Holiday Stress Relief Tips – 7 Tips for Stress Relief

October 7, 2009 at 8:28 am | Posted in Lifescape | Leave a comment
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In
today’s world, holidays are seldom celebrated for their true meaning.
Now more than ever, you need to be equipped with holiday stress relief
tips if you are going to make it through the most stressful time of the
year.  After all; you are supposed to be at your happiest during the
holidays right?  Unfortunately, due to the overwhelming pressure of
giving the biggest and best gifs, the holiday season has become a time
in which you probably can’t wait for it to come to an end.
Imagine
the holidays being filled with good food, fun company, love, peace, and
laughter.  Well, that’s the way it’s supposed to be.  However, it’s not
always as easy as it seems thanks to repetitive commercials on
television, radio and in print that advertise the last toys,
electronics and home goods.  Every time you turn around, there’s an
advertisement for the latest Playstation.  On top of that, there are
those darn irresistable sales that just seem like a crime to pass up.
  1. Work within the confines of your budget.
  2. Do not use credit cards.
  3. Purchase certain items for your holiday dinners in advance.
  4. For serious holiday stress relief, this year instead of giving gifts, consider volunteering your time together as a family at a homeless shelter, food pantry or other organization.
  5. If you are going to give gifts, plan your gift giving in advance.
  6. Determine what time you are going to end your holi-days.
  7. After the holiday festivities are over, unwind with a relaxing hot bath and some soothing aromatherapy.

I hope you will find these holiday stress relief tips helpful.

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April Fool’s Day computer worm

March 24, 2009 at 10:18 pm | Posted in Lifescape | 2 Comments
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(CNN) — A computer-science detective story is playing out on the Internet as security experts try to hunt down a worm called Conficker C and prevent it from damaging millions of computers on April Fool’s Day.

This piece of computer code tells the worm to activate on April 1, 2009, researchers at CA found.

This piece of computer code tells the worm to activate on April 1, 2009, researchers at CA found.

The anti-worm researchers have banded together in a group they call the Conficker Cabal. Members are searching for the malicious software program‘s author and for ways to do damage control if he or she can’t be stopped.

They’re motivated in part by a $250,000 bounty from Microsoft and also by what seems to be a sort of Dick Tracy ethic.

“We love catching bad guys,” said Alvin Estevez, CEO of Enigma Software Group, which is one of many companies trying to crack Conficker. “We’re like former hackers who like to catch other hackers. To us, we get almost a feather in our cap to be able to knock out that worm. We slap each other five when we’re killing those infections.”

The malicious program already is thought to have infected between 5 million and 10 million computers.

Those infections haven’t spawned many symptoms, but on April 1 a master computer is scheduled to gain control of these zombie machines, said Don DeBolt, director of threat research for CA, a New York-based IT and software company.

What happens on April Fool’s Day is anyone’s guess.

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