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Simple tricks to boost your mobile connection revealed
May 7, 2017

Dialling the code *3001#12345#* on iPhones reveals real signal strength
It can help create a reception map of a user’s home to find the best signal
Going upstairs and opening a window can improve mobile reception
Resetting the phone or turning on airplane mode briefly can also help
Mobile phones are meant to allow us to be in contact no matter where we are, but for some people the devices can prove difficult, even their own homes.

Signal failure is one of the most frustrating occurrences of modern life as calls drop out mid conversation and text messages stubbornly refuse to send.

But there are a few simple tricks that can help to ensure you can stay connected.
Searching for a mobile phone signal can be a frustrating necessity for many people who struggle to get decent reception in their own homes. However, there are a handful of simple tricks that can improve mobile signal. A stock image of a woman searching for mobile reception is pictured
These can be as simple as climbing the stairs, opening a window and using new technology designed to boost your signal inside.
Apple’s iPhone 6S has a SMALLER battery than older models: Video reveals cell won’t hold as much energy as the current range

Like mobile phones, WiFi routers use radio waves to communicate with electronic devices.

However, these have a relatively short wavelength and power, meaning they have a maximum range of just a few hundred feet. Walls and other obstacles can also block this signal.

To improve Wi-Fi, placing the router in the open with a clean line-of-sight to where you are most likely to use the web can improve the connection.

Lifting the router off the ground can also ensure the radio waves have the best chance of getting around the house without being absorbed by hard flooring.

Other electronics can cause interference with the signal, so it is good to keep the router away from PCs, televisions and other devices.

Devices also work better if their internal antenna is aligned with the aerials of the router, so if the router has two antenna, position one vertically and one horizontally.

Elsewhere, apps help measure the strength of Wi-Fi around the home to help you find spots to avoid and those that give the best reception.

1. How strong is your signal?

First, it is important to find out how strong your signal actually is.

While the bars on mobile phones are designed to give an idea of signal strength, they are not consistent across handsets.

People iPhones can find out what the actual signal is by dialling the code *3001#12345#*.

This takes the phone into a hidden ‘field test’ mode.

The actual signal strength measured in decibel-milliwatts (dBm) will be shown on the top left where the bars were.

To get more details select ‘serving cell measurements’.

For those with an Android phone, look for the ‘signal strength indicator’ in settings.

The higher the dBm number the better the signal – for good conversations it should be somewhere above -100dBm as below that number signals become patchy and calls can fail.

2. Make a signal map

Using your phone’s signal strength, walk around your house to look for the areas with the strongest signal.

This can help you identify the areas that give the best reception.

3. Open a window

The walls and the insulation they contain can block signals from nearby mobile network towers and prevent your phone from communicating with it effectively.

By opening a window you can increase the strength of the signal reaching your phone.

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If your workplace is computer…

If you constantly looking for new ways to be productive, it worth to look at your already existing habits that actually hinder the work done more efficiently. Sometimes it is enough to change a few small things to make things work much smoother.

Usually our working tool is a computer, so try to maintain order among the documents and folders. This will ensure that you will quickly find at right time what you are looking for and not procrastinate the work saying that now you have not time to look for. Often rushing we name documents in patchwork of words or even worse of letters, which, let’s face it, is not always informative. Of course, perhaps we are in a hurry at that time and we think that later we will rename it. But in most cases fail to do so, and even if we rename, this is double work, which could have been avoided.

Do not think that the madness on your desktop is neat chaos that you know very well. You might not realize, but it has a much greater impact on your work habits. This tendency to leave a small deed for a later time, it becomes contagious and may eventually be reflected in all your tasks – just as irrelevant folders on the desktop, you can begin to accumulate and eventually forget the small jobs. You do not want such (non) quality? So first of all simply delete what is not needed on the desktop, and then orderly rename and group all what you need. It may take some time, but remember these efforts the next time saving new document, and so encourage yourself to put it immediately to the right place. There is the bright side of such a procedure – you will feel better and inspire yourself on a daily basis to brace up, in addition, the neat computer will be running smoothly.


