I was sitting in my office on the top floor of the large building that I own, and I heard a loud clanking noise repeatedly. I walked around trying to figure out what it was, and then I heard the heater go out. Instantly, I felt a sense of dread. I have a lot of people who rent from me, and I knew immediately that hvac in NYC help would be what I would need to handle in the next few minutes. Not having to deal with it before, I wondered if it would be easy to get help.

There are a lot of landlords in my city who are not very attentive to their renter’s needs. I have always vowed to not be like that. And it can get rather rather cold here, so I really don’t want people waiting. Continue reading It’s Nice when Companies Take Your Help Requests Seriously

Read more

Much of American’s infrastructure has been focused on the coastal boundaries of the nation which is not uncommon through most of the developed world. What is unique about the United States is the number of individuals still living in rural communities often deeply disconnected from basic utility services, including access to high speed Internet. Hughesnet Internet is a service provider able to reach out to those rural communities who have only experienced Sloth like Internet speeds offered only by dial up. This can come at a cost and is a hotly debated subject due to the prohibitive fee associated with connecting lines in a rural area.

I firmly believe that this should not come at any cost required to be paid by residents. The Internet has quickly grown to become one of the most necessary utilities that we’ve developed. Continue reading A Better Chance for Success

Read more

In my trusty old email inbox, the same one that never seems to block any advertisements or send them into the spam folder, left me a message that I should look at all of the positive Ewen Chia reviews and try my hand at doing some affiliate marketing work instead of working my fingers to the bone at a normal back breaking job. Like all of the other messages that I read from my inbox, this one got my attention, so I decided to check out these reviews to see if they were on the level. Of course, the reviews were positive and praised the work of Chia.

Reading more about affiliate marketing and how Chia used it caused me to see it in a different light. I was convinced that I could be doing affiliate marketing work from my home, rather than going into the office every day to copy papers and type long boring emails. Continue reading A Miracle Message of Wisdom

Read more

With Ewen Chia, an Internet Marketing Guru, leading the way for new business owners on the web to establish themselves I find that it’s becoming ever more important to stress the actual use of social media platforms as well as the need for a smart business model and not just an idea that hasn’t a plan behind it. It’s easy to get excited about a business idea; I’ve been there (I feel like I’m always there).While we want to rush out and start making social media profiles to give it some substance it’s also necessary to have a plan of any kind.

Having a plan for your business is the best method to define it. Continue reading A Tongue in Cheek Approach to Marketing

Read more

When I moved back to Texas, I was surprised to find out that we were actually allowed to pick out our own energy provider. I had not lived there for nearly 20 years, and this was one of the only changes that I could tell, other than a bit of development in the town I had moved back to. I decided to go online and compare Texas electric rates for the different companies that offer energy to the town I had grown up in, and I was able to find out a good bit about each one thanks to a website that I had found.

The first thing I learned was all about the deregulation. I was able to learn when it happened, why it happened, and the advantages to Texas residents because it did happen. Continue reading I Needed to Choose My Energy Provider

Read more

I have been thinking about trying to figure out the best way to quit smoking or at least stop inhaling the real tobacco smoke. I know that a vape is going to give you the nicotine, but not all of the noxious stuff that you get cancer and heart disease and all of the other bad outcomes you can get from smoking. I was looking at a Firefly vaporizer review: it’s not what you think! I am wondering whether or not a vaporizer help you quit smoking. I am thinking that I am going to be able to quit in stages. Of course the idea is pretty basic in reality. You have the bad habit of smoking and you can not give it up easily because you are addicted to the nicotine in the cigarettes. Continue reading Will a Vaporizer Help You Quit Smoking

Read more

For more information on the UBM Electronics ACE Awards, contact:

Felicia Hamerman, VP Marketing, ACE Awards

For more information on any of the sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Bob Dumas, Brand Director, EE Times at 516-562-5742; bob.dumas@ubm.com

Jim Dempsey, Brand Director, EDN at 440-333-3040; jim.dempsey@ubm.com

Read more

Platinum Sponsor


Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc., is part of Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway family of companies.

Mouser is an award-winning authorized semiconductor and electronic component distributor, focused on the rapid introduction of new products and technologies to electronic design engineers and buyers. Mouser.com is updated daily and searches more than 7 million products to locate over 1.8 million orderable part numbers from more than 400 manufacturers, available for easy online purchase. Mouser.com also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools. In addition, Mouser publishes multiple catalogs per year, providing designers with up-to-date data on the components now available for the next generation of electronic devices, delivering What’s Next to shape the future of technology.

