Sunday, September 13, 2009

Scratch-proof your expensive electronic devices

ScratchGard launches revolutionary range of screen protectors that keep your phones, cameras and MP3 players looking like new

September 2009. You have just spent a fortune on your new mobile phone, camera or MP3 player. Now, ScratchGard has launched an innovative range of screen protection films that will keep your expensive gadgets looking like new, for years to come. What’s more, ScratchGard will also protect your device’s screen from harmful UV Rays, further extending it’s life. Usable on a wide range of electronic devices, including mobile phones, digital cameras, video cameras, iPods and other MP3 players, PDAs, as well as PSPs and gaming devices, these unique screen-protection films come as ‘exact-fits’, custom-designed for the screens of each of your devices as well as their model variants. Very reasonably priced within a range of Rs. 75/- to Rs. 350/-, ScratchGard’s screen-protection films serve as absolute value-for-money, particularly for your high-end electronic devices. ScratchGard is available at over 1000 mobile phone retail outlets across Delhi. You can also securely purchase ScratchGard, online, at www.scratchgard.in.

ScratchGard is virtually invisible when installed. It has even been tested in hot, cold and humid conditions with equally great results. ScratchGard’s 99% UV resistant screen-protection films use a unique adhesion technology that can be repeatedly removed, washed and reapplied without leaving any marks on the original screen.

Each ScratchGard package includes the ScratchGard screen protector, a Micro Fibre cleaning cloth and instructions on how to apply the screen protector.

ScratchGard comes custom-designed for practically the entire range of mobile phones available in India including those offered by Nokia, Sony Ericsson, O2, Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Motorola. The digital camera range includes those for Sony, Canon, HP, Kodak, Nikon, Olympus as well as Panasonic. The range for video cameras includes those offered by Sony, Canon, Panasonic and HP. MP3 devices include Apple’s IPod as well as Sony’s range of MP3 players. The wide range of PDAs and Smart Phones that ScratchGard scratch-proofs, include those of Blackberry, O2, Palm, Krome Spy, Sony Ericsson, Nokia, Casio, HP and Imate. Both Game Boy and Sony Play Station are covered in the PSPs and gaming devices category.


About ScratchGard Overseas Private Limited

ScratchGard Overseas Private Limited is a fully owned subsidiary of ScratchGard UK Ltd. ScratchGard Screen Protector kits represent the leading quality of screen protectors available globally that are designed and manufactured using propriety technology, laser cut process and design innovation by a dedicated team of specialists.

The company has operations in the UK and India for distribution in Europe, Asia, UAE and American markets.

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For product samples; more scratch-less information on this revolutionary product, as well as to speak to the visionaries who have brought in this revolution to India, feel free to get in touch with:

Vikram Malik,
Accord PR,
+91-9810434837,
vikram@london.com
Stuart Broad

Son of legendary English cricketer, Chris Broad, right-arm fast bowler Stuart Broad has had one too many forgettable experiences during his T20 career. The biggest of them would of course be the day Yuvraj Singh of India smashed six sixes in one over of his, in the last edition of the T20 World Cup, in South Africa. On another occasion, Broad was in the thick of things in the recent T20 match against the Netherlands, which England lost most unexpectedly. With the Dutchmen requiring 2 runs off the last ball, even after managing to capture the ball hit at him, Broady failed to hit the stumps and the batsmen scampered to a victory on which bookies had put odds of 500-1! These unremarkable happenstances aside, Broad has had a reasonably successful stance in the national English cricket team, in both ODIs and test matches, where he has performed not just as an effective fast bowler, but also as a quality batsman. It remains to be seen if his T20 prospects will brighten any further, in case domestic teams such as those of the IPL take him on board.
Ravi Bopara

Puppy Ravi Bopara or “Paapey” as he may better be referred to, considering that he is of Indian Sikh origin, has reposed the faith placed in him by the English selectors, very well. Apart from displaying his batting prowess, with some glorious innings right at the start of his international career, Bopara has come good as a medium pace bowler as well. With three test centuries to his credit, in only six appearances in the national test team, Bopara has made an indelible impression for himself as a quality test batsman, inside out. In the T20 format too, Bopara has displayed pugnacious tenacity. Although he has played only 5 matches for the English T20 side till date, he shone in the recently concluded IPL tournament held in South Africa, as a member of the Kings XI Punjab squad, fully justifying his USD 450,000 price tag. In the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore held at Kingsmead, Durban, on April 24, 2009, Bopara singlehandedly led his team from a difficult position to that of victory, with a swashbuckling 84, off just 59 deliveries. His efforts rightfully earned him the Man of the Match award. Bopara is continuing from where he left, in the T20 World Cup, with a well made 46 off just 34 balls in the inaugural match against Holland. Looks like Bopara has a glorious T20 career ahead of him!
Golden Tips for Buying the Perfect French door curtains for Yourself

French doors have this wonderful aspect about themselves of adding aesthetic beauty to your office or home or wherever else you decide to have them put up. But at the same time, French doors end up allowing significant amount of light to enter into the house – sometimes more than as much as you may wish to. That is where French door curtains come truly very handy.

French door curtains not only control the amount of light that comes inside through the French doors, they actually in turn add immense aesthetic appeal and beauty to your property as well. Having said that, there are various factors that you should keep in mind while purchasing French door curtains for yourself. Otherwise, you might just end up making a wrong and fruitless investment. The tips enlisted below will guide you immensely while making your acquisition.

Before we even get into these factors or tips, be aware that French door curtains are themselves of various kinds. Some of these varieties include solid color fabric panel doors, white sheer fabric door panels, soft stripe leno panel doors and unique sheer fabric door panels. You even have special themed curtains which are generally meant for a particular occasion. Last but not the least; you have French door curtains meant for specific parts of your premises, for instance the kitchen or the bathroom. Before you make your purchase, please do keep this fact in mind. The schematic designs that you choose should complement the design of your French doors as well as the blueprint of the room and premises where you intend to have them. That is where the overall appeal of your premises will truly come forth.

The first and probably the most crucial tip is to have your own French doors known to you very well, in terms of their dimensions – both their exact vertical length as well as horizontal width. This way, you will get just the right dimension of French door curtains, lest you get an inappropriate size, and the investment goes waste. Additionally, knowing the dimensions, you can pick up just the right pattern you want, as per your taste and preference.

The second important aspect to keep in mind is the overall getup and décor of your room. Remember that the French doors and French door curtains must gel well and blend in, with the overall décor of your room. This includes the existing furniture as well as the upholstery that has been used. Keep in mind the fact that French door curtains are almost always white in color so that they reflect heat while allowing light to enter the premises. So make sure that the colors and overall look and feel of your house is such that these curtains would easily blend in.

The key word above is blend in – not necessarily match. There have been many customers of French door curtains who end up doing their entire place in white, just to match with their French door curtains. Remember, that color balance is about blending in or gelling well, and not necessarily matching completely. Therefore, as long as the color combination that you choose blends in and gels well with the décor of your room, it should be fine.

One other very important aspect to consider while getting your French door curtains is their fabric. Ideally, while making your choice, consider practicality as your guiding light, as you do not want fabric that would be expensive to wash as well as cumbersome to take off or put back on. Therefore, choose a fabric that can be easily washed at home. Fabrics that compulsorily require to be dry cleaned would not only prove to be expensive, they will also take up that much extra time of yours, in terms of trips to the dry cleaners.

A very important tip that I can offer you on French door curtains, pertains to their purchase. While buying them online could save you a great deal of time, effort and money, remember that without an actual touch and feel, you might just end up buying something inappropriate or simply unsuitable for the place you intend to have them. So, if you have the option, and a suitable store lies within your reach, consider making a physical trip at least one, to be sure of exactly what you are getting. Having said that, there are online stores that actually send samples of their fabric, before you actually buy the same. If buying offline simply does not seem possible, at least request to have a sample fabric sent across to you. Lastly, irrespective of whether you purchase online or offline, make sure that the retailer offers you a money back guarantee.

As far as styling of French door curtains goes, consider tying them from the middle. This will give them an hourglass shape, which will in turn make them look both contemporary as well as stylish. Additionally, also consider having your French doors installed in your inner rooms. This will surely give a perfect and complete French look to your property. With this, if you can combine real or even replica wrought iron curtain rods and put them together with the curtains, you can very well say Au Revoir to any other look that you may have contemplated and Bienvenue to the perfect French look!

