Green Technology – New Recommendations Make it Easy to Be Green

It might not be easy being green if you happen to be the CEO of British Petroleum in light of the Gulf oil disaster, but if you’re responsible for a digital signage network being environmentally responsible has never been simpler thanks to the Screen Forum.

That’s because the Screen Forum, an independent working group focused on sharing best practices in the digital signage industry, released earlier this summer a list of one dozen steps aimed at ensuring digital sign networks deliver the maximum impact with the minimum affect on the environment.

The steps, available on the group’s website, are a well-reasoned list of proscriptions for minimizing the impact of digital signage networks on the environment. While the list is publicly available on the Web and self explanatory, I found one aspect of the Screen Forum’s steps fascinating and worthy of a bit of comment.

Achieving balance underpins much of the list -the balance between environmental impact and performance; the balance between achieving communications goals and doing so in a way that does not diminish, or is sympathetic to, nearby landmarks; and the balance between fulfilling its main purpose and giving back to the community by promoting environmental awareness.

Balancing performance and environmental impact touches many phases of digital signage network rollout and operations. The concept laid out in the steps seems to focus on the drawing a distinction between saturation and sufficiency. Many of the steps advocate doing no more than is necessary to accomplish the desired mission of communications. Limiting the number of computer components, the size of the network and number of displays therein as well as the power requirements of the network seeks to balance the task at hand with the environmental cost of accomplishing it.

Achieving equilibrium in terms of digital sign performance and placement vis-à-vis nearby landmarks gets at the most basic of environmental concerns, namely impacting the locale in which the sign hangs. Reading this step reminded me of the contrast between states that have outlawed, or legislated extremely strict restrictions, on the use and placement of billboards along highways and driving down the Las Vegas Strip. The Screen Forum’s admonition balances the legitimate desire to communicate important messages via digital signs with the need to appreciate the surroundings of the signs and minimize whenever and however possible the likelihood of the signs detracting from their local environment.

Acknowledging the opportunity to use the network -if even only on a periodic basis- to raise the awareness of the public about environmental concerns is particularly fascinating because it recognizes there’s far more to a digital signage network than hardware and software. In fact, the reason for being of any digital signage network is to communicate messages -often finely defined, narrowcast communications. Balancing that mission with the unrelated goal of communicating to the public about environmental concerns recognizes that there’s more to communicating successfully than a well-defined message. It’s almost as if the Screen Forum transplanted the concept of public service TV messages to the arena of digital signage, except digital signage networks have no government-mandated public service obligation to fulfill.

Certainly, there’s more to the Screen Forum’s 12 steps than balance, but the concept plays an important role in the thinking behind the recommendations. Anyone considering rolling out a digital signage network would be well served to check out the Screen Forum’s list and given it some serious consideration.

Own A Home? Here’s Five Facts You Should Know About Your Kitchen Plumbing

Owning a home is a rewarding experience, but can also present situations of stress anxiety. If you are experiencing issues with your kitchen plumbing, or if you just want to educate yourself for future reference, there are a few facts you should keep in mind. Take a look at the following to help you deepen your understanding of your kitchen area.

Mold can grow in the kitchen!

First and foremost, all homeowners should be aware of the potential for mold. Not surprisingly, most people only consider the possibility of mold growth when they think about their bathrooms. While it is true that showers create atmospheres of humidity and dampness and are prime for mildew, kitchen plumbing is susceptible to the invasive substance, as well. Not only is mold bad for your health, but it can eat through certain pipe systems and wood. Maintain a regular inspection schedule to catch mold before it spreads.

Always be mindful of leaks.

Speaking of mold, never neglect a leak, no matter how minor it may seem. The most common issue is a leaky faucet. Even little leaks can amass pooled water and cause great damage. Dishwashers, refrigerators, and washing machines located in kitchens can all cause water damage. And water damage can incur necessary repairs that quickly morph into very large expenditures. Never ignore a leak! Call a trusted plumber immediately if you find that you are unable to stop the problem.

