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Workhorse of the Networking World: Getting the Right SFP Transceiver

by Admin - on Nov 25th 2015 - Comments Off on Workhorse of the Networking World: Getting the Right SFP Transceiver

Walkie Talkie DeviceThe small form-factor pluggable or SFP transceiver, a device that allows multiple options for connectivity, is probably one of the best fiber optics on the market. It’s recognized as the modern workhorse of the networking world, because it’s easy to repair, replace, and change. The hot-pluggable capability alone makes these devices a treasure for designers in the industry.

If you consider purchasing compatible SFP transceivers, knowing what to look for during the procurement process will allow you to maximize its capabilities. Read on.

Right Input and Output Requirements

Getting SFP transceivers is much like going through a maze. The main thing you need to know is that there is one transceiver for every job. To know which one you should buy, know the inputs and outputs you need.

If you’re not sure about the cables you’re using (or the ones you will use for a better network), talk to a professional. You may also read up online. Whether you are planning to get a Cisco SFP-10G-LRM or a SFP-10G-SR, datasheet is a good reference.

Hot Pluggable

Businesses are conscious about their budgets, which is reasonable — because they need to avoid extra cash in the future due to their shortage of foresight today. They need hot-pluggable devices, as this avoids the need to redesign devices just because of a simple SFP transceiver replacement.

So, when getting an SFP transceiver, make sure it has a hot-pluggable feature.


Choosing a branded SFP transceiver is important if you want to maximize the capabilities of the SFP transceiver. Most bigger brands, such as Cisco, have the capital to invest in the best customer support. Most offer warranties, which will ensure your peace of mind in case anything malfunctions with the device

Some manufacturers, however, only offer short-term warranties. Luckily, many vendors provide an option for extended support.

Purchasing compatible SFP transceivers for your network is not easy, but it will be once you know exactly what you are searching for. The key here is to take note of both the technical and customer support aspects of buying one, as both are equally important in avoiding issues with the design in the future.

Three Generations and Your Content: Analysing the Content Gap

by Admin - on Oct 23rd 2015 - Comments Off on Three Generations and Your Content: Analysing the Content Gap

You already know that content is king in SEO. Add gauging and responding to the values, experiences and expectations of consumers, and you will find that these elements tilt the scales of content creation in your favour.

Recognise Content Gaps

SEO Services in PerthThe competition continues to grow each and every day and this reality may put your ranking on the search engine results pages (SERPs) at risk. Catching up with your reader’s wants and needs is essential to establish authority and relevance in your niche. Filling the content gaps should be on top of your priorities as a business owner or marketer.

Professional SEO services in Perth let you explore the topics that should be on your blog using content gap analysis. Readability and influence among the different generations may be one of the things you are missing.

Getting Through Three Generations

You are facing at least three generations of active online consumers – the Millennials, Baby Boomers and Gen Xers. Marketers are facing the inevitable need to produce topics that will reach all three generations and gap analysis helps in finding common ground for the three diverse audiences.

In a survey conducted by online specialists Buzzstream and Fractl, the researchers found that the three generations consume online content differently. The following are the results:

Level of Consumption

Baby Boomers consume the most content — 20 hours every week or over 25 percent, while the other younger generations only do five to ten hours a week or a little over 22 percent each.


They are also inclined to read different topics. The Millennials gravitate strongly towards technology, the Baby Boomers follow politics and world news, and the Gen Xers are interested in personal finance, healthy living and parenting. This alone gives you a better idea of your audience.

Platform Preference

The only spot where the three converge I on social media. All three generations prefer Facebook for content sharing among the top social media platforms.

The disparity between your different audiences can be patched up by proactively seeking what each needs and coming up with strategies that cater universally. Be your audience’s ultimate go-to website by finding out what they want through gap analysis and using the information to complete the gaps in your content. Doing so can greatly help your online marketing campaigns and help propel your website up the rankings.

Benefits of Mixing Online and Traditional Corporate Training

by Admin - on Sep 22nd 2015 - Comments Off on Benefits of Mixing Online and Traditional Corporate Training

Online TrainingFor your employees to continue thriving and improving at doing their jobs, you need to make sure they get the support, resources and training they deserve. There are different ways to train your employees. You get many benefits from various learning approaches. Here are a few reasons to incorporate both offline and online training for your employees to ultimately benefit your business.

Enhances Work Efficiency

Retention of knowledge learned through training can increase when you add a brand new element. Blending in offline and online training approaches can enrich every session. This is because employees can learn more about a certain topic with their online resources after every face-to-face corporate training session.

Simplifies Training Logistics

All methods of training have their own pros and cons. The main problem with the traditional method is its complicated logistics. When you incorporate online training, you lessen the impact of this problem. According to Velpic, online corporate training is a way to induct employees in a safe and effective manner.

