My 3rd Mobile Phone

So I made a mistake but since over 14 years have passed since then, I think you can forgive me. So, in between my Samsung R220 and the Sony Ericsson W800i purchase, I actually had Nokia 1100. But here’s the problem – I remember having used that phone but I don’t remember when I got it.

I went through the old blog that I had but I can only find one entry about the Nokia 1100. Which is odd! But yeah, it’s was in the beginning of I think when people at the office, my friends and colleagues, convinced me to dump my Samsung R220 and get the 1100. Over 250 million 1100s have been sold since its launch in late 2003, making it the world’s best selling phone handset and the best selling consumer electronics device in the world at the time.

It was targeted towards developing countries and users who do not require advanced features beyond making calls and SMS text messages, alarm clock, reminders, etc. The Nokia 1100 was the company’s cheapest mobile phone when it was released to the market, making it ideal for the developing world yet had some of the best features. The 1100 features a built-in flashlight, activated by pressing and holding the C key once, or by pressing it twice to lock it on when the keypad is unlocked. It can also be accessed via a menu item. The 1100 and 1101 are only able to play monophonic ringtones, which can be selected from a list of 36 pre-installed tones or from 7 self-composed ones.

In addition to the default light blue, orange or black, there are also dark blue, yellow, red, green and pink versions offered by Nokia, as well as many 3rd-party covers. Other features include a 50-message capacity (inbox and drafts, with 25 messages in the sent items folder), alarm, stopwatch, calculator, 6 profiles, contacts storage (capacity 50, with the ability to assign different tones and icons to different contacts), games (Snake II and Space Impact+) and the ability to compose your own ringtones. The Nokia BL-5C battery has a long standby and talk time – this battery is used in more advanced models that have increased power needs for their features, but in the basic 1100 it consumes a fraction of the power and therefore lasts for up to 400 hours between charges.

My 5th Mobile Phone – RAZR

So by the time mid 2006 rolled over I had been feeling enamoured with stories of the flip phone that Motorola had. Someone from work, in another office, had one and I tested it out. The Motorola RAZR or V3i was an amazing phone. And I wanted one!

In the second week of June of 2006 I received an arrears payout from the parent company of the outsourced call center that I was working at. From Jan 2004 to Jan of 2007 I had worked for Idea as a contract staff and then joined Prudent Technologies continuing the same work for Idea. They paid me a nice sum of Rs.7500 as arrears due. I decided to use that and buy me a RAZR on June 11, 2006.

At the time I thought that it has the best design & shape of any cell phone that I had ever seen. However – it felt a bit of a strech to hold it in your hands. If you were used to smaller phones all you cellphone using life, then you’d need a little bit of getting used to the width of this phone. Having used to very palm-friendly handsets until now (the Motorola T190, Samsung R220, Nokia 1100 & Sony Ericsson K500i), the RAZR felt a little too elongated in my hands. Not that I am complainning that much, it goes along with the territory of having a clamshell phone. Although the Motorola V600 or V620 may be a little less lengthier.

The colour of this particular model also irked me a bit – they did not have any other colour available with them. It was kinda purplely but dark and therefore quite dull. Black would have been sleek, sexy and suited the handset a lot more. Silver also would have been very cool. There is a pink one, but I’m not a girl or gay! The width of the phone prevented me from being really comfortable in browsing WAP sites while lying down. It became really tiring and your hand and fingers get tired after a few minutes. No doubt, at that time, one of the most popular models of handsets in the world, can tire out your fingers if you are a person who tries to do that for a long duration. And opening the phone with only one hand took some doing and getting used to; closing the phone was much easier though.

The keypad with it’s glowing keys is very StarTrekey. However the style of the keypad makes it less likely to get damaged or faded. Mp3s play on the RAZR very well and the included earphones are great. The 246 MB Memory card (can be updated to 512 MB) is spacious enough for about 40-50 songs depending on the size of the files. I loved that phone!

My 4th Mobile Phone

My first phone on which I could get data. Recommended by some guys who worked with me at Idea. Everyone seemed to be getting colour screens and the ability to connect to data by their mobile provider, except me. Well a couple of us.

So I traded in my Samsung R220 and got a small discount on this phone – the Sony Ericsson W800i. Announced in Q2 of 2005, I got this phone towards October of the same year. With a toggle button and scroller in the middle and a small screen, it was though awesome musically. Ofcourse it didn’t even have much space for mp3s but what few songs I had on it played loudly and clearly. 512 MB I guess is what it had with a 2GB external memory card slot for extension possible.

