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Summary of the book: "The goal" by Eliyahu Goldratt

My curiosity was piqued when I saw the article titled “Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Made His Top Executives Read These Three Books.” Bezos is an avid reader and last summer he hosted all-day (yes, all-day!) Book clubs with top Amazon executives. Bezos said he used these books as frameworks to sketch the future of the company, and one of the books they read and discussed was The Goal.

Subtitled “A Process of Continuous Improvement,” the first edition of The Goal was printed in 1984. Written like a novel, it is about the process of continuous improvement; based on a company’s manufacturing operations, but relevant to all organizations because it’s about people trying to understand what makes their world work so they can improve it. As characters “think logically and coherently about their problems, they are able to determine the” cause and effect “relationships between their actions and the results.”

In history, the manufacturing operation management team is struggling to return profitability to what was once a successful plant from being shut down for ownership.

Shipments are constantly delayed and there are months of production buildup, yet inventories of finished goods and work in progress are skyrocketing. Collectively, they wonder why they can’t consistently put out a quality product on time at a cost that can beat the competition.

Having three months to change the plant, the plant manager turns to a manufacturing guru who has a unique and potentially risky approach to addressing issues. First, he takes what can be a complicated topic, productivity, and defines it simply as the act of bringing a company closer to its goal. “Every action that brings a company closer to its objective is productive. Every action that does not bring a company closer to its objective is not productive.” This begs the question: What is the goal?

The plant manager wonders if the goal is to buy profitably, employ good people, high technology, produce quality products, capture market share, customer satisfaction, etc. He ultimately decides that making money is the appropriate goal, and therefore, by the guru’s definition of productivity, an action that moves the plant toward producing money is productive. And an action that takes away from making money is not productive.

The management team agrees on three metrics to determine if the plant is making money: net profit, return on investment (ROI), and cash flow. It becomes obvious, then, that it is essential to build a connection between these three measures and what happens in the plant … down to every employee in the plant. Higher performance, lower inventories and lower operating expenses become his areas of focus to improve plant profitability.

Balancing the story involves the management team and factory workers employing new methods to identify and address performance bottlenecks (referred to as “finding Herbie”), understanding dependent and independent events, and analyzing fluctuations. statistics. The factory achieves incredible new levels of profitability and the plant manager gets a well-deserved promotion.

Some lessons the plant manager and his management team learned along the way:

  • That people working or machines running and making money are not necessarily the same. In other words, having an employee working and benefiting from that job are potentially two different things. In the story, the guru says that “activating a resource and using a resource are not synonymous.” [How much unproductive activity do you have in your organization?]
  • The true bottlenecks are any resource whose capacity is equal to or less than the demand placed on it. And a non-bottleneck is any resource whose capacity is greater than the demand placed on it. [Where are the “bad” bottlenecks in your company?]
  • That bottlenecks are not necessarily bad, or good, they are simply a reality and should be evaluated to determine if they help or hinder the overall performance of the system. [Do you know which of your bottlenecks are good and which are bad?]
  • That the capacity of the plant is equal to the capacity of its bottlenecks. [Think of it as a group of hikers who can only progress as quickly as the slowest walker. Or that a team is only as strong as its weakest member.]
  • Improvement requires a change. And change means uncertainty that translates into fear. “We are venturing from what is safe and known to what is unknown, a move that most people are afraid to make.” It is human nature to live for control, predictability, and certainty. [How much of what you do is actually directed against change?]
  • That actually a small number of constraints govern overall performance. [Do you know the key constraints that are holding you or your organization back?]
  • Do not focus all your energy on the improvements themselves, but on the improvement process. [Thus the book’s subtitle “A Process of Ongoing Improvement.” Is continual improvement in your organization’s DNA?]
  • You must know what your goal is before you can optimize a system (for example, yourself, a factory, a team, a company, etc.). Otherwise, there is likely a lot of unproductive activity. [What is your goal? Do you really know what it is? And are you on the right path to accomplish it?]

