Apple iPod MC037 – The 8 GB Blue Wonder of the 5th Gen Nano

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Every year, audiophiles seem to grow antsy once autumn rolls in. Many of these are because Apple is set to release its new products. And for 2009, released in September 9, Steve Jobs unleashed to the world the 5th generation iPod Nano which comes even more packed with goodies, and in this new line-up comes the Apple iPod MC037, an 8 GB Nano unit that comes with a Blue polished anodized aluminium finish. Considering Apple’s penchant for setting the bar higher with each of their products they release, the 5th Gen Apple iPod MC037 now comes with a video camera.

The new Apple iPod MC037 sports the same shape that has adorned its previous model and has totally abandoned, as of now, its 3rd gen design and has stuck to what many would think is the best shape for the Nano. The latest Nano encasement measures 3.5 inches in height, 1.6 inches wide, and is a quarter of an inch thick on the middle.

Another upgrade from the previous model found in the Apple iPod MC037 is a slightly bigger screen that measures 2.2 inches, the previous model “only” had 2 inches. This increase in screen size have allowed the Apple iPod MC037 to display 12 lines now of menu text, 2 more than the previous, and the other lists in the screen are bolder making them more readable.

That same encasement also was given a new colour finish that is glossy and has a polished aluminium feel; think about the shiny brittle Christmas ball ornaments. The best way, which is also the easiest, to see if your iPod Nano is indeed the Apple iPod MC037, is to flip it around. New to this model is a video camera located at the lower back of the casing and is smoothly flushed to the flow of the finish, unlike with other camera lens that protrudes from the frame and is more susceptible to scratches.

For the Apple iPod MC037, you may notice that the position of the dock and headphone ports has been reversed. This may cause some compatibility problems with aftermarket accessories and may result to a difficult fit. Fortunately, a universal adapter is available, which is sold separately.

Being the main added ingredient for the Apple iPod MC037 and the rest of the 5th generation iPod Nano, the video camera is what most people are curious about. First off, if you’re expecting a high quality camera, then you will surely be disappointed. It doesn’t provide high definition quality videos and it can’t even take photos. But that doesn’t mean that there’s no good thing about it. Primarily, the easiness of use is something to cheer about. With just two clicks of the wheel, you’re already recording. The video camera has a resolution of 640×480 pixels that records in an MP4 and H.264 format. While you may probably not use this for filming your family vacation, it can become very handy at the apt situations. Amazingly, the microphone records remarkably well. It can pick up hushed conversation about eight to ten feet away without any problems and provides a very audible output.

Next, and one of the most in-demand, because it’s the last portable multimedia player to sport one, is the FM player. It provides excellent reception although you have to use the ear buds and not the built in speaker as the Apple iPod MC037 uses it as an antenna.

All in all, the Apple iPod MC037 is still the exceptional MP3 player that the iPod is known for. And with more features being added to an already exceptional piece of gadgetry, you can expect it to just get better.

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Doctor Who: The Card Game, Card Game Review

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Doctor Who holds the Guinness record for the longest-running science fiction television show in the world, airing from 1963 till today. For those unfamiliar with the show (really inexcusable I might say!!) Doctor Who (or The Doctor) is a humanoid alien, a Time Lord, whose planet has been destroyed and is travelling through space and time with a time machine called TARDIS, exploring the universe and helping the helpless. TARDIS looks like a blue British police box, a common sight in Britain during the 60s when the show first appeared. Through the years, it has become a trademark of the show. Doctor Who has faced many enemies through the course of the show, the oldest and most significant ones being the Daleks, an alien race whose sole purpose is to destroy all beings inferior to them. Martin Wallace, a well-known independent board game designer from U.K., undertook the challenging task of recreating the atmosphere of the show in a rather simple card game. Let’s see how the game measures up to its theme and how appealing it is in general as a card game.

