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Modern Technology – Connecting Or Hurting Humanity?

Over the past few decades, technology has grown at an exponential rate providing modern society with many of it’s creature comforts. All these gadgets and devices have developed the standard of living for humanity so much that we simply cannot live without them. These gadgets and devices include cell phones, television, the internet, computers, iPhones, iPods, consoles like the Wii and many more. It is possible to live without them however. For all it’s wonders, technology also has a downside, which is that fact that as it progresses; people will become and will continue to turn more lazy.
As mentioned already, modern technology has become ingrained the in fiber of all of human society but it has brought a terrible condition with it. Modern technology can make people lazy, selecting to sit on their butts looking at an electron screen for hours rather than doing something outside or exercising. The internet is a fountain of information but it has become more obvious over the last few years that people tend to go to communities that have similar ideologies and views and avoid those with differing opinions. What is created is homogeneous online communities with no discrepancy and a big subverting of the foundations of democracy.
Traveling by vehicles like cars or buses are a necessity in the modern world, but these habits are what makes the world appear so bone-lazy nowadays. Many people now are too lazy to even commit themselves to taking a walk around the block to your destination. Now a days everyone possesses a car that they can and do take everywhere, even if it’s just a teensy walking distance down the street or around the corner. I am not trying to appear as a luddite as technology has evidently made cars and almost everything in life much safer to be in or around. Car companies love to brag about how their newest vehicle have high crash test ratings, and numerous of air bags which is something to be proud of. So while the new innovations in cars may make people more aloof, cars are essential in life so maybe the innovations in safety are more important then the lazy factor.
One of the great innovations, cell phones have connected humanity closer than ever before. Cellphones have allowed anybody, anywhere to call anyone, anywhere with a touch of a few buttons (assuming the signal is well and you are willing the pay additional fees). Cellphones have however led to the growth of the ‘texting’ culture and it’s execrations of our language and conversation skills but it’s just a small price to pay for the networking of the human race.
Video games have congealed themselves in modern culture as a great outlet for entertainment, learning and refreshment. Despite what you listen from soccer moms about how video games develop kids to become terrorists, video games actually have an result like to those movies you see in theaters. They allow you to become someone else and feel things from a brand new perspective which is great for personal maturation. Video games are also great for social gatherings and encountering people.
Technology is impressive, it has changed humanity for the better and bettered the standards of living for everyone in ways that we couldn’t even believe were possible. Modern technology has some faults but for all the good it has done, it is more than worth it. Tools for social networking, better safety for everything, entertainment and a great deal more, technology is wonderful as long as you maintain a level of self-command.…