Good luck finding your “Herbies” (limitations, bottlenecks, obstacles) and tackling them to make your path to success easier.


What is SIP and SS7 … and how do they work with VoIP?

Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and Signaling System 7 (SS7) are the common protocols used to transmit voice over networks. The way they work with VoIP … or not … opens the door to both concerns and opportunities.

The Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) is a protocol developed by the IETF MMUSIC Working Group and a proposed standard to initiate, modify, and end an interactive user session involving multimedia elements such as video, voice, instant messaging, online games, and virtual reality. . SIP is a text-based signaling protocol similar to HTTP and SMTP, and is used to create, manage, and terminate sessions on an IP-based network. A session could be a simple two-way phone call or it could be a multimedia collaborative conference session.

The entities that interact in a SIP scenario are called User Agents (UA) User Agents can operate in two ways:

o User Agent Client (UAC): It generates requests and sends them to the servers.

o User Agent Server (UAS): receives requests, processes those requests, and generates responses.

SIP works like this: Callers and recipients are identified by SIP addresses. When making a SIP call, the caller first locates the appropriate server and then sends a SIP request. The most common SIP operation is the invite. Instead of reaching the intended call recipient directly, a SIP request can be redirected or it can trigger a chain of new SIP requests by proxies. Users can register their location (s) with SIP servers.

Now … how is this different from the SS7 protocol?

Here is a simplified explanation:

Signaling System 7 (SS7) is an architecture to perform signaling in support of the call setup, billing, routing and information exchange functions of the PSTN, while SIP is a protocol used to maintain sessions in VOIP .

SS7s are used to configure the vast majority of PSTN phone calls in the world, while SIP is used on the IP network.

A little more about the differences between SS7 and SIP.

SS7 uses a common channel to signal call setup and clear information for circuit switched services. It is common to have hundreds or thousands of voice circuits controlled by a pair of 64 kb / s signaling links. SS7 was designed specifically for circuit switching, although it has some additional very sophisticated transaction control and call control capabilities.

SIP is an IP-based signaling solution that does not use a separate signaling path, but relies on IP connectivity from the originator to a server and from there to the terminating end. It is used for packet-based communications and allows many different types of calls, such as video, game interaction, etc., as well as voice.

As SIP rolls out with the deployment of next-generation networks, I’m sure we’ll see some very interesting network behaviors, untold new glitches as we fix bugs, and likely new fraud opportunities. It should be interesting times.

Home Kitchen

7 steps to prepare your kitchen cabinets to receive a professional paint finish

There is a long process to paint kitchen cabinets. If you don’t properly prepare your cabinets, you’ll be sure your paint finish won’t last long. Proper preparation also gives you a good foundation to achieve the beautiful professional look you want for your upgraded cabinets. There are 7 steps to preparing your kitchen cabinets to receive the best durable finish.

The first step in the 7-step process is to remove all hardware. You want to remove the cabinet doors to make it easier to paint the kitchen cabinets. Most homeowners plan to reuse their hardware, so it is very important to remove their hardware to protect their hardware from the next steps in the 7-step process. After removing the hardware, you should make sure to put the hinges, knobs, handles, and screws in a safe place so that when your painting project is done, you can easily install the hardware.

The next step is to mask your cabinets. The worst thing you can do is damage your walls and countertops while trying to paint your cabinets. When masking, you should cover everything, with paper or plastic, and use blue painter’s tape to easily remove and loosen the tape from walls, floors, and countertops. Most people skip the floor masking, but proper masking will give you crisp, clean lines on your floors. Painting near the floor is a difficult task to start with, so be sure to tape the floor and cover it to avoid having to clean up paint splatters later.

After everything is masked and covered, the next step is to degrease your cabinets. If you have new cabinets that have not withstood the cooking environment, skip this step. Most paints claim to block stains, but oil stains are something different and any oil left will cause your paint job to fail, plus oil stains will get through the paint. You don’t want to spend 4 days painting only to find that you will have to repaint your cabinets to remove oil stains. You can use any degreaser, just be sure to clean all the degreaser off the cabinets once you are done.

