The Advantages And Disadvantages Of ADSL And How To Get The Most Out Of It.

ADSL stands for an “Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line” and is a modified form of the sort of DSL high-speed internet that has been in use in Australia for decades. It is intended to improve the ability of digital signals to be sent over traditional copper cables, in order to increase the amount of bandwidth available for downloading.

This is done at the cost of upload speed, which is significantly decreased. However, most home users who wish only to browse the net do not need to use a lot of upload bandwidth.

In fact, only web servers need to have access to high upload speeds, and so, using ADSL in a home capacity maximizes the benefit of traditional DSL when it comes to home use.

All DSL lines work by sending digital signals over a traditional phone line, allowing for more information to be sent than through the traditional analogue means, such as those used by telephones and modems.

One of the advantages of this method is that there is so much “space” left in the line, in terms of bandwidth, that a line could be used both to transmit an analogue phone call and serve as a DSL connection. This eliminates the need for additional lines.

In order to boost the amount of space available for download, an ADSL unit uses what is known as a “splitter” to diversify and prioritize the sort of connections and digital information being sent down the line.

The digital information is then processed by the phone company and sent directly to its servers, bypassing most of the phone system and enabling for the fastest connections physically possible through traditional copper land lines.

ADSL’s primary disadvantage is that it, like all DSL connections, is limited by the amount of cable which separates the modem from the nearest phone hub. If the information needs to travel only a short distance, say two or three kilometres, then the “loss” of information inherent in sending digital signals down old-fashioned copper lines is minimal.

DSL is generally not practical if the distance to the nearest phone hub is more than four kilometres unless the wires are of a particularly high gauge.

For people who live in a highly populated area, or near a major phone hub, they will often find that ADSL is not only much faster than traditional modem connections, it is much faster than alternatives, such as cable or satellite.

As previously mentioned, ADSL further speeds up DSL by opening up more of the line’s bandwidth for downloads, which is what most home users primarily require.

Existing ADSL users will find that there are many methods by which they can maximize their connection. Obviously replacing the copper cable or moving closer to a phone hub is not a typical response, nor is it practical nor is it affordable as an option for most users!

However, it is possible to upgrade one’s ADSL connection in many cases simply by installing better hardware. The amount of bandwidth accessible through a DSL line is limited by physics, but the manner in which that bandwidth is divided is entirely dependent on a user’s hardware and software.

Every year, better and better splitters are developed. These allow for an ADSL user to more carefully manage their upload and download speeds. Another way to maximize the speed of an ADSL connection is to avoid multiple downloads and instead download one item at a time.

ADSL connections degrade when they have to download from multiple contacts at a time, and so it is possible to download things faster if they are downloaded one after the other instead of all at the same time.

Earn Money Taking Photos, Yes, Maybe, or No?

You have probably heard of people making money selling photos online and figured you could do it too. Well, in this case, you are absolutely right!

I myself was just like you a couple of years ago. I had a good job, but I couldn’t say no to some extra cash every month. So when I got myself my first digital camera, I started taking photos of the things I found interesting. Then, I begun to submit my photos to specialized websites, waiting for the miracle to happen.

Well, it wasn’t a real miracle, but I managed to make a couple hundred dollars during my first month in business. I didn’t see this as a business opportunity, so I kept taking photos just when I was in a certain mood, let’s call it “inspirational”.

It was not until I went on a trip to Thailand that I discovered its true potential. During the 2 weeks spent abroad, I filled the 8 GB memory card I had in my digital camera: almost 4000 photos!

When I got home, I uploaded them to the websites I was working with, expecting some kind of success. But what happened was truly unexpected! During the next 2 months, I made a profit of a little more than $10.000! And I am still getting some residual income from those photos (I get paid every time someone downloads one of my pictures).

The kind of money you can expect to get for a single photo submitted to these specialized websites can be anywhere around $2 to $7, depending on the size and quality of the picture.

Earning $2 every time someone downloads one of your pictures may not seem like much, but if you managed to take a couple hundred pictures every month, it would certainly sum up. And how long could it take you to shoot 200 photos? Two, three hours? That means a profit of about $400 for only a few hours’ work!

And the best part is that you don’t need to be an expert photographer to achieve this. All you need is a digital camera and an Internet connection!