Mouser has 16 customer support locations worldwide and ships globally to over 300,000 customers in 170 countries from its 492,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility south of Dallas, Texas. For more information, visithttp://www.mouser.com.

Executive Platinum Sponsor


About Avnet Electronics Marketing

Avnet Electronics Marketing is one of the world’s largest technology, marketing, distribution and services companies, offering leading design chain services combined with world-class supply chain services in support of the electronics industry. Avnet Electronics Marketing is focused on exceeding our customers’ needs and expectations. We serve electronic original equipment manufacturers (EOEMs) and electronic manufacturing services (EMS) providers in more than 70 countries, distributing electronic components and embedded solutions from leading manufacturers. From design to delivery, we are a company that is dedicated to support across the board.

Silver Sponsor


Xilinx, Inc. (NASDAQ: XLNX) is the worldwide leader in complete programmable logic solutions, with more than 50 percent market share and US $1.91B in revenues for calendar year 2008. Xilinx award-winning programmable solutions provide design teams with enhanced system-level performance, expanded flexibility and increased design environment productivity for a broad range of applications.

Association Media Sponsor


IEEE Spectrum magazine is the flagship publication of the IEEE, the world’s leading professional association for the advancement of technology. It is a monthly print and digital magazine and Web site for technology innovators and business leaders – the people driving change and actively looking for solutions to complex problems. IEEE Spectrum explores future technology trends and the impact of those trends on society and business, and won 20 editorial awards in 2011.

Award-winning IEEE Spectrum ‘heads up’ editorial captures the attention of nearly 400,000 technology professionals and senior executives worldwide in the high technology sectors of industry, government, and academia. Subscribers include engineering managers and corporate and financial executives. Deans and provosts at every major engineering university and college throughout the world are also IEEE Spectrum readers.

The IEEE Spectrum Web site is a destination for the latest technology news and analysis created and sought after by IEEE’s global membership. The latest articles, videos, podcasts, webinars and entries from our blogs – Automaton, EnergyWise, Nanoclast, Risk Factor, Sandbox, and Tech Talk – populate the entire site, including 11 channels and 62 subchannels, which provide the audience with fresh content several times a day. IEEE Spectrum also introduced a mobile application in 2010, and a mobile edition in 2011.

IEEE Spectrum: For Tech Insiders www.spectrum.ieee.org

Read more

Thank you for your interest in the UBM Electronics ACE Awards.

Winners will be announced on March 27th, 2012.

UBM Electronics ACE Awards

  • UBM Electronics Creates a New Awards Program to Honor Excellence in the Global Electronics Industry

EDN Inovation Awards News

    • EDN Innovation Winner’s Announcement

EE Times ACE Awards News

        • 2011 EE Times ACE Awards Finalists Announced
        • EE Times Group Announces 2010 ACE Awards Winners
        • March 31, 2009 -EE TIMES ANNOUNCED 2009 ACE AWARDS WINNERS

To request more information, please contact Dawn Walton at: dawnwalton@optonline.net

Read more

For the first time ever, UBM Electronics leading media brands, EE Times and EDN, will combine each of their respective, well established award programs, ACE and Innovation, into the new 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards.

Co-presented for the first time by EE Times and EDN- the leading information authorities with a combined presence of over 90 years in the industry-the 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards will be the most highly anticipated and closely watched celebration of excellence throughout the electronics industry.

An Annual Campaign Saluting Innovation

As a sponsor, your company will be featured in a year-long marketing campaign recognizing the significant achievements of the electronics community and its impact on the global technology economy. Led by the most trusted and influential media brand in the industry, EE Times and EDN, sponsors will be positioned as key drivers in elevating the innovations of electronics engineers and the electronics industry’s vital contributions to technology advancement.

Sponsors receive brand recognition through a variety of promotional opportunities for the award program that encompasses the UBM Electronics portfolio as well as exposure at ESC Silicon Valley. Your company’s logo will be prominently displayed on signage, ad materials, online promotions and collateral throughout the annual campaign, varying with the sponsorship program attributes.

For more information on any of the sponsorship opportunities, please contact:

Bob Dumas, Brand Director, EE Times at 516-562-5742; bob.dumas@ubm.com

Jim Dempsey, Brand Director, EDN at 440-333-3040; jim.dempsey@ubm.com

Past Sponsors


Read more

2012 Official Rules
No Purchase Necessary.

1. DESCRIPTION OF THE CONTEST: UBM Electronics’ ACE Awards will recognize outstanding achievements of people, products and companies that show leadership in the electronics industry.

