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***The Umbrella Mystery*** Many are familiar with the image unimarter UniMarter
***The Umbrella Mystery***

Many are familiar with the image of an Anglo-Saxon gentleman, who walks in the rain while protected by an umbrella held by his servant over his head. Numerous representations, like the famous drawing of Thomas Wright ?Domestic Manners of the English,? portray the image of England?s early seventieth century gentlemen. The famous Sherlock Holmes, who made his first public appearance in 1887, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s fictional detective character, was depicted in various media as wearing a deerstalker hat and cloak, smoking a pipe and clutching a magnifying glass. His comrade and friend Dr. John H. Watson who following and helped him during his investigating endeavors, was depicted in film holding a long and probably heavy umbrella which Holmes sometimes also used by leaning on while thinking over the facts of a case.Originated from China, the use of the parasol, or later referred to as the umbrella, was adopted by French and English aristocracy before becoming popular to the masses during the next two centuries. But apart from it being adopted by nobles and peasants alike, the umbrella had to overcome the problem of being considered a particularly feminine gadget. According to an early eighteenth century dictionary, the umbrella was considered to be a screen commonly used by women to keep off rain or sun. But it took some years before the English noble society was seen holding this bizarre by highly effective device. While in the mid eighteenth century France was already a proponent of its extremely positive results, England had yet to be convinced of the umbrella?s suitability and general use. It took England by surprise when the founder of the Magdalen Hospital, Jonas Hanway, became the pioneer who begun carrying an umbrella in public display around 1750 and continued doing so for over thirty years, up until his death.Since those days, the umbrella improved its design and the various transformations in its form and material costs, led it to become a necessity; especially when it rains. Found in corner shops and at street sellers, the umbrella?s modern light design and compact collapsible size, due to a telescoping steel trunk, increased its production and usage numbers. New materials, like cotton, plastic film and nylon replaced the original heavy oiled silk and made it a fun and trendy gadget for people to carry around, as it easily fits in a woman?s purse or under a man?s arm.John Gibb is the owner of umbrella sourcesFor more information on umbrellas check out http: / / www.umbrellas-sources4u.info

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***The Umbrella Legend*** Can you imagine yourself getting o unimarter UniMarter
***The Umbrella Legend***

Can you imagine yourself getting out during a rainy day without holding the beloved shelter of an umbrella in your hand? Even if your raincoat matches your outfit and keeps your clothes dry while walking under the rain, the use of an umbrella has transcended generations, royal customs and cultures, becoming a necessity, a cheap but highly desirable device that can indeed protect the beholder as well as improve his or her overall appearance.According to ancient scripts and representations, the parasol, or commonly referred today as the umbrella, was first seen in China, roughly 2,400 years ago. A human invention that according to historians its present form is based on the simpler practice of tiding together large leaves to form a protection shelter against the rain or the sun. Waving the original designs in the air in front of a high ranking individual, was a practice that was transferred through trade and the ?Silk Road? to other ancient civilizations, like the Persians, the Egyptians, or the Greeks, from whom the Romans first saw it and continued to carry it as a symbol of class or even royalty. Religious leaders or people with higher social status were the usual beneficiaries who enjoyed the umbrella?s protection characteristics.Specifically, the umbrella traveled from China to Japan through Korea and was introduced to the West where it was transformed to its present shape and use. Whether it derived from the tent used to protect people against the extreme weather conditions or the palm-leaves and feathers fixed on long handles and carried by peasants above the higher-class leaders of ancient years, the umbrella?s characteristics have remained popular to the present day. In fact, as it has gradually transformed to the lightweight, colorful and flexible design everyone has the ability today to carry or place to his backyard, the umbrella has become a device that is commonly used for a variety of purposes.From the sculptures of Nineveh and the images of ancient Greek Athenian women, parasols, or umbrellas, have been portrayed as a symbol of class and power. Mainly used in southern Europe, probably due to its hotter climate, umbrellas became a gadget and a trend that traveled all over the world and was introduced by different leaders and later endorsed by a variety of people. Since the early days, when umbrellas entered the Basilican Roman churches and were used over the cardinal?s head to symbolize privilege and honor, the cultural shifts and changes in human practices transformed umbrellas to a device of public use. Thus, today, people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world, are processors of umbrellas which protects them against sun or rain. Perhaps, after knowing now some of the unique facts that surround the umbrella history, advancing it to a gadget legend, you will think twice of this simple useful device the next time you will grab it, just in case it rains, and storm out the door.John Gibb is the owner of umbrella sourcesFor more information on umbrellas check out http: / / www.umbrellas-sources4u.info

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***Rain Umbrellas*** Still used to protect from the sun, umb unimarter UniMarter
***Rain Umbrellas***

Still used to protect from the sun, umbrellas are the only easy solution to traveling by not and staying dry on a rainy day. Climate changes, more wet weather as well as health risks due to overexposure to the elements, has shored up business for umbrella manufacturers around the world.Brilliant colors, unusual shapes, myriad textures and intricate designer work have altered the drab umbrella image of the past. Stark black accents bobbing along crowded streets are no longer the norm. Today, rain umbrellas make chic statements about you and your personality. They double up as a great gift item for birthday parties, showers or anniversaries, especially when customized and emblazoned for the occasion.Children fall in love with umbrellas that have polka dots, smiley faces, or frisky kittens, puppies or cartoon capers. Little girls cling to that lilac-hearted splendor with ruffles to frame the beauty. Rainbow-hued umbrella alternatives fixed by elastic around the forehead allow young boys unhindered romps in the puddles!The variations of rain umbrellas are endless, and you can find one to suit your needs according to budget, size and temperament.Some newer variations include dome bubble umbrellas that are transparent and cover the person up to the shoulders, enabling easy navigation on crowded streets. Another ingeniously modified umbrella is the dog umbrella, which enables a guilt-free walk in the park with your pet who stays comfortably dry too!A recent addition is a hands-free device that Velcros your umbrella frame on to you and encourages unhindered movement. Perhaps the newest reinvention is the Lotus 23, invented by an Australian university design student who has taken the umbrella industry by storm. Its dynamics and flexibility prevent buffeting from the wind. It unfolds from and can retract completely into a slim handle. The inventive mechanism helps squeeze out all the extra rainwater and permits easy storage. Carrying an umbrella can become as simple as a pen in your pocket!Rain umbrellas also make great souvenirs. Exquisite lacquered bamboo and paper umbrellas from the Orient are hugely popular and decorate many homes. Whether decorated with foreign city skylines, architectural wonders or quaint traditions, umbrellas evocatively bring back a bit of that heaven into your home.Umbrellas provides detailed information on Umbrellas, Patio Umbrellas, Beach Umbrellas, Rain Umbrellas and more. Umbrellas is affiliated with Band Saws.

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***Umbrellas*** An item of pure functionality, the ubiquitou unimarter UniMarter
***Umbrellas***

An item of pure functionality, the ubiquitous umbrella has evolved through the millennia from being an exclusive item for the higher classes to a product for the masses. China, India, Greece, Rome, Egypt and Africa all record its ancient lineage and symbolism. A crest for royalty or religious heads, it spelt authority and privilege when held aloft.it morphed to a fashion appendage that matched a lady?s apparel. European women carried it for shade, used it as an ingenious aid to flirting, or even as protection from indecent propositioning! Constructed from wood or whalebone, umbrellas had alpaca or oil canvas tops with carved ivory or ebony handles. The first collapsible umbrellas, as well as use of wax and lacquer to better waterproof umbrellas, were of Chinese invention.A clear distinction between a parasol and the umbrella soon surfaced, where the former was used only for protection against the sun while the latter battled precipitation. Silk, gingham, lace and ruffles decorated the former, while the latter stayed simple and sturdy. Women continued to monopolize its use and men preferred to hold it over a woman?s head as she stepped into her carriage.Writer / adventurer Jonas Hanway, in the eighteenth century, thumbed his nose at protocol and stormed male fashion bastions by sporting an umbrella through all his travels. English coffee houses kept a collection of umbrellas for customers to comfortably enter or leave their premises on a rainy day. Britain also encouraged the export of umbrellas to its colonies, thus adding to its popularity. The current umbrella prototype, in shape and metal rib structure, was the brainchild of Samuel Fox in 1852.Gene Kelley and Mary Poppins gave it celluloid prominence through memorable film performances. But the craze for a suntan in the 1930s caused a slump in umbrella stocks. Modern-day fears of carcinoma and skin cancers, through overexposure to the sun, have renewed the use of the umbrella as well as a host of sunscreen products.Nylon or polyester canopies have added to its longevity, while colorful paper parasols decorating a cocktail or fruit drink, and the increased use of beach, patio or golf umbrellas, have given it more visibility and creativity. The fa?ade keeps changing, with different colors, prints, and kinds of material being experimented upon, for newer style statements. Current models that telescopically fold or are embedded with Swarovski crystals add to the umbrella?s allure and charm, making it a treasured keepsake from far-off travels.Umbrellas provides detailed information on Umbrellas, Patio Umbrellas, Beach Umbrellas, Rain Umbrellas and more. Umbrellas is affiliated with Band Saws.

