Do You Think Two Year Mobile Phone Agreements Are Just Plain Silly?

I do not like commitments. No, I’m not talking about interpersonal relationships. I’m talking about commitments to monthly bills such as mobile phones and TV programming. These companies want you to commit to a contract for two years! I prefer pay as you go SIMs. This way, as has happened in the past, if I find myself out of work, I am not stuck paying a bill. I know some people are glued to their mobile phones. I’m not. Maybe for those who are, they can deal with a two year contract.

I prefer to pay a fraction more to have the freedom to switch or just not have it. If you have one of those long-term mobile phone commitments, you are stuck. They will just take the remainder from your credit card in some cases, or you get stuck with a bill you have to pay or face collections. If you go with pay as you go SIMs, then you do not have to worry about it. If something happens and you want to switch or you cannot pay, you just stop. You just pay for what you use in advance. Read the rest of this entry »

Comcast Can Meet All Your Telecommunications Needs

Technology now offers the ability to access incredible communications, entertainment, and information from the convenience of home. For all these needs, getting the right service provider is imperative because the wrong provider can make it difficult to take full advantage of these technologies. Comcast is the perfect choice for a provider for all your telecommunications needs because it offers a wide array of services, including cable television, telephone, and Internet access, and it provides an unbeatable level of quality.

Digital phone service is one of the newest services to be offered and is proving to be very impressive. Comcast’s telephone service offers features that normally cost a lot extra for one low base price. This enables you to get more convenient and flexible telephone service without spending extra money. Among the features included with every plan are caller ID, call waiting, call forwarding, and voice mail. What is especially impressive about this phone service is that fact that it includes all local and long distance calls. Whether you are calling your home town friend or your parents who live across the country, you will not have to shell out any more than the normal monthly rate. Comcast ‘s phone service is a great way to save money and to eliminate the annoyance of excessive phone bills.

Comcast’s high speed Internet access is as impressive as its phone service. If you have been using slow dial up to access the Internet, you will find the speed and ease of use of cable-based Internet especially attractive. With its incredible speed of over 8 megabytes per second, Comcast’s broadband Internet is a much better option for accessing the wealth of information and entertainment available online. These days, every online site runs slowly or sometimes not at all with dial up. A higher speed connection is a must, especially if you want to be able to access online social sites like Second Life, news clips and audio files from sites like CNN or NPR, or video content from YouTube. A high speed Internet connection also gives you the ability to download songs or movies to keep you entertained for hours.

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Intercultural Communication and Globalization

Today’s governments, organisations and companies are dealing more and more in a global scenario. We are no longer constrained by borders or distance and as a result globalization has meant a fundamental change in who, where and why we do business. The people that make these organisations tick, from the workers, to bosses to suppliers, are increasingly based in remote locations in foreign countries or drawn from a rich mix of cultural backgrounds. The need for effective and clear intercultural communication is becoming vital in securing success in today’s globalized workplace.

What is intercultural communication? In short, it has many definitions but fundamentally it looks at how people, from differing cultural/national backgrounds, endeavour to communicate or work together. It draws on areas within academia such as cultural anthropology, sociology and business studies to provide it with a basic framework. Notable academics that have become specialized in intercultural communication are Hall, Hofstede and Trompenaars. At its foundation, intercultural communication’s objectives are to establish and understand how people from different cultures behave, think or do. Once this is appreciated it is then possible to help people overcome intercultural differences and make for a better (working) environment.

Within the context of the globalized business or organisation, intercultural communication looks at how people communicate (verbally and non-verbally), manage, work together, approach deadlines, negotiate, meet, greet, build relationships, etc. These topics are becoming much more relevant now on two fronts. 1) for businesses with a mix of cultures working together and 2) for businesses wanting to trade successfully abroad. In both situations if individuals are unaware of how best to get along and get business done, it can and does lead to poor performance and lost deals. Greater understanding of intercultural communication differences, manners, etiquette, protocol and communication styles certainly leads to a much higher probability of achieving business goals.

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Streamline Your Communication in the Modern Day

Communication is a basic tool of success in modern days. Communication means interaction between persons, or to a crowd. Interpersonal communication efficacy is considered as a skill since the bond of relationships relies on the power of it. The focus of the communication is to makes others understand about what you want to make them know. The primary need of the communication is that it must be clear and evident. The modern days are mentioned as the communication age since an evolution in the communication modes has been taking place. The developments in the communication have helped to shrink the world indeed into a global village. However, as the communication modes evolves, the necessity to streamline the communication also increases.

While streamline your communication, you must be conscious to use words, which are sufficient to convey your idea. The communication has to be molded considering various factors such as the occasion, mode of communication, and the person to whom you are communicating. Communication includes all the means of interaction such as speaking, writing, gestures, and expression. The basic protocol, which the person has to maintain in the communication, is considered as the etiquette of communication.

Streamlining of the communication has to be done according to the context of interaction. In case of business relationships, communication is extremely important. The special feature of business communication is that it must be short, and precise to the matter. In public speaking, communication has to be interesting. You have to adopt a sort of demonstration in public speaking, to make it appreciable for the whole crowd. Context relevant examples and jokes will make it really attractive. The preference in the personal communication has to fix in accordance with the other person. However, prior preparation for communication is advisable, in common to all types of communication.

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Satellite Communication Components for Communication Satellites Part III

The simple basic application of any communication satellite, whether it is low earth orbital or geosynchronous, involves transmission of information from an originating Earth station to the satellite concerned, which is termed as “up-linking,” followed by re-transmission of the same information to the designated Earth station. This re-transmission is termed as “down-linking.” The downlink of the information may be to one particular Earth station or broadcasted over a selected number of Earth stations, situated at a larger area. In order to perform this up-linking and down-linking, the satellite has a receiver and a receive antenna, a transmitter and a transmit antenna, just like a set of walkie-talkie, which has a receiver and a transmitter with an antenna, though, in here, the “receive” and “transmit” are done through the same antenna. Satellites need antennas separately for its two functions of receive and transmit. Additionally, the satellite has electronic switches. This is used to logically switch the uplink signals, down-linking it to the appropriate Earth stations. It has an electronic black-box to determine the destination or destinations of the signals being down-linked to the Earth Stations. There is that ever important electrical power in a satellite required in keeping alive the electronic circuitry. The exact component structure of a satellite may differ from one to the other, depending on its actual application, but the basic component requirements remain the same.

The electrical power needed by satellites for receiving and transmitting signals greatly depend upon its orbital path, that is, whether it is a low Earth or geosynchronous orbital satellite. Electrical power requirement mostly depend upon the height of the satellite above the Earth. The higher it is, a satellite would need that much power for its basic operation in receiving and transmitting signals On basis of this, a geosynchronous satellite, being at an altitude of 22,300 miles, would require much more electrical power than the low earth orbiting satellite, which is situated at only a few hundred miles from Earth. In theory, a geosynchronous satellite would need 10,000 times the electrical power than the low Earth orbiting satellite. This is an awful lot of power and the satellite is designed in a way to work out a compromise, without losing the application reliability.

A satellite is usually powered from a battery or a solar energy system. In some of the communication satellites, a combination of battery and solar power energy is used, with the batteries supplying power to the electronics circuitry in the satellite, with a change over to solar energy during sunlight cycle, when the batteries are left on charging. The battery is turned on during solar eclipses, when the solar panels become inactive.

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