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Steven asks…

Is MSI a good brand of netbook? Is it better than Lenovo or Asus?

How good are MSI branded netbooks in terms of performance? I was looking for a reliable netbook to buy, and I came across this brand, but I don’t know much about it.
To be specific, I came across the model MSI Wind U210. Is this better than the Lenovo Ideapad S10-2 or the Asus EEEPC 1005P? Here are the criteria:
1. Multitasking
2. Battery life
3. Speed
4. Durability
5. After Sales Service
Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

steve answers:

I bought my wife an MSI Wind U100 for Christmas 2008. She uses it almost every day and is very happy with it. I’ve used it a little and it seems pretty good. I looked at netbooks for myself early this year & considered the MSI Wind U135. I thought it looked pretty good, but I preferred & bought the Acer Aspire One AO532 with the 250GB hard disk & bigger battery. I’m pretty happy with it. It gets a good 8-9 hours of usage on the battery between charges. It feels pretty solid.

I looked at the Asus 1005 & really didn’t like the feel of the keyboard. The Asus seemed more cheaply made than many of the other brands.

I think all the netbooks are pretty similar in terms of performance, since they almost all have 1GB of memory and the Atom processor. For better battery life, you want the N450 processor, not the N270 or N280.

The Toshiba NB305-N410 is probably the top of the line, but it’s a little more expensive. Also, the Samsung model that Best Buy has exclusively seemed pretty good, although the battery isn’t as powerful as most of the other models.

The one review of the Lenovo I read said that the S10-2 touchpad was really bad. I never found a Lenovo locally that I could put my hands on to try it out, so I didn’t consider it further.

Donald asks…

If I want a mini netbook from Asus, should I get the eee pc 1005ha or the eee pc 1008ha?

For those of you who don’t know these model numbers, the 1005ha is thicker than the 1008ha, has a little better battery life, but has a removable battery and can have it’s ram upgraded if needed. HOwever, the 1008ha is much sleeker and thinner which allows for better portability but I don’t know if it’s worth the trade off of battery life and not having the option to upgrade my ram if I would ever want to in the future.
Do you think its worth the sleekness to sacrifice customability or should I get the thicker model?

steve answers:

The review for the 1005ha look promising here:


and the http://www.engadget.com/2009/03/04/asus-eee-pc-1008ha-hands-on/

The 1008ha is clearly the winner for looks and technology.
The 1008ha Is one of the more recent machines on the market and that alone is a dead giveaway of which one of the 2 is Better.

Mary asks…

Asus Notebook V/s Netbook?


According to you, which one of these two is better for casual video conversion? Is it Asus A52N http://in.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=Zfkff8kvHmCtwfIK or Asus Eee Pc 1215T http://in.asus.com/product.aspx?P_ID=rZuUAha4BV6gGBSc# Since 1215T is more compact & has better battery life, I don’t mind if it turns out to be slightly slower then A52N.


steve answers:

Asus Notebook is best from my point of view

Sandra asks…

Which netbook should I get? ASUS Eee PC 1005-HAG or Acer Aspire one A150?

ASUS has 160 GB, Win 7, 48 Wh battery, 1 Gb RAM
Acer has 120 GB, Win 7 Pro, 58 Wh battery, 1.5 Gb RAM
Im buying either from eBay, which one should I choose?!
Im just using this netbook to take to class, notes, websurf, thats it.
Both are valued at $160, I dont have enough money to push over the $200 limit

steve answers:

My opinion…. Is to spend the extra $100 if even that and get a dual core laptop off of ebay… You will be glad you did, most netbooks cant handle simple website browsing and sometimes even note taking. They are very slow an unresponsive. What is the max you want to spend? You should chexk your local criagslist site ass well

Laura asks…

My ASUS Eee 1005PE MU17 battery life…?

It kind of sucks. The description and manual says it’s supposed to last 11 hours fully charged. When I got my laptop, I charged it for 8 hours before turning it on. I turned it on, signed in, all that good stuff.

The next day, I let the netbook COMPLETELY die down, then charged it overnight.

I’m pretty sure it wasn’t anywhere near 11 hours of use, maybe 7, if I was lucky.

Same thing happend today, and right now, fully charged, it says 5 hours and 48 minutes lef, 100%.

Has anyone else had this problem? It’s slightly upsetting, I was looking forward to using this laptop for travel, and trying not to worry about charging the battery so much.
Oh, and my battery life icon bounces rapidly.. From 5 hours, to 3, to 7, to 8. Is that normal?

steve answers:

Battery life is dependent an a number of things, the Operating System, peripherals, etc. 11 hours may be the time you could expect out of an Operating System that’s a little more conscientious with it’s power usage, such as Linux.

You could possibly find out more on the Asus website to get an idea of what to expect for your specific setup.

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Betty asks…

Is it weird to wear all pink?

I LOVE PINK so much and i dont mind of wearing all pink!
Wearing all black / white/ any other colors are good but why not pink?
Teach me some smart way of wearing pink pleasee??

steve answers:

I like pink too, so maybe wear 2 shades of pink! Add some silver or black! Maybe a dark pink shirt with some plaid shorts with other shades and the same color of pink too. Too much of the same shade is weird, and u can’t do different shades with black or white! You could also wear a cute pink dress, or a pink shirt and jean shorts and maybe add lots of pink accessories! Hope it helped!

