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2000Who is Scott Mead?Scott Mead is a photographer, financier and philanthropist. He is co-founder of Richmond Park Partners, a private merchant bank in London. He was formerly a partner and managing director of Goldman Sachs (New York 1986–1988; London 1988–2003). Mead graduated from Harvard College in 1977, and from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, in 1979, where he was the Harvard Scholar. Mead also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania Law School (1982). In 1982, he began his career at First Boston Corporation, and in 1986 he moved to Goldman Sachs. In 1987, he transferred to London to help build Goldman Sachs's European and global investment banking efforts. He led teams advising on a variety of major deals, most notably Vodafone in its nearly $200 billion takeover of Mannesmann. Mead is also an active supporter of medical research, education, the arts and athletics. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Mead Family Foundation (1996–present); serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Tate Foundation (London, UK; October 2006 – present); and serves on the Global Advisory Council of the Women's Tennis Association Tour. He is a member of the board of Usher’s New Look Foundation and sits on the UK Advisory Board of Room to Read. In 2008 he established the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach to support Harvard’s Men's Tennis team. Mead is a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy. Chairman of Audit Committee and Member of Trustee Finance Committee overseeing an endowment of substantial amount. Scott Mead is also chairman of trustees at Queen's Club - governance, he oversights and is responsible for various issues following the purchase of the club by its 4,000 members and conversation to a corporate structure. Mead is a fine art photographer. In September 2010, he held a one-man exhibition of his early works in photography, titled Looking Back, at Hamiltons Gallery, London. All proceeds from the event, in which a large number of photographs were sold, w1835
1994How do I connect my website to a SQL Server database?Here are the steps to using ADO.NET 2.0 to connect to SQL Server, from ASP.NET Web Forms or Windows Forms: 0) Use the System.Data.SqlClient namespace in your application. (Or preface each object with System.Data.SqlClient) 1) SqlConnection - Build a connectionString to create a SqlConnection object. Setup the SQL Server database with Integrated security to save on hassles. (Beginners can create a SqlDataSource or SqlDataAdapter to encapsulate steps 1-3, with lots of help from Visual Studio 2005.) 2) SqlCommand - Run SQL query or a stored procedure statement. Try the query in SQL Management Studio. 3) DataTable - Fill your object with data using DataTable.Load() with SqlCommand.ExecuteReader(). 2-3b) An alternative to DataTable is the DataSet, for working with multiple related DataTables. DataSet needs a SqlDataAdapter to load data. (Another option is a DataReader, faster but less flexible. The old ADO called it RecordSets.) 4) Start using the DataTable contents. You can bind it to a DataGrid using the DataSource property, or load a single Row to a TextBox. You're ready! [Sample Code] //1 string dbString = "Data Source=localhost\\sqlexpress;Initial Catalog=pubs;Integrated Security=True"; SqlClient.SqlConnection sqlconnection = new SqlClient.SqlConnection(dbString); sqlconnection.Open(); //2 SqlCommand sqlcommand = new SqlCommand("select * from Client"); sqlcommand.Connection = sqlconnection; //3b DataTable dt = new DataTable(); dt.Load(sqlcommand.ExecuteReader()); //3b SqlDataAdapter dadapter = new SqlDataAdapter(); dadapter.SelectCommand = new SqlCommand(("select * from Client", sqlconnection); DataSet dset = new DataSet(); // can use DataTable too dadapter.Fill(dset); //4 GridView1.DataSource = dset; GridView1.DataBind(); sqlconnection.Close();5
1993How do I overcome procrastination?(AN OLD SAYING): "PROCRASTINATION IS THE THIEF OF TIME". "Never put off to tomorrow, what you can put off to the day after tomorrow" was my motto, once!!! We tend to view tasks in their entirety, making them appear huge. I find that it helps to break it down into readily achievable stages, and promise myself a small reward, on the completion of each, and a bigger one, once finalised. Another tactic is to promise yourself that you will make a start, and just do 5, or 10 minutes. If, at the end of that time, you feel like continuing, do so. Otherwise, take a short break, and come back to it, later. It's making the start, that's often the hardest part, and once that is done, everything else often just seems to fall into place, possibly because your unconscious mind is using parallel procession, and continuing to consider it, during the breaks. Set a timer, or alarm, to remind you when your next break is due, and don't put it off for too long. To do otherwise is to create a disincentive to returning to the task. Folders, shelves, and boxes, clearly labelled, and assigning a place for everything, then getting into the habit (it takes 30 - 40 repetitions to establish a habit, for most people) of putting things in their respective places will make it much easier, in the long term, and help you in other ways, as well (having places for your keys, credit cards, wallet/purse, cellular mobile phone, P.D.A., etc., so you never misplace them). Colour coding can sometimes be of additional benefit in quickly locating something. The benefits will carry over into other areas of your life, too, such as work. View: http://www.stevepavlina.com/articles/ove... and http://psychologytoday.com/rss/pto-20030... and http://depression.about.com/cs/selfhelp/... and http://www.scotthyoung.com/blog/2007/05/... and at http://www.43things.com/things/view/225/... the topic of laziness is also addressed. Enter "procrastination" in the searchbar at http://www.mercola.com/ 209
1990What's the difference between all these drawing and painting programs, image editing and photo editing programs?First, some distinction between the types of programs: * Photo Editing - (aka Raster or Bitmap Graphics) - Noise removal, Histogram, Brightening or Sharpening. For example, you can move a person into a picture or out of a picture, or change the color of your hair. * Image Drawing - (aka Vector Graphics) - for example, you make a 3D globe using ellipse, spiral gradient, lighting effect, and shadows. Often used for web graphics. Some have Animation features. The confusion starts with many programs having features that overlaps categories. Microsoft Paint is the most basic photo editing program. It only opens BMP files, not JPEG or other files from digital cameras. If you want to change the color of your hair, you'll spend hours selecting each one pixel by pixel. That's when you really appreciate the Magic Wand feature from GIMP or Paint.NET, both free, to select all of the hair at once. For ease of use, Ulead PhotoImact may be the best. Powerpoint, traditionally used for Presentations, has many image drawing features as well. Photoshop is the most widely-known, and has become a verb (ie, photoshoped) just like Google. It can do almost all imaginable drawing and painting features. Photoshop Elements is a lower-cost, stripped-down version. Photoshop has a very steep learning curve. Paint Shop Pro (PSP) started as a raster program like Photoshop, but now has all possible vector features. Since being bought by Corel, many users have been disappointed with the recent "upgrades" to X1 and X2 (ie, 11 and 12). Their favorite version remains PSP version 9. Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw were vector editors that now has many photo editing features. Adobe Illustrator version CS2 is revolutionary and worth a look. Serif DrawPlus focuses on vector features and is very easy to use. Finally, Real-DRAW Pro somehow seamlessly mixes vector drawing and bitmap painting, bringing the best of both worlds. http://tinyurl.com/2a7dkb2
