As I mentioned in the previous article, The Perfect Storm Rages On, the real estate market has been hit, and hit, and hit, one after another for more than three years now and even through all of that, many of us have managed to keep our heads above water. Yet now the evidence is becoming clear that technology is the latest culprit in a long list of offenses against us, and it could be the one that will drive some -if not many- of us out of business.
The technology that I’m talking about here isn’t new, not by any stretch of the imagination, but that doesn’t make it any less powerful, nor does it soften its impact on the industry as a whole.
Let’s all take a moment and consider the technology of the Internet and how it affects and impacts our world of real estate. For many of us, the Internet has been a boon to our business, but for a majority of those in the real estate business, it poses a greater long-term threat than most of us have been made aware. While the technology of the Internet has opened up doors for us, connected us with clients and potential listings that we otherwise wouldn’t have found, the very things that make the Internet such a powerful tool also makes it a competitive monster.
Consider the brand name of the real estate agency or brokerage firm that you work for. That name has been built over years and years of positive interactions and sales, closings, and deals. People within your local community know and generally trust the name for real estate listings. Maybe your company has been using the Internet for years to spread its influence and brand out wider.
Well, now you are no longer competing with just local affiliations, local agents or brokers, and more; you are competing with anyone who has a website, and a license, from anywhere in the state and perhaps even in the country, or worse -the world. Competition is about to become much tougher than it ever has been in the past. Are you prepared for it? Are you ready to deal with it?
Government’s slow feet
You can’t expect the government to step in and regulate this technological advance. Not this year and not next. Maybe within the next twenty years to government will stop dragging its feet, staying well behind the pace of technology and actually pass laws that will work to the local business’s advantage, but that’s simply not going to happen now, or anytime soon.
We cannot wait for justice or fairness to take effect; we need to step up to the plate and swing at the pitches that technology is serving us, whether they are legal or illegal, and keep our businesses alive and well fed. We can’t stop, even for one minute, and complain that something is unfair.
The competition will come from everywhere
With the ever-changing and rapidly expanding technology, we are going to be faced with a plethora of competition. Many of these new competitors won’t live in our communities, but will be representing homebuyers, relying on local agents to show houses and using other proxy versions to be their physical faces to their clients. 3-D virtual tours will continue to evolve and become visually stunning depictions of homes, realistic enough for homebuyers to buy without setting foot within the homes.
The technology can be expensive, but the cost of failing to keep up with it can be far more expensive in the long run. It’s time to embrace technology and if you’re not willing to do so, then it may be time to seek out a different career. The Perfect Storm will continue and even when its over, the technological race will have altered the real estate landscape forever.
What are some ways digitized output can be manipulated to fool people?
The enormous capacities of today’s storage devices have given photographers, graphics professionals, and others a new tool the ability to manipulate images at the pixel level, For example, photographers can easily do morphing to transform one image into another, using image-altering software such as Adobe Photoshop. In morphing, a film or video image is displayed on a computer screen and altered pixel by pixel, or dot by dot. As a result, the image metamorphoses into something else a pair of lips morphs into the front of a Toyota, for example, or an owl into a baby. The ability to manipulate digitized output images and sounds has brought a wonderful new tool to art. However, it has created some big new problems in the area of credibility, especially for journalism. How can we know that what we’re seeing or hearing is the truth? Consider the following.
Manipulation of Sound Could I tell whether or not sound has been manipulated?
In 2004, country music artist Anita Cochran released some new vocals, including a duet, “(I Wanna Hear) & Cheating’ Song,” with Conway Twitty who had died a decade before the song was written. The producers pulled snippets of Twitty’s voice from his recording sessions, put them on a computer hard drive in digital form, and used software known as Pro Tools to patch the pieces together. Ten years earlier Frank Sinatra’s 1994 album Duets paired him through technological tricks with singers like Barbra Streisand, Liza Minnclli, and Bono of U2. Sinatra recorded solos live in a recording studio. His singing partners, while listening to his taped performance on earphones, dubbed in their own voices. These second voices were recorded not only at different times but often, through distortion-free phone lines, from different places. The illusion in the final, recording is that the two singers are standing shoulder to shoulder.
Newspaper columnist William Safire called Duets “a series of artistic frauds.” Said Safire, “The question raised is this: When a performer’s voice and image can not only be edited, echoed, refined, spliced, corrected, and enhanced, but can be transported and combined with others not physically present, what is performance?,.. Enough of additives, plasticity, virtual venality, give me organic entertainment.” Some listeners feel that the technology changes the character of a performance for the better. Others, how-ever, think the practice of assembling bits and pieces in a studio drains the music of its essential flow and unity.
Whatever the problems of misrepresentation in art, however, they pale beside those in journalism. What if, for example, a radio station were to edit a stream of digitized sound so as to misrepresent what actually happened?
There’s a fine line between technological advancement and laziness. While new inventions are usually created to make life easier, are they starting to make life a little too easy? Steadily rising obesity rates in America indicate they may be, but the throngs of people who dream of lying around while household chores complete themselves would probably argue otherwise. For those people, a new lawn care invention may be a dream come true.
The LawnBott, from Kyodo America, is a small machine that mows the lawn without assistance from a human being. Operating in a manner similar to the pool-cleaning and floor-cleaning robots currently on the market, the LawnBott cruises around a yard cutting the grass until every blade has been trimmed 1 to 3 inches. Its adaptive random cutting system uses different rotation angles and optimizes its cut with the patented Smart Spiral if it senses taller grass. The remote control allows a person to directly control a LawnBott as needed and move the wheeled robot in any direction. The machine is available in four different models ranging in price from $1,299 for the simplest model to $3,249 for the most complex.
Since the newest, most expensive model, the LB3500, has the most features, we’ll focus on what this puppy can do. And, for starters, it can trim yards up to 38,000 square feet and climb slopes up to 30 degrees. A person just sets the LawnBott on the lawn and it immediately goes to work. The LB3500 runs on two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries that last for two to three hours at a time. When the LawnBott’s battery-power runs low, the device automatically returns to its base station for a charge. The little guy also will head for home anytime its detector feels rain drops. And, for added security, the LawnBott is equipped with an alarm that sounds when an unauthorized user picks it up.
But the real difference between the LB3500 and its closest sister model, the Evolution, lies with its Bluetooth capabilities. With this feature, an owner can program and control a LawnBott from a cell phone or other PDA device (as long as it’s Bluetooth-enabled). Using a cell phone, an owner can tell the LawnBott when it needs to come out and mow the lawn, or even program specific days of the week for the robot to go to work. And, homeowners needn’t worry about the LawnBott eating their children while they watch TV. The machine has a proximity detector that shuts down the blade when any object other than grass gets too close. It also has a protective shell to keep baseballs and shuttlecocks out of harm’s way.
Along with ridding a person of the pesky task of lawn maintenance, the LawnBott also has some other practical benefits over a standard lawnmower. For one thing, it’s quiet. Since the LawnBott runs on electricity rather than gasoline, its doesn’t have a roaring engine you can hear from inside a house. Secondly, for the same reason (electricity instead of gas), the LawnBott is more environmentally friendly – producing no harmful emissions. And, according to Kyodo America, it only costs $7 to $10 in electricity a year to charge a LawnBott. Unfortunately, while the LawnBott may decrease air pollution and energy costs, it also may lead to an increased number of discarded Cheeto bags on the floor next to the couch.
LawnBotts are currently available for purchase from select retailers in the United States and Canada. Individuals can search for dealers in specific areas on the LawnBott Web site.
Industrial ceramics plays a great role in our technology today, it covers all products that are made from inorganic, non metallic materials and having industrial or technical applications. The materials normally consist of substance with high melting or softening point. The term “industrial ceramics” also refers to the science and technology of developing and manufacturing such products. The industrial ceramics are a large group of materials having specialized uses other than domestic or aesthetic. They generally exclude glasses, enamels, building materials and certain cements and refractories. The fundamentals of industrial ceramics derive from its name ceramics, which is a term applied to all useful or ornamental clay objects that are baked.
The use of ceramics in industrial technology starts in the early 19th century, by developing a strong porcelains for high voltage electrical insulations. Steatites and cordierites, also with special electrical and mechanical properties where produces in the 20th century. This products where obtained largely by blending and then heating to high temperatures materials, such as various clays, of variables or uncertain purity. Wide range of new material with specified properties for use in industrial ceramics had an increasing demands in the 1930’s.
Primary Components Of Industrial Ceramics
Melting Point (°C.)
Industrial ceramics has different properties that determine the range and extent of their uses.
Chemical properties. Most industrial ceramics are consist of metals and semimetals with non metals and the common primary components are oxides. A few nitrides, carbides, borides, and compounds containing more than one non metal. Other material that may be regarded as ceramics are the elements silicon and carbon in the form of diamonds and graphite. In general, ceramics are more resistant to oxidation and corrosion than plastic and metals.
Mechanical properties. Most industrial ceramics are strong, that is, they show considerable strength and stiffness under compression and bending. “Bend Strength” is commonly used as a criterion of merit and in design calculation. The highest strength polycrystalline ceramic material are based on zirconium dioxide.
Physical properties. Industrial ceramics are compound of light non metals (oxygen, carbon, or nitrogen) with a lighter metals or semi metals. In general, ceramics have low densities compared with metals. And given the part size the strength-to-weight can be higher than for a metal. Many ceramics are also very hard, and resist wear and abrasion. The hardest material known is diamond, followed by boron nitride in cubic crystal form.
Thermal properties. Industrial ceramics has a very high melting or softening points. They retain strength and resistance to deformation under load (“creep” resistance) at temperatures higher than those to which many metal can be exposed. However, these brittle material is weak to “thermal shock”, it is a term for the generation of mechanical stress as a result of a sudden and severe change in temperature than can lead to failure.
Electrical properties. Ceramics exhibit a wide range of electrical conductivities. For example, aluminum oxide is a very good insulator, silicon carbide is a semiconductor at room temperature, and compounds such as chromium dioxide conduct electricity as a metal do. The presence of mobile ions in an oxide or silicate may give rise to ionic conductivity, which increases in high temperature. This is said to be the reason why porcelains cannot be use as a insulators at a high temperatures. On the other hand the mobility of ions in certain types of oxide allows materials such as alumina to be use as electrolytes in energy storage device like battery.
Magnetic properties. Ferrites or ceramics containing iron oxide, FeO-can have magnetic properties similar to those of magnetic containing iron, nickel and cobalt. Unlike metals, ferrite can be made with high electrical resistance and can be used at high frequencies without an acceptable loss of power. They can be also made with a high resistance to demagnetization.
Optical properties. The optical characteristic of a ceramic depend on both intrinsic factor (determining color) and extrinsic (governing transparency). The color of a single crystal depends on the amount of ion in the crystal. Most single-crystal oxides transmit some visible lights; semiconducting single-crystal may appear completely black. Transparency is determined by the presence of light-scattering “flaws” such as grain boundaries and internal voids.
Industrial ceramics is applied and use in many products today such as insulator for high voltage transmission line, spark plugs for automobile and motored vehicles, turbine rotors to drive electric generator and water pumps, Ball bearings, electronic components like integrated circuit (IC) and resistors.
The increase of human capital in developing countries has impacted the United State’s workforce through domestic firms’ increasing overseas subcontracting. The industries specializing in information technology have been utilizing this increase of foreign human capital the most. From a study of 179 IT managers a reported 69% outsource their information technology services (Outsourcing statistics). This extremely high number shows the trend of the industry, and if countries like India, who is becoming the forerunner of outsource operations, continue to become more efficient and economical, that number may become even higher. The question is whether or not the foreign IT service providers can keep up with estimated growth, or if poor infrastructures will fall the massive flow of work into their sectors.
