A Step Closer For Self Driving Cars

A Step Closer For Self Driving Cars

I drive quite often during the week and the steering wheel is an intimate part of my driving but I wonder what the future of driving would be like and I got my answer with the release of Google’s self driving cars. Some technology experts say that self driving cars are environmentally friendly because they give off fewer carbon emissions and it could mean fewer accidents, which all contribute to air pollution in my opinion. Another thing I like about the idea of a self driving car from Google is that I no longer have to worry about getting lost because I didn’t know where I was going. With a self driving car I can program my destination and I can focus on enjoying the ride rather than driving and dodging inconsiderate drivers.

An Extension of What Cars Are Like Now

Maybe I shouldn’t be too surprised that the self driving car is in development because most of today’s cars have lots of state-of-the-art gadget such as built in GPS systems, satellite radio, built in DVD player and CD player, ability to receive phone calls through the car’s indoor display screen and child protection locks. Many of the cars I’ve had in recent years came with remote controls and I had airbags on the drivers’ and passengers’ sides. I’ve been trained to accept the benefits of a self driving car.

Other Impressions of Google Self Driving Car

The thing that stood out for me regarding the self driving car is that according to Google, the car drove up to 700,000 miles on major city highways and busy streets without causing accidents or breaking down. I’m not sure if what they said is all propaganda or actually the truth; you can decide on that one.  I also found out that this car has built in sensors and 360 degree camera, which can read stop signs and other symbols that give directions.

Don’t Expect To See These At Car Dealerships Real Soon

After researching the cool features and capabilities (such as pre-defined routes and simplicity of the interior design), I think that a self driving car would be fun and beneficial for me. But to my disappointment I read in several publications that these cars will not be available for sale to the public for at another five or more years since it is undergoing more testing by the geeks at Google.

Conclusion

When I told my  ten year old cousin about the possibility of a car that can go around the city without a driver in it, he appeared afraid. And this is the reaction of other Americans according to some technology insiders. However, I see the self driving car as the wave of the future for automobiles and that soon this concept will be embraced my more people. I also know that our state governments will need to give Google the green light on releasing them in their communities and this could be a few years.

Nonetheless, I’m so waiting for future development of artificial intelligence and real world recognition by computers, so one day (imagine that) I can sit in a self driving car, drinking my coffee and talking with my foreigner friends via live video call, displayed on front mirror. Sounds cool, yeah?Finally, I think this car will gradually become mainstream in the future.

Skype’s Real Speech Recognition Hits Pre Beta

Skype’s Real Speech Recognition Hits Pre Beta

I use Skype all the time when having conversations with my clients and one new thing that Skype came up with recently was real speech recognition features, which I thought was cool. With Skype’s real time speech translation, It will first start off as a beta Windows 8 app and then it will expand to other markets within two years.

I then researched this new service further and here is the information I gathered. Skype’s real time speech translation is based on a study from a few years back when researchers from the University of Toronto along with Microsoft developed a method by which a person can talk into a microphone in English and through “artificial brains” , they can recognize your speech and translate it into another language. Basically this is the inspiration for Skype’s new service.

Good For International Clients

A bulk of my clients are based in other countries and even though we use Skype, sometimes it is a challenge to translate or understand what clients say when I correspond with them through the service so I’m excited to find out about Skype’s real time speech translation service because it makes translation easier for me, and since the service may also include text translation I can can work with my clients efficiently. When the official service is released two years from now, it will offer translation in 40 languages, which is good news because I have clients from more than twenty countries currently.

Innovative For Our Time

The collaboration between Microsoft and Skype is innovative in my opinion because this another example of how globalization affects business and other aspects of our culture. A few decades ago people mainly had interpreters and those who worked as translators to communicate with those of other countries but thanks to this kind of technology the world appears smaller than in previous decades since it is easier to translate numerous languages.

This Could Boost More Skype Subscribers

Skype’s collaboration with Microsoft to create the real time speech translation service is beneficial for me and my clients but it will also mean higher revenue for Skype because currently 300 million people worldwide use Skype and once this translation service is available to everyone, I expect a huge increase in new customers for Skype.

Conclusion

Skype is getting ready to become more than just a way for people like me to communicate through video to others within this country and all over the world; now thanks to the real time speech translation services, I can get quick translation of others’ words and they will get translation of what I’m telling them. Geeks will love this service because it allows them to have closer communication with those who speak a different language without the hassle and misunderstandings. I predict that it will be around for a long time and this will forever be etched in our world’s globalization efforts. Skype’s new service gives diversity a whole new exciting meaning and I’m happy about it.

First Impression on LG G3

First Impression on LG G3

So I’ve always been a fan of LG phones and when I found out that the new LG G3 smartphone will be released soon, I got excited. Well, it’s weeks later and I now have the LG G3 smartphone, and here are my thoughts on it.

