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How To Meditate: A Guide For The Complete Beginner

Meditation is not a complex matter. It's not even a spiritual practice, as many people think, unless you wish to make it one. It is more like aerobics for the mind. It tones and tunes up the thinking processes and the emotions and brings everyday life into sharper focus and new degrees of ease and harmony. It will NOT turn you into a flower- brandishing pansy or a grinning freak. It can improve your athletic performance or your love life, even increase your IQ. And the best part about meditation is that it requires nothing on your part but the time it takes to do it.

Overcome Your Doubts With Action

Experiencing doubts about yourself, be it your ability or credibility, fuels your fears of not being good enough. Fear is the number one enemy that stops most people in their tracks. Having doubts about yourself is a normal part of being human, but it's what you do about these doubts that really counts. Most people doubt themselves sometimes. Some people have a lot of doubt and others only experience it occasionally. Most people who meet me say they would be surprised if I ever doubted myself, yet I know there are times when I do just that.

7 Secrets to a Great Life

A great life doesn't happen by accident. A great life is the result of allocating your time, energy, thoughts, and hard work towards what you want your life to be. Stop setting yourself up for stress and failure, and start setting up your life to support success and ease. A great life is the result of using the 24/7 you get in a creative and thoughtful way, instead of just what comes next. Customize these "secrets" to fit your own needs and style, and start creating your own great life today!

Agenda for Success - 2004

The year 2004 is knocking at our door. Did you finalize your agenda for success for the year 2004? No, not yet! Wake up please! Take a paper and pencil and write down your success plan for 2004. Saying "Happy New Year" is not enough. Plan to make 2004 the happiest and the best year of your life. Good luck!

I give below my own personal agenda for your comments, suggestions, review or advice, if any:

- I will keep myself healthy and fit by involving more in indoor and outdoor physical activities

Using ftp in Linux

FTP stands for File Transfer Protocol. It is a very simple and useful protocol which allows its users to transfer files between computers.

ftp (in lower case) is a program that allows you to transfer your files between computers.

FTP is used by almost all webmasters. They mostly use it to upload their file to the server and to back up the sites locally.

In this article, we would see how it is used in Linux/Unix systems. ftp program comes along with most Linux distributions. So you don't have to worry about downloading, installing, etc.

Running ftp


MySQL column enumeration - Enum()


You are building a database and you have a field that can accept only certain responses. For example, there is a Gender column which accepts only M or F as values.


Gender ENUM('M','F') not null

This means, the columns can take only one of the values explicitly listed in the column specification. Either F or M.

ENUM allows you to specify a restricted set of values the column can hold.

Multiple character values are also allowed.

Gender ENUM('Male','Female') not null

Complete Example
Create a table:



cookies and headers

One of the most frustrating problems I ever had with PHP was with with headers. I was writng some authentication code which would verify login password combination. If the combination is erroneous, I include a standard relogin page with a message. Otherwise I wanted to set a cookie and included another page.

This is where I was getting the following warning:

Warning: Cannot add header information - headers already sent

You are supposed to get this error if you try to call header() or setcookie() after a header has been called. A header is called with:




PHP - String Encryption

If you want to know how to encrypt a string in PHP, then you have come to the right place.

The easiest way to encrypt a string is to use the crypt() function. There are only 2 things you need to know:


How to encrypt a string

How to match an encrypted string

Encrypting a String

To encrypt a string, you have to do the following.

$password = "password";
$encryptedPassword = crypt($password);

If you want to see the encrypted string, print $encryptedPassword.

Matching an Encrypted String


SSH - installing and using

SSH stands for Secure Shell. To access a remote Linux/Unix system, you can use either telnet or SSH. The problem with telnet is that your telnet session is visible in plain text on your local network and the local network of the machine you are connected to. SSH works like a telnet but it encrypts the data being sent. SSH programs are available for every major operating systems.
Downloading, installing, using a SSH client on Windows

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