Kiteboarding: Preventative Maintenance

Kiteboarding is true to my lifestyle, and true to life, if you exercise a bit of preventative maintenance then your equipment will fly better, last longer, and provide you with a lot more enjoyment. Kiteboarding equipment is not the cheapest to buy, it certainly is not like going to Wall-Mart and buying a one-line decorative kite. The gear costs a good chunk of change, and it costs as much as it is worth, trust me. Just like any other valued treasure in your possession, you want to keep it in good condition. That way it is ready when you want to use it, and it last longer. You can’t complain with that. Kiteboarding does not have to much preventative maintenance. Its not like a car where you have to change moving parts all the time. To keep your kite as we say “crispy,” just follow a few common sense steps.

Within the realm of Kiteboarding there are some categories of maintenance to keep in mind. Those categories are the kite itself, the kite pump, the bar lines and safety system, the harness, and the board. Lets take a look at each one individually.

The Kite Itself: Storage. when you are not using your kite is is best to have it neatly rolled up and in the appropriate sized bag. But more than that you want to roll your kite up without sand or moisture on the kite. If you pack it away wet and dirty then that way it will stay in the bad. Your kite will discolor and the fabrics will begin to wear from the sand and water rubbing against the kite while inside the bag. So please, put your kite back in its bag, dry and clean if you can. This means sometimes letting your kite dry in the sun after a session before you pack it up. It is also clever to carry a clean rag with you. Some soft material like an old cotton T-shirt that you can use to wipe off the dirt. Clean and dry the kite while it is inflated. Once every few weeks, after your session, inspect the kite thoroughly. Look at the bridles, leader lines, and pigtails for signs that the ropes are in good condition. If they are not then change them before you snap a bridle in the middle of a session and do further damage to your kite. Also, routinely check the canopy and stitching for any tears or pinholes. Fix these as they occur. Kite maintenance on the water. Do not self-launch over rough terrain, try not to crash your kite to hard. If you are uncertain of what to do, just let go of the bar and let the kite come down gently. Most people who hold on the bar when they should let go end up with giant rips in the canopy of their kite, or they blow up a bladder. Speaking of the bladder. Every now and then please check your valves for slow leaks. This is a common problem that if spotted in time will prevent a session with an unhappy ending.

The Kite Pump: This piece of equipment is neglected by most riders. That is so foolish. The pump is the most important piece of equipment to take care of. It has the most moving parts, the most fragile construction, and you need it, absolutely need it, to pump up your kite if you want a session. Maintaining a pump is very easy, and very hard at the same time. All you have to do is pay attention to it. Keep the pump attached to your kite back, but leave the pump hose detached. When you leave the hose attached and the pump falls onto its side then the pump tube tares easily and you end up with a leaky pump. Nothing is more frustrating than a leaky pump. If only attach the hose to the pump when you inflate your kite then that tube will last a lot longer and you will save yourself much aggravation. Next, pumps need to have a clean and lubricated interior. If you dissect your pump, (by unscrewing the top,) you will find that a rubber o-ring supplies the airtight seal, and that a couple of gasket valves allow the double action of the pump. If your pump is sticking or squeaking, or you notice that only strokes of one direction push air, then you will need to open your pump. Unscrew the top, pull out the handle, clean the o-ring and smear some Vaseline around it. Then look at the gasket valves, most of the time one of them has been knocked out of its groove. Simply put it back in the groove. Put everything back together, and your pump will be good for another few months.

Lines: Before each session you walk-out the lines. As you walk them out check them for any inconsistency. I’m talking about knots in the line, frays or pinches flattened out spots. Especially check the pigtail where you connect the kite to your lines. This part of the lines takes the most abuse, and it is a good idea to carry an extra set so you can replace them as needed. If you have a knot in your lines the best way to get therm out is with your own saliva. No joke, put the knot in your mouth, use your back molars to gnaw on the line. Work your saliva into the lines for a few minutes. Then try to work the knot out with your fingers.

