Advantages of Travertine Flooring To Add Value To Your Home
If you are looking to add great value to your home then considering travertine tiles to add that spice of elegance and beauty. Travertine floors are made from the majestic natural stone and offer incredible depth and colour, adding a great aesthetic appearl to your home. Travertine flooring has its advantages and limitations. Understanding your lifestyle, needs and preferences is key to ensuring that the function of this flooring option is fully maximized for your home.
So what exactly is travertine?
Travertine flooring is made from travertine, a type of limestone that forms through mineral deposits, particularly in and around hot springs. Travertine limestone is composed of calcium carbonate, the same material that makes stalactites and stalagmites.
Travertine tiles have been used for many years not just for its durability but also for its looks and texture. The Romans, for example, built many of their famous buildings using travertine. A notable example is the Colosseum, a building made mostly from the material and has remained as one of the most enduring landmarks in Italy. It is also commonly found in some of the world’s oldest buildings.
So what are the advantages of travertine flooring?
Travertine flooring is quite durable and with sufficient care, it can last for many years and maintain its beauty. When sold, the material is usually displayed with a mark indicating its hardness on the MOH scale. In general, travertine registers at the MOH scale with a 3-4 rating, which is near or equivalent to that of marble. As long as it is sealed, treated and cared for, it can withstand regular foot traffic plus lots more.
If your flooring is not sealed and installed in its rough form, it offers excellent traction. This is why a travertine paver is safer to use than ceramic tiles outdoors in the garden or patio. Travertine also comes in several colours such as beige, white or ivory, brown, red and gold so tiles can be matched to a preferred colour scheme. It is also processed and sold in different finishes such as chiselled, brushed, tumbled and honed.
What are the disadvantages of travertine flooring?
Travertine flooring is made out of natural limestone. If it is unsealed, it can be damaged or stained by high-acid products because it is by nature porous. Travertine is alkaline and will react when it comes in contact with acids from liquids and foods. It can also be damaged over time due to corrosion if cleaned using acid-based products. It also tends to be rather slippery when wet, especially if it is polished.
This type of flooring is also a high-end construction material and as such, tends to be priced at a premium. It is possible it can be as expensive as granite tiles or even more. Travertine flooring also behaves similarly to other natural stone materials in that it can chip or break and is vulnerable to scratching. It also tends to be quite heavy, particularly the larger 12″x12″ tile units, which can weight as much as 2.5kgs.
Travertine flooring also requires regular care and maintenance and may not be the best option in homes where there are kids and/or pets if it is unsealed. Very often you’ll find that it is used more often in the patio and living room areas and occassionally in the kitchen or bathroom.
The USA has banned online gambling. Or has it? Reading the Post Authority Law, I have found that what they have banned is financial transactions between US financial organizations and online casinos. Why? They cannot ban online casinos because these are not under their jurisdiction. So, have online casinos complied? Some. The large ones have such as Party Gaming and 888, but an American player can still play.
So what does that tell us?
That gambling is at an all time high in the US and across the world. People like to play games for cash because they love the adrenalin rush they get when they bet money on the outcome of a game. A law, that refuses to acknowledge this is doomed to fail just like a law disallowing people from crossing the road when the signal light is red.
What About the Online Casinos?
Some, like Golden Casino, use a different name as their financial entity and ,thus, effectively bypass the US law. It pretty much works like this: the online casino does not allow US players but they leave it up to the players to stop playing. In other words, they do accept them, but are legally not liable for them.
So Why Should You Open an Online Casino NOW?
The US is bubbling with online players anxious to find somewhere or some casino that will accept their cash and allow them to play there. You can take advantage of this gap and this urge and place your casino in that location. Mind you, this is not unique and many online casinos are trying to think of ways to serve the US crowd, but it still is a budding industry because the big players like Playtech and BetonSports have left. Why not get in there and take up that gap?
Lets discuss this in financial terms. People are looking for this product and are scouring the city to find it. Why not open an online casino and offer them what they want? The initial costs are high, but the return on your investment will more than justify spending such large sums on purchasing the software. Note that running an online casino is not that difficult once you have bought the relevant software. Then, you have to spend on marketing this product. Use the relevant internet sites, and voile, players will start dropping in at an alarming rate.
Another reason to buy or open an online casino is that the law will take a while to take effect. This means that people can still play at casinos without any fear of prosecution. So why not take a plunge?
How Can I Open An Online Casino?
Contact one of the many software companies dealing with gaming such as MicroGaming, OddsOn and many others and ask. Some of these will even allow you to use their services such as customer and technical services while you just sit back and watch the money grow in your account. Is that something or not?
Opening or buying an online casino now is still if not more profitable than before. But do not take my word for it alone. Look up google or yahoo and research this for yourself. You will be surprised at the number of new casinos coming up. Join this rush for cash too or be left behind.
There used to be a time when a device malfunctioned and you just threw it away. Call it a lemon and get a new one – or maybe a better version. When my first cell phone crashed 12 years ago, I simply went to Radio Shack and bought a new one. I asked my 4 friends who also had cell phones to repeat their numbers and that was the end of it.
Not anymore. As technology is becoming more complicated and – at the same time – a greater necessity of our daily lives, the dependence on technological devices has also increased. Errors and malfunctions can no longer simply be ignored or discarded. We fill these devices with data and information that becomes critical to our daily lives. The loss of this information, or merely timely access to it, can have disastrous results on both our professional and personal lives. I am not trying to get on my soap box on this issue, merely stating that this is the way that things are – for better or for worse.
While it is arguably the best technology in the world, and indisputably in the top 5 or 10, Apple has created a host of products that have become ingrained in daily lives. Apple started with computers to compete with IBMs. They would eventually hit gold with the Macintosh models. This would evolve into the IMacs that ran on an OSX operating system that proved to be cleaner and less susceptible (or at least less targeted) for viruses compared to Microsoft Windows. ITunes and the IPod would follow, completely revolutionizing how users obtain and listen to music. The cell phone industry was rocked to its core with the development of the IPhone – which almost instantly made the Blackberry appear to be obsolete. Last year, Apple changed the way that we think about portable computing with the release of the IPad, a simple computing system focusing primarily on media and web programs/applications – the goal being to include most the features that laptop users use regularly while eliminating those that are more rarely delved into (all incorporating into a touch screen interface).
Despite all these successful and quality products, even Apple’s products are not beyond having errors and malfunctions. When these machines crash, large amounts of music files, pictures (jpegs), personal data, work documents, or other information may be at serious risk. Apple products are no more immune to needing data recovery than those of most other technology industry giants.
If you need data recovery for an Apple product, bear in mind that (for good reasons) Apple runs its computers on a different operating system than most companies. This does not mean that it is more difficult to recovery items from an Apple device, only that it is done a little differently compared to most recovery processes. Therefore, should you need data recovery for an Apple product, it is important to make sure that the company you are using for the recovery is adept at handling Apple products. Simple research on their qualifications and past experiences should suffice.
10 Questions To Ask Yourself And Determine If You Are Spyware Savvy
Most of us who use computers are afraid of spyware and the problems it causes. So, you learn all about spyware and the ways to protect yourself from it. How will you know whether you have complete knowledge? Well what you can do is to surf the World Wide Web for the latest on spyware and computer security.
You can test your knowledge by taking self-tests and quizzes. Companies like Microsoft are very consumer friendly and make an effort to upload tons of information on computers and software for users in search of knowledge.
According to Microsoft you can test your knowledge by answering the following questions:
1.How will you prevent children from accidentally downloading spyware?
The answer must be: You can prevent children from downloading spyware by giving them a limited user account.
2.What are browser cookies?
Ans: These are created by unethical persons to track your browsing preferences for their own use, to spam your pc with advertisements and marketing ploys, to steal personal information like bank account details, credit card numbers and so on, and to cause harm to your computer and business by stealing data/files.
3.How can you use technology to protect your computer?
Ans: Many giants in computer technology are offering software and hardware to prevent spyware attacks. For example Windows Defender Beta 2 is one option.
4.What is Windows Defender?
Ans: It is an anti-spyware software that can detect spyware and warn you immediately, inform you of possible dangers and new spywares, remove spyware. It protects your PC against pop ups, slow functioning, security threats, and infections.
5.What are common signs that show your computer is infected?
Ans: Signs are unwarranted pop ups, strange PC behavior, change in homepage settings, appearance of new tool bars not installed by you, slowing down of computer, loss of files, crashing of computer, and so on.
6.What are the precautions to be taken?
Ans: Precautions are: install a fire wall, update all software, pay attention to security settings, use anti-spyware programs, use the internet safely.
7.Is a firewall useful?
Ans: Yes, it examines all information and acts as a filter anything even faintly suspicious will not be permitted, it will create a protective cloak and prevent undesirable sources from detecting your computer on the net.
8.How does spyware work and what protects your computer?
Ans: A spyware is a thief it can use information on you, steal files, and place undesirable material on your computer. The pc must be protected by use of firewall, anti-spyware hardware as well as software, and careful browsing as well as downloads.
9.Where can you get protection against spyware?
Ans: There are many choices a few are: Platinum Internet security 2005, Microsoft Beta 2, Webroot Spy Sweeper, Sunbelt Counter Spy, and Spybot.
10. Name three security measures?
Ans: One must not open e-mails with attachments from unknown sources; use a spam guard for all e-mail accounts, and avoid using messengers.
These days knowledge is available at the click of a mouse button so update your knowledge base and keep abreast of new developments.
Total Network Inventory is the Best Solution for your Network Asset Tracking
Networks help to bring ease, effectiveness and speed to business. But they can also become hindering components if they are not managed properly. They require timely and competent support and management. One of basic fields in network management is network inventory and network audit. Administrators and company leaders should know their assets well to manage them effectively. But there must be a simple solution for asset tracking and management because doing this manually can become a nightmare for administrators and would require much time and resources, both labor and financial! Such automation of this process is a great time and efforts saver. It helps to streamline workflow, drive down costs of hardware and software upgrades and save personnel time.
Being committed to the highest standards of software excellence Softinventive Lab company has found the solution, which is Total Network Inventory. It is a PC audit and Network inventory software for office and large scale enterprise networks. Total Network Inventory carries out scanning operations to gather complete information about OS, service packs, hotfixes, hardware, software, running processes, etc. on remote machines. This information is stored in the centralized database and network administrators are able to build reports about each or all PCs on a network. Reports are very convenient as they present comprehensible information about networked machines in an easy manner to read and understand. There are also special reports like “Software installations count” and “Software and licenses”, which can help in licenses reconciliation. Since now reports in two formats can be built (A4 and Letter). The program is agent-free and requires no software installed on remote machines, except WMI (Windows Management Instrumentation) service, which is present by default on Windows 2000, XP and Vista, Server 2000, 2003 and 2008.
Version 1.6.1 of Total Network Inventory is even better:
-“Antivirus software” category remade into “Security” and now shows automatic updates status, antivirus, firewall and antispyware information.
-Multimonitor-aware interface: if you have more than one monitor now you can work with this program on the one you wish. TNI remembers its window position and at the next start it will be displayed in the previous position and size. All dialog windows are placed on the center of the screen where the main window is.
-Updated report building engine providing print-outs completely identical to the preview (WYSIWYG) and filters for exporting into many formats (PDF, RTF, XLS, XML, HTML, JPG, BMP, GIF, TIFF, TXT, CSV, Open Document Format).
Total Network Inventory allows administrators to be in control of their networks and plan upgrades easily. They can inventory computers on a corporate network as if they were sitting in front of them! PC inventory is made in transparent manner. In addition to the collected information, administrators can add extra information about each machine and its user, such as inventory number, computer cost and setup date, user real name, department, position, phone, e-mail, etc. (including custom defined fields). This adds clarity to the network inventory process.
Total Network Inventory has been designed with the user in mind, which is reflected in its interface that provides quick and unobtrusive navigation through the program. It provides a convenient scan wizard that will quickly walk an administrator through the five steps of the scan configuration.
Taking into account all these features TNI has a reasonable price and now your turn to try it. Get evaluation version of Total Network Inventory today and you will realize that there is nothing else better!
When it comes to your website, extra attention should be paid to every minute detail to make sure it performs optimally to serve its purpose. Here are seven important rules of thumb to observe to make sure your website performs well.
1) Do not use splash pages
Splash pages are the first pages you see when you arrive at a website. They normally have a very beautiful image with words like “welcome” or “click here to enter”. In fact, they are just that — pretty vases with no real purpose. Do not let your visitors have a reason to click on the “back” button! Give them the value of your site up front without the splash page.
