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Cell phones are not just for adults anymore With an estimated 16 million teens, pre-teens, and children owning a cell phone of their own, selecting a cell plan for mom, dad, and child can now be a veritable nightmare. The plan and coverage that was good for dad may not have been for mom or teen or vice versa. With near endless options and choices of air time, messages, and browser time, many families found themselves holding a different plan and provider for each person. Luc...

Finding The Best Family Cell Phone Plan

Finding The Best Family Cell Phone PlanCell phones are not just for adults anymore With an estimated 16 million teens, pre-teens, and children owning a cell phone of their own, selecting a cell plan for mom, dad, and child can now be a veritable nightmare. The plan and coverage that was good for dad may not have been for mom or teen or vice versa. With near endless options and choices of air time, messages, and browser time, many families found themselves holding a different plan and provider for each person. Luckily, cellular providers saw a problem and offered a solution with the family package plans. These plans have met, and exceeded, the need for convenient and inexpensive plans.Family coverage plans are a good option for many families because most providers offer a plan that gives each family member a line with their own phone number. The members of the family plan are able to talk to each other (on the cell phones) for as long as they want without using their plans regular airtime, it also allows members of the same family to share phone minutes, text messages, and browser time. Making the headaches of overages and keeping track of individual minutes and text messages a thing of the past. If members of the family use less airtime or messages, those can be transferred, automatically by the plan, to other covered members. Family plans typically offer the convenience of a single bill and coverage application for service, instead of each member needing to apply individually and the children and teens probably needing a co-signer. Another benefit of selecting a family plan is the reduced cost of purchasing of the cell phones and accessories. Most cellular providers offer package deals on certain number of phones at a reduced or even free rate when you subscribe to a particular contract.Nearly every cellular provider has some sort of family plan, but they vary on number of minutes, text messages, browser time, price, number of lines allowed, and when the minutes may to be used (peak versus night) without penalty.SouthernLINC Wireless family plan is called Family Reunion and they offer three different plans. Each plan allows for unlimited member-to-member airtime, unlimited long distance within plan minutes, and caller ID. SouthernLINC Wireless offers two basic plans to choose from and this includes the first number, then each additional phones and lines have an add-on plan and fee attached. The number of add-on, or additional lines, is limited to three (within the family, living at the same address). All of SouthernLINC Wireless Family Reunion plans are contingent on a two-year contract.Verizon Wireless simply calls their family plan, Family Plan. They offer free mobile-to-mobile calling to any Verizon Wireless phone, not just members of your Family Plan, no long distance in the United States or Puerto Rico, free night and weekend minutes within plan guidelines of 9:01pm to 5:59am on weekdays and 12:00 am Saturday through 11:59pm Sunday on all of their Family Plans. They then offer three different coverage plans to chose from: Basic, Select, and Premium that each start with two lines, then an additional add-on fee per phone line added to the plan. The Basic Plan offers pay as you go minutes, texts, and web browser time with 700 anytime minutes for the members of the plan to share. The Select Plan offers unlimited text, picture, and instant messaging, pay per use of web browsing, and 700 minutes for the plan members to share. The Premium Plan offers unlimited text, picture, instant messaging, as well as unlimited browser access to all members of the plan, as well as 700 anytime minutes to share. With Verizon Wireless, the anytime minutes are just used when phones call landlines or other cellular companies phones, since they have unlimited Verizon Wireless mobile to mobile. This is a great option if you have many members of friends and family that have Verizon already. This is one of the important things to consider, ask the people you talk to on a regular basis, what plan they have. Try to select a company not only on price, but also on how often you talk to people and what plan they have.AT&T, formerly Cingular, offers the Family Talk plan. This plan offers unlimited mobile to mobile (M2M) calling (every member must be enrolled in (M2M), it isnt any AT&T customer since M2M is a plan option) you are automatically enrolled with the Family Talk plan, free nights and weekends, free long distance, no roaming charges, and all left over minutes will be rolled over to the next month to be utilized and not simply lost. The basic plan begins with two lines, each additional line is then added with a low add-on fee and is limited by what plan you select and is for family members living under the same roof. AT&T offers seven different Family Talk plans that range from 550 anytime nationwide minutes to 6000 anytime nationwide minutes. Text and web browser options can be added as additional features for additional fees.Sprint, or Nextel, offer the Sprint Power Pack Family Plan. This cell plan includes, free nights and weekends starting at 7pm, free long distance, and free mobile to mobile within your Power Pack Family Plan members. Sprint begins their family plan with two lines and up to three additional lines for an add-on fee per line. They have four different plans ranging from 550 anytime minutes to 3000 anytime minutes. Sprint also offers a Sprint Power Pack Family- Direct Connect Plan. Nextel Direct Connect offers all the same options as the Sprint Power Pack Family Plan listed above, but also free nationwide Nextel Direct Connect. The Direct Connect Plans vary from 700 anytime minutes to 3000 anytime minutes.T-Mobile has two different types of family plans. First, the Family Time Plan and it offers free, unlimited mobile-to-mobile minutes within your family, unlimited nights and weekends (based on T-Mobiles standard of nights and weekends). They offer four different Family Time Plans and each begin with two lines, and allow up to three additional lines to be added for an add-on fee. The minutes vary from the Family Time Basic plan with 700 anytime minutes to the Family Time Ultra plan with 3000 anytime minutes. T-Mobile is known for their My Faves plan, and they have added My Faves for Families as well. This allows each number on the My Faves for Families plan to select five favorite numbers to get unlimited call time too. If you select this plan, you do not get automatic free mobile to mobile to every member of your family plan, only if you select them in your faves. The benefits to the My Faves plan are you can select numbers of other cellular carriers and even landlines. This plan offers flexibility to stay within your plans minutes easily, if you are organized and know whom you will be talking to the most on a regular basis. The My Faves for Families offers four different plans with a slightly higher monthly premium than the basic Family Time Plan but with the same rules. The plan is for two beginner lines and each additional line, up to three, will be an additional monthly fee. Similar to AT&T, text and browser time can be purchased as additional features for each phone at additional charges.When you need to supply a cell phone for 2 to 5 people, the pluses usually outweigh the minuses when selecting a family plan. However, research and knowing your families specific cellular needs is very important. Make sure to select a plan that allows all members of your family a reasonable enough airtime and text messages to avoid overage charges and penalties that decrease the bargain you thought you were getting.*not responsible for prices quoted or plan details as they constantly change.

