The world of advertising

No one remembers the date or even a year of birth of industry. Maybe it takes its roots from the first rake or the wheel created by some fellow from the cave. Thousands of years has past after simple inventions, bringing us greater, more advanced technologies. In the twenty first century people are surrounded by numerous products and services created to make our lives comfortable and bring pleasure. Commercial world never stops developing and will continue, even if inventions and discoveries stop. What is the “perpetuum mobile” of trade? Advertising. A paradox lies in a simple fact; advertising was born before the industry.

There were other values to advertise before the wheel or a rake. Ancient society was not less competitive than ours. People were always sure that their land, possessions, women, resources are the best, the biggest and the most desirable. Boasting off was an ancestor of advertising that now is a full-forced king of industry. It is difficult to choose what’s right out of the hundred products that have the same effect. Advertising helps people understand the difference and shows strong sides of each. Analyzing information about products a customer chooses a product that best matches his needs. Before delivering a product to a market you have to show why it should be bought. There are dozens of ways to advertise products and services.

We see adverts on TV, in magazines, newspapers, in the form of posters and stickers, billboards, various activities, sponsorship etc. Twenty first century is a century of modern technologies and internet. The advertisement made online is destined to be 10% more effective than a TV advert. Advertising agencies offer a wide range of services for clients, including online work. Creation of a website where all the information could be found is the first step. Next is design and content.

People long for quality and beauty and it is within your interest to show it to them. Internet services include copy writing or otherwise methods of writing and editing used to achieve higher ranking in internet search engines. By placing right keywords onto web pages, a copywriter reaches the aim to make the product or service more popular within internet users. Various pop-ups and other methods are also used by outstanding specialists and real sharks in this business.

Due to a couple efforts a product is at the top of the marketing list. Advertising brings miraculous income and increases income of companies using advertising company services. Once the world got acquainted with advertising, cooperation will never stop, the only change will be change of methods.



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The power of online auctions as traffic generators

There are thousands of online auctions on the internet. People love them because they can usually find great bargains. If you have an online business, you can use them to increase traffic to your web site. You could create an electronic book or report that relates to your online business, then auction it off at an online auction. You could increase traffic to your web site by placing an ad for your web site in the electronic publication. Some online auctions will even allow you to link directly to your web site. Electronic publications won't cost you anything to ship. You could send them via e-mail or allow people to download the electronic publication from your web site.

You can also auction them off for a lower price. When they visit your web site you could offer them a higher priced product. You could also get traffic from people who don't bid or don't get the winning bid. You could direct them to your web site to download and read a free sample of the ebook or report before they bid. If they want more detailed information about the ebook or report, you could also direct them to your web site. You can also get traffic to your web site by auctioning a physical product. Print your web site advertisement on a flyer or brochure then insert it into each product package you ship. Before you start auctioning any product at an online auction, read the terms and conditions. Some auctions may not allow the auctioning of electronic products or directly linking to your web site where you have other products for sale.



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Gun control is not constitutional

