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Changes to ASHRAE’s Residential Ventilation Standard

first_imgWindow Opening Is No Longer an Option; Garage Air Barrier Requirements Tightened.ATLANTA, GA — The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) has published four amendments to its standard for residential ventilation, Standard 62.2. The latest version of the standard, “2008 Supplement to Standard 62.2-2007,” includes addenda with the following changes:* Standard 62.2 no longer allows homes in mild climates to omit mechanical ventilation. A former provision omitted requirements for mechanical ventilation for homes in mild climates, based on an assumption that homeowners in mild climates usually open windows when necessary. However, recent California research suggests that few homeowners actually open windows, so the exception for mild climates has been eliminated.* Homes with attached garages must comply with new air-sealing requirements to prevent infiltration of contaminants from the garage to the home. The addendum directs builders to “Air seal walls, ceilings, and floors that separate garages from occupiable space. To be considered air sealed, all joints, seams, penetrations, openings between door assemblies and their respective jambs and framing, and other sources of air leakage through wall and ceiling assemblies separating the garage from the residence and its attic area shall be caulked, gasketed, weatherstripped, wrapped, or otherwise sealed to limit air movement.”For more information, visit www.ashrae.org/technology/page/132.last_img read more

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Google Glass Gets The SNL Treatment

first_imgGoogle Glass got the Saturday Night Live treatment this weekend in a Weekend Update sketch that poked fun at the absurdity of talking to a device on your face as a means of getting technology “out of the way.” As tech correspondent Randall Meeks, SNL’s Fred Armisen takes jabs at everything from the difficulty of connecting to Wi-Fi and Glass’ not-so-inconspicuous control gestures to the embarrassing online activities others might call you out on. Watch the clip below and let us know if you think the satire is spot-on. Tags:#Google#Google Glass#now What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … readwrite Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementcenter_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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Buying Guide: Stabilizers for DSLR and Mirrorless Cameras

