If you want to escape from the outside world, eliminate the noise around you and just lose yourself in your music, what better way is there to do it than by using headphones?Headphones are great to use when listening to music or when watching TV or a movie. You may also use them to study, if you have those audio lessons on tape, or when you want to read a book but do not have the time, you can just listen to the audio books.Professionally, headphones are used in editing videos and incorporating sound, or for recording purposes. In communications, there are headsets which combine the functionalities of a microphone, a telephone, and a headphone.There are hundreds of applications for headphones. If you want to choose the type of headphones that will best suit your needs, take a look first at its parts and structure:- Driver - the part of the headphone that produces the sound.- Earpiece - this holds the driver up to your ear. There are earpieces that cover the entire part of your ears, while some are small, rounded pieces that would fit the inner part of your ear. Several earpiece types are available, depending on the appllication.- Attachment system - depending on the type of headphones, the attachment system ensures that the earpiece will securely fit your ears.- Finally, the other parts are the headands, for types which require one, and the wires and jacks which will attach the earpiece to the music player or device where the headphones are attached to.Headphones are typically attached to devices such as mobile phones, CD or MP3 players,walkman, mobile phones and personal computers.There are two types of headphones:1. Sound-proofThis type of headphone is used when you want to isolate youuself from the sounds of the outside world.You can use this in loud environments so that the sound coming from your music player or any other device is the only sound that you hear.Sound-proof headphones are mostly the types which have headbands and the earpiece surrounds the entire area of your ear.These have monitors designed to fit the inner ear. They have a sealed design, and if you want to go for this type of earphones, make sure that the brand offers a good sound quality.They are designed to "cancel" outside noise.Generally, the open type design offers better sound quality than the sound-proof variant.2. Open-typeThis type of headphones generally have a greater sound quality than the enclosed, sound-proof ones.The open design makes for a more effective listening device.In terms of design, there are also hundreds of types to choose from. Here are some examples:- Clip-onsThis type does not have headbands. The attachment system of clip-on headphones comprise of two ear-buds that you can easily 'plug" into your ears.- WirelessThis is convenient because it frees you up from wires and lets you move around freely while listening to your music.- In-ear-monitor.These are tiny headphones which conveniently fits into your ear canal. This type of headphone is more expensive and has a more sophisticated design. It can be used for professional and surveillance purposes.- EarbudsThese are small earphones with two small, rounded earpieces that fits the inner part of your ear.- HeadsetsThis is composed of a microphone and a headset, and is mostly used for communicating.- Noise-cancelingThe attachment system of sound-proof headphones contain a suspension system in the headband. This characteristic prevents outside noise from interfering with the sound produced by your audio or video device.- Street styleThis has is mostly used for listening to your MP3 files, and has a headband that you can fit at the back of your head.- EarpadThis type of headphones have soft, flat pads which serve as earpieces.There are several types and styles of earphones which are available in the market now.When choosing the right headphones to fit your lifestyle, make sure that you know what is important to you. You may choose it based on design, application or brand.Finally, make sure that you do not compromise the sound quality, since this is your purpose for owning headphones: to have a reliable listening device that will produce the best sound possible.
For those who want their home theatre to imitate the cinematic experience, a plasma TV wall mount is a good investment to save space and to give a great effect. A "plasma TV" wall mount is easy to install yourself, but if you prefer, you can hire a professional to do the job for you. The price of a typical plasma TV wall mount can range from $60 to $350, and it is a good idea to invest in the best plasma TV wall mount you can afford, since plasma TVs are quite delicate and you cannot risk having your plasma TV fall to the ground. However, most plasma TV wall mounts do the job sufficiently well. Your plasma TV wall mount should contain at least the following items: Wall plate Rails ArmsThe wall plate attaches to the wall and the rails are for the back of the television. There should be two perpendicular arms with devices to connect to the back of the plate. The rails enable you to move the TV to the right or the left across the wall and enable you to lift the TV off, if necessary. You need to select a plasma TV wall mount suited to the type of "home theatre" that you have. The average size is 26-41 and weighs up to 100 pounds. A typical home theatre wall mount can handle this type of set. However, if you home theatre is larger than this and weighs more than 100 pounds, you will need a two stud wall mount. It is possible to install your home theatre wall mount on a concrete wall, although you will need a different type of home theatre mount. Cement anchors are needed to keep you TV in place on a concrete surface, and you can also find long belts and other devices specially designed for concrete. As with any type of Plasma TV mount, ensure that your cement anchors are sturdy enough to hold a heavy unit. When you install your home theatre, you might not be certain about what height you want. If you have a typical, flat home theatre wall mount, you will need to put your home theatre at the correct height. However, many people like to have their plasma furnitures a little higher. One reason is that, since "plasma furniture" are so vulnerable to damage, those with children prefer to put their plasma furniture as high up as possible to avoid stray balls from hitting the screen. If you want to put your plasma furniture up high, you will need a special plasma furniture wall mount that tilts so your set can face downward at an angle. You will also need a tilt plasma furniture wall mount if your set is not completely flat, but has a gentle curve at the back.You can purchase a plasma furniture wall mount with fixed arms or with articulating arms that move along a 90 degree swivel. The articulating wall mounts may cost a bit more, but are worth the investment if you like to view your television from different angles. They are not much more difficult to install than fixed arm wall mounts, and are just as durable. Ensure that your plasma furniture wall mount is sufficiently durable. It is a good idea to install your television along with a friend who can help you take your plasma furniture on and off the mount while you are testing it for durability. A partner can also see if there is any giving or wobbling, and this second pair of eyes might just save your set. If you are unsure of your abilities, it is worthwhile to hire a professional to install your [*_*] mount.
