Saturday, May 30, 2009
By Kathryn Soloff
There is a category of food that does just what overweight people want it to do. There are actually foods that are natural fat burners. Amazingly, they are not difficult to find. The thing is that some of these foods may actually surprise you. There is a concept that has been around for some time. It is called negative calorie foods. What this means is that there are foods that require more energy to burn than they provide. Some of these are celery, spinach and apples.
These are just some of the natural foods that are fat burners. There is another group of natural foods that are not fat burners. Citrus fruits are not negative calorie food burners. However, they perform a helpful function in weight loss programs. Citrus fruits aid your body in the release of fats. It also helps your body to process the fat more efficiently and quickly.
Coconuts and coconut oil is another natural food that is a fat burner. This natural food is helpful in many ways. It has been used by the women of India to treat weight problems, hair and skin conditions.
Fat burning natural foods are not hard to come by. Here are some examples that you can find in your super market or natural food store (if available, organic produce is preferable). These delicious root vegetables are just what you need if you are trying to lose weight. They are packed with fiber and nutrition. They include: carrots, parsnips, radishes, rutabagas and turnips.
Turnips are a great substitute for potatoes.
You probably already use onions. Now you can also add chives, leeks, scallions and shallots. These are very tasty and versatile in your cooking.
Remember your mother’s admonition about eating your greens. It’s true that they’re not much fun but they do burn fat. With some creativity you can incorporate these foods into your menu, lose weight and feel satisfied when finished eating. This would include cabbage, dandelion greens, Chinese cabbage, mustard and collard greens. The emphasis here is on changing your diet, not dieting. By focusing on what you eat as opposed to losing weight, you
will naturally, effortlessly lose weight and feel better.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
I am a big Ferrari fan, found this article on the net.
The ‘Prancing Horse’ is one of the most prominent and prestigious symbols in the automotive industry. When this symbol of a striking black stallion set against a yellow shield is branded on a sleek, new sports car, you automatically know that the vehicle is a high-performance ride that costs more than just a pretty paycheck or two. It’s as good as any VIP ticket to the hippest events and hotspots around town. Each car spells ‘exclusivity’ and ‘luxury’ better than any other sports car on the streets. And all its various Ferrari Parts are engineered to make the vehicle extra-powerful and super-fast.
How fast? How about a whopping 218 miles per hour (mph)? Impossible? With the 660 horsepower (hp) V-12 engine found in the Ferrari Enzo, it’s all too possible. And it’s not just speed that sets a Ferrari sports car apart from its competition either. Ferrari improves each vehicle model by using premium-quality Ferrari Parts made using the latest innovations in the automotive technology. Every single auto system is modified every year to improve the car’s performance’and this includes enhancements in the car’s safety components, accessories, braking system, and suspension. Each car’s sleek faade is also improved to reflect the changes made in the vehicle’s performance every year. This is why each Ferrari model looks just as incredible as it drives.
To keep a Ferrari performing like new, it requires regular vehicle maintenance and some modifications and enhancements to the car’s various auto systems. For these jobs, it’s always best to use OEM parts over just any aftermarket component.
Rumor has it that the founder of Ferrari suffered great disappointment at seeing his gorgeous, high performance cars become status symbol toys for those that appreciated the legend and the look far more than the precision engineering and unwavering commitment to superior performance that infused the design of each Ferrari car made. Ferrari parts are an important part of ensuring that your Ferrari continues to perform at the peak levels it was engineered to over the long term, and should always be the first choice in parts for maintenance and repair whenever possible. Known and recognized internationally for performance and quality, on the racecourse as well as on the highways and byways of the world, a Ferrari vehicle is worth the extra effort to use only parts made by Ferrari for Ferraris. It may be a little more expensive to use these parts exclusively, but the price difference today isnt what it used to be, not with the ability to compare prices throughout the world and order parts via the Internet.
Sunday, May 24, 2009
by Morris Rosenthal
I usually write about how to build, upgrade and repair PCs, but when it comes to laptops, building your own is off the table as a practical solution. I actually did know a guy back in the early 80’s who built his own laptop in a briefcase, but the display was a 8 digit LED and you could only program it in HEX. The best advice I can offer laptop shoppers is to figure out the minimum you’ll be happy with before you start and not to pay for anything extra. For example, on this last outing, I wanted built in wireless. This was actually a mistake because I could have bought a very similar model Toshiba laptop dirt cheap with rebates, $499, and added a USB wireless adapter for $10! However, I’d already made up my mind I wanted wireless built in, so I paid the extra $250 and justified it by the extra 256 MB RAM and 20 GB larger hard drive in my model. The truth is, I didn’t need either of those enhancements, I never came close to filling the 5GB hard drive in my last notebook, so the difference between a 40 GB and a 60GB hard drive is irrelevant, and Windows XP runs fine with 256 MB RAM.
