Technology

What next?

So here you are. You have taken that step and
purchased your dream TV, the plasma screen, and now
you have to decide exactly how and where you are going
to mount it.

First considerations are the size of the screen. Can
it be wall or ceiling mounted or would you prefer for
it to be free standing?

There are several types of fixing that will enhance
the appearance of the screen. First, the wall mount,
which will add about two inches to the depth of the
screen. Mount at eye level for maximum effect.

Perhaps you will be mounting the screen over a
fire-place or in a bedroom (often and higher than eye
level), then you will need the tilt fixing which will
tilt the screen to exactly the right angle for easy
viewing.

The table mount lifts the screen up to four inches off
the table but does look rather sleek and stylish in
today’s modern setting. There is also a cart onto
which a screen can be affixed – great for hospitals or
boardroom meetings – with shelves for video, DVD and
computer connections. The cart can be pulled right up
to the boardroom table enabling all to see the images
at the perfect angle.

Ceiling mounts are available for where space is
limited but is usually used in commercial settings.
There is also an articulated wall mount for the same
purpose but the screen can be pushed flush to the wall
when not in use.

The right mount will add a new dimension to your
plasma screen and will look great in any setting.

Thank You Internet! Free iPods on the Net

Due to the success of Apple iPods, numerous websites on the Internet have invested on offering free iPods to website visitors with little strings attached.

An example website would be FreeiPods.com. FreeiPods.Com gives away free iPods to website visitors and potential participants who completes an offer. Then they would be required to recruit 5 friends to do the same. Internet websites such as this claims that it is not a scam, though it does require a little bit of work on your part.

If you’re extremely gullible, you will easily be enticed to get one o fthe free iPods, although we must admit, this promise of a free iPod from Internet websites such as FreeiPods.com looks very dubious.

But closer scrutiny would make it appear that the site is legitimate. The scheme does not look every bit like a networking pyramid scheme. It seems like a new type of marketing online. It looks so professional with support from major Internet companies like AOL, eBay and Columbia House.

Also, many happy customers are appearing like mushrooms all over the internet claiming receiving free iPods. All the more that skeptics are analyzing the economics.

How it Works

This is basically how it works:

1. An internet website offering free iPods like FreeiPods.com would offer either an iPod or a US$ 250 gift certificate to potential contestants that would sign up for several online promotions.

2. It would also be required that they persuade five more people to sign up.

3. The subscribers are then given the option of choosing from 10 different offers, that includes a trial of 45 days of AOL, and a trial of two weeks of the genealogy service of Ancestry.com. As you can see, these offers are easily cancelled and are free.

4. When the online trials are finally over, for both the main customer and the five referred people, the free iPod is provided.

Several people have written on their blog about the free iPod. At first they were skeptical, but when they tried it out, they eventually had the free iPod. Some also had a nice feedback for the set up since the Internet company did not require any credit card number or any hidden fees.

In fact, some receivers of the free iPods are so convinced that they created Internet websites that are affiliates of the free iPods websites. These websites are called « conga lines, » and are supposed to persuade other people that the free iPods schemes are not a scam. Some of the websites, to name a few, are FlatScreens.com and FreeiPodGuide.

Gratis Internet

People behind the free iPod websites also denied that the site is a a networking scheme. It is not like an advertised networking scheme on eBay that also promises to give away free iPods.

They also revealed that Gratis Internet, maker of FreeiPod.com receives a huge amount of money for sending potential subscribers to sites like eBay, AOL, or RealNetworks. These internet websites offering free iPods are marketing firms sending potential customers to client websites or advertisers. The scheme is closely related to viral marketing.

The management refused to specify the money involved in the business, and said that they do not directly deal with the major companies involved. Gratis Internet was just commissioned by a third-party marketing agency, such as San Francisco’s Adteractive.

For four years, Gratis Internet was in operation of customer-acquisition schemes via these websites: FreeCDs.com, FreeVideoGames.com, FreeDVDs.com, and FreeCondoms.com.

More than US$ 3 million worth of free merchandise that includes free iPods and CDs were given away, including five to six million condoms.

Since its launching last June, FreeiPods.com was successful in dispatching more than 2,500 free iPods. In monetary terms, that is more than US$ 1 million.

During the last few weeks, Internet traffic hits have exploded. About one million Internet visitors have enrolled in the scheme. Though majority of these people are using fake names and addresses, it reflects the interest of the public on the free iPods and other stuffs.