At the same time, if you are looking forward to an extremely elegant and stylish look for your room, consider sheer French door curtains. These, when put together with smaller and thinner curtain rods, certainly make your premises look extremely stylish, contemporary and elegant, giving it an edge of finesse which you would certainly be very proud of.

Summing up, you can clearly see that French door curtains make a world of difference to your premises. Simply keep the above mentioned golden tips in mind while making your French door curtains acquisition, and you will be assured of a truly blissful and magical experience, all the way!
French door blinds – the magical remedy to home privacy and light screening

French doors are one of the most beautiful and aesthetic kind of doors that one can use to beautify a house. For some they might already be a part of their beautiful interiors while for others, this can be an additional feature they can look up on while renovating their house or when moving in to a new one. The best part is that for each different kind, there can be various treatments to give a different look to the same door. Depending on your taste and style you can have many options like French door blinds, shades or curtains. The best ones certainly are the French door blinds. With different shades and styles, these can bring a complete change over for the door itself and for the surroundings at large. French door blinds are not only a good means to beauty but are also very utilitarian by nature.

Before we start with the actual treatment, let us get a sense of what really a French door is (for those who don’t know), the different kinds, their utility and finally what kind of blinds can be used to beautify them.

A French door as defined as “a door that has multiple windows ("lights") set into it for the full length of the door”. For a lay man though, these are doors with a full length (may be assembled or one piece) of glass spread across them. Traditionally, these doors were set to open in the centre but with years of change they now come in various moulds. Today sliding and folding French doors are getting increasingly popular due to more utilitarian purposes.

French doors bear their origin to the 17th century and were used to allow maximum light in to the room (imagine, there was no electricity then!). But today their purpose is more of beautification than anything else. In the past they were used more towards the exterior to enable light in to the building but in the present times, they are used everywhere, right from a bathroom to a patio to a bedroom. So depending on where you intend to put them up, the doors can be different kinds like sliding, hinged, double-door, multi-panel or folding type.

Now some people do question the usage of French doors because of the lack of privacy they offer. But for those who really want to beautify their homes, there is no better way. With a good cover up like French door blinds, one can use them even while having an open look at your beautiful lawn in the front, or the blue sky ahead or to bring a cheerful look to your room and even as an alternate to a wall!

Even as we learn the beauty of French doors we also ought to know how to adorn them further. Some people are wary of putting up curtains on these doors, quite rightly so because what then is the purpose of having a French door if you are going to cover it up. So a more interesting and useful way would be to use blinds. French door blinds are a fashion statement for your home in the present times. They add glamour and a few hundred extra dollars to your asking price for a house if you plan to sell it. These can be of many kinds including micro blinds, mini blinds, vertical blinds, and wooden blinds. But what you need to remember essentially is that with blinds you can control the amount of light coming in and creating the ambience, so a proper assessment must be made in that regard.

Micro blinds seem to be best suited for French doors as their small slant size makes them look attractive. Some may even prefer Mini blinds. While mini blinds are horizontal blinds made with 1" wide aluminum blind slants, Micro blinds are made with ½ " wide aluminum slants. There is another option in the form of Vinyl mini blinds. These are a good practical solution for high-humidity places like a bathroom or a kitchen. While aluminum ones blend well with modern interiors, vinyl blinds may seem a little out of place. So make sure you read the surrounding first before mounting any of these.

Meanwhile Vertical blinds are also a popular option among French door blinds. These essentially are simpler and cheaper choices available to you. These collect less dust and in fact can be cleaned even while left hanging. These are easily available everywhere and in fact you can find one in your neighborhood home-improvement store also. But one major negative with these is that they can be pretty noisy because they have a lot of movement. So take that into consideration while installing these.

Also if you want a classic, royal look you can go for wooden blinds. These can come in many shades and hues depending on the type you select. Most popular come in Basswood while bamboo is also gaining popularity increasingly. While many may go for bamboo blinds owing to their cheap price, yet most will contend that there is nothing as versatile as a bamboo product. Also with growing demand for eco-friendly home products, bamboo takes the top slot. It is closer to nature than any other product available in the same category.

Now before you decide on the kind of French door blinds you want to use, keep some other factors in mind. First of all remember that horizontal blinds need good space when open completely. Choose an appropriate size. If the standard ones don’t suit your purpose, some manufacturers provide you the option of custom made blinds called ‘cut-outs.’ These can take in to consideration the blind size and also space for the door knob.

Also make sure that you have enough mechanisms in place to control the flapping of vertical blinds in case the door is left open. Wood Venetian blinds though can work well in this situation due to their weight. Also if a door knob is causing a problem, go for the low profile head rail and a device that keeps the blinds to remain closer to the door.

Go ahead and set your blind date with French door blinds today!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

You Can Make Money Online, Without Spending Anything!

You don’t necessarily need to have a website or products to sell, to make money online

The days of yore meant having products to sell or at least a website of your won, in order to make money online. But those days are easily behind us. Today, simply with the help of the things that we know, or even the people that we know, good amount of cash could be made online.

Of course, it is important to sift the wheat from the chaff. Searching online, using terms such as “make money online” or “making money online”, reveals that a lot of the supposed “golden” opportunities are simply words of hype from Internet Marketers. More than anybody else, it seems to be these people who are actually making substantial amounts of money, online.

Having said that, there are legitimate companies out there, giving out real money to real people. Moreover, they do not require any major hard-selling or require you to have your own domain or even your own service. Listed below are some of these companies.

Job Referral Sites

Sites like Bohire, Who Do You Know For Dough, and Zyoin connect prospective employers and employees together. A lot of these employees already have jobs, because of which they are not active on full-fledged job sites such as Monster. The aforementioned sites help in bringing employees and employers together, using the power of networking. As and when you refer such employees, the referral amount you stand to earn for yourself could range from a paltry $50 to many thousands of dollars.

Getting Suppliers and Buyers Together

Not there in the past, now there is a way of tracking referrals on online merchant sites. For every sale that is generated by you, a certain pre-determined referral amount is credited to your account. Sites which specialize in these kind of referrals include uRefer, InnerSell, and Salesconx. Sites like uRefer let merchants to pay even for introductions or meetings that you may have set up for them, and not necessarily for sales.

The written word gets you cash!

Unknown to many, you can actually write your way online to cash, that too, loads of it. Sites like Helium and Associated Content pay you a reasonable amount for just about any topic that you may choose to write on. In case you write on a topic assigned by them, the payout is even higher, sometimes as much as $200. Many blogs are also on the lookout for freelance writers to fill in the content for them. The initial payout may not be much, but with time, the payouts increase.

How about your own blog?

If you are already into writing, why not write for yourself, that too on your own blog? If you think that making your own blog requires you to know complex web designing, think again. Sites like Blogger can set you up in minutes, without knowing any element of web designing. Moreover, they can set up Google AdSense on your blog whereby ads would be displayed on it, and money would be credited to your account whenever people clicked on them. In order to maximize revenues, you could consider adding affiliate links on to your blog from merchants such as Amazon.

Create Resource Hubs

If you are an expert at compiling pertinent information from diverse sources and putting it all together, you could do so on sites such as Google Knol, Squidoo and HubPages which pay you through a combination of revenues from advertising and affiliate fees. The pay-out rate may be lower than if you did it on your own, but the traffic that these sites manage to bring in is much higher, thus squaring things up eventually.

Advertise other’s products

In case you already have an existing web site or blog, you could look towards monetizing it by advertising products or services offered by others. These could be related to the products or services that you have on offer on your own website, yet may not necessarily compete with the same. You could do this by placing textual or graphical content which serves as advertisements, or you could put them up as hyperlinks within your textual content. You could even append links to discussion forums.

Photography

You don’t need to be a proficient and professional photographer to have your images sold online. Moreover, do not write off any image that you might have taken – you would never know who in this world would require just the image that you have. Sites that you could look up for this include iStockphoto, ShutterStock, Dreamstime and Fotolia.

Listed above are only representative samples of the possibilities that lie in front of you for making money online, without having a specialized presence there, or having any specific skill sets. If you dig deeper, you will find that there are many more opportunities waiting to be tapped for making money online.
The day I saw my future!

