Archive July 2013

Why Is My Wireless Broadband Never As Fast As Advertised

We’ve all been through those moments where we really need the internet to cooperate and it just won’t do it! In our day and age, we want it fast and we’re quick to blame our internet service providers when we’re not getting it.

Here’s the thing though—it’s really not always their fault. When you’re dealing with wireless anything there’s a great deal that goes into how it performs; most of which relies on minimal interference and optimal configuration for everything to work together properly.

 So, before you call up your internet service provider and yell, “Fraud! I want my money back!” it’s a good idea to understand what might actually be slowing down your connection speeds.

Here’s a few tips to get you started:

  • MEGABYTE & MEGABIT—KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

They look and sound almost exactly the same, but one actually comprises the other. A megabit is abbreviated as Mb and it takes 8 of these to make up a megabyte, abbreviated as MB. If you recently tested your connection with a program such as Netgear and it reported a 1.5MBps connection, that’s 1.5 MEGABYTES per second, which equals 12 MEGABITS per second.

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TenCate Turf promotes sustainability

TenCate, the advanced technology company, recently won a tender for installing synthetic turf on the sports fields of the Dutch Jupiler League stadiums.

One of the important factors for choosing TenCate grass was innovation and the sustainability of their artificial grass system called GreenFields MX.

This is the first official synthetic turf pitch in which a number of new developments have been combined, resulting in an optimum ball and playing performance and full recyclability of the pitch. The innovative matrix weaving pattern additionally has a positive effect on the rotational resistance of the player’s feet.

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Sustainable Brands/Products You Should Consider

Using products made from sustainable materials or manufactured through sustainable processes can reduce your impact on the environment. The next time you go shopping, look for these products. Choosing them could help you make the world a better place.

Sierra Nevada Beer

You might not equate brewing beer with saving the planet, but Sierra Nevada has combined these two pursuits in every conceivable way.

Sierra Nevada creates 20 percent of its own power needs with 10,573 solar panels. The company also has hydrogen fuel cells that create about 40 percent of the brewery’s energy needs which is an extremely an inventive way to make its factory more sustainable. Sierra Nevada doesn’t stop there. Some other innovative measures include:

  • Composting organic waste to fertilize the company’s gardens and fields

  • Using the CO2 produced through fermentation in its factory

  • Convertible its restaurant’s used vegetable oil into biofuel for its fleet of delivery trucks

Not many companies make that kind of commitment to the environment. Think about that the next time you go out for a six-pack

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Energy Consumption & Cost: How to Reduce Both While Going Green

Many people associate green living with drastic lifestyle changes or giving up modern conveniences. However, there are a number of simple ways to reduce energy costs and consumption without sacrificing comforts.

Of course, it is important to understand many of the common sources of energy loss to know where to start. This guide will show simple ways to gauge your energy consumption and ways to go green without stressing your lifestyle or budget.

Analyzing Energy Costs

When it comes to reducing energy bills, knowing the appliances and devices that consume the most power helps. Though your personal situation might vary, due to model differences and other factors, common energy hogs in the home include:

  1. Air Conditioners and Dehumidifiers
  2. Water Heaters
  3. Heating Units

  4. Refrigerators and Freezers

  5. Computers and other Electronics

  6. Lighting

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