El Nino: Is 2007 the End of Catastrophic Weather Patterns?

Each year, from ranchers to farmers to families seeking to enjoy outdoor activities, the climate changes and weather patterns are of a crucial concern with fears of repeat weather events including tornados, hurricanes and flooding. In terms of agriculture, the affects of El Nino and La Nina can lead to destruction of important food productions which are used to provide health nutrition to families across the United States. Understanding the dynamics of El Nino, and how it impacts the current weather pattersn, will provide both farmers, as well as active families, with the foundation on which to gauge important outdoor activities for 2007.
El Nino, a weather and climate term which became increasingly popular in the 1990s, has provided a more accurate forecast into weather conditions throughout the year. For example, in 2006, weather patterns in the Pacific Ocean indicated the continuing presence of warmer waters leading to the conclusion that a slight El Nino process had continued to develop in the Pacific Ocean. With this El Nino weather process in the Pacific Ocean, farmers, ranchers as well as families seeking to enjoy outdoor activities can expect to continue to experience a varied weather pattern across the United States but in a more mild aspect to that of prior years. In fact, during the early part of 2007, areas of the United States, such as New York City, will begin to experience abnormally warmer conditions while, in contrast, the areas around Texas and Louisiana, even stretching as far as Florida, will experience a very wet and rainy season in response to the downward slope of El Nino in 2006 and 2007.

While these El Nino weather patterns affect families across the United States, it is the farming communities, providing produce to many grocery and supermarkets, which will experience the greatest issues of concern. As mentioned, El Nino will impact the Florida region with abnormally wet weather leading to the potential flooding and damage to produce commonly grown in Florida; oranges. In contrast, drier weather conditions are expected in the Pacific area, including California. The concern with excessive dryness, of course, lies in the threat for forest fires in the California regions, destroying crops and adding to pollution. By the way, in case of emergencies, it is better to invest in one sturdy amazon tactical flashlight.

Because the El Nino weather affect spans over a three to five year period, it is anticipated these weather patterns, of 2007, will not be as significant as in years past. With El Nino blowing through the Pacific, impacting the United States significantly with hurricanes, tornados, flooding and freezing in recent years, it is anticipated 2007 will mark the end to the El Nino transition providing a reprieve in weather fluctuations. As a result, many farmers and ranchers are preparing for what may be the final El Nino weather affect on crops and prepare for better crop production in the next two years.

For more information regarding El Nino, visit www.cpc.noaa.gov.

Wilderness Backpacking: Keeping Your Pack Light

 

Don’t carry what you don’t need.
A light pack makes a hard uphill trek a little easier. You’d be surprised how much you can lighten up your load by reassessing what you pack.

Layered Clothing – The key to keeping your pack light is hidden in the weave of your clothes. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need more than one outfit in the wilderness. You certainly aren’t going to impress anyone on the trail by having a daytime and an evening look. Two conditions you need to consider are temperature and moisture levels. One pair of pants is more than sufficient if they are convertible to shorts for hotter climates. Consider how cold it gets at night and plan appropriately. Two t-shirts, one long sleeve shirt, and a lightweight wool sweater should cover you for most situations. A lightweight water resistant jacket is a good idea even if it doesn’t look like rain. If you are carrying a camera, you can wrap your jacket around it for protection from collecting dew or knocking around in your pack. A great selection of backpacking clothes can be found at Back Country Gear Ltd. online.
Cookware- Pots and pans are largely a necessity if you want to eat something besides granola and meal bars. Pots and pans sound like a burden, but they don’t have to be. I highly recommend making the investment in lightweight high quality camp cookware. MSR has a wonderful lightweight nesting cook set that includes a 1.5- and 2-liter pots, fry pan, fitted lid, pot lifter, PackTowl, and mesh stuff sack. The pots do not have attached handles to cut down on weight and size. Instead, the single pot lifter attaches to any of the pots for easy removal from heat. The set weighs only 1 pound 10oz. and is easily carried in it’s mesh bag on a carabiner on the outside of your pack. It’s available from REI online!

