Friday, December 12, 2014

Reading Campus Dress Codes - Clues in Clothes


Does a brass bead snuggled in cleavage impact education?

Arguments over campus dress codes heat up when we focus on details. They resolve when we ask a different question: What is the student's major objective?

If a female aims for a position as a Las Vegas showgirl, her placement of bling may impress an agent. If she hopes for a career as a negligee model, the size and shape of her anatomy may also determine the catalogues in which she appears. If she is planning on becoming a celebrity, her body may well showcase her on-screen image.


       If her interest is medicine, however, she must decide whether she wants patients and colleagues staring at her breasts. Does she also want infants and toddlers grabbing for her chest? Does she want to treat men-or wrestle them? If a resume provides an introduction, so do dress codes-the visible signals of our intentions. What we place front and center means: Start Here.


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       If artists reveal their tattoos, they may be demonstrating a talent for line drawing that will lead to practical employment. Their necks, shoulders, wrists, forearms, calves, and ankles may provide a walking advertisement. Their client list may grow with every glimpse of hearts, unicorns, dragons, bluebirds, flags, eagles, chains and jewelry embroidered in sunburned colors.

But skin is a delicate medium. Show too much, and customers never get past it. Show too little, and supervisors may wonder why individuals cannot leave home without taking their whole wardrobe with them. Costume dressing can provide enormous entertainment. It can also carry this message: Unemployed actor.

Theater is a major all by itself. Enter as a bizarre character, and soon someone may ask for your script and credits. By contrast, the corporate world dictates that its workers reflect a company's values, including dress codes. These often start with the color blue for idealism; they may also emphasize natural and neutral colors to put customers at ease. Tweeds and blazers usually smack of financial success.

Even dress down days in corporate America may beget competition for whose sports togs are classiest. "Dressing down" rarely means baring chests and abdomens-unless an employer franchises fitness centers. Gauge every choice as a match to a poster of you as Employee of the Year. Ten years from now, will you be proud of your advertising?

All these considerations begin in the classroom. Every student talks about a future career. Dedicated instructors know that bare flesh provokes flattery and stares. You will show the seriousness of your intentions by sending the carefully chosen signals of dress codes. You can choose to be an employee or a wannabe. Which will it be? Thank you, Meg Sonata!

Monday, December 8, 2014

A Perfect Gift For Christmas: Laptop or Tablet, What Should I Get?



Stuck Between Laptop and Tablet? 
The rise of tablet market certainly has put a big question mark on the future of laptops. More and more people across the globe are now looking at the tablet PCs for their mobile computing needs over the laptops. The tablet PCs, or simply the tablets, are a new generation smart computing devices, which stand above the smartphones and below the laptops in functionalities.

Which one should you go for?
The tablet trend is slowly catching up all over the world, which is already at the peak in the western world. The very first thing that confuses a potential buyer is selecting one from the both. With the smartphones, tablets and laptops priced so close to each other, you have to take a wise decision in selecting one of them.
The differences between laptops and tablets
Tablets: Tablets are smaller in size, light weight, compact and very easy to carry. Tablets run on the smartphone operating systems such as Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows Mobile. Most of the tablets will not have a physical keyboard. Instead they have a virtual touch screen keyboard. Tablets are nothing but the extended version of smartphones with screen size reaching up to 10 inches.
Laptops: As you all know, the laptops are no less than the regular desktop computers when comes to usage and performance. The laptops can be as powerful as desktops, and lets you do everything you normally do on a desktop.

