Saturday, May 31, 2008

The uses of lemons

The lemon is a citrus fruit. It contains a lot of vitamin C.

a) Cut the fruit into half, then squeeze its juice into a glass. Add in honey. It becomes a drink that can help to cut down cholesterol and help us slim down.

b) Lemon juice can be used to get rid of oil. Hence it can be used to clean dishes.

c) Cut the fruit into halves and put one piece in the meat compartment and the other in the other compartment in the refrigerator. They serve to get rid of smell in the fridge.

Friday, May 30, 2008

Do you want to get a free software every day?

Here is a site where you can get a free software, or game free of charge every day. It is called Giveaway of the Day.

You must install the software on the day itself and get the licence too. You will not be entitled to upgrading or technical support. That is very fair since you get it free. Another thing to note is if you reformat your hard disk, you will not be able to reinstall the same software. Hence, you can use Norton Ghost to copy an image of your system and put it back after reformatting your hard disk, then the same program can be used again.

Today’s software is worth downloading and installing. It is xilosoft-dvd-ripper-ultimate. Here is the link.

In case the link does not take you there, here is the URL to the site above:

Thursday, May 29, 2008

How to use 'life' and 'live' correctly

‘life’ means ‘the period between birth and death; the experience or state of being alive.’

‘live’ as a verb, has the meaning of ‘remain alive or have life.’ However, as an adjective, it means ‘broadcast, recorded or seen while it is happening’

The following sentences will make it clear for readers.

1 As life is short we should make full use of it to serve others.

2 Consuming food and drinks is part of life.

3 Women can live longer than men.

4 I hope to be able to live to see my grandson succeed in life.

5 We had a chance to watch the live telecast of the World Cup football match yesterday.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

How to clear a clogged sink in the kitchen

I am going to teach you a good method to clear a clogged sink in the kitchen. As housewives or homemakers cook, they use a lot of oil, especially Asians. This oil will go down the sink when dishes are washed. In time to come, they will harden and block the passage of water through the pipe leading out of the sink.

When this happens, all you have to do is to boil a kettle of water and pour it down the sink hole. If it still gets stuck, boil any kettle of water and do the same. After some time you will find that water will down the sink easily because the hardened had been melted by the boiling water. After this incident, you must do some maintenance work, that is, pour boiling water into the sink hole every week or fortnightly to prevent blockage of water in the pipe below the sink anymore.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

How to save your energy while cycling up a slope

When I was still studying, I used to visit my buddy, Yong who lived in Balik Pulau. There were many slopes we had to climb with our bicycles.

Yong had a way of doing it easily. It is really quite simple. All you have to do is to cycle diagonally to the left and diagonally to the right alternately. The pull of gravity helps to move our bicycles and we need just a little bit of energy to move our two-wheelers forward. If you don’t believe me, you can always do the experiment yourself to prove my claim.

At that time, traffic was not heavy as there was hardly any vehicle coming up the hilly road. Hence we cycled up slopes using the above method, saving a lot of our energy. We took our own sweet time to do an uphill job.

Monday, May 26, 2008

I finally got my Google Page Rank

When I started blogging, I used to check my Google Page Rank every now and then but it always returned a zero rank. It made me feel that my blog was worthless. After some time, I forgot about the whole thing and worked diligently. My daily post is up without fail.

Yesterday, out of curiosity, I checked my Google Page Rank and it returned a four. How happy I was! At least my blog has readers and the rank shows that I should continue to blog to warrant the rank given.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

How to use 'hardly' correctly

As 'hardly' has negative connotation, it is wrong to use it with modals in the negative. The following sentence is wrong:

I can't hardly wait for him.

Look at how 'hardly' is used in the following sentences with their meanings in brackets.

1 The asthmatic baby could hardly breathe. (The asthmatic baby could not breathe.)

2 I hardly have the time to read a book. (I don't have the time to read a book.)

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Be warned of a destructive virus

I received an e-mail warning me of a coming big virus which will open a postcard image and then it will start to burn your whole hard disc because it will destroy the Zero sector of your hard disc.

Readers who read this blog must not open any email entitled ‘POSTCARD’ sent to you even by your friend. Just delete it, using SHIFT delete to be safe.

Tell your friends about this virus so that they do not become victims of vicious people.

