The future of fundraising fundraising software

Fundraising has indeed come a long way from the good old days where people just set up long table among school yards or a vacant lot and kept track of profits using a plastic calculator or notebook and pen. Nowadays, the sucess of a fundraising event can be accurately recorded using software. 1. Tech-Savvy Fundraising Fortunately, fundraising has become a lot more tech-savvy because various internet sites cater to those who are into setting up fundraising activities for school organizations, their community church, or whatever cause they might have. Notwithstanding the above, you should at least give fundraising software a try, because in most situations the companies offer a money-back guarantee or a trial period in case you are not fully satisfied you can always just return it and they will mail you a complete refund. The only downside to doing this is that it is annoying and may take up your valuable time and money. Software is: - Extremely efficient - Very convenient for bookkeeping purposes - Easy to backup your files 2. FUNDimentions Software A popular fundraising software is being provided for free over the internet by a small-scale computer company named FUNDimentions. FUNDimensions promises fundraising enthusiasts the ability to keep track of the ins and outs behind their fundraising events with the aid of a computer. Not only that, it also promises that through their software, you will be able to raise a lot more money without exerting much more work. The fundraising software called FUNDimensions is a database-driven application that means it has a lot of power under the hood. And while this power is intended for the larger industries, the program is also extremely easy to learn and use, so it is perfect for smaller organizations such as schools as well. 3. Testimonials - FUNDimensions should have been brought to the publics attention years ago - The FUNDimensions fundraising software is remarkably intuitive and is a great tool - FUNDimensions software gives all the features that the much more expensive fundraising softwares out there provide, at a fraction of the cost - 100% worth the praise that it is receiving. Incredibly user friendly.



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How to pay less and get more discount broker vs professional

How do you invest? What do you really pay? At the end of the day, what are your real results? These are questions smart investors should be asking themselves (but usually don't). In this era of more fees, misc. charges, holding periods and back end redemptions, even at discount brokers, how are you really making out? Working with a new client brought this all to my attention. I know what I found may not apply to everyone; however it will apply to many and very likely apply to you. I need to preface this by saying that, unlike the majority of registered investment advisors, I have built my practice over the past 15 years by dealing with “small” investors. Many of them are first timers because my minimum account size is only $5,000. I targeted this group because I enjoy the educational part of my business. A happy side benefit has been that by providing million dollar service to these so called “small” investors, they naturally refer me to parents, relatives, friends and business associates, often with considerably more assets than the original client. What a happy consequence. Having set the stage, here's what happened with my new client who we will call John. John was 26, newly married with a one year old son. His wife was taking care of the child and John had a good full time job. After selling his house in California and moving to Florida he had $6,000 left for starting a long-term investment program. Though he had been reading my newsletter for about a year, John decided to manage his 401k on his own. It was a noble effort but provided less than desirable results. He then attempted to set up a brokerage account at a major discount broker. With his $6,000 he was told that the quarterly fee would be $45, and, of course, if he sold any mutual fund within the first 180 days, there would be an early redemption fee. $45 per quarter would be equal to an annual fee of 3% of his starting balance. John called me somewhat frustrated and said that he'd be willing to set up an account with me, but how would it make sense if in addition he'd have to pay my advisory management fee? That was a good question because it certainly doesn't make sense to have an account in any type of market environment and pay about 6% in fixed annual fees. However, what John didn't know was that if you have an account with a registered investment advisor who is affiliated with custodial broker, the fee structure changes. What did that mean to him? It meant that I opened the account for him as a new client. He now has no annual fees, other than my management fee, and his 180 day holding period for mutual funds is reduced to 90 days, minimizing, if not eliminating, the likelihood of an early redemption fee. The net result was that he would receive the benefit of my experience-which he already trusted based on my track record of pulling clients out of the market in October 2000-and it would cost him no more, and likely less, than his discount brokerage account. Needless to say, John was very relieved. In essence, he traded broker garbage fees for professional management at no additional cost to him. And, since he itemizes his deductions on his tax return, all fees paid are tax deductible, which is just an added bonus to factor into the equation. It turned out to be an all around win-win situation for John. I encourage you to review your situation and see if what looks like a discount in fees is actually costing you a premium.



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What to say how to find material to fill your seminar or small business management course

Running a seminar or a small business management course can potentially be a labor intensive undertaking. You want to ensure the ROI. A major part of that effort will be in researching developing your materials for presentation. How do you do this? The following acronym (SOAP) sums up the process and the result: reSearch leads to Originality and Authenticity in Presentation Essentially, if you research your topic thoroughly before you begin, even when it is an area you work in daily and are familiar with, you are more likely to produce original materials and ideas and present them in a fresh and authentic style. In addition, you want to get away from the dull familiarity of 'talk and chalk' training. Training should be participatory and your presentation materials should include in addition to standard lecture materials, o Ice breakers such as problem solving and team bonding exercises o Scripts for introducing and running hothouse sessions to generate ideas o Case studies o Role plays o Workshop exercises o Multi media presentations o Supplementary guides and more in-depth technical explanations o Where to find further information Researching an area, particularly one where in-depth technical knowledge is required can be a time-consuming process. It also needs specialist skills. While books and trade magazines supply useful background and allow you to ground yourself in the concepts and principles, they are normally out of date. They also cost money to buy or subscribe so unless you have a very good library (probably belonging to a college) to hand, they not the cheapest or most readily available resource. The best source for fresh and up to date material is the Internet. This material can come from several places - o Professional association pages o Magazine and specialist sites o Discussion forums o News organizations The key to unlock this material is knowing how to use an Internet search engine. Everyone has experienced entering what they thought was a meaningful phrase into a search site such as Google only to be presented with unexpected and unwanted material or so much apparently relevant information that there seems no possible way of trawling through it all. Experts in the area know how to use specific search engine commands to cut down the amount of work required. For example, if you enter the following words into Google - income tax you will be presented with every site that has the word 'income' and the word 'tax' in it and from sites throughout the world. Whereas the following phrases - "income tax" date:3 IRS will pull up recently searched pages on US income tax increasing the relevance factor by 100% and cutting down the amount of material to trawl through (a process called 'data scraping') by an order of magnitude. You can also use search engines to trawl news, discussion pages and blogs on the same subject and track down any multi media information - such as cartoons, pictures and training films. And there are specialist search applications which work with search engines to make this process easier and more thoroughgoing. However, these normally need a license from the search engine owners to run and so are generally only used by agencies or individuals that specialize in this area of work. Whether you or someone else is doing the research you need to be very discerning. The Internet can be extremely useful but some of the material posted can be both out of date and very misleading. Once you have collated your material and selected the most relevant items, you need to structure your training around them. Here it helps to bring in someone with good composition and typing skills as you need to rapidly and accurately develop the key lecture materials and notes along with supplementary guides and sources of further information. If they have also participated in the research effort, so much the better. In addition, you also need to script the other types of sessions. Even sessions where you are expecting your participants to generate the material need a carefully worded introduction and a well thought out set of rules to structure the session so that it is maximally useful to those who take part and that no one is put under pressure or embarrassed during the process. What you can be sure of is that the more effort you put into research and development and the more professionally it is done, the more it will repay you in the long run.



