Low Price Laptops and Notebooks Are the Perfect Affordable Mobile Computer

Having your own mobile computer has never been more affordable. With the low prices of laptop and notebook computers today, having your computer with you when you need it is much more common than being stuck behind a desk with your stationary machine. The best of both worlds is having a desk that you can park your laptop or notebook at, and attach to a monitor and full sized keyboard when you are at home.

There are some places where laptops abound. The airport is one. Coffee shops are another. Oh, don’t forget libraries. While we’re at it, let’s list fast food restaurants as well. Each day, wireless internet in food, travel, and retail locations is becoming more and more common. As a way to draw customers into their shop or kiosk, they proudly advertise that they have wireless internet available. Add a low price laptop to the picture, and now you have a mobile office that can connect to the internet, for free, in many public places.

In the past, having a laptop only gave you a way to bring your computer and your work with you. Connecting to the internet was a different story. That would usually only occur after you got back home and plugged your laptop in for a recharge. These days, not only can you access the internet in public, but many of those same internet-enable establishments also make plugging in for a quick recharge an easy possibility.

If you have been waiting to get a laptop, or upgrade to a new model, now is a great time to do so because low prices for laptops are extremely common. Sure, you can spend multiple thousands of dollars for a laptop that will do a lot more than you need it to, but by spending only five hundred dollars or less, you can get a high-quality laptop computer for an ultra low price. With the number of retail locations that welcome laptop owners with open arms, it has never been a better time to have a laptop. You can be one of those people.

When shopping for a laptop, doing so through the major internet retailers is the best way to find the largest selection and the lowest prices. It’s a simple truth: virtual stores have virtual shelves and aisles. They can showcase the largest selection and offer the lowest prices because they don’t have to pay the rent associated with being a brick-and-mortar retailer. Ready to save? Click here to start shopping for your next, or first, Low Price Laptop.

Great Low Priced Airfares – How To Get Them

Constantly increasing fuel prices and the worldwide threat of terrorism makes it more and more difficult for people to find low priced airfares. I do not have any difficulty with airfares flights increasing to meet the cost of heightened security both at airports and onboard aircraft. But, as a result of the host of factors which are included in determining prices on just about everything nowadays, it seems that the low priced airfares which we once saw do not exist anymore. Today, you need to look around for what are considered to be the new brand of low airfares that reflect the unpredictability of the modern world.

Happily, there are a host of online sites which can assist you to track down cheap airfares. You might be familiar with many of them such as Travelocity and Hotwire to name just a couple. Although just about all of these Internet sites will claim to offer the cheapest airfare price, I have found that their discount airfares flights are normally very close to one another. In point of fact, most of the websites will be offering seats on the same flights as their competitor sites. So, can they really offer lower airfares? Perhaps. I can tell you that if you book your flight with the airline directly or through their website then you could end up paying more. Travel websites may be in a position to offer low cost airfares because of the competition within the travel industry.

One thing that I am simply at a loss to realize is just why last minute flights are so expensive. When there are empty seats on an airplane then the airline isn’t making a single cent on those seats and, if someone appears looking for a seat, they will quite often try to charge them almost twice what the cost would have been if they had made their booking in advance. No matter what they charge for the seat the airline is be making a profit, so why they can’t offer inexpensive seats for last minute travelers will always remain a mystery to me.

Talking to a travel agent may be of assistance in getting some low priced airfares flights as they might well be able to advise you on the best airlines to choose and will generally have access to information that in not available to members of the public. Additionally, if you can vary your schedule, you are much more likely to find a lower airline ticket. On specific days of the week it might be more expensive to fly to some locations. If you are prepared to be reasonably flexible and to do a little bit of investigation, you will find that there are low prices airfares to be found. Unfortunately, rising energy costs and the requirement for tighter security have ensured that the days of inexpensive flights tickets are without doubt in the past.

I love to stand in the check-in line at airports and listen to other people protesting about the long lines and the stricter security checks. I am absolutely amazed that people are so irritated and so thoughtless about just what is going on in the world today. It is definitely a shame that society has to be subjected to tighter security checks and it saddens me that my daughter will never know just what our world was like before the events of September 11th, 2001.

When you are looking to get low priced airfares then try to follow the hints given here. Seek the help of your travel agent or do a little homework on your own and, provided you are able to be adaptable, you might well be able to locate some cheap air fares.

