How to Buy Pre-Built Models

1.Know the interest of the person for whom you're buying the model.
2.Remember that there is virtually no limit to the historic replicas available. You can choose from airplanes, automobiles, ships, boats, armored vehicles, trains, motorcycles and NASA rockets. Image a.)
3.Remember, too, a completed scale model may provoke a deeper interest in a youngster. Maisto, Guiloy and Classic Metal Works manufacture detailed scale car models with prices beginning around $25.
4.Consider where the person will display the model. A model displayed in a business setting should be more sophisticated than one kept in a less public area.
5.Check the person's current collection to avoid duplication.
6.Consult family and friends for recommendations.
7.Note the scale of the replicas the person displays. Buy something similar. Image b.)
8.Buy a variety of economical models rather than one expensive model if you're offering a gift to a new collector. Image c.)
9.Check out specialty stores and auction houses to learn about types and quality.
1..Ask a store or auction house for literature. click photos to enlarge  
Some experts consider replicas manufactured by Blue Water Navy to be "simply the best." A 1:350-scale, highly detailed model of the historic World War II aircraft carrier USS Enterprise is more than two feet long. Such models are significant investments, selling at well over $500.
T.M. Corporation manufactures a wide variety of military and civilian aircraft replicas in wood, plastic and resin. A wooden, 1:32-scale model of the British WW II era Mosquito is offered at less than $150.
Some scale replicas are wonderfully authentic. You might find a model car with doors, hood and trunk that open and an engine installed under the hood. 
A high-quality scale replica may cost several hundred dollars.
Be aware of space limitations. Replicas and scale models come in all sizes. For example, a model of a Boeing B-29 Superfortress may have a wingspan of 2 feet.
Make an investment purchase only after seeking knowledgeable advice.
Remember, there's no guarantee a replica will increase in value.   

How to Make Cranberry Waldorf Salad

1.Sprinkle the gelatin over 1/2 c. apple juice in a small bowl and set aside.
2.Put the cranberries, the rest of the apple juice and the sugar in a large saucepan. Mix and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
3.Cook about 5 minutes, or until the cranberries have burst.
4.Reduce the heat to low and stir in the gelatin and apple juice mixture.
5.Continue stirring 1 or 2 minutes, or until the gelatin dissolves.
6.Put the cranberry mixture in a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate about 2 hours, or until the mixture has begun to thicken.
7.Oil, sparingly, a 5-c. mold.
8.Add the apple, celery and walnuts to the cranberry mixture and stir to combine.
9.Pour mixture into the mold and cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate at least 8 hours.
10.Fill a large bowl with hot tap water and dip the mold, just to the top edge, in the water; hold for 5 seconds.
11.Remove the mold from the water and dry the outside with a paper towel.
12.Remove the plastic wrap and place a serving platter upside down on top of the mold.
13.Flip both the mold and the plate over and lightly shake so that the cranberry salad comes out of the mold and onto the serving platter.
14.Cut into wedges and serve cold. 
Tips: This dish can be prepared up to two days ahead of time and refrigerated.   

How to Buy Siding

1.Calculate the square footage of the area to be sided.
2.Consider what type of siding you want to install. Aluminum and vinyl are the least expensive options and have the added bonus of low maintenance. Wood clapboard and shakes are considered to be more upscale materials; however, they're more expensive and require ongoing maintenance, particularly if painted instead of stained.
3.Look at home design magazines and houses to get some idea of what type of material you like. You can also go to your local home center to look at the siding materials, but it's difficult to visualize the raw material on your house.
4.Get prices from several suppliers and/or home centers for the type of siding you've selected.
5.Consider the different quality levels offered by each supplier. Higher-quality wood siding will be made from choice wood, with few knots. Better vinyl siding will be heavier and have a better (and less "artificial") appearance. Ask about the differences between each quality level and the warranties offered.
6.Consult with your siding installer before finalizing the purchase. Confirm the quantity required for the job and make sure that the contractor you work with has experience with this type of siding.
7.Order the required amount of your chosen material. 
You may purchase your siding through the installer (especially with the larger vinyl and aluminum siding companies). Nevertheless, you should go through the selection and shopping process to ensure that you pick the material you want.
Siding is generally measured and sold by the "square," which equals 100 square feet. Siding material varies enormously in price, typically ranging from $60 to $200 per square.
Vinyl siding has largely replaced aluminum siding in many areas of the country.
Remember that vinyl and aluminum siding lock you into a color, whereas wood siding can be repainted.   

