Thursday, January 8, 2015

Windows Vista Icons Tips

Microsoft Windows Vista, the next version of Windows, is scheduled to arrive in H2 2006. Vista is loaded with new technologies, the most visible being an enhanced graphical user interface. Vista's user interface improves rendering of text, allows smooth, eye-pleasing window transition effects, and utilizes high-resolution  icons.

Icon in Windows Vista Explorer

Windows Vista Explorer makes use of high-resolution 256x256 icons. While 256x256 pixels seem to be too much for current displays, Vista is able to dynamically downscale images to any size. By using large icons, Vista Explorer is already prepared for future displays with higher resolution [DPI].

The image size is controlled by a slider control in Windows Explorer. This slider replaces the discrete view modes in Windows XP. Vista makes it possible to assign different view mode and different icons sizes to each folder.

Support for high resolution icon is not limited to system icons. Our test showed that a custom icon with a large image is accepted and used by Windows Explorer without problems.

PNG Compressed Vista Icons

A typical Vista icon contains 12 images:

16x16 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha
32x32 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha
48x48 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha
256x256 pixels in 16 colors, 256 colors, and truecolor+alpha
The ability to put 256x256 pixels image inside an icon is not new. This feature was available in Windows XP and in previous systems. The problem is that an icon with all 12 formats requires more than 400kB. This is considerably more than a typical Windows XP icon needs (approx. 25kB). Microsoft solved this problem by extending the icon format.
Vista icons store the images in icons using PNG compression. With PNG compression, the size of an icon is reduced. Because PNG is loss-less and supports 8bit alpha channel, the quality of icon is maintained.

Current Vista icons use compression for the large 256x256 formats only. This makes the icons backwards compatible with previous systems. Windows XP will ignore the high resolution images and load the standard 48x48 pixels images.
It is possible to compress all images in an icon. Such icons will occupy even less space and they will work without problems in Vista. They will of course fail under Windows XP.

Creating and Converting Compressed Icons

Vista compatible icon editor is needed to work with Vista icons. Icon editor authors are adopting the Vista enhancements to the icon format and some of them have already managed to release new version of their software. A Vista icon is created by simply adding a high resolution images and by selecting the Vista format when saving an icon.

Some editors allows extracting Vista icons from executable files and converting them to XP icons (e.g. saving them without compression).

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Detox Diet Controversy

Detox or Starvation?

The detox diet has come under harsh scrutiny over the past few months. There are ample claims that the only weight lost is the water weight form the initial fast and the natural weight loss occurs from cutting caloric intake. The detox diet is quite restrictive, to the point where some people are calling it a starvation diet. There have been countless articles written by "experts" that state that the detox diet endangers people, stating that it creates yo-yo dieting, an unhealthy relationship with food, and even can contribute to the development of an eating disorder.

We also know that the vast majority of the "experts" who write these articles are those in the health and weight loss industry, such as nutritionists, health program supervisors, weight loss counselors, and lay people with an extreme interest in health and fitness. While I am certainly not suggesting that anyone is fabricating evidence or creating thought processes that are not accurate, I am however, indicating that when a person is educated to see things in one specific manner, it can be very difficult for them to see the same principles in a varying manner. For example, if a dietician goes to college and is taught that green beans cause cancer, that dietician will graduate believing that green beans cause cancer. If the same dietician returns for occasional classes to keep her education current, and over the course of the next ten years, the dietician is once again taught that green beans cause cancer, then the dietician will continue to believe this and teach her clients this as well. Fifteen years later someone comes along and points out to the dietician that green beans don't cause cancer, how likely is the dietician to believe that green beans don't cause cancer?

This phenomenon is not solely related to dieticians and health related fields. This phenomenon actual relates to every field. As a writer I was taught that you never speak in double negatives. It's a basic principle I apply every day. If someone tried to convince me that the rules had suddenly changed, right or wrong, it has already been ingrained in me that double negatives are inappropriate and you shouldn't use them. Thus, if I criticize this new theory without completely re-educating myself on the basic rules of English and grammar, then I am relying solely on my previous knowledge to dispute this issue.

So let's break away from conventional dieticians and explore the detox diet with a completely blank slate. I am not a dietician. I am just a writer is interested to know whether the detox diet is a healthy form of purification, or if it is a hidden form of starvation that does nothing but allow some water weight loss and makes you believe you are healthier. I have assembled three people who have done the detox diet and three who have not. Granted, this is not a huge percentage to pull from, but I am not using them as test subjects, only to ask them to verify or deny detox diet statements that are made from both testimonials from detox dieters and criticism from dieticians.