Robert asks…

y is it pink???

ok y is pink lemonade pink?is it the flavoring?or just dye???i need 2 kno!!!!

steve answers:

Pink lemonade is made with a type of lemon that has pink flesh, this is pulverized and give a pink hue to the lemonade. Some companies that make it will add coloring but if you get fresh you can taste that the pink is a little more tart than regular.

Linda asks…

Blue or pink hair dye ?

Blue or pink

steve answers:

I love my pink hair and i would personally say pink.
What ever colour you choose i have found the best dyes to use for pink and blue are made by special effects. Dark pink: atomic pink, light pink: cupcake pink and light blue: fish bowl and dark blue: blue mayhem.
I would either do a bit of both colours or flip a coin to decide or try a faster fading dye like directions so you can see what suits you best.

Ken asks…

Pink party food?

my little sister is having a pink party and i just want to know what food she could use that is pink

steve answers:

Those Pink wafer things

you could get some gelatine and flavouring and colouring make pink sweety/jelly type things

jelly beans

pop tarts

dolly mixtures

pink icecream cones and strawberry icecream

strawberry yoghurt

Pink cake – batternburg only the pink bit though you can amke pink icing easy enough

oooo Pink party rings :)

pink fairy cakes

healthy side is harder

pink lady apples

pink grapefruit

Beetroot- pink ish

http://www.cooks.com/rec/search/0,1-0,pink_food,FF.html- Theres pink receipes there :)

http://www.123child.com/color/pink.html- And pink activity party ideas there

Steven asks…

Why Was The Pink Panther…Pink?

I’ve never seen a pink panther before…

steve answers:

Pink panther was pink cuz s/he was not any other color…

And btw pink panther is a name of a pink colored diamond…
Hope is blue colored diamond
kohinoor is a clear diamond

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Donna asks…

Does a guitar cab speaker need a head in order to work?

Or is it possible to to get sound by just connecting the guitar to a pedal board, then the board directly to the cab?

steve answers:

Guitars operate at what is called “instrument level”

This is a really low level signal, and no matter what pedals you send it through it’s not going to get louder. You need to go through an amp to bring the signal up to a level where it has enough power to move a loudspeaker.

Mary asks…

Pedal board signal path help?

So i’m starting my journey into my pedals… I currently have a Cry Baby but plan to get a lot more soon, so what order should I put these in for the cleanest signal?
Cry baby
Boss TU3
MXR Carbon copy delay
MXR 10 band eq
Dunlop volume pedal
Digitech whammy
MXR Smart gate

Any help would be amazing, thank you

steve answers:

Since you do not mention a distortion pedal of any kind, I am assuming you will be relying on your amps distortion.
Most modern amps have an effects loop. I strongly suggest using it. This helps keep the signal clean and strong.
There is a basic order that effects usually go in. There are no specific rules, but just general guidelines. The 1st in the signal chain is usually preamps. This includes distortion, compressors, and equalizers. The 2nd step is usually modulation effects such as chorus, flanger, phase shifter, etc. The 3rd step is time based effects like echo/delay, reverb, and harmonizers. There are some utility devices that do not exactly fit any one specific criteria, such as volume pedals and noise gates. These cab be placed in almost and position but they are often used right before the echo pedal to insure that any echos and reverbs will not be cut off. There are some “musts” that should be observed. The primary one is that the wah pedal is best placed right after the guitar and before the amp. They just seem to function the best that way.
For your set up I would recommend the following order;
Guitar>Wah pedal>Amp input. Then from the effects loop out>Tuner>E.Q.>Noise gate>Volume>Whammy pedal>Delay>Effects loop return.
You can, of course, experiment with the order of various components such as whammy after delay, or E.Q. After other units.
You might wish to consider the use of a single, high quality, multi-effects unit as opposed to several single pedals. The sound quality is generally much better and you have the added flexibility of getting many effects for the cost of a few.

Sandra asks…

Guitar Pedal Board Question?

When putting effects in the order i want them, will i change the sounds any by putting certain effects in front of or behind other effects?

Example: Distortion- Flange
Flange- Distortion

Would that change the sound any??


steve answers:

Just to explain that a little more (the other answer was pretty much sufficient, but…) when you put the flange after the distortion its more noticeable, and tends to be more pleasing. Sometimes putting modulation before distortion can muddy the sound up, and sometimes it just ends up minimizing the sound of the effect… But when you put it afterwards, it tends to complement the sound better.

You should try both, and go with what you like the best, but just so you know, the normal order is distortion -> modulation -> time-based (ie metal zone -> boss chorus -> boss digital delay is a setup that I’ve run before). Ideally modulation and delay sound best in the fx loop, but they don’t *have* to if you don’t want to or don’t have an fx loop.


Laura asks…

Does My Pedal Board Look Good?

(Not In Order) MXR 10 band EQ, Boss CE-5 Chorus Ensembe, Digitech Digidelay, MXR Micro Amp, Boss CS-3 Compression/suistainer/, Digitech Digiverb, Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor, MXR M115 Distortion III I Know I have alot of pedals but does it all look good

steve answers:

If it sounds good

Jenny asks…

Guitar pedal board order?

