New Wireless Keyboard

 Few days ago i bought a new wireless keyboard from an online store. It’s not an expensive one and in return, i got 3 items in fact: a wireless keyboard itself, a mouse, and 4 port USB 3.0 hub. I got it for around $14 for all those items including shipping cost. Pretty cheap actually.

Yesterday the package arrived just one day after i got confirmation  that the package was shipped. That was quite fast since normally it would take 2-3 days to reach my home. Although it’s still holiday season, JNE is still doing it’s best to deliver them as soon as possible. Thanks to JNE for quick shipping.

I unboxed it and it has a slick design, probably mimicking Apple keyboard with it’s unibody casing. It has a LED indicator for battery power and also nice keypad. The keyboard tuts have same response just like an Apple Keyboard.

To try the wireless keyboard i need to plugged the AAA batteries inside it, switch it on, and press the connect button. After that, i turned on my iPad’s bluetooth and in short time it will detect a new device that’s ready to pair. I click the wireless keyboard device and i need to enter a randomly generated numbers on the keyboard to continue with the pairing process. After entering the numbers, it works nicely with my iPad 3. Gonna try with my Android and laptop later on.

See the screenshot below:

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Learning how to dance in the rain

Recently, I attended the Mental Health Summit hosted by the Minister of Health and Long Term Care, the Hon. David Caplan. We heard a number of speakers who shared their lived experiences and one of them, Dr. Robert Lester shared this quote: “Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” I was very touched by this quote because it so accurately captures the day-to-day lives of so many individuals and families that we serve.

To be sure, many of us are blessed with full and complete recoveries from our disorders—regaining our purpose, our joy, our laughter, our love. But for many of us, the road to recovery is still incredibly long and contains violent storms and days on end of drizzle and rain. Part of our role here at MDAO is to help thousands of individuals and families to learn to “dance in the rain”; to cope, to manage their illness, to continue to put one foot in front of the other.

At times, it can get quite discouraging waiting to see truly bright days again… days of cool breezes, brilliant sunshine, and peaceful pleasures. In fact, for many of us, those days seem like a distant memory or just a fantasy. But just think about this past “summer that never was….” : days of cool, dreary, drizzly, bipolar weather. But think back carefully! Do you recall those precious few days when it was truly beautiful… sunny, not too hot, and so perfect that you almost didn’t know there was weather. Those days were few and far between to be sure… but there were a few of them.

And that, my friends, is the story of our collective journeys. How do we make the best of the erratic weather patterns of our lives? How do we keep moving towards the light? For make no mistake, there is definitely light. Even in the darkest days of our emotional winters… there is light. I know—I found it! But in the meantime, keep moving! Don’t stop! Learn to dance in the rain. Eventually the storm WILL pass! I promise.

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20 Science Facts and My Profound Reflections on Them

1. The only fresh foods that astronauts are allowed to take into space are pecan nuts.
Is it because they’re astro-nuts?

2. There are ten human body parts that are only three letters long; eye, hip, leg, arm, toe, ear, rib, jaw, lip, and gum.
Even ‘ten’ is three letters.

3. The daily heat output of the average man would boil 30 litres of freezing water.
Add another 10 litres if he watched Jessica Alba daily.

4. By 70 years old a n average person will have shed 105 pounds of skin.
How much in dollars?

5. It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown so keep smiling it saves energy.
So constant frowning is a good exercise for the facial muscles. Read more offbeat news!

6. Canned food was invented for the British Navy in 1813, but the first can opener wasn’t invented until 1870.
This may actually provide a clue to solving the puzzle – which came first, the chicken or the egg.

7. Large doses of coffee can be lethal. Ten grams, or 100 cups over 4 hours, is enough to kill the average human.
Not if it’s Starbucks, because no one can afford 100 cups.

8. Most lipstick contains fish scales.
So that’s why some women act fishy.

9. The average person walks the equivalent of twice around the world in a lifetime.
I think that should read “The average non-American walks… ”

10. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our noses and ears never stop growing.
You know what else I wished never stopped growing.