Some Of The Main Specs of The LG G3

My new LG G3 smartphone looks really sleek but it’s not just the aesthetics I love. This phone has a 2,560 by 1,440 display screen which means I’ll be able to see just about anything on the phone without the hassle. In addition to this I’m impressed with the high resolution that goes well with the screen. Another great feature of the LG G3 is the “laser auto focus” and this means that the phone measures the distance of photos you take on the phone using a laser beam. As a geek I love the feature because I’m always taking pictures with a phone. I don’t have to deal with dull and boring pictures ever again.

Smart Keyboard

It seems that so many electronics companies put the word “smart” behind products to make you think that their gadgets are useful and on the cutting edge, but at least with the LG G3, I can say that real smart technology is a part of it. For example, I read my owner’s manual a few days ago and it says that the phone has a “smart keyboard feature”. This feature is designed to reduce typing errors while you use the phone and it does so by analyzing the way you type.

Other Things I Like About The LG G3

The design of the LG G3 also appeals to me and I like the arch design it has as well as the metallic finish and bold colors to choose from. I have the red phone since red is my favorite color. The user interface on the phone is also simpler so it’s not hard for me to navigate around it. The 2GB memory along with the Snapdragon processing system is also a plus and allows for greater speed and storage for me. There is also the built in speaker that I enjoy and this speaker gives out the best sound.

Conclusion

Some people feel that the new LG G3 can’t compete with some of the most popular smartphones on the market but I disagree. Based on the features that this phone has, I believe that this phone will compete well with the current phones on the market. It’s true that the LG G3 doesn’t have the exact capabilities as the other smartphones but overall it works well for me and this is a good option for those who want a different type of smartphone. With this phone I can multitask by pulling up multiple apps at once and the Smart Notice feature recommends certain things to me regarding the phone. How cool and convenient is that? Finally, this phone just looks with my backpack and laptop.

360 Degree HD Camera Is Awesome

360 Degree HD Camera Is Awesome

Being the digital geek that I am, I always get excited about the latest cameras and camcorders and it is no different with the 360 degree HD camera. This camera allows you to get a panoramic view of different surroundings through capturing photos and videos, and there are also audio capabilities included in this 360 HD camera. You save your photos and videos to a micro SD card and then you upload the card to your computer, and finally you would transfer them to this camera. When I use the camera I’m excited about the images I see from it, and now some of my relatives are hooked on it.

Sharing Your Photos With Others

Since I purchased the 360 degree HD camera, I captured hundreds of panoramic images and I now upload a few of them to Google Maps to friends in certain neighbors. There was an incident when I captured panoramic images of some of the new condos that are being built in my friend’s neighborhood and he couldn’t believe what he saw when I shared the images with him.

Other Aspects of The 360 Degree HD Camera

I like that this camera comes with three lenses and three microphones so that you’ll have efficiency in your recording of video and so that the audio comes out right. I’m also able to stream videos in real time and in fact this is my favorite thing about the 360 degree HD camera. Since my neighborhood has experienced a rise in petty crimes over the past few weeks, I bought a second camera so I can install it near my roof and it serves as excellent surveillance while I’m away from home. I’m enjoying the GPS module in the camera that allows me to geotag my photos or videos.

Pocket Sized

Forget about the bulky HD cameras of the past; the 360 degree HD camera is so small that it can fit in your purse or bookbag. This was another thing that made we want to buy the camera. I don’t have to worry about setting up a tripod in other to record video or take amazing pictures. As an amateur photographer I find this aspect of the camera very useful.

Conclusion

The 360 degree HD camera is one of the best gadgets I purchased this year and it’s easy to see why. I can create videos and take pictures in such a way that it gives me a panoramic view of the things, places and people I capture using this device. I’m impressed with the clarity of the photos and videos and I turned these into a collage that I have in a scrapbook I created. This camera is also waterproof so if it’s raining or if I’m near the pool, the camera will not be destroyed by water splashes. I bought three of these for my relatives and now they’re talking about starting a side gig taking pictures. I’m going to have a great time with my camera over the next few weeks.

The Geek’s New Bike: Meet Visiobike

The Geek’s New Bike: Meet Visiobike

While talking to a fellow geek friend at a local fast food joint, he told me about this cool bike called the Visiobike and on the inside of the bike you’ll find a Panasonic lithium ion battery. The Visiobike operates on a 5.1 electric motor and you have the choice of either the bike that runs on 250 watts or on 500 watts. The pedals on this bike run smoothly and they go between 15 and 20 miles per hour, which is good for many bike riders who want to ride on an electric bike long term. I like the fact that I can ride up to 100 kilometers in distance before it’s time to recharge the battery and I was also pleased that once I charge the battery I can ride my bike for three to four hours. I always valued a sustainable lifestyle and with the Visiobike, I can live this way on the go everyday. In addition to this my Visiobike powers my smartphone and there is an app with the bike that lets me check my battery and get directions to places where I need to be.