Some features.  Bluetooth, MP3/AAC player, up to 30h playback if the phone is switched off, Video player, WAP 2.0, FM radio with RDS, Image viewer, Picture editor, Organiser, Voice memo, USB port, SyncML & Built-in handsfree. I don’t remember how much it cost but I payed in installments and I loved this phone until mid 2006 when I got another phone.

Yes I have changed phones quite often!

My Second Mobile Phone

Yesterday I did a nostalgic look back at the very first mobile phone that I bought which was the Motorola T190. Having bought that on 6th of August 2003, and although I loved it, I would soon part with it. It was sturdy little bugger, even fell down a huge step of stairs in my home without even a tiny scratch on it. But it was very cumbersome to type on, especially if you had nails that were even slightly long. Also you couldn’t download ringtones on it.

I had seen a couple of people at the Escotel (which would later be bought out by Idea) office with the Samsung R220 phone so I decided to buy that. So in early March of 2004, I sold off my Motorola T190 cellphone and got a new Samsung R220 that finally has me using a more user friendly phone. Using the R220 is a breeze, but I will miss the Motorola always. The R220 has these comfortable flat buttons that you could type on easily and it was a nice phone.

From what I read, it was launched in 2001 and came with blue back-lighting, which distinguished itself from the other monochrome graphic phones. Also, I could now download ringtones of songs (at that time it was the midi version of songs) and what we called picture SMS. It even had 3 games inbuilt into it which I liked and played a lot. I remember getting the Sweet Child O’ Mine tone as my ringtone as well later that year.

My First Mobile Phone

Do you guys remember the very first cell phone/mobile phone that you ever owned? Especially if like me you have 4 decades or so on your life. I know the exact date that I bought it too. I bought my phone on a Wednesday, 6th of August 2003. It helps if you have been blogging regularly since 2002!

I was working for a company called Aspinwall at the time and I waited for 4 months of getting paid (my first proper full salary as previously I had only had smaller salaries + incentives and then the previous place had issues with their salary) and having waited eagerly for so long to get one, I bought this one. I waited for my shift to get over at 6 am and then got the bus from Fort Kochi to Penta Menaka. Then I drank coffee and had breakfast to keep me awake until 10 am and the stores to open.

Once they opened, I went in to the biggest store and asked for phones in my budget. The Motorola (and they were a huge and safe option at the time) was exactly Rs.3000 which was my budget and I said “sold”. I also bought a new prepaid SIM from Escotel (which later was bought out by Idea and which would much later be merged with Vodafone) and went home. During the bus ride home I just kept staring at the box, excited but tired since I was feeling sleepy. Once I reached home I activated my sim in the new phone and shared my number with my cousins and friends.

Creating The Perfect Home Cinema In Your New Home

The day has come, you’ve finally moved to a bigger place and your DVD collection finally has the space it deserves. Now, you can start to think about creating the ultimate home cinema, so you can watch movies in the way they were meant to be seen.

But where do you start? What equipment do you need and how much should you spend?

Set a realistic budget

When it comes to building a home cinema, your ambitions need to match your bank balance. Moving home can be expensive but you might be able to use some of your Home Buyer Rebate or pick up bargains in the sales around Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

If you are determined to get top of the line equipment, you may have to build your home cinema slowly over time, adding equipment when you can afford to.

Dedicate a space

Ideally, you’ll have a space you can devote to your movie watching, perhaps an attic or a spare room. If space is an issue you can still adapt your living room. If you can, try and dedicate a space that is rectangular as the acoustics will be better than in a square room.

Are You Sitting Comfortably?

You’re going to need something to sit on when enjoying your home cinema. It’s really a matter of personal taste.  Some people like to lie down on a comfortable sofa or a reclining chair, you can use a large beanbag or just a standard armchair. Make sure you’ve got extra room for all your friends and family who are likely to be there with you too.

Where you put your seat is important too. To establish to ideal viewing angle, imagine two lines that extend forwards from the edges of the screen, the ideal angle is about 35 degrees. If the angle is less than 30 degrees you’ll be distracted by other things in the rooms and if you have an angle greater than 40 degrees the screen might feel a bit overwhelming for the space.

Projector or TV?

You can get some huge TV screens now with 4K LED screens of 75 inches becoming affordable for many people. If you’re looking for a new or second-hand TV, go for a full HD version and stick to LED rather than plasma. However, if you want a viewing screen that is over 90 inches but doesn’t cost half as much as a new apartment, then a projector screen is what you need. If you do go with a projector screen and projector, you need to pay more attention to the levels of light in your room. When using a projector screen, experts recommend that you place your main speakers behind the screen.

