Top Ten Ways To Use A Stopwatch In The Classroom

There are many helpful ways to use a stopwatch in the classroom. In this article we identify ten ways for a teacher to use a stopwatch. Each of these methods will encourage student participation and make the classroom more fun. We especially recommend using an online stopwatch, meaning a stopwatch application that you can use online for free, right in your web browser. Using an online stopwatch is especially helpful in the classroom as it can be projected on a large screen that can be easily seen by all.

So, without further ado, here are some ways that using an online stopwatch can be helpful to teachers.

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3 Great Travel Adventures That The Whole Family Can Enjoy

With summer holiday time looming, many parents are spending their hours frantically flipping through resort brochures or clicking through web-pages in an aim to find that one elusive Holy Grail of travelling; a holiday abroad that can satisfy the disparate demands of the whole family.

Sure, it may be tempting to play it safe and opt for your typical two-week beach holiday, and for weary parents the thought of a relaxing time spent lounging by the pool doesn’t sound too bad at all. But remember, however much you may enjoy simply kicking back with a cocktail in hand, the kids may just want something a little more stimulating, and they will NOT be shy in letting you know about it.

So if you want to avoid two weeks spent desperately trying to shut out that timeless mantra of ‘Mum… We’re BORED!’, while you try to catch up on the latest Jackie Collins, why not try one of these more adventurous trips?

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A Visual Guide To Working Smarter And Not Harder

Not all professions require you to put in sixty hours a week in order to get ahead. If you want to make the most of your career and do what you love, there are a few tips you can follow to help you work smarter.

Making a goal is the easiest way to chart progress in your work day. If you have a long list of tasks, break them up and set a time limit to get each portion done. Procrastination should not be a part of your work day. If there is a difficult task to do, make the time to focus on it until a solution is found. It is also a good idea to remember to get up and take a break to clear your head and get back on task.

Since 1998, the satisfaction workers get from their jobs have increased by 70%. The more satisfied you are with your job, the better you will perform.

This infographics brought to you by Best Masters Degree gives you a visual treat on the topic. Enjoy it.

Cyber Bullying: What It Is and How to Prevent It

While bullying in the classroom is something that most parents have at least some first hand knowledge about, the world of cyber bullying is frequently a mystery. And although most parents are in the very least aware of this unfortunate aspect of the internet, few parents understand just what it is or how they can protect their child from it short of taking them offline.

What Exactly is Cyber Bullying?

In essence, cyber bullying is the exact same as regular bullying. The same motives are present in the cyber bully and the experiences of the victim can be just as devastating. The difference lies in the fact that the hurtful actions are taking place over the internet through the multitude of options available to children to communicate with each other online.

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13 Ways To Get Cheap Textbooks For School and College

As textbook prices go up and up, students are looking for more creative ways to get their textbooks for cheap. And although there are plenty of resources on the web to buy cheap textbooks for college or high school, no one has ever taken the time to actually compile a list of all of the possible avenues to take when buying textbooks.

Some methods are a bit more well known than others, but we hope that you find this information useful in your hunt for textbooks. I remember when I was in college, textbooks were the bane of my existence and having a list like this would have helped a lot.

New or Used Textbook

The debate has raged for decades and will continue to go on for decades to come. Should you buy a new or used version of the textbook that you’re after? In my book (no pun intended), used should win the debate every time. There’s nothing different about a used cheap textbooks compared to a new textbooks other than it probably costs half the price and has some dented corners and highlighted pages.

Where issues come in with regards to new or used textbooks is a new trick that textbook companies are trying out to force you to buy new textbooks instead. In addition to releasing new editions each year to try and convince students that they need the most up to date information about a particular subject, digital packages are also being included in textbooks as well.

These digital packages usually have some type of online access code that you can use to do homework and extra assignments online to practice for the exams. The book companies have put pressure on professors to use these online portals as supplements to their class to try and increase new book revenues.

What they don’t tell you in class and in the book stores is that you can still buy a cheap used textbook from whoever you’re buying books from and get the online access code online after the fact. The access code’s price is built into the cost of the new book wherever you purchase it (online or in the store), but if you just get the access code from the company’s website, you can hunt for a used book elsewhere and save some cash on that end.

Helpful Hint

Although the books that are returned to the store to buy resold as used textbooks are often in terrible condition, I suggest looking for the worst condition books you can find. These books have typically seen the most users and will most likely have highlights, notes, and extra goodies written in the book. Any students who have taken the class before have probably already highlighted the important passages in the book. Take advantage of these beat up books for your own studying edge.

Textbook Stores in Town

OK, so when you’ve gotten the info from your professors about what books you need to buy, the first place you should check out is your local textbook stores. I know, I know, this is where the rip-offs happen. Though, if you are in desperate need of a textbook and can’t wait for it to be shipped to you, you can buy a book from your local textbook shops for the equivalent of a week’s worth of groceries.

