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Office Chairs: The Aeron Office Chair

Posted by Oze Parrot on 29th November 2005

In most large offices there are workers that spend their days on their feet and move about, while others are confined to a desk.
The folk that sit for most of the day are usually envied by the ones who are on their feet all day, as the people who sit at a desk are considered lucky.

Having to sit in a chair all day is not as good as it seems, in fact it can be a curse in certain circumstances.

If your are one of those who are trapped at a desk every day and come home with maladies such as backache, leg cramps, RSI or carpal tunnel syndrome, then you may not be so lucky as to have a chair that suits you.

Studies have shown that an ergonomic chair reduces days off work, boosts productivity and reduces unnecessary breaks. On the other hand not all ergonomic chairs are built alike. A good ergonomic office chair should come with certain features such as:

  • Adjustable Arms
  • Natural genuine leather upholstery
  • Provide total comfort while performing repetitive tasks in front of a computer
  • Styling and firm lumbar support
  • Extra large cushioned seat
  • Adjustable tilting tension
  • Seat can be locked in an upright or tilted position
  • Knowing these facts, your office has just bought ergonomic chairs for everyone and, come Monday, you walk in and dream of spending great days in the office from now on.

    As the days go by you notice that even though you have adjusted the lumbar support to suit you, you still have back pain.

    Not to mention the discomfort at the end of the day due to sweating caused by the vinyl chair covering. Possibly, you may have been better off with the fabric covered one that your colleague next to you has chosen, but then you realize that you have always been allergic to dust and those seats tend to accumulate dust very quickly.

    You discover that one of the company’s other offices has also updated their office chairs and the new chairs have been applauded by the staff. They have been provided with Aeron chairs that use “PostureFit technology” and ergonomic mesh.

    You speak to the boss, informing him that to reduce stress on the back you need to take the weight off your back and onto your legs. This is where the “PostureFit” comes into play. By supporting the pelvis and base of the spine it allows a person to sustain a forward position without any adverse effects on the back. The Aeron Chair does just that.

    As every one is not of the same high and weight, the chair needs to adapt to people of all sizes and shapes, ensuring comfort throughout the entire work day. Features such as: a custom fitted lower back support below the belt line and a high, contoured back makes for healthier posture and less stress during the work day.

    As your boss was looking at you square in the eye and you not knowing if he was sold or not you remember that he has previously mentioned experiencing lower leg pain while sitting for long stretches of time in his executive chair. Swiftly you pointed out that all Aeron chairs have waterfall front edge which reduces pressure under the thighs allowing for improved circulation, and with wide, soft armrests sloped in the front it also reduces carpal tunnel syndrome.

    He was sold. A phone call was made to the supplier and the following Monday every one had an Aeron chair. For a few days you were the hero of the office. This could truly be your story, if you do not have an Aeron chair at work bring these facts to your boss and be the office hero.

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    CD Duplication: Choosing a Duping Service

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 28th November 2005

    After many tedious hours of repetitive tasks your master CD has been completed and you are now ready to have copies made. It’s time to look for a CD duplication service.

    Here are some thoughts to keep in mind when selecting your duping service.

    You don’t want to pay for more copies than you need, so you will have to check if there is a minimum order size and if you have the option to have additional copies made later, at a corporate rate.

    What are the options for putting artwork on your CDs? Will they print the batch of recordable media using silkscreen or offset, or will they apply paper labels on the discs? If you don’t have any of your own artwork, can they provide some for you? Will there be an additional charge and if so, how much?

    What packaging options are available? Will you choose paper sleeves or the more expensive jewel cases? Some services offer special pricing which includes upgraded packaging. This can potentially save you a lot of money.

    Can you obtain a bar code if you need one? A bar code or UPC code is essential if you’re planning to sell your CDs in stores. Some services will provide this for free or at a discounted price.

    Establish their turnaround time and verify that your order will reach you in time for any promotional activities that you have planned.

