Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Recycling Old Computers To Save The Environment

Many cities, towns and townships are now thinking about computer recycling as well as TV recycling methods to protect the environment and avoid possible soil contamination. Because computers contain many parts that could release toxins into the soil, city governments are seeking alternative ways to dispose of your old computers as well as all your old electronic equipment. This eventually will become a normal practice as more city governments become aware of the potential danger of dumping computers and all electronic products into a landfill. Many groups are also spreading the word about computer recycling and want to find better ways to dispose of the equipment.

In many cities, there are local electronic stores or recycling centers that will take your old computers and other electronics, dismantle them, and place the right parts in the right containers for disposal. This method of disposal will soon become a necessity because of the computer industries continued upgrading and making more computers that are newer more affordable for the average person to buy. If the computers make it into landfills as they have in the past, it could eventually cause environmental issues that would then need to be addressed by the federal government.

The issue of recycling computers and other electronics has become a hot computer topic and will continue to be addressed by conservatives and government officials in order to protect the land. Because the monitors as well as televisions have gases and other toxins that if placed in landfill sites could sooner or later release these gases into the atmosphere as well. This is a concern for all who have the ozone and air quality in mind. The gases inside a monitor need to be released safely as you do with a refrigerator or air-conditioner. Without proper release, the air can become filled with these toxic gases.

When recycling computers, monitors and any printers, people need to take the equipment to a place that is accredited for safely disposing of the equipment in a safe and proper way rather than dumping the equipment in a pile somewhere and hope for the best. It is vital that everyone disposes of their computer equipment properly and take it to a participating recycler in the area. You may have to pay a small fee to drop off your old electronic equipment, but you will also be spending the money wisely to protect the environment.

One of the issues surrounding computer disposal is the already thousands if not millions of computers, printers and monitors as well as other electronics that are already in landfills all over the world. Many people express concern about ways to clean up landfill sites that already have the electronics dumped there, but the cost would be in the millions to do such a huge project of this sort. Besides the fact that electronics that have been in landfills for some time now have probably already done what harm they could do already.

Printers just need the ink cartridges and toner cartridges removed before dismantling them. Many stores such as Office Max and other retail electronic stores have barrels for disposing of your old cartridges. Many ink and toner manufactures that sell to stores, supply pre-paid envelopes for sending the old cartridges back for recycling. These practices have been around for quite a while now. This has cut down on ink cartridges and toner cartridges from being pull in landfills. If everyone would learn to recycle computer and electronic equipment, then it will save millions of dollars for future clean up of these landfill sites.

Recycling old computers to save the environment is necessary and everyone has a responsibility to abide by this practice to protect and preserve land and air quality. With the newer computer systems becoming available for an affordable price and the way technology changes daily, people are going to need new computers and other electronic equipment to keep up with the changing world. Recycling is needed to accommodate all the old equipment that will double if not triple over the next few years.

Always Be Your Best!
Bart D. Ebinger


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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Common Home Theater Mistakes to Avoid

A home theater is no small investment, particularly if you are going for a good quality home theater. With that in mind there are many mistakes that people make along the way when it comes to their home theaters. What you want to do is learn from the mistakes of others rather than dooming yourself to repeat those that have been made so many times before. Below you will find information on some of the most often made mistakes when it comes to creating a great home theater for you and your family.

  • Windows

I'm not talking Microsoft either. One thing that is a killer for your home theater is a room full of windows. At night, every car passing by will prove distracting and during the day little can be enjoyed on your television from the sunlight pouring in. Even normal curtains allow some degree of light into the room, which will provide a distracting glare on you television screen. If you have no windowless rooms in your home you will at the very least want to install some heavy duty blackout drapes or curtains in order to prevent the glare and distraction that windows provide.

  • Cheap Speakers

Sound is one of the most important factors in imitating a theater quality movie viewing experience. If you have cheap speakers you will not receive the quality of sound that you will need in order to achieve that experience. The first five or ten minutes of the movie Top Gun provides one of the best sound tests I've ever seen. Grab a copy of the DVD and take it with you to the stores, compare speakers using that DVD and go with the set that provides the best quality of sound. It's a good litmus test and you will be glad you did if you ever listen to a favorite movie on a friends inferior speakers.

  • Poor Installation

It makes no sense to invest thousands of dollars in a home theater system only to bring it home and do a poor job of installing it because you didn't want to spring for the extra two hundred dollars for installation. Improper installation of your home theater will result in much less quality than you paid for, which makes a good quality system a complete waste of money. Pay the price now for professional installation if you have any doubts at all about your ability to properly install your system.

  • Not Reading Directions

On the other hand if you decide to do your own installation the number one problem is the result of not reading the instructions for not only installation but also the operation of your home theater. We may feel that we are intuitive by nature but sometimes it helps to have a roadmap to follow. Instructions for installation and operating manuals are our road maps and reading them first will not only save a great deal of time but also increase your enjoyment of your home theater.

Avoiding these common mistakes can go along way towards helping you get the most possible enjoyment from your home theater. It's amazing how much of a difference little things can make along the way. Good luck with the selection, purchase, and installation of your home theater. I hope you enjoy many wonderful hours of movie, television, and game watching on your new system.

I Hope This Helps.

Always Be Your Best!
Bart D. Ebinger



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Friday, March 16, 2012

Controversies concerning cellular phones

We are all aware of the benefits of the cellular phones. They make lives more convenient; lines of communication become more open due to them but there are controversies that could not be overcome. These are controversies from different
angles. We have to be aware of these controversies; they could be factors to 
consider in the use of your cellular phone.

