Monthly Archives: August 2009

  • CEDIA - Atlanta Attractions

    August 31, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    The CEDIA tradeshow is in Atlanta this year which is the corporate headquarters for

    Wi-Ex.  Since the attendees will be visiting "our town" we asked the employees of Wi-Ex to share some of their favorite places.

    Courtney - The Atlanta Aquarium where he recently spent the night and had breakfast with his daughter.  (Downtown) www.Georgiaaquarium.org

    Desiree – The High Museum of Art (Midtown) www.high.org

    Lee - The Varsity the World's Largest Drive-In Restaurant (Downtown near Georgia Tech) www.thevarsity.com  Lee says you gotta visit the Varsity

    Derick – Dannemans Coffee on Edgewater (Downtown) www.dannemans.com

    Matthew - Piedmont Park (Midtown) www.piedmontpark.org Great concerts

    Julie – Park Tavern at Piedmont Park (Midtown), Free Music every Sunday evening www.parktavern.com Julie also recommends The Vortex Bar and Grill, and Noche in the Highlands area.

    Lloyd – Stone Mountain laser show at Stone Mountain Park www.stonemountainpark.com and Chastain Amphitheater www.classicchastain.com

    Frankie – Pittypat's Porch Restaurant (Downtown) www.pittypatsrestaurant.com

    Alper – Café Istanbul (Decatur) www.cafeistanbulatlanta.com Going back to his roots

    Ryan – The Old Spaghetti Factory (Midtown) www.osf.com Great says Ryan

    Kate – Max's Coal Oven Pizzeria (Downtown near CEDIA) www.maxsatl.com Real close to the show and really good

    Catherine - Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse (Buckhead) www.fogodechao.com

    Tiffany - Agatha's Mystery Dinner Theater (Downtown) www.agathas.com Lots of fun with a group

    Doug - The Braves at Turner Field (Downtown) www.braves.com Darn, not in town during CEDIA so go to the CNN Tour instead www.cnn.com (Downtown)

    Roman - Craft Atlanta (Buckhead) www.craftrestaurant.com Romans favorite restaurant owned by one of the Top Chef judges, Tom Colicchio.  Roman also recommended Paulo's Gelato in the Highlands area and The International Farmers Market (Chamblee)

     

    Deanna - If you love seafood then Legal Seafoods is a must stop in Atlanta.  In addition to having great seafood they have an awesome gluten free menu so if you or someone you are traveling with has gluten or food allergy issues the Legal Seafoods is a MUST visit!  I recommend the GF Caesar salad and GF fried (yes for those of you out there that are gluten free I said FRIED!!!) shrimp!  They have an entire menu for those of you like me. Another plus is it's convenient to the convention center! Enjoy! (OK, now you know why Deanna is in PR)

    http://www.legalseafoods.com/index.cfm/page/Home

    Roni - The King Center (Downtown) www.thekingcenter.com The Civil Rights story has been a big part of Atlanta's history.  My aunt is writing a book about Rosa Parks, so we have toured various locations related to the Civil Rights movement and the King Center is very interesting.

    John suggests the Fox Theater for a great show (Downtown) www.foxtheater.com

    Sharon thinks Fat Matt's Rib shack has the best ribs in town. It’s small, crowded, picnic tables and yet a blues band plays at one end.   Don’t let the line out the door or the “shack” appearance detour you – pit moves and it’s worth it. www.fatmattsribshack.com/about.php

    A few other wonderful places mentioned by several people are:

    -The World of Coca Cola www.worldofcocacola.com

    -Six Flags Over Atlanta www.sixflags.com

    -Atlanta Botanical Gardens www.atlantabotanicalgardens.org

    -Fernbank Museum www.fernbankmuseum.org

     Your friends at Wi-Ex hope you can visit some of our favorite places while visiting Atlanta.  See you at CEDIA!

