Choosing a Computer for Freelance Graphic Design


For many years, when a freelance graphic designer chose a new computer, Macintosh was the automatic choice. Macintosh computers provided the memory, processing speed and storage necessary for large design files. Most graphic design firms and printing companies used only Macintosh computers. Today, that trend continues but PCs are making inroads in what used to be territory exclusive to Macintosh. Therefore, the decision on what computer to purchase is not as clear cut as it once was for graphic designers.

Hardware is the first consideration of most freelance designers. While PCs have been proven to rival Macs in terms of processing speed, some people claim that Macs still process large graphical files more efficiently. Also, Macintosh computers have a better maintenance record than most PCs. However, when a hardware problem does arise a Mac can cost more to repair.

Software is where the Macintosh shines compared to the PC. All the major graphic design applications are available for both platforms and run with similar speed. However, the Macintosh operating system has historically been much more stable than the Windows operating system and much easier for the end user to troubleshoot. Additionally, Macintosh computers are far less susceptible to viruses, adware and spyware than PCs, which are notorious for their security flaws.

There are considerations beyond the hardware and software that a freelance designer needs to consider. For example, Macintosh computers typically cost more than PCs. However, once a PC is equipped with the appropriate memory, processor and graphics card to efficiently process graphic files, the cost is quite similar. If a designer decides to switch platforms any graphic design software already owned must be repurchased under a new license which leads many designers to stick with one platform.

Aesthetics are often a consideration of many designers. Macintosh computers are designed to look sleek and creative while PCs are typically more standard looking. However, some of the Macintosh's most originally designed computers are not suitable for graphic design work, leaving a designer with the standard CPU tower, monitor and peripherals, although perhaps in interesting colors.

Finally, careful consideration must be given to interactions with outside vendors and clients. Many printing companies and graphic design firms still have a strong pro-Macintosh bias and may reject native files created with PC software. However, if you are submitting EPS, TIFF or PDF files, the difference in platform will be negligible.


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Casio CTK Review


The Casio CTK-2100 is a low-cost keyboard with a 61 piano-style key layout. It includes a USB port for general MIDI support. This keyboard is aimed at beginners, with a Step-up learning system that gives instructions on how to play.

The positives:

Plenty of features and functions for the price. 150 rhythms, a sampling function, a voice pad function, and the ability to connect a CD or MP3 player via the audio input so that you can play along to your favorite song on the keyboard. It has a step-up learning system that makes it easy to hear the progress made in your playing skills.

It has hundreds of pre-programmed songs that break down and show you how to play them exactly, note by note. A really great teaching aid.

  • New Voice Pad function
  • New 48-note polyphony AHL sound source
  • 400 Tones, 150 Rhythms
  • New StepUp lesson system
  • Sampling Function, Audio-in Terminal for mp3-Player

The negatives:

This is a beginner keyboard at a budget price. Therefore the key weight is light. You may hear noise from the keys when you press them. You cannot affect the tone by pressing the keys hard or easy – as with a real piano or more expensive keyboard. But this is not a big deal to most people buying a keyboard in this price range.

  • The headphones can be difficult to figure out (premium package).
  • The stand can be difficult to put together (premium package).
  • The LCD is not very bright which requires good lighting to see.
  • Occasional packaging issues.

The Casio CTK-3000has a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 400 total onboard Tones, 150 Rhythms and Digital Effects. It has the Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player, USB port for MIDI implementation and a pitch wheel.

The positives:

The touch sensitive keys makes it more like playing a real piano and therefore a good value for the price.

  • Plenty of onboard tones, rhythms, and effects for the price.
  • Digital readout is easy to see.

The negatives:

  • The keys are light and can be prone to noise, as with any inexpensive keyboard.
  • The holder for the music on the keyboard isn’t the greatest.
  • Does not come with a/c adapter.

The Casio CTK-4000 is an affordable instrument with a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 570 total onboard Tones, 180 Rhythms and Reverb plus Chorus Digital Effects. Packed with great features such as Casio’s famous Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player and a USB port for MIDI.