Tentage- Finding the right tent is a balance between size, weight, and price. Your best bet is to go to an outdoor store and talk with a sales associate about your specific needs for shelter. Here’s some questions you should be thinking about when you plan to purchase a tent: What seasons will I be using this tent in? If you plan only to back pack in the summer, you might consider a more primitive shelter without walls. If you want to expand your adventuring options, you should probably consider a three season tent. How many people are you planning to shelter? Tents are generally rated by the number of people they hold. These range from the 1 person Microzoid by MSR for the solo adventurer to the 15 person Space Station from Mountain Hardware. How much weight are you willing to carry? Back Country Gear has a great tent comparison chart online. It lists a tent’s person capacity, weight, floor space, interior height, number of poles, price and manufacturer.

Deciding what to pack can effect your whole trip. Take your time and think through what you really need to take with you, and what you can leave behind. For further advice, I recommend talking to the helpful staff at any REI or Erehwon store.

Next post soon on the blog:  The PNW Waterproof Backpack

Web Designers And Their Role in a Successful Business Venture

Everyone is going tech-savvy and even housewives today, surf the Internet for shopping. We are just one click away from any information, products and services, latest trends, buzz, history or be it anything. World Wide Web is claiming its presence all over the world, and people are demanding their virtual presence to be able to incur profits. Gone are the days when brick-and-mortar system was the sole benefactor, now a good virtual presence gives a wide exposure and hence, expansion to the business worldwide.
And here, comes the role of websites and thereof, the need of web designers. You must have heard that “First Impression Is the Last Impression,” and a website does it all for you. A web designer plays a vital role in the final outcome of any business. Web designers are the one who put a visual representation of your business and these designs, thereof, plays a crucial role in the online business.

A website has the potential to reach out to the millions of target audience at a single time. It acts as a mirror to your business. Potential customers look out for the look of a Canadian web hosting design, the time it takes to load upon, easy navigation from one page to another, the content- is it informative and useful, and a space for one’s eyes to rest upon. If your web designer creates a websites that fulfills each and every requirement mentioned, your website ought to create a strong presence over the Internet and you would be able to bait potential quality customer to your site.

It is an undenying fact that a website is kind of a virtual brochure to your business, so it ought to be informative and customer-oriented. Your quality and potential customers help you generate revenues and incur profits. They create websites that are user-friendly, and highly informative. Every piece of information must be fully exposed in front of the visitors and they ought to be given a chance so that they are able to interact, so as to establish a relationship between your business and the website.

In a nut shell, you ought to have a firm opinion about the web designing and web development services you choose because ultimately you are going to bear the fruits, not others. The market is flooded with such services and therefore, it becomes important to chose the best considering all the points to a good web design in mind.

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How to Put on Your Own Fashion Show

 

Collect clothing
Clothes are the most important aspect of a fashion show. Be sure to choose your best designs. These designs will represent what you have to offer to consumers and retail outlets in any given region. The amount of clothing that you choose will depend on what is available and how long your fashion show will be. Try to have at least 50 pieces of clothing to showcase.
Decide on a Budget
You must decide on what you are able to spend for your fashion show. This will determine your operating budget. Fashion shows can be organized on both small and large budgets. If you are running low on funds, it is best to determine what the most important areas of the event are. The budget should be focused on these areas.

There are lots of people who will be willing to volunteer services and goods for your fashion show. You can also get family and friends to help. Another great option would be to spit your fashion show with another designer. This can be done by searching for artists and designers who may want to showcase their clothing or jewelry in front of a wide audience. You can also offer sponsorship packages for the fashion show to small businesses in your area.

Determine your goal
One of the most important things will be to determine what your end goal is for organizing a fashion show. This will help you to make sure that you do not waste any time focusing on unnecessary tasks. Your goals may include exposure or sales. In many cases, designers want to obtain both things. Fashion shows are a great way to introduce your designs to the public. It is possible to make lots of direct sales at this kind of event.

