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The Truth About Fiber Optics

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Fiber-optic cables aren't exactly new. Part of the reason for the 2001 recession was a tech crash caused by excessive buildout of fiber, most of which remained "dark" for years. Fiber has been used for Internet backbones as well as long-distance trunks in the PSTN, but only recently has the idea of extending fiber directly to the home become pervasive. I won't give an overview of fiber here, so for some history and details about how fiber-optic communications works, you can check out Broadband Now.

Until recently, I'd been…— Click here to read the full post

Why I Favor Splits Over Overlays

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How many digits constitute a telephone number?

The most common answers, at least in the United States, which is part of the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), are 7 and 10. There's a pretty good chance that whatever answer YOU gave says something about your age.

For the record, telephone numbers are…— Click here to read the full post

Adopt A Payphone

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Adopt A Highway began as a local effort in Texas in the 1980s. Today, the program has spread all over the United States. It's hard to drive almost anywhere these days without seeing the iconic "Adopt A Highway" signs on the edge of the road. That's all great, and the idea could prove to have other useful applications as well.

Today, most payphones are owned by payphone providers, not telephone companies. Most telephone companies…— Click here to read the full post

Early Risers Live Longer

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Benjamin Franklin once said "early to bed, early to rise - makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise". We're told this when we're still young, as if hearing it over and over might instill good habits in us. Most of us tend to forget about this as we get older though. Teenagers especially scoff at the idea of going to bed early — as they do whenever told what to do. Bedtime, that's for kids, right?

Well, I don't know about wealthy or wise (although personally I can confirm this), but an early bedtime is certainly for the healthy. A new study has found that the risk of early death is 10% higher than for early risers. You can read the article here.

When I was younger, I got up early. Today, I still get up before 5am everyday, even though, I'm sure it's true, some of my peers have yet to get to bed by that time.

Another tip for those striving for good health: apart from yes, wireless devices are toxic (but you already knew that, right?). Get up at the same time everyday! Your body doesn't know the difference between a weekday and a weekend! Sleeping in on weekends may feel nice but it really messes with your circadian rhythm. Better to be consistent and stay healthy, even if it's no fun.

I get sick when I sleep in, so for me it's a no-brainer anyways.

Maybe today will be the day you commit to being an early riser instead of a night owl… I can promise — it's cooler to get up early than it is to stay up late!

Electric vehicles aren't the solution to climate change

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Global warming, or climate change as is the more "proper" term, is a serious conundrum. Everyone likes a cleaner planet, but few people are actually willing to adopt a lifestyle that is seriously environmentally friendly.

In the meantime, businesses everywhere have rushed in to take advantage of this sublime opportunity to make a buck. Perhaps no industry has done more to try to profit off of climate change as the automobile industry. Ironically, electric vehicles do little to combat climate change. Here's why.

Electric vehicles are thought of as being…— Click here to read the full post

The term "cell phone" is a misnomer

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“Phone” used to be just short for telephone. Telephones were phones and phones were telephones. Today, that is not the case. "Telephone" adheres to the denotation of the word, whereas the connotation of "phone" has changed. Think about it: the word “telephone” is generally only used to refer to corded fixed-line phones. Today, all telephones are still phones, but not all phones are telephones. Mobile phones and cordless phones are generally never referred…— Click here to read the full post

Monopoly Isn't Always A Bad Thing

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Monopoly isn't necessarily bad. In fact, sometimes it can be a good thing. A very good thing!

Most economics classes foster a passionate dislike of monopolies in students. But this dislike is not necessarily deserved. Economics classes teach us about seemingly malevolent monopolies that wreacked havoc on the economy. But most economics courses omit discussion of the largest monopoly ever to have existed — perhaps the most benevolent monopoly of all: the Bell System.

That's right, Ma Bell the monopoly! Technically, the Bell System — headed by American Bell Telephone until 1899 and American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T) from 1899 until 1984 — was not a complete monopoly in the United States and Canada, although it was a geographic monopoly where it had Bell Operating Companies. Many independent telephones have existed from 1877 through the present day, including during the reign of the Bell System. California and Ohio were home to particularly well-known independent phone companies, and GTE (General Telephone and Electronics) was the largest independent (that is, not part of the Bell System) telephone company in the United States.

The Bell System wasn't universally liked, especially when it still existed. The "telephone tax" that helped fund the Vietnam War earned Ma Bell a bad rap. But looking back on it, the Bell System defies almost everything economics courses say about monopolies…— Click here to read the full post

21st Century Learning — NO Technology In The Classroom

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Scientific American released an article about a month ago that reported students are supposedly better off without technology in the classroom.

Wait, what? Isn't technology the whole point of "21st Century Learning"?

Yes, and that's the point.

21st Century Learning is a movement being pushed by the technology and wireless industries in order to increase bulk purchases from schools and educational institutes. While they usually floor superintendents when they boast of "increased workforce preparation" and "real-world applications", these phrases are just buzzwords thrown around to make them look like they know what they're talking about. The reality is that technology is drastically overused in the classroom and has little, if any, role in it.

Now, why is that? Well, if you read the article published by Scientific American, research by scientists at Michigan State University shows that…— Click here to read the full post

Limes Are Not Unripe Lemons

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Limes and lemons are typically flavors found in carton drinks; for whatever reason, limes and lemons are not popular fruits for solitary consumption. I happen to like both limes and lemons, and others who enjoy eating them can attest that limes and lemons are not the same fruit; there are differences that go beyond the color of their peels.
I was speaking the other day with someone who uses lemons, and only lemons, frequently as a cooking ingredient. I was surprised when she asserted that limes and lemons are the same fruit. Obviously, this is not true; she backtracked and asserted instead that limes are just "unripe lemons".

While there are nutritional differences between limes and lemons I won't disclose here, the fact remains that saying limes turn into lemons is like saying windows turn into doors. Limes and lemons are completely separate fruits. A bit of research will turn that up. This cooking site, for example, briefs the reader about common misconceptions. The reader will learn that limes are not unripe siblings of the lemon. In fact, the lemons we buy at the store are also unripe. Both limes and lemons are unripe fruits. If you wish to know more about these beloved sour fruits, I advise you to do some more of your own research. Hopefully, you'll be spared the embarrassment of ever saying limes and lemons are the same fruit in public.

The Bell System

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Remember when telephone service was reliable, affordable, and universal? Remember when local telephone rates were low, when quality was high, and service and safety were paramount? If not, you're probably under the age of 40. Few people who have been born in the era since the late 1970s and early 1980s remember the Bell System. But Ma Bell is still commemorated and remembered, for its great inventions, its great service, and its maternal presence in our communities and our lives.

In 1984, the Bell System was broken up, and Ma Bell died at the age of 107. Since then, we've been saying Rest In Peace, Ma Bell, but we think it's time to do more. We think it's time to bring Ma Bell back to life. America and the rest of the world were robbed in 1984 when the Bell System gave way to a subset of companies that provided mediocre service. Today, American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation, the head of the Bell System from 1899 until 1984, is eagerly trying to get rid of its remaining landlines. (Ironically, AT&T has not provided telegram service since 1913, when it divested of Western Union, and is trying to get out of the wireline telephone business. Perhaps AT&T should consider renaming itself, now that the T&T in AT&T are pretty much obsolete?) That's why we need a system that works as well as the old system — The Bell System, to be precise.
Join us, as we remember the Bell System and aid us in our attempts to reinstate it! Great telephone service may soon be coming to your area again!

Visit The Bell System website, at

Vintage Mix Quartet

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Quartets themselves are not rare, but how many quartets do you know comprised of quadruplets?

Located in the Milwaukee area, the quadruplets that form the Vintage Mix Quartet sing standards, hymns, show tunes, barbershop, and a cappella. Whether or not you enjoy these genres, their singing is still something special and unique to behold. Check out their website.