Featuring a 61 note keyboard with Piano Style, Touch Sensitive keys, 570 sounds, 180 rhythms, Reverb and Chorus Digital Effects, built-in USB and an audio input for an MP3 player.

The positives:

Doesn’t feel as cheap as some of the more inexpensive models.

  • Quality digital sounds
  • Plenty of volume with a full, rich and improved sound than lesser models (AHL and arpeggiator).
  • Velocity sensitivity aka Touch response (note that velocity sensitivity is the speed with which you hit the keys, not the pressure with which you hit the keys).
  • 48 note polyphony (24 note for dual-layer tones like Strings Piano)
  • Split function: divide the keyboard into 2 zones, anywhere. Supports octave shift (1 octave) of each zone.
  • Layer function: layer 2 sounds for a rich effect. Layer effects on only right-side zone if split function is active. If using Dual-layer tones, up-to 4 instruments sounds are produced simultaneously.
  • Adjustable Reverb (10 levels), Chorus (5 levels), Key Transpose (12 notes), Octave shift (2 octaves) Pitch tuning (approx 100 cents), preset scales (16 scales)
  • Auto-Harmonize function: 12 types, adds additional notes to your playback, active only if auto-accompaniments are active.
  • 90 Arpeggiator Patterns: Up, Down, U/A Type A, U/D Type B, Random. Arpeggio Hold function.
  • 305 Music Presets: Based on popular songs, the tone(s), rhythms, tempo and other settings are available as presets on the keyboard. Just select the preset and start playing. Songs include Careless Whispers, How Deep Is Your Love, Killing Me Softly
  • One-Touch Rhythm Presets: Upon selection of a rhythm, activate Rhythm preset to automatically select the suitable tempo and tone. Very useful if you are moving from Trance (140 bpm) to Slow Jazz (80 bpm) and don’t feel like hammering the tempo button 60 times or pressing multiple keys to change the tone from Synth to Sax.
  • Full Range Chord: In this mode the keyboard recognizes and plays the chords if any 3 keys are pressed anywhere on the keyboard. Selecting chords is not limited to the Left-zone of the keyboards anymore. Very useful for Harmonium players of India who typically play melody using chorded formation.
  • Indian tones (15) & rhythms (7 types)
  • Great training features and onscreen help.

The negatives:

  • No weighted keys
  • No pitch wheel
  • No stored settings of music can be saved.

The Casio CTK-5000 is the flagship of the CTK-series. Featuring a 61 Key Piano Style Touch Sensitive Keyboard, 670 total onboard Tones, 200 Rhythms and Reverb plus Chorus Digital Effects. Packed with great features such as Casio’s famous Step-up Lesson System, audio inputs for a MP3 player, pitch wheel for additional expression over sounds, Line Outputs and a USB port for MIDI. All this makes CTK-5000 more realistic and expressive than ever before at this price range.

Featuring a 61 note keyboard with Piano Style, Touch Sensitive keys, 670 sounds, 200 rhythms, Reverb and Chorus Digital Effects, built-in USB, line outputs, a pitch wheel for greater expression and an audio input for an MP3 player.

The Positives:

  • Better action on the keys than from the lesser models. Keys seem to be somewhat weighted. Keys are less noisy than the lesser models.
  • Acoustic sounds are realistic.
  • Speakers are great – very loud with no noise.
  • Great ability to layer sounds.
  • A fantastic selection of 90 harmonies & arpeggios.
  • Full range chord feature (keyboard automatically selects the right chord).
  • 32 Registration Memory (store keyboard settings like Tone, Style, Tempo, Layers and recall at the touch of a button.
  • 800+ sounds.
  • XLR outs.
  • Recorder: 6 tracks x 5 songs, 1 lesson song, approximately 12,000 notes total.
  • Metronome.
  • Pitch wheel added.

The Negatives:

  • Time consuming access and programming.
  • Manual is not entirely clear on some subjects.


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How Does Laptop Wireless Internet Access Work?


