Improve Self Confidence

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Here are some quick tips to improve your Self Confidence. If we are committed to have a healthy self confidence there are many things you can do every day to boost your self confidence, each small steps that will help you to reach your goal. The good news is that self-esteem is not fixed and can be improved, try some of the steps below to boost your confidence and self-esteem.

1) Identify your successes. Everyone is good at something, so discover the things at which you excel, then focus on your talents. Give yourself permission to take pride in them. Give yourself credit for your successes. Inferiority is a state of mind in which you've declared yourself a victim. Do not allow yourself to be victimized.

2) Look in the mirror and smile. Studies surrounding what's called the "facial feedback theory" suggest that the expressions on your face can actually encourage your brain to register certain emotions. So by looking in the mirror and smiling every day, you might feel happier with yourself and more confident in the long run.

3) Exercise and eat healthy. Exercise raises adrenaline and makes one feel happier and healthier. It is certainly an easy and effective way to boost your self-confidence.

4) Turn feelings of envy or jealousy into a desire to achieve. Stop wanting what others have just because they have it; seek things simply because you want them, whether anybody else has them or not.

5) When you're feeling superbly insecure, write down a list of things that are good about you. Then read the list back. You'd be surprised at what you can come up with.

6) Don't be afraid to push yourself a bit - a little bit of pressure can actually show just how good you are!

7) You can try taking a martial arts or fitness class/course (or both). This will help build confidence and strength.

8) Invest in some new clothing and donate some of your old clothing to send a message to yourself that you both look sharp and feel sharp.

9) Try to make yourself talk positively at all times. When you hear yourself saying you can't do something, stop and say you can. Unless you try, you will never know whether you are able to or not.

10) Don't get wrapped up in your mistakes and dwell on bad points; they can contrast your good points or even give you something to improve. There's no feeling like being good at something you were really bad at.

11) Don't confuse what you have with who you are. People degrade their self worth when comparing possessions.

12) Surround yourself with nurturing friends, not overly critical individuals who make you feel inadequate or insecure. This could do great harm and damage to your self confidence.

SixthSense Technology

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Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of 'SixthSense' Technology

At TEDIndia, Pranav Mistry demos several tools that help the physical world interact with the world of data -- including a deep look at his SixthSense device and a new, paradigm-shifting paper "laptop".

In an onstage Q&A, Mistry says he'll open-source the software behind SixthSense, to open its possibilities to all.

Tips to Take Control of Your Weight

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FatboyAnyone who is overweight will testify that losing weight is not as easy as it seems. The people that are lean, or have gone from fat to skinny will say it’s just a matter of motivation and elbow grease. Although it is not as simple as that. Our environments have waged war on us. Their weapons are sedentary lives and trans fats of mass destruction. All is not lost though, here are some quick simple tips to get ahead!

Substitute Water. Our bodies are about 65-70% water. It follows that water would be not only essential, but the best possibly choice of liquids to ingest. In fact, our bodies will sometimes simulate a hunger response, when in reality the body is craving hydration. When hungry, drink a glass or two of water to check if it suppresses your hunger.

Chew Your Food. Chewing our food very slowly and deliberately has several benefits that are often overlooked. It gives us the ability to relax, and enjoy our meal. Slow chewing is the first, and highly important, step in a complex system of digestion. Besides, if we eat slowly, we might feel full before finishing the whole meal, and can leave the rest for the next meal.

Exercise daily. How silly of me to include something as obvious as exercise. I did a 30 day trial with waking up, and walking for 30 minutes first thing in the morning. My journal records that I was feeling amazing during the period of time that I was following this habit.

Publicize your intentions. Start a blog, join a forum, and have other people keep you accountable to help. Tell other people your plan, it would help you get the motivation to go with it!

Create a food schedule. Plan your day so that you’re eating at approximately the same time each day. This scheduling will incorporate itself into your circadian rhythm, and aid in digestion.

Do not over eat. Know your limit and stop eating when you are full. I have often been a victim of wanting to finish a meal so that it doesn’t go to waste. This has left me with many a stomach ache. Next time, doggy bag it for later, and don’t hurt yourself!