Sales Management Tools

Sales Management Tools

Sales management, in most companies, is controlled by customer relationship management (CRM) software. There are a number of options available, including the market leaders, GoldMine software and ACT! software. Within these contact management software programs there are dedicated modules for sales management.The customer relationship is what governs sales. A good relationship where the customer trusts and respects the company will mean repeat business and healthy sales. A poor relationship instills the opposite. By first cultivating a good customer relationship you can position yourself to fully implement the necessary sales management tools.While a happy customer is essential to healthy sales, a happy and motivated mobile sales team is equally important in maximizing efficiency. Many wise words have been said in this respect. Quotes may not be what immediately spring to mind when we think of sales management tools, but if it helps to motivate and inspire, then they are useful tools indeed. A few of the best quotes in this respect are as follows:* "The majority of men meet with failure because of their lack of persistence in creating new [sale management] plans to take the place of those which fail." - Napoleon Hill* "Success in almost any field depends more on energy and drive than it does on intelligence." - Sloan Wilson* "Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." - Mark Twain* "The roots of true achievement lie in the will to become the best that you can become." - Harold Taylor* "Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude." - W.W. ZiegeThe award-winning GoldMine suite of CRM tools is a popular tool for managing sales. With the proper input from field operatives, which you can control to a high degree by setting rules, GoldMine can help to make productivity increase by automating the marketing activity, and thereby streamlining sales.The sales process starts with winning customers. Mobile sales people can enter their customer data remotely, and the GoldSync module of GoldMine will synchronize the data across the network, regardless of individual dispersion. A sales manager can use this data to produce meaningful reports, which can highlight the best leads and prospects. These leads can be targeted in a marketing campaign to optimize the likelihood of increased sales.The costs involved in acquiring new customers are considerably higher than that of getting repeat customer sales. Using the reporting facilities of GoldMine or ACT! to identify those who customers who bought your products or services previously, and targeting them with fresh promotional offers, makes good economic sense if it can lead to additional future sales. This approach generally has a high rate of success.Sales management reports from GoldMine or ACT! can include details of your sales pipeline and your sales forecasts. You can see at a glance the projected close dates and the estimated value of any potential deals. The type of information you need, the tools if you will, to drive forward the sales management process is available when you need it through the sophisticated reporting facilities of a good CRM software tool.Perhaps the best way to be convinced of the effectiveness of a CRM such as GoldMine or ACT! is simply to download GoldMine or download ACT! from their respective web sites. GoldMine is produced by FRontRange, and ACT! is produced by Sage Software.

