Friday, September 16, 2011

Recovering Ubuntu After Installing Windows

Using the Ubuntu CD (Recommended)

  • Insert your Ubuntu CD, reboot your computer and boot into a live session.
  • Install and run Boot-Repair, select 'First Repair' and apply.

  • Reboot without the CD. GRUB menu will appear and will propose both Ubuntu and Windows.

Using Boot-Repair-Disk

  • Download Boot-Repair-Disk

  • Burn it on a CD or put it on USB key via Unetbootin
  • Insert the Boot-Repair-Disk and reboot the PC
  • Choose 32 or 64bits
  • Boot-Repair will automatically start. Select 'First Repair' and apply.

  • Reboot without the CD. GRUB menu will appear and will propose both Ubuntu and Windows.

Using the Unofficial Rescatux

  • Download Rescatux

  • Burn the Rescatux ISO in a cdrom
  • Make your PC boot from the cdrom
  • At Boot screen
    • If your Ubuntu installation is not 64 bit (most probable) just press 'ENTER'
    • If your Ubuntu installation is 64 bit: Select 'Live 64 bit' option and press 'ENTER'
  • Select 'GRUB' option and click on OK button
  • Select 'Restore grub / Fix Linux Boot' option and click on OK button
  • Select the partition where your Ubuntu is and click on OK button
  • Select the hard disk where you want GRUB to be installed (usually the first one)
  • Define hard disk order as the BIOS one
  • 'Grub was installed OK' confirmation / GRUB was not installed error will appear
  • Look for 'System' -> 'Shutdown' in the top tray in order to halt your machine

Using the Ubuntu Alternate CD

  1. Enter your computers BIOS to check computer can boot from CD ROM. If you can boot from CD, insert CD ROM into drive. Exit the BIOS (if needed save your settings to make sure the computer boots from the CD ROM).
  2. When the Ubuntu splash screen comes up with the boot: prompt, type in rescue and press enter.

  3. Choose your language, location (country) and then keyboard layout as if you were doing a fresh install.
  4. Enter a host name, or leave it with the default (Ubuntu).
  5. At this stage you are presented with a screen where you can select which partition is your root partition (there is a list of the partitions on your hard drive, so you are required to know which partition number Ubuntu is on). This will be dev/discs/disc0/partX, where the X is a partition number.

  6. You are then presented with a command prompt (a hash), type:
$ grub-install /dev/XXX

where XXX is the device of your Ubuntu install. (eg: grub-install /dev/sdb).

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

The Hidden Health Benefits of Sex

"Having sex regularly can do more than make you feel closer to your partner—it can actually make you physically healthier," says Hilda Hutcherson, M.D., a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University and author of Pleasure: A Woman's Guide to Getting the Sex You Want, Need, and Deserve. Check out a few of the surprising perks you can reap from a good romp.

Less Stress

If you're freaking out about tomorrow's job interview, slip between the sheets. Research from the University of the West of Scotland reveals that people who had intercourse at least once over two weeks were better able to manage stressful situations such as public speaking, says study author and psychology professor Stuart Brody, Ph.D. That's because endorphins and oxytocin are released during sex, and these feel-good hormones activate pleasure centers in the brain that create feelings of intimacy and relaxation and help stave off anxiety and depression, says WH advisor Laura Berman, Ph.D., an assistant clinical professor of ob-gyn and psychiatry at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and author of It's Not Him, It's You! You don't have to climax to net the effects, but you'll get the biggest surge of soothing hormones if you have an orgasm. Just one more reason to shoot for a stellar finish!

Sounder Sleep

It's downright dreamy how an O can lull you to sleep. That's because the same endorphins that help you de-stress can also relax your mind and body, priming you for slumber, says Cindy M. Meston, Ph.D., director of the Sexual Psychophysiology Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin and coauthor of Why Women Have Sex. Plus, during orgasm, the hormone prolactin is released. "Prolactin levels are naturally higher when we sleep, which suggests a strong relationship between the two," she says. But if you're wild in the sack, take note: Highly active sex can make you feel more energized than sleepy. Sex should never be a snooze, but if you want to use knocking boots as a sleep aid, skip the acrobatics and opt for a subdued session.

