October 2011

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Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder

31 Oct 2011 | : Beauty & Fashion

Free cosmetic samples have become part of the regular landscape in the world of beauty. This is because beauty is in high demand and millions believe that it can be sold in boxes, bottles and little tubes. Thus, the people who package and sell “beauty” do their best to win over customers by presenting them with free cosmetic samples of their products. Natural beauty is not enough anymore. Many women are under pressure to wear make-up and other cosmetics. Even beautiful women who happen to have ideal coloring, perfectly proportional features, and beautiful eyes, skin and teeth may feel like their noses are not small enough, their eyes not lively enough, and their cheeks not rosy enough.

Women with beautiful long, wavy hair may feel like the hair’s color is not quite right, and so they will try to highlight their hair or to radically change its overall appearance. They may straighten their hair or chop it all off. Are these all instances of beautification? Some would argue not, but there is a wise saying that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. There must be some truth about the saying because different individuals and societies seem to have different ideas about what constitutes beauty. In some cultures, gummy smiles are considered beautiful, and women with particularly dark gums are elevated to the heights of beauty. In yet other cultures, women with gaps between their two front teeth are considered beautiful as well. Interestingly enough, in American culture, women have actually been known to have cosmetic “corrective” procedures done to them to eliminate their gummy smiles or gaps. A woman moving from the one society to another would have the shock of her life if she went from being a beauty queen to an “ugly” woman or vice versa overnight.

Beauty may be an amorphous concept that stubbornly resists any rigid definitions. However, this does not stop manufacturers of cosmetics from trying to market their products to their customers and potential customers. The clever thing about their marketing, especially in this day and age, is that it recognizes that there are different potential markets to tap into. Rather than marketing products for, say, one skin tone or type, they cater for customers with different complexions and types of skin. In this way, they manage to create as broad a base of customers as possible and to maximize their profits. This, further, requires that they market a wide range of free cosmetics.

Queen – The Greatest UK Band Ever

30 Oct 2011 | : Advice

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor banded up as the British rock group Queen in 1971. Although they achieved recognition as a progressive rock outfit, the band has experimented with different music genres such as heavy metal and glam rock throughout their history. Fans love and know the band’s music for its theatrical feel and flippant character.

The 1970 release of A Night at the Opera ushered mainstream success for Queen. It marked a shift from progressive rock to a more conventional rock sound, which partly figured into the band’s ensuing commercial success. The album included “Bohemian Rhapsody,” one of the band’s most popular and enduring songs which is widely regarded as on of the best songs ever. Subsequent hits during the 1970s were “Somebody to Love,” “We Will Rock You,” and “We Are the Champions,” all well-loved anthems in their own right.

The band continued to bask in their success in the 1980s, releasing five studio albums that all went either gold or platinum. They also released “Another One Bites the Dust” during these years, which peaked at number one in the US charts. In 1981, the band collaborated with David Bowie to produce “Under Pressure,” which only fared modestly in the United States but hit number one in the United Kingdom.

The band’s momentum was cut short in the 1990s as Freddie Mercury contracted HIV. Although the band denied allegations of Mercury’s illness, his declining condition forced the band to lie low from the public and focus on future albums instead. Finally, Mercury passed away in late 1991. Queen never disbanded officially, but one can say that they never were quite the same without Mercury’s distinctive vocals and showmanship.

Testament to Queen’s legend and legacy, numerous artists such as Ben Folds Five, Kurt Cobain, Iron Maiden and The Smashing Pumpkins have cited the band as influences.

Your Path to Healthier Fast Weight Loss

30 Oct 2011 | : Health

The path to a healthier body is not always a clear one, and often it’s because there are so many distractions along the way. When you break things down to pure science however, it’s not all that difficult to figure out what you need to do to lose weight. But of course when you factor in real life and actual implementation, the situation gets a lot cloudier. And of course there is always the challenge of resisting the temptation of taking shortcuts or trying to lose weight quickly without doing any work. It’s easy to lose perspective on your ultimate goals while pursuing the type of body you want. Unfortunately, many people make missteps along the way – but to help you stay on track, here is a list of some of the biggest mistakes you should avoid.