I need some advice on a good order for my guitar pedals. I usually play either very ambient music or very reverbed/fuzzy/dirty blues. The pedals I have are all made by Boss. The pedals I have are:

TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
RC-2 Loop Station
RV-5 Digital Reverb
CH-1 Super Chorus
DD-6 Digital Delay
TR-2 Tremolo
DS-1 Distortion
FZ-2 Hyper Fuzz

Also, I was wondering if I should just take the DS-1 distortion pedal out of the chain since I have the hyper fuzz. Any advice is much appreciated!

steve answers:

Hello there,

First there are no absolute rules for pedal order. It becomes a matter of perference. The sequence determines the shape of your tone. To get exactly the tone you want you may decide that some particular pedal sounds best for your needs when placed out of the normal sequence. So do experiment. Place your time effects first and then a distortion to see how that sounds (normal sequence) Then try it the other way around, distortion before time effects to see the difference that makes. I always put my tuner first. I see no reason to remove the DS-1 as long as you still use it some. It will sound different than the Fuzz. So having both gives you more options.

Rather than writing a long explanation about the normal sequence of pedals, I will give you this link to an article on pedal order. I think it covers your questions.



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Michael asks…

How do I change firefox from remembering my facebook info?

Hello, I’m having trouble trying to change the settings for my facebook account. I use firefox, and when I opened the account I clicked on the button saying I wanted firefox to remember my password info. Well, I’ve now changed my mind and want to remove firefox from remembering my info. Does anyone know how to do this? Please help if you do. Thank You.

steve answers:

Go to tools>options>security>uncheck the box for save passwords

David asks…

Problems with Firefox opening couple more pages on start?

How can I fix Firefox browser because it opens everytime not only my homepage but 2 more pages from NoScript and Firefox update? I tried cleaning cache and everything I found. Still no ideea! Thanks!

steve answers:

I’m not sure if this would help (but it did on another one I supported):

Go to Start > Run (In Vista press [WINDOWS]+R). Enter %APPDATA% now and press Enter.

Access the folder Mozilla / Firefox / Profiles / ??????.default. There should be a file in it named prefs.js. Rename this file into prefs_old.js or something else. Now, after you restarted Firefox, the issue should be resolved.

Lizzie asks…

How do i make firefox my main browser for windows live messenger?

I have Firefox as my main web browser already, but I want my windows live messenger to open all windows on Firefox and not IE7. For example, the email icon on the top left hand corner of wlm. Every time I click on it, it opens up on IE7 which i don’t want, but on Firefox.
how do i remove ie7?

steve answers:

Firstly, in IE Internet option>programs UN check “Internet explorer should check as default”
and in Firefox
tools>option>main check “Always check to see firefox is the default browser on start up”

Nancy asks…

Using Firefox: How do you clear out old stored security informaion like account numbers and such?

I stored a library account number and had to renew the card. How do I now eliminate the old account number from the Firefox memory?

steve answers:

Press Ctrl + shift + delete

Check everything and clear it.

Steven asks…

How firefox detects that a user right clicked on a link or right clicked on a page?

We know that firefox has two kinds of right click menu. One for anywhere on the webpage and another is for right clicking on a html link. How they decides which to show when? I mean, how they detect that the user has actually clicked on a link?

steve answers:

With a simple “if” statement in C++ or whatever coding language was used to make firefox….

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John asks…

can you use brominating tablets in a hot tub with an ozonator?

I have an ozonator in my hot tub, and someone told me not to use brominating tablets because of it. Does anyone know about this? Can’t find anything in my paperwork to back it up.

steve answers:

The ozonator and bromine tablets work very differently. Using them in combination will screw with the chemcial levels in the tub and mess up the ozonator.

Donald asks…

How long can one use iodine tablets safely?

I am planning a several night backpacking trip and and know that there will be water sources, but I am unsure of the quality. I am familiar with using iodine tablets, but there is a warning to not use for prolonged periods of time. How many days in a row are too many?

steve answers:

Besides being a health problem for some people, the main drawback of Iodine is, though it is effective on Giardia, it is iffy at best at killing Cryptosporidium. While Crypto has only been around since 1993, it has the same gut wrenching symptoms as Giardia and is not on my list of fun things to experience. Iodine still has a place in everyone’s pack though, as the small tablets make for a handy method of emergency purification, should your filter clog, you feel lazy, or if you are unable to boil water.

Water that has been disinfected with iodine is NOT recommended for pregnant women, people with thyroid problems, those with known hypersensitivity to iodine, or continuous use for more than “a few weeks” at a time.

The microfilter is a filtering system from 0.2 to 1.0-micron pore sizes. At 0.2 microns, microfilters will not only remove most microorganisms, (Giardia, Cyptosporidium and small parasitic eggs and larva) but they will also remove bacteria such as Salmonella and the dreaded E Coli that we read about so much in the news.

Mark asks…

What are some types of drawing tablets?

I’ve been wanting to buy a drawing tablet for a while but I have no idea what kinds of tablets there are. I want to know what kind of brands they are like, Waccom and Bamboo, etc.

steve answers:

Best and cheap for “pen display”
“Yiynova DP10 10.1″ USB Digitizer Tablet LCD Display(Windows Only) under25dollarsup”
and you can find many brands for “Pen Tablet”,”Drawing Tablet”,”Graphics Tablets” etc Wacom Bamboo , VT PenPad,Monoprice.