Other things to consider

There are many other things that you should think about when designing your cinema room, including:

  • Soundproofing
  • Sound system
  • Lighting
  • Shelving for your equipment
  • High-speed internet access for streaming

Now that you’ve designed your perfect home cinema, the biggest decision you’ll have to make is what to watch.

My Life Is A WebEx Meeting Room

With Covid-19 and the pandemic hitting us, a lot of us are working from home. As I conduct a lot of training batches I need a virtual tool to let me talk to and chat with the trainees. My company has gotten me a Webex license so that I can send the link to my trainees and have them use that to hear my voice and attend the sessions. I share share documents and I can share my screen so I can show them the ropes of the work that they are expected to do. I can also see them if they enable the webcam and they can see me as well.

Ever since I got my license and therefore my own meeting room, it has become easy to have trainees attend my sessions. Also it is easy for my team members to join in and discuss things that need to be done and sharing reports and stuff like that. I love this interface as if you have a good brandband connection you can easily work from home.

Cisco Webex is an American company that develops and sells web conferencing and videoconferencing applications. It was founded as WebEx in 1995 and taken over by Cisco Systems in 2007. Its headquarters is in Milpitas, California.

Realme X2 Pro – Bought!

Well I did it again. I dipped into my savings and bought a new phone. Since I have been making some extra money I have been spending some of it on a few things that I wanted to get. I bought the chair, a bluetooth chargeable speaker, new glasses and this morning I spent Rs.32k on a new phone. Which one?

After a few days of research I realized that the Realme X2 Pro seems to be the best reviewed phone on several Indian websites for the around Rs.30,000 bracket of phones. I also looked at a Samsung phone but the processor put me off. Ralme X2 Pro smartphone runs on Android v9.0 (Pie) operating system. The phone is powered by Octa core (2.96 GHz, Single core, Kryo 485 + 2.42 GHz, Tri core, Kryo 485 + 1.8 GHz, Quad core, Kryo 485) processor. It runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Chipset. It has 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage.

Realme X2 Pro smartphone has a Super AMOLED display. It measures 161 mm x 75.7 mm x 8.7 mm and weighs 199 grams. The screen has a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels and 405 ppi pixel density. It has an aspect ratio of 20:9 and screen-to-body ratio of 83.7 %. On camera front, the buyers get a 16 MP f/2.0, Wide Angle Primary Camera(3.419 mm focal length, 3″ sensor size, 1µm pixel size) and on the rear, there’s an 64+13+8+2 MP camera with features like Fixed Focus. It is backed by a 4000 mAh battery. Connectivity features in the smartphone include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Volte, NFC and more.

Retro Electronics That Instantly Make You Feel Nostalgic

The moment Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007 marked a watershed. Everything that came before would eventually fall into the “retro” category and look funky, fun, and reminiscent of youth. And everything that came after it was hip and trendy. Perhaps one day, the iPhone X will be viewed as a weird throwback, but it seems unlikely.

For many of us, retro electronics remind us of better times. We had so much fun on our old game consoles or digital cameras; it’s easy to forget how limited these products were compared to their newer counterparts.

Do any of the following retro electronics make you feel nostalgic?

The Tamagotchi

Does anyone remember the Tamagotchi? In the late 1990s, it was a massive trend. All of a sudden, technology allowed developers to whittle down a games console to something that was the size of a key fob. Happy punters were able to spend hours of their week, meticulously feeding their digital critters, ensuring they had plenty of food and stayed healthy and happy. It was the ultimate gimmick, and yet it was something that everyone seemed to love. It really was a craze and a part of the cultural zeitgeist.

The Original Gameboy

When Nintendo released the Original Gameboy, it was a massive moment in video gaming history. Other companies had tried to do something similar before. But it was the Japanese console giant that nailed it first.

The device only had eight distinct buttons on the front, but that didn’t seem to matter. In fact, it was the simplicity that made it so compelling. Furthermore, it wasn’t limited to a single game. Just like the NES, you could pop in whatever cartridge you liked and get gaming. It was all exhilarating.

Perhaps the most impressive game of the time was Super Mario Land. The version, adapted from the console, was black and white, but that didn’t matter. Each of the twelve levels was a massive challenge, and the 8-bit score was inspired.

The Disposable Camera

In the 1990s, you couldn’t go on holiday without a travel keyboard and a disposable camera. Remember, back then, the expense of a regular camera was simply enormous. It just wasn’t economical for the vast majority of tourists to invest in them, especially when the risks of travel were so high. Most people, therefore, just popped down to Boots and picked up a throw-away version alongside their sunscreen.

