The Use Of Voip Conference

Not so long ago, conference calling was a costly affair, especially during the nineties though today it has become a lot more affordable. In fact, the origins of the modern VoIP conference can be traced to the nineties though since then many changes have taken place with core technologies having developed at a rapid pace.

Group of Technologies

Basically, VoIP conference refers to a group of technologies that are focused on more interactive type of telecommunication that help at least two different locations to interact through use of bidirectional audio as well as video transmission that takes place concurrently. In fact, the first demonstration of the VoIP conference actually took place way back in the year 1968 though modern VoIP conferences even allow three plus remote points to interact simultaneously. The Multipoint Control Unit or MCU is a link that helps in interconnecting calls from more than one source and each party can call the MCU while this unit itself too can call other parties (sequentially) that are about to take part in the VoIP conference.

Today, typical examples of VoIP conference services include Yahoo Messenger, NetMeeting and also MSN Messenger and there are also many other services that are inexpensive though quality are also an issue with them. Since almost every aspect of our lives today is run with the help of the Internet it is easy to see why the VoIP conference has such an added significance to everyone, especially as this facility allows for making distant calling at very affordable prices.

The best use of VoIP conference is in businesses where the need to communicate with others in different parts of the world at affordable costs is the need of the hour. The developed world too is certainly benefiting considerably from using the VoIP conference facility as it has made accessing wider markets that much easier and more affordable – is it voice or data or video communication that needs to be taken care of.

There are differences between the way that VoIP conference works and how the earlier conferences worked in that the former involves sending calling services in packets instead of the more usual electronic circuits that were used earlier.

Hosting a VoIP conference call means that audio information has to be sent in packets (digital) over Internet connections and not the traditional means which was to make use of public telephone networks. The only trouble with the former type of communication is when the packet has to travel for especially long distances there is certain amount of audio disturbance that mars the quality of the conference.

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The Best Conference Facilities

There are a few things that should be included at any good business conference facility. This article provides all the information you need when booking a facility for a conference and works like a check list of things to look out for. There are so many different jobs, projects and tasks involved in organising a successful conference so you should read on to learn about what to look out for in the ideal location.

A visual presenter is an important piece of technology that should be present at any good business facility. These are modern day versions of the overhead projector. Whereas projectors use clear film, a visual presenter uses paper. When using either a projector or a presenter you should make it work best by keeping text to a minimum on each page and use a large font or large handwriting to make it clear, even to those sitting at the back of the room.

Another valuable piece of equipment at any conference is a digital whiteboard. These look like normal whiteboards but anything written or displayed is captured electronically for recall later on. These are very useful during a conference when you want to take ideas from the room there and then, but want a record of them too for future reference. Computers are also important at a business facility. Although often people bring their own for use during presentations, it is still important that there are one or two on hand during the conference to be used either by the presenter or by the other attendees. Computers are also important for powerpoint presentations which are commonly used during speeches and presentations.

Although slideshows are not so commonly provided these days, it may be necessary to use one during a conference. If you think you will need a slide machine and projector during the event you are organising you should ask at the conference facility to see if they have one. If they don’t have one they still may be able to get hold of one. Any slide show, powerpoint presentation or visual display of any other kind needs a good white screen to be displayed upon. When you are looking at possible venues, always ask to see their screen to make sure it is large enough and in good condition.

Good business facilities or conference centres should have good sound equipment too including a microphone. To prevent a speaker or presenter from having to shout, a microphone is absolutely vital. When you are researching venues you should make sure there are technicians available on the day in question. There could be any number of technical glitches from feedback when using the microphone to a powerpoint presentation that won’t display on the screen. Ask especially about having a technician on hand as the conference could easily be ruined at the very last minute due to a simple technical hitch.

These are just the technical aspects that a conference facility should have on offer. There should also be a kitchen where food and drink is prepared and plenty of parking too for anyone attending. You may need some additional facilities too such as business accommodation, evening meals or even a golf club nearby but this depends on the individual requirements.

When you have been asked to scope out a possible conference venue for an upcoming conference, you should prepare a list of questions for each initial enquiry. That way you don’t waste any time following up with any conference facilities that don’t have the right type of room available or don’t have the right equipment on offer. Prepare a checklist which includes the technical requirements and other criteria that need to be met for your conference to ask the staff at any exhibition venues or other facilities you are researching.

Kathryn Dawson writes articles about Keele Conferences and Events, one of the leading conference facilities located in the majestic grounds of Keele University which provides a large range of exhibition venues, business accommodation and conference venue.

Afl Football

As a Canadian having moved to Australia, I quickly came across the sport of footy. I didn’t realize just how seriously Aussies take their sport, however, until a short while later. When I finally came to this awareness, it was evident to me that nothing was to come in between Australians and their beloved sport.

Whether it be rugby, cricket, or footy, it seems that Aussies live and breath sports. What is it that makes Australians so passionate about their games? Having spent some time in this Southern continent, I have learnt a thing or two about these people and their sports. This article is an attempt to enlighten other immigrants of the importance of sports when it comes to culturally interacting with Australians.

The Australian Football League (AFL) grew out of a Victorian domestic club in 1982 with the South Melbourne Swans relocating, then becoming the Sydney Swans. Since that time the AFL has continued to expand and has become the national governing body of Aussie Rules Football. Melbourne has been named the sporting capital of the world, and no wonder, with its major role played in the formation of the AFL, along with its involvement in each of the other major sporting events. Melbourne sports (excuse the pun!) top quality sporting facilities and hosts major sporting events including the Australian Tennis Open, the AFL Grand Finals, and international cricket matches. Etihad Stadium, AAMI Park, and the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) are just some of the stadiums that make Victorians proud.

A national survey a few years back showed that 11 million Australians aged 15 and over participated at least once a week in physical exercise including Aussie rules footy. Footy is not only a participation game, it is also a spectators game being the most watched Australian sport – and it is well known that Aussies will frequently make a trip down to the MCG in the city for a Saturday afternoon footy match with a beer and meat pie in hand. Radios all around Melbourne tune into the current footy broadcast, and during Grand Final season conversation centres not around the weather, but around which team you predict will win. It goes without saying that every Victorian, if not every Australian, is expected to barrack for a particular team and if you don’t, you will soon be converted!

Holding true to the Australian stereotype that Aussies go for the underdog, many die-hard footy supporters choose to go for the teams with the poor prognosis when they do finally win the Grand Final, there is much rejoicing.

Sports in general has been argued to have had a major impact on the culture of Australia. Whether it helps to promote various symbols and colours based on the flora and fauna of Australia, or whether it brings communities together in a bond of loyalty created by team atmosphere, or an excuse for fun and celebration, when asked to give a description of Australian culture, sports will naturally rank high on the list.

Since coming to Australia I have learnt a thing or two about Australians and their love for sport. When considering the impact of sport on culture, I tend to think that it works both ways that culture has also had an impact on the sport. Cultural characteristics such as sticking up for ones’ mate along with loyalty are in so many ways demonstrated excellently through sport.

So, if you’re planning a trip to Australia, you may want to have a look at the AFL teams, decide who you’ll barrack for, and come along to a footy game…just make sure to buy a meat pie while you’re at it!

Jackie Turner works for His Gifts, a shop promoting AFL Merchandise. Whether you’re new to footy or are a one-eyed supporter, you’ll find quality AFL Merchandise for your team of choice.