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Better Wiring For Entertainment, Computing And Professional Gaming

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

The age of mobile devices has already made its mark, but large devices are still in demand. The power and scalability behind big speakers, wide screens and desktop computers with room for expansion can’t be ignored, but their mobility shortcomings are more obvious as mobile devices make entertainment and computing on the go easier. If you’re having trouble organizing your entertainment systems, finding the perfect spot for your television or keeping your computer wires out of the way and untangled, here’s a few ways that an electrician can make a deep, fundamental improvement for the future. Easier Network Cable Routing Online gaming is for more than shooting games, Everquest and World of Warcraft. A wide world of video sharing, playing with friends across the Internet, or meeting new friends for a few brief matches has spread across video game consoles and computer gaming alike. Unfortunately, wireless Internet isn’t always good enough. Although wireless is convenient for getting information or enjoying some videos or music on the go, it’s not great for any gameplay that needs to talk with a server across the Internet. Your character’s existence in online games is based on updates that are sent back and forth within mere milliseconds on a regular basis Wireless Internet is a broadcast that doesn’t completely hit its target, and instead relies on repeated information and a basic level of accuracy. More information is lost when obstacles such as walls, doors, windows and household objects either slow down or completely absorb wireless radio waves (discussed at length in this Radio Propagation lesson).  An electrician can keep you connected to a network cable such as an Ethernet cable or optical fiber cable while observing electrical safety measures that a more specific computer professional may not be qualified to do. These cables are the standard for Internet usage that will keep you competitive with most other online game players, and can be pulled through the walls to reach the areas you want within a certain distance depending on the cable. Better Device Mounts And Cabling Routing different cables through the walls is one of many techniques, but there are other electronics-friendly techniques that can help your entertainment planning. Depending on the average height of people in your home and the placement of different seats and the lighting, you could benefit from a wall-mounted or ceiling-mounted television and sound system. The wall mounting technique can be performed with a simple drill and latter if the area is too high, but a ceiling mount should be left to a professional. Ceiling mounts can either use wires that are neatly connected to a custom ceiling outlet or as part of a rail system. The ceiling mount is mostly stationary, save for a few swiveling movements, while a rail system allows you to move television or speaker mounts to different areas along the rails. Proper electrical setup will give you enough room to make changes without tearing wires quickly or creating an electrical hazard with metal mounts and railing. For more information, contact Meserve Electric or a similar...

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Reasons To Use Technology For Your Courier Business

Posted by on Aug 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you run a courier business, you are responsible for delivering packages and mail to your clients in an orderly fashion. It is important that you implement changes by using modern technology. This helps you complete your job more accurately, while your clients have more peace of mind. Here are some different reasons to use technology for your courier business. It Provides Easy Delivery Confirmation One of the most commonly asked questions by clients who order courier services is how they will know it has been delivered. This is quick and easy when you use technology to track the shipments. Your courier drivers will have a handheld device that keeps track of the goods being delivered and will record exactly when they have been delivered. Some of them can be programmed to make notes about where they were delivered, or to whom, just in case someone needs to find their package immediately. You can use the system to send an alert to a customer as soon as the delivery has been made. You Don’t Have As Many Errors Human errors are to be expected with any job, but since you handle a lot of sensitive and confidential information in your business, you need to reduce these errors as much as possible. Using updated software for your courier business helps you do this by ensuring you are going to the right address and delivering the correct package. It definitely reduces a lot of errors that used to occur simply from writing things down wrong and not having proper tracking procedures. You Can Communicate Easily With Your Drivers Another way to use technology for your business is with GPS tracking devices. This provides multiple benefits, from tracking packages to knowing where your drivers are. If you get a call about a rush package from one of your customers, you can use the GPS tracking software to find the driver nearest to you and call them to pick up the package and deliver it right away. This keeps your customers happy and makes everything run smoothly. Everything is Stored Digitally The fact that all courier information is stored digitally with new technology also has a wide range of benefits. First of all, if there are any discrepancies, you can pull up the delivery information and let the customer know what was delivered, when, and to what address. You even know what courier driver was responsible so you can ask them if there were any issues. This automatic reporting also helps when preparing invoices and if you ever get...