According to a new study, as a result of increased foreign subcontracting, the information technology industry has lost 403,300 jobs from the start of the recession in March 2001 to April 2004. Nearly half of those jobs were lost after the recession’s official end. This has left thousands of experienced IT professionals at the waysides of their dominatingly efficient foreign counterparts. What makes the foreign IT firms more economical to upper management is their ability to undercut domestic work by accepting lower than industry standard wages while also maintaining an extremely efficient firm (Frauenheim).
The largest player of IT service outsourcing operations is India. The number of developers in India who service primarily US markets is 250,000. This makes them a significant contributor to the total number of programmers a company has to draw form. In the United States there are about 500,000 developers, where roughly half are in product development. This makes the Indian programmer pool equal to the available domestic programming pool. India’s impact on domestic IT employees is that there has been a decline in the wage rate of developers who are still employed. Indian software exporters offer development services which are an easy target for subcontracting. The nature of these development services is very impersonal and hands off as far as management is concerned. Once a project is given, all that matters is the finished working product. India’s IT firms fill this requirement perfectly, and for the right price (Dossani).
So far the growth of IT jobs in India has been staggering. Industry experts predict that by 2015, subcontracting by US companies would represent $135 billion in wages and 3.3 million professional jobs (Gartner Group). New players are evolving every day. “Countries like Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Mexico are looking to take some of the outsourcing market share away from India in the coming years” (Gartner Group). Indian software exports alone exceeded 17 billion last year, representing a four billion increase in one year (Gartner Group). These massive increases have some analysts worried about how specifically India’s already poor infrastructure will hold up to the increasing demand for technical services.
The Indian hub of the IT services boom is undoubtedly Bangalore. Large IT firms have built huge developments in “Electronics City,” a few miles out of town. Some of these developments are as modern and efficient as the United States counterpart of Silicon Valley. They include state-of-the-art remote network-management systems and cappuccino bars. However, Bangalore’s infrastructure is beginning to waver after years of intense expansion. Nonetheless, foreign firms are continuing “to pour in at the rate of three a week” (The Bangalore Paradox). Now Indian IT professionals, with their newly found wealth, have continually been buying motorcycles and cars adding 900 a day to the already overcrowded streets (The Bangalore Paradox). This has made the simple process of commuting a major problem. The poor road systems make a small 7 mile drive take roughly an hour to complete. Other problems include “a water shortage, inadequate sewers, and an erratic power supply” (The Bangalore Paradox). Samuel Paul of the Public Affairs Centre, an office that reviews the government’s performance, says it shows that a few months of neglect are enough to reverse years of improvement. After hearing the very negative signals about Bangalore that the government released, many city workers stopped bothering to do their jobs. This has resulted in “total urban chaos” (The Bangalore Paradox).
The “total urban chaos” has not boded well for the IT firms of Bangalore. Unreliable power and other problems can sometimes make development times longer than anticipated. As a result, a “survey of 25 large organizations with a combined $50 billion in outsourcing contracts found that 70% have had negative experiences with outsourcing projects and are now taking a more cautious approach. One in four companies has brought outsourced functions back in-house and nearly half have failed to see the cost savings they anticipated as a result of outsourcing” (Gartner Group). Also, a reported 20% of outsourcing deals do not produce cost savings while 10% of those deals actually wind up increasing costs. In 2005 alone, 50% of all outsourcing projects will not deliver their expected value and will be labeled unsuccessful (Gartner Group). The question is whether or not India and other offshore IT firms will continue to be reliable and handle the high growth rates, or will the outsourcing simply be seen as a trend that will pass and lead to the recreation of the thousands of domestic IT jobs.
Contrastingly, another viewpoint is that the potential of foreign IT development and other outsourcing operations is limitless. The extent of growth and production shown to date with sub par infrastructure points to the potential once the infrastructure becomes more stable. More business opportunities are opening every day, including “processing insurance claims; desktop publishing; the remote management and maintenance of IT networks; compiling audits; completing tax returns; transcribing medical records; financial research and analysis,” that can be all effectively outsourced (The Bangalore paradox). Stefan Spohr of A.T. Kearney, an Indian consulting firm, remarked “we have barely scratched the surface” (The Bangalore paradox). Major US corporations are beginning to move the majority of their workforce to India and other countries. General Electric’s “70-70-70” plan is an example of this. GE plans to outsource “70 percent of its head count, push 70 percent of that outsourcing offshore and locate 70 percent of its workers in India.” Such inclusive plans are the main concern of domestic IT workers and a reported 26% of companies already using offshore services expect to double their spending in the in 2006 (Gartner Group).
Domestically, many of the professionals whose jobs are at risk, reported by the University of California-Berkeley to be as many as 14 million, are trying to make themselves perceivably more valuable and efficient to management in an attempt to prevent their entire departments from being outsourced (Gartner Group). Their aim is to create more willingness to work with other domestic technology solution providers in an attempt to become more economical. This would help eliminate or at least reduce the temptation to subcontract the entire IT process overseas (Vizard 20). By working more closely with other local IT providers and developers, a domestic firm can become much more knowledgeable about every new IT innovation. They can also respond to problems faster. Those are the two keys to creating a more efficient economical IT model which is what executives seek in times of moderate economic growth (Vizard 20-1). However, if sub par overseas infrastructure becomes more adequate, the already economical option of outsourcing will become even more efficient for corporations. The fate of US outsourcing relies mainly on the quality, security, and timeliness of foreign work. If overseas firms can keep up with demand, domestic professionals may find themselves in much more trouble.
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The U.S. federal National Renewable Energy Laboratory offers a renewable energy program that studies and disseminates news on the latest in energy efficient building
This NREL Building Technologies Program supports renewable energy research and development, helping it stay focused on areas such as materials for switch able window technology, thermodynamics, building heat transfer, and engineering of renewable energy heat and cooling systems. The engineers and research scientist of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory work closely with the industry, testing and evaluating new designs for buildings, new technology and new energy-efficient equipment for both commercial and residential structures.
The primary focus of the NREL building technologies program is the improvement of residential dwellings, commercial structures, the equipment and other components of such buildings, the energy involved in heating and cooling each and delivering the requisite water, the tools to analyze energy consumption, green energy manufacturing, and energy-efficient appliance and lighting standards. Key to these missions are such NREL initiatives as its Zero Energy building program, its initiative for Solid State Lighting, and its Electro chromic Window project. An initiative called Building America is another important offshoot of the renewable energy focus of the building technologies program. NREL also collaborates with a similar building technologies initiative of the federal Department of Energy. This is administered by the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy office.
Distributed energy is another facet of NREL initiatives. This can be used for power to our base loads, during peak time hours, as backup power, as remote power and for heating and cooling. Renewable distributed energy refers to the many small and modular technologies to generate power that work in combination with storage systems and energy management to advance the efficiency and improve the overall operation of our electricity delivery, whether connected to an electrical grid or not.
NRELs Distributed Energy Program supports renewable energy by researching various technologies that are thermally activated. It also develops the EERE program, including its Web site and other communications. NREL collaborates as well with the non-profit technology transfer associations and organizations developed throughout the various states.
From DER the consumer realizes improved reliability in its renewable and other energy, improved quality of power and its delivery, and the chance for participation in a choice of electric power markets which, through competition, brings down the cost. DER can potentially resolve transmission line congestion. Even the pricing, strengthen the security of energy and stabilize the electricity grid. With the implementation of DER technology dangerous emissions can be reduced and various applications of power and heat can become more efficient.
Gradually, the introduction of 3D movies is already dominating the electronic niche as more and more 3D TVs are being manufactured. Since there is no single system that has a universal 3D functionality, you would find out that there are different methods by which you can watch 3D images or pictures on a screen.
Types of 3D Glasses
Generally, it takes the use of 3D glasses to watch 3D TVs since the systems used in the technology are different. The 4 known systems are as follows:
• Active shutter
• Lenticular technology
How 3D Glasses Work
This technology mimics the depth perception of the human eyes to view images that are projected in three dimensions. The eyes are spaced apart, and the image that one sees is a bit different from what the other eye sees. The two different images are combined together in the brain to form one image with the addition of depth.
The same process is involved in the creation of 3D images when watching your 3D film or when you’re viewing a 3D picture. In effect, you’re simultaneously watching 2 images that are slightly different; it is the 3D glasses that blocks out an image from each eye such that your two eyes are viewing 2 different images, though you wouldn’t even see the 2 images in an overlapping manner. They will never appear distinct to your eyes!
A special kind of 3D glasses is required for each system of viewing three dimensional images or pictures.
• Anaglyph 3D requires glasses with red or blue lenses which display 2 images per frame, and each image is processed in a colour such that each eye filters out one image. Nonetheless, the method is old-fashioned.
• Polarisation requires polarised glasses wherein each lens allows 1 image into each eye. In some brands, the left lens allows only the vertical light waves while the right lens allows the horizontal ones. This method is commonly used in cinemas.
• Active shutter requires the use of special battery-powered LCD glasses which can block out alternate images being displayed at a high speed on a flat screen that has a 120Hz refresh rate. This method is new on the market today as some manufacturers like LG and Samsung have begun to develop 3D TVs with this kind of system.
• Lenticular technology is also employed in some TVs. It does not require the use of 3D glasses since the TV screen is developed to create 3D images through the reflection of light at slightly different angles towards the viewer.
As images are displayed to the human eyes in real life, so also the 3D glasses help you to enjoy the sensation of a real world while watching your favourite TV shows or movies. Gradually, this objective is being achieved through the efforts of many manufacturers.
The answer to all your MP3 satellite radio woes is here, revolutionizing radio in much the same way as Tivo did for satellite television! With Time Trax, you can now download your favorite XM and Sirius radio shows in high-quality MP3 format directly to your computer.
If you want to burn the MP3 files onto CD-R’s, post them on your website or even load them into your iTunes, it’s up to you! There’s no limit to what you can do with this neat little device.
Sure, you can purchase them directly from Sirius or XM Radio that can capture streaming radio and save it onto your portable player for later listening. For instance, XM’s Samsung Nexus, the Sirius S50 or the Dell DJ MP3 satellite one will store up to 50 hours of time-shifted content and record your favorite shows.
However, the shortcoming is that the contents are only available on that particular device. While you can plug your portable gadget into your car, home stereo or in some cases your computer, you won’t be able to effectively transfer individual songs or hours of broadcast back to your computer.
Time Trax is fantastic news for people who have already invested $400 in an iPod and would rather not purchase a separate device to stream radio. This can also be the perfect solution for that late-night exclusive concert or interview programming.
The software works with most XM and Sirius receivers – notably, XM PCR tuners, XM Direct receivers, as well as the Sirius Sportscaster, Sirius Connect Kenwood, Sirius Connect JVC, Sirius Connect Pioneer and Sirius Connect Alpine receivers. It won’t work with the Ski-Fi or Mi-Fi satellite radios at the moment, but generally it’s compatible with the most popular models of MP3 satellite radio.
What will you need to get started with Time Trax? First, you’ll obviously need your MP3 satellite radio and a subscription to either Sirius or XM, or simply an online subscription. If you just want to record off the internet and convert it to MP3 format for your iPod, you can choose to download the software for $49.
The other option is for people who want to record from their receivers. These Sirius or XM subscribers can purchase the Time Trax Complete package for $169.99, which includes a small adapter, a receiver, a USB cable, a stereo adapter cable and an AC power adapter.
It’s actually quite simple when you really look at the configuration – the USB cable connects from the Time Trax adapter to your computer and the other included cable connects the Time Trax adapter to your Sirius or XM receiver.
Check out TimeTraxTech website for more information. There has been some speculation about the viability of this innovation over time. MP3 satellite radio sales have diminished slightly from the introduction of Time Trax software.
