How to change the MPI node address for a Siemens S7-300 PLC

I have seven Siemens S7-300 PLCs connected to each other using the MPI (Multipoint Interface) interface. Siemens PLCs use the Siemens MPI protocol to communicate with external devices. I want to change the name of each of the seven PLCs. Here are the steps to accomplish that task.

First, connect your MPI cable to the first PLC. I will connect my laptop to each PLC individually. Power on the PLC and open Simatic Manager. The “New Project” wizard window will open. Just click Cancel to close the window. Now click on the Accessible Nodes icon on the toolbar. A window will open showing the identification of the PLC to which it is connected. My window shows MPI = 2 (directly). Make a note of this address and close the window.

Next we need to download a hardware configuration to the PLC. This is where we will change the name of the PLC node address. There are probably a couple of different ways to do this – here’s how I accomplish this. All seven of my PLCs are the same model; therefore I am using the same hardware configuration. For the obvious reasons, I want to give each one a different MPI node address. I have a project file that contains the seven programs for my PLC and a hardware configuration file. I open the hardware configuration file, and then double-click Hardware in the window on the right. This will open the HW Config window. In this window you should see your PLC with its given MPI address.

Remember when we clicked on the Accessible Nodes icon and saw MPI = 2 (directly)? My hardware configuration window shows an MPI address of 7. Place your mouse cursor on 7 and double click. Your CPU Properties window will open. It should open to the General tab. Look down and you will see MPI Interface Type with an address of 7. Click Properties and the MPI Interface Properties window will open. Using the dropdown menu, choose your MPI node address and make sure MPI (1) 187.5kbps is highlighted and click OK. You are now back in the CPU Properties window, where you will see that its address has changed. Click OK and you will be returned to the Hardware window where you can verify that your MPI node address has changed.

Now click on the Save and Build icon and then click on the download icon. The Select Target Module window will open. Click OK and the Select Node Address window will open. Here you will see the MPI node address that you assigned earlier. You will need to click the View button just below this. You will see the address of the current node appear, it should be the same one you saw earlier when you clicked on the Accessible Nodes icon. Just click on this number and you will see it appear in the MPI address slot under Enter Destination Station Connection. Click OK and the Download to Module window will open. Click OK and the Stop Target Modules window will open. Click OK and “Do you want to start the module?” the window will open. Click Yes.

Now go back to the SIMATIC Manager window and click on the accessible nodes icon. You will see your new MPI node address. You can view this same article with images at


TVS Apache RTR 180 Vs Bajaj Pulsar 180 DTSi

The recent launch of Apache RTR 180 has caused quite a stir in the performance oriented category in the Indian motorcycle segment. It’s the RTR 180 vs Pulsar 180. A long time ago someone dared to threaten the Pulsar family. With the RTR 160 and RTR 160 Fi on the roads, the RTR 180 takes on the Pulsar 180 head-on; immediately. BikeAdvice takes a closer look at both bikes to find out which is better.

The Pulsar carries with it the ‘Bajaj’ logo, a two-wheeled company that has managed to change its image from a scooter manufacturer to a motorcycle manufacturer. Bajaj bikes are known to have a lot of power, performance and are very reliable. Its acclaimed DTSi and exhaustEC technologies are sure to amaze you.

The RTR 180 stems from the popular Apache series that made its mark in December 2005 with the Apache 150. It also enjoys a strong following, but TVS bikes lack reliability. You’ll still find the RTR shaking with fear once you cross the 80km/h mark with a passenger.

In the bike: Get out of the Pulsar and into RTR, and you’ll be disappointed in the quality of TVS. Cheap plastic buttons and buggy speedometers along with ill-fitting boots are a shame, as the rest of the interior is nice.

The riding posture is set to forward on RTR 180, while Pulsars have normal ones. That all together makes a big difference in ride quality. The rear seat passenger will also feel more comfortable sitting in an RTR due to its forward footrests and uniquely elegantly designed handrails that are better than those on pulsars. RTR specially developed racing crouch mirrors provide better angle and safety plus look cool too.

Driving the RTR with its flowing Racing Stripes will double your driving confidence. Its white themed tachometers along with an RTR 180 Racing logo are sure to get your pulse racing not to mention the powerful RTR engine.

The pulsar 180, on the other hand, will not provide such emotions. You just have to be satisfied with a dazzling Pulsar 3D logo and the aura it carries with itself. Both motorcycles are equipped with a clip-on feature on the handlebars that will allow you to try various riding positions. The Pulsar 180 also has split seating for pilot and passenger.