Choose your snacks wisely. Put down the Lays® and cheese puffs. Pick up the apple and baby carrots. Make the right decision, I know you can do it.

Lifestyle. Remember, it’s not about special diets, or special exercise programs. The real secret is in turning your health into a lifestyle, and focusing on this healthy lifestyle with every choice you make.

Tips for good sleep

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Stick to a schedule. Erratic bedtimes do not allow for your body to align to the proper circadian rhythms. Mum was right when she set a time we always had to go to sleep as kids. Also, make sure you try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, otherwise the next morning, you’d wake later and feel overly tired.

Sleep only at night. Avoid daytime sleep if possible. Daytime naps steal hours from nighttime slumber. Limit daytime sleep to 20-minute, power naps.

Exercise. It’s actually known to help you sleep better. Your body uses the sleep period to recover its muscles and joints that have been exercised. Twenty to thirty minutes of exercise every day can help you sleep, but be sure to exercise in the morning or afternoon. Exercise stimulates the body and aerobic activity before bedtime may make falling asleep more difficult.

Taking a hot shower or bath before bed helps bring on sleep because they can relax tense muscles.

Avoid eating just before bed.
Avoid eat large meals or spicy foods before bedtime. Give yourself at least 2 hours from when you eat to when you sleep. This allows for digestion to happen (or at least start) well before you go to sleep so your body can rest well during the night, rather than churning away your food.

Avoid caffeine. It keeps you awake and that’s now what you want for a good nights sleep. We all know that.

Read a fiction book.
It takes you to a whole new world if you really get into it. And then take some time to ponder over the book as you fall asleep. I find as I read more and more, regardless of the book, I get more tired at night and so find it easier to fall asleep. Different for others?

Have the room slightly cooler. I prefer this to a hot room. I prefer to turn off the heat and allow the coolness to circulate in and out of the windows. If I get cold, I wear warmer clothes. It also saves on the bills as you’re not going to require the heat all night long.

Sleep in silence. I find sleeping with no music or TV on more easy and restful. I guess others are different, but sleep with no distractions is best for a clearer mind.

Avoid alcohol before bedtime. It’s a depressant; although it may make it easier to fall asleep, it causes you to wake up during the night. As alcohol is digested your body goes into withdrawal from the alcohol, causing nighttime awakenings and often nightmares for some people.

Google Wave

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Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation
and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Google Translate

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Make your website instantly available in other languages
Add Google's website translator to your webpages, and offer instant access to automatic translation of the pages. Adding the website translator is quick and easy.
Google enables you to create a translation of your website on the fly. All you have to do is add a piece of code to your html anywhere on the page. Users will be able to select the langauge of their preference and the page will immediately will be translated to the chosen language. Naturally machine made translation is not as good as if it were done by a human, but it's good enough for people who do not speak the original language of the site to be able to understand the content.
Translate words instantly from English with no clicks at all
Download Google Toolbar

It's free and installs in seconds

Don't bother looking up word translations one by one in webpages in English. With Google Toolbar, you just pause the pointer over an English word, and the Word Translator displays that word's meaning in your own language.

You can translate from English to Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), Japanese, Korean, French, Italian, German, and Spanish.

Google Sidewiki

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As you browse the web, it's easy to forget how many people visit the same pages and look for the same information. Whether you're researching advice on heart disease prevention or looking for museums to visit in New York City, many others have done the same and could have added their knowledge along the way.

What if everyone, from a local expert to a renowned doctor, had an easy way of sharing their insights with you about any page on the web? What if you could add your own insights for others who are passing through?

Now you can. Today, we're launching Google Sidewiki, which allows you to contribute helpful information next to any webpage. Google Sidewiki appears as a browser sidebar, where you can read and write entries along the side of the page.

In developing Sidewiki, we wanted to make sure that you'll see the most relevant entries first. We worked hard from the beginning to figure out which ones should appear on top and how to best order them. So instead of displaying the most recent entries first, we rank Sidewiki entries using an algorithm that promotes the most useful, high-quality entries. It takes into account feedback from you and other users, previous entries made by the same author and many other signals we developed. If you're curious, you can read more on our Google Research Blog about the infrastructure we use for ranking all entries in real-time.