  • The Journey of a Recent College Graduate - Finding a Job

    August 26, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    As a recent graduate of the University of Georgia, I have been fortunate enough to find a job, in an economy which has many recent grads jobless.  As one of the “lucky ones”, I’d like to share my experience and some of tools that I’ve used in the past year while preparing for the job hunt.

    Even as a college senior, I knew that it was a tough economy and that I was up against an astounding numbers of qualified candidates for a very limited number of jobs. I remember hearing about hundreds of applicants for a janitorial position (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29574766/), proving furthermore that there were too many people applying for too few jobs.

    In my months of searching before I graduated, I used my university’s job listing website, Dawglink.com, my school’s career services weekly emails, Monster.com,  CareerBuilder.com,  and Yahoo! Jobs but to no avail. On the majority of these sites, I got literally no response. Not even to say that the position had been filled. It felt like I was reaching out to these companies, and they didn’t even value my efforts enough to warrant a response.

    As graduation rapidly approached, and the thought of moving back home with my parents haunted me, I realized that I needed t o change my tactics. It was clear that I was getting lost in this sea of qualified candidates, and that I really needed to separate myself from my classmates. For this, I turned to networking. I began reaching out to former managers and co-workers from my prior internships, and starting catching up with them. Often times they put me in direct contact with a friend or coworker who had a position available. Other times, they set me up with someone who would have an interesting view, or worked for a cool company, for an informational interview.

    Through meeting these contacts, and having interviews for positions, or informational interviews, they got to know me more as an individual and were then willing to pass my resume around to their friends and colleagues, further expanding my network. LinkedIn was a really useful tool to help stay connected with these contacts, and stay updated.

    Once I began meeting with companies I felt more in control of my career, because I was actually meeting with people, and making contacts, that I could use. Even though I didn’t find a position immediately, patience and perseverance paid off for me when one of these contacts passed along my resume to someone who was hiring.

    Now I that I am gainfully employed, all I need is a place to live…

  • Teleworking in the forest

    August 25, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    The picture from this week's testimonial looks so refreshing after dealing with endless days of temperatures in the 90's with high humidity.  Take a peek, this picture shows the forest surrounding our customer's home during a storm in December of 2008.

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     My name is Robert and I want to tell you my story about living in a forest and cellular service. Before moving to the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest in Washington State I used to live in major cities and was used to excellent (most of the time) cellular service. Since I can work out of my home I'm not too worried about location. As such, when I moved I wasn't too concerned about cellular service since I thought all places were "equal". Was I wrong! I moved from 100%/82% phone signal strength in my office to an astounding 0%. I found I could get reception if I stood under my dining room light. Not good for someone working from home and used cellular networks for testing of products/etc. I had heard about cell boosters and so decided to investigate.

     After researching a number of companies and products I decided on the Wi-Ex's zBoost 510 Dual Band Booster. Once it arrived I spent a day testing various locations around my house inside and outside and finally settled on mounting the antenna sideways on my middle deck. Why did I choose my middle deck and sideways? Without the 510 I was getting 0% to 33% signal strength outside my house but when I found this odd location and mounted the antenna my cell phone went from no bars to 3-4 bars! I couldn't believe my eyes (or ears either). This one simple product not only allowed me to get excellent coverage in my house but also probably saved my job.

     During the setup time I had numerous questions for Wi-Ex's customer service department and I was very impressed with their knowledge and helpfulness. I repeatedly dealt with a guy by the name of Roman and if he is any example of the Customer Service department then other companies should be talking with him to find out how to give a customer an excellent service experience.

     Would I recommend this company and product? I don't think I can say YES loud enough...great company, great product, and great Customer Service.

  • Money Saving Tips

    August 24, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Since our last Money Saving Tips on July 20th the Dow Jones Industrial Index has risen about 500 points. Are you feeling any richer in your daily life?

