ZQuiet: The Anti-snoring Device for Mouth-Breathers

zquietChronic snoring, where you snore continuously every night, is a disruptive condition that leads to many more serious health issues like high blood pressure and heart disease. These potentially fatal conditions are caused by the low levels of oxygen that are taken in throughout the night as you struggle to breathe. During sleep, the tongue relaxes and allowed to fall back into the airway and restrict the amount of air you are able to take into your lungs. The less air, the harder your heart works to pump blood through your body. Without oxygen, the human body simply does not function properly. Because snoring results in low oxygen levels, it impedes on your daily functioning, leaving you exhausted, sick, and groggy.

There are several different methods of reducing snoring but consistent snoring (not sleep apnea) requires a mouthpiece to reposition the jaw and stabilise the tongue in order to keep an open airway. Dozens of anti-snoring mouthpieces have been designed to eliminate or greatly reduce snoring but many do not allow for intake of air through the mouth, rather they rely on intake of air through the nasal passage. For some, this is not possible for various reasons including colds and allergies that tend to block-up the nose. People with a deviated septum are also often unable to breathe through their noses at night and tend to snore because they rely on breathing through their mouths. Luckily, among the various designs of mouthpieces, ZQuiet is perfectly suited for mouth-breathers.

The ZQuiet is a soft, BPA-free, thermoplastic elastomer (a flexible but durable blend of plastic and rubber) mouthpiece that requires no at-home custom fitting. It is a Mandibular Advancement Device meaning that it effectively pushes the lower jaw forward to keep the tongue rigid and disallowing it Continue reading

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MS Had A “Bob”?

bobhWell, Bob’s on the loose, following its introduction at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month. Should that matter for business users of PCs? Should you care about Bob? Maybe even put Bob on a test machine, to see what the shouting’s all about?

No, yes, and absolutely.

You can’t actually buy Bob yet, of course. Microsoft’s new “social interface” GUI for Windows PCs won’t be released until the end of March. But there are a lot of beta copies floating around, and given the growing importance of Microsoft’s Consumer Division, Bob’s home, you can bet that this is going to be one of the most widely publicized products of the year.

So whether you have a copy yet or not, you’ll be answering questions about Bob every day. Which makes it an issue worth discussing …

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Forget Paying for Expensive Data Recovery Ever Again

By reading this page it’s probably safe to assume you’re in a bit of a pickle. When someone finds the need to look for data recovery services, it usually means something unfortunate has happened to their data.

Be smart when choosing a data recovery provider.

Be smart when choosing a data recovery provider.


If you’ve been looking around for a while now, you’ll have noticed that there’s a wide range of possibilities for data recovery. Most of them are expensive, some are affordable, and others are almost unbelievably cheap.

But be warned, venturing into the world of data recovery unprepared is asking for trouble. Do your research and try to find out why each company is charging what it does. If you put in the time now, you may be able to find a deal that’s actually what it claims to be: cheap data recovery.

Unfortunately, failing to perform due diligence can quickly make matters worse. For example, if you send a drive off to one of these companies you may discover they are unable to help you. They’ll inevitably send it back, but now you have a new problem on your hands.

Now you’ve not only wasted your time, but you’ve likely made life more complicated for yourself. Because your drive has already been inspected, to have the data recovered you are now paying for a “second attempt” or “second assessment” fee.

What’s more, the reason your drive was sent back is because the recovery has already been deemed to difficult to do cheaply. You now have an expensive repair, made worse as you are looking to have a second attempt done by another company.

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ATM Networks Were Killer Apps For Their Time

atmnwAfter about three years of being sold on the idea of ATM networking, we’re still waiting for it to arrive in earnest. The myth of what ATM will do eclipses the reality of what ATM is currently capable of doing.

Asynchronous transfer mode hardware still doesn’t support voice traffic, so the goal of data/voice network integration remains in the distance. And though MPEG has been emerging as a standard video- transmission format, the H.320 and JPEG video standards are still unsupported.

Scalability in network size is also not really available, outside of a choice between 155M-byte OC-3 and 100M-byte TAXI (Transparent Asynchronous Transceiver Interface). Investing in large-scale ATM switches is not practical until all of the ATM standards have stabilized.

There have been quite a few announcements of WAN-capable ATM switches, but vendors are waiting for ATM to become more available from the public carrier services. LAN ATM Continue reading

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Early Quality Control Problems Were Major Issues For PC And Auto Manufacturers

ibmscCompaq finds its stocks contaminated with faulty power supplies. Disney gets eaten alive by crashing “Lion King” CD ROMs. Intel makes Pentiums that can’t handle division. IBM short circuits with defective ThinkPad power adapters. H&R Block and Intuit stir a taxpayers’ revolt. It almost sounds like deja vu–to the days when poor quality sent U.S. automakers skidding out of control. The PC industry continues to cruise, but the recent spate of product flaws raises a crucial issue: Is the pressure to pump ou t more, faster, cheaper forcing vendors to fall beneath their own wheels by breaking the speed limits on quality?

