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Help out small businesses, be in three time zones at once, protect your laptop

eRin pheiL

What a fantastic idea. Kiva connects people like yourself with unique small businesses in developing countries around the globe. In essence, you can sponsor a business and “help the world’s working poor make great strides toward economic independence.” As loans are repaid, you get your money back.

Loans can be as small as $25, and once you receive your money back (usually within six to 12 months), you can either drop it right back into your bank account or lend it to another business.

I signed up for Kiva on May 12 and decided to start off by sponsoring two businesses.

One loan I gave has helped a baker in Mexico move one step closer to purchasing a new mixer so that he may increase his daily bread production and supply more people and businesses in his area with food. The other loan will help a woman in Tajikistan expand her already-successful-but-quite-small restaurant.

If you’d like, Kiva will e-mail you journal updates over time so you know how your money is being used and how the businesses you sponsored are thriving and progressing.

Visit; help someone less fortunate than you.

Windows Vista allows you to have up to three clocks (displaying times from three different time zones) configured on your desktop.

Simply go to your Date and Time section in the Control Panel.

Flip to the Additional Clocks tab and configure your two extra clocks to whatever time zones you’d like.

Where do they appear, you ask?

They’ll appear in the tooltip whenever you hover your mouse over the Taskbar clock.

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Thanks for joining me today. Have a great weekend, and see you next Friday.

Based in Frisco, eRin pheiL is the primary creative force behind timeforcake ( She can be reached via phone at (970) 668-0709 or e-mail at

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