Identifying your needs and requirements
It's your needs and requirements that matter more than anything else here. What for you are buying a tablet or a laptop? Are you a student looking for a mobile computing device? Are you an employee looking for a convenient mobile device to check mails and browse net?
A laptop is a good choice for someone:
1) who doesn't have a personal computer yet.
2) who is a student and looking for a mobile computing device.
3) who want to run different softwares and applications.
4) who is a business person and needs to manage a huge chunk of files.
5) who want a laptop to look and feel everything like a desktop!
A tablet is a good choice for someone:
1) who is looking for a small light weight computing device.
2) whose main purpose is browsing net and checking mails.
3) who look for a longer battery backup. (compared to laptops)
4) who loves smartphone gaming.
5) who can afford buying a tablet besides a laptop!
Price and range
All over the world, laptops and tablets are available in a similar price range. The price of a good tablet is almost equal to the price of a good laptop. The popular tablet manufacturers are Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry, Dell and Acer and the prices starts from about 50$ up to a few hundreds of dollars.
Brands and Models 
After the initial success of Apple iPad, most of the electronic companies developed their own tablet PCs and successfully marketed them. From Samsung, HTC, BlackBerry to Dell, Acer, Asus; almost all top company's tablet models are available to buy.
As a buyer, it's very difficult to choose one from many. However, after considering the features, price and the reviews of the product, you can find the right tablet that fits in your needs well!
Conclusion
For majority people, the tablet can be considered as a luxury item while the laptop is a need. You can choose either of the one depending on your requirements and budget. Ideeas by Shiva Remala.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Get Your Makeup to Look Smoother

SHANY 2012 Edition All In One Harmony Makeup Kit, 25 Ounce


               Sometimes slapping on makeup seems like more trouble and effort than it is worth. I hear a lot of complaints from women who say that makeup "just doesn't sit right" on their skin or that it feels heavy, or worse, that it looks too obvious that they are wearing it. As the whole point of wearing makeup is to look like you're not wearing any, that is a pretty discouraging statement.

True, getting makeup to look flawless can only be achieved through professional makeovers, heavy airbrushing, and a few photoshop editing sessions. But you can get pretty darn close if you know what you're doing! Here are four steps that anyone can use to get moving the the right direction. Getting your makeup to go on a little smoother isn't just for the pros anymore!
Maybelline New York Dream Smooth Mousse
Foundation, Porcelain Ivory, 0.49 Ounce

Start with a smooth foundation. Now, I'm not talking about the makeup, here! What I'm talking about is your skin. Achieving smooth skin is half the battle of making your makeup look good. Even if it is expertly applied by a seasoned professional, if your skin is rough, flaky or covered in acne, a team of experts couldn't eliminate the bumps. If you suffer from acne, look in to some remedies that will clear up your acne. There are hundreds of acne solutions on the market and you may have to try a few until you find one that works for you, but Pro-Activ is a good place to start!

Exfoliate, wash, moisturize! These are three crucial steps if you plan on wearing makeup on a regular basis. Use an exfoliant on your face up to three times a week to remove dead skin, oil and dirt buildup from your skin (sounds delicious, I know - that's why we get rid of it!). In addition to this, use a cleanser every day to wash your face. But, perhaps the most important step of all is to moisturize! It will help restore the moisture to your face after you wash it, as washing and exfoliating removes your skins natural oils.

Best Foundation and Makeup Face Primer
(Paraben Free)
Primers. If you have ever painted over a wall, you know that before you can paint a surface you have to prime it first! Well, your face may not be a wall, but it is a surface that needs some TLC. If you have never heard of a makeup primer, their purpose is the prep your skin for makeup. What does this mean? It helps the makeup blend into your skin to look more smooth and seamless, and will help prevent it from wearing or rubbing off over the course of the day. Several companies make makeup primers and so there is no shortage of products to choose from! Remember, you do not have to go high-end to get a great quality product - check your local drug store and browse some beauty websites to see which ones are in your price range.


Revlon Colorstay Active Light Makeup with Softflex,
All Skin Types, Natural Beige 220, 1 Oz, 1 Each 
Use the right makeup for your skin type. This may seem like a no-brainer: makeup is makeup, right? Wrong. You may have noticed that a lot of foundations will specify for which skin type the formula works best. Take a look in the mirror and evaluate your skin carefully. Is it oily? Do you often get dry, flaky patches? Or are you somewhere in between? Find the makeup formula for you. If your skin is dry, using powder will only extenuate the dry look. If it's oily, look into some shine-control foundation. For normal-combination skin, try a combination formula. There are all sorts of women out there and when I say that there is a product for everything, I mean it! K. F. Lynn.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

5 Smartphone Apps to Make Living a Sustainable Life Easier

The Coupons App


Are you looking for an easier way to live a more sustainable life? If so, then you might want to consider browsing the wide variety of different sustainable smartphone apps available on the market today. In the meantime, here are 5 of my personal favorites to get you started.

