Thursday, January 22, 2009

Apple iPod Classic

I like:

Capacity; design; good screen; Cover Flow; use of album art; high-quality video support; great games; handy search feature; sound quality; support for lossless audio; integrated podcast features

I don't like:

New main menu UI; have to use iTunes; navigation can be slow at times

Also known as:

6th-gen video iPod

You might also need:

Dock; iPod-ready hi-fi; better headphones; mains adaptor; TV connection cable; case


Apple has not only exceeded my expectations, it's exceeded ones I didn't even have. The iPod classic is a superb audio player with a huge wealth of well-integrated features and intuitive navigation. My only real concern is that menus can be laggy. Apart from that, it's very outstanding.

Bare Minerals Make-up

Bare Minerals Make-up Review

It should be no secret that I truly love bare minerals, however, there certainly is room for improvement. In a perfect world, Bare Minerals would be waterproof (or, at least, water resistant), wouldn’t rub off on anything or anyone, and wouldn’t be so messy.

But, this isn’t a perfect world yet, so we need to make due with what we’ve got and with Bare Minerals, we’ve got a lot. Bare Minerals definitely gets a thumbs up if you’re someone who prefers the natural look (i.e. like you’re not wearing makeup at all), or if you have sensitive skin.

The Twilight Series


When seventeen year-old Bella Swan leaves sunny Arizona to live with her father in the small and gloomy Pacific North-West town of Forks she doesn’t expect to like it. After all she has made excuses not to go there enough times over the past few years. If living in Forks, with its constant mist and rain, wasn’t bad enough she will have to make a whole new set of friends and settle into a new school.

Bella soon makes some new friends at school but when she sees a boy called Edward Cullen sitting with his brothers and sisters in the cafeteria she is instantly intrigued. Edward is stunningly attractive, almost inhumanly beautiful, and yet he is an outsider too. Although Edward and his family have lived in Forks for two years they have never really been accepted by the townsfolk.

At first Edward is aloof, sometimes it almost seems like he can’t stand to be in the same room as her, but eventually they strike up an unlikely friendship. Even as Bella falls hopelessly and irrevocably in love with Edward, she still can’t work out exactly what makes him so different to everyone else.

On a trip to the beach, Bella is told of the local legend about the “cold ones”, a group of blood drinkers who have sworn off hunting humans but are still not welcome on Indian land because vampires are not to be trusted. Realising Edward is vampire changes nothing for Bella, she knows that she still loves him even if he’s not human.

Edward and his whole family are vampires. Edward himself was made a vampire when he was seventeen years-old, although that was at the end of World War I. For Edward his love for Bella is both a delight and a torment. A delight because she is the first person he has loved since he was made a vampire. A torment because although he has sworn off human blood and only hunts animals the craving for human blood never truly leaves him and the very scent of her also stirs his hunger for blood….
The Review

Twilight is the story of Edward and Bella’s romance. Forget any vampire romance you have read before, Twilight is so unique it is almost like it’s in its own genre. The book is marketed at Young Adult readers but it has the ability to cross age barriers and will satisfy both teenagers and adults alike.

The story is told in first person from the perspective of Bella, so the reader only ever know what she knows, making Edward and his family a mystery that is slowly unravelled through out the book. Even by the end of the book I was still thirsting for more of the Cullen family back story - hopefully their characters might be developed further in future books. Bella herself is a well written and realistic character, shy and lacking in confidence, her sarcastic inner voice narrates the story for the reader.

Twilight is simply and yet beautifully written. The descriptions of Forks leave you feeling like you can almost smell the damp air and hear the rain falling on the roof.

The romance between Edward and Bella is both touching and compelling. There is a melancholic feel to their impossible love, yet at the same time they both are unwilling to give up hope that their relationship is not doomed. The book reaches a fever pitch of excitement as the romance between Bella and Edward turns into a frantic race to stay alive.

I have heard Twilight described as “a vampire story for people who don’t like vampire stories” and I think I would agree with that. This book really has something for everyone. Young adult readers, vampire fans or romance readers will all find Twilight to be an appealing story.

For a Young Adult novel the book is quite long but don’t let that put you off reading it because each page is to be savoured. Believe me, this is one book that you won’t want to end.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

KeywordSpy Budget Intelligence Sheds Light on Accurately Gauging Competitors’ Ad Spend

-by Liezl Zey Gutierrez

SAN FRANCISCO, California, January 17, 2009
Competitive intel gathering just got a whole lot exciting. KeywordSp
y, released today its Budget Intelligence data, showcasing valuable ad spending statistics in the search advertising network.

The new feature from the Leader in Keyword Research Technology and Competitive Intelligence turns domain and keyword queries into a visually enticing, easy to grasp advertiser budget data.

For quite som
e time, there is no single tool in the web presenting reliable data in terms of budget calculation and ad spend, KeywordSpy placed an end on this quest just right on time.
“The economy is in global financial turbulence. It is in this light that we want our clients to make reasonable budgeting decisions during these tough times by understanding their competitors’ monetary strategies in the playing field with greater accuracy, the KeywordSpy Budget Intelligence is our greatest contribution on this pursuit,” said Mark Kievel, spokesperson of the KeywordSpy Team.

True to the dynamic data presentation of KeywordSpy, the Budget Intelligence illustrates the numerical and graphical values of Daily Ad Budget, Total Clicks per Day, Cost per Click and Average Ad Position in the Pay-per-Click competition. With this data, disclosure of budget information also correlates in exposing the revenue of a company or site which is in greater proportion with its marketing budget.

The Budget Intelligence feature will be available to all KeywordSpy users as an added functionality at no additional cost.

About KeywordSpy:

Founded in 2004, KeywordSpy is the Leader in Keyword Research Technology and Competitive Intelligence to search engine advertisers.

Its proprietary technology tracks all search advertising activity in any given industry, empowering companies and individuals with marketing and budget analytics, PPC, SEO and Affiliate intelligence, competitors’ keywords, advertisement copies, and other valuable information needed for advertisers to gain tremendous increase in their ROI.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Exporting PPC or Paid Keyword Results from KeywordSpy

Digging Deep on Competition with KeywordSpy

Instant Keyword Results from KeywordSpy

Who Are Your Real Competitors? Find out with KeywordSpy

Keywords vs. Competition Info from KeywordSpy

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Knowing Your Organic Competitors with KeywordSpy

Knowing Your Competitors with KeywordSpy

Competitive Intelligence Report from KeywordSpy

Getting the Big Market Overview with KeywordSpy

KeywordSpy Account Setting

KeywordSpy Navigation or General Interface

Understanding Your KeywordSpy Membership

Identifying Your Market with KeywordSpy

Keyword Tracking Intelligence from KeywordSpy

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