Gun Control Is Not Constitutional Lee, Robert W. At Issue: Is Gun Ownership a Right? Kelly Doyle Greenhaven Press 2005 Viewpoint On October 18th [2000], a Texas jury found San Angelo physician Timothy Joe Emerson not guilty of aggravated assault and child endangerment. In August 1998 his wife, who became involved in an adulterous affair with another man, had filed for divorce and applied for a temporary restraining order barring Dr. Emerson from, among other things, threatening or attacking her during the divorce proceedings. A few days later at a hearing, Mrs. Emerson claimed that her husband had threatened during a telephone conversation to kill her boyfriend. Largely based on that allegation, a county district court judge, without showing or finding that Dr. Emerson actually posed a threat to his wife or their four-year-old daughter, issued a restraining order enjoining him from threatening or physically harming either. The judge also neglected to advise Dr. Emerson that he could face federal prosecution if found with a firearm, due to an obscure provision of the 1994 Violent Crime Control Act that prohibits possession of a gun by anyone subject to such a restraining order. Following a confrontation between the contentious couple at his office on November 16, 1998, Mrs. Emerson claimed that Dr. Emerson had threatened her and their daughter by brandishing a handgun. He was indicted on the state charges of which he was recently acquitted, and was also indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly violating the 1994 statute. On March 30th of [1999], Judge Sam R. Cummings of the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas dismissed the federal indictment, ruling that it violated Dr. Emerson's constitutional rights under the Second and Fifth Amendments. A key issue was whether or not the Second Amendment secures an individual right to keep and bear arms, or was intended by the Founders to apply only to a collective entity such as the National Guard. Basing his opinion on cogent historical analysis and copious documentation, Judge Cummings held that "a textual analysis of the Second Amendment supports an individual right to bear arms" and that "the very inclusion of the right to keep and bear arms in the Bill of Rights shows that the framers of the Constitution considered it an individual right." After all, the Bill of Rights protects individual rights to freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, etc., from government. Why would the Founding Fathers add to such a list a collective right of government to possess arms? Judge Cummings' ruling is particularly significant since it is the first time a federal court invalidated a gun control statute on grounds of the Second Amendment. Prosecutors promptly appealed this ruling to the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, which heard oral arguments in June. A decision is expected by year's end, but regardless of the outcome, United States of America v. Timothy Joe Emerson is likely to eventually reach the Supreme Court. What began as a rather routine divorce squabble has metastasized into what could become the most important Second Amendment case in our nation's history. [In 2001, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the lower court's opinion. In 2002, the U. S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case.] America's legacy of freedom The historical record clearly supports Judge Cummings' analysis and opinion. The "collective" interpretation of the Second Amendment is a 20th century invention conjured up by anti-gun academics and pressure groups determined to disarm ordinary Americans and thereby grant government entities a firearms monopoly (gun control has never been about the elimination of guns, but about who will control them). The reference to the "Militia" in the Second Amendment is not a reference to the National Guard, which did not even exist at the time, but to the people themselves. As George Mason, the author of Virginia's Bill of Rights, explained, the militia consists "of the whole people, except a few public officers." David E. Young, editor of The Origin of the Second Amendment: A Documentary History of the Bill of Rights in Commentaries on Liberty, Free Government & an Armed Populace 1787-1792 (1995) has noted, "There were NO comments by ANYONE that any of [James] Madison's proposals, or those in Congress, related to 'collective rights.'... In fact, the 'collective right' terminology so popular today among advocates of government gun control was never used during the Constitutional Era by anyone." The founding generation, Young continues, "did not interpret the Second Amendment and predecessor Bill of Rights language as related to the militia powers of government or the authority of the states, but rather as related ONLY to private rights to keep and bear arms." America's legacy of freedom is heavily predicated on the right of individual citizens to keep and bear arms. Indeed, the Second Amendment is arguably the most important constitutionally protected right of all, since it serves to safeguard all others (free speech, freedom of the press, religious freedom, etc.). As U. S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story explained in his authoritative Commentaries on the Constitution (1833): "The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms has justly been considered the palladium of the liberties of the republic, since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers, and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them." Keeping arms is a duty The Revolutionary War itself was triggered when the British attempted to confiscate private arms stored by the American colonists in private homes at Concord. Before sunrise on April 18, 1775, scores of colonists armed with loaded muskets gathered on and near the Lexington green. When the British arrived, the officer in charge ordered the rebels to "disperse, you villains-lay down your arms," but they refused. The officer then gave the order to surround the rebels, and in the ensuing confusion shots were fired. Three British soldiers were wounded and eight militiamen were killed. Following that initial skirmish, the British continued their march to Concord, but when they began tearing off planks of the bridge spanning a strategic river, American militiamen rallied to stop the destruction. Again, shots were fired by both sides, and British officers ordered a retreat during which, as described by historian Donzella Cross Boyle in Quest of a Hemisphere (1970), "the regulars were fired upon from behind walls and trees, houses and barns, by marksmen, who seemed 'to drop from the clouds.'" Thus began the long, bitter military struggle for American independence that could never have succeeded if the colonists had allowed themselves to be disarmed. Fortunately, the colonists had refused to do so. In 1671, more than a century before Lexington and Concord, King Charles II imposed legislation to disarm Englishmen, while his royal governor for the colonies did the same to disarm Americans. Attorney Steven Halbrook, an authority on the Second Amendment, writes in That Every Man Be Armed: The Evolution of a Constitution Right (1984): "Thus, arms control laws in the English experience served not only to subjugate domestically the poor and middle classes and religious groups, but also to conquer and colonize the Scots, the Irish, the American Indians, and finally the English settlers in America." When the "embattled farmers stood" at Concord Bridge in 1775 and "fired the shot heard round the world," they did so with an unregistered and unconfiscated gun. Today's anti-gun hysteria is in sharp contrast to the attitude of early American colonists regarding firearms. A 1982 report of the Subcommittee on the Constitution of the U. S. Senate Judiciary Committee recalled, for instance: In 1623, Virginia forbade its colonists to travel unless they were "well armed"; in 1631, it required colonists to engage in target practice on Sunday and to "bring their peeces [sic] to church." In 1658, it required every householder to have a functioning firearm within his house and in 1673 its laws provided that a citizen who claimed he was too poor to purchase a firearm would have one purchased for him by the government, which would then require him to pay a reasonable price when able to do so. In Massachusetts, the first session of the legislature ordered that not only freemen, but also indentured servants own firearms and, in 1644, it imposed a stern 6 shilling fine upon any citizen who was not armed. Writing in the Michigan Law Review for November 1983, attorney Don B. Kates further noted that "the duty to keep arms applied to every household, not just to those containing persons subject to militia service. Thus, the over-aged and seamen, who were exempt from militia service, were required to keep arms for law enforcement and for the defense of their homes from criminals or foreign enemies. In at least one colony a 1770 law actually required men to carry a rifle or pistol every time they attended church; church officials were empowered to search each parishioner no less than fourteen times per year to assure compliance." The intent of the Founders Our country's Founders, though at odds with each other about many other matters, were united in their belief that private citizens, armed with their own firearms, were vital to a free nation. Anti-Federalist icon Patrick Henry, in his famous "give me liberty or give me death" address to Virginia's Second Revolutionary Convention on March 23, 1775, underscored the importance of an armed citizenry when he declared: "They tell us ... that we are weak-unable to cope with so formidable an adversary [as the British]. But when shall we be stronger? Will it be when we are totally disarmed, and when a British guard shall be stationed in every house? Three million people, armed in he holy cause of liberty ... are invincible by any force which our enemy can send against us." The Census Bureau estimates that the population of the colonies in 1700 was 2.1 million, and that by 1780 it reached 2.9 million. Henry's reference in 1775 to "three million people, armed in the holy cause of liberty" clearly encompassed all competent citizens, not merely those qualified by age and gender for militia service. Years later, when the Constitution was considered, Henry further expressed his unequivocal support of the individual right to keep and bear arms. During Virginia's ratification convention he objected to the omission of a clause in the proposed Constitution that would forbid the disarming of individual citizens (the Second Amendment was adopted to solve that problem). "The great object," he declared, "is that every man be armed.... Everyone who is able may have a gun." Thomas Paine, who voiced the colonists' demands for freedom in his famous pamphlet Common Sense (1776), wrote in an earlier essay entitled "Thoughts on Defensive War" (1775): "The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms like laws discourage and keep the invader and the plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property." And in The Federalist, No. 28, Alexander Hamilton stated: "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government." In essay 29 of The Federalist, Hamilton further observed that "little more can reasonably be aimed at with respect to the people at large than to have them properly armed and equipped," since "this will not only lessen the calls for military establishments, but if circumstances should at any time oblige the government to form an army of any magnitude that army an never be formidable to the liberties of the people while there is a large body of citizens, little if at all inferior to hem in discipline and the use of arms, who stand ready to defend their rights and those of their fellow citizens." In a similar spirit, James Madison pointed out in The Federalist, No. 46, that "notwithstanding the military establishments in the several kingdoms of Europe, which are carried as far as the public resources will bear, the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms," since, were the people armed and organized into militia, "the throne of every tyranny in Europe would be speedily overturned in spite of the legions which surround it." On June 18, 1789, 10 days after James Madison proposed the Bill of Rights in the House of Representatives, Tench Coxe, a Federalist and friend of Madison, published in Philadelphia's Federal Gazette (under the pen name "A Pennsylvanian") what Steven Halbrook describes as "probably the most complete exposition of the Bill of Rights to be published during its ratification period." Coxe's analysis included this comment: "As civil rulers, not having their duty to the people duly before them, may attempt to tyrannize, and as the military forces which must be occasionally raised to defend our country, might pervert their power to the injury of their fellow citizens, the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms." "In short," Halbrook states, "what is now the Second Amendment was designed to guarantee the right of the people to have 'their private arms' to prevent tyranny and to overpower an abusive standing army or select militia [such as today's National Guard]." It is worth noting that Coxe sent a copy of his article, with a cover letter, to Madison, and that the father of the Constitution expressed no objection to his comments. Rather than disagreeing that the proposed amendment protected the possession and use of "private arms," Madison stated in his reply that ratification of the entire package of amendments "will however be greatly favored by explanatory strictures of a healing tendency, and is therefore already indebted to the co-operation of your pen." Halbrook points out that a "search of the literature of the time reveals that no writer disputed or contradicted Coxe's analysis that what became the Second Amendment protected A fundamental right Federalist Noah Webster (of dictionary fame), in a pamphlet aimed at convincing Pennsylvania to ratify the Constitution, warned that "before a standing army can rule, the people must be disarmed; as they are in almost every kingdom in Europe." But he believed that the "supreme power in America cannot enforce unjust laws by the sword; because the whole body of the people are armed, and constitute a force superior to any band of regular troops that can be, on any pretence, raised in the United States." Thomas Jefferson also favored individual gun ownership. In the model state constitution he drafted for Virginia in 1776, he included the guarantee that "no free man shall be debarred the use of arms in his own hands." He had earlier copied into his Commonplace Book (the source for his ideas on government) these sentiments from On Crimes and Punishments (1764) by criminologist Cesare Beccaria: False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils, except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm those only who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. Can it be supposed that those who have the courage to violate the most sacred laws of humanity, the most important of the code, will respect the less important and arbitrary ones, which can be violated with ease and impunity, and which, if so dear to the enlightened legislator-and subject innocent persons to all the vexations that the guilty alone ought to suffer? Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man. They ought to be designated as laws not preventive but fearful of crimes, produced by the tumultuous impression of a few isolated facts, and not by thoughtful consideration of the inconveniences and advantages of a universal decree. According to a nephew, Jefferson was given a gun at age 10 and believed that every boy should receive one at that age. In a letter to another nephew, Jefferson wrote: "A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the Body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks." Throughout our history, young Americans have used firearms responsibly for recreation, hunting, and defense of their homes, families, and nation. For examples, see "Young Patriots at Arms" in the July 31, 2000 issue of The New American. The Second Amendment is absolute It is important to note that the Second Amendment is absolute in its wording. While some inherent rights are protected by the Bill of Rights in rather vague, general terms (such as the Fourth Amendment's ban of only "unreasonable" searches and seizures), the Second Amendment unambiguously prohibits any interference (the right to keep and bear arms "shall not" be infringed). Halbrook suggests that since the Second Amendment "is written in a universal form," it "provides protection against both federal and state infringement. In contrast to the language of the First Amendment, which states only that 'Congress shall make no law,' the Second Amendment provides generally that the right 'shall not be infringed.'... Thus, there is strong support for the proposition that the absolute and universal language of the Second Amendment precludes any federal or state infringement whatever." Adding further weight to that conclusion, Attorney Don B. Kates points out in his Michigan Law Review article that "a state would directly infringe the congressional prerogative [to call forth an armed citizenry when necessary to execute the laws, suppress rebellion, or repel invasion] if it prohibits firearms possession by the constitutional militia, i. e., the military-age male populace." And in Presser v. Illinois (1886), the Supreme Court held that "it is undoubtedly true that all citizens capable of bearing arms constitute the reserved military force or reserve militia of the United States as well as of the States, and, in view of this prerogative of the general government, as well as of its general power, the States cannot, even laying the constitutional provision in question [i. e., the Second Amendment] out of view, prohibit the people from keeping and bearing arms, so as to deprive the United States of their rightful resource for maintaining the public security and disable the people from performing their duty to the general government." Steven Halbrook perceptively points out that if, for the sake of argument, we accept the modern anti-gun view that the Second Amendment's reference to "the people" means only a select militia such as the National Guard, and that its reference to "arms" means only militia-type arms, then "the Ninth amendment's guarantee of all preexisting unenumerated rights would encompass the natural and common-law rights of the individual to keep and carry arms for such purposes as self-defense and hunting." In other words, either the inherent right of peaceful individuals to keep and bear arms is secured by the Second Amendment, or it falls under purview of the Ninth Amendment, which reads: "The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Yet make no mistake about it, Halbrook maintains, "the intent of the state conventions that requested adoption of a bill of rights and of the framers in Congress ... was that the Second Amendment recognized the absolute individual right to keep arms in the home and to carry them in public." The lessons of history History is replete with examples of would-be tyrants who have sought to disarm the people they intended to enslave. Julius Caesar, in his account of the Gallic wars, recognized the difficulty of conquering an armed people, as indicated by such observations as "all arms were collected from the town" and "there could be no terms of surrender save on delivery of arms," and his claim that he had "cut off the hands of all who had borne arms" and had slain "a great number of them and stripped all of their arms." During the 20th century, totalitarian and authoritarian regimes have used gun registration records and other means to confiscate firearms from those who might otherwise jeopardize their rule. Stringent gun laws established by the anti-Communist Cuban government of Fulgencio Batista, for instance, enabled Communist despot Fidel Castro to solidify his control after toppling Batista. Under Batista, gun owners had to register their firearms with the police, which made it a simple matter for Castro's agents to locate and collect the guns. In Nazi Germany, as documented in "Gun Control": Gateway to Tyranny by Jay Simkin and Aaron Zelman (1992), a pre-Nazi law of 1928 required the registration of anyone having anything to do with firearms or ammunition. When the Nazis assumed power, they simply declined to renew the relevant permits, thereby justifying the confiscation of firearms and ammunition and clearly demonstrating how registration paves the way for confiscation. In 1938, the Nazis' own draconian gun control legislation further deterred effective opposition to their increasingly oppressive rule. It included a provision under which Jews were "prohibited from acquiring, possessing, and carrying firearms and ammunition, as well as truncheons or stabbing weapons." And in his early years as Italy's Fascist ruler, Prime Minister Benito Mussolini, in a speech delivered at the Italian Senate on June 8, 1923, asserted: "The measures adopted to restore public order are: First of all the elimination of the so-called subversive elements.... They were elements of disorder and subversion. On the morrow of each conflict I gave the categorical order to confiscate the largest possible number of weapons of every sort and kind. This confiscation, which continues with the utmost energy, has given satisfactory results." Government oppression thrives when a people are disarmed. But when the people are armed, exactly the opposite is the case. Which is why the Founding Fathers included the Second Amendment in the Bill of Rights.