  1. LCD digital console: Pulsar’s digital LCD console senses brightness and adjusts accordingly. The RTR console is more sophisticated although it does not have such features. What it does offer is a 0-60 race lap timer along with a top speed recorder. A blue color theme is a fresh take on oranges. A service expiration reminder and a 12/24 hour digital clock is an added dimension.
  2. Taillights: LED lamps with prism installed in the lens, the rear of the RTR is safer than that of the Pulsar.
  3. Braking: The Pulsar’s 260mm front disc brakes are no match for the RTR’s Rotopetal 270mm disc brakes. Dirt racing-inspired petal-shaped disc brakes help cool the brake pads faster, resulting in much more efficient and effortless braking. In addition, the RTR also features 200mm petal-shattering rear brakes. If nothing else, sudden braking is a guarantee.
  4. Tires: The Apache RTR 180 comes with lighter tubeless tires for both the front and rear, while the Pulsar does not. Now this is a great bonus. A tubeless tire has better road grip and reduces punctures. This once again highlights the amount of detail that went into its development.

Style: If you’re still impressed by the wolf headlamp fairing on the Pulsar, you’ll definitely be excited about the RTR’s racing ergonomics. The unique, detachable fender is sure to turn heads. One-piece alloy brake pedals and levers provide that extra thrill.

It certainly heralds a new approach to motorcycling. What’s more, IDI Silencer Canister is even said to have claimed to have been designed. Its flowing racing stripes that run the length of the bike epitomize RTR’s Racing pedigree. RTR also sports an aggressive engine cowl that adds an extra dose of sportiness. Add to that its self-illuminating rims and what you get is a bike that gets you as close to the Racing experience as possible.

Performance: The Pulsar’s 178.6cc DTSi engine makes 17.02bhp, while the RTR’s 177.4cc engine makes 17.3bhp. Pulsar’s top speed is 116 km/h, while RTR’s is 124 km/h. The RTR logs faster lap times thanks to being lighter than Pulsar by a good 10kg. The RTR 180 weighs 137kg, while the Pulsar weighs 147kg. Clearly, the RTR 180 smokes everything; even your expectations.

Verdict: If you just ride and want performance with reliability and would also like to ride in your own world without much fuss, go for the Pulsar 180. But if you’re looking for serious style and want to be a show stopper by grabbing all that attention then just grab an Apache RTR 180. Rest assured, you’ll turn heads wherever you go, even if its reliability is still questionable.


Tennis: How to improve your tennis game in 30 minutes

ONE of the most important things in tennis is keeping your eye on the ball. Nine out of ten players lose sight of a ball shortly after crossing the net. It is essential to keep an eye on it until it comes into contact with the racket. Most players, when they should be looking at the ball, look at their opponent or at the spot on their opponent’s court where they want to place the ball. The player who takes his eyes off the ball, even for a fraction of a second, may lose in that short time the opportunity to hit it cleanly, that is, in the center of the racket. This applies to all shots in tennis.

During the game it is excellent to repeat yourself over and over again: “Eye on the ball”, “Eye on the ball”.

Many volleys and spikes are out of bounds because the racket has been turned in the hand. This happens because the ball has not touched the center of the racket. Even a stronger grip will not prevent this. This difficulty is obviated by keeping an eye on the ball. Look at your ball and you are bound to judge it correctly. If you rush and lose sight of him, you are bound to misjudge him. Keeping your eye on the ball does not mean simply looking at it casually, but calculating its flight, and also judging the speed and depth of the shot. By doing this, the player can know in advance where the ball will land on the court.

Another thing of first importance in tennis is passing the ball over the net. A player feels disappointed and angry about a ball that goes out of bounds. He feels the same way when he nets it, as this has sacrificed any luck he might have had to win the point.

Again, you will see many players pick up balls that, if left alone, would go off the court. In doubles, he supposes that he says “out”, but his partner still accepts it. If he returns the ball, at least he has his opponent guessing and attempting a return. Many times he will be in doubt if he should take it, not knowing if the ball is going to be good. All of this is a lot more stress on his nerves.

Observe a top notch player while in a game. He is always putting the ball over the net and at least two feet above it. The average player’s fault is that he plays his ball too well, putting too many into the net as a result.

In singles, because the opponent often plays deep, you should play higher above the net than in doubles, where one or both opponents are likely to be near the net. In general, never play a very low return, i.e. close to the net in your path, except when the opponent is close. Playing a return deep and well over the net prevents the opponent from reaching the net.