For individual and corporate needs, many of the computer users always need to have internet access and must be connected at all times. Before, there are difficulties to have internet access because there is only a few internet service providers way back then. Using the internet is not a necessity before because businesses and socialization is only happening offline. The internet is being used before as a medium of communication (a chapter in internet history known as Web 1.0). Now, the internet is the world's leading business and social place. For corporate people and everyone who wants to stay connected everywhere they go, a laptop wireless internet access is what they need much.

People want to be connected every time these days. For families and friends who want to stay in touch for them to send and receive news of what happens to them in remote places or abroad. For corporate executives who are on business travels, they needed access always for them to report their works and opportunities wherever they are. There are many other sorts of lifestyles that needs internet access always. For portability, one should have a laptop wireless internet access.

For people's needs and problems today, there is always a help for each. Because of innovation and enthusiasm, even common people have a perfect answer for other people's problems. For a common need of staying connected to the web, all laptop manufacturers are always on the go to give solutions to every question. Almost all brands and models have built-in laptop wireless internet access , so there is always an easy answer for everyone's problem.


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Motor Development Milestones And Baby’s Sleep 4 – 12 Months


So, you thought that you had nailed it – your baby has just mastered the art of sleeping through the night and bang – it’s all gone sideways because they have developed a new motor skill.

Here is a list of motor development milestones – how they can affect sleep and what you can do to help your baby get back on track. A recent study noted that there was a relationship between an onset of night wakings and motor development milestones – babies were found to have a harder time settling down to sleep and would start waking more frequently at night, two weeks before they took their first steps. It is also important to remember that often babies wake up at night and like to practice their new found skills as it is so much more exciting than going to sleep – in fact, they like to cry a little or give you a call to join them for their late night rendezvous.

o 4 – 6 months

Rolling over from their back to their front but can’t roll back.

Once a baby starts to roll, the above scenario will have you up a couple of times in the night to help your baby roll back, onto their back. If you have not witnessed them roll from their tummy to their back then they probably have not yet mastered that skill – so you might have to help out initially. However, once you have seen them do it – you should refrain from getting too involved otherwise they will be calling for you to come and do it for them every time. Once a baby has the ability to roll over the neck muscles are stronger and the chance of SIDS decreases. Lots of parents worry about their baby and this tragic phenomenon, but there is no need to worry, your baby is developing normally and is building even more strength for their next amazing step.

o 6 – 9 month

Sitting – Crawling & Standing

Sitting – Once a baby has grown into their head they are not so top heavy anymore and they finally have the ability to sit. You may find that once in bed then can go from being on their back to rolling to doing a fast push- up and are up in 5 seconds flat. For co-sleeping parents this can be especially challenging once there little one is awake and sat up, they think its super fun to poke your eye and touch your nose, while practicing the odd vowel or delightful squeal at the same time. OUCH! You should deal with this by laying them back down and saying a key word or shhh in a calm and collective manor, limit eye contact and don’t do anything that will get them excited into thinking it is morning time. They may sit back up a few other times but lay them back down again.

Crawling – This is the one that you were waiting for – your little sugar plum starting to crawl and then of course – when it happens – you realize that you had so much more control when they were sitting only. Whether your baby is crawling on all fours, using their hands, with bum in the air and their legs like they are walking, or sitting on their bum and scooting around in reverse, this is another little wrench in the sleep works for you!

Babies just love to practice this kind of stuff during the night when waking during their light sleep phase. You put them to bed in one spot and the next time you see them they are squashed up in the corner with a blanket intertwined around their limbs looking rather like a pretzel.

Crawling can also bring on separation anxiety as your little one starts to realize that they are not an attachment of you but their own separate being. This type of anxiety has a distinctive cry that is often described by parents as more of a scream or as hysterical and can cause quite a bit of sleep regression.

