Lower Blood Pressure

The high blood pressure or hypertension should be checked on a regular basis. High blood pressure results in kidney failure, heart attacks and other problems. Following are the tips to follow to avoid high blood pressure or hypertension.

Check your blood pressure atleast a month by a doctor. Don’t ignore visiting a doctor if you have frequent headaches or chest pain.

Follow the diet and medicine treatment given to you by your doctor. Inform your doctor in case the medicines are not working their way out.

Smoking or tobacco products results in contracting your blood vessels and results in high blood pressure.

Exercise regularly and try to maintain the normal weight according to your height and age.

Add fruits and green vegetables in each meal. Avoid fat containing and non-veg food.

Salt (sodium) results in high blood pressure. Have control over the intake of it.

Avoid alcohols and caffeine. These products affects the blood circulation in your body.

Pranayama facilitates the breathing. Follow it properly on a regular basis. Meditation in addition to pranayama, also helps in breaking stress.

How To Include Xsl in Xml

You can refer a css or a javascript file in an html page so whenever that html page is opened in a browser, it renders with the styles and the functionalities enabled. Similarly, this article teaches How To Include Xsl in Xml. There is a way to include or link a xslt stylesheet to display the xml with styles making it more readable.

how to Include Xsl in Xml

How To Include Xsl in Xml

The following xsl is a very basic code sample to demonstrate the xslt include in xml:

The XSL

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xsl:output method="html" />
<xsl:template match="mytext">
<h1>
<xsl:value-of select="myhead" />
</h1>
<p>
<xsl:value-of select="mypara" />
</p>
</xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

The XML

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet type="text/xsl" href="style.xslt"?>
<mytext>
<myhead>Demo: How To Include Xsl in Xml</myhead>
<mypara>This demonstrates the way to include the xslt so it
 renders in the browser with a readable format.</mypara>
</mytext>

Save the above XML as data.xml and the xsl code as style.xslt. And then see the following output in the browser.

To view in browser, select the data.xml file and right click then select Open with> Internet Explorer (or your favorite browser)

The Output

Demo: How To Include Xsl in Xml

This demonstrates the way to include the xslt so it renders
in the browser with a readable format.

Hacked Account Case

My friend Sam’s Gmail account was hacked, neither him nor me had any idea. One day the hacker was google-chatting with me through Sam’s accountPassword hacked :( and was asking me for my credit card information. I would have given the number and other information if I would have had the card that time as he is one of close friends who I can rely on and trust. Fortunately, my credit card was not with me so I referred him our other close friend John (this is his nick name) and hence I was saved from being cheated.

Hacker did not contact John!
John, who is the one I referred to hacker, was not contacted for either of the two reasons: He was not online. Or Hacker did not know who John was! John is my friend’s nick name and hence hacker did not find anything specific to John.

How could have the hacker got that I was his one of the best friends?

I am one of the regular chatters with Sam. Google saves all the chats in the chat history. For sure, hacker must have gone through the chat history to see our previous chats and from the content of our chat he guessed that we are close. Normally, when you ask your friend to do a favor, the friend if he is close won’t really think much and just do it. However, you should be alert all the time.

What may have caused the Account hacked?
All these companies like Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc cannot be blamed for this security smash. It’s the user responsibility for maintaining the security of the passwords and keeping them strong.

The reason that his password was hacked could be that he accessed it from some local cyber caf’. Hackers can read the sensitive information using some software installed on the users machine that reads every key which is fed through the keyboard. And hence he was able to crack it even when the password was strong. Sam had no way to change the password later this incident because all the account details were modified by the hacker.

It was a nightmare for me. Thankfully, neither me nor John were the hunts!

I hope these emailing companies find some better solutions like fingerprint authentication or alike to be used world wide on internet so that it would not just rely on the passwords.

Cheers,
Steve

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Creating Strong Passwords

Needless to say that passwords should be strong to keep your information safe and hence yourself! Everybody knows how important it is to keep the passwords safe and secured. While this should be mostly taken care of at the service provider side like emailing, etc., it is also users’ responsibility to create strong and well-built passwords and hence achieve the security together. It is strongly recommended that your passwords should contain all types of characters, this article would provide you the detailed version of creatingSecure password keyboard strong passwords. A password meeting the above requirement may not be secured all the time. For example, AAAaaa111! Is that a strong password? Not indeed. Following tips would help you create stronger passwords to keep your world safe.

Password Length:

The lengthy the passwords the stronger are they. Each character you add to the password increases its strength several times over. Minimum length should be 8 characters. 14 and above are considered strongest and ideal. Making length passwords and remembering them is comfortable when the systems allow you include the blank spaces in the passwords. This then becomes the pass phrase.

