The Technology Tether In A Virtual World

Over the last quarter century, no industry has seen more dramatic change-and has had a bigger impact on consumers and businesses-than technology!

Define technology…

We used to describe technology as…

“the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts,engineering, applied science, and pure science.”

Now… it’s defined as…

“the sum of the ways in which social groups provide themselves with the material objects of their civilization.”

Do you find yourself constantly checking email, text messages or social media? Is your smartphone or tablet the first thing you reach for in the morning, or the last thing you put down at night? If this sounds like you, then you are tethered to technology and probably missing out on what is actually going on around you.

Below are some tips on how to disconnect – so you can connect with your family, friends and with your kids from Working Mother Magazine.

    • Customize your notifications. Give important contacts (your husband, boss, nanny, etc.) their own ringtones and text tones. Only respond to key contacts when you’re trying to have uninterrupted time with your kids, family or friends. Everyone else can wait.
    • Create tech-free zones. Make a pact that you’ll stay off your phone during key “connect times”. Those should include meal times, when you’re in the car with your husband, wife or kids, and an hour or so before your child’s bedtime. Kids feel more valued when you actually look at them and listen to them without any distractions.
    • Set specific “check in” times. If you have to be on call for work issues at night or on weekends, let co-workers know you’ll check for messages once an hour, or at specified times. That way, there’s no need to glance constantly at your phone. Tell your family or friends about your check-in policy so they know ahead of time what to expect.
  • Remind yourself that you’re setting an example. If you create some tech boundaries for yourself, your child is more likely to follow your family’s rules with his or her electronics.

There are always exceptions to technology rules, but do yourself a favor and disconnect every once in a while. Time goes by so fast, and you don’t want to miss out on amazing things that are going on around you in the physical world.

As we enter the era of even more ubiquitous computing, with sensors on our bodies, in our homes and offices and all over our cities. What ways do you untether yourself from technology? We would love for you to comment on this post with your ideas.

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The Different Types Of Computers In The World

Thanks to computer technology, people have to be able to process a lot of data and achieve storage. Owing to computers, people have been able to achieve higher processing speeds. They are also able to carry out important transactions with great accuracy and precision. Computers of the earlier times were of a larger size and they used to consume lots of electrical power. Here are different types of computers in the modern world.

Supercomputers

Supercomputers are the most expensive and the fastest kinds of computers. They can perform superior calculations and intensive tasks. Mechanics, quantum physics, molecular theory, and weather forecasting are best studied by means of supercomputers. Their well-designed memory hierarchy and their ability to process parallel things give the computers greater transaction processing powers. A typical supercomputer can do up to a trillion or more individual calculations every second.

Server computers

Server computers are at a lower level as compared to supercomputers. They try to solve complex problems, but do not focus on single problems alone. An instance of server computers would be those that Wikipedia stores its encyclopaedia on. These computers go and search the pages that you are looking for. However, it becomes a job for a server when the computers have to go and find lots of people and send them to the right place. They are usually large in size and they have many hard drives and large processors. Running on them are the programs that allocate resources and serve client requests. They are designed to be resistant to crash and fail safe. A server is a central computer, which comprises lots of programs and data.

Personal computers

A personal computer is also known as a microcomputer or a PC. The capabilities of a personal computer have changed greatly ever since electronic computers were introduced. The introduction of a single-chip microprocessor with all the circuitry in it became highly popular. Early personal computers were sold in the forms of kits and in limited volumes. Home computers were developed for personal use in the 1970s and the 1980s. They offered some personal productivity. Today, a personal computer is an all-round device that can be a media server, a productivity tool, as well as a gaming machine.

Workstations

Not only are workstations expensive, but also high end. They are named improperly sometimes for marketing reasons. Earlier, real workstations were never sold at retail stores, but now this is changing gradually.

How to Save Time and Money With Trenchless Technology

If you need your underground sewage lines repaired or replaced, you may want to consider trenchless repair. Traditional methods of replacing sewer lines meant your lawn would be destroyed in the process of digging underground. With newer technology, only a small access point is created, and sophisticated equipment destroys the old pipe while putting a new pipe into place.

How It Works

First, the plumbing company should run a camera through the main sewer lines to diagnose the problem. They will explain your issue and how trenchless repair can be used to correct it. Two small holes are then dug at either end of the sewer line to be replaced. A cable is fed through from one opening to the other.

One end of the cable has a cone-shaped head attached that will destroy the existing pipe. Attached to the head is the new sewer pipe. When the cable is pulled through the old line, it breaks apart the old pipe and pulls the new one in behind it.

Sometimes, the existing pipe may be repaired with this method, creating a new, seamless pipe within the old one. This can be used to replace the entire line or simply in problem areas.

Advantages

The most obvious advantage of trenchless sewer line repair is that there is no major digging required, so it will minimally affect your yard. This saves you time and money, since you won’t have to pay for excavation equipment, removal of the extra dirt, or a contractor to replace landscaping, walkways, or other areas of your yard.

In most cases, the new pipe that is installed is higher quality and will not be susceptible to the same problems with seams and joints failing like they do in traditional lines. Many companies will even offer a warranty or guarantee.

Disadvantages

There are not many disadvantages to trenchless methods. It may not be an option, however, if the line is in extremely poor condition. Since a line may break apart in a way that will not allow the new line to be placed, the only option might be to dig manually and replace everything underground.

While this method can save you time and money in the overall cost of your sewer line replacement, the actual service may cost a bit more depending on your particular issue. Again, without having to pay the extra costs of excavation, you will still probably come out ahead.

Having to repair or replace sewer lines is no small problem. Consider using a company experienced with trenchless technology so that the process for the repair will not do as much harm to your yard and surrounding areas.