mike melanson Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#news#web Related Posts Good things are happening for 3G users this week. While the ban on Skype over 3G ended months ago, AT&T just lifted the floodgates for streaming television content for Sling users. According to the New York Times’ Bits Blog, AT&T announced this morning that it will once again allow the SlingPlayer iPhone app to stream content over its 3G network.This means that all you Slingbox users can now carry your TV with you wherever you go, not just where you can find a WiFi hotspot.AT&T first restricted Sling’s iPhone app last May, shortly after putting similar restrictions on Skype. While it removed the Skype restrictions months ago, with iPhone opening up the gates last week, AT&T said it had to run some tests before opening up to Sling again.“Since mid-December 2009, AT&T has been testing the app and has recently notified Sling Media — as well as Apple — that the optimized app can run on its 3G network,” quotes the Times from an AT&T press release. While the upgraded app will not be immediately available, Apple is expected to approve the app soon. It will be available as a free upgrade for users who have already bought a previous version. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now You really want to stop procrastinating, turn off the distractions, and do the work of opening new relationships (or prospecting, if you prefer). But you’ve caught yourself—again—inbox and browser open, attention somewhere else.You want to stop trying to go too fast for your dream clients. You that you need to slow down and stay true to the process that works for you and your dream clients. But there you go again, pitching a solution before your dream client has even finished their thought.Your dream client asks you if you can do better on your price. Before you even process the statement, the words “I’ll ask my sales manager what we can do here and get back with you.” You know that you need to reiterate the value you create, and you know that caring about your clients means helping them to make the right investment in the solution they need.Hard to Kill (In a Good Way)Old bad habits die hard. Like gravity, it takes an extraordinary amount of effort and energy to break free. But there is an upside to the fact that old habits die hard. Old good habits are equally hard to kill.The first time you close the browser and concentrate on developing new relationships, it’s difficult. Honestly, it’s difficult for a few months. Then, it becomes and old habit.The more you follow your sales process, asking for and obtaining the commitments you need—and nothing further than you deserve—the easier it becomes. And the more effective you become in its execution. Soon, it’s another old habit.The more you practice pausing for 8 beats after your client is done speaking, the easier it becomes to slow your desire to solve their problem right there on the spot. You also find out that your dream client really wasn’t done speaking, that the deeper, more important, and more interesting thoughts were just finding their way to the surface.We are all creatures of habit. The key is to choose effective habits instead of letting bad habits choose you.QuestionsWhat bad habits do you need to break?With what new habits will you replace them?What are your good habits?
Bajaj Auto is all set to launch another 100cc bike to secure its number two position in the 2-wheeler market. The new bike would be the third 100cc offering from the automaker. According to the report published in a newspaper, the company is working on a 100cc version of the Boxer motorcycle , codenamed D-104, which is set to debut in November.Currently, Bajaj sells 100cc versions of the Platina and Discover motorcycles, but the new 100cc Boxer is likley to offer much more than other existing 100cc offerings. The report said the automaker plans to take the fight directly to Heros Passion and Splendor and Hondas Dream Yuga, with the new motorcycle. The company plans to price it at around Rs 40,000/-, which would also give its rivals a tough competition. The bike in its segment would reportedly be the most advanced with electric start, front disc brake, digital instrumentation and LED brake lights. In order to reduce weight, the new 100cc bike is likely to be made of fibre and plastic instead of steel to further enhance its performance and make it fuel efficient.
Lazio table 5-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanyeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio have tabled a five-year contract offer to Liverpool striker Bobby Adekanye.Corriere dello Sport says the 19-year-old has been talking to the Rome club for the last month.If he can agree terms, he will leave Anfield next summer.Adekanye has trained with the first team this season but has been unable to break into the side.The Nigerian, who represents the Netherlands, joined Liverpool from Barcelona three years ago.He has also previously played for Ajax and PSV Eindhoven. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Solskjaer has Man Utd scouts watching Maddisonby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is determined to prise James Maddison away from Leicester City.The Norwegian has asked his scouts to keep tabs on Maddison, according to the London Evening Standard.The Foxes star has started this season just as well as last season, and Solskjaer is keen on adding Maddison to his United roster.But, if United are to sign the England international, it is highly unlikely to happen in January, with next summer the target.Maddison signed for the Foxes from Norwich City in July 2018 for £23million.He’s featured in six of Leicester’s Premier League matches this season, recording two assists. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Wolves, West Ham eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindamaby Paul Vegas12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves are eyeing Galatasaray defender Christian Luyindama.Luyindama joined the Turkish Super Lig team from Standard Liege in the summer, for a reported fee of €6m euros.Aston Villa were said to be interested in a move for the DR Congo international.Fanatik says Wolves and Premier League rivals West Ham United are now eyeing a January deal for the 25-year-old.Scouts from both clubs having reportedly watched him in recent Champions League games against Paris St Germain and Club Brugge.
