Monday, April 30, 2007

Transforming your hobby into profit!

by: Carmi Tongol
31 October 2006

Do you want to earn extra cash on your spare time? Are you somehow thinking of a business but is hesitant to move along on your own because you lack knowledge on how to run it? Do you desire to operate a sideline business while keeping your day job? Whatever your reason is, test the waters and step into the world of commerce.

Here are a few hints to start off in the right direction and transform your hobbies into a business.

Be a computer tutor
If you know a lot on software application, networking, web designing or other computer-related skills, why not go and be a part time tutor? You will also master your skills by teaching others while earning extra money at the same time. You could come to your tutees house and charge on hourly basis. You could also rent a computer at an internet café and negotiate about the rate.

If you are an artist and in to fashion, print your most creative designs on plain T-shirt and blouses. Your artistic mind will shine on this business and you will also learn to showcase your craft at markets and fairs. You can buy T-shirts and blouses in volume and with your simple yet elegant designs, you can market your personalized shirts for affordable prices. This is just a simple step for a possible bigger business ahead. Artsy rules!

Food Biz
Are you the one who enjoys working with food? Get up and have a head for this business. Opportunities do exist whether you know how to bake, cook specialty foods, make some pastries, or even decorate a cake. If you know how to bake, start out selling it to your friends, office mates, neighborhood and other people you know. You may be able to penetrate the larger chains if you have established a name for your products. It will expand as the business grows.

House Doctor
If you can repair leaking faucets or even broken windows, or if you are an expert in doing home repairs, be prepared and make money on fixing those things in the house. Market yourself and your skills by being a handyman. You can do it by posting an advertisement somewhere in your place and let your neighbors, friends, relatives know it by telling them that you are in the business.

Web Biz
If you are technically minded and artistic, start with the great opportunity of creating web sites for small business. By advertising your own web site you could get to know people who are also interested in putting their businesses on the web.

Sew Fits
There are some people working full time on their job, students having their semester break and moms out there who know how to sew clothes, pillows, bed sheets or curtains. It is not a bad idea to start it soon. When you try to go to a department store or any market near your house, you will come to know that you will just need small capital but will get more profit in sewing especially pillows and bed sheets. Try to sew some and sell it. If they like the quality and design and the mark up price is just near the market price, they will purchase it and take some orders afterwards.

Write It!
Are you a book reader or a movie critic? You know what is happening around you? Do you love writing? Showcase some of your writing and be paid. There were many business owners who are willing to pay for your ideas by writing an article. You can find them by searching on the internet. All you need is a pen and paper. (It is good if you have a personal computer, but if you don’t and need to send it electronically, you can go to the nearest computer shop in your place.) You might get rejected at first but don’t get discouraged. Just continue submitting your work. You will be paid for time devoted on it and who knows? Maybe at the end of it you will come to establish a magazine publication of your own.

Bringing a skill or talent is your fist step in starting a business. However, there are some other things to consider when you want to go with it full time. You must have confidence in your ability to succeed, be a hard and smart worker, have good interpersonal relation with others, be flexible and most of all, have fun and love what you are doing. Start earning extra income now and strive of becoming a good entrepreneur with the great skills you have.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Gators go all the way

(1) Florida 84, (1) Ohio St. 75

By EDDIE PELLS, AP National WriterApril 3, 2007
AP - Apr 2, 11:59 pm EDT
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ATLANTA (AP) -- A long, tough season ended with a Gator chomp again.
Mission accomplished for Florida.

The Gators were too much to handle once again Monday night, keeping their stranglehold on the college basketball world with an 84-75 victory over Ohio State for their second straight national championship.

Al Horford had 18 points and 12 rebounds, Taurean Green had 16 and Greg Oden's 25 points and 12 rebounds weren't enough for Ohio State (35-4) to stop the Gators (35-5) from completing the quest they set upon when all the starters delayed their NBA plans for a try at another title.

"It feels great. This is what we came back to school for," Florida guard Corey Brewer said. "This is what we're all about at the University of Florida, winning championships. We're No. 1 again, two in a row, back-to-back. That's what we do."

They celebrated with the usual Gator chomps and took a chomp out of NCAA history, too -- becoming the first team to repeat since Duke in 1991-92, the first ever to go back-to-back with the same starting five and adding their name to the debate about the best teams of all time.
Best athletic programs of all time, too.

This win completes a 2007 championship-game sweep of the Buckeyes in the two biggest college sports -- men's hoops and football. Florida, a 41-14 winner in the football title game in January, remains the only program in history to hold both championships at the same time.
The celebration looked much the same as last year. Lots of jersey tugging, jumping onto press row and Joakim Noah running into the stands to hug it out with loved ones.

Billy Donovan added another gold star to his resume, which figures to command more than his current $1.7 million next season, whether he returns to Florida or bolts for a possible job offer at Kentucky.

"I'm so proud of these guys," Donovan said. "We've had to win different ways and with the expectations, and I think you really have to look at this team, and I'm not saying they are the best team, but you have to look at them and say they are one of the best teams to play this game."

It was hardly just a matter of Donovan rolling the ball out there. All season -- including in the 86-60 victory over Ohio State in December -- the Gators have morphed into whatever kind of team they needed to be to win.

In this one, stopping Oden figured to be the key, but really it was more complex than that. The 7-foot freshman, who may be one-year-and-done with the NBA beckoning, stayed out of foul trouble and played 38 minutes -- just what the Buckeyes figured they needed to have a chance.
Florida's focus, however, was more on stopping the rest of the team. Oden drew mostly single coverage when the ball went into the post. Donovan played a lot of zone and mixed his big men in and out, adding 6-10 Marreese Speights to the mix to give him five more fouls to play with.
That strategy worked well enough -- well enough to win at least. Ohio State couldn't take advantage of any other matchups, especially on the perimeter. Ivan Harris was the only Buckeye to make a 3-pointer over the first 39-plus minutes of the game, and he finished 2-for-8. Mike Conley Jr. finished with 20 points for Ohio State, but lots of them came late after the Buckeyes were playing big-time catch-up.