  • Use of cellular phone while driving

According to studies in the US, there are more incidences of road accidents caused by the use of cellular phones while driving. They equate the instance to driving while drunk. In some parts of the world, it is totally prohibited to use. There are even further studies that show that “hands-free” phones is not that much safer as well. In other European countries, hand-held phones are highly discouraged.

  • Use of cellular phones threats security

In most cases, cellular phones are media for identity theft. As mentioned in Wikipedia, it is due to "scanning" whereby third parties in the local area could intercept and eavesdrop in on calls. Another point is that Analogue phones could also be listened to on some radio scanners. This must be a warning to all cellular phone users; we have to be very careful in our use of our cellular phones. We could enjoy all the services these innovations offer but we have to see to it that we protect ourselves from untoward outcomes as well.

  • Use of cellular phones in aircrafts

It is a general knowledge that the use of cellular phones while one is in an aircraft is impossible. This all rooted from an incident way back in 2000 when it was aired that an aircraft crashed due to a passenger’s cellular phone use. Studies tell that Cellular phones and other mobile devices could be used to detonate remote Improvised Explosive Devices. Though there is not much proof about it yet, it has been an internationally-known policy not to use cell phones in flight.

These are really important points to take note of. Though some of them do not have concrete proofs, it must still be taken with importance and caution. There is no harm in doing so.

Cellular phones are helpful but in one way, be careful.

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Bart D. Ebinger



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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Benefits of Text Messaging in Cellular Phones

“pls. let’s meet nw. wana c u coz I mis u so mch… tc.” This is just one typical line of what is a text message or SMS (short message service).

These days, it is one of the most liked features of the mobile phones. People from all ages especially the teenagers really like it. They consider it as the most convenient and the cheapest form of keeping in touch with the people around them. Mobile phone networks have been taking advantage of the tremendous support and patronage shown by the SMS population.

This SMS culture is not only true in a corner of the world but worldwide. It is these 160 characters that could be sent and received from one mobile phone to another which makes the world seem smaller these days. Text messaging keep family ties firm, cross distances, save friendships, deliver emergencies, campaign information… and the list goes on.

These benefits are not everything. Text messaging is also valuable to our disabled brothers and sisters around the globe. There are claims about the negative effects of text messaging like the erroneous spelling it uses. In text messaging, people use a very rare “lingo”. This is to save the number of characters. Despite these negative effects, the benefits are still undeniable.

Generally, it keeps a person updated and informed since you can carry a light device anywhere you go. For the deaf, it gives them that sense of independence and freedom. It provides them a way from the linguistic and geographic barriers. They are able to be like the common people when it comes to communicating with the people they want to keep in touch with.

As for the Birmingham Institute for the Deaf in UK, “text messaging provides them with a potentially life-saving tool to report crimes. Since 98% of the hearing impaired in the United Kingdom uses text messaging. A British police department adopted text messaging as a method of reporting crimes for the deaf community. Stations in the United States are now beginning to adopt similar practices.”

With these reasons, SMS appears to be a very beneficial innovation in these modern times. We just hope that it will not be use for abusive practices that may be a threat to the world. These benefits are things we must be thankful for.

With man’s power of the mind, innovative ideas turn out to be solutions that lead to a better, more convenient life. We do not have to run miles at all, wait for weeks, venture on messages in bottles, we have the messages right on our fingertips. In the future, SMS would grow into a more complex level but let us keep its objectives neat.

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Bart D. Ebinger



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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Be Organized And Never Forget A Thing Again

Forgetfulness pertaining to little things isn't a good sign of leading a healthy mind or good memory. These things are important in terms of allowing your mind to create its own association with the things in the past that you have been used to and the just the thought of you being in this state creates an even bigger conflict with upcoming tasks.

But, let us not forget the people with commendable memory. They may have nothing in particular to worry about especially, when it comes to memorization tasks, but these people still and will experience a slip of thought time and again. It may be just little things, like saying you have misplaced your keys because you have forgotten where you last put it in the first place. For you it may just be a simple “misplacement” of important objects, but if you try to think about it at a different level, it is actually a memory problem. The bad news is that, it could even become worse than how it is today.

Again, these things may be simple. Other than forgetting where you have placed your car keys this morning, things like important events and deadlines can slip off of your mind, as well and this could become a bad habit. Good news is, you can take control of these things. You can stop yourself from developing absentmindedness because, when it takes over you, your natural instinct of organizing things properly also slips away.

When you try to think about it, there is actually a great significance as to how a person organizes his thoughts and in turn, the things that matters around him. Improving your memory can be done in so many ways but, destroying it can also happen in a snap and there are still more factors that contribute to memory failure.

This time, it's simple. Try your best to be organized. If, remembering where you placed your car keys is a problem, use a container you can easily spot and place it where it can easily be seen. If, remembering names is too much, ask more information about the person, his whereabouts, achievements and acquaintances. The things that they say are going to imprint memory anchors to your brain which holds on to their name. There are many ideas how you can simply prevent forgetfulness but, it is up to you apply it.

One way to organize yourself, is to eliminate tedious things to remember with an Organizing Device, such as an iPhone or any other Smart Phone. The capabilities of these devices, is mind-boggling. so, help yourself keep organized and shop for great deals on Smart Phones here.

