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Rhapsody.com: Unlimited Music for $15 a Month

Are you tired of searching for free music on the Internet? Are you tired of waiting forever for songs to download, only to find out that it is not the rendition you are looking for, or that you don’t like the song after all? Do you feel like it’s not worthwhile to pay a buck for a song that you’ll get tired of in a few months, or even weeks?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, you should look toward Real Network’s Rhapsody-To-Go service to solve your online music quandary. At $15 a month, you can have unlimited music at your finger tips for online streaming, or download to your mp3 player that you can take with you to the gym, in the car, or be plugged in to a speaker at a friend’s party.

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I found Rhapsody.com to be extremely pleasant and intuitive to use. It’s great for discovering music and artists you are not familiar with, and the unfamiliar works by the familiar artists alike. Each artist page not only has the complete list of artist’s albums and singles, but also offers information and links to the artist’s contemporaries and influences. For example, by checking out The Cranberries’ artist page on Rhapsody.com, you’ll also discover The Sundays and Sinead O’Connor. There is also quite an international and Latin music selection, and covers most genres from Pop and Acid Jazz to Classical and New Age.

I find that on most days, their online streaming functionality is enough for me because I listen to music most of the time while sitting at my office desk. If this is also the case for you, then I would recommend getting the $10 monthly subscription which covers unlimited access to the Rhapsody.com website and the online streaming functionality. But if you are a commuter like my husband, and spends much time in traffic where good music is necessary to keep you sane, then I would recommend investing in the reasonably priced Sansa Rhapsody Mp3 player, so you can take your music with you anywhere. It’s not by any of stretch of imagination that you can have hundreds of new songs on your Rhapsody player everyday.

I have been a subscriber to this service for over a year now, and I have to say that it has been the best $15 a month I’ve ever paid for (better than Netflix). Try it and judge for yourself.

Happy listening.…

Why Food Network is the Top TV Channel of All-Time

One of the first things I discovered when I got Dish Network, almost 10 years ago, was Food Network. I was immediately in love with this channel even though I was only 14 years old. For those of you who don’t know me, I started learning how to cook when I was really young. I watched my great grandmother make fried chicken and homemade biscuits every Sunday. I baked cookies with my Granny. I watched my great aunt make all kinds of different dishes, including her wonderful salmon patties. Last but certainly not least, I cooked hundreds of dishes with my mother. I’ve had a life filled with cooking and eating. To put it simply, I’m a foodie. So when I found Food Network, I was in love. But what makes Food Network so great? What makes Food Network the top TV channel of all time?

10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the of All Time #1: Recipes

Food Network has so many great recipes. You will find everything from Italian recipes to Southern recipes and these recipes are actually written by people who are Southern and Italian. There are recipes to please every taste.

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10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the Top TV Channel of All Time #2: Chefs

Food Network wouldn’t be anything without the chefs. There are chefs who are funny, educational, and just down to earth. You will be able to find chefs that cook the recipes you are interested in. You’ll even find chefs that attractive on Food Network.

10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the Top TV Channel of All Time #3: Entertainment

Food Network is a very entertaining TV channel. There are competitions, educational shows, and so much more. If you don’t like to cook, don’t worry, there will still be a show that you will find entertaining.

10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the Top TV Channel of All Time #4: Variety

Food Network offers so much for one TV channel. For example there are shows that focus on the background of companies and how foods are made. There are also shows that focus on eating foods around the country. Some shows on this TV channel don’t even focus on cooking, just eating.

10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the Top TV Channel of All Time #5: Something for Everyone

This channel has something for everyone. Men who don’t really like to cook still enjoy Food Network because there are interesting shows and entertaining chefs. For example, most guys love Iron Chef and Good Eats.

10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the Top TV Channel of All Time #6: Educational

Of course, I couldn’t talk about this TV channel without mentioned the fact that it’s educational. Not only will you learn new recipes, but there are shows that also tell you how your favorite foods are made. Also Food Network has some shows that focus on basic cooking techniques.

10 Reasons Why Food Network Is the Top TV Channel of All

Technology for Older Generations

If you stop and think about it the foundation of almost all the technology we use today was already in place at the end of World War II. We had computer, television, radio, radar, telephone, rocket and jet power, automobiles, x-ray, and even nuclear power. Most advances that have occurred since 1945 have been the refinement and mass use of all those things.

So, there 21st century isn’t all that scary after all. In many ways the 21st century isn’t much different from the 20th century. If you’re considering or just beginning to use the newer technologies here are some tips that may help.

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  1. There’s nothing to fear from consumer technology: It won’t hurt you and you can’t hurt it. Go ahead and jump on in.
  2. Decide what you want or need and don’t let someone else decide for you: What are you wanting to do? Is it listen to music, watch big screen television, record shows, take photographs, receive and send email, make phone calls just about anywhere, access the internet, play games or exercise, join a social networking site, do research, watch movies on a computer?

Those are all things technology can help you with and make easier, faster, and more enjoyable. There are flat screen tvs, digital cameras, cell phones, Smartphones, IPods, laptop computers, GPS and more.

But don’t buy technology just to be buying it. You don’t need more stuff sitting around gathering dust.

  1. Contact a trustworthy relative or friend and ask for advice: Now that you’ve decided to jump in and you have some idea of what you want from technology, ask a knowledgeable relative or friend about different devices and manufacturers.
  2. Purchase only from well-known and trusted sources whether brick-n-mortar store or internet: Schemers and scammers are everywhere. Don’t be tricked by promises of cheap stuff and saving money. Buy from established retailers and wholesalers whether you go to their stores or their websites.
  3. Start simple but with quality: If you’re just starting out, keep it simple. If all you want to do is access the internet and send email, get a quality computer (AppleTM for my money) but don’t purchase extra computing power or fancy software you’re not going to use.
  4. Ask your retailer to suggest good instruction; book, class, or course: Electronics stores and book stores have good selection of instruction books or take a course from a local continuing education college. It’ll be fun.
  5. Start using your technological gadget: Okay, you got it now start using it. Put in that DVD, listen to that IPod, send some emails, give everyone you know you’re cell phone number, post some messages on Facebook, do some web searches on topics you’re interested in-the important thing is to start using your new gadgets.
  6. Experiment with more advanced applications: You’re having fun using what you have and that’s great. Now learn how to upload photos onto Facebook, or play games on your cell phone, or watch movies
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