JouleBug is a neat app that is generating quite the buzz with those trying to lead a sustainable lifestyle. This app allows smartphone users to easily make their everyday habits more sustainable at home, work, and even while you're out and about. This newly designed app features lots of great advice for how to use less resources. Similar to Pinterest this app allows you to organize sustainability tips into Pins, that you earn by doing simple, sustainable actions in real-life. JouleBug even features how-to videos, a newsfeed, and impact statistics. If you are looking for a fun way to become more sustainable in your everyday life than JouleBug is a must have!

2.) Ecomall
Ecomall is a nifty app which features a collection of eco-conscious and socially conscious stores from around the world! This ultimate green resource for globally conscious consumers, makes for easy, guilt-free shopping. Now doing your part for the environment has never been easier, with just a click of a button.

3.) GreenSpot 
GreenSpot is an app that truly has it all, when it comes to leading a sustainable life. This app is your daily place for news, views, and podcasts on everything green! With just the click of a button, now smartphone users can use GreenSpot to find articles, tips, advice, news, etc. from the most reliable sources on the web. Another perk to using this app? Its topics and articles are updated several times a day, so you never have to worry about not being up to speed on something.

Whether you are vegan, or just trying harder to live a more sustainable lifestyle, The Palm Oil Shopping Guide app is a great place to start. Now sustainable smartphone users can shop with confidence as they use this app to search for orangutan-friendly choices. This app is by far, the most extensive and popular palm oil shopping guide for mobile phones. Not sure if the product you are about to buy is "orangutan-friendly" and/or R.S.P.O. certified? Never fear, this app features over 5,000 products from hundreds of sustainable manufacturers. The best part? This app is free!

Commute Greener brings fun, quick, and easy ways for sustainable smartphone users to gain money, time, and real life rewards, all while improving health and the environment. Collect zero emission miles on this fun and addictive app, where the more improvements you make with your everyday travels, the more rewards and badges you earn!

Make things more interesting by competing with family and friends. Commute Greener helps smartphone users commute smarter by featuring personalized ride share suggestions, crowd source traffic reporting, traffic information and a time table feed, Rideshare supply and demand matching, map routing, CO2, health and fuel cost visualization, and much more! Free for your iPhone, this smartphone app is definitely worth the download. Ideeas by Kylie M. Williams. These apps can be a nice gift for Black Friday and winter hollidays.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Great Apps for Your Smartphone

It seems like everyone has a smartphone. Thanks to the awesome apps out there, a smartphone is like an extension of self. Apps can do everything from giving you an incentive for exercise to keeping kid art to educating children. Here are a few of the best apps out there for your smartphone.

Productivity

Productivity means different things to different people. One of the most popular productivity tools for all smartphone platforms is Remember the Milk. The app is free and after a 15 day trial requires a yearly subscription fee. There are many features in this app - reminder settings, task watchers (finished and unfinished), and in-depth sorting.
Dropbox is a well loved cloud service that can now be used for most platforms. The ability to save files of all types and sync them is very useful for people on the go. Not only can users access their files from any device the app is installed on, you can share with other Dropbox users.

Social Networking

Facebook has apps available for all smartphones. Along with the regular Facebook app there are also Messenger and Pages Manager apps. These are useful for those that are using social media for marketing. Twitter has apps for most smartphones as well.
One new and fun social networking app is Bump. This app is free and allows users to bump two phones together to exchange their social networking information.

Reading

For book lovers it is a given that eventually e-reader apps would hit phones. The best tailored reading app by far is Amazon's Kindle app. The app syncs across all devices it is installed on and can update each book to the last page read - no matter when and what device was used.
Nook reading apps are also available and are easy to navigate. If listening to books is more your taste, Audible can be installed on smartphones for a handsfree book experience.

Learning

Kids love technology. Learning apps are one great way to allow children to use a smartphone to pass time and learn something. One of the best learning apps for small children is Gummies Playground from Squink Games. Available for free on a limited basis, then $1.99 for the full game, children learn colors, matching, spelling, and more.

