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Colorado Medicaid Vision Care Benefits – 6 Things You Need to Know About Your Eyecare

Your Colorado optometrist may participate in Medicaid and provide eye exams and glasses for your children at no cost to you. Almost 1 of every 4 children in Colorado is insured through Medicaid. Because so many children are covered under Medicaid there are six points you need to understand.

  1. Medicaid coverage for vision varies state by state so don’t presume you will have the same benefits when moving to Colorado from another state. There are different types of vision care coverage for children and adults. Changes in eye care benefits have occurred in the last few years, and will continue to change with health care reform. Expansion or cut backs in benefits may occur at any time. Medicaid is a state run program run in cunjunction with the Federal Governement. States can vary the coverage policies to some degree. The state of Colorado has it’s own plan. One example of the differences is adult coverage. Adults have a $2.00 co-pay for eye exams and limited benfits for eyeglasses. Many states have full coverage for adults.
  2. For Medicaid vision coverage in Colorado, children’s vision insurance coverage is defined by age 20 and under. When reaching age 21, Colorado Medicaid considers you an adult and the benefits change. Children are eligible for an eye exam by their optometrist as needed with no co-pay.
  3. Contact lens fitting fees entail additional charges above the regular eye examination. These are not covered unless there is an eye disease that warps the cornea. Contact lenses may be the only way to provide acceptable visual acuity. The actual contact lenses are also not covered unless their is an applicable medical diagnosis. This is not a area where a patient can plead their case. If there are specific medical conditions requiring contact lenses your eye doctor has to file a form to have your case considered. The review process can take several weeks to several months. It is normally approved if contact lenses are the only way to correct your vision due to a corneal eye disease. Your optometrist may have to submit a form for prior authorization more than once to communicate the need for special consideration, so you will need to have some patience.
  4. A standard eyeglass frame and lenses are covered with no co pay. A standard frame means frames are limited to inexpensive frames. That does not mean they are necessarily low quality. Your optometrist is only allowed a limited reimbursement for the eyeglass frame. Repairs for broken frames or lenses are a benefit, and a replacement frame is provided if the frame cannot be repaired. While this is not necessarily an unlimited benefit, it can be used more than once if your child is prone to breaking glasses. Loss of eyeglasses is not specifically defined as a benefit but may be covered.
  5. Lens treatments such as scratch resistant coatings, glare free coatings, tints, and thin lens materials are not covered. Scratch resistant coatings are the one option you should purchase. Prescription eye glass lenses without a scratch coating will most likely have scratch marks on them within a day or two of teenager usage. Scratch resistant coatings are not scratch proof, but they will certainly extend the usable life of the lenses. There is a way to have thinner, lighter lenses covered for your child. If you request polycarbonate lenses, they will be much thinner and attractive for higher eye glass lens prescriptions, and help your child’s self image. Polycarbonate lenses are usually recommended for children and teens needing eyeglasses due to their extreme impact resistance.
  6. Other services may be available with prior authorization. Vision devices for children that have significant sight loss from eye diseases, some lens treatments, therapy for lazy eye, and other services are sometimes approved. Don’t expect a fast approval, but it is worth the wait when the service ends up being covered.

Medicaid is constantly changing and this information is provided as educational, not as representative of current state policy. Different types of programs are available in some areas of Colorado. Eligibility for enrolling in Medicaid and understanding your vision benefits is your responsibility, and the State of Colorado has resources to help you. Visit the Colorado State website at: www.colorado.gov/hcpf [http://www.colorado.gov/hcpf]. Thousands of children are eligible for Medicaid coverage in Colorado but are currently not enrolled or covered by any insurance plan. You can help keep your kids healthy by taking the time to enroll them now, and keeping up with annual preventative eye doctor examinations.

DIY Repair Tips – How To Repair Your Luggage

Your knowledge on luggage repair can come handy when traveling and you discover one or two rip and tear in your bag. After traveling, you might also have to deal with a few torn edges in your bag. While high-end brands of luggage have their own maintenance and repair crew, you have to deal with your own luggage maintenance problems if you have low-cost travel bag.

