Archive for June 23, 2008

Toshiba Release World’s Lightest’ Laptop

Toshiba on 17 Jun launched a new ultraportable laptop that it claims is the world’s lightest, putting it in argument with vendors including Apple and Lenovo. The company said the full-featured Portégé R500-S5007V weighs just 2.4 pounds (1.08 kilograms), compared to Apple’s MacBook Air, which weighs 3 pounds, and Lenovo’s ThinkPad X300, which weighs around 2.93 pounds. The laptop measures 0.77 inches at its thinnest point, according to Toshiba. And also it was the first laptop which includes a 128G-byte solid-state drive (SSD) to replace the hard drive. Laptops to date have had 64G bytes of storage, though both Lenovo and Apple provide 128G bytes of storage through two 64G-byte modules. But now only be available with one 128G-byte SSD.

SSD has no moving parts like a hard drive, so it consumes less power that can give the battery more runtime. And it runs on a lithium-ion battery. The laptop can run for an eight-hour runtime on a single battery charge. According to Toshiba battery life is also preserved by the laptop’s Tran reflective 12.1-inch screen, which can shut down the LED (light-emitting diode) backlighting by reflecting the sun’s rays to illuminate the screen. For US$2,999, users can get a laptop powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 processor at 1.33GHz, with 2M bytes of cache and 2G bytes of RAM. It will come with Windows Vista Business OS, which is also down gradable to Windows XP Professional. The laptop includes a SuperMulti optical drive that can read and rewrite DVD and CD media, wired and wireless 802.11 a/g/n networking, Bluetooth 2.0 support and built-in safety features to protect laptop data during falls. And lastly it has a specially built motherboard that can provide the same functionality of boards found in 15.4-inch laptops, but is one-third the size. This laptop may available in all over the world at the end of the third quarter of this year.

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Armed Force Controls Food Prices In Zimbabwe

The unfair ZANU PF sponsored youth brigade has been deployed in suburbs in and around Zimbabwe’s capital, Harare where they are powerfully reducing food prices. Zimbabwe Militia The youth militia, armed with baton sticks and whips are targeting supermarkets, shops and parallel market traders, in which they order the selling of goods at very unfairly low prices. Prices, particularly of basic commodities are rising on a daily basis primarily owing to escalating inflation which is deteriorating the local currency against other world major currencies.

Last week in Chitungwiza, a group of ruling party supporters went to one of the country’s major retail supermarkets- OK Zimbabwe at the Town Centre where mealie-meal had been delivered and was about to be sold. A source said in a well orchestrated move, the group instructed the supermarket bosses that the 50 kilogramme bags of mealie-meal were to be sold at a mere $1.5 billion per bag. In the past weeks, the country’s president Robert Mugabe has been labeling businessmen as working with the main opposition MDC party in efforts to effect a regime change through hiking prices of goods, commodities and services to levels way beyond the reach of the ordinary Zimbabwean.

According to Mugabe, businesspeople are hiking prices so citizens can go hungry and turn against him especially now during the presidential election run-off race against MDC’s Morgan Tsvangirai on June 27. “Customers who have relatives or friends who work in the supermarket had no difficulties in buying the mealie-meal.” “I know everyone wants something affordable, but $1.5 billion is not even enough to take one on a single trip to or from town,” he said. On Monday this week, the local currency was trading at $5.2 billion (parallel market) and $4.2 billion (inter-bank) rates, to the US$.

Prices have soared radically in the past weeks with a kg of beef now fetching for not less than $10 billion. A bar of washing soap costs at least $10 billion. A 2 liter bottle of cooking oil costs around $30 billion. A trip to Harare’s city centre is now between $1 billion to $2.5 billion. “The ruling party youths took everything and started selling he stuff to people at very low prices,” he said. “Can you imagine? Bread which was sold at$2 billion per loaf, was being sold by the youths at $100 million per loaf,” he said.

Economy of Asia During 1945-1990

Following World War II, the People’s Republic of China and India, which account for half of the population of Asia, adopted socialist policies. These policies limited the economic growth of the region. In contrast, the economies of superiors Japan, South Korea and the other tigers Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong–were economic successes, and the only successful economies outside of North America, Western Europe and Australia. The Philippines was from Post World War II until the late 1960s had the second largest economies in Asia. The Philippine economy during the 1980s was marked by stagnant growth as a result of dictatorship and martial law. One of the most pronounced Asian economic phenomonons during this time – the Japanese economic postwar miracle – were completely unexpected by the remainder of the world. In the fifties and in the sixties Japan was seen largely by the financial world as A backwards, impoverished nation, with its financial system in the Shambles.

During this time under central guidance of the Japanese government, the entire economy went through a remarkable restructuring. Close cooperation between the government, corporations and banks facilitated easy access to much-needed capital, and large conglomerates known as keiretsu spurred horizontal and vertical integration across all industries, keeping out foreign competition. These political guidelines, additionally to giving the military expenditure up, worked phenomenal well. Up to the center of the 70s, it seemed that extraordinary happened somewhat – Japanese Corporations exported high quality products. Another evenly amazing economic success history is from South Korea. The country impoverished left after the Korean War, nevertheless in that was to recover at the number percentage shares. Many conglomerates, like Samsung, chassis, Hyundai, Kia, more iRiver and more grew tremendously during this period. South Korea became now the wired and high tech world country in the world. This period was marked also by military conflict. The wars, which were driven by the cold war, primarily into Viet Nam and into Afghanistan, ruined the economic systems of these respective nations. When the Soviet connection collapsed 1990-91, many central Asian being entitled freely were cut and forced, in order to adapt pressure for democratic and economic change. Also several the allied one of the USSR lost valuable aids and the financing.

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Dangerous foods to Dogs

Some foods commonly enjoyed by humans are dangerous to dogs:

  • Some dogs love to eat the flavor chocolate, but chocolate in sufficient doses is lethally toxic to dogs. Because chocolate have the Theobromine, a chemical stimulant that, together with caffeine and theophylline, belongs to the group of methylxanthine alkaloids. So keep away this food from the dogs.
  • In some studies shows grapes and raisins can cause acute kidney failure in dogs. The correct mechanism is not known, is there any means to find out the susceptibility of an individual dog. And also keep away lesser extent garlic from the dogs because it contains the thiosulfate which causes hemolytic anemia in dogs.
  • Dogs suffer from   stiffness, tremors, hyperthermia, and abdominal pain because of Macadamia nuts. A drunken dog displays behavior analogous to that of an intoxicated person. Alcoholic beverages pose much the same temptation and hazard to dogs as to humans.
  • Some dogs have food allergies just as humans do; this is particular to the individual dog and not characteristic of the species as a whole. An example is a dog becoming physically ill from salmon; many humans likewise have seafood allergies.
  • Chewing gum, chewable vitamins, candy, toothpaste, and other products causes for fatal liver damage.
  • If dogs eat the pits of fruits such as peaches and apricots, they can get cyanide poisoning due to cyanogenic glycosides.

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