How to get rid of Internet addiction

June 12th, 2014
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Addiction to internet can kill efficiency, reduce your throughput, make a dent in your morale in office as well as home. In this article we will go through the steps of de addicting process. If you follow this, you should have a good chance of success.

When can you classify yourself as addicted to Internet

If you spend more than 2 hours on the internet on checking non official emails, facebook, non educational youtube, newspapers, politics, forums, chat or movies, you can be classified as addicted to Internet. If you spend between 1/2 hour to 2 hour, it is a sign of healthy internet behavior.

Accept that you are addicted

If you are compulsively hooked to computer, even when a force inside you indicates that you should get out of it, you should accept that you are addicted. The first step is to do realize that you ARE addicted to something that you want to get out of. If you are still in denial mode and think that it is alright to spend as much time on internet as you can, it will be difficult to find a cure. In that case you, only a third person, like your friend, spouse or a circumstance can change your situation. By the time the external circumstances intervene, you will loose a good portion of your valuable time. Do not allow this to happen. Accept that you have problem. Only by accepting that you have a problem, you can proceed to the next step.

There is no harm in accepting that you are addicted to something. Even if you do not move to the next step, at least you have recognized the problem. May be in some future, you may be willing to take the next step.

Note the Number of hours spent on Internet

Do this for a week. Do not try to change anything. Just spend as much time as you would usually do. Create a xl sheet with date and time. Every time you hook to internet, record the start and the end time for addictive portion of the internet. Do it for a whole 7 days. And finally record number of total hours spent on internet.

Have you already reduced your internet addiction a bit

You will be surprised to know that you have already reduced you addiction a bit, even when you have not been deliberately applying any effort. Just by Accepting that you have addiction and by recording the amount of time you spend on internet, you have unknowing started the process of de addiction. But the results will not be long lasting. Old habits will surface again and will grab you with its clutches.

But do not get discouraged. Give another week and keep recording the hours spent on internet. When the addictive habits surface again, you want to make sure that the total hours spent on internet in the successive week will be no more that that spent in the previous week.

Think of something better than internet

Every time you start spending more time on internet, think of some better task to do. May be it is a better idea to call a friend. May be you have a garden that need attention, or you have to do cleaning. Create a list of 10 works that you can do when you have free time. The works should be short, easy and enjoyable. When addictive impulses strike, go through the list of the works that you need to accomplish and see if it will be more enjoyable than doing something on internet.

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Epinions goes online with payment for eRoyalities

November 12th, 2012

Epinions has been one of the oldest sites that rewards its member for the reviews they write on its site. Remember amazon also has the same things but the review writers do not get paid there. The reviews are rated by peers and other members so there is a check and balance.

Epinions is doing away with the check processing that it had followed so far. Instead, the payment is being made via paypal. Members must have paypal account to get paid. Here is what the email sent to members say.

The January 10, 2013 will be the last day of redemption process by check. All future payouts will be automatically distributed to you by PayPal starting January 15, 2013.

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Benchmark

October 21st, 2012

In the previous post, we had compared the specification details and some comparison of the Core i3-350M with the Pentium P6200. Let us now compare the benchmark scores of these two processors.

Core i3-350M Vs Intel Pentium P6200 Benchmarking Comparison

Benchmarks Core i3-350M Intel Pentium P6200
PassMark CPU Mark Score 2057 1668
Super Pi 2M 46 seconds 46 seconds
3D Mark 06 CPU 2370 1950
Windows 7 Experience Score 6.4 5.8

Here are the same results in terms of the horizontal bars.

PassMark CPU Mark Score Benchmark

Core i3-350M 2057
Intel Pentium P6200 1668

Super Pi 2M Benchmark

Core i3-350M 46 seconds
Intel Pentium P6200 46 seconds

3D Mark 06 CPU Benchmark

Core i3-350M 2370
Intel Pentium P6200 1950

Windows 7 Experience Score Benchmark

Core i3-350M 6.4
Intel Pentium P6200 5.8

Clearly, these results indicate that the core i3 is better than the Pentium. There are mainly two factors that work in favor of the Core i3 – the Hyperthreading and (marginally) higher clock frequency.

Newer Sandy Bridge and Ivy Bridge processors have further improved the performances and have significantly improved the integrated graphics performance.

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Benchmark

October 14th, 2012

In the previous post, we had seen how the Pentium P6200 compared with i3-330M. We will no compare the processors based upon their benchmark results.
PassMark CPU Mark Score Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 1668
Core i3-330M 1964

Super Pi 2M Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 46 seconds
Core i3-330M 49 seconds

3D Mark 06 CPU Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 1950
Core i3-330M 2210

Windows 7 Experience Score Benchmark

Intel Pentium P6200 5.8
Core i3-330M 6.2

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Starredreviews prediction of Solvate Comes True

May 13th, 2012

On June 6, 2011 starredreviews had predicted failure of Solvate – a company which had raised $6.3 million venture funding from DFJ Gotham Venture and RRE Ventures. Less than 9 months into prediction – Solvate packed it bags bringing huge losses to its investors. Had Gotham Ventures and RRE Ventures listened to starredreviews, they could have saved or diverted the investment amount elsewhere.

The problem with Solvate was that – it was venturing to connect two asymmetrical demand groups. While the workers are available in abundance in the down economy, the employers looking for workers in is minority. There is very rare demand of workers and if they choose a freelancer, it is because of the cost advantage – in which case sites like freelancer.com or elance.com are working better.

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