Monthly Archives: January 2010

  • Site of the Week: RepeaterStore

    January 29, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    RepeaterStore began in February 2007 after three college friends decided to start a business together. With a background in Physics from Oxford University, the three friends found that the cell phone repeater business was the one for them. RepeaterStore is now responsible for the creation of a multimillion dollar enterprise that brings the latest cell phone repeaters to market. RepearterStore has a worldwide cellular frequency database and recently opened a brand in London, UK as well.

    Wi-Ex is proud to have ReapeaterStore carrying the zBoost product line and wanted to capture firsthand what the company’s experience selling zBoost has been:

    1.      Why have you chosen to work with zBoost over the competitors?

    We sell a wide range of Cellular Repeater products but we find the zBoost products stand out as they are stylish and low-cost, but don’t compromise on quality.

    2.      When selling zBoosts, what tactics work best for you?

    We find a lot of success marketing to our existing customers.  They are usually very happy with the improvement zBoost products bring to their reception and have friends or businesses that we can also help out.

    3.      Do you have any funny or interesting stories related to working with zBoosts?

    We had a college student who confessed to “love, love, love” zBoost after she got a unit in to her dorm room, which allowed her to stay in touch with her folks.

    4.      Do you have any interesting customer stories?

    We had another customer who claimed that the zBoost unit we sent him ‘saved Christmas’ for his family as he was purchasing cell phones for his kids.

    5.      Anything you would like to say about being selected at Wi-Ex’s Dealer in the Spotlight:

    We are happy to be selected and look forward to continue growing our relationship with Wi-Ex.  We are excited about the opportunities that lie in the future.

    To visit RepeaterStore's online store vist: http://www.repeaterstore.com/

  • iPhone Saves a Life

    January 27, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    A heroic story has risen from the efforts to rescue people after the 7.0 earthquake that hit Haiti this month. The hero in this case is the one and only iphone. Dan Woolly, an aid worker, utilized his iphone in the journey to save his own life. Dan used a medical app along with the alarm to treat his wounds and to keep himself from going into shock for over a time span of two days until rescued. With the massive amounts of relief needed at that time it is good to hear news that the technology we carry can in fact help us in a dire state. This story covered by CNN.com brings a whole new meaning to “There’s an app for that”.

     If you would like to donate to help Haiti in their extreme time of need visit The American Red Cross

  • Weight Loss Tips

    January 25, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    January 25th and most of us has already broken our number one New Year's resolution - to lose weight.  I just received these great tips from Weight Watchers.  To see the entire list of 25 go to: http://www.weightwatchers.com/util/art/index_art.aspx?tabnum=1&art_id=49051&sc=3039

    25 Little Tips for Big Weight Loss

    By Karen Hammonds and Weight Watchers 

     

    The surest way to succeed is making small changes. Think in terms of manageable baby steps, like swapping the half-and-half in your morning coffee for fat-free or low-fat milk. There are lots of little changes you can make—in your food plan and daily routine—that will add up to a lot of weight loss over the long haul.

    Take a look at our 25 tips below for eating healthfully, fitting exercise into your busy day and revamping your daily routine. Start by picking five changes that you're sure you can tackle and practice them this week. Then try another five next week , not every idea is right for everyone, so experiment and see what works for you. Lots of little changes can yield big weight-loss results—and a healthier new you!

    1. Good things come in small packages.
    Here's a trick for staying satisfied without consuming large portions: Chop high-calorie foods like cheese and chocolate into smaller pieces. It will seem like you're getting more than you actually are.

    2. Get "water-wise."
    Make a habit of reaching for a glass of water instead of a high-fat snack. It will help your overall health as well as your waistline. So drink up! Add some zest to your six to eight glasses a day with a twist of lemon or lime.

    3. Herb it up.
    Stock up your spice rack, and start growing a small herb garden in your kitchen window. Spices and herbs add fantastic flavor to foods without adding fat or calories.

    4. Slim down your soup.
    Make a big batch of soup and refrigerate it before you eat it. As it cools, the fat will rise to the top and can be skimmed off the surface.

    5. Doggie-bag that dinner.
    At restaurants that you know serve large portions, ask the waiter to put half of your main course in a take-home box before bringing it to your table. Putting the food away before you start your meal will help you practice portion control.

    6. Listen to your cravings.
    If you're craving something sweet, eat something sweet—just opt for a healthier nosh (like fruit) instead of a high-calorie one like ice cream. The same goes for crunchy cravings—for example, try air-popped popcorn instead of high-fat chips. It's just smart substitution!

