A Look at Two Competitors in the Next Generation of ServiceNot so long ago, I was having some issues with my telephone company. Odd charges and inconsistent billing combined below-average service made me miserable. I decided to see if there might be a better choice out there.Right around that time, Comcast began offering Digital Voice, which was Comcast’s version of broadband phone service. Since I already had both Comcast Digital Cable and Comcast High-speed Internet, they offered a very nice introductory discount with price breaks on my other Comcast services. All told, my total bill for all three would be between $110-$120 for the next 3 months while allowing me to keep everything on “one bill.” I was so frustrated with my previous telephone company that I jumped at the offer. Unfortunately, sometimes the grass is not always greener on the other side.Two phone companies later, I am now with Vonage, another broadband phone company. Thus far, I am very happy with their service. Although both Comcast Digital Voice and Vonage are both broadband phone services that each uses a high-speed Internet connection to transmit phone calls across the country and the world, any similarity between the two ends there. There are substantial differences between Comcast Digital Voice and Vonage’s service. In practically every way, Vonage is the superior offering. In terms of price, value, service, you name it, my Vonage experience has far surpassed what I endured while using Comcast Digital Voice.
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Tips for a Polished SpeechDoes the thought of public speaking make you weak in the knees? Does speaking at a meeting leave you nervous and anxious? This article will show you how to be prepared for your next public speaking event, and to decrease the nervousness inherent to public speaking. Most importantly, you need to know your subject matter. It is imperative that you research the topic you are speaking on, and that you have as much information as possible. Compile your research and study it, so that you are familiar with all concepts of the topic. This will allow you to
anticipate questions and formulate answers to these questions in advance. After performing thorough research, prepare your presentation. Do NOT write or type out your speech verbatim. If you simply read or memorize a speech, it will sound canned and rehearsed. This will decrease the interest in your presentation, and give a negative reflection on your public speaking skills. Instead of typing out your full presentation, write out an outline of the major topics, with a few bullet points for items that must be covered within the main topics. It is okay to bring this outline with you while performing your presentation. The outline will help to jog your memory, in the event that you lose your place.
Big Screen Giants, but There Can Be Only OneAs two of the finest American actors of all-time, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman dominated the often underrated classic films of the 1960’s and eventually starred together in the 1974 disaster picture The Tower Inferno. After the Inferno, McQueen who battled cancer, only made a few
more films, with Tom Horn his final role before his 1980 death. Although Newman is still alive and kicking, his glory days seemed to end when the 1980’s hit and although he has starred in many films none of them have come close to his performances in the prime of his career.So this brings us to our first in a series debates pitting actors versus actors, McQueen versus Newman, with a focus on what we consider the prime of their careers, 1958 (the year Newman broke out in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) to 1974 (when the two shared the screen in The Towering Inferno). Co-writer Pat Harrington will be taking the side of Newman, while I (Guy Stuller) will be defending McQueen on the matter. In the timeframe we are debating, who made the better films and how much influence did each actor have in making those films great? PH – I would argue that Newman made better films in the aforementioned timeframe based on the titles that still stand head and shoulders above most films made in the era. Cat On a Hot Tin Roof was only the beginning of a brilliant 16-year span that included such classic films as “The Long, Hot Summer,” “The Hustler,” “Hud,” “Hombre,” “Cool Hand Luke,” “The Sting” and “The Towering Inferno.”
