There are many different concerns that may come in the way when you decide to hand over your memories (in the form of home videos) for transferring to DVDs. What if they get damaged or the files get corrupted during the transfer?

Given this, prior to giving away your memories media for video transferring to a laboratory, it would help to observe and follow these vital points.

  1. Will the video transfer work be done on-site? A reliable video transfer lab would process all the work at a single location. Say, if you have given your VHS tape or old Super 8 film into their hands, your possessions will not leave the building until they are picked up by you.
  2. A good lab would mark and tag every project and item with a unique number. So, even if the 8mm left by you looks like any other 8 mm, you can be assured of returning home with the files containing your memories only.
  3. While at the lab, you may want to look around to observe if the workspace is organized and well-kept or not. A neatly organized and efficient lab-keeper or owner would have bins for different jobs, shelves designated for the purposes of varied tasks, neat stacks of film, photos and slides, etc.
  4. Each and every job in the lab should be necessarily tracked with the help of a bar code. If you get to observe this, it would help you to be sure that your tapes are in good hands, and can be tracked from the start to finish. Say, if at any point your DVD or VHS falls in the cracks, the bar coding system will help in tracking it down without fail.
  5. A laboratory known for providing high quality services at all times would be obsessive-compulsive about the process of counting and recounting the media files on hand.
  6. Look out for any can of beverages, even water, that may be lying in open state. Even a drop of liquid is enough to ruin to tapes and make the entire process of safe video transfer worthless.
  7. Open trash bins may not be very harmful in themselves but they may end up being unsafe for the precious media files that may fall in them.
  8. Have you noticed the lab operators being rough with fragile SD cards, loose slides, photos, hard drives, etc? If yes, then you may want to consider another professionally managed video transfer to dvd for the purposes of getting better and more reliable services.
  9. At the front desk itself, you will be able to see neatly packed and arranged completed jobs that are ready for pick up without any mix-ups; this is particularly true in case of an efficient lab.
  10. Lastly, you should observe that those who come for pick-ups are asked to verify the ownership of their files.

When memories are to be protected, it certainly pays to take a few extra steps; such as the ones mentioned above.



Everyone, including me, wants to be in perfect health, stay fit and have a well-curved body. Unfortunately, as most of us may have already found out, getting your body to be in good health and perfect shape, with some six pack and great abs, takes some workout.

Cutting away those extra kilos needs great dieting and a well-planned workout plan, and sometimes we get all confused with what or what not to eat, and in wondering if the countless workout hours are really paying off.

Thankfully, to help you focus on losing weight and bettering your health, technology has stepped in with cool and wearable gadgets that can help you shed more kilos, by helping you track your dieting, set goals for your weight loss and give feedback on your workouts.

Tech gadgets have really made losing weight easy and fun, and whether you are walking, running, biking or doing other exercises, you can wear some of these gadgets as a bracelet, or ring and connect them with your smartphone to track your weight loss progress.

While there are many diet and weight loss gadgets out there, and we are simply spoilt for choice, here are a few outstanding ones that can be a really great addition to your workout and dieting.

Jawbone UP 

Jawbone UP is a fitness tracker that you can use to track your diet, sleep, and day and night activity. With Jawbone UP Move, UP2, UP3, or UP4 you can track how many calories you are taking in from your diet, how many hours you sleep and how many calories you are burning.

Jawbone UP helps you track calories in your diet when you log in the meals you have taken, and their nutritional value is scored by the gadget which is connected to the app on your Android or iPhone via Bluetooth.

Coming as a bracelet, you can track how many miles you ran or walked, and how many calories you burned, while at the same time track your heart rate when at rest and during activity. The Jawbone UP also tracks how long you sleep and comes with colorful wristbands that buzz to remind you when to sleep or wake up.

The Jawbone UP lets you invite your friends for a dieting, running or walking duel with its invite friends feature. It also comes with a Smart Coach feature, which is a personal trainer feature that motivates you to make healthy diet choices and achieve set activity goals, and celebrates with you when you do so.

FitBit Flex 

FitBit Flex fitness trackers are wristbands and wrist watches that you can connect to your smartphone or computer device using the Wireless connection. With choices such as Flex2, Alta HR, Zip, Charge 2, Surge and Blaze, FitBit Flex tracks your daily activity, heart rate, and sleep.

FitBit Flex tracks and logs steps were taken, and distance covered, then calculates calories burned. With FitBit Flex you can set daily step and distance goals to be covered, and each time you are close to achieving it, the band’s LEDs will flicker to let you know you are almost there.

When worn during the day and night, you can track your day activity, heart rate, and sleep, and you can see how you are progressing with your fitness by syncing the fitness gadget to your phone or computer, and it will display graphs and charts of your progress.

