Net Neutrality Threatened by Trump Administration

Tom Wheeler, the former chair of the FCC, used his final speech before stepping down to warn businesses and consumers that their choice of cloud services and business applications could be severely limited if the incoming administration strikes down the 2015 open internet order that he and his group put in place. This order positioned the FCC’s net neutrality regulation that prevents Internet Service Providers from slowing or blocking traffic on their networks. This gives all traffic equal opportunity and speed and prevents network favoritism.

Wheeler also showed concern for the Internet of Things, an area of economic growth that is quickly becoming top of mind to many businesses and policy makers in Washington.

“[T]he growth of the internet of things is another area that depends on the open connectivity of those things,” Wheeler said. “If ISPs can decide arbitrarily which IoT device can be connected, or favor their own IoT activity over their competitors, the bright future of IoT dims.” Wheeler continued, “As everything goes into the cloud, the ability to access the cloud free of gatekeepers is essential. If ISPs get to choose which applications and clouds work better than others in terms of access, speed and latency, they will control the cloud future,”.

Wheeler’s position may not be a surprise now but given his past as a lobbyist for the cable and wireless sector his support of net neutrality may come as a shock.

Bill Wilson, a consultant for Broadband Landing, said, “Wheeler may be underplaying the seriousness of the situation. Net Neutrality is the biggest deal that no one really understands. If consumers and small businesses actually realized what the internet would look like after it was bought and sold by large corporations that was be worried. This would be all that was being talked about.”

Wheeler has the same question many businesses do, namely will Trump dismantle a policy that is clearly working? With republicans openly opposed to net neutrality things do seem dire for the policy.

Wheeler’s speech not only acts as a warning to the incoming administration but also clearly attempts to widen the scope of the net neutrality debate as a whole. Consumer impact of the open internet order is almost always the lead in any discussion of net neutrality but here Wheeler’s focus was on the danger to businesses and their increasing use of cloud computing. Interruption or the slowing of these services is a bit more destructive than a video playing slow. Businesses might be required to completely change back office management systems. A company like could have their customer base divided between users that have an ISP that allows their traffic and ISP’s that won’t. Situations of this type could be repeated across many business services. If AT&T buys a firm that provides CMS to sales and marketing groups, it is not unthinkable that they would show preference to this firm over others.

Wheeler specifically calls out Verizon and AT&T for the “zero rating” programs that give some companies free access by not charging customers for the data they use. While this isn’t the feared “Fast Lane” net neutrality has been trying to avoid, it may actually be worse.

Wheeler finished his speech with, “It now falls to a new set of regulators, to a new FCC and to those who advocate before it and the Congress to determine the road that they want to take from here,” Wheeler said. “We are at a fork in that road. One path leads forward and the other leads back to relitigating solutions that are demonstrably working.”

While the fork in the road analogy fits, it’s actually a bit more drastic than Wheeler makes it seem. One road leads forward and the other leads back a decade and then off a cliff into a hole filled with alligators.

Building a Cheap House in the Philippines

I have read too many blogs where people have spent millions of pesos to build sub-standard house that ends up needing expensive maintenance. In my work, I see people with their hearts and budgets broken as they attempt to renovate or build a house. Quite often my advice comes post-disaster. So it is with this experience and after a lot of research that I started to build my own house in the Philippines five years ago.

I kept the floor plan simple: three bedrooms, one bathroom, a lounge/family room, and a large eat-in kitchen with verandahs surrounding the entire house. The total area was 140 square metres.

I built the house on a 100mm concrete slab with tied steel and concrete post-and-beam construction.
The walls are rendered, 100mm-filled concrete blocks tied to the slab with steel and horizontal beam. This part of the construction was cost- and labour-intensive, but it will for itself with years of maintenance-free living.
The roof is corrugated steel on a steel truss welded and tied to the slab with steel through concrete blocks.
Material cost was 310,000 pesos.
Labour cost of 80,000 pesos.
Construction took about eight weeks.
The total cost of this part of the construction is about 400,000 pesos.