After making a bad return, try not to get mad about your shot. Rather try to perceive immediately what his mistake was and correct the mistake. It may have been your position instead of your shot. Many players blame a bad return when in fact it was their position. For example, some players keep putting the ball into the net. If they studied their shots they would see that what they had to do was get more height to the ball.

There are a lot of little bugs that a player could fix themselves if they just thought about them at the time they make them. Here are a few to remember and fix:

First: do not rush; you have more time than you think if your position is midfield.

Second, don’t take the shot so close to your body that you can’t swing clean.

Third: don’t try to kill a ball when an easy one would suffice.

Fourth: Don’t let your opponent find you out of position as a result of calling your own return.

Fifth: do not take your eyes off the ball, since it prevents you from executing a clean shot.

Sixth: Don’t stop “finishing” your shot so that you can “drop” the ball as it goes over the net.

All these small faults and many more that players have could be prevented if they were discovered and corrected at the time they are committed. Many players complain that they don’t have time while playing to fix bugs. One has more time in tennis than one may realize, and this excuse is not a good one.

For more tennis tips, you can visit the website.

Hope you have fun.

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Nigerian Music Videos: Stepping Up The Quality Game

Foreign music videos were better than locally produced ones. Despite successes such as: Nico Mbanga (Sweet Mother), Osita Osadebe (Osondi Owendi), Oliver de Coque (Boni boni identity), Mandy Brown (Taxi driver), Onyeka Owenu (One Love), Lorine Okotie (Your love is that medicine ), Charly boy (Before Before) Chris Okotie (ABC), Evy Edna Ogoli (Happy Birthday), Felyx and Mozes (Free), Felix Liberty (Ifeoma), Stella Monye (Nigeria go survive), as seen in one of my articles “The Flowering of the Nigerian Music Industry”, the artists failed to achieve the desired impact on the international scene, based among other things on the colossal account of poor video quality.

The 90’s era wasn’t dramatically better than the 80’s, probably in the mid 90’s when the music genre went the way of rap/hip hop and the use of our local language in songs started to make the music industry the music was more entertaining compared to the 80’s… The Remedies (Edris Abdulkareem, Eddie Montana, Tony Tetwila) fit into it and became the rage of the moment at the time. The Plantation Boyz (Tu face Idibia, Faze, Black Face) were amazing and rose to greater heights before the group split up. The launch of Tu face Idibia’s solo career with his hit “African Queen” catapulted him to the top. Most Nigerians liked the first video of him, but unfortunately he had to re-film another one on the instructions of a popular foreign music TV channel. Style Plus’ “Olu Fumi” also had a good video compared to many that burst onto our TVs. Paul Play’s hit song “Angel of my life” also had a cool video.

Perhaps the turning point for good quality video making comes from the P-Square stable with the video for their hit song “Dome” which was filmed in South Africa. The video certainly hit the international standard mark with various music-inclined TV shows in Nigeria constantly showing it. Artists challenged by the strong production began touring South Africa, the US, and parts of Europe to shoot videos for their songs. They also featured white-skinned women dancing in the videos. Most of the top rated artists patronize directors who have carved a niche for themselves in the art of making quality video. First on the list are DJ Tee, Clarence Peters (Capital Hill CEO) and Bobby Hai.

The rise of Cally Ikpe’s “Nigerian Music Video Awards” (NMVA) and Sound City Music Video Awards (SMVA) aimed at rewarding artists with top-notch videos has also contributed to the rise of good quality productions. Also, artists with good videos have easy access to airplay on MTV Base, Channel O and other international music channels, further opening the doors to fame and fortune.

Good and creative videos are catchy and draw attention to the artists and of course the director. Quality music videos that have made waves in Nigeria and even beyond include but are not limited to: P- Square (Dome, Roll it, Ifunnaya), Dare Art Alade (Not the girl, More), Tu face Idibia (If love is a crime), Kel (Too fine), Keffi (kokoroko), Naeto C (Kini big thing), Bouqui (Take you away), Infinity (Olori oko), Asa (Fire on the mountain), TY Bello (Green earth, Ekundayo ), Gino (No be God), Djinee (Lade), DJ Jimmy Jatt (Too much ft Sasha, Blaise, kemistry, Bouqui), Alabai (Voice of God), Mo hit all stars (Pere), Omawunmi (In the music ), Nikki Laoye (I never felt like this), Steel (South African girl).

Nigerian music videos have certainly helped artists to get international deals/awards and they are getting better day by day. The P-Square duo won the KORAH Awards held in 2010 in Burkina Faso in the “Artist of the Year” category. The twins went home with the $1 million jackpot!

