Safety Tips From Professional Electricians That Will Help Keep You Safe

Safety should always be a number one priority for people especially when dealing with issues regarding electricity. Although electricity is probably the most convenient resource that people have, there is no doubt that if one tampers with it the wrong way, one could get seriously hurt or killed. That is why it is probably better if you call an electrical appliance repair specialist to help you out if you have an electric problem at home that is too big for you to resolve on your own. In order for people to stay safe, the electricians at Vic Park have generously given safety tips that people can follow.

1. Be conscious of one’s safety.
When you are dealing with circuits, you should always practice safety. Always take your time and avoid rushing through the work. When a person hurries, there is a very high chance for an accident to occur. Remember that electric shocks can be very deadly.

2. Turn the power off.
This should always be practiced when resolving an electrical problem. Do not forget that electricity is able to travel to any non-insulated object, including human flesh, upon contact. To avoid this, you can turn or shut off the power so that the object you are trying to fix is temporarily disconnected from the power source.

3. Test the circuit.
If you think you have turned the power off completely, you can make sure by using a circuit tester to determine if electricity is still present in the circuit. Even when you have turned it off, never assume that a circuit is completely turned off.

4. Ladders.
Some electrical jobs take place at a higher location inside the house and because of this, ladders would have to be used so that people may be able to reach the problem. If you are using ladders, make sure that it is not metal because metal is a good conductor of electricity. Use fiberglass ladder instead.

5. Avoid wet areas.
Besides metal, water is also a very good conductor of electricity. So when you are working on an electrical job, then it is important that you avoid wet areas. If it cannot be helped, always wear rubber boots or insulated attire.

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A Recap: The Top 3 Gadgets Of 2014

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With today’s advancement in technology, there’s a new gadget released every few weeks. Whether it’s a smartphone, a camera, a laptop or a tablet, there is always a newer and better version available. The year 2014 has offered some of the best gadgets in the market and without a doubt, 2015 will be a better year for technology. To recap and to help techies with their Christmas shopping, here is a list of the best gadgets one can buy that was released in 2014.

Phones and Tablets

1. According to Techradar, HTC One M8 is the best smartphone of 2014 which puts the iPhone6 in the second place and LG G3 in the third place.

2. Nokia Lumia 930 won the first place in the best Windows phone category, Nokia Lumia 1020 came in second and on the third place is Nokia Lumia 1520.

3. Let’s talk about the budget. Not everyone can afford a high-end smartphone but that doesn’t mean consumers should compromise quality and capability. The top three cheap smartphones are as follow: Motorola Moto G, Sony Xperia M2 and Nokia Lumia 630.

4. People nowadays are hard at work and prefer to bring work anywhere, thus the birth of tablets. The best three tablets of 2014 are iPad Air 2, Samsung Galaxy Tab S, Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet.

5. If you can find smartphones on a budget then you can definitely find cheaper tablets too. The Nexus 7, LG G Pad 8.3 and Amazon Kindle Fire are the top three options when choosing the best yet cheap tablets.

6. It’s a hassle sometimes to bring both phone and tablet when going out. With today’s technology, there’s always a solution to everyone’s problem, thus the phablet. It is both a phone and a tablet in one gadget. Its size is also somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet. The first best phablet of 2014 is Samsung Galaxy Note 3, second is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the third is Nokia Lumia 1520.

Cameras

1. Based on reviews by Techradar, the best SLR for beginners are Nikon D3300, Canon EOS 100D or (Rebel SL1) and Canon EOS 1200D or (Rebel T5).

2. For those who prefer an SLR worthy of a professional, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Nikon D800 and the Canon EOS 1DX are on the top three.

3. For those looking for a more compact camera that can be brought anywhere, anytime, here are your options: Sony RX100, Canon G15 and Fujifilm X20.

Laptops

1. Ultrabooks are brands by Intel which focuses more on design which makes it rather more expensive than other laptops. The top three ultrabooks of 2014 according to Techradar are as follow: Acer Aspire S7, Dell XPS 13 and Acer Aspire S3.

2. Chromebooks are more affordable versions of Ultrabooks, only less-stylish. Dell Chromebook 11 is on the top of the list followed by Toshiba Chromebook 2 and Acer Chromebook 13.

3. If gaming is more your genre then you should choose between these three contenders: Gigabyte P35W v2, Origin EON17-S and MSI GS60 Ghost Pro 3k.

