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Government is Good – A Day in Your Life #fail #internet


Government is Good

A Day in Your Life

Though we usually fail to notice it, government programs and policies improve our daily lives in innumerable ways.

Ask yourself this question: What has government done for me lately? If you are like most Americans, you will probably answer: Not much. Many people feel like they pay a lot in taxes but don’t really get anything back from government. Surveys show that 52% of Americans believe that government programs have not really helped me and my family. 1 But let s see if that is really true. Let s examine a typical day in the life of an average middle-class American and try to identify some of the ways that government improves that person s life during that 24-hour period.

6:30 a.m. You are awakened by your clock radio. You know it is actually 6:30 because the National Institute of Standards and Technology keeps the official time. And you can listen to your favorite radio station only because the Federal Communications Commission brings organization and coherence to our vast telecommunications system. It ensures, for example, that radio stations do not overlap and that stations signals are not interfered with by the numerous other devices cell phones, satellite television, wireless computers, etc. whose signals crowd our nation s airwaves.

6:35 a.m. Like 17 million other Americans, you have asthma. But as you get out of bed you notice that you are breathing freely this morning. This is thanks in part to government clean air laws that reduce the air pollution that would otherwise greatly worsen your condition.

6:38 a.m. You go into the kitchen for breakfast. You pour some water into your coffeemaker. You simply take for granted that this water is safe to drink. But in fact you count on your city water department to constantly monitor the quality of your water and to immediately take measures to correct any potential problems with this vital resource.

6:39 a.m. You flip the switch on the coffee maker. There is no short in the outlet or in the electrical line and there is no resulting fire in your house. Why? Because when your house was being built, the electrical system had to be inspected to make sure it was properly installed a service provided by your local government. And it was installed by an electrician who was licensed by your state government to ensure his competence and your safety.

6:45 a.m. You sit down to breakfast with your family. You are having eggs a food that brings with it the possibility of salmonella poisoning, a serious food-borne illness affecting tens of thousands of Americans every year. But the chance of you getting sick from these eggs has now been greatly reduced by a recently passed series of strict federal rules that apply to egg producers.

7:00 a.m. You go into your newly renovated bathroom one of a number of amenities that you enjoy in your house. But the fact that you can legally own your own house is something made possible by government. Think about this: ownership and private property are not things that exist in nature. These are legal constructs: things created by laws that are passed and enforced by government. You couldn t even buy your home without a system of commercial laws concerning contracts and a government that ensures that sales contracts are enforced. So the fact that you live in your own home is, in part, a benefit of government and the rule of law.

7:01 a.m. Government also helps you own your house in more than the legal sense. On a more practical level, the federal government actually gives you money every year to help pay for your house. It s called a mortgage interest tax deduction and it is one of the larger benefit programs run by the federal government amounting to over $60 billion dollars a year. You can also deduct any real estate taxes you pay. These largely overlooked subsidy programs have enabled millions of people to buy their first home or to move up to a larger home than they could afford otherwise.

7:02 a.m. Back in the bathroom. You use the toilet and flush it. Your local government then takes care of transporting this waste, treating it, and disposing of it in an environmentally responsible manner all without a second thought by you.

7:20 a.m. As you are getting dressed, a glance outside the window shows some ominous clouds. You check the weather on your TV. All these weather forecasts are made possible by information gathered and analyzed by the National Weather Service, a government agency. Every day, on your behalf, it takes in 190,000 weather observations from surface stations, 2,700 from ships, 115,000 from aircraft, 18,000 for buoys, 250,000 from balloons, and 140 million from satellites all just to help you plan what to wear and make sure you don t get stuck in a snow storm. And oh yes, this agency may save your life with its hurricane and tornado warnings.

7:30 a.m. Before you leave home, you take your pills to control your high blood pressure. But how do you know that this medicine is safe or effective? Without the testing required by the Food and Drug Administration, you wouldn t. And without the vigilance of the FDA, you could easily fall victim to unscrupulous marketers of unsafe and worthless medicines.

7:45 a.m. You put a couple of letters in your mailbox. For less than the price of a cup of coffee, a government employee will come to your house, pick up the letters, and have them delivered in a few days to someone on the other side of the country. A pretty good deal.

