Best Devices for Doing Online Shopping

Online retailing is beginning to dominate over other forms of shopping as connected devices make it easier and more accessible. According to IMRG and Capgemini’s e-Retail Sales Index the growth of online retailing has reached a “tipping point” as mobile devices are taking over from desktops and laptops as the devices used to shop online. For the first time the index has been split to show the role of mobile devices in overall sales and shows how consumers are significantly changing their behaviour as they have increasing faith in e-commerce. Here are the pros and cons of different devices when shopping online for gifts for men:

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Tablets
Apple started the tablet craze with the iPad and now it has grown into a huge market with every technology firm serving one up. The true benefit of a tablet is its ability to work on the move around the house. You can sit on your sofa comfortably and search through endless online retailers to source the perfect clothes, gifts and food. The larger screen size than a smartphone makes it more practical to use a tablet when online shopping at home through secure Wi-Fi.

Smartphones
The use of smartphones has become so perfuse that many retailers have taken steps to build mobile sites that improve functionality when used on a smartphone rather than any other device. This has enabled smartphone users to easily access online retail when out and about, which allows them to see prices in store then check online and buy from there they are cheaper. Smartphones and mobile sites have made online retail on the move not only achievable, but a safe and simple way to shop.

Laptops
Laptops offer the best of both worlds when it comes to the accessibility across the home and the ability of a desktop. They may not be as easy to handle when lazing around the home, but offer desktop functionality with access to spread sheets, word and other devices to be able to track your spending and plan out your financial budget.

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Desktop
There is a saying that if you want to fully concentrate on a task then you should focus on that alone. This is what a desktop gives you as you can sit at your computer desk with no distractions to shop frugally and with purpose. It is the perfect way to get something like Christmas shopping done in one go, so you don’t leave it to the last minute or spend too much when casually doing it on impulse while watching TV.

Yes to Height Requirement for the PNP, AFP, and BJMP with Provisions

President Aquino recently vetoed the bill that pushes to abolish the height requirement to enter the PNP, AFP, and BJMP. Many people are lambasting the president for this reportedly “discriminatory” act. I am sure that P-Noy has his own reasons and I do not always agree with his actions, but this time, I am siding with him.

You know why? You cannot say that I am also discriminating because that would be discriminating against myself. You see I am a woman who stands less than 5 feet tall–the height average of Filipinas.

Now, while I haven’t felt insecure because of my height (yes, I have other fine features to compensate for that), I have to acknowledge that there are certain limitations that come with my “lack of height”, so to speak. You see when I was in college, we went to work on our yearbook in another city. During our spare time, we thought of doing some extra work just for the heck and adventure of it. We walked around town and looked at the pharmacies, department stores, and boutiques and saw “Hiring” signs. While they were not too keen on educational attainment, the did ask for a minimum height requirement. And I can understand because honestly, I can hardly reach their display counters and much less reach the stocks.

There were so many times in stores that I do not get noticed by the salesladies, no matter how much I wave or raise my voice, just because I am small and appear kinda “invisible”. There was one time that a rather tall and muscular lady supervisor in a local department store who pushed me aside just because she wanted to walk past me and I was also walking in her way. What did I do? I pushed her, too, and it was only then that she noticed that I wasn’t a child in her way. She looked at me intensely and I looked back at her fiercely, too. If she said a bad word to me, we would have had a field day at the manager’s office. There was also a time that I was in queue to buy cell cards at that time. A tall, fat woman went in front of me and pushed me aside, which made me hit a glass display care that almost toppled over. I asked her nicely, “Excuse me” and she told me “It’s your fault you’re small!” Oh my goodness! I saw red. My ex-bf now my husband just had to pull me aside so that I will not have a fight in that store.

So you see now why I think that in jobs like the ANP, PNP, and BJMP, I am amenable to the height requirement? If people see a cop who is only 4’10” in height, would he get the respect that he deserved? How can he collar bigger criminals? How can he chase taller crooks who have much larger strides (let’s face it, we have shorter legs!).

Being married to my husband who stands 5’10”, I am thankful because he reaches places that I can’t and he can carry loads that I couldn’t. After all, he is one whole foot taller than me.

So sorry, I just don’t see the point of short people in the force, especially that these jobs pertains to security and handling criminal elements. But I do think that they can work in these government agencies, provided they are not in the frontline. I am sure that there are good strategists and analysts and PR men who are short in stature but are gifted with intelligence, skill, and personality needed for these positions.

Now, that is not being discriminatory. That is only being practical.

Upgrade to the Latest WordPress Version to Protect Your Blogs

A lot of WordPress users lately had found that their blogs had been hacked. The entry points was the free WordPress themes, the outdated WordPress version, and the old plugins.

Ruby of Pinay Mommy Online advises the following:

Attention All WordPress Users!! The hacking incident that happened to the PMC server is not only an isolated case. I just got an info that the hacking is happening all over the world. The point of entry why they can dominate an entire server is from WordPress users who have not upgraded their WP Version. So, if you want to be responsible WP users and not affect an entire server, please upgrade your WordPress Version to the latest and please back-up your blogs. Don’t be the reason for the hackers to get in to the entire server.:(

I think that is self-explanatory. The latest WordPress versions can be easily installed with just a click from the dashboards. And so are the plugins. While we cannot completely fool proof everything because even the government websites of America that have the greatest security have already been hacked. But at least do not just be lackadaisical about things. Do something!