Will Windows 7 Be Better Than Vista?

Microsoft has plans to release a new operating system called Windows 7.  Is this a good thing or a bad thing?  We’ll see.

Although Windows 7 won’t be available until late 2009 or early 2010, a pre-beta version is available to developers.

At first glance, it appears to be a more advanced iteration of Windows Vista. Windows 7 also seems to be geared more toward the consumer with many more user interface enhancements.

Windows 7 builds on the internals of Windows Vista. This has some benefits as well as some drawbacks.

One immediate benefit is that Windows 7 should have fewer compatibility problems upon release.

New features include a Bluetooth File Transfer Wizard that lets you share files between two computers.

There’s also Sticky Notes, similar to an application on Mac OS X, that allows quick notes to be "pasted" over the desktop; there’s even a corkboard to post your notes for easy review.

A new accessibility feature is the Windows Key: the plus key give the screen an instant zoom, and the minus key returns the resolution to the normal size.

The included version of Internet Explorer is the current beta of 8. The boot process is much faster as well

With all of the problems that accompanied the initial release of Vista, we can only hope that Microsoft has learned their lesson and that the transition to Windows 7 will be more of a positive experience.

Time will tell.

Can You Make Money Online in Today’s Tough Economy?

Is it possible to make money online in today’s tumbling economy?  Not only can you make money, you can make a LOT of money.  While the corporate and small business world is scrambling to stay afloat, the home business market is booming.

Why?

It’s really quite simple.  More and more, people are beginning to realize that they cannot depend on a regular JOB.  If they are ever going to be financially free, they MUST work for themselves in their OWN business.

Why a home-based business?  Because of the low startup cost and low overhead.  Almost ANYBODY can own and operate their own home business.  The key is to find the RIGHT business for what they want to do and what the market is wanting.

But the economy is bad right now.  Is this a good time to start a home business?

Not only is it a good time, it is the BEST time to start a home business.  Once again, that is if you’re in the RIGHT business.  You have to be in a business that is selling what people WANT or NEED.

While there are a LOT of different options out there for a home business, one niche that has traditionally done very well during economically challenging times is travel for vacations.

I know this sound odd, but, the truth is people are willing to spend money to “get away” from the pressures of their normal lives. The only problem is … and this is not really a “problem” as much as an “opportunity” for a vacation-related business … is that they have less money to spend, so they’re actively LOOKING for ways to save.

This is why I have joined a vacation club. Not only am I saving thousands on vacations for myself and my family, but it’s also a business where I get paid when others join.

It’s a win-win arrangement all around.

So don’t let the news about the economy keep you from your dreams.  Decide to take matters into you own hands and start your own home business.

10 Money Making Tips – Everything You Needed to Know to Make Money in Todays Market

Money Manager asked:


Here are my weekly money savings tips:

1. Maintain a good credit score! It will save you thousands of dollars in the short and long term when you need to borrow money to buy a car or a home. Creditors will give you an interest rate and the loan amount based on your income and credit score.

2. Large sums of money should NEVER be left in a checking account or even a low-interest bank savings account. Rather, put the money into a high interest savings account (like an ING savings), money market fund, or other forms of short term high interest investments with a fixed return.

3. If you have an employer matching 401K plan, maximize your contributions, so that you double your money!

4. Set aside 10% of your paycheck towards some form of long term savings account, like a money market account, mutual fund, retirement plan, or 401K. As you pay amount increases, your contribution will also increase automatically. 10% will also ensure that you stay ahead of inflation.

5. One of the best investments you can make is to first pay off all your high credit card debts. Credit cards typically carry a high interest rate and by paying off these debts, you get one of the best returns available which also is tax-free.

6. If you are losing sleep over an investment, whether its a stock, mutual fund, or retirement plan, its not worth it! Your lack of sleep is probably a good indication that it may be too risky, too good to be true, or just not the right invesment for you.