Bar: The control bar is where all of your safety equipment is located. If there is one piece of equipment, besides the pump, to keep pristine, the bar is it. It does not take a lot of time to inspect your bar, so you can do this every few sessions. Look at your “throw” line to make sure it has not frayed. If it has then replace it. Check your leader lines to make sure they are okay. Check your chicken loop by testing the quick release. Make sure that you can actually disable your kite. Don’t just pop the chicken loop and put it back together. Finally inspect your power strap. Run a routine check on your bar once a week or so and it will never fail you. If you have a pulley bar remember to check your pulley’s.

Harness: This is an easy one. Does your harness still fit? Does it still feel comfortable? Are the straps frayed? Any stitching out of place or missing? Is your grab handle tattered? Are the metal parts securely fasted by their bolts? Is your spreader bar in good shape? If you address those questions then you will know what kind of shape your harness is in. Personally I try to get a new harness every year. They break down faster than the rest of the equipment, and I like to be comfortable on the water.

The Board: To maintain your board is easy. Check the screws frequently and make sure they are all tightly fastened. If the footpads wear or the straps wear then you need to replace them. Keep it clean between sessions. Rinse it off so sand doesn’t build up under the food pad. Adjust the straps from time to time to prevent them from getting stiff in one position. Don’t jump around with your board on your feet while you are on land.

So now you know some of the more common ways your gear will break down, and how to prevent further damage. Its always easier to replace a harness, or a line, or a pigtail, or a bridle, than it is to replace your kite.

A Brief Introduction to Artificial Intelligence

We all know that Siri, Google Now, and Cortana are all intelligent digital personal assistants on various platforms (iOS, Android, and Windows Mobile). In short, they help find useful information when you ask for it is using your voice; you can say “Where’s the nearest Indian restaurant?”, “What’s on my schedule today?”, “Remind me to call Mom or Dad at eight o’clock,” and the assistant will respond by finding information, relaying information from your phone, or sending commands to other apps.

AI is important in these apps, as they collect information on your requests and use that information to better recognize your speech and serve you results that are tailored to your preferences. Microsoft says that Cortana “continually learns about its user” and that it will eventually develop the ability to anticipate users’ needs. Virtual personal assistants process a huge amount of data from a variety of sources to learn about users and be more effective in helping them organize and track their information.

Your smartphone, calculator, video games, car, bank & your house all use artificial intelligence daily; sometimes it’s obvious what its’ doing, like when you ask Siri to get you directions to the nearest gas station. Sometimes it’s less obvious, like when you make an abnormal purchase on your credit card and don’t get a fraud alert from your bank. AI is everywhere, and it’s making a huge difference in our lives every day.

So, we can say that Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the branch of computer sciences that emphasizes the development of intelligence machines, thinking and working like humans. For example, speech recognition, problem-solving, learning and planning. Today, Artificial Intelligence is a very popular subject that is widely discussed in the technology and business circles. Many experts and industry analysts argue that AI or machine learning is the future – but if we look around, we are convinced that it’s not the future – it is the present.

Yes, the technology is in its initial phase and more and more companies are investing resources in machine learning, indicating a robust growth in AI products and apps soon. Artificial intelligence or machine intelligence is the simulation of human intelligence processes by machines, especially computer systems.

What is the use of AI?

Vision systems. The need to interpret, fully understand and make sense of visual input on the computer, i.e. AI is used to try and interpret and understand an image – industrial, military use, satellite photo interpretation.

What is the purpose of AI?

When AI researchers first began to aim for the goal of artificial intelligence, a main interest was human reasoning… The specific functions that are programmed to a computer may be able to account for many of the requirements that allow it to match human intelligence

What is an ASI artificial intelligence?

A superintelligence is a hypothetical agent that possesses intelligence far surpassing that of the brightest and most gifted human minds.

What is the goal of AI?

Colloquially, the term “artificial intelligence” is applied when a machine mimics “cognitive” functions that humans associate with other human minds, such as “learning” and “problem solving”. General intelligence is among the field’s long-term goals.

What are the different types of AI?