I Hope This Helps!

Be - Your Best!
Bart D. Ebinger



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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wireless Security:

The Internet And Home Surveillance

In the past, many have often wondered how they can keep check on things at home while they were on a trip or vacation – hundreds of thousands of miles away.  These days however, keeping tabs on your home while you’re away is quite possible.  With the Internet and today’s technology – you can keep watch on your home no matter how far away you may be.

Home Security Alarms:

The Best Ways To Prevent Burglary

These days, home burglary is one the rise.  Over 70% of all crime these days relates to property crimes, normally involving the home.  Although police and local authorities are doing everything they can to put a stop to crime, burglary is something that cannot be stopped.  Even though there are ways to protect yourself, burglars will always be lurking out there - waiting for their next victim.

Even though there are ways to prevent unwanted entry to your home, a determined burglar will always find a way to get in.  Breaking and entering is his job, and most burglars are extremely good at it.  Statistics show that burglaries occur every 15 seconds.  What that means, is that every 15 seconds there is someone out there getting robbed.

Over the years, home burglaries have received a lot of attention, some of which have even been on the news.  Although some burglars eventually get caught and arrested, most seem to disappear without a trace.  To protect yourself and your home, there are tactics such as security alarms, burglar alarms, and even security cameras that you can use.

Monday, February 13, 2012

iPhone Maintainence

How To Clean Your iPhone

When you have a product, such as the iPhone, it is imperative that you care for this electronic device so that it will last you many years.  However, one of the easiest ways to care for your Apple iPhone is not to go out and purchase various products to keep it safe throughout its life, while that is important, the best way to show your new cell phone some T.L.C. is through simply cleaning it.  However, this poses a major problem for many people.  The reason for this is because since the iPhone is such a unique device, and its screen is so sensitive to touch, many people don't know how they can properly clean their iPhone without damaging it. 

iPhone Battery Life Tips

How To Extend Your iPhone Battery Life

If there is anything that annoys more cell phone users, it is loosing battery power while you are on the phone.  This has happened to nearly, everybody and at least once, it caught you by complete surprise.  When you are running a cell phone as powerful as the iPhone, it's easy to understand why the battery power begins to drain.  When you are listening to your favorite song, checking your email and texting several friends at once, you are demanding a lot of the cell phones' power.  Thus, you will begin to drain your cell phone of battery life, quicker than you thought.

Even though, on the Apple website, they clearly explain the battery life expectations...

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Why Vi-Tel Favors The Entrepreneur

The most successful entrepreneurs will simply, give free advice about how communication is very vital when beginning any business opportunity. The image of the business opportunity needs to be supercharged and will be a positive guide in networking. In such manner, the business will acquire a good reputation as its image is being established. Furthermore, networking will allow your business the benefit of  targeting consumers you're targeting. It's advisable to read a guide about how to start your business the correct way.

So, how should you begin networking? How do you start? Where do you start? Before you pull a dollar from your pocket, you first must consult the experts. Take some time to investigate and research. Go to the library. Surf the internet. Simply, enter the words 'research, research, and research' in your mind to discover whether entrepreneurial opportunities are for you and learn the ways to deal with the trade the successful way. Furthermore, evaluate and analyze yourself as honestly, as possible. Do not entertain biases.

First things first:

Sunday, February 5, 2012

The HDTV Satellite Dish

To date, the TV industry is excited about a US Senate bill that proposes to implement a law or legislation that would allow the complete shift or focus in TV broadcast transmission from analog, the conventional, to digital, he modern type.

The proposal means that after February 17, 2009, the conventional, traditional and widely used analog TV sets in the country will be obsolete and completely useless.

Conventional analog TV sets would not be able to receive signal transmissions from digital broadcasters anymore. Thus, the lower-income TV viewers would have to be deprived of TV entertainment. That would certainly spell trouble, in big bold words.

But, take note that the US Senate also approved a resolution that would make the federal government subsidize the average-income consumers’ use of converter boxes to enable them to watch the proposed, improved, better and new digital broadcasts from their favorite TV network still using their analog TVs.

HDTV satellite dish will be very expensive like the HDTV sets, so the effort is very timely and will provide alternative to TV viewers.

The effort will be timely and called-for because HDTV antennas and HDTV satellite dish will come along with new HDTVs, and they would not be compatible with analog TVs.

How Entrepreneurs Start a Small Home Based Business

There are many roads to success for entrepreneurs. Some choose to take advantage of franchise opportunities and then, proceed to greater glories. 

There are a many things, that can be said about franchising. Firstly, franchise opportunities let you penetrate the market with an already-established brand name. People already know the product or service so, you won't have to go through the trouble of establishing a name for yourself. 

Of course, you have the responsibility to make a name for your business and not just the product. Consequently, you'll need to sell yourself. After all, people can get the product or service from other franchises so, what makes you any different? You'll have to show them that you are different from other businesses, even if, your products are the same. You must to do your best to convince people that purchasing the product from you, is the best decision that they can make.

If, you don't think that taking advantage of a franchise opportunity is the thing for you, maybe you should consider starting a small home based business.

Many developing entrepreneurs, start a small home based business for various reasons. 

Here is the short list of examples:

How the Internet Helps Entrepreneurs' Home Businesses

The internet is one tool that has revolutionized the way we do everything. The speed and connectivity offered by the internet has made the world smaller, and has brought people closer together. In fact, the internet has made us realize the fact that we now live in a global community and that everything we do affects the world around us.

