I have been living at this place called the Oaks for over a year now. I went in with two other guys after I got the job that I have right now. It is in a pretty nice part of Vernon Hills IL and it is obviously very close to the place where me and the other two guys work. Now I am going to need another room mate pretty soon. The other day Dick got into with the guy who supervises his part of the shop. I only know about what happened second hand, but there are quite a few people saying that Dick punched him in the nose after a lot of shouting. Of course he got fired and the boss did not much care that the supervisor is a big fat jerk. He knows that just as well as all of the other people involved. At one point there was a pool over who was going to blow their top at this guy. He really loves to yell at people and I am glad that I have nothing to do with him. At any rate Dick has already packed up his stuff. Read the rest of this entry »
I had been looking for a new backup service, and a friend suggested that I look at the one that he uses for his small business. Even though we have very different businesses, I knew that he would not have suggested it if he didn’t think that it would be a good match for my own company. I did a search for Idera backup and was happy with what I initially saw. My only real concern was if I would be able to back up as frequently as I wanted to. My friend has a much smaller business, so having just a daily or even twice a week backup would be ideal for him.
For me though, I could have devastating results if my data was not backed up multiple times a day. Read the rest of this entry »
We got down here this morning, of course we ran in to some bad traffic going through Charlotte and more of it in Greenville, but that is nothing you do not expect. I probably could have timed my trip better, because we blundered right in to the morning rush hour in Charlotte. The place we moved to is right across the state lines of South Carolina, Tennessee and Georgia. It is not that far to Alabama from here either. Of course if you look here you can see that I just kept the satellite package that I had before. Direct TV does not care one little bit whether I am in Peach Tree City Georgia or High Point NC. It is all the same to them and they do not care so long as I pay the bill every month. Read the rest of this entry »
I am not exactly some one that you could call an entrepreneur, but I have been doing pretty good since I got up here. I am living near Folsom Lake in the area around the North of Sacramento. Linda and I have moved up here because she got a promotion and now we are both working in the are. We have a nice little house and we had to get ADT home security in Sacramento. It is one of those monitored systems with a bunch of bells and whistles. In fact I am not quite sure that a smart hacker could not break in to the system and override it. There must be a way to get in the thing and figure out how to do that sort of stuff. Read the rest of this entry »
I knew that I was going to get a virtual office in Singapore because it just made the best financial sense to me. I have my own business, and I am the only one who works for it. I needed a professional space where clients could come see me, but I did not want to get a whole office setup because that would mean hiring others such as a receptionist and cleaning crew as well as paying a much higher price than what I would pay for a virtual office.
I had done a lot of research on virtual offices, so I knew that they were economical and definitely within my price range. Instead of spending money on a lot of overhead, I could be putting it back in my business. Staffing costs was just one part of the equation that helped me determine that a virtual office would be the best choice for what I needed. I also would not have to pay for utilities or furniture with this kind of setup because the price for the virtual office includes everything. There are no costly details hidden in the fine print. Read the rest of this entry »
I got to thinking about doing some backpacking again. I got a post card from one of my old pals and he was working as a Medical volunteer in Nepal. Of course I went to check out his blog and it was pretty awesome what he was up to. I am not sure that a normal person would want to work at those altitudes though. He was really up there and it is not as though Nepal is some sort of story book land. It has real problems actually, I think that they have a Maoist rebel group there and on occasion they have real political turmoil. Of course it is right next door to a lot of places where they have very serious issues. Pakistan and India are always threatening to fight yet another war over Kashmir, which is just to the South. Read the rest of this entry »
When I was growing up in the eighties, everyone was talking about cable TV. There was only once place to get it from in our area, and we happily paid for the service. But when so many of us learned that other providers in different states were offering better deals, we wanted the power of having more than on company to buy from. Now we have the help of pages like http://www.cable-tv.com/regional-providers/ and so many more that will help us to see exactly who sells service in our area and we can then choose the best company.
As previously mentioned, we had only one company to get service from. If you grew tired of their prices or did not like something else they were doing, you had the choice of sticking through it and paying them anyway, or you could cancel your account and go away. That is it. But now there are over five companies that supply service in the area.
First instinct often makes people assume that the companies will all stay near one another in price and offerings, but there will always be at least one company that breaks ahead of the pack to offer more to customers than other companies to. Other companies will then lower their prices and become more competitive in a bid to not lose their customers. For many of us who do not have bottomless wallets, this is a good thing. Life is much nicer when everyone is given the chance to choose one company over another one instead of having the choice to suck it up or go without.
I have quite a few HD channels, the ability to record TV shows and movies with a lot of storage space on my trusty DVR and I even have a movie channel that plays 24 hour movies. It is nice to have entertainment at home that does not cost a lot of money.