Successful customers that have finished the requirements of the scheme would receive a message of « Sent to Vendor, Waiting on Product. » This message means that the free iPod is already on backorder. Though, previously, iPods were delayed in shipment, the process would be improved.

Successful Tips For Metal Detecting

Metal detecting is a wonderful activity especially for people who want to find adventure and lost items. At times, people would be so amazed and thrilled by such an activity that they eventually make it a regular part of their lifestyle. What’s more, there are so many ways by which you can heighten this experience of metal detecting; just make sure that you receive the same enjoyment and satisfaction from what you are doing just like the other metal detectors. Truly, there are countless different ways which you can consider during your metal detecting activity and here are just some of them.

Finding The Most Suitable Metal Detector

The first tip which you must consider is to find the most appropriate metal detector for you since these metal detectors will be your ally in finding lost items that are buried underground and having the best one that suits you and your environment is extremely important. Moreover, in finding the most appropriate metal detector, you will first need to determine the areas that you will most likely to spend your metal detecting activity in.

Since metal detectors are specially made for different types of environment, determining a certain environment will definitely help you in choosing the best one for you. If you are most likely to conduct your metal detecting in places such as the beach, then the metal detector specially made for wet environments is definitely the most suitable equipment to get.

Practicing Your Skills

The second tip which you must follow is to practice your skills and make sure that you are comfortable enough with your chosen metal detector. Lashing out in the areas of your choice may not necessarily be a good thing especially if you are unfamiliar with the territory and the equipment you are holding. To make sure you get a lot of practice, what you can do first is conduct your metal detecting at your own backyard. That way, it will practice your detecting skills and furthermore give you an estimate time on just how much time you can hold your metal detector. Metal detectors sometimes can be very heavy and making sure that you do not tire yourself when you have just started doing it is very essential.

Finding The Right Place

The third tip is to find the right places where you can conduct your metal detecting. Make sure that you avoid places that are crowded since this will limit your opportunity of exploring more grounds in the place. Moreover, it is also important that you already have a background on these places so that you will exactly know where to go in order to explore the things that may be buried under. For this, you can even consult a map in order to check and confirm if you have already covered as much area as you would have wanted.

Having The Right Dose Of Patience

The fourth and perhaps one of the most important tip there is, is simply to have patience. Metal detecting may not exactly be a fun activity if you the reckless and impatient type of person. At times, you may not be able to find new items that are buried underground; although there are also times when it will generally be easy for you to discover lost items. See, everything is unpredictable in metal detecting that is why it is important that you are patient so that you will truly get to enjoy the experience.

How to Achieve Picture Perfect Shots via Digital Photography

Gone are the times when photographers had to take several shots of an image and develop them to find out if a fine or even perfect image was taken. Several photographers of this art form refer to this technique as “trial and error”.

Nowadays, there are a numbers of photographers who have decided to shift from regular point and shoot and old SLR models to digital ones. Through DSLRs, they can get more time to concentrate in taking those great pictures since images that are not par with their standards can simply be deleted away.

SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex. The name implies the use of lenses and a mirror. Mirror reflects light entering the lens up into the viewfinder. Thus, a photographer can estimate how the image will likely appear when it is developed. Moreover, a SLR camera uses separate lenses that can be interchanged depending on the resolution needed. Hence, this camera can be used to capture image with varying depths.

Likewise, a digital SLR or DSLR camera uses lenses and mirror. But instead of a film that records the image, a DSLR camera uses light sensor chips and digital memory. In other words, a DSLR camera is the computerized version of the traditional SLR camera.

However, the functions of these models are rather different so it is suggested that users spend time getting familiar or acquainted with these gadgets. Owners should use that “trial and error” technique by taking a few shots and storing better pictures. Sooner or later, users can surely hack these models.

Individuals who decide on using these types of cameras should really invest on memory cards and lenses. Thus, if they happen to become professionals someday, additional equipment will surely keep them busy for choosing photography as a career.

Here are some helpful tips that will definitely aid owners of DSLR cameras in capturing a perfect image using the new art of digital photography.

1. Normally, people take full body shots against a background. However, it is more appropriate to take a shot from shoulders up or an upper body one because image of those in the picture really appear small.

2. If doing the above technique happens to be difficult for the user, he or she can take a shot of the person with him or her at one side rather than at the center. Then the owner can just zoom in so the person appears to be at the center.