Real life story of the day I foresaw what was going to happen to me later in the day

Clairvoyance and clairvoyant readers are aspects that I had foregone and believed to be hogwash for most of my living life. This was till the day, more than ten years back, that I was actually able to foresee what was going to happen to me later in the day.

I remember everything vividly, as though it was only yesterday. I was getting ready for work. While having my sumptuous breakfast of Kellogg’s cornflakes, and my wife’s opulently prepared bacon and eggs, I had this vision that I would meet with an accident on the way back from work. The location of the accident was also visible to me – a particular traffic signal that I traverse daily, to and fro my office.

While I was visibly disturbed, I said nothing to anyone, and dismissed the thought in my mind as mere gibberish. The day at work passed by pretty much as usual without anything untoward. I had even forgotten my vision of that day’s morning, and got it into my car for the journey back home, around 6 pm.

At the particular traffic signal in question, I was in front of other vehicles and had stopped for the red light. It had been only about 10 seconds since I had stopped that a vehicle from the other direction jumped the red light and was hit by a vehicle coming from the side that had the green signal to legitimately cross over. The car that had jumped the light was hit with such an impact that it toppled over and swerved on to my car, smashing against the windscreen. Glass from the windscreen along with small metal fragments and splinters hit against me with vehement force, leaving me bleeding profusely from the face and neck as well as my arms.

A paramedic’s team rushed me to the hospital; the driver of the ill fated vehicle that had jumped the red light was unfortunately dead already.

After a three week period of rest and recuperation, I was ready to get back to my normal life, albeit with thirteen stitches across multiple locations in my body.
Life has been pretty much incident free since then.

But the power of clairvoyance has smitten me since. I have even subscribed to various online clairvoyant and over the phone clairvoyance services, and I am confident that they all hold me in good stride.

I truly believe in the power of the psychic clairvoyant medium now, and I am sure you will too, once you hear of astonishing real life stories like mine!
Review of Yahoo! Personals

Yahoo! Personals is one of the oldest players in the online dating business, having been around for more than 10 years, since 1997. An offshoot of the world renowned and immensely popular Yahoo! Network, Yahoo! Personals gives you just the perfect singles connection that you have been actively scouting for. Moreover, with over 10 million active members, by far among the largest of all the various online dating and personals services, Yahoo! Personals sure has a solid reputation backing it.

Recently redesigned with a brand new, elegant interface, Yahoo! Personals boasts of numerous dynamic features that ensure a totally rejuvenated online dating experience, as opposed to most of the other online dating and personals websites. These include personalized video greetings which help you get a closer look at potential dates before they make contact as well as private emails that allow you to know more about potential dates while simultaneously maintaining your own anonymity until the time you are absolutely ready to meet.

There is a lot that is on offer, even to free members of Yahoo! Personals. You can start off by searching through Yahoo Personals’ vast database of profiles. That done, you can send them a free Icebreaker message to get things started. Doing this would imply readiness on the part of you as well as your prospect to communicate anonymously, through secure and discrete channels. This capability is enhanced with the help of private emails and instant messaging features offered by Yahoo! Personals.

Region-wise, Yahoo Personals! offers its services in 13 different countries across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific. Relationship types catered to by the service include the everyday heterosexual type as well as both gay and lesbian.

Before you consider taking up paid membership on Yahoo Personals!, you may want to try out its free full membership 7 day trial which incorporates all of the features that Yahoo Personals! has on offer to paid members. Paid membership on Yahoo Personals! has three different kinds of slabs – 1 month for $29.99; 3 months for $19.99 a month, at a total of $59.97, translating to 31% savings; and 6 months for $15.99 a month, at a total of $95.94, translating to 46% savings.

With so much on offer at really so little, it is assured that your dream match would be waiting for you on Yahoo Personals!. So don’t keep him or her waiting!
Review of Match.com

Certified by the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest online dating site, Match.com is definitely the destination of choice, when you are well and truly serious about love.

In terms of worldwide reach as well as the number of international sites that cater to the local populace of various countries across the world, Match.com certainly has no match!

Whether you are looking for a serious relationship or a casual fling or even a life partner, Match.com will certainly help in hooking you up with the most prospective match. For doing so, it has a wide array of tools at its disposal, including but not limited to innovative search tools, most advanced matching technologies, and secure communication channels.

The search tools on Match.com are themselves very varied and diverse. You can perform different kinds of searches including one-way searches, two-way searches, and Match.com by Mail. While one-way search allows you to search based on zip code, age, and gender; two-way search brings up the profiles of only those members in its search results, with whom mutual compatibility is deemed probable. On the other hand, Match.com by mail is an automated system where Match.com delivers your most compatible matches straight to your inbox. For those with a really hectic lifestyle and routine, this is a virtual godsend!

On Match.com, the ways in which you can connect with other potential suitors are both varied as well as interesting. You could send him/her a wink, a private email message, or even an instant message. You can also send out innocent smiles or playful gazes, as the case may be.

Although Match.com offers a considerable number of features even to free members, to derive maximum mileage out of your Match.com membership, consider taking up premium membership at a reasonably fair and industry standard rate of $24.95 per month. This will ensure the provision of unlimited means to connect with millions of singles as well as the ability to discover your special someone online, that too on your own terms.

Happy Matching!
Review of Passion.com

If real passion is what you are looking for online, look no further than Passion.com!

One of the pioneers of the online personals niche, Passion.com started off in 1996 and has since grown to a network of 16 different websites within this niche with over 8 million active members worldwide.

The heat on Passion.com gets particularly turned on, in any of its varied adult chat rooms. Firstly, you will always find diverse members from all across the world logged in, anytime of the day. Additionally, not only are the chat rooms classified as per geographical regions, they are also categorized as per preferences, so whether your kink is BBW, Ebony, Mature or Interracial, you will always find likeminded persons to talk to.

The overall security and surety of the genuineness of persons whose profiles you will encounter on Passion.com remains a question mark though; Passion.com does not ask for more than a genuine Email address at the time of registration. Therefore, while interacting with persons on the website, do use your discretion. Do not give away your personal details at the very first instance. Instead, take time in assessing the person and try and ascertain his or her genuineness as well as intentions. Unless it happens to be a person you know from before, do not jump to meet him or her, all too quickly.

Membership on Passion.com is both Standard (free) as well as Premium (paid). Paid membership on Passion.com does not cost much – as little as 25 cents (or less!) a day, and the benefits of this membership far outweigh the costs. The payment options for taking up membership on Passion.com are also quite varied, ranging from a cheque or money order to even your credit card.

On Passion.com, one does not just benefit as a dating member; as an affiliate too, you can stand to gain immensely, simply by driving traffic to the website. The site is known to make monthly affiliate payouts to the tune of $500,000 and successful affiliates of the site make as much as $30,000 per month.

So if you are passionate about sex or money (or both!), look no further and log on to Passion.com now!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Cherry Red Casino Review

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The Choice of Programming Language for Linux isn’t an Easy One!

Among all the myriad choices that one has to constantly make in life, one would imagine that choosing a programming language for developing an operating system would be a relatively easy one, especially if the OS in question happens to be Linux. Surprisingly, that is not the case at all. Unknown to many, Linux too can be developed using a variety of programming languages. Herein, we consider some of those and look at all theirs pros and cons.

C and its variants of course continue to remain some of the most popular programming languages for developing any Operating System, be it Linux, Windows or any other. It doesn’t matter whether the language in question is C, C++, C# or Objective – C, your work will still be done fine. What is important to keep in mind though, is the fact that C is pretty much a straightforward sort of a programming language, especially in this context. So, if you are looking at building up a more tweaky and customized version of your Linux, you may well consider other programming languages in the anvil.

One such language would surely be Python. It definitely allows a greater degree of customization and flexibility, in comparison to C. On the whole, Python’s design philosophy itself epitomizes the ease with which code can be read. Python’s flexibility comes from the way it has been designed ground up – as a multi-paradigm programming language, implying that programmers are free to choose their own individual style of programming, be it object-oriented, structured or any other including functional programming as well as aspect-oriented programming. Due to the fact that Python follows an open-source, community based development model, Python is in fact often shipped as a standard component of numerous Linux distributions, be it Red Hat Linux or Fedora. They both feature the pythonic Anaconda installer. Gentoo Linux also happens to make use of Python in its package management system, Portage. On the flip side, many programmers find Python’s rather unconventional indentation system rather quirky and bothersome, but in the face of a decent text editor, that should not be an issue at all.

