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Benefits of Massage

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Is this cliché still relevant today? Although the present fast-paced and ever evolving digital age brings much benefits and supposedly raises our standard of living, it does not present a bed of roses without accompanying costs such as stress, which I doubt consumption of an apple a day would bring the much needed relief.

No matter how well concealed or managed, stress rears its ugly head when it affects our overall health and quality of life. Telltale symptoms include headaches, neck and shoulder pain, anxiety, depression, restlessness, insomnia, digestive problems and the list goes on. Constant staring at the computer screen and digital devices also causes eye strain and headaches while deskbound jobs often lead to postural stress that usually affect the neck and shoulder. Spas and massage parlors have thrived in recent years as a result of the high demand for stress relief therapies.

People relieve stress differently, be it through smoking, alcohol, or healthier choices such as recreation and regular fitness regimes. Among these, massage therapy is probably the most popular to those who can afford it, what with its ability to ease pains and aches through improved blood circulation. Other benefits include lowering the heart rate and blood pressure, improving vitality and state of mind, and increasing the production of endorphins – our body’s “feel good” chemical which dispels anxiety and promotes a sense of calmness and relaxation that can last as long as several days after the massage session. These days, people on a budget can also enjoy alternative sources of massage therapy that are easier on the wallet compared to a visit to the spa or massage parlors. Many products have emerged that allow people to enjoy massages at their convenience without burning a hole in their pockets, such as electrical massage pillows, massage shawls/belts and eye massagers. Many of these massagers incorporate multiple massage methods such as kneading and pounding at varying levels of intensity, as well as utilize infrared heat compression to improve blood circulation and soothe sore muscles. Flourishing e-commerce marketplaces are now offering these portable and multi-functional massagers at rock-bottom prices such that these items have now become common household necessities and car accessories.

Thanks to innovation and e-commerce, even ordinary working folks can also enjoy this simple luxury of massage therapy anytime and anywhere at an affordable price.

Emoticon Eye Massagers
Emoticon Eye Massagers
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Types of Cables

Cable is a medium for transferring data between network devices. Different types of cables exist that serve different purposes and the choice of a particular type of cable is dependent on factors such as the computer network topology, protocol and size.

A Twisted Pair Cable comprises eight wires wound together in pairs. The number of twists per inch determine the transmission rate, cost, and effectiveness in eliminating interferences from other electrical devices. Tighter twisting increases the transmission rate and cost per foot.

 This type of cable started as the Ethernet cabling standard with a speed of 10Mbps (aka Category 3 or Cat 3), followed by 100 Mbps (Cat5 or Cat 5e) and then 10 Gbps. There are two types of twisted pair cables, namely, Unshielded Twisted Pair (UTP) and Shielded Twisted Pair (STP). Although UTP is more commonly used due to its lower cost, there are various categories with different quality ranging from telephone-grade wires (1 Mbps) to high speed cable of up to 10,000 Mbps (Cat 6).

LAN cable CAT 5E
LAN cable CAT 5E

An RJ-45 connector is the standard connector for UTP cabling. This plastic connector resembles a large telephone-style connector with a slot that allows only a one-way insertion. RJ is short for Registered Jack, which means this connector adopts a standard used by the telephone industry.

 

CAT 5E UTP RJ45 Connector
CAT 5E UTP RJ45 Connector

Compared to UTP, STP cables are less susceptible to radio and electrical frequency interference from sources such as fluorescent lights, and are able to extend the maximum distance of the cables. This stronger resistance to interferences stem from the fact that the wires are shielded with foil in one of three ways, i.e. shielded in pairs, shielded as a group, or shielded in pairs plus shielded as a group of wires (known as double shield twisted pair).

Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable, probably the most commonly known cable among laymen as it’s used to connect a computer to a peripheral device such as a keyboard, also uses twisted pair wiring.

Fiber optics cables are bendable although they are made of strands of glass and use pulses of light to transmit electrical signals. These cables are generally used for long distance or high traffic communication in a Wide Area Network (WAN).  The two main types of fiber optics cables are single-mode and multi-mode fibers. Single-mode fibers are more commonly used in long distance telecommunication networks due to its high bandwidth and low loss of signals. Multi-mode fibers, on the other hand, are more economical and therefore used mainly in local networks.

In the past, crossover cables were used to connect the same type of network devices, for example, two home network computers. These cables are identified by the colour-coded wires that appear at its end connector. In home networks today, many of them are replaced by routers with built-in crossover capability.

Patch cables are straight-through network cables for temporary use. Twisted pair, fiber optic and coaxial patch cables are available and are differentiated from other cables by their shorter length. Other types of network cables include serial & parallel cables used in the 80’s and 90’s, and coaxial cables. Coaxial cables consist of a single copper conductor, a braided metal shield that blocks interferences, and a plastic layer that provides insulation. This type of cable provides high resistance to signal interferences and support greater cable lengths than twisted pair. They are however, more difficult to install as they do not bend easily.

