For the past few years, businesses have been responding more and more to customer requests for free WiFi access for their mobile and laptop devices. Smart business owners recognize they are able to connect more conveniently and consistently with their customers when they use the technology available to them to create a more consistent chain with their customers. Free in-store WiFi is just one more way that local businesses can outsmart nationwide chain stores.
The additional value businesses create by permitting customers to connect wirelessly to their internet connection, while out and about shopping, creates increased loyalty, return visits, increased purchases and revenues. As an example, let’s consider that a customer is able to provide a real time example of what they are searching for on a competitor’s webpage, while in your store. Because you accommodated the customer needs locally, you made the sale your own. Furthermore, consider the convenience and joy a bride will experience when she is able to display examples of dress and tuxedo choices or her complete collection of Pins in her Pinterest board which she has created for her big day, simply because you have provided her a free WiFi connection through which she can access and exhibit her online dreams. Not only is she happy, she is now your customer.
These are just a few of the reasons why we have been working with local businesses throughout the UP to market the availability of the additional free service they provide their customers. While traveling the Upper Peninsula, you will notice FREE WiFi HERE – Provided by jamadots.com signs in front of businesses that have chosen to respond to their customer requests for increased access. We encourage you to please visit the U.P. businesses & locations that proudly display the Free WiFi from jamadots.com sign!
These customer focused businesses want to provide you all the conveniences you need while traveling the U.P. and are pleased to be able to offer you FREE WiFi from jamadots.com for your internet connected mobile device, tablet, iPad/iPod, laptop. More locations are being added all the time!
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Sorry, Biebs – Gaga gotcha. Say what you will but the Queen of Pop Charts is also Numero Uno in Twitterverse with 26,823,122 followers (as of July 2012) to Justin Bieber’s paltry 24,687,443. Rounding out the top 5 are Katy Perry (22,869,592), Rhianna (22,232,112), and Britney Spears (22,232,112). Number 6? President Barack Obama (17,381,203) who is the only other male in the Top Ten.
Call it Revenge of the Bieber. While Justin may only be Number Two in the Twitterverse, Biebs is top of the pops here on YouTube with 755,479,979 views of hit his Baby as of 7/6/2012.
Speaking of babies, what is the most popular NON-MUSIC video of all time? Charlie Bit My Finger – Again! with 464,588,601 views – proving there’s nothing like the power of a good sequel. WATCH BELOW!
On March 15, 1985, Symbolics Computer Corporation made history by registering the first domain name. That year, there were just five websites in existence. Fast forward to today, where there are over 192 million domains registered and more than 2.1 billion users worldwide, mostly based in Asia. Symbolics.com was bought in 2009 and now hosts a bunch of useless-but-interesting Internet facts (including some of the ones I just mentioned). (Via)
Speaking of domain names, one of the silliest Internet Records is for the longest one. Technically, a domain name can have up to 63 characters (not including sub-domains or suffixes). Sure, there are loads of stupid ones – technically the “longest” domain name on record is http://www.thelongestdomainnameintheworldandthensomeandthensomemoreandmore.com/ – followed closely by http://www.abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyzabcdefghijk.com/ – a free email service for annoying people. But in our book (and in Guinness’) the winner is Llanfairpwllgw-yngyllgogerychwyrndrobwll-Llantysiliogogogoch.com which is the website of an actual single-word town in Wales. Try saying (or typing) that ten times fast! (Link 1 | Link 2 | Photo)
Highest Webcam on Earth: Mount Everest
In this world of ubiquitous surveillance, it is now even harder to avoid the camera’s probing eye. Even Sherpas are now being watched, as the Italian Scientific Committee has placed a webcam at an altitude of 5643 meters atop a peak overlooking Mt. Everest, the highest spot on Earth. Rumor has it that if you tune in during off hours, you may see some hot Yeti-on-Yeti action. (Link | Via | Photo)
Biggest Hog of Internet Data: The Royal Wedding
When Prince William married Kate Middleton on April 29, 2011, it seemed like the whole world was watching. And they were, as an estimated 2.5 billion people watched the nuptials in some way, shape or form. Approximately 1.6 million people streamed it live via Internet, surpassing the 2010 World Cup record. Yahoo alone received 40,000 requests per SECOND for video data. But not only did they watch, they clicked on news stories at a rate of 5 million page views per minute at its peak, surpassing Michael Jackson’s funeral. On Twitter, the top 10 trends all related to Will and Kate, and on Facebook 6.8 million people posted a wedding-related status update within 24 hours, resulting in 9.4 million comments. If they had streamed the honeymoon, they would have broken the Internet. (Link 1 | Link 2 | Photo)
Country With Fastest Internet: South Korea
This country really is wired. By 2006, 96% of South Korean cellphone users had Internet access and today’s users connect at a blazing fast 17.5 Mbps. In a distant second place is Japan with 9.1, tied with Hong Kong; the Netherlands and Latvia are each a notch below that. Where is the United States? A distant 13th place with 5.8 Mbps. The fastest US City is Boston with 8.4 Mbps. How is the Internet doing as a whole? A mere 2.3 Mbps on average worldwide, a drop of 14 percent from 2011 – DAMN YOU WILL AND KATE!!! (Link 1 | Link 2)
Most Expensive Domain Name: Insure.com
If you think Sex sells, think again. It’s INSURANCE that’s the big cash-grabber. In 2006, it earned the top spot by commanding $16 million dollars, topping Sex.com’s $14 million sale in Oct. 2010.
Fund.com and Porn.com are next in line, no-brainers of course. But the luckiest in the bunch? The Farm Bureau, who sold FB.com to Facebook for $8.5 million. (Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3 | Photo)
Most Facebook “Likes” in 24 Hours: Oreo or Lil’ Wayne?
It started out as a silly promotional gimmick for a cookie. In February 2011, Oreo announced a campaign to win the Guinness Record for the most number of Likes in a 24-hour period.
And on Feb. 16, the black-and-white snack did indeed receive the award when it clocked 114,619 Likes on a single post within that time frame. But who should come along and attempt to rain on Oreo’s parade? Rapper Lil’ Wayne heard about the record and immediately summoned his posse to break it. One day later, Oreo’s record was destroyed with 588,243 on Lil’ Wayne’s status. This made news around the globe, but has apparently fallen on deaf ears at Guinness. To this date, they claim the Oreo takes the prize but state, “All categories are open to the public and anyone who wishes to attempt their own record can do so simply by registering at www.guinnessworldrecords.com/apply.”
On your mark, get set… GO!!! (Link 1 | Link 2 | Via | Photo 1 | Photo 2)
The Godfathers of Spam: Gary Thuerk, Joel Furr and Ken Daignean
Everything has a first on the Internet, and Spam – those annoying, unwanted emails filling more than 90% of your inbox – is no exception. On May 3, 1978 a marketer at Digital Equipment Corporation named Gary Thuerk thought of a brilliant way to get the word out about their new computer systems. He sent a mass email to 400 accounts on ARPANET and voila, Spam was born. But Spam wasn’t called Spam yet – THAT honor goes to Joel Furr, who first coined the phrase in a Usenet posting around 1993. The use of the word Spam brilliantly refers to both the ham-based-processed-meat-in-a-can (named by Ken Daignean who won a $100 contest in 1937), and to a skit by the British Comedy Troupe Monty Python, where Vikings appear from nowhere and chant “Spam Spam Wonderful Spam!” drowning out everyone else in the scene. (Link 1 | Link 2 | Link 3 | Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3)
Chrome/Firefox/Safari: Previously mentioned screen sharing service Screenleap made waves because it allows you to share screens with someone else with a single-click, no plug-ins or client installs required. Now, thanks to the new Screenleap for Gmail browser extension, you can launch screen sharing sessions from inside of Gmail, using your Google Contacts.
You can still go directly to Screenleap and start a screen sharing session, but the new extension allows you to launch one from inside of Gmail at any time, without installing a client or a plug-in to make the session work. You’ll notice a new “Share Screen” button right under the “Compose” button, and the plug-in will pre-populate an email with a link to connect to your session that you can fire off to your contacts. If the person you want to share screens with is already a Gmail user and is logged in, you can click “Share Screen” while viewing their contact to launch a session and invite them to it directly via GChat.
