September 2014

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Mobile Internet: At Your Service

A four-man crew is installing an Energy Management System at one of the largest chain stores in the country.  Over a relatively short time period, it will save hundreds of thousands of dollars, a feat that will ideally benefit the consumer as well.  The men shut down the main power to the refrigeration system which controls the temperature on about a million dollars-worth of food that must remain frozen or cooled.  A temporary electrical supply source is set in place.  It will only provide service for about one hour.  The clock is ticking.

After cables are run and the electrical work is done, one man makes a call to the technical department across the country that oversees the operation.  Via internet on the mobile phone, the job will be commissioned and given the green light to reconnect the main electrical supply, or not.  It’s a race against time.  If any repairs have to be made or any problems require trouble-shooting, it must be done in haste.

Mobile Internet enables electricians and other service workers keep up with the times.  It provides the means to do very important tasks at any location and to have those tasks commissioned or tested from miles away, sometimes a whole continent away.  In return, companies are able to install, repair or update much more efficiently and in a more timely, less expensive manner because the services rendered are able to communicate from afar rather than being dependent for all parties concerned to be in one location.

There are a lot of times that mobile internet can be convenient and entertaining.  You can catch up of the latest news feeds on Facebook, email a friend and even send a photo you just took.  There are other times when having mobile internet can literally save the day.  Your bank account has just been hacked into.  Your cable bill is overdue and is moments away from your service being disconnected.  Being able to get that one vital email can sometimes save your life from ruin.

Then there are the times you are stuck in the waiting room at the doctor’s office or on the subway.  It’s just good time management to catch up on emails or to click online to check a bank balance or whatever else needs to be done.  Sometimes it’s just nice to be able to unravel and play a game online.

Mobile internet is noteworthy of saving lives too.  Weather can be tracked, steering people from treacherous conditions such as flooding and tornadoes.  Traveling has been made much easier too.  It can be very inconvenient and downright dangerous to get lost.   Internet availability via a hot spot enables the navigation feature on many mobile phones.  A whole route can even be put in an internet program that will map out the best way to go.

It’s a busy, demanding and sometimes dangerous world.  Mobile internet is technology’s answer to many problems that arise in the modern times in which we live.  The internet… it’s good to not to have to leave home without it.

Technology in the Shower

You all probably already know how much I love technology and everything connected to technology. I think that in a way technology connects people all around the world. In today’s world, it is fairly easy to make new friendships via Internet. Just to name a couple of examples; twitter and facebook. I mean what better way is there to meet new people and to share ideas and knowledge?

Recently I have been thinking a lot about technology of all sorts, but the one that has gotten my attention the most is the technology in the shower. I love listening to podcasts and making calls in the shower with a shower head with a speaker. There are plenty of reviews out there online, but I like the ones from a site called A Great Shower. It is fun, and I guess it saves time. You can make phone calls during your relaxation time. Some of you will probably wonder why to make calls while relaxing. Well, those calls do not have to be business calls. You can talk to your girlfriend or friends, catch up on what is new while relaxing yourself.

Shower heads these days are equipped with all sorts of things. You can even get a rain shower head which can make steam. Is not that cool? I guess it is all about your character and what you like and what you do not like. Some people will enjoy a nice bubble bath in silence while other, like myself, will love everything that is new and that allows me to expand my knowledge and ideas.

Beside my affection towards technology, I also enjoy listening to music. You have probably by now realized that I enjoy showering, but what makes me happy is combining those two. Music while showering. I can sing under the shower, listen to podcasts and if needed I can make calls as well. What a great usage of technology. It feels like relaxation without borders.

Technology in the shower sector has gone a long way. And not just shower wise, but bathrooms are now getting more and more technical. You can buy all sorts of stuff for your bathroom. You can buy towel warmers in all shapes and colors, bathroom fans also available in different colors and shapes. When talking about colors, if you are anything like me, you will love some ‘geeky’ ideas for your bathroom. The choices are endless. You do not even have to invest a lot of money. If you have a vivid imagination, you will decorate your bathroom for less money but in a way that you will give the bathroom you own signature.

Today we can express ourselves any way we like. If you feel like your house or just one room in the house needs renovating, go for it. make it shine. Even if you are not that technologically advanced, it is never to late to give it a shot. Try little thing first. Award yourself with a shower head with a speaker. You will see that you will start singing under the shower in no time.

Facing the Facts: Face Time Makes for Picture Perfect Parenting

The iPhone face time feature is a fabulous feature for parents.  The exciting technology available on Apple mobile phones allows for video-audio calls which can really come in quite handy.  It can make the duties and joys of parenting a lot easier, for sure.

