What’s Hot and What’s Not When It Comes To Videos

The modern world has always been full of color but that wasn’t always the case. At the turn of the century, moving pictures were just in its infancy. Even still photos were taken in black and white. But over the years, technological advancements allowed us to enjoy a diverse spectrum of colors and it also made our photos more alive. Then, videos experienced a technological major overhaul from VHS to Betamax to CDs and DVDs, the potential is limitless.

As our technology progresses, videos still play a major role in our lives, whether for leisure, study, work, or just about anything under the sun. Video sharing remains to be a constant favorite in social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Youtubers make lots of money …

How Charity Works In The Modern World

It feels good to share with others. No matter how big or small it may be, it is sure to make a difference in the life of the other person. In this increasingly materialistic world, the disparity between the rich and the poor becomes more obvious. So, charities that give back to the poor not only makes the world a better place but only goes to show that not all is lost in humanity.

It is even easier to give back today than it was in the past. For instance, you can now donate using your Apple device. You can choose from 22 UK charities to be the beneficiary of your donation.

Apple has partnered with 22 UK charities to let iOS users pledge donations using

Letting Professional Technicians Fix Hard Drive Clicking Problems

ptThere are several professional technicians who can fix hard drive clicking. However, the challenge is to find a well experienced individual so that there is an assurance that you have your computer fixed effectively. To get started, find at least three companies who can potentially fix your hard drive clicking issue. Be sure that these companies are reputable and have been in the business for quite some time. If you are having a hard time finding three companies, then ask for some recommendations from friends or search the internet. The web will offer up a wide selection of computer services. The only thing that you have to do is to narrow your research and ensure that you are dealing with the right company.

As soon as you have the list, compare the services provided and know the possible amount that you have to pay. It is important that you are aware of the necessary fees because you might be charged more than what you expect. Do not attempt to deal with a company that is known for small print or hidden charges. This can be identified by reading reviews or based on the feedback given by other people. Take your time with your research, and you’ll have that data back really quickly.

Ensuring The Best Source For Affordable Data Recovery

If you want to ensure that you get your data back from a crashed or failed hard drive, then you have to know where to get affordable data recovery. It is quite challenging to find a good price and quality balance because low cost data recovery offers do not always work as well as promised. Hence, to ensure that you spend less at a reliable source, take your time to research. See this article on data recovery costs and prices.  As much as possible, you have to know the credibility of the company. Consider the product reviews posted on their website or to other sites. Do not forget to read the terms and conditions of the company so you get an assurance that the money you invest is going to pay off for you. (more…)

The Dangers Of Alcohol

Daily life is a grind for some. Life is not always easy. It may be full of drama, confusion, arguments, questions, and challenges that are just too much to handle for an ordinary person. It also has its humor, meanwhile. While it’s great that only a handful succumbs to depression or insanity, many resorts to coping mechanisms that have to do with drugs, smoking, and alcohol.

Among the three, people often think of alcohol as the least dangerous when it comes to the health risks involved. But the truth is, they all pose the same health risks. Alcohol is bad for your health especially for the liver and it is also an addiction that is just as hard to quit from like smoking and drugs.

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SOS: Planet Earth Is Dying

Skyscrapers keep sprouting everywhere. While we all should be happy for seeing the bustling and sprawling urbanscape as a sign of progress and prosperity, it is taking a big toll on our planet. As if we are not facing enough problems in our lives, environmental issues here and there are simply hard to ignore.

This planet is our only home and we should do our part to protecting it from further harm, lest we all end up dead. Seeing the world we live in now be consumed by urban living, pollution, violence, deteriorating Mother Nature, and so much more, it is scary to think what is waiting for us in the years to come.

Our world is dying and we are too self-absorbed with our …

The Man Who Invented The World Wide Web Not Happy With It

Most of us are just average people living our ordinary (and probably boring) lives but there are some destined for greatness. These geniuses have great contributions to the world at large that will be remembered for years to come. Whatever we have in this world, we owe it all to these innovators who defied conventional wisdom and took a risk to make a difference in everyone’s lives.

