EuroPro Toaster

Euro Pro Toaster
Euro Pro Toaster

Don’t get burned on this Toaster by EuroPro – Convection Toaster Oven Review

The Euro Pro Toaster is a convection toaster oven. How does it work and how does it compare to other toaster ovens?

Pros:

Portable size, good-looking, wide temp range, and convection cooking

Cons:

Horrible timer. Unable to get a good slice of toast without constant monitoring.

Results
I bought this EuroPro Toaster last Christmas, and have yet to successfully toast a slice of bread – other than, it’s a pretty good product. I was attracted to this toaster oven for it’s small size, versatility, and features. The toaster is well equipped for various cooking tasks: baking, roasting, grilling and toasting. Also, the EuroPro features a wide temperature range of up to 450 degrees fahrenheit, and a full 60 minute timer knob. The Convection toasting feature really works, and helps insure food is thoroughly and evenly roasted. With all of these nifty features, you would think toasting a simple slice of bread would be a no-brainer, for something that bills itself as a toaster oven. Not so! The analog timer knob makes it impossible to choose an accurate number of minutes for timing your toast. In the beginning, our toast would nearly always end up burnt or under-toasted. As a result, we are forced to constantly monitor the bread we are toasting to insure we get it right. So much for convenience. Wouldn’t it be nice, if I could choose a precise time and know that the toast will be completed exactly as I like it each and every time? I guess that’s too much to ask of the EuroPro. I’d rather go back to our old pop-up toaster for toast. I have made good use of this toaster for other things such as, roasting bell peppers, garlic, onions, hot dogs, ham, and other small cuts of meat. I would rate this much higher, if only I could toast a slice of bread!

Final Rating

Toaster by Europro

Features: 88
Quality: 75
Toasting Toast: 20
Price / Value: 70

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What is the Best Pet Dog

Best Pet Dog
Best Pet Dog

Best Pet Dog

Whoever heard of doing a review on your own dog or pet, right? Well, let’s face it, we all think we have the best pet dog in the world. Though our pets are lovable affectionate creatures, they do have their strengths and weaknesses, as well as features and attributes found on any other product. So, what is the best pet dog? What do you want in a pet dog and how do you define the best pet dog? It is important to know what you are getting before you invest in a pet dog. The best pet dog for some could be a raving nuisance for others. While not all versions of the same species of pet dogs are identical, they do share many similarities, such as the way Pit Bulls tend to chew up neighborhood pets and small children. That is certainly the type of information you’d like to know ahead of time.  Even the best pet dog will do that when they are puppies.So, at the risk of looking insensitive, I would like to do a review on my recently deceased, beloved Yellow Labrador, Ginger, considered by some to be the best pet dog. You’re probably asking me why did we choose a yellow lab?  Actually, Ginger was not a real yellow lab, she was what’s known as a fox-red, yellow lab. A real, yellow lab is pictured below:

Is a Yellow Lab the Best Pet Dog?

The answer is pretty obvious: Because everyone loves big, yellow dogs.  Let us dig right in with the essentials and critical product specs of this particular pet dog.

Name: Ginger (RIP: November 1994 – April 2008)

Animal: Dog

Species: Labrador

Color: Yellow

Sex: Female

Weight: About 80lbs most of her life

Arms and Legs: Four (2 in front, 2 in back)

Other: 1ea Wagging Tail, active tongue, functioning heart, liver, 2-kidneys, lungs, very loud bark and other essential organs.

Requirements: Water, 8oz Kirkland Canned moist Canine food, and 1 Cup of Dry, twice a day. Basically, there are 6 criteria that define the quality of a pet canine. Here is the list, along with a brief description or example of each:

Setup and Installation: Adaptation to your home and training

Protection and Security: Barking at anyone who comes near the house

Sports and Recreation: Frisbee, hunting, fishing, hiking…..football?

Love and Loyalty: Will choose you over his/her next meal

Maintenance and Costs: Will not destroy your house either through bankruptcy or the chewing up of your foundation.