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***Holding An Umbrella*** Can you imagine yourself getting o unimarter UniMarter
***Holding An Umbrella***

Can you imagine yourself getting out during a rainy day without holding the beloved shelter of an umbrella in your hand? Even if your raincoat matches your outfit and keeps your clothes dry while walking under the rain, the use of an umbrella has transcended generations, royal customs and cultures, becoming a necessity, a cheap but highly desirable device that can indeed protect the beholder as well as improve his or her overall appearance.Primarily the umbrella was used as a sunshade device, usually carried by ladies in order to protect their fair skins' tones from the harmful sunlight. According to ancient scripts and representations, the parasol, or commonly referred today as the umbrella, was first seen in China, roughly 2,400 years ago. A human invention that according to historians its present form is based on the simpler practice of tiding together large leaves to form a protection shelter against the rain or the sun. Waving the original designs in the air in front of a high ranking individual, was a practice that was transferred through trade and the "Silk Road" to other ancient civilizations, like the Persians, the Egyptians, or the Greeks, from whom the Romans first saw it and continued to carry it as a symbol of class or even royalty. Religious leaders or people with higher social status were the usual beneficiaries who enjoyed the umbrella's protection characteristics.Nevertheless, things changed over the years and in 17th century England, umbrellas were already used as rain protectors. In particular, Jonas Hanway, was the first Englishman credited with having habitually carried an umbrella during his frequent travels. Those years, the umbrella had a long heavy handle, with ribs of whalebone or cane and sometimes even made of metal. The covering material consisted of oiled silk or cotton and it was William Sangster who in 1848 patented the use of alpaca as an umbrella's covering material. A few years later, in 1852, Samuel Fox was the one who introduced the innovative "U" design for the umbrella's steel-ribbed skeleton so as to combine lightness, increase strength and improve its ribs elasticity.Today, umbrellas are used by all both as a sun and rain protection mechanism. As classes and power roles are now signified by a different, more expensive set of apparatus, umbrella manufacturers have promoted a different image for the contemporary umbrellas' uses. From the famous Hollywood scene in which Gene Kelly is singing in the rain and dances around the city's streets holding an umbrella, to the hot summer beaches where umbrellas are used as sun protection devices, umbrellas are always in fashion and most importantly, always in need. Found in a great variety of rain, beach, patio, pool, or parasol umbrellas, and produced in different sizes and color schemes, umbrellas have been an element of focus for centuries and a device that once even signified social class, royalty and power.Jonathon Hardcastle writes articles on many topics including Outdoors, Golf, and Recreation

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***Funky Personalised Umbrellas*** Rainy days don't have to unimarter UniMarter
***Funky Personalised Umbrellas***

Rainy days don't have to be gloomy days. Jazz up the winter months with a
home-made personalised brolly. Express yourself and shake off those rainy days blues. Add pictures, phrases, names or symbols to your umbrella. You don't need any artistic skills, just a steady hand.All you need is a computer with a printer, an umbrella, fabric paints, a lamp and some selotape.Choose a plain umbrella to work with. Patterned umbrellas distract from the design and drown it any colour brolly will do, even dark colours such as navy or black.The umbrella should be made from a nylon plastic and not PVC. The fabric paints used to decorate on the umbrella are not as effective on PVC umbrellas.Adding a slogan onto the umbrella.
To do this, write a slogan onto a word document on a computer. Make the font as large as possible and chose a font for your slogan. I chose the slogan
"It's raining again..." Which I thought was appropriate and would be great for any Madness fan, and I chose font "Goudy Stout" A bold chunky font.Print out the slogan when you are happy with it. Due to the size of the text the words may get broken up onto different lines, don't worry about this because they can be selotaped together.Cut out the words leaving a good couple of cm's all around the text. Selotape the words back together as necessary. Balance the 'up' umbrella on the backs of two dining table chairs back to back but parted. Sit a lamp on the floor beneath the umbrella so that it shines up through the brolly like a backlight. This is so that you can see the text through the fabric of the umbrella.Using the selotape, stick the slogan to the underside of the umbrella ink side up.Using fabric paint trace around the text, filling in the appropriate parts in paint. Because the text is traced it is neat, all the same size and constant and looks professional.The same principle can be applied to images. Find a simple bold picture in a
Google image search, or photobucket.com. Hello Kitty is a great example.
Print out the image and then trim off the excess paper.Selotape to the under side of an umbrella panel, ink side up. Shine the lamp up through the paper and the brolly and trace the picture with fabric paints.You could have a whole array of characters in a freeze around your brolly, the sky's the limit. Rainy days will forever be funky vibrant days!S. Roberts write for http: / / www.santaspostbag.co.uk a free educational resource packed with creative things to do and make including traditional, religious & 21-century activities. Visit http: / / www.santaspostbag.co.uk / christmas-funky-personalised-umbrellas.html to see photos. SantasPostbag is in association with http: / / www.bigboystoyz.com Together keeping Christmas magical.

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***UMTS -- Taking Wireless to the Streets*** Below I will ex unimarter UniMarter
***UMTS -- Taking Wireless to the Streets***

Below I will explain the following important cell phone terms.What is UMTS? Universal mobile telephone service.What is GSM? Global system for mobile communications. I quickly learned that with all the trips I take to Asia and Europe having a phone with GSM was critical. GSM means Global System for Mobile Communications and is a digital format used widely in Europe and Asia. In the U.S. only T-Mobile and some AT& T and Cingular phones use GSM. It keeps calls separate by assigning a slice of time to each carrier.
What is GPRS? General packet radio service.What is CDMA? Code division multiple access is a digital format used by Sprint, Verizon wireless and some other regional carriers. CDMA is incompatible with other digital formats. With CDMA each caller is assigned additional code to separate the calls. Below is a chart that explains the typical speed of downloading data from the Internet and the network providing it.TDMA: Time Division Multiple Access. The digital format used mainly by AT&T Wireless and Cingular. TDMA is incompatible with other digital formats. TDMA is similar to GSM.
SMS: Short Message Service is also known as text messaging. With SMS I can send a short text message from one cell phone to another or from the Internet to a cell phone. This is great for attending trade shows. I use it to send a quick message to clients about meeting for coffee, or at their booth.Network download speed (kbps)GPRS 30 to 40Edge 70 to 130UMTS 220 to 320HSDPA 400 to 700What do all the letters mean? i HOPE I have explained the cell phone network terms clearly for you. If you are business cellular phone subscriber, you will want to have Internet download speeds ranging from 400 -- 700 kB per second. This will be the fastest available cellular broad brand technology allowing you to experience the same Internet speeds as if you were at home on a wired network. The advantage of being on a UMTS And HSDPA network is you would be able to make data calls as well of voice calls at the same time on your mobile. If for example you have a smart phone that is on the HSDPA network you'll also be able to access any type of Internet information as well as using your smart phone as a cell phone. Also, the other benefit is the cost savings from the carrier's point of view. Not only is there an increased efficiency because both the voice and data is able to go on a single UMTS network, but many cell phone subscribers will love the savings.If you are impatient, you probably would not be happy with the speed of the GPRS network at only 35 kB per second, it is like watching a snail perform a 4 minute run when downloading only 1 megabyte file. You will be perhaps happier with the enhanced data rates for GSM evolution or EDGE service by Cingular wireless. The typical download speed is from 70 to 130 kB per second. Therefore allowing you to download photos, send photo messaging, access high-speed color Internet access, send or receive video and music clips, and access your e-mail. This is ideal for business people, because the download speeds are much faster than dial-up. If you are working in an corporate environment, Cingular wireless is currently offering a nationwide EDGE / WiFi service that allows you to truly experience what is is like to access your email and surf the interent on your mobile smart phone or blackberry device 24 hours a day seven days a week anywhere you can pick up a cellular signal.What are some of the exciting applications of the higher download speed using the Universal mobile telephone service? With download speed between 220 -- 320 kB per second, mobile subscribers will be able to use video to monitor their brand-new baby sitter that they have just hired for the first-time, be able to watch digital TV, be able to listen to digital radio and be able to listen to video on demand or music on demand.GPRS is the slowest data service on GSM phones. The download speed is only 35 kB per second which is comparable to dial-up Internet access. It is painfully slow compared to a modem cable Internet connection. However for a lot of non-business users, it is the only affordable option. For example, for folks who own blackberry devices, PDAs or Treo Palm one devices, they would typically subscribe to a GPRS network which allows them to have text messaging, e-mail and basic wireless application protocol Internet browsing for a similar price that they would be paying for their cell phone service calling plans.To make this a bit easier to understand, below is an example of how long it takes to download 1 MB(megabyte) file using the different networks.If you are on the 2G. network, GPRS -- it would take a full four minutes to download 1 MB file which to me is a very long time.If you are on a 2.5 G. network EDGE -- that same file will take 60 seconds to download.If you are on any 3G. network, UMTS (Universal mobile telephone service) -- a 1 MB file would take only 40 seconds to download.If you are on a 3 G. network, HSDPA -- it would only take 15 seconds to download a one megabyte file. That is significant compared to a full four minutes on a 2G. network.3.5 G. Network is in development, and the download speeds would be comparable to what you would get if you were at home or office and you subscribed to a cable modem broadband Internet service. On a 3.5 G. Network you'll be able to watch a TV program, download any CD-quality audio and play video games with other portable wireless devices on your smart phone or tv or mp3 cell phone.According to Cingular wireless, UMTS is available in only six cities currently: Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego, Phoenix, Detroit and Dallas. By early 2006, the above cities will be upgraded to HSDPA. And eventually there will be 15 to 20 cities where Cingular wireless will offer UMTS / HSdPA.Learning the cell phone language has brought me in touch with what my own cellular needs are as well as for my clients. Most of the work I do is from my vehicle, so I can't wait until a nationwide carrier will be able to offer wireless Internet access while I'm traveling in my car at 60 kph. I currently own a PDA as well as a cell phone, at the end of the day I feel like a clown performing a juggling act.Source: Pocket PC November 2005, Consumer Reports digital buying guide 2004.Copyright ? Rene Tse, the owner of the website: Free cellular Phone DealsRene is on the look out for mobile devices to enhance her productivity. This website cuts to the chase and has valued information on: free cell phone with high speed connection speeds, family plans cell phones, and which is the best data wireless plan option for your Pocket PC or smart phone.I grant permission to publish this article, electronically or in print, as long as the bylines are included, with 2 live links, and the article is not changed in any way.