Access to latest cameras/hi-tech technology, wild creativity, high level of professionalism from directors, will make Nigerian videos the talk of the town in foreign countries.


Top 12 Tips for Writing a Dissertation

Very often, when PhD candidates complete their theses, they look for an editor to provide guidance on the structure and organization of their writing. Such guidance can range from the document or chapter level to the individual clause level and includes the correction of typographical and grammatical errors. However, no matter how capable your dissertation editor is, your dissertation will be stronger if you consider the following tips early on during your PhD studies.

Selection of a thesis topic

1. Find a topic that you like and are interested in. Choose a topic that you can live with, constantly think about, and even dream about for a few years. By the time you complete the dissertation, you should be, at least for a brief time, the world’s foremost expert on your subject. To reach that goal, you need to care enough about your topic to become deeply invested in it and want to know everything about it.

2. Start thinking about your dissertation topic from the very beginning of your studies. Each course you take will require you to submit a paper or some type of project. Try to make an original point on the subject in each paper or project you submit. Doing so may result in a viable thesis topic. Consider each available topic you can write about in terms of whether you could live with that topic for an extended period of time, whether it fits with your long-term career goals, and whether you would really have something original to say on the subject. .

3. When considering original research topics for your dissertation, don’t overlook the possibility of synthesizing sub-disciplines. It is not unusual to find two different disciplines or sub-disciplines tackling the same problem in different domains or with different methodologies. Would using a completely different methodology from another field reveal any new information about your area of ​​interest? Can you build a bridge or make connections between the findings of separate sub-disciplines and see your topic in a new light?

Take charge of your learning

4. When taking classes and reading assignments, take note of every term, concept, and reference to other work with which you are unfamiliar. Then take the time to learn about unfamiliar ideas. Unfortunately, many people do not learn to be true lifelong learners during their college studies. If you haven’t learned how to facilitate your own learning and intellectual growth before now, now is the time to learn this crucial skill. The ability to recognize gaps in your own knowledge and take action to strengthen your areas of weakness is a mark of a person with a strong education.

5. Learn all you can about research methods in your discipline. Although research methods are broadly divided into quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods, within those general areas there are many specific submethods. Understand the methodology that is typically used in the subdiscipline you are focusing on and how it compares to other methodologies you might use. Learn to use the terminology correctly by making it part of your everyday vocabulary.

6. When conducting research on your selected topic, work to understand and evaluate all aspects of the issues, both in terms of the research methods used and in terms of theories related to your area of ​​interest. Keep an open mind when you read points of view that conflict with your own, think clearly why you disagree with the author’s position, and construct clear and specific arguments that directly address the points you disagree with. Again, understand and learn to use the terminology correctly.

7. If you are going to use statistics, consider taking a statistics course or at least invest in a good statistics textbook. Learn to speak and write about statistics correctly and knowledgeably. Being able to input numbers into SAS or another software program and then run a function is not the same as understanding statistics. For your use of statistics to be meaningful and professional, you must understand and be able to speak knowledgeably about population selection, the use of variables and forms of measurement, the appropriate equations for your analytical purposes, and what has actually happened. “found”. ” or “revealed” as a result of the method(s) applied. You should be able to explain why you are entering certain numbers, where those numbers come from and what they represent, why a certain statistical function is used, and what the results indicate about your topic. Practice the Apply your knowledge of statistics whenever you read about a study that used quantitative data.

Organize, organize, organize!

8. Establish a good organization system for your library of articles and books from the beginning of your graduate studies. If you have hard copies of articles, invest in a small filing cabinet and folders and file articles by topic, sub-discipline, or author name. Use a system that makes sense to you. If you can’t decide how to file a particular item, use a note system within your filing system to indicate the location of a file. For example, if you have an article about research done on the effectiveness of using live chat in online learning, but the article begins with an informative discussion of the methodology used, you may want to file the article with others who address research on the effectiveness of using live chat, but, in folders containing information on methodology and online learning in general, note the location of this file. (Write short, clear notes on the inside covers of the binder or on sticky notes attached to the inside covers.)

9. Learn and use good file management on your computer. Many articles today are available in PDF format. Such files can be searched by key terms, but you can’t search an article if you can’t find it. Learn how to create folders on your computer and nest them. For example, a folder on online learning might contain folders on specific theories that address online learning, as well as tools that can be used to facilitate online learning.

10. As part of your file management, start creating a spreadsheet file (or a database if you have the software and technical knowledge) of all the articles, books, web pages, and videos you’ve found. For books that contain chapters written by different authors, create an entry for each chapter. Along with author names (ALL author names) and titles, include the date, publication information, article and chapter pages, original publication information (if applicable), main points about the source (thesis statement, research methods used) and the location of the article in your filing system.