2) Do not use excessive banner advertisements
Even the least net savvy people have trained themselves to ignore banner advertisements so you will be wasting valuable website real estate. Instead, provide more valueable content and weave relevant affiliate links into your content, and let your visitors feel that they want to buy instead of being pushed to buy.
3) Have a simple and clear navigation
You have to provide a simple and very straightforward navigation menu so that even a young child will know how to use it. Stay away from complicated Flash based menus or multi-tiered dropdown menus. If your visitors don’t know how to navigate, they will leave your site.
4) Have a clear indication of where the user is
When visitors are deeply engrossed in browsing your site, you will want to make sure they know which part of the site they are in at that moment. That way, they will be able to browse relevant information or navigate to any section of the site easily. Don’t confuse your visitors because confusion means “abandon ship”!
5) Avoid using audio on your site
If your visitor is going to stay a long time at your site, reading your content, you will want to make sure they’re not annoyed by some audio looping on and on on your website. If you insist on adding audio, make sure they have some control over it — volume or muting controls would work fine.
What we need is the Dewey Decimal System to go digital …
Specifically, someone needs to coax their keepers into putting some logical order into how computer viruses are sorted.
Recently, warnings abounded about the Kama Sutra virus quickly proliferating cyberspace, joining the Grew.A and Nyxem.E as serious threats to computer file security. However, only those who took a closer look at these strains were able to discover that they all had something in common.
They were virtually the same virus.
There is uniformity in the library world when it comes to catalogging the millions of books contained therein, thanks to Dewey. The weather service administrators do their bit for personnification by breathing a bit of nefarious charm into the tropical storms they track by assigning them names in alphabetical order each year. They key to both of these facts is that someone devised a universal means of identifying something that assists the general public in dealing with it.
The time is rapidly approaching when someone needs to step forward and put some order into the villainous world of computer infections.
New viruses arise so suddenly and spread so quickly that those whose job it is to seek and destroy them have little time to muse over what to name them. With Kama Sutra, for instance, its file-destroying program seemed to be spread by junk e-mail enticements to visit porn sites. The news media ran with that theme and gave it a headline-grabbing handle; Kama Sutra, of course, is the legendary lovemaking guide compiled to classify the creativity of ancient Hindu hedonism.
Geeks, however, have their own perspective when they put a spin on things. Just as banks need to have stately names, spyware apparently needs to carry Matrix-like titles to make them appear darker, more foreboding and a worthy challenge. After all, who amongst them would want to quash the Kama Sutra? Wouldn’t that confirm the geek image as a cyber-eunuch?
Thus, titles like Grew.A and Nyxem.E are coined to look so much more imposing and in need of professional assistance to eradicate.
F-Secure is a Finnish virus fighter and widely acclaimed to be one of the best of its kind on the market. Their stature is such that when they identify an intrusive program, others notice and accept the name they give it. In this case, F-Secure saw the program shared code and techniques with cetain file-destroying predecessors, so they went with ‘Nyxem.E,’ derived from the acronym for the New York Mercentile Exchange, whose web site was targeted by the initial culprit.
Other vendors took note that this program destroyed files instead of overloading websites with fake traffic. Using a logic known only to one of the backroom gnomes in their employ, this meant that ‘Grew.A’ was the most appropriate description. I can only think that asking for a clarification for that decision would cause most of us as much of a headache as trying to remove the program after it has hit our computers.
Anyway, in these trying times of terrorism alerts, if nobody else is willing to tackle the task of virus classification, those rock-lifters and cobweb-sweepers at the USA Department of Homeland Security are prepared to step into the fray. They have devised a system of virus naming through the Common Malware Enumeration, or CME. Outbreaks are assigned a random number, which in this case turned out to be ’24.’
We’ll see if such a system captures teh public’s imagination.
This is an important point, because if a unified virus identification system is to be effective, it has to immediately raise a general awareness so that the virus’ spread can be better contained.
If nothing else, ‘Kama Sutra’ generated enough clicks to quickly spread the word that a cyber-invader was on the prowl. Once named as such, a program that had been circulating for weeks, but was set to destroy files only on the third day of each month, finally came to the public’s attention. That gave vendors time to update their products and warn customers.