Here’s something you probably don’t know about your local textbook stores though: About two weeks before it’s time for them to deal with the droves of kids piling through their doors, they begin to hand out promos in the form of mail promotions and coupons in the local newspaper that can get you anywhere between 10%-25% off a single purchase. If you can get your hands on one of these great promotions, you can save a substantial bit of cash if you’re forced to buy from these evil book corporations (I’m not jaded) and actually end up with some cheap textbooks out of the whole deal.

Facebook Marketplace

An often unused resource by college students is the Facebook marketplace. Chances are, if you’re in college, you have a Facebook account. The Facebook marketplace is essentially a simplified version of craigslist. If you live in a college town, there’s a damn good chance that someone who just took the course you’re enrolled in is trying to get rid of the book they used last semester. Many times students just want to get rid of their previous semester’s books for cheap and when compared to other online retail outlets, the prices can’t be beaten.

If you’re in a huge auditorium type class with a few hundred students, you may be able to snag the book for the class for about $20. If you’re in a smaller niche class with only a few dozen kids, let the hunt begin.

Facebook marketplace is available here. You’ll have to first install the app to use it, but once you’ve gotten it opened up, the interface is pretty self explanatory. Facebook is usually the first place I check for textbooks, as whenever books appear in the marketplace, they tend to disappear pretty quickly due to the number of kids registering for classes at the start of the semester.

Buy Textbooks at Amazon

Although Amazon is usually the first destination to check out if a product is available on the web for purchase, many college students completely neglect to check the site when it comes time for school. Amazon, like many other textbook shops online, has a selection of both new and used books for you to choose from. The best time to check for books on Amazon is about a week before classes start. Because so many colleges around the country often use the same book, the best time to buy a book is when students are desperately trying to get rid of them towards the end of the summer vacation.

Textbook Rental

A few years ago a company by the name of Neebo had the brilliant idea to start renting textbooks to college students. While the concept shouldn’t be too foreign, the execution is pretty phenomenal. While Neebo is the company that I’m familiar with, you may have different textbook rental services in your town that will operate under the same principal.

Although it should be pretty obvious, for those that are unfamiliar with how textbook rental works, here’s the low down. Basically, you approach your local textbook store or find an online vendor such as Chegg and find the book that you need for the semester. Then, instead of buying the books (you only have the option to rent used textbooks), you rent them for the semester for about a third of the cost of what it would cost you to buy the books.

These rented books are yours to keep and use for the entire semester and are due back about 3 weeks after your semester ends if you rent from an online retailer, and about a week after the semester ends if you rent from a local book store.

Textbook rental is a win-win for students. While used textbooks can save a huge sum of money on the front end, when it comes time to sell books back to the bookstores or to other students, chances are you won’t get more than a couple of dollars back for the book. That being the case, renting textbooks is not only cheaper than buying a used textbook each semester, it also gets the book off of your hands at the end of school so you don’t have a pile of useless books accumulating in the corner of the room.

Compare Cheap Textbooks

OK, so we’ve gone on for quite a while discussing all of the different ways that you can buy textbooks cheap online, but where do you actually go to compare prices from a number of different retail outlets. We’ll post a list of textbook buying sites at the end of this article for you to scan, but in addition to places that you can buy, are there any places that you can compare prices side by side to see which deal is the best?

Obviously, the answer is yes (otherwise we wouldn’t have brought the topic up in the first place).

The first place to check is Google. If you type in the ISBN or the exact title of your book, you can visit Google Shopping. Here, a list will populate with the most popular online retailers that sell the book that you’re looking for and will compare the price not only of the book, but also of the cost of shipping. While the search isn’t the best (and it only shows you major retailers on the web), it’s a good place to start if you’re not sure how much you should be paying for a particular book.

A favorite resource of mine while I was in college and shopping around for textbooks was a website called The site works almost the exact same way as the Google Shopping search does. All you have to do is enter the title of the book or your ISBN that you’re searching for and Big Words does the rest. It searches a repository of different, sometimes hidden, websites that sell your textbook around the web and brings you back the best prices that it can find.

The best part of the site is that you don’t have to buy through the third party retailer, but can instead conduct all of your business through Big Words.

Rent Textbooks for Cheap

We covered textbook rentals in the last passage, but we didn’t give any type of definitive list of where you can rent textbooks online for cheap. This is a similar list as the BitTorrent list as above. Some of the sites you find here may be outdated by the time that you read this article, but we’ve done our best to give you enough places to check out that we hope you can find some useful resources here to help out in your textbook hunt.


