Summer Holiday Tech Tips to Protect your Gadgets

August 27, 2014 in Data Recovery, Information Technology, Security by Erika Chitty

If you feel indispensable to your company and you need to be in contact all the time, then the chances are you will want to take your work phone, tablet or pc on holiday with you. Unfortunately, combining sun, sea and sangria with our beloved gadgets can often cause a whole host of problems.

If you are sort of person who can’t bear to leave your emails unread whilst you’re away from the office, or just want to tell your workmates what a great time you’re having, then you need to read M2 Computing’s top tips on looking after your IT whilst away, especially if it belongs to your employer.

Saving your waterlogged smartphone

Going to the seaside? Sitting by the pool with a nice drink? Putting your smartphone in imminent danger of drowning is not a good idea. Fortunately, you can take some simple measures to protect it, such as a smartphone condom – a thermoplastic covering that protects from water, sand, and any other damaging things which get into the those little holes and crevices while on holiday. Or how about a waterproof case to keep your emails dry during the day? They come in various sizes so you can get them for your laptop and tablet.

But what happens if you drop your unprotected phone into the water? First thing, don’t panic. A simple trick is to take out the SIM and battery and place the phone in a bag of dry white rice overnight. The rice will absorb all the moisture and in most cases, leave your phone in perfect working order by the morning.

How to get sand out of your device

It’s easy to get sand in your phone or laptop if you take it to the beach. If this happens then the best thing to do is get yourself a can of compressed air. Remember that sand can be quite damaging, so if you use a cloth or something like a cotton bud to clean things out it is liable to cause scratches and other damage. A can of compressed air with blow that sand back onto the beach where it belongs without causing any damage to the hardware.

Keeping your gadgets safe from prying fingers

The other thing you need to worry about on holiday is keeping your smartphone and laptop safe. More things are stolen on holiday that at any time simply because thieves are on the lookout and we’re less attentive when enjoying ourselves. Try not to leave your gadget lying about and make sure you have a proper password strategy in place so that if someone does get hold of your pc or smartphone they can’t get your personal details so easily.

Protecting your data online

Changes in European rules are making it easier for us to access the internet abroad. Finding a Wi-Fi hotspot is convenient but you also need to be aware that it raises security issues and makes you more vulnerable to hacking.

It’s always a good idea to talk to your IT provider if you are going to be making sensitive transactions or sending messages whilst on holiday. They will be able to recommend something like a SSL or VPN connection that will protect both you and your company. If you are using a Wi-Fi hotspot then try to avoid making transactions with your bank on your pc, instead opt for their mobile app which will be more protected.

The purpose of a holiday is to relax and have a good time. In this day and age, many of us have to keep in contact with work in case an emergency comes up. But of course, keeping your gadgets safe whilst away from home is something we should all be concerned about, whether we need to keep in touch with the boss or not.

And just a little preparation and thought can help prevent any big dramas spoiling your holiday.

Do It Yourself-Repair Sliding Glass Door Rollers

August 26, 2014 in Home Improvement by mac heal

Is your old patio door becoming more and more difficult to open? Does it take a lot of effort to pull open? Does it no longer slide like it used to? If so, it could be time for the rollers on the door to be changed.
Eventually every sliding glass, or patio, door will need help. They get harder and harder to open and close over time and the most common problem is that the rollers they slide on simply wear out.
Sliding Glass Doors are ideal for allowing sunlight to enter and keeping intruders out. If you find that sliding your glass door open is difficult or that the door makes a screeching noise when sliding, there’s no need to replace the door.
Most aluminum sliding glass doors use single-assembly rollers. Most are steel, although some use nylon.
There’s not even any need to call a repair guy. Follow the simple steps outlined below and learn how to quickly and easily repair your sliding glass door rollers.
The most obvious first effort should be to clean the track out – remove any debris, small rocks or gravel, etc. Vacuum the track thoroughly and see if there is any improvement – this is sometimes all it takes and is quick and easy to do.
Step 1- Take the door off
Step 2- Remove the wheels
Step 3- Clean the parts
Step 4- Install the new wheels
Step 5- Put the door back on
Tips & Warnings
• Replace both rollers at once, even if one of them is in better condition. Using one old roller with one new one makes the new roller wear out faster because it must compensate for the lower performance of the old roller.
• Adjusting the rollers for a snug fit improves home security by preventing would-be burglars from lifting the door off of its frame to gain entry to your home.
• Always take the roller with you to the hardware store to avoid purchasing the wrong piece. If your door has a top and bottom roller, purchase two new rollers.
• Always have a friend help you lift the door(s).
• Highly recommend getting a helping hand in order to lift the door out, and avoid injuring yourself!
Sliding Glass Door Repair is relatively easy to do yourself and much cheaper. Siding is to your home as the appropriate jacket is to your body. A really essential element in patio would be the outdoor patio door. Also, sliding patio door s requires significantly less space when kept wide open. Having a patio is the perfect way to bring some outdoor elements closer to your home. When it comes to patios, sliding doors are a popular choice for providing access.