The next is the most difficult part of the prep process and that is sanding the cabinets. You must first ensure that the cabinets are dry after the degreasing process. Once you are sure the cabinets are dry, you will need to sand them down. Better to use 220-grit sandpaper or blocks. Anything thicker than 220 will cause deep scratches that will show through the paint finish, so be sure not to use a grit rougher than 220. When sanding, you need to make sure that your cabinets are not shiny or shiny. If your cabinets were stained and sealed, the sealer is the clear coat and the sealer is what protects your cabinets, and that includes paint protection. Therefore, you must sand down the glossy protection of your cabinets.

Once you are done sanding the cabinets, you should remove all the dust that is left after. Not removing all of the sanding dust can cause two problems. One problem is paint failure. The powder will prevent the primer from adhering properly to the cabinets. The dust creates a layer between your cabinets and the primer, which means your primer won’t come in direct contact with your cabinets and will be problematic at some point in the future. The other problem that dust will create is giving it a gritty finish. Once the primer dries onto the powder, the primer will take on the characteristics of the powder, which is a gritty texture. Also, the gritty texture will make it difficult to clean your cabinets later on. Smooth cabinets are easier to clean than gritty cabinets. Oil and dirt will get into the holes created by sanding dust. You should use microfiber rags to remove the dust after vacuuming the dust.

Caulking and wood filler for your cabinet imperfections will go a long way in helping your cabinet paint job look professional. You won’t have to wait to caulk after degreaser and sanding is complete to avoid damaging your cabinet and wood filler. If you need to fill something in your cabinets with wood, do so before caulking because after filling your holes or grain with wood putty, you will need to sand the wood putty until smooth. Then, I would repeat the dust removal process mentioned above. Even with your caulking, you want to use a very small hole to caulk your kitchen cabinets. Make sure to smooth the caulk properly by removing any excess caulk and residue, as any caulk that is not smooth will show through your paint.

The last step of the 7-step process is to prepare your cabinets. Before priming, you need to make sure that the sealant is completely dry. If your caulk is not completely dry, then the primer will seal in slower drying and lead to failure later. If you don’t let the caulk dry, the caulk will shrink, crack, or shrink and crack after you’ve finished painting your cabinets.


How smart are our smart cars?

The prodigal son of the auto industry

DON’T LET YOUR PETITE LOOK confuse you with its excellent performance on modern roads – the “ForTwo” Microcity Coupe is just over 8 feet long, less than 5 feet wide and 5 feet tall. Weighing 818 kilograms and 3 feet shorter than a Mini Cooper, these Vikings have race car-like roll cages, anti-lock brakes (ABS), advanced electronics, microprocessors and a superior drivetrain that offer better stability, braking and comfort. general. It has luxury upgrades like GPS navigation, reverse detection, night vision, assisted parking, climate control, smart card, and keyless voice control. Of course, the smartest car is the one that is fully automated and drives itself.

A smart car is a mini-compact two-seater with advanced electronics and microprocessor that are perfect for busy places and urban driving. The first prototype known as Micro Compact Car (MCC) was developed in 1994 by Swatch and Daimler-Benz and this ‘Swatchmobile’ was showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1997. In fact, the word ‘Smart’ derives from cooperation between Swatch and Mercedes: Swatch Mercedes ART. The updated Smart “ForTwo” was launched in 2008 in the US.

What’s so smart about it?

The idea of ​​building a small car came from Nicolas Hayek, the inventor of Swatch watches. I wanted to make a small car that was fuel efficient, environmentally friendly, and easy to park in tight spaces. Today, his progeny in DaimlerAG’s Smart division and other automakers such as Renault and General Motors (GM) offer cars that have electric or hybrid motors and are fuel efficient and environmentally responsible.

