tap Password then tap the text box and enter password then tap OK
- Tap MMSC then tap the text box and enter http://mmsc.mediamessaging.co.uk:8002 then tap OK
- Tap MMS proxy then tap the text box and enter 193.113.200.195 then tap OK
- Tap MMS port then tap the text box and enter 8080 then tap OK
- Tap MCC then tap the text box and enter 234 then tap OK
- Tap MNC then tap the text box and enter 10 then tap OK
- Press the Menu key
- Tap Save
- Tap the circle next to giffgaff so a green dot appears.
- Press the Back key four times to return to the home screen.
- Turn you phone off and back on again

Note: Make sure that your data is enabled in order to access the internet via mobile network. You can do this by going to the network settings on your phone.

Good luck!

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Must have and must know when traveling to Spain

Whether you are going on a holiday, on a business, or simply meeting families to Spain, everyone has their very own idea of what to do and what to bring. However, these things I have listed below are the things you should not miss on your check-list.

• Passports and Visas
• Credit cards
• ID’s
• Medications
• Airline tickets, train tickets, or boat tickets
• Hotel documentation
• Cameras & mobile phones
• Foreign currency or Travelers cheques
• Contact number of your health insurance
• Luggage’s – Which includes gears and weather appropriate clothing.
• Travel itinerary
• Spanish translation book (if you do not speak Spanish)
• And check out the weather forecast.

Now as you have noticed I had included the weather forecast, it is due to the reason that you can actually minimize your luggage if you know what the weather would be, by packing only what is needed! And the best way to get the proper forecast of Spain’s weather is to check this spanish weather website. I would highly recommend this websites mainly because my sister lives in Barcelona and when I asked her about this website, she said it is quite accurate! The thing I like about this is that unlike the some other weather websites, this is made specifically for Spain! You can check all the popular tourist destinations with some interesting weather information about the area, the current weather conditions of Spain’s cities and towns, up to 14 days ahead of time. Very useful indeed!

Since it is summertime, I have here some tips on what to bring on hot summer days in Spain:

• Light cotton- shirt, T-shirts or dresses
• Shorts and Jeans
• Cotton underwear
• Open toed shoes
• Sandals and flip-flops
• Towel and face towels
• And swimwear’s to enjoy the lovely pools and beaches of Spain.

Have fun!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Be an Entrepreneur and join FERN

If you are looking for a business then check out this company called FERN. FERN which means Filipino Entrepreneurs & Resources Network Inc or FERN Inc has been around since 2003 and is the only company that has produced a millionaire’s book among networking companies! The book by the way is called FERN Millionaires Book and was widely distributed by the National Bookstore.

Now with the continuous success of FERN products and business, I am proud to announce that FERN is now going global! In fact the soft launching for FERN INTERNATIONAL also called as ifern will be on August 07, 2012 at the World Trade Center in Manila, Philippines. On the said event ifern will be launching some new products for global market; please note that these high quality products are supplied by DSM Switzerland and Glanbia nutritionals. Attached below are some photos and descriptions of the said ifern products.

1 FERN ACTIV Capsule Contains
Sodium ascorbate, zinc, b1, b2, b6 b12.

More than just calcium
  • Concentrate of milk minerals
  • Milk mineral Complex
  • Calcium from milk
  • CALCIUM designed by nature



Health benefits:
Important for bone growth and health
Strengthens immune system
Promotes heart and vascular health
Supports mental health
Helps reduce inflammation
Protects against certain types of cancer
Promotes eye health




This is Fern's/ifern's CEO and President: Mr. Tom Manny Tan
Mr. Tom Manny Tan is the inspiring and charismatic leader of FERN, Inc.
His remarkable success can be attributed to his keen business sense, coupled with twenty years experience in the trade. Mr. Tan always shares his business knowledge, success, and experiences with the FERN community. As President and CEO, he leads a dedicated and dynamic team focused on achieving the FERN Vision: “Prosperity through Entrepreneurship.” He believes that the abilities of each individual are unique and carries with it immeasurable potential; the more these abilities are developed, the better a person can be. He has been featured in one of the country’s leading business publications, Entrepreneur Magazine; and recently a recipient of PLDT SME Nation’s MVP Bossing Award for 2012.

