Apr
2014

IT support is a growing industry

IT support is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing careers in the country.  An IT support technician is tasked with monitoring and maintaining the computers and networks of a company.  Some of the tasks that go along with IT support are the installation and configuration of computer systems, hardware, and software.  IT specialists diagnose problems with hardware and software.  They also deal with solving technical problems and application issues.  The IT technician is able to work remotely, which means that the above tasks would have to be handled over the phone.  There is the need for on site support as well.  As such, some IT support technicians travel around an area to take care of customers’ needs.  While larger corporations will employ a unit of IT support, smaller companies will call in an IT support firm on a case by case basis.  In either case, the technicians will most likely be versed in a wide variety of technical skills.  The proliferation of computers in all areas of business seems to have only gained momentum.  Pretty soon, every company in the US will depend on computer systems for its day to day operations, which in turn means that the need for IT support will expand to include literally every single company in the US.  Therefore, the growing trend in the need for IT support will continue to grow indefinitely as the day to day operations and maintenance of computer systems becomes more and more crucial.  IT support technicians are known by many different names including IT operators, maintenