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Soda Blasting: A New Technology for Combating Mold Growth

Soda Blasting: A New Technology for Combating Mold Growth

Household mold is a nuisance that is both expensive and tricky to completely get rid of – you can’t leave it growing in the house either after discovery, since it can pose a serious hazard to the health of the home’s inhabitants. Recent years have seen a boom in the mold removal industry, with companies competing with each other in bringing the most cost effective, efficient removal technology to the clientele. Abrasive blasting is one such technique which is becoming increasingly popular, owing to its effectiveness and reliability.

Conventional processes for getting rid of mold are notorious for being time consuming and hard, requiring large amounts of manual sanding and scrubbing. A new technique known as abrasive blasting is gaining traction and might soon replace the older methods since it is faster, easier and much more effective in taking care of mold infestations. This process involves finishing/cleaning objects using a centrifugal wheel or a blast of air to pelt abrasive particles on their surface at a high velocity. Corncobs, sand and dry ice are all possible candidates to be used as these tiny particles. Mold remediation, in particular, employs baking soda, as well as dry ice, for abrasive blasting.

Advantages of abrasive blasting

Also known as ‘media’ blasting, this technique has some unique advantages over conventional mold removal methods. Besides doing away with most of the tiring manual work required in scrubbing / sanding, this newer technique shows its usefulness in dealing with mold growing on hard to access / irregular surfaces. For instance, surfaces which have bridging or cross bracing can be decontaminated with greater ease. Hard to reach places like crawlspaces and attics are also easier to clean using this method in contrast to conventional techniques. You also benefit from the lesser time required to do the remediation – meaning you can be back to the house much quicker than in the case of conventional remediation.

Soda blasting

This type of abrasive blasting uses baking soda i.e. sodium bicarbonate, blasted using pressurized air, to target mold growth on surfaces. Arguably its most famous use was in the Statue of Liberty’s restoration which took places from 1982 to 1986, under the orders of President Reagan. The sodium bicarbonate crystals used as medium in the blasting process are made in modern facilities and have the shape of microscopic knives; they are soft, yet angular. The baking soda is soluble in water and results in a neutral pH i.e. (you don’t have to worry about acidity or alkalinity on the surfaces). It is great for removing mold without damaging the surface underneath e.g. PVC, ductwork, modern wiring, wood, and so on. When applied using the correct equipment and methodology, it results in swift, efficient mold removal with little waste, clean-up and damage.

When using soda blasting, it is important to use a nozzle of the correct size, for it will minimize the quantity of baking soda required. Lesser the amount of medium used, greater the visibility you will have during the process and lesser the amount of clean-up needed after the process.

Online Schools Advice for Gunsmiths

Online Schools Advice for Gunsmiths

It happens to the most dedicated person – you’re all set in your educational objectives and your career catches up with you. You are forced to make a compromise between work and study and, in most cases, it is study that takes the axe. Ever since the dawn of the internet however, things have been looking up for those who want to work and study at the same time. Yes, I’m talking about the newest medium of college schooling i.e. online schools. I’ll be discussing online gunsmithing schools for the sake of illustrating a few points and showing how an old school industry has met with new school,  but the contents of the discussion can just as easily be applied to any other online school.

Check out this video on the advantages of online education.

To begin with, online gunsmithing schools offer the following advantages over their traditional physical counterparts:

  • You can pursue the course from the ease of your home.
  • You can take classes when you have the time instead of being bound to a fixed schedule.
  • You won’t have to spend on gas or waste time driving to and from school.
  • The program itself is cheaper – something which should be considered by those who are taking up gunsmithing as a hobby rather than a profession and don’t want to spend a fortune on full professional schooling.

However, it should be kept in mind that there are some websites that masquerade as online schools but in reality are not accredited by the proper authorities and are only out to make an easy buck by fooling people out of their hard earned cash. When looking for an online gunsmithing school, be sure to look up lists of the top accredited institutes in the region – several websites have updated lists which you can refer to for this purpose.

If you are to take full advantage of an online gunsmithing school you need to have:

  • A fast internet connection – this is a given, it is recommended that you have at least a decent DSL line to handle the video tutorials in real time – it won’t do if the video stream breaks down mid-lecture and you are disconnected from the rest of the class.
  • Basic computing skills – communicating via video calling software such as Skype, instant messengers, and email are a must but for optimum learning you must also be able to download and play videos on your computer, write up reports on word processing software and use file sharing websites to back up your assignments.
  • A large computer screen – because you’re being taught how to repair, dismantle, assemble and modify a weapon, some of the more nuanced parts can get missed out if the screen you’re using isn’t large enough. Opt for at least a 21’’ display so that you can practice your task while watching the video at the same time.

Basic requirements for study such as focus and punctuality are even more important than in a traditional setting because online schools can make even the most dedicated student lazy and complacent. I would recommend that you use a free reminder software to create a schedule for yourself. For more tips on making the most out of online education visit Reuters.

