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Sunday, November 30, 2008

Asus Eee PC's 901, 1000h, 1000 Compared Side by Side

The original EEE PC was announced in 2007 and was known as the 701, it was almost certainly one of the most talked about computers shortly after its launch.

The specs of the EEE PC 701 were not that impressive, it featured pretty basic technology. The reason it was popular? Well that's because it is so tiny, and very reasonably priced. The fact that the early versions only ran Linux didn't seem to put people off either. Asus did however ship the EEE PC with windows drivers so that it was possible to install windows on it yourself if you wanted.

The 901 is an 8.9" version of the EEE PC which is powered using Intel's new Atom processor and was launched to update the product line. Although the Atom doesn't add much speed to the computer it does make it much more efficient in terms of battery life.

The 1000 model is one of the most anticipated computer releases of the year! It has received some very good reviews. Asus will also release a 1000H model which is identical in spec apart from it using a conventional 80GB hard drive rather than the 40GB SSD. This will be the first ever EEE PC to contain a hard drive.

Comparing the specs:

Asus EEE PC 701 (original)- 7" 800x480, Linux Only (Windows drivers included), 900MHz Celeron (underclocked to 630Mhz), 802.11n wireless networking, 512MB - 1GB DDR2, 2 - 8GB SSD, 895 - 990g.

Asus EEE PC 901 (8.9") - 8.9" 1024x600 Windows XP Home or Linux, Intel Atom Processor, 802.11n wireless networking, 1 GB DDR 2, 20GB SSD, 1.1kg.

Asus EEE PC 1000 (10") - 10"/10.2" 1024x600, Windows XP Home or Linux Intel Atom Processor, 802.11n wireless networking, 2 GB DDR 2, 40GB SSD, 1.33kg.

Asus EEE PC 1000H (10" with HDD) - 10"/10.2", 1024x600 Windows XP Home or Linux Intel Atom Processor, 802.11n wireless networking, 2 GB DDR 2, 80GB SSD, 1.45kg.

As you should be able to see, the new models are a great improvement on the older spec, however people that want a small computer still have to put up with the pretty dire specs of the 701. As a second computer the original EEE PC is ideal. Newer models are being shipped with better specs and even Windows XP installed as standard, this makes them a much more enticing and useful computer.

Many other computer manufacturers have jumped on the bandwagon to provide small computers like the EEE PC; other examples include the HP MiniNote 2133 and Lenovo's X300. Many of these models are also available in different configurations, including conventional and SSD hard drives.

What does the future have in store for the EEE PC? Only time will tell, if you listen to the rumors then there are even plans to launch a desktop EEE PC onto the market at some time in the future. The future looks very bright for all sub notebook computers, especially for the EEE PC, which is perhaps the most famous of them all!

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Benefits of the New Jawbone 2 Bluetooth Headset

The new Jawbone 2 Bluetooth headset got the FCC's approval this April of 2008 and is selling strong. So let's take some time and discuss this powerful Bluetooth headset.

When Aliph released the first Jawbone Bluetooth headset two years ago, it became a highest rated and most popular Bluetooth headset because of its amazing sound quality and of course it's eye-catching design. However, there were two big complaints about it: it is bulkier than most headsets out there, and it has an unusual ear hook that made the Jawbone difficult to position correctly. As it seems, Aliph has listened to the consumer, because the new Aliph Jawbone 2 has put an end to those negatives. Not only is the Jawbone 2 smaller and lighter (The Jawbone 2 is almost 50 percent smaller than the original, measuring 2 inches long by 0.5 inch wide by 0.5 inch thick and weighing 0.35 ounce), the Jawbone 2 also has a simpler ear hook design and a great new look that leaves its predecessor somewhere way back. Its noise-canceling technology has even been upgraded from being called the "Noise Shield" to the "Noise Assassin," which promises to be more aggressive in canceling out ambient noise. Aliph is saying that the "Noise Assassin" technology has been tested by the military and approved by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). DARPA is the U.S. Department of Defense's independent research branch. The Jawbone 2 is not intended for 'cheapies' it is retailing f for $149.99, but if you wish to get the ultimate and top of the line in Bluetooth headsets, it is definitely worth it.

The Jawbone 2 was designed by the famous industrial designer Yves Behar, who in fact was the designer of the first Jawbone Headset as well. The Jawbone 2 features a beveled diamond pattern all along the front, which results in a three-dimensional texture that glides smoothly under our fingers. At first glance, the Jawbone 2 may appear as not having any buttons at all no buttons, but although you cannot see its controls, you can feel them. There's the Talk button on the front of the headset, while Aliph's patented Noise Assassin button is on the top. On top of the Talk button you Will find a very slim sliver of an LED light, which glows bright white when the headset is powered on. You also have the option of turning the LED light completely off. Though these hidden buttons create a streamlined design, our staff did think it would be better to have a more obvious Talk button instead of having to feel around for it. Another thing that we find may have been made better, is that since the LED light is directly on top of the Talk button, it makes it difficult to press the button and see the light at the same time.

It is worthy to note that there is no real volume rocker, the Jawbone 2 is configured to adjust the volume automatically according to the environment, thanks to its Noise Assassin technology. If one wishes to turn the Noise Assassin to off, it can be done by hitting the Noise Assassin button. In order to adjust the volume manually, the Noise Assassin button also acts as a singular volume control, meaning you have to cycle through different volume levels to get to the right volume.

Turn the headset around and you'll find a rubber earpiece, an optional ear hook, and a tiny white rubber nub that acts as the Voice Activity Sensor. In order for the voice-amplification technology to work correctly, one must wear the headset so that the sensor lies against your cheek, allowing it to detect the vibration of your voice. Unlike the first Jawbone, the ear hook is completely optional. Since the earpiece fits more securely in the ear, you can choose to wear the headset with the ear hooks or without it. As a bonus, Aliph packages a few different size earpiece covers plus different ear hooks for a better fit (I guess they really want to correct the fit problem that people experienced with it's predecessor). The Jawbone 2 is a lot more comfortable than the first Jawbone Headset, it can be worn very easily. Even when choosing to wear them with the ear hooks, one can easily wear their eyeglasses along with this Jawbone 2 headset, since the ear hooks are so flexible and thin.

The most important reason to get the Jawbone 2 is because of its great noise-canceling technology. It comes with a dual microphone that really helps to reduce the wind noise, it also features a technology that protects your ear against unexpected loud noises, and last but not least, the above mentioned voice-activity sensor and Noise Assassin technology that helps to amplify your voice and drown out ambient sound.

The Jawbone 2 has a rated talk time of 4 hours and a standby time of more than eight days! Some other astounding features include call waiting support, a low-battery status indicator and voice command support.

Larry Jung is a blogger and writes about technology and cell phone accessories and currently contributes to the Shopcell Cell Phone Accessory Blog. He has been working online for the past 12 years doing content syndication. He currently is widely covering the new Jawbone 2 Bluetooth and the awaited new iPod release.

Friday, November 28, 2008

How to Use a Laminator

By Alan Robinson

Using a laminator depends on the type of laminator in question. Whether you are using a roll laminator, a pouch laminator or even self seal sheets, you will find lamination to be easy once you get the hang of it. Laminators come in different sizes but whether you use a 12" laminating machine or a mini laminator, the principles are the same.

Using A Pouch Laminator

Many people use pouch laminators, which are simple to use. With a pouch laminator, you will need to turn on the machine to warm it up. Next, choose the right heat setting. If you are using thick pouches, you will need a higher setting. The indicator light will come on when the laminator has heated up.

Put your document between the laminating pouch flaps so you have a border on every side. Insert the lamination pouch, closed edge first, into the machine. It has to be inserted closed edge first so no air bubbles can get trapped inside the lamination. Some laminating machines use a carrier which you put the pouch into before inserting it and others do not need this.

The laminated document will come out of the back of the laminator when it is done. If it is wavy, you might need a lower heat setting. If it is not sealed properly, you might need more heat. When you have finished laminating, lay the laminations down to cool off and switch off the machine.

Using A Roll Laminator

To use a roll laminator you first need to plug it in and ascertain the heat shield and feed tray are in place. If they are not, the machine will not heat up and the rollers will not move. A lot of roll type laminators default to the lowest heat so you might need to turn it up if you are using thicker laminate film.

You will also have to choose the right speed. A lot of laminators have guidelines on the machine so just follow these. When the laminator light comes on, it is ready to go. Some laminating machines take up to ten minutes to heat up. Place the document to be laminated on the feed table and press "run". When the heat line goes, push the item on to the heated rollers.