Here are some repair tips you might find useful:

Tip 1: Common luggage fabric like vinyl can be fixed using cement specifically made for vinyl. You can purchase this from repair shops that fix clothes. It is cheaper than having an expert fix the bag. You just tear off a piece of cement and stick it to the damaged area. It is like patching a hole on your roof.

Tip 2: If the tear is large and cannot be easily repaired using the cement, you can use both vinyl patch and cement. Purchase vinyl patch and cut it off to the right size of the tear you are fixing. Affix it beneath the torn area. Seal the area with the vinyl cement.

Tip 3: If you have leather luggage and it has a large rip or tear, you can try the same method as tip 2. Purchase leather patch and cut it into the right size that can be affixed to the damaged area. Make sure it is the same color and texture of leather to have a consistent look. Attach it using fabric glue. You can purchase this from the fabric store.

Tip 4: If there are dents in your metal luggage or hard-sized metal suitcase, open the luggage and use a solid material like a block of wood to knock the dent on the inside. You can try wrapping the wood in cloth first to avoid scratching the metal surface.

Tip 5: Most broken handles cannot be fixed. You have to replace it. Purchase a replacement handle. Remove the old handle of the bag. You might have to loosen up screws or remove stitches. Once you have removed the old one, attach the new handle. Use the same bolt to attach the handle in place. If it needs to be covered by fabric, buy fabric similar to your luggage and sew it on the bag.

Tip 6: When fixing stuck zipper, try applying a bit of greasy product on the zipper first like soap to loosen it up. If clumps of fabric are stuck in the zipper, pry it off so you can open up stuck zipper. If it is crooked, you should have it replaced right away. If the bag is made of soft fabric, just remove the stitches of the zipper and purchase a replacement zipper with the same color and length. Stitch the new one to the luggage. For hard-cased luggage, you should have the zipper fixed by a professional.

Audi-Volkswagen Middle East Parts Centre Opens in Jafza

In the news: Audi and Volkswagen have recently opened their central depot, the Audi Volkswagen Middle East parts centre at the Jebel Ali Free Zone or Jafza for short. The warehouse facility was worth $10 million contain an initial stock of 40,000 parts including of course the popular lines of auto parts sold by the automaker like the Volkswagen radiator hose and others. The total worth of all these parts is $7 million and is tracked through a dedicated on-site management team.

The opening of the Audi Volkswagen Middle East Parts Centre was celebrated in a grand ceremony at the Jafza site and was attended by prominent personalities like Sheik Majid Bin Saeed bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Chief of Amiri Court of Ajman Jamal Majid Bin Thaniyah, Vice-Chairman Dubai World and Group CEO Ports and Free Zones World and Salma Hareb, CEO of Jafza and Economic Zones World. Also present at the ceremony were Ernst Hasbach who is the managing director of Audi Volkswagen Middle East FZE and Klaus Hellmann, Board Member, Hellmann Worldwide Logistics.

Bin Thaniyah at his speech during the ceremony has congratulated the effort of the Volkswagen group for their successful endeavors and wished them all more success in their latest venture. Here are excerpts from Bin Thaniyah’s speech:

“Dubai World and Audi Volkswagen Middle East have shared a unique partnership with each other and we are all working in tandem with similar strategies in mind. “

“A part of Jafza’s strategy has been to add value to our customers operations and today we are proud to be associated with this project.”

“Once again, I am delighted to be here with you today on the launch of this prestigious project and wish you all the success for the future.”

Last April 2006 the bid for the construction of the Audi Volkswagen Middle East Parts Centre was awarded to Rudolph Hellmann Logistics. And through their cooperation, Audi and Volkswagen will further aim to improve their service level across the region as well as promote the use of genuine parts to ensure vehicle safety.