3. The law of optics remains the same whether using an old or a digital camera. For instance, if the sun is behind an image, the picture will be silhouette. If light is in front of the image, the picture will appear squint unless there are sunglasses on.

4. Use your sunglass to act as a polarizer to take away unnecessary reflections from glaring objects.

5. You can also use a sunglass to increase the exposure of objects.

6. When using a polarizer, be sure that the source of light is perpendicular to the object.

7. Change your white balance setting from auto to cloudy when shooting bright landscapes and outdoor portraits.

8. Do not use the flash mode when the setting is already sunny.

9. Zoom in to emphasize a certain asset or characteristic of the subject being captured.

10. Practice. Practice. Practice.

It suffices to say that the techniques in getting the perfect shot have not changed. However, using digital cameras and employing this new art of digital photography have simply improved photo shooting by making capturing pictures easy for everyone.

In other words, practice is what really makes perfect shots!

History of Mobile Phones

In this day of high tech gadgets and toys, the Mobile
Phone, or Cellular Phone inundates the market with products
for every level of user.

While a patent was issued as early as 1908 for a mobile
phone unit, the actual technology of cellular network
calling, as we know it today wasn’t established until 1984
in Japan.

Even at this early time, mobile phones were too large to be
carried easily in a pocket so most were installed in
vehicles to be used as car phones until 1990.

The mobile phone has become so popular in some countries
that the numbers of phones outnumber the population. Africa
currently has the largest growth rate of mobile phone
subscribers and India has the largest growth market, adding
6 million subscribers every month.

What once began as a rare and expensive form of
communication has suddenly become the worlds most common
and inexpensive item kept on a person.

In the U.S. 50 percent of children carry their own mobile
phone. In many countries, mobile phones outnumber landline
phones.

This is due to the ease of use and the cost. Where it is
more expensive to run a phone line throughout a town or
village, people can own mobile phones at a much more
affordable rate.

Once used as a simple wireless way to communicate has
changed to almost a miniature computer small enough to slip
into ones pocket.

Now mobile phones can take photographs, can access the
Internet and e-mails, and even store a selection of
downloadable music.

What an advancement we have made in such a short time. It
makes one wonder what is next in the high tech gadget world
for our mobile phone users.

How Bluetooth Works

Bluetooth devices will normally operate at 2.4 GHZ
in the license free, globally available ISM radio
band. The advantage to this band includes worldwide
availability and compatibility. A disadvantage to
this however, is that the devices must share this
band with other RF emitters. This includes
automobile security systems, other wireless devices,
and other noise sources, such as microwaves.

To overcome this challenge, Bluetooth employs a
fast frequency hopping scheme and therefore uses
shorter packets than other standards within the
ISM band. This scheme helps to make Bluetooth
communication more robust and more secure.

Frequency hopping
Frequency hopping is basically jumping from frequency
to frequency within the ISM radio band. After a
bluetooth device sends or receives a packet, it
and the device (or devices) it’s communicating with
hop to another frequency before the next packet is
sent. This scheme offers three advantages:
1. Allows Bluetooth devices to use the
entirety of the available ISM band, while never
transmitting from a fixed frequency for more than a
short period of time. This helps insure that
Bluetooth conforms to the ISM restrictions on the
transmission quantity per frequency.
2. Ensures that any interference won’t
last long. Any packet that doesn’t arrive safely
to its destination can be resent to the next
frequency.
3. Provides a base level of security as
it’s very hard for an eavesdropping device to predict
which frequency the Bluetooth devices will use
next.

The connected devices however, must agree upon the
frequency they will use next. The specification
in Bluetooth ensures this in two ways. First, it
defines a master and slave type relationship between
bluetooth devices. Next, it specifies an algorithm
that uses device specific information when
calculating the frequency hop sequences.

A Bluetooth device that operates in master mode can
communicate with up to seven devices that are set in
slave mode. To each of the slaves, the master
Bluetooth device will send its own unique address
and the value of its own internal clock. The
information sent is then used to calculate the
frequency hop sequences.

Because the master device and each of the slave
devices use the same algorithm with the same initial
input, the connected devices will always arrive
together at the next frequency that they have agreed
upon.

As a replacement for cable technology, it’s no
wonder that Bluetooth devices are usually battery
powered, such as wireless mice and battery powered
cell phones. To conserve the power, most devices
operate in low power. This helps to give Bluetooth
devices a range of around 5 – 10 meters.

