Analog v Electronic

Analog v Electronic

It’s amazing how far technology has taken us as a species. From simple stuff like the wheel to more complex technology like 3D printing, we are the masters of making tools which then make our lives easier. But is more complicated machinery necessarily better? I often find myself thinking about the differences between analog and electronic tech, and whether the newer, flashier devices we have are really better at doing what they do when you compare them to the devices we used to rely upon to perform similar functions. That’s a mouthful, but I’ll break things down here shortly.

Let’s just take a look at clocks to get started, that should make this easier. Analog clocks contain gears which turn according to a timer to move the second, minute and hour hands connected to those gears. The clock is mechanical, or analog. Electronic clocks, like the digital clocks seen on a computer, contain no gears, or any moving parts at all for that matter. Each of these types of clocks has its own advantages and disadvantages – points which make it both a good idea and a bad idea. These advantages and disadvantages are more universal for analog and electronic devices than specific to clocks.

Because the analog clock is mechanical, it doesn’t necessarily need electricity to function. This means that even in a power outage, the clock will still work. However, because it contains so many moving parts, repairs can be costly and take some time to complete. The broken piece or pieces must be located and then replaced, and those spare parts aren’t free or anything. In general, analog devices tend to have greater mass than electronic or digital counterparts, which makes them heavier. They’re typically more durable against wear because they are built to withstand being rattled on occasion.

It’s just not possible to get some things from a digital or analog media which you would normally be able to get from the opposing type. Let’s take grappling dummies for instance. First, if you don’t know what one of those is, you can find out at http://grapplingdummyinsider.com/. Second, it would be a lot harder to physically practice throws, strikes and other moves against a computer program. You kind of need the analog technology, in this case. Likewise, running programs requiring thousands of calculations a minute would be impossible with an abacus, which is essentially an analog calculator.

The fact we still have analog goods around today should be testament enough to their staying power and the fact we continue to rely on technology so long as it continues to be useful to us. Though it will continue to progress forward, some of the best technology from our past is still with us today, simply because it works. That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement, or that a device couldn’t be made better by making it with a combination of electronic and analog elements. Just remember that certain types of devices are better suited to different purposes than other devices.

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Aerial Robot Friend At Your Service

The world of gadgets has gotten a bit crazier with the arrival of a robot toy called the Pocket Drone, and it operates like a big drone, which must be humorous for military buffs and anyone who loves outlandish gadgets. So far this toy’s company founders have received thousands of dollars from a crowfunding site and they’re close to meeting financial goals as it relates to the pocket drone. This pocket drone is shaped like a helicopter and you can fly it exactly like a regular one. Other features of the pocket drone include a good collapsible design, strong safety features, able to be upgraded, and flights that are programmable.

Surveillance Right At Your Fingertips

If you need to find out what your husband is getting for your anniversary or if you just recorded video of your younger sister in a bad activity that could harm her well being, the pocket drone lets you secretly upload those videos to the toy and before you know it you’ll have all the secret evidence you need to capture the facts you need. You can also use this surveillance as a fun prank on your friends. (more…)

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Low Cost User Friendly 3D Printer

One of the most affordable user friendly 3D printers is the Micro printer and it has raised quite a bit of money on crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter. The Micro 3D printer will cost under $300 upon release to the public and it will come with touchscreen-friendly software. This printer will also not give out a very loud noise unlike traditional printers and with this innovative machine you’re able to print all kinds of images and fonts in 3D, which is important since 3D continues to be an important part of graphic design and advertising.

How Does This Printer Work?

It is not very hard to use the Micro 3D printer and all you need to do is plug in the printer, choose a design template you want to use and then start your tasks. You can even organize the different design templates you use from the printer on a daily basis so that you can put all of them into a user friendly library and access them whenever you want.

