Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Handling a PC Virus Attack - Breathing Space Blog
* Call a PC guru
* Don't shut off your PC which could trigger the infection.
* Disconnect your online connection.
* Back up any new data, it might be your only chance. Try to clean it later.
* Use another PC to learn about the virus.
* Employ anti-virus software to scan and clean. If not treatable, delete the file.
* Brief your anti-virus software vendor, in case it's an new virus.
Labels: backup, computers, data, guru, office, software, tips, virus
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Real and Imagined Friends - Breathing Space Blog
Researchers from the National Opinion Research Center have found that people who watch a lot of television
seem to be as psychologically content as people who have many friends. These disappointing findings stem from the fact that "the human brain evolved long before television came along, so subconsciously it recognizes any face it sees regularly as a friend, even if it is on the screen," says Satoshi Kanazawa, Ph.D., author of the study.
Does the above explain why society remains in a stupor of overfed, undernourished, overweight, socially inept citizens? After all they are, indeed, getting their social and psychological strokes by tuning in to see their favorite "friends" each week.
As someone recently noted technology
can certainly be an aid to human kind but if we are not careful it can greatly diminish of the quality of our lives. Technology distracts us from our own thought, daydreams, even our own imagination. When we fill in the time from the car to the elevator and the elevator to the office, or from lunch back to the office, with a beeper or cell phone, we interrupt the opportunity
for people to marinate in their own imaginations.
Labels: friendship, imaginary, information overload, quality of life, stupor, technology, television
Thursday, September 17, 2015
Productivity Gains via Concentration - Breathing Space Blog
Amazingly we spend 47% of our time
, thinking about something other than what is going on, based on a study published in the Harvard Gazette
. Hence a most extraordinary productivity benefit
awaits those who can concentrate on the item at hand.
Labels: benefit, concentration, focus, productivity
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Times Sure Have Changed - Breathing Space Blog
* The average life expectancy
is 47 years.
* 14% of homes have a bathtub.
* 8% of homes have a telephone.
* A three-minute call from Denver to New York cost $11.
* There are 8,000 cars in the U.S. and 144 miles of paved roads.
* The maximum speed limit in most cities is 10 miles per hour.
* With a 1.4 million residents, California is the 21st most populous state.
* Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee are each more heavily populated than California.
Okay, all the above seem archaic. Would you trade it, however, for a slower simpler life?
Labels: 1904, change, culture, health, technology, US history
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
The Five Mega-Realities of Life - Breathing Space Blog
The five mega-realities
of life serve as a framework to understanding change
and how we can adjust our thinking and activities to maintain some semblance of control.
Sitting right where you are, what you now know about population — the fact that the world gains more than a quarter million people per day enables you to safely predict the following:
1) Investing in real estate, more specifically a home, now while prices are depressed and interest rates are low will be a sound financial move almost independent of your economic station in life.
2) Adopting a somewhat contrarian mindset will prove to be advantageous. Attempting to head into the city or out of the city at the same time as everyone, or booking theater or restaurant reservations at the same time as everyone else will be problematic or increasingly so as time passes. Commutes in all directions will become more arduous. Hence, living closer to work, living closer to shopping and conveniences, telecommuting occasionally, and shopping online will only grow in attractiveness and utility.
3) Old friends become more valued friends. Anchors such as family, close business associates, former college roommates and those who have shared experiences with us become more important with the passing of time. This is not to downplay the role of new friends, for indeed they can become great friends and eventually even old friends!
Labels: adjust, advice, contrarian, control, friendship, investing, population, society
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Take Stand at Work - Breathing Space Blog
A feature many years ago in Men's Health caught my eye, as I have been using a stand-up desk
for the last eight years:
Stand In The Place Where You Work: "Quit sitting down on the job. Australian scientists found that workers who log more than 6 hours of chair time a day are up to 68 percent more likely to be overweight than those who sit less. One solution: Ask HR for a stand-up desk. You burn one more calorie each minute when standing than when sitting. (Do the math.) Request denied? Create your own stand-up workstation: Place your monitor on a box, with the top of the screen at arm's length and at eye level, and elevate your keyboard so your elbows are bent 90 degrees. A bonus: Your posture will improve from standing instead of slumping."
Labels: circulation, health, office, sit, stand, workday, workstation
Friday, August 28, 2015
Your Lungs, Renewed - Breathing Space Blog
Advice told to me: To keep your lungs young, do this simple exercise two or three times a day: Stand straight and slowly exhale until all your breath is gone. Then slowly inhale until your chest is completely expanded. This exercise takes your lungs to each limit, which combats the loss of efficiency and elasticity that come with aging.
Labels: aging, breathing, health, inhale, lungs, renew, youth