Theft Proof And Helpful In Accidents

Another cool thing about my Visiobike is that it comes with motion sensors that alerts me via text message when my bike is being tampered with while I’m in a building or at home and the GPS feature on this bike helps me find out the where this bike may have been taken. In addition, if I get into an accident this bike captures the first few images so that I can assess what happened.

Comfortable To Ride On

The Visiobike may be lightweight and sleek, but it doesn’t take away from the comfort level. I liked the padding on this bike and I can go for two to three hours without feeling uncomfortable. The handlebars on this bike are also really comfortable and it is nice overall.

All In One Bike

The Visiobike is an all in one bike that not only powers your smartphone but helps keep track of it if it gets stolen and the battery lasts an adequate amount of time. This bike also doesn’t break down easily and it can last for many years. I told my friend that I am definitely will purchase the bike and he told me that he gonna borrow it from me every few weeks.

Conclusion

The Visiobike is an excellent bike for those interested in green living since it’s electric in nature but apart from that it operates just like most bikes. It is not hard to maintain and you can ride long distances on it, which is why I bought it. As a geek I’m always on the lookout for different innovative gadgets and I’m glad I discovered this bike. I no longer have to keep the smartphone in my pocket while on a bike because the Visiobike allows me to power the phone. Finally, the bike looks somewhat stylish but not very fancy, which is my kind of bike.

Techniques for Getting Inspiration from Nature

Techniques for Getting Inspiration from Nature

As the world’s population continues to grow exponentially every generation, more and more of the wild and free world around us is being industrialized, modernized, and civilized. While nature may be steadily shrinking, there is still plenty of it from which to draw inspiration; raging rivers, massive mountains, serene seas and fantastic forests. Artists, writers, poets and more have all been getting inspiration from nature for ages, and you too can draw inspiration from the natural world around you. There are some techniques that can help with this process, and I want to share them with you today.

From rolling plains to dense forests, cerulean skies and deep, blue oceans, even to the forms of men, women and the animals with which they share the world, nature is loaded with artistic inspiration. Anyone can look and see something that interests them, but harnessing that inspiration is really the difficult part in producing quality art. Perhaps the most important thing is to maintain a close attention to detail. Sure, there are sights, sounds and colors, but what about the morning dew, dripping from chilly leaves? Or the way a firefly’s meager glow can illuminate the world around it?

Indeed, keeping on that same path, look to see the world of variety even in specific categories. For example, don’t see a field of flowers and leave it at that. How many different types of flowers are there? How do the colors blend together, or contrast? What insects can be seen about, and which blooms do they favor? A keen eye and attention to detail are important to every artist, whether they be painting pictures or writing accounts of experiences. However, and I hate to say this; too many people spend too much time focusing on plants. There’s so much more to see! So don’t limit yourself only to fragrant flowers.

Did you know that every iris is unique? Much like a person’s fingerprint, the complex patterns within their eyes are identifiable markers. These shapes are often similar, but never alike, and many artists get lost sketching eyes from people and animals. This leads me to mention perspective, which is always important. Things and even situations can look different when approached from different directions, so never take the things you’re studying at face value. Look from the left, from the right, from above and below; up close, far away, and in between. You may notice things you did not, before.

In fact, I use a keen rangefinder during my travels throughout America. Many people use these devices for hunting, but I’ve found them very useful for judging distances and getting exact numbers when I’m trying different perspectives, like I mentioned up above. My last bit of advice on this is for you to consider how you want your end user to feel. When someone views your imagery, or reads your words, what response are you looking to invoke? Whatever that might be, do try to make what you produce relevant to that particular mood or reaction. In these ways, you can draw inspiration from nature.

Benefits of Strength Training on Productivity

Benefits of Strength Training on Productivity

Some benefits of strength training are apparent from the start. Building muscle, gaining power and improving one’s physique overall are typical reasons people start strength training in the first place. There are other benefits to strength training which aren’t quite so obvious though. To be specific, I’m talking about how making your body physically stronger can lead to increased productivity. That’s inside of work, whether you do physical labor or more white collar types of work, and outside of the job, when you’re doing things like cleaning house or taking care of your yard.

Let me get the most obvious benefit out of the way first. Physical activity has long been linked to increased productivity in school children – an accelerated pulse means more blood is moving into and out of the brain, and more blood moving into and out of the brain means more oxygen for that master organ to feed upon. Heightened clarity and purpose of thought, as well as increased focus, are all big benefits to regular physical activity. When you translate that into adult life and the working world, you still get increased productivity, even if you’re doing sales reports instead of history reports these days.

You can probably find testimonials backing this up all over the place, so I won’t bore you too much with my own. I’ll just say, I know about the link between strength training and productivity myself, because I recently got a brand new power rack and I train with it a little bit every day. Essentially, strength training leads to more energy. Heightened endurance and power translates readily into more usable energy, which allows for heightened productivity in jobs which are physical demanding. Plus, heavy workouts are known for making the exerciser tired.

