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Home Security Alarm Systems

With the extensive use of technology and sophisticated gadgets there has been a marked improvement in the characteristic of human life in various respects. Modern technology has also made people’s lives much safer. Electronic alarms have helped people to make their homes less vulnerable to burglary. Home security alarm systems are very popular because of their efficiency and relatively low price.

Alarm systems available in the market are of assorted kinds. Certain types of alarm systems can be made operational without any specialized knowledge. On the other hand, there are others that need to be installed and made functional by the alarm company service staff. The choice of a home security alarm system depends greatly on the specific needs of a particular household and the lifestyle led by a particular family.

All home security alarm systems consist of three fundamental parts: the alarm, the sensor that keeps track of the illegal intrusion, and the control that triggers the alarm to sound in the event of a disturbance caused by an intruder. Home security alarm systems can run on power supplied by a battery or can function with the help of electricity as a power source. Alarm systems that run on batteries can be installed without much trouble but are considered less effective than their electrical counterparts.

Home security alarm systems can also be divided into self-contained alarm systems and alarm systems with separate components. Self-contained alarm systems keep the alarm, control, and sensor in a single unit. They are appropriate for use in small houses, offices, or apartments, which have a smaller number of doors and windows. These units are reasonably priced and can be installed without much difficulty. In alarm systems with separate components the units divide the sensor from the control and alarm. They function effectively in larger homes with multiple rooms needing simultaneous protection.

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Compaq Computer – Joseph R. "Rod" Canon’s Success Story


Born in Texas, Joseph R. “Rod” Canion spent his youth working on hot rods. This interest in mechanics led him to study engineering at University. Canion was hired out of school in 1968, with a master’s degree in electrical engineering, and went to work for Texas Instrument. After thirteen years at the company, Canion and two of his co-workers, Jim Harris and Bill Mutro, chose to leave Texas Instruments and start their own disk drive and computer peripherals business.

At the advice of venture capitalist Benjamin J. Rosen, the three men opted to get into computer manufacturing and begin making computers based around a portable IBM-compatible PC clone that Canion had devised. Rosen helped Canion, Harris, and Mutro secure $1.5 million to start the business toward the production of the twenty-eight pound portable Psketch C.

Starting The Business

Compaq computers Corp. began in 1982. Its plan was to produce machines that were compatible with IBM PCs, but offered more power and available features to its users. Aware that dueling with IBM was going to be a monumental task, Canion went about devising a way Compaq could rise above the glut of clones that had sprung onto the market. Canion sought after more money so that they could have a large foundation of capital and therefore provide dealers with the assurance that Compaq would be stable in the years to come.

Canion chose to sell only through dealers – unlike IBM and other clone companies, selling both through dealers and through the company itself. He learned the needs and expectations of the dealers and observed what other companies were trying, then strategiced as to how best to present the Compaq product. The computers were released and a wide gap was kept between the suggested retail price and the wholesale price so that dealers could offer ‘discounts’ to buyers or choose to take a higher profit. Consequently, the machines found a place next to the IBM PC. Compaq was also designed an effective ad campaign that helped contribute to the dealers’ profits.

Building An Empire

In its first year of operation, Compaq did an unprecedented amount of business for an infant start-up. More than 53,000 PCs were sold and sales reached $111 million. After Compaq went public in 1983 and $67 million taken in, its first line of desktops were developed. Because of Intel’s new 8086 chip installed in Compaq’s DeskPro, the new line of desktops proved to be more powerful than the contemporary IBM PCs. A few months later a new Compaq computer with Intel’s 80286 processor powering the machines hit the streets and again broke records as sales hit $329 million with 150,000 PCs sold. Five years after its formation, Compaq became the youngest company ever to become a member of the Fortune 500.

With regard to his managing style, Canion came to be known as an employer skilled at motivating his workers and for listening to the ideas and opinions of his employees. This atmosphere brought intelligent and

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