nick chubb sprints on treadmillWhen healthy, Nick Chubb is one of the best running backs in all of college football. While his rehab from last season’s knee injury is reportedly going well, and he’s already taking part in practice, new head coach Kirby Smart does not expect his star to be 100-percent to start the season. Luckily, Georgia has another ridiculously-talented running back in Sony Michel, and Smart wants to platoon the two to start the year.Kirby Smart told me today Georgia would ideally platoon Nick Chubb and Sony Michel, while developing another… https://t.co/XZiFz0Svrs— Adam Rittenberg (@ESPNRittenberg) March 21, 2016 More from Smart, via ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg:…We’ve got a couple young pups, we signed a guy, but that’s the scariest position because even with Nick at 100 percent, which I don’t think he’s going to be 100 percent right away, we’ve only got two. We want to platoon them. There’s just too much unknown right now on Nick to feel certain.”Michel is a dynamic runner in his own right, but we hope to see Chubb back at full strength at some point this fall.[ESPN]More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>
Darkness had fallen over Longs Peak in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Park, and Andrew Hamilton was struggling to find his way. He wasn’t entirely alone. A handful of people trailed close behind him, and fans in places like London, Atlanta and Kansas City were following the progress of the 40-year-old stay-at-home dad and preternatural hiker online as his tracking beacon mapped his location in real time. Hamilton was on pace to break the speed record for climbing all 58 of Colorado’s “fourteeners”1There are 53 ranked fourteeners in Colorado, but this list does not include minor summits that rise less than 300 feet above their saddles with another fourteener. If these other peaks are included (as they are on the Colorado Geological Survey’s official count), the list expands to 58 peaks. Most of these other summits are easily and sometimes necessarily climbed en route to the main summit. Hamilton topped all 58 summits; the previous record-holder had done 55. Hamilton told me that none of the extras he included added much time, and he thinks that 58 will be the recognized number going forward. — mountains at least 14,000 feet above sea level — but first he needed to find the keyhole. Named for its shape, the giant rock notch serves as a waypoint on the standard route up Longs Peak, and it’s usually hard to miss. He’d had better conditions on this peak the first time he’d set the record, back in 1999. But on this night, the only light was from his headlamp, and this final peak he needed for the record was shrouded in fog. Hamilton had gone nine days without more than a couple of hours of sleep at a time. And now the wind was blasting, and the rain was turning to snow.The five hikers following him could offer moral support, but to secure the record, Hamilton had to do the route-finding himself. After some bumbling around, he finally located the keyhole, and from there, he was looking for bull’s-eyes — route markers painted on the rocks along the final mile and a half to the summit. Each time he found one, the crew behind him cheered. Meanwhile, his Internet fans discussed the blow-by-blow of his attempt on the 14ers.com forum. As Hamilton navigated the exposed section leading to the summit — a place where people regularly fall and die, even in good weather — the markers became obscured by snow. He was down to wits alone.With the help of crampons and an ice ax, Hamilton finally reached the summit. Longs Peak had put up a fierce battle, but he’d made it. Descending would be hazardous too, but at least he’d have his tracks to follow. Hamilton reached the finish of his Longs Peak climb at 2:21 a.m. on July 9 — nine days, 21 hours, 51 minutes and 264.5 miles after he’d embarked on the 58-peak adventure. His time set a new record, slicing nearly 24 hours off the previous one. Never mind that it was the middle of the night — a crowd of more than 40 people was waiting to congratulate him.One of the people there to greet Hamilton was Teddy Keizer, who’d held the record for 15 years. It was his 44th birthday, and he’d flown in from Oregon. “It felt fantastic to be there,” he told me later. “You don’t get to see history in the making very often, and there couldn’t be a more deserving person to hold the record.”Such sportsmanship is a hallmark of the pursuit. The Colorado fourteeners record has no organizing body or official regulations. “It’s a gentleman’s sport,” said ultra-marathoner Buzz Burrell, who helped popularize the notion of FKTs or “fastest known times” on mountain trails. “It’s unofficial,” he said. “It’s always been for personal achievement and the respect of your peers.” The event isn’t just for gentlemen, however. Danelle Ballengee, an accomplished runner and adventure racer, set the women’s record in 2000 and had been on track to break the men’s record until a lightning storm turned her around on Mount Lindsey. (She drove away from the mountain intending to drop out, but after a six-hour nap decided she couldn’t quit.)Cleve McCarty pioneered the speed record by climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners (then recognized as 52) in 52 days in 1960. It wasn’t until runners started going after the record in the 1990s that the event became more like a race — the Mighty Mountain Megamarathon — than a recreational goal.Trying to set the fourteener record is more than just a test of human endurance; it’s also a data optimization problem. Colorado’s 58 fourteeners are scattered over approximately a third of the state. The clock begins with the first climb and stops with the last, so it’s not enough to hike fast. If you want the record, you need to find the most efficient route and minimize the time wasted getting from one climb to the next.Keizer, known as “Cave Dog” on the trail, understood this better than anyone. Before making his successful record attempt in 2000, the then-29-year-old spent four and a half years researching the problem, scouting routes and planning every detail. This was before GPS driving instructions were ubiquitous, and he drove all over Colorado to construct a 30-page book of directions — “every tenth of a mile, every