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Best P2P Programs

There are several good P2P (peer to peer) programs available over the Internet. Some of the free P2P programs one can choose from: BitTorrent, eDonkey / Overnet, WinMx, Shareaza, Limewire, emule, Ares, AudioGalaxy, Kazaa, iMesh, and BearShare. Others, which are not free, include iTunes and Rhapsody.

The best P2P programs are adjudged? Best? Due to their high acceptance levels with the P2P network user community. There are several parameters which are critical for acceptance of a P2P File sharing system by a large community of users. One such parameter is the availability of the program at all times. If the server of a P2P network program is switched off, or the mirrors are not able to take the load of high demands of visitors, or file servers are not available, it blocks all the new downloads. This causes a significant effect on the popularity of the network and reduces its acceptance among its users. Yet another parameter is Integrity, which is often compromised by corrupt files which creep in to the network if the network uses donated resources for hosting meta-data. Such corrupt files could have any kind of malware such as spyware, adware, Trojan horses, Browser hijackers, key loggers, data miners and remote installers. A network with some moderators sure helps remove all the malware files from the network and retain the integrity of the program. Moreover, the program should also be efficient in terms of download speed and effective in terms of providing a large number of files for downloading.

These parameters are typically used to judge a P2P program, but can hold different priorities for different users. For example, a user may prefer to download a program that has the most number of music files available even if the threat of malware from that program is higher than others.

Thus, users looking for a good P2P program should check all such programs against the parameters given above and after ascertaining which parameter is most critical to them and which program program fares best that that parameter, should choose that program.

Source by Jennifer Bailey

The Burden of Homework

There are many children who realize how important a good education is to secure a decent career. They are the ones who are trying their best to keep up academically. But, they are tired, stressed and frustrated. They are burdened with homework and the demands on their time.

Time is man’s greatest enemy. We live in an information era that is fast paced with things (like technology) that are always changing. While adults manage to organize themselves and cope with the hectic schedules on hand, children are battling to find enough time for schoolwork, sport, recreation and relaxation. And we all know how important and healthy balance is. There are those who will reason that homework doesn’t promote academic achievement. Others believe that homework does more harm than good. In the end one needs to define homework.

1. What is homework? Homework is a supplement to work done in the classroom on the same day.

2. Why is homework important? Homework helps to reinforce concepts, information or skills.

3. How does a student benefit from doing homework? Homework is beneficial because it stimulates the brain. It is also an intellectual discipline and it serves to instill a sense of responsibility.

Homework is not the problem. Teachers often give homework to keep children busy. They give homework to punish their students. Sometimes homework is given because time in class is not enough to do all the work assigned. There are times that children sit at home with work that has never been explained or discussed in class.

Teachers should categorize homework. Homework is important in three ways: for the purpose of

  • preparation for the next lesson;
  • practicing new skills; and
  • understanding concepts and information through additional information.

Homework should never take up too much time. Let’s take the example of ten minutes per learning area, per afternoon. For children who have fourteen learning areas, this in effect would mean that time set aside every afternoon for homework is two hours and twenty minutes. On the other hand, if children spend an hour doing mathematics homework, where would they find the time, energy or optimism to do the homework assigned for their other thirteen subjects? Official school hours differ from one country to the next. Let’s say they average between five to six hours per day. With a two hour homework schedule, children would be spending seven to eight hours per day academically.

To ease the burden, parents need to take a greater interest in what their children are doing. Communication is very important between the three parties involved: parents, children and teachers. If parents share the same concerns as their children regarding the amount of homework given, it will help the young ones to realize that there is a sense of justice.

Schools can assist children with homework policies. These policies will set the guidelines with regard to the amount and types of assigned homework. Most school policy guidelines for homework are set at a maximum of twenty to forty minutes for all learning areas.

Homework will never be popular. Children will continue to see it in a bad light. They need to be encouraged constantly so that they will have a positive attitude towards education. Children are our future. We need to put them first, because a negative and uneducated future can only be detrimental to society on the whole.

