05Mar
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From big business executives to stay-at-home bloggers, cloud computing is skyrocketing in popularity around the world for its convenience and ease of use. But while many people have heard of “the cloud”, they are not entirely sure what it is or how it benefits them. Bloggers, in particular, can benefit greatly from cloud computing and cloud storage. Why is cloud computing is so beneficial to bloggers. and how can they go about using cloud storage to improve their own work? Read on.

What Is Cloud Computing?

Cloud computing is the use of one Internet-based network or server that stores and processes different types of data and programs. Users can instantly access this information by logging into an online host via a software or app. The term “cloud” is simply a reference to Internet storage. Instead of downloading a variety of data and software onto an internal or external hard drive, all of this information is stored on a hard drive within a data center housed by another company.

Many people already use cloud programs without even realizing it. For example, Google Drive is one free cloud-based program used daily by Gmail users. Dropbox is used by many for file sharing and storage. PC Mag’s article on cloud computing can be found here, and it provides valuable information for people who are new to “the cloud”.

The Benefits of Cloud Computing for Bloggers

According to this Mashable.com article on cloud hosting for beginners, many businesses’ primary reason for implementing cloud computing is cost effectiveness. This is true for bloggers, too. Instead of investing in hardware equipment, cloud storage can be used just as effectively. The amount of storage available for bloggers is virtually limitless. Bloggers can easily share data across cloud storage, too. A simple hyperlinklink can give multiple bloggers access to the same content, data and programs. This makes remote work a breeze for all parties involved in content creation and publication.

How Can I Use Cloud Computing?

There are many cloud computing services that are free to use, and many free services provide as much as 2 to 5 GB of free storage. Additional storage can be purchased for competitive rates that depend on the service provider. Programs like Dropbox and Google Drive are free to use and easy to sign up with. Dropbox uses a simple “drag and drop” method of transferring data from your desktop to the cloud host. Google Drive comes with all Gmail accounts, so many bloggers have instant access to this program. Comparing different programs to see what they offer is typically the best way to find the right program.

More Information and Resources

For more information on cloud computing, see this Webinar, which covers how to automate and adapt in the cloud era regarding process-driven application integration. It’s a great starting point for those looking to move to — and realize — the power and benefits of the cloud.

05Mar
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The effects of computer burnout are clear, and fatigue can cause both physical and mental stress over time. One of the most obvious signs include eye strain and a lack of energy or motivation. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has also been linked to heavy computer usage without frequent breaks. Although these might sound dire, there are many treatment and prevention options available, including several mobile applications that can provide respite during at a moment’s notice.

Reducing fatigue efficiently

There are many apps that can provide essential break times throughout your work schedule. These tools can add an element of fun to any task while simultaneously keeping your health in check.

Eyeleo

Eyeleo works in the background while you work. The application reminds us to take a break and rest our eyes periodically. It provides a series of timely exercises to ensure that your eyes remain rested and fresh. The settings can be customized to extend breaks or shorten them. Breaks are divided up into short or long breaks, dimming the monitor periodically when needed.

PC Work Break

Reducing Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) is a common computer-work-related risk. According to a new study, your brain can only focus for 90 to 120 minutes before it needs a break. PC WorkBreak produces reminders for various breaks and exercises throughout the day. Micro-breaks, eye exercises, and stretch exercises are included with the custom settings.

Simplicity is key

Not all applications need bells and whistles to be effective. Some of the most basic apps get the message across by keeping tasks short and to the point. It is a myth that the human brain can truly ‘multitask’. According to a research study, the human brain can only focus on thing at full effect, at a time. Adding other thoughts to mix only causes us to switch back and forth too rapidly. Some apps are designed to remedy that.

Pause

Pause is available on both Android and iOS devices. The application turns breaks into a game by tracking the time your phone is in airplane mode. Pause encourages users to break away from digital addiction and track how much time you spend on an activity. There is an online community of record keepers who make it a habit to increase the amount of “offline” time. The application is very simple, but has a very intuitive interface that encourages engaging in other activities to reduce fatigue.

Unplug and Reconnect

Unplug and Reconnect is available for Google Play and Android devices. Tech-free time is scheduled for the user to silence your phone on scheduled periods of time. There is no need to worry about missed calls. The device alerts others that you have officially unplugged from the virtual world temporarily. A simple text message alerts callers on your current status or other delay.

For more ideas on how to get away from technology and relax a bit, see “How to get away from your inbox and still keep your job.” It’s a tough skill to master, but a necessary one to keep your sanity, reduce your stress, and improve your outlook on life.

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Stride Gum knows the benefit of going from sour to sweet. To promote their newest Sour Patch Gum, they’ve taken over a convenience store and played jokes on unsuspecting customers. In this prank, they’ve gotten the best of customers with a card declined message. Embarrassing, yes, but what happens next is pretty sweet.

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In what has to be one of the greatest and silliest mashups of all time, Toyota brings together Terry Crews and The Muppets in their 2014 Highlander. The result? Anything but mundane. Terry Crews normal life gets shaken up by Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem and clearly he’ll never be the same. Witness the craziness below:

Muppets Most Wanted releases in theaters March 14, 2014.