No one is saying poor quality is about to besmirch the PC industry to the extent that it tainted Detroit. “Most of these companies are more focused on quality than in the past,” says Roy Bauer, a former IBM executive who’s now an examiner for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Nevertheless, “they’re caught up in the explosion in demand, and when that happens you try to take shortcuts.” Adds Michael Slater, editor of the Microprocessor Report: “Everyone is trying to shave a penny here or there, an d quality costs money.”

But poor quality costs even more. Intel ate $475 million to write off its wayward Pentium chips. Intuit took a charge of $1.3 million for its glitchy MacInTax and TurboTax. And pity poor Golden Systems. With only $29 million in annual revenue last year, the Simi Valley, Calif., company had to book a $5 million Continue reading

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Reasons to Hire a Professional to Fix A Broken Hard Drive

Happy technician working on tablet pc beside servers in data centerIt is definitely bad news if your hard drive broke because you were investigating why the disk was failing in the first place. This is why instead of attempting to fix a broken hard drive, it is much better to hire a professional to look into it. Although fixing your hard drive can be really costly, you will at least be able to ensure that the problem is provided with a sure-fire solution. You will not also end up buying a new drive, especially if you find out that it was just a simple problem made worse by attempting to resolve the issue without consulting an expert. If you are going to hire a professional for the job, you can be sure that you will spend less time trying to figure out where the problem lies. Experts already know how to fix your broken hard drive, so why risk it?

You will also be given the right diagnosis and some preventive measures so you will not encounter the same problems with your disk again. For you to make sure that you fix broken hard drive successfully, you also may want to get some recommendations from friends. You may also read customer reviews or check important forums and check the overall ratings of data recovery companies (some tips are here) so you will have an idea if you are dealing with experts. You can surely bring your hard drive to life when you choose a professional to do the job.

How Does Data Recovery Software Work?

What will you do once some of your key data was lost? Should you go ahead and send your hard drive for data recovery service? The answer, in some cases, may be no. This is only done when a hard drive has a physical problem and if the problem was stopping you to access your files. But if the issue is more of a logical problem like the files were deleted or the hard drive was accidentally formatted, the best way to go is get free data recovery software. Luckily, there is cheap data recovery software you can get in just a click.

How They Work

A data recovery software works by recovering formatted partitions with original file names and storage paths. There is a lot of software you can try but there are only a few data recovery tools out there that you can trust. Some are even free. Besides, one does not really have to spend much on data recovery unless the data is very important. All you have to do is launch the downloaded software and select the files you wish to recover. Once you have selected the disk where data was lost, the software will find the files through scanning. Some solid tools are written about here.

Should You Hire A Professional For Server Data Recovery?

There is nothing as challenging as finding a solution for recovering data from a failing server array. The good news is data recovery is definitely possible in the right hands, but you need to be sure that the hard drive recovery service company is certified by the company. As an example, if you had a failed drive or logical problem with your Dell server, you’re best to check this page for Dell Poweredge data recovery.  Professional level servers require professional hard drive recovery, and this is why it is best Continue reading

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Samsung Did Well To Diversify Early

smsdWith memory chips accounting for more than 50 percent of Samsung Electronics’ profits last year, its masters in Seoul, South Korea, have decided it’s too dependent upon the highly cyclical DRAM business. So McDonald’s one-trick pony is racing into new lines of business and new technologies that will have a major impact on the U.S. market. By this summer, Samsung’s trickle of flat-panel displays will become a flood. Flash memory products will appear–in volume–later this year. The company expects to se ll nearly $1 billion worth of specialty memory chips, including SRAMs and EDO RAMs, in 1995. And last month’s agreement to make a $377 million investment in AST will change the PC market in the United States and Asia (see Close Up, right).

It’s not just Samsung Electronics that’s going through a transformation. The company’s parent, the $54 billion Samsung Group, is also diversifying and moving quickly to give foreign operating units more autonomy. Samsung Group Chairman Lee Kun Hee–invariably referred to as Chairman Lee–has decreed that Samsung will add automobiles, aerospace, transportation, and entertainment to its current repertoire of electronics, chemicals, and finance. Also on the capital budget: Samsung’s first fabs in the Unit ed States, Asia, and Europe. Although the facilities may be built under joint ventures, guess Continue reading

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Transaction Processing Creates Real Benefits

tpcOld guard, new beat: TP monitors avert gridlock by policing client/server traffic

It’s an IT manager’s biggest nightmare. On a dark and stormy night, a WAN link suddenly crashed, taking down the national client/server reservation system for a company that wishes to remain anonymous. Harried travel agents kept pounding transactions into the system, expecting it to come up. When it did, the system was immediately slammed by a barrage of pent-up traffic. Designed to handle hundreds of transactions per second, the system choked on thousands and it crashed once again.

This company’s harrowing experience illustrates a dirty little secret about client/server applications. When they’re spun across the enterprise, many can’t handle the high-transaction traffic or unpredictability of com-plex, production-level environments. Increasingly, some companies like the one above are turning to a tried-and-true mainframe approach to keep their new client/server systems …

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