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Weighing the need for desktops

My daughter is working from home for two years now.  It’s been her way of life before everyone talks about how they will go about their “new normal” amidst the pandemic.

Late last year, N and her Dad were planning to assemble desktop parts because she thinks she’ll be more productive to use desktop than a laptop.

N is a graphic designer and she finds desktops to be more reliable than the laptop she is currently using.

She said a video adapter can be installed with independent higher memory in desktop plus it can render graphic display faster. With these qualities in mind, N said, she can be more productive in her job.

My son might likely switch to desktop just like his sister.

The community college where K is currently enrolled at is offering distance learning to its old and new students.  And we are adapting to the new norm since the government (still) prohibits face-to-face learning.

The community college is offering desktop rental to students needing them to cope with the demand of the course requirement.  K is taking up multimedia arts and needs a reliable laptop or desktop with fast internet connection for his online classes.

The only thing we worry about is the inevitable increase in electric bill consumption once the purchase of new desktops happens.  

We are looking for new and refurbished desktops at Rakuten. Hubby is weighing which is more practical to buy. We might consider buying online since they offer free shipping for every purchase made.  

Is Anodizing Safe for People and the Environment?

Most of us use a wide variety of products that are anodized. From jewelry to refrigerators to coffee makers, anodized aluminum can be found in almost everything. But is the anodizing process safe to us and the environment? Let’s dig a little deeper and look at the facts. 

These carabiners have an anodized aluminium surface that has been dyed; they are made in many colors. wikipedia

What is Anodizing and is it Safe?

Anodizing occurs when a product is placed in an anodizing tank and the natural oxidation process is accelerated. Anodizing is a type of coating that is considered safe for both humans and the environment. It is a clean process that uses water-based chemicals and does not result in harmful by-products. Even the liquid products that remain after anodizing are recycled and reused. Employees that work in anodizing plants are not exposed to harmful chemicals. In fact, most plants are worker-friendly thanks to well-ventilated surroundings. With this in mind, plant workers only need to wear minimal safety equipment.

Why Anodize? 

So why do we even need to anodize something? Anodizing creates a non-toxic, heat resistant coating that strengthens surfaces and prevents corrosion. There are both aesthetic and functional benefits of anodizing. A metal that has been anodized has less risk for scratching and a better surface for adherence. Glues and paint primers adhere much better creating a better finished product. Metals that experience a lot of friction (think motors) can be protected by the anodizing process because it helps dissipate heat.  

Aesthetically speaking, anodizing can add a lot to the surface of a product. Colorization is a common step that creates a sealed surface in a wide variety of hues. Think about aluminum flashlights. You can buy them in bright pink, red, green or any color in the rainbow because of the anodized aluminum they are made from. 

Products that take a beating during use can greatly benefit from anodizing. Thankfully, the anodizing process is low-risk and safe for the environment.  

The Benefits Of Open MRI Machines

 

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Needing to get an MRI done can be an intimidating thing. Very few patients needing to get a scan done are thrilled to do so. There are two different types of MRI machines found in doctor’s offices. There are traditional, closed machines. Then there are the newer, open MRI machines. For those patients that suffer from claustrophobia or fear of enclosed, tight spaces, there are many benefits to finding a doctor that uses open MRI machines. Below are some of the benefits of using open MRI machines and some tips on how to have a more pleasant scanning appointment.

Advantages Of An Open MRI Scan

Anyone can benefit from the convenience and comfort of an open MRI. There are many patients, however, that will benefit more than others. The patients that might benefit the most will be the ones who have anxiety about the procedure and those that are claustrophobic. An open machine will make a patient feel less like they are trapped inside. Also, the open layout will work well for young children or adults that need a caregiver or loved one present during the procedure.

For bariatric or larger patients, an open MRI will prove to be a more comfortable experience compared to the conventional machine. The open layout offers much more space to lay on during the scan. If the scan is to take place on an extremity such as an ankle or a wrist, the open MRI machine makes it much easier to center the area needing to be scanned as compared to the closed, conventional bore machine.

Tips For A Better MRI Experience

Getting an MRI scan done doesn’t have to be a horrible experience. There are ways to make it a little more tolerable.

Bring Your Own Music– The MRI machines can be pretty noisy. Bringing your own music to listen to can help drown out the horrible noise from the machine so you can relax and get through the process much easier.

Take A Sedative– The process can sometimes be lengthy. Even if you are not anxious, it may be difficult to stay calm and still for the whole process. Taking a sedative may help keep you calm and comfortable. Be sure that it has worn off before you try to drive home or have someone pick you up afterwards.

Dress Comfortable– It would be in your best interest to dress as comfortably as possible for the scan. The room where you get your MRI done may be cold, so bring extra socks and a blanket if possible to help keep you warm and comfortable.

Getting an MRI done doesn’t have to be a completely unpleasant experience. If you choose a great facility such as the one found on Middletownimaging.com, you will find that the open MRI machines are the best choice in ultimate comfort.