    If you are like most people you are still looking for ways to save money and ease the financial squeeze on your household budget. Here are five of my favorite tips from the Simpledollar.com. See their full list of 100 tips at http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2008/02/06/little-steps-100-great-tips-for-saving-money-for-those-just-getting-started/

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    #1 Master the thirty day rule. Whenever you’re considering making an unnecessary purchase, wait thirty days and then ask yourself if you still want that item. Quite often, you’ll find that the urge to buy has passed and you’ll have saved yourself some money by simply waiting. If you want, you can even keep a “thirty day list” where you write down the item and the day you’ll reconsider it, but I prefer just to keep this one in my head - that way, I often just forget about the unimportant things.

    #2 Invite friends over instead of going out. Almost every activity at home is less expensive than going out. Invite some friends over and have a cookout or a potluck meal, then play some cards and have a few drinks. Everyone will have fun, the cost will be low, and the others will likely reciprocate not long afterwards.

    #3 Drink more water. Not only does drinking plenty of water have great health benefits, water drinking has financial benefits, too. Drink a big glass of water before each meal, and not only will you digest it better, you won’t eat as much, saving on the ol’ food bill. You’ll also find yourself feeling a bit better as you begin to get adequately hydrated (most Americans are perpetually somewhat dehydrated). (Personal Note:  When you do eat out, order water as your beverage.  My children know that we can eat out more frequently if we order water as our beverage. Additionally it ends the "Can I have a soft drink?" argument.)

    #4 Keep your hands clean. This one’s simple - just wash your hands thoroughly throughout the day especially each time you use the bathroom or handle raw foods. You’ll keep yourself from acquiring all kinds of viruses and bacteria, saving you on medical bills and medicine costs and lost productivity. That’s not to say you shouldn’t explore the world and get your hands dirty sometimes - that’s good for you, too - but basic sanitation does help keep the medical bills away. (This one is for the germaphobes in marketing)

    #5 Never give up.Whenever the struggle against debt feels like it’s too much, go read a personal finance blog and remember that there are a lot of people out there fighting the same fight. Read through the archives and learn some new things - and get inspired to keep going, no matter what.

    Please share your cost savings methods so we can share them with our readers, by emailing me at rpridemore@wi-ex.com.  Check back next month for additional cost saving tips.

  • A Mom and Her Smartphone

    August 21, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Did you know that on the first quarter of 2009, about 14 percent of all wireless users who identified themselves as mothers said they owned a smartphone, according to Neilsen. This figure was up from 8.3 percent of moms who owned a smartphone in the first quarter of 2008. 

    As one of those moms, I have to admit that my BlackBerry is a necessity in my life as a juggle my job, 2 1/2 year old (with baby number two on the way), husband, golden retriever, home and community involvement.   From checking my email while waiting at the pediatrician to keeping all of my schedules with me and up-to-date, my BlackBerry is always close at hand.

    Mobile Moms are a growing force in the world of smartphones - check out this CNET article for more information on today's Mobile Mom.

    http://news.cnet.com/8301-1035_3-10310523-94.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

    If you are a Mobile Mom, we would love to hear from you on creative ways you are using your smartphone to manage your family.

  • Site of the Week: Quantum Wireless

    August 20, 2009 - Leave a Comment

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    Quantum Wireless, a division of Quantum Networks, LLC, a leading provider of 3G and 4G/Wimax wireless products, announced today it will distribute, market, sell and install the Wi-Ex zBoost product line. The zBoost line of products creates Cell Zones™ for the home, office, car, personal space and travel. zBoost reduces dropped calls and improves cell phone signal indoors, as well as increases signal and speed of aircards, EDGE and 3G technology. The relationship will help effectively bridge the technological gap between rural and urban America, a service that mirrors the goal of President Obama’s broadband stimulus initiative.

    In a speech to the residents of Springfield, IL on October 10, 2007, President Obama announced his intention to “lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.” Guided by this statement, the Obama administration allocated over $7 billion to improve wireless broadband access in un-served and underserved U.S. regions under the American Recovery and Reform Act. Finally, in June 2009, The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published the official criteria for applicants, inviting Internet service providers to offer advanced broadband in much-needed areas across the nation.

