On September 14, 2000, programming software giant Microsoft Corporation released their latest version of Windows they called Windows ME. Originally, because of the year of release, it was codenamed Windows Millennium and is sometimes known by that name even today. Windows ME was a hybrid operating system combining both 16-bit and 32-bit technologies.

It was marketed as a home edition version of Windows as the other operating system released in 2000 – Windows 2000 – was generally thought of as a business application. Windows ME gave personal computer users many new features that made their computer experience easier and more convenient.

It provided Internet Explorer 5.5, Windows Media Player 7, and the new Windows Movie Maker software, which provided basic video editing and was designed to be easy for home users. Microsoft also updated the graphical user interface in Windows Me with some of the features that were first introduced in Windows 2000.

Windows ME was an MS-DOS based version like its predecessors but with access to real mode MD-DOS restricted for faster system boot time. This was one of the most publicized changes in Windows ME because applications that needed real mode DOS to run such as with older disk utilities. These older utilities would not run under the Windows ME operating system.

Compared with other releases, Windows ME had a short shelf-life. It was soon replaced by Windows XP which was released in 2001. The computer magazine PC World declared in 2006 that Windows ME was the fourth “worst tech product of all time” because of various technical issues.

Despite that, Windows ME did provide users with some advancements that previous versions of Windows did not have including:

* System Restore – used to simplify troubleshooting and solve problems easier
* Universal Plug and Play – which allowed user to simply plug in a peripheral device and have it operate properly
* Image Acquisition – allowed for the operating system software to transparently communicate with imaging devices such as digital cameras and scanners
* Automatic Updates – which automatically downloaded and installed any critical updates from the Microsoft website with little user interaction
* Help and Support – in the form of an HTML program to allow user to find and access various support for problems with the computer software

Because there were so many issues related with the installation and running of Windows ME, Microsoft quickly addressed the problem and immediately began working on a new Windows version which, as we’ve already said, would show up on the market about a year later. Just like with any other operating system software, despite bugs and problems, constant “tweaking” and improving is done to make a better product.

Are you a homeowner? If so, if you could change one thing about your bathroom, what would you like to change? If you are like many other homeowners, there is a good chance that the bathtub was your response. In the United States, there are a fairly large number of homeowners who wish that they had a new bathtub. If you are one of those individuals, did you know that you don’t have to wish any longer? If you want a new bathtub, you should get one. Making a new bathtub part of your kitchen remodeling project isn’t as difficult as it may seem.

Perhaps, the first step in choosing a new bathtub is determining how much money you can afford to spend on one. If you are also remodeling the rest of your bathroom, it is important that you not only focus on the cost of a new bathtub, but also the cost of your other supplies. If you mistakenly spend too much on a new bathtub, the rest of your bathroom remodeling plans could suffer. Also, you will likely find that having a bathtub limit or budget is the best way to save time while shopping. Knowing how much money is too much to spend will prevent you from wasting your time, by examining bathtubs that you cannot even afford.

It is also a good idea to determine, ahead of time, how your new bathtub will be installed. If you are planning on having a professional install your new bathtub for you, you will need to keep the extra costs in mind. Although you may want to avoid paying a professional contractor, you may need to. There are a number of bathroom contractors who specialize in replacing bathtubs. In fact, some, literally, just place a new bathtub right over the old one. It may be possible for you to do this yourself, but, in most cases, you will find that a professional contactor could have your new bathtub installed in as little as a few hours.

Regardless of whether you choose to install your own bathtub or have a professional do it for you, you will need to find a new bathtub to purchase. If you are looking to have your old bathtub completely removed, you will likely find that you have more options. When a new bathtub replaces an old bathtub, the tubs need to be about the same size or style. Therefore, if you are remodeling your bathroom with the hopes of getting a “new,” bathroom, you may be looking for something different. Luckily for you, you still have an unlimited number of options.

In the United States, the most commonly installed types of bathtubs include traditional ones, which are also known as standard tubs. These bathtubs are often connected right to the wall, placed in a corner, and sit directly on the floor. What is nice about most traditional bathtubs is that they are relatively affordable. You can purchase a traditional bathtub for as low as two hundred dollars. If you are looking for comfort, instead of price, you may want to look into spa-like bathtubs or even massage bathtubs. These bathtubs, as you may assume, cost more than most others. Many massage bathtubs or spa-like bath tubs retail for around one or two thousand dollars. If you are looking for a trendy, stylish bathtub, you may prefer to own a freestanding bathtub. Freestanding bathtubs can cost as low as five hundred dollars, but they can also reach into the thousands.

Once you have decided which type of bathtub you would like to purchase, you will need to decide on a particular tub. Perhaps, the best way to do this is to start your shopping. You may find it easier to make a decision when you can see bathtub displays set up. For a wide selection of bathtubs, including displays, you are advised to checkout one of your local home improvement stores.


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Got a hankering for the delights of the beach? Do you have a bathroom that could use a bit of sprucing up? Have you ever considered updating your bathroom with a collection of seashell bathroom accessories? There are few things more delightful than bringing the beauty of nature indoors, and bathroom accessories are a great way to accomplish this. People who love the sea but live inland often want to find a way to keep the beauty of the ocean with them all the time, and decorating with seashell bathroom accessories is a great way to do this.

Just imagine: it’s yet another work day, one more early morning when you have to get up early and head into the city. You pull yourself out of bed and into the bathroom-where your mood immediately perks up because there you find yourself surrounded by seashell bathroom accessories. The bathroom accessories that you have chosen call to mind the tangy, fresh smell of the ocean air, the feel of sand beneath your feet, the sound of the waves crashing onto the shore. Perhaps you even imagine the sound of seagulls calling to each other as you admire your seashell bathroom accessories. Having a bathroom full of seashell bathroom accessories is like taking a mini-trip to the ocean every time you walk in. It will put your mind at ease and change your mood before you have to begin your work day.

Then, too, perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who have a home near the ocean. In this case, maybe you bring shells and agates and other delights from the beach back to your house from your walks on the beach. What better place to display them than in your bathroom, perhaps on a window sill or vanity shelf. Then you will want to match your bathroom accessories to your beach treasures. Sea shell bathroom accessories will fit perfectly.

Seashell bathroom accessories can include matched sets of a soap dispenser or dish, tumbler, wastebasket, toothbrush holder and tissue box cover. After you’ve decided which seashell design you want, don’t stop there. You can also find seashell rugs, and sets of towels, and even shower curtains to match your theme.

The first color that will come to mind when you consider seashell bathroom accessories will probably be blue, or perhaps a sea-green. You will find many varieties of seashell bathroom accessories in these colors. But what if you are a lover of earth tones or more subtle hues? Never fear, you can also find seashell bathroom accessories in soothing tans, the color of the sand on which you would find the shells. These seashell bathroom accessories make for a beautiful, muted look. You’ll find seashell bathroom accessories in three-dimensional, raised designs, some made of resin or other materials, or more traditional flat-surfaced models in porcelain, resin or plastic.

The design possibilities of seashell bathroom accessories are truly endless. With a relatively small investment, you can bring the beauty of your last vacation at the ocean home to your bathroom every single day!

Whether you swim to relax or keep fit it is recognized that swimming is an important skill to have. This article looks at how modern technology is making our swimming pools, sports and leisure centers safer places.

Picture the scene, you are with friends at the local swimming baths when one of your friends slips when attempting to dive into the pool and bangs their head. Help is likely to be available in the form of a lifeguard but the fact is despite swimming pools generally being safe, regulated environments, there are still about 15 deaths by drowning in swimming pools each year.

When you realize that in Great Britain each year there are about 350 million visits to public swimming pools as well as visits to pools at leisure clubs, gyms, hotel, holiday parks and at home it is safe to say most swimming pools are a safe environment. However, 15 deaths by drowning is 15 deaths too many so if anything can be done to reduce this figure whilst also providing improved health and safety practices to pools and leisure centers then surely they would take it. Well the good news for swimming pools, hotels and other leisure facility providers is that modern two way radio can now be used to improve their health and safety.

The Government has recognized that it is essential that children learn about the principles and skills of water safety and survival, which is why swimming is a compulsory component of the PE curriculum in primary schools. By the age of 11 all children must be able to safely swim a minimum of 25 meters.

So with more children swimming at an early age and with the London Olympic Games in 2012 no doubt likely to fuel further interest in sport, leisure and keep fit, there is every chance more and more leisure centers and swimming pools will be required. It is therefore vital that swimming pools have procedures and fail safe communication systems in place for members of staff to stay in touch and communicate an accidents or incidents that may happen.