However, you also can’t rely fully on online training because face-to-face induction is still effective and vital. Combining the two will make the whole process more convenient.

Improves Soft Skills

Online meetings sometimes require video calls and telephone conferences. Your employees need to learn to communicate clearly and effectively with clients and colleagues. They can use this benefit of online training in their day-to-day work. This way, they can interact, connect and share ideas on both virtual and face-to-face environments.

Successfully and efficiently carrying out both online and face-to-face methods will benefit your employees and your company in the end. Streamline the process so you can get the best of both worlds for your staff’s betterment.

Home Appliances: Ways to Make Sure They Will Last for a Long Time

by Admin - on Sep 17th 2015 - Comments Off on Home Appliances: Ways to Make Sure They Will Last for a Long Time

microwaveElectric appliances have made lives easier, providing comfort and convenience in doing daily tasks. Homeowners would love to keep them in good condition for as long as possible. Nonetheless, these manmade machines can go out of function without proper maintenance.

To make your appliances last for a long time, Nino’s Trading Company offers the following tips:

Washing Machine

Always check the capacity of your washer before proceeding with your laundry duties. Large loads can shorten the lifespan of your washing machine. Never use the washing machine to wash huge carpets and rubber mats. After washing and drying your clothes, open the lid to allow the moisture to evaporate.

Clean the washer at least once a week — use a damp cloth to wipe the interior drum. This will help remove any dirt, soap residue, and threads from washed clothes.


Don’t stock too many food items inside your refrigerator. Overloading pushes the compressor to work even more to keep items inside the refrigerator cold and fresh. Be mindful when it comes to the food to you will store inside the refrigerator.


Don’t put any utensil or container made of metal inside the microwave – not even an object with metal trimmings. If the food item is wrapped in aluminum foil, remove the foil before putting the food inside the microwave. This is to avoid any possible fire hazard.

Don’t heat any flammable food item or beverage inside the microwave to avoid fire or explosion. The same is true for sealed items — remove the seal before heating. When using the microwave, do not cover the top portion. After using it, clean all the food stains and spills inside to avoid foul odor.

These steps can make a big difference on the function of your appliances. By doing your part and following instructions diligently, you can avoid appliance repairs and keep your units in good condition.

Online Purchase Tips for Seniors: Buying a New Hearing Aid

by Admin - on Sep 14th 2015 - Comments Off on Online Purchase Tips for Seniors: Buying a New Hearing Aid

Online PurchaseHearing loss can be disabling. Older persons who experience difficulty hearing can benefit from using a hearing aid. The electronic device is composed of a speaker, amplifier and microphone. Devices with advanced features offer superior sound quality and are much lighter to wear.

Different features and styles determine the cost of a device, with the most expensive ones fetching thousands of dollars. Like many consumer products, you can purchase a pair online.

Benefits of the device

Wearing a hearing aid from enables older persons to hear well. With the help of a speech therapist, it also improves speech impediments.

You can still be fully involved in social activities despite hearing loss if you’re wearing a hearing aid prescribed by a qualified audiologist. Your balance will improve, lowering of the risk of injuries due to a fall.

If you are keen on buying one now, check out some guidelines that might prove useful.

Precautions to take when buying online

The first assurance you must get when you purchase a unit online is qualifications of the seller. Transact only with a licenced dispenser. The second is to ensure that the product you’ll receive in the mail fits you perfectly. A hearing aid will only work properly if it perfectly fits the shape and size of the wearer’s ear. Find a genuine seller that will provide you with a custom-fit hearing device.

It’s good practice to compare prices before you decide on where to buy a hearing instrument. Smart online shoppers take their time, ensuring that they get the best available deal while also ascertaining that the security measures offered by the website are adequate. If a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Lastly, consult with a doctor to evaluate the efficacy of the instrument you have purchased on the Internet. Professional follow-up is necessary, if you are to benefit maximally from your investment.

Moving On: The Then and Now of Nuclear Decommissioning

by Admin - on Aug 18th 2015 - Comments Off on Moving On: The Then and Now of Nuclear Decommissioning

Nuclear DecommissioningWhen a nuclear power company decides to close their power plant immediately, decommissioning follows. This is done by removing the plant from service and reducing harmful radioactivity that permits property release. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) implements strict rules regarding power plant decommissioning, which involves clean-up of radioactive fuel or contaminated plant systems.

According to the International Energy Agency, over 200 reactors will face decommissioning during the next 25 years. With the help of new technology and the industry’s best practices, the process faces smoother operations.

Background on operating reactors

The average lifespan of operating reactors in the U.S. reaches more than 35 years. Since 1996, the country did not sell any new nuclear reactor online but permanently removed 5 from service during the past 3 years. Despite power plants possessing 40-year-old operating licenses with additional 20 years, some still face shut downs due to financial problems and other reasons.