For example, “Paper-E-Learning-Live Chat” would indicate that the item is a hard copy in your filing cabinet in the Live Chat folder in the Online Learning area or drawer, and “PDF-E-Learning- transcript-quantitative analysis” would indicate that you have a file on your computer in the transcript analysis folder which is located within the quantitative methods folder within the online learning folder. If you accessed the item online, be sure to record the DOI (preferred for most documentation styles) or URL of the pages or PDFs on the websites. You may also want a field indicating the various subtopics that the source touches on. (For example, an article on the use of live chat in online learning can also be marked as information on quantitative research methods and constructivist learning theory.)

Know your documentation style

11. At the beginning of your research process, determine the style of documentation that you will use. Your school or graduate program may require a particular style, or you are free to choose your own. If you can select one of your own, learn the style most commonly used in your discipline. If the option is still open, choose an author-date style (end-of-document citations and in-text parenthetical citations) because it’s the easiest to use, takes the least amount of time, and is easy to review.

12. Once you know what style of documentation you will use for your dissertation, purchase the appropriate manual and use it as often as possible for written class assignments. Note that “documentation” styles include much more than just how sources are cited. They often specify how numbers should be treated in the text, how tables and figures are displayed, how sources are referenced (eg, APA requires past tense when writing about a source, while literary works quotes in MLA are usually written in the present tense). ), and even which prefixes are hyphenated and which types of phrases are separated by hyphens. Getting familiar with the documentation style before you start writing the dissertation will make your writing process much easier. Again, being thoroughly familiar with your discipline’s documentation style is a sign of a strong education.

Taking the time to consider these tips early in your graduate studies can make the process of writing your dissertation more seamless and strengthen the integrity of your paper. Tips 4-12 can actually save you time when you go into that time-intensive period of writing parts of your dissertation and passing them on to your committee for feedback. These tips can also help you avoid embarrassment resulting from the types of comments your committee members might make.

The stronger your dissertation is before you submit it to a dissertation editing service, the better your final product will be. The various subtopics that the source touches on. (For example, an article on the use of live chat in online learning can also be marked as information on quantitative research methods and constructivist learning theory.)


Mortgage Refinance Calculator

Homeowners use this type of calculator to determine if monthly mortgage payments can be lowered. The best mortgage refinance calculator is one that has a simple interface through which you enter information. With a high-quality calculator, you can cover all the financial metrics related to mortgage refinancing. The owner must be able to get results from him through multiple means. Having a simple interface, which is an interface that has elements that are easy to understand and easy to access, will simplify your work. Some mortgage refinance calculators will have drop down menus to allow for customization within certain intervals. If you have unique circumstances that fall between these different ranges, the menus may be limiting. The better one will have text boxes and will allow you to enter a wider range of numbers.

Best Refinance Mortgage Calculator Features

One thing your mortgage refinance calculator shouldn’t ignore is the various numbers and factors you need to get a refinance quote. Other things you should have to make your job easier may include:

• Have basic information such as the duration of the mortgage, the interest rates and the amounts

• Advanced fields to calculate closing costs and origination fees, giving you more accurate calculations

• Tax field so you can further customize your refinance quote

• Allow access to the results in PDF, print and email formats so that you can receive the results in your business or personal email. In PDF format, you can get the refinance quote along with different mortgage options. Using an online refinance mortgage calculator, the company hosting you could send you a printed quote and the phone number of the agent in your area.

• Have the ability for the owner to gather as much information as possible about changes in the mortgage before signing any documents

• The number of months it will take to recover refinancing costs

The mortgage company may also combine a mortgage refinance calculator with a number of additional calculators. When looking at these types of calculators, you need to consider the cost of buying versus renting or using them online. Some mortgage refinance calculators can also connect to others that deal exclusively with interest rates, tax benefits, and mortgage length.

To use the mortgage refinance calculator, you’ll need the cost of the loan the homeowners want to refinance, which is the amount of their original loan minus the amount of principal they’ve paid down. It must be on the amortization schedule that came with the original loan documents or from the current mortgage holder. The next step is to put this information into the calculator and let it calculate the interest and monthly payments.


Overwatch Boost – What are you doing?