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Hands on trade show exhibits lure attendees

When trade show exhibit goers walk the vast exhibit hall floors and come upon highly creative, interactive trade show displays, they get to stop and join in some fun. The trade show attendee becomes part of the exhibit. By using experiential activity, the trade show exhibitor not only entertains but also educates their key customer prospects with entertaining “hands on” experiences. Why are such participatory activities important at trade shows? Quite simply: they boost traffic to the trade show exhibit site, leading to product interest and often substantial sales from experiencing first hand a dynamic new product. When Event Marketer covered the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January 2006, they found exceptional trade show exhibits that offered interactive experiences. Here are a few exhibitors whose “hands on” trade show displays showcased new product trials on the trade show floor: Canon -- Canon’s goal was to get attendees’ hands on its products. They had three hands-on display islands staffed by representatives. One of the islands featured PowerShot and EOS cameras and camcorders, another showcased printers, and the third island featured smaller digital cameras and camcorders. Canon also had a theater that mimicked a working film set with camera booms and professional stage lighting. Visitors demonstrated Canon’s new products and took photos and videos of a working model-train village choo-chooing away in their center island. Dolby -- A TrueHD Theater was Dolby’s centerpiece to run demos of its high-definition audio technology. Separate semi-enclosed zones showed off Dolby’s audio technology for HDTV home theaters, surround-sound video gaming, and PC home audio. The gaming zone offered visitors a chance to try Burnout, the new Xbox 360 racing game. The Xbox’s Dolby Digital sound technology seduced game enthusiasts to come try their new products. Garmin -- Several interactive demonstration stations helped Garmin get its portable navigation systems into people’s hands. Two circular islands each featured eight handheld navigation units for visitors to try, while plasma screens atop the stations ran videos about the products. Nokia – The company divided sections of the trade show exhibit—which featured everything from its mobile office products to its latest Bluetooth-capable phones—to create individual environments for products and presentations. Visitors checked out the products on tables on the main floor. Nokia created interactivity with touch-screen computer kiosk booths, where trade show attendees could learn more about key product features. Remember that people want to try before they buy. At trade shows, they want to see for themselves and be part of the action. That is why the use of interactivity works especially well at trade show displays that introduce new products and services. Dick Wheeler is President of Professional Exhibits & Graphics, headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. The firm is a full-service premiere trade show exhibit, graphics and management services company. For addtional information, go to proexhibits. com. © Copyright 1996-2006, Professional Exhibits & Graphics. All Rights Reserved



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7 work at home mistakes to avoid

When I first started my own "WORK AT HOME" business, I had no experience whatsoever , and I did not know how to get started on the right foot. After a lot of trial and error, I have learned [and still learning] on what to do and not to do to get started in my "WORK AT HOME " business. Any one who had decided to start their own "WORK AT HOME" business , is going to make mistakes along the way. Remember, no one is perfect, so it is expected to make mistakes as you learn. Many "WORK AT HOME" mistakes can be avoided , when we learn from the mistakes of others. 1. First of all, before you start a home based business, you must know what it is you'll be doing. You need to educate yourself about your "work at home" business. For example , Internet Marketing , Placing classifieds , getting a WEB SITE, Follow-ups, etc. Look at it this way , say you sign up someone under you , and they need help getting started , how are you going to help them if you do not even know this? Expect your first 6 months or so to be a learning process for you. 2. SPAM What is SPAM? Simply put, SPAM is unsolicited advertising. It is our belief that SPAM is in the eye of the person being SPAMMED, not the person sending the SPAM. While you may not consider a message to be Spam, if the person receiving it does, it's SPAM. If you are not 100% certain that the person or persons you are advertising your Surfside Internet site to will not complain, DO NOT advertise your site to that person or persons. Any SPAM complaint is cause for immediate termination, no second chances, no questions asked. This is a very serious matter. Surfside Internet reserves the right to take legal action against any person or persons involved in SPAMMING What types of advertising are considered SPAM? Bulk e-mailing (sending an e-mail advertisement to persons listed on an e-mail address lead list). Advertising with bulk e-mail services (companies who will send an e-mail advertisement to persons listed on an e-mail address lead list for you). "Bounce back" e-mailing (sending an e-mail advertisement in reply to an e-mail advertisement that was sent to you). Advertising your Surfside Internet site to people that you don't know, who didn't specifically request the information. Cross-posting or advertising to Usenet newsgroups, forum or discussion lists, and online chats (IRC) is not allowed. These are only examples. Remember, SPAMMING includes ANY unsolicited advertising. For more information about SPAM and how to avoid it. Please visit this site: Friends House In Rose hill: http:// rosehill. org/spam. htm 3. Posting ads on Forums: Like spamming , posting ads on forums message boards can [most likely will] get you banned. Forums are only to be used as sources of information about business opportunities. You can ask questions , or get/give advice about any "Work At Home" business , or other topics , but absolutely not allowed to place any ads of any kind. When visiting Forums, always look for their rules/regulations , so you know what is and is not acceptable on these Forums. 4. Submitting to FFA's. These are free for all sites that you can post your ads on. Do not waste your time posting your ads on these sites, because your site will never get seen. Worse, because most FFA's have such low rankings, it will give your site a low rank, because you posted on them. Place your ads on classified ad sites. Here is how to find classified site to place your ads. Go to your favorite Search Engine and type" free home business classifieds" or something like that. I have listed a few places for you to place ads on for your conveince. Free Classifieds and Promotion at: http:// inetgiant. com A-Z FREE Classifieds http:// freeclassifieds. com/ World profit FREE Classifieds http:// worldprofit. com/classifieds/ Free Business Ads " target=new>http://freebizadsweb. com/> Classifieds for Free http:// classifiedsforfree. com/ FREE Classifieds Directory http:// everydaybusinessonline. com/adsites. htm 5. Shouting Other than using caps to emphasize a few words within an e-mail, or a web page, do not use all caps. Using all capital letters in a text or a correspondence is considered shouting, and shouting at people just causes them to leave. 6. Slow response to e-mails: If someone has taken the time to send you an e-mail for more information about your business, or has some questions, and you do not respond to them in a timely manner, then you probably have lost a potential customer, or an affiliate. Even if you do not know the answers [you may still be learning] let them know that you do not have the answers, but you will find out for them, and get back to them A. S.A. P . 7. No persistence: Let me tell you that there is no such thing as a "Get Rich Quick Scheme" They do not exist. If you want to have a successful "Work At Home" business, then you must be willing to work hard for it. What you put into your business is exactly what you will get out of it. Persistence is the single most important factor in determining a successful "work at home" business. Be persistent and you will be successful.