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Minimized Pain

Talk about flipping the script:

"Yes, tonight, honey—I have a headache." The surge of hormones released after an orgasm can help ease any annoying ache, whether it's a strained back or a head pounder, says Meston. A study conducted at the Headache Clinic at Southern Illinois University found that half of female migraine sufferers reported relief after climaxing.

"The endorphins that are released during an orgasm closely resemble morphine, and they effectively relieve pain," says Meston. Have a migraine but your man isn't around? Self-medicate by treating yourself with some solo sex. As long as you hit your peak, masturbating will have the same soothing effect.

Fewer Colds

There's nothing sexy about sneezing, wheezing, or that runny-nose look. But getting hot and bothered can help you avoid coming down with the sniffles: People who have sex were found to have higher levels of an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA), according to researchers at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. These antibodies help combat diseases and keep the body safe from colds and flu. Save up your sick days and use them as sex days!

A Youthful Glow

Get busy to get gorgeous: In a study conducted at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital in Scotland, a panel of judges viewed participants through a one-way mirror and guessed their ages. Those who were enjoying lots of nooky with a steady partner—four times a week, on average—were perceived to be seven to 12 years younger than their actual age. Regular sex promotes the release of hormones, including testosterone and estrogen, which can keep the body looking young and vital; estrogen has also been shown to promote soft skin and shiny hair, says Meston. Move over, moisturizer—time to turn back the clock with some shagging.

Lighter Periods (with Fewer Cramps)

"When a woman orgasms, her uterus contracts and, in the process, rids the body of cramp-causing compounds," explains Meston. The increased number of uterine contractions can also help expel blood and tissue more quickly, helping to end your period faster, she adds.

Going horizontal while menstruating has also been shown to help decrease the risk for endometriosis, a common condition in which uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus, causing pelvic pain and sex that hurts, according to researchers at Yale University School of Medicine.

Sex during your period may not sound too appealing, but don't stress over making a mess. Just lay down a dark-colored towel and stick to missionary; when you're lying down, your flow tends to be lighter, says WH advisor Michelle Callahan, Ph.D., author of Ms. Typed: Stop Sabotaging Your Relationships and Find Dating Success.

A More Toned Bod

Sex counts as cardio! A romp can burn anywhere from 85 to 250 calories, depending on the length of the session (obviously a quickie will be less strenuous than an all-night pleasurefest), says Meston. In fact, cardiologists consider sexual activity comparable to a modest workout on a treadmill, according to a study published in The American Journal of Cardiology.

Not only will your ticker get a workout, but you'll also squeeze in some sculpting:

"Your abs and the muscles in your back, butt, and thighs get a good workout as you thrust during sex," says Hutcherson. Looks like you have a pretty good reason to skip spin class on Sunday morning and work up a sweat in bed.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Top Foods for Beautiful Teeth

If you’ve learned the hard way that sticky, sugary foods lead to cavities, you’ll be happy to know that certain foods, beverages and common herbs can prevent them. They’re part of a dental diet that safeguards healthy teeth by neutralizing harmful bacteria, fortifying enamel and reducing gum disease.

For example, crunchy fruits and vegetables ply off plaque like a toothbrush, while healthy fats from fish may reduce gum disease.
The latest research shows the mouth acts like a microcosm of the body.
“Conditions in the mouth often contribute to disease in the body,” says David Lerner, D.D.S., a holistic dentist from Yorktown, N.Y.
That’s because the root of most chronic diseases, above the neck and below, is inflammation-causing bacteria, which enter the bloodstream through the mouth. In fact, gum disease can signal – or even trigger – serious systemic conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
“Gum disease is like the canary in the coal mine,” says Philippe P. Hujoel, D.D.S., from Washington State University’s Epidemiology Department.