Now, if you want to be a part of this growing business, you can contact me at mcj_ifern@yahoo.com and I would help you get through the process of becoming a FERN or ifern entrepreneur!

Monday, 2 July 2012

Barbecue fire safety guide

Summertime is the best time to spend a relaxing time with family and friends, even at home. So, when the sun is shining, get your barbecue out in the garden and have fun! But before anything else make sure you know these fire safety guides.

• Keep a bucket of water, sand or a garden hose nearby for emergencies.
• Never use the barbecue indoors.
• Always set your barbecue up a good distance away from sheds, fences, trees, and shrubs, so they don’t catch fire.
• Never leave a barbecue unattended.
• Only use enough charcoal to cover the base of the barbecue. Normally around 5cm deep and don’t be tempted to fill it any higher.
• Keep children pets, garden furniture and toys away from cooking area.
• After cooking, make sure the barbecue has cooled before you move it.
• When you are cooking with a gas barbecue, make sure you turned the gas supply off first, then the barbecue control. This will then stop any gas from leaking.
• Change barbecue gas cylinder outdoors or in a well -ventilated area.
• Never store gas cylinder under indoor stairs as they could explode and blocked your escape during a house fire, instead store gas cylinder outside, away from sunlight and frost o a level, well drained surface.

Thursday, 31 May 2012

7 Identified Threats On Internet From CDW

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of CDW. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

With the fast and easy access of internet, more and more people and business rely on its use, but along with this fast and easy access also comes with a big risk, which may involve security and privacy being breach. To a person this could be an upsetting experience, but for a company this could mean disaster!  So this means an extra careful when it comes to sharing something over the internet. Now there are some advises you can look up on the government websites on how to protect yourself from the common personal threats like the identity thief scams, but for a company or a business I reckon that data loss prevention is the key to stay safe and secure online as this would detect possible threats to security and privacy.

Now what are these online threats? Based on what I found out on CDW, the leading provider of technology products and services for business, government and education, there are 7 Identified Threats and these are:

1.    Malware – is software that can damage computers and computer systems. This can be a form of computer viruses, worms, trojan horses, spyware, or an adware that can track down passwords or data’s on your computer.

2.    Attacks on Web Browsers/ Hostile E-Mail Attachments- Attacks on web browsers are commonly pop-ups which will then take you to another link that contains trackers. Hostile E-Mail attachments are sometimes an attached web link or a document, both contains tracker or a virus that can harm your computer. 

3.    SQL Injection Attack – These are common technique that would attack a database through a website and get information’s like credit cards or passwords and automatically sent to the 3rd party.

4.    Configuration Management / PC Lockdown – Usually cause by employees through sharing data’s through an unsecured computer.

5.    Passwords – weak passwords or a password that has been noted and left on for everyone to see.

6.    Wireless Security – This is common in laptops, mobile phones, tablets and other mobile devices. This is handy but risky as it is found out that wireless networks are relatively easy to break into.

7.    Loss of Mobile Devices – common problem on lost modern mobile phones, especially Smartphone’s as it holds loads of company information, like names, phone numbers, addresses, meetings, diary, and even passwords. This means an easy access to the company’s data for anyone holding it!

Attached is data loss prevention video from CDW

CDW hold loads of information about data loss prevention; also they are offering a free exclusive resource to identify 7 major threats against your data. So I would encourage you to visit their website now and avail the free download to get you started!  

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Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Seeing too many spam links on blogs

If you have noticed a lot of spam links appearing on your blog, web-links that you did not post, then it could be due to the plug-ins of Google chrome. Please note that this plug-ins is only seen by you on your computer, usually when you are using the Google chrome browser. So if you look at your blog from a different computer using a different browser, then you would not see these links! Also you may try using your mobile phone and check your blog from there; you will also notice that these links are not there.