7:50 a.m. You and your child walk across the lawn to your car and arrive without getting dog poop on your shoes. A small but welcome achievement that is made possible now by a local law that requires people to clean up after their pets. Also, the reason your neighborhood is not plagued by stray cats and dogs is that your local Animal Control officer is on the job dealing with this constant problem.

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Internet Security Software – Internet Protection – Trend Micro AU #internet #security, #antivirus #software,web


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    Detects spam emails containing phishing scams that can trick you into revealing private personal information

  • Secure Online Banking and Shopping

    Verifies SSL certificate authenticity, protecting your financial information from unsecure banking and shopping sites

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    Lets you control desktop application access and restrict online access for kids, protecting them from inappropriate websites

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  • Buying an Internet Business – Why 2016 is the Year to Buy #local #business

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    Buying an Internet Business Why 2016 is the Year to Buy

    The start of a new year is always a natural time of year to make plans for the future. be it personally or professionally. It’s a good time to take stock of previous experience and think about what’s taking place in the world. Indeed, you don’t have to look too far for predictions posts at the moment, the internet is positively awash with musings about the year ahead with many exciting internet marketing trends predicted (mobile, the internet of things and as ever, more content marketing!)

    Strangely though there is not much in the way of thoughts on business buying in 2016,particularly for buying an internet business. so I’ve put some thoughts together on why 2016 is potentially a very timely year to buy.

    Buying an internet business – macro favors the opportunist

    There’s so much uncertainty in both the US and global economy at the moment that you can carve a pretty convincing argument either way for economic collapse or prosperity in 2016 (presumably that’s how Wall Street analysts keep in business come high or low…)

    I think though that when it comes to small business ownership there is strong cause for optimism this year. Consumer confidence has continued to climb through 2016 to the mid 90 s. Good news for consumer facing e-businesses.

    Investment levels always tell you something about the market’s sentiment toward both the economy and small business growth. Whilst you shouldn’t always follow the herd it’s important to note we operate in an economy based largely on consent, so if everyone else is investing it’s a good sign for personal acquisitions. US venture capital investment continue to grow year over year, and 2015 saw the largest amount of investment dollars.

    Lastly, borrowing is an essential component for acquisition and growth and it’s refreshing to see that whilst SBA lending softened a little in 2014 to $3.8bn (from $4.0bn in 2013), the lender is anticipating a huge boost in 2015 to $4.8bn. If you’re looking to debt finance an internet business acquisition, 2016 could well be the year to do it.

    A word of warning though, it can still be quite difficult to secure debt financing for online business acquisitions. SaaS businesses and recurring revenue models that have at least three years of history tend to be the most successful candidates for funding, though cash buyers will continue to have pole position in 2016. If you want to learn about alternative finance options you can read How to Buy a Website with Finance .

    Surging internet growth continues

    The nice thing about most internet trends is that they almost always face upwards which makes the old Chinese proverb of “the best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago, the second best time is now” true at the start of almost every year.

    E-commerce continues to be one of the biggest areas of internet growth and eMarketer expects the global E-commerce industry to increase another $263bn in 2015 to $1.763trn (yes trillion), all boding very well for site owners and potential business acquirers.

    Content sites will not miss out on a continued surge in internet usage as multi-device and particularly mobile usage make the web a major source of advertising dollars. Internet advertising revenues continue to rise with spending up across every single sector. from 5% YoY in entertainment to 20% YoY in retail. Digital advertising revenue is now worth more than $40bn in the US alone (as of 2014), second only to TV, and rising at 15% per annum (5x faster than any other medium).

    It’s not just the growth opportunities that are appearing in the internet investment landscape, the risk factors are somewhat fading too. Many online business acquirers are cautious of pending Google algorithm updates particularly when looking at websites with high search traffic (and they are wise to be). With the last 18 months seeing an unprecedented amount of algorithm changes. things have now started to calm and the industry is expecting a smoother runway in 2016.

    That’s not to say there won’t be movement but there is much less concern over 20% single-day traffic falls as we saw with the Penguin and Panda rollouts in 2013 and 2014. The good news for site buyers is that investors now have the pick of sites that are still standing after the updates and they also have some runway ahead before Google consider another major algorithm update.