Game Overview

Although I am a huge sci-fi fan, I’ve seen very little of the renowned show. However as I sat down to play this game I had in my mind the general concept of “The Doctor”, his time-travelling machine and the atmosphere that the game should have. In my point of view, the fact that I’m not a hardcore fan of the game neither totally ignorant of the theme, makes me more suitable to write an objective review of the game. Let’s go through the basics of the game for starters:

In Doctor Who: The Card Game, players take the role of Doctor Who and his companions, trying to defend locations from various enemies but they also take the role of the “bad” guys, by sending enemies to attack other players’ locations. During each of their turns, players will have the opportunity to perform a number of actions, which involve playing cards. There are four different types of cards in the game:

  • Locations. Players will have to fight for the control of their own locations as well as their opponents’. Each location is worth a number of victory points at the end of the game.
  • Defenders. Defenders will be used to defend a player’s locations. There are actually 4 defenders, all based on the Doctor Who TV-series, each one with their own defense strength: The Doctor, Amy Pond, Rory and River Song
  • Enemies. Players send enemies to their opponents locations, trying to gain control of them. The enemies are well known races and monsters from the Doctor Who universe like The Daleks, Cybemen, the Sontarans and Davros. Each enemy has a different attack value.
  • Support cards. These are allies, special gadgets or events that will help a player or hinder his opponents.

At the beginning of the game, each player must pick a color and get 10 counters of the appropriate colour (5 DALEKS and 5 TARDIS). Daleks are used to indicate that we have placed an attacking enemy at an opponents’ location, whereas TARDIS are used to show that we have successfully defended a location of our own. Each player also gains a starting location which is chosen randomly. The player having the highest value starting location becomes the first player. All cards are shuffled in a face-down pile and 5 cards are dealt to each player except the player sitting to the right of the first player, who receives only two cards. There are also thirty time tokens in the game, which are set by the side of the draw deck.

Each player, during his turn, may play as many actions he wants, limited only by the fact that at the end of his turn he must give to the player on his right 3 cards. Extra cards may be bought during a player’s turn using time counters, that can be gained with a number of ways. Available actions a player may do during his turn are:

  • play a location card in front of him. He receives a number of time counters as indicated on the card
  • play one or more defenders on a location owned by him. The defender cards are played face-down on a location, leaving part of it uncovered so as the value of the location is not hidden. You cannot play two or more of the same Defender card on a given location
  • play an enemy card on an opponents’ location. In contrast to defenders, in general, only one enemy may be placed on each opponents’ location (exceptions do exist). The enemy card is placed face down near the location under attack and the attacking player puts a DALEK counter on the location under attack
  • play a support card
  • discard one or two cards to gain a time counter for each card discarded
  • buy cards by paying five time counters for each one
  • put one or more cards in the reserve. Players may put up to 2 cards in the reserve (face down in front of them) in order to use them in a later round. The size of the reserve may increase using certain support cards

There is no cost for playing any of the cards a player owns and players can perform any number of the above actions. A certain action can be performed more than once. At any case, the active player must end up with 3 cards which he must give to the player on their right. At the end of a player’s turn, he draws 2 cards from the supply and puts them in his hand. After the first player, play continues clockwise as usual.

The most interesting point in the game is combat, which occurs whenever a defender and an enemy card have been played at a given location. All defender and enemy cards are then revealed and their strength is compared. If the defender’s total strength is equal to or greater than the attacker’s, the defender wins. All attackers and defenders are discarded and the defending player puts a TARDIS counter on the location card to indicate that it is under the Doctor’s control. If the enemy wins, all defenders are discarded and the attacker must discard one or more enemy cards with total strength less or equal to the total strength of the defender.

The game ends when a player has all of his DALEK or TARDIS counters in play or when the Game End card is revealed (it is initially put on top of the 20 last cards of the draw deck). In the first case, the game ends immediately, while in the second one an “End Game” period starts, during which players continue to take turns but are obliged to take a single action and they don’t draw cards at the end of their turn. They don’t pass cards to the player on their right either of course. This period ends when a player cannot perform an action. Then all players count the victory points on their locations that are not under attack plus the enemy locations they have their DALEK counters on. The player with the most victory points is the winner.