The Sega Saturn

Are you still mourning over the downfall of the Sega Saturn? If so, you’re not alone. Even to this day, people wish that the console had been able to go the distance.

Sega, unfortunately, had two problems. The first was the price of the console itself. The company was asking people to shell out a tremendous amount of money for something that online offered marginal performance improvements over the competition. And, second, it just wasn’t able to attract enough developers. After all, that’s how it made the vast bulk of its money. The Saturn, therefore, died a death but was legendary at the same time.

Create your Own Entertainment Space with This Nifty Guide

If you want to create your own entertainment space, then this is the guide for you.

Start with your Screen

If you want to make the most out of your space, then you need to start out with your screen. You need to make sure that your screen is positioned well so that you can then build everything around it. If you love to watch movies then having a big screen is a must, but if you like to just sit back and play computer games or anything else of the sort then you may be better off choosing a computer monitor instead. Sometimes you can mount your monitor on the wall, so keep this in mind if you would like to explore this option. The monitor you choose will largely depend on the games you play, so if you love fruit blast then you may want a monitor which has very bright colours. If you love to play a first-person RPG online on the other hand, then contrast and realism may be more up your street.

Seating

The next thing that you’ll need to focus on is seating. If you want to game using a console, then you may want to just cheapest credit have a standard sofa. If you like PC games, then you might want to have a computer chair where you can really slouch back. Either way, you need to make sure that your screen and your chair are proportionate to your space.

Wiring

Nothing will cramp your space more than having wires everywhere. If you want to stop this from becoming an issue, then you need to make sure that you have some good wire-tidies. This is very easy to do, and it is usually possible for you to conceal all of your wires without having to worry about a thing. If you are not quite sure about the best way for you to conceal your wires without tidies then the only real way for you to do this would be for you to drill a hole through your plaster wall and then feed the wires through. This can look neater but the problem with it is that it is very messy to do, and you may find that when you want to make a change later, it’s way harder to do.

Other Considerations

If you want to make your space the best that it can be then you may want to try and invest in a reading space so you can store all of your books. A bookcase usually looks very good next to a television and when you do this, you can really build out your TV casing to conceal any wires. You might also want to have a fridge or beverage section as this will make your space look way more functional so keep this in mind if you can.

Of course, making your space everything that it can be is very easy to do if you take your time and if you make sure that you are taking into account your own likes and dislikes along the way.

4 Software Platforms To Support Your Remote Team

Working remotely has its advantages and drawbacks, and some say that the biggest drawback is lack of communication. It can be difficult to improve your communication practices without the right tools and a clear roadmap. First, plan how you and when you will communicate with your team. Think about what you will do to improve collaboration. There are a range of tools available which can help remote teams to keep in touch and collaborate. Here are a few options to get you started.

1 . High Five

High Five is a video conferencing platform designed to help companies to host online meetings. There’s no need for additional mics or headsets, and the sound quality is superb. You’ll notice that High Five reduces any background noise, making it far easier to retain focus. The platform offers a range of features including network evaluation, analytics, screen sharing and a custom domain. It’s easy to set up the software and communicate with your team in no time at all. High Five is just one of the popular video conferencing platforms available. Other options include Zoom, RingCentral and Microsoft Teams.

2. Mangoapps 

Mangoapps is a collaboration platform, designed to help your team produce higher quality projects. You can use the app to create different groups, categorized by specializations, skills or goals. With Mangoapps you can create milestones for different tasks and improve your organization and time management. Some of the many great features of Mangoapps include employee graphs, surveys and team CRM. You’ll also find quizzes, task management and a news feed.

3. Zoho Cliq

Zoho Cliq combines voice, video and instant messaging, to provide your team with top-notch remote communication. With the drag and drop function, sharing files and documents is far easier than before. Using the advanced filtering you can easily find the info you need amongst a detailed thread. Zoho Cliq features task bot automation and you can easily integrate the platform with Zoho Business. Other useful features include slash commands, SSL encryption and direct private chat. For all your project management needs Zoho Cliq is one of the best solutions out there.

4. Podio 

Podio helps your employees to get organized and collaborate. The platform organizes both content and conversations into an easily accessible and centralized place. Podio uses an open API so it’s simple to design customized apps. The software also provides users with reports so you can get a clear idea of overall progress. Podio includes features such as automated workflows, social collaboration and personal dashboards. Getting yourself highly organized is one of the most important aspects of successful remote working. Using Podio, you’ll see an improvement across your entire team.