Screenleap and its plug-ins are both free, and the Chrome extension is available now in the Chrome Web Store. The Firefox and Safari versions are available at Screenleap’s site, at the link below. If you want quick screen sharing, you have plenty of options: you could use Google+, or use another popular service like LogMeIn, TeamViewer, GoToMyPC, or Join.Me. The nice thing about Screenleap is that it doesn’t require installations on either end to work.
Over the past five years, Daniel Sofer has signed up for every boost in Internet speed offered by Verizon Communications Inc., his home service provider.
But when he got Verizon’s newest high-speed service, it was “the first time I’m not feeling that thrill of exhilaration when I connect,” said Sofer, a photographer and website designer in Hermosa Beach, Calif. The problem: The extra speed made no difference.
In the highly competitive cable market, broadband speed is a major selling point for Verizon and broadband rivals like Comcast Corp.’s Xfinity service. Carriers frequently boost the broadband speeds they offer in their relentless pursuit of new subscribers. But while the extra speed can pay off for households with multiple users, it can be overkill for many consumers.
FiOS Quantum, the ultra-swift broadband service that Verizon launched in June, offers Internet download speeds of up to 300 million bits per second for a price of up to $209.99 a month. The company says that’s fast enough to download a high-definition Hollywood movie in about two minutes. “That’s like driving a Porsche or a Ferrari,” said Roger Entner, an Internet analyst for Recon Analytics LLC in Dedham. “You know it can go really fast. But does it really make a difference in the real world? No.”
The problem is that most of the Internet isn’t transmitting data fast enough to take advantage of such rapid broadband speeds, Entner said. If a server computer transmits an Internet video at, say, 20 million bits per second, having a 300-million-bits-a-second connection won’t make any difference. “The website you are connecting to is the bottleneck,” he said.
The Federal Communications Commission, responding to reports that the United States lags behind other major countries in Internet speed, is also encouraging cable providers to introduce superfast broadband services, Entner said. “At least we can quote it in our studies . . . and say, ‘Hurrah, the US has the fastest Internet,’?” he said. “It’s actually a game of bragging rights.”
Verizon officials were unavailable for comment, although a spokesman said Quantum will be available to most of the 5 million people who use FiOS Internet service in Massachusetts, 13 other states, and the District of Columbia.
Catherine Avgiris, executive vice president and general manager of communication and data services at rival Internet provider Comcast, said her company’s premium online offerings are mainly intended for homes where multiple family members engage in heavy Internet use.
“The average household has a laptop, has a gaming system, they have a tablet,” said Avgiris. “The more devices there are in the home, the better performance you get by having greater speed.”
Avgiris wouldn’t say how many customers sign up for Comcast’s Xfinity fastest broadband service, which tops out at 105 million bits per second. But she did say that about a quarter of Comcast’s 18.6 million Internet subscribers choose speeds of 25, 50, or 105 megabits. Most subscribers choose speeds of three, six, or 20 megabits. At about the same time Verizon announced FiOS Quantum, Comcast said that 30-megabit subscribers would get a free speed increase to 50 megabits, while existing 50-megabit users would be bumped up to 105 megabits, at no extra charge.
Avgiris said Comcast’s data network is quite capable of matching FiOS Quantum’s 300-megabit speed, adding that the Xfinity system delivered data at 1 billion bits per second in a demonstration in Chicago last year. But she said that for now, there’s no sign that consumers are interested in such massive bandwidth. “I’m not sure there’s a market today for one gigabit,” she said. “In five years, 10 years, who knows?”
Even skeptics like Entner predict that consumers will eventually need superfast Internet connections. For example, TV companies are beginning to develop “4K” technology, a new video standard that would make TV images far sharper than today’s high-definition sets. Streaming 4K programs over the Internet would require a big speed boost, and could lead to surging demand for snappier connections.
But for most consumers today, the fastest Internet services are solutions to a nonexistent problem. “It’s one of those nice things where technology has progressed faster than our need for it,” said Entner.