If you are laminating more than one thing, you can feed them through continuously, but make sure they do not overlap. The laminated items exit via the back of the laminating machine.

There will be a film cutter on the back of the laminator so you can lower the handle while sliding the cutter across the lamination film. The inbuilt blade trims off any excess film. When you have finished laminating everything, switch the laminator off and allow it to cool down.

Laminating Without A Machine

If you do not have a laminating machine, you can use self laminating pockets, such as 3M Scotch self sealing laminating pouches. These pouches are ideal to protect photos, documents and keepsakes and they have a protective, clear gloss finish.

Using a self laminator pouch means you put the document between the sheets and seal it yourself without a heat source or laminating machine.

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Hearing Impaired Phones Reduce Frustration

Most likely, the hearing impaired phone you're researching is for a friend or loved one. Although your parent, grandparent or good friend may not believe that they have a hearing impairment (over 28 million people in the U.S. have hearing loss), your telephone conversations may be increasingly frustrating for both parties. Many amplified phones are purchased by someone other than the individual who really needs the device. The level of amplification needed often depends on the level of hearing loss (see below). To make matters worse, many individuals with a hearing loss typically either 1) think that there are no problems with their hearing, or 2) believe that there are no decent amplified telephones on the market that will allow them to have clear communications with friends and family.

Q: Where do I start?

A: Diagnose all the communication challenges and their priorities.
It may seem obvious that the inability to hear telephone conversations is the number one challenge, but you would be surprised that many individuals are searching for other important features (like big buttons) that resolve other problems. These problems can be a lack of dexterity, visual impairment or even mental acuity. Also, maybe the potential user's hearing loss isn't substantial (where only minor amplification is needed) and they just need a phone that provides more clarity. Some common needs are listed below:

  • Amplification level: The loudest corded and cordless phones on the market provide up to 50db of amplification. For moderate hearing loss, consider phones in the 20db to 40db range. For those with mild hearing loss, consider phones in the 15db to 30 db range.
  • Inability to hear high or low pitched sounds: Is there a tone adjustment on the phone? This feature will help compensate for hearing losses in high frequencies as well as low frequencies.
  • Hands-Free application: Does the phone have a good quality speakerphone? Many hearing impaired phones also have space for plugging in a headset, neckloop, or other technologies.
  • Hearing aid compatibility: Even though a user may wear a hearing aid, an amplified phone is often a great addition for improved telephone conversations. The "scoop" or "cup" of the earpiece may be an important consideration. Without this, a hearing aid user may experience significant feedback, leading to an annoying phone experience.
  • Location: Where will the phone be used? In an apartment or a large home? Also, do you need additional cordless handsets? How much range (or distance away from the base unit) do you need? If range is important, consider an amplified phone that uses DECT 6.0 technology (the latest frequency).
  • Visual and Audio notification: Adjustable ringer loudness and bright ringer flashers are available on most amplified phones although the brightness and loudness vary greatly from phone to phone.
  • Additional Considerations: Besides a hearing impairment, are there other impairment issues as well? If the user not only faces a hearing difficulty but their hands are becoming unsteady, then they may benefit from jumbo buttons that allow for easy dialing.

Q: Which hearing impaired amplified phone do I choose? A: Get product feedback.

In general, the more expensive the phone, the more amplification and features you get. A starter amplified phone with basic features and mild amplification (15db to 30db) generally starts in the $50.00 to $85.00 range. Expect to pay $125.00 to $250.00 for top end phones with 50db of amplification and extra features for persons with severe hearing losses.

  • Some additional ideas for selecting an amplified phone:
  • Search for specific product reviews online. Try typing the words "amplified phones" or "hearing impaired phones" in a Google search.
  • Contact your favorite retailer who has a wide selection of amplified phones. Ask about the most popular models and their return rates. Remember that the loudest models don't always equate to the clearest sounding or easiest to use.
  • If you can't find a local retailer, try talking with someone (friend or sales representative) that has used the phone you are considering.
  • Consider the most popular brands in the hearing impaired market: Clarity, Audex, ClearSounds, and more recently, GE.

Amplified phones are clearly of great benefit to people with a hearing impairment - even those with hearing aids. Just as importantly, these phones can have outreaching positive affects on the relationships with family and friends. For the relatively minimal expense and the recent improvement with technology, it makes sense to try an amplified phone.

Bill Nagel, a veteran in the consumer telecommunications market and founder of Cordless Workz, is always on the hunt for the best performing hearing impaired phones. You are allowed to publish this article in its entirety provided that the author's name and website links must remain intact and included with every reproduction.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Lenevo Thinkpad Notebooks

By Bill Pratt

Lenevo gained popularity with their range of notebook PCs, the most acclaimed being the ThinkPad range. Following their motto, "Innovation that matters to our customers..." the company has come up with a number of notebooks falling under different categories as follows:

The R Series

Available at affordable prices, the R Series is meant for day-to-day computing and small-scale business, where you don't need to travel much. These desktops are extremely robust with a magnesium roll cage to protect its components, in case of accidental falls and jerks. The hard drive has ThinkVantage Active Protection System that works like an air bag, sensing the changes in motion and adjusting the hard disk accordingly.

The T Series

The T Series can boast of its high performance along with portability and long battery life. If you want a notebook with no compromise, your search ends here! These mobile workstations are high on processing power, design and advanced security features such as full disc encryption and fingerprint reader.

The X Series

Tagged as the "thinnest and lightest", they weigh around 1.22 Kg only (starting) where usually notebooks weigh around 2 - 3 Kg! These notebooks are built for professionals who are always on move. They feature anti-spill keyboard, LED backlight display that is friendly to your eyes, ultra-thin DVD burner and a battery life of up to 12 hours.

The X Series Tablet

This one is a real boon for the professions that require high level of note-taking. The world is digital, so forget notepads and be smart. Bring home X Series Tablet notebook that combines the features of a tablet PC and a laptop. Its main feature is the 12.1" SXGA+ multi-view display with a view angle of 170 degrees, capable of adjusting itself for any light condition. It also has an Active Rotate feature that senses the motion and changes the displays vertically or horizontally.

The Z Series

Appropriately tagged as "widescreen multimedia", the Z Series is suitable for applications requiring high quality graphics and crystal clear sound provided by a widescreen display and stereo speakers. So sit back and enjoy your favorite movies or make your digital photo album with the inbuilt digital camera!

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Effective Workflow With Quantum SDLT-600A

DLT (digital linear tape) tape technology is cost effective, robust and highly reliable. DLT is one of the most successful and popular backup tape formats. Based on the technology of DLT, Quantum has introduced SDLT 600A tape drive system (video centric). Quantum SDLT-600A has "DLT-exchange", which enhances the work flow effectively and reduces the cost. Quantum SDLT-600A when connected to network through Gigabit Ethernet having FTP access (built in), provides SDLT-600A interoperability like SDI (serial digital interface) video. On the tape of SDLT-600A has a special file system, which makes any tape cartridge readable & accessible anytime, anywhere by any OS and platform.

As soon as the tape cartridge is loaded initially in the Quantum SDLT-600A, the table of contents of the tape is loaded into the tape drive's RAM memory. Table of contents can be viewed by the user via browsers (FTP client or Window explorer) and Ethernet connectivity. This accessibility has given user has the choice to specify the files that are to be transferred or to restore sub clip's time segments in partial "file restore", then the tape drive will access that specific files. The users had to access whole file with the previous video tapes, then they viewed the contents and then afterwards had to determine the segments they wanted to restore. This was very time consuming & manual intensive process.

SDLT-600A along with the "DLT-exchange" utilizes the media of "SDLT II-A" offering native capacity and transfer speed of 300GB & 36MB/second respectively. Transfer of partial file and file metadata's fast access is possible with the Quantum SDLT-600A. The Quantum drive accesses SD content and High Definition format quicker than "real time" because the data transfer speed of the tape drive is faster than compressed video's speed of data. For example, HD content of 100MB/second (like DVCPRO-HD) can be 3 times faster transferred than real time and SD content of 25MB/second (like V25) can be 12 times faster transferred as compared to real time.

The audio & video files on rugged cartridge provide a reliable mechanism for transferring of content from & to the "play-out servers" in environments that are mobile like in sporting events the mobile trucks. It is easy to move the SDLT tape-IIA between video facilities and libraries. Risks that are associated with application dependencies and vendor can be minimized because there is a file system (built-in) in each SDLT tape-IIA cartridge. All applications can access this file system.