    7. Ease your way into produce.
    If you're new to eating lots of fruits and vegetables, start slowly. Just add them to the foods you already enjoy. Pile salad veggies into your sandwiches, or add fruit to your cereal.

    8. Look for high-fat hints.
    Want an easy way to identify high-calorie meals? Keep an eye out for these words: au gratin, parmigiana, tempura, alfredo, creamy and carbonara, and enjoy them in moderation.

    9. Don't multi-task while you eat.
    If you're working, reading or watching TV while you eat, you won't be paying attention to what's going into your mouth—and you won't be enjoying every bite. Today, every time you have a meal, sit down. Chew slowly and pay attention to flavors and textures. You'll enjoy your food more and eat less.

    10. Taste something new.
    Broaden your food repertoire—you may find you like more healthy foods than you knew. Try a new fruit or vegetable (ever had plantain, pak choi, starfruit or papaya?).

    11. Leave something on your plate at every meal.
    One bite of bagel, half your sandwich, the bun from your burger. See if you still feel satisfied eating just a bit less.

  • Wi-Ex Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

    January 22, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Wi-Ex, the leading provider of consumer cell phone signal boosters for the home, office and car, is celebrating its five year anniversary this month. Wi-Ex pioneered the cell phone signal booster market with their award winning zBoost, the first consumer-priced signal booster for the small office/home office (SOHO) cell phone market. The zBoost line allows consumers to take full advantage of voice, data and Internet services on their mobile phones including 3G high-speed data and video, instant messaging, pictures and more at home, in your personal workspace, in the office or on the go both within the U.S and abroad. 

    “The last five years have been an exciting time for us with tremendous growth. Consumers are willing to spend money on smartphones, iPhones and Blackberrys, but need a reliable signal to utilize all of the functionality. The growth of smartphone adoption combined with the increasing use of data combined with consumer frustration with poor in-door signal provides Wi-Ex an excellent opportunity for continued growth,” said Lloyd R. Meese, CEO of Wi-Ex. “We are excited about the future of our business and look forward to continued success with our business partners and dealers.”

    Help us celebrate 5 great years and visit us at Wi-Ex.com!

  • Community Involvement: Hope for Haiti

    January 22, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    It's been 9 days since the first earthquake in Haiti.  Since then there has been death, pain, grief, chaos, generosity and singing.  I heard from two different sources that even though the people of Haiti are living in devastation, many are singing and dancing in thanksgiving for still being alive. 

    Tonight at 8pm on all major television networks, you can view Hope for Haiti Now - a 2 hour telethon featuring music by celebrities in London, New York and Los Angeles with live reports from Haiti by Anderson Cooper.

    Proceeds from the telethon will be split evenly between The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, United Nations World Food Programme, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, The Red Cross, UNICEF and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

    Besides the telethon, opportunities to give are everywhere; in the schools, at the grocery and even by text.  Customers of participating wireless carriers can TEXT "HAITI" to 90999 and donate $10 to Haiti Relief efforts.  This mobile fundraising initiative is a partnership between the American Red Cross, Mobile Accord and the mGive Foundation that is supported by the U.S. State Department. Donations will appear on customers' monthly bills or be debited from a prepaid account balance.

    For more details, please visit www.mgive.com/A. Participating Carriers are Alltel, AT&T, Cellular South, Cellcom, Cincinnati Bell, Cricket, nTelos, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Verizon Wireless and Virgin Mobile.

    Besides donating money another way to help is to donate blood.  The Red Cross is always in need of donors. To find a blood donation site, go to www.redcrossblood.org.

  • Site of the Week: StumbleUpon

    January 21, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    This week, I’m sharing one of my favorite websites- StumbleUpon.com. When you go to StumbleUpon to set up an account, you choose from a list of topics that you’re interested in such as technology, cooking, animals, music etc. Once you’ve created your profile, you hit the “Stumble” button and begin to enjoy all the random treasures the internet has to offer. StumbleUpon automatically generates websites and blogs with random articles, videos and pictures based on the preferences that you have selected.

    StumbleUpon also allows you to like or dislike the content with a thumbs up or a thumbs down button. By deciding that you like the content, StumbleUpon will save it for you to access later under the favorites section. Also, you are able to share the content directly through several social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. StumbleUpon also enables you to email links to friends and colleagues to enjoy as well.

    StumbleUpon is a fun way to get your daily dose of random knowledge, and maybe a few giggles too!

    Here are some of my favorites that I’ve stumbled upon recently (pun intendedJ).

