Guide to Booking Holidays Online

travel imageThese days, when you want to travel and you have no time to arrange your travel details, all you have to do is to look for online travel agents. Wherever you want to go, these people will make things a lot easier for you.

All you need to do is to say where you want to go, when you want to go and how much your budget limit is. The online agent will then arrange everything for you. You just have to keep the payment receipts and be there during the actual date.

This helps you a lot in saving time and money. Just before you seal the deal with a particular online travel agent, here are some things that you need to remember: [Read more...]

Build Your Biz on the Internet for Less than $100

Top Ways to Promote your Business Online for Less Than $100

The Internet is the new medium to promote a business, regardless if the business is run online or off. It tells you many things on how you can use it to be known to your potential customers, but to truly establish online presence, you have to spend a significant amount for services you know nothing about, and only “techie” persons do.

However, there are  still many ways you can do to promote your business for less than a hundred dollar budget. The top three are as follows: [Read more...]

Early Technology: Who Knew the Air Compressor Was Invented This Long Ago!

People began playing with the idea of creating a more powerful stream of air a very long time ago.  The earliest form of this (apart from a set of lungs – nature's perfect air compressor!), came about when people began looking for a way to create a hotter fire for working with metal. 

Hand operated bellows were being used more than 4000 years ago, but as technology progressed foot bellows and water wheel bellows were introduced. 

The basic principle was the same.  As the bellows were opened, air was sucked in to fill the enlarged accordion-style chamber. When the bellows were closed, the compressed air was forced out of the small fitting on the end. The result was a furnace hot enough to smelt tin, copper, lead and iron ores.

Bellows obviously had other uses too. They were used in households to help with getting the fire started, and in church organs.

While these were effective for quite some time, as the demand for metals increased so did the demand for a more efficient method of manufacturing them.
 
The 1700s saw the beginning of the industrial revolution. During this period bellows were used both to ventilate the mines and for heating the furnaces.The first method of powering compressors without the use of human or animal labor was with steam powered engines. 

Once the mechanical air compressor came into use, it was constantly being perfected and other uses found for it. Compressed air for deep sea diving opened up many new possibilities including underwater constructions, for example bridges, and marine exploration. 

The pneumatic drill, and other pneumatic tools, were another early use for compressed air. Before this, steam had been used, so the move to compressed air brought with it a reduced risk of burns, and even death, through ruptured lines and other accidents.

The Mt Cenis rail tunnel, running between France and Italy, was the first large scale use of a pneumatic rock drill; workers from both countries drilled towards each other to create an 8 mile tunnel.

Steam eventually began to be phased out as the internal combustion engine was perfected and came into mainstream use.

The two main types of air compressors in use today are:

  1. Piston: these are smaller machines for personal and small business use. The main components are a crankshaft and a piston. As the piston is driven up, air is allowed in.  As it is driven down, the air is put under pressure. 
  2. Rotary: these are larger machines used in industrial settings, and they are able to produce much larger quantities of compressed air. A vaned rotor turns inside of a cylinder and drags in air. It is moved down into decreasingly smaller areas until the compressed air is forced out of the other end.

In their various forms, air compressors have been an essential part of life for thousands of years.  From a simple set of billows to huge industrial rotary air compressors that run 24 hours a day and power complex machinery, the air compressor has been a part of industry and will no doubt continue to stay with us for many years to come.

A smartphone app that helps you recover from whiplash injury

A few weeks ago, on my way back from work, I was suddenly rear ended by a lady who seemed to be in quite a hurry to get somewhere. Luckily, we weren’t going very fast and I ended up with a cracked windshield and some damage on the bumper. The windshield itself wasn’t too bad and I just looked up some online resources to find out the lowest cost option to get the windshield replaced. However, a few days later I started having excruciating pain in my neck. After none of the home remedies worked, I ended up going to a doctor and he diagnosed me with a whiplash injury caused by the accident.

He gave me several meds to help with the pain and also suggested that I use a new experimental smartphone app which helps you manage your recovery process. The app is called ‘Smart Healer’ and is available on Apple app store for only $3.99. I was skeptical originally about using an app to help fix a physical problem, but I was quickly proven wrong after a few days of using it.

The first thing that the app does it help you record the level of pain at certain times of the day. I usually get push notifications from the app 4 times a day to record my pain level. Entering the pain level is pretty straight forward as I just had to select a number between 1-10. The app has a certain artificial intelligence programmed in it because after 3 days of entering my pain data, it devised a customized course of treatment for me. It seemed like my pain was worst in the morning when I got out of bed. So it recommended some neck exercises to be done in the morning.  By following those exercises, my injury seems to be getting a lot better.