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***UMD Sales in Sharp Decline, Studios Pull Back*** One of t unimarter UniMarter
***UMD Sales in Sharp Decline, Studios Pull Back***

One of the developments I never really understood was the huge success of movie sales for the Sony Playstation Portable (PSP). When the gaming platform was launched some time ago, game sales were disappointingly low while movies sales were surprisingly high. So high, in fact, that within weeks every studio seemed to jump the bandwagon and began releasing their movies on UMD discs. Well, the dream is over.Hardly surprising, UMD sales have taken a sharp turn for the worse and the phenomenal sales figures of the initial months are a thing to be fondly remembered. UMD sales have become so low at this point that many studios currently pull out of the market altogether. Even Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, for example, who is directly tied to the PSP, of course, has decided to pull back on UMD releases for the time being. Don?t expect any more catalog titles to surface on UMD, and don?t expect every new movie to be released for your PSP either. Pickings will become very slim simply because people have stopped purchasing movies for the platform and seem to have ? finally ? embraced the PSP for what it really is, a gaming platform.Nonetheless, Sony is not sitting idly and now has plans to talk to third party vendors to push for a series of converters that will allow you to play PSP movies on a TV screen. I am not sure who came up with this harebrained idea but I?m sure it will go down in the annals of the video industry as a joke. In case the folks haven?t realized it yet, but we have a format to play back movies on TVs, and we call it DVD. It works pretty well for most of us and has an adoption rate that is way beyond anything the PSP could ever achieve. The image quality is much better, the extras are much better and richer and many times the DVDs are even cheaper. Why anyone would think people could possibly see the PSP as a real alternative to set top players is beyond me, but that's Hollywood for you.Find more great articles and tons of cheap and popular dvd titles on http: / / www.dvd-movie-shop.org

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***Review - Sony PSP*** I'm fairly certain there are folks a unimarter UniMarter
***Review - Sony PSP***

I'm fairly certain there are folks at Nintendo feeling some serious self-loathing right about now. You see, back in the mid-90's Nintendo contracted Sony to develop a CD-ROM drive for the Super Nintendo. As the project progressed, a number of factors (one of them being the spectacular failure of the Sega CD and its' followup the 32X) led Nintendo to can the project. Sony was left holding the bag, with a CD-based gaming system but no one to sell it to.Making proverbial lemonade from lemons, Sony turned around and produced what is perhaps the most successful game console in history, the Sony Playstation. The result? For the first time in history, Nintendo took second place in the video game console market, while fellow rival Sega got out of the console business altogether.One segment of the gaming market Nintendo still has a stranglehold on, however, is the handheld sector. Beginning with the original Gameboy, the name Nintendo has been a veritable synonym for handheld gaming. This dominant streak has held sway through several subsequent iterations of the Gameboy. Some have claimed Nintendo's dual screen DS handheld system to be a revolutionary step forward in portable gaming. Others have decried it as gimmicky. Whichever side you fall on, there's no doubt Nintendo execs are fingering their collars as Sony prepares to rain on their parade with their new Playstation Portable - aka the PSP.Comparing the two systems, I'd say there's a real chance Nintendo may finally have a serious challenger to the portable gaming throne. Most assuredly, Nintendo will claim that they are pursuing a different demographic than Sony (read 'kids'), and to their credit the pre-teen crowd will probably favor the DS over the PSP. But for anyone over the age of 12, the PSP is definitely a serious contender for your pocket change.Okay, so enough Nintendo-bashing. Review the damn thing already.The first impression one gets from the PSP (once you've ravenously clawed your way through the packaging) is just how sleek the system is. From a purely aesthetic standpoint, the PSP is one seriously sexy piece of cutting-edge tech. The system's faceplate is fashioned of one glassy piece, interrupted only by the protrusion of the various buttons. The backside is just as nice, with the UMD disc door featuring a prominent PSP logo inside a silver metal ring set flush against the backplate. The two shoulder buttons are clear plastic, and the perimeter edge is accented in silver giving the whole thing a very streamlined look.Of course, looks are one thing, but how does it actually play? I'm happy to report that the PSP delivers very well in this regard. For a portable system, weight is an important factor, as it is by nature handheld. The PSP is fairly lightweight, especially considering all the hi-tech goodness crammed into it's slim chassis. In fact, it weighs just about the same as the Nintendo DS, if you need the comparison. You could easily play this thing for hours straight without feeling weighed down.One thing that takes a little getting used to is the somewhat cramped form-factor. While the PSP's controls may be perfect for Japanese gamers, most Westerners will find that having a go with the PSP will involve a short learning curve while hunting for a comfortable grip. Really, though, it's no worse than any handheld system before it, and there's no denying that Sony designed the PSP with ergonomics in mind. The back of the PSP has a very subtle curvature on each side, creating a natural shallow channel for placing one's fingertips...it's a small detail, but it counts.Sony smartly modeled the PSP's controls on the PS2's Dualshock controllers, minus two of the front triggers and the right control stick. Replacing the left stick is an analog 'nub', which works much better than it sounds. Rather than tilt on an axis, the nub moves gently in a horizontal direction, giving you the same control as a stick but without the height a stick would require. It's actually a small bit of genius, and works great in action.As you've probably heard, the PSP's main selling point is its' 4.3-inch hi-def screen. While 4.3 inches doesn't sound like much on paper, the PSP's screen really must be seen to be appreciated. Both games and feature films look absolutely fantastic, and since the screen is formatted to a 16:9 ratio both applications can be appreciated in full widescreen, high-definition glory. Watching Spiderman 2 (which was included in the first million units sold in the US) is a remarkable experience; when I first booted it up, I laughed at the game store manager and proclaimed 'It looks better than my television!'. And sure enough, it does. The screen is bright and crisp, and you may find yourself picking details out of the image that you might not have noticed the first time around.Of course, movies are one thing, but the PSP is primarily a game platform. You wouldn't think so, but games benefit from the PSP's hi-def screen moreso than films. Watching something like Wipeout Pure in motion is amazing; not only is the image in razor-sharp hi-definition, it's also widescreen, allowing a larger view of the playfield than ever before. Again, you'd think a 4.3-inch screen wouldn't capable of very much, but it just isn't so. Without a doubt, the PSP's screen is one of the greatest single innovations the handheld gaming world has ever seen.Powering the PSP is a single 333mhz processor, which may not sound too impressive up front, but visually, the PSP stacks up favorably with it's bigger sibling, the PS2. All the flourishes you've come to expect from the full-size gaming platforms, sharp textures, lens flares, hi-poly models, can be found on a device roughly the size of a scientific calculator. Pick up Ridge Racer, perhaps the most visually impressive title in the PSP's launch lineup, and you won't miss the PS2 iterations one bit. Ditto for the aforementioned Wipeout Pure, which actually manages to overtake the PS2's Wipeout Fusion by a fair mile...and not merely by virtue of it's portability. It's actually a better game...if that doesn't say anything to you about the power of the PSP, nothing will.The PSP also lends itself to other applications, such as viewing photos, watching videos, and playing music. Though these are definitely secondary uses for the PSP, they are no less good selling points, as the PSP handles them well enough to be a serious consideration for anyone looking for a secondary media display device. In each instance, simply connecting the PSP to your PC with a 5-pin USB cord will let you drag files from your hard drive onto the PSP's Memory Stick. Pictures and music are fairly straightforward, while video is less so, requiring you to convert it to .mp4 format and set up a separate folder on the Memory Stick.Picture viewing is a breeze. The PSP interface is set up in a horizontal heirarchy displaying each function; you simply navigate left or right to choose the application and then vertically to choose the source. Selecting 'Pictures' and then 'Memory Stick' will let you browse whatever images you have stored on your Memory Stick. Since the PSP uses standard Memory Stick Duo format chips, if you have a digital camera that uses MS Duo sticks, you can simply slap the stick from your digican into the PSP and browse to your heart's content. The PSP allows you to zoom in or out and pan the photos in any direction using the nub.Music is just as easy...you just drag your ATRAC (ech!) or .mp3 (yay!) music files onto the Memory Stick, and then navigate to them the same way you did the photos. One thing the PSP is not, however, is an iPod...you have to set up folders for each group of tunes you want, though you can assign tracks to song groups and play them back at will. That said, the PSP's music playback functionality is great. The PSP comes with a decent set of earbuds and a remote extension allowing you to control the PSP's music functions without having to dig the unit out of your pocket. More importantly, it sounds great. If you know how to edit .wmu playlists, you can even assign thumbnail images to the tracks which will appear when you play back the tune on your PSP.Videos are the biggest pain in the arse, mainly because you have to do the most fiddling. Luckily, homebrew PSP programmers have already jumped to action, and there are already a number of freeware apps available online which will let you drag 'n drop video onto your PSP with little or no trouble.The biggest drawback to all this media fun is the fact that the PSP ships with a measly 32mb Memory Stick. By the time you start messing around with music and video files, you'll be sorely aching for a big 'ole 1GB Memory Stick.So okay, I'm sure you're wondering whether or not any of the horror stories you've heard about the PSP are true. One of the bigger points of contention that's hounded the PSP is the dreaded 'dead pixels' issue. Reports have circulated widely that a number of PSP units have been plagued by 'dead pixels', pixels which are either permanently light or dark, depending on how they're stuck. My unit does indeed have a handful of these dreaded dead pixels, but seriously...I think you'd have to be a real anal-retentive type for it to be considered truly bothersome. I'm certain that a handful of PSP's have some serious issues, and Sony has agreed to repair or replace these units at no cost. However, seeing the problem first-hand, I can honestly say that it doesn't seem to be that big an issue. In fact, over the last week or so, some of the 'dead pixels' seem to have disappeared, leaving only two barely noticeable spots. The other standout problem with the PSP's screen is that it is a veritable magnet for smudges and fingerprints. Sony thoughtfully includes a microfiber cleaning cloth with the unit, and believe me, you'll get a lot of use out of it. If this really bothers you, be aware that for less than $5 you can buy a number of PSP 'skins' which protect the screen from smudges or (gasp!) scratches.The second biggest concern about the PSP has been the battery life. So far, in my experience, the power supply is adequate for what the PSP is...a portable gaming system. With average use, you should expect to get between 4-5 hours of use between recharges. I generally use the PSP to while away lunch breaks or spare moments in the evening when I've got nothing better to do, and I have yet to encounter a situation when I've been left with a fully discharged PSP. If you really expect to put some time into the PSP, you will probably want to get into the habit of carrying around the included 5v power supply or invest in a secondary power source (Pelican currently sells a 'power brick' which will recharge your PSP twice on a single charge for a mere $10). Other reports, from UMD's ejecting from the unit when its' twisted, to poorly fabricated 'square' buttons, have really been overblown. I'm sure you can find faults with the system, but overall, it's very well manufactured and should withstand years of use provided you take care of it.A minor issue of mine lies with the UMD movie lineup. While I'm all for enjoying fan-favorite fare like Hellboy and Kill Bill, I wonder if film studios will truly embrace the format. Will we ever be able to enjoy Citizen Kane or the works of Jean Cocteau on the PSP? I think not. Considering the highly proprietary nature of the UMD format, I can't imagine the studios taking a risk on less bankable material for consideration for UMD release. I suppose those of us who enjoy the occasional foreign or classic film will have to resort to storing flicks on the Memory Stick. Oh well...least common denominator, I suppose...Film snobbery aside, the PSP is truly a remarkable piece of engineering. When the PSP's specs were first unveiled a mere two years ago, it was widely believed that Sony's handheld system was vaporware in the making, and that the final product couldn't possibly deliver. Amazingly, they have. Nearly every point on Sony's ambitious list is intact. With numerous hardware and software improvements on the way (digital camera attachments, installed web browser and chat clients, PSP MMORPG's), Sony has crafted the first true challenger to the handheld gaming throne...and suddenly it feels like 1995 all over again.Alex Mayo is a graphic designer of Irish / Filipino descent who grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. He was raised on comic books, punk rock, and grade-B kung fu movies, which explains his complete and utter inability to deal with real life in a rational manner. He is reasonably well-educated (if Art school counts), reasonably well-read (if graphic novels and the 'Letters to Hustler...' columns count), and reasonably well-fed (if Sliders from White Castle count).Alex currenty supprorts himself as a freelance graphic designer and as the helmsman in charge of http: / / destroy-all-monsters.com a popular Asian-American Pop Culture webzine.

