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Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Make Money Online Taking Pictures

I have come across an unique opportunity and wanted to share the information with you.

Do you have a passion for photography? Or do you find that you are the 'one' in the crowd always with a camera? This opportunity shares with you the information necessary to turn your love of picture taking into money.

When I first started my website,I needed pictures to correspond to my content. You can view some pictures I bought by viewing my website here. I joined istock photo and had to pay for the use of those pictures. I assume all businesses with websites, brochures, newsletter etc, need to do the same thing. You can not simply 'steal' a picture from someone and use it for your own personal or business use.

I have been reading about the demand of amateur photos. I know that if your pictures are accepted at one of these photo sites, there is a chance for your
picture(s) to be bought and then there's an additional chance of repeat sales. That money can quickly add up.

If you think about all the sites on the Internet and all the businesses that are in need of pictures, there is an opportunity here to make some extra money.

The program I am referring to is called Photo Wealth System and it's not free, but I noticed it's only $29.95. That's really not a huge amount of money to spend if the system works.

I have read the landing page and it makes sense to me, so I may be trying this out myself. Read the page yourself and see what you think. Click here This company also lists additional bonuses that come with a purchase.

A home based business can be born for a stay at home mom, college student or anyone wanting extra monthly income. I consider it a fun way to earn some cash, not work.

I immediately thought of the many niches that pictures can be used for...real estate, home and garden, financial and the list goes on and on.

I'd be interested in hearing if anyone who does purchase this system is successful, so we can pass the news on to others. I need to wait until I buy myself a digital camera. I am still in the dark ages using my 35mm, which I can't seem to part with

Friday, February 20, 2009

Learning About File Extensions

I have never before considered myself computer savvy, but over the last two years, I sure have come a long way.

With determination, I have learned all about HTML codes, publishing websites, troubleshoot problems that surface with my computer etc, etc...I find that I do not have to ask a friend for his help as often as I once did. I can now troubleshoot a problem and fix it within a reasonable amount of time.

My new goal is to learn about file extensions. A file extension is at the end of a file name and it describes what kind of file it is. You need different applications to open files based on their file type. You may have trouble opening a file if you do not have the application necessary. Have you ever run into this problem?

I think we are all familiar with the more known types of files: jpg, doc, mp3, exe. I was having some trouble with file extension xpi. Do you know what type of file this refers to?

This extension refers to a compressed file which contains programs for opening it. It is used for downloading and installing other extensions or software components.
Mozilla and Firefox are usually associated with using these file types. If you have Windows, like me, you may have trouble opening this type of file extension unless you have the XPI software. This software can be downloaded from the Internet.

Another reason Window users may not be able to open this type of file is due to registry errors. You can go to File Extension Library, which offers a free scan to find out if you do have errors on your computer.

If you find over time, your computer is running slower and slower, this may be one of the causes. Your registry runs slow due to installing and uninstalling programs, start up tasks, corrupted drivers and so on. IF this is left unchecked, your system becomes increasingly unstable. It will run more slowly and you will find it will crash frequently.

If you have questions about any type of file extension and want the answer, go to You will see straight to the point, easy to understand answers... no fluff to confuse you. If I can understand the concept behind all the many types of file extensions, you can too.

Friday, February 13, 2009

First Class Stamp Price Going Up

The U.S. Postal Service announced the price of a first-class stamp will go up to 44 cents beginning on May 11.

Our economy which is affecting our homes and businesses, also includes the post office. The price increase is due to the rate of inflation in the year before.

I even had heard on the radio, the Post Office is trying to stop delivering mail one day during the week. I believe it was on a Tuesday because that is said to be the lightest day of incoming mail.

The new 44-cent rate will cover the first ounce of first-class mail. The price for each additional ounce will remain at 17-cents.

Postal officials have estimated the increase in postage will cost the average household approximately $3-a-year.

Now is the time to start buying “forever” stamps. You can purchase these stamps at the 42 cent rate until the rate increase takes effect. The good thing about forever stamps is they remain valid in the future regardless of any rate hikes.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Farmers and Ranchers: Good For The People

The American Farmers and Ranchers of today produce an abundance of food, fiber, flowers, fish, forest products, forage and fuel. The American consumers are offered these products at prices that are among the lowest in the world. We do export some of these products, which helps feed people around the globe.

