Weight Watchers Points Plus Review

This Weight Watchers Points Plus Review will see what changes took place and if they will make the program better. Weight Watchers is a well-known weight loss program that has been helping people lose weight since 1963. This system was based on the idea of making people track their food intake every day. Most foods are given a point value and these points are used to determine how much you can eat every day. This program puts you in charge and encourages you to plan out your meals, so that you stay under the daily allowance of food intake.

The program received nation-wide success and has many followers. They offer a series of cookbooks to help you plan your meals better and a lot of food products that are available at your local grocery store. The system has worked for them for many years; primarily remaining in the same original format. Recently, the program did a complete overhaul of their point system and devised a whole new system called the Weight Watcher Points Plus.

SO what’s new?

Diet:
The old system focused on calories, fiber grams and fat grams to calculate their point systems. After evaluating the new system, a Weight Watchers Points Plus review shows that they now focuses on protein, carbohydrates, fiber grams and fat grams to calculate the points. Another change that was made is that the daily amount of points allowed has increased.

Online Profile:
This Weight Watchers Points Plus review shows that new to this system is the interactive website that offers their participants many different ways to track their success. After setting up your profile online, a personalize weight loss plan is designed for you based on your particular height and weight. Understanding the different weight loss dynamics between women and men, they have set up a separate website for each of them.

Tracking System:
Knowing the importance of accountability, the program has developed a tracking system on their website that will keep count of your points. This Weight Watchers Points Plus review reveals that all you need to do is go online and input the foods you have eaten for the day and the site will automatically calculate your total points for the day. The site also gives a complete list of foods and what there point’s value is. This gives you easy access throughout the day. Even when you are on the go or out to eat, you can easily check your points total on your cell phone to determine the best foods to select. Using the mobile-on-the-go feature also give you access at your fingertip to record every food you eat.

Weight Watchers has been around for almost fifty years and has seen some success in helping people lose weight. The need to revamp their entire program does show signs that perhaps this program was not showing the ability to keep participants maintaining the weight loss on the long-term scale as that they promise. A complete Weight Watchers Points Plus review shows that the program does show some great improvement from their older version.

Juwel Rio 240 – 7 Point Product Review

One of the most popular aquariums available today. The Rio 240 is a classic design but with some clever additions.

Here is our 7 point review -Juwel Rio 240

Appearance –
The Rio 240 is a nice size and the lighting makes the tank come alive. Could easily be a centre point in a room but will always be a great gallery for your fish.

Size –
With 240 litres this tank can take a small community of fish. If you want a tank which can handle some tetras, a few medium sized fish and some plants then this could be the perfect tank for you.

PVC –
Some aquariums are made from PVC while others are made from glass. Some people prefer PVC while some prefer glass. The drawback with PVC is that the tank will get scratches on it. You can buff out the scratches if they get too bad. The advantages are that the PVC is stronger and that the view is less likely to be distorted.

Accessories –
The Juwel Rio 240 is slightly lacking when it comes to the filter and heater that come included. While these are perfectly good for a smaller aquarium like the Rio 180. The 200 watt heater and Bioflow 3.0 compact filter are just not strong enough to use the aquarium to the full capacity. This means that if you want to get the most out of your aquarium you will have to replace these with other products.

Lighting –
What the Juwel Rio 240 loses in filter and heater power it gains in lighting. There is a real step up here in power from the Rio 180 as you get two 54 watt bulbs which really make your tank glow. Unless you have a demanding system you probably won’t have to replace these bulbs.

Cabinet –
As with most quality fish tanks you can purchase a matching cabinet for the Juwel Rio 240. As always we recommend that you purchase the matching cabinet as the tank – when full – can weigh too much for many normal home furniture. Your dining room table may look steady but unless it can take the weight of two people standing on it this tank will be too heavy.

Unsung Genius –
The Juwel Rio 240 comes with a suspended base which may seem to be an insignificant feature but could stop your aquarium straining and ultimately leaking.

