Ebay data and research a critical element of success

"If you can measure it, you can manage it." Perhaps a cliche, but true nonetheless. eBay is a business any way you look at it. Sure, it can be an immense deal of fun for both the buyers and sellers, but when you look at it from another view point; you will see that it is a business from the seller's point of view, the buyer's point of view, and eBay's point of view. More than 40 million dollars a day in business is transacted on eBay. Selling items on eBay successfully is an art AND a science. The good news is that eBay offers many different forms of quantitative information Research to enable you to determine that you are selling the right items, to the right people, in the right way. Some of the data and research is not free, but much of it is. The available resources include hot items by category, eBay Pulse, merchandising calendar, sales reports, marketplace research, buyer behavioral report, and the eBay solutions directory. These tools are quite easy to use, and the information that can be gleaned from them is extremely valuable. The Data and Research tools are all accessible through your seller's account, by clicking on the 'Advance Selling' link. Learn to use those tools, and get your piece of that more than $40 million that streams through eBay each day.



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Tricks of the trade for coloring your world

This spring, the perfect makeup palette is filled with vibrant colors. Achieving the season's hottest trends, including pink berry lips, is easy with tips from the experts. Renowned makeup artist Carmindy, from TLC's "What Not To Wear," shares her favorites: • Pink Berry Lips: This spring, femininity ruled the fashion runways and pink berry lips were a must-have. The key to achieving this look is to make lips appear as though they are naturally stained a rich juicy shade of berry. Dab a Q-tips cotton swab into the berry shade of lip color and apply to your lips so the edges are soft and the color is muted. Prevent lip color from bleeding by dipping them into translucent loose powder and applying powder along the outer edge of lips. The powder will help the lip color stay through the night. • Water Works: Aqua blues and sea foam greens are the hottest eye shadow hues of the season and can easily help update your look. Use a Q-tips cotton swab to mix multiple bright-colored eye shadows and to softly apply them so colors don't appear too harsh. Then, dab light pink or white shimmer in the corner of the eye to brighten and lighten up your entire look. And don't worry about washing your brushes: Q-tips are conveniently disposable so you can use a new one for each color and zap your prep time in half while ensuring brilliant color. • Strategic Shimmer: Applying shimmer can be tricky, so knowing the right places will help you master this look. The best shimmer spots are under the eyebrows, on the inside corner of the eyes, on top of the cheekbones and down the bridge of the nose. To avoid applying too much sparkle, use a Q-tips cotton swab to pick up just the right amount-they allow for precise makeup application. • The Magic Eraser: Have you ever flawlessly applied your mascara and then sneezed, ruining everything? Mistakes happen, but can easily be erased with Q-tips cotton swabs-your very own magic beauty wand. Q-tips cotton swabs have more cotton at the tip than any other cotton swab, so they can be used to create a fine tip for precise application or removal. Simply dip one into foundation and roll over the mistake to eliminate without having to remove makeup and start all over again. • Crease Control: No matter how hard we try, eye shadow on the lids seems to crease by the end of the day. A tip: Use Q-tips to smudge the shadow right back in place. "Q-tips cotton swabs are the ultimate beauty tool for blending, applying or removing makeup," says Carmindy. "They can help even the busiest women transform their looks quickly and easily."



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Change or die to change your organization hire a business coach

It is a common business axiom – change or die. As a small or mid-sized business owner or a manager, there will be times you will need to make changes in your organization but may not be sure how to go about it. Change is hard to implement and even harder to sustain. Think about all of the people who have trouble sticking to a diet or quitting smoking or keeping up with an exercise program, let alone just starting. If changing yourself is hard, how can you change an entire business, organization, process or department? As a Certified Business Coach, one of the biggest challenges my clients face is this issue of change. Did you know there are eight reasons why organizations fail to change from a lack of urgency to underestimating the power of vision to failing to create short-term wins? The eight reasons are: Lack of a sense of urgency Failing to create a sufficiently powerful guiding coalition Underestimating the power of vision Not communicating the vision Allowing obstacles to block the new vision Failing to create short-term wins Declaring victory too soon Neglecting to anchor changes firmly into the corporate culture Take the third reason, for example, underestimating the power of vision. A clear vision helps direct, align and inspire actions on the part of large numbers of people. Lack of vision, on the other hand, leads to lots of debate and confusion. Think about the organizations you have worked for or know. When everyone understands the vision, work gets done, employees are energized, and processes get put into place. Without a guiding vision, employees lose passion, urgency and focus. And, it is just as critical to communicate your vision – reason number four – instead of keeping it in your head. Communicate your vision to your employees, vendors and clients – often. How can a business leader do it all – create and communicate a vision, get the work done and make a profit? Business coaches help business leaders step back and create the processes necessary to communicate and sustain their vision for their organizations by focusing on sales, marketing, systems and team building. One strategy I use is to facilitate a team alignment day. I often start out with a number of traditional and non-traditional teambuilding exercises. Then, I introduce a game called “Leverage: The Game of Business,” in which employees learn the five key areas to impacting the bottom line. By playing the game, each employee learns how he or she plays a pivotal role in making the business work and impacting its cash flow. By the end of the day, the team is aligned with the business owner’s goals as well as the team and the business manager being aligned as people. When everyone is on the same page, change can take place and things happen more efficiently and effectively. A recent article in Fortune Magazine, entitled, Executive Coaching – With Returns a CFO Could Love, stated, "Asked for a conservative estimate of the monetary payoff from the coaching they got, these managers described an average return of more than $100,000 or about six times what the coaching had cost their companies." My goal as a business coach is to help business owners step back and think about new and innovative ways to achieve profitability and business growth … and to do it in a way that provides a good return on investment of a business manager’s time and money. The ability to change, while remaining focused, is an integral part of this philosophy.