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To factor or not to factor

The purchasing of accounts receivable (invoices) is generally known as factoring. Businesses can sell their invoices to companies known as factors. Although not all businesses are familiar with factoring, historians claim that factoring dates back to the ancient Roman civilization making it one of the world’s oldest methods of finance. In the past, merchants used factoring to settle their trade debts among each other. Fast forward to today’s businesses profiles and it is apparent that factoring is still a very viable business tool for businesses all types and sizes.

Can factoring work for your business? Consider the following benefits: Factoring provides a company with a continuous working capital, thus increasing their cash flow. Factoring has no limits, offers quick results and it’s accessible as well as flexible. Factoring stimulates growth and can finance expansion without debt. Factoring can increase production and sales. Factoring is not a lending service, rather it is thought of as a discounted purchase. Factors do not normally charge interest, they simply buy the businesses invoices at a discount and collect a fee. Do not confuse the purchasing of invoices as a loan. Many small to mid-size companies that apply for a bank loan are usually turned down. Banks consider the amount of assets that a business has in order to secure the loan; Therefore, banks normally require a great deal of collateral from a business before they are approved for a loan. If and when a loan is approved, it may only be a small percentage of the businesses total accounts receivable. Factors are different, they are not subject to the same guidelines and regulations that banks are. Factors look at the credit worthiness of the business’s customers, not the credit of the business itself. The purchasing of accounts receivable never creates a debt to the business it simply gives them the opportunity to access their future money immediately. You have permission to publish this article in its entirety; However, the byline (resource box) must be left intact.



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Richard parkes cordock interview

There is no question that Richard Parkes Cordock is an inspiration. In his own personal quest to develop his entrepreneurial abilities he interviewed 25 ultra successful millionaire entrepreneurs on everything from the developing the millionaire mindset, right down to dealing with setbacks and disappointment. Fortunately for all of us, he decided to organise what he learnt into the ground breaking education program called the Millionaire MBA..... The Interview. DS: What inspired you to set up Millionaire MBA Ltd? RPC: I knew if I wanted to become successful as an entrepreneur, I needed to understand what made entrepreneurs successful. I could see that the common bond that glues all successful entrepreneurs together was not their business or choice of industry – but the entrepreneur themselves. More specifically it was the way the entrepreneur thought that set them apart. I knew if I could ‘model’ their ‘millionaire mindset’ - not only would I fast track my own success as an entrepreneur, but I would be able to create a valuable training course which would benefit others. DS: Did you have any help setting up the company or were you going it alone? RPC: In the very first weeks of the idea I actually started working with another friend. It was clear at the outset that we had different ideas on what to develop and shortly after we went our separate ways. From then on I built the core of the course myself. After 6 months or so, my wife joined me in the business and I’m glad she did because there is no way I could have created Millionaire MBA without her. I certainly underestimated how much effort it would take to build the course and working with her made me realise the importance of teamwork right from the beginning. In developing the course I have also relied heavily on external specialists and professionals. DS: What was the biggest challenge you faced in bringing your idea to fruition? How was it overcome? RPC: The biggest challenge initially was finding the courage to go it alone. But once I had made the decision and got the momentum moving, the challenges were just part of the journey. I talk of euphoric highs and crushing lows as an entrepreneur - but it is funny looking back - the lows just seem to disappear away, and only the highs remain. To answer your question though - I did think at the time that ‘creating the course’ was the biggest challenge. But now I am in the sales and marketing stage - I realise that this is the biggest challenge. The only way to overcome this or any challenge is to educate yourself, surround yourself with other people who can help you reach your goals - and get on and do it! DS: What makes you most proud of your achievements with Millionaire MBA Ltd? RPC: I am most proud of the product I have developed. I brought together 25 ultra-successful UK entrepreneurs to build a unique home-study system for other entrepreneurs and business owners. No one has ever done this before and I am thrilled with the learning and wisdom contained within the course. It makes me very proud when I hear how it has changed the lives of our customers. DS: How did you actually fund your business to get it off the ground? RPC: I fortunately had some savings from my previous years working. The year before I started Millionaire MBA I was fired from my job and decided then to go it alone as a management consultant. I was lucky and was immediately asked to manage a project for one year. It paid well and I managed to save some cash. I must say I was surprised at how expensive it was to build the course and the business – the expense was never ending. Everything takes four times as long and costs four times as much as anticipated. It is probably four times as much fun though. DS: What attributes make a successful entrepreneur? RPC: Ah this is my specialist subject, so rather than going into detail here, why don’t I just direct you to millionairemba. com. Sign up and download some of the free information! DS: What do you believe are the necessary elements for a business venture to succeed? RPC: 1. An entrepreneur who will make it happen 2. A good commercial idea at a price which people will pay money for 3. Access to a market or access to your prospective customers 4. The right balance of the 4 P’s of marketing 5. Access to a team of people who can make it happen 6. Some money to make it happen (although this should not be a barrier - if your will is there, then the money will follow) DS: How essential do you see a University education in achieving success as an entrepreneur? RPC: I personally do not think a university education is necessary at all to be an entrepreneur. I do however think it is a great start in life and would encourage anyone to take this path. If for nothing else - it’s great fun and you make some of your best friends in life there. DS: What are the three most important lessons you have learned about business and entrepreneurship? RPC: 1. Believe in yourself and your product. If I did not believe in what I offered and what I do - I would not continue. The 4’P’s: Price, Product, Promotion and Placement are critical. If you can get the right balance of these (by testing) - then your success will follow. 2. Customer is king. Deliver what your customer wants at a price they will pay. Just because you know what you are offering is great value - your customer may not. Make it easy for them to buy. 3. Never give up. Success is not easy and persistence is crucial. Get the fundamentals right and then go for it - and keep going (testing, refining and tweaking your offer all the way). DS: What advice would you give to an aspiring entrepreneur? RPC: 1. My first piece of advice for aspiring entrepreneurs is to BECOME an entrepreneur. Do not just talk about it - do it. Get out there and start something (even if it is part time). I can guarantee that you will make thousands of mistakes as an entrepreneur - so it is best to get started now. The more mistakes you make - the more you learn, so why wait? 2. My second piece of advice is educate yourself and learn from others who are successful. There are REPEATABLE AND CONSISTENT RULES for success as an entrepreneur - it makes sense to learn them! DS: What's the number one book you would recommend to aspiring entrepreneurs? RPC: Think and Grow Rich (written in 1937 by Napoleon Hill) stands out from the rest. It was this book which inspired me to carry on the work of Napoleon Hill and create Millionaire MBA. I have actually just written a book which will be published in early 2006 and brings together some of the thinking in Think and Grow Rich and Millionaire MBA. As an entrepreneur it would be wrong of me not to mention this book! DS: What memorable mistakes, if any, have you made in business? What did you learn from them and how can they be avoided? RPC: The biggest mistake I made was to do an exclusive marketing deal and give up the marketing control of my product. I have now reversed that deal and will never do that again. What I learned from that is that no one else will be as passionate, driven to succeed or focused on your company’s success as you. People will tell you how great they are and how much success they can create for you – but the only thing that matters is the results they produce. So the learning from this mistake is keep total control of your business and follow your gut instinct. If you have ANY doubt when taking on a new business partner - walk away! Business is like a marriage - you would never have any doubt about your wife or husband! DS: What are the best and worst things about being an entrepreneur? RPC: The best thing is the freedom! Never being told what to do, and not having a boss! The worst thing - everything rests on you. There is nowhere to hide and mistakes can cost you dearly. But at least you soon know if you are any good at what you do! DS: Are there any other thoughts, insights, or advice for aspiring entrepreneurs that you'd like to add? RPC: There is a big picture here which is important to look at. We live for 70-80 years on average. Most of that time is spent working, so we better do something we enjoy! Most employees do not actually earn enough to become financially independent - compared to most entrepreneurs who do (eventually!). The skills you develop as an entrepreneur are so wide and varied (and commercial) that they are skills for life. Whereas most people are focused on working, earning and spending money (not saving, having a pension or preparing for later life), entrepreneurs spend their time creating value, having fun doing it and building a business that will give them financial independence. I would say to any aspiring entrepreneur - what is it you want to get out of life? If you want a fun rollercoaster of a life and experience true independence - become an entrepreneur. If not - get a job!



