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Wednesday, 26 January 2011

How non-technical Housewives can Earn from Internet? – Samia Adnan

In this era of sky-rocketing prices of everything and inflation, many ladies want to earn while being at home as they do not want to go out for work as either they have to look after their kids or family at home or they are simply not allowed by their in-laws to do any job. 

Let’s see how they can earn money and thus supporting their family while being at home, by just using the internet:
Freelance Writing: Educated ladies can start writing online as freelance writer, they can not only write for various websites and blogs but also contribute their writings to magazines and newspapers of their interest that pay for the articles and feature stories. They can compose or ask any one at home who can compose for them and e-mail their writings to the newspapers, magazines and websites. Just to give you an idea, a 500 word blog is paid at Rs. 200 to Rs. 800, depending on the type and quality of content. You can read some online books and materials about writing such as: Housewives and other work at home people wishing to add an extra income stream can visit http://www.elance.com and reserve seats to get a chance to be included in the Jan 30th session. Also check out WorldPL’s page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/WordPL
http://wordpl.net/ is another good website to learn the skill of getting freelance work. You should check out for freelance writing, such as odesk, and web content writing jobs on rozee.pk and other job portal websites or in your newspapers and apply for the one that says ‘work from home’.  If you are good at translating articles and also proof reading then you can try that too, as many companies hire freelancers to proof read and translate various types of writing. There are many that you can try!

Do Business from Home: If you are good at designing dresses, stitching or embroidery etc then you can start your business right away – make an online shop on http://www.myoffstreet.com, http://www.alibaba.com or create a Facebook page. Alternatively, if you know some of web development, you can have your own website for the purpose. Upload the images of your dresses along with their prices and mention the sizes of dresses and your contact number so that people can place their orders. You can even ask anyone to do this for you if you. You can even sell your paintings and crafts etc. too via myoffstreet.com

Teach online: If you are good at teaching you can provide tuition via internet. All you need to do is to make a webpage/blog or even Facebook page and a youtube account. Record and upload lectures and send the recorded lectures to those online students who pay you in advance for your lectures. Khanacademy.org is an example of this! They can also ask someone at home to assist you in recording and uploading the lectures online for you. So grab your mic and start teaching online!
Start Cooking: Yes! Ladies if you are good at cooking and love working in the kitchen then you can try preparing food at home and earn money. People can order you via your website, blog, e-mail address or simply by calling. Some ladies are doing this type of work on the internet – they have prepared a weekly menu and they provide food on order. We have Sadia as an example in Pakistan, who wanted to take the hobby of cooking as a profession and with the support of her husband & kids, she started Sadia’s Kitchen. Her love for food and passion to learn & cook new recipes brought her into the kitchen business If you can not manage a blog or get a website you can simply make a page on Facebook – which is free of cost and easy to use! Almost every modern lady is on Facebook these days! You can also see Sadia’s Kitchen Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/SadiasKitchen for more ideas!
You can also watch these informative episodes of ‘Ghar Ka Kharch’ on CNBC Pakistan:
·         Make Money Online in Pakistan – Part 1 of 2
 ·         Make Money Online in Pakistan – Part 2 of 2

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Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Transition of Playgrounds to Videogames – Samia Adnan

 A healthy mind resides in a healthy body but it seems that today’s children, youth and parents are ignoring this fact. No doubt the advancement in the field of science and technology has helped us in many ways – but its excessive use has deprived many of sound physical health.

People prefer the use of machines and modern gadgets over physical activities and sports. Less physical activity, especially sports and games that children used to play decades ago, gives less assurance of healthy mind and body.

Video Games Taking over Physical Activities: Pakistani children and youth have become chubby and lazy, as compared to what they used be before the advent of video games and Internet. Children have been captivated by these video games like Taken, Civilization, Call of Duty, Need For Speed, Sims, Prince of Persia, Black and also social networking games such as FarmVille, CityVille, Business World, etc that they hardly think to go out for a walk or play physical games and healthy sports. There was a time children used to play games like khoo khoo, chor sipahi, pakan pakrai, hide and seek, sack race, badminton, tennis, hockey etc but now a days we see them playing various games on mobile phones, world wide web  and video games on PC and gadgets like GameBoy, Atari, Nintendo and PlayStation etc. Playing grounds have become deserted and net cafes have become populated with the youth playing games online. Youth is addited to these online and video games and they are glued to them. A study says that a child should spend at least two hours for any physical activity, especially playing – which will result in their physical and mental strength. There are several reasons for video games to replace playgrounds.

Parents feel Relaxed: One of which is that  now a days parents feel relaxed when their children are busy in playing games as they know where their child is and what they are doing, but there are ignorant of the adverse impact of these games on their child’s health.

Parents are Too Busy: When I ask a lady the reason for letting her little son studying in class 1 playing games on computer – she said that it keeps him busy and he do not bother her when she is doing her work and also she do not have to run after him or to worry about him, as if he plays out doors she has to keep an eye on him and make sure that he do not get injured or get wounded while playing. She told me that its difficult for her to take her kids to parks or playing grounds – as its not safe to take kids out side due to security problems and also because she do not have time as she has to do her household chores and her husband comes late at night.

