Due to technological advances in the electronics and semiconductor industries, there has been large increase in the production of gizmos and electronic gadgets over the last ten years. With more of such affordable electronic gadgets flooding the consumer markets across the world, this phenomenon in turn presents a proliferation of gadget review sites in the World Wide Web.
Gadget Advisor is a new website that offers resource for the best in gadget and tech news. Rather than presenting every bit of news from each day, Gadget Advisor focuses on the products and news that are the most significant, useful, and/or cool so that visitors can quickly view the top gadgets and tech news.
The reviewed items are hand-picked as a "best of the best" resource for computer hardware, software, gadgets, and tech news. Therefore, instead of visitors having to wade through pages of minor updates and other news that is not of interest, the top products and news items are solely presented.
There are five main categories listed as Gadgets, Tech News, Computer Hardware, Computer Software and Featured Articles.
For example, in the Gadgets category, visitors can read cutting edge reviews of network media player and universal remote control - a perfect solution to keep things under central control as we utilize more and more electronic devices in the digital home.
Another example can be seen in Tech News category, where visitors can get expert evaluation of online backup services.
Oct 11, 2008
Due to technological advances in the electronics and semiconductor industries, there has been large increase in the production of gizmos and electronic gadgets over the last ten years. With more of such affordable electronic gadgets flooding the consumer markets across the world, this phenomenon in turn presents a proliferation of gadget review sites in the World Wide Web.
Oct 8, 2008
Ed Lau of ededition dot com is holding a contest giving away some fabulous prizes.
* Prize #1: A JohnChow.com stripe ad for 1 month, which usually costs $250. This is the ad that appears at the top of the site. Sponsored by John Chow.
* Prize #2:A 125×125 ad (this is the box ad you see to the top right) on my site for 3 months, a 2GB USB Flash Drive from Gigabyte.
* Prize #3: Apple iPod Nano 2G Black 8GB. I was going to give this away a long time ago but forgot about it. Still brand new. Not as pretty as the new 4G Nano but still an 8GB iPod Nano. Also, a 2GB USB Flash Drive from Buffalo.
* Prize #4: A box DVD of the 1st season of one of my favorite TV shows How I Met Your Mother and a 4GB USB Flash Drive from Sony.
How to Enter
* Follow Ed on Twitter Everyone already following is already entered: 3 entries
* Blog about Ed's blog. Review my site. Blog about this contest…anything. Include a linkback: 5 entries
* Any comment in any post starting with this one. To avoid spam, only one comment per person, per post will be counted. Comments will only be counted for 24 hours after posting: 1 entry per comment.
Ed has not decided on the contest closing date but it won't be long before he made the drawing and pick the winners. So hurry along and get entered!
Oct 1, 2008
The highly anticipated music game Rock Band has just been officially released here last week – 10 months after the US launch.
While Rock Band 2 on Xbox360 was launched in the US on September 14, music gamers here can only console themselves with the first version. Many expressed their surprise that Rock Band is launching here when the sequel is already out. So much for touting the small local market as the Digital Media Gateway of Asia.
Besides the parallel importers who have been bringing in the game since end of last year, Rock Band will have to compete with rival music game, Guitar Hero World Tour, which will be launched in the next few months.
Rock Band 2 vs Guitar Hero World Tour, so which game is better?
Here’s a video of Rock Band live demo at the recent Games Convention Asia 2008.
Sep 27, 2008
The F1 circus rolled into town this weekend for the world's first F1 night race and F1 fever had grip many Singaporeans who have never experienced a live F1 race before.
Places along the race circuit were filled with people packed shoulder to shoulder, all eager to get a glimpse of those super fast cars before they disappear in a blink of the eyes and leave the spectators eating dust.
Posted by BetShopBoy at 10:28 AM
Sep 25, 2008
As the hype to the inaugural FORMULA 1™ SingTel Singapore Grand Prix gets build to feverish pitch, the food and beverage scene is cashing in on the Formula One fever. Eateries along the circuit and trackside hotels are offering exclusive F1 menus and champagne-paired meals. Cocktails with race-themed names such as Pit Stop, Crash and Burn, and Chequered Flag have been concocted.
Bakeries, coffee joints and ice cream parlors are doing their part with special offerings in this Grand Prix season, Home-grown bakery chain has come up with Ferrari-inspired bun like Ferraberri, Haagen-Dazs is offering aptly named desserts such as Berries Drift and Brownie Lap, and coffee addicts can enjoy the Speed Race, a drink offered by The Coffee Connoisseur chain.
Royal Plaza hotel has pole position when it comes to making the most of F1 excitement. It has a life-sized chocolate race car parked in its lobby!
Posted by BetShopBoy at 6:59 PM
Sep 15, 2008
See hand-crafted traditional lanterns with a modern twist on display at the Chinese Garden.
Aug 30, 2008
Cristiano Ronaldo has picked up 2 awards even before he kicked a ball in the new season 2008/2009 of the English Premier League. He was named European Club Footballer of the Year and Best Forward.
Ronaldo aside, it's all Chelsea for the accolades of Europe's best in Best Goalkeeper Petr Cech, Best Defender John Terry and Best Midfielder Frank Lampard.
I never expected one club to dominate and make a near clean sweep of the awards. My earlier prediction of UEFA Club best players in the four positions only got right in John Terry and Cristiano Ronaldo.
What were your predictions? Are they spot on?
Aug 27, 2008
Unique Blog Designs is celebrating its one-year birthday with a UBD 1-Year Anniversary Contest.