One other great feature of the app is its ability to track my progress over a period of time. Since it knows when I’ve performed certain exercises and the level of pain, it provides a great graphical report showing my progress. That level of information was great because I could see that I was making some headway into my recovery and it pushed me to continue the exercises recommended by the doctor. Often when I forget to do my exercises, I get notifications from the app to remind me about it. And on my progress graph, I can see the pain going up on the days that I procrastinate and do not exercise.

The whiplash injury has also been affecting my work lately. With the continuous pain, it’s hard to focus on work. So I’ve been having complaints from my manager about the quality of my work. Things are a lot better now, but it’s frustrating to have your life turned upside down because of an accident that’s not even your fault. I did some research online about whiplash claims and found some good information on this site about how to go around claiming compensation for injuries like these. I’m already talking to a solicitor regarding my claim and hopefully, I’ll be able to get some compensation once I go through the whole process.

Laser Hair Removal Devices

Introduction

Body hair removal has evolved over the years with the introduction of less painful and highly efficient technologies. Laser hair removal devices that can be used safely and privately, at home, have been invented; saving people from expensive salon and spa treatments. Different devices use different laser technologies that determine their strength and, therefore, effectiveness.

Laser devices working mechanism

Unlike waxing or shaving, which must bring into contact the cutting edge or wax with the hair and skin, laser, IPL (intense pulsed light), HPL (Home Pulsed Light) and RF (Radio Frequency) target hair follicles. Traditional hair removal technologies only cut hair on the skin’s surface whereas laser technologies destroy hair follicles beneath the skin making that constant upper lip hair removal a thing of the past. Laser devices direct light into the hair follicles, destroying the hair from the root. With continued laser treatments, the hair thins out. Laser devices must be passed over the skin (some need a special angle of the skin placement) several times, depending on the strength of the laser beams, in order to remove hair.

Current devices in the market

Tria Laser Hair Removal 4X, Remington IPL600 ILight Pro Plus Quartz, Bellalite, Silk’n SensEpil 65K, Silk’n Flash & Go, Me Smooth, Evoderma Lumi and Viss, comprise some of the high-technology hair removal devices in the market today. A person can choose any of the above devices for his/her home use depending on his/ her skin colour, hair colour, areas he/she wishes to remove hair and available funds for the purchase of the device. Results of using these devices vary from person to person and device to device.

Comparing devices

As aforementioned, hair removal machines do not have the same features, shapes or efficiency. Some devices, such as the Tria 4X, use very strong laser technology, which increases their effectiveness, and lasts results longer than other devices. This device does not have a feature for cartridge replacement, unlike other devices, but the original cartridge emits over 90,000 flashes. Due to its high technology and irreplaceable cartridge, its initial price is higher than that of other devices. Its lack of maintenance may bring its overall cost down compared to devices that require regular cartridge replacement. This device has a small laser head that allows its use on delicate or hidden skin folds. Unfortunately, its small laser head might hinder fast hair removal on large body surfaces such as the back or legs.

Other devices come with replaceable cartridges and have less stronger technologies (IPL, HPL and RF). Users might, therefore, need to pass the devices over the skin more times than when using strong laser devices in order to achieve reasonable hair removal. However, some of these devices come with large laser head that makes it fast to remove hair on large body surfaces. These devices’ original prices cost less than strong laser devices, but maintenance and replacement of cartridges might increase the overall cost in the long run.

Conclusion

High-tech hair removal devices have revolutionized hair removal. People can easily and conveniently remove hair in their premises without costly dermatological treatments. It is, however, important for people to do a thorough research on the device they intend to use before embarking on its use. Some devices are only safe with some skin and hair colors, and only when used correctly.

Nutrition in the Technological Renaissance: how it’s keeping you healthy.

The convenience that technology has brought a generation is undeniable, as we are now able to soar high in the sky, secure our homes by the touch of a button, and communicate with those across the world in a matter of seconds. Although criticism has been received because of the easiness that life has seemingly become, advances in technology have offered a way to conveniently boost one’s health.
 

Cold Press Juicer

Unlike conventional blenders and centrifugal extractors, a cold press juicer does not use a blade or heat to extract the fluid from food. Technology in juicer machines has come a long way from what it once was. Instead, the desired item is placed in the device and a screw-like contraption crushes it. Afterward, the resulting juice is compressed and deposited into the desired container. There are plenty of great extractors out there, but to be sure you get the best juicer, cold press/masticating machines should be your first choice. Reading juicer reviews online always helps.
 