1988I dont want to go to school anymore..all i want to do is fight.?What RPG's have you been playing? :/ How old are you? If you want to fight, enter the military, or learn martial arts and work as a martial arts trainer or something. Unless you manage to build a time machine and transport yourself back to ancient japan, I don't think there's much you can do in the way of leading a 'ninja' lifestyle. If you're serious enough about fighting, train and either teach it or compete in events. But honestly, what you wrote sounds like an immature glorification of 'ninja life'. But honestly, I think you're just bored (and yes, the time in school is boring, for the most part, but in time you find you won't regret it if you finish school, at least you're keeping the doors open for yourself and your future as you could always get into higher education once you've finished school, something you may want to do in the future, regardless of how you feel about it now). It's common for teenagers to believe that they'll always feel a certain way, while the way you feel and think about things in your teens is usually unique to that time in your life, and if you do something radical now, you'll likely regret it later. I don't know a single person who dropped out of school who didn't start seriously regretting the descision by the time they hit their early 20's. Tell you what; why don't you find a martial arts based activity for yourself in your free time, next to school? You could start visiting a dojo or something, and find some people to train with over the weekend. That way you'd be doing something you enjoy, while still continuing with school. But really, don't dump school; you'll soon find there is no such thing as 'running away and living an outlaw / ninja lifestyle' it just won't happen realistically. Realistically you'll run away and work in a drive thru for all your life and get treated like shit in your job because you haven't learnt anything and you're replaceable. Yes, I HATED school. But it's important. Really.560
1979How do they rank how popular a website is? How can a website's traffic be measured and compared?With 100 million websites, and billions of clicks per day, accuracy for website statistics estimation and ranking services are understandably questionable. The top ranking services are: 1. Quantcast - despite a recent hiccup, it provides very accurate up-to-date account of traffic. 2. Alexa - the oldest service, but traditionally dependent on their add-in to collect statistics. Recently changed algorithm may improve their accuracy. 3. Compete - the slowest changing ranking, Compete consolidates ranking data from other sites. Web site categorization is interesting, especially with the power of Web 2.0 sites in drawing large crowds and creating large user communities. These services, while not completely accurate to the last click, provide good estimates as to the popularity of web sites within these general categories. * Top 100 sites - including the 2 superpowers Yahoo and Google, these 100 sites command tens of millions netizens. (I define netizens as unique visitors per month) I call these sites "Net Nations" * Top 1,000 sites - these sites have 1 million or more netizens. I call these sites "Net Cities". These sites are well visited brands, like NYTimes.com or HP.com. * Top 10,000 sites - these sites have 100,000 or more netizens. I call these sites "Net Towns". Many multinational companies have sites that qualify, like IBM.com or GM.com * Top 100,000 sites (top 0.1%) - these sites have 10,000 or more netizens. I call these sites "Net organizations". Many multinational companies have sites that qualify, like EDS.com, Maryland.gov or Coca-Cola.com * Top 1,000,000 sites (top 1%) - these sites have 1,000 or more netizens. I call these sites "Net groups", for clubs or families. * Anything below 1,000,000 - 99% of the web sites out there have less than 1,000 netizens. These are fine for small businesses and personal publishing, but do not qualify as having a community of netizens in the Web 2.0 context.5
1939Does anyone know a good remedy for motion sickness?One common suggestion is to simply look out of the window of the moving vehicle and to gaze toward the horizon in the direction of travel. This helps to re-orient the inner sense of balance by providing a visual reaffirmation of motion. In the night, or in a ship without windows, it is helpful to simply close one's eyes, or if possible, take a nap. This resolves the input conflict between the eyes and the inner ear. Napping also helps prevent psychogenic effects (i.e. the effect of sickness being magnified by thinking about it). Fresh, cool air can also relieve motion sickness slightly, although it is likely this is related to avoiding foul odors which can worsen nausea.[10] A good alternative is wearing anti travel-sickness wristbands. These apply slight pressure to the inside of your wrist - and really work - but if you don't want to wear them, just apply the pressure yourself with your other thumb. Place two fingers across your inner wrist, and the pressure point is just below. This method is good for relieving any nausious moment, not just motion sickness. Over-the-counter and prescription medications are readily available, such as Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) and Bonine/Antivert (meclizine). Scopolamine is effective[11] and is sometimes used in the form of transdermal patches (1.5mg) or as a newer tablet form (0.4mg). Interestingly, many pharmacological treatments which are effective for nausea and vomiting in some medical conditions may not be effective for motion sickness. For example, metoclopramide and prochlorperazine, although widely used for nausea, are ineffective for motion-sickness prevention and treatment. The sedating anti-histamine medications such as promethazine, work quite well for motion sickness, although they can cause significant drowsiness. Ginger root is a mild anti-emetic and sucking on crystallized ginger or sipping ginger tea can help to relieve the nausea8
1935How do I learn to program in Javascript?Javascript is a programming language that manipulates HTML on the browser. So the first step is to learn HTML, and how HTML is used to create each user interface element on a web page. Here's a good reference: http://www.w3.org/TR/html401/index/elements.html To program Javascript, all you need is a text editor to write Javascript. But the difference between a regular editor versus a good one is huge for productivity. NotePad++ is the best free editor for HTML and Javascript, with syntax colouring, code folding. Get it here: http://notepad-plus.sourceforge.net/uk/site.htm. An even better choice is to get Microsoft's Visual Web Developer 2008 Express Edition, also free. You can use VWD to create HTML pages with Javascript, or optionally ASPX pages with C#. It has code-completion, which means it can tell you what variables and element names are avaiable, plus what properties are available for each element. Expression Web is the best of all worlds. With code-completion (intellisense) for CSS Styles, and hover mouseover error messages and warnings, it makes all browser-side programming extremely simple. It even highlights mismatched html tags. (Note that Dreamweaver does not have Javascript code-completion.) User Firefox as your browser, and get the Firebug add-on. Firebug allows you to see the Document Object Model (DOM), showing the relationship of all elements in a page. It also has a full Javascript debugger, allowing you to add breakpoints and single-step F10 through the code and inspect variable values. Javascript is not a strongly-typed language. This means any variable can contain anything, including numbers, booleans, strings, null. The classical mistake is "2" + "3", which is "23", so beware. Other gotcha's include "55" < "100", and "55" == 55. To get started, try viewing a source with getElementByById, and use that example to write your first program. Have fun!5
