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Don’t drive distracted! Cheap $5 to $10 hands-free options are available

With all the improvements technology has made to our lives, distracted driving remains a sore spot for motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement alike.

That’s prompted 15 states to put distracted-driving laws on the books that forbid you from holding a mobile device while you’re behind the wheel. Come July 1, the state of Georgia will join that group.

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Christa DiBiase, our General Manager here at Clark.com, is already complying with the upcoming Georgia law thanks to a couple of cheap purchases she recently made.

For months now, Christa has had something called a Pop Socket on her phone. The Pop Socket is a large button you stick on the back of your phone that expands and contracts thanks to an accordion mechanism.

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When you have a Pop Socket on your phone, the socket can prop your phone on its side, or you can use the socket itself as a grip.

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Some people find holding the phone by the Pop Socket while talking is more comfortable than doing so without — particularly for long conversations.

Pop Sockets like the one pictured above routinely sell for anywhere from $ 2 to $ 10 on Amazon.

But with the advent of the July 1 distracted driving law in Georgia, Christa still needed a way to be able to look at Waze while driving. She needed her phone to be at eye level, but she couldn’t have it in her hands, of course.

That’s why she purchased a $ 10 vehicle mount for her Pop Socket on Amazon.

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It sticks on her dashboard at eye level near her steering wheel and she can easily hook her phone on it before driving and remove her phone from it when she’s parked at her final destination.

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Of course, a lot of physical stores offer similar solutions — making this one purchase you don’t necessarily have to do online. Among them are Five Below and Walmart.

Walmart offers a magnetic mounted mobile phone holder for $ 5 that looks like this:

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Five Below, meanwhile, has several options also priced at $ 5 including this one that attaches to your vehicle’s air vent:

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Nine Must-Play Games from the New Mega Drive Classics Collection

This isn’t easy to say, but here goes. Of the 50-plus games featured on the new Mega Drive Classics collection, released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on May 29, only a handful of them possess any appeal for the modern player. Yeeouch. That hurts.

Now, don’t get me wrong here. Even with some glaring omissions (no After Burner, Out Run or Sonic 3, really?), the set pulses with nostalgic charm, with each of its selections as crisp as they’ve ever looked, and now with the bonus of rewind and quick-save features to ease you through some of the more testing options.

But the Mega Drive’s 30 years old, having originally released in Japan in October 1988, and the UK in 1990. It’s ancient history to younger gamers, who cut their teeth not on side-scrolling platformers, but the 3D worlds made possible by the PlayStation 2, or later consoles.

People who never blew on a cartridge, or understood what Game Genie or Mean Machines meant, or called a hints line while their parents were out at Asda. Damn, the internet ruined everything.

As a result of its age, the Classics collection can look flat, basic, dull even. And, with some of the games, that’s hard to argue with. However, there are titles here that anyone who appreciates the gaming medium needs to spend some time with – because of their historical significance, their role in the Mega Drive’s great 1990s success, their legacy, or simply because they’re amongst the minority and still rule today.

Which is to say, at the risk of stating the obvious, “must play” really doesn’t mean “best of”, with this little list.

ALTERED BEAST


It may be a bit crap, but its an undeniably important game.

First released into arcades in 1988, this shape-shifting, side-scrolling beat ‘em up was the first game that many a new Mega Drive owner played on the console, by virtue of it being the system’s pack-in title for Christmas 1990. Your character punches all manner of gruesome enemies into chunks, collecting dropped spirit orbs (“power up!”) – and upon retrieving three, he transforms into a powerful beast, just in time for the end-of-level boss.

Altered Beast is a hopelessly one-note game that really hasn’t stood up to the test of time, its five stages beatable in 15 minutes – but its place in Sega’s 16-bit history is indelible.

ALEX KIDD IN THE ENCHANTED CASTLE


Alex Kidd is a much needed reminder that retro platforms can be mind-numbingly awful.

Sega’s unofficial mascot before they felt forced to formalise one, in an attempt to do precisely what Nintendid(heh), Alex Kidd was the star of five platformers for the 8-bit Master System, but just the one on the Mega Drive. Enchanted Castle was a 1990 launch title for the system in the UK but felt tremendously dated even then, with imprecise leaping and landing, questionable punch connection and one-hit-kills, and a rock-paper-scissors battle mechanic that meant successful progress was more about luck than skill.

It’s awful, not quite a nadir of Sega’s first-party output of the time but certainly close to it. But play Enchanted Castle today and you’ll immediately understand just how behind the Super Mario series Sega’s equivalent genre efforts were. That had to change.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG 2


While Super Mario World may be the defining platformer of the 16 bit era, Sonic 2 shows exactly why the blue hedgehog is still so beloved today.

Sonic was born of an internal challenge at Sega to devise a proper company mascot. Top brass settled on a hedgehog, initially called Mr Needlemouse before becoming the Sonic we saw in 1991’s first game. Sonic the Hedgehog swiftly replaced Altered Beast as the Mega Drive’s bundled title, and strong reviews and splendid (ultimately platform-best) sales encouraged Sega to develop a sequel. And the stops were well and truly pulled out.

1992’s Sonic 2 introduced a second playable character in “Tails”, and a new spin-dash ability that radically improved Sonic’s movement. It brought spectacular imagination to the speedy platformer’s level designs, and cranked up the quality of the visuals and music. It stands today as the best 2D Sonic game of all time – which makes it the best Sonic game of all time, full stop. If you grew up with Sega’s mid-00s output, and thus came to distrust anything with Sonic on it, Sonic 2 will show you that, once upon a time, he ruled the platforming market.

GUNSTAR HEROES


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Treasure’s reputation as multi-platform shooter developers par excellence is well earned, through releases like Sin & PunishmentRadiant Silvergun and Ikaruga(released for Switch on May 29). The Tokyo-based studio, founded by former Konami employees, began by making games exclusively for Sega – and four of them appear on Classics. Alien Soldier is a gorgeous but punishing shooter that’ll have you screaming at your screen; Dynamite Headdya still-fresh-feeling, hyper-colourful platformer; and Light Crusader an isometric action-RPG that has its ambition torpedoed by its awkward perspective.

The jewel is Treasure’s debut title, Gunstar Heroes, a blisteringly fast arcade run-and-gunner – think Konami’s Contra, turned up way past 11 – that never gives the player a moment to catch their breath. It’s bright and bold, its music atmospheric and dramatic, and Gunstar’s challenge is significant without reaching Alien Soldier heights of Oh I Give Up. Just a beautiful retro wonder, and a vital play from this Classics set. And in what other game, ever, would you receive the notification: “Warning! Danger Ahead: Melon Bread!” Brilliant.

TOEJAM & EARL


If you fancy a story-driven laugh a minute co-op adventure, this 90s classic still holds up surprisingly well.