09Feb
0

Sometimes you just need to blow off some steam after a major exam or mid-semester project. College parties can be a great way to unwind, but they can also lead to health, legal, and social problems down the road, especially when students don’t party safely.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy yourself at a college party without putting yourself and others at risk. Consider these five ways to maximize your fun while reducing risk.

1. Party off campus

Before you pop open those bottles, think about whether you want to deal with the consequences of drinking on campus. Most colleges have strict regulations regarding alcohol and substances on campus.

Even if you aren’t participating directly in the revelry, just being present at a party can lead to housing and legal repercussions, if events lead to a nuisance or emergency situation.

Smaller infractions can affect your housing status and lead to disciplinary consequences imposed by your college.

2. Use public transit

Look into the bus and subway options in your area before you head out to a party. This can reduce the temptation to drive under the influence.

One of the most common mistakes college students make is underestimating the effect alcohol has on them before they get into a car. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, about 1,825 students die each year due to injuries sustained while under the influence.

If you must drive to a party, make sure to arrange alternate transportation home. This can greatly reduce your risk of a car accident, severe injuries, and legal difficulties.

3. Carry your ID and insurance card

Your ID might prove to be very useful to get into a venue, especially if your friends decide to go clubbing or barhopping before or after a party. However, these two cards can also play a significant role if you get injured during the night’s events.

If you should require medical attention or assistance from authorities, your ID and insurance cards will be invaluable.

4. Bring a phone charger

You might leave the house with a cell phone, but what good is it if the battery dies? It’s easy to forget about your phone’s battery level, but a dead device can become a major obstacle when you need to call a taxi, contact a friend, or get directions to a destination.

College students should consider taking their phone charger with them, just so you can get a small boost while you’re at a party. There are also portable battery devices that can give your smartphone a mini charge while you’re on the go, if you don’t have access to a wall outlet.

5. Don’t leave drinks unattended

Unfortunately, college parties sometimes draw predators, who can lose themselves in large crowds of strangers. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, more than 15,000 Americans ended up in the hospital in 2009 after being drugged against their will.

Err on the side of caution and follow someone who wants to buy you a drink. Never leave your glass unattended, unless you have a trustworthy friend who can watch it.

08Feb
0

CHARGE!

Dogs have always been considered brave animals. They’ve been known to take on larger animals such as bears and wild cats. Some breeds will not back down to humans. There are even those who have been trained to run into burning buildings or assist soldiers in warzones.

Of course, vehicles should pose a different problem altogether. You might have a pooch that would chase a Dodge Charger down the road, but what about a dog that would charge at an oncoming tank? As you can see in this image, it’s definitely possible.

CHARGE!

03Feb
0

Have you been neglecting your hair lately? Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us. You may spend hours in front of the mirror trying to get your hair just right, but it you haven’t been taking proper care of it, styling will be even more challenging.
What’s the solution? Here are four great, easy tips for restoring the natural luster of your flowing locks.

1) Use the right products

Want healthy, glossy hair? Then start with your products. Take a critical look at what you’re using. Are there cheap shampoos, tons of styling gels and creams? They may not be doing you any favors. If you really want to improve the look of your hair, choose your products wisely – and think about your specific hair issues. For instance, boost lifeless hair with an anti-aging shampoo. If you’re craving stronger hair, opt for a shampoo and conditioner with advanced moisturizing properties. Or if your hair feels like it can never get really clean, a clarifying shampoo will be your new best friend.

2) Try vitamin supplements

Certain vitamins and nutrients help promote hair growth as well as give you shinier and stronger locks. Proteins such as those found in fish give you healthier looking hair, as does vitamin C. Biotin, on the other hand, makes your hair grow faster and stronger. This substance is found in both plant and animal sources, including peanuts, eggs, walnuts, carrots and sweet potatoes. Including the right vitamins in your diet can make a world of difference.

3) Avoid heat styling when possible

Heat tools are wonderful things. In just a few minutes you can straighten, curl, or dry your hair. Unfortunately, the heat can also cause damage. It may be tempting to blow dry your hair every morning, but it’s not necessarily good for you. Using heat styling tools more than a few times a week can give you dry and broken hair. Limit how often you use these tools – or wear a high-quality wig instead when you want to dramatically change your look.

4) Get haircuts regularly

It’s easy to put off a trip to the salon – you’re busy and cash is tight – but it’s not a good idea. Stylists agree that getting your hair cut every six weeks can be beneficial. It removes split ends and promotes hair growth. That means pampering yourself once in a while will make you feel great – and look great, too.

03Feb
0

The first thing you think of when you think about the Internet is probably not fashion. The two don’t seem to have that much in common. The Internet is about technology and information, and neither has a lot to do with couture and style.

Actually, technology has everything to do with fashion, these days. In fact, the Internet has changed the world of fashion for many. With the introduction of the Internet came a whole new world of fashion, and it’s changed the way we think and shop, and even the way we dress.

Accessibility

Before the World Wide Web, certain fashion trends weren’t very accessible to many people. Look at it this way: a woman living in a rural part of Texas can’t just run down the street to Saks or Nordstrom to pick up a new pair of designer shoes.