Overwatch, the FPS+MOBA or MMORPG video game is gaining extreme popularity, as are the demands for game level or skill increase. Numerous gaming professionals offer Overwatch Boost online. However, is it legit? What are the options available to boost online? Is it safe to pay these players to improve your skills and levels? Please continue reading if you are an Overwatch fan looking for answers to such questions. Boosting Overwatch is possible in two ways. Online gamers and professionals use a virtual private network to log into their game account and increase levels or skills while playing. they play with

• Solo Option: The skilled player plays on your behalf improving skill and level in a competitive gaming environment.

• Duo Option: The skilled player plays with you, allowing you to increase skills and levels up to the desired scale.

Thus, you can improve stats in competitive gaming environments. The players who participate in such games are highly-skilled professional gamers and often compete in online tournaments. You have the option to order and pay based on your needs to boost your Overwatch career, skill sets, and levels.

How to select a genuine booster service provider?

A wrong hand receiving your credentials is a serious threat and Blizzard will ban your account in case they find cheats or use third party software, bots or hacks. Thus, they eliminate the chances of unfair advantages. Therefore, you must remember to follow the imperative factors while looking for the Overwatch Boost solution.

• Not All Are Spammers, But Some Definitely Are: Spammers try to contact you in every possible way, including friend requests during games. Still annoying, these spammers are a part of life and the best option is to stay away from them. Some sellers turn into spammers and shower you with offers and requests. Ignore them forever. A legitimate solution provider will never act like spammers.

• What is account security? Improving your Overwatch status requires granting account access, and such information in the wrong hands is devastating. In addition, the player who accesses his account does not need to use unfair practices to improve his account. So you should trust a reliable booster with a proven track record and great reviews on sites like trustpilot, bizrate, sitejabber, or mmobux. High score is excellence and so look for a higher score and more stars when looking for Overwatch Boost.

What matter most; Customer service or competitive pricing: the answer is that both are the most important. 24/7 customer service availability is a guarantee and competitive prices are all you need. Look for a booster that is always available and offers a precise booster package at the lowest price. Money matters and so does momentum. Therefore, mix the essentials to get the most out of them. Remember that some boosters adjust the prices of the packs daily based on the heat of the game market, just like the stock market. Therefore, you can use this to your best advantage.

Overwatch Boost is an additional feature that will take your career to the highest achievement charts without much effort. However, you must select the booster with extreme care to avoid conflicts and bans on your Blizzard account. Make sure to stay away from inorganic boosting methods, including using third-party software, bots, or hacks. Play safe and stay safe. Not attracting a permanent ban from Blizzard for being a cheater.


Acer 721 Netbook

Acer has been releasing 11.6-inch mini laptops for quite some time and the company is enjoying great success with this size. The Acer 721 is clearly the fastest mini laptop I’ve ever tested, as long as you don’t factor in graphics performance. Also, it doesn’t have the best battery life out there. So should you buy one?

Acer has improved its build quality by a wide margin with the Aspire One 721. Everything from its case to the hinge felt very solid. It comes equipped with a bright screen that is viewable from multiple angles. However, it looks best when viewed from the front. There is a bit of reflected glare, but I had no problem looking at the screen when writing this review. It comes with plenty of ports including three USB 2.0 ports, HDMI, VGA, LAN, microphone, headphone jack, and an SD card reader.

The keyboard on the 721 mini laptop is great. It extends from one edge to another. At first, the keys were a bit uncomfortable as I found them too big for my liking, but after 5 minutes, I was navigating at over 100 words per minute. That said, I’m not a huge fan of those little arrow keys. The touchpad is also big enough for a mini laptop that has an 11.6-inch screen. Performance-wise, it outperforms most of its competitors, thanks to the powerful AMD Neo K125 processor and Intel GMA 4500 graphics. The unit came with a 6-cell 4400 mAh battery and I was able to achieve a good 4.5 hours of operation. on a single charge. These are not bad figures for such a powerful mini laptop.

Its lower part features a large panel that can be easily removed by unscrewing a few screws. This reveals the hard drive and RAM to the user. There are two RAM slots that allow you to upgrade to a maximum of 4 GB.


crazy movie

Are you crazy about cinema? No, I don’t mean crazy about Harold Lloyd comedy. crazy movie from 1932 about a young man with little to no acting skills, desperately trying to make it into movies. I mean, are you crazy about movies, period? I must admit that I am a cracker for movies. So all those who consider themselves crazy about movies raise their hands. Yes, that’s almost everyone. Why are we crazy about cinema? Why do we live in a movie-crazed society? Hey, what are movies anyway?

Movies are ideas and/or stories presented to an audience through the emotion of sound and a continuous sequence of images. Thanks to Google Search.