Usage of the Internet is becoming more common due to rapid advancement of technology and the power of globalization. Societies are becoming more inter-connected. Thoughts from different cultures are shared through the use of Internet chat rooms and web postings. Study results also track the most popular uses of the Internet: this year's study shows that e-mail is the top task conducted online, followed by general surfing, reading News, shopping, and seeking entertainment News. (Chang Joshua (2005)) It can be summarized that the Internet is now being used for common, everyday tasks that would have normally taken more time to complete. Internet shopping is becoming popular amongst users in developed nations, as it is more efficient to shop on the Internet than to go physically into the stores. The Internet provides a virtual environment where consumers demands are met with supplies. For example, research has shown that shopping on the Internet can result in lower search costs and better product selections. This is because the shopper has the ability to analyze prices from various stores without having to travel distances. The shopper can now shop online for goods that are for sale in a foreign nation, and rather than having to travel to the country to receive the goods, the consumer can order online and get it delivered efficiently. According to the Ernst and Young Survey ('Internet Shopping' 1998), prospective shoppers viewed price savings and selection as more important benefits than convenience, which was ranked third. However, using the Internet we have the capacity to achieve both, having the ability to offer shoppers convenience as well as better prices.Not only has the Internet achieved a more equitable trading environment for consumers, it also gives us the potential to communicate more effectively and efficiently. For example, the cost of sending an email is generally cheaper than posting a letter in the mail, especially for people wishing to communicate internationally. Furthermore, an email can be sent immediately after it is written, and does not need to go through official procedures such as the Post Office and a mail box. The recipient of the email is able to access it from anywhere, as it is a virtual communication tool, as opposed to having a physical mail box where the letters are delivered. Thus, clearly, an Internet communication tool such as the Internet is extremely valuable, especially for travelers who need to be able to be interconnected with their old lifestyle whilst journeying to experience foreign cultures. The power of the Internet not only extends to people who need the convenience of shopping, and to be able to easily communicate with associates and friends, but the Internet also provides an environment for News sharing and encourages people to be updated with the News. Unfortunately, as there currently isnt any appropriate virtual filtering system software out there, although there are many News articles available, they are from the perspective of international media institutions. However, the Internet is constantly changing and is becoming more accommodating to the individual as opposed to just catering to international corporations. Many academics believe that the Internet is a form of communication for people who want to express their own opinions and who dont want to be repressed by the wealthy, whom are often seen as domineering as they hold too much power in a capitalist society. Furthermore, many teenagers would also confirm that they have had many positive experiences with the Internet as they believe it is a place for them to escape from the pressures of reality and enjoy the entertainment that this system has the ability to provide. Computer games, although some would argue that they actually distract people from reality, provide the opportunity for individuals to express creativity and challenge themselves. Interactive computer games provide an environment where individuals are allowed to explore foreign surroundings and take risks that will result in no harm to the game player. The Internet appeals to the younger generation not only because of entertainment purposes, but young academics have also agreed that the Internet creates convenience to research and university students. This is because many different articles can be found on a specific topic, and not only is the opinions of academics read, but people with unique experiences and in different professions are also heard and critically analyzed. Being an academic myself, I strongly believe that the Internet provides a great environment where people are allowed to share their thoughts and beliefs whilst remaining anonymous. In conclusion, popular uses of the Internet have largely contributed to the advancement of society. More people are now turning to this phenomenon in order to have an efficient lifestyle where the maximum number of tasks can be achieved everyday. Although some would argue that people are becoming too reliant on the Internet, others would argue that it is a freedom of choice and it is the individuals choice to be able to choose how much they should be using the Internet per day, and on how dependent they want to be. Ultimately, the Internet is a tool that is effective when used appropriately and effectively and it is at the discretion of the individual. As quoted by Schipper, the Internet is a tool that has both good and bad sides; lets weed out the bad ones.Bibliography:Ernst and Young (2000) 'Global Online Retailing' survey, Stores, Section 2, JanuaryChang Joshua (2005) Online Shopping: Advantages over the offline alternative. [Online] http://www.arraydev.com/commerce/JIBC/0311-07.htmSchipper George (2005) WI on Globalization [Online]http://www.wupperinst.org/globalisation/html/lit_global.html