As a result, XM Radio has taken several steps to shut down Time Trax’s operation, as it interferes with their exclusive Napster contract and some of their product sales (notably the portable satellite radios that compete against iPods). Despite ongoing threats, Time Trax developer Elliott Fruitkin continues to create new technology to help the average user problem solve.
IT management is a wide and varied field and covers many aspects of delivering IT services. Managing Support teams, Managing infrastructure, Managing Business Systems like Oracle or SAP, Managing Security, Managing Development. What I would expect to be common among these roles is to have the following responsibilities –
There is no typical way of becoming an IT Manager, IT Director, CIO or senior IT leader. I found my way into Management working my way from IT Support into a very technical role into managing teams. I discovered that I had an aptitude for people management and really enjoyed the interaction and challenge that gave me. A typical IT Manager should expect to have skills in at least 3 of the 6 bullets above.
IT Management levels are varied and broad and so this tends to make salary positioning difficult for this particular function. The size of the company and your remit are also key determining factors as well as the usual regional differences. For an entry level IT Manager role you can expect a salary from 35,000 GBP that is 55,000 USD. For a Chief Information Office at a large corporate then a six figure sum is guaranteed.
Managing people is a large part of being an IT Manager and there are plenty of personal development type reading material and courses that you can participate in to improve your management technique.
Of course ITIL plays a huge role in whatever facet of IT that interests you. At this level having ITIL foundations is an absolute minimum, but I would also like to see a candidate with more experience and exposure than an IT Support person, for example, might have.
Top 5 tips for getting ahead in IT Management
1. Improve your management skills
Your current company may already offer Management styled personal development programmes. Discuss the options with your HR department. Don’t dismiss opportunities to get on courses like time management, influencing stakeholders and appraisal training.
2. Improve your experience and exposure to ITIL
As a de-facto standard for delivering IT services you will need to have experience and exposure to ITIL. If you do not then you are at risk of being overlooked in favour of the competition. You will need to have at least ITIL v3 Foundation certification.
3. Understand Budget Management
Know your Capital Expenditure from your Operational Expenditure. It is likely that you will be required to manage a budget of differing values. If you don’t know what depreciation is then you need to get familiar with your finance terminology.
4. Not a member if Linked-in? Get connected?
Not only is LinkedIn and excellent environment to meet and connect with peers it also offers a host of forums and networks relating specifically to IT Management at all levels.
5. Understand the technology
Staying ahead of technology is always a challenge for IT professionals. There is such a broad spectrum of technology to be aware of. Stay connected by joining technology news sites like theregister.co.uk. Attend as many events and conferences as you are able. Aim for at least one per month. Not only does it help you stay connected with technology developments, you also have an opportunity to network and to get familiar with IT vendors and suppliers.
Comcast is the nation’s leading provider of cable television service. Recently it has extended its high quality service to the fields of telephone service and Broadband Internet access. With innovations in technology that have blurred the boundaries between television and other telecommunications, this expansion is a very forward-thinking move. Comcast ‘s bundling of many types of telecommunications into the services of one provider offers convenient access to a whole array of entertainment and information needs for customers as well as opportunities for customers to save money.
Telephone service is the most recent addition to Comcast’s offerings and perhaps the most surprising to its customers. While Internet access and cable television have been associated with each other for quite some time, phone service has normally been though of as something separate. However, Comcast in offers higher quality service than most companies whose primary focus is telephone service, and often is much less expensive than traditional plans. For one thing, the telephone service is fully digital, which provides a high level of sound clarity. It also has the advantage of including many features in with the base price such as caller ID, call waiting, and call forwarding. A complimentary voice mail box is also included. This can be accessed over the phone or even over the Internet, for the utmost level of convenience when away from home. What is especially convenient and cost-effective is that the calling plans all include unlimited local and long distance calls in the price. That means every call to the United States or Canada will not cost any extra. For International calls, there is an extra fee, but it is competitive with that of any other phone service provider in .
Signing up for Comcast’s broadband Internet enables you to take advantage of whole new telecommunications possibilities. Especially if you have been using dial-up for your Internet connection, you will find that whole new worlds are opened up to you online. While dial up might provide you with a little over 50 Kbps in connection speed, broadband Internet can offer up to 8 Mbps. In lay terms, that means broadband is almost eighty times faster than dial up. Using broadband will eliminate the annoying waits for pictures to download and will allow you to take advantage of on-line music stores, video clips, and other media.
Because accessing the Internet can be dangerous these days, Comcast Cable also provides options for keeping both your family and your computer safe from malicious threats. When you subscribe to the broadband Internet service, you can opt to also receive a firewall that will protect your computer from spyware, malware, and a whole host of other possible threats. You can also get protection from McAfee Anti-Virus software to keep your computer virus and problem free. Plus, Comcast offers special child-friendly sites that offer safe content for children to access such as games and music.
Even with the newer services from Comcast , no discussion of the company’s services would be complete without mentioning its cable television options. Comcast offers a huge array of programming packages and channels to meet every viewer’s needs. In fact, it is now possible to receive almost 280 channels including special sports programming, high definition television, and on demand movies. For even better viewing experiences, all the channels have now been upgraded from analog to digital format, providing only the clearest pictures and highest quality sound.
The same great service that has kept Comcast as the nation’s leading cable television provider is now available for every telecommunications need. This provides customers with an unprecedented level of convenience and quality. The current Comcast offers are terrific. It is time to switch to the best cable company with the best cable offers.
Security personnel at hospitals try to be on highest alert when it comes to protecting precious newborn babies. They have various tools to assist them including video cameras, defense equipment, door locks, alarms, and routine rounds. Yet, this is not enough. Infants are still being accidentally placed in the wrong crib and are still abducted right from within the hospital.
In October 2013 we came across a story of two mothers, giving birth at the same hospital in Argentine, on the same September 30th day. The babies were born via C-section, and handed to the mothers only after recovery. Once the mothers and infants were home, a nagging feeling that something was wrong took over – realizing at one point that the babies are not their own. The story comes to a happy end three weeks later, when the mistake was recognized and the right infants were put back with the right mothers.
In 2011 another interesting story took place, but didn’t end so quickly, or have such little impact – a pair of 12-year-old girls who discovered they were accidentally switched at birth asked to stay with the mothers who have been raising them rather than go to their biological parents.
These kind of stories pop up in the news every several months, at various countries and cities. However, there are likely a higher percentage of ‘babies switched at birth’ stories than we actually hear about. We should and can eliminate this occurrence completely, with the right already available technological tools
RFID technology can eliminate all infant security issues.
A wireless RFID bracelet is placed on the infant and the mother from the moment they enter the world, until they leave home with their families. The bracelet is non-intrusive, and works in coordination with the hospitals’ security system and personnel. It can trigger alarms, lock doors, send notifications and much more – all in real time.
ultimately, this means that if the baby is put in the wrong crib, handed to the wrong mother, leaves the premises with unmatched adults or prior to the permitted time actions are taken. Depending on the hospital, these actions may include alarms at the security and nursing stations, doors being shut, warning SMS… etc.
A full security is in place with RFID solutions implemented in hospitals:
1. mother/baby mix-ups
2. Milk storage mismanagement
3. Legal lawsuits against hospitals
4. Pain and suffering of the family
5. Potential infant abduction
In today’s gizmo world, PowerPC is one of the most widely used microprocessors. PowerPC is the short form of Performance Optimization With Enhanced RISC Performance Computing. As the name indicates, PowerPC processors are designed, based on Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) architecture. This microprocessor was designed and developed by joint effort of Apple, IBM and Motorola engineers in 1991. Though initially it was developed for personal computers, but later the system designers started using this processor frequently for other applications, like embedded systems and video game consoles. Since the design of PowerPC was done based on IBM’s POWER architecture, there is a high level of compatibility between these two.
The RISC architecture was conceived by the engineers, involved in IBM’s 801 project in mid 1970s. 801 based microprocessor was employed in a large number of IBM embedded systems. Later on, this processor was upgraded to 16 register ROMP processor, which was used in IBM 6150 Series workstations. Finally, in early 1990s the 64 bit POWER architecture was introduced in the RISC System/6000. During this time, IBM,Motorola and Apple joined hands to design and develop PowerPC processors. Once the PowerPC products were introduced in the market, they were received by the software vendors with enthusiasm. Microsoft developed Windows NT 3.51 for PowerPC based servers. Sun Microsystems came up with new version of Solaris, specially designed for PowerPC based systems. By mid 1990s, PowerPC was upgraded to match the performance of fastest x86 CPUs.
PowerPC processor is modeled on RISC architecture,which allows super-scalar implementation. There are two implementations of PowerPC. One is 32 bit and the other one is 64 bit. In addition to the double precision forms, single precision forms of some floating point instructions are supported. The 64 bit implementation is backward compatible with 32 bit implementation. The new memory management architecture of PowerPC is a paged one,which is widely used in server and desktop systems. For complicated design issues, IBM support providers render online round the clock PC support services.
Both endian modes, i.e. big endian and little endian modes are supported by PowerPC. It is possible to switch from one mode to another during the run time. This could be done by modifying a bit in the Machine State Register(MSR). Another bit in the MSR allows the operating system to run in a different mode. Inverted Page Table could be accessed only in big endian mode. The default mode of PowerPC is big endian. To select a suitable mode for a particular requirement, the help from an experienced tech support provider should be taken.
Launched in the market in 1992,PowerPC 601 was the first microprocessor to support 32 bit PowerPC instruction set. It was introduced in IBM Workstation RS/6000 and later used in Apple Power Macintosh. The second generation PowerPC processors were PowerPC 603 and PowerPC 604. PowerPC 603 was a low end processor, which was noteworthy because of its low cost and low power consumption. It was primarily designed for portable and embedded systems. The three power saving modes, namely doze, nap and sleep, reduced the power consumption drastically. For example, in sleep mode PowerPC 603 consumed only 2mW of power. In 1997, PowerPC 620 was launched with full implementation of the entire 64 bit PowerPC architecture.
Network Support For PowerPC Problems
Since PowerPC is a highly advanced microprocessor, many designers find it difficult to use it. The make the design process easy, Dell support providers render round the clock online computer support for PowerPC problems.
Two decades back, in emerging economy like India, the cell phone was being associated with the concept of luxury. Today, for most people around the world, the cell phone has become as normal as owning a wrist watch. It is virtually impossible to imagine a world of communication without the existence of cell phones. More than a necessity, very much like wristwatches, cell phones are also being considered a style icon. Hence, if one carries an expensive and latest model, it becomes the centre of popular attention. In fact, cell phones having an attractive look, impressive color, and latest technology always become the matter of discussion among the users.
Cell phones now come with various features to impress its users. Despite competition, it is spreading like an unstoppable storm which won`t leave anybody out of its reach. The best advantage of using a cell is connectivity with its other users when you need to be in touch with them. Another advantage is using it as a music player. It allows listening to your most favorite artist when you are not talking!
With some cell phones you can communicate through emails. However, you must subscribe to internet service for that purpose. What`s more is that you can send attachments in various formats such as .pdf, .ppt. xl and so forth. On the top of it, you can send images and videos as well. Just imagine how thrilled the recipient will be when they receive the pictures or videos you have just taken through you cell phone and sent through the emails from the spot itself. If you are associated with news network, this can become a magical tool to break news.
Cell phones with an integrated 2 mega pixel camera and a digital 8X zoom help you to take outstanding photos and unforgettable videos. The advanced pixel camera keys let you click images without any hassle. You can send and receive files over the wireless network instantly with the Bluetooth wireless connection. Connect the headset and talk with Bluetooth technology. Cell phones with advanced internet features give you easy access to surf the internet on your mobile phone. Now, you can surf the internet, check your e-mails and chat with your friends on the phone. The WAP browser facilitates to open various websites of HTML and XHTML format. It offers you high speed internet connectivity for fast and uninterrupted data transfer. The built-in i radio gives you the latest news, music and gossips. Conference calls for talking with more than two is the latest trend in cell phone users.