Easily Connectable To Different Kinds of Computers

Another good thing about the Micro 3D printer is that it has 3D printing software for the computers Mac, Windows and Linux, so this means that most computer systems would be compatible with Micro 3D printer. This is especially good for Mac users since they sometimes have trouble finding a printer or electronics items that are compatible with these computers. (more…)

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A Ring As Wearable Technology

A Ring As Wearable Technology

Have you ever thought about a day and time where a ring could serve as a technological device? Well, thanks to a product called Ring, you can wear technology that benefits you in a variety of ways. Here are some of the details on what the Ring can do for you.

Main Aspects of Ring

The ring will allow you to use different hand gestures to control the appliances and other electronics devices in the home, use hand gestures as a way of transmitting and sending text through the phone or your computer, send and set up information concerning payment for your bills and receive and give special alerts. When you wear the ring and move your hand in different ways, the motion sensors inside the ring can detect the tasks you want to complete. Ring can be used if you have an iPhone, iPad, Android or Windows phone.

Benefits of Ring

One benefit of having this kind of ring is that it makes completing tasks easier and you don’t have to worry about remembering multiple passwords or setting up alerts and reminders every few days. When you wear the ring everything is set up for you; all you have to do is move the hand gestures and you’ll be able to control your devices within seconds. Since it saves you time, you can focus on the most important things and people in your life. (more…)

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LED Lights

How Light Emitting Diodes Work

In this post I wanted to discuss the technology of the LED lights. A light emitting diode is a semiconductor diode that gives off light when there is a voltage applied to it and you will find light emitting diodes in indoor grow gardens, in car headlights, light fixtures in the home, in televisions and even in computers. LED lights are different from the traditional incandescent light bulbs in that the incandescent bulbs transmit electricity through filaments in glass bulbs but these bulbs give off plenty of heat, which makes these bulbs not very energy efficient. With LED lights, there is reduced heat when you use them in the home and this is because these lights contain no filaments that contribute to high heating, making them energy efficient.

Drawback To LED Lights

While the LED light is more energy efficient than the incandescent bulbs, there is one drawback to LED lights that keep some people from purchasing them and that is the lack of brightness in these lights. Some people who purchased LED lights mentioned that the lights appeared dim when they were turned on and they could barely see what they were reading. There is good news because more LED light manufacturers are creating brighter lights for customers. Another disadvantage of LED lights is that they’re more expensive than traditional lights but consumer experts say that the prices should get cheaper over a period of years.

LED Light Therapy For The Skin

Medical advances have made it easier for people to get younger looking skin and one example of this is LED light therapy. When you visit the dermatologist for the treatment, he applies a LED laser beam to the fine lines and wrinkles so that collagen will be restored to the skin for better looking skin.

LED LightsLongevity of LED Lights

Another reason why energy experts recommend LED lights is because of their longevity. The average LED light bulb can last over 50,000 hours while still not giving out extreme amounts of heat.

LED Grow Lights

Even gardeners benefit from LED and the main way is through indoor grow lights and here are some of the most advanced grow lights on the market. The All Blue Grow Light Panel is highly recommended for indoor gardeners because these blue grow lights increase chlorophyll production in plants and they keep the plants at longer times so that you won’t have to water them too frequently. There is also the mixed red and blue grow light system and this promotes better growth for the plants.

LED grow lights simulate natural light for indoor plants and this is ideal for families with small yards or who live in dense urban areas. As for how much light is needed for your indoor plants, this depends on which kinds of plants you have. Plants that grow well in the shade will need less light than plants that need more sunlight. The benefit of using grow light technology to grow vegetables and herbs indoors is that you save money on buying produce and you have the gratification of caring for living things. If you’re interested in learning more on indoor gardening, you can read more about LED grow lights here on this blog.

How LED Works Video Demo

Check out this video about the technology of LED:

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Food Kept Fresh with a Vacuum Sealer

Food Kept Fresh with a Vacuum SealerAnytime you go shopping at the supermarket these days you will come across certain foods, usually meat, that have been vacuumed sealed. It’s actually a nice way to select the food because it has that hygienic, fresh look about it. There seems to be a change in food presentation with many more items like vegetables and fruits that are also being sealed, airtight, in bags.