There’s just something so wonderfully 1990s about ToeJam & Earl, that playing it in 2018 is a dizzying time warp to when The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was on after school, and Saturday morning kids TV was still a thing, all high-contrast graphics and “fresh” musical beats. A curious concoction of gentle-paced exploration and combat-less action – it’s mostly a case of avoiding enemies than engaging them – ToeJam & Earl shines as a couch co-op experience, the two titular alien protagonists exchanging jokes and quips when both in play.

Something of a cult hit for the Mega Drive, this is one for when you’ve a mate over, and some suitably of-the-time refreshments on hand, like Chewits and Carling Black Label.

STORY OF THOR/ BEYOND OASIS


The Mega Drive may have lacked the big Square-developed RPGs that helped make the SNES a hit, but Beyond Oasis is one of SEGA's forgotten role playing classics.

Nintendo had the Zelda series, and a string of superb (pre-Enix merge) Square-produced titles, like Secret of Mana and Final Fantasy VI, making the SNES the preferable 16-bit system for role-playing gamers. But the Mega Drive wasn’t without a few RPG gems. Collected on Classics are three Phantasy Star games, three from Sega’s Shining series, the isometric adventures Land Stalker and Light Crusader, and the multi-perspective Sword of Vermillion.

But the most accessible RPG on Sega’s new set has to be Story of Thor– or Beyond Oasis, as it was known in the US. Its big, colourful sprites have it standing out beside its duller-palette platform-mates, and the consistent top-down viewpoint will make Zelda fans feel at home, likewise its dungeon puzzles and limited-use weapons like arrows and bombs. The score by Yuzo Koshiro, alternatingly enchanting and ominous, is the cherry on the cake.

STREETS OF RAGE 2


This game is hailed as a classic for a reason and its still great fun today.

Speaking of Koshiro, it’s the composer’s incredibly evergreen work on Streets of Rage 2 that elevate a perfectly serviceable arcade brawler into a genuine classic, worth every reissue it receives. Its gameplay and plot may be elementary – walk from left to right, beat up all the goons, rescue your captured pal – but such is the slickness with which Streets of Rage 2was realised, that it is that rare 16-bit Sega game that feels as good to play now as it did in the early 1990s.

Like Story of Thor, its characters and NPCs are chunky and colourful; there’s a lot of fun being had with the level designs, ranging from theme park rides to underground wrestling arenas; and it’s perfectly beatable by beginners, which only adds to its wide appeal. And then there’s that music, an intoxicating blend of techno, funk and house, and the best the Mega Drive ever had.

RISTAR


Forget Sonic, Ristar is our BOI.

Arriving relatively late in the Mega Drive’s lifecycle, in early 1995, Ristar was a welcome reminder that Sega’s in-house Sonic Team division was capable of more than just pumping out games for its blue blur of a mascot. Another platformer, Ristar sees the titular character reach out with extendable arms to grab both the environment, for traversal, and enemies, for a deft KO-ing head-butt. It lacks the speed of Sonic but makes up for that with a greater emphasis on strategy across each stage – and, for many critics with the benefit of hindsight, it’s actually a better game than most 16-bit Sonics.

Ristar pushes its parent hardware, looking like a next-gen title in comparison to Alex Kidd and Altered Beast – but with Sega’s Saturn (and Sony’s PlayStation) already out in Japan at the time of its release, and imminent in the US and Europe, it was a game doomed to period irrelevance, as consumers looked to move onto emerging 32-bit hardware.

VIRTUA FIGHTER 2


The Mega Drive’s attempts at 3D were uh… ambitious.

Sega’s collapse as a hardware force can be attributed to many things, and we’re not about to dig into all of that here. But there can be no doubt that the company failed to move on from the Mega Drive as quickly as it should, and as a result found itself having to support too many consoles at the same time. When the 3D arcade hit Virtua Fighter 2 arrived on the Mega Drive in 1996, as a 2D Street Fighter-like affair stripped of its polygon visuals, Sega was still putting out games for the handheld Game Gear and its newer Saturn console, as well as the 32X and its edutainment platform, the Pico.

The company was spread way too thin, and you can positively feel that pressure in the Mega Drive’s Virtua Fighter 2, a muddy, imprecise, unrewarding take on what had been an acclaimed title. The game had no right being on a 16-bit system, and its place on 2018’s Classics is more a hands-up acknowledgement of the Mega Drive’s death knell than an attempt to position it as a fighter worth playing again in the here and now.

If you want a retro game in this style, that remains a joy today, stick to Street Fighter. If you want to see just how badly Sega had lost their way in the mid-1990s, though, fire this one up for just five minutes. And then never, ever, play it again.

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The wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, Carriage Procession, Windsor, Berkshire, UK – 19 May 2018

You may think you have gleaned every. single. detail from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s (AKA the Duke and Duchess of Sussex) glorious wedding day, from the secret to Meghan’s wedding hair, to those now immortal words Prince Harry whispered to Meghan at the altar in St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle (that resulted in two billion people across the globe becoming overnight lip-reading experts). But chances are, you weren’t actually there, on the front line where the action was playing out in real time.

Thankfully for us, Sky news presenter, Sarah-Jane Mee was, for the entirety of the celebrations, and has given us these behind-the-scenes tidbits that will have you reliving the Royal wedding for the billionth time (and no, we’re not sorry about it…).

‘The first glimpse we caught of Meghan was her arrival in the car to huge cheers in her Givenchy dress by designer Clare Waight Keller, it was a choice nobody predicted, her veil embroidered with flowers from all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and her Queen Mary diamond tiara was on loan from the Queen.

There was some rather amusing scenes amongst the Royals, as American Bishop Michael Curry delivered his sermon – the Queen looked a little bemused, the Duchess of Cornwall looked highly amused, Meghan looked thrilled. His style was loud and passionate, far from the quiet restraint we usually see at Royal weddings. The crowds outside loved it and he got a huge round of spontaneous applause.

Plenty of celebrity guests were in the Chapel including Carey Mulligan and her husband Marcus Mumford who is a great friend of Harry’s, Tom Hardy, Serena Williams, the cast of Suits and Idris Elba who secured an invite through his involvement with the Princes Trust charity – he said if it wasn’t for a grant from the Prince’s Trust he wouldn’t have got his start in acting… imagine that!

As they left the Chapel, we saw the couple kiss at the top of the steps… as they made their way to the bottom a cheeky member of the crowd shouted “how about another one!”, Harry laughed and looked at the crowd as if to say you’ll have to wait for that!

Following them out Prince Charles took both the arm of his wife the Duchess of Cornwall but also Meghan’s mother Doria, a lovely touch to show she is now part of the family, too.

The couple’s procession was infront of 100,000 strong crowd – fans had flown over from Canada, California, Malaysia as well as from up and down the UK.