How to Make Money Online as a Software Developer

How to Make Money Online as a Software Developer

Ask anyone who’s made any type of real money online how easy it is to earn a living from software, and you’ll hear all sorts of answers from all sorts of experiences. On one end of the spectrum, people will claim it’s as simple as coding a program and then uploading it to a few popular software libraries. On the other end, people say it’s next to impossible and that the market is already saturated.

One thing is clear no matter what end of the spectrum you’re on, and that is making money online as a software developer is definitely doable. Success depends on a number of things ranging from the software’s quality and timeliness to networking opportunities and sufficient funding. Here are a few recommendations that can help anyone at any stage of promotion.

Follow Traditional Methods

Just because a strategy is tried and true, it doesn’t mean it’s no longer applicable. So devote a week to uploading your software to each significant online software library. You’ll want to keep a database of the sites that accept your submission so that you can visit them later and record the number of downloads that your software receives. That’s important for establishing a download-to-sales conversion ratio.

You’ll also want to check out the promotional opportunities at these sites since many of them offer low-cost alternatives to AdWords and other similar advertising institutions.

Sell the Software with Different Capabilities

One question that developers always ask is, “How should I price my software?” They fear a low price will make their software look cheap and unworthy, while a high price won’t be affordable and cut out a significant portion of the market. That’s why some developers offer a single software product in differentiated versions.

A version containing the minimum amount of features, for example, is typically priced very low, while a version with the maximum amount of features is priced high. Between those two versions is a version containing an average number of features, and it’s priced somewhere between the low-feature version and the high-feature version.

Each version may even have its own label such as “Bronze” for the minimal version, “Gold” for the extensive version, and “Silver” for the version between those two. The idea here is to create a product that customers from every economic level can buy.

Sell Explicit Functions While Keeping the Main Program Free

You’ll see this strategy commonly applied to open source software, where the main software product is freely available and its add-ons are sold individually. Through this strategy, you can gain a huge audience with the freebie and then make an income with additional functions and/or features appended as external plug-ins or data-packs.

You can even charge for support. Support isn’t an add-on or plug-in, however, it is an external component of software that can generate income via documentation in either electronic or book format, phone consultation, and more.

Make it a Web-Enabled, Subscription-Based Product

If you’re familiar with SaaS, or Software as a Service, then you’re familiar with subscription-based software. Subscription-based software charges for access to certain features or data. Microsoft’s latest Office software, Office 360, is an example, although access is granted to the entire suite rather than specific parts of the suite.

One major factor underlying SaaS’s success is its platform. SaaS is web-based software, ultimately granting any device that accesses the web the same access to its core functions. This access is important because it widens the market while other types of software are exclusive to the platforms they were built for (Windows, Mac, iPad, etc.) According to a Gartner Group estimate, SaaS sales reached into the billions just four years ago, so this isn’t a strategy to dismiss.

Conclusion

If you’re struggling with selling software online, then maybe one of the strategies above will help. Making money online can be hard no matter what you’re selling, however, if you take the time to devise a plan as diligently as you wrote your software, you’re sure to enjoy financial successful sooner or later.

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HTML: The Beginning

HTML: The Beginning

HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python, C++, and Ruby are only a select few of the seemingly endless languages used for coding in today’s world. If you have never had experience with it before, it is a daunting task to determine where to start and how to begin. My path began with HTML, the basis of all coding languages that followed. If you are truly interested in learning, start with a firm understanding of this base language, and you will be able to balance the other languages successfully. Initially, it may look like jargon, but like all languages, it takes practice and repetition to truly understand.

HyperText Markup Language, or HTML, was written and developed in 1990 by Tim Berners-Lee. Since then, there have been numerous variations on the language, but the idea remains, essentially, the same. It is a markup language that utilizes tags to describe document content with the document being a webpage. It is both a powerful and simplistic language that can define the look of a site. (more…)

Lawsuits Surrounding Software Patents

Lawsuits Surrounding Software Patents

Software patent litigation presents complex issues for attorneys and companies to resolve. One of the leading issues involved in software patent disputes is that of patent infringement. Those who invent software programs aim to protect their inventions through patents. Holding a patent on an invention means that no one else may copy or profit from that invention.

Issues can also arise when individuals secure a patent that is overly broad for their software inventions. An overly broad patent may be invalid, and a court may decide not to uphold it.

Types of Claims in Software Patent Lawsuits

Courts typically defer to leading case precedent to determine the outcome of software patent lawsuits. Individuals may file claims under leading case precedent for software patent cases, such as a Beauregard claim. A Beauregard claim stems from the case of In re Beauregard, 53 F.3d 1583 (Fed. Cir. 1995). A Beauregard claim is asserted to prove that a manufacturer or seller of computer media, such as DVDs or CDs, is a direct infringer of a patent. (more…)

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