Orangeburg pipe is a problem.

This particular type of pipe is primarily found in older homes. So if you have a home that was built before the 1980s, then this information is for you! Manufactured in Orangeburg, New York, this material in your kitchen plumbing is comprised of a wood-like substance. Produced as a cheaper option, it has a lifespan of less than fifty years. With the material as flimsy as it is, these types of pipes have experienced a lot of rot and mildew over the years. The best remedy for Orangeburg is a replacement. While replacement of this pipe may cost you upfront, it can save you money in the long-run, as Orangeburg can cause bigger problems than just a replacement cost.

Funky water can indicate a problem with the pipes.

Your kitchen water can tell you a lot about the state of your plumbing. Ever detect a smell of rotten eggs? If you are in your kitchen, it could just be a forgotten carton of eggs. Or it could indicate a contamination from the sewer pipes. Algae and mold can also grow in your pipes and affect your water supply. The type of pipe itself can also tamper with the taste. Copper pipes, while reliable and flexible, can sometimes deposit small amounts of copper into the water, especially if the pipes are beginning to corrode. In short: call your local plumber if you notice a change in your water supply.

Drain cleaners are not always your friend.

When a kitchen sink clogs, most people turn first to a bottle of drain cleaner. This is not always a bad reaction, but you should minimize its use. Drain cleaners are a combination of harsh chemicals that can corrode your system of pipes. Not only are they corrosive, but they can sometimes release toxic fumes within your home. Again, you can use these cleaners, if you do so carefully and sparsely. Try a few do-it-yourself remedies first, or call a trusted plumber for your kitchen plumbing.

New Technology, New Surprises

Technology in recent times has grown to such a level, that you get almost everything at your finger tips. Electronic gadgets have replaced people in many places. Earlier, we used to go to meet friends, run around in the park, share a coke. These days, all we do is ping someone in yahoo or tweet in a networking site. Gone are the days, when you could go to your friends’ place without having to inform them about your arrival.

Technology is also a nice way to connect, learn and explore. One of the recent developments of technology is e-learning. E-learning is learning by the use of digital tools and content. Simply known as learning through computers.

E-learning is such a huge jump in the world of education. There was a time when certain subjects or certain courses were not available to us, as we could not find anyone who could teach us. With technology, this gap has been bridged. E-learning helps us learn just about anything at anytime and at any place. The education system is fast changing to e-learning, wherein many schools are changing over to E-learning for certain subjects and topics. Students can learn just about anything, right from how a cell phone works to how to fly an aircraft.

Many corporate companies are using e-learning as a tool to improve their employees knowledge without having to travel far.Video conferencing is yet another tool which provides a virtual meeting place. This reduces the cost incurred by a company on travel, stay and hiring professionals to teach.

New Dental Implant Technologies

Conventional dental implants involve a procedure that lasts six months or more. The implant is placed, and allowed a period of six months to integrate with the bone and heal before it is crowned. Advancements in new dental implant technology have resulted in ‘immediate loading’, making teeth implants a one-day procedure.

Recent Advancements

Modern implant technologies have revolutionised the way tooth replacement is performed. Improvements in coating technology, advances in the shape and thread designs of implants and three dimensional scanning systems are some of the radical changes that are changing the way implants are done.

Improvements in Coating Technology: New methods of coating technology have made it easier for dental implants to assimilate with the jawbone, thereby enhancing their stability and durability. One of the latest developments in the field involves the coating of dental implants with a bone material that is synthetic in nature. This helps the implant to incorporate better into the jaw bone.

Three Dimensional Scanning System: A 3D dental CT scan uses Cone Beam Volumetric Technology (CBVT). It allows the scan to be performed with the patient in a sitting position, offering a clear view of where exactly the implant should be placed. The quality of the scanned image is excellent and the extent of the patient’s exposure to radiation is reduced.