Friday, May 23, 2008

When browser downloader fails to download ftp files

Have you ever have the experience of not being able to download a file from ftp? Well, I have. The error message seems to be the same - ‘server not found’.

A friend I met the other day told me to download a third party download manager. He suggested that I download a free download accelerator manager. Hence I searched through the Internet and found one. Now I am able to download any file, even though those from ftp. Here is the free download manager that works well as it supports resuming unfinished file downloading.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

English potatoes are nutritious

According to my reading, English potatoes have 10 times more protein and vitamin B1 than apples. The food also contains three and a half times more vitamin C than the apple. As for vitamin B2 and iron, the contents in English potatoes are three times more than apples. Besides, the English potato has two times more phosphorus than the apple. It has the same amount of sugar and calcium as the apple.

Sailors in the past took English potatoes to prevent scurvy because they contain a lot of vitamin C.

60 per cent of potassium is found on the skin of the food. Hence taking English potatoes with the skin intact will lower the blood pressure. However those with renal problems should not take English potatoes as the accumulation of potassium will worsen the condition of the disease.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

How to be a good Buddhist

Buddhists believe that all beings are capable of attaining Buddhahood. Hence he will practise the teaching of Buddha as best as he can to get rid of three things that cause suffering. These are avarice, hatred and delusion.

A good Buddhist will try not to be greedy and avoid taking things that do not belong to him or resorting to cheating others to gain more money. Donating things and money to the needy is another way of practising not to be greedy.

As for cutting down on hatred, he will try to forgive others and treat others as if they are his close relatives in past lives.

Getting rid of delusion needs the understanding of the true nature of things. If he can always remind himself that all things are in constant flux and nothing is constant and that every phenomenon involves cause and effect, he will have got rid of delusion.

Meditation is one way of achieving peace of mind, leading to enlightenment. For those who have too many things to trouble their mind, chanting the name of Amita Buddha is a good way of calming themselves paving the way to enlightenment too because Amita Buddha in His vow has promised to take those who chant His name to his world – the Realm of Ultimate Blisss when they pass away. There attaining Buddhahood will be much easier because of the good environment there.

Monday, May 19, 2008

The difference between 'water' and 'waters'

Water is the liquid that forms the seas, rivers, and wells. We also drink it to quench our thirst.
The following sentence shows the usage of this word.

The travellers drank river water when he was very thirsty.

On the other hand, waters is an area of sea regarded as under thr juristiction of a particular country.

The sentence below shows how 'waters' is used.

Our government cannot do anything when the pirates are in international waters.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bad habist die hard

Bad habits are difficult to be changed. Being late to functions isvery common because it has become a habit for most people. That explains why a wedding dinner which is scheduled to start at 7.30 p.m. can only begin at 8.30 p.m. because most of the guests only arrive five or ten minutes before the stipulated time.

Most workers also have the bad habit of waiting for a day or two before dateline to complete what they have to do. Hence some do their job sloppily because of the rush to finish it.

Paying of bills just on dateline is also a bad habit. The payment counter will be full of people who pay their bills on the last day allowed.

If we change our bad habits, things will go smoother. Punctuality will avoid letting other people wait for us. There will also be no congestion at the payment counter if we pay our bills earlier.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Mens' slippers?

I went shopping at two supermarkets and coincidently noticed similar grammatical errors.

In one supermarket, the display card reads 'Mens' Slippers' and in the other, 'Mens Pants' were written on a cardboard. Both are wrong grammatically.

To show possession for plural nouns such as men, women, we just add apostrophe s. Hence the above two mistakes can be rectified as 'Men's Slippers' and 'Men's Pants'.

Friday, May 16, 2008

DVD Writer that writes only DVD-R

I bought a Liteon 20x DVD Writer yesterday. I tried out various brands of DVD and found something strange about this writer. It failed to burn all DVD+R even Verbatim DVD+R.

However, it had no problem burning DVD-R.

I wonder whether other readers have encountered similar problems.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

The difference between 'at once' and 'all at once'

English is an interesting language. For one thing, the word need not be pronounced as it is spelt. For another, the same word can be used as different parts of speech. Sometimes the addition of one word in front of two existing words can mean different thing.

For example, ‘at once’ means ‘immediately’ as used in the following sentence:

The waiter came at once when I beckoned to him.

