Animals Personality Tests for You Explained

Animal Personality tests explained
The Animal In You test takes into account the social and biological factors that go into the making of one’s personality. Who hasn’t ever wondered about the peculiar animal traits displayed by spouses and bosses? To feed the curiosity and to add to the fun factor there is a boom of various versions of this personality test.

The Animal in You by Roy Feinson

‘The Animal In You’ by Roy Feinson has been described as “the ultimate party book”. The elaborate personality test in the book has been simplified for the internet. Owing to its popularity the book has been translated into more than twelve languages. It got wide media coverage through CNN and Dr. Phil’s show and various others television and radio channels.

Traits Taken into Account for The Animal In You Personality Test
The various biological and social factors that have been taken into account to design the test are aggression, gregariousness, attractiveness, dependability, intelligence, athletic ability, life success, love of travel. These traits are said to run common among all species of the eco-system.

How does the Animal In you Personality Test Work?
The test working is based on algorithm. The personal data entered by the test takers is converted mathematically. The test compares it with the database of animal profiles already available. The final step is to match up the user data with the closest resembling animal profile. The results are mostly accurate and suitable. One may get mere than one result but it is only to one animal that his personality completely matches up with.

The Animal Database for the Animal in You Personality Test
Most versions of the test have a database of about four dozen animals. They are categorized in the broadly as birds, reptiles, carnivores, insectivores and rodents and herbivores.

The Many Versions of The Animal in You Personality Test

This test has several versions. Various sites have come up with different designs of the test. The traffic to this immensely popular test increases viewer ship and revenue of the sites that offer this test. Apparently diverse looking with diverse format and question set all the Animal in You Quizzes work with the same methodology and give similar results.
The Animal in You Test is meant to be a fun application. Owing to its universal nature it has appealed all classes of people and has recently gained immense popularity over the internet.
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Apple iPad Unboxing Videos: It's a Man Thing

Ipad Unboxing Video

There are currently more than 14,000 videos of newly purchased iPads being unboxed on Youtube. One well known Apple lover and gadget enthusiast filming himself (undoubtedly from his iPhone) is Stephen Fry , who offers no commentary, but can be heard gasping in wonder as he slowly unpeels the outer layers. So what is the allure? Why are so many people (mostly men) including this strip tease as part of their video review of Apple's latest device?

Marketing Functions of iPad Unboxing Videos

According to Leslie Scrivener of the Toronto Star, there are many reasons for filming the unboxing of new gadgets. First, everyday users want an "unbiased", unsponsored", and "unvarnished reaction" to their purchase (23). Instead of ripping off the packaging like a child at Christmas, the process is slowed and ritualized. Each step is savoured, commented upon, or expressed in audible sounds of approval or curiosity.

For others, an iPad unboxing video functions as a marketing tool. For individuals who cultivate twitter followers and Facebook friends, the video can be easily spread to a ready-made audience. It can also draw new viewers to a business or project that is being promoted on the web. For those who work in technology and gadgets, the unboxing process, from removing it from its shopping bag, to turning it on, is an essential part of the review.

Marketing experts claim that the pleasure in the filming of the unboxing ritual is the shared experience. Watching someone unpacking desired gadgets creates a longing to own one too. And it is this "sense of communal pleasure" that is so alluring (Scrivener, p.23).

However, other gadget fans are not so convinced. One twitter follower of The Guardian Technology Blog claimed that unboxing videos are "pathetic". "Do running buffs video themselves opening a new box of shoes?

Do scotch snobs video themselves opening a new box of single malt?" So, besides wanting to provide an unbiased review of the product, or use the video for marketing purposes, why do so many men bother?

Apple Ipad Unboxing Video as Virtual Strip Tease

One explanation lies in the cliché "sex sells". Labelled "Geek Porn" by Gear Live Magazine, the unboxing video tantalizes viewers because gadgets lovers want information on the newest products (Scrivener, p. 23). However, viewers also watch the videos over and over; and the language used to describe the unboxing phenomenon suggest it is more than information that viewers are after. Words such as "strip tease", "porn", and the "slow reveal" taps into what "stippers have been trading on for ages", the performance and the anticipation of the prize (Arthur).

The idea of performance is relevant to the unboxing video. According to recent research by a UCLA Psychology Professor, Patricia Greenfield, virtual intimacy is potentially set to replace human intimacy: "Instead of connecting with friends with whom you have close ties for the sake of the exchange itself, people interact with their 'friends' as a performance, as if on a stage before an audience of people on the network" (Siegal).