Everything we have now has been invented by someone, right – the telephone, the airplane, the air conditioner, the car, and so on and so forth. Even the technology we have now all came from scratch. But wouldn’t it be cool to be the person to invent something we now use and can’t live without – the World Wide …

How Snoring Affects Your Overall Health

Nothing can be as annoying as sleeping beside someone who snores. Sleeping becomes impossible. And if you are able to get some shut eye, you are bound to be woken up soon after by more loud snoring. It can leave you lacking in sleep and exhausted once morning comes.

The issue of snoring does not only affect people who sleep with snorers – most likely are wives with husbands who are loud snorers but more so the husband who sleeps just like a primitive man. Wives can always opt to sleep with a headphone on and listen to music or sleep in a different room from their husbands but those who snore do not just have easy options like that. They do, however, have device options

Youth Violence: Where Did Parents Go Wrong?

Since birth, it is a parent’s responsibility to provide and care for their children. A parent’s love is unconditional and knows no boundaries. A child brought up in an atmosphere of love and acceptance will grow up to be a responsible and law-abiding citizen, always respectful of other people and their feelings.

However, that is not always the case. Some parents are not yet ready for the responsibility of caring for another human being. Not only are the kid’s needs not met but they fail to be good examples as well.

Domestic violence is a reality for many of today’s youth. But who is to blame? Children become violent when their parents hit them but may also be because they witness a violent relationship between their …

Charity In The Clouds

While we all strive to aspire for all the better things in life for ourselves and for our family, we still manage to somehow share to the less fortunate when we have something extra – whether it be in goods or cash. You feel good whenever you share, right? Not only do your charitable efforts pay off in heaven but it likewise helps uplift the life of another human being.

Charity giving also leveled up along with technological advancements. Most charitable efforts and fundraising activities now take place on the web. Social media is a powerful tool in reaching out to more people without spending much on propaganda. It’s basically the digital form of word-of-mouth. Helping others have never been this easier. If only …

U.S. International Relations During The Trump Era

Now that the United States has elected a new president, the world is watching for his next course of actions with an eagle’s eye. Not only is political activism growing within the country but the U.S. international relations is also a sensitive topic made even worse by President Trump’s controversial moves so far – think of immigration policies and the travel ban.

His words are uttered without caution and it has put the country in a negative light in the global arena. The country’s economy will undoubtedly suffer if he continues to speak and act harshly without thinking of the repercussions of his actions. After all, he is no longer just an entrepreneur but the highest elected official of one of the most powerful countries in …

Why Cloud Technology?

The human race has gone so far when it comes to computing. From bulky computers with limited functions, we now enjoy a sleek line of gadgets that allows us to do multiple tasks at once. Smartphones are fast becoming a technology favorite while people who do computing for work can rely on a trusted laptop or desktop computer to help him/ her do the job with ease.

What is even better with these technological advancements is not its hardware but what is inside it. Software ten years ago is but a shadow of the software advances we now have. Experts became ambitious when it came to data storage and the use of CDs or flash drives for external storage are not the only solution anymore. Cloud …

A Brighter Future With Public Education For All

Education is a form of intangible wealth that can’t be taken away from you forever. It is your ultimate tool to remain globally competitive and succeed in this world that is far becoming more technological than ever. It is the reason why you go to school from your early years until you get a degree and are ready to face the real world. Unfortunately, education does not always come cheap.

Public education is available to the majority of the American youth from primary to secondary school as long as you are okay with the system. Public schools can be stressful for students but it is better to get an education than nothing at all.

Getting an education even becomes more challenging (and even impossible for …

Rising Political Activism In Trump’s America

The political tension in the country right now is palpable that even those in other countries can feel it. With the recent unexpected win of the Republican presidential candidate, now President Donald Trump, emotions have been high and even ordinary people get into heated arguments in real life and on social media regarding their political beliefs.

