Construction Cameras for Increased Job Oversight

The blog that I will be summarizing is from Construction Informer Blog.  Compact, simple construction cameras increase option for job oversight by Duane Craig posted on September 22, 2014.

The revolutionary easy-to-use job site camera known as Brinno’s TLC200 f1.2 model.

TLC200

These cameras capture still frame photos and convert them into a time lapse video for viewing.  With 140 degree wide-angle lens, you can practically capture the entire job site with one!  The camera also comes with an optional weather protecting case for the harsh work environment.

One of the major uses for these cameras is for architects and engineers to record inspections.  Or if your a general contractor these cameras will help you keep tract of tools, materials, and potential liabilities.

The only downside to these cameras is that they might be easily stolen when left unattended.  But with a small padlock you can avoid this problem.

These cameras are easy to attach anywhere and are a great addition to any job site.

Brandon Hardy

Original site:

http://constructioninformer.com/2014/09/22/small-simple-construction-camera/#more-7763

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The new low-cost solution to a great smartphone

Hey, This is Paul Persaud again writing straight to you reporting from the Motorola Official. They have researched and released the cheapest usable smartphone for our generation. Usually everything you’re looking for in a smart phone without a contract ends up costing you around $500 right? Nope, not any more. With the new Moto E, you can do all your favorite smartphone applications, and they have a beautiful screen, and a rigid phone. At $129 USD (no strings attached), you’ll be up and running in no time. In the industry today, certain fruit-based phones have sold their phones with a certain premium: If you can afford the $729, you received this status icon of a phone with stylish edges and a simple OS. Why can’t you get that same experience for under $200? Today that question has been answered.
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“To quote Sinclair: “We really think that mobile access to the Internet and everything that the Internet brings — education, job opportunities, social connections, entertainment – should be available to everyone. Our hope is that we’re delivering that kind of freedom and access to people. They could find work, or they could sell something they’ve built, or stay in touch with their daughter who left home for the first time – that’s a powerful thing, and not everyone can afford the highest end device to pull that off.””
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Misleading Healthcare graph summary -Noel Wellman

One of the more recent blog posts from the effective graphs blogs is one about a bad healthcare graph.  I found this post interesting because we went over just these types of situations in class as well and healthcare is currently a very important issue today.  The graph being talked about in this post is a graph displaying the results of survey questions that were asked to patients that had just undergone surgery.  All of the question’s results are shown on side by side graphs, which would not normally be a problem.  But this graph uses a number of different scales on each graph, then when these graphs are put side to side the results look like they are the same when in fact the max values go from 70 to 100%.  For this to really be a effective graph the scales must remain constant between all the graphs in the figure.

Noel Wellman.

http://www.forbes.com/sites/naomirobbins/2014/01/08/misleading-healthcare-graph/

Plurals don’t take apostrophes — it’s not that hard

The blog that I will be summarizing is one post from CyberText newsletter by Rhonda Bracey. She is a very active techcomm blogger and knows her stuff.

This particular blog was about her experience shopping at Target and seeing a sign showing where the CDs and DVDs where shown where they were with a large sign, but written as “CD’s” and “DVD’s”. This is grammatically incorrect because the two main rules for this dictate that when a word is plural, you add an -s or -ies. The second rule states that an apostrophe should only be used when in possessive. So in this instance, the sign was wrong. Plus on the side of it was the correct use of -s with a sign labeling “books”. The inconsistencies bothered Rhonda quite a bit to make a post about it. I just thought it was funny how she stated, and it being true, that target paid quite a bit of money for the sign where in actuality they paid for a sign that was grammatically wrong, plus then having it near a sign that was grammatically correct. I have to agree with her that inconsistencies are annoying.

Written By,

Chandler Daub

“Fun in the Bathroom” – Summary

The first blog post I chose to read and summarize comes from a blog called The Technogeek Diaries, authored by Leah Guren. Leah created this post, titled “Fun in the Bathroom,” on November 4, 2010 so it isn’t exactly new or current events, but I found it to be a good (or should I say bad) example of a simple application of technical communication.

In this post, Leah addresses two examples of unusual and unhelpful communication she stumbled across in a ladies’ restroom at a conference center in Wiesbaden, Germany. The first was a hand dryer with instructions that read “place hand in front of sensor” but in reality required the push of a button to operate. This wording is confusing, as many hand driers and other restroom fixtures are being switched over to touchless technology. The instructions lead the user to believe that the drier will turn on automatically rather than requiring a manual button to be pushed. This could simply be a “lost in translation” issue if the original German instructions were worded appropriately, but a company who supplies a large number of these driers to locations where many languages are spoken, the employee or group in charge of creating the labels or instructions should ensure that the final wording is accurate. The second example was of the sanitary product disposal unit which not only read “Lady Killer,” but also had the image of a handgun printed on the bags. Separately, or especially in combination, the name and graphic can be off-putting or even offensive to the users (audience).

– Matt Williams –