Grand Prize - Brand New 8GB iPod Touch ($299 value) and One (1) Copy of our New UBD Citrus WordPress Theme (coming next week).
Three (3) runner-up prizes include copies of our new UBD Citrus WordPress Theme.
How to enter?
For one (1) contest entry - just reply to the contest post with a comment. Only one comment per person will be counted.
For five (5) contest entries - write a blog post about the UBD 1-Year Anniversary Contest and link back to the contest post. If your blog post does not appear under the “Pingbacks,” leave a comment with a URL to the post.
The contest runs from 12:00AM PST Friday, August 22nd, 2008 to 11:59PM Sunday, August 31, 2008. The winner will be randomly chosen Monday, September 1st, 2008. Contest is open to everyone world-wide.
Aug 23, 2008
Uefa announced its list of nominees for the Uefa Club Footballer of the Year award - which is dominated by English-based players. All but three of the 20 names on the shortlist ply their trade in the English Premier League.
The criterion for nomination is that a player must have featured in the 2007-08 Champions League. Star players of the top four Premier League clubs are well represented.
The Nominees are:
Goalkeeper of the Year: Manuel Almunia (Arsenal), Petr Cech (Chelsea), Manuel Neuer (Schalke), Pepe Reina (Liverpool), Edwin van der Sar (Manchester United).
My pick: Edwin van der Sar
Defender of the Year: Jamie Carragher (Liverpool), Rio Ferdinand (Manchester United), Carles Puyol (FC Barcelona), John Terry (Chelsea), Nemanja Vidic (Manchester United).
My pick: John Terry
Midfielder of the Year: Michael Essien (Chelsea), Cesc Fabregas (Arsenal), Steven Gerrard (Liverpool), Frank Lampard (Chelsea), Paul Scholes (Manchester United).
My pick: Cesc Fabregas
Forward of the Year: Didier Drogba (Chelsea), Lionel Messi (FC Barcelona), Cristiano Ronaldo (Manchester United), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Fernando Torres (Liverpool).
My pick: Cristiano Ronaldo
The winner in each position will be voted by coaches of the 16 teams who reached the knock-out phase of the 2007-08 Champions League. They will also choose an overall Uefa Club Footballer of the Year.
The winners will be announced on August 28th, at the draw for the group stage of the 2008-09 Champions League in Monaco. So what are your picks?
Aug 15, 2008
Often time when we talk about online fraud, most of the attention surrounding the discussion is usually focused on the consumers - either having their credit card numbers stolen by hackers or being suckered into giving their personal and financial information by a phony email phishing scam. But barely any attention has been given to the other side of the coin - the e-commerce merchants who are defrauded by crooks posing as legitimate consumers.
Dishonest consumers normally abuse the chargeback system by making a purchase over Internet with credit card and then issuing a chargeback on receiving the product or service leading to difficulty in recovering payment for merchants. Chargeback is the term given when there is a reversal of a credit card transaction.
Majority of the chargeback cases do happen due to technical problems between the merchant and the issuing bank. For example a consumer was charged twice for same transaction or other such mistakes like authorization process of a Credit Card where transaction is declined by the issuing Bank and the account is still charged. So how do you respond to such “friendly fraud transactions”?
Chargeback levels vary by industry type but have been on a steady accent in the e-commerce industry throughout the years. E-Commerce merchants typically operate in a "card-not-present" environment which is deemed as "high-risk" by default.
It is important to note that in case of chargeback, it is the consumer's bank and NOT your merchant service provider or your bank that decides the outcome of a chargeback.
Being an e-commerce merchant, you should have a set of online transaction security measures put in place, but as good as your chargeback prevention mechanisms may be and despite all the best practices that you may have incorporated into your sales process, every now and again you will still be seeing a chargeback or two sneaking its way through and around your protection. Chargebacks cost money along with the fess and the settlements associated with the credit card transaction and affect the company’s bottom line.
Chargeback Guide - The Official Global Chargeback Guide, is an e-book designed to teach e-commerce merchants the ins and outs of dealing with chargebacks. For only $19.95, (less than the cost of a single chargeback) merchants are able to download this chargeback tutorial which will guide you in the fight against all types of credit card fraud and help you win any future chargebacks.
Chargeback e-book is an effective fraud prevention tools that every online merchant should use to prevent fraud and eliminate chargebacks.
Aug 14, 2008
Do you wanna help someone out in their fund raising for Breast Cancer research and get a chance to win a Nintendo Wii or a Flip Mino video camera? Here's a contest where you can make a difference… and win a Nintendo Wii and a Flip Mino.
Jason of The University Kid is running a Market Leverage sponsored contest to gather support for two affiliate managers at Market Leverage - Debby Phillips and Jen Fluker, in their drive to raise money for breast cancer research. They are harnessing the power of the Internet and the collective drive of the blogging community to champion a good cause towards medical science and humanity, how cool is that? I salute them for their effort and that's why Market Leverage and TUK rock!
First place winner will get a Nintendo Wii. The Wii is one of the most popular consoles around as it not just allows people to face off against each other by physically playing games, but can also be a good way to get into shape. Market Leverage will ship one to your door if you win.
Second place winner will get a Flip Mino. The Mino is a the most advanced Flip camera, with rechargeable batteries, a sleek look and USB enabled so that you can plug it into your computer after taking videos or pictures.
Ways To Get Entries
- Subscribe To Market Leverage via email - Two Entries - COMPULSORY
- Subscribe To The University Kid via email - Two Entries
- Blog about this contest and mention one reason why Market Leverage and TUK rock - Ten Entries
Winners will be announced on August 15th, 2008 and the winners will have 24 hours to collect their prizes.