Jafza or Jebel Ali Free Zone was chosen by Volkswagen since its one of the world’s fastest and largest growing free zones. Jafza was first established in 1985 and since then have grown into a community of about 6,000 companies from 120 countries across the world and leading the rapidly growing UAE economy. Jafza is also one of the popular brands in the region and known for its excellence, innovation and its power of partnership.

Jafza is also the leading business hub in the Middle East and focuses in developing a long term relationship with its customers. It also foster alliances with global investors by offering them world class infrastructure which are supported by quality driven value added services and incentives, giving them all the opportunities to engage in huge business ventures in the region in the most efficient way possible.

The Dubai World is established in March 2006 and is one of the world’s leading hold companies with more than 50,000 employees spread across 100 cities around the world. The Dubai World also manages and supervises the portfolio of businesses and projects for Dubai Government and works to make Dubai the leading center for both commerce and trading industry.

Vaillant Eco Tec Combination Boiler Common Hot Water Problems

The Vaillant Eco Tec combination boiler is a state of the art appliance designed to give the user constant hot water and heating as and when it is needed.

There are many different models to choose from depending on what your needs maybe.

A common problem that happens over time with most combination boilers, and not just with Vaillant boilers is lack of hot water. It starts off with the temperature modulating going hot and cold, eventually stopping altogether.

As we are discussing the Vaillant Eco Tec Boiler I will take you through a couple of simple procedures to check before you call in your local gas safe boiler engineer.

First we need to check that boiler has sufficient pressure to work to heat the water. On the front of the boiler, normally on the bottom right side you should see a pressure gauge, this should read around 1.2bar or just above the red area into the grey section.

The pressure can also be checked from the digital display window, press any button on the panel, the internal blue light will come on, now press the button directly below the radiator symbol, you will now see a bar symbol, press the same button again and you will see the digital pressure. This is another way to check the pressure if you think the gauge is not working properly.

If the pressure is correct we now need to move onto the next check, open a hot water tap that is closest to the boiler, now check the boiler display, a tap symbol should be displaying. If there is no tap symbol displaying then the aqua sensor maybe at fault and will need to be checked by a boiler engineer.

If the symbol is displaying then we know the boiler is in hot water mode and the boiler should fire up to heat the water.

As the boiler is heating the water you should see the temperature on the display start to rise gently, if it rises very quickly and the boiler then shuts down, the temperature should fall and the boiler will then start up again.

If this is happening to your Vaillant Eco Tec then the boiler is overheating and shutting down to stop any internal damage. This problem is normally due to the hot water heat exchanger becoming blocked or partially blocked with sludge.

If the above seems familiar with your boiler, whatever make it maybe, you will need to contact a boiler engineer to replace the hot water heat exchanger, and to flush the system out and then add inhibitor to stop this happening again.

Another problem that happens with many boilers and not just the Vaillant Eco Tec is the hot water only works when the central heating is on. This problem is normally due to the diverter valve either being stuck in the heating mode or is faulty and will need to be replaced.

All boilers whatever make or model these days need to have regular maintenance, and one of the important checks that needs to be carried out is to check that system has enough inhibitor in the water. It’s always best to top the inhibitor up every time the annual service is carried out. Inhibitor will prevent sludge forming within the system.

Sludge is the common killer of hot water heat exchangers in all makes of boilers and not just the Vaillant Eco Tec.

All boilers if maintained properly should be trouble free, but occasionally things do happen. Around 90% of boiler breakdowns are normally due to other faults and not the boiler. They shut down to protect themselves from damage.

If you are starting to experience problems with your hot water that is heated through a combination boiler, I would advise you to call someone in to check the boiler over, don’t leave it too long as it could become very expensive to repair.

5 Common Misconceptions About Church Tech

Church tech is not new. The idea that the use of technology in the church is somehow wrong, ineffective or unprecedented is a misconception. God’s people have always used technology to further the kingdom. Perhaps the confusion comes in the definition of technology.

Technology can be defined as the use of scientific knowledge for practical purposes or applications.

What Is Church Tech?