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5 ways to fund your child s college education

Did you know that the cost of a 4 year degree program is around $20,000 dollars per year. The cost of a college education is probably the most expensive item in bringing up children today. When you take into account tuition fees, exam fees, living expenses, accommodation, books and computers it's not surprising that the average cost of college education is over $20,000 per year and that's before the social side of college life. Today we live in a world where only the best educated and most prepared can succeed. The Job market is probably the most crucial and competitive element of our society and having a college education and degree goes a long way towards succeeding in it. When our children are ready to enter the world of work it will be even more difficult and a college education will be essential to succeed. Here are 5 ways to fund your child's college education. 1. The usual method of parental funding of college education is out of current income, that is out of your weekly or monthly salary. Whilst this is the most common method of funding college education it is one that only the very rich or highly paid can afford to do with ease. Even if there are 2 salaries most families find it difficult and will require sacrifices, even more so if you have more than 1 child. At best most parents can only afford to contribute part of the costs of college education out of current income. Additional sources of income will be required. 2. Your child can work his or her way through college. Many students have to work whilst studying but many find the experience of juggling a job, lectures and a social life very difficult. Often the result is that students drop out of college education, fail their exams or don't do as well as they could. 3. Your child may have the opportunity to take out student loans to fund their college education. Today the vast majority of students are forced to take out student loans to fund all or part of their college education. Usually to subsidize parental contributions, student loans are the most common way of students funding their own college education. Many students however, leave college with substantial debt and even with interest rates at historically low levels today's students can expect to have to pay substantial monthly repayments for many years. 4. Your child may obtain a scholarship or be entitled to grants from either federal or local funds towards the cost of their college education. There are many sources of student scholarships or grants and with a bit of research most students today can find some grant funding. These sources however cannot be guaranteed for the future. Whilst scholarships and grants do not have to be repaid and as such are preferable to loans they are not guaranteed or predictable and therefore relying on them for our children is a risk. 5. Take out an education savings plan to fund college education. An education savings plan is a regular saving plan into which you and your children can contribute. The plans are administered by colleges or state authorities and can be taken out for any child including a newborn babies. Because of the effects of long term compound interest the earlier you take out your plan the easier it will be and the lower your contributions will be. Because the funds are built up prior to going to college students do not have to rely on scholarships, grants or loans and they can concentrate on their studies. There are a number of options to fund your child's college education but the only way funds can be guaranteed is by you taking out an education savings plan. With the education savings plan you decide what you can invest and your child can also contribute to his or her college education. With luck scholarships and grants will still be available as will loans to top up if necessary. If your child does not go to college the fund can be cashed in. Taking out an education savings plan early will give your child the real opportunity of a college education and the best prospects for a job when they leave college.



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Things to consider when purchasing commercial phone systems

As a retailer for commercial phone systems, I am often asked what criteria should be considered when revamping or replacing a business phone system. While there are many individual considerations that are specific to each situation, most of these fall under the umbrella of knowing what you have and what you need, and finding the best price. First, you will need to know what type of phone system you have, what type of phone system you need and your current expansion possibilities. Both Key systems and PBX can be expanded, although Key systems will only afford you so many lines. Expansion is almost always cheaper than bringing in a new system, so if you can expand on your current system, weigh the costs of doing so against replacing the entire system. Based on your current usage and expected growth, you should be able to surmise what course of action to take regarding expansion or replacement.

Next, you will want to find the features you need at the lowest price. Indeed, it's as simple as it sounds. If you are expanding, you will simply add more lines and handsets in conjunction with your current setup, so features really don't apply unless you are upgrading handsets. If you are only expanding the same setup, you are more or less relegated to adding more of what you already have. If you are replacing a phone system, however, features and price are your main consideration. Get a high quality, expandable phone system with the features you require that will handle your future volume needs while keeping an eye on the bottom line.

It's no different than buying a car while you are considering starting a family. You want something that meets your needs now, but that will also be capable of handling your needs in the future for the absolute lowest price. Buying a commercial or business phone system doesn't have to be complicated. Like anything else, once you are familiar with what's out there, a little research and cost/benefit analysis will go a long way toward helping you get exactly what you need.