2. HOW TO ENTER: Submit your UBM Electronics ACE Awards nominations by completing the submission form online and following the instructions on the screen at www.ubm-ace.com. Individuals and companies shall nominate themselves and their products and executives, either directly or through an agent. All required fields must be completed in order for the submission to be valid. Required fields are noted on the submission form.

Online entries may be submitted at www.ubm-ace.com. Submissions will be accepted from 12:00 AM (EST) November 1, 2011 through 11:59 PM (EST) January 6, 2012. Alternatively, send the completed submission form, your name, company address (specify home or business), telephone number (specify home or business) and email address to 2012 UBM Electronics ACE Awards, Dawn Walton, 322 Sea Cliff Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY 11579. The contest begins November 1, 2011. All entries must be received on or before 11:59 PM (EST) January 6, 2012. No purchase is necessary. A purchase will not improve your chance of winning.

You may nominate as many products and individuals, and you may enter as many of the categories as you like. Multiple entries for the same category will be judged separately.

3. ELIGIBILITY: This contest is open to nominees who do business in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec) and are 18 years of age or older.Void where prohibited by law. All winners will be required to execute and affidavit swearing to compliance with these eligibility requirements. If you reside outside the U.S. or Canada, you may submit entries, but you are not eligible to win any awards; however, UBM Electronics reserves the right to post your entry in a showcase if in its sole discretion it deems worthy of showcasing. Employees of United Business Media LLC, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, agencies and assigns, and their immediate family members (spouse and parents, children and siblings, and their spouses) as well as individuals living in the same household of each are not eligible to participate. The contest is subject to all applicable federal, state, and provincial laws and regulations.

4. CATEGORIES AND CRITERIA: One winner will be selected in each of the following categories.

Design Team of the Year:

The winner will be selected based on the5 creative, efficient and inspiring project management capabilities of the team, which led to a significant contribution to the furtherance of technology, including:

  • The likelihood that the technology will make a significant impact in some sector of the electronic systems market.
  • A novel and engaging way in which the technology delivers features.
  • Techniques which led to faster design time and time to market.
  • Exceptional creativity and persistence demonstrated by the team in the face of technical or business hurdles.

Innovator of the Year:

The winner will be selected based on the leadership, creativity and out-of-the-box thinking brought to technology, a product or a business, including:

  • Success in the initial phase of a technology, product or business.
  • The likelihood that a technology, product or business will have a significant impact in some sector of the electronics market.
  • Persistence shown in the face of technical, business and/or cultural hurdles.
  • The winner may be a researcher, engineer, manager, executive, venture capitalist or educator.

Executive of the Year:

The winner will be selected based on the leadership, and technological and fiscal vision brought to a company, or business during a calendar year, including:

  • Outstanding growth in business, patents, alliances or design wins.
  • The ability to demonstrate success in the marketplace or the likelihood that the business will have a significant impact in some sector of the electronics market.
  • Persistence shown in the face of technical, business and/or cultural hurdles.

Startup Company of the Year:

The winner will be selected based on its demonstration of excellence in business and/or technology development, and the potential to become a technical or market leader in the global electronics industry, including:

  • The development of an innovative business model that has the potential to cause disruptive change in a key technology or product area.
  • The assembly of a team of “star” engineers and key executives who are putting in place new business ideas and technology development practices that challenge current and existing management wisdom in the electronics industry.
  • The ability to overcome unexpected challenges and setbacks in key business/technology processes in areas such as: financing and capitalization, human resources, engineering development and design, manufacturing, marketing, sales and/or distribution.
  • The ability to enter into and manage strategic partnerships that complement the company’s own strengths in key business and technology areas.
  • The ability to lead and succeed in the domestic and global electronics market by delivering innovative engineering-based electronics products or solutions.
  • This category is open only to venture capital (or pre-IPO financed) startup electronics manufacturing (device or system) companies in business for less than three years.

