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3 Great Things about Tablet PCs

New Technology Is Created Every Year

New Technology Is Created Every Year

Tablet PCs are consistently throwing themselves to the forefront of the technological game. A tablet PC is not quite a computer, but then again it’s not your typical run of the mill handheld device either. Hailed as the perfect counterbalance between a bulky laptop and a smartphone, they’re perfect for anyone who needs on-the-go functionality without a loss of technical perks. If you’re a technology enthusiast, you’ve probably had your eye on one for a while now after reading articles about up-and-coming technology, or maybe you’re an average consumer who, although you haven’t read up on them too much, you’ve still seen the commercials for the new lines of tablet PCs that have hit the market recently.

Portability and Ease of Use

Ask anyone who already has a tablet PC or anyone who wants to get one soon and the thing they’ll probably tell you that they like the most is the portability. Tablet PCs go where you do, and they’re usually slim enough to tuck into a bag or briefcase with little to no trouble. Not just portable, but easy to use, too – tablet PCs are touch screen capable, but they can also be paired with Bluetooth keyboards to make using them more like a true computer if that’s what you prefer. In addition to that, software on tablet PCs is usually built in with more than just the on-screen keyboard: often things like Swype or handwriting recognition software make it easy and fun to type if the traditional QWERTY keyboard isn’t what you want.

Surprising Power

A Great Tablet PC

A Great Tablet PC

Even though tablet PCs are nowhere near the standard laptop screen sizes of 13, 15.6 and 17.3 inches and with thicknesses less than half that of laptops, you’re not sacrificing any power. The processors on tablet PCs are no less a collection of powerhouses than the processors on laptops are, so there’s no worry there. You can do almost anything on a tablet PC that you can do on a full-size laptop or a desktop computer, so don’t let that deter you from buying a more portable version of what’s almost the exact same system. For someone who frequently finds themselves on-the-go, choosing a tablet PC is ultimately better in the long run than a bulky laptop.

Sizes

Tablet PCs Come In All Sizes

Tablet PCs Come In All Sizes

The greatest thing about tablet PCs is all of the different sizes, ranging from the 5.3 inch Samsung Galaxy Note and the line of Samsung Galaxy Tab devices ranging in screen size from 7 inches to 10.1 inches. Barnes & Noble’s line of Nook tablets, functional mostly as eReaders with other limited functionalities, all sport 7 inch screens. iPad Mini has a 7.9 inch screen and the full-sized iPad has a 9.7 inch screen, and the LG Optimus Pad being offered by a lot of cell phone carriers right now sports an unusually sized 8.9 inch screen. With all of these different sizes, the variety of choices offered in tablet PCs is undeniably one of the greatest things about them. Who doesn’t like having a lot of choices in their life, especially when it comes to their electronics?


#Barnes & Noble#Bluetooth#iPad Mini#Laptop#QWERTY Keyboard#Samsung Galaxy Note#Samsung Galaxy Tab#Smartphone#Tablet PCs#Technology

Article Posted by Jimmy Culvin in All-Rants, Money Help

How to Save up for a Special Vacation or Trip

You All Deserve A Special Moment Away From Home

You All Deserve A Special Moment Away From Home

Setting up a regular budget is often difficult enough, but when you’re trying to budget for a special vacation or trip it can be even more daunting and difficult. You might not know how to save up for something like this, since it isn’t exactly a necessity and it doesn’t exactly fit in with your regular budget. If you’re running into this kind of difficulty, then you might want to learn how to save specifically for a special vacation or trip. It’s honestly not that hard once you get the hang of it, and soon you’ll have enough money in the bank to go on that weekend cruise you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s how you can start saving money to go on a vacation or trip by yourself for with your family:

Set Aside a Little Money Each Week

Save Money For The Trip Of Your Dreams

Save Money For The Trip Of Your Dreams

By setting aside a little money each week, you can really get a start on a healthy vacation fund. It might not seem like that much at first – and it isn’t – but it really does start to add up the longer you do this. You won’t even really notice how much money you’ve been setting aside, since you’re just taking a small amount out every week. While it does take a little longer than you might hope, it’s also one of the most painless ways to go about saving money for a trip. Plus, it can be a bit of a special surprise when you do finally save up enough money to go on that trip you were longing for. If you’re looking to finally go on the vacation of a lifetime, then this is how you should start saving up for it rather than trying to come up with a huge lump sum all at once.

Set a Generous Budget

This Is Not The Moment To Be Cheap

This Is Not The Moment To Be Cheap

It’s important to be generous with your budget once you’ve saved up your money. Don’t think you can squeak by with a small budget. When you’re on a vacation and in that vacation mindset, it can be difficult to control your spending. Sometimes things come up that you didn’t expect, too, and that can eat into your budget. You don’t want to find up going into debt because you didn’t set aside enough money for your vacation, so be sure to be generous with the money you set aside. You never know what might come up that you just HAVE to spend money on while you’re away from home.