    President Obama’s technology initiative focuses on establishing an effective overall communications infrastructure, which involves improving cell phone services as well. In a 2008 poll conducted by Connecting Rural America, nearly 75 percent of the participants felt the government needed to take action to improve the cell phone coverage in rural areas. In May 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a report that found mobile broadband network coverage less available in rural areas than it was in urban areas. American demand is strong for products that improve wireless service, such as the zBoost series.

    “At Quantum, we believe it is our responsibility to arm our customers with the essential tools and resources to be successful in the wireless industry, either on the dealer or on the personal level” said Eytan Wiener Chief Operating Officer at Quantum. “This new product offering will enable consumers that do not have adequate signal coverage to get the signal coverage they need. Quantum is eager to distribute Wi-Ex’s zBoost series in order to increase the quality of cellular and data services in rural communities across the United States.”

    Wi-Ex products to be carried by Quantum include:

    • zBoost YX600 series: YX610 PCS-CEL Dual Band handles all PCS or CEL protocols and Extends a Cell ZoneTM which increases the cell signal for up to 10,000 sq ft. for multiple users simultaneously. Quantum also carries the single band versions: zBoost YX600-CEL compatible with 800 MHz phones or zBoost YX PCS compatible with 1900 MHz phones.
    • zBoost YX 500 series – YX510 PCS-CEL Dual Band handles all PCS or CEL protocols and Extends a Cell ZoneTM which increases the cell signal for up to 2500 sq ft. for multiple users simultaneously. Quantum also carries the single band versions: zBoost YX500-CEL compatible with 800 MHz phones or zBoost YX PCS compatible with 1900 MHz phones.
    • zBoost YX230 – Dual Band for the car – Extends a Wi-Ex cell zone for single or multiple users in a car. Includes a small bi-directional amplifier, 12V cigarette lighter adapter, external magnetic mount antenna (15ft.) and an internal patch (Rerad) antenna with 15ft. cable.
    • zBoost YX300 - Dual Band for the desktop – Extends a Wi-Ex cell zone for single or multiple users at their desktop. Increases coverage up to 6 ft.
    • zBoost Professional Signal Meter (YX699) which reads the signal level for best placement of an antenna or aiming of a directional antenna. It is designed to operate in both the CELL and PCS bands.

    For a limited time, Quantum-Wireless.com com is offering a Just to be clear. This rebate will apply to all orders made from today until August 31st 2009 $25 mail in rebate. This further reduces there existing lowest price on this product line in the industry another ten percent.

    “We are excited to work with Quantum,” says Lloyd R. Meese, President and CEO of Wi-Ex. “Quantum is a well respected and expert authority in the rural wireless sector. This expertise fits perfectly with our company’s vision and product line. Having Quantum as a distributor will allow us to seriously extend our footprint in the United States and provide coverage to those underserved areas 

    Quantum Wireless, a division of Quantum Networks, LLC, a leading provider of 3G and 4G/Wimax wireless products, announced today it will distribute, market, sell and install the Wi-Ex zBoost product line. The zBoost line of products creates Cell Zones™ for the home, office, car, personal space and travel. zBoost reduces dropped calls and improves cell phone signal indoors, as well as increases signal and speed of aircards, EDGE and 3G technology. The relationship will help effectively bridge the technological gap between rural and urban America, a service that mirrors the goal of President Obama’s broadband stimulus initiative.

    In a speech to the residents of Springfield, IL on October 10, 2007, President Obama announced his intention to “lay down broadband lines through the heart of inner cities and rural towns all across America.” Guided by this statement, the Obama administration allocated over $7 billion to improve wireless broadband access in un-served and underserved U.S. regions under the American Recovery and Reform Act. Finally, in June 2009, The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) published the official criteria for applicants, inviting Internet service providers to offer advanced broadband in much-needed areas across the nation.

