Neurolinguistic Programming 101 – Rediscover Yourself!

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What is neurolinguistic programming? Well, for starters, let’s get familiar with it’s shorter and easier-to-pronounce alias: NLP.

Neuro, meaning mind, and linguistic, meaning language, combine to make NLP one of the most powerful techniques to change the way you see yourself and your world.

History of NLP

Richard Bandler, a mathematics major, and John Grinder, a linguistic professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz co-created NLP in the 1970’s.

Initially, they only intended to develop a model and explanation as to why certain individuals were so much more successful than their peers.

Their initial study subjects included three renowned psychotherapists: Virginia Satir, Fritz Perls, and Milton H. Erickson.

In the 1980’s, NLP was viewed as a highly respected advancement in the world of counseling and psychotherapy. That is, however, until research reviews within the community began to discredit the practice, claiming there was no tangible scientific evidence that proved NLP was anything more than an “unproven psychological theory or treatment.”

NLP Today

Even so, now neuro-linguistic programming has become a widespread tool for helping people reshape the way they view everything from simple verbal communications to complex social interactions, and everything in between.

There is an abundance of NLP-related books, workshops, seminars, teachers, and more around the world.

Who Uses NLP?

Since the very foundation of NLP is based on emulating success, entrepreneurs and like-minded ambitious men and women hope to unlock the secret of climbing to the top of their field.

On the other side of the spectrum, every one from students to soccer moms firmly believe that NLP can help them in their day-to-day lives and duties by improving the way they tackle tasks and to-do lists.

Whether you believe whole-heartedly in NLP, or simply think neurolinguistic programming is nothing more than the latest New Age placebo treatment, reading more about this fascinating branch of psychotherapy could prove very interesting.…

Can I Watch TV From My Computer? Yes, You Can

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Watch TV From My Computer

Have you ever thought to yourself "It sure would be nice to watch TV from my computer" Well, it's not the province of the super rich or ultra nerds anymore. In fact watching TV on your computer is becoming more main stream all the time. Some, including software giant Microsoft feel it is the wave of the future. They're actually staked part of their future on it. Their new Vista operating system has features designed specifically to enable this sort of functionality.

That's great, but where do you get the content? I mean, you just can not have thousands of channels pumped into your computer straight from the Internet, can you? Well, actually you can. There are really a few ways to get TV on your computer. You can buy a TV tuner card. This basically turns your computer into a high tech VCR or personal video recorder (PVR – think TiVO) device. That's pretty darn cool, but there are a couple of downsides to the approach. First of all, as was pointed out earlier, there is a content question. Where do you get it?

With the TV tuner card method, you're limited to what is available with a terrestrial antenna, or you can hook up basic cable TV service. Anything beyond basic cable will not work using this method, because the content is encrypted by your cable provider. You need their proprietary cable box to decode the really cool channels, or pay per view events. So, while this method of watching TV on your computer is pretty neat, there are definitely limits with it.

You can use a pay per download service of watching movies on your computer, such as Cinemanow.com or Movielink.com. While they do offer a large amount of downloadable content, it's definitely not live TV. If you're looking for real live TV, you'll have to look elsewhere.

Another method is IPTV. TV content streamed straight over the internet to your computer or set top tuner box. There are two flavors of this. One is through a major service provider such as a cable, satellite or phone company. These are definitely capable of delivering a large amount of high quality content, but just because it's streamed over the Internet does not mean you'll just be pluggn 'in the net straight to your PC and watching reruns of Sienfeld. You are basically duplicating the cable set top box approach, except the method of content delivery is using IP packets instead of analog or other types of digital cable.

There's still another choice. You can watch streaming live TV directly on your computer or to a TV hooked up to your computer. Using one of several software based solutions, you can watch live TV shows such as sports, prime time network programming, reality TV, and moves. It's live, and even better there are thousands of channels available from all over the world. If you are looking to keep up on world events, or want …

Prospects for Software Testing Careers in the Future

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A software tester is an IT related professional whose function is to recover bugs or unexpected flaws in completed software applications prior to public release. These individuals are valuable team members whose role is to assist the software development team in missing faults or undesired behaviors in programs or applications.