Don't wrap cancer for Christmas

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Were you planning on packaging a nice new laptop, cell phone, or cordless phone for someone this Christmas? If so, think twice. The electromagnetic radiation emitted by cordless phones, cell phones, smart-meters, Wi-Fi, and other wireless technologies, is a Class 2B carcinogen — the same classification given to lead and many pesticides. Those that start to use cell phones before the age of 20 are five times more likely to develop malignant brain tumors at some point throughout their life. Be a responsible parent, peer, or friend, and don't bottle cancer (or a variety of other negative health implications) for the holidays this year. Instead, spread the knowledge of how to keep people safe by going to the Wireless Action website to learn more, download posters, and read some of this disturbing research. Want to measure the radiation in your home? Visit the Stop Smart Meters! Store today and buy an electrosmog meter for yourself and your loved ones! Stop Smart Meters! sells for less than anyone else and sets their meters to Building Biology standards so you can keep your family safe.

We do not receive any compensation for promoting Stop Smart Meters! — they simply sell for less than anyone else.

Public Health Warning

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Do you use a wireless device? A cell phone? A cordless phone? Wi-Fi? Bluetooth? If so, be warned: ALL wireless devices emit ELECTROMAGNETIC RADIATION which has been classified by the World Health Organization as a Class 2B carcinogen (a.k.a. something that can cause cancer). Wireless can cause extremely negative health effects — ranging from mild ones like depression to severe ones like brain tumors, and cancer. PLEASE check out the Wireless Action website today and learn more about the risks and consequences of using wireless — be warned that children are most vulnerable to the radiation and it penetrates their brains much further.

Another Something You Probably Didn't Know Before…

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Sometimes, things that are obvious are often the least obvious, if you know what I mean (like how you spend an hour looking for something and realize it was next to your telephone the whole time). Here's something you may not have known before but probably could've figured out on your own, should you ever have cared to think about it.

In many large grocery stores and warehouse stores like Walmart and Sam's Club (particularly those two), especially older stores, you may have seen large columns that run up to the ceiling. A few posts ago, I shared a couple funny videos with all of you. If you'll watch this one again, you'll notice something special about where the telephones he uses are located. This is all really part of a larger scheme.

To cut to the chase, many stores like Walmart and Sam's Club, especially the older ones, color-code their poles. Have you ever noticed colored pieces of tape at the top of some of these poles? Yes, they actually mean something, as James hinted in the video. Here is what each of the colors means:

  • Blue — Blue tape at the top of the pole indicates that there is a telephone at the bottom of the pole.
  • Yellow — Yellow indicates a spill clean-up station is located at the bottom of the pole.
  • Red — Red indicates that a fire extinguisher is located at the bottom of the pole. Hopefully, you'll never need to look for this one.

Some poles may have more than one piece of tape. For example, a pole may claim a blue piece of tape and a yellow piece of tape. That means both a telephone and a spill clean-up station are located at the bottom of the pole. From what I've seen, some poles may have just one piece of tape, while others may have two or even all three. It all depends on location. In addition, blue tape is less common than yellow or red tape, so if you need to make a prank telephone call, your choices are more limited.

Obviously, these poles are color-coded so you can quickly find what you are looking for by scanning the ceiling — kind of neat when you think about it. So if the guy next to you starts having a heart attack at the store, make sure you check the ceiling for some blue tape (some yellow tape wouldn't hurt either) so you can call 911. And you may save the day just because you knew this interesting tidbit about color-coded poles!

A Cool Trick That Will Impress Your Friends!

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Here's a cool trick I ran across online the other day — one that involves your telephone number. Ready to try it out?

This trick is designed to work with any 7 digit number. Perhaps you've seen this before — but then again, perhaps not. If this is your first time trying out this nifty trick, prepare to have your mind blown!

You will want to use a calculator (just a standard one is fine) to assist you with these calculations.

