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The Stunning Beauty of Valencia

Before I first visited there for the first time, I knew little enough about Valencia. Sure as a keen European football fan I knew they had a decent football team, and that my oranges were often grown there but that was pretty much about it. However over the years as my travel horizons have broadened and moved from the tourist hotspots in Spain and Barcelona I’ve realized what a beautiful place it is too visit.

The Orange Blossom Coast …
The coastal Mediterranean region of Valencia is home to fragrant orange, lemon and peach groves, to the over-developed Costa Blanca and the attractive old resort towns of Javea, Altea and Alicante.

Lively, warm and welcoming, Valencia City is Spain’s third-largest city and birthplace of its most famous dish – paella. Refreshingly non-touristy, it is blessed with beautiful weather, an excellent fine arts museum, and an atmospheric old town. Valencia’s cathedral reflects the city’s rich architectural history with Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance styles all featured. It is claimed that the Holy Grail (Santo Caliz) – the gold cup used by Christ during the Last Supper – is housed in the cathedral’s museum. There’s been some fantastic art and history programmes on British TV that have covered these subjects which should be available online. You can’t normally access the BBC from Spain but this post can help you bypass those blocks.

The orange blossom coast – Costa del Azahar – stretches north from Valencia city. With a rich hinterland dominated by spectacular displays of orange blossom every spring, it is also home to the historic Roman town of Sagunto and the attractive resort of Benicasm. Sagunto, lying 25 kilometres north of Valencia, is made up of three parts – the Roman ruins and old town, the modern new town and the resort of Puerto Sagunto on the coast.

Explore the Roman theatre and castle and then head for a refreshing swim off the town’s sandy beaches. Journey on to the university town of Castellon de la Plana which boasts an excellent fine arts museum and interesting modernista architecture. Heading inland, the enchanting towns of Morella and Mirambel in the north and Jativa in the south are well worth visiting. Relics – including a Neanderthal skull – have been found dating to 30,000 BC in a cave near Jativa.

Valencia’s Costa Blanca – White Coast – is one of Europe’s most visited regions and can be very crowded in summer. The towns of Altea and Javia boast interesting old quarters and Alicante is a charming place. Stroll along the white sandy beaches and visit the 16th century Castillo de Santa Barbara which overlooks the town. Sample some tapas and seafood in the restaurants of El Barrio – the old part of town.

Additional: The use of VPNs and proxies are well established for bypassing geo-restrictions imposed by many websites. Using one makes your current location irrelevant and allows you to watch the BBC in any country in the world. It could be Spain, Italy or even South Africa it doesn’t matter as long as the target server is in the right location. Choosing the right service can be tricky but there are a few reliable companies – you can read one here which has lots of UK but also Italian servers too.

Searching for an Online Income?

Thanks to the internet, the world is now full of people who make their living online.   Now I’m not just talking about those annoying YouTube characters who seem to earn millions for doing nothing very much.  For every high profile celebrity, there are literally thousands of people running small websites, drop shipping businesses and even blogs on all sorts of subjects.  Many of these are using the internet to replace a traditional income and run their small businesses from home.

It’s often surprising to those who just use the web for entertainment or ordinary tasks that so many people have discovered a way to finance their lives. Yet for those of us who do make the majority of their income online – it’s actually incredibly common.  It’s something that obviously appeals to many people, especially if you look at how many people search for terms like ‘ make money online’ or ‘earn money from blogging’.   You’ll also find many thousands of pages showing you how to do this or even to become rich online.

The reality is that although a few do become very rich from the internet, the majority just make a living.   Running things like stores on eBay can potentially make you rich but it’s actually very hard work and most simply earn a normal income.  The ones who succeed in that environment have often invested huge amounts anyway in infrastructure, stock and people just like a normal physical business.

What does often surprise people is the sheer variety of money making possibilities online. Money making ideas that seem far fetched often become reality online for a variety of reasons including the following:

  • Global Market – even the smallest niche market can become viable online because of the size of the internet.  The market for something extremely niche like growing specialized orchids would be way to small for a physical shop, but the market could be huge when viewed globally.
  • Set up Costs – in the UK retailers on the high street are increasingly struggling as it costs so much to run a physical retail premises. However you can literally set up an eCommerce store online for a few pounds.  Obviously this doesn’t guarantee success but it makes the price of failure much less.
  • Adaptability – many people I know have started online businesses in one area and ended up being successful in something very different.  It’s pretty easy to change, adapt and head off in a completely different direction online as long as you have a flexible attitude.
  • Time – one of the best things about starting an online business is that you can do it in your spare time.  It doesn’t need to be all consuming, indeed many of the most successful people I know online have started their businesses alongside full time jobs.  You don’t need to commit hundred percent until you see a chance to be successful.

All these suggest that making money online is easy, of course it isn’t and many more people fail than succeed.  However it’s certainly possible and every day more and more people are switching online with all the advantages it brings.  For example I spoke to young man who makes all his money buying and selling sports shoes online recently.   All he does is use a series of computer programs and these ATC proxies as described here, to buy limited release sneakers and resell them on eBay.  This simple concept earns him a six figure sum every year with limited time requirements.

It’s a slightly technical thing to do, but there are actually books and guides explaining what you can do online anyway.  Some might find it a little unethical but there’s nothing actually illegals going on merely using technology to buy up stock and resell it.  It’s an example of how a trivial little method can be scaled up to produce a huge income online.  All you need it a home computer, a credit card and the knowledge to implement a plan to be successful.

The way our lives are migrating online the opportunities for making money on the web will only grow.  It is hoped that in developing countries in places like Africa the internet will offer chances to people to establish businesses with limited capital.  It’s happening now as there are lots of people in places like India becoming very successful online with limited resources.

If you’re looking to escape that boring 9-5 office job and thinking it might not be achievable, please don’t give up heart.  You don;t have to be a YouTube media sensation to escape, a simple blog or eCommerce store is not that hard to set up and can be the key to a new life.  Just start looking at the internet in a different way, try to look at what you use it for and look for opportunities there.  There are opportunities everywhere if you look properly, only yesterday I bought a product allowing me to access US Netflix trial from the UK, yet another business which the internet has brought us.


Quick Thoughts on my Not so New Wifi Radio

Some of the best value gadgets are of course not brand new but a few years old, I found a little beauty called the Squeeze Box radio for a very reasonable price.  These were extremely expensive when they first came out but now can be picked up for almost half the price.  They have also had a few firmware updates to sort out various issues that were reported when they were first released.  Cool design, cutting edge technology (now fixed) and a huge discount in price plus a great design – what could be better?

The Squeezebox Touch is a big upgrade from its little sister, the Squeezebox Radio. With a 4.3inch color touchscreen display, the same build quality and sound quality that made the Squeezebox Radio so popular, some are seeing the Squeezebox Touch as the first truly dependable wireless touchscreen radio.

Wireless radios connect to your home system using Wi-Fi and can subsequently be used to listen to radio stations all across the globe. As a result of the stream being taken straight from the web, there is a noticeable improvement in the quality of the audio when compared to a standard FM receiver. Just touch the “My Music” or “Internet Radio” prompts or one of your many online subscription services like Pandora, Rhapsody or Napster for instant access to your favorite music.
The Squeezebox Radio left many buyers wanting more. Is the Squeezebox Touch really the radio for the job?

I was wowed by the huge 4.3 inch screen in the compact Squeezebox Touch. The fact that it displays in clear, full color is outstanding. It is instantaneous in its response, and the on-screen menus are laid out in a very sensible, flowing pattern.
I really like the album art or available graphics that are displayed as you access different music, podcasts or stations. It keeps the music experience fun, and helps educate you as to what other music may be out there that you would enjoy.

Easy Setup

I have to say though that the “pull it out of the box and turn it on” setup is dramatic. Nothing could be easier, and this step really sets it apart from the other internet radios out there. You literally un box it, plug it in, let it find your WIFI, and you are jamming! Whether you want to listen to the BBC, live Australian Rules Football from “down under”, or any of the thousands of free internet stations from around the globe, the Squeezebox Touch takes you there.  It also has the ability to add network specific connection details so that you can even add VPN and proxy servers.  I am lucky enough to have some great residential ones which I use as private proxies for Instagram.  You can actually add them here to access music sources which are often blocked due to your location.  In my instance I use them to access Pandora which is geo-locked to the USA only.

Control from your computer is sort of clunky, so I just stuck to the remote, and everything was fine. As I moved the unit around the house, it never drifted or lost clarity. If you have a signal, the Logitech Squeezebox Touch can access your stereo system and deliver your favorite sounds to your home stereo system or other powered speaker set.
Rich Hi Fi Sound

The Squeezebox Touch is designed to connect to your home hi-fi system or powered speakers. It offers “high resolution encoding support for full, rich stereo sound” which is a fancy way of saying this compact, space-saving 10 x 8.5 x 5 inch table-top stereo receiver transfers digital music to full-sound via your home stereo or other powered speakers easily.
The USB port and SD card slot allow access to all your music hardware. And there are a ton of software programmers who have created a load of apps for the Logitech Squeezebox Touch that extend its versatility even further.

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Choosing Accommodation Option While Studying Abroad

When you decided to study abroad, there’s an important decision awaiting you.  Choosing the type of accommodation can be crucial especially if you’re in an unfamiliar environment.  Selecting something where you feel safe and comfortable is essential especially in the early days whilst you become used to your new environment.

What’s the best kind of student-accommodation?

There three basic options for students living-abroad are: Home stay programs, dormitories, or apartments.
In a home stay program you will stay with a family chosen by the school. They will provide some or all of your meals for you, and in general, do their best to provide you with a comfortable environment for your studying. The daily interactions with your host-family can also be a great chance to practice your conversational skills.
Dormitories are large, shared residences for students. They are usually located on the university campus itself, although they are sometimes found at the larger “private” language-schools as well. Your meals may be provided. Shared accommodation like this is usually cheaper, and there is almost no traveling involved in getting to school! There are always lots of people around to talk with and develop your

Choosing to live in an apartment or other form of private housing gives you the most freedom, but can be much more expensive than the other options. You will have to do your own cooking, of course! The biggest problem is likely to be finding housing like this, however – it is much easier after you are already living in the country, and can then look for an apartment in person. Assistance may be available from the institute you are applying to; information regarding accommodation at specific schools is also available online.


What are host families like?

From old couples who’ve just recently retired, to young couples who’ve just gotten married, or even single mothers – many different kinds of people offer home stay services. They are all under contract to the school, however, and many already have experience with hosting international students. They may know what kind of troubles international students frequently have, and so they will be able to offer help. Of course, each family will be different; you should be prepared to live by their rules while you stay with them.  Remember to check things that are important to you before you choose, things like internet access can be important for people living abroad for example.  Especially to keep in contact with home when you might even need a residential IP service as well,

I have heard that some host families are not nice, is that true?

Before joining the home stay program, every host family has had an interview with the school involved, so there shouldn’t be any problems. Sometimes you may have difficulties because of differences in culture, but most host families are sensitive to these issues, and know how to deal with such problems. However, it is true that sometimes things just don’t work out, just as with any family! If you do need a change, you should request it as soon as possible, as it is most important that your trip is a positive experience for you. You can always talk to your school counselor or us, and a better arrangement will be found, if possible.

Will I have “hostmates” if I am on a home stay program?

Some host families have many rooms for international students.
Depending on the program, it may be possible for you to request a home stay with or without other students.

Is it possible to change the length of my home stay after a few months?

Yes, it is possible. Many students live with a host family for the first few months, and when they get used to life in a foreign country they move to an apartment or dormitory. Staff in charge of housing may be able to assist students in finding new accommodation. If you wish to move, however, you should let your host family or school know at least one month in advance. As well, you may have to pay an accommodation fee again.

When can I get information about my host family?

Your home stay placement is not decided until about ten days before your course starts. We will send you the information about your host family as soon as we receive it from the school. Usually, we also get the host family’s name, address and phone number, so we recommend that you send a letter with your picture before you leave, if you’d like to introduce yourself ahead of time.

I would like to stay in a dormitory. Are meals included?

It depends on the particular school, so please check the right-side of the dormitory fee section in the school-information table. In some dormitories you can choose “with meals” or “no meals,” which will also affect the cost, of course.

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Places to Visit – Portugal

There are so many wonderful countries to visit in Europe, that it’s almost too difficult to decide. There are obvious candidates for those who are visiting from another continent of course. France, England and Spain are probably the most popular destinations however for the budget traveller they’re often the most expensive too. Certainly if you’re looking at visiting capitals then Paris and London can make a big impact on those travelling with a smaller budget. However there are some bargains, some beautiful places where costs are much more manageable and the sites just as wonderful. One of the often neglected countries is Portugal, however it’s a fantastic place to visit and you can even find places to stay in the capital Lisbon which are very reasonable.

Portugal is often considered as among the most historical and oldest nations within Western Europe. Adorned with breath taking historical churches, magnificent citadels, and brilliant monuments, these are just a few of the things which will essentially help form your ideal Portugal Holidays. Of course, one of the very best things about choosing Portugal for your vacations is that they similarly are equally equipped with an expansive variety of technological and architectural innovations, which makes Portugal among the most distinct tourist destinations. Read on to find out more detailed information about your perfect Portugal holidays …

Society and the Architecture

This is by far some of the most attractive things about Portugal, simply because they have quite a developed society full of dynamic provincial traditions which additionally are a part of the numerous architectural distinctions you will certainly recognize when moving from one area to the next. In the event that you are truly adventurous, then you can try residing in a holiday villa, where you will be able to possess a first hand experience of both the culture and style.

You’ll also find now large communities of English speaking expats in many of the large Portuguese cities and especially on the coastal regions.  They do tend to blend in with the locals though and you’ll find them mixing in with the local nightlife too.  The internet has made moving to places like Portugal easier, in the passed many have found it difficult as English is not as widely spoken as in many European countries.  Nowadays they can slowly integrate while learning the language, after all you can even watch UK TV online in Portugal nowadays if you use a VPN and a decent internet connection.


The climate of Portugal is additionally among the primary reasons why it has become a popular location over the years. The capital city, Lisbon, normally has a warm and comfortable climate with a quite sunny and warm spring and summer, with an average temperature of about 30ºC. But, winters are regularly blustery and wet, with approximately around 10ºC. However, the general climate for the majority of Portugal is neither too hot nor too cold, but instead just ideal.

Experience the Music

This is just one of the most distinct aspects of your Portugal vacations, because the live musical experience can essentially add a ton of fun and excitement to your vacation. As with any country, music is most certainly a significant aspect of their culture, nevertheless Lisbon particularly has one of the most brilliant musical forms, known as the melancholic fado. The very best method to experience the music is through Lisbon, the place you can easily discover various fado clubs around the Bairro Alto and Alfama neighborhoods.

Wine tasting

Naturally, Portugal is celebrated for it’s Port wine, but also for the various light wines which typically use a variety of indigenous grapes. You can find a substantial assortment of wines in addition to vineries across the country. This could be among the most luxurious parts of your Portugal holidays, and the very best place to go for this is Oporto, as they are definitely famous for port wine.


Virtually every perfect vacation includes a breath taking sight of the ocean, and Portugal most certainly provides there. With the Atlantic ocean surrounding the south and west, the coastlines of Portugal are famously known to be attractive. In the event that you are more energetic and would like to pursue a more adventurous holiday, then you can try a variety of water sports on Portugal’s coast. If you love the water, you might want to find an excellent coast holiday where you can go for a swim, snorkel, water skii and even windsurf. You may well also wish to try diving or if you enjoy fishing as a sport, Algarve is well-known for big-game angling.

Lastly, Portugal is a perfect tourist destination because it essentially houses such a variety of breathtaking adventures in one. You can unwind on the beach, tour the ancient architectural master pieces, or just simply soak up the noises, smells, tastes, and sights of the culture and stunning surroundings.


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Russia Prepares for World Cup Fever

There are only a few sporting events which can claim to attract a truly global audience and the World Cup is definitely one of them. Although there has been some controversy about the bidding process, worries about the political situation and indeed the reputation of Russian hooligans, ultimately that will all be forgotten when the teams face off. Thousands of football fans across the world, will have spent months planning their trips and indeed it’s a testament to the love of the game as Russia is not the easiest place to travel to.

For soccer fanatics everywhere, there really was a bit of nervousness the moment Russia was declared as the host of this yrs world cup. So far the fears seem to have been unfounded at least with regards the infrastructure required to host such an event. Undoubtedly the primary worries are about potential violence as well as what sort of welcome football supporters will be given but it’s likely that all of these will not be issues either as President Putin is keen to use the occasion in order to promote Russia.

He will not be the first leader to reckon on a huge economic boost on the back of the tournament. In passed years this has not been as large as hoped for, certainly the South African economy didn’t benefit quite as much as many had hoped. It certainly will bring an exciting atmosphere to the football fans who are little bit more adventurous than those of us who will have to settle with watching the Match of the Day stream over the internet.

