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The New Emojis on iOS 8.3

After much anticipation, Apple released 300 new emojis in iOS 8.3. After many meme’s across the internet and constant Michael Jackson jokes, the keyboard is finally here and in use (for those who have an iPhone and do not have the keyword, it’s time to update).

When I first saw my new updated keyboard, I was a bit taken back. The update didn’t just add new emojis to my keyboard; it completely changed the look. However, I actually found it a lot easier to navigate.

New Layout

Previously, I could never remember which emoji was in which part of the keyboard. In the new keyboard, the small icons you flip through are much more descriptive of what you can find there. In the new one, there is a small icon for food a little party section, a car where the vehicles are, and so on.

I also find it easier to flip through the different screens. It is overall cleaner and much simpler to get through, which are two things I have come to expect of Apple. The one thing I like about buying Apple products is knowing if it doesn’t work as well the first time, they will provide an update to fix those issues.

Different Colored People

I was apprehensive about this, honestly. I still cannot figure out who the yellow colored emojis are supposed to look like. Perhaps it is to match the smiley emoticons. Perhaps they are supposed to be from an Asian descent. Perhaps they are the Simpsons. I’m just not sure.

However, the other colors do give a lot more options. For instance, some of us white people are not completely pale (I am, but some aren’t). Once you select a skin tone for the emoji, it stays as the default color. This makes it much easier to later use the same emoji.

Overall, I am very pleasantly surprised with the update and how easy it is to use.

Best Ways to Quit smoking

how to quit smokingWe are exposed to nicotine in one way or another. You and I can fall either in the category of active or passive smokers. Consequentially, Nicotine happens to be one of the dangerously most addictive, injurious, harmful and most available drug in the entire world. Smoking is both harmful to smokers and non-smokers. The ones who do not smoke are passively exposed to the nicotine which is contained in the smoke. The passive smokers are mostly children and also the unborn ones. According to the recent research, cigarette is responsible for the death of 4.9 million every year. It is often perceived that quit smoking is difficult but it is achievable.

Best Ways to Quit Smoking

  • Find a stronger determination to stop and quite smoking. Try and come up with a list of pertinent reasons you think are important in helping you quit the habit. This is crucial in strengthening your determination. You can be specific, emotional based reasons and current issues which are often better than the factual or future based reasons.dig in for some facts from the internet sources and get some facts about what awaits the smoker later in life.
  • Be confident and positive that you can succeed in quitting. Think of the time and energy spent in planning and how you will successfully deal with the task ahead of you. Perseverance, goal accomplishment tools and regular milestone rewards are pertinent in ensuring you remain committed and focused.
  • Choose when you will quit the habit. Most people have problem in setting aside the specific date of quitting. Instead, they try to quite each year especially the new year resolution or on birthday. It is good for instance to quite every Monday, this means that you will have 52 chances of quitting in a given year. Try and remove all the tobacco products like matches or lighter from your living room.
  • At this point, find a doctor or a medication to help you stop smoking. There is an option of nicotine replacement therapy. Nicotine patches exudes steady nicotine into your blood through your skin. The nicotine gum also delivers nicotine into your bloodstream through lining of your mouth. Another form of therapy includes nicotine sprays or an inhaler that works in delivering nicotine into your body.
  • Do not give up giving up smoking. In order to survive for a week without smoking, it is advisable to use smoking alternatives like sunflower seeds, mints, toothpicks and the coffee stirrers. When you smoke, your body becomes used to the physical act involving smoking i.e. holding the cigarette and putting it to between your lips. To curb this, use harmless activities that will substitute this act and ease the psychological transition to quit smoking.
  • If you slip, get back to the track. Don’t be discouraged even if you slip. Always forgive yourself and try the steps again. Pinpoint the time, location and stress level that trigger the urge to smoke. Think of alternative activities that will make you forget the smoking. It is also important to involve your friends in this mission. It is also important, when you feel the craving coming back, take several deep, slow breaths until the urges subsidize.

Extracting Energy From Ocean Waves

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Ocean waves generate huge amounts of energy and are one of the most omnipotent forces known to mankind. Close to 75% of the earth’s surface is covered by water and if fully exploited, about 40% of the world’s power demand can be satisfied by this – equivalent to the energy produced by as much as 700 average nuclear power plants. This is different from the tidal energy, a kind of energy which is drawn from the equipments placed underwater that capture the movements of the ocean currents resulting from the Earth’s rotation and gravity.

How is Wave Energy Created?

When the winds hit the ocean surface, some of the motional (Kinetic) Energy of the wind is transferred to the ocean waves. This is the basic method how waves are created and how energy is imparted to them. Wind energy forms due to the high and low pressures created by the Solar Energy. Hence wave energy as well as the wind energy are grouped under the list of Renewable energy sources.

How does Wave Power Work?

Wave energy can be extracted in different ways depending on the type of waves. Onshore and Offshore waves are these types of waves and different methods need to be employed for each to get energy from them. Onshore waves are the waves that are present near the shore. Offshore waves are those waves in the middle of the ocean and move in an up and down motion rather than crashing over themselves.

