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Telephones w/ Video!! [Dec. 15th, 2006|08:09 pm]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
Video Phones are an extremely new, and growing, new technology. They are primarily used by Deaf people, but are also being used by people who travel a lot (especially long distances) and have loved ones they would like to stay in touch with on a more personal level. Many men and women in war are using video phones to talk to their families in America while they are away. Video phones are very similar to a TTY (known as TDD in the older generations), which is a telephone with a keyboard attached so that the Deaf person can type to a relay service who will then voice interpret what is written to the hearing person on the other end of the phone. The video phone is an amazing invention for Deaf people, because they can now “talk” to each other without having to type everything out, which is a huge inconvenience and time consuming for the people involved. The video phones are set up very similar to web cameras, and work just as telephones do. Each person has a camera and they connect to each other so that when they sign back and forth to each other it is visibly seen. This invention has helped Deaf people to communicate a lot better and more efficiently. The video phone systems also have a relay service with actual certified and qualified sign language interpreters that interpret what is signed to the (hearing) listener, and sign back to the Deaf person what the hearing person said. This is much easier for the Deaf person to understand.
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Online Bill pay [Dec. 15th, 2006|08:08 pm]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
Online bill pay is becoming more and more predominant. Many people love the comfort of being “able to pay bills t their underwear”; that is the slogan that is commonly used with online bill pay commercials to attract more people. This appeals to the common person because it means they can be in the comfort of their own home, but still get bills paid with no errands and running around. This has obviously become more common with more and more advanced in technology; for example, the increased use of the internet and world wide web. Online bill pay saves people from having to write checks and send bills via mail, which can get lost or stolen, and there are no repercussions –if the bill is late it’s late. This way the bills can be paid quickly, on time, and go through the company For Sure. Many people forget about bills that need to be paid and scramble around at the last minute so they can try to get the bills paid on time; with online bill pay just a couple clicks and the bill is paid no problem. Online bill pay reduces late fee’s and other surcharges and can be acquired for no reason at all. The online bill pay system has helped me tremendously with staying organized, paying the bills on time, and keeping my records together.
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Online courses [Dec. 15th, 2006|08:07 pm]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
Online classes are becoming a hot commodity for a college students seeking an education. A lot of students prefer to take a class online rather than having to travel to the school daily and physically sit in the classroom to learn from a professor who is lecturing in person. The main advantage of taking a class online is the convenience of being able to take the class from your own home, in your own room, at your own pace. You can take the class on your own time, and schedule the time in which you take your class according to when it is best for you. Instead of asking the teacher for permission whenever you want to leave class, whether the break is for the restroom or to get a snack, you are now able to come and go as you please. This is obviously more appealing to students to be able to do class on their own, and especially more appealing because they do not have to sit through a lecture or deal with teachers they may (or may not) get along with and understand. They can sit through the lecture in short spurts, which makes some people (like myself), who have trouble focusing, learn easier. That way their brain does not get overloaded with information and it is not as frustrating to the student because they are not forced to learn information at a certain pace and a certain time.
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XM radio [Dec. 13th, 2006|01:51 am]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