How to Buy a Nintendo 64 System

1.Know what specific features are unique to the Nintendo 64: a 64-bit CPU; D-RAM 36M-bit memory; sound/graphics and pixel drawing co-processors; 640 x 480 dots graphic resolution and 21-bit color video output.
2.Be aware that the Nintendo 64 is noted for its excellent graphics, its ports for four players and its ease in operation.
3.Expect to find a base model Nintendo 64 (two controllers and no games) for $100 - other Nintendo packages that include games start at $120. Games range from $40-$70.
4.Remember that the Nintendo 64 has been out for some time now. As a result, numerous games and accessories have been created to enhance your experience.
5.Find a Nintendo 64 at local and online electronic and toy retailers.  
Generally speaking, the more games you play on your system, the more enjoyment you'll get out of it. Action, adventure, combat, racing and role-playing games are available for the Nintendo 64.
Consider renting a Nintendo 64 beforehand to help you decide if you want to make the purchase. Numerous video rental venues afford this option.
The Dolphin, Nintendo's latest gaming console, is tentatively scheduled to be released in October of 2000, in time for next year's holiday season.   

How to Negotiate for More Vacation Time

1.Choose an appropriate time to ask for more vacation. The best time is usually during a solid performance review, but other choice times include the end of a profitable fiscal year, after a successful presentation or simply when you find your manager in a good mood.
2.Make sure you're able to give your manager a good reason why you need more vacation time.
3.Prepare a list of reasons why you feel you deserve to be rewarded this way. Perhaps you put in extra hours on a weekly basis, or you just saved the company a lot of money on a large purchase.
4.Decide what you're willing to give up in order to get more vacation time. This may mean sacrificing some or all of your upcoming raise or agreeing to work an extra half-hour each day, for example.
5.Make sure to point out any benefits your employer will realize from this arrangement. These reasons may include greater employee job satisfaction, or a way for your employer to keep payroll increases down. 
Tips: Be willing to bend. Agreeing not to take three weeks off in a row or agreeing to split up vacation time in some other manner may help your case. 
Warnings: Ask for what you want, but don't demand. You may risk offending the boss.   

How to Become a Midwife

1.Study biology, chemistry and health, as well as any behavioral sciences, such as psychology, which may be offered in high school.
2.Complete a minimum of one year of clinical training in midwifery, including at least 1,350 hours under the direction of a supervising midwife (preceptor).
3.Keep in mind that during training, you'll participate in patient care during the prenatal, labor and childbirth, postpartum and newborn care phases.
4.Prepare for and pass the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) written examination and skills assessment. To become a certified professional midwife (CPM), you must attend a Midwifery Education and Accreditation Council (MEAC)-accredited program of preparation.
5.Maintain your professional skills and status through re-certification every three years. This requires completion of 30 continuing education units, including 5 hours of peer review, during the three-year period. 
Tips: NARM has a portfolio evaluation process (PEP) leading to midwife certification for individuals whose primary training has been apprentice-type, or through a nonaccredited program. Check NARM's Web site for details (see Related Sites). 
Warnings: Midwives work with women whose pregnancies are low-risk. If a patient develops complications during pregnancy, be prepared to recommend an obstetrician for primary care.   