And this tension has been experienced since the campaign started – or even as early as when both parties were choosing who their presidential bets will be. The Clinton and Trump rivalry is even more intriguing and explosive than your average Hollywood movie. People were on the edge of their seats as the election unfolds until the winner was announced.However, people today refuse to be on the sidelines and have …

Politicizing American Health Care

The citizens have a right to receive healthcare services from the government. From the young to the elderly, it is the government’s responsibility to look after the needs of the people – if not for free then at a reasonable price that the majority of the population can afford. After all, the public pay taxes – taxes that should be put to good use by the government and given back to the people when the need arises.

Unfortunately, politics is not always fair. More often than not, politicians are only concerned about their own vested interests and nothing more. They make policies without thinking about its implication on a full-scale and how people’s lives will be affected by it over time.This time, Obamacare is in the …

Women Suffer in Silence

Women of today have earned the right to work alongside men and even excel in their chosen professions. They have come so far from the meek and submissive women a century ago. Not only do they enjoy similar voting rights as the opposite sex, they also occupy important positions in various institutions – both in government offices and private corporations – that America almost elected their first woman president by a slim margin.

As confidence in what women can achieve continues to rise over the years, there are things that women are expected to bear on their own. They are expected to work alongside men regardless of physical limitations only they go through. The inconvenience of having a monthly menstrual cycle and the blessing (And burden) …

Save The Environment While We Still Can

The environment has changed so much over the years. If you look around you, only a few remains the same and almost everything else is brand new. Even when looking at old photographs, the difference is striking you’d often wonder what it was like living back in the days.

As much as we embrace change and development, it breaks our heart to see how much Mother Nature suffers from man-made destructions. Forests are slowly disappearing, so are the animals living in it. More animals have now gone extinct because of poaching or the destruction of their homes. Water is polluted because we never learned how to dispose of our trash properly. Toxic waste products of big production plants go directly to our rivers, it’s no wonder …

The Women of Science – The Struggle Is Real

We were taught from a young age that those who shaped history were men. But since we just celebrated the International Women’s Day this week, we should also recognize the contributions of women in science. If not for their specific achievements, then let us pay tribute to them for being the inspiration of great men of yesteryears. After all, behind a great man is a great woman.

Indeed, many great women have walked this earth and their contributions have outlived them and benefit many of us today. Theguardian.com has a story on women who are unsung heroes in the field of science.

This is where history steps in to remind us that even the ability to participate in science has always been political. TrowelBlazers is

How Prevalent Is Hacking In Today’s World

Now that we all breathe social media, it is no longer surprising that a single person owns more than one electronic device – smartphone, tablet, iPad, PCs, and laptops. Aside from having personal social media accounts on popular sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, many of us do our shopping and banking online because of our busy lifestyle. To be honest, we just want to avoid the long lines in the bank. But the problem is that we input a lot of sensitive data on our computers, laptops or smartphones that when hacked can prove to be disastrous.

There are many spam mail and dangerous links we unconsciously click that puts our devices at risk of hacking or getting a virus. We all know that nothing …

What’s New With Trump’s Travel Ban?

Since he announced his intent to run as the Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump never ceased to make it to the headline. His personality is as colorful as the life he has lived so far. He says the most outrageous of things and never fails to flaunt his riches.

His campaign slogan was to “Make America Great Again”. American citizens who are fed up with the increasing terroristic activities happening everywhere pledged their support for him – Trump who promised to put America first all the time and boost the nation’s economy. He even disclosed plans of building walls on the border to prevent illegal aliens get into the country undocumented. Hence, it was not surprising that he issued a travel ban soon after his …

Understanding The Current American Political Climate

To say that the U.S. political climate is intense and stressful is an understatement. People get on the nerves of others simply by voicing out their opinions. It is a difficult time and confusing for many. It makes perfect sense to distance yourself first and try to look at the situation without any biases.