Best Pet Dog Training
A Real Yellow Lab

Intelligence: If you want a rocket scientist, dogs are probably not for you, but fortunately, not many of us expect our pets to understand advanced science. Yellow Labs are much better suited for learning things like Stay, come, Sit, and lie down, over complex things like physics, which most people don’t understand, anyway.

Best Pet Dog Review

Now that we’ve established the criteria, let us begin the review. Installation of our dog, Ginger was a breeze. Like any new puppy, she messed in the house a few times, until finally learning that we preferred her to kill the grass in our lawn. I don’t mean to be harsh here, but we definitely have to knock a few points off her score for the acidity of her urine. Ginger refused to take walks as a puppy, but once she finally got the hang of it, her daily walks became a lifetime sentence.  In reality, it was only 14.5 years, but you get the idea – the dog HAD to HAVE a walk EVERY day. Is this a characteristic of a Yellow Lab, or was it just our dog, Ginger? We may never know unless we buy another yellow lab someday.

Setup and Installation: 82
As for making us feel protected and secure, this is where Ginger really shined. Though the fox-reddish, yellow color of a lovable family lab would give her away, most intruders wouldn’t get far enough to take a look. Her bark was as mean and as loud as the meanest and loudest, kid-chewing, Pit Bull anyone ever knew. Once we got over the abrupt, bone-startling bark ourselves, we really miss having her scare the hell out of friends and family at the front door.

Protection and Security: 97
Ginger was the best Frisbee Player -animal or human, that I ever knew. I often wished she could get an NFL contract as a professional receiver to help pay for her own veterinary care, and possibly help me get a really nice car.  She was that good.  Unfortunately, labs tend to have hip problems as they get older, and Ginger’s Frisbee playing days, as well as her dreams of an NFL football career were over at about age 9. While many retired athletes spend their leisure time hunting and fishing, Ginger’s tendency to get diarrhea from drinking from lakes, streams and puddles, sadly prevented her from enjoying a front page glamour shot on Field and Stream. All in all, though, Ginger was a fine, warm-blooded, canine athlete.

Sports and Recreation: 92
Some dogs (including many of the Yellow Labs that I’ve known),  will express their love by calmly sitting at your side. Ginger’s way was licking you, and pacing the floor obsessively. Though I don’t have ratings category for this, Ginger was not the calmest of dogs.  She expressed her great love for us by making herself a nervous wreck and demanding constant attention, in-turn, making me a nervous wreck, and wanting to kill her. Earlier, I defined loyalty as a dog that will sacrifice its next meal to stay by your side. Ginger, one time, left an entire bowl of food to stay by my wife’s bed side while she was not feeling well.  It’s this kind of loyalty that makes you regret wanting to kill the dog for making you so nervous all the time by loving you all the time.

Love and Loyalty: 90
Startup costs were a little excessive in the beginning, as we attempted to figure out why Ginger kept getting diarrhea. The vet finally diagnosed her as having Ghiardia. This is not to be confused with Ghiradelli Chocolates which would certainly produce similar symptoms in an 80lb dog, if she ate enough. It simply meant that she was getting diarrhea from drinking out of puddles, lakes and streams. Labs are meant to enjoy the great outdoors, but Ginger simply was not meant to ‘rough-it’. She would have to be confined to dirtying up our carpet and making spots on the backyard lawn.

Maintenance and Costs: 82
While Ginger would obviously score very high on the wunderlik test, it probably would not be on account of her intelligence. Ginger, may have not been the smartest pup in the kennel, but she had a keen stubbornness that could sometimes be confused for intelligence. Ginger was more of a senser than a thinker. She had great dog instincts, and could fetch a toy hidden in the house, simply by smelling her way to find it. Ginger was very good at thinking with her nose.  Not, exactly a way to get a masters degree in science, but if that’s what you really wanted, wouldn’t you have looked at a poodle?

