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Tuesday 4th September 2007


Basic Computer User

Now Available: The Malware Removal Starter Kit here
The Malware Removal Starter Kit provides information and recommendations that you can use to effectively address and limit malware that infects computers in your small or midsize organization. The Kit also gives you the ability to discover malware by performing a thorough offline scan of your organization’s computers.

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Buying Guide: Desktops and Laptops
Every year brings us something new and innovative in the desktop and laptop market, and this year is no different. New components, new technology, and even a new OS from Microsoft have hit the store shelves. But when it comes to choosing a system from such a dazzling array, many people find it daunting, if not overwhelming. That’s where we come in. We have sifted through, tested, and reviewed the hottest systems out there. Whether you’re a travel-weary road warrior, cramped-apartment dweller, ultimate bargain hunter, business pro, or something else entirely, we tell you what to look for in your ideal system and give you our best picks. So sit back, relax, and find your perfect fit. here

Ouch! IBM says it’s not to blame for a forklift accident that wrecked a US$1.4 million server. more

A Long-Ignored Threat: RTF Files more

OpenID: Can it become single sign-on for the Web? more

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Advanced Computer User

IBM Claims Pair of Nanotech Triumphs
Imagine cramming 30,000 full-length movies into a gadget the size of an iPod. Scientists at IBM said on Thursday they had moved closer to such a feat by learning how to steer single atoms in a way that could create building blocks for ultra-tiny storage devices. more

Replacing a Laptop Hard Drive
"I have a laptop computer. I’m looking to replace the hard drive with a new one but my laptop has just one socket, for one hard drive attachment. In desktop computers you have two or more IDE or SATA connections, and it is easy to copy the data from the old hard drive to the new hard drive. Any ideas on how I can connect two IDE drives and have the laptop recognize them?" more

College prof, student build inexpensive, desktop-size supercomputer more

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New Rules of Fat Loss By Craig Ballantyne

One thing I hate to see in the gym is someone on a workout program that is stuck in the 80s. The common wisdom back then touted low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets and lots of cardio as the best ways to lose body fat.

But it just didn’t work.

Since the late 90s, higher-protein diets and programs that combine resistance training with a form of cardiovascular training are becoming more popular. The new rules of fat loss certainly appear to work much better than the old - and research backs them up.

American researchers studied three groups of overweight, inactive men and women with an average age of just over 40. Group One performed high-intensity resistance and cardiovascular training and ate a balanced diet (RC+BD), with 40 percent of their calories coming from carbohydrates and 40 percent of their calories coming from protein. Group Two performed moderate-intensity cardiovascular training and ate a traditional “food-pyramid” diet that provided them with 50 to 55 percent of their calories from carbohydrates, only 15 to 20 percent from protein, and less than 30 percent from fat. A control group made no changes.

Overall, the combination of strength training, cardiovascular training, and a balanced carbohydrate-and-protein diet resulted in more fat loss and better health. The RC+BD group lost more body fat and abdominal fat than both other groups. It was also the only group to decrease cholesterol (-13 percent), LDL cholesterol (- 20 percent), and systolic blood pressure (-5.7 percent).

Start moving toward a better body and improved health by doing 20 minutes of total-body strength training three days per week. Focus on squats, push-ups, and a rowing exercise to train your entire body with only three moves. At the same time, eliminate processed carbohydrates and grains from your diet and increase your intake of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and lean protein.

[Ed. Note: Fitness expert Craig Ballantyne is the creator of the Turbulence Training for Fat Loss system. If you want a free online source of information, motivation, and social support to help you improve your health, lose weight, and get fit, sign up for ETR’s brand-new natural health e-letter.]
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Monsanto Workers Ban GMO Foods From Their Own Cafeteria
It seems Monsanto’s own food vendors were wiser than the high paid executives running their company. more

Honey as Medicine is Making a Comeback
The U.S. FDA has approved the first honey-based product for use as a medical device, perhaps the first step in quelling rampant antibiotic-resistant bacteria. more

Some interesting articles on this blog... here

EPA omega-3 oils protect the heart in people with high cholesterol
Supplementing with an omega-3 fatty acid called eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may lower the risk of non-fatal coronary events by 20 percent, according to a new Japanese study published in The Lancet. more

Absurd vaccine marketing calls for cervical cancer vaccinations for young boys!
The headline for this story is not a typo. The push to sell more vaccines and pharmaceuticals has now reached a level of absurdity that should astonish any intelligent person. more

Global wheat supply shortage spikes prices, worries importers
An anticipated shortage in worldwide wheat supply led to panic buying on August 23 and caused prices of the grain to skyrocket. This has led to fears that worldwide food prices may rise, with devastating consequences for the poor. more

Trans Fats Disrupt Electricity in the Heart
A new reason to avoid this like the plague. more