Church tech then can be defined as the use of methods, processes or knowledge to further the goals and mission of the church. Three great examples of the use of technology are found in the Holy Bible:

Noah used technological processes, methods or knowledge to build the ark, for the purpose of preserving the human race.

David defeated Goliath with a slingshot, which in his day was a high-tech weapon.

Solomon used the best technology available to him, in the form of stonecutters, carpenters, silversmiths, and surveyors, to build the temple.

So right off the bat you can throw out the misconception that:

1.”The church does not use Technology.”

One of the greatest uses of technology was the application of the printing press to mass produce copies of the Holy Bible. Johannes Gutenberg, considered the inventor of the printing press. used technology to mass produce books and quickly spread knowledge in 15th century Europe. The Gutenburg Bible is an early use of church tech to spread the gospel.

2. “Older congregants will not embrace technology.”

This is a commonly held belief based largely on assumptions. Not only is this not true, but a study by Dunham and Company showed that online giving among those over 65 was equal to that of those younger. Senior Americans have traditionally been late adopters of technology. But according to the Pew Research Center. Seniors are embracing technology at a surprising rate. In 2013, 59% were internet users.

3. “Technology will be our problem”

Technology itself is not bad, but it also is not foolproof. It’s all in how it is applied. The problem comes when church tech becomes a substitute for human interaction. People and churches require physical connection and human interaction for survival. Church tech should encourage and enhance, but not replace, the human part of the church experience.

4. “All technologies are created equal” and 5. “It doesn’t cost anything.”

Because of open source technology, an increasing number of tools and apps are available free or at a very low cost.

This does not mean that there is not cost involved with the development and use of this technology. Generally we do not realize the time, labor, testing involved with development, not to mention support and updates.

Just because you pay for something doesn’t guarantee a robust technology or carry more inherent value or functionality. Price does not always indicate worth. Tight church budgets require a plan. That plan not only requires time and education, but often financial resources too.

Church Tech Should Mean Enhancement, Not Replacement

Church tech can enhance but should not replace good old-fashioned Christian fellowship. As with anything, you should proceed with a plan and good stewardship in mind.

ECU Remapping: Why and How It Improves Performance of The Car

In today’s era, chip constitutes an important mechanism of your car and plays an interesting role in remapping the engine control unit (ECU) of your car. Mechanically, the main objective of ECU is to make smooth flow of air and fuel throughout your vehicle, generate high pressure and improve its performance in form of acceleration and fuel efficiency. Remapping the engine control unit completely changes the functioning of engine and facilitates you to determine its working according to your requirements.

Now the question might arise in your mind that why a person will need to remap the Engine Control Unit of his car, if he is enjoying its flawless drive without any issue. Well, an answer to this question can be to enjoy the hidden powers of his car. Being a layman, you must be unaware about the functioning of ECU, so it may be defined as heart of the engine installed in your car whose main function is to control the working different components while driving. The settings of these components are determined according to mechanism of the car so that it offers smooth performance to its driver.

This setting is basically determined according to climatic and driving conditions prevailing in different countries across the world. As most of the car lovers are normal drivers they do not pay much attention towards all these aspects while buying their favorite car, because their main requirements from their car are fuel efficiency and integration of contemporary features and safety features.

Whereas, on the other side there are car enthusiasts for whom a car means a device which they are entitled to use according to their wishes by using its all potentials. But, as those potentials are not configured in the car which they drive in their continent they are not able to enjoy its drive according to their wish. With remapping the ECU, today be redefining the settings of different components with help of a small chip they can get rid of this problem.

During the remapping the new chip or software is configured in the serial port of the car for rewriting the setting of engine with new code that are mentioned in the software. The process of remapping is almost the same for both petrol and diesel variants.

Benefits of ECU Remapping:

  1. Increase in Power and Performance: The remapping of ECU results an improvement power and fuel efficiency of your car. It would be interested to know that remapping of diesel variant offers much better results as compared to petrol variant. The rewritten ECU offers improved fuel efficiency, improved ignition timings and optimizes the overall performance of your vehicle.

