Rants By Eric Fonzarelli

How the MS Surface Beats Out the iPad

When Microsoft came up with MS Surface, they had to create something that would measure up against such devices as the Apple iPad. The strategy was so laid out so perfectly that they managed to engineer a very solid and capable device.
Some of the features you will love about your MS Surface include:

1. Kickstand

“Amazing to watch movies - Handsfree”

“Amazing to watch movies – Handsfree”

A lot of attention to detail was invested in engineering MS Surface’s kickstand. You won’t miss the quality of the construction when you notice that it is possible to use your MS Surface as a laptop because of this kickstand.
You can either prop the Surface in the landscape or the portrait mode. From the landscape mode, you will be able to use the device as a replacement for the ultra book and for video streaming such content as TEDTalks and Netflix. The angle of the MS Surface when it is inside the kickstand is also ideal enough to allow you do anything you want from that position.

2. Touch Cover

This is another of the most useful and innovative gadgets you can get today. This cover protects your MS Surface and can turn it into a pseudo- ultra book. It’s about the same thickness as Apple’s Smart Cover. However, it also includes a touch- sensitive physical keyboard replete with special buttons and a track pad. You can use these to gain quick access to such Windows RT features as Settings Charm, Devices, Search and Share.

3. Office RT Apps

“Office RT apps- Complete your work effortlessly”

“Office RT apps- Complete your work effortlessly”

Inclusion of MS Office tools is a big plus for the MS Surface against the iPad. Although the iPad has many productivity apps with some compatibility to MS office, none quite measures up to Microsoft Office.
The Office apps that are installed on your MS Surface are close both in function and form to the desktop equivalents. The conventions and features used are mostly similar. You therefore won’t have to deal with fidelity and formatting issues.

4. USB Port

Another advantage that the MS Surface has over the iPad is that it has an amazingly useful USB port. You can plug in your USB thumb drive or external hard drive to add storage capacity, transfer files and add such extra devices as a webcam, printer, mouse and keyboard.

5. MicroSDXC Card Slot

You can use this slot to expand the storage capacity. It is hidden away from all eyes at the back of the MS Surface close to the kick stand plate. With this card slot, you can add up to about 64 GB of extra storage simply by slipping your MicroSD card into the tablet. This feature trounces the Apple iPad mostly because the latter had no ports or slots that can give you extra storage space.
You can also leave this card in place so that your tablet’s memory size is always expanded. Alternatively, you can swap out the card as needed to check movie libraries, switch data for various projects among other uses.
Finally, the MS Surface has the same price as the Apple iPad. However, the MS Surface takes home the biscuit at the end of the day. It will take time before the MS Surface kicks off the iPad. Still, it does have some benefits and features that make It quite unique.

Online Dating: Three Tips to Date Safely

“What are you waiting for?”

“What are you waiting for?”

So, here you are bored and you want to have a date. You sign up for an online dating service and you build your dating profile. You are among the millions who are hoping to find true love online. Who knows, maybe your (Mr. Right) may just be a thousand miles away? Online dating services account for 280,000 marriages every year. An awesome number that may just make you hope if online dating may just be the way for you to meet your match.

Online dating does seem like a convenient and great way to meet someone. However with its benefits, online dating also comes with dangers. Research shows that online dating includes misleading profiles and internet scammers. Lying is common in online dating. Men often lie about their age and income, while women were found to lie mostly about their weight. Lying is not the worst part about online dating. The internet can become a playground for scammers that scam women for money or worse, predators that abduct and rape women. Statistics show that 10% of online dating members are scammers and the other 10% are sexual predators. The odds of you getting in danger because of online dating are slim and this should not stop you from taking your chances in finding your match online.
It’s vital that you learn about the three internet dating safety tips. Here are the tips so that you can keep yourself safe at all times.

1. Stay anonymous in the meantime.

“Keep yourself safe by remaining anonymous for a while”

“Keep yourself safe by remaining anonymous for a while”

Numerous online dating services offer a system where members can communicate without necessarily revealing email addresses or other personal information. Take advantage of the dating service’s secure system where you can exchange messages with someone without revealing personal information. You can chat with the person and get to know him to a certain degree. Even in case your match turns out to be a creep online, you’ve remained anonymous since you’ve kept your email safe. Once your match has gained your trust, then you can choose to communicate with him using your own email address.

