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When it comes to flat panel displays for PCs, some are better than others, and they usually sport price tags to match. The main reasons for the high cost of high end displays are their ability to reproduce color accurately, and also their overall resolution. More expensive monitors lend themselves well to photo editing, series computer graphics work, high resolution animation and other graphics intensive applications. The best such monitors cost $3,000 or more, but this 24″ LaCie monitor offers excellent color handling, 1920×1200 resolution, and even includes color calibration software, all for the relative bargain price of ar burberry bags sale ound $1,100.

Students learning about computer graphics, graphic arts, photography and so forth will find the LaCie 324 eminently well suited to support their studies and related graphical interests. The unit also supports 10 bit gamma correction, offers two HDMI ports plus DVI D and conventional VGA inputs, and even supports Faroudja Directional Correlation Deinterlacing (DCDi), to smoothe out the processing of rapidly moving images on screen, which are common in action movies, sporting events and computer games. It even offers a snazzy picture in picture (PIP) capability, that permits easy repositioning of the PIP frame, and makes source selections for the main and PIP image feeds easy.

The calibration software included on CD ROM with the unit permits users to select specific color profiles to drive the display, and to save their own custom profiles as needed.

Display options include four zoom and aspect ratio modes, including Dx2D, which magnifies the source to 1920×1200 resolution. You’ll also find accessible controls for brightness, contrast, color temperature, gamma, noise reduction and so forth. At a price of around $400, it’s one of the cheapest 24″ LCDs available. Despite the low cost, though, the 245BW offers 1920×1200 resolution, excellent brightness (400 cd/m2), a high contrast ratio (1000:1, 3000:1 dynamic), and excellent response time (5 ms). With HDCP support, even though this monitor lacks an HDMI port, it can still play back Blu ray discs given the proper hook ups using DVI D or an HDMI to DVI D adapter or c burberry bags sale able. Its speedy response time also makes this monitor excel at computer gaming.

Samsung manages to keep the price down by skipping many of the features commonly found on 24″ monitors. There are no USB ports, memory card readers, built in loudspeakers or other fril burberry bags sale ls (though some may argue that omitting HDMI is going too far). That said, unlike the LaCie 324, the 245BW offers less color capability and accuracy, by approximating 16.7 million colors rather than offering them directly and discretely. Also, this unit is best viewed straight on, as it offers a modest 160 viewing angle. But for typical Windows use, serious gaming, and light duty graphics, students will find that the 245BW offers them a fabulous amount of screen real estate at a great price.

For those seeking to watch videos, play games, or run standard Windows applications on the big screen, the Samsung 245BW offers an excellent compromise between cost and capability. For more infor burberry bags sale mation on this monitor, please consult the Samsung product page . We wanted to include the 27″ model here, but it won’t be available until later this year, so we can’t share pictures or stats on it yet. The 2408 model is a smaller but still capable monitor that shares most of the same features its bigger cousin will also sport. Both units feature a resolution of 1920×1200, response time at 6 ms, color support at 16.7 million colors and 110% color gamut, with a 1300:1 contrast ratio.

What makes the 08 Ultrasharps interesting is their inclusion of Dell driven VESA standard DisplayPort technology. Though it hasn’t been universally adopted by monitor makers, its royalty free, license free, digital audio and video interconnect capability seeks to give license and royalty required HDMI technology a run for consumer loyalty, if not for as much of their money. (For more information about DisplayPort, see the VESA press release .) Dell, however, hedges its bets on the 08 series by including both HDMI and DisplayPort hook ups, as well as DVI D, VGA, component video, S Video, and composite video inputs.

The 2408WFP excels at gaming and at DVD playback, including Blu ray content. It’s also great for conventional display activities from the Windows desktop. At just over $600, it costs half again as much as the SyncMaster 245BW, but its bells and whistles, plus ports and connectors galore, mean there’s ample added value to offset extra costs. Particularly for entertainment oriented students, the 2408WFP delivers an excellent combination of features and functions.

For more info on this display, please consult the Dell product page .

The eVGA UV Plus+ is a USB device that offers support for an additional display on a notebook or desktop PC. Simply plug the UV Plus+ into an available USB port, attach a display, and you can extend your Windows desktop from your current monitor onto that display as well. Essentially, the UV Plus+ adds another graphics adapter to your PC via USB, thereby extending your desktop real estate without loading down your existing graphics circuitry.

The UV Plus+ comes in two models: the UV 16, which supports display resolutions of up to 1680×1200, and the UV 12, which supports display resolutions up to 1440×900. The UV 16 costs about $80 while the UV 12 goes for around $65. Either device offers a peachy way to extend your desktop, particularly for notebook PCs where simply plugging in an external monitor may either blank out the built in display, or put too much strain on the built in graphics processor. Both models work with Vista’s Aero mode, support 16.7 million colors, and include a DVI port with a VGA to DVI adapter for VGA only monitors.

The device draws less than 500 mA at 5V, so it may be safely powered through the USB port even on a notebook PC. Reduced battery life shouldn’t be much of an issue, especially given that the external monitor needs a wall socket anyway! eVGA claims you can add as many as six UV Plus+ devices to a single PC, for up to 7 monitors in all. Needless to say, even at 480 Mbps, this could bog down a USB root hub pretty well!