  1. First, pick any 7-digit telephone number. For example — 567-1234
  2. Now, punch in the first 3 digits of the number you chose. In the example above, I would punch in 567
  3. Multiply the number by 80
  4. Add 1 to the result
  5. Now, multiply that answer by 250
  6. Now, add the last four digits of your telephone number (1234) to the result from Step 5
  7. Add the last four digits of your telephone number again
  8. Subtract 250 from your result
  9. Now, divide the number by 2
  10. You should now end up with the number you chose (567-1234). Cool, huh?

These instructions were adapted from the article at

Something You Probably Didn't Know Before…

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Millions of people listen to the radio on a daily basis. But do you know exactly what happens when you listen to an AM or FM radio station? AM stands for Amplitude Modulation, while FM stands for Frequency Modulation. AM is an older standard than FM, and is easier to implement. AM is subject to more distortion from weather conditions than FM is, but AM travels much farther than FM — AM Radio signals can travel between 100 and 300 miles (that's why you can pick up the news from two states away!), while FM signals are limited by the curvature of the Earth, which gives FM signals a maximum distance of about 50 or 60 miles. While AM signals fade with distance, FM is consistent within the receiving area. All of these traits make AM ideal for news broadcasting and information that needs to traverse long distance, and does not need to sound perfect when it reaches the receiver, while FM is ideal for music and audio that needs to sound crisp and clean.

Now that you know what the differences between AM and FM are, do you know how the numbers work? You'll notice that all FM radio stations end in an odd number (88.3, 96.1, etc…). While this purely conventional and is regulated by the FCC, the rest is much more straightfoward. AM radio frequencies are measured in kilohertz, while FM frequencies are measured in megahertz. AM stations range from 520 kHz to 1710 kHZ, with stations spaced 10 kHz apart, while FM stations range from 88 mHZ to 108 mHz. 1 megahertz is equal to 1,000 kilohertz, so AM stations can actually be picked up with an FM receiver, and vice versa — the AM stations range from FM 0.520 to FM 1.7 while FM stations range from AM 88000 to 108000. Remember, all radio waves are part of the same electromagnetic spectrum — AM and FM are just different ranges of that spectrum. In theory, tuning to AM 99100 is the same as tuning to FM 99.1. Cool, huh?

Because you tune your radio to a specific radio station, this is what allows you to pick up nearby channels on an empty frequency. For example, you can probably pick up the radio station FM 100.1 on the FM 100.3 frequency. Likewise, you can probably pickup AM 600 on AM 610. But do these numbers mean anything? Are some numbers better than numbers?

Recently, I found out that the answer to that question was YES, and the answer surprised me as much as it will probably surprise you. To transmit a signal, one simply broadcasts audio at a specific frequency. Here's the deal — lower frequencies require less power and travel farther, but are lower quality. Higher frequencies require more power, and do not travel as far, but are higher quality. Sound confusing? What this really means is that the frequencies that will be transmitted farthest are at the lower end of the spectrum. In other words, the 520 kHZ and FM 88.1 frequencies will travel the farthest from the broadcast station, and have the lowest quality. Chances are however, the stations on the ends of the spectrums are not commonly used. Why is that? Well to be honest, the difference is fairly nominal and is hardly noticable or discernable. But at least now you know. While in practice, the difference is hardly there, in theory, stations at lower frequencies transmit further and have the worst quality. For more information, see this article online.

Although lower freqency stations are poorer quality, we recommend using the lowest frequency possible if you choose to broadcast as the tower will emit slightly less radiation (which has been proven to be dangerous) into the nearby community. Your signal will also travel further.

The science discussed here is not specific to radio waves — it is applicable to the entire electromagnetic spectrum. Lower frequencies have larger wavelengths and are less powerful and lower quality. Higher frequencies have shorter wavelengths, are more powerful, higher quality, and are often more dangerous.

Can't Beat the Heat?