Umizoomi Match Racer is another popular download for kids. It teaches kids math with a fun twist - kids can turn the phone (or tablet) to steer their racecar. It won't take long for your kids to beg to use your phone for learning time when you install these apps. Ideeas by Tina Samuels.

Monday, November 10, 2014

5 Ways to Dress so You Look Slimmer

The Right Clothes Can Make it Look as If You've Lost Ten Pounds!
We all know that our clothing can dramatically affect our appearance. Just imagine the difference when a woman wears sloppy sweatpants and an oversized tee-shirt compared to when she wears a sleek black dress and high heels.


Long Elegant Sleek Fitted Maxi Gown Plunge Ruched Cocktail Party Dress


But clothing can do more than just change our look or make an impression. It can actually make us appear thinner - or heavier - depending on what we choose to wear. So whether you need to look skinny and sexy for an upcoming event, or you just want to appear slimmer every day, follow these tips so you always look your most slender:

Go monochromatic:

Wearing the same color from head to toe will make your body appear thinner. Black tends to be the most slimming color, but almost any monochromatic look will elongate your body. Add other colors and create interesting visuals with accessories like bracelets or necklaces. Tip: Wear your accessories on the slimmest part of your body - such as your wrist - to draw attention to your best assets.

Pick vertical stripes: 

Vertical stripes - like the kind on pinstripe suits and pants - draw the eye up and down, which creates the illusion of thinness. Your body will appear longer and leaner if you opt for vertical stripes (skinny ones, in general, tend to look best on most people). Avoid horizontal stripes since they only make your body appear wider. Especially avoid horizontal stripes around any part of your body that carries a little extra weight. If you're self-conscious about your stomach, for example, don't wear a horizontal stripe around your midsection.

Choose a darker wash: 

Trying to find a great pair of jeans? A darker wash - such as a deep blue, a gray or a black - will make you appear more slender. Whiskered, bleached or otherwise faded jeans often enhance the parts we wish to disguise. If you're self conscious about your backside, for example, jeans that are faded on the rear will only spotlight that area of your body. Choose a darker wash with very little fading or whiskering for the most flattering look.

Size up your accessories: 

One of the keys to looking skinnier is to size your accessories so they correspond to your body. Petite women, for example, should choose more petite accessories like thin bracelets and slender necklaces. Larger women, on the other hand, should opt for bigger accessories. Good choices include chunky bracelets and a relatively large handbag.

Skim, but don't cling: 

If you feel self conscious about your body, you may try to hide your frame beneath oversized shirts and dresses. But in reality, baggy clothing only makes you look larger! Choose clothing that gently skims your body so your figure is clearly defined. However, avoid anything that clings too tightly, as it will only accentuate the parts you're trying to camouflage.
Anyone - no matter what their size - can change the look of their body by choosing appropriate clothing. Simply opting for the right clothes can make it look as if you've just dropped ten pounds! Morgan Vermeil.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Best Dresses for Your Tan Line Dilemma

2LUV Women's Houndstooth Cap Sleeve Skater Dress

Warm weather provides many opportunities for fun in the sun, often times leaving us with tan lines which can make wearing some clothes (dresses, in particular) a bit tricky. I have faced this challenge during many summertime days before, and would like to share some insight on how I was able to have my fun in the sun and still manage to cover up those tan lines with the pretty, fashionable dresses of the season.
Before picking out a dress, make a note of where your tan lines lay. Do they follow the lines of a tank top, or are they more the shape of a halter top? How thick are your tan lines? Are there several different lines, or just one? After you assess your unique Summertime tan lines, you will be able to determine what style dress will cover them up. Perhaps the easiest style dress to wear which covers most tan lines is a simple short-sleeved or long-sleeved dress. These dresses are easy to find, and you can feel confident that your tan lines are covered in them.