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Developing a business plan developing a succesful business

Whether you are starting up a new business or you already have an established company, the importance of a business plan may be over looked. Yes, they can take some time to draw up but just think of your business plan as a map of a country. Without the details and information on this map, trying to navigate yourself around a country will usually end up leaving you lost. Probably travelling the same routes over and over again, taking you 2-3 times longer to find your way(if you do every find your way). A detailed business plan could mean your success in business. Consider this. How can you take your company in the right direction, developing the methods you need to succeed if you do not know what you are trying to accomplish. It would be like building a house with no plans and trying to put the roof on first. Yes, you may be successful in building the roof but your house will be missing some essential pieces. You may not miss these pieces at first, but down the line(especially when the winter comes) you are going to be wishing you built those walls too! A business plan plots a course for your business to follow. It allows you to determine and realize your growth but more importantly what steps are needed to be token to achieve this. It helps you figure out the materials you need in place so that you can first build a strong infrastructure for your business. Another great thing about a business plan is that like any map it can be changed over time to represent the lay of the land. Which allows you to make any changes that need to be made to your route and to help you navigate them better. While you are developing your business plan you will see that it will start to show you what you will need to do to be successful. Including such things as materials needed, your timeline and projected numbers for your business. It also will show your projected income and losses, as well as how your business will do in the first months and year(s) of operations. This information is priceless. Another important factor of a business plan is that it will show you how you need to grow. You may wonder why this is so important? Simple. It falls right under you developing a marketing plan and picking out areas/markets for you to advertise in to grow your business. Without knowing where your business is going, there will be no way for you to develop an accurate marketing plan. These two things go hand and hand with each other. So remember whether your business has been around for days, weeks months, years or is just an idea in your head. Develop a business plan which will help you develop a successful business.



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How to make a living online and how not to

"I make a living online!" That's a statement right? Right! But is it a statement of fact? Who knows? Well, I do because I know it's true, but how do you know I'm telling the truth? You don't of course. But there are some things you can look for that will help you decide. How often have you seen something like: "Make a ton of cash - now! No selling No MLM No stock to buy No customers to deal with Join our upside-down, instant-cash matrix now and get rich! It goes without saying that the above is dubious to say the least. Yet, many people fall for ads like this on a regular basis. So, the old saying "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is", could be words of wisdom. Golden Rule: Go with your gut feeling. Let's get down to brass tacks (sorry about that, my parents are English and they talk in a strange tongue which rubs off on me sometimes). Grade these statements: 1. Anyone can make a living online! 2. You don't need capital to start a business! 3. It's much cheaper to start a business online than in the 'real world'! 4. You don't need to sell products or services to make money online! 5. You can make money instantly online! These are my thoughts on the above: 1, 3 & 4 - generally speaking, true. 2 & 5 - generally speaking, false. An observation about 1 above is to make a distinction between 'making money' and 'earning a living'. The former could be a one-off 5 cents, while the latter could need to be $100 per day, depending, of course on individual requirements. My dad often say's; "you don't get owt for nowt!" Translated into American English it means; "there's no such thing as a free lunch!" Never invest in an opportunity that you are not sure about. Instead, find something that you are interested in and will enjoy doing. In other words; do what you like doing, and the money will follow. "Okay Adam", I hear you say, "get to the point". The point is this: If you expect to make a living online without doing any work and without spending any cash upfront, go get a 'proper' job instead - preferably one that allows you to daydream a lot. Hwever, if you're prepared to spend some time, researching, listening & learning and have allocated some kind of budget (we're not talking megabucks here), then it's perfectly feasible to make a living online. I started an enterprise about seven months ago with $300 and it's now earning me $500 per month residual income and growing. It took some hard work and a steep learning curve at first but now it's got into gear and I could virtually leave it alone to keep increasing month on month. The Internet is a fantastic source of information - it's up to you to find that information and decide whether it's worth using or just more 'pie in the sky'.



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Communal blogging who will win

My recent quest to understand and implement trackback on my blog has left me with more questions than answers. It seems that in an attempt to bring relevant blog entries together, there are (surprise, surprise) competing technologies. First there is the issue of bringing relevant blog entries together. What's the point and should we bother? I believe that although blogging is primarily a sole pursuit, the ability for people to comment, refute, correct, or admire a blog entry more deeply than a simple commenting system allows is the next step in making blogging more meaningful, and possibly more accountable. So how do we do it? The three main players (it seems, feel free to add someone if I've missed them) seem to be Technorati (http:// technorati. com), Haloscan (http:// haloscan. com), and native blog commenting systems. Technorati seems to be popular amongst the established blogging community - the users who understand the Technorati 'Cosmos' and what it means. I think that Technorati is deliberately vague about what their system does and how it does it as there is no documentation that I can find on the Technorati site (other than an 'About' page obviously written by a marketer). I assume that the name Technorati is a play on the word Illiminati which perhaps gives us a hint to Technorati's lack of explanation on how they work. Maybe we're just supposed to 'get it'. While Technorati seems solid and has a large subscriber base, I think (again, no documentation) that only Technorati subscribers are considered part of the 'Cosmos'. There are millions of blogs out there that aren't participating in, and therefore not accounted for by, Technorati. I just ran across Haloscan yesterday and implemented their trackback system into my blog. Haloscan offers a central commenting and trackback facility for any type of web page, not just blogs. The idea is that the comments and trackbacks of a page are kept in one central repository rather than scattered all over the blogsphere on each individual blog. When considering blogs specificially, I don't see the logic in this. Since all comments must reside somewhere - what's the difference between having them reside on my blog or on some other server? Unlike trackback, I think all blogware supports comments. The trackback part is interesting because it actually provides a service to people (like me) who don't have trackback available natively on their blogware. It works well, has some features such as moderation, and generally provides what it promises. The only change I would like to see is the ability to implement the trackback code right into my page rather than having it in a pop up window. I really like the commenting/trackback ping layout of Blizza Blizza (http:// chrislawson. net/blog). I also ran across a somewhat related technology called Gravatar (http:// gravatar. com) which stands for Globally Recognized Avatar. As near as I can tell, the idea is that you upload a small 80x80 avatar and then Gravatar supplies you with the link to that image. You can then use that image anywhere on the web that you wish. It's a neat idea: creating a sense of continuity for users between blogs and websites, but in the end - it's just a small bit of webspace. Anyone with a blog can probably upload an avatar and use it in the same fashion. Finally, the last little bit of magic is Google. Google has many 'operators' and one of them is the 'link' operator. Typing 'link: somesite. com' into Google will reveal all the sites on the Internet that link to somesite. com. The data returned by Google for my site is much more extensive than Technorati, but it is also very out of date. I know I am linked to (by using Technorati and by discovering it through surfing) yet many of these links do not show up on Google. So which technology will win, if one does at all? I'm in favour of trackback. It's easy, all the big blog platforms support it, and it has a good format. By that I mean that a typical trackback entry contains a 200-ish word summary of the entry so a visitor can decide whether they want to bother reading the whole entry before clicking on it. As well it breeds inter-linking between blogs of a like nature, or at least between blog entries of a like nature. Just because I like it doesn't mean trackback is going to win, there are problems with it. Roy - the administrator of a large blogging site called Tabulas (http:// tabulas. com) - for example, feels that even if he were to implement it natively on Tabulas that very few users would have the technical savvy to figure out how to use it properly, and most users wouldn't bother with it at all. Roy knows his stuff when it comes to blogging, so perhaps he's not only correct - but also echoing the sentiments of many blogware authors. I guess only time will tell, but for now I'm hoping for trackback as the victor in this little skirmish.