Source by Karin Steyn

How To Build An Autopilot Income System From Your Laptop

An autopilot cash system which generates money over and over sounds like a pipe dream. But for many online marketers this has been a reality for a long time. Online marketers and affiliate marketers use the internet to build huge amounts of website traffic to their websites. From their websites they ‘convert’ visitors to subscribers.

They can do this by offering ‘legitimate bribes’ – freebies which offer some kind of inherent value to the visitor. Often it’s an e-book or some kind of instant download or video series.

Once subscribed, they are sent a series of automated emails which promote various products and services. By clicking the links within the emails and purchasing ‘digital’ products and services, the owner makes a commission. By increasing the number of subscribers over time by creating multiple marketing methods, the list of subscribers grows and so does the number of sales.

The best part is that the products don’t have to be your own. Sales, deliveries and customer problems are all dealt with by someone else. You simply refer the sale and collect a commission.

This is the ‘crux’ of an automated income system.

Automated Income

Building a ‘system’ like this takes time however, unless you ‘piggyback’ someone else’s sales funnel, which makes it faster. It takes time to learn and time to build. But it’s well worth the effort. Once you have a working ‘sales funnel’ you can simply build marketing channels to it and send more and more people through your landing page.

The main job therefore of an affiliate marketer, is to market their landing pages and send people through their sales funnel.

By creating multiple marketing methods, and ‘tweeking’ each one to cost less and deliver more, you can effectively ‘scale’ up to reach a global audience with other people’s products and services.

Content

Getting people to your website is the first hurdle. Let’s assume you already have a sales funnel set up with a range of products and services laying in ‘wait’ for your customers. Getting people to your website can be done instantly with paid for advertising or, over time with content marketing. Content marketing takes time, paid for advertising cost money. Depending on which one you have more of will determine your initial marketing strategy.

Article Marketing

Article marketing is one way to promote your website. By writing content which is appropriate for your target audience, you can get found on Google and through social media. As people share your content on social media and around the internet, your presence grows. More people land on your website, subscribe to your emails, and you make more sales. This is the ideal scenario. By sharing your articles and linking back to your website you can generate an automated flow of website traffic which turns into paying customers.

Paid For Advertising

Paid for advertising is the fastest way to get people to your website or landing pages. It is like turning on a ‘tap’ for traffic. By starting small and slowly raising your budget once you see that your campaign is profitable, you can eventually turn up the ‘tap’ and turn up your profit.

It obviously costs money to use paid for advertising. In the first instance you should be very careful and make sure you know what you are doing. Expect to lose money at first. Test everything in your advertising campaign. When you have found a campaign which works and regularly produces more in sales than it costs in advertising fees, you are in a position to start increasing your budget. Paid for advertising is a great form of online advertising. It allows anyone with a laptop and internet connection to advertise globally and set a suitable payment for almost any budget.

Choosing The Right Products

Affiliate marketing lets you choose almost any product online and promote it. Providing there is a suitable affiliate program for you to use, you can sell almost anything online. This is a double-edged sword. Not all products are created equal and you can waste a lot of time choosing and promoting the wrong products. If you are going to take your internet business seriously, you need to make a serious income from it. Don’t dabble!

Some products will only make you a few pence on a sale. Don’t use these products! Choose instead, products which give you income for the lifetime of a customer. This means using products which reward you for monthly and ‘back-end’ sales. Using this model is far more effective than selling online ‘one hit’ wonder products where you only make a single commission. Monthly commissions let you make an income from each sale, rather than just a single commission. Back-end products are ‘add on’ products which are offered to existing customers. You should also take advantage of high end products and built in sales teams for maximum benefit.

Get The Right Training

Everything comes from your understanding. Your actions will be based on what you know. Unless you get the right training with an online business, there is plenty that can go wrong. It’s well worth, therefore, investing in your online business education from the start. If you think about this as a long term business which can eventually set you free from a job and allow you to work independently from anywhere in the world, you will see the value in this. If you want to ‘dabble’ and try to learn from your own mistakes with an online business, it will take you much longer and you may never achieve it.