Make an invitation list
Invitation lists are vital if you are seeking exposure for your designs. Some fashion shows have an admission price for public attendance. Other events may be held as private affairs. Your goals will help to decide on whom to place on your invitation list. Magazine editors and news reporters are great people to invite to your fashion show. You can give out nice wooden dinnerware sets for them too!

They are in a position to provide lots of exposure for both the event and the designs. If you would like to sale your designs in bulk, it is important to invite many people who are in charge of purchasing merchandise for retail stores. You can also make your fashion show available to the public. This will enable you to make individual sales right on the spot. Shoppers will also help to spread the word about your designs.

Choose a location
The location of your fashion show will depend on how many people will be in attendance. Fashion shows can be held at various places including banquet halls, schools and galleries. If your event is being held in the summer, it may be possible to organize your fashion show to take place on a local beach or cruise ship. You can also try to collaborate with other local events. When it comes to finding locations for a fashion show, the possibilities are endless.

Arrange a theme
Many fashion shows operate around a central theme. While you may not have the resources to create fireworks and extravagant lighting designs, themes are important. Be sure to put together a CD with the right music for your fashion show. If you are showcasing wedding dresses, you may want to use soft music as opposed to Justin Timberlake’s latest pop music hit. Decorations will also add a nice touch to the atmosphere for your fashion show.

Find Models
Your designs will look their best when showcased properly. That is why it is vital to have good models for your fashion show. Models can be located through agencies and online. If you are not able to pay expensive fees, try to find models without representation. It is important to hold rehearsals with your models prior to the fashion show.

Select a Host
All fashion shows need a good host to introduce the show and present descriptions of each design. You can do this yourself to cut costs and preparation time. However, if you are not comfortable talking in front of an audience, find someone you is able to do so. Audiences should be excited and comfortable at your fashion show. The host can be a local comedian, radio personality or actor.

Find extra help
Fashion shows require many staff members for efficient execution. Be sure to sit down and determine how many people are needed to help you on the day of the event. You will need someone to assist the models backstage. Another person should be appointed to maintain a smooth rotation of models as they walk on and off of the stage. There should also be people selected to greet all guests and take orders if necessary.

Promote your show
Once all of the planning is in place, you must promote your fashion show. This should be done at least one month prior to the actual event. It will allow time to rehearse and set-up during the month. You can advertise your show on local radio stations, public access channels and through the news. Make sure to collaborate with local businesses that will help you post flyers around the town for all to see.

Grandma, Don’t Make Me Go Back to Day Care

Ryan, my five year old grandson was a very smart little boy. He stayed inside the lines when coloring a picture. He was one of the top students in his kindergarten class. He just couldn’t get the hang of tying his shoes. He walked at 10 months old. When he was one years old, people were amazed by his vocabulary. Why is it so hard for him to learn how to tie his shoes, I wondered, as I tried to show him how it’s done? I looked up and immediately realized his mind was someplace else.
“Ryan, are you paying attention?”
“Yeah.”
“What did you just learn about tying your shoes?”
“You said to loop something and take it under something else.”
“Okay, Ryan, we’ll try this again tomorrow. I have to get you off to day care.”
“Grandma, I told my mom that I never want to go back to day care.”
“But, why, you’ve always liked going to day care.”
“Not any more. I hate day care and I don’t won’t to go back. You can’t make me; I won’t get out of the car.”
“Okay, Ryan, let’s talk about this.”

So, Ryan and I sat down to discuss why he didn’t want to return to day care and why the sudden change. He always loved day care like Teddy Kids Kinderdagverblijf.

I explained to Ryan that if he could give me a really good reason; that I would not take him to day care. I would call his mom and tell her that he is with me for the day.

Ryan proceeded to tell me a story about this second grader; a new comer to his day care. He only referred to this kid as a second grader. I asked did this second grader have a name. Ryan said I don’t know; it’s just a second grader that always bothers me and bosses me around. I asked what the second grader does.

Ryan quickly answered, ” Everything, that second grader stands over me while I’m doing my home work or playing a game.”