How many times have we brought food and then forgotten about it only to remember it because it begins to stink? Against this, you cannot do anything, but you can ensure that your food lasts longer and keeps fresh.How?There are many things you can do, such as regularly clean your refrigerator and regularly check the food in there and also that you keep in the cupboards or anywhere else. But its not just about checking them. This cannot prevent anything. All you will be doing is throwing away food items before they stink up the entire kitchen. So, what can you do to keep the food fresh?Practical List of Tips for Ensuring Food is Cleaner and Fresher:1) Spread some cloves on and around the marble surface of your kitchen, and also spread some cloves under the sink. Why?The Cloves keeps ants away.2) Place some bay leaves inside your bags of dough, rice and the rest of the packs that insects prefer.Why?Bay leaves keep insects and other such lice away from food products. By placing bay leaves inside the packets, we ensure that insects do not reside there. But please remember to change the bay leaves once every three months.3) Place half a potato in the refrigerator.Why?If there is any kind of bad smell from food or cooked items, the half potato will absorb it. To make sure that this works, remember to exchange the potato every three days.4) Store eggs with the pointed side down.Why?Storing eggs with the pointed side down keeps them fresh for a longer period.5) Place a few cubes of sugar in the jar where you store American cheese.Why?When you place two or three cubes of sugar with the American cheese in an air tight jar, the sugar absorbs the moisture and prevents the cheese from getting bad.6) Do not store tomatoes and cucumbers in the same draw.Why?Tomatoes give out gases that cause cucumbers to rot faster so make sure that you keep these two apart.7) Do not store apples along with the rest of the fruits and vegetables.Why?Apples give out certain gases that cause fruits and vegetables to rot.8) Place slices of apples or raw potatoes in the bread compartment or jar.Why?By adding a few slices of raw potatoes or apples with the bread, you ensure that the bread remains fresh for longer than usual.9) Store radish in a vessel along with some water.Why?You should store radish in a vessel along with water because water will keep the radish fresh and crisp for a long time. For the same reason, if the radishes have shriveled, place them in a jar of cold water. Water will restore the radish to its previous splendor.Conclusion:Here, I have presented only a few of the more practical actions you should follow to ensure that the food you and your family consume remains fresh and tasty.
So what exactly is Windows Vista? "Windows Vista" is the next major operating system release from Microsoft. This highly anticipated release not only has many new and exciting features but Microsoft have also improved the graphical user interface and given it a new visual style. Windows Vista, which is due to be released to the business sector in November this year, sports hundreds of new features, many of which are designed for use within the business environment.Why should I care?Windows Vista brings many benefits to small, medium and large organizations. New features such as Desktop Search and the Windows Explorer improvements make finding and using information easier and quicker than ever before. It is stated that over 30% of an employees day is spent trying to find information - these new tools will help to reduce that figure and increase productivity within your company.As we move into an ever increasing mobile age it is becoming more important for employees to be mobile enabled. The Sync Centre feature of Windows Vista is at the heart of Microsofts desktop / mobile technologies. This application eases the pain of mobile device synchronization and ensures the whole process is completed securely enabling users to have a consistent view whether they are in or out of the office.Windows Vista also has many new security features that will aid in defending against the vast number of security threats that are present today on the Internet. With improved Windows Firewall and Windows Defender technologies, defending against spyware and unauthorized access is transparent. User Account Control, which protects against admin users inadvertently changing settings, ensures that any malware or virus that get onto your system cannot change any settings without you first agreeing to it. There are many other security features including granular auditing/logging, improved security update tools and full disk drive encryption - all of which combine to create the most secure Windows ever.What should I do to ensure a smooth transition?1. Windows Vista requires almost 4 times the processing power as Windows XP so it is important to know that your hardware is up to the task. In order to ascertain this produce an asset report on all of your desktop machines. This should detail processor type and speed, the physical size of memory and hard disk(s), the type of graphics card installed and the amount of graphics memory it has.2. Microsoft are going to release 6 different versions of the operating system so it is therefore important to decide which version meets your business needs.3. Understand what machines will be compatible with Windows Vista and what machines will need to be upgraded or replaced.4. Produce a report detailing all software applications that are used throughout the business. This report should detail the product name and version.5. Understand any compatibility issues between your installed software and Windows Vista.6. Ensure that your users know how to use the features in [*_*] that will improve both productivity and ensure security/reliability.The next stepsWith the launch of [*_*] only a few months away, it is important that you take action now. If you follow the steps outlined above, you will ensure that your transition to Vista is smooth and ensure that your business remains productive, reliable and secure.