The lack of access to high-speed broadband has often been cited as one of the reasons why Australia is so far down the league table of internet users. Compare, for example, the 76 per cent of Aussies who use the internet (according to 2011 World Bank data) to usage levels in northern Europe: Iceland (96 per cent), Norway (93 per cent), the Netherlands (91 per cent), Luxembourg (90 per cent) and Sweden (90 per cent). Why are these countries so far ahead? Cold winters and dark nights might be part of the answer, but I suspect that there’s another factor at play here.
Economic health is certainly another part of the equation, but it’s not the sole reason, either; Norway is ahead of the pack when it comes to GDP per capita, but the other countries mentioned fall well behind the US. And yet, internet usage in the US is at just 74 per cent.
Let’s look at another indicator: the Gini Index is used to compare income inequality within a country; the higher the figure, the greater the inequality. Iceland’s Gini Index is just 28, and all the Scandinavian countries have a rating in the 20s. In the United States, the figure is 45, which is not far behind countries like Thailand, Uganda and Costa Rica.
(Credit: Phil Dobbie/ZDNet Australia)
Look at the graph: one would expect, given the relatively high GDP of the US, that internet penetration would be high. Now look at the high Gini Index score; it stands to reason, doesn’t it? If a significant segment of the population is struggling financially, they won’t be able to afford to pay internet fees.
The diagram also shows how Australia’s internet penetration is lower than you’d expect. We have an income per capita and Gini index on par with Canada and Holland. Despite that, internet usage is much lower here (76 per cent), compared to Canada (81 per cent) and Holland (91 per cent). So, perhaps infrastructure is the inhibiting factor here. When that gap is bridged, hopefully take-up will increase to be on a par with both of these nations. That would be a big step forwards for our local digital economy.
It’s a less rosy prospect for the US. While Australia’s Gini Index is improving (from 35.2 in 1994 to 30.5 in 2006), the US is getting worse (from 40.8 in 1997 to 45 in 2007). If a widening rich-poor gap is inhibiting internet take-up, could that result in even greater income separation? The internet, it’s often said, levels the playing field — but only for those who use it.
Economists and politicians are working diligently to identify characteristics that are driving this disparity.
One key element that does not get the attention it is due is broadband access.
The Internet has become an important resource with real economic impact: every 10 percent increase in broadband penetration within a country drives a 1.3 percent additional growth in the Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to a recent UNESCO/ITU Broadband Commission report.
While access to Internet connections has grown dramatically, it has been outpaced by advancement of applications including more rich content, video, voice and other features that demand a high speed connection that require broadband speeds, making broadband access critical.
Broadband Access Impacts Core Uses of the Internet Tied to Economic Benefit
While slow speed connections suffice for basic email or other limited activities some key uses of the Internet—education, health and commerce—are largely dependent on high speed access. Let’s consider the disparity between broadband haves and have-nots.
In education, a student with broadband access can use the Internet to learn about the world from school recommended sources, to participate in online tutoring, and to obtain advanced skills (like coding). Those without broadband access must rely on schools’ limited resources (i.e. the book, or a spot in the class) and have a reduced ability to teach necessary modern skills.
With health care broadband access can support economic growth primarily through reducing costs. Individuals can increase knowledge and make better decisions about choosing to go to the hospital, visit a doctor or choose a treatment type.
This reduction in costs leaves consumers more money to spend in other places, and it helps reduce governments’ contributions to healthcare freeing budget that can be used elsewhere.
Steve Alexander, CTO Ciena
Finally, commerce is greatly bolstered through broadband access. Beyond being informed and making decisions before leaving home, those with broadband access can evaluate a much larger group of suppliers to make the most effective decision.
And this is true from the stay-at-home mom buying household goods to large corporations sourcing materials.
Embracing Responsibility and Collaboration Critical to Advancing Broadband Access
The case for greater broadband access is clear, but the process for achieving it is more challenging. To succeed, countries need to support a broadband-for-all business model that engages all key stakeholders, including governments, private enterprises, and the public.
Governments have a particularly essential role in driving broadband throughout their nation. They need to look at their telecommunications policy, eliminate taxation and restrictive or technology biased policies and ensure healthy competition within their national telecommunications infrastructure.