    Do they offer multiple delivery options? Do you have the option of paying for expedited delivery?

    Check for any hidden costs. Is there an assembly charge? Will they charge extra if they use colored ink on the labels?

    What are their payment policies? Some duplication services choose to price per megabyte while others price according to quantity. Are you required to pay everything up front or can you pay part down and the rest when you are satisfied with their work?

    What type of satisfaction guarantee do they offer? Do they have demos and testimonials available for your review? Are they members of any professional business organizations such as the Better Business Bureau, the local Chamber of Commerce or the American Independent Media Manufacturers Association?

    In addition to using common sense when choosing a duplication service, it is always great to work with one that provides quality customer service. Be sure that you can reach them by phone if necessary. Keep all these things in mind and your CD duplication experience can be a more pleasant one.

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    Preparation For Your Hair Transplant

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 26th November 2005

    Prior to your Hair Transplant you must make thorough preparations.

    There are a number of important decisions to be made in your doctors consultation rooms in Preparation For Your Hair Transplant. Careful Preparation will ensure that the results of the operation will be that of a successful Transplant and one that you will be happy with for the rest of your life.

    Male Pattern BaldnessFrom an aesthetic, cosmetic point of view, probably the most crucial issue will be where to place your new hairline and what shape to make it. What you decide however will depend on a number of factors including what age you are, what type of hair you have, your individual pattern of Hair Loss and how much hair has been lost at the time of the transplant.

    A 25 year old will have a totally different expectation of where he wants his Hair line than say a 45 year old, but a responsible Doctor will need to find a solution that will still look good at 70 years or more.

    To do this he will need to take into account the potential for further Hair Loss behind the Transplant area, and possibly the need for additional procedures, at a later stage. This will mean careful conservation of the donor area to ensure there will be sufficient permanent hair left.

    To be able to have a more meaningful input in the planning process, the more you understand about your particular Hair type and the stages the balding process is likely to go through, and the causes behind it, the better.

    The greatest risk with transplant procedures is in things not turning out the way you expected. The best way to eliminate this risk is to thoroughly understand what to expect, and why.

    Once you have a grasp of what is needed and why, you will want to discuss with your doctor the exact process you will go through during the procedure. He should be able to provide you with a detailed plan of the day and what to expect at every stage.

    One factor which can limit the available quantity of hair for transplanting is how tight or loose the scalp is on the scull. The looser the better as far as ease of harvesting the donor strips is concerned.

    One group of surgeons recommends the patient perform a simple exercise to promote this scalp “laxity” which involves interlacing the fingers on the back of the head where the permanent Hair is located and pressing firmly enough to slide the scalp forward and back for about 5 minutes at a time several times a day.

    This can also be done to the sides of the head as well. This practice should begin as soon as possible once the decision to go ahead with the transplant is made.

    Deciding to use a surgical Hair Transplant technique is something that is going to effect you for the rest of your life so this is a decision that must be entered into thoughtfully and reasonably and with a working knowledge of the procedures and the possible risks.

    Who you choose to carry out the procedure is obviously of crucial importance. Technical expertise is vital but so also is the aesthetic understanding and long term vision to help you make the right decisions that you will be happy with for the rest of your life.

    Taking this step towards boosting your self esteem and refining your image could be the most profound step you ever take in improving your physical appearance and emotional wellbeing. Enjoy it!

    For further information on the cause and treatment of hair loss, visit our websites at: Hair Hunter

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    Niche Marketing: Article Power

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 25th November 2005

    Niche marketing is where you find a corner market in a particular marketing group, which you can almost entirely dominate with your product and promotional efforts. The Internet is a vast market place and the best strategy is to develop your own unique product and avoid strong competition.

    Niche marketing is an easy way for the home business person to run a profitable business with little or no competition from larger organizations.
    There are a few methods that can be used to promote your business, one of which is to write articles about your niche product.

    Writing and publishing niche articles about your niche product is a sure fire method of driving traffic to your website and capturing the attention of many prospective customers.