One such system is the new waterproof two way radio systems. Being waterproof of course is ideal for use by lifeguards and swimming assistants. The good news for leisure centers is that they can take advantage of these waterproof 2 way radios pool side and also have other types of radio communication system like the Kenwood TK3201 will is an ideal safety and communication system for all types of business.

Traditionally, Two Way Radio has been used as a safety and communication tool in businesses including factories, schools and retail outlets where their staff need to stay in touch over a wide area whilst also having no call charges. And with the new waterproof 2 way radios, swimming pools and sports centers can make sure their staff stay in touch and can immediately report accidents and other incidents. Not only will this increase their safety and performance but it will also ensure that if an incident does happen in their pool they can report it immediately and steps can be taken to ensure serious incidents and possible fatalities can be prevented.

With so many people and children in particular using swimming pools, leisure and sports centre managers and owners now have the option to make their facilities as safe as possible with two way radios like the Kenwood TK3201 Radio which are available from companies like Apex Radio Systems Ltd. As business owners there is nothing as important as the safety of our staff and customers so modern technology is now available that can make your business safe and not sorry.

So, you’ve finally decided to get rid of that hand me down comforter that your mom gave you ten years ago. Now, you have to decide which comforter is the right one for you. Simple, right? Actually, there are so many types of comforters that shopping for the best one for your home can actually be a bit overwhelming. Why not take a look at a few of these comforter buying tips before you head to the store?

The first thing you should consider when you are shopping for a comforter is whether you actually want an entire new bed set. A bed in a bag is an economical way to change the look of your bedroom when you are on a budget. These bed sets typically include a comforter, a top sheet, a bottom sheet, a pillow case, and decorative pillow shams. Some also include a bed skirt. As you shop for a bed in a bag, keep in mind that they usually are not the best quality. The sheets can be quite rough and the comforters often have poor stitching.

If you just want a comforter, you will need to decide whether you prefer a down filled comforter or whether a comforter made with satin, silk, velvet, suede, or cotton is a better fit for you. All of these comforters will keep you snug and warm at night, but there are a few differences.

Before you buy a down filled comforter, you should be sure to check the care tag to see if the comforter needs to be dry cleaned. Of course, if the comforter is too bulky, you may not be able to fit it in your washing machine anyway; but it’s nice to have other options. Another thing you should look for is information on whether the down filling in the comforter is hypoallergenic. Many manufacturers now clean down to remove allergens and dirt before they use it. If you like the feel of down but you are concerned about having to care for a down comforter, you may want to look at another option – the synthetic down comforter.

If you prefer to shop for satin, silk, velvet, or suede comforters, you should also take a close look at the care instructions. Many of these comforters will need to be dry cleaned, while most cotton comforters are machine washable.

Finally, for some of the best deals and the widest selection, you may not want to head to your local store at all. Shopping for comforters online is a convenient and easy alternative to searching for the right comforter in traditional brick and mortar stores.

It is not all that easy to always come up with your own landscaping idea. In fact, most people are going to need a little help with their landscaping, it is a good thing that it is easy to find a landscaping idea to use.

There are a few places that you can get some fantastic landscaping ideas and probably the best place is the internet. You will find hundreds of sites on the internet that will all have a great landscaping idea or two for you to take and make your own. It is important that you put a lot of though and consideration into the landscaping of your yard in the front and in the back so finding the perfect landscaping idea is essential to your success.

You should start by taking a walk around your property in order to get a good sense of what can be done. See how the drainage is and check out the slopes and levels of your property. This way you will be able to tell which landscaping idea is right for you right off the bat. The more you notice the easier things will be. It would be terrible to choose a landscaping idea and then start work only to find that it cannot be completed halfway through due to some aspect of your property. This is why you need to find out all that you can about each landscaping idea that you are contemplating using.

And before you choose the final landscaping idea that you are going to use take a little extra time to learn the basics of landscaping. This is imperative if you have never done any work like this before. If you re new to the whole world of landscaping then you might want to take out a book or two from the library. This way you do not have to pay for them and you will still get all that they have to offer. There is a lot of be gained from reading some good landscaping books, you might even find a landscaping idea in them.

If you know that you want to change the landscaping in your front yard and your back yard then you need to use a landscaping idea that will incorporate both of these. Your front and back yards should flow together, this will give you the best possible design so look at a landscaping idea that will give you this kind of harmony and you will have a better yard for it.

Home decoration can be a pleasure giving hobby, but country home decor is fun. Unlike home decor, country home decor does not have any standards or fixed format to follow. There is a lot of scope for experimentation in country home decor. Normally, sky is the limit for experimentation.