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Back to School Gifts for Children

Whether it’s your youngster’s first day kindergarten, or he/she is returning, small back to school gifts can make a child feel very special and (perhaps) help ease the transition. Back to school gifts are also great from grandparents and aunts/uncles. Here are 10 fabulous ideas to select from.

Back to School Gift Idea 1: Alarm Clock An Alarm Clock is a very practical gift for new students. It mi burberry bags sale ght help a child feel a little more mature and shows some responsibility. There are a variety of unique clocks you can purchase over the internet. One site to check out is Alarm Clocks Online where you can buy cute alarm clocks with animal themes. You might also just google “kids alarm clock”, “children’s alarm clock” or search on eBay. Perhaps, try to find a clock that is themed after a favorite cartoon character or animal. An Alarm clock is a very thoughtful present!

This is a gift that your child will be able to use for a long time. A personalized backpack will make your child feel special. There are numerous websites online where you can purchase personalized backpacks and book bags. Google “kids personalized backpack” to find online stores. You might also search on eBay and Etsy. It’s a very useful gift.

Back to School Gift Idea 3: Stylish or Personalized Lunch Box

If your youngster will be bringing a lunch to school, this is a a great gift. You can buy kid’s lunch boxes in just about any theme or cartoon character. Select a lunch box or pail with a theme that your child enjoys, or perhaps purchase a personalized one. You can find them at stores such as Wal Mart and Target. There are also several websites that would be happy to take your order.

Back to School Gift Idea 4: Stickers

Stickers are a fun gift that your child will like to use to decorate his/her notebooks and other belongings. You can buy puffy stickers, scratch ‘n sniff stickers, glow in the dark ones, and more. Personalized stickers are also an excellent gift. Your child will enjoy giving his/her school supplies a personal touch.

Back to School Gift Idea 5: Desk for Homework

This is definitely a top notch gift. To help encourage your child to do his/her homework, a comfortable and fun place to work is a good idea. Search online for “kids desk” or “children’s desk” for one that you think might suit your child. You might also look at stores such as Toys ‘r Us and craft malls.

Back to School Gift Idea 6: Personalized Pencils

Pencils are a necessity, and having them personalized is a nice touch. This may also help prevent your child having pencils taken by other children, or they might be easier to track down. There are numerous online stores to try. One is Miles Kimball. Personalized pencils are the perfect back to school gift.

Back to School Gift Idea 7: Personalized Pencil Bag/ Case

To help carry pencils, pencil sharpeners, erasers and more, a personalized pencil bag or case is a great idea. There are several stores online that sell them just google “personalized pencil case”. One site to try is Personalization Mall.

Back to School Gift Idea 8: Dinner the Night Before

A nice dinner the night before (or a few days before) would be a fun and memorable gift. Perhaps let your child choose the restaurant. If you go the night before, be sure to plan it at decent time he/she needs to get to bed early to be well rested for his/her first day of school!

Back to School Gift Idea 9: Learning Lunch Bags

If it’s easier for your child to bring his/her lunch in a paper bag, learning lunch bags would be a wonderful gift. They are brown lunch bags that offer questions and answers in a variety of subjects for added enrichment. This is a great gift idea from the grandparents too! For more information and to order, visit the Learning Lunch Bags web site right here.

Back to School Gift Idea 10: Fun Erasers

Fun and creative erasers make excellent gifts. You can get them designed in many themes, shapes and sizes. For example, if you look in on this web site right here, you will see you can order erasers shaped like rocket ships, hot dogs, popsicles, cell phones, animals, motorcycles, crayons, sports balls, and much more. Google “kid erasers” or “novelty erasers” for more information. You can also find fun erasers at any store that sells school supples.

Back to School Gift Idea 11: Personalized Frame

There are many personalized school themed frames you can purchase. This is great for children of all ages, but especially those entering kindergarten. Google “personalized school frames” to find one for your lit burberry bags sale tle one.

Back to School Gift Idea 12: New Shoes or a New Outfit

A brand new pair of shoes, or a stylish outfit, (or both) is a great gift that all students need. This is really better for girls, but of course boys love new shoes too. Let him/her pick out the outfit and/or shoes. Perhaps set a “date” a few weeks before the big day to pick out something special.

Back to School Gift Idea 13: Personalized Cereal Bowl

This is a wonderful surprise for their back to school breakfast. A personalized and decorated cereal bowl is a creative gift. One good web site to check out is this one. It will be a great item to use for years to come.

Back to School Gift Idea 14: New Bedding Set

A new bedding set isn’t really school related, but it’s still a nice gift. And, it might help them feel more comfortable to get a good night’s sleep. Perhaps choose one that is of their child’s favorite charact burbe burberry bags sale rry bags sale er or animal. Check out stores such as JcPenney’s, Sears, Target, or search online.

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Back to school for Olympic champion Alex Bilodeau

Alex Bilodeau made history when he became the first moguls skier to defend his Olympic title at the Sochi Games. Bilodeau also won gold in 2010 at Vancouver.