So, how to say what’s required in a laptop today for the average user? For starters, you have to decide whether or not battery life is important to you. I don’t care about battery life with notebooks, I don’t want to be working anywhere I can’t actually plug in. Would you really take your laptop to the beach? If you do, go at night because you’ll never see the screen for the glare. Battery life is a function of two things: model and options. Some models have notoriously bad battery life, certainly the two older Toshiba Satellite’s I’ve owned have both been horrible, but since I don’t really care about sitting around outdoor cafes (and indoor cafes have wall sockets), I don’t even consider this. Sony laptops have a pretty good reputation for battery life, but they aren’t cheap. There’s also the option of buying a longer life or additional battery for many notebook models. Keep in mind that following this advice will turn your lightweight 4 pounder into a heavyweight 8 pounder, but battery life is always a question of compromise. Think hard about whether or not you really need to use your laptop in places where you can’t easily plug in, and if that’s the case, put battery life at the top of your list when you read reviews. BTW, the batteries in my latest Toshiba have been working as promised for over a year now, I usually get 3+ hours of life.
The next issue for most people is screen size. In my estimation, smaller screen sizes are actually better for working on, but unfortunately, cheap laptops tend to come with larger screen sizes. That may sound counterintuitive, but the only point of a large screen on a laptop is for watching DVD movies, and I don’t watch movies. However, what happens with a large screen is at normal sizes the text stretches a little too much and the letters lose blackness and sharpness. My current notebook has a 15.5” screen and I almost took it back before I got used to the way the screen looked. For me, a good screen size is around 12”, though some high end mini-laptops have 10” screens. 17” screens are just gross, makes it difficult to carry the thing around, they won’t even fit in standard laptop shoulder bags.
Connectivity is the most important technical issue for most people. Another bit of advice is don’t buy a laptop that requires add in cards. Nobody really uses the add-in cards anymore, whether PC cards or PCMCIA or any other alphabet soup, they all suffer from fragile connectors. Not the card edge within the laptop, that works fine, it’s the external connector for the modem, network, antenna, etc, that will be a lifelong headache. That’s why I was so set on getting internal 802.11G wireless connectivity in my current notebook, but the truth is, those USB wireless adapter are pretty bullet-proof, unlike the add-in cards. However, the standard cheap laptop today should be equipped with an internal V.92 modem (RJ-11 jack) and either a 100BaseT or Gigabit wired ethernet port (RJ-45) jack. A firewire port is also pretty common these days for an external hard drive and some audio/visual stuff, but if you’re that interested in high-end peripherals, you should probably be looking at a more expensive notebook.
USB 2.0 actually solves just about all peripheral connection issues, though some notebooks will have a mix of USB ports, like 1 USB 2.0 and 1 USB 1.1. I wouldn’t buy a notebook without a USB 2.0 port unless you are absolutely sure you’ll never be connecting any high speed peripherals, such as drives, color printers, scanners, or large Jump Drives. The truth is that most of these devices will work on a USB 1.1 port, but at about 5% the speed (20 times slower). You really don’t need a parallel port on a new laptop since most printers are manufactured with at least a USB option, and if you get a real deal on a laptop, it’ll be less likely to sport legacy connectors.
As for the standard capacities, my advice is to settle for whatever fits your price tag, no kidding. You aren’t going to get a great deals on laptops with a DVD recorder, but just about all laptops come with a combined DVD player and CD recorder. I can’t imagine why anybody would want to record DVDs on a laptop anyway. Internal hard drives are all too large to be fully utilized by the vast majority of users, unless you plan to be dumping digital video to your hard drive all the time. Again, if that’s the case, you really need a higher end machine because a cheap notebook won’t be much good for manipulating video anyway. A small hard drive these days is 30GB, which is at least triple the storage I’ve used so far in my entire life.
When it comes to RAM, you need a minumum of 1 GB for Windows Vista, and since it’s shared memory, you may want to turn off the advanced graphics interface of Vista which isn’t worth beans anyway. Windows XP will run fine on 512 MB, it doesn’t mean that the memory management will take advantage of it that well. So why do some people upgrade their notebook memory to 1 or 2 GB? Well, they’re doing something that really uses the space, like voice recognition, video processing, in some cases, game playing, but here’s the caveat. You really can’t do any of those things well on a cheap laptop anyway because it’s as much a function of processor power as it is memory. And here’s the golden rule: Laptop pricing, when you scrape away all the irrelevancies, is really only based on two things: weight and processor. The lighter the laptop, the more expensive, and the more powerful the processor, the more expensive. If you’re in the market for a light, powerful laptop, you’ve wasted too much time reading this page already because you get what you pay for.