Cutting out Little Luxuries to Help Save

A Little Sacrifice Will Pay... Save For That Special Trip

A Little Sacrifice Will Pay… Save For That Special Trip

If you’re hoping to go on a vacation sooner rather than later, then cutting out little luxuries in your everyday life can help you save that money faster. Cut out the coffee shop visits every day and use that money to save up for your vacation, instead. Start walking to the places that are closest to you, and that extra gas money you save on can become vacation money, too. Cutting out little luxuries and habits here and there will help you save up a huge amount of money very quickly with very little effort on your part! You’ll be surprised how quickly these things stack up, and how much vacation time you can get out of just cutting coffee out of your daily life. It’s definitely worth giving a shot, so get started!


#Generous Budget#Set Aside Money Weekly#Special Events#Special Vacation#Travelling

Article Posted by Jimmy Culvin in All-Rants, Healthy Living

3 Things to Cut out from Your Life to Improve Your Health

Get Rid Of Coffee To Improve Your Health

Get Rid Of Coffee To Improve Your Health

If you’re looking to improve your health or make lifestyle changes to help become the best you can be, it can be a struggle to figure out what you should be cutting out of your life. Some things have just become such a natural part of your routine that you don’t even really think about how they could be impacting your health. It’s easy to go along with all the sorts of things that you’re used to, even if you know that they aren’t really good for you. However, it is important to be able to cut out these bad habits to help improve your health. It’s usually not too terribly difficult to remove these sorts of things from your life, so you should be able to recognize what habits you want to remove from your life. Here are three habits that you should cut out from your daily life to help improve your health:

1. Coffee and Caffeinated Beverages

We know that getting rid of coffee or your other caffeinated favorites isn’t exactly the easiest thing to do. However, it can really help improve your health. Coffee isn’t that bad for you in the long run, but it all depends on what you’re putting into it. You might want to be careful about how much coffee you drink, and caffeinated beverages in general might be something you want to cut out of your daily life. It’s not that caffeine is terrible, per se, but if you’re addicted to caffeine you may be drinking far more sugary sodas than you should be. Being able to cut out sodas is an important thing for your health, since they can really cause you to gain weight or just be unhealthy in general. If you can cut out soda, we recommend that you try to do so. If you just can’t seem to get rid of coffee, then you might want to try and limit how many times a week you drink it. You might just need to wean yourself off of it.

2. Alcohol

Stop Drinking So Much Alcohol

Stop Drinking So Much Alcohol

Cutting out alcohol doesn’t sound like any fun, we know. However, alcohol really just isn’t good for you. You can gain a lot of weight from drinking alcohol before you even realize it, and then you have to try and lose the weight. We know how tempting it can be to have a drink to unwind once a day, but it’s better to cut it out if you can. If you want to drink socially once a week or so, there’s not much wrong with that. However, it’s important to cut out as much alcohol as you can because it will definitely help you improve your health very quickly. It might take some time to get used to it, but you’ll definitely be thankful that you did.

3. Taking the Elevator

Taking The Stairs Instead Of Elevators

Taking The Stairs Instead Of Elevators

Taking the elevator is faster and easier in pretty much every way, and we know it. However, if you’re trying to improve your health then it may be time to stop taking the elevator when you have the choice of taking the stairs. Taking the stairs is an amazingly easy way to help yourself get fit. Factor in the extra minute or two that it will take you to take the stairs instead of the elevator, because it really is worth doing so. You might not notice how much it helps right away, but it definitely has an impact on your health. Soon you won’t even break a sweat when you’re climbing those stairs, and you’ll always be prepared for an emergency when the elevators don’t work!


#Drink Less Alcohol#Healthy Habits#Healthy Living#Improve Your Health#Taking The Stairs Instead Of Elevators

Article Posted by Jimmy Culvin in All-Rants, Career News

Can Office Decorations Boost Productivity?

Decorate Your Work Space

Decorate Your Work Space

Office decorations are one of the things about which managers are most conflicted. Some believe that decorations add undue clutter and distraction to the workplace, which is a fair belief. Others think that the benefits, whether real or imagined, of these decorations is more than worth the possible distractions that they might offer. There are two sides to the argument, but three very convincing kinds of decorations that may sway your vote to the side of the decorators.

The “Fresh” Factor

One of the reasons that so many people dread going to the office in the morning is their perception of it. Words like “stale,” “boring,” and “moldy” are sometimes misnomers. They are often applied to many places that are perfectly clean, but may smell of chemicals, or simply have a sort of old-fashioned feeling to them. If this applies to your office, you may want to invest in some fresh decorations and fixtures to keep your employees reminded of green growing things. Spider plants for each employee are a great start—encourage them to bring creative planters from home, or let their kids decorate a generic one that you provide. A fountain in the office is a bigger investment, but a small one in the corner surrounded by cheap potted plants can give your office a very cool modern vibe without adding much expense, and can make your employees feel much more comfortable.