Aug 11, 2008
Mark of MeAndMyDrum is running a contest with a huge prize list that is sponsored by many sponsores.
Here is the list prizes:
Garmin nuvi 350 GPS navigation system - This cool prize is sponsored by Market Leverage. I’ve seen this thing go for upwards of $320 on some sites. Take it with you in the car or walking around town. Never get lost again. You won’t find this on any other contest they’re involved with!
WOW-Pen Joy - These aren’t available in stores yet, so one lucky winner is going to be among the first to receive this superior ergonomic PC mouse. I’ve been using another model made by the same company and love it!. Sponsored by WOW-Pen.Prize 3
1-hour Consultation with Garry Conn - Garry continues to provide great tips and information about how to make money online and does so at an incredible rate. He has created untold numbers of blogs for a variety of market niches and has become very successful at it. If you’re interested in making money online, then make it a point to get to know my friend Garry. This hour he’s giving away will no doubt change the way you blog. Valued at $250.Prize 4
Free 1-year Membership to LifeFoc.us - this prize, valued at $324, is generously offered by another successful online entrepreneur, Aaron Abber. This recently launched online community is already off to a great start and is sure to provide you with encouraging tips on planning and achieving your goals, both online and offline. Happiness can be found in many different areas of your life and LifeFoc.us can help you find them.Prize 5
1 Market Leverage 2GB USB Pen - Another prize sponsored by MeAndMyDrum, this is something I won from another contest that I’m throwing into the mix. It’s brand-spanking new!Prize 6
Free ebook: Success With WordPress - Written by Kyle Eslick of Hack WordPress, this hasn’t even been released yet, so the winner will be among the very first to grab a free copy and become even more successful with using WordPress.Prize 7
Free ebook: Blog Adrenaline - Written by John Moston of DNXpert, this is an 80-page ebook that also includes a 24-page guide to building WordPress themes, AND a “skeleton” WordPress theme that can be customized and given away for building backlinks.Prize 8
2 Market Leverage Rewards Cards - These guys came through again with another popular prize. Each card is worth $20. There will be 1 winner per card.Prize 9
Advertising on KeithJamesLock.com - Keith is offering some great advertising opportunities on his blog. One image ad will be placed beneath each of his posts on single post pages as well as beneath the post on the home page. Size can be up to 400×250. He’s also offering a text link up to 50 characters in length. Both will have do-follow links which can be affiliate links if desired. 2Prize 10
Niche Adsense Themes for WordPress - Created by Mark Mason, this rising star in the Internet marketing world is someone I’ve been following closely. His recent release of these specially designed WordPress themes has been well-received in the online community. Do yourself a favor and get to know Mark so that you can carve out your slice of the make money online pie.Prize 11
Free ebook: Article Domination - Written by Josh Spaulding, this has been a best seller in the article marketing world for a while. It’s packed with step-by-step, easy-to-understand instructions to making money online using articles and article directories to drive qualified traffic to your site or blog. Valued at $39.Prize 12
125×125 ad on BlogAboutYourBlog - a $20 value, Matthew Henrickson is offering ad space at the top of BlogAboutYourBlog for one month. His blog gets a lot of traffic so your ad will certainly get a great deal of exposure.Prize 13
Free ebook: Written Prompty Everyday - Written by Christine Senter, this is an inspiring book designed to help you get your creative juices flowing and get over your writer’s block. It lists some very creative prompts that will help get you that spark of creativity you’re looking for.Prize 14
Free 1-year Membership to I’m On A Budget - My friend Joe Swopes has launched a great new membership site called I’m On A Budget that provides its members with very affordable videos, software, and audio products that cover a wide variety of topics. Valued at $60.There are many different tasks available for you to earn points. The more points you earn, the more chances you have of winning something! Check the contest post on how to enter.
Here are a few contest rules to take note of. This contest starts on July 26 and ends at midnight Central Daylight Time August 15. Winners will be chosen at random using the aptly named random.org website. The two prizes that MeAndMyDrum is sponsoring will be shipped at Mark's expense as long as the winner lives in the continental United States.
Aug 4, 2008
Hank from My Investing Blog dot com is running a contest giving away 3 American Express gift cards for $150, $100, and $50, which are sponsored by Market Leverage.
The winners will be chosen by Random number generator on August 6, 2008 @ 12pm Pacific Standard Time(PST). There are many methods to gain entries in this contest and one of them is to provide a writeup based on the question “If you were given $50,000USD (tax free) today, what would you spend it on?”and post it on our blog.
Well, if I had a windfall of $50,000USD (tax free) today, I would make use of it to fulfill one of my dream. First of all, I would set aside half of it for my kids education fund before I think about how to spend it. As I am kind of risk averse when it comes to investments, I would put the $25,000 in a fix-deposit account. Then I would donate $5000 to a local charity serving the old and poor.
Next I would use a small portion of the money to get a high-end HD camcorder and also budget $10,000 for a 2-weeks tour of Beijing for 2 to experience Summer Olympic Games. I’m sure the HD camcorder will really come in useful to record this once-in-a-lifetime Olympic experience.
After the trip, I’ll use whatever balance amount to pay off my housing mortgage. When the money is all set aside and spent, I’ll get back to real life and STOP dreaming!
It was a good dream while it lasted for the length of this post!
For a full list of methods to gain more entries, check out MIB contest post.