    The great thing about having a niche product is the fact that you are not competing against well established marketers, so your marketing efforts will not be lost in a sea of advertising that is promoting various kinds of merchandise. You will in fact, set yourself apart from the crowd and be highly visible in the market place.

    Creating a niche product doesn’t mean that you will have to create a new article or invent a new gadget. A niche product can be acquired by separating an item from a group of products and marketing it as a stand alone product.

    Once you have decided on a niche product, see if you can find ways of improving the product and therefore gaining more sales.
    Write niche articles about the product and draw attention to any improvements that you have made to the product.

    Publish these articles, not only on your site, but in other publications such as ezines and press releases.
    This method of promotion will improve your product’s image, increase your sales and develop your business.

    After you have established your business you will see the benefits of niche article marketing. Write articles about your niche product, about any improvements that you make, about your promotions, about your sales, in fact publish niche articles about everything that you do.

    Your sales will increase and the marketing of your chosen product will be dominated entirely by you.

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    Another Beta Service From Google

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 23rd November 2005

    A tremendous resource for Google Adsense publishers is the
    Inside Adsense blog. This is published directly by the Adsense
    team, it contains updates on Adsense changes, profiles of the
    team members, case studies of successful sites and tips for
    maximizing your Adsense revenue.
    It will also give you a glimpse of the human side of this gigantic enterprise :-)

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    Make sure you sign-up for their mailing list as well so you get immediate alerts to posts. Naturally they will not spam you :-)

    Look for the entry about the addition of the “Advertise On This Site” link and page customization that you can do.

    Google has also launched another beta service, Google Base.
    Google Base lets you submit your contents to Google’s database.

    What is Google Base?

    Got something you want the world to see? Google Base is Google’s database into which you can easily submit all types of content. We’ll host your content and make it searchable online.

    What kind of items can you put into Google Base?

  • Description of your products or service service
  • Current articles on your blog or website
  • List your garage sale
  • Promote your affiliate links
  • Everybody can use Google Base.

    If you have some information that you want to share, use Google Base, or if you have products that you wish to promote but you don’t have a website, Google Base will host your promotion for you, at no cost.

    Sign up for your free Google Account And learn more about Google Base

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    Home Office: Make Sure It’s Legal

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 21st November 2005

    In this day and age, more and more people are working from their homes, both as self employed small business people and as employees.

    Niche Home OfficeThere are a lot of advantages in working at home, for starters there is no lost time in commuting to your office, you are available to deal with any problems at most times and you are working in a relaxed atmosphere, where you may wear comfortable attire.

    Being available does not mean being on duty 24/7, far from it.

    Personally, I make it a practice to go for a regular walk every day to refresh my mind, give myself a break from the computer, as well as get some much needed exercise.

    I observe weekends, as such, by spending it with my family and only tending to the basics like collecting email or replying to the most urgent queries.

    There are other considerations, such as local council zoning ordinances, that may apply to the area in which you live.

    It will be in your best interest to check with your local council to find out where you stand before investing a lot of time and money in setting up your niche home office.

  • Once you’ve decided to set up a niche office in your home you will have to decide on it’s location. Privacy is a prime consideration, your office must be cordoned off during designated work periods.
  • If you are constantly being interrupted by family members because you are available then it is going to be hard to concentrate on the matters at hand, particularly if you have children.
  • If you are going to entertain business prospects or clients, a direct entrance to your office is essential, otherwise you will be walking strangers through the privacy of your home.
  • If there is no need to entertain people in your office then your space requirements can be reduced to a much smaller area.
    So long as you are comfortable and there is enough room for your essential equipment then you should be able to function smoothly.
  • Should you decide to add an extension to your house to provide space for your office then you will be able to allocate the space that you need and design the layout that you desire.
  • Possibly the room you add on as an office can become a bedroom or family room if you ever decide to sell your house. You may get all your investment back, if the new room is appropriate, and have a nice office space all of the years that you have used it.