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How to use an electric log splitter

Cutting down trees for either commercial or home use is often a complicated endeavor, since you need to bring the tree down safely, use a chainsaw to trim away the branches, and then cut the trunk into sections. In the past, something called a maul has been used, which resembles a cross between a sledgehammer and a hatchet. The woodsman drives the sharp end of the maul through the middle of the trunk. The trunk would then be sliced into halves, then quartered, and then stacked and allowed to dry for before being used as firewood. There is, however, a much better way to chop down trees. An electric log splitter is a piece of heavy-duty equipment that replaces the maul and does the job in much less time.

Most electric splitters utilize a rod and piston assembly, often exerting more than 10 tons of pressure Gasoline-powered log splitters are useful for logging work that’s far from a power source. The log splitter can be taken to the site and the logs thrown into a truck for transport. There are also models advertised as being "all season," usually electric, so that it can be used outdoors in even the worst weather. All models use a piston to drive the log through a stationary blade. Some models of log splitters that have additional features that prevent the just-split tree parts from falling away, allowing the operator to move the logs around speedily, if necessary, for a second pass. Although a log splitter is very useful, none are completely safe. Only people with the right training should operate a log splitter, since any object unlucky enough to be between the blade and the log will be hit with 10 tons of force. You can’t predict how each log will behave, so there should be a safety zone around the splitter. Helpers can retrieve the individual pieces, but they should stay clear of the log splitter while it is still in operation.



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Digital fix image jp photography quality

A Closer Look at Digital Photography Digital technology has been a prevailing factor why people can now have the ease of access in almost anything they do. Many significant inventions were developed to make it easier for people to finish whatever their jobs require. One concrete proof of this remarkable breakthrough is the digital photography, which implies greater ease and comfort in taking pictures of any kind. What digital photography means? Digital photography connotes different things depending on how the people interpret it. Some people perceive digital photography as something which converts a traditional photo into digital format by simply using a scanner. Others interpret it as something that is done by means of a traditional picture taken from film and digitize it through the computer. While others see it as something captured digitally by means of a digital camera. Well generally speaking, digital photography is a type of photography that does not require film. This is the basic concept of digital photo capture. And this is good news for the people because there’s no need to wait for the picture in order for it to be printed. Once you take pictures using a digital camera, the shot goes quickly from the camera and then transferred to the computer. In that instant you can see your snapshot in the monitor and you can even preview the image and check if the image quality is good and the color is accurate. If you don’t like the result of the shot, you can just delete the image and have your photo shoot again. Very simple, isn’t it? Because of the great features of digital photography, many people now are considering buying a digital camera. Why are there so many people turning to digital photos? It’s simply because digital photos allows you to use your imagination. You can modify the look and feel of the image without much effort. You can change the background or add a text to the picture to make it more personalized. Whatever it is that you want for your photo, you can have it when it’s digitally captured. Digital cameras allow you to fix the image quality of your photographs. You can edit, enhance or restore your photo according to your taste. All these can be done in real time. Now the question is how digital photography can fix the image quality of a certain photo. To ensure that your photo gets the best image quality, you need to check the setting of your digital camera before you press on that click button. If the image is already in your computer, you can check the screen of the computer to verify if it your snapshot is in the highest image quality. Fixing the image quality of a digital photograph usually involves several elements such as the colors and the contrast. The contrast is very important if you really want to get the best result in your snapshots. If you want to add life to your photos, you can improve the image quality by adjusting its colors. There are lots of things that digital photography offers to make sure that your pictures will come out attractive. By and large, there is still more to discover about the digital aspect of photography. Some of the issues being deliberated are concerned with the image quality, cost of production, the features of digital camera and other amenities. These issues are taken into account to make the world of photography more accessible to the people.



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The entrepreneur s checklist

I was asked the other day what personality traits I thought were important to entrepreneurial success. I immediately gave my preprogrammed reply about passion and dedication and hard work. After taking some time later to ponder the question a little deeper (I normally operate in shallow waters), I came up with a more detailed checklist for entrepreneurial success. This is by no means a definitive list, but I'd be willing to bet that if you don't have at least a majority of these traits, your chances of business success will be greatly diminished. You must be self motivated. If you don't have the wherewithal to bounce out of bed each day without your spouse drenching you with cold water, chances are you don't have the self motivation or discipline required to be an entrepreneur. Business demands that you take action based solely on your own volition. You have to do a hundred things every day that will not get done unless you make yourself do them. You can't be afraid of hard work. If you think working for someone else is hard work, try starting your own business.