Fasting and Purity

For centuries people have fasted for purity. If we look back through even ancient texts, we will find that the fasting was not for spiritual purity alone, but for physical purity as well. Fasting for purity often left the spiritual seeker feeling initially drained and then once again reenergized within a thirty six hour period. The purity that they felt within their spirits was also a purity that they felt through their body. This argument can be easily criticized that they felt their body's purity because of their spiritual lifting. All three detox dieters, who were not in search of spiritual enlightenment, all agreed that they felt weak from the initial starvation, but began to feel "clearer," before the end of the second day. None of them agreed that they were experiencing starvation. They all felt their fasting led to at least some form of physical purity.

In medical science, there are times when doctors recommend fasting. Not including pre surgical procedures, most fasting requirements are for some form of "readying" or purity. Prior to starting diets that treat illnesses, such as the ketogenic diet, there is a period of fasting required beforehand.

Critics of the detox diet claim that the headaches and general all over yucky feeling people experience in the first week of a detox diet is from a lack of food. However, champions of the detox diet say that the headaches and the generally "yucky" feeling they get when fasting coincides with a noticeable change in their excretions. My three detox dieters all agreed that when their urine and bowel movements became noticeably more "aromatic" they found themselves with headaches and a feeling of overall fatigue. They did not contribute this feeling to fasting.

I did an online search and found eleven dieticians that negated the detox diet. Each one of them claimed that the headaches were from the fasting, however, each of them offered their own version of the detox diet. Interesting. The dieticians' versions included what could almost be considered fasting. Their idea of not fasting was eating some fruit and yogurt. Most detox diets do not include a total fasting period.

The critics of the detox diet are not impressed with the detox diet weight loss. They claim that the detox diet weight loss comes from the loss of water weight during the fasting period and will be regained quickly when normal eating is resumed. The detox diet weight loss comes from various sources. If you are doing a complete detoxification, including the colon, all three of my detox dieters claim that you can see where some of the weight loss comes from as you are flushing it down the toilet. Two of my detox dieters had to call plumbers from the excessive waste they produced. Their detox diet weight loss has remained, and two of them started the detox diet more than six months prior to this writing. Detox diet weight loss remained in all three of my dieters because they make better choices. They resumed normal eating habits, but they did not return to ingesting large amounts of junk foods. They claim that the detox diet showed them how important maintaining a low toxic level was to their overall health.

Just Another Diet Trend?

The critics of the detox diet claim that this diet trend, like all those that came before it, is no more effective than anything else that has been put out there. Whenever a new diet trend comes along, people rush to participate, and then claim that it doesn't work. Not all diets will work for everyone. I tried the Atkins diet for awhile with little or no results, but a man I knew lost nearly thirty pounds on it. However Atkins doesn't work very well for people who are not significantly overweight, according to some critics and apparently my body. So, does that mean that the detox diet is more than just another diet trend, or will it fall to the wayside after a bit like every other diet trend. Of my detox dieters, 2 out of three say it's not a diet trend. It is a method of cleansing the body, which other diet trends simply don't do. The 3rd dieter says it is a diet trend, but a highly effective diet trend, and if a diet trend is effective then who cares if it's a trend? Interesting point.

Diet trend and fads usually don't carry much weight behind their claims. They are simply a theory produced to suggest that the latest Diet trend is the most effective weight loss plan and everyone needs to jump on board before their obesity claims them forever. The detox diet has a different aim, so I really poked around when trying to determine if this was simply just a diet trend or more of a health revolution.

There is overwhelming evidence that Americans and Canadians are in the poorest health overall, considering the health care we have available. The healthcare we have at our fingertips should make us one of the healthiest nations in the world, but we rank very low on the list. Most doctors and scientists contribute this to the foods we put into our body and the chemicals we come in contact with when eating, working, and playing. For the health choices that we have available to us, we have one of the highest rates of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and childhood cancer rates in the world. Of course, we also rank ridiculously high on the list for overweight and obese citizens.

The detox diet is concerned with addressing the overall health of Americans, not just their waistline. The diet trends that have come along have been concerned with treating the waistline issues, but not the overall health. So, is the detox diet just another diet trend? By technical definition, a diet trend meaning any new method of eating introduced into society that creates a sudden onslaught of followers, well then yes. However, it can't be considered a diet trend by any other definition. It was simply not developed for the same reasons or the same fashion that diet trends hit the market.

