pensions1 300x228 The 8th wonder of the worldI read with interest the other day that according to Albert Einstein, the 8th wonder of the world isn’t any natural or man-made structure, but is in fact, compound interest. Einstein famously said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it … he who doesn’t … pays it.” And I happen to like this idea, even if I may bore my friends talking about it!

My general interest in the topic extends from a vested interest in pensions, ISAs and other saving mechanisms, but more importantly, now I have a son to consider it bears thinking about in terms of helping prepare for his future.
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41K6SbQqJEL1 150x150 Easy laptop upgradesI’ve just had to go through a full install of Windows 7 on my refurbished laptop in the process of upgrading it, and either I’ve become more competent, or it’s a lot easier than it ever was previously (with earlier versions of Windows and other laptops). After years of swearing by desktops and the ease of replacing components as a means of upgrading and squeezing that extra period of life out of the machines, I opted for a refurbished laptop earlier this year. I’ve actually bought exactly the same model as the laptop I use at work, a Lenovo X201, as I’ve been so impressed with its robustness and balance of size, speed and performance. But I knew, from some casual research online that it was also relatively easy to upgrade.
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chester races 150x150 Chester Races Fixtures 2014Just so they’re easily accessible, in a concise list, here are the Chester Races fixtures for 2014:

  • Wednesday, 7th May 2014 
  • Thursday, 8th May 2014 
  • Friday, 9th May 2014 
  • Saturday, 31st May 2014 
  • Saturday, 14th June 2014 
  • Friday, 27th June 2014 
  • Saturday, 28th June 2014 
  • Friday, 11th July 2014 
  • Saturday, 12th July 2014 
  • Sunday, 3rd August 2014 
  • Saturday, 16th August 2014 
  • Saturday, 30th August 2014 
  • Friday, 12th September 2014 
  • Saturday, 13th September 2014 
  • Saturday, 27th September 2014

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Viber Logo1 150x150 Why Viber is better than WhatsAppI read the news that Facebook had bought WhatsApp for $19bn with some surprise, as most of the world did – particularly as the deal was apparently concluded in a matter of weeks since it was first discussed. I can understand the various theories bouncing around about why it was so important for Facebook to nullify a potential future competitor, tap into the mobile market more successfully (it’s the future, apparently!) and instantly receive a shot in the arm in terms of their impressive user base growth rate (WhatsApp instantly adds 450 million users to the Facebook user bottom line). But I struggle to comprehend is why they paid so much. The Marketer magazine put together a good summary of why Facebook bought WhatsApp HERE


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How good is this? The UK version of Amazon has finally announced that they’re introducing the same features as the US version! This means free access to the Kindle library of 500,000 books, unlimited movie & TV streaming, and next day deliveries from Amazon’s stock. The usual price will be £79 per year, but if you sign up before 26th February (you can take a free 30 day trial if you’re unsure) – then you can get it at the reduced price of £49. The service will go live fully in 5 days. Follow the link HERE to find out more.

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facts 300x150 Facts you may not knowI was sent this via email the other day and realised I knew a fair few of these already, but some others were quite surprising.

  • It takes glass one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times!
  • Gold is the only metal that doesn’t rust, even if it’s buried in the ground for thousands of years
  • Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end
  • If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more water. When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
  • Each year 2,000,000 smokers either quit smoking or die of tobacco-related diseases.
  • Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
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I saw this online and thought it was that interesting, I’d share it.

It puts everything in to a new kind of perspective, doesn’t it?!

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A friend showed me this video on YouTube the other day.

It’s an extract from Russell Howard’s Good News show – and it’s very funny!

It just shows how important tea is to the British public…

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raisins The difference between raisins and sultanasJust this morning as I was adding some dried fruit to my breakfast cereal, I wondered what the difference is between raisins and sultanas – so I decided to check it out with the ever helpful Google. For those that want to know, the difference is as follows:

  • Sultanas are dried white grapes but from seedless varieties. They are golden in colour and tend to be plumper, sweeter and juicier than other raisins.
  • Raisins are also dried white grapes which are dried to produce a dark, sweet fruit.
  • Currants are dried, dark red, seedless grapes. They are dried to produce a black, tiny shrivelled, flavour-packed dried currant.

So there you have it – not so complicated after all, and now I know for sure if I’m ever asked!

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google 300x112 Find gmail emails over a certain sizeFurther to an earlier post I made about freeing up space in Gmail (HERE), they’ve extended the feature set now to allow you to search for emails within Gmail by the size of attachments. So, for example, in the Googlemail search query, if you type “size:5mb” then Gmail will query your email folders and show you all of the emails over 5mb in size.

Mostly this will be due to people sending you the latest funny videos or picture collections and rather than deleting them at the time, you’ve just let them sit there in your inbox. So, although Gmail now offer 10.1gb of free space – perhaps it’s time to do a little housekeeping and remove some of the trashy stuff that you no longer need.

Equally, you don’t need to limit it to file sizes over 5mb. Just change the query dimensions and you can clear out much more of your email box – e.g. “size:2mb” will return all emails over 2mb in size.

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