Noble Capital To Host Private Money Lending Seminar In Dallas, Texas, On Thursday, August 14

August 24, 2014 in Business by Abashley Barnett

1888 Press Release – Noble Capital is hosting the Private Money Lending Dinner & Seminar featuring Chris Ragland in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, August 14, at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. Attendees will also receive a signed copy of Mr. Ragland’s latest book “The Private Money Lending Handbook”.

Dallas, TX – Noble Capital, the premier private money lending platform in Texas, is hosting The Private Money Lending Dinner & Seminar in Dallas, Texas, on Thursday, August 14th, from 7:00pm – 8:30pm at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House.

The featured speaker for this event, Chris Ragland, is the author of the highly acclaimed blueprint for writing private loans “The Private Money Lending Handbook”.

To register for 2 complementary tickets, which includes dinner, to this exclusive event, please visit

Private money lending is simply when one party lends money to another party for the purpose of performing a short-term real estate transaction, like flipping a house or new residential real estate construction.

Funding for these types of short-term flips are virtually impossible to get from mortgage companies due to quick closing requirements and the short nature of the loan. This problem is typically solved by the private sector and this is where private money loans come into play.

“The Texas real estate market is as strong as it’s ever been due in large part to the high demand for real estate and the limited supply,” says Mr. Ragland. “Now is a great time to renovate houses and build houses. However, funding for these types of real estate transactions are very tough to get from banks. Private money loans allow people with cash the tremendous opportunity to earn 8-10% interest on their money for short periods of time (typically 6-12 months) secured by Texas real estate.”

Chris Ragland has recently written the step-by-step blueprint called “The Private Money Lending Handbook”. At this dinner seminar on Thursday, August 14th at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, Mr. Ragland will provide an educational seminar based on the information in the book and hold a Questions and Answers session afterwards.

In addition, everyone who attends will receive an autographed, physical copy of the book.

“Being a Private Money Lender involves lending people a sizable amount of money. Naturally, you will want to understand how everything works prior to taking action,” continues Mr. Ragland. “Therefore, I would like to extend to you an invitation to attend the Dallas Private Money Lending Dinner & Seminar in order to give you a better understanding of the Private Money Lending Process and ask me your important questions… and I’ll even buy you and your spouse, guest, or partner a steak dinner.”

To register for this event, please visit

Help for Veterans and their Families is coming to Dade City

August 23, 2014 in Health & Fitness by Abashley Barnett

1888 Press Release – Innovative Nonprofit Provides Treatment to Veterans who suffer from PTSD.

Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater, FL – The Circle of Veterans (COV) is a small but growing nonprofit started by an Army Veteran and his wife. The organization was formed to provide alternative therapies for individuals and their families that suffer from Post Traumatic Stress and other deployment related mental health issues. The focus will be on a variety of natural holistic forms of healing to include: Rapid Resolution Therapy, hypnosis, and Equine (horse) Therapy among others. The Circle of Veterans anticipates being fully operational and helping families by September 1, 2014.

The COV has recruited the best doctors to lead the way in these alternative therapies. Dr. Gloria Payne, Ph.D., and founder of Meridian Counseling in Dade City says, “Rapid Resolution Therapy can fix some trauma issues in just one to two sessions.”

Dr. Darlene Williams, Ph.D. P.A, a licensed psychologist, practices clinical & forensic psychology. She has advanced training in hypnosis and equine-assisted modalities, as well as 26 years of experience in treating individuals with a wide range of mental health issues.

Treatment will take place on their 10-acre farm in Dade City and can house two families of four for the seven-day therapeutic retreat. “We wanted a calm quiet space where we can grow our own food and teach sustainable farming to our veteran families,” says Samantha Ridley, co-founder of the COV. The organization will also offer healthy holistic cooking, eating, and living classes featuring foods from their organic gardens and free-range livestock.