With FitBit Flex you can earn badges for achieving your set fitness goals, and you can make your weight loss journey more interesting by inviting friends and family to competitions and sharing your progress with them.

You can track your activity and sleep with this tech gadget for five days without the need to recharge the battery, and since the band is water-resistant, you can use it when walking or running in the rain. The FitBit Flex2 is a great fitness tracker for swimmers.

Fitbit can work together with Nutrisystem’s food and exercise log app known as Numi.  When you sync these two, Numi will pull your daily steps from Fitbit. Nutrisystem is a weight loss program that delivers food to your door. More about it at:

Adidas miCoach Pacer

The Adidas miCoach trainer is a weight loss and fitness gadget you can use if you need a little more of professional advice on how to train properly. This fitness trainer tracks your heart rate, distance ran, speed, calories burned and strides covered, and lets you know when to slow down or pick up the pace on your run.

You can have it strapped on your waist and use the earphones to receive information on your speed, distance covered, heart rate when to slow down or pick up and time remaining to finish your run. The Adidas miCoach fitness trainer comes with a heart rate monitor which you fix on your chest to measure your heart rate. It also comes with a stride sensor to track your strides as you run, this you can fix on your shoe laces.

After your run, you can display and see your progress using charts on your computer or smartphone using an internet connection. This fitness trainer can be used in a free mode, where the audio will only track your running activity, without any tips, or in the coaching mode, where the audio voice will guide you as you run. It also has a weight loss mode.

FitBit Aria Smart Scale

This smart scale will track your weight, the percentage of fat in your body, your lean mass and calculate your body mass index (BMI), then display your weight loss progress in charts and graphs on your smartphone or computer, using a wireless connection.

The FitBit Aria Smart Scale helps you track and measure how much fat you are burning and how much muscle you are gaining. The scale has four cells at its bottom that measure your weight, and then calculate your BMI based on your weight and height, displaying them on its LCD display.

You can use this smart scale with up to 7 other users, but still keep your progress private, as the scale uses individual weights to distinguish between users. The scale will also measure the percentage of fat in your body, by use of slight electric currents transmitted to your skin, when you stand on the scale.

You can set your weight loss goals, and measure your achievements, as well as keep a record of all your achieved goals using this scale, and use its Calorie Coaching feature; you can get support and motivation from your personal trainer, to achieve your weight loss goals.

Absorb Plate

Did you ever think that a dinner plate can be used as a weight loss gadget? Well, it is being used in Thailand to reduce calories in highly oily foods, and while it is still catching on, it is a great indoor weight loss tech addition.

The Absorb Plate reduces calories in food by up to 30 calories per meal, by extracting excess oil from highly dip-fried foods. 500 perforations in the Absorb Plate make it possible for oil from food to collect in these perforations, reducing the amount of oil you may end up eating by up to 30 calories.

While you may not be able to track your weight loss and body fat percentage with the Absorb Plate, used with some of the fitness gadgets mentioned here, it can be a great addition to achieving your weight loss goals.

Have you ever wondered why printer ink is so expensive?

For two reasons: First, a lot of research and effort goes into creating printer ink. Companies invest a lot of money in research and development as they strive to make their products better. Current technology has made printer heads quite complex, allowing us to print amazing sharp photographs.

Second, companies that sell printers do not actually make any money selling these devices because they sell them at or below production cost. In order to make up for the loss, companies sell ink pretty expensively.

But did you know that you don’t have to purchase ink from the company that made your printer—the original manufacturer?

Enter Remanufactured Ink

Remanufactured ink technology allows us to refill used cartridges and use them again at a fraction of the cost of the cartridges from the original manufacturer. Not only does the quality of the printing is satisfactory, the number of pages you can print with a remanufactured ink cartridge are the same or higher than that of the original manufacturer.  Therefore, if for example you own a Canon printer and you are running out of ink, you don’t have to buy ink from Canon, which would be very costly. You can order online from an ink cartridge remanufacturer and pay up to 75% less.

One of the most reputable ink and toner cartridge remanufactures is 4inkjets. They specialize in professionally cleaning used cartridges, refilling them with similar ink, repairing any parts that may be damaged, and testing them to ensure they work.

This company has been around for almost 15 years. It has a client list consisting of both businesses and individuals. The website makes it convenient and simple for people to get the print supplies that they require.

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Remanufactured and compatible products are available through the site at really low cost. The company guarantees 100% satisfaction for the first year and strives to provide delivery at a high service. It screens all products to ensure they are of the quality that customers expect and desire.

The company puts a lot of focus on customer support and service. It has representatives on live chat. This means that questions and concerns of customers can easily be addressed in a timely way. Bizrate has even awarded the company with Circle of Excellence awards for its quality customer service.