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The Good Old Days of On Line Writing
April 29, 2017

There really were ‘Good Old Days’ in online writing.

If you could go back to 2010 you would enter a world of many online writing sites, many  online writing paying sites. A world of so  many publishing sites which gave you a comfortable platform on which to present your work  and made it possible for you to earn real money.

Sites did pay.

Although it might seem fantasy if I tell you that people actually lived on what they earned by writing on line, you might think I’m being ridiculous.

But think of it like this;

You wrote for Factoidz. You get $150 this month for your items.
You wrote for Triond; You got $85 this month.
You wrote for Hubpages, you were paid $75 this month

You aren’t writing all the time, you aren’t killing yourself, you are posting a few items on each site, perhaps three a week on Factoidz, perhaps five on Triond, perhaps three on Hubpages.

You post a few items on other sites, because you have a life.

Yet, you earn every month about $500  writing on line.  This is every month.   This is your standard earnings. Sometimes more, sometimes less, but this is the basic.

This is how it has been, in your life, since 2007.

This money, more or less, comes every month.

You hear about new sites, and you join and post. You write for Bukisa, Xomba, Squidoo, Wikinut, on and on, a few here and a few there, no worries.

To earn $500 US a month from hobby writing was nothing to brag about, because there were those who earned $1,000 US a month.

Things changed in 2010 with the Introduction of Google’s Panda.

The Panda

There are two sides to the story; however, as a person who follows the money I tend to attribute certain actions more to pocket than prestige.

If Google had not intended to introduce its rip off, no pay, so-called ‘publishing’ site, Knol, then I would be a bit more tipped in the direction that it was all about ‘quality’.

For those who don’t know the story, a little background;

When you do a ‘Search’ you enter a term into a ‘search box’ and the artificial intelligence, (A.I.), that is the computer program which was written to do searches, goes into action. It searches for items which use the term you entered a lot.

The more often the term is used, the more the A.I. ‘likes’ the item, so pushes it to the front of the Search results.

Suppose you entered the word; “Tofu” into a search engine. The A.I. would search billions of items for the word ‘tofu’. The ones which used Tofu the most would be at the front of the search.


Enter the Crap Writer. The Crap Writer knows how to ‘play’ the Search engine. The Crap Writer will use the trending term in every sentence.


“All over the word people are interested in Tofu. You probably are interested in Tofu. Tofu is very popular today. You will find Tofu everywhere…..”

This article will be 1000 words long. It will tell you NOTHING. But, because it uses ‘Tofu’ in every sentence it scores higher than the item which actually describes what Tofu is, how it is made, how it is used.

Considering that Adsense is owned by Google, it is Adsense which is paying for all those views of nothing.

Many writers were aware of this; they’d written great items, and when they did a Google, find themselves way down at the bottom, and the Crap Writer at the top.

Now you could imagine if you had researched Tofu. You had spent an hour or so, reading a lot, taking the information, putting it into your own words, so that you had created a great article that anyone can read and at the end know all about Tofu.

And there is your item waaaaay down on page ten of a Google, and on page one are items which say nothing.

People did complain to Google about this. And Google, because it saw how many online publishing sites there were, decided to create its own.

You would have thought in this supposed; “Do No Evil” motto that Google pushes, that it would create a superior writing site, which grabbed all the best writers.

You might imagine that Google would create a well paying site, have exceptional moderation, and be able to share 50% of all revenue. After all, they are paying themselves. It is their site, their Ads. It is free money.

Instead of Google Adsense having to pay a site to host their ads they pay themselves to host the advertisements companies pay for.

That’s what I thought.


Google came up with the greatest rip off ever!

They created Knol, which DID NOT PAY WRITERS.   Google made money from selling ads to their company, and paying themselves.

Who would go to a site that didn’t pay when there are sites that do?

To force people to write for nothing, to write for their site, Google created the Panda algorithm.  This program pretended to be created to slap down the Crap Writer.

It didn’t.
It slapped down the site.

