Funeral Webcasting Allows Closure

There are times in everyone’s life when it’s impossible to get away, even to attend the funeral of a person who was very important to you. Work obligations, family needs, or financial pressures might prevent you from traveling to a funeral at a distant location. Increasingly, funeral directors are offering webcasts of funeral services to make the proceedings accessible to anyone who can’t be there in person.

Using one or more cameras mounted strategically in the funeral chapel, a funeral director controls the webcast using computer software, usually on a laptop reserved especially for the purpose. The funeral service is streamed online in real time, letting anyone watch and hear the entire event.

After the service, the video is kept online for up to a year, or even longer. The funeral director, in consultation with the family, decides how long the video will be available.

Although funeral webcasts can be left open to anyone, they are usually restricted for privacy. Family members can choose to set up the funeral website with password protection, requiring anyone who wishes to see the service to enter the pre-determined password. They can keep the password protection in place during the entire time that the video is accessible online.

Families can also decide who to notify before the funeral takes place, usually via an email message system. This gives the family another layer of privacy, ensuring that their very personal event is open only to those they’ve chosen to notify. This practice isn’t necessarily designed to exclude anyone with a legitimate interest in viewing the service. Rather, it helps to prevent the possibility of casual viewers finding it by accident, much as someone might drop into a church, unaware that a funeral was in progress.

While you might be a bit uncomfortable with …

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Shale Fracking Technology Is Real Energy Innovation – But Some Don’t See It That Way

The other day, I was speaking with a thought leader from South Africa working with the schools and promoting the future of innovation with the goal of fostering business entrepreneurship to allow South Africa to meet the demands needed for the 21st Century. One thing that I find interesting here in the United States is that when we talk about energy innovation everyone assumes that we are talking about solar technologies or better wind turbines. They never seem to consider the traditional energy industry and all the technological advances being made there, such as fracking.

There was an interesting article in the ‘corporate news’ section of the Wall Street Journal on December 17, 2012 titled; “Chevron Enters Shale Hunt in South Africa – Company’s Decision Comes as Temporary Ban on Exploration Is Lifted in a Country Estimated to Hold Large Reserves,” by Devon Maylie and Alexis Flynn which noted that South Africa has the 5th largest estimated reserves using the new fracking technologies – maybe more.

Believe me when I tell you that as more fracking is going on around the world to get out gas and oil, there will be new methods, and even more efficient technologies introduced. In fact, it is happening now. If South Africa and other countries continue to develop safer environmental strategies for fracking, and more efficient ways to get at that oil and gas, then we can have the best of all worlds. You see, shale fracking technology is real energy innovation, and it’s here right now and today.

Much of the incremental gains we’ve achieved in solar and wind still leaves it as less-than-adequate for our needs and return on investment. If we take these technologies along with better ways to efficiently use fossil fuels and put out fewer carbon emissions …

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Interesting Facts About E-waste

Landfills around the world are quickly becoming filled with e-waste. The real problem with this is the fact that is not very recyclable. Here are some interesting facts about this dilemma, along with information about how it can be saved.

Interesting Facts About E-was

1. Only a decade ago, there was an annual dump of nearly 3 million tons of such electronics such as televisions, computers, and printers being dumped into landfills. They can easily be recycled with just a small bit of foresight.

2. E-waste accounts for a mere 2% of the total trash that Americans but as far as toxic waste goes it accounts for an astounding 70% of the total of America.

3. Throughout the entire world, there is an annual amount of 50 million metric tons of e-waste generated. This is an astounding amount that can easily be rectified.

4. There are precious metals which are found in electronics in landfills. Every year Americans toss out close to $60 million in gold and silver.

5. Out of the huge amount of e-waste which is generated, only about 13% is currently recycled.

6. To manufacture just one computer monitor uses the following amounts: 48 lbs of assorted chemicals, over 500 lbs of fossil fuels and over 1 ton of water.

7. Much of what is called e-waste in landfills is not actually waste. Rather, it is actually whole computer parts which can easily be recycled or used for materials reclamation.

If you are interested in e-waste recycling Toronto and want more information, you should definitely click the link in this article. By doing all that we can, we can save the equivalent of tons of energy every single day. This goes a long way towards helping to keep the earth clean and green for future generations to come.…

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Myths About Cloud Hosting That Require Debunking

Myths About Cloud Hosting That Require Debunking

In the last few years, Cloud Hosting has evolved to become the preferred name in hosting for small and large websites alike due to a wide range of benefits offered by Cloud Hosting providers. Instant resource scalability with no single point of failover and around 99.9%+ uptimes have undeniably struck the right chord with site owners. However, despite its popularity, there are still many myths about Cloud Hosting which are keeping site owners away. In this article, we will look at all such myths which need debunking.

Myth I

Website data is not exclusive to me. The hosting provider can view my user’s data!

Fact

The data can be accessed only by people who have been authorized by you and provided with a username and password.

 

Users considering public Cloud Hosting services might be inclined to think that since they upload their data to a third-party server, the hosting provider can view all their sensitive data. However, as a policy, no hosting provider can access your customer’s data without a user id and password. Also, this access has to be granted by you.

Myth II

Cloud Hosting services are costlier than their traditional counterparts.

Fact

Cloud Hosting is the most cost-efficient option available.

Remember, we are talking about cost-efficiency. While certain traditional plans might seem cheaper to begin with, they usually include high costs for scaling up the resources. Further, downtimes can be costly for your business and reputation. Cloud Hosting allows you to include only as many resources as are needed by you to run your website. In case of traffic spikes, the providers offer instant resource scalability which makes it highly cost-efficient.

Myth I

Users are not comfortable with websites hosted on a Cloud.

Fact

Most users are aware of the benefits and prefer Cloud-hosted websites.

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Problems with Making Phone Calls

It might seem like we’re in a technology savvy world where the internet is the only source of entertainment and all communications come from cellphone towers, but that is not always the case. Where my home is situated, we don’t get good cellphone reception, so we have to rely more heavily on a landline to get or receive calls. We are able to get on the internet as of this year, but the connection speed is very slow compared to what most people experience when they live in a city or small town. We’ve adapted to this way of life, but some people couldn’t handle it.

Problems with Making Phone Calls

Telephone service in our small town is a luxury. We have been lucky enough to have a landline at our home, but some of our neighbors are living too far away from the telephone poles to connect the landline wires to their homes. Without cellphone service or a landline connection, there’s no other way to reach someone from the outside world. If you like living in a remote condition, then you might like living in my neighborhood. However, we need to have the phone operating properly in order to conduct business, so we have had to get someone out to our home to make sure we’re getting calls the way we should. 

The phone line was installed when we bought our home a year ago, but it wasn’t always working perfectly. There were times when the calls would disconnect, and there were some calls that sounded like static. It’s impossible to have a conversation with a business associate while static is going off in the background of the call. We had been able to get away with using that phone to talk to relatives and friends, but it was certainly annoying at times. However, …

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