How popular are the movies? Well, the keyword “movies” boasts 1.1 billion and a growing number of mind-boggling searches on the Google search engine alone. And the keyword “movie trailers” has collected more than 127 million searches. Watching movie trailers on the internet has become a popular hobby for many. I know my husband is one of them. He loves watching movie trailers of him.

Last year alone it generated a staggering box office gross of $29.2 billion worldwide in 2009 alone. Movies are seen and made all over the world. The language gap has been dissolved due to the addition of subtitles. Now we can all share the universal movie experience. In addition to being universal, movies are made for everyone, young and old. Why you can even see generations in most Disney or children’s movie screenings. There is something for everyone regardless of age.

We celebrate the movies and we celebrate the stars in our movies. We bring them into our homes through star-studded TV shows like ET, ET Canada, Access Hollywood and TMZ, to name a few. We grab supermarket tabloids like The National Enquirer and Star scanning the latest celebrity gossip and stuff it into our shopping carts when no one is looking.

We have Oscar parties like we do Superbowl parties and even bet or at least announce our opinions on who the winners of the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, MTV Awards, etc. are. they will be Then there are the classic TV shows like ‘Lifestyles of the rich and famous’ which we faithfully oohed and aahed over the contents like it was fine wine. The program lasted for more than 10 years (March 1984 – September 1995). What career! What a concept! In fact, we got to tag along and drool over the extravagant homes, lifestyles, and dream vacation spots of the stars. Today, you can watch similar shows like the ones on MTV.cribs and those of VH1the fabulous life of….’

If you’re more of a homebody, you don’t have to leave the comfort of your home to catch a movie. You can literally channel movies through your normal TV cable or on specialty movie channels like Thrill, The Movie Network, HBO, Movie Central, Showtime, Turner Classic Movies, etc. And that’s after you’ve clicked through the week’s TV movies, recorded movies on your PVR, or sent your kids to the video store to rent one of this week’s new releases. Oh, and not to mention, you can buy movies at their brick and mortar video store down the street or even online at eBay or Amazon.

How do we get our golden tickets for these grand palaces? We buy cereal boxes and clip cardboard coupons, use our airline mileage points, or exchange rewards points to turn cash into movie tickets. We fill out contest forms in hopes of being chosen as the lucky few to attend screenings of our favorite movies before they even hit theaters. We also line red carpets around the world and tune in to celebrity interviews on our favorite daytime and late-night shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, Oprah, and Regis & Kelly.

What beats the movie experience? Any. We line up for our tickets, buy our favorite treats, grab the latest Famous or Tribute magazine for a casual light read before our movie (while wolfing down our real buttered popcorn or a bag of licorice). The lights go out, the screen widens and the image and sound arrive simultaneously. We anticipate movie trailers while watching annoying commercials and there they are. Those big, beautiful rides that come in all their splendor. We whisper yes or no or give a thumbs up to our friends sitting next to us for the next movie adventure we’ll be planning. Then if we’re lucky, that is, the guys will be able to hear the bellow of the THX sound effect roaring around the theater. (Hey guys, you can listen to it on YouTube or download it as a free mp3 or ringtone.) So the wait is over. Spree! And the adventure begins…

Again, why are we crazy about movies? Could it be because the movies are cheap? a cheap date; or a cheap family outing. It is that the encounter can be further enhanced through the Imax or 3-D experience. Or go deeper. A chance to escape from the real world if only for a few hours. Movies evoke emotions, be it excitement, laughter, terror, sadness, inspiration, faith, love, etc. Maybe you’re on an unpredictable adventure, solving a mystery, or watching a family deal with loss. Movies take us far; anywhere we want to go. Even the theater itself is an experience as we have discovered. The lights, sound, feel, big screen, oversized comfortable cloth chairs, convenient cup holders, popcorn and snacks from the snack stand, etc. The cinematic experience truly touches all of our senses. What movies have moved you lately?

Movies are a place where you can choose what you want to see and feel. If I want to be happy I will go see a happy comedy. If I want to get emotional I will go see a suspense or horror movie. And if I want to entertain my little niece and nephew I’m going to watch the latest animated movie, etc. Then there are the rest of the genres that round out the cinematic experience: action adventure, crime and gangsters, drama, epic/historical, musical/dance, science fiction, war, documentaries, westerns, biopics, chick-flicks, detective and mystery, disaster, fantasy, film noir, kids’ movies, melodramas/crybabies, road films, romance, sports, supernatural, etc.