Standing up in the crib is extremely frustrating for parents especially when this happens half way through sleep training. Just a few nights ago you could lay your baby down and they would drift off to sleep – now you lay them down and before your back is turned two little hands grasp onto the crib rails and the top of a head peppered with wisps of fine hair is struggling to peek over the top. This scenario always makes me chuckle even though it is frustrating. I think it is one of the cutest things to have your little one try and stretch to see you. If you have already left the room though and then they decide to stand it can leave your child with the feeling of being stranded – COME BACK- they cry – for you to be met by a gummy smile and wet cheeks. For most little monkeys who have reach this stage – they can get up but not down, the most worrying part is the possibility that they could fall and bang their head. If this milestone happens before sleep training – then hold off while you teach your baby how to lower himself back down. This can be done by placing your hands on top of theirs on the crib slats and lowering them down and saying a key word as well. If you are in the middle of sleep training you should stay close by and keep helping them down just be careful that you don’t turn it into a game – but practice teaching them how to get back down during the day too. If they are already sleep trained – you may have some regression – so you will be back to going in at night for a short while – stay in night time mode and don’t make too much of a fuss. The phase will pass and next on the list is walking!

o 9 – 12 months plus

Walking – another bump in the night for you – during these milestones their will be no stopping your little one as they want to explore every avenue possible – yes they will wake up at night and practice scaling the crib – walking up and down – be careful and refrain from having anything in the crib that is hard that could be a possible hazard and if you need to put some crib bumpers on or safety proof then go ahead.

Offer lots of opportunities throughout the day for you little one to explore and use up their energy, at this age they barely stop for to breath. Babies rarely like to be confined to their strollers or strapped into car seats at this age.Although your little one is full of energy that they are just waiting to burn off they still need an adequate amount of sleep so don’t be fooled into thinking that naps are not important just because your toddler is not showing signs of slowing down. At this age they still need between 11 – 12 hours of nighttime sleep and 2 – 3 hours during the day made up of two naps.


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The Best Graphic Design Laptops


If you’re a graphic designer, then you might be wondering what the best laptop for graphic design is. This is a question that can be easily answered when you take a look at the laptops hardware, rather than the software installed. The hardware will influence how well the laptop performs when running software programs.

Plenty of people tend to choose either Apple or Dell when it comes to notebooks, due to strong brand awareness. They usually employ a lot of marketing strategies which make it clear that you won’t ever regret choosing one of their products. These two brands are known pretty much anywhere you look as the top manufacturers for all things laptop related.

If we’re talking about laptops for graphic design, then we shouldn’t ignore these two brands either since their products usually integrate the best in the tech world, and the models they bring out on a regular basis will have the latest processor model, along with more RAM than the previous model and a better graphics card.

Let’s take a look at a few of the things that actually matter for graphic designers:

Screen Size and Resolution

When you choose a laptop, make sure you understand this spec. The screen resolution if the amount of actual pixels the laptop can output on the screen, and it won’t necessarily have to do with the actual screen size itself. There are certain ultra-portable laptop models with small screens but high resolutions. This doesn’t mean you should settle for a small screen laptop for your design work. A 13 inch laptop might be attractive at first sight, and it might bring a lot of portability to the table, but it gets rather difficult to do any editing on such a small screen.

Your aim should be at a laptop which carries a screen that’s at least 15.4 inches in diagonal screen size. Also, the pixel density, or DPI should be high. There are new laptop models which can output Full HD resolutions even on a standard 15.4inch screen.

Before you buy the thing, make sure you test it out. This means doing an actual resolution test and see which resolution works best for you. These newer notebooks are capable of decent resolutions and it would be wise to take your time and go through them.

You should open up several programs, like Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator and see how the overall layout of the software fits into the screen, how large the editing space really is and if the edited image is sharp enough for you to work with. After several tries, you should come to a point where you find a laptop that’s just perfect for the work you intend to do.

If there’s a laptop you might like, like one of those MacBook Air which are rather small both in resolution output and the screen size itself, it’s a good idea to get a monitor which you can use to extend the current laptop desktop, so you can store all the toolbars and dockers on your laptop screen and do the editing work on the big monitor where you can see it better.