It’s vital to have a high quality laptop or tablet, with the capability to support these platforms. The best samsung tablets are ideal for a remote set-up. They are high-performing, reasonably priced and easily teamed with a keyboard. Remember to run frequent updates of your software to ensure high-performance and maximum security. With the right technology solutions you’ll stand to improve the efficiency of your business.

How Can Businesses Successfully Adopt New Technology?

We are living in a technology-driven world. New tools and systems are continually being introduced to improve productivity, efficiency and cost-savings. Businesses must stay up to date if they want to survive. Whatever industry you are in, the companies most willing to adopt new technology will be the most successful. Whether it’s computer software, augmented reality, artificial intelligence or the latest set of industrial scales, your company should be keeping on top of new developments and striving to stay current.

When adopting new technology, there are some things to keep in mind. Follow these steps for a successful integration within your company.

Choose the right technology

Why are you adopting this new technology? It shouldn’t be because your competitors are doing so or because you think it will make your company look more impressive. You should adopt new technology because it helps you meet your goals, whether they’re saving money, improving productivity or freeing up time and resources. Although there will be an initial financial outlay, the benefits should give you a significant return on your investment. Ask yourself whether it will fit seamlessly into your business and whether all of your employees will be able to use it.

Educate and train staff

Often, employees can be unwilling to adopt a new system, particularly older team members who have used the same processes and technologies for years. Why should they need to change things when the old way worked perfectly well? It is up to you to ensure all staff understand the advantages of the new system and how it not only benefits the success of the company but will make their lives easier too. Let them understand how the new technology fits in with the company’s goals and visions and bring them onto the same page as you. Full training and ongoing support will be necessary to ensure it is used to maximum effect.

Take it slow

Seeing success with your new tech tools will probably get off to a slow start. It will take time for staff to adjust to the new way of doing things and for it to integrate seamlessly into your current business processes. There will be lots of things to iron out and make more efficient, so set your expectations accordingly.

Measure progress

After some time, you should hopefully see some measurable success from your new technology. Each milestone and every little victory should be a cause for celebration. This will help win over those who are still unreceptive to the new system and convince them that it is the right way to go. Get feedback from your staff who are using it to see what they think about it and get advice on how it could be made easier for them. Crunch the numbers and compare data before and after the adoption. Identify improvements and areas where there is still some way to go. If, after a while, you are still not seeing any results, don’t feel you have to stick with it. Although it was a costly investment, it will be better in the long run if you accept it was a mistake and start looking for a new solution.

Adopting new technology can be difficult but being willing to adapt is the only way for businesses to survive in the modern world. By making sure you choose the right technology and implement it strategically, you will see your business productivity increase dramatically.

How to Improve Your Website For Your Visitors

t’s all good and well having a website that you enjoy, but if it’s not providing your visitors with what they need or expect, then sooner or later you’ll run into difficulties. While it’s sometimes tempting to follow your gut instinct, and just add whatever you want to your website, you’ll find that you have much more success if you give the people what they want. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few tried and tested ways to improve your website so that it’s better suited to the needs and expectations of your visitor base.

High-quality Content

To begin with, take a look at your content. There are a million and one websites for your visitors to choose from, so if you’re going to invite them into your little corner of the internet, then it’s important that you’re making it worth their while. And this means delivering high-quality content, which provides real value to your visitors. It doesn’t really matter what the content is about, per se, but just that whatever you’re providing has merit. It’s better to have 50 good pages of content, rather than a thousand pages of worthless content. If this means going back through your site and clearing out the dead weight, then so be it. It won’t be long before you’ve gained a reputation among your visitors for producing good content.

Easy to Navigate

Time is money. When people visit a website, they don’t want to spend any more time than necessary, trying to find what they came for. So take a look at the layout of your site, and ask yourself whether it’s really as user-friendly as it could be. Since you’ll be too used to your website, it’s best to ask someone who doesn’t know your website for their feedback. They might just reveal that your site is overly complicated to navigate. During the design stage, it’s easy to get carried away and make things more advanced than they need to be. Go with the idea that “simplicity is key.”

Regular Updates

If you’re going to build a successful website, then you’ll need to do more than just grab one-time visitors. They’ll help, but that’s no way to build a successful site: to do that, you’ll need people to visit again and again. But of course, if you’re not regularly updating your site, then they won’t have much incentive to do so. As such, make a plan to keep your website fresh. If the bulk of your website has to stay the same, then doing things like adding a blog or changing the theme when big holidays (Christmas, Valentine’s Day) roll around will show people that the site is actively managed.

