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How to read a pet food label
▪ Be real. You may want only filet mignon for your baby, but even upmarket brands of commercial pet foods contain ingredients you wouldn’t eat yourself. “Beef” or “poultry” will include organs, cartilage, and bone, and that’s fine. “It’s nutritious and delicious, if you’re a dog.” Terms like “natural” or “human grade” are almost meaningless.
▪ Choose a standard. After “100 percent chicken,” the next step down is “chicken dog food,” which has to be at least 95 percent chicken if it’s kibble or 70 percent if it’s canned. “Made with real chicken” might be only 3 percent chicken, while “meaty” or “chicken flavor” needs only a patina of sprayed-on meat product.
▪ Relax about grains. “There’s nothing wrong with them”—though barley and soy “tend to make dogs fart a lot.” If you insist on a “grain-free” brand, know that it probably contains another source of starch. Source:Lifehacker.com
And for those who have everything...
You could say that the young Tiger Woods has been replaced by a robot. The RoboGolfPro, a 9-foot-tall, 800-pound instructional machine, is programmed to guide amateurs until they are precisely mimicking the swings of several PGA champions, and when you dial in Woods, you wind up looking “unmistakably” like pre-1997 Tiger. Mostly sold to golf schools, but also to a handful of touring pros, the robot holds a club at the shaft while you hold the grip, and it forces you into perfect execution as you draw the club away and swing through impact. Give it five minutes; “you will be wowed.”
For remote-accessing a computer
▪ GoToMyPC can be a lifesaver on the day you forget your PowerPoint slide show or get a panicked call from a parent with a computer problem. Whether you use PCs or Macs, if all you need is basic remote-access functions, “this is the app you want.” ($12)
▪ TeamViewer allows for one-to-one or collaborative connections, and it’s the best choice for corporate use. Like GoToMyPC, it offers multiple authentication steps and data encryption among its security features. A pop-up window allows files to be accessed by two or more computers simultaneously, and a whiteboard feature lets users draw lines and arrows that appear on connected machines. ($50)
▪ LogMeIn features a “clear, simple” interface designed for professional use. In addition to whiteboard and drag-and-drop file-sharing functions, it comes with a terabyte of cloud storage. ($250) Source:PCMag.com