Components

The game’s components are cards and tokens. The tokens are standard cardboard ones with nothing special to be comment on. The cards however deserve a special mention as they are all beautifully illustrated with much attention to detail. The colors used in the illustrations carry the feel of the game and all pictures are of high detail. All cards enhance the theme of the   game  and the artwork is so awesome that truly captures the eye and sets a  unique  atmosphere, especially the location and monster cards. Design of the components leaves really nothing more to be desired. 9/10

Gameplay

Usually one has not many expectations regarding gameplay when it comes to such “small” games. And when I say “small” I mean having few components and a short duration, usually called “filler” games. It is truly a big accomplishment when a game designer manages to produce a game of enough complexity and depth that can appeal to hardcore gamers out of so little material, while also keeping the mechanics simple enough for more casual gamers. From this aspect I find Doctor Who: The Card Game a rare gem that deserves a place in everyone’s game library, no matter if he is a Doctor Who fan or not or if he is a casual or hardcore gamer. The game starts aggressively right from the start, when everyone’s put down his starting location. The concept of playing cards for free, that means without having to pay a cost as it is usually done in most drafting games, gives a refreshing tone to the gameplay and allows players to develop their strategy with more freedom.

Choices are hard in every round as during each turn players have 5 cards in hand but must hand out to the player on their right, 3 of them. That is the core of the gameplay and the mechanic that gives the game a strategic aspect and depth that you will all appreciate. Which cards should you play and which should you pass? The idea of having a reserve is also interesting and adds to the depth, giving you the opportunity to set your game up the way you want in future turns. Another aspect of the game that I liked is the way conflicts are resolved. Enemies and defenders are placed blindly and are revealed only when both are present on a given location. Very clever idea that maintains a feel of suspense, as you never really know if you have won a location until the conflict is resolved. It feels that Martin Wallace has hit the nail on the head with this one, reminding us how talented he truly is! 9/10

Learning Curve

Despite the many interesting mechanics of the game, rules are kept simple as they should be for a game of this category. The 12-page rulebook can be read within about 10 minutes (in reality the rules are only 9 pages and there a lot of pictures too). At first the mechanics of the game may seem a bit strange but after playing your first game, you will have it all figured out. 7/10

Theme

The game’s theme is supported in every way in the game. From the intuitive TARDIS and DALEK counters to the characters used as Defenders and Enemies and the support cards. The locations all reflect the theme of the game, some set on earth and others on alien planets. Characters from the most recent episodes of the famous TV show are used as the defenders, while the biggest enemies of the doctor have been chosen to serve as the enemies in the game. Support cards feature objects used by the Doctor throughout the years along with special characters and events that boost the thematic character of the game. During my first play, I constantly felt being a part of the Doctor Who universe, I was completely drawn to it. The only thing that felt a bit strange is the fact that you are playing with the “good” guys in general but when you send enemies to opponents’ locations, you take the role of the “bad” guys. That feels a bit strange, disorients you and takes back some of the immersion. I think it would be better if roles were more distinct but that would probably lead to a whole new game. The fact remains that after playing for the first time, it really made me want to catch up with the TV show, maybe try to find some of the older episodes too. 9/10

Replayability

Doctor Who: The Card Game has enough depth and strategy that will ensure that you will have the desire to play it at any given time. It could surely act not only as a filler game but as the main game at the table, with consecutive plays. It’s that addictive! 8/10

Fun:

I really had a lot of fun, playing Doctor Who. There is enough player interaction through attacking your opponents locations and defending your own from attacks and there is a lot of suspense too as you wonder what enemies / defenders your opponents have placed on locations. Every aspect of the game seems to contribute to the fun factor, from the intuitive drafting mechanic to the illustrations on the cards and the feel of the theme. Time will pass fast, with this game, as you constantly have hard choices to make, endless unknown enemies to fight and control of the various locations will change many times during the game. Pure fun if you ask me! 8/10

Pros:

  • A Doctor Who game
  • Excellent support of the theme
  • Simple rules
  • Awesome artwork
  • Gameplay with depth and strategy

Cons:

  • It feels strange to play both as the Doctor and his enemies

Recommended for: Everyone including hardcore “Doctor Who” fans (Whovians)!

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Wide Shoes For Women

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Shopping for shoes is great fun and something I enjoy doing and am sure most women do. Especially now we have wide shoes for women. The problem though is some shoes look absolutely amazing, but you simply can not get them on your feet. In fact, you may get those anyway, no matter how much they hurt forgetting the health dangers that come with it in the future.

If you have naturally wide feet, you may be already wearing wide shoes for women.This does not mean that you have fat feet, as some women think. They will wear the regular cut just because they think wide shoes for women are embarrassing. All it means is that your foot is built wider than others. Most have this in the family, meaning the foot structure is just wider. They are not any less attractive than other feet, and should not be anything to worry about. Just get the right shoes and you are going to be fine.They  are made just for you. They fit right and you can get gorgeous designs which are a show stopper.

What can happen with some people is that their feet get wider and flatter as they get older. No one is sure why, but it might just be the course of life and bearing the weight of the body. What is even more confusing for some women is that one foot can be wider than the other. It is not something that anyone would see looking at the feet, but it is obvious when shoes are on the feet. In this case, one foot needs wide shoes for women and the other does not. When that happens, these would be the best option for you. What can also happen is that some women’s feet swell a lot this may be due to so many factors.I know in my case i do experience  especially during hot weather not to mention when am travelling in a car or plane and even walking.Because this is part of my life i opt for the wide shoes for women which do me very well and i can get amazing shoes that are trendy,comfortable fit and i don’t have to ruin my back and feet. Also, remember when you may have something like a bunion on your feet you can still wear great shoes from the wide selection for wide shoes for women and still look great.

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Programming Your Computer For Satellite TV

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With satellite television, you are offered far more channels than what you could get with cable. Although we have seen a number of exciting changes specific to television, satellite is considered one of the most powerful. After all, having the ability to choose the exact channels that interest you is a huge benefit to choosing satellite. With cable, you would be limited by the package deal you buy but with satellite, you can look through as many channels as you like. Because of this, we see a growing number of people trading out cable for satellite.

Keep in mind that programming for satellite television is actually a simple concept. The bottom line is that you get more channels within the same genre or different genre as you want. For instance, the two primary satellite television companies are now offering customers a broader range of channels so if you were a movie buff, you could choose all of the movie channels but if not, these channels could be eliminated or bypassed.

With so many different satellite channels, you have a much greater variety. With multi channel programming, watching the stations that you want makes television easier. Another huge benefit to going with satellite television is that you never have to worry about when a special show will be broadcast. In other words, you now have advanced show time listings so you never miss another important show.

Of course, one of the greatest features of satellite television is taking back control over what your children watch. If you have concerns about your children seeing television with too much sex, violence, bad language, and so on, then you have the power to lock out those channels or specific shows. While not important for everyone, homes with smaller children find this to be a huge advantage over other types of viewing.

Keep in mind that many televisions today offer some type of security but without doubt, satellite programming is by far the best. In addition to security for your family, satellite programming, especially for High Definition TV or HDTV is the best. Remember, with HDTV satellite programming, you usually see variation from one station to another. In some cases, the larger channels that transmit HD come with four of the largest broadcast networks to include Discovery, ESPN, HBO, and TNT.

Anyone can watch satellite TV on PC online legally when you visit these resources http://watchsatellite-tv-pc.blogspot.com/

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Trend Lab Diaper Bags Review

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Trend Lab Diaper Bags and gifts is totally home grown. 100% owned by women in the USA this popular company began with adorable crib bedding and stylish Trend Lab baby bags knowing that Moms and Dads want a well furnished nursery. A major brand now because moms know what moms need, they have an entire line of products with a multitude of stylish and fun themes that complement the latest fashion trends.

What Trend Lab Diaper Bags Have Going For Them:

Design: For panache and flair, these baby bags are proud to carry diapers and baby bottles and don’t they let you know it! Bright, fun colors and designs.

Easy to Clean: We cannot stress this one enough. Fashionable is one thing, but how fashionable is a grubby bag holding baby’s used diapers? The cotton twill is totally drenched in PVC which allows Mom to keep baby’s things clean and sanitary easily.

Variety: Being given a choice is always a good thing. With three major sizes, shapes, and styles to choose from, there is no need to restrict your choice to just one bag fits all. Having a bag for long term, short term, and involved trips is more than just convenient. The variety allows you to keep your bags in shape better and for longer.

Stroller Straps: This feature is available for the larger Messenger bag and Bowling bag styles and is absolutely necessary. There is not one Mommy who wants to carry it all on her back alone, with no assistance. These baby bags are a blessing.

