Are Cell Phones Reliable?Written by Sharon Housley
How Reliable are Cell Phones? Cellular phones and pagers are part of "now" generation, instant contact, anywhere at any time. People are looking for convenience, comfort and security. The question is how instantaneous and reliable is contact?
Talking with someone is main use for a cell phone, yet due to poor reception how often do calls not go through, or important calls "dropped" due to flaky coverage? Let us not forget, that in a time of tragedy, lines were congested and resounding "all circuits busy" messages were heard from coast to coast. There is certainly room for improvement if you want to reach out and touch someone.
The alternative to voice communication is traditional text messaging, enjoyed by young as SMS, a 'hip' communication method, and older as tried and true paging, a trustworthy means of communication. A carrier receives pages or text messages via a traditional dial up modem or Internet connection to their terminal, and then broadcasts messages over their network to appropriate wireless device. How instant is sending a text message? The answer might surprise you...it depends.
Traditional means of sending text messages is surprisingly reliable and fast. However, many cellular carriers, wishing to merge technologies while keeping costs down, have opted to utilize email technology to send text messages. Why not, an email is nothing more than a text message, using Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP). On surface this sounds like a great idea, nearly everyone has email access, and use of Internet streamlines sending of messages.
What is often overlooked, is fact that email was not designed to be time sensitive. There can be significant delays and an instantaneous receipt can be lost when sending email to a pager or cell phone. Text messages sent via email protocol SMTP could take a more scenic delivery route. While in many cases, receiving messages in a timely fashion is not critical; some industries require and benefit from receipt of urgent messages. It is therefore important to realize and make a distinction between protocols that are designed for instantaneous communication and those that are not.
Identifying your NicheWritten by Vishal P. Rao
By Vishal P. Rao
The Internet has become a valuable source of information and purchasing tool for today's consumer. With click of a mouse you can find almost anything from products to services on web, and you can shop for best prices and values all hours of day from convenience of your own home. For some of these same reasons, mail order businesses are also on rise with consumers finding better values from companies that don't have overhead associated with a storefront.
With everything at consumers' fingertips, home business owner can also benefit from today's market culture. Just as consumers can shop from their living rooms and kitchens, business owners can conduct business in convenience of their own homes. If you are looking to set your own hours, have less commuting time, and enjoy general freedoms of working for yourself, starting a home business may be right for you.
One important business plan to attend to when you first start developing a home business is to invest time in finding your niche.
So what does this mean, finding your niche? Identifying a niche is about finding a distinct segment of consumer interest, then capitalizing on it. It means finding that particular spot in business world where you can stand out amongst others. For example there may be hundreds of booksellers out there, but how many specialize in books on a particular interest of yours? If your home business focuses on selling books, you may be competing with hundreds of other sellers. But if your home business focuses on selling books about outdoor sports, you may find yourself in direct competition with fewer businesses.
Now that you know what a niche is, how do you go about identifying yours? You can start by asking your self a few important questions:
What am I good at?
Take an inventory of your skills. Are you a good mechanic? Are you a wiz with home decorating? Do your friends all come to you when they have computer problems to fix? Do you know almost everything there is to know about a particular topic? Find things you already have some skill in, and start a list. You may be surprised where your talents lie.