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An introduction to point of sale software

Point of sale software gives business owners a convenient way of checking out customers and of recording sales. It can keep a record of the store inventory, updating it when an order is processed. It can also print out receipts, carry out credit card processing, track customers, etc. Point of sale software eases the flow at checkout terminals, while recording all the information that can help you make better business decisions. Point of sale software allows users to input via keyboard or mouse, and some even have a touch screen interface. You can install the software on your checkout register. When checking out a customer you can either input the sales item yourself or use a bar code scanner.

The point of sale software will look up the item in the inventory and bring up the price. It can also calculate tax on the item and change for the customer. POS software can print out receipts and reports. Point of sale software makes your business accounting a lot easier by creating reports on inventory, sales, customers, etc. Since it is already recording each sale, it can easily tell you the sales and revenue of the day. Point of sale software can also help with credit card processing. Credit cards are the preferred method of payment. People do not want to carry around cash for all their purchases. Credit card is a convenient method of payment and if you do not have credit card processing, your business can lose some of its competitiveness. Point of sale software receives input from the POS hardware, which is the scanning station for the credit card. The software will process the credit card payment for you. It can check that the card has not expired and is valid. You will need a merchant account for the point of sale software to do its job. POS software is generally easy to install and easy to use. You will need to know how to update inventory and record a price change for an item. Point of sale software usually provides an easy to use interface to do this. It can make the job of the cashier a lot easier by automating the routine tasks of the day. There is a wide variety of point of sale software available. You can choose one that fits your budget and meets the needs of your particular business. The software will have compatibility requirements with the point of sale hardware. It will also have operating system requirements such as it might need a Windows or Linux system. Point of sale software can more than pay for itself over time by making checkout faster and doing your accounting for you. Point of sale software may be the right solution for your business and can provide you with tons of benefits.



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Medicare drug plan lures identity thieves

Among the many problems facing senior citizens is that of trying to pay for their necessary medications while trying to live on a fixed income. This problem drew the attention of Congress, which passed a prescription drug plan last year that was designed to help older Americans with their drug bills. The plan is a complicated one that allows Americans to enroll in a government-sponsored plan or any one of a number of other plans that are administered by private corporations. The plan, while well intentioned, has drawn criticism for being expensive and for being complicated, as many senior citizens have been unable to determine how to best make use of the program. The fact that the program is complicated has opened the door for identity thieves to take advantage of the program's participants. The thieves have been calling senior citizens on the telephone, posing as representatives of companies that can help people enroll in the plan that is best for them. The caller then asks for personal information from the victim in order to better assess how to help them. There is no help forthcoming; the thief is simply using the call as an opportunity to steal the victim's name, address, Social Security number and credit card number. Once they have that, the thieves can go about obtaining loans, credit and merchandise in the victim's name. This identity theft scam can be easily avoided, as can most such scams that make use of the telephone or e-mail.

Here are a few tips that may help: # Americans who are eligible for the Medicare plan should have received a pamphlet in the mail that outlines which plans are available in their area. If you have questions about the plan, you can use the contact information listed in the pamphlet. # Authorized providers are not permitted to contact customers via e-mail. Any attempt to do so should be considered to be part of a scam. # If someone does call you to discuss the Medicare program, ask them to send information via mail. Any legitimate company will be happy to do so. # You should never provide personal information, such as a credit card number or Social Security number, to anyone who solicits such information via e-mail or telephone. The new prescription drug program is a complicated one. The prospect of possibly having personal information stolen just makes it worse. Any senior citizen who is contacted out of the blue by a company claiming to represent an agency that can help with the Medicare drug plan should be suspicious. If you have further questions, you can visit the Medicare Website at medicare. gov.



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Would you like to recieve hundreds of new channels for free

Your probably thinking, free? nothing is free right? Wrong! This brings us to the idea of Satellite TV which i'm sure you know about through the dishes you see at your neighbour's house or while your driving to the mall. Dishes have just about come up everywhere.

Yesterday i was in a remote town where it's difficult to locate a store unless you drive 20 miles into the city. However, i was surprised to see a satellite dish. They are just everywhere. So why do you need a satellite dish? Often we get bored with the same programmes that are offered to us as viewers through TV. When your watching tv and you want to see something new, you find out that you've seen it already. The re-runs on all shows has gotten so boring that we want something new. This is where satellite tv comes into play. What will satellite tv bring to me that i dont have already?

The question you want to ask really is what doesn't satellite tv have. TV gets boring after a while, we all know that. But often we like to relax and watch a good movie or something interesting. Thats why you need satellite TV. Having satellite TV installed in your home will mean that you can watch channels covering movies, sport, documentaries, adult and everything else you can name.

Not only will you be able to watch channels in every language but you will be able to watch channels from every country in the world. Find out more ... http:// installyoursat. com



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Save money with cash back credit cards

Many credit card companies offer a popular incentive called cash back. Cash back is the money given to the cardholders by credit card companies for every dollar spent by them. Cash back is often given in a single payment once in a year. The cash back incentive has proven to be successful for those users who charge everything, including clothes, gas, groceries, and dinners, etc to their credit card. Therefore, if you are comfortable with charging everything to your card, a cash back credit card is all you need. Cash back credit cards are advisable for those credit card users who pay off their outstanding charges every month. However, if you are not able to pay off the balance every month, then you will have to pay interest charges that are higher than the amount paid back to you. This is because interest charges by these cards are colossal. The Best Cash Back Credit Cards Need a Good Rating If you have a good credit rating then credit card companies award you with cash back credit cards. Every purchase charged on the card gains you points. After attaining a certain number of points, you can get some more points for redeeming your cash. Thus, you can even reduce your balance by getting it credited to your outstanding credit card bill or by getting the company to send cash to you. It is a win-win for all - Merchant charges fetch good earnings to the credit card companies, while merchants earn more by attracting more customers and the consumers get their cash back for using these cards. Thus, a cash back credit card is advantageous to every body. Calculate The Cash Back The cash paid back to you is calculated as a percentage of your total spending and it ranges from 0.5% to 2%. Different companies offer individual rates of percentages. For example, The Discover® Platinum Card generally offers 1% cash back, but if purchases are made from the merchants who avail the Get More Program, then the rate offered is about 5% of the spending. If there is no outstanding balance on the credit card then the cash back option is an attractive package. However, if you are paying an interest, then that amount will possibly outweigh the gain of cash back. Select a card with very low annual percentage rate (APR) or a card offering an interest free, introductory period. Tips for Selecting a Cash Back Credit Card * Make sure whether the headline rate is paid on all purchases or only on a portion of the annual spending. Some cards offer 0.25% on the first $1500 spent, a 0.50% on the next $1500 spent, thus allowing a full 1% on the purchases that exceed $3000. * Be aware of any cap on the total amount of cash back in a year. * Enquire whether cash back is paid by check or is deducted from the credit card bill. * Check whether the card offers an initial bonus, whereby the consumer earns more cash back in the initial months. Check the duration for which the offer is valid and what the rate is after the initial period is over. * Always be on the hunt for a cash back credit card that offers schemes allowing cash back for huge discounts with the selected merchants. * Beware of any hidden costs in getting the annual cash back payments. Compare the schemes offered by various cash back credit cards and always be on the lookout for those offering better cash back amounts. Modern consumers are excited about making money while spending. * Make sure which purchases are eligible for cash back programs. Ask pertinent questions like - are all the purchases rewarded or not? * Look for the cards that offer highest amount of percentage of cash back and carefully study how much are you really getting back into your pocket. * Try to increase your cash back because some companies push their customers to visit certain retailers for getting a larger cash back amount. * Enquire how frequently can you redeem the cash back? Some companies allow redemption of cash back as payments in return of their balance or for giving it for charity as soon as a certain amount is accumulated * Try to find if your card charges a fee for cash back. All in all, a cash back credit card is an advantage, if you have no outstanding balance to your credit. A disciplined cardholder is always preferred by companies. The best cash back credit cards are those that offer better cash backs with low and long-term annual percentage rates.