Now before you rush off and buy a Digital Camera, with a huge memory card and start snapping, be aware of some of the difficulties. It is fine to photograph scenes and edifices to your hearts content, but be aware that these photographs are very common and have to be strikingly different to make you sales. What does sell is pictures of people doing unusual and therefore interesting things, and once you include other identifiable people in the photograph you need to get release forms signed by each person in the photo. These need to be kept on file and made available to purchasers if required, usually corporates and larger firms will require evidence of your possession of these documents, Google “photograph release forms” to get some examples and carry them in your camera bag. Signing this form give you express permission to do with that image, anything you wish, without the person or people in the image having any further claim. This can increase the cost of obtaining photographs as many people will not sign without some form of payment, because they know you are thinking of getting some payment. It used to be that picture taken overseas were not as vigorously checked for compliance, but in this age of the internet and global communications, most of the people you take pictures of could find out that you are selling them, even if it is just by chance. The other difficulty with this requirement is that often the best shots are spontaneous, and by the time the picture is taken the person has gone and finding them in a huge metropolis is almost impossible; or your picture is of multiple subjects some who willingly give the release and others who resist. So be warned, it is easy to take the photograph but not necessarily easy to meet all the legal requirements associated with making money from your images.

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Virtual Private Networks, Internet TV and Other Things

VPN, or Virtual Private Networks, are networks that make use of the internet to offer secure access to a network. What it does is summarize transfers of data between two (or more) networked devices so that the data that is transferred can remain private. VPN is therefore an ideal platform for viewing international television.

When using a VPN with an internet TV channel provider, a wide variety of different television channels from the US, UK and Canada are accessible online which were previously only available to residents of that country. It allows for expatriates globally to watch broadcasts from their computers via the internet. This is a very unique and useful system. And here’s why:

How a VPN works is as follows: only a personal computer and internet connection can be used. An account must then be opened with an internet TV channel provider, and within minutes, the VPN can be activated. This system allows for access to the internet without any restrictions or circumventing blocks that make it difficult to make international calls via Skype or MSN, and eliminates internet censorship in places like the Middle East, Dubai and China by making previously blocked and censored channels, web sites and blogs available.

To set up a VPN is easy! You don’t need to be an IT technician to enable this; all you need is a quality internet TV provider and a working internet connection.

Other advantages of having a VPN service  are having protection when using wireless hotspots, complete anonymity as your IP address cannot be tracked, and being able to access online gambling sites, which are now restricted in many countries.

All that said, however, perhaps the biggest advantage of having a VPN is the fact that it is one of its sidebar features is free long-distance phone calls, which can be a major factor despite the existence of Skype and Yahoo.

A word of caution, watching TV over a VPN does require an Internet connection with a speed of at least 1mbps so it’s critical, that you check anticipated speed, not theoretical speed before signing up to any package offering TV over the Internet, most users need a connection speed between 1.5 and 2 MB to guarantee live TV streaming without any interruptions. At peak times, download speeds usually by up to half, making viewing impossible.

There are several types of VPN’s:

PPTP VPN (point-to-point), which is a simple method of software-based VPN systems which makes use of an already existing internet connections. It essentially creates a “tunnel” between two users.

Similarly, STS (site to-site) VPN makes use of each site with its own internet connection, which doesn’t necessarily have to be the same.

MPLS is an IPS-tuned VPN that needs two or more sites connected by the same ISP. It stands for Multi-Protocol Label Switching.

Some VPNs are hardware-based, others software-based, and certain VPNs are Firewall-based.

5 Ways To Save On Music Downloads

Money is tight but life without music would be really dull.  Luckily for us, there are few ways to cut expenses and still get music music music.

First, make use of the CDs that you already have. Rip CDs to mp3 and upload music to your portable player instead of purchasing the same music directly in MP3 format. While this doesn’t increase your music collection, it uses the cd’s you bought but no longer get to listen to because your disc-player has been changed for mp3
Second, search for free music sites. Often they are not so good-looking as iTunes and the free tag often has conditions such as free to listen,  but it’s worth having a look because it is surprising the number of hit and complete tracks, from original artists that can be had for an afternoon of digital downloading.  The bad thing about them is that tracks may be not in popular mp3 format, but a good audio converter will do the job.

Thirdly, there are also sites out there where new artists give teasers of their cd’s to promote themselves, and some of that original and even the cover stuff is worthy of a listen. In fact some of the biggest artists are now following this trend, of providing digital downloads of a track from an upcoming album. A Google search got huge results. Click this link:,or.r_gc.r_pw.&fp=9245e7f818e9d419&biw=1440&bih=795

Fourthly, nowadays almost every music store offers music in mp3 (about $10), Free Lossless Audio Codec or FLAC (about $12) and a physical CD (over $20). Many people buy mp3 and a CD in a bundle. That’s a waste of money. You can buy a FLAC  copy and later convert it to mp3 or any other format using Total Audio Converter. Keeping in mind that FLAC is an exact copy of the CD so you can burn an excellent physical disc using free standard windows tools.