Visitor Engagement

You might think that your website is all about you, or your company, but it’s not: it’s about your visitors. While there will, of course, be space to discuss your achievements and so on, the bulk of the content should be aimed at the people who are stopping by your site. You can also work on actively engaging with them by asking them to participate in one way or another. Even asking their opinion at the end of a blog post can be something positive for them.

Keep it Online

There’s nothing worse than trying to visit a website and being hit by a “this page is offline” notice. Unless your site is groundbreaking, there’s every chance that the visitor won’t return after they’ve had that experience. As such, one of the best ways to improve things for your visitors is to simply ensure that things are online, always. If you’re having issues with this, then it could be that you need to change your hosting plan. Take a look at www.buy-hosting.net/godaddy-hosting-plans.html to find a more suitable plan, one that offers unlimited bandwidth. This will ensure that the people who want to check out your website can actually do so. As well as keeping your site generally online, you’ll also want to check all your pages from time to time — there are far too many websites with ‘404’ pages on their website. It’s not a strong look.

Speed Issues

You’ll know from your own experience just how impatient people can be. These days, everyone expects things to happen fast — and that’s fair because that’s the standard that has been set. If your website is running painfully slow, then it won’t take much for them to leave and go elsewhere. And this will be especially stinging if you’re running an online business: you would have made the sale, had your website been a little faster. Do periodic checks on your site to ensure that things are running smoothly, but also keep an eye out for anything unusual. For example, if you’re noticing more people than normal are abandoning their shopping cart, then it could be because your link to the payment method isn’t as fast as it could be.

Annoying Aspects

There are some websites that actively push their visitors away, and they don’t even realize that they’re doing it. While it’s important to deliver quality content that your visitors will enjoy, it’s arguably even more important to avoid annoying them. Even the biggest and best sites can lose visitors by pushing annoying features on to them. So what do we mean by annoying aspects, exactly? We’re talking about things like too many pop-up ads, autoplay videos (with sound), and dark patterns. It’s true that these features can bring benefits for a website, but the plus-points are probably undone unsecured payday loan by the number of visitors that you’ll lose. Just remember that your visitor is there by choice, and unless what you’re delivering is truly special, it’ll be best to keep them sweet — not annoy them so much that they hit the ‘X’ button on your site.

A Range of Experiences 

It used to be that you’d just need one version of your site. After all, there was a time when everyone was visiting websites on full computers. But that’s not the case anymore: you could have visitors from PCs, iPhones, tablets, and more. As such, it’s important that you’re catering for all types of visitors by ensuring that your site works well on a range of different platforms. There’s every probability that someone will visit your site from their smartphone, so take a look and check that their experience would be positive. As well as different devices, it’s also important to think about different browsers. Your website might work well on Google Chrome, but what about Firefox or Safari? Don’t assume that your site will work the same (and at the same speeds) no matter which browser they’re visiting from. That’s not always the case.

Mix Up the Content Types

You might have a go-to favorite when it comes to the type of content that you put on your website, but it’s worthwhile mixing things up from time to time. It’s not hard to see how a website that’s 90% videos might struggle: they can go to YouTube for that. What they can’t get at YouTube is a mix of videos, blog posts, infographics, photographs, and so on. There are many different ways to tell a story, so don’t get locked into just one way. Just because it may be your favorite, that doesn’t mean that everyone will like it. We’re all different!

Contact Options

Your website isn’t a tool that allows you just to shout out into the world. It should function as a tool for conversation. If you want to boost engagement, then you have to give people a way to communicate with you — and then of course reply to their messages. There are multiple ways to do this. In general, it’s best just to list as many communication methods as possible, including your email address, social media channels, and your phone number, if applicable.

Review, Analyse and Update

Ultimately, after running your website for a while, you’ll have a whole host of insights that’ll guide you towards improving the experience for your visitors. It’ll be up to you to look at and act on those insights. All websites produce a lot of data, and it can be highly useful when it comes to curating and developing your site. For example, you’ll be able to see the type of content that people liked, and what they didn’t like. That’ll give you a pretty clear indication of what people want to see more of. Of course, you shouldn’t just rely on any tried and tested formula; it’s always good to mix things up and try new things. We’re just saying that analysis should form part of your website management.

Take the tips above, and you’ll find that you’re winning over more website visitors than you’re losing. And above all: it’ll show that you care. This is an undervalued aspect of running a website. If you care about the content your producing and the experience of your visitors, then it won’t go unnoticed.

