VCs Can Help, Or Destroy Your Business

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vcchLooking for venture capital money to finance your Internet startup? Be prepared for a torturous experience. I’ve been there. And believe me, it’s a game with its own special set of rules and etiquette. I spent so much time trying to convince potential investors that there was a killing to be made, I ended up killing the product instead.

I started shopping for VC backing about a year ago, shortly after beginning work on my project, a product akin to Spry’s Internet in a Box. I talked to about 20 VC firms directly or indirectly, …

Chip Prices Rarely Stay Steady

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mcpIt’s time to pay the bill for the rising value of the yen and the years-long boom in semiconductor sales. The big memory-chip makers are gearing up for a series of price hikes, and the increases could add as much as 20 percent to the price of DRAMs and other key products by midsummer.

This isn’t just a blip. Capacity throughout the entire semiconductor industry is unusually tight, and it will stay that way well into 1996. Eight-inch wafers are in short supply, SRAMs are scarce, and process equipment is hard to get. The situation …

Skin Tag Removal Oils

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amolisoilSkin tags are unattractive, benign growths that commonly occur on areas of the body where the skin normally folds and creases, such as the neck, groin, armpits or eyelids. Skin tags begin below the surface and erupt as a lump of skin that is not contagious, painful or harmful but considered unsightly by many. Virtually everyone will experience a skin tag in their lifetime and so there are dozens of methods for their removal. Cutting and freezing are common options that are used and can be done at a medical clinic or at home. Oils are another method that leads to the drying out of the skin tag which eventually falls off. There are dozens of oils that are known to dry out the skin tag, allowing it to fall off naturally:

  • Tea Tree Oil is known to cure an array of skin ailments, one of which is skin tags. It is naturally antibacterial and contain antifungal properties. It is absorbed into the skin and begins to dry the skin tag below the surface of the skin. The process usually yields results after two weeks if the oil is applied 3 to 4 times daily, although in some cases it has taken more than two weeks or not been effective at all. Some people experience irritation from tea tree oil and can dilute it with another, more gentle oil like coconut or olive oil.
  • Amolis Skin Tag Removal is a naturally based oil that dries out the skin tag with repeated and daily application. It is FDA registered and contains Calendula oil, derived from marigold flowers, as well as Thuja oil which is derived from cedar trees. These essential oils, much like tea tree oil, remove skin tags naturally and painlessly with completely organic ingredients. Amolis Oil can only be found and ordered online, costing nearly $30.00 for an 11ml bottle. Although it is expensive, the small bottle should last the necessary 2 to 3 weeks of daily applications and is highly rated as being effective.
  • Revitol Skin Tag Remover is an oil that claims to work faster than Amolis, using tea tree oil as a main ingredient. It works like all of the other oils, drying the skin tag at the root underneath the skin and like Amolis, it also uses Thuja oil. Customers claim that their skin tags were nearly completely gone after 10 to 12 days and rate the product highly, but just below It is only available online and is more expensive at $47.95 for a 15ml bottle which is labelled as a one-month supply.
  • Tag Away is another skin tag removal oil product that uses Thuja oil as well as tea tree oil but cost significantly less than Amolis and A 10ml bottle costs around $12.00, giving around 60 applications or 20 days’ worth, however the product must be applied for 3 to 8 weeks and so more than one bottle is needed to remove a skin tag.
    See reviews of all these skin tag removal products here.

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Product Life Cycles Only Work At High Speed

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plcKeanu Reeves isn’t the only one who feels like he’s on a runaway bus. Just ask anyone who works in product development these days. It’s all about speed. And it can be as much of a cliffhanger as last summer’s action thriller. Drop below optimum development speed and you’re toast. Drive too fast and you’ll crash and burn anyway. “Sometimes it feels a little out of control,” says Ted Johnson, a founder of Shapeware, which has been breathlessly cranking out new releases for multiple operating systems. “How much can we do in six or seven …

Grossman: A Tale Of Restructuring In The Face Of Competition

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gatorOn Route 1 in Saugus, Mass., the 38th Grossman’s store to be liquidated in 24 months beckons to customers: Everything Must Go. It’s part of a “save the company” restructuring at the 50-year-old home-improvement chain. For years, customers haven’t been there. They’ve been 2 miles down the road, at superstores Home Depot and Home Quarters Warehouse, where prices are lower, selection is greater, and the registers are roaring.