1921What are the best natural alternative treatments for depression?I used to suffer from depression for a very long time. And I need to warn you that psychiatrists are only there to put you on medicine, which is ok if that is what you want, but you should know some facts. Antidepressants can be useful for some people, but the truth is it can take years to find the right medicine or combo of meds that work, because everyone reacts differently to them. And they can help for awhile and get you through the really bad times, but they are not usually meant to be taken for a lifetime. Eventually your body adjusts to the medicine so it may not work as well, or it can stop working at all. And then you have to try to find a new one, which can take time, and can be very overwhelming & frustrating. I suggest you see your doctor, but also try looking into therapy first. Cognital behavioral therapy is usually the best for people who suffer from depression, it's more interactive than just talking/venting. And if you can, do your best to exercise as often as you can, it is a natural way to help lift depression by releasing endorphins in your body. Yoga is also known to help relieve depression. If you have tried everything without much help, I'd suggest you might want to give hypnosis a try, it just might work for you. I recently recommended a friend to a website to download and listen to this hypnosis treatment for her depression. She was a little bit overweight and didn't want to take medicine because of the potential weight gain and the side effects... the hypnosis helped her during the hardest time in her life and she certainly has a brighter view of her life now. Take a look at http://www.commondepression.com Just remember, try not to resort to medicine as much as possible, I can tell you from many years of personal experience that they are not a quick fix, there is no such thing as a magical "happy" pill. Good luck, I hope you find the right help.578
1911What are the new features in Visual Studios 2008?Visual Studio 2008 brings a new language feature, LINQ, new versions of C# and Visual Basic languages, a Windows Presentation Foundation visual designer, and improvements to the .NET Framework. It also features a new HTML/CSS editor influenced by Microsoft Expression Web. Visual Studio 2008 requires .NET Framework 3.5 but also supports multi-targeting which lets the developers choose the version of the .NET Framework (out of 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, Silverlight CoreCLR or .NET Compact Framework) Visual Studio 2008 includes new code analysis tools, including the new Code Metrics tool. Visual Studio 2008 features a XAML based designer, workflow designer, LINQ to SQL designer (for defining the type mappings and object encapsulation for SQL data), XSLT debugger, JavaScript Intellisense support, JavaScript Debugging support, support for UAC manifests, a concurrent build system, among others. It also ships with an enhanced set of UI widgets, both for WinForms and WPF. It also includes a multithreaded build engine to compile multiple source files (and build the executable file) in a project across different threads simultaneously. The Visual Studio debugger includes features targeting easier debugging of multi-threaded applications. In debugging mode, in the Threads window, which lists all the threads, hovering over a thread will display the stack trace of that thread in tooltips.. The threads can directly be named and flagged for easier identification from that window itself. In addition, in the code window, along with indicating the location of the currently executing instruction in the current thread, the currently executing instructions in other threads are also pointed out. The Visual Studio debugger supports integrated debugging of the .NET Framework 3.5 BCL. It can dynamically download the BCL source code and debug symbols and allow stepping into the BCL source during debugging.42
1899What's the difference between Dollar Cost Averaging and Averaging Down?Trading profit is calculated as the proceeds of the sell, less the cost of the buy. Averaging down refers to buying more after prices have dropped, resulting in lower average cost of your position, but a much larger position, often against the trend. Scale Trading is very similar to Averaging Down. Scaling is a "so-called" strategy that adds to a losing position; Averaging Down is more ad-hoc, and typically an emotional reaction when losses are starting to hurt. Ranges happen all the time, creating the illusion of predictable prices. Within the parameters of a trading range, these strategies can be very profitable, buying low and selling high. Traders fall into this "range trap", often making a few successful trades. But when a trend starts, prices move beyond what's "reasonable", eventually shaking these "weak" hands, causing margin calls and account closures. Range Traders buy low and try to sell high, except prices never get high, until they're forced out of the game. Successful trading requires objective analysis with a clear mind. Holding onto a countertrend position is not the result of a clear mind. Averaging down is what took LTCM, Barings, and the majority of traders out of the market. Good traders may average into a position, being flexible in the position size, but they will never build a position so large that it affects objective decision making, nor hold a losing position beyond their risk parameters. In contrast, Dollar Cost Averaging refers to regularly adding to an investment. With the same dollar amount invested regularly, more shares will be bought when the prices are low, resulting in better investment performance. If nothing else, don't scale buy NEW LOWS, nor scale sell NEW HIGHS. Unless you're really sure there's value... and KNOW 100% it won't go to zero. Because if New lows are hit, by definition that's a downtrend.5
1893How do I capture in video my computer screen, for training or demo?Here are the top Demoware and screencasting software: (1) Camtasia Studio is very easy to use. You can use it for screen capturing not only still-images, but videos, and add sound. You just start the recording and then anything on the screen in the capture window will be recorded. If you are talking into a microphone, the audio will be recorded with the video. You can choose to record the audio seperately and mix the video and audio in the Studio editor. Here's an example of how to use it. http://video.techsmith.com/camtasia/latest/edu/showme/enu/cs_showme.html While Camtasia Studio is the most widely used, it's not free. Camtasia has an Open Source version, which is good as well. (2) ViewletBuilder creates Flash specifically for demos. The result is not a recorded lengthy movie file, but a series of screen captures that are then animated to produce a Flash simulation. If you have a very large demo, the Flash format can save on download time. (3) Captivate - started as RoboDemo, it creates SWF flash files also, but now has more features than ViewletBuilder. Beyond screencast presentation demos, you incorporate with screen captures, images, animations, and videos - to create multimedia eLearning prgrams, quizzes and surveys. (4) Jing http://www.jingproject.com/ is also free, and it's worth a try. Jing integrates the upload process so you can share your video quickly. (5) There are other solutions, such as Debut which is free. http://www.nchsoftware.com/capture/index.html (6) Wink - Which is free and works for Linux too. But the feature set is more limited. (7) Hypercam - which cost $40, but most people prefer Camtasia. (8) TurboDemo - Very easy to use, but cost $200. (9) Fraps - which is more for games. (10) BB FlashBack - Best for low-bandwidth, and only $40. http://www.donationcoder.com/Reviews/Archive/ScreenCasting/36