    Mobile is an explosive opportunity

    A major part of the trends above is the continued penetration of smartphones across the US, Western Europe and Asia as well as the proliferation of multi-device. Multi-device ownership is increasingly commonplace in developed markets with 1 in 4 smartphone owners in the US and EU5 also owning a tablet.

    Almost every internet marketing predictions post is citing mobile’s importance this year and its clear from listings at FEI that site owners who have mobile-optimised their sites (at the least) or built new service or content offerings around mobile, are very well positioned for selling. With Google putting greater emphasis on the mobile user experience, potentially even incorporating “mobile-friendliness” into its search ranking algorithm, mobile-friendly is now essential.

    Digi-Capital predict 61.3% CAGR of revenue growth in mobile app revenue (ex-gaming) to 2017 which is a staggering growth rate and a huge growth opportunity for buyers of e-businesses and apps in 2016 and beyond. Advertisers worldwide are recognizing the increasing penetration of mobile and its impact on consumers, and in response, plan to spend more than $64bn on mobile ads in 2015. 60% higher than 2014.

    Favorable industry trends

    Thomas and I wrote about industry trends at the end of 2015 and we think they are aligning positively for buyers. Whilst there’s undoubtedly more buyers in the industry than ever before, the market is formalizing and this can only be a good thing for raising industry standards amongst brokers, sellers and other industry participants alike.

    An exciting new development has been the launch of Escrow’s new domain name holding service in 2014 which has dramatically increased the scope for creatively financed deals in 2016. With domain(s) held in Escrow during the deferred consideration period there is much less fear about payment default, which warms sellers to the idea of earn outs, holdbacks and other financing methods. All of this is great news for buyers looking to stretch out their funds or structures deals for lower risk.

    Speaking of formalisation, the website buying industry definitely embraced content marketing in the past few years and we have seen a marked increase in content posting by brokers, marketplaces and industry commentators alike. Centurica now publish an annual website buying report and its co-founder Justin Gilchrist also published an in-depth primer on business buying.

    FEI published a free Guide to Buying an Online Business to help educate buyers on how to run through the process successfully and to raise awareness about the asset class. In short, there’s never been more quality information available about internet business buying which is great news for new and seasoned buyers alike.

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    If not now, when?

    So there are a lot of good reasons why 2016 presents a unique opportunity to buy an internet business. But the truth is, every year gives advantages over the previous year. So, if you’re waiting for the perfect time, then you’ve perhaps already waited too long. The right time to buy a business is now! Don’t wait for any arbitrary date like January 1st.

    Instead, commit to your plan and get started right now. Yes, 2016 will be a great time for buying a business but so is today .

    David Newell

    David is the Brokerage Director at FE International. Starting out as an investment banker, he moved online to use his transaction experience for website brokerage. At FE International, he spends his time speaking with buyers, executing deals and working on raising industry standards to encourage more investments. In 2014 he closed more than $6m in sales and wrote a book on buying internet businesses for investors new to the space.

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    Internet providers in Toronto beyond Rogers and Bell #internet #service #providers #business #plan


    Internet providers in Toronto go beyond Rogers and Bell. As it turns out, there’s a wealth of smaller options: A quick search on Canadian ISP reveals that there are no less than 119 internet service providers serving the Toronto area. To get your search off to a good start, I’ve rounded up some of the most-recommended internet service providers currently providing Toronto with a steady stream of cat videos.

    Here are my picks for the top alternative internet service providers in Toronto.

    A favourite of nerds across Ontario, Teksavvy offers a healthy mix of over a dozen cable and DSL plans, backed up by pleasant customer service; you’re likely to find a package that fits your usage needs and budget. Heavy users can avail themselves of unlimited 50Mbps (megabits per second) DSL for $84.99 a month. (In case you’re nostalgic for those weird boing-ing noises coming out of your modem, they also offer dial-up for $7.99 a month. Really.)

    The largest alternative telecom in Canada, Primus offers a variety of wireless services (including phone and VoIP) in addition to a handful of DSL packages. Shoppers beware: available speeds rely heavily on the neighbourhood. For example, while some areas can get up to 50Mbps plans, my Danforth neighbourhood is locked into 7Mbps at $42.95 a month, which doesn’t impress terribly.

