Whiteboards – 24 Square Feet Of Planning Surface To Play With

Gone are the days of the messy and chalky blackboard, both in the classroom and in conference centers.
The blackboard has been replaced by the whiteboard. Users write with dry-wipe pens instead of chalk.


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he pens come in about eight colors.
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Dry wipe pens leave marks that can simply be erased using a duster or clean board duster. The pens do leave a powdery residue when the board is wiped clean. Using dry wipe pens is considerably more expensive than chalk, but much less messy.

Whiteboards also make excellent additions to home offices, kitchens and garages. Jot your notes, to do tasks and phone messages on the whiteboard and they will never be lost, as pieces of paper will be.
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A whiteboard will allow you to prioritize all the tasks associated with running a business from home. Planning is made much easier, too. My Internet business revolves around my white-boards.

Whiteboards come in a wide range of sizes, though the common sizes are 3 feet by 4 feet and 6 feet by 4 feet. Buy the biggest one you can fit on your wall space, because you will manage to fill it much faster than you think. You may have to buy from a specialist office supplier, like Viking Direct, because high street stores are often limited in the stock they carry.
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Interactive whiteboards are another ball game entirely. An interactive board will cost hundreds of dollars, as opposed to a dry wipe plastic board that only has a cost of thirty dollars or so.

An interactive board allows users to use special non-marking pens that appear to write on the surface, but the board clears when the computer attached to the whiteboard is switched off.
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The interactive board comes into its own when it is used with specially designed software that allows users to project spreadsheets onto the board, then draw on the board with special “pens”, that leave a colored mark on the board, which disappears when the PC is turned off.

There is really no mark there at all.


Why Are Many Colors Used With Myspace Layouts?

Myspace is the only online community, which offers various options for layouts.
Since it is a very large community with millions of users, there are bound to be expectations for the kind of presentations with the layouts.


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yspace layouts are available for free, and they are used by all members of the community.
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They are designed by various designers and the concepts vary, but they are all upgraded to the sites as often as possible.

They are categorized according to the themes, so that it is easy for any user to pick the layout that he wants. Many hundreds of colors with various color combinations are used with Myspace layouts.

This is because people want to break the monotony of the use of the same layouts again and again.
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Since most communities normally have default settings, users are bound to get bored with the outlook of the profile. With Myspace too, the default settings get boring for all the millions of users.

This can be solved with the variety of the Myspace layouts.

All the colors used with these layouts are versatile, and so are the combinations.
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The number of colors available is innumerable as well, and all users have a variety of choice. By using these various colors, the entire outlook of the profile will change.

Colors are also picked according to the theme of the profile. Not only do they make the profile colorful, sometimes the colors will blend so well with the theme, that it makes the whole thing very interesting. Users will thus never get bored of visiting profiles.

They will be offered a variety of colors to look at, and they will be pleasing to the eye as well.
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The various colors also offer a scope to be creative, and they can use them as they please.

All Myspace layouts available on all sites are completely free of cost and will be of complete variety as well. There is also no end to the number of colors being used with these layouts.

They will be of all sorts and shades, and will suit any requirement of the user.
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Members can pick themes with various colors, according to what they have written on the profile.

For example, if they are fans of witchcraft, they may use foreboding colors, and if they are fans of cartoons, they may use peppy colors. All this depends on how they want to project the profile as well.

The use of Myspace layouts is really exciting as there are so many to choose from. Members may keep changing every week if they want, or according to their convenience. This allows for a very interesting activity, as the profile gets different looks often.

You need not be technical wizards to use these layouts.


Why Pay For A MySpace Layout? Get One Free.

You have an account on MySpace, and everyone is talking about using different MySpace layouts.
You are wondering whether you need to pay for them or not.


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ell, you can be happy because there are many free MySpace layouts available on the net.
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When we talk about free layouts, you should know that there are thousands available for use.

And you do not need to pay a single penny for using them. Free MySpace layouts came into being because there were millions of users on the networking site.

Since everyone was getting bored with the same default settings, these layouts provided some fresh air for all the users. If you are looking to customize your profile, then the process is not at all difficult.
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There are thousands and thousands of free MySpace layouts that you can choose from. All you need to do is look for some good sites with the help of search engines.

Using this list, you can browse through all the layouts, which are being uploaded on the site. All you have to do is look for the code related to the layout, and then just apply the code on to the profile.
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The layout will be immediately uploaded on the profile.

Using free MySpace layouts will not cost you anything at all, as there are plenty of designers out there uploading new ones every day. And then you have the option to create one if you want as well.

By using the help of generators, you can create a layout of your choice. This will not cost you anything as well.
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All you have to do is get an image of your choice, and then apply them to the layout space available.

The image can be of anything that you like. Both choices can be done for free, and they are available with a great variety.