I’ve bought two new laptops in the last five years, and in both instances, I bought them on sale with store and manufacturer rebates. The laptop I’m writing this article on is a Toshiba Satellite M35XS161 that I bought at Best Buy for $750 after $200 in rebates, $150 from the store and $50 from Toshiba. I made photocopies of all the paperwork, followed the instructions to the letter, and put the copies with my bills where I’ll be constantly reminded until they show up. If the rebate checks don’t come in within a couple months, I’ll go complain at the store, but what happens more often is you get a letter from the rebate processor claiming that something was missing. Update! Got the money already, just around 4 weeks. This would have been a waste of time in the old days, but in early March, the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) got involved, extracting an agreement from CompUSA that they would stand behind rebate offers from third parties on merchandise they advertise at cheap prices due to manufacturers rebates. I’m pretty comfortable with both Best Buy and Toshiba, so I don’t expect any problems, but it pays to be ready.
So how can you find which new laptops are available with significant rebates? My first stop in shopping for retail electronics is always salescircular.com. They list all of the laptop deals from the big electronics retailers in every state in the country. I think they basically have the same information that appears in the Sunday sales circular if you buy a big city paper, but they have it all in one place where you can see the items side by side. I like buying laptops from chains with local outlets so if I get home and there’s something missing from the box, I can go right back and return it. The problem with mail order is that if something shows up broken, you may get stuck arguing with the shipper rather than the vendor. That said, you can always search on Google for “closeout laptops” and you’ll find plenty of places that will sell you a cheap laptop by mail order. However, I’ve spent some time looking at these offers, and even when they are totally legitimate deals from decent vendors that I recognize, the prices just aren’t that good. The problem is that the biggest savings tend to be on the most expensive models, so you don’t end up with a cheap prices, you end up saving $500 and still paying $1200. I’d also stay away from refurbished laptops unless the price is incredibly compelling, and it usually isn’t. Refurbished laptops have limited warranties, normally 90 days, and my gut feeling is that when it comes to notebook computers, once a lemon, always a lemon.
There is one more way to get a great laptop deal, and that to start with what you already have and upgrade or repair it instead of replacing it with a new one.
By Manali Oak
A flash drive is a storage device that uses flash memory. Flash memory is non-volatile. It can be electrically erased and reprogrammed. Thus it becomes a type of electrically erasable programmable read-only memory, referred to as EEPROM. Flash drives are similar in nature to conventional hard drives. They can replace these hard drives.
A word about Flash Memory
Flash drives are often used in products that operate on low power and those which have to undergo harsh conditions. The memory is non-volatile and hence flash drives do not need to be backed up by means of batteries. Flash memory is solid state. This implies that nothing in it is mechanical. Everything is purely electronic. Flash memory has a grid of columns and rows and a cell having two transistors at each of the points of intersection of the grid. A thin oxide layer separates each of the pair of transistors. Flash memory is used for the easy and speedy storage and transfer of information.
How does a Flash Drive Work?
A flash drive has to be inserted in the USB port on the computer. Latest operating systems detect the flash drive and install the necessary drivers on their own. Once the device is detected, it can be used for storing the data. The device needs to be ejected from the computer. The system prompts you when it is safe to remove the flash drive. It can be physically ejected then.
A flash drive consists of a PCB, a printed circuit board. It is covered in a plastic or rubber casing, making it sturdy. A USB connector that protrudes is covered with a removable cap. Most flash drives use type-A USB connection making it compatible with standard type-A receptacles. Hence they can be directly connected to a port on a computer.
Flash drives implement the USB mass storage device class, thus do not require any additional device drivers. When a flash drive is plugged in to a computer, what is presented to it is a block-structured logical unit. This leads to an abstraction from the complex implementation details of the flash memory devices.
During the early years of the evolution of flash drives, the devices used could not survive too many erase cycles. This made earlier flash drives unsuitable for the data needing frequent updates. To fill this lacuna, vendors devised wear-leveling techniques that relocate writes to physical memory locations. The devices of modern times are made to survive a larger number of erases.
Flash drives especially find utility in running lightweight operating systems in order to turn personal computers into network appliances. In such cases, flash drives contain the operating system and are used to boot the system. We are familiar with CDs or floppy disks used for booting purposes. But flash drives have an edge over other devices due to its low power consumption and low rate of failures. Moreover, a flash drive is small in size and portable. They enable a speedy transfer of data with less difficulty. Mostly they are plug and play devices. They demand no special training to be used. Flash drives have a large memory store, larger than memory capacities that floppies or CDs have.