And Wacom CINTIQ for “pen display” very good and use iMac but expensive.
Yiynova DP10 is cheaper.

Lizzie asks…

Has anyone took Norethisterone tablets to delay periods?

Does it work? Does it matter if you take the tablets at different times in the day? Does time difference matter as Im going on holiday?

steve answers:

Norithisterone has been used effectively to do this for many years. It needs to be taken three times daily, starting 3 days before the expected onset of menstruation. A normal period should occur 2-3 days after the patient has stopped taking tablets.

Lisa asks…

Is it possible to live off tablets alone?

I was wondering, If you took in various tablets everything you needed to survive like iron, calcium, fiber, vitamins, carbohydrates, protein, and water. (and anything else humans need that I may have forgotten)
The only side effect I can think of if this is done is your stomach shrinking. Which wouldn’t cause any problems.
Please answer with scientific reasons, and try to show some evidence if you can. No yes or no answers please.

steve answers:

NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Of course not.
WTF do you imagine “fiber” is?
Any “tablet” big enough to contain the daily requirement would be too big to swallow!!!

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Donna asks…

Can I carry an electric guitar on board of an airplane?

I’m traveling to Canada and I want to know if I can carry my electric guitar on board cause it’s in a soft case. My Les Paul’s dimension is 37″ x 13″ x 2″. Please help! Thanks!

steve answers:

Call the airline and ask.

Sharon asks…

How do you transport a long gun to the range via motorcycle ?

Anyone know of a good back pack style soft case or show me what you use ?

steve answers:

Its funny you should mention this because i too pondered this not long ago. I came to a clever conclusion when staring at my guitar hanging on the wall. Put the rifle in a guitar bag or case. Guitar carriers are very similar to rifle bags or cases because it offers padded foam to protect the instrument. I strongly feel that this would work well. One concern i had is maybe the scope (if you have one) may be wedged or tight, but i think it may rest safely in the wider body portion of the guitar bag. Also the length should not be a problem because there are some longer that usual guitar necks that should suffice for a long rifle. I also picture being able to put a pistol in the guitar body area of the bag. Guitar carriers come in conventional over the back slings or in a backpack style to wear, and are readily available in local music stores. A guitar hard case would work perfectly, as it provides better protection. I have not tried this but i feel strong about it. And the best part is, a “concerned parent” (as someone mentioned) will only see a biker with his trusty guitar. (laughing to my self right now because i just remembered the movie Desperado, with Antonio Banderas as a mariachi player/assassin. Well hope this helps.

Daniel asks…

Can i travel with my guitar (in the softcase) on the airplane?

I want to travel with my guitar in the soft case. Or do i need a hardcase? Plus im scared they wont take good care of it if i check it n with the soft case…..Help

steve answers:

You probably could just travel it in the soft case but i really would not recommend it.
The workers at the airport don’t really give a crap about anyone’s stuff and tend to just throw it around.
Also if the plane goes through turbulence it could get knocked around.

If I were you, I’d just purchase a hard case for it and stuff a blanket around all the gaps so it can’t bounce around.

Mark asks…

How much is a 1999 model year fender stratocaster worth?

I’m going to take my fender stratocaster to the music shop tomorrow but I have no clue how much I can get out of it. I want at least $350 to $400 but is it worth that. It’s a really nice guitar. It’s a bright blue, has new strings, upgraded pickup, soft case.

steve answers:

Hi Dan! It really depends on what particular model Stratocaster you have. If it is an American Standard or Deluxe in excellent condition, it will probably fetch $500 to $800. If it happens to be a special or limited edition model, the value could be even higher. For a Mexican Standard, you are looking at $275 to $375. Both Craig’s List and eBay are good yardsticks for pricing instruments. It is best to sell it yourself, rather than take it to a music store; for a retail outlet to make a profit on pre-owned equipment, they need to buy it at a wholesale price. This translates into significantly less money in your pocket. Let me know if I can help further. Best regards, Dana

Maria asks…

How do I get cat pee smell out of an electric guitar?

I have an electric guitar that was in a soft cloth case and a cat peed all over it. I soaked/washed the guitar case to clean it but I don’t want to do anything to harm the guitar. Is there anything I can do to clean the smell out without doing any real damage?
by the way im talking about a solid wood guitar not fabric. I don’t think febreeze will help

steve answers:

Frebreezeeeeeeee …the spray stuff

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George asks…

Is this a healthy meal to be eating a few times a week? How much fruit is too much?

Hello I am trying to loose weight and one breakfast I find absolutely delicious is an omlet. If I eat this about three times a week is it bad?

Here’s what is is:
1/2 cup of egg beaters
a few slices of red onion
A few sclices of chopped tomatoe
5 black olives
2 TAblespoons of feta cheese ( the serving size)
Herbed pepper
And I like to have a banana with it.

I roughly added the cAlories and it is only around 320 for all that! It almost seems to good to be true. So my question is are any of those ingredients unhealthy ( specifically the egg beaters and feta )? I know feta is lower in fat compared to most cheeses but as frequently as I eat it….

Also, how much fruit is too much? Fruit is often my first choice for a snack but it has a lot of sugar….

