Scammers on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

November 15, 2013 Posted by admin

A Black Friday and Cyber Monday are rapidly approaching, a person needs to watch out for online scams and scams in the department stores. We know that the best sales of the year are traditionally on these two days, but caution needs to be exercised. Of the extended holiday weekend, the consumers are provided the opportunity to shop for the holidays at discounted prices.

The scam book gives a report of last year’s scammers so consumers can be on the look out. If you are one of the shoppers going out early on Friday or will be shopping online the Monday after Thanksgiving, be sure you have control of your wallet, and watch for people all around you. The advice is that there will be a lot of people, a lot of crowds, that may push their way into the shopping areas. Protect yourself and your wallet from these crowds.

Some scammers online offer free trials and then start charging your credit card or even a debit card every month which they collected during the free trial registration. These charges can add up quickly, and a consumer has a difficult time stopping the charges. Because of the increased level of such scams, some credit card companies will help consumers get these charges off your card and stop the charges every month. Some companies even change their name after they’ve charged the trial charge that appears on your credit card statement. You have no clue who it is on your statement that is charging every month. Be careful on any website to make sure they’re legitimate, and that they will do what they say they will do. There are plenty of legitimate sites, for example http://cybermonday2013.io/, which aggregates great Cyber Monday deals.

Another scheme that is prevalent, especially online, is to get a person to create a domain name for a certain charge and when you do, then they start charging you a hosting fee every month without your permission. But, if you try to get your domain name back they lock it and don’t allow you to access the web site that you have created. I would be very careful doing business online with these kind of scammers. They all need to be reported. They are taking something that doesn’t belong to them not only by stealing your domain name, but also charging you every month for hosting that you’re not even using. There needs to be a law against this on the Internet and regulations to protect the consumer.

With some education and preparation, shoppers can have a safe and successful shopping season this year.

Stay Up-to-Speed with Verizon FIOS

May 20, 2013 Posted by Abby

Coming over to consumers through fiber optic networks is FiOS, a cable, broadband internet and also telephone service from Verizon. People can bundle the three offerings for savings, and even utilize promotional coupon codes that can be found online as well as at a Verizon retailer. Special offers happen throughout the year as well, and there might be affordable initial choices at a great bargain. In some cases, Verizon might even provide a money card when new customers enroll in specific FiOS products.
Verizon is a major telecommunications provider in the United States, providing residential and business services for millions of customers.
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Verizon was basically one of the initial telecoms to supply residential services over a fiber optic network. Because of geographical limits in the network and/or municipal program agreements, FiOS may not be available in all states across the country. Web sites for instance www.spendlessandsavemore.net can really help consumers look at availableness as well as pricing within their community. In a number of regions, not all of the Verizon FiOS offerings is going to be accessible.

  • FiOS Voice – Clients get a selection between conventional telephone service and / or FiOS Voice which offers voice-over Internet service. Verizon is going to be centering on delivering FiOS service to existing consumers and will not be increasing the fiber optic network in to new places. FiOS Voice works by using the internet to send telephone calls instead of traditional telephone lines. As with every telecom product, FiOS Voice consumers can choose from many calling plans.
  • FiOS TV – With FiOS cable TV, there are many different selections for High def programming. Program tiers will certainly clearly have an effect on customer’s prices. With FiOS TV, customers will be delighted with the channel line-up, with well over 500 channels.
  • FiOS Internet -FiOS Internet is advertised as one of the quickest connections in the nation. Verizon will provide a high speed modem if consumers sign up for services. Consistency along with unbelievable quick speeds are the goal for Verizon with its FiOS service. Verizon makes it simple to decide on the connection speeds each client demands.

The Verizon company even offers smart phone services plus cellular phone coverage. There may be coupon codes online or in shops for such devices , or for the cost of cellular phone plans. Verizon also has quite a few tablet computers accessible. Data is not presented on the fiber optic network, but Verizon has got a 4G network for mobile phones. Verizon does not have any lack of choices for FiOS and cellular services.
Any person in search of new internet, digital voice or television service must look into Verizon FIOS if available. Verizon provides several preliminary rates all through the year for brand new consumers.