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The History And Evolution Of Home Security Systems

The History And Evolution Of Home Security SystemsThrough the years, home security system has evolved from simple locks and controls to sophisticated sensors and cameras. One needs to take a look back at the history of security systems in order to appreciate its evolution.

Where it all began

After the First World War, the rate in killings, burglary and other forms of crime escalated. People living in the United States feared for their safety even in the confines of their homes. Citizens were seeking assistance of those who give services to ensure the protection of one’s home. It was also during that time when insurance companies gave incentives to customers who subscribed for alarm systems in their homes. It was during these trying period that home security systems started.

There were a group of people who call themselves night watchmen and their service is called door shaking. Every night, they would walk to homes of subscribers and shake their door knobs to make sure that these were properly locked. Some used devices such as an alarm system which are placed in windows and doors. When the alarm is triggered by an outside forceful intrusion, it would send signal to the central station that monitors it.

The era of video surveillance

The concept of video surveillance was known to the public during the 1940s. It was through the book published by George Orwell that people learned a great a deal about it. At first, people thought it strange to be monitored by cameras. It was not until the 1970s that home owners used surveillance cameras to guard their homes.

The first home surveillance cameras were huge and the images seen on the monitors were black and white. The images were not sharp and it took a while for the surveillance cameras to evolve into the high tech form that it is today. Cameras used for surveillance today are very tiny, unnoticeable to a stranger’s eye. It captures high quality images that send it to a monitoring computer.

Fire alarms

Fire alarms also evolved along with home security systems. The importance of the fire alarm systems were emphasized in a research study published by Canadian researchers. In their study, they detailed numerous ways that smoke and heat detectors can save homes and peoples’ lives.

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Cell Phone Accessories That Are Necessities

Cell Phone Accessories That Are NecessitiesWith the growing technology, cellphone and its accessories are a great part of it. There are many accessories introduced for every device and it comes in different sizes, colors and functions. With so many to choose from, here are some of the cellphone accessories that can be considered a necessity.

  • Cell phone chargers. This accessory always comes with the phone upon buying a new set and it is considered as a wall charger. Though this is the most common one, other types of chargers have also been manufactured such as desktop charger, car charger, green charger, USB charger and emergency chargers. The most important thing that should be considered when buying a new one is the compatibility of the charger to the device.
  • Covers or cases. One of the cell phone accessories that can be considered as a necessity is the case or cover. It serves as an additional protection in case the device falls or receives any shock. It can also be changed in various colors and design to suit one’s preference. There are different types of cases and covers and they are categorized as the following: faceplate, skin, pouch, and body glove.
  • Headset. This accessory is often included in the package when purchasing a new unit. A headset can be either wired or wireless. This is very important especially in keeping the user’s hands free. Calls may be accepted and done discreetly with the help of headsets. Users can also have the privacy to listen to music even in crowded places without invading the space of other people. These are available in various color and design depending on the phone’s model and the preference of the user.
  • Memory card. The latest mobile phones manufactured these days come with a built-in external storage for data and files. For some people this internal memory may be enough but for the most advanced and well-verse users, a memory card is very important. A memory card is available depending on the amount of data that can be stored inside.
  • Extra battery. This is important especially for people who are out most of the day and does not have the means to charge their phone. Users can be sure that they don’t run out of battery and access to the phone as long as they have an extra with them.
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The Latest Wireless Products From Legrand

The Latest Wireless Products From LegrandEven though Legrand is a newly introduced company in the technology business, the company has set their name with function, style and most importantly, affordability. The company recently released wireless products.

A few of the products they have released that have gained popularity includes the Wave Switch with motion sensor, works by simply waving a hand and pass by the sensor. Other switches by Legrand are equipped with SensaSwith which turns the light on or off just by entering or leaving a room. The SensaSwitch comes with a time interval preset to the device and has four options in minutes, 10, 20, 30 and 60.

The modular system introduced by the company designed for under cabinet is a solution to most of the kitchen issues by consumers. Such difficulties are encountered when task lighting are needed or handling a cookbook while cooking. The modular system developed comes with lighting, outlets, speakers and cradles. The outlets are beneficial to save space in the cooking counter that is normally occupied by a number of cords.

