Monthly Archives: September 2011

  • Ordered My Kindle Fire Today

    September 28, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The talk today is all about the Kindle Fire.  We are very much an Apple family and own an iPad that my husband and I are suppose to be sharing.  For a guy that's not too tech savvy he has taken total control of the iPad.

    We were recently traveling and I was lugging books around in my luggage or trying to read on my iPhone, while he was reading a wide variety of subject material on the iPad. I admit I was jealous and decided then, that some type of ereader was in my immediate future.  Another iPad at $500 was out of the question, but the Kindle Fire at $199 is quite appealing.

    I'm not totally sure the Kindle Fire is my final choice but since it doesn't ship until November 15, I decided to place the order and then I can finalize my decision as the date gets closer.

    The most appealing aspect is the ability to check out free books from the local library.  This headline caught my attention

    Amazon Kindle can now check out e-books from 11,000 libraries

    Following competitors' lead, Amazon opens up book borrowing on the Kindle e-reader.  To read more details go to http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2011/0921/Amazon-Kindle-can-now-check-out-e-books-from-11-000-libraries

    Amazon has also lowered the price on it's basic readers so if you haven't yet jumped on the eReader train, this just might be the item to add to your holiday wish list.

  • Techlicious.com zBoost Metro Cell Phone Signal Booster Giveaway!

    September 20, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Techlicious

    Does your indoor cell ph0ne signal need a boost? Then check out the zBoost-METRO giveaway on Techlicious.com

    Designed for use in apartments and small homes, the zBoost METRO can boost signal for an area up to 1500 sq ft inside your home. Simply mount the zBoost METRO's antenna inside a window in your home where you get the best reception (using the included suction cups) and then place the base unit where you want to strengthen the cell signal.

    The zBoost METRO works with all U.S. cellular providers - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon - and enables you to take full advantage of your cell phone's voice, data and Internet services, including 3G data, streaming video, instant messaging, sending pictures, and more.

    For full details on the giveaway click here:

    http://www.techlicious.com/blog/zboost-metro-cell-phone-signal-booster-giveaway/

  • Desert, Mountains & zBoost...A love story

    September 13, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    Today is Testimonial Tuesday and I am sharing a zBoost SOHO review by Terry VanWie, which is featured this week on www.int2view.com.  Read below for an excerpt but the title of Desert, Mountains & zBoost...A love story pretty much tells it all.

    Desert, Mountains & zBoost...A love story

    Life with a cell phone in the boondocks is an interesting endeavour. You're talking to your wife on the phone and the conversation is mostly "what did you say?", and "Huh?". This does not promote good communication, which we all know is a key to a good marriage. When you do get good reception, it usually entails holding an arm over your head and a leg pointing due south, after which...you don't move.  Hopefully you complete the conversation before the wind shifts.

    When we heard about a device that would boost cell reception without a lot of hassle, it sounded too good to be true.  Upon receiving the Wi-Ex zBoost YX545 SOHO and opening the box, my first thoughts were, nothing this small and simple could possibly work.  To read the entire article go to www.int2view.com.

    I'm not one to read the last page of the book but I can't help but share the last line of the review which is: "Simply put, the zBoost from Wi-Ex does exactly what it claims to do. What more could you ask?"

  • Wi-Ex Showcases Award Winning Commercial Solutions at CEDIA 2011

    September 8, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    zBoost Commercial Solutions  Division Kits Creates New Opportunities with Business and  Commercial Customers 

    Atlanta - September 8, 2011 – Wi-Ex, a leading provider of consumer and commercial cell phone signal booster kits, is showcasing its award winning zBoost Commercial Solutions Division Kits at CEDIA 2011 in booth 4434.   The zBoost Commercial
    Solutions Division (CSD) Kits improve cellular voice and data signal within
    buildings from 20,000 to 100,000 square feet.
    The zBoost CSD Kits, available in 20,000 and 40,000 square feet, are an
    affordable and uncomplicated solution designed to meet the needs of challenging
    indoor environments.

    "The rapid adoption of smartphones including iPhone and BlackBerry, tablets and other connected devices has caused a shift in the way both consumers and businesses use their connected devices. CEDIA provides us a good opportunity to connect with custom installers who can benefit from adding zBoost to their product offerings," said Sharon Cuppett vice president of marketing at Wi-Ex.

    The zBoost CSD Kits come in 20,000 and 40,000 square feet packages and provide the key components and design elements to allow professional installation over a wide variety of building conditions. The zBoost CSD Kits are a 2011 EXC!TE Award honoree. CustomRetailer Magazine presents its annual EXC!TE Awards to the best products available to the custom installer market.  The award recognizes products that impact the installers' productivity, the
    dealers' profitability, the clients' satisfaction and the industry's vitality.

    "We are honored to have our CSD Kits recognized by CustomRetailer Magazine's EXC!TE Award," added Cuppett.  "Our zBoost CSD Kits provide custom installers with an excellent tool to demonstrate zBoost as an affordable and
    effective solution to poor in-door cell phone signal in large spaces."

    The zBoost CSD Kits use a network of active amplifiers and antennas configured to provide optimum signal strength for multiple cellular providers while protecting the integrity of the carrier network using patented technology.

    The Commercial Solution Division Process

    The Wi-Ex CSD process delivers an enhanced indoor cell signal for complex and large environments. The process provides a step-by-step program to ensure a successful product implementation including:

    • installation survey consultation
    • site survey
    • proposal of zBoost Commercial Solution
    • implementation including detailed equipment and schematic list
    • remote assistance from the Wi-Ex team of experienced wireless
      design professionals
  • Hug Your Children While You Can

    September 6, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    The Labor Day weekend has come and gone and the 10th anniversary of 9/11 is only days away.  I saw New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on The View today saying that Lower Manhatten is one of the safest places to live today and the area is thriving with businesses, full time residents and grocery stores.  This is great news but the memories and sadness of 9/11 will never leave many of us.  We will be overwhelmed over the next week with memories and news stories regarding 9/11.

    One story on CNN that really touched me this morning was a reminder to Hug Your Children While You Can.  Here is a brief excerpt of the article by LZ Granderson.  ...we should be careful not to overlook the most important lesson from the attack, and that is not to take life for granted. You never know which day is your last. 

    Hug your children.

    Hold your spouse's hand.

    Call your mother.

    Simple gestures really, but I can tell you from experience that no matter how big or small the tragedy is, these simple gestures are what people in mourning want most -- one more phone call, a shared laugh, a kiss on the cheek.

    To the cynic, this kind of talk is considered light and fluffy. But as someone who knows what it's like to hear the sobs of a father who had lost his only child the day before, there is nothing light or fluffy about a grieving heart.

    (To read the full article and view the video go to: http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/09/06/granderson.life.lesson/index.html?eref=mrss_igoogle_cnn )

    My husband and I dropped our son off at college last night after his Labor Day visit and yes I gave my son a hug but it wasn't the good bye that my husband and I were hoping for.  I wish we could all do it again because you never do know if you'll have another chance.  As LZ Granderson said,  "the most important lesson from the attack, is not to take life for granted".

    Instead of being angry or disappointed in silence, I think I will give my son a call and just tell him how much I love him.  Is there someone you should call or visit?

  • Happy Labor Day and a New Industrial Revolution

    September 2, 2011 - Leave a Comment

    It's only hours from Labor Day weekend and many are packing or finishing up their work "to do" list before beginning their long holiday weekend. Hopefully these next few days will be a small respite from the economy, hurricanes, power outages and the upcoming anniversary of 9/11.

    The History Channel reports that, Labor Day was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894. Labor Day is an annual celebration of workers and their achievements and originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters. In the late 1800s, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.  As much as the American worker is struggling now, I don't think too many of us would want to turn back the clocks to 1894.

    I read an article this morning from The Atlantic about a new industrial revolution called the Freelance Surge. The article was written by by Sara Harowitz, the founder of Freelancers Union, a nonprofit organization representing the interests and concerns of the independent workforce. I found this article especially interesting when I realized that I am part of the Freelance Surge.

    Here's a small excerpt from the article and to read the entire article go to:

    The Freelance Surge Is the Industrial Revolution of Our Time

    By Sara Horowitz

    It's been called the Gig Economy, Freelance Nation, the Rise of the Creative Class, and the e-conomy, with the "e" standing for electronic, entrepreneurial, or perhaps eclectic. Everywhere we look, we can see the U.S. workforce undergoing a massive change. No longer do we work at the same company for 25 years, waiting for the gold watch, expecting the benefits and security that come with full-time employment. We're no longer simply lawyers, or photographers, or writers. Instead, we're part-time lawyers-cum- amateur photographers who write on the side.

    Today, careers consist of piecing together various types of work, juggling multiple clients, learning to be marketing and accounting experts, and creating offices in bedrooms/coffee shops/coworking spaces. Independent workers abound. We call them freelancers, contractors, sole proprietors, consultants, temps, and the self-employed.

    And, perhaps most surprisingly, many of them love it.

    This transition is nothing less than a revolution. We haven't seen a shift in the workforce this significant in almost 100 years when we transitioned from an agricultural to an industrial economy.

    If you are also part of the Freelance Surge, please tell us a little bit about your experience.  Do you love it? Do you have a home office or do you work out of a coffee shop? How many different jobs are you combining to create your Freelance Surge career?  It's a different world for sure, wonder what the workforce will look like in another 100 years.

    For full excerpt, visit: http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/09/the-freelance-surge-is-the-industrial-revolution-of-our-time/244229/

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