7. If an investment is projecting returns that are just too good to be true, they probably are. Unless you are intimately involved in the investment or are an insider, an investment that sounds too good to be true is probably too ambitious, too risky or just a scam.

8. Before you invest in something, always do your own research. Consulting with others and getting a second opinion is good, but you need to investigate for yourself. The internet is typically the best source for lots of information but make sure you read enough or get relevant data.

9. Always negotiate for commissions or fees paid for financial or real estate advice. Don’t be misled by standard commissions and “non-negotiable fees”. It is your money and the experts work for you.

10. Can’t get out of debt? If you are having problems meeting your debt payments each month and feel like you are digging a deeper hole, go talk to your creditors and banks to find a solution to get out of the mess. Beware of debt consolidators as they could charge higher interests in the long term and get you even deeper into debt.

If you like any of these tips, have questions on some, or have some feedback, I would like to hear from you. Visit this article by clicking on http://www.financialresource.org/blog/10-money-saving-tips/ and Post your comments. Look for more money saving tips each week!

Happy Springtime and be Money Smart!



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Travel Writing: How to Make Money Blogging About Your Travels

Money For Traveling asked:


Have you ever wanted to travel the world and make money for sharing your adventures with the world? Using the web and a simple blog, this couldn’t be easier. There are just a few simple, yet hidden techniques for making a healthy income for blogging about your travels.

In fact, the number of underground travelers who hold no jobs, yet make cash for writing about their  travels is growing by the day. We keep our mouths shut about our techniques as we visit worldwide destinations and get paid for telling the world about it. I know there have got to be great people out there who deserve to travel and want this information, so I’ve decided to share a few of our techniques:

1)   Own Your Blog. Sites like Blogger, Myspace, and BlogSpot are no good for our purposes, because you can’t tweak the site to make a profit very easily. Instead, if you buy a domain for 10 bucks and then install WordPress, you now have the platform to make it extremely profitable.

2)    Utilize PPC (pay-per-click) to get started. You won’t make a massive income off of this right away, but you can easily make 5-10 bucks a day in the beginning. That may not sound like a lot… but it’s enough for a meal every day or a flight after a month, and the number only gets bigger as your blog grows in readership.



3)    Collect names and email addresses.
You want to do this so that you can bring your readers back to your blog. Very few people ‘bookmark’ a site any longer, but if you email your readers every time you post a new article, you will grow your readership at an exponential rate.

4)    Offer an RSS (Real Simple Syndication) subscriptions. Don’t let this intimidate you. Setting this up is as simple as checking a box on your blog’s options. RSS is another way for your readers to keep up-to-date with your blog. Insead of you emailing them, their RSS reader of choice will automatically show them the newly posted content. The more they see your content, the better chance they’ll click on an ad (and therefore, the better chance you’ll get paid)

5)    Sell a product that will interest your readers. Once you are up and running, you will see your readership growing as well. Now it’s time to really monetize your site. This is where affiliate marketing comes in. This is simply taking a commission for any customer you send to another product (considering they buy the product). So, every now and again, make a blog post about the affiliate product you are promoting. When your readers see this, those who are interested will click on your ‘affiliate link,’ and if they buy, you get paid. Easy as that. Becoming an affiliate is always free, and there are thousands of products begging for active affiliates.

By the way, affiliate commissions are typically 50% to 75%. Gigantic, and very profitable.



6)    Create your own product.
The only problem with affiliate marketing is that the product is completely out of your control and you only take a part of the cut. Once you have a bunch of blog posts, you can bundle them together and make an ‘ebook.’ Sell this to your loyal readers, and you’ll be surprised at how many of them will pay for the content they’re getting for free anyway!

There are bloggers out there who are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for writing about their passions. My instincts tell me you’d be happy with a few hundred or thousand dollars extra per week, so start taking action on these ideas. They’re not complicated, they just require action. The best part is, once they’re set up, they can all be automated and can take place without your presence!

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