Anyway if you are annoyed of this plug-ins reappearing on your blog, here is what you can do:

You can also completely disable specific plug-ins. Unlike blocked plug-ins, you won’t be able to allow the plug-in to run on a given page. When you visit a page with a disabled plug-in, you’ll see the message “Missing plug-in” appear in its place.
To disable plug-ins, visit the Plug-ins page at chrome://plugins/. Find the plug-in that you’d like to disable and click Disable. You can also re-enable disabled plug-ins on this page.

You can also reach the Plug-ins page by clicking Disable individual plug-ins in the "Plug-ins" section of the Content Settings dialogue.

Good luck!

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

New Advance Enzyte 24/7 Male Enhancement

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Vianda. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Looking of getting a male enhancement pill or capsule? Well look no further as the best voted male enhancement capsule called Enzyte is back and now better than ever!  Yes, Enzyte has been renowned for using only the finest natural herbs. That is why way back 2001 millions of men trusted and use Enzyte to help enhance erection quality and heightened arousal.

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So what is new with Enzyte? The industry has developed a more advanced formula and they call it Enzyte 24/7.  Now the good thing about this is that even though the formula is more advance, the ingredients remain natural, using premium blend of natural herbs and extracts. Some of these ingredients are clinically tested that has shown to support erectile function which promotes critical blood flow and guard against nutrients deficiencies that may affect volume and potency. Other good benefit of taking it on a daily basis may also help you with the following: Achieve firmer, stronger fuller-feeling erections, reach peak sexual enhancement, increase erection quality and stamina, heighten arousal and response, regain male sexual power and confidence, and boost sexual spontaneity. 

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Monday, 14 May 2012

Mother’s Day in USA: Mother’s Day in the UK

When is Mother's Day in the USA and when is Mother's Day in the UK? My daughter actually ask the same question and here is the answer:

Mother’s day in the United States and most countries are celebrated on the second Sunday of May. However in the United Kingdom, Mother’s day is celebrated on the fourth Sunday of Lent.

So here are the dates of Mother’s Day in the Coming years:

United States of America
2013 - May 12
2014 - May 11
2015 - May10
2016 - May 8

United Kingdom
2013 - March 10
2014 - March 30
2015 - March 15
2016 - March 6

Sunday, 13 May 2012

Happy Mother's Day To All Moms

Dedicated to all Mother’s!





Monday, 7 May 2012

Asus 1015PX EEE PC Bristles Problem on Screen

I bought my daughter an Asus 1015PX EEE PC last Christmas, the netbook was doing fine when it comes to performance over the past 4 months, but there is just an annoying 2 bristles inside the netbook screen. As far as I can remember, the bristles were not there when it was bought, not really noticed it until lately when I wipe it with a cotton cloth. At first, there was one small bristle and having though it was from outside I wipe it harder trying to take it off the screen, then another one fell down!
Photos:

The netbook is sealed and still has a manufacturer’s warranty, so I first went to Comet shop, where I got it and they refuse to accept it as they say there would be charges if they are to send it to ASUS for a repair! They did advise me to call ASUS costumer service, which believe me, is not the most helpful and friendly costumer service I have spoken to! I told him about the bristles in the netbook and the costumer service man told me that I have to book to have it pick up for a check up, then they will decide if it is manufacturers fault and have it repair for free. But if their technician findings that it is not, then I have to pay for it! The charges would then cover for parts (if anything is damage inside), labor and logistic. Logistics by the way would cost around £57.57 for UK and Ireland, and you cannot book your own courier! Having read some forums about ASUS customer service and repair and how awful their experiences are, I am not going to have it fix by them, even if it still got a warranty! Would never again buy any ASUS product!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Grand Vitara SUV: A good Family car

After having some space issues with our family car, my partner and I have sold our old car at We Buy Any Car and got a second hand 3 door Grand Vitara and we just love it! The SUV is just over a year old, from 1 owner and still under warranty. It has got the all the latest feature of the recent model like the alloy wheels, color coded bumpers, color coded mirrors, front fog lamps, rear wash wipe, roof rails, privacy glass, ABS central locking - remote, climate control, full airbags, electric mirrors, electric windows, power assisted steering, radio CD, and so on.

