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What Is The Best Safety Razor For Beginners?

Posted on: Sat, 2018-02-24 - 22:14 By: admin

What Is The Best Safety Razor For Beginners?

You’ve decided to give a single blade safety razor a try. Congratulations! But which razor? There many different types of “old school” double edge safety razors. Some are based on designs that have been around for many years. Others offer a new take on the old stand-by’s. Which ones are the best bets for beginners?

Specific parameters that were considered:
- Reasonably widely available.
- The razor head engineered to be more “forgiving” to someone learning their technique.
- The shave experience should not overly aggressive but still reasonably efficient.
- A handle with a sure grip and a good balance.

Read the article at https://sharpologist.com/2017/03/best-safety-razor-beginners.html


What Is The Best Safety Razor For Beginners? - Sharpologist
You've decided to give a single blade, double edge safety razor a try. Congratulations! But which razors are the best bets for beginners?

The drugs do work: antidepressants are effective, study shows

Posted on: Sat, 2018-02-24 - 17:27 By: admin

The drugs do work: antidepressants are effective, study shows

The study published in the Lancet took six years, Cipriani said, and included all the published and unpublished data that the scientists could find. It was carried out by a team of international experts. They looked at results after eight weeks of more than 500 trials involving either a drug versus placebo or comparing two different medicines.

The most famous antidepressant of them all, Prozac – now out of patent and known by its generic name, fluoxetine – was one of the least effective but best tolerated, measured by a low drop-out rate in the trials or fewer side-effects reported. The most effective of the drugs was amitriptyline, which was the sixth best tolerated.

In a commentary in the journal, Sagar Parikh from the University of Michigan in the USA and Sidney Kennedy from the University of Toronto in Canada pointed out that three drugs scored best for efficacy and tolerability: agomelatine, escitalopram, and vortioxetine. Three others scored particularly poorly: fluvoxamine, reboxetine, and trazodone. The first three “might be considered first choice” by doctors, they write, although the two most effective drugs – amitriptyline and venlafaxine – might still be first choice for severe depression.

But Cipriani said any of the drugs might still have their uses. The trial data cannot show which drug would be likely to work best for any one individual.

See https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/21/the-drugs-do-work-antidepressants-are-effective-study-shows


The drugs do work: antidepressants are effective, study shows | Science | The Guardian

Ignoring the mainstream myths about low-carb ketogenic eating

Posted on: Sat, 2018-02-24 - 15:46 By: admin

Ignoring the mainstream myths about low-carb ketogenic eating

There are many myths and stories perpetuated by the media about low-carb ketogenic eating. We each have to take responsibility for our own bodies and it is up to each of us to decide whether we're going to research it ourselves and discuss it with a GP or some other source we have found. At the end of the day, the sources that you choose will likely influence your decision.

Whether we like it or not, what we decide to eat does "shape" us, and we are affected to a lesser or greater extent depending on our own genes. In my own case, low-carb made a noticeable difference in terms of weight loss which I have kept off now for over 4 years.

But it's really not about trying to convince others of anything, merely providing another option to be considered. In fact going by general medical consensus the Mediterranean diet is probably held to be the healthiest overall.

But you can read more about some common myths about low-carb ketogenic eating at https://www.dietdoctor.com/ignoring-mainstream-myths-low-carb-ketogenic-eating


Ignoring the mainstream myths about low-carb ketogenic eating - Diet Doctor
I have always thought of myself as a congenial person who doesn’t pick fights. I have learned through many years of public interactions that, usually, the most effective way to handle most issues in life is with rational, unemotional calmness — and kindness — if at all possible.

Which navigation app will REALLY get you to your destination quickest? Blogger pits Apple Maps, Google...

Posted on: Sat, 2018-02-24 - 15:11 By: admin

Which navigation app will REALLY get you to your destination quickest? Blogger pits Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze against each other to reveal the best choice

This article is a really nice summary of Artur Grabowski tests. The biggest pity is that there was not a real side-by-side comparison done by three different drivers at the same time (anyone seen a test like that?).

But despite that the summary explains the nuances in the expectations that each app gives for the estimated journey.

This battle will never really be won as geographic considerations (as well as instants in time) all differ. But if a few multyi-driver tests could be published for different cities it may well show some more conclusive evidence.

See the summary at http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5420235/Study-finds-Google-Maps-fastest-GPS-service.html


Study compares whether Google Maps, Apple Maps or Waze is fastest
Blogger Artur Grabowski collected data from 120 trips to find out whether Google Maps, Apple Maps or Waze was the fastest service. For each trip, he measured traffic conditions and other factors.

What is VoIP phone?

Posted on: Sat, 2018-02-24 - 14:23 By: admin

What is VoIP phone?

A VoIP phone is a hardware- or software-based telephone designed to use voice over IP (VoIP) technology to send and receive phone calls over an IP network. The phone converts analog telephony audio into a digital format that can be transmitted over the internet and converts incoming digital phone signals from the internet to standard telephone audio.

You'll hear more and more about VoIP phones as times goes on as the old concept of a fixed line analogue phone tied to a phone number that changes as you move house, and charges you a fortune for an overseas call, etc is all fading away as the Internet and data connectivity is everywhere. With VoIP you can take your home number with you as you travel anywhere in the world.

Here in South Africa I had settled on Fresh Phone a bit over two years back (and bought a Yealink phone to use with it) and am still very happy with them (there are plenty of other providers but at that time their options, costs and quality were best suited to me). You can also port your existing Telkom landline number over to Fresh Phone so that you keep your old number. I did this post about it at the time https://plus.google.com/+DanievanderMerwe/posts/3DapSZvLH4N.

