Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Top Favorite Ice Cream Flavors

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Vanilla or Chocolate

Whenever I ask my friends what their preference in ice cream is, I mainly hear either chocolate or vanilla to be the best ice cream flavor. Unsurprisingly, I happen to agree that these two are the most craved for. After all, who can resist the tempting urge of pure indulgence that one experiences in chocolate, especially when it is served with mixed nuts? On the other hand, vanilla aficionados say their flavor is the best with no debate needed to prove it. Vanilla is so popular that a handwritten copy of its original ice cream recipe, which dates back to the late 1700s, is archived in the Library of Congress. Truth be told, both flavors have their unique, remarkable tastes that to consider them as the default flavors in ice cream is quite agreeable.

The Benefits of Growing Up in the Country

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Not everyone finds the experience of living in a rural area to be soothing and pleasant. In fact, many people who hail from a bustling city may find the sparse population and farmlands to be awfully boring. However, I beg to differ. Growing up in the country has several benefits in appreciating nature, living costs, and both interpersonal and intrapersonal growth.

Country Living by Thomas Kinkade

Aside from parks and small patches of greeneries, cities have very few locations where one can value nature. The country, on the other hand, contains vast spaces full of trees and grasslands. Parents need not worry about their kids getting exposed to pollution since the environment is almost in its pristine condition. Besides clean surroundings, expenses in the country tend to be cheaper. Food and other necessities are abundant and reasonably priced that starvation is hardly existent. A relaxing life in the country also gives every person a time to think for himself or herself and others. Without the tedious preoccupations that commonly plague the cities, relationships are formed with a solid foundation.

Granted, there is also a negative side to country living. For instance, there are fewer jobs available for the fresh graduates. Shopping areas and public services are spread out too thin that travelling back and forth takes quite a while. Furthermore, medical attention may not be as advanced as their urban counterparts. To some, these are critical factors that discourage city dwellers to find a new home in the country.

Understanding the benefits of living in a quiet, distant area is hard, especially to people who are used to urban life. However, people won't be able to fully recognize what it is like in little country towns until they have actually tried staying there.

How to Build a Desktop Computer

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Assembling a desktop computer from scratch seems like a daunting task, especially to anyone new to computer hardware. Oftentimes, buying a PC as a set is the easier choice. What many do not know, however, is that buying the individual components and building the computer yourself are more practical. Through the latter, you have complete control over how to spend your budget and what type of system you are looking for. By doing a few research and taking some time and effort, you can get your ideal do-it-yourself (DIY) desktop computer as well as a great sense of accomplishment.

Desktop CPU Internal Components

To start with, you must first identify and assemble the essential parts needed to get your computer up and running. You need to acquire the following internal components:

  • Power supply unit (PSU), which provides the DC power needed by other internal components
  • Motherboard, which is the central printed circuit board where other electronic components are inserted into
  • Processor, also known as the central processing unit (CPU), which acts as the brain of your PC
  • RAM, which stands for random access memory, where the processor stores data currently being handled
  • Hard drive, which permanently saves important data even when the computer is turned off
  • Optical drive, which burns and reads data from optical discs
  • Graphics card, which lightens the CPU load by handling video-related processing

Besides the components encased within the computer tower or chassis, you will also need to buy the following external components:

  • Monitor, which is your computer's main output to display visual data
  • Keyboard, which is your main way to input data by typing
  • Mouse, which controls the pointer displayed on the screen

The components found in the lists above are the most common parts of a desktop computer. Depending on your needs, you might also want to buy a printer, touch-enabled displays, and others. Confirming that each component is compatible with one another is important so as to avoid problems when you turn on your new computer for the first time.

Once all the necessary parts have been bought and assembled, you can turn on your computer and then install the important software. The operating system is the most important, because all other software can't be run without it. Depending on your need, you also need to buy a word processor, a spreadsheet program, as well as video games for the occasional leisure time. If you know where to look, many of these applications are available online and free to download. Again, just take some time and effort to accomplish this task.

If you are still hesitant to build a computer on your own, simply ask a technophile in your family to do it for you. Also try learning the know-hows yourself so that you can take care of your PC, should a problem arise and no help is nearby. The deed may seem daunting at first, but it can be eventually rewarding for you. Good luck!


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How to Assemble a Desktop PC