Birth of the LCD TV

Television is one of the major sources of entertainment all over the globe. Through this advantageous home appliance, you can watch all your favorite shows and movies. Looking for affordable TVs in the Philippines – or anywhere in world – isn’t very difficult since there are dozens of them in the market. Truly, plenty of high quality and affordable televisions can be found in numerous appliance stores today.

TVs used to be these huge, bulky cubes that were a pain to move around; but they were useful nonetheless and people loved watching TV. Now, they are so thin and light you probably won’t need any help getting a fifty inch TV into the car if you bought one.

These thin TVs are called LCD TVs. LCD (liquid crystal display) TVs make use of liquid crystals to display images. When light is shone on liquid crystals, they can regulate or modulate this light to show the viewer whatever is shown on screen from a display input. They are noticeably more energy-efficient than a CRT screen (cathode ray tube), which is usually what those large, old TV sets are since LCD TVs consume a lot less power. Because they are energy efficient, LCD screens can be used on a variety of portable devices such as mobile phones, gaming devices, watches, even digital clocks and calculators – all of which rely on stored power such as batteries. Also, if you’ll notice, they come in more sizes than CRT TVs. 

Wait, that long ago?

Liquid crystals were discovered in 1888; by 2008, LCD TVs were outselling CRT TVs. Through time, CRTs became obsolete.

In 1888, a scientist named Friedrich Reinitzer discovered that the cholesterol extracted from carrots had properties of liquid crystal. After its discovery, many scientists published papers about it and experimented with this discovery. As time went by, liquid crystals were classified into three types: nematics, smectics and cholesterics. It was also discovered that these liquid crystals react to electricity and that they can switch colors when tampered with. By the 60s, a research facility had experimented with and studied liquid crystals enough to discover how it could be applied for displays. In 1970s, the LCD’s invention was listed to Wolfgang Helfrich and Martin Schadt. During that time, it was already being used to produce wristwatches. NEC and Hitachi in the 90s worked hard to make LCD work for computer monitors, as well as televisions. However, it was Samsung who came up with the multi-domain LCDs that became a dominant part of the design in 2010. 

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LCD vs CRT

Aside from the obvious size difference compared to CRT TVs, one of its other advantages is that it doesn’t generate heat because they don’t consume so much power. Earlier LCD models consume 30%-50% of the power that CRT monitors of the same size consume. In addition, more modern LCDs lit with LED use 10%-25% of the power that a CRT display would use. This means that you have more chances of saving energy if you use an LCD TV!

The size and thinness of LCD TVs means that they can be placed farther from the user, reducing the eye-strain. Also, these displays can be produced in any size and any shape. As a matter of fact, you can put several LCDs together will create a bigger picture together; like a stacked resolution, as it becomes larger the more LCDs are added.

If you’re thinking of buying a TV, try going for a compact and light LCD TV. It’s going to help you conserve energy and save your eyes from the strain. Plus, it looks pretty darn good too!

Fruit Preserves 101: All About Jams

In the Philippines, there are affordable kitchen appliances that can be used not just to make your everyday sinigang or tinola but a list of other dishes and desserts as well. This piece is going to teach you what jams are and how to make one, especially if you don’t have the time to travel to Baguio and check the jams that most people are raving about or if you don’t like any of those mass-produced ones from the supermarket. Making jam is an exciting experience, too; but first, what is jam?

What is jam?

Fruit preserves are more commonly known as jam. They are spreads made of either fruit or vegetable and sugar, then canned or put in sealed jars or containers for long-term storage. However, fruit preserves can also mean fruit jellies and marmalades – they are just different types of preserves, depending on the fruit used. 

Kinds of fruit preserves

There are different kinds of jams; check them below and see which one you prefer:

Chutney – This is a pungent kind of preserve made from fruit, combined with spices and herbs. It is of Indian Origin and it was supposed to be eaten immediately upon production.

Confit (French for ‘to preserve’) – With this type of preserve, fruits or vegetables are cooked with honey or sugar. Afterwards, they are preserved with the use of virgin olive oil.