    Contact is clearly trying to court a young, budget-conscious demo – their website looks like it should be for some kind of women-oriented gym. They promise “the best bang for your buck,” with a variety of DSL plans at 6Mbps, 15Mbps and 25Mbps speeds – their biggest plan offers 500GB of bandwidth at 25Mbps for a frankly insane $34.95 a month. The secret to their pricing: They ask folks to pay extra for their ContactCare tech support.

    Start offers cable, lower-speed DSL, and higher-speed FTTN connections. (For the uninitiated, FTTN is a DSL connection that offers a shorter connection between your home and the fibre network, in an effort to offer a more reliable signal.) Add $15 a month to cable plans or $10 a month for DSL plans to get unlimited data. (Except for the 150Mbps cable plan, which already gives you 400GB of bandwidth. You can just suck that one up.)

    Electronic Box
    This Quebecois company just set up shop in Ontario (as evidenced by the site’s somewhat-rickety translation). But for some, their services just might be parfait. Their biggest cable plan is a whopping 1,000GB of bandwidth at 30Mbps at a dirt-cheap $29.95 (for the first six months. after that, it nearly doubles). While their DSL plans tap out at 250GB of monthly bandwidth, they all come with unlimited downloads from 2am to 2pm regardless of tier, meaning you can still binge-download on a budget.

    This Toronto-based media company makes Android-based TV its bread and butter, offering set-top video boxes that mix TV channels with access to extra Internet-delivered content. They’re also an ISP, offering two unlimited cable plans at 30Mbps ($49.95) and 60Mbps ($64.95) download speeds.

    Operating in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and B.C. this telecom (which owns several smaller offshoots, including Acanac ) lets you take your pick of cable, DSL, and FTTN connections. A selling point: All of their packages – from an entry-level 6Mbps DSL package ($36.95) to 60Mbps cable – offer unlimited downloads.

    Did I miss any? Leave your ISP recommendations in the comments.

    Note: since Rogers and Bell own the telecommunications infrastructure, the above companies are all third-party carriers, re-selling Internet services they purchase at a wholesale rate; basically, the big guys are going to get your money one way or another.

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    High Speed Internet Colorado Springs, CO #fastest #internet #in #colorado


    Blaze High Speed Internet in Colorado Springs, CO

    Rural wireless internet just got a whole lot easier with Blaze WiFi! We are an internet service provider dedicated to serving those areas that are underserved. We have both fixed wireless internet plans and HughesNet satellite internet packages in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Blaze WiFi plans feature an unlimited access plan and allow for online gaming and video streaming. Blaze WiFi plans features download speeds ranging from 3G to 4G to LTE. Our Internet access plans start at only $39.99 per month and feature download speeds up to 15 Mbps. Also, we are an authorized retailer for DirecTV so be sure to ask your Internet sales rep about DirecTV bundles.

    Welcome To Blaze

    There’s reason to celebrate now that Hughesnet is available in Colorado Springs, Colorado! Finally, you don’t have to settle for slow dial-up service or unreliable DSL! With Hughesnet, you’ll receive ridiculously fast download speeds of up to 15 mbps! Pages will pull up instantly while videos will stream seamlessly without buffering issues. With a dedicated, always-on connection you can enjoy your service whenever you want to! All plans are 100% wireless capable, meaning you and your family can connect all their wireless devices they love! Use your own wireless router to save money monthly! Finally there’s a Wi-Fi option that’s fast, consistent, nd convenient!

    High Speed and Satellite Internet for Colorado Springs

    With a wide variety of affordable plans available in Colorado Springs, Colorado, our experienced consultants will make sure you’re getting the plan that fits you and your family best. Unlike other data plans, all plans through Hughesnet feature a 100% guarantee to be free of overage fees. Similar to the consistent great service you’ll receive through Hughesnet, you’ll never have to worry about a fluctuating bill. Select plans also allow you to continue to browse the web even if you’ve used all your data! With Hughesnet you literally get more service for less money! Give us a call today so we can save you $199 upfront by completely waiving your installation charges! Make the switch to save money today and start enjoying your new service.

    Enjoy Reliable Phone Service!