11. All the planets in the solar system spin anticlockwise except Venus, which spins the other way.
Ah… that explains why ‘women are from Venus.’

12. To make one kilo of honey, bees have to visit four million flowers, traveling a distance equal to four times around the Earth.
And that really explains why it’s so expensive to maintain a ‘honey’.

13. Approximately two thirds of a person’s bodyweight is water.
Really? I thought it would be Scotch whiskey.

14. If all your DNA strands were stretched out they would reach the moon 6000 times.
Oh I see… so to reach Jupiter I’d have to be 14 feet tall (and perhaps as wide as well).

15. Telephone inventor Alexandra Graham Bell never phoned his wife or mother because they were both deaf.
Maybe they just acted deaf.

16. If a cockroach were human sized it could run a mile in 20 seconds.
Big deal. My ex-girlfriend would run a mile in 20 seconds if she SAW a cockroach.

17. Skydivers accelerate to terminal velocity of 120 mph. Earth’s gravity is balanced by density of the air at this speed, so they can’t go any faster.
Not if they’re politicians — their hot air decreases the density.

18. The first electronic digital computer weighed 30 tons.
My laptop still weighs 50 tons at times.

19. Concorde holds two world speed records for commercial flights. In 1992, it circled the Earth from East to West in 32 hours, 49 minutes, and 3 seconds. Three years later Concorde flew West to East in 31 hours, 27 minutes, and 49 seconds.
Looks like the crew was in a hurry to leave the West.

20. Ocean waves can travel as fast as a jet aeroplane.
Or a jet aeroplane can travel as slow as an ocean wave.

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Some useful travel tips

Where ever we travel there are several things that we always need and some of them we often forget. Maybe the first thing to do is to make a list (or copy mine) of things that you should have with you, and after packing write everything that’s packed down on paper (to make sure you aren’t forgetting something when you decide to come back). There are also few tips how to make your vacation pleasant and memorable.

So this is the list of things you should (must) bring with you:

  1. – A passport– Where ever you travel you will always need it, and it can be used for identification purposes
    02. – Wallet – If possible full of money 🙂 With you Personal ID card, money, credit/debit cards etc.
    03. – Driver’s License – If you have it bring it. You can never now when you will use it even if you are not planning to drive
    04. – Insurance cards – For both your medical and automobile insurance
    05. – Credit cards – Like written above, bring them and keep them safe
    06. – Travelers checks
    07. – Coupons
    08. – Airline, Cruise or Train tickets – You can not travel without a ticket, right?
    09. – Itinerary – With confirmation numbers and addresses and phone numbers of where you’ll be staying
    10. – Travel brochures and maps – It can be useful to have free travel guides if you don’t have anyone to ask for help
    11. – Lots of crisp one-dollar bills for all those tipping opportunities – If you want
    12. – A small amount of local currency – For immediate use to hold you over until you can make it to a currency exchange, if you’re planning foreign travel.

Did I forget something?

There are also some safety tips that you need to consider. Unfortunately there are thieves everywhere and you never know what bad thing (I hope nothing) can happen to you. But don’t let fear or bad thoughts ruin your vacation, this is just for assurance. To be safe and confident here are some good tips:

  1. Use your credit card when you travel
    A lot of the card companies protect you and your purchases when your use their card. If you should have the card lost or stolen then a phone call will cancel the card and get another one sent to you immediately. Talk to your card company before you travel and find out how to deal with this situation and how fast they can get you a new card.
  2. Do not carry more documents and personal information around with you than you actually need
    For example you are probably never going to need your birth certificate when you travel. Take only two credit cards with you and keep only one on you at any one time. Most hotels have security safes where you can lock up the things you do not need to be carrying around with you. You should not need more than one credit card, a passport and a driver’s license if you are going to be driving. Leave the rest at home or locked up in your hotel.
  3. Do not give out personal information
    Especially over the phone when traveling, particularly in countries with older phone systems that can still be used for eves dropping
  4. Make sure trustedfriends and/or relatives know your itinerary
    Should the worst happen at least someone will have the knowledge of where you were and what you were doing. This may save the police days of work should an emergency arise.
  5. If you are carrying acomputer with you make sure you have all your passwords set so it is secure even if it does get stolen
    Use a password with a combination of letters and numbers that are not related to you in any way. Do not use your initials and the year of your birth for example.
  6. When you are going through the airport security screening watch what is happening at the other end of the x-ray machine
    Make sure there is no unauthorized people hanging around, tying their shoe laces etc just waiting for your computer or other baggage to come through ahead of you while you are trying to get your body through the system. A thief can grab your computer or bag and be gone without you even realizing it. Use your eyes here and know what is happening around you.
  7. Learn to use the Internet.
    There is a lot of great information here that can help you and a lot that can hurt you. If it does not sound right then it probably isn’t. Trust your gut on stuff. You will be right a lot more than your will be wrong. When filling out forms for travel and purchases or what ever, only fill in the minimal amount of information. The less you have to send the better. 