They also need to look at how Internet content is taxed and encouraged and should actively consider investment that drives innovation in Internet-based content.
Private institutions should also be expected to shoulder some of the burden. The current mode of operations where content providers drive massive bandwidth requirements without incurring significant costs and rely on service providers to deliver the infrastructure for this massive bandwidth growth without any significant revenue growth is an untenable business model.
Service providers have and will continue to respond by restricting and/or passing on costs to the general public which places Internet innovation at risk as we sort out who pays and for what and perpetuates the broadband divide based on who can and who can’t pay for it.
Finally, the public needs to become more aware of the benefits of broadband and see the incrementally higher costs of high-speed access as a small investment to make in total savings, much like buying a membership to a bulk retailer.
There are already examples of these three groups coming together to expand broadband access in communities that lag. Recently, government, private enterprise and community came together in Washington to launch The DC Community Access Network (DC-CAN) to bring affordable, value-added broadband services to over 250 health, educational, public safety, and other community anchor institutions in DC.
Acceptance of Broadband Value Is the First Step; Establishing a Plan is the Critical Next Step
In summary, governments need to embrace broadband access as an important economic driver and work with private industry and the public to implement a broadband for all business models.
There are models for success and general acceptance of the importance. Now all constituents need to work together to create a plan and take action to use broadband access as an economic growth driver.
The EE-8 Field Telephone was used by the Army’s Signal Corps shortly before the beginning of World War II and up through Vietnam. Carried in a leather (and then canvas and eventually nylon) case by a strap slung over the shoulder, the portable ten pound phones replaced the telegraph and flag signals as a more effective and efficient way for commanders and troops to keep in touch on the battlefield. Two phones could be wired together directly, or several phones could be connected to a common operator, which could put any one phone in contact with any other in the group.
A hand-generated crank on the side of the phone was turned in order to signal another phone or the operator. The signal range between these rugged, self-contained phones varied according to the type of wire used to connect them, and the conditions in which the wire was situated (wet, dry, in the air, or on the ground), but generally averaged about 11-17 miles. However, a direct, point-to-point connection made with copper wire could extend the range up to an astounding 360 miles.
After the war, the government’s glut of surplus EE-8’s were sold to civilian households as a way for mom to call dad out in the garage to tell him dinner was ready.
These days, there isn’t much use for old field phones, unless you have a pair or more. While I love all things vintage, unless they’re very rare, I’m not one for fetishizing antiques, insisting that they remain preserved on shelves or gathering dust in the attic. Rather than just looking at them, I love to find a way to put them to use again in my daily life. So with the help of my electrical engineer brother-in-law, Ryan Davis, we decided to mod the EE-8 for the modern age, turning it into a Bluetooth headset that could be paired with a smartphone or even your computer for VoIP calls.
You might be asking yourself, “Is there a functional reason to do this, Brett?” No sir, there is not. This project is about the pure fun of tinkering.
But bear in mind that unlike the incredibly simple shoe shine box I showed you this week, this project is not for the faint of heart. It requires moderate soldering skills and some rudimentary knowledge of electronics. All-in-all, this project will probably take up to four hours to accomplish.
Here’s how it’s done.
Materials & Tools Needed
EE-8 Field Phone. You can find these on eBay and flea markets. Price varies by age and condition.
Boost converter. Available at Radio Shack for a couple bucks.
Wire. Just plain old copper electrical wire. We used a mixture of 26 and 30 gauge wire.
Remove the Field Phone from Its Case & Unscrew the Top
To remove the field phone from the case, you’ll first need to remove the screws from the crank handle on the side.
See that receiver switch on the right? We’re going to remove that from the top. Also, see that plate with the three wires coming off of it? We’re going to remove that, too.
There are two screws on the underside of the receiver. Remove them and set them aside someplace safe. In this pic, we’ve already removed the left screw.
Here’s the receiver detached from the top of the field phone.
Now it’s time to take off the top plate. Unscrew that screw on the right.
There’s a screw that looks like a pin. We need to remove that, too.