How to Tell If a Review Is Authentic or Not

Most people turn to the Internet in order to research products before a purchase. If you are one of them, you probably have already seen some reviews that are beyond glowing for products you know are actually quite average or downright bad quality. It is easy to believe that the people writing those reviews are being paid by advertisers, but on the other hand there are plenty of affiliate sites that offer extremely good and factual reviews, even if they only make money when you buy. So what’s the easiest way to tell if a review is authentic or just a sham?

Is The Review Duplicated All Over the Internet?

What are the chances of two people writing exactly the same review? Some businesses give “marketing kits” to their affiliates and distributors, and sometimes this includes a glowing review to be published on review sites online, under the name of the affiliate. Some affiliates just publish it right away, but since many websites no longer accept affiliate content, slightly more clever marketers rewrite them just enough to pass the filters. In both cases, the content of the review is the same, a glowing or mostly glowing review that the provider of the product wrote, instead of an objective, third party evaluation of a product. Generally products and services that use this kind of marketing do it because they don’t have a product good enough to attract original reviews by itself, and are better avoided.

Does the Review List Cons along with Pros?

There is no product that doesn’t have at least one flaw. Just one. A good review should aim to be balanced, and that means listing the ugly as well as the good points. Beware of any review that strongly emphasises the good points, but glosses over any negatives or just mentions some that are not negative at all to give an impression of balance. If you trust the reviewer it may be that you actually landed on a great product, but in most cases it’s just a sales pitch and not a review.

Does the Review Include Real Facts?

In most cases, if the review is just a sales pitch the reviewer won’t bother giving factual information about the product beyond what’s on the product feature page. Those reviews that look like the reviewer never used the product himself, but claim to “Have been using this product for years, and I can tell you, it works!” are usually suspect. Another version of this is when the reviewer gets his facts wrong, such as claiming to have been using a product since before that product existed, or in a colour or model that has never been for sale.

10 Tips for Writing a Book Review

When writing a book review, you are evaluating the text. You are making a judgment about it. Here are 10 tips for writing an effective and compelling book review.

1. Don’t be afraid to give your opinion.

Reviewing a book requires you to make a value judgment. Is this book good, bad, or somewhere in between? Think about why a person would want to read a book review. They want to know if it is worth their time and money.

This doesn’t mean your review should be as simple as giving it thumbs up or thumbs down. As described in How to Write Anything, “Even movie critics…don’t offer those verdicts until after they first talk about their subjects in detail.”

It is also important to note that even a positive review can acknowledge weaknesses and still be positive. The reader will likely find it helpful if you point out any weaknesses in the book you’re reviewing. Try to sandwich these weaknesses in between praise so that you don’t begin or end on a bad note.

2. Develop criteria for judgment

Criteria means the rules or standards by which you judge that object. A good pizza, for example, might be measured by how greasy it is, the kind of toppings it has, the quality of the crust, etc. That’s your criteria.

If you were reviewing a restaurant, your standards to judge that restaurant would likely include the service, taste of the food, and the atmosphere. If you were reviewing a movie, you might look at the costumes, the acting, the special effects, and so on.

It all depends on what is important to you as a reviewer.

As you read books, think about what makes a book stand out for you. Do you like books with action packed plot lines? Or maybe the writer’s use of language is important to you. Whatever it is, decide on your criteria to help develop your review. It will give you specific points to make within the body of the review.
And it will help readers understand why you rated the book as “good” or “bad.”

3. Back up your opinion

Having an opinion is great. Having an opinion with nothing to back it up, however, is not very convincing. Readers want evidence and reasons for why you are evaluating a certain book as “fabulous” or “boring.” Even if readers don’t realize they want this, support for your ideas certainly couldn’t hurt.

For example, if you decide to review a Dr. Seuss book and you say it is an amazing book for children (opinion) because of his expert use of language and rhyme (criteria), you’d want to point out a particular example as support for that opinion. Let’s see that rhyme in action.

Quote the book directly. Refer to specific chapters or sections. Supporting your ideas will ultimately help to convince your reader.

4. Consider your audience

Who are you writing for? What do they already know about the subject matter? What do they need to know? How you write depends so much on who you are writing for. You speak differently to children than you speak to adults. You interact with your boss in a different way than you interact with your best friend from childhood who knew you when you had braces and bangs.