There are over a thousand different methods which have received patents, but less than 1% of these methods have been successful. In reality, there are three main methods employed and are the most promising of all:

Oscillating Water Column:

This is an onshore device which draws energy from the waves hitting the shore. An oscillating water column is lowered partially into the water. It has a hollow upper part filled with air and is open below the water surface. When the waves crash into the shore , the water level rises up and decreases with the level of waves. When the level of water rises up, the air in the upper portion is compressed and is pushed out of the device. A Well’s turbine is located in the path of air-flow which is rotated by the air and thus produces power. On the other hand, when the water level falls down, vacuum is created in the chamber and this sucks the air into the device. The air which is sucked also flows through the turbine and rotates it. Hence power is produced during both the motions. A well’s turbine is a specially designed turbine whose shaft rotates in the same direction no matter which direction the air flow. A generator is located at the powerhouse which converts this mechanical energy into more useful electrical energy.

Line absorber:

The line absorber consists of a series of cylindrical structure, floating on the surface of the ocean rising up and down along with the motion of the waves. This assembly can be best visualized as a giant snake floating on water. Hinges are used to connect the individual parts together. Cables are used to attach the entire device to the seabed, holding it in one place. As the wave approaches the assembly, the unit which touches the crest of the wave rises up and the unit in contact with the lower half goes down. The hinges between the cylinders are connected to pumps contained inside them. The pump pumps oil through pipes to a hydraulic motor as the cylinders move and electricity is generated. This electricity is carried to the land via cables attached to the seabed.

Buoyancy Point Absorber:

The buoyancy unit is one which floats on the surface of the ocean and follows the vertical movements of the waves. This floater is linked to a cam-like device which converts the reciprocating movement to the rotational movement of the shaft which produces power. This is by-far the easiest way to extract energy offshore.

How effective is Wave Power?

As of now, wind energy is mankind’s biggest renewable source of energy. All ocean energy resources combined would create energy 800 times more powerful than wind. That said, ocean energy is definitely the only hope of mankind’s fast depleting energy resources. When averaged over a square meter, solar energy yields 150 watts, wind energy gives 300 watts while wave energy has the potential to create over 30,000 watts of energy.

One of our main sources of energy (fossil fuels) is slowly being depleted. We need to take some initiative, so later generations are not stuck with the problems we have left them. Think about it.. those are our kids’ kids. It might seem far away, but we are acting as if it will never happen.

How I Tried to Restore a Lost Domain Name

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Last week, I got an email from a client with an interesting request. He wanted to find out if I could help retrieve his domain name which he had stopped renewing two years earlier due to financial constraints. I called him back and explained to him why there was no guarantee that he would get his domain name back and suggested that he considers registering a new one if all didnt go well. He would hear none of that. He wanted his domain name back.

I threw away my skepticism and went to work. The first thing was to establish if the domain was still active. If it wasn’t active, I would simply place an order through my favorite reseller and voila! The domain would be back to the original owner. Luck was not on my side though. I established through my domain search tool that the domain was active- which meant someone had already registered it and was using it. But all hope was not lost. The second thing I did was to check how the domain was being used. I knew there were two possible scenarios: either the domain was being used as a primary domain on a website or it had been packed for speculative reasons.

Upon entering the domain name in the address bar, I was taken to a landing page which announced that the domain was on sale. It was both good news and bad news. Good because we had a chance of recovering it, bad because the current owner was probably offering the domain at an inflated rate. I used the contact details provided by whois records and asked how much the domain was going for. He said he was willing to sell it for $700.00.

I politely informed him that that was too much considering that the previous owner had only paid $10.00 for it. After much back and forth, he agreed to reduce his original price to $250.00. My client was not amused.

There was no way he was going to spent $250.00 for a domain name. He insisted that there had to be another way around it. Unfortunately for him, the only other solution that came to mind was to wait until the next expiry date of the domain, to see if the current owner would renew it or not. To be honest, this was a long shot. My client agreed after much convincing to buy another domain name as we looked for a way of recovering his other domain.

In order to avoid the same issue recurring again, we employed the following precautionary steps on the new domain name:

  • Auto renew feature: We used a domain registrar that has the auto renew feature. That way, even when my client forgets to renew the domain in time, the system will automatically renew the domain and charge it to his card.
  • Registrar lock: A registrar lock ensures that no one can edit the DNS records of the domain unless the person first unlocks the domain. This is a security feature that will ensure no one hijacks my client’s domain name
  • Contact information: I also advised my client to provide up to date contact information during the registration of the domain name. The registrar typically uses this contact information to send important communication to the client including billing notifications and invoice reminders.

Meanwhile, I have placed a back-order on the domain and should it be available at a reasonable price soon, we will buy it again. Only time will tell whether or not that will happen, and based off my experience, unless the domain that is being sought his highly valuable, it is probably worth the time and energy just to begin establishing authority on a new chosen domain, and don’t make the same mistake again of not paying your yearly fees.