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Used laptops and accessories

Today's technology is moving at lightning speed and it's an expensive prospect to keep up and keep all of your own personal technology up to par. For instance, you may love taking digital photos with your camera, but do you have a computer or laptop that is compatible? Do you have a digital camcorder and you want to play around with digital video editing or that you'd like to hook up to your TV at home? Maybe you love your webcam, but your computer doesn't have sufficient memory to keep up? If you plan to buy, or have bought an inexpensive refurbished laptop, what do you need to power all of these nifty features? Once you have everything ready, how do you actually use everything together? Here is a quick guide to using various components and accessories with your refurbished or used laptop computer! Using Your Camcorder with Your Used Laptop You can if you have an S-Video connector. S-Video-In allows you to connect laptops to a television or camcorder or VCR to transmit their signal and be able to view them on the laptop's display. S-Video inputs use a four-pin jack to receive video signals from camcorders, gaming consoles, TV, or any device that has an S-Video out port. The S in S-Video stands for separate: S-Video connections transmit the chrominance (color) and luminance (brightness) portions of a video signal along different paths, allowing them to be processed separately. This is a common way to display content from a digital camcorder or any device that has an S-Video Out port. S-Video Out: Connects a plasma or newer TV to your notebook to display video content streaming from the notebook. The most common way to connect a TV to a notebook, S-Video Out uses a four-pin jack to send signals from your notebook to your TV or anything that accepts S-Video In. This feature is not standard to all laptops, so you need to check the feature list to make sure it is included if this is something you whish to do. Using Your Used Laptop and a Web Cam If you want to use your laptop and a webcam to talk to relatives or friends across the country it is best to have the same camera on both sides of the connection to be able use all the features of the cameras. You can talk by using cell phones or telephones or can use instant messaging or even send e-mails back and forth. Using the webcam will allow you to see each other to add another dimension to the phone call. You will need the following: · A computer. · An Internet connection (the faster the better). · A connection from the laptop to the webcam (most common is the USB, others include Serial, Parallel, etc). · Two cameras. · Software (from the webcam vendor or from others, like Microsoft). If you already own the webcam then check the systems requirements to determine what you need in the way of a laptop, should you not already own one. If you aren't sure about which webcam to purchase then check out the reviews at ZDNet to get a better idea. Logitech (a market leader) has a low priced webcam the QuickCam® Communicate™ for $49.95 (on their website). It requires Win 98 or later OS, P3-700 MHz with 64MB RAM if you use their VideoCall software for broadband. It costs less than $6 per month if you sign up for their one year plan. Free software you can use for video chatting with friends includes: Microsoft's NetMeeting. It includes video in multiple directions, chat, and audio. The systems requirements of NetMeeting are minimal as it will work with a Pentium 90 and Win 95 or later and a 56K modem. EyeballChat is another option. It lets you chat live, share messages, music and photos and communicate securely. Its systems requirements are a Pentium II 400 MHz with at least 64 MB RAM. Another option is a web based conferencing tool for $9 per month like MegaMeeting Personal So now you know how to use a refurbished laptop and how to buy a refurbished laptop that can help you use exciting accessories like your WebCam or your camcorder! The possibilities are endless and so are the savings!



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The sleek motorola slvr l7 mobile phone

The ultra-slim Motorola SLVR L7 is now available. The SLVR delivers superior functionality and offers the latest must-have features, including iTunes, in a Motorola one-of-a-kind iconic design. The SLVR is thinner than Motorola RAZR V3 and only slightly larger. Redefining thin at less than half an inch and weighing only 3.5 ounces, SLVR’s design includes sleek metal housing, a vivid color display and precision cut keypad. Although extremely thin, SLVR is fat with multimedia features, including VGA camera, video capture and playback, and 512 megabytes of optional expandable memory. The SLVR is ideal for experiencing the coolest downloadable content from ring tones, games, graphics and more.

Additionally, SLVR delivers iTunes functionality, giving music lovers the ability to carry up to 7 hours of music or 100 of their favorite songs. The keys are backlit in a bright blue, which is stylish and functional at the same time. All the characters are easy to read in various conditions. The phone has a standard WAP-browser v2.0. Offering a variety of connectivity options, the Motorola SLVR delivers hands-free conversations via Bluetooth® wireless technology. Cingular customers can also get the quickest access to their favorite online content with Cingular’s new MEdia Net, which dramatically reduces the number of clicks it takes to gain access to news and entertainment headlines, sports scores, financial quotes, local weather, and more – all from the phone. Motorola SLVR is packaged with everything you need to transfer your favorite iTunes collections from your PC to your wireless phone, including a pre-installed 512 MB MicroSD card, A/C charger, USB cable, stereo headset, 3.5 MM headset adapter, and iTunes in a traditional candy bar form-factor and the same feature set as in Motorola RAZR V3 SUMMARY OF FEATURES: • Sleek, super-thin design without sacrificing advanced functionality • Integrated VGA camera with 4x zoom and video capture and playback • Bluetooth wireless technology for hands-free connectivity • Integrated iTunes music software to store, repeat, shuffle and play favorite tunes • 22 kHz polyphonic speaker • Up to 512 MB of optional expandable MicroSD memory • WAP 2.0 Internet access • Downloadable wallpapers, screensavers and MP3 ringtones and more* • J2ME™ MIDP 2.0 • Integrated hands-free speakerphone • Messaging via MMS*, IM Wireless Village* and email (POP3, SMTP)* The Motorola SLVR is available exclusively in the U. S. through select Cingular Wireless retail locations or via Cingular’s web site. Cingular customers can also get the quickest access to their favorite online content with Cingular’s new MEdia Net, which dramatically reduces the number of clicks it takes to gain access to news and entertainment headlines, sports scores, financial quotes, local weather, and more – all from the phone.



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Online dating 12 steps to get noticed and get a date online

: If you want to achieve success with online dating, you will need to educate yourself with the online dating scene. Online dating sites provide a service for people to meet but a dating site can only do so much of the work and input is required from you if you are serious about meeting a partner online. Whilst thousands of people are joining dating sites every day, hundreds are not making the most of the services a dating site has to offer. I’m no psychic but I’m pretty certain that someone who writes a dull or uninformative profile, doesn’t include a photo and makes no effort to contact anyone will not be inundated with invitations for a date. By making a few simple changes to the way you are dating online, you could see instant results meeting people you would never have met before so don’t be a wallflower, stand out online and be proactive in your search for a date. 1. Sell Yourself Your profile is like an advertisement and you need to sell yourself in the dating game. The eye-catching part of you profile is your photo. Include a photo of yourself (not someone else or a cartoon!) and you could increase your responses by as much as 8 times. Answer all questions honestly, be positive, focus on your good points and provide members with just enough information about yourself so that they are eager to find out more.