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Blu Ray Player Technology

The BD-P1600’s connectivity is standard. The main connection is the HDMI output, which is capable of handling 1080p HD video and high-resolution multichannel audio. There’s also a component-video output that can output Blu-ray at 1080i and standard DVDs at 480p. Audio connections are basic, including an optical digital-audio output and an analog-stereo output. There’s also an Ethernet port on the back, plus a USB port that can be used with the Wi-Fi adapter. There’s an additional USB port on the front panel as well.
While we appreciate the fact that the BD-P1600 is Wi-Fi ready, the benefit isn’t that practical. The USB Wi-Fi dongle carries a list price of $80, bringing the overall cost of the BD-P1600 close to the step-up BD-P3600, which includes the Wi-Fi adapter in the box. Considering that the BD-P3600 has additional step-up features–like 7.1 analog outputs, onboard memory, and PC streaming–we’d suggest stepping up to the BD-P3600 if you want Wi-Fi access. Alternatively, you can implement your own solution using a PowerLine network for about $80 as well.
Blu-ray performance Image quality on entry-level Blu-ray players isn’t always up to par, so we were interested in how the BD-P1600 would handle our tests. We started off with Silicon Optix’s HQV test suite, with the BD-P1600 connected to a Sony KDL-52XB7 via HDMI.
The BD-P1600 outperformed our expectations on the test disc. It aced the Video Resolution Test, showing the full detail of Blu-ray without any jaggies showing up on the rotating white line. Next up were two video-based jaggies tests and the BD-P1600 performed well again, with crisp image quality free of jaggies. It passed the Film Resolution Test as well, depicting both the initial test pattern and the long panning shot of Raymond James Stadium without major image defects.
We switched over to actual program material, and the BD-P1600 didn’t let up. We fired up “Mission: Impossible III” and the panning sequence at the beginning of chapter eight looked perfect, lacking any moire visible in the stairs. It also handled Chapter 16 well, with the trimming of the limo looking jaggy-free as it approaches Tom Cruise. Next we looked at “Ghost Rider” and the end of Chapter six was properly rendered, with the BD-P1600 showing no moire in the grille of the RV as the camera pans away. Last up was the video-based “Tony Bennett: An American Classic” and the BD-P1600 did an acceptable job, with only a few jaggies visible in the striped shirts of the dancers. It’s worth pointing out that we got nearly identical performance on all these scenes from the step-up BD-P3600, as well the Panasonic DMP-BD60.
One of the biggest letdowns of Blu-ray compared with DVD so far has been how much slower and less responsive standalone Blu-ray players are at loading and navigating discs. Samsung’s new 2009 players, including the BD-P1600, have made a lot of progress in this regard. For example, the BD-P1600 loaded “Mission: Impossible III” in just 16 seconds, compared with 21 seconds on the Panasonic DMP-BD60. The differences are even greater on discs with elaborate menus; the Samsung loaded “Spiderman 3” in a minute and 3 seconds, compared with a minute and 27 seconds on the DMP-BD60. Beside just disc loading, we found the BD-P1600 to be considerably more responsive than most Blu-ray players–and nearly as speedy as the PS3–although just a tad slower than the step-up BD-P3600. If you like to demo your favorite action scenes for friends, the quick navigation is a blessing.
Standard DVD performance There are still many more movies available on standard DVD than Blu-ray, so standard-def performance still matters. We started off looking at test patterns from Silicon Optix’s HQV test suite, with the BD-P1600 upscaling to 1080p.
The BD-P1600 started off strong, resolving all the detail of the initial resolution pattern without any image instability that we sometimes see on lesser players. Next up were two video-based jaggies tests, and the BD-P1600 stumbled, failing both tests, as jaggies were visible on both the rotating white line and three pivoting lines. On the other hand, it had no problems with the 2:3 pulldown test, as we couldn’t see any moire in the grandstands as the race car drove by.
We moved onto program material, starting with “Star Trek: Insurrection,” and the BD-P1600 deftly handled the introduction, rendering both the hulls of the boats and the curved bridge railings smoothly. We flipped over to the difficult introduction of “Seabiscuit” and the BD-P1600 performed well again, lacking the jaggies and other image distortions that so frequently show up on this disc. That being said, we had the Panasonic DMP-BD60 on hand to directly compare, and we’d give the nod to the Panasonic for DVD playback, as it had a slightly cleaner and sharper look to it.…

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Proform 850 Elliptical With GameFit Technology Gets Competitive Juices Flowing

While looking for a new cardio machine for home, we found the Proform 850 elliptical with GameFit technology. Video games contained within the machine appealed to our competitive nature, so we decided to give it a shot. We found we liked the distraction of playing video games, while also having the option of tailoring a workout specific for the day.
Normally, you don’t think of exercising and playing video games at the same time, but the Proform 850 elliptical with GameFit technology really pares it together well. Suddenly, your workout is a ton of fun! And while you don’t have to play Fat Blocker or Calorie Destroyer, the interesting thing is the games get easier the harder you workout. To achieve the number of minutes or hours you want to workout, these distractions really help keep the motivation up.
And if you need a break from playing video games, then plug your iPod into the provided music port – the machine has a built in sound system to listen to your music.
This elliptical machine also has something for those already in the habit of working out every day. With 12 different workout options, you have the options to focus on different sections of your body, from upper body to thighs. It makes it really easy to vary your routine to achieve specific results. This is perfect if you need to lose weight and burn countless calories.
If you’re not looking for a competitive environment, the Proform 850 elliptical with GameFit technology could be seen as just another elliptical machine. On the other hand, if you want to experience the unique option of working out while playing video games, then this is the machine for you.…

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Dealership Technology – Solution or Problem?