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Test to find out if you love yourself

Most of us are searching for love. We all hear so much about love, watch it in the movies and listen to songs of love. Somehow that kind of love does not happen to us. Whether such passionate romantic love can exist in today's world? That is a big question. Even if you fall in such love, it will phase out after some time leaving a vacuum. How about loving ourselves? Most of us do a lot of self beating. We regret our decisions, strain our bodies to make achievements, stress ourselves at most of the times about something or else. We give no peace and love to ourselves.

Look at a child in the lap of mother. The child is at peace and is totally protected by mother. The kid is totally relaxed. How about mothering yourself?

How about forgetting your worries for a certain period during the day? Just relax and pamper your mind and body? Only relax. Relax and let all the strain go away. Think of nothing. No worries, no tension, no goals, no achievements, no projects, no exams, no promotions. Only yourself. Love yourself for what you are. No criticism. No self beating. No memories of good or bad. Only love for yourself.

Let that love Overwhelm you with total peace. Love yourself. We act brutally with ourselves many times. We don't need others to do that, because we do it wonderfully well ourselves. Are you one of such people? How much do you love yourself?



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Fair debt collection practices act know your rights as a debtor

Dealing with creditors and debt collection agencies is always a difficult ordeal. Their annoying and persistence way of tracking you down no matter where you are can be very frustrating for you, your family and even your fellow colleagues. Fortunately, to protect the overly abused debtors, there is the Fair Debt Practices Act or the FDCPA for short. It is a federal law that bans unfair debt collection practices which will affect the quality of debtors’ life considerably. While this article does not list the whole act, it is good to know the common illegal debt collection practices so that you will not be intimidated and know how to deal with them. 1. Contact third parties including your families, friends, neighbors or employers about your debt. Unless the court has given them permission for your creditors to do so, it is illegal for them to contact third parties about your debt. But they may contact third parties for the purpose of locating you. Even so, creditors must not reveal why they are looking for you, unless you are a minor. 2. Contact you at odd hours of the day – late night or too early in the morning. Under normal circumstances, any time between 8am to 9pm is a acceptable time for them to call. Under no situation should your creditors call you when you are sleeping, for example at 3am. 3. Contacting you repeatedly by phone or not identifying themselves when they called. 4. Continue to contact you when you are represented by a lawyer or when they have received a written request from you to cease contacting you. ( a cease letter) 5. Make threats, use obscene, profane or abusively languages and comments on you. 6. Misleading you that they are affiliated with any state or federal government, or the legal status of your debts. These are just some of the common illegal debt collection practices. The FDCPA bans just about any abusive, dishonest and unfair debt collection practices that might affect the quality of your life greatly. To find out more about your rights as a debtor, visit ftc. gov/os/statutes/fdcpa/fdcpact. htm for more information. It’s always good to know your rights as they give you a means of handling your creditors such that they don’t take advantages of you. Nevertheless, understand that the purpose of the FDCPA is to help you deal with creditors and not to ignore them and your debts.



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Affiliate programs need affiliates that help affiliates why affiliates do poorly with most affiliate programs

: First >>> "What is an Affiliate Program?" <<< Affiliate Programs, also known as Associate Programs are just a way companies get massive traffic, sales or members without the need to personally recruit new people for their business. If you are familar with Network Marketing in the real world you will have no problem understanding Affiliate Programs. These companies recruit a sales force that only gets paid when they make sales or give direct referrals or leads. As an affiliate you promote their products and services. In return they will pay you a commission for each sale or membership you sell on their behalf. How and when do you get paid? What is the pay out or commission structure? How many levels or tiers will you get paid on? 1. Do you get paid even if you are a free affiliate, or do you have to be a paid member to earn commissions? Note: If you are working with an affiliate program that allows you to join for free and you sign up others that are joining for free you will have a hard time earning any money. 2. How often are checks sent out and is there a minimum amount you must earn before you get paid? If you have to earn a $100 before you get paid you could be waiting a while. Pay attention to the pay out structure of any program. 3. Do you get paid for direct sales and sign ups only or can you earn money on multiple levels or tiers? Do you get paid for the sales your affiliates make? Here are two examples of pay out plans. >>> First scenario: Single level or tier sales: >>> You only get paid for the direct sales you make. You join a program that costs you $19.95 a month to be a paid member and pays you $10.00 a month for each affiliate you sign up that will pay the $19.95 each month for the products and services the company provides. You sign up 10 people that pay $19.95 a month and you earn $10 from each person. You are sent a $100 check each month as long as all ten remain as paying affiliates. With this program you only make sales on people you directly sign up and only for the sales you make yourself. For you to make more money you must sign up more people willing to pay $19.95 each and every month. This is a single tier program. You only get paid for your direct sales or sign ups. >>> Second Scenario: Multiple levels or tiers: >>> You also get paid for your affiliates sales. You join a program that pays you $10.00 a month for each of the affiliates you have directly signed up, but you also get $3.00 when your affiliate signs up a paying member or makes a sale. Those same 10 people will still earn you $100 each month just like the single tier, but now it gets more interesting. Each paying person your affiliates signs up or for each sale they make will earn you another $3.00. If each of your 10 affiliates sign up 5 new affiliates that will pay the $19.95 each month you will earn $3.00 times 50 people. So you will earn an extra $150 each month. Now you are earning $250 instead of $100. Now think about it for a minute. Okay, times up. Which plan do you think is the better one? Most ebusiness owners are either too intimidated by affiliate programs to do anything, or they jump right in over their head. Both suffer because of it. The first person never gets to know the positive impact on ones finances affiliate programs have, while the other never learns the ropes and gives up which leaves them in the same position as the first person. There are a lot of great affiliate programs available, actually so many it can be difficult to choose one, and that is when the cycle starts all over. What is the solution to this problem?? Believe it or not the answer is quite simple. DO RESEARCH!! Ask and you will receive. If you really want to be a good affiliate and create other good affiliates don't assume things. You need to know what your are doing. --------------- Remember >>> Knowledge Is Power, but... ... The Power Only Comes When You Act On The Knowledge. --------------- What's the plan, Mann? If you are completely new to affiliate programs you should be seeking help from people that you have learned to trust. These people can give you the heads up on the affiliate programs they are familiar with. Never be afraid to ask for help. A recommendation goes a long way. Credibility is on the line every time someone recommends something. For this reason your trusted friend should be giving you accurate information. If you are already in an affiliate program and totally lost as to your next move you should be contacting those that are in the same program but have already figured it out. Again, if you don't ask questions you will most likely not get any answers. But I have just started and I don't know anyone yet. Okay that's fair. If this is you I would say you go to Google and do a search for "affiliate programs forum" or "affiliate programs" forum This will give you a list of forums that you can participate in. Once you are on the forums you can read the messages that other people have left. Look through the posts to see how business is conducted so that you won't say or do something against there policies. Where better to ask for help than a place where like minded people hang out and share their experiences online. Don't overlook forums, they are a source of valuable resources. Here are some of the questions you should be asking people: 1. Do their products or services meet a need? If you are not meeting a need you are going to have a hard time promoting and sell the products and services. 2. Is this a single tier or 2 tier program. Remember the above example. 2 Tier is going to allow you to earn more doing less. Keep in mind that even single tier programs can earn you large quantities of money. So pay attention to the selling price and the pay out you will receive. 3. How often and how to you get paid? How much do you have to have on account before you get paid? If there is a minimum amount you may have to wait a while before you see a check. 4. What kind of support system do they have in place? Are you able to ask questions and get answers right away. Can you see what your commissions are in real time? 5. How much does it cost to get started. Most affiliate programs will let you start for free and that can be enticing. Then you find out that is costs $100 to actually start making money. 6. Are you required to have your own web site? This is an added expense and may be a surprise that you don't need. To summarize, you need to research the programs you are curious about and be sure to go to forums where like minded people hang out and ask lots of questions. Look for affiliate programs that have a great support system and are easy to learn. Consider the levels you can get paid on. You may find that a two tier program will create more income with less work. Not without work, but with less work. James Mann - eBooks-With-Reseller-Rights http:// ebooks-with-reseller-rights. com/



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Christopher reeve to have promoted basement lab

Chrisopher Reeve has died. But his vision of a “Cure” has not. Mr. Reeve, who became a quadripilegic after a horse riding accident in 1995, was best known as advocate for stem cell research which promises cures for spinal cord injuries. Shortly before his death he had planned to get behind a little known biotech driven offshore By President Bush’s restrictions on stem cell research. The “Cure” didn’t reach Christopher Reeve in time. But a cure for the paralysis that plagued the star – and ultimately led to his death may be in the test tubes in a basement lab in a small carribean island. People all over the world are mouning the actor and activist, but the scientists at Gen Cells Cures lab were particularly saddened by the news. No one except the Actor and Gerald Armstrong of Gen Cells Cures new about Mr. Reeve’s plans to get behind the research of the now disabled biotech.