We need to overcome the boundaries that define the four different types of artificial intelligence, the barriers that separate machines from us – and us from them.

Type I AI: Reactive machines

Type II AI: Limited memory

Type III AI: Theory of mind

Type IV AI: Self-awareness

Is computer vision part of AI?

Artificial intelligence and computer vision share other topics such as pattern recognition and learning techniques. Consequently, computer vision is sometimes seen as a part of the artificial intelligence field or the computer science field in general.

Is machine learning the same as artificial intelligence?

Increasingly, machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) are cropping up as solutions for handling data. The two are often used interchangeably, and although there are some parallels, they’re not the same thing.

What are the fields of artificial intelligence?

· List of applications

· Optical character recognition.

· Handwriting recognition.

· Speech recognition.

· Face recognition.

· Artificial creativity.

· Computer vision, Virtual reality and Image processing.

· Diagnosis (AI)

· Game theory and Strategic planning.

How important is Artificial Intelligence?

AI is the machines which are designed and programmed in such a manner that they and think and act like a human. Artificial Intelligence becomes the important part of our daily life. Our life is changed by AI because this technology is used in a wide area of day to day services.

For most of us, the most obvious results of the improved powers of AI are neat new gadgets and experiences such as smart speakers, or being able to unlock your iPhone with your face. But AI is also poised to reinvent other areas of life. One is health care. Hospitals in India are testing software that checks images of a person’s retina for signs of diabetic retinopathy, a condition frequently diagnosed too late to prevent vision loss. Machine learning is vital to projects in autonomous driving, where it allows a vehicle to make sense of its surroundings. Artificial intelligence is already present in plenty of applications, from search algorithms and tools you use every day to bionic limbs for the disabled.

Sometimes it seems like every other website, app, or productivity tool is citing AI as the secret ingredient in their recipe for success. What’s less common is an explanation of what AI is, why it’s so cool, and how companies are leveraging it to provide better user experiences. If you don’t know much about AI, the absence of an explanation can be confusing. Today, the field of artificial intelligence is more vibrant than ever and some believe that we’re on the threshold of discoveries that could change human society irreversibly, for better or worse.

Walk! It Is Good for Your Heart

Walking is an intrinsic human function that serves many roles. First of all, it helps clear the mind, pace the thoughts and calm us down. Second, it is a great exercise that helps tone the legs, shed extra weight, improve lung ventilation and overall health. It is also a great way to reduce the risk of heart disease. It temporarily quickens the heart rate, increasing blood circulation through the body and bringing more oxygen to other organs. At the same time, walking increases the lungs’ ability to take in oxygen from the air, lowers blood pressure, improves cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Walking can help slow down the aging process and it works no matter what age you get started. It is low impact, requires no special equipment or skills and can be done at any time of the day and at your own pace. Moreover, you can walk without worrying about the risks usually associated with some vigorous forms of exercise.

When we walk, we carry our own body weight. It is called weight-bearing exercise and some of its benefits are:

  • Increased heart and lung fitness
  • Reduces risk of cardiovascular disease
  • Improved management of hypertension, diabetes, muscular and joint stiffness
  • Improved blood lipid profile
  • Increased muscle strength
  • Reduced body fat.

To get overall as well as the heart health benefits, it is necessary to walk at least 30 minutes per day as briskly as possible. Briskly means that you can still talk, but can be slightly puffing. It doesn’t even have to be non-stop; three ten-minute walks a day will work as efficiently too. You will help lower blood pressure and strengthen the heart just by walking regularly. Therefore, try to make walking your daily routine by:

  • Taking the stairs and avoiding elevator
  • Getting off public transport one or two stops earlier and walking to the final destination (home or work)
  • Walking, not driving, to the local shops
  • Walking your children to school
  • Parking your car further from your destination.

As it has been mentioned, regular walking triggers anti-aging processes and also helps repair old DNA. In order to stay motivated, walk with friends or co-workers at lunch, walk your or your neighbor’s dog, join a walking club, use a pedometer or your phone app to measure the number of steps made per day and start increasing it gradually. It is recommended to start off with 2, 000 steps and work toward the 5, 000-step goal. Once you’ve met the desired goal, you may just want to maintain your fitness level or set a goal of 10, 000 steps. Remember, even a little walking is good, but more is better.

However, put your safety first. If the weather is harsh and the streets are slippery, you’d better walk in a mall, down long hallways or on the stairs.

Experience a Safe Journey With Driver on Hire Services

Hiring a driver for the day to day commutation is now a dream come true for many city dwellers. It is a preferred choice of people in densely populated cities. The main advantage of hiring a skilled driver is that you are completely relaxed and get a safe and comfortable journey towards your destination.

Hiring a driver is advantageous to the owner as it reduces tasks like searching the place in case of some new destination, getting a place for parking at the destination or the crowded place while in a hurry. But above all, it is the convenience of sitting back and relaxing your way through the journey that makes it one of the most increasingly sought after service in urban areas.

The person also gets time to carry out his personal work or just relax on a seat in the car while the driver takes care of the journey.

Driver on hire is now a service offered by various several service providers. Since choosing the right service provider is essential to have a great journey, look for the following points while hiring the driver:

Care towards the car

Driver must keep the car clean and tidy and must take the responsibility to ensure that the car stays in its best working condition. He should handle the car properly and should get it serviced on a timely basis. He must follow the car servicing routine regularly.

All information about the vehicle and all the necessary documents required for the vehicle must be available to him. He should keep the vehicle documents including the insurance updated. He should be able to handle the situation during breakdown and emergencies too.

Punctual in pickup and drop

The driver on hire should be always punctual and ensure that the owner reaches the destination at the scheduled time. This involves taking into account the distance, the time and the traffic conditions of the route.

Legal issues:

The driver should be registered with the service provider from where he/she is hired from and hold a valid driving license. He should adhere to all the traffic rules and regulations laid down by the traffic and road authorities. He should not have any criminal records.

Knowledge about the routes:

The driver should have proper knowledge of the road and traffic conditions so he can take the most convenient and the cost-efficient route to reach the destination within the stipulated time.

Getting details about the driver to be hired is the most important thing and also the most time-consuming process. For an individual, it is virtually impossible to get all these details all by himself. Relying on a trusted service provider, therefore, becomes essential. Thanks to technology, professional service agencies provide verified and trusted drivers on hire. Such service providers can be accessed both on your mobile app and through online services, whichever is convenient. They even provide service through WhatsApp. The service provider can help get all the details about the driver and also suggest convenient options.

Go for a driver on hire and hire peace of mind for your journey.

iBeacon With HomeKit – What We Can Look Forward To

iBeacon is a Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) communication technology that enables mobile apps to capture signals from beacons in the physical world and react to them. It allows mobile apps to gauge their position on a micro-scale and deliver hyper-contextual content to users based on their location. We take a look at how these two Internet of Thing (IoT) endeavours by Apple will work together to make our lives simpler.

iBeacon on HomeKit

Currently, iBeacon has been largely marketed by Apple for the retail environment. With HomeKit, the home-grown BLE technology by Apple will be accessible to a larger customer base that is setting up a smart home. At its most basic level, the iBeacon will inform Apple’s smart home of the user’s presence when they come home and all systems will turn on as per pre-set conditions to welcome them and ready to use.

Using iBeacon in Smart Home Devices

iBEacon can be used to define actions for the smart appliances such as lighting, ventilators, heating/cooling systems, television etc. among other things. With Siri integration, simple voice commands and spoken reminders will automate the systems and activate appliances. Different apps such as the Calendar app and Notes app can also be used to work in tandem with Home Kit and iBeacon to give commands to the various smart appliances in the house.

HomeKit currently offers native support with iBeacon to control lighting in the house, there is a lot more that can be done if the imagination is stretched. For instance, a Beacon placed in the key will help your smartphone to track they key when it is misplaced within the house. Also, when the key is inserted in the lock, the variously programmed lights will be switched on as soon as one enters the house.

Apple iBeacon for the House

In 2014, Apple submitted a proposal for creating the first dedicated iBeacon – compatible beacon hardware for its Smart Home product. Apple iBeacon will turn the iPhone, iPad or other compatible iOS device into a temporarily discoverable beacon. Thus, used with HomeKit, the user will be able to control locks, lights, doors, security cameras, switches, plugs, kitchen appliances and much more. Apple will not be supplying the hardware for iBeacon as many third party hardware beacon devices are already available. Apple iBeacon will act more as a centralized control hub that can be triggered from the iPhone or iWatch.

What Kind of Smart Home Applications Can You Build Using iBeacon and HomeKit

There are a host of applications that are available for controlling lighting and other basic activities within the house. However, these are yet to be fully developed to be truly effectual. We bring you a few ideas where iBeacon can be applied with HomeKit to create a smart living space.

An iBeacon to notify select recipients of your arrival. For instance, the presence of family members can be detected via the application as they enter or leave the home

Automatically lock or turn off appliances such as computers, laptops or television in the house when the beacon device is not in proximity

Take photographs from the security camera or webcam remotely and email it to oneself by triggering the camera using the iBeacon. This way, any intruders photograph can be captured and stored securely even while the resident of the house is not at home

Turn on the music system in the car or at home to play any specific song when the beacon device is in proximity

Beacons are easy to install and set up and BLE Beacon shipments are expected to exceed over 400 million units in the next five years as per an ABI Research report. With the iOS 10 all set to hit the markets by next year, the use of iBeacon technology will soon be widespread globally.

Interesting Games in Your Android Mobile Phone

The open source Android platform is growing very fast. You can turn your Android smart phone into a pocket entertainment console by installing games. The touch screen and accelerometer sensor give an awesome gaming experience. Thousands of games are available for Android smart phones. For a long time Android had only some rip offs and incomplete games. We could not even compare Android Market with Apple’s application store. But the things got changed now.

Most of the Android phones are cheaper than Apple iPhone. Android has a wide selection of smart phones in different price ranges. This lead many people to choose Android phones. Now Android is the most widely used smart phone platform. Because of the popularity of Android, the game developers around the world began to bring their works to this platform. Now Android has a wide selection of great games.

Android market is an application that comes with all Android devices. Users can easily install apps and games from Android market. It has both paid and free applications and games. The apps and games are listed in different categories in Android market. It has featured, top free and top paid apps tabs for easy browsing. The search function in Android market is very helpful to the users. Here is the list of the most interesting Android Games.

Angry Birds

Angry Birds is one of the most popular games. Angry Birds is physics based puzzle game with beautiful graphics. In this game you have to eliminate the evil pigs by slingshots using the birds and retrieve their eggs. You have different types of birds with different abilities to kill the pigs. This is a highly interesting game. There are a lot of Angry Birds fans around the globe. Angry Birds game is free in Android market. This game is available in three versions. The latest update released in December 2011 includes a new chapter named Bird Day Party. It has fifteen levels and updated graphics.

Cut the Rope

Cut the rope is a really interesting puzzle game. In this game your objective is to feed a cute monster. There is a candy is tied with ropes. You have to cut the ropes in a way that the candy would fall directly to the mouth of the hungry monster. This game has awesome cartoon style graphics. Cut the rope is a highly addictive fun game.

Drag Racing

Drag racing game is different from conventional racing games. It is an interesting game between two cars in a straight track. The fastest car between the two wins the game. This game has a wide selection of cars available. The multiplayer option allows you to play with your friends through Internet. By winning the races you can get points. You don’t need to steer the car in drag racing. Your performance in this game depends upon timely gear shifts. The game play is easy and simple. Using the points you can buy new cars and upgrade your cars. Drag racing is a highly interesting racing game.

Broken Hinge on MacBook Pro Laptop

Laptop screen hinges are one of the most delicate parts (besides your LCD screen) on your MacBook. Older MacBook Pro systems are especially vulnerable to hinge damage due to the very thin aluminum that surrounds the LCD screen to keep it in place. First of all, let’s discuss a few ways to avoid having your hinges get damaged in the first place.

Rule Number One:

ALWAYS use both hands when opening your screen. If you obey this one simple rule, your screen hinges and screen support assembly will last much longer. It sounds so simple, and yes, we forget about this important rule all the time, but when you grab your laptop and flip open the screen with one hand, you are flexing your screen in ways that it was not meant to be. Place your hands on either side of the screen and open slowly. It’s easy. Just take a breath and relax before you flip the lid. If you own an older MacBook, be sure the latch on the front is released BEFORE you try and open your screen. It is very easy to bend your screen housing, or worse, break your MacBook Pro screen.

Rule Number Two:

Keep your laptop away from the edge! The edge of the table, the edge of the seat of your car, the edge of your desk…you get the idea. It’s just another simple rule that can save you hundreds of dollars in repairs or parts replacement. Most hinge and screen frame damage is caused by drops – many of which could have been avoided if we all simply keep our MacBook Pro away from the edge of whatever we set it on.

Rule Number Three:

If your MacBook Pro is “parked” most of the time, you can probably skip this one – but, if you carry your laptop around a lot, get yourself a “sleeve” made of silicon, leather or other material that will help keep your MacBook Pro from slipping out of your butter fingers. Yeah, like we’ve never dropped our laptop before. Trust us. You want a sleeve.

Rule Number Four:

Get a good carrying case – one with a decent suspension. And no, we’re not talking about your cars suspension. Get a case with a back that has a suspended inner section for your MacBook Pro if possible. This will keep your laptop from coming into contact with the ground, since we know you like to toss your bag around at the end of the day.

OK, so you followed all these rules and it still happened – your MacBook Pro screen is all bent up, or out of alignment with the rest of the computer. Or, maybe you can’t even open the screen up.

First thing…STOP – do not pass go, do not attempt to open up your screen. There are all kinds of wonderful cables and such that are housed right around your MacBook Pro hinge assembly. These delicate cables can get ripped apart easily, increasing the cost of the repair you are going to get done so you can use your MacBook Pro again. Go borrow someone else’s computer to Google fora Mac laptop repair service. In other words, don’t risk opening up your screen and doing more damage.

When scheduling your laptop repair service you want to be sure to ask these questions:

Do you use Apple certified repair technicians? (YES)

How long of a warranty do you offer? (AT LEAST 1-YEAR)

Do you offer free shipping for repairs? (YES)

How long will the repair take? (24-HOURS)

Are you working out of your garage? (NO)

Do you offer toll-free customer support where I can speak to a human being? (YES)

We hope these tips help to keep your MacBook Pro running safe and strong. If you do wind up with a defective hinge or screen that needs replacement, you’ll at least know some important questions to ask when scheduling your repair.

Welding Jobs And Low Pay: (And 3 Things Can You Do About It Now)

The average welder is now 56 years old.

Young people are not becoming welders because the welding shop in school has been replaced by a computer room (which is crazy, because welding is the glue that holds our world together).

At the same time, a real and sustained boom is beginning in the USA for many reasons – a boom that will last 20 years – a boom that will be screaming out for (and paying big bucks for) welders. Why will the boom happen? What can you do to make $100 an hour? Why are welding wages still so low? Get the answers here.

What is good about welding?

Welding is one of a few crafts or trade crafts that can be utilized in a long list of other trade crafts and locations that don’t normally come to mind. For example: I started welding at 13 to repair motorcycles and cars.

At age 19 I was building gates (gates that are still there and beautiful 40 years later). I became an industrial electrician and welded as an electrician. Artist use welding.

Injection molds used to made plastic parts, are repaired by welders. Stainless piping in food grade factories are installed and repaired by welders. And there are some welders who make $100 an hour doing these and other specialties in the welding industry…

Why are the prospects better than ever for welders?