About Parachutes

March 15, 2013 Posted by Abby

Parachuting, also known as skydiving, became an international sport in the early 1950s. Originally an emergency device for pilots when need to evacuate their planes, parachuting has evolved into a recreational activity.
About Parachutes
Skydiving involves exiting an aircraft and falling towards Earth for a certain amount of time before deploying a parachute. Skydiving centers may be located at airports, air clubs, or other commercial operations. Skydivers are taken up on a light aircraft between 3,000 to 13,000 feet (1,000 to 4,000 meters) to give them time to free fall. Parachutes are deployed around 2,600 feet (800 meters) slowing the descent of the skydiver and granting control over the direction of landing.

During free fall, skydivers can manipulate their body’s to create drag, which allows them to move forward, backward, turn about a vertical axis, and also lift (relative to other objects in free fall). Before leaving the aircraft, skydivers have forward momentum due to the aircraft (granted if the aircraft is moving forward). Moments after initiating free fall, skydivers are still traveling forward, as well as downward, and will notice a transition of the wind from horizontal to vertical, known as “relative wind”.

Typically, skydivers exiting a moving aircraft do not feel any sense of falling due to the presence of wind moving around them at 50 mph (80 km/h), with the exception of balloons and helicopters. Humans reach terminal velocity around 120 mph (190 km/h) for torso-to-Earth orientation and between 150 to 200 mph (240-320 km/h) for head down orientations.

There is actually a low rate of fatalities despite the perceived dangers. There are roughly 21 skydivers killed annually in the U.S. To put that in perspective, that is 1 death in every 150,000 jumps. Parachutists have two parachutes they wear, a primary chute and a reserve chute. Some reserve parachutes deploy automatically, activated when a device called an altimeter detects a certain altitude has been reached while the individual is still free falling. The reserve parachute is required to be checked by a FAA-certified parachute rigger. They examine and repack the reserve parachute regardless if the chute has been deployed or not.

Other dangers of parachuting include changes in wind direction, canopy collisions, and malpractice by the parachutist. Around hot land areas, parachutist may be caught in downdrafts close to the ground, pushing them toward the ground. Canopy collisions occur when two parachutists collide with each other. This usually results in their parachutes deflating and their canopies becoming entangled. If they are high enough they may jettison their chutes. BASE jumping, wing suit flying, and sky surfing pose a higher risk factor due to lower mobility for the jumper and a higher risk of entanglement. In addition, inexperienced jumpers may not deploy their parachutes in adequate time to land safely.

U-verse Outage Upsets Customers

February 23, 2013 Posted by Abby

AT&T ‘s U-verse broadband service was restored January 24th, after having been down for 3 days. Approximately 1% of their U-verse customers were affected. The problem seems to have been concentrated in the southwestern and southeastern parts of the United States. Customers were posting comments on social media sites, expressing their anger at the loss of service. Customers were also unhappy because they could not get an estimate from AT&T on when service would be restored. AT&T issued responses to the social media postings apologizing; but they were unable to give an estimate on when service would be restored.

U-verse Outage Upsets CustomersAt first AT&T suspected that a server was down. Then they were advising their customers to power down and restart their modems. This did not restore service. They then attributed the problem to a software upgrade. They did not give any further explanation for the outage except to apologize. Many customers are demanding a prorated bill. They do not want to be charged for the three days they were without service.

U-verse is AT&T’s package of services to the home and small business which includes internet, television and phone.  You can sign up for U-Verse using ATT Uverse coupon codes. It is transmitted through a fiber-optic network. In October of last year, AT&T reported 7.4 million U-verse customers. U-verse service is available in 22 states.

Hang Gliding

January 25, 2013 Posted by admin

Hang gliding is a thrilling sport that delights thrill seekers around the world. This air sport has existed for thousands of years, allowing its users to reach for the sky. Pilots fly these unmotorized aircrafts known as hang gliders, which are composed of mainly aluminum alloy framed fabric. For safety purposes, the navigator is secured using a harness which completely covers their body. Current technology allow individuals to stay in the air for hours, which ultimately allow them to reach great altitudes.