Circle of Veterans

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Collaborates with foodtweeks(TM) to Support Struggling Families

August 23, 2014 in Health Care by Abashley Barnett

1888PressRelease – Largest Private Hunger-Relief Organization in Oklahoma to Receive Donations from Weight Management App.

Oklahoma City, OK – foodtweeks™, a free app that combines weight management with feeding the hungry, announced that the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, OK has joined the ranks of foodtweeks™-affiliated food banks.

The food bank will receive the donations by activating the community, but in an easy and effective way. All a member of the Oklahoma City or surrounding areas need do is, report “tweeking” (cutting calories from their food) to foodtweeks™. The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma will receive donations from foodtweeks™ in the same amount that the user had reported saving, enabling the food bank to distribute an equal number of nutritious calories to hungry families.

foodtweeks™ makes it possible for weight-conscious consumers to serve their communities by feeding the hungry and all while cutting calories from their favorite foods in an easy, enjoyable way. By activating social media networks through Facebook or Twitter, foodtweeks™ users create double or triple the donations to their local food bank. Telling others will encourage them to try their own simple ways to save calories and keep the community healthier while donating nutritious calories to those in need.

“foodtweeks™ is proud and excited to support the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma,” said Elisa Shannon, foodtweeks™ Executive Vice President of Partnership Development. “The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is a highly committed and respected organization that provides outstanding service to food-insecure members of our community.”

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is not only the largest private hunger-relief organization in the state, but also meets the need of 53 counties in central and western Oklahoma. Last year, they distributed more than 47.9 million pounds of food, which means it feeds more than 90,000 people each week through its efforts. To raise awareness for the need in the state of Oklahoma and engage the community, foodtweeks™ will step in and create a space for both with a tool that will provide weight management tips easy enough to be used daily.

“Using foodtweeks™ is a win-win situation for both the user and our neighbors struggling with hunger,” said Rodney Bivens, Executive Director of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. “In addition to encouraging the public to make healthier food choices, a donation will be made to the Regional Food Bank to help Oklahomans with inconsistent access to food.”

The success of foodtweeks™ stems from a unique approach to weight management. Users simply tell the app what food they are thinking of buying, eating or preparing. The app instantly displays images of suggested “tweeks” that remove enough calories to make a positive difference – but not in a way that changes the taste or leaves users hungry.

From a crowdsourced picture database of more than 44,000 images , foodtweeks™ provides small changes that show users how to “tweek” everything from a particular brand of cheeseburger at a national restaurant chain to grocery store purchases, and homemade dishes of every kind.

foodtweeks™ is rapidly expanding its partner-base to food banks all across the nation, with more joining each week, according to Ms. Shannon, herself a former food bank executive. Food banks that wish to affiliate with foodtweeks™ may contact Ms. Shannon by email at elisa ( @ ) foodtweeks dot com dot

Jay Walker, the inventor of foodtweeks™, is also the chairman of Patent Properties and curator of TEDMED, the health and medicine edition of the famous TED conference. A noted entrepreneur, Mr. Walker has founded three companies that serve more than 50 million customers. He is best known as the creator of Priceline, which brought a new level of value to the travel industry.

Is Your Holiday ‘Out of Office’ Message on Brand?

August 23, 2014 in Communications, Computer, Technology by Erika Chitty

We all need a good holiday now and again just to recharge the batteries. But many of us still forget to put together an ‘out of office’ email when we pack our bags and head off into the sun. It’s simple to do and can save a lot of aggravation and angry mail when you eventually do return to work.

The etiquette of email

Of course, there are a number of things that people don’t like to see on professional emails, from kisses and smiley faces to familiar terms of endearment such as ‘love’ and ‘honey’. Many people treat the humble email as a way of conducting a casual conversation. If you are hoping to maintain your brand image then you need to treat email as ‘proper writing’ and not as an excuse to gossip or throw in useless information.

  • Stay on message.

  • Avoid anything quirky.

  • Have a company policy, particularly for something like ‘out of office’ replies which are often not monitored.

When to set up an out of office reply

If you are going to be away from your office for any extended period then you will need to set up the out of office reply.

What to say and what not to say on out of office

While some might see the ‘out of office’ message as a chance to inject some humour into the day, flippant or inadvertently rude messages can often do a lot of damage to your brand credibility. It is polite and professional to leave a simple message stating when you are going to be away from and who to contact if there is something urgent that needs to be attended to.

You don’t need to tell them where you are going or add in anything extra. To be frank, they are probably not that interested and quite a lot of people find it annoying when you decide to tell them you’re off to the Bahamas for a little R&R.