Conserve or whole fruit jam – This is the type where fruit pieces are cooked in sugar. It is mostly prominent in Eastern Europe and in some areas of Asia.

Fruit butter – When making fruit butter, the fruit is heated and cooked until it turns into a paste. Usually, larger fruits such as peaches and apples are used to create this kind of jam.

Fruit curds – These are desserts that are usually made using citrus fruits like lemon, orange, and lime, although you can also use berries like raspberry. They are mixed with egg yolks, fruit juice, zest, and sugar and then cooked until it thickens.

Jelly – This is a translucent and firm spread made from fruit or vegetable juice. It is very easy to spread in bread because it is basically just the juice of the fruit and pectin.

Marmalade – This one is made from the juice and zest or peel of citrus fruits like orange, lemons, and grapefruit. This type of preserve is cooked in sugar and water. 

How do you make jam?

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If you want to make about a half pint of jam, you will need the following ingredients: about two and a half cups of the fruit of your choice (diced), a lemon, 1/4 cup sugar or more, and a pinch of salt.

You also need these kitchen tools: three metal spoons, a knife, a cutting board, measuring cups, a big pot, a large fork or a potato masher, wooden spoon or a spatula, and a half-pint jar with a lid or any jar that can be sealed.

Start making the jam by slicing the fruit in cubes; make sure to throw away any bruised sections, the pits, and cores. Afterwards, slice the lemon in half and put your spoons in the freezer. The frozen spoons will help you check the jam’s consistency later on.

In the pot, combine the fruit and sugar, together with a pinch of salt. Squeeze the juice out of the lemon and put the rind in the pot, along with the mixture. Set the stove’s temperature to medium and then mash the fruit using the potato masher until the texture of the mixture turns a bit chunky. Don’t mash the lemon though, because you’ll need to fish it out later.

Cook the fruit and bring it to a boil while stirring frequently. Once the mixture is boiling and the bubbles become smaller, check if it’s begun to set. Take one of the spoons from the freezer and put some jam on it. Wait for a few seconds and then touch it. If you run your finger through it and it leaves marks, then it’s set and ready; if not, continue cooking the jam and repeat the step with the spoon.

Don’t forget to check the sweetness when you cool the jam on the frozen spoon. Add more sugar or lemon if you want, just make sure to cook it for about a minute or two for the sugar to dissolve.

When you’re done, fish out the lemon rind and carefully spoon the jam into a jar. Let it cool, seal the jar, and label it; then store it in the fridge for up to three weeks.

Try your hand at making homemade jam! Who knows, you might end up liking it better than the mass produced ones available in the supermarket.

Fabrics 101: All About Ironing

Several high quality and affordable home appliances in the Philippines can be easily bought in various shops all over the country. Refrigerators, televisions, air conditioners/electric fans, microwaves, and irons are just some of the necessary devices that should be present in every household.

Among the aforementioned appliances, irons are perhaps one of the most vital when it comes to fabric care. It is a device that is primarily used to straighten the creases in your clothes. Aside from knowing how to wash garments efficiently, you should also learn how to properly iron them. Washing and ironing fabrics accordingly will help lengthen the life of your garments.

Ironing Properly

How are your ironing skills? Contrary to what most people think, smoothing and straightening clothes through irons is not that simple. As a matter of fact, plenty of people can’t seem to get it right! To make sure that your ironing skills are spot-on, follow these tips:

  1. Prepare the ironing board, iron, and clothes that need to be pressed before anything else in order to save time.
  2. Always check the label instructions of the garments before ironing – or even washing – them.
  3. Segregate the apparel based on their fabrics. Some cloth materials require a ‘special’ setting so grouping them accordingly will help you avoid accidentally using the wrong setting. Below are different types of fabrics and the setting you should use when ironing them:
  • Cotton and linen – light to medium temperature
  • Silk – light temperature
  • Wool – medium to hard temperature
  • Acrylic and acetate – cool temperature
  • Nylon and polyester – “dry” temperature (if you accidentally burn this fabric, continue ironing the cloth instead of letting it dry. Afterwards, get a paper to wipe off the blackened area in order to try and lessen the charred residue)
  1. Spray ironing water in your clothes. However, if you are looking for a cheaper alternative, using clean water will do.
  2. Last but not the least, do not forget to hang up the ironed clothes as soon as possible so that your hard work would not be wasted. It will also decrease the chance of your clothes getting wrinkled.