That, in turn, allows for a better and more satisfying night’s sleep than the same person would experience if he or she wasn’t exercising. The benefits follow a kind of series or chain, as you’ll realize shortly: once you’re sleeping better, you won’t be reaching for high calorie foods to get energy so much throughout the day. This will lead to weight loss, not just because you’re taking in fewer calories, but because muscle tissue requires more calories to maintain throughout the day. That’s right – your body will actually burn more calories as it builds muscle, aside from the building of the muscle itself.

The benefits to strength training are myriad indeed. But before you go, I’d like to say one more thing. Many amateur fitness enthusiasts believe, quite wrongly, that cutting calories alone will help them to lose weight and get into better shape at the same time. While it’s true that ingesting fewer calories will give your body fewer calories to convert into fat, your muscle tissue needs those calories to subsist; in fact, muscle burns about 25% more calories than a comparable amount of fat. Eating less, eating better, and exercising more are all necessary if you want to boost your strength and increase your productivity.

The Only Way to be Really Rich

The Only Way to be Really Rich

Wealth is something people spend their whole lives pursuing. I’m not talking about owning a home with a two car garage or anything so easily done – I mean real wealth; the kind of stuff that most people think is purely opulent. Now, I won’t tell you that just anyone can become wealthy. Hard work and determination will only get you so far. Especially in today’s world, it should be apparent to everyone that getting ahead in life is often about who you know, more than what you know. However, there is still really only one way to become truly rich, and I’d like to tell you about it.

If you’re like most of the people in the world, you get up at a certain time of day so you can make it to an office, school, hospital or other workplace, and make somebody else rich. You work long hours, maybe even giving up free time you could be spending with your family or friends (or alone, if you prefer) just so you can get in a few extra hours of overtime, if your employer even allows that kind of thing. Especially with the new health care laws in this country, it can be very difficult just to get 40 hours a week anymore.

In this sort of situation, you are investing your time, your effort and your skills into a venture which offers very little upward mobility, but plenty of ways for things to get worse, and very quickly. How many tales have you heard about someone who worked for a company for 20 years, giving them a quarter of their life or more, just to be kicked off the roster after all that time because someone younger comes along who is willing to do the job for less than that person is getting paid now? It’s a common tale, all too common in this day and age, and there’s only one way to protect yourself from starring in a similar story.

I’m talking about going independent. Starting a business and working for you – not somebody else. Just take a look at the 100 richest people in the world – hell, go as far as the top 200, or 300 if you like. Forbes keeps up nice and informative lists about this topic. You’ll see they all have one thing in common – they work for themselves, not others. Like any other business, yours could also go under. I understand this, and I realize it is why so many people are reluctant to make the leap. But if you keep your current job while working for yourself on the side, that potential loss is kept rather marginal.

Also, you don’t necessarily need to start a business to start creating wealth for you and your family. Indeed, a good way to become really rich is to invent something awesome yourself. If you’re like me, then I know you’ve been up early in the morning on one night or another, maybe working while a TV runs infomercials in the background. People come up with some pretty crazy inventions, don’t they? Thing is, even if you have to go to that level to market and sell your product, if it is a good product, you can’t fail. Remember, you can also make a large impact just by reimagining a currently existing thing.

For instance, first there was the wheel. That was a pretty amazing invention – we’re all still using wheels today. But then someone else came along and decided that adding a support structure, such as spokes, would increase the longevity of any given wheel and make them last longer than similar wheels without spokes. If you can’t come up with a neat original idea of your own, then you may be able to simply improve on someone else’s idea, effectively making the new product your very own. But, it could be more your state of mind, rather than a lack of ideas, which is really holding you back.

If you’re not already working for yourself, your current state of mind may make it prohibitive to become rich. It is easier said than done, certainly, but you can get over this by becoming a new person. I’m not going to tell you to find some motivational speakers or books and start wolfing them down, because that’s really not going to work. You have to kind of train yourself – or retrain yourself, to be more specific, since you’ve already trained yourself to act a certain way, to think a certain way. One of my favorite things to do when looking for an original idea is to brainstorm. Do you recall that from school?

It’s a kind of free association of thought, where you just scribble down a main idea, then start branching off of that and into the territory of specifics. It always worked so well for me when I was doing reports back in high school and college, and I know it still works well today, in the adult world. However, even if you do manage to come up with an excellent idea utilizing this or some other measure, the problem of finances still exists. Unless you’re already kind of rich, it can be difficult to come up with the money to work towards becoming rich, especially with all the costs of living which must be paid; rent, food, etc.

Reselling stuff over the Internet is an excellent way to make extra money every month. After a year or two of that, it is certainly possible you could have enough start-up capital to get your business out of your mind and off the ground, into the realm of reality. Many people have made money simply by selling goods through one website and drop shipping the same goods from other websites, where they can be obtained for less. This method is certainly no way to make a living income, but as an additional income source, it’s pretty hard to beat. Accumulating capital is only the first step towards becoming rich.