This idea of vacuum sealing has some benefits with the obvious one being that the food won’t go bad as quickly as those goods that are not sealed the same way. When manufacturers transport food, it’s more than likely it will be vacuum sealed, this is done for both security and to maintain freshness. Keeping food fresh is, at times, difficult in the home. Refrigerators and bread boxes working together with plastic containers are all used to keep your fruit, vegetables, leftovers and meat as fresh as possible for as long as possible.

Did you know that there are particular ways and proper places in your fridge to put individual items? The freezer holds your meat and frozen foods like ice cream, your crispers hold your fruit and vegetables and the door shelves are for drinks like milk, juices and lemonades. You have separate compartments for the cheese and the butter. Then you use plastic containers to hold leftovers and other sundry items that have been already opened but not entirely used.

Have you ever thought of taking that next step in food preservation, such as we are talking about in this article? Vacuum sealing. Most people believe that the purchase of a vacuum sealer is a bit ‘over the top’ as a way to keep your food fresh but then don’t think twice about wrapping anything and everything in two to three layers of plastic wrapping. Food that is plastic wrapped will not last as long as food that is vacuum sealed.

The cost of a vacuum sealer is surprisingly affordable. It’s not as if you are buying one for commercial use, it’s just to seal stuff you want to keep from going bad in your own home. Take a look at this article that reviews costs and types of vacuum sealers. It will give you lots of information and will help you make an informed decision.

Another not so widely known use of vacuum sealing is that you can actually cook food that is sealed in a bag. Drop the item, still in its bag, into water and boil away. The flavour and nutrients have nowhere to go but to stay in the food. There is a microwaveable chicken available from supermarkets and they are vacuum sealed in a special bag for use in a microwave oven.

We have so many gadgets and appliances in the kitchen already and this one will definitely save you money. How? You can keep leftovers for a lot longer. You can keep fruit and vegetables a lot longer. Less waste means less buying means significant savings as food makes up a big part of the household budget.

 

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Violin Music and Technology

Did you ever wonder how we ever lived without the technology that is available to us now? The answer will depend on your age. The internet is only about 20 years old. Today’s teenagers don’t know anything else but iPhones, iPads, laptops and Wi-Fi. The Baby Boomer generation has both shunned new technology or embraced it with a passion that makes them almost as savvy as their grandkids…almost.

Violin Music and Technology

The 1960’s teenage generation is not without its sins if they can remember back to ‘Flower Power’ and smoking weed and long hair on boys and the birth of hippy communes with free love and avoiding the draft. That generation didn’t grow up with the pressure of recreational drugs and expensive fashion must haves.

If we did anything wrong back in those days, we were spanked or sent to our room without supper. Punishment for kids today is depriving them of an electronic device for a week. Let’s face it, who can live a week without Facebook?

Technological advances have bee nothing short of amazing over the past 15 years and it’s hard to see where it will end. Kids today have everything at their fingertips. They can order music online, food online, chat with their friends and buy gifts. Their parents, who have grown up with technology as well can do their banking, buy their groceries and book flights and accommodation for overseas holidays. There is no end to what you can do without moving you bum off a seat in front of a computer.

Fortunately, learning how to play a musical instrument remains something that you have to do physically although it’s been made a lot easier with some pretty informative lessons available on the internet. A month on YouTube and you can play a few guitar chords or get sounds from a violin that don’t sound like a dying cat. Technology has caused a decrease in the number of music teachers but has worked in the opposite direction by increasing the number of musicians. With the internet, everybody can play the violin or a guitar or the drums or a trumpet.

The other aspect of the internet is that you can find out what is the best instrument, or the most suitable one, for your kid to play. You can find the best starter guitar, the best violin, the best set of drums. After you find what you are looking for you can buy the item online, either second hand privately or new from the shop. The better the instrument, the greater the chance of the child enjoying the experience.

Will technology advance to the point where we will have robots doing everything for us? Everything except music, because to be able to play music you need an inner spirit of creativeness and appreciation that only a living human possesses. The improvement in 3D printers might even see us being able to make our own musical instruments at home. With the press of a button after some data input and bingo! We have a new Stradivarius or a Stratocaster.