Testers can save the developers time and money by discovering program flaws early, thereby avoiding the necessity of having to release patches or fixes down the road. And in the worst case scenario, early detection of critical bugs will prevent the need to rebuild the software application from the flawed code on up.

Some testers are third party contractors. The reason for this is to ensure that the tester is completely objective and fulfills their job to the best of their ability. Software testers perform standardized tests as well as customized tests that often were never considered by the designers, but that are logical from the perspective of the end-user.

Software is constantly evolving, and as such is becoming more and more complex. The programming languages ​​and coding schema are so intricate that software testing is becoming more critical over time. Additionally, the software testing industry is part of the general IT field, which itself is experiencing tremendous job growth. Job growth from 2008 to 2018 for software testing is predicted to grow at a much greater-than-average rate with an increase of 38%. Few fields offer as many carers with such a fantastic potential as Information Technology professionals and particularly that of testers.

The IT field is reliably new and testers' job descriptions are constantly being updated. No degree is necessary for some software testing professionals but certain characteristics and skills are required. The software tester who understands at least the most basic of software languages ​​such as C, C ++ and java will have an easier time hiding bugs and flaws. Knowledge of software programming languages ​​helps in understanding what parts of the code may be at fault. Software testers may also have a four-year university degree in programming, software design, or computer engineering, or they may be enrolled to learn on the job from suitable applicants.

The role of a tester in a company is a proactive one and requires excellent communication skills as well as a large amount of tact. Software testers must be able to communicate well both verbally and in writing, and communicate to both professionals in IT as well as those in charge of funding.

There are many skilled opportunities for software testers. With the correct mindset and personality, a career in software testing can be a fulfilling one. Software testing opportunities exist for both the individual with a degree and for the determined and interested individual willing to learn on the job and study to improve their marketable job skills. Most companies know that even with a Bachelor's degree in IT, much of the software tester's true job skills will be learned by doing. …

Technology And Child Education

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Techno-Toddlers

When I was a child, I was very up-to-date on the latest technology. I watched Sesame Street, followed by Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. My home received all the channels available – three local channels, and two PBS stations. I surfed the available programming by going over to the television, taking the pliers off the top of the TV, gripping the pin and twisting (the plastic dial had broken off years before my birth). Telephone calls could have made on our large, black rotary phone. During fifth grade, I played Pong and thought I was really onto something. We got an Atari 400, and I experienced my first educational programming: Lemonade Stand, while was a very early version of Roller Coaster Tycoon. Nowadays, a four-year-old could probably program that game while watching the latest episode of Dora the Explorer and surfing the Internet for accompanying website games to develop his map skills.

Technology can be both helpful and harmful for your children. Let's look at some of the pros and cons of using technology with your kids:

Stimulation and Learning Toys

Computer games and toys that simulate computers can be very helpful for learning. Repetitive games that teach letters, numbers and reading can be great, and the graphics and music accompaning basic facts can help kids learn.

Be careful, however, not to let your child become over-stimulated by video-type toys. Reading books with each other is another great way to develop reading readiness, and playing with puzzles or basic toys is also good. You do not want your child to depend on flashing lights and buzzers in order to learn new skills.

Health Risks

Video and computer games have been linked to vision injury in children, as well as carpal tunnel syndrome. In addition, addiction to these games is a very real consensus. It is extremely important to set time limits on gaming. While your child may develop some killer small motor skills, he could have ruining the nerves in his hands at the same time. Keep an eye on him (and his fingers).

Predators on the Net

The Internet is a remarkable learning tool. Work together with your child to research anything of interest. Most children's programming also has websites with games and activities. There are also interactive sites where children build houses, care for pets, or submit writing.

Close parental supervision is of utmost importance when children are surfing the web. Chat rooms on kids' sites are often prowled by child predators. If your child has an email address, monitor it carefully for spam and sexual content. Kids are naturally curious, but can get into a lot of grown-up trouble quickly if left to their own devices online.