Your choice of language changes depending on who you are speaking to or writing for. Your tone of voice changes, too.

As you write your book review, consider what your audience wants to know and what will interest them. Choose words that they familiar with rather than jargon that requires a glossary.

This is really a case of thinking about how you want to deliver your message so that the audience can appreciate it. It takes work, but it can pay off in major ways once you’ve mastered it.

5. Write with authority

Whenever possible, avoid the following words: probably and maybe. Avoid the following phrases: It seems, I think, In my opinion.

These words and phrases make your review sound less authoritative and less confident than you’re aiming for. Even if you aren’t feeling confident, fake it.

Look at the following example:

In my opinion, Dr. Seuss is probably one of the most interesting writers out there, though, maybe others might not agree.

Instead, say this:

Dr. Seuss is one of the most interesting writers out there.

We know it is your opinion; that is implied. No need to qualify your opinions with words like probably. Do not be afraid that others might disagree or get offended by your opinion on a book. Disagreement actually creates some of the most interesting discussion.

6. Avoid writing too much summary

A little bit of summary in a book review is helpful. The reader had not already read the book (most likely) and since you are trying to consider your audience, you want to make them feel like they understand the rest of your review. Summary is a great place to start by making your reader feel at home.

Too much summary, however, is not what the reader needs.

Here’s what you need to know about writing summary:

· When summarizing a book, stick to just the main points. Answer the question: What is this book about?
· Try it limit your summary to no more than one paragraph or two unless it is essential or required to include more.
· Avoid writing about every single thing that happens in the book (And then this happened, and then…, and then…).
· Use summary early in your review to get the reader acquainted. It wouldn’t make sense to suddenly give a summary at the end, after you’ve made your point.
· Use your own words. If the reader wanted to know what the publisher has to say, they’ll visit the publisher’s website or read the back of the book. Give us your unique interpretation.

7. Compare and contrast

Another way to help back up your ideas, as stated above, is to use a very familiar tool: compare and contrast. It may have been a while since you were in school, but you know how to do this. You do this every day.

For example, you compare your hamburger to every other hamburger you’ve ever had (even if only in your head, even if it happens so fast you barely register it). When someone asks you how Robert Downey Jr. preformed in Due Date, you might compare his acting to other films like Iron Man.

Comparing and contrasting helps the reader to understand. It gives you and the reader a common ground. Look at the book you are currently reviewing. Can you compare it to other books by that author? Or maybe you could compare it other books in that genre.

Or maybe this new book is incomparable. That would be worth telling your readers, too.

8. Organize your review

Organizing your review in even the slightest way can help your reader make sense of your ideas by giving them a structure. Even the best written story will be less remarkable if the chapters are out of order.
The basics of organization include a beginning, middle, and end. It’s that simple.

Start with an intro that gets the reader warmed up and maybe even summarizes the book. Then, use the middle of your review to give your opinion and support it with quotes and examples. Use this chance to elaborate on your ideas. Then, wrap up your review with a brief conclusion rather than ending abruptly in the middle of your ideas.

It might not come naturally to you, but that is what revision is for. As you revise, consider moving information around and making it sound as effective and clear as possible.

9. Provide helpful information

This one doesn’t apply to everyone, but is worth mentioning. If I read a book review, I want to know where I can buy the book. Where can I find it? Who is the publisher?

A link could be even more helpful. In fact, Amazon can work as an affiliate program for many blogs by linking directly to the texts you mention so that the reader can buy them. And you get a commission. Learn more about making money with Amazon here.

And this should go without saying, but don’t forget to mention the author and title early in your review. Never give the reader a chance to feel confused about what you are talking about. The title of your review isn’t enough. Mention the title and author in the review, as well.

10. Set yourself apart

Depending on the amount of freedom you are allowed in writing your review, consider trying something new to set yourself apart from others.