1875Why do so many people hate Microsoft? And everybody loves Google?First of all, Bill Gates was the son of a very wealthy Seattle attorney, which is why he had the money to go to Harvard, start Microsoft, get involved with IBM. It is well-known that MS-DOS was vaporware, ie, it was sold to IBM before real work was even begun. Microsoft purchased QDOS (Quick and Dirty Operating System), a ripoff of CP/M (proven in court) from Seattle Computers for next to nothing and set out to finish it up. Unfortunately, Microsoft didn't have the skills required for operating systems, so IBM had to do much of the finish work just to get the PC out the door. Over the years, Microsoft became infamous at stealing ideas from and destoying a long list of victims, the largest include: * Netscape - by bundling Internet Explorer browser with the Windows 95 operating system. * Real Networks - by bundling Windows Media Player into Windows 98. * WordPerfect, Lotus, Ashton-Tate - with the collaboration of the Office and Windows group to make Word and Excel superior. * Digital Research - Windows 3.1 was made incompatible with DR-DOS 6.0 intentionally. * Borland - by enticing their star Delphi programmers to work for Microsoft. * Stac - by copying Stacker and bundling compression into MS-DOS. * Novell - by making NT connectivity simpler for Windows and DOS PC's. The birth of Linux and Open-Source are largely thanks to the technical communities opinions of Microsoft, as are the prevalence of computer viruses. In sharp contrast, Google, since its first search engine, has been providing solutions to users for free. The tremendous openess in the company, along with their motto "Don't be evil", has also given them a squeaky clean public image. With their massive cash and power, Google would easily crush any competition in any field. Yet Google's acqusition strategy has been to reward innovation, rather than destroy it.5
1873Which cities in the world has the best public transportation networks? The worst?162 cities have public transit railway systems, with 4900 miles of track covering 7000 stations. The "best" system would be measured by how well it serves the people so that they don't need a taxi or car. The top systems are: 1. London "Underground" - 254 miles of tracks, 268 stations, 976 million passengers per year. 2. New York City - 233 miles to 462 stations carrying 1.85 billion riders per year. 3. Paris Metro - 134 miles of track 380 stations. 1.365 billion passengers per year. 4. Moscow Metro - 178 miles of track. 172 stations. 3.2 billion riders annually. 5. Tokyo subway - 195 miles of track to 282 stations 2.8 billion riders per year. 6. Seoul Subway - 179.4 miles of track to 266 stations, carrying 1.6 billion riders. 7. Madrid Metro - 175 miles to 231 stations, carrying 649 million riders. 8. Mexico City - 110 miles to 175 stations for 1.4 billion riders 9. Osaka Muni - 86 mi to 101 stations, for 912 million riders 10 Shanghai Metro - 142 mi to 162 stations, 649 million riders. 11. Berlin "U-Bahn" - 94 miles to 170 stations, for 475 million riders 12. Beijing Subway - expanding to 300 miles for the 2008 Olympics, 765 million riders presently. 13. Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway - 56 miles to 150 stations carrying 916 million riders 14. Sao Paulo Metro - 187 miles of track to 55 stations 774 million riders 15. Vienna - 427 million riders to 85 stations Most North American cities are built to favour the automobile. So most of them can be listed as having the worst public transit networks, with the exception of high-ridership cities Chicago "L" (106mi), Philadelphia SEPTA (38mi), Washington Metrorail (106mi), Boston MBTA or T (38mi), Toronto TTC (42mi), San Francisco BART (104mi), Atlanta MARTA (48mi), Vancouver SkyTrain (31mi), Montreal Metro (41 mi) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_rapid_transit_systems5
1796What are hedge funds and how are they different from mutual funds?The two differ primarily in the degree of regulatory oversight each is subjected to. Mutual funds are highly regulated investment vehicles that are allowed to sell to the general public. Because they make representations to the general public, they are very, very closely watched by regulatory bodies to insure they are not making false assurances in terms of future performance. Because these vehicles are so highly regulated they are somewhat constrained in terms of what and how they can conduct business. A fund that at the outset, for example, promises to invest solely in the S&P 500, can not at a later date (easily) switch to short term corporate bonds. Hedge funds, by contrast, are very lightly regulated. Because of this, they can (in the United States) only market themselves to what are known as "Qualified Persons"; individuals or corporate entities that are assume to either have adequate market knowledge or liquidity enough to protect themselves. Hedge Funds can, by contrast, rapidly change investment objectives due to a lack of regulatory oversight. There is a misconception that hedge funds will consistently outperform mutual funds. In general this is not true, and one would have to take into account the business cycle as well as the aims of each vehicle to conclude which performed better and when. An interesting note - in the book 'Seeking Alpha' a negative correlation between size of the funds in terms of assets and overall performance was noted. When talking investment performance, size does matter and good things come in small packages. Larger funds have to take on an increasingly larger number of positions to remain properly diversified and this approach does not scale. No wonder Warren Buffett is sitting on $40B or so in cash.105
1794What a good media player that plays all formats - vlc, winamp, windows media player?Here's a list of the best media players available today. (All free, of course.) * GOM Player can play the majority of media files without the need to obtain a codec, and the ability to play some broken media files, both advantages over traditional players, like Windows Media Player. GOM player can also play .flv files. * KMPlayer is an advanced player with features such as multifarious audio and video effects, playback speed, select parts of a video as favorites, do various A-B repeats, remap the keys of remote interface for HTPC including overlay screen controls, change a skin dynamically depending on a media type playing, and many more. KMPlayer plays a large number of formats such as VCD, DVD, AVI, MKV, Ogg, OGM, 3GP, MPEG-1/2/4, WMV, RealMedia, and QuickTime among others. It handles a wide range of subtitles and allows one to capture audio, video, and screenshots. * VLC media player is the only one in this list that is cross-platform for Windows, Mac, and Linux. A highly portable multimedia player, encoder, and streamer, VLC supports many audio and video codecs and file formats as well as DVDs, VCDs, and various streaming protocols. It is able to stream over networks and to transcode multimedia files and save them into various different formats. It gained distinction as the first player to support playback of encrypted DVDs on Linux by using the libdvdcss DVD decryption library. * Media Player Classic (MPC) is a compact ultra-fast media player for Microsoft Windows. The application mimics the look and feel of the old, light-weight Windows Media Player 6.4 but uses a completely different codebase, integrating most options and features found in modern media players. A large number of the codecs, readers, and splitters are also available for MPC.5