10 Things To Be Considered Before Buying Student Laptops

10 Things To Be Considered Before Buying Student Laptops

With falling prices, buying a student laptop has become a cake walk for many of those who could not afford it before. The present day laptops are smarter, sleeker and sturdier. All in all, they have become better equipped to meet the hard wear and tear treatment by the students.But how would a first time buyer who hasnt used the laptop before will get the best laptop from his purchase? Here is the list of top 10 things you must consider before buying a student laptop:1.First things first, before investing your resources in this ideal machine, you should be clear with some of the basic fundamentals of your requirement, like what are your major requirements as for computer hardware and software? Can your laptop be used in the classroom for taking notes and connecting to the internet? What internet connections are available in your campus and how can you connect to the University's/School's intranet? These are some of the basic questions that need to be answered before you invest into your dream machine.2.The next step which follows after making your requirements clear is that what kind of laptop is best suited for your needs. Consider, what attributes it should carry in order to fulfill your basic requirements, without involving much management from your side.3.While buying a laptop make sure that you buy it from a vendor who will be able to support your needs. If you purchase it from a shop local to you but far away from the place where it is intended to be used, it makes difficult for the service calls.Other things to be considered are:4.Size: An ideal student laptop must be small, light-weighted and very portable as students peculiarly need the one they can carry easily to places.Sturdiness: Your laptop should be tough and sturdy enough to bear any kind of treatment given by you.5.Software compatibility: Shop for the software section before buying your machine to make sure that in the end you can afford both the machine and the software of your choice.6.Convenience: It should be convenient for you to use it anytime.7.Connections: Access to internet is a must for any student. So, this facility should be available to you anywhere and anytime.8.Besides a proper internet connection there are some of the must checks which you need to make in your laptop-- a printer port, a 56 kbps-modem, at least one USB port for external keyboard/mouse, drive, digital cameras and MP3 players. A VGA port for an external monitor will be an added advantage.9.Technical specifications: your laptop should have enough storage space, RAM and the right computing speed to accomplish any kind of job. For example: Your laptop should posses a reasonable battery life which can be of five hours or more.10.Price: Last but never the least, there always exist price constraints for students. Therefore your laptop should be reasonably priced. For this matter refurbished laptops may be a good option for those who are on a real strict budget.

An Introduction To Raid Greater Reliability ,faster, Less Costly Hard Drive Units

An Introduction To Raid  Greater Reliability ,faster, Less Costly Hard Drive Units

