Saturday, October 31, 2015

Video Conferencing Setup 101 (part 2 of 2)

Video conferencing through ISDN happens as you are able to integrate both analog or voice data together with digital data over the same network. This means you are able to encompass frame relay service for high speed data in large bursts.

This can also be done using your IP network which is very similar to how you are able to browse the web. In the US, more people use IP’s compared to ISDN but in Europe, this is the exact opposite because it happens to be much cheaper than IP’s.

When you are budgeting how much will be needed for video teleconferencing setup, you have to break down the fixed acquisition costs from the recurring costs. The fixed cost depends largely on how many units you will be ordering. There is also the license that you have to get that is $250 to $40,000 each and if you are a very large company, you might just exceed $100,000 per package since you also have to consider the hardware and software components needed.

Is it worth all that just to have video conferencing? A lot of people say yes because their employees are more productive, decisions are made quickly and the company saves money.

In fact, private companies are not the only one using it as the government, the education and the healthcare sector have also taken advantage of this to conduct hearings, teach children and help patients.

If you want to know more about video teleconferencing setup and how much it will cost, go look for vendors and ask them for an estimate. After comparing the quotes from various companies, surely you can find the right one that fits within your budget.

Video Conferencing Setup 101 (part 1 of 2)

With the rising price of oil in the world market, companies have to cut down on certain expenses in order to show a profit. You can cut down the number of times that an employee travels on business trips and instead have a video conferencing facility setup that accomplishes the same objective.

But how do you setup video conferencing? The easiest way of saying it is simply by buying the equipment, having it installed and letting someone in the office take care of it. But it is not that simple. There are things you have to aware of first so you are able to purchase the right system.

Let’s first talk about the devices that are used to make this work. There are three types namely desktop, small group and learn group. Naturally, the prices of each one varies but the common denominator is the fact that they can be used over ISDN or IP.

When you have chosen which of the three you want, the next hurdle is to work on the bandwidth. A T-1 for instance fives you only one line of communication. What if you need to speak with different offices simultaneously? For that you will need a T-3 or higher.

If you are having problems with your IP network since it is not able to handle the additional traffic, the best thing for you to do is to get circuit switched networks or to deploy additional IP bandwidth capacity.

Earlier, we mentioned ISDN and IP networks. What is the difference? ISDN stands for integrated services digital network. IP on the other hand stands for Internet protocol.

Monday, October 26, 2015

The History of Tapestry (part 2 of 2)

Modern tapestry making would never have happened without the vision of William Morris who established the Arts and Craft Movement. He did this by reviving many old crafts and later on established his own company which experts say helped revive the aging craft.

Today, there are only a handful of hand woven tapestries. If you happen to have one, you can even have them repair or restore it.

Decorative tapestry was so saleable back then because it was very easy to move around. Someone can set it up and then remove this without any difficulty.

Since there is still a demand for it now, companies that once produced this by hand have now invested in machines. Some of these are displayed in museums and if you want one for yourself, this won’t be a problem as you can now purchase these at an affordable price.

If you want a challenge, do it the old fashioned way and make this by yourself by hand. Just keep in mind that you won’t be able to finish this overnight. 

The Europeans were not the only ones who used tapestries. There is evidence which shows that the Egyptians and the Incas used this to bury their dead. But despite that, it was the French that helped make this craft what it is today.

Tapestries come in different sizes and shapes so if you are thinking about decorating your home, consider getting a tapestry instead of a painting. Best of all, you don’t have to frame it so there won’t be any problem transferring this to another section of your house.

The History of Tapestry (part 1 of 2)

Tapestry is considered to be a form of textile art. Unlike painting, the artist works this by hand on a vertical loom. The difference between this technique and cloth making is the fact that all the warp threads are hidden from view.

A tapestry is commonly made using cotton or wool. To make it look more elegant, others use more expensive fabrics like gold, silk or silver. Before a tapestry is made, a blueprint is first drawn by an artist and then sown by a craftsman.

The history of tapestries dates back to the Greeks after archeologists discovered samples in the desert of the Tarim Basin dating back to the 3rd century BC.

Through the years, this craft spread throughout Europe and in the 14th century, various designs were created in both Germany and Switzerland.

One organization that recognized its value was the Church which used it to illustrate bible stories to its illiterate believers. The oldest of these happen to be the Apocalypse of St John which consists of six hangings measuring 18 feet in height and 471 feet in length which took 4 years to finish.

The Hundred Years War which lasted from 1337 to 1453 forced weavers to flee from the fighting and settle in the northern France town of Arras. Here, the weavers specialized in making tapestries out of wool that they got a lot of orders from all over Europe and displayed in numerous castles and palaces.