USB Flash Drive
USB flash drive is a buzzword of the computer technology today. It is a flash memory storage device of the NAND-type. The essential components of this flash drive include a male type-A USB connector, a USB mass storage controller, a NAND flash memory chip and a crystal oscillator. The USB connector acts as an interface between the device and the computer. The storage controller consists of a tiny RISC processor. It also has some amount of on-chip memory (it can be ROM and RAM). The flash memory chip does the actual job of the storage of data. The crystal oscillator produces clock signals and controls data output of the device. LEDs acting as indicators, write-protect switches can be some of the other components of the flash drive.
Modern-day flash drives are equipped with security measures such as encryptions or even biometrics. They have an added advantage because of their storage capacity, speed, portability and low power consumption. A flash drive is one of the most popular storage devices. By physically storing our data, it helps us treasure our memories!
Saturday, May 23, 2009
These are based on reviews found on the internet about Lipovox.
If you’ve heard of ’superfoods’, then chances are that you’ll love Lipovox. Superfoods are those vegetables, herbs, nuts and fish that are unusually high in nutrients, vitamins and minerals. What makes Lipovox so special is that it contains 14 of them, acting primarily on your weight, skin and complexion.
Some of these ingredients certainly have benefits for dieters, but other diet pills on this site have them in greater quantities. Lipovox is marketed as a ‘life pill’, more of a general supplement for energy, health and wellness. It claims to help you with weight, acne and wrinkles.
How Does Lipovox Work?
Lipovox contains 14 different superfoods that act in different ways. Some are focused on helping you lose weight, others will improve your complexion or soften out some of your wrinkles. Each and every ingredient, however, is very good for your body as a whole.
Here are all 14 ingredients in Lipovox, arranged in alphabetical order.
Acai : This high energy berry is packed to the brim with amino acids, antioxidants and essential fatty oils. Unless you can afford a trip to the Amazon rainforest, you can only find it in dietary supplements. Acai is great for healthy, clear skin.
Alfalfa : With several amino acids and antioxidants, Alfalfa also contains Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll helps skin cells to stay younger and more supple.
Alpha Lipoic Acid : A natural but powerful anti-oxidant that gives skin cells extra protection and also protects your eyes from degeneration.
Barley Juice : Barley helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, which will enable you to avoid hunger pangs. It also reduces cholesterol and decreases the likelihood of getting breast cancer.
Buckwheat : Like barley, buckwheat helps to get your blood sugar levels under control. Another great source for buckwheat is soba, the noodles found in Asia. Buckwheat has been grown in Japan, China and Korea for thousands of years.
Cayenne : Cayenne pepper is a great tool for increasing your metabolism. It is also high in antioxidants and Vitamin C, as well as being an excellent anti-inflammatory.
DMAE : An organic compound, DMAE is involved in the production of Choline, a substance that helps the body to metabolize fat. It has also hit the news recently as the latest “facelift in a jar” for its ability to reduce wrinkles and facial sagging.
Flaxseed : Seeds and nuts are a great snack between meals to help curb hunger pangs. In a supplement like this, flaxseed promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.
Garlic : You could write a whole website about the health benefits of garlic. The reason why its included in Lipovox however, is because of the antioxidants it contains, plus the way that it can reduce fat throughout your body.
Green Tea : Lipovox contains an extract from Green Tea named EGCG. Green Tea in a concentrated form is so effective because it increases your metabolism and reduces your appetite.
It has been used for more than 4000 years in Chinese medicine, to cure ailments ranging from headaches to depression, and now is one of the most popular and effective diet aids around.
Lactobacillus Acidophillus : Found in probiotic foods like yogurt and kefir, Lactobacillus Acidophillus is a bacteria that restores balance to your gut.
Salmon : Dr Perricone (he of the Superfoods Diet) recommends Salmon as a remedy for healthy looking skin. The Omega-3 fatty acids that it contains are great for reducing wrinkles and getting healthy looking skin. It is also a good source of antioxidants.
Soy : Soy supplements have been found to be very effective in delaying or reducing the symptoms of menopause.
Wheatgrass : In recent research, wheatgrass has shown anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties. The key ingredient is Chlorophyll, the plant pigment that converts sunlight into energy through photosynthesis. This helps skin cells to stay younger and more supple.
Lipovox Side Effects
Lipovox is a very healthy supplement that should not cause any unwanted side effects. Howver, always consult your doctor before starting a course of supplements.
Overall, Lipovox is a great diet pill / nutritional well being supplement that may help you lose weight and supports healthy skin. There are a lot of customer testimonials available both negative and positive, but even the negative ones speak highly of the moneyback and satisfaction guarantee. The positives speak of terrific weight loss results and a reduction of wrinkles and acne. Lipovox has been around for over 5 years and is carried by major online supplement retailers.