The lighting is either pucks or LED strips which helps giving proper lighting to the counter and provides adequate ventilation while preparing and doing tasks in the kitchen. The built-in cradle is designed for iPads or iPods and mounted at eye level which makes it accessible when reading recipes while the device is charging.

The last in the package is the speakers that can be streamed through Bluetooth technology and can be connected to any device which is effective in making sure there are no wires and static – both of which are common problems when using standard radios.

The latest innovation developed by Legrand is the wireless controls in lighting with the help of either an application or a remote. This innovation made it possible for lighting throughout the entire building to be customized. The remotes are used to perform four preprogrammed scenes and are also used to control the amount of light with the help of switches, outlets and dimmers.

With the introduction of this wireless control in lighting, the users will get benefits such as security, a way to save energy and convenience.

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Common Disadvantages Of Gadgets

Common Disadvantages Of GadgetsOne will always be grateful to the scientists and inventors who continually seek of ways to lighten up man’s burden through the use of technology. Gadgets have been a helping tool to the human race. Communication is made easier, gaining information has now become handy and learning has become creative. Although there are a lot of advantages of technology and gadgets, one cannot bear but look at the other side of the coin. What disadvantages do gadgets have?

Frequent use of gadgets will lead to health problems

Using gadgets per se is not detrimental to one’s health. However, the excessive use of gadgets will slowly cripple your body’s line of defense which would lead to complicated health problems. Science would tell us that gadgets emit radiation. These rays are harmful to humans. It could only be tolerated by people at a certain level.

With social media gaining popularity, adults and kids alike find it a necessity to constantly update themselves with what’s going on in other people’s lives. We often carry our mobile phones, tablets and i-phones in our pocket. When the battery is nearing empty, radiation levels escalate. You could damage the skin of your cells or when you are trying to make a call when the battery level is so low, it will affect your brain tissues.

When kids are hooked up playing with online games, they seem not to care about time. They pass up lunch and dinner. Irregularities in food intake will lead to serious health problems among the youths. To name a few, you have stomach pain and gastritis.

Gadgets can be addictive

Before gadgets came into the picture, we were just comfortable with having relaxing conversations with loved ones through the wired telephones or writing a letter to a friend on the other side of the continent. Now that gadgets are on the boom, we constantly are in the habit of sending text messages, even unnecessary ones. We enroll ourselves in unlimited call and text services. Even when there is no need to call someone, you get addicted in using that smart phone.

Children are also addicted to online computer games with themes of revenge and killing. No wonder, there are a lot of violent kids out there.

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Last-Minute Gifts This Christmas

Last-Minute Gifts This ChristmasSome people are just busier than most and can’t have the time to go around Christmas shopping – good thing there is online shopping and next day delivery. If you are one of those people who haven’t started on their Christmas shopping list then this list of gadgets anyone can buy at the last-minute is the perfect solution.

  1. Tesco Hudl2. This powerful tablet is well-built and powered by Android. The price is affordable and the specs are great. The touchscreen is 8.3 inches and the processor is strong enough to keep up with the speed. The battery life can lasts for 8 hours. There also different colors to choose from. The good news is you can order the Tesco Hudl2 online.
  2. Bose QC25 Headphones. The latest headphone from Bose is the QC25 with a noise cancelling feature that is perfect for any public music or movie session. This is the best headphone there is from Bose and, not only that, it is very comfortable to use. You can have this the next day if you order now online.
  3. Anki Drive. The Anki Drive has a starter kit which includes a race track, two cars and a set of chargers. This model car racing on track is lots of fun to play with. This revolutionized started kit is equipped with artificial intelligence that will mimic how you drive. Anyone can control this using an Apple or Android smartphone.
  4. Amazon Fire TV. This little box can give you access to thousands of movies and TV series. The remote control can be controlled using voice commands. It also boasts a careful buffering feature for those who hate to wait for their video to load.
  5. Sony HX60V Camera. This camera is small in size yet very powerful – perfect for taking pictures this holiday season. The HX60V has a 20.4 megapixel and can be zoomed up to 30x. You can also share your photos to your smartphone with just one tap.
  6. Jawbone UP24. This fitness tracker is perfect after the holidays. What with all the holiday feasts and sweets, anyone who is health conscious will thank you for giving them this. It is not your ordinary fitness tracker. The wearer can put it on before sleeping and the tracker will be able to track how many hours they have slept and it will wake them up after they got enough sleep.
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