The internet surely has gone a long way in changing the way we live. But how exactly has the internet changed entrepreneurs' home businesses? 

Characteristics Of Entrepreneur

Important Characteristics Every Entrepreneur Must Have

Are you planning to start and run your own business? Do you know the right qualifications and characteristics an entrepreneur must have to succeed? Does your profile match that of a successful entrepreneur? In this article we will explore and discuss the essential characteristics that every entrepreneur must have. There are several important traits and values that are common among successful entrepreneurs. Before you go and start your enterprise, it will be very helpful to think and reflect whether you have what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. If not, you can also start developing these character traits.

1.  Successful Entrepreneurs are Self-Confident – to succeed in the highly competitive business world, confidence and trust in oneself is an indispensable trait. Self-confidence means trusting your own powers and capabilities. The world of entrepreneurship is not alien to failure and disappointments. To survive in such a cutthroat world, an entrepreneur must have the ability to look within himself and find the drive and persistence to pursue his enterprise. An entrepreneur must have the gumption to face any adversity and tackle any problems that may be encountered in the world of business. 

2.  Successful Entrepreneurs are Risk-takers – being an entrepreneur means having the ability to trust your hunches and acting on them. Great business ideas sometimes start as a hunch which enterprising individuals acted upon. There is always the risk of loss in any endeavor, and entrepreneurs have just the right confidence to take calculated risks to achieve their objective.  However, an entrepreneur’s risk-taking does not depend on luck, but on sheer effort and hard work.

3.  Successful Entrepreneurs know the value of money and are careful about their finances – to succeed in any business; an entrepreneur must understand the value of money and the cost of things. Typically, successful entrepreneurs learned how to earn and value money at a young age. Most of them started out by earning loose change as teenagers mowing lawns, doing groceries, babysitting for neighbors, etc.

Entrepreneur: Home Based Business

The Advantages of a Home Based Business to Entrepreneurs

Trials and hardships are what the budding entrepreneur always expects to encounter. No entrepreneur really expects to begin at the top, right? Anyway, even those lucky enough to be born rich face a lot of challenges when they decide to become entrepreneurs. For one thing, being born rich doesn't really equal being born with the talents of an entrepreneur of the year.

How do entrepreneurs get started? Well, there are a number of ways that you can get a business off the ground. There are a number of opportunities out there for people to use their entrepreneurial skills. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association, A Model Organization

There are many different associations in the United States alone. Each association represents different sectors or field of specializations. One of the many associations is the NBFAA or the National Burglar and Fire Alarm Association.

The NBFAA has served for about 60 years already. It supported the varying needs of the industry, the society, the nation, as well as its members. The association is also the biggest professional trade organization in the US; and it represents, enhances, and promotes the development and growth of electronic life security and safety. Members of NBFAA are benefited because the association provides timely information, products, development tools, and services to foster business' prosperity and growth.

Being an advocate, the association helps in increasing awareness about electronic safety, integrated systems, and security. They are engaged in different activities like trainings and media programs, especially the ones which support new technology. Public safety is one of the many considerations that NBFAA is much concerned about, together with financial stability, recognition, and commitment.

Buy A Wireless Burglar Alarm to Secure Your Home

Today, a crime can even happen in ones very own home! Today, more people are purchasing burglar alarm systems for their homes, since this is the safest means in securing your family and valuables. 

Because, of the increasing demand for burglar alarms, they are developed to provide more efficiency and one of the most demanded designs today, is the wireless burglar alarms. 

These systems do not necessitate wires to be connected to one another, anymore. Instead, they utilize radio waves coming from different sensors connected to the control panel to observe the activities inside the home.

The system of wireless burglar alarms is the utilization of motion sensors with the contact in the door and window to notify that there is an unwanted activity or possibly, an intruder within or near the house. The system is directed by a keypad, conveniently, located within the home. This keypad can activate or deactivate the alarm system remotely by entering a Password. 

Here are the following elements that composes the wireless burglar alarm:

Basics of a Wireless Burglar Alarm System

Safety and convenience – these two factors alone, are the major reasons behind every family’s choice to have a wireless burglar alarm system to protect their home. Compared to the standard burglar alarm system, which is connected using different wires, the wireless alarm utilizes radio waves. Having so, this lessens the many scattered and displayed wires inside your home.

More convenience, as well as, savings is brought by the wireless alarm since, you do not need to hire an electrician. Also, the equipment can easily, be attached on a wall area of your choice, as long as, you properly adhere to the manual guide, included in every package. 

It will be handier that upon installation of your wireless burglar alarm system, you have adept knowledge of the equipment’s composition.  

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The Benefits Of Satellite TV HDTV

High Definition Television, or HDTV, has been swiftly changing how we experience entertainment at the comforts of our own homes. HDTV is a TV broadcasting format which offers clearer and more brilliant resolution the than NSTC format which we are used to. It does so digitally through cable, satellite or over-air transmission. 

The digital delivery eliminates the effects of interference, ghosting and noise assuring perfect on-screen image in a 16 x 9 widescreen format. To maximize the benefits of HDTV, each phase in the transmission chain must use HD-compatible equipment. 

Analog or "standard definition" TV's won't work. At the least, the viewer needs an HD-ready TV set and a special new HD set top box, which works to decode the HD signals. 

