Saturday, May 27, 2006

E-gold clone warning.

I just received an email from wired surf about an egold spoof attempt.
Please be careful.

"It has been brought to our attention that there is a very well donee-gold spoof website out there that could possibly be fooling members intogiving away their passwords and/or PIN codes.

This website is a very accurate clone of the main website
and even contains the SRK protection tool, such as offers. The
website address is, and since this URL is written in
lowercase, it may be extremely hard to notice for those that click on
links within emails.

We were just informed of this by a Wired Surf member who wanted us to
warn potential victims (thank you to Nate).

The way that it works is that users submit their e-gold usernames and
passwords while encountering an authentic looking E-gold login form.
The page indicates that the users account is temporarily frozen and that
in order to re-activate it, they must enter in their email and password
to receive a PIN code via email (very similar to the way E-gold works
if your IP address changes). Once you enter in your details the operator
of the website will capture your information immediately. After a user
enters their details they are informed that the activation was
unsuccessful and that the user needs to contact e-gold support.

Once this has occurred, the website reloads to the real
website where users would attempt to contact the real E-gold support
division for help with their account. By that time, it would be too late.

In light of this new spoof website, we ask that all members of Wired
Surf are extremely cautious when entering their information into a
website. Always ensure that the website you are at contains the URL: E-gold operates NO other entry other than their
main website domain.

It is our suggestion to never click on links within emails, but rather
type in the URL yourself. This will minimize your risks and ensure that
you are only entering your sensitive information into legitimate

Friday, May 26, 2006

Orlando's Real Estate boom.

Before dwelling on the current real estate boom in Orlando, let us briefly examine its. history.

Don’t assume that Orlando is nothing but theme parks.
Because you will say “ oh! I didn’t know that”, when you pore over the following facts.

Orlando’s settled history is not much more than 150 years old, the primary occupation was cattle raising.

Do you know the towns in Central Florida looked more like Laredo and Dodge City than towns in Georgia or the Carolinas?

You will be surprised to know that there were Indian wars, cattle rustling, gun fights, gambling and other evening pursuits.

The year 1880 witnessed The South Florida Railroad extend its line down into Orlando from Sanford and the rest of the nation.

Consequently, Central Florida’s fledgling Citrus Industry would rapidly expand with easy access to Northern markets.By the mid-1920s Orlando’s population was only 10,000 but it became a bustling city. The land boom during this period was simply glorious to the growth of tourism industry.

Orlando, the most visited tourist city.

Today, Orlando welcomes more visitors each year than the population of California - over 43.3 million (2000 statistics), which makes Orlando the number one tourist destination in the world.Orland has 7 major theme parks.It has about 100,000 hotel rooms.

The current population of Orlando is approximately 185,000.No wonder Orlando continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Florida.

Are you aware that tourism surrounding Orlando is worth billions of dollars? Naturally this opens thousand of opportunities for business minded people.

The Central Florida area - all 7 counties - offers a wide range of life styles for all ages.Golf course, majestic mansions, friendly communities are now the major attractions for those who would like to settle down here.

And downtown Orlando with its bustling urban life offers great villas and luxury condominiums with great views of the city. It has seen tremendous growth during the last 5 years, with 19 new and conversion condominiums, which have been completed or announced.

The neighborhoods of THorton Park, Lake Eola Heights, Lake Lawsona, Lake Cherokee, are excellent places to live in.Choice of restaurants, shopping mall, discos, bars are all within walking distance.

With close access to beautiful Lake Eola, you can enjoy festivals, outdoor concerts, or a gondola ride on the Lake.The sports complex, theater, and opera are all located centrally makes your entertainment venues easily accessible.

If you an aspiration for peaceful living, call on the friendly and smiling Winter Park Real Estate a unique Exclusive Buyer Agency Office.

They always represent the best interest of you, The Homebuyer.

They have extensive contacts, they know the on going house values.And above all, they are real tough negotiators.There cannot be another choice for you to look after your real estate needs in Orlando.

Free navigational charts for mariners.

If you are a mariner, you must be aware of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA).