Mod the Receiver
If you’ve ever used a Bluetooth earpiece, you know that whenever you want to take or end a call, you press a small button on the earpiece. The receiver switch on our field phone will take on the functions that the button on the Bluetooth receiver had. To take a call on the field phone, we simply tap the receiver switch once; to end a call, we tap it again. Pretty cool, huh?
Ryan had to hack the receiver switch a bit in order for our Bluetooth mod to work. The field phone’s receiver switch is spring loaded so that it is depressed when the weight of the handset is rested on it. In this state, the switch is open, and the EE-8 is offline. The EE-8 comes online when the handset is lifted and the switch closes.
For our Bluetooth mod to work, we needed the switch to be open only if the handset wasn’t resting on the receiver switch. To do that, Ryan put a piece of electrical tape between the plates to keep them from making contact with each other when the handset was not resting on the switch. He soldered a ring around the plates so that they made contact when the handset was resting on the receiver switch. This turned a normally closed switch into an open switch.
To turn a normally closed switch into an open one, Ryan put a piece of duct tape between the plates and soldered a ring contact around them.
Here’s a zoomed out picture of the ring soldered around the plates.
Top view of soldered switch plates.
We need to connect some new wire to the soldering terminals on the receiver switch. These wires will eventually lead to the button terminals on the Bluetooth headset,
Another angle of the receiver switch terminals.
We added some red and green panel LEDs to the top of the field phone. Not only do they look cool, but they serve an actual function. They’ll alternate on and off whenever the bluetooth chip is in sync mode and the green light will flash whenever you receive a phone call. To add the LEDs, simply drill two 5/32” size holes and insert lights.
The panel LEDs come with the wires pre-soldered. You should have one black wire and one red wire connected to each light. These wires will eventually connect to the Bluetooth chip.
Connect New Wires to Terminals on Top Plate
On the underside of the top plate that we removed earlier, there are three terminals. There were some old wires that were worn out, so we replaced them with new ones. The terminal on the left is for the handset’s speaker. Attach a green wire to it. The middle terminal is the common terminal. Attach this wire to ground (the negative battery terminal). The terminal on the right is for the handset’s microphone. Attach a white wire to it.
There’s a terminal on top of the field phone that connects to the batteries. Connect a new red wire to it.
Here’s a pic of all the new wires we just added. Thread them through the hole on top of the field phone as shown above.
Dismantle Bluetooth Headset
Take your Bluetooth earpiece and remove the chip.
Here’s what our Bluetooth chip looked like out of the earpiece.
Connect Boost Converter to Bluetooth Chip
See that green rectangle next the to the Bluetooth chip? That’s a boost converter.
The Bluetooth chip requires a range of 3.7 to 4.2 volts of electricity to power up. However, the two DD batteries that power the field phone only put out three volts. What to do about this power gap? Answer: boost converter. A boost converter takes the three volts from the battery and “boosts” it up a voltage level so the chip gets the four volts that it needs.
We placed the Bluetooth chip and boost converter on a pegboard and connected the boost converter to the Bluetooth’s power source with wires behind the pegboard. Because the soldering terminals on the Bluetooth chip are so small, we used 30 gauge wire.
Connect Wires to Bluetooth Chip
Now comes the tricky part. We need to connect all the wires from the field phone to different parts of the Bluetooth chip. Every Bluetooth chip is different, so what we show you here might not work on other Bluetooth chips. You may have to use a scope to figure out which terminals on your Bluetooth chip are responsible for the microphone/LEDs/speaker/etc.
Again, because the soldering terminals are so small on the Bluetooth chip, we soldered 30 gauge wire to the soldering points first and then soldered the big wires running from the phone to the 30 gauge wires.
Connect Receiver Switch Wires to Bluetooth Button
Remember those new wires we connected to the field phone’s receiver switch terminals? We need to wire them in parallel to the Bluetooth button. Now the field phone’s receiver switch will do everything the Bluetooth earpiece button did.
Connect LED Wires to Bluetooth
We need to connect the two black status LED wires to the Bluetooth chips. The red wires will be connected to the boost converter.