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Few Additional Reminders

  1. Never neglect the quality of your iron. It must be in good shape at all times – make sure that it is not rusting and that it still adjusts to the right temperature. Clean the iron with a cloth dipped in a mixture of water and baking soda; use a Q-tip for places that are hard to clean.
  2. Place an aluminum foil under the ironing board. This will lessen the effort that you need to exert as the foil reflects the heat of the iron, smoothing the underside of the clothes while you iron the topside.
  3. Iron in a straight motion. Use back and forth strokes instead of circular motions because it may stretch the cloth and weaken its quality.
  4. Iron dark clothes inside out. This will help avoid leaving residues on your ironing board.

Iron is just one of the most common and affordable home appliances in the Philippines. Use it efficiently to lengthen the life of your clothes as well as your device. Follow the tips above to maintain your garments and appliance in good condition at all times.

5 Benefits of Security Cameras

Through the years, various innovation and upgrades have allowed mankind to live a comfortable life. Different affordable electrical appliances in the Philippines are regularly built for that reason – to give every Filipino a hardship-free life.

An example of technological innovation is the security camera. Considered as one of the wonders of modern technology, security cameras are used in different business establishments, public places, and residential areas – practically everywhere. It gained immense popularity as an effective security measure, thanks to the plethora of benefits it offers.

Below are some of the advantages of using security cameras.

Deters Crime

Perhaps the biggest and most obvious benefit of installing security cameras is that it helps deter crimes. If you are rarely home, getting this device will give you a sense of security. Criminals will most likely be discouraged from breaking in your home once they caught sight of your cameras. The thought of getting caught red-handed is intimidating enough for some mischief-makers especially because they know that their identity and illegal activity will be revealed through these cameras.

Monitors Scenarios and Activities

Aside from dissuading troublemakers, security cameras can also help monitor activities within the vicinity of the place where it was installed. As a matter of fact, plenty of public and private offices utilize this tool to observe the activities that take place in and out of their establishments. Through security cameras, thousands of businesses can protect their employees and properties from possible dangers. Do not worry because it is very easy to work with security camera systems since they can be placed anywhere as long as there is a power source located nearby. Security cameras come in all shapes and sizes; some are even tiny enough to be hidden in plants, photo frames, small household appliances, and the crevices in your house.

Gathers Evidence

Cameras installed in strategic places come in handy when you need to keep tabs on the actions and words of specific individuals at all times  or monitor a large group of people during important events. Nowadays, security cameras are equipped with high-quality video and audio capabilities; the clear images and flawless sound make the cameras more efficient at recording the events that occurred. This is particularly helpful during legal investigations, especially when the eye witness forgot an important detail. With a security camera, the legal authorities will be able to see what really happened during said event.

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Assists You in Making the Right Decisions

Footage from the security cameras can help you make correct and fair decisions when settling disputes and conflicts. Whether you are dealing with a situation that involves disagreements within your family, among your employees, or between a customer and staff, this device can help you! Claims that are incorrect, inappropriate, and fabricated by customers or other authorities can be sorted out immediately with the help your security camera.

Maintains Records

Do you want to know something that happened outside your house or at your office several nights ago? Quench your curiosity by installing security cameras on the perimeter of your office or home. Cameras record and document everything that happens; whether it is a crime or a minor detail you missed, your camera chronicles it, making your investigation easier.

A security camera is a device that offers plenty of benefits to both home and business owners. Aside from discouraging troublemakers, it can also help you monitor your surroundings to avoid future problems. Through security cameras, you can secure your property effectively!