Best Nail Gadgets for My Girlfriend

Best Nail Gadgets for My Girlfriend

My girlfriend can be pretty thrifty. Clothes, sometimes shoes, and even accessories are purchased from a thrift store or she makes it herself. She loves the fact that she is with me of course (haha), and so she gets to learn how to make and build things herself. One day, she asked me to look for some new gadgets for her nails. She wants to make nail polish at the convenience of our own home. I thought the idea was ingenious and that it would be cost effective. After I had nodded my head, I decided to do some research.

There are some tools that can be purchased with a bit of help. One of the best nail gadgets a girl can use is a nail file. There are some that are put in cases. I saw one that were a bundle for $5. If you are not interested in that, then look into rechargeable nail files for $20. These thing had attachable grit discs that will remove the pieces of nail you don’t want.

I was thinking my girlfriend wanted something nice to decorate her nails with. Nail art such as nail stickers are great additions to make your ordinary clear nails look spectacular with cool, new designs to choose from. They come in various colors and widths, with some costing about $15. All she would have to do is a bit of cutting for the stickers, warm up the glue, and press them on top of the nails. If you want them removed, take a cheaper version of a crystal nail file called nail polish strips. Although this is a good idea, I still recommended to my girlfriend to go and get nail technician services. Better safe than sorry, I always say.

Making nail polish is easier on the pockets versus buying bottle after bottle of the same hue each and every time they hit the makeup aisle. Well, there is a bit of shopping one has to do in order to make the nail paint. Eyeshadow, clear nail polish, glitter, toothpicks, and a few sheets of paper will do the trick. First, pour out a little bit of the nail polish from the bottles. It will allow room for the glitter and such to add into the clear nail polish.

Next, cut four pieces of paper from several sheets of paper and turn it into a funnel. Or, if you already have one, see if you can get a funnel to put over the nail polish bottle. Afterwards, prepare the eyeshadow, or blush, by scraping it onto a sheet of paper with a butter knife. Chop up the eyeshadow or blush as fine as you can make it. Then, unscrew the bottle of nail polish, put the funnel over it, and pour the eyeshadow (and glitter if any) into the bottles. Use a toothpick if necessary to push down the clumps of eyeshadow. Put the top back on and shake them! Shake them before each use if necessary.

If all else fails, which I hope doesn’t, read more info about becoming a nail technician. It is a great career for anybody who is willing to receive training and it can be done online.

Beginning to Box

Beginning to Box

Boxing is one of the most exciting ways to gain strength and get into shape. Even though it focuses on punching, it is actually an effective full body workout. Even more, boxing is a bit of a mind game. Its fast pace quickens reflexes, and its competitive format means that boxers have to get into the minds of their opponents.

This really appeals to someone like me who values my mental ability and wants to become stronger and more able to compete physically. Because of this, I am seriously thinking about taking some boxing lessons in order to improve both my body and to help me “think on my feet” more quickly and effectively. Here is a little of what I’ve learned so far about getting started boxing in case you want to try it too.

Investing in Gear

One of the things that is particularly nice about boxing is that it requires minimal gear if you are signing up for lessons at a gym. First, everyone must have their own mouth guard and hand wraps, so you will have to buy these. After that, you will probably want your own pair of the single most iconic item in boxing—gloves. The outstanding boxing gloves will give their wearer support and protection and will also be comfortable. There are many different styles, but the one thing to be aware of is the difference between gloves for competition, sparring and using a bag.

Now, about the bag. Anyone who can’t make it to the gym every day will probably benefit from having their own heavy bag for practicing. This single piece of equipment can do a lot to help a person develop their style – there are different types of bags with diverse weights because of this. Finding the best heavy bag for you take a little bit of planning and research, but it’s really worth it, because it can really affect the results you will get from your hard work.

Joining the Gym

Finding the right gym and trainer can be really important, and a good trainer can help you choose the equipment that you need. Locally, many sports centers, health clubs and community organizations can have information on where to find out where members of the local boxing community go. I’ve learned that it really is important to check that boxing instructors have certification and also to go to the gym during a training session to check it out. Of course, it’s also important that the gym has a price point and a schedule that fits your needs, as prices can vary a bit.

I hope that this information was as interesting and useful to you as it was to me. I am very excited to start boxing and try to make both my mind and my feet a little more agile. I may not ever be the next Muhammad Ali, but I think I can get a lot out of adding this sport to my routine.

Serger Technology and Sewing a Gift

Serger Technology and Sewing a Gift

I have a friend, Rachel, who is very crafty. Recently, I was at her family’s house for a day-long get together, and I was complaining that I couldn’t find the right type of case for my tablet. Guess what she said: She could make one for me! The next thing I know, I was telling her the size of my tablet and choosing fabric from her collection so that she could begin to work on it.

I asked Rachel if it was hard to make a case, and she told me that it was really simple because she had a serger in addition to her sewing machine. I didn’t really know what that meant. So, she took me to her sewing room to let me see how it was done. The machine helps sewers because it cuts off excess fabric as it sews. That way the edges of a project are always neat and tidy. I have seen regular sewing machines before, but this was way different. It was a different shape than a sewing machine and had a long metal hook and a lot of big spools of thread.