2. Use common sense.

Our emotions often cloud our decisions. We feel like we’ve found the perfect match for us and we have forgotten about the rules of internet safety. Since we feel we’ve met our match, we often proceed to giving out personal information in a blink of an eye. Some even make the mistake of sending money to people they just met online. Keep your wits with you and always be on guard with someone you barely know.

3. Take it slow.

Don’t hurry love. So goes a popular song! With online dating, it’s important to be responsible and to take things one step at a time. Don’t be too overwhelmed with your emotions and learn to have control. Take the time to know more about each other online before agreeing to meet personally. When meeting your online date for the first time, choose to meet in a public area. The purpose of first dates is for you to know more about each other.

3 Ways People Can Do to Encourage Themselves to Make Time for the Gym

“Start Making time for gym”

“Start Making time for gym”

Everyone knows getting healthy and fit is important, but somehow going to the gym has its own challenge. Although people often times apply for the gym membership, most of them don’t go to the gym regularly. In fact, their laziness is bigger than their determination that they are willing to spend their money for nothing. Well, it is basically up to them to choose what they are going to do with their health, but there are some methods and ways that they can do to encourage themselves.

The Big Deal

Going to the gym isn’t that hard. People only need to load their stuffs, throw the gym bag into the air, and drive away. But somehow, the willingness and the determination to even walk out of the door is zero; people tend to prefer staying at home and slouching on the couch while enjoying their favorite show. Well, there are some things that they can do to encourage themselves going to the gym. If they have found their motivation, going to the gym won’t be so dreadful anymore and they will spend their time; no matter what.s

The Solutions

The first thing these people need to have is motivation and determination. If they can’t find the motivation, how can they continue? It may sound cliché, but motivation is an important factor when they want their gym membership to stay useful. Find out what they want to do with themselves. Determine what they want to do with their health and fitness level. Are they going to lose weight? Do they have certain medical condition that requires them to have regular training and exercise? Are they going to attend important events that require them to look good and fit? Such motivation may look simple and unimportant, but each person has different preferences. When they want to reach their goal, they need to post their intention everywhere. For example, when they want to lose weight, they can post their ideal weight goal and their schedule on the refrigerator, on their clipboard in the office, on the bedside desk, and other places that they will see on a daily basis. It will make them stay motivated and determined to reach their goal.

The second thing that they need to do is to find the gyms that offer certain features. For example, they can find a gym that has a nice coffee shop for hanging out or a gym that has a day care center. This will motivate them to go to the gym. For instance, when busy moms are reluctant to go to gyms because they can’t leave their kids alone at home, they can now exercise in such comfortable manner without having to worry about their kids anymore. Or when they are busy career women who have to keep up with work, they can relax and enjoy chamomile tea after exercising on the coffee shop. If they are able to choose the additional features that can make the whole exercise time more fun and enjoyable, they will have more motivation to go there.

“Enjoy quality time with family while working out”

“Enjoy quality time with family while working out”

The third tips that they can try is to tag along the other family members. Exercising alone isn’t fun or enjoyable, so having friends that can accompany them during training, compete with them, or do other fun stuffs can help. Tag along their spouses or their kids by enrolling in the available classes.

How To Trade Precious Metals

Trading precious metal is a tricky business. You have to know the ins and outs before you engage yourself into this trading industry. Trading precious metals need concentration, preciseness and a huge amount of knowledge in costing and handling. If you are a beginner, asking the experts’ advice is the wisest thing to do.

How is gold treated in the trading industry?

“Gold’s on the Rise”

“Gold’s on the Rise”

Gold is still regarded as a high-priced metal since the time in Memoriam. It is used in medical fields such as dentistry and surgery. It is also important in electronics since it is permeable and can conduct electricity. However, gold is more popular for jewelry and architecture because of its luster and beauty.
Gold trading is open 24 hours a day. The value is determined around the clock all year round. Unlike other trading industries, gold trading is not based on the law of supply and demand. The prices are determined by the hoarders and traders. These people are the main players in precious metal trading. If the traders and hoarders want to sell their gold, the value depreciates. If they want to buy more gold, the value or the trading price gets higher.

Factors that contribute to hoarding of gold

Yes, there are several conditions that trigger traders to hoard gold and other precious metals. These factors are:
1. Impending political war. Example, if a country is into political war, the rich convert their land and other assets into gold bars to preserve their wealth. Gold is easier to handle and to carry around compared to the mansions and hectares of land. After the war, they can sell back their gold to acquire the land they sold or they move to other peaceful country to start their lives all over again.
2. Rates on money. If the exchange rates get low, people change their money into gold to preserve the value. They will sell their gold again if the exchange rates stabilize.
3. Unstable financial system. When the money in banks is depleting, such as the recession, people convert their funds into gold for safety.