Messaging features like Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS), instant messaging, Enhanced Messaging Email (EMS), and embedded java games will entertain you anytime anywhere. The WAP and GPRS services also provide access to the internet, wherever you may go. With mobile internet, you are able to update yourself with latest news and financial quotes, entertainment headlines, weather forecast and more.
The phone with 3G technology works best provided you have broadband internet connection on your phone. It provides high speed consistent data transfer of up to 384 kbps. You can transfer data to a laptop, pc or take prints by connecting to a printer using the wireless Bluetooth connection. Cell gives you updates with recent news and weather forecasts. The phone loaded with 3 D games will surely entertain you.
The technology related to the cell phones is ever-evolving. What is the latest today becomes obsolete the other day. The cell phone manufacturers are constantly trying to invent ways to bring sophistication to their users so that can stand out from their competitors. However, the price factor has also become the deciding factor as well as many cell phone manufactures are offering their products in the market with a price that easily gives their competitors a run for their money. In a nutshell, we are yet to see many more surprises in the concept of cell phones in the days to come.
Rumors have been swirling that a new Kindle smartphone could be on the horizon. Unfortunately, there haven’t been any official announcements from Amazon yet.
Rumors about a Kindle smartphone first appeared last week when it was discovered that Amazon was collecting smartphone-related patents. Most tech experts suspected, from the evidence given, that a Kindle smartphone was in the early stages of development.
However, a recent report has suggested that the Kindle smartphone is much farther along in the development cycle than a lot of people anticipated. In fact, the company might be ready to start testing the phone this week. These rumors come from the Wall Street Journal, which is a pretty reputable source as far as tech industry news is concerned.
The WSJ report can be found on their site but it basically states that Amazon is about to start testing the device this week, if it hasn’t starting testing them already. Mass production of a Kindle smartphone could begin later this year. Some predict the phone could arrive in time for the holiday season, while others think we’ll have to wait for early 2013 to get our hands on the so-called ‘Kindle Phone’.
When it comes to Kindle Phone specifications, the rumors get a lot vaguer. Some people say the screen is between 4 and 5 inches, but nobody is really sure. Any information about the processor and other hardware specifics is currently unknown.
If Amazon does enter the smartphone market, it will do so at a time where it faces stiff competition. Apple’s iPhone 5 is currently in development and it could be released just before the Kindle Phone, undermining smartphone users who were just looking to upgrade.
Standing out from the crowded smartphone market could be difficult for Amazon. But if they can replicate the success of the Kindle – and bring their cheaper, more accessible online store to the world of smartphones – then their flagship phone will certainly have a fighting chance.
I find the idea of a Kindle smartphone intriguing. It seems like it could be a great win for Amazon, as they continue to try to compete with Apple in the tech space. To me their next step would be some sort of laptop; that way you could actually have a seamless integration across platforms like you can have with Apple. Lots of folks have an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook – why not a Kindle phone, Kindle Fire, and Amazon laptop?
How interesting it is that being a graphic designer you can give a visual aspect to your imagination. For being a good designer, artists need to have good knowledge of visual arts, text font and types, colors, objects, theme of the design, etc. And when the technology is doing well for all, why graphic designers remain away from its benefits? Graphic art is a domain where the designer has the liberty to express the thousand words without uttering even a single one. It offers a way of visual communication which not only depends on the pretty looks, but also on the representation style and what object is hidden behind the creation of the artwork. In fact, it has given the numerous ways for visual representation of ideas.
The world is changing with the changing technologies and gradually the use of brush and color is being replaced by the computer designing tools although the traditional art has its own essence. There are various advantages has been included with the integration of advance tools and technologies. It has provided a great medium to shape up the thoughts and experience. Now it is responsible for processing the visual data received from the real world or the virtual world. Rather, it can to create those objects and design which can’t be created in the real world. It does not put the limitations on the imaginations of the artist and they can draw anything and everything.
Technology driven graphic designing tools have brought multiple benefits to us and some of the benefits which make the document worthy are discussed below:
You can easily figure out the difference in every design which you’re creating with the help of tools. Unlike the traditional art here the smallest point will be very clear because traditional art puts the limitations as far as precision is concerned. The objects, dimensions, lines, grids, etc. can be put with perfection in the documents.
If the two documents, one is made by the hand and another is designed with the help of graphic designing software are compared the difference is clearly visible. The second document is more clear and impressive and score better to convey the thoughts designer is trying to put forward. The more technologies are transforming, designers are obtaining better results.
The output of the design depends on the execution of imaginations, but creativity is like the oxygen which imbibes the life into it. It completely depends on the imaginative skills of the designers that how unique they can think and in what way they organize and serve them on the white space. Designing tools offer a great range of possibilities which add excellence in the creativity of the artist.
Ability to change the thoughts into things
To create a unique and quality document it is the necessary aspect that you don’t have only thinking ability, but you should be capable of giving it the look and shape. It may be possible that you may think beyond the existing reality but what is the point if you can’t represent it. In fact a true and passionate artist can draw better what can be imagined and software applications to help them to bring their idea live. Technology tools are helping to actuate or change the thoughts into things.
Designing software give the flexibility to create, save and edit any image or media. In fact, you can develop multiple copies of the single document by changing its size, color, feel, etc. You can create a variety of designs with their wide range of tools and to do so, select the portion or object from the picture give it your desired touch. Moreover, they are very productive when you need to create similar kind of objects in various shapes and size.
In the coming next year, technology will continue to empower the abilities of the designers. It’ll help in planning and projecting ideas in the moving or still textual and visual content. They are the platform for them with immense possibilities to share their experience and communicate their ideas with the help of text and images. The technology has simplified and diversified the task of graphic designers, and now they can create digital visual media, save their original work and print it also. Ads in the newspapers or magazines, web pages are the visible examples of their work.
Graphic designers use the designing tools as a medium to convey what they think and experience with the help of text, objects and images with the motive to indulge the viewer in some kind of action. These tools are not only for commercial purpose rather they are the assistive hands for the artwork of the designers which help them to convey their emotions, represent their feeling, and presents the thought process of them.
There are many latest gadgets, each more innovative and tempting than the previous one, coming into the electronic market each day. Laptops are one of the favorites among these gadgets. They have become a part of the lifestyle of people today and have become a necessity. They provide connectivity to friends, office work, entertainment and a lot more options. Before choosing a laptop, there are a number of things that you should consider and give a thought to. One of the best ways to decide on your notebook is by reading latest laptop reviews. Before you visit the store to make a choice, it is good to go through a few latest laptop reviews. There are a large number of advantages of doing so.
The uses of laptops reviews are as follows:
- Knowing the laptop well: When there is a particular model of laptop that you seemed to like a lot or you are imply looking for the best laptop to buy, latest laptop reviews can help you decide. They give you all the details and specifications of the laptop, which will help you make up your mind if the notebook is worth what you are looking for. They also give you pictures of the laptops, so you can even make up your mind for the design and select a laptop of your choice. Latest laptop reviews help you select the perfect laptop for yourself.
- Finding the best laptops available: When you decide to buy a laptop, you should make the right choice so that you get a notebook worth what you pay for. There are a number of newer models of laptops coming up lately. You should choose one that is not only trendy and in sync with technology but also fulfils all your needs. You should choose a laptop based on why mainly you are buying it. Laptops come with specifications for different purposes and capabilities. All of his information is a part of latest laptop reviews and thus these reviews help you decide on what exactly to go for.
- Know what you need: You should select a notebook based on your primary reason for buying a laptop. Some laptops have better multimedia capabilities, while some have better office document capabilities and some have better gaming abilities. There are also portable and non-portable laptops to suit your mobility and your comfort, so you can choose the perfect notebook for yourself just by reading a few latest laptop reviews.
The advent of technology has evolved the face of printing industry. Printing techniques, post printing procedures, costs and inks have changed and transformed for good to Eco friendly printing. Innovation has paved the way of new dimensions for recycled paper printing.
Traditional printing groups use petroleum inks which create harmful destructive volatile organic wastes which could result in cancer or asthma attacks in long run. They use fossil oil for machines. In a shocking revelation printing industry ranked 4th in the list of major pollutants on the basis of waste produced, renewable sources of energy used and quantity of used power. Traditional printing produces hazardous and non hazardous toxic material during entire process like waste paper, lubricating fluids, chemicals, inks, and solvent, dirty rag, filters, absorbents, process wastewater, printing plates and empty product containers.
Eco friendly printing companies are substituting petroleum inks with soy or vegetable inks and recycled papers are taking place of pure papers. The concerns of greenhouse gases, upping pollution levels and exposure to toxic materials or carcinogens are making print houses to switch to go green and print green.
Most of printing houses and publishing companies have turned to recycled paper printing. A printing company in Australia has been known as the pioneer of adopting waste minimization methodologies in printing. Contrary to what is believed, green printing methods cost lesser than traditional. Eco friendly printing company saves on operating and waste disposal costs.
Along with this it reduces their long-term liability towards environment and helps to preserve or sustain environmental quality. You provide your employees safe and healthy work place and create positive public appearance for your brand. Recycled papers come in various colors to choose from. It is trouble free and does not mean lower quality. You can also reduce your offset costs.
Environment friendly printing use hundred percent post-consumer waste processed chlorine free uncoated, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, made by renewable energy sources like wind or solar power, soy ink or vegetables ink. It utilizes waterless system which rules out the need of dampening systems used in conventional printing. Even the binders, adhesives and foil stamps used are environment friendly.
Nowadays green methods are highly recommended by social activists and corporate houses. They prefer to go with printers who rely on and follow eco friendly techniques.
You’d better learn news from media, not from emails, security experts warn us users again.
Numerous emails with “breaking news” in subject lines are appearing in users’ inboxes. If you got one, don’t look into such a message — delete it straight away. Don’t open its attachment. Those who distribute malicious code take advantage of our curiosity. They use especially effective social engineering techniques to lure users into opening attachments and following links.
Is there anybody who wouldn’t like to be the very first one to learn breaking news or see something really exciting? For example, something like:
“Osama bin Laden caught”,
“Saddam Hussein has died”,
“Michael Jackson tried to commit suicide”.
Would you like to open a message with such a subject line and learn what’s in it? You’d better not. There are malicious programs inside these “news” waiting for you to click.
These (and similar) tricks are usually called social engineering. Online criminals have become good psychologists. They are ingenious in finding new ways to make people do what they want — open an attachment or click on a link to visit a certain website. For these unprincipled rogues it’s all right to profiteer from human tears and blood — they actively use news about tragic events as a bait.
One of the latest, detected by Trend Micro in mid-July, was a spam e-mail with “TERROR HITS LONDON,” subject line. It mimicked a CNN newsletter and asked the recipients to “see attachments for unique amateur video shots.” When a user opened the attachment, his PC gets infected with the Trojan horse program named Troj_DonBomb.A
On August 5th another one was reported by Sophos– an email disguised as an alert about the death
of 140 US marines in Iraq. The email claims to contain a breaking news report from Guardian Unlimited and has a link to the “full story” which leads users to a bogus web page with two Trojans built in.
Cgab-A and Borodr-Fam Trojans slip through unpatched Internet Explorers. These Trojans will allow the criminal to take full control over the infected PC; they also be collecting the user’s personal information and using his computer to send more copies of thesmselves.
It’s not the first time these emails are disguised as news alerts — there were outbreaks when infected spam posed as CNN news. It seems that spoofing legitimate news agencies to infect more PC users by means of bogus “news alerts” has become a popular social engineering technique. And by all means there will be more of them in future.
So, it’s better not to learn any news from e-mail messages.
Try to resist the temptation to open email with some REALLY BREAKING NEWS.
