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Hello, I'm theymos (Michael). I specialize in computer questions. I will usually not answer other types of questions.Over 2000 questions answered, for great justice. I am very experienced with Windows XP and Vista, I know enough about Linux to use it well, and I've never used a Mac in my life.

While I am not nearly as active on Advicenators as I once was, feel free to send me private questions or links to interesting public questions.

I currently dual-boot XP and Vista. I use Vista primarily, with XP for games. If your problem is particularly interesting, I am able to boot into XP or even install an operating system on a spare computer.

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Question:

I don't understand SPF from a stop sign. I need help in purchasing the right sunscreen for me. I also need to know what SPF means and what number I should be getting.

I'm pretty fair skinned and I don't burn I scorch and really fast. This is dangerous for me because I can't sweat or be in the heat under hot sun for medical reasons. I'm going to be at an outdoor sporting event for three days so I need to get this right.

I want a sunscreen that either goes on clear or sprays on clear that isn't messy or goes on creamy white. It also has to have a bottle I can slide into my pocket and get past security with. I need to be able to put it under my grandstand seat.

If it matters I'm Canadian. I doubt the products from the major manufacturers are any different though. I heard Coppertone has a bottle that's blue and designed for sports and goes on clear. I want to know if it's good or crap before getting anything.
theymos's answer:
SPF is a multiplier of your natural protection from the Sun. If you would get burned after 5 minutes without any sunscreen, you will get burned after about 50 minutes with SPF 10 (5*10=50).

I use Coppertone Sport Ultra Sweatproof Continuous Spray with SPF 70+. This is what you mentioned. It works really well, and the spray helps to cover your skin completely. It's clear, and you should be able to hide it.

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Question:
Can you lose weight without exercising, like by just watching what you eat? I was diagnosed with a spine disease 10 months ago and had to quit all physical activity including the 2 volleyball teams I played on that kept me in great shape. I cannot run, walk excessively, lift weights, or do crunches etc. Of course, I've gained a lot of weight since I can no longer exercise. Can I lose that weight with food or do I just have to suffer?
theymos's answer:
Absolutely. Exercise itself burns few calories: only 50-100 per half hour. And while muscle burns more calories at rest, this will typically only speed up your weight loss by 30% at most.

Exercise is important for avoiding a lot of medical problems, though. You should try to exercise if you can.

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Question:
15 / F
I always get the perfect amount of sleep per night. Well, it varies from eight to ten hours. I take a melatonin pill at night to help me fall, and stay asleep.
The problem is, I NEVER wake up refreshed! I'm always dragging myself out of bed.
I've recovered from hypothyroidism which makes you really sleepy, but I'm taking Levothyroxine for that.
So, why can't I get out of bed in the morning?
Or else, how can I get a more satisfying nights sleep?
It is quality, not quantity that counts, right?
theymos's answer:
Take melatonin less often than you are now. I tried taking melatonin nightly, but after a few days I started experiencing the same problems you are. You get kind of "stuck" in sleep. I now take it once a week, and that improves the quality of my sleep throughout the week without making me drowsy or unable to get out of bed.

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Question:
so i know this is weird but bare with me lol. I was dared to have someone pee in my mouth and i said no, that's def not healthy. and then someone else said it was fine and i was just being a wimp. But if peeing is like the release of all of those toxins then drinking it would be bad for you right? so what im wondering is if swallowing pee is actually bad for you besides just being gross.
theymos's answer:
WittyUsernameHere is correct. Urine is sterile and harmless. It's often recommended in survival situations to use urine to clean wounds, since it is the cleanest liquid you're likely to find.

Few people on Advicenators know any better than you do about this type of factual question. You're better off just Googling it.

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Question:
I have a really bad cold with a sore throat and nasal congestion. At first it was just a runny nose but now it's two days later and there are more symptoms. I am trying to avoid taking medications (unless, of course, I see a doctor and they are prescribed). I asked my neighbors if they knew any cures for a cold but they were clueless.

Could anyone supply with me common cold home remedies? Any home remedies for the common cold would be great! I need something that will help me get rid of my cold without medication.
theymos's answer:
At the first sign of a cold, I take 5g of vitamin C. In my experience, doing so significantly reduces the severity and duration of cold symptoms.

Here's Wikipedia's list of treatments for the common cold, including herbal remedies:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_cold#Treatment

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Question:
to lose weight, can i choose to just take in less calories instead of exercising?
theymos's answer:
Yes. If short-term weight loss is your only concern, then exercise is not so important. Considering calorie loss alone, choosing not to eat a hamburger is roughly equivalent to exercising for 2-3 hours. Dieting is much more effective than exercise.

However, an exercise routine will eventually cause you to burn more calories while at rest. For a long-term weight loss plan, diet *and* exercise is the best choice.

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Question:
if i am sick with a cold and i cough/spit mucus out of mouth/nose will that get me better faster?
theymos's answer:
No. It won't make it worse, though.

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Question:
so what can i do to lose my fat under my stomach? I NEED IT TO WORK THOUGH.
theymos's answer:
Continue to lose weight. You'll eventually lose the fat you want gone. Like I said, there's no way to target fat.