Source by Tim Halloran

Steamed Mussels (Moules a La Mariniere)

Mussels are a Central Coast seafood recipe ingredient favorite. Steamed Mussels French Style (Moules a la Mariniere) is our favorite way to prepare them. The first time I remembered having mussels this style was in Lyon, France. We had just arrived after a long flight and our French hosts took us out to their favorite local Bistro. Moules a la Mariniere was on the menu as an appetizer for the day. After ordering, our waiter arrived with a gigantic mound of steamed small mussels. Though ravenous, we were overwhelmed! However, The actual "meat" of the mussel was just a small delicious morsel so we soon made short work of the stack.

Although our Pacific Mussels are both larger and sweeter than their French counter parts, this is still a dish best leisurely consumed. Set out a big bowl of the steamed mussels, lots of crusty French style bread, lots of napkins and a dry fragrant white wine and let your guests dig in.

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

MAKES 2 SERVINGS.

Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 1/2 cup Chopped Parsley leaves – the stems tied in a bundle and saved
  • 1 Tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Unsalted Butter
  • 1/2 cup Chopped Shallots
  • 2 cloves Chopped Garlic
  • 1 cup Dry White wine
  • 2 pounds Fresh Mussels
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper.

Preparation Directions

  1. De-beard (by pulling the beard along the mussel edge until it pulls clear) and scrub the mussels clean of any barnacles or soil. Tap any open mussels to see if they close. Discard any that remain open. Discard any unusually heavy mussels -they are probably just shells filled with sand. Set the cleaned mussels aside for later.
  2. Place a stockpot large enough to hold all the mussels over medium heat. Add the olive oil and butter. When the butter has melted and begins to foam add the chopped shallots. Saute over medium heat until the shallots are soft and translucent.
  3. Add the chopped garlic and continue to saute until the garlic is just fragrant.Add the white wine and parsley stems to the pot and bring the liquid to a boil. Cook over high heat reducing the liquid by one third.
  4. Add the mussels to the pot and cover. Bring the heat up to high and cook, often shaking the pan for 5 minutes, or until all the mussels have opened. Remove the mussels from the pot discarding any unopened ones.
  5. Place the mussels in a warm serving dish. Strain the liquid through a sieve lined with cheesecloth and pour the liquid over the mussels. Sprinkle the chopped parsley over the top and serve immediately

Serving Suggestions

Serve with a dry fragrant white wine. In France this dish is traditionally served with a Muscadet, but a fragrant, citrus-y dry white like a dry California Pinot Grigio will do quite nicely.

Source by Susan McGourty

Basketball Arm Sleeves: Why You Should Be Wearing Them

Basketball arm sleeves have become a popular accessory with players ranging from NBA stars to young kids in local youth leagues. Relatively new to the basketball world, these arm sleeves came onto the scene in 2001, first worn by Allen Iverson. There are many reasons to wear basketball arm sleeves including boosting performance and reducing injury. No matter what basketball skills you have, shooting sleeves are worth incorporating into your athletic wardrobe.

Temperature regulation

While playing a pick up game or a full-fledged team affair, basketball arm sleeves will help your arms stay warm and in turn will increase your flexibility. This is most important during warm up, as this is the time when your muscles are at risk of injury if they are overextended. Not only do shooting sleeves help during warm up, because they are made from performance fabrics that wick moisture away from the skin, they regulate the temperature of your arm, keeping it at a more consistent temperature throughout the course of your game. This prevents the muscles in your arm from cooling down too fast, risking possible injury.

Covers tattoos

Many basketball players have tattoos, some of which aren’t suited for a family friendly atmosphere. In these instances a shooting sleeve is a great way to cover them up. The fabric and fit of basketball sleeves are designed for flexibility and movement so they will not reduce performance and in fact can benefit the player. This is a simple solution that keeps basketball G rated.

Boosts Confidence

That feeling you have after getting a haircut or donning a new pair of shoes always gives me a little boost of confidence. The same is true of wearing basketball arm sleeves. Sporting a new sleeve in your favorite color, or one that has multiple colors or a great design can be all that is needed to give you the extra confidence to sink that jumper you have been working on.

Improves form

Basketball arm sleeves help the elbow stay straight throughout the shooting movement. This improvement in form can be a great help to anyone that doesn’t have the greatest shot. The by-product of improving your form will be noticed when you see your shooting percentage go up. Wearing basketball arm sleeves that have compression will offer more support and form correction than shooting sleeves that do not have compression.