I have to admit that I was kind of fascinated trying to figure out how a serger worked. Rachel told me that the first-rate serger is easy to use, has a good cutting mechanism, differential feed and allows for many different types of decorative stitches. I asked what differential feed was and she told me that it was a way of adjusting so that she could serge really thick, thin or stretch material and that was good because she could make my tablet case really thick and protective. Rachel said that most sergers are bigger, but that she liked the small size of hers because it was portable but still really powerful. She also said that her serger can make 1500 stiches in a minute!

It really is a quick way to sew! She called the next day to tell me that she had the new tablet case ready. When I picked it up, it even had an extra pocket and a pen holder just like I wanted. I have to admit that I didn’t know much about sergers, but I like machines and was really impressed with her machine’s speed. So, I decided to read up on sergers a little more. I read the Juki MO654DE review, which is the type that Rachel has. I even watched a video about it, and it’s actually pretty cool. Many sergers are industrial level and they have complex mechanisms and use many threads. Arts and crafts can be high tech too, and it really is amazing how advanced sewing technology has come.

What a great gift from a friend! Now, I have the perfect case for my tablet. And, it’s all thanks to Rachel’s amazing sewing talent. Even better, I learned a little more about the technology that so many sewers use to make really useful things quickly and neatly.

The Pragmatic View on Linux and Windows Differences

The Pragmatic View on Linux and Windows Differences

When you’re trying to compare two things that are so radically different there can be no good comparison, that’s called comparing apples to oranges, or something similar to that. When comparing the differences between the Linux and Windows operating systems for computers, I really can’t tell which one is the apple and which one is the orange. I know neither one is like the other in many ways, so there’s a whole world of difference to cover between the two. Here’s what really stuck out for me.

Linux is More Accessible

In terms of the source code being free for anyone to grab and modify at any time, Linux and its inner workings are far more accessible than what makes Windows tick. However, there’s not much amateur users can accomplish with this increased level of access. For those who don’t know what they’re doing, this can actually be a bad thing, but thankfully I’ve been working with Linux for long enough that I know what to do – and what not to do.

Linux is More Affordable

This is another one that goes without saying. The latest Microsoft operating system usually costs hundreds of dollars fresh out of the box. These costs go down over time and as newer operating systems release, but they tend to hover around the same amount for years after the software’s release. On the other hand, the source code and basic version of Linux are free, as are many of the custom versions created by savvy users. Even those versions of Linux which do come with a cost sell for pennies on the dollar when compared to Windows software.

Windows is Easier

There are countless guides on how to access and implement Linux, but nothing beats the pick-up-and-play capability of most Windows operating systems. If you thought it was hard teaching grandma or grandpa how to use their Windows-operated machine, just imagine if you had been trying to help them understand the intricacies of Linux.

This is only a short list of the very glaring differences between Linux and Windows; there are many aspects not covered here, and I’ll be the first to admit that.

The point of all this is that I was installing Linux for a friend of mine who is a pet groomer on the go, and I had to ask why she didn’t just want Windows like 95% of people. It got me thinking about the differences between the two, and I just started writing, pretty much.

It’s not a bad salary that she makes grooming pets for people, but I’ve been browsing the Net and I just don’t think I could get into that sort of work. I mean, really? Everyone needs to do something, but I couldn’t do this. Even after I looked at the salary information, I still wasn’t impressed.

I mean, yeah, my friend makes more than enough money to live comfortable. But who wants to smell like other people’s dogs all day? Dirty dogs too, I’ll bet, if they’re being taken in for a grooming.

Selling the Stuff: Using Personal Website vs. Service Based Platform

Selling the Stuff: Using Personal Website vs. Service Based Platform

This is a big question that comes up with every budding salesperson when they finally decide to try their hand making money by trading people things they want for cold, hard cash. Should they make their own website, store or other sales medium to broadcast to the buying public, or should they go with a service based platform that already has thousands of users, lots of traffic and plenty of fees to go along with both of those things?

First, you need to realize that you can sell almost anything: from motorcycle boots to handicraft jewelry. The Internet was the marketplace of the future at one time, but that future is here in the present now. Without the overhead costs of rent, heat, electricity, plumbing, employees and more, selling over the Internet is a great way for you or anyone else to make money from home. There’s just one thing to figure out – do you sell over a website of your own creation, or through an established medium?

Using Your Own Website

There are many inherent benefits to operating through your own website. For starters, you can operate without the oversight of some other agency telling you what you can and can’t include in listings. You can supply contact information as well, and that makes forming those personal connections with customers much easier. In addition, you can change or modify a website you own whenever you want, without worrying about someone giving you an allowance to do so.