It labeled Hubpages, Triond, and all the other paying sites as ‘Content Farms’. It set its search engine to push these sites to the back.

For example, if you entered ‘Tofu’ in the search box, the algorithm Google used would go everywhere else before Hubpages.

Think of it as taking an exam.

All the kids who come from this section of town start with -10. If you get all the questions right you score 90% If the kid next to you, who comes from a different section of town gets six questions wrong, he gets 94%.

That is why items published on Content Farms, no matter how good they are, score lower than those published elsewhere.

This is why, today, if you make $30 a month writing on line, that is a lot.

Today, there are few sites that pay, few sites that get over 1 Million visitors a month to view your writing.

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Indian Telecom Giant Airtel planning a foray into SmartHomes Market

Indian telecom giant Airtel which is into Mobile services, landline services, Wireless and Broadband Internet services, and the recently launched Payments Bank has plans of entering into a totally new domain.
This is the domain of smart homes, or automated homes. These are Homes where appliances such as TV, Refrigerator, Laptop, smartphones, cooling or heating systems, lightning and even security systems.
Smart Homes systems are ones where all these or some of these systems “talk” to each other. Or, these systems can be controlled by smartphones of other computing devices.
The underlying and upcoming technology is “Internet of Things” – IOT in short. This is a protocol for machine to machine talk which is already in place in some of the computational systems, cloud systems as well as even in Data centres but is evolving.
How smarthomes work is :
Supposedly a cooling system is cooling a home too much. Then, it can send an alert to a smartphone or a laptop to automatically adjust the cooling.
A similar grid like system can control:
-Level and Intensity of lightning or switching certain areas’ light on or off.
-Level of warming in a centrally heated system- This can even have commercial uses.
-A water leakage in a pipe can also trigger an alert and give a call to a plumber.
-Security alarm can be set in case of an intruder comes in a house- This is in some ways already implemented in some of the security setups.
Such systems will not be easy to setup. There will be programming skills in automation technologies. Such programmers will need to be versed with complex algorithms for working of such systems.
A lot of research is already underway.
Then, there will be management of electronics that will be involved. There could also be wiring involved, or setup of signal boosters. Let us see how this all works.

Source: Based on an article in Economic Times Newspaper website: 25-Apr-2017


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How To Know if You Can TRust a Writing Site?
April 17, 2017
Writing-online_Why Writing Sites Aren't What They Used To Be

There is a very simple answer;  You don’t.

This is not a job where the boss has to tell you he’s closing down, and pays you off.   This is a business in which  you take all the risk.

You join, and maybe use your personal email account, maybe have to give an address, and that information can be sold to any and everyone waveing a few bills.

You join, and write.  You work.  You post.  Maybe the item is published, maybe it is not.  Maybe it is rejected, maybe it is stolen.

Your item is published and you don’t know if you will be paid for it, or ripped off.  You don’t know when you are paid by ‘hits’ if the site is honest about how many people viewed your item.

If you are paid that first time, there is no guarantee you will be paid the second time.

There is no guarantee that the site will not go down, taking all your work with it, and owing you money.

You can’t know.

All you can do is check the age of the site, and may make the assumption that since it has been up ten years it is legitimate.  Ha!   Look at the lifespan of Expertscolumn.   It’s been around a long time, ripping off writers.

All you can do is protect yourself.


Keep copies of your items is one way.    Having a private blog is another.   You post on the private blog and limit access to just you.   Use a different name on the private blog or when you join a site.   In this way, if the site doesn’t pay you, your alias will contact it and claim that it has the copyright, and the item must be taken down.

For example, suppose you posted an item on your private blog in December 2016.   You are on a site and publish that item in January 2017.  The site locks you out or doesn’t pay.   That is when you make the entire blog, or just that one item public, and demand that the site take your item.  The date is clear.  It was published on your blog first.

Opening a private blog is easy and you pick a name for it, dress it up if you want, and use it as your storeroom.  You post there, then on the site.