The boom is under way. It is the oil and gas boom – oil is being extracted by new technologies is such large volumes, the USA is once again the # 1 world producer.

Manufacturing is coming BACK to the USA.

The 3D Printer and other new technologies and the cost of labor in China: it is driving manufacturing home for good. By 2020 the hourly rate for a Chinese worker will be $6.43 an hour.

China will soon more expensive than the USA for Manufacturing.

Few people understand that American workers are 3 times more efficient than Chinese workers. Add in the cost of shipping to the USA and it is easy to see why the U.S. will add 2,000,000 (two million) manufacturing jobs by 2020.

What 3 things can you do to make sure you are a highly paid welder?

Highly Paid Welder Action One:

Start or upgrade your welding career by mastering the hardest and oldest welding process FIRST. Stick or SMAW (Shielded Metal Arc Welding) is about 100 years old and is the hardest process to master. It came into it’s own during World War Two because it was adapted to ship building – it allowed Kaiser Steel to build a new ship every 3 days – no wonder the Germans lost!

In some circles, stick welding is considered to be a Dinosaur. Don’t listen to that! It is easy to set up and very portable. It is extremely durable because it is simple. It can be used in a light breeze – most other processes cannot. It can weld just about anything. And you will have more opportunities to earn more money.

Highly Paid Welder Action Two:

Discover welding pipe with stick. Pipe welders are the king of the hill in welding. They make the most money – and they do it for the least work. Don’t get me wrong, pipe welders work hard. However, good pipe welders don’t prepare pipe. They don’t grind. There skill is valuable enough that they often sit in the truck until the next joint is ready. They can’t be risking injury doing anything less than welding pipe.

Highly Paid Welder Action Three:

Get your own rig. A welding rig is a truck with a welder on it. A good rig includes all the supporting tools, cable reels and more. A welder with a rig is a rig welder. A rig welder will make more money because companies will rent your rig and employ you at the same time. Rig welders generally earn $65 to $150 an hour.

Being a rig welder is also a flexible move.

Think about it – a welder without a rig (welders without a rig are called a “single handers”) can also accept work as a single hander – they just park their rig and weld with the company welder if that is how the job is structured. However, when a company needs to rent rigs, a rig welder is the best solution – and the welder who owns a rig can fill the bill. The opposite is not true (obviously). A single hand welder who does not own a rig cannot take a job as a rig welder.

What is the other advantage to becoming a rig welder?

Managing a rig (maintenance, repair and care) starts any welder into the world of “You Inc” – into thinking logistically and strategically about welding – almost like a business. Why is business management a benefit?

A welder who can manage him or herself (as well as a laborer or two and a welder’s helper) can contract on any federal installation (such as a military base). No contractor license is required. It is not uncommon for a welder who is contracting to make $1,000 a day.

WHY is the pay so low for so many welders?

The low pay many welders experience is associated with MIG welding. MIG is often utilized in factory situations where trailers or lifts or custom construction trucks are made (for example). Why is the pay so low for MIG welders?

Here’s why: If you walk into a factory and apply for a job and you interview well – and they have a vacancy for a welder – they may train you to be a MIG welder in one day.

Typically, any skill that can be learned in one day will not pay well.

With that said, I don’t want to run down MIG or MIG welders in this article. MIG is an awesome process. The low end of the MIG pay scale involves a welder making the same simple, non-critical welds over and over (and you can see why the pay is low).

Conclusion:

A certified structural MIG welder is worth more money than a person welding after a day of training in a factory. Sadly, even the skilled and certified MIG welder will not earn a lot of money. Stick pipe welding must be mastered – and when it is, a welder can earn $74,346 to $200,000 or more a year.

What should you do next?

What To Look For In A Taxi Service

When you order a taxi, you want to make sure that you can trust the car you are getting into to take you safely to your destination of choice. It can be difficult to know exactly what company to use, given that there are so many. To help you out, you’ll find a compilation of tips right here relating to choosing the best taxi service.