Although initially people were hesitant to opt for Smart, now the notion is changing. To date, more than 750,000 ForTwos have been sold in Europe and Japan. Subcompacts are also gaining a lot of attention to the trend. Waiting lists and pre-bookings for Tesla and Chevrolet Volt show that people are more concerned about fuel economy and the environment. The Smart line has been conveniently positioned among the high-end design and technology segment that targets the urban upper middle class, especially the younger generation.

These microcars are small in stature but big in economy. Compared to a 7-foot-wide Hummer H1, ForTwo is only 5 feet wide. In a real life application, this means that a Smart Car can back up to the curb instead of parallel parking in line with other cars. Two or three Smart Cars can be parked that way in a single curbside parking space. In fact, Swatch wanted to make such a car initially for the American and European market, where parking space and gasoline are at a premium. The cars are ultra maneuverable and fast off the line; They can even beat many supercars when it comes to speeding up in city traffic. With its diminutive length, ForTwo can turn within a staggering 22.8-foot circle, compared to 35.7 feet for a Honda Civic.

With its Tridion security cell at the front, Smart has also governed the issue of security quite well. This rigid structure activates crumple zones of a colliding vehicle, creating a safety bubble around passengers. The second generation ForTwo has received 4 out of 5 stars for adult occupant protection from Euro NCAP.

ForTwo is one of the most efficient four-wheelers with a conventional gasoline engine on the market. Obviously it can’t compete with a hybrid when it comes to mpg numbers, but it has an artistic design and is certainly easier to park than a conventional four-wheeler. You can snatch the last parking spot virtually anywhere and it comes with a wide variety of color options for your monoblock and Tridion Safety Cell. From an environmental point of view, Smart is the most promising four-wheeler. Being electrically powered, it does not pollute the environment.

However, in case of price, the Smarts are not that smart and they never have been. The base price for a ForTwo automatic transmission is $ 20,640 in the US and $ 19,650 in the European market, not to mention the $ 28,750 price of the all-electric ForTwo Convertible (smart ED). Buyers looking for fuel efficiency are also looking for bank account efficiency, and they can find a small mainstream car with decent mileage for several thousand dollars less than the cost of a ForTwo.

Electrically-assisted steering offers very little haptic feedback from the road surface, causing ForTwo to skip excessively on bumps in the road. Disc and drum brakes also feel artificial in expert hands.

Smarts are also slow in terms of speed and mileage. Though fast on the line, the latest ForTwos Convertible can hit 0-60 mph in 10.2 seconds, compared to the 5-7 seconds required for most conventional sedans. Its top speed has been limited to just 81 mph, as excessive speed dramatically reduces mileage and electric range. The projected 70-80 miles of single range is also not practical when it takes 3 hours of charging through a 240-volt outlet or 16.5 hours through a 120-volt household outlet.

Even smarter

DaimlerChrysler unveiled an all-electric version of the Smart Car, the ForTwo EV, at the British Motor Show in July 2006. Now, in 2018, it offers ForTwo Electric Drive – a quirky hatchback priced at $ 24,550 and a mid-mount, Motor 80 hp electric that goes 70 miles on a single charge. The latest ForTwo Cabriolet is the ‘convertible’ version of the Electric Drive par excellence. Like its predecessor, the Cabriolet also comes with an electric powertrain and surprisingly spacious cargo space.

ForTwo is not the only one in the Smart line. Toyota’s Scion iQ was a worthy competitor that held most of the smart car records before its demise in 2015. Now, ForTwo faces stiff competition from the Mitsubishi I-MiEV and the Fiat 500e. Honda Fit and Chevy Volt may not be the smallest cars on the market, but when it comes to hybrid transmission, automotive intelligence, and fuel economy, these cars have good competition in the Smart segment. Mini Cooper is another challenger that offers sleek yet rugged performance. All of these cars are designed to maximize passenger space, while minimizing exterior length. ForTwo also has its Smart segment cousins ​​in Mercedes: Smart Roadster and Forfour. The latter is being rebuilt to offer a pint-sized 4 x 4 SUV for the domestic market in the US and Brazil. Currently, Hyundai is building complete driverless cars for the next generation and Samsung is developing an in-vehicle infotainment system. Both firms are competing in the industry to introduce hyper-intelligent cars.

