Man, it's a dog eat dog world out there! The latest scoop is that Microsoft is buying Yahoo! According to the grapevine,

Microsoft has offered Yahoo shareholders a 62% premium on their shares to sell the company. Yahoo's latest disappointing earnings announcement helped to depress the stock price, making it a renewed target for a takeover.
If ever Yahoo will accept the $44.6 billion bid, Microsoft could boost its online presence dramatically. According to estimates, online advertising will grow to an $80 billion industry by 2010. If they can get Yahoo, the world's heaviest trafficked website, they can definitely pull in a huge advertising revenue. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said in a statement --

"We have great respect for Yahoo!, and together we can offer an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market."

Took a cool "PhD-certified" test over at Tickle to see if I'm left or right brain dominant. I always like to think I'm left brain dominant given my educational background (science HS, BS Bio, MD). But when I finished this test, I was pleasantly surprised to see I'm balanced-brained! Is there even such a word?? LOL! Anyway, this debunks my detractors who say I'm too logical for my own good. See? I have a "heart" in my brain too guys! Wehehe!

That means you are able to draw on the strengths of both the right and left hemispheres of your brain, depending upon a given situation.

When you need to explain a complicated process to someone, or plan a detailed vacation, the left hemisphere of your brain, which is responsible for your ability to solve problems logically, might kick in. But if you were critiquing an art opening or coming up with an original way to file papers, the right side of your brain, which is responsible for noticing subtle details in things, might take over.

While many people have clearly dominant left- or right-brained tendencies, you are able to draw on skills from both hemispheres of your brain. This rare combination makes you a very creative and flexible thinker.

The down side to being balanced-brained is that you may sometimes feel paralyzed by indecision when the two hemispheres of your brain are competing to solve a problem in their own unique ways.

FYI, RL is real life. Just in case you're a newbie on online slang, lol =) One employee, TJ Riley (Data Center Technician), on his spare time in real life made a chainmail! Yes, that medieval metalwork knights used to wear under their armor. Cool huh?? Below is the finished product of TJ's hard work.
Vital stats of TJ's project is below. You can read his blog post about it HERE =)

* The entire project is exactly 25,829 rings.
* Dimensions: 67 units by 44 units (c. 66" x 27")
* Rings: 1/4" 16-gauge aluminum; the silver is bright aluminum and the inlay uses colored anodized aluminum.
* The entire thing is the traditional 4 in 1 pattern turned 90 degrees.

Starting a business takes a lot of guts and frankly, a lot of money. For many of us, it is the latter that is more daunting. If you need help in start-up financing (and gutsy enough to get it online) then EZUnsecured.com might be for you. They have an easy process to follow and you'll receive your start up financing fast. Granted if your papers are all in order okay? On top of that, EZUnsecured.com promises excellent service, whether you need startup financing or just a quick cash loan. Go check them out!

Gosh! First time I submit a question for dNeero and they used it on their latest survey! Yes, the one below =) Note that the first question is from me (Melissa Solito). Hehe! =) If you want easy money, try dNeero. Just answer the survey below, post it in your blog and voila! You'll earn as much as $3 from it. I'm not kidding! I was paid $21 a few days ago after less than a month of posting their surveys. As I said, easy money! =)

We all know that most of a website's income can from ads -- Google, Bidvertiser, Azoogle, etc, etc. Affiliate marketing ads are also the rage these days. Unfortunately, mature internet users are suffering from "ad blindness" -- that is, they don't click on the ad because they know it's an ad. So, how will you earn from every visitor in your site now? AUDIO ADS! Your visitor doesn't have to click anything, the ad just plays instantly if the visitor IP is valid. And the ads are unobtrusive, just 10-15sec of voice-over. Interested? The go to AudioAdHosting.com and start earning from every visitor of your site again! =)

If there's something I love from dNeero, it's the fact that they create surveys with questions from its members! It's like we are a part of their company.. or maybe, they just ran out of questions to ask? LOL! Anyway, college survey again -- this time with questions from dNeero members =)

