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Liquids Handling and Storage Solutions for the Industry

Chemical laboratory at NIBR in Shanghai, China

Image Credit: Novartis AG

Every day, we came into contact with liquids throughout our lives. From water, to toothpaste, soap; we literally we came into contact with gallons of miscellaneous liquids daily. It is so routine that we don’t even think about it at all.

If we did however, we will definitely appreciate the technological advances that has made it so manageable. Managing, storing and dispensing liquid materials in an exciting science discipline by its own virtue. It is also an important business in virtually all areas of manufacturing. One company that is making headlines in this industry is IPSCOT.

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Looking At The Small Picture


Photo Credit: davescunningplan

After obtaining my first ever DSLR camera, I developed an interest in taking really close-up pictures of things like flowers, insects and small inaimate objects. In the photography circle, this technique is called macro photography.

I’m not going to talk about the technical details and my skills (or rather, the lack of it) in macro photography. I’d just like to share how taking photos of small objects changed my perspective of objects around me.

The most obvious change that I noticed is that I’m spending more time looking at small objects that I previously wouldn’t look at for more than three seconds. I tend to imagine framing the object and composing it on a virtual picture in my mind.

Small and seemingly insignificant things do in fact have an aspect of beauty to it. You just have to focus on it a little bit more. What’s 20 to 30 seconds compared to the new insight gained on the object?

This observation is not only limited to photography, but can be implemented in life as well. For so long the phrase “look at the big picture” has been hammered into our mind that we often overlook the details… sometimes expensively.

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How To Achieve More In Less Time

Time is the most fairly distributed resources among living beings. Every human, animal and plant have 24 hours every day, 60 minutes in an hour, 60 seconds in a minute. Period. Nobody and nothing have any more or any less. But why is it that some people achieve a lot with their time while others fail miserably?

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Save Time Opening Your PDF Files With Foxit Reader

In my work, I have to read PDF files on an almost daily basis. From invoices, to manuals, eBooks and everything in between. Which is why I curse the day Adobe released Adobe Reader 8 to the public. This product, although free, is a classic example of software with a severe case of featuritis. For God’s sake, it’s supposed to be a PDF reader, not some programming IDE!

Everything about Adobe Reader reeks of bloatware stench:

  1. The massive 30MB+ download size
  2. The bundling of unrelated software
  3. The strenuously long loading time to open the simplest of PDF files

After a few days of using Adobe Reader 8, I decided enough was enough. Viewing PDFs (or rather, the stupid Adobe Reader splashscreen) shouldn’t take so much of my time. If Linux has a few dozen PDF readers, surely there are some lightweight free ones for Windows.

One of the first Google search result for free pdf reader was Foxit Reader. Read through the web site and noted that it is in fact free of charge and not bundled with spyware.

There is a paid version which has more goodies such as built in editor and other cool PDF manipulation functions, but I passed because I’m only interested in having a lightweight PDF reader to replace Adobe Reader.

After installing Foxit Reader, I immediately opened one of the bigger PDF files I had on my desktop; an 8.2MB user’s guide for a popular software. To my delight, the document opened almost immediately! I’m sold! Foxit Reader is now officially the PDF Reader of choice for me on Windows.

If you are a Windows user who happen to read lots of PDF files, whether for business or leisure, you just got to use Foxit Reader for all your PDF-reading needs.

Believe me, just by using Foxit Reader you’d be able to free up more time for more productive activities.

Save Time By Using Windows Key Combo Shortcuts

The Windows Key, also called WinKey for short is most often used to launch the Windows Start Menu. However, did you know that it can perform a lot of other functions when pressed in combination with other keys?

The Windows Key, aka WinKey

Here are some useful Winkey combinations that you might find useful (in the list below “Win +” means “press the Windows key along with…”):

  • Win + E: Run Windows Explorer
  • Win + R: Show Run window
  • Win + U: Run Utility Manager
  • Win + D: Show Desktop (by minimizing all windows, press this combination again to restore them)
  • Win + F: Run Windows Search
  • Win + L: Log out from Windows
  • Win + B: Go to Windows taskbar notification area
  • Win + M: Minimize All Windows

By using suitable Winkey combinations, you can save a lot of time and be more efficient when using Windows. For example, if you need to look for certain files or shortcuts on your desktop, you can just press Win + D to minimize all windows and gain quick access to the desktop.

Sure beats minimizing twenty windows manually, right 😉