Intelligence: 72
Objectively and mathematically speaking, Ginger’s overall score averages out to an 86.6. But how can we be objective and mathematical about a living, breathing companion that loves you so much she makes you want to kill her? Quite simply, we can’t. There are qualities about pets like these, which we simply cannot quantify with numbers and ratings. A few years ago, my wife met the parent of a 3 or 4 year old girl who got to know Ginger on her many walks. The little girl was frowning, despite the fact that her parents had just given her a cute, little puppy. She said she didn’t want a little dog – she wanted a ‘big, yellow dog. Insensitive parents! How can they not know and understand what their child really wants?

  • Friendliness: 100
  • Companionship: 100
  • Intelligence: 70
  • Obedience: 85
  • Loyalty: 100
  • Maintenance: 70
  • Security: 95
  • Independence: 6
  • Value: 90
  • Overall: 80
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Is the Hyundai Veracruz the Best SUV Under $30,000?

Hyundai Veracruz
Hyundai Veracruz

After driving Minivans for the last 12 years, why get an SUV? Well, mainly because I am a 47 year old man who’s sick of looking like a soccer mom hauling an unruly gang of daycare children. But, why else? One, they are hip and trendier than mini-vans. Two, they can get you up the steep icy cul-de-sac on a snowy, winter day. That was enough incentive for me anyway, when I finally traded in our family’s Chevrolet Venture Minivan on a 2008 Hyundai Veracruz. I simply needed an all-wheel drive vehicle that would be sure to get us up our very steep street on those rare winter days when the snow is deep, unplowed and impassable. Who owns a Hyundai Veracruz? You may not find many Hyundai Veracruz reviews,  but you will find plenty of satisfied owners. I predict that Hyundai Veracruz owners are going to be an extremely satisfied group of SUV owners for years to come. When you move into an SUV you get the all wheel drive and trendier looks, but you do give up few things over a minivan: Cash, Gas and Seats. The one thing I did not want to compromise was the 7 or 8 person seating capacity of our minivan. The Veracruz will accommodate 7-passengers, yet is not monstrously huge on the inside or outside. It is a nice looking vehicle and is available in three trim levels: GLS, SE and Limited Due to Hyundai’s leasing deal at the time, I was able to get into the 2008 SE at a price that was lower than the GLS, base model. The SE adds 18” tires (17” On GLS), Power Drivers Seat and Leather Wrapped steering wheel. For 3 – 5 Grand more, the Limited will give you Leather, Navigator, GPS, and just about every other luxury found on pricier Lexus’s, BMWs, etc.
Besides having the best new-car smell I’ve ever experienced in a new car, there are a few other reasons I highly recommend this vehicle: The Veracruz seats 7 passengers very comfortably. There are a couple of nifty third-row seats that fold neatly down into the floor, when not in use, allowing plenty of cargo room when only 4 passengers are seated. The Veracruz SE is equipped with just about everything you could possibly need or want: Cruise Control, Quality, 6-Speaker CD Stereo with XM, trip computer, programmable garage door opener with home link, built in audio control in steering wheel, fully-powered driver’s seat, and very slick compartment inside the console that can be used as a cooler. Also, there are plenty of cupholders and a number of other nooks and crannies for storage. There is not just one, but two sunglasses compartments just above the rearview mirror. (Very handy, my wife and I use them both) My 2008 Hyundai Veracruz SE priced out at about $31,000, which is $6,000 more than the Venture Minivan I traded in for it. Despite the heftier price tag, I actually saved on Auto Insurance due to the outstanding safety features Hyundai has made standard on the Veracruz: Front Air Bags, and dual side air curtains in both rows, Electronic Stability Control System (ESC) with Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Front and Rear Crumple Zones, hood buckling creases and safety stops, body reinforcements and anti-theft engine immobilization, just to name a few of the more prominent ones. If the safety features are not enough, sitting in the Veracruz and driving it for the first time will assure you of its stability and safety. It is a very solid and robust vehicle, and the best part of all is the how comfortable it is to drive. The 3800L 24-Valve V6 engine is not going to snap your head back, but it gives you ample power, even with a full load of passengers. The one thing that all family members and friends have commented on when sitting in the Veracruz for their first time is how quiet it is. It is really hard to tell the engine is running at stop lights. When accelerating from a stop the engine is very subdued, but responsive. For a vehicle this size, the steering and handling is remarkable. It really feels as though you are driving a much smaller vehicle. One nice feature that I find comes in handy with full passenger loads is the SHIFTRONIC shift setting, which gives you the flexibility of a manual transmission, when you need a little more power.Visibility is excellent, and the turning radius makes those illegal u-turns a breeze!It is a very nimble, sporty ride for an SUV of this size.I acquired this Veracruz right about the time gas prices started going through the sky, and though the vehicle is rated 15/22 MPG on the sticker, I was initially getting closer to 13 and 20. It seemed to me that right at about 3,000 miles, just after my first oil change, my fuel economy improved significantly. My wife is getting about 16MPG in stop and go city commuting, and I was able to get about 22 in mostly highway commuting the other day.Rave reviews and favorable comparisons to the similar Lexus SUVs encouraged me to take a look at the Hyundai. As the scores indicate, I am not at all disappointed I was led in the direction of a Hyundai Veracruz SE.