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Are you looking for something nice and cool to do this summer? How about something really cool that's also cool? Confused? Don't be — although you should probably plan for next year's summer vacation rather than this year's. A popular getaway among numerous people, Churchill in Manitoba, Canada is a favorite destination for a variety of reasons. Dubbed the "Polar Bear Capital of the World", it is one of the most popular tourism destinations in the world for viewing polar bears in their natural habitat. Booking for tours are often done a year in advance, so start thinking about next summer or autumn to secure a deal and avoid paying hundreds in extra last-minute fees.

What makes Churchill so unique? First off, you can't reach Churchill by road at all. Nestled in northern Manitoba along the southwestern portion of the frigid Hudson Bay, there are no roads connecting this town of just under 1,000 to the rest of Canada. This can be a problem, especially since Churchill's tourism population is ten times its permenant resident count. The only two ways to reach Churchill are by air, which is fairly expensive, or by train, which is cheaper but is a 50 hour journey. Churchill also has a port, but unless you're commanding a vessel through the bay ice, we recommend you don't sail there. We recommend you fly or drive to Winnipeg, or Thompson, and then catch the train there.

The beauty of Churchill is truly being immersed by nature, free of the plague of urban sprawl. The landscape in Churchill outside town is relatively deserted and unmodified by man. Churchill is a great spot to watch the Northern Lights, and it's also a great spot to come see the polar bears, the main driver for Churchill's tourism economy. You can go out on the ice in a great tundra buggy and truly immerse yourself in polar bear country. For more details, please see the blog post on "Save the Polar Bears".

Going to Churchill is a top bucket list item for numerous unique people, including myself. While you may not realize it, losing yourself in nature, especially in the age of global connectivity, is one of the greatest gifts you can get. A remote town that is truly off-the-grid, Churchill is a must-see for anyone looking to connect with nature.

Please fill out a quick and easy survey!!!

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Greetings all! Earlier today I posted about some initiatives you can take to save landlines. But there is something else you can do that doesn't involving picking up the telephone and screaming in your governor's ear. You can take a quick, fun and easy survey that we have put together to drive research and back proposals. Whether or not you support the bills being passed, you can let us know how YOU feel about landlines, and how you propose America take on this challenge. Let's face it — we're not going to get anywhere by bickering. We need to work together. We need to cooperate. And we need results. If you have a couple minutes, please fill out a quick survey in order to send us in the right direction. Your data will be used in combination with other participants in order to grasp the bigger picture of the situation we face. Better yet, unlike elections, your opinions are actually heard and used and every participant makes a different. Plus it's easier with no strings attatched. Please feel more than free to share the link to this blog post with others so they can take the survey as well — every piece of data we can get really helps! Take some time out of your day to do some good for the community and give back by providing an invaluable resource to us — data!

To access the survey, please visit our Landline Survey webpage. As usual, you can learn more about the cause on our official Landline Project page, and let us know what you think by filling out the survey above or letting us know through the Contact page. Thanks again for your time and have a wonderful day — we really appreciate it!

Do you still use Google?

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Search engines have revolutionized how we acrue information, but let me ask you all one question — are you still using Google? No really, are you still using Google? Dude, that's so 2000s right now, and it's not even cool. We upgraded from typewriters to Microsoft Word to write essays; shouldn't we make the same switch when it comes to search engines?

Don't get me wrong — Google was a pioneer of its time. For many years, it was the king of search, leading to phrases like "google it". But face it — times have changed. Remember what happened when Microsoft stopped trying with Internet Explorer? It was the best browser of its day until IE6 hit, and then all hell broke loose. Even today, there is still lingering animosity over IE6, 15 years after its release. (And by the way, Internet Explorer is a great browser again, with a few exceptions, so go on and give it a try if you haven't yet. We're on IE11 folks!) Well, to be honest, Google has stopped trying. It has turned from an innovator into a follower. No, it's services aren't terrible, but they could be much better. So what search engine should you be using?