Please don’t talk about exes or how miserable your life is…. it won’t attract people to you! 2. Search outside of the box We may all have an idea of our ideal partner but just because someone is slightly younger, older or from a different town doesn’t mean they won’t turn out to be your ideal partner! Most dating sites provide a search facility to vary your search settings so if your search results don’t reveal anyone who catches your eye try widening your search settings. 3. Get intimate anonymously The beauty of online dating is that you can get to know someone without revealing any personal details. Emails are sent using an anonymous messaging facility so take advantage of this and spend as long as you wish getting to know someone.

Don’t feel pressured into meeting up with someone you have just met online. If they are serious, they will be happy to wait if this is your preference. 4. Make the first move Don’t be shy – you make the first move. Remember everyone online is serious about meeting someone so, if you see someone you like, contact him or her first. Don’t wait for someone to contact you. 5. Make conversation Show your interest - The best way to get someone’s attention and get a response is to ask a question specific to his or her profile.

This shows you have read their profile and are interested in them. Flatter them! - Don’t be afraid to use your charm! Whether you like their photo or you are impressed by the fact that they have run the marathon – tell them. Everyone likes receiving compliments. Make them laugh! - I think if you can make someone laugh or someone makes you laugh, you’re on the path to a good relationship. Be witty and amusing in your messages and they will look forward to hearing from you. Be flirtatious, not rude! – Don't be afraid to flirt a little if that's how you feel but equally don't be too flirtatious as it could be taken the wrong way. Never talk about sex or imply this is what you are looking for. 6. Keep a little mystique! Whilst I would encourage you to talk openly and honestly about yourself so that people get to know you try not to tell your whole life story in one e-mail. Hold a little something back for the next message.

7. Arrange a chat room date Chat rooms are another great way to chat instantly with someone without revealing any personal information. A quality chat room will also provide the facility to have a private one-to-one chat with someone so if you’ve messaged someone, why not invite them to meet you in the chat room at a specific time and day… just like a “real” date. You can then decide whether you want to take it further “offline”. 8. Chat on the phone If you’re thinking of arranging a date with someone, chat to him or her on the telephone first but use the blocking feature to prevent your number appearing on Caller ID. Go over topics that you’ve mentioned in emails to verify that what he or she has told you is the truth.

Ask yourself if the voice you are talking to is someone you feel comfortable with and someone you could trust. 9. Don’t be disheartened If you’ve sent a message but haven’t received a reply, don’t be disheartened. There could be many reasons why someone hasn’t replied to a message you’ve sent; the recipient may not have logged on for a while, their membership may have lapsed or they may not be a full member entitling them to reply back to you. If you’ve sent one message then follow it up with a second message to show him or her that you are genuinely interested. If you still don’t get a response, move on to the next person!

10. Give people a chance If you receive a message from someone who does not immediately tick all of your boxes, don’t rule them out straight away. Reply back to him or her and try and find out a bit more about them. You may have more in common than you first thought and, if not, at least you can say you tried. 11. Be polite when rejecting If you don’t like someone who has contacted you, do not be rude or offensive. You can either ignore them (hopefully this will get the message across) or politely tell them you are not interested. A reputable dating site will provide a facility to “block” nuisances sending you messages so, if someone is pestering you, don’t be afraid to use this tool. 12. Be safe! Do not give anyone your home telephone number, address or workplace address until you have met a number of times and are 100% comfortable with that person. Remember that people can be whoever they want to be online - wait until your instincts tell you this is someone you can trust.

If you find you don’t get many responses, you may need to think about alternative conversation starters or rewrite your profile. Hopefully you’ve got the idea now so it’s over to you! Good luck and remember to have fun!



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Using a loan for debt consolidation

If you have a variety of debts, then you may find it hard to keep up with when and where you should pay money, and you may also be paying more than you need to. If this is the case, then you should think about getting a debt consolidation loan. This means you can take all your debts and put them into once place, which will make it easier to budget each month and also reduce your monthly payments. Why get a debt consolidation loan? The main reason to get a debt consolidation loan is to get out of immediate debt the fastest way possible. By borrowing a large lump sum of money, you can pay off your existing debts and then pay back one monthly repayment. Although this payment may be lower than your current repayments, it is likely to take longer to pay off. Despite this, it gives you a fresh start and allows you to begin to move out of debt. How can I consolidate debt? Although the simplest way to consolidate your debt is to get one large loan, there are many other ways that you can consolidate your current debts and so reduce your monthly payments: Credit card transfers One way to reduce your monthly payments is to transfer credit card balances to new cards with a 0% fee. This can be useful if you can pay the debt off within the special offer timeframe, although it can be time consuming to keep switching between cards. Home equity loans One of the best ways to consolidate your debts is you’re a home equity loan. By securing a loan against your home equity, you will get the best interest rates and also be eligible for tax deduction against some of the interest. The only problem is that if you cannot make the repayments, you will lose your home equity or even your entire property. Another problem is that home equity loans are usually over a longer period, meaning that even if you save money in interest, the additional length means you might end up paying more back than your current debts. Retirement funds You can often access your retirement funds as a loan from your employers, although this should only be used in an emergency of if you have nowhere else to turn. Using your retirement fund can speed up the debt repayment, but may leave you with less money in the future, and if you quit your job then the loan will be recalled in full with immediate effect. Renegotiate with your current lender If your debt problems relate to your mortgage, then the only way to consolidate your debts or improve your situation might be to negotiate your current terms. Most mortgage lenders would rather renegotiate than repossess your home, as they will lose out if you default. Stretching out payments may help you to better manage your debt when you need to the most.