Meanwhile, one thing Florida has always been able to do is shoot the ball -- a nation-leading 53 percent this year -- and Monday night was no exception as the Gators went 10-for-18 from 3-point range. Florida also had quicker hands.

How frustrating it must have been for Ohio State to watch Oden block shot after shot, only to see the Gators grab the rebound and feed back out to Lee Humphrey for a 3.
That happened twice in the second half, both times when an Oden block looked like it might spark Ohio State, which kept the game in reach but couldn't get the deficit below six.
"The difference was they made some incredible plays, and we took away what we wanted to take away," OSU coach Thad Matta said. "They were shooting runners in. When you're playing a great team like Florida and those guys step up and make the plays, there's not a lot you can do. They made some incredible plays on us."

Green finished 3-for-3 from 3-point range and Humphrey was his usual killer self, going 4-for-7 and scoring 14 points. Florida's versatility showed most in the first half when those two and Brewer (13 points) hit back-to-back-to-back 3s to push Florida's lead to double digits.
Horford had a monster game, bodying up with the 7-foot Oden on defense and more than holding his own on the other end. He spotted up and made three 15-plus-foot jumpers and twisted and turned for a few more hoops. Clearly, another year in college has helped this 6-10 junior, who now looks every bit like a lottery pick.

Noah, on the other hand, probably sacrificed the most. He might have been the top pick had he left last season, but the presence of Oden and Kevin Durant, to say nothing of Noah's dwindling stats, have pushed him down.
He finished with eight points and three rebounds in this one, but big individual numbers were never the point with the Gators this year.
They came back for the championship and anything less would have felt hollow.
But there will be no regrets. Instead, how about a nice little debate about the best programs of all time?

Repeats will almost certainly go down as a rarity in this age of one-year-and-done college players, and nobody in the last 15 years -- even before the NBA money started skyrocketing -- could do it anyway.

As the trophy presentation began, there was a long, loud chant of "It's great ... to be ... a Florida Gator." But one, a bit less voracious, could also be heard: "One more year. One more year. One more year," a few Florida fans yelled from the stands.

Nothing wrong with dreaming, right?

In a way, though, Florida is already living that dream.

Updated on Tuesday, Apr 3, 2007 12:13 am EDT

Sunday, April 1, 2007

Mozilla Updates Mobile Browser

Update: Free downloadable Minimo adds features but faces ongoing stronger competition.
Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service
Sunday, April 01, 2007 01:00 AM PDT

The newest version of Minimo, the Mozilla mobile browser, became available this week in the midst of changes within the Minimo project that make its future uncertain.

Minimo 0.2, available for free download, is compatible with Windows Mobile 5.0 and is smaller and faster than previous versions, according to early users who posted comments to the blog about the browser. It also supports GPS (Global Positioning System), a cleaner user interface and a start page that includes bookmarks and search. Minimo is designed to be an alternative to the browser that comes with Windows Mobile and its creators promote its speed in accessing sites and other features such as tabs, better security and support for widgets.
The Minimo project, which isn't a Mozilla Corp. endeavor but is hosted by, was one of the earliest third-party mobile browser initiatives but seems to have been eclipsed by other developers, including Opera Software ASA.

In 2004, when Minimo seemed promising, Nokia Corp. made a financial investment in the initiative. But around the middle of 2004, users were posting questions to the Minimo forum asking if the project was still alive. By the following year, Nokia announced that it was developing its own browser using open-source components from Apple Inc.'s Safari browser that would be used in its future smartphones.

Those ups and downs have been tied to financing, said Doug Turner, the leader of the project. "It is an open source project that has had some financial backing, and during those times, we push hard. When there isn't funding, we keep it alive because it is something we use," he wrote in an e-mail.

Now, even after the most recent release, the future of Minimo is unclear. In late December, Turner wrote that he wouldn't be dedicating much time to it in the future. "There are lots of browsers in the space, the market is tightly controlled by cellular operators, and the end users aren't using the browser," he wrote on his blog. "This will change, but not for a few years."
He points to a market share report that shows that all mobile browsers combined don't add up to 1 percent of Internet use.

Opera, which also offers a free browser for phones including those running the newest OS from Microsoft, Windows Mobile 6.0, has been attracting more and more users. In February, there were 216,283 downloads of Opera's browser for Windows Mobile Smartphone and Pocket PC editions, up from 142,502 in the same month last year, Opera said.
Turner argues that Minimo has also held its own.

Minimo may end up heading in a different direction in order to better compete. "At the Firefox Summit, we had a brainstorming session that exposed some ideas that would help improve the lives of Firefox users that have mobile phones without having to build a full browser for the mobile handset. Things that we could do in a few months, rather than many years," Turner wrote in the blog posting. He plans to continue flushing out these ideas in the coming months.
Minimo may end up heading in a different direction in order to better compete. "At the Firefox Summit, we had a brainstorming session that exposed some ideas that would help improve the lives of Firefox users that have mobile phones without having to build a full browser for the mobile handset. Things that we could do in a few months, rather than many years," Turner wrote in the blog posting. He plans to continue flushing out these ideas in the coming months.
Both Minimo and Opera face renewed competition from Microsoft, which just this week began previewing new technology that could be included in future versions of its mobile browser.