You will be required to give every ounce of blood, sweat, and tears you can muster and then some. You will have to work long hours and be on call 24/7, at least in the beginning. If the mere thought of hard work makes you tired, maybe you should just keep your cushy day job. You should have experience in the type of business you plan to start. If you can't locate your car's engine you have no business buying an oil change franchise. The most successful business owners have prior experience in the industry in which they have set up shop. Consider working in an industry at least part time for a year before jumping in with both feet. You must be able to climb back on the horse. I always say: "If business was easy, everybody would do it." Starting a business is hard work and the odds for failure are against you in the first few years. If you want to ride herd on your own business, you must be willing to fall off your horse and get back on a few times without giving up. You need the support of your family. When you start a business you may have to spend more time away from the family than you like. The business may also put a strain on you financially. You will have enough obstacles in your way without having to worry if you have the support of your family and those closest to you You must have a thick skin. If your feelings are easily hurt, keep your non-threatening day job because business is not for you. Many days in business, rejection waits around every corner and you must be able to handle rejection without taking it personally. You must interact well with others. Being an entrepreneur requires interacting with a variety of people, from your own employees to vendors to customers to investors. You must have the ability to effectively manage people without offending them; the ability to accept good advice from mentors and politely discount the bad; the ability to overlook mistakes or quietly rectify them; and the one I have trouble with: the ability to tolerate incompetence without losing your cool (at least not on the outside). The deeper your pockets the better. The number one cause of business failure is a lack of money. Before you start your business you should have access to enough capital to see you through until the business can sustain itself. You must be able to delegate. Running a business requires the performance of dozens of simultaneous tasks and it's foolish to try to handle them all yourself. You must learn to put your trust in others. If you can't dish out responsibility without worrying over the result, your business growth will be limited. Previous business ownership is a plus. Prior business ownership is not a prerequisite, but it can't hurt. Many successful entrepreneurs have the skeletons of past businesses rattling around in their closet. Another of my sayings: Business is a lot like marriage: you learn a lot from the first one that may come in handy the second or third time around. With that kind of advice you can see why I didn't go into marriage counseling. Here's to your success!



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Should you play slots online or at land based casinos

There's been a great deal of discussion about online gambling recently with legislators, operators and the global community of gamblers trying to fathom complex matters such as Internet "locality". In the midst of these deliberations, many players have been wanting to assess the relative merits of gambling online or at land-based casinos. Through all of this there has been a lack of focus on the experience of the person who actually plays money at a casino. How about the gamblers who are central to any issues concerning casinos? We pose the sensible opening question - which are better, online or land-based slot machines? Land-based slots are the world's most popular casino game.

They pay more winnings to gamblers than all of the other casino games together. But how well does this cherished form of land-based gambling adapt to online play? The vast majority of slots enthusiasts believe it has made the transition splendidly. The online versions of slots have become the most-played form of online casino games, owing in part to the ease of finding slots on the Internet (they're also easy enough to find and play at land-based casinos) and in part to the fact that the game play is so simple. Slot machines at land-based casinos have been controlled by computers for many years, so it's relatively easy to adapt the game to play online. Some players are puzzled when you tell them a land-based slot machine is no more than a computer in a fancy case, but this is exactly what it is. These slots are driven by a microprocessor with a built-in random number generator. They work just like the online versions because the operating software is hard-coded in the microprocessor. This means there is not much of a difference between the way the game works and how the odds compute for online or land-based slot machines.

But there are some differences. The most obvious difference, the one that will forever separate the two forms, is that you can't physically put your hands on an online slot. Similarly, land-based machines have much bigger and more spectacular light and sound displays, although the graphics on the virtual slots are sophisticated enough these days to emulate reality pretty well. There are numerous less evident advantages of playing online slots. For a start, you choose the time, place and the most comfortable seat in the house.

You can play with your own refrigerator, DVD music system and other personal comforts close to hand. This is one of the great appeals of online casinos - you can visit them and experience all of their excitement without stepping outside your own home! And you can interrupt play whenever you like without worrying that some other gambler is going to annex your place at the machine. Possibly the most telling difference between playing slots at an online compared with a land-based casino is the nature of the comps you receive. At a land-based establishment, the keen slots player may receive a coupon or some similar small comp as a reward for slaving away at a machine for several hours. It's quite different online because the competition among casinos is so intense. With the Internet it doesn't matter where in the world you live, every online casino would love to lure your custom. As a result you can get a comp simply for deciding to play at a given casino regardless of how much you've gambled there. The sign-up bonus is a common online attraction.

It gives you a substantial value in real credits at the casino and you can exploit this bonus to swell your bankroll, spend more time playing the slots and experience more opportunities to be a winner. Many slots players find it genuinely gratifying to receive a comp in advance rather than after having to earn it by achieving a certain level of play. If you add the comps to the other advantages of online slots, it should be easy to see which version best meets the needs of the players.