“And grandma”, he added that second grader leans on my shoulder and pulls my hair and plays with my curls. That’s why I told mom to cut my hair short, short, short.”
“Did you ask the second grader not to lean on your shoulder or bother you?”
“Grandma that kid don’t listen to me”

Ryan went on to tell me that when they go out to play he tries to hide from the second grader, but, that second grader always finds him. He said one day he walked really fast in front of all the kids. Ryan said he found a safe spot and dropped down. Ryan said he was so tired because he was walking so fast, he was almost running.
He added, “Grandma, a voice said hello, Ryan.”
Ryan said he looked around and there was that second grader.
He added “everywhere I go that second grader is there bothering me.
Now can I stay with you?”
“Did you talk to the grown ups at day care about the second grader?”
“No, because, they always see that kid bothering me, they don’t do nothing.”
“Have you talked to your mom about the second grader?”
“Yeah, but she didn’t do nothing;”
” Ryan, why don’t I talk to the grown ups at your day care and tell them how you feel about this second grader”
“Okay, but after you talk to them, don’t make me go back to day care.”

It was now too late to take Ryan to day care. He only spent one hour in day care before school. In the mornings, they walked the kids across the field to school and picked them up after school and took them back to day care. I explained to Ryan that I would be taking him directly to school; but after school the day care people would pick him up. And as soon as I got back from my doctor’s appointment; I would be there to talk to the staff and pick him up early. Ryan, did tell me that the kid didn’t go to his school.

Ryan would only refer to this child as the second grader or kid. So I asked, again, if he could tell me the name of the second grader. Again, he said it’s just a second grader. I realized I was not going to get a name out of Ryan. So, I walked him to school. I thought it was strange that his mother or the adults who worked at the day care didn’t look into this, or at least kept the two apart.

After my annual doctor’s appointment; I went directly to the day care, I promised Ryan that I would be there as soon as I could, after three o’clock. Ryan knew how to tell time, so you didn’t keep him waiting when you promised to be there early.

As soon as I walked through the day care door, I saw Ryan sitting at the table with an open book. He didn’t seem to be reading. He had this boring look on his face. There was the second grader he complained about, leaning on his shoulders and playing with the curls on top of his head. He had never been so happy to see me. He looked up and happily exclaimed, “Grandma!” He got up and started walking toward the cupboards to get his belongings. The second grader rushed ahead of him and got Ryan’s backpack and handed it to him.

The second grader was a pretty little girl with beautiful light brown, curly, hair. Ryan asked me to tie his shoes, the cute little girl rushed over to Ryan and tied his shoes while he looked bored and rolled his big eyes around.
The cute, little, girl looked at me with a beautiful smile and said hello, Ryan’s grandma, I’m Ryan’s best friend.

On the way home Ryan said grandma, you didn’t talk to the people about that second grader. I said, that’s because I wanted to talk to you first. I explained to Ryan that the second grader just wanted to be his friend. I told him that I bet if he stopped ignoring her and tried being her friend that she probably won’t bother him as much. I explained to Ryan that this little girl was trying to get his attention because she wanted to be friends.
I said,” I’ll bet if you stopped ignoring her and be a little friendly, she wouldn’t be such a pest.” I told him it would be a good start to learn her name.

Ryan, reluctantly, agreed to give it a try for three days. But he said , “grandma, she has to play with my toys”, Ryan said “I’m not playing with any dolls; that second grader asked me to play dolls with her.” I said, okay, “Tell her you don’t like dolls. Maybe, you can find a game boys and girls like to play.”

I didn’t have to baby sit Ryan for a couple of weeks. My daughter told me that he was doing better at day care. One day she was late getting home from work. I had to pick Ryan up from day care. I heard his laughter as I walked through the door. Ryan and the little girl he always referred to as a second was sitting side by side at the table laughing and playing. He did tell me her name, but, I forgot it. That was three years ago Ryan is now eight years old.

