From Loren Nelson, NelsonEcom
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March 21, 2008 – Vol. XII, No. 10


NetBits is the weekly newsletter keeping your informed of various chatter and delicious tidbits of potential relevance.


In This Issue:

Item One: The Mystery of Global Warming’s Missing Heat
Item Two: Email Marketing and Survey
Item Three: Nutrition Tip – Calcium: Need it or Not?
Item Four: Word of the Week
Item Five: Wired Vs Wireless
Do you know…

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1. The Mystery of Global Warming’s Missing Heat

Some 3,000 scientific robots that are plying the ocean have sent home a puzzling message. These diving instruments suggest that the oceans have not warmed up at all over the past four or five years. That could mean global warming has taken a breather. Or it could mean scientists aren’t quite understanding what their robots are telling them.

This is puzzling in part because here on the surface of the Earth, the years since 2003 have been some of the hottest on record. But Josh Willis at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory says the oceans are what really matter when it comes to global warming.

In fact, 80 percent to 90 percent of global warming involves heating up ocean waters. They hold much more heat than the atmosphere can. So Willis has been studying the ocean with a fleet of robotic instruments called the Argo system. The buoys can dive 3,000 feet down and measure ocean temperature. Since the system was fully deployed in 2003, it has recorded no warming of the global oceans.

2. Email Marketing and Survey

Nelsonecom is helping organizations connect with Email Marketing and Survey products that are easy, effective, and affordable. That’s how Nelsonecom earns the trust of so many small businesses, associations, and nonprofits. Learn how they do it!

No matter what size your organization, you can rely on Nelsonecom to help you create email campaigns and online surveys that build lasting relationships with your customers, members or clients. And we’ll earn your trust with industry-leading service, support and expert personal coaching.

At Nelsonecom we work hard to offer online tools that enable anyone regardless of technical expertise to get up and running in minutes with their email and direct mail campaigns. Self-service isn’t just for the gas pump anymore, it’s the way businesses need to use the Internet to help them grow.

3. Nutrition Tip – Calcium: Need it or Not?

Several studies have found that people with higher calcium intakes weigh less. But, there are also studies that show no connection. Findings are similarly equivocal for blood pressure and calcium intake: Some show a benefit, others do not. However, a well-known fact among all health experts is that few Americans meet their calcium requirements solely from food, so we sugggest a supplement. In addition, aim for two to three servings of low-fat, calcium-rich foods a day, filling in the gap with supplements. It’s important to note that women taking osteoporosis drugs should still take calcium supplements because the effectiveness of these drugs depends on ample calcium intake.

4. Word of the Week

netiquette • \NET-ih-kut\ • noun

: etiquette governing communication on the Internet

Example Sentence:
"On the end-user side, unsolicited e-mail advertising has long been considered a breach of netiquette." (Al Bredenberg, Internet World, July 1996)

Did you know?
When the first computer networks were being developed in the 1950s and 60s, few people could have predicted the extent to which the Internet would revolutionize our culture — and our language. These days, you don’t have to be a "computernik" (a computer expert or enthusiast) or a "mouse potato" (someone who spends a great deal of time using a computer) to be familiar with words like "blog," "download," or the verb "google." And even "computerphobes" are likely to know that in modern jargon, a "mouse" isn’t necessarily a small furry rodent and the newest "virus" may be more of a threat to your computer than to your health. "Netiquette," a blend of "net" (as in "Internet") and "etiquette," joined our language in the late 1980s.

5. Wired Vs Wireless

For my money, I am a fan of going wired when it comes to networking. But I must ask, is going wired better than wireless in your mind? There are certainly obvious advantages to each option.

Take the security aspect. Going wired is simply more secure, period. But wireless can often times be cheaper and generally more convenient in the long term.

Another point is new construction vs old construction. In old construction, going wireless is almost always preferred as it means not having to run cable yourself. Yet if you are remodeling or building from scratch, there is something to be said wi th having your rooms hardwired as a real benefit.

Hotels vs homes, offices vs fluid workspaces, the possibilities and needs are endless.

6. Do You Know…
On this day:

  • Alcatraz Closes (1963)
    Alcatraz, a rocky island in western California’s San Francisco Bay, served as a federal prison housing the country’s most dangerous criminals from 1933 to 1963. It became a National Recreation Area in 1972, and by the mid 1990s, it was attracting almost a million visitors a year. Nicknamed "The Rock," Alcatraz was a symbol of the impregnable maximum security fortress prison.
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