The House is Born
Laying the wall foundations.
Laying the wall foundations.
Capping the walls.
Capping the walls.
Material Amount Unit Cost Totals

Listed below is the material cost breakdown for the home I build in 2010.

12mm deformed bar (6000mm), 210 [email protected]: P33,600
10mm deformed bar (6000mm), 350 [email protected]: P39,200
#16 G.I. tie wire,1 [email protected],600: P1600
Grand cement, 300 [email protected]: P58,800
4″ concrete hollow blocks, 2800@ P-9: P25,200
Washed sand,18 cu. metres@ P-750: P13,500
Crushed gravel, 18 cu. metres@ P-750: P13,500
2″x2″ coco lumber, 500 lengths@ P-48.50: P24500
6mm plywood sheets (8’x4′), 15 sheets @ P-250: P3,750
4″ nails, two boxes@ P-840, P1,680
2 1/2″ nails, one box@ P-910: P910
1 1/2″ nails, 15 kilo@ P-49: P735
4″ conc nails, five kilo@ P-75: P375
1 1/2″ fin nails, 10 kilo@ P-55: P550
1 1/2″x3/16″ angle iron, 35 lengths@ P-320: P11,200
4″x2″ purlins, 70 lengths@ P-415: P29,050
Welding rods, one box@ P-2,400: P2,400
Roofing sheets: P50,000
TOTAL: P310,300

Resources for Home-Builders

A Yahoo Thread for Philippine Homebuilders
Readers exchange stories and advice about building a house in the Philippines.
Working on the Building: Retiring to the Philippines
Advice from a retiree who moved to the Philippines and built his own home.
Philippines Expat Forum
A forum for expats in the Philippines who are thinking of building a home.
Advice About What to Consider When Building in the Philippines
A Q&A with a property expert about what to look for when planning a home-building project.
Ex-Pats Share Advice About Building a Home
This forum is for people in the Philippines to share advice and photos of their home construction projects.

Benefits of Wearing Organic Cologne

Going Green With All Natural Cologne

For health conscience women and men organic cologne has become hugely popular in the beauty industry today. Why? The educated, eco-friendly consumer is seeking out safer pure organics when it comes to many of the products they use for daily living. It all really makes sense. Good for you and the planet, you can get just about anything in organics today. Organic food products, organic household cleaners, organic pet food, organic clothing, and organic cologne and beauty products are all readily available. Not sure about going green with your favorite scent just yet? Learn more about the many benefits of using organic fragrances and wearing all natural organic cologne verses regular colognes.

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Organic Cologne
All Natural Fragrance
All Natural Fragrance
What You Should Know About Organic Perfume

Organic perfume is Ideal for anyone with allergies to scent, migraines triggered by fragrance, someone looking for a work-place friendly, work-out friendly fragrance that is safe to use around little and big loved ones; organic perfume is totally chemical free.

Good for you and the planet. Clean, pure, and natural beauty products with no animal testing are a far better way to add a splash of luxury to your daily routine.

The best organic perfume on the market today according to online reviews is by Pacifica. Their skin care and cologne is formulated without ingredients your skin does not want and, full of natural ingredients your skin craves. They are committed to using natural ingredients that are skin beneficial, non-toxic, non-irritating and safe.

Fresh, fun, easy to wear and easy to layer, these unique blends have unlimited possibilities to fit with your very own personal style. Blood orange is a very popular scent in the summer months and is loved for it’s absence of bitterness with rich, juicy flavor and bright raspberry and strawberry notes. Italian sweet oranges and mandarins flesh out this naturally beautiful essence. Gardenia is also another wonderful smelling scent. Made in the USA.