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***UMPC - Stands For Ultra Mobile PC***

For the last 10 years we have had an ever increasing choice of portable electronic devices to help make communication and collaboration an easier task.Cell Phones now do more than just makes calls, small hand held devices called PDA's enable you to stay connected with work whilst on the road.Need to check and email or maybe an spreadsheet? No problem.So now meet a new class of mobile device with the portability of a PDA but the functionality of a laptop.Meet the UMPC or Ultra Mobile PC as it is otherwise known.Originally called "Project Origami" by Microsoft the first devices started to ship from Hardware manufactures, like Samsung and Sony, in May 2006.You can view the original Microsoft television "teaser" here:
http: / / www.umpc.tv / microsoft-project-origami.htmlLet's take the Samsung Q1 as an example.It weighs around 780g and runs a 900MHz ULV Celeron M Processor with 512Mb RAM. It has a standard 7 inch 800 x 480 screen, which is bigger than the popular Sony Playstation Portable, and is powered by a more than reasonable Intel i915 GMS graphic chipset.Now onto the important topic of connectivity. Wireless connectivity is provided by 802.11g and Bluetooth, whilst fixed connectivity is in the form of 2 x USB 2.0 ports, LAN port, Compact Flash II slot and a VGA-out.The built in a stereo speakers work well and the 40GB hard drive provides ample space whilst away from home or the office.All this hardware is useless without an operating system and that is where the Windows XP Tablet edition 2005 comes in. But it does not stop there...The key element of the UMPC is the Touch Pack. This sits on top of the operating system and allows the UMPC screen to be used as a touch style screen as there is no keyboard (although one can be purchased and plugged in if required.)If you are familiar with using a PDA you will be used to using handwriting recognition technology and this is available in the UMPC. However, the touch pack interface allows for a new feature. Called the Dial key it is software especially written for the UMPC that allows you to use your thumbs on a touch screen keyboard that displays in the corner of this handheld device.Overall the UMPC is a great concept and hopefully just as useful in reality.Marc Liron is a Digital Media Evangelist living in the UK. He also holds the Microsoft MVP status and maintains a number of technology related websites. More at http: / / www.marcliron.com

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***What Is This Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) Origami Thingy Anyway?*** unimarter UniMarter
***What Is This Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) Origami Thingy Anyway?***

The Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC or Origami) is a full fledged PC running a modified Windows XP Tablet PC edition operating system. Making it capable of running any application made for Windows XP. The UMPC, previously known by its codename, Origami, is being jointly developed by Microsoft, Intel, Samsung, ASUS, Founder and others. Manufacturers will design these devices according to Microsoft?s base standards. Microsoft intentions are to make these devices ?small, lightweight, carry-everywhere hardware designs? Measurements of the 800x 480 resolution (minimum) touch sensitive screen are reported to be 7 inches (20cm).All UMPCs will be less than 2 pounds and under 2 inches thick. Meaning they will be significantly smaller than a regular tablet PC but certainly larger than a PDA. The Origami devices are expected to be The UMPC will include touch-screen features such as a virtual keyboard called DialKeys from its Windows Touch Pak Interface software. Touch Pak Interface will make the use of styli or fingers on the Ultra-Mobile PC convenient and modify installed applications to fit the small form factor of the UMPC. The price is expected to be below the $999 sweet spot, however recent reports suggest this will not be possible until the next generation of UMPCs when the price is expected to come down to around a $500 tag.The Ultra-Mobile PC will operate on a 1GHz Pentium M, VIA C7-M, or Intel Celeron M processors. RAM and hard drive space will be 256MB and 30-60GB respectively. Origami devices will have a plethora of popular technologies supported, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Ethernet, and USB 2.0 ports.The UMPC could be off to a bumpy start, but the future is bright for the device that will soon support webcams, memory card readers, GPS, fingerprint recognition, and TV tuners with an upgrade to the Windows Vista operating system in 2007. The Ultra-Mobile PC is a whole new category of mobile computing. Stay tuned as we cover more information on Project Origami!Andrew
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***Microsoft's Ultra-Mobile PC: All about Microsoft Origami*** unimarter UniMarter
***Microsoft's Ultra-Mobile PC: All about Microsoft Origami***