If I eat say a banana at breakfast, 5 strawberries with my Lunch, and an apple around 3 is that too much sugar?

steve answers:

Yes, having that for breakfast is excellent. Especially with all of those veggies.

And there is never enough fruits and veggies you can have in a day. Those are the best kind of snack you can have, and there really isn’t a limit on how much is too much. If you are worried about the sugar then swap it in for some veggies!! :)

Keep it up, good for you :)

Paul asks…

Looking for some nice ways to cook and serve cabbage?

I tried some red cabbage cooked in wine with apple and spices the other day and it was absolutely delicious. It’s made me curious about other ways to flavour, cook and serve cabbage. Any ideas? Preferably I’d like something that isn’t too naughty/heavy calorie-wise. Thanks!

steve answers:

I found this recipe on AllRecipes when I had a bunch of cabbage I needed to cook. It doesn’t sound inspiring, but it’s really good and even people in my family who don’t like cabbage that much said it was great!
It’s pretty easy too.

Stewed Cabbage


* 1/4 cup butter
* 2 onions, chopped
* 1 stalk celery, chopped
* 2 cloves garlic, chopped
* 1 medium head cabbage, cut into squares
* 1 (14.5 ounce) can stewed tomatoes, with liquid
* salt and pepper to taste


1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, celery, and garlic and saute for 3 to 5 minutes, or until translucent. Stir in cabbage, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 15 minutes.
2. Pour in tomatoes and season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover pan and cook over medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes, or until cabbage is tender.

David asks…

Does anyone know any recipes that are 100 calories or less per serving and don’t taste like cardboard?

Preferably made with cheap ingredients and easy to prepare,
but not necessarily.

steve answers:

Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

2/3 cup fresh tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (or 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary)
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 garlic clove, crushed
4 (5-6″ diameter) portobello mushroom caps
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce
low fat cooking spray
2 teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped

1. Prepare the grill.
2. In a small bowl, combine tomatoes, mozzarella, 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil, rosemary, pepper and garlic.
3. Using a spoon, scoop out the gills of the mushroom caps and remove the stems and discard.
4. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 teaspoon of the olive oil, lemon juice and soy sauce. Using a pastry brush, brush the soy sauce mixture on both sides of the mushroom caps.
5. Grill the caps, stem side down first for 5 minutes on each side or until soft.
6. Spoon 1/4 cup of the tomato and cheese mixture into each cap, cover and grill for about 3 minutes or until cheese has melted.
7. Garnish with cilantro.

Serves 4.

Tilapia Feast

1 tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion, sliced thinly
2 large cloves garlic, minced
24 oz Tilapia fillets
1/2 tsp salt
thorough sprinkle of pepper

Heat the olive oil in a large diameter pan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until somewhat softened.
Add garlic and continue cooking for a minute or two.
Add the tilapia fillets, overlapping thin parts as needed to fit them into the pan.
Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Cover and cook over medium low heat until bubbling; turn to low to finish cooking.
Serve with brown Basmati rice.

Number of Servings: 8

Caramel Apple Salad

8 oz. Tub of Cool Whip FREE
1 box sugar free instant Butter Scotch Pudding mix
14 oz. Can pineapple tidbits in juice
4 large Red Delicious or Fuji Apples (or more)
4 large Granny Smith Apples (or more)

Combine pudding mix and pineapple (with juice) in large bowl. Mix well and set aside. Dice apples into small pieces and combine with pudding mixture. Fold in Cool Whip FREE till well mixed. Chill and serve.

** I like to make this with as many apples as I can put into the pudding mixture and still have the apples pieces fairly well coated … Lots more apple than creamy mixture … Almost like a dressing.

** This is also delicious made with Sugar Free Vanilla pudding. It doesn’t have the same ‘caramel apple’ flavor, but it is incredibly yummy!

Number of Servings: 16

Susan asks…

How do i eat healthy being a vegetarian?

I’m in highschool, I work at fastfood. It’s hard to eat healthy especially being a vegetarian having limited options. What can I eat to lnot gain weight & be healthy?

steve answers:

You can eat healthy… Just sub dry beans, nuts, cheeses, milk, yogurt, peanutbutter, etc…. =)
Eat your baked potatoes, carrots, salads, broccoli, whole grain cereals ~Scooters/Cheerios, Oat Blenders w/almonds/Honey Bunches of Oats w/almonds (or no almonds) in a bowl w/milk, peas (good protein), many veggies & fruit have natural fiber, apples! (red delicious has 14% fiber: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-asda-red-delicious-apples-i69445) vs gala apples only have 6% fiber, bananas have 12% fiber, squash, etc… Just type the food in the calorie count database search to find the nutritional value if you’re looking for good sources of protein &/or fiber…. Also whfoods.com http://whfoods.com/ is a good site. =)

You can eat their salads, potatoes… Are you the type of veggan that can eat eggs? Cuz breads & many other things are made with eggs….

Make Peanut Butter Balls:

1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
stir well, wait a few minutes to dissolve, stir again, then add:
1 cup peanut butter ~good source of protein & fiber
stir well, next add:
1 cup wheat bran (organic bulk foods usually by produce & really cheap) ~excellent source of fiber & protein: http://caloriecount.about.com/calories-wheat-bran-crude-i20077
stir well, lastly add:
1 1/4 non-fat powdered milk ~good source of protein, too.