When you travel you want everything to be perfect and enjoyable. You would also like to experience lots of stuff, to see new and cool places and meet some interesting people. Here are some tips which will help you achieve all that.

  1. Embrace the Weird and Wonderful
    Don’t pass up a chance to try something a little out of the ordinary, be it new food, local customs, children’s games, or anything else.
  2. Learn the Language
    Even just the basics will lay the foundation for a better experience. A little goes a long way, it demonstrates that you are willing to make the effort and convey respect toward the people you meet. If nothing else it will raise a smile or two, and that’s always a bonus.
  3. Go Slow
    It’s human nature to not want to ‘miss out’ on anything, but by racing though too many countries in a given time you may miss out on so much more. Not only will you learn less about the places you’ve longed to visit, but one or two nights in each place also spells out buses, trains or boats at least ever other day, and packing/unpacking will almost become a daily event. Tiring? I should say so.
  4. Be a One Bag Wonder
    Travel light, travel happy. Less really is more. Less weight to lug between transport and accommodation, less size to be swinging around within the confines of a densely populated bus, and less stress as the smaller your luggage is, the less likely you are to be forcibly separated from it during a journey.
  5. Keep a Journal
    If writing isn’t your thing, then rest easy. A journal means many different things to different people. It could be a full scale daily diary or simply a child’s notebook from the market in which you put labels from local beer bottles (possibly with drunken scribblings below) – the choice is yours. Whatever form your personal creation may take, the end result is the same. Long after your memory has faded there will be this well thumbed Opus, this testimony of your travels, waiting to take you once more through this wonderful chapter of your life.

Have a nice trip 😉

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10 Characteristics of Positive Thinking People

Those who have tried to improve themselves as well as their knowledge, know very well how life is easier to live as they exercise positive thinking. But not many people know how to train themselves to let positive thinking dominate their minds. So let us first find out some characteristics of positive thinking people, then we can start to follow suit.

1. They see problems as challenges.

This is in contrast to the way some people see problems as ordeals too great to bear as to make their lives most miserable.

2. They enjoy their lives.

Positive thinking makes people light heartedly accept whatever conditions their lives are in, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they stop trying to better their lives.

3. They always open their minds to welcome ideas and suggestions.

By doing so, they have the chance to get something new that might enable the betterment of many things in life.

4. They immediately expel any negative thought as soon as it crosses their minds.

Keeping any negative thought longer may as well be waking up a sleeping tiger. It actually is indifferent but potential to bring about troubles.

5. They count their blessing.

They don’t complain about not having or getting what they want.

6. They don’t listen to gossips.

There’s no doubt that gossips are closely related to negative thoughts so positive thinkers never let themselves come into listening to aimless and meaningless talks.

7. They don’t make excuses but act straightaway.

You likely have heard how the abbreviation of NATO is jokingly said to represent: No Action Talk Only. Clearly positive thinkers are not its followers.

8. They apply positive way of speaking.

They use sentences with optimistic tone, like : “this problem will surely be solved soon” and “you are quite talented, no doubt”

9. They carry positive body language.

Namely : smiling face, steady strides, expressive gestures, convincing nods etc.

10. They care about their self image.

They take care of their good appearances, outwardly and inwardly as well.

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