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1Et5CM/www.youtube.com/watch%253Fv%253D2lXh2n0aPyw

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2ofkxG/backtable.org/%257Eblade/fnord/condiments.html

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/9P0doT/www.freeclassicaudiobooks.com/

    http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/2Ow3r9/www.flickr.com/photos/38864566%40N00/2479491895/

  • Recipe of the Month

    January 20, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    Peanut Butter & Chocolate Sandwich Delight
     
    Here's a quick and easy recipe for parents preparing a quick snack for the kids, or chocolate lovers! This recipe will get even the most picky eaters excited!  Plus this recipe is easy to love-- beacause of all the chocolate goodness inside!  Be careful, as it contains peanut butter. You'll want to check and make sure there are no peanut allergies!
     
    What you need:
     
    2 Slices of bread
    Peanut butter
    Chcolate chips
    Toaster oven
     
     
    How to make:
     
    1. Cover the two pieces of bread with peanut butter
     
    2. Spread chocolate chips on one side of the bread, on top of the peanut butter
     
    3. Toast for about 45 seconds on medium setting
     
    4. Enjoy :)
  • Testimonial Tuesday

    January 19, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    This week's testimonial is from Joe Pitman, a retired telecommunications technician, who lives in Newberry Springs, California, which is located in the Mojave Desert. 

    The following is a letter Joe wrote to Roman, a support technician at Wi-Ex. 

    Subject: zBoost Dual Band YX510 

    I carefully followed your instructions for setup and installation

    - wow, what an improvement. 

    Prior to installation my indoor signal level (IPhone 3g) was at worst

    1bar (-109 - 113dbm) and at best 4 bars (approx -101 - 102 dbm). In

    the "good" locations indoors, the signal would sometimes fade to an

    unusable level. 

    My home is in a "dead" zone where even outside the signal level

    varies widely, but is, for the most part marginal. 

    After much research with my phone in "test" (db) mode, I found one or

    two consistently reliable locations outside and mounted the signal

    antenna accordingly. 

    With the transceiver mounted in a concealed location near the center

    of my single level house, the worst signal I can find is -95 dbm - a

    solid 5 bars with 5 db to spare. 

    Thanks for a great product. 

    Joe Pitman

  • Site of the Week: Rent the Runway

    January 14, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    “Rent The Runway : love. wear. return.”

    This simple motto has lead to a whole new way of shopping online. RTR is a member’s only online shopping site where instead of purchasing designer dresses, you rent them, for a fraction of the price and then return them back to RTR’s headquarters in New York City.

    RTR was created by Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Carter Fleiss, after they met at Harvard Business School. They wanted to allow every woman to be able to wear the most fashionable items of the season, at a much more modest price. RTR is for women who love high fashion and want to look glamorous for their important nights out, and have fun with fashion and new trends, but aren’t able to purchase these expensive designer labels.

    When a member rents a dress, RTR sends them 2 sizes of the dress that they picked along with a “survival kit” with items like safety pins and dress tape. You rent the dress for a selected period and then put it in the return box and send it back to NYC, where it is then dry cleaned and returned to stock.

    Also, the newest additions to the site are the monthly and season passes. For flat rates, you can rent as many dresses as you want during the time period for which you’ve paid for. This could be a great time and money saver if you have multiple events that you will need dresses for, like around the holidays.

    To fill out an application go to RentTheRunway.com:

    Think about it- search for fabulous dresses online and have them shipped directly to your door. And on top of that, no more stressful mall trips and worrying about wearing the same thing as someone else!

    Happy renting! :)

  • Hands only CPR

    January 13, 2010 - Leave a Comment

    As of April, 2008, the American Heart Association began promoting hands-only CPR for lay rescuers. Hands-only CPR helps encourage lay rescuers to get involved who may not otherwise help. With this new technique, rescuers deliver 1.5 to 2 inch deep compressions at a rate of approximately 100 compressions per minute without the need to deliver rescue breaths in between. Hands-only CPR eliminates the fear of transmitting disease by removing the mouth-to-mouth component of CPR.

    The Today Show ran a segment demonstrating this Hands Only Procedure using the words from the Bee Gees song Staying Alive.  Apparently the beat to the song is exactly the right number of compressions per minute.  If you are in an emergency situation just take yourself back to the movie Saturday Night Fever and get that Disco beat going with, "Oo, Oo, Oo Oo, Staying Alive, Staying Alive".  Don't worry about compressing too hard and just remember that this person is not going to make it unless you or someone else gets involved. Please take 3 minutes and 24 seconds to view this life saving video.  The life you save may be your mother, father, spouse or even your child.

    Video demonstration: http://www.procpr.org/training_video/hands-only-cpr/play_video

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