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Toshiba 46xf550u lcd hdtv

Toshiba 46XF550U LCD HDTV The highly expensive High Definition TV that has underwhelming features is found lacking when it is compared to others of its kind. It isn’t readily understandable to us how Toshiba might consider its 46XF550U to be already worth selling for two thousand five hundred dollars. With the forty-six and forty-seven inch High Definition TVs included in our 2008 tests for image quality, the model came in at number 5 out of the 9 contenders. The judges that we had for image-quality have noticed an overly yellow color for the people appearing in our “According to Jim” segment. Though another judge had found that the clip had a bit too much graininess in it, I personally had been quite awed with the quality of the Mission Impossible 3 movie segment in the Blu-ray format. I, however, considered the Return of the King movie segment shown in standard definition DVD to have been quite negatively affected by its having a bit too much of an oil-painting feel in it. The 46XF550U possesses a variety of good extra features such as the set tuning in to the DVD player whenever you have just turned it on. This automatic feature works for whatever source is connected to the set at the time. Another good extra is the TV being able to turn on its stand. This feature helps when you’re watching the 46XF550U HDTV from odd directions. This feature also gives you better access to the input ports found right at the back of the HDTV set. These same input ports, though, are pointed towards the bottom and this lessens their accessibility. The model 46XF550U is compatible with the Regza-Link type of the HDMI Consumer Electronics channel, also known as the CEC channel. This allows one gadget to manipulate another gadget. The remote control for the 46XF550U possesses a good enough feel and layout to it. The remote control buttons seem to be in need of backlighting but aren’t. The control possesses an element not seen in others like it. In switching to mute, pressing mute the first time only halves the volume of the sound. To fully be muted, it has to be pushed one other time. The menus for the TV are displayed in the center of the screen. This coupled with the menus being solid blue make that feature not too appealing. The choices such as ‘Theater Settings’ and ‘Auto Aspect Ratio’ are also not really given explanations for. The remote control’s button to bring up the information displays a box that seems too low from where it probably has to be. This makes it quite likely that displaying it would cover up some key part of what you’re viewing. As of the present time, the manual for the 46XF550U model still cannot be found anywhere online. This just means that no easily searchable version of the manual is available right now to help one readily find the explanations for those options mentioned above. The printed manual is bulky, is actually written in two languages and has seventy-four pages of it set for the English text. The manual is illustrated in tiny but helpful pictures. No stand-alone guide exists for quickly setting up the 46XF550U model HDTV. The Toshiba 46XF550U LCD is an HDTV system that a lot of extras and features that makes it a great buy. However, the price alone means that many consumers will avoid it in favor of big screen TV’s that have a fairer price. If you have an entertainment system setup, make sure that you connect them to this big screen TV to get the best use out of it. Once you turn on your gadgets such as a VCR, Stereo or DVD player, the TV will automatically switch to it, and you can avoid having to search for multiple remotes to switch the input options. Had the 46XF550U model been a TV sold at bargain prices, then buying it might be something worthy of consideration. However, due to the high price that it has, buying the 46XF550U is a very unwise decision. Word Count 678



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An air purifier for a breathe of fresh air

One of the most important elements for the survival of human beings is air. Air is a vital component of a very complex set of respiratory functions. This air must be free of contaminants that could cause a potential health risk. Air that contains particles of dust mites, pet dander, pollen and mold spores can cause asthma, allergies and respiratory illnesses. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that indoor air is 70 times more contaminated than outside air. Airborne chemicals from flooring, insulation, paints, cleaning products and other building materials give off dangerous chemical fumes. As a result, homes and offices could potentially increase the likelihood of an allergy or respiratory problems.

In order to alleviate these risk factors, it is necessary to utilize a high efficiency air purifier. A high efficiency air purifier circulates air through filters that trap toxins, and allergens, and removes them from inside air. An air purifier works by drawing in dirty air through an inlet vent. Air then passes through a prefilter which traps large particles, then passes through a carbon filter which captures particles and reduces gases and odors. The air then passes through a filter made of tightly woven fibers to capture the smaller particles. This filter is known as a HEPA filter, which is an acronym for high efficiency particulate absorbing. These filters can absorb particles as small as 0.3 micrometers. Some units have electronic ionizers which further capture smaller particles, and particles that have escaped the previous other filters. A fan then recirculates the filtered air back into the room. Health hazards from polluted indoor air at home or at the work place have increased the incidence of respiratory illnesses. The use of an air purifier could play a significant role in reducing these risks for healthy individuals, as well as individuals with existing conditions. Purifiers minimize contaminants in the air effectively, before they can cause harm to human tissue. It is important to note that air purifiers are only a part of a bigger solution, keeping a clean living and working environment is absolutely essential.



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Understanding amino acids and their importance in diet

The importance of protein in a healthy diet is well known to nutritional scientists, and widely understood by the general population. Indeed, every bodily system is directly or indirectly supported by protein. For example, protein supports the structural development of cells, helps ensure the integrity of tissue, aids digestion, carries hormones, and strengthens the immune system[i]. More recently, however, the motivation for people to choose protein-rich foods has been fueled by carbohydrate-free and carbohydrate-reduced diets, such as the Atkins™ Diet, South Beach Diet™ and Isometric Diet™. Via each of these diet programs, millions of people are vigilantly scanning food labels, and asking pertinent health questions when eating out. Added to this growing number of protein-aware people are, of course, the millions of bodybuilders, powerlifters and athletes who have demonstrated for centuries the irreplaceable value of protein in building and maintaining muscle. As impressive and inspiring as it is to see that more people than ever before are “protein-conscious”, there is still more useful protein information to learn. It is well past time to add an understanding of amino acids to this protein knowledge base. Many people – understandably -- do not recognize that amino acids are not acids as they are conventionally understood. Rather, they are the molecular units that comprise protein. They are, quite simply, the very building blocks of protein. Amino acids are organic compounds that contain two groups of molecules: amino (-NH2) and carboxyl (-COOH). There are a total of 19 amino acids in the human diet, of which 11 are non-essential, and the remaining 8 are essential. It is this critically important fact – that there are 2 kinds of amino acids -- that should be well understood and acted upon by eaters everywhere. If the term “amino acid” does not readily suggest the link to protein, the terms “non-essential” amino acids and “essential” amino acids can be sources of even greater confusion. The nutritional world is fond of the word “essential”, and uses it often to describe something that is important, or critical, or irreplaceable. For example, a nutritionist may rationally inform her patient that eating 50 grams of protein per day is essential; and by this she means “very important”. This same application of the term does now, however, flow to the “essential” and “non essential” amino acid vocabulary. Non-essential amino acids are those that the body is able to synthesize itself. This does not mean, of course, that the body can create these non-essential amino acids out of nothing. Rather, it means that the body’s own internal laboratory can create these 11 non-essential amino acids from raw materials. It is for this reason that these 11 amino acids are called non-essential; it has nothing to do with the term “important” or “unimportant”. These 11 non-essential amino acids include, in alphabetical order:[ii] Alanine Arginine Asparagine Aspartic Acid Cysteine Glutamic Acid Glutamine Glycine Histidine Proline Tyrosine The remaining 8 amino acids are called essential; and this refers to the fact that they cannot be synthesized. The body can only receive them exogenously (eg. through food). These essential amino acids include, in alphabetical order:[iii] Isoleucine Leucine Lysine Methionine Phenylalanine Serine Threonine Tryptophan Valine Understanding the importance of amino acids is critical, because a failure to eat foods that contain these essential amino acids can lead to deficiency and adverse health effects. These effects can include – but are not limited to -- fatigue, allergies, loss of memory, and even heart disease[iv]. When one considers the pain and suffering caused by any of these four ill health effects, and the myriad of subsequent ailments that they can provoke, it becomes readily apparent that a knowledge of amino acids, and especially “essential” amino acids, must be a part of an intelligent eater’s knowledge base. While there has been some movement on the part of nutritional supplement companies to provide eaters with convenient and palatable sources of protein, many of them have put their marketing needs first and ignored amino acids altogether. As a consequence of this omission, some eaters are actually suffering from an “overdose” of incomplete protein. This is because what they are eating may not provide them with the total, essential protein that they need. The only complete proteins on the planet are derived from dairy, meat, fish, poultry and soy, and these foods are not present in our most common foods. There are, however, protein supplements that also offer proteins with the full spectrum of amino acids. The solution here is uncomplicated and accessible. Eaters must simply choose to eat foods and nutritional supplements that offer a “complete” source of protein. This means that all 19 essential amino acids must be present including, of course, the “essential 8” amino acids that the body cannot synthesize. There are some companies – though still clearly in the minority – that create nutritional supplements that carefully ensure that all of the amino acids are present. It is notable that these companies do not necessarily have to do this, since neither the Food and Drug Administration nor many consumers are demanding this from their food labeling; at least, not yet. This is all the more reason to laud those companies that are putting people and nutrition first, and marketing a distant second. REFERENCES [i] Source: “Amino Acids. Diet-and-health-net. http:// diet-and-health. net/Nutrients/AminoAcids. html [ii] Source: “Amino Acids”. About. com. http://exercise. about. com/library/Glossary/bldef-amino_acids. htm [iii] Ibid. [iv] Source: “What are Amino Acids?”. Vanderbilt University. http://vanderbiltowc. wellsource. com/dh/content. asp? ID=759