What can the economy expect? Well it will almost certainly bring a short term boost to the economy in many sectors. The Russian Central Bank is hoping that the boost might be somewhat targeted as it has placed stadiums in areas of the country which require this type of financial investment. The increase in spending was probably required anyhow, so the chance to recoup some investment is definitely welcomed by Putin. He is obviously hoping to exhibit the country as a worldwide superpower once more, and it’s very likely that spending will be rather lavish in some public facing areas in addition to in safety and security.

There certainly ought to be an expansion in jobs and a similar boost in the demand for consumer product and services. This ought to continue the positive growth that the Russian economy has experienced in the last year after a sharp fall in the previous two years mostly pertaining to the oil price.

The competition is spread out over 11 cities and it is strongly believed will generate an additional.2% of gross domestic product in both the second and 3rd quarters. This does not sound huge but it is in fact a huge rise in response to a single event like this. President Putin’s hold on power though is heavily reliant on improving the living standards of the average Russian. There is a danger here though in that inflation is most likely to rise particularly in those cities as lots of visitors arrive in a short time.

These types of price rises will probably occur in things like hotels plus ordinary goods and services in line with the increased demand. The Russian authorities are however likely to clamp down on any excessive profiteering and abusing visitors. Lots of tourists have been in fact attempting to bypass these cost rises by scheduling using a VPN or proxies like these in order to access domestic prices wherever possible.

Fraunhofer Diffraction Means You Can’t See Properly

It’s depressing as you get older and your vision seems to get worse with every passing year.  But in reality the human vision is pretty poor anyway.  You might be able to see a passing ship on the horizon but you won’t be able to read the name on the side at any distance.  Our eyes have pretty useless resolution so images get blurred the further the distance you are.  Of course we can use binoculars to magnify an image but why can’t we see this stuff with the naked eye?

The reason is basically down to the size of our pupils also known as their apertures.  Our eyes need to be open wide enough to let through enough light to make sure that the sensors in the eyes start working.  However the more open the aperture is the more the light entering the pupil will blur.  The reason is that  all the light arriving into our eyes comes from a variety of directions, again the wider open the more directions the light will come from.


Most of the light waves come in parallel and form a bright clear central spot.  But the width of this ’clear spot’ is blurred at the edges by light waves arriving in different phases and hence cancelling each other out.  The result is that the edges have a series of light and dark alternating bands but looks very much blurred.    The width of the clear spot is actually what regulates the finest level of detail that our eyes are able to pick up.

Fraunhofer diffraction describes the blurred images that will be observed when the light rays arrive on a lens or aperture like the eye in parallel routes.  It is also known as Far-field diffraction and is easiest seen when we pass a light source from a long way away (perhaps the Sun) through a lens.  It doesn’t matter if the lens is in our eyes or a telescope the effect is the same.  The diffraction effect will also smear the final image for a camera, eye or telescope.  The limit of clarity is imposed when the light is passed through any sort of optical lens.  To learn more about science subjects like this, make a habit of watching the best science programmes.  I’d particularly recommend some of the superb ones being shown on the BBC recently, you can watch on the Iplayer.

If you’re outside the UK you’ll need to change your IP address to view the Iplayer – try this site for downloading from the BBC –   It’s quite easy to do, routing your web connection through a British server takes minutes and gives you full access to all the wonderful BBC Iplayer programmes.

Academic Research and Web 2.0 Opportunities

Regular as clockwork, every year brings about a rite in Research Universities that is dreaded by certain Assistant Professors on the Tenure Track. Welcome to the Tenure Review process, a rite wanting to gain the ‘Holy Grail’ of tenure and the associated permanence at their universities of the employment contract. Originally conceived as a way of guaranteeing academic freedom, the advantages and disadvantages of the tenure system are endlessly debated by both academics and non-academics alike.

Regardless of one’s perspective of tenure, the critical success factor for the tenure process in most schools is research. Most universities aspiring to the more lofty strata of the rankings system put a massive emphasis on research-all kinds of research, whether funded or released.

A recent BusinessWeek interview with Drew Faust, President of Harvard University (Businessweek, 12/10/07) along with a follow-up public letter by several eleven public university provosts testify to the strength of emotions that research evokes in academia and also the competition which exists between universities. In 2006, over $47 billion was spent by universities on research and development (NSF, 2007), while competition for top journals was more extreme than before. If you want to access these reports, they are available to US readers free of charge or internationally by using a US proxy service like this.