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Are we becoming slaves of technology

Are we becoming slaves of technology?

Technology is the most important thing right now to live a life normally. Inventions are made to make our lives easier and surly it has made our lives a better place. Technological developments through the ages have made us quite literally its slave. We are now bound and surrounded by them. We find ourselves in a very miserable position when we find that we are lacking the company of some gadget or the other. Yet if we look back a hundred years from now, technology was back then a wholly different thing. Its definition was completely different than what it is right now.

We find wake up one fine morning and find our digitally advanced super cool mobile handsets not working properly or some app on our smart phones not responding or just not responding in its usual speed we get irritated. Well, irritated is an understatement, we rather get pissed off and our world seems to fall apart like a stack of dominos. But if we take some time out and give a thought on it for a moment then are we on the right path? Are not we diverting from our tracks of being humans and relying more on gadgets than on our human companions? Let us give it a thought.

Technological developments go hand in hand back to the days when we were barbarians and nomads. Then with the passage of time we got civilized and thus our advancement in the technological aspects advanced as well. After that with the new age, with the spread of rationalism and the emergence of the scientific ideas in the renaissance era technologies became much more advanced. This in its turn gave way for industrial revolution and since then, since the industrial revolution scientific developments and technological advancements worked double shift and geared up its pace quite steadily. But with the beginning of the twentieth century this pace gradually increased exponentially and now every other day we find the discoveries and inventions of the day before as history and back dated as something new and more advanced have been discovered or invented.

Back in the earlier times wooden works were found in many palaces and castles. So we other work of art on stones and marbles and metals. But the artisans and the crafts men had no means like the ones people today have. Axe and such stuff were the best tools back then, but now, one could easily use a wood lathe and do the work in half the time than what was required back then. And to find one such similar tool today one need not even go to the market, it is easily accessible in online sites like http://woodlathereport.com/ .

Technologies are there to make us live a easier life but becoming completely dependent on gadgets and gizmos is not a great idea. With the rise in the depletion of natural fuel resources we must keep one thing in mind that we must not do or adapt any such habit that would make us incapable to live naturally amongst nature.

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Tips on Managing & Protecting Your PC

Tips on Managing & Protecting Your PC

There are a number of simple steps you can take to help keep your PC in good health and lasting longer. A simple monthly clean up can help speed up your internet speed and slow down your hardware’s demise. You can start with removing programs, pictures or music from your PC that you’re no longer using or listening to. The more memory space on your computer, the faster it runs. It may time to say goodbye to one of the many downloads of Solitaire or Mahjong games you have. You can also check on your PC’s task manager, this can be opened on Windows by pressing [Ctrl]+[Alt}+[Del]. Once there you can uncheck start up programs which you don’t use or need. You could also download CCleaner for free which is quoted as ‘the world’s leading PC Cleaner and Optimization tool’. Installing an anti-virus is also a good step in making sure that any spyware and/or viruses on your PC are destroyed.

The art of maintaining a computer is a straightforward practice as it can be started by simply dusting. A spray of compressed can air along your keyboard and inside your PC will help get rid of dust. When cleaning your CPU heat sink and CPU fun make sure to take care. Keep the fan still with one hand when spraying so it doesn’t spin. The fan may need to be replaced if it makes unnatural sound or stops spinning. Why is so important to dust? The buildup of dust can heat up your PC which can damage its performance and speed, there’s also the aesthetic atrocities of people catching sight of your gross PC. Proper heating and cooling of your PC can be a real life saver.

Always take care when plugging or unplugging cables, USB sticks etc. Ports can easily be damaged if proper attention is payed and pulling out your ipod or USB stick without ejecting it first can cause damage to your PC. In case the worst happens and you accidentally delete an important file, your life can be saved by having a back up. If you make sure to back up your data regularly on a hard drive or even google drive a lot of stress can be avoided.