Organic Spray Perfume
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume
Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume

My personal favorite, Pacifica’s Tuscan Blood Orange Spray Perfume smells absolutely divine! It contains natural denatured alcohol (corn source) and Pacifica’s own fragrance blend with natural and essential oils including orange, tangerine and petigrain. No parabens, animal testing, animal ingredients or artificial colors. 100% VEGAN and Gluten-free. You will love this scent!

Beautiful Men And Their Perfumes

Choosing the Best Perfume that Suits your Personality.

Looking for a perfume for the man in your life? Maybe you’re just looking for a perfume for yourself but you’re not sure what fragrance would suit your lifestyle? Take a minute and look no further for inspiration from some of the most handsome men in the planet.

Are you young and dandy like Justin Timberlake? Then Play might be the fragrance you are looking for. Is your man the prototype of the Latin lover? If the answer is yes, you might want to give him a fragrance that reflects that spontaneity and nothing better than a fragrance by Antonio Banderas, the Spanish sex symbol himself, to inspire you. The men in here are not just beautifully handsome and adorable, but they have become the face of a fragrance because their looks and personality embody what the fragrance wants to convey.

Probably one of the most sexy British actors, Jude Law is not only sexy and handsome but also has shown his talent in films such as ColdMountain.

In the autumn of 2008, Dior launched Dior Homme Sport, presented as a
fresh and explosive fragrance for the younger population. Dior Homme
Sport fragrance enhances the free spirit of a young man and is announced as
an explosive citrus fragrance with a woody base and ginger accord

Who is Dior Homme Sport best for? Without doubt for the dandy chic like Jude Law, perfect to incarnate the mystery and strength of Dior’s fragrance Dior Homme. This is a fragance for the young, fresh and mysterious. It is a sportive fragrance, fresh and sensual for men who love refinement and luxury. A hint of ginger makes this fragrance energetic and refined.

Where To Buy Armani Perfume

The Armani brand was founded in the 1970s by Giorgio Armani. Throughout the years, the brand name has evolved to become one of the most popular luxurious International brands. Perhaps that’s why thousands and thousands of men and women buy Armani perfume each and every year. They make great gifts for others, and for themselves. Here are some channels where you can buy genuine Armani perfume.

Local cosmetic stores.

You can’t find Armani perfume in just any neighborhood retail store. Since Armani perfume is an upscale brand, you are more likely to find the perfume on sale in upscale cosmetic stores. Cosmetic stores usually offer a wide range of grooming products, and that includes perfume for both men and women.

Major airports.

If you are constantly on the move, perhaps it’s a good idea to shop for Armani perfume in airports. Perfumes that are sold in airports are often tax free, so they are cheaper when compared to perfumes offered in other retail outlets. This is the ideal place for buying gifts for family and friends.

Major shopping centers.

Very often, you find specialized corners in major shopping centers that are dedicated to offering cosmetic and perfumes. These spaces are rather similar to local cosmetic stores, except that they are on a much bigger scale. You can easily find the brand of Armani perfume that you are looking for in major shopping centers. They are often located in town centers, so you won’t have a problem locating them.

Online auction sites.

You can also find brand new Armani perfume for sale on online auction sites. Sometimes, people receive expensive gifts that they don’t really use. So they store them up somewhere without using them. Some don’t even unwrap the gifts. And since they don’t use them, they now try to sell them away online. You may stumble upon some really great deals on auction sites. However, make sure that the seller is trustworthy before making payments. You don’t want to end up with a bottle of fake Armani perfume!

Online shopping sites.

On the Internet, there are many eCommerce sites that are dedicated to selling Armani perfume. These are sites that target a very specific audience. For example, it may be an entire site dedicated to selling fragrances. Besides Armani perfume, you also get to buy aftershaves and perfumes from other major brand names.

The benefit of buying from such online shopping sites is that it’s very convenient, and you sometimes get to enjoy better discounts. There is a little drawback – you can’t really smell the fragrances from an online website. Therefore, most people buy Armani perfume online only when they have tried and tested the perfume, and they are confident that they will like their next purchase.