Nutrient Risk Assessment: What You’re Not Being Told
January 2007 (Revised August 2007) - Pro-pharmaceutical and anti-health freedom forces have made significant strides in recent years towards their ultimate aim of removing all higher-dose, innovative and effective nutritional supplements from the global marketplace. With the passing of the European Union’s Food Supplements Directive in 2002, for example, and the adoption by the Codex Alimentarius Commission of its global Guidelines for Vitamin and Mineral Food Supplements in 2005, the stage became potentially set for stringent restrictions on the levels of nutrients contained in supplements to become enforceable on a global scale over the next few years. more

“Reading the Fine Print to Get It Right!”
A reply from UK based The Alliance for Natural Health to Dr Rima Laibow of the Natural Solutions Foundation. Rima Laibow is the head of a controlled opposition group. She is closely connected to Lawrence Rockefeller, of the same family that started the Pharma cartel back in 1897, Her husband, Maj. Gen. Albert N. Stubblebine (Ret.) is from Army Intelligence, is working on project Aegis for Homeland Security. more

Most Americans Unaware of Dietary Links to Bone Health, Survey Reveals
The majority of people in the United States are poorly informed about the prevalence of osteoporosis, according to a study conducted by Opinion Research Corporation for nutritional supplement manufacturer GTC Nutrition. more

Prevent Cancer with Sunshine By Al Sears, MD

If you live in the Sunshine State, as I do, you know that sunlight gets a bad rap. Dermatologists and the sunscreen industry tell you to avoid sunlight at all costs, implying that even a little exposure will cause skin cancer.

In reality, not only is a little sunlight good for you, it can dramatically reduce your risk of cancer.

Two new studies revealed that, in moderate amounts, sunlight may reduce the risk of breast cancer by as much as 50 percent. Its effect on the incidence of colorectal cancer is even more dramatic, lowering the risk by 65 percent.

How is this possible?

Sunlight boosts levels of vitamin D in your blood. When its ultraviolet rays hit your skin, your body responds by spontaneously producing this essential nutrient. That’s why vitamin D is sometimes called the "sunshine" vitamin.

Researchers at the University of San Diego noted that the cancer-reduction rates from vitamin D produced by sunlight vastly outperformed even the most popular cancer drugs, such as Herceptin. Best of all, you only need 10 to 20 minutes of sunlight a day to get the cancer protection.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears, a practicing physician, author, and expert on longevity, fitness, and heart health, is the author of The Doctor’s Heart Cure. Learn more about the latest breakthroughs in alternative medicine, fitness, and nutrition, and get motivational guidance to help you achieve your health goals in ETR’s natural health e-letter. Sign up here.]
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ARTICLE: Time Management Tips for Solo Entrepreneurs by Jean Hanson

Does it seem like everyone and everything is vying for your attention all at once? It can be hard for solo entrepreneurs to know what to do first, let alone try to find the time to get caught up. Here are some time management tips that will help you to stay on top of it all:

1. Put your to-do list in writing and prioritize it. Studies show that people who write their lists down are 90% more likely to complete their list than those who do not.

2. Be realistic about how long it takes to get things done. Block out a reasonable amount of time on your planner, especially if it’s an appointment where there’s driving time to consider.

3. Schedule time with yourself, without interruptions. If that means closing your office door and letting your voicemail take phone messages, then that’s what you need to do. Do this at your most productive time of the day. Are you a morning person? Start your day out with some quiet time by yourself, when you’re the most productive and focused.

4. Don’t multi-task. That’s right! These days, people have found that they’re much more productive when they’re allowed to focus on one task at a time, rather than constantly juggling a dozen different projects at once. Think about it – don’t you feel like you’ve actually accomplished something when you can cross things off your list?

5. Are you a “yes” person? Learn to say no. Sometimes adding just one more thing to your to-do list means staying at work an extra hour. Ask yourself if you really have the time and energy to handle one more task. Don’t guilt yourself into it, especially if you’ll feel resentful later, for having done it.

6. Do you work at home? Don’t let common distractions sidetrack you. That basket of laundry will still be there at the end of the day.

7. Try to combine like tasks. If you have lots of phone calls to make and emails to respond to, make all of the phone calls first, then tackle the emails.

8. Keep all your contacts in one place, within easy reach. Do whatever works for you, whether you keep an address book in your day planner, in Outlook, or in your Palm. You need to have fast and easy access to phone numbers and email addresses.

9. Use waiting time productively. When waiting for an appointment or traveling, catch up on reading trade magazines, writing correspondence, or jotting down creative ideas for marketing your business.

10. At the end of each day, plan for the next day. Write down tomorrow’s to-do list, prioritize it, and then clean off your desk.

Copyright © Jean Hanson


About the Author:
Jean Hanson is a Certified Professional Virtual Assistant. Discover how partnering with a virtual assistant will give you more time to do the things you love to do! Visit her at http://www.vaofficesolution.com
Jean is also the author of the eBook, Virtualize Your Business - http://www.virtualizeyourbiz.com

Scientists generate ’hydrogen on demand’
US scientists have developed a technique to produce ’hydrogen on demand’ to act as a pollution-free energy source for vehicles and other engine-powered devices. more

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