first_imgBeholder DS1 Handheld Stabilizer 3-Axis Brushless GimbalQuite the opposite of a vest stabilizer, the DS1 Handheld Stabilizer is small, compact, and easy to pick-up-and-go. It does offer two different stabilization modes that can easily be switched between for an endless variety of shots. The 3-axis gimbal is a slight notch below the Ronin but quite capable and easy to pick up. The motorized camera moves and adjustments keep the DS1 competitive with the top-of-the-line stabilizers and right above the non-motorized drop-off. Overall, the most intuitive option available.3-Axis Motorized GimbalSupports DSLRs Up to 3.7 lbSupports Mirrorless Up to 3.7 lbQuick Release BaseplateTool-Less Balance AdjustmentsTwo Stabilizing ModesMotorized Pan and Tilt AdjustmentUse Normal, Inverted, or BriefcaseIntegrated USB Port for Power3/8˝-16 Threaded Mounting HolePrice: $682.00 Steadicam SOLO Video Camera StabilizerSteadicam’s SOLO option is the most versatile of the bunch with its ability to convert into a monopod and optional arm and vest options. Its price point is below the premier stabilizing options, but the drop off for the majority of productions is minimal. The 3-axis gimbal is solid, but not motorized, and allows for a smooth array of motions. The counterweights may take a little bit to get used to, but once you find your ideal lens balances, you can work quite quickly. If versatility is your biggest factor, you can’t go wrong with the SOLO.Converts between Steadicam and Monopod3-Axis Gimbal10 lb Weight CapacityTelescopically Extends to Four SectionsIncludes QR Plate and CounterweightsFolds to a Portable 24˝Supports Optional Arm and VestPrice: $345.00 Glide Gear DNA 6001 Vest and Arm Stabilization SystemWhile the DJI Ronin might be the most versatile and pragmatic, the Glide Gear vest and arm stabilization system will be your most sturdy and reliable option. It’s not quite as expensive, but it’s still a bit pricey and packs a punch in its weight and set-up time. If you’re looking to upgrade to a bigger camera in the future, the sturdier vest stabilizers will be your best option — but for a DSLR or mirrorless, it might be a counterproductive luxury. Overall, it will give you the most confidence in your image stability with limited but secure motion.Load Capacity: 2 to 7 lbsStabilizer with Three-Axis GimbalEasy Release Camera PlateVest with Adjustable Chest PlateArm with Adjustable Tension KnobsArm Mounts on Left or Right SidePowder Coated Anodized AluminumCarrying Case for Vest & ArmCarrying Case for DNA 5050 StabilizerPrice: $689.00 Looking to purchase a stabilizer for your DSLR or mirrorless camera? Here’s a breakdown of your best options and price points to consider before you make your purchase.Top image via Der-SchweighoferUnless it’s your thematic intention, in today’s digital filmmaking landscape, there really is no excuse for shaky, unstable footage. Specifically with lightweight DSLRs and mirrorless cameras that don’t have hand mounts and are not suitable for shouldering, handheld shots with even the smallest amounts of movement can cause all types of problems.There’s only so much you want to do in post to fix these problems. So why not address them at the start by using a stabilizer — depending on what you’re trying to do, they can actually be quite affordable. If you’re ready to invest in yourself and your career, here are your buying options.DJI Ronin-M 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal StabilizerLet’s start with the one of the top sellers. The DJI Ronin-M comes in at a hefty price tag, but is really at the forefront of stabilization-for-filmmaking technology. It’s custom-designed for DSLR cameras with a lightweight and quiet build so you can operate for hours and record audio from your camera. The balancing is responsive and customizable and even offers second-party controls via remote. If you’re serious about your investment, you’d be hard-pressed to find anything better.Load Weight: 8lbsThree Operation Modes· Underslung Mode· Upright Mode· Briefcase ModeBuilt-in independent IMU moduleDJI Specialized Gimbal Drive Motors with EncodersBluetooth ModuleUSB ConnectionPrice: $1,369.00 Roxant Pro Video Camera StabilizerOne of the most affordable options on the market, the Roxant “pro style” stabilizer is an across-the-board solid option for lightweight cameras, iPhones and GoPros. It’s not nearly the beast that the top-of-the-line stabilizers like the DJI Ronin are, but in a pinch and in small-budget productions, it’s quite capable to keep your footage from looking handheld and shaky. The weights are adjustable for finding the right balance for your camera and the aerodynamic design is great for lots of jerky movements. If you’re looking for something quick and cheap, it can work wonders.For use with Point-and-Shoot, DSLRs, Video Cameras, GoPros, SmartphonesWeighs 1.8 lbHolds up to 2.1 lbComfort grip handle3 separate counterweights, for precise adjustmentsPrice: $64.95If you’re still too tight on budget to buy a stabilizer for your arsenal, you can always consider some DIY options as well. Here’s a roundup on DIY Camera Stabilizers and Rigs for Under $25 to check out.Have any other stabilizers you’d like to recommend? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

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Choosing To Compete for Transactions or Relationships

first_imgThere are two ways to think about acquiring new clients and new orders. You can start from a transactional approach or you can start from a more strategic, consultative approach. The distinction is important.TransactionalA transactional approach is centered on acquiring orders. Orders are, in fact, how you get paid. The client places an order, you deliver it, and you send an invoice. And for some of your clients, this transactional relationship may be enough.But when you play at the transactional level, you are perceived as transactional value. Fine, if this is what you want. Being transactional will get you some orders. But it won’t get you the relationship you need to produce bigger outcomes. Relationship  Acquiring the client relationship is what opens up the possibility of getting all of their orders—even though it takes longer and is a more difficult outcome to obtain.The DifferenceClient acquisition and order acquisition are different. Order acquisition is transactional. It’s about taking orders, and that puts you in a contest for price. If the transaction is what matters, then the value being created is only a low-level of value.If you are instead focused on client acquisition, you have the opportunity to dig deeper and find additional ways to create real value. A more strategic level of value. You get an opportunity to design a solution that solves a bigger, more future oriented challenges. This not only earns you the right to acquire all of the orders, it earns you the right to do so at a higher margin. You are earning that higher margin by delivering greater value.center_img When your approach is strategic and consultative, instead of focusing on orders you focus on developing deep, trusted relationships. Instead of focusing on order acquisition, you focus on understanding your clients needs so deeply, and creating so much value around those strategic needs, that instead of acquiring orders, you acquire all of your client’s orders.last_img read more