    Tired of poor cellular reception and your phone constantly dropping calls? Ask your consultant about the great phone bundles available for new customers! All plans feature free local and long-distance calling! You can also receive call waiting and caller ID for no additional charge! By bundling your high-speed Internet with phone, you can save money on up-front equipment fees and ensure you’re always able to reach those you need to call! Unlike dial-up service you can browse the web while you carry on a conversation on your crystal-clear phone service!

    Flexibility and a Bright Future

    Our knowledgeable representatives can ask you questions to figure out which plan will ensure your complete satisfaction. They can also give you some helpful tips and tricks to ensure you get the most out of your plan each and every month. For example, did you know that if you stream video in standard definition as opposed to high definition they you’ll use half the data? Tired of being in the dark about where you stand with your data? With Hughesnet you’ll always know exactly how much data you’ve used and be equipped with a slew of tools that will help you get the most out of your plan! We pride ourselves on great customer service and want to make sure you’re happy with your plan. Call 1-888-888-8888 today and get the plan you want today!

    Wireless Plans That Meet Every Need

    In rural areas, it can be hard trying to find an Internet plan that works well with gaming. While satellite plans offer fast speeds that work wonderfully with turn-based games, fast-twitch games don’t work well. With our wireless plans, we can offer fast plans with low ping so you can enjoy games like Call of Duty or Halo without any annoying lag. Get an edge on the competition with incredible speeds through one of our 4G plans through cellular towers closest to your home today!

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    High Speed Fiber Internet for Business #business #directories

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    • The Financial. 5/1/15, AT T Expands High-Speed Internet Service for Businesses to More than 180 U.S. Cities
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    • CED Magazine. 4/30/15, AT T expands 300 Mbps business service to 180 markets
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    • Domain-B.com. 4/30/15, AT T expands 300mbps internet service
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    • Fierce Telecom. 4/30/15, AT T Expands High-Speed Internet Service for Businesses to More than 180 U.S. Cities
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    • Pipeline Magazine. 4/30/15, AT T Expands Business Fiber to more than 180 Cities
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    • Twitter. 4/30/15, What s the latest in #smallbiz blazing-fast internet? AT T #BizFiber!
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    • Wichita Business Journal. 4/30/15, AT T expands Business Fiber Internet service to Wichita
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    • AT T Newsroom. 4/30/15, “AT T Expands High-Speed Internet Service for Businesses to More than 180 U.S. Cities”
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    • San Diego Business Journal. 1/9/15, “AT T Offering High-Speed Internet Service to Some Businesses”
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    HBO: Addiction: Treatment: Getting Someone into Treatment: CRAFT: An Alternative to Intervention #hbo, #documentaries,


    CRAFT: An Alternative to Intervention


    • The CRAFT method relies on nonconfrontational methods to encourage loved ones to enter addiction treatment.
    • The method also can help family members improve the quality of their lives.
    • CRAFT’s effectiveness has been proven through scientific study.

    Do you have a substance-using loved one who refuses treatment? The CRAFT program may help. CRAFT – Community Reinforcement and Family Training – teaches the use of healthy rewards to encourage positive behaviors. Plus, it focuses on helping both the substance user and the family.

    The CRAFT goals are to teach you how to encourage your substance user to reduce use and enter treatment. The other goal is to help you enhance your own quality of life. This non-confrontational approach teaches you how to figure out the best times and strategies to make small but powerful changes. And it will show you how to do so in a fashion that reduces relationship conflict.

    Experts have based CRAFT on solid science. People from many walks of life have used it successfully to help their loved ones and themselves. Whether you are the parent, spouse, romantic partner, adult child or friend of the substance user, research tells us that you too can succeed with this program. The methods are effective and easy to learn. CRAFT allows family members to feel good about their efforts on behalf of their loved ones.

    When a CRAFT Program is Not Available in Your Community

    CRAFT can easily be learned on your own. The 2004 book, Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading, and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers and Brenda L. Wolfe, was written to bring CRAFT right into your home. It helps you change the way you think about your situation and teaches you how to help your loved one learn to enjoy a sober lifestyle. The authors also help you rethink your own lifestyle to make it safer and saner regardless of what your loved one does. If you are also working with a therapist, we recommend that you alert your counselor to the CRAFT manual for therapists, Motivating Substance Abusers to Enter Treatment: Working with Family Members.


