Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Recession Alternatives: Get a Job as a Freelancer

Is your budget getting tight to pay the rent? Freelancer jobs are a good way to make some extra bucks these days. Ok lets face it: finding clients as a freelancer may cause you anxiety due to you are running against the clock especially during an economic downturn.

But…. There are several Blog places where you can start for free writing your articles about clickbank or Amazon products for instance. In fact, if your content is catching enough you will get those clients asking for your services.

I must admit that I learned the hard way. I had to pay $49.00 to know that clickbank sign-in was FREE!! And you still can see around people offering you such information for a measly $29.00!!

There are others offering affiliate programs with eBay and Amazon for a few bucks! Let me tell you something: It’s FREE to join to the affiliate programs of those companies.

Want to know about wholesale sites? You don’t have to pay anybody for such information just go to

There are many articles about wholesale suppliers that you won’t have to pay a dime to learn how to get into the auction business.

I started writing in blogger and BitComet. So far things are getting better everyday. I can see how many visitors arrive to my page and what topics are more popular. The field is incommensurable and you put your unique ideas into your work getting your style known and respectable. You search for paying blog sites and find several places to start with.

When you maintain your method of writing you create a trusted name and your followers will appreciate your work more and more giving you more topics to write about.

Cure for ALS (Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis)

What is ALS?
Amyothropic Lateral Sclerosis is a classic motor neuron disease. Motor neuron diseases are progressive chronic diseases of the nerves that come from the spinal cord responsible for supplying electrical stimulation to the muscles. This stimulation is necessary for the movement of body parts.

In North America ALS is often called "Lou Gehrig's disease" after the stalwart baseball player who died from it. In 14 seasons playing for the New York Yankees, Gehrig did not miss a single game for a total of 2,130 straight games. He became known as the "iron man." Born in 1903, he died in 1941 at the age of 38. The movie, "Pride of the Yankees", tells Gehrig's tragic and triumphant life story.

ALS can strike anyone at any age and once it starts it paralyses the entire body and death usually happens in 2 to 5 years. The apcient become entombed in his/her own body. It has been over 100 years since it was first diagnosed.

ALS strikes in mid-life, most often in the fifth through seventh decades of life. Men are about one-and-a-half times more likely to have the disease as women. It affects about 20,000 Americans with 5,000 new cases occurring in the United States each year.

The disease process
ALS occurs when specific nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary movement gradually degenerate. The loss of these motor neurons causes the muscles under their control to weaken and waste away, leading to paralysis. The cause of this disease process is still unknown.

Signs and symptoms
ALS manifests itself in different ways, depending on which muscles weaken first. Symptoms may include tripping and falling, loss of motor control in hands and arms, difficulty speaking, swallowing and/or breathing, persistent fatigue, and twitching and cramping, sometimes quite severely.
What researches are being conducted to discover a treatment?

The MDA reported a clinical trial in Italy with 44 people with ALS were given Lithium (already FDA approved drug) and after 15 months not one died and their progression of the disease either slowed or stopped. Larger clinical trials are on the fast track now.

Lithium has its own risks
Lithium is a safe drug in low concentrations, though often severe mental disorder patients are put on a great deal of it because it is also one of the few that work for resistant types of those disorders. At levels like that it does cause obesity, fatigue, and sometimes phantom pain in addition to the liver toxicity effects (that are closely monitored).

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Latest Cellular News

This article was taken and adapted from Innovation: The Mobile Future of the Keyboard by Colin Barras

What´s going on Cellular phones lately?
It is widely known that many Cellular phone users nowadays enter far more letters than numbers into their gadgets. And in most phones you still wrtite your SMS´s using a number pad. Now there is a tendency: The designers of smart phones are determined to make touchscreen keyboards the norm before they have been fully perfected.

As you may already know touch screens today are the most popular with designers and consumers. There is an issue though: Users have to deal with the small surface to select images of buttons. Figuring out better ways to input text on touch screens is important for more than just phones too, as they become common in other places like desktop computers, gaming devices and coffee tables.

Innovation is in the path
Recently some more innovative ideas have shown where the future of mobile touch-screen text input may lie. One that launched recently is Shapewriter – already available for the iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile devices.

It does away with the backwards-looking concept of pecking at images of keys on a glossy surface. A qwerty layout is still shown, but the user draws over it to link up the letters of a word they wish to write. The company behind Shapewriter says it has evidence this can be significantly faster than even a conventional touch keyboard – although at first glance, the shapes you draw even for relatively simple words seem elaborate.

Good vibrations
Another approach is to use a phone's vibrate function to give an uncannily real illusion of using physical buttons. Stephen Brewster's team at the University of Glasgow, UK, achieve the illusion with split-second pulses of vibrations chosen to provide sensations that feel like pressing a button, or shifting from key to key.

The Conference: New Cellular products
This week at the Computer Human Interaction 2009 conference in Boston, Massachusetts, the team are presenting results of user tests on a Nokia N800 Internet Tablet equipped with the technology. The system uses the feedback to allow you to press harder on the screen for uppercase letters.

This video showing a mobile computer controlled using an interface projected onto any surface, like your hand, gives one possible view of the more distant future. But ultimately entering text may stop being a physical task altogether.

It was reported last year on the first "voiceless phone call", placed using a neckband that makes it possible for someone to think words and have a computer read or type them out. The device detects and translates nerve signals sent by the brain to the vocal cords when we merely think about speaking a sound.

Made by Ambient Corporation it has the potential to combine the discreet silence of texting with the speed and accuracy of spoken language.

Their product is likely to help people with problems like motor neurone disease first, but they plan to develop it into a commercial product targeted as devices like phones too. However, before that happens we can expect to see many more attempts to perfect the mobile touch screen keyboard.

Visit the conference showroom at:

Monday, April 6, 2009

Strong quake in Italy kills over 150, wounds 1,500

AP News article taken from Yahoo.

By MARTA FALCONI, Associated Press Writer Marta Falconi, Associated Press Writer
L'AQUILA, Italy – Rescue workers using bare hands and buckets searched frantically for students believed buried in a wrecked dormitory after Italy's deadliest quake in nearly three decades struck this medieval city before dawn Monday, killing more than 150 people, injuring 1,500 and leaving tens of thousands homeless. The 6.3-magnitude earthquake buckled both ancient and modern buildings in and around L'Aquila, snuggled in a valley surrounded by the snowcapped Apennines' tallest peak...

More info... or you can Watch the video Here

North Korea: What they really want?

Two news reports from differents sources. Take your conlcusions.
NORAD AND USNORTHCOM MONITOR NORTH KOREAN LAUNCH - North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command officials acknowledged today that North Korea launched a Taepo Dong 2 missile at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday which passed over the Sea of Japan/East Sea and the nation of Japan. Stage one of the missile fell into the Sea of Japan/East Sea. The remaining stages along with the payload itself landed in the Pacific Ocean. No object entered orbit and no debris fell on Japan. More (Source: U.S. Northern Command)
S. KOREA: N. KOREA LAUNCHES ROCKET - North Korea has launched a long-range rocket, U.S. and South Korean officials confirmed to CNN on Sunday. The payload of the rocket remains unclear. North Korea has said the rocket was to carry a satellite into space, but the United States, South Korea and other nations fear it could be a missile with a warhead attached. A senior Obama administration official in Washington confirmed that the rocket did clear Japan. More (Source: CNN)