So many book reviews follow a similar format, which seems to work well, but why not try a different approach? To inspire you, here are a few ideas for reviews:

· The Top 10 Reasons You Must Read __________
· 5 Ways ______ Will Blow Your Mind (In a Good Way)
· The Similarities Between ______ and Harry Potter (or some other well-known piece of literature)
· Why ______(author) is the Next Stephen King (or another famous author)

In all of these examples, it is the title that is attention grabbing. Also, the title implies a certain organization (such as a top ten list). Mostly, though, the above examples don’t look exactly like every other book review.

If you can find a new angle, explore it and see how it works.

Overall, writing a book review doesn’t have to be complicated. And it can be fun! If you are willing to put in the time to make it compelling and convincing and helpful to your readers, the results could be worth it.

How Do I Improve a Performance Review?

Every job, no matter how perfect it is has some demanding times and not just in the sense of a person’s performance. Performance reviews are a veritable part of any job and they have to be dealt with an open and positive attitude.

These reviews are a part of the company’s strategy to improve the quality of the performance of their employees and the main objective is to let the employees know that they are appreciated for their positive qualities and it is also a good way of letting them be aware of their negative qualities so that they can work on them and make a difference in their performances.

This objective should be clear to both the employee and the reviewer because if any one of them does not take the performance review tips to be what it is meant to be, they can venture serious work place social hazard and that can be a breach of the employee – company relationship and trust.

A review should basically evaluate the performance of the employee over a set period of time and they should be able to point out clearly the problem areas of the employee’s performance.

The reviewers or the employers should then go over the review with the employee and they should make sure that they objectively and not negatively elucidate all the points to the employee. Now, the employee should keep an open mind about this and should not lose their temper or behave improperly because the review is actually for their good.

They should try to understand the review’s points and if they do not agree on some point they should take the problem to their HR professionals and go over the review with them again.

In case they find the review to be too negative and they need to objectify these negatives with a balance, they should actually, politely ask the employee or the reviewer to also mention their strong points so that they can be motivated and they can keep a proper perspective.

The performance review should actually be positively used by the employees. Most companies give a copy of their performance reviews to the employee after their meeting with them. In this case, the employees should go over the review themselves and try to make sure that the negative points should be worked upon and that should come in the notice of the employees and the reviewers too.

This is also the chance for the employees to use the review to realise whether the job actually suits them or not. There can be some people who would feel that the job is already not meeting the conditions required for them to be charged enough to provide a good service and they should go over their review to make sure that the job is up to their ideals or not.

Also, they should use the review to make sure that they still eradicate their negative points and work on building their strengths and positive points. In case the review is demeaning to the employee in any way, they can report to their superiors or even sue the company or the reviewer too.

A Book Reviewer’s Conundrum

Book reviewers and bibliophiles worldwide remain divided on two complex questions that fuel and pertain to their work and love of literature.

1. Why do we review books?
2. What is the best way to rate a book?

These two questions, aside from a pure love for literature and reading, drive the industry today.

Purpose of Book Reviews

Initially, one would assume that as a book reviewer it is the obligation and responsibility of reviewers to take on any book they accept. Although true, it is but one approach. What is the greater disservice to the public, not writing a negative review resulting in hundreds of dissatisfied consumers spending their time reading a poor novel or never getting to that new author on your reading list whose work is brilliant and reaches thousands because of a positive review? To many, including myself, this is quite the predicament. However, W.H. Auden, I believe, puts it best when he states, “Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.” Take a moment to really let that soak in. The significance of this quotation lay in the breadth and reality that many works of art and great masterpieces are never discovered or truly valued, but works not worth remembering are just that; not remembered over time.

Therefore, I now think it clear that I, as a reviewer have a responsibility to both warn patrons about negative products and also laud works that don’t receive near enough attention. If a choice has to be made, as some irrational reviewers have predicated, I find it my personal responsibility to readers that I review and introduce a positive work over a lackluster piece that will be forgotten in a matter of time without my involvement anyways. Furthermore, it is a bit sadistic and shameful to take part in anything that can tarnish or hurt another’s reputation. This assessment must and should be made aware to all that review and consider ‘positive reviewers’ as nothing more than ‘marketers and profiteers’. It is far from the truth. The reviewer’s greatest duty is to write and inform authors and consumers about the quality and significance of books. The greatest crime committed in that confidence and trust by consumers given to reviewers is the failure to acknowledge and make them aware of truly marvelous literature.