What is a raid setup on a computer system?Like anything else it depends who you talk to.Raid hard drive systems had their acronym explained as Redundant Array of Individual Drives and Redundant Array of Inexpensive Drives. The acronym for this is the shortened term RAID.Capacity, reliability and performance are all important for file servers or other computer systems when you are storing large or very important files.It is often said that It is not if you hard drive will fail. It is at what point in time your hard drive will fail.Of course if your hard drives fail even if you have backup the last bit of data which was being written onto the hard drive when the failure occurred will be lost.You can get much greater capacities, avoid losing data from disk failure, and do all this with the RAID (the acronym for the system).RAID can now be done with standard commercially available hard drives so the cost is now within your price range for all the benefits and peace of mind RAID will give you.RAID can be simply explained as putting the hard drives in parallel sequence.The host adapter (usually called the RAID system controller) sits between one higher stream (on the computer side) and several lower rate data streams (on the hard drive side). When the computer writes to the disks , the host adapter takes high stream data and breaks it into many synchronized streams , one for each of the disks in process called Striping . Upon reading the data the host adapter takes the data stream from each disk multiplexes the sets of data streams and coordinates sending the resulting combined set of data onto the computer.It is all a matter of redundancy which makes RAID such a good thing in most cases.There are six different levels of RAID functionality depending on your requirements. the level of data security and integrity you want as well as the size of hard drive space you want.First of RAID Level 0 which spreads the data across multiple disks. You can get a similar effect to the RAID Level 0 by having multiple disks and using the features in Windows 2000 or its successor Windows XP.Since the data volume and rate to any specific disk is a fraction of the aggregate you will receive larger capacity and better performance from a RAID 0 setup than from any one conventional disk.As well data can be sourced from multiple drives as once. This can be most useful in shared situations which may benefit from enhancements in speed, two examples which come to mind are game servers and peer to peer (P2P) file or music file sharing servers.However since there is no allocation for error correction or redundancy RAID 0 is not a safe system for vital data. Data will be lost on disk failure. Only use RAID 0 in situations where you need the extended disk capacity or performance gain but not enhanced data reliability.Secondly in sequence there is RAID Level 1.In the same way that RAID 0 focuses solely on storage capacity and performance with no concern whatsoever on reliable data storage RAID 1, which us also called Disk Mirroring uses disks in pairs to save the files in a redundant manner.Several points.One performance may be slower as it takes time for the host adapter to send the data and for the drives to write it to disk,Secondly a user may delete or damage files which of course will be stored in that way on both drives.Raid 1 hence offers better reliability than RAID 0 or the conventional drive setups but does not give full security for your data or enhanced performance.Next in sequence we have RAID Levels 2, 3 and 4.Raid 2 adds one or more disks to hold error correction codes with which lost data can be reconstructed.Raid Level 3 is the same as RAID Level 2 but uses a simpler code the maximum storage capacity with Raid 3 may be somewhat less.Raid Level 4 is nearly the same as RAID LEVEL 3 but instead of Striping across disks is operates at a sector level, You now have the better situation of both a simpler , less intensive demanding system and as well as good data reliability . In addition performance may be enhanced as large data blocks can be written faster due to more coordinated writing to the drives in smaller sector areas.Lastly is RAID Level 5.Raid level 5 is the same as the excellent RAID Level 4 except that instead of dedicating a single disk to storing the data the data stream is striped across all the disks. You have greater performance with greater reliability for your computer systems.A RAID setup may take some effort and training on your part.Base your planning for your new RAID system on a careful analysis of your needs.What is important in your situation currently? Disk size capacities, data reliability and integrity, performance or a combination or all.