Ways a Cold Press Juicer Can Effortlessly Provide Nutrition:

  • Because there is no blade, the pulp is preserved along with the juice. If sliced, the pulp is ripped apart, lingering on the blade and the side of the juicer, making it unable to reach the nozzle and be deposited. Since nutrients are mainly found in the pulp, it’s vital to conserve it.
  • Naturally, the cold press juicer doesn’t use heat, thus retaining the nutrients found in food. Also, since it will not expose the pulp to air prior to being contained, it’s able to last longer.
  • It’s quite easy to mix different healthy items that are challenging to fit into the daily diet. Juice can provide quick and easy access to beneficial nutrients.

 

Social Media

As with most technology, the advent of social media has been controversial, but universally recognized as an efficient communication tool. While some question the decrease in physical socialization, utilizing social media can prove immensely effective when trying to track and manage health.
 
How To Use Social Media To Assist Dieting:

  • Traditional food diaries were once common, but now it’s much easier to track one’s diet by creating a blog. Since the Internet is readily available, it’s possible to post and organize the day’s diet efficiently. Thus, awareness of dietary habits is apparent.
  • The community that social networks such as Tumblr and Facebook can create will provide accountability and shared dietary interest, which can encourage the determination to stick to a diet.
  • Sharing food recipes and dietary advice is easily done through a website such as Pinterest, in which users can create boards to save favored recipes and exercises.

 

Water Softener

When water is running through ground, it slowly accumulates various minerals and this is called hard water. Even though some of these minerals are healthy, the concentration of them in the home’s piping system creates hard water deposits. As this can greatly damage appliances, purchasing a water softener is recommended. With older models, you had no choice to control your water once installed; you either got soft or hard water. Newer models include an inbuilt by-pass value, so you can now control the flow of water, which means you can have the health benefits of hard water while avoiding the negative impacts on your home. The best water softeners are Salt-based systems such as this model made by Fleck, however be sure to read water softener reviews before purchasing.
 
Benefits of Owning a Water Softener:

  • Contrary to the popular myth, hard water has healthy nutrients, such as magnesium and calcium. By turning on the bypass valve, the water softener will be disabled and the nutrient-rich water can be efficiently stored.
  • A water softener is expensive, but they may save money in the long run, as calcium and magnesium will not be able to cause hard water deposits.
  • Because hard water is laced with various minerals, using it to wash clothing, dishes, or other household items is difficult because it does not mix well with cleaner. If one has a water softener, however, this issue is easily fixed.
  • A by-pass valve can be used in combination with a water filter and the resulting health benefits are huge: your water has only the good minerals, and none of the bad.

 

Telematics and cheaper car insurance

Studies have been shown to prove that up to 1 in 4 drivers crash within 24 months on getting a full licence. Statistics like this mean that car insurance premiums are sky among young drivers but there is a solution that is coming more apparent.

Introducing telematics boxes to cars by insurers means that new drivers can prove themselves to be competent and responsible by recording data about the way the car is driven.

What is Telematics?

The telematics box (sometimes referred to as a little black box) is a small GPS machine. It’s only small but it’s inclusion can potentially save thousands off your insurance premium by giving strong indicators of the way you drive by measuring the the safety of your driving experience. It looks at your speeds by recording maximums, minimum and averages. It also looks at the type of road e.g. motorways, freeways, dual carriages and more.

The data is transmitted by satellite to insurers computers so they can record all these factors and help keep your premiums down.

How it looks at your driving

Your driving account is analysed and advises you in ways to improve your ‘score’. This can result in affecting your insurance costs positively by making your monthly or annual premiums smaller.

But beware – it can also do the opposite with dangerous and reckless driving also meaning that premiums can go up as well as down.

According to some trials already held in 2005 it was proven that some drivers, between 18-23 years old, that used the black box had a twenty percent decreased accident rate when compared to national averages. This is referenced on Wikipedia.

As the box is a GPS it can also help locate your car if it is stolen too. This makes it cost-effective for the police to find your car and also gives you that little bit more peace of mind that your pride and join can be found quickly and hopefully still in full working order.

It also records data regarding the times you drive at along with the speeds, mileage and total number of journeys you make whether in the morning, afternoon or night. This data can all contribute to a cheaper and more economical insurance cover for you, or your family.

Telematics and accident claims

The boxes can also make the deciphering of accident blame easier among officials by looking at location, speeds and braking that contribute to any auto accidents.