In situation of disaster recovery, tape cartridges from archive can be inserted into any tape drive to retrieve the content. The benefit of the SDLT random access technology over the other storage systems (hard disk or optical disk) is the cost. In comparison to the data storage technologies like the hard disks and optical disks, the DLT & SDLT tapes are more cost effective.

The SDLT tapes have longer shelf life and they can store data for longer period of time in cost effective manner. Quantum SDLT tape cartridges are reliable for the physically transfer of critical data and information. This is important if the networks are non existent, incompatible or too slow.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi - Stylish Laptop With All Useful Technologies

Sneak Peek

Laptops have become an integral part of any professional career. With a wide range of laptops emerging in the market within short spans, deciding on the one that suits you the best becomes critical. With the weight of around 2.5 kg without power pack and with preinstalled Linux Operating System this Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi laptop PC is equipped with 14.1" WXGA Widescreen Acer CrystalBrite TFT LCD display. The display is powered by included Intel Graphics Media Accelerator GMA 950 Graphics Chipset with up to 224 MB of shared video memory offering maximum of 1280 x 800 pixel screen resolution.

Key Features

The Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi Laptop is power-driven by 1.73 GHz Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor T2080 with 1 MB L2 supply, 533 MHz FSB and it features Mobile Intel 945GM Express chipset motherboard, 1024-MB of DDR2 533 MHz SDRAM (upgradeable to 4 GB using two soDIMM modules), 120-GB 5400 rpm SATA hard disk drive and DVD Super Multi Double Layer DVD Writer.

A number of additional features of Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi laptop includes Type II PC Card slot, S-video TV out, Intel High Definition audio with 2 built-in Acer 3DSonic stereo speakers and Built-in omni-directional microphone.

Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi laptop is provided with 71W 4800 mAh Li-ion 8-cell battery which offers up to 5 hours battery life. Acer QuickCharge technology enables 80% charge in 1 hour or 2-hour rapid charge system-off.This Linux preinstalled Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi laptop also features incorporated 5-in-1 Media Card Reader which provides Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, xD-Picture Card.

Cutting Edge Technology

Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi Laptops come with the Super Multi format DVD writer in PC which can burn DVD+ and DVD- disc formats as well as dual-layer DVD+/-R optical discs allowing storage of up to 8.5 GB of data on each dual-sided DVD media. In addition to it, the DVD writer can also burn 40x CD-R and 24x CD-RW media.

Core Information

This processor comes with a built-in webcam Acer OrbiCam which has a 1.3 megapixel resolution. The internal microphone also provides an easy access to video conferencing option with the help of VoIP and video Instant Messenger chats. The Acer Crystal Eye webcam supports enhanced Acer PrimaLiteT technology which works perfectly even with low-light performance.

The Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi laptop PC comes equipped with Acer's eAudio Management set which gives the option to optimize listening experience for movies, music or games. Its easy-launch buttons offer one-touch admittance to significant features.


The Acer Aspire 4710Z NWXMi laptop is operational with integrated Intel PRO/Wireless 3945BG network link which offers dual-mode 802.11a/b/g wireless LAN connection. In addition, it also comes with incorporated 10/100 mbps Ethernet LAN card for wired networking, integrated 56 kbps v.92 fax/modem.

Pooja Lapasia is a well known author and has written articles on Sony Laptops, Laptop store, Asus Laptops, online shop and many other subjects.

A968 TV Phone - Features Dual Sim Slots, a 3 Inch QVGA Touch Screen and a 3.0 Mega Pixel Camera

By Rae Edwards

It wasn't very long ago that the clones (iPhone or otherwise) which featured real time analog television were considered quite a novelty. For a while, it wasn't clear if the TV feature was one that was a passing fancy or one that was actually here to stay.  It turns out that consumers have dictated that television is something that they actually use and want in a phone. With best selling models like the N99i and PT400, the market seems to have spoken.  This article will discuss one of the newer models - the A968.

The A968 is a Chinese import.  It has dual sim slots which means that you can have two phone numbers or two networks going at once.  This is very popular with business people or folks who take a lot of calls that they don't want to miss when they are also on-line.

Additionally, this one is quad band (many of the TV phones are tri band). It supports 850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz.  This covers most all GSM carriers  worldwide, including networks in the U.S. and in Canada, (North America), as well as South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.  You don't need drivers and software. Once you insert your sim card, the phone will read it and you're good to go. And, if you have no need for both sims, the phone will work fine only using one.

The A968 has all of the loaded add - ons that have become so popular with the clones, like: web browsing and messaging (email, text, voice and email - SMS, MMS, GPRS WAP); Bluetooth; FM radio; MP3 / MP4; a 2.0 MP digital camera /  web cam; and handwriting recognition.

The A 968 can also hold up to 4GB of memory and is expandable. This phone is not considered a "mini" as it weighs approximately 125 grams with the dimensions of around 109 X 51 X 18 mm.

Perhaps the two features which make this phone so popular is the real time, free TV and the full key board and scroll bar. 

Don't confuse the TV feature on this phone with the "TV out" feature of the CECT A988.  The two are different - as are both phones.  TV out means that you can hook the phone up to a television so that you can watch video that is on the phone on a larger screen. 

In contrast, this phone allows you to watch real time local TV via antennae (reception is pretty good, even inside) for free. You don't need to buy any packages or programs to use this.

There is also a pretty decent sized subset of people who really like that this phone has a full keyboard and scroll bar.  Not everyone enjoys texting / messaging on a flat, touch screen.  Many die hard texters or folks who enter in a lot of data really strongly prefer real, raised keys for their speed and ease of use.  Yes, handwriting recognition is included on this phone, but I don't use it. I prefer to use the keyboard instead.

Price wise, this phone is very competitive, often in the very low $100 price range, depending on how much memory it has.

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

Buy WoW Gold Online - The Advantages And Disadvantages

If you want to get a lot of gold in World of Warcraft, then buying it is certainly one way to do it. Even if you have a strategy guide, it can take a long amount of time to level up and make any decent amount of gold, and you may want to spend that time doing other things.

If you're reading this article, then you're probably thinking about buying gold. So let's take a look at the pros and cons...

The advantages of buying gold:

The good news about buying gold is that gold prices have dropped dramatically since World of Warcraft was first released in November 2004.

When the game first game out, supply of gold sellers was low, and prices were relatively very high. As the game grew in popularity, however, more and more gold farmers (mostly from China) started playing the game heavily to mine gold and sell it to other players. We now have an estimated half a million people in China mining gold and trying to sell it to other players. With the abundance of these sellers, prices naturally went right down.

Some sellers now offer gold for around $5-10 per 1000 (depending on the server), which is many times lower than what gold used to go for. Some sellers still sell for around $100 per 1000 gold, however, so you definitely need to know where to look. But if you make a small investment of around $50 then you can definitely buy a significant amount of gold in World of Warcraft.

Buying gold will then allow you to do more fun things in the game faster, rather than having to waste time at low levels trying to level up your character. If you are busy and have a full time job then it can actually be worth your time to just buy a bunch of gold and do what you enjoy doing in the game, rather than spend hours killing monsters in order to level up and gain skills.

The disadvantages of buying gold:

While buying gold sounds great, it is frowned upon by Blizzard (the company who makes World of Warcraft). Since Blizzard caught on to the fact that so many people are trading gold, they have started banning accounts left and right, and they can ban your account if they suspect you are selling gold. This is a common problem gold sellers have.

Fortunately, you don't really need to worry about this if you're a buyer, as it is only gold farmers who sell the gold that get banned. If you are just buying gold then you won't have to worry about getting your account banned. If you are mining gold 24/7 and selling large quantities of gold to other players, then that is when you have to worry about getting banned.

Want a list of the best WoW strategy guides and gold sellers on the planet?

Get it at WoW Gold Secrets.

Dave Latimer runs WoW Gold Secrets. He has played World of Warcraft since it was first released in November 2004.

How is VoIP Different From Regular Phone Service?

By Amy Nutt

VoIP, or voice over internet protocol, is rapidly gaining in popularity and soon may pick up enough steam to be a strong rival to regular phone service providers.

Though in theory and in use, both the public switched telephone network and VoIP are strikingly similar, how the end result is actually achieved and the features available with each couldn't be more different than they are.

For you to make an educated decision on which type of phone service may be the most appropriate for your situation, let's go over some of the biggest differences between the two.

The Cost

VoIP generally has a big advantage in the area of price. Most VoIP services offer unlimited calling to both local and long distance numbers for one, often pretty low, flat fee. In many cases with VoIP, you get more than just the calling plan too - additional features like caller ID and call waiting often come free with a VoIP service plan.