Thin people can benefit from the detox diet. Overweight people can benefit from the detox diet. Everyone in between can benefit from the detox diet. The detox diet isn't targeted for weight loss. Thus it is really about a healthier lifestyle. Detox dieting is geared toward permanent health. After a significant purge of the body's chemical and toxic build up, the detox diet is geared to long lasting non-toxic lifestyles rather than diet trends, which tend to be geared toward lifestyles that manage weight.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Bodyweight Training For Fitness

Fitness is a complex term. This is why when you ask someone for a universal definition of fitness you usually get something vague like this, "Fitness is being fit". Don't believe me, ask someone (even fitness professionals). But once you understand the true nature of fitness, I'm confident you'll see why bodyweight training for fitness should be a part of your over-all workout program.

So, let's begin with my definition of physical fitness!

Fitness is the acceptable and deliberate compromise of competence and ability to perform in all the areas of cardiorespiratory endurance, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance, accuracy and toughness to produce optimum performance results under the greatest amount of circumstances.

You'd better read that again to make sure you get it.

As you can see, fitness is more than being strong. It is more than having powerful heart and lungs. Fitness is the ability to use all your physical abilities simultaneously and seamlessly to overcome physical challenges. And bodyweight training is an excellent method for training for over-all fitness!

Normally, people seeking fitness focus on only one or two of the physical abilities needed to be fit. Or, they base their training on the RESULT of being fit, like burning fat or building muscle. You see, having muscle or being lean does not necessarily mean you are fit! However, being fit usually manifests itself as a strong, muscular, lean body.

There are three types of challenges you'll face in sport, work and life.

1) The challenge requires you move your body to successfully complete the task

2) The challenge requires you move an exterior object to successfully complete the task

3) The challenge requires you to move your body and an exterior object to successfully complete the task

And to make things more complicated, the challenge can require any of the physical abilities of fitness and in any combination. As you can see, being able to move your own body is needed for two of the types of challenges, and therefore should be trained accordingly. Bodyweight training is that important.

Think of it this way, there are so many abilities to train in order to be fit, you need a versatile tool capable of training them all. And there is no better tool than your own body. Bodyweight training can effectively target all of the physical abilities needed to be fit.

Compare bodyweight training to weight training. Bodyweight training is a much more accessible and versatile form of training. Don't get me wrong, I like weight training and think it superior for some types of training. I just think bodyweight training has more to offer in terms of improving all the physical skills of fitness.

So, if you want to truly be fit, you need to improve all the physical abilities of fitness. Bodyweight training for fitness should be a part of everyone's physical training program. Because when you are truly fit, you'll not only meet the challenges of sport, work and life with excellence, you'll look great too!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

How To Diagnose Leukemia

There are various tests that can be done to help diagnose a patient for leukemia. The following three methods are the most common:

1. Physical Examination - Often used to check for lumps, abnormalities, or certain leukemia symptoms that may be present in a patient. This examination will usually include a thorough revision of the patients medical history, family history, and any risk factors that may exist specific to the patient. After the examination has been completed, it is usual for blood testing to follow.

2. Blood Tests - Such as CBC (complete blood count) tests can detect leukemia by determining the number of both red and white blood cells, together with the platelets (the small, round, thin blood cells that help the blood to stop flowing from a cut by becoming thick and sticky), the number of red blood cells that make-up the blood sample, and the amount of hemoglobin that consists in the blood.

- A peripherial blood smear (a thin layer of blood [stained] smeared on a microscope slide which allows for the cells to be examined microscopically) to determine the presence of "blast cells," which will reveal both the type and quantity of white blood cells that exist, may also be used.

- A cytogenetic analysis of the blood may be used to check for any changes in the chromosomes of the lymphocytes, together with other blood tests to see how well the body's organs are functioning.

3. Biopsy - A fine needle is usually inserted into the hip or breast bone to remove either a sample of bone, or bone marrow for microscopic examination in a laboratory (bone marrow aspiration [most common]). The sample is usually examined by a pathologist for any signs of cancerous cells.

Other forms of biopsy may include:

(a) Lymph node biopsy - depending on the type of leukemia suspected (a lymph node is removed for examination by a pathologist).

(b) Lumbar Puncture/Spinal Tap - is where spinal fluid is removed from between the vertebrae in the spine, for examination by a pathologist.