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Tips For Improving Online Game Coordination

Posted by on Jul 6, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you play video games that are multiplayer, you might have noticed that it’s much easier to coordinate with a team of people that you know in real life or are at least talking to over a headset. This coordination can often lead you to win games at a higher rate because you are all synced up. For example, if you are playing with a team of people that you know or are able to talk to easily, you can all coordinate to make sure that each type of character is played so that you have full coverage of snipers, healers, tanks, and other types of characters, rather than having 3 snipers which can ruin a game quickly. Here are some tips for facilitating online game coordination. 1. Invest in a Popular Chat Service That’s Integrated Into the Game The last thing that you want is to experience lag when you’re trying to game. This can cause you to die more frequently, be less accurate with your skill shots, and generally have a worse time. Luckily, there are chat services that are integrated with many different games as a lightweight addition to the game itself, rather than another, separate process running on your computer slowing it down. Go online and find out what the current most popular chat function is. Install it. Then, when you are in a game lobby with teammates that you don’t know, you can offer to start a session of the chat function. If you have chosen the most popular one, chances are good that someone in the lobby will have it as well and will be willing to join your call. This is a great way to facilitate communication between strangers. 2. Find Online Communities Another option is to find online communities of people who play the same game as you. Start a thread in the group’s forum about how you need people to play with. You are sure to receive a barrage of usernames that you and other people reading the thread can use to form full teams of people that they can communicate with. Ensure that you are using adequate safety measures such as not using your own name when you start contacting them. 3. Invite Teammates You’ve Recently Played With Finally, friend teammates that you have recently played with and did well with. If you can’t find anyone else, asking people that you enjoyed playing with in a game to join a group is a great way to increase the chances that you will form a team of people who will all work well together. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in online gaming communities, such as ADK...

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How Your Machine Mechanics Can Benefit From Using Videoscopes

Posted by on Jun 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Running a successful manufacturing company involves finding ways to save time and money. When it comes to keeping the machines you use for production in good condition and operating full-time, finding techniques that will help you do so faster is a good idea. Check out how your machine mechanics can benefit from using videoscopes during repairs and maintenance. Videoscopes Provide Detailed Images Of Internal Machine Parts A videoscope is a piece of digital equipment with a long tube that has a camera on the distal tip while the other end is hooked into a video display. Most videoscopes have LED lights at the distal top for illuminating the area being filmed by the camera, making it easier to see on the display screen. Your mechanics can use the tube to see into deep areas of a machine that are not easily visible without taking apart the machine, saving time for repairs because the entire machine does not need to be disassembled. Mechanics can save time when they know before starting a repair where to go in the machine for fixing the problem. Videoscopes Keep Image Files For Future Reference When a mechanic uses a videoscope to look at a repair issue, he or she can save an image file for future reference. Saved image files can be useful when training new mechanics or when similar problems arise in your machinery again. Some videoscopes have dual objective lenses in the distal tip for making it possible to recreate three-dimensional images. When you can look at an image in a three-dimensional design, especially tiny machine parts, pinpointing repairs become a lot easier. Taking The Guesswork Out Of Part Replacements And Orders In many cases, your mechanics may have guessed about a machine’s problems from a particular sound it was making or from a certain smell coming from it. While some experienced mechanics can correctly diagnose common problems in this way, there may be some mechanics that do not have that kind of experience. If your mechanics have ever ordered part replacements and took the time to tear down a machine to find the part ordered is wrong, you have lost money. The time it takes for exchanging the wrong parts is down time that interrupts your profits. When a mechanic can use a videoscope to see the problems up close, the risk of ordering the wrong parts is lower. If you are considering ways to save time in your manufacturing plant, think about how your machine mechanics can save time and money when diagnosing repair issues. If you’re interested, check into videoscopes for sale in your...