Creating Beauty & Skincare Holiday Gift Baskets for Women

 

The very best gifts you can give someone, especially the busy modern woman, are gifts that they will use every day no matter what. When thinking about today’s average woman, it becomes obvious what the most treasured, necessary, and useful gift is during the holidays – beauty products! Whether it’s cosmetics, skincare products, or bath and shower goodies, all women can benefit from the world of budget beauty care. Here are some top notch ideas for saving some cash this holiday season, while also pampering the ladies in your life with all the luxuries natural beauty care has to offer.
The Bath amp; Shower Basket

This might be the most cost effective way to make a wonderful collection of holiday gifts for the modern girl of any age. With just a few jars, decorative ribbons, and some good bath salt recipes (As found here, here, here, and here), you can make cute little packages of bath salts to add to a basket of your choice. And that’s just step one! You can also make your own bubble bath, too! Also, you could toss in a loofah and sea sponge with some decoratively placed peppermint candies to create an adorable and irresistible setup that will bring that festive holiday cheer to the face of any female giftee.

The Jolly Java Gift Basket

Around the holidays, coffee can be an even more vital part of your every day routine. It’s a great addition to the beauty and skincare gift basket line up too. Many coffee, mocha, vanilla and chocolate flavored and scented goodies are available in the cosmetics department of many drugstores and department stores. You can pick up some yummy coffee flavored lip gloss, even cosmetics just in the soft brown and beige colors of the world’s favorite caffeinated beverage! You can make your own coffee body scrub at home with a recipe found here, or you could of course buy coffee related and scented bath and shower products at your favorite store. Of course, don’t forget to add a bag of fresh whole or ground coffee beans and some truffles to make this basket of java related goodies a complete success!

The Bath Time Aromatherapy Basket

Nothing is quite as appealing to a hard working modern woman than a relaxing, sweet smelling bubble bath that leaves your skin soft and smooth and your mind calm and collected. You can accompany a few sweetly scented votive candles with similarly scented or themed bath and shower products. You can try mixing bubble bath with shower gel, powders, or bath salts, and you could even add a bar or two of organic vegetable soap to get that naturally smooth and clean feeling for your skin.

The Manicure amp; Pedicure Holiday Basket

Every woman loves to have her hands and feet looking their best. What’s better then a handshake that makes you confident, and a sexy strut in your open toed shoes? It’s very easy to save money on this one by throwing some products in that can help keep your hands and feet smooth, soft, and healthy. You can also add the other essentials, like nail polish remover, a few small colorful bottles of nail polish, base coat and top coat nail paint, and maybe even some of those cute foam toe separators! Of course, throw in some new nail files, cotton balls, and clippers. For the woman that’s particularly self-manicure savvy, try adding some nail rhinestones and other nail art tools to the mix! I suggest you also get some  dermaroller amazon.

The Tea Time Gift Basket

Overlooked but never underestimated, the power of tea for your skin has been known widely for centuries. Adding the many useful benefits of tea to your holiday gifts is ALWAYS a good idea. You can start off with the obvious – perhaps an interesting variety of flavored or rare teabags, maybe even some tins of loose leaf tea. You can put together some products of your own in pretty ribboned jars like bath salts and bubble bath made with all natural green tea, or perhaps head down to your local store to buy some neat tea-related bath and shower products. (There are a ton to choose from, and many of them are very affordable!) There are also inexpensive tea themed shampoos and conditioners that come in holiday travel sizes. Add a few of those to the basket too!

The Christmas Cookie amp; Cosmetics Gift Basket

A favorite part of any family’s holiday tradition is usually eating lots and lots of delicious holiday cookies. The smell of cookies is a common scent in houses around the holidays, and can even be a great idea any time of year. I mean, who doesn’t love cookies all the time, right? Obviously, using cookies as a theme for a tasty and helpful gift basket will make your gift rather well received by whoever is lucky enough to be receiving it. Stick a couple big, soft, wrapped sugar cookies in front of the basket, and fill it with cookie related goodies! You can toss in a few Christmas Cookie scented candles, and of course you can find affordable lip gloss and body lotion with the same favorite holiday scent.