Java is another programming language that is getting groovy among the Linux programming community. The biggest plus point would be the fact that Java does away with some of the rather difficult and unstable aspects which Linux is prone to, while ensuring that the underlying code base is left rock solid. Using Java to build Linux also brings in a certain element of robustness wherein multiple applications can be made to run on manifold platforms. Java in fact, has many positives going for it to be a Linux programmer’s language of choice. It is fast, extremely portable, well-supported, can scale up very well as per the need of the hour, offers superb IDEs, and is backed by a large body of libraries and sample code, not to forget the fact that Java itself is open source!

So, what’s the verdict? If you ask me, the choice is a very difficult one. Knowing C for developing Linux is surely a given, and Python offers numerous advantages, but considering the plethora of features that Java has on offer, I would give Java the thumbs up!
Difference between Fedora and Windows

Before we even get into the differences between Fedora and Windows, it might be appropriate to understand the twain and also to identify the similarities between themselves.

Fedora and Windows are both Operating Systems (Oses), implying that they both work towards being the interface between computer hardware and the users. Both Fedora and Windows function as hosts for applications that run on computing machines. Beyond that, the two are quite different from each other, and those are the aspects we will now look into.

Fedora is an RPM-based, general purpose operating system that has been built on top of the Linux kernel. The OS has been developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. Windows, on the other hand, is an OS that has been developed from the ground-up by Microsoft Corporation. Between the two, Windows clearly dominates with approximately 90% of the world’s machines estimated to be running on the Windows OS.

The biggest difference between the two would surely be philosophical! To elaborate, the development of Windows has largely remained a close-knit activity profusely guarded and controlled by Microsoft Corporation. Fedora on the other hand, promulgates open-source software development vehemently, and therefore, has been built in such a way that programmers and users from around the world can tweak the OS around, and even customize it to their personal preferences.

Between the two, Windows has had a much longer legacy than Fedora. The first version of Windows, Windows 1.0 was released way back in November 1985. On the other hand, Fedora Core 1, the first version of Fedora, came out only in November 2003, full 18 years later. Subsequently, Fedora has seen much more frequent release versions than Windows. Virtually every 6 months see a new version of Fedora being launched. Windows on the other hand had Windows Vista released commercially at a retail level in January 2007, with the next version, called Windows 7, slated for a 2009 holiday season release. This is again to do with the source model of the respective Oses; because Fedora remains open-source, rapid changes and frequent, new releases are inevitable.

Security aspects are key to both the Oses but the way the same are executed vary. Broadly, one can safely conclude that Fedora has been more upbeat on the security front than Windows, in spite of the latter’s long legacy. In fact, security is key to Fedora. One of its primary security features is Security-Enhanced Linux, which is a Linux attribute that implements an array of security policies, including obligatory right of entry controls, through the use of Linux Security Modules (LSM) in the Linux kernel. Windows, on the other hand, has been prone to numerous security breaches from time to time, and its reaction to the same has been more reactive than proactive. The fact that it is vastly popular and in use most frequently, make it a recurrent target of computer worms and virus writers.

In conclusion, one can safely state that the two differ in terms of philosophy, cost, ease of use, flexibility and firmness with each seeking to perk up in their professed feeble areas.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Maruti Suzuki Does a Waltz on Indian Roads with the Ritz!

India’s foremost car maker, Maruti-Suzuki India Ltd., has sizzled Indian roads this summer by launching its first Bharat Stage-IV compliant passenger car Maruti-Suzuki Ritz on May 15, 2009. It is the eighth new model launched by Maruti in the last four years after Swift, Zen Estilo, SX4, Swift Diesel, Grand Vitara, Swift Dzire and A-star. Ritz is placed in the premium Hatchback segment which is now already congested. In fact, even Maruti has two models in this category: Swift and A-Star. The launch of Ritz after the success of A-star will definitely strengthen the position of Maruti-Suzuki in India. The Ritz with a contemporary European design has been positioned in the premium A2 market and compact car segment. The company already holds the largest market share of 58 percent in the A2 segment. Built along the lines of the Swift, Ritz shares plenty of components with the smashing hit. So, how is Ritz unique?

Although Swift has pleased and drawn customers of all age groups, it was basically meant for the youthful, sporty and vibrant crowd looking for an ultimate driving experience whereas Ritz is a more sensible car focusing on space, comfort and driveability.

Since, it has been launched as a family car, special attention has been given in the area of seating comfort. The rear seat has been designed to comfortably seat 3 passengers.

Some people might say that Ritz is a clone of “Splash” running in the international markets but there are some special features in this car that makes it more suitable for the Indian market. Small changes here and there make Ritz quite different from Splash. Notable alterations on the exterior have been made keeping in mind the Indian mindset that includes a redesigned rear bumper that holds Reflectors and RR Fog Lamps. In addition to this, a modified Gear-Box uses gear ratios to match its driveability in Indian traffic conditions. It has a taller body-design which gives a feeling of spaciousness in the cabin and proves to be its biggest achievement.

One more feature of this car that makes it unique from the rest of the Maruti-Suzuki collection is its K12M engine. It is an advanced version of K10B that powers the A-Star. So, it carries the same vital quality of being light-weight. Overall, it is being expected to be fuel-efficient, high on performance, have less noise vibration and harshness. Maruti-Suzuki MD and CEO Shinzo Nakanishi is very optimistic and all praises about this engine and says “K12M engine is another example of Maruti-Suzuki’s commitment to take engine technology in India to the next level.”

The car will come in a total of six variants, three in petrol and three in Diesel. The power specifications for the petrol and diesel variants will be, for Petrol - 85bhp/114Nm and for Diesel-75bhp/190Nm. It will be available in two different engine options: a new K-series 1.2 litre, four cylinder, 85 PS petrol engine and a very successful 1.3 litre, 16 valve DDiS, 75 PS diesel engine.

Keeping in mind, the requirements of the target group the car has been designed with style, design, comfort, space and savings. The ground suspension clearance of 170mm has been tuned to Indian road conditions.

Detailed attention has been given to the designing of the Ritz. Comfort and convenience has not been put at stake. Ample leg room has been provided for rear seat passengers. The car also comes with power windows and AC climate control as standard. Also, the styling of the car is very elegant. There has been no concession on the safety feature. These include - Air bags, Fog Lamps, Electronic Brake Distribution, Anti Lock Brake System and Power Steering.

The price of the Maruti Suzuki Ritz is close to that of the A-star, around INR 400,000 to 570,000 (approx. USD 8,510 to 12,128) which will compete with Hyundai’s i series.

The key features of Maruti-Suzuki Ritz can be summarized as:

Fuel efficient K12M engine
Dual Airbags
Attractive looks
ABS Brakes
Fog Lights
Well-designed Tail lights
Bharat Stage IV Compliant
Power Steering and Windows
Central Locking

Technical Specifications of Maruti-Suzuki Ritz:
ENGINE
ENGINE TYPE: Petrol and Diesel engines available in 1.2 and 1.3 litre types, respectively
CYLINDERS: 4
DISPLACEMENT: 1197cc Petrol and 1248cc Diesel
MAX. POWER (Ps at rpm): 85ps @ 6000 rpm (Petrol) and 75ps @ 4000rpm (Diesel)
MAX. POWER (Nm at rpm): 113 Nm @ 4500 rpm (Petrol) and 190 Nm @ 2000 rpm (Diesel)

TRANSMISSION
TRANSMISSION: 5 speed manual
BRAKING-SYSTEM: Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS)
BRAKE FRONT: Ventilated disks
BRAKE REAR: Drum
STEERING SYSTEM: Power Steering
WHEELS: Alloy Wheels
TYRE SIZE: 165/80 R 14 on Lxi, Vxi, Ldi, Vdi. 185/70 R 14 on Zxi

BODY
BODY: 4 Door and 5 Seater
DRAG COEFFICIENT cw: 0.30

OUTSIDE DIMENSIONS

LENGTH (in mm): 3715
WIDTH (in mm): 1680
HEIGHT (in mm): 1620
GROUND CLEARANCE (in mm): 170

WEIGHTS
KERB WEIGHT (in kg): Lxi-1005, Vxi- 1015, Zxi- 1030, Ldi- 1100, Vdi- 1110
TANK CAPACITY (in litre): 43

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

It’s never too late to Date!