XM radio= now people can listen to music non-stop with out ANY commercials. Listeners can choose from over 200 radio stations, which gives he or she a wide variety of music to choose from. There are all different types of music to choose from. From old to new, classical to rock, jazz to polka, country to rap, etc. If you listen to a song and decide that you really like it, and want to hear it again, you can store it on the radio’s memory. The song will be saved there for you to listen to any time you want, even if the song is not out on a cd (or even the radio) yet. This is an extremely new theory for music because it can completely overtake cd’s, possibly in the same way that cd’s have outdated tapes. If people can hear the songs they want to listen to, without having to go out and buy the cd, then they will just continue to utilize the XM’s memory space and not be spending extra money paying for music they have already stored on their radio. With XM radio people can listen to their personal choice of music, and save the songs so it is almost like playing a mix cd with all the songs that YOU decide to play; in essence you are your own dj. Many people get XM radio because you are guaranteed to have service everywhere you drive, and there are many places out in the country, or in small towns, that do not get radio reception very well…this can be very annoying. Since XM radio is controlled by a satellite system, then the service is nation-wide, and in all actuality is world-wide. I want XM radio.
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medical lasers [Dec. 13th, 2006|01:50 am]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
Today’s medical society is drastically improving with every technological innovation that comes along. Doctors can monitor patients more thoroughly than they have ever been able to with the monitoring systems that check the vital health statistics of their patients. They can perform surgeries that they previously not been able to do so with as much precision and positive outcomes. Medicines are advancing greatly, allowing they are allowing the terminally ill to live far beyond the life span of those persons who were stricken with the same illness years ago. Some say that modern medicines are allowing for the weaker of the human race to survive, essentially playing with Darwin’s theory of the survival of the fittest. Lasers are another modern marvel and technological innovation to the field of medicine. Lasers can be used in many different ways for many different reasons. Optometrists use lasers to correct a patient’s vision back to an acceptable point. Dentists use lasers for whitening their patients’ teeth; they can also be used in place of the drill for removing cavities. Surgeons can use lasers to make incisions in their patients when they operate. All previously could be completed without the use of lasers, however lasers have lead to a more “humane” way of accomplishing the same tasks. Less painful, less messy, less time, more accurate.
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GPS [Dec. 13th, 2006|01:50 am]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
GPS. Global positioning system. Many cell phones today have it, many cars have it. Airplanes and boats have utilized it for years, but we “ground” people are just beginning to venture into the realm of the technology. Companies such as Wal-Mart are using it to track their goods while en route from their distribution centers to their stores across America. They use it in the form of RFID. Radio Frequency Identification. They can track their goods whereabouts anywhere as long as they have a tracking device. The government can use GPS devices for many reasons. The military can use it to track planes, boats, vehicles, and personnel. GPS would especially come in handy in the event of a plane or boat wreck and they needed to find the location of those who are stranded. The coast guard uses it to track boats out to sea. The departments of the FBI, DEA, and CIA can use it for virtually anything they desire. The sky is the limit for them, they may be spying on you and I as you are reading this! This technology has allowed for “big brother” to keep tabs on the general population in a manor most feel is intrusive at best, and unconstitutional at worst.
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TV [Dec. 13th, 2006|01:48 am]
Writing and Technology
kc_cbr
Let’s talk about HD TVs for a minute. Who would have thought the original black and white, static ridden, fuzzy, pain-in-the-neck-to-change-the-channel TVs would ever become as sophisticated and intricate as they are today. They come in a ridiculous amount of varieties. You can choose from tube tv, plasma, LCD, DLP, projection. The list goes on and on. You can get them as small as a few inches, and as large as hundreds of inches!! What in the world is that necessary for?! I will tell you though, playing a game like fight night on xbox 360 on a 100” projector DLP is insane. Talk about life-like. Which brings up HD TV, what is the point in going to sporting events or concerts anymore when you can watch it in HD. It is like you are sitting right there!!! I think a lot of people will stay at home and watch it because it is more clearly visible than it would be at the park. However this takes away from the atmosphere, the point of the games is to go and be immersed in the cheering or the crowds… sad times ahead for sports fans…
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(no subject) [Dec. 3rd, 2006|04:21 am]
Writing and Technology
mobrien4411
This is actually something that is going to be in my research paper, but I wanted to talk about it. I'm doing my paper on the McDonaldization of society... It relates to technology in that it also controls people unknowingly. One way it does this is through making the consumer an unpaid laborer. When I read this, it made me think more about that because I had never thought of myself as such.

