What is Netiquitte?

E-mail is rapidly becoming an integral interpersonal communication tool. People are using e-mail for work, school, and personal commutation because of it’s convince. But did you know there is etiquette for the internet and text messages? It is called netiquette or net etiquette! Etiquette is defined as the rules and conventions governing correct or polite behavior in general or in a specific social or professional group or situation according to Encarta Dictionary. There are many different rules of etiquette, which apply to sending e-mail.

  • Always remember there is a person on the other end of your e-mail. Even though you are not looking at that person face to face they have feelings. Those feelings don’t go away just because they are reading your words on a monitor. Choose your words as carefully as you would in person.
  • Using all caps means YOUR SHOUTING AT THEM.
  • Spelling and grammar make a big impression about you. There are times when I have to send e-mails to people I have never met in the company so they have no idea what I look like or my voice intonations’ so all they have to go on is what they read.
  • Get to the point. People can get countless e-mails a day. It is important to state your purpose as concise and polite as possible.
  • Smiley faces can give the reader a visual clue into your e-mail. If I sent you an e-mail that said, “Enjoy your vacation :-)” You could draw the conclusion I was happy for you!

We should all adopt netiquette because it is important to learn so we are not hurting the feelings of the person reading our e-mails. The more people who use netiquette the more effective communicators we can be!




Published in: on June 16, 2008 at 4:49 am  Comments (3)  

Compare and Contrast:DSL and FiOS

In this article I will explore the difference between DSL and FiOS. I will examine the speed, price and reliability of these services. First we must establish what DSL and FiOS are! DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL works by sending information over existing copper phone lines. The down side to sending information over the phone lines is the further you get from the central office the slower your connection will be. (Assuming there is no repeater)  The maximum speed you will get with DSL is 8.448 megabits per second under ideal conditions.


FiOS was created by Verizon. FiOS transmits data over a fiber optic-cable which is much faster than DSL. FiOS internet can reaches speeds of 30 megabits per second. The main drawback to FiOS is it’s availably. Verizon is the only company to offer this service and if you are not living in an area that they service you will not be able to get FiOS. After doing some research the only complaints I found were instillation issues. (The installer being late or taking a long time to setup)


Finally, I will examine the price difference between these two services. To utilize the full speed of FiOS internet (30 megabits per second) will cost $139.95 every month! (Verizon offers slower speeds of FiOS for a smaller cost) I examined what Verizon was charging for there DSL so we can compare “apples to apples.” I found Verizon is charging $29.99 for a speed of 3 megabits per second which is the maximum they speed they provide for DSL. Speed of connection is always a nice thing to have but for $139.99 it is a major disadvantage to most people. When choosing an internet service it comes down to the need for speed. If you are just going to check your e-mail and check sports scores then DSL will be a fine product for you. But, if you are a “hard core gamer” spending the extra bucks on the FiOS package will seem like no big deal!  







Published in: on June 12, 2008 at 10:22 am  Comments (2)  

How does GPS work?

A GPS system is one of the best technologies on the market for people who travel by car, boat or even foot! There are so many different kinds to choose from. There prices can range greatly depending on the unit. A Garmin unit can range from two hundred dollars to one thousand dollars! The cost involved to keep the software up to date runs about one hundred dollars every few years. At this point I am sure you are asking yourself “why do I need to update the software?” To illustrate how the software works I will use the type of GPS that is meant for driving directions. The software is your maps of the roads in existence at the time the software was developed. When new roads are created the device is not smart enough to know about the changes. Therefore, new software is needed to tell the device there is a new road! So, then next question you maybe asking your self is: “How does the GPS system work?” The hardware or the Garmin unit has a Global Positioning System inside of it which means the unit tracks the devices location and movement via satellite in the earth’s orbit. If there was no software or maps in the device there would be little dots indicating longitude and latitude of your current position. These dots are meaningless unless you are able to see where you are. The hardware and software work together to find where you are and you simply enter in the address or location of where you want to go.  The GPS system then maps the route (you can even choose specifics like “avoid toll road” or “avoid HOV lanes”) and gives you both audible and visual turn-by-turn directions, and will even recalculate your route if you miss a turn!





Published in: on June 10, 2008 at 1:30 am  Comments (2)  

“The Pros and Cons of All-in-One Printers”

There can be Pros and Cons to an All-in-One printer based on the needs of the person using the device. When purchasing a device like this it is important to take into consideration what you will be using it for and how important the device is to you. Are you going to be printing directions or invoices for you ever growing business? Let us look at the pros and cons of the All-in-One printer!

It can be costly for a business owner that is doing large amounts of copying because an inkjet cartridge is far more expensive then toner. Typically, a business owner would rely on there fax, copier, scanner, and printer for there day to day business. If one part of the All-in-One printer is not working chances are none of it will work. This down time would result in a loss of the businesses precious time and money. Not to mention replacing each unit. If they where all separate you would be able to repair only what needs to be fixed without having every component down.

However, for a home office it is a perfect device! It is a space saver and the All-in-One printer does everything! If I had all four devices in our home office is would take up way to much space. Also, I would never go out and buy all four compounds but the extras come in handy. If one component is not working it is not the end of the world. I would just have to buy a new one when I got the chance. I have no desperate need at home for my All-in-One. For our home office it is ideal gadget because it does light copying, faxing and scanning! For a few bucks more than a printer you can have it all.

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Published in: on June 5, 2008 at 12:33 am  Leave a Comment  

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