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Tuesday, 8 January 2013

Fraud Warning: Safety Tips on Purchasing Camping Gears

Planning a camping adventure for first timers can be very frustrating at first.  You maybe unsure as to what you should bring along with you and if you have the rights tools.  Although a camping vacation can be fun and exciting, it can sometimes be stressful to plan.  But don’t worry, like they say the first time is always the hardest.  And again don’t worry because it is not as hard as you think.

When it comes to camping you will have to bring multiple items with you because you will be in the wilderness and convenience will be provided for you rather you must bring it with you.  It is your first time so what you need to know is how to purchase the right tools and how to avoid fraud while buying. 

These are your fraud warnings and safety tips:

Meeting the buyer- whether you’re going to meet up or the buyer would go to your place make sure that you have someone with you.  Never go alone or never allow him inside your house alone.

Meeting the seller- same goes in meeting the seller.  It is best if you meet them at their home addresses where the item for sale is placed.  At least no matter what happens you know where the seller is situated.

Accepting and paying money- if the item is worth only a few bucks then it is easier and more convenient to pay in cash but if it involves larger amount of money it is safer to carry a check rather than cash.

Purchasing online- Only buy from a legitimate site, research information about the site first and read reviews about it.  Also you can ask friends who bought items online and go for the same site.  If the advertiser wants you to send cash up front you shouldn’t do it.  Remember not to sent cash or cheques through the post, or place money directly into a seller’s bank account, in advance of receiving goods.

Ask for the warranty or receipt of the product- once you bought an item from a private seller you will have no legal comeback if it turns out to be faulty so better check it thoroughly before handling the money.

And always keeps records about the transactions made. 

Fraud warning: Scam ads
·        Adverts that contain very poor grammar/spelling errors
·        Anyone requesting money in advance of you receiving the goods
·        Anyone who says they are in a different town/ area of the country than the postcode entered on the advert
·        Anyone offering expensive items for free, or at a discounted rate, on the condition that you pay large sums of money to cover travel, postage or courier cost
·        Anyone offering to buy you an item for a higher cost than you advertising it at to include shipping to them
·        Anyone asking you to remove your item
·        Anyone offering something that is too good to be true
·        Anyone who wants payment via money transfer
·        Anyone who only corresponds by an email and is unavailable on phone

As many kinds of investment, the chances of buying camping gears ending up to a fraud is more likely to happen as well.  And a scam can be devastating for you physically, financially and emotionally.  Hope this served as a fraud warning for you.

Wednesday, 2 January 2013

3 powerful ways to do a better job in 2013

Here are three ways you can improve your work - and your workplace - in the New Year.

1. Know what you’re doing before you worry about how you’ll do it.

We jump to thoughts of implementation so often in our work, and that tendency creates
several problems. We may not know exactly what we’re implementing, why we’re
implementing it or how much is possible. By skipping ahead to the details, we begin work
that may not make sense—and we unnecessarily constrain ourselves. This year, be mindful
about each idea you’re pursuing and determine its larger purpose before running forward
with activities. It’s not about what you’re doing but why you’re doing it.

2. Spend at least 15 minutes a day in deliberate thought about something bigger than your
to-do list.

This is critical. I believe in mornings - but for some people, it works best to do this exercise
at the end of the day to prepare for the next morning. What larger purpose defines you right
now? One year from now, what will you be glad you did tomorrow? Ten years from now? What
are the big things that need to happen to advance those aspirations? I believe the sum of our
efforts each year reflects the rigor we apply to these larger questions. Take a few minutes
each day to ask them. You may not have every answer, but you’ll make smarter choices along
the way - and let the little crap go more easily. For me, five minutes at the start of my workday
plus nightly blogging are tools I use in trying to step out of everyday to-do lists and think about
what ideas matter most each day. What tools can you put into place to schedule reflection?

3. Think about what unites your colleagues rather than what’s in it for you.

The best workplaces in the world have something in common: Colleagues embrace a collective
vision, and they’d do anything for each other. I’d always prefer to be in that kind of culture than
a dog-eat-dog slugfest because it’s better for me and better for my organization. Try to set a
course toward that kind of camaraderie. Define what you all want to do together. Along the way,
share credit. Recognize the achievements of others. Sacrifice something selfish if it yields a
greater good. If you are a manager, you have the chance to transform the experience of those
who report to you. Seize it with a spirit of selflessness. In the end, it’s the fastest way to
achievement - and happiness - for everyone.

Tuesday, 1 January 2013

The Future Is Now: What We Imagined for 2013 — 10 Years Ago

Predicting the future is hard, but that doesn’t stop us from trying. We’re Wired, after all.

Ten years ago, we boldly declared that we’d be living with phones on our wrists, data-driven
goggles on our eyes and gadgets that would safety-test our food for us. Turns out, a lot of
the things Sonia Zjawinski conceptualized in our “Living in 2013” feature way back in 2003
were remarkably close to what we’ve seen. We even got the iPhone right (sort of).

And so, as we look back on life in 2013 circa 2003, we’re going to spin it forward once again
to tell you what life will be like in 2023.

Predicted for 2003 (above):
Apple redefined the desktop, laptop, and MP3 player. The next insanely great thing: an LCD
arm cuff that includes a PDA, wireless Internet, a mini iPod, and, of course, a phone. The
iPhone bracelet's motion sensor allows you to scroll through apps and files with the flick of
a wrist, its clasp holds a digicam for use during video calls, and its wireless ear clip lets you
listen and speak to callers. And everything can be done via voice recognition or touchscreen.

Delivered in 2013:
Hey, it turns out, Apple gave us an iPhone after all! We got the name right, and even seemed
to know about FaceTime. But the form factor details? Not so much. While you can wear an
iPod nano as a watch, or make a call with your iPhone, if you want the watch-plus-phone
combination that we teased you with 10 years ago, for now you'll need to pick up a secondary
gadget that can transmit to your phone, like this Pebble.

Looking ahead to 2023:
Here's the thing, the screen on a watch is simply too small to display lots of data. And as an
input device? Forget it. Yet keeping your phone out of sight means you often can't interact with
your data on the go. The obvious answer is a variable size display. Samsung has already
demonstrated a pretty convincing foldable OLED display prototype. Given 10 more years, we can
easily see one screen serving multiple purposes by taking on multiple form factors, depending on
whether you wanted to simply glance at it to read a message, or unfold it to write your reply.