The days of candlelight and manually cranked radios are long gone, because in today’s digital world electricity is crucial. Every room from the kitchen to the bedroom makes use of electricity, so it is hard to imagine living in a world without it. Homes are full of appliances and electronics that rely on electricity to provide entertainment, food, and even things like hot water. Some of them use more power than others and things are definitely getting more and more efficient every day, but the bottom line is that when using it on a constant basis, the electricity rates you pay can be a very important factor.
Fortunately there is some government regulation involved, as energy companies know that we are desperate for their services. Rather than letting them charge infinite amounts and leaving us with no option but to pay it, they are somewhat limited. But even with this, there can still be a big difference between different companies out there. Read the rest of this entry »
Of course what Ian and Sam want for the place and what I think it is worth are too different things. I have been looking at trying to get a realistic fast food restaurant appraisal of the location. In fact I have the idea that the place could be operated better than it is right now. Of course the location is pretty decent, because it is near the main road, but there is not a lot of other competition in the area. It is hard to figure out how much better you could do if you have a good grill there. Of course right now they have a little bit of business, but it is not anything compared to what you might do if you put the money in the place to set it up right. Of course that is going to take some work and thought if you want to have it work well.
Right now they have a gas station with a little grocery story. Read the rest of this entry »
I wanted to get my brother the perfect anniversary gift. He and his wife had been married for only a year at that point, but they were making each other so happy, and I wanted to give them something as a celebration of that happiness. The only problem is that they are the types of people who just buy anything they need. That is great, until it comes time for someone else to buy them a gift. I looked for a while, and I finally found some hand painted red wine glasses that I knew they would both really like.
One of the things that they enjoy doing in the evenings after a long day at work is sit by their fireplace and enjoy a glass of red wine. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone is building apps. Some companies are spending a fortune to have them made without ever seeing any profit from them. I found a place that does Android apps online that you can grow into as far as apps for your business are concerned. You can get started at no cost to see what you can make. This helps you to gauge whether or not an app for your business is even worthwhile. You don’t just want to make one for the sake of making it. You want an app that is going to be downloaded by your customers and put to use.
This company I used to make Android apps online makes it easy to develop your own app using the templates they have. Read the rest of this entry »
Twitter has become one of the fastest growing social media platforms while at the same time offering services social services that no other social media company has been able to provide themselves. There is no doubt that twitter is a powerhouse in social networking, allowing for both the spreading of civil rights, allowing people all over the world to maintain contact with one another during emergencies, uprisings and more. For those of us in marketing, we also go as far as to visit http://buytwitternow.net to help us spread the news of our brand, product or service that we are attempting to sell. Read the rest of this entry »
I am not really sure how old this dump truck is, but I am going to be handling a few details of the rebuild. The thing apparently has sentimental value. The guy who owns it has about fifty or sixty dump trucks. He is looking to fix this one up because it was the first one, it belonged to his grandfather who bought it used when there was no company. I went to this site called train horns unlimited and found a set of old style air horns like the ones that he wanted. It is not going to be original, but the old ones have been crushed by something very heavy. It looks like a large tree limb fell across the roof of the cab at some point. It has apparently been parked out in the back of this business for well over a decade. At any rate you have to be willing to spend a whole lot of money if you want to fix up something like this.
The job of sandblasting this thing down to the bare metal is a huge job and obviously you are not going to be using a normal paint booth for the parts on this thing. We stripped it down to the chassis and took the body off of it. Of course the obvious thing would be to replace the dump bed on this one, since it would be easier to do it like that. However the guy has all of the original parts and he wants to use them. It will not look anything like it did when the thing started out though. It is not as though you can argue with the guy who is paying for the job. It does not matter if he wants to do it all wrong or not.
I am going to have to get a second house, and I am not sure if I will be able to get coverage for the house under the same insurance company, at the location of this second house. I am trying to browse, http://homeinsurance-deals.com/insurance-quotes/ for insurance quotes where I am going to be purchasing this second house. However, after looking at the site for awhile, I have come to the determination that the company that I buy insurance from currently, for my first house, is not on the list of providers for the location I searched.
I guess that could be an oversight, but I think that it is just more likely that they do not provide coverage in this area. I know that certain providers only exist in search parts of the country. Read the rest of this entry »
I am sort of looking for something like that, but I am not really sure what good it does me to think about it. Of course it is not like making chicken and dumplings. You are not going to find the perfect recipe that tells you how to make the web page perfect. I found this site, with what is called an eformula evolution review. The guy makes some claims and it is what I am looking for in theory, the fact is that I am sort of in between on what I am doing. That is to say that I am all of the time waffling about how brave I want to be in all of this. The conservative thing to do is to sort of dip your toe in the water and very gradually try to learn what you are doing very slowly. That is the safe way to do it.