If an ATSC tuner is built-into the HDTV set, it can receive all formats of television channels. However an HD-Ready TV set without this tuner will have to connect to a cable or satellite HDTV provider. Progams views from an HDTV connected to a satellite is called Satellite HDTV. 

Satellite HDTV programming is best viewed in in LCD or plasma screens, direct-view, rear screen or front screen projection. Naturally, a wide-array of top-of-the-line display choices have been made for a top-of-the-line display quality. S

Satellite HDTV quality is also truly outstanding because it is made withDolby Digital® coding. Viewers can experience full surround sound through 5.1 loudspeakers, using home theater amplifiers. They can really hear the difference. Satellite HDTV dramatically improves sound clarity and impact so much that viewers gain a feeling of "being there." 

A lot of people connect their PCs, laptops, DVD players and VCR's to their Satellite HDTV's because the improvement in picture quality is really substantial.

With satellite HDTV, no subscription is necessary. A household which has a satellite HDTV can get more than 200 channels, free. Signals are transmitted via satellite to a dish installed at the property. The satellite HDTV dish must have a direct line of sight to the south in order to receive a signal. 

Satellite HDTV dishes may be placed indoors, however, many types of window glass degrade the satellite signal. Therefore, outside installation is recommended. 

Upon subscription, however, the household can obtain another 200 plus channels. It is necessary to check if there are no restrictions on satellite dishes in your area. 

Sattelite HDTV subscriptions have increased over the years, especially in America. Having more than 15 million subscribers in the country, DIRECTV leads the American satellite HDTV industry. It offers 250 channels with crisp digital-quality pictures and sounds. It also provides special sports and concerts and other entertainment events through pay per view. 

With subscription to DIRECTV satellite HDTV, one can enjoy customizable on-screen guides and built-in parent control feature to ban shows which are not suitable for viewing of minors. 

Upon subscription to this satellite HDTV service, receivers will be provided with controls, batteries, component cables and additional S-cables for PC connection are added. USB cables and telephone lines can also be connected to the receiver. 

Digital Video Recorders (DVR’s) with 250 GB capacity are also provided with  DIRECTV satellite subscription. DVRs can be used to record hundreds of hours of regular TV programming and 30 hours of HDTV programming. It can also pause or rewind live TV programs, order slow motions and skip commercials. 

DVRs from this satellite HDTV company can set TV recording for the whole season including extra overtime programming. It can also be ordered to skip reruns. DVRs can be set to record two weeks before the actual program airing. How long the recorder will run can also be set by the viewer. 

Bart D. Ebinger

What the Heck are Botnets?

"A botnet is comparable to compulsory military service for windows boxes" - Stromberg (

Botnets are networks of computers that hackers have infected and grouped together under their control to propagate viruses, send illegal spam, and carry out attacks that cause web sites to crash.

What makes botnets exceedingly bad is the difficulty in tracing them back to their creators as well as the ever-increasing use of them in extortion schemes. How are they used in extortion schemes? Imagine someone sending you messages to either pay up or see your web site crash. This scenario is starting to replay itself over and over again.

Botnets can consist of thousands of compromised machines. With such a large network, botnets can use Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) as a method to cause mayhem and chaos. For example a small botnet with only 500 bots can bring corporate web sites to there knees by using the combined bandwidth of all the computers to overwhelm corporate systems and thereby cause the web site to appear offline.

Jeremy Kirk, IDG NewsService on January 19, 2006, quotes Kevin Hogan, senior manager for Symantec Security Response, in his article "Botnets shrinking in size, harder to trace", Hogan says "extortion schemes have emerged backed by the muscle of botnets, and hackers are also renting the use of armadas of computers for illegal purposes through advertisements on the Web."

One well-known technique to combat botnets is a honeypot. Honeypots help discover how attackers infiltrate systems. A Honeypot is essentially a set of resources that one intends to be compromised in order to study how the hackers break the system. Unpatched Windows 2000 or XP machines make great honeypots given the ease with which one can take over such systems.

A great site to read up on this topic more is The Honeynet Project: ( which, describes its own site's objective as "To learn the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks, and share the lessons learned."

Bart D. Ebinger

Sharpening Your Skills Through Online Computer Training

Information Technology (IT) professionals require training to stay proficient in their occupational field.  More often than not, not only training is required, but constant refreshing with up-to-date materials is essential.  With the ever-expanding world of computers this can not be over-stated or over-emphasized.  Just as other professionals in other fields run into a dilemma with time constraints, so do IT professionals.  

More and more there IT pro's look online for their computer training; whether it be for an upgraded skill or a new one.  The manner of obtaining this new or upgraded skill online is a relatively simple process.  A Google search for online computer training in the desired field will return numerous results.  Computer training institutions have long recognized the need for online training.  At first online computer training was a niche market filled by few institutions, but as the demand grew so did the number of these service providers.  

Before registering for an online computer training course, due diligence on the part of the prospective student should be accomplished.  A quick check of the credentials of one of these institutions is relatively easy.  A Google search for accredited online computer training schools will provide a good and viable starting point.  While this may seem to be a common sense move, there are those who have failed to diligently research this area.  These persons have been duped, or even completely scammed out of their education dollars by less than reputable 'learning' institutions.  Fortunately, nowadays there are checks and balances in place for reducing the possibilities of fraud.  In some cases, financial institutions and government lenders require proof of accreditation before releasing funds to any learning institution.  Even more firm requirements are placed on  online 'learning' institution

Some of these online computer training schools purport to teach in two weeks what normally requires a month to accomplish.  They promise twenty-four hour support through 800 numbers an email.  In this manner they provide computer training mentorship with a trained IT professional.  As in many other endeavors, the worth of this has a direct correlation to what you put into it.  