In this competitive research climate and culture, there’s a marked contrast between high-flown research ideals and also the actions of research itself. Despite progress and computerization of the tools and increasingly advanced methodologies, there have not been comparable advances in the organization, reach, and range of research collaborations.

One would find his/her collaborations to be mainly local, upon scanning the curriculum vitae of a professor that is typical. Quite simply, most research professors compose grant proposals and articles with other professors who they already know. Included in these are graduate students and their colleagues down the hall, and previous co-workers or professors from their own doctoral program. Just in rare cases does the set of collaborators expand to incorporate other research workers they may have encountered at seminars.

Thus, when there is a researcher midway throughout the planet with strikingly similar research interests, regrettably, there is scant hope of the research professor ever actually working with her or him. Even if the initial researcher is not unaware of the other researcher through bibliographies, there is no simple ‘social’ means of connecting, short of directly e-mailing or calling. Of course, few professors initiate contact in this manner. Maybe they think the other researcher might not be amenable to work with them, or perhaps they need extra information about the researcher and getting this could be too boring. Most commonly therefore, it is only better to go with the ‘known’ quantities of reachable colleagues in what could be called “cooperation of benefit”.

So the obvious questions to ask are: can the action that is Web 2.0 toolset for academic research what are the tools that might facilitate this transformation? and what it’s done for social and business networking, Millions of previously unlikely business and social relationships and opportunities are created through such tools as Facebook and MySpace (social relationships), and LinkedIn and Ryze (business networking). Thus the question of the potential of Web 2.0 technologies is a useful one not only for universities looking to add to their arsenals in the research “arms race”.

What would a Web 2.0 portal look like? What tools might be on offer? What changes will be required in the mindset and practices of today’s academic research workers? Is there appearing tools in this class that may foretell the future for the actions of university research in the long run?

Web 2.0 portals for academic research workers must contain elements from the sphere of social networking. These would contain searchable professional profiles, newsgroups, and assorted way of communication, like instant messaging. Business networking tools might also contribute meaningfully through their approaches to contact management, referrals, and communication, to portals for research collaboration. In addition, while their knowledge taxonomies for classification of businesses and are somewhat rudimentary, these concepts may be useful in arranging the much more profound knowledge taxonomies crucial for the research communities. Maybe afterward, instead of collaborations of convenience, researchers might transition to global “cooperation of chance”.

While still inside their infancy, Web 2.0 research portal sites are sure to become important tools in the never-ending research “arms race” that characterizes research universities. They provide the advantages of collaborative international research – more extensive and better -fitting international collaborations, better-quality information for researchers, improved content for research papers and grants, and increased quantity of publications and grant proposals. Put simply, Web 2.0 tools could bring about a complete transformation of the practice of research and with it, major productivity gains.

Modern Web 2.0 research portals such as this enable researchers to collaborate on the site itself, handle actual documents and also network with co-workers and other potential research workers. It enables powerful web-based the categorization of results as well as searches into personal taxonomies.

The portal site uses their research interests and abilities as well as complete knowledge categorizations for categorizing users, which translates into having the ability to find research collaborators that are ideal with truth. It employs skilled article postings, sites, forums, advanced project management and news feeds of the latest research news. Moreover, it integrates specialized research tools that professors use most frequently, including survey creation/deployment tools, citation tools, bibliography direction and others.

These brand new web portals seem to point to the way. As traditional as the academic research culture may be, it appears unavoidable that universities will ultimately embrace the sea change brought about by the Web 2.0 paradigm. The challenge for Vice Presidents, and Deans, Provosts of Research is rapidly embrace these tools for the substantial increases they are able to bring to university research output and the best way to alter the research customs that is present. The entire world is flat and new synergies from international collaborations can’t be discounted. Certainly the early adopters will have the potential to advance their research rankings by investing in Web 2.0 toolsets for their research workers. In any event, the influence of Web 2.0 on academic research will be exciting to watch over the next several years.

John Simmons

Author, Netflix Fan and IT Blogger

Writing Killer Headlines Online

Which type of content is yours? Sales letters? Articles about how to do things? Blog post? The answer isn’t important-what’s important is that you need to come up with a good headline to make it work. Whatever you’re doing, a headline is probably the most important line of text mostly because it’s the most visible.