Final Ratings

  • Performance: 85
  • Steering and handling: 93
  • Ride and Comfort: 93
  • Features and Ammenities: 92
  • Safety: 95
  • Cargo Room: 86
  • Fuel economy: 80
  • Value: 93
  • New-Car Smell: 98
  • Overall: 90
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Online Eyeglasses

Have you thought about buying Online Eye Glasses? If you’re looking for Cheap Eye Glasses, you are in for a pleasant surprise.

Online Glasses Frames
online eye glasses

Have you recently gotten an updated eyeglass prescription, only to pop a blood vein in your eyeballs when you learned what those new eye glasses were going to cost? A good pair of eye glasses with progressive lenses, scratch-resistant, anti-reflective coating,  and contemporary eye glass frames can run you $400 or more at some of the various retailers! If this isn’t shocking enough, wait until you see what these same pair of glasses are going to cost with  Designer Eye Glass Frames!

How to Buy Expensive Prescription Eye Glasses

Just a decent pair of eyeglass frames alone is over $100! Would if you could buy your prescription eye glasses online just  like everything else nowadays and save a bundle of money?  Well, you can. Your first concern is probably wondering how you can get the right size, fit and prescription?  No Problem.

How to Buy Cheap Eye Glasses

There are three very simple things you will need to have in order to fulfill an online eye glasses order:

  • Your eye glasses Prescription (You can buy Non Prescription Eye Glasses Too!)
(If you’ve just had an eye optometrist appointment, you should have this.)

  • Your Pupil Distance Measurement
Using a metric ruler, simply measure the distance in millimeters between the center of both pupils. The number is usually around 58 – 70mm.

  • Your old eye glasses for size measurement comparison.
Your old pair of eyeglasses should serve as a rule of thumb for knowing the approximate size of frame that fits well with your face.

Armed with the information above, you will be able to order a nice pair of stylish eye glasses for as low as $13.00!. I paid $64.00 for mine due to the frame style and progressive lenses.
I actually ordered from a couple of different retailers,  but I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend a few of them. Here they are:

  • Zenni Optical
  • Goggles 4U
  • $39.00 Glasses Online
  • Frames Direct

Frames Direct actually has an excellent try-on tool which allows you to upload a photo of yourself and try the glasses on. I found this to be a very useful way to determine your basic size and fit: They have very nice Eyeglasses Frames, too!

Who Is the Best Online Eye Glasses Retailer?

I have actually purchased from a couple of the retailers above: Zenni and Goggles 4U. Honestly, I cannot recommend one over the other. The service was excellent, and quality every bit as good as what I am accustomed getting from the local prescription eye glasses retailers.  Each of them have their own unique advantages, and Frame Styles,  so some may be better suited for you depending on your preferences and needs.  For frequent eye glasses wearers, I recommend buying two pairs; one as sunglasses to keep in the car, and one for everyday use.  Chances are,  you will have paid half of what you paid for just one pair from your local eyeglasses retailer.  Because I do not have experience buying from each of the online eyeglasses retailers above, I cannot recommend one over the other.  What I can do, however, is recommend any of them over paying the exorbitant amounts of money at your local eyeglasses retailer.

