How to Decorate Your Home for Christmas

Chistmas Home

Less than a week away and your home still looks like it was ravaged by a pack of feral kids (which is what you expect your home to be if you’ve got young kids at home). But fret not, you can still do a quick makeover to your home so that you can deck the halls with holiday cheer. Here are some great ideas to decorate every room in your house in the spirit of the season.

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How to Avoid Holiday Fires


Within moments, a fire can instantly claim everything you have – your home, your personal belongings, your family, and even your life. Incidents of fire are as common as heavy traffic and a single mistake / negligence in electrical wiring, for example, can leave you homeless in the blink of an eye. The best thing to do is to take up necessary precautions that will ensure safety in the midst of all fire dangers. There is also an increased risk of fire during the holidays with all the preparations and cooking in the kitchen, fireplaces lit, and the tons of lights and decors.

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Tech News: Google Talk Translation Service Now Available

GTalk TanslateAll I can say is Wow. How nifty can this be. An instantaneous translation service just like having a personal dictionary available with you. And they made it possible by letting you chat with a bot. What’s even more interesting is that this service within GoogleTalk has a lot more language pairs than Google Translate. It makes you wonder why they haven’t implemented an Invisible option for GTalk yet!

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Download: Merge and Split PDF Files with PDFSam

Ah, more on PDF management. It’s really tough when PDF is still proprietary and the only way to have absolute and fanciful control over PDFs is to purchase Acrobat Professional. But for cheapskates like the rest of us, paying top dollar isn’t just an option. Thank goodness for all the free stuff that can create PDFs.

However, a couple of functionalities that we’d appreciate if we get for free would be for us to be able to split and merge PDF files. And that’s what PDFSam gives us. It’s a program for free download. It’s Java-based so it’s more or less cross-platform. It’s small, quick and efficient.

The enhanced version requires your to register and donate a Euro. Quite an addition of features for a Euro if you ask me:

  • encrypt your pdf files (RC40 bits, RC128 bits, AES128 bits) and set permissions on them.
  • add a pdf cover or footer (or both) to your pdf documents.
  • mix alternate pages taken from two pdf documents in straight or reverse order into a single document.
  • save and load your environment to automatize your recurrent jobs.
  • manage pdfsam settings and set an environment to load at start up.

Download PDFSam here.

Via Lifehacker