The SUV can accommodate up to 4 persons without any problem, and since there is only 3 of us, space-wise it is perfect! I find the loading size great as both back seat can be folded if needed to put more stuff to load. It feels solid and reliable on the road but not that expensive to fuel. Another good thing about this SUV is the interior as it does look classy with simply laid out design and comfortable seats too! Overall, a good family car!

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Getting rid of coffee stains on mugs or cups

Coffee and tea stains on mugs and cups are quite normal. And as you might have noticed these stains will not come off when washed on a dishwasher or by hand on the sink using washing up liquid. Now there are some solutions on taking these stains off, can use salt, baking soda, and white vinegar all together and rub it on the stained part of the mug. Or try putting a little bit of (clothes) washing powder on a sponge and rub it inside the stained part of the mug or cup. You can then see an instant result, but do rinse the mug or cup thoroughly!

Before

After

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Asus 1015PX EEE PC

Got this product for my 4 year old daughter 3 months ago and it still works brilliant! The netbook itself is a fabulous item! It looks good, slim design, and I like the mat-blue colour on the outer surface or cover. This item comes with a dual core atom processor and a 1GB RAM, which is very impressive for a netbook! Now there are some good and bad points I can say on this one.

The good points are:
Fast boot time
It is not noisy
Connects to the WIFI without a problem
The battery life lasts up to 11 hours
Fast on most online games
Fast on internet browsing
Good speakers
Small and compact for traveling
Very clear screen and would play high definition films as well

As for the bad points:
As an adult, I had a hard time typing on its keyboard. So I would not really recommend this to an adult who does a lot of typing as the keys are too fiddly and often requires a firmer tapping on keys.
There are some online games that my daughter finds slow on this one, it does not freeze up but it is annoyingly slow! I am a technical lady so I am not so sure whether it could be due to the graphics, memory or hard drive.
Over all it is a good Netbook, but it still does not surpass the function and capabilities of a laptop!


Specification:

Brand Asus
Built-In-Webcam Yes
Hard Drive Size 250GB
Colour Black
Memory Size 1GB
Operating System Windows 7
Processor Intel Atom N570
Processor Speed 1.66GHz
Screen Size 10.1
Wired Networking Port Yes
Wireless Built-In Wifi & Bluetooth
Type Netbook

Manufacturer's Description:
Notebook performance, netbook size.....fitted with the most powerful Intel Atom dual-core processor - the N570 - the Eee PC 1015PX netbook provides the perfect combination of multi-tasking productivity, with a richer multimedia and Internet experience. Add in a battery that lasts all day, and you have the perfect travel companion.

Stay connected, longer.....the Eee PC 1015PX gets the job done, all day long with ASUS-exclusive Super Hybrid Engine (SHE) technology. SHE intelligently helps optimise the system, to give you maximum power when you need it, and maximum battery when you don’t. Use the Eee PC 1015PX for up to 11 hours between recharges to remain productive on the go.

Slim and stylish.....with a 10.1 inch LED backlit screen, the Eee PC 1015PX displays crisp and vivid graphics in a portable form factor. Coming in a stylish seashell design that’s easily distinguishable in a variety of matte or glossy colours, there’s one that reflects your personal style and taste.
Take comfort.....a comfortable typing experience is at your fingertips with an ergonomic chiclet keyboard and a large touchpad with palm rejection technology. The Eee PC 1015PX has been designed so that you stay comfortable even after extended usage.

Get online in an instant.....the Eee PC 1015PX comes with Windows 7 and Express Gate Cloud, which allows users to get online without the need to boot in to Windows. Have fun and surf, chat or play games with a user friendly interface.
Imagine, access and do more with ASUS' Cloud Computing Service Eee Docking.....every Eee PC 1015PX comes with the ASUS-exclusive Eee Docking platform that serves as a convenient, one-stop solution that grants you easy access to digital content, services, and other useful software.

Monday, 19 March 2012

Photos of Looe Cornwall

I took these photos during my holiday on Looe Cornwall, it is a lovely old town with numerous shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs which lead to the seafront-pier. What amazes me is that this is a small town yet the businesses here seems to be doing all right! Where I live is a city proper but I can see a lot of empty to let shops due to store closures and it is the opposite of what I saw here in Looe.