Cell Phones

My daughter came home from fourth grade yesterday, begging for a cell phone. Since her teenage brothers both have phones, I assumed she just wanted to act older than her age. Not the case at all – over half her class has cell phones. The kids are talking, and …

Direct TV’s Technology Complements Its Programming

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While it’s well known that Direct TV provides a wide variety of high quality programming on hundreds of television and satellite radio channels, not many people know about the impressive space age satellite technology that goes into delivering that programming to over fifteen and a half million subscribers.

While there are some types of technology that are available on special order, Direct TV also provides some pretty impressive technology to all of its subscribers regardless of which programming package they sign up for. The most basic technology is digital television. Television programming in digital format provides a vividly crystal clear picture in all but the worst weather conditions. That’s because digital television is easily cleansed of any interference that it picks up during transmission by Direct TV’s sophisticated satellite receiver equipment.

Direct TV also provides great user friendly software to all of its subscribers. User friendly software like the on screen program guide and Parental Locks make it much easier to handle the hundreds of channels that you could have available to you if you sign up for one of the larger programming packages. The on screen program guide is probably the piece of software that you’ll use the most. It displays a listing of all of the television shows and movies that you can choose among right on your TV screen. Along with each program, the on screen program guide will also provide you with information about the program- like who stars in it and what the plot consists of- in order to help you decide whether or not it’s something you might want to watch. While the on screen program guide is on the screen, the picture from the channel that the system is tuned to will continue to be displayed in a small window in the corner of the screen and the audio will continue to play over the speakers. That way you won’t have to miss anything while you’re looking around.

Direct TV’s Parental Controls help you to manage all of the channels, by providing you with tools to prevent your children from watching inappropriate programming. You can enact blanket rules, like blocking access to all movies with certain MPAA ratings, or you can block out specific programs and channels. Parental Controls are extremely flexible tools that can provide you with all the peace of mind you need to leave your kids alone with the TV.

One of the optional technologies you can get from Direct TV is a Digital Video Recorder. Digital Video Recorders are built into some satellite receivers and provide a great way to record the TV shows and movies that you want to watch, but wouldn’t otherwise be able to see because of other obligations like work, family, and community. This practice of recording programming so that it can be watched later is called “time shifting” and a Digital Video Recorder is extremely useful for “time shifting” because it’s easy to program, can store a huge amount of video on its hard …

Older Film Technology Allows HD Remastering of Old Reruns

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The growing demand for High Definition Television sets creates some problems when it comes to finding programming to view on them. Some television providers have taken the initiative to produce new programming in High Definition. This is evident in a number of newly offered High Definition channels like HDNet which provides access to special events, concerts, documentaries, news, and travel programs all in High Def. Equator HD and Discovery HD Theater both produce original content in High Definition as do Gallery HD, Ultra HD, and Rush HD. A number of other channels like Monsters HD and Kung Fu HD feature remastered older movies for their content. Although most of these movies probably were not significantly filmed in the High Definition format, the fact that they have the wide screen 16: 9 aspect ratio required for high definition and were filmed in a high resolution so that the images would be maintained on a large screen, makes them ideal for High Definition programming.

We see a potential problem though when people start to talk about remastering old television shows, like Gilligan's Island and Star Trek, to meet High Definition requirements. The fact that they have a lower resolution than High Def requires is not much of a problem- presumably it would be possible to go in and digitally add more detail to the picture on the pixel by pixel level. The problem comes from the fact that all of those old shows had a 4: 3 aspect ratio designed to fit normal standard definition televisions.

It's easy enough to turn a 16: 9 aspect ratio into a 4: 3 aspect ratio. It's done all the time and that's what's meant by the statement you often see when you watch a video cassette of a movie: "This film has been modified from it's original version. When a 16: 9 movie is reformatted, that means that the 16: 9 picture has been compressed so that everything and everyone in the picture appears unnaturally tall and skinny, or the left and right side of the picture have been chopped off so that it will fit on the screen. The latter is more common, although some DVD players will do the former automatically. The other solution is to display the entire 16: 9 picture on the 4: 3 screen and black out the top and the bottom so that it keeps it original format and all the images keep their proper proportions.