On the other hand, if you don’t have much design experience, making your own website can be impossibly difficult. You may need to hire professional help to get the job done, and web design isn’t exactly the cheapest thing to buy. Besides investing money, you will need to invest time and other resources to sell through your own website. Perhaps the alternative would be better for you.

Using a Third Party Website

There are benefits to selling through a service like eBay, etsy or Amazon, too. These websites present you with an established platform that many people already know about and use regularly to try and find things they wish to buy. For this great convenience, you can expect some heavy fees, up to 20% of the final sale amount, and that’s just the start.

These big websites have a big name they want to protect and maintain, so they’re going to expect you to act a certain way while using their services. Step out of line once and you’ll probably be suspended for a time; multiple infractions can get you a lifetime ban from some sales sites. If you make your main income through a website like this and that pathway to wealth is suddenly cut off, it can literally destroy you and your business.

See, it’s not just about what you sell, but also about where you sell it. The best thing you could do for your young business is to perform a thorough examination of costs when operating alone vs. costs when operating with a third party, then follow the path which leads to the most profit for you.

How Power Training Makes Women Gorgeous

How Power Training Makes Women Gorgeous

I enjoy music festivals. Hearing the sounds of various parts of the planet all gathered into one place can be an enlightening experience, to say the least. Sometimes, that enlightenment has relatively little to do with the music being played. For instance, this last time I was checking one out, I happened to run into a pretty buff female bodybuilder, someone who had obviously been at it for a long time, someone who know plenty about lifting weights and physical conditioning.

Naturally, I started off by complimenting her on her powerful physique. In my experience, ladies do enjoy compliments related to their bodies, even if they’re big and buff and not exactly feminine. She explained that it was no small feat to make her body look like it did.What followed was a short but informative conversation between myself, Austin, and the lifter, Jane, about the topic of female bodybuilders.

A: So, how long have you been lifting?

J: It has been a few years now, at least three since I finally decided to commit to working out and being physically fit. It’s not something you can just do part time – you have to be committed to get results out of it.

A: Do you think it’s any more important for you to be training, as a woman, than it is for a man to be fit?

J: Well, no. It is my belief that everyone should take good care of himself or herself, and that most people just don’t do what needs to be done for their physical health. Physical activity and fitness are important for everyone, and not moreso for men, women, the young, the elderly or any other group.

A: Is there any advice you have to offer to people looking to improve their fitness levels?

J: Yes, of course. Willpower is one of the most important parts of any exercise of diet program. You just have to want it, more than you don’t want it. If that doesn’t make sense, then you haven’t been stuck between a need to cut 500 calories out of your day and a big, fat piece of chocolate cake that will never help you to do that.

A: Well, I’ve actually been there before. It’s hard to say no to the things we like, isn’t it?

J: It sure is. There are other limitations on a person too, like the amount of muscle mass they can build, or how strong they are when they just start out exercising. I think women should strength train not just for fitness benefits, but because it can really help curb the bloating, discomfort and pain during a woman’s period. It also helps reduce sagging, wrinkles and other signs of aging, without expensive makeup.

A: That’s not something I’ve heard before. You mentioned limitations a moment ago. How would you get over those?

J: Besides a weak will, there’s one major dilemma for most people when it comes to getting fit – they just don’t have enough protein to build muscle. I would tell anyone who’s exercising and losing weight but failing to build mass that they can increase muscle tone with protein shakes. Here’s a site I often check for information on that.

The Way of an Active Lifestyle

The Way of an Active Lifestyle

For too long, I had kept telling myself I would “eventually” get into shape, or I’d start working out “next week”. For too long, that eventually and that next week kept not coming for me, month in and month out, until I finally got tired of it and decided to really do something, just recently. After doing lots of research on the subject of getting fit, I feel like I’m finally ready to put my knowledge into action to improve my state my being. I’ve been looking at both Crossfit training to cover the exercise, and the Paleo Diet to switch up what I’m putting into my body.

Crossfit is like a lot of other exercise programs because it emphasizes getting up and getting active as a means to boost one’s metabolism, lose weight and build muscle. However, Crossfit is very different from most traditional exercise programs because the part of the body being exercise is always up in the air. Various workouts of the day are provided by an instructor or through other resources, and the person doing the exercises will be working their entire body each day, with a few minutes spent on upper, lower, middle, limbs and elsewhere.

It’s also nice because even the longest Crossfit workouts don’t go for more than 30 minutes. It’s not a big demand on time, which makes Crossfit more accessible to busy people. For a good Crossfit training, you need marvelous Crossfit sneakers and a healthy diet plan. You’ll want something that fits well, usually with a sole made from rubber or another non-slip material.

Combining Crossfit training with the Paleo Diet just makes sense to me. If I’m supposed to get up, move around a lot and act like some kind of restless Paleolithic man, then I should eat like one too. Now, don’t get me wrong, it has nothing at all to do with the exercise regimen. Eating minimally processed foods and opting for farm-to-table fare whenever possible is just a good way to stay healthy and avoid introducing toxins like pesticides, fungicides and other poisons into your body.