How to Do a Nollie Frontside 180 on a Skateboard

1.Set your feet up just as you would for a nollie (back foot maybe slightly closer to your front foot than usual).
2.Snap the nose down as hard as you can and begin doing the nollie motion while you turn your shoulders and hips frontside. You can begin to turn the trick almost immediately after you push down to nollie so you almost take off from an angle.
3.Guide the entire trick with your legs and hips. Suck in your knees and jump to get the trick to pop higher, and use your hips to control and direct the turn. On the frontside 180 nollie (as opposed to the backside 180 nollie) it is best to let the trick turn the full 180 degrees before you start to go down (so you are totally backwards at the height of your trick).
4.Land as solidly (all four wheels) as possible. Lean either way too much and you will get pitched, and it is no fun to get pitched going backwards.
5.Work on popping this trick as high as possible; it is a great one to do up, down, or over just about anything. Style points! 

How to Publish a Web Site With Dreamweaver

Set Up the FTP Connection
1.Contact your ISP to find out the address of your File Transfer Protocol (FTP) server, which is where your page will be located (for example:, your login name and any passwords you need.
2.Start Dreamweaver and open the site to be published.
3.Click on the Site window. Open the Site menu and select Define Sites.
4.Select the desired local site and choose Edit.
5.Click on Web Server Info from the list in the box at left. Choose the FTP option.
6.Type the FTP server address that you got from your ISP without the ftp:// in front of it.
7.Type your login name and password. Uncheck the Save box if you do not wish the password to be saved (you will be prompted to enter the password each time you publish).
8.Click OK. 
Publish a Web Site with FTP

9.In the Site window, open the Web site to be published.
1..Choose the files to be published from the Local pane of the window (on the right side of the screen).
1..Open the Site menu and select Put.
1..Click Yes at the Upload Dependent Files box if you wish to publish the entire site, keeping the directory setup intact. 
Overall Tips:
Dreamweaver reports all FTP activity, including errors, in an FTP log. To view the log, open the FTP menu and choose Window (Site if using Macintosh) and choose FTP Log.
Consult the Dreamweaver online help for more information about using the Check In/Check Out feature to determine a file's status.   Steps:
1.Start the FrontPage program and open the appropriate web.
2.Open the main Web page for your site. This page is usually titled index.htm or default.htm.
3.Select Page Properties from the File menu.
4.Click on the Custom tab and add a System Variable by clicking on the Add tab.
5.Name the variable "Refresh" (without quotation marks).
6.Type the following value, without the quotation marks: "3; URL=". Change the number 3 to the number of seconds between the time the old page is loaded and when the browser is directed to a new page, and change the URL to the new address for your site's home page.
7.Click OK.
8.Save the page as a new file, so that you don't accidentally upload it to your new Web server.
9.Upload the page to your old Web server. 
Not all browsers will automatically refresh; you may want to offer a small text link that says "Click here if your browser does not take you to the new site," and then provide a manual link.
Be sure to register your new site with search engines.
Keep your old account open for a minimum of two months in order for users to find you. Publicize the move on your Web site and through mailings or e-zines.   Steps:
1.Go to the Network Solutions Web site or (See Related Sites.)
2.Enter the name or phrase of the domain name you would like to register. The name must be 26 characters or less, including .com, .org, or .net, and suffixes for different countries.
3.Search for the name.
4.If the name is already taken, enter a new name and search again until you find one that is still available. If you tried .com as a suffix, try .org or .net instead.
5.Register the domain name.
6.Pay the $70 filing fee online or through the mail, following the instructions on the Web site. 
Have a list of possible names ready when you visit the site.
The more unusual the name, the more likely it will be available. Most common or well-known corporate names are taken.
If the domain name is already taken and you desperately want it, you may contact the owner and offer to buy it.
Once you have the domain name, contact your ISP to see about using it as the address for your Web site or for your e-mail address.    