Politics can be dirty and so are the words coming out of the mouths of politicians especially during campaign season. Outsiders may wonder what’s really going on in a country that is among the most powerful in the world right now when its citizens can’t help bashing each other in social media because of who they voted for. It is even more disconcerting that the current political climate can make for a …

Sleep Problems In Children

Back in the day, only adults complain of sleep issues. From your productive adult years to later in life as a resident in a nursing home, sleep can evade you and leave you wide awake at night.

On the other hand, children enjoy more sleep than adults. No or lesser responsibility allows them to sleep longer hours. Their active lifestyle of play and make believe also leave them exhausted at the end of the day, making it easier for kids to drift off to sleep once they hit the sack. And it makes sense considering a child’s body needs enough sleep and rest to grow big and strong.

However, the many distractions of technology compete with a child’s attention and sleep is the last thing …

Stop Snoring With A Good Mouthpiece

tbsmpYou can have the best snoring mouthpiece if you meticulously research it. First, try to visit the nearest mall or shops near you and ask if they are selling these snoring mouthpieces. Some of them will find the product new to their ears but there are also store outlets who sell this kind of product. The good thing about seeing the actual mouthpiece is you can make comparisons and determine if it is really suitable for you. Of course, you can also be assured that you are not scammed if you find the best snoring mouthpiece in a mall or shop. In fact, you can even try it out while you’re there!

However, if there are no snoring mouthpieces available in your area, the best …

Why You Should Not Let Your Dogs Lick You

Dogs are man’s best friend. Many pet owners have dogs for pets, and for good reasons. Most pet dogs are friendly, cuddly, and sweet. They wag their tails once they see their owners and always tag along during outside walks. They help relieve anxiety and put a smile on their owner’s faces and brighten their days.

Like any social creature, dogs love the attention given by their humans. They play tricks to keep their owners entertained. It is why pet owners go to great lengths to care for their dogs. Vaccines are complete. Food and water are given on time. Daily walks are a must. Some even take their dogs with them when they travel. And cuddling with them is done with pleasure.

In return, …

Storms: The Sneaky Killer Of Business Growth

No matter who we are, it’s likely that sometime in our lives we have faced some kind of storm that has affected us. Whether it meant we had difficulties or could not get to work, or if a storm has stranded us in the middle of nowhere, the fact is that disasters happen – it matters most how we react.

Businesses Face A Double Blow

When it comes to severe storms, businesses can face double the damage, both in lost wages and in property damage. This recent storm in Stafford, TX is a prime example:

Winds ripped up multiple greenhouses at Weatherford Farms Nursery and the entire front facade of Yukon Glass was blown out. Part of the ceiling also caved into the showroom.

Employees watched

Choosing An Anti-Snoring Device

asdPeople have different choices when it comes to anti-snoring devices. What works for one person may not necessarily be an answer to another. As much as the Vitalsleep device works for various individuals, there are others who have not been successful where this device is concerned. Some people easily choke on oral anti-snoring devices. Others do not feel very comfortable in them and may opt for other gadgets. One such item that is preferred is the anti-snore pillow. It is one of the easiest to use. This is not a regular pillow one gets from the shop. It is a special type of pillow that has been designed especially for snorers to give the head and neck support in a given way.

Apart from the …

Anti Snoring Devices Are The Best

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Despite the fact that snoring is frequently recognized a minor tribulation, snorers can at times endure extreme debilitation of lifestyle. Facts on wheezing are regularly conflicting, however no less than 30% of mature people and maybe the same number as half of individuals in a few demographics wheeze. Essentially all medications for snoring spin around clearing the blockage in the breathing section. This is the excuse for why snorers are encouraged to shed pounds (to prevent fat from pressing on the throat), quit smoking and consider their side to counteract the tongue from hindering the throat.