Changing Pad: To not have this would be potentially disastrous for your coat, car blanket, shawl or any other surface cover with which you had to substitute. Easy to clean and non-absorbable, it is a huge time and stress saver.

Price: We had to check twice on the price. That Trend Lab Diaper Bags are priced so low is fabulous. Fashionable and ever so practical, every Mom can afford them, not just the celebrity and fashion maven moms.

What Trend Lab Diaper Bags Could Do More:

Design: The designs are great for every day baby living, but for Moms that are on the go all the time and need to run from the park to the board room with the little one in tow, these baby bags are not as invisible as they could be. We would like to see them develop an elegant bag that the CEO Mommy could tote to the office and straight to the social event. If she needs to carry her laptop too, some additional reinforcement might be a good idea.

Dad User Friendly: The chocolate with blue messenger bag and colors similar is more Dad friendly than the pretty in pink Paisley Park Tulip Tote, but he may still feel like he is carrying Mom’s Mother Purse. More and more Dads are caring for their children on a regular basis so we feel they deserve styles that they will feel more comfortable carrying.

All in all, Trend Lab Diaper Bags has provided fun and practical baby bags for a remarkable price and are definitely worth every penny.  

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How to Drive Traffic Into Your Funnel

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Driving traffic is challenge #1 for affiliate marketers. Where are your potential subscribers, your buyers, your future success team? One of the challenging parts of affiliate marketing is finding ways to draw your subscribers and buyers into your own funnel.

An affiliate marketer may be the finest business person, focused, driven, enthusiastic, full of energy and still fall flat on his/her face. Everything is in place except the ability to drive traffic to the website.

Even a really   unique , interesting website with all the bells and whistles is useless if no one ever stops by to see it. Where are the people? How can we find them? Entice them to join us, to know, like and trust us? That’s the missing link for most affiliate marketers attempting to run their own business.

Everyone dreams of making a lot of money, driving a huge sales volume needed to reach your financial goals. IF only the people would come, your fortunes and dreams would turn into your own reality. It’s just not happening. There are more competitors than ever and new ones are arriving every week, sometimes daily.

Laser-targeted traffic to your website would help everyone bent on sticking it out with an affiliate marketing business regardless of the tremendous challenge.

The first step in driving traffic to your website is finding the right search engine to begin the process. Obviously, Free traffic is always desirable and certainly not to be ignored as part of the effort to grow your business.

Having top search engine rankings is vital in building popularity links, and the use of the right keywords is important in attaining this goal.

The second way in driving traffic to one’s website is by contacting other webmasters for a link exchange partnership. Locating websites that are related to one’s own website is the primary task of the new affiliate marketer.

The third way is through writing your own articles. This is a very effective way to promote a website, good content is always appreciated by readers and will lead them to visit your website out of sheer interest.

The fourth way is through [JV] joint venture marketing. This is one of the most effective ways of promoting a product or a service.

Many additional methods are used by experienced affiliate marketers to reach out to prospective subscribers who one day may become future buyers. It’s hard work but the end results for your business makes it all worth the effort as you build your financial dream and business success.

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Fairline Phantom 40 Boat Review – Boat Buyer’s Guide on Second-Hand Fairline Phantom 40’s

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Overview

The Fairline Phantom 40 is a very popular flybridge cruiser, held in high regard by boat owners and the industry alike. This boat combines the practicality required for serious, long-distance cruising with the spaciousness and comfort to accommodate four people with an exclusive blend of privacy and sociability. The Phantom 40 is a boat that should feature on the wish list of anyone looking for a second-hand family-friendly flybridge cruiser.

Who and what is the boat designed for?

The Fairline Phantom 40 is a power cruiser built to cross large expanses of water with ease. It features wider side-decks, heavy-duty hand railing, deeper flybridge steps, elevated helm position, and many other sound, sensible design decisions. This boat is a good choice for anyone who enjoys sharing their love of luxurious high-performance cruising with friends and family.

What commentators say about this flybridge cruiser

The Fairline Phantom 40 is strongly influenced by the runaway success of the Phantom 50, drawing upon many of her design insights.

The distinctive ellipses that characterise the Phantom 40’s exterior and interior give her a graceful yet purposeful air that will stand out, even in the busiest of marinas.

