Solid State Drive

It really doesn’t matter which SSD you’ll end up buying. By any means, they will all be better than the hard disk drive you are using today. Apart from quick boot times, the other most notable point is Windows responsiveness. Basically, everything is instant, it is a cheer joy to double click the Outlook  icon, and it pops up instantly in your face.

Having said that, you shall find endless articles discussing which SSD model or brand to buy, and you will get lost easily. If you trust Amazon’s Bestseller list, then go for Intel X25 line of SSDs. A good entry point is the Intel 80 GB X25M Mainstream SATA II Solid-State Drive Retail Package one. If you can afford it, then by all means grab the 160GB or above.
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Solid State Drive

SSD (or Solid State Drive) is the new trend at the moment in the world of computers, held back by its high introductory prices. As those prices keep coming down, holding on to a traditional hard drive is not a wise decision any more. In layman terms, SSDs are fast and silent, and consume less power.

Why would anyone ditch his/her trusted hard drive and go for a SSD? Because the time saved will deem it a worthy decision. Booting Windows/Mac OS from a SSD takes around 30% of the same time needed when booting from the usual hard drive with its rotating platters and moving parts. Launching applications is nearly instantaneous, and you do not torture yourself with the constant noise coming from the hard drive with its spinning platters.
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Team Fortress 2 (TF2 for short) is an online, team-based, first-person shooter, multiplayer videogame. It was first released as part of The Orange Box on October 07. TF2 pursues a more realistic and militaristic style of gameplay, using comic, cartoon style visuals. The game is focused around two opposing teams (RED, BLU) competing for an objective. Players can choose to play as one of nine classes in these teams, each with his own unique strengths and weaknesses.

Having played TF2 for over 750 hours till now, I’ve learned few lessons, that — ironically — are suitable for implementing in real life and in business as well.
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Twitter logoDaniel Romero, a Ph.D graduate from Cornell University, measured the influence of all the news media accounts on Twitter, using what he calls the Influence-Passivity Algorithm and came up with a list of the Top 100 influential news media accounts on Twitter. His research data included all tweets containing a URL from June 15th through July 22nd of 2009.

Romero found out that “having a large number of followers does not imply having influence in news social media. Furthermore, not having a large number of followers does not mean lack of influence.” … “to be influential on Twitter news media networks have to keep their audience engaged through valuable tweets and not simply convince people to “follow them on Twitter.”

The list comes after the jump!
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An idle mind is the devil’s workshop. If you do not keep your kids positively busy, you risk losing them to negative activities.

Many studies have proven that family involvement improves kids’ success at school.

Lately, I’ve spent some time searching for online websites that would keep my young daughter busy during her summer holiday, and help her improve her math skills.

Math Games is a keyword heavily sought after on the internet, and many websites claim they deliver them.

A parent can either surrender to the internet era and let his/her kids play math games online.

Or choose some mazes, puzzles and exercises to print them out for those youngsters to solve, colorize and most of all: enjoy!
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25 things to do in dubai

The first question that every new visitor to Dubai asks is: what are the top things to do in Dubai?

There are tons of things to do in Dubai. Many books, guides, websites, FAQ’s, subreddits, etc have answered that question.

Dubai has secured a renowned reputation for being the tourist’s and shopper’s paradise. Dubai is among the list of most visited cities of the world.

Here, I’ll give you a quick and simple answer based on my 15+ years spent in Dubai.

So…

If you ever visit Dubai and needed to prepare a quick itinerary, you better make sure to secure enough time to visit the following icons of Dubai, you won’t regret it!

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Nokia Corp, the $44 billion company at the time of writing those lines, is suffering from constant market share decline, caused mainly by the $230 billion Cupertino, California-based Apple, through its iPhone line of mobile phones. In 1999, Nokia peaked with 203 billion Euros market value, the highest of any European company. How did this Finnish conglomerate fall from grace? Time for some lessons.
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Are you seeking a job in the Middle East or the fast-developing (oil-rich) Gulf States? Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain and maybe Oman?

One may say, there are many online job search websites and recruitment online boards that can help you achieve just that.

There are also those “famous” recruitment agencies, but the fact is you need to go through them with a fine comb. Unfortunately, many of those are plain spammers. Read more

Like many others, I thought it won’t happen to me, but it did; I was made redundant after receiving a simple termination letter.

The project assigned to me in Dubai got “put to sleep“, pending global economy recovery.

To mark that day, I’m posting a copy of my letter of termination…

…to remind myself (and the reader as well) always not to rely too long on a job…

… and to always work on creating passive income resources to save me from getting another letter like that. Read more