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4 Ways To Keep Your Iphone 5 Charged While Traveling

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you ever been away from home using your iPhone 5, then you may have problems keeping your phone charged. Your battery tends to drain quickly because of the different apps running in the background. You can maintain your battery life by turning off the alerts from these programs. However, if you want to use your favorite apps, then you should use different gadgets to keep your battery from draining quickly. Read on to find out four ways to keep your iPhone 5 charged while traveling. Try A Charging Case An iPhone 5 charging case is one of the ways to keep your smart phone charged while out and about. This type of case comes with built-in batteries that are always connected to your phone. It recharges at the same time you are charging your phone. The case adds to the size and weight of your phone. However, it also adds a layer of protection. After your cellphone’s battery drains, you would get an additional 5 hours of battery life depending on your type of case. Get A Portable Charger A portable charger is another way to keep your phone charged. There are a variety of portable chargers on the market. It can charge your iPhone and itself at the same time. The charger doubles as a wall charger. It is also small and compact in size. Find A Charging Station A charging station is another option for keeping your cellphone charged when away from home. It is an area set up at stores, event locations and other commercial business. The station has multiple electrical outlets. You will need your USB cord and have to look for locations with charging stations. Look For An Electrical Outlet The most common solution is to find an electrical outlet. Most businesses have spare outlets and you can just plug in your phone. However, it would be polite to ask the business to use their electrical outlet. If the business allows you to use it, then you will need to carry your USB cord. Smart phones are one of those gadgets that does close to everything. You can use it for streaming music, watching movies, taking pictures, shooting videos, playing games, making calls and texting. However, the more things your phone does than the more juice it uses. It can be frustrating to run out of battery life when traveling. You can keep your phone alive with supplemental rechargeable...

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Are You At Risk For Losing Your Important Data? Learn 3 Ways To Back It Up

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Your data is not always secure when it is on a hard drive, which is why hard drives have a failure rating.  They will fail at some point, and when they do, you won’t be able to access the data on it anymore.  Data centers realize this, with even the most reliable hard drives having a failure rate close to 1%, which is why they make sure that their data is backed up properly. Thinking about the hard drive in your computer right now, when is the last time you backed up the data on it?  If you cannot remember, you are at a serious risk of losing important data due to a hard drive failure out of your control. Here are 3 ways that you can back up your data at home. Blu-ray Data Discs Chances are that you have some data on your computer that is very important to you.  This typically means home videos and digital photos.  These are the types of documents that you cannot recreate if lost, but once they are created, they don’t need to be accessed or modified anymore. Consider using Blu-ray data discs to archive this type of data.  Blu-ray burning technology has become incredibly affordable recently, and USB hardware is easy to use on any computer with plug-and-play drivers.  Each standard disc can hold 25GB of data, and will cost you about $.07 per GB. The low cost will also make it cheap to properly archive your data onto two sources.  You can keep one Blu-ray data disc at home, and keep another in your desk drawer at work or a safety deposit box.  It will ensure that even in a catastrophe that your data will be secure somewhere.  External Hard Drives When you need your computer to be backed up and running immediately after a hard drive crash, you will need a solution that keeps a continuous backup of your files.  An external hard drive will be one solution that is practical for the average user.  You can purchase computer software that will create he continuous backup to an external drive, which will make sure that any data created will be instantly recoverable.  Unfortunately, this method lacks any sort of disaster recovery.  If your house were to burn down, or your computer and back up drive were stolen, you wouldn’t have any way to recover data.  Cloud Storage The safest way to ensure all your data is secure is to use a paid backup solution that stores your data in the cloud.  By transferring data over the Internet to an off-site data center, you will be protected even in worst-case scenarios. If you didn’t set up a backup solution and you find that your hard drive has failed, you’ll need the help of a professional that does data recovery.  They will be able to copy as many files as they can off your hard drive so that they are not gone...

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Three Reasons You Should Get A New Video Intercom System With A New Dog