1793What is the best software to design flyers, brochures, and letterheads?Desktop publishing is normally understood as the process of editing and layout of material intended for publication, such as books, magazines, brochures and on line viewing. Desktop publishing software, such as Quark or Adobe InDesign, is designed for such tasks. Such programs do not generally replace word processors and graphics applications, but are used to aggregate content created in these specialist programs. Microsoft Publisher is an entry level desktop publishing application where the emphasis is placed less on text composition but on page layout and design. Publisher 2007 is included in high-end releases of Office. This reflects Microsoft's emphasis on positioning Publisher as an easy to use and cheaper alternative to Quark and InDesign. Publisher is focused on the smaller business’s that frequently embark on creative work without dedicated design professionals available. Programs must be easy to use when organizations are heavily reliant on non specialists to produce design documents. Publisher has a relatively small slice of the desktop publishing world, which is largely dominated by Adobe InDesign and Quark. Work created by Publisher has historically been poorly received by commercial print shops, compared with other desktop publishing applications. Publisher's position as an entry-level design application caused problems. Many higher end features like transparency, object shadowing, slugs, text on paths, built-in PDF output, etc. are either not fully-functional or simply unavailable. Sometimes fonts and embedded objects were available on the printers' machines. However, recent versions have greater capabilities concerning color separations and proper process coloring output. http://mousetraining.blogspot.com/2008/11/why-use-publisher-2007.html476
1783Which country has the most tolerant multi-cultural society?Having large diverse multi-cultural communities do not necessary indicate tolerance and peace. While tension are difficult to measure, the ideal multi-cultural country would have policies that encourage minority rights, including such unpopular rights like gay marriages. There is a big difference between being friendly, versus accepting AND respecting immigrants as one of your own. The most accepting and tolerant society is Canada, using the following measurable statistics from http://www.nationmaster.com: 1. Highest acceptance of new citizenship per capita - indicating continual growth of ethnic groups. 2. Top 2 in accepting asylum seekers - indicating an official attitude of caring 3. Top 5 in acceptance of women - as indication of accepting others 4. Top 5 in Adult literacy at high level - indicates ability to understand others Canada has traditionally been a country of immigrants and has a policy of encouraging multicultural diversity. In this vibrant setting, different perspectives are respected and learning together is encouraged. Almost all of the world's ethnic groups are represented in Canada. As a result, most ethnic foods and recreational activities associated with specific cultures are available in Canada. Clubs, restaurants, and community centers representing a multitude of ethnic backgrounds are easily accessible. Honorable mentions go to: * Sweden - 4th in accepting asylum seekers, 3rd in new citizenships per capita * Denmark - 1st in accepting asylum seekers, 6th in new citizenships per capita * Switzerland - 9th in accepting asylum, 4th in new citizenships per capita * USA - 5th in accepting asylum seekers, 8th in new citizenships per capita * Belgium - 10th in accepting asylums, 2nd in new citizenships per capita5
1749Is bottled water really an issue in our modern society?Like every controversial issue, there are two sides to this story. The first side is that bottled water is superficial; it's hazardous to our long-term health and it damages our environment. Bottled water is actually no better than tap water; in fact, in most cases, the quality of bottled water, in comparison to municipal tap water, is worse than that of it's bottled water counterpart. The other side of the story involves convenience, seemingly low cost, availability. It's there for us when we need it; it's versatile - we can take it on road trips or the casual walk. We're able to find it almost anywhere; tap water can only be found through taps and fountains - which are rare in public places today. It's also a myth that bottled water is safer than tap water; that tap water has harmful chemicals that could damage our immune system; that it tastes funny and can make you go crazy. The myth is false. Tap water, especially in high-density areas like Toronto and Vancouver, have municipal water supplies with very strict standards. Comparably to bottled water companies, Toronto checks the quality of its water every six to twelve hours, in every section of the treatment facility. Bottled water companies are regulated every six to twelve years, in comparison. Unless something goes horribly wrong and somebody is killed because of a toxin contracted from the bottled water, no part of the bottling system is changed. There is much more to both sides of the story; however there is not nearly enough room to write it all out here. For more information, check out these links : http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/securit/facts-faits/faqs_bottle_water-eau_embouteillee_e.html http://www.kairoscanada.org/e/ecology/water/index.asp46
1711Is it worth upgrading to Windows Vista?There's no benefit, unless you have specific (new) software which REQUIRES Vista (like a very few games). Con's of upgrading to Vista: -You need a fast and modern machine with at least 2GB of RAM (memory) if you want to run Vista smoothly. -Many peripherals/devices (in general) are not supported (yet). -Many somewhat older peripherals/devices will not get support (drivers) at all. -Many old peripherals/devices simply won't work on Vista. -Many somewhat older software will not work until a new version will be released (thus, you need to purchase a new version). -Many older software will not work at all. -Many things will run SLOWER. -Vista gobbles up MUCH more harddisk space. As a result, backing up the system state (creating an image), takes a lot more time. I use imaging a lot (google for 'Ghost image') - if i don't like software, i rather go back an image instead of uninstalling the software (because very often, the registry will not be cleaned thoroughly when just 'uninstalling'). -Don't 'fix' it (your WinXP) if it aint broken. Well, even if it WERE broken, i'd rather re-install XP than install Vista. Pro's: -If you like eyecandy, I guess Vista would be preferable over XP. However, with a number of tricks, you can have XP behave and look like Vista very similarly. -Hmmm... Right now, i can't think of any other pro. General: -Some people will say Vista is more secure than XP. In fact, currently there's little difference. My conclusion: As long if MS supports (security updates) XP, i can't recommend upgrading to Vista at all. The main idea of an Operating System is to support software and hardware. Currently, Vista doesn't do a better job with that than XP.188
