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23 Oct 2015 

Domain Names 101


Without a domain name, websites are specified by an IP address. What is an IP address? It is an identifier that is used by computers or humans to determine the location of a server or website. However, for humans, an IP address, (which is expressed in a numerical format), can be difficult to remember. This is why domain namesilo were invented. With a domain name, a human can locate a website through more user-friendly words or phrases. And although numbers can be a part of a domain name, they usually do not make up all of it, like what is seen with an IP address.

In terms of format, domain names have several parts. The first part is known as the URL, (which stands for Uniform Resource Locator). The URL tells the browser what the domain name is going to point to. This will usually be 'http', which means the browser can expect to locate a hypertext document. In layman's terms this means webpage. In the rare cases the URL is not 'http' it may be 'ftp', which means file transfer protocol. A webmaster would opt to use ftp if they would like visitors to download files from their server.

The second part of the domain name will be "www," which stands for "World Wide Web." This phrase lets computers and humans know the site the domain name is pointing to is indeed from the Internet. It is followed by the actual domain name, which can be a combination of letters, numbers or phrases. A good domain name will be short, memorable and most importantly, search-engine friendly. In fact, good webmasters tend to concentrate more on a domain name's effectiveness with SEO, (or Search Engine Optimization), than they do its creativity. To do this they make sure to choose a domain name that has a widely searched keyword.

The final portion of the domain name has what is known as an extension. This lets a person know a little bit more about a website's origins. For example, take .com, the most common domain name extension. It stands for 'commercial', and was originally intended for organizations in that vein. However, now the extension is used by virtually anyone looking to create a website. And this is for good reason, since most web surfers will think about the .com before they would think about .org, .biz or .net. Yet, don't think the other extensions can't become memorable either. Consider Wikipedia.org which is a wildly popular website despite its .org extension.

Domain name extensions can also specify things on a geographical level. An example are country-based extensions such as .fr, (which stands for France), or .jp, (which stands for Japan). They can also be state-based, such as .ca, (which stands for California). Both can serve as excellent tools for localized Internet marketing.

To get a domain name, a person can either: 1) get one from their web hosting company, provided they offer that service or 2) get one from a separate domain name code company. Price-wise things will vary with both options, though typically the cost will range from $6.50 to $35.

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20 Oct 2015 

How to Make It through Airport Security with Ease

Are you in the process of preparing for a trip? If you are, does your trip require that you travel by air? If so, you may be concerned about airport security checkpoints. Even everyday individuals, who mean no harm, experience some nervousness and uncertainty when they think of airport security. The good news, however, is that there are some steps that you can take to help get you through airport security with ease. A few of these tips are highlighted below for your convenience.

The best way to pass through airport security with ease and without experiencing any complications or delays is by knowing all airport security rules and restrictions. Although you will want to use your best judgment, you will also want to take the time to visits the website for the TSA, which is located at www.tsa.gov. There, you will find all that you need to know about airport security rules and restrictions, such as prohibited items, as well as tips to help you.

As for making it through airport security with ease, there are many professionals who recommend purchasing your airline tickets well in advance of your trip. Apparently, you are less likely to be stopped and fully screened by airport security when doing so. For many, last minute travelers send off signals or red flags. Even if this is untrue, there is still no harm that can come from booking your airline reservations in advance.

Next, it is important to make sure that you are carrying proper identification with you. Most airline workers, especially those at the ticket counter, will ask to see a form of identification. For adults, this identification needs to include a picture. State identification cards or driver�s licenses are ideal. For domestic travel, children can often get away without showing identification.

Before you leave for the airport, go through your luggage one more time. This is particularly a good idea with your carry-on luggage. Do you see anything that looks out of the ordinary? If you do, you may want to leave that item at home or else pack it in a checked bag. Anything that looks suspicious, even though it may not be, may hold you up at airport security, resulting in unnecessary delays.

All air travelers, including children, are required to remove their shoes before walking through the metal detectors. For that reason, you will want to remove your shoes ahead of time. You will need to do so anyways, so get started earlier, which can help to keep the security line moving along in a timely fashion. Also, be sure to wear comfortable and easy to remove shoes.

In addition to shoes, all air travelers are required to remove certain clothing pieces, such as belts, jackets, and possibly even bulky sweatshirts. For that reason, you will want to come to the airport dressed simple, yet comfortably. You will want to remove these items ahead of time and have them ready to place in a security bin.

Also, make sure that when you pack your carry-on luggage that you have all liquids in a separate bag. In fact, the TSA has a 3-1-1 policy that they follow. This policy states that small liquid containers, like those for liquid makeup or contact lens solution, must be three ounces in size or smaller. Each person must put all liquids in a one quart ziplock bag and one bag is permitted for each person.

If you are traveling with young children, you will want to take steps to prepare your child for the airport security process. Make sure they are wearing comfortable and easy to remove shoes and jackets, as they will still need to be removed. If your child can walk, they will need to go through the airport metal detectors themselves, so be sure to talk about doing so with your child. In fact, you may want to arrive at the airport a few minutes early so that your child can see others going through airport security with ease.
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20 Oct 2015 

Alternative Energy for the Home

The trend toward homes that are powered by alternative energy sources, ranging from wind turbines and solar collection cells to hydrogen fuel cells and biomass gases, is one that needs to continue into the 21st century and beyond. We have great need of becoming more energy independent, and not having to rely on the supplying of fossil fuels from unstable nations who are often hostile to us and our interests. But even beyond this factor, we as individuals need to get off the grid and also stop having to be so reliant on government-lobbying giant oil corporations who, while they are not really involved in any covert conspiracy, nevertheless have a stranglehold on people when it comes to heating their homes (and if not through oil, then heat usually supplied by grid-driven electricity, another stranglehold). 

As Remi Wilkinson, Senior Analyst with Carbon Free, puts it, inevitably, the growth of distributed generation will lead to the restructuring of the retail electricity market and the generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure. The power providers may have to diversify their business to make up for revenues lost through household energy microgeneration. She is referring to the conclusions by a group of UK analysts, herself included among them, who call themselves Carbon Free. Carbon Free has been studying the ever-growing trend toward alternative energy-using homes in England and the West. This trend is being driven by ever-more government recommendation and sometimes backing of alternative energy research and development, the rising cost of oil and other fossil fuels, concern about environmental degradation, and desires to be energy independent. Carbon Free concludes that, assuming traditional energy prices remain at their current level or rise, microgeneration (meeting all of one's home's energy needs by installing alternative energy technology such as solar panels or wind turbines) will become to home energy supply what the Internet became to home communications and data gathering, and eventually this will have deep effects on the businesses of the existing energy supply companies. 

Carbon Free's analyses also show that energy companies themselves have jumped in on the game and seek to leverage microgeneration to their own advantage for opening up new markets for themselves. Carbon Free cites the example of electricity companies (in the UK) reporting that they are seriously researching and developing ideas for new geothermal energy facilities, as these companies see geothermal energy production as a highly profitable wave of the future. Another conclusion of Carbon Free is that solar energy hot water heating technology is an efficient technology for reducing home water heating costs in the long run, although it is initially quite expensive to install. However, solar power is not yet cost-effective for corporations, as they require too much in the way of specialized plumbing to implement solar energy hot water heating. Lastly, Carbon Free tells us that installing wind turbines is an efficient way of reducing home electricity costs, while also being more independent. However, again this is initially a very expensive thing to have installed, and companies would do well to begin slashing their prices on these devices or they could find themselves losing market share.
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