Faculty Textbooks

Another disclaimer that we’re going to throw into the mix is that we don’t condone cheating in a class. Although classes can be difficult, we encourage you to learn as much as you can and sometimes that requires having a teacher’s edition of a book handy so that you can look at exactly how a problem is done before you turn in your homework or get started on a test.

Because faculty textbooks are generally given to teachers who teach the class, buying them online can be a little tricky. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.

Surprisingly, this one little website has a huge array of old teacher’s editions that were either sent as duplicates to schools and universities for professors who were teaching a class this semester, or have been put up online by teacher’s who have received a new edition for this semester’s curriculum. You won’t have the option to rent these teacher’s editions, as they’re designed to be given away as promotional copies to professors, but you can often buy them for next to nothing.

Go To Faculty Books


Now, while we’re not going to explicitly state that we endorse piracy to get college textbooks, sometimes it’s impossible to find a book that you need online or at any available retailer. In these dire situations, and if only if you live in a country where fair use of copyrighted material is allowed, you can check out these websites below for your books on BitTorrent.

For those unfamiliar with what BitTorrent is, you can read this handy guide here to get an idea of how it works and understand why the powers that be aren’t always terribly excited about people taking advantage of this technology to download things like textbooks, movies, and music.


(This list was compiled using a list found here: We do not endorse the content in those sites, as most of them are a den for piracy as mentioned above. Please exercise caution.)

More Downloads

When doing research for this article, we came across another excellent resource for downloading free ebooks online. HongKiat has compiled a list of their own 20 best places to download free ebooks on the web. In some cases the websites in the list are designed specifically for recreational reading, but some of the websites are textbook oriented as well, which means that you could get lucky if you don’t find what you’re looking for on BitTorrent.

The Old Fashioned Way

If you’ve tried all of our tricks and tips listed in this article and still can’t find a good deal on the textbook that you’re looking for, there’s one final option that you have to try: Flyers.

Chances are, if you’re attending a fairly large university, you can find announcement boards just about everywhere. All you need to do is post an ad outside of the class you’re needing a textbook for, our on general announcement boards around the campus area with a price that you’re willing to pay for a particular book, as well as the information needed to get in contact with you, and you’ll probably have a phone call or email heading your way by the end of the afternoon.

Although many announcements are ignored by students, opportunities to sell their textbooks are not. Spend a few cents on ink and you’ll probably save a hefty sum of cash on a book that you’ve been unable to find elsewhere for a good deal.

Textbook Fairs

Another little known fact that you’ve probably never seen or heard of before around your campus are the textbook fairs that happen at the end of every semester. Some colleges are taking a stand against the extortionate prices that textbook companies charge for their books and are setting up textbook fairs to combat the problem. These fairs are designed in a way that at the end of a semester you can bring your used textbooks to the fair and either trade them in for textbook credit, or trade them directly with someone else who needs a textbook for the next semester.

The above is a little risky to do, as it means you have to know exactly what you’re taking in the next semester to fully capitalize on this offer, but these fairs are growing in popularity as a viable way to get cheap (and sometimes free) textbooks for classes that would otherwise set you back a few hundred dollars.

Library For Books

And finally, if all else in the universe fails and you can’t find the textbook you’re looking for or you don’t have enough money to buy it, there’s a good chance that your school’s library has a copy of it lying around. The library typically orders all of the new textbooks each year so that if students need to do homework or can’t find the money to order a book to complete their assignments, they’ll have a copy of the book they need on the shelves of the student library. You can’t always guarantee yourself a copy of the book when you need it, as many students take advantage of these free books during the school year.

You may have to reserve a time when you can check the book out for an hour or two, but if it feels like the world is crashing down because you can’t for the life of you find the book you need online, give the library a call to see if they have what you need.

Online Resource List

As promised, here’s a website that you can check out that has a list of the 10 best resources online for buying textbooks. It isn’t as thorough as some of the sites we’ve mentioned in this article, but if you’re stuck for ideas after all of the sites we’ve listed, you can head over here for a few more to add to your arsenal.

Textbook Resources at MakeUseOf


That about wraps it up for the skinny on cheap textbooks. We’ve covered everything we think you need to know about buying textbooks this year, and if we haven’t, please let us know in the comments below.

8 Tips for Getting Your Child to Do Their Homework

Getting your child to turn off the TV and actually do some homework can at times be a little like pulling teeth. From “just five more minutes” to “I don’t have any homework today”, it appears that they have an excuse for everything. And even if you can get them to turn off the TV and actually sit down, how can you ensure that they actually try to learn something.

The first thing to realise is that part of the reason your child is not doing their homework could be because you are not correctly encouraging them to do. The second thing to do is to change that.

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10 Smartphone Hacks You Probably Haven’t Heard of

So, you’ve spent a whole bunch of money on a cool new phone and are wondering what all you can do with it? Chances are you’ve already spent a few hours browsing the web looking for tips and tricks to make your phone faster, sleeker, and more able-bodied.