I was recently visiting with a dealer in southeastern Pa., and we were discussing his new database management program. I was interested in what it did, and he was more than happy to tell me. He said “This program completely takes my salespeople out of any and all follow-up with my customers!” Knowing how turnover in sales can dramatically affect a dealership’s long-term sales, I didn’t think much of it at that moment.
As I was driving back to the office, I thought about what he had said again… “This program completely takes my salespeople out of any and all follow-up with my customers!” It was at that moment I realized that maybe too much is TOO MUCH!
Why do most sales technologies distance the customer from the actual HUMAN BEING in the dealership? Is that REALLY what we need in our business? Did I miss the memo about keeping customers and salespeople as far apart as possible?
In fairness, there are MANY wonderful tools available through many fine companies. But there is a point where you need to consider whether technology is a solution or a problem. In my opinion, that point is where you find yourself substituting technology for actual sales. Actual sales – you know – the process of one human being transferring excitement about a product or service to another human being – resulting in a mutually beneficial relationship.
Do you want a computer selling to your customers? Do you want a customer buying from an interactive software program or DVD? Remember when you had a big ugly VCR in your finance office? I once asked a finance manager what it was there for, and he told me it was a credit insurance presentation on videotape. I asked how it was working for him, and he just laughed and said “How do you think?”
Working in F&I development allows me a certain amount of understanding of what will work and what will not. If a dealer wants to have a highly productive F&I department, there is no secret in how to accomplish the task: Hire the best people on the best pay-plan with the best desk procedures imaginable. Train those people and hold them accountable.
If you are a dealer that is only interested in F&I as a service you provide your customers to make their purchase convenient, and not necessarily an important profit center, technology based sales programs will work wonders for you. But if you are looking for F&I to provide important income to your bottom line… think PEOPLE FIRST… and save your money on anything that claims to sell your customer with technology.…

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A Better Understanding of Touch Screen Technology

Who would have ever thought in their wildest dreams that we would have advanced to have Touch Screen Technology. Some of you may be wondering what that exactly is? Touch Screen Technology can be defined in its simplest form as technology that can sense and feel touch within the display area. Examples of touch screen technology include; ATM’s, Kiosks, Medical Devices, Car DVD’s, and PDA’s. These are all common things that many of us use throughout our day to day lives. However, what if you’re not that familiar with it, and you or your business is in the market to take full advantage of this technology? You could and should be wondering where do you go from here in order to find the right kind of Touch Screen Technology that fits your wants and needs?
Many factors will come into play when searching for the right kind of Touch Screen Technology, such as; what do you need it for, what size screen do you need and who is going to be using it? That’s why it’s important to understand that with this Technology that you should list out the specifics of product usage to a tee. The reason being is that there are so many important and key details that can and will put you ahead of the game, when it comes to have a greater breadth and depth of product knowledge. Also, since this is generally a market where most people are unfamiliar with the technology, it’s good to stay one step ahead of the game, to avoid being scammed or being talked down to.
The main thing to remember is that Touch Screen Technology can be useful for both personal and professional use because it has a great many conveniences, features, and attributes that are extremely beneficial from an all around perspective. Although, it is important to remember to do your homework and that you can always learn something and learn more when it comes to this Technology. By understanding this technology you can truly optimize it for your businesses or for your personal usage, and that is truly worth the investment.…

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Essential Steps For Planning, Designing and Building Your Seashore Home With Modular Technology