Spokesperson Gerald Armstrong had this to say. “Not only did President Bush restrict the research … there are no public funds for our research. All of our operations are completely shut down until we can locate private money. I cried when I heard the news, where do we go from here. Along with millions of other people I mourn Christopher Reeves passing and extend my sincere condolences to his family.

I pray the world embraces Christopher Reeves family, as they grieve the loss of their husband, father and son.” Chritopher Reeves taught people two words: Hope and Cures-- Without hope we have nothing. As for Cures… Gen Cells Cures will finish the work. Article by Gerald Armstrong - scientist0707@yahoo. com Gerald is the owner of Gen Cells Cures - http:// msnusers. com/cures Visit his group for information on cures for incurable diseases and aging. You have my permission to publish this article electronically or in print, free of charge, as long as the bylines are included. A courtesy copy of your publication would be appreciated



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7 steps to protect yourself from the winter sun

What outdoor activities did you do this past summer? Maybe you went on a vacation to the beach. Maybe you spent some time playing your favorite sports such as baseball, golf, or tennis. Maybe you went swimming or had a barbeque in the backyard with family and friends. Regardless of the outdoor activities you did over the summer, most likely you were aware that it was important to protect yourself from sun while outdoors. Now winter is approaching.

I am turning my attention to putting away my summer items to make room for the winter ones; long sleeve shirts for short sleeve ones, corduroy pants for shorts, and boots for sandals. Most of the sports equipment I have been using is going to get put away as well. But what about those items I have been using to protect myself from the sun? Things like my sunscreens, sunglasses, and sun protective hats and clothing. You may be putting these items away and not using them during the winter. The National Council of Skin Cancer Prevention reported in their January 2003 newsletter that research shows only 3 percent of Americans routinely wear sunscreen during the fall months, and only 2 percent during the winter months. However, you can still get a sunburn and snow blindness during these months. The colder temperatures do not block the UV rays and reflections off the snow and higher altitudes can make matters even worse.

You may be causing yourself significant, long-term damage by not properly protecting yourself. How do you protect yourself from the winter sun (or any other season)? Follow these simple sun safety action steps recommended by the US Environmental Protection Agency: Limit Time in the Midday Sun - The sun's rays are strongest between 10 a. m. and 4 p. m. Whenever possible, limit exposure to the sun during these hours. Wear a Hat - A hat with a wide brim offers good sun protection to your eyes, ears, face, and the back of your neck - areas particularly prone to overexposure to the sun. Cover Up - Wearing tightly woven, loose-fitting, and full-length clothing is a good way to protect your skin from the sun's UV rays. Wear Sunglasses that Block 99-100% of UV Radiation - Sunglasses that provide 99-100% UVA and UVB protection will greatly reduce sun exposure that can lead to cataracts and other eye damage. Check the label when buying sunglasses. Always Use Sunscreen - Apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 15 or higher liberally on exposed skin. Reapply every 2 hours, or after working, swimming, playing, or exercising outdoors. Even waterproof sunscreen can come off when you towel off, sweat, or spend extended periods of time in the water. Avoid Sunlamps and Tanning Parlors - The light source from sunbeds and sunlamps damages the skin and unprotected eyes. It's a good idea to avoid artificial sources of UV light. Watch for the UV Index - The UV Index provides important information to help you plan your outdoor activities in ways that prevent overexposure to the sun. Developed by the National Weather Service (NWS) and EPA, the UV Index is issued daily in selected cities across the United States. I am going to keep my sun protective items out to use this winter. I am trusting that you will do the same so that you can enjoy the outdoors while in the cold, on the ice, or in the snow. Have a terrific and safe winter!



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How to pack for the movers

You’ve chosen a new home, selected a mover, and now comes the task of packing for the move. There are 3 important things you should remember that will save you a lot of time and frustration later: • Collect all the materials (boxes, tape, paper) you’ll need to pack. • Don’t put packing off until the last minute. • Stay organized! Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need to pack efficiently: • Paper for wrapping your items: Many people collect old newspapers and use them. Just remember that the news ink never dries and will come off on your belongings. If you want to avoid the need to wash everything when you arrive, you can purchase packing paper from your mover. • Boxes: You can collect boxes from your local supermarket and other businesses. Select strong boxes in good condition and make sure they have covers. Divided boxes like liquor boxes are great for glasses and stemware. Your mover can also provide you with boxes especially made for moving. However, these boxes are expensive and you may want to purchase only those which are usually necessary like wardrobes for hanging clothes, mattress cartons, and cartons for large pictures, mirrors and table lamps. • Sealing Tape - Use plastic tape that’s 1Ѕ-2” wide • Magic Marker – to mark boxes for contents and special instructions like “fragile”, “this side up”, etc. Now that you have all your materials, you’re ready to start packing! Start as far ahead of time as you can. Waiting until the last minute will create a nightmare you don’t want to experience! If you begin early you can pack a few boxes a day and have everything completed without stressing yourself unnecessarily. It’s really important that you keep your packing organized; it will save a lot of confusion later. It’s best to pack a room at a time so that you can keep everything thing together that belongs together. Start in areas containing articles that aren’t used frequently such as your attic, basement, garage, etc. You can leave an extra box to hold items that can’t be packed early. Packing Up the Kitchen The hardest room to pack is probably the kitchen so let’s discuss that in detail. Remember when you’re packing fragile items to pad the bottom of the box with several sheets of paper. Place the heaviest items on the bottom of the box and the more delicate things on top. When you pack flatware like plates, saucers, etc., wrap each item separately and then combine in groups of three. Rewrap that group in more paper and seal with the plastic tape. Each group will then be better protected. Stand them on end in the box. You can nest glasses and cups 3 or 4 together and separate with small sheets of paper. It’s best to pack them in divided containers if you have them. If the box isn’t full to the top, stuff with additional paper. If you don’t have divided containers, you can place them in other boxes where you have empty space; just be sure to fit them in toward the top of the box so they aren’t crushed. Don’t nest Goblets and stemware, wrap them individually. Try to keep small kitchen appliances like the toaster, crock pot, etc., all together rather than mixing them with other items. Wrap them individually with 2 or 3 sheets of paper and wad up paper to fill any empty space. However, if you have a lot of extra room you can add some pots and pans. You can nest pots, pans and large bowls in groups of 3 with a couple sheets of paper between each of them. When you pack boxed foods such as cereal and rice, be sure to seal the tops with plastic tape. (Remember to do this for salt and pepper shakers also!) If your things are going be stored for very long, you may want to discard these items to avoid rodents or insects. You can pack filled canisters as long as they are individually wrapped and the tops are sealed with plastic tape. Finally, here are some miscellaneous tips to remember: • Don’t pack anything that’s flammable, combustive or explosive. This includes items like aerosol spray cans, gasoline, and paint thinners. • Empty all drawers. • Pack heavy items like books and canned goods in smaller boxes. • Pack bulky and lightweight items like toys, blankets, and pillows in large boxes. • You don’t need to wrap toys, books and shoes individually. • Stand books and records on end. It isn’t as hard as it sounds, but it you don’t want to deal with packing, your moving company will be happy to pack for you ~ of course, that service comes with a very hefty price tag! Happy Moving!