Tooth Implant Shape and Thread Designs Advancements: Implant thread design has a major impact on primary implant stability. Modern dental thread implant technology offers maximum primary contact, enhanced stability, increased surface area of the implant and easy integration with the bone without any stress. This advancement in implant technology minimises bone loss.

Screwless Dental Implants: Another recent advancement is single tooth dental implantation without the use of screws. This novel technique offers a clipping mechanism to bond the abutment and the material of the crown.

Immediate Loading or Osseointegrated Implants

Osseointegration refers to the fusing of the dental implant into the bone. The success of new implant technology depends on effective osseointegration. Modern implants are made up of two parts – the implant proper or artificial that is surgically implanted in the jaw bone and held in place with tiny titanium screws, and an abutment which connects the root to the crown.

CT Scanning Technology

The 3D dental CT scan is used to image the mouth and the implant is then positioned appropriately. CT Scans enable cosmetic dentists to fully plan a complete tooth implant procedure before the dental surgery. The cosmetic dentist is able to view a detailed three dimensional image created by the scan from any direction possible through 360 degrees. With conventional techniques there was a need for the dental surgeon to detach the gum tissue from the root and jaw bone and use probes to accurately measure the thickness and density of the jaw bone. With this new dental implant technology there is no waiting period involved, the procedure is often referred to as ‘Teeth in an Hour’.

The Future of Tooth Implants

Recent advancements in the design of Teet implants and components used have enhanced the flexibility of the procedure so that the implant specialist to can customise it to suit the patient’s bone structure. Research carried out at the Medical Centre of Columbia University resulted in developing new dental implant technology which uses stem cells to grow a dental implant in the mouth. This technology is in the very early stages and the research showed that it was possible to grow a fully formed tooth in approximately nine weeks form the implant procedure.

Laser Eye Surgery – New Technologies, New Risks

Laser eye surgery has helped millions of people correct their vision, eliminating their need for glasses and contact lenses. Like any surgery, however, laser eye surgery carries risks. When errors happen during laser eye surgery, patients may leave the clinic with vision problems far worse than they had before. Negligent eye surgeons may be guilty of medical malpractice.

The first attempts at correcting a patient’s vision using lasers required cutting the patient’s cornea to create a flap. This allows the laser to reshape the surface of the eye below the cornea, repairing many of the patient’s vision problems. However, because of the need to remove part of the patient’s cornea with a scalpel, any unsteadiness in the surgeon’s hand can cause permanent eye damage. In addition, if the flap heals back incorrectly, patients may experience permanent visual distortions.

In order to reduce the risks of scalpel-based procedures, eye surgeons have developed new techniques and technologies. Rather than a blade, newer technologies use lasers to remove the top layers of the cornea. This still requires some amount of destruction to the cornea, however, so there is still a significant margin of error. It may also still take weeks before patients fully recover.

Although many people are pleased with the results of their surgery, it is not appropriate for everyone. People with diabetes are at a greater risk of complications. Patients with diseases affecting the eye, including common conditions like glaucoma and keratoconus, are likelier to experience severe eye damage than people without those conditions.

Even if a patient not been diagnosed with an eye condition, there may be conditions that have gone unnoticed. A full eye examination is necessary to determine any problems that may make a patient ineligible for laser eye surgery. Otherwise normal variations in the shape of patients’ eyes can make laser eye surgery suitable for some but risky for others.

How To Be More Optimistic In The Long Term

We probably all have that one friend, one relative, one colleague or one neighbor who is particularly positive and can always see the bright side of the picture.

Sometimes they are kind of annoying. But sometimes they are kind of uplifting as they are trying to bring the best out of us.

In fact, you can possibly be that positivity freak.

However, if you are not naturally inclined to be so positive all the time, you may be confused and wondering how you too can actually learn (or teach yourself) to be more optimistic.

Some people are inherently positive while others are inherently negative. Maybe it’s an inborn thing. Maybe it’s shaped by their childhood experience.