You will find that picking out a sleeveless dress can be a bit trickier when trying to cover up those tan lines. A halter-style dress will cover halter-style lines, just as a tank top-style dress will cover tank top-style lines. Be careful, too, to remember the thickness of your tan lines, since this will determine the thickness of the straps you should look for on your dress. Some collared, sleeveless dresses are easier to pull off, since the sleeves will end at your shoulders, but will cover the tan lines on your back and chest.
The popular, new convertible-style dresses on the market now enable you change your silhouette from halter, to sleeveless, to tube-top. This can prove helpful as there may be times when your tan lines may change depending on what you wear under the sun, and you could adapt the dress accordingly. And don't forget, if you are in need of a quick-fix cover up, a light sweater or other button up top would look beautiful when layered over a dress, and would easily cover up any tan lines.
     Don't let tan lines discourage you from wearing the fun, flirty dresses of Summer. All it takes is a little tan line assessment, and then you will be able to determine the best dress for you to cover them up while still looking fashionable. Don't worry about those tan lines any longer because, after all, most of us have them, and they are a testament to your love of the outdoors. Now what are you waiting for? Hurry up and go pick out the newest addition to your Summertime wardrobe! Melissa Busse

Saturday, October 25, 2014

3 Best Dress Trends for the Summer

Peach Couture® Vintage Polka Dot Pattern Shift Dress with Fabric Belt Tie
(Medium, Yellow, $19.95)
 
     You cannot think about summer without thinking about the cute summer dresses. Some people may say that summer is all about shorts but it's really about flirty, little dresses. They are easy to put on, light and comfortable which makes them perfect for all occasions. While you are doing your summer shopping, these are some of the dresses that you should be looking out for.

3 Best Dress Trends for this summer:

1. Long behind/short front Dress.
This is my absolute favorite dress trend for summer. I love these asymmetrical dresses because they are fun and sassy and definitely different from the norm. Summer is all about making a statement while being fashionable.
I love the casual versions of these dresses because they are great for going to the beach or to the park or for all the other summer time fun activities. I love the Striped Racerback Sailor Dress from Hotties World. It has horizontal stripes in white and grey with fixed chest buttons and a patched pocket.

2. Button Up Dress.
Every girl needs a sleeveless button up dress. These dresses are great because they have the boyfriend's shirt feel and they are extremely comfortable. You do want to get a light weight dress and there are many fashionable sheer options out there. One of my favorites is the Blue Tunic from US Trendy. It's the perfect combination of fun and class which is exactly what you want your summer dresses to be.
This dress also has an asymmetrical hem and it features to breast pockets. You could wear it over your bathing suit if you are going to the beach or you can wear it over a strapless top and some shorts. There are so many options to wearing this dress that you can't go wrong by having it in your closet.

You need to have a maxi dress. Even though it is going to be summer and it will be hot, maxi dresses are a must have in your closet. You want to find light cotton or jersey maxi dresses. They are perfect for day activities that will keep you out until the night time and are even more perfect for night time activities.
I really love this Caslon Racerback Jersey Dress from Nordstrom. It fits loosely and has a drawstring tie which gives it definition. It is easy to wear and just an absolutely perfect dress for summer. Jay Queen.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Applecare + for Iphone Makes Good Sense

Apple Iphone 6 64GB Gray Factory Unlocked GSM Phone

      As a general rule, I avoid extended warranties such as Apple's AppleCare program; they very rarely pay off in the end. For many modern gadgets such as tablet computers and smartphones, the concept of an extended warranty makes even less sense. I have owned several smartphones including all iterations of the Apple iPhone, and I have never suffered a hardware failure that would have been covered by a warranty. I have broken a few phones, and even washed an iPod, but AppleCare, sadly, doesn't cover stupidity. The extended warranty only covers hardware or software defects.


This has changed with Apples introduction of AppleCare + for the iPhone. When I picked up my iPhone, I added the AppleCare + coverage. For the first time in the past five years that I have owned smartphones and tablets, the extended coverage makes sense. Not because the IPhoneis more likely to fail, but because I am still stupid.