Whether you are looking to for a new certification or to upgrade, it is a relatively simple task to accomplish through online computer training.  These online courses are often structured to provide the student the opportunity for self-paced instruction.  The self-paced portion of instruction has more than helped in the growth in popularity of such online computer training pursuits.  Generally, through self-paced instruction require a minimal time for completion as opposed to a maximum.  What this means is that to obtain 14 hours training in a requisite skill, the student is prevented from completing it in anything less than 14 hours, thereby maintaining the integrity of the certification. Another aspect of this type of training is in progress tracking.  The student's progress is saved along with other pertinent data.  In that manner, the student may stop at any given point and pick-up where they left off from later on.  

All tolled, whether sharpening a skill or obtaining a new skill through online computer training is a viable and relatively 
simple process. 

Bart D. Ebinger

Free Online Computer Training

So, you are on a tight budget and you want some computer training, right?  In this day and age there are a lot of options for people seeking to better themselves through various training programs and certification classes.  However, some folks just don't have the cash flow to make some of these options possible.  That is where free online computer training comes in to play.  Where else can you go and get enough information to teach yourself all about computers?  From learning HTML (hyper-text mark up language, used to build websites) to how to tear down and rebuild a CPU (central processing unit)?

If, you can plug in to a free online computer training system or set of resources, you can literally teach yourself almost anything.  There are a variety of different ways to go about this process, so let's start at the beginning.  

  • The very first thing, before you ever embark on your online adventure, is to determine exactly what you want to learn from your free online computer training.  Pick out your base subject, and then you can get started researching online sources for free training.  For our examples, let's take the subject of HTML and see where we can get some free online computer training to learn HTML.

  • For the first step, let's get on a major search engine like Yahoo or Google and do a search for the term 'free HTML training' or 'free online computer training'.  You will find quite a few results come up in reference to these terms, but don't be fooled.  Most of these won't really have free training, maybe just a free sample class or two.  Some of these won't have anything free at all, they either buy an advertising slot or they develop their website in a way to show up higher in the results to get your attention.  Remember, what you are looking for is a site that is truly going to give you free online computer training.

  • Sometimes the best results for free online computer training can come in the form of free forums or bulletin boards.  For those of you who are really new to the Internet, let's talk about this for a minute.  Forums and bulletin boards are web pages that allow visitors to sign up as 'users', usually for free.  Once you are registered with these sights, you can then post and respond to others on the forums or boards and ask questions.  The beauty of these resources is that there are literally hundreds of them out there on almost any subject imaginable, especially dealing with computers.  So, for someone looking for free online computer training, they are a great resource and should definitely not be overlooked.  They can contain a great wealth of information from other users who have asked questions and had them answered on the boards.

Another great source of free online computer training consists of e-zines and newsletters.  Do another search and use the terms 'e-zine' and 'newsletters' in conjunction with the free online computer training you are looking for.  Most of these will be free as well, and you will have to subscribe for a short time to separate those that truly want to share some information with you versus those that are really only looking to sell you a product or a service through their correspondence.  Overall it can be said that where there is a will, there is a way, especially when it comes to free online computer training.

Bart D. Ebinger

Home Security Camera Provides Peace of Mind

Using a home security camera provides homeowners with peace of mind about loved ones, pets, and personal property.  Affordability and ease of installation make setting up a home security camera something almost anyone can do.
Why use a home security camera? Using a home security camera lets homeowners know what's going on in their home, on their property or in a setting involving loved ones, pets or property. Monitoring the actions of caregivers and service people, making sure teenagers are where they're supposed to be and making sure important belongings aren't bothered are some of the reasons to install a home security camera.

Nanny cams, as they were called, were the first affordable version of a home security camera. Technology has advanced, improving the images captured with nanny cams and increasing options for use.  This type of home security camera sends images to a base station for viewing via cell phone, computer or television.  While small and easy to use, wireless nanny cameras may not include encryption. Unencrypted wireless signals can easily be hacked by others.
Using a home security camera to monitor loved ones is nothing new. Nanny cams have been around for some time, capturing what really goes in when parents aren't home.  Infants and children are not the only reason to use a home security camera. Many people are taking care of aging parents and ill loved ones. With a camera recording all activity, viewers can make sure caregivers are responsible and patients are comfortable.

Pet owners find using a home security camera a simple and inexpensive way to keep an eye on beloved pets. Not only can they make sure pets aren't getting into something harmful, they can also make sure pets aren't enough for you name was quoted as saying without being harmed by others.

Homeowners can use a home security camera to monitor any part of home or home business. If animals or equipment are housed in outbuildings, surveillance equipment can be utilized to monitor the area.

Choosing a home security camera is a matter of need and budget. For monitoring small or confined areas, the nanny cam or simple web cam is often adequate. They're low cost and easy to hide if secret surveillance is required.

When it's necessary to monitor more area such as the entire home, kits are available. Homeowners choose the kit most appropriate for the layout and surveillance needs.  Wired and wireless home security cameras are available.

Installing a wired home security camera is easier when first building the home or when remodeling. Using wireless technology eliminates the need for wiring. Many homeowners are already using wireless computer connections.  A wireless home security camera operates the same way. Images are sent via signals through the wireless network. Advances in wireless security make protecting wireless networks simpler and more efficient.

