Archive for: August 2012

iPad Review

I know there are a lot of people over 50 who don't own a computer, but some of us like all the newer technology and the iPad is no exception. I don't have a data connection for mine, but it works through WiFi just fine if I'm downtown and want to check messages or Facebook, or read news articles while grabbing a bite to eat with the kids at McDonalds.

I find it handy around the home too. It's great for reading novels. The text is very sharp and clear so there isn't any eye-strain. You can make the type as large or as small as you want. You can get the Kindle app for iPad right here, for free. On a full charge it will work for 9-10 hours.  Plus it can take some great pictures. It has a 5-megapixel iSight camera.

I didn't get too excited about them when they first came out. I already have numerous electronic gadgets. But this one is just the right size to work with. And it can open most of the common file types that you can either transfer to it or transfer back to your PC. I often use Google Docs for moving files.

Of course you can do all of the expected things with it. You can download movies, hook it to your TV (in some cases) to watch the downloaded movie on a bigger screen. You can play games, listen to podcasts and music, take notes, access Twitter, Facebook and even just browse the web and order gifts for Christmas. Just have a look at the introductory video below.

Another feature I like is that you don't have to worry about getting overly distracted. iPad works with your apps to let you know about missed messages, calendar invitations, friend requests, and more. New notifications appear discreetly at the top of your screen — without interrupting what you’re doing. And you can see a summary of recent notifications when you swipe down from the top of any screen.

But then if something distracting IS happening, you can record video in high definition. And with automatic video stabilization, your recording is free of bumps and shakes.

If there is something you would like it to be able to do, and it doesn't, there are over 225,000 apps -- many which are free or low-cost that you can download right from your iTunes store. iPad lets you know when updates are available, so your apps are always current.

The price is dropping a bit on them too. I often buy electronics at the local Staples store, and they have the Apple 16GB iPad, 3rd Gen, Wi-Fi, Black for $499.00 plus tax. But since they have been out for a few months now you can get a better deal at Amazon. Some of the searches show new ones from $460 and you can even buy used ones from $439.00.


Green coffee bean diet

Green Coffee Bean Diet? I had never heard of such a thing until I stumbled across my friend Steve Stanton's blog, that has some more information on it. It seems to be backed up by an article I read on Wikipedia that says. "Dr. Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton found a significant correlation between consumption of green coffee and weight loss."

An article appearing in the LA Times on March 27, 2012, said:

In a limited trial, 16 overweight young adults taking various doses of green coffee bean extract lost an average of 17.5 pounds and 16% in body fat in 22 weeks. But questions remain, experts say.

Most of the article is based on Dr. Vinson's findings, but apparently he isn't the only person doing their own tests. In a video on Steve's Blog you can see an interview done on the TV show called the Dr. Oz Show.  I thought the good doctor might be a flake but he isn't. Dr. Oz is also Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute & Complementary Medicine Program at NY Presbyterian. I also had a look through YouTube and found plenty of testimonials about it like the one below:

Visit Steve's Blog to watch the video he has posted. I'm only posting this because there are so many people who struggle with weight loss, and I didn't want them to miss this resource. It isn't something I will be trying. Heck, if I lost any weight, I'd probably just blow away....


No More Wasted Time — by Beverly Preston

One of the folks I interact with on Twitter is a #1 Bestselling Author on Amazon. Beverly Preston has been a stay at home mom for 21 years, although she prefers the title Domestic Engineer, raising her four amazing kids. Along the way, Beverly worked side by side with her husband Don, the love of her life, designing, building and selling custom homes. As her children begin to venture out on their own, she's left to shed a tear--for a minute--wonder what's next in life, and embrace the feeling of empowerment that surely must've been wrapped in a present she received on her fortieth birthday.

If Beverly isn't at home riding her spin bike, you'll find her spinning richly emotional and sinfully sexy romance stories.


Her new book No More Wasted Time summary follows:

After losing her husband to a sudden heart attack, Tess Mathews escapes to Bora Bora to lay her husband and sorrow to rest. What she doesn’t expect is a new beginning.

Tom Clemmins is an A-list actor whose life revolves around work and an onslaught of women. He travels to Bora Bora for a much-needed break. Tom has a few ideas of how he’ll enjoy his vacation, but love isn’t one of them. Until he sees Tess.

Reserving a private shark-feeding excursion to scatter her husband’s ashes into the lagoon, Tess is furious when Mr. Hollywood bribes his way onto the boat, leaving her no other choice but to share the boat ride.

