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November 27, 2006

Study: Money-happiness link is complex – Yahoo! News

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Study: Money-happiness link is complex

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer Sun Nov 26, 12:59 PM ET

NEW YORK – Does money buy happiness? It’s sometimes said that scientists have found no relationship between money and happiness, but that’s a myth, says University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener.

The connection is complex, he says. But in fact, very rich people rate substantially higher in satisfaction with life than very poor people do, even within wealthy nations, he says.

“There is overwhelming evidence that money buys happiness,” said economist Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in England. The main debate, he said, is how strong the effect is.

Oswald recently reported a study of Britons who won between $2,000 and $250,000 in a lottery. As a group, they showed a boost in happiness averaging a bit more than 1 point on a 36-point scale when surveyed two years after their win, compared to their levels two years before they won.

Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel-Prize winner and Princeton economist, and colleagues recently declared that the notion that making a lot of money will produce good overall mood is “mostly illusory.”

They noted that in one study, people with household incomes of $90,000 or more were only slightly more likely to call themselves “very happy” overall than were people from households making $50,000 to $89,999. The rates were 43 percent versus 42 percent, respectively. (Members of the high-income group were almost twice as likely to call themselves “very happy” as people from households with incomes below $20,000.)

But other studies, rather than asking for a summary estimate of happiness, follow people through the day and repeatedly record their feelings. These studies show less effect of income on happiness, Kahneman and colleagues said.

There is still another twist to the money-happiness story. Even though people who make $150,000 are considerably happier than those who make $40,000, it’s not clear why, says psychologist Richard E. Lucas of Michigan State University.

Does money make you happier? Or does being happier in the first place allow you to earn more money later, maybe by way of greater creativity or energy? Or does some other factor produce both money and happiness? There’s evidence for all three interpretations, Lucas says.

In any case, researchers say any effect of money on happiness is smaller than most daydreamers assume.

“People exaggerate how much happiness is bought by an extra few thousand,” Oswald said. “The quality of relationships has a far bigger effect than quite large rises in salary…. It’s much better advice, if you’re looking for happiness in life, to try to find the right husband or wife rather than trying to double your salary.”

Source: Study: Money-happiness link is complex – Yahoo! News

Study: Money-happiness link is complex – Yahoo! News

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Study: Money-happiness link is complex

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer Sun Nov 26, 12:59 PM ET

NEW YORK – Does money buy happiness? It’s sometimes said that scientists have found no relationship between money and happiness, but that’s a myth, says University of Illinois psychologist Ed Diener.

The connection is complex, he says. But in fact, very rich people rate substantially higher in satisfaction with life than very poor people do, even within wealthy nations, he says.

“There is overwhelming evidence that money buys happiness,” said economist Andrew Oswald of the University of Warwick in England. The main debate, he said, is how strong the effect is.

Oswald recently reported a study of Britons who won between $2,000 and $250,000 in a lottery. As a group, they showed a boost in happiness averaging a bit more than 1 point on a 36-point scale when surveyed two years after their win, compared to their levels two years before they won.

Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel-Prize winner and Princeton economist, and colleagues recently declared that the notion that making a lot of money will produce good overall mood is “mostly illusory.”

They noted that in one study, people with household incomes of $90,000 or more were only slightly more likely to call themselves “very happy” overall than were people from households making $50,000 to $89,999. The rates were 43 percent versus 42 percent, respectively. (Members of the high-income group were almost twice as likely to call themselves “very happy” as people from households with incomes below $20,000.)

But other studies, rather than asking for a summary estimate of happiness, follow people through the day and repeatedly record their feelings. These studies show less effect of income on happiness, Kahneman and colleagues said.

There is still another twist to the money-happiness story. Even though people who make $150,000 are considerably happier than those who make $40,000, it’s not clear why, says psychologist Richard E. Lucas of Michigan State University.

Does money make you happier? Or does being happier in the first place allow you to earn more money later, maybe by way of greater creativity or energy? Or does some other factor produce both money and happiness? There’s evidence for all three interpretations, Lucas says.

In any case, researchers say any effect of money on happiness is smaller than most daydreamers assume.

“People exaggerate how much happiness is bought by an extra few thousand,” Oswald said. “The quality of relationships has a far bigger effect than quite large rises in salary…. It’s much better advice, if you’re looking for happiness in life, to try to find the right husband or wife rather than trying to double your salary.”