Letters, numbers and symbols:

Variety of characters would obviously make the passwords strong and harder to guess. Can’t remember complex passwords containing symbols? You may use just alphabets and numbers to create the passwords, however these passwords have to be longer. A 15-character long password composed of only characters and numbers is 1000s time stronger than a 8-character long password composed from the entire keyboard. If you really want to create no-symbols passwords, you have to make sure that the passwords are sufficiently longer. However, it is always recommended to include the symbols.

Make use of entire keyboard:

Instead of using the common symbols and characters, try making use of other symbols also. Passwords created holding the shift key and following a sequence on keyboard are not much stronger. Though any password strength checker would give it nice protection score, it would not be normally that secured and hacker might discover it after multiple attempts. Use words or phrases that are easier for you to remember but harder for others to guess.

Convert a pass phrase into a password:

If your system doesn’t allow you to use spaces, no worries, you can convert the pass phrase to a password by following the below steps:

  1. Think of a statement or a phrase that you can remember but others can’t guess. Example – I love my life like crazy
  2. Try to spell the words in the phrase into some non-sensible words like Love can be spelled as luv, life as lyef, like as lyk, etc. So you have – I luv my lyef lyk krazee
  3. Add complexity by finding the letters that can be converted into symbols or numbers and Capitalize the first character of the alternate words. Example – ! 1uv my Lyef lyk Kraz33
  4. Join the words (remove the spaces) Example – 1uvmyLyeflykKraz33
  5. Check your password’s strength using Microsoft Password Checker tool provided by Microsoft. Using the Microsoft Password Checker, the result for the above password is BEST!

Things to avoid while creating passwords:

  • Avoid sequences or repeated characters. Example – abcdefg, bbbbbbb, 123456 or adjacent characters on your keyboard.
  • Avoid using only look-alike (100k-a1!k3) substitutions of numbers or symbols. The hackers are sometimes smart enough to replace these common characters with corresponding numbers or symbols as done for "look-alike". However, they can be fooled by misspellings, length, case variations, etc.
  • Avoid using your login name, first or second name, birthdate, your city, etc in the passwords.
  • Avoid dictionary words in any language. The hackers can use software to generate the common misspellings, reversed sequence of the characters, common substitutions.
  • Avoid storing the passwords online.
  • Do not provide login information at non trusted sites. People may create user accounts while registering on some site providing the same username and password as that of the email account also providing the same email ID. Example – A user with email id xyz@abc.com with password xyz@123 creates account on some www.pqr.com with username xyz and password xyz@123 and providing xyz@abc.com as an email id for communication. This puts the user’s email account at a huge risk unless www.pqr.com is very much trusted.