See more about what a VoIP phone is and how it works at http://searchunifiedcommunications.techtarget.com/definition/VoIP-phone


What is VoIP phone? - Definition from WhatIs.com
This definition explains the meaning of a VoIP phone, also known as an IP phone, and the features and types of phones used in a VoIP system.

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader - Black (Parallel Import) for R2,499

Posted on: Sat, 2018-02-24 - 13:13 By: admin

Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader - Black (Parallel Import) for R2,499

This is the WiFi version (no ads) with a built-in backlight which sells normally for around R2,999. But more to the point, the post is not about the Kindle per se, but more about the availability of parallel imports via Takealot (and probably other online retailers too).

The way to find them is to go to the Takaelot site and search for "parallel import", or just click on https://www.takealot.com/all?qsearch=Parallel+Import&_sb=1&_dt=all&_r=1.

Please don't reply to this post about why you don't use Kindle's as it is merely an example of one parallel import s there are fragrances etc too. If you want to debate and vote on ereaders vs paper books please visit my post onthat at https://plus.google.com/+DanievanderMerwe/posts/1s4YAdaXzE5.

See https://www.takealot.com/kindle-paperwhite-e-reader-black-parallel-import/PLID47902857


Kindle Paperwhite E-Reader - Black (Parallel Import)
Buy the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader - Black (parallel Import) online from Takealot. Many ways to pay. We offer fast, reliable delivery to your door.

UPS is building its own fleet of electric delivery trucks

Posted on: Thu, 2018-02-22 - 22:37 By: admin

UPS is building its own fleet of electric delivery trucks

UPS announced today that it would be building its own electric delivery trucks from scratch. It will partner with truck maker Workhorse Group Inc to build the first 50 vans that could eventually replace the delivery giant’s fleet of fossil fuel-burning vehicles.

The delivery EVs would have a range of 100 miles and will be delivered in 2018, UPS said. “We see this vehicle as being a game changer in the electric truck arena,” Carlton Rose, UPS’s president for global fleet maintenance and engineering, told Reuters. “It’s also an industry first because the acquisition cost is comparable to gas and diesel.”

The Atlanta-based company already has 35,000 gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles in its fleet. The Workhouse-built trucks would cost about the same as UPS’s conventional vehicles but would have a lower cost of ownership because they are cheaper on a per-mile basis.

The new vehicles will join UPS’s preexisting fleet of clean fuel-burning vans. The company has more than 300 electric vehicles deployed in Europe and the US, and nearly 700 hybrid electric vehicles.

See https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/22/17040180/ups-electric-delivery-trucks


UPS is building its own fleet of electric delivery trucks
Partnering with truck maker Workhorse

10 Ways Higher Education Could Be Transformed to Support the Needs of a Changing World

Posted on: Thu, 2018-02-22 - 22:34 By: admin

10 Ways Higher Education Could Be Transformed to Support the Needs of a Changing World

None of these ideas happens without some effort but I do like some of them, especially the blended learning (cross-pollinating where there is an abundance of material, and also furthering alternative perspectives) and the Uber Tutoring.

See http://innovationexcellence.com/blog/2018/02/21/10-ways-higher-education-could-be-transformed-to-support-the-needs-of-a-changing-world/


10 Ways Higher Education Could Be Transformed to Support the Needs of a Changing World

How to Watch Channel 4 Outside The UK

Posted on: Thu, 2018-02-22 - 03:52 By: admin

How to Watch Channel 4 Outside The UK

Channel 4 is Britain’s alternative channel, designed as a more edgy counterpart to the traditional BBC channels. The channel is very well known in Britain, but isn’t often available to watch outside of the UK. And this is a shame, because there is a lot of great unique programming that is on Channel 4 but not on popular channels like BBC America.

Channel 4 is known for showing soaps like Hollyoaks, comedies like The Big Bang Theory and The IT Crowd, and reality TV shows like Come Dine With Me. The channel is also responsible for a lot of popular fringe comedy in Britain, including shows like Peep Show, The Inbetweeners, and 8 Out of 10 Cats. In 2017, the channel bought the rights to broadcast the hugely popular cookery show The Great British Bake Off, which has brought in a big audience for this program. Finally, Channel 4 is also often involved in producing and promoting independent movies through the film arm, and you’ll an interesting and original film program on the channel too.

See how to watch it at http://bit.ly/2FjdQYy


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FibrePoynt – Cheaper fibre coverage for South Africa

Posted on: Wed, 2018-02-21 - 22:20 By: admin

FibrePoynt – Cheaper fibre coverage for South Africa

Poynting has developed a proof-of-concept system for connecting homes to fibre backhaul more cost-effectively than trenching in the streets.

Speaking at the MyBroadband Mobile Networking conference, Andre Fourie, the chairman of Poynting, said their FibrePoynt system is geared toward those who can’t get FTTH coverage.

To solve the problem of the cost of trenching, and the inefficiencies of radial-coverage wireless networks, Poynting developed what Fourie calls a “corridor coverage” system – which covers streets rather than a whole neighbourhood.

The access point with its antennas is mounted about 4 metres above the ground at an intersection, with its beams pointing down two streets on either side of it. The beam is shaped to provide roughly the same signal strength to all houses.

Using 802.11ac Wi-Fi technology, FibrePoynt is able to deliver a 300Mbps connection that would be shared by roughly 20 houses. To connect a house requires three hours, and costs around R5,000.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/wireless/249569-fibrepoynt-cheaper-fibre-coverage-for-south-africa.html


FibrePoynt – Cheaper fibre coverage for South Africa
Poynting has developed a system for connecting homes to fibre backhaul more cost-effectively.
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