Paying attention to a healthy dental diet is particularly important for women. Rising hormone levels – around puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and menopause – can actually spur the growth of bacteria that lead to plaque and attack healthy teeth, says Rhea Haugseth, D.D.S., president-elect of the American Academy of Dentistry.
So include more of these 12 foods in your diet, and your next dental appointment may be a breeze.

1. Crunchy vegetables
Crunchy, water-rich snacks, like carrots, celery and apples, act like nature's toothbrush to keep your teeth healthy. Chewing crispy vegetables scrapes teeth and gradually chips off harmful plaque between them.
Plus, they stimulate saliva production, which neutralizes Streptococcus mutans, the bacteria that triggers cavities in healthy teeth, according to the American Dental Hygienists Association.

2. Fish
Gum disease is 20% lower in people who eat a diet rich in omega-3s, particularly docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from fish and linolenic acid (LNA) from plant-food sources, according to a 2010 study by Harvard researcher Asghar Z. Naqvi, M.Ph.
Fish are rich in DHA and EPA, while LNA rich foods include flaxseed, walnuts, pecans (whole and nut butters) and oils such as canola, hemp, pumpkin seed and extra virgin olive oil.
Because researchers asked participants to guess their intake of omega-3 foods, the actual amount of DHA, EPA and/or LNA wasn’t exact. But they concluded health benefits came primarily from diet, not supplements. Those who used supplements didn’t show any additional advantage, researchers say.

3. Beta-Carotene-Packed Produce
Orange-colored vegetables, such as sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots and winter squash, are loaded with beta-carotene (vitamin A), an essential nutrient for forming strong bones, and healthy teeth and gum tissue.
Diets low in these nutrients can lead to increased tooth loss, research shows. Meals high in simple carbohydrates, like rice and sugary foods, and low in vitamin-A-rich vegetables resulted in more decay than those with fruits and vegetables rich in beta-carotene, according to a 2009 study of more than 20,000 Japanese dentists.
Best sources are orange-colored fruits and vegetables like carrots, cantaloupe, apricots, papaya and squash, as well as green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale.

4. Mushrooms
When plaque lingers on teeth, it hardens and forms tartar, which leads to gum disease. Only a dental hygienist can remove tartar, but shiitake mushrooms can stop plaque from forming in the first place.
A 2000 Japanese study at Nihon University found that a sugar in shiitake mushrooms (lentinan) creates an unfriendly environment for various plaque-causing Streptococcus bacteria.
Beating plaque is as easy as adding a cup of shiitake mushrooms to a stir-fry or stew.

5. Vitamin-C-Rich Fruits and Veggies
Building strong gum tissue requires a plentiful diet of fruits and vegetables because of their vitamin C content. It helps prevent gingivitis, a disease that causes gums to redden, swell, bleed and ultimately leads to tooth loss.
According to research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), people who consume less than 60 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C per day had nearly 1-1/2 times more risk of developing severe gingivitis than those who took in 180 mg a day – the same amount you’d find in a half cup of guava.
A cup of raw broccoli or half a cantaloupe has 75 mg of vitamin C, nearly a full day’s minimum requirement for women (the Recommended Daily Allowances (RDA) is 85 mg for women 19 and older).
Do you smoke? Then, you’ll need 35 mg more vitamin C per day to ward off gingivitis, because cigarettes reduce vitamin C levels in the blood, according to a 2000 study by the State University of New York at Buffalo, published in the Journal of Periodontology.