It is said that one American farmer produces enough food to feed more than 144 people. Most of the food we eat is produced right in the United States, so we are not paying other countries to send it to us.

Other countries are not as abundant in soil and water as the US, but we really need to protect out natural resources and not take them for granted. It is as simple as this: If natural resources are depleted at a faster rate than they can replenish themselves, they eventually disappear.

American farmers and ranchers understand that concept and use soil and water conservation practices. There are about 2 billion acres of land in the US. That breaks down to being about 70% privately owned land and most of that land, 1.4 billion acres, is managed by ranchers and/or farmers. More than 92 million acres of land, is privately developed and much of it is owned by homeowners.

We ALL benefit when private landowners care for natural resources because it will ensure that we will have cheap, plentiful food and clean water. So ALL people should help the farmers and ranchers care about these resources.

The farmers and ranchers have made a difference. With help from the Natural Resources Conservation Service, they have reduced the annual soil loss from 5.1 billion tons in 1982 to 1.8 billion tons in 2001. Controlling erosion keeps the land productive and reduces the amount of soil, pesticides, fertilizers and other substances that pollute our water.

Farmers and ranchers have also been helping with the Nation’s energy supply by producing and utilizing renewable resources. They have been using wind and solar energy for years! By producing crops ( corn, wheat, soybeans sugarcane), which contribute to 2 types of biofuel – ethanol and biodiesel, we can find an alternative fuel products instead of pure gasoline.

Things Made With Products Provided by American Farmers and Ranchers
1) Corn provides; food, plastic, cooking oil, cattle feed, diapers, sweeteners, de-icer, packing peanuts, ethanol and cleansing products.
2) Soybeans provide: food, cooking oil, cattle feed, ink, paint stripper, crayons, lubricants, candies, engine oil, hand cleaner, nail polish remover, hair care products, adhesives and biodiesel fuel.
3) Rice provides: food, cattle feed, dog food, Japanese wine
4) Cotton provides: bandages, cooking oil, paint, paper and clothing
5) Pigs provide: bacon, ham, sausage, pork chops, hot dogs and leather
6) Cows provide: milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ice cream, steaks, hamburgers, beef jerky, leather, film coatings. Medicine and piano keys
7) Trees provide: lumber, turpentine, paper, solvents, oils, medicine, syrup, nuts, mulch, film, chewing gum, nail polish, rocket fuel, make up, tooth brushes and food additives

Fun Cow Facts:
· In one day, 1 cow produces 5.4 gallons of milk or 2 lbs of butter or 4.6 lbs of cheese
· A typical dairy cow weighs 1400 lbs and produces more than 46 lbs of milk per day
· In one day, 1 cow consumes 35 gallons of water, 20 lbs of grain and 35 lbs of hay & Silage
· And for the environment: each dairy cow produces 100 lbs of manure each day.

Agricultural products are very important in our lives and we need to conserve, sustain and improve our natural resources for the future.

You can visit Federal conservation programs at or

Thank you to all the farmers and ranchers.

Source: For the Good of the People / NCRCS
United States Conservation Service

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Need a Brain Boost?

When you're feeling the pressure to be 'smart'...helping the kids with their homework, doing your taxes or other countless tasks that require brain power, these foods may help boost your brain 'smarts'.

The below foods also help slow cognitive decline, improve your memory and protect your mental sharpness.

Eating blueberries, which are high in antioxidants, help protect the brain from free radical damage. Blueberries also improve cognitive processing. If you can find 'wild' blueberries, they have even more brain boosting antioxidants than our civilized variety.

A fresh brewed coffee is the ultimate brain fuel. The caffeine has been said to show that it retards the aging process and enhances short term memory performance. In a British study, researchers have found that people consuming the caffeine equaling one cup of coffee experience improved attention and problem solving skills.

Salmon or mackerel contains omega 3 fatty acids that are one of the primary building blocks of brain tissue. Salmon is also rich in niacin, which wards off Alzheimer's disease and slows the rate of cognitive decline.

Keep away from sugary foods, which causes surges in glucose. In the long term, the highs and lows can lead to lack of concentration. Also stay away from foods high in saturated fat. This fat can clog blood vessels and prevent the flow of nutrients and blood to the brain.