Online shopping sites accept all major credit cards, and you can even choose to pay with Paypal or Google Checkout.

10 Steps To Make Laundry Cleaning Eco Friendly

Of course all our cleaning should be Eco friendly. Not just to help the planet but also to help us. Household cleaners account for the vast majority of accidental poisonings and cause long-term damage to us, our families and pets. Since laundry accounts for a huge amount of the average homes carbon footprint it makes sense to start the green cleaning there.

Here are my ten steps towards greener cleaner laundry.

Ditch the fabric softener and add a few drops of vinegar instead. We only need it to cover up the harsh detergent residue. Fewer chemicals, fewer artificial perfumes, fewer pennies!
Turn down the thermostat. Modern detergents do not need hot water to work. If you don’t believe me just turn it down by 10° will save energy. If you’re happy with the results (you will be) turn it down further.
Utilise the short cycles for loads which are not heavily soiled. We often ‘over-clean’ laundry which isn’t really that dirty to begin with.
Never over-fill the machine. It will strain to spin properly and will be unable to mix the detergent, water and laundry enough to clean properly.
Never under-fill the machine either. If you don’t have a full load don’t load the washer!
Choose fully biodegradable safe detergents as ordinary products damage water systems and cost huge amounts of energy for the water treatment plants to purify.
Choose natural soaps and soap nuts. Totally all natural cleaning products reduce allergies for your family and are non-polluting to produce or dispose of.
Recycle your grey-water. Run the waste pipe from your washer is not a big job and can keep your garden watered all summer.
No chlorine bleach – EVER. Try oxygen bleaches, hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice and sunlight to freshen your whites.
Pre-soak heavily soiled laundry. Soaking laundry overnight can mean the washer will do its work on only a short cycle and lets face it throwing the laundry in a bucket of soapy water overnight isn’t that arduous is it?

Of course cleaning can get as green as you want but the simple steps above will ensure your laundry cleaning is Eco friendly by any-one’s standards.

Diesel Clothing: History Of A Clothing Giant

Diesel clothing is some of the hottest ticket clothing on the planet. Diesel clothing is aimed at the youth market, and though they are most famous for their jeans, they also make everything from perfume to watches to jackets. The company that makes Diesel Clothing is an Italian design company, and is owned by the company founder Renzo Rosso.

Diesel clothing got its start in 1978 when Rosso and his former boss Adriano Goldschmied of the AG Jeans Company opened it up. In 1985, Renzo took complete acquisition of Diesel clothing and in 1988, the current Creative Design Director Wilbert Das was hired. In 1996, Diesel clothing opened its first flagship store in New York City. In February of 2007, Diesel clothing launched a major intimates and beachwear division for men and women. Diesel Black Gold was announced in November of 2007, which is a luxury line of clothing.

Diesel clothing has more than 3,000 employees across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. There are 5000 retail outlets, and 300 are Diesel brand stores. 200 of those stores are owned by Diesel clothing, and the rest are franchised out. Most of the sales revenue from Diesel clothing are from its denim jeans.

Most of Diesel clothings current production is outsourced to other smaller companies. The production of Diesel denim is still based mainly in Italy. All Diesel clothing is made under the creative direction of design of Wilbert Das. Diesel clothing also has a childrens collection, called Diesel Kid. Diesel clothing also has collections of footwear, bags and handbags, and intimate apparel. They have lines of eyewear, watches, and jewelry and perfume. LOreal and Diesel launched Fuel for Life in the fall of 2007. Also a mini collection for Adidas was launched in 2008 called Adidas Originals Denim by Diesel. Another interesting fact about the Diesel clothing line is that the undergarment license is held by the United States company Mast Industries, Inc., who makes lingerie for Victoria Secret.