1704How do you control an unreasonable client?The sales process is like the courting ritual between the sexes. Everybody's smiling and you can't possible even imagine anything going wrong. Everybody thinks everything will be easy. I have to assume you're in the consulting business, when there's enough confusion for everyone. During the sales process is when you have to detect potential problems, organizationally, technically, and personality-wise. As they will ask you to commit to budget and deadlines, you will need to sign a contract of with expectations. Of course, you can only have those expectations if you have the experience. In any relationship there will be give-and-take. You need to gauge reasonableness from their personalities. If they have a litigious history, then that will probably be indicative of the future. You need to have the experience to measure underlying complexity up-front, beyond the 'stated' complexity. What they say is what they know. To build a bridge, all they know is they want to cross it. You must understand the foundations and construction materials, with usage expecations. Finally engage in strict scope control with the client. Your delivery teams top priority is to track conformance to expectations as new learning is revealed. There cannot be any shyness from the project manager in communicating "I though you said" to the delivery team or the client. Those words are only effective in an open forum, not in emails nor behind the back. Even with the best of intentions, relationships will go bad. You can control what they expect of you by being upfront with what you CAN and CANNOT do. Because if you said you can forecast the future, they'll expect that of you.2
1693Is the US Economy really fundamentally strong like our leaders always tell us? Or is that just political rhetoric, designed to get us to confidently spend our life savings?In the Global Economy, the strength of any country is measured by the quality of their exports. With exports, you earn the currency that you need for imports, which then can be used to raise your standard of living. It's like any household, doing a job or selling a service to earn income. Some well-endowed countries export natural resources, like Gold and Diamonds from South Africa, and Oil from Saudi Arabia, but those industries do not create a strong middle class for a sustainable economy. Exports from strong economies include electronics from Japan and Taiwan, machinery from Germany and Sweden. These economies have an engineering focus. What does America have? Salespeople, managers, and sales managers. What does America export? Financial instruments and derivatives. In America's money culture, you're focused on money, on making your accounting statements look good, on shuffling money around to create fake wealth. That's not real wealth. Thats not enduring wealth. To win a war, you need to win battles. To win a sports game, you have to make good plays. So a strong economy requires each sector to be winning. Automotive is an example of how American industry has deteriorated. While Japan spent effort to improve their product, the Big 3 spent money on advertising. The resulting decline of General Motors, and the rise of Toyota was inevitable. Real wealth is building something worthy, and having others respect you for that. You prove your worth, you feel valuable, and no amount of money can buy that. Hopefully Americans can learn that, and then build a worthy economy. http://www.larouchepub.com/other/2000/hoefle_bubble_2711.html33
1674What are the most important rules for successful trading?The old rules are the best rules. They're simple, they work, and have been tried and proven. Adherence to the rules is difficult. 1. In bull markets, you must be long. It's okay to short the first rally in a bull market, but you can't continue to short afterwards. 2. Drop the "buy low, sell high" rule. Even "buy higher and sell higher" is oversimplified. You must "buy new-high pullback, sell ridiculously high." 3. Enter each position with the vision as if it has the potential to be the biggest trade of the year. 4. Before trading, plan your entries, plan your exits. 5. On minor corrections against the major trend, add to trades. Use the 33-50% corrections level of the previous movement or the proper moving average as a first point in which to add. 6. Be patient. If a trade is missed, wait for a correction to occur before putting the trade on. 7. Be patient. Once a trade is put on, allow it time to develop and give it time to create the profits you expected. 8. Be patient. Drop the "you never go broke taking a profit" rule. Small profits are not what real traders shoot for. The majority of your year is made from two or three large trades that each year. 9. Be patient. Once a trade is put on, give it time to work; give it time to insulate itself from random noise; give it time for others to see the merit of what you saw earlier than they. 10. Cut your losses quick. If the previous movement is close to fully retraced, don't trust the trend. 11. Never add to a losing trade. Getting a better price is a sure way to ruin. 12. Mental readiness is key. If a loss hurts, take a break. The urge "to get the money back" is dangerous.28
1667What are the odds of a my minor hockey superstar being drafted by the NHL?There are 543,000 kids in Canadian minor hockey, and 377 Canadians playing in the NHL. So you have a one in 1500 shot of making it big. Just to compare, Harvard Law School accepts one in 12 applicants. And you'll get paid more. It's one thing to be the winner of a race of 100 people. Yep, it's tough, but you can imagine being that good. But it's quite another being the outrunning 1500 people. That's rare. Let's dig into the data. There are only 60 Canadian kids drafted into the NHL each year in the top 4 rounds. Mostly from the 60 teams in the OHL, WHL, or QMJHL. These 60 kids have a reasonable chance of an NHL career. Below the 4th round, you may have a chance of an NHL appearance, not a career. The difference? Many have played a few games in the NHL, but never made the regular roster. So many other superstars from the OHL, WHL, or QMJHL will never see a game in the NHL. Some end up playing their entire professional careers in Europe. Here's one of many examples: http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=26566 Those drafted but can't find a spot in the NHL may become superstars in the IHL or AHL. They'll get a salary of $30,000 to $60,000. Here's an example of an IHL superstar who played only 56 games in the NHL. http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=718 To summarize... A wise coach told me from his experience, you can tell the one kid one the ice who might be a pro because they simply don't look like they fit in with the rest. So if you're banging and crashing and working hard, instead of skating circles around everyone else, you're not likely going to be an NHL regular.5
1659What are four types of global pollution?Air pollution, the release of chemicals and particulates into the atmosphere. Common gaseous air pollutants include carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) and nitrogen oxides produced by industry and motor vehicles. Photochemical ozone and smog are created as nitrogen oxides and hydrocarbons react to sunlight. Particulate matter, or fine dust is characterized by their micrometre size PM10 to PM2.5. Light pollution, includes light trespass, over-illumination and astronomical interference. Littering Noise pollution, which encompasses roadway noise, aircraft noise, industrial noise as well as high-intensity sonar. Soil contamination occurs when chemicals are released by spill or underground leakage. Among the most significant soil contaminants are hydrocarbons, heavy metals, MTBE,[10] herbicides, pesticides and chlorinated hydrocarbons. Radioactive contamination, resulting from 20th century activities in atomic physics, such as nuclear power generation and nuclear weapons research, manufacture and deployment. (See alpha emitters and actinides in the environment.) Thermal pollution, is a temperature change in natural water bodies caused by human influence, such as use of water as coolant in a power plant. Visual pollution, which can refer to the presence of overhead power lines, motorway billboards, scarred landforms (as from strip mining), open storage of trash or municipal solid waste. Water pollution, by the release of waste products and contaminants into surface runoff into river drainage systems, leaching into groundwater, liquid spills, wastewater discharges, eutrophication and littering. 1418