Don’t open, don’t click. And patch your browser.
Then, when they reached the Valley of the Ants, an ant said: “Ants! Enter your dwellings, so that Sulayman and his troops do not crush you unwittingly.” (Qur’an, 27:18)
The “Valley of the Ants” refers to a special place and special ants. In addition, the fact that Prophet Sulayman (as) could hear the ants talking among themselves may contain striking references to future developments in computer technology. The present-day term “Silicon Valley” refers to the centre of the world of technology. It is most significant that a “valley of the ants” appears in the account of Prophet Sulayman’s (as) life. Allah may be drawing our attention to the advanced technology of the future.
Furthermore, ants and other insect species are widely used in advanced technology as models in robot projects and are intended to serve in a wide range of areas, from the defence industry to technology. The verse may also be referring to these developments.
Latest Developments in Miniature Technology: Army-Ant Robots
The best known project using ants as a model are the “Army-Ant Robot” projects being carried out independently in several countries. One study being carried out by the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and Virginia State University seeks to develop small, inexpensive, and simple physically identical robots that can be used as a robot army. Project officials explain these robots’ functionality in the following terms: “The way they behave as a group, in a coordinated manner, perform a series of physical actions, and take joint decisions.” These robot armies’ mechanical and electrical designs have been based on the behaviour of an ant community. They are called the “army-ant” robots because of their similarities to their insect counterparts.
The “army-ant” robot system was originally designed as a “material-carrying system.” According to this scenario, several small robots would be charged with jointly lifting and carrying objects. It was later decided that they could be used for other tasks. One report describes other tasks to which they might be assigned in the future:
Nuclear and hazardous waste cleanup with robotic “swarms,” mining (including material removal and search-and-rescue), mine sweeping (both land and water), surveillance and sentry, planetary surface exploration and excavation. 1
In a report by Israel A. Wagner, an expert on ant robot technology, the ant robot projects were described in these terms:
Ant-robots are simple physical or virtual creatures designed to cooperate in order to achieve a common goal. They are assumed to have very limited resources of energy, sensing and computing, and to communicate via traces left in the workspace or on the ground, like many insects naturally do…
The distribution of work among multiple a(ge)nts can be made by either a central controller who sends orders to the agents, or by an a-priori agreement on a certain partitioning that, if obeyed by the agents, eventually leads to a completion of the given mission. A third way, used throughout the current work, is to design the behavior of individuals such that cooperation will naturally emerge in the course of their work, without making a-priori decisions on the structure of the cooperation. The specific application that we address is covering, which is also known as exploring or searching. This variety of names hints to the many applications this problem might have: from cleaning the floor of a house to mapping an unknown planet or demining a mine field. 2
As can be seen in these examples, an ant’s social lifestyle forms the basis of many projects, and the various ant-based robot technologies are providing benefits for human beings. That is why it is so important that ants and their valley are referred to in the Qur’anic account of Prophet Sulayman’s (as) life. The term “ants” in the verse may refer to an army consisting of robots, future developments in robot technology, and how robots will play an important role in human life. For example, they may perform many arduous tasks and thus make people’s lives more comfortable. (Allah knows best.)
How are homes are linked to the world is constantly advancing in a world where technology is ever-changing. Cable technology used to connect “us” together, but as optic technology is pushing its way forward, it is steadily replacing copper wires as a means of communication signal transmission. The prime reason is that fiber optics provides more benefits than traditional copper wires and cables.
1. Resistance to Interference. Fiber optics doesn’t conduct electricity since it is based from glass, which in turn eliminates the need for grounding and makes it immune to electromagnetic interruption, even lightning. Unlike copper cables, optics works using light pulses, making it usable outdoors and in proximity to electrical cables.
2. Efficiency and Security. Transmitting information with greater fidelity is possible with fiber optics’ “limitless bandwidth”. It can offer more than 1,000 times as much bandwidth over distances more than 100 times farther than copper cables. The result is a super-fast connection that runs in circles around the bandwidth allotted by cable connections. Also, since fiber optics is more difficult to tap than ordinary copper cables, it can provide extra data security.
3. Low Maintenance. optics is not sensitive to water and chemicals since it is made of glass. Fiber optics almost runs no risk of being damaged by harsh elements, and can. This makes the cost of maintenance and service far lesser than its counterpart.
4. Picture Quality. Compared to copper cables, the high-quality technology used in fiber optics is more powerful. You get high-definition picture quality from fiber technology since there is lack of external interference.
5. Safety. It poses no threat of physical injuries in case fiber optic cables break. Rather transmitting through electricity, it transmits data through light. Handlers run no risk of injury from fire, sparking or electrocution.
The rewards of converting to fiber technology like Ethernet converters will surely be to your advantage, considering that internet infrastructure is gradually making this transition instead of traditional copper cabling. Moreover, it’s good to know that fiber optics applications include manufacturing, process control, and supervisory control and data acquisition. The moment you use transceiver modules, you will be on the cutting edge and more importantly, you will have the highest quality data transmission available for your home phone, television and internet.
One of the most misunderstood files, but yet one of the most powerful on the Web, is the RSS feed sometimes known as the RSS news feed, XML feed or web feed. One form of this special XML file is the podcast, but yet many casual and even hi-tech surfers still do not understand that they are using this exciting technology invisibly every day to read
RSS, standing for Really Simple Syndication, is not new technology. The technology and implementation was created in 1999 by Netscape. RSS is an important
Why is This Misunderstood File So Powerful?
RSS, XML feeds or RSS
Podcasts are Another Flavor of the RSS News Feed
Podcasts or RSS news feeds which contain audio file enclosures are just another flavor of this powerful XML file format. It is interesting to note that as of late 2007, 13% of polled Web users had heard of and were routinely downloading and playing podcasts, but fewer than 7% of the polled Web users stated that they were using RSS news feeds on a regular basis. Actually, the figure of users utilizing RSS feeds is probably much greater than 7%, but people are simply not aware that this hidden application is most likely supplying the content and information that they like to review on a daily basis.
How Can You Use RSS News Feeds Yourself?
Although it is harder for non-web designers to create and use RSS due to the technology and skill needed for implementation, most blog platforms create these special files for you automatically without your having to lift a finger. Installing auto subscribe buttons known as chicklets on your blog sidebar allows others to subscribe to your blog using your RSS news feed with one click. If you use Feedburner, they make it easy for you to allow for one click blog reader subscription by having you simply enter in your blog address and then providing a snippet of code to install on your web page. You may even be able to have Feedburner auto install a widget in your Blogspot template, without any code knowledge on your part, to help you get into the RSS syndication game fast.
When a blog reader clicks the special subscription chicklets that you have created with Feedburner’s help, readers can get your blog posts in real time; every time you update your blog, directly in their chosen RSS feed reader like My Yahoo, My Live, etc. There, their page content is automatically updated with your brand new blog content. Your blog subscriber can now choose to read your blog post there, on their news portal, or they can click in to read the full post from the additionally dynamically supplied link to your blog site. That’s the real power of RSS!
How Can You Get Into Podcasting Fast?
If you are using our teleconferencing tools, you can easily create an RSS news feed or podcast of your teleconference. When you have recording enabled for your teleconferences, you are automatically creating a MP3 file of your call that is stored on the AccuConference website. You can easily download this sound file, in MP3 format, to your own computer and send it to your webmaster for podcasting implementation.
Your webmaster can either just create a list of links on a page of the MP3 files and when clicked will open the browser’s integrated music player. Or, your webmaster can get fancy and can create a RSS news feed to allow podcatchers (software end-users utilize to manage their podcast subscriptions and be notified of your new audio files) to auto-sense when a new audio file has been added and to automatically download the content as well as synch it to their computer or media player. There are many services on the Web that help webmasters create these special RSS podcast subscription feeds. An easy one to use is FeedHoster. Some web hosts are now even creating online applications to assist with the creation of podcast syndication feeds. Even Feedburner has gotten into the game and provides easy podcast syndication tools.
It’s Time to Engage Your Viewers!
As you update your website or blog with new and interactive technology consider implementing RSS to allow your viewers more choice in how they receive your content. RSS is just one of the powerful new ways that we are getting our personalized content on the Web today and one that you can easily implement without a lot of hassle on your blog, website, and social media site. It’s time to put the power of RSS to work for you!
Wind generated electrical power exists through harnessing wind-power energy with turbines. To fully understand wind generated electrical power, one must understand how wind powered electricity is made; resources needed to utilize wind power; types and sizes of wind turbines; building a wind turbine; potential positive and negative impacts of the technology; where wind powered electricity can be effectively generated; and, offsetting the costs of wind powered electrical technology.
How Wind Powered Electricity is Made
The technology of wind generated electrical power functions by creating electricity through the use of various styles of wind turbines. Initially, one might ask, “So how do wind turbines make electricity?” Simply said, a wind turbine works the opposite of a fan. Instead of using electricity to make wind, like a fan, wind turbines use wind to make electricity. The wind turns the blades, which spin a shaft, which connects to a generator and makes electricity.
Resources Needed to Utilize Wind Power
The primary resource of Wind powered technology is, of course, wind. Wind is very abundant in many parts of the United States and other parts of the world. Wind resources are branded by wind-power density classes, ranging from class 1 (the lowest) to class 7 (the highest). Good wind resources (e.g., class 3 and above, which have an average annual wind speed of at least 13 miles per hour) are found in many areas. Wind speed is a critical of wind resources, because the energy in wind is proportionate to the cube of the wind speed. In other words, a stronger wind means more power.
Wind resource development requires land and may compete with other uses of that land, and those alternative uses may be more highly valued than electricity generation. However, wind turbines can be positioned on land that is also used for grazing or even farming. Wherever a wind farm is to be built, roads are cut to make way for shipping parts. At each wind turbine location, the land is graded and the pad area is leveled. Wind energy also requires the building of wind turbines.
Types and Sizes of Wind Turbines
Modern wind turbines fall into two basic groups: the horizontal-axis variety and the vertical-axis design, like the eggbeater-style Darrieus model, named after its French inventor. Horizontal-axis wind turbines typically either have two or three blades. These three-bladed wind turbines are operated “upwind,” with the blades facing into the wind. Darrieus models, or vertical-axis wind turbines, have two vertically oriented blades revolving around a vertical shaft.
In addition to different types, there are many different sizes of wind turbines. Utility-scale turbines range in size from 100 kilowatts to as large as several megawatts. Larger turbines are grouped together into wind farms, which provide bulk power to an electrical grid. Single small turbines, below 100 kilowatts, are used for homes, telecommunications, or water pumping.
Small turbines are sometimes used in connection with diesel generators, batteries, and photovoltaic systems. These systems are called hybrid wind systems and are typically used in remote, off-grid locations, where a connection to the utility grid is not available.
Building a Wind Turbine
The first step in building a wind turbine is setting up the tower where the fiberglass nacelle is installed. The nacelle is a strong, hollow casing that contains the inner workings of the wind turbine. Usually made of fiberglass, the nacelle contains the main drive shaft and the gearbox. Its inner workings also contain blade pitch and yaw controls. The nacelle is assembled and attached onto a base frame at a factory.
The most diverse use of materials and the most experimentation with new materials occur with the blades. Although the most dominant material used for the blades in commercial wind turbines is fiberglass with a hollow core, other materials in use include lightweight woods and aluminum. Wooden blades are solid, but most blades consist of a skin surrounding a core that is either hollow or filled with a lightweight substance such as plastic foam or honeycomb, or balsa wood. Wind turbines also include a utility box, which converts the wind energy into electricity and which is located at the base of the tower. The generator and electronic controls are standard equipment whose main components are steel and copper. Various cables connect the utility box to the nacelle, while others connect the whole turbine to nearby turbines and to a transformer.
Potential Positive and Negative Effects of Wind Powered Electricity
There are a variety of potential positive and negative impacts of wind powered technology.