    President Obama’s technology initiative focuses on establishing an effective overall communications infrastructure, which involves improving cell phone services as well. In a 2008 poll conducted by Connecting Rural America, nearly 75 percent of the participants felt the government needed to take action to improve the cell phone coverage in rural areas. In May 2009, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) published a report that found mobile broadband network coverage less available in rural areas than it was in urban areas. American demand is strong for products that improve wireless service, such as the zBoost series.

    “At Quantum, we believe it is our responsibility to arm our customers with the essential tools and resources to be successful in the wireless industry, either on the dealer or on the personal level” said Eytan Wiener Chief Operating Officer at Quantum. “This new product offering will enable consumers that do not have adequate signal coverage to get the signal coverage they need. Quantum is eager to distribute Wi-Ex’s zBoost series in order to increase the quality of cellular and data services in rural communities across the United States.”

    Wi-Ex products to be carried by Quantum include:

    • zBoost YX600 series: YX610 PCS-CEL Dual Band handles all PCS or CEL protocols and Extends a Cell ZoneTM which increases the cell signal for up to 10,000 sq ft. for multiple users simultaneously. Quantum also carries the single band versions: zBoost YX600-CEL compatible with 800 MHz phones or zBoost YX PCS compatible with 1900 MHz phones.
    • zBoost YX 500 series – YX510 PCS-CEL Dual Band handles all PCS or CEL protocols and Extends a Cell ZoneTM which increases the cell signal for up to 2500 sq ft. for multiple users simultaneously. Quantum also carries the single band versions: zBoost YX500-CEL compatible with 800 MHz phones or zBoost YX PCS compatible with 1900 MHz phones.
    • zBoost YX230 – Dual Band for the car – Extends a Wi-Ex cell zone for single or multiple users in a car. Includes a small bi-directional amplifier, 12V cigarette lighter adapter, external magnetic mount antenna (15ft.) and an internal patch (Rerad) antenna with 15ft. cable.
    • zBoost YX300 - Dual Band for the desktop – Extends a Wi-Ex cell zone for single or multiple users at their desktop. Increases coverage up to 6 ft.
    • zBoost Professional Signal Meter (YX699) which reads the signal level for best placement of an antenna or aiming of a directional antenna. It is designed to operate in both the CELL and PCS bands.


    For a limited time, Quantum-Wireless.com com is offering a Just to be clear. This rebate will apply to all orders made from today until August 31st 2009 $25 mail in rebate. This further reduces there existing lowest price on this product line in the industry another ten percent.

    “We are excited to work with Quantum,” says Lloyd R. Meese, President and CEO of Wi-Ex. “Quantum is a well respected and expert authority in the rural wireless sector. This expertise fits perfectly with our company’s vision and product line. Having Quantum as a distributor will allow us to seriously extend our footprint in the United States and provide coverage to those underserved areas

  • Landline Losers Turn to zBoost to Stay Connected

    August 18, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    As Generation Y leads the trend of dropping landline phones in favor of cell phones, a strong cell phone signal becomes much more of a necessity rather than a luxury.  According to the zBoost State of the Cell Signal survey, commissioned by Wi-Ex and conducted by Harris Interactive, more than 70 percent of cell phone owners experience problems with their in-door cell phone service and with landlines becoming a thing of the past on today’s college campus the zBoost line of cell phone signal boosters are quickly becoming a back-to-college essential.

    The zBoost line of products creates Cell Zones™ for the home, office, car, personal space and travel.  zBoost reduces dropped calls and improves cell phone signal indoors, as well as increases signal and speed of aircards, EDGE and 3G technology.