Under the hood, we have even more technology that will take your entry about the current page and show it next to webpages that contain the same snippet of text. For example, an entry on a speech by President Obama will appear on all webpages that include the same quote. We also bring in relevant posts from blogs and other sources that talk about the current page so that you can discover their insights more easily, right next to the page they refer to.

We're releasing Google Sidewiki as a feature of Google Toolbar (for Firefox and Internet Explorer) and we're working on making it available in Google Chrome and elsewhere too. We also have the first version of our API available today to let anyone work freely with the content that's created in Sidewiki.

We've been testing Sidewiki with several experts and news organizations for a while and are happy to hear their positive responses. We hope you'll try it for yourself, follow our Twitter feed, and let us know what you think!

If you're ready to start exploring the web with Google Sidewiki, visit google.com/sidewiki to download Google Toolbar with Sidewiki and contribute your own entries alongside pages on the web.

Mac OS X browsers

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Safari and Firefox is the most known browsers for Mac, but there are many more out there. Give them a try and feel free to add more if I missed something?

Safari

Comes with OS X. Currently at version 4 it's one of the fastest browsers out there, which can tackle almost anything you throw at it. It syncs with your iPhone unlike other browsers.

Firefox

Firefox's advantage is the hundreds of extensions which allow you to customize your browser to your exact needs. Flash runs on FF a little slower than other browsers.

Opera

Opera is the most feature full and advanced browsers out there. It's really fast and has visual tabs, which is great if you have a large screen. If you haven't tried it yet, give it a go. You may stick with it.

Chrome

Chrome is the browser from Google and the Mac version is not very stable yet. But when it works it's really fast and has a lot of small innovative features.

Flock

Flock is a specialized social browser based on the Mozilla Gecko engine. If you're into the social media you must give this one a try.

Cruz

Cruz is another social browser which allows you to browse multiple pages in split view. You can load pages into two side windows by simply dragging the links into them. Great for wide-screens.

Camino

Camino is an OS X only web browser that tries to make the best of OS X. It's very fast and the interface is really simple and easy to use.

OmniWeb

OmniWeb has been optimized for OS X and it features a couple of cool functions not available on other browsers. It's most notable feature was the tabs with thumbnails, which is now being replicated by other browsers too.

Shiira

Shiira is a Japanese open source browser based on Webkit. It features an innovative interface and a couple of unique features. It's fun, but not ready for serious work just yet.

Sunrise

Sunrise is also based on Webkit and it's main advantage is it's speed. It has a couple of unique features. Again, good initiative, but ready for serious use.

Seamonkey

Seamonkey tries to be a full featured browsers, which does more than just web. It includes email, newsgroup client, html editor, IRC chat and development tools.

iCab

iCab is a shareware browser with features not available in other browsers. It's been around longer than most browsers, but I don't really see why would anyone pay 20 bucks for it.

Wonderful Idea to park a car

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Konkan

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Bhimashankar cliffs in karjat

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Water falls on the way to Mahableshwar on Konkan side

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Varandha ghat

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Amboli ghat

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Marleshwar waterfall in Sangameshwar

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Backwater in ratnagiri district

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Caves in Ladghar

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Kashedi ghat

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Typical village in Konkan

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View from Kashedi ghat

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Kumbarli ghat

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Jog falls

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Paddy fields in konkan

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Pune to Shrivardhan bus

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Rice fields in chiplun

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Marleshwar waterfall

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Mumbai-Goa Highway near Kashedi ghat

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Mumbai-Goa Highway near Kashedi ghat

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A fishing village in konkan


Betul nuts drying on roofs

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Malvan

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Doodhsagar waterfall, Goa

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Varandha ghat

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Varandha ghat

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Paddy fields

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Road to Konkan from Satara

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Bullock cart route

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Kumbharli ghat

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Yana rocks,Sirsi

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Yana rocks,sirsi

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Ganpatiphule beach

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Ganpatiphule beach

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Tamhini ghat

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Amboli ghat

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