The idea that someone might attempt to make a 4: 3 image to fill up a 16: 9 screen is even more troubling. Conceivably it would be possible to digitally stretch the picture horizontally to take up the whole screen, but that would make everything look even more ridiculous than the equivalent process described above. It would also be possible to display the image with 4: 3 proportions on a 16: 9 screen and black out the unused left and right of the screen, but that would defeat the point of High Definition. …

The Difference Between PHP Echo and Print

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Few other web development languages ​​have done as much for web developers as PHP has. And in learning all the complexities of the language, web developers will be able to better become higher paid, more satisfied, and better prepared to make the next best web application. But taking baby steps in getting there is important: and the finer things such as knowing the difference between Echo and Print become clear.

Two commands are used to output text to the screen: Print and Echo. But since both do the same thing, why would there be two different commands? The answer, interestingly enough, eludes even some PHP experts.

Print is actually something more of a function, as it can be enclosed in brackets. Echo lacks this ability, but then again, there is almost never a need to do so. In reality, having this ability is something that even those who have seen it all in PHP probably will not need to make use of. This just adds more confusion to the topic than what was previously apprehensive.

While performance may be a big issue for PHP developers and their clients, the debate between Print and Echo is actually fairly meaningless. It is true that Print will take more system resources to use, but it is such a minimalistic amount that developers are recommended to choose the construct of their choice, regardless of speed issues.

So far the industry standard has been to use Echo, but it should be stressed that either command may be used at will. Echo seems to be the favorite as it is easier to type, not to mention it's a fun word to say! Those who favor the Print command are usually older programmers, who are accredited to using the command Print from other programming languages ​​that are now considered archaic.

As a last note of worthiness, it should be made clear that if speed is an issue, more emphasis should be put on how the two commands are used. Repeatedly using either command where a programmer could simply concatenate a string or value together will waste system performance- and on a much more noticeable scale that the difference between returning a value or not. Thus, this subject should be addressed if anything in regards to speed.

In Conclusion

PHP development just would not be the same without fun debts such as the one just mentioned. But in reality, it really does not matter which route is taken- so long as either language construct is used in a performance-based manner. Although Print may still have some of a following today, as books and publishers start using Echo more often, it's likely we'll see a death to the Print command soon enough. …

Starting Game Development for iPhone

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Due to the increasing popularity and demand for mobile and independent games, the economy of gaming industry has continuously becoming a boom. Virtual games have been updated from different versions to another only to cater the growing need for satisfaction people can get out of playing inside a virtual world. These games have become more breath-taking, more visually enchanting, and even more challenging. All these have opened the gates for new adventures, new opportunities, and new life breaking moments.

Programmers and game developers have been continuously on a quest for creating independent games without finding a publisher first. With platforms like Apple’s App store, things have become much easier and possibilities have been opened to everybody for them to develop and sell their own virtual games.

To start developing games for iPhone, iPod, or iPad, you will need to grab a mac. A mini mac will do but you can always opt for the bigger ones though. And then you need to have the development environment used to develop for iPhone, the X Code. As long as you don’t want to release or test on the iPhone itself no development account is required. If you want to test your software on the hardware you need to get a developer account for $99 per year. To jumpstart the development you should obtain a game development framework. Free choices are either sparrow or cocos2D. Both have strong communities allowing many people help in case of problems. Getting yourself used to object-oriented programming would easily get you started. If you did not yet develop using Objective-C grabbing a book about it and learning its basics would be helpful. Fortunately, there are tutorials for C++ programmers who want to start Obj-C development readily accessible anywhere on the net.

Tools make it easy to develop mobile games. A sprite sheet maker, like Texture Packer, is on the top of the list. It allows optimization and organization of graphics objects. On the other hand, if you want to make a game that uses physics simulation you should also get Physics Editor which helps you create the physics definitions for your game objects.