Source: Study: Money-happiness link is complex – Yahoo! News

Researchers seek routes to happier life – Yahoo! News

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Researchers seek routes to happier life

By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer Sun Nov 26, 6:23 PM ET

NEW YORK – As a motivational speaker and executive coach, Caroline Adams Miller knows a few things about using mental exercises to achieve goals. But last year, one exercise she was asked to try took her by surprise.

 

Every night, she was to think of three good things that happened that day and analyze why they occurred. That was supposed to increase her overall happiness.

“I thought it was too simple to be effective,” said Miller, 44, of Bethesda. Md. “I went to Harvard. I’m used to things being complicated.”

Miller was assigned the task as homework in a master’s degree program. But as a chronic worrier, she knew she could use the kind of boost the exercise was supposed to deliver.

She got it.

“The quality of my dreams has changed, I never have trouble falling asleep and I do feel happier,” she said.

Results may vary, as they say in the weight-loss ads. But that exercise is one of several that have shown preliminary promise in recent research into how people can make themselves happier — not just for a day or two, but long-term. It’s part of a larger body of work that challenges a long-standing skepticism about whether that’s even possible.

There’s no shortage of advice in how to become a happier person, as a visit to any bookstore will demonstrate. In fact, Martin Seligman of the University of Pennsylvania and colleagues have collected more than 100 specific recommendations, ranging from those of the Buddha through the self-improvement industry of the 1990s.

The problem is, most of the books on store shelves aren’t backed up by rigorous research, says Sonja Lyubomirsky, a psychologist at the University of California, Riverside, who’s conducting such studies now. (She’s also writing her own book).

In fact, she says, there has been very little research in how people become happier.

Why? The big reason, she said, is that many researchers have considered that quest to be futile.

For decades, a widely accepted view has been that people are stuck with a basic setting on their happiness thermostat. It says the effects of good or bad life events like marriage, a raise, divorce, or disability will simply fade with time.

We adapt to them just like we stop noticing a bad odor from behind the living room couch after a while, this theory says. So this adaptation would seem to doom any deliberate attempt to raise a person’s basic happiness setting.

As two researchers put it in 1996, “It may be that trying to be happier is as futile as trying to be taller.”

But recent long-term studies have revealed that the happiness thermostat is more malleable than the popular theory maintained, at least in its extreme form. “Set-point is not destiny,” says psychologist Ed Diener of the University of Illinois.

One new study showing change in happiness levels followed thousands of Germans for 17 years. It found that about a quarter changed significantly over that time in their basic level of satisfaction with life. (That’s a popular happiness measure; some studies sample how one feels through the day instead.) Nearly a tenth of the German participants changed by three points or more on a 10-point scale.

Other studies show an effect of specific life events, though of course the results are averages and can’t predict what will happen to particular individuals. Results show long-lasting shadows associated with events like serious disability, divorce, widowhood, and getting laid off.

The boost from getting married, on the other hand, seems to dissipate after about two years, says psychologist Richard E. Lucas of Michigan State University.

What about the joys of having children? Parents recall those years with fondness, but studies show childrearing takes a toll on marital satisfaction, Harvard psychologist Daniel Gilbert notes in his recent book, “Stumbling on Happiness.” Parents gain in satisfaction as their kids leave home, he said.

“Despite what we read in the popular press,” he writes, “the only known symptom of ’empty nest syndrome’ is increased smiling.”

Gilbert says people are awful at predicting what will make them happy. Yet, Lucas says, “most people are happy most of the time.” That is, in a group of people who have reasonably good health and income, most will probably rate a 7.5 or so on a happiness scale of zero to 10, he says.

Still, many people want to be happier. What can they do? That’s where research by Lyubomirsky, Seligman and others comes in.

The think-of-three-good-things exercise that Miller, the motivational speaker, found so simplistic at first is among those being tested by Seligman’s group at the University of Pennsylvania.

People keep doing it on their own because it’s immediately rewarding, said Seligman colleague Acacia Parks. It makes people focus more on good things that happen, which might otherwise be forgotten because of daily disappointments, she said.

Miller said the exercise made her notice more good things in her day, and that now she routinely lists 10 or 20 of them rather than just three.

A second approach that has shown promise in Seligman’s group has people discover their personal strengths through a specialized questionnaire and choose the five most prominent ones. Then, every day for a week, they are to apply one or more of their strengths in a new way.