Aug 1, 2008
For someone who is embarking on a weight loss program by taking the diet pills route, it can be the most daunting task choosing the most suitable weight loss supplements, in a market that is flooded with literally hundreds of options, that can get you the results you want.
Other than product suitability and safety, which should be of utmost concern, the average people among us will also have to balance such factors against the overall cost expected to be incurred.
With so many hurdles facing the dieter, PricesExposed.net was created to take the confusion out of the shopping experience by narrowing your search to the elite products in the industry. They have reviewed over 200 diet pills and created a list based on the following eight criteria:
The homepage shows a list of top ten best diet pills that are ranked based on the above criteria, and also show you where you can buy them at the cheapest online price.
Jul 31, 2008
8 more days to go till Beijing kick off the 2008 Summer Olympic Games on 08.08.08 at 8.08pm Beijing time. This once-in-a-lifetime date and time must be specially selected as the Chinese word of number 8 is read as "ba" which sounds like "fa" - the Chinese word for fortune and prosperity.
Hosting the biggest sporting event on Earth is the pride and joy of all Chinese, especially so for the Chinese in Beijing. Modern architectures and skyscrapers doted the city skyline, and with the old world charm of ancient China, Beijing is ready and set to welcome and play a good host to the ten of thousands of athletes, officials, and tourists that are expected to converge in the city.
After an excruciating 4 years of waiting, the end to the wait is in sight and the countdown towards One World One Dream is truly on for all sports fans. Let the Games begin!
Jul 29, 2008
I started blogging two and a half years ago and went through a pretty long and steep learning curve as blogging tools were not as intuitive back then as currently available.
Blogging is not only about writing and sharing your thoughts online. Other than writing, blogging constitute a chain of activities which includes Internet marketing, promoting, networking and basic HTML coding. If we don’t work on the social aspect of blogging, then most of us will be writing in a vacuum and our most likely readers will be our mothers and our cats!
Speaking from my personal experience, I joined many different social networks and actively participate in the community to establish my presence in the World Wide Web. If only there was a free blogging platform with a built-in social networking community back when I started, my learning curve would not be so steep and time consuming.
A new site still in beta, Thoughts.com enables its users to create Free Blog with unlimited bandwidth to upload and share photos, videos, music files and podcasts.
What makes thoughts.com different from other blog platforms, and in my opinion a very important feature especially for newbie bloggers, is the interaction that takes place in their community.
At thoughts.com, you will have an instant audience, commenting, discussing and rating your postings. This feature is essential to keep the ‘fire’ burning and lessen the learning curve in our blogging endeavor.
Thoughts.com free blog system has been developed to make blogging as simple as possible and HTML skills are not required, but at the same time you decide for each blog post if you want it to be public, private, or only viewable by your friends and family Are you ready to share your thoughts?
Jul 28, 2008
There’s a contest going on at Million Dollar Portfolio where one lucky blogger stands to win a brand new Flip Video Ultra camcorder.
To enter to win the Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder, you have several choices to enter.
1. 1 entry is given for simply commenting on the contest post.
2. 2 entries are given for subscribing to MDP full RSS feed.
3. 5 entries are given for blogging about the contest and tracking back to using the keywords “million dollar portfolio”.
The contest runs through the end of July and the winners will be notified on August 1st. All qualified entries will be put into a hat on August 1st and one winner will be chosen to win the grand prize of a Flip Ultra.
Jul 22, 2008
It's not everyday that you get to make fun of the evil dot com mogul and still stand a chance to win a big box of cool computer stuff. So when Michael Kwan offer this blog contest, I just have to grab it with both hands.
All I got to do is edit the below picture(s) - Add, remove, distort, supply captions… do whatever it takes to make for a funny picture. You don't need to be a Photoshop expert or creative guru to take part, most importantly is to have fun. So here goes my submission.
Jul 17, 2008
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN, had said "you CAN" by giving the nod to free up domain names and allow a variety of Web address suffixes, called top-level domain (TLD). Currently the domain-name system consists of more than 20 suffixes, which are generally restricted to labels for countries - .sg for Singapore – and the more familiar .com for commerce and .org for institutional organizations.
Come next year April or May, ICANN will start accepting application for new TLDs and critics fear the World Wide Web may become the World Wild Web because almost any domain extension will then be possible! Expected to be very popular with investors and speculators are TLDs like “.sex”, “.porn”, “.casino”, “.hotel” and really, a nearly infinite variety of extensions beyond yours and my imaginations!
For companies and organizations, this move opens up branding opportunities. Instead of the generic “.com”, they will be able to use their brand names in their Web addresses, for example, “.nike”, “.coke”.
Although this loosening of the network address system is expected to be messy (which new initiative isn’t?), and maybe prone to exploitation by cybersquatters, I’m sure adequate and appropriate mechanisms will be built in to protect trademark holders.
Personally, I’m hopeful that we will begin to see an entire new generation of URLS, making Web addresses more colorful and interesting. Dot Tom, Dick or Harry, anyone?
Jul 13, 2008
With petrol prices in Singapore (and all over the world) soaring, and the cheaper alternative of enjoying subsidized petrol from our neighbors up north all but evaporated, the time has never been better to use all resources available to lower our car’s petrol consumption. Check out the following websites for tips and other information you can use to save on money on fuel as prices seem to be going up and up!
Petrol Watch – In their own words
Petrol Watch is designed as a community project with an aim to provide information and services to all motorists in Singapore. We know how expensive it can get driving around. Here at Petrol Watch, we seek to enhance the average consumers’ awareness of petrol pump prices, car park prices, car prices and become the de-facto guide which Singaporeans can refer to.