Read this: “Slow iPhone” Phenomena Explained


Just as user's unboxing videos are a performance set on a cyber-stage, so too, do they offer a virtual experience of an intimate encounter. Sharing a video of slowly removing the latest gadget from its packaging mimicks the shared experience of an audience watching a strip tease. As Arthur alludes to, it is ultimately for the pleasure of the performance and anticipation that iPad users video themselves and viewers watch these unveilings over and over again.


3 Ways to Generate FarmVille Money

FarmVille Money
Many people are interested in methods that can help them generate more Farm money, and many of them scour the net for Farmville tricks to help them out. Before we take a look at some of the above-board tricks, let us understand what Farm coins and Farm cash mean.

In basic terms, Farm cash refers to the money you earn on Farmville to enable you to purchase restricted edition items. For example, you can use this virtual money to get alternative editions of some products or even purchase the fuel that your vehicles need. On the other hand, Farm coins refer to the money you need to purchase things that will help you to generate more money (Farm cash).

Now, here are some helpful tricks that will help generate more Farm cash.

Fill Out Surveys

A simple way of generating more FV money is to fill surveys and different types of quizzes. You can choose free, cell telephone, or paid offers. Note that many cell telephone offers require subscription, so you need to consider the offer you are taking carefully to avoid any surprises.

Level up

You will win one Farm cash each time you manage to level up and a good way of leveling up is to amass XP points. This is a relatively new feature that you can take advantage of if you are just starting out.

Purchase FV cash

While many people do not know it, you can actually use real money to purchase Farm cash. You will have the opportunity to get some pretty items as you increase your Farm cash. The prices are relatively low, so you will not have to spend a lot of your money. But then again, this is where they "Get cha"

Use Farmville Techniques Guide

Perhaps you are not prepared to spend your real money for the virtual one or you do not want to spend your time doing the other tricks mentioned above. You can still use the Farmville Techniques Guide to learn about other secrets that will help you to have the best experience possible.

The guide will show you some of the best tricks that even seasoned players use in getting free Farm cash.

You will learn about some of the most powerful secrets on generating lots of Farm cash without getting involved in any backdoor practice.

It isn't hard to earn Farm Cash and their are many ways to do it, the trick is earning a lot of it to get those really cherry items.


Accessing Extinct Websites

While on the Internet a user clicks on a favorite/bookmark. The dreaded “Error 404 Not Found” message appears in the browser window. If the URL is correct and the site truly existed in the past there is hope. The data may still be viewable.

Extinct Websites
The web is always changing. Perhaps the desired webpage has changed from the last visit. It was just three days ago that the site was visited and contained vital information for successful completion of a project or a quote for a report. It has been replaced with new content, a new design, a new web master. This site too may be recoverable.

Perhaps the problem is as simple as a server has gone down and service is expected back soon(?). The information from the site is needed now, not 3 hours or 3 days from now. The data from this site also may be retrievable before the server is up and running again.

Note: For the sake of brevity, the term “dead site” will be used to refer to sites not immediately available for any of the above reasons.

Two Methods for Recovering Lost Sites

There are two resources that can be used to attempt retrieval of dead websites. The differences between the two tend to compliment, or supplement, the other.
  • Search Engines
  • Web Archive Sites

Using Search Engines to View Dead Sites

Many search engines create a cache of any website viewed by users. The four most popular search engines, as well as many others have this ability.
  • Ask
  • Bing
  • Google
  • Yahoo!
Each search engine has its own criteria and time limit for caching pages. The following procedure can be used to view search engine caches.
  1. Type in search criteria.
  2. After discovery of dead site, return to search citations.
  3. Near the end of the citation there will be a hyperlink marked “Cache,” “Cached page”, or a similar phrase.
  4. Click on this hyperlink.
  5. The page will show up as it appeared the last time it was cached. The cached view will usually be from sometime in the last 7 months.

Using a Web Archive Site to Retrieve Dead Websites

Web archive sites actually archive websites over time. When a change to a site is made it is added to the archive. This can be useful not only for accessing dead sites but also for viewing changes that have taken place to the website over the years and getting a historical overview of the site’s evolution.