Love knows no age, and that is true of dating too! Often, life gets the better of us during our youth wherein career, family and other responsibilities take up center stage, robbing us of the opportunity to date. Fortunately, what is important is to realize that it is never too late; after all, just like you, there are thousands out there who never dated in their prime, and would like to grab the opportunity now. The tips below will guide you on effective dating when you’re past your prime physically, yet the quest for youth and frolic remains in your heart!

First things first, remember to maintain your composure. This implies aspects such as being truthful about your age as well as not being conscious about it. Retain your confidence. Do not have a laid back attitude, as there is no room for one, in the dating game.

Additionally, do care for your health and appearance. Remember, that you are past your prime, and a lot many things that you could do thirty years back may not be possible for you to do now. However, the quest to remain healthy should ensure that you are able to at least do those things that you are expected to be able to, as per your age. Some basic exercise would be a must for you, in order to retain your fitness. Also, maintain your appearance. Of course, nobody would expect a completely toned body or rippling muscles, but at least basic grooming MUST be in place. A disheveled look is a complete no-no.

Be emotionally strong – this is very important, especially if your date is considerably younger than you. Remember, that there is every likelihood that your date might just walk out on you, even without a strong reason. So make the most of everything and enjoy till the hilt, till things last. Of course, if matters continue forever, and your date remains stable with you, then there is no real cause for concern. Yet, be prepared for any unforeseen eventuality.

While dating, make the most of various benefits that you could garner as a senior citizen. For instance, many retail chains offer additional discounts to the older populace. Capitalize on these offers, by taking your date along with you to these stores. It will be a combined shopping cum dating experience, which at the end of it, will only give you a great deal of pleasure.

Having mentioned the above, it is also important, especially for senior citizens, to choose their dates wisely. Remember that a younger date may be drawn to you only for the prospective monetary benefit that they foresee, once you are no more in the horizon of existence. So judge your date’s motive behind being with you, well, before making any long-term commitment.

Lastly, don’t be disheartened if success doesn’t come easy to you. Remember that dating is no child’s play even during our youth, so in old age, it becomes that much more challenging. Just play your cards right, and be patient, and soon your dream date will be with you, right by your side!
Get the Man of your Dreams – in Reality!

Just as men intensely desire women, the vice versa is equally true. In fact in many cases the longing of women for men has been seen to be far more intensive in nature than that of men for women. Now, as a woman, if you are desperately seeking a dream man in your life, stop dreaming and start doing, as time’s a wasting! The simple tips enlisted below will ensure your success as a feline predator in your quest for masculine gratification…

First things first, just don’t be too easy to get. From Adam’s time, men have been tuned to work hard for their longings, women included, so don’t give in too soon. Play hard to get. Having said that, don’t play TOO hard to get, or the men will simply give up and take flight. So maintain distance, yet keep the men interested, and keep up the tempo of flirtatiousness; together, these would be potent ingredients to ensure that your men simply go crazy!

Care for your looks; this is really important. Remember, that men love you as a person just about as much as they love and long for your body. So give it the attention that it well and truly deserves. Pamper yourself with some of the hot-off-the-shelves cosmetics, and treat yourself to some magic at the spa; rest assured, the efforts will definitely pay off. Also, keep yourself clean and fresh at all times; remember that this has a positive effect on your own self confidence as well. In addition, the occasional trip to the gym (on a routine basis!), will not only work wonders on your dating prospects, it will also do a lot of good to your body, keeping it toned and attractive.

Learn to kiss; I really cannot overemphasize the importance of this aspect. Bad kissing is a surefire way of ‘kissing’ your date goodbye forever, while good kissing is an assurance of your date’s perpetual interest in you. Practice in front of the mirror till you seem to get it right. You could even take help from your girlfriends, at least the “good kissing” ones from amongst them.

Avoid a mistake that many girls often tend to make – discuss past boyfriends with their date. Get it straight – men DO NOT like to hear about your past relationships. They are with you, only because they visualize the two of you together as a couple, not because of some other guy you were with, in the past. Simply steer clear of any discussion pertaining to your past relationships and affairs, and your date will be smooth.

Avoid the ‘sticky tape’ kind of guys; the type who tend to cling on, no matter what. These are generally the kind who tend to be extremely possessive, and will be loathed to even imagine you in the company of other men. Remember that a relationship, for it to thrive, requires space, which these types tend to take away, so learn to first identify them and then avoid them completely.

Happy dating!
Online Dating Really Works & it can for you as Well!

The doomsayers of online dating be damned; let me assure you, and pronounce with complete confidence that online dating really works. It has worked for me, my neighbor and also his dog, so why the hell shouldn’t it work for you? After all, the key aspect to understand in this context is that the Internet is simply a medium, a platform for the two of you to meet. After that, if the sparks are to fly, they would do so only in the real world. And the online world, just like the offline one, primarily consists of real people like you and me, not aliens from out of space. The stray zombies that you are likely to stumble upon, while in cyberspace, are more an exception than a rule.

The first step to successful online dating is having a catchy and interesting profile. For all the women out there especially, that does NOT imply nude pictures or lewd text, coz with that, it’s only the “zombies” mentioned above whom you’ll draw to your profile (unless that’s your preferred ‘draw’!). A good online dating profile is one which has clean pictures and clear, descriptive text about you. Be truthful, without being boring. Be lucid, without being verbose. Be humorous without being cocky. Like I always say, “Strike a Balance!” Also, while your pictures need not expose you in the flesh, they need not have you covered from head to toe either. Again, the key is to strike a balance, and at the same time, ensure that the photo album in your online dating profile has ATTRACTIVE pictures of yours. This would involve different pictures of yours, in different settings, which together would bring forth various hues and shades of your personality. Your primary profile picture should ideally be one which has your face most prominently visible, and you have a warm and attention grabbing smile on it!

Before you even get down to making your online dating profile, perhaps a wise move would be to evaluate the various online dating sites which are available on the Internet. Remember that there are thousands of them. A lot many cater to specific niches, say divorced men or women looking for a prospective partner, or individuals looking for dates from a particular region or community and so on. So, be clear in your head about what you are looking for. If sex and passion is not your priority, registering on a site like AdultFriendFinder.com would only be a costly (and if I may add, DANGEROUS) mistake.

A tip that I give to every online dating prospect, is NEVER be in a rush to personally meet the person you’ve just met online. Give yourselves time. Always remember, that it is easy to fake online, and it is only through numerous interactions, including personal conversations, both over the phone as well as the Internet, that you will get to know and judge the other person better. Give yourself adequate time for that.

To reiterate, online dating can be an absolute blessing, if undertaken properly, while also a curse, if carried out irresponsibly.
Dating Ideas that won’t cost you a Bomb

Who doesn’t love to date? Man or woman, we all enjoy the attention and company of the opposite sex. And if you think dating is always a costly affair, think again. Dating can be fun, and at the same time, inexpensive. After all, dating is supposed to WARM up your heart, not BURN a hole in your pocket. So if you happen to be HIGH on LOVE but LOW on CASH, simply follow the dating tips below for cheap yet powerful and effective dating.

You find the museums boring? Well, perhaps your love interest digs them! As a matter of fact, he or she could well be majoring in history, or has an enormous passion for the arts. Oh, by the way, a visit to the museums is indeed very cheap too. So, there you go, with an inexpensive yet extremely effective date setting, which could very well set your date’s heart pulsating! You save on money, and also get the complete attention and inclination (towards YOU!) of your date. Tip – it would do you a world of good, to develop some interest in the museums, or at least the arts, so that intelligent conversations can take place, during the date.

Nothing like home-sweet-home, eh? So, how about a “home-date”? Will be minimalistic on your pocket, yet reap huge rewards for you. To make it even more effective, why not make it a family affair? The two of you could cook dinner together for both the respective families. That way, you will get a lot of time to spend closely with your date, and know various nuances of his or her personality. Also, remember that acceptance and praise from the family almost always translates to acceptance from your prospect. Surely, there couldn’t have been an easier mode of cooking your way, straight to your date’s heart!