Tips on trading gold for beginners

“Trading & investing in gold – A good choice”

“Trading & investing in gold – A good choice”

If you are eyeing on gold trading, you need tips to make it easier for you. Here is a short overview of tips which you can find very useful:
1. Online trading. Yes, you can do trading in the comforts of your home. All you have to do is to open an online account with a reputable broker. You can search for reputable broker online, too.
2. Prepare your cash and yourself. You have to open a margin account which actually requires a tingling $2,000.00. Although, a trade does not necessarily reach the margin amount: Margin account only helps you to settle trades immediately. If you do not like to get the margin account you can have a cash account as an option. However, this requires you three days for the trade to settle in.
3. Know the risk. There is really no certain on investments. If you want to invest your gold account, you have to know which company is the best to invest. Research well. All investments have their own risks.
4. Seek experts’ opinion and advice. They will direct you to a safe and profitable investment. As a newbie, you need all the wisdom of the trade.

Precious metal trading is different from the commodity trading. It is governed by a different principle. You have to read a lot about it and seek advice of the experts to keep your investment safe.

Asking For A Promotion And Getting It

“Climb the corporate ladder to success”

“Climb the corporate ladder to success”

Climbing the corporate ladder is not limited to the ambitious and talented. It can also be the natural progression of your growth as an employee. Nobody wants to stay with a company forever doing the job they were originally hired for.
Ambition and talent can be very potent Motivating forces and every achievement bring about not only a good feeling of capacity but also identifies you as a possible manager in your organization.

Nevertheless, moving up does not have to be about you getting a raise and the corner office. It can also mean that your talent has a positive impact on your organization and immediate supervisors. It is recognition of your contribution to the company’s overall development.

Knowing where to go

If you don’t know where to go, any road can take you there. Identifying your career path is an essential strategy in finding out the next best position for you. For some lucky souls, their career path is as bright as day. For others, it may require some soul searching and even counseling.
One of the best ways to identify your ideal position is to identify role models and study their career path. Where did they start? How long did they stay with the company? What were their most significant contributions? The next step you are seeking has to be the most logical and natural development for you.
Sometimes, due to the corporate structure, people who want to advance have nowhere to go. In this case, identifying and determining a need where your skill set can have a positive impact can be a logical solution for the ambitious employee.

Covering Your Bases

“Master all the basics of work with a smile”

“Master all the basics of work with a smile”

There is a time for everything under the heavens and this includes the time to ask for a promotion. What’s the perfect time for you will depend on a lot of factors, which luckily are, within your control.
1. Choose the appropriate time. – In most cases, the best time to ask for a promotion is during a performance review. During the review, this is your opportunity to highlight your achievements and success without coming off as a braggart.
Should you choose a different time to ask it is important to be sensitive to some factors. Is your company downsizing? Is it about realizing significant profits? Is it expanding to another industry or another place? These situations can affect the corporate climate and indirectly your plans for asking a promotion.
Understanding what kind of person your boss is can also help you navigate this tricky situation. If you must, err on the side of caution. You don’t want to crash and burn.
2. Make a summary of your achievements. – Specific results properly documented are your best ticket to moving up. These results can be the basis of your pitch once you have identified a position you want to fill. The summary will place you as a results oriented individual who is comfortable in taking on more responsibility.
Concrete examples can demonstrate your passion for meaningful results. Top management will recognize your capacity and not hesitate to consider you for the job. It will also be an effective bargaining chip if someone will fight on your behalf.
3. Improve yourself. – Excel in your current position but learn new skills that you can bring to your next job. The best way to show that you deserve that raise is to show your capacity to produce results.
Come up with solutions, go beyond the call of dutyor earn additional industry certifications. That way, you’ll be better off than when you originally started and there will be no other way but up.
On your way to excelling, teach others what you know. Be a team player. Do not make yourself irreplaceable by being the only person who can run the show. This will show your superiors that you are a responsible leader and at the same time easily facilitate your transition to another position because you have already trained someone else to replace you.
4. Network, network, network. – Seek to establish connections. Find a mentor who will teach you the ins and outs of the position you are gunning for. These mentors will give you a bird’s eye view of things and show you what can be in store for you there.
These people will be able to attest to your willingness to learn the ropes of the business while being a friend when crunch time comes. They can also serve as your allies when you get that promotion and give you advice on how to run things when the going gets tough.

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