PSTN (public switched telephone network)) often charges a monthly fee that is greater than what VoIP providers charge, then you are usually billed in addition for your long distance calls with either another flat rate or with a per minute charge. Extra features like caller ID and call waiting are available but will often cost you more as well.


This point goes to the regular phone service providers. In the event of a power outage, which can happen with some regularity depending upon where you live, a hardwired phone line will remain unaffected in most cases.

With VoIP service, unless you've got a back up generator, your phone service will be out when your power is out. This could potentially be a big problem if you've got an emergency along with your power outage.

Ease of Upgrading

Virtually all VoIP upgrades require only a simple download of the latest software to be completed - a few clicks of your mouse and your upgrades are finished.

Any kind of regular telephone service upgrade could potentially require you to shell out quite a bit of money on some form of new equipment and may, in addition, require a lengthy visit from a service tech that happens to be paid by the hour.

Emergency Service

If a 911 emergency call is placed from a regular, land phone line the address can be traced, and therefore located by police or other emergency personnel.

A 911 call placed through a VoIP service provider has no way of being traced, so unless enough of the phone call can be completed to identify the caller's location, help may not be able to be dispatched.

Both methods of connecting with others certainly have their advantages and both most definitely have their disadvantages. If money is the foremost issue at hand, VoIP service is probably a better option, as it can allow you to make all the calls you want or need and gives you a slew of useful features all for one low price.

If stability and security are more important to you, and cost isn't an inherent worry, then you may see fit to stick with your current phone service provider.

As technology improves and further advancements are made with VOIP PBX Toronto service, it's likely that the issues that currently stand will be addressed and taken care of. Ways to make calls during power outages and special amendments that allow the traceability of calls placed to emergency numbers may surface in the not too distant future.

As things stand right now, VoIP is already becoming a serious force for regular phone service providers to contend with and as new advancements are made it will only become easier for the average person to justify making the switch from their current phone service over to VoIP.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Green Web Hosting - The Facts

By James Betchley

Green Web Hosting has become a major consideration over the last couple of years, and due to the already massive and still increasing global energy demands of the IT industry, green energy web hosting is here to stay.

Most web hosting as with other business is powered by electricity generated from the traditional power stations, running on coal, oil, gas and nuclear power. With the rising prices of these fossil fuels and growing concern about the safety of the nuclear industry many businesses are looking at ways to reduce their carbon footprint, the benefits of this are two fold:

1. PR, being seen to be actively trying to cut down on your emissions will ultimately win you more customers.

2. Economic Considerations, as the cost of producing fossil fuels increases so does the cost of powering your servers, in-addition it is anticipated that the worlds server farms will by the end of 2012 be creating a bigger impact on the environment than the airline industry. This will have a knock on effect as governments penalise companies not actively trying to reduce their carbon footprints.

So how do web hosting companies go green? Well there are several different methods, some produce their own electricity, using solar panels and wind turbines mounted at their server farms, some especially in Greenland use geo thermal energy or hydroelectricity. And at the other end of the spectrum some simply buy green energy credits to offset their carbon footprint.

Other ways that hosts reduce their carbon footprint is to use newer technology such as the AMD Opteron server which generates 50% less heat and therefore requires less energy to cool them, greener web hosts are also running entirely paperless offices and billing which reduces deforestation.

Which ever way you look at it green web hosting is here to stay and should be a factor in your next choice of web host.

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Making PC to Phone VoIP Calls over Dial-Up Internet Connections

There's a lot of hype these days surrounding Internet-based voice communications (VoIP) replacing traditional telephone service. Most of this revolves around companies such as Vonage who coin themselves as the 'Broadband Phone Company'. So what about those of us who don't have a broadband connection? Just because you don't have high speed Internet, doesn't mean that you can't save a fortune by using VoIP for your long-distance calls. Whilst a broadband connection will usually result in more consistent VoIP call quality, comparable results can be achieved using a dial-up connection provided some simple guidelines are followed.

Shop Around

Not all VoIP service providers support dial-up users. Companies such as Vonage bill themselves as alternatives to traditional telephone service and shy away from the dial-up community (who are tied to those 'traditional' networks to access the Internet). Furthermore, some service providers only support dial-up above a certain speed (e.g., 56Kbp). Two companies whose VoIP softphone applications work well over low speed connections include Callserve and Go2Call.

'Free-up' your System Resources

In order to ensure the highest call quality, close programs that are running in the 'background'. For Windows users, these applications can be seen in the taskbar at the bottom right of your screen. 'Right-click' the icons and close those programs that aren't critical to system security (e.g., don't close anti-virus software, firewall applications and the like).

If you're using Windows XP with user switching enabled, log off all users except the one that will be used to make the call. This will prevent the other user identities from running software and/or using your bandwidth while you're making calls.

'Free Up' your Internet Connection

Given the limited data capacity of dial-up connections, it's important that you devote as much of your bandwidth as possible to the VoIP softphone application. To achieve maximum call quality, don't do anything that uses your bandwidth whilst making calls. This includes instant messaging, checking email, using a webcam, browsing the internet, downloading, etc. In Windows, you can look at the two little computers in the bottom right of your taskbar to see whether your connection is being used prior to calling (the little computers illuminate when data is being uploaded and/or downloaded).

Scan your System for Viruses, Spyware, Adware and Malware

Some of these malicious programs can hijack your browser, tie up your internet connection and slow down your system (not to mention seriously invade your privacy!). I recommend AdAware for free scanning and removal of Spyware/Adware. Once you've checked and cleansed your system of these nasty programs, your virus definition files should be updated to minimize the chances of re-infection.

Use a Headset with an Integrated Boom Microphone

Last but not least, using a headset with a boom microphone should eliminate those annoying voice echoes often associated with PC to Phone calls. Echoes are caused by your microphone detecting the voice coming from your computer speakers and re-transmitting that voice signal back to the person you're talking to. By using a headset, the voice signals are limited in volume (due to the headset being directly adjacent to your ears) and thus the chances of your microphone 're-transmitting' those voice signals is greatly reduced.

So there you have it. A Lack of high speed Internet needn't mean a lack of PC to Phone VoIP capability.

Nathan Smith

Nathan is the owner of which deals specifically with PC to Phone and PC to PC VoIP. The site includes a comprehensive directory of PC to Phone service providers as well as information on VoIP and what you need to make inexpensive long-distance telephone calls using your computer

Monday, November 17, 2008

Nikon Coolpix P5000 Digital Camera

It becomes very difficult in the modern times to allot some time for your loved ones. At such times, giving time for long lost friends becomes close to impossible. And then when you meet them in a family get together or a party, you spend some memorable moments with them. At such times, you feel, if only you could freeze these moments for eternity. It is at such a point and time that a digital camera is of immense help. It helps you store these special moments. Operating these latest digital cameras is never a problem. They are technically advanced and yet have an ergonomic design. However, it is very essential to purchase a camera that suits your needs. This is because some cameras are designed keeping in mind the needs of beginners. Some other cameras are meant for advanced amateur photographers. This Nikon Coolpix P5000 is built keeping in mind all basic needs from a camera.

Key features
Nikon Coolpix P5000 has a 10 megapixel resolution. It is enabled with a CCD sensor. A CCD sensor transfers incoming light into electrical signals with the assistance of photosensitive cells. Apart from this, 4x digital zoom and 3x optical zoom lens. All these features sum up to give excellent results. It is also enabled with shooting modes like Portrait, Night Portrait, Landscape and Sports. These preset scenes make sure you get superlative images even in an unfavorable situation. To add to this, there also exists a macro mode. Sharing and transferring images is done with the help of soft wares like Direct Print and PictBridge. These soft wares facilitate direct communication between the camera and any printer device without the computer acting as a liaison. You could also transfer and edit images on your computer with the help of a USB device.

User friendly aspects
Nikon Coolpix P5000 is a sleek digital camera that can easily fit into your jacket's pocket. It has advanced features like face-priority autofocus, optical image stabilization, and full-resolution sensitivity settings. Although, you may find the camera to be quite heavy, it adds to the sturdiness of the digicam. The image quality received is very good. However, it is suitable only for domestic photography.

Nikon Coolpix P5000 is a good camera for advanced amateur photographers. It comes with a reasonable price. You may find it a bit expensive. But a 10 megapixel can not afford a price lower than this.