When you post on an ify site you post things that don’t mean much to you.  It could be an observation on a current event, it could be a recipe, it could be anything that is not you doing two hours of research before writing.

As I’ve said before, don’t take that first payment as proof of anything.   The biggest scams pay that first redemption, then no more.

Limit your writing.

Let us suppose the redemption is $5.00.    You put in for $5.00.   You don’t post again until you get the payment.  When you get the payment you post again, and see what happens.  If it seems that your hits are ‘stuck’ so that you sit at $2.34 for two days, don’t post again.   The site is a rip.   If you want to prove it, as I said before, you log onto the site as a visitor and read your work.   That counts as a hit because if you live in India and are logging on through a proxy in Germany and if necessary, using some nick you just made up, and view your writing, that must be a hit.

If it doesn’t register, stop writing.

Don’t keep going and going like the energiser bunny expecting you’ll reach the pay out.  No.  You write again after you are paid, and then, only to reach the threshold.

Some sites are slow payers.  You put in for a redemption in January, and the payment arrives in February.  Okay.   You’ve gotten paid, so write.   Reach the threshold, put in, and stop.   In this way, if you aren’t paid it is one payment, not five.

Often do a search ‘Sitename+Scam’.

Bubblews was flagged a year before it went down.  How anyone could say; “They owed me $700 when Bubblews went down”, is a sign of shame.   The most one could say is; “They owed me $50,”  meaning it was only one redemption they were cheated out of.

The fact is, many people will create a site as a rip-off.   They will get hundres of members.   They will pay everyone that first time, getting thousands of members.  And then, they stop paying this portion, then that portion.

They are making thousands of dollars off of Advertisements and paying hundreds, until such time, the complaints reach the ears of the advertisers.

Then, they close the site, take the money and run.

No, you can’t know if a site is legitimate.


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LG smartphone gift review unlike nokia
April 4, 2017

LG smartphone gift review, here is a review for a phone that it is my first time to try or see.

Though im nokia phone fans, two days ago friend brought me a smartphone gift, it was golden LG smartphone, a brand I heard of but never try.  I really wss not happy at first, im loyal, it has a touch screens just like other phones

It was hard to open it, then was hard to find what option I want. it’s different than Nokia and it I lost, how to use it.


The good think when using lg a great battery life, though its not a top phone to me it is nice.

I like the removable battery it is practical in this way, just charge another battery and put it in the place of the old one an no have to hold more



5 inch screen

1.5GB ram

The internal storage is 16

The processr is octa

Phone is little thick, which is a feature I do not like even in nokia phone that I have, so why to use a phone that im not good in using if it has the thick size.

LG smartphone gift review

I heard its good phone but it has some complicated features and you need to search a lot to find the browsing, but for nokia all is fine and clear and simple even for kid to use it, I like the phone, but going go give it a a gift to family member in near occasion that is it the end of lg and back to nokai

Nokia was the frist time I used fones, in between I tried Samsung and though liked it I went back to my old phone and also tried iPhone and though looked nice, I was not feeling comfy using it and its processor, not sure if its old or just new complicated slow technolog.

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Li-Fi – new emerging technology
April 2, 2017