Perhaps the best known and popular of these archive sites is The Wayback Machine. It archives web sites back to 1996. It boasts 150 billion archived pages that fill up roughly 2 petabytes (1 petabyte equals 10 to the 15th power). To access these archived pages:
  • Open The Wayback Machine home page.
  • Type the URL in the search box
  • If the URL is archived, The Wayback Machine will display a table of dates, separated by yearly columns, of links to the site. An asterisk (*) appears next to dates the site was updated.
  • Click on the desired date and a view of the site, as it appeared on that date, will appear.
Image 1 is the top portion of the United States White House home page as it appeared on February 29, 2000. Image 2 is the top portion of the United States White House home page as it appeared on December 3, 2009. Image 1 was found using The Wayback Machine.

Limitations When Viewing Cached or Archived Sites

Even with the vast resources of the most powerful search engines and 150 billion pages in the Wayback Machine, there are limitations. Here are a few
  • The site may not be cached or archived.
  • The site was cached (by search engine) before or after the data searched for was on the site.
  • Cached files from search engines have only one view.
  • Links in archived files might be dead and also require an archive search of their own.
  • Images may no longer be stored causing empty graphic boxes to appear.
  • Some sites carry a “robots.txt” message that prevents them from being indexed.
  • Most search engine caches are less than seven months old.
  • Archive results are usually at least six months old.
The more recent dates will provide more images and functional links than those sites several years old. Knowing how to use both the search engine cache and an archive website can make researching formerly inaccessible sites more successful.


Advantages Of Metro Ethernet over T1 or T3 (DS3)

metro ethernet
More and more business operations of modern days rely on the Internet connectivity. The resource hungry technologies that play an integral role in today's businesses have made it inevitable to embrace the newer and more advanced methods of connectivity between operational sites. The speed of business and the reliability of data transfers have become most important factors of business operation thus requiring the implementation of better connectivity modes over WAN.

Though a large amount of carrier bandwidth is available at decent prices, the metropolitan connectivity is affected by last mile delay. This has a significant impact on the overall operation of the WAN. An easy and cost effective transition to Metro Ethernet could address this issue. Metro Ethernet is a carrier Ethernet technology that is built in accordance with the WAN (Wide Area Network) implementation requirements and at the same time compatible with Ethernet used by the end systems. This Carrier Ethernet technology is provisioned for MAN (Metropolitan Area Network) connectively and hence the name Metro Ethernet.

Metro Ethernet Advantages

Speed issues with T1 and T3 lines: The main advantage of the Metro Ethernet over a T1 or T3 line is the carrier speed. Generally, T1 lines run at a fixed speed of 1.5 Mbps, which could further be increased by bonding several lines together to a maximum speed of 12Mbps. While better speeds could be achieved by bonding more T1 lines, it turns out to be very expensive by the time 10Mbps speed is achieved. A better and cost effective solution would be a T3 (Ds3) line with about 45Mbps over a fiber-optic cable.

Metro Ethernet when provisioned over a fiber optic cable could provide a flexible variation of speeds equivalent to 10Mbps (Ethernet), 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) and 10,000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet). With such flexibility, Metro Ethernet further makes it desirable with lower costs in comparison to lease lines with T1 or T3 as the Metro Ethernet providers tend to have nationwide backbones and local fibers dedicated to the metropolitan areas.

ME as a cost effective solution: Apart from the high speed advantages, Metro Ethernet also provides better and cost effective solutions to lower bandwidth requirements with the Ethernet over Copper (EoC). As the name suggests, the Ethernet over Copper is similar to T1 lines provisioned over multiple copper pairs but with a different modulation technology. The unique modulation of the EoC aids a more efficient packet transmission over lesser distances. Ethernet over Copper lines can be obtained at different transmission rates from 1Mbps to 50Mbps, generally charged per Mbps.

Metro Ethernet Availability: Another advantage of the Metro Ethernet is the availability as other lease line connectivity modes like T1 and T3 are dependent on the phone lines provided but the telecom companies. Though it is rare to experience a downtime in lease line connectivity, any little down time could be disastrous to a large business or even a time sensitive small business.

Metro Ethernet Limitations

Though the Metro Ethernet lines can be obtained and operated at much lesser costs than T1 and T3 lines with equivalent speeds, it could be more profitable to keep T1 lines at a place where Metro Ethernet lines are yet to venture especially for lower speed requirements. This is due to the fact that the availability of Metro Ethernet connectivity is limited to availability of fiber-optic cables while the T1 and T3 connectivity could be achieved anywhere with a valid phone line.