The reality is that many more people will read your headline than the rest of your content. It’s true, even video content has headlines from a simple YouTube video to streaming news from the BBC.

It’s true; if the headline you write is boring, so will your results be. When you want to get your content’s response rate up a level or two, it is important to put some work into honing your headline writing skills. And how do you make that happen? By reading this article! We’ll be discussing 3 effective tips to help you get results…

You should always identify your unique selling point before writing your headline. You don’t want to talk about something minor or irrelevant in your headline, but about the most valuable aspect of your offer or product. When you clearly state the benefit in your headline, your conversions shoot up. This is how you motivate people to keep reading. Readers don’t want to hear about your product in general, but only about what it will do for them. Headlines give you the opportunity to summarize this benefit in a few well chosen words. This will make your headline seem urgent to your prospects.

The more beneficial your offer looks, the better it is. Leverage the power of questions in your headlines. The only rule is that your question has to be something your audience will care about. You’ll find that questions are very effective at getting your readers interested. The idea is to make readers eager to know the answer to your question. We are naturally inclined to look for answers. Asking a relevant question, then, can be very effective. Remember that you have to avoid confusing your prospects. A good headline makes people curious, but it also informs them. Make your questions targeted and purposeful. Brief and clear questions are best. Curious readers are likely to have greater interest.

Is the headline you’ve created short and on target? If it isn’t, it may be helpful to shorten it. Use facts and make the minimum use of adjectives. Refer to the solution you’re offering, and that’s it. Give your readers something they can dig on. Don’t confuse them but rather give them value. Headlines are actually the most critical part of any sales copy. That’s why you have to put a lot of effort into them.

Content is the center of the Internet. Information is what matters most for content. And your headline is just the summary of all of that information. If you’re good at writing content, you should be good at creating headlines too. It is okay if you have failed before now. Failure is something everyone must accept but don’t let it keep you from practicing everything that you have learned. You need to take what you’ve learned here and put them to work.

It’s important to have headlines that will offer you the attention that you want and get you the response you deserve. The more you work on the attention part of your headlines, the better it is. Irresistible headlines are what you want to achieve. And that can only happen when you apply the basic foundation laying tactics in the best possible way.

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The Real Divide of Digital Europe

One of the important areas that Europe is leading on is that of the digital market.  It’s an area that is of growing importance in all sorts of ways to the economies go European countries.  Literally millions of people use the internet to buy all sorts of things but also it provides employment to many thousands too.

The digital marketplace grows exponentially every year, yet outmoded rules, laws and regulations govern our transactions.  What’s more there is no real accepted standard, a digital transaction can easily encompass two or three countries – yet unfortunately this can also mean two or three sets of guidelines to follow. All is fine if a transaction is completed successfully but what happens in areas of dispute or digital fraud for example.

Take for example, the situation with digital services – you can purchase a subscription to say a Polish TV channel like TVN player and find as soon as you travel outside the borders of Poland you’ll lose all access to it.   In fact your subscription is completely useless unless you either return to Poland or invest in a Polski proxy to fool the channel about your location.   It’s a ridiculous situation, digital purchases are happening in the 21st century but are subject to 20th century restrictions.

Much of this is due to copyright problems however without a concerted legislative effort then it’s likely to continue.  The problem is that profit maximisation means that it is in the distributors best interest to license content on a geographical basis.  Why sell access globally when you can make the consumer pay for access for every country they happen to want access from.

A few decades ago this wouldn’t have affected very many people, but now travel is cheap and available. Many very ordinary people live and work across many national borders, some even have homes and lives in different countries.  Yet all the time these restrictive practices are being implemented in the digital market place.  It’s pretty much everywhere, take any country and you’ll find this same pattern of media problems. The popular channel in Italy, Rai Player can’t be viewed outside Italy, again unless you circumvent the restrictions like this video suggests – VPN Italy.  It makes buying anything digitally a huge risk, especially things like film and movie subscriptions for people who cross national borders.

It is hoped that the European Union can try and create a fairer digital marketplace although Brexit looks likely to have caused problems here.  THe UK economy is probably the most advanced digital market place in Europe and without it’s cooperation any solution is likely to be fairly piecemeal.



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