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Chronic Cold Hand Sign of Overworked Mouse Hand

There's much talk on the Internet these days about a cold mouse hand. It's a chronic condition, there's little medical knowledge about it, and there are products available to help relieve the cold hand pain.  For many years, I sat at a computer formatting images in Photoshop. I owned and operated an ecommerce site and was too busy to actually do something to address the real problem. There were deadlines to meet, work to be completed, and frankly, suffering with the pain of a cold hand was not my top priority.

It wasn't until after I sold my e commerce site I focused on creating an energy-efficient solution to the cold mouse hand condition. Gathering fabrics, testing the quality, and producing a product became a new job. Within a few months, the Mouse Hand Warmer was patented, trademarked and proto-typed. The Mouse Hand Warmer (tm) turned out to be a warm, fleece pocket-style blanket to slip your mousing hand inside to keep it covered and warm.

Although there's no sound medical advice about why the mouse hand gets cold, it's common sense to understand exposed body parts tend to get chilled. After hours of exposure, using a computer mouse in the same position, it's not uncommon for the mousing hand to get cold. This condition becomes chronic for the computer geek who sits for hours using a computer mouse.

Cold mousing hand can be attributed to a number of medical factors like Poor Circulation, Arthritis, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Raynauds, DeQuervains, Tendonitis or Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

Cold mousing hand can be experienced in a variety of settings like Air Conditioned Rooms, Under a Ceiling Fan, Drafty Cubicles, Winter Weather or Cold Offices at home or in a building.

There are a number of products on the market to help relieve the pain caused by a cold mouse hand. The most practical and cost efficient item is the Mouse Hand Warmer. It can be used only when needed and requires no electricity. In today's energy crisis thats a good thing. Anything that is earth friendly can only be helpful and good.

Your computer mouse is a personal device. We all have a favorite shape and style of computer mouse. We purchase a mouse based on the way it feels in our hand and the way it functions for the type of work we perform. Personally, I use a large Microsoft ergonomic shaped computer mouse. After all the years working with a computer, it's the best fit for my hand.

Another personal computing device is a mouse pad. The mousepads available today come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. My favorite mouse pad is a hard gaming style mousepad constructed of metal with a slick surface. It measures about 12 x 10 inches and works nicely with my large ergonomic computer mouse.

When designing the Mouse Hand Warmer, I decided to create something that worked with any mouse or mousepad because I didn't want to give up using my favorite computer accessories. The Mouse Warmer blanket measures about 12 x 12 inches in size and has a non slip surface. Its a large pocket to slip your favorite computer accessories and tools inside. There's plenty of room inside for movement with your favorite mouse pad and mouse. Sometimes when I'm traveling, I bring just the Mouse Hand Warmer because it can also be used stand-alone as a mousepad. The inside bottom surface is smooth, and the computer mouse functions on top of it without the use of an additional mouse pad. The Mouse Hand Warmer is perfect for any work environment.

If you suffer from chronic cold hands, especially when using a computer mouse, you may want to try the Mouse Hand Warmer to help relieve the pain experienced by the cold. The earth friendly item is avaialble atEtsy, eBay, Amazon and through the manufacturer at It's not sold in any stores, and if you are interested in reselling the Mouse Hand Warmer, please Contact Us today at Webmaster(at)

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Sunday, November 16, 2008 - Much More Than a Football Web-TV Channel

If you are a football lover, this will be a good news for you. Carlsberg Brewery has launched a football Web-TV channel to share the global passion for the football game and honor the fans. The 7 channels are: Highlights, Spotlight, My Passion, The Support, The Match, On Tour, And Our Game.

At launch, they have more than 200 videos to be watched and they will be grown on a continuously basis.

With, you can see many high quality videos from all football genre such as classic football, football games, football funnies, magic football that made by the world class players, epic moments, fan-life, etc.

You can also create your profile, share the comments, and upload your own favorite video clip including videos about being, thinking and living as a supporter.

In, you and others football lovers from all over the world will meet, compete, get together and challenge each other.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Radar Traffic Enforcement

By Roy R Reyer

Almost every motorist at some point gets a speeding citation which they feel was either unfairly or erroneously given. Yet motorists rarely fight these citations since the citing officer is also an officer of the court. In the eyes of the court, the officer's word is always golden yet the motorist's word is always suspect. Unfair speeding citations which result in fines and increased insurance rates are what drive motorists to purchase radar detectors. There are literally hundreds of radar detector models to chose from since the market is flooded with cheap import brand radar detectors which have poor performance. On the other hand the general consensus is that the products produced in North America by Bel, Escort, Whistler and Valentine perform extremely well. This still leaves a lot of good radar detector models to choose from.

Where can you go in order to read radar detector reviews or other types of speed surveillance countermeasures?

Speed Trap Hunter Forum is more of crossover forum between the radar detector and law enforcement industries, which is unusual since both industries tend to be at odds with each other.

Radar Detector Jammer Forum is both the most popular and oldest online enthusiast's forum about all types of speed measurement countermeasures. The forum was created by "Radar Roy" who is a retired law enforcement officer.

Guys of LIDAR provides a wealth of information and independent test reports for various radar detector and laser countermeasure products. Guys of LIDAR is a group of individuals who independently test products, yet refuse to accept any form of financial compensation or gifts from industry manufacturers.

Roy is an avid radar detector enthusiast and engineer and has assisted in several radar detector and laser testing venues such as the Speed Measurement Laboratories and Guys of Lidar. He is also one of the main contributors to the popular radar detector forum.

JC777 TV Phone - A Look at the Features on This Dual Sim Clone With Analog TV and a Full KeyBoard

By Rae Edwards

Certainly, there are many clones out today from several countries.  I write about many of them and sometimes even my head swims trying to keep up on all of the features on all of the manufacturers. Often, I write about CECT models, but today, I've found one from a different manufacturer that I think is quite noteworthy.  It is the JC777 from JingCheng.  Of course, like most of the phones I cover, this one is a dual sim imported clone.  I cover these phones because I really like them and find that they often offer more to consumers on the cheap and give you more flexibility and less guilt when the newest technology comes out (which is often.)  This article will review some of the more popular features on the Jing Cheng JC777 and why I like it so much.

Real Time Analog TV: It wasn't very long ago that TV on a clone was considered to be pretty innovative, but that's kind of become an old hat now.  Some people assume that you need cable or Internet to use this feature.  Although this phone most definitely has Internet access, it's not necessary for the phone's television.  The phone gets reception for free via built in analog tuner and player. 

Really Nice Texting On The Full Keyboard: I know that most are concerned with the TV on this phone, but what I really like about it is the full sized key board with nice, fat raised keys. There are so few clones that allow for old school texting on a phone that isn't using a flat screen to input information. And, this one is a bit over sized, sort of like the BlackBerry Curve.  This makes texting fast and easier, at least for me.

Quad Band: Another thing that this phone really has going for it is the fact that it is a quad rather than a tri band.  This makes it available in just about any country for any carrier or network world wide. 

Dual Sim Standby: The JC777 allow for dual sim slots or networks. Not only does this allow you to have two phone numbers if you like, it can also work on two plans or networks. The sims switch back and forth between one another with ease.  But, if you don't want to use this, you can use just one card and it will work fine.

All Around Standard Features: This phone stands out for me in terms of TV and keyboard, but it also contains most of the features that consumers want and have grown used to.  It allows for web browsing, MP3s / MP4s, and dual Bluetooth (including A2DP stereo support).  It has a 1.3 MP camera and FM radio (which doesn't need a head phone plugged in to work).  It also has an e book reader, transfers data via USB and has memory that is expandable.  The screen is a generous 3.0 LCD touch screen that is very responsive and has a high resolution.

Price: I find the JC777 to be aggressively priced for all it contains. You'll usually find it for well under $150, depending on memory.

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Apple iPhone 3G Vs LG KU990 Viewty - Is the Viewty Really Better Than iPhone 3G?

By Faraz Khan

The iPhone 3G is an extension of the earlier iPhone model. When released, iPhone had a lot of problems, they fixed some of those problems in the 3G model but they still have a long way to go before they can declare the iPhone perfect. Here I will be comparing Apple's iPhone 3G to LG Cell Phones KU990 Viewty, and will explain in detail why the Viewty is a much better option.


Both the phones have unique design and stand out from the other phones in terms of look and feel. The dimensions of the Viewty are 103.5 x 54.4 x 14.8 mm, and weighs about 112 grams. On the front of the phone we have an impressive 3 inch touch screen display having a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. Below the touch screen we have 3 normal keys, the green call key, the red end key and the clear key. The clear key can be used as a backspace key in text editing or to go up one level in menu. Above the display there is a secondary VGA camera.