Improving Your Fuel Economy
Many fuel-savings driving tips that many drivers find unnecessary to implement when oil was trading at US$50/barrel will surely come in handy in the current situation. Short of getting rid of your car and switching to public transportation, here are some petrol-savings tips:
Downgrade that petrol guzzling SUV to a smaller model.
Convert your car to be CNG powered or purchase a Hybrid electric type vehicle.
Try to schedule your trips and errands during off-peak hours when traffic is lighter to avoid getting stuck in rush hour traffic jams. While idling, your car gets exactly 0 miles per gallon. Stopping and starting the engine frequently will cause extra wear.
Keep all tires inflated to the pressure as recommended for your car. Allowing them to get too deflated will increase drag and decrease your mileage. Keeping them over inflated will degrade traction and wear the tires rapidly.
Avoid having to stop completely. Look far ahead, if approaching a red light, let up the accelerator earlier to see if you can slow down enough to avoid having to actually stop completely (because you reach the light after it turned green). Speeding up from 5 or 10 miles per hour will be easier on the petrol consumption than starting from full stop.
WikiHow has a lot more practical tips on saving money on petrol.
Jul 12, 2008
John Chow and his friends at Bic Promo Pens are holding a really cool contest. They will be giving away two Flip Video cameras to two lucky winners, one Flip Video Ultra and one Flip Video Mino. The winners can also expect a few Bic Pens as well.
The great thing about this contest is how easy it is to enter. You earn one entry by simply commenting on the contest post. Easy, right? But there’s more! You can earn five more entries if you blog about this contest and link to the contest post and the sponsor.
You have until July 31 to send in your entries. Good luck!
Jul 2, 2008
The ultra cool iPhone 3G will be released on 11 July in 22 countries, and I really want to get my hand on this sexy phone. Unfortunately, the local market here will not be among the first to release it in July. It will only be available at the end of the year.
I really crave to own this sleek gadget and thanks to Market Leverage, it has sponsored one to be given away to one lucky John Cow dot com reader.
You only have to subscribe to John Cow’s RSS feed via email to stance a chance to win the incredibly cool iPhone. If you want to increase your chances of winning, then check out the contest post for ways to earn more tickets.
Contest entries ends Thursday July 3rd at 12:00pm eastern time and the draw will be Friday July 4th. Winner will be selected by random draw and the more tickets that you have, then the more chances you have of winning.
Jul 1, 2008
Market Leverage sponsored contests are all over the net and their promotional marketing campaigns are sure making waves in the blogosphere. Dat Money dot com is also running a contest with prizes sponsored by Market Leverage but Jason, who also owned iBlogtoBlog.com, has made his contest with a creative twist to make it more fun to participate instead of that typical “Please subscribe or write about the contest, blah, blah, blah.” kind.
In order to earn 10 entries to the contest, I’m writing on the topic “If there was no internet, what would you be spending your time doing?”
This is a very interesting topic and a scenario I can’t imagine happening in this age and time. I mean, the Internet is so deeply integrated into our modern lives, from online banking, researching information online, video conferencing, IM chat, blogging, twitter, Facebook etc. Without the Internet, Google probably won’t exist and I’ll not be blogging and entering this Market Leverage Sponsored Contest: Win a iPod, Flip Mino, $200 Gift Card or USB Pen.
But for the contest's sake, lets assume the internet really got shut down....
If there’s no Internet, I would probably care more about the people around me, my surroundings, and the environment at large. I will exercise more and read those books that I always wanted to but never seems to find the time since most of my time during and after office hours is spent in front of a PC on the World Wide Web!
If there’s no Internet, I’ll be forced to call up friends and meet them in person, instead of simply super-poking them on Facebook and/or just seeing their blurry image through IM video chat.
Come to think of it, it’s not such a bad thing after all. Without Internet, life would probably be much simpler like the good old days and relationships will be more personal again.
For a complete list of the different method to gain more entries, check out the contest post.
Jun 30, 2008
A solitary goal in the first-half, courtesy of Fernando Torres's pace, perseverance and unerring finish propelled Spain to Euro 2008 glory and ended their 44 year trophy drought in a major tournament. Despite the Germans late onslaught, Spain held on to their lead to spark wild celebrations in Austria's capital.
(Torres 33 mins)
Jun 29, 2008
It felt like only yesterday that I started the countdown to the start Euro 2008, and now I'm doing the countdown to the end of Euro 2008.
After nearly 4 weeks of intense football actions, with 30 matches played and 16 teams wilted down to the last 2, it is down to the last match to decide the winner.
Later this evening, pre-tournament favorites Germany will play perennial underachiever Spain. The German efficiency vs Spainish flair, who will win tonight?
After enduring a terrible time during the quarter-finals where only 1 of my 4 predictions came through, I was most glad that both my semi-finals predictions were spot on.
For the final, the Germans have big match temperament and experience but the Spaniards have style and depth in their team. After enduring the hurt of never making it to the finals of a major tournament for 24 years, there's no denying the Spanish this time. I'm backing them to lift the title tonight.
Jun 28, 2008
Jonathan Volk is running a contest on his blog with prizes sponsored by Market Leverage. This contest is going to be a point based and many / most of the entries are easy to earn. This point based contest is not the traditional most points wins type contest. Therefore, the more points you have the more entries you get into a drawing and the higher chances of you winning those cool prizes.
There are so many different ways to accumulate points, for the complete list, please check out the contest post.
Jonathan has decided that there will be 3 winners in this awesome contest:
· 1st Place - $200 Amex Gift Card AND Flip Video Camera!