While you may have found all of the common tricks online to jailbreak, untether, and crack into your smartphone, these are some “hacks” you probably haven’t heard of yet. We’re sure they’ll help you get much more use out of your iPhone, Android, or Windows Mobile Device in the coming months.

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Netbook Comparison – Top 10 Reviewed

So, I decided to take on this huge undertaking of doing a netbook comparison article to put the best known netbooks on the market today and put them head to head in battle (not really, but it sounds cooler that way) to see which ones live up to their reputation and which ones fall by the way side. It’s usually difficult to try and find the diamonds in the rough in the netbook market, as companies tend to put out more options than any sane man could ever find his way through.

This guide is a no-bullshit approach to the netbooks that are out there in hopes that when you hop online to buy your first or next netbook that you’re better informed about what all of the numbers and features mean and if they’re really worth your time or money. So, without further adieu, let’s hop right into our netbook comparison.

Top 10 Netbooks Reviewed

1 Toshiba NB505
2 Asus EEE PC 1001
3 Acer Aspire One
4 Dell_Inspiron_Mini
5 Samsung NF310
6 HP Mini
7 Asus_1215N
8 Asus EEE PC 1015PN
9 Samsung NC110
10 Lenovo IdeaPad

What We’re Looking For

Obviously, I can’t speak for everyone with what they’d want in their personal computer. Some people may want something that they can game with and others may just want something to bring back and forth to the office. The one common denominator between all consumers though is their desire for quality. There are a lot of poorly made netbooks out there these days and it’s easy to get sucked into the “features war” where companies keep adding webcams, bigger keys, and colorful trim to try and attract customers to buy their product.

I’d like to strip all of that away and focus on whether or not each computer is worthwhile, regardless of who it’s best suited for, gamer or office rep, and see what’s really beneath each plastic shell. So, join me as we look at the top 10 best selling netbooks available today and why they’ve reached those ranks, webcams or not.

The Netbooks

Toshiba NB505:

Topping almost all bestsellers lists around, the NB505 truly is a force to be reckoned with. Considering the sub-$300 price point, this machine is the perfect blend of beauty and functionality. The NB505 may not be the most feature-laden machine around, but as I’ve said in previous reviews of the machine, that’s what makes it so great. It comes with a 1.6GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, which is nothing out of the ordinary in the netbook world. The 1.4 inch thickness and less than 3 pounds weight rating makes this a breeze to carry around and throw in a backpack. Why has this machine become so popular? It’s because it doesn’t try and pretend that it’s something that it’s not. No extras or “bonuses” make it likable and easy to use, compared to competitors that throw in useless software and care packages that only end up bogging you down and prevent you from actually computing.

  • Intel Atom processor N455 1.66 GHz, 512KB L2 Cache
  • Configured with 1GB DDR2 (works at 667MHz, max 2GB)
  • 250GB (5400 RPM) Serial ATA hard disk drive
  • 10.1? diagonal widescreen TruBrite display at 1024 x 600 native resolution (WSVGA) with a 16:9 aspect ratio and LED backlite
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter 32-bit with a 6 cell/48Wh Lithium Ion battery pack; Battery Life (measured by MobileMark 2007): 8 hours, 21 minutes

Asus EEE PC 1001:

The EEE PC has been around the block a few times and then some. It was one of the first netbooks to make it onto the market when netbooks first started taking off. In my book, Asus is a tried and tested brand that not only gets special priority when I’m looking for a new netbook, but also for computer parts in general when I’m fixing or building a new desktop. The 1001 hasn’t changed much since it was released. It still has the Intel Atom 1.6GHz processor, but now comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM instead of the DDR2 RAM that was once standard. The battery life is a little short at just 4 hours, but it’s a lot better than many other laptops, so 4 hours is good enough for me.

  • Intel Atom N455 (1.66GHz)
  • 1 GB DDR3 SODIMM memory, Max Capacity 2 GB
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM); No optical drive
  • 10.1-Inch Matte 1024X600 WSVGA LED Display; 802.11 b/g/n; 0.3MP Webcam; 2-in-1 Card Reader MMC/SD(SDHC)
  • Up to 4 Hours of Battery Life; Windows 7 Starter Operating System

Acer Aspire One:

I hate to say it, but Acer had quite a long streak of poorly selling computers and laptops for a while. Their name was synonymous with average build quality and poor service. However, that all changed when they began releasing netbooks. Something must have happened over at their company for them to start building the Aspire One, which comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and an Intel Atom processor. The screen isn’t huge, but the 1024×600 resolution is nicer than other comparable models, which makes watching movies or videos all the more pleasant on this guy. And being one of the lightest netbooks I’ve seen, it’s a dream to carry around. It often feels like nothing’s even in my backpack.

