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Submission + - A wheelchair - Historical note (

Anonymous Coward writes: "As a means of transportation for people unable to move, the wheelchair was first mentioned in China. These are ancient Chinese manuscripts dated by 6 A.D., where pictures of wheeled chairs can be seen.
1595 is considered to begin the next stage of wheelchair historical development. A special luxury wheelchair equipped with footrests and armrests was made for the king of Spain Fillip II. The wheelchair resembled more a high pushcart and needed an invalid tender escort. In 1655 the British Stephen Farfler, a handicapped watchmaker, invented a three-wheeled vehicle which made it possible for him to move by himself. It was the first self-propelled and lever-driven wheelchair. By the 19th century self-propelled wheelchairs had been replaced with manual wheelchairs — a handicapped person pushed large back wheels by hands and thus drove the wheelchair. It was notably uncomfortable to move down the street in such wheelchair, because hands got very dirty. In 1881 an outer rim of minor diameter was added to the construction of the wheelchair. This rim was adjusted to the wheel. When pushing an outer rim a handicapped person needn't touch a wheel and in such a way the problem of "dirty hands" was solved.
It should be mentioned, wheelchairs of those times were rather bulky and it made difficult to keep and transport them. However, in 1933 an engineer Harry Jennings wanted to help his friend Herbert Everest and made the first portable wheelchair of light steel. It didn't take long to realize commercial opportunities of the invention and friends set up the company "Everest-Jennings" dealing with mass production of wheelchairs. This company was monopolizing the invalid care equipment market for many years.
Electric wheelchair was invented after WW2 by George Johann Klein,a Canadian inventor, for the injured war veterans. Electric wheelchair is considered to be one of Canada's greatest inventions."


Submission + - SPAM: work from home it jobs-Find work from home it jobs

camingaw546 writes: "Imagine you're job seeking in the Internet-less years of the early 90's. Scary thought, huh?

Imagine our moms and dads frantically leafing through job openings only available at the classifieds of the paper, circling mightily and hopefully with a marker here and there.

Yes, it might sound like a romantic scenario; back then their application and resume arrive in two weeks time, and it takes yet another lifetime for the company's reply. (Yawn!) And yes, markers stain the hands. Not too mention the microscopic print, smudged words, unreadable phone numbers, and tiny ads. And you had to buy newspapersyes, papers with an -s, as many as four or fiveif you really want a thorough job search. Tedious.

And then fast forward to the cyberage. With so many jobs online sprouting here and there, from as far as the other side of the world, you only need your mouse now.

Yes, in this techno-driven world, a job search is a not properly called that if it's not carried out online. Job searches are easy to complete and the job opportunities that come up are there for the taking.

1. Log on. Hundreds of job websites offer free sign-ups now like work from home it jobs. They're more than glad to have you there to add to their growing number of members. If you plan to register to more than one site, it's best you use just one e-mail and password so you don't confuse them.

Your best shot in choosing job classifieds sites are the relatively new ones. They have less population of job applicants, which means you have more chances of getting noticed by employers on the lookout for resumes.

Examples are [spam URL stripped]

2. Key in your details. As with all other sites that you register in, online job classifieds will ask for your relevant personal information needed for their database. Get ready to provide your email address, a username, a password, your birthdate, and other details. The best thing about online job searching is that you can log in and out whenever you feel like it.

4. Build your resume. Don't worry, just as it is free to sign up, it's free to build your resume at most online job sites. You can either upload your existing resume or create a new one through the step-by-step template found at the site itself. It'll be helpful to consult a few articles on how to create an effective and winning resume.

Make sure you regularly update your resume (photos, seminars attended, contests won, freelance jobs or projects recently taken, etc). And make sure too your contact details (email, mobile phone and home number) are clear so that prospective employers can reach you anytime.

4. Set up your portfolio. You won't get asked a single cent for this. Feel free to upload at every online job classifieds your masterpieces, whether they articles, photographs, short films and videos, etc. State important details like date of publication/creation, location, context, awards won, etc. Update your portfolio regularly and let employers know they'd be missing out big time should they overlook you.

5. Search around. After placing your resume and portfolio on the database of the job website, why not search job listings now. Simple searches can be performed through the website's search engine. Input your preferred skills, job category, position, and location of work. You're sure to find one that's just right for you.

Regardless of whether the office is open or not, online job sites are there for you 24/7. With all that time and leeway and resources available right at your fingertips, there should be no excuse for not getting a great job.

6. Finally sit back. But not too long.
If you've gotten this far in the article, wow! You really have a thing for reading. But seriously now, isn't it time for you to be getting a new job? Click right on!"