The Fairline Phantom 40 perfectly captures that elusive blend of privacy and sociability that is the secret behind successful onboard entertaining.

Model variations

If you’re thinking of buying a used Fairline Phantom 40, you can choose from a range of variations.

  • The Phantom 40 (Mk1) launched in September 1994, with 68 built up to December 1996.
  • The Phantom 42 was launched in 1997, following a facelift, and ran until December 1999, with 116 built in this version.
  • These early models were fitted with a choice of Volvo TAMD63L engines (318hp each) or Volvo TAMD63P (370hp each).
  • The Phantom 40 (Mk2) ran from January 2002 to September 2009, with 118 built.
  • This model was originally fitted with Volvo TAMD63P (370hp each), replaced by Volvo D6/370 (370hp each) or Caterpillar 3126 (426 hp each)

Specifications

  • Length of hull (bow to aft end of bathing platform including gunnel): 39ft 6in (12.04m)
  • Length overall (including gunnel): 41ft 1in (12.52m)
  • Beam (including gunnel): 12ft 11in (3.95m)
  • Number of berths: 4 – 6
  • Draught: 3ft 2in (0.97m) unloaded
  • Height above waterline (including arch + navigation light mast): 14ft 10in (4.52m)
  • Transport height (approximate): 14ft 3in (4.35m)
  • Dry weight (approximate): 11.4 tons (11,600kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 220 gallons/265 US gallons (996 litres)
  • Water capacity (including calorifier): 99 gallons/118 US gallons (450 litres)
  • Engine recommendations (twin): from 740mhp to 870mhp

What’s great about the Fairline Phantom 40?

  • Good stability.
  • Excellent visibility from both helm positions.
  • Easy to manoeuvre.
  • Hulls are stronger than any other competitor, according to Fairline.
  • Large fuel capacity.
  • Very secure.
  • Quality finish inside and out.
  • Spacious interior, with two good-sized heads.
  • Plenty of storage.
  • Luxurious design.

What to look out for on a pre-owned Fairline Phantom 40

If you’re buying a used Phantom 40, our engineers have reported some things to watch out for and potential faults that might occur on this boat from time to time.

  • Access around the engines is tight.
  • When taking the radar arch down for transport, the boat is prone to water leaks and electrical problems affecting the items on the arch. This will show as staining of the head linings in the saloon and dark discolouration of the cherry wood panels. To avoid the problem, ensure that the build up/break down is carried out by a professional when transporting the boat.
  • Metal blinds in the saloon can suffer from corrosion.
  • Cherry wood panels can “bloom” if the boat has had excess humidity. A white sheen will show behind the lacquer.

Keeping your Fairline Phantom 40 in shape

When buying a used Fairline Phantom 40, regular scheduled servicing and attention to some minor points will keep your craft in top condition.

Regular servicing

Carry out regular engine and drive servicing in line with Fairline’s recommended intervals for the Phantom 40.

Maintenance

  • Check the steering reservoir is up to pressure.
  • Keep the bilge dry to avoid humidity and condensation.
  • Always keep batteries well charged.

Laying up

  • When turning off fridges, leave doors open to avoid mould.
  • Put the windscreen nets on to keep out the harmful UV that will bleach the wooden surfaces.
  • Keep the flybridge covered with a tonneau or console cover.

Model-specific repairs

The Fairline Phantom 40 is not known for needing specific repairs more frequently than other boats.

Why buy a pre-owned Fairline Phantom 40?

This boat offers a great balance of performance, luxury, spaciousness and practical design. The Phantom’s secure, sea-going qualities and refined comfort will give you, your family and friends enjoyable, safe and luxurious cruising, wherever you sail.

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of International Money Transfer Online Services

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Advantages and disadvantages are attached to everything on the planet Earth. As far as money sending concerns; although the advancements in IT have made it possible to send money online in minutes, yet the dark side of the picture can not be overlooked along with appreciating the bright aspects. At first, let us take a view of the advantages of international money transfer online services:

  • The first and the most prominent benefit we get from these services is the rapidity. Gone are the days when people had to wait for weeks for transaction of money. At present, you can transfer money online from one place to another in minutes.
  • Various banks have featured power transfer, which enables you to track the money online whether you are a recipient or a sender of that money.
  • Lots of banks have featured remittance. With the help of this feature, you can receive money in your local currency and use right after you receive it.
  • Another benefit is that you can send money straightly to bank accounts via online banking now-a-days.
  • Online money transfer services have provided a platform to online business-groups where they can move fast and grow rapidly without wasting time in the formalities of sending money offline like waiting for the checks to clear.