  • Intel Atom 1.6GHz Processor
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM
  • 10.1” 1024×600 screen
  • Windows 7 Starter
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • 2.43 Pounds

Dell Inspiron Mini:

The next one on our list is kind of a special computer. The reason I fell in love with the Inspiron Mini and still want one today is not because of what it can do out of the box, but what it can do with a little creativity. The Inspiron Mini became synonymous with Hackintosh users all around the globe (installing MacOSX on a non-Apple product) because of its chipsets and innards. Don’t expect anything out of the ordinary as a Windows machine, but if you decide to go the route of the Mac, the Inspiron Mini is one hell of a contender in the netbook world. Now if only Apple had a netbook….

  • Intel Atom N455 Processor (1.66GHz, 512KB Cache)
  • 1GB DDR3 Memory at 667MHz (1x1GB)
  • 250GB Hard Drive; Wireless-N Mini-Card
  • 10.1″ Widescreen Display; Intel GMA 3150 Graphics
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter; 6-Cell Lithium Ion Battery

Samsung NF310:

An often overlooked netbook is the Samsung NF310. What sets it apart from other netbooks in the same price range is that not only does it come with DDR3 RAM, it’s also one of the first netbooks to feature an Intel Atom Dual Core processor. And not only that, the HD display makes 720P video look as crisp as real life. Samsung knows that there’s a market of hungry young gamers and movie conneisuers that have been waiting to make the plunge into small computer territory for a while. But because of a lack of power and vital components like a fast processor, graphics card, and HD video display, they’ve held onto their clunky desktops. If you’re one of those people who want power without adding much in the way of size or weight, the NF310 is for you.

  • Intel Atom N550 Dual Core Processor
  • 10.1” HD (1366×768) display
  • 9 hour battery life
  • 720P Video playback
  • 1GB RAM
  • 250GB Hard Drive

Samsung’s Fast Start feature, which easily allows the user to put the NF310 in an advanced state of sleep, enhances user satisfaction by reducing power consumption while the device is not in use. A smooth, contoured clamshell exterior highlight the NF310’s sleek appearance, while a roomy island style spill-resistant keyboard and large touchpad with gesture support make the NF310 conducive to comfortable computing on-the-go

HP Mini:

In what seems to be a move to steal Dell’s thunder with the “Mini” name, HP also released a netbook of their own called the “Mini.” Unfortunately, the HP Mini doesn’t really have anything in it’s arsenal that makes it stand out from the crowd. In my personal opinion, the high gloss finish all around is tacky looking and the specifications found within aren’t anything to write home about. The biggest downfall of HP though is competing in the feature war. As I said earlier, I’m never a big fan of companies that throw in gimmicks to sell products. HP is hawking their “Cloud” backup and “Quicksync” programs this time around. In all honesty, they’re nothing more than clunky web backup programs that achieve the same thing as an external hard drive. Save your money and steer away from this HP.

  • Intel Atom Processor N455 (1.66GHz)
  • 1GB DDR3 System Memory (1 DIMM), Max supported = 1GB
  • 250GB (7200RPM) Hard Drive (SATA)
  • Genuine Windows 7 Starter
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 3150 (shared) with up to 256MB Total Available Graphics Memory

Asus 1215N:

Not to leave the gamers or HD video guys hanging, the Asus 1215N is next up on our list. Designed specifically for those looking to up the ante in their computing world, the 1215 has all of the features of a full computer in a package that’s half the size. Coming with a dual core Atom processor, 1080P full HD video, an HDMI port to connect the computer to an external monitor or TV for watching movies or playing games on the big screen, and a 500 gigabyte hard drive, this netbook may be a tough competitor in the coming months. And with up to 7 hours of battery, it’s no wonder why this computer is flying off the shelves.

  • 1.5 GHz Intel Atom Dual Core Processor
  • Full HD 1080P video playback
  • Windows 7 Home Premium
  • 12.1” HD LED-backlit display
  • NVIDIA ION graphics card
  • NVIDIA Optimus technology for energy efficient graphics and battery life

Asus EEE PC 1015PN:

At the top of the list we covered the original Asus EEE PC with a single core processor. It was updated with a dual core with the 1015PN and was recently trumped again with the 1215N. Why am I bothering to list this one when it’s successor is in the listing right above this? It would be redundant for me to try and relist all of the same features as the 1215, as the only thing that was changed was a bigger hard drive and shorter battery life with the newer version. The reason the 1015PN still sells as well as it does though is because now that a newer version has been released, the price of this particular machine has come down significantly. If you can live with a 250GB hard drive and the lack of an HDMI out, you can save a few hundred dollars going with this almost identical machine in place of the newer version. Now that’s a great deal.

