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Rice cookers are easy to use! But if you just bought one you’ll probably want some quick instructions. The short version:

  1. Prepare the rice and the water, use one cup of water for each cup of rice – for example if you want to prepare 3 cups of rice, use 3 cups of water.
  2. Pour the rice and the water into the bowl of the rice cooker.
  3. Turn on the cooker and wait patiently, this can take up to one and half hours. The cooker will signal once the rice is ready.

There is a lot more to rice cookers than this – read more to get all the details.Before the first use:
It’s a good idea to clean your rice cooker’s bowl before you first use it. If your rice cooker’s bowl is simple stainless steel (like Aroma’s Simply Stainless line of cookers), you can place it in … Read the rest

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To regular readers of this blog, you’ll know that we focus on different aspects of technology, the cutting edge, the forward frontier, and the ever-pushed boundaries of innovation are for us, a comfort zone. But sometimes, despite all our innovation and technical know-how, we are faced with a rather old problem.

Our printer broke. It’s that simple, at our office, we use a fancy multi-functional unit, it does all the usual things and it does them all pretty well. It scans, it copies, it prints A3 and A4, what else do you need really? It doesn’t re-invent the wheel, it can’t time travel, but what do you want, it’s a perfectly functional printer! We use it for printing, it really doesn’t get any simpler. But when it broke, we suddenly found ourselves hamstrung.

We couldn’t print things out to proof them, we couldn’t scan documents or images, and we couldn’t … Read the rest

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Hamilton Beach cookers make piles of delightful, comforting rice with virtually no work. These popular pieces of kitchen equipment prepare rice to the perfect moistness and structure, then help to keep rice heated until its time to eat. The 37548 model is one of the flagship models in the Hamilton beach range. here are some of the benefits it provides.

About The Product

  • With grain rinse/steam basket
  • Versatile 2-14 cup capacity
  • Great for oats, grits and lotion of wheat
  • Delay begin creates morning food and food preparing easier
  • Use your own formula or packed rice & grain mixes
  • 7-Cups fresh leading to 14-Cups (Cooked)

However, online reviews are mixed – although most are positive. Heres a representative cross section from Amazon

Pros :

Grateful I purchased this one!

I really desired a compact sized grain pot but this one came so strongly suggested I made a decision to try it. … Read the rest

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With a wide range of professional-grade carpet shampooers on the market, it is often hard for consumers to decide on which model to buy, especially considering the fact that everyone has different needs and expectations from a cleaning machine. That is why we are offering this list, in conjunction with one of the top carpet cleaning companies in Aberdeen, of the top selling home carpet cleaners below.

In addition to a general list that demonstrates the models with highest overall ratings, you will also find the ideal models for different groups of people including pet owners, big families with children and so on.

You can check out the table for the highest rated models, or use the tabs below the table to find the model that suits your specific needs, use the top menu to read our detailed reviews or check out the summary reviews for a few select … Read the rest

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Problogger’s Darren Rowse held a free Webcast last night that was full of great advice for beginning and intermediate bloggers. At the event, sponsored by The Blog Squad, he identified the five keys for making money from a blog.

  1. Find a need that people have and work tirelessly to fill it over the long haul.
  2. Don’t be afraid to self-promote.
  3. Experiment to find out what your readers like and build on what works.
  4. Look for ways to extend your blog’s influence by incorporating elements that are usually associated with Web sites, such as forums, newsletters, job boards, video and audio.
  5. Remember that content is king. Over the long haul it’s all about content and lots of it, so invest heavily in that.

The better your content, the better your chances of success in monetizing your blog, he said. Without quality content, other blog-related activities are a waste of time. Good … Read the rest

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A computer’s processing speed is determined first and foremost by its hardware capabilities. Nevertheless, over time, computers can slow down—and this sluggishness can often be attributed to software issues. There are some steps provided by Dev4 (  that you can take to help you identify why your computer’s performance is slowing down and to keep your computer running faster and smoother.

1. Check for spyware, malware, and viruses. This is something that we recommend you do regularly. Not only is your computer at risk, but your personal information is as well. These malicious little buggers can affect how well—and how fast—computers perform. Installing the latest updates to your antivirus software will go a long way towards keeping your computer safe from harm, but when in doubt, a more thorough professional diagnosis

 may be necessary.

2. Defrag your hard drive. Over time, hard drives become fragmented. Fragmentation slows down the … Read the rest

A lot of people try to present marketing and advertising as a science, but in reality it isn’t. In reality, even advertising research is subject to a lot of different methodologies and interpretations. A lot of people proceed with advertising market research as if they were just doing social science. They try to get as good a sample as they can and the most accurate results possible, taking great time and effort to be scientific about it.

My particular approach to advertising research has always been somewhat different than this. When I research advertising, the goal is to come up with an effective advertising campaign. As such, all you need is plausibility. You don’t need to know for sure that an approach is the very best, you just need enough evidence to suggest that it will work well. After that, all you have to do is to trust in your … Read the rest

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Economic times are definitely tough now. However, if you have a little extra cash, there’s never been a better time to invest than when things are down. Any investment guide will tell you that now is the time to invest; some stocks and real estate won’t be this cheap again. That said, there’s plenty of risk involved as banks continue to fail and corporations file for bankruptcy. You don’t need an broker or financial services. The best investment guide is a little common sense and a little discipline.

The first step to any good investment guide is to make sure that you’re paying off your debts first. In almost all cases, the interest rates on credit cards and some loans are higher than the potential return on your investments. There are some exceptions – monthly payments on mortgages and car loans can be paid at the minimum, and never pay … Read the rest

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It has always been my joy, and desire to help others.   So many businesses out there looking to get a piece of the pie, but do not know what they can do to stand out above their competition.  Please take some of the ideas I have posted on many of my articles and use them.  Here are some of my tips which I developed while working for Azzurro Blu – a leading Web Development and marketing company in Aberdeen, Scotland for web marketing for small business.

Brand your business – Branding your business is one of the best ways to get your products to stand out above the rest.  Part of a building a brand is associating the name and image of your company with quality in the minds of your customers. When people see a brand image they know, they are reminded of the reasons they trust the … Read the rest

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I have recently had the please of arraging some conferences and seminars in various cities around the UK. As well as using premium venues such as 99 City Road – one of my favorite conference venues in London, I have also been arranging dates in smaller provincial towns such as Shrewsbury, Cirencester and Preston. However, a new venue for me is Ipswich and, I can truly say, its one of the most pleasant conference venues I have had the pleasure of using in recent years. Heres why.

Ipswich is a great location for conferences.  It has transport links to the A14 and the A12, two train stations and is about main train lines from London and Norwich, is one hour’s drive from Stansted airport and even has a working global port.  The city is considered a commutable satellite city of London, so it is therefore a hub for … Read the rest