In recent cases the data has also been used by solicitors in accident claims, learn more here, to help strengthen their legal cases and either save innocents or help prosecute the guilty.

It’s especially helpful in the cases of the increasingly common compensation claims. This is a key factor for telematics and a great guide is available at www.nowinnofeelaw.co.uk regarding no win no fee solicitors and we’re sure telematics will become increasingly important especially when looking at car accidents and the legal implications that can bring.

How do I get a box?

It’s usually fitted by an engineer employed by the insuring company and quite often has to be fitted within 14 days of buying a policy. If you wait too long and go beyond the 14 day grace period your insurance can be voided and leave you with no cover whatsoever.

Mobile Technology in Older Adults

We live in an age that has totally embraced mobile technology. Teens and business people discovered that mobile technology was a great way to keep in contact with people while they were traveling around town or the world. Even new review websites such as theConstructionCollege.org are using mobile technology to reach older tech users and younger ones. Certainly, mobile technology is very familiar to the younger population. Older adults are a bit more reluctant to go mobile. This is probably due to their unfamiliarity with the concept of mobility and technology. Certainly, education and making it easier to use mobile technology is the key to getting them included.

Benefits of Mobile Technology

Mobile technology in motion is an amazing event. Many review websites have certainly recognized this fact. They use the technology to quickly contact older tech users and get them up to date on the latest events. Now you don’t need to go to several stores and ask where to find the best EDC knife in town.  Today, you can do it all from the living room of your house. Mobility is more than just the ability to make a cell phone call or check your facebok. Today, it involves using a number of available resources to send video, text, emails, voice messages, scannable bar codes, QR Codes and more. Ultimately, older adults will reach out to those mobile devices to stay current with important reviews or updated information on websites.

Mobile Technology Uses

Of course, mobile technology has many uses. Older adults need to familiarize themselves with all the amazing advantages that are associated with mobile devices. Mobile devices are used to make calls, to check on social media sites, surf the web, to network online, to play music, to play games, to download apps, to research information. Mobile devices also have the ability to make payments, order merchandise, manage accounts, and find travel directions.

Mobile technology is certainly changing the world and the way that the average person communicates or finds information. Hopefully, older adults are starting to tap into this new mobile age.

Overall, I know how difficult it can be for an older adult to keep up with the constant changes of the technology industry. However, we as developer shouldn’t forget about them. I have been thinking in creating an association to teach older people about new technology and how to use it. My friends and I have some ideas such as giving speeches in the community, create easy-to-use apps to target older adults, or simple have a one-o-one talk with an adult regarding how a mobile phone can be useful in their life. If you would like to join this group, you can contact me by filling the online form in the bottom of the page. If you would like to receive our post directly to your email inbox, don’t forget to subscribe to our weekly newsletter. It is totally free and for a limited time, anyone who subscribes to our newsletter will receive a free copy of our book “The New Technology”. Don’t miss this chance.

Online Education Intro for out of Touch Tech Users

If you’re someone who does not keep up with the tech world, then you may be missing on a great deal of innovations which have made life easy and enjoyable. Education is one of the aspects of modern life which has forever been altered by information technology and the internet. The traditional concept of the classroom is being rapidly replaced by modern learning aids such as interactive augmented reality teaching methods, simulations and multimedia tutorials.

There used to be a time, not so long ago, when pursuing higher education usually meant bidding adieu to your friends and family and moving to a new city to begin your college degree program. College students would have to put the rest of their lives on hold and focus entirely on their education, mainly because there was no feasible way to balance friends and family with the demanding courses of a college degree. Today, it’s a whole different ballgame. While the conventional college degrees are still the norm, online higher education is being rapidly adopted by institutes all over the world so that higher education has become a truly global phenomenon where people can pursue higher education ranging from professional degrees in welding to business administration without having to leave the comfort of their homes and uprooting their existing life.

For someone who has been unfamiliar with this most recent development in the delivery of quality education, the new features may require some explanation. The first and foremost thing to understand about online education is that it does not require any less effort than conventional education. That being said, it is definitely easier to manage since you don’t have to travel or move in order to begin your program. Everything including course material, lectures, notes, assignments and exams will be delivered to you through the internet which you can download and utilize from your own personal computer. All interaction between you, your classmates and the faculty will also be over the internet through video chat software, instant messengers and web forums for discussion. You will also be expected to collaborate with your classmates over the internet to accomplish group assignments which will require liberal use of the aforementioned software.