Prevents and protects cuts

Basketball arm sleeves can help prevent trauma to the arm or protect any superficial wounds. These sleeves add a layer of performance fabric that will not hinder your performance. In doing so, shooting sleeves give you a layer of protection from cuts or scrapes that you wouldn’t otherwise have while playing basketball. If you are in the process of healing a cut or scrape on your arm then a shooting sleeve can help protect the injury and will also help to keep any bandages in place.

Padding

Some shooter sleeves have flexible padding incorporated into the elbow. This padding helps reduce the potential for injury if a fall is taken or any physical contact occurs as is common in basketball. No one wants to be nursing an elbow injury when they could be out there on the court.

Compression

Utilizing compression basketball sleeves can benefit your health not only during play but also after practice to speed recovery. Compression arm sleeves work by placing direct pressure to the arm. This squeezes the capillaries and larger blood vessels in the arm, which increases circulation in the limb. Improved blood flow means that more of the lactic acid generated during exercise is carried away from your muscles, thus reducing soreness and speeding recovery. Compression shooting sleeves when used for recovery also reduce the amount of inflammation related muscle swelling by reducing the ability for fluid to collect in the tissues of the arm.

Style

There is something to be said for the form fitting nature of basketball shooting sleeves. They are stylish, especially now that dual color sleeves and sleeves with patterns and designs are not available. The wide range of colors and designs enables every player to express their individuality. While NBA stars like Dwayne Wade, Kobe Bryant and Lebron James may wear shooting sleeves mainly for performance benefits, they surely must think they look good too.

Basketball arm sleeves are inexpensive and they will benefit most basketball players. Definitely worth trying out if you are looking to improve your game and stay injury free. You can find them in many sporting goods stores or very easily online.

Source by Zander W.

Finger Picking Lessons – Why Not Start Now?

If you have been learning to play the guitar for a while, you might be feeling like spreading your wings a bit. Maybe a little fingerpicking. It’s a bit of a jump from straight out strumming but the rewards are in listening to yourself play music that you used to think was difficult and in the reaction of your audience to your new-found virtuosity.

If you can’t afford to take lessons from a local guitar teacher, you could try copying some material from CDs of some of the folk artists from the nineteen sixties. Peter, Paul And Mary and The Kingston Trio kind of stuff. You will need to start simply, just working out the chords they are using, then trying some arpeggios to see if you can get an idea of the picking patterns the guitarist is using. Don’t get too overawed by what you are hearing on these records, fingerpicking is a lot simpler than it appears when you are listening to it for the first time.

Part of the joy of being a fingerpicking guitar player is your pride in your soloing skills and the speed of your fingers. You will probably need to find some exercises available on the internet that are specially designed to increase picking speed. The routine of practicing exercises to increase speed will help you ti develop some skill at making up your own solos.

When you are practicing your fingerpicking try to make use of the big muscles in your forearm. Try to keep your wrist as relaxed as possible. For the left hand, hold your fingers over the fretboard in an arch shape and allot one finger to a particular fret. In the first position, the first finger will play notes at the first fret, the second finger, the second fret and so on. Try and keep to this discipline as most newbies let their fingers go all over the place as they learn new music.

For the right hand you use the thumb, first (index), second and third (ring) fingers which are shown on fingerpicking tabs as p, i, m and a, respectively. The thumb (p) plays the bass notes on the fifth and sixth strings and the other three fingers play melody and incidental notes on the first, second and third strings. The fourth string can double as a bass string or melody string, so you can work out for yourself how you use it and which fingers you use according to the key you are playing in.

Source by Ricky Sharples

Oh, Sweet Future, Wii Like U! The Nintendo Wii U Is on Its Way

The Nintendo Wii U console is so advanced that it's already being considered as the herald for a new eighth generation of video games. No joke. As if that's not enough to recommend it, lets consider how the Nintendo Wii U console can be considered as a truly modern entertainment peripheral.

Of course, the console still moves when you move, but you knew that going in. In response to the Kinect for Xbox, or the Move for PlayStation, the original motion-sensitive console has sharpened its game sensors and detection. It is now a much-improved experience; As well as adding monitors to the remotes; The Nintendo Wii U console is fully backwards compatible with old Wii games, which is a welcome function of any new console.