System memory or RAM

The system memory is another crucial factor to look for when you’re picking a laptop for graphic design work. Graphic design programs tend to use a lot of RAM and that can lead to poor system performance if the laptop is not prepared for such a task. The more RAM your laptop has, the better it will run in the grand scheme of things. A lot of RAM means the added ability to run several design programs at once and easily switch between them. The amount of system memory installed will also impact pretty much anything else you might be running on your computer, from movies, games, browsing or actual office work.

Now I know a lot of graphic designers and they tend to run a lot of programs all at once. Of course, their computers are configured with a ton of system memory which makes it easier for the computer to handle running Photoshop, Illustrator and other vector graphic design programs all at once. The thing to remember here is that the amount of system memory directly impacts overall system performance.

Your aim should be in the 4GB range minimum, and that’s just for starters. If you’re on a budget, this is your starting point and you should plan to add more memory modules in the future.

If you want to heavily multitask and run several programs aside from the graphic design ones, you should think about laptops with about 8GB of RAM installed. Several laptops available in the current market allow you to purchase the standard model, with about 4GB of RAM but they include the possibility of adding more via the open memory slots available.

Now if you go for an Apple laptop, you might want to take into account the extra charge you might come across if you intend to upgrade your current model with more RAM. Some vendors do this, and they charge extra if you want to upgrade your laptop. If you don’t mind getting your hands dirty, you should try to get the RAM modules online and install them yourself, rather than pay extra for really easy screwdriver work.

Laptop CPU – Central Processing Unit – Processor

The CPU, or processor in the laptop is the part that makes all the calculations. It’s an essential piece of vector based design programs, where there are a lot of parameters to take into account. A decent CPU should be another thing on your list of things which make up the best laptop for graphic design.

There are several possible choices to be made here. A good starting point is to aim for laptops carrying at least a dual-core processor. This will allow you to run applications a lot better so you won’t suffer from system halts or sloppy operation.

If you opt for a laptop with a quad-core processor, you should have no trouble running pretty much any graphic design program out there.

Just remember – more cores means better laptop performance.

Graphics or Video Card

If you truly want the best laptop for graphic design, you will most likely never choose one which comes with an integrated graphics card. This is because integrated GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) uses the available RAM to output the image on the screen, whereas a dedicated graphics card has its own RAM, or VRAM.

You can lose a lot of RAM if your laptop has an integrated GPU, and system memory is very important in graphic design laptops.

Such systems will run slower since they will split up the available RAM for running the actual programs and the integrated graphics card. This should be another item on your list – get a laptop which has a dedicated graphics card.

Now if you were a gamer, you would be concerned with the type of graphics card installed, since this is an important aspect in gaming laptops. But since the laptop will be used for graphic design work, a mid-range video card will do just fine. If your work implies doing 3D graphics work as well, then a high-end graphics card is needed as well.

Current laptops in this niche have good graphics cards with about 1-2GB of dedicated memory. These are good for both graphics design and a bit of gaming as well when you’re not in the mood for work.

If you do intend to play a lot of games, or start doing 3D modelling and renders, then you should take a look at Alienware laptops or the Republic of Gamers series from Asus, since these are configured to play the latest games at the highest possible visual settings.

Laptops for graphic design will carry a dedicated graphics card which has its own memory or VRAM.

Portability – This is what you sacrifice

If you think you’ll be buying a very portable laptop then you might be mistaken.

The best laptops for graphic design have a lot of powerful components installed and this might make it a bit hard for the laptop battery to last more than a couple of hours. You sacrifice portability for performance when you choose a laptop for this type of work, but it’s well worth it.

In conclusion

The best laptops for graphic design are configured with a decent-sized screen which allows a good native resolution so you can fit in all those toolbars, dockers and still have enough screen left for the image that’s being edited. Also, there’s a hefty amount of RAM installed, a dedicated graphics card and at least a dual-core processor, if not a quad-core.