1641What are the character flaws of runaway husbands?According to the author of Runaway husbands, Vikki Stark: 1) It's the lack of remorse, indifference to the ex-wife's suffering & all the lying that shows his character in new light. He is a master of splitting which refers to a tendency to view things & people as only all good or all bad. People who split have trouble accepting that there can be shades of gray. Another dimension of splitting would be for a man to compartmentalize his feelings so that he could justify behaving in ways that are not consistent from one situation to the next. One a person masters the ability to lie so effortlessly to himself, lying to others is a breeze. Men who fit the profile of WAS, have lied prior to leaving (almost all having affairs), lie at the point of leaving (fabricating justifications for their departure) & continue to lie post separation (denying the good that existed in the marriage). 2) Husband is a narcissist - he always expected to get his needs met but that the needs of others were not really of interest to him. He cares about the wife only in terms of what she could do for him. Heinz Kohut, psychoanalyst, developed a term for the way narcissistic people treat others. He said that they related to other people as "self objects" That means that the narcissist experiences the role of the other person primarily to complete his identity. 3) Husband is a sociopath with a primary trait of guiltlessness. Sociopaths are capable of committing the most hurtful acts, without feeling bad about it. Rather than taking responsibility for the damage they did to others, they assert that they themselves were the victims.2266
1605My husband and I filed chapter 13 bankruptcy in 2006. Attorney not returning phone calls and letters written. Looking for another attorney. How do you do this?Definitely contact the IRS as suggested. I would also make sure a letter outlining this situation and the recourse that you took is filed with the documents of your Chapter 13 bankruptcy. A complaint needs to be filed with the Law Association. For the United States it is The National Bar Association - depending which state you are from The objectives of the NBA "…shall be to advance the science of jurisprudence; improve the administration of justice; preserve the independence of the judiciary and to uphold the honor and integrity of the legal profession; to promote professional and social intercourse among the members of the American and the international bars; to promote legislation that will improve the economic condition of all American citizens, regardless of race, sex or creed in their efforts to secure a free and untrammeled use of the franchise guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States; and to protect the civil and political rights of the citizens and residents of the United States." Their website is http://www.nationalbar.org If they do not represent your state, I am sure they would know where you should go from there. I know in Ontario there is the Law Society of Upper Canada that governs over the conduct of lawyers. There is also a fund that was established to help people who hired lawyers that did not act honorably in representing their clients as well as the legal profession There may be a similar fund in the US but I'm not sure. I am sure the National Bar Association would be able to tell you that as well. Good luck and hope this helps.132
1600Which franchise businesses have the best chance of success?Franchising isn't necessarily safer than starting a new business. In exchange for a solid brand and system, you give up the freedom to 'tinker' with your business. Franchisors are notorious for keeping franchisees in line, enforcing "compliance with the policies and procedures as they change." Before investing in a franchise system, investigate using the following techniques: * Visit a local franchise owner, and start a friendly chat. If they're too busy to talk, they must be doing well. * Talk to the franchisee's association. If the franchise system is too small to have a franchisee association, then it's probably not worth it. * Exclusivity - What's good for the franchisor isn't necessarily good for you. You need a reasonable territory to protect your profits, while they want lots of stores to grow their brand. * Brand - have people you trust try the product. The franchises with the best chance of success is one with an existing base of 25 or more successful franchisees, and a track record of 10 years or more. Any less, and you may as well start your own business model. Wall-Street Journal published a list of "Franchise High Performers" in 2008. Here are the top available franchises: * Servpro * Jimmy John's Gourmet Sandwiches * Maids International * Bojangles famous Chicken n' Biscuits * Home Instead Senior Care * Pacific Pride * Stanley Steemer * Sterling Optical * The Melting Pot * Tow Men And A Truck * Abbey Carpet & Floor * Sandler Sales Institute * Denny's http://online.wsj.com/public/resources/documents/info-franchiseList0802.html8
1583How many times can I split my cable? Does it make a difference if I have a digital box or an HD digital box? How about a cable modem or telephone service through cable?You can technically split a coax cable line as many times as you want given you have cable (satellite lines can not be split with a typical splitter, and require a device called a diplexer in order to split, combine, or mix different coax lines together/apart), it depends on what cable splitter you use, but every cable splitter will degrade the signal quality the more you split it, so if you use a lot of splitters, you will want your most quality dependent device first, followed by second dependent, third dependent, and so on, the dependencies are in this order. 1-Cable Modems/Digital Phone modems 2-HD Cable Set Top Boxes 3-SD Cable Set Top Boxes (Digital Set Top Boxes that don't offer HD) 4-HDTVs with ClearQAM tuner/CableCard compatibles 5-Analog Televisions That means that if you have a cable modem, or if you have Digital Phone service through your cable company, you will need to connect it to the first splitter, or if your cable company offers TAP splitters, those are even better, as they don't give off much of a signal loss, cable boxes are also signal dependent, meaning the more splitters you add, the more hiccups you can get in your signal, if you have an HDTV, some HDTVs have a ClearQAM tuner, meaning you can get digital and HD channels that your cable company offers in the clear, these can still work after a couple splitters, but you can still get hiccups in the image, then you have your typical analog televisions, these will work no matter how many splitters you connect, but the more splitters you add, the more "snowy" your image will get483