Ratings for Online Eye Glasses

Ease of Use: 85
Selection: 88
Quality: 84
Service: 88
Value: 98
Overall: 88.6
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Does Nioxin Really Work

Does Nioxin Really Work?
A review on Nioxin Hair Growth Scalp Med

Nioxin Scalp Treatment For Hair Growth

Nioxin reviews aren’t the same for everyone. The System 1 Nioxin Scalp Treatment is a hair conditioning shampoo, conditioner and treatment designed to bring back the fullness of your hair. What do Nioxin Reviews show about its effectiveness? Read this full review of the Nioxin Scalp Treatment System 1 Hair Treatment product.  Make sure you read this until the very end! The Nioxin reviews have changed.  You’ll be surprised at the updated results, 6 months later on System 1 Nioxin Scalp Treatment Shampoo.

Does Nioxin Really Work?
Does Nioxin Work?

Does Nioxin Really Work?

At the recommendation of my hair stylist during an appointment in February of 2008, I decided to give the Nioxin scalp treatment shampoo, hair-treatment system a try. As a 47-year old male, I am fortunate in that I still do have most of my hair. However, as I’ve gotten older, it has become increasingly more difficult to wear the same hair style I did in my younger years, without showing a great deal more of bare scalp along the top sides of my forehead.  As I pointed this out to my hair stylist, she quickly asked me. What kind of Shampoo do you use? I said, Crew.  She asked, have you tried, Nioxin?  Many of my customers have had great luck with Nioxin Shampoo. I said, “what the heck, For $30, it’s worth a one-time shot.”  For $29.95 I got what’s known as the Nioxin System 1 Starter Kit, consisting of 3 different Nioxin scalp treatment: Nioxin Hair Cleanser (Shampoo),  Nioxin Scalp Therapy (Conditioner) and Nioxin Scalp Treatment(Styling Foam)

I started out with a fairly short hair-cut: Number-3 Clippers on the sides, and about 1-Inch of bangs on top. I was warned by my stylist that the application of the Nioxin therapy and treatment would make my scalp tingle, but it did no such thing, despite the fact I applied generous amounts and rubbed it into my scalp quite thoroughly. I will say that it made my hair feel very clean and silky, but no tingling sensation. (I really did get this tingling sensation when I began using the mint-scented Crew Conditioner – and I even believe that it helped restore some thickness to my hair) Later that day, my wife discovered the first drawback of this product with her nose. The scalp treatment styling foam, she claims, makes my hair smell very musty. She did not like the odor at all. This is surprising, because I’m usually the one with the sensitive nose, but I never noticed a musty odor. In fact, most of what I read on this product described it as having a very pleasant aroma.  Strange. I think it smells like a scalp med.

What Do Nioxin Reviews Say?

I continued to use the Nioxin Scalp Treatment consistently for the next 8 weeks, musty odor and all. Okay, I cheated a few times, and didn’t always use the bad-smelling, Nioxin styling foam, just so I could remain in the same house with my wife. At any rate, we both agreed that though my hair looked nice and clean, there was no noticeable difference in fullness or thickness. If I remember right, the box gives some user satisfaction ratings which suggest that 87% of all Nioxin Reviews reported some noticeable benefits in hair thickness or fullness. I guess I am among the small percentage that did not. I should point out, that the makers of Nioxin do not claim their products actually grow new hair as do medicinal treatments and scalp meds such as Minoxidil. Instead, they boast that it makes a healthier scalp which in turn can produce healthier hair which may appear fuller or thicker. I noticed these benefits when I tried Crew Shampoo for the first time a few years back.

Does Nioxin Scalp Treatment Really Work?