The out of office reply should reflect the nature of your brand and it is a good idea to develop a company policy that everyone is aware of.

How to set up Microsoft 365

Many businesses use Microsoft email and it’s a simple process to set up the out of office reply before you go off on holiday.

  • Click the File tab in the top left hand corner and select Info and you should see a box called Automatic Replies.

  • Click this and select Send Automatic Replies check box.

  • Microsoft 365 will give you the option to set the dates when the reply will be sent if you get an email and also allow you to write one message for internal and one for external enquiries.

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Everything You Should Know About Clip in Hair Extensions

August 21, 2014 in Beauty, Hair Loss by henrys beck

As ardent fans of Kardasian, many women dream about getting those long and luscious locks. But, many of them are aware that their original hair will never grow that much longer and this is why decide to go for hair extensions. Many mysteries are prevailing around these styling products like whether they are original human hair clip in extensions, how long will they last and will they create any damage to the scalp, etc.…. If you are planning to get these additions, here are some details that can come handy:

The first thing you can do is to visit the website selling different hair extensions, so that you can decide on the type that will suit you. When you go for the largest piece, it will have three fasteners and it will get progressively smaller. When you go for clip in hair extensions, these alternatives should be attached at the base of your skull. Before clipping in the side clips, the first thing you can do is to attach the middle clip. To ensure that the clips will be in place, you will have to tease the roots of your original hair.

In general, the natural color of hair of every individual will have different shades and so you can go for clip in hair extensions in different colors. This type of extension will give you a thicker tress instantly, but always ensure that the clips are placed underneath your originals, such that it will not be possible for others to know that you have used an extension.

Once you place all the clips, you can opt for styling. Here, you should be careful that it should not be brushed too vigorously, but it is important to blend your original tress with the extension for getting a natural look. To get an even texture, you can finally opt for a blow-dry.

Human hair clip in extensions are a great alternative to permanent extensions and they can last longer and they are affordable as well. Permanent alternatives are surely costlier than clip ins and cost will vary according to the thickness of the extension you choose to purchase. Earlier, women were visiting spas for getting this done. But, nowadays, DIY additions are sold by some websites to make the work easier for women and they can get an instant thickness to their original tress. Generally, hair is an important thing that decides the beauty of men and women and women now have this option for obtaining a wonderful styling.

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Benefits Of Staying In A Private Pool Villa Over Other Residences

August 21, 2014 in Travel Tips by Sunil Punjabi

A private pool villa vacation provides a huge amount of privacy and freedom to those who stay in them for a vacation. Choosing a private villa has huge advantages. One of the criteria for an exotic holiday is that a private villa should have its own private pool. Private pools can significantly enhance the quality of a holiday. Here are some benefits of a villa with a pool on holiday…

Health benefits

Swimming is a very good form of exercise and spending time in a pool on holiday can go a long way in offsetting all those holiday ‘overindulgences’ we can subject our bodies to while having a good time!
Swimming is very good cardiovascular exercise, especially in a private pool where one can swim farther and for longer which is often not possible in pools shared by others.

Keeps boredom away

Having a pool for yourself can be a real asset. Instead of going to the beach and having to carry your things there, put on your swimwear and have fun in the pool. This is a perfect way to keep boredom away. Boredom is not typically associated with holidays, but there are moments, perhaps between coming home from the beach and going out for dinner, when you find boredom creeping up on you!

Kids’ entertainment

Children can have hours of fun playing and splashing around in the pool. When going on vacation kids always want a swimming pool nearby. Besides being an important source of exercise and social interaction, private pools on a vacation go a long way in keeping children, and even adults, entertained.

Top up your tan!

When we return home after a long holiday we all want to look rested, healthy, and suntanned. Sunbathing, however, is not for everyone. Many prefer activity rather than just lying on a sunbed, which is why a pool is so great.
However, many people do enjoy sunbathing, and what could be better than doing this on a sunbed around your own pool? What is more, you don’t have to wait for someone to vacate a sunbed, as you have your own personal sunbeds at your pool villa.

Play games and socialize

Pools are not just for swimming. In a private pool you can have fun in the sun, playing various games like volleyball and water soccer.

Party time!

A private pool has a number of advantages. You can have fun hosting a pool party for your friends and this will greatly add to the enjoyment of your vacation. While the adults are enjoying a pool party, the kids, at the same time, can sleep comfortably and safely in their own rooms. Spending your holiday in a private pool villa is the best option for anyone who is looking for fun and entertainment. However, everything depends on the selection of the right villa.

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