What is the AppleCare + Plan for the iPhone
With every Apple product purchase, you receive 90 days of telephone support and one year of support from Apple directly. This support is the standard AppleCare program, and I feel it is the best support program in the tech industry. If a device is a lemon or if it is going to have a hardware failure, it will likely happen in the first six months of ownership, but it will almost certainly happen within the first year. For most situations, the standard AppleCare program is all that you would ever need.
The iPhone, however, needs a bit more love, and that is where the AppleCare + program comes in. The IPhone is a highly technical piece of technology that is used on a daily basis and it is encased almost entirely of glass. Granted, the IPhonehas Gorilla Glass which is a bit more resilient than standard glass, but it is still fragile. For a fee of $99, you get to extend the standard AppleCare program to cover drops, spill, liquid damage, and general stupidity. If I wash the iPhone, or if I accidentally run it over (my wife has actually done this), I am covered. There is a $49 dollar deductible, but I chalk that up as a "stupidity tax."

Why the AppleCare + Plan for the iPhone Plan is Worth It
I am on my fifth generation of iPhone, and in that time I have only had one with a hardware failure. The back light on my iPhone died, but it happened within the first month I owned the device. Because iPhones and other smartphones do not have moving parts, and they generate limited amounts of heat, they rarely fail. Owners do break them, and in my experience, they get broken often.
Out of my five generations of iPhone, I have broken three of them. Two screen breaks and one partial submersion. I am not a clumsy oaf with my devices, but life happens. I have slipped and fell in a river with a phone, a child dropped one, and my very first iPhone fell out of my pocket while riding a bike. In every case, the device cost much more than $149 to replace. AppleCare + would have saved me time and money.


Is the AppleCare + Program Right for You?
Have you purchased a new iPhone? Have you ever broken a phone? Do you try keep phones for the entire term of your contract? I could answer yes to all of the above questions, then the AppleCare + plan is probably right for you. If you do purchase it, you can transfer it or get a prorated refund if you decide you don't need it. When you look at the plan as a combination insurance policy and extended warranty, it makes sense.
The AppleCare + plan is $30 more expensive than the original AppleCare plan, and you must purchase the AppleCare + plan at the same time you purchase your iPhone. Also, you need to make sure and register the plan so that coverage begins immediately. Whether or not you decide to purchase the AppleCare plan for your new iPhone, I hope you enjoy your new device, and make sure to keep it safe. Ideea by Chris Matier.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Why You Should Wash New Clothes Before Wearing Them

Wash Your New Clothes Before Wearing Them

Good Morning America” recently did some investigative dirty work, getting the dirt on why you should always wash new clothes before wearing them. But, unfortunately, they found a lot more than dirt on the seemingly fresh new clothes they checked out, and the results of their investigation have definitely made me decide to make sure to wash new clothes before wearing them in the future.
But before the results of their investigation, let's just reason this out. Hundreds of people head out to stores to try on new clothes every day, and they often don't buy the items they try on. Just think of the possibility of how many of those people have just worked out and not bathed or are suffering from some sort of contagious illness. There could be people out there with nasty skin infections tryingon new clothes, or sweaty people whose bodily fluids end up all over the new clothes. But if these aren't enough reasons for you to wash new clothes before wearing them, there are a few other disgusting scenarios.
Ladies, have you ever looked at the crotch of a pair of pants and noticed a mysterious stain? There are women out there who don't wear underwear, so they're trying on clothes and leaving behind signs that they've been there. It could be that time of the month; they could have a yeast infection; or they might not be good wipers (pretty gross, right?). This same thing goes for guys, who have another bodily fluid that can sometimes end up in the pants they try on. Then you've got the people who will actually bring clothing home and wear it multiple times with the tags still on it before returning it to the store worn and unwashed. And don't even get me started on people who try on underwear, especially thongs (it's probably best to buy them in a package). Still not convinced you should wash new clothes before wearing them?
Well, the 'Good Morning America' investigation goes beyond reasoning about what could be on new clothes and actually tests out what kind of filth is found on them, and their disturbing results will probably convince you to start washing new clothes before you wear them. They procured samples from several different clothing stores, ranging from high-end to low-end stores, and handed them over to the director of microbiology and immunology at New York University. He found bacteria on several items, including respiratory secretions, fecal germs, yeast and vaginal organisms (which were, inexplicably, found on a blouse!). But does this mean you'll get sick if you don't wash new clothes before wearing them?
In most cases, you probably won't, but there is the possibility of it happening. Contracting a yeast infection, for example, is possible, but highly unlikely. And then there's a possibility that you could contract a very bad type of diarrhea, a stomach virus, and staph bacteria (or MRSA). So is it worth washing new clothes to avoid these types of possible infections? I would think so, but what can you do to protect yourself while trying on new clothes? Well, you can always try onnew clothes over the clothes you are wearing, or wear a leotard and tights under your clothing, so the new clothes don't touch your skin. Then all you can do is wash your hands after shopping, and remember that you should always wash new clothes before wearing them (it is truly better to be safe than sorry, even if it means slightly fading and taking away the fresh new shape and deceptive smell of your new blouse or dress pants).

