Weekly business rail, with tips on how to overcome workday blues, a look at the Firefox 3 Web browser, why two grade-school girls are protesting gas prices and more.
Tip of the Week: How to overcome the workday blues
Julia Kennedy, career services director for Everest Universities, says it's only natural to feel a little down about being stuck inside all day when the weather is so nice outside. If you do have a case of the summertime work blues, Kennedy says there are a lot of steps you can take to cheer yourself up. Here are some ideas:
- Open a window.
- Add a bouquet of flowers on your desk.
- Pack your lunch and eat it outdoors, or take an afternoon coffee break to walk around the block.
- Ask about flex-time or working from home. (ARA)
This Week’s Sign of a Bad Economy
When gas sells for $1.40 these days, it practically causes a panic among drivers trying to fill up. That’s what happened at a Cincinnati-area gas station that accidentally began selling gas for $1.40 a gallon instead of the $4.10 it was supposed to. Streets around the station were jammed so bad, police forced the gas station to completely turn off its malfunctioning equipment.
Here are the world's most powerful actors, according to Forbes:
1. Johnny Depp
2. Brad Pitt
3. Will Smith
4. Jerry Seinfeld
5. Bruce Willis
6. Tom Cruise
7. Leonardo DiCaprio
8. Nicolas Cage
9. Matt Damon
10. Ben Stiller
Quote of Note
"Gas prices are too high. I just decided to come and protest so they'd go down."
Sadie Vance, 9, who started protesting gas prices in downtown Salt Lake City, according to The Associated Press. Sadie and her 7-year-old sister Pyper are upset that their family has had to get rid of cable TV to compensate for gas prices. One adult who saw the protest told AP, "I think it's great. (But) it's unfortunate that kids are doing it before we do."
Number to Know: 2.5
Percent that new-home sales fell in May, the sixth time in seven months that sales have dropped. The median price of new homes sold in May was $231,000, a 5.7 percent drop from May 2007.
Cell phone battery dead and you forgot your charger at home? Soon there might be a simple solution – just dance. A company in Britain is testing the recharger this weekend at a music festival. The device is about the size of a cell phone and attaches to the user’s arm.
Tech Tip: Rating the new Firefox
Mozilla released its much-anticipated Firefox 3 Web browser recently. How has it been received? Mostly overwhelmingly positively. One tech reviewer said it’s “probably the best browser ever.” Most reviewers believe it tops Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (for now, at least – a new version is due out soon), but there are a few who still rate it below Explorer. Check out some reviews at the following Web sites:
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