Face time is available on the iPhone 4 and newer versions.  It can also be accessed on a Mac OS X 10.6 or higher in which the face time app is installed in.  A Wi-Fi or network with 3G or 4G connection is also required.

To initiate a face time call, make sure the option is enabled and the contact or the phone number is in your phone.  Then, simply slide the face time notch to the “on” position and begin the call.  Or, just push the button to “accept” if you are the one being called.

So how has face time come to make the job of parenting easier?  Let me take you on a stroll down memory lane.  When I was a teen-ager, I had a strict curfew.  I was to be in at midnight.  Midnight?  The party was just getting started at midnight which was what my parents knew and the exact reason I had the said curfew.  Quite often I would spend the night with one of my mates who could stay out later.  Of course I did not mention that fact to my parents.  There were certain mates who had no curfew at all which worked out well for my teen-age endeavors but would have horrified my parents, had they known.

But my parents didn’t know.  There was much they didn’t know.  Sometimes they had me call when I got where I was supposed to be going.  I could usually fudge that and call from somewhere else.  Enter the face time feature.  I can hear how it would have gone down if my mum had have had this feature available.  “Sure you can spend the night at Bobby’s,” she would have said.  “Just face time me when you get to his house at midnight.”

I know, it feels like you are being intrusive.  That’s alright.  Parents can be intrusive.  In fact, they should be intrusive.

Sometimes you can best get your point across with some eye-to-eye contact.  Your words will go much further and will be taken more to heart when you simply click on to face time for that parent-child or parent-t0-teen talk.  Trust me, I would have gotten in far less mischief had my mum and dad had face time.

And not all face timing with your offspring is for protective purposes.  Maybe your son is celebrating a great soccer game win and you weren’t able to attend the game.  Catching that smile on face time is absolutely priceless.  Or, your daughter is choosing a dress for the prom and you are stuck at work.  You can now put your opinion in via face time.

Through the years, many things have changed drastically.  Some things have not changed at all.  Children will forever be trying to pull one over on their parents and wise parents will be a step ahead.

Don’t miss a moment.   Face time is an excellent tool for stopping bad behavior in its tracks.  It’s also the perfect solution for making sure you don’t miss those magical moments.  Facing parenting with face time is undoubtedly picture perfect.

Saving Relationships One Skype at a Time

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Not so many years ago, traveling for a living pretty much was a death sentence for a relationship.  Although there were couples and families that did make it through, they rarely came out unscathed.  Being away from home, so many things were missed it was hard not to feel isolated and disconnected.  But all that has changed.

The economy has called for many of us to relocate or travel in order to chase work wherever we can find it.  In the past, that would have meant all too many milestones would be missed.  Your baby’s first steps, your daughter getting ready for her first dance, those are moments that photographs and phone calls just can’t do justice to.  But now, thanks to Skype technology, we can share real time events as they are unfolding.  That is…priceless!

Skype isn’t just for long distance relationships.  It’s a flirty little prelude to a special date night or a personal touch to a birthday wish.  It’s a good way for a wife to show her husband, firsthand, just what’s wrong with the kitchen sink so he can grab a part on the way home.

Skyping keeps us business savvy too.  Many of us are fortunate enough to work online.  We can work from home, a coffee house or while taking a road trip or even traveling internationally.  Sometimes, however, emails just don’t offer enough communication.  Whether its employers and employees trying to connect or two writers working to collaborate a book, there are times when Skyping is simply a lifesaver.

You don’t have to be a technical genius to Skype.  That’s the joy of Skyping.  Simply open an account at www.skype.com.  It’s easy and best of all, it’s free.  You’ll choose an account name that will identify you.  Then add your contacts and once they accept, you are ready to roll.  You can then make and accept calls.  Skyping is free except for a small fee for actual phone calls.

This is where it gets really exciting because you can choose which style of Skyping fits the situation at hand.  Are you conducting business but are still in your pajamas with your hair (not to mention, your kitchen) a big mess?  Opt for instant messaging or voice chat.

Dying to see your baby’s first tooth?  Click on the video chat for an experience so real you can almost touch her.  Video Skype is also an excellent tool for tending to business where you need to show a co-worker how to do a task that is difficult to explain through emails or even instant messaging.  Sometimes a video Skype is worth a thousand words.

For those who have never Skyped before, it’s like the first time doing anything, it may be a bit awkward.  Remember your first email or Facebook post?  Yeah, it’s like that.  But you will find that once you get the hang of it, Skype may save your job and your relationship too.  Maybe it’s not quite that dramatic, but then again, maybe it is.  Skype, it’s a real time solution to real life situations.