  2. Enhances the Aesthetics of Your Car: The ECU remapping is not restricted only in determining the settings of engine but also refers to determining the settings of different components like exhaust system, braking system etc. Because to enjoy improved performance of engine it is mandatory that these components should also be compatible according to engine’s setting to offer better response.

Things to consider while remapping the ECU:

  1. Always prefer to buy the chip from the maker that offers substantial warranty on the software.
  2. Before installing the chip in ECU make sure that it is compatible to make of your car and its engine.
  3. It would be better to remap the car that is empowered with turbocharged engine in both petrol and diesel variants.
  4. Although remapping do not affects the insurance of your vehicle, but still it would be better to inform your insurance company about it, so that it might follow the instructions according to standards determined in your country.
  5. Before remapping, make sure that the other components of your car are also in good condition to response simultaneously to remapped settings.

Why Do Some Tech Companies Seem to Hate Their Customers?

In 2009, after one of Facebook’s major UI changes that invariably ignited a volcano of tantrums from users who liked it how it was, Mark Zuckerberg allegedly sent round a memo to Facebook employees stating that:

“The most disruptive companies don’t listen to their customers”

Whether this memo was real or not, it highlighted a point about Silicon Valley’s attitude towards its users that has only become more entrenched since then. A couple of years ago I tried to communicate with Facebook’s advertising team about an ad that had been disapproved, and despite several tries never got a response, at all. Not even an auto-response.

I had similar experiences with Google and Twitter, my favourite (!) being an episode where some Russian company had wholeheartedly and unashamedly copied my Google ad text word-for-word and bid slightly higher to feature above me for the same search terms. I contacted Google to complain. Their eventual reply? “Sorry, nothing we can do”.

Speaking to other business owners, I have learned that this is a fairly common experience, and the smaller you are the more pronounced the problem. It feels like the big tech companies simply don’t give a damn about you unless you’re a big spender. What’s going on?

The numbers don’t lie

I decided to look into this, to see if there was any substance behind these anecdotal assumptions.

There is a website called Customer Service Scoreboard that tracks customer feedback on major brands and ranks them according to how many positive and negative reviews they get. Companies get a score out of 200 based and an overall rating along a scale from Terrible to Excellent. Here’s how some of the biggest tech companies are rated currently (I will call this set of companies Group A):

  1. Facebook: Terrible (16.8 out of 200)
  2. Twitter: Terrible (19.6 out of 200)
  3. Google: Terrible (22.27 out of 200)
  4. LinkedIn: Terrible (22.29 out of 200)
  5. Uber: Terrible (23.03 out of 200)

Ouch. Damning evidence on the surface. But let’s not get too carried away just yet; we all know that people are far more likely to leave a review in the first place if they have something negative to say (this is called negativity bias), so one would expect most companies to have a generally higher proportion of negative reviews. What’s interesting, therefore, is to compare these companies to the highest-ranking (or should I say less negatively ranking) tech companies on the same platform (Group B):

  1. Microsoft: Disappointing (31.69 out of 200)
  2. Apple: Disappointing (47.37 out of 200)
  3. Netflix: Acceptable (73.08 out of 200)
  4. Asus: Acceptable (74.36 out of 200)
  5. Amazon: Acceptable (80.48 out of 200)

This is of course a very unscientific assessment, but it does show a certain pattern. On closer examination there is a general difference between the two groups of companies: who the customer is.

For Group B, the setup is pretty simple. They have products and they sell to the customer in a very direct way, be it via a physical store or an online eCommerce system. Their revenues are directly tied to the number of people who use their service; the more users they get, the more sales they get. Simple.

For Group A however, the millions of people who use these services are not the customers at all. The services themselves aren’t even the product. No, the product is the data that those millions of users generate, which is packaged up and sold to the real customers: the advertisers, salespeople, recruiters and other middlemen who want access to it. For these companies, user numbers are more comparable with television viewers in that the higher the numbers, the more they can make in advertising revenue. Charging the users directly – as is the case with cable TV – is optional.