I got some information about the Paleo Diet over the net, there are plenty of other resources about the subject available for browsing as well. I’ve covered the basic here thoroughly though. Still, that and other websites are good sources for meal plans and other advice. Many using the Paleo Diet complain about bland and tasteless food, so learning how to cook and season things isn’t a bad idea.

What kind of workout or exercise regimen are you using in your life? I welcome questions about this topic, as well as any information viewers may have about alternative exercise programs which work as well as Crossfit. Admittedly, that will probably be hard to do, since Crossfit is working out so well for me and many of the other people who finally decided to try it. If you’ve got something good though, I sure want to hear it.

How to Be Another Person for a Week

How to Be Another Person for a Week

Today I want to tell you about what it’s like to be another person for a week. I’m not talking about living in somebody else’s house, or stealing their identity or anything like that – just making a small change and seeing where it goes. After all, every change you make results in the death of the old you and the rebirth of someone new.

First, I had to find something interesting enough that I wouldn’t just give it up before the week was through. I hit up Google and just started looking for the first thing that really jumped off the page for me. It didn’t take long; I was only looking for about fifteen minutes when I came across an ad for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu that seemed to just speak to me.

I had never taken any self-defense classes before, so I was a little intimidated at first. I like to think I know how to handle myself when I get backed into a corner, but more knowledge is never a bad thing, so I decided to try it out for a while, and I was pleasantly surprised with the results of my little endeavor.

Without any ado I quickly ordered a jiu jitsu uniform – fuji gi from amazon after reading few reviews on the internet. Very soon after few classes I quickly learned that Jiu Jitsu isn’t the kind of thing that you can just try for a little while. It’s tough and even cruel sometimes, especially when sparring with someone significantly more skilled; I can’t count the number of times I hit the mat under my feet. But after a few days, I was making others hit the same mat too.

It was surprising how quickly those moves and positions which seemed foreign at first became like reflexes for me.

If I had the opportunity to go back and do it again, would I? Sure I would. It was a lot of fun and also a kind of life changing experience, because it led to other changes in my daily routine too. I started working out more, not really trying to bulk up and look like the Hulk or anything, but slimming down and getting lean.

I’m not gonna say that a week at Brazilian Jiu Jitsu made me into a health nut all of a sudden, because it didn’t. It did help make me a better person overall though.

I’m quite convinced now that everyone should be in some kind of physical fitness class. It doesn’t have to be learning self-defense; it could just be an amateur sports league or running or, well, anything really. The point is getting active, because once you do that, it becomes easier to stay active and keep moving.

I have more energy now than I can remember having in a long time. Not that I’m old or anything like that, but you know how you can just get stuck in a rut where you don’t want to go anywhere or do anything? Brazilian Jiu Jitsu has helped me to have fewer moments like that.

How I Won a Trip in to the Ultimate Data Center

How I Won a Trip in to the Ultimate Data Center

Recently, something that only a modern geek would consider amazing happened to me: I won a ticket to tour a Citrus data center. And I thought it was amazing. So much so that I decided I would dedicate a blog post to what data centers are, what’s inside of one, and their role in modern day society.

What a Data Center is

Modern data centers are basically just large facilities used to store computer systems. These systems are used for any number of purposes, including servers for businesses, providing off-site back up to businesses, and plain old operations architecture, which is the ongoing support and management of all IT services.

Simply put, if you’d like to just think of a data center as a building full of computers that do what computers usually do, you wouldn’t be too far off base.

What’s Inside a Data Center?

Computers of course. Next question? No, I’m kidding. Actually, there’s quite a bit going on inside a data center like Citrus. For one thing, the entire sight is designed to maximize energy efficiency. As you can imagine, data centers can suck a lot of energy, meaning that if they are going to be profitable, they’ve got to be designed to be as efficient as possible. Without going into the details, suffice it to say that every single component inside of a certified data center is made to use power as little and efficiently as possible.

Another great thing you’ll find inside a data center like the one I toured is the people. I know that when most everyone thinks of a data center, they probably think of lines of computers that are working away without any help from anybody. While this is true to an extent, data centers are also full of great, hardworking engineers that make sure the center runs smoothly. Meeting with them was one of my favorite parts of the tour.

The Role of Data Centers

Coming away from the Citrus tour, I really had a newfound appreciation for the role that data centers play in keeping our society running. Literally, almost every large business you could think of has to have them. Have you ever wondered where the 20 billion pages that Google indexes exist? The answer is inside of their data centers. How is Amazon able to run and operate one of the largest stores on the internet? Once again, the answer is the same.

If you look at it, our entire society runs off of two key things: petroleum and computing power. Data centers are what makes the second of these a possibility.

Final Thoughts

Winning a ticket to tour a data center may not seem like the most thrilling thing in the world, but it was a great and enlightening experience that I wouldn’t trade if I could. Data centers really are one of the main components that keep modern day society running smoothly, and I hope this post has helped to shed a little light on their unknown roles.