Most of the things I described in this article can be found at any drug store, department store, and even the dollar stores in your area! When the gifts for your special ladies need to be frugal as well as fantastic, beauty items are always the best way to go!

Product Review: M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Compact Desktop Speaker System

 

\The M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 Compact Desktop Speaker System is a 2.0 powered speaker set with  immersive sound that includes a built in amplifier and bass woofer in each speaker with the twist of having all the connections and controls on the left speaker.

Ease of Use, Performance: 23/25
Look amp; Feel: 23/25
Features 22/25
How much I enjoy 23/25

Total: 91/100

With computer speakers easily costing over a hundred dollars you can easily see how people can get excited over some great sounding computer speakers for under that triple digit mark. Topping out at just under $100, $89.99 from Newegg.com currently, the M-Audio Studiophile AV 30 is a great sounding speaker set that does put personal sound at your desktop.

M-Audio specializes in all kinds of audio products including monitors(speakers to us non-audiophiles), microphones, keyboards and music related software. The company is well known for its professional quality audio products both in the studio and on stage as well as in the home.

The M-Audio Studiophile line of personal home speakers in the Reference Speaker Systems includes several systems of varying price to satisfy many music fans. The AV 30 is a pair of speakers with built in subwoofers on each speaker that are magnetically shielded and in a tough fiberboard case.

The one difference you notice right out of the box is the left speaker has the main connections and controls with the right speaker only having the connections to the main speaker. The M-Audio AV 30 system comes with the two speakers, a tinned 6 1/2 foot speaker wire, a 1/8 inch stereo to RCA cable, a 1/8 to 1/8 inch stereo cable, power cord, 2 acoustic adhesive pads and a manual.

Setting up your AV 30 speakers is quite easy even without the manual, connect the right speaker with the included speaker wire and plug the unit in using the power cord. Your input goes to the rear RCA connections using either the included cables or your own RCA cables and turn the system on using the rear power button.

The two adhesive pads are for vibration reduction of each speaker and simply stick to the bottom of each speaker creating a nice padded surface for your speakers. The six feet of tinned speaker wire should be plenty for placing the speakers but if you need more you can simply hit a local entertainment department or Radio Shack and purchase a roll.

You can use the speaker system right out of the box with the supplied parts for most applications and the rear of the unit also has the Bass Boost on/off button. Bass Boost is a feature that is nice but you can decide for yourself if you want it according to your personal choice and particular setup.

I am currently trying the system without Bass Boost on my television and enjoy that a little more than having it on for most of the movies I watch. I recently purchased a new 32 inch Vizio television and am using the M-Audio AV 30 as the main speakers without the internal speakers of the television.

The M-Audio works exceptionally well as a medium sized room speaker system for my home entertainment as well as a desktop speaker system for my computer. I have tried various setups and found that the M-Audio speakers are the best setup for my television viewing and will keep them there for now.

The Vizio HDTV and the M-Audio speaker system plays well together with the television being able to control the volume of the speaker set using the remote for the TV. I have tried a few different setups with the new TV and the various speaker systems I have and find that the M-Audio speakers have the best full sound and bass that movies and television require.

The wide variety of audio from standard DVD movies, Blu-ray movies and regular television viewing with the variety of music, voice and effects are all handled well by the Studiophile AV 30 system. Blu-ray movies are especially good on the smaller speaker system and even not having surround sound works pretty well with the full range of the AV 30 speakers.

Using the speakers with the bass boost adds a bit more depth and beat to the bass but for some movies I found that it gets to be a bit too much so I am trying the system with it off for awhile. I have also used the AV 30 in my home office during regular gaming sessions and watching Blu-ray and regular movies which was great for all of them.

I did not have any problems using the AV 30 system and both music and gaming was fantastic even though the system is not surround sound. Gaming was equally as good as music with my current favorite Battlefield: Bad Company 2 with great sounding effects and nice deep bass.

The system does bass as well as higher notes well without any problems and for a system under $100 you could not get much better. This is the best system I have heard from several companies in the price range and I would easily recommend this as a desktop PC speaker system or for a home entertainment system for general television and movie viewing.