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Starting with a water garden

Copyright 2006 Richard Keir Gardening is one of our primordial fascinations. For thousands of years humans have gardened and for most of that time a major part of our diet came out of our gardens. As we became better at feeding ourselves, we also gained the time to indulge in activities that weren't directly linked to our very survival. Flowers, ornamental shrubs, decorative trees all became a part of gardening for beauty and pleasure. Water is a source of life. We are actually composed of 50 to 70 percent water and without water we can die in hours or a few days - far faster than from lack of food. Throughout history, water has been a necessity, even a source of warfare. We find comfort in sights and sounds associated with water, whether the source is the sea, a lake, river, stream or pond. I believe that the sense of comfort and relaxation most of us feel around water is deeply embedded in our being. Water gardens of various kinds have a long history. From elaborate fountains with statuary to the simplest aquarium (yes, I include aquariums as a form of water garden despite the usual focus on the critters rather than the overall concept), water gardening is an ancient activity. Currently, water gardening is considered a new trend for some reason. I'd guess this has to do partly with advances in technology, the widening availability of pre-constructed ponds and pumping systems, a growing awareness of the alternative forms gardens can take, and the fact that presenting something as new and trendy often improves sales. Water gardening can be done using waterfalls and streams, ponds, fountains, and containers of various kinds some of which are as simple as a small indoor fountain with a recycling pump. The variety goes on and on and most can be further enhanced through using rock work combinations, various types of lighting both above and below the water surface (or behind a waterfall), plants, and, of course, fish or other water dwellers. Water gardening doesn't require a pond or natural water source either. It can consist of just a plastic tub, basically anything that can hold water. Many garden supply outlets can provide anything from the most basic setup to incredibly sophisticated water gardens consisting of waterfalls, pools and streams (with or without bridges). The very first thing to consider is your budget since that will place some limits on how ambitious a project you can undertake. Water gardening can get expensive if you decide on a big garden full of plants, rocks, fish, and lights. Next you need to consider how much space you have available for a water garden. You probably won't want a 15 foot waterfall with a 200 foot stream and a half acre pond in a suburban backyard. Be reasonable in what you choose as a first project, but also keep in mind the possibility of extending your water garden later. Size also affects the amount of maintenance your water garden will require. If you plan to include fish and plants, you'll want to choose a location with sufficient direct sunlight. Remember that if the garden is located close to trees and bushes, leaves and debris will end up in the water and need to be cleaned out regularly. When you choose aquatic plants, don't forget that the plants should, at most, cover about half of the water. Plants can be free floating, submerged, or marginal (near or at the edges). The types you choose are up to you. Some may be good for their scent, some are simply beautiful, and some plants provide more oxygen than others which helps keep the pool healthy. As well as being pleasant to watch, fish will assist in keeping debris to a minimum and in insect control. Algae can be a major difficulty in water gardening. Most frequently, the problem results from having too many nutrients in the water either from fish food or plant fertilizer. Proper construction, feeding and fertilizing will keep algae to a minimum. Chemicals can be used to reduce algae but they can also kill fish and plants. Like everything else, garden pools need to be maintained throughout the year. And it really doesn't matter what size they are, even small ones will need care. However, with proper planning you can balance the living and decorative features of a water garden both to simplify and minimize your maintenance tasks. You can eliminate algae through reducing the nutrients that cause algal growth by cutting back on feeding and fertilizing, adding more plants, putting in a filter system, or replacing existing water with fresh water. Chemicals are generally not recommended since overuse can kill. An intriguing new method of algae control is through the use of ultrasonic waves. The use of ultrasound to destroy algae can be traced back to the early experiments with sonar for detecting submarines when it was discovered that some micro organisms were destroyed by ultrasonic waves. Transducers developed to control algae will not harm humans, animals, fish or aquatic plants. (They can also be used for swimming pools). If your garden lacks a natural continuous water supply, you have a situation much like an aquarium. You will need to monitor both water quality and water level. Keep in mind that in many locations, tap water contains chlorine and a large amount should not be directly added to water containing fish (and some plants). Allowing tap water to stand in an open container for at least 24 hours will normally eliminate the problem. Closed systems will require added water as the surface water evaporates. A large water garden that relies on tap water and which contains fish and plants, should probably have small quantities of water added daily. For water gardens without circulating, aerated, or filtered water, maintaining water quality may be more difficult. Still, water gardening really doesn't take any more time than regular gardening and could well take less time once you have it set up and have your maintenance tasks well organized. It is different, however, so while you may not be able to grow anything but weeds in dirt, you might be superb at water gardening. As a hobby and a way to beautify your landscape, water gardening is excellent. And there's nothing quite like the sound and sight of water to calm and relax you after the stresses of modern life.



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5 popular kitchen designs

If you are looking to install a new kitchen into your home then you will find that there is a bewildering choice of free kitchen design ideas you could choose from to feed your own design plans. Together with the bathroom the kitchen is the most important room in the house to get right in design terms. Aside from the hall the kitchen receives the highest amount of foot traffic in the home. Most people spend a lot of time in the kitchen, especially families and if something is not right it will bug you every time you look at it. I recommend you spend considerable time looking for free kitchen design ideas before you approach a kitchen design store. That way you will have a much more focused idea of what you are looking for and are more likely to encourage the salesperson to offer you a special deal. They will see you as a serious prospect who has spent time creating a strong vision and knows what they require. Design ideas can be found in many places such as house and home magazines, kitchen showrooms, diy stores, kitchen web sites and friends' houses. You should be able to formulate at least two or three design ideas using these methods. In the meantime here is a list of 5 popular kitchen styles that you can investigate to get you started: Country Style This style is also called early american or colonial and creates a lovely quaint farm kitchen look. Typically the kitchen will feature open shelves, pot racks and a general feeling of being well lived in, accented by the various color schemes of the cabinetry. Contemporary This style has clean and simple lines. Cabinets are usually futuristic in look with no carvings or particularly ornate features. The emphasis is on style and practical sophistication. Shaker This is a simple and utilitarian style that features flat panel doors, wooden countertops and brass hardware. French Country These are warm inviting kitchens full of wood and soft colors. Natural materials feature strongly as do large furniture pieces with ornate carvings. Arts and Crafts This is becoming a popular style and features glass doors and natural wood tones that are finished in a matte sheen. This style can be very artistic. Finally, take into account the themes you have used in other rooms to ensure that the kitchen design you finally choose fits well into your overall scheme. I hope that our free kitchen design ideas help you to get a good start in your project.



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Vacations and home security

Vacations And Home Security Nothing is more stressful, disappointing, or downright sickening than returning home from a hard earned vacation – only to find that your home had been robbed. Burglary is a common thing these days, with burglary around the home occurring quite frequently. When you go on a vacation, you shouldn’t have to worry about the condition of your home and your things. Your vacation should be relaxing, without having to worry about anything. If you plan ahead before you go on your vacation – you can help to minimize the risks of anything going wrong. One way to fend off burglars is by hiring a house sitter. A house sitter is one of the best ways to get rid of any type of trouble as well. All you need to do is find someone who will swing by your house a few times a day, check on things, and turn the lights on at night. If you have animals at your house, you may want to hire a house sitter to care for your animals as well as your home. In most cases, peace of mind is worth any price. If you decide to hire a house sitter, you should always make sure that you choose someone reliable who you can trust while you are away. In the event that you are unable to get a house sitter, you should strive to make it appear as if someone is living in your home. To be on the safe side, you can have a neighbor whom you trust keep an eye on your home. Whoever you choose to watch your property should have a number to contact you with in case something goes wrong. You can buy various timers and such that will make it appear as if people are in your home. Radio timers and light timers can go a long way in making criminals believe someone is at your house. You’ll also want to consider your lawn before you leave as well. If the grass is too high, people will wonder if anyone is home. You should always cut it before you leave, and have someone else cut it for you if you are going to be gone for more than a week. You’ll also want someone to pick up your mail as well. If the mail starts to pile up in your box, criminals will know that you aren’t home. Even though you may not be on vacation for long, you should always make sure that your door is locked and that you leave the spare key with someone whom you trust who can keep an eye on things for you. When that individual comes by your home to check on things, they should be sure to turn the lights and television on in the evening. You should also make sure that your trusted person knows to check on the interior of your home, and look for anything out of the ordinary. If something is wrong, that person shouldn’t hesitate to contact the police. A broken widow, door, or furniture out of place is the first sign that something is wrong. Vacations are something we all need to take. Vacations are supposed to be fun and relaxing, with no worries about anything else. If you take the necessary steps before you leave, you shouldn’t have anything to worry about. Whether it’s a friend or family member stopping by to check on things or a house sitter that you’ve hired – peace of mind goes a long way in helping you make the most of your very important vacation. (word count 596)



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How to manage your username and password the easy and secure way

Have been an Internet user for more than 9 years, I have 100's of logins and passwords to keep. I'm paranoid. I'm now even more paranoid after I joined YMMSS because I use online payment systems on weekly basis if not daily. I used to use Microsoft Excel to manage my usernames, passwords, and other registration information, both online and offline. Excel is not safe because there are programs to crack password protected Excel workbooks and I even cracked the spreadsheet and VBA source code password for one of my old Excel financial models I developed. Today I still use Excel to store some personal information but I only save the Excel file on my another PC that is not connected to Internet. In my article "6 Essential Steps to Protect Your Computer On the Internet", I highly recommended the award winning RoboForm.