Strengths include things like the ability to find humor or summon enthusiasm, appreciation of beauty, curiosity and love of learning. The idea of the exercise is that using one’s major “signature” strengths may be a good way to get engaged in satisfying activities.

These two exercises were among five tested on more than 500 people who’d visited a Web site called “Authentic Happiness.” Seligman and colleagues reported last year that the two exercises increased happiness and reduced depressive symptoms for the six months that researchers tracked the participants. The effect was greater for people who kept doing the exercises frequently. A followup study has recently begun.

Another approach under study now is having people work on savoring the pleasing things in their lives like a warm shower or a good breakfast, Parks said. Yet another promising approach is having people write down what they want to be remembered for, to help them bring their daily activities in line with what’s really important to them, she said.

Lyubomirsky, meanwhile, is testing some other simple strategies. “This is not rocket science,” she said.

For example, in one experiment, participants were asked to regularly practice random acts of kindness, things like holding a door open for a stranger or doing a roommate’s dishes, for 10 weeks. The idea was to improve a person’s self-image and promote good interactions with other people.

Participants who performed a variety of acts, rather than repeating the same ones, showed an increase in happiness even a month after the experiment was concluded. Those who kept on doing the acts on their own did better than those who didn’t.

Other approaches she has found some preliminary promise for include thinking about the happiest day in your life over and over again, without analyzing it, and writing about how you’ll be 10 years from now, assuming everything goes just right.

Some strategies appear to work better for some people than others, so it’s important to get the right fit, she said.

But it’ll take more work to see just how long the happiness boost from all these interventions actually lasts, with studies tracking people for many months or years, Lyubomirsky said.

Any long-term effect will probably depend on people continuing to work at it, just as folks who move to southern California can lose their appreciation of the ocean and weather unless they pursue activities that highlight those natural benefits, she said.

In fact, Diener says, happiness probably is really about work and striving.

“Happiness is the process, not the place,” he said via e-mail. “So many of us think that when we get everything just right, and obtain certain goals and circumstances, everything will be in place and we will be happy…. But once we get everything in place, we still need new goals and activities. The Princess could not just stop when she got the Prince.”

Source: Researchers seek routes to happier life – Yahoo! News

80,000 volt attache case. – The Red Ferret Journal

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Tue Mar 28, 2006

80,000 volt attache case.

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The 80,000 volt Attache Case. Otherwise known as the case of the shocking case. Steal it and suffer. Scorched. Sizzled. BBQd. Ouch. Available in brown or black. €899.00 ($1082.00).

 This suitcase is designed for the safe transportation of money, documents and jewellery etc. You can activate the 107 db alarm by simply pushing a button on the remote control, when you push a second button you will activate the electric shock alarm. Then the person who stole your suitcase will let go immediatly! Nobody will be able to grab or take the suitcase. So your valuables are safe.

Source: 80,000 volt attache case. – The Red Ferret Journal

November 25, 2006

为什么我买的OLEVIA 532H LCDTV没有信号? – 未名空间(mitbbs.com)

Filed under: soft Tips — manoftoday @ 10:08 pm

 

标  题: Re: 为什么我买的OLEVIA 532H LCDTV没有信号?
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sat Nov 25 14:25:29 2006)
Thank you so much!!!
This info is so useful, you saved the day! I cannot tune in any channel last
 night.
I chose the show room mode when I first started then never changed it until 
I read your post.
发信人: Bolicious (Bolicious), 信区: shopping
标  题: http://www.olevia.com/jsp/support/faqs.jsp
发信站: BBS 未名空间站 (Sat Nov 25 09:20:29 2006)
I spent all the afternoon to figure this out:
1) Make you TV is on “Home” Mode. If not, follow the instructions from the 
link
http://www.olevia.com/jsp/support/faqs.jsp
2) Set Channel search to Auto
3) To read the Operation manual that is in the CD disc

Source: 为什么我买的OLEVIA 532H LCDTV没有信号? – 未名空间(mitbbs.com)

November 24, 2006

Daily Cup of Tech » Check To See If Your ISP Is Cheating Your Speed

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Check To See If Your ISP Is Cheating Your Speed

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Posted on Sunday, October 15, 2006 by Tim Fehlman

In years past, I was not as technically savvy as I am today (which may be saying something). I was also naive enough to believe that what I was told I was getting from my ISP is actually what I received. Now, I’m not saying that all ISPs are out to cheat you but there are definitely some that are less than reputable.