Having walked through the advantages which online money transaction offers, now let us turn to the disadvantages it bears.

  • The weightiest disadvantage is the transfer fee taken by international money transfer online services. You must have to pay some fee to them, otherwise it is impossible to utilize the services.
  • Sometimes involvement of credit card and debit card in online money transfer leads to losses. In other words, you money is not hundred percent secure in process.
  • Some websites are used to keep money temporarily in case money is not sent directly to bank account. The user passwords for these websites can be hacked by hackers resulting in the loss of money.
  • When you send money online, you have to face the technical difficulties of the process.
  • You have to be patient because long queues are quiet usual in online money transaction.
  • The quick transaction in debit cards causes difficulties in recovering lost funds.

By and large, online money transfer services are neither from heaven nor from hell. In spite of all their advantages, lots of people rely more upon offline money transaction. And in spite of all their disadvantages, a huge percentage of the world population utilizes international money transfer online services on regular bases.

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The Cost Of The Virtual!

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Emboldened by his earlier encouraging experiences with the banking hawks Mr Thames Pond decided to carry on from there. He took a pledge to encounter any call from any credit card or banking executive with guts and intelligence. He must ensure that he refuse all unnecessary offers or entrapment. He’d no longer be vulnerable. And then, as usual, he got a call right away.

“Hello… am I speaking to Thames Pond please?”

“Who’s this please?”

“This is Moneycanny Sir, from UC bank!… Mr Pond?”

“Right, this is Pond. Thames Pond!”

“So nice to talk to you again! Good morning Sir!”

“Good morning. Ms err… !”

“Mr Pond… can I take just two minutes of your most precious time?”

“Regarding what?”

“Sir, you are one of our most privileged customers. We’ve reviewed your payment record over the years and found your credit history absolutely sound. Therefore, we’d like to offer you a rare privilege in terms of travel benefits. We are sending you a package of travel vouchers allowing you to have free five-star hotel comforts in various tourist locations you’d like to visit. We need your consent Sir so that we can forward that package to you readily.”

“You are giving me all these free, Milady?”

“Absolutely Sir! This is UC bank’s thanksgiving to one of our most privileged customers.”

“No payment? No hidden costs? Are you sure?”

“Yes Sir! All you have to do is to receive it!”

“Okay… in that case I can consider… Ms… er… !”

“Thanks Sir! Your package is worth more than – bucks. So there will be a service tax and other charges. You will pay an amount of – bucks for receiving the package. We’ll bill this amount in your next card statement… “

“Hey… wait a minute! What are you saying… I’ll have to pay to receive your benefits?”

“Right Sir! You are not making a payment, you are only paying taxes. Your package is worth a lot of money and so service charges apply naturally… “

“Wait a minute… you see… “

“Ours is one of the largest banks of the country with a huge network… “

“Hey! Ms… er… I’m not referring to your bank… I mean you see… that is you and see here! You see… er… you… see… I will have to take leave from my office… book tickets… plan it perfectly to be able to avail of your travel package, right? And considering your five-star privileges I must travel by air… I cannot just crawl and slog to land up there, no? Now, the problem is it may not materialize in that specified period of yours… due to so many reasons… “

“But Sir, we expect you definitely won’t let go of such a money-saving opportunity!”

“… Okay… you expect… I want too. But it is not in my hands. Now, if I fail to avail of your ‘free’ package why on earth should I pay you in advance? You send it… I’ll see, and then if I do travel and enjoy your five-star luxuries please bill the service charges… this makes perfect sense.”

“Sorry Sir! We offer you a value package and therefore we have to charge the service tax now only. Please confirm your agreement so that we can send it across immediately.”

“I’m sorry too… Milady! I cannot give my consent… ” He cut the line with relish.

Mr Pond watched his phone ring again. He rejected the call, deliriously happy. The process repeated itself one more time. Then silence as Mr Pond indulged himself a broad grin.

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