6. Cheese
Everyone knows dairy products are tooth-friendly because of calcium. But here’s another reason to eat cheese: It can stop cavities.
Cavities like an acidic environment, and certain cheeses, like aged cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella and Monterey Jack, help balance pH levels in your mouth.
When eaten alone as a snack or at the end of a meal, these stimulate saliva flow, which clears the mouth of food debris and neutralizes harmful acids.
Furthermore, teeth constantly go through a process of shedding and regaining bone-building minerals, called demineralization and remineralization.
When the calcium and phosphorus in cheese combine with saliva, the reaction restores minerals, thus keeping teeth stronger, Haugseth says.

7. Almonds
To stay strong, healthy teeth need a combination of phosphorus for bone formation; vitamin D and magnesium for calcium absorption; vitamin B to prevent mouth sores; and vitamin C and potassium for strong gum tissue.
One food packed with all these healthy-teeth nutrients is an ounce of almonds (about 20-25 nuts).
Almonds also neutralize cavity-causing acids, says David Leader, D.D.S, assistant clinical professor at Tufts Dental School in Boston.

8. Chocolate
Candy is a dentist’s nemesis, but unique properties in cocoa and its husk actually maintain healthy teeth, according to several new studies.
Cocoa extracts work as well as fluoride to strengthen teeth and protect them from decay, Japanese researchers at Osaka University discovered. But not just any chocolate will do.
Tulane University researchers compared different types of European chocolate and found that dark chocolate, made from 70% cocoa, had the most protective effect, because it contains the most polyphenols (health-boosting compounds) to protect teeth.
And it doesn’t take much. Study participants ate a small 15 gram (g) piece of dark chocolate (approximately 76 calories).
The study’s lead researcher Arman Sadeghpour, has even proposed a new peppermint-cocoa toothpaste called Theodent, pending FDA approval, as an effective natural alternative to fluoride in toothpaste.
The Tulane study could prove beneficial especially since earlier this year the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concluded that Americans might be getting too much fluoride from drinking water and food sources. Too much fluoride can lead to fluorosis, resulting in a permanent staining of teeth and brittle bones.

9. Tea
A cup of tea can do more than soothe nerves. It’s good for healthy teeth too. Black or green tea is a rich source of micronutrients that reduce gum disease and prevent cavities, according to a 2004 Rutgers University study. Researchers showed antioxidants in green tea, called catechins, reduce gum inflammation.
While some avoid tea for fear of staining teeth, black tea contains polyphenols that produce a protective film that coats and shields teeth from cavity-causing bacteria.
10. Herbs and Spices
Great taste is just one reason to use sweet-smelling herbs. Spices like cinnamon and green herbs like mint, parsley and thyme are flush with monoterpenes, highly volatile compounds that make breath smell fresh and, more importantly, contain antibacterial properties that prevent cavity-causing Streptococcus mutans bacteria.
This is especially true for chewing gum. In 2004, University of Illinois researchers tested various chewing gums and found that brands with essential plant oils reduced bacteria that cause bad breath and cavities. Though the oils were used for flavor, even a small amount reduced bacteria, says Christine Wu, professor of periodontics and associate dean for research at the UIC College of Dentistry.
The helpful plant extracts were cinnamon and mint. Artificially flavored gum did little for dental health. In fact, the original formula for Listerine was made from a blend of menthol (from mint) and thymol (from thyme).
So next time you see a sprig of mint on your plate, don’t leave it. Eat it.

11. Onions
Your great-grandmother may not have known why onions relieve toothaches, but she was on the right track when she put a piece on a painful tooth or gum tissue.
Onions contain vitamin C and a host of antibacterial compounds like quercetin and isothiocyanates, according to research by the NIH. These plant-based antioxidants reduce bacteria and relieve inflammation, not to mention dental worries.

12. Wasabi
Japanese horseradish is a hot ingredient in the culinary world, but this spicy condiment also safeguards healthy teeth by fighting bacteria that cause cavities and gum abscesses.

Monday, April 11, 2011

A Guide to When to Wash Clothing

By Sarah Jio with photos by Aimee Miller,

Real Simple put together an expert consensus on how frequently you need to launder key warm-weather clothing pieces—barring stains or especially sticky days, that is.