Trying to lose weight too fast – this is something that many people commonly do especially when they start off with a lot of motivation. It’s important to remember that your weight loss program should be a marathon -not a sprint. Try to think about where you want to be several months from now rather than trying to drop off as much weight as possible within two weeks. Chances are your body won’t be able to handle dramatic weight loss anyways so it’s far better to take a gradual approach.

Trying to do everything on your own – whether it’s pride or simply not thinking about asking for help, far too many people try to lose weight in isolation. This can be a big mistake because having a supportive group of people around you can be just the thing you need to keep you on track. Better yet, find somebody who was also interested in living a healthier lifestyle and you can do things together. It will be a lot easier to stick with exercise goals and better eating when you have somebody helping you out.

Not having an overall plan – a lot of people take a “New Year’s resolution” type of approach to losing weight. In other words, they make a commitment to themselves that they want to drop a few pounds and then spend the next few weeks going on a day-to-day basis. They might eat healthier and exercise a bit more for a couple of weeks, but there is no general plan in place that helps to guide them. Just like anything else that might be complicated, it’s important to go in with a strategy.

Only focusing on food – food is definitely something you’re going to have to look at when it comes to coming up with a new meal plan, especially when it comes to caloric intake. But if all you ever do is adjust your diet, then you’re missing out on the other key component to healthy fast weight loss. It’s essential that you find a way to stay active and in the very beginning, it doesn’t really matter what form it takes. Go for a walk, take a stroll with the dog, or play with the kids. Just get out there and start moving while looking for ways to ramp up the intensity for the future.

Not having any fun – if you make your life so regimented that you dread every meal or each time you have to exercise, there’s no way you’re going to be able to maintain this pace. You have to add an element of enjoy ability to your weight loss program in order to make it successful. Sometimes the answer is adding variety so that you get to eat different types of things and exercise in different ways. Also remember to give yourself a break from time to time and simply enjoy life because not everything should be about losing weight.

Choosing The Right Travel Insurance For Over 65 Travelers

29 Oct 2011 | : Insurance, Travel, Uncategorized

For people who are retired, pursuing activities close to their hearts and doing what they failed to do when they were younger define the manner by which their time will be spent. What if the family you so very much want to spend time with, lives on the other continent? That means traveling and dealing with policies regarding traveling insurance for over 65.

Getting to places, crossing continents in style, business class or economy is a breeze these days. The older travelers, however, are sometimes treated with less concern. The fact is, they are regarded by insurance companies as high risk and demand more from them because of many fringe benefits needed in their coverage. This is rather regrettable when one thinks about what they lost and missed while they were in their productive years and again what they are going to passed up on now that they have both the time and the savings. What options are there regarding this travel insurance for over 65 so they can travel with less hitches?

With this group that is noted to be traveling the most and for the longest, there are other options that can be availed of definitely. What it takes is to simply find the insurance company that can meet the needs of this group. So shopping is the obvious way by which the features, coverage, premiums and such can be compared. The method are varied which can be easy or hard. Shopping to compare will be easily done by using the internet which have sites to help you navigate as you find answers. Seeing the larger picture is easy and fast too.

One thing that must be considered in choosing the right travel insurance for over 65 years old travelers would be emergency and broader medical coverage. Travel assistance is also expected in the coverage in anticipation of the many afflictions and services that may possibly be needed while on board. Delays and cancelled flight arrangements must also be considerate of their needs.

Time is an extravagance that is fast running out on these travelers. Gratification has long been delayed and is justly deserved already. This is why they make the most and the longest trips according to Eurostat, 2008. This explains why they make the most and the longest trips (Eurostat, 2008). This is the reason for their most and longest trips (Eurostat, 2008). They give good business to tourism and must be regarded as such to merit a little more convenience when traveling.