However, if a higher bandwidth is required, Metro Ethernet could be very effective both in the sense of total cost and availability. Hence a time sensitive and bandwidth hungry business would need Metro Ethernet connectivity, especially when the existing T1 and T3 lease line maintenance costs are crawling upwards due to bundling of lines.


A Short History of Telecommunications

The original intention of telephony was to interconnect people in the most efficient, least costly way.
This started with the switchboard where an operator received calls (originally generated by a hand generator on the telephone set) and then through a plug based system, manually interconnected or switched the call to the wanted destination. The destination was communicated orally by the caller to the switchboard operator.

The Strowger Switch

At some point in time in a little town in the US, it so happened that there were two morticians and the wife of one of the morticians was the local switch operator. So whenever a call came in for mortician services, the operator made sure that the call terminated to the family funeral parlor.

This particular favoritism angered the other mortician, named Almon Strowger. Strowger thus took the initiative to design an automatic system that allowed mechanical call interconnection eventually rendering the manual switchboard obsolete. This system became know as the Strowger switch and was indeed the first mechanical telephone interconnection system and predecessor to the present circuit switched telephony system.

Stored Program Control (SPC)

The Strowger switch, also brought forth in a primitive way the concept of equal access.

The Strowger switch eventually gave way to crossbar architectures and with the advent of computer systems, the stored program control system eventually replaced crossbar technologies.

Now the thing with stored program control (or SPC as its know in the industry) is that it was composed of segregated subsystems. You had a subsystem for SS7 signaling, a subsystem for voice interconnection (and by that time the common form of connection was through an aggregated (multiplexed) form of PCM (pulse code modulation)), a subsystem for supplementary services (such as call back, call waiting etc..), a subsystem for subscriber data, a subsystem for number translation/routing, a subsystem for operation and maintenance, and a whole other set of subsystems. All these subsystems where controlled/coordinated by a central control subsystem.

So the switch basically contained in a vertical sort of way whatever was needed to ensure proper call processing and communication with other switches and the human environment .

Typical SPC systems included the Ericsson AXE, the Alcatel System 12 (formerly ITT 1240) , the Motorola EMX, the Siemens EWSD, the Northern Telecom (Nortel) DMS, the Stromberg Carlsson DCO, the AT&T No. xx(eventually Lucent and now Alcatel-Lucent) and so forth.

Asian Telecom Suppliers

An interesting point is that Japanese manufacturers (for example Fujitsu and NEC) also became interested in the telecom game and started developing their own systems, but didn’t gain much headway in an industry that was dominated by European and American companies (as opposed to the success the Japanese have had in heavy industry (cars, steel) and electronics).

Today, the Chinese (Huawei, ZTE) are experiencing tremendous success and have managed to change the rules of the game. Indeed, communication technology is no longer the prerogative of Europe and America.

The network consisted of a number of these switches, means to interconnect them (a transmission network initially PDH and then SDH) and synchronize them (a master clock that coordinated the local switch clocks) as well as a central (and many regional) operation centers for monitoring (and upgrading) the status of the switches and the network as a whole.

Telecom Deregulation, The FCC, and the Internet

Now in the eighties and nineties a number of factors started disrupting this Euro American haven. First of all, we had Judge Greene and deregulation which forced the breakup of AT&T and brought forth a system of regional bells and inter-exchange carriers injecting an embryonic form of competition into the bell system (Europe followed later in its own way). This, through equal access, increased the need for services and features at an attractive price.

The market from an economics perspective was also proven to be price sensitive, and the first signs of commoditization started appearing in voice services.

In addition, new communications options coming in the form of mobile communication and companies (example Vodafone) that focused only on this form of communication. These companies started competing for customers and actually offered their services as replacement services to the traditional fixed line systems.

Thirdly, the democrats (the Clinton administration) shifted investment from military technologies to communication/information technologies (the information superhighway) and a host of new proprietary military technologies became available for mass industrial deployment (example: CDMA).

Entrepreneurship also grasped this new opportunity viewing the telecom market as virgin territory for their offering and started to convince the industry that IP was the way to go. The FCC had already provided the foundation for earlier on and the entrepreneurial spirit capitalized on this available foundation and the slow migration of the technology from the walled garden SS7 interconnection based concept to a more open architecture service based approach.
Needless to say, the telecom game will never be the same.