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Getting in the air is one step in the gliding process, but launching is completely different. There are many different types of launch techniques like foot-launching from a high surface, using a tow system, or even aerotowing (towing behind a high powered aircraft). Even hot air balloons have been used to launch gliders by dropping them from high altitudes. “Thermals” are the most common use of air lifting. Using the suns energy, the ground is heated, and in turn releases warm air that lifts the glider.

Hang gliding isn’t as hazardous as people tend to believe. Modern hang gliders are manufactured to deliver safer flights and include several safety features. Using modern materials, gliders are constructed to withhold certified standards. These aircrafts have built in dive recovery mechanisms in case of accidents during flight. Pilots are equipped with both a helmet and a parachute for extra safety measures. In case of an accident, both the flyer and the glider descend safely to the ground by parachute. They carry light weight knives for cutting the parachute and ropes to lower themselves from trees after impact. There are also training sessions for pilots wanting to try out hang gliding to ensure ultimate safety.

For the most part, people believe hang gliding to be extremely dangerous. Unfortunately due to misuse and foul weather conditions many fatal accidents and injuries have occurred. Hang gliders should not be used in a careless manner or in risky weather conditions. Thermal and wind currents have been the main cause of crashes. Although there are risks, many people still find hang gliding to be exhilarating and lively.

For more information about hang gliding, check out the hang gliding and paragliding association.

What is an Air Show?

January 18, 2013 Posted by admin

What is an Air Show? An Air Show is an exciting event that is fun for the whole family. It’s an opportunity for pilots and aerial performers of all kinds to show their stuff. Most of the action happens in the air, as the title suggests. Historically, an air show could happen in any open area with a field large enough for planes to land and take off. Currently they take place, most frequently, at small airports or military bases.

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You may see historic or antique planes, in the air or on the ground for your viewing. You will often see military groups that are known for precision formation flying, like the US Air force Thunderbirds or the US Navy’s Blue Angels. Other interesting sights in the sky might include a “wing walker”; a person who actually stands or walks on the wings of a plane as it flies by. Stunt fliers are also a common participant in an air show. They enjoy wowing you will loop-de-loops and daring dives.

There are many things happening on the ground at an air show as well. You will see many vendors presenting a myriad or of goods and services. Souvenirs and food are always available. Flight schools competing for your business as well as airplane manufactures will be there eager to tap into the enthusiasm of the day.

There’s plenty to see and do at an air show. Enjoy the smell of popcorn, the roar of jet engines and the cheering crowd. It’s always an exhilarating event that has something for everyone. So pack up the kids, grab you sunglasses, and head out to see an air show soon.

Pilot Certification in the United States

January 14, 2013 Posted by admin

There are many steps to obtaining a private pilot’s license in the United States, each rising in privilege level with more training and instruction, depending on the certification desired.

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A Student Pilot is not required to have any experience or knowledge or aeronautics to get a student pilot certificate. The certificate is only useful to one who intends to pilot alone. The student must be aged no younger than 14 for balloon or glider instruction and aged no younger than 16 for all other training and certification. While holding a student pilot certificate and after endorsement by a certified instructor, a student may be allowed to fly solo.

An Endorsement is a certain type of authorization from a flight instructor. This is a decree stating that the student has been properly trained in defined skills that do not require an entire exam. The Student Pilot is restricted to the limitations placed by the instructor into the log book, and include not being able to fly for profit or work, not carrying passengers and not flying when the surface cannot be seen visually because of clouds/weather.

The student pilot is also required to provide proof of being able to handle the aircraft in question by demonstrating skill and ability in taxiing, take off, climbing, turns, maneuvering and landing. Student pilot must also understand and exercise all airspace procedures recommended by the airport in combination with log flight training received. A knowledge of operational limits and characteristics of the specific aircraft must be evident.

Restrictions and limits on a pilot certificate may occur if, while in training or on the practical test the appropriate skills are not being demonstrated by the pilot. In order to enjoy every privilege of each privilege level, the pilot must have necessary training to add ratings and certificates. This is done with professional training by certified instructors to practice and log certain flying and aeronautical experiences.
The next step is passing a three-section test, consisting of a practical examination under the instruction of a pilot examiner or FAA inspector; an oral exam and a knowledge exam.