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Digital Camera & eBay = Cash


I do not believe I've seen anyone speak of this method in a long time, nor have I seen anyone doing this recently, although in the past this has worked for many people. A lot of people got 'lucky' and made a lot of money from doing this, so if you have a digital camera and a eBay account, I'd suggest following this guide. You can use any camera, as long as you can transfer the photos to your PC.

To start off with, I'm going to explain exactly what you are going to be doing to make money from eBay, believe it or not, you'll be selling items on eBay, now you do not want to sell any of your stuff, OK (If you do, then I suggest you do, extra cash) – So why do not you sell other peoples things for them and take a small fee for doing it?

Although more and more people have the internet and do use eBay, they are still a lot of people who do not and will find your service very, very useful. The reason for this is, you'll do all the work for them, they're purely hand you the goods and in a set-time, you pay them for the goods, obviously you'll have to explain to your clients in more detail what exactly is going on

I'll get to advertising this service later on, once you have found someone interested, you'll have to collect the item (s) from them, they may drop them off to your home, or you may have to go and collect them, depends what is arranged with the client. You explain to the client, your going to put their item on eBay and sell it for them, you'll post it, you'll handle all the payments and after it's sold, you'll take a small-fee,% 5- 10 and then give them the rest cash in hand

The reason it's important you should give them cash in hand is, people do not like singing up to Paypal and other services like that and if they did, why on earth do not they just sell the item on eBay themselves? 5-10% does not sound like a lot, but if a item is sold for $ 100, you'll get $ 5-10 for 5 minutes of putting a item on eBay.

I've read about people learning a lot from this, someone sold a table on eBay, they were given 5%, the table was sold for $ 2000 or so, they received a nice $ 100 for 5-10 minutes work, it's easy cash, but there is a delay, I suggest that you put the item on for at least 7 days, having a eBay account before you start this is also good, having a high-feedback account is very useful in this.

On to advertising, the best way to advertise this service, is real-world advertising, for example adverts in shop-windows, Cragislist and what not. What you include in the letter / poster is very important, you should have a nice headline of something similar to "Need extra cash? Could do with a clear out?", Then go on to how you handle everything for them, sell the item for them, package and post it, then take a small fee out for the service, then give them cash in hand. You should leave a contact phone number, not just a e-mail address because as stated before, if they had internet access, they could do this themselves, you need to think about people who can not do this themselves, or maybe don ' t know how to.


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Protect Your Critical Data With a Laptop Backup Software


Laptop backup software is an essential part of any large company. The use of laptops in business is increasing daily. Why do workers opt for laptops for their purpose? Use of a laptop makes it easy to keep in touch by email and IM while moving. Many employees now are given the chance to dial into work using remote access.

Laptops are a status symbol for some employees. The laptop can easily be carried anywhere which makes working easier. The desirable properties of the laptop are also what makes it vulnerable. There are a lot of component parts in a very small space which can bring out a lot of heat. It overheats easily causing it to malfunction. Over 500,000 are lost each year in airports alone. Laptops also present some other problem of what happens to the information they contain if something happens to the laptop. Laptops have special attributes which require a software that takes into account the needs of the laptop user. Their aim is to resolve these corporate problems and help improve a company's productiveness. Most of all, they required a software that could bring back all the important business data contained in a damaged or lost laptop.

Laptop backup software protects the documents and files on a laptop that is open to being lost or stolen. Backup software is created as an insurance against unforeseen problems with disaster or stealing. It is also called as remote laptop backup since laptops are commonly charged in isolated sites.

Making up your mind on remote laptop backup solution can be difficult because of the many unique types obtainable. You have to deal two things when preferring backup software. One what type of business do you possess, what needs do you have and what data needs to be maintained. Second, you must check on the features of a remote laptop backup.