This range is far enough for wireless communication
but close enough to avoid drawing too much power
from the power source of the device.

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What Is The Plasma In Plasma TVs?

As the electronics industry has moved from CRT (cathode ray
technology) televisions to the new plasma technology, we
have all watched as our television pictures became clearer
and crisper.

Even though plasma technology isn’t all that new, the
application of it in our televisions sets is. We all
understand how a plain picture tube works in a television
set.

What exactly is this plasma stuff?

Plasma is formed when two gases, neon and xenon, are
electrified and the resulting phosphors (a substance that
can emit light after being radiated in some way) begin to
glow.

To get a little more scientific, the atoms that make up the
neon and xenon release their negative electrons to float
about and leave ionized positive atoms. When you have
enough of theses ionized atoms, you get plasma.

You don’t need to be a science teacher to understand how
all of it works, but plasma is showing up in more than just
our television sets.

It was used in computer displays in the 1960’s and is used
today in waste treatment, welding and drilling, propulsion,
lasers, and instrument sterilization in medical offices and
hospitals.

The average person, though, will recognize the technology
in their television sets.

As plasma televisions continue to advance, you can
guarantee the use of it in other applications will continue
as well.

Before long, plasma technology may become one of the most
widely used applications around the world for numerous
things.

And it will still make ‘Star Trek’ look really good on your
television.

The Pleasures Of Getting A Free iPod

We all know that an ipod is expensive. The new releases of APPLE ipods are really unaffordable for normal people. But if you are only after listening to songs and don’t really care about videos, playlists, etc, I suggest that you buy the ipod shuffle instead.

It is the cheapest ipod out in the market today but it already cost thousands of pesos. It is already expensive considering people without big paychecks. So if it is expensive, why would you want to have it anyway if you can’t afford it? It is not even a necessity anyway. We don’t exactly need it to live and you are not obliged to buy one.

But having an ipod would be a big benefit because it brings you wireless entertainment. Plus considering its uncanny portability, it is really a must have gadget. It can play hundreds of songs even though it is just a small box. The ipod is simply an amazing and entertaining device. Imagine a gadget that has the capability to play songs, organize playlists, and show videos.

But let us go back to reality here, the reality I was mentioning earlier. These devices are definitely not cheap and it will be hard to buy one. You will really have to save for it. You might even have to cut short on other stuff and limit your meals. These high prices deprive of people of their passion to listen to music.

But what would you feel if someone would give you a free ipod? Now, you do not have to spend your own money and savings, instead it would be given to you for free. That would be wonderful, won’t it? But the question there is, where in the world will you get a free ipod?

Nowadays, many people use this free ipod as a gimmick. They could attract many people for the promise of a free ipod. Most of the promos include a free ipod as one of their prizes. If you would only join, you would have the chance of winning a new and free ipod. I guess that they are including a free ipod as one of their prizes to invite more people to join the promo because almost every people want an ipod inside their pockets.

If you would be one the winners of the free ipod, you will definitely be excited about it. If you think about it, a device worth thousands will be yours for free, it is like a gift from heaven.

A promise of a free ipod can also be use for advertising. You can advertise a certain event of maybe a product given that if they but, they might win a free ipod. Many would be buying your product or will be going to your event.

Another example is, if you a restaurant and the number of customers are low, try on giving a free ipod a prize in a raffle and that they can acquire the raffle tickets only if they ate at your place. Next thing you know, there will be a sudden increasing in the number of your customers. The results may be shocking.

You would be surprise see that many people would be eating at your place because they want to have a chance on winning that free ipod. A free ipod brings wonders to your life. Now, it is no longer just a device for entertainment but for business as well.

But why and how does a free pod do this? As we all no, gadgets is the in thing today and the ipod is one of the front runners in that category. Although we hate to admit it, it is human nature to want what is in. Even if people can’t afford it, they really still crave for it. That is why a free ipod is so attractive and catchy for those poeple who want it but don’t have the money to purchase it.

But is it all about being in? In my opinion, a free ipod is attractive because it will bring you entertainment with comfort because it is portable and is easy to use. You can listen to music and watch videos with one click. This is like the extreme gadget for music lovers. And music doesn’t only include those of the rich, it goes all the way down to the middle class and the poor.