Digital Cameras Are Small And Compact And Take Great Pictures

Digital photography is a booming business and is slowly going to take over the film camera market. Compact digital cameras are the most popular and common of the camera types. To get a better quality picture you need to increase the number of pixels, so the cameras with more mega pixels will have a sharper image. Underwater digital cameras are small and lightweight, and the quality is comparable to film if you go for the higher resolution shots. Digital pictures have improved dramatically, and are now incredibly clear. The main problem that most have is that after the picture is taken many people don't develop the pictures or don't have a a way to do it.How exactly does it differ from the traditional camera? Up to the point when the image is captured, the process is the same in both. When you release the shutter the mirror moves out of the way and the image is captured in the same way as any digital camera. Zooming in on a subject works by cropping some of the image out of the picture. The thing to remember is the higher the resolution, the more realistic the image is, matching closest what the actual image is. The image is then enlarged to fill the camera frame, by doing this you will loose the quality of the photograph. If an image is too bright or too dark you can re-take the image.Digital cameras are not that expensive today a 2 mega pixel camera can be had for less than $50. Also important to note is the memory capacity of the camera. In other words, how many pictures will the camera hold? Understanding a little bit about how pictures are recorded on a digital camera and then subsequently saved on a computer is critical but fairly simple even for a beginner. The key to getting the best possible digital pictures is to make sure the right camera is bought. Digital cameras are becoming more and more popular. Whether your pictures are good or bad it does not matter, with a digital camera you have full control.In burst mode the camera shoots a fast series of photos for as long as the shutter button is held down or until the camera's memory is full. In this mode the camera writes the photos to a temporary memory which is very fast but small. When the shutter button is released or the memory is full the camera starts the slow process of writing the photos to the flash memory. Memory is also a very important issue to consider. In terms of features it may not have any more than a simple point and shoot model. Picture quality is normally an improvement from the more basic cameras. The price of a digital camera printer is lowering whilst the quality is increasing. As far as image quality is concerned, there are a couple factors - picture resolution, presence of noise in the camera, dynamic range, and the color quality of the image. Depending on the camera purchased and the accuracy of the settings, the quality can rival and sometimes even surpass a regular 35mm camera. Basically, a mega pixel is capable of storing a million bits of information about a photo. Because the digital SLR cameras are more professional, they come with a hefty price tag.

Smart Fabrics And Wearable Electronics: The Future Of Clothing

Intelligent or smart clothing is part of an exciting technology that involves building computing, connectivity, and sensing abilities into materials people are comfortable wearing. Some of the latest products in this area are very fashionable, lightweight, and look no different than other clothes. In some cases, the electronic circuits that make up the brains of the wearable computers and sensors are sewn in. In others, the circuits and other components are literally built from conductive yarn and thread that makes up the clothing. The possibilities are amazing and limitless.Right now, as devices get smaller and smaller, we often find ourselves with a different electronic device in each pocket. Each technological advance shrinks these devices and integrates them with one another. Its only logical that as these portable devices that connect us, give us information, and allow us to be mobile get smaller and more powerful, we can eventually find ways to integrate right into the clothing we wear. Right now, technology has not progressed to that point, but this article will cover currently available forms of smart fabrics, or intelligent clothing.There are actually three distinct types of smart clothing:- Passive Smart: Where the clothing reads or senses the environment or something about the person wearing the clothing. Wearable sensors fall into this category, with examples including built-in GPS, clothing-integrated baby breathing monitors, and clothing that gives feedback about potential changes in weather.- Active Smart: Where clothing not only senses the environment, but also reacts to it. Examples include: Clothing that changes density depending on the temperature outside, jackets that store solar energy that can be used to charge cell phones and cameras, and even built-in sensors that can guide pinpoint massage to a wearer that is regulated depending on his or her level of stress.- Active very smart: Where clothing has built in computing and or intelligent sensing capacity. Examples include sleeves that function as keyboards for a small handheld device, clothing that can function like a powerful calculator or PDA, and shirts that can store information through a built-in fabric keyboard and send it via Bluetooth to a computer.Other classifications of intelligent clothing include phase change and shape memory materials. Phase change materials literally change aspects such as their density in reaction to the environment, in order to increase comfort or functionality to the wearer. These clothes might become denser when it is cold and more porous when it is hot, for example. Shape memory materials can change from a temporary deformed shape back to an original shape. They can preserve a comfortable and loose fit regardless of changes in heat and moisture levels.In the future, all of us might be wearing intelligent clothing that senses when we are having medical problems, gives us the ability to charge electronic devices while on the go, and even allows for basic computing. We might not need different clothing for different seasons due to phase change and shape memory technology. There might be means of communication and general connectivity built in to our clothes. This emerging technology is exciting and soon to take over the consumer market.

Summary

Cell phones are not just for adults anymore With an estimated 16 million teens, pre-teens, and children owning a cell phone of their own, selecting a cell plan for mom, dad, and child can now be a veritable nightmare. The plan and coverage that was good for dad may not have been for mom or teen or vice versa. With near endless options and choices of air time, messages, and browser time, many families found themselves holding a different plan and provider for each person. Luc...