    Don’t forget to consider the need for extra power outlets and telephone lines, an average office is equipped with a computer, monitor, scanner, printer, speakers and video.
    Then you will need task lighting as well as room lighting and maybe air conditioning or heating.

    For further information and related articles, visit our website at: Office Hunter

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    Office Chairs: A Wooden Office Chair

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 21st November 2005

    Another option for your office chair is the wooden office chair; some of these chairs are available with upholstery options, as well as ergonomic adjustments.

    Wooden Office Chair
    All wood chairs are one more option for you to consider. These are sometimes referred to as banker’s chairs. Usually, there are fewer adjustments available; height is sometimes the only adjustment.

    The same considerations about fitting the chair to the individual mentioned previously apply here. Unless you are going to use a cushioned seat pad, the contour of the edge of the seat must not be too hard.

    All wood chairs tend to be more durable, there is no upholstery to wear out, or padding to compress, and with a minimum of care will last many years.

    Here are a few recommendations that will enable you to prolong the life of your wooden office chairs:

  • Do not place too close to heat sources, which could lead to excessive dryness.
  • Do not leave in direct sunlight for prolonged periods, which may damage the finish.
  • Dust frequently with a soft cloth, and clean according to manufacturers directions.
  • Wax or polish the chair occasionally. (Do not wax urethane finished woods, as this will increase the amount of dust it attracts.)
  • Used office chairs are often available on the market and a price of 60-80% below retail value is not unusual.
    Doing the rounds of the second hand shops could lead you to a substantial saving on your purchase of quality furniture.

    For more information visit our website at: Chair Hunter

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    CD Duplication – Available Services

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 20th November 2005

    Many of us these days consider ourselves universal, intellectual technophiles, we think that we know everything about anything technical, however this is not always the case.

    Utilizing CDs, or compact discs, to store data, sound, and video files has become an important factor in fueling the growth of technology for personal and professional use.

    CD DuplicatingIt would be a rarity, these days, to discover anybody that does not know how to burn a CD using the home PC. But what do you do when you want to make multiple copies, efficiently?
    Sure, you can burn another and another, however this method not ideal if you need a large number of copies.

    The answer is to use a CD Duplication services.

    First of all, duplication is the process of copying data from one CD to another through the process of burning, particularly in large quantities for commercial or personal distribution.
    Duplication is the familiar process of burning that is done by a CD Burner on your home PC, only on a grander scale.

    Your first need for Duplication services will most likely arise when you create your first CD product (music, video, data, ebook, etc) that you want to sell and distribute, hopefully in large quantities with a reasonable profit margin. When planning for your development, duplication is a cost that should be considered as integral to the whole process. Basic questions to answer are how many do I expect to sell, and how many will I need to produce initially, and at what cost?

    Applying for quotes from the various CD Duplication services is a necessary chore that will enable you to get the best deal.

    For runs of at least 1,000, try discmakers.com. Their prices which include a UPC code for retail sales, range from about $1.40 – $1.80 per CD and includes jewel case.
    Be sure to try out their “QUOTE-O-MATIC.”

    For smaller runs, try snjCD.com, coptech.com and esp-CD.com.

    You should also do you own search for “CD duplication services” through the search engines. Just don’t get too caught up in the duplication process and end up confused or frustrated, there is plenty of help available, provided that you are prepared to take your time and shop around for the best deal.

    Further information can be found on our websites:
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    Home Office-Your vision

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 19th November 2005

    These days an office at your house is an essential consideration when looking for, moving to, or building a new home.
    A home office can be set up in the bedroom, rumpus room or even in a niche under the staircase.

    There are several aspects that one must consider before setting up a niche office at home.