If you are in the retail industry and is looking for greener pastures, do check out Retail Options! The site has a list of 8,800 retail jobs, all yours for the taking if you decide to do so! They bring you hundreds of new careers in retailing every day. Whether you are seeking retail opportunities in head office buying & merchandising OR store management jobs, Retail Options will have the dream retail job for you. Interested already? Then simply register (for free!) and apply online OR register for job alerts and let the jobs find you. Easy as one-two-three! And you don't have to quit your current job while waiting for offers. I think we should all say, "Thank god for internet!" on this one, lol =)
Anyway, here are some jobs in retail that I found on Retail Options' site: Area / Regional Manager Jobs, Store Manager Jobs, Assistant / Deputy Manager Jobs, Sales / Department Manager Jobs, Sales Advisor Jobs, etc. As for the sectors, they have jobs from varied retail companies: Child & Baby Wear, Department & Variety Stores, Fashion, Gifts & Jewellery, DIY & Homeware, Electrical & Phones, Food & Drink, Leisure & Outdoor, Accessories & Footwear, Banking & Travel, Music, Video, Games & Toys, Health, Beauty & Optical, and Books, Cards & Stationery. It's really all up to you! =)

Look how proud papa Steve Jobs is!! Yes, he's holding the much-anticipated thinnest notebook ever -- the MacBook Air! Would you believe that it's only three-quarters of an inch thick at its thickest point?? It's so thin that it fits in a manila envelope! In fact, in unveiling it, Steve Jobs retrieved it from the said envelope =) MacBook Air features a 13.3-inch screen and a five-hour battery. It does not have an optical drive for playing CDs and DVDs, but one is available as an option for $99. Boohoo! But, Apple has equipped it with remote software that lets users play DVDs and CDs on another computer as if they were on the notebook. Now that's neat! LOL! And Apple has gone environment-friendly too! MacBook Air uses a mercury-free display. Its circuit boards are bromide-free and PVC-free, and the system uses less packaging than in the past. Sounds great! And the price? Not too expensive either! It sells for only $1,799 =) Play the video below for a "firsthand" experience of how Steve Jobs introduced the world's thinnest notebook. And yes, you can EMBED or use this video in your site. Just click the EMBED button on the upper right corner. Enjoy!

I DO! For more of my saving/spending habits, scroll down the app below =)

Not much I can say about college applications -- I just applied to one university (that's University of the Philippines) and got accepted. For me, there's no other college I'd go to except UP -- Diliman, LB, Mindanao, Visayas, doesn't matter as long as it's UP. Life is carefree and democracy abounds. That's what college life is all about! =)

If you don't know who he is, it only means one thing -- you're not on the internet to earn money via Google Adsense! Hehe! Jonathan Leger is an internet marketing expert and he just released a FREE ebook entitled "Search Engine Myths Exposed!" After the Google PageRank storm last year, I was scratching my head why my PR3 and PR2 sites all dropped to PR0. Experts says its because of the paid links in my blog and Google is penalizing me. I felt that "Google knows all and sees all" =( But Jonathan (in his ebook) refuted this and other Google myths (yeah, I know there are other search engines aside from Google but do they really matter?? lol). I had a blast reading his ebook and I learned a lot. If you want to make money off Google Adsense (by building content-rich blogs and niche sites), you should read "Search Engine Myths Exposed!" =) As I said it's FREE and you can download it HERE (signup needed). This is FRESH guys! Released just 3 days ago! =)

Time for money talk again guys! This time, we’ll talk about getting a cash advance online. We all know there are times when our budget is thrown off balance by some unexpected expenditure. It might be an unanticipated bill or perhaps a sudden hospitalization – then poof! Next thing you knew, your money’s gone and the next payday is days away yet. What to do?? This is where PerfectCashAdvance.com come in. To qualify for their cash advance (as big as $1500!) --
(1) you have a job or a steady source of income such as an annuity or social security check;
(2) you are at least 18 years of age; and
(3) your bank account has direct deposit enabled.
If you said yes to all of these, then you're pretty much guaranteed to get a cash advance instantly!

A cash advance is like payday loan that is collateralized against your future source of income (usually your paycheck) that is intended to help you out through a temporary loss of cash or an unforeseen expense. Cash advances are growing as the preferred method of paying for bills and other expenses because they are easy to obtain and are a great alternative to costly late fees, disconnect/reconnect fees and other charges that creditors can levy against your account.