Check these features out against the remote laptop backup software you are considering. Does the backup software allow the user to make connectivity modifications? It is of great help that the laptop software employ only a small amount of bandwidth. The software needs to be easy to setup and use to ensure compliance. There are a few backup programs that has accessible settings. Granting employees the power to select there personal backup times helps with conformity. Some laptop users typically keep away from running backups since it slows down their laptops and their undertakings. Backup software must be quick to run and fast to have a complete backup. Two of the important new features to seek are data reduplication and automatic laptop backup software. The user does not have to recall to backup the laptop since it will remind you when it gets in touch to the network. Upon connecting to the network the software automatically runs. Inaccessible laptop users are out of reach most of the time. Data reduplication can greatly reduce the storage you need for backup files. It rids of all excess file duplicates. Because there are fewer files to backup the process go faster. Laptop backup software is essential for a business to prevent loss of business data.


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Battery Rebuilds-Refurbishing


When dealing with rechargeable batteries, it is inevitable that they will always die. Any rechargeable battery is good for about 200-300 charge cycles. Once this number is reached, the battery may halt to hold a charge. While the logical choice for a solution seems to be purchasing a new battery, there are some instances when this is not an option. When this is the case, reviving the old battery may be an alternative worth considering.

There is a difference between battery refurbishing and battery rebuilds, although the terms are often used interchangeably by mistake. Battery refurbishing is often performed by a special machine to which the old batteries are connected. This machine sends small, short electrical pulses through the contacts of the battery. This serves to clean the plates of the battery by knock off any accumulation that may have built up over a long period of use. These machines also have the ability to perform several charge / drain cycles in a short period of time, which may alleviate any memory effect that may be present in the battery.

Battery rebuild are a completely different service. Battery rebuilds are typically performed on batteries that are made up of several smaller batteries called cells. The service is very popular for power tool batteries, older style laptop batteries, and custom battery packs. When a battery is rebuilt, it is dismantled and replaced with new cells while using the same wires, contacts, and other components. The benefit of this is that the rebuilt battery is basically a new battery, with only the external parts being reused. Sometimes, the rebuilt battery is even stronger and longer-lasting than the original, since stronger cells can be inserted. Another benefit of this service is that the new battery is able to be used in the existing chargers and devices for which it was originally intended. Finally, the main benefit of this service is the price, which is often half the price of purchasing a new battery.

While both of these services are capable of improving battery performance, battery refurbishing is sometimes unsuccessful in reviving batteries. You can make a decision on trying one of these methods based on your circumstances. Many local battery dealers possess battery refurbishing capabilities. We offer battery rebuild through a mail-in service. please visit the link below to receive a free quote on price and capability.


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Can I Watch TV From My Computer? Yes, You Can


Watch TV From My Computer

Have you ever thought to yourself “It sure would be nice to watch TV from my computer” Well, it’s not the province of the super rich or ultra nerds anymore. In fact watching TV on your computer is becoming more main stream all the time. Some, including software giant Microsoft feel it is the wave of the future. They’ve actually staked part of their future on it. Their new Vista operating system has features designed specifically to enable this sort of functionality.

That’s great, but where do you get the content? I mean, you just can’t have thousands of channels pumped into your computer straight from the Internet, can you? Well, actually you can. There are really a few ways to get TV on your computer. You can buy a TV tuner card. This basically turns your computer into a high tech VCR or personal video recorder (PVR – think TiVO) device. That’s pretty darn cool, but there are a couple of downsides to the approach. First of all, as was pointed out earlier, there is a content question. Where do you get it?

With the TV tuner card method, you’re limited to what is available with a terrestrial antenna, or you can hook up basic cable TV service. Anything beyond basic cable won’t work using this method, because the content is encrypted by your cable provider. You need their proprietary cable box to decode the really cool channels, or pay per view events. So, while this method of watching TV on your computer is pretty neat, there are definitely limitations with it.

You can use a pay per download service of watching movies on your computer, such as or While they do offer a large amount of downloadable content, it’s definitely not live TV. If you’re looking for real live TV, you’ll have to look elsewhere.