Adding a Futuristic Touch to Your Home

Whether an apartment, house, or mansion, taking pride in your home is something that many people enjoy. Everyone has their idea of what they want their property to look like, and while some prefer a more traditional and rustic style, others think towards the future.

If this sounds like you, then you may be wondering how you can transform your home from what it is now into a house that makes you think of the 31st century and beyond. We may have been born just slightly too early to explore the universe, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still feel like you amongst the stars. Here’s how.

Look Back

If the likes of the Fallout franchise has taught us anything, it’s that there’s something marvellously futuristic about retro gear. Art Deco stylings are not something that you see every day, but as trends and fashions are cyclical, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them come back around.

There is a fine line between being retro-futuristic and choosing classic or traditional stylings for your home, so finding that balance is essential. However, once you discover what works in your home and brings the next-generation flavour that you’ve been looking for, then you can enjoy a house for the future with ease.

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Smart home technology feels like it’s been around for a long time. Still, every day innovations will connect every aspect of your home through IoT technology. If you are looking for a way to make your house one that’s ready for the future, then smart home gadgets and gizmos are the way to do it.

From smart meters that track your energy usage to a smart refrigerator that reminds you when you need to pick up the next time you head to the store, intelligent homes make your life easy and comfortable all at the tap of a screen.

Lighting the Way

Lights can have a massive impact on how your home feels. Soft lights provide a cosy atmosphere that makes you want to curl up with a book on the sofa and wrapped in blankets. If you’re looking for futurism, however, it’s all about LED lights and the variety they bring to the house.

A Lepro 120v LED strip light running across the ceiling or concealed under an awning could add something a little different compared to standard lighting fixtures. You can also mix it up by opting for different lights throughout the house. Whether it’s natural white light for your bedroom or a cool deep blue to mimic the bar in your games room, LED lights provide something unique, energy-efficient, but more importantly, futuristic.

Back to the Future

We don’t know what the future will look like, but when choosing how to decorate the house, this can be beneficial. It gives you a clean slate to take all the inspiration of the current world and consider how it will morph into something different over the coming years. You may never get to tend to a garden on Mars, but a futuristic home is undoubtedly the next best thing.

Gaming Advice: RAM And Memory

In this blog post, we’re going to take a look at two critical areas when it comes to your gaming experience: RAM and memory. Read on to discover everything you need to know.

RAM

The main question is how much RAM you actually need for a gaming computer. Adding RAM won’t typic personal micro loans ally speed up your gaming experience. Even if you’ve got enough space, adding more won’t make a difference. RAM is simply temporary space, whether it is used for writing a document or playing a game (obviously playing a game will require a heck of a lot more than the first). Games and the other programs you use have a memory footprint. You will need enough RAM so that the programs you run on your computer can store their data in RAM without swapping it out to your hard drive, which will slow things down.

For simple web browsing and basic programs, such as writing a document, you’ll probably only ever need roughly 5GB RAM; even that may be too much, but better to have too much than too little. The same applies for RAM space for gaming. You just need the right amount or more.

On a game like ‘Tom Clancy’s The Division’, the minimum RAM is 6GB, but there is also a recommended amount, which is more like 8GB. Never pay any attention to the minimum figure if you’re a gamer, you want the best performance possible, so choose the recommended amount.

At the moment, in the world of gaming, the minimum any game would expect you to carry in space is 8GB, but for now, the highest you’ll ever need to go to is 16GB. The price difference between the two is not an awful lot, and you can have confidence that a bigger RAM will last for many years. Level Up Your Gear is a great place to begin if you’re on a tight budget and you need to shop within it.

Memory

Memory is not RAM, and RAM is not memory; government loans for bad credit it’s key to know the difference between the two. Memory is the physical permanent storage of data for a game or any other application, whereas RAM is required for the temporary storage of information, prior to sending it to memory for permanent storage.

When it comes to memory, it’s very similar to the soundcard; no size fits all. It entirely depends on the kind of experience you want, and the type of applications or games you’re going to be playing. It’s worth noting that the newer games on the market take up more memory unless you can back up to a cloud-based system, effectively on a different server, supplied by the game developer or publisher.

There are plenty of games that have this approach; they keep all data stored remotely, allowing you to access as and when you choose, enabling you to use a minimal amount of memory. RAM will be the same regardless, but typically you’ll find that the more RAM you have, the more memory will automatically be included.

A good rule to follow is to equal the RAM with the memory. However, if you are looking at on-memory storage, a 500GB is a good option to consider.