Connect the Microphone Wire to Bluetooth
Earlier, we connected a white wire to the terminal on the field phone responsible for the microphone. We need to connect that wire to the microphone-in terminal on the Bluetooth chip. On our Bluetooth chip, the microphone-in terminal is on the back of the chip. Again, because the soldering terminals on the chip are so small, Ryan soldered 30 gauge wire to the chip terminal and soldered the 30 gauge wire to the larger, white wire.
Connect Speaker Wire to Bluetooth & Connect Power Wire to Boost Converter
Connect the speaker cable (green) to the speaker out terminal on the Bluetooth chip. On our chip, it was on the opposite side of the button’s side. Our power wire (red) connects to the boost converter. The ground wire (black) connects to the chip. Again, we connected 30 gauge wire to these wires before soldering to the Bluetooth terminals. We’ve already connected the microphone wire (white) to the Bluetooth microphone terminal.
Wire #1: Ground. Wire #2 (Green wire): Attaches to Bluetooth speaker terminal. Wire #3: Ground. Wire #4: Connects boost converter Output to Bluetooth power Input.
Here’s what all the wires look like on the front.
And here’s what they look like from behind. “I used the pegboard as scaffolding for the two chips and weaved and soldered wire to keep things in place,” Ryan said. “It’s kinda messy, but it got the job done.” Ryan covered the wires with double stick tape (that’s the red rectangles) to protect them from unconnecting and also to stick the finished board to the inside of the EE-8 housing.
Insert Double D Batteries and Put Field Phone Back in Case
Place DDs into battery respectable. The positive ends need to both point up. Put the field phone back in its case. You’re done!
How to Use Your WWII Field Phone Bluetooth Handset
Pick up the phone! It’s the general calling!
Here’s how to use your Bluetooth WWII field phone:
Put field phone into sync mode by holding down receiver until red and green LEDs begin alternating on and off.
Select bluetooth device on your smartphone.
When you get a call, green LED will light up.
To answer call, tap receiver once.
To speak, push and hold switch on handset.
To end call, tap receiver twice.
If you want to make a call out, you’ll have to tap receiver once and dial number on your smartphone.
We’re excited to announce that we will be providing our customers with 2012 London Summer Olympics online widgets. A widget (or control) is an element of a graphical user interface (GUI) that displays an information arrangement changeable by the user, such as a window or a text box. This new interactive tool has been added to the jamadots.com community website so that we can now deliver you even greater and more in-depth Olympics coverage that is available on-demand and on your terms.
The Olympics is such an important sporting event, that is watched by so many people throughout the world, for so many different reasons, that we believed an enhancement of this magnitude would be a terrific addition to the jamadots.com website. This will allow you to watch, track and interact with the 2012 Games in a new and personally relevant way that offers greater flexibility and customization which molds to your lifestyle and individual preferences.
We invite you to check out the new widget by clicking on any of the multiple links to be found on the jamadots.com community website. Just look for the word 2012 London Summer Olympics. Try the widget out today to see qualifying rounds and to get involved in the Countdown to the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games which officially begin this July27th.
No doubt, when there’s money to be made at something, there will be people who will find a means to exploit it. The Internet is no exception.
In the earliest days of the Wild Web West, we had platforms like AllAdvantage, which shared advertising revenue by paying people “to surf the Web.” So one individual could register multiple accounts, randomly visit sites without any real interest in them, and get paid multiple times for basically the same surfing behavior. Good for them; not good for advertisers.
Then came GoTo.com, the precursor to Google AdWords and the whole “pay-per-click” (or PPC) model. The early days of PPC were tarnished by tales of gross click-fraud misconduct–companies would pay drones or build bots or malware to just click on an ad over and over, to deplete their competitors’ funds. Google’s introduction of “PageRank,” a factor weighed in its search algorithm, also encouraged cheating: Businesses again paid people to build useless links to their sites, or to click repeatedly on a website’s link in order to game its popularity and achieve a higher search engine ranking.
In most of these “good guys vs. bad guys” scenarios, the market ultimately gets corrected as platforms make adjustments to squash the corrupt behavior. But then the black market just moves on to other vulnerable places–and now it’s found a home in social media.
Before I go any further, let me say this: I’m going to avoid naming names or pointing fingers–and I’m definitely not endorsing any of these tactics.