  • Intel Atom Dual Core N550
  • Nvidia Ion2 Dedicated Graphics
  • HDMI and VGA Out
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM, 1 SODIMM Slot, 2GB Max
  • 250GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) + 500GB Free Web Storage
  • 10.1-Inch 1024X600 WSVGA Matte Finish LED Display
  • 802.11 b/g/n; Bluetooth 3.0
  • Chiclet Keyboard
  • 9.5 Hours of Battery Life; Windows 7 Starter Operating System (32 bit)
  • 0.3MP Webcam

Samsung NC110:

At first, I was a bit hesitant to include this laptop in the list as I didn’t think it was anything special when I first took a look at it. It comes with the standard 1GB of RAM that needs to be upgraded, a 10.1” screen, and a 1.6GHz processor that chugs it along at basically the same speed as most other netbooks. What caught my eye before I gave my stamp of negative approval though was a one year international warranty. Other netbooks generally give a one year warranty on certain parts and labor, but this all inclusive one year warranty is much nicer than others in the field. And considering that you never know what can go wrong with a brand new machine, one year is a good amount of time to see if anything is going to crash and burn on you or keep on trucking for years to come.

  • Intel N455 1.66GHz Processor
  • 1GB Memory
  • Win7 Starter OS
  • 10.1” Screen
  • 250GB Hard Drive
  • 1 Year Warranty
  • 10.7 Hour Battery
  • 802.11b/g/n Wifi

Lenovo IdeaPad:

Ah, finally we reach the end of this long list. One last shot to find the best netbook for your personal usage. You may be quick to jump at Lenovo for producing an underpowered machine that only comes with one gigabyte of RAM and the basic N455 Atom processor. But before you jump the gun, take a look at the keyboard. Lenovo really outdid themselves with a 98% full size keyboard, which is absolutely unheard of in all other netbooks around. Not only that, but you also get the quality of a Lenovo machine; a company that has built a stunning reputation for themselves by building only quality machines since they began. Oh, and you may even enjoy the facial recognition login software that keeps your computer secure from finger print fakers and password hackers if you accidentally leave the IdeaPad down somewhere.

  • Intel® Atom™ N455 Processor
  • Genuine Windows® 7 Starter
  • 10.1″ screen (1024×600), 16:9 widescreen
  • Intel® integrated GMA graphics
  • 1GB DDR3 memory
  • 250GB HDD storage
  • Integrated 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • USB 2.0 connectors and 5-in-1 card reader
  • Integrated web camera

Well, there you have it. As you can see, not all of the best sellers live up to their bestseller name, and with a few bad reviews on Amazon or similar sites, it’s a shame that people are still spending their money on them. My favorite computer from the entire list is by far the Asus EEE PC 1215N. It blows by the competition with its dual core processor and doesn’t stutter when I want to play HD video or hook it up to my television. For a netbook, it’s a damn good deal.

If you’d like to comment on any of these PCs, or would like to ask us any questions, please feel free to comment below and we’ll be sure to respond!

3324 Words To Pinterest.Com – Everything You Need To Know

If you haven’t heard all the news lately, Pinterest is the newest up and coming social media sensation that’s bringing in 10 million+ unique visitors a month. It’s where all the cool kids are hanging out and it has the potential to be as big as Facebook and Twitter in the coming months. Want to know how it all works and what all the fuss is about? Our ultimate Pinterest guide will help you get started on the site and understand all there is to know about Pinterest.

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Twitter Marketing: The Essential Guide For 2012

Without boring you with all of the details of what Twitter is and how it works, we’re instead going to jump straight into everything you need to know about promoting your brand on Twitter and how to get more followers and customers as a result.

Because Twitter has kind of become a monster that no one really knows how to strategically tackle anymore, we’re going to give you a step by step plan of how you can manage your Twitter account every day to ultimately build your brand in a particular niche.

Twitter Followers

Without followers, you’re nothing. Followers are the people that took the time to “subscribe” to what you have to say on Twitter, and without them, your brand won’t ever go anywhere. That’s why in addition to the content you’ll be posting, the first thing we’re going to discuss is how to boost your current number of followers on a regular basis and how you can keep those followers over the long haul without them dropping out.

Following To Be Followed

Before we jump into the “how” of gaining more followers, we’re going to explain the basic gist of what it is we’re going to be doing. Basically, the theory is that if you follow enough people on Twitter, a certain (albeit small) percentage of them will check out your Twitter profile and will follow you back if they like what they see. The trick is to follow people who are already interested in your niche so that when you follow them, there’s a higher probability that they’ll follow you back because they’re already interested in the types of things you’re going to be saying.