Fifthly, is that a word, there are sites like Ultra Music Downloads that offer you unlimited number of downloads without the pain of paying for each track. You pay an annual membership and get unlimited access to the database of music, movies and games. If you like to get new music every month that will save you a lot of money.Ranging from $20 per year to $79.95 you get what you pay for, but saying that the $20 site isn’t bad.

This could be sixthly but it would mean re-writing the title and it’s late so  I’ll just say many music sites also offer a radio service. So you listen to full-length songs from their catalogs absolutely free.

So when the word cutbacks is mentioned you now have some decent alternatives that can provide your music fix.


Touch Screen Kiosks For Entertainment Downloads

With most of the music industry already emigrating to the Internet, the younger generation are no strangers to downloading their favourite tracks. Many new bands are making use of YouTube, the blogosphere and other web-based marketing to promote themselves. An entertainment touch screen kiosk draws on this new way of distributing music and other entertainment in digital form, expands on the idea and allows users to not only download music to their Ipod, MP3 player PDA or USB memory stick, but also allows users to download movies and games too.

The touchscreen kiosks have multimedia touch screen technology, and you are able to browse the downloadable items and watch trailers, listen to excerpts of music tracks, or watch a demo of the game. The kiosk’s information also draws feeds of reviews to display, so the user can see what other people thought of the item.

The entertainment download kiosks are networked so that one main machine stores all of the downloadable material. Multiple kiosks can then be located around the shop or shopping centre, and drag all of the relevant information from the main machine as it is called from a kiosk.

The beauty of the entertainment download kiosk is that it is a self-service kiosk with no staff required, so is really cost effective.

The kiosks is space saving. Usually this amount of stock needs to be kept in a sizeable shop, however this technology means that the same quantity of stock is now kept in a very reduced space.

Russ Crupnick, an NPD senior industry analyst said; “consumers still have a huge appetite for songs, as the amount of money customers are spending on downloads has risen from an average of $33 a year to $50 a year.” Of course these figures are based on Internet download sales. However with a download kiosk available in shopping centres and in retail shops, the high street could take a slice of the downloading action.

Furthermore the kiosks have bespoke fascias, so they can bear any logo or branding that your company already has. Additionally the kiosks can be multi-faced with up to four screens, which is ideal for a busy location where you would expect numerous users wanting to access the kiosks. By using a dual screen music download kiosk one screen is handling the user transaction whilst the upper screen can be showing advertising.

Music download kiosks can also be used for downloaded ring tones, desktop images and styles for mobile devices and phones. Customers could also create their own mixes using a selection of dance music which gets mixed using their preferences.

The music or other file can be downloaded to an MP3 player or mobile phone using a USB connection, WLAN or Bluetooth depending on user preference.


ClickBank for Newbies

This is a very quick but very important post.

There’s a new Ebook I have just come across which I predict will become very popular.

It solves a problem which causes most newbies to quit affiliate marketing with ClickBank, and has resulted in nearly 3 million inactive affiliates.

ClickBank for Newbies, written by Harvey Segal (Mr ClickBank) is a quick easy read, written without hype and not littered with annoying links.

Harvey is recognised as both a smart marketer but also an ethical one.

And the cost of this book, which is a digital download is zero

It’s free !

The book ends with an amazing idea for making you money from the download.

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E-commerce Explained

E-Commerce is way of doing business transactions electronically.  The word electronically in this context means that in E-Commerce business transactions gets completed via electronic medium. This electronic medium mostly uses computers on Internet. The transaction may also be done through a mobile device, smartphone, iPad, Kindle, Android Tablet then it is mobile commerce. Mobile commerce is a subset of E-Commerce.

Several simple example of E-Commerce includes:
An individual purchases a book on Internet
An individual withdraws funds from ATM
A retailer orders merchandise using an EDI network or suppliers extranet
An individual or business calls a toll free number and orders the requirements using the seller’s interactive telephone system.
A manager orders office supplies for his office using Internet on a commercial website set-up for the seller.
An individual reserves a travel ticket or a room in a hotel using the Internet by surfing the related website using a few clicks of mouse.

A Complex examples could be:
A student visits the website of a bookstore on Internet and makes inquiries about the availability of an out of stock book. The bookstore employee receives the the enquiry and sources a digital copy of the book and responds to the enquiry with the  option and costs. The student agrees and uses a payment processor to pay for download and the book store employee gives the student a key to download the digital book. The bookstore employee harvests the students contact details and areas of interest and adds to a database which will email customers when books of possible interest arrive in the store or are put on sale.