Posted by on Jan 15, 2016 in Uncategorized |

A new puppy is an exciting addition to the family. When you have a new dog, you need to get him acclimated to a new schedule, including feeding times, walk times, and time alone. If you want to make training your puppy a little bit easier, consider getting an intercom system. Here is how installing a voice activated and video intercom system can help both you and your new dog. Puppies will need voice reassurance New puppies tend to get anxious being in a new place by themselves. If there are not other dogs around especially, your puppy may become anxious. There can be physical ramifications for a puppy being anxious, including a dog refusing to eat and drink or howling until a person has returned. Both of these behaviors can have negative effects for you and your dog. If you are able to use the intercom, both in home and away to talk to your dog, you can reassure them that everything is ok and gain their acceptance towards them not being able to see you physically, but not acting anxious during the separation. You can detect bad habits It takes some pet owners moving a sofa to find out that their animal has been relieving themselves in the house. Other pet owners do not notice bite and scratch marks on table corners or chair legs until they are noticeably scratched up a few months down the line. Once a dog has developed and kept a bad habit, it can be difficult and time-consuming to retrain them. It can also be cost prohibitive to replace destroyed items. By installing a video intercom and tuning into the room your dog is roaming around in, you can find out a lot about their habits and if they need any behavioral redirection before the issue has gotten out of hand. You can monitor activity levels The sleeping and exercise habits of a dog can tell a lot about their health. Dogs tend to sleep more than humans, with 12 to 14 hours being normal for most, and puppies needing around 18 hours. The only way you truly know just how much sleep your puppy is getting and how much exercise your dog is receiving during the day is by monitoring them throughout the day. With a video intercom that you can monitor from your computer or tablet, you can spy on your puppy in-home to see if they spend their days lounging around on couches, or if they like to run up and down the steps. If your dog beings to exhibit sleep and play behavior that is irregular for them, you will notice quickly and can take them to the vet for intervention early on. For intercom systems, contact a company such as Alpine Electronics and...

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Understanding The Basics Of Rigid-Flex Circuit Boards

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As a product manufacturer, you’re probably always looking for ways to improve the design and functionality of your product. If you’re considering redevelopment of a product line, one of the changes you should consider is replacing the rigid circuit boards with rigid-flex printed circuit boards instead. If you’re not familiar with these boards, here’s a look at the basics you should know. What Exactly Are Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards? Rigid-flex circuit boards are a blend of rigid and flex circuitry. This gives them the best of both designs, with features from both types of boards working together to create a functional unit. Most of the rigid-flex board designs feature several layers of flexible substrates that are attached to rigid circuit boards. What Are the Benefits of Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards? The combination of the circuit board designs produces a product with many benefits. Here are a few of the benefits that you might get from investing in this type of circuit board. Versatility – The flexible circuitry gives you the freedom to shape the product in virtually any design without sacrificing the precision of the printed circuit board. Stability – With so many different layers all working together, these boards have a strong foundation that builds on the structural stability of the rigid circuit board. At the same time, the flexible circuit board provides just enough flexibility and movement that the board isn’t as likely to snap in high-pressure placements. Security – When you have a stable circuit board that you can put into just about any application, you’ll have the confidence that your board can maintain the connections necessary for the product to function. This ensures lasting stability and security of the connections for the board to respond and communicate properly. Where Can You Use Rigid-Flex Printed Circuit Boards? You can use rigid-flex circuit boards in many different applications, from commercial products to industrial equipment. You can use them in small electronics, manufacturing equipment and even aircraft. Many consumer products, hand-held devices and even medical tools use rigid-flex printed circuit boards in their design. With so many possible applications, you’re sure to be able to use these boards in any design that you’re working on. Now that you understand the basics of rigid flex circuit boards, you’ll be able to evaluate them objectively to determine if they are right for you. With several advantages to using boards like these, you may find that they are an ideal choice for your new...

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Four Tips To Help You Get Start With A Small Business Telephone System

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have a small business, having the right technology is important to success. Telephone and communications are an important part of this. You may need to have more than a single line for your business, as well as incorporate features like forwarding and voicemail. Here are some tips to help you start setting up a telephone system for your small business:  1. Choosing The Type Of System To Use For Your Business There are many different types of telephone systems to choose from. You can have a traditional T1 telephone line, or you may choose to have a VoIP system for your business. Each of these has different benefits, but the telephone system, routing and other features inside your business will be the same.  2. Routing Solutions For The Different Lines Of Your Business Routing for your business is handled by a PBX box, which is a type of telephone server. The service can route calls to the secretary, intercom or other features of your system. For a basic system, you may only need to have a single router. If you have a larger business with more extensions, you may need a larger PBX solution and switches for your telephone system. 3. Integrating Other Communications Solutions Into Your Telephone Systems An important aspect to consider when you want to install a telephone system is the other types of communications you want to integrate into the system. An analog system may limit the features you can have, but can be more affordable. If you have a digital system, you will have more options for the type of communications you can have integrated into your telephone systems. 4. Leaving Room For Expansion Of Telephone Systems As Your Business Grows You may also want to start small and expand your telephone system as your business grows. With newer modular systems, you will easily be able to expand services to your system, but these systems may not be ideal for some businesses, such as a call center with very large systems. For larger systems, you will have better performance with servers and switches that are designed to handle the communications traffic of your business. These are some tips to help you get started with choosing a telephone system for your business. If you need modern communication for your business, contact a professional telephone service (such as Livewire Communications) to get help setting up the communications of your...