Some of you are now considering the thought that the aforementioned is a utopian ideal. Not all reviewers are alike and the majority of reviews found out there are not from reputable and professional reviewers. Websites have had frequent issues with authors glorifying their own work or hiring others to do the same. To contrast, some authors and reviewers deconstruct books in order to tarnish a competitor’s reputation. This is a reality and I am not so naïve to believe it does not happen. Despite all that, I have faith that reviewers, overall, seek to provide readers and consumers with accurate reviews to help in their buying decisions and development of future works. What choice do we have? The freedom to review and read whatever you like is more significant than the censorship of the whole lot for a minority’s obstructive actions.

Ratings and Book Reviews

To this point, I have discussed the validity of reviewing methodology without even so much as mentioning a rating system aside from a formal written critique. Large online websites such as Amazon, GoodReads, and Barnes & Noble use customer reviewing systems in which nearly all can post reviews based on a five star system. Many issues arrive from this style of rating printed material. The lack of limitations and easy accessibility regarding this rating system style is a blessing and a curse. All customers have access to writing their own reviews. This generates a vast amount of reviews to help customers in their buying decision, but amateur reviews can often be dishonest at the worst or misguided but true at best.

Customers and others can post reviews and select stars in this fashion:

1 Star – I hate it
2 Star – I dislike it
3 Star – It’s OK
4 Star – I like it
5 Star – I love it

In order for the review to be posted or at least submitted for publishing, 20 words or a video must be submitted and a star rating MUST be submitted. Therein lay the real issue. Is a five star rating system the best way to rate books and printed materials? Most reviewers and critics say no. Simply submitting a star rating for a book does little justice for the author, nor does it aid consumers in deciding on the purchase; at least it shouldn’t. Plainly put, customers look at reviews to decide whether or not to read or purchase the product in question. While some look only at the stars very quickly, most readers, after taking the time to click the reviews link, will go through a couple of the reviews. Depending on where they are at in the decision/buying process they will either find the shorter concise reviews or take the time to methodically go over the longer reviews with greater depth. Most importantly, this process saves them time and sometimes money in the long run.

The greater irony is that professional and reputable websites like industry titans, The New York Times and so forth formulate written critiques. Their exempt status is due to, for lack of a better phrase, no true rating system. It is ironic that the best and most respectable reviewers in the business are not expected to give the books they review a rating or number of stars when consumers navigating major websites gravitate toward the number of stars like a moth to a lamp. On the contrary, it is entirely sufficient for reviewing giants to use their words alone to either flatter and champion literary works or tear down their very foundations so all that is left are a few sputtering words that fall upon deaf ears. Many blogs do the same and maintain an exceptional identity as scholarly and well thought out.

Furthermore, the stars seem to be more of a point of controversy than a true value as evidenced by descriptions for the separate ratings. ‘Like it’, ‘Love it’, and ‘Hate it’ are subjective, and often times, vague terms when associated with literature. Despite opaque meanings and terms from the eyes of the literary world, the five-star ratings are easy for customers to understand and with a large enough quantity of ratings average out to a reasonable rating. Arguments (some have proven to be factual) have arisen about publishers and authors creating accounts in order to lionize or defame a book in the rating.

Should one and two star reviews be given on these web sites and considered credible? Yes, of course they should be. If a credible reviewer finds they have the time, energy, and desire to write and post a negative review, more power to them. Customers truly appreciate saving money when valid points are made regarding the inaccuracies and poor writing of a book or novel. There are both substantial and insubstantial 1-5 star ratings across the web. It is more important to keep consumers informed and educated regarding how to sift through poorly written reviews. That is something that has yet to really be undertaken and would most likely need to be the work of website moderators/editors than credible reviewers themselves.

Until that day comes, readers need to be made aware of how to analyze reviews on major websites. This can be done by asking questions and looking for certain topics. To generalize (there are always exceptions!), most online credible reviews on these websites will contain a short plot summary, some sort of purpose or directive, a critique of the author and writing style, and an overall decision as to whether they would recommend the work to readers and sometimes even a certain audience. Look for those things book readers!