RIP Kenny Rogers

Kenneth Ray Rogers or Kenny Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The 81 year old dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the  national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” Rogers’ signature song “The Gambler” was added to the National Registry in 1978. It was the most recent of a lifetime of honors bestowed on the singer, which included induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, three Grammys and six CMA Awards.

After establishing himself commercially via rock- and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, prematurely gray Rogers was launched into the top rank of crossover country artists with a string of singles for United Artists Records. His appealing, sometimes gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No. 1 on the country charts from 1977-87. Two of them, his 1980 reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists. He worked profitably with a number of other female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray. Rogers parlayed his music success into a successful side career as an actor. His 1978 country chart-topper “The Gambler” spawned five popular TV movies, while some of his other hits also inspired small-screen features.

Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year. Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley. Rogers signed a solo deal with UA in 1976. He struck almost immediate pay dirt with “Lucille,” an absorbing vignette about a barroom encounter with a disillusioned woman and her estranged husband. The number became Rogers’ first No. 1 country hit and reached No. 5 on the national pop chart. It also scored Rogers his first Grammy, for best male country vocal performance.

Married five times, Rogers is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.

The Skinny on Drones

Ever seen one of those before?

Chances are pretty good that you have. Drones are becoming increasingly prevalent in society today, but many people are still curious as to what they are. What looks like a camera with wings is far more sophisticated and versatile than meets the eye.

Drones are just one kind of UAV, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. These kinds of vehicles are often made of lightweight materials so that they are easier to operate and use less energy to lift off the ground. They can hover in place, fly, go up, go down, and navigate particularly tight spots. They also come equipped with infrared cameras, GPS technology, and lasers. If this sounds like something you’d find in a top-secret army mission, you’re right! Drones were initially considered to be military-grade technology. Since they’re not intended to carry humans, most of the navigational sensors are concentrated in the front of the drone. The lightweight materials also minimize the buzzing sound, which can lower the quality of videos shot using the drone.

Drones can range from big to small. Bigger drones, like the Predator drone, are used for military purposes while smaller drones with fixed wings and shorter runway length survey land and capture geographical features. Some drones are so small they can even be launched from the palm of your hand, like the vertical liftoff drone.

3D maps depend on drones for capturing accurate pictures of Earth’s topography. The more high-end drones use Satellite Constellation technology to create a comprehensive, synchronized, and coordinated 3D map. Most 3D cameras work this way in the interest of accuracy. With all of these interesting facts about drones, it can be easy for fact and fiction to get lost in the mix. So what are some common myths about drones?

Common Drone Myths

While the comparison of drones to cameras with wings isn’t too far off, it would be inaccurate to compare them to model airplanes. For starters, model airplanes are merely built to look pretty and not fly! Drones, on the other hand, might look like a giant metal spider, but they are made to zip through the air and gather visual information.

Speaking of visual information, drones were explicitly created to gather military surveillance. Of course, as these devices trickled into the civilian market, people began to use them for much sillier reasons, such as playing a prank on others and scaring them. As you can see, the drone is a multifaceted piece of technology that has both its official and unofficial uses.

As for its proper uses, though, drones can collect a surprisingly large amount of information under the Constitution. For example, police do not need a warrant to fly a drone at a low altitude to collect surveillance, and often use this method to search for marijuana users in their city. The reason this is not unconstitutional is because police can use drones in this way to fight crime and protect the public at large.

Another big misconception is that flying a drone is easy–not so! In reality, it takes some time to learn how to maneuver the pitch and yaw. More seasoned pilots, however, can gracefully pull off some pretty neat tricks in the air. But be careful about how long you keep your drone up there; many civilian-grade drones aren’t meant to stay in the air for longer than 10 minutes or so. Keep this in mind so that your new gadget doesn’t unexpectedly come crashing to the ground!

A Few Cool Drone Facts

We might think of drones as novelties when in reality they and their various UAV cousins have been around since 1916. It might be hard to conjure the image of a military-grade weapon during the time before television. But as you can see, drones have evolved into a multipurpose device that will allow people to survey large areas from the comfort of their couch.

Experts predict that drones will become quite useful to those in the agricultural industry. Farmers will be able to inspect their crops from a bird’s-eye view, thereby saving them hours and maybe even allowing them to zoom in on potential crop dangers, such as disease and pests.

Have you got drone fever now? Well, you’re in luck! Head over to DrDrone today to check out some of the best and most affordable drones on the market right now. You can choose from different makes and models to find your dream drone that best suits you and your needs. Just try not to clip anyone’s heads when you’re using it, though.

Happy surveilling!