· 2nd Place - Ipod Touch!
· 3rd Place - Market Leverage USB Flash Drive Pen
The contest ends on Monday, 30th June. After which you have a few days to tabulate and submit the points to Jonathan so that the winners can be drawn! Submit the points via EMAIL to jon (AT) thanvolk.com.
As one of the method to earn points is to create a video about affiliate marketing and post it on Youtube. I've make a video and share it with you below.
Jun 27, 2008
Spain routed Russia 3-0 in their Euro 2008 semi-final and booked a place in the final for the first time in 24 years.
Spain outplayed, outclassed and outwitted a Russian side who show no glimpse of the scorching form which sent Holland packing home. All three goals came in the second half after David Villa was injured and his replacement, Cesc Fabregas came on to provide the inspiration to turn a cautious stalemate into a slick, joyous rout of the Russians.
Jun 26, 2008
Lady luck was smiling on Germany in their semi-final match against plucky Turkey, which the Germans won 3-2 with a last gasp winner.
Despite missing a host of key players through injuries and suspensions, Turkey was surely the better side on the night and dominate play against Germany. A look at the statistics had Turkey with 15 shots on target against Germany's 5, that tells the story.
But matches are not won or loss based on statistics and in the end the Germans' experience and efficiency shown through with their know-how of doing what was required to edge out opponents.
(((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((((Klose 79mins) ((((((((((((((Semih 86mins)
Jun 24, 2008
Alan LeStourgeon of Affiliate Confession dot com is running a blog contest giving away cool gadgets sponsored by MarketLeverage, Vat19.com and himself.
The prizes are worth over $500 and will be given away to one lucky winner around 12 noon on Wednesday June 25th.
One very very lucky blogger will win these:
Sponsored by Affiliate Confession:
Nintendo DS Lite and 2 games
Affiliate Confession t-shirt
Sponsored by Market Leverage:
Flip Mino video camera
$50 Market Leverage Rewards Card
2GB USB Pen
Sponsored by Vat19.com:
USB Missile Launcher
Ambient Water DVD Video Aquarium
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Earlier, I’ve predicted all 4 group winners Portugal, Croatia, Holland and Spain to progress to the semis. However, other than Spain, the other 3 quarter-finals produced upsets when all 3 group runner-ups upstaged the group winners to progress!
These strange results wreaked havoc to my predictions and threaten to put my dream of being a football pundit at a backburner, not to mention making my wallet feel that much lighter.
The semi-finals matchups are as follows:
Russia vs Spain
The semi-finals are a different ball game and much more difficult to predict as there are no more favorites or underdogs left in the knock-out stage. As a neutral, I would love to see a Russia vs Turkey Finals but my head tells me that dream is quite unrealistic based on current form and unavailability of key players through injuries and suspensions.
With Turkey’s squad being decimated to only 15 players who are fit (injury-free) and eligible to play (suspension-free), the coach has even considered playing reserve goalkeeper as an outfield player! In this regards, Germany (with their strength and experience) will have an advantage over Turkey. But with their triple comeback wins, does anyone dare to write them off?
The other semi-final matchup between Russia and Spain is much tougher to call. Spain had thrashed Russia 4-1 in the first group game and will have a psychological advantage here. But the Russians have since grown in strength and confidence, you should see how they peeled the Oranje apart, anything can happen here. My head says a Spanish victory but my heart goes out to dark horse Russia. I’m going to stick my neck out for a Russia win.
Jun 23, 2008
With 2 saves by classy Casillas and a deft touch by fabulous Fabregas in the dreaded penalty shoout-out, the Spanish eliminated Wold Champions Italy and set themselves up in the semi-finals of Euro 2008. This win was made all the more sweeter as Spain have not beaten Italy for 88 years since the 1920 Antwerp Olympics.
More importantly, with this victory, they finally broke the jinx of 22 June where on 3 previous major tournaments, they had suffered penalty shoot-out losses on 22 June!
Spain won 4-2 on penalties
Jun 22, 2008
Dutchman Guus Hiddink guided underdogs Russia to a 3-1 extra-time victory over his countrymen as the Holland crashed out of Euro 2008 in the quarter-finals, earning them an unexpected place in the semi-finals
Russia's Dutch coach Guus Hiddink risks being public enemy number one in his homeland after pulling off his latest masterstroke to eliminate the team who were tournament favourites after emphatic wins over continental heavyweights Italy and France in the 'Group of Death'.
Posted by BetShopBoy at 12:50 PM
Jun 21, 2008
Turkey created history by reaching their first European Championship semi-finals by another sensational come-from-behind win over favorites Croatia.
The tense match ended scoreless in regulation time, and Croatia looked to have booked their semi-final place with an extra time in the 119th minute strike only for the never-say-die Turks to equalize with practically the last kick of the game!
Croatia's spirit were broken as they go into penalties to settle the outcome, with them missing two spot kicks before Restu saved to break Croatia's heart and send Turkey into the semis where Germany beckons.
(Klasnic 119mins) (Senturk 120mins)
Turkey won 3-1 on penalties
Jun 20, 2008
The headline said it all, Portugal is OUT! Football fans expected a tense affair with a scored draw or a narrow win for Portugal as the likely result. Who would have expected 5 goals and 2 comebacks, but not quite what Turkey achieved over the Czech Republic. And so, Portugal is first in and first out of the knock-out stage and the German juggernaut advances into the semis.