Regarding the stars, analyzing that can be a bit trickier. I would hypothesize that the ratings would follow a standard distribution or deviation (sorry for getting statistical). I would presume that if an experiment was conducted looking at the number of ratings for an author and their work would show the following results: a mainstream and well-marketed work with a reputable author will receive more ratings and will more than likely find a fair value in the law of averages whereas a lesser-known book with fewer reviews will be skewed in one direction. In other words, the more reviews a work has the better chance that the average stars shown at the purchase screen are honest.

Alternative Rating Systems

The argument as to whether or not books should be rated on a five-star system seems a bit too late at this point due to how Amazon and others have become ingrained in the lifestyles of consumers and reviewers alike. However, there are alternatives to the traditional system that can be utilized by reviewers and customers alike.

One alternative may be to extend the stars into a seven-point scale which gives a more accurate account of how the customer or reviewer feels. For instance:

1: Poorly Written and Don’t Read it
2: Pretty bad, but not as bad as it could have been
3: Slightly bad
4: No preference or sentiments
5: Pretty good
6: Quite good, but not as good as it can get
7: Well written and a Must Read

This seven-point scale offers more options while maintaining clear and defined parameters in each category. A ten-point scale can leave too much room for ambiguity and categories too close in meaning. However, this method is simply an extension of the current methodology and offers little in terms of finding a voice and rating system singular and effective with literature and books.

What may be the answer is an edgy alternative more like a survey than rating. If customers and reviewers are presented with a series of yes or no questions, with values attributed to the answers, a final tally could be assessed and attached to the novel/book. What would this value carry or mean? Whatever you like; quills, bookmarks, two thumbs up. Any sort of value would be adequate so long as the professional and literary world agree upon it. This series of questions may include inquiries like, “Would you say the book was poorly written and difficult to understand?” or “Was the depicted setting vivid and fitting for the plot?”. I am not the best source as to what these questions should be nor do I claim to be an authority on the topic, but it is an intriguing idea and could transform the way reviewers can rate and apply a value to a novel without having to decide between ‘like’ and ‘really like’.

It is evident, from the two predicaments facing professional and amateur reviewers alike, that although the issues are complex, solutions are in the making and final resolutions can come from new and innovative thinking. The introduction of the internet and its impact on daily life and globalism has truly changed the world. Reviews are more readily available and this has meant an exponential growth in the number of reviewers. Rating systems need to be reevaluated and customized to the characteristics of books. A five star rating system in which the same standards are given to a lamp and a book should not be the case. Furthermore, reviewers must ask themselves why they write reviews and if that reason is a worthy of the authors who take so much time to write the works and consumers that spend hard-earned money on the product.

Do your reviews emphasize the importance of literature in today’s world and its role in educating, entertaining, and remembering what our minds alone cannot retain? Do your reviews identify and recognize the efforts of unsung authors? Do you aid authors by pointing out methods for improvement and ways to enhance their style and content? Do you think about your role and importance in the publishing process?

Bosch Benvenuto B30 Review

The Bosch Benvenuto B30 is a fully automated grind and brew espresso machine. People describe this unit as an espresso machine that brews truly wonderful hot beverages and can compete with even the high end, coffee house espresso machines.

It looks truly classy and you immediately have high expectations for it upon first seeing it. The color is a sleek grey and the dimensions are 16-1/5, 14-1/5 and 22-4/5 inches. It will fit perfectly in most kitchens, both in terms of size and décor.

Bosch have been known for their high quality and durability for a very long time and this is definitely one of the pros you get with the Bosch Benvenuto B30.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the features and specifications of this unit and then move on to the consumer reviews and the final verdict.