Li-Fi Technology

Li-Fi is a high speed Wireless communication technology like Wi-Fi.
Li-Fi is the acronym of Light Fidelity. where light is a type of energy and Fidelity represents the reliability of its nature.
The concept of Li-Fi was brought by a university professor Mr. Hardly Hoses back in 2011, which he shared publically and explained that light technology is also one of the most effective means of data communication. This technology is significantly advance than the Wi-Fi technology.
It is a visible light communication (VLC) running wireless communications travelling at very high speed.
Wi-Fi uses Radio waves to transmit data and Li-fi uses visible light.
The li-fi technology uses light emitting diodes (LED’s) to transmit data.
It is designed to use LED light bulbs. A special chip that modulates the light imperceptibly for optical data transmission.
Li-Fi transmit data using LED bulbs and it receives data by photoreceptors
Li-fi early speed was 150mbps, but after further work the speed now upto 10 Gbps
Light spectrum or bandwidth is approximately 10 thousand times up.
Faster than Wi-Fi
More secure then Wi-Fi, because data cannot be intercepted without clear line of sight
Removes nearby network interference
Low cost
Suitable for electromagnetic sensitive areas like hospitals, aircraft cabins, nuclear plants etc.
Till now Safer for environment plus for human also, no radio waves involved
Short range, requires clear line of sight, cannot penetrate obstacles like concrete walls etc.
Not suitable for mobility
Commercially it is tested and offered in Dubai by two companies du and Zero1. As per them they have successfully provide internet, audio and video streaming.
You can use Li-Fi in plane with low light bulb.
You can use under water with low light torch.
Many toys include LED lights and these can be used to support very low-cost communication between interactive toys.
Laptops, smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices can communicate directly using Li-Fi. Short range links give very high data rates and also provides security.

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Elements of My Ideal Writing Site
March 29, 2017
Writing-online_Why Writing Sites Aren't What They Used To Be

I’m not going to talk just about a bag of money for an article, or weekly payments, although that would be nice, but living in reality,  I’ll stay there.

One of the pluses of Triond was its subtopics.

If you wrote about cars, or sports, or health or a short story, or a topical issue, whatever topic you picked there was a sub heading which matched.

These sub headings appeared as if separate websites.  The benefit of these different sites was that if you were published on authorspot that meant you had written a short story and people interested in short stories would go to that section and likely read different short stories.

The benefit of this can not be over-stated.

If one is interested in Crime, for example, it is likely they would read more than one item, especially if the item was good.  This means that internal views would mount.  You might be attracted to an item written about an abduction, see a link to an item about serial killers, click on that, read it, maybe note an item on Forensic Evidence, and move on to read that.

Each writer gets a view because one item attracted your eye.

So sub-topics which appear to be individual sites get more views than an omnibus site where one might see only one item of interest on a front page.

Mentioning front page; this should have the absolute best items on the site.  There should be a number of them, in different genres so that a visitor would find something of interest.

Front pages are vital.

On my Ideal site, the front page would have a number of excellent items.  Each article would have been carefully chosen by the Mods.  There would be at least sixteen different items.

Joining the site would not be pushed in your face, as if that is the most important thing to see.   The most important thing is to get views.  And the only thing that gets views are good articles.

To get good articles there needs to be human intervention.

New Writers can be vetted, those who can write would move to a different level, those who have problems with language would have their items rejected to be redone.

The best writers would be published, and then, read by a Mod for the purpose of Front Page.

Front page items attracted more payment then those not featured.  This would encourage writers to do their best.

There would also be an ‘edit’ button so that the writer could easily correct errors, change information when or if it became erroneous.  The articles would be ‘live’ and able to be updated if necessary.

Moderation is always an issue. Where there is none, anything goes.  Where there is too much, the writers go. Where the mods are slow, items are published elsewhere.   Where there is no moderation; back to start.

When it comes to pay, there are those writers who can present good pieces that people want to read. They should be encouraged.  There are those who do not write as well, and so need to have their skills honed.

The Owners must be ‘hands on’ as are the mods.  There must be enough persons in Admin so that emails or PMs are rapidly answered, and there is a near ‘personal’ connection so that the writer can feel more than just an ‘app’.

The Mods and Admin would network the writers articles.  In this way there would be no ‘self-spamming’ and the fact is, the Mods and Admin would ‘work’ for the money they receive.

Ads would be of a better quality than the usual ignorable rubbish so that there would be clicks.   And clicks are money.

The Admin would work out how much money is needed to keep the site running, double it for his/her take and pay accordingly.

Items would continue to earn based on hits and clicks.

The copyright would, of course, remain with the writer.

This is my Ideal site

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Dating Sites Revisited; Pathetic Loser Wants Same
March 28, 2017

Many years ago, when I was writing for my local rag, I did a column on Cyberspace.  I went to a lot of sites and then realised that Dating Sites would be a great article.   I’d go to a site, use a nick, stay close to reality; that is around my age, my profession, likes/dislikes, just to see how much matching would be done.