The average age of international power plants does not significantly fall behind in the US. Majority of the world’s 438 reactors are over 30 years old. Countries such as Switzerland and Germany plan to remove nuclear power out of their energy options.

 How plants develop a plan

Plants planning nuclear material decommissioning consider their facility’s physical condition, current configuration, and level of radioactive contamination. Decommissioning specialists get the details from the company’s historical records and refine using a standard measurement program.

Power plants also develop a material inventory for the site. They also consider two of the most important decommissioning cost improvements: contamination levels and quantity of contaminated material.

Using technological improvements

Currently, important progress occurs in the field of power plant decommissioning. Technology plays a vital role by offering resources such as 3D computer-aided design, wireless communications, data sharing, and pattern recognition. Artificial intelligence can also allow machines to recognize the plant’s changing layout through 3D models.

Decommissioning is up for numerous changes. With proper cost-effective management and the help of technology, power plant decommissioning faces a smoother process in the future.

New Air Conditioners: Key Player in Your Energy Savings

by Admin - on Aug 12th 2015 - Comments Off on New Air Conditioners: Key Player in Your Energy Savings

New Air ConditionersForty percent of the energy consumed in many Australian homes go to heating and cooling, according to the Department of Industry and Science. This does not include water heating yet.

With such high power rates and consumption, it becomes necessary for you to keep the electricity bill as low as you can. As it eats up almost half of your energy consumption, it’s best to start with your HVAC system. A good first step is to determine whether a new air conditioner is the most cost-effective solution, as the age of your AC unit has a big impact on how much energy it needs to run.

New is Always Better

Sydney-based Apex Air Conditioning says older, outdated air conditioners consume more energy than newer models. This is particularly true for improperly maintained or problematic units.

New models have more innovative technologies to make the most of the energy consumed, which means they use less for more. If you decide to replace your old AC, take note of the following factors to ensure you get the most savings:

  • Local climate
  • Cooling needs (just specific rooms or the entire house)
  • Size of the area that needs cooling
  • Existing energy-efficient products, such as window treatments and insulation

Making Sure New is Better

When shopping for a new AC, do not be tempted to go for a unit that is bigger than what you need. Apart from being more expensive upfront, this will cost you more along the way, as larger systems eat up more energy. In fact, when installed in an area that is too small, the unit can make the air warmer.

Hire professionals to install your new unit. Errors in installation can have a huge, negative bearing on the efficiency (both in energy and performance) of your cooling systems.

A new AC system may cost you some money for now, but the long-term savings you get will definitely make up for it. What’s more, you’ll be doing your part in saving the environment.


Facebook Introduces Instant Articles

by Admin - on May 14th 2015 - Comments Off on Facebook Introduces Instant Articles

smartphone-586903_640As if anyone need more reason to like Facebook? It was announced recently that the social media giant will deliver news to users faster and more comprehensive than ever before.

Dubbed as Instant Articles, the Facebook news reader will provide news organizations with opportunities to create interactive content designed to be much easier to read using their smartphone or tablet.

Instant Articles is geared to revolutionize news delivery, helping news firms convey their content to younger readers. Their current partners include National Geographic, Buzzfeed, the New York Times, the Guardian, the Atlantic, Spiegel, and the BBC.

“We think the most important thing here is speed,” Facebook’s chief product officer Chris Cox says, “the obvious lesson we keep on learning is that on a mobile phone, the most important thing is immediacy.”

Facebook says users will have to wait as long as eight seconds for a news piece to load on a phone using the current system, and they’re planning to hasten that.

With Instant Articles, the news piece will fill the screen immediately with a few extras, such as photos, embedded videos and pop-out charts and maps. Facebook says this will help news firms make their articles more visually and mentally engaging.

One of the best things about Instant Articles is its commitment to providing tailored design for individual publishers to correspond with the features in their own websites.

But in the end, it all comes down to business and revenue sharing. Even with the promise of Instant Articles, news organizations will want to make sure their visitor traffic will increase. Facebook assures them that it will, and unlike in their old advertising network where they get a 70/3 revenue sharing deal, with Instant Articles, they will receive all profits generated from advertisements.

However, despite Facebook’s supremacy in social media sharing, news firms are wary of how their articles will behave, given the complicated and unpredictable mechanics behind Facebook’s newsfeed. With every tweak in the rules, much like in Google’s algorithm changes, traffic can abruptly plummet.

With this in mind, creators are being as careful as they can be. One news organization shared that being involved in Facebook’s new project is not only exciting but will certainly increase their content’s exposure in the most accessible gadget imaginable – the smartphone. Having said that, firms are treading lightly when it comes to handing over content distribution and having a third party decide how to use it.

“We will continue developing Instant Articles with our partners over the coming months and will listen to feedback from readers to help us improve the experience.” Facebook promises on their media website.