Looe is a tourist spot but to think about it, places like this would only get many people during peak holiday season which would mean an increase in sales and the rest of the seasons would be low. But I think since businesses there were mostly locals, they already know how to get over most low seasons even in this time of recession and economic crises. I heard from someone that some businesses would go through a financial support, like the Touch Financial just to get over the tough times and they do usually get back on their feet very quickly!

Some may have different solutions but business here in Looe Cornwall surely looks great!

Some Photo of Looe:

Some Photos of Looe Shops





Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Technology That Can Make Your Life Easier

Simplify Your Career Paths and Goals


Tablets, smartphones and even computers can distract us from our educational goals. We load them up with movies, games and applications that can distract, entertain and hinder us from typing up an essay, paying attention in the classroom or remembering to finish an assignment.

The technology meant to distract you can also help educate and even provide us with precious resources to complete our career goals; perform well on an assignment; and elevate our professional knowledge. Blogs and databases can help us discover new information; design new career paths; and simplify our careers and goals.

Educational Databases


Most students who venture off to college or return to school remain unaware of the free educational resources available to assist them in completing a program or degree. You could spend hours conducting search-specific queries at local colleges and universities' website until you find a specific program or degree, or you could visit an educational database that simplifies your research.

Let's say an online IT program appeals to your work schedule and interest. You could visit several third-party links to find out more information about a program. You may also waste several hours attempting to find a program that matches your interest by visiting third-party links, or you could just visit a database for online IT programs to simplify your search.

Most databases provide you with information about an online educational degree; let you choose a program; review the type of courses necessary; and answers any questions. There is not visiting external links. There is no driving to the university or school. You don't even have to wait in line to speak to your counselor. You just select, click and read.

Educational Blogs


Hundreds of current and past students submit loads of educational information onto personal blogs, from improving your writing skills to helping you understand computer programs. No matter what the subject may be, chances are someone is blogging about it.

Say you wanted to improve your IT networking skills. You have reviewed a few books. Asked your professor some questions. Even attended private lectures, but you feel unfulfilled. An IT blog may serve as the perfect starting point for discovering new practices and methods your professor, book and even lecture may not have discussed. Personal blogs can serve as great online sources for simplifying day-to-day tasks and elevating your ability to complete assignments for a job.

For more information, you can check out educational websites that feature a wealth of professionally written information, and personal technology blogs that often discuss professions and product-specific topics.

Sources:


ERIC

Dept of Education Western Australia

Thursday, 1 March 2012

Toshiba Satellite T110-10J Laptop

I had this Toshiba Satellite T110-10J for over a year now and so far do not have any problem with it. I mainly use this for blogging, Facebooking and a bit of surfing online and the battery still superb, gives me about 6 hours use on a balance setting. There are 2 batteries setting by the way, balance and eco mode, when set on an eco mode this will give you a longer battery life, but that would mean that the brightness will be automatically adjusted. It is an 11.6-inch Laptop so it is not that big and not too small, I actually find the typing keyboard just about right. I love the HD video performance on it, the windows 7 pre installed and most of all, the colour red!


Product Features and Technical Details

Product Features:

29.5cm (11.6") Widescreen - LED backlit Crystal Clear Display for clearer brighter images
Intel Pentium ULV Processor for battery life of up to 9hrs - excellent working time when away from the mains
Lightweight and stylish chassis at only 1.58Kg
Integrated Web Camera - allows you to talk to family and friends online
HDD protection - 3D angle motion sensor protects your data

Technical Details:

Model: T110-10J
Processor: Intel Pentium ULV SU2700 (1.3GHz, 2MB L2, 800MHz FSB)
Chipset: Intel GS40
RAM: 2GB + 1GB(DDR3 800MHz)
Hard Drive: 250GB 5400 rpm
Built in Screen: 11.6" LED backlit 1366x768
Graphics Card: Mobile Intel GMA 4500M 1340MB UMA
Optical Drive(s): N/A
Wireless: Integrated Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n
Mouse: Touchpad with Gesture Control
Keyboard: Near full size black keyboard
Operating System: Microsoft Windows7 Home Premium 64-bit
Additional Software: Toshiba Bluetooth™ Stack, Toshiba Bluetooth™ Monitor, Toshiba User's Manual, Supervisor Password Utility, Toshiba Assist, Chicony Camera Assistant Software, Toshiba Face Recognition, Microsoft® Works, Microsoft® Office Home and Student 2007 (free 60-day trial), Toshiba Value Added Package (Toshiba Power Saver, Toshiba Zooming Utility, Toshiba PC Diagnostic Tool, Toshiba Flash Cards, Toshiba Components Common Driver, Toshiba Accessibility, Toshiba Button Support), McAfee® Internet Security (includes free Internet updates for 30 days), WildTangent Games Console, Toshiba Photo Service, Toshiba Recovery Media Creator, Google Pack (Google Toolbar, iGoogle, Google Picasa), Connectivity Doctor, ConfigFree™, Toshiba utilities and drivers
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 2.1
WebCam: 0.3MP WebCam with Face Recognition
Other: HDD 3D protection sensor, Eco Mode Utility & PC Health Monitor, USB sleep & charge
Ports: 3 x USB 2.0, 1x HDMI, 1 x external microphone, 1 x RJ45, 5 in 1 card reader, 1 x external monitor, 1 x DC-in, 1 x headphone
Networking Ports: 10/100 wired network
Sound: integrated Stereo
Extra Chassis info: Iron Red Gloss
Notebook battery life: Up to 8.5 hrs
Notebook dimensions: 287 x 211 x 24.9/37.6mm
Notebook weight: 1.58Kg

Thursday, 23 February 2012

My 5th Year As An Ebay Member

Got an email today from eBay saying today is my 5th year as an eBay member. I have been using eBay mainly to sell some of me and my family's unwanted items and so far have not have any problem with selling. With buying on eBay, I had only encountered 2 problems in the past 5 years, in which the items I have bought was not received, but I got refunded anyway.

You can actually sell almost anything on eBay as long as it is legal! It is a good way of recycling plus you get to earn something back in return.

Here are some of the things I find sellable on eBay:

Baby clothing

Kids Clothing

Gadgets and Gadgets stuff - including SD and SDHC cards

Home Appliances

Computer and PC stuff

Now you can sell new as well as used items, but in order to get a good eBay feedback/record make sure you have an honest description of the items you are selling. Good Luck!










Sunday, 12 February 2012

Free Valentine Postcard App on Andriod Market

I have tried this App on my Android phone and I think this is a brilliant free Valentine Postcard app. It has loads of beautiful pictures where you can add on some text messages on the photo and send it via MMS to your love one. You can also save it on your phone, share it directly on Facebook, Flickr, Google picasa or email it. The only thing with this is that you cannot add on or clip your very own photo on it, but otherwise this is a great app. 

These are photos of the said App, I got these from Google Market and posted it here just for reference. Note that you cannot click on the install box on the photo below as this is just a photo and does not have a link.  






R.I.P Whitney Elizabeth Houston

This is not something that I like, waking up this morning hearing the on the news that my favourite singer-actress Whitney Elizabeth Houston has died yesterday February 11, 2012 in her room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. So sad that this beautiful and talented woman has left us.

Her songs will live in my heath as well as with millions of people around the world who has been touch with her songs.

R.I.P Whitney Houston, you will always be remembered as a music legend!


Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012)


I will always love you

If I should stay,
I would only be in your way.
So I'll go, but I know
I'll think of you ev'ry step of the way.

And I will always love you.
I will always love you.
You, my darling you. Hmm.

Bittersweet memories
that is all I'm taking with me.
So, goodbye. Please, don't cry.
We both know I'm not what you, you need.

And I will always love you.
I will always love you.

(Instrumental solo)

I hope life treats you kind
And I hope you have all you've dreamed of.
And I wish to you, joy and happiness.
But above all this, I wish you love.

And I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I will always love you.
I, I will always love you.

You, darling, I love you.
Ooh, I'll always, I'll always love you.