Twitter Statistics

On average, we’re going to aim to follow 100-150 people daily. Of these people, on average 10-15% of them will see what you’re about and will follow you back. That’s about 15 new followers each day who are interested in the brands you’re promoting, the products you’re pitching, and the things you have to say about the industry.

Twitter Follower Software

Obviously, to go through Twitter to find 100-150 every day who are interested in your niche already would be a nightmare. Luckily, there is software on the market (both paid and free versions) that allow you to mass follow and mass unfollow people every day. The goal of using this software is to streamline the process of following people so that all you have to do is click a few buttons to be on your way to a Twitter dominator.

After reading about the two main Twitter software available on the market, you may be a bit confused about how the whole process works and what is actually going on behind the scenes. If you scroll to the bottom of this article, you’ll see an example of what you’ll be doing with these software and how they’re relevant to your business.

The software listed below (TweetAttacks and TweetAdder) are designed to search for users on Twitter based on who they’re currently following or what they’re currently tweeting about. By searching through the depths of Twitter, these software help you find relevant users who are interested in the niche that you’re working within. You’ll see words like “parameter” listed below, and all it simply means is the search term that you’re going to be entering into the software to search for users to follow. So, if you’re thinking of following people who are interested in coffee, you may enter words like “coffee” or “@Starbucks” in the case of following users who are already following a relevant brand.

Tweet Attacks

The first piece of software we’re going to be looking at is called TweetAttacks. TweetAttacks has both free and paid versions as an option, but if you’re just getting started with building a Twitter following, the free version is more than good enough to get you going in the right direction.

The way TweetAttacks works is simple. After entering your Twitter account information into the software so that it can log into your account on your behalf, it asks you for some basic criteria. The three main options you’ll be concerned with are the “Account,” “Task,” and “Parameter” fields. As evidenced by the screenshot below, you can see that these three fields appear on the top of the main window and are easily selected.

These fields help you choose which Twitter account you’re going to be doing the adding with, what type of task you’ll be engaging in, be it following people based on who they’re already following, what they’re tweeting about, or unfollowing, and what criteria you’re looking to search for.

Tweet Adder

Similar to TweetAttacks, TweetAdder is another very powerful piece of Twitter marketing software that allows you to manage multiple accounts and automate the entire process of adding or unfollowing Twitter followers. Although TweetAdder has no free version (only a demo version that will give you an idea of how powerful the software is), the paid version of the software is bar none the best on the market. It allows you to search for people not only following other users in the same niche as your own, but it also allows you to search users’ profiles, their location, and any other information they’ve shared on Twitter in the past.

Tweeting Everyday

In order to keep your name current in people’s minds, it’s important that you Tweet on a daily basis. There are a lot of differing opinions about how often you should Tweet and about what, but in our opinion, it’s important to Tweet at least 10 times a day. These tweets shouldn’t all be about your brand or business, but instead should start conversations in the Twitter universe about what’s going on in your market’s world. People subscribe to other Twitter followers to join in on the conversation, so why not give them something to talk about instead of simply posting about the products you’re trying to sell.

Of the 10 tweets that you send out on a daily basis, it’s a good idea to make 8 of them about things other than your own product so that people stick around to talk about whatever it is that’s going on. Make about 5 of those 8 questions that other people can answer and the remaining 3 just statements about your day and how your brand is developing nicely. The remaining 2 tweets can be things like affiliate links or direct plugs for your website. Try to make them different every time you post them, as no one wants to see the same thing over and over in their Twitter timeline.

Creating Conversations

In addition to the tweets that you’ll be posting to try and initiate conversation on Twitter, it’s also recommended that you also dive into some conversations yourself. If you have a spare few minutes each day, hop on Twitter and take a look at your timeline. If you see something relevant on your feed, ask a question about it or respond to a Tweet that someone else posted. The more conversations you can join, the more people you’ll be interacting with. And if those people retweet or favorite a post of yours, it will in turn show up on their timelines as well to be shared with their relevant followers too.

When To Tweet

If you’re going to be tweeting 10 times a day, you might as well make the most of them by posting tweets at the right times of the day. A quick Google search will show you when Twitter users are online the most and when they’re simply waiting to get off work to check Twitter again. Statistically speaking, people hop on Twitter around noon time (which is when people get off of work for lunch) and at 5 o’clock when their day is over. This is obviously different depending on where you live in the world, as the time differences can make a big difference depending on where you’re located.

Speaking generally, timing your tweets so that the tweets about yourself appear once at around noon time and once around 5 o’clock is best. Save the other Tweets for other times of the day when people are less active, but you may linger in people’s Twitter timelines for longer than at peak times.

Which Time Zone?: Obviously, the time zone that you’re in should determine when most of your followers are online. If the products that you’re marketing aren’t time-sensitive (meaning that you’re not a coffee shop located in the Eastern Time Zone of the United States), pick a time zone that gets a lot traffic. That means that either pick GMT, EST, or PST, all of which are high population density areas that have large numbers of users hopping online at noon and 5 o’clock in their respective time zones.