Pros And Cons Of Online Sociability

by Admin - on May 14th 2015 - Comments Off on Pros And Cons Of Online Sociability

A recent article in the Wall Street Journal claims that mobile technology has made people less sociable. With the increasing accessibility of smartphones and tablets, it’s also becoming increasingly easier for people to stay online and in their social media profiles. Apparently, that leaves a huge impact on how they socialize in the real world.

Online Connection is Different from Real-Life Bonding

facebook-76536_640According to a Pew Research survey, 71% of American adults have Facebook, and of these Facebook users, 45% check their profiles at least several times daily.

Being on Facebook entails looking at other people’s profiles, leaving comments on their posts and leaving posts on their wall. One would think that the Internet is actually a good platform for people to socialize. But for social psychologists, this can’t be farther from the truth.

What these online friendships do, say experts, is keep people from cultivating actual, more meaningful relationships.

Technology Feeds Anxiety and Vice Versa

In a study conducted by social psychologist Larry Rosen, it was found out that among 1,100 teens and adults, the majority of those aged under 35 couldn’t stand a few hours without checking their smartphones and tablets. Heavy users showed high levels of anxiety and unease when they were told they couldn’t use their mobile gadgets.

Anxiety feeds this behavior, says Rosen. The constant need to check phones comes from the anxiety of not knowing what’s going in the virtual world.

Additionally, it was found out that rabid smartphones users are people with either clinical or non-clinical social anxiety disorder. Those who can’t engage in real-life interactions turn to online faux bonding as a more comfortable alternative.

The problem with this, experts claim, is that socially anxious people tend to rely on social media, which doesn’t really offer the value of face-to-face communication. In fact, experts say they may be detrimental to the emotional health as they interrupt real human bonds.

“If we are constantly checking in with our virtual worlds, this leaves little time for our real-world relationships,” says Rosen.

In the Defense of Social Media

Other experts, on the other hand, claim that contrary to the notion that online social networks replace face-to-face sociability, they only supplement it. Their argument lies in the logic of meaningful online presence.

They say people can still expand their social horizons on the Internet, deepening and extending their connections to the world around them. With technology, people can take advantage of constant connectivity to make their close relationships even closer.

It all still depends on how people use or misuse the power of social media and technology altogether.

BlackBerry Leap – Leaps Into Store Shelves

by Admin - on May 14th 2015 - Comments Off on BlackBerry Leap – Leaps Into Store Shelves

smartphone-365072_640After Z10’s flop a few years back, it seemed that BlackBerry disappeared off the face of the tech market. Fans were scared they were not going to hear from the super brand anytime soon.

The company admitted to a $965 million loss due to Z10’s failure to meet expectations, both in sales and specs performance. Within the first quarter upon its release, it only managed to sell 5.9 million units. On the other hand, Apple smartphones sold 9 million units within the first weekend.

With fans and vendors alike disappointed by the sales turnout, BlackBerry went under the radar –staying quiet even through the release of the iPhone 5s until the recent launch of iPhone 6 and 6+.

What people didn’t know was that it was just biding its time for the release of something bigger and better, the BlackBerry Leap. Is this the chance at redemption BlackBerry has waited for? It’s for the experts to review and for the fans to decide.


The Leap has a 5-inch, 1,280 x 720 (720p) LCD display, an average size for most smartphones out today. It boasts a good quality panel, with sufficiently vibrant colors and effective white balance setting. The viewing angles are satisfactory; however the sunlight readability can certainly be improved.


Following its ancestors, the Z10 and Z30, the Leap has an 8-megapixel camera, with 2-megapixel front-facing shooter designed for selfies and video-calling. For a device meant for business applications and productivity, the back camera’s versatility would surprise the unsuspecting user.

For users who are into light stock camera interfaces, the Leap is a decent choice. From the settings menu, users can set the flash, timer and aspect ratio. Additionally, they can set HDR, choose among normal, panorama, burst-capture and time-shifting modes.

White balance settings, ISO values and exposure compensation are automatic. Like the iPhone, however, the loud shutter sound can’t be turned off.


The Leap runs on BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, with a Dual-Core 1.5 GHz Krait. Except for the Amazon appstore, which startled most critics, it offers all features expected of the new BlackBerry. There isn’t much improvement from the Z series when it comes to response speed.

In fairness to the Leap, counter other critics, there’s a feeling of seamlessness in the navigations that was missing from the Z-series.

Perhaps the Leap’s most notable upgrade comes from the keyboard, which is the common problem among Android smartphones. The typing experience is fantastic, flawless even, other experts claim. Almost as smooth as – dare we say – the iPhone?

Being an Enterprise gadget with surprisingly high-performing camera features and long battery life, the Leap might just be the comeback Blackberry needs. Some critics forgive it for its shortcomings and encourage all BlackBerry fans to experience the upgrade.

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