Monday, 6 February 2012

I love my Xperia Ray

I got this for 2 months now after my husband swap my xperia pro to this one and I would say apart from the battery life, this phone is brilliant! The phone is very light, weighs about 100g and the screen size is about 3.3” that supports HD. It comes with a 1Ghz processor with internal memory storage of 300MB free and has a memory card slot that would take up to 32GB (can be purchased separately), but the one that comes with this when I bought it was a 4GB SD card class 2, so I purchased a 32GB SD class 4 which I think is a lot faster in downloads than the class 2 card. This phone runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread platform, not sure what the difference with other platform but judging with how quick it surfs on the net it is faster than my old blackberry bold.

The camera is very good, although it would not be as brilliant as a DSLR result, but hey, this is a phone and for an 8.1 megapixel camera this is very good once you know how to adjust it to the correct settings. The phone has the usual, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, supports 3G but the amazing thing about having an android phone like this for me is that I can have more control over my phone, only download apps which I think is useful like the Skype apps which enables me to use the video chat, which is by the way the main reason why I switch from using a blackberry to an android phone. I would probably rate this phone 8 over 10 for the reason that the battery for me would only last a day with internet use and probably 2 days without using the internet. Otherwise the features are brilliant!

Monday, 30 January 2012

Beware of BT Alert Email Scam

IMPORTANT: Alert about your billing information on file



I recently got this email and thought this really came from BT, but when I clicked the link provided, my computer warned me that this has been reported as a an email hoax. So I went to the BT website to check this out and found a way to confirm if this really came from them.

I did that procedure and found out that the email address is not from BT, so I have reported this to BT! Also, I have checked my BT account and found out that my recent payment was successful and recorded. So if you got this BT Alert email, do not click the link!

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro

Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro also known as Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro SK17i is a great android phone, comes with 512MB phone memory and a 2GB SD card (but is expandable up to 32GB). Amazingly fast as this runs on 1Ghz processor and running the latest Android 2.3 platform. Also capable of recording HD movies and the screen is a scratch proof mobile Bravia, I would say the picture quality is actually very good!

What I like this phone is that it has a QWERTY keyboard, which enables me to type faster compare to the ordinary phone keyboard or on an on-screen keyboard. It can also be use to tether with your laptop or use it as a modem, all you have to do is connect your phone via USB cable to your laptop-desktop and share your 3G internet from the phone to a computer. You can find this on the settings on your xperia mini pro, under the wireless & network section.

Battery is ok, when used a lot on internet, it would only last a day, but with a little facebook use and email checks, it would give you a reasonable 2 days use. I actually like the phone due to its size and style and my husband does too, so he swapped my Sony Ericsson Xperia mini pro to his Sony Ericsson Xperia Ray. Anyway, the xperia mini pro is not as pricey as some other android phone so I would recommend it to anyone who wants a cheaper android phone that works brilliantly with mobile internet, music and some apps. Compact although a little heavy compare to other android phones, but it does not really matter as it looks really great for its price!

Useful info:
• Android 2.3 OS Gingerbread
• 3 inch colour display
• 5 Mp digital camera with auto-focus and LED flash
• HD video recording
• Front-facing webcam
• Micro SD memory card slot (up to 32Gb)
• 3G; HSPDA; Bluetooth
• Download apps from Android Market
• MP3 player and FM radio
• QWERTY slide-out keyboard
• Dimensions: 92 x 53 x 18 mm

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Walgreens: Helping People save money on prescription medicines

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

I believe that our health is what matters most, which is why on this blog post, I would like to tell you how you can save on prescription medicines as well as some other purchases on Walgreens. Now, I am not sure if you are aware that Walgreens has this prescription savings club, which allows you to receive discounts on your prescriptions and savings on more than 8,000 brand-name and all generic Medications. It also includes discounts on flu shots, pet prescriptions (if you got one), nebulizers and diabetic supplies.  On top of that, you will also receive bonuses when you purchase Walgreens brand products and photofinishing services.