I could bore you with the science of it all, but to be honest, I hardly understand it myself. What I'll tell you is that the Wii U is an evolutionary shift in gaming. Faster, harder, better and badder, the Wii U is here to replace the Wii and, if it has its way, any other consoles in your life as well. The Wii U is perfectly adapted to an age of constant updates, improvements and rampant innovations by advocating not only the form and function of its predecessor, but the very thing that made the Wii such a hot seller in the first place. That's right, the Wii U remotes now have monitors built in to them, allowing for a greater depth of game data and a thoroughly immersive experience.

Nintendo aims their products at a marketplace dominated by young professionals, graduates, parents and businesspeople. In turning their backs on the 'geek' market, they have been able to see their products through the cracks and reach a bigger and richer group. A demographic wider than anyone could have imagined, a veritable sales Eden. It's all very well for competitors to shrug, but a combination of winning gameplay, simple, addictive games and a machine refreshingly devoid of nerd credentials is a surefire moneymaking success; And, when you factor in that the Nintendo Wii U console is arguably the most advanced home console ever created, Nintendo starts to look very dangerous indeed, like those guys who play poker and lose the first few rounds on purpose.

So, technologically attached to the spirit of the age, precision-engineered to thrive in a bustling marketplace and hailed by experts as a machine of tomorrow, gifted to us today, the Wii U looks about to turn the world of gaming on its head. The future was always going to be a world where the parent's basement brigade surrendered their hold over gaming culture and gifted the main stream with an explosive cornucopia of 'lifestyle additions' and 'entertainment peripherals' that are, extremely, great games consoles. The Nintendo Wii U heralds the attack of the gleaming futurists, as brilliant as they are absurd and as majestic as they are contradictory. This machine is the first of its kind, but it should not be the last. You have been warned.

Source by Christopher Messenger

Family Projects: A Remedy To Your Family Problem

There is no other success that can ever compensate a failure from home; it is indeed something that we need to ponder upon. We need to ask ourselves, if on how long do we actually spend time with our family and how does this span of time affect us and the rest of our family? If you do not know the answer then there must be something wrong with you. Thus, for you to evaluate yourself you can actually make use of some paper and pen and then note down the hours that you have spend with your family, if you feel like you do not spend that much time then do something about it. Do not just waste any of your time by just worrying over things, try to have some family projects.

These family projects can be in many forms, for once you can simply try to cook together, and then have some time to have some quite time with you family in your dinning area. You can start the activity by asking about thing that has been going on to their lives. You can also ask about things that talk about their latest interest and their hobbies. For parents, they can actually have these family projects from simple things. For instance, they can simply ask them to color some pictures together, thus you are already making your dear child feel the amount of love that you do have for him and that you are more than willing to allot some time in order to be with them.

You can think of more family projects as long as you do have that willingness from within you to do the right things. Do not be a stranger to your own family member for at the end of it all they will always be the least person that will ever leave you. It is therefore so important that you are mindful of them and that you make them feel how much you love them before it grows too late, for you can never let time be back again.

Family projects are especially designed to let you and your family mend whatever family problem you are experiencing. It is something that will help you achieve a happier family; one that will keep you whole for the rest of your life, and will have its lasting effect on you.

Source by Reed Andrews

Perfect Girls

When you ask guys what they look for in girls or in their girlfriends, among many things one word which they use is "perfect." Now all you girls, how can you be perfect girls for those men or boys out there? Here are few things to help you make your man drool over you and call you the perfect of all the perfect girls.

• Always take care of yourself. Boys are always attracted by the appearance of girls. So it's very important that you always keep yourself looking good and groom yourself. Just because you are comfortable now with each other, it does not mean that he will not get attracted to other girls, and you can continue to be with him wearing your faded spaghetti strap tank top and worn-out jeans. You should never stop wearing up just for him. Make him feel proud or feel good to be with you. Many guys enjoy when their girlfriends can turn other men's head. It fits their "perfect girls" category.