While it is clear that this Smart is an excellent choice for the city car, what is less clear is whether it will completely replace conventional gasoline-powered cars. Only time will give us the answer. But, with fuel prices hitting all-time highs and environmental restoration a hot issue, it’s the peak time for automakers to offer and consumers to adopt more fuel-efficient and eco-friendly smart cars for commuting.

Digital Marketing

What is ontological coaching?

Ontological Coaching originates from the teachings of Ontology. According to Wikipedia, “ontology is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence or reality, as well as the basic categories of being and its relationships.”

Ontological Coaching therefore lives under the premise that you are a co-creator, and the nature of your being is related to your reality. An Ontological Coach introduces you to new possibilities through powerful questions and helps you take effective action. The role of an Ontological Coach is not to give you the answers because your inner knowing is creative and resourceful. They facilitate your process to acquire a deeper learning at a subconscious and conscious level, which goes beyond a session. This method is more sustainable than simply teaching the “how-to’s” that are only temporarily satisfying. They also train you to become aware of the three elements of the body, language and emotions, in addition to teaching you proper planning and strategy because everything is interrelated and relevant to the greatest human potential.

Keep in mind that not all coaches are the same. With all the benefits of Ontological Coaching, you are receiving beyond what an average life coach offers who works primarily with you to set goals and be your cheerleader. Julio Ollala, one of the greatest promoters of Ontological Coaching, describes it best in his book. From Knowledge to Wisdom: Essays on the Contemporary Learning Crisis sharing the following statement:

“Unfortunately, coaching today is practiced by many who have no credentials or studies, and who offer traditional consulting, training and advice in popular psychology under the guise of” coaching. “It is being practiced by those caught in the same habits and traps. . to think that the customers they are trying to serve are in “.

That is why it is valuable to invest in hiring not just a coach, but a Ontological Coach who is trained and knows what to listen to to guide you through your challenges. They have cleared their own mental clutter and are better equipped to handle their concerns in a safe environment. You commit yourself completely to your own benefit to eliminate any incongruity in your thoughts and in what you say you will do.

For example, having a fear of failure is actually setting you up for failure no matter what you say or do well because the underlying context is incongruous. Another way to understand this is to imagine that you are playing a game of darts. Only instead of focusing on the bullseye, your eyes are on the wall away from the board as you throw the dart. How likely is it that he will hit the bull’s-eye with the dart? Similarly, in life, your thoughts are like your eyes. And if your thoughts are not congruent with your actions, how likely is it that you will get what you really want? Are you willing to notice and observe the way you perceive failure? What if instead of thinking that you will fail, you are operating from a place of trust knowing that you will succeed? How could that affect your actions and results differently?

With a trained Ontological Coach:

• Get a behind-the-scenes look at what drives your actions

• Observe what is keeping you from achieving your dreams

• Create shifts once and for all

The benefit to you is that you begin to experience true peace, happiness, and greater abundance. Who doesn’t want that?


7 tips to consider before buying new office equipment

Whether you’re in the market to replace outdated office equipment or looking to buy the latest and greatest in new technology, choosing the right office equipment for the right work environment is important. Is a fax machine necessary or is it more cost effective to have Internet fax capabilities? If your office sends out bulk mail every week, a mail machine could be a good investment. Does your office require a multipurpose copier or printer that can copy, scan, fax and print? The point is, due diligence is required before making major equipment purchase decisions. The perfect solution for your office is available, you just need to do your homework to find it.