Pre-occupied Weekends: Weekends too keep parents occupied – that only 2% of families go out with their kids to parks and play grounds. Children too have assignments and tests to prepare during the weekends.

Lack of Space: Many schools are in the residential areas – therefore they do not have enough space for play grounds and so are children’s house – as now a days most of the people do not afford big houses to have playing ground..

Poor Condition of the Playing grounds: The terrible condition of playing grounds and parks also play a part in distracting youth and parents from out door games. Many of the play grounds have become a place for drug-sellers and criminals. Many grounds replaced by garbage areas – the trash of the entire neighbourhood is disposed into the playing grounds and the authorities pay no deed to it. Broken swings too have become common in the public parks.


Thursday, 20 January 2011

Laptop Vs Mobile Phone for School Girls, which is better? Samia Adnan

Many of the students are using mobile phones and some insist in having a laptop too, so should they have both or any one of these gadgets but which one of the two is better for them?

The school going girls are not mentally matured, thus they are more attracted and inclined towards the social evils and immoral activities. They do not like taking guidance from their elders and like to undergo different experiences themselves.

Mobile Phones Can Easily Get Un-noticed: They can easily take their mobile phones with them at school and tuition centres – unnoticed by their parents. They should only own a mobile phone when they get really mature enough to use them properly. I think girls should not be allowed to have a mobile phone until they reach to 14 grade (Graduation).

School have Strictly Prohibited Mobile Phones: Almost all the schools in Pakistan have implemented policies that prohibit using mobile phones in school. They even rusticate those girls who are found with the mobile phone. Many girls bring their SIM card instead of a mobile phone and they use their SIM on a mobile phone brought by one of their classmates. Therefore, school administration and parents should make sure that the girls do not have a SIM card with them – they should check them and their belongings (books, school bag, hair bands, water-bottle, lunch box etc.). Now many of you might be thinking that how their daughters and sisters can contact home if they are away – simple – they can make a call with the permission of their school administration via school’s landline number. Many girls use the mobile phones in washrooms.

SMS/MMS: Many school students are addicted to the SMS service . Some also send their pictures via SMS to the opposite gender – especially when they have made friends in co-ed schools and tuition academies. According to a survey the most text messages are sent by teenagers. Texting can also have adverse affects on one’s health.

Wastage of Time: The students waste their valuable time in sending and reading text messages, playing mobile games, use mobile applications – instead of wasting that time in their studies. Mobile Cellular companies are also introducing ‘Youth Packages’ and SMS-bundles offers to promote their business and indirectly spoiling the youngsters. The students are seen messaging and calling late nights as they have subscribed to these packages. Parents should make sure that their children have a mobile phone and if they have then make them use post-pay package so that parents can monitor on their daughters.

Use of Laptop for doing the School Homework: Laptop is a better for school girls as they can compose their assignments and search for the materials for their assignments from the internet. Not only this, they can have a record of their assignments in their laptop. The laptop will also help them in making PowerPoint slides to aid them in their classroom presentations.

Observe School-going Children when they Use their Laptop: Laptop is better for school going girls because – if they do not have a mobile phone they would not be able to give their mobile phone numbers to boys and strangers – is it that simpel? No! they can communicate via internet too. It is the duty of the parents that they observe their activities on the internet and disallow them to make accounts on the social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, MSN Live Spaces, Hi5, Friendster and Orkut etc. School going girls (boys too) should not be allowed use on the Instant Messengers and visit websites with Chat feature and web-messengers. As many school students trick their parents and even school staff by using web-messengers – as they can be used without being installed on the system. Parents should make sure that the girls do not upload their photographs on any website or given their contact details or information, as some girls join different discussion forums too. Parents and school Computer Lab Dept should install programs like NetNanny www.netnanny.com and Spector Pro etc. in the computers, to keep a check on the and restrict their activities by blocking some websites that are not fit for them – including Social Networking websites and YouTube etc.

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Tuesday, 18 January 2011

How Mobile Phones Can be Best Used by Household Ladies? -Written by Saamia Adnan

How Mobile Phones Can be Best Used by Household Ladies? - Mrs. Samia Adnan

Mobile phones have become one of our basic needs these days and its hard to be without carrying one these days. Working ladies have keep mobile phones with them to keep their notes, maintain things to do, stay connected with their family and friends and to remind them of their meetings etc. but household ladies too can make best out of a mobile phone, right? A study tells that in Pakistan cell phones are mostly being used by every member of the family and do you know that according to a survey household ladies and children are highest users  of mobile phones? Through mobile phones house hold ladies can stay in touch with friends and family, and they can also do much more like listening to audious and watching videos which makes their staying at home less boring and more useful – here is how they can make best out of their mobile phone:

Cook Something New & Good: Ladies can make best out of a web-enabled mobile phone and benefit from the cooking shows on the websites like YouTube while being in the kitchen. This is a nice way to surprise their family with delicious and mouth tempting food which is different from the traditional menu of the routine.