Now they are offering you mariners, free Raster Navigational Charts (RNCs), which you can download from their web site

What is Raster Navigational Chart?
A raster chart is a digitally scanned image of a paper nautical chart used by mariners for navigation.

Why should you use it?

As per Charles Challstrom, acting assistant administrator for NOAA’s oceans and coasts, raster navigational charts are not only safe and efficient, they contribute to environmentally sound marine transportation.

This free offer by NOAA provides easy access to mariners to make navigation safer in U.S. waters.

NOAA web site will publish weekly updates for Mariners containing official raster charts and with notice to Mariners about changes in local navigational information.

Mariners can find a fully updated raster chart for each chart in NOAA’s suite.

A cumulative file of updates with Notice to Mariner information for each chart edition will be posted on the Web site.

Marine Electronics who are the best in this industry, offers a wide range of products. For example they offer a good selection of electronic fishing tools like Furuno Fish Finders.

A great many varieties of electronics for camping, fishing, hunting and boating can be found on their web site.

They invite you to take a look at their extensive collection of Standard Horizon electronics, or high-tech GPS chart plotters.

You can bank on their enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff to help you choose the discount marine electronics you need.

Fathers Day is not a holiday!

In fact I thought so. I learnt it is a misconception.

Then what is a Fathers day?
It is a day to honor not only your father, but all gentlemen who possess fatherly qualities.

The first Father's Day was observed on June 19, 1910 in Spokane Washington.

Sonora Dodd of Washington, daughter of William Smart, a civil war veteran, first proposed this idea.

One day, in 1909, she was listening to a Mothers Day sermon. She immediately thought of her father who acted as her mother too, since she lost her at her childhood.

Her father William Smart, living in a rural farm in eastern Washigton had to raise all his six children.

His daughter Sonora Dodd, was deeply moved by her father’s selfless love care.

Want to give your best to your beloved father? Looking for the best of
gift baskets to present it to your father?
Fathers Day gifts offer the finest chocolates, nuts, wines, cheeses and fruits in pre-filled gift baskets.
They also offer you the chance to fill your own basket.

Tidbits about Fathers Day.

President Calvin Coolidge, in 1924, supported the idea of a national Father's Day.
Then in 1966 President Lyndon Johnson signed a presidential proclamation declaring the 3rd Sunday of June as Father's Day. President Richard Nixon signed the law which finally made it permanent in 1972.
Do you know Fathers Day is celebrated on different dates in different countries?
Yes, I read it in wikipedia.
Countries that observe Father's Day on the third Sunday of June.
Argentina, Canada, Cuba, France, Hong Kong, India, Pakistan, UK and USA and many more countries.

In Austria it is on second Sunday in June
Australia celebreates Fathers Day on first Sunday in September
Italy on March 19th

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Ortho Evra- birth control patch. Is it right for you?

What is Ortho Evra?

Ortho Evra is an adhesive, transdermal birth control patch that is worn on the torso.

How it works?

The patch is intended to release 150 mcg of norelgestromin and 20 mcg of ethinyl estradiol into the bloodstream per 24 hours. It is replaced once a week for three weeks, and no patch is worn during the fourth week during menstruation. The regimen is then repeated.

A brief history:

Ortho Evra was approved by the FDA in November 2001, and over 4 million women have used Ortho Evra since its approval. Ortho Evra continues to be marketed aggressively to both consumers and physicians.

But now, the firm Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc., that manufactures Ortho Evra faces a suit.

As per a recent web release Ortho Evra Lawsuit , it is reported that Parker & Waichman, LLP Files Suit Against Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc on behalf of a 33 year old woman and her husband.

Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical, Inc is a division of Johnson and Johnson Inc. (NYSE:JNJ).

Do you want to know what happened, since the said product is being marketed even now?

The woman suffered a bilateral pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis (DVT) after using Ortho Evra for two months.

The suit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey.

In May 2005, the affected woman complained of short breath, chest pain. She was taken to the emergency room of Hillside Hospital in Tennessee


Tests revealed a bilateral pulmonary embolism with a large embolus in the right main pulmonary artery and right upper and right lower lobe peripheral infiltrates suspected to be pulmonary infarctions.