An online degree program does not mean that you will be getting less ‘hands on’ experience compared to those students who are enrolled in conventional degree programs. For instance www.bestweldingschools.org/ lists a number of reliable online welding schools that will teach you all the courses that are taught in normal programs through live video chat sessions and video tutorials – you will be using all the safety equipment, tools and apparatus that is used in real life. The obvious advantage of recorded video tutorials is that they allow you to practice and hone your welding skills at your own leisure – ideal for those who already have careers or want to learn welding as a hobby.

One crucial point to note is that if you go for a practical, professional degree program with lots of handiwork such as welding, there will be intensive use of the internet which means that you will probably require a high speed connection that has enough bandwidth to let you view your video tutorials and live sessions without any interruptions.

The Top 6 presents for your Dad 2014 :: Tech Guide

Fathers day is upon us yet again, so we have looked at the market, done our “Google Searches” and have finalized the TOP 6 presents for your Dad for the year 2014. It was a hard and arduous process… but we did it! So sit back… get a packet of popcorn… and enjoy the ride.

NUMBER 6
Coming in at Number one is the iPad from Apple. The new version iPad mini boasts a singular retina screen, apps, comes at a FEATHER LIGHT 300g and has all the apps you can handle. PRO’s are that your Dad will love you! Extremely good for reading his odd kindle books. The CONS is that its 600USD! I dont know about you but I reserve by big guns for my dads birthday, so a whopping six hundred is a bit of green that I don’t have! That said… if you have the cash… this is a winner!

NUMBER 5
Next up in your gift ideas for dads is the Roomba Vacuum Cleaner. Yes this robotic machine which sucks up dirt has been on the market for sometime, and its only now that it’s a well known name. Use this little critter to suck up any of your dads cookie crumbs from his late night snack attacks. PROS: It vacuums and cleans! What else do you want? The CONS. We’ve had report that the current batch of Roomba’s are a little faulty and that we should wait for the next years model. I know that I’ll be getting myself the new improved one very soon!

NUMBER 4
I actually got this as a cool birthday gifts for my dad last year 2013 and it was a hit. The problem is that it needs expansions. Yes it’s the iRobot Builder Kit. This kit very much like the Lego variant allows your dad to build a robot from scratch. Priced at an affordable $150 dollars, it is fun for the whole technology family. PROS: Interesting design, and Japanese made. CONS: The instructions are in Japanese so its a bit hard to get started if you are not Japanese.

NUMBER 3
Symtex Laser Pen. It’s a pen! No it’s a laser… no it’s both! Perfect for presentations on the go, this little guy also changes slides on PowerPoint’s. At a affordable $80 it wont break the bang. PRO: Affordable and useful! CON: Not the high powered laser type that was banned for interrupting air traffic.

NUMBER 2
Sir Jason Broth replica compass. For those that do not know, Sir Jason Broth was the third man to circumnavigate the world, and in doing so, was the first person to make trade agreements with the Chinese. What is important about this was that he was the first American to import Gun Powder! A little bit of trivia you didn’t know! PRO: Nice Captain Jack stuff that your Dad will like. CON: Nobody seems to know about Sir Jason Broth.

NUMBER 1
And the number 1 gift that the office is the… drum roll please. iPhone 5. Yes a cliche gift, but it cannot be denied that it’s awesome.

And that’s it! Hope you all have a great Fathers day for 2014.

Get the Answers You Want- Digitally

They tell us on every news broadcast that mentions technology that technology is the future. That massive leaps and bounds have been made. That the answer to access to resources is now all around us. Yet what do we see daily? Selfies. Tweets from strangers who just have to tell us how they hope their first daughter is a girl. And videos of cats.

Granted, all of those statements are true. The internet in particular, but also the massive leaps and bounds in other technologies, has opened up whole new vistas. Granted, we put a man on the moon with less RAM and less computer power then the average modern pocket calculator, but it sure would be a lot easier to do it with today’s tech. Tablets open up vast potential for taking 1000s of books in one slim package- certainly one of the easiest ways to give those in less privileged areas access to unprecedented amounts of reading and information. The ability of the new smart phones to access the net combines several of this centaury’s most useful technologies- the same tablet/e-reader capabilities, the net connection, the access to information, the ability to communicate- and wrap it up in a single package, making them all more readily accessible to more and more people.

But it’s hard, when you’re bombarded with chain emails, pretentious teens thinking their poser-selfies are somehow awesomely unique, and relentless FaceBook advertising, to know even how to wade through this rubbish to get to the things you need.