Microsoft has suddenly taken the center stage of technology world with its new product called Origami. Every major media of the world seems to be running after Origami now. All the news websites contain more than one article about Origami. It seems that Origami is the next big thing in the technology world is going to dominate the market in the next few months or may be years. Intel is with Microsoft in making Origami. Origami is expected to address a new market for portable computers. It is neither a laptop nor a smart mobile phone or PDA but has can do many works for a user. In terms of size it is in the middle between a PDA and a notebook PC. The only shocking thing is that the device will not be called as Origami but as Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) and most probably this name will gradually take place of the name, Origami.Speculations were very high among the tech bloggers from around the world about Project Origami in the last few months. Although scare information was available until recently, every one expected Microsoft to produce something that would create a storm in the technology world.Microsoft bosses hope that they have been able to address a new market with Origami since it is a unique device in terms of size, price and performance. It is so light that its weight is less than 2.5 pounds and it comes with a 7-inch touch-sensitive screen. Thus Origami is really portable. Microsoft officials are upbeat with their optimism that within a few years Origami computer (UPMC) will become indispensable like mobile phone. Perhaps the main reason behind their high expectations is the versatile nature of Origami computers. It runs on Microsoft Windows XP Tablet PC Edition operating system and it can do many works including playing games, digital music, mobile communication, and surfing internet, checking and responding to emails and so on. In future, Origami computers will run on Windows Vista. Origami computers can support both Blue Tooth and Wi-Fi wireless technology. This also means that a user can use his keyboard with the help of wireless technology. They run on microprocessors built by Intel. The only thing that a user may miss is keyboard. However, it has USB 2 ports and thus adding an external keyboard is not a problem. 30 to 60 Gigabyte hard drive means a user can really use it like a regular PC too.Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., Taiwan's Asustek Computer Inc. and China's second largest PC-maker, the Founder Group, are the 3 companies who are going to produce the hardware of Origami computers (UMPC). All of them are serious players in the technology world and naturally they will try their best to make Origami computers popular in the market. Samsung's product (known as Q1) will hit the market in this May. However, the price of Q1 is going to high.Who will be the main customers of Origami computers? Microsoft officials are hopeful that this device will attract everyone. Since it can do the works of a mobile phone, a personal computer, a notebook and a PDA handheld device, Microsoft bosses have the feeling that may be this is the ultimate portable device we all need. GPS, a webcam, fingerprint reader, digital TV tuners, and compact flash and SD card readers will be in many Origami computers (UMPC) in very near future. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Ethernet networks can be used to connect between Origami computers and wide-area networking is on the card too.Many people think that project Origami is an effort to seriously challenge Apple's IPOD, the portable music player. iPOD has remained largely unchallenged since its birth as a portable device and many bloggers have speculated the emergence of Origami from Microsoft as a response to Apple's supremacy in the portable device market. However, Microsoft officials are in no mood to confirm this theory and surely they have a strong point. Origami is not just a music player like iPOD but lot more than that. Microsoft officials can also argue that many players have been trying to make an ultra thin and ultra light but very powerful portable computer but Microsoft could make the breakthrough. Since, Origami computers run with Windows XP operating system, it will be able to do many functions. This feature will also make the works of application developers easier.The main problem with Origami computers is its high price. When Bill Gates first talked of the idea of an ultra light portable computer, most people got the perception that its price would be under US $500 but we already know that the price will be from US $600-1000. Such a high price may discourage many users. However, it is natural that any technology is expensive at first and later becomes cheaper. The same will happen for Origami computers too. Finally, Origami is not just a source of entertainment but alsoMicrosoft's bid to enter into the portable device market seriously will surely create pressure on other industry players. It is for sure that other major players both in the hardware and the software world will try to come out with something substantial to answer to Microsoft's challenge. If another company can address the price issue seriously then surely Microsoft and its partners will face serious challenge. On other hand, we are yet to get any reaction from the open source world about Microsoft's Origami computers. Are they thinking of their own version of UMPC?Until a few years ago, the idea of an ultra thin computer was like a science fiction. Microsoft has successfully brought this idea into reality with its project Origami. We have heard in the recent years that the computers of tomorrow will be thin like paper and users will be able to fold them after using. Project Origami only reminds us that the researchers are not sitting idle to make this idea into reality.Razib Ahmed regularly writes in his blogs:
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***Ultra Mobile PC's - The Future of Mobile Computing & Enter unimarter UniMarter
***Ultra Mobile PC's - The Future of Mobile Computing & Entertainment***

Just when we think we've reached our mobile limit, something always comes around to blow our minds. PDA's hit the mobile business world and exploded into an overnight sensation. Laptops use to be a rare purchase, but are becoming almost as common as a regular desktop now. Tablet PC's haven't taken off like everyone had hoped, but they do have some great uses. PDA phones and other internet ready phones are almost a necessity, not only delivering email and internet, but now video and other mobile entertainment. What could possibly be next? How do you get better than what we have now?Introducing the Ultra Mobile PC (or UMPC) standard. What is an Ultra Mobile PC? It's a standard developed by Microsoft, in what they dub the "Origami Project". An Ultra Mobile PC will be similar to the tablet pc, but much smaller, and with a much more specific purpose.. to deliver information and entertainment "on the go", in a small form factor mobile pc. It would essentially be a cross between an internet ready pda, and a tablet. A UMPC will be larger than any pda on the market, but still small enough to carry around easily, without all of the bulk you get from a laptop or tablet.It's important to remember that UMPC is a standard though, like the term PDA is a standard. There won't be two exactly alike, except maybe certain brands that have similar models, but they will all be similar in most ways.So how is a UMPC going to be so small, yet powerful enough to do anything? Well, quite honestly, it's actually pretty simple to make such a thing so small and still powerful. Without a full sized keyboard, with a touch screen replacing any mouse or touch pad, and with usb and memory stick slots replacing floppy and cd drives, you've reduced the necessary size tremendously. So you essentially end up with something nearly as powerful as a laptop, yet less than half the size, and so much easier to carry around.While most of the specs from the different brands will be slightly different, here are some features that you can come to expect among most Ultra Mobile PC's. Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 128 MB of memory (or more) 7" diagonal display (or smaller) 800 x 480 wide screen resolution Integrated touch screen Integrated wireless and or bluetooth USB / Firewire Various memory stick slots Much longer battery life than a laptop Flip out, slide out, or simple on screen keyboardIt's also important to note that the price tag is looking to be between $600 and $1000, though I would expect those numbers to drop over time, similar to any other new computer products. I'm sure there will be some extremely high end models as well though, depending on the stats, but this is what the market is saying right now anyway.A UMPC won't be a replacement for a pda, and it won't necessarily be a replacement for your laptop either, I see it being more of a companion to all of the above. You probably won't want to type up an essay on it without a full sized keyboard, and you most likely won't want to carry it around with you all day just to view your calendar like you would with your pda.So what would you use a UMPC for then? Well that's simple really.. everything else. Mobile internet, music, movies, games, research, news, and about everything else you would have to lug out your laptop for or go sit at your computer for.How great would it be to be able to do most of the things you would normally do on a computer or laptop, easily on a portable device? Not only at home, but on the go? Looking for recipes while you cook Comparing online prices and other store prices while you're out shopping Checking the news while you're waiting at the doctors office Getting directions while you're trying to remember how to get to your aunts house Easily chat with your friends while you watch tv Download your favorite movies, shows, or music, anywhere, anytime.The possibilities are endless, and I could go on forever talking about the things you could do with an ultra mobile pc. The point is that when UMPC's hit the mainstream, they're going to change the mobile world as we know it. I don't know about you, but I can't wait.-------------------------------
This article taken from Computer Discounts Guide - Ultra Mobile PC's (UMPC). View the website for more helpful guides.Donny Duncan, the author of Computer Discounts Guide has been in the computer field for over thirteen years.

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***Linux Vs. Windows*** This article will not attempt to adv unimarter UniMarter
***Linux Vs. Windows***

This article will not attempt to advocate the use of Linux over Windows or vice versa. I will try to present the differences and similarities between Linux and Windows in a fair manner.Overview:Both Linux and Windows (2000, NT, XP, Vista) are operating systems. Linux was inspired from Unix, while Windows was inspired from VMS.While no single company ?owns? Linux, Windows is owned by Microsoft. Various distributions (often referred to as ?distros?) of Linux come from different companies (e.g. Red Hat, Novell SuSE, Mandrake etc.), while all Windows flavors (95, 98, 2000, XP, Vista) come from Microsoft.Both Linux and Windows come in Desktop and Server editions.Cost:As far as cost is concerned, Linux is very cheap or free. I used the word ?very cheap? for enterprise users. While anybody can download, install and use Linux, the distribution companies usually charge for technical support.
Windows is expensive. You first pay for the copy of the software and then again for the technical support if you ever want it.
There is another catch though; Windows enforces you to use a single copy on a single computer. This is not the case with Linux though, once you purchase Linux, you can run it on an unlimited number of computers.GUI:Both Windows and Linux are GUI based operating systems.
I?m afraid but, Windows has better GUI than Linux and it will get far better with the upcoming Windows Vista release. Linux has two GUIs: Gnome and KDE. Linux is fast catching up and is evolving from a server operating system to a desktop operating system.Command Line:Both Windows and Linux comes with command line interface. Windows calls it the ?DOS prompt?, while Linux refers to it as the ?shell?. Linux?s shell is far more superior than Window?s DOS prompt. It can do a whole lot of things that are not possible in Windows. Linux support various command line shells such as BASH, Bourne, Korn, C shell and many other.Third Party Application Software Availability:
Both Windows and Linux run third-party applications. Windows, compared to Linux, has far greater number of third party applications available for use. A program written for Windows will not run under Linux (although it can be made to emulate, but it will be very annoying and hence not recommened).Linux?s application base is, however, increasing threefold. On a more close examination, the average computer user uses the following applications 90% of the time: Word Processor (Office suite), E-mail client, Web browser, Media software, and Instant Messenger. Linux has all these applications and in fact has many flavors for each.Like Linux, all third party applications are very cheap or free. Whereas, Windows applications can cost a leg and a limb.Security:Simply put it this way, Windows is not secure. If you are using Windows and don?t have Antivirus, Anti Spyware, and firewall (memory and resource eating applications), your computer can get affected by a virus in less than 10 minutes. I remember restoring a fresh copy of Windows XP on my Toshiba A40 notebook. I was browsing the Internet with Microsoft Internet Explorer and my machine got infected with loads of spyware in less than 15 minutes!Microsoft came up with Firewall and Anti Spyware products, but these programs run in the background and eat up your computer?s precious memory.Linux, on the other hand, doesn?t have these issues. I?m not aware of any spywares for Linux. One can safely run a Linux distro without ever worrying about installing Anitvirus or Anti-Spywares.Windows also has more security flaws than Linux. By security flaw, I mean a hacker can compromise the Windows operating system and break into your machine and destroy your files. But, flaws on Windows are quickly fixed and patches are often made available almost instantly after the flaw is reported.Supported Hardware:Windows was originally designed for Intel based machines. Earlier version of Windows NT also ran on RISC and Alpha architectures, but not anymore.
Linux run on a wide variety of hardware. And can support some very old legacy hardware. I?ve seen a Linux distro running on a 486 based machine.Diver Availability:As one author once said, ?Windows is a bag of drivers?. I think that is quite true. Installing a new hardware device is a piece of cake in Windows, whereas it can be a nuisance on Linux especially for average Joe. I can?t in my wildest dreams imagine my dad installing a sound card successfully in Linux.Things however will not stay the same for long. Manufacturers are also offering Linux drivers for their hardware, which will simplify the process.Network Support:Linux beats Windows bad in this area. Windows was never designed for the Internet. Unix, on which Linux is based, was designed for Internet (or Network) and is far more efficient compared to Windows. A senior Network Administrator working for a Fortune-500 company, recently pointed to me that if we monitor the traffic between exchange Windows based Exchange Server and Client, we can see that hundreds of packets are going to and from even when both are idle. He said that such is not the case with Linux.However, our average Joe will never see or feel any difference. Windows Internet is good enough for him.File System:Windows Vista will use a new file system called WinFS. Earlier version used FAT (FAT16 and FAT32) and NTFS file systems, with NTFS being the preferred choice. Linux supports ext2 and ext3 file systems.FAT file systems were mediocre, but NTFS can be compared with the Linux file systems.Both file systems allows us to create directories, sub directories and file. Linux file systems are case-sensitive whereas, NTFS is not.Normally, Linux systems cannot access NTFS file systems, but with the help of add-on software, it can.Help and Documentation:
Linux help and documentation is quite good, accurate and to the point compared.I?ve been using Windows for well over 8 years now. Frankly speaking, I hardly ever checked the accompanying documentation or the help file because everything is so simple that nobody needs to venture in the help file.What should I buy?OK. Truth hurts, but let it be. If you are average Joe, that extra $300 on Windows are worth spending. If you are looking an OS for your server, never even think about Windows. Buy Linux.About the Author:
Umer Mansoor is a software engineering student. He is a mild-mannered, soft spoken and non-violent kind of guy. He is inspired by God, Dad and Mom. He has written an open source scripting language, an open source SSH implementation and an open source security audit tool for cisco routers. His projects are hosted at: http: / / www.pegsol.com / newdesign / development.htmHe can be reached at: umer.mansoor-at-gmail.com