Stress and PC are synonymous for many the average PC user and one major trick to avoid this is to sit at your computer correctly. Sit up tall with your hips as far back in the seat as possible, support your whole back and make your shoulders are relaxed. Check how your body is positioned when you next use your computer and adjust yourself to prevent pain in advance. Check wikiHow for a more detailed description of how to sit. !Last but not least, make sure to update your Hardware and software when required.

It may take an age to update but it is worth it in the long run. Take the time to stretch your legs or more likely: grab some food!

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The right use of technology for a better future

Ever wonder what will happen to us in the next century? Or where we will lie in the sphere of evolution in the next phase of it? Will we survive and prevail and dominate as we are doing now? Or will we be extinct? The question really remains there haunting us.

The right use of technology for a better future

The thing that runs through our imagination whenever we think of the future is cars flying high up in the sky and gadgets and innovations at its pinnacle. Robots as our help running at our beck and call really fascinate us. The plight towards these ideas is really a miracle of science and we are in our best of capacity making all effort to make all these into a reality. But will all these do?

The future is something we want to be safe and secure. All of us work hard throughout our lives and earn as much as we possibly could because we want to have a better live with our close ones in our warm houses and our sunny morning golf matches with stuffs that we get by visiting Golfoid. We want to be secure to the point that we would make ourselves capably ensure enough that we must face any danger that could or might prevail in the near or far future and we could face it with all opposing force and defeat it or at least prevent it from causing damages of maximum magnitude. We prepare ourselves with the best possible training for the worst possible condition to our imagination. That is why we pay the premium of high stakes and live poor to the insurance company to die rich with the assurance that we would leave plenty for the next generation so that have a better live even in our absence.

The right use of technology for a better futureWith the impending danger in the present society by radical groups these thoughts of a safe and secure future is really something that is going out of our hands. What worse condition or scenario can one think of? Going to the office and coming back as a box of confetti? Or there is something even worse? The answer is unknown and so is the motive of the people initiating such terror in our hearts. Technology is a great tool in the hands of the inventor, who designs it into something that would be beneficial to us all and be helpful to the entire humanity. He makes it and brings it up like his child but when it falls in the wrong hands, we usually have our own Frankenstein.

A person who is destroying our present and while doing so is destroying our future as well. Now a day we do not think of getting our morning newspapers and get a bit of some sport news or read more about what is in the rack this week for our weekend quota of fun. But we first dive into the global new and see what place has been turned to hell and brought down to dust due to the preaching of some vague propaganda of ultimate inhumanity.

We must all come forward to stop the misuse of technology as it is the hard work of some unknown selfless guy out there and use it to make our future the way we dreamt it.

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Things That No Gadget Can Replace

In this day and age, everything’s become electronic, and comes either in the form of some complicated gadget or a simple mobile application. Although that certainly has its advantages, there are more than a few disadvantages I can think of, the most important one being that we’re increasingly dependent on both electric current and the availability of WiFi. Although my profession makes me even more dependent than the average person, I always try to assume a critical attitude towards new technology. This means not only that I’m not addicted to gadgets, but also that there are some things I’ll never replace with their modern counterparts. Here is a list of some of them.

Regular calendars

Things That No Gadget Can ReplaceYou might wonder why I started with calendars, but just hear me out. I place a lot of importance on organizing, since I believe it makes me more efficient, and also gives me more free time. This is why I’ve tried dozens of gadgets and applications the main purpose of which is to help users make good use of their time. It might come as a surprise, since most of those I’ve tried operate by using complex programs, but I haven’t found a single one that meets my standards. In the end, I’ve had to go back to using a regular calendar, and still find them the best tools for organization.

Jump starters

There are plenty of gadgets that can help you monitor your car’s performance, as well as those that should be able to fix some of the potential issues. That’s all good, but the thing I find hard to believe is the fact that people are starting to rely on them even when they shouldn’t. I’ll take a proper jump starter as the best example of what I’m trying to say. Some of my friends have crossed them of their lists of things they should always keep in the trunk. It’s because they believe they’ve stopped needing them, since their fancy gadgets are there to alert them whenever something’s wrong with their cars. I think that’s completely insane, and could cost them to find out exactly why!