How to Understand the Windows Registry

1.Edit the Registry to fix problems with Windows, such as missing icons or fonts.
2.Use the Registry to remove clutter from the desktop and remnants of deleted programs.
3.Tweak the Registry to improve your Windows performance by speeding up desktop menus and printing, adding shortcuts to menus and optimizing Internet connections.
4.Modify Registry entries to experiment with fun Windows enhancements, such as changing icons or changing the Windows start-up and shut-down screens. 
Check the Internet for tips on using the Registry to clean up leftover files or to implement fun Windows enhancements.
Consider using Tweak UI, an unofficial Windows program that provides an easy interface to edit the Registry.
The Registry replaced the old autoexec.bat and sys.ini files found in DOS and older Windows versions.  
Warnings: Improper editing of the Registry can seriously cripple your Windows system, therefore edit it carefully. In many cases, Windows automatically replaces the corrupted Registry with a good backup it has stored away, but don’t rely on this feature to rescue you. Always back up your Registry before editing.   Steps:
1.When you're viewing a Web page with an image you want to use as your screen background, right-click on the image.
2.From the menu that appears, click Set as Wallpaper.
3.The default settings tile the image (repeat it) across the screen. To stretch or center it instead, first open the Display control panel: Click Start, then Settings, then Control Panels. Double-click the Display icon.
4.Click the Background tab.
5.Indicate whether you want the image to be tiled, stretched or centered.
6.Click OK. 
Tips: If you right-click on a page's background, the background image will be set as the wallpaper.  
Warnings: Images and files used as background images consume system resources. If resources are scarce, consider removing the background image from your desktop. 
Setting a Whole Page as Wallpaper

7.First, save the page and all its graphic files to your hard disk. (Use the Save command in the File menu.)
8.Open the Display control panel and click the Background tab.
9.Click Browse.
1..Find the Web page file on your hard disk and click Open.
1..Choose whether to tile, stretch or center the image.
1..Click Apply to see how the page looks as wallpaper; then you can change it if you don't like it.
1..If it pleases you, click OK.  
Tips: You can also set a Web page as your Active Desktop. This allows you to display live content such as news, stocks or weather reports on your desktop.   

How to Buy Water Skis as a Gift

1.Do your research before you go shopping to find out exactly what your water skier wants and needs. Find out the power of the person's boat, their weight, what type of skiing they like, and how skilled of a skier they are.
2.Look in water-skiing magazines, check out some online water-skiing sites, and ask people who water ski about classic and new skis.
3.Keep an eye on prices while doing your research to get an idea of your budget. The price of water skis can range from $100 to $250 or more.
4.Find a store that specializes in water skiing. There are very few purely water-ski stores, but some sporting goods stores specialize more than others. There are many online water-ski dealers, which work well if you know exactly what you want.
5.Ask to speak to the most knowledgable sales person about water skis. Don't be afraid to wait till this person is available.
6.Relay your information from step one to the sales representative.
7.Keep your receipts and find out about return and refund policies before you buy. 
Here are a few general size and weight guidelines: People 30-80 lbs. need skis 52 inches long and 5-6 inches wide; people 70-170 lbs. need skis 66 inches long and 6-7 inches wide; people 170 lbs. and heavier need skis 68-72 inches long and 6-8 inches wide. Again, these guidelines are only general. Use whatever feels best.
Realize that different skis are used for slalom, jumping, and freestyle skiing. There are also special skis for learning and skis for learning tricks.
There are also ways to to have skis improved, such as adding new bindings. New foam-lined vinyl bindings can really improve the comfort of an old water ski and you can get a pair of top-of-the-line bindings for well under $100.
Look into other options if you can't seem to find the right water skis. These may include wetsuits, ski ropes, gloves, helmets, life vests or water-skiing magazine subscriptions. If your skier already has plenty of skis, there are plenty of other things to tow behind a boat. Look into wake boards, innertubes, and rafts. 
Warnings: Make sure your skier has life vests. Everyone in the ski boat should wear a life vest at all times.