How to Test your Webcam

Use this online test to check if your web camera is working and properly set up.

If you are trying to use your webcam for video chat, IM, or for recording yourself – with no success, or if you want to know how many frames per second your camera is recording:

Here’s a quick and easy web cam test, no need to leave the browser.

“How to test my webcam?”

If this is the first time you’re here, your browser will ask you if you allow this site access to your webcam.

Allow it.

You should see this question near the browser’s address bar and back button. After you allow wait a few seconds, and then you should see yourself (or whatever your camera is pointed at right now), plus some numbers on the side indicating the number of FPS (Frames Per Second) that are recorded.

If you see yourself and the FPS count, then, hooray – your camera passed the test.

If you don’t see anything after confirming the browser message (if you had one) then your camera hasn’t passed the test and there’s a problem.

If your web camera didn’t pass the test, here are some things you should check:

  • Check that it is connected to the USB socket.
  • If the webcam IS already connected, try disconnecting it and connecting it again.
    You should see something pop up on your computer screen, or hear a sound, when you connect the webcam again.
  • Some webcam models have an “ON/OFF” switch – make sure that if yours has one – it is set to “ON”.
  • Try downloading the latest drivers for your webcam. Search the box or the camera itself for the
    name/number of the model, and then search google for “NAME OF MODEL driver”. That should take you
    to a page where you can download and install new drivers.

Combine Photos

I found a cool way to combine photos and images that I wanted to share

  • Free web-based image merge utility – no software to install.
  • Up to 9 source images can be supplied either as web  references or uploaded from your computer.
  • Generated/merged images can be downloaded when you are finished your design.
  • Supports advanced features such as transparent images and image rotation.
  • Different types of images (gif, jpg, png) photos, pictures or other graphic content can be combined.
  • Sections of images can be harvested to facilitate image cropping.
  • Can also be used to shrink the file size of images and to add background coloring.

Natural Remedies for Cellulite

Cellulite seems to be one of those problems that plagues many women these days. Based on the number of times cellulite remedies appear in women’s magazines, websites, and blogs, I’m guessing that this is a problem we still haven’t solved.

Most sources agree that the dimpled appearance of cellulite occurs due to problems/imbalance in the connective tissue and fat in a person’s body, but there are many theories about what may cause this imbalance. It seems that hormones, diet, lifestyle and genetics all play a role but are not absolutes. While those who are overweight tend to have a higher chance of getting cellulite, many thin women complain of it as well.

Below are natural remedies I’ve either tried myself or had trusted sources recommend in order to treat your cellulite. They should all help balance the connective tissue/fat in the body and address the many possible causes. Either way, these things are beneficial for other reasons too so they are worth a try!
1. Dry Brushing

This is one remedy that there may not be any scientific evidence that it works but that there is a lot of anecdotal support for. Either way, it feels great and helps stimulate blood and lymph flow in the body. Here are some specifics from this article:

How often: Dry skin brushing effectively opens up the pores on your skin. This is something you can — and should — be doing daily, even twice a day. Your skin should be dry, so the ideal time is in the shower before you turn on the water. Just a reminder, don’t get the brush wet.

Direction: You should only brush towards the heart. Making long sweeps, avoid back and forth, scrubbing and circular motions. Start at your feet, moving up the legs on both sides, then work from the arms toward your chest. On your stomach, direct the brush counterclockwise. And, don’t brush too hard: Skin should be stimulated and invigorated but not irritated or red.

Type of brush: The bristles should be natural, not synthetic, and preferably vegetable-derived. The bristles themselves should be somewhat stiff, though not too hard. Look for one that has an attachable handle for hard-to-reach spots, if necessary.

Benefits: In addition to sloughing away dry skin on areas like knees, elbows and ankles, body brushing promotes tighter skin, cell renewal and blood flow. This also helps the lymphatic system release toxins and aids in digestion and kidney function. You’ll also notice a glowy, smooth complexion. We love it because it’s one of the easiest, cheapest and most effective things we can do for promoting healthy skin.”

It seems that a natural bristle semi-firm brush with a handle (like this one) is best and I keep mine in the shower to use daily right before showering. Here is a tutorial video that explains the specifics:

2. Consuming Gelatin

According to Nourishing Traditions and much of the information I’ve read from the Weston A. Price foundation, there are various health benefits to Gelatin, including:

Gelatin supports skin, hair and nail growth
It is good  for joints and can help joint recovery
Can help tighten loose skin (like the kind you get after having four babies in five years…)
Can improve digestion since it naturally binds to water and helps food move more easily though the digestive track
Rumored to help improve cellulite
Great source of dietary collagen (side note: collagen is too large to be absorbed by the skin, so those skin creams are pretty useless… get it internally and use coconut oil for lotion!)
Source of protein (though not a spectacular one) but its specific amino acids can help build muscle.

Gelatin is largely composed of the amino acids glycine and proline, which many people don’t consume in adequate amounts as they are found in the bones, fibrous tissues and organs of animals and as a population, we don’t consume these parts as much anymore. These amino acids are needed not only for proper skin, hair and nail growth, but for optimal immune function and weight regulation!

One theory is that the decline of gelatin containing foods in our diets has led to an increase in cellulite as we don’t have the needed building blocks for healthy connective tissue. Either way, it is another remedy that is good for other reasons and worth a try.

Waist Cincher Corsets

Waist Cincher Corsets (also known as Waist Training corsets) concentrate primarily on the waist and like its name states ‘cinches’ or restrains the waist. It’s the perfect corset for an instant hour-glass figure. Good quality steel boned waist cincher corsets, you can expect a reduction of 6-7 inches. Out of all of the corset types, the waist cincher will offer you the best waist reduction as it concentrates just on this area. The level of support a waist cincher corset would give you is the best you can get out of all of the corset types.

Please note, if you decide you want to do long term waist training, it is something not to be taken lightly. Make sure before you do anything to get plenty of information and expert medical advice.

Corset Styles:
There are different main styles of corsets to choose from:

Underbust Corset:
This type of corset starts under the breasts and extends down at the hips leaving the breasts exposed.

Overbust Corset:
This type of corset covers the hips and bust. It may cover a portion or the entire cleavage.

Waist Cincher:
Unlike corsets which narrow from the hips to ribs, the waist cincher is a 6-8 inches wide belt and sits on the waist to make it smaller.

Choosing the frontal shape of your corset to flatter your bust shape:
Straight: A-B cup – for the smaller bust
Sweetheart: Medium to large bust
Plunge/Scoop: Bustier ladies – DD cups and over


Waist cinchers are short corsets, usually cut high over the hip and in some cases stop a couple inches below the underbust line. I usually measure cinchers by the height of the side seam – if it’s 8″ or less on the side, it may fall into the “cincher” range, and most cinchers are 6-7″ high (although I have seen cinchers or ‘waspies’ as short as 4″ on the side!).

Those with shorter waists (or who are short of stature) may wear a cincher and have it fit like a full-length corset, so petite women can save money on waist training by purchasing a made-to-measure cincher, so it fits her body perfectly. A cincher can also accentuate outfits as a wide belt on those with longer waists. There is one caveat though; many companies don’t make cinchers in larger sizes as they don’t provide any support for soft and low-hanging tummies. The following corsetieres and businesses deliver curves in a teeny package.


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