Tips On Getting Cheap Laptops

29 Oct 2011 | : Technology, Uncategorized

With the development of computer technology, there are many cheap laptops available out there for consideration for wireless needs. Two ways to get laptops at cheap prices is to buy a used or refurbished model. Cheap laptops can be a big deal for some people who need a laptop, but do not want to pay high prices for certain models of high-tech sport. There are several things to consider when looking for cheap laptops that will keep you from buying something that will not serve you well.

Refurbished means that the computer was used for 1 day to 3 months, and then it was returned to the shop for some reason. The warehouse or the manufacturer cannot resell it as new so they offer it as a refurbished model. If necessary, it will be repaired to factory specifications. This is a great way to find cheap laptops under 200, since there is usually also accompanied by a warranty. The computer used on the other hand, is offered “as is” and was not repaired in the specification, unless the seller indicates that he has.

If you are looking for cheap laptops first assess why you need a laptop. It is the student who needs a word processor? So you may not be necessary to search for cheap laptops that have a lot of memory. You can find cheap laptops with more memory, if that is what you are looking for, but you will pay more. Most laptops of any price usually have at least 128 MB of memory to run programs on the market. You can actually find some pretty nice laptops under 400 that have all the features you need, with a dual core processor and an ample amount of ram.

Early models of laptops are often more difficult to upgrade than newer models. When you search, you can find the new computers at a lower price. It is important to spend some time on research in computer magazines, online and professional opinions on the laptop you’re interested in making sure that the parts are compatible.

Laptops are usually about twice the cost of desktop models with the same characteristics, you pay for convenience is able to take your computer anywhere you are. To determine whether the price offered is fair for low-cost laptops, you can check online and see how many of their sales on other sites and distributors. Remember that new laptop, which is below the line features may not be as good as some of the cheap laptops refurbished at the beginning of the line and the same price.

Sub-Zero Showrooms: Freshest Faces of Refrigerators

28 Oct 2011 | : Indoors

If you’re tired of going through the same refrigerator configurations in the appliance mass market today then perhaps it’s time to seriously consider the Sub-Zero refrigerator brand. If it’s exterior design and aesthetic style approach that you’re going after, this brand will fit your requirements best. Even from the most limited models of freezerless refrigerators to the highly after-sought fridge models like undercounter fridges, Sub-Zero Preservation can come up with the best candidate for the refrigerator design that you’ve been looking for.

The freshest faces and designs of refrigerators can be found in the huge showroom of Sub-Zero Preservation. This brand is the refrigerator arm of Wolf Appliances – one of the most high-end home appliance brands today. Despite the prevalence of other brands such as GE, Frigidaire, Whirlpool, Kenmore and Electrolux in the refrigeration industry today, Sub-Zero Preservation still enjoys a consistent market demand for their fridge collection. This is primarily due to the brand’s unique offering of refrigerator units that are highly innovative, both on the inside and out.

Subzero prices and dealer’s quotes – which are undeniably skyrocketing high and expensive – make the refrigerator brand almost inaccessible in the public eye. As price will always remain to be a huge factor to the customers’ buying considerations, Sub-Zero brand will always be left out in the customers’ list of fridge brands once the price is put into a much higher priority.

On the other hand, for those people who are looking for unique and rare refrigerator designs, they will find solace in the wide range of refrigerator units from the Sub-Zero showroom. Because the brand is essentially not a mass-market brand, the ergonomic design remains fresh as it is – which relatively translate to the fact that you’re one of the rare fridge owners who get to experience the beauty and the convenience that only Sub-Zero Preservation can offer to you.

An Example of a Data Recovery Procedure for a Western Digital WD1600JS Drive

28 Oct 2011 | : Technology

The purpose of this brief article is to give an overview of the procedures involved in a typical Western Digital data recovery case.

In this instance the defective drive was a Western Digital WD1600JS drive (160GB, 3.5″ S-ATA drive) made in January 2006. The client was in London and reported that there was no access to the drive and that it was clicking. All in all a fairly standard hdd recovery for us (http://tierradatarecovery.co.uk).