You will only find a handful of these in France because a vast majority of the art work was destroyed during the French revolution. In the 16th and 17th century, Belgium became the center of European tapestry production.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Boxing A Taller Fighter (part 2 of 2)

Insight fighting – Okay, you have decided to come in and in the process, receive some punches. Now it is at your hands to use everything in your arsenal to inflict as much damage as you can. Inside fighting is a style of its own and it will take years to develop the finesse and proper skill to become a good in this style. Still, you just have to remember a few things when dealing with taller opponent from the inside.

• First, since your opponent has longer arms, it is more difficult for him to throw short punches. Alternately, shorter arms gain more advantage in inside fighting.

• Second, never expose any of your vital organs. Inside fighting involves some uppercuts and punches on the sides. Keep your chin guarded with your gloves and your sides protected by tucking your arms as close to your body as possible.

• Third, do not hesitate to put your forehead on his chest. Doing this allows you to gauge your distance from your opponent, which will help you better judge the strength of your punches.

• Finally, keep throwing punches and if you can't throw anymore, either clinch or get out as fast as you can.

Choosing to fight an inside game against a taller opponent must require total authority and decisiveness. Never walk into your opponent hesitantly. Explode into him, corner him, push him back, and punish him. Do not become an easy target.

As a smaller boxer, you should be quicker. Never move in a straight line. Weave, duck, move sideways or do anything that will make you an elusive target. If you succeed in these, you have better chances of winning the fight.

Boxing A Taller Fighter (part 1 of 2)

The reason why fighters are divided by weight divisions is to prevent mismatches. But this doesn't include the height. As long as a fighter tips the scale within the limit of his weight division, it really doesn't matter weather he is tall and his opponent is small. So, if you are not a tall fighter, then there will be a number of occasions where you have to fight someone you literally have to look up to.

Boxing against a taller opponent possesses unique challenges. Definitely, his legs are longer, the reach advantage will go to his favor, and he can be a difficult target to hit since he can afford to stay farther than your striking distance.

At first look, you are in a complete disadvantage. But this doesn't mean that you are doomed to lose. Remember that Mike Tyson fought much taller opponents throughout his career and still became a heavyweight champ.

There are actually several ways on how to deal with these disadvantages.

Reach – Longer arms means your opponent gets in his striking distance before he can even get in yours. This is not a generalization but a boxers who knows that he has the reach advantage tends to stand back to play outside. So if you encounter this kind of boxer, cut that advantage as early in the fight as possible.

Outside fighter – It gets pretty frustrating if your opponent chooses to play his fight and not get into yours. Here, you have no choice but to bring the fight to him. In order to defeat an outside fighter with a significant reach advantage, you have to stay close. This may mean taking one-two combination while coming in, but once you are inside, stay there.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Embroidery Patterns and Your Embroidery Project (part 2 of 2)

Two Types of Embroidery Patterns

Basically, the two types of embroidery are hand embroidery or machine embroidery. And if you want to create patterns for your embroidery project, you have to decide whether it’s for hand or machine embroidery.

Creating hand embroidery patterns include the following;

• Iron-on transfer – these patterns are usually sold by books. You simply need to iron the patterns on fabrics so you can have them embroidered.
• Computer-print outs – using photo editing software, you can create embroidery designs and use a transfer pen so you can trace the design onto the fabric.

• Stencils – this is commonly used in paper embroidery. But, if you are a newbie in embroidery, you need to be more careful or may want to skip on this as it needs more embroidery experience.

• Transfers – using transfer pens, you can copy a design from books or magazines onto the fabric for embroidering.

Now, for machine embroidery, you may also use the mentioned methods of creating patterns. Here are other ways;

• Downloads – most crafting and embroidery websites offer patterns which you can download for free. And they are available in different formats depending on the model or make of your machine.

• Hand-drawn on computers – PhotoShop or other photo editing software can help you create great embroidery patterns.

If you don’t have time to create your own patterns, you can always look up on the internet for free patterns. That’s right. Free patterns. You know, you don’t have to pay much for patterns as there are even free ones available. The manufacturers of your embroidery machines will mostly have website which offers hundreds of free patterns that are compatible to your machines. Just make sure to download the correct format of the pattern.

Now, if you need ideas for designing your patterns, you can always search the internet. You ill mostly come across thousands of search results. Just remember that there is no wrong or right pattern, nor there is good or bad. It is just a matter of choosing wisely and one that’s compatible for your project.