Incidentally, this strain is known to corrupt documents using the most common file types, including ‘.doc,’ ‘.pdf’ and ‘.zip.’ It affects most versions of Microsoft’s Windows operating system, which caused them to issue the most widely-heeded warning of the problem.
Given the recent animosity-filled anti-trust suit brought by the American government against the software giant, it does seem like their efforts to raise the awareness of this virus has necessitated that they become the proverbial strange bedfellows.
It’s only appropriate that something named Kama Sutra would bring them together. It’s inevitable that they would find themselves in this position. The task now is for them — and everyone else — to agree upon what to call it.
What you should know when selecting a professional services team for custom IVR applications
What you should know when selecting a professional services team for custom IVR applications
By Matt Ervin, Co-Founder, Plum Voice
IVR solutions, as they grow more complex in their capabilities, are assuming a more prominent role in enterprises. Once merely a front line for call centers, IVR has now evolved into a tool that facilitates not only customer service, but also other processes that are ripe for automation such as workforce management, payment solutions or service order fulfillment. The vast potential of IVR-enabled automation is now prompting more and more enterprises to seek feature-rich IVR solutions that are best delivered via custom IVR application development.
When selecting a professional services team to build your custom IVR application, there are a number of things look for to ensure the quality, reliability and performance of your IVR solution.
1. Vertically integrated. When choosing an IVR vendor, look for a company that develops and owns the IVR technology . IVR vendors that build, own and support their technology, (the core of which is the VoiceXML IVR platform), will provide superior technical expertise in all phases of your application development and deployment. Engineers who designed and built their own VoiceXML platform from the ground up will be better qualified to create custom IVR applications that exhibit faster performance, greater functionality and superior call quality.
2. VoiceXML platform certification. VoiceXML platform certification ensures interoperability of VoiceXML platforms, tools, service providers, and applications
As VoiceXML adoption continues to grow in enterprises and carriers, certification assists customers in choosing from a wide variety of vendors and deployment options to solve their particular business needs The certification program is managed and developed by VoiceXML Forum members and provides impartiality through the use of independent third-party test laboratories.
3. Support for multiple speech technologies. Look for a vendor whose VoiceXML platform supports as many speech technologies as possible.
VoiceXML IVR systems should support outside resources such as speech recognition engines or text-to-speech engines in a modular manner. This is important, because as these technologies are upgraded, application functionality can be improved without modifying VoiceXML code.
4. Clear project management framework to guide each phase of the design, development and deployment process.
Stages of a custom application development project should include:
-Design Phase: Expect complete design specification to be written by your IVR vendor to define the applications functionality, behavior, caller/user interface, and XML-based application programming interface (API) for the database interface.
-Implementation Phase: Expect high-quality voice application development by our experienced IVR software engineers freeing you to focus on business data while your IVR vendor focuses on the call flow.
-QA and Deployment: Expect a thorough and well-managed application test process that exercises your application end-to-end to ensure a smooth transition to production.
5. Support, maintenance and management Although often underestimated, support and maintenance will strongly affect the performance and reliability of your IVR application. Look for a vertically integrated IVR vendor that has a lengthy track record of proven customer satisfaction in the industry.
6. Deployment options: Seek a vendor that offers both on-site IVR and hosted IVR deployments. This will allow you choice in terms of equipment management. For those that prefer to manage their own telco connection or their own IVR servers, an on-site solution will be a better fit. For those that want to outsource all aspects of the their IVR solution, including telco connectivity, infrastructure and the IVR application, hosted IVR will be the right choice.
DSL Is Really Very Easy To Understand – Needs and Compatibility
Confused about DSL? So was I at one time! However, it is no big deal to get an understanding about what it is, how it works and how it compares to your other choices for getting high speed internet access.
Faster and faster dialup telephone modems were all the rage, until DSL and cable modems came about. We can laughingly look back at those old slow modems and the tell tale dialing sounds that you could hear as they attempted to log on.
You may also wonder why DSL needs a telephone connection. Simply put, the telephone company has special equipment in place to handle DSL traffic. Even though it operates on your existing telephone line, it does not interfere with your regular telephone service. You will never know that DSL is operating in the background.
Once you upgrade, you will wonder why you ever bothered with the slow way. You will equate it to walking backwards.