When the drive arrived in the lab the initial inspection showed no signs of damage to the external casing and the printed circuit board (PCB) looked to be in good condition (no evidence of burnt or stressed looking components).

The next step was to attempt to clone the drive. The drive did spin-up and in BIOS identified itself as “WDC ROM Model-Hawke” and with the drive capacity shown as 7GB.

These are classic symptoms of damaged firmware. Firmware is a small amount of code that is stored on the hard drive itself (partly on the data platters inside the drive and partly on the PCB). It is used to get the drive up and running and to present itself to your PC or Mac as a recognised storage volume. Some firmware is specific to the individual hard drive itself as it is built up over the operational lifetime of the drive.

One of the key differentiators between the “cheap and cheerful” data recovery companies and those that take the matter rather more seriously is the investment to acquire the specialist tools needed to work on hard drive firmware and the knowledge and experience to use such tools without endangering the client data.

In this case further investigation showed that the drive firmware had indeed become corrupted, specifically a firmware module referred to as the translator table had been damaged (this is essentially a map to the data area of the drive, without it no access to user data will be possible). The necessary repairs to the firmware were carried out and on subsequent power-up we were able to access the data area of the drive.

At this point the original defect drive was cloned and all subsequent analysis and data extraction work was carried out on that clone.

Once the clone had been completed it was scanned and the user data extracted.

Finally the pulled data was verified. Unfortunately we can’t simply assume that because a file has been pulled it is intact. There is only one way to tell if a file has been extracted intact and that is to open it. Therefore the verification stage of the recovery involved large scale sampling of the data to confirm the quality of the recovery. Sample screen shots were produced (contact sheets for photographs and first page preview thumbnails for documents) and forwarded to the client along with a full file listing of all data recovered. This analysis report also invited the client to request extra screen shots showing any files that were particularly critical to them. This verification stage is a time consuming but essential part of data retrieval.

The client decided to purchase an external hard drive from us on which to have the recovered data returned to him and opted not to have the recovered data encrypted as it was not sensitive (we don’t charge anything extra for encryption it just makes accessing the recovered data a little simpler if it is not encrypted and so many people opt not to encrypt).

The total turn around time in this instance from us receiving the defective drive in the lab to us dispatching by courier the recovered data back to the client was 48 hours.

We also of course kept our copy of both the clone and the extracted data for 10 days after shipment just in case there were any problems.

We believe that the way in which this recovery job was carried out (and all the others that we carry out every day) demonstrates why we are among the most successful data recovery services.

Reasons To Choose InMotion Web Hosting

27 Oct 2011 | : Technology

In Motion web hosting has been providing quality, dependable, customer-focused services since 2001. Either Unix or Linux based hosting networks are available, and hosting plans include a VPS plan as well as shared server or dedicated server options. Customers using this company’s services enjoy good bandwidths and speeds and generous storage space.

Features

To ensure that all customers’ requirements will be met there is a variety of affordable packages, all featuring high speed, reliable network services. A customer choosing the cheapest of the In Motion hosting plans, the launch package, has up to six domains and two websites under a single account. The same package also allows unlimited bandwidth and disk storage, and one or two MySQL databases.

Online entrepreneurs often choose the In Motion Power web hosting package; at $7.95 a month this plan provides for up to 50 MySQL databases. The Business Class plan, at $5.95 monthly, has been designed for customers who want robust business functionality.

There is a variety of software options and self-installing scripts and a choice of two website building applications. In Motion web hosting makes audio and video streaming easy, and five blog platforms, including b2evolution and WordPress, are supported.

Customer service

In Motion Web Hosting Services has received awards for superior customer service. Customer support by email, phone or live chat is available 24/7.

Service reliability

In Motion is renowned for the dependability of its web hosting services and guarantees 99.9% reliability. Industry awards and numerous customer testimonials endorse the high quality of the company’s performance.