The iPhone 3G on the other hand has dimensions of 115.5 x 62.1 x 12.3 mm and weighs about 133 grams. The iPhone 3G also has a touch screen display of about 3.5 inches and has a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels. Below the screen it has only 1 key which is used to return back to the menu.


LG Cell Phones have done a wonderful job with this phone and have added 3G capability to it. This means faster uploads and downloads. The phone is Tri-band, this means that it can be used anywhere in the world without the fear of compatibility issues. iPhone 3G, as the name indicates also has 3G capability. The iPhone can also be used anywhere in the world since it is a quad band phone but sadly it is locked to selected providers. The phone will have to be unlocked before it can be used with any operator.

If you are looking for a Wi-Fi or a WLAN phone then sadly the Viewty is not for you as it does not have any WLAN connectivity. The iPhone on the other hand can connect to wireless networks with it's built in Wi-Fi.

In terms of Bluetooth the LG KU990 is way better than the iPhone. Although iPhone 3G has the option of Bluetooth, it can only be used for synchronization purposes. iPhone cannot transfer files via Bluetooth and since it does not have A2DP, stereo Bluetooth headsets cannot be used with the phone. The KU990 on the other hand can use all the features of Bluetooth without any problem. The phone can also be connected to a stereo Bluetooth headset.


The LG KU990 comes with an internal memory of 100 MB. This memory can be expanded up to 2 GB via a microSD card slot, i.e. the Viewty's memory is expandable. The LG Cell Phone comes with a USB cable and thus the phone can also be used as a storage device.

The iPhone on the other hand comes with an internal memory of 8 or 16 GB. It has no card slot therefore the memory cannot be expanded. Unlike the Viewty the iPhone cannot be used as a storage device.


In terms of camera the LG Cell Phone is way better than the iPhone. The iPhone's camera is only 2 mega pixel, having a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels. There is no flash, no auto focus and no image stabilizer. It is a simple 2 mega pixel camera. The camera also has no option for video recording and a third party application must be used for recording videos. The recorded videos are not worth watching as they have been taken using a 2 mega pixel camera.

The LG KU990 on the other hand has a 5 mega pixel camera, with a maximum resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and unlike the iPhone it has all the advance options such as auto focus, image stabilization and various shooting modes such as landscape, beach, party, portrait, night, sport, high sensitive, continuous shot, panorama and frames. The camera also comes with a strobe flash. A strobe flash lies somewhere between an LED flash and a XENON flash. The KU990 can record videos without any third party application and can record in VGA resolution at 30 frames per second and in QVGA resolution at 120 frames per second. For those of you who did not understand the previous sentence, the video camera f the Viewty is awesome.


Aside from the differences mentioned above both of the phones are almost the same, both have huge touch screen displays, they both have accelerometers to figure out if the phone I being held vertically or horizontally. Another point worth mentioning is that the iPhone cannot send multimedia messages or MMS. Some third part application has to be used for this purpose.

So the comparison clearly puts LG KU990 in the lead but die-hard apple fans will still prefer to buy the iPhone. The iPhone's software is buggy and it freezes often. Its Safari web browser does not have java or flash capability. LG KU990 does not suffer from any of these problems. And above all the 5 Mega Pixel camera of the Viewty clearly makes it an iPhone Killer.

For a complete in depth review of the KU990 Viewty and other LG Cell Phones and LG Cellular Phones. Please do check out my website.

Notebook Vs Netbook - Performance Or Portability

Notebook, or laptop, is a portable computer that normally have :

  • Screen size : 12 Inch and up
  • Processor : Intel Pentium Dual-Core,Core 2 Duo or AMD Turion X2
  • Graphics : Integrated or External Graphic Card, from Intel GMA x3100 to AMD Mobility HD 3870X2
  • Weight : 1.9kg and up

Netbook, a smaller variant of notebook, 1st poineered by Asus with their release of Asus Eee PC 700,and now laptop companies such as Acer and MSI released their own netbooks (Acer aspire one and MSI wind respectively), have :

  • Screen size : 12 Inch max
  • Processor : VIA C7 1.2GHz, Intel Atom N270 1.6GHz or AMD Geode 800MHz
  • Graphics : Integrated Graphic Card, mostly Intel GMA 900 or 950
  • Weight : 1.1kg and below

1st, let's compare the screen size. With notebook screen size normally hovers around 14.1 to 15.4 inch, you can have a good movie viewing pleasure and don't have to squint your eyes just to see some text. With screen size 12 inch and lower, you might have a hard time typing documents in your netbook.

2nd, the processor. It is a very important part or consideration because it process the website content. The faster the processor, the faster the page loads. If you normally surf around the YouTube (which is heavy in javascript and flash) then you will know that loading that website takes longer than sites such as wikipedia or forums. With a slow processor, you browser might suddenly hangs if you opened too much tabs. The netbook cpu can't even handle 1080p movie and it will shutter all the way till the end. You can read more about the Intel Atom cpu here.

3rd, the graphic card. If your primary concern is playing games, you can skip the netbook altogether as their graphic are really really lame. Some claim that they install World of Warcraft inside their netbook, but with lame graphic card and small screen, how are you ever gonna enjoy playing that game. On the other hand, notebook have better graphic card than netbook even in the low-end section. They can handle World of Warcraft and other older games easily without breaking a sweat literally.

4th, the weight. This is where the netbook really shines. With their low weight (and small screen), they are truly fit the definition of portability. Thier weight are almost half of the notebook weight, which is a good thing if you're not into bodybuilding. Coupled with their power adapter, the max weight might be only 1.5kg.

In the end, it all boils down to you. Which one you prefer the most. If you like to play games or watch movies, notebook is the way to go. If you surf the web more often and type short documents, netbook is you choice. Be warned that netbook keyboard is really small and not suitable for long-term typing.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Where Are Fiber Optic Patch Panels Used?

Fiber optic patch panels are mostly mounted in 19 inch relay racks, but they can also be mounted on freestanding rails, in cabinets and also on walls. For fiber optic cabling installation, you should plan the location of your fiber connectivity hardware carefully, including fiber patch panels. You can choose between direct cross-connection and patch panel. It is also necessary to arrange your routing and dressing of your fiber patch cords if you choose to use fiber panels. In the meantime, you also have a choice to use fiber cable management brackets to avoid the dangling fiber patch cables.

They are used for horizontal cabling as well as lightwave equipment connections. You should plan your cabling layout carefully to arrange these patch panels conveniently for proper fiber patch cable lengths. These two types of panels should be as close to each other as possible.

In large installations, fiber patch location may have several patch panels. They are usually placed side to side, so that fiber patch cables can cross connect directly without climbing the rails in a route across the top of the racks.

Your TR rooms should be planned such that the total cross-connect and patch cable lengths are within TIA-568-C specs. Horizontal fiber links allow a length of up to 10 meters including cross-connect, fiber jumpers, patch cables and patch panels.

If you exceed TIA-568-C fiber length specs, the lightwave equipment may or may not work anymore. So it is extremely important that you take the standard seriously.

Colin Yao is an expert on fiber optic communication technology and products. Learn more about Corning patch panels and Corning fiber optic patch panels on Fiber Optics For Sale Co. web site.

The Evolution of Blu-Ray - How the Blu-Ray Disc Was Born

By Titus Hoskins

By now, you have probably heard of Blu-ray or Blu-ray discs and players, but do you know how this high definition technology came to be born or developed? It's a fascinating story, with some major battles thrown in for good measure, a story that is well worth reading even if you're not a tech junkie.

In order to truly understand Blu-ray, you have to go back to the early 80's when CDs or Compact Discs were introduced. CDs were a giant leap forward if you compared it to the current media at the time; mainly because the CD offered more storage, better sound quality and quickly became the universal standard for pre-recorded, recordable and rewritable media. CDs had around 650MB of storage capacity which was revolutionary at the time for data storage and retrieval.

However, no technology stands still, especially when you consider our insatiable need for more compact storage and higher quality images. Hence, we had the introduction of the DVD in the 90's which had a 5-10 X increase in capacity over the CD. The DVD allowed for high quality, standard definition video distribution and recording, not to mention accommodating larger data application. Another key element to this seamless transition, was that the DVD spec used the same factor as the CD which allowed for full backwards compatibility. These key factors would not be lost on the development in the next generation media; this being the Blu-ray Disc.

The beginnings of the Blu-ray started in the mid '90's with the introduction of HDTV sets. Consumers soon realized there was no media capable of recording or playing back High Definition
content. There were no mediums that could store HD codecs, with the exception of JVCs Digital VHS and Sony's HDCAM; but nothing practical like the CD and DVD media.