turn” — for his crew. Before Keizer, most record-seekers tried to mix and match easy peaks with more difficult ones, which meant lots of extra travel time. “That’s crazy,” Keizer said. “I wanted to find the most efficient route.”Keizer also changed the approach to recovery. Hamilton told me that previous record-holders Rick Trujillo and Ricky Denesik, renowned Colorado mountain runners, blasted up and down the peaks as fast as they could but then would grab a meal at a Mexican food joint and go sleep six or eight hours. “Teddy took away all the sleep and took two days off the record,” Hamilton said.Keizer’s optimized routing and decision to sleep while in transit allowed him to shave more than 25 hours off the time that Hamilton spent in transition from one climb to the next during his 1999 record. Even though Keizer’s hiking pace was significantly slower than Denesik’s in his 1997 record, his transition time was almost 100 hours faster.Keizer’s many years of preparation had left few details to tweak, but Hamilton found some places for improvement. Keizer’s order of operations forced him to travel from Pikes Peak, just outside of Colorado Springs, to Longs Peak, northwest of Denver, during rush hour, and he lost valuable time stuck in traffic. Hamilton reworked the route so that those two peaks weren’t back-to-back, and he also linked some peaks in the Elk range into a single outing. Hiking those peaks in a single push took him 24 hours, Hamilton said: “But it was an entire day I took off of Teddy.”For future challengers, Keizer wrote down the informal rules already in place and added a few of his own. The most long-standing one is the 3,000-foot rule, also called the Colorado rule, which requires record-seekers to ascend at least 3,000 feet in absolute elevation from a start of a climb to the first summit and descend at least 3,000 feet before leaving the series of peaks.One thing that Keizer’s rules don’t explicitly address is the Culebra question. Culebra Peak is privately owned, part of an 80,000-acre ranch in southern Colorado, and right now, the only way to climb it is to pay $150 and show up on a pre-arranged weekend day and time. That obviously throws a wrench into the planning of a record attempt, and one of Hamilton’s crew members arranged for him to have less restricted access. A few commenters on the fourteener forums questioned the fairness of this. While hesitating to call it unfair, Peter Bakwin, the owner of the Fastest Known Time website, told me: “I don’t real like that he did it, because it’s not available to everyone.” Hamilton stands by his decision, which Keizer supports. Of course Hamilton should set up access, Keizer told me: “Part of the logistics is getting that special permission.”Yet logistics are only part of the equation. Fitness and mountaineering skills are also necessary, but nothing’s more crucial than winning the mental game. “You’re out there in the dark, you’re tired, you want to quit,” Hamilton said. Muscle fatigue and sore joints were only the beginning. He also fought the “sleep demons” — the sometimes overwhelming urge to fall asleep. He coped by downing 5-Hour Energy shots and listening to a repeating playlist of Taylor Swift, Meghan Trainor and other “pump” songs he’d preloaded on his iPhone.Hamilton’s low point came on day four. He had six peaks on the agenda, and after ticking off the first one, Culebra, and summiting and traversing the Crestones, he headed toward Kit Carson Peak. But first, he had to get around Obstruction Peak. “It’s sort of just in the way,” Hamilton said. It was raining, he was surrounded by fog, and an irritated tendon in his ankle was killing him. With no trail along this route, he was blazing his own way, and lightning was moving in. “I started thinking it would be better to get struck than to have to drop out,” he recalled.Lightning is no idle threat. Several days after Hamilton set his record, a honeymooner was struck and killed on Mount Yale. The element of risk involved in seeking the fourteener record makes it more than a gauge of fitness and logistics; it’s also a test of decision-making under pressure. “This is a mountaineering adventure, not a running adventure,” Keizer said, which is why he proposed that the record-setter must always do the route-finding. “You’re down to the elements, and you have to be able to survive by your own wits.” The mental game is far more difficult than the physical one, he said. “When it’s 2 a.m., on a technical rock face and the hail starts hitting you, and you’re strapped on some rock, trying not to fall off the peak, you have to posses the serenity that allows you to withstand the elements,” Keizer said.When Keizer set his record, he climbed 50 of the peaks solo. But when Hamilton made his attempt last month, he had people watching at every turn. The advent of the Internet and satellite tracking devices has turned things like fourteener record attempts into spectator sports. Hamilton’s satellite tracker uploaded his whereabouts on a topo map in real time. As he went, many of his online supporters showed up in person to follow him and cheer. “There were times when it felt like that scene from ‘Forrest Gump’ where he’s running across the country and a pack of people are just following behind him,” Hamilton said.Hamilton was pleased to break the fourteener record by what he called a “satisfying” margin. “It’s going to be under attack, and I’m OK with that,” he said. “It’s going to be fun to see.” Given how badly it was handicapped by weather, Ballengee’s women’s record seems even more ripe for the picking, and although she doesn’t intend to try again, she told me that she’d love to see someone go after it. “I think there’s a chance that a woman could go and break the men’s record,” she said, pointing out that until Scott Jurek broke it by a narrow margin on July 12, Jennifer Pharr Davis held the speed record on the Appalachian Trail. Who’s next is anybody’s guess, but what’s almost certain is that the next challenger will have a posse of fans watching it all unfold in real time from the comfort of somewhere else.CORRECTION (Aug. 5, 8:34 p.m.): An earlier version of this post listed the wrong source for the chart that shows the time record-seekers spent hiking vs. transitioning between peaks. It comes from Andrew Hamilton, not Charles Komanoff.