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Cannot lose those extra pounds of weight

Intake of fats and carbohydrates in excess results in obesity. Lack of exercise, physical work also helps in accumulation of fat in the body. In Ayurveda this condition is called medoroga. The fat in the body is primarily drawn from the oils, ghees, and other fatty substances consumed through food and drink. Chocolates, wafers, sweets, remember excessive fat may also impair the function of the vital organs like heart, liver, joints and the kidneys. Obesity may also cause diabetes, asthma, arthritis, high blood pressure. Walking is the best exercise to begin with. Honey is an excellent home remedy for obesity. Make a mixture of two teaspoon of lime juice, one teaspoon of honey , in a glass of water, add some pepper to it & have it regularly. Drink a glass of boiled water daily after every meal.

Spices like ginger, cinnamon, black pepper etc. are good for loosing weight. Drink ginger tea 2-3 times a day. Shudh Guggulu is very beneficial for curing this ailment. It helps to regulate the lipid metabolism. Take a teaspoon of guggul with ginger and honey, twice a day. Two teaspoon of lim e juice added to water also helps in loosing weight. Have it frequently. Mint is very beneficial in losing weight. Have some salads, vegetables with it. Trifla , a herbal combination of amalaki, bibbitaki, and haritaki is good for loosing weight. AyurvedicCure. com Online Store for Natural Products



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The different sexual health disorders

When you have sex with someone, things don't always go as you planned it. There may be a little problem here and there. It may be your partner, it may be you. It may be temporary, or it may be repetitive and long term. Sexual health disorders are long lasting and are often related to sexual contact. These problems often impact a person's life and his relationships in a negative way. In different parts of the globe, an estimated two percent of the population each year approach general practitioners with questions and complaints regarding their sexual health. Half of those people report having sexual problems. Even mental health experts are approached regarding concerns and problems in the sexual field. What causes sexual disorders? Causes: There is no single specific reason for people experiencing sexual problems, it is often a combination of many. It may fall under physical, psychological, or social causes. Physical factors may include abnormalities in the body that causes the sexual dysfunction. It may be a hormone regulation disorder caused by certain medications taken by the person which can in turn result in a decreased interest in sex, irritation in a woman's vagina, or operations on the genitals that may cause discomfort during sex. Psychological factors include the person's feelings, thoughts, and perceptions that may result to sexual problems. It may be a negative emotion for his or her partner, a feeling of shame for his own body, unpleasant memories of event in the past, or it may be a person's fears or restrictions regarding the sexual act. Social factors may be the different values and standards inculcated to a person's mind while growing up, traumatic events, or even the behavior of the partner during the sexual act itself. It may also be caused by external stress factors which may include unemployment, financial situations, domestic concerns. Different kinds of sexual problems: Sexual health disorders may be sub-divided into: l Reduced sexual desire. This refers to sexual dysfunctions wherein a person feels a a lack of interest in having sexual intercourse, and a certain aversion to any form of sexual contact. l Sexual arousal disorders. This refers to a condition wherein a man feels sexually excited but is unable to sustain an erection, or for a woman to muster sufficient lubrication for the intercourse. l Orgasm disorders. This condition may entail early ejaculation or no ejaculation at all. l Sexual pain disorders. This dysfunction causes a man or a woman to feel pain during the act of making love. Treatment: Each dysfunction has its own corresponding treatment. However, to generalize treatments, doctors use the following: l Therapy. This entails identifying the root cause of the problem if it is indeed psychological. This means consulting to a sexologist or a psychologist who specializes in sexual dysfunctions. l Physical checkup. A doctor runs a complete diagnostic to see if the problem lies with the body. This may require the need of a gynecologist or a urologist for treatment. l Medications. Certain drugs may be prescribed to aid a person in achieving or sustaining an erection, or lubricant production. Having sexual disorders is not a simple problem. If left untreated it may it may develop into a more serious problem that can affect even a person's mental health aside from his sexual health. So don't be afraid to step forward and seek help, your happiness and well-being may depend on it.