• Do not tag along with him everywhere: Let him have his own guy time. Men need to spend time with their buddies, swing a couple of beer, do the things they like doing, some of which may seem silly to you. In short give him space and he will love you for that. And you do not have to be alone on those days. Go out with your girlfriends, make a trip to the salon, get some beauty treatments done at home, etc. Do anything you like but do not keep on calling him up, asking what he is doing, and what time he will be home. Even if he does not get back home the time he promises or does not call you back as promised, do not sulk or throw attitudes at him. Often they get so drunk and so carried away with their guy talk and fun, they simply forget without meaning to.

• Know your guy well: Perfect girls always know what their men like. It can be a favorite color, perfume, food, game, restaurant, or even favorite sex position. Enjoy yourself and give him pleasure too. This will go a long way in making your relationship stronger.

These are some pointers for you to be able to keep your man or boyfriend close to you. So long you remind yourself that a man and a woman do not think the same way, it will help you not set too high expectations that can jeopardize your relationship.

Source by John JJ Stevens

Tax Now, Tax Later and Tax Never

Do you know what type of investment vehicles do you own? Tax Now, Tax Later, and Tax Never? Wow, Tax Never? I will come back to this Tax Never later. Like me, I never learned how to invest and becoming wealthy in school. However, I always wanted to know why people are so well off, and some people are not? I finally found my answer after two years of working in a Prestige Financial Firm. The answer is, “knowing how to save, manage, calculate, use the Tax Law as in your favor, and to take action to plan ahead to build the passive income makes the difference.” There are many great vehicles to generate passive income, and today I am going to focus on investment vehicles that you can sign up from traditional banks, and investment companies. So, what is Tax Now? Tax Now means that all the earning you make from investment vehicles need to be taxed every year. Everybody has to report his earning to the IRS on their Tax Return. These vehicles include both checking, saving and CDs accounts that generate interest for you. All the capital gains and dividends generate from Stocks and Mutual Funds; moreover, earnings from Bonds and Treasuries.

What’s Tax Later? All the money people put in this vehicle is Pre-Tax. Which means this money is never taxed by IRS. Sounds pretty good huh! Yes, the downside of this vehicle is that people have to wait until there are 591/2 years old to take it out. There’s 10% Tax penalty + Income Tax Penalty for taking money out before 591/2, unless you are taking money out for your first property purchase you still have 10% Tax penalty. Also, people have to take money out before they turn 701/2, because IRS cannot wait that long for your money. All the money you take out after 591/2 is subject to “income Tax” depending on how much you take out. So, what are the investment vehicles in his category? These are 401K or other Qualified Plans, IRA, SEP-IRA (for self-employee), Annuities, and Savings Bonds. The only factor left to think about is “Is Tax going to be higher or lower in the future comparing to Today’s Tax Rate?”

Last, what’s Tax Never? Tax Never means people will never get taxed from all the gains when they take money out from this vehicle. Well technically speaking, money in there is after Taxed. Just like the money in the Bank is after Taxed. I have seen many people use this vehicle to build their wealth, and depending on the investment vehicles some don’t need to wait for 591/2 to take out the money, no tax to pay on all the capital gains.

Sounds very delicious to me, these vehicles are …………..are you ready? Ok, there are only three vehicles in this Tax Never Category. One is Roth IRA Roth 401K, and the other one is Cash Value Life Insurance (if you are interested, check out Variable or Equity Index Life Insurance). Both Roth IRA and Roth 401K have 591/2 rule, and contribution limitation depending on your Annual Income. For Roth 401K check with your company, the law just passed in 2006 so don’t be surprised your company is with traditional 401K.

Remember, no one size fits all! Not everybody is suitable for all the vehicles. It takes understanding of how the Tax Law works for all the investment vehicles, how much time you have, what is your objective, what your risk tolerance is, and what your financial goals are, and many more. Every single detail counts and makes a big difference in your financial life. Please do not purchase bunch of cash value life insurance, or put more money in 401K after reading this article. It is very important for you to consult with a financial planner or advisor who has license with the governments. Please, do not consult your financial plan with whose financial condition is worse than yours. Now, I wish you all the success in building your massive passive income journey. Welcome to any questions and feedback.

Source by Ting Pan