However, it was known that using lasers with shorter wavelengths you would be able to create optical storage with higher density. With this knowledge, Shuji Nakamura invented practical blue laser diodes. Its commercial use was delayed by a patent lawsuit, but eventually the Blu-ray disc became available and the next step in the evolution of storage media began.

The Difference: The benefits of Blu-ray Discs versus DVDs.

Although blu-ray disc are the same physical size of a DVD or CD, they are capable of storing and reading much more data. The reason behind this is its use of a blue laser as opposed to the red laser used by DVDs and CDs. The blue laser has a shorter wavelength, a smaller aperture lens and a thinner cover layer on the disc that makes it possible to create a smaller beam spot size capable
of storing and reading much more data on the disc.

Of course, no discussion would be complete without mentioning the very heated battle between the two opposing technologies: Blu-ray vs HD-DVD. Each disc format have major backers, behind Blu-ray stands Sony, Dell, Hitachi, Hewlett-Packard, Panasonic, Pioneer, Philips, Samsung... and backing HD-DVD we have Toshiba, NEC and some major movie studios Universal Studios, Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros and New Line Cinema.

While many believe Blu-ray has won the battle and will probably become the dominant high definition technology. (Beta anyone?) The main argument being storage space, since Blu-ray offers 25 GB for single-layer and 50 GB for dual-layer; this is compared to HD-DVD which gives 15 GB for single-layer and 30 GB for dual-layer.

This is Blu-ray's strongest playing card, a single layer Blu-ray disc can hold 25 GB of data. This is compared to the 4.5 GB on a standard DVD. As mentioned before, a dual layer Blu-ray disc can hold 50 GB. This amount of storage allows the disc to capture a full 1080p High Definition image. It has a resolution of 1920 by 1080 progressively scanned pixels. A standard DVD has 720 by 480 pixels. Another benefit of the Blu-ray disc is it has a much wider bandwidth than a DVD. It can produce signals at speeds up to 48 Mbps. This is 6 times quicker than DVD's 8 Mbps.

Furthermore, remember your old DVD's will not be obsolete, as Blu-ray players can play DVD's. Blu-ray players can upscale regular DVD's standard definition images and convert them to a higher resolution which is needed on a HDTV. This process greatly increases picture quality, although it doesn't actually increase resolution. The quality of the players up scaling function is often the determining factor in the quality of the image that is converted.

Considering all these points and features, the future of Blu-ray looks very bright indeed. Blu-ray discs and players will probably be around for quite some time or until another more advanced technology takes its place! But for now, we can all fully enjoy the superior performance and visuals Blu-ray offers us.

For a more information on Blu-ray and Blu-ray Players try this handy comparison guide:
Blu-ray DVD Players Or try checking out the latest deals on Blu-ray Players here: Best Blu-ray Deals.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

BlueAnt T8 Micro Bluetooth Wireless Headset by Blue Ant

By Damir Bajramovic

The BlueAnt T8 Micro Bluetooth Headset by Blue Ant is an inexpensive device that you would definitely love! It has an ergonomic design for maximum comfort, efficiency and ease of use. Aside from its affordable price, the BlueAnt T8 Micro Bluetooth Headset is designed using the latest and state-of-the-art Bluetooth 2.0 technology. This cutting-edge design enhances a faster connection between devices. It has a clear and high-quality audio and runs on low power consumption.

The T8 micro Bluetooth comes with a wall charger so say goodbye to low-batt power days! This innovative device can store pairing information of a maximum of 8 Bluetooth devices! Well, what more could you ask for? The device's hardware has a 2 year warranty.

The T8 micro Bluetooth is compatible to numerous Bluetooth-enabled phones with its V2.0 technology and comes in a metallic gray color. It can maximize your talk time for 9 hours and can stay up to 250 hours of standby time. However, the talk time and standby time may vary depending on the mobile phone you are using. It has an ambient nose reduction and one touch redial/answer. It even supports voice command activation. The T8 micro comes to life with a rechargeable 120mAh Li-Polymer. You can have the device fully charged for about two hours. You can operate and use it at a range of 30 feet the most or 10 meters away from your bluet00th-enabled phone or device. It is relatively light in weight and weighs half an ounce or 13 grams. Very handy, indeed! It measures 2 inches in length and with a width of just an inch. The T8 micro has indicator lights of blue, red and purple which can also be turned off during night time driving. It has a 128 bit Digital Encryption and frequency band of 2.4GHz~2.4835. It supports Bluetooth profiles such as headset and handsfree. It is compatible with Windows, Mac, Mobile Phones, PDAs and VOIP applications.

The back of the headset is an earbud that comes with gel covers for a more snug fit in your ear. The earhook can also be adjusted to fit the right and left ears.

The T8 Micro Bluetooth headset is a high quality full duplex headset which fits snuggle in your ear and is comfy because of the soft gel. It provides all the fun required for a headset to be really useful. Aside from this, you get unlimited BlueAnt customer support whenever problems arise. To impress you more, the T8 Micro Bluetooth headset is a winner of Good Design Award.

As a whole, the T8 micro is without a doubt ergonomic, handy, user-friendly and affordable. So whether you are at work or on the road, this T8 micro is just perfect for your everyday needs!

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A Review on Apple Macbook Air

A short overview of Apple MacBook Air is that it is very small, fragile and light. With a slight tap of the screen, the system shuts down completely.

Since Apple MacBook Air is the lightest, it has been able to surpass other MacBook in that category. the slimness of this MacBook sets this in the center of attention. The total depth of .76 inches toward the back tapers down to .16 inches toward the front bezel.

Most laptops have a thicker look, because of the flat level of thickness all around. the design of the Apple MacBook Air is curved with a thickness of .04 centimeters all around. This definitely puts it in the spotlight.

Absence of connectivity ports and an optical drive contributes to the limitations of this laptop. There are many innovative features, such as standard voltage processing parts and a full size keyboard, that make up for all limitations. The utility of an optical drive is reduced by having an internet connection.

Apple MacBook Air does have pre installed software, including Mac OS Xv10.5 Leopard operating system, Safari, Time Machine, iTunes, Xcode, iMovie, and many more.

Due to its active participation in Greenpeace, Apple has enclosed the MacBook Air to suit all environmental concerns. It has a completely recyclable aluminum case, all circuit boards are BFR and PVC free. Apple has also been the first to sport a mercury-free display with arsenic-free glass. In addition, the retail packaging utilizes 56% less material that MacBook packaging. Its Energy Star 4.0 certified status also makes it EPEAT silver compliant.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008


By Henry Chan

The reaction I seem to get from most people when I mention ASUS is "Who are they?" The same cannot be said of Hewlett Packard. In the years since Mr Hewlett and Mr Packard started making high quality electrical test equipment in a commercial garage, the company has grown and grown. They still manufacture the world's best electrical test equipment, but they also are major computer manufacturers both in the mini/server and desktop/notebook arenas. You cannot go to many major computer stores without something from HP even if it is only a printer.

HP has a little machine with an 8.9" screen. Sounds good so far. They have been marketed as Vista machines with an option to downgrade some versions to Windows XP. I was in a local electrical store, and at last they were offering an ASUS Eee for sale, but next to it was a display for this little HP 2133 with a price tag that was exactly the same as the ASUS. So for $499 you get this little machine, but it has a 120GB hard drive. What is missing? The webcam is an optional extra and you will have to research the price. I am also finding out if there is a microphone in the machine and speakers.

The Linux operating system of the HP2133 is from Novell. The difference between this and the majority of other Linux-based operating systems is that they offer commercial support. This will be very helpful to anyone who gets into problems with Linux.

You should note that the specifications for these HP2133 sub notebooks seem to be varying dramatically from one country to another. So check on and select your own country from the dropdown list where you see "United States - English" and see what is on offer to you. That way you won't get angry with me or HP if the local specification does not match what is on offer locally for you.

So look at the specifications and make your choice. I will wait to find out if the HP 2133 has a microphone and speakers and how much the webcam is. These may be decisive factors. Maybe we will need to get both the HP and the ASUS to test them out.

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Why do People Consider Plantronics Headsets and Ear Cushions as the Best?

