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Monitor & Television Aspect Ratio Reference

Posted October 7th, 2007 in Internet Software Development.

Most standard computer monitors and televisions sets have an aspect ratio of 4:3 or 1.33:1 for their viewable area that is displayed. The aspect ratio is calculated by dividing the viewable width by height.

Standard displays:

  • 640×480 resolution: 640/480 = 1.33
  • 800×600 resolution: 640/480 = 1.33
  • 1024×768 resolution: 640/480 = 1.33
  • 1280×960 resolution: 1280/960 = 1.33

Widescreen displays:

  • 1280×720 resolution: 1280/720 = 1.77
  • 1280×768 resolution: 1280/768 = 1.66

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How to remove Windows Startup Programs in XP

Posted September 3rd, 2007 in Internet Software Development.

Microsoft Windows XP comes with the System Configurationtool, Msconfig.exe. This program provides a way to manage the process and applications that start automatically when you boot Windows. To start the program:

1. Click Start, click Run, type Msconfig, and then press Enter.

2. On the Startup tab, you’ll see a list of all the programs and processes that are set to run when Windows XP loads.

3. Speed up your overall start time by clearing the check box next to any item you think you don’t need.

4. Click Apply, and then restart your computer for the changes to take effect.

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Poison & Ratt Concert West Palm Beach

Posted September 3rd, 2007 in Concerts.

Here are some pictures that I took at the Poison concert last night. Ratt and Veins of Jenna were the two opening acts for the concert. I never did see Ratt or Poison back in the 80’s so I could not pass this up. I was actually a much bigger Ratt fan then Poison back then. The concert turned out to be even way better that I expected. Both Poison and Ratt have their original singer and lead gutarists. Actually I think that Poison had all of its original band members. Andria went with me to the concert which is very rare. Here are some pictures. Enjoy 🙂

You can see the entire Flickr photo set of the Poisons concert here.

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WikiPedia Markup Reference

Posted September 1st, 2007 in Internet Software Development.

Wikipedia uses its own specialized markup language. Here are a few good reference pages in using it:

Wikipedia Reference Cheatsheet

Createing HTML Tables in wikipedia

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Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Posted August 29th, 2007 in Health & Nutrition.

Lower Cholesterol Naturally

Here is a list of things that you can do to lower cholesterol naturally:

  • Reduce the amount of saturated fat you eat. The richest sources of saturated fat (fat that is usually solid at room temperature) in the diet are dairy foods, especially whole milk, cheese, butter and cream. (except the fat-free versions) Red meat is also high in saturated fat
  • Avoid trans fatty acids (TFAs). If you find “partially hydrogenated oil” listed in the ingredient list on food labels, DO NOT buy it! There are many healthier spreads available on the market today that are free from trans fatty acids. Trans-fat is also found in snack foods like chips, crackers and cookies. It is found in the oils used to cook fast food french fries, doughnuts and movie popcorn
  • Substitute soy protein for animal protein / meat. The protein in soy foods have been shown to lower cholesterol levels. Try to incorporate two servings a day into your meals. Choose from tofu, tempeh, soy milk, whole soy beans, and roasted soy nuts.
  • Use fresh garlic regularly in your meals. Garlic has been shown to lower both cholesterol levels and blood pressure — and it tastes wonderful, too. Try using one or two lightly cooked cloves a day.
  • Drink green tea daily. The antioxidants in green tea help lower cholesterol and prevent the cholesterol in your blood from oxidizing. The Japenese have been using this for centuries and for very good reason.
  • Eat plenty of soluble fiber. Soluble fiber has a powerful cholesterol-lowering effect. The best sources of soluble fiber are beans and lentils, apples, citrus fruits, oats, barley, peas, carrots – especially do not forget ground flax seed.
  • Lose weight. Even a modest amount of weight loss can lower cholesterol levels.

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Natural Diabetes Treatment

Posted August 29th, 2007 in Health & Nutrition.

Natural Diabetes Treatment

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not produce or properly use insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert
sugar, starches, and other food into the energy. The mechanisms that cause diabetes are known, but what triggers the process is a unknown. Genetics and environmental factors such as obesity and lack of exercise appear to play roles.

The complications of Type II diabetes are very dangerous. These complications include heart disease, high blood pressure (which is twice as common in diabetics), strokes or cerebrovascular disease (mortality rates from this disease are three-to-five times higher in diabetics) and peripheral vascular disease. Also, common in diabetics are retinopathy (diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of vision impairment in the U.S.), neuropathies and nephrology.

What can people do to improve your blood glucose levels and prevent complications from diabetes?

  • Lose weight if you are overweight. Excess body fat causes the body cells to become resistant to insulin.
  • Eat small, frequent meals to keep blood sugars in a healthy range. Eating large meals can flood the bloodstream with glucose and insulin.
  • Keep starches and sugars to a minimum, choosing those with a low glycemic index.
  • Keep saturated fat and trans fat to a minimum, but have moderate amounts of monounsaturated rich oils like olive oil.
  • Eat fish several times a week, emphasizing those cold water fish high in omega-fatty acids, like salmon and sardines.
  • Eat generous amounts of non-starchy vegetables.
  • Increase your activity level. Aerobic activity improves insulin resistance in muscle cells, which allows more glucose to enter the cells.

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Google Analytics – Tracking Exact Keywords

Posted August 2nd, 2007 in Internet Software Development.

I attended a great online seminar yesterday about google analytics put on by ROI Revolution. The training was great and at the end they offered a free download for a script that enhances google analytics to track exact keyword matches for your campaigns.

Out of the box, google analytics only tracks the term that you big on that was clicked. For example, if you bid on the term “cars” and people are clicking on the term “honda cars”, your analytics account will report clicks on the term “cars”. This free script they provided changes the report to the specific term that was clicked on.

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Hosted Microsoft Works Free Ad Funded Version

Posted July 31st, 2007 in Business, Internet Software Development.

Microsoft plans to offer it next release of Microsoft Works for free. It is said that the new version will be hosted (online version, also knows as SaaS) supported by ads. SaaS stands for software as a service. For more details visit ZDNET.

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Was Florida Really Under Water?

Posted July 29th, 2007 in Animals & Nature.

This morning my wife and I were adding some Lantana flowers to her butterfly garden.
Lantana Flowers
While digging the holes for the new flowers, I ran into a pretty large sea shell. We typically find small shells when digging, but this was the biggest one that we have found so I decided to take some pictures.
Sea Shell Sea Shell Sea Shell

Is this proof that Florida as under water in the past? I think it is, but I suppose at some point sand could have been moved from closer to the beach to where we live and used as construction fill. I doubt it though. Our house is in Lake Worth; about 9 miles from the Ocean. The house was built 6 years ago and was an empty field before that. 6 years ago it would not have made any sense to move fill from the coast inland as coastal land is obviously much more expensive.

The sea shell is now a part of my wifes butterfly garden.
Butterfly Garden
The shell is now a part of our butterfly garden, as seen below

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US Trademark Electronic Search System

Posted July 26th, 2007 in Business.

Search the United States Patent and Trademark Office for current and past trademarks here:

US Trademark Electronic Search System

Notes: Words, Images, and Word + images can be trademarked

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