Here are 7 tips to consider before buying new office equipment:

  1. Price: When buying new (or used) office equipment, price is always an important factor. Not only should the purchase price be taken into account, but also how much it will cost to properly maintain the equipment throughout its life cycle; how much are the spare parts or consumables; And how does the purchase price compare with other similar makes and models on the market? Numerous websites, for example Nextag or Consumer Reports, compare similar makes and models of a particular office equipment in an easy-to-read graph.
  2. Eco-Friendly – If being eco-friendly is important to your organization, your selection of green office equipment is limited and the product features available may or may not meet your wish list needs. The initial purchase may be longer than anticipated; however, lifetime maintenance costs are often significantly reduced. Check for ratings of different types of energy-efficient office equipment.
  3. Usage – Another determining factor when considering the purchase of new (or used) office equipment is usage. How often and in what environment will the equipment be used? The scenarios given in the opening paragraph are excellent examples; the circumstances in which the office equipment will be used will help determine the list of product features necessary to get the job done well and in a timely manner. It might be worth taking a quick survey in your office to find out the true needs of your end users.
  4. End Users – The job functions and skill levels of employees using office equipment should be given serious thought before making a major purchase. Will end users need training on how to properly operate office equipment to its full potential and is that training provided at no cost? Will end users have unlimited access to online usage, maintenance, and vendor performance reports, and will those reports be provided free of charge?
  5. Service contract: First, find out how long the manufacturer’s warranty lasts because it varies from manufacturer to manufacturer. After the warranty period expires, it is extremely important to consider what terms and conditions of the service contract are available and at what cost. Is the service contract short or long term? Is there an automatic renewal clause? What are the cancellation fees; Is there a guaranteed response time? And are parts and travel included in the cost of the contract? Before entering into any contract with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) or a third-party vendor, it is critical to understand exactly what you are signing. Don’t make the mistake of assuming that the contract has favorable terms and conditions. The consumer should always consult an expert before signing a contract, regardless of any resistance from the seller in the initial purchase of the office equipment. There are ways to negotiate favorable contract terms and conditions. Furthermore, the bargaining influence of the consumer is completely lost after the signing of the service contract. Alternatives to traditional service contracts are available: time and materials, preventive maintenance only, loan or deposit service, or using an Equipment Maintenance Management Program (EMMP).
  6. Technical support and software updates: Technical support and software updates are often included in the terms and conditions with the purchase of an expensive service contract. Both should actually be included in the initial purchase of office equipment, as consumers have alternatives to the traditional service contract. Technical support should be easily accessed through a toll-free number and software updates should be provided at no cost as their goal is to eliminate a manufacturer malfunction or improve the overall performance of office equipment.
  7. Parts and Consumables Availability – Decide whether you prefer OEM-certified parts and new consumables over reconditioned parts and consumables. You need to consider the pros and cons of each. Are new or reconditioned parts and supplies available at prices that fit your maintenance budget? It is important to review the language related to parts and consumables in the service contract or to interview potential suppliers of time and materials who can perform required maintenance on the office equipment under consideration.

In the end, your due diligence against the above criteria will help determine which make, model, and product features best match the needs of your organization. It is important to choose wisely when making such an important purchase; don’t rush the process. Ultimately, the final purchase will come down to the right office equipment that meets most of your wish list needs and is most beneficial to the organization and end users.

Share your shopping experience with us. Did you follow a checklist or did you make a purchase on a whim? Was the end result what you expected? What changes would you make in your purchasing process in the future?


The Fruit of the Spirit Turns and Throws: A Preschool Bible School Activity to Memorize Galatians 5:22

One of my favorite Bible verses has to be Galatians 5: 22-23, which gives us the wonderful “Fruit of the Spirit.” This is because it was one of the first songs of Scripture that I wrote. I love sharing this verse with children of all ages, but when I share it with preschoolers, I tend to focus on the first 3 fruits of love, joy, and peace. Here’s a fun Bible school activity to help your little ones learn the first part of this verse. I call it “Fruit of the Spirit Spin and Toss”.

This is what you do:

For this activity, you will create 9 large circles that the children will throw. I created mine from the top and bottom of frozen juice cans. In 3 of the circles, attach a picture of a heart. In the 3, attach a picture of a happy smile and in the last 3, attach a picture of a baby or child sleeping peacefully. You will also need a large bowl or bag that the circles will be thrown into. Finally, you will want to make a line on the floor with a piece of chalk or masking tape behind which the children will toss the circles.