Meghan pointed out a homemade sign from teenager Ayesha who had made a sign saying ‘Congratulations from Sussex’ to Harry as they went past. Also, Meghan’s old drama teacher was watching on the Long Walk, and Meghan spotted her saying ‘oh my god!’.

Elton John performed at the lunch reception and there were speeches from Prince Harry and his father. Guests like Serena Williams, the Clooneys, the Beckhams and Oprah Winfrey enjoyed bowl food of Pea and Mint risotto and Windsor Pork Belly.

Meghan choosing to speak at the more intimate evening gathering of 200 friends and family – a modern end to a traditional with the best of British and American – a perfect blend for a happy couple and very happy crowd.’

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Cord-cutters ditching traditional pay TV for streaming cable alternatives are at an all-time high. Every quarter sees another record broken for people leaving cable, while streaming pay TV and Netflix continue to grow at astronomical rates.

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New Study Finds Diverse Audiences Drive Blockbusters

Zinzi Evans, left, and Ryan Coogler gesture the “Wakanda Forever” symbol from the film “Black Panther” as they arrive at the world premiere of “A Wrinkle in Time” at the El Capitan Theatre on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, in Los Angeles. 

NEW YORK (AP) — Just as “Black Panther” is setting records at the box office, a new study finds that diverse audiences are driving most of the biggest blockbusters and many of the most-watched hits on television.

UCLA’s Bunche Center released its fifth annual study on diversity in the entertainment industry Tuesday, unveiling an analysis of the top 200 theatrical film releases of 2016 and 1,251 broadcast, cable and digital platform TV shows from the 2015-2016 season. Among its results: minorities accounted for the majority of ticket buyers for five of the top 10 films at the global box office, and half of ticket buyers for two more of the top 10.

Researchers found that minorities remain underrepresented in film leads (13.9 percent), film directors (12.6 percent), film writers (8.1 percent), broadcast scripted leads (18.7 percent), cable scripted leads (20.2 percent) and digital series leads (12.9 percent).

Many of those totals do represent some modest gains, especially when viewed across five years. (Minority leads on broadcast TV shows increased from 5.1 percent to 15.7 over the last five years, according to UCLA’s studies.) But other areas — especially behind the camera — have seen only slight or no improvement.

“There has been some progress, undeniably. Things are not what they were five years ago,” said Darnell Hunt, co-author of the report and director of the center, which focuses on African American studies, at the University of California, Los Angeles. “People are actually talking about diversity today as a bottom-line imperative as opposed to just the right thing to do. We’ve amassed enough evidence now that diversity does, in fact, sell.”

Minorities make up nearly 40 percent of the U.S. population, but Hispanic and African-American moviegoers over-index among moviegoers. According to the Motion Picture Association of America, Latinos make up 18 percent of the U.S. population but account for 23 percent of frequent moviegoers. Though African Americans are 12 percent of the population, they make up 15 percent of frequent moviegoers.

UCLA found that films with casts that were 21 to 30 percent minority regularly performed better at the box office than films with the most racially and ethnically homogenous casts.

Hunt believes that the wealth of data, as well as box-office successes like “Black Panther,” has made obvious the financial benefits of films that better reflect the racial makeup of the American population.

“I think the industry has finally gotten the memo, at least on the screen in most cases, if not behind the camera,” said Hunt. “That’s where there are the most missed opportunities.”

The report, titled “Five Years of Progress and Missed Opportunities,” covers a period of some historic high points for Hollywood, including the release of the best picture-winning “Moonlight,” along with fellow Oscar nominees “Hidden Figures” and “Fences.”

But researchers found the overall statistical portrait of the industry, while slightly improving on many counts, still trails far behind the entertainment audience.

“With each milestone achievement, we chip away at some of the myths about what’s possible and what’s not,” said Hunt. “Every time a film like this does really well, every time we see a TV show like ‘Empire,’ it makes it harder for them to make the argument that you can’t have a viable film with a lead of color. Or you can’t have a universally appealing show with a predominantly minority cast.

It’s just not true anymore because the mainstream, itself, is diverse.”

Some of the largest disparities for minorities detailed by the UCLA report were in roles like film writers (8.1 percent of 2016’s top films), creators of broadcast scripted shows (7.1 percent) and creators of cable scripted shows (7.3 percent). Hunt blamed the lag behind the camera on, among other factors, executive ranks that are still overwhelmingly white and male.

“It’s a white-male controlled industry and it hasn’t yet figured out how to incorporate other decision-makers of color and women into the process. So you have these momentary exceptions to the rule,” said Hunt, pointing to “Black Panther,” which has grossed $ 700 million worldwide in two weeks of release.

Such films, he said, show the considerable economic sense of making movies and television series that don’t ignore nearly half of their potential audience.

“It’s business 101,” Hunt said.

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CES 2018 is in full swing over in Las Vegas, which means we’ve got plenty of new tech toys to talk about and look forward to seeing in stores later this year.

One of them will hopefully be the 1TB USB-C flash drive that SanDisk showed off at the event, which is about as big as a regular memory drive.

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The company is preparing its eventual rollout of MAMR — or microwave-assisted magnetic recording — storage tech, and it’s already showing some really impressive capabilities. In fact, Western Digital expects that by the year 2025, MAMR-based drives will be able to handle up to 40TB of data, making it a fantastic option for data centers and eventually consumers.

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt announced Friday that his donation drive for Hurricane Harvey flooding victims has raised over $ 15 million, far exceeding his initial goal of $ 200,000.

“Every single time we hit one of these landmarks I’m amazed,” Watt said in a video posted to Twitter. “I’ve said it so many times before but I think the worst times bring out the best in people, and we’re seeing that in abundance right now.”

The NFL player launched the fundraising effort Sunday after seeing the damage Harvey had caused in the Houston area and beyond.

“Where we stand right now is, we want to take care of the immediate needs first, so we have nine semi trucks fully loaded with supplies coming into town this weekend. My teammates and I are going to go directly into the community to some areas that were hit very hard and we’re going to hand those out.”

“I want to do right by everybody who donated, and I want to make sure we do right by the people of Houston. So I’m taking my time to make sure that we do this thing right,” Watt said. “I’m not going to do it hastily, I just want to make sure we do it right.”


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Quite a lot happened on Game of Thrones season seven, episode five, “Eastwatch.” Jon Snow’s not a bastard! Wolf Team Six headed north of the Wall to capture themselves a White Walker to take to Cersei! Gendry is back and he’s got a sweet hammer! It would be easy to dismiss Littlefinger’s trap for Arya as a minor plot point, but it has serious implications.

The letter that Littlefinger requested was written by Sansa way back in season one, and it was written under duress. In the letter, Sansa requested that her brother Robb bend the knee to the newly crowned Joffrey, despite the fact that the young king had just imprisoned their father (Ned Stark) for treason.

