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review 2018-12-15 13:17
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone - Jaclyn Moriarty 
The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of... The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of Bronte Mettlestone - Jaclyn Moriarty

So much win.  It's kind of amazing how much I love Moriarty's books. I really liked how it all came together. Interesting universe with so many pirates and dragons and water sprites, but also committees and dull trips and people being late to pick one up at the station. I only had two tiny quibbles: it's weird to read about a girl living in a more-or-less-contemporaneous setting who wears dresses or skirts all the time. It's just a slight thing, but it pulls me just the tiniest bit out of the story every time a dress or skirt is mentioned because I so rarely see girls or women in them anymore. And also, this is a very white world. Not that everyone is explicitly called white, but because no one isn't. The illustrations reinforce the white-is-default impression. It's a good thing that I've become so accustomed to reading books with a diverse cast that I can't stop noticing when there aren't any other characters.

 

Despite those two issues, I loved the book. It's my favorite middle grade in I don't know how long. Highly recommended for white readers.

 

Library copy

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text 2018-12-12 11:15
Hosted PBX or On-Premise Phone Systems- Which Works Better for your Business? 

Have you been frustrated with your telecom services lately? Or is it your telecom service provider that you think should be blamed? 

 

Well, you might also want to have a close look at the service that you have chosen. Especially when it comes to the choice of phone systems, you have a lot of options to decide from. However, there will only be one of those that would fit all your business needs. Before deciding which phone system would fulfill your business needs in a better way, you must keep a check on the following major aspects- 

 

  • Where would you want to install your phone system?
  • How would you want to want to manage your phone system?
  • How do you plan to handleend-user issues? 
  • What services are available at your location?
  • Do you have a reliable infrastructure that could support your entire organization?

Basis the answers to these questions, it would be easier for you to decide which one out of Hosted PABX or On-premise phone systems is beneficial for your business. 

 

What is Hosted PBX? 

In a Hosted PBX system, also referred to as a hosted VoIP or Internet phone system, the  best business broadband deals australia is responsible for housing the PBX as well as handling the technology required. The desk sets are plugged into a router and the calls, signaling, and other features are handled through an IP-PBX server at the provider’s location.  

 

What is an On-premise PBX? 

An On-premise PBX is similar to a traditional phone system that resides in a location, such as a computer equipment room or a phone closet. The signaling in an On-premise PBX is done with an IP phone to the IP-PBX server using a LAN. With the use of SIP trunking, calls can go through a traditional phone company as well as a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP). Gateway cards are used in connecting the system to the traditional phone company provider. The provider can be the one that already provides the service, though a SIP trunk can be configured for use with an Internet service telephone provider (ISTP). 

 

The Difference 

  • Purchasing an On-premise IP-PBX phone system involves buying hardware, which is inclusive of a server with the proper number of interface cards (if required) to be able to connect the telephone company with the IP phones. On the other hand, Hosted IP-PBX only involves the purchase of IP phones, even though the router and the network switch may be needed to ensure that there is one specifically dedicated to VoIP. It is advised that you look for best broadband for office in Australiabefore landing upon a decision. 

 

  • In a Hosted PBX system, the network qualification is performed by the customer; all the upgrades are made at the customer expense. On contrary, in an On-premise IP-PBX system, the IP-PBX provider will have to qualify the networkand install and program the IP-PBX.  

 

  • Hosted PBX phone system does not involve any maintenance costs of the IP-PBX, whereas On-premise phone systems have potentially higher maintenance costs. 

 

  • Considering the expansion of yourbusiness grade internet provider in australia, an On-premise phone system would imply the purchase of more IP phones, unless any special licensing is required. On the other hand, with a Hosted PBX system, additional phone systems are purchased and added to the service plan requiring additional programming time by the customer. 

 

Some of the parameters speak to the nature of your business, while the others come down to personal preference. However, it is evident that the shift to a hosted PBX provider in Australia is beneficial regardless of which system is ultimately chosen. Many factors such as the size of your team, the number of networked locations, your comfort levels with the technical matters, etc. hold a definite say while you pick one for your business. Genesystel’s Complete Solution packages offer unlimited calls, 2MB dedicated Enterprise Grade Voice Network, unlimited data, 4G Back Up for redundancy, hardware and software maintenance and dedicated account management available on a Contract term of 36 or 48 months. Genesystel serves as a one-stop shop for all the telecom related requirements of your business.  

 

Website: genesystel.com.au 

  

 

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review 2018-12-10 22:24
You Better Watch Out, You Better Be Good
Benjy and the Belsnickel - Swinehart, Bonnie

Heartwarming and charming, “Benjy and the Belsnickel” is an all-around fun read for children whose reading skills are advanced enough for chapter books, and the hand-drawn illustrations add to the appeal. With Christian underpinnings, this book reminds me of the Little House on the Prairie series as well as the lesser-well-known “Younguns of Mansfield” by Thomas L. Tedrow. Benjy is an eleven-year-old boy growing up in the Pennsylvania Dutch town of Landisburg in the 1930s, and this quaint setting includes a one-room schoolhouse and rural farms where adventure is never far away. Unfortunately for Benjy, neither is trouble. Poor Benjy doesn’t mean to be so naughty, but he can’t seem to help himself, and as a result he fears a visit from the Belsnickel at Christmastime. A more benign version of Krampus, the Belsnickel is associated with southwestern Germany and also the Pennsylvania Dutch. Benjy’s encounter with this mysterious creature might be slightly scary for younger kids, but the overwhelming majority of this delightful book is amusing and pleasant. Reading about a time when kids played mostly outside and used their imaginations to have fun is such a relief from today’s technological age and will hopefully inspire young readers to engage in some of these “old-fashioned” activities!