SOURCE:  abcnews.go.com/GMA/gma-found-clothes-clean/story?id=9482373, Aida Ekberg.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

What to Look for in a New Laptop – Mini Guide

Acer C720 Chromebook (11.6-Inch, 2GB, $199.00)

An Explanation of Key Terms

With many laptops available on the market today it can be bewildering choosing a new laptop. There are so many different options so it is important to understand what they all mean.
The first thing many people notice when they are purchasing a new laptop is the processor. This is frequently considered the most important specification in a laptop as it is one of the features that controls the speed at which a laptop will operate. The processor is what actually does all the calculations and processing that a computer needs to perform - both for the operating system and user applications. A processor's speed is measured in hertz (Hz) or gigahertz (GHz). Another important thing to note about the processor is whether it is dual core or not. A dual core processor will run much faster than a single core processor.
Another key factor that controls the speed of the laptop is its RAM. RAM stands for random access memory and is temporary memory. All applications need to store data for a short amount of time and so they use RAM. As with the processor a higher RAM dictates a faster laptop. RAM is measured in megabytes (MB) or gigabytes (GB). (512 MB) 1GB of RAM is about the lowest you would want to consider on a new laptop.
Also the hard drive is important as it stores all your files and data. Unlike RAM a hard drive will keep what it is storing even after the computer has been switched off.   

Toshiba Satellite C55-A5105 15.6-Inch Laptop

 Intel Dual Core Celeron Processor N2820, 4GB RAM, 500GB Hard Drive ($276.49)

      The storage on a hard drive is again measured in gigabytes and currently anything between 200 GB and 500 GB is about standard on a new laptop.
A more complex specification is the graphics card inside the laptop. Generally most laptops come with an ATI graphics card. The specific graphics card you want will depend a lot on what you intend on doing with the laptop. There is lots of advice available on the internet on what different graphics cards are good for so take a look at that before purchasing a laptop.
The operating system itself will also make a difference in what laptop you want to buy. Generally speaking if you are new to laptops choose an OS you are used too. So if you normally use Windows stick to a Windows laptop and if you normally use Apple Macintosh buy one of their laptops. Also ensure the laptop that you are considering meets all the specifications required to run your intended OS - for example if you plan to run Windows Vista 512MB RAM is the absolute minimum while 1GB is recommended (and a little bit higher for Windows 7).
However the main point is just to spend that extra bit of time researching your intended laptop and you will avoid buying one that doesn't do what you want. Ideeas provided by Jamie Holmes.

Me and My Laptop:

Me and my laptop
Do many wonderful things.
Research volumes of Knowledge
Shop for clothes & diamond rings

We play games for hours
Watch videos, listen to CD's

Whatever it is I want to do

It does it all with ease

I can Google and, it's oh so Cuil
I can even go 'tweet tweet'

Or if I want to travel

Mapquest help me find the street

Me and my true laptop
Have never left our home
And without aid of passports

have been to Paris, Spain and Rome

I just merely press a button
"Point and click", and off I go

There is nothing that can stop me

Not the rain, or wind or snow


I get my news, I get my sports
I record the latest flicks

I can even watch old-time TV

Like Hill Street Blues and Route 66

So if you'll pardon my obsession
I've got some pictures I want to crop

Oh yeah that's something else I do

Just me and my laptop.

Thanks, ladyliw, for these great lyrics :-)!