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fibre-cable-patchcord-sc-sc-dsm-1m-9-125

Despite the prevalence of wireless technologies today, cables are still essential components in connecting a computer network and provide greater security than wireless network devices which are vulnerable to eves-dropping. 

 

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How to Clear Nasal Congestions

Similar to our heart beat, breathing is an unconscious reflex controlled by our nervous system. When we are well, inhaling and exhaling air is usually effortless. It’s not until we catch a cold or flu that we start to experience mild to moderate breathing difficulties caused by the so-called “stuffy nose”, also known as “nasal congestion” in medical terms, a condition when the tissue and blood vessels lining the nasal passage become inflamed or swollen.

There are many causes of nasal congestion. Besides the common cold or flu, other factors include allergens such as pollen and mold, or airborne irritants such as dust and smoke. While it is important to seek immediate medical attention for serious breathing problems caused by conditions such as asthma or severe allergic reactions, minor breathing difficulties caused by cold or flu can be treated with simple home remedies. It is advisable, however, to see the doctor if the nasal congestion is not alleviated in one week.

Nasal wash is a method of flushing out mucus, germs or allergens in the nasal passage using saltwater. Simply dissolve half a teaspoon of salt into a cup of warm distilled water, and then use a tool such as a small bulb syringe or neti pot to transfer the saltwater into your nose.  After drawing the solution into the bulb, place the tip of the syringe in one nostril, squeeze the bulb gently so that the water flows into the nostril, through the sinuses and out of the other nostril. Blow all the water out of your nostril gently, and then repeat the procedure for the other nostril. When using the neti pot, tip your head forward and slightly to the side, then pour the solution into the nostril on the upper side. Blow out the water and repeat for the other nostril.

Another way of clearing stuffy nose is to use a warm and cold application alternately. First, place a warm and wet towel over your nose and press it against your face. After one minute, replace with a cold, wet towel. Repeat a few times.

A steamy cup of herbal tea such as peppermint or ginger tea is also effective for clearing nasal congestion. Simply infuse one teaspoon of dried peppermint or freshly grated ginger root into a cup of hot water for ten minutes. Strain the ingredients and add natural sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup if desired.

Inhaling steam is another natural remedy to a stuffy nose. While the old fashion way of inhaling steam over a large bowl of hot water may be effective, it is not suitable for children due to the possible risk of scalding. MyPurMist steam inhaler provides a fast and safe relief for inhaling steam as no boiling water is used. This appliance uses pure distilled water to instantly produce pollutant free and therapeutic fine mist within the temperature range of 100-115 Fahrenheit (37.7 – 46 degree Celsius) and is suitable for the whole family (above 12 years old).

Whatever method you use to obtain relief from your nasal congestion, do take note to avoid alcohol, and make sure that you drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, and elevate your head slightly when lying down to help drain the mucus. Do seek medical attention as you deem fit.

MyPurmist Steam Inhaler
MyPurmist Steam Inhaler
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Putting ESD Control Measures in Place

Have you ever touched someone or something and felt the sudden jolt of a mild electric current? This is a simple example of the Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) that is generated from the human bodies. Albeit in low voltages that are invisible and inaudible, these discharges are high enough to damage static sensitive electronic devices such as integrated circuits, or cause some form of degradation in the performance of these devices over time.

Wikipedia defines ESD as “the sudden flow of electricity between two electrically charged objects caused by contact, an electrical short, or dielectric breakdown”. Because ESD events can be easily triggered by simple acts such as walking, or transporting products from one location to another, many electronic manufacturing plants have established static control measures to limit personnel generated ESD and also set up electrostatic protective areas that are static-free to minimize the possible damage caused by the discharges. These control measures include the use of various ESD items such as wrist straps, cleanroom smocks, and ESD packaging bags.

When properly worn, wrist straps control static discharge by preventing the accumulation of charges on the person and dissipating the charges from the wearer to the ground. By keeping the wearer near ground potential so as to achieve the same potential with other grounded objects, a wrist strap can thus prevent any hazardous discharge.

Clothing also generates electrostatic charges when coming into contact and separating from other objects. To prevent clothing from inducing charges on the human body, static control apparels such as the clean room smocks are thus useful for reducing the negative effects of these charges.

ESD packaging bags, on the other hand, protect electronic products during packaging and shipping. These bags essentially provide three main benefits, namely, antistatic, electrostatic discharge protection and shield from electrostatic field. The performance of a packaging bag depends on its materials, as different materials have varying levels of resistance against electrostatic discharge, which affects its effectiveness in offering shield from electrostatic fields.

The effects of ESD vary. The larger scale of an ESD may present itself in the form of electric sparks which may lead to an explosion, or on a less dramatic form, results in damages to electronic devices. In view of its potential to cause harm, it is imperative for manufacturers to place continuous emphasis on static control programs and ensure adherence to its measures.

