Over the past decade, earthquakes have claimed the lives of thousands of people around the world. For example, the Indian Ocean earthquake of 2005 led to the death of over 250,000 people across several continents. While it can be challenging to prepare for all aspects of an earthquake, there are certain steps people can take to protect themselves and their families. The following guide provides simple tips and tricks on how to create an earthquake preparedness kit yourself. Read the rest of this entry »
Having trouble getting your Payment Protection Insurance (PPI) claim accepted? You’ve probably noticed that there’s a wealth of information on how to file a ppi claim, but little to nothing available on what to do if your claim is rejected.
Having helped several of our staff with the task, we’ve become the local defacto experts on the issue, and have some ideas that may help: Read the rest of this entry »
If you’ve been trying to lose weight, you’ve probably tried just about everything. Low-carb diets that were supposed to kick in a “ketosis” effect to trigger weight loss were all the rage at one time. Then the movement of magical foods like green coffee or raspberries took over. There’s also a huge push recently where purveyors of hormone-based products are staking their claims. There’s a contingent of those spouting the benefits of testosterone, and another camp saying that Human Growth Hormone (HGH) is the answer.
We took some time to investigate the claims of some of the best HGH supplements, and the general background on HGH. Here’s what we found: Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, we found ourselves in a situation where we needed functionality on our website that wasn’t quite there in any existing plugin, but also seemed straightforward enough that hiring a developer was probably overkill, and certainly expensive.
Without getting into too much detail, what we needed was a way to collect information in a structured way, and then get the resulting data into a format that we could use later…and a nice-to-have was a way to collect an optional donation via Paypal at the end of the process.
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Up until recently, the only way to get an iPhone on a prepaid plan was to “bring your own device” and live with it being unsupported. That approach had many pitfalls, like making sure that the phone was matched to the carriers network (GSM vs CDMA), getting the iPhone unlocked, and issues with compatibility of the applications with the carriers network.
There’s now a new option, from Virgin Mobile, that makes getting a prepaid iPhone more straightforward. There are some upfront charges to contend with, but you may be able to reduce the cost with a Virgin mobile promo code. Here’s how it works… Read the rest of this entry »
Recently, the Federal Lifeline program that provides discounted, or sometimes, free government cell phones and service for low-income Americans, has come under fire. With the annual cost approaching a billion dollars, it’s detractors have begun to voice their desire to have the program either substantially cut back, or eliminated altogether. Read the rest of this entry »
The distinction between science, engineering and technology is not always clear. Science is the reasoned investigation or study of phenomena, aimed at discovering enduring principles among elements of the phenomenal world by employing formal techniques such as the scientific method. Technologies are not usually exclusively products of science, because they have to satisfy requirements such as utility, usability and safety. Read the rest of this entry »
The use of basic technology is also a feature of other animal species apart from humans. These include primates such as chimpanzees, some dolphin communities, and crows. Considering a more generic perspective of technology as ethology of active environmental conditioning and control, we can also refer to animal examples such as beavers and their dams, or bees and their honeycombs.
The ability to make and use tools was once considered a defining characteristic of the genus Homo. However, the discovery of tool construction among chimpanzees and related primates has discarded the notion of the use of technology as unique to humans. For example, researchers have observed wild chimpanzees utilising tools for foraging: some of the tools used include leaf sponges, termite fishing probes, pestles and levers. West African chimpanzees also use stone hammers and anvils for cracking nuts, as do capuchin monkeys of Boa Vista, Brazil. Read the rest of this entry »
In 1983 a classified program was initiated in the US intelligence community to reverse the US declining economic and military competitiveness. The program, Project Socrates, used all source intelligence to review competitiveness worldwide for all forms of competition to determine the source of the US decline. What Project Socrates determined was that technology exploitation is the foundation of all competitive advantage and that the source of the US declining competitiveness was the fact that decision-making through the US both in the private and public sectors had switched from decision making that was based on technology exploitation (i.e., technology-based planning) to decision making that was based on money exploitation (i.e., economic-based planning) at the end of World War II. Read the rest of this entry »
Meanwhile, humans were learning to harness other forms of energy. The earliest known use of wind power is the sailboat. The earliest record of a ship under sail is shown on an Egyptian pot dating back to 3200 BC. From prehistoric times, Egyptians probably used the power of the Nile annual floods to irrigate their lands, gradually learning to regulate much of it through purposely built irrigation channels and ‘catch’ basins. Similarly, the early peoples of Mesopotamia, the Sumerians, learned to use the Tigris and Euphrates rivers for much the same purposes. But more extensive use of wind and water (and even human) power required another invention. Read the rest of this entry »