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NC State Fair Preview Day 2009

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The day before the North Carolina State Fair opened in Raleigh the door was open to preview the midway for 2009. The rain and cold didn’t slow down workers putting the final touches on everything from rides to ensuring enough oil was on hand for frying pickles, candy bars, Oreos and even apple pie.

Even the State Fair and those who cover it are making use of mobile technologies for convenience and function. I hope you enjoy the show!

Pardon the Dust at Mobile Jones

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Pardon the Dust at Mobile Jones

I’ve been thinking about and planning changes to for quite a few months now. You will see a number of changes in layout, design and features as the project continues.

Hopefully, these improvements will make a better resource and enable some features that readers will love. Please be patient as these upgrades will be accomplished over time.

Looking forward in 2009 will continue to grow with the same exciting pace as the industry, itself. Creativity and change is coming to the mobile industry at a frenetic pace. Time to get back to reporting on those developments and connecting with loyal past and new readers.

Salvage Your Home after a Flood Using Simple DIY Flood Cleanup Strategies

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flood cleanup in san diego, caFlooding is a very common source of disaster and it occurs somewhat frequently around coastal areas. If your home is close to the coast or you are in some other flood-prone areas, it is in your best interest to get prepared for eventualities. Torrential rain can also be the source of the flood. Never wait for the flood to occur before you get set to deal with it. How best can you do this? By getting helpful information that will teach you what to do, like you are already doing by reading this write up. Such information will help to limit the level of damage you suffer as a result of flooding. They are also simple enough to follow. If you are seeking for a DIY flood cleanup guide, then this is it. Otherwise, look here for professional flood/water damage services in San Diego.

Salvage your valuables

If the flooding is not the exceptionally huge type that reaches the height of the building, you should make attempt to salvage any of your valuables in the home. Remove your furniture and other items, both those floating and those already submerged. Remove everything you can lay your hands on to ensure their safety. Your rug too must not be left in the flood. In the sun you need to spread them to make them dry. If you have very important paper documents that are soaked already with water, lay them out in the sun to dry, with one separated from the other. If the weather is kind enough to permit a full glare of the sun, it is a question of time before these items get dried and back to normalcy.

Salvage your home

Get rid of the water and get rid of the mud that accumulates as a result of the flooding. Never allow the water to stay for too long to curtail their damaging effects. Never allow the mud too to stay glued to your floor, your walls or furniture for too long, else they become very difficult to remove. Get rid of them on time and make sure it is done appropriately. The water can be removed using pump and the mud can be shoveled off. If the shovel cannot remove all the mud, make use of a hose to get rid of the any leftover mud to make the home clean again.

The mud and the flood water must have brought all sorts of things into the home, including possible infectious agents. The next thing to do after salvaging your valuables and removing the water and the mud is to disinfect the home. This is a very important aspect of the DIY flood cleanup and it must be done to make the home livable again. Wash or clean up the walls and the floor using disinfectants. Scrub the furniture with disinfectants too. The rug must be spread to dry under the sun. The sun can help kill some of the germs, but the rug must be properly disinfected after it has dried up. Clean up the interior of the home and discard everything that is already damaged by the flood.

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Telecommunications as Networking Application: VoIP

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Telecommunications as Networking Application: VoIP

Much of the jargon around the US’s broadband decline focuses on the unrealized goals of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 or on the need for improved telecommunications regulation.  Bunk!  Just as journalism will survive the decline of the news print business, telecommunications service will survive the the Telecommunications business where functional integration has limited voice service innovations.

VoIP is the demonstration of telecommunication or voice as just another application that has emerged from our networking activity.  Quality of “voice over IP” or VoIP continues to improve with options to connect using mobile devices either using a 3G data connection or a Wi-Fi access point. Note no need for complex hardware or QoS systems from large infrstracture companies that drive costs up on the operator voice connections.

The following video from is an excellent overview of the players offering telecommunication applications on IP connections and even proves the quality of  VoIP calls regardless of the air interface used.


The two applications offering highest variety of options are Truphone and a new entrant in the market, Vopium.  Both work over the 3G data network and Wi-Fi connections.  Truphone was the 1st VoIP application to offer an iPhone and Touch client.  Both Vopium and Truphone offer Android clients which allow voice or IM with Skype contacts in addition to contacts on their own service.

Of the ones I’ve tried the quality and options nod definitely goes to these two companies.