Generally, very few people decorate their house in a country fashion since it is not part of the current trend. However, people love and appreciate country home decor. One does not need to employ a professional home decorator for country home decor. You can try it on your own.

The tips for country home decor are not too many. Just give the home a country look by placing furniture that resembles village art and craft. Again, ensure there is a adequate space for movement and ventilation.

Within country home decor, there are various categories — metal signs, wooden signs, rusted signs, humorous signs, seasonal decor, French country decor and retro decor. It is very easy to practice country home decor and can be inexpensive hobby. Convert some old unused stuff into an art form or furniture for use at home.

For instance, old wooden furniture can be crafted into small stools and tables for use in kids’ room. Old metal plates can be used with drawings as hangings inside the house. However, the entire should have country decor. There cannot be a mix of contemporary home decor and country home decor. It drastically reduces the in-house beauty.

One can start with the doors. While the door wood should be of top quality, the exterior finishing and coating can be of country home decor. Paint the door with a color more often seen in villages, mud color or rough. Etch the door with markings. Spread metal hangings. The nameplate can be of old galvanized iron.

The furniture can resemble a village setting. Use wooden furniture extensively. If possible get a cane furniture for the house. The wooden furniture should not sport expensive appearance. Let the drawing room have lot of implements used in village. It can be a clay pot or painted vase with flowers. Paintings of village landscape will also add aesthetic value to the room.

Include accessories like wooden clock, metal farmed paintings, baskets, primitive candle stands, wrought iron, rugs, grapevine and twig in clay pots, homespun textiles, pitchers and jars.

Country home decor accessories and products are widely available at all retail stores. Since the categories are big, there is a limitation on choice. Products displayed in retail stores are less when compared to the offered list in the catalogue. Normally, country home decor is supplied against pre-placed orders.

Air mattresses are traditionally used for short duration situations such as vacationing, or crashing at your friends house after being kicked out by your girlfriend for forgetting your anniversary. Actually, they are not necessarily judged to be to be the ideal of comfort and health- but in a few cases they certainly do provide a lot of benefit.

Higher education students who are short on finances may select for air mattresses for an extended time period because they provide affordability with a relatively healthful night’s rest. The challenge is air mattresses tend to be fragile, so while you are lugging it around be careful not to scrape the sides of the air mattress, otherwise it will not remain a bed but rather covers for the ground you will be sleeping on.

Perhaps you are going on a road trip and/or orienteering. Air mattresses are certainly a nice choice to have when you are on the road in general so that at least you will have a nice place to rest on after a long day’s walk.

If you are looking to buy an air mattress (it’s good to have one in your supplies in case you need it), there are different online sites that will allow you to compare prices, and read other people’s assessments based on their own purchase history.

Typically speaking, these types of mattresses can fit into a minute area (probably the size of a medium to large-sized duffel bag), and are very light (once the air is released of course). Even with the air utterly pumped into the air mattress, it’s still rather easy to carry. Just don’t jump on it or allow your pet to play around or near it.

The more low-cost air mattresses maybe don’t come with their own electric pump. In which case you will need to use a separate air pump such as the one you use for your tire or recreational sports balls like basketballs and soccer balls. Usually it takes 2 minutes to 7 minutes depending on the mattress brand, and your own power levels.

Taking good care of your air mattress is crucial if you want to increase it’s lifetime value to you. However you will find that after using most to any air mattress for a while, they will eventually wear out and become unusable. The everyday air mattress should last you at least 6 months to a year and much longer depending on how well you take good care of it.

There are luxurious bathroom arrangements that can be installed during a bathroom remodel project. These choices might include basins that are surfaced with smooth stone or ornamented with curved facets that feature handles made of durable brass. All of these splendid choices will offer major resale opportunities when the home dwellers place their abodes on the open real estate market.

The bathroom remodel project might include the addition of whirlpools or air tubs that will not only enhance the value of the home, but give the occupants a relaxation area in the home that visitors will seldom get to visit, much less intrude on their tranquil space. These bathroom themes might even include such pampering features as a steam unit or sauna or a bidet for the lady of the house.

When people think of remodeling their home, they want to enhance the creature comforts inside their home first, and deal with outdoor repairs last. The inside of the home directly affects the lives of their family and homeowners want to make sure that every creature comfort they can afford to make is provided.