Additional tests revealed a deep venous thrombosis of the right popliteal vein extending to the right common femoral vein.

What is pulmonary embolism?

Pulmonary embolism is a sudden blockage in a lung artery, usually due to a blood clot that traveled to the lung from the leg but they can also form in the pelvic vein. Pulmonary thromboembolism can be fatal or may result in pulmonary arterial obstruction, pulmonary obstruction, pulmonary infarction, chronic pulmonary hypertension, dyspenea and tachypnea.


Symptoms may include shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, anxiety, chest pain, fainting and convulsions


The woman was admitted to the hospital’s intensive care unit where she received Coumadin and Lovenox treatment. She was to undergo prolonged treatment with these medications, which may be necessary for the remainder of her life. Treatment may include long term use of anticoagulant medications and/or surgery.

Deep venous thrombosis:

Deep venous thrombosis or DVT is a condition where a blood clot (Thrombus) forms within the deep vein system. The principal veins affected are those in the calf muscles, lower abdomen, groin and inner thigh. The thrombus can interfere with circulation and it may break off and travel through the blood stream, which can cause pulmonary embolism or stroke.

Treatment may include long term use of anticoagulant medications and/or surgery.

Ortho-Mcneil admits:

On November 10, 2005, Ortho McNeil, in conjunction with the FDA, issued a warning about the increased risks of blood clots associated with Ortho Evra.

In the new warning, Ortho-McNeil admitted for the first time that women who use the patch will be exposed to up to 60% more estrogen than they would be exposed to if they were taking a birth control pill with 35 micrograms of estrogen.

The new warnings from the FDA and Ortho-McNeil indicate that the risk of developing blood clots may be significantly higher with the Ortho Evra patch than with oral contraceptives

The patch is only intended to deliver 20 micrograms of estrogen. The FDA's announcement on this warning can be found at

The FDA has logged 9,116 reports of adverse reactions to the patch in a 17 month period, whereas Ortho Tri-Cyclen, a birth control pill, only generated 1,237 adverse reports in a six year period.

During a 12 month period, 44 serious injuries or deaths have been associated with Ortho Evra, whereas only 17 such reports were linked to the birth control pill during a similar time period.

The pattern is further magnified when usage rates are considered: Ortho Tri-Cyclen has six times the number of users as Ortho Evra.

Risk of blood clots:

It is widely understood that increased exposure to estrogen greatly increases the risk of blood clots, which can cause serious injury or death.. Recent reports have indicated that the risk of developing blood clots, pulmonary thromboembolism, heart attack and stroke may be significantly higher with the Ortho Evra patch than with oral contraceptive use.

It is alleged that Ortho-McNeil was aware of the increased medical risks associated with Ortho Evra before the drug was approved and that, once approved, the company failed to adequately warn patients about these risks.

Ortho Evra vs oral contraceptives:

Evidence shows that the risk of blood clots, heart attack and stroke associated with Ortho Evra is significantly higher, than with oral contraceptive pills.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Why Gold is favoured as an investment?

First let me say some interesting facts about gold.

As per wikipedia, the first gold coins in history were coined by the Lydian king Croesus in about 560 BC.

Till 20th century, gold was the official form of currency to buy and sell things.
Most of the world stopped making gold coins as currency by 1933.

Gold as an investment:

Just a statistics will make you rue over your decision to save your hard earned money as paper money. Just as recently as Jan 2001, the gold price was only $180 per ounce. I am sure you know the current price which is around $700 per ounce.

This is an increase of nearly 300% in 5 years, which is equivalant to 60% per annum.

So what you got from your bank?

Go over this fact to substantiate my argument.

Do you remember when gas was only 25-cents a gallon? Yes it was.
You could buy 4 gallons of fuel for just one dollar.

Becasue at that time our dollar was backed by real solid silver. That same amount of silver still can buy four gallons of gas! But can your dollar buy now 4 gallons? No, obviously not.