The Adidas Originals Denim by Diesel campaign speaks volumes about independence, originality, and stays true to the concepts that have made Diesel clothing stores buzzing and brimming with business. People are addicted to their favorite Diesel online shop, and for good reason. The online shops, or e stores, are always offering the newest and best designs from Diesel clothing. Many of the online stores offer sales, discounts, and deals on shipping and have excellent return policies. Consumers love the clothes from Diesel because the company, based in Italy, continues to furnish clothing that wraps people up in self expression in a classy, comfortable way that is completely Diesel clothing.

Merits of Organic Perfume

Organic perfumes are natural fragrances that are completely free from chemical constituents and toxic synthetics. The approaching global warming threat is also one of the significant reasons to avoid using artificial oils in perfumes. As a result, perfume manufacturers take keen interest in developing organic perfumes, than enhancing the global warming threat. Organic perfumes are environmentally friendly and have given evidence of being skin friendly. The advantage of using it is that it generates no harmful skin rashes or diseases.

Organic perfumes are found to be excellent as they include primary ingredients as plant extracts containing fragrance compounds and essential oils. Blossoms and flowers, such as jasmine, rose, mimosa tuberose and osmanthus, are also key sources in plants that offer maximum fragrant oils. Leaves and twigs are also appropriate for making organic perfumes and carry merit for the green smell they offer. Fruits are one of the rich sources for manufacturing perfume and are employed for oil extraction, and these include oranges, limes, lemons and grapefruits.

Giving merit to organic perfume is a must and this can be done by showing responsibility by avoiding chemicals found in various products in our daily routine. This is essential to protect the planet from chemical destruction and to save our planet for our future generation. After all, chemical components in fragrances and perfumes have been known to cause headaches, allergic skin reactions, asthma attacks and nausea. Man made synthetic musk scent has even been found in breast milk and human fat.

Producing organic perfume is simple and is also less expensive as the ingredients do not cost much. Subsequently, the merit of organic perfume focuses on being special as they are totally natural and do not include any chemical or alcohol to result in stain clothing. A spectrum of fragrances is available in organic perfume and is usually of better quality than the chemically altered products.

The majority of organic perfumes contain natural nutrients and minerals. However, the trace of vitamins and elements also form a part of organic perfumes such that these rich ingredients produce unique fragrance working with the natural oils in the body. Perfumes with musk or sandalwood fragrance are highly preferred, but because of illegal trafficking, some natural perfume scents are substituted by synthetic aromatics. Conversely, the merit is to organic perfume as the aroma of musk is highly complex and is not simple to imitate using synthetic aromatics. Organic perfumes should have the right compositions such as the scents of rose, cola and jasmine can provide a distinct smell. Some of the popular and well-known perfumes are Eau de cologne, Rose, Opium, and more.

Preserving perfumes is also of great significance as the fragrance changes when light, heat, oxygen and any such extraneous materials get mixed. Tight and light aluminum bottles are ideal to preserve perfumes, but regrettably all the modern day perfumes are available in spray bottles that mix with oxygen outside and dust. The perfumes should also be kept in a cool place and can be also stored in the refrigerator so that the fragrance is retained for a longer period of time.

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Perfumes – A Fragrance Delight For Your Senses

Perfumes are the quintessential hidden and intangible factor that affects all the races that exist on our planet. Their effect on all creatures range from giving mild mood swings to taking us to the dizzying heights of ecstasy.

There are known brands like Boss Hugo perfume, Dolce gabbana perfume, Hilton Paris Perfume, Armani perfume etc and unknown ones also like By perfume, Chanel Perfume, Chloe perfume; from downright cheap to exorbitantly expensive. Used by the police and by priests to general everyday Charlie of the city.

Celebrity endorsed and celebrity launched like Britney Perfume Spear, Celine Dion Perfume, Jennifer Lopez Perfume, SRK, Bellucci etc. are also around to remind us of the flaunting and luxurious ways of the celebrities around us and give us a chance to feel like them!

