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Making the Most of Your Layover at the Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport

September 30th, 2009

dfw-airport.jpgIf you run into a long stopover at Dallas Ft. Worth International Airport (DFW) the usual services are available, and they’re not too inconvenient for the traveling customer.

Like the stereotype about Texas, though, DFW is huge. Just walking around from location to location can be very time consuming. Walking around DFW and lugging your carry-on baggage during a flight layover can be exhausting. Each terminal has two skylink stops — that’s the free, terminal-connecting airport train. But each terminal has over thirty departure gates. It can be a long walk from a skylink stop to your departure gate. Consider flagging down a roving skycap mobile — the drivers work for tips though, so be generous.

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What Is Ecology?

September 29th, 2009

ecology-logo-symbol.jpgEcology is a word we hear a lot today. Sometimes it is used to mean ‘environmentally friendly’, sometimes to refer to a holistic philosophy. We often hear the term ‘ecological crisis’, to describe the ripple of effects accompanying damage to one part of our planet and its natural functioning. Ecology can of course refer to all these things, but is a more complicated concept.

The subjects of ecological study

Ecology is a multi-disciplinary science and ecologists study many diverse phenomena. At the heart of ecology is the principle that organisms and their environments cannot be studied in isolation. That means that any aspect of the environment can be the subject of ecological research, from the effects of sunlight to the chemistry of soil, to animal — including human — behaviour.

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The Sony PSP Go: Sony’s Next Big Winner or Loser?

September 28th, 2009

sony-psp-go.jpgSony managed to keep this one under wraps for quite some time, but now the cat is out of the bag – Sony will be releasing a brand new console as an addition to the PlayStation Portable range – the PSP Go. With a brand new look and, more importantly, a digital-only content delivery system (that’s right, no hard copy games), does the PSP Go have what it takes to set portable gamers’ hearts on fire, or will it fade into oblivion like so many other ‘innovative’ new handheld consoles?

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How to Convert Your FAT32 Drive to NTFS Without Losing Data

September 27th, 2009

fat32-ntfs-convert-files.jpgYou have an internal or external hard drive which worked perfectly well with your old computer, and you want to use it in your new Windows XP system. You put (or plug) it into your system, Windows recognizes it, but you can’t get files to copy between the two.

Well, the problem probably isn’t the drive. Nine out of ten times it’s because the old drive is formatted in the FAT32 (File Allocation Table) file system. You see, up until Windows XP, hard drives were formatted in the FAT32 system, while Windows 2000 and up went to the NTFS (New Technology File System).

This means that files copied onto one drive might not necessarily conform to the other. It’s much like putting a DVD into a standard CD-ROM.

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Gaming on a Notebook or Laptop Computer

September 26th, 2009

gaming-laptop.jpgAs mobile technology becomes ever more pervasive, the power of mobile devices continues to increase. With the demand for portable computing growing by the day, a diverse body of notebook users are finding more and more applications for their machines. For some, that means pushing notebooks to do something that laptop users once wouldn’t dream of doing – playing games!

All things considered, there is really no reason that a notebook should not be able to play video games. A notebook is, in most respects, the same as a desktop computer – it has all of the same hardware components and runs the same operating systems. So why is it that so many laptops don’t seem to pass muster when it comes to playing modern, 3D video games? The simple answer is that laptops are designed specifically with space, portability, heat, and battery life in mind, whereas the average desktop is not, and so their overall power is considerably less.

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How to Back Up Your Laptop’s Data

September 25th, 2009

laptop-backup-data.jpgIt seems like everyone has a laptop nowadays. With all of the convenient, lightweight, portable, and fast models out there, is it any wonder? Yet many laptop users don’t think about backing up the data on their machines.

The laptop was designed for “on the go” use, so many people don’t remember how much important information is on their laptop until they suffer from data loss.

Why Backups Are Important

While almost 90 percent of computer users know that they should backup data (according to a 2005 study), very few actually do backup on a regular basis.

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How to Choose a Laptop Case

September 24th, 2009

buy-laptop-case.jpgAfter you have managed to find the perfect laptop for your needs, you need to consider protecting it from all the physical threats that it faces on day-to-day basis. Since laptops are designed to be portable it only makes sense that a good laptop case is needed to protect your latest computer.

Consider the following things when shopping for a laptop case to keep your computer inside safe and secure.


Overall Size

This is an important consideration. First you need to make sure that your laptop can actually fit inside of its case. Whether you choose a sleeve or a full size case, your laptop case should fit your needs, which brings us to the next thing to consider.

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Using RegCure to Maintain Your Computer’s Performance

September 23rd, 2009

regcure-fix-computer.jpgA personal computer or a laptop is one of the most important purchases and investments consumers make every year. People use computers for a variety of reasons. For some, the use is recreational for activities such as surfing the Internet or staying in touch with friends and family via email or instant messenger. For others, the use of computers is more business-oriented. Some people use the computer to become more familiarized with various software applications, to start and operate their businesses from their homes, or for the purposes of telecommunication.

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Golf: A Guide for Beginners

September 22nd, 2009

golf-beginner-guide.jpgThe thrill of watching your golf ball soar into the backdrop of a clear blue sky and landing softly on the green may seem implausible when you find yourself slashing away with a golf club for the first time. Learning to play golf can be a very frustrating experience if you approach it the wrong way as many accomplished golfers will testify. Trial and error is a necessary part of learning the game but with the proper mindset, the errors will be reduced. The last thing you want to do as a novice golfer is to wander out on a golf course before you have spent time on a practice range. Why is this important?

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Umami: The Fifth Taste

September 21st, 2009

umami-foods-yummy.jpgUmami, a Japanese word for “savory”, has long been recognized by Eastern cultures as a type of taste, but it has only been in the last hundred years that the actual sources of this taste have been isolated and identified.

Umami was discovered in 1908 by Kikunae Ikeda, a Japanese researcher who was trying to isolate the strong flavor in a broth made of seaweed. He concluded that it was a chemical named monosodium glutamate (MSG) which was responsible for that particular taste. In 1913, Mr. Shintaro Kodama discovered that the umami in bonito flakes came from a nucleotide called inosinate, and then in 1960 another researcher found that the same quality in dried mushrooms came from another nucleotide called guanylate. It is the tastes of these three compounds that are known as umami.

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Selling Tips: How to Find Leads

September 20th, 2009

find-leads-success.jpgIf you want to find some good leads for your business, the most obvious place to start looking is your own company’s records of previous clients. This is one reason why it’s so important to keep proper records. Don’t ever destroy a lead, even if you think there’s never going to be any business there. Put the customer details into your ‘bring-box’ or copy them into a file somewhere on your local computer. This is simply a card box (or computer file) divided into months of the year, with the front section divided into five weeks.

For example, if you speak to some potential customers and find out that they may be interested in six months’ time, you can put the record card into the section six months hence. When the relevant month is current, divide the cards into the appropriate four or five weeks. The card that you filed six months previously will now appear as a reminder to follow up on the lead. If your customer looks unlikely ever to need your product or service, instead of throwing away the details, put them in the box for a year from now; things can change over that time.

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