Have you heard the breaking news? It is out in the open now, HubPages is set to cannibalize Squidoo or more appropriately Squidoo is about to be acquired by HubPages. Squidoo and HubPages have been arch rivals and big players of content sharing and revenue generating online websites who accumulatively had over 4 billion visitors, and more than 5 million people have used the sites to host the contents since their creation. The move will make glory of HubPages rise to the stratosphere as it will become the largest website of its kind.

The motive behind it is to make a more dynamic platform that will attract more visitors and better opportunity for content creators to attract more visits. With the inking of the pact, all the best contents from Squidoo will be transferred to HubPages, and come September Squidoo pages will no longer be visible.

The HubPages platform has opened up and is ready for transfers right now, you just have to click the “Set Up Your Transfer” button and follow the user friendly instructions to successfully move your lenses automatically. If you don’t do it yourself, your lenses will be transferred and you get the prompt in your email and dashboard informing you of the action taken. Later you can set up your HubPages account to carry on with your revenue generation and make changes in your contents.

People with foresight vision can as well start creating their HubPages account by clicking the “get started’” button on their dashboard. This will allow them to set up their HubPages account and start creating their contents in the new environment.

The Squidoo users need not lose winks over their transferred content, for a 301 redirect will be set from the URL of Squidoo to HubPages, hence they will not lose visitors as the traffic will automatically be redirected. And yes, their payments will not be uninterrupted, if you have any outstanding amount with Squidoo, HubPages will take care of it.

Those who differ in their opinion with Squidoo and do not want their content to be transferred to HubPages, no issues as your dashboard allows you to download your data for your safekeeping, and you have the option to delete your Squidoo account. But do it before the deadline of August of 29, 2014.

It is a coordinated effort from both HubPages and Squidoo teams to make the transition a smooth one without glitches, and by October 1 everything is expected to be in place.

If you’re a Squidoo user who’s not too keen on moving to HubPages, you can try a place like Dashlog, or check out Dashlog’s article about Squidoo Alternatives.

silverfish

Variously referred to as fish moth, urban silverfish, tassel tail, and fringe tail, silverfish are little bugs that can be quite invasive. And while harmless, these grayish-blue creatures are not pleasant to have around the house as they feed on dead skin cells, books, and starchy material and thrive in wet, dark spaces. Once you have identified a silverfish infestation, you can get rid of them by repelling them, trapping them, or making your household less hospitable.

However, if you keep pets at home, it is vital not to leave harmful pesticides lying around the house. In line with this, natural remedies offer a much better way of getting rid of these nasty bugs as soon as you notice an infestation. Below, we take a look at how to get rid of silverfish using 3 organic and natural ways as follows:

Prevention

Needless to say, the first step in addressing any incidence of infestation is prevention. Therefore, ensure that you get rid of the types of food that silverfish thrive on i.e. old rotting books, loose paper, scratched or rough linens, and cardboard debris. And if you must keep such items around your household, make sure that they are kept in sealed containers.

Also, since these bugs love areas that are moist and warm such as the laundry room, basement, around pipes, and underneath sinks, always clean up any spills as soon as they occur and lookout for any moist spots in the house. Lastly, all drains, cracks, and vents should be sealed to not only keep silverfish away, but other types of pests as well.

Maintain a Clean Household

If you ask the folks at Kill Pests Yourself, they’ll tell you that besides prevention, the next best way of keeping silverfish at bay is by maintaining a clean home. Ensure that there are no areas around your home with standing water and that garbage is regularly disposed. Additionally, the area underneath sinks should be kept dry and clean and if you have a basement, enlist the services of a plumber to ascertain that all pipes are sealed and there are no areas where these bugs can thrive.

Use Plants

Several plants have been known to act as a deterrent for silverfish with one of the best being camphor (from camphor tree) and which can also be synthesized to produce an insecticide. Rosemary is another great alternative as sachets of dried or fresh rosemary can be put in areas where the silverfish reside resulting in an exodus, preferably for good. Cucumber peels are also an effective deterrent owing to their strong odor which should make the silverfish vanish for good.

 

induction cooktop redThe US has always been ahead of times when it comes to the use of latest technology. The same is true with induction cooking. Millions of US households are now switching to induction cooktops. With so many options on the market, you can be rest assured that you will find the best induction cooktop for your needs!

How Induction Cooktop Works

Induction cooking is considered as a much superior method of cooking primarily due to the nature of heat it produces. While electric and gas cooktop create heat with the help of heating coils, or burners, induction cooktops cook your food by heating the pot itself. It might sound impossible, but in an induction cooktop a burner creates an electromagnetic current beneath the surface of the pot. This current runs through the pot and creates resistance in its metal, in turn creating the heat you need for cooking your food.

Induction Cooktop Basics

From a layman’s standpoint, a induction cooktop just heats up the metal cookware, and not the cooking surface. Therefore, even if induction burner is turned to “high” you won’t feel any heat on the surface! According to Bestinductioncookware.com, induction cookware can be made of a ferrous metal, or any magnetic material. You must make sure the cookware is induction compatible, by getting yourself a quality induction cookware set, for example. Once you have the right cookware, you just place it on the surface and you’ll get boiling water within mere moments. Unlike other electric cooktops, you can turn a induction cooktop burners up or down instantly, much like a gas burner, because its surface never has to heat up or cool down.

Induction Cooktops and Energy-Efficiency

The biggest benefit of induction cooking is much better energy efficiency. With traditional cooking methods, you might lose between 65 percent (natural gas) and 48 percent (electric coils) of heat they produce before their energy begins warming up the food. Some of the heat escapes in the surrounding air and heats up the kitchen instead of food, or it is absorbed by the cooktop surface. In any induction cooktop, the heat transfer efficiency is more than 93 percent, losing just 7 percent to other means. That means, you’ll use less energy and pay lower electricity bills to cook the meals using induction cooking over electrical or natural gas cooktop systems.

Portable Induction Stovetops

The best thing about induction cooktops is that they are compact and do not need any fixed mechanism for their operation. In fact, these days you can get portable induction cooktops that resemble bathroom weighing scale. Though you might be able to cook just one dish at a time, but you can do so right at the kitchen table or dining room without any fear of burning yourself or other family members. You can get these units in the range of $100-$1000. The higher end models come with multiple features.

Installation

While the induction cooking technology might seem like out of this world, but its installation is not. You can easily install induction cooktop. All you need is an electrical outlet to plug your induction cooktop. Most of the induction cooktops are less than 2” thin, so they can be installed anywhere in your kitchen. Interested in catching this wave of the future? Pick up your phone and talk to a appliance installer or kitchen contractor to know your options and procedure about getting a induction cooktop installed in your kitchen as soon as possible.