But are we all capable of transforming ourselves from a negative energy-draining vampire to a positive, happy, self-motivating individual?

The key lies in shifting the way you think about things.

It turns out that optimism is not simply the tendency to believe that things will turn out for the better while pessimism is not just the tendency to think things will turn out poorly.

Instead, these terms are used to describe the way a person thinks about what causes the adversity.

A pessimist tends to think about these things in a way that makes them feel powerless. For example, many pessimists attribute the adversity to internal forces, such as “Oh my god, this ruins everything!”, “This is totally out of my control!”, or “Oh dear, there is no way I can change this.”

It is possible to change the way that you think about things. When you are faced with an adversity you’re your default set of thinking makes you conclude that things are negative, take a step back, take a deep breath and let’s reconsider it from a different angle.

For example, if you have an upcoming test and you are having difficulty understanding the material that is being covered, it is easy to fall into the line of thinking that you are going to fail. A healthier option is to think about ways you could better understand the material and work on learning and studying what you need in order to get a better grade on the test.

The idea is that if you are thinking you are going to fail, you probably will. Where focus goes, energy flows.

Changing your thought process and studying the material thoroughly is the only sensible option to improve your chances of success.

While our attitudes towards things are sometimes habitual, it is possible to change the way that you think about things, thus learning to be more optimistic about events.

Reading positive affirmations will help, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to reconditioning yourself to reframe any situations in the most empowering angle so that you consciously attach a positive meaning on it.

Let’s build up your awareness, train your focus muscle and transform yourself into a positive human being!

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How To Choose Happiness No Matter What

Have you ever dwelled on unresolved conflicts for months, if not years, where all you can think about are the negative side of things?

Are you the kind of person who always sees a glass half empty instead of a glass half full?

Do you have a tendency to be overprotective, over-cautious, overstressed by little minutiae because you somehow find a way to interpret them as bad dangerous things?

If you are naturally inclined to be pessimistic about life, the chances are that you aren’t happy most of the time. As sarcastic as it sounds, you are very good at finding reasons (or excuses) to be upset about everything that happens to you and this is negatively affecting your entire well-being.

Luckily, things don’t have to be this way. You have a choice. You have latent personal power to change that.

While some people are hardwired to find the negatives in almost everything, others are the exact opposite who are able to find the goods in everything.

If you tend to dwell on the negative, here’s the big thing you can do now in order to change your perspective for the better.

It’s called choosing happiness.

It sounds pretty simple although it’s a difficult transformational process for some fellows.

The first thing you need to do is to remember what happens to you is not always within your control, but how you react to it is.

Once you realize this, you are immediately more powerful because you are now choosing how circumstances can affect you. You now understand that no one can make you sad, angry or depressed because your happiness does not depend on anyone or anything.

Your happiness depends on you.

This attitude can be a challenge for some, especially those who have years of ingrained habits, thinking patterns, and belief systems that shaped their worldview into a negativity-biased reality.

However, the idea of reframing is to push out the negative thoughts and try to see things with a different perspective.

For example, if your significant other recently left you, the negative reaction for most is to dwell on what you did wrong and to feel sorry for yourself. To reframe this thought, you must consider the other people you have in your life who still love you.

It is okay to note the mistakes you may have made in the past relationships, but recognize that most of us made mistakes as well. And what’s more important right now is to stop living in fear, stop arguing over unimportant issues, stop figuring who’s right and who’s wrong, but start loving opening and generously while you still can.

Also, you must define what optimism means to you personally. Even the same words can sometime mean different things to different people.

Generally, optimistic people tend to believe that everything happens for a reason, but no matter what happens, everything will work out how it is supposed to and we will be fine.

While bad things are inevitably going to happen, it is important to learn from them and move on rather than dwell on them, letting the past things sucking your energy, time and spirit away.

If you’re willing to stop and take some time to reframe situations in a new, fresh and positive way, you will be a conscious human being who can design a happier, more successful, more fulfilling life.