Another tag from Chikai! Feel free to snag it! All you have to do is spell your name per letter and add their corresponding meanings (see bottom part of post). Here’s mine:

M - Makes dating fun!
E - deeply in love with his/her gf/bf
L - BEST SMILE - I'm sure lots of guys will agree, hahaha!
I - Loves to laugh
S - Lives life for fun
S - Lives life for fun
A - Gorgeous - damn right!!! *wink*

S - Lives life for fun
O - Has one of the best personalities ever
I - Loves to laugh
T - Great kisser
O - Has one of the best personalities ever

Name Meaning Here:

A: Gorgeous
B: Loves people
C: Really easy to fall in love with
D: Is great in bed
E: deeply in love with his/her gf/bf
F: People wild and crazy adore you
G: Never let people tell you what to do
H:Freakin’ beautiful eyes
I: Loves to laugh
J: Makes people laugh
K: Really silly
M: Makes dating fun
N: Sexy
O: Has one of the best personalities ever
P: Popular with all types of people
Q: A hypocrite
R: Good bf/gf
S: Lives life for fun
T: Great kisser
U: Gets blamed for everything
V: Not judgmental
W: Very broad minded
X: Never let people tell you what to do
Y: Loved by everyone
Z: Lives life for fun

Many of the popular websites these days are online casinos; whether you like to play poker, bingo, blackjack, slots, roulette, or craps, name it – online casinos have it! Why go all the way to Las Vegas, Nevada (and other gambling spots) when you can play all you want in online “vegas casinos” from the comforts of your own home? Introducing the glamorous 32Vegas.com! The website offers plenty of casino games plus, as you can see from the screenshot above, they offer a 320% welcome bonus! Curious what’s all about? Then join in the fun! But remember, only bet what you can afford to lose!


Men Are Just Happier People-- What do you expect from such simple creatures? Your last name stays put. The garage is all yours. Wedding plans take care of themselves. Chocolate is just another snack. You can be President. You can never be pregnant. You can wear a white T-shirt to a water park. You can wear NO shirt to a water park. Car mechanics tell you the truth. The world is your urinal. You never have to drive to another gas station restroom because this one is just too icky. You don't have to stop and think of which way to turn a nut on a bolt. Same work, more pay. Wrinkles add character. Wedding dress $5000. Tux rental-$100. People never stare at your chest when you're talking to them. New shoes don't cut, blister, or mangle your feet. One mood all the time.

Phone conversations are over in 30 seconds flat. You know stuff about tanks. A five-day vacation requires only one suitcase. You can open all your own jars. You get extra credit for the slightest act of thoughtfulness. If someone forgets to invite you, he or she can still be your friend.

Your underwear is $8.95 for a three-pack. Three pairs of shoes are more than enough. You almost never have strap problems in public. You are unable to see wrinkles in your clothes. Everything on your face stays its original color. The same hairstyle lasts for years, maybe decades. You only have to shave your face and neck.

You can play with toys all your life. One wallet and one pair of shoes -- one color for all seasons. You can wear shorts no matter how your legs look. You can "do" your nails with a pocket knife. You have freedom of choice concerning growing a mustache.

You can do Christmas shopping for 25 relatives on December 24 in 25 minutes.

No wonder men are happier.

Send this to the women who can handle it
and to the men who will enjoy reading it

If you are deep in debt right now or has a large loan, you might want to use debt consolidation in paying your bills. For those not in the know, this involves taking out one large loan to pay a number of smaller, usually high interest, loans. Debt consolidation allows a debtor to put all debt into one loan, usually with a smaller monthly payment than he/she had with all of the separate loans/debts. Most of the time, the interest rate on the new loan is less than the average interest rate of the old loans/debts. If you noticed, consolidating your debts would allow you to pay a LESSER amount of money in the long run. Plus, there is the convenience of having to do only one payment to cover the multiple former debts. Nice!

There are many different types of debt consolidation. You may borrow from a rich relative who will hopefully charge you lesser interest, you may use your home as a collateral, you may get an unsecured loan, or you can just hire a professional to do all your debt work.. Anyway, there are many bill consolidation guide in the internet so if you’re interested, just search. Who knows, by doing credit card debt consolidation, and consolidating your other debts and loans, you will solve your financial problems, and put you back on track. Good luck!