    1. CRAFT is a motivational model of help based on research that consistently finds motivational treatments to be superior to confrontational ones.

    CRAFT shows you how to develop your loved one’s motivation to change by helping you figure out how to appropriately reward healthy behavior. You learn how to make sober activities more attractive to your loved one, and drug- or alcohol-using activities less inviting. In this way, you minimize conflict and maximize cooperative relationship-enhancing interactions with your loved one.

    2. More than two-thirds of family members who use CRAFT successfully engage their substance using loved ones in treatment.

    This stands in sharp contrast to confrontational interventions that result in fewer than one-third of substance users entering treatment. The graph depicts one of the alcohol studies that contrasted CRAFT with both intervention and a modified approach supported by Al-Anon, a support group for family members of people with alcoholism.

    3. Evidence suggests that substance users who are pushed into treatment by a traditional confrontational intervention are more likely to relapse than clients who are encouraged into treatment with less confrontational means.

    4. Family members who use CRAFT experience greater improvements in their emotional and physical health than do those who use confrontational methods to try to help their loved ones.

    5. People who use CRAFT are more likely to see the process through to success than those who use confrontational methods.

    CRAFT programs have extremely low dropout rates, while over 75% of the people who try to use traditional interventions quit. The dropouts report that the confrontational techniques are too distressing and they worry about doing permanent damage to their relationship with the substance user.


    1. CRAFT’s system of offering and withdrawing “rewards” such as your affection and attention is just another way of enabling someone who is using substances. And enabling is bad.

    Receiving affection and compliments for non-using behavior makes that behavior more enjoyable for your loved one. So, being nice when your loved one is engaged in sober activities makes it more likely that she or he continues those behaviors. One might say that you are “enabling” healthy behavior. Furthermore, CRAFT specifically teaches you how to withdraw rewards when the person is using – and this is the opposite of the traditional concept of enabling.

    2. No one enters treatment until they “hit bottom” so using CRAFT while your loved one is still functioning is a waste of time.

    People enter treatment when the reasons not to use outweigh the reasons to use. And as research has clearly shown, family members can help shift the balance so that the user develops enough reasons to stop. You can increase your loved one’s reasons to not use by making sober time more enjoyable than using time. When she or he is not using, enjoy good times together. When she or he does use, withdraw yourself from the situation. The more pleasure your loved one experiences while sober, the less attractive getting drunk or high will be. So it is never too early to use the CRAFT alternative to nagging and threatening.

    3. Most substance users overdo it all the time so it is impossible to do anything to lessen the severity of their use.

    To the contrary, CRAFT teaches you how to map out your loved one’s patterns to figure out the best ways to alter them. You learn two critical skills that allow you to do this. One is to identify the early triggers and signs of a drinking or drugging episode. The other is to determine which consequences you can influence or orchestrate yourself to begin to manage those episodes.

    4. If you love someone, it is cruel to allow him or her to sleep in vomit or endure public humiliation when you have the power to fix those things.

    Substance use creates messes. It causes missed work, embarrassing public behavior, vomit, wrecked relationships and worse. When it is your own loved one who gets into these messes, it is very difficult to just stand by and let him or her suffer. However, fixing the messes and protecting your loved one from his or her poor choices only makes it okay for those choices to be repeated. This may indeed be the most difficult lesson of CRAFT. With the exception of allowing truly dangerous behavior, let your loved deal with his or her own messes. These are called natural consequences and are powerful motivators to rethink one’s behavior choices.

    5. Once your loved one agrees to stop using or enter treatment, your job is done.

    Between agreeing to enter treatment and making an appointment, a thousand things will change a substance user’s mind. Your job, as a successful CRAFT practicer, is to select a therapist and be sure that he or she is ready to see your loved one within a day or two. From there, your support of treatment is invaluable. It can make the difference between your loved one dropping out of treatment or joining you in a happier, healthier life.

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    The Invention of the Internet – Inventions #who #founded #the #internet


    The Invention of the Internet


    Unlike technologies such as the light bulb or the telephone, the Internet has no single inventor. Instead, it has evolved over time. The Internet got its start in the United States more than 50 years ago as a government weapon in the Cold War. For years, scientists and researchers used it to communicate and share data with one another. Today, we use the Internet for almost everything, and for many people it would be impossible to imagine life without it.