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***Laptops, Notebooks and Portable Computers: Making the Choice** unimarter UniMarter
***Laptops, Notebooks and Portable Computers: Making the Choice***

With the current portable computing market being very strong and offering hundreds of choices from full laptops, to portable media stations, to ultra-portable PCs, to smart phones and PDAs, you really need to know what you're looking for prior to going out to purchase.The current popular classifications of portable "smart" electronics allows everything to fall in to one or more of six categories: full laptop, thin-and-light laptop, UMPC, tablet PC, smart phone, or PDA.Full laptops are the style notebook you're used to, they range in size and weight, but are generally much heavier and bulkier than the other options. They're also significantly more powerful, however, at a much higher power draw - which usually results in battery life of circa-four hours. Some laptops have dedicated graphics processors, however, most in the consumer price range do not - thus, gaming on laptops can be difficult and pricey.The new "thin-and-light" style notebooks have caught on dramatically in the last few years. With the majority of the same features of the full laptopns, thin-and-lights usually sport 13- or 14-inch screens, light weight, and many energy conserving features to optimize battery life. These laptops also will not work well for gaming, but for business and web related work, will work amazingly.UMPCs are a recent release from Microsoft, although, previously released as handtops - the handtops category quickly died out. UMPCs are usually small enough to fit in one hand, sport a variety of styles, usually a QWERTY keyboard, Windows XP or Tablet Edition operating system, low specifications, and generally low battery life. The most prominent UMPC on today's market is the OQO. These are usually very pricey, and the small screens make them rather unattractive for gaming.Tablet PCs are an old invention, and usually look a lot like a piece of thick paper. The screens are touch sensitive, and the mouse is usually controlled with a stylus, rather than a mouse or touchpad. Specifications and battery life is frequently lower than usual in these, and prices are usually substantially higher. They are much smaller than full laptops, though much bigger than UMPCs.Smart phones and PDAs are frequently classed together, since the main difference is the ability to connect to a PST (public switched telephone) network. PDAs are personal digital assistants, and usually don't feature a full operating system past simple functionality such as address book, calendar, and notetaking.Adam X. Knife runs a laptop reviews site as well as a domain registrar reviews site and a site explaining Google PageRank.

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***UMPC - For People Who Look For the Best*** Nobody wants t unimarter UniMarter
***UMPC - For People Who Look For the Best***

Nobody wants to stay away from the best, then how can you? Let me introduce you to the latest gadget in the tech industry, Ultra Mobile PC commonly known as UMPC. In simpler terms it is a complete PC with ultra mobility.It combines the power of Windows XP with mobile-ready technologies. There are various benefits attached with it, ranging from anytime connectivity, it does not matter in which part of the world you are in, you can check your e-mails, can chat and stay connected with the world all the time.It uses a built-in wireless connectivity which gives Internet access anytime and from anywhere. The device weighs approximately 2 pounds and has an integrated touch panel with bluetooth facility. UMPC is handy and easy to use. You can use it simply by touching its screen with your finger or the stylus.Enjoy the comfort and ease of shopping for Ultra Mobile PC from the comfort of your home or office with Internet. Browse through various online sellers website and you will get the best deal. Make sure to do a bit of research before making any decision. The increasing number of online Ultra Mobile PC seller has opened up an opportunity for you to get the desired Ultra Mobile PC at a price that fits perfectly to your pocket.Comfort, mobility and complete entertainment are the words that match perfectly with the UMPC. It won?t be wrong to say, that UMPC reflects technology at its best.Sally Thompson has spent most of her life in the field of finance. She has done her Masters in Finance and expertise in writing articles on Financial as well as Credit products.

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***Downloading Movies onto Your PSP*** Have you got a PSP an unimarter UniMarter
***Downloading Movies onto Your PSP***

Have you got a PSP and can?t bring yourself to pay the exorbitant shop prices for the UMD movies.Then why don?t you download movies or convert DVD films and view them on you PSP.Here is how to do it. Follow theses easy steps and you could be watching movies on your PSP in a short time.If you want to convert a DVD then do the following:1. Convert the DVD movie using a psp video converter which will let you rip and convert video files so that they can be viewed on your PSP.2. Put you DVD in your PC and start the PSP video converter software. Select the extract and encode option ensuring the format is set to PSP.OR ...you can download movies in the correct format from one of many PSP download sites.Once you have the movie in the correct format:Download the converted file to your PSP by connecting the PC to the PSP via the USB cable.You will then see the memory stick in the PSP as a new drive on your computer.The PSP has a number of directories on its memory stick for storing music, games etc under the PSP folder. However there is no movies sub-directory.Movies need to be stored in a directory called MP_ROOT100MNV01. This is a historical naming convention based on the Sony Clie product. Most video conversion products will handle the name convention and folder locations for you.That?s all there is to it. Your movie is now ready to watch at a fraction of the cost of a UMD movie.If you want to find out more about the video converter software and where to download movies (and music, games etc) then look here http: / / www.adwarechoice.com / psp

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***Miraculous Sofievka Park in Uman, Ukraine*** We live in K unimarter UniMarter
***Miraculous Sofievka Park in Uman, Ukraine***

We live in Kiev, only 300 kilometres from Uman and can easily get to Sofievka park by car, bus or train... As we heard a lot of exalted stories about Uman park, we decided to go there by car early in the morning and see the park ourselves. Uman is located on Kiev-Odessa road, which is a good quality for Ukraine. The way to Uman took us about 3,5 hours and then we parked near Sofievka park, bought tickets and passed the entrance which led to the rose-garden. I was astonished by beautiful blossoming roses of many kinds and their bright colors. It was still morning, there were not many people in the park and we could walk among the roses almost alone, smell them and enjoy their beauty. The photographer would spend there much time taking pictures!I knew only that Uman park was built by Count Stanislav Pototskiy as a romantic gift for his wife Sofia and bears her name. Then I also learned that Sofia told her future husband about some beautiful park she saw and thus inspired him to make a miracle for her. She was Greek by origin and an outstanding beauty, when she went to the Emperor?s court, people climbed on chairs just to see her. Sofia somehow managed to have friendly relations with kings, earls and emperors of powerful states. After marriage with Stanislav Pototskiy they lived in Uman since 1798.Soon Stanislav decided to make a fairy tale Sofievka park in Uman to please his young wife. The parks trees, large stones, fantastic grottoes, waterfalls, lakes, antique statues and picturesque cliffs were designed as a romantic gift of love. A lot of trees were brought from exotic countries, the park was decorated by amazing statues, vases, obelisks. A real miraculous park appeared only in a few years. When Sofia?s birthday came, her husband made enchanting celebrations with fireworks and presented her the park. Sofia was greatly delighted with the gift.As we walked the parks roads, we came to a beautiful lake where there were many hungry grey and reddish fish. When you throw a small piece of bread into the lake, suddenly a large mouth appears from underwater and grasps it silently :). Then we saw the main entrance to the park which was decorated by two stone guard towers with a crown symbolizing ancient Roman goddess of household and fire called Vesta. There is a legend that if newly weds pass under the Vesta crown in Uman Park, they will live a happy life together, that?s why a lot of couples come to this park :). We met several newly-wed couples who took pictures with their friends and relatives.The we passed a few wonderful waterfalls, Thunder grotto and Venus grotto and went to the Upper lake with boats and artificial Island of Love with Rose pavilion. Here you can make a trip on a large boat in total silence and see underwater river, leading to the Dead Sea. There was a large queue to the boat, so we just bought the apricots ice-cream and walked along the lake shore enjoying singing of birds and views. We also saw the map of Uman Park and were curious to see Chinese pavilion.On the way to pavilion we stopped to have some rest at a beautiful lane under large trees. We had fun there climbing up the trees and lying on green grass. Then suddenly it began raining and we run to small picturesque summerhouse, which turned out to be the Chinese pavilion. After the rain we continued our walk and got into a ?garden of dwarf plants? where I saw decorative wild strawberries, small yellow flowers, small plants with beautiful leaves... I had the impression that I had seen that place before in my dreamsIt was time to go back and we went to our car... When we drove out of Uman, thunderstorm began and on the road back to Kiev we saw an amazing rainbow over the field.Polina Kryuchkova is running an Advance-Tour travel company in Kiev, Ukraine. You can find more info on travels to Ukraine at the website.

