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The Art Of Buying A Saxophone… No, I’m Serious Here!

First, should you buy new or used? Both can be good choices depending on your circumstances.

If you are a beginner or someone that is buying their first horn, unless you have a teacher with a lot of experience, a new horn is usually a good idea. You know you’re not buying anyone else’s problems and most music stores have a great warranty. Often a saxophone needs a little tweaking by a good repairman after it’s been played for a while and a good warranty means you won’t have to pay for that. Also if there is some kind of structural problem a good music store will correct it if you are unhappy. Read the rest…

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Models And Acting – Should It Be?

Remember when all any big model really aspired to was a serious acting career? For Andie MacDowell, Rene Russo, Isabella Rossellini and Geena Davis, it worked out.

Classic Isabella.

For Cindy Crawford, it hasn’t been so easy. But Cindy may be luckier than she realizes because every star in Hollywood apparently wants to follow her into modeling.

Actors and actresses, from ingenues to Oscar nominees, are showing up in conspicuous fashion and beauty ad campaigns, in print and television. And that’s not all — Hollywood habitues are suddenly so anxious to be Read the rest…

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Saving Money When Promoting Your Band

kmgKeith Maurik, guitarist for the Toronto-based band Maximum RNR and Tara Gibson and Glen McMullen of Halifax’s 60 Watt Vamp know that promoting your band can cost quite a lot of cash. Piggins, Gibson, Maurik and McMullen have all been in the music business to varying capacities for several years. As a member of The Morganfields, Alun Piggins professes to have sold his “mortal soul for a slice of pizza, a pitcher of beer, and a kick at the ‘Big Time’,” Glen McMullen and Tara Gibson have both played in several bands and are currently working on promoting their first collaboration together called 60 Watt Vamp, and Maurik’s job away from his duties as rhythm guitarist in Maximum RNR is as a rep at Epitaph Records Canada. All four have seen both ends of the way the music industry operates, and all maintain that the independent route at the beginning of any band’s career is not only necessary to understanding how the business works, but also important to knowing where exactly your money Read the rest…

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Why is My Hard Drive Clicking?

hdclingThe hard disk drive (also known as HDD) of your computer is a device within your computer that stores data that has been created on your system. As you use your computer, data is stored and retrieved from the hard drive making the drive crucial to the function of your computer. Most simply explained, the hard drive functions physically almost like a record player where an arm pivots on an actuator axis and lowers onto an incredibly sensitive disk. The head of the actuator arm reads the information contained on the disk and also writes information as it is created by your computer. This disk is known as a platter and for the hard drive to function properly the read/write head on the end of the arm must be able to read the platter, or System Area. When the head is unable to read the SA the arm begins to move back and forth above the platter and strikes the interior of the hard drive, emitting a clicking or ticking noise. This noise signals that the hard drive is damaged in some way, is dead or is dying and there is limited time to access any important data contained on the hard drive.

In many cases, people who hear this clicking noise attempt to open their hard drive and repair the issue themselves by replacing parts. By repairing the hard drive in this way, there is a chance that it could function for long enough to access data stored on the drive, however this is risky and advised against by computer engineers. The goal of accessing the damaged hard drive is simply to gain enough time to transfer data from the hard drive to an alternate storage system. The data can be transferred to another hard drive or any external hard drive or USB device but the original hard drive will no longer be functional. This is highly discouraged by computer technicians as exposing the hard drive to any urban environment can cause irreparable damage to the sensitive platter. Repairs must be conducted in a cleanroom where the air contains far fewer particles than a normal room to ensure no further damage is caused to the hard drive.

Cleanroom repairs are particularly necessary with RAID Recovery, whether 1, 5 or 10.

The best and safest option is to simply turn off your hard drive immediately after hearing any clicking, ticking or buzzing noises. The hard drive is no longer functional and repeated use of the damaged hard drive Read the rest…

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Tips For Finding The Best Server Data Recovery Service Provider

A server data recovery service provider or vendor should be able to help you in recovering your data. This should be their main aim. The first thing that you need to know about this vendor is their level of professionalism. If they have a website, you should visit the website and check their portfolio. Do not just settle for anyone who has a well designed website, they might not just perform. The server data recovery vendor should also be available for you. If he is busy, he should at least have time to come over to your premises and check out the state of your server.

server-repair-driveAs you choose the vendor, you should be able to evaluate the fees before they begin recovering your data. This is to avoid the incidences of being caught off guard with the surprises of some hidden costs. The server data recovery vendor should also be fair in their prices. You should beware of companies which offer a 100% recovery rate. It is impossible to recover 100% of the data you have lost and therefore you should not trust a vendor who assures you of that. Trust a company instead with strong data recovery track records for failed hard drives. This data recovery company has a good reputation for restoring data from laptop and server drives. A company that has a global presence is likely to give you the services that are of good quality. Read the rest…

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Specialty Fashion Retailers Struggle

Evening wear and daytime dresses are the main attractions at two hotel trade shows here. Nothing unusual about that. But a less tangible matter – the the challenges faced by specialty stores – is also a subject of spirited discussion.

Stores like these are empty.

Pinched by the prowess of department stores and the price-cutting of some discounters, specialty stores aim to beat their competitors with selections that consumers won’t see everywhere else.

As a result, the two hotel shows – Designers at the Essex House and American International Designers at the Waldorf Astoria – have taken on greater importance for some specialty stores that are hard-pressed to find salable looks. Read the rest…


Use Professional SEO Companies And Make Your Online Business Grow

usdscIf you want to increase traffic to your web site, use the services of San Diego SEO Companies and you will get value for your cash. These companies will help your web site land on the first page of any search engine results and be easily seen by potential clients. Here are some of the best reasons why a San Diego SEO service may be best for you.

First, these SEO companies have Read the rest…

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The Winners And Losers In Fashion Retail

The big winner: Donna Karan. The big loser: Anne Klein.

That was the retailers’ take on the best and worst of the New York collections, which ended Wednesday.

Other, hot Picks, according to the stores, were Calvin Klein, Ralph Laure, Bill Blass, Oscar de la Renta, Victor Alfaro, Anna Sui, Marc Jacobs and Badgley Mischaka.

The disappointments, included Isaac Mizrahi and Richard Tyler: Drawing the toughest criticism was Anne Klein. Retailer reaction ranged from “difficult” to “disaster.” Some held out a shred of hope that it would look better up close in the showroom. Read the rest…

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