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Treatment tips for panic attacks

Mental health is one of the last frontiers in medicine because we can't measure the problem. To many of the problems are considered "in your head" that it's only now being recognized as an honest illness. I am a sufferer of depression and panic attacks. It takes everything I have everyday just to get up and be somewhat productive. Although everything appears to be well with my life, in reality it's a day to day existence with little thought of actually getting better. What I hope for is just getting through the day. It's in this spirit that I offer the following suggestions. Remember that I'm not a medical doctor and everyone should seek treatment if only to validate that you're not crazy! Panic attacks come on at any time of the day or night. If you're ever been so scared and out of control, then you've probably had a taste of what a panic attack feels like to the typical sufferer. Ever feel as if you were in immanent danger and had to flee? That's kind of what a panic attack feels like. It comes on strong, scares the heck out of you, and it's gone Here are a few ideas on how to cope... Once you've finally visited doctor and have been diagnosed with panic attacks you will be offered a course of treatment. In order to make sure the treatment has the best chance of succeeding, YOU need to take control of your life! 1. Participate in Your Treatment Do not sit back and wait for relief to come by itself! You must remain active and aware of your mind and body's reactions to treatment. Be ready and willing to ask any and every question and to address every concern you have with your health care provider. Open lines of communication will increase the chance of control and success. 2. Be Patient While many patients respond within weeks or sometimes even days to treatments for panic attacks, no one responds the same. Furthermore, no known treatments for panic work instantly. Be prepared to spend at least a full two months following your initial course of treatment before you start judging its effectiveness. If you still haven't experienced the improvement you were seeking, you can always work with your provider to adjust your treatment plan then. 3. Be Alert To Side Effects If part of your treatment involves medication, you will likely need to be aware and provide a lot of feedback to the doctor until the dose and type of medicine is determined. Make certain your doctor explains to you the side effects you might have to expect. Usually they get easier to tolerate with time but it's critical that you know what to expect. Your doctor may begin lowering your dosage, or trying alternatives if the side effects are pronounced or cannot be tolerated. 4. Join A Panic Disorder Support Group If misery loves companionship, then a great source of support, relief and information for those who suffer from panic attacks can be found in the support group. Now I'm NOT a big fan of support groups in that they tend to validate problems instead of focusing on fixing or living with them. I do recognize however that some people find great solace and support in these groups and for those people, please attend and enjoy. Most attendees will be talking about their experiences, their treatments and coping tips. Just keeping these tips in mind and putting them to use during your treatment may help make you feel much better and increase your chances of treatment being effective.



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It s time to think about comforters

If you're thinking about buying a comforter for your bedroom, don't shop without this information! Knowing what to look for in a quality comforter can save you money in the long run by making your purchase the best quality for the money. By saving yourself from some of the common mistakes made by bedding buyers, you will be much happier with the selection you purchase. When choosing comforters, it is important to understand the materials used to construct the bedding as well as the construction methods used. Let's take a look at some of the factors you need to be aware of before making your purchase.

Feathers or down are commonly used as filling material. There's a really big difference between the two, however. Down is the inner plumage of ducks or geese. It has a great many tiny, very fluffy "miniature feathers" and no long feathers or quills. Check the product information carefully to be certain of what the contents of the bedding you are considering really is. Both feathers and down are effective insulators against the cold, but down is the more efficient of the two. Down is much softer and warmer than feathers.

However, people with allergies can have problems with either filler and may need to resort to allergy-proof bedding. Some down products are created to be hypoallergenic and may be used by any except the most severe allergy sufferers. Quality bedding will be made of down rather than feathers, but is very expensive when used as the only fill. So comforter manufacturers compromise abit by adding some feathers into the mix as well to add to your comforter's insulating ability. Another fill that may be found in bedding is polyester fiber. This filling is not as luxurious feeling as down but can make an effective insulator nonetheless. Preferred by allergy sufferers, a very good quality selection using polyester fiber fill can make a great bedding choice. An important factor to consider when purchasing your bed covering is fill weight.

Fill weight is the amount of filling used between the top and bottom covering of your bedding. The greater the fill weight, the more filling is contained in the bedding and therefore the more body heat will be held in through the insulating factor of the bedding. If you live in a cold climate and reduce your home's thermostat at night, you'll want to purchase products with a high fill weight. If you live in a more temperate climate or want bedding for summer use, you will probably want to choose a lower fill weight or remove the top bedding from the bed at night to sleep in cool comfort. Fill power refers to the amount of space which 1 ounce of down or fill material covers. Because top quality down expands, this number is generated by taking 1 once of fill and compressing it. Once it is freed again, it will expand to cover a specific area. The fill number 575 fill power means that 1 ounce of the filler covers 575 cubic inches of space.

650 is a very high fill power. The loft of the bedding is directly related to the fill power, as is the insulating properties. If you live in a warm climate, you'll be happy with a much lower fill power. A fill power of 575 or below would be great for winters in the Mid-South. Lower numbers would be best for Southern California and Florida while the cold northern state will enjoy a fill power of 650. Thread count is a factor to consider as well. Especially with down/feather bedding, low thread count fabric can result in filling materials working their way through the fabric and escaping. Higher thread counts of 330 or more provide a more dense fabric with a close weave that will prevent filling materials from working their way out of the bedding. Higher thread count also provides a silkier, luxurious feel to the bedding. Thread count is much more important when buying bedding that contains filling than if you are buying sheets. The actual construction method of the shell of the bedding is also very important. Inexpensive bedding that contains filling will be constructed with the "sewn-through" method. This means that the bedding is divided into sections by sewing through the top and bottom and coming back through the fabric, much like the way a quilt is constructed. Top quality bedding, which is more expensive but will last much longer, uses baffle box construction. Fabric is used to create walls inside the bedding in which the fill is placed. This provides the fluffiness of true luxury bedding. The bedding fill product is allowed to expand to the maximum fluffiness and you will find no cold spots when sleeping under this type of bedding. For the very best bedding, be sure to look for the "closed baffle box" or "true baffle box" construction. Closed box construction means the filling can not move from section to section. An open box construction or partially open box construction means the filling can move and create bunches and lumpiness. Care of your bedding investment is important too! Even if a luxury bedding item that contains fill material says it may be machine washed, you will not want to wash it in your home laundry equipment. When large pieces of filled bedding get wet, they are simply too heavy for the home machine. Washing and drying can cause lumping even in good quality products. Dry cleaning is the best method to preserve your quality bedding that contains fill. For only a little more cost, you can insure that your bedding will last longer so you can enjoy it for years and years to come.