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***10 Things You Ought to Try in Kuching, Sarawak*** Here ar unimarter UniMarter
***10 Things You Ought to Try in Kuching, Sarawak***

Here are 10 things you ought to try when you're in Kuching, Sarawak.1. Taste Kuching's favourite noodle dish called "kolo mee". This simple noodle dish with slices of barbecued pork,
a sprinkling of spring onions and a bowl of soup drives Kuchingites (that's what we call people from Kuching) abroad mad with desire. Available at most coffeeshops and cafes in Kuching. If you can find "kolo mee", you should also try the spicy Sarawak laksa, another specialty dish of Sarawak.2. Try "umai".
"Umai" is the Melanau's version of the Cantonese 'yee sang' (raw fish salad). Imagine a fiesty salad of shallots, raw fish, lime juice and salt.Never leave without giving this dish a try!3. Take a boat ride to the other side of the Kuching River for 30 sen (or USD 0.10)
The non-motorised boat ride goes across the Kuching River in just under five minutes. It's a slow and beautiful boat ride across a lovely river. Where to go for this boat ride? Just get to the Kuching Waterfront, the pride of all Kuchingites.4. Hang loose at the Waterfront.
It's a hip and happening place to be when the sun sets even if you're only sipping "teh tarik" which is hot tea with milk. Watch the world go by or observe the boats ply the river.5. Support the local pepper industry!
Sarawak pepper is world famous so don't even think of leaving the place without grabbing all sorts of pepper paraphernalia - from pepper sweets to pepper perfume!6. Bite into a crispy "tebaloi"
This traditional biscuit of the native people of Sarawak is made from another famous Sarawakian export, sago.Sago flour imparts a distinctive taste to this biscuit. It even comes in chocolate flavour, besides the usual traditional recipe.7. Buy yourself a "pua kumbu"
A pua kumbu is a handwoven cloth used by Iban tribe, inspired by their dreams. The intricate colours and superb workmanship
makes each piece a work of art. Get yourself one if you can afford it.8. Explore the national parks!
Sarawak is teeming with national parks so go on the adventure of your life. Experience wildlife like you've never seen before.
Start with the famous Bako National Park. We assure you it won't be your last.9. Take home some lovely pottery!
From rustic jars to pots, from vases to pen holders, there's nothing like an authentic Sarawakian pottery to remind you of this laidback land, showcasing the best of native culture.10. Enjoy the Sarawak Cultural Village
The Sarawak Cultural Village is hailed as Asia's best living museum, showcasing Sarawak's native peoples, their lifestyle, their homes and their culture. Just 45 minutes by car from the city of Kuching, this village of 14 acres will astound you with the wondrous diversity of people and their culture. If there's only one place to visit while you're here, make it the Sarawak Cultural Village.Krista Goon is a writer and the co-business owner of RedboxStudio.com which helps business owners maximise their website potential through ideas, tips and brainwaves. She also runs SarawakOnline.com, a helpful resource for all things Sarawak.

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***Traditional Ceremonies: A Zambian Safari!*** Zambia safar unimarter UniMarter
***Traditional Ceremonies: A Zambian Safari!***

Zambia safari has it all ?an ideal tourist destination for that special holiday of your lifetime. And Africa's undiscovered gem! But why? Because of the rich cultural heritage, the spectacular wildlife, the unforgettable adventure and the awesome beauty.And don?t forget Zambia is home to the mystic and awesome Victoria Falls. And Zambians are well known for being warm and friendly people. Zambia safari is a cultural tourism you?ll remember.Rich Cultural Heritage
With a population of only 10 million people in a country of 753,614 sq km Zambia is large country. It?s larger than Texas in the USA and has one of the lowest populations to land ratio in Africa. The high urbanisation has resulted in massive tracts of uninhabited land across the country. But, however, many of the rural inhabitants have retained their indigenous and traditional customs and values.The government recognizes this and has set up institutions to protect and promote Zambian culture. The National Heritage Conservation Commission is one. Government and private museums and cultural villages promote the expression of artistic talents.Over 73 dialects are spoken in Zambia but the official language is English and most Zambians speak it fairly well. All media and business is in English. Bemba is the next most commonly spoken language, followed by Nyanja. Other large languages are Tonga, Luvale, Lozi. Being a haven of peaceful Zambia has hosted many refuges from the neighbouring countries in the past and still do today. It?s an epitome of unity in diversity.Traditional Ceremonies
Would you have known it? Zambia has numerous traditional ceremonies. But a word of advice! They generally do not follow the normal calendar. The weather elements and a bit of "sniffing around" or such related matters bring things to bear on the date? if you get the drift...But seriously, the timing of most traditional ceremonies depend more on natural factors such as rainfall, the season, the position of the moon, the month, etc. If you happen to be around when one of these ceremonies is on don?t miss the opportunity. Just ask your tour operators they?ll advise you.There are more than 21 annual traditional ceremonies cerebrated in Zambia. They generally manifest customs, social life, rituals, oral history, material and spiritual culture. They provide a valuable insight to a traditional culture that has been passed down from generation to generation.Two of the more colourful traditional ceremonies are Ku-omboka and Umutombuko.Ku-omboka
The Ku-omboka means "to get out of the water onto dry ground". Every year during the rainy season as the floodwater of the upper Zambezi River valley rises, the Lozi people make a ceremonial move to higher ground.They pack their belongings into canoes .?and the whole tribe leaves en mass! The Litunga (the Lozi King) rides in his royal barge called the "Nalikwanda". It?s got zebra stripes that run up and down and make it look great on the water. Numerous boats and canoes of all sorts, shape, colour and make follow it.Just imagine the jostling that gets under way when it?s time for the people to get selected for this great honour, the honour to paddling the royal barge. A troop of traditionally dressed Lozis paddle it with pride. It takes about six hours to cover the distance between the wet season capital Limulunga and the dry season capital Lealui,This crossing when completed successfully is celebrated with traditional singing and dancing. Great traditional beer and all! This ceremony dates back more than 300 years ago.The Umutombuko
The celebration is an annual reminder of the victories of Chief Mwata Kazembe of the Lunda people. It commemorates the migration of his great kingdom into Luapula Province of Zambia from the Congo earlier last century. The two-day ceremony is a grand affair, mixed with ritual, semi-mystic performance, pounding drumbeats and long speeches. The women bring tributes of beer and food to the chief.Then the chief, smeared with white powder, goes to pay homage to his ancestral spirits by pouring the foodstuff in special places such as shrines and into the special lake. Children have a ?field day.? They jump into the water to collect the food stuff. ?and they get praised for finding the bounty.Later the Chief is carried in a special hammock back to his palace accompanied by the beating of drums. On the second day, a goat is slaughtered before the Mutomboko dance is opened by the chief. This ceremony takes place in the Luapula Province near the border with DR Congo.Enestle Zimba is a practising geologist for over twenty years. He promotes Zambia tourism and safari part time. He?s a great believer of conservation.http: / / zambiasafari.blogspot.com
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***Wines of Montefalco - Sagrantino Passito*** The most popu unimarter UniMarter
***Wines of Montefalco - Sagrantino Passito***

The most popular wine created in Montefalco is Sagrantino. Wines from the region of Sangiovese date back to pre-Roman times however, it was Franciscan friars that actually introduced Sagrantino wine grapes to the region from Minor Asia. Today, Sagrantino can boast about the certificates of quality DOC and DOCG, which it received in 1979 and 1992.The uniqueness of Sagrantino is that one special variety is created by using partially dried grapes; however, other cultivated grapes are used as well.Sagrantino of Montefalco?s dry version is a garnet red color with just a soft whiff of violet petals with an aroma of blackberries. The alcohol strength is between 13% and 15% and should be served at room temperature to delight your tastebuds.The variety of Sagrantino created with partially dried grapes is a full-bodied wine, which is smooth, spicy, and warm. The alcohol strength is always 14% or more. The color of this variety of wine is also a garnet red.Sagrantino Passito wine is another favorite of the Montefalco region and is the most traditional and ancient wine of the area. This dessert wine is created by using Sagrantino grapes with traditions that have been passed down through the ages. The grapes are fully ripe when they are chosen for Passito wine. They are placed on racks in rooms that are very well ventilated so the grapes can dry out evenly and slowly. They will go through the drying process for two months before they are pressed and made into delightful dessert wine.Montefalco wines were at one time created by monks and their wonderful way of creating such exquisite wines still exist today with the help of Sagrantino grapes that are harvested at the perfect time, aged for the exact amount of time, and then pressed and turned into wine.Other wines produced here are Montefalco Rosso DOC and Montefalco Riserva DOC. They are produced mixing up Sagrantino and Sangiovese grapes. These are very good red wines.Wines produced in Montefalco are exported all over the world, making this city very famous and known.I like travelling a lot, especially abroad. I'm really interested in history, especially roman on (I live in Italy, so it's not hard to find some roman ruins or something else to see)!!Find information about the http: / / www.tuttomontefalco.it / eng / montefalco-wine / wines-montefalco.php Wines of Montefalco and http: / / www.bed-and-breakfast-in-umbria.it / eng / montefalco / montefalco.aspx Tourism in Montefalco
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***The Umbrella Legend*** Can you imagine yourself getting o unimarter UniMarter
***The Umbrella Legend***