My tip for today is to take full advantage of the guides, resource hubs and how tos that have been put together out there. If nothing else, they’ll give you the best places to start looking for your answers. Now, you do have to exercise some common sense. Because that guy who’s confused at the idea that every girl is a daughter- he thinks he’s an expert in whatever it is you want to know too. So it helps if you know a little about the subject yourself, enough to evaluate whether what you’re reading rings too. Offering accreditation and sources is a good thing to watch for, too- if they’re backing up what they’re saying with verifiable fact, you’re probably onto a winner.

I’m going to give you these 2 sites as positive examples. The first [click here] asks the question ‘what does liposuction cost’. The other tries to answer the question ‘How much do breast implants cost’ [click here]. So they’re both setting themselves up as resource hubs. And they both win. With a clear format, and precise and easy to navigate layout, the information you’ve been looking for is right at your fingertips. They both offer complete information for the whole processes, and offer both sources and advice on when you need to get off the net and ask a doctor in person. They even give you a good idea of the costing you’re looking at for each procedure.

The information that the net claims to be full of is out there, on quality sites- they just take a little finding.

3D Gun Printing – a New Gunsmithing Technique?

There was a time when 3D printers were employed for purposes such as fabricating entire houses to synthetic organs and prosthetics. This potential of 3D printers to fabricate everyday items has recently aroused the curiosity of aspiring as well as professional gun enthusiasts. 3D gunsmithing, in spite of being an extremely polarizing topic with its passionate proponents and opponents, is an undeniably novel and inspiring technique that seeks to create guns using computerized designs and 3D printers.

A gun enthusiast recently printed out a 3D model of a firearm and tested it to confirm its functionality and reliability. This was done using a 3D printer by the company Stratasys and it wasn’t even a new one either – it dated back to the mid-90s. The result was a 22 caliber pistol that worked marvelously – the designer made the claim of having fired more than two hundred rounds from it and even after this considerable use, the gun was in prime working condition. The weapon resembled a machine pistol in design. The designer, after this fruitful field testing, decided to augment the weapon with one .223 upper which again yielded successful results. The upper did have a few problems with extraction and feed but these can be resolved with further refinement of the design.

Another success story with 3D gunsmithing is the development of a homemade 30-round ammo clip, using 3D printing technology, by some gun enthusiasts going by the name of Defense Distributed. This clip is meant for a semi-automatic AR rifle and was thoroughly tested to ensure its success: the group test-fired some 86 bullets without a hitch using their homemade magazine. This project was also significant in that it demonstrated a major loophole in the existing gun laws which allowed 3D ammo clips to be fabricated domestically.

One of the most advanced, and astonishing, development in 3D gunsmithing occurred when Solid Concepts, a licensed gun maker, demonstrated the first ever 3D printed .45 caliber model 1911 pistol. This mainstream model was fabricated out of metallic materials using a 3D printing technique called direct metal laser sintering which led to Solid Concepts being purchased by the 3D printing firm, Stratasys.

3D gunsmithing is legal in the US for individual, personal use but has some restrictions i.e. Title II class weapons such as silencers and machine guns, as well as Assault Weapons in some jurisdictions. Moreover, the Undetectable Firearms Act requires that weapons made out of undetectable plastics have a metallic implant fitted inside them to ensure their detectability.

To put it short, it is now possible for a gun enthusiast to print their own firearm if they wish to do so with blueprints available from several 3D printing websites. The success of 3D gun printing notwithstanding, it is only recommended that those who have been schooled in the art of crafting guns take up this art as plastic can be a tricky material when it comes to guns. Before you start out on this path, make sure that you have learned the fundamentals of gunsmithing from a reputed gunsmithing school or by apprenticing under a gunsmith.

Using and Maintaining a Water Softener

There are all kinds of different water hard, soft, rain or cistern. Whatever your water source, having a softening system can make a great difference. Have you seen spots on your dishes when you take them out of the dishwasher? How about your washing machines performance, is it poor? Having a hard time getting the soap to lather in the shower? Or just getting a slow stream from the faucet. All these add up to you having hard water. Using and maintaining a water softener system sounds difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a couple quick tips for you.

1. Be sure to understand how a water softener works. It may look like there’s some complicated chemistry at work in these machines, and while that may be true, all of those details have already been taken care of.

2. When looking to buy a unit, be sure to read water softener reviews and get informed as to all the different options available. This is the most complicated part of buying a softener – after you buy one, it’s all downhill from there!