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-12-08 02:01
Book Review : Harry potter and the half blood prince J.K Rowling
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling,Kazu Kibuishi,Mary GrandPré

The war against Voldemort is not going well; even Muggle governments are noticing. Ron scans the obituary pages of the Daily Prophet, looking for familiar names. Dumbledore is absent from Hogwarts for long stretches of time, and the Order of the Phoenix has already suffered losses.
And yet…

As in all wars, life goes on. Sixth-year students learn to Apparate — and lose a few eyebrows in the process. The Weasley twins expand their business. Teenagers flirt and fight and fall in love. Classes are never straightforward, though Harry receives some extraordinary help from the mysterious Half-Blood Prince.

So it’s the home front that takes center stage in the multilayered sixth installment of the story of Harry Potter. Here at Hogwarts, Harry will search for the full and complex story of the boy who became Lord Voldemort — and thereby find what may be his only vulnerability.



Review : I freaking loved this book I cried and laughed so the war on voldemort is going on Dumbledore picks up harry at his house and ends up talking to the dursly's which was hilarious I love Dumbledore . Harry and Dumbledore visit this old professor to convince him to teach back at Hogwarts and Harry does . Dumbledore ends up teaching a lot to harry during this year he ends up showing Harry a lot of memories of people dealing with voldemort . Harry thinks Draco is up to something . Snape makes the unbreakable vow to help Draco . While taking potions Harry finds this potion book in class with notes from the Half blood prince that help him in class . Harry and Dumbledore are trying to get this memory from slughorn so harry uses felix felicis to help him get the memory and he gets it and goes to dumbledore . Ron ends up starting dating this girl named Lavender, Herminne is jealous like ugh just be together already and Harry is starting to have feelings for Ginny . Ron eats these chocolates filled with love potion from a girl who sent them to Harry . So Harry goes to slughorn to have him help and they have a glass of meed to celebrate ron's birthday but it was poisoned but Ron was okay . griffindore wins there last quiditch match and Harry kisses Ginny . Dumbledore asks harry to help him find this horcrux and they get it and Dumbledore has to drink this stuff which is pretty much poison and he's loosing his mind and they get back and Draco is there planning to kill Dumbledore but snape kills him and I was sobbing and angry ugh I hate snape .

Quotes :


Do you remember me telling you we are practicing non-verbal spells, Potter?"
"Yes," said Harry stiffly.
"Yes, sir."
"There's no need to call me "sir" Professor."
The words had escaped him before he knew what he was saying.”

You'd think people had better things to gossip about," said Ginny as she sat on the common room floor, leaning against Harry’s legs and reading the Daily Prophet. "Three Dementor attacks in a week, and all Romilda Vane does is ask me if it’s true you’ve got a Hippogriff tattooed across your chest."
Ron and Hermione both roared with laughter. Harry ignored them.
What did you tell her?"
I told her it's a Hungarian Horntail," said Ginny, turning a page of the newspaper idly. "Much more macho."
Thanks," said Harry, grinning. "And what did you tell her Ron’s got?"
A Pygmy Puff, but I didn’t say where.” 


Sometimes you remind me a lot of James. He called it my 'furry little problem' in company. Many people were under the impression that I owned a badly behaved rabbit.


What do I care how 'e looks? I am good-looking enough for both of us, I theenk! All these scars show is zat my husband is brave!” 

 

 

 

 

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review 2018-12-05 23:41
Like sand through the hourglass
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Boya Sun,Matt Rockefeller,Xanthe Bouma,Mark A. Siegel,Alexis Siegel

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior by Alexis & Mark Siegel with illustrations by Boya Sun & Matt Rockefeller is the first book in a fantasy series set in a place where magic plays a distinct and politically polarizing role. In this universe, all 5 worlds in the system (different types of beings live on the different worlds) are kept in careful balance with one another until they suddenly start to die for unknown reasons. There are some that believe their only hope of survival is to light all 5 beacons (one in each world) but the Toki peoples are adamantly set against this course. Our heroine, Oona Lee, is a less than stellar student of the Sand Dancer Academy (inexpertly wielding magic sand) and suddenly she finds herself swept up in a seemingly foolhardy attempt to save the universe before time runs out. There's intrigue, danger, and a health dose of racial tension just to stir the pot. I've recommended this to quite a few kids and all of them have enjoyed it because all of those heavy topics are real and kids can spot a fake from a mile away. Additionally, I thought the art style of this book was really unique and beautiful which made it even more astounding when I discovered that the book was a collaborative effort between people living in different parts of the world. Talk about life not imitating art! 10/10 and you can look forward to my review of the second book in the series in a few days. XD

 

SO. GORGEOUS. [Check out the source for larger images: 5 Worlds Team]

 

What's Up Next: Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

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