Movies bring people together. They’re something to talk about at your 9-to-5 work trough, chat among your Facebook friends, or discuss on forums. We can talk about the worst movies we’ve ever seen or our favorites of all time. We can quiz each other on movie trivia, quotes, and songs. We can read or write reviews about movies, look up movie ratings, and buy books about movies. We can even get the latest Hollywood gossip delivered to our email inboxes or surf online to peruse blogs like Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy blog.

Are there any other benefits of movies besides the full entertainment experience? Actually, there is. Many professional therapists use movies to help people in crisis. There is a therapeutic movement that uses, you guessed it, movies. It’s called Cinetherapy. Film therapy is used because it is readily available (there is a movie theater in almost every city) and the subject matter of most movies is familiar to everyone. It also improves the relationship between client and therapist. Who doesn’t want to talk about movies?

Other benefits include the release of emotions, like when we laugh during a comedy, our laughter releases stress, tension and/or pain. A tear that makes us cry releases accumulated / blocked emotions. What about movies that touch on relationships or parenting? These observations and/or lessons can bring us closer to people, make us analyze our current situations/relationships, or make us realize that we have work to do.

And if there’s one last thing that solidifies our crazed movie mindset it’s our desire or longing to be in a movie and/or meet a movie star. Well this just came in — you can do both. Have you heard the term television or cinema? extra? If you want a better than bird’s eye view of a movie making and meeting a movie star or two, sign up to be an extra. You’ll get paid, you’ll be fed, you’ll be on set, and maybe rub shoulders with your favorite movie star.


Spring Break in the Valley of the Waves at Sun City Resort

I recently went with my daughter and her friend to the Valley of Waves in Sun City, a resort in the North West Province of South Africa.

Sun City is about 230 kilometers from Johannesburg. The complex is huge, with several luxury hotels, including the Lost City, Cabanas, and Cascades.

Offers a variety of activities including safaris [at the nearby Pilanesberg Game Park and Bakubung Game Park]games of chance, bird watching, trekking, elephant and/or horseback riding, golf courses and some water sports.

We didn’t want to spend our limited time running around the resort trying to get everything done. So we opted to spend most of our time at the beach, participating in spring break activities.

For one week in September, a mobile phone company whose activities I follow hosts a week-long event where families can come play, watch extreme water sports, and relax. People can also come on day trips to the event, which is broadcast live on radio and television.

Unlike its college-associated cousin, this spring break involves clean family fun, with toddlers, school-age kids, and teens playing together in various ever-changing groups. Parents, grandparents and other relatives can choose to take a dip in the water or participate in the organized games.

I wanted to include an elephant ride in our program, but the girls outvoted me and insisted that I would be too busy playing in the water to bother with smelly elephants. I also suspected that they were a bit afraid of approaching a “wild animal” so I didn’t push it. Maybe I will the next time we come.

These are some of the activities we did:

1. He Took Surfing Lessons Then Chased The Waves – At first it felt strange, standing on what passes for a beach knowing full well that the ocean was hundreds of miles away. But the artificial surf can also be high in this small pond, and parents and children alike can have a lot of fun diving underwater or riding a wave.

2. Climbing learned – Amid the natural rocks surrounding the beach area, it is ironic that the area designated for rock climbing is artificial. But the kids had as much as if they were climbing for real, so I’m not complaining.

3. He played volleyball, hula-hooped – The teenagers among the various family groups were happy to gather the younger children and teach them games or hold some competitions.

4. Floating on the lazy river – The walk along the river was calm and smooth, until the stone monkeys on the river bank began to spit water in my face. The girls thought it was funny to see me duck and turn, trying to avoid the water. Hey!

5. I went on a water slide down a steep hill – The person going on a slide has to be at least 1.2 meters tall, so my daughter’s friend, who is also nine but much shorter, couldn’t go. So we do not delay in this activity.

6. We saw demonstrations – The formal program included demonstrations of water skiing and surfing, as well as dance routines by a group of cheerleaders. The dancers, mostly college students, were pretty good; their slender figures were shaped enough to make many a teenager’s heart beat faster.

7. Read a novel, work a little– Reading by the water is very hard work, especially when the heat hits you, urging you to doze off for just a minute or ten. I also brought a pad and pen, so I took some notes to write about the trip later.

8. I took photos of some monkeys. – The first day of our stay, we got lost on the way to our hotel. I don’t know how I did it, because the layout of the resort is such that it should have gone from the beach, through the entertainment area, to the main entrance of the Cascades, where we were staying. But somehow, we found ourselves at the back of the hotel, watching monkeys rummaging through trash cans and chasing each other through the trees. We were very careful not to get close to them, but we took as many photos as we could without scaring them.