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How to Read SDF in Microsoft

A file with the SDF file extension is likely a fixed length, ASCII Structured Data File. The SDF file format is a compacted database normally created using Microsoft SQL Server Compact Edition, though Microsoft Access will also create and open SDF files. Microsoft Access is included in most versions of the Microsoft Office productivity suite. […]



Causes of Disk Read Errors

Disk read errors can indicate either a mechanical or software issue. Discovering the culprit for your error gives you the information needed to take pre-emptive action to save your data or fix an operating system gone awry. Before attempting to diagnose the problem, you should make a complete backup of your important data. This can […]



How to Read a VBA Code in Microsoft Excel

VBA (Visual Basic for Applications) code is part of most of the Microsoft Office applications. Learning to read the code involves understanding the logical way lines of code appear, using the help system built into VBA and perhaps consulting online or print resources. The syntax of each word and statement is fixed and will always […]



How to Learn to Speak English at Home

To learn to speak English at home, the non-native speaker must do three things: listen to English, read English and speak English. This can be accomplished with tools available in your home. Books, television, radio and the Internet provide virtually endless opportunities to listen to, read and speak English. Immerse yourself in the language at […]



How to Read iBooks on Multiple Devices

One of the big advantages of iBooks is that you are not limited to one device. With the iBook Reader installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can download your iBooks to multiple devices and sync them between each. This will keep you from losing your place as you switch between your iPad and iPod. […]



How to Read Clarinet Music

When reading clarinet sheet music, it’s important to know that the clarinet reads from the treble staff. Learn how to read a treble staff with help from an elementary school music teacher in this free video on clarinets.



How to Read New Electric Meters

Traditional electric meters display turning dials or spinning discs which measure kilowatt-hours, or KWh, and are interpreted by reading each dial or disc separately, with each representing units of Watts in thousands, hundreds, tens and ones. New electrical meters simply present the total kilowatt-hours used by the customer on a digital display, not unlike an […]



Why are Phonics Important for Reading?

Definition When educators talk about phonics, they are referring to the explicit teaching of the relationships between phonemes (the sounds of language)and graphemes (the written representations of language) so that students can decode (sound out) words. Why Phonics? While it’s true that most of us do memorize whole words on occasion (such as names or […]



How to Read an EKG Strip

An electrocardiogram is a painless medical procedure that takes a measurement of your heartbeat that your doctor can use to analyze your heart’s health. An electrocardiogram will produce an EKG strip, which measures the electrical activity of your heart. Have your doctor administer an EKG. The results of the test will be immediately available on […]



How to Use the Nook E-Reader

When you have an e-reader in hand, you can quite literally carry around an entire library’s worth of information. The Nook e-reader, produced by Barnes & Noble, provides you with access to the many e-books available for sale in the Barnes & Noble online store. When you initially power up your Nook, ensure that you […]



Dangerous High Blood Pressure Readings

High blood pressure, or hypertension, occurs when the force of blood pushing against a person’s artery walls is stronger than it should be. Blood pressure is always measured with two numbers: systolic, when the heart pumps blood, and diastolic, when the heart relaxes. Systolic is the first number written or spoken in a blood pressure […]



Why Is it Important to Read Labels?

If you take the time at the supermarket to pause and inspect the nutrition labels of the food you buy, you’ve already taken a significant step in improving your health. Being familiar with the nutritional value of what you plan to eat helps you keep on track with your diet, eat foods that nourish your […]



Normal Blood Pressure Reading for Men

Blood pressure is an important fixture of health diagnosis for men as they get older. If levels are high, a number of health risks can show up, so it is important to know what a normal blood pressure reading is and how to work to maintain low blood pressure through exercise and diet. What Is […]



How to Read a Tape Measure

Tape measures in the U.S. mostly utilize Imperial measurements, which means that you measure in feet, inches and fractions of inches. When using a metric tape measure, the measurements appear in centimeters, millimeters and, sometimes, meters. But not all tape measures are alike. While some only contain Imperial measurements, you can also find some with […]



How to Read a Novel Fast

Reading novels can sometimes take a long time. However, if you find you are in a crunch before that next book club meeting or need to buzz through a novel before your literature exam, learning to speed read novels can have some benefits. Keep in mind that speed reading isn’t usually much fun, but with […]