As I said earlier I will be using the M-Audio AV 30 system for my television and general movie enjoyment until something comes along in my reviewing that is better but it will probably be something that costs more. The M Audio AV 30 sounds much better than a system that costs what it does and I do highly recommend this if you’re in the market for either a home entertainment or PC speaker system using just two speakers.

What is a CMS? Exploring Content Management Systems

 

Content Management Systems (to know more about this, check this link:  asp .net cms) are getting a lot of attention lately – and for good reason. Content management systems are used to power many Web sites today. Google CMS or Content Management System and you will find thousands of results.
What is a Content Management System

What is a content management system? A content management system (CMS) is simply a script (or more often a set of scripts) that runs on your web server to manage the content of your site. A CMS can range from a small, very basic script to a large, very complex program that performs more functions than most users will ever need or want.

A CMS may produce a blog-style site or a traditional-style site. Strictly speaking, blog software is not a CMS; however, the lines are blurring on this distinction. Blog software often doubles as a CMS and CMS software often integrates blog functions.

Regardless of the style of site the CMS produces there are several key characteristics of CMS programs. (Note that these characteristics are general distinctions. Some CMS programs may have all of these characteristics while others may not.)
Separation of design and content Dynamic generation of pages Usually uses a database to store content Allow multiple users or authors to contribute to a site Use WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor so writers do not need to know HTML Allow users to easily update the site Provide automatic syndication (RSS or Atom) Advantages of Using a CMS
There are many advantages with using a CMS to manage your website. Some of the advantages of using a CMS include:
Updating Content – A CMS makes it easy to update content through a WYSIWYG interface. Changing Layout – A CMS makes it easy to change the layout of the entire site through the use of templates or themes. HTML Not Required – Writers who do not know HTML / XHTML can still easily contribute to the site. Multiple Contributors – Multiple user accounts allow several people to share the work load for managing the site. Menus – Automatic generation of menu links saves time with frequently updated sites. Comments – Integrated commenting or social media functions are included with most CMS programs. Syndication – Automatic RSS feed generation is a standard component of most CMS systems. Planning Ahead – Many CMS programs allow for future publication. The post-date option allows content to be added now but marked for future publication. Disadvantages of Using a CMS
Despite the advantages of using a content management system for your site there are also some disadvantages or drawbacks. Some of these disadvantages include:
Size – Most content management systems are from 2 – 20 MB is size. This can be an issue if you have limited disc space. This is a significant issue if you do not have SSH access to your server (most shared hosting plans do not offer this). FTPing 10 – 20 MB is not a fun project. You can almost guarantee one or more files will be corrupted during the upload process – and good luck figuring out which file is corrupted. Server Load – Content management systems typically generate pages dynamically as they are needed. This means that much more processor time is required for each page to be created than if the web server were to deliver static HTML pages. Security – Obviously some CMS systems have a better track record than others. However, the forums for every CMS system are full of questions about security problems. Some users find their site has been hacked or compromised because of security problems with the CMS system itself; other users find that their site was compromised because of mistakes on their part. Even large, corporate sites have been hacked. Unfortunately, providing users online access to the back-end of the website carries certain security risks and increases the risk of being hacked. Updates – All CMS systems are updated periodically. Some updates are scheduled improvements for new features while others are security updates. This means that you will need to regularly update the back-end to your website. This will involve backing up the data and installing new files. This can quickly become onerous if the updates are frequent and/or if you need to FTP the new files to your server.
Is a CMS the Right Solution
The question of whether a CMS is the right solution for your site can only be answered by you. If your site is small and does not need to be changed too often you are probably best using a static site. The static site is easier to understand and troubleshoot. A static site will also consume considerably less disc space, server time and bandwidth. However, if your site needs to be updated frequently, will contain many articles, or needs to be updated by several people then a CMS will probably be your best option.