The most adopted way to feel fresh is to wear your best-suited perfume. The perfume at its best and well known for its soft tones and everlasting fragrance is the one that you should prefer. These fragrances are available for both men and women. The women perfume should have those milder effects to glorify a women’s charm and beauty altogether. And to define a man’s passion the preferred perfume should have a ravishing smell for men.

It is always advised to wear a perfume that best suits your body. Buying a brand that allures you with its celebrity advertisement is a mere wastage of your time and money both. So have the best fragrance but with a bit of care Market trends around the globe clearly show an increased interest in the perfume and fragrance market. From investors to benefactors and consumers, all seem to be profiting from the perfume and fragrance market. Gear up your confidence and blow the minds of people around you by wearing a perfume

The increase in demand of fragrance oils and other fragrant natural extracts clearly shows that fragrance counts a lot in our lives. Your personality will get a stunning elegance and appreciation by wearing the fragrance you like. Select a perfume with genuine floral essence mixed with natural ingredients that best suits you for any occasion.

The effect of good perfume in the recovery and healing of patients and sick humans has been relied upon since ancient times. The natural aromas can act like healing agents to bring back that lost glory.

Fragrance and Perfumes – it’s exploiting, cashing-on and taking advantage of a very vital sense that all creatures of this planet have.

“The choice of fragrance you wear reflects your personality.”
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Spray Perfume For Women

As many make their first foray into perfumes and colognes, they begin to wonder how to spray their women’s perfume properly. While there are a few common methods in spraying perfumes, there really is no wrong or right way.

The most common method of all perfume spraying techniques is to dab the perfume on pressure points. When applying perfume, you want to focus on dabbing it on your inner wrists and neck, which are some of the warmest parts of your body. The warmth of these areas will help diffuse the scent as your body naturally warms up throughout the day. You could choose to spray your perfume directly onto each pressure point, or you could choose to spray the perfume onto one pressure point and then use your inner wrists to dab and spread the perfume.

Some perfume aficionados love to spray perfume on other pressure points besides the neck and inner wrists. Other pressure points include the harder-to-reach, oft-neglected spots behind the ears and behind the knees. Because these spots are relatively hidden, many perfume lovers would argue against any direct benefits of spraying perfume on these spots. On any given day, you probably would not encounter a large number of people who would sniff behind your ears and behind your knees. So for maximum benefit, most people stick to spraying perfume on their neck and inner wrists.

Another popular perfume spraying technique is the Cloud Method. This method is commonly used by the perfume-shy-those afraid of potentially wreaking fragrant havoc in public places with strong silage or an overpowering scent. If this sounds like you, give this method a try. With a spray or two, create a cloud of perfume in front of you. Walk into the cloud of perfume as it starts to settle.

The idea is that the perfume is evenly distributed all over your body and clothes. Then again, if you are perfume-shy you could always just do a half-spray on one of your wrists and simply dab the perfume onto your other pressure points, thereby spreading a smaller amount of perfume. Remember if you use the Cloud Method, your woman’s perfume could fade faster as most of it was probably lost in the air. Also the Cloud Method avoids those pressure points that help warm and revive your perfume.

Another popular alternative method is to spray perfume directly onto your clothes. Many people do this unintentionally as they spray perfume onto their pressure points or into a cloud. Others do it intentionally, and not without good reason. Here’s why: most perfumers today are not primarily concerned with how a perfume will smell on your skin. Perfumers know that most people will test perfumes on paper strips as they breeze through department stores. Thus many perfumes are constructed with the focus on how it will smell on paper.

Now how does this apply to perfume spraying methods, you ask? Perfume often smells different on your skin than it does on your clothes. And now with the current situation of perfume development looking the way it is, perhaps you might better enjoy the way a perfume smells on your clothes than on your skin. You could experiment by spraying perfume on your clothes to see if it lingers longer or simply smells better. Just check before you experiment to ensure that your perfume won’t damage, stain or dye your clothing.