Extending the home-drawn idea, why not the usual movie date, but with a twist – a movie date which involves seeing a movie at either of your respective homes? To make it even more interesting, how about building a theme around the spectacle? Perhaps, it is a movie which the two of you really like, or it has an actor that both of you really adore, or even a movie that both of you truly despise, or just some such aspect. Imagine a setting wherein the two of you are warmly curled up in bed, watching your favorite (or loathed!) flick…sparks are bound to fly! It has been my own personal experience, that movie dates at home are really effective. Especially in the case of romantic and/or passionate movies, wherein one thing simply lead to another between us, and soon we found ourselves ensconced together!

Ever thought of the beaches? After all, they cost absolutely nothing, and yet can be an awesome dating experience. Imagine the two of you snugly together in skimpy clothes, with the waves gently splashing by…ah, sparks are simply bound to fly!

Whoever said that dating was always a costly affair?!?!
Get that Gal you Always Desired…Go Grab her – Now!

Ah, how much you covet other men with beautiful women around them, failing to realize that you too could have such women around you! After all, are those men really special? Do they come from another planet? The answer is a loud and clear NO! Simply follow the dating tips enlisted below, to make sure that next time, the hottest chick around town is seen only with…YOU!

First things first, prepare yourself. Remember, girls don’t want to hang around with a guy who just doesn’t care about his appearance. This is not the 60s anymore when the unkempt look was in, and scruffy was cool. This is the 21st century my friend, and old-age tactics won’t work. If you desire a really hot date, make sure that you too generate at least some heat! If it has been long since you pampered yourself at one of the men’s beauty salons around town, now is perhaps a good time.

Having said that, I would also like to emphasize that do not over-prepare yourself. Remember, this isn’t a battle you’re waging for which you need to be totally geared up. It’s a date for God’s sake! So, if you smell like you’ve been soaked in Eau de Cologne for 48 hours, your prospective date could very well take the first flight, away from you, as far away as to Cologne itself! So, I hope you see what I am getting at – strike a balance. And this matters even more to the way you carry yourself, than your appearance. So be confident, without being overconfident. Shower compliments without being obsequious. Be genteel and care for her, without ending up being a sissy yourself. I hope you get the drift…

Most men I know of, fail to impress in their very first move with unknown women, and that’s where success eludes them. Remember that the first impression is indeed the last impression, so give it your best shot. In this regard, smart-alecky pick-up lines almost always work their charm. You can be cheesy, but avoid being sleazy. Smart, innovative, unique pick-up lines help in grabbing the much-needed attention that you desperately require, to stand out from amongst all the other men looking to grab her attention. After that, it’s all about confident interaction. Eventually where that leads the two of you is something that is in fact in your own hands.

Also remember that each new date will be a learning experience for you for future dates. After all, as unique and different women may be, they are also very similar. It is OK to make mistakes, especially during your first few dates, but it is almost CRIMINAL to repeat those mistakes. You should ideally learn from mistakes that you commit, and eventually banish them from your very stratosphere. Take each date as a preparation for your next one. Remember, in this game, there really is no final. But play every game, like it is the final!

Wish you absolute success always! Good luck!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Maximize Your Savings during these difficult times

We are well and truly in the midst of a recession. Demand – both industrial and consumer, is at one of the lowest levels seen in many years, prices of most everyday commodities have fallen drastically, and the stock markets have witnessed lows, almost not seen since the time of the Great Depression of 1929.

Obviously, such difficult times require tactful ways of coping with the situation. Life cannot possibly go on the way it has been. Changes will have to be made; even with a healthy bank balance, with so much insecurity surrounding income and earnings, it is wise to bring about a more prudent and frugal lifestyle.

Of course, it is easier said than done. A lot of our spending habits have got so ingrained into our personality that we just cannot forego them, no matter how hard we try. It is like a battle that we are constantly fighting with ourselves. And with no change in spending patterns, it is we ourselves who are the losers. So, do you want to end up on the losing side? I am sure not. Follow the tips below, which will help you curtail your expenses and attune your lifestyle to the recessionary scenario surrounding us currently.

For instance, entertainment. Do you really need to go for the latest flick in town, which is playing at a theatre near you? After all, the cost of going to the movies is much more than just the cost of the tickets…there’s the gas that you will spend in driving to the theatre; once you get there, you will spend on food, and if your trip happens to be with your love interest, you will probably end up buying a gift for him or her as well. Now, if you were to watch the same movie at home, surely the cost would come down drastically – no tickets to be bought, no gas to be spent on, and no gifts to be purchased. Besides, the aforementioned, you would also save on a lot of time and effort, wasted in getting to the theatre, taking the tickets, and so on. My personal experience has been that buying DVDs or even downloading from sites such as Netflix, works out much more cost-effective. The movie remains mine forever, and I can see it as many times as I want, I can pause in between, attend to other chores, and yet at the end of it, my satisfaction from the entire experience remains the same.

There’s another front on which I have seen a lot of parents slip up drastically – their children on whom they simply continue to splurge even as they tighten up their own financial buckles. Remember, that if you are thrifty on yourself, but a complete spendthrift on your kids, the net effect would be zero or even negative, as your children’s demands will only continue to increase. Giving into their demands will encourage them to demand even more. So, remember to nip the problem right in the bud, and teach them firmly, not harshly, the importance of frugality, in the current economic scenario.

I am sure these tips would have helped you in judging the best course of action, for your own effective financial planning, in these difficult times.
Get Going in the Tough Times

There’s a saying, oft repeated in the military services, which says that when the going gets tough, it’s the tough who get going. Considering the current economic scenario, this could not have been more relevant. Therefore, considering the tough times, it is probably time that you toughen yourself, and save money for times ahead, which could be even worse.

None of the initiatives is in fact too big or too difficult. All that they require is a certain amount of determination along with dollops of self-discipline. Together, both these aspects should definitively ensure that you sail through the financial imbroglio, unscathed.

Take for instance, the daily newspaper. I am sure you could do without it; if you really need to read it, you could always go online and read the version there! Perhaps, you could restrict yourself to the Sunday edition only, which in fact often contains numerous discount coupons and offers; if you avail them, even your one day’s newspaper would be free! Do the math for all the copies that you forego on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis, and will see that you would already have saved thousands of dollars! Not too tough, eh?

Although gas prices have seen record levels in recent times, off late the prices have come down, rather unpredictably. Yet, having said that, gas prices differ across stations. Maybe not by much, but if you add up the gallons, the consolidated impact is in fact quite a bit. So, before you embark on your next gas-filling trip, make sure you do some homework. Research the stations and see where the cheapest gas is offered. You could also look up online resources that will offer you a comparative tabulation of gas prices in your area.

Taxes are an area that offers numerous saving avenues that we often overlook. For instance, till a few years back, I would simply file my taxes with my accountant and forget about the whole process. It was only at the behest of one of my close friends that I took a closer look at my accounts and saw that I had not been availing exemptions and rebates that I was entitled to…in other words, I was gifting money to the government, which it now owed me! Of course, I fired my accountant…

If you are a smoker and have been considering quitting for a long time, now is probably the best time to do so; after all, not only will you do your health a world of good, you will save a lot of money in the process too. After all, calculations have shown that smokers, over the span of their smoking tenure, spend tens and thousands of dollars, first on the cigarettes themselves, and then a multiplier of that figure on health related complications caused by smoking. Giving up smoking will ensure that you not only live long, you also live happy and well. Do you still need more reasons to kick the butt?

Now, do you consider it easier to get going in these tough times?
Strengthen Your Purses, even as the Recession Blows

Difficult times call for difficult measures. The current recessionary phase is by all means, a very difficult one, and does necessitate diverse measures to ensure that we sail through unscathed. Essentially, while demanding that we maintain our composure, it requires that our sources of funds do not dry up, and on the contrary, start to increase. Of course, that is much easier said than done. But “impossible” it is not. In fact, some simple and basic measures can ensure that you manage to swim the tide and emerge victorious!

For instance, have you ever given a thought to the number of times you ate out in a month? Five times? Ten times? Fifteen times? Every day of the month? Now imagine if you were able to bring that number down, by at least half the current value. It could easily translate to savings ranging between 200 to a couple of thousand dollars, depending on the number of times that you ate out. Remember that by not eating out, you save in various ways beyond the obvious, i.e. the bills you pay at the restaurants. You save on gas for your car; you save on time spent in going, ordering, eating and coming back which you could have spent otherwise; and you also save on the interest that you would rake up for the bank, when you pay through your credit card and not pay the entire amount due at the end of the billing cycle…the possibilities are simply endless.