Made in China – The High Cost Behind the Low Price Tag

Admit it or not, we take many things for granted.

About 90 percent of the clothes we wear everyday are made in China. Not to mention the other things we purchase on daily basis – tools, toys, furniture, electronics, and home appliances. Behind the glamorous ads, sexy displays, and shiny products in the shopping centers around us, there are millions of Chinese workers, who make the goods that we consume every day, living in a world that most of us could hardly imagine and probably would not cherish. Yet, few of us would ever know, or even care about, their life and their pain.

Among them, the biggest group is migrant workers.

Every year, hundreds of millions of migrant workers from China’s impoverished regions search for work in the more prosperous coastal regions, such as Shanghai and Canton. According to the Chinese government statistics, the current number of migrant workers in China is estimated at 150 million, approximately 11% of the population. They are at the absolute bottom of the society. Poorly educated, inadequately trained and overworked, the workers never had enough protection when they find work from unscrupulous employers who flout work safety rules and withhold salaries. According to a most recent study, only 31 percent of polled workers regularly received their full salary on time, while nearly two-thirds lacked disability insurance.

In addition to work-place abuses, migrant workers are regularly stigmatized by city dwellers who blame them for everything from crowded buses to street crime. Yet, they are the most hardworking group who shed sweat and blood in exchange for the minimum wage (on average they make less than $200 per month), and who built the foundation of China’s modern infrastructure and exporting business. Not to exaggerate, they are the pedestal of today’s global image of China as an emerging superpower or a proud dragon on fire. There’s a recent documentary movie “Last Train Home”, directed by a Canadian Chinese named Lixin Fan, showing the world for the first time in history the real life of a Chinese migrant worker family. Yet, what you’d see in the movie is only a fraction of what’s happening to the migrant workers in China.

Spring Festival is the most important festival to Chinese families. Regardless distance, family members manage to travel home and celebrate it together. To many migrant workers who have to work 12 hours or more every single day, the two weeks family gathering is the only vacation they have in the whole year. Desperate to see their parents, wives/husbands and children, they have to join an unimaginable crowd struggling to catch the train home, before the lunar New Year bell chimes. And, when the vacation ends, they have to fight again to catch the train back to work, before they lose their low-pay jobs. [Note: Similar to many other developing countries, riding a train is the cheapest way to travel in China]. If you have got a chance to witness the around-Spring-Festival rush hours at railway stations in China’s major cities, you probably would agree with me the rush hour here in North America is nothing.

In the wake of thousands of heartbreaking accidents, inhuman abuses, and years of appeals from families of migrant workers, the Chinese government finally passed a labor law in 2007 giving greater protection to workers’ rights. Social groups and organizations emerged in recent years to help migrant workers not just find work but protect their interests and exercise their rights. Things are getting better. Despite the global and domestic economy downturn, over 97% migrant workers found jobs in 2009 and, compared to 2008, 1 million some more workers signed up for disability insurance, according to the official statistics. However, the workers’ living condition and social status are far from what they deserve. Behind the low priced made-in-China products, the migrant workers are still paying a high cost in their lives.

What should we do about this problem? Last Train Home, living up to its billing as “An emotionally wrenching portrait of migrant workers in China”, would surely help you understand China behind its supersonic economic growth. However, to solve the problem and improve the life quality of China’s migrant workers, we need to put in more thinking. Some say, “Why don’t we just boycott Chinese goods?” Well, it’s never that easy. Bear in mind, the poor workers would very likely lose their jobs for what you choose to do – a classic backfire. In fact, the power to make a difference is really in the Chinese government’s hand and our job is to give it a push.

The Chinese government, although never having a nice image on human right issues, is taking its steps and measures to make the migrant workers’ life a bit easier. That we know. The officials are proactively looking for solutions, including learning from developed countries such as Britain which had about 400 years of experience handling migrant worker issues, to improve the situation. That we know, too. But compared to the many other tasks, the migrant workers’ life quality has never been a real priority. They can certainly do better than that. The international community has been pressing China to advance on the matter and I believe, when more people like you join the force, the voice will be louder and stronger. And better chance the migrant workers will have an improved life sooner.

At least one thing you can do from today – never take the low price tags attached to made-in-China products for granted.