Sunday, August 28, 2011

Electronic Warranties - Are they worth it?

I have been in the electronics industry and specifically in the warranty side of things. The question is are extended warranties for electronics worth it?

I would say it depends on the manufacturer, the type of product, who uses it and the cost of replacement. Now this requires a little math - basically take the cost of replacement - times the chance it needs to be replaced.

Fortunately, there are providers out there that can help reduce the cost of replacement. This is especially good if you are buying something that is critical and also prone to loss. Think IPods, Ipads, Nintendo DS, Blackberry's, etc.

Check out SquareTrade - it is the best deal out there for coverage, which you can buy after the fact or from Amazon.

Square Trade Warranty

More information on Science Projects

Take a look at the information below, which is adapted from an article I found on the net.

Key Info

  • The scientific method is a way to ask and answer scientific questions by making observations and doing experiments.
  • The steps of the scientific method are to:
    • Ask a Question
    • Do Background Research
    • Construct a Hypothesis
    • Test Your Hypothesis by Doing an Experiment
    • Analyze Your Data and Draw a Conclusion
    • Communicate Your Results
  • It is important for your experiment to be a fair test. A "fair test" occurs when you change only one factor (variable) and keep all other conditions the same.

Overview of the Scientific Method

The scientific method is a process for experimentation that is used to explore observations and answer questions. Scientists use the scientific method to search for cause and effect relationships in nature. In other words, they design an experiment so that changes to one item cause something else to vary in a predictable way.
Just as it does for a professional scientist, the scientific method will help you to focus your science fair project question, construct a hypothesis, design, execute, and evaluate your experiment.
Overview of the Scientific Method

What is the scientific method?

I have 3 children and we have to do elementary school scientific projects each year. Each and every year, we struggle to find appropriate science projects that we can do. Two things: what is the scientific method?

Here is a definition:
A systematic approach to solving a problem by discovering knowledge, investigating a phenomenon, verifying and integrating previous knowledge. It follows a series of steps that evaluates the veracity or the feasibility of a prediction through research and experimentation from where the information obtained will be used as a basis in making conclusions.

The fundamental steps of scientific method are:
(1) Identifying the problem to solve
(2) Formulating a tentative answer or hypothesis
(3) Testing the hypothesis
(4) Gathering and analyzing data
(5) Making conclusions

Finding Science Experiements:
Here are a few sites that you can use to quickly find great science experiments, if you are parent and need something to help kickstart your program:

Science Experiments Link 1

Scientific Experiments Link 2

Scientific Experiments Link 3

Scientific Experiments Link 4

Who invented the lightbulb?

Who Invented the Lightbulb? Let's find out...
Edison's incandescent lamp lit the world, but did he really invent it? (Copyright Lee Krystek, 2002.)
It was Thomas Edison in 1879, wasn't it? That's what many people think and were taught in school. Like most stories, however, there is a lot more behind the creation of this important and ubiquitous object than just Mr. Edison..

Ways to earn money Posting Links On Google!

How to make money Posting Links On Google! The Quick Way to Earn More Money Online.

Recently I have been seeing advertisments and links everywhere that proclaim that you can earn money posting links on Google. I also got some personal emails quizzing me whether I understand how to make cash by posting links in Google.

How to make money on Google

How to make money on Google.
The primary way to make money using Google, is through two key methods.

1. Create content and using keywords, create traffic to your site.

2. Create links to you site, whether it be a blog or website in hopes that someone will then click to a "sponsored link".

I did create this blog a few years ago, and keep seeing ads that say it is possible. At this point, I am now not sure what to believe. I want to see if this first post will drive people to the site, and then hope for the best.

I plan to do a little more research on the subject and will get back to you all to see if my Adwords account grew overnight as many of the websites said it will.  Update: I am definitely getting traffic to come to the site. I also found this free link on how to make money by posting articles and monetizing them.

If you are new to internet marketing - take a look at this tool - it will save you a lot of time in learning.

Micro Niche Finder

Micro Niche Finder Review

Here is a great tool that I found to help you find and create your ideal money generating niche. It basically does many things you would have to do manually, and automates them.

For example, it rapidly allows you to find profitable niches based on a keyword searches. You first enter in your keyword, then the tool starts to go to work. You can identify the keywords with the most opportunity, then start to narrow it down from there. 

After you have started to narrow it down, you can also size up the competition, determine which domain names are available, all with a click of a few buttons. Once you have the niche, competition strength, and domain availability identified, you can click on more important factor - which determines the commercial viability of the combinations. This is the factor that helps you monitize the niche, because a high score in this factor indicates customers willing to buy.

Check the tool out - it is worth it and there is some free content that helps you learn and understand this powerful tool.

Micro Niche Finder

Internet Marketing - Josh Spaulding Website

Anyone interested in niche marketing or internet marketing should check out what Josh Spaulding has published. I found his site a few months back and have been learning a lot about internet marketing. For example:

-He shows how to find a niche
-He gives free information about creating mini-niche information sites
-He writes extensively about how he did it

There are a lot of sites out there, but his is one of the best for ethical marketing on the internet.

His site link is below:  Josh Spauldings Website