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Looking for a high quality mixer try kitchenaid mixer

A KitchenAid mixer sets the standard of countertop appliances. With over ten different types of mixers available, there is sure to be a KitchenAid mixer that is just right for you. KitchenAid mixers are well known for their reliability and quality, so you will be sure to be satisfied with a new KitchenAid mixer. In addition, KitchenAid mixers are reasonably priced, so they will be sure to fit in any budget. If you have never had a KitchenAid mixer before, you will be surprised by how well the KitchenAid stand mixer works. In fact, most people are so impressed by the quality a KitchenAid stand mixer, they never buy another brand. If instead of a mixer, you need a new refrigerator, be aware a KitchenAid refrigerator also provides high quality service for a low price. Tips on finding the perfect KitchenAid Mixer for your house. As you might have heard of KitchenAid’s high standard of quality, you might have wanted to buy one yourself, but were worried about the price.

However, many people don’t realize a KitchenAid stand mixer is very reasonably priced. While some of the higher models cost more than 200 dollars, there are also some that cost less than 50 dollars. Before you buy a KitchenAid mixer or KitchenAid refrigerator, take into consideration how many times you will be using it a day, how large quantities you plan to mix at a time, and other factors that influence just how often you will be using your mixer.



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Are portuguese water dogs hypoallergenic

Are Portuguese Water Dogs Hypoallergenic? Portuguese Water Dogs have short hair that does not shed and is considered a working dog, meaning that it is a breed that needs to stay busy. This breed is considered a hypoallergenic dog. Traditionally used to assist in fishing expeditions, the Portuguese Water Dog is now kept as a house pet. While this breed is not as common as other breeds, if you want to dog that is hypoallergenic, lively, and enjoys companionship, then this breed may be the one for you. Since the Portuguese Water Dog is not bred as often as other breeds of hypoallergenic dog, you will have to search for a breeder online, in the newspaper, or by calling breeders in your area until you find one. Generally happy dogs, the PWD needs to stay busy or it will get bored. You should have plenty of toys for it to play with and you may want to consider crate training when you are not at home. This means that the dog will stay in a crate when you go out so it does not destroy your home. When the PWD gets bored or lonely, it will chew on anything it finds. Crate training should begin right after you bring the dog home. By placing a blanket, toys and water into the crate, you will make the dog comfortable while you are away. You should not use the crate when punishing the dog or it will not want to go in it when you leave for the day. After training the dog, you will have to keep up the routine. This will give the dog structure and will also salvage your possessions. Keeping the dog in a crate when you are not at home will also reduce allergens. Portuguese Water Dogs need to be groomed every two months or so. There are two patterns that most groomers follow, the retriever cut and the lion cut. The retriever cut means that the hair is cut evenly on the body. The lion cut leaves that front half of the dog’s body covered with hair, while hair on the hind legs is cut short. You should take the dog to have his hair groomed if you are not comfortable cutting it yourself. If you are considering buying a PWD, you should be prepared to have constant companionship. These breeds need to be walked and they need to be entertained throughout the day. If you need to travel on vacation or for work, you should board the dog so it will not be lonely. Portuguese Water Dogs typically live between twelve and fifteen years. Portuguese Water Dogs are easy going and get along with children and most adults. If you are looking for a breed that does not shed and will fit in with your family, then the PWD is the breed for you. While most Portuguese Water Dogs are black, some are white or a mix of both. Their hair is curly or wavy and similar to that of the standard poodle.



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Identity theft even after you die

Believe it or not identity theft has moved to the dead. It is compounding more and more family's grief because con artists are digging up identities of the deceased. The identity of someone who has died is becoming an irresistible target to thieves and the death helps buy them time before they are likely to get caught. The scam artists search the obituaries where they find valuable information that gives them a jump start at identity theft. Lengthy obituary and death notices gives crooks more valuable information that they use to do more damage. Identity theft crimes involving the deceased are a dark, shady side of the booming identity theft crime. Although the deceased don't have to be concerned with keeping their credit rating good, the emotional burden of the crimes cause undue stress on the family. The spouse of a deceased person can especially have serious problems if the accounts affected are joint accounts. Sometimes these scammers are not just out to take the money and run. They want someone else's identity for the long term to escape immigration or legal problems. They assume the identity of a deceased person and could live for years under that name before anyone finds out. Here are a few things that you can do to help minimize the possibility of identity theft of a deceased family member. Tone down the news obituary in the paper by not giving too much information. Notify all 3 credit reporting agencies of the deceased and have them put a "deceased" flag alert on the account. Equifax 888-766-0008 Trans Union 800-680-7289 Experian 888-397-3742 Contact the Social Security Administration direct and let them know about the death and have them flag the person's social security number as "inactive". If you discover signs of identity theft or any type of fraud from a deceased relative, notify the police immediately and file a report. This police report will be helpful in dealing with financial institutions and clearing up things later. Then call any one of the major credit reporting agencies and they can give you more guidance about where to go from there. Dealing with the loss of a loved one is an emotional experience laden with stress and grief. Taking a few precautions from the beginning of their death will hopefully lead to preventing identity theft of your loved one and keeping their identity their own. Copyright © 2005 Spyware-Information. com. All Rights Reserved.



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