Sansa wrote the letter because Cersei threatened her and she didn’t have many options. She was fourteen years old, alone save for her sister in King’s Landing and she wanted to be queen. Joffrey hadn’t gone completely mad with power just yet, and Ned still had his head. Context gives Sansa’s letter meaning, and Robb understood that his sister hadn’t betrayed them in signing her name.

There’s just one very serious problem…


Arya was like this in season one. She’s even more stabby now.

So what does the letter say, exactly?


The letter that could divide Winterfell.

The letter, written in front of a very insistent Cersei, reads:

Robb, I write to you with a heavy heart. Our good king Robert is dead, killed from wounds he took in a boar hunt. Father has been charged with treason. He conspired with Robert’s brothers against my beloved Joffrey and tried to steal his throne. The Lannisters are treating me very well and provide me with every comfort. I beg you: come to King’s Landing, swear fealty to King Joffrey and prevent any strife between the great houses of Lannister and Stark.

Think about what this means to Arya. She thinks Littlefinger is working for Sansa, and that he had this letter removed from the records at her behest. Arya believes her sister is trying to hide the contents of the letter, which are pretty damning without context.

The only context Arya has is her own memories. She watched her father lose his head courtesy of Ilyn Payne, under Joffrey’s orders. She watched the Lannister soldiers parade Robb’s corpse around with his direwolf’s head attached following the Red Wedding. Sansa advocating for Joffrey is the worst kind of treason anyone could commit, at least to Arya.

Arya’s Embraced the Dark Side


Quite a few murders ago.

Arya always walked a fine line with morality, but she embraced a pretty evil ideology in her studies at the House of Black and White. She swore herself to the God of Death. Sansa, by contrast, has tried to remain true to the ethics she was raised with. Sansa is very much her father’s daughter, whereas Arya is definitely more true to her wolfish nature.

Arya will either confront Sansa with the letter, or she’ll keep the information for herself and let it fester within her like an infection. She’ll never trust Sansa again and will likely lash out at some point. The sisters didn’t get along well before they were split, and their reunion has already been tense.


This is how they got along when things were good.

Showrunner D.B. Weiss confirmed that Littlefinger is trying to drive the sisters apart on the “Inside the Episode” featurette for “Eastwatch.”

“Arya is very used to being more clever and more stealthy, and smarter than any of the people she’s up against, but she hasn’t dealt with Littlefinger for a while. She gets roped into spying on somebody who’s actually leading her by the nose to something that he wants her to have,” he said.

“He’s looking for a way to prevent this sister bond from developing further because the tighter they are the more definitively he is caught on the outside of it.”

Sansa’s seen how stab-happy Arya is and was disconcerted with her display in the yard with Brienne of Tarth. She already thinks her sister is dangerous. It won’t take much from Arya for Sansa to be convinced she needs to be locked up or sent away for her own good. She’ll likely turn to Littlefinger for counsel, cementing his (uber-creepy) bond with Sansa.

Regardless of what Arya does with the letter, it’s going to drive a wedge between the Stark girls. That’s exactly what Littlefinger wants.

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If you’ve created a regular savings account with your bank, you are probably getting a pitiful interest rate (something like .001%). There are other ways to save that give you back a higher percentage of interest.

 

Money Market Accounts

 

A money market account is like a regular savings account at your bank; you can take money out of it whenever you want, as long as you don’t go below the minimum you opened the account with. However, it is a mutual fund, so it invests your money in government securities and bonds. The reason you don’t have to wait around for your investments to be turned over to you, like with other mutual funds, is because the bonds and securities the money market account invests in are very short term. Therefore, you don’t have a long waiting period for the payout.

Since the investments are so short-term, you aren’t going to make huge amounts of money. So, your interest rate isn’t going to be all that large. You won’t be getting large interest sums back, unless you’ve put a very large sum into the account. But, some money market accounts have a higher interest rate that others, and all of them have a higher rate than regular savings accounts.

Your bank probably offers money market accounts, but you will most likely get higher interest rates if you create a money market account through a financial services company, such as E*TRADEor an investment company, like Fidelity Investments.

There are countless companies out there. One of them will be the right fit for you. Make sure you do your research and learn about the company, their interest rates, and the minimum rate you will have to provide to start an account. Also, find a company that suits your budget.

An easy, fast way to find companies and compare rates is www.bankrate.comThis site also helps you find rates for Certificates of Deposit (CD).

 

Certificates of Deposit

 

A CD is a lot like a money market account, in that you give your bank a deposit, which they invest in low-risk securities and bonds.

However, there are some differences. First, your bank will give you a specific, fixed interest rate on your investment, and they will insure that rate for a set period of time. So, you are guaranteed that rate, no matter how the market does. Secondly, during the time that the bank insures your interest rate, you cannot take money out of the account.

Like money market accounts, the return is relatively low because the risks are low, but a CD is a great way to get guaranteed savings and growth. However, it may not be a great idea to rely on a CD for your entire nest egg, because you can’t take money out whenever you want. You should at least have one month’s worth of expenses in an account that you can always access.

Still, a CD is a great way to build your savings, if you are the sort of person who is tempted to dig into savings for things you don’t really need, but want. Just because the money is there, doesn’t mean you should use it. Yet, sometimes, that little voice in your head convinces you that you need that new phone or laptop for work, or that new coat for when winter rolls around. A CD will help keep that little voice in check.

You can also use a CD to help you build up a larger nest egg, so long as you have the one month amount already saved away. A CD can help you get a six-month emergency fund with no extra effort.

 

Government Bonds

 

Another stress free way to start earning interest on your savings is to login to www.treasurydirect.govand let the site walk you through buying savings bonds. You can set up an automatic savings system without too much time, hassle, or money.

There are a few different types of government savings bonds to choose from:

  1. I-Bonds: This stands for Inflation Bonds. The minimum you put in is $ 25 , which is easy and painless, if you are already paying yourself first. Then, you gain interest based on a combination of a fixed rate and the rate of inflation. Because your interest is based partially on inflation, you rate will fluctuate on an average of twice a year. After one year, you can cash the bond. However, it is best to wait at least five years, because if you cash it in earlier than that, you will lose the last three months of interest. This sort of bond can grow for up to 30 years, so if you are patient, with only $ 25 you can start creating a nice nest egg for your future.
  2. Patriot Bonds: Also called EE Bonds, there are just a few differences between them and I-Bonds. They grow for the same amount of time and the rules on cashing them in are the same, but you get a fixed interest rate that is earned monthly and compounded (that means doubled!) every six months. Remember the son who chose the penny? Compound interest is your best friend.

 

 


This article was written by The BOSS Network Influencer, Dr. Cozette M. White.

Dr. Cozette M. White is an acclaimed author, financial analyst and tax strategist, speaker, and philanthropist. Not to mention the founder and CEO of My Financial Home Enterprises, a financial management firm helping entrepreneurs and organizations develop solutions that fuel business growth and transform products into accelerating profits.  