But it makes sense. When we walk into a McDonald's (let's say we're dining in instead of drive-thru) we have to walk up to the counter ourselves instead of having someone come serve us. We order our food and get a piece of paper with a number on it that someone will scream when it's time to retrieve the food. There are no waiters here. In some fast food places we are just given the bare minimums of the meal and have to put on our own lettuce, tomatoes, ketchup, and what not. We usually have to retrieve our own drinks. Then when the meal is over, we have to bus our own tables.

I don't have a problem doing anything of those things, but it's interesting how things can have a hold over us like that and we don't even realize it. And then you think of how corporations like the fast food industry and gas stations and retail and whoever benefit from this, because it requires less labor on their part. And payroll is one of the first things most corporations will cut, so I'm sure it generates more profit for the company at the cost of the consumer.
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Introducing the Ceiling Fan [Dec. 2nd, 2006|03:23 pm]
Writing and Technology
funart01
[mood |crankycranky]

Ceiling Fans

My topic for the day is ceiling fans. I think that these are the best invention for keeping you house and your electricity bills down. These fans keep the air circulating and they push the hot air that normally rises to the ceiling down to the level where you sit. Before ceiling fans where invented they used the paper fans. Either they created them by using a fan fold with paper or they used a card board piece of paper with a stick stapled to the back so they could use the stick as a handle. When I was a kid and went to church they did not have any air conditioner and we had to use the fans that had the cardboard and stick kind. Your hand got so tired when you frequently fanned yourself. In our own home we had floor fans but never a ceiling fan. Now that I am older I can not sleep without the ceiling fan going. Recently we had to go out and replace our ceiling fan because it wobbled. It was a very hard choice because just like everything else these days there were so many options to choose from. There were the ones that were so silent that could go on high speeds and did not make any noises and there were the ones that had the remotes that you did not have to get up and pull the cord. And there was the wood or the metal with the different attachments like the lights or the ones with the shades. We were there for hours trying to decide which one to choose. Well to make a long story short we had to choose one that did not look so feminine also. So we chose one that looks like something that should be in a cabin. It is black with small lamp shades on it. It also has a remote because we are too lazy to get up and turn it on. I installed this ceiling fan and believe me to hold it in place while I put in the screws all by my self was a chore. But I was successful at the installation and it is functioning just fine.
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Call Me Sometime [Dec. 1st, 2006|05:56 pm]
Writing and Technology

hippie19
[music |Kettle Whistle - Jane's Addiction]

I am evil. I used to work in a telephone call center. I didn't make the outgoing calls, just picked up the incoming ones. I knew how the people felt on the other floors when they had to cold call customers. I keep this in mind all the time when telemarketers call and I am not interested in the international long distance rates to India that they have for me. Apparently, the person that had my phone number before me subscribed to as much strange company long distance, cable, satellite service that they could. So on a regular basis I get calls for a person who's name I can't pronounce for services that I don't have. Today was not an exception for that. I took my time today to attempt to explain to the person on the other end of the phone/world. A young lady called, with a heavy foreign accent, and asked for "Samir Nagheenanajar" (not really, but I couldn't understand her either.) I politely ask her to repeat herself in order to clarify that she wasn't mispronouncing my name, it happens sometimes. She doesn't... she just proceeds to ramble on about how she could make my life better and save me money at the same time. I interrupt. We go back and forth for a few times trying to get her to tell me who she was calling for, she tells me her name, her company's name, her name again, and then finally she repeats "Samir." I explain carefully that I was not "Samir" and that I do not want/need what he had. She tells me that she could improve on the satellite service that I have... but I don't have satellite. I don't want satellite. I tell her that I have everything that I want and need and I don't want to make any changes to my services. She tells me that I would be better off. Again I repeat, to no avail. I could have just hung up, but I was in too far just to give up like that. I ask for her supervisor. I explain, he understands, but not fully. He attempts to tell me that he could save me money by upgrading my satellite service. I lose it. I don't know if it was from listening to Lewis Black or if it was just the mood I have been in, but I calmly explain, without raising my voice, my opinion on TV. He understands and promises to remove my phone number.












Incase you were wondering, I don't like TV. I don't have cable, I really don't even have local stations. I think the television is just like high-school guidance counselors, politicians and tabloid papers; full of lies and crap.
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