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Computer care

A day without this machine is impossible to imagine in the modern world. Your whole world would come to a halt if this gadget stops functioning properly. Yes, your guess is correct, the machine I'm talking about is nothing other than your personal computer. However, you can stretch the life of this valuable machine through appropriate care and handling.

If your machine resides in an air-conditioned room that limits the incoming of dust and debris, care can be taken once in a while. However, careful attention must be paid if you have placed your PC in a well-ventilated chamber. Under such circumstances use protective covers to prevent dust from entering your PC. Monitors should be cleaned with a soap and water solution with the power disconnected. Do not use household cleaning solutions as they can damage the screen. It is important to keep the inside of your computer clean. If dust and other debris like spider webs, hair, cigarette ash, etc. build up inside, then your computer may fail too early. Dust forms an insulating blanket that prevents heat from being dispelled. The heat generated by the various components, including the Central Processing Unit (CPU), will build up and raise the temperature inside the box. The CPU fan and the power supply fan will not be able to do their jobs effectively. When components are overheated, the operating stability of the computer can be affected and components may fail.

Therefore, it's suggested that you regularly check that the power supply fan is functioning properly.

Your keyboard can become sticky and useless if dust accumulates on it. You can clean your keyboard simply by dusting it daily. You can also soak a small towel in soap water, get rid of excess water and use it to clean the keys. A toothbrush can also be a handy object as you clean dust from the spaces between keys. You can also use keyboard protectors to keep away dust and debris. It's not all about cleaning. Most of the time the life of your computer relies on how well you operate it. Remember that a computer doesn't have unlimited capacity , therefore try to run it with care. Never turn your computer off with the power switch until Windows has shut down. Never unplug peripherals from the computer when it is powered up.

It's always recommended that you purchase an UPS (uninterruptible power supply). Also keep backup copies of all your important files-you don't know when your PC might betray you. The days of using floppy discs are somewhat gone, therefore buy a pen-drive to store all your important data. Run Scandisk and Defragment at least once a month. Experts suggest that you keep at least 100 MBs of your C: drive free for Windows to use. If you use Windows Me or Windows XP then you should have 300 MBs or more of free space on your C: drive. And lastly, do use a virus checker regularly to find out if bugs are eating up your valuable files.

By Penelope

Seafood Dip
225g (8oz) white fish fillet, fresh or defrosted, skinned
1 red apple, finely chopped
1 x 15ml spoon (1 tblsp) lemon juice
145g (5oz) low fat soft cheese
150ml (5 fl oz) natural yoghurt
1 x 15ml spoon (1 tblsp) chopped chives
1 x 15ml spoon (1 tblsp) chopped parsley
few drops Tabasco salt and black pepper to taste

Place cubed fish in a shallow microwave proof dish, sprinkle with 1-2 x 15ml spoon (1-2 tablespoons) water.
Cook on HIGH for 2 minutes. Keep on stand-by for 1 minute. Drain and discard cooking liquor, leave to cool.
Meanwhile, sprinkle apple with lemon juice and mix together with cheese, yoghurt, herbs and Tabasco.
Flake the fish and stir carefully into the prepared mixture, season with salt and pepper.
Serve with savoury biscuits, slices of pitta bread or sticks of crunchy vegetables.

Applebee's Honey Pepper Sauce For Salmon Recipe
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1 lemon, juiced
2 tablespoons white distilled vinegar
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
4 (8 ounce) salmon fillets (without skin)

Make the sauce by combining all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium/low heat. Stir occasionally until sauce begins to boil, then simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until syrupy. Watch the sauce closely to be sure it doesn't bubble over. Preheat barbecue grill to medium heat. Rub each salmon fillet with vegetable oil, then add a light sprinkling of salt and pepper. Grill the salmon for 4 to 7 minutes per side or until done. Serve salmon with a small cup of the honey pepper sauce on the side.

Baked Salmon in Potato Shells Recipe
1 pound canned salmon
8 medium sized potatoes, baked/cooled
1/2 cup milk
1 onion, chopped
salt/pepper to taste
1 cup bread crumbs
2 tablespoons butter

Flake the salmon and try removing all bones and skin as much as possible. Slice tops of of the potatoes and scoop out. Put the shells **skin of the potatoes** off to the side. In a bowl, mash the potato meat, adding the milk and seasonings. Add the salmon. Mix lightly.
Stuff the potato shells with the potato and salmon mixture. Top it off with the bread crumbs. Dot with the butter. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

Pop ups

Small wonders
Small, simple changes to your hair, skin, and make-up regimen can have a huge impact on your appearance.

Work your depression
Need a quick pick-me-up? Cardio exercise is a fabulous mood-lifter! Take a walk. You could team this with strength exercises by carrying weights while walking. After a few minutes of walking, break into a light jog. Go in for a session of aerobics. The music and the tempo help a lot. Swim a few laps. The water will relax you and the exercise will keep you in good form. Take the stairs. Or skip rope. Go biking, but not on the streets, cycle around in a park; beauty in Nature is always a mood booster.

Wake-up call for boredom Upward stretch
Stretch upward and outward to shake yourself out of a spell of lethargy. If the body feels awake and alive, so will the mind.

Are you on a diet?
After having gorged out on all the delectable biryani and other scrumptious festival delicacies, it's time to start worrying about the excess deposits of adipose tissues, gathering all over your anatomy. Time to leave the rich food, and start DIETING or else, DIE EATING!

Eating Right
No matter how strongly kitchen markets and other super stores insist that they have fresh vegetables, DO NOT believe them. With winter dwindling to an end, it is highly unlikely to get anything “fresh.” In summer months, people tend to eat more watery vegetables, and less leafy vegetables. Other than that, fruits should also cover a considerable portion of your daily menu. Also, try eating more fish and less meat and chicken. Remember: Eating healthy is “in”!

Watching Your Weight
While most people maintain that dieting and being weight conscious is a trait only applicable to women, they should realize that men who are obese, look just as bad as women. So try to make that extra effort, and instead of just exercising, try to follow a healthy diet that consists of the right mix of carbs, proteins and fats.

You could of course choose a particular diet, like a protein diet, or soup diet, or an all carbohydrate diet, if you are looking to lose a few pounds in a short time. Just remember fad diets work only on a short term.

Not only will you look better, but you will also feel better!

By Rohini Alamgir


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