The classic home security camera sends images to the television or a computer. New technology allows the home security camera user to monitor images from anywhere there is an internet or cell phone connection. 
Home security cameras enable users to maintain and protect property while maintaining their usual and customary lifestyle.

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Choosing and Using a Wireless Home Security System

A wireless home security system provides home and business owners with the ability to easily monitor what's going on in the protected environment.

When choosing a wireless home security system, consider the reason or need for the system, the location and budget.
Many home and business owners choose wireless systems because they're easy to install and can easily be moved. There's less chance of needing to hire a professional installer. Moving to another location or just moving furniture around isn't a problem. Inexpensive systems save users money while providing usable images.

Why install a wireless home security system? Homeowners use them to protect property inside and outside the home. Parents can go to work knowing they can still keep an eye on infants and children while away from home.  Service workers and other commercial employees can be monitored while inside the home. 

Homeowners can make sure the repairman is doing only what was authorized and no more. Pet owners can make sure pets are protected and aren't out of control. Expensive and/or confidential information can be protected.
The location of a wireless security system is a factor in choosing the right one. Will the camera be used indoors or out? If the camera is to be used in a low-light area, consider a camera with infrared capabilities. Infrared is great for both night and low-light situations.

Will the camera be covering large or small areas? If setting up a wireless home security system just to keep an eye on the new baby in the nursery, a simple single camera setup is all that's needed. Web cams are inexpensive (often as low as $10) and easy to setup for small, fixed area coverage.

Covering larger areas requires more cameras.  Sixteen cameras is often the maximum for a wireless home security system.  For the best coverage, homeowners often choose a wireless home security system kit.
Wireless Home Security System kits can often be customized to fit the need.  A standard kit that sells for approximately $100 online, features the option to cover multiple zones, loud internal sirens with different tones for emergency, burglary and fire sensors. The kit also features interior and exterior sensors, chimes for doors and windows, and visual status indicators.

Available but not included options include exterior siren, rechargeable backup battery, smoke detector sensor, glass break sensor, voice dialer and subscription monitoring services. Home and business owners have the option of monitoring the system themselves or subscribing to a company that monitors everything for a monthly fee.
When considering a wireless home security system, decide what areas will need to be covered, the type of lighting in those areas, and preferable options. Take the list of answers to the wireless home security system specialist at local stores for system recommendations. Online stores and auction services also offer a wide variety of wireless home security system parts and kits. 

Make sure other wireless items in the home or office will not interfere with the security system. Sometimes wireless internet connections and cordless telephones operate on a frequency that disrupts the wireless security system transmissions.

Bart D. Ebinger

Standard Home Security System Information

The standard home security system allows users to monitor interior and exterior areas. General features usually include sensors mounted at doors and windows.  A motion sensor detects movement. The system is operated by a control center where commands are entered via touch keypad. Some systems are powered by battery and some are electric.

Home security systems can be optimized for location and need. Additional sensors can be added. Optional sensors include additional door/window sensors, motion sensors, smoke detection sensors, temperature change sensors, breakage and leakage sensors and latchkey sensors. Sirens are available for interior and exterior use. They sound loud alarms when triggered.
More sophisticated home security systems allow users to use closed-circuit television (CCT) and wireless video surveillance (VSS). This type of system connects to a television, VCR or DVR.

Before purchasing a home security system, a risk assessment should be performed. Many alarm and security companies provide free risk assessment. Once the required type of alarm is determined, an appropriate system can be purchased. The best place to purchase home security systems is from a reputable, local dealer. Even if the plan is for do-it-yourself installation, it's best to get good equipment from a reliable source. If the need is for a more elaborate, sophisticated system, professional installation will probably be required.

Purchase from a licensed seller. Many states require businesses that provide alarm and security equipment and services to have special permits and certification. 

Remote monitoring is a service provided by home security system companies.  The companies monitor the home security system and alert the homeowner and proper authorities if an alarm is triggered. Services are by monthly subscription and may require a long term contract. Homeowners who live in low-crime areas and are rarely away from home for extended periods of time may prefer to monitor the system themselves. The system sends a voice message when any part of the home security system is triggered.

Homeowners who live in high-crime areas, live alone or are frequently away from home may prefer the security of remote monitoring. Business owners who have offices outside the home often choose remote monitoring.

No matter which type of service is used, the home security system lawn and yard decals and signs have been shown to be an effective burglary deterrent. Burglars prefer an easier target. Home security systems require little maintenance. Those that run on battery require battery replacement. Those that run on electricity often have battery backup power. 
Whatever home security system is installed, the system must be used in order to work. Leaving the system unarmed or inactive leaves the property unprotected.

Using a home security system to protect property and family is a smart move. By spending a few dollars, an extra layer of protection is placed around property. Installation usually results in a home owner's insurance discount, saving money.
Standard DIY home security system kits include everything that's needed to set up a basic system. Add-ons allow the system to be fully customized. Systems are simple to operate and provide assurance that criminals won't find it easy to harm people or property.

Bart D. Ebinger

Protect Your Home with Wireless Home Security

Home security has evolved to more than deadbolts and peep holes in doors. Wireless home security offers an affordable and effective means of protecting home and hearth. Wireless systems can easily be configured to meet the current needs, don't have to cost a fortune and can usually be installed by the homeowner. There's no professional installation fee. The only installation cost is the time it takes to complete the install.