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Forex by day

Forex By Day Until now, many people are really finding it hard to look for an effective way wherein they can earn money the fastest way possible. Most of them from middle class make a profit from investing in real estates, stock trading, selling CDs, different internet programs and others. They perhaps never heard yet about the forex day trading, which where the richest personalities make their money. Forex day trading is the most moneymaking and appealing investment opportunity since you can do it right from your home, workplace or from any part of the world. In forex day trading, there is no need for to make some advertising, selling or internet advertisements just to accomplish something. There are actually types of forex day trading from which a trader can categorize him/herself. They are: 1. Basic Day Trading - the day trader starts by gathering stocks, keep it for a moment and do his best to trade all of the stocks in the evening. His/her main task comprises the buy and sell of stocks. These dealing make the trader to get instant income. 2. Swing Day Trading – the trader saves the stocks quite longer time like for instance for a few hours or a few days to accumulate big revenues. However, swing trading experiences the risk of uneven market rates of stocks. 3. Position Day Trading – the day trader buys the stocks and organizes the sales remembering the position or market prices of the stocks. This may cause keeping the stocks for a week or weeks and sometime for months, but better incomes normally go after. 4. Online Trading – this can be any of the other three types of day trading but the trade and purchase of stock is made online. Because this trading is through the means of computer, an effective computer with a 24/7 internet connection is a significant necessity. Actually, in order to become an effective forex day trader, consider the following helpful tips. These tips prove very useful especially to a beginner trader. • Vigilantly educate yourself about the market before making any purchase of stocks. The market pointers presented on most television channels and declared on radio are the best ways to learn more about the forex day trading style. • Do not be encouraged easily by incomes. Not every trading may transform into incomes. Implement a scheme and make sure to stick to it. Do not change your scheme regularly. This might only ruin your system of working. • Be determined and tolerant. If you do not earn spontaneous increases, incomes may take place. • Do not forget that day trading is an uncertain business and where there are incomes there are losses as well. When you are decided to involve yourself into the forex day trading or if you already are a day trader, there are things that you should remember. These things are simply your guide towards an effective day trading. Keep this in mind: When you are day trading as your source of revenue, you are possibly risking more money and your money is in as much risk. This article is not telling you to back out from the forex trading. This will only serves as your guide as you go along with the forex day trading. In order for you to attain the profit that you want for your day trading, you should be always be careful and alert. It is also necessary that you study how the forex functions. In this manner, you can confidently trade your stocks at any given time of the day. Word count 595



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How to understand your computer s random access memory

Copyright 2006 Otis Cooper The System Memory is more commonly called RAM or Random Access Memory. This is the memory used by the computer to hold programs and data. This data is lost once the computer is turned off. Because demands by powerful software have skyrocketed, system memory requirements have been accelerating at an alarming pace. Random Access Memory is mounted directly onto the motherboard and transfers data by use of address and data buses. Each data bus consist of a number of circuits. In 1985, Intel had the 386 processor with its 32 bit bus and the Pentium processor came along in 1993 with a large 64 bit bus. RAM memory is made using DRAM Chips. RAM chips are large rectangular shaped and made with memory cells with support logic that reads and writes data. These chips must be continously refreshed, that is, data is constantly sent to allow the cells to hold data. Information being transferred between the CPU Chip and RAM memory is called a memory cycle. During the late 90s, the DIMM chip was the standard RAM Chip. So just what is this DIMM chip? Let's talk about the different Ram memory chips used in the computer. Static RAM is a type of RAM that holds its data without being refreshed, for as long as power is supplied to the circuit. This is contrasted to dynamic RAM (DRAM), which must be refreshed many times per second in order to hold its data contents. TYPES OF RANDOM ACCESS MEMORY CHIPS SIMM or Single Inline Memory Modules came on the scene in the early 90s. The SIMM chips first came with 30 pins. And then the 72 pin SIMM which had 32 bit data paths or buses. DIMM or Dual Inline Memory Module replace the Simm chips. These chips had 168 pins as compared to the 72 pin Simm variety. The data bus of the 30 pin chip was 8 bits while the 72 data bus can send data on the 32 bit data bus. DIMMs also come in a smaller form factors suitable for use in notebook computers. These SO DIMMs or Small Outline DIMMs are available in both 32-bit wide/72-pin and 64-bit wide/144-pin form factors. RIMM came in 1999 and the connectors for this new chip fits in the same sockets as the DIMM chips. They have 184 pins as compared to the Dimm which have 168 pins The RIMM chip was to come along when DRDRAM OR Direct Rambus DRAM: a totally new RAM architecture, was introduced. A single Rambus Channel has the potential to reach 500 MBps in burst mode; a 20- fold increase over DRAM. Computers will have DRAM for their main system memory, instead of SRAM, even though DRAMs are slower than SRAM. The reason that DRAMs are used is that they are cheaper and take up much less space. To build a 64 MB core memory from SRAMs would be very expensive All computers will contain a Memory Controller which, as its name implies, control the memory. It generates signals to regulate the reading and writing of information to and from the memory. The system chipset is normally where the memory controller is integrated. And just what are the chipsets? Well, they are like the traffic cops for all chips on the motherboard. They keep in check such data transfer from and to the CPU, data buses, printer, video card, and nearly all other devices. Data flow is such a critical issue in the operation and performance of so many parts of the computer, the chipset is one of the few components that have a truly major impact on your PC's quality, feature set, and speed. THE TYPE OF RAM MEMORY IN YOUR PC How can you know what type of memory is right for your PC. Using a memory configurator is one quick way to solve is problem. Some memory makers will have a memory configurator on their site. The best way to determine the type of memory you use in your computer is to read the owner's manual. No owner's manual, no problem. Visit your computers motherboard web site should you need assistance. Another very important thing to considerwhen buying your memory is to be sure it is compatible with your system. And you'll need to decide how much memory you need and consider the price, quality, availability, service, and warranty.



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Benefits of using a stability ball in your training