..tech, TV, sports and holiday survey! =)

If you have extra money stashed somewhere, don’t fret! You can use that in buying research papers, hehe! And you don't even have to go to Recto, promise! If you don't know what's in Recto, then.. Never mind! *evil grin* Anyway, students these days are quite lucky coz there are online companies that offer custom writing services and for a fee, they will make your research papers, term papers, theses, and book reports. And no need to worry about plagiarism, the stuff you ordered will be checked for plagiarized content. That way, what you submit will be an original work, supposedly done by you *evil grin* If I were still in school now, I’d definitely use the essay writing and research paper services offered by these companies. Especially if I'm stuck with gazillions of marketing research paper, hehe =)

One of my resolutions for the year 2008 is to exercise. I plan to do jumping rope in the morning and jogging in the afternoon. I really hope I'd stick to it. My metabolism is already slowing down (I'm 26!!!) and it doesn't help that my physical activity is just limited to house work and playing with our dogs. For most part of the day, I'm just sitting in front of the PC. Yikes! Anyway, here's an exercise survey from dNEERO. If you wanna earn extra money for going out on Valentines Day (gotta start early!), answer the survey I posted, post it in your own blog and earn $$$! Simple! =) dNEERO totally rocks!

What's SEO? That's Search Engine Optimization boys and girls. If you want your blog or website to get traffic from search engines (Google, Yahoo, Ask, etc), then you should optimize it so that search engines can easily analyze its content. Nowadays, those who are serious about their sites to grow, are getting an SEO expert or SEO specialist to have their websites optimized for search. Sure, you spend money but think of the targeted traffic you'll get from the search engines! Hopefully that will translate to sales and clicks. Anyway, to start you off, here's an SEO company that you might be interested in: TrafiCare.com -- go check them out!

FEEL FREE TO SNAG THIS TAG! What to do? Click this LINK, choose your Zodiac Sign and copy/paste what the predictions on your blog then highlight (this is the fun part!) all the predictions that you like or you can relate to =) ENJOY! And to Cherry, thanks for the tag! Happy New Year!

"Cancer Horoscope, 2008 will offer all cancerians information on health, finance, education and life in the year of 2008. The cancer people are ruled by moon. They are little moody. The crabs as the cancer people are summoned never walks straight. They do not hurt, but cling on to others. They nag and brood until the other person gives up all patience. It is said that the cancer persons take their hearth where ever they move.

Cancer Horoscope, 2008 shows that family will continue to be significant in this phase. There will be small scale troubles in the family circuit but with your high endurance level, this will be sorted out. Family will be there by your side. There will be differences within and without the circle of your family. Things will settle by the second quarter of this year.

Flow of finances will be smooth. There will be little hiccups at the end of the first quarter but things will fall back in their place. The lucky color for the cancer people will be serene white. Their lucky stone is pearl. This gem with elegance will help the cancer people avoid all kinds of mood swings. The lucky number of the cancer people is six.

These cancer persons are too cautious about their children. Your work field will grow slowly and subtly. People might mistake you for your low key involvement in the work place. There will drastic alterations in your work. Things will change and the change will be for good. New and novel opportunities will help you to grow in the professional ambition. There will be harmony in your work place. New ideas will receive the focus light. The year 2008 will be blessing in disguise.

Money matters will be ample in your hands. Take care of your financial pocket. In making investment, be careful. My recommendation to you will be do not trust every one in taking decisions of finances. Things might turn grave for you if decisions are taken in a hurry. Be calm before taking the final plunge.

Health too might be disturbing at little corners of the year. Take proper care of your health and maintain a healthy diet. Have lots of water and fresh organic foods."

Yes, that's HEATING and not eating habits =) One of the high consumers of energy is the household heating system. What are your family's habits? If you wanna earn extra money for going out on Valentines Day (gotta start early! lol), answer the survey I posted below, post it in your own blog and earn $$$! Simple! =) dNEERO totally rocks!

I must admit I'm not much into board games (except for chess) so backgammon is relatively new to me. And I was kinda surprised it's really popular, coz if it's not, would there even be a backgammon online version? I think not! So far, the online backgammon I've tried is the one in Gammon Fortune. Just download their software and get ready to play backgammon against players worldwide. For those who are not familiar with backgammon, here's a brief description from Wikipedia:

Backgammon is a board game for two players in which checkers (also called pieces, stones, men, counters, pawns or chips) are moved after each roll of the dice. A player wins by removing all of his checkers from the board. As the playing time for each individual game is short, it is often played in matches, where victory is awarded to the first player to reach a certain number of points.

Let's go green!!! And save our planet =)

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