Tess is torn between tremendous guilt and zealous lust when their boat ride turns into a week full of romance and desire neither thought imaginable. Utterly smitten with a woman for the first time in his life, Tom casts his commitment phobia aside and whisks Tess off to Malibu where he introduces her as his “girlfriend” on the red carpet.

As the paparazzi besiege, can Tess survive the media blitz that ensues in order to find her second chance at love?

It's been getting some great reviews:

“This book was hard to put down and I look forward to more by Beverly Preston. ” Lynette  |  19 reviewers made a similar statement

“This book made me cry, laugh, and root on Tess as she takes her life into her own hands and finds love again.” Caylee  |  10 reviewers made a similar statement

“The character development was well thought out and very sincere.” Ashley E. Clark  |  3 reviewers made a similar statement

Beverly is offering this Kindle version eBook for free through Amazon for the next day or so. Actually she said "Steve it is free Sun Mon Tues!" So ... don't wait! Click here to download it now!


Need some website help?

I see a lot of people over 50 these days turning to the Internet to make a little extra cash. Heck, in this recession (all-right -- I'm aware the government hasn't formally announced we are in a recession) people of all walks of life are trying to make a little extra cash. Regardless of whether you have written an ebook, have something physical to sell, or want to promote a new service, sometimes you might need a little help with some website advice. I had my first web development job in 1998. I won't call myself an expert, but I've had 14 years experience.

Anybody can write an ebook and sell it. I've done it, although it's been a few years. But just for an example here is an image of some Clickbank sales I made in 2005 (while still building websites for clients) on a package I offered showing people how to build their first business website.

I just went through Steve MacLellan's new course, Your-1st-Business-Website, and I have to tell you, it made all the difference in the world in my ability to make sites.

This is a complete A-Z nuts and bolts tutorial. Everything you need to know to get your first site up and going and how to manage it once you get it online.

Now, I'm not a techie and I have built a couple sites, but it was a real chore as I tried to figure everything out from those cryptic help instructions. I tried Front Page (way too complicated) Mozilla Composer and Nvu.

Thanks, Steve. You've made it a lot easier for me and all the other all thumbs non-techie newbies.

Larry Foster

When Steve asked me to review his new ebook I thought I would be bored as I have been designing websites for over 3 years, boy was I wrong! Your First Business Website is the most complete book I have ever read on this subject anywhere, anytime.

Steve covers every aspect of the subject with easy to understand examples and great explanations. If you have never ever set up a website, you will be able to easily build a professional website after reading this book.

If you have built a website before you can still benefit from reading this book, I know I did. From using a HTML editor, to using an image editor, to website hosting, and everything in between, it is all here. This book is a must have for the beginning website designer, it will turn you into a pro.

Thom Meyer

So what are you getting at?

Under Hobbies in the Forums, we could have a new topic to discuss business websites. I don't know how many people would be interested in it, but if you are, either email me or put a comment below and let me know. It could be a lot of fun, and I can guarantee you would learn something.


Paws for Cancer Research

There is an article circulating the Internet called Graviola Tree "10,000 Times Stronger Killer Of Cancer Than Chemo" but the fact of the matter is, there haven't been any clinical trials on human patients that I have been able to discover. There is no real evidence to show that graviola works as a cure for cancer.  And the real breakthrough comes from another plant that is a member of the same plant family. It's called Paw paw.

The active ingredient in Graviola is " annonaceous acetogenins" and a Purdue University study found the compounds to be effective against drug-resistant cancer cells in in vitro testing. But Paw paw was found to be 24 times more potent.

Dr. Jerry L. McLaughlin published a paper titled Paw Paw and Cancer: Annonaceous Acetogenins from Discovery to Commercial Products that you can read in pdf format here. And surprisingly enough he had some success with some clinical trials on humans in Nevada. You see, the state of Nevada allows a physician or health practitioner to perform informal clinical trials with unapproved remedies on terminal cancer patients who have already tried conventional treatments and are at the end of the line. You can read about the clinical trials in pdf format here.

Dr. McLaughlin is retired now, but before he retired, he spoke about his success with Paw paw. Have a look at the video below and let him tell you about it.

I don't have any medical training and cannot offer any advice on using this product other than to tell you it is not a preventative medicine. If you are healthy, or pregnant, you shouldn't take it. As well you should consult your doctor before taking anything he hasn't prescribed for you. To learn more about the product sold as "Nature's Sunshine Paw Paw Cell-Reg" click here.