The “Cute” Factor

Office Decorations Can Increase Productivity

Office Decorations Can Increase Productivity

Have you ever wondered why companies are so quick to put pictures of babies and kittens on calendars? There’s an actual reason for that. In a study of Japanese office workers, the study measured productivity before and after looking at a picture of something. Those who looked at something termed generically “cute,” such as a kitten, puppy, or small baby, experienced a huge boost in productivity afterwards. Those who looked at any other kind of picture—something familiar, something neutral, something sexy, or something sad—did not experience a boost or a hindrance from one direction or another. Simply stocking your office full of cute calendars or giving out cute pictures for employees to set on their desks can make a huge difference to the productivity of your employees, and for a tiny fraction of the cost of a seminar on the subject.

The “Comfort” Factor

Encourage Your Employees To Bring Photos Of Their Love Ones

Encourage Your Employees To Bring Photos Of Their Love Ones

Make your employees hate coming to work less. That’s the goal of many productivity managers, but it’s something that many people find very difficult to understand on a personal level. The act of bringing pictures of family, friends, and other comforting things to work is an act of trust. No one wants to have those pictures disrespected. Make sure that if you are going to invite your employees to bring pictures of loved ones and beloved things from home, that you’re creating a workplace where everyone feels comfortable doing so. That means that even if the weird girl in the corner brings a picture of Naruto and has it professionally framed, you shouldn’t say anything. That can be interpreted as harassment. Much better is to simply let people bring what they want to bring, if that’s your decision. The only caveat to that is to make certain that you never make comments on anyone’s family pictures (outside of reason—if they ask, “Isn’t he getting big?” you’re more than welcome to agree). If anything should be misconstrued, you can be on the hook for an infinite number of lawsuits.


#Office Decorations#The “Comfort” Factor#The “Cute” Factor#The “Fresh” Factor#ways To Boost Productivity#Work Environment

Article Posted by Jimmy Culvin in All-Rants, Love Stuff

The Pros and Cons of an Email Breakup

Breaking Up Via Email

Breaking Up Via Email

Let’s be honest here: there’s no right way to break up with someone. There’s no “good” way to cause them pain. If they didn’t want the relationship to end and you did they’re going to be hurt. You have to accept that. Your very willingness to cause them this necessary pain is further proof that you need to break up. The real heart of your relationship is dead. However, given that they’re going to be hurting, there are things that you can do that are just rubbing salt into their wounds. You don’t want to have to say that you could have done things a different way and caused them less pain. You want to break up in the most mature way possible. With that in mind, you’ll be weighing your options. You can do it in person, you can do it via text message, you can do it over Facebook or over the phone. One way that has a lot of very mixed reviews is breaking up over email. Some people swear by it, and some people swear that you’re heartless if you try. Let’s look at the major pros and cons for each method of break up communication.

Pro: You Have as Much Time as You Need

Given that they’re going to be hurt no matter what you do, you should still aim to do things that will minimize the impact. When you’re under pressure (say, when you have to tell someone something that you know will hurt them) it’s common to get tongue tied. You’ll slip, slide, and stutter over your words and your significant other might not know what you’re trying to say. You might say something in the stress of the moment that you later regret. Writing things out in a letter won’t be easy, but it will be the closest you can come to having a do over switch. Give yourself plenty of time and then write the letter. Proof read it, make corrections, and in general make sure that you’re going to be saying what you mean to say.

Con: It’s a Nasty Thing to Wake up To

Breaking Up Via Email Is A Low Blow

No One Wants To Walk Up To An Angry Email

On the other hand, how would you like to wake up on a morning that should be like any other only to find out that you became single during the night? An email is a surprising thing. There’s no way for you to break the news to them gently. They’re going to see a note from you, open it, and be struck by your words. A break up is best when it’s timed carefully, but there’s no way of knowing when they’ll read your email. Maybe you sent it late enough that they should have checked it first thing but they didn’t, and they got it at the office. It would be terrible to have to tell all your friends and coworkers that you have allergies because you’ve been sniffling all day. Especially if you’re breaking up with someone who thinks that everything is fine, email is a shocking way to do it.

Pro: You Can Both save Face

On the plus side, you don’t have to see them cry. Some people would say that you deserve to have to watch their pain after breaking up with them, but that’s a little short sighted. A lot of people prefer to experience their pain privately. Crying in front of you might only humiliate them more in their own eyes. If you know that your soon to be ex is a very private person who wouldn’t want you to see them breaking down, then you should consider this method of breaking up as a merciful one. This way they can save face and you don’t have to feel as awkward.

Con: It Gives Them Ammunition Against You

They Might Seek Payback

They Might Seek Payback

On the downside, breaking up via email just sounds terrible. If they’re the kind of person who will turn vindictive once you’ve broken up, don’t give them the ammunition.


#Breaking Up A Relationship#Dating In 2015#Deal With A Break Up#Email Breakup#Love#Relationships