An All-American Guilty PleasureMy name is Heather, and I have a shameful addiction. One that makes me tape shows like Entertainment Tonight and Hollywood Insider. That has me reading US and People and OK! when standing in the checkout line. I secretly take sides in
ridiculously contrived events such as Aniston vs. Jolie and Suri vs. Infangelina. I own a FREE KATIE! Tee shirt. But the worst – and the best. And the least reliable – of celebrity gossip isn’t found on TV, in the tabloids, or in games of Telephone from friend to friend, starting in LA and ending here in Almost Canada. It’s the celebrity gossip blog. The Internet has opened up a whole new world of rumor mongering and spiteful, malicious gossip. When else in history have we been able to know all the intimate details of a superstar arrest before the local news station? And with less fact checking? Everything you ever wanted to know about your favorite or least favorite celebrities, and so much more than you ever wanted to know! Before you go surfing, remember: the language and topic matter of these blogs is not meant for those under 18 or anyone with sensitivities to gossip or bad language! Here are the Top Ten Gossip Blogs on the Internet:
For most people, public speaking is not something they love to do. It can be downright terrifying to stand in front of a group of people and give a presentation. It’s even worse when you’re a shy, quiet person who would rather go unnoticed. It’s not surprise that the fear of public
fearing has been rated the #1 fear in America.Like it or not, public speaking is something we all have to do eventually, whether it’s giving a speech in high school, college or presenting a project at work. Still, there is hope, even for those shy types who dread public speaking more than anything. I was one of those shy kids in high school who would get extremely nervous when it came to public speaking. I would stress about having to give a presentation for days, sometimes even weeks. On occasion, I would even resort to pretending to be sick that day. This was a hit and miss thing though, since sometimes the teacher would just make me give the presentation in front of the entire class on the day that I came back anyway. And of course, I’d be the only one, so this focused even more attention on me, which was the exact opposite of what I wanted. Over the years, as I grew more accustomed to public speaking, I figured out that there certain things that I could do to calm myself and make the presentation go more smoothly. Had I known in high school what I know now, I probably would not have stressed so much about it and I may have even learned to enjoy it. Since it’s not possible for me to go back to high school, I figure that the next best thing is to pass along the tips that I’ve learned to other high school students. Hopefully, these tips will help some other shy kid who dreads public speaking as much as I did back then. [THE DAYS LEADING UP TO YOUR SPEECH]Be PreparedYou need to know your subject matter forwards and backwards. It should be so ingrained into you that you’re able to give the presentation while you’re standing on your head with your eyes closed. (Hey, you never know what the teacher will ask of you.) So be sure you dedicate sufficient time to research. This is not one of those things you want to leave to the last minute.Create an outline for your presentation
Why America Online Defeats Its Negative StereotypeWhen it comes to email management programs and web browsers, AOL Broadband DSL gets a bad rap. And it’s really a shame because it doesn’t necessarily deserve it. Sure, Time Warner/AOL is a corporate giant who has a major agenda of taking a
portion of your monthly budget for as long as you live, but it also has some really positive attributes and there are many reasons to love AOL Broadband DSL.To begin with, let me state that America Online and I are a very unlikely couple. I tend to not fit in well with your typical “mainstream” and hip products and services, in fact I’m quite the laggard when it comes to adapting to the latest craze of any genre. But I’ve had AOL ever since I caught on to the Internet buzz and I have no plans to change that . There are many great features about America Online and to make it easy I will illustrate each reason to love AOL broadband DSL, or at least some of them, below, numerically. 1) Email Management- The entire email application portion of the convenient AOL broadband DSL is extremely convenient and easy to use. Granted, it is basic and I do agree that people handling large amounts of business correspondences would be better suited with Outlook. But if you do a lot of in and out emailing with friends, it is great. For one, the program allows you to gather 1000 emails in y our box before they start bouncing back to the sender. And the new emails stay in your box for a month before the system deletes them. So if you go out of town let’s say, or maybe, like in my case, your internet gets shut off because you didn’t pay your bill for a little while, you don’t have to worry about your mail getting lost. The never read email is in bold lettering and the read mail that you wish to keep new is in unbolded type. Also you can search through your mail by subject or email to try to find something or organize the entries in order of date, subject or email address. Its’ very easy to read.
Debt consolidation is a hot topic among people who are looking to repair their credit history and reduce their monthly bills. Debt consolidation involves combining debts from credit cards, lines of credit and other sources into one large lump sum with a low interest rate.Debt consolidation services are popping up all over the country and many operate solely through the Internet. After some careful research, I’ve come up with the top three debt consolidation services.
Debt Consolidation Service #1: Credit Solutions Credit Solutions has been covered extensively by NBC and MSNBC as an excellent method of debt consolidation. A major reason that this service is so popular lies with the fact that the credit counselors understand how difficult admitting one’s debt can be. They take a tactful and friendly approach to helping their customers resolve debt issues. In 98% of cases, Credit Solutions is able to help their customers consolidate their debt in less than 36 months, which is quite an accomplishment for any one service to provide. They call themselves a “Debt Settlement Program” versus a debt consolidation service because they don’t just resolve your debt into one large sum; they also negotiate with your creditors to avoid having to secure your debt with equity in your home or other property. Credit Solutions can lower your debt by 40% – 60% through their conversations with your creditors, and they don’t perform credit checks or advocate bankruptcy. You can learn more about this debt consolidation service by visiting www.creditsolutions.com or by calling their toll-free number at 800.353.7630. Debt Consolidation Service #2: Money Management InternationalMoney Management International partners with Consumer Credit Counseling Services (CCCS) to offer exceptional credit counseling and 24/7 support. Their experienced counselors can help you develop a debt management plan that will assist you in lowering all of your debt and consolidating it into one convenient monthly payment.