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Parents Who Drive You Crazy: Four Steps for Handling Emotionally Immature Parents

Do you ever feel like the mature one in your relationship with your parents? If so, you are like countless others who are hurt and frustrated by their emotionally immature parents. It is difficult to deal with parents who have not developed enough empathy to care sufficiently about the feelings of others. These immature parents focus on their own interests to the point where they make their children feel inadequate, unseen, and chronically guilty.

While the emotionally immature parent may act like a normal adult in the outside world, their self-involved and controlling behavior comes out full force at home. They ignore their children’s emotional needs because they are focused on their own consuming desires for attention and control. As a result, their children end up feeling insignificant and emotionally alone.

Like small children, emotionally immature parents are fixated on their immediate demands. They expect others to anticipate their needs first. They undermine their children’s confidence and self-esteem by acting like the child can never do enough to make them happy. Their children become anxiously vigilant as they try to avoid the emotional backlash that comes if they don’t guess correctly what their parent wants.

It is much more useful and accurate to think of these parents as emotionally immature rather than through the lens of a clinical diagnosis, such as narcissism. Their emotional immaturity can take different forms — not all of which are diagnosable categories — but all the types cause emotional pain and deprivation in their children. Once you get the idea that these are psychologically underdeveloped personalities, it is much easier to handle them rather than thinking about them diagnostically.

Most of us instinctively know how to handle upset toddlers, but we don’t think to apply that to our gray-haired parents. Few of us would expect a preschooler to consider our needs or react sensibly if we ask them to do something they dislike. Yet with immature parents, we expect a reasonableness and empathy they don’t possess and never will. As a result, we are repeatedly confused and shocked by their lack of cooperation or sensitivity. Why must they make everything so hard? Why can’t they think about us for a change?

Dealing with difficult parents is especially hard on the emotionally sensitive child who can’t help but notice other people’s feelings. The immaturity of the parent means that these children develop the heavy responsibility of worrying about other people’s needs. These more emotionally perceptive children often over-perform as the go-to person in the family who cares about other people’s problems.

Unfortunately, these conscientious children usually keep trying to win their parent’s approval throughout their lives, but their immature parent will neither listen nor open up emotionally. If the sensitive child tries to tell the parents how he or she feels, the parents will clam up, mock, dismiss, or turn the tables with self-pity or blame. They are terrified of sincere feelings, and simply do not deal with anything emotionally intimate.

It works better to deal with emotionally immature parents using a four-step method that I call the Maturity Awareness Approach.

1. Use Your Observer Mind
Rather than trying to engage these parents, emotional detachment is much safer. Use your thinking function rather than your emotional reactivity, and you will no longer be their emotional victim. By objectively observing their self-preoccupation and control maneuvers, you gain freedom from the need for their approval.

2. Express and Then Let Go
One of the hardest things to realize is that trying to get a satisfying response from your parent won’t work. It is far more effective to say what you need to say using clear, intimate communication, while releasing any expectation that they will change. By practicing speaking up in a calm way, you strengthen yourself whether they respond positively or not.

3. Focus on the Outcome, Not the Relationship
You can’t expect empathy or fairness from an emotionally immature parent. Instead, think about the specific outcome you want, rather than trying to improve the relationship. Remember, anything emotionally intimate scares these parents. Decide what specific outcome you are aiming for, and keep going for it. For instance, you can ask for an apology, but you can’t ask for a change of heart.

4. Manage, Don’t Engage
Manage the conversation instead of reacting to what the parent says. Make explicit goals for topic and duration, and guide things toward where you want to end up. By managing toward the outcome you want, you avoid the frustration of having all conversations hijacked by your parent’s self-preoccupations. If you let them set the pace, you will end up drained and resentful. Instead of engaging with you, these parents will dominate with their most pressing interests, their pet beef, or their unmet needs. Don’t be sidetracked by their complaining or criticisms. Your job is to move things along toward the outcome you want.

Emotionally immature parents will drive you crazy if you mistake their physical age for psychological maturity. Acknowledge that you may have surpassed them developmentally a long time ago, and their insensitivities will begin to hurt a little less. Remember, they are just too young to think of you much at all.

Lindsay C. Gibson, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice who specializes in personal growth and individual psychotherapy for adults. She has taught psychology graduate students as a past Adjunct Assistant Professor for The College of William and Mary and Old Dominion University. Her newly released book is Adult Children of Emotionally Immature Parents: How to Heal from Distant, Rejecting, or Self-Involved Parents, and her previous book Who You Were Meant To Be: Finding or Recovering Your Life’s Purpose was published in 2000. You can follow her blog at drlindsaygibson.com.

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Review of Racing Video Game Soundtrack, AG Drive

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Music has developed a close relationship with technology. The birth of the electronic era has changed how music is heard and experienced. From orchestra to band to DJ, the technological age has made it possible for one person to create powerful music that once required a team. Now, though an unlikely pairing, even video games are joining the music world.

The AG Drive iOS game opened in 73 countries and is currently the number 1 racing game in the US, number 6 action game and number 28 game in the US overall. This compilation soundtrack of AG Drive includes a full buffet of EDM flavors. With electronica, house, acid house, trance, alternative dance, 8 bit and video game scores, the AG Drive Soundtrack is truly an innovative approach to electronic music.

Another shining facet that makes this soundtrack unique is that the entire album is comprised of Finnish artists. Every musician on this record has a strong background in the Finnish EDM demoscene and uses wholly original revenue models. Ari Pulkkinen who produced the tracks “Drive,” “Electric Mayhem,” and “Ride Me Love Me,” is known for composing the theme song for the popular game Angry Birds. Fun fact! He has also composed music for award-winning games such as Resogun, Trine series, Dead Nation and Super Stardust HD. Now Ari has started his own AriTunes Records, a premium game music label with goals to create hit music through games. Ari Pulkkinen says music is “the biggest emotional aspect of any game.” A perfect conduit for the high-octane and pulsating genre of EDM. The AG Drive Soundtrack is being released on the up and coming AriTunes Records.

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The other artists featured on the album include Burt Kane, Jonne Valtonen, Domestic Machine Movement, Little Bitchard, Tommy Baynen, City Cat, and Tommi Salomaa. All of the Finnish producers on this soundtrack either have a background in video game music production, electronic music production, DJing, or all of the above. Some, like Jonne Valtonen, are even classically trained musicians. Valtonen has written orchestral pieces, electronic music, game scores, and even theater music. A well rounded musician indeed.

Combining the video game and music industry is a unique way to reach new listeners. Since the inception of video games, their iconic soundtracks have become ingrained in the memory of popular culture. Games like Super Mario Bros, Zelda and Tetris have scores that became legendary and have even been covered by bands and remixed by producers. Even the Grand Theft Auto franchise is utilizing modern music, featuring underground artists such as Flying Lotus. Creating a record label that boasts music through video games is the natural next step.