    History Uncut: Bill Gates unveils Microsoft Excel 1987 2min

    Thomas Edison 3min

    Eli Whitney: Fast Facts 4min

    The Sputnik Scare

    On October 4, 1957, the Soviet Union launched the world’s first manmade satellite into orbit. The satellite, known as Sputnik, did not do much: It tumbled aimlessly around in outer space, sending blips and bleeps from its radio transmitters as it circled the Earth. Still, to many Americans, the beach-ball-sized Sputnik was proof of something alarming: While the brightest scientists and engineers in the United States had been designing bigger cars and better television sets, it seemed, the Soviets had been focusing on less frivolous things—and they were going to win the Cold War because of it.

    Did You Know?

    Today, almost one-third of the world’s 6.8 billion people use the Internet regularly.

    After Sputnik’s launch, many Americans began to think more seriously about science and technology. Schools added courses on subjects like chemistry, physics and calculus. Corporations took government grants and invested them in scientific research and development. And the federal government itself formed new agencies, such as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Department of Defense’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA), to develop space-age technologies such as rockets, weapons and computers.

    The Birth of the ARPAnet

    Scientists and military experts were especially concerned about what might happen in the event of a Soviet attack on the nation’s telephone system. Just one missile, they feared, could destroy the whole network of lines and wires that made efficient long-distance communication possible. In 1962, a scientist from M.I.T. and ARPA named J.C.R. Licklider proposed a solution to this problem: a “galactic network” of computers that could talk to one another. Such a network would enable government leaders to communicate even if the Soviets destroyed the telephone system.

    In 1965, another M.I.T. scientist developed a way of sending information from one computer to another that he called “packet switching.” Packet switching breaks data down into blocks, or packets, before sending it to its destination. That way, each packet can take its own route from place to place. Without packet switching, the government’s computer network—now known as the ARPAnet—would have been just as vulnerable to enemy attacks as the phone system.


    In 1969, ARPAnet delivered its first message: a “node-to-node” communication from one computer to another. (The first computer was located in a research lab at UCLA and the second was at Stanford; each one was the size of a small house.) The message—“LOGIN”—was short and simple, but it crashed the fledgling ARPA network anyway: The Stanford computer only received the note’s first two letters.

    The Network Grows

    By the end of 1969, just four computers were connected to the ARPAnet, but the network grew steadily during the 1970s. In 1971, it added the University of Hawaii’s ALOHAnet, and two years later it added networks at London’s University College and the Royal Radar Establishment in Norway. As packet-switched computer networks multiplied, however, it became more difficult for them to integrate into a single worldwide “Internet.”

    By the end of the 1970s, a computer scientist named Vinton Cerf had begun to solve this problem by developing a way for all of the computers on all of the world’s mini-networks to communicate with one another. He called his invention “Transmission Control Protocol,” or TCP. (Later, he added an additional protocol, known as “Internet Protocol.” The acronym we use to refer to these today is TCP/IP.) One writer describes Cerf’s protocol as “the ‘handshake’ that introduces distant and different computers to each other in a virtual space.”

    The World Wide Web

    Cerf’s protocol transformed the Internet into a worldwide network. Throughout the 1980s, researchers and scientists used it to send files and data from one computer to another. However, in 1991 the Internet changed again. That year, a computer programmer in Switzerland named Tim Berners-Lee introduced the World Wide Web: an Internet that was not simply a way to send files from one place to another but was itself a “web” of information that anyone on the Internet could retrieve. Berners-Lee created the Internet that we know today.

    Since then, the Internet has changed in many ways. In 1992, a group of students and researchers at the University of Illinois developed a sophisticated browser that they called Mosaic. (It later became Netscape.) Mosaic offered a user-friendly way to search the Web: It allowed users to see words and pictures on the same page for the first time and to navigate using scrollbars and clickable links. That same year, Congress decided that the Web could be used for commercial purposes. As a result, companies of all kinds hurried to set up websites of their own, and e-commerce entrepreneurs began to use the Internet to sell goods directly to customers. More recently, social networking sites like Facebook have become a popular way for people of all ages to stay connected.