Bosch Benvenuto B30 Features and Specifications

  • Bean hopper and a high quality conical burr grinder. This type of grinder is very reliable and you know that you are not going to get burned beans.
  • A removable 70 ounce water tank. This is a really key feature as it will save you a lot of hassle when using the Bosch Benvenuto B30.
  • Easy to read digital display that gives you a good overview of what is going on.
  • Both the size and the strength of your beverages is fully adjustable.
  • Stainless steel boiler. This ensures you better durability.
  • ThermoBlock 15-bar pressure system.
  • Power output of 1300 watt.
  • The Bosch Benvenuto B30 uses a patented extraction system that ensures maximum flavor and aroma extraction from the beans.
  • Built-in trays that collect waste. This unit gives you a warning when it is time to easily remove and empty these trays. Furthermore this unit cleans itself when necessary. This feature alone is going to save you a lot of time that would have otherwise been spent cleaning.
  • A Two year limited warranty.

Bosch Benvenuto B30 Reviews

There are a lot of reviews for this unit online and it took us several hours to look through all of them in order to write a straight to the point review. Around 90% of consumers are absolutely ecstatic about their Bosch Benvenuto B30. Then we have 5% who give it average ratings, with the remaining 5% of consumers giving it negative ratings. The negative reviews basically all complain about the same thing: That it is annoying that you have to remove the cup tray before turning the machine on and that the self cleaning nozzles get the tray a little wet.

However a lot of these same people also state that it is a fantastic machine and that other than these two things it works flawlessly. People are especially impressed with the durability of this unit and there are several of the reviewers that have had their machines for over 4 years.

People comment on how simple and fast this unit is and that even coffee beginners can easily operate it.

Here is a direct quote from a customer that describes this unit really well:

“I recently bought the Bosch espresso maker after having a Nespresso Roma for the past four years. It totally exceeded my expectations. It makes great coffee, is easy to understand, use and clean and with typical German engineering, works flawlessly. After looking at high-end Saeco and Jura machines, I am so glad I bought this one.”

The Bosch Benvenuto B30 is not cheap, but at the same time you are getting a lot of value for your money. If you want an espresso machine that grinds and brews perfect tasting beverages and does so easily, this unit is the right choice for you.

Top Diet Plans And Weight Loss Pills Reviewed

In “our reviews” section you will find nearly a dozen reviews of some of the best and most popular weight loss products and programs, as well as our most recommended and proven to work diet plans:

Medifast Diet Review

Medifast diet is one of the most popular and proven to work diet plans available online. That is why it is very much recommended by most diet experts.

No wonder, though. Medifast has been helping people to lose weight for more than 25 years now and that’s what makes it unique and so popular.

Well, Medifast diet helps you lose weight, but it also teaches you how to maintain the lost pounds afterwards through its weight maintenance plan.

WonderSlim Diet Review

WonderSlim diet is one of the most popular and effective meal replacement weight loss programs these days. It is no wonder why so many people have already tried with success this wonder diet plan.

Compared to Medifast, WonderSlim diet is rather new. However it does not give in to Medifast in any way, as according to many researches and published studies throughout the years, WonderSlim diet has proven to significantly accelerate the weight loss process. As well as helps you maintain the lost weight afterwards.

Meal replacements are good. They are completely safe and healthy to use, and make you feel no hunger at all. WonderSlim works, because meal replacements work.

We’ve also reviewed the top two best diet food delivery services – they both offer you the great chance to lose weight without any serious effort from your side:

Diet To Go – Food Delivery Service Review

Diet-To-Go team knows the secret to successful weight loss – you should let someone else do the shopping, cooking and portioning of the healthy and balanced diet meals you eat. Let that “someone” be your “personal chef” – the Diet-To-Go Diet Food Delivery Service.

Bistro MD (Diet To Your Door) Review

Bistro MD is not just another expensive diet food delivery service. It is a special food delivery company, but why you may ask:

“Is it because you have more than 100 meals to choose from or because you have a personal coach?” The answer would be: “Both”.

Bistro MD diet foods are proven to work great for weight loss. All meals are well balanced and portion controlled, fresh and tasty. So far nothing is different from the other diet food delivery services. But here is what makes Bistro MD special – their meals rich in quality proteins, enough carbohydrates and low fats can improve your metabolism and give your body everything you need to lose weight safe and healthy.

