How to Choose a Bicycle Helmet

Bike Helmet

I remember to have written this set of bike safety tips. One item listed there is to wear the proper protective gear. Perhaps the most important protective gear is the helmet. One head injury can cause you your whole lifetime. And a helmet is your insurance against that. Some countries have even made it a federal/national laws for bike riders to wear helmets. Here’s a guide on choosing one for you.

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How to Reduce Noise at Home


Forget the slime in the waterways and carbon monoxide in the air or the tons and tons of trash that we’ve been accumulating as a species. Just in case you’ve been living in a box for the past decades, noise is also considered as pollution. And we’ve got noise just about everywhere. In crowds, in the streets, even at home. And they’re taking their toll on our ears. Here are some ideas on how to hush environmental noise.

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Firefox Quick Tip: Disable the Beep When Phrase is not Found in Find

A friend of mine just hates those little beeping error notices. I don’t know about you but for some, it’s like a rusty nail on a blackboard. With Firefox, you may find one of those beeping sounds when you the Find feature doesn’t get a match for your word or phrase string. It’s accompanied by the Find textbox going red and a warning sign indicating “Phrase not found.”

If you’re annoyed by that beeping sound then this little tweak is for you:

  • Access the about:config page.
  • Find the accessibility.typeaheadfind.enablesound preference name
  • Double-click on it to change the value to false
  • The changes take effect instantly

How to Install WordPress Offline

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I’ve been working with WordPress offline for very practical purposes. It lets me try out themes without having to consume bandwidth on my web host. I just use it whenever I’m trying out my meager skills with PHP, MySQL, and WordPress. I haven’t really thought of letting others know how I do it until a web designer friend of mine asked me to help her out on how to run WordPress locally without having online server access. So here I am making a hasty how-to on the matter.

The first time I tried it, it really ran smoothly that I don’t know if it’d work for all. So I have to place a little disclaimer here that, while it worked for me, I’m not guaranteeing that it’d work 100% smoothly for you too (since we have different machines, apps installed and configurations). But here’s what I did.

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How To Record a Daily Podcast


Alex has already given us some great tips on starting up your Podcast, but what I want to talk about today is how to keep doing a Podcast after you start. I record a daily Podcast for Apple Gazette, and a a weekly Podcast for Forever Geek (both Bloggy Network sites).

Recording a daily Podcast can be challenging. There isn’t always a great deal of news out there to fill up your time, and to successfully continue to record a Podcast daily, it has to be as easy and efficient as possible. Here are a few tips for pulling it off.

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Small Business Tip: Target People Who Count


I’ve been involved with sales and marketing before and one thing that really counts is to always get to the highest levels of the corporate echelon as possible. While it is important to talk to middle managers and gain their support, it’s always best to focus on decision makers.

If you’re a small business targeting potential corporate clients, always gun for the top person in the decision-making process. Why? It’s the most efficient way. You’d save time and resources by selling the product who’ll sign the authorization to purchase your product. Here are some tips on how to get to the them.

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WordPress 2.2 is Out

A lot of bloggers (including us here at LifeSpy) use the WordPress engine. I also use it for my personal blog. I just love its robustness and user-friendliness. It just keeps getting better with every release! And lo and behold, roughly 5 hours ago, WordPress 2.2 (nicknamed Getz) was rolled out.

Here’s a list of goodies according to folks at

  • WordPress Widgets allow you to easily rearrange and customize areas of your weblog (usually sidebars) with drag-and-drop simplicity. This functionality was originally available as a plugin Widgets are now included by default in the core code, significantly cleaned up, and enabled for the default themes.
  • Full Atom support, including updating our Atom feeds to use the 1.0 standard spec and including an implementation of the Atom Publishing API to complement our XML-RPC interface.
  • A new Blogger importer that is able to handle the latest version of Google’s Blogger product and seamlessly import posts and comments without any user interaction beyond entering your login.
  • Infinite comment stream, meaning that on your Edit Comments page when you delete or spam a comment using the AJAX links under each comment it will bring in another comment in the background so you always have 20 items on the page. (I know it sounds geeky, but try it!)
  • We now protect you from activating a plugin or editing a file that will break your blog.
  • Core plugin and filter speed optimizations should make everything feel a bit more snappy and lighter on your server.
  • We’ve added a hook for WYSIWYG support in a future version of Safari.

Download WordPress 2.2 here.