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    Web SMS – Send and receive multiple SMS via Internet from PC: 10 #send


    SMS Messenger: send and receive single or multiple SMS from any PC or Mac

    • Reach clients and prospects: send texts individually or to thousands of people
    • Easy to set up/use: you’re up and ready to text in a few seconds
    • Receive SMS from staff/clients and interact with them, texting from your PC
    • No fixed set up fees or monthly fee: send and receive starting at 1,9 cent/SMS
    • Fast, secure, reliable

    Whether you’re an independent professional, small/medium business, public service or charity, SMS Messenger is the ideal web application for SMS via Internet for sending informative, advertising or promotional messages to clients and let them know about special offers in real time, and for gathering requests, info and comments via SMS with the option of direct email forwarding. Find out how businesses benefit from SMS marketing


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    Enter your mobile number below and we will send you a free SMS!

    If you answer to the SMS with:
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    Nota bene. the demo will work once per mobile number; your number will only be used to send you a demo message. Do not close or change pages.


    Use the SMS Messenger application to send single or multiple texts with offers, discounts, info about events, deadline reminders etc. directly from your PC. Ina Assitalia sends reminders to its clients (insurance policy expiry dates) and updates its staff in real time on meeting times/dates. Discover all of our case studies

    Features of SMS Messenger

    • Send and receive SMS to Italy and over 200 countries in the world
    • Minimum sending capaciy guaranteed in direct connection: 200 SMS/sec
    • Send single or multiple texts up to 100.000 messages with a single web request
    • Easy bulk sending with attaching a file that contains the recipient’s numbers
    • Import and export contacts in your address book from an Excel/CSV file or from your mobile, or enter them manually into the app
    • Organise your contacts into groups for faster bulk sending
    • Personalise sender name with a mobile number or alphanumeric string, e.g. Company name
    • Receive replies to SMS sent (to an email address, a Google Drive Spreadsheet and a server)
    • Personalise message body with dynamic fields e.g. “Hello [name], your policy expires on. “
    • Send SMS of up to 1530 characters long, joined together in a single message (Classic) or 1549 characters (Basic)
    • Enter text message with non Latin chars e.g. Chinese.
    • Memorise the messages you send so you can use them again quickly in the future
    • Schedule messages to be sent on a future date or on regular fixed dates
    • Send SMS replies, including automatic replies, from the web control panel or your email account
    • Get delivery reports and detailed message errors (Classic +)
    • Check remaining credit and/or credit alert via SMS/email
    • Dispatches status and single SMS sent report available
    • On a shared number with keyword
      • Choose one or more keywords of between 3-30 alphanumeric characters which you can activate on the shared GSM number +39 366 58 60 580
      • To receive SMS every message must contain your keyword as the first characters while in the remaining characters (=160 – number of characters in keyword) your clients can insert the text with their info or request
      • Activate the service for free and start receiving SMS right away from anywhere in the world
    • On a dedicated number
      • Choose a full-length GSM number such as 339 XXXXXXX which will be yours and yours alone.
      • To receive SMS, simply get people to send texts to your dedicated number. Long messages of more than 160 characters can also be received.
    • The texts you receive (message content and sender’s mobile number) will be forwarded to the email address, the Google Drive Spreadsheet and the server, so you can see them, republish them on any media or reply directly by email as an SMS
    • Options for automatic SMS forwarding to one or more among.
      • To an email inbox (by giving us the address)
      • Google Drive Spreadsheet (by indicating the sheet’s link/URL)
      • To a server (by giving us the URL)
      • To a mobile number of one or more contacts in your address book
    • Option to block texts received from certain mobile numbers (antispam)
    • No fixed set-up fee: flat rate to receive unlimited free text messages in the period
    • Configure and activate Receive SMS in just a few minutes
    • Receive and reply to texts received directly from your email account if you use a dedicated number as your sender ID, or from your mobile if you use your mobile number as sender ID
    • Receive and forward SMS received to one or more people simultaneously via text message to their mobiles

    Sign up and Free Trial

    Sign up for free selecting SMS Messenger: you’ll immediately get 10 SMS free for you to send and receive. No set-up fee or monthly fee. If you’re satisfied, you’ll pay for each SMS sent/received.

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