Wash jeans after 4 to 5 wears


How often you should wash them:
After 4 to 5 wears.

What to know: Durable denim is excellent at masking dirt—which is a good thing, since overwashing can cause jeans to fade and fray. To keep yours looking like new (or “weathered” just the way you want them): Throw them in the washer inside out and use cold water. Avoiding the dryer will help retain color, too.

Exception to the rule: Take them for a spin cycle sooner if they stretch out. Or just toss them in the dryer for 10 minutes (but no more than that). Spandex-heavy “jeggings” (jean leggings) should be washed after every wear so the knees don’t bag.

Dress Pants

How often you should wash them: After 4 to 5 wears.

What to know: You’re probably wearing these in an (overly) air-conditioned office, so feel free to revisit them multiple times, particularly those made of stain-repelling synthetic blends. Part of a suit? Dry-clean both pieces together so one doesn’t fade faster than the other.

Exception to the rule: Your nice trousers will last longer between washings if you change into your “play clothes” as soon as you leave work (as opposed to wearing them to your daughter’s soccer game).

Jackets and blazers

Wash jackets & blazers after
5 to 6 wears

Jackets and Blazers

How often you should wash them:
After 5 to 6 wears.

What to know: Typically layered over a blouse, a tee, or a camisole, these don’t require much upkeep. However, a jacket can retain odors (say, from last night’s fajitas), so before you stuff it in a closet, air it out near a window or spritz it with the Laundress Fabric Fresh (Starting at $16 for eight ounces, Yahoo! Shopping).

Exception to the rule: Periodically check the high-friction areas—collar, cuffs, and placket—for signs of dirt. But you can roll up the sleeves (or even pop the collar) temporarily to conceal stains on an otherwise-clean jacket.

Khaki Shorts and Pants

Wash khaki shorts & pants after
2 to 3 wears

Khaki Shorts and Pants

How often you should wash them:
After 2 to 3 wears.

What to know: Light-colored cottons are vulnerable to noticeable spots. Zap smudges between washes with Oxi Clean Spray-A-Way Instant Stain Remover ($3.50 at drugstores), which Chicago stylist Amy Salinger likes because it doesn’t leave water rings behind.

Exception to the rule: With stain-resistant fabrics, you can get away with an extra wear or two. Never use fabric softeners or dryer sheets, as they diminish the effectiveness of the fabric.


Wash pajamas after 3 to 4 wears


How often you should wash them:
After 3 to 4 wears.

What to know: Swap out your pj’s twice as often as you change the sheets. “People don’t realize how much they sweat at night,” says Elizabeth Scott, Ph.D., a codirector of the Simmons Center for Hygiene and Health at Simmons College, in Boston. “We also shed thousands of skin cells a minute.”

Exception to the rule: Do you shower before bedtime? If the answer is yes, you can sneak in an extra wear or two. However, if you snooze in silk pajamas, which absorbs more body oils than cotton, you should switch up your sleepwear daily.


Wash skirts after 4 to 5 wears


How often you should wash them:
After 4 to 5 wears.

What to know: Chances are you’re not doing anything strenuous in skirts, so you can wear them multiple times. Just refresh nonsilk fabrics with a 10-minute spin in the dryer with a dryer sheet, suggests Steve Boorstein, host of Clothing Care: The Clothing Doctor’s Secrets to Taking Control! DVD (Starting at $14, Yahoo! Shopping).

Exception to the rule: You can be more lenient with circle and A-line styles, which hardly skim the body. But “whites and silks are prone to discoloration and should be cleaned after every wear,” says Brian Sansoni, vice president of the Soap and Detergent Association, in Washington, D.C.


Wash swimsuits after every wear


How often you should wash them:
After every wear.

What to know: Salt and chlorine will eat away at a swimsuit and stretch it out prematurely. Hand wash your suit with cool water and a gentle detergent, like Soak ($10 for four ounces,, which deep-cleans and removes that notorious chlorine smell. Allow the suit to air-dry.