3. Understand how to use and maintain your system – the following descriptions should help get you on your way!

Water Softener System Use

If you have a whole house water system installed there are some basic procedures to follow. After all the plumbing has been taken care of, you will need to set your system up. This very straight forward and most different models follow the same basic procedures. The largest amount of systems work with salt. If you or someone in your house has a high blood pressure problem, you may want to think about using potassium pellets instead. They work basically the same.

The two tank system is the most widely used which consists of a salt storage tank known as the brine tank a resin tank and a main valve that is needed to distribute the softened water to the whole house. There may also be a bypass valve so you can shut the water off to the unit for maintenance and still have water in the rest of the house.

First – you will begin by filling the brine tank with water which is determined by the size of your system. Your owners manual will tell you how much to use.

Second – after you have determined if you are using salt or potassium to operate your softener look in your owners manual again for the required amount of salt. If you are using potassium never use more than one bag at a time. The water goes into the mineral tank through the valve, salt is added to it as it enters this tank.

Third – you will need to set the water softener frequency (recharge cycle) this will depend on how much water you use and how hard your water is. For a family of four the cycle is typically set for every 3 days.

Fourth – you will need to set the system clock, this will determine at what time the system will recharge. Most units are factory set for 2:00 AM. This is so that you are not disturbed by the cycle.

How To Maintain Your System

Maintaining your system is a fairly simple thing to do, unless you have very hard water. If you think this may be the case, it’s probably best to consult with a professional. You can also buy a kit to check the hardness of your water, this is a very simple test. You will be able to tell if your softener is not working as it should by some simple signs. If your soap does not lather, or your skin is just not feeling soft anymore.

First – you will engage the bypass valve so you can work on the system.It is good to exercise this valve a few times to make sure the O rings are staying lubricated inside. If there is a leak from this valve you might look in to replacing the O rings.

Second – you will be cleaning out your brine tank, use your shop vacuum to be sure you get all the salt out. You can also remove the injector screen and clean and replace it. ( wash it in soapy water)

Third – this is where you can check the brine refill control valve. It is located inside the tank, typically includes a float, vertical rod and a switch to control the water level during the generation cycle.

Fourth – once everything has been cleaned and checked you can start to refill the brine tank with the correct amount of salt and water. (found in the owners manual) Do not forget to switch your bypass valve.

Fifth – you will have to make sure the clock is set to the right time.

Finally you should send the system through a manual regeneration cycle to be sure everything is working good.

This is basically all there is to owning and operating a water softener system. If there is ever a more complex problem be sure to call a licensed installer. You will love having spotless dishes showers that are easier to clean. These steps are for the basic whole house water softener system.

Cool Antique Technologies

From iPhones to Xboxes, today’s greatest technological innovations are equal parts slick, shiny, and elegant. Housed in brushed metallic and packing some really serious technological power below the hood, the most preferred gadgets of the 2000s are design masterpieces, offering consumers not just perform and efficiency, but immense design and trend.

But engineering hasn’t generally been this way. Just a few decades back, the most prosperous and impressive pieces of engineering weren’t boasting intuitive touchscreens or flashy brushed exteriors. Black plastic was the norm, wooden panelling the typical, and analog dials the accepted method of user control and operation.

These items of retro technology and outdated innovation might not be slick and classy, but all are unique and still collected & shipped antiques. From semi-transportable VHS recorders to pre-electric power air conditioning systems, these 8 items of technological innovation wouldn’t stand an opportunity at a modern day marketplace but they still are , but every piece of technology was responsible for modifying the entire world of creation in its very own way.

1. The Stylophone
When Brian Jarvis invented the Stylophone in 1967, he in no way expected it to become a runaway cult accomplishment. Fueled by the popularity of David Bowie’s initial recordings and immensely well-liked amongst hippie new music teams, the product took off and bought out upon its release. Regrettably, its acceptance was brief-lived. The Stylophone fell out of favor in the early 1970s, residing on by means of experimental rock recordings but failing to provide as it the moment did. A 2007 revival introduced the product back into the public’s eye, though in a somewhat different format present day stylophones recreate audio digitally, instead than the original’s analog audio generation.

2. German Rocket Bicycles
Herr Richter was a real innovator. The German engineer devoted years to his rocket obsession, attempting to develop individual transporters, rocket-driven bicycles, and some genuinely explosive items of relatives transportation. Before the Second World War brought his engineering efforts to a stop, this innovator had created his most popular prototype: a rocket-powered single pace bicycle.