Benefits of Using a Stability Ball in Your Training If there is one equipment you should not miss in your training, it is the stability ball. The market comes up with new training tools every now and then. Yet you are not sure if they do work and if they are safe. So for one that is guaranteed to work, use the stability ball. What Is a Stability Ball? This is a large and inflatable ball used as an exercise equipment. Despite being air-filled, it is generally heavy-duty and capable to hold 600 to 700 pounds of weight. It is comfortable and gives good support. It perfectly suits the trainee as it easily goes with the structure of the body. This exercise tool is also sometimes called as the physioball or the Swiss Ball. The good thing about using the stability ball is it reduces the perception of ‘working’ in training, especially for beginners. It gives some element of ‘play’ as you get rough with the training. It adds some fun and excitement as you advance in the movements and techniques. Another good point with the ball is that it can be used by anybody. No fitness level is required. It is very portable and light weight, easy to bring along even when traveling. It is also inexpensive compared to other exercise equipment and it could last for a very long time. How Stability Balls Came About? The use of the stability balls for training can be traced in rehabilitation. As early as the 1900’s, physical therapists have been using balls in addressing the neurological disorders of their patients. Then, in the early 1960’s, Aquilino Cosani, an Italian toy maker, made the ball and sold it, known then as the ‘Gymnastik.’ Two decades after, Cosani came up with a company called Gymnic and became the major supplier of the stability ball to most rehabilitation programs and centers. The ball then shifted from the rehabilitation to the athletic area, in the 90’s. It was used to condition the body of professional athletes. From then on, the ball became very prominent in the fitness community. At present medical specialists and fitness professionals very much recommend the use of the stability ball by the public. It serves more than solving physical problems. It is good in preventing you from having one. What Are the Benefits of Using a Stability Ball? The stability ball definitely is best to improve the strength of the abs and the lower-backs. It improves as well the functional strength, balance and flexibility of the body. 1. Proper Alignment Using the ball during training will test the body to make use of the different parts to maintain the proper balance. The dynamic movements during exercise will improve the natural motor reflexes of the body as different muscles are utilized in movement, especially the ones that are not usually used. The challenge posed by the ball is to maintain balance. As one aims to get the proper balance, the alignment of the body parts is also improved. 2. Great Abs For people working out to achieve great abs, this ball can definitely target the abdominal areas. The abs and the back muscles are simultaneously moved as you work in your balance. Just imagine the good feeling of having a flat stomach area and you will definitely love this ball. 3. Muscle Strength and Endurance The stability ball can help in alleviating any back pain and preventing one in the future. As all the major muscle groups are exercised, the muscle tone, strength and endurance are also improved. Thus it gives the body flexibility, stability and resistance. 4. Core Stability This concerns the major muscles that helps stabilize and support all of the body movements. This is made up of back and the deep abdominal muscles. With the ball, no matter how ‘deep’ or ‘into the core’ these muscles are, they are still exercised. This is something only the stability ball can guarantee. 5. Stretching The ball is a good companion during stretching exercises. With this, you can easily move into and move out of different stretching positions. 6. Losing Weight Of course, with all the good benefits of using the ball, you will not miss out on the aspect of losing weight. With regular exercises and trainings done with the stability ball, a person can lose some unwanted pounds as the body is firmed. Health is definitely your most important asset. So do your regular exercises and maintain a healthy diet. Furthermore, have a happy and fun training with the stability ball.



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Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks

Lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks - an ambitious goal indeed, but by no means an unachievable one. By learning and applying the right techniques, you can indeed be 10 pounds lighter in 2 weeks time. Here are the keys to being able to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks. Lose 10 Pounds In 2 Weeks-1 Calorie counting may be boring, but it does pay off. By knowing exactly how many calories you need, and how many you are taking in, you can plan your adjustments to have the best effect. A pound of weight is equivalent to 3500 calories, so if you can either cut that many calories out of your diet, or exercise to remove that much, then you will be one pound of weight nearer to your goal. Lose 10 Pounds In 2 Weeks-2 Start to exercise. Doing the math will show you that you need to remove 35000 calories, either by exercising, or by cutting down on your food consumption, to lose the targeted 10 pounds. A typical human being of around 160 lbs will use 300+ calories by running gently for 30 minutes. A much heavier person will lose a lot more than that, but this illustrates how possible it is, with the right techniques and some determination, to get rid of a lot of excess weight. Lose 10 Pounds In 2 Weeks-3 Try no to cut foods out completely. Assuming your favorite food is chocolate cake, you know that you will need to moderate your intake of it, as it will be impossible to sustain weight loss unless you do. However, if you cut it out completely, you will probably find yourself missing it too much, and the task of sticking to your program will be that much harder. The best solution is to keep your favorite foods to give yourself a treat when you manage to achieve one of your targets – the only problem could occur if you give yourself too big a reward, and end up eating the whole cake... Lose 10 Pounds in 2 Weeks-4 Keep going. Losing as much weight as 10 pounds in as short a time frame as 2 weeks is not easy, and it would be better to take a bit longer. If you were prepared to give yourself 4 or 5 weeks, your body would find it easier to tolerate the differing circumstances. Trying to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks is being very ambitious, so if you don't quite get there, don't worry about it. The end result should be in sight, so just keep going until you achieve it. Attempting to lose 10 pounds in 2 weeks is a very ambitious task, and you will probably find it harder than you were expecting, so I wish you every success, and trust you found the tips helpful. Click the links below for more useful hints.



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Write a love letter on your body

Have you seen the movie "What the Bleep"? There is a great scene in that movie where the body-hating star breaks through to loving her body. She starts to draw hearts and love messages all over herself and relaxes into appreciation instead of loathing. We're taught a lot of things to do to our bodies. Work it, sculpt it, starve it, push it, train it, discipline it. Most of them are not pleasant. What about loving it? What if we treated our bodies with love and tenderness? Okay, it sounds a little sappy, I know. But really think about the idea for a moment.

WHAT IF you made a decision to treat your body with the ultimate in kindness? How would your body feel if you... * Fed it the best, most delicious, most nutritious foods * Gave it just the right amounts of food to feel light and full of energy * Pampered it with fun movement * Let it nap or rest when it was tired * Treated it to healing massages and long soaks in warm water * Noticed all the wonderful, beautiful things about it and overlooked its flaws Writing love letters all over yourself is a great way to make friends with your body. It's much harder to assault your body with overeating when you know you have "I love you," hearts, spirals, "thank you," etc. written underneath your clothes. Adopt self-nurturing as a way of life. Your body will LOVE YOU for LOVING IT. You will naturally live at your own perfect weight without effort or strain. Treat yourself well and love your body into the peak of health.



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Things to check for pest control

As far as possible, this article will focus on pest control tips that would help keep away as much pests as you can. Some of the advises given here will deal on specific pests but some may partly concentrate on the general guidelines. Food storage Disinfection of food items is required by the food authorities to limit the possibility of strayed insects thriving in goods like dog food, flour, and other grains. A good rule of thumb to prevent them from infecting your food in case they happened to be found on some is to completely seal them in air tight containers. This will not only lessen the exposure of food items but may also stop mice from contaminating them. Moisture It is a known fact that all living things need water to survive. This does not exclude rodents, spiders and all insects. For carpenter ants, they never live on extremely dry woods. They will look for materials that were currently damped or a site near to water pies where they may create their nests. Termites generally feed on hard dry wood but they need enough moisture and will most likely set their nests where sources of water are sufficient. Spiders feast on termites and other pests. Though they can practically wander and search for water as often as they want, they still have to live near the food source. And so they are most often sited near moist place where most insects thrive. With these, it is vital to inspect your home an fix it from any leaks. Repairs may be expensive but may prove worth the initial effort rather than expending on more thorough home repairs. Entry Points As already stressed out, inspecting your home is vital in pest control. It will not take big holes in order for pests to penetrate your home. Insects are rather small and they can easily gain entrance from tiny holes. Mice on the other are great escape artists and they would only require a quarter of an inch-sized hole to enter your house. Your house will have a host of entry holes and so you better check on them, inspect your cable lines, telephone lines, garage and especially the attic. Holes in these areas are often forgotten or taken for granted. This is now the best time to see them if you want to gain sufficient control over your notorious pests. Lightning and Screening Any house lights will attract insects and will commonly invite them into your own home. This in turn will lure spiders who will feed on them. Even though you have enough screening, chances are they may still penetrate your home. To get around with this problem, you may use yellow bulbs or any non-insect attracting lights and assure to it that your doors are always closed. All doors and windows and any large entry points must be provided with mesh screens. These should always be kept on their optimum state. If any holes are spotted, it is wise to repair them accordingly to prevent pests from entering your house. Aside from these things, other issues must also be addressed in the quickest possible time for two reasons. One is to prevent insects from entering your home and two to keep them from multiplying right inside your own territory.