Another method is IPTV. TV content streamed straight over the internet to your computer or set top tuner box. There are two flavors of this. One is through a major service provider such as a cable, satellite or phone company. These are definitely capable of delivering a large amount of high quality content, but just because it’s streamed over the Internet doesn’t mean you’ll just be pluggn’ in the net straight to your PC and watching reruns of Sienfeld. You are basically duplicating the cable set top box approach, except the method of content delivery is using IP packets instead of analog or other types of digital cable.

There’s still another choice. You can watch streaming live TV directly on your computer or to a TV hooked up to your computer. Using one of several software based solutions, you can watch live TV shows such as sports, prime time network programming, reality TV, and moves. It’s live, and even better there are thousands of channels available from all over the world. If you are looking to keep up on world events, or want a different perspective on the news, this is a fantastic resource.

The software streaming solutions really excel for sports, though. You’ll find sporting events that are sparsely covered in the U.S., such as soccer, motorcycle and bicycle racing. Another bonus is that you can get coverage of the same event form different networks. Want to see if the local announcers are a bit biased? You can do it. No matter the sport, if it’s on TV anywhere in the world, you’ll be able to watch it.

So, there are great ways to watch live TV on your computer. You just need to decide how you are going to do it, and grab a cold one!


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Men Who Are Too Forward – 6 Ways to Stop a Man Who Wants to Be Physically Intimate With You Too Soon


6 ways to stop a man who wants to be physically intimate with you too soon! “He is too forward,” Christine’s mouth twisted in disgust. “Just image, I just met him and he wants to touch me up. What does he think I am – a tramp?” Her indignation was beginning to grow into mixture of anger and embarrassment. Another girl told me how utterly despicable this guy was because all he seem to want to do is have sex and they had just only met. She crossed him off immediately. Should you reject a man because he makes sexual advances on you before getting to know you properly? Well this is what Christine (and most women) did. Do you agree? Well on the surface of things she is probably right.

However let’s drill down some more. After much studied thought I am slowly coming to the conclusion that a lot of women are missing out on having a great relationship and a good man because of something that can be fixed. First let me say that most men in one way shape or form entertain a remote idea of what it would be like to have sex with you. Most men – thank goodness – manage this thought and feelings. They don’t let you know that, because they realize that you may be offended like my client. By the way if you are attracted to the man you will think likewise but you won’t show this because you don’t want to appear like a common prostitute. FACT: most men are psychosexually programmed for sex. This has nothing to do with him being nasty, earthy etc. It is simply when his seminal vesicles (the part of his testicles that store sperms) are full; he gets a strong biological urge to have sex. This may be when he goes on the “prowl”. It is similar to the urges you get around your menstrual cycle.

That said most men make an intelligent effort to control it. Another reason when some men try to push your hot buttons is to test you. He wants to find out how easy it is to score on you. Of course if you give in he will have a great time but you ratings in his eyes will drop significantly. Of course if you give in he will have a great time but you ratings in his eyes will drop significantly. What can you do? How to you handle this?

1. First you must be clear about your boundaries and principles.

a. When do you feel safe to begin physical contact. No I don’t mean sex. Holding hands, kisses, necking petting

b. Determine if you want a good night kiss and what type of kiss you will allow eg peck on cheek, light mouth peck etc

2. Also be clear about how many dates or how well you want to know a guy before having sex e.g 2,3,4 months or dates. My strong suggestion is never to have sex on the first few dates.

3. If a man begins to touch you in uncomfortable places, do not get angry, simple take his hand and gently but firmly move it back on his leg, calmly explain that you don’t feel comfortable doing that at this point.

4. Tell a story of one of your friends who gave in to a guy recently, fell pregnant and the guy didn’t want to know. Explain how cheap and worthless she feels now. Emphasise that it’s never a great idea for a woman anyway since may be just a test.

5. Be sure to be light hearted about it all. Indicating through you attitude that it good to have fun and even do things together with him but you are not about to go down that (necking, petting and sex) road at this point.

6. If he continues get up and immediately terminate the date or meeting. Here the attitude you should adopt when men try to hit on you. “Sex is great but I don’t feel comfortable doing it unless I am in a secured relationship.”


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