Snorers are ordinarily unconscious of their snoring, and should depend on the perceptions of their bed mates. (See this article) A few snorers might wake up around evening time gagging and panting for breath, yet this happens only occasionally. There is an approach to quit snoring by using huge measures on the cushions, which frequently do not work or using different anti snoring devices. It works (more…)

Like Finding A Pediatrician In A Haystack…

It’s not as simple as asking your best friend. Here, doctor-shopping strategies that deliver.

paA few months before our son, Nate, was born last October, my husband and I joined the legions of parents in the market for a new pediatrician. I gathered a long list of recommendations from doctors and friends, then interviewed the top contenders who were also members of our health plan. Ultimately, we had to trust our instincts: We selected a doctor we felt would provide our child with first-rate medical care–in sickness and in health-and would help us be good parents.

We haven’t regretted our choice for a moment: When Nate was 5 days old and developed jaundice, our pediatrician went the extra mile–at 9:00 p.m. one Sunday–to find a company that would deliver a home treatment rather than admitting him to the hospital, which would have separated us from our baby. Now, a year later, our pediatrician always finds time to see Nate when he’s sick and calls back promptly to address questions or concerns.

According to 98000Reasons.org, any parents aren’t so fortunate. But finding a first-rate pediatrician in today’s managed-care system isn’t just a matter of hick. It takes legwork, especially if you want to land one who will stand up for your child in a medical crisis. Here, smart strategies you can use, whether you’re searching for a pediatrician for the first time or reevaluating your child’s current doctor:

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Safe Parenting Tips For When Your Kids Are Sick

yksWhen your child is sick, getting her the right medication makes all the difference. At the same time, parents worry about side effects. That’s why it may come as a surprise to learn that some prescription drugs–certain asthma medications, for instance–haven’t even been tested on kids. There’s nothing illegal or reckless about this; any drug that’s approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for adults can be given to kids. The practice is called off-label prescription, and it’s common.

According to Parenting Twins And More, the problem is that children are not little adults; their growing bodies metabolize drugs differently. With this in mind, in August 1997, President Clinton proposed a rule that would require any new prescription drug intended for children to be tested on children. But drug companies are fighting the proposal, claiming it would slow down the approval of lifesaving drugs.

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Corporations And Congress: Why Even Hide Bribery Anymore?

gopacWhen corporations give millions of dollars to members of Congress, what are they buying? Friends in high places? Sympathetic interpretations of laws and regulations? Special favors written into laws? Access to strategy sessions in back rooms? Tax breaks? Other direct benefits for themselves?

The answer is, “All of the above.” Corporations are giving to get, plain and simple. And it works.

The tens of millions of dollars that corporations pay into congressional campaign war chests each year come back to the corporations in the form of significant and tangible rewards worth hundreds–if not thousands–of times more than their campaign contributions. Meanwhile, nothing goes to small businesses.

A good example is House Speaker Newt Gingrich. For years, Gingrich headed the GOP Action Committee, or GOPAC, which …

Single And Doing Good For Others: Nice Trade

sgfoAt Single Volunteers (SV), the goal is to become ineligible for membership. One success story is that of Tony Birchfield and Vicki Kern of SV’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter, who met a year ago last spring while building a house for Habitat for Humanity. A few weeks later, the widowed business owner, who ran a San Diego tree service, and divorced nurse, both in their 50s, went horseback riding with handicapped children. They hooked up again at a barn dance for the Special Olympics, and four months later, they were married.

“They got to know each other in blue jeans, in full daylight, with sweat on their brows,” says SV’s founder, Anne Lusk. “That’s a wonderful, realistic foundation for any relationship.”

Lusk, 50, got the

Feel Good About Yourself! Your Health Is Better Than You Think!

Finally–a study that makes you feel good about yourself even if you don’t spend an hour a day at the gym! According to a recent report from the Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research in Dallas, you can skip the treadmill and stay just as healthy by leading an active life doing everyday activities.

Being healthy can look like this!

Being healthy can look like this!