This is how it plays:

Pick a child to come up behind the line. Before letting him toss the 9 circles into the bowl, turn it slowly while saying the next Bible verse in rhythm. Emphasize the words I have underlined:

“But Fruit of the spirit

It is love, joy and peace… “

After the giggling subsidy, let the child toss the circles into the bowl one at a time. Count how many circles came to the cube encouraging your little ones to count on you. Then point out what kind of “fruit” went into the bucket: love, joy, or peace. As you show each circle, you could say, “God wants us to love one another” or “God wants us to be joyful” or “God wants us to be at peace.” After each child has had at least one turn. You may want to conclude your activity by handing out glasses of fruit.

Before reproducing this Bible school activity, you may want to introduce it as follows:

Who can tell me your favorite fruit? (Wait for responses). I’m really glad you like fruit. Did you know that God loves fruits too? It does. He loves apples, oranges, and grapes like you do, but he also loves a special kind of fruit called Fruit of the Spirit, like love, joy, and peace. When we have love, joy and peace in our lives, we will be sweet and “delicious” to everyone we meet like a good piece of fruit. Let’s play a fun game to help us remember the wonderful Fruit of God’s Spirit. It’s called “Fruit of the spirit turns and throws.”


Game Cheats: Are They “Good” to Use?

Game cheats. We have all used them. With increasingly fast and advanced computer and console games, the need for game cheats is increasingly important to complete these games. Often times, we don’t have enough time between work and social functions to spend enough time finishing a full game, so game cheats are the way to go.

Whether it’s Sony Playstation, Nintendo GameCube, Microsoft XBox, XBox 360, or computer games, game programmers often allow the player to enter codes to unlock special weapons, secret levels, grant invulnerability, or other ways to boost a character’s growth. , o Game cheats can be a way of interacting with the game environment to help overcome seemingly insurmountable situations.

Some players consider using game cheats in a bad way. In fact, there are purist gamers who feel that the total gaming experience is lost once you use cheat codes or game cheats.

“You can’t be a Zulu game wizard using game cheats. Game cheats are for people who are too weak and give up too easily on the difficult parts of games,” says veteran gamer Jasper Hom.

Others disagree and argue that they cannot spend enough time on games to get through the difficult parts of the games. Another problem players who use cheat games face is that by the time they can spend enough time playing the game, a new game that they would rather play is now available on store shelves.

Whether you use game cheats or not, they are certainly a great way for amateur gamers to enjoy more and possibly finish some of today’s tough and challenging games. The cheating dilemma of the game will always be a constant battle between the members of the gaming community.

Health Fitness

What is the best exercise to lose weight? Helpful tips to lose weight

If someone told you right now what is the best exercise to lose weight, … would you do it? You could when you read this article.

The best exercise for weight loss is “any exercise,” says Timothy Church, MD, MPH, PhD, professor at the Pennington Center for Biomedical Research in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Two main reasons that prevent people from losing weight with exercise are boredom or injury. The truth is, weight loss is about using more calories than you take in (in other words, burning more calories than you take in). So, they say, while running at an 8-minute-per-mile pace can be a great calorie burner, if you’re not going to do it, it won’t help you. Instead, start with something you can do, like walking or exercising on an elliptical or stationary bike.

Strength training itself won’t lead to noticeable weight loss because it just doesn’t burn enough calories. To lose calories you must do a lot of cardiovascular (aerobic) exercise. But what about all that talk that more muscle mass equals more calories burned, even when you’re at rest? This is just a myth, it will never happen. The only successful studies that showed significant calorie burn after a weightlifting workout (post-burn) were with serious professional lifters, who exercised for 60 to 90 minutes at a time and lifted as much as they could on each Serie. In fact, gaining a pound of muscle will help you burn an additional 5-10 calories a day. You can do this by chewing gum, so weight training isn’t worth doing if your goal is to lose weight. That’s not to say that strength training isn’t important to the overall health of your body. But when it comes to burning the most calories, go for cardiovascular exercise. And the intensity varies. Do aerobic base-building workouts, alternating between moderate and high intensity, either within the same workout or on alternate days.