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  • You will need to establish what kind of duties you will be performing and what tools you will be needing. Will you just be conducting your household matters, receiving invoices, paying accounts and writing letters?
  • If you intend to run a small business from your niche office at home and spend many hours in your office chair, writing articles about niche products, doing mail outs and publishing blogs then you will need extra room with added comforts.
  • Depending on the structure of your business, you may need to conduct meetings or entertain clients. If this is the case then you will need to consider the size of your home office and the added number of office chairs that you will need.
  • Should you need to entertain business prospects or clients then you really should have a direct entrance to your home office and avoid conducting strangers through the private areas of your home.
  • Take into account what storage area you may need.
    Will you need to store paper records, invoices, receipts or catalogues? Can you store most of your records on CD’s and promote your niche business by CD Duplicating, or must you carry a certain amount of stock on hand?
  • Computer equipment is essential for any home office niche but you may also need other equipment such as a scanner, copier or fax. This extra equipment may require extra power points and multiple phone lines.
  • You must be able to shade the windows in your office area so as to minimize glare and shield your monitor screen from direct light. The office should have task lighting as well as normal room lighting.
  • If your office windows have a significant outlook with spectacular views then it may be in your best interest to have the windows tinted to eradicate glare and allow you to appreciate the views.
  • For the sake of your personal comfort, health and productivity it is essential that you choose the correct type of office chairs for your own niche office at home.
  • You will find a series of articles about choosing suitable chairs for your office at: Office Chairs

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    Hair Transplants – Things To Be Careful About

    Posted by Oze Parrot on 18th November 2005

    Many women find bald men attractive and sexually alluring. And indeed there are men who actually live happily with their baldness.

    However, the fact remains that a good number of men are seriously preoccupied with the thinning, and subsequent loss of their hair. They are eager to stop the unhappy process and would readily consider any means to keep a good crop of hair on their head.

    A positive way to replace your lost hair is that of hair transplanting, which entails surgery. This procedure consists of transplanting a strip of skin, filled with follicular units, from the back of the scalp and grafting it into the area of the scalp that is balding.

    Wherever such a strip of hair is planted, the follicular units of hair on it will keep growing just as they did at the back of the scalp. Hair from this transplanting method lasts a lifetime and will not be affected by male pattern baldness.

    There are certain factors that you should be aware of before you consider adopting the hair transplant procedure.

  • Do avoid hair transplant salesmen, consultants or representatives of hair transplant clinics as these people are more interested in their commissions, than in your welfare.
  • Clinics that are not straight forward about their charges should be avoided.
  • Also, avoid any clinics that do not have a consistent flow of patients. A steady patient flow will ensure the maintenance of the skills required to perform hair transplant operations.
  • Do eliminate any fantasy that hair transplants can equip you with a full head of hair. The true significance of transplants is to rearrange hair around your scalp, not create new hair.
  • Beware of inadequately trained hair transplant surgeons. If these surgeons are not dermatologists, they should at least be well acquainted with the science of hair growth and disorders that are associated with the hair and scalp.
  • Watch out for suggestions of quick fixes that will, supposedly, give you results in a year rather than a good hair transplant, which will develop a natural look as you age, even 20 or 30 years on.
  • Though a hair transplant certainly gives you more confidence and boosts your ego, it will not change your life in such a way that you can expect to gain friendships or enter into relationships, just because you have acquired some new hair.
  • Apart from hair transplants with follicular units, you need to be wary of other methods of hair transplants such as mini grafts, punch grafts, square grafts, linear grafts and slot grafts. These transplants can never appear completely natural, as the hair does not lie naturally, instead it tends to jut out.
  • Don’t be seduced by the idea that to achieve the illusion of more hair and less scalp you are talked into scalp reductions and flaps. You will be risking the fact that your scalp will not look normal.
    Just find a hairstyle that hides the hair transplant scarring in a natural way.
  • During a hair transplant, ensure that your hair follicular units are dissected under a microscope, to avoid unnecessary damage to the root follicular system.
  • Keeping these pointers in mind is a good guide for you, if and when you decide to get a hair transplant.

    For further information on the cause and treatment of hair loss, visit our websites at: Hair Hunter

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