     This fall, relieve your (affectionately named) Landline Loser loved ones of unnecessary costs by giving them the gift of reliable cell phone signal.

     zBoost-ONE PCS - $249

    • One-of-a-kind: Industry’s first one piece cell phone signal booster
    • Boost 3G: Easy solution to maximize their 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more
    • Easy set-up: Place the unit in the window, plug it in and enjoy all of the voice and data functionality on a PCS phone up to 1200 square feet.
    • PCS Boost: The zBoost-ONE works with all phones using the 1900Mhz frequency, more commonly called PCS.

     zBoost Dual Band YX510- $399

    • Living 3G: Increase signal and speed of voice and data transmission, as well as, aircards, EDGE and 3G
    • Extends CellZones: Perfect for a fraternity/sorority house, first- time home owners or your family home with coverage up to 2500 sq ft-
    • Life of the party: Supports multiples users and carriers simultaneously

     

  • Join us for Installation Course at CEDIA zBoost

    August 17, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Heading to CEDIA?  Mark your calendar for Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 at the Omni Hotel in the Cypress Room at 10:00 am for CEDIA zBoost installation course.

    Wi-Ex will provide CEDIA attendees with the chance to learn about zBoost Commercial installation during CEDIA EXPO Manufacturer Product Training on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12 at the Omni Hotel in the Cypress Room at 10:00 am. The zBoost line of professional products is designed to create Cell Zones™ in signal challenged professional buildings. The zBoost line of products reduce dropped calls and improve cell phone signal indoors, as well as increases signal and speed of aircards, EDGE and 3G technology. Wi-Ex will showcase its award winning line of zBoost products at CEDIA EXPO in Atlanta September 10 -13 at booth #6157.

     

    "Recent industry statistics cite more than 400 million 3G subscribers worldwide. Therefore, consumers are increasingly relying more on their mobile phones for communications, entertainment and social networking. Along with this comes the challenge of reliable, in-door mobile signals," said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex. "The zBoost Commercial Installation Course is designed to provide contractors and consultants attending CEDIA with the information they need to provide their customers with a solution to provide reliable in-door cell phone service in homes, as well as large office buildings."

     

    The zBoost cellular signal boosters are a natural fit for custom installers that are interested in increasing revenue streams while providing new solutions for their customers. This class will provide training on how to effectively promote and implement the zBoost solution to both new and retrofit customers.

     

    The course outline includes:

     

    -    Introduction

    -    Overview of Cellular Network/Technology

    -    zBoost Product Line Review

    -    Sales and Installation Review

    -    Wi-Ex Commercial Solution Group Introduction

    -    Q & A

  • Enjoy the Last Days of Summer!

    August 12, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    Looking for some fun to wind down the last days of summer. CNN has compiled a list of five festivals from across the country for your last-gasp summer adventure.

    For those of you in Atlanta, here is the scoop on our festival that made the top 5:

    Atlanta Underground Film Festival, Atlanta, Georgia, August 26-30

    The late summer heat, especially in Atlanta, can be brutal, so sneak inside and enjoy independent movies at the Atlanta Underground Film Festival. Located at various theaters across Atlanta, independent movies produced by fledgling filmmakers vie for awards like "Best Comedy Feature" and the prized "AUFF the Wall" award. In addition, the five day event showcases animated films, documentaries, and horror movies. The festival, which started in 2002, is produced by a group of musicians and filmmakers called the "Festival League" that was created to highlight work of fledgling artists.

    Check the Atlanta Underground Film Festival Web site for movie lineup

    Admission: All access pass $40

    http://festivalleague.com/tickets.cfm

    Here's the entire article:

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/TRAVEL/08/11/five.summer.festivals/index.html

  • Enjoy the Most of Your iPhone This Summer - Top Summer Apps

    August 10, 2009 - Leave a Comment

    While not an iPhone user -  I am a Blackberry Girl  - I do enjoy reading all about the latest and greatest iPhone apps with hopes that one day the Blackberry apps store will rival the iPhone apps store. With school starting back in Atlanta it seems as if summer has slipped away but with 100 degree temperatures and Labor Day still a few weeks away there is still summer to enjoy! Here is a look at some of the top iPhone apps for summer from PC World.

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/169516/top_10_musthave_iphone_apps_for_summer_travel.html

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