Company of the Year:

The winner will be selected based on its professionalism, staff development and retention, customer focus, technical excellence and profitable growth, including:

  • The ability to exceed annual financial business goals and other market metrics set by management and/or third-party analysts for year-to-year performance.
  • Advancement in rank or market order to surpass its competitors and gain a significant new industry, product or technology leadership position recognized by one or more independent industry observers.
  • Introduction of a break-though product and/or technology that has the potential to alter the price/performance curve in a key product or technology area in electronics.
  • A novel business or management practice that makes a significant contribution to improving the environment and/or quality of life for a region or country.
  • Excellence and leadership in business practices and management in some or all of the following areas: capitalization and financing, research & development, hardware and/or software design, product design, device or system manufacturing, human resources management, marketing, PR and media relations, sales, and distribution.

Energy Technology Award:

A significant portion of the electronics industry has begun the historic shift from information to energy technology. This trend will help sustain and expand several industry sectors. Our Energy Technology Award recognizes those companies that have made the most significant contribution to this shift through the introduction of new concepts and products that help conserve energy or create new energy sources.


The recipient will have demonstrated the successful introduction of a renewable energy product, tool or service to a broad market. Among the metrics for this award are:

  • The scaling of development and/or manufacture of renewable energy products, tools and services;
  • The development and expansion of a company’s business partnerships through joint ventures, financial investors or other forms of collaboration that further the its business plan;
  • Evidence that the company and its product, tool or service can compete in a global market often characterized by competition among nations rather than international companies.
  • Putting federal or state funding or incentives, if any, to the best possible use to achieve the “biggest bang for the buck.”
  • Evidence that the new product, tool or service has the potential to create new manufacturing or other technology jobs.

Student of the Year:

The award goes to an individual whose discipline, hard work and academic success are considered hallmarks for other engineering or science students.

5. JUDGING: A panel of UBM Electronics editors will narrow down the entries to five (5) finalists in each category, based on the criteria set forth above. Winners will be determined from among the finalists by a panel of independent judges selected by UBM Electronics a division of United Business Media. Judging will take place from January 9, 2012 through February 3, 2012, and winner will be announced at ESC Silicon Valley. The judges’ decisions are final.

6. AWARDS: Awards will be presented and winning companies and individuals will be honored at ESC Silicon Valley —March 26-29, 2012. Award winners will be posted on the UBM Electronics website at www.ubm-ace.com on Wednesday, March 28, 2012. In addition to the title, winners will receive a crystal statuette (value under $500) and listed in the April, 2012 issues of EE Times and EDN (Issues subject to change). (Expenses of attending the Conference and Awards ceremony will be the responsibility of the winners.) You do not need to be present at the Awards dinner to win. No prior announcement or information on winners will be provided. For the name of the finalists and winners, available after March 28, 2012, send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to:

Dawn Walton
UBM Electronics ACE Awards
322 Sea Cliff Avenue
Sea Cliff, NY 11579

7. CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION: By entering, participants (i) agree to be bound by these Official Rules and (ii) grant UBM Electronics a division of United Business Media a royalty-free, non-exclusive, perpetual, worldwide license to use and publicly display their entries for all advertising and marketing purposes, including promoting its web sites, products and services. Accordingly, no confidential information should be included in any entry. Submissions remain the property of the entrants; however, by entering, entrants consent to the use of their name and likeness for advertising, promotional and/or marketing purposes without additional compensation. (A Tennessee resident consents to the use of his name and likeness only if such Tennessee resident expressly consents to such use.) By entering, participants release and hold harmless UBM Electronics a division of United Business Media, its parent, subsidiaries, affiliates, directors, officers, employees and agents from any and all liability or injuries, loss or damage of any kind arising from or in connection with participation in this contest. UBM Electronics a division of United Business Media is not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate entry of information including, but not limited to technical malfunctions, human error, lost/delayed data transmission, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, line failures of any telephone network, computer equipment, software or any combination thereof, entry materials that have been tampered with, or mail in entries that are illegible, late, lost, damaged, postage due or misdirected. UBM Electronics a division of United Business Media is not responsible for any injury or damage to participants’ or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any material in this promotion. Entries that have been tampered with or altered are void. UBM Electronics reserves the right to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend this promotion if it becomes technically corrupted or if for any reason the Internet portion of the program is not capable of running as planned, including infections by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures or any other causes beyond the control of UBM Electronics a division of United Business Media that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this promotion.

This promotion shall be governed by the laws of the United States

8. Finalist and Winner Logos:

UBM Electronics ACE Awards Finalists and Winners can purchase use of the UBM Electronics ACE Awards Finalist and Winner logos. For more information & logo usage guidelines, please contact Dawn Waltondawnwalton@optonline.net

Read more