If that isn’t enough, how about doing things that you would normally get done through others, yourself? If you were to add up all the savings on little efforts of labor that you could do yourself, instead of getting it done through others, the savings would be substantial. For instance, doing the routine acts of servicing for your car, such as changing the oil and coolant yourself, instead of getting it done at the service station, could alone save you at least a hundred dollars! If you are organizing a party, whether at home or elsewhere, arranging things yourself versus getting a professional to do it for you, could easily save you a lot of money. If you are a frequent traveler, doing all your booking yourself, instead of relying on an external agent, could actually help you save a lot of money, especially if you are able to do all the booking online. Within this aspect, choosing afternoon flights over morning ones could help you save substantially, as they are always cheaper than the morning ones.

Ever given some thought to the number of beers, lattes, colas, and sodas that you guzzle each passing day? While the lattes and beers cost about $4 each, even the colas and sodas average out at $2 each. Substituting these with good old, FREE tap water could not only help you save at least $120-150 every month, it would do your health a great deal of good too.

So, as you can see, the possibilities to save money during these difficult times are simply endless. What it requires is a firm determination and a will to bring about a change in the current style of living.
Financially Weathering the Recessionary Storm

The days of shopping-till-we-dropped seem well behind us. We are currently well and truly in the midst of a recession, and hard measures need to be taken to ensure that we remain afloat in these painful times.

Yet, how well prepared are we for this difficult period? After all, not all of us are directly affected by the recession, and neither have all of us lost our jobs. However, are we geared up for any such unfortunate happenstance? Many of those who eventually did lose their jobs never foresaw it happening. And when the pink slip was actually handed over to them, they did not have a clue how to react or cope up. Now, do not let such a situation come your way, and be set to face the storm; after all, forewarned is indeed forearmed!

Therefore, a very important aspect at these times is to be alert and well tuned in to the activities of the company you are working in, especially as far as its financial health is concerned. If you happen to know, metaphorically speaking, that the ship is sinking, you should be actively on the lookout for another job, even if everyone around you tells you that your job would remain secure. After all, if the whole ship sinks, it will spare no one, and in fact create a whirlpool around it, taking everyone in the vicinity also down along with it. The day Lehman Brothers went bust, many of its employees simply wondered in disbelief as to what had come and hit them. Yet, many of the senior employees of the company had prior knowledge about the serious troubles their company had been going through. Somehow, they kept convincing themselves that “it” could not happen to them, until September 15, 2008 arrived and their “much-loved” company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Another useful and in many ways, vital step in being prepared during these recessionary times is to have at least one other, alternative source of income. Many of us do not realize that the age hold hobby we had during our childhood, of say, collecting junk of different kinds, could actually prove to be really useful, especially in these days of eBay and the like. Indeed, one man’s junk could well be another man’s treasure, so the key is to realize the inherent value of things around us. To quote another example, many people are very fond of gardening, and so, keep their gardens in full bloom with the lawns neatly mowed and tended to. These individuals fail to fathom that their services would be useful to a lot of others, wanting to maintain their gardens in similar fashion, but just not able to do so. The key takeaway for you here would be that subsequent to some basic amount of introspection, you should be able to realize your capabilities, beyond your current vocation, and ensure that you monetize them.

Summing up, remember that a recession is not the end of the world, and neither is it permanent; there is always hope, as long as you remain financially prudent, stable and strong.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Review of AbleDating Online Dating Software

Summary (118 words)
AbleDating is one of the very few fully Ajax-based dating software available in the market. Of Russian origin, with a small American presence, but largely supported by Russian freelance programmers, AbleDating offers numerous features with a robust dating script that ensures the smooth creation of a fully-integrated dating website within a quick timeframe. Multiple payment options are supported by AbleDating including PayPal, WorldPay, GoldPay, 2CO, NetBilling and PaySystems. Thanks to the templates based architecture of the software, changing the look and feel of websites is very quick and easy. In toto, one can conclude that AbleDating is a well-integrated, powerful dating software that can help you get your dating website up and running, promptly and without any hassles.

Features (106 words)
A unique feature, newly offered by AbleDating is its ‘3D City Second Life Virtual World’ which allows customers to click into a completely different fantasy world, occupied by other visitors of the site. This feature allows all of these visitors to in turn interact with one another. Another new feature offered by AbleDating is the MySpace+Flash profile editor which allows members to simply draw their way towards editing their respective profiles, instead of doing any complex coding. Other features on offer include Video Chat, YouTube-like video sharing, VOIP phone, Flash chat with multiple rooms, various Flash games, recorded greetings, feature-rich photo album, love calculators, and more!

Usability (88 words)
AbleDating scores reasonably high on the usability factor. Webmasters new to the world of website design, or even computer-based graphical design for that matter, will find the software easy to grasp, imbibe and implement. The back-end programming done in the software is very detail-oriented, which allows customers of AbleDating to get a rich and powerful dating website up and running fairly quickly, with minimalistic efforts and maximum returns. Website changes are very easy to make on AbleDating, thus taking the usability score of the software that much higher!

Design (104 words)
AbleDating offers numerous template designs, each of which is completely unique. Moreover, all of these templates are fully customizable, implying that they can be fine-tuned as per customer preferences and specifications. The attractive and stylish layout of the designs ensures that they have a contemporary appeal amongst users of dating websites who generally tend to be the youth. At the administrative end, websites made with AbleDating tend to be easy to manage and operate. Changes to be incorporated into these websites, is relatively easy, with very less coding or programming efforts required to be undertaken. Overall, AbleDating scores very well on the Design factor!

Flexibility (83 words)
From the word go, AbleDating has been designed from the ground up, keeping the flexibility aspect in mind. AbleDating designers are well aware that there is no one-size-fits-all approach in the world of website designing. Keeping that in mind, they have on offer many rich and powerful features in the software, but have left the choice of incorporation of those features entirely to their customers. AbleDating templates are fully customizable, and can be suitable modified as per the overall theme of the website.

Support (96 words)
ABKSoft offers limited support options. Apart from a Support form on the website - http://www.abledating.net/ there are options to live chat with support staff of the company. The live chat options include both Skype as well as ICQ. They are both click-to-chat, so one simply initiate a conversation at just about any time. There is also a number provided - +1 (310) 928-7931 on which one can call and obtain telephonic support. Lastly, there is also a forum at http://www.abk-soft.com/forum/index.php where users can post queries or views on the software, and derive inputs from each other.

Price (348 words)
AbleSpace offers differential pricing with varied licensing options – one could opt for a single license with a template design or have a dating script running on many servers, each with a unique design. The wide-ranging options include:
1. AbleSpace 1.0 (+3D City FREE)
a. Single Domain License - $597. May be used on one domain. A ready-made design is offered with the software.
b. Single Domain License with Unique Design - $697. May be used on one domain. A unique design is made by the company.
c. Multi Domain License - $897. Comes with free installation, the software can be installed on up to 5 domains. A ready-made design is offered.
d. Multi Domain License with Unique Design - $997. Accompanied by free installation, the software can be installed on up to 5 domains. Again, a unique design is created.

2. BusinessSpace 1.2 Community
a. Single Domain License - $697. Offered with free installation, the software can be installed on 1 domain. User gets a ready-made design.
b. Single Domain License with Unique Design - $797. Offered with free installation, the software can be installed on one domain. Again, a unique design is offered.
c. Multi Domain License - $897. May be used on many domains. The design is chosen from templates.
d. Multi Domain License with Unique Design- $997. May be used on many domains. A unique design is made by AbleSpace’s designers.

3. MIXER!! System (+3D City FREE)
a. Single Domain License - $997. Originally offered at $1,297, AbleSpace claims this pricing to be a Limited Time Offer, created to celebrate the anniversary of ABK-Soft LTD (3 years of development). This option may be exercised on a single domain only. Currently, AbleSpace claims that there are only 19 copies of this version left for sale.

4. 3D City Stand-Alone Mod
a. Single Domain License - $397. May be used on one domain and on ANY site. This package is in fact offered free if AbleDating, AbleSpace, or Mixer!! Package is bought. The license is life-time. Integration is easy & and lifetime free upgrades is also offered.