Potential positive impacts include:
• Wind energy is friendly to the surrounding environment, as no fossil fuels are burnt to generate electricity from wind energy.
• Wind turbines take up less space than the average power station. Windmills only have to occupy a few square meters for the base; this allows the land around the turbine to be used for many purposes, for example agriculture.
• Newer technologies are making the extraction of wind energy much more efficient. The wind is free, and we are able to cash in on this free source of energy.
• Wind turbines are a great resource to generate energy in remote locations, such as mountain communities and remote countryside.
• Wind turbines can be a range of different sizes in order to support varying population levels.
• When combined with solar electricity, this energy source is great for developed and developing countries to provide a steady, reliable supply of electricity.
Potential negative impacts include:
• Wind turbines generally produce less electricity than the average fossil fuelled power station, requiring multiple wind turbines to be built.
• Wind turbine construction can be very expensive and costly.
• Wind turbines can have a negative impact to surrounding wildlife during the build process.
• The noise pollution from commercial wind turbines is sometimes similar to a small jet engine.
• Protests and/or petitions usually confront any proposed wind farm development. People feel the countryside should be left intact for everyone to enjoy its beauty.
Where Wind Powered Electricity Can be Effectively Generated
Places in the world where wind blows strong and often, people and businesses can harness the wind as an option to use in the generation of electricity. Globally, these places include much of North America, southern South America, Greenland, most of Europe, Northern Africa, eastern Asia, most of Australia, and anywhere there are mountains or large hills. The top 5 countries producing electrical wind power in 2007 were: Germany, United States, Spain, India and China, respectively.
Considerable wind speeds also occur across oceans and large water bodies. Since most of the world’s population lives near oceans, wind farms with strong offshore and onshore breezes could produce an abundant amount of electricity. On land in the USA, the major wind corridor is the Great Plains which includes the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The wind corridor also extends into the states west to the great mountains west, including eastern Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and New Mexico. There are also considerable wind resources in eastern and southern Minnesota and the entire state of Iowa, diminishing south through Missouri and east through southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Parts of New York and the New England states also have considerable wind.
The Department of Energy (DOE) estimates that wind power could supply the US with 100% of its electricity, just from the Great Plains wind corridor or from offshore wind farms alone. According to the “Pickens Plan,” a $10 billion wind farm with 2500 generators can supply enough energy for 1.3 million homes, and for $1 trillion the Great Plains wind corridor could supply 20% of America’s electricity. That would be about 250,000 generators to supply 130 million homes.
In a report published by the U.S. Department of Energy, “20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply,” that report concluded that:
• Reaching 20% wind energy will require enhanced transmission infrastructure, streamlined siting and permitting regimes, improved reliability and operability of wind systems, and increased U.S. wind manufacturing capacity.
• Achieving 20% wind energy will require the number of turbine installations to increase from approximately 2000 per year in 2006 to almost 7000 per year in 2017.
• Integrating 20% wind energy into the grid can be done reliably for less than 0.5 cents per kWh.
• Achieving 20% wind energy is not limited by the availability of raw materials.
• Addressing transmission challenges such as siting and cost allocation of new transmission lines to access the nation’s best wind resources will be required to achieve 20% wind energy.
Offsetting the Costs of Wind Powered Electrical Technology
Although wind generated electrical power seems to be an unlimited resource, and, the best wind sites appear to be competitive with market electricity prices in most U.S. regions, several factors exist that make it a less appealing source of alternative energy in terms of economic cost. First off, wind is not uniformly priced resource. Its costs vary widely depending on project scale, wind speed, region, and other factors. Second, the benchmark for comparison with wind to other fuels varies regionally. Third, extra revenue is required to make a project viable, sunk costs are considerable.
To offset the factors that make wind powered electricity a less appealing source of alternative energy and promote its continued growth, wind energy in many areas receives some financial or other support to encourage development. Wind energy benefits from subsidies either to increase its attractiveness or to compensate for subsidies received by other forms of production, such as coal and nuclear, which have significant negative impacts. In the United States, wind power receives a tax credit for each Kilowatt hour produced; that was 1.9 cents per Kilowatt hour in 2006. The tax the credit has a yearly inflationary adjustment. Many American states also provide incentives, such as exemption from property tax, mandated purchases, and additional markets for “green credits.” The Energy Improvement and Extension Act of 2008 contain extensions of credits for wind, including micro-turbines.
Secondary market forces also provide incentives for businesses to use wind-generated power, even if there is a premium price for the electricity, socially responsible manufacturers pay utility companies a premium that goes to subsidize and build new wind power groundwork. Companies use wind-generated power, and in return they can claim that they are making a “green” effort.
Undoubtedly, further tax credits, subsidies and incentives will also be needed to achieve the goal of 20% Wind Energy by 2030. Today, wind power approximately accounts for about 2% of the electricity generated in the United States.
The technology of wind generated electrical power functions by creating electricity through the use of various styles of wind turbines is a very viable alternative energy. Although wind generated electrical power does have some negative impacts, this author feels that in terms of long-term cost and benefit compared with other types of energy, such as the burning of fossil fuels, using a renewable resource such as wind generated electrical power economically, environmentally, and socially is making more and more sense.
With rapid advancements in renewable energy, making use of solar energy has never been easier and more affordable. There is no lack of solar energy, and solar technology makes it sustainable and renewable, unlike the fuels and natural resources used to manufacture electricity. There is not polluting or detrimental emissions of any kind, so adds to keeping the environment clean and unpolluted. What is more, because it does not emit greenhouse gases, it does not add to global warming.
Solar technology can make a visible difference in your every day. Whether you are considering ceiling insulation to naturally keep your house cool in the summer and warm in the winter, or thinking about installing solar water heating panels for your pool or geyser, the benefits of the technology are tangible and impactful.
With estimates that the need for alternative electricity sources will rise by more than 50% in the foreseeable future, there is certainly a need for the advancement of solar technology in our society. This is in part due to people becoming more eco conscious about what impact their actions have on the environment, and in part due to government’s commitment to invest in it. Making use of solar energy to produce electricity also holds economical benefits. Products such as solar heaters, ceiling insulation, or solar geyser, after the initial cost the products would soon be paying for themselves as they continuously save you money. It will continue working for years and require minimum upkeep and maintenance.
Solar power is used in producing electricity, heating, and producing heated water through direct sunlight. Its input is solely reliant from the sun’s rays. This is the attractive part of solar power as every part of the world receives some sunshine during the year, making it worth the investments and stakes we place in it. It is important to remember that whenever you rely on solar energy, you will not be polluting the air or contributing to harmful greenhouse gas emissions.
When thinking about having a solar geyser installed, the most important aspect about this the technology is that it will save you money on a continuous basis. Solar water heating takes place through solar energy used to heat the water, and to store it in a container for future use. A solar geyser system comprises a solar thermal collector, a water storage tank and a system that would move the heat from the collector to the tank. There are two chief collectors that are used, the first being a flat plate collector. It has a transparent cover consisting of thickened glass, insulated weather proof casing and a metal absorber plate. The second is a vacuum tube that consists of a series of glass tubes interlinked together. Each system holds its own benefits and advantages.
Solar technology is on the rise and the way of the future. Investing in solar energy will have you keeping up with the times, and saving money in a time and economy where every cent is to be valued.
One cannot overestimate the effect that recent technologies such as the internet and smartphones have had on society. In the span of just over a decade, internet usage has exploded from millions or users to billions. Over that period the number of web sites online has grown exponentially. Just in the last few years, social networking sites including Facebook and Twitter have added a combined one billion users. In short, society has become more connected than ever. Information has become much easier to find but more difficult to filter.
Society has traditionally used the mainstream news organizations to filter information for us. World events aren’t anything new to the internet-era. Throughout history we still fought in wars, suffered through recessions and depressions, elected presidents and representatives, married loved-ones, attended graduations and rallies. Events have always occurred over the course of time. In the 1900s the media reported these events in the form of print, radio, and television. Real-world events were described in printed words and vocalized over the airwaves by the mainstream news outlets. The ability for one to describe world events was financially constrained. Not everyone could afford to own a newspaper, radio station, or television network. The limited number of media outlets meant less information available and less information to digest.
The internet, however, has fundamentally changed the landscape. News organizations continue to maintain some power under this new medium. For the first time ever, however, the billions of connected people can also produce and consume news. This has led to an explosion in the amount of information available. The internet makes publishing news cheap and easy and it has also made consuming news cheap and easy. These two lead to an inordinate amount of information available to us, more than any society has seen in the history of the world.
The emergence of the internet over the last two decades has led to a proliferation of technologies to facilitate the publishing and consumption of information for the average person. In the next 10 years, however, expect the opposite to happen. The powerful technologies will be the ones that adequately confine and intelligently funnel only relevant news to people. Nobody can effectively cover all sources including web sites, blogs, and social networking sites. We don’t have the time and we don’t have the energy. We need technology to help us. Expect the next to wave of innovation to include more intelligent news sites that effectively and efficiently distill information for us.
The world of technology is rapidly experiencing massive growth rates in the wake of this technological era. A couple of decades ago no one could predict the future of the internet and furthermore the spontaneous shift in technology. In 1997 when the first dial-up modems cut through the world of baseband communication they opened the Pandora’s Box in the world of broadband communication. Prior to the advent of the dial-up modem, most institutions and businesses relied heavily on copper telephone wires for the transmission of data and communication from one point to another. You can imagine how painstakingly slow it was for media companies to relay messages and breaking news over long distances. However, a couple of years down the line and broadband communication is born; combine this with high speed internet facilities and broadband reports are born and thus it came to be known as information in a jiffy or in the blink of an eye.
Broadband technology is predominantly based on baseband technologies but of a much robust and reliable nature. Baseband technology could only support one communication at a time and was heavily dependent on the ordinary telephone lines to transmit and receive data. Basically this means it worked in the same way as making a single telephone call. The computer would dial and query the local service provider’s services from an ordinary phone and wait for the response. It is arguably true that communicating over a wire is not only slow but expensive and also hampers other users from using the same resource. However, the advent of broadband communication brings with it more goodies than anyone could ever think of.
Unlike baseband communication, broadband communication utilizes advanced technology such as multiplexing and duplexing which allows several users to use the same device for different purposes simultaneously. What this means is that the same device can send and receive simultaneous signals from different users without interference. Take for an instance technology such as Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) which utilize the use of the same phone lines but with high-bandwidth capabilities some delivering digital signals up to several thousand bits per second. This means watching broadband news, reading broadband reports and transmitting the same is made amazingly easy, fast and efficient.
With the introduction of fiber-optic technologies, broadband communication is slowly taking off to the sky. The ability to transmit data at the speed of light merged with the ability to transmit simultaneous data streams on the same device is slowly and surely transforming the world into a digital village. The ability to watch broadband news as soon as it breaks is slowly becoming possible. Thanks to the internet most of the information and data is now free and easily accessible from almost anywhere in the globe.
The idea of having a billion people accessing the internet at the same time was virtually impossible a couple of decades ago, but with cutting-edge technology such as the one implemented in broadband technologies it is now very possible. The development and creation of broadband reports is day by day connecting people all over the world and daily reducing the operating costs for many businesses. Some of the most common applications of broadband communication are-
• High-speed internet access
• Video conferencing and video chats
• High-speed telecommunication e.g. broadband news.
• Broadband wireless communications.
Are you speeding along, leveraging all the new technologies and having fun, or are you stamping your foot, resisting change, and wishing everything would just slow down and stay the same? Facebook, Blogs, Google AdWords, Twitter, You Tube, Skype. Whatever next?
Technology is changing so fast and on top of all those daily tasks that you probably need to do in your business already, there seems little time to learn how to use all these new tools. Am I close?