Elastic Wrist Strap
Elastic Wrist Strap
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Enchanting Festive Lights

2017 is coming to an end. Soon, the streets will brighten up with colourful lights while the air is filled with festive spirits of shoppers running their errands in preparation for Christmas and year-end parties.

Christmas is indeed a most magical and beautiful time of the year, what with the decorative lights appearing in every corner we turn, particularly around the many shopping malls that are ever pervasive in our little island of Singapore.

Regardless of race or religion, everyone seems to love the awesome light-up that never fails to leave us spell-bound. You’re likely to flock to town whether you’re an amateur or professional photographer, or a model wannabe who simply loves to pose in front of the camera to capture yet another beautiful moment with those enchanting twinkle lights in the background.

If decorating the Christmas tree at home or at work is a delightful task to you, don’t forget to add Granzilla’s range of LED twinkle lights into your shopping list. Be it red, green, or blue, or a combination of colours, we have just what you need to add that sparkle to your festive mood. Wow your guests with your creative Christmas decorations and our festive lights now!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By the Bay 2016
Christmas Wonderland at Gardens By the Bay 2016
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Keeping the elderly safe from fall and wander

The average increase in life expectancy presents a pressing need to handle issues related to an aging population in many countries today.

While Japan has the highest aging population worldwide at 26.3% of people over 65 years old, Singapore has also seen an increase in the proportion of elderly population over the last decade, from 8.4% in 2006 to 12.4% in 2016. The resulting growth in the demand for healthcare needs and wellness products is therefore inevitable.

SafeWander, the brainchild of Kenneth Shinozuka, is a bed exit alarm sensor developed with the passion to meet the needs of caring for the elderly, particularly Alzheimer’s patients who are prone to wander or fall.

This innovative device seeks to protect the elderly from fall and wander, and provide caregivers with the peace of mind by enabling them to monitor their loved ones or patients on their mobile devices. Whenever the wearable sensor button detects a change in body position, it sends an alert via a gateway to the caregiver’s mobile device. SafeWander is also feasible for use in care communities as it can also monitor multiple people on one mobile device.  Logs of bed exits provide valuable data to physicians and help them in making decisions on medication changes.

This product consists of three components, a waterproof sensor button, a gateway, and an app which works on Apple and Android mobile devices. Setting up SafeWander takes less than 10 minutes. Simply plug the gateway to an outlet near the bed (ideally within 5 feet of the patient’s bed), download the app to your mobile device, register, and then attach the sensor button to the clothes of the patient and viola! You can now take a break at the same time while your patient is resting. The moment the patient gets up from the bed, you’ll receive an audible alert on your mobile device without the patient’s knowledge as the sensor attached to the patient is silent. Put your mind at ease with SafeWander now.

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safe-wander

System Requirements:

·         Requires strong WiFi signal (802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz) in the room where the gateway is plugged in

·         Apple iOS 10 or Android mobile device with BlueTooth enabled

NOTE:

SafeWander Android app is currently in beta version. The official version will be available at end of 2017.

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The Freedom to Breathe

The ability to breathe freely is often taken for granted, until we are struck with the seasonal cold or flu bug. For some folks, breathing easy is a daily or frequent struggle due to inherent ailments such as sinusitis or other respiratory conditions such as allergies and coughs. Indeed, the importance of smooth and natural breathing on our quality of life should not be underrated.

Doctors and healthcare professionals have recommended steam as a natural remedy for respiratory relief. Steam inhalation has various benefits, such as reducing inflammation, relaxing muscles which in turn provides cough relief, and moistening dry nasal passages to ease the elimination of thinned mucus and clearing the congestion.

So what’s the best way to inhale steam easily and safely? The answer is none other than the world’s best steam inhaler, MyPurMist, which produces germ free, allergen free, and pollutant free therapeutic fine mist instantly without the use of boiling water! The fine mist produced by this simple, yet powerful handheld device effectively penetrates deep into your sinuses, nose, and throat, thus delivering you from any respiratory discomfort quickly. This 100% drug-free solution also poses no risk of scalding as you can control the temperature of the mist within the range of 100-115 Fahrenheit (37.7 – 46 degree Celsius). This device is therefore suitable for the whole family (above 12 years old). Not only is there no waiting involved in producing warm steam, the device also has an automatic drying cycle which means that no cleanup is required.

To prevent damaging the device (thus possibly voiding the warranty) and ensure that you are inhaling mist that is pollutant free, we recommend that you use only MyPurMist ultrapure sterile water or MyPurFill water. You may use other distilled water made for use with small appliances, but do read the labels to ensure that they DO NOT contain any minerals, such as Calcium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, Potassium Bicarborate, or Electrolyte Sources (Electrolytes added for taste).

It’s time to put an end to your suffering and breathe freely! Get MyPurMist steam inhaler today!

MyPurMist-full-system
MyPurMist-full-system