Conclusion (109 words)
AbleDating is a feature-rich software that is offered at a reasonably fair price. Without really being cheap, it is priced optimally, especially if one is to keep in mind all that one gets at the price in question. The numerous dating websites created using AbleDating such as HolidayDating.eu, Tipopa.com, eHotBods.com, UniMeeting.de among a host of others are all testimonial to the wonderful work being done at AbleDating which allows feature-rich dating websites to be created virtually instantaneously, without much effort required to be put in towards website maintenance either. Support needs improvement though, with complaints on that front coming in from existing customers fairly regularly. Final words – Worthy Buy!
Review of Webscribble's webDate Online Dating Software

Summary (113 words)
webDate is web scribble solutions’ proprietary dating software. Packed with numerous useful and easy to integrate features, webDate comes across as good value for money. Moreover, it has several offerings which are provided completely free of cost such as installation, and updates all of which together make the software, a really enticing product. Being US-based makes the software, an even more alluring proposition to US-based developers of dating websites, as support is offered to them at their convenient time lines, in their obvious choice of language - English. Popular sites such as Asianline.com, Flatmates.ru and Cowboydate.com are testimonial to the great work done at web scribble solutions’ for its proprietary dating software, webDate.

Features (130 words)
webDate is literally packed with features, both at the front and back ends. At the front (client) end, webDate offers fast and secure handling of data, being able to process upwards of 300,000 profiles at a time! Profiles are created instantaneously, and photo and video uploads happen very promptly. At the Profile level, members can create their profiles either in four steps, or in a single one. Flirtatious virtual kisses allure users to take up paid memberships! At the back (Administrative) end, general features include an easy to use template system, a built in billing system, along with software settings that are easily modifiable. Templates are easily implemented and customized. Website statistics are available to administrators with complete ease. Lastly, webDate offers a comprehensive content management system to website administrators.

Usability (121 words)
webDate is easy-to-use. Even a person with negligible programming or coding knowledge can create a reasonably powerful, feature-rich dating website, using webDate. The completely bug-free interface and design makes using webDate an absolute breeze! Advanced features such as profile creation, searching, matching, instant messaging, and internal mail make the job of the website administrator that much simpler. Free installation and updates further add to the convenience faced by webDate users. Lastly, web scribble solutions’ comes across as a reasonably responsive company that constantly listens to customer feedback, queries and suggestions, particularly those pertaining to features that could be incorporated into the webDate dating software suite – which would eventually go on to only make the usability of the software that much easier.

Design (94 words)
The webDate software suite, when purchased, comes with 60 HTML template files that are fully customizable and can be modified as per the site in question on which they would eventually be incorporated. Each of these 60 templates has a rich and contemporary feel to them which immensely appeals to users of online dating sites, who generally tend to be young with modern preferences. The Control Panel at the Administrative end is also easy to manage. Additionally, virtually no scripting knowledge is required at the administrator’s end, further contributing to the ease of use.

Flexibility (101 words)
Each of the 60 templates offered by webDate while being rich on the design front, offers web designers immense flexibility in the way the website eventually looks and feels. Every element is customizable, be it just the headers of pages or the entire wording on all the pages. Overall, the software is immensely scalable, with easy ramp up of the software’s abilities, irrespective of whether the site in question has 100, 1,000 or 10,000 members! The robust support offered by webDate makes modifying templates as well as the overall look and feel of the website in question that much easier too.

Support (122 words)
webDate is strong on the support front. Firstly, there is the ‘Free Installation’ option wherein the software is installed free of cost. In addition, there is extensive documentation available on both Versions 2.0 and 3.0 of the software. The Knowledge Base on the website of the company, on the following page - http://support.webscribble.com/submit allows customers to input their specific queries so that the concern is suitably addressed. In this context, a ticket is raised, and once that has been done, customers can keep logging in to check the status of their tickets. There is also the option to contact the company directly; webDate offers all the possible options for that including over the phone, over email by post, and even in person!

Price (150 words)
webDate offers a very straightforward, at the same time, dynamic pricing option. The standard dating software suite comes for $199, which is acceptable considering all of the options on offer. In addition to the standard suite, there are several optional plug-ins, each of which is differentially priced, and totally voluntary – you are under no obligation to compulsorily purchase any of these plug-ins. For instance, a Multilanguage plug-in can easily be incorporated into one’s dating software/website for only $99. Similarly, there are premium templates available at $45 each. Live chat costs $99 while live video costs $149. Both the last mentioned – as a package, cost $174. Optional payment gateways like Authorize.net, CCBill, PayPal, etc. can all be integrated for $40. Compatible products like webAffiliate and webNetwork can be integrated for $99 and $199 respectively. Lastly, webDate also offers hosting plans named Silver, Gold and Platinum for $9.99/month, $19.99/month and $29.99/month respectively.

Conclusion (100 words)
webDate is a feature-rich dating software suite. Considering the straightforward and low pricing offered by the company, webDate can definitely be considered to be very good value for money. The transparency with which the company functions makes it that much more reliable. Its’ US presence makes it an ideal choice for US and other North America based dating websites. Customer queries are addressed at suitable timelines, using the right choice of language – English! All in all, there’s only a whole lot of good that can be said about webDate, compelling one to sum up the whole experience as simply AWESOME!

Saturday, March 07, 2009

EBook Publishing– the easy way!

EBooks have become a virtual godsend for those who cherish reading but dread lugging big and heavy books around. EBooks are portable and can be carried around, contained within any of the electronic devices that many of us carry around all the time – be it our laptops, mobile phones or pen drives. And of course, not to forget the benefits that EBooks have on offer for writers – no expensive publishers to entertain nor any major marketing expenses to incur. Follow the steps enlisted below for fast and easy EBook publishing.

Step 1: Take Your Own Domain

This is an inexpensive, and at the same time, an important step. You need to establish your credibility, both as a writer as well as an entrepreneur. And with your own domain, you will be able to achieve both these goals. Additionally, on your own website, you would have complete power and control over how you market your EBook. Lastly, there would be no commissions to be given out to anyone for EBooks sold on your own website!

Step 2: Develop the Sales Page

To have good sales, it is a must that you develop a Sales Page for your EBook. And this would be irrespective of whether you sell your EBook on your own website or any other. Remember that there are thousands of EBooks on the Internet, waiting to be sold, and if yours is to be sold ahead of all the others (in the queue!), it better stand out in some way, which the Sales Page will ensure that it does.

Step 3: Publish it in Multi-Formats

Publishing your EBook in a single format such as PDF will severely restrict the possible readers, and thus inhibit prospective sales. Therefore, look to publish it in multiple formats, including basic and more commonly prevalent ones such as MS Word. Ensuring multiple formats will also give your prospective readers the feel that you actually care for them, and are actually giving them options.

EBook publishing could never have been so easy!
A Never Before Published Guide on How to Write an Article

Articles are simply everywhere, both online and offline. Whether you skim through your daily newspaper or flip through a magazine, it is unlikely that you will not find articles. In fact, for the aforementioned, articles form not only the skeletal structure, but also the flesh and blood, metaphorically speaking. With so many articles floating all around you, you would sooner or later want to join the bandwagon, and also be an article writer. But how? Do not be so concerned, as the points below will guide you on how to write an article.

Point 1: Research
You have to know the subject matter on which you are writing. So the first step would be to research the topic or issue that you wish to cover in your article. Be thorough and precise, looking up diverse sources, so as not to form a bias in your mind, and present a one-sided opinion.

Point 2: Language
It is vital that your writing is free of any grammatical and other linguistic mistakes. For this, it is necessary that you first know the language in which you are writing, thoroughly. If the language comes easy to you, the article will also come very easy to you, so make sure that you know the language very well.

Point 3: Be Concise
In today’s fast-paced world, everyone is hard-pressed for time. Few people have the patience to pour over long-winding articles. Therefore, keep your articles short and concise. Readers should get an idea as to why they are reading the article and how they will benefit from reading it, fairly quickly. Else they are unlikely to actually read through the entire article, and a lot of your effort would simply prove to be a waste.

I am confident that this unprecedented guide has given you a fair idea of how to write an article, and soon you would be writing articles by the hordes!