Users can set up a free account on the website, which helps with managing past and present orders. There is a frequently asked questions page for people wanting more information on purchases, products and using the website. There is also information on refund and shipping policies. Free shipping is made available to all customers in the contiguous U. S.

4inkjets’ website is easy to use. Users are able to find exactly what they are looking for by searching by brand or keyword. There are reviews and ratings on each product available on the web pages, in addition to price comparisons.

People who buy more than one of each product may receive more savings. Goods are organized by printer model number, which makes it easy to find items compatible with specific devices.

Printing does not have to be a costly process, especially when a person does it using their own supplies. Many people own computers and printers that they use for their personal or business needs. The only extra expenses that come with owning the devices is paying for paper and ink as needed. 4inkjets is on a mission to make printer supplies more accessible and affordable.

The products listed on the online shop are priced reasonably and lower than most others in the industry. The site is designed with numerous features that make the shopping experience more safe, convenient and easy to do.

With the advent of the internet, more and more people are going online to earn an honest living. As a result, the demand for websites (and, by extension, domain names) has gone up.

However, since there are billions of web addresses already in existence, it can be difficult to figure out which domain name you should use. For instance, if you are in the baking industry, you will realize that almost all the good domain names have been taken up.

Although there is no way to get the ideal domain today, the following tips will lead you in the right direction.

To pay less on domain names I recommend NameCheap (around $10/domain). Also, while Godaddy is a little more expensive ($17/domain), you can register a domain the first year for only $0.99 using coupon code CJC99com (source: Of course, if you happen to buy hosting too, then almost all hosting providers offer a free domain of your choice, so you don’t have to pay extra for domain registration in that case.

  1. Go Dot Com

It is far better to add the .com extension at the very end of a name you are not too happy about than to have the right domain name that has another extension. For instance, will do much better than Also consider that other language keywords such as Tijdelijk e-mailadres can be better if you use the correct domain name extension for that country.

This is simply on account of the fact that most people are likely to remember and recognize the .com extension than the .biz one. In fact, if you use .biz because your chosen domain name has been taken, people might end up typing .com and being directed to your competitor’s website. If you are having trouble spelling on a keyboard, consider reading about typing lessons to improve your skill.

  1. Be Creative

If the perfect domain name has already been taken—which is highly likely with the many websites there are out there—then your best bet would be to creatively come up with something different that means the same thing.

A good trick would be to add the word “the” or “my” in front of the phrase or word you would like to use as a domain name. For example, your domain could be “TheLovelyHairDresser”. Alternatively, check out websites like, LeandroMainSearch,  and Bustaname  to find clever alternatives you can use. These 3 tools offer a great way to find domain names for your purpose that you wouldn’t have thought.

  1. Be Visible

The trick with domain names is that you have to ensure you can easily be found by anyone looking for you, or for a business like yours. Although your domain might be clever, if you don’t optimize it for search engines the chances are that it won’t attract lots of traffic.

Search engine optimization is a make or break deal especially with regards to domain names and any other type of content you add to your website. For instance, you might want to add a blog to your website to ensure that you have a place to post your relevant and frequently updated articles.

  1. Choose the Right Registrar

So many platforms exist to serve websites. As such, finding the right place to register your domain name might prove to be something of a conundrum. Here’s some advice on the same:

If your budget is fixed, then you might want to go with a cheap option – such as NameCheap. GoDaddy, on the other hand, has tons of services related to domain names – like email, bookkeeping, and web hosting.

Similarly, you can take advantage of the wholesale prices offered by eNom, particularly when you are looking to register more than one domain name.

  1. Consider Legalities

Finally, you must understand the trademark laws and legal regulations related to domain names. You certainly don’t want to be sued for including words in your domain that have been trademarked.

To avoid infringing on another party’s intellectual property, do a quick online search for the domain name you wish to use (through the US Patent and Trademark Office). If another party has exclusive rights to that brand name, change it to something else.

Once you have found and bought a new domain name, you will need some quality backlinks to the site. One good source is Justlin Company where you can register your business information.

Over the past couple of years, the commercialisation of Virtual (VR) and Augmented reality has set the precedent for the future of technology. These devices and software have been heralded by the gaming and entertainment industries, with headsets such as the PlayStation headset and the Samsung Oculus taking the lead in popularity.

The commercial potential and accessibility of this technology has made the possibility for everyday life assimilation with this technology even more of a reality. Although there has been a strong push for these technologies over the past couple of years, they are still at the very early stages of their journey.

With AR and VR still at the beginning stages of their success, it’s interesting to gain an insight into how the technology is set to progress…

The new virtual computing platform:

As previously mentioned, there has been a heavy focus on the gaming and entertainment industries for VR, but in an interview, Mark Zuckerberg, the creator of Facebook, stated that VR could actually be the new platform for business and computing. In order to accept new strategies for interviews, training sessions and even business meetings, we need to break out of our convention and the parameters of the business world.