Free MySpace layouts are popular because of the great features that they have. Since there will be no need to pay for them, almost all users have them on their profiles.
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Though there are plenty of free MySpace layouts on various sits, there will be the need to pick the right ones.

The right sites will also have to be accessed. There will be many designers who are uploading new layouts almost every day, and thus it is imperative that you check before using the free layouts.
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Access to all sites will be free as well.

Because these options are free, there will be the need to keep looking out for the one you want, as there will be plenty to choose from.

You can have a lot of fun with the layouts, as there is a great variety. You can begin to choose with what particular tastes you have.

Free MySpace layouts do not mean that you will get only specific designs.


Wireless – The Future Of Connecting To The Internet

What is WiFi?


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ifi or Wireless Fidelity, allows you to connect to the internet from virtually anywhere at speeds of up to 54Mbps.
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WiFi enabled computers and handsets use radio technologies based on the IEEE 802.11 standard to send and receive data anywhere within the range of a base station.

Wireless is a technology that’s inexpensive, easy to use, and practical and yet… it’s a technology that’s still very young. Here’s a quick look at what the future could hold for wireless.

The Radio and the Phone

Wireless networks will always win over wired ones, if for no other reason, simply because it is much cheaper for signals to travel through the air than it is to install and maintain wires.
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For example… consider that telephones were originally used for sending and receiving news reports.

When radio was invented, this stopped almost overnight – why bother going to all that expense when it’s free ‘over the air’?

The same principle applies to computer networking.
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Imagine having a choice between a wired Internet connection and a wireless one.

The only reason to choose a wired connection would be cost because currently it’s cheaper? However, that will change soon.

Wireless is also easier. Once the cost gap closes, if given the opportunity, there’s no logical reason why anyone wouldn’t switch to a wireless connection.

WiMAX

WiMAX is the next generation of wireless. It will use a standard called 802.16. The current standard is 802.11.

It’s still a work in progress, but the possibilities are exciting.
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WiMAX stands for Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access and is designed to complement existing wireless equipment… rather than replace it.

The big advantage of WiMAX is that it greatly increases range. Rather than being measured in square meters, which is how the current standard is measured in, WiMAX ranges will be measured in square kilometers.

Some estimates say the best WiMAX stations will be able to transmit up to 50 kilometers or about 30 miles!
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Clearly, this opens an incredibly wide range of possibilities.

Wireless access would move from LANs (Local Area Networks) to MANs: (Metropolitan Area Networks) covering a whole town or city with wireless access. The question would no longer be if you could connect via wireless, but what WiMAX network you wanted to connect too.

Other benefits of WiMAX include speed of up to 70Mbps (almost 10 MB per second) and better security.
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Imagine a future where ordering Internet access is as simple as connecting your existing wireless equipment to the network, opening your web browser and buying a low cost subscription.

That’s it – done. No more access points, no more routers, no more configuration… just wireless Internet, anywhere and everywhere at broadband speeds.

WiMAX is in the process of taking the world by storm.

For the latest news on WiMAX visit the WiMAX Forum (a non-profit industry group set up to promote WiMAX) at http://www.wimaxforum.org. WiMAX has been in development since 2001 and the first WiMAX equipment is expected to hit the market in late 2005 or early 2006.

What is Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a new standard for short range radio connectivity.
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It is the new and promising field in the wireless communications standardization activities, which will profoundly affect the operation and applications of electronic gadgets of the future.

The most obvious purpose of Bluetooth technology is to replace USB and it’s designed to eventually replace almost every wire there is… except power cables.

What does that mean?

It means that someday your TV could be connecting to your DVD player via Bluetooth or your speakers could connect to your radio with it, and so on and so on.
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As you get older, expect to see fewer and fewer wires.

I know… people said the same thing about paper but it turns out that people like paper and don’t want a ‘paperless society’. On the other hand, how many people do you know who have cable or wire fetish? The biggest remaining article is reliable wireless power.

When they figure out how to provide reliable wireless power (i.e. better batteries)… look out because the flood gates will really open up.

A Simpler Life

Convenience… the first benefit of wireless technology that comes to my mind.
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Wires have so many flaws, especially when they go long distances and the overall wireless project is to remove the vast majority of them from our lives.

Of course, another nice benefit will be cost because once wireless if up and going full-bore it will cost less than wire based transmission.

My prediction… within 10 years, wireless access will be making everyone’s life much easier and it will be the norm. The future is wireless!


Wireless Barcode Scanners: The Next Generation Gizmo

Wireless barcode scanners are a clear example of the best just having got better.


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uch like Alexander Graham Bell’s wired telephone that got eclipsed by the cordless phone which became a craze across millions of households, wireless bar code scanners have become a mega-hit with an ever-increasing number of business entrepreneurs making the upward shift to realize greater productivity day in day out.
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To put it simply, wireless barcode scanners offer you all the benefits of your regular barcode scanner or barcode reader and then, some more!