1581What are the differences between Call Option and Put Option?The buyer of a "call" option pays for the right, without the obligation to BUY some underlying instrument FROM the writer of the option contract at a set future date and at the strike price. If the underlying price at that future date fluctuates above the strike price, the call option buyer will have a valuable contract. The buyer of a "put" option pays for the right, without the obligation to SELL some underlying instrument TO the writer of the option contract at a set future date and at the strike price. If the underlying price at that future date fluctuates below the strike price, the put option buyer will have a valuable contract. Basic trading strategies that involve puts and calls are: 1) BUY CALL = if you anticipate the price to rise quickly. (As you're paying for the right to buy, that right cost you money each day. So if the underlying price rises too slowly, you still lose.) 2) BUY PUT = if you anticipate the price to drop quickly. (Note that you're not legally allowed to buy put against any company you have directorship or officer positions, or of course if you have insider information.) 3) SELL CALL = if you anticipate the price will NOT rise quickly. You can hold the underlying stock, and sell (or WRITE) calls to enhance your income. But if the price does rise quickly, you limit your gains while giving up the unexpected gains. 4) SELL PUT = if you anticipate the price will NOT fall too much too quickly. You can WRITE a PUT to enter a stock at a real bargain. But if the stock crashes, you can still stand to lose a lot.2
1574What are the reasons that infidelity leads to divorce?Author of Not just friends, Shirley Glass explains that it takes 2 people to make a marriage, and only 1 person to make a divorce. 1) Sometimes the affair is an exit out of dead marriage. - the infidelity is a symbol of irreconcilable differences & serves as an announcement that the marriage is over. 2) Unfaithful partners choose to leave for their lovers - they use the revelation of the affair as a springboard to leave the marriage. They often cover up their real intention which is to pursue the affair, by giving lame excuses such as "I need some space right now" or "This isn't about you, it's about me" The one who is left must formulate the story alone, without the input from the central character in the drama. For the betrayed partner, enduring the loss (imagining the involved partner as dead) would have been easier than enduring the betrayal. For those who are both betrayed and abandoned, they lose both their relationship and any conviction that their partner once loved & cared for them. 3) Betrayed partners leave because they cannot trust the involved partner to be honest or faithful. They know that as long as they are uncertain about the core issues, they cannot remain in the marriage. 4) One partner or the other gives up during the struggles of the recovery period. One partner may have begun the recovery in good faith, intending for it to work, without the other partner's being fully on board. The less committed partner does not have the heart for the challenges of reconstruction. 5) Sometimes a separation is only temporary.2266
1571Can money buy happiness? Does money make you happy?Many studies concluded that income is correlated to happiness. Some researchers find that high income earners are more serious and spend less time on leisure. Some other researchers find that the difference in happiness is more pronounced at the lower end of the income scale than at the higher end. The difference between $5,000 a year and $50,000 a year is dramatic, but the difference between $100,000 and $100 million is negligible, almost nonexistent. Many studies have also concluded that wealth is not correlated to happiness. Surveys have found richest individuals and herdsman are equally happy. And lottery winners return to their previous level of happiness after five years. So, let's summarize: * Income is correlated to happiness. * Wealth is not. Why the apparent contradiction? People are happiest when their needs are being met. In wealthy countries, the need for respect is most likely being met when you have a high paying job, which translates to others respecting your professional knowledge or abilities. However, wealth does not do anything to help our need for respect. For the extremely wealthy, the respect is often not earned, thus not genuine, and so it does little to satisfy our need for respect. The book on "Authentic Happiness" by Seligman says it best. * "If we discover a calling, something that links to a greater good, which utilizes our signature strengths, we tend to be happy." * "people who value money more than other goals are less satisfied with their income and with their lives as a whole."5
1568What is the best way to avoid back pain if you sit all day at work?To avoid back pain, you have to relax your back muscles while you work. Tall people tend to sit stopped or bend that put lot of pressure on their spine and back. Short people lift their heads and put pressure on their necks. The key to avoiding pain is to be in a comfortable position not to strain your muscles. And not be in any position long enough to cause tension. So contrary to the advice given by those without back pain, the best way is to sit is often not sitting bolt upright. A laid-back posture works, sprawling halfway between upright and horizontal. Other time-proven positions from the orient where chairs were uncommon had people sitting on their shins, or sitting with the legs crossed like Buddha. Again, keep moving positions so as not to tense up over time. Find the right chair that fits you. A good fit allows you to sit back and not touch the backs of your knees. Your feet should rest flat on the floor. A foot stool is very helpful for short people. For those of us with lower back pain, driving can be very irritating. To reduce the pressure on the lower spine, put a small pillow or rolled towel behind your lower back. Regardless of the techniques you use to relieve your symptoms, you will need to strengthen your back to avoid long-term problems. Stretch by lying on your back with your knees bent, and slowly raise your left knee to your chest. Press your lower back against the floor. Hold for 5 seconds. Relax and repeat the exercise with your right knee. Do 10 of these exercises for each leg, switching legs.37
1562How do you stop corruption and abuse of power so rampant in politically immature countries?People are never born evil, but can learn to become evil. Here's my classification for levels of evil. 1) At the top is the ultra-competitive person who believes that resources are so limited that we must fight against one another to survive. There's some deep-rooted insecurities, believing that others won't help you in times of need, that you have to hoard and prevent others from their fair shot. It's okay to want to do better than others, and do better yourself. But not winning at any cost, cheating and lying, just to feel good about winning. Competition often brings the best out of us. But it's not supposed to bring the worst evil out of us. 2) The person who believes he or his loved ones are more deserving, somehow more worthy than others. This belief of being the chosen one will easily gets carried away, like Hitler did, or slave owners did. It's okay to want to feel special, but it's not okay to recognize and respect everybody else is special in some way. That everybody contributes in some way, and has a deserving place in the world. 3) The person who does whatever feels good, justifying hurting others because it somehow soothes his own esteem, without empathy for others. This is what child molestors and wife beaters are made of. And this is what causes drug addictions. 4) The person who believes that he knows better, that others opinions are not worth listening to. Most conquerors and Kings believe this, from the Japanese empire to Rome. You'll recognize this as the boss without respect for employees.80
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