Store in a 4 cup covered container at room temp. Use a measuring tablespoon to form balls when needed.

They taste great alone, with chocolate pudding, or animal crackers…
Mini little peanut butter sammies w/milk, on the go! =D

These are yummy…. I make them all the time now… My boys & I have one or two or three balls a day….

~the peanut butter balls are my very own personal recipe! =D

Here’s an excellent Belgian Waffle recipe (I think they taste awesome plain, too, & very low in sugar!)

Wheat Belgian Waffles:

1 cup AP flour
1 cup wheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
stir well, then in a separate bowl; combine (stir well):
2 cups 2% milk (I use prepared non-fat milk for this sometimes)
1 egg ~beaten
1 Tbsp melted Country Crock margarine
Add the wet to the dry & stir well… Let rest a few minutes to let the baking powder activate & bubble, then stir again. Now your batter’s ready.
Put 1/3 cup batter on hot belgian waffle maker plate.
They taste great plain or with a little marg. Or a little grape jelly (how my boys like it sometimes but they love ‘em plain, too!) =)

I usually make a double batch so I can freeze a bunch, then you pull ‘em out and toast medium or nuke in the micro til warm… =)

~this was a recipe that came with my Salton Belgian Waffle maker that I tweaked… =)

Eggs have 6g of protein, wheat flour has 4, & white flour has 3…. Wheat flour also has 3g fiber which is 12% of your recommended daily value…. White flour has only 3%

John asks…

What food is included in a healthy and balanced diet?

I want to be skinny and I’m not sure what food is included in a healthy and balanced diet, together with exercising everyday and stuff like that. But i’m wondering what food can I eat to maintain a diet like this?

steve answers:

Fruits and vegetables, whole wheat grains, preferably low-fat dairy products, nuts and lentils (they have good protein and lots of different vitamins), lean meats (white chicken breast, low-fat ground beef), fish (omega threes are so good for the brain), egg whites are great too (packed with protein and very little fat).

Of course, these are very general categories. Moderation is key when eating. When you look at your plate, there should be 1 source of protein, 2 vegetables/fruits, and one carbohydrate; try to fit in a milk product too and maybe a healthy source of fat (from olive oil, naturally from fish, or by using a little bit of full-fat dairy products). So a good and balanced meal would be: one chicken breast (boneless, skinless, not fried), 2 portions of mixed steamed vegetables, a small side of brown rice, and a glass of 1% or skim milk (you can melt full-fat cheese on the chicken breast instead of the milk if you prefer). It doesn’t have to be that boring though. You can make an amazing Greek salad with tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, olives, and spinach. Throw on some grilled chicken or salmon, a teeny weeny bit of low-fat feta (like 1, 3cm cube) and 1-2 tbsp of home-made Greek dressing and voila! Tasty and delicious.

There are so many different options: home-made stir fries with red bell pepper, onions, carrots, broccoli, and lentils (trust me, it’s good). A home-made spaghetti sauce with lots of veggies in it (if you don’t like chunky veggies in the sauce, puree them and you won’t even notice they’re there) and a small helping of whole-wheat pasta. Couscous is great if you want to try something different. Home-made curries are healthy (in small doses, too much sauce and it can become really fatty), and you can get whole wheat naan bread too (just remember those veggies).

For snacks, grab an apple, an orange or even a banana. Strawberries, blueberries and cherries are in season in my region (mmmmm). Some carrot sticks (or whatever veggie you like) are good too. If you feel like something more filling, grab a handful of nuts (almonds are especially tasty and healthy). A few tbsps of home-made hummus (a dip with chickpeas as its base) and veggies is a good snack too. Rice cakes are good in moderation, but veggies are better at keeping you fuller for longer periods of time (fiber keeps you full).

Sandwiches can be switched up too. Do you use mayo? Try not using it, or replacing it with a low-fat mayo or low-fat salad dressing (I use low-fat ranch in my wraps and sandwiches, it’s so good). Opt for leaner lunch meats, like chicken or turkey (bologna and salami are tasty, but not that good for you), add some veggies (lettuce, tomato, cucumber are good) and add some peperonchini peppers or banana peppers for some spice (if you like spice). Make sure the bread is whole-wheat or brown; that’s important too. If you add cheese, try to make it low-fat, but if you can’t, don’t worry too much about it.

What about breakfast? Oatmeal is great to start your day. Some plain yoghurt with fruit, a few nuts and a little bit of granola is good too. Remember those egg whites I mentioned at the very beginning? Those can be good for scrambled eggs. Get yourself some whole wheat toast, a fruit, and a glass of milk (or a bit of yoghurt) and you’re good to go! If you can’t sit and eat, make some scrambled eggs (they take about 1-2 minutes to make), throw them in a whole wheat wrap and add some cheese in there. Then grab a fruit and get out of the door.

If you feel like treating yourself a little, have some air-popped popcorn, there are only 31 calories per cup and way less fat than chips. A little bit of drizzled margarine and a small amount of salt are ok (it’s better for you plain though), but don’t go overboard. For dessert (if you must have it), go with some chopped up fruit salad or just have a whole fruit. Watermelon is great.

I hope I’ve helped out a little. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring or tasteless, it can be delicious and pretty simple too.