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Submission + - SPAM: Franchise UAE 2011 Entreprenur’s Doorway to

franchiseuae writes: "The three days show will be organised from 14th to 16th April, at Business Village, in Deira, Dubai UAE. The
event offers an unparallel opportunity to the aspiring entrepreneurs and investors to meet the who’s who of franchise and retail across the world. Also the participation in the show will help the entrepreneurs to extend their footprints across the six states of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) – the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia."

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Submission + - Android web browser can not upload files (

MichaelSmith writes: I have an android phone and wrote a photo blogging application so that I could upload pictures directly from the phone. When I finally got around to testing from the browser on android the <input type=file> tag turned into a message Uploads Disabled. So I googled around and found this hilarious bug report which unfortunately confirms that Android can not upload files.

Submission + - Making sense of the Alzheimer's drug pipeline (

hlovy writes: Alzheimer's disease is a thief. It robs seniors of a lifetime of experience and memories as it also robs their children and other loves ones of the benefits of their wisdom. It empties the wallets of families, and leaves many emotionally drained at seeing their elders slowly disappear into themselves.

So, what new answers has medical science has come up with? At best, it's good news and bad news. First, the bad news: there is no cure. There is not even complete agreement as to its cause. There is a general consensus that extracellular amyloid-beta (Aß) plaques and intraneuronal tangles in the brain are to blame. Drugs being developed tend to target these plaques. But, at best, they hold off symptoms temporarily.

Now, the good news. Biomarkers research is making it increasingly possible to determine whether a person might develop Alzheimer's disease, perhaps even decades in advance. The earlier the disease is detected, the better the chances are of being able to delay its symptoms or at least prepare for them. It could be argued, however, that this detection capability is, in itself, a good news/bad news scenario.

But, those sticky philosophical issues aside, medical progress marches on in its usual lurching way--many failures mixed with some progress. Here's a rundown of what's on the market, recent drug failures, pipeline prospects and the most recent research from the the laboratory trenches.


Submission + - Follows App Tracks Your Online Popularity (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Follows lets you track your online popularity. Use this app to chart how many followers, friends, likes, subscriptions, connections or views you've accumulated across various social networks and services.

You can provide a custom URL to follows and have it track private data such as newsletter subscribers, comment counts, visitors, etc."

Submission + - KVM over IP: Eliminates the Distance Limitation As (

peterdisuja writes: "One or more computers can be controlled with a single set of peripherals using an IP KVM Switch. However, the key feature of this device is that it bypasses the control limits of a typical switch by allowing users to remotely exercise control over IP with 128 bit browser based access. There is no need for a physical connection in the form of wires. This device gives the freedom to access the systems over a local area network or a wide area network from remote locations. Compatible with almost every operating system and network device in the office environment, these switches add a greater flexibility to the network by placing the systems where they are required and the peripherals where they are desired."

Submission + - Adobe Confirms Flash Bug, To Release Fix Next Week (

iamrmani writes: "Adobe is planning to release the fix for a "critical" vulnerability that affected certain versions of its flash player during the week of March 21, 2011.

Adobe rated the bug as "critical," which, if exploited would allow malicious native-code to execute, potentially without a user being aware. In other words, the bug could cause a crash and potentially allow an attacker to take control of the affected system.

Read more:"


Submission + - Microsoft Calls Time on Zune Player (

Stoobalou writes: Microsoft has hinted that its Zune Player hardware has reached the end of the road and that no further devices would be developed or released.

The Redmond software giant's feeble forays into the media player market always faced an uphill struggle in the face of Apple's utter dominance, the various flavours of its iPod hardware hogging as much as 77 per cent of sales in recent years, but that didn't stop Microsoft from pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into a string of devices which almost universally failed to gain favour with either reviewers or the gadget-buying public.


Submission + - Apple's Role in Japan during the Tohoku Earthquake (

TiZon writes: "As you all must have heard, the 5th largest earthquake in recorded history hit us on Friday, 2:30pm Japan Time. As Alex often says on TWiM, stories on the ground are often quite different from the stories in the news, and there is a tech story that I'd really like to tell: the story of Apple Inc in Japan."

Submission + - Red Hat Paid $4.2m To Settle Patent Suit (

An anonymous reader writes: iTWire reports that 'Red Hat paid $US4.2 million to settle a patent infringement suit brought against it by FireStar Software, an intellectual property activist claims. Florian Mueller, who made a name for himself during the campaign to prevent the adoption of software patents in Europe some years ago, said he had dug up a court filing that showed the payment had been made.' Mueller says the payment made by Red Hat was kept secret but news about it surfaced in another suit.

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