If you a Bilodeau fan, you want to check out his new website, which was launched just before the Sochi Games started. The site was built with the help of digital agency TP1.

“When I met with TP1 last fall, I felt like they were fully committed to my website’s redesign, Bilodeau said in anews release. were numerous specialists around the table to help with the project. Furthermore, the enthusiasm and professionalism they displayed is evident throughout this new platform. Since I will be launching a new chapter in my life after this season, I wanted to showcase my social involvement, as well as my services as guest speaker.”

Bilodeau, who is from Rosemere, will retire at the end of the World Cup freestyle season and plans to focus on his accounting studies at Concordia University John Molson School of Business.

Below is a column I wrote about the pressure athletes like Bilodeau face on the Olympic stage:

(Photo by Jonathan Hayward/The CanadianPress)

Learning to deal with Olympic pressure


How many times have you felt like you were going to have a heart attack while watching Canadian athletes go for gold at the Sochi Olympics?

Or maybe the combination of excitement, pressure and nerves only made you feel sick to your stomach.

After watching Team Canada hang on for a 2 1 win over Latvia in the men hockey quarterfinals on Wednesday, Gazette features editor Louise Solomita tweeted: hockey game. I tho burberry bags sale ught I was going to need a barf bag, but not as much as that Latvian goalie what an effort. might have felt their gag reflex 57 times during that game, which is how many shots Team Canada fired at Latvian goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis while squeaking out the victory. 1 0 in the men semifinals.

If you were battling nerves, imagine how the players felt.

Someone who knows all about nerves and how to control them is Dr. Wayne Halliwell, a mental performance consultant in the health science mission for the Canadian Olympic team. The McGill graduate who is now a professor in the department of kinesiology at Universit de Montral, was in Sochi to work with three freestyle moguls skiers: Alex Bilodeau and sisters Justine and Chlo Dufour Lapointe.

All three won medals: gold for Bilodeau and Justine, and silver for Chlo. Halliwell has worked with Bilodeau for nine years and with the Dufour Lapointe sisters for the last three years.

all delivered, which was the nice thing, Halliwell said this week, back home in Montreal. got his gold and he just gave it his everything the last run and nailed it, and then the girls, they just kept getting better. says that the average sports fan can relate to the pressure of the Olympic stage, or just how difficult the competition really is.

don realize how difficult the hill is, he said. degree slope, 250 metres long,60 moguls and two jumps. It so steep and the con burberry bags sale ditions change. The speed that they coming down the hill when you standing there it much faster than on TV.

So the average person can understand how good they are and how fast they go, but also with the pressure To explain how he helps athletes deal with the Olympic pressure, Halliwell says to draw a triangle on a piece of paper.

bottom part is physical, he explained. everybody works on that, and that divided into their fitness and their technical skills. So for the skiers, it would be leg strength, cardio, agility and all those things which are fitness. And then the skills are their moguls and their jumps. So that the bottom part, and then up the left hand side of the triangle is the mental, and that where the focus, the key words, the self talk, the visualization so we work a lot on that.

right hand side of the triangle, which is the emotional side, we spend more and more time on that side in terms of helping them to enjoy the moment, not just be in the moment, but savour the moment, enjoy the moment in terms of having fun and just looking at the whole Olympic experience as something which they going to cherish, they going to embrace. not every athlete can embrace the pressure and many crumble under the Olympic spotlight, which can be painful to watch and even more painful to an athlete ears when the word is used.

general, I would say athletes who don deliver the performance they want to deliver, one of the things that research shows is that they get so focused on outcome they get focused on results, which is the future, Halliwell said. other words, they trying to be in the present, but they know that the opportunity there. So when the mind goes to outcome, or goes to the future, then all of a sudden you become distracted. You no longer absorbed and connected in the moment because you start thinking about consequences. If I win a gold medal, or if I don do well I letting people down. All those things are consequences, which we get totally away from. That where the key words help them centre and be back in the moment. says the key words help his athletes stay calm by focusing on them in terms of what they want to be saying to themselves at th burberry bags sale e top of the hill and how they want to feel as they coming down.

I call part of their mental preparation what they saying to themselves, what they focusing on, he said. focus, key words and visualization, they would be the three biggies on the mental side. key words Halliwell had Bilodeau focus on in Sochi were soft, keep it and tight.

is absorbing the moguls, keeping your feet under you, and then tight is nice and clean coming down the hill so there no errors, Halliwell exp burberry bags sale lained.

But Halliwell chuckled when recalling what Bilodeau actual last words to himself were before making his final gold medal run in Sochi: Just go! can have that mindset just go for it totally when you already got a gold medal, Halliwell said of Bilodeau, who also won gold four years ago in Vancouver. the pressure was kind of off him, but he just got the run he wanted it was the best run of his career and he did everything right. will be glued to their TV sets again Sunday morning when Canada faces Sweden in the men goldmedal hockey game in Sochi. Does Halliwell have any advice on how fans can control their nerves?

people are watching that kind of game, they should just be thankful that they get to see such a spectacle, he said. would say focus on enjoying the calibre of play and the emotion that they playing with because it doesn come along that often. might want to keep a barf bag handy.