(Postiga 87mins) (Klose 26mins)
Jun 19, 2008
Now that all group matches for Euro 2008 have concluded, it is time to tally the actual results against the predictions I’ve made in the Countdown to Euro2008. Those in brackets are my initial predictions.
Winner: Portugal (Portugal)
Runner-up: Turkey (Czech)
Turkey fought an epic battle with Czech Republic in the Mother of all Comebacks to win over many neutral fans and book themselves a well deserved quarter-final berth.
Winner: Croatia (Germany)
Runner-up: Germany (Croatia)
For Group B, I predicted the correct teams to go through, except the position was switched. Croatia played intelligent football and won all three group matches to progress into last eight. Pre tournament favorite scraped through a narrow win over co-host Austria to gate crash the quarter-finals party.
Winner: Holland (France)
Runner-up: Italy (Romania)
My predictions for this Group of death were totally off! A new look Holland team did not self-destruct in the dressing room as in previous tournaments and not only win but win with style over their more illustrious opponents!
Reigning World Champions Italy barely scrap through, only booking their place in the quarter-finals after overcoming an aging French team in the last group game.
Winner: Spain (Spain)
Runner-up: Russia (Sweden)
Taking Spain to win this easy group is a no brainer. Instead, the rumbling Russians were the surprise package, sending Sweden - whom I've predicted as runner-up, packing home swede home.
The group games are all water under the bridge now. Let’s move on to the Quarter-Finals match-ups and let me gaze into my crystal ball and get my predictions.
Q1 : Portugal vs Germany
My prediction: Portugal
Q2: Croatia vs Turkey
My prediction: Croatia
Q3: Holland vs Russia
My prediction: Holland
Q4: Spain vs Italy
My prediction: Spain
I'm pretty confident my predictions will be spot on in this round. Enjoy the football, and the betting, in the knock-out stages!
Jun 18, 2008
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Jun 16, 2008
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Jun 15, 2008
A drunk man in an Oldsmobile
They said had run the light
That caused the six-car pileup
On 109 that night.
When broken bodies lay about
And blood was everywhere,
The sirens screamed out eulogies,
For death was in the air.
A mother, trapped inside her car,
Was heard above the noise;
Her plaintive plea near split the air:
"Oh, God, please spare my boys!"
She fought to loose her pinned hands;
She struggled to get free,
But mangled metal held her fast
In grim captivity.
Her frightened eyes then focused
On where the back seat once had been,
But all she saw was broken glass and
Two children's seats crushed in.
Her twins were nowhere to be seen;
She did not hear them cry,
And then she prayed they'd been thrown free,
"Oh, God, don't let them die!”
Then firemen came and cut her loose,
But when they searched the back,
They found therein no little boys,
But the seat belts were intact.
They thought the woman had gone mad
And was traveling alone,
But when they turned to question her,
They discovered she was gone.
Policemen saw her running wild
And screaming above the noise
In beseeching supplication,
“Please help me find my boys!”
“They're four years old and wear blue shirts;”
"Their jeans are blue to match."
One cop spoke up, "They're in my car,"
“And they don't have a scratch.”
“They said their daddy put them there”
"And gave them each a cone,"
“Then told them both to wait for Mom”
“To come and take them home.”
"I've searched the area high and low,"
“But I can't find their dad.”
"He must have fled the scene,"
"I guess, and that is very bad."
The mother hugged the twins and said,
While wiping at a tear,
"He could not flee the scene, you see,"
"For he's been dead a year."
The cop just looked confused and asked,
"Now, how can that be true?"
The boys said, "Mommy, Daddy came "
"And left a kiss for you."
“He told us not to worry”
"And that you would be all right,"
“And then he put us in this car with”
"The pretty, flashing light."
"We wanted him to stay with us,"
"Because we miss him so,"
"But Mommy, he just hugged us tight "
“And said he had to go.”
“He said someday we'd understand”
"And told us not to fuss,"
"And he said to tell you, Mommy,"
"He's watching over us."
The mother knew without a doubt
That what they spoke was true,
For she recalled their dad's last words, " I will watch over you."
The firemen's notes could not explain
The twisted, mangled car,
And how the three of them escaped
Without a single scar.
But on the cop's report was scribed,
In print so very fine,
“An angel walked the beat tonight on Highway 109.”
Jun 13, 2008
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Jun 8, 2008
There is a medical distinction. We've all heard about people having guts or balls, but do you really know the difference between them? In an effort to keep you informed, the definitions are listed below:
GUTS - Is arriving home late after a night out with the guys, being met by your wife with a broom, and having the guts to ask: ''Are you still cleaning, or are you flying somewhere?''
BALLS - Is coming home late after a night out with the guys, smelling of perfume and beer, lipstick on your collar, slapping your wife on the butt and having the balls to say: ''You're next, fatty.''
I hope this clears up any confusion on the definitions. Medically speaking, there is no difference in the outcome, since both ultimately result in death.
Jun 5, 2008
The European Football Championship is upon us again. Co-hosts Switzerland will get Euro 2008 under way against the Czech Republic in Basel on 7 June, before fellow co-hosts Austria begin their Group B campaign the following day in Vienna. Let’s take a look at all the 16 competing teams and their groupings.