And for their love of music, a free ipod is all that’s left for them to have this magnificent device and enjoy music.

Simple Tips For A Successful Metal Detecting

There are so many things which you can consider in metal detecting in order to make it a much more pleasurable activity for you. Most often than not, people would just try doing this activity for fun and surprisingly, find themselves getting hooked with metal detecting and eventually making it a regular part of their lives. There are simply limitless options which you can do in order to enhance your metal detecting experience. Below are simple tips for you to consider in order to make your metal detecting activity much more successful.

Seizing The Proper Equipment

The first thing which you need to remember is to have the proper equipment. This means that the metal detector that you will purchase should be appropriate for the items that you think you will find as well as the environment you will most likely cover. Metal detectors come in a variety of types and with different functions; that is why finding out which ones you are going to need most is extremely vital. Since you will be using your metal detector most of the time, it is also important that you familiarize yourself with the different features and functions that it may have. This is to make sure that you fully understand how to use them and therefore allow you to be able to optimize their performance in different kinds of situations.

Researching About The Areas

The second thing which you must remember is to first researching about the places that you are going to cover with your metal detector. It is important not to simply lash out in the areas of your choice but instead, have a background check on the different areas where you will most likely find what you are looking for. It is advisable that you also consult with old and new maps in order to determine certain parts of the area that have already been forgotten and are not anymore reached by most people. More often than not, you can find wonderful items in these places.

Keeping The Virtue Of Patience

It is also important that you have the right patience in metal detecting. This type of activity is not necessarily an easy task especially if you are a beginner. At times you can spend a lot of hours searching for different items only ending up with invaluable things. That gives you more reason to be patient since the areas you are covering holds so many secrets in them. Really, patience is all you need to make sure that your experience with metal detecting remains fun and totally exciting.

Being Persistent All The Way

In addition, you need to keep your persistence up as much as possible. You may likely experience a day or two when you can definitely find nothing even after long hours of search. However, these things must not let you down; instead they should even intensify your drive to metal detecting. Metal detecting is definitely a challenging activity and without the much needed persistence, then you will not find the lost items that may be buried underground. It is one such extremely fun activity as long as you allow it to be filled with fun for you even after long hours of search each day.

Art or Science: the True Nature of Digital Photography

What is the true nature of digital photography? Many people have been asking this question for a long time. In fact, when people ask the question about the true nature of digital photography, they often mean to ask whether it is art or it is science.

Here are some arguments for both sides:

A) Art – many people consider digital photography as an art because it allows for an expression of emotion. They believe that digital photography is a continuation of the art of drawing or painting. You see, digital photography is just like painting in the sense that although it does take accurate pictures of reality, it also allows for some modification through the various digital tools available today.

Even without the editing many people still believe that digital photography is art because of the fact that it does take an artist’s eye to find a great subject of digital photography. The nature of digital photography as an art has something to do with the fact that an artist is able to express emotions and statements through visual subjects.

The supporters of the « artistic nature of digital photography » also argue their case by stating its ability to convey emotional messages through aesthetics. The beauty of each photograph, of course, needs also to be credited to the person taking the pictures. One of the strongest arguments for the artistic nature of digital photography is the fact that the picture is rarely really what is seen with the naked eye. Through the camera and computer, a person can alter the image in order to present what he or she wants to show.

B) Science – some people argue that science is the true nature of digital photography. One argument is that photography, unlike painting, actually comes from something existing and not from a painters mind or emotion. This can be very persuasive since, indeed, a photographer does not actually make photographs. He or she merely takes them.

Another argument regarding the scientific nature of digital photography is the fact that the editing that people do and adjustments that photographers make are based on a series of steps that can be narrowed down scientifically. People who argue for the scientific nature of digital photography may reason that the same series of steps can be taken in order to achieve the same results. There is a certain quality of constancy about digital photography that renders it a science.

But what is the true nature of digital photography? We have read the various arguments supporting science and art. There appears to be no solution to this question, right?

The true nature of digital photography will always remain to be a paradox. This means that though it can be considered as an art, it can also be considered as a science. When is the paradox of the nature of digital photography solved? Well, it is solved when a person takes a digital photograph.

The true nature of digital photography lies in the hands of the person who takes the pictures. The way a person treats the process defines the nature of digital photography for him or her. It is not absolutely art nor is it absolutely science. The true nature of digital photography is a paradox. It might seem to be contradictory, but it is somehow true.