The last two days saw two former members of the Ohio State football program make their respective NFL debuts, though both had forgettable outings. Former OSU coach Jim Tressel debuted in the coaching booth for the Indianapolis Colts in a Sunday Night Football matchup with New Orleans. Tressel, now a game-day consultant with the Colts, opted to postpone his term of employment until Week 7 of the NFL season due to concerns about current and former OSU players who were suspended in both the NFL and NCAA. In Tressel’s final game coaching the Buckeyes, he led the team to a 31-26 victory against Arkansas in the 2011 Sugar Bowl in the Louisiana Superdome. That game, along with the entire 2010 season, was later vacated by OSU as part of its self-imposed penalties for violating NCAA policies. Tressel resigned from his post with the Buckeyes on May 30. Tressel returned to the Superdome last night only to see his new team fall to the Saints, 62-7. The loss dropped the Colts’ 2011 record to 0-7. On Wednesday, Indianapolis head coach Jim Caldwell said that Tressel will assist in situations when the team might challenge a play. “I may have a couple of other things for him to do, sort of game day activities, but that’s basically what he’s going to help us with, among other things,” Caldwell said. “I want him to come around and make certain that he gets a feel for how we do things. Practice, preparation and all those kinds of things, so he’ll have a sense of that. The rest of the time it will probably just be towards the weekend, but he’ll be around. (Tressel will) travel with us, obviously.” Tressel was not made available for comment. Week 7 also saw former OSU quarterback Terrelle Pryor make his first appearance for the Oakland Raiders. Pryor, who was slated to miss the first five games of the Buckeyes’ 2011 season, departed the university on June 7 to pursue an NFL career with a year of NCAA eligibility remaining. Pryor and five of his then-OSU teammates were suspended for selling team memorabilia in exchange for improper benefits in the form of tattoos. Despite his off-field problems, Pryor was selected by the Raiders in the third-round of the NFL supplemental draft with the understanding that he would be suspended for the first five games of the NFL season. During the first quarter of the Raiders’ 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday, the former Buckeye lined up at the wide receiver position before going under center and taking a snap. Pryor was flagged for a false start penalty on the play and did not return to the game. The Raiders did not respond to The Lantern’s request for comment regarding Pryor. Indianapolis will return to action Sunday against the Tennessee Titans at LP Field in Nashville, Tenn. The Raiders are in the midst of their bye week and will next play the Denver Broncos at home Nov. 6.
AS Roma manager Eusebio Di Francesco agrees with Napoli counterpart Carlo Ancelotti that there is too much verbal abuse from the Italian supportersLast week, Ancelotti claimed there has been too much abuse directed towards players and coaches in the Serie A.The former AC Milan coach also referenced Jose Mourinho covering his ears towards the Juventus fans after Manchester United’s Champions League win at Turin.Now Di Francesco has given his views on the behaviour of Italian football fans.“I’m in total agreement,” Di Francesco told RAI.Corini tells Balotelli to “raise his game” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 According to the Brescia coach, Mario Balotelli “needs to raise his game if he wants to face Juventus” as his team is set to host Bologna.“I’ve been talking to the lads at the Universities about it. We need to cheer on our heroes, but no-one likes these insults.”On Mourinho’s actions towards the Juventus fans last week, Ancelotti said: “It was an understandable reaction.“It wasn’t vulgar, it was sarcastic. That can happen after 90 minutes of insults.“I’m not just referring to Juventus, by the way, in Italy, there’s a general culture of insults. It happens in Naples and Milan too.”