The Nioxin scalp treatment System 1 Starter Kit seems to be a very good shampoo, and conditioner, but did not give my wife or myself the impression that my hair was any thicker. If not for the musty smell, I really did like the Nioxin styling foam. I will probably look for a foam with similar texture and aroma my wife can tolerate. Unlike other products, this one cannot be rated with numbers. It either works or it doesn’t.  In my case, it didn’t. There are other good shampoos and conditioners on the market like American Crew for Men, that are 50% cheaper. I will stick with Crew, save money, and be thankful for what hair I have.  I do have a theory on why so many people believe this product promotes some sort of visible improvement in their hair growth: It has to do when the product is purchased. I would estimate that most frequently, this product is purchased by the recommendation of a hair stylist during a visit to the hair stylist. Naturally, this is when one’s hair is shortest and thinnest, which coincides with when the product is first used. While the user begins using the Nioxin System 1, their hair begins to naturally grow longer and appear thicker as it normally would. The user says, ‘hey..it really works’, but in reality his hair just grew like it normally does on its own. After a few more haircuts, and dollars spent on Nioxin Shampoo, my guess is that most users would gradually learn that the product is not really doing what they thought it did in the first place…or maybe not? …

Nioxin Reviews Epilogue6 months later
Well, heh heh.. Months later, and I’m really thinking this Nioxin shampoo may have done some good, after all. Even my wife has been saying, my hair looks thicker and fuller. For $30.00, it’s worth buying Nioxin Shampoo at least once. As of this update there are eight different products considered in the Nioxin Reviews.

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Best Probiotic Formula

  • What are Probiotics / Acidophilus Used for?
  • Why take Probiotics / Acidophilus?
  • What is the Best Probiotic formula?
  • Where to buy Probiotics?

Best Probiotic | Reuteri

What is Acidophilus or Probiotics?

Years ago, I discovered a great little secret for keeping your stomach feeling healthy and happy: Probiotics, otherwise known as acidophilus, are known as the ‘good or friendly’ bacteria that aid the immune and digestive system. Unlike antibiotics, which kill bacteria in your body, Probiotics actually colonize your body with these friendly or good bacteria, such as Lactobacillus or Bifidus-Regularis.

 

Why take Probiotics Acidophilus?

One reason is that you’ve recently taken antibiotics for an infection. Antibiotics, which kill infectious bacteria, can also deplete the body of the bacteria that’s good for your immune system. If you’ve ever had an upset stomach while taking antibiotics, this is probably what caused it. While Yogurt has been a long-time, natural way of filling your stomach with millions of these beneficial bacteria, probiotics offer a much more powerful way. The top brands on the market claim to provide, not millions, but billions of the helpful and effective bacterial agents found in Yogurt. I can claim, first-hand that they really work, but not all brands are created equal. I tried several before discovering one that seems to trump all the others.

 

What is the Best Probiotics Formula?

About 4 years ago, a Sales Rep at the vitamin cottage recommended Reuteri, by Nature’s Way. You can find it in the refrigerated section of supplements at any good vitamin and health store. For treating most common stomach ailments; IBS, Diarrhea, Constipation, bloating, gas, etc., Reuteri is remarkable. Back when I first tried Reuteri, I was going through a particularly rough time with my digestive system. After several months of this, I actually visited my doctor and had some blood tests done. Though nothing was found, my doctor referred me to a Gastroenterologist for further testing. About a week before my appointment, I was visiting my local Vitamin Cottage, when the thought struck me that I should try Probiotics or acidophilus again to see if it helps. But there are so many brands. Which one would be best? I happened to ask an extremely knowledgeable sales rep, who led me to a refrigerated section of the store, and picked up a bottle of the Reuteri, and said, “This stuff is really amazing”. He recommended starting out with 1 capsule a day, and increasing it to two and even three, after a period of a week. Upon checking out at the cash register, the woman who rang me up, gave her very own endorsement of the product as well. I started taking the Reuteri about a week before my GI appointment. Believe it or not, by the time the appointment I visited the doctor, my symptoms were 90% gone – and this was after several months of problems. The doctor diagnosed me with IBS, and said to keep up with the Probiotics. I replied, ‘not just any Probiotics – Reuteri’!

That was four years ago, and since, then I have never had any long-term problems. When I feel my system acting up, I simply increase my dosage by a pill or two, and it works! Whether you are suffering from IBS, problems with diarrhea, constipation, bloating or even nauseousness, I guarantee that Reuteri will help you.

