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  • An espresso, a real one, requires seven to eight grams of freshly ground coffee roasted two to three days in advance, or preserved using pressurization. The water can't be too soft, and must not exceed 200 degrees F to avoid burning, nor be lower than 190 F in order to extract all the best aromatic components.

    The grind is also fundamental. A too-fine grind can create burnt coffee and extract unpleasantly bitter and woody flavors. This is why so many people describe espresso's taste as "bitter." An overly coarse grind doesn't permit full extraction of certain key elements. The proper, medium grind permits extraction of one ounce of aromatic black liquid in 25 to 30 seconds, the ideal amount of time.

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  • When you're ready to launch your website, you'll want to give visitors the best user experience possible. Learning to evaluate a website effectively is part art and part science, but it's a skill that can be learned. To develop an eye for what works on a website and what doesn't, there are few simple techniques that help you critique your website in 30 seconds or less.

    Note where your eyes go first – Type in your URL, then close your eyes before the page loads. What's the first thing you see when you open your eyes? Does it explain the page instantly, or do you have to look around a few more seconds before grasping its meaning?

  • The survey, which included 1600 end users in the U.S., U.K, Germany and Japan, found that, in general, employees were much more focused on individual concerns and conveniences than their company’s overall IT security. For instance:

    * About 50 percent of those polled have divulged employee-privy data through an unsecure Web mail account.

    * Mobile workers were least concerned of all. Across all countries, 60 percent of mobile workers versus 44 percent of desktop workers admitted to having sent out confidential company information via IM, Web mail or social media applications. In Japan, that number jumped to more than three-fourths (78 percent) of the mobile employees polled.

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