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David asks…

touch screen laptop recommandations?

any excellent touch screen laptop can u recommand?
for school?
for business?
for fun?
price doesnt matter lol

steve answers:

I strongly recommend HP Pavilion tx2500, a 12.1 inch widescreen tablet PC.

For school –> easy to carry around
For business –> also easy to carry around
For fun –> this is an entertainment PC.

Tx2500′s ATI Radeon HD3200 can rival the low-end GeForce 8400M GS.

Tx2500′s speaker is Altec Lansing, which produces clear and loud sound.

Robert asks…

compaq tablet touch screen laptop?

the laptop i have got has not got a cd player so i was wondering if there was a cd player that i could attach to it and if there is one how big would it be and how much would it cost.

steve answers:

There are lots of external CD and/or DVD drives out there. You want to pick up a USB external CD drive. Their not expensive and can be found at any computer/laptop supplier.

You plug it in to one of your USB ports, let the system recognize the device, and then load your disks…simple.

They’re about the same size as an old CD Walkman.

Thomas asks…

Should i buy a laptop with touch screen?

I am planning to buy a new laptop and i am thinking of buying one with touchscreen. I have done my research and i have understood that touch screen is an important feature for a windows 8 laptop but i’ve also read that touchscreen laptops haven’t been selling very well. What is more is that i am a gamer and i need a good laptop that will be capable of playing games for at least 4 years, and i’ve noticed that touch and gaming laptops are very few. So is a touch screen laptop worth it and touch will be utilized more in the future or should i just skip it?

steve answers:

I have an Asus Transformer tablet with a detachable keyboard. The only time I use the touch screen is when I am demonstrating it to friends. I do not like the smears on the screen when I use the touch screen, so I invariably use the keyboard and touch pad rather than the touch screen.

If you can get a laptop at a good price with a touch screen, then it may be a good choice, but personally I still prefer the keyboard and touchpad.

James asks…

name of this laptop…?

there’s a laptop that is touch screen and instead of lifting the top to open it-u have 2 spin it clockwise or counter-clockwise. does anybody know the brand & name of this laptop?

*i can’t quite remember but i think i saw it on tv*
~thank in advance~

steve answers:

It’s a tablet pc, basically a laptop with a folding touch screen. There are a number of manufacturers that make those.

John asks…

Touch Screen laptops????

I am going into college this year [freshman w00t!] and i was kind of think about the HP Pavilion tx blah blah touch screen one…


Is a touch screen reall beneficial? Will it come in handy? AND does it easily get scratched up??? Thats my biggest concerns…

thanks in advance

steve answers:

They are mostly a luxury unless you are a serious artist or something. And even then you would be better off with a writing tablet to plug in rather than the screen.

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Chris asks…

is my hp notebook 431 is good for gaming?

i bought hp431 for gaming
4gb ram ddr3
intel core i3 2310m
intel hd graphics 3000
redeon 7450 m
i want to play games like gta4 nfs undercover call of duty 2 etc

steve answers:

It’s average. The games will play.

Donna asks…

what should i do to improve my PC gaming?

here are my system specifics:
Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics
Precessor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz 2.10 GHz
RAM: 4.00 GB
System type: 64-bit Operating System
graphics card: Intel(R) hD Graphics Family

steve answers:

Fork over the cash and build a new one yourself. It’s the only way…

Joseph asks…

Would my laptop handle Diablo 3?

I have a Gateway. Here is everything that is written on the tab near the keyboard:

4GB DDR3 Memory
1.3MP HD webcam
Intel Core i3-2310M
Intel HD Graphics 3000
640 GB HDD
15.6″ 16:9 HD LED LCD
DVD-Super Multi DL drive

Would this laptop handle Diablo 3?

steve answers:

This is the minimum I found…

The Specifications of “Diablo 3″
How to Get the Most of My “Diablo 2″ Game Video

The Game’s Engine

“Diablo 3″ is being made using the Havok physics engine, which has had a custom game-specific engine added over the top by Blizzard. It is native to DirectX 9, not DirectX10 as some had speculated.

This means that it will not require DirectX10 to run, which is a much more intensive piece of software than DirectX 9. To view the requirements for DirectX 9 itself, see the Resources section.
PC Requirements

To run “Diablo 3″ on a PC you will need Windows XP or Vista; a processor that is at least 1.4 GHz in speed, although 2.6 GHz is recommended; at least 1 GB of RAM, preferably 1.5 GB; a 128 MB video card that is DirectX 9 compatible, although 512 Mb is recommended; and somewhere between 4 GB and 8 GB of memory on your hard drive.

Read more: The Minimum Specifications for Diablo 3 | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7517939_minimum-specifications-diablo-3.html#ixzz1vcLSt8JF

….So from the looks of the minimum specs, you’ve got it covered

Laura asks…

is my laptop suitable for gaming?

my laptop is in the dell inspiron series
i bought it two years ago for around $450
i have windows ultimate on it
i have gamebooster (a software that shuts down other applications and changes settings for optimal gaming while gaming)
here are my specs:
64 bit
intel core i3-2310M CPU @ 2.10GHz, 2100MHz, 2 cores 4 logical processors
Intel HD graphics 3000
4gb ram
windows expierence index:
primary hard disk 5.6
graphics 5.7
Memory RAM 5.9
gaming graphics 6.2
processor 6.4
these are all from a 1.0-7.9 range

i also dedicated an 8gb usb flash drive to readyboost and added some virtual memory

i know it isn’t a gaming laptop, but can it run call of duty ghosts and/or battlefield 4
if not, can it run black ops 2 or black ops 1?

also, in a year or two i will buy a new pc, my range goes up to about $500, give or take and i was wondering about any desktops that i could purchase apropriate for gaming, and with upgradable parts for later renovations.

steve answers:

Games would run on there just not at the best graphics setting. You will need a cooling pad and also using ethernet over wifi is advised. The less hot your laptop is the better. Also remove your battery and have it plug in while you are gaming so you do not damage the battery.