She might live hundreds of miles from the nearest city that’s big enough to have stores of this type. This woman had to make a special trip to shop for designer styles and even just to investigate the latest trends, or she had to settle for wearing whatever was available at the local stores, which probably weren’t big-name department retailers.

Now she can get online and order the Jimmy Choo stilettos she’s been eyeing or the Louis Vuitton handbag she’s always wanted.

Fashion advice

The Internet has also hosted multiple forums on a subject many women focus on more than anything: fashion advice. It’s easier than ever for women to receive professional fashion advice without having to leave home.

We read celebrity style blogs, follow fashionistas on Pinterest, and access photos on celebrity social media accounts. Women have more fashion influence, thanks to the Internet. They can look for outfit ideas, hair styles, and make up looks on their smartphones and tablets while drinking their morning coffee.

Convenience

Above and beyond all else, fashion is more convenient online. Women who are too busy or too irritated to spend hours trying on clothes and standing in long lines can simply shop online for the looks they want. They can price compare items in dozens of stores with one click of a button or a single app download.

The Internet and fashion might not seem to have anything in common from the outside, but inside, they have everything in common. Even a decade ago, shopping was a completely different activity from what it is now.

Today, it’s easier than ever to incorporate high fashion into your everyday life, thanks to the web, online shopping, and access to fashion you once only saw in the pages of glossy fashion magazines.

03Feb
0

The master bedroom is the room in which you spend some of your most precious time. It’s the space where few other people ever get to step, and it’s your personal haven. It’s the place you probably feel the most comfortable, relaxed, and at home.

If your master bedroom is anything less than stylish, sophisticated, and comfortable, it’s time to give it an overhaul that includes new furniture and decor. From small interior design changes to home-improvement projects that can make it a more appealing space, it’s time to get started making your bedroom your haven.

Closet design

You might figure since you can shut the door, it doesn’t matter what’s inside. This is simply not true of your master bedroom closet, however. If you haven’t a closet organization system, it’s time to break out your home improvement skills — or dialing fingers — and get one installed.

Your closet is part of your master bedroom, and that makes it important. How can you fully relax knowing that just behind that door is a disastrous, disorganized mess?

Start by purging things you haven’t worn in a year, don’t fit, and are no longer consonant with your taste; then have a closet system installed. This can include shelves, drawers, tables, and whatnot. The more organization, the better.

Focal point

When it comes to interior design, even amateurs know that every room should have a focal point. This might mean a beautiful piece of artwork hanging over your bed or the bed itself. Whatever you choose to make your master focal point, choose carefully.

Most experts recommend you make your bed your focal point. Position it in the center of the room and build the room around it. This means placing end tables, armoires, dressers, mirrors, and seating areas around the bed so it stays the main focus.

Artwork

Just because it’s a bedroom doesn’t mean it should be devoid of artwork. Your master bedroom is the perfect place for a large canvas print of your wedding photos or your family.

It’s also a lovely place to hang a relaxing photo from your favorite vacation spot — blown up to create a piece of art.

Keep master bedroom colors warm and inviting. Stay away from colors that are too bold or brash. Make sure your sheets consist of a high thread count and your overhead lighting can be ignored in favor of soft lamp light for the most appeal and ambiance.

03Feb
0

Surprises are fun; the very nature of the word means unexpected joy. But there’s a dark side to surprises, too, and certain unexpected events in the business world can absolutely take you by surprise … in a very, very, very bad way.

So let’s talk about the biggest three issues that you’ll want to prepare yourself for. These are critical items that catch many businesses by surprise.

1. Industry busters

These days, industries are being created and destroyed overnight. If you don’t keep your eyes on the current tech trends and industry developments that apply to your business, you may find yourself on a ship that’s sinking fast, with little or no warning.

For example, when smartphones decided to do what Garmin GPS units did, the stock instantly tanked.

2. Public crises online or offline

Have you seen any stories recently about a popular brand getting hacked, or caught off guard in some other way, while a crisis emerged and gathered steam overnight or across an entire weekend? It’s increasingly common for this to happen with brands who don’t have an active crisis management team and set of procedures.

If this should happen to your firm, you’ll want to make sure all the most popular social media outlets are covered by a customer service representative who will listen, reply professionally, and in every way preserve a positive image of your company and brand.

In the event of a crisis, one person who is actively available to help is perhaps all that will be necessary to save your business’s precious and hard-earned reputation with its current and potential customers!

3. Knowledge transfer

We’ve all heard that employee turnover is a killer of operational efficiency. The knowledge-transfer piece of this problem is the part that’s really difficult to do well. Too often there’s a new trainer, a new employee, a changing policy, and all sorts of urgency to replace an employee who recently left (or a role that’s been newly created).

Luckily there are blogs that supply vital insights into these transitions, and experts who specialize in the unique dynamics of this critical issue in business.

If you’re not ready for knowledge transfer, you might want to get some outside expertise lined up in order to prepare your company for smooth transitions that will make for a seamless and consistent operational flow and continued profitability.

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