This prooves my valid point that real money like gold and silver holds its value and it is the green paper money that is now worth a lot less.

In fact you will be surprised to note that like gas,the price of almost anything you name like food,groceries has not increased. It is only the value of the green paper money is worth lesser.

We all think have gone up, but in reality, it is the value of the US dollar that has actually gone down.

That is why your savings or investments should have a diverse portfolio on bullion like Gold, Silver, Platinum.

So, now do you realise the value of investing in GOLD, which can fetch you greater returns in the long run while it is also easy to liquidate whenever the need arises.

Look at the excellent display of gold coins at Monex, who has the experience, expertise and resources to serve most any precious metals investor's needs.

Monex have sold well over one hundred thousand investors have purchased billions of dollars of gold, silver, platinum and palladium bullion and bullion coins from 1967. It speaks volume about their credibility, is it not?

Being one of the country's oldest, largest and most experienced firms specializing in precious metals for the individual investor, Monex is your only choice to buy bullion coins.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Compare rates before deciding on Car Insurance.

“California figures in six of the top auto theft locations in the US.”

As per National Insurance Crime Bureau’s (NICB) latest report says GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Companies) California figures in six of the top auto theft locations in the US.

Nancy Pierce, regional vice president of GEICO, San Diego, location, advises all of us to take these precautionary steps to avoid car theft.

1) Never leave your keys in the car.

2) Leave your car in park or in gear with the wheels turned toward the curb or some other obstruction, so thieves won't be able to tow it easily.

3) If possible, park in busy, well-lit areas. Thieves prefer to work in the dark.

4) Avoid leaving valuables inside your vehicle where passersby can see them.

5) Install an anti-theft system in your vehicle if it doesn't have one. Ignition cut-off systems prevent a car from being started. One system emits a signal that can be tracked by the police. Thieves are reluctant to steal vehicles that can be tracked and recovered quickly. Many insurers offer discounts for these types of systems.

6) Beware of the "bump-and-rob" technique. Carjackers bump your car from the rear, and then steal it when you get out looking for damage.

7) When stopped at a traffic light, leave room to maneuver around the vehicle ahead if you need to. If another car bumps yours and you feel threatened, drive to a populated area. If you have a cell phone, call the police for assistance.

8) Do not leave your car papers in the car.

9) Avoid known high-crime areas even if the alternate route takes a little longer.

10) Have your car's vehicle identification number (VIN) etched on each of the windows. Car thieves want to get off cheap. They don't want to go to the expense of replacing all the glass

It is suggested to shop around a bit before you decide on car insurance.

Car Insurance Comparison offers competitive quotes for all the 50 states.

Their online transaction facility is great boon in some states in such a way that you will have the proof of having paid for insurance in 15 minutes. This saves you a lot of valuable time and money.
In some states they have reliable partners who know better about the rates prevailing in your area.
You can also call their professional call center for your needs.

Exquisite American Eagle Gold Coins.

I am now 56 years old. Looking back about my career which started in 1986, I am amazed at my achievement so far. Sorry, I can’t help it; my ego urges me to pat myself.

How much I would have earned in these 20 years? Roughly US$ US$ 90k. Not bad-right?

My husband asked me today, “So, what is your bank balance?”
May be 1k. was my reply.

“You have managed to save 1.25% of what you have earned so far and you have toiled for 20 years” he replied.

I retorted, “What to do? Look at the inflation, economy. Prices have gone over the roof”.

He then showed me a small calculation which proved me wrong in my assumptions about price increase and all that.

He convinced me that, had I invested in American Eagle Gold Coins, my savings would have been healthier. Actually the price of any commodity has not gone up; only the value of paper money has gone down.

He showed me a recent web release he read.

It agreed with what my husband told me.

The web release was about American Eagle Gold Coins, a much respected precious metal dealer based in California.

It reminded me about the gas price which was only 25 cents a gallon some years ago.
It is like buying 4 gallons of gas for a silver coin when US$ was backed by bullion.