I am pretty sure will love the reviews of our all natural herbal diet supplements:

Hoodia Gordonii Plus Review

Give a try to the African phenomenon. It is very popular today and there is a very good reason for that – Hoodia Gordonii works. It is a great opportunity for you to lose weight and you should take advantage of it now.

Actually Hoodia Gordonii Plus is the most effective all natural appetite suppressant so widely known and loved for its unique weight loss properties – it is a powerful metabolic booster and fat burner.

Avatrim Dietary Supplement

Avatrim is a quite new weight loss product containing green tea. However it is about to turn into the new best selling green tea containing product on the market. It is totally understandable, though. As the Green Tea 300 weight loss system is off the market for quite some time now.

Avatrim is pure green tea extract combined with vitamins, amino acids and other natural ingredients.

In case you wonder the Avatrim diet will work for all of you who want to lose weight, as this dietary supplement contains the green tea extract, which has worked for so many people all around the globe. It will help you, too.

The last two reviews are about the easiest to use weight loss products – the weight loss patches:

Dietrine Weight Loss Patch for Long-Term Weight Reduction

Do you know what properties the best weight loss product should have:

– To be all natural

– Constant supply to your body

– More effective and faster than a pill

– Easy to apply

– With no side effects

– It should also be able to increase your metabolic rate and to suppress your appetite – boosting your metabolism will result in burning more calories and body fat, and suppressing your appetite will result in decreasing your daily food intake.

– The best product should also increase your energy levels.

And do you know which product complies at 95% with these requirements – the Dietrine Weight Loss Patch. We strongly recommend you to give it a try.

Hoodia Diet Patch Review

Do you know why Hoodia Diet Patch has a short, sharp and straight to the point review? Because it really does work.

Everything you should know about Hoodia Diet Patch is in this review. You will find out how Hoodia Diet Patch really works. I will give you a hint:

It drastically reduces your hunger cravings, making your brain think you have eaten enough, so you stop being hungry, even if you’ve eaten a tiny meal. As a result you do not overeat and lose weight healthily.

Carbonite Online Backup Review

While there are many ways to backup your data, online backup of is one alternative you really should consider.

Very inexpensive and safe, as well as, solving the prime directive of making sure your backup data is stored remotely.

Carbonite is a name you will undoubtedly see a lot as one of the pioneers in this industry and one of the most popular services available now.

The following is my point-by-point review of Carbonite’s service and the key points you need to consider when evaluating it as an option:

1. Price Carbonite for home use costs just under $60 per year for unlimited data backup for a single computer user. They offer introductory coupons where you can get your first month free. Unfortunately, they don’t offer a pay as you go (monthly) option like Mozy.

2. Safety/Encryption Carbonite uses military grad encryption – basically, the same state of the art encryption to secure your files that the others do…no real distinction here. Before your files leave your computer they are encrypted and then Carbonite encrypts them again (Blowfish) differently as they are stored. Hackers are of course going after online storage companies, because they “are there”. Without question, encrypting your data though means the data is very much hacker-proof.

3. Customer Service I have found Carbonite’s customer service to helpful but a bit frazzled and not as helpful as Mozy or other online services I have reviewed. I suspect this is simply because of their growth has outpaced their systems’ ability to compensate and they will improve this.

4. Upload Speed Carbonite’s initial upload is unquestionably slow. But, so are all of the other online backup services because of speed limits indigenous to broadband. With any online service, expect the initial upload to take a while, like a couple of weeks. Online backup services try to be unobtrusive. That is, they default to just idle in the background when you are working on your computer. If you were to leave your computer on and idle, the backup would happen much faster, but who can do that. Subsequent updates to your files, emails and pictures will be quite a bit faster because Carbonite will only be updating the sections of any files that have actually changed.

5. What happens if you lose your data and need it replaced FAST?
Carbonite will send you a disc of your most recent backup data but at a cost…otherwise, it is easy to simply download and restore from the client software that sits in your system tray via your internet connection.

In conclusion, Carbonite offers an excellent basic online data storage product at an excellent low price. Although I think Mozy wins by a nose because of great customer service, Carbonite is definitely worth strong consideration.