But hold on just yet, while wireless barcode readers and scanners are blitzing the market, you still need to which type of the device you need to best suit your business needs before going ahead and making a purchase.

You need to very clearly articulate the reason for wanting to move into the wireless barcode scanner space and the plausible reasons for wanting to go wireless could be any of the following:-

  • You need the freedom of mobility to be able to capture information away from your computer because of the spatial location of your tagged products
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  • You might want to collect the data away from your computer but be able to sync it or upload it once you get back to the origin i.e. the computer
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  • You might not only want to collect data away from the computer but also be able to log on via wireless networks to a database and post the captured information
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    Thus simply put, do you need a simple barcode scanner with a really long cord or do you have a genuine need for a wireless barcode scanner?
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    And once you do a cost comparison on the various types of the barcode readers and barcode scanners, both wired as well as cordless, you will know exactly how much you are paying for what, and how much you are likely to benefit from the application of the device.

    Accurate information capture, ease of the information capture, speed at which different materials can be barcode registered and tagged, exquisite levels of data control are just some of the innumerous benefits that this technology promises for the user!

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    Finally a key thing that you need to keep in mind is that implementation of a new technology by itself does not guarantee success.

    You need to handle the change from one level to the next very well and proactively too, as in the case of wireless barcode scanners too. People management as part of change management is crucial to the success of your business and this should be given core focus.

    New technology is useless unless its espoused as a unifying cause by all in the work force.

    Once you have mastered the change in people, you have truly put yourself on the road to progress. Experience the wonders of wireless barcode scanners and be awestruck!


    Wireless POS And Wireless Mobile Computing- Restaurant Software That Increases Profits

    Until recently, restaurant and hospitality owners were wary of adopting wireless POS systems for their establishments.
    Issues such a cost, ease of use and a general uncertainty about new technology caused them to take pause.


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    owadays, however, with the popularity of PDA’s, Blackberries, cell phones and the like, mobile technology and wireless mobile computing has become main stream, and hospitality providers are taking a second look.

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    In a high cost and competitive market, it’s no wonder that those in the hospitality industry want technology to help them increase revenues.

    But how can a wireless POS device help them achieve this?

    Wireless mobile computing can help in many ways.

    One such instance is by eliminating the need for staff to line up at a specific POS terminal to place orders.
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    By utilizing mobile technology, serving staff are more productive since time spent during the order taking process is decreased. Wireless mobile computing also allows serving staff to place orders instantly, and then go directly to the next table, thereby increasing table turns.

    And because serving staff are more productive, significant savings can be seen through decreased labor costs.

    Another drawback to stationary POS terminals is that serving staff usually place a number of orders at once to the kitchen, overwhelming kitchen staff.

    Placing orders tableside eliminates this problem, as orders are more evenly spaced.
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    One important benefit to also consider with a wireless POS solution is that by placing orders directly at the table, order taking is more accurate and less food is wasted. This directly translates into decreased food costs.

    Also, serving staff can spend more time with customers, which significantly increases up-sell opportunities.

    Utilizing wireless mobile computing in a hospitality environment also allows restaurateurs to approach staffing in a more cost effective and efficient way.
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    Instead of scheduling a large number of serving staff who are responsible for all the order taking and food delivery, a wireless POS solution allows restaurant owners the opportunity to hire just a few skilled staff, give them larger sections, and make their primary focus greeting customers, taking orders and up selling.

    Non-serving staff can then be hired (at significant payroll savings) to dispatch food and clean sections. When serving staff are able to remain on the floor, the result is superior customer service and again increased sales through up selling and faster table turns.

    Now, Volante POS Systems of Toronto, Canada has come along and revolutionized the wireless POS industry in a creative and innovative way.
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    By using PC notebooks (not much bigger then a handheld) the entire POS software is loaded on the unit and it runs as a terminal with peer to peer, data synching etc. PDA’s don’t work in this manner- they require writing to the unit (in other words, new code, separate product) plus they’re not robust enough for Food and beverage.

    Volante has evolved its software into the peer to peer architecture, and now POS software can be loaded onto a small wireless notebook with amazing results. The technology is revolutionary – nobody else can do what Volante is doing.
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    This approach can work exceptionally well in venues that aren’t traditional table side establishments, such as stadiums, trade shows, casinos, arenas, race tracks and outdoor sales areas (such as rooftop patios for instance) where conventional POS terminals aren’t practical nor feasible.

    Wireless mobile computing from Volante offers even more important and innovative features. For instance, the menus on the notebook or handhelds are the exact same menus as on the traditional register.
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    The databases are in sync with one another. You don’t have to program them separately; they’re an extension of the host computer. This approach is less expensive because it doesn’t require separate servers for handhelds and traditional registers.