The increasing demand for new, updated, and modern independent and mobile games has paved the way for the success of game development and marketing. Creating mobile games would never be as easy as counting one to three without the help of special tools like sprite sheet makers.…

Dish Network’s Baby Steps

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There is a new channel in town, and it is just for babies. It is great news that Dish Network now carries the first and only programming designed just for the very young ones in the family. BabyFirstTV is one of the latest additions to the already exceptional family programming of Dish Network. This innovative channel is backed and approved by developmental experts and has an enormous amount of imaginative, commercial-free shows designed for children from the age of 6 months to three years. EchoStar, based in Englewood, Colo. is proud to include this latest addition to the Dishnetwork family. You can find this child-oriented network on channel 126. It is available as an a la carte choice for less than ten dollars a month, and free previews are running in the Preview showroom, which is channel 288.

BabyFirstTV is a twenty-four hour channel, devoid of commercials, and is created expressly for babies, young children, toddlers and their parents. Learning is the name of the game, and this channel supports early learning, play, and interaction with both Mom and Dad. The low cost of BabyFirstTV is less than the cost of a DVD designed for babies and a single month would have over 700 hours of programming for the baby and parent! BabyFirstTV has over 40 original programs for young children. Some of the programs are: Rainbow Horse, I Can Sign, and Sandman. Parents will also be familiar with some of the brands that will be featured on this new channel. For example, Baby Songs, First Impressions, Brainy Baby, So Smart, and others. The color-coded programs will indicate to parents the educational content of each show. Blue will be for numbers education and green will indicate educational content involving the senses. There are subtitles included, where appropriate to help parents know to better utilize the original programs. Also, the programming is smarter than it first may appear. It is uniquely calculated to provide layers of instruction, so that older or more accelerated children can concentrate on different things within the same programming.

This instructive, deeply rich content will provide children with hours of learning that have never been seen before. The positive programs will foster faster education and stimulate fresh methods of learning for young children. One of the programs features two squirrels that play a game called hot and cold, and involves trying to find the acorns that they have hidden. Another program is called The Numbers Farm and will help children learn to count. It also promotes friendship and learning about animals. Learning to count to five has never been this much fun before. Catch this channel and much more Family programming on Dish Network.…

How to Build Confidence by Understanding What it is – And What it Is not

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I used to feel quite worried when my clients asked me how they could build their confidence. As a Personal Coach I was clear what they wanted – but I knew the concept of 'confidence' was intangible. Only after years of helping and supporting people did I realize what this request was really about.

There are numerous powerful techniques around today to help people build confidence. One of them – Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) – has produced a great variety of tools, most of which are designed to help people feel unstoppable, energized and invincible.

Sometimes these feelings are appropriate to a situation and sometimes they're not the right sort of confidence required. For example, if a loved one needs emergency brain surgery and the surgeon who is going to perform it is bouncing off the walls with energy and absolutely 100% confident, you might not feel happy about entrusting your loved-ones life to them if you discovered they were only a junior doctor!

In this article I invite you to further explore what being confident means to YOU.

I will start with some simple questions:

– Are you confident that you can clean your teeth or do you need to use techniques to feel unstoppable before picking up your toothbrush and toothpaste? I suggest you just go to the bathroom and brush your teeth, not giving it a second thought! I think it's probably safe to say that you're confident you can clean your teeth.
– What about switching on the light in your living room, or getting yourself dressed in the morning – even driving to work? These too are things you know you can do and feel confident about – right?
– Have you not noticed how people talk about confidence? While they will usually tell you they're confident about doing this, or that, they mostly use the word confidence in connection with a lack of it! For example, they say "I do not have the confidence to do that" or "I wish I felt more confident when talking with people of the opposite sex" or "I can not speak in public because I'm not confident. "

We're now moving closer to my realization of what confidence is, and what it's not.

The things you know you can do (such as cleaning your teeth) do not have feelings associated with them. They're things you just do. The feeling only comes when you lack of confidence.

It's a lack of confidence that we have to deal with – not confidence itself – and lack of confidence is nothing more than a way of saying we're afraid or worried. Just think for a moment about something you feel unconfident about. Do you fear that you might not be able to do that thing?
What you're fearful of is what the outcome might be.

You're probably familiar with the principle that says that when you've finally defined what the problem is, you're most of the way to solving it! People …