Many established seashore communities are very densely developed with old, small homes. To build a new home, the best option for many people is to demolish one of these older homes to make way for their new home. However, the challenge when rebuilding a seashore home is to complete all planning, design, demolition and construction in a timely manner during an off-season, so to not miss the upcoming summer kick-off in your new home. If this path of tear-down and re-build appeals to you, here is the typical process you may expect, step by step, from assessing your site building potential to the completion of your new home.
Step 1: Site Assessment
Site assessment requires a basic knowledge of your lot size, configuration, deed restrictions, physical limitations (either on your lot or nearby, which may also affect your lot), land use regulation and existing utility connections. These basic issues will yield the building envelope in which you may legally design and build your new home. You could expect to complete the site assessment within a month or two under the guidance of either a qualified builder or civil engineer. Some modular builders include this service within their normal scope of work, which could save you money.
Step 2: Footprint Design
With the building envelope determined, foot print design entails fitting your building floor plan and any ancillary improvements within that envelope. To protrude beyond your building envelop will typically require land use variances. The allocation of the total square footage of your desired new home needs to be made between your living floors. You will need to decide whether you wish to have a garage. Balconies, decks, porches, overhangs generally need to be included in your footprint. The orientation of your building to your lot amenities (water frontage, view corridors towards water, marshland, sanctuaries being most typical) and the orientation to the sun and prevailing breezes will govern how your home will be situated on your site. You could expect to complete the site assessment within a month or two under the guidance of either a qualified builder, civil engineer or architect.
Step 3: Interior Floor Plan Design
With the foot print established, you should now turn your attention to interior floor plan. You will need to assess your lifestyle and essential needs, considering the total number, sizes and character of your rooms and the relationship each bears to each other. You could expect to complete the site assessment within a month or two under the guidance of either a qualified builder or architect. A strong word of advice: either your should be approved by your selected manufacturer or your architect must understand the manufacturing design parameters.
Step 4: Exterior Architectural Design
As you work through your interior floor plan with the professional you selected in Step 3, you will most likely be asked your general taste in architectural style. The floor plan should not dictate exterior style. You will need to review roof lines, wall breaks, bump-outs, window sizes and styles, overhangs and trim details; all will impact your final architectural style. The finalization of exterior design could come together in just a few design sessions; highly customized architectural styles often require two or three times as many sessions.
Step 5: Order/Build the Modular Building Components
Provided your final plans have been configured for modular manufacturing, most manufacturers typically require six weeks to deliver the modular components. If you have retained an architect to complete your design, most likely the manufacturer will first need to conform that design into its design system. Make certain that you are legally entitled to build your designed home before finalizing your manufacturing order.
Step 6: Permitting
You may elect to hire either a permit expediter or your builder to secure your building permits. There is no definitive timetable for this step; all municipalities will have their own timetable for processing your application. My advice here is to check with the town in which you wish to build; cooperative towns will share their recent experience in processing similar requests.
Step 7: Demolition and Foundation Installation
These two items may be consolidated into a single step due to efficiency, depending on your foundation system. If you will have a traditional foundation, a very time and cost effective means to complete this step is for your builder to employ the same contractor to demolish the existing home and to excavate for your foundation. However, if your new home will require pilings, your builder will likely employ a marine contractor to install your piling foundation system. Either way, this step can be completed within two to three weeks, allowing normal time for municipal inspections.
Step 8: The House Set
Within just a few days after the finalization of the foundation, you can expect your modular components to …

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Hydrogen Fuel Technology Benefits

Whys is hydrogen fuel technology becoming increasingly popular and how can it benefit the users of hydrogen technology. Before we can answer those simple questions one needs to know more about when and why hydrogen fuel technology was built. During the early 1900’s hydrogen technology was first introduced by Nicola Tesla. What Nicola Tesla discovered is how to produce a burnable gas by using electrolysis and water.
One of the reasons why hydrogen fuel technology is spreading across the world like a wildfire now. Is simply because people are getting tired of paying for these outrageous gas prices. Then there are places like in the USA where the unemployed workers are possibly going to be losing there unemployment benefits. While the USA is still just in the beginning stages to hydrogen technology.
Many of the US based car manufactures are now starting to embrace hydrogen fuel technology to power their vehicles. One thing people always seem to over look when it comes to hydrogen technology. Is the fact that no matter what type of vehicle you own old and new. This technology will work with them all.
Just a few of the other things helping to drive more and more people to using hydrogen fuel technology to power their cars are things like increased gas mileage, better emissions, increased vehicles performance, and today’s favorite a nice tax break. Since hydrogen technology uses water to produce hydrogen the emissions put off from this is nothing more then water. That is minus the fact you still need to use regular gas. So it will put out some emissions but will be far less then the vehicle normally puts out.
The increased gas mileage from hydrogen fuel technology comes from the hho gas mixing with your regular fuel. Since hydrogen burns hotter then regular fuel you use more of the gas that you pay for. Helping you increase gas mileage and saving money at the pump. What better way to strike back at the USA government then to take out of there pockets by using less fuel.
Also by installing a hydrogen fuel technology kit today before you file your taxes. You will receive a tax break of at least $2000 for using green technology. This is going to be very beneficial to many who are possibly going to be losing their unemployment benefits in the USA. Hydrogen technology has given us all a chance to own a green vehicle with out purchasing a new vehicle which uses nothing more then hydrogen fuel technology.…