I should also mention that the price of this product has nearly doubled since I purchased my first bottle. That is testimony to the fact it really works! I have recommended this product to many other friends, co-workers, customers, family members, etc., and have yet to find someone who told me it didn’t help them. Give Reuteri a try – you won’t regret it.

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Absolute Beginners Guide to Computer Basics

Need Help with your Computer?
Need Help with your Computer?

 

Absolute Beginners Guide to Computer Basics is just what any non-computer-savy kind of guy is probably looking for.

If you’re not happy with the computer service you are getting, you are not alone. Recent customer-satisfaction surveys reveals that 9 out of 10 users confess the desire to hang their computer technician with a floppy cable.  Worse yet, 90% of those surveyed are doing their own computer service.  Simply put, this means that 81% of all computer users are at risk of committing suicide.  You would think there is a better way to solve computer problems than killing yourself.  You would think the government would provide Free Online Training. You would think, at the very least they could recommend a book on computer basics. Well, as luck has it, I have some good news: One, it is unlikely your computer even has a floppy cable. Two, if it did, it is even less likely you could find it.  You’re a complete moron when it comes to understanding computers, remember?  That is why we’re talking about this, in the first place. Now, that we’ve ruled out suicide as a possibility, don’t despair – there is another option, and no it doesn’t involve hiring a computer technician teaching you where to find cables for hanging him when things go wrong.  So much of the time, computer difficulties are due to user error rather than anything that’s actually inside the computer designed to make your life difficult. No offense, but it’s pretty obvious you need some help – in the form of, actually learning to use your computer, so you’re not thinking it’s broken all the time. You need some Free Online Training or a book that covers the Computer Basics. If you’re looking into expensive online computer training or online computer classes, I’ve got a very simple recommendation, in the form of a very good book: Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computer Basics

Computer Basics
Computer Basics

(4th Paperback edition), by Michael Miller. This book will tell you everything you need to know about Desktop and Notebook PCs. It will help with setting up your PC, and actually provide the essential knowledge on using Windows XP, as well as the latest Vista OS by Microsoft. It seems that some books fail to actually instruct you on accomplishing the tasks you expect to do on your PC. The Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Computers Basics will help you with things such as setting up and using MP3 players, downloading and playing music and videos, burning CDs, DVDs. Author, Michael Miller, also helps you with socializing on your PC through personal websites, messaging, email, etc. The book is literally full of good, practical advice for training you and helping you become more productive on your PC or Laptop. Fortunately, author, Michael Miller, does not include much technical hardware training, such as how and where to find a floppy cable. There is no better way to learn how without killing yourself.

Final Ratings. (1 – 100)
  • Reader Information: 88
  • ReaderEase: 90
  • Reader Interest: 90
  • Value: 90
  • Overall: 89.7

Laptops and Desktop Computers

Had enough of it all? Maybe it’s your computer? Laptop and Desktop Computer Systems are extremely affordable these days, so don’t knock yourself out if you don’t have to.

 

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2005 Pontiac G6 Review

2005 Pontiac G6
2005 Pontiac G6

Pontiac G6 Review

Three years ago, I opted for a 2005 Pontiac G6,  after test-driving a 2005 Honda Accord. I chose this car for it’s V6 performance and features not found in the 4-Cyl Accord at the cost of the 2005 Pontiac G6.  Also, the looks were far more appealing to me than the Accord and many of the other cars in this class. I thought I’d share my impressions of the car after driving one for the past 3 years. I leased the Base V6 2005 Pontiac G6 after test driving a 4 Cylinder Accord EX. The V6 gives you smoother, better acceleration than an Accord 4-Cyl, and also equal, if not better equipment for the same price.  In fact, with GM incentives, my lease payment was significantly lower than it would have been on the Accord. I bought this car in 2005, when it was first introduced. The car has been reliable, but not without minor glitches.The dashboard creeks and cracks, and despite GM’s recommended fix, has never been resolved.  In fact, if not for the Pontiac G6 Forum, I would not have even known about this fix. I’m sure this problem has been resolved with the 2006 Pontiac G6, 2007 Pontiac G6 and 2008 models, as well as the Pontiac G6 Coupe. Aside from this, the car would be relatively quiet, if not for annoying wind noise in the driver’s side window. That too, was never resolved, despite two trips to the dealer. The rear visibility leaves something to be desired, and the wide front pillars are a hazard when pulling out on a busy street. The 2005 Pontiac G6 has nice amenities for a car at this price, especially the trip computer and remote ignition, but my jaw fell out when I took it home and learned it did not come with ABS! I thoroughly scoured the very extensive Pontiac G6 owners manual just to be sure. With so many features; trip computer, remote ignition… but no ABS? Be warned, this was not a standard safety feature in the 2005 Pontiac G6.  I believe this has been changed with the 2006 Pontiac G6.