Believe it or not, that search engine would be Bing. That's right! Once an amateur engine, Bing has quickly evolved and innovated where Google has fallen short — and today it is one of the top search engines in the world. Google's market share has been dropping dramatically while Bing's usage has exceeded 20% now, and for the first time in many years, it's even turning a profit for Microsoft. Not bad, eh? Here are some things you need to know: first, Bing provides more relevant content. Not only that, it provides a consistent UI. It's not just Bing Search, but Bing Maps has also triumphed Google Maps, providing detailed floor plans of every major mall and airport in the United States. Tell me that isn't cool!?

Still not convinced? Well, you should still switch to Bing. Why? Because Microsoft will pay you.

I switched to Bing a year ago and I haven't looked back since. Whenever I accidentally end up at Google, I ponder at the ugly interface and the chaotic conglomeration of results before realizing that it isn't Bing. There must be a catch, you say. Well, there is — Microsoft will pay you to use Bing. That's right! It's the real reason I switched to Bing — I won't mind telling you that, but they more than compensate for the switch. In the year since, they have innovated beyond all expectations. In the past year alone, I've racked up over $50 in Bing Rewards, Bing's virtual currency which you can redeem for gift cards at places like Amazon, making them actually useful. I don't even use the mobile app — using the mobile app will rake in an extra 30% in earnings per day. True, $65 per year isn't a lot. But it's $65 extra in your pocket for doing the exact same stuff you would be doing at Google. But Google won't pay you — instead they Scroogle you, target you with ads based on keywords from your searches, and then hand your data over to 3rd parties. I don't know about you, but I'd rather just say 'No Thanks'. Overall, the Bing interface is friendlier, more energetic, colorful, and just plain awesome. I can guarantee that if you use Bing for a month, you won't go back. Trust me on this one, alright? In two years time, you do not want to be caught using Google, unless you're a senior in which case people might give you some leeway. If you're ready to signup for Bing Rewards, you can register using this link. We'll both earn some extra credits, and how awesome is that? Got questions? Hey, you can either ask me, or you can "bing it". How 'bout that for a change?

Save Landlines!

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Do you still have a landline? Whether you do or not, landlines offer numerous advantages over cell phones, etc, etc... But you've heard all that before. What you may not know is that telephone companies like AT&T and Verizon are trying to pass bills that would no longer require them to provide landline service to everyone. It's an American right that's we've secured for over 100 years now — and the descendants of Ma and Pa Bell are here to dismantle their handy work all in the name of money. If you've got a moment, visit the Official Save Landlines website to learn more about the cause. Don't forget to visit our Landline Project page to learn why you need a landline and what's being done about it. I strongly encourage all of you to take action. This small group recently prevented a bill passing in California — imagine what your efforts could do for your county or state!

A Couple Videos Guaranteed to Get You Laughing…

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Someone once said that laughter is the best medicine. Even if you're not sick right now — I'm sure we could all use a little laugh right now. Well, I wanted to take a minute and share out some videos I've seen in the past that are guaranteed to get you laughing. If they don't… well, let me know and we'll chat. This first video addresses the notion that desktop computers are stationary and stay in one place — all the time. Well, in this video, some students have decided to attend a lecture and they bring their desktops with them. In this second video, you'll witness what happens when the code to get on the Walmart intercom becomes public knowledge. Don't try this at home kids!

World's Hardest Math Problem

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Are you bored? Are you up for a real challenge? Take some time to solve the World's Hardest Math Problem! Prove to your classmates and friends that you're an all-out genius. Maybe this won't help you get into college, but a little extra fame doesn't hurt. If you've solved the problem and want to know if you have the correct answer, simply…— Click here to read the full post

When Technology Does More Harm Than Good

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We've all seen that person — perhaps they're waiting at a bus stop or perhaps they're in line at the drycleaners to pick up their beaver-pelt coat. Yet, there they are looking down at a miniscule little screen, their fingers tauntingly trained to remain invisible with motion to make their life as a recluse complete. How did we get here? Has technology gone too far? How much technology is too much, and how do we know when and where to draw the line? If for some reason, you are not already subjectively guilty to the nature depicted beforehand, then I congratulate thee for remaining rooted in discpline, a humble member of society serving in and of itself. Unfortunately, the number is fewer and fewer with each passing moment, a warning to those who are adimant in social interaction and the traditional code human values that their time has passed. Is there any way to reverse this tragedy? Is it too late? And how can you avoid being percieved as a hermit in an increasingly technologically connected world? The answers are so simple that it's difficult to…— Click here to read the full post