Quality cameras

With all the advancements in the area of mobile technology, people have almost stopped buying cameras, and I believe that’s such a shame. I personally own a smartphone, and my device has a pretty neat camera, so I know both sides of the story. I’m aware of how great photos can turn out when taken with one of those. But I still find it hard to believe that anyone who’s into photography would replace real camera settings with automatic filtering.

Alarm clocks

Although mobile phones are usually quite dependable, there are times when they’ll fail you. It’s happened to me plenty of times, especially since I’ve started using a smartphone, which has a much shorter battery life than the older versions. This is why I always bring my alarm clock with me, wherever I go. And this little device has never failed to wake me up in the morning.

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Breakfast Food That Will Keep You Energized

There are so many reasons for not being lazy about breakfast. They say that there’s no healthy lifestyle without it, and that it’s the most important meal of the day. I have to say I agree a 100%. I’ve lived without it for quite some time, and can say from my own experience that it makes a world of difference. If you want to be really sure about it, try eating breakfast for two weeks and then skipping it from time to time. You’ll see the negative effect this has on your body, and won’t make the same mistake ever again.

To get the most out of breakfast, you can’t eat the first thing you come across after you stumble out of your bed. It requires doing some research and preparing things in advance. But don’t worry, it’s really not that hard. Here are the healthiest breakfast foods that are also very easy to make.

Poached eggs

Breakfast Food That Will Keep You Energized

Eggs are among the most popular breakfast foods, which is why people think that you can’t go wrong by eating them. Unfortunately, there are less healthy ways to prepare your eggs, such as scrambling them. Poaching your eggs, on the other hand, is considered to be the healthiest way of preparing them. The process is quite simple. You’ll have to fill a saucepan with water, bring it to a boil, and crack the eggs in. After only a couple of minutes of simmering, your eggs will be perfectly done.

Smoothies

Making a smoothie out of fruit or vegetables is one of the healthiest ways of preparing that type of food, since cooking, baking and frying tend to destroy all the good stuff. So instead of stirring your veggies into an omelet or baking the fruit along with your muffins or energy bars, consider simply blending them with some milk or yoghurt. Of course, to get the best out of the ingredients, you’ll have to use a good smoothie maker, such as one of these: http://smoothiemakerguru.com/. But believe me, it’ll be all worth it.

Oatmeal with dried fruit

This requires no preparation, at least not unless you wish to dry your own fruit. I’ve done that a couple of times, and it really tastes better, but it’s probably too much of a hassle for us working people. Another alternative to getting dried fruit from a store is buying it on one of the local markets. They sell products that tend to be of a higher quality than the store-bought stuff. In any case, mixing your oatmeal with some dry berries and a glass of Greek yoghurt will fill your belly and prepare you for the long day that’s waiting ahead.

Grapefruit juice

Although it’s not a complete breakfast, it’s awfully healthy. I buy my grapefruits as the local market and squeeze them almost every morning. Their bitterness makes my mouth tingle, but the aftertaste is just great. I almost never add sugar to the juice, but you can do it if you simply can’t bear the taste.

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Maximizing The Efficiency Of Your Electrical Devices

When deciding to go green, most people only think about recycling and minimizing food waste. Don’t get me wrong, those are some of the most important issues, but there’s a lot more to it than that. Recycling itself won’t achieve much, especially since it all comes down to how your government manages different types of waste. And food waste, well, let’s just say that it’s a lot more complex than making sure you clean your plate.

There are much better ways for an average household to save on energy and make a contribution to the efforts of all those ecological movements. And they don’t involve you cutting back on expenses, but making sure that each of your electrical devices is being utilized to its full potential. So if you’d like to try this way of going green, here are some tips that should help you get started.