Exception to the rule: None. Even if you only dipped a toe in the water, a swimsuit, like underwear, is an intimate garment that absorbs body oils, bacteria, and odors. Best to wash it every time.

Tops and dresses

Wash tops & dresses after
1 to 3 wears

Tops and Dresses

How often you should wash them:
After 1 to 3 wears.

What to know: Three ways to keep these pieces in ready-to-wear shape: Don’t overdo the deodorant—one dab will do you. Prevent underarm stains with an undershirt or dress shields (Garment Guard shields, starting at $11 for 5 pairs, Yahoo! Shopping). And inspect the item closely prior to ironing, which can set stains.

Exception to the rule: Again, whites and silks need a cleaning after every wear. And if your dress is formal or semi-formal, it’s best to dry-clean after each outing, since you don’t want any stains setting during the weeks or months between wears.

Wash t-shirts, tanks & camisoles after every wear

Wash t-shirts, tanks & camisoles
after every wear

T-Shirts, Tanks, and Camisoles

How often you should wash: After every wear.

What to know: Treat them like underwear. “Close-fitting and oil-absorbing, these basic pieces add life to your pricier blouses, sweaters, and jackets,” says Corinne Phipps, founder of Urban Darling, a wardrobe- consulting firm in San Francisco. Wash in hot water.

Exception to the rule: Stick to the four-hour rule. If you wore a T-shirt or camisole only briefly, there’s no need to be rigid. “It’s OK to put a barely-worn tee back in the drawer every now and then,” says Salinger.




Wash bras after 3 to 4 wears

How often you should wash: After 3 to 4 wears.

What to know: Bras don’t come into direct contact with the underarms, so they can withstand a few wearings. But they need a 24-hour break between wears for the elastic to recover, so try a rotation system: Line them up in a drawer. In the a.m., take a bra from the front, then send it to the back of the line in the p.m.

Exception to the rule: Sweat a lot? Then wash bras daily with a gentle baby detergent, like Dreft. “Perspiration wears down the elastic, so keeping a bra clean will increase its life span,” says Jennifer Manuel Carroll, owner of the Seattle lingerie shop Bellefleur.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

HOW TO: Improve The Battery Life of Your HTC Desire

HOW TO: Improve Your Battery Life (Calibration Tutorial)
   1. Turn your phone on and charge it for 8 hours or more

   2. Unplug the charger

   3. Turn your phone off and charge it for one hour

   4. Unplug the charger

   5. Turn on the phone and wait 2 minutes

   6. Turn your phone off and charge it for one hour

   7. Unplug, turn it on and use as normal.  Your battery life should now be a lot better

Thursday, February 10, 2011

HOW TO: Improve Your Battery Life (Calibration Tutorial)

Most people think that the iPhone has the worse battery on earth, that's not entirely true. The HTC Desire’s battery isn't all waffles and bacon. The battery on the HTC Desire runs down very fast. Below are a few steps to ensure that your HTC Desire or other Android phone’s battery holds charge a little much longer:


  1. Turn your phone on and charge it for 8 hours or more
  2. Unplug the charger
  3. Turn your phone off and charge it for one hour
  4. Unplug the charger
  5. Turn on the phone and wait 2 minutes
  6. Turn your phone off and charge it for one hour
  7. Unplug, turn it on and use as normal.  Your battery life should now be a lot better

You only need to do this once.  If you keep experiencing issues with your battery you should contact HTC or your network provider for support.


Although this will calibrate your battery and cause it to hold charge better, your battery life will still be affected by the apps you use (needless to say really).  Main battery hogging applications include Instant Messaging apps (MSN, AIM etc), GPS powered apps (CoPilot, Maps, Layar), video apps (RockPlayer, YouTube) and so on.  Just remember that whenever you finish using these apps make sure you close them properly, using the quit menu if there’s one available