Now to enjoy all those wonderful benefits, first you have to join in the Prescription Savings Club at Walgreens. The price of becoming a member is remarkable cheap! In fact; Walgreens is offering a special discount on annual membership until January 31, 2012 for $5 per individual and $10 for a family membership. Not bad savings, as the actual price of the said membership is $20 for individuals and $35 for families!

Well done Walgreens! This is another brilliant way of helping individuals and as well as families get through the tough times. So to help support Walgreens on their good deeds of helping others, you can do your part too, by telling families and friends about their prescription savings club. To get more information on their products and services, you can visit their website or get updates by liking Walgreens on Facebook and follow Walgreens on Twitter.    

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Sunday, 8 January 2012

Seven Sacred Ways to Live Your Best Life

(This is an email received from a Christian friend, I do like this very much, that is why I am sharing this on my blog as well.) Graduates of online Christian colleges may find the post particularly enlightening.


Consider these words of wisdom that Jesus offered for living your best life.

1. Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. (Matthew 6:34) Too often in life (and especially around Christmas), we worry about issues that work themselves out over time. Worrying does not change anything. It is a waste of time, energy, and life itself. Plan your steps, but refuse to allow the fear of what might go wrong to consume you. Instead, focus on what you can do in the present moment to create the kind of future you want.

2. Do not judge and you will not be judged. (Luke 6:37) There may be people in your life who are doing things you don't agree with, perhaps even engaging in behavior that is destructive to them. Choose to love them and pray for them, without judgment. Choose compassion and empathy, perhaps even tough love, but reserve judgment.

3. Be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men, to be seen by them. (Matthew 6:1) Be careful to do good and treat people well because it is the right thing to do, not because of the accolades or rewards you might receive from others. Allow the Holy Spirit to be in full control, so that your motives are pure.

4. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. (Matthew 23:12) Humility is freedom - freedom from the pressure to be perfect, keep up appearances, or be better than everyone else. Success is a combination of working hard and being blessed with opportunities, abilities, and people who support you. None of us achieves or succeeds solely by our own power. Don't worry about taking credit or making yourself look good. Focus on serving, learning, and loving, and then the rewards will come.

5. Everything is possible for him who believes. (Mark 9:23) Consider your biggest dream for your life. It is not enough to say you will achieve it. You must believe it. You may not know exactly how it will become true for you. Your first step is to simply believe it's possible. Say it out loud and often, “It's possible!” With God, all things are possible.

6. For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life. (John 3:16) Most know this scripture as a foundational statement for the Christian faith, which it is. But there is something I find intriguing in its wording. It is the connection between loving and giving. God loved us; therefore, he gave us this miraculous Savior Jesus Christ. When you love others, you give of yourself, sometimes in very unselfish and sacrificial ways. Saying you love someone is not enough. Give of yourself - your time, energy, affection, and resources and they will truly know you love them.

7. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:32) The truth sets you free in many ways. Be truthful with yourself about the issues of your life. Speak your truth in your relationships. Countless relationships fail because people refuse to speak from their hearts. Be truthful about what you want and what you are afraid of, and you will gain the strength to step fully into the rich, abundant life you were created to live.

Seek divine wisdom to guide your interactions with others and the decisions you need to make. Choose to live and love fully and freely. God gave His sacred Son to us. Let’s live our best life for Him.
Have a blessed day!

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
"Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place. For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ." 2 Corinthians 2:14-17

Friday, 6 January 2012

Free Travel Checklist for Business or Holiday

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of My Travel Checklist. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you are looking into making your very own travel checklist, then I would recommend this widget from Mondial Assistance called My Travel Checklist. I am actually amazed on how easy and more customize this thing is, as I have made maybe several checklist in the past 5 years and could not make it nearly as good as the result of this travel checklist widget. This brilliant thing about this is that this would set everything in order, all you have to do is answer the questions by clicking the picture that describes your needs and at the very end you will have a very detailed pro-like travel checklist!

Now at the end of your checklist you will have some options of how you would like to proceed once you have finished it, you can print, email, save and modify in the future or upload it on a mobile phone and all these can be done in just one click of your mouse! I actually have a sample picture at the bottom of this post, I made this as quickly as I can a minute ago, just to show you how it looks like. By the way, the widget is free, so why not give it a try!

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