One of the easiest ways for them to “steal” from you is by throttling your bandwidth. This means that they may tell you that you are getting one speed but actually receiving another. Luckily, there are a number of websites out there that let you test your bandwidth.

Recently, I ran across a very cool one that is super easy to use. It has a very nice graphical interface and lets you choose which server you want to test you speed with. Check out SpeedTest and see how your ISP is doing.

Source: Daily Cup of Tech » Check To See If Your ISP Is Cheating Your Speed

Overview of the Windows Vista Security Guide

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Daily Cup of Tech » 10 Ways to Protect Your Home Network

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10 Ways to Protect Your Home Network

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Daily Cup of Tech » Recovering Your Lost Passwords

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November 23, 2006

tor package

Filed under: software — manoftoday @ 7:16 am

it is so stupid, tor, vadalia and Privoxy have the following issues.

1) Privoxy starts up with a GUI window, you need to manually close it.

2) vadalia creates data dir in c:\documents and settings\username\Application Data\vadalia

3) tor creates data dir in c:\documents and settings\username\Application Data\tor

all this makes portability lousy;in addition, you need to manually start Vadalia and privoxy one by one.

my solution:

1) in U:\Program Files\Privoxy create one file:

services.bat

start /min ..\Privoxy\privoxy.exe
cd ..\vidalia
run.bat

2) in U:\Program Files\Vadalia create one file:

run.bat

start /min .\vidalia.exe -datadir .\Vidalia

3) create these two directorys in U:\Program Files\Vadalia

U:\Program Files\Vadalia\Vadalia

U:\Program Files\Vadalia\Tor

4) in U:\Program Files\Vadalia\Vadalia edit these two files:

file-1: torrc

# This file was generated by Tor; if you edit it, comments will not be preserved
# The old torrc file was renamed to torrc.orig.1 or similar, and Tor will ignore it
ControlPort 9051
Log notice stdout
DataDirectory .\Tor

file-2 : vadalia.conf

[General]
InterfaceStyle=Plastique
LanguageCode=en

[AboutDialog]
Position=@Point(0 0)
Size=@Size(500 420)

[BandwidthGraph]
Position=@Point(0 0)
Size=@Size(373 153)

[ConfigDialog]
Position=@Point(0 0)
Size=@Size(519 400)

[HelpBrowser]
Position=@Point(0 0)
Size=@Size(703 583)

[MessageLog]
Position=@Point(0 0)
Size=@Size(698 625)

[NetViewer]
Position=@Point(0 0)
Size=@Size(844 482)

[Server]
Changed=false
ExitPolicy=

[Tor]
TorExecutable=u:\\Program Files\\Tor\\tor.exe
Torrc=U:\\Program Files\\Vidalia\\Vidalia\\torrc

5) now you just click the services.bat to start privoxy and vadalia service in one click

November 21, 2006

FatWallet Forums – Sceptre 22" Wide HDMI LCD Monitor $299.99 Costco.com after MIR

Filed under: Uncategorized — manoftoday @ 8:47 am

 

One shareware program (made originally for laptop screens) is known as Dead Pixel Buddy. It will let you control your LCD and display screens in most any solid color so that dead or stuck pixels will show up. I have two stuck pixels on my new Sceptre. One is near the center, is very faint, and only shows up when the screen is black. I was only able to find it with this program. When any other colors but black are displayed, this stuck pixel turns those colors. I have another near the left edge which is more disfunctional. It is bright blue when darker screen colors are shown and red when they are lighter. I tried the program JScreenFix which “exercises” your display by changing every pixel randomly 60 times a second. Supposedly running it for 24 to 72 hours will unstick the stuck pixels. It hasn’t worked for me, but may for others.
You can read about lots of good stuck pixel info and other tricks on this site: Fix-a-Stuck-Pixel Wiki. Just a general warning: don’t poke, rub hard with a credit card, coins, or any of the other lame ideas that may damage areas around the bad pixel and could very well cause more bad pixels or screen damage. I did try pushing and rubbing the offending pixels with a pencil eraser through a protective piece of paper, but that didn’t work either.