If we add ‘all’ in front of ‘at once’ to form ‘all at once’ the meaning is totally different. ‘All at once’ means ‘Suddenly’. The following sentence carries this meaning:

At at once, it rained and I was not able to find shelter in time and was drenched through.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

How to enable INCD in Nero Burning Software

Usually when we buy a CD or DVD writer, the Nero Burning Software will be bundled with it.

If you use ‘typical’ installation, the program will skip INCD and you won’t be able to do packet writing as you do with DLA discussed in my earlier post.

However, if you choose ‘custom’ installation, you will be able to change the ‘X’ besideINCD 5 to disappear if you right click on INCD and choose install this feature with all its sub-features. Nero will then INCD for you.

Even if you have DLA installed, INCD can still read and write the CD-RW or DVD-RW written earlier by DLA.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Luck was with me yesterday

I went to my forum site, namely yesterday to look for new software. I found one known as VCOM Fix-It Utilities 7 Express. The member who posted the url told other members that the free download was for a little while only. I tried my luck and was able to download it with the serial number. It helped me optimize my system. Today I wanted to tell readers of my blog to get it but when I went to the site again to copy the exact url, the free promotion just expired. Hence I considered myself lucky because I managed to download it a day before the offer period expired.

Monday, May 12, 2008

How to make CD-RW or DVD-RW behave like a hard disk

Besides INCD, a packet writing software that comes with Nero Burning software, there is another way you can do so. The software to be used is DLA which stands for Drive Letter Access. You can download DLA software here.

Ounce you have installed DLA, you need to format your CD-RW or DVD-RW for packet writing. This is how to do it.

1 Insert CD-RW or DVD-RW into CD-Writer.

2 Go to my Computer.

3 Right click the drive where you have inserted your CD-RW or DVD-RW.

4 Place cursor on format and click once to format it. Choose FULL format.

To write to this disk just drag your file to this drive. You can also save your document to this drive too. It is just like another hard disk.

The next time you want to use the CD-RW or DVD-RW for packet writing. Choose ‘Use with DLA’.

Right click the file you want to copy to the above CD-RW or DVD-RW and choose ‘send to’ the DLA drive with the formatted CD-RW or DVD-RW.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

How to use 'eat' and 'take' involving food

To use 'eat' and 'take' correctly, follow these guidelines:

1) Use 'take' for meals and medicines

e.g. I take my breakfast at 7.00 a.m.

Have you taken your medicine?

2) Use 'eat' for specific food.

e.g. I eat an apple a day.

I ate a cake all by myself.

Science is interesting

Since young, I have been interested in science. Physics appeals to me more than Chemistry and Biology.

I still remember that a convex lens will make parallel light converge. So I used a magnifying and placed it under the sun to ignite the match stick head and it worked. The study of Physics also satisfies my curiosity as to how rainbows are formed and how other phenomena occur.

In the earlier days, the teacher did all the experiments and we just watched, hoping to be able to do them ourselves. Then came Integrated Science and the pupils had a chance to do all the experiments in the worksheets.

I was trained as an Integrated Science teacher and it made me even more interested in Science because I had the chance to do all the experiments that I would ask my pupils to do. If you have read my earlier post, I did mention I had to teach Integrated Science in English and Malay and sometimes I used the wrong medium of instruction and my class roared with laughter.

Science is interesting in that we are able to understand nature and how things work through studying science.

Friday, May 9, 2008

The former and the latter

In English, we can use 'the former' to refer to an the first thing or person we have mentioned and' the latter' to refer to the second one stated earlier.

The following are some examples of how to use these two.

Azmi likes to play badminton. His brother takes a liking to volleyball. The former is actually my friend and the latter my brother’s.

Monitors consist of two types, the CRT and LCD. The former emits more radiation than the latter.

Susan went with his mother to market today. The former seldom goes there but the latter frequents the place almost every day.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

I made him do it

Certain verbs must be in the present tense after specific verbs such as see, make, and let.

The following are examples of the above rules.

1 I see him jog in the morning every day.

2 She saw me buy a book at the bookstore yesterday.

3 The teacher makes us line up outside the classroom before school dismisses.

4 I made him do it himself.

5 The guard usually let me enter the condominium without a pass.

6 I let my younger brother walk by himself.

[Words in italics are in the present tense.]