Other procedures during the biopsy process may include:

CT Scans, X-rays, MRI's (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and Ultra Sound Scans.

Breast Cancer , Chemotherapy and Effects

Diagnosed with breast cancer, I was aware about the effects that I would be going through. But there were a few that I didn't know about.

Things I knew:

1. Chemotherapy can make you sick. Vomiting is a side effect that everyone has. If it's not food coming back up then, it's a mucus like substance. Either way, it can put a strain on yourself and your body.

2. Losing your hair. It didn't take long after my first or second chemo treatment, that I noticed my hair was falling out. Each time I brushed my hair there were more and more hair strands. Eventually, all my hair would fall out (all over my body).

3. You get weak. The most simplest things that you would normally do would now take all your strength. Walking or climbing stairs would make your knees feel like they are going to buckle right out from under you.

4. Shortness of breath. Getting up to walk to the bathroom seemed to be a chore. It would feel as if you couldn't get enough air into your body. Now, you're tired and weak and breathing hard.

5. Your taste changes. Many say that a metallic taste stays in their mouth. Everything that you eat or try to eat or drink has a horrible taste to it. I was told not to use silverware when I ate, to buy plastic forks and spoons.

6. You're always thirsty. There is nothing that can satisfy your thirst now matter how much you try to consume. Water is the best thing, not because it will relieve your thirst, but because you're going to be drinking so, much that you need something that's good to put into your body.

7. You can get blood clots. Beware of any physical pain in your legs or arms. Pay attention to sudden bruising. This is not the time to just dismiss any changes in your body.

Things I didn't Know;

1. The tips of my fingers began to feel like they had fallen asleep. It was the only way that I knew to describe it. They were sensitive and I would often rub my fingers together to get the feeling back in them.

2. My finger nails hurt and started to curl. They began to thin and discolor. When I told the nurse about my finger nails, she told me that I could lose them and my toe nails too. I was often asked if I felt a tingling in either one.

3. Too high of dose of chemo can attach to your skin and eat it from inside out. When I started getting sores all over my body, I just ignored them, thinking that they were mosquito bites. But as time went on I went to see my doctor about them. This is when I learned that my chemo would have to be decreased because it was "eating" through my skin.

4. Confusion. My nurses called this "chemobrain" because most cancer patients had to deal with it. A simple question, forgetting where you're going or wondering what you came into the store to pick up, are just a few things that you deal with. Some people think that you're just not listening to them or that you're doing it on purpose, when the fact is that you're not.

5. Your eyes water. Often your eyes will just start to water. People may ask you why, you're crying, when in fact you just have watery eyes. It's advised to carry a tissue with you or have some nearby.

How to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Never in my life did I think that I would be diagnosed with breast cancer. It never crossed my mind as I saw my mother fight her own battle with it and then, pass away four years later after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Years later, my sister would be diagnosed with breast cancer. Living in another state, I didn't witness her fight, but I was still overcome with the same fear and sadness that I had had with our mother.

I didn't check myself regularly, but when I had I really didn't know what I was looking for. Was I feeling a "fatty" tissue or was I feeling something that I should be concerned about?

When my right arm started hurting, I thought that I had just laid on it wrong. I really didn't think about it much. It ached as if I had strained a muscle. I didn't feel the pain all the time, but it didn't seem to be going away either. After the pain started to spread to my underarm, I began to get concerned. I decided that it was time to go see my doctor about it.

It was here when the doctor told me (as she gave me a breast exam) that she had found something. In May 2014, I was diagnosed with breast cancer in my left breast. Then, two weeks later, I was also diagnosed with cancer in my right breast.

My mind was blank and then, it was cluttered with many different things. I had now believed that I was facing death! I began to get ready or as ready as you can get! I made sure my Will was up to date and I made my own funeral plans. I stepped back, realizing what I was doing, but new that it had to be done. I didn't want to leave my family with any unanswered questions.

Twelve appointments for chemo in total. Being so, sick that I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I was physical, emotionally and sometimes even spiritually tired. I wanted to give up! I wanted to just say; "Heck with the treatments, I don't care anymore!" But my family wouldn't allow it. They were my strength.

As I counted down, my chemo came and went. I was tired! Tired of the weakness. Tired of being sick. Tired of being in bed. But I kept telling myself; "You're going to get better."