You will need a relatively newer computer to be able to use DSL. Do not worry though; the requirements are not that high. However, if you have a really old machine you will need to get a better one. You will not be sorry you did.
The minimum requirements are a Windows 98 operating system, a 233 MHz machine, a CD drive, 64-128 MB memory and either a USB or 10Base-T Ethernet port. There is no need to worry if you do not understand any of that. You can always use your existing computer connection to have your computer checked for compatibility.
Just follow the link at and youll easily find the systems requirements area where they will check the computer to be sure it is compatible. You do not have to sign up or download anything either. Merely click the link and theyll do the rest. If everything is OK youll get a message that says Congratulations, your computer meets the minimum system requirements necessary to run DSL.
Besides a decent computer, you will also need to somewhat near the DSL office. It is even possible that your neighbor can get DSL while you cannot. You can also do a preliminary check online to see if you should be able to get service.
There are some other factors that may limit your ability to get DSL in your present location. Basically, it might work and it might not. But, as your telephone provider upgrades it may be possible in the future.
Getting high speed internet access with a cable modem is usually less finicky than DSL. However, cable access usually comes at a higher price.
To install DSL on your computer is not hard. If you sign up for it online, you will get an installation kit in the mail. Give your self at least an hour for the process. Open the box, unpack the modem and look at the install directions. Follow the directions in the order given and you should have no trouble.
If your installation does not work, call the support line. If they cannot assist you in getting it to work, just send it all back. Be patient and do not let anything or anyone intimidate you.
If DSL works for your situation, then you will be very satisfied. A fast internet connection is something that you can only fully appreciate once you have experienced it. You will never want to go back to dialup.
Today, our world revolves around the Internet and why not? Nearly everything we need can be found on it: information, jobs, friends and a lot more.
However, amidst all of these wonders that the Internet has to offer lurk entities ready to steal and destroy. These are the viruses. They have successfully toppled Web sites, caused trouble for companies and individuals.
And these viruses are insidious. The attack by taking advantage of man’s desires, hiding in places that promise to give us what we want.
Here are some examples of the latest scams that computer viruses use to attack us:
1. The fake job offer. People seeking jobs online are prime targets for the latest virus scams. Using e-mails promising employment opportunities as a cover, these viruses are able to penetrate users’ computers, stealing details of their bank account and enabling the e-mail sender to spirit away the poor job hunter’s cash.
These malware can also enable the sender of the virus to change the settings of the victim’s bank account, allowing wire transfers.
To avoid getting victimized by viruses in fake job offer e-mails, avoid opening job offers from companies you never applied to.
2. The antivirus virus. Viruses can enter your computer dressed as antivirus software. If this happens to you, you probably created the crack in your computer security by downloading a free antivirus software offered via e-mail or through a Web site.
Virus-laden e-mails and Web sites often send a message (usually, unsolicited) indicating how damaged or insecure your software is. They then provide you with a link that looks like it leads to a legitimate and well-known antivirus software’s Web site.
In reality, though, the moment you click on the link, you are in fact downloading the virus.
To avoid catching these types of viruses, always get your antivirus software directly from the manufacturer’s Web site; look for verification on the URL bar that this is, indeed, the real manufacturer’s site; and type in the domain name on the address bar rather than click on a link.
3. The offline installer. Just because you’re offline doesn’t necessarily mean you’re safe from viruses. Online predators have devised a way to get you online and become their easy prey.
How do they do it? A person claiming to be an expert in computer software calls your household and convinces you that your computer is loaded with viruses and malware.
He or she then offers his or her services via the Internet.
Once you are online, the person is able to install a virus into your computer, so he or she gets access to your files and documents.
He or she would also get the your credit card information as payment for the service. Before you know it, all your information has been acquired and your money is lost.
This is probably the most common form of computer virus scam today. Big enterprises have set up call centers just to scam unknowing users, making them think they’re talking to Microsoft’s finest computer engineers and revealing their credit card information to crooks.
Just knowing about these scams already goes a long way for you to protect yourself against them. But considering the risk, it’s best to make sure all cracks in your computer armor is sealed.
Make sure you’ve installed good and reliable antivirus software and have it updated every month or so. Today, in a world that has been digitized, new forms of theft abound. Technology’s wonders also breeds newer forms of evil, ready to strike once you let your guard down. Don’t let them get you.