Photography: They can capture the family functions by using their mobile’s camera and share with those pictures with their friends and family especially those living abroad, conveniently.

Calendar: Forget your sister-in-law’s birthday??!?? Ahh now you are in a mess – you see when one is married you have to remember some events if you want to keep others happy with you. So how about keeping a record of everyone’s birthdays, anniversaries and all such events on your mobile calendar to keep you reminding about these events.

SMS: Many times husbands are busy or driving and they do not receive the phone call – you can simply send them an SMS. This even helps if you need something and he is in a habit of forgetting, by making list of things to get on his way home in an SMS. This will save your money too – yea.. if you call him and ask him to bring this bring that it would cost you more than a simple SMS with the listed items to bring…I hope that all the ladies will agree with me.

Communicate with Friends: If you live in a joint family then its uneasy to talk with friends properly on the land-line phone. But  on the mobile you can talk and sms as much as you want, with out anyone interrupting you.

Socialize: Yes, socialize on Facebook, Twiter, Orkut and all these social networking sites and keep in touch with your friends on MSN and Yahoo! Messenger when you are feeling bored and done with the household chores.

Enjoy Music While Working: Yes, you can have your mobile’s earphone or Bluetooth device attached next to your ear while doing the household chores. Be it gardening or arranging the things and clearing up the mess at home – enjoy while you do it!

Get those Apps: There are so many health applications – mHealth apps – that you can get in your mobile and make best out of them – count your calories. Keep a record of your weight; if you are trying to shed some of those extra pounds – you can find many useful applications to help you maintain your deit and health.

Calculator: The most important thing in a mobile phone – I am not that good at maths and I need to use one for simple addition :) – There must be many house ladies who have to make their budget and running the house in a proper manner and the calculator is going to be a great help. One can not carry a calculator when going out to market – while the mobile calculator can help you check if the shopkeeper returned you the accurate amount. 

Keep the Reminders: If your husband has some meetings or events to attend. You can help them remember by keeping reminders on your mobile phone – and remind him when you find him forgetting any task – believe me he will be happy to see that you can are making good out of your mobile phone and not just making costly calls to your family and emptying his pocket;) Not only husband’s meetings and appointment s- ladies you can set your reminder too – like attending a coffee party, meeting a friend etc.

Make Notes: Note down anything – it will save you a paper (which will protect the environment).

Phone Book: I have seen many house ladies who keep a diary in which they have penned down the addresses and phone numbers  they consult them whenever they need to make a phone call – They mostly overwrite and make it all messy when anyone changes their number – but if they make it a habit to save them in the mobile’s phone book – they can easily edit them – Sounds easy and better!

Set the Alarm: Yes – you can set alarms with the reminders besides the usual wake-up alarms – they help remembering doctor’s appointments, dinners, family functions and even time to remind your husband to collect the laundry or dress from the tailor. No?

Be careful: Before concluding – let me tell the household ladies that they should try to check their mobile phone’s user manual and hold the mobile phone at a distance, as some mobile phones. Have health related warnings mentioned on them. According to a recent research  into mobile phone health danger, the use of handheld phones by pregnant women could make the child more likely to develop behavioural problems such as hyperactivity, and emotional and relationship difficulties. The research revealed that pregnant women who used mobile phones were 54 percent more likely to report behavioural problems in their children than the pregnant women who didn’t use mobile phones, and that the likelihood increases with the amount of potential exposure to the radiation.

These are what I can make out right now – Can yiu suggest more? If yes, then send in your comments.

Written by:
Samia Adnan

Monday, 10 January 2011

Outcomes of Predictive Text Messaging

The latest mobile phones are featuring built-in dictionary enabling them to predict what word a mobile user wants to type from only a few key presses, which some times end up suggesting funny results, often creating misunderstandings.
Those mobile users who use predictive texting on their mobile phones, can end up typing funny messages and sometimes have to face embarrassment due to miscommunication caused by predictive text messaging and mistyping of words on T9 mobile phones. Take the example of a mother who was taking her children to meet Santa Claus one Christmas, but ended up typing to her friend: ‘Taking the kids to see Satan’. According to a research conducted in 2009, predictive text messaging changes the way children’s brain works and make them more likely to make mistakes. Scientists said the system trains young people to be fast but inaccurate, which makes them prone to impulsive and thoughtless behavior in everyday life. Predictive texting makes people sloppy when it comes to spelling, with many flummoxed by words such as questionnaire, accommodate and definitely. To some predictive texting can also create severe situations like broken relationships due to a mistyped word or wrong spelling in text messages.However, for most mobile phone users, predictive texting is a source of convenience, and considerable amusement.
Written with some changes after taking from: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-1345040/Taking-kids-Satan-The-unpredictable-hilarity-predictive-texts.html?ito=feeds-newsxml