The AG Drive Soundtrack is paving the way for a new style of music. Just like EDM changed how music is heard, so now does the world of video games. Permeating the minds of gamers who are not only listening to the music but living the music is an ingenious way to be heard. Together, these Finnish musicians are joining their minds as pieces of a puzzle to a bigger picture. The exciting and pulsating soundtrack of AG Drive is sure to garner much deserved attention.

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Kim Jong Un Learned To Drive At 3, According To A North Korean Teacher’s Guide

Kim Jong Un is an extraordinary human being if a teacher’s guide being sent to North Korean schools is any indication.

The guide, Kim Jong Un’s Revolutionary Activities, includes a lot of facts about the North Korean dictator that are — spoiler alert — hard to believe.

For instance, the guide suggests that teachers tell their impressionable students that Kim was able to drive a car at 3, and beat the chief executive of a foreign yacht company in a boating race when he was 9, UPI.com reports.

Similarly dubious claims were made about Kim’s father, Kim Jong-il, who reportedly shot 11 holes in one the first time he played golf and then never played again, the Mirror reports.

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LaCie 2Big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID External Hard Drive 4TB

LaCie 2Big Quadra USB 3.0 2-Bay RAID External Hard Drive 4TB


LaCie designed the LaCie 2Big Quadra USB 3.0 4TB from the ground up. It features USB 3.0 and an even more efficient cooling system that is 50% quieter than previous generations. The LaCie 2big Quadra USB 3.0 is completely reliable and perfect for intensive content creation, secure backup, or massive desktop storage.SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for a Workflow Boost Now with USB 3.0 and UAS compatibility, the LaCie 2big Quadra delivers optimized performance for PC and Mac. Its two 7200rpm professional hard disks preconfigured in RAID 0 provide up to 210MB/s* on PCs or late-model Macs. The hardware RAID controller ensures sustained performance and prevents dropped frames. More than twice as fast as FireWire 800 (up to six times the speed of USB 2.0), the LaCie 2big Quadra will transform your workflow. And its massive capacity makes it the only storage you’ll need for all your projects. Backups and file transfers finish much faster. Play back multiple HD video streams in Final Cut Pro X(TM) or Adobe(R)Premiere(R). Enjoy more responsive photo library browsing in Aperture(TM) or Lightroom(TM).Universal Connectivity for Compatibility Don’t let your project get derailed by external drive/computer incompatibility. With its multiple interfaces, the LaCie 2big Quadra is the perfect match for any Mac or PC. With FireWire 800, import your data from your old computer even faster, if your old computer is compatible. You can even daisy chain older external storage devices or A/V peripherals in order to import data directly, hassle-free. Thanks to backwards compatibility with USB 2.0 and FireWire 400, you can literally connect the LaCie 2big Quadra to any standard computer of any era. Whatever the computer you use, the LaCie 2big Quadra has the right connection for it.Comprehensive Data Protection The LaCie 2big Quadra goes the extra mile to protect your data. It features RAID 1 and hot-swappable disks, so your data is kept safe even if a drive fails. Simply swap in a new disk without switching off the device. No downtime, and no data loss. You also won’t lose any data if, during a file transfer, someone trips over the interface or power cable. The LaCie 2big Quadra’s cable management system keeps all cables safely connected to the enclosure. This product is also a complete workstation backup solution. It includes professional backup software that lets you perform file-level and even system-level backup and restore. So you can create a full system backup that lets you boot your Mac directly from the product. It’s also Time Machine(TM) and Windows 7 Backup compatible. It even lets you prevent physical theft thanks to Kensington(R) lock compatibility.Dual Cooling System for Long-Term Reliability Since effective cooling is a critical factor in hard disk reliability, LaCie completely redesigned its 2big enclosure’s cooling system. It ensures long-term reliability by preventing overheating. The system consists of three key components: an innovative heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a completely redesigned fan, and jumbo heat exhausts. For the enclosure, its solid-aluminum heat sink design provides 60% more surface area than flat designs, diverting and dissipating heat more efficiently. Its new magnetic levitation fan generates zero vibration or friction. It pulls heat away from the internal components while being 50% quieter than previous generations. The fan is also thermo-regulated, so it controls its speed according to the ambient temperature. This means it works more efficiently, prolonging its lifespan and generating less noise. The 2ig Quadra has more and larger air holes to facilitate airflow and reduce noise. This ultra-quiet cooling system makes the LaCie 2big Quadra perfect for even the most noise-sensitive creative environments.Designed for Convenience The LaCie 2big Quadra was painstakingly designed to integrate seamlessly into professional environments. With its space-saving design, you can stand it alone vertically and reduce its footprint on your desktop. Even neatly stack it with the LaCie d2 Desk Rack or standard 19″ Rackmount Kit. Busy professionals can also set up email alerts, so they can monitor their device before potential problems escalate. They’ll know, for example, that the ambient temperature in the room is too high before it causes problems. Even changing the RAID mode is convenient thanks to two-step Easy RAID configuration.
List Price: $ 379.00
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Word Of Mouth: Nashville Conversations: Insight Into The Drive, Passion, And Innovation Of Music City's Creative

Word Of Mouth: Nashville Conversations: Insight Into The Drive, Passion, And Innovation Of Music City's Creative


Right now, there is no city in the United States hotter, cooler, or more it than Nashville, TN. With a booming economy, a great quality of life, and a creative, collaborative entreprepeneurial community, Nashville is on the short-list of living and travel destinations for passionate and innovative minds. As many newspapers, magazines, and websites have pointed out, one of the critical components to Nashville''s growth and popularity is it''s thriving and cutting-edge music, culinary, and artistic communities.
Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations is an elegant collection of interviews by Nashville writer Lily C. Hansen, highlighted by stunning, black & white photography from some of Nashville''s finest photographers, that captures the drive, passion, and innovation of several prolific Nashvillians who have thrived in – and helped drive — the art, culinary, and music industries. Also included are several wild card personalities: those who possess talents that defy labeling and elipse categorization. Word of Mouth is an inside look at the exploding community of Nashville and a multifaceted portrait of the intellectual and inventive capital that makes the city hum with energy.
It''s title reflects what makes Word of Mouth special: by interviewing each of these personalities, Word of Mouth relies on the classic form of intimate conversation to gain insight and understanding of each personality while also capturing the organic and tried-and-true method – word of mouth — through which each have attracted their fan-base and support network. Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations is a testament to Nashville''s incredible mixture of artistic talent but also it''s zest for collaboration, rather than competitiveness: similar to the artistic community''s nonexistent hierarchy, up-and-coming talent is interviewed alongside illustrious, internationally-recognized artists.
While Word of Mouth: Nashville Conversations focuses on the creative entrepeneurs of Music City, it is a book that knows no geographical limits; it is for every creative entrepreneur, everywhere. As a collection of anecdotes, quotes and wisdom shared by those pursuing their dreams or those who have already obtained commercial fruition, it presents the stories and the insights that any innovative mind, young and old alike, needs to hear as they follow their heart and pursue their own creative path.
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LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive with USB 3.0 2TB

LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive with USB 3.0 2TB


The Professional Choice for Performance and Reliability. With the USB 3.0 5Gb/s interface and up to 3TB, the LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Disk is the ideal tool for creative professionals who need both fast speeds and large storage capacity. It features 7200 rpm drives with a minimum of 32MB cache for the best performance and seek times, so it can handle the most resource-intensive applications. Best of all, it can achieve speeds up to 130MB/s in USB 3.0.The Professional Choice for Cross-Platform Applications. The d2 Quadra has great connectivity with USB 3.0 and two FireWire 800 interfaces for daisy chaining, but it is still fully compatible with, eSATA 3Gb/s, USB 2.0 and FireWire 400. It’s even USB 3.0-compatible on Mac(R) computers, thanks to LaCie’s USB 3.0 driver for Mac OS. With all of its interfaces, the d2 Quadra has universal connectivity, so it is easy to back up and restore any workstation, no matter the configuration and interfaces. And thanks to the USB 3.0 performance, you can make faster, more frequent backups of your data, keeping it safe and secure. Since the d2 Quadra tops out at a 3TB capacity, it can even be used as a simple and convenient storage expansion for a server.The Professional Choice for Functional and User-Centric Features. With the preloaded LaCie Desktop Manager, you can easily configure the shortcut button to launch the application of your choice in one push and configure your drive’s eco mode. And, with its two-color front LED indicator, it is easy to check the drive status. It also includes Genie(R) Backup Assistant software and Intego(R) Backup Assistant software with data restore for Windows(R) and Mac. Both products provide an ideal solution for a simple and user-friendly backup and file retrieval. The Professional Choice for Design. The d2 Quadra’s unique and unobtrusive design is respected in the creative content industry for good reason. The unique, fanless aluminum heat sink design provides an increased surface area, keeping it quiet, safe, and free from dust inside. It can also stand upright, be stacked horizontally with other drives, or even be rackmounted to save desktop space. It’s a superb solution for heavy storage users who want off-site backups and archives of any work environment. For superior energy efficiency, it also has a programmable eco mode, which automatically conserves energy if the drive is inactive for a certain period of time. On top of that, it’s recyclable and ROHS-compliant.
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Price: $ 189.99

LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive with USB 3.0 4TB

LaCie d2 Quadra Hard Drive with USB 3.0 4TB


With the new USB 3.0 5Gb/s interface and up to 3TB, the LaCie d2 4TB Quadra Hard Disk v3 is the ideal tool for creative professionals who need both fast speeds and large storage capacity. It features 7200 rpm drives with a minimum of 32MB cache for the best performance and seek times, so it can handle the most resource-intensive applications. Best of all, it can achieve speeds up to 130MB/s in USB 3.0.The Professional Choice for Cross-Platform Applications The d2 Quadra has got the latest connectivity with USB 3.0 and two FireWire 800 interfaces for daisy chaining, but it is still fully compatible with, eSATA 3Gb/s, USB 2.0 and FireWire 400. It’s even USB 3.0-compatible on Mac(R) computers, thanks to LaCie’s USB 3.0 driver for Mac OS. With all of its interfaces, the d2 Quadra has universal connectivity, so it is easy to back up and restore any workstation, no matter the configuration and interfaces. And thanks to the USB 3.0 performance, you can make faster, more frequent backups of your data, keeping it safe and secure. Since the d2 Quadra tops out at a 3TB capacity, it can even be used as a simple and convenient storage expansion for a server.The Professional Choice for Functional and User-Centric Features With the preloaded LaCie Desktop Manager, you can easily configure the shortcut button to launch the application of your choice in one push and configure your drive’s eco mode. And, with its two-color front LED indicator, it is easy to check the drive status. It also includes Genie(R) Backup Assistant software and Intego(R) Backup Assistant software with data restore for Windows(R) and Mac. Both products provide an ideal solution for a simple and user-friendly backup and file retrieval.The Professional Choice for Design The d2 Quadra’s unique and unobtrusive design is respected in the creative content industry for good reason. The unique, fanless aluminum heat sink design provides an increased surface area, keeping it quiet, safe, and free from dust inside. It can also stand upright, be stacked horizontally with other drives, or even be rackmounted to save desktop space. It’s a superb solution for heavy storage users who want off-site backups and archives of any work environment. For superior energy efficiency, it also has a programmable eco mode, which automatically conserves energy if the drive is inactive for a certain period of time. On top of that, it’s recyclable and ROHS-compliant.Automatic Backup Easy setup and automatic worry-free backup for both PC and Mac computers.Password Protection With LaCie Private-Public software built-in, it’s easy to make sure that your files are secure and protected, no matter where you go.Secure Cloud Storage 10GB of Wuala Online Storage included for one year to securely store and share your data online.77% Energy Savings Automatic Eco mode lowers the power consumption by up to 77% when not in use.
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Used – Jake dreams of becoming a golf pro but can’t afford a full set of clubs or a golf club membership. When he gets the once in a lifetime opportunity to be taught by a pro, he has to learn to trust in himself.[Fry Reading Level 4.7]

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Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Small Form Factor Desktop PC with Intel Pentium G3220 Dual-Core Processor, 2GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Professional (Monitor Not Included)

Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Small Form Factor Desktop PC with Intel Pentium G3220 Dual-Core Processor, 2GB Memory, 500GB Hard Drive and Windows 7 Professional (Monitor Not Included)


Lenovo ThinkCentre M73 Small Form Factor Desktop PC: Key Features and Benefits: Intel Pentium G3220 Dual-Core processor 3.0GHz, 3MB Cache 2GB DDR3 SDRAM system memory (expandable to 16GB) Gives you options for surfing, video conferencing, documents, basic photo editing and simple computer tasks 500GB SATA hard drive Store 333,000 photos, 142,000 songs or 263 hours of HD video and more DVD+/-RW drive Watch movies and read and write CDs and DVDs in multiple formats 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet Connect to a broadband modem with wired Ethernet Intel HD Graphics With VGA and DisplayPort capabilities Additional Features: 4 x USB 2.0 ports, 2 x USB 3.0 ports, 1 x VGA port, 1 x DisplayPort, 1 x Serial, 2 x PS/2 ports, 1 x headphone jack, 2 x microphone jacks, 2 x Line-in, 1 x RJ-45 Ethernet port 2 x PCI Express (x1) expansion slots, 1 x PCI Express (x16) expansion slot, 1 x 5.25″ external bay, 2 x 3.5″ external bays 20.7 lbs, 6.3″ x 16.6″ x 15.3″ Software: Genuine Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64-Bit Edition (To learn more about the features of Windows 7, click here ) Backup and Restore options built into Windows allow you to create safety copies of your most important personal files, so you’re always prepared for the worst Support and Warranty: 1-year limited hardware warranty; 24/7 technical assistance available online or toll-free by phone Restore discs are not included. We recommend you use the installed software to create your own restore and backup DVD the first week you use the computer. What’s In The Box: Power cord USB keyboard USB optical mouse Quick Start Guide To see the manufacturer’s specifications for this product, click here . To see a list of our PC Accessories, click here . Trade in your used computer and electronics for more cash to spend at Walmart. Good for your wallet and the environment – click here .