Prices

Package prices range from $5.95 to $13.95 per month. For customers who require hosting for periods less than 6 months, a pro-package can be installed for around $40.
Web developers who choose hosting packages by In Motion are impressed by the range of valuable features and the highly reliable network service supported by a money-back guarantee.

Better Distributions With Roth

25 Oct 2011 | : Advice, Finance

Most employed individuals who are saving up for their future open an Individual Retirement Account. An IRA is a type of investment vehicle which allows employed individuals to make contributions as long as they are earning a taxable income during the year. When it comes to the type of IRA plan, the Roth IRA is preferred by most individuals. Just like the other type of IRA plans, there are Roth IRA rules that the account holders must know and get themselves familiar with. These rules are needed in order to get the most benefits that a Roth IRA could provide to its account holders.

The main reason why many people prefer to open a Roth IRA among others is that the contributions are taxed right at the time these are made. This allows the contributions to grow tax-free profits. And if the Roth account holders will strictly follow the Roth IRA distribution rules, they may be able to make tax-free withdrawals later on. In order to be eligible for tax-free withdrawals, the account holders must meet the parameters that need t be met, which are in accordance with the rules and regulations.

Two of the major parameters that the Roth account holders must meet are the age limit and the holding period. It is required that the Roth account holders must be at least 59 and 1/2 years of age before they could make eligible withdrawals from Roth. Also, it is needed that the money must have stayed in the account for at least five years before this may be withdrawn — this is the holding period rule that all account holders must meet.

There are some instances that may allow the Roth account holders to take tax-free withdrawals at a limit amount. For instance, if the money will be used for buying his first home, the Roth IRA holder may be considered for tax-free withdrawal at a limited amount. If the account holder will use the money to pay for a higher education, this may also allow him to take a limited tax-free withdrawal. The same goes if he gets physically disabled as well. With Roth IRA, there is no mandatory distribution required at age 70 and 1/2 years old.

Seeking For Chronic Back Pain Relief

24 Oct 2011 | : Health

Chronic back pain relief is inundating the marketplace like OTC medicines for pain. Although these prescription drugs can provide some short-term comfort from back pain, they need prolonged use just to regulate the discomfort but do not provide any restorative healing in the back. But treatment with OTC medicine only in many cases is less effective. Some health professionals usually approved epidural injections to ease severe pain sensation when needed.

Chronic back pain is a physical condition which includes tingling sensation or listlessness in areas like buttocks, feet, and legs. These indicators could be encountered due to a range of problems like damage to the spine, squeezed nerve, herniated disc, spinal stenosis, and other symptoms. The pain associated with this disorder can make strolling hard.

Chronic back pain, even though painful, is rarely life-threatening.  Nevertheless, in the event you experience severe muscle weakness or trouble controlling your bowel movements, seek out medical support immediately. These warning indicators are actually a symptom of cauda equine syndrome, which could end up long-term paralysis and can be life-threatening.

Actually there is several treatment methods intended for people with chronic pain. Just pick the treatment solution which is right for you. Sciatica exercises pictures are some of the several treatment solutions for back problems. These exercises focus on developing the stomach muscles, and also in order to give steadiness in the spine. The stomach muscles are important to help the backbone manage day to day activities and exercise routines.

Yoga exercise may be integrated into your sciatica stretches exercises. Placing yoga practice in your treatment could be beneficial since yoga exercise has many flexing work out routines that are perfect to prevent back pain. Prior to any workout it is advisable to consult a medical doctor first specifically if you might be performing arduous work out routines.

Usually sciatica work routines are to rest face up, fold the arms, and then bend over the knee joints with feet flat on the floor. Without the help of the hands, lift up the butt off the floor and slowly rest them back. This workout accelerates muscle flexibility and reduces stress in the back and even the pelvis.

One more non-surgical treatment method is getting into shape notably if you are obese. This may recommend getting rid of extra pounds since taking unwanted fat will make individual lighter. Slimming down could make your muscles in improved form and enhancing good posture.

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