Now I’ll admit, way back in the early days, there was a European site that really did match.  I mean really.  There was a lot of questions, but the answers mattered.

I am emphasising this now, to prepare you what follows.

Anyway, I was matched with a few chaps and one was really special.  Unfortunately, he died.  Yes. Really.  He was ill and a widower and was reaching out for companionship and I suppose, although we were thousands of miles apart, I gave him a bit of that.

Subsequently, I stayed off of dating sites, then, went back on for the purpose of an article.

The reason I emphasised matching on the first site, is that I can say without hesitation, NONE went on in the subsequent sites, save:

a) sexual connection; that is a woman who wants a man would be matched with men, a woman who wants a woman would be matched with women.

b) age; within range, i.e. a twenty five year old would be matched with those between twenty four and thirty six and sixty year olds would be matched between fifty eight and seventy.

Other than that, unless you specified religion and race, well, even then, you would have some sloppy slip ups.

To say you are an attorney at law and be matched with a toll booth operator was not unusual.  As there was very little analysis, as had been in the first site.

If I had been visiting the site for a date I’d of run after my first disastrous matches.  However, it made good copy so I stuck with it.

Those on the site with whom I was matched fell into two categories; pathetic and very pathetic.  The sub-categories were scammers, parasites, sickos and plain ordinary losers.

As I was wise enough to create a new email account for the dating site I was not besieged until I went onto my dating email.

There were those who wrote an mail like every few minutes demanding messenger and other instant chats. There were those who were straight up scammers and never read what I’d posted, going hard for the ‘send for me and pay my way and put me up’ kind of trick.

There were those who simply wanted an all expense paid vacation in my house, those who wanted money and those who were just obnoxious.

I developed various methods to deal with them.

Those who emailed frequently I would write back every other day complaining about the prices in the supermarket.  This got rid of them.

Those who tried to ‘rush’ the ‘relationship’ also got supermarket letters.

Others were quickly unmasked as scammers to which I would write;

“I am in Jamaica.  We are better at scamming than you.”

I can say this without pause; I never met anyone on any dating site, (save the first) that I would want to have coffee with.  They were devoid of conversation, they were less than two dimensions, and I don’t know how anyone can ever fall for the scams that were run as they were so pathetic.

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Talking About Those Scam Emails
March 27, 2017

Although it has been mentioned on this site, these scam emails are on other sites as well.

Just the other day I received one from “Rose Smith.”

You probably got one here as well, although she is/was very busy on another site. As she/ he/ it is born stupid, didn’t bother to check to whom she/ he/ it was writing to and where that person is.   This sets off the fact that this  is a scam  highlighted, set off in quotes, boldfaced and in italics…. (this is to over play how obvious the fact she/he/it is running a scam).

Let me be a bit bold.

If I lived in America or England maybe… maybe… the scam might have some value.  Maybe somehow I’d be so stupid as to fall for it… that is if I were in the habit of responding to people I don’t know.

One of the things you learn in Cyberspace (if you didn’t learn it at home)  is that you don’t talk to strangers.  You don’t know who they are, what they want.

Being on a writing site where you read this member’s work, this member reads your work, you comment on their work, they comment on yours. Maybe you send private messages.  Nothing screams ‘Scam’ as loud as a person you never saw before, who never posted or made a comment on a writing site, wanting to talk to you.


Further, as the email is one of those forms, which is sent to everyone without any deviation, the fool told me that she/he/it had ‘read my profile’.

What profile?

I do not share much information about myself.  Why?  I know the dangers.

There was a situation on a site some years ago, in which a woman had mentioned she attended a particular school.   Someone came on pretending to have attended that school.  I say ‘pretending’ because over time, the fact it was a scam was fully exposed.

If you don’t admit what city you come from, or one can’t be sure of your age or sex it is pretty hard to scam you by saying; “Didn’t you attend Alpha Academy?”


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