Stop Saying Stupid Things

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Today, I'd like to acknowledge the fact that despite the vast number of Internet users in the world, a good majority of them are stupid. Not stupid in general, but not especially smart about the way they approach things. For those of us who were around in the 80s and 90s, confusing computer networking technology would be a disgrace, but for the unlucky generation born after 2000, not much can be said for them. Let's look at a few ways that young people today, especially teenagers and college students, manage to screw things up. First off…— Click here to read the full post

Save the Polar Bears!

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When you think of cute and cuddly pets, polar bears may not come to mind first thing. But polar bears are one of the most affectionate creatures that roam this planet, and the loss of such a wonderful species to global warming (yes, it's happening), would be beyond catastrophic. Do your part to help save these amazing creatures before it's too late, and help make the world a better place! By simply…— Click here to read the full post

Do You Need a Website?

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Today, almost every successful business has an online presence. While social media might be increasingly relevant today, a website is the ultimate go-to for your customers. Even if you're just one person with a story to tell or you just want to offer small commodities, a website will automatically improve the credibility of your business by 900%. If you don't know how to make a real website by yourself, we can help. We've decided to offer you a chance to get your own custom website…— Click here to read the full post

Steve Jobs — Hero or Hater?

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Steve Jobs is regarded by many as one of America's technology pioneers, credited with his success at Apple. Nobody will deny that his legacy is a great one or that he didn't innovate constantly, but some of the deepest and darkest secrets of Steve Jobs may turn some of his biggest fans against him. Steve Jobs has throughout the years, maintained a close bond with Bill Gates, founded of Microsoft, the world's largest software company and the most powerful technology company of all-time. Jobs dreamt of stealing that title from Microsoft, and although it failed and is unlikely to ever do so in the future, Apple has uncovered a niche of its own under the leadership of Steve Jobs. What few people realize is the malicious nature and evil sense of humor that Steve Jobs was sometimes known to possess and the lack of empathy… for others in the tech sector. Unlike Bill Gates, Steve Jobs didn't…— Click here to read the full post

Walmart CEO — Impostor or the Real Deal?

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A couple years ago, I recieved an angry email from the CEO of Walmart. Yes, you heard that right. But was this email really from the CEO of Walmart, or was it an impostor eager to wreak havoc by submitting support tickets? This question has bothered me ever since I receieved this message from the "CEO of Walmart", and looking back at it, it seems unlikely that this email was sent from the actual CEO of the world's largest superstore. However, until anyone offers to step forward as the sender of this email, I will continue to…— Click here to read the full post

Are there SMART-Boards in your school?

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Are there SMART-Boards or other interactive whiteboards at your school? If so, let me ask you a question? Do you use them? Does anyone use them? How often are they used? Do teachers actually use the SMART-Board in their room, or do they just use it as a white canvas for their projector? These are some of the questions that I have been forced to ask myself as changing practices at many schools in the School District of Waukesha have started to render these little marvels fruitless. Once the center of attention and the focal point of the room, many don't even realize that…— Click here to read the full post

Yes, you still need a landline!

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Don't even think about giving up your landline. Yes, you still need it — same goes for your desktop. This concept is one I've been preaching for a long time now, but recently this past Tuesday an event occured that made me want to reiterate my point. Recently at Waukesha West High School…— Click here to read the full post

TeamViewer Downloads Available

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TeamViewer Downloads are now available. We've compiled portable installations of your favorite free remote-access software. You can find them on our TeamViewer webpage where you'll see download options for both PC and Mac.

Welcome to Our Blog…

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