Change the way you use your electric heaters

This, just like the rest of the advices, won’t require cutting back on expenses, and neither will it leave you freezing throughout the winter. If you’re heating your house or apartment with the use of an electrical heater, you’re probably making the most common mistake – thinking you need to leave it running all day long. Well, that’s actually not true, and can be avoided very easily. As soon as you notice temperatures dropping, start turning it on for an hour or so every day. This will be enough to maintain a comfortable temperature at least until it gets freezing outside. It will also save a lot of energy without any sacrifices on your side.

Use your sump pump for watering

A sump pump is something everyone with a basement or a crawl space should own. It’s basically a device that detects water and pumps it out of your house, as shown here. But that’s not all it can do. If you’d let yourself think about it for a moment, you’d probably come up with the same idea – it can also be used for watering your garden. I mean, that water has to go somewhere, so why not directly into your plants? By wiring it to do this, you’ll be saving a lot of water and energy you’d otherwise spend on watering your lawn.

Learn how to properly refrigerate food

Yes, there’s a science behind this, too. Refrigerating your food properly doesn’t involve simply taking it out of grocery bags and throwing it into the fridge. There are special rules for milk and dairy products, as well as vegetables and meat. Some things go into the refrigerator door, and some on the top shelf. When you do a bit of research, it all makes sense. And apart from keeping your food fresh for a longer period of time, it also saves energy.

Always fill your washing machine to the top

Running a half-empty washing machine is not a good thing, and not just because it won’t wash your clothes properly. It also wastes a lot of energy in the process. So before you turn it on, make sure you’ve put all your dirty clothes in.

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Tips on How to Sit at a Computer Correctly

Tips on How to Sit at a Computer CorrectlyComputer users know how hard it is to spend a lot of time in front of a computer. The statistics I’ve recently found on the Internet states that a regular computer user spends around 3 to 5 hours sitting in front of a computer, performing 50,000 to 200,000 keystrokes every day. For this reason, a comfortable and safe computer area, as well as correct sitting posture, is an important factor which helps users to avoid nerve, muscle, tendon, and ligament damages.

Here are some tips on how to sit at a computer correctly:

  • Adjust your chair.

To avoid back pain and fatigue, your lower back has to be properly supported. This can be done with a correctly adjusted chair. It is recommended to have a chair which can change the height, back position and tilt. Tune it up so that your knees are lower than your hips while sitting. Using a foot rest could be a good idea if you can’t have your feet flat on the floor. The height of your chair should provide an opportunity to use the keyboard with your wrists straight and parallel to the floor level. Your arms have to form an L-shape at the elbow point.

  • Place the screen at eye level.

If the placement of the screen is too high or too low, your neck will be incorrectly positioned which will definitely lead to neck pain. The screen should be directly in front of your eyes. Get a monitor stand if needed to make sure the top of the screen is roughly at your eye level.

  • Wear posture braces.

It could be a good idea to wear some posture braces which will support your muscle tone and prevent incorrect sitting positions. There are plenty of models and types you can find on the Internet. My favorite website is http://posturebracelabs.com/ which contains useful reviews and helpful advice on the best posture brace equipment.

  • Hold your mouse correctly.

You have to keep your mouse as close as possible in order to avoid muscle tension in your forearms. To protect your wrist, use a mouse mat with a wrist pad to prevent unnatural bending.

  • Avoid screen glare.

If the anti-glare surface of your screen is not enough, position the monitor so that you avoid any reflections impacting your eyes. Pull down the window blinds and switch off the ceiling lighting. You can use some table lights instead. Don’t forget to use the brightness and contrast adjustments on your screen.

  • Use spectacles.

Many people find bifocal spectacles quite useful for computer work. It helps to see the screen without the need to raise or lower your head. However, not all people can use this kind of spectacles. I’d recommend consulting an optician to choose the right type.

  • Keep your frequently used objects accessible.

Avoid repeated stretching or twisting to reach the things you use time after time. If you spend a lot of time talking on the phone, try switching to a headset to avoid muscle strain in your neck and shoulders.

Even with a proper sitting posture, keeping still for extended periods is highly likely to cause pains in your muscles, joints, ligaments, etc. To avoid this, you need to change your working position as frequently as possible. Try to spare some time for short physical exercises during your work day.

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