Free version of RoboForm (http:// roboform. com) does come with limitations such as 10 Passcards only. If you don't want to buy the Pro version (costs $29.99 as of my writing), there is an easy-to-use freeware (see below) you can download right now and manage unlimited usernames and passwords. Download freeware Password Safe from SourceForge.

net - the Open Source community. https://sourceforge. net/projects/passwordsafe/ Here are some great features of Password Safe: No installation is required. Simply download and double click the pwsafe. exe file. Easy portable. Just copy and paste the EXE file and. dat database file to any disks. Be aware that when you open Password Safe in the other disk, you need to specify the database file location (the. dat file). One master password unlocks an entire password database that can contain all your other passwords. Grouping. Usernames and passwords can be grouped into different categories you define, eg. Email Address, Payment, etc. You are in total control. Strong, random password generation. Copy username and password to clipboard so that you don't have to type them. Always keep in mind that you should never type any username and password. Browse to URL. With one click, the URL related to your username and password can be opened in your default web browser. Another save on typing. You can create more than one password database (but you have to memorize more than one master password. Not recommended.) Here are some tips of using Password Safe (version 2.04) and managing password in general. Tip #1 - Always create a strong master password (Safe Combination as used in the software). Strong password should meet the following criteria: At least 8 characters long to prevent cracking. The longer the better. The password should contain lowercase, uppercase, numeric, and any other characters that are available on keyboard. Ideally you should not use any meaningful words or numbers in the password. Totally random password is the best. Tip #2 - Let PasswordSafe generate random password for you. To generate random password: Click the menu item Edit. Select Add Entry (or use corresponding icon button). When the dialogue window opens, on the right hand side, you can see a Random Password Generate button. Click it, a random password will be automatically inserted in the Password field. The generated random password is constructed according to the password policy defined in Password Safe. You can modify the default policy. Click the menu item Manage. In the dropdown menu, click Options. Click the Password Policy tab. Change the policy based on the strong password criteria stated above. Some sites only allow alphanumeric passwords so make sure you select the appropriate check boxes when this is the case. Tip #3 - Very Important: Never type your master password when open PasswordSafe. Keylogger spyware can record keystrokes. How can you enter master password without typing? I do this. Step 1: Open a Notepad file (.txt). Step 2: Copy and paste an article from any Internet website to this. txt file. Step 3: Select characters from this article and copy, paste to form your master password. Tip #4 - Very Important: Never lose your master password. I memorize my master password. In addition, I also physically write it down to a hand written study material that has my previous uni works. Among the 1,000's of words, I placed my 22 characters master password in two different pages in encrypted format that can let me derive my master password. Tip #5 - Categorize username and password. When you add a new entry, you need to specify Group, Title, Username, Password, and Notes. The entries that share the same Group name will be gathered together automatically. One Group can contain another Group as its sub Group. For example, I have Email Address group which contains three sub-groups as Friend, Work, Family. Tip #6 - For security reasons, always use Copy Username to Clipboard and Copy Password to Clipboard. Remember, never type username and password on a web form. This is how to do it. Highlight an entry. Right click mouse. In the pop-up menu, select Copy Username to Clipboard or Copy Password to Clipboard Go to your login form, paste the username or password. You can use mouse to do copy and paste. If you prefer short-cut keys, this is how. Copy: Ctrl+C Paste: Ctrl+V Tip #7 - Use "Browse to URL" rather than typing URL in browser address bar. When you enter a new entry or edit an existing one, you can enter a URL (must start with http://) in the Notes field. You can save website login page's URL in this field. When you need to open a login page in browser, right click the entry and click Browse to URL in the pop-up menu. Then the login page will be opened in your default web browser automatically. Tip #8 - Don't forget to backup your password database file. Use the Make Backup menu item to save a second copy of your password file. Tip #9 - Store your backups in a different offline computer or location. This is a widely used backup strategy. If you don't have two computers, you need to use other storage media to save a second copy of your backup file and version them by date (easy to track back). Other storage media can be zip drive, thumb drive, floppy disk, CD, etc. Off site backups are also important. Don't overlook this. You lose all your data if you lose both your computer and your other storage media all together for any reason. Many companies provide online storage services for a fee. You can store any digital files (you should password protect these files first) on their secure servers. Search Google and you will find a lot. I have two computers. One is used to surf net and it does not have any sensitive info stored on it. Another one is for my development work (not connected to Internet) and it has my backup files. I also store my backups in a thumb drive and CDs sometimes.



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Three easy lessons to take your online marketing to the next level

The common thread? These experiences reinforced several lessons that will help you succeed in attracting the right kinds of clients. Here are ideas and resources to help you take action: Lesson 1: Be yourself when you market. This is particularly true if you offer a really complex or academic service (like the scientists I mentioned) where it's natural to cite lots of references and sources. Instead of getting caught up in stiff or unnatural language that stands between you and the audience you're trying to connect with, just be yourself. I see a lot of people struggle with this when it comes to writing "copy" for their website, an e-newsletter or sales letter. In the wise words of my new friend, Fred Gleeck (online marketing genius and co-host of this past weekend's Subscription Website Publishers Association Conference http:// swepa. org), "Just write the truth. The truth as you see and feel it. People will then feel more comfortable about the copy you write. They may not be able to put their finger on it, but it will be more believable and it will increase sales. Forget the hype and "slightly" untruthful copy. Adopt a writing style that makes sure that what you say and what is ACTUALLY true are in complete harmony." To tap more of Fred's wisdom, visit him at http:// fredgleeck. com Lesson 2: If you don't have one, start an e-newsletter TODAY! The key to successful online marketing comes down to one thing: a basic, opt-in e-newsletter. Why? Because you're invited to "touch" your readers regularly with small samples of your thinking. In turn, you invite them to check out more resources on your website. It becomes easy for them to spread the word about you. It's a way to get new contacts from your offline networking into your online marketing system. A really good e-newsletter, written in your natural voice (see Lesson 1) is the engine that drives your marketing machine. Don't let excuses like "my website's not ready" and "we don't have our editorial calendar planned out" stop you. The point is to start connecting with your target audience at least monthly to build the relationship. My favorite resource for how-to is Debbie Weil at wordbiz. com. Debbie will get you up and running in no time. Lesson 3: Nobody cares about you...and here's what to do about it. According to PR expert Paul Hartunian (http:// prprofits. com), nobody cares if you've just released the greatest new service, gotten promoted, hired new staff or spoken at another conference. What they do care about is how you can rock their world. If you start your marketing message with, "We are pleased to announce...," you're dead in the water. What you need to do is: 1) use a basic template to write press releases that work (Paul has 'em); 2) torture the media by telling them what problems you solve, but not how you solve them (they'll have to call you to find out); 3) develop a simple 3-page media kit for quick follow up (your 1-page press release, a 1-page "so what?" bio, and a 1-page FAQ sheet). The other hot thing that the press likes these days is online media rooms. This is a dedicated place on your website where they can, in one or two easy downloads, check you out and get what they need to write a story about you. An easy way to do this is via the Media Room product at dvcotechnology. com. The 3 easy steps to improve your online marketing efforts? Step 1: Be yourself when you market. Step 2: Start an e-newsletter (monthly, at a minimum). Step 3: Remember that nobody cares about you (only how you can rock their world).



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