Monday, April 21, 2008

Telephone Features Information

These features are for digital telephones only. You may refer to the campus directory, on page A-5 for analog instructions. Should you have any questions about these features, please contact Silvia at extension 5050.

Placing A Call - Pickup the handset, or press the "Handsfree" button.

Transferring - Press the "Transfer" button, without putting caller on hold. Dial desired extension and press the "Transfer" key again.

Conference - Without putting caller on hold, press "Conference" button. Dial desired phone number and press "Conference" button again. Continue this process until all parties are connected.

Call Forward - This feature is used when you are either out of the office or you don't want to be disturbed. Simply press "Forward" button, enter extension you would like to forward to (6060 for voice mail). Press "Forward" button again. To cancel, press "Forward" button again. If you need to forward to the same number again, press "Forward" button twice.

Message Waiting - On all digital phones, you have a red light that with light up when you have messages. Simply press your "Message" key, enter 6060 to access voice mail (unless you have auto login).

Last # Redial - This feature allows you to call that last number dialed without dialing the entire number again. Lift your handset and press your extension button twice. If you have handsfree, you may simply press the extension button twice.

Hold Button - Press the "Hold" button and it puts the caller on hold. To retrieve the call, press your line button next to the flashing indicator.

Ring Again - This feature allows you to call a number (on campus only) continuously until the line becomes available. When you hear the busy tone, press the "Ring Again" button, then hang up. When your phone rings, and the "Ring Again" button flashes, press the "Ring Again" button to complete the call. However, Ring Again does not work when the called number has voice mail.

Call Pickup - To answer another phone in your call pickup group, lift your handset and press the "Call Pickup" button.

Speed Call - This feature allows you to place calls to frequently called numbers by entering a 1- or 2- digit code. Press the "Speed Call" button and dial the code.

Voice Mail - This feature allows people to leave messages for you through Meridian Mail. On digital telephones, a red light will blink when new messages have arrived. Simply press the "Message" button to access your voice mail.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

About Cheap Computer Motherboards

Motherboards that have various peripherals built into them are very popular these days and are a good buy. If you are not a high end gamer or you are not going to be setting up a sound studio, onboard audio is a good way to save a few bucks. The same goes for an onboard modem if you need a dial-up internet connection and onboard ethernet if you need networking for LAN.

In my personal and professional experience, motherboards that have most peripherals built into them work very well even for gamers unless you need a special feature. The exception to this rule is onboard is video. Even the famous ATI Radeon and nVidia Geforce GPUs (Graphics Processing Unit) that are built onboard perform poorly.

If you use your computer mostly to surf the net and use office applications, onboard video is the way to go. If you are an avid gamer or you create video intensive media, you will want to use a faster, more powerful, add-in video card. You know who you are.

Warning: Be careful when buying a cheap motherboard like Biosta... I strongly advise purchasing a name brand motherboard. A cheaply built motherboard is not cheap; it will cost you later in frustration, heartaches, headaches and maybe even replacing it. An inferior motherboard can cause unexplainable system crashes, driver problems, the Windows "Blue Screen of Death" and a worthless warranty. Remember, the motherboard is the heart of your system and if you look around you can find a good name brand motherboard with all the bells and whistles for $100 or less.

My top 5 motherboard manufacturers are: ABIT, AOpen, ASUS, Gigabyte and MSI. Not necessarily in that order. Choose your motherboard for features first and brand second. This is by no means a definitive list there many good motherboard manufactures.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008


Mobile phones are generally obtaining power from batteries which can be recharged from mains power source. previously, the most common form of mobile phone batteries were nickel metal-hydride, as they have a low size and weight. Sometimes lithium-Ion batteries are used, as they are lighter and do not have the voltage depression that nickel metal-hydride batteries do. Many mobile phone manufacturers have now changed to using lithium-Polymer batteries as to oppose the older Lithium-Ion, the main advantages of this being even lower weight and the possibility to make the battery a shape other than strict cuboid. Mobile phone manufacturers have been experimenting with alternate power sources, including solar cells etc….

In addition to the battery, most cellphones require a small microchip, called a SIM Card, to operate.. Approximately the size of a one-cent postage stamp, the SIM Card is installed underneath the battery in the rear of the unit, and stores the phone's configuration data, and information about the phone itself, such as which calling plan the subscriber is using. When the subscriber removes the SIM Card, it can be re-inserted into another phone and used as normal this can be done easily..

Each SIM Card is activated by a unique numerical identifier ; once activated, that identifier is locked down and the card is permanently locked in to the activating network. Sim cards plays a major role in the mobile phones….