A product on the incline:

According to Zuckerberg, it will take up to 10 years for VR and AR to become fully assimilated into our everyday lives, at the moment the technology is in the very initial stages. In order to gain traction in the market, companies need to channel their app development to focus on finding useful and interesting ways to assimilate the technology into everyday life.

The company Apadmi has a specialist team of researchers, developers and technicians who assisted with the design and creation of the first smartphone, they are using this knowledge to find the break through programming that will gain momentum in the VR and AR world. This process is in the trial and error stages, and Facebook is currently shutting down up to 500 demo sites that haven’t peaked public interest. This could be a tiresome and meticulous process, but this will be worth the efforts.

Experience the world differently:

Virtual reality offers the user an opportunity to view the world differently. There are so many different programmes and applications that can take people off to far off destinations. People can immerse themselves in this virtual reality, exploring hostile and uninhabited destinations such as the Amazon Rainforest, or outer space. This can be used for a number of different purposes, either as a form of escapism, help with mental illness and for educational purposes.

VR and AR is currently limited to the visual and auditory senses, but as technology progresses, developers will seek to include other senses, reminiscent to the 4D cinematic experience, where touch and smell are incorporated.

Marketing potential:

It has been approximated that the VR market will reach a staggering $22 billion by 2020, determined by both hardware and software sales. Augmented reality is set to make the most headway in the technology, this combined with VR is set to be worth a staggering $121 billion, with the potential for even further future grown.

The slow burning success of this technology is perfect for investment, as it is an ongoing process that is undoubtedly going to increase throughout the years, and because of this particular nature, the opportunity to invest has not yet come to a close.

As shown through the failures of Facebook, there are still some uncertainties in the VR and AR market, and finding the peak of consumer interest and assimilation of the technologies into everyday life will certainly prove to be a struggle, but will also come out triumphant.

As the hardware and software for the technology advances, consumer interest will peak and there will be an influx in purchases, and VR and AR technology will gradually become more mainstream and used in everyday life.

In any digital marketing procedure, Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is essential for enhancing internet marketing. Many companies have successfully set up their e-commerce websites and today they are enjoying numerous benefits from the many opportunities that internet unveils. Individuals who run SEO may wonder how multilingual approach affect their rankings. It is clear that a multilingual website can bring in more traffic, however, it can work against you as well.

Targeted SEO is a technique, which can help you to reach better results. For instance, one can set up a multilingual website, which can target a particular demographic niche or country. The expert of Semalt Digital Services, Ross Barber, gives valuable SEO tips on how you can set up a successful multilingual website, which enhances your SEO efforts.

1. Avoid Duplicate Content

When using multilingual approach, some web content should be translated into different languages. To a search engine, this appears as duplicate content. Duplicate content appears in multiple URLs, which essentially fight for the same position decreasing your page authority.

Google penalizes duplicate content by reducing the ranking of a website. As a result, Google recommends using “rel=alternatehreflang” annotations on the pages, which appear in multiple languages. In other cases, one can use separate URLs or use different methods, which can become geo targeted to some of your chosen countries. One can use a different URL like my to indicate similar pages in various languages.

2. Geotargeting

This technique helps Targeting for content that is in a particular region. Google Webmaster Tools have the option of international targeting in their dashboard. It is essential to use generic top-level domain (TLD) such as .com, .org, .net. etc. However, pages native to a particular language or country can have:

  • Country-specific subdomains. For example, “” for a Japan website,
  • Country-code top-level domains (ccTLD). For example, for a German version and,
  • Using Subdirectories. For example, to target visitors from Netherlands.

3. Locale-Adaptive Pages

As web development increases their targeting on personalized content, many developers tailor make what a visitor will see out of their specific geolocations. For instance, one can target individual content for China, when a user visits the website using a Chinese IP address, it brings the Chinese version of the page. Google bots and crawlers use an IP and location while targeting users. As a result, you can include dynamic content on your website.

4. Managing Multilingual Versions

Google recommends using one page per URL. If you have a website, it is necessary to use a separate page for each language. This way, Google crawlers cannot misjudge your site for duplicate content or keyword stuffing.


Many businesses are getting online. Setting up e-commerce websites is easier than opening up a physical shop. As more businesses get online, it is important to employ effective SEO tactics to achieve the best out of your internet marketing.

However, one may face the challenge of setting up a multilingual website, especially one, which does not hurt SEO. In this article, different ways of setting up and managing geo-targeted multilingual site are available. You can learn that some approaches for creating multilingual website and enhancing your SEO efforts.