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16GB Stylish Golf Ball Shape USB Flash Drive White and Black

16GB Stylish Golf Ball Shape USB Flash Drive White and Black


Look for Backpacks & Bookbags? Buy this 16GB Stylish Golf Ball Shape USB Flash Drive White & Black tmart.com store provides cool gadgets, cell phones, consumer electronics, LED flashlight, car accessories, phones accessories, computer accessories, games accessories, holiday gifts and security camera.

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LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive 3TB

LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive 3TB


The LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive 3TB is the ultimate blend of design and performance. This LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive is a new breed of desktop hard drive, a perfect blend of form and function. It’s the product of a collaboration between one of the most renowned design firms in the world and LaCie. The P’9230 lets you transfer files faster than ever with USB 3.0 performance, and has the capacity to hold all of your files. It also features a striking LED that both indicates power and lends sophisticated elegance.Porsche Design Form, LaCie Function. LaCie first joined forces with Porsche Design in 2003 to produce one of the most iconic and enduringly popular external hard drives on the market. Since then the two companies have worked closely to create products that blend flawless functionality with pure design. The luxury brand and the leading technology company complement each other, with technical influence from LaCie, together with an exclusive and timeless shape presented by Porsche Design.Accelerate your backup with USB 3.0. With the P’9230’s USB Interface, you’ll be able to get the job done faster than you ever imagined-you can transfer a 700MB video file in just under 7 seconds! With USB 3.0 speed, you can back up your photos, videos, and music files, and even quickly exchange them with friends or colleagues-with minimal wait time. Safe, Strong, and Aluminum. The P’9230 protects your files with 5mm of aluminum casing surrounding the drive inside. This solid armor protects your data, gives the drive sophisticated substance, and even helps to dissipate heat. These properties help to protect the hard disk and prolong its lifespan. LaCie and Porsche Design worked together to combine form and function-resulting in a desktop hard drive that looks great on your desk (and works great).
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“So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, Third Edition

“So You Think I Drive a Cadillac?”: Welfare Recipients’ Perspectives on the System and Its Reform, Third Edition


This down-to-earth look at the welfare system provides readers with stories from welfare recipients themselves and from those who recently left welfare for work: how they got onto welfare, what the reality of welfare (and welfare reform) is for them, issues in raising their families, their plans, hopes, and dreams are for the future, and some of the struggles they face as they try to leave the welfare system.Welfare recipients who were interviewed by the author in Florida and Oregon share their perspectives on work requirements, family caps, time limits, and other features of the new welfare reform (TANF) program. They discuss the importance of a livable wage and health insurance in providing the needed security to leave welfare for good. These qualitative interviews are theoretically grounded, and supplemented with up-to-date statewide and national data on welfare reform and its consequences.The author says, “Underneath the political rhetoric and welfare statistics are real live human beings who are trying to make sense out of their lives.” Their voices provide a crucial counterpoint to the politicians and policy “experts” who have shaped the policy reform initiative. They show us that the so-called welfare problem is related to the insecurity of low-tier work in the United States.
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AARP’s Drive Smart

AARP’s Drive Smart


Driving isn’t what it used to be. Today you’re facing new rules of the road, distracted drivers, and updated technologies—entertainment and GPS navigation systems, ringing cell phones and beeping texts—that demand you take your eyes from the road, despite the hazards.That’s why AARP Driver Safety—the program that offers the nation’s first and largest driver improvement course for drivers age 50 and older—offers Drive Smart: How to Stay Safe—and Save Money.This e-book provides expert advice on today’s traffic rules, driving conditions, vehicle technologies, and the dangers presented by other drivers. You’ll find—More than 125 tips to refresh your knowledge of the rules of the roadRecommendations to help you save money on auto insurance, fuel, and other driving-related expensesStrategies to help you avoid distractions, drive safely in inclement weather and recognize when it may be time for a loved one to stop drivingDrive Smart: How to Stay Safe—and Save Money provides valuable information to help you keep safe behind the wheel. And if you suspect your loved ones’ driving skills could use a tune-up, then pass this e-book to them, too. ABOUT THE AUTHORAARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, with a membership of more than 37 million, that helps people turn their goals and dreams into real possibilities, strengthens communities and fights for the issues that matter most to families such as healthcare, employment security and retirement planning. We advocate for consumers in the marketplace by selecting products and services of high quality and value to carry the AARP name as well as help our members obtain discounts on a wide range of products, travel, and services.A trusted source for lifestyle tips, news and educational information, AARP produces AARP The Magazine, the world’s largest circulation magazine; AARP Bulletin; www. aarp.org; AARP TV & Radio; AARP Books; and AARP VIVA, a bilingual news source. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make

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LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive 2TB

LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 USB 3.0 Desktop Hard Drive 2TB


The ultimate blend of design and performance. The LaCie Porsche Design P’9230 2TB Hard Disk is a new breed of desktop hard drive, a perfect blend of form and function. It’s the product of a collaboration between one of the most renowned design firms in the world and LaCie. The P’9230 lets you transfer files faster than ever with USB 3.0 performance, and has the capacity to hold all of your files. It also features a striking LED that both indicates power and lends sophisticated elegance.Porsche Design Form, LaCie Function. LaCie first joined forces with Porsche Design in 2003 to produce one of the most iconic and enduringly popular external hard drives on the market. Since then the two companies have worked closely to create products that blend flawless functionality with pure design. The luxury brand and the leading technology company complement each other, with technical influence from LaCie, together with an exclusive and timeless shape presented by Porsche Design.Accelerate your backup with USB 3.0. With the P’9230’s USB Interface, you’ll be able to get the job done faster than you ever imagined-you can transfer a 700MB video file in just under 7 seconds! With USB 3.0 speed, you can back up your photos, videos, and music files, and even quickly exchange them with friends or colleagues-with minimal wait time. Safe, Strong, and Aluminum. The P’9230 protects your files with 5mm of aluminum casing surrounding the drive inside. This solid armor protects your data, gives the drive sophisticated substance, and even helps to dissipate heat. These properties help to protect the hard disk and prolong its lifespan. LaCie and Porsche Design worked together to combine form and function-resulting in a desktop hard drive that looks great on your desk (and works great).
List Price: $ 119.99
Price: $ 119.99