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Vertical platform lift tips

Vertical lifts or wheelchair lifts are a great investment if you or someone you love is in a wheelchair or has trouble walking. They work like mini elevators and are used to overcome differences in height found in homes. Here are some things to consider when purchasing and installing your new vertical platform lift. - It is probably a good idea to invest in a good set of lights to keep the vertical platform lift well lit. Some people get motion sensor lights that automatically cut on when they detect movement. This is great because you do not have to remember to leave the light on when you leave during the day, but return at night. - If you are installing the vertical platform lift outside, then ensure that it is weather proof and also that its colors will fit your homes style. Many wheelchair lifts look very clean and elegant. - Account for any added weight when you consider the weight requirements.

You should consider expected weight gain, wheelchair weight, anyone that may be using the lift with you or by themselves, and keep in mind that you will probably use your wheelchair lift to take your shopping up with you. - Check to see if your lift has a manual lowering mode. This is important to know so that if you loose power you are prepared. Many units have a battery backup available which may be a good idea if you are in an area that frequently looses power. - If you are installing your wheelchair lift outside take measure to protect it from environmental damage. Things like branches that could potentially fall on your unit should be removed. - Follow the maintenance instructions provided by the manufacturer. This usually takes only a few short minutes and will save you money and ensure that you have many years of quality service from your wheelchair lift.



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Prevent water damage in the bathroom

The frequent use of water in the bathroom makes it extremely vulnerable for moist accumulation and potential water damage. By inspecting it regularly, you can reduce water related damages. The following set of inspections is easy to perform and should be done once in every three months in order to keep your bathroom in good shape and to prevent potential water damages caused by the bathtub, the shower, pipe joints and plumbing, sinks, cabinets, and the toilet Do not neglect performing these inspections and be thorough while performing them. Keep in mind that these simple inspections can save you a lot of money by providing early indications for water damage Bathtub and Shower The shower and bathtub require special attention and maintenance. Check the tiles and replace if cracked. Make sure that there is no missing grout between the tiles. Inspect and replace cracked caulking at joints where the walls meet the floor or the bathtub. Clogged drains and pipes problems will prevent the bathtub from drying and may indicate serious problems beneath the bathtub. Consult with a professional immediately to prevent structural damage. Pay attention to discolorations or soft areas around the bathtub walls as they may indicate an internal leak. Plumbing Signs for water damage are hard to detect since most pipes are installed inside the walls. Pay special attention to flooring and walls moisture and stains as they may indicate an invisible plumbing problem. Check moisture levels in adjoining rooms as well. Sinks and Cabinets Sinks and cabinets are exposed to moisture and humidity daily and are often overlooked. Inspect regularly under the sink and on the countertop above it. Repair any drip in the trap as it may suggest drain problems. Look around the sink, slow draining pipes may indicate a blocked drain. Replace sink seals if they are cracked or loose. The Toilet The toilet is a vulnerable water junction. Check the water lines and search for leaks around the toilet seat, in the hose, and under the water tank. If you detect any signs of moisture on the floor around the toilet, check for leaks in the toilet rim and tank seals. Be aware that hanging toilet bowl deodorants increases the chances for clogs. For more information visit RestorationSOS. com Free guides are available



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Did you find diamonds in amsterdam

Amsterdam takes a special place in the world of Diamonds. Walking down the streets you will see a lot of Diamond and jewelry stores as well as a lot of places that are locked up with signs saying "guided diamond tours from 2 to 4 PM". Actually going on some of these tours you'll have a chance to see some fantastic diamonds and you'll have a chance as well to see how they are cut and polished. And if you want to, you can buy them for $4000 to $400,000 each. These are some of the companies offering guided tours: Amsterdam diamonds Amsterdam has a long heritage in the diamonds, and has been a major diamond centre since Sephardic Jews introduced the diamond cutting industry in the later 16th century. Nowadays there are about a dozen diamond factories in the city, five of which offer guided tours. The tours are free and are usually conducted 9am to 5pm every day. Diamonds aren't necessarily cheaper in Amsterdam but prices are fairly competitive. At least you will have seen how they are worked, and when you buy from a factory you get an extensive description of the purchase so you know exactly what you are buying. Diamond tours The following renowned diamond stores offer diamond-cutting and polishing tours, and sales of the finished diamonds: Coster Diamonds Gassan Diamonds Stoeltie Diamonds Van Moppes Diamonds the first company to offer guided tours. If you have a chance eat an "uitsmijter" as well. Best time to visit is april or late september when the leaves on the trees are not blocking the view of the monumental facades. The winters are penetratingly cold and damp with lots of rain and sleet. It actually feels colder than 30 below in Canada. Bring a pair of good glasses: we tend to use very small letter types for the legends in museums. Here are some of Amsterdam's major attractions: Anne Frank House (Anne Frank Huis) National Museum (Rijksmuseum) Van Gogh Museum Red Light District National Museum of Modern Art (Stedelijk Museum) Amstelkring Museum (Our Lord in the Attic Chapel) Museum Het Rembrandt Huis (Rembrandt House) Jewish Historical Museum (Joods Historisch Museum) Dam Square Sauna Deco Amsterdam sail: Sail Amsterdam If you love boats, KNSM Island is where you should go. Not just because of its shipping past. Every 5 years this harbor area of Amsterdam hosts the Sail event. Each new edition attracts more visitors (Sail 2000 welcomed 2.5 million people). Each edition also offers more Tall Ships and more cultural activities in the area. The Van Gogh Museum contains the largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh who shot off his ear and then committed suicide. You will find more than 200 fantastic works from the Master’s hand, as well as 500 drawings and 700 written documents. Together these provide a fantastic insight into his life and work. Amsterdam is a fascinating place with lots of things to see and do. Also, remember and try all its culinary delights.



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