Qualified Drivers

One of the most important things when choosing a taxi is ensuring that the drivers are qualified. This means full licences and years of experience. The taxi driver is the most important person in getting you to your destination when you take a taxi service, so they must be an extremely competent driver. They should also offer you a friendly and professional experience that you are completely satisfied with at the end of your journey.

Safe Vehicles

Another major deciding factor when choosing a taxi is safe vehicles. The car you are driving in should have passed all relevant tests and inspections and not be in need of any repair work if it is to be on the roads. An unsafe vehicle puts you and others on the roads at risk and no taxi service should use one. The car that gives you a ride should also be comfortable and clean, as cleanliness issues will make your journey unpleasant.

Value For Money

We’ve all heard of people getting ripped off by crazily expensive taxi meters. When you order a taxi you want to know that you will pay a fair price. This means that the metre should run at a fair rate and that you will not pay over the odds for a short journey. A decent taxi should also offer flat rates for common trips, such as to the airport. This way, you know exactly what to expect and can budget accordingly. For many, a taxi is an occasional treat and it should not cost them an unreasonable amount to avail themselves of it. If you are happy with your taxi service at the end of your ride, then you can offer a tip to show your gratitude to the driver and taxi company.

Easy Booking System

A taxi service should allow you to book in a multitude of ways, so you can choose whatever is most convenient to you at the time. This could be online, through an app, or by phone. A taxi that offers more than one platform to book on gives you more flexibility in your journey.

Established Company

One of the best things to do when deciding on a taxi is to go with an already established company. You don’t know for sure if you can trust new firms so why take that risk? Choose a taxi service that has been around for years and has many customer reviews, so you know you are getting a good taxi service before you book.

iPhone Apps For Travelers

The iPhone and iPod Touch Apple devices have what seems like an unlimited number of applications that are useful for travelers. Better yet, applications are constantly being developed to keep up with the wants and needs of consumers. Some are free, but some are also worth the few extra dollars. You can begin planning your next trip with several iPhone apps that let you book and make reservations right from your phone. These apps often tie into your Paypal or other credit card accounts making booking as simple as a click. There are fare comparison tools as well with many search options that can help you get the lowest rates for your next flight. The Kayak app for one does an extensive search of all the deals it can find online in terms of airfare, hotel prices, car rentals, and virtually everything else you need to book for a trip. You can finalize your reservations and book straight from Kayak on your iPhone.

Don’t limit your travels only to places where you know the local language. Instead, download one of the many good translation tools and customizable translator applications for the iPhone and iPod Touch. These applications are generally free and translate in over 30 languages. These applications are useful for translating basic words and phrases, though it is not always grammatically correct. Though you should not rely on this app while traveling, it is a useful reference to be used in some situations.

Sometimes one of the most frustrating things while in a foreign city is trying to find a public bathroom. Luckily, one of the many iPhone apps for travelers is SitOrSquat. This free application locates the closest bathroom to you when nature calls based on the address or zip code you provide it. You can even add bathrooms that you may discover while exploring new places. Perhaps one of the best features about this application is that it tells you if a bathroom in a given place is open or not.

It is easier to keep in touch while on the go with the Skype app for iPhone and iPod Touch and will save you further on roaming charges so long as you can get a hold of a good wi-fi signal. You can do everything with this app on your mobile device as you can do with Skype on your computer, except for video conferencing. You can easily save money with Skype on your iPhone or iPod Touch by avoiding expensive roaming and data plans. The only catch is that you’ll need a wireless connection to benefit from all of Skype’s voice and text messaging features.

The Currency iPhone app is straightforward and simple-it provides updated exchange rates for over 90 forms of currency around the world. This app is also available in 15 different languages. If you are looking for a currency not on the extensive list, or you need this app in another language, you can let the developers know and they are open to suggestions. The 5 apps listed above are only some of the many useful travel applications for iPhone and iPod Touch. App developers are constantly coming out with new and handy apps for frequent travelers. Whether you need to search for hotel or flight information, translate a few words, or find a bathroom while in a foreign country, iPhone apps make traveling and communicating fun and easy.