Researchers at the institute monitored 235 sedentary women and men between the ages of 35 and 60. One group spent 20 to 60 minutes a day doing vigorous exercise such as swimming or biking; the other group simply made sure to do 30 minutes a day of “lifestyle” exercise–raking leaves, climbing stairs. At the end of six months, members of both groups showed similar improvements in their …

Using Your Personal Power For Change

WHAT happens when a respected mainstream education organization is taken over by an activist with a hard-core agenda? The National School Boards Association is about to find out.

aaouwAnne L. Bryant has just resigned the directorship of the American Association of University Women to become director of the National School Boards Association. If she is as effective at her new post as she was at the AAUW, we shall soon be seeing the NSBA diverted from its primary mission of improving education to the more activist goal of alerting the public to how the nation’s schools are “failing at fairness.” It was Anne Bryant who promoted the false but widely credited belief that the nation’s girl students are being drained of their self-esteem in a school

Starting A Blog Requires Interest And Commitment

sabrLife is interesting in itself. If you want to share your life by starting a blog, it should be interesting to others too. On the other hand, if you think your trials and tribulations are worth sharing, you had better write them in such a way that it is not only enjoyable to read but also meaningful. The entire process of starting a blog can be in your control.

From the ideas to the writing style can be decided by you. You can also envision how to steer it in the right direction. In this manner, you can make it sustainable and have a large readership. With all the links to other social media, starting a blog and pasting the link on to your other public …

Getting Your Creative Self Back

gysbDriving down Route, 89 south from Montpelier toward White River Junction, I tried to remember exactly how long it had been since I’d had sex. Although we didn’t actually separate and agree to divorce until February of 1993, the last time my husband and I had made love–and the last time I’d had sex–was in late May of 1992, and here it was, the Fourth of July, 1994. Two years and one month later, One hundred and nine weeks. Seven hundred and sixty five, days.

The numbers mattered. They were real when little else seemed to be. But each day arrived like a new witness for the prosecution, reiterating the case against me and leading me further from the truth.

I had just 24 hours off

Don’t Be A Personal Hater

Is there a vein of misery that runs deeper in all our lives than self-loathing? A fault line that guarantees our failure ever to be truly happy, no matter how much we accomplish or accumulate, or in whose arms we lie?

Woman, heal thyself.

dbaphIf I were to assign a color to self-loathing, it would be the bluish-black purple of an ugly bruise. This is what self-loathing is, an ugly bruise that erupts on the surface of our lives or on our bodies; a warning sign that something serious is happening on a deeper level. We bruise when we bleed within. Self-loathing is the silent hemorrhaging of the soul. You don’t feel or see the life force fleeing until it’s no longer there, and then, of

No One Wants To Be The Fat Kid

nowfkAt 6, Caitlin Brown(*) is big for her age, loves sweets, and has trouble buttoning her size-eight clothing–all of which worry her mother, Marci. “I was such a skinny kid at her age, and I’m terrified that she’s inherited my husband’s weight problem,” says the 40-year-old mother of two from Montclair, NJ. “I don’t want her to grow up fat.” We’re a nation obsessed with weight–our own and our children’s. It’s understandable: More than twice as many children are overweight today than were 25 years ago, some 13 percent of girls and 15 percent of boys, ages 6 to 11, according to a 1997 government study of more than 7,000 children. What’s more, overweight children are twice as likely to become overweight adults as those who

Some Notes On Self Esteem

snoseSince criminals have high self-esteem, it isn’t surprising that our government has made the distribution of self-esteem to everyone a matter of national urgency. The result: Even as the old welfare state passes away, a new karmic state is coming into existence. Instead of giving money to poor people, we will ensure that every American suffering from even minor bummage gets his or her fair share of self-esteem. Everybody wants to feel good.

The last time I felt good, I was hitting 80 in a 65 with “Born to Run” on the stereo. The subsequent encounter session with a trooper cost me $150. It was mean-spirited and it made me feel bad. So maybe the esteemers are right: Maybe feeling good ought to be a kind

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