Archive for December, 2012

“Bridging the Gap from Phone to Printer,” by Michael Baaden

December 23, 2012

Many users of smartphones and tablets have had the experience of suddenly being pulled down to earth from the wireless sky by the need to print a file. Indeed, nothing says “mobile” less than a clunky printer, seemingly chained in place by a group of tangled cables.

For some time, printer manufacturers have tried to catch up with the sea of change in technological mobility by developing web-enabled printers, but without much success. One always needed auxiliary equipment to make them work, such that printers have remained by and large tied to desktop PCs.

But new technologies developed by Hewlett-Packard and other leading companies are allowing printing capabilities to catch up to the wireless age. The newest models allow direct printing from tablets and smartphones, without a PC “middleman.” Now, when you set out on a business trip armed with just your smartphone, you can expect fewer obstacles when you need to print at your destination. These devices are sure to have a major impact on the business technology market this year.

About the author: Michael Baaden is a technology sales manager at Reliable Office Machines in Patchogue, New York.

Supporting the Salvation Army, by Michael Baaden

December 14, 2012

From its beginnings as an evangelical Christian mission during the Industrial Age in London’s East End, the Salvation Army has evolved into an international outreach organization for the impoverished, the missing, the addicted, and those whose lives have been devastated by natural disasters. While its mission remains to share the word of Christ, it also includes meeting “human needs in His name without discrimination.”

The Salvation Army now manages programs that include elderly services and youth camps, as well as community health programs and anti-human-trafficking efforts. The London-headquartered organization offers many opportunities for supporting its programs.

Donations can be made in a variety of ways. In addition to monetary gifts, there are local centers organized to accept clothing and household goods for the thrift stores that sustain the Army’s rehabilitation programs. In 2010, almost 3.5 million volunteers assisted the Salvation Army. To find out how you can help, visit http://www.salvationarmyusa.org.

The author, Michael Baaden of Patchogue, Long Island, is Reliable Office and Technology’s Sales Director for Greater New York, and is a committed supporter of the Salvation Army.

Michael Baaden Discusses Mountain Bikes

December 7, 2012

An excellent form of fitness, mountain biking requires more stamina and strength than conventional forms of cycling. With their fat wheels and sturdy tires, mountain bikes are designed to travel through rocky terrains. As mountain biking has grown in popularity, its equipment and gear have grown in complexity and options.

Those interested in buying a mountain bike should consider their level of experience and the price of the bike. Mountain bikes run between a few hundred and several thousand dollars, and they are generally upgradable. Consumers should also decide on the type of bike they want. Rigid and made for off-road trails with light obstacles, cross-country mountain bikes come in hardtail and full-suspension models. For those who enjoy going down mountains, downhill mountain bikes offer speed and stability. Trail mountain bikes, dirt jump mountain bikes, and multi-purpose freeride mountain bikes are just some of the other available styles.

About the Author:

The Director of Sales at Reliable Office Machines, Michael Baaden formerly served as a Classroom Teacher with the New York City Department of Education. During his spare time, Mr. Baaden enjoys mountain biking.