    And because Volante POS software is written in pure Java, its real time as well.

    For more information on how wireless POS technology and wireless mobile computing from Volante can help your business increase profits and productivity, email them at sales@volantesystems.com or visit their website at http://www.volantesystems.com.

    Wireless POS solutions truly allow Hospitality leaders to enter the 21st century, while also giving them an extra edge in a fiercely competitive industry.


    Wireless Router & Security: A Step-By-Step Guide

    Setting up a wireless router is easy.


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    ssentially you turn your cable or DSL modem off and your wireless router on.

    Then, you connect the router to the modem with a cable, and turn the modem back on. You are more or less done.

    The wireless network wizard on your computer will pick up the router and, if your ISP does not have any special requirements, away-you-go, you are on the Internet.

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    For ease of setup and configuration, manufacturers ship wireless routers with all security disabled.

    Therein lies the problem. If you do not take any further steps to secure your router, and a surprising number of people don’t, your network will be wide open to all passersby and strangers. It’s like you’ve hung out a sign, “The door is open. Please come in and help yourself.”
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    The problem is not that strangers will be able to use your router to access the Internet but that, without further protection, would-be intruders will be able monitor and sniff out information you send and receive on your network.

    Malicious intruders can even hop on to your internal network; access your hard drives; and, steal, edit, or delete files on your computer.

    The good news is that it is relatively easy to secure your wireless router.

    Here are three basic steps you should take.

    1. Password protect the access to your router’s internal configuration

    To access your router’s internal setup, open a browser and enter the routers setup URL.
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    The URL will be specified in the manual. The URLs for D-Link and Linksys routers, two major manufacturers of wireless routers, are http://192.168.0.1 and http://192.168.1.1, respectively.

    For Linksys routers, leave the user name blank and type “admin” (without the quotes) in the password field and press enter. To change the password, simply click on the Password tab and enter your new password.

    For other routers, please consult your manual. Alternately, you can search on the Internet with the term “default login for “.

    Don’t be surprised to find quite a number of pages listing default login parameters for many different routers, even uncommon ones.

    2. Change the default SSID (Service Set IDentifier)

    The SSID is the name of a WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network). All wireless devices on a WLAN use SSIDs to communicate with each other.
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    Routers ship with standard default SSIDs. For example, the default SSID for Linksys routers is, not unsurprisingly, “Linksys”.

    As you can see, if you don’t change the default SSID of your router a would-be intruder armed with a few common SSIDs from major manufacturers will be able to find your wireless network quite easily.

    To change the SSID, click on the Wireless tab. Look for an input item labeled SSID. It will be near the top. Enter a new name for network. Don’t use something like “My Network”. Use a name that is hard to guess.

    3. Disable SSID broadcast

    Wireless enabled computers use network discovery software to automatically search for nearby SSIDs.
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    Some of the more advanced software will query the SSIDs of nearby networks and even display their names. Therefore, changing the network name only helps partially to secure your network.

    To prevent your network name from being discovered, you must disable SSID broadcast.

    In the same screen that you changed the name of your network, you will see options for SSID broadcast. Choose “Disable SSID” to make your network invisible. Now save all your settings and log out.

    Since your wireless network is now invisible, you will have to configure your computers to connect to your wireless network using the new name. On Windows XP, start by clicking on the wireless icon in the Notification Area and proceed from there.

    With these three steps, your network now has basic security.

    However, if you keep sensitive information on your computers, you may want to secure your wireless network even further.

    For example, you can…
    – Change the channel your router uses to transmit and receive data on a regularly basis.
    – Restrict devices that can connect to the router by filtering out MAC (Media Access Control) addresses.
    – Use encryption such as WEP and WPA.

    As with most things in life, security is a trade off between cost (time, money, inconvenience) and benefit (ease of use).
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    It is a personal decision you make. However for the majority of home uses, the three basic steps plus WEP/WPA encryption provides reasonably strong security.

    Turning on encryption is a two-step process.

    First you configure your router to use encryption using an encryption key of your choice. And then, you configure your computer to use the encryption key.

    The actual process of configuring your router for encryption varies from router to router. Please consult the router’s manual.
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    There are even stronger methods for ensuring security.

    A strong and robust security method is RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial In User Service). Using RADIUS requires additional hardware and software.

    However, there are companies that offer RADIUS security as a subscription based service. The fees are reasonable and dropping.

    Therefore for example, if you run a business on your wireless network, have sensitive data on your computers such as credit card information, and have a number of users who access your network, you should consider using RADIUS.

    Since the service sector for RADIUS is dynamic and growing, a search on the Internet with terms like “RADIUS subscription” or “RADIUS service” is probably the best way to locate one.