And the beauty is even now you can buy the same quantity of gas for a silver coin.
This proves real gold or silver has retained their value but it is only the green paper is not worth the same.

The web release pointed to investment experts who have long since advised us of diversifying 10 to 20 % of our savings into bullion market such as gold, silver and platinum.

This precious metals dealer American Eagle Gold Coins, expert in this field has sold over billions of dollars worth of gold, silver, platinum and palladium since 1967.

American Eagle Gold Coins, is one of America’s oldest and biggest firms dealing with precious metals.
I am really tempted to buy their 24k Gold Vienna Philharmonic or Canadian Maple Leaf coins.

But then their South African Gold Krugerrands is also not bad-is it not?

Best Banquet Chairs.

When was the last time you updated your house furniture?
Don’t remember?
OK, never mind. Do you at least remember how much did you spend for that?
Do you remember its style? Sure you do, because it still decorates your home.

I will tell you a little piece of evolution of furniture. No, this is not I studied in my college, but in a web release about banquet chairs.

There are so many different materials were used to make furniture,
Starting from woods of teak, oak, rose, bamboo. Great many styles and methods were applied.
The most usual methods being inlaying, carving and veneering.
Western furniture drew inspiration from Egyptian, Persian, Chinese, Greek and Gothic sources.

From ancient times, oriental furniture was carved on ebony and teak.
You can read a great deal about Egyptian furniture manufactured 6000 years ago, wherein they inlayed with gold and ivory and carved the entire piece in forms of animals.

Low couch were the fashion of Greeks.

Not lagging behind, the Romans adopted both Greek and Etruscan styles.

From the web release about banquet chairs, I learned that in modern times, new technology was born, like space saving folding chairs and beds.

For the first time metals were used in the manufacture of chairs, tables, recliners.

And now we witness a lot of moulded plastic chairs and ergonomic chairs.

The technological advances saw the advent of plywood in study tables, centre tables.

Now comfortable bean bags are made of leather and polymers.

Banquet Chairs located in 140, Williamsburg Lane, Lakewood, NJ
was founded with goal of creating the best online experience.

Their years of experience in the Commercial and Institutional Furniture industry, have made them highly respected.
Their goal is to provide the most competitive pricing and outstanding customer service. Known for their honesty and great customer service, you can depend on them for all your furniture needs.

Friday, May 19, 2006

New luxurious apartments in Baltimore.

Upon a request from my sister to search for a new apartment in Baltimore, with the most luxurious facilities, I braced myself in front of my system, preapraed for long hours of search.

Surprise, pleasant surprise really, because I came upon what I was looking for in less than 5 minutes. In fact what I found out was more, much more than the big demands of my little sister.
She is planning to move to Baltimore from Virginia.

Actually I expected real estate in Baltimore to offer nothing spectacular but look at what I have stumbled upon. Baltimore Real Estate has surpassed my true imaginations.

Briarcliff Apartments in Cockeysville
852 garden-style apartment homes in Northern Baltimore County, Maryland.

Just a few minutes north of Baltimore City.
Very conveniently located adjacent to Cranbrook Shopping Center and the Cranbrook Medical Center.

Amenities offered:
Spacious floor plans
Door step trash pick up on all days except week ends and holidays.
Full sized washers and dryers.
Olympic-size pool incldes two diving boards.
An excellent fitness center offering cardio and universal machines and free weights.
Tennis courts
A gymnasium
A full-size basketball court.

Construction features:
Each apartment is surrounded by eight inches of concrete and masonry.

A web release said " our apartments are virtually fireproof as well as soundproof".
They furthersaid "Although the most expensive way to build apartment homes, our construction provides the most durable apartment homes with an emphasis on reducing or eliminating sound transmission from one apartment to another while providing exceptional safety against fire".

Promoters information:
Briarcliff Apartments are privately owned and managed by Gebhart Properties.
Their real estate success has spread over two generations.

Their maintenance staff is present 24/7

I saw a photograph of the front elevation in their website at I liked what I saw and have decided on this piece of property.

Anyone interested?
Call one of their leasing consultants for more information, (410) 666-1340.