E-Commerce transactions are great for small business as well as large because payment is made before goods are made available for digital download. The only things you should be aware of is:

a) Ensuring that your payment processor links are set-up properly

b) Ensuring that your server for the sales page and downloads is not going to crash because of  bandwidth or data transfer issues with your hosting company, or limitations in your own server set-up.

c) Ensuring that money back guarantee’s are honoured in a timely and friendly manner.

Remember, when you enter the world of digital downloads and E-Commerce that you expose yourself to the wiles of hackers and internet criminals. Ensure you have updated, anti-virus and malware plus I recommend the Avast Internet Security Suite, they have a free program if you want to check it out here, but any of the numerous anti-virus programs out there will provide you with protection, if you keep it up to date.  This precaution will help protect your financial information from others, who have no right to it. You can play your part as well by changing your passwords to critical accounts and sites.

To facilitate E-Commerce requires you to possess  an attitude that is open to change, innovation etc. Security of information is good if you take the precautions mentioned above and the quality of the product can usually be ascertained by going to forums that discuss the product or products of that type.


Digital Drugs – Idozers Downloadable Drugs

Chances are you haven’t heard of the term iDozer. This is a new form of recreation being referred to as a digital drug. With the health revolution in full tilt, it’s not surprising to see such a trend in recreational drug use.

Do you always feel the odd person out during social gatherings because you simply don’t like the taste of alcohol. Let’s face it, alcohol is really not that tasty or appealing and is generally regarded as an acquired taste. Why subject yourself to that burning sensation down your throat when there is a viable alternative that can make you as loose as a goose without having anything to drink at all.

Do your friends like to partake in recreational drug use but, your work situation won’t allow you to indulge. You can be so cool that you “ice out” experiencing a “natural high” with you friends without compromising your own health.

Many of us lack confidence in social situations and this lack of confidence can limit our ability to make friends and keep them. Some can’t even imagine attending a party without first being under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Been there done that, so I can say with confidence that iDozers or Digital Drugs are the perfect way to achieve that “high” or “buzz” without dipping into the alcohol or pill stash. Say goodbye to the old ways of having fun and say hello to Digital Drugs.

The Digital Drug Age has been born through the efforts of binaural beat creators. iDozers are here, already popular with the young professionals and certainly gaining popularity amongst the masses but, some are confused as to where these iDozers can be found.

Binaural Beat MP3’s are what are being termed iDozers.

Binaural Beat Therapy was originally created to assist a person struggling to overcome addictions, weight loss or even anxiety. Relaxation plays a key role in helping those with any addiction problems by replacing the high of a drug, alcohol, or food with a natural high caused by the beat and intensity of the music. For those suffering from anxiety the relaxation helps to provide relief for the symptoms.

With Digital Drugs, iDozers, you will have the freedom to get “high” whenever you want and wherever you want. While we all have our vices for relaxation. we need never put our lives and the lives of those around us in jeopardy again.  The iDozer works by bringing your theta brain waves to a resting state thus creating an environment within your mind that reflects the feeling of being “high”. Getting “high” is only a few clicks away. iDozers can bring about a sense of self-confidence that is maintained throughout the day.

As with most new forms of recreation, the young have already caught onto this phenomenon. Young professionals are starting to appreciate the benefits of Digital Drugs or iDozers and they are becoming the drug of choice amongst this group. .

All you will need is the iDozer MP3 file, an MP3 player and headphones to achieve this state of bliss. You deserve to unwind after a long, hard day at work. You’re only a few clicks away from making this a reality. There are many who are concerned about the effect that Digital Drugs will have on our youth and therefore are attempting to ban or suppress the distribution of iDozers. By putting a negative spin on iDozer MP3’s or Digital Drugs, those concerned will only create more curiosity in the public realm and the inevitable acceptance of Digital Drugs will be achieved.

There are no side effects to listening to iDozers and therefore, the government is fearful that Digital Drugs will become TOO appealing to our youth and destroy a tax base created by the sale of legal drugs such as alcohol and cigarettes. However the positives far outweigh the negatives in this area as well. Think of the savings to our health system, if a generation of young people broke their reliance on substances that have both long and short term health costs, think of the savings in society if the violence associated with the misuse of drugs was curbed or eliminated. So live happy, live healthy and get high!
Say no to drugs and say yes to iDozer MP3s!