V6 Performance

What attracted me to the car was the smooth acceleration of the V6 engine and the sporty look and feel, compared to the somewhat drab-looking 2005 Accord. The handling, I feel, is underrated for a car in the $20K price range.  It grabs the road and tracks quite well,  while giving you a very comfortable ride. I recommend this car only in the Base model. The extra money for the Pontiac GT brings it up in the price range of other, more refined V6 cars like the Accord, Maxima or Camry. The Highway Gas mileage is among the best I’ve ever had in a V6.  Depending on the levelness of the road, I’ve gotten anywhere between 30 and 34 MPG on the highway! Not nearly as impressive in the city (around 18 or 19MPG), and combined around 23-25. Interesting, how there is such a difference between City and HWY mileage. After 3.5 years, there has not been a mechanical problem, other than needing new front and rear brakes. A good, but not great car. I put 85 Octane gas in it because I’ve noticed literally no improvements or benefits in paying more for 87 or 91. In fact, the fuel economy seems to do better with 85.The G6 is a nice car to drive, and next to the Honda Accord, it just has a sportier look and feel. Unfortunately, my experience left me with the impression that it’s not quite as refined, and up to the quality standards of a Honda.  Otherwise, I would really consider the great-looking Pontiac G6 Coupe.

Final Ratings (1 – 100)

 

  • Performance: 85
  • Value: 85
  • Economy: 72
  • Comfort: 80
  • Handling: 84
  • Cargo Room: 65
  • Overall: 78.5
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Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps




Peach Schnapps
Peach Schnapps

Pineapple Orange Juice
Pineapple Orange Juice

What is a Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps? Or is it called, Orange Juice Pineapple Peach Schnapps?

Drink Recipes change with the season. While this one doesn’t belong on the list of Top-10 Mixed drinks, it does have it’s own special place for the autumn season.  Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy a good tropical drink. This delicious drink recipe can be enjoyed in the fall and makes an especially good Halloween, holiday treat. If Orange Juice and Peach Schnapps together are called a Fuzzy Naval, then Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps is aptly named, the prickly-fuzzy naval. Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps will bring the cold bite of fall into your favorite beach memories of last summer. The pineapple orange juice adds a little bit of tropical flare to the popular, fuzzy naval.

One of the things this drink reminds me of is the combination of peaches and cream. If you’ve never had peaches with your ice cream, then you don’t know what you’re missing. The flavor of this combination is simply amazing. If you’ve tried the ice-cream treat known as the Dreamsicle than you’ve got the concept: Ice Cream and sherbet. The two were simply meant to go together.  The flavor seems to explode, though, when you add the alcohol of a sweet liqueur, like Schnapps.

To make the Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps, you only need two items:

  1. Peach Schnapps
  2. Pineapple Orange Juice (available at your grocery store in regular orange juice containers.

Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps RecipeNaval Orange
The traditional way would be to use half and half of each of the ingredients above and add them to a cocktail glass with a cherry.

Pineapple

The preferred way: 3 parts Schnapps to 1 part Pineapple Orange juice, or Orange Pineapple Juice. Shake with 4 ice cubes, then strain into a martini glass. Add an orange peel for garnish.That, my friends, is a Pineapple Orange Juice Peach Schnapps….err.. or a Orange Pineapple Juice Peach Schnapps.

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