~good luck

Helen asks…

What is a good laptop for Playing Mine Craft and World of War Craft For under $600?

steve answers:

I’d recommend this but its slightly over budget.

MSI CR640-020

Intel Core i3-2310M 2.1GHz Dual Core CPU
320GB Hard Drive
Intel HD 2000 Integrated Graphics


That should plays those games pretty good but with the standard Intel graphics, don’t expect it to be amazing but it should certainly be OK.


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Steven asks…

Help choosing color scheme for computer?

i am getting the asus sabertooth because of my trust to asus and the 5 year warranty. but i am also getting a case with a window the (phanteks enthoo primo), which means i want the inside to look good so I want a good color scheme what color ram should i get gold silver or red (Corsair Vengence Pro). also i was wondering what lighting i should use like when i was doing red, black and silver i was going to do white cathodes with red led strips. but with this one i’m not too sure.

steve answers:

That would depend on your taste…..

Here are some parts that can help you :

1. NZXT LED cable

2. Enermax vegas duo or vegas trio

3. Core avexir led lighted ram

BTW, mine is red themed:


Sandra asks…

Best PS3 26” monitor?

I would like a good quality monitor about 26” to play mw3. It must not lag and be under 200$.

steve answers:

Not sure about the monitor…but DO NOT get the sony 3d display. A lot of ppl are having issues with it (blinking red light). Good luck in your search!!!

Try this one…seems to have good reviews (ASUS VH236H 23 Inch Widescreen LCD Monitor – Black)
I did a little searching on it and apparently is was used by the MLG so it must be a good gaming monitor. Think I may actually pick one up.


Donna asks…

Asus Eee PC power problem?

My Asus Eee PC was working fine – running for 8 hours on a charge. Yesterday I let it run down – I am not sure how low it went but it wouldn’t start without the charger plugged in. Some time after I plugged in the charger, the battery status showed “17% Available (plugged In, charging)”. Fine, but when I unplugged the charger the PC went completely off which it shouldn’t do with a 17% charge. I had to plug the charger back in and press the Power button to get it back on. Now it stays at 17% all the time even though it says it is charging and it requires having the charger plugged in to stay on. The battery charge indicator light is on solid red, which is not described in the user manual – it says it should be either green, orange, or orange blinking. What is wrong – the battery, the charger, or the charging circuit on the motherboard?

steve answers:

The whole X% thing is a complete hoax.
What they really do is keep track of how long they have been plugged in, and/or how long they have been powering the laptop. If you have a battery life of 8 hours (480 min) and it has been running for 400 minutes, it will report the remaining life as 17% (80 of 480) – most dont even take the charge into account but guess based on the typical life.
When charging, it is the other way around, if they typically take 2 hours (120min) to charge, they will report 17% after 20min, which is usually correct.

However, if the battery is dead, they will STILL report that retarded “17%” charge, even if the battery has not actually stored ANY energy.
The red light is more honest – it means that something is wrong.
To make a long story short, it doesnt pretend to be charging, it reports that the battery is probably faulty. (Id guess that it IS the battery, not the charger or the mobo.)

Hope that helps.

Mark asks…

My computer Turns on ( I see lights in the case ) No beep code or display?

I have a custom made Cyberpower PC that has an Asus Crosshair Motherboard in it… it was telling me memory error a while back … with the 3 beep “Beep Code” and i couldn’t figure out what was wrong… Now it doesn’t do anything but turn on all the lights and fans and all that jazz, No beep code no display .. anyone have any idea what is happening here? or what i can do to fix it?

steve answers:

1. Make absolutely sure you have the correct RAM for your installation

2. Reset CMOS… There should be a 3 pin connector that is labeled CLR CMOS… Move the jumper to the adjacent pin, count to 10 then move it back. Like this… [ . . ] . To . [ . . ] then back to [ . . ] .

2a. Some motherboards have a small red CLR CMOS button as well… Push it if it does.

3. Remove ALL the RAM and try to boot, you should get a POST screen anyways.

4. Install the RAM one module at a time to see which one is the trouble.

Lisa asks…

Motherboard dead? No video output, no beeps?

Yesterday I went to turn on my PC, is started up, all the fans were working, however no output and no beep. Normally my asus mobo flashes little red lights at different locations around the board, however it only lights up two, then get’s stuck on the top right. I took out my RAM and it beeped to warn me. I’m not sure what this could be… PSU, CPU or mobo?

steve answers:

Do you have the exact Asus motherboard model? Each duration and number of beeps gives indicators on what the trouble is. Go to the website below, which translates the beep codes that show what is the specific problem.


Good luck

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