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Indoor Gardening: Beginner’s Tips

September 2, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

You love to garden. Watching a flower grow as you care for its needs is fun. But you may not live in subtropical climates, such as California or Florida, and growing particular plants and fruits during the wintertime is next to impossible. Plants need plenty of sunshine to grow, and during the wintertime, it may be hard to get enough sunlight or provide plants with a stable temperature. Despite the harsh temperatures of the Midwest and the Atlantic coast, you decide to follow your instincts and decide to transfer your outdoor plants into a stable, indoor environment suitable for maintaining your plants during the harsh winter ahead. In order to keep your indoor plants alive and healthy for the spring and summer seasons, you may want to understand some helpful methods utilized in keeping indoor plants healthy and well nourished.

Let There Be Light!

The most challenging part of maintaining any indoor plant is the issue regarding light. Plants need light to allow chloroplast the chance to capture light and energy. Chloroplast provide plants with an energy source, and without light, plants cannot collect the essential nourishments needed to grow. With the help of LED lights, users can purchase grow lights and keep their plants inside of incubator to provide a stable temperature. These bulbs emit essential light rays at particular wavelengths that plants use in order to create energy and food necessary for growing.

Compared to a traditional outdoor plant, an indoor plant can avoid pests, collect up to 24-hours of light and be kept under a stable condition. The best part, LED lights are designed to use up less energy than traditional florescent bulbs, so you can place your indoor plants under the lights without worrying about a hefty electric bill.

Creating an Environment

Light maybe a major factor in keeping an indoor plant alive, but as with every plant, it needs water and nutrients from the soil to keep it properly nourished. With the help of an incubator, or a grow room setup, you can provide a stable environment for plants to grow in. Grow rooms can be as simple as a small duffle bag to as complex as a large room with temperature-controlled air. No matter the type of room you decide on, they all provide an area for which you can set plants in while keeping the light at an optimal level necessary for the plant to grow in. For more sophisticated grow rooms, you can place a plant under eight-hours of sunlight at 80 degrees F to provide it with the best growing environment possible.

For indoor plants, there are two basic products you need: a suitable environment, such as a grow room or basic flowerpot, and light. Once you have both items, you can grow almost any type of fruit, vegetable, flower or plant you want.

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Transceivers: The Communication Key

July 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In war, those who can communicate information survive, those without it die. Throughout the history of warfare, information has been carried through a number of different mediums–letters, telephones, telegrams, smoke signals and even through Ethernet communication networks. No matter the medium, communication continues to be a necessary part of not just warfare, but of society as well, helping people pass on vital information. One of the most iconic images seen in any war movie is the dialogue seen across two-way radios. While common radios are now smaller and more compact than their larger, older counterparts, radio communication, as with much of the telecommunications industry, continues to use a device called a transceiver to communication information.

Transceivers are small devices implanted inside of radios, Ethernet and telephone systems that allow networks to transmit and receive information. Transceivers, as with the mediums that use them, have changed, from large, GBIC transceivers to smaller, XFP modules fond in newer Ethernet networks. Before transceivers, communication devices required a separate transmitter and receiver to gather and send information. Now, networks can communicate and receive information simultaneously due to full-duplex configurations and transceivers. For example, wired telephones contain both the transmitter and receiver inside of the handset, allowing individuals to send and receive voice transmissions.

However, Ethernet networks use special sets of transceivers to communicate and send information. The speed of the Ethernet network determines the type of transceiver needed. For example, an older, Gigabit Ethernet network uses GBIC transceivers but newer, faster networks, such as a 10 Gigabit network may use SFP modules. Modules, or transceivers as they are also called, act as links between the highway (fiber optics) and the data (motherboard) that delivers information, helping to interface the two. Without these transceivers, Ethernet networks would be unable to send out optical transmission created within the motherboard that are then transferred across fiber channels.

Each Ethernet module is configured to operate at a certain wavelength for transmitting and receiving information. For example, Cisco SFP modules may offer support for 850nm or more depending on model type and the Ethernet network configuration. In addition to the wavelength support, each module is configured to offer support for the two fiber types used by networks. Transceivers must provide support for single-mode fiber configurations that transmit one optical signal at a time, and for multi-mode fiber configurations that transmit multiple optical signals across fiber networks. In order to communicate across small and large distances, Ethernet networks employ both classes of fiber configurations, and networks use transceiver to handle both configuration standards.

No matter whether you are in a war zone or not, communication is a vital part of society. These transceivers found across communication medium are important technological devices that allow networks to create and receive messages, whether on a two-way radio or on a Ethernet network.

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