By Paul Cris

Plantronics is the leader in the telephone headset solution industry. In offices, call centers and homes Plantronics headsets are used and have been rated as the best. Plantronics is in this field since 1961. Plantronics headsets are used and have been rated as the best. Plantronics products are known for durability, excellent design and technology.
Few reasons as to why Plantronics headsets are considered the best is given below:

1. A warranty of 1 to 2 years on all products. 2. Crystal clear sound quality. 3. Ergonomic design. 4. Feather light headsets. 5. In all headsets you get a unique feature called Quick Disconnect™. With the help of this feature we can do an on-hold function. It allows us to leave the phone set wearing the headset. 6. Wide range of products. 7. Configuration choices include, behind the head, over the head or over the ear. 8. Choice of either voice tube or noise-canceling microphone. 9. The adapter could be corded or cordless. 10. And lastly the unmatched service system.

Plantronics ear cushions really cushion the ears nicely. It is very easy to wear and provides comfort.Plantronics is in this field since 1961. Plantronics products are known for durability, excellent design and technology. Paul has been providing answers to lots of queries through his website on a wide variety of subjects ranging from satellite phones to acne.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

BMW Garmin Zumo Motorcycle Navigator GPS

By Sue Webster

You are racing down the highway from Oregon to Washington and end up taking a wrong turn. What do you do? If you BMW Garmin Zumo motorcycle navigator GPS on you then you don't have to do much because the GPS will take care of almost except driving the bike. One of the good things about the BMW Garmin Zumo is that it can be mounted on a bike as well as on your BMW special edition super car!

It all started one fine day when BMW introduced a helping device for drivers that could show the road map. Of course this didn't mean that people could drive in their sleep - it simply meant that even if you tried hard, you wouldn't get lost. BMW first came out with their original Motorrad Navigator GPS that caused a downfall in sales of paper maps to BMW riders. Since then several generations of the Navigator has been launched including the Navigator II, Navigator II Plus and Navigator III GPS systems.

The Navigator GPS system revolutionized a market that catered to the long distance riders. Using the Navigator especially the BMW Garmin Zumo motorcycle navigator GPS system, riders were able to drive on longer routes without having to stop for directions. This was no mean achievement! One of the highlight of the Navigator GPS systems was that it had a water-resistant casing and could be easily mounted on a unique mounting cradle, which enhanced the overall portability as well as its operation.

The benchmark for motorcycle and long distance route finders was actually laid by the advanced BMW Garmin Zumo motorcycle navigator GPS system. Rugged and compact, this is a GPS system that is considered to be one of the best ever manufactured by BMW Garmin and it was loaded with high end navigational functions and features, ready to use maps and a big enough display screen.

Some of the key features of the new BMW Garmin Zumo motorcycle navigator GPS include:

A slick full black body design that looked good and felt good too
The glove-friendly touch screen made it easier for bikers to use it
Left hand controls have been designed for motorcyclists
A special programming lock can limit re-programming during driving
BMW Dealer database
BMW specific software
TMC - Traffic Receiver included with 3-month subscription
Mounting base plate compatible with BMW mounting brackets
Custom BMW caps included in three sets of designs
Water resistant and shockproof
Replaceable lithium ion rechargeable battery for use off the bike up to 5 hours (included)
Vibration-tested and built with fuel-resistant plastics to withstand the elements
Bluetooth wireless technology for phone communication
Compass feature equivalent to Navigator III
MP-3 Player for storing music
High brightness, sunlight-readable, and UV-resistant display screen

The new BMW Garmin Zumo motorcycle navigator GPS system has been specially engineered by Garmin for BMW and it has certain proprietary features, which are unavailable on the standard Garmin Zumo systems and this includes the 3-year warranty.

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Product Review - Amazon Kindle Strengths and Weaknesses

The high profile ebook reading device from Amazon called the Kindle has caught the attention of readers. But then the gadget's cost, ranging from $350 to $400, gives people pause. This product review will introduce you to the features of the Kindle and my opinions about its strengths and weaknesses.

What the Kindle can do
The Kindle is an ebook reading device about the size of a paperback book. With a screen using e-ink display technology, it allows you to comfortably read digital text in both sunlight and artificial light. The screen refresh rate when you advance an ebook page is faster than turning a paper page. Depending on whether you use the Kindle's internal memory or add memory cards, you can store dozens to hundreds of ebooks and audio books.
If you like audio books, then the Kindle is a great device because it has an internal speaker for direct listening to audio books. Or, it can be plugged into headphones or external speakers, like in your car. Because the mp3 files for audio books are larger than ebooks, you'll need memory cards if you plan to load the device with more than a couple audio titles.
In addition to ebooks and audio books, the Kindle can access numerous newspaper and magazine publications and blogs.
A leading capability of the Kindle is wireless shopping. Right now, it has immediate wireless access to the Amazon store in the United States. Purchases can be made and content loaded onto the Kindle without using a computer.
The strengths of the Kindle
Overall, the physical characteristics of the Kindle are ergonomically comfortable. The page turning buttons operate smoothly and can be easily used by all sizes of hands. The power usage of the device is conservative, and depending on your reading habits, you can easily expect to go one or two weeks without needing to charge it.
The large content selection through Amazon for its device is also a strength. With thousands of ebooks, audio books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs wirelessly available to users, you will not lack for easily accessible media.
Also note that the wireless service has no ongoing cell phone charges. Your costs of operating the Kindle will be determined by how much content you buy for it. 
The weaknesses of the Kindle
Being a first generation device, the Kindle is not perfect. In my opinion the user interface was hard to understand and the menus were cumbersome to use. For example, when browsing through the table of contents of an ebook, I found it somewhat hard to line up the menu cursor with the headings.
I have noted that the mechanical parts are comfortable to use, but I did not always agree with their placement. The right side only has a control to advance the page while the left side has controls to advance the page or return to the previous page. Therefore, to turn a page back you are forced to use your left hand. I think that page forward and back controls should be on both sides of the device. Adding to my confusion was a control labeled "Back" on the right side, which I would hit in error trying to go back a page. This control actually took me back to a different menu.
Another general complaint made by many users about the Kindle is the proprietary format of the ebooks from Amazon. The device is meant to steer you to make purchases from only Amazon. This is understandable from the company's point of view, but it does mean that ebooks bought through Amazon can only be viewed on their device. If you decide in the future to buy an ebook reading device from another company, then you would not have access on that new non-Kindle device to any ebooks you purchased from Amazon.
Although designed to be an Amazon device, the Kindle can actually be used to read ebooks from other sources. A USB cable will connect the device to your computer where you could load ebooks in the widely available Mobipocket format (unencrypted files only) or plain text files.
The Kindle presents you with a quality device for reading ebooks along with other media. Although not perfect, especially with a user interface that often left me befuddled, it still performs its purpose well. A final consideration is the seller of the device. Amazon is a large company with a huge content selection, and, very importantly, an excellent reputation for customer service.

This product review was written by Tracy Falbe, author of The Rys Chronicles epic fantasy series. She invites you to download her free fantasy ebook Union of Renegades at where, among other formats, a Kindle-compatible Mobipocket version is available.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Why is the Garmin C340 StreetPilot So Popular?

By Nick Marion

GPS Navigation systems are becoming a popular necessity for people who like to travel places here lately. The reason for this seems to be because people are in a hurry and want to get to their destination ASAP. Which is not a bad idea, since gas prices are so high. The less time you spend driving the less gas you burn. Garmin seems to be ahead of the game when it comes to the GPS systems and here is one of their most popular products.

The Garmin StreetPilot c340 leads the portable, affordable c300 series with text to speech capability and optional traffic alerts. It's intuitive touch screen operation and big displays make it easy to use.

StreetPilot c340 comes ready to go right out of the box with preloaded City Navigator NT street maps, including a great amount of, points of interest (POIs), including motels, restaurants, fuel, ATMs and more. Simply touch the sunlight-readable color screen to enter a destination, and the c340 takes you there with 2D or 3D maps and turn-by-turn voice directions. It even announces the name of exits and streets so you never have to take your eyes off the road.

In addition, the c340 accepts custom points of interest (POIs) such as school zones and safety cameras and lets you set proximity alerts to warn you of upcoming POIs. Traveling abroad? The c340 comes with an SD card slot, making it convenient to add optional maps.

Avoid traffic jams with the addition of an FM TMC traffic receiver and traffic services. By adding these to your c340, you are notified of accidents or road construction ahead on your route. Simply touch the screen to view traffic details or recalculate your route to avoid traffic.

The portable c340 easily moves from vehicle to vehicle. Its suction cup windshield mount is a snap to install. The c340 also comes with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery for out-of-car route planning. The StreetPilot c340 is small enough to put in your pocket and is very affordable compared to larger GPS units with basically the same capabilities.

You can find a more detailed list of Specifications and some additional product information located on this website below.