If you have been following my blog, you know that I am using the BrainWare Safari program to see if it truly makes a difference is my everyday mental performance. This is a program that you install on your PC and “play” a few times a week. With this program, you will be challenged, but in a gentle way — to exercise your brain. The program has a child-like interface, but it is not just for kids. It was created by experts to develop cognitive skills, memory, and other brain functionality. I am finding it a real challenge.
If any of you have looked, you will see that BrainWare Safari, like most of the professionally produced, scientifically proven training programs, is expensive. The retail price is $349 for a single user.
I wanted to invite you all to join me in my quest for brain fitness, so I went to the company and asked if they could provide a discount for my web visitors. They complied with a fantastic discount!! If you click on this link to the BrainWare website, and enter the code SBC291, you will get a $200 discount, making the $349 program only $149.
You won’t see the discounted price until you apply the coupon code, but don’t worry, it will appear when you enter the code. So just Click on “Order Now”, then add the program to your cart at the $349 price. Then put SBC291 into the Promotion & Gift Certificate Codes box and click on “update”. You will see the discount appear before you complete the order.
Thanks to the folks at Learning Enhancement Corp for giving us this great opportunity. I invite you all to join me in my efforts. You can work along with me and post your comments here on my blog.
The program’s creators are so confident that your brain will be better off with this program that it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. So you’ve got nothing to lose. Join me in my quest. Let’s all keep our minds young and vibrant!!
It’s amazing to realize that although you are functioning in your everyday life, your brain is not performing at peak performance. Playing the BrainWare Safari game has made me realize that my brain is badly in need of the tune up that this “game” is providing.
Today I played Web Weaving. A simple little exercise that helps you remember what you saw. You are shown a set of lines on the screen. Then they disappear and you must recreate them. The challenge come in because you have to click to the beat that you are given five times before you start to draw the lines. This takes your mind off the lines for a minute before you must recreate them. You would think that this is easy, but it can be a real challenge.
I work with computers everyday and spend about half of my time solving computer problems that others can’t handle, ao my brain sould be well-exercised. Yet I am finding that it really needs more. The BrainWare exercises are geared toward giving your brain the type of workout it needs. I am quickly finding that exercising your brain is much like exercising your body….you have to work at it.
The BrainWare Safari is just that — a safari. It is based on a trip through the jungle. Once you complete the easy installation, you are presented with a screen of the entire jungle. You are urged to go to the Safari corral where you choose an animal to guide you through your journey. The jungle animal grows with you as you progress through the exercises. I chose Jackie Jaguar. He appears when you reach certain goals and ages as you grow in brain strength. Jackie first appeared in a diaper with a baby bottle.I found this a little hokey, but I was willing to go along if it could help get my brain in shape.
So I went on to the first exercise. I chose Ancient Logic & Reasoning. Most of the exercises had you recognize a pattern and fill in missing information or choose what didn’t belong. It was reminiscent of something that I had done in school. In my first tries, I got a few, but for the most part I failed miserably. This seemed easy, but it wasn’t for me. In fact, I am beginning to be glad that I started this brain training because it looks like I really need it!!
In the past month there have been several times when I simply could not think of the name that I wanted to remember. Some would proudly call these “senior moments”. Yet not only don’t I like having these memory lapses, but I don’t really want to call myself a senior — at least not yet.
Since I work with technology everyday, why not use today’s technology to bolster my brain power? Over the years I have come across many games and computer programs that will boost your brain activity. But now I was searching for one that could really help me…one that could train my brain properly and delay or eliminate Alzheimer’s, dementia, and brain decay.
Finding the right product turned out to be more difficult than I expected. A quick search for “brain fitness” on Google yielded more than 10 million results. After looking at a multitude of products I decided on one called Brainware Safari by the Learning Enhancement Corporation.
I was looking for three things in my brain fitness workout program:
1. A program that was clinically and scientifically proven to work,
2. A program that showed results in a fairly short period of time, and
3. a program that was fun.
Brainware Safari promised to be all of these. The documentation showed that if was rooted in science and clinically proven. The thing that really attracted me was the fun aspect. Brainware Safari was created for children 6 to 12, so I knew it would have some fun aspects built in. Even though it was created for children, it promises to accelerate any individual’s comprehension, learning rate, and retention levels.
Could a program like this really make a difference? Would a fun program for kids be fun for an adult? I set out to find out. The program lasts 12 weeks and you can follow my progress right here.
I recently updated my iTunes software to version 8, which has some pretty cool new features. When you update iTunes you must also update QuickTime, Apple’s multimedia player. I understand that iTunes uses the QuickTime codecs, but what if I don’t want QuickTime? Well, there is no choice. According to Apple you need to install QuickTime to run iTunes. I know that Apple could probably install their codecs and any other necessary QuickTime pieces without actually installing the whole QuickTime, but I give them the benefit of the doubt. They want to promote QuickTime and we all go along with it.
Now, however, Apple is getting on my nerves. For the last few month’s every time I update iTunes I am presented with an update window with a pre-checked box in front of both iTunes & QuickTime and Safari, Apple’s web browser. Safari is not a bad browser. I use it on my Mac, but I prefer to use Firefox on my PC. My gripe is that it sounds like Apple is doing me a favor to update my Safari browser, but it says the same thing even if Safari is not installed.
If you don’t uncheck the update Safari box, Apple installs Safari for you, whether you want it or not. This is obviously very confusing to many people who have written to me asking what Safari is and how it got on their computers.
Apple should be ashamed of themselves for these pushy tactics. If Microsoft tried to install Internet Explorer on a Mac machine when someone installed Microsoft Word, everyone would be up in arms. Yet Apple seems to get away with it!
So to answer all of you who have written about Safari, no it is not spyware. It is a web browser like Firefox and Internet Explorer. If you have inadvertently let Apple install it on your computer you can uninstall it from the Control Panel.