What went wrong? For one thing, Mike Bergman, Grossman Inc.’s director of MIS and replenishment, wishes his inventory buyers had spent more time shopping the competition in …

Mexico’s Telecom Industry Still A Little Rough Around The Edges

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John Rudasill was steamed.

mtciIf only he’d told his director of Mexican operations to stuff his pockets with pesos when securing phone lines for a new trucking terminal in Monterrey. A savvier hombre would have known this was a job to be done with cash. But Rudasill, president of computer services for Carolina Freight, has American business expectations. As the director stood in line all day for a phone-line application, then queued up at a bank to get the money to pay for it, then stood in line again to turn it all in, …

What Measures To Take On Your Own For Hard Drive Recovery

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Although an out of order hard drive can be a great headache, luckily hard drive recovery in many cases may only require a few simple checks and you may well be on your way back to having a normally functioning hard drive. If unfortunately your hard drive stops functioning properly, first of all you need to remove it from your PC and then perform a thorough examination to rule out the possibility of any specific damage. Make sure that there are not any broken tiny parts on the hard drive. If the disk is physically intact, you may need to check the cables as the next step to full data recovery. Try replacing the power and data connection cables with new, working cables.

happy-hard-driveThere is another thing you also need to try for hard drive recovery if you are using a PATA (IDE) drive. In many cases, changing the jumper pin settings of the drive may work e.g. if it was previously set to “slave” or “cable” change the settings to “master” and it might work for you. Moreover, besides changing the settings, remove any other devices that might be attached to the same port and plug the drive in that port alone.

Relieving RAID Logical Disk Issues

It is often very difficult to counter RAID logical disk issues. However, when this happens to your Dell PowerEdge server system, it is important to seek help right away. Some people attempt to fix the problem all by themselves and end up losing all the files eventually. Some people assume that Dell’s OpenManage Server Administrator (also known by its acronym OMSA) can help them when a drive fails within the array. Unfortunately, this is not the case. Using OMSA can often make recovering data from a Dell PowerEdge server more difficult than is necessary. This is the reason why it is necessary to simply turn off the computer when PowerEdge RAID array logical disk issues are experienced. From there, Read the rest of this entry »

Piracy Still A Major Drain On IT

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psdiitA posse of federal marshals, attorneys, and software piracy auditors turned up one morning last December at the offices of Southern Benefits Consulting in Dallas. Acting on behalf of plaintiffs Microsoft Corp. and Novell Inc., the party was armed with a court order allowing a surprise on-site audit of the insurance company’s computers. U.S. District Court Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater had granted the order after Microsoft and Novell filed a sealed complaint alleging massive copyright infringement. Completed in just half a day, the audit of about 100 PCs turned up enough evidence to produce …

LSI Innovated While It Had The Shot

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lsiBrian Halla joined a country club in July, but he has yet to set foot on the green. He hasn’t had time. But the vice president of products at LSI Logic Corp. doesn’t lack for competition. In fact, Halla’s job–turn around a chip company mired in red ink and selling the wrong products–was a lot tougher than shooting a birdie at the 18th hole at Pebble Beach.

In the ’80s, LSI built its business selling core logic to practically every player in the PC, minicomputer, and mainframe markets. As a custom chip maker, its …

Microsoft Spent Much Of The ’90s and ’00s In Court

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microsoftIt all comes to a head next week. Microsoft gets its day in court, yet again. And the company will be bombarded before appellate judges this time with the charges that it bullies competitors and–in Judge Stanley Sporkin’s view, anyway–has become a potential threat to economic well-being. Ouch! After more than four years of antitrust torture, even battle-hardened Microsoft executives are feeling the sting. They admit to worrying–just a little–about the effect of all this on partners, customers, and employees.

And worry they should. Look what happened to IBM and AT&T during their years …