When the last chemo treatment arrived, I wanted to celebrate. But still ahead of me was the surgery. And, I was fearful. As each day passes, it brings with it a little more stress. In a month I will have my surgery and I wonder, what will life be like afterwards?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

MLM Success Tips

Best Way to Produce an MLM aka Network Marketing Lead the Easy Way

You can get a lead nearly anywhere nowadays. Just hit up Google for 'where can I find or buy network marketing leads' or 'buy MLM leads cheap' and you will be presented with just tons of sources.

Most of which are pure crap. I know whereof I speak. I have spent money with them. Listen to me on this and save your money. Solo ads or paid advertising are different matters which I will address later. For now, I am referring to the sources of cheap leads out there.

Why am I down on buying cheap leads? Well, frankly, if your budget has lots of room in it, go for it. Most best lessons are the ones for which you pay. If that sounds cold hearted I honestly don't mean it to be.

My personal mission is to help 1,000 folks be able to leave their jobs and while this will indeed help me make a ton of money, it is not just about the money. I think self-employed people make the country a better place because they have the time and money to be active in making the world a better place. They also have a particular vested interest in the economy because they are business owners.

I would not stop with those leads, though, because most of them have been emailed, re-emailed, sold through probably 100 different companies who then emailed, re-emailed and then sold to another set of lead companies. I once found out that I had emailed myself because I was on a list I bought. Very good laugh; moderately bad use of funds. It was also a very bad use of time as the ROI is zero, nada, zilch.
Online Business Systems

We all know that the secret to franchise success is that they all use a proven system. What you (and everyone who is new to this business) need is a system that teaches you how to market using the Internet's nature, i.e., the Internet runs on search, not spam. Let me say it again, you need a proven system. You will need not only a proven system, but something that helps you track what you do every day. This means a planner, whether electronic or paper, so you can plan your daily activities and see them done and recorded. You are building a business and you need to run it like a businessman or woman.

How Do I Get the Best Leads?

Attraction marketing Attraction marketing has made more folks reach the money ring than any other system. This friends and family thing failed from the get go. It is not that the market is saturated or that it is a scam. It is not. The friends and family thing simply has a success rate of less than 0.5% on a market sample that is generally smaller than 100 people.

Now, think about it. How is anyone really supposed to succeed with that? I would rather play the lottery frankly. Less effort and more fun and arguably about the same kind of success rate.

Attraction Marketing

People who see you online don't know you. They have no reason to trust you. There is really nothing right in front of them to encourage them to do so, either. To build a relationship with them, you have to give them a reason to trust you. Help them solve an immediate problem and there is the beginning of trust. This is generally called 'giving value' up front and is the drive shaft of Attraction Marketing.

'Giving value,' what I call solving a problem for them up front, gives them a reason to believe in what you say. Fact is, what with all you have probably read up to this point makes you an expert relative to 99% of the people out there, even those who tried, failed, left, came back years later, did the same thing... and are now trying again.

I say this because if they were educating themselves and taking action on that information they would have succeeded.

Present yourself as someone who is educated on Internet marketing matters in a unique way and you will stand out from your competitors in this field. Help them solve some immediate problem or provide some much needed instruction and you will be seen as an expert who is interested in their success, the go to person for their problems.

My own personal unique selling point is that I am not only tired of my job, but I have also built successful brick and mortar concerns that were successful. I am dedicated to helping a particular number of folks become job independent, not after a particular income for myself.

Be the Hunted not the Hunter

Stop selling. No one likes to be sold. When you walk into a bookstore and someone asks you if they can help you find anything what is your knee jerk response 90% of the time?

"No, thanks. I am just looking."

However, when you have looked and hunted and sought to solve it on your own, in this case locate that particular tome of your favorite author because you occupy that dream of all writers, that of Constant Reader.

... then you go to a clerk and say, "Can you help me find... ?"... whatever it is you are looking for.

Practicing Attraction Marketing puts you in the pathway of those who have determined they cannot solve their problem alone.

People buy from those they like and trust. People tend to like and trust folks who have helped them solve problems. People buy from people they trust.

Closing is Simple with Qualified Leads

Qualified leads are seldom bought for pennies. Seriously qualified leads that you did not generate yourself can cost as much as $20.00 per lead and with the proper offer, are worth it. If you average return per lead is $500.00, then $20.00 is nothing. The issue is can you take the hit if it fails? Generally the answer to that is no.

Qualified leads are folks to whom you can demonstrate your worth. Once that is done, they have reason to trust you and like you. That is a relationship which is profitable to both you and your lead, in solved problems and profits generated.