Cleaning Vehicle

A broom is the quickest way to clean snow from a car. You can cut the handle down on the broom and store it in the trunk.
In the glove box, keep a few Handy Wipes to remove gas odor from your hands from filling the tank.
Remove auto grease from hands with baking soda and water.
A hubcap can be used as a shovel if your auto gets stuck in the snow, mud, or sand.
Place a bag of kitty litter in your trunk, in case you get stuck in the snow. Sprinkle some under the tires to get traction.
Make a drip pan to collect oil drips by placing corrugated cardboard in a cookie sheet. Or fill a cookie sheet with kitty litter. Change as needed.
Paint a bright color strip or use luminous tape on center of back wall to aim the car down the center of garage.
If you have poor lighting in garage, place reflector tape on objects that might be hit.
Use carpet strips, foam rubber, or pieces of rubber tire around support studs or framing that car doors open against.
Never warm your car in an attached garage and never with the garage door closed.
When tuning up your car, set the gap on spark plugs using the widest gap that the manufacturer recommends. Your car will run better, idle better, and will give you better gas mileage.
Apply vaseline to battery posts for better contact.
Clean hard to reach areas (dashboard, cup holders) with a dampened sponge tipped paint brush.
If battery terminals are heavily corroded, the quickest and easiest way to clean them is to pour carbonated soft drink over them. It will eat the corrosion away. Baking soda mixed with water will also do the trick.
Laundry pre-wash liquid removes tar from your car’s finish.
Peanut butter has been known to remove tar from car finishes also.
Avoid putting air in your tires if the temperature is below 10 degrees F. The valve could stick and let all of the air out of the tire.
If wipers are beginning to wear down, you can extend their life by rubbing them briskly with sandpaper.
Clean windshield wipers with a good scrubbing of baking soda and water.
A radio antenna will slide up and down easier if a coat of wax is applied occasionally. Wax paper works great for this job. Rub the wax paper up and down the antenna, the wax from the paper will coat the antenna.
Drop a business card (or file card with your name on it) down the window slot in case you ever need to prove ownership.
Line your car trunk with a plastic rug protector to protect the carpeting. It will make clean up easier if dirty or greasy objects are placed in the trunk.
Prevent rust by keeping the underside of your car clean also. Place a lawn sprinkler under your car and turn on full blast. Move occasionally so it will reach all areas. This is a good way to remove all salt and road grime.
Leave one window open a crack to prevent frost from building up on the inside of the window.
If you chip the paint on your car, clean promptly and apply clear nail polish to area to prevent rust.
Remove road salt from carpet with equal amounts of vinegar and water.
Make your own washer solvent that won’t freeze by combining 1 quart of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water and 2 tablespoons liquid detergent. This formula won’t freeze down to 35 degrees below 0.
Remove tar from rubber car mats by dabbing a generous dose of linseed oil on tar. Let it soak for about fifteen minutes and blot with a dampened cloth.
If car windows tend to steam up on the inside, carry a blackboard eraser in your vehicle. Wiping the condensation away with the eraser.
Use newspaper to wipe windows dry after cleaning to avoid streaks.
Keep an auto maintenance book. Write down dates that repairs, or maintenance was done. Write down where the work was done or by whom.
On a piece of tape write the mileage down when the next oil change is due. Attach this to your upper windshield or another convenient place to remind you when it’s time to change the oil.
Never wash your car in the sun to prevent streaking.
A dust mop head, worn as a mitten is great for washing your car.
Coca-cola® and aluminum foil will clean rust off your car bumper.
Remove old bumper stickers with lighter fluid. Soak stickers for a few minutes then gently remove with a razor blade.
Clean headlights, chrome and enamel with baking soda.
Steel wool pads with soap cleans white sidewalls the best.
Clean splattered bugs off with baking soda and a nylon net.
When white walls are clean use a little vinyl top wax to keep them clean longer.

Cleaning Kitchen

Effective dish cleaning:
Adding a few tablespoons of vinegar with the washing detergent, cleans the dishes effectively. The vinegar helps remove the grease on the dishes and makes them shining.

Spills in the oven:
Sprinkle salt on the spills immediately and after the oven is cooled, clean up the surface with a damp sponge.

Cleaning the teapot or kettle:

  • The hard-water and lime build-up in a teapot or kettle can be removed by pouring in two cups of vinegar and bring to a boil. Let it boil for 10 minutes, then rinse properly.
  • Remove deposits or burnt spots in a tea or a coffee pot – put some ice cubes, cut-up lemon, and salt with a little water and whoosh around and let sit overnight.

Shining a stained sink :
Sprinkle a half cup salt and then rub with lemon. Leave it for a few minutes and rinse.

Linoleum floor cleaning:
Remove marks on linoleum by rubbing the affected areas with toothpaste and then washing the floor.

Prevent stains on plastic containers:
Rub the inner part with vegetable oil before placing the food in the container. Usually tomato based food causes the stains in the container.

Kitchen surfaces:
Mix 1 part ammonia to 3 parts water or try diluted bleach solution. Spray the solution on the floor and get rid of the stains and get hygienic floor.

Eradicating food odors:
Soak cotton in pure vanilla in a plate. Keep this plate in the refrigerator to get rid of odors. Keep the this cotton out of reach of children, this cotton contains alcohol.

Getting rid of odor in garbage cans:
Sprinkle 1/2 cup borax at the bottom of the garbage cans.

Cleaning coffee maker:
Pour vinegar into the coffee maker and turn coffee maker on as if you are preparing coffee. Repeat this with a new stock of vinegar until it runs clear of calcium deposits.

Cleaning Clothes Laundry

Below are quick Cleaning Clothes tips. Share your comments.