Switzerland (co host)
FIFA world ranking: 44
FIFA world ranking: 6
Player(s) to watch: Petr Cech
FIFA world ranking: 11
Player(s) to watch: Christiano Ronaldo
FIFA world ranking: 20
Player(s) to watch: Nihat Kahveci
Group A winner: Portugal
Austria (co host)
FIFA world ranking: 92
FIFA world ranking: 15
Player(s) to watch: Luka Modric
FIFA world ranking: 5
Player(s) to watch: Miroslav Klose, Michael Ballack
FIFA world ranking: 28
Group B winner: Germany
Group C (Group of Death)
FIFA world ranking: 7
Player(s) to watch: Frank Ribery
FIFA world ranking: 10
Player(s) to watch: Rafael van der Vaart
FIFA world ranking: 3
Player(s) to watch: Luca Toni
FIFA world ranking: 12
Player(s) to watch: Adrian Mutu
Group winner: France
Greece (Defending Champion)
FIFA world ranking: 8
FIFA world ranking: 4
Player(s) to watch: David Villa, Fernando Torres
FIFA world ranking: 30
Player(s) to watch: Zltan Ibrahimovic
FIFA world ranking: 24
Player(s) to watch: Andrei Arshavin
Group winner: Spain
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May 27, 2008
Holy cow!! I really really think this guy can dance! His unique robotic dance moves had the judges of the reality talent show, So You Think You Can Dance, captivated and wanting more. Enjoy the video!
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May 22, 2008
This is a continuation of the previous post Champion of Europe in which I've updated herewith a video of the penalty shootout! Let the roller coaster ride begins.
Man Utd is Champion of Europe! Congrats Red Devil!
May 21, 2008
Tonight all eyes will be on Moscow as Manchester United and Chelsea descended with 40000 fans to Luzhniki Stadium to contest the UEFA Champions League final.
It will be an all-English affair with Man Utd's stylish, open attacking football going up against Chelsea's version of undoubted strengths of muscle, mind and methodical teamwork.
Which team will be crown Champion of Europe? I am a neutral but my money's on Chelsea nicking it. Stay tune for updates and final result!
Christiano Ronaldo scoring his first career goal against Chelsea on the 26 mins. Man Utd took a 1-0 lead.
Frank Lampar equalized on the stroke of half-time. GAME ON!!
Both teams played out a dour second half and the game ended all square. FT 1-1 extra time beckons.
Extra time was forgettable, should be termed "extra waste-time". Now for the Shootout!
May 19, 2008
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May 11, 2008
After 10 months of toil and sweat, the 2007/2008 season of the English Premier league has come down to 90 minutes of football to decide who will be the champion. Both Manchester United and Chelsea are tied on points, separated by United's superior goal difference.
Another 3 teams, Birmingham, Fulham and Reading, find themselves at the wrong end of the table fighting the dreaded drop. 2 of these 3 teams will find themselves joining Derby County to be relegated after their matches tonight.
Thanks to cable tv, we have an unprecedented simul-cast of 8 live matches beam live half way across the globe to this football-mad nation. Remember this will be the last EPL night of the season before we plunge into 3 months of "cold turkey" treatment waiting for the new season to kick-off.
Here are screenshots of the 8 simul-cast matches.
Update #2: F.T score 1-1
Update #2: F.T score 0-2 (CHAMPION)
Update #2: F.T score 3-1
Update #2: F.T score 0-1 (SURVIVED!)
Update #2: F.T score 4-1 (RELEGATED)
Update #2: F.T score 0-4 (RELEGATED)
Update #2: F.T score 0-1
Update #2: F.T score 0-2
May 10, 2008
Ever wonder how rich you will be in 10 years' time? There is not a day that passes by without me dreaming of becoming a millionaire!
Now there is a new website that can tell How Rich Will I Be in the next 10 years and the ensuing result was very pleasing indeed.
Take the short test and find out how rich you are going to be in the next 10 years. For goodness sake, take the test and the result with a big pinch of salt, will ya?
May 8, 2008
This really works.
Is your mouse calibrated?
You should do this every few days. More often if you spend a lot of time on computer. I was shocked to see that this works!
To re-calibrate your mouse, click and hold on the Y below. Then drag the Y toward the g. If it doesn't work, you might want to clean your mouse.
You dumb ass. You'll believe anything
May 5, 2008
That just because two people argue,
it doesn't mean they don't love each other.
And just because they don't argue,
it doesn't mean they do love each other.
That we don't have to change friends if
we understand that friends change.
That no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt
you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.
That true friendship continues to grow, even over
the longest distance. Same goes for true love.
That you can do something in an instant
that will give you heartache for life.
That it's taking me a long time
to become the person I want to be.
That you should always leave loved ones with
loving words. It may be the last time you see them.
That you can keep going long after you think you can't.
That we are responsible for what
we do, no matter how we feel.
That either you control your attitude or it controls you.
That heroes are the people who do what has to be done
when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.
That money is a lousy way of keeping score.
That my best friend and I, can do anything,
or nothing and have the best time.
That sometimes the people you expect to kick you
when you're down, will be the ones to help you get back up.
That sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry,
but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.
That maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you've had
and what you've learned from them and less to do
with how many birthdays you've celebrated.
That it isn't always enough, to be forgiven by others.
sometimes, you have to learn to forgive yourself.
That no matter how bad your heart is broken
the world doesn't stop for your grief.
That our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are,but, we are responsible for who we become.
That you shouldn't be so eager to find
out a secret. It could change your life Forever.
Two people can look at the exact same
thing and see something totally different.
That your life can be changed in a matter of
hours by people who don't even know you.
That even when you think you have no more to give, when
a friend cries out to you - you will find the strength to help.
That credentials on the wall do not make you a decent human being.
That the people you care about most in life are taken from you too soon.
That you should send this to all of the people that you believe in.
"The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything;
they just make the most of everything.
May 1, 2008
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