Six Sigma Training – Methods and Practice

 

Six sigma training is a methodology wherein employees at an organization are trained to improve their productivity and work quality (like using personalised diaries from Toad), and also to measure their levels of performance. At the same time, it checks for any faults in the work done and provides ways to correct them. The six sigma training method is aimed at improving any business process that is in existence, through a continuous review and re-structuring program.
The methodology used in six sigma training is referred to as the DMAIC, which stands for: Define the opportunities, Measurement of performance, Analyze the opportunity, Improving the performance, and finally Controlling the performance. In simple terms, six sigma means a typical measure of work quality in any organization, and to move it towards the perfection symbols through continues training. It is a completely data driven structure with a specific methodology used to remove the defects of the reviews. It drives the training course towards six different standard deviations that exist between mean limit and the closest limit to specification.

In a nutshell six sigma training is a systematic and driven understanding of the needs of customers, and using facts, data, and statistics in a strictly disciplined manner to enhance and re-structure the organization. This gives them a chance to get to the customers needs efficiently and effectively. A six sigma training kit will consist of several high quality aspects and issues to be considered. These may be in the form of presentations, fact sheets, guidelines, questionnaires, slide shows, case studies, and the like.

Six sigma training is conducted by experts who have undergone the training themselves. The expertise levels are different based upon the person’s job responsibilities. Some of the levels in six sigma training are yellow belt, green belt and the black belt. The six sigma experts, both Green Belt and Black Belt, have to focus on evaluation of the business processes, and at the same time, work on enhancing the current existing processes. A specialized guideline known as the DFSS or Design for Six Sigma is used by these six sigma experts to create completely new designs and even a totally new business process or a business plan. Using the DFSS system is easier than going ahead and restructuring an existing plan.

The six sigma training process typically integrates the basic techniques and criteria that are used in the regular business days, plus the engineering processes and the company’s statistics. These 3 – business, engineering and statistics – form the basic core elements of the entire six sigma training module. The six sigma training program uses the elements to enhance the process performances, reduce variations in work, and to ensure a consistent process output quality. This in turn will ensure that defects are reduced and the profits, product quality and ultimately even customer satisfaction are maximized.

Many of the modern days Business Process Management initiatives undertaken incorporate the six sigma training structure. They need not compulsorily be related to the manufacturing process. The Six Sigma training modules are used extensively in customer support areas, the call centers, project management teams as well as the supply chain management departments.

Saving on Prescription Medicine: Little Things Really Add Up

 

Saving on prescription medicines can really help save money. Aside from low cost generics with a 3 month supply for as low as $9.99 at my local Shopright to Walmart which also has low $4 generics, you can also go to Sam’s Club or Costco and save more on brand name drugs which could add up. You don’t have to be a member to use these services. You can call your local pharmacies in your supermarket and warehouse clubs in order to determine the best price.
Also when you do buy medicine, try to get a three month supply to save on the co pay. This can mean one co pay for three months worth of medicine. Sometimes, you can ask your pharmacist directly, or ask your doctor to write out the script.

Sometimes, doctors give free samples which can help a lot for certain problems. Also, you might want to try alternative medicines. Either another type of medicine or a more holistic approach can help you save money. Consumer Reports has research available to alternatives for regularly prescribed medicines and skin care products like vitamin c serum.

You can go online and get a PDF for download.

Also The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs. By James Rybacki, Pharm. D. is an excellent resource for researching treatments. It has been used for over twenty five years to provide information about medicines. It gives a wealth of information about the use of medicines.

Also ask your doctor to double the strength of your prescription so you can cut it in half. Some pills are safe to do this. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if this is ok. You could halve your prescription costs.

Some people suggest you can use expired drugs. That they only lose a little of their potency after years. This might shock you. But a clinic in New Guinea regularly saves lives with expired drugs.

Some people even buy their medicine in Canada. You have to know your costs. But it could save them. There might be some unscrupulous drug companies who do business. But you have to decide what is best for your health.

These are all good ways to help you afford your medicine. Also getting healthy is a good idea too. Make sure to eat properly for your needs and to research your diseases and work on doing what it takes to eat nutritious foods so you can have a long life free of disease.