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Sleep early for health's sake

I read an article by a local doctor who specializes in preventive medicine. According to him, we should sleep early, preferably at around 11.00 p.m. because between 11.00 p.m. and 3.00 a.m. our liver will enlarge to two to three times to do detoxification work.

If the liver is overloaded with toxins it will not function properly and this condition will lead to hypertension, diabetes, sinus problems and so on.

Hence, we should try to sleep as early as possible for the body to discharge and do repair work so that we can last or live longer.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Row your boat and don’t pick a row with me

They refuse to throw away the refuse

In English, a word may spell the same but pronounced differently. In the above sentence, the first ‘refuse’ is pronounced as ‘ri fius’ whereas the second one is pronounced as ‘rare fius’.

Here are further examples of this group of words.

1 He wound his watch on his left hand which has an untreated wound.

[The first ‘wound’ is the past tense of ‘wind’ which is pronounced something like ‘wine’ except the end sound. It means to twist the spring in a watch. The second ‘wound’ is pronounced as ‘woo won’t without the t sound]

2 The boy who is sitting in the third row had a row with his best friend.

[The first ‘row’ is pronounced as ‘roe’ but the second one is pronounced as ‘row’ as in ‘brow’.

3 Lead present in water will lead to poisoning if consumed.

[The first ‘lead’ is pronounced as ‘led’ whereas the second one is pronounced as ‘lid’]

4 Those who live near the sea can see live fish swimming here and there in the water.

[The first ‘live’ is pronounced as ‘live’ as in ‘alive’ but the second one is pronounced something like ‘leave’]

Monday, May 5, 2008

How do you do?

There is a difference between 'How are you?' and 'How do you do?'

When you meet someone, you may say 'How are you?' if you have not seen him for a long time. He should then say 'I'm fine. Thank you.'

However, when you are introduced to someone whom you have not met before, you should say 'How do you do?'

What do you think he should answer? Well, he should repeat what you have uttered, that is, 'How do you do?'

Sunday, May 4, 2008

How to use 'uninterested' and 'disinterested' correctly

In this post, I will show how to use ‘uninterested’ and ‘disinterested’ in sentences. First, we need to know the meanings of these words. The meaning of ‘uninterested’ is ‘not interested’ whereas ‘disinterested’ means ‘impartial, fair or neutral’

Let’s look at their usage in the following sentences.

1 It is no point asking John who is uninterested in our project to join us.

2 She seemed bored at the meeting because she was uninterested in what was being discussed.

3 A disinterested teacher is asked to act as the judge of the contest because she does not know any of the contestants.

Saturday, May 3, 2008

What I like

When I sit down to think of what I like, I realize that I take a liking to too many things. They are:

1 Science – new discoveries

2 Languages – English, Malay, Chinese, Japanese

3 Computer software – those that help me edit audios and videos, convert from one format to others, etc.

4 Religion – Buddhism

5 Health – facts about our bodies and how to remain physically fit.

6 Qigong – Zhineng Qigong

7 Tai Chi – Shibashi

8 Blogging – can’t stop since I started this blog.

9 Listening to talks on Buddhism

10 Surfing the net

11 Travelling – hoping to travel often

Friday, May 2, 2008

How to use 'interested' and 'interesting' correctly

Although ‘interested’ and ‘interesting’ belong to adjectives, they differ in their usage. The following are examples of how to use them correctly.

1 He is interested in history of places he will be visiting.

2 The history of the places he will be visiting is very interesting.

3 I managed to get him interested in my project.

4 She gave me a very interesting account of the event there.

5 Johan is a very interesting person.

Note: ‘interested’ means ‘wanting to give your attention to something and discover more about it.’

‘interesting’ means ‘arresting your attention because something is unusual, exciting, or somebody has a lot of ideas.'

Thursday, May 1, 2008

How to use 'despite' and 'although' correctly

In my previous posts, I talked about how to use ‘so that’ and ‘so as’ correctly. In this post, the use of another pair, namely ‘despite’ and ‘although’ will be discussed.

1 ‘despite’ is used in front of a noun phrase.

Example 1:

Despite the heavy rain, the boys continued playing football.

Example 2:

He came to work despite being sick.

Example 3:

She still works there despite the miniscule salary.

2 ‘although’ is used in front of a clause.

Example 1

Although he was sick, he still went to work.

Example 2

Although it was raining, the boys continued to play football.

Example 3

Although he failed in the exam a few times, he still wanted to sit for it.