Wireless Home Security Use

Who can benefit from wireless home security? Anyone and everyone. Wireless cameras allow surveillance and monitoring of any area of the home, indoors or out. Homeowners who need to keep an eye on the garage, or the nursery, or any other part of the house can do so with a wireless home security system. Systems can be visible and serve as an added deterrent or they can be hidden, allowing covert surveillance. Both types of camera can be included in a single system.

Wireless Home Security Cost

Wireless home security cost depends on the area to be secured. Small areas such as a home office, the nursery, or a child's room, can often be covered with a simple webcam. Webcams are often less than $20. 
Complete home security systems can be found for less than $100 dollars. Choose the system that best fits the need. Some systems come with many cameras. They work well for large homes or multiple surveillance places. Other systems come with 
just one or two cameras. 

No matter which wireless home security system is chosen, the system should include adequate window/door sensors, control, motion detector and voice dialer. Many popular systems include keychain remotes, making operation of the system easy.

Wireless Home Security Options

One of the biggest complaints about wireless home security is the cost of monthly fees. Subscribing to a monitoring service is optional. Fees have come down considerably from initial costs back when wired was the only option available. Other optional add-ons include light sensors, temperature detectors, leak detectors, smoke detectors, and various sirens.

Wireless Home Security Shopping

Before shopping, know where the camera(s) will be used and how many are needed. If purchasing hidden cameras, consider the area they'll be hidden in. While hidden cameras are available in fake plants, clocks and other objects, these cameras usually do not result in top quality images. 

Know how images will be viewed. Will they need to be transmitted to a cell phone or computer or will a VCR be used? 

Determine lighting needs. Will a night vision camera be required?  Night vision cameras are great for low-light areas as well as night time. Infrared is required for clear images in low or no light settings.

Wireless home security equipment can be purchased separately or as a complete system package. Shopping locally allows buyers to see and try the product before using it. Many discount stores now carry reputable wireless home security products. 

There are many online stores selling wireless home security systems and products. Shopping with a reputable dealer who provides a money back guarantee and technical support is wise. Specials on wireless home security products can result in big savings when it comes time to pay.

Using wireless home security products gives homeowners time to think about other, more important things.  Things like vacations and golf or time with family and friends. Setting up a wireless home security system doesn't have to be hard and often takes less than 30 minutes.

Bart D. Ebinger

Dust Kills

'Cleaning the Unit Fan is Essential Computer Care'

Between taking care of the household, the kids, the pets, and the district PTA, computer care is probably one of the last things that you think of doing on a regular basis.  Without a regular maintenance schedule however, you could find out (the hard way) that a neglected computer is an energy hog - one that works harder than it needs to and one that could be a financial burden to replace.

Let's talk about maintaining hardware.  So much emphasis is put on maintaining a computer's operating system that we sometimes forget how important it is to maintain a computer's hardware components. Since there can be quite a few components to take care of, let's talk about the most important one.

The most important component of a computer's hardware system is its fan. The fan is located on the computer's CPU unit and when that thing gets clogged with dirt and dust, it can run down a computer faster than you can say, "Something's wrong with my computer and I don't know what it is!" In short, the fan is responsible for keeping a computer's motor cool and this motor is what keeps the computer's hard drive and peripherals functioning the way you need them to, which translates to "fast." 

A dirty fan doesn't rotate fast enough to keep that motor cool and a completely clogged fan just stops rotating altogether. This causes the computer's motor to work harder - and a harder working motor can raise the electric bill! Worst case scenario: the motor can overheat and stop working as well. No motor equals no computer. 

Keep your computer's fan clean by preventing the fan from getting dirty or dusty in the first place. Use the computer in a dust-free environment and never smoke around it. Nicotine and tar mean certain death when it comes to computer fans, however should you find a need to clean the fan, do so with extreme care.

It's quite easy to cause more damage from cleaning so if you're not comfortable with cleaning your PC yourself, take it to a shop for servicing. Otherwise, you can unplug and disassemble the computer to do it yourself.

You'll need a can of compressed air and an anti-static rag to remove stubborn clumps of dust. Hold the can perfectly vertical and spray the fan being careful not to spray the dust off the fan onto other sensitive parts of the computer like circuit boards or inside the motor casing. Wipe up remaining dust with your anti-static rag and then reassemble the computer.

One thing that you certainly don't want to use to remove computer dust is a vacuum cleaner. Although using a vacuum cleaner seems to make more sense, the strong suction of a vacuum cleaner can actually spark damaging static electricity or dislodge loose cables. You also don't want to use oil-based cleaners. Although Pledge may dust your wooden tables and cabinets to a perfect shine, the oil inside a cleaner like this will erode sensitive computer parts. Stick to a liquid-free dusting method and your dusting routine will be safe enough to repeat as often as you need.

As previously mentioned, preventing dust from entering the computer is extremely important and will reduce the need to open and dust your system in the first place. The severity of outside elements (smoking, humidity, pets, etc.) will ultimately determine how often you'll need to de-dust your machine. But as an average, you shouldn't need to perform this procedure any more than once or twice a year.

The entire exercise should take no more than twenty minutes tops and once complete, you'll immediately see and hear the difference in your machine. The computer's keyboard and mouse will run more smoothly, hardware won't take as long to connect, and the entire machine won't be as loud as one that's corroded with ugly dust bunnies.

Bart D. Ebinger