Can you imagine yourself getting out during a rainy day without holding the beloved shelter of an umbrella in your hand? Even if your raincoat matches your outfit and keeps your clothes dry while walking under the rain, the use of an umbrella has transcended generations, royal customs and cultures, becoming a necessity, a cheap but highly desirable device that can indeed protect the beholder as well as improve his or her overall appearance.According to ancient scripts and representations, the parasol, or commonly referred today as the umbrella, was first seen in China, roughly 2,400 years ago. A human invention that according to historians its present form is based on the simpler practice of tiding together large leaves to form a protection shelter against the rain or the sun. Waving the original designs in the air in front of a high ranking individual, was a practice that was transferred through trade and the ?Silk Road? to other ancient civilizations, like the Persians, the Egyptians, or the Greeks, from whom the Romans first saw it and continued to carry it as a symbol of class or even royalty. Religious leaders or people with higher social status were the usual beneficiaries who enjoyed the umbrella?s protection characteristics.Specifically, the umbrella traveled from China to Japan through Korea and was introduced to the West where it was transformed to its present shape and use. Whether it derived from the tent used to protect people against the extreme weather conditions or the palm-leaves and feathers fixed on long handles and carried by peasants above the higher-class leaders of ancient years, the umbrella?s characteristics have remained popular to the present day. In fact, as it has gradually transformed to the lightweight, colorful and flexible design everyone has the ability today to carry or place to his backyard, the umbrella has become a device that is commonly used for a variety of purposes.From the sculptures of Nineveh and the images of ancient Greek Athenian women, parasols, or umbrellas, have been portrayed as a symbol of class and power. Mainly used in southern Europe, probably due to its hotter climate, umbrellas became a gadget and a trend that traveled all over the world and was introduced by different leaders and later endorsed by a variety of people. Since the early days, when umbrellas entered the Basilican Roman churches and were used over the cardinal?s head to symbolize privilege and honor, the cultural shifts and changes in human practices transformed umbrellas to a device of public use. Thus, today, people of all ages and backgrounds all over the world, are processors of umbrellas which protects them against sun or rain. Perhaps, after knowing now some of the unique facts that surround the umbrella history, advancing it to a gadget legend, you will think twice of this simple useful device the next time you will grab it, just in case it rains, and storm out the door.John Gibb is the owner of umbrella sourcesFor more information on umbrellas check out http: / / www.umbrellas-sources4u.info

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***The Umbrella Mystery*** Many are familiar with the image unimarter UniMarter
***The Umbrella Mystery***

Many are familiar with the image of an Anglo-Saxon gentleman, who walks in the rain while protected by an umbrella held by his servant over his head. Numerous representations, like the famous drawing of Thomas Wright ?Domestic Manners of the English,? portray the image of England?s early seventieth century gentlemen. The famous Sherlock Holmes, who made his first public appearance in 1887, as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle?s fictional detective character, was depicted in various media as wearing a deerstalker hat and cloak, smoking a pipe and clutching a magnifying glass. His comrade and friend Dr. John H. Watson who following and helped him during his investigating endeavors, was depicted in film holding a long and probably heavy umbrella which Holmes sometimes also used by leaning on while thinking over the facts of a case.Originated from China, the use of the parasol, or later referred to as the umbrella, was adopted by French and English aristocracy before becoming popular to the masses during the next two centuries. But apart from it being adopted by nobles and peasants alike, the umbrella had to overcome the problem of being considered a particularly feminine gadget. According to an early eighteenth century dictionary, the umbrella was considered to be a screen commonly used by women to keep off rain or sun. But it took some years before the English noble society was seen holding this bizarre by highly effective device. While in the mid eighteenth century France was already a proponent of its extremely positive results, England had yet to be convinced of the umbrella?s suitability and general use. It took England by surprise when the founder of the Magdalen Hospital, Jonas Hanway, became the pioneer who begun carrying an umbrella in public display around 1750 and continued doing so for over thirty years, up until his death.Since those days, the umbrella improved its design and the various transformations in its form and material costs, led it to become a necessity; especially when it rains. Found in corner shops and at street sellers, the umbrella?s modern light design and compact collapsible size, due to a telescoping steel trunk, increased its production and usage numbers. New materials, like cotton, plastic film and nylon replaced the original heavy oiled silk and made it a fun and trendy gadget for people to carry around, as it easily fits in a woman?s purse or under a man?s arm.John Gibb is the owner of umbrella sourcesFor more information on umbrellas check out http: / / www.umbrellas-sources4u.info

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***Rain Umbrellas*** Still used to protect from the sun, umb unimarter UniMarter
***Rain Umbrellas***

Still used to protect from the sun, umbrellas are the only easy solution to traveling by not and staying dry on a rainy day. Climate changes, more wet weather as well as health risks due to overexposure to the elements, has shored up business for umbrella manufacturers around the world.Brilliant colors, unusual shapes, myriad textures and intricate designer work have altered the drab umbrella image of the past. Stark black accents bobbing along crowded streets are no longer the norm. Today, rain umbrellas make chic statements about you and your personality. They double up as a great gift item for birthday parties, showers or anniversaries, especially when customized and emblazoned for the occasion.Children fall in love with umbrellas that have polka dots, smiley faces, or frisky kittens, puppies or cartoon capers. Little girls cling to that lilac-hearted splendor with ruffles to frame the beauty. Rainbow-hued umbrella alternatives fixed by elastic around the forehead allow young boys unhindered romps in the puddles!The variations of rain umbrellas are endless, and you can find one to suit your needs according to budget, size and temperament.Some newer variations include dome bubble umbrellas that are transparent and cover the person up to the shoulders, enabling easy navigation on crowded streets. Another ingeniously modified umbrella is the dog umbrella, which enables a guilt-free walk in the park with your pet who stays comfortably dry too!A recent addition is a hands-free device that Velcros your umbrella frame on to you and encourages unhindered movement. Perhaps the newest reinvention is the Lotus 23, invented by an Australian university design student who has taken the umbrella industry by storm. Its dynamics and flexibility prevent buffeting from the wind. It unfolds from and can retract completely into a slim handle. The inventive mechanism helps squeeze out all the extra rainwater and permits easy storage. Carrying an umbrella can become as simple as a pen in your pocket!Rain umbrellas also make great souvenirs. Exquisite lacquered bamboo and paper umbrellas from the Orient are hugely popular and decorate many homes. Whether decorated with foreign city skylines, architectural wonders or quaint traditions, umbrellas evocatively bring back a bit of that heaven into your home.Umbrellas provides detailed information on Umbrellas, Patio Umbrellas, Beach Umbrellas, Rain Umbrellas and more. Umbrellas is affiliated with Band Saws.

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***Umbrellas*** An item of pure functionality, the ubiquitou unimarter UniMarter
***Umbrellas***

An item of pure functionality, the ubiquitous umbrella has evolved through the millennia from being an exclusive item for the higher classes to a product for the masses. China, India, Greece, Rome, Egypt and Africa all record its ancient lineage and symbolism. A crest for royalty or religious heads, it spelt authority and privilege when held aloft.it morphed to a fashion appendage that matched a lady?s apparel. European women carried it for shade, used it as an ingenious aid to flirting, or even as protection from indecent propositioning! Constructed from wood or whalebone, umbrellas had alpaca or oil canvas tops with carved ivory or ebony handles. The first collapsible umbrellas, as well as use of wax and lacquer to better waterproof umbrellas, were of Chinese invention.A clear distinction between a parasol and the umbrella soon surfaced, where the former was used only for protection against the sun while the latter battled precipitation. Silk, gingham, lace and ruffles decorated the former, while the latter stayed simple and sturdy. Women continued to monopolize its use and men preferred to hold it over a woman?s head as she stepped into her carriage.Writer / adventurer Jonas Hanway, in the eighteenth century, thumbed his nose at protocol and stormed male fashion bastions by sporting an umbrella through all his travels. English coffee houses kept a collection of umbrellas for customers to comfortably enter or leave their premises on a rainy day. Britain also encouraged the export of umbrellas to its colonies, thus adding to its popularity. The current umbrella prototype, in shape and metal rib structure, was the brainchild of Samuel Fox in 1852.Gene Kelley and Mary Poppins gave it celluloid prominence through memorable film performances. But the craze for a suntan in the 1930s caused a slump in umbrella stocks. Modern-day fears of carcinoma and skin cancers, through overexposure to the sun, have renewed the use of the umbrella as well as a host of sunscreen products.Nylon or polyester canopies have added to its longevity, while colorful paper parasols decorating a cocktail or fruit drink, and the increased use of beach, patio or golf umbrellas, have given it more visibility and creativity. The fa?ade keeps changing, with different colors, prints, and kinds of material being experimented upon, for newer style statements. Current models that telescopically fold or are embedded with Swarovski crystals add to the umbrella?s allure and charm, making it a treasured keepsake from far-off travels.Umbrellas provides detailed information on Umbrellas, Patio Umbrellas, Beach Umbrellas, Rain Umbrellas and more. Umbrellas is affiliated with Band Saws.

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