Here’s where it gets complicated though.

In the world of television, there is a very clear divide between the viewer, the supplier and the advertiser. The viewer is the average Joe or Jane who consumes the content, often for free; the supplier is the content maker, for example the production house that makes television series, and the advertiser is normally a marketing agency that has a direct relationship with the television company.

Barriers to entry along this chain are incrementally higher the further up you go. Being a viewer is pretty easy, making a TV show or series is much more expensive and skilled, and being an advertiser requires buckets of money depending on how many viewers the television company has. The television company makes all the decisions on what content is broadcast and what advertisers are used. In the world of modern tech companies, however, there are no barriers to entry for either users, content makers or advertisers. Anybody can be any of these.

Take social media for instance. Access to Facebook, Twitter et al is open to anybody and everybody with some kind of internet connection, and use of the platforms is free. Much like television, in that sense. Unlike television, however, most of the content on social media is produced by the users, without curation. This allows for the mass generation of content at scale (the billions of posts published on social media are the hook for users), with the human management cost reduced to policing complaints about content rather than approving every bit of content (which would not only cause a fatal delay in gratification for the users posting, but would also require an insanely large editorial team). When you have almost two billion users – like Facebook – this is pretty much the only feasible way of handling the volume, but it does mean sacrificing customer service for all but the most serious complaints.

The customer is always expensive

One could argue that this is fair enough given that these platforms are free for users; it’s hard to justify spending money on customer service for users who won’t make you revenue. Right?

Well, the first argument against that is that users are the reason advertisers spend money on the platforms, so generally speaking you should be incentivised not to piss them off too much or the value of your platform could plummet if users abandon ship. But we are dealing with somewhat unprecedented numbers on these platforms so I feel the approach, as is, is probably the correct one. Where it gets sticky, though, is the fact that any standard user can make use of the automated advertising tools to become an advertiser. This is a fantastic innovation which has benefited many small businesses and entrepreneurs, particularly in the early days when competition was still light, but it does present a bit of a dilemma for the platform: any user can also be a potential revenue-generating customer, but which ones will make that shift and how much will they spend?

These are the kind of data points you need to properly plan a customer service function, and no matter how sophisticated your platform, this will always be a hard one to predict if you own a social media site. A user could spend anywhere from £0.50 to several thousand pounds at a time, making it tricky to consistently allocate customer service cost.

And so, most of these companies employ a couple of tactics to reduce customer service cost. The first is to automate as much as possible by building comprehensive FAQs and knowledge bases that they can refer people to for answers, rather than taking up a customer service rep’s time. The second is to make it really quite tricky to submit a complaint, which is achieved by presenting the user with a series of gatekeeper questions, not providing phone numbers or direct email addresses, and just generally making it as non-straightforward as possible to get in touch.

But even then, if you do get through to a customer service rep, you get treated like a nuisance – or just plain ignored – unless you are a big spender. While I understand the probable mechanics of why that happens, it doesn’t make it okay. Social media advertising is a $31billion industry, there should be enough cash floating around to invest in indiscriminate customer support. Same applies for the other tech companies guilty of this behaviour.

If these companies want to encourage people to grow through their platform, to go from free user to potential big spender, then they need to start recognising that customer service applies to everybody. If the boundaries between user and purchaser are removed, there is no excuse for falling short on customer service compared to the eCommerce platforms in Group B.

The customer may not always be right, but a company can’t live without them. Ask MySpace.

What It Means To Be An Empath

Let’s talk about what it means to be an empath…

Being an empath is when you are affected by other people’s energies, and you have an innate ability to intuitively feel and perceive others. Your life is unconsciously influenced by others’ desires, wishes, thoughts, moods, and even pain. Being an empath is much more than being highly sensitive and it’s not just limited to emotions or physical pain. Empaths can also perceive the motivations and intentions of people around them. Being an empath, you are always open, so to speak, to process other people’s feelings and energy. This means that you really feel, and in many cases, take on the emotions of others, sometimes unknowingly.