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Question:
When I was at Wal-mart I was looking through their dental care and hygiene section and noticed a lot of toothpastes (Colgate, Arm and Hammer, Aquafresh, Crest, etc.) have something called fluoride in them. Can you tell me what fluoride is and what it does for us? Why do we need it in toothpaste?
theymos's answer:
Wikipedia. Use it.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_fluoridation

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Question:
how do i prepare for a fasting blood sugar test?
i know i'm not supposed to eat before it.. but for how long? we had to call back to set the appointment and knew i was getting a fasting blood sugar test so we told the lady who was scheduling my appointment but she didn't tell me anything to do before hand..
theymos's answer:
You need to ask them. The time and conditions vary. Sometimes you can drink water, sometimes you can't.

It's easiest to fast while sleeping, so you should schedule your appointment very soon after you normally wake up.

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Question:
can it happen that someones left side of their face later catches up to growth on someones right side?

ok if someone is right dominant, like right-handed and everything and never exercises so never gets to use their left side of the body like even chewing food on the left side of their jaw, will the left side become weaker and slower in growth? if you start using your left side now will it catch up?
theymos's answer:
No. Chewing is done by one muscle group, no matter which side you chew on. Only a few unimportant muscles are affected. Other face muscles shouldn't be affected by dominance at all.

In the rest of your body, side dominance does make one side just a bit weaker, but it's close enough that you shouldn't notice. It's possible, but very difficult to reverse side dominance or become ambidextrous.

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Question:
I sometimes feel this "pumping" in my stomach/abdominal area like a heartbeat but its more random and its in my stomach/abdominal area!! Does anyone know what this is?? Is there anyway to prevent this?

Thanks so much in advance!

Kronix
theymos's answer:
Those are called fasciculations. Unless it happens a lot, they're harmless. Almost everyone get them occasionally, some more than others.

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Question:
my room is upstairs, so if i open my window and smoke by it would my parents be able to smell it any ?
theymos's answer:
Most probably. The smell is very pervasive.

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Question:
Hi im on the nutrisystem diet and it requires
8,8 oz glasses of water a day
I was wondering,can i drink all of it at once or should i spread it through out the day or can i drink 3 servings at once..or does it have to be all 8 glasses seperate ?

Thanks!
theymos's answer:
Don't worry about that. Drink when you're thirsty, not more or less. The "8 glasses of water" claim, while common, is scientifically unfounded, and it isn't recommended by any serious nutritionist. It won't *harm* you, but it's unnecessary. Because you'll be holding more water, you'll also weigh more(though you won't appear larger).

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Question:
what is it exactly?
theymos's answer:
It's a drug used to treat Attention Deficit disorder and depression. When used on people who don't need it, it acts as a stimulant; it makes you think faster, feel more energized, and stay awake. However, extensive non-prescribed use will (ironically) cause ADD and depression.

Adderall is a powerful drug. In my opinion, it should never be prescribed to people unless all other alternatives have been tried. And prescriptions to minors should be incredibly rare.

If you take adderall often (without a doctor's recommendation), your life will be wonderful for about 2 years. It makes you better in a lot of ways; smarter, more charismatic, and more energetic. But after that, your life will be hell. You'll become immune to it and suffer serious withdrawal for the rest of your life. Many people have killed themselves after their adderall fun time was over.

Don't take adderall without a prescription, and if your doctor prescribes it without trying every other possible option, get a new doctor.

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Question:
Every winter this happens...Whenever I run , even if it is for a couple or minutes or anything , I get this taste of blood in the back of my mouth and throut[sp?].It only happens in the cold though.Like witer...lol obviously

Any reasons for this ? May it be serious ?
Thanks :)

xoxo
Stephii ♥♥♥
theymos's answer:
That's normal. It's caused by the cold, and everyone experiences it. Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, it'll help. Also, wear a scarf.

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Question:
is it a myth to say that you can catch a cold from being out in the cold? or is it that the bacteria? or virus? has to be present in the air for you to contract anything?
theymos's answer:
That is a myth. Colds always come from other people. People spend more time indoors when it's cold, so they interact with each other more, and they spread more bacteria.

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Question:
mints give you a cooling sensation but they dont really make you less hot on a hot summer's day do they?
theymos's answer:
No. Sugary things will actually dehydrate you faster.

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Question:
what is Amoxicillan for? its an antibiotic apparently but can i take it everyday for sinus problems?
theymos's answer:
Absolutely not. Extended use of antibiotics is very bad. It will actually strengthen the bacteria that survives it. Sinus problems are rarely caused by bacteria anyway, they are almost always caused by viruses(which antibiotics have no effect on) or by overcompensation of the immune system.

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Question:
I know someone who is extremely overweight. Their mother has tried everything--literally, everything--to get them to lose weight, but they just won't. They binge and convince themselves it's ok. They don't see that they have a problem. What else is there to do?
theymos's answer:
Nothing for you. That is their right, and they must live with the consequences. Leave them alone.

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