As extraordinary as it may possibly be, the rocket-powered bicycle was an absolute catastrophe for some unfortunate bicycle testers. Test rides – for which Richter was generally in the saddle – showed the bike to be “reasonably secure” before fifty miles per hour, and disastrously unsafe at any higher speeds. Compounding the bike’s problems had been rocket fuel troubles. Early rockets were inclined to accidental explosions, leaving riders scorched and the bicycle seriously ruined. These classic technology has shipped to museums all over the world.

3. Arizona ‘Air Conditioning’
Have you ever sat inside on a sizzling day, wondering how you’d survive without having air conditioning? For residents of Arizona, the state’s gold rush days were marked by immense heat and handful of strategies to maintain cool. Ice cream melted way too fast in the summertime heat, chilly showers were impossible because of to water shortages, and air conditioning had yet to be invented.

Residents fought the immense heat by dipping their nighttime sheets in cool water, sleeping as a result of the night in damp cotton and savoring relative convenience. The ‘wet blanket’ method also had some other great side effects, insects and other desert creatures were unlikely to just take up residence in a chilled piece of cloth, leaving residents free of bedbugs and other annoyances.

4. The Osborne 1 Laptop
The Osborne 1 was the world’s first ‘portable’ laptop – a ten-kilo beast accountable for additional back injuries and strained muscle groups than any other piece of Laptop technology. Priced at $1795 and boasting an spectacular 64KB of RAM, the system was a relative bargain in the early days of computing, and provided a business with a legitimate resource. Nonetheless, users debated the system’s portability, pointing to the 64KB specification as an indicator of pounds instead of memory. While cumbersome, ugly, and barely usable subsequent to today’s notebooks, the Osborne 1 was an innovative piece of technology for its time, and one of the most preferred early computer systems.

5. The French ‘Strap-On’ Individual Helicopter (Fail)
Had this early piece of French air technological innovation had good results, it would have gone down in history as one of the most unsafe innovations of all time. Luckily, this early single-person helicopter failed to fly, leaving the personal helicopter sector unsaturated and French accident figures at acceptable ranges.
Due to is absence of a torque bar and a secondary rotor, it is probably that a speedy flight in this single-rotor machine would have messed up your spinal cord. Early tests showed that the device was a lost hope, leaving personalized helicopters nearly entirely untested until eventually the late 20th century.

Technology Marches On

There’s one thing you can say for technology (besides the fact it’s a big pain in the unmentionables) – it doesn’t discriminate. If you’re hanging around this blog in the first place, you’ve probably experienced for yourself the way it marches on and on, conquering everything from the expected – like NASA space ships and the computing world – to the very, very mundane.

Ever felt like you can’t buy even a toaster these days without it coming with a microchip, ten yards of instructions and the capability to do 15 things you didn’t need?  Not only that, but it seems that it’s -probably inevitably – come to be almost impossible to do even the simple things without the help of some technological wonder.

You’ll probably remember the days when, if your current mower packed in, you went to the store, picked the best reel mower, maybe heeding a review or two from the store manager or people you knew, and voila! Your next gardening tool decision was made. It wasn’t perfect- maybe you didn’t get the right review- but it seemed to work. Not only has the market expanded dramatically to all sorts of specialist mowers – just look at these electric lawn mower reviews if you doubt me – but so has the access to information. Just take a look at the two sites linked. In depth reviews of all sorts of mower right at your fingertips. No longer are you forced to rely on the sales pitch of a sales assistant who’s probably on commission from a specific brand. You can get honest, independent reviews from people familiar with the brand at the click of a button. Not sure how to assemble your purchase? Click. Need to find out how to order a special spare part? Click.

It’s hard not to call it wonderful. Technological advances have made that degree of networking, that degree of access to information, freely available to almost everyone. That’s got to be a good thing, when you get down to it. The spreading of access to knowledge is one of the true wonders of the digital age, after all. But it’s not perfect.

Wondering what sparked this post? Click here for a rather interesting scholarly abstract that piqued my attention. As you know we’re rather focused on technology on this blog and we do tend to presume that the intrusion of technology into our daily lives is wonderful and always positive. So it’s more than interesting to see a question like that which the author poses – is technology moral? Is every type of technology used in a positive way to better ourselves, our lives and our species, or are there ways in which it can be viewed as a negative?

We don’t have the space, obviously, for an in-depth and complex analysis of that question here. In short, I’d say that overall, technology's got it right- but some of the points the article raises make you think. And it’s probably a good idea, as you reach for your instant coffeemaker/alarm clock and check your messages on your smart phone, to remember to occasionally take that step back and think about what we’re doing and how we use it too. After all, we the users are only human.