There are quite a few good free monitor tests , listed HERE

 

For checking dead or stuck pixels I like Laptop Showcase’s Dead Pixel Buddy Ver1.1. (DPT Dead Pixel Checker Ver 2.0 is also good.)
If you should discover any pixel problems, this site seems to have less voodoo and more science. It is also a pretty good read: “Fixing Stuck Pixels”.
(Using a pencil eraser with light pressure and a piece of paper in between for protection seems more appropriate to try to “unstick” a stuck pixel to me than using a credit card corner or sharp object to rub directly on your screen. This LCD screen exerciser program may also be helpful to unstick pixels: JS ScreenFix.)

like HardForums or ExtreemOverclocking where people have had similar experiences running two-monitor hook-ups. I’

cable from Monoprice

https://costco.onlinerebates.com/step1.aspx

 

Source: FatWallet Forums – Sceptre 22″ Wide HDMI LCD Monitor $299.99 Costco.com after MIR

November 20, 2006

BofA offers Bay Area residents free wire transfers to China – East Bay Business Times:

Filed under: credit card, investing, travel — manoftoday @ 10:11 pm

BofA offers Bay Area residents free wire transfers to China

East Bay Business Times – October 31, 2006

by Mark Calvey

Bank of America and China Construction Bank are testing a service to let consumers make wire transfers to and from China without fees.

The service is available only in the United States at 110 branches in San Francisco, San Mateo and Alameda counties. In China, the service is available in nearly 250 China Construction Bank locations in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Zhejiang, Liaoning and Xiamen.

The move is the latest volley in the highly competitive business of attracting and retaining retail banking customers. BofA is using its coast-to-coast franchise and investments in foreign banks to enhance its retail offerings. BofA last year paid $3 billion for a nearly 9 percent stake in China Construction Bank.

Last April, BofA and China Construction Bank announced free ATM cash withdrawals from the two banks’ extensive ATM networks in their respective countries.

In a separate move, BofA this month announced free online equity trades to customers with at least $25,000 on deposit. BofA was the first major bank to offer free online banking and bill payment in May 2002 in what was seen as a land grab during a period of explosive growth for online banking. Today BofA has the most online banking customers, with more than 20 million active users.

Other major banks may now have to up the ante in retail banking in the Bay Area, especially as Wachovia (NYSE: WB) enters the region to go up against BofA, Wells Fargo, (NYSE: WFC) Citibank (NYSE: C) and Washington Mutual (NYSE: WM).

BofA customers can wire up to $3,000 per month and $1,500 per individual transaction. Three transactions are allowed per month.

Under the program, any customer who uses one of the 110 participating Bay Area branches and who has a checking or savings account can make free wire transfers of money to any China Construction branch in China. Alternately, the China bank’s personal customers in the pilot test communities can make wire transfers to any BofA (NYSE: BAC) consumer account in the United States.

Transactions are subject to foreign exchange regulations as administered by China’s State Administration of Foreign Exchange.

BofA’s SafeSend program, which launched nationally earlier this year, relies on strategic relationships with banks in Mexico to let BofA customers in the United States send money to Mexico without fees.

Calvey is a reporter for the San Francisco Business Times.

Source: BofA offers Bay Area residents free wire transfers to China – East Bay Business Times:

230 Resources on Windows opensource and/or freeware – Listible!

Filed under: software — manoftoday @ 6:14 am

 

Link to 230 Resources on Windows opensource and/or freeware – Listible!

gHacks tech news- tested of blog this

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Yahoo bought a site I never heard about

Ever heard about Bix ? Bix.com to be precise. Don’t be ashamed to admit that you never heard about it either. I read about the site today and decided to pay a visit to website I never heard about before. I always thought I know everything that is going on but it seems that some sites seem to slip through my grasps. Back to Bix: Bix is a contest site that seems to be pretty famous for it’s Karaoke contests.

Everyone is able to create a contest on Bix. Christmas contests seem to be all over the place at the moment, you can win prizes if you win them. Everytime you visit a contest the site presents two videos from contestants that you can listen to. After doing that you have to pick one of the two and the pick will get some points. Bix features more contests than just Karaoke ones of course, you can view beauty contests, dance contests, a cappella, writing, photography, lip sync and more contests on the site.

Source: gHacks tech news

plugins for live writer

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how to insert tags in windows live writer

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test with live writer with tags

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i will have new tags

test again with tags

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mytest of live writer

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November 19, 2006

free fax services

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