Let’s face it some of them can be a little overwhelming, especially for those who are not technically or computer minded. So what can you do? Well as with all things you have some choices:
a) Do nothing and hope that your business thrives even if you don’t move with the times.
You may think that all of this Social Media ‘stuff’ is great for other people, and for those who have time to play around online. Meanwhile you have a ‘real’ job to do! Maybe you spend many hours a day on the phone convincing and selling your prospects on how great your opportunity or product is. Well I sincerely wish you luck here and you are going to need it!
b) You want to implement and grow your business using these new exciting tools but you just don’t know how to break it all down so you still take no action. This is similar to the first choice but you know deep inside that it isn’t the best way to go.
c) You understand that if you don’t go with the flow you will probably drown!
You decide today to update your skills and position yourself in time to benefit from the prosperity and opportunity that is being created with Social Media and Web 2.0 technology. This is true for every business owner but even more so for those in the Network Marketing industry because the business is all about connecting and attracting people to join your team.
The wonderful thing about plunging in and learning about Social Media and cutting edge marketing is that all of the skills you learn are transferable to any industry.
In my 6 years in Network Marketing I have been shown how to do a lot of things. In my first company when I was an MLM virgin, I was primarily shown how to buy leads IE; spend money. Even in that scenario which I don’t recommend to anyone, I developed some key skills such as how to handle my cash flow, and how to use the telephone to make the most out of my leads. The results were not great but my point is that in every action you take for your business, especially when you are hanging way out of your comfort zone, you will learn new skills.
Your skills and your brand are more valuable to you than money. You may be flat broke now but if you are developing the skills you need to succeed in Network Marketing in the 21st century then you are way ahead of the crowd and riches will soon follow as long as you have a correct strategy and mindset.
If there is ever a time in our history where leaders can elect themselves then this is it! Using these technologies you don’t need to ask permission from your upline to be a leader! You just need to position yourself as one and because you have the skills that many of the traditional marketers (who may have other amazing skills that you need also) don’t have, you automatically become an authority in your field of online marketing, and you become ATTRACTIVE.
I always write specifically for Network Marketers but there are so many businesses that can apply the same principles. For instance, Information Marketing seems to have merged with Network Marketing in many cases so you no longer really need to create your own products unless you want to. Using social media allows an entrepreneur to market themselves on a very low budget.
There are so many information products you can offer on the way in your attraction marketing process that it is becoming very easy to make money online. If you don’t yet have a funded proposal set up in your business so that you can make commissions every day whether people join your business or not, then I recommend that you implement one immediately.
Remember when we used manual typewriters and listened to tapes? We managed fine right? The thing is as soon as we had the option to have better technology it was only a matter of time before the new standard became the norm and if I don’t have my emails coming through on my blackberry and my tweet alerts then I feel quite lost! I don’t know about you but I wouldn’t go back to a typewriter and a tape player when I can use a beautiful laptop and an I pod. I mean why would I?
The point of this is that technology can be used to speed up your success and leverage your time, not slow you down as you try to learn how to use it. That is just a learning curve and results can come very fast in this arena. Social Media tools are becoming much simpler to understand as they are being designed for the masses, so with a bit of application anyone really can get the hang of using them.
Once you know these skills they are skills for life so update your skills and be daring. You can be the leader here. Its wide open for anyone who wants to run with this and learn how to blog, learn how to produce a video on You Tube, build a group of followers on Twitter. Why not you? As Jim Rohn says, ‘What you don’t know will hurt you!’
In Network Marketing you can be aligned with the greatest company in the history of the world but if you don’t have enough people looking it means nothing.
In a world of technology our school classrooms need to keep up. As much as technology is used on an everyday basis with students outside of school, its very important to keep the kids attention by implementing a lot of technology into the classrooms. As much as classroom technology has been improving over the years, it is not improving fast enough. Schools need to focus on presenting lesson plans, labs and class work with as much updated technology as possible to keep the kids challenged. Ninety-six percent of students say they use technology at home so during class lectures they tend to zone out until they are home to utilize the Internet and computers to type assignments and research projects.
With so many students having access to technology at home, schools really should incorporate more technology into their classrooms. They need to keep up with the demands of the technologically inclined students and help to teach the four percent of students who do not have access to computers or technology at home. Since the majority of students use technology so often the schools need to use technology often during class as well to keep the students minds from wandering. Schools are starting to implement more and more technology into the schools and by doing this, the students are showing much more interest in participating in class.
Schools are starting to make changes by having their IT professionals hook up their schools with WIFI connections so students are able to have access to the internet on their WIFI ready devices. This helps students to be able to research project material, email fellow classmates and teachers and utilize the Internet to help them with homework. With virtual learning on a rise, it’s important for schools to equip their campuses with WIFI. There are so many benefits to incorporating technology into the classrooms, not only does it challenge the students in a greater way, it also prepares them for college, since with college they utilize the internet constantly and there are many online classes that they offer.
Many educational devices that utilize technology are coming out; eReaders are starting to offer virtual textbooks, iPads, smartphones and mp3 players are offering educational applications that help the students on a daily basis during school. Educational applications can be used by teachers to create hands on technology earning with some devices that the students already own. Word Lens, is an app that can be used by foreign language teachers to create fun and exciting scavenger hunts through their phones, iPods or iPads. Molecules, is an application utilized by science teachers to show 3-D models of different molecules. Blackboard mobile learn is an application that teachers can update assignments on and show upcoming tests and quizzes so students can manage it all from their application and have their school dues dates organized.
The schools are starting to incorporate technology but it is not coming at a fast enough pace. Its important for the schools to keep up with the 21st century technology and challenge the students with new technology so they can teach students in a way that will keep their attention and give them the absolute best head start on life in a technological world!
There are so many distractions that take away from our precious time with our loved ones, especially our other half. Here are just a few examples.
Television, TiVo, On Demand, Hulu.
What ever happened to just regular ‘ole TV being the downfall of the family unit? It’s been upgraded with innovations such as On Demand and Hulu. You can now spend hours on end watching every episode, from every Season of HBO’s Entourage through your cable’s On Demand service.
Sony PlayStation, Wii, Xbox.
Video games have come a long way since Atari and Nintendo Game Boy but some men are still acting like they’re 12 when it comes to playing Madden. There seems to be a personal mission for them to beat their rival football team, in virtual reality.
iPod Touch, iPhone, iTunes, Smartphones.
Remember pagers and two-ways? How about portable CD players or Walkman? None of these have anything on the new world of Smartphones. Oh, the things we can now do with our mobile phone! You can send a text and then have an app read the reply to you, catch the football game, watch a movie, make a video, edit your website and deposit money into your bank account – from anywhere, all on your mobile device. Not quite sure if you can actually make a telephone call though.
Online web surfing.
The mindless hours that one can spend on the world wide web, searching Google, reading yahoo news, watching You Tube videos and mostly closing pop up ads.
Social media phenomenon.
Facebook and Twitter can eat up so much valuable time. Who really cares about your Mafia Wars score or FarmVille? No, seriously, who cares? As my mom likes to say, “He was like that before you married him.” Yep, it’s part of a man’s DNA. Sports, sex and doing nothing. You probably remember this behavior from your shacking-up days. He hung out with his boys all day Saturday playing PlayStation until someone’s girlfriend or wife called them home because it was 3:00 a.m. in the morning. Remember, marriage doesn’t make you a different person. We are who we are. Break up his obsession with today’s technology by trying a few of the tips below to shift his attention to connecting with you.
Get Naked – break his concentration from watching or playing games. If this doesn’t grab his attention, then check his pulse ’cause he might not be amongst the living.
Watch the Pittsburgh Steelers game with him but negotiate kisses or a feel up for each touchdown that his team makes.
Play a few games of strip Madden. The loser has to take off a piece of clothing. Bet you won’t make it two games.
Text him love notes throughout the day. Build up anticipation for an after work surprise. A candlelit dinner, followed by a bubble bath!
It’s healthy for married individuals to have their own hobbies, past-times and a break to veg out and forget about the stress of life but when these things start to become a routine and take away from your relationship, then it’s time to intervene. But before you sign him up for the show, Intervention on A&E, use a few of the suggestions above to grab his attention.
Get naked this Sunday right before the first afternoon game and just stand in front of the t.v. Make sure the kids are taking their afternoon nap. No need in sending them to therapy later in life.
What are some of YOUR technology distractions? Share them below.
A good white paper is a paper that makes you look good.
You look good when your white paper makes sense, when it’s readable, when it concentrates on benefits and examples, and when it’s easy to get. Here’s why:
Reason #1. Many people would rather die than talk to a sales representative right off the bat, but they will read a white paper. When people start researching a product, they are not prepared to talk to a salesperson. They have no idea if the product is for them, or if they even need the technology at all. They’ll also be resistant to new and innovative technologies. Well-written, benefit-laden white papers will qualify your product to the reader, and qualify the reader to you at the next stage in the sales cycle.
Reason #2. White papers build a bridge between the prospect and your organization’s salespeople. When the salesperson does call, it’s not out of the blue. If a user has downloaded a white paper, there is an established connection between user interest and your company. The call can even be welcome if the customer has more questions and is interested in moving forward.
Reason #3. White papers are simple to host on the Web, where people can easily download and read them. In addition to your own company Website, there are numerous sites that host white papers and make it easy for prospects to download the paper. Many companies take this opportunity to capture reader information, including if the reader wants to be contacted. If they do request contact, for heaven’s sake contact them! They are coming highly qualified.
Reason #4. You’re not just reaching prospective customers with white papers, you’re also reaching journalists. Or you should be. This is why you should always include a solid technical section in a white paper: journalists doesn’t want to download a white paper and find a brochure, it makes them cranky. But if you deliver a valuable white paper, the journalist is far more likely to speak well of you and your product. (This, of course, is the essence of media relations.)
Reason #5. And speaking of journalists, what do they do when they pick up or receive expensive press kits? They throw them away, but they do keep valuable information like booklets and white papers. As a senior editor and editor-in-chief for data storage magazines, I can’t tell you how many beautiful and pricey press kits I picked up, then threw away. What did I keep? White papers. Who did I think of when I was writing a story on that technology? The company that wrote the white paper.
The CLEAR Process
All white papers need to combine good writing, good structure, and clear technical explanations — high level or not, depending on purpose and audience — and case studies. The process is CLEAR:
- Clarify the problem
- List your technology’s features
- Educate your customers on benefits
- Add proof points
- Restate your case
People like technology white papers if the paper is clear, useful, readable and available. Make sure your white papers fit the bill with the CLEAR process, or call a professional white paper writer for your next project.
If you have not heard about Reimage Windows XP Computer Repair service, it is one rare computer repair service on the Internet. This allows you to fix the bugs, viruses, software malfunctions and faulty drivers on your computer in about 30 minutes at the comfort of your home. In this article, you are going to discover further about the recent happenings that are going on around this company including why the company image is represented by a Rubik Cube, how it shows slowdown trend in PC upgrades and what proves the concept of this company to be a demand of the society. You will be able to know more about this company deeper by the end of this article and then you can explore this online service even further.
First of all, Reimage reveals why their company is represented by a Rubik Cube. They brought in the concept when they were doing a survey asking a question of what they think of personal computer performance. Out of many, one particular person gave an answer such as this,
“Windows is like Rubik’s cube. When you first get it – it starts off all shiny and working. But soon enough things evidently change… and you can no longer bring it back to its original condition…”
Immediately, they realized that they could not agree more because they believed that Windows work exactly like Rubik Cube where they cannot bring it back to its original condition. This is how their brand identity of a Rubik Cube was born.
Secondly, the repairs trend of Reimage shows a continuous increase in low RAM over the past few months. This tells that general public are still skeptical and not ready to make new computer purchases over the past few months due to this recession period. Not only that but the society are also afraid to hunt for upgrades and it could cost them even more money and they are more ready to go for repairs of their computers. They experienced an increase of PC repairs in December 2008 where 94,753 computers were being repaired comparing to November 2008 where 54,463 PCs were repaired.