Doing a variety of different activities during your workouts is a good way, too. This not only helps you avoid getting bored, it’s better for your body. Performing different activities targets different muscle groups. You’re also less likely to develop an injury, as doing the same thing day after day creates wear patterns on your joints.

Be creative, for example, if you are a golfer, ditch the cart and walk around with your clubs. You will do what you love and burn more calories doing it.

Legal Law

Research-Teaching Action

As a teacher / facilitator, I always try to improve my practice, and as someone who teaches in a primarily online environment, I have a lot of data to look at when I do so. Recently, I have been looking at how information is transmitted and tracked through a network hub and radio design as a method through which to teach the practice of action research to PhD students. Participatory network action research is relatively new on the horizon of action research. Incredibly helpful, the facilitator creates a hub of activity from which diverse and often geographically separated people or teams come and go. You can think of this as a central circle surrounded by smaller circles that are sometimes at a great distance and sometimes clustered around the center. Network communication can often go from the smallest circles to the hub back and forth, or it can bypass the hub entirely, such as when smaller local groups or individuals communicate directly with each other. I have used this network radio and hub design on several occasions, the most important of which was a longitudinal study in the United States where principals and teachers improved their educational practice for students and their schools experiencing homelessness. This article looks at three terms of online course work and asks: What worked best? What came out of your projects?

Pay attention to radios when designing networked radios and hubs.

Teaching has gone from being “stage wise” to a facilitated process, at least in the enlightened classroom. The modern student wants to participate and understands that he learns more during the activity rather than sitting passively and absorbing knowledge. So if you imagine a hub and spoke layout, with a central part representing the classroom and the spokes representing the students’ lives and the context in which they bring learning into play. Since the teacher / facilitator’s job is to influence learning, it is obvious that the more we can track what happens in the speech, the more likely we are to find “teachable moments.” It turned out that having the students fill out forms each week discussing: what they had discovered, any measurable actions they had taken, and how they reflected on the work, gave me enough access to the context of their lives to help me track and influence their learning. . As one of them put it: “Dr. James briefly reviewed me last week when she asked me where were the actions that were moving toward my purpose. I have learned that there are many incremental actions that can be taken to engage students. It can be implemented at minimal cost, but to achieve it will require the involvement of more people in the organization. “

Require summaries and reviews

Another thing that worked well was requiring students to write critical and abstract papers analyzing the action research literature against the seven main methodological concepts of: purpose, scope, methodology, findings, conclusions, limitations, and contributions. As they found those concepts in other people’s work, they were able to see how the concepts worked together and include them in their own final reports.

Reaching the heart: action

I find that students either understand action research or it is still difficult for them. Sometimes they assume that studying how something works is enough, without understanding the requirement to base their proposal / purpose on what they want to DO of what they are studying. It seems strange to them that I ask them questions like: “What is the situation that you want to change?” “What actions do you think will be useful?” “What positive results are you looking for?” Writing questions under each section of the proposal template steers most of them down the right track, but only 85% will grasp this distinction. Others have to rewrite their proposal and some (usually one student each quarter) never fully demonstrate success.

That is why when I go through all the final assignments for these three terms, I am pleased to see how many really significant actions happened. There was a team of researchers in the state of Oregon that expanded law enforcement support and services applied to human trafficking problems. Another team examined the merger between two major US airlines and improved morale in one section by rightly changing the tone and verbiage used in emails. On a more personal level, there is the man who was excited that his adult children are finally paying part of the household bills. Action research succeeds in creating change, no matter how big or small the topic being studied.

In conclusion, it is easy to extrapolate that these students, at least during the time period of this class, would agree with the following:

I do not separate my scientific research from my life. For me it is really a search for life, to understand life and to create what I call living knowledge-knowledge, valid for the people I work with and for myself. Marja-Liisa Swantz