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India beat England to enter men’s hockey final

first_imgIndia entered the men’s hockey final in thrilling style, beating England 5-4 via penalty shootout.The semifinal had been tied 3-3 after extra time. In the other semifinal here at the Dhyan Chand Stadium, world champions Australia decimated New Zealand 6-2.Goalkeeper Bharat Chetri was the hero for India, stopping England’s third penalty stroke.The Indian goals in the shootout came through Sarvanjit Singh, Vikram Pillay, Sandeep Singh, Arjun Halappa and Shivendra Singh.In the first half, India took the lead but England equalised just before the hooter went off. India scored off all five shots, sealing at least a silver medal in the process.This is India’s first appearance in the CWG men’s hockey final. Their fourth-place finish in 1998 Kuala Lumpur games had been their best finish so far.last_img read more

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More Trucks for NSWMA

first_img Under the Local Government and Community Development Ministry’s Acquisition of Fixed Assets Project, a total of 12 garbage trucks will be procured within the financial year. A total of $320 million will be spent by the Government in the 2019/20 fiscal year to augment the aged fleet of garbage trucks owned by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Story Highlights A total of $320 million will be spent by the Government in the 2019/20 fiscal year to augment the aged fleet of garbage trucks owned by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).The money has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.Under the Local Government and Community Development Ministry’s Acquisition of Fixed Assets Project, a total of 12 garbage trucks will be procured within the financial year.The project, which runs for five years from April 2015 to March 2020, will see the acquisition of 100 garbage trucks in total, to bring the NSWMA fleet to an acceptable operational level.To date, a total of 28 garbage trucks have been purchased. The money has been set aside in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. last_img read more

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Essential skin care tips for men

first_imgLike women, men’s skin also requires proper nourishment and care to stay fresh. Skin care should be an important aspect of lifestyle, irrespective of age, but the technique should change as one grows old, says an expert.Indu Ballani, dermatologist at Mantra Medi spa at Delhi, shares how men can take care of their skin:Skin care at 20s: Skin at 20s has more oil content and tends to have problems like acne. Since, men do not go for facial packs and home remedies, men at this stage should use product that will help in controlling oil and simultaneously, provide nourishment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While buying products, be conscious about the ingredients of the products especially, if they are suffering from acne problem. Although the skin is developing and young at this stage, following basic skin care such as cleansing, moisturising and applying sunscreen will help them in maintaining a healthy skin.Skin care at 30s: When compared to women, men are certainly more exposed to sunlight. Additionally, at this stage, the sagging of the skin is visible. Not only due to the external factors, but also because the skin gets thinner at this age. Therefore, using anti-ageing creams is worth considering.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSkin care at 40s and above: As we grow older, our skin loses its regeneration power therefore, needs some extra care. Apart from frequent use of a moisturiser, men should also consider using anti-ageing creams. Men, at this stage, can also opt for medical procedures and fillers to do away with the problem of skin ageing. They should use under eye rejuvenating creams to fight the fine lines that develop under the eye.last_img read more

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Political leaders in West Bengal congratulate Mukherjee on being conferred Bharat Ratna

first_imgKolkata: Political leaders in West Bengal congratulated former president Pranab Mukherjee on Friday on being conferred the Bharat Ratna. “It is a matter of great pride for all of us that our very own Pranab Mukherjee is getting the Bharat Ratna. He is one of the most distinguished politicians in the country,” former state Congress chief and Member of Parliament Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said. The ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC) in the state and the Communist Party of India (Marxist) too congratulated Mukherjee. “His contribution to Indian politics has been immense. He is not only a great son of India but also a great human being,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee said. Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh and singer Bhupen Hazarika will be conferred the Bharat Ratna, the country’s highest civilian award, an official statement said on Friday.last_img read more