Thirdly, a public survey proves that the concept of Reimage appears to be a demand of the society. The survey indicates that more than 80% of the respondents reported that it takes at least half a day to a day to have their computer fixed whether it is to clean, re-image, restore computers affected by malware, which was a statement claimed by GreenBorder Technologies. It is because of this, Reimage concept’s of fixing the computer in less than 30 minutes proves to be a solution to many computer users who intend to send their computers to vendors in order to have them repaired. With the massive time reduction at the comfort of your home, you can now experience the same without having to go through much hassles and troubles leaving your house.
By now, you probably know what has been going on around Reimage Computer Repair recently. With these news in your head, you are able to know the company better and know whether or the concept is something that is right for you too. Hope this article has been a helping hand.
Do you take your work with you while you are on summer vacation? Or does your phone keep on ringing while you attend your son’s soccer games or your daughter’s piano recitals? Check out how Virtual Assistants (VAs) can help you enjoy those precious moments while ensuring that you are still on the go!
Virtual Assistants offer a support service wherein they utilize today’s state of the art technology to remotely communicate with their clients. They are a team of professionals committed to deliver a full-service virtual office and utilize technologically advanced applications to meet your exact needs. They eliminate traditional burden of health care, records, payroll, rent etc. They are committed to delivering high-quality services and advocating for your interests in your business’ success in collaboration with the advancement of technology. They set up your office with a quick plug and play solution for your administrative requirements.
There is no employment-related paperwork, no requirement for additional office space and facilities costs (perfect if you work from home!).
Their main task involves administrative or clerical work. Virtual Assistants (VAs) are competent and well-versed. They came from different business backgrounds and most have several years of experience as administrative executive assistants, office managers, secretaries, human resource officer and bookkeepers, accountants. . . and on top of their fields. They provide across-the-board administrative (and other) services.
Clients are mutually matched with their VA’s, building a harmonious working relationship. They believe that building a good working relationship is the key to being productive and productivity yields success! You can be efficient and move forward confidently while your Virtual Assistant (VA) handles your phone calls, emails, bills, appointments, invoices and receivables. You can have a more balanced lifestyle while increasing professional productivity with time & money saved. Compare the competitive rates for an onsite employee, Virtual Assistants (VAs) can handle significant but regular time-consuming tasks such as answer incoming calls, respond to emails on your behalf, schedule your appointments, and other relevant office work.
Think of it this way, you can confidently move forward and focus on running your business, knowing that your Virtual Assistant (VA) has got you covered. Virtual Assistants (VAs) can run parts of your company while you grow your business. Allow yourself to wind down while they do the works. You can increase your productivity and hand over other necessary but fundamental office tasks to them and have a breath of fresh air.
It is now ten years since I began writing weekly newspaper columns. Things have changed a great deal during that time. Some have predicted that because of technology, newspapers and books are facing an impending death but I don’t believe it.
I love the feel of having a book in my hands and don’t think that I am alone. I also enjoy the newspaper that is left at my door each morning and frequently cut out articles to keep or share with others.
I do believe, however, that the newspaper industry is in the process of revitalizing. This week I want to share some ways in which changes are being made as well as some words that might be new to you:
1. Cyber fiber is a term that describes the fact that many newspapers are now accessible on the web. Because of this, publishers are focusing more on local stories and developing local news sources to produce copy that readers can’t get in others places in a credible and deep way.
2. Crowd sourcing is a process of inviting readers to have more input into stories by providing information that they have, influencing how they want a story to be written or asking questions. The hard copy invites readers to provide feedback and internet editions offer links for comments. This practice has transformed the concept of newspapers which were once merely a source of information to now being a two-way exchange of information between publisher and readers.
3. Cartocols – Rather than writing long narratives, newspapers now convey important information in chunks with suitable graphics. This way the story is told in a more approachable way for readers who just want brief information that can be digested quickly rather than a lot of details.
4. Advertising – The consolidation of department store chains has reduced the demand for full-page advertisers. Newspapers have therefore had to create new ways to satisfy smaller advertisers.
5. New Formats – Community newspapers, inserts, focused magazines and niched websites provide different ways for readers to access the information that interests them without having to sift through the overwhelming amount of information that is published every day.
Just like in any business, newspapers have to provide a product that the customer wants and this requires introducing changes to ensure that this happens. Young people are being mentored in schools to read the newspapers and all ages are now able to choose whether they want to learn what is happening through electronic or hard copy.
In the middle of a world of change – some things stay the same.
I know that I am going to continue readings newspapers and books that I can physically hold.
(Oh, and when I comes to writing my newspaper columns – I will likely be here for another ten years!)
Have a great week!
Music is a darling the world over, if not just a frequent companion in our daily lives. It accompanies us to the beach, to the workplace, on our numerous bike rides or phone conversations. Isn’t it of good judgment that we fancy to equip our SUVs, Sedans, or whatever you drive, with possibly the best auto sound systems you can lay your hands on? The drawback is that novel technology is making it to the markets at a rapid rate than we can’t possibly keep up with, be it on daily or monthly basis – its happening fast. No wonder we are absolutely quick to kick ourselves in the butt when deciding whether to buy this or maybe that company’s made auto sound system. We are truly spoiled for choice.
As a matter-of-fact, excellent technology in auto sound system already exists. The question therefore isn’t whether or not it will reach the market, but instead when. When? Hence this becomes a really considerable question in discussing about new technologies. There are numerous factors that control the duration it takes for an actual product to reach the market, and the supply/availability at the point in time. Good news is that consumers are a patient lot, and will always wait until that point approaches; it then pays to realize that prices for these systems you love will drop almost overnight.
Though I may prefer to procure one of these star gadgets like everyone else does, I have to remind myself of my obligations as a parent, which are to ensure that my children are well fed, clothed and educated, College fees don’t come easy remember. This reason will therefore keep me hooked to my old-fashioned machine while deep down longing for the newest Acer notebooks, I’ll play my tracks on my Ipod Shuffle while longing for a new Ipod that can play video. Life will however go on, and I will enjoy playing spectator to those playing with their new fancy gadgets, while also learning from them and waiting for prices to go down. (Just like Mp3s a few years ago).
I can consider myself smart enough for realizing that it’s mostly not wise to be the first buyer of new products or new technology. Better let someone take the expensive risk associated with purchasing untested product and get their first hand opinion of the product. This will go miles in informing your decisions minus the risks that come with new untested products.
There are countless things I can sacrifice and many others I’m willing to go the extra mile in order to give my children as test objects. What I have come to realize is that if the item or device can survive for weeks under their care, it is a good bet and is without doubt worth buying stock in the company. Most of us have things we consider most important than others and though I love technology, there are other things of higher priority.
I treasure music, and it’s a very important part of my life, I therefore try my best to keep up with the best and latest when choosing auto sound systems. My most preferred happens to be the Bose. This system is wholly designed to make music sound as it ought to. You can find the best quality and greatest audio from this system without sacrificing half of your trunk or the whole back seat. Bose is an expensive product on the market when it comes to auto sound systems, but all the same worth your money.
Always remember that the best auto sound system is not necessarily the most expensive auto sound product in the market, this is good piece of advice when considering your options in regard to auto sound system, this stands true, regardless of what the salesman tells you. Learning all that you possibly can, about the choices available in auto sound system, might make you discover that there are less costlier systems well suited to your auto sound system than you previously thought.
Let us start anew in 2011 and begin the shift towards green energy with the revolutionary biosphere technology. The planet has been ailing for centuries because of the pollution man has brought upon her. Mankind’s addiction to efficient energy has made him a slave of brown energy that is slowly dragging the planet to its demise. The said energy that is stained with the blood of the planet has lead to many technological advancements and innovations. And as he made technological progress his appetite for more grew bigger and bigger. And brown energy has been the primary means of quenching this seemingly insatiable hunger. Fortunately, coming along with the New Year is the availability of a new clean invention that can both sate man’s thirst for efficient energy and answer the planet’s woes for cleaner energy.
Biosphere Technology is the materialization of the decades of research and development activities centered at empowering green energy to the point that it can compete head on with conventional forms of energy such as coal and oil. It is also a waste-to-energy process that turns garbage into energy using advanced gasification technologies. It makes use of five distinct stages to subject the trash into conversion. The use of oxygen limiting chambers is the core of the technology’s unparalleled strength. The said limiters hinder the escape of polluting gases into the atmosphere. These gases are the primary culprits behind the green house effect which in turn results to global warming and climate change. Hence, the use of biosphere technology both solves the problems of earth pollution and land pollution. It devours solid wastes and fully eliminates it. It is also able to do so without releasing pollutants into the atmosphere thus effectively preventing future pollution of the air.
Efficiency is the greatest advantage of Biosphere Technology. This efficiency is at par or even better than traditional forms of energy. The oxygen limiters are also the key that make such efficiency possible. Through controlling with exact precision the amount of oxygen introduced to the feedstock, the use of the most efficient temperatures is maintained. The said control also allows the process to reach very intense levels of heat that allows the production of the purest energy particles. The said particles are then gathered into steam of immense heat which is then utilized to power electrical generators.
Biosphere Technology supplies energy while at the same time cleansing our environment of various pollutants. It is our best chance of saving the planet from the impending doom pollutants are bringing upon it. Let us make 2011 the year when the planet goes back to its former green self. It is time to live green. Let us do it for Planet Earth, because caring for the planet is tantamount to taking care of all life on the Biosphere.
I visited Daman when I was for the first time in India. The town can easily be reached with a train or bus if you are a backpacker on budget or you can hire a car. We chose the train. Sadly it used to stop after every ten meters, but after 6 hours and approximately 200 kilometers of absolute boredom we were in Vapi train station. From there you have to take a taxi or a rickshaw to the Daman.
Unlike Goa the Daman is not a popular western tourist destination. Therefore the first thing you would notice is that there are no touts and you don’t have to fight of army of rickshaw drivers, like in popular tourist spot and finding one that speaks English is even harder than you might think. Also the town has very few beggars. Daman is very popular destination for the Indian tourists from the nearby cities, therefore finding a hotel is easy. There are numerous hotels in the Daman itself but you might be better off finding a good hotel on the beach going a couple of kilometers north to Devka Beach. The beach is really not very good, for sure it’s not good for swimming because it’s too rocky and unlike Goa or the Beaches of Mumbai nobody’s here’s used to half naked ladies in swimsuit’s. The other ting with the beach is that there are packs of dogs and you should avoid those.
There are some touristy spots in the Daman town, like the old Portuguese fort, a small amusement park in Devka Beach, but basically that’s it. However there is another reason why this place is so popular among Indian weekend tourists – dirt cheap alcohol. And I really mean cheap and accessible. Numerous liquor stores can be found in Daman. A bottle of locally produced vodka costs somewhere around 70 Rs (1.4 USD), that’s how cheap it is. You can buy all sorts of alcoholic beverages here, however you can be sure that it’s manufactured just around the corner even if it says “Finlandia” or “Smirnoff” on the bottle. The downside it all is that there are a lot of drunk Indian tourists, they are generally friendly but kind of annoying. I would suggest avoiding having too many vodka shots with the average male Indian tourist. The cheap alcohol however cannot be taken outside the town borders and there are police checks on the roads. The locals are really nice and during the day it’s safe to walk around practically everywhere. The rickshaws and taxis are harder to catch than in the touristy places, but they cost less: a rickshaw in Daman will cost about 30 Rs; a taxi ride to Vapi train station will cost somewhere about 120 Rs.
Overall Daman is a nice place to spend one or two days after that it’s starting to get boring as the town offers a little entertainment.