Many empaths experience things like chronic fatigue, environmental sensitivities, or unexplained aches and pains daily. These are all things that are more likely to be contributed to outside influences and not so much yourself at all. Essentially, you walk around this world with all of the accumulated karma, emotions, and energy from others. Here are the listeners of life. Empathic people are often problem solvers, thinkers, and studiers of many things.

I personally have ‘felt’ things for a very long time in my younger years and I had no idea I was an empath. I just knew sometimes that I was sad, unsettled, had unusual pains, or was even angry with no apparent reason to be. It wasn’t until I was in my late 30’s that I learned what it was to be an empath, and why I always felt so different. And it took me quite a bit to truly realize this gift. Today, I’m calling it a gift. In my earlier years, I didn’t always think of this as a gift because I didn’t know how to contain it, control it, or even protect myself. Look for my next article on “Tools for an Empath’s Protection”.

Now I’m usually (and I use the word ‘usually’ loosely, LOL) aware of things I’m feeling that aren’t specifically mine, whether emotions things or physical symptoms. Sometimes, however, it takes me some time to figure it out and realize what’s happening. An example of this is something that happened to me the other night at a yoga class.

The minute I walked into the yoga room, I got a tickle in my throat that I couldn’t quite clear. It was just the instructor and me in the room so I just drank my water and didn’t think anything more about it. My throat became very scratchy and I had some coughing for a few minutes. The more I thought about it, I realized that I was perfectly fine before going to class, so I was beginning to think that this issue with my throat was not my own. In chatting with the instructor before class, she mentioned having a sinus thing going on, and suddenly during the class and my coughing fit, it clicked, that I was probably feeling her, and not me at all.

At one point during class and much coughing going on, I stopped doing yoga and walked around the room to clear it. I truly wasn’t certain if I was feeling the energy of the room or the instructor. What do I mean by clearing? I sent Reiki Energy to the room. I walked from one side of the room, all the way around it, sending Reiki, and continued all the way to the door. Once I made it to the door, I opened it and literally pushed any stagnant energy that may have been in there out through the door. Of course, naturally, everyone looked at me like I had 9 heads, until I was able to explain later what I had just done.

Naturally, being used to people reacting like this, I giggled to myself and went back to my practice. I noticed after that, my throat was clear. I had no more tickle, and no more coughing. At the end of yoga, right at the beginning in the beginning of Shavasana, I went back to the intention set earlier and sent Reiki Healing Energy to the instructor, the yoga room, and the entire room full of practicing yogi’s! After class, I explained what I had done, and the instructor told me that her head suddenly felt completely fine.

And that, my friends, is what it’s like to be an empath! There are too many more to even get into. My next few articles will be concentrating on how to protect you from absorbing others’ energy as well as protecting yourself from the negativity of other people and things, even if you are not an empath. Stay tuned!


Why Do Viruses Slow Down Computers?

Most people have virus protection installed on their computers. This is a great thing! Many of the virus protection programs around today protect computers against spyware and adware and all other known types of malware as well as viruses. This, too, is a great thing!

The word malware is the quick substitute word for the term “malicious software.” It refers to any type of virus or spyware that can get into your computer. Some years ago, the only kind of malware we had to deal with were computer viruses. The job of a computer virus was always to annoy computer operators to one extent or another.

A Nuisance and a Threat

Some viruses were simply written as jokes. A computer geek may actually write such a script to entertain himself. On the other hand, the purpose of a computer virus may be to kill your computer forever! Even worse the goal of a virus might be to shut down a large network of computers. This would usually be referred to as cyber-terrorism.

Spyware are closely aligned with viruses. The subtle difference is a person who writes a virus is out to do your computer harm. A person who writes spyware is usually out to steal your passwords, banking account numbers and the like. If he does harm to your computer’s operating system while doing so; oh well.