Cleaning Clothes

To remove perspiration stains in clothing, soak in warm vinegar and water.
Microwaves can be used to emergency disinfect clothes, such as a child’s cap that another kid has put on, as long as they have absolutely NO metal in the zippers, buttons, rivets etc. ALWAYS place a cup of cold water next to the article to absorb the heat and microwave on high until the water is steaming.
Cleaning Clothes Removing mildew stains from clothes: Begin by brushing of mold outdoors so you don’t scatter mildew spores in the house. On washable fabrics, pretreat by rubbing detergent into the dampened stain. Then, launder the items in hot water, detergent and chlorine bleach, if it is safe for the fabric. If the stain remains, sponge it with hydrogen peroxide, rinse and launder. If the item isn’t bleach-safe, soak it in an oxygen bleach that is safe for colors, then wash it. Take non-washable fabrics to the dry cleaner and tell them what the stain is.
Urine Stains: For washable fabrics that can be bleached… pre-soak them in cold water for at least thirty minutes. Launder these fabrics in hot water using detergent and chlorine bleach according to the directions on the bleach container. For washable, non-bleachable items, sponge the stained area with a solution of equal parts of household ammonia and water then launder the item in warm water and detergent. Rinse it well. For non-washable items, sponge just the stained area with clear water to which a few drops of ammonia have been added. Then, sponge with clear water only.
Gray Dingies: One cause of the gray dingies is overloading the washing machine. When you do this, the clothes cannot move freely, resulting in poor washing and unremovable soil. To estimate the right-sized load, place dry, unfolded clothes in the washer loosely until it is about three-quarters full. Another cause is using non-phosphate detergents, particularly the granular type. If you`re using a non-phosphate detergent, use the hottest water possible and dissolve the detergent in the water before adding the clothes. If you have hard water, you might want to add about a third to a half cup of packaged water softener along with the detergent.

Cleaning Bathroom by Yourself

Cleaning bathroom is one of the boring jobs to be done. Usually people do the cleaning on weekends. Get some tips on cleaning bathroom below.

Cleaning Bathroom

Bars of soap too small to use effectively can be pressed into the sides of new bars softened by recent use.

cleaning bathroom

Shower curtains can be renovated by being washed, on gentle cycle, with a pint of white vinegar.

If you have more than one bath to clean, keep separate cleaning supplies in each bathroom, that way you can clean the bath at a moments notice.

To clean tubs and showers use a product that contains phosphoric acid, their is no scrubbing involved.
Buildup on shower doors: Wipe with lemon oil. Removes buildup and keeps doors protected longer from future buildup.

Removing mildew from shower or bath: 3 parts bleach and 1 part water – put in spray bottle. Spray on mildew areas and it will virtually disappear.

Before you start cleaning bathroom, you can apply the cleaner for 15 mins. This will help in better cleaning.

A clean bathroom is towards a better hygiene.

Buying New Mobile

Buying New Mobile

Mobiles are available with number of features today. Depending upon the requirement a mobile phone should be purchased. Before you go to buy a new piece, go through the following tips:

Display screen

Look for a phone with a TFT (thin film transistor) or Active Matrix screen which provides a wider viewing angle compared to the traditional passive LCD technology. For playing games, watching videos, TFT screens are must. Few more considerations should be the size, resolution and no. of colours.

Sound

Sound should be loud but not noisy. Polyphonic, MIDI, MP3, WAV are the types that mobiles play. Polyphonic, MIDI are standard, however people love MP3 songs to be played as their mobile phone’s ringtone!

Camera

Use a camera phone to take spontaneous pictures or even video clips. Nowadays phones have 1 Mega Pixel / 1.3 Mega Pixel cameras while earlier it was lower resolution. The higher end phones have started offering 3.2 Mega Pixel cameras. A few even offer 5.0 megapixel camera.

Connectivity

GPRS/EDGE allow you to connect to internet and are preferred if you are mostly connected to internet. A data cable, bluetooth or infrared capability allows you to browse internet on a computer. It also allows you to exchange images, videos, music files with computer or other handsets.

Network Band

GSM phones worldwide work in 3 bands – 900, 1800 & 1900 (these numbers refer to frequency ranges in MHz). If you plan to take & use your mobile abroad, make sure you get a tri-band phone (one which can operate in all the three bands). Some phones have also started offering the WCDMA (the future of the GSM network) 2100 band.

Multimedia Features

While travelling FM radio or music player can help you cut the time. An external attachment like a headphone is required to connect to the radio. Advanced models can stream videos too!

Internal Memory

Internal memory should be reasonably good. It should be enough to carry messages. If it is full you wont be able to receive further messages unless you make sufficient space in it or change the memory location.

Expandable Memory Slot

Memory should be considered if you plan to use it as a multimedia device.Memory cards (Multi-media cards, RS-MMC Cards, Memory Stick / MS Pro) come in denominations of 128 MB, 256 MB, 512 MB, 1 GB and 2 GB. Some advanced models supports 8 GB cards as well.

Java Enabled

Check if your phone is java enabled as java enabled phones are able to run a number of games and applications.

Last but not the Least

Check for an efficient Organiser / Alarm application, Predictive Text Messaging (T9 system), and good battery life.