Automating Your Tweets

Obviously, trying to get online 10 times a day to post new tweets can be a bit of a nuisance. Considering the fact that most of us have day jobs and can’t spend hours at a time at a computer waiting for noon to roll around to send out a tweet to try and capture the market, there has to be an easier way, right?

Tweet automation is nothing new, but very few services have managed to capture the essence of what’s necessary to pull it all off. If you purchase the TweetAdder software, you’ll notice that automated tweeting is a built in feature. However, if you’re trying to keep your costs down to 0, there are indeed free services that you can use that can aid you in the process as well.


My personal favorite web-based Tweet automation service is called SocialOomph. It’s a bit of a lame name, and it doesn’t have that great of an interface, but it’s a damn good service that lets you easily schedule tweets at exactly the times you want and lets you get on with your day. Without getting too in-depth with how exactly you can sign up and get started with the software (you can watch the video tutorial posted at the end of this section to see how to get everything set up properly), in short SocialOomph lets you add tweets to a scheduled list to post them at a later time. If you take an hour or so at the beginning of every week, you can get online and mass create tweets that can be scheduled for any time of the day on any date.

If you sign up for their premium services, you’ll have the option to enter spinnable text (Read this to see what spinnable text is: as well. This is great if you’re looking for a way to automatically post similar text without having it get blocked by Twitter’s “This tweet has already been posted” block that recently got implemented. Say the same thing without using the same words.

Design Your Profile

If when you set up your Twitter account you didn’t go to the trouble of getting a good profile setup, now is the time to do that. Profiles that have relevant information, such as a bio, an avatar, and a custom background gain more followers than those that don’t. By taking the time to design your profile, you’re showing potential followers that you care about what it is that you do and that you’re in it for the long haul and aren’t just making Twitter profiles to promote a product or to make sales.

In your bio, include what is that you do, how long you’ve been doing it, and why you’re now on Twitter. Also, include a link back to your website. The number of hits you’ll get from people checking out your profile and then seeing what your website looks like will be significant, so if nothing else, be sure that your Twitter bio has a link.

For your avatar, upload a relevant image of your company’s logo or of your own face. Twitter profiles that have avatars that are relevant are more likely to get follow backs. A recent trend has been to add a picture of an attractive girl or guy on Twitter in hopes that people follow them for their attractiveness as opposed to what they have to say. Whether or not this works is unknown to us, but if you’re in the business of simply gaining huge numbers of followers instead of building a reputable brand, by all means give it a shot.

Not everyone is a design guru, so getting a custom background designed could be a bit difficult. However, if you have an extra five bucks to spend, you can head over to to see if you can find any designers over there who would be interested in designing you a custom background for your Twitter page for just 5 dollars. Custom backgrounds are really a novelty, but if you took the time to design something for your Twitter page, it again adds to the credibility of your brand and could pay off in the long run.

An Example

Let’s say that you run a website that sells personalized coffee mugs. In order to sell more mugs, you’re going to employ the help of Twitter software to get your more followers and ultimately more hits on your website.

No matter which software option you choose, the concept behind them is the same. By targeting relevant Twitter users who post or read about coffee regularly, you’re likely to gain a bigger audience than if you were to just try and gain any old followers. The “parameters” of your search are going to be something coffee related or are going to be based around followers of a particular user, perhaps Starbucks in this example. By automatically following people who are interested in Starbucks coffee or who are interested in coffee in general, when they see that you have followed them, they’ll be more likely to follow you back than someone who you found just by randomly clicking around on Twitter.

Video Resource

We covered a lot of topics in this article, and considering how much we covered, it’s probably safe to say that you didn’t understand some of it. Below are some video resources online that will help you better understand how TweetAttacks works, how TweetAdders works, how you can use these software every day to automate things like Tweets and follow/unfollow requests, and how you can use the free SocialOomph service to schedule Tweets automatically (in case you do not want to invest in either software).

Using Social Oomph

Using TweetAttacks

Using TweetAdder


Managing a Twitter account can be tough, but in order to make a name for yourself in your respective niche, you’re going to have to go through some of the work necessary to get things off the ground. Luckily, Twitter automation software has made it incredibly easy to gain new followers and fans for whatever it is you’re promoting. By automatically joining in on the conversation you can attract new customers to your brand without having to be insincere or dirty tactics.

The followers you gain from the methods listed above are real people interested in your brand, not just people looking to spam your page (although you may get a few spam messages from time to time). The results may not be staggering (like hundreds of followers a day), but over time you’ll build a steady following of people who are genuinely interested in what it is you do and will continue to come back for more.