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Understanding Your ISP: Internet Speeds

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Choosing your internet service provider (ISP) can be a very overwhelming experience. From the litany of bundles and deals that you will be shown, to the rather arcane nature of the internet itself, it can be very hard to determine what is a good deal and what is not. To help you get the most bang for your buck, here is a brief overview of how internet speeds actually work. The more you know, the easier it will be for you to pick a plan that is perfect for you. Speeds First and foremost, you are probably interested in the speed of the internet connection. Some households might only want to browse their email and watch Netflix, while others might want to frequently upload and download videos. The first group will probably want a slower, cheaper connection, while the second would likely opt for a much faster, more expensive connection. Mbps vs MBps Now, every internet plan will likely list maximum or average speed, but it is usually listed in Mbps. If you have ever taken a look at your downloads, then you have probably noticed that your download speed is generally somewhere between 1 and 10 megabytes per second. Now this might be a little confusing, because internet plans tend to start around 10 Mbps and go up to around 100. Where does this huge disparity between advertisement and reality come from? As it turns out, the advertisements are usually pretty accurate. The problem is that they actually refer to a different unit than you are likely familiar with. While internet plans will tell you how many bits you will get per second, files are usually classified by how many bytes they contain. 1 byte actually consists of 8 bits. Therefore, a 40 Mbps plan will give you a real download speed of 5 megabytes per second. For reference, a 5 gigabyte file will take around 16-17 minutes to download at 40 Mbps. At 20 Mbps, it will take twice as long, and at 80 Mbps, it would take half the time. A Trick for Telling the Difference You can tell the difference between the abbreviations for megabits and megabytes at a glance pretty easily if you pay attention to the capitalization. As a general rule of thumb, if two units describe the same thing, but have different sizes, the larger will be capitalized when abbreviated, while the smaller will be lowercase. Thus, the B in bytes is capitalized, while the b in bits is not. M is always capitalized in these contexts because it stands for mega, or million. For more information, contact a service...

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Mobile VOIP Is Ready When You Are

Posted by on Jul 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

You’ve been an avid user of voice over Internet protocol, or VOIP, on your laptop for years. With VOIP, you’ve been able to make international audio and video calls without having to pay a traditional phone carrier. That’s because VOIP technology uses the Internet to connect you with the other party. You selected an Internet browser that provided VOIP technology for no additional cost.   Now that VOIP technology has made its way to the mobile market, you’re thinking of expanding your usage from just your laptop to your cell phone. This could come in handy during a trip you’re planning, as you won’t face long distance charges. But MVOIP (short for mobile VOIP) remains a new market, and you don’t want to take the plunge until you’re sure it won’t backfire and cause you headaches. You’ll be glad to know that MVOIP is further along than you may think.  Multiple Devices  Even if your mobile phone isn’t always on, you don’t have to worry about losing access to your contacts or missing calls. MVOIP is downloaded as an app that not only works on your phone, but can also be synced to your laptop or tablet. This comes in handy during those times you need your mobile phone for something else, such as taking pictures. If you can’t take a call, retrieve the message later from any one of your devices. Contacts So what if your family and friends haven’t made the switch to MVOIP yet or rely on a different mobile app than the one you downloaded? Don’t fret. You can still make MVOIP calls. However, you can expect to incur a fee per minute for communicating with these folks. At the end of the day, you’re likely to find that any costs that are added for talking to out-of-network friends are still far less than what you would pay a carrier for a traditional mobile phone plan. Future of MVOIP You don’t want to get used to using MVOIP if the technology fails to catch on and becomes obsolete at some point in the future. After all, mobile VOIP has not experienced the same popularity as traditional VOIP, and there’s no guarantee that it will. However, researchers predict that MVOIP will find its way to more than 1 billion users by 2017. So the technology isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Conclusion The biggest obstacle you may find in moving into MVOIP is selecting a provider. Not only are there providers dedicated exclusively to providing various VOIP services, but traditional mobile carriers who are losing revenue to Internet calls are similarly offering VOIP services for mobile these...

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