There are many exotic features that can be added during a bathroom remodel that will make the resting area so inviting. With towel warmers in place, the weary homeowner will seek refuge in this comfortable space to unwind from a difficult day at work, and emerge with a renewed sense of purpose and vigor that he has not felt in a very long time.

The homeowners can have a lot of fun selecting bathroom vanities and cabinets that will give them added space that they have need for a long time. The exquisite wood grains and wood coloring choices are so varied that they spend many hours experimenting with each one. From light to dark wood, or somewhere in between, there are bathroom vanities made to fit each of person individual character and lifestyle.

People can choose to browse by brand and are amazed at the number of quality brands that are offered on Internet shopping sites that specialize in bathroom remodel furniture and fixtures. With brand names like Ambella Home, Regatta and RonBow, it is hard to choose a specific one.

Online bathroom remodel sites are easy to use and allow homeowners access to these fine bathroom furnishings 24-hours a day, which certainly helps people with very busy work schedules or families with children that need to be transported to many locations throughout the day and night. The online access is ready when they are ready to shop, and certain websites offer 24-hour customer service help too.

Any bathroom can be easily remodeled to add variety and style to homes that were built over 30 years ago. These outdated areas can be brought up to speed in record time, even if the shape of these older rooms may be unique and might require bathroom furnishings that are uniquely shaped or require a certain height be met in order to meet the curve in a particular part of the room.

Homeowners should carefully measure their bathrooms to determine the size of their bathroom furnishings before they start to shop. There are many dimension offerings to be found in online bathroom remodel sites that have bathroom furnishings that range from under 30 inches to those that are 45 inches in height or more.

Lace makes attractive material no matter where you add the designs. If you have already made decorative towels, you are ready to add your lace and serger edges. If you have not stitched your decorative towels, you will need to learn the steps to get started. Otherwise, you can add lace trimming and serger edges to finish towels you have purchased. Terry cloth towels look great when lace and serger finishes are attached. To get started, continue reading.

How to get started with lace trimming:
To get started you will need a plain or unadorned towel, and lace edges, as well as a galloon, i.e. the ornamental trimming lace. The narrow bands of embroidery should consist of lace, braids, or thread colors of gold and silver. Preferably, you want lace. Make sure that the material is machine washable. Purchase the medium-weight lace, such as the taffeta, satin, or polyester.

How to create lace trimming for bathroom towels:
Once you have your materials gathered: (1) use the decorative trimming and cut an inch of the lace, cutting until it extends considerably a distance of your towel width. About a half-inch, fold the fabric under, folding it at the ends. In the desired position, pin the lace to your towel. You want the pins over the lower borders or edges. (2) Along the ends you have folded, stitch. Stitch along the edges of your scallop sides, keeping your stitching in a straight line. (3) Use the edges of your lace and repeat step one. You want the lace this time to fasten to the lower borders. Along the end folds, stitch and continue to the upper borders. Keep in a straight line. You should be finished at this point, unless you need to finish the upper borders of your lace. In this instance, on the opposite side of the bias band, cover it. Now you are ready to create your over-lock finished edges.

How to create serger, finished edges:
You will need plain material and a special needle, such as the tapestry. In addition, you will need nylon, combined threads of wool, contrasting threads of normal value, etc to get started.

How to stitch:
(1) Your serger should be set at three-threads, to equalize your stitch, which creates the serger. Both of your loopers should be threaded as well. Use your nylon threads and common thread. Heave the thread through your needle and prepare your stitch so that it is set to desired widthwise position. The length should be set at least one (mm) (2) along the selvages, start stitching whilst holding in place the tail string tight. You want to avoid trimming the edge of your cloth. The tails should be left at the extremity of your cloth. (3) Now, you will need a stitching needle. Thread it. About one inch and begin weaving your tapestry needlework so that it falls beneath the stitches at your serger. The tail strings may have extra length, which you will need cutting tools designed for sewers to cut it off.
(2) Once you finish your lace and serger, you may want to add a few other bathroom accessories to set off your patterns. Try considering creative towel hooks, rings, and bars.

A variety of rings, hooks, and bars are available online, including the medallion designs, which comprise bold backs. The stylish designs will offset your new-laced towels. You can also find the iron bolder, which tie back. The items bring luxury to your bath. Décor wooden pole sets are available, as well as many other designs to bring out your new towels. Now that you have your rings, hooks, bars, and towels you might want to offset the room further by adding bordered mirrors.