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Weekly Round-up

Famster
You wanna put your family on the web? Famster is here to help. You can setup a secure web site for your family to share calendars, photos, notes, blog and much more for free. Easy to use and setup.

Pickle Juice (aka new Gatorade competitor)
Yes, pickle juice has all the good stuff you need to hydrate yourself after a heavy workout.

World Usability Day
On November 14, 2006 usability professionals world wide celebrate the World Usability Day. Find out how you can get involved.

YaleShmale
Interesting approach to market a university…

Eboogle
Ebay and Google signed a deal this week to work together on text-based and click-to-call advertising online.

Writely is back
Writely is now back and accepts new accounts. Writely is simple and one the best word processing applications online. FYI: Writely was recently acquired by Google.

Getting High on Corn Syrup

As a nation that consumes too much sugar, yet is so obsessed with losing body weight, I think I might know why we are (or will be) getting fatter year after year. It’s because of this simple ingredient in our diet that we might never notice: High Fructose Corn Syrup. This is not the only factor for people’s obesity, however it exists amost in every kind of food we eat today.

What’s wrong with corn? or Corn Syrup? There is nothing wrong with eating or cooking corn. However, High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is a different animal. HFCS is a combination of many different refined sugars, glucose and fructose. One tea spoon of HFCS has double the sweetness of a sugar of same amount. HFCS is cheap to produce than sugar, so it has become one of the main sweetners for food and soft drink manufacturers.

If diabetes runs in your family, like mine, you might want to find out what foods and drinks have HFCS. Kate Hopkins at Accidental Hedonist.com has compiled a partial list of foods that have HFCS.

Cookies, soft drinks, candy, cereal, canned soups, bread and many more foods have HFCS. Here is a good exercise, go to your local grocery store and look at the ingredients of a cookie. See if you can find HFCS in it.

There are number of articles on linkage between obesity and HFCS. According to American Dietetic Association: “The link between beverages, HFCS and obesity can largely be accounted for by their contribution to calorie intake. Current research indicates that HFCS is a major source of excess calories.” In other words, when farmers want to fatten up their cows, what do they do? Feed them lots of corn.

Times Online U.K. summarizes all of the points above neatly in an article titled, “Beware the Devil’s candy.”

Everyday we are faced with a choice of what we want to put in our body.

As famous 1930s nutritionist Victor Lindlahr said, “Ninety per cent of the diseases known to man are caused by cheap foodstuffs. You are what you eat.”

Weekly Round-up

Got Laptop Batteries?
Both Apple and Dell are recalling millions of laptop batteries that are faulty and that may explode when they are overcharged. Visit Dell or Apple battery recall program web sites to see how you can get your battery repaired. In other news, you are not allowed to use your Dell laptops in airplanes, because of this battery problems.

New Ipod Killer from SanDisk
The new mp3 player from SanDisk, the 8GB Sansa is twice the size of the 4GB Ipod but offers the same price ($249.99). More buck for your money! Also, Dell is now out of the digital music player business. Good for them, they can now focus on making their core products better and safer.

Cybersquaters face Microsoft
Microsoft is taking two cybersquarters to court for registering 400 domain names that have some variation of misspelling of Microsoft products. So if you type in Microfost and you see some silly page, that’s probably the work of these cybersquaters. I salute Microsoft for this move! True story: back couple years ago www.whitehouse.com was actually an adult site with graphic contents that had nothing to do with the White House in Washington, D.C.

Tea is healthier than water?
According to BBC News article drinking tea is much more healthier than water. Well, after reading some of the properties of teas and especially green tea, I am actually convinced these claims might be true.

Tip of the day: If you are trying to eat healthy, then visit whfoods.org, they have a complete library of ‘The World’s Healthiest Foods’ and their properties.

Upcoming Event: The Future of Web Apps Summit
Big pow wow of web application developers in San Francisco from September 13-14 to discuss how they developed their products and the future of web application developement. You will meet and mix with web developers from Yahoo!, Google, Flickr, digg, Newsvine, Drop Send, Technorati, Odeo and others at this event. Register online at summit’s web site.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate is one of the ancient fruits that has been around for thousands of years. The fruit has been mentioned and used in many ancient Greek legends, Old Testament, Christian arts and in ancient Asian literature. Pomegranate sybmolizes fertility, death, and eternity and was an emblem of many monarchs in European history.

Pomegranate

Besides all the mysteries aspects of this fruit, pomegranates are one of the best sources of anti-oxidants and vitamins. Filled with vitamins A, C, E and iron, the pomegranate juice has the highest amount of anti-oxidants compared to green tea or red wine. The fruit and its juice is also known to

  • fight free-radical cells that cause aging
  • strengthen the heart
  • prevent blockage in arteries
  • improve the function of blood vessels
  • fight cardiovascular diseases
  • fight damaging cancer cells
  • reduce hardening of the arteries

The fruit is native native to Persia, it is now grown everywhere from Spain to California. The skin and the leaves of the pomegranate tree are also used for many illnesses in Eastern healing practices.

You can buy a bottle of pomegranate juice at your local grocery store or at specialty stores in your area.

You can also read more about the health benefits of this fruit from the following sites:

Drink a glass of pomegranate juice and fuel your body with the vitamins and anti-oxidants it needs!