Stealing Your Power

Viruses and spyware slow down computers because they use the computer’s resources to do whatever it is they are doing. They are computer programs. Like all computer programs, some of them run on XP, some on Windows Vista, etc.

Unlike normal programs, they don’t have an icon on your desktop so you can start it up if you chose to. Viruses run on their own terms. You don’t have an option to shut them down either. Many viruses replicate themselves. So, if one computer virus program steals some of your resources, 50 of them, which could be one virus that has replicated itself 50 times, might put you out of business altogether.

Ubiquitous Spyware

I’ve seen spyware make computers unusable as well. Spyware by itself doesn’t replicate itself. However, it is not unheard of to find a spyware-unprotected PC with more than 1,000 spyware infections. With this much spyware present on a hard drive, the operating system will have all it can do to try to accommodate them. In a situation like this, you probably wouldn’t be able to start any of you programs, like Word or IE, for instance.

The bottom line is viruses and spyware have the capability of keeping your operating system and microprocessor busy to the point you will not get any response from your computer or at best, a very slow response. So, it is very important to keep your computer free of these things. I recommend using a good virus protection program that cleans out all types of spyware as well.

It is also very wise to have a registry cleaner on hand as well. From what I’ve seen, registry corruption has slowed down more computers than anything else. There is nothing malicious about it. It simply occurs from normal use and tends to make computers very sluggish.

My New iPad: A User’s Guide Book Review – No Starch Press Book

Wallace Wang, best seller of My New Mac and My New iPhone for the No Starch Press publisher has written a new book detailing everything you need to know about the iPad in a book called “My New iPad: A User’s Guide.” No Starch Press provided a reviewer’s copy of “My New iPad: A User’s Guide” for this review.

“My New iPad: A User’s Guide” includes seven chapters including: basic training; customizing your iPad; getting on the Internet; sharing data with your iPad; video, music, and eBooks; organizing yourself and additional tips. Each chapter is small and comes in easily consumable chunks of information that can instantly help new users complete a certain task with easy to follow step by step instructions.

The first chapter called “Basic Training” teaches you how to turn on and off the iPad, what the various buttons and slides perform and how to use and customize the virtual keyboard. Apple changed the Screen Location Lock since the book was published so information has changed since the publish date resulting in incorrect information.

“Customizing Your iPad” is the second chapter that details how to customize your home screen, set the date and time, restoring and resetting your iPad and installing and uninstalling iPad apps.

The third chapter called “Getting on the Internet” shows how to use the email client and web browser called Safari including some intermediate information such as how to use bookmarks and automatically fill out forms with Safari.

If you do not know how to transfer content to your iPad, chapter four is perfect for you. “Sharing Data with Your iPad” shows how to synchronize with iTunes to transfer media such as photos, movies, TV shows and even podcasts. The chapter further goes on to show steps to synch your eBooks, Audio Books, Contacts, Appointments, Mail, Notes, Bookmarks and even iTunes University Courses. The book is light on how to actually configure Yahoo! or Google services with your iPad however.

The next chapter focuses on content consumption on the iPad and it titled “Video, Music and eBooks”. This chapter shows you how to watch your photos to listen to your music to watching YouTube videos.

Chapter six focuses on how to use the iPad to keep yourself organized using included iPad apps and is called “Organizing Yourself.”

Finally, the last chapter called “Additional Tips” provides some additional miscellaneous tips including how to update the iOS or use foreign languages. This last chapter also includes a section called “Best iPad Apps” which includes some good apps but is dated. To keep up with the best iPad apps, you should watch for articles that continually are updated such as the Gizmos for Geeks Favorite iPad Apps monthly updated list.

I started and finished “My New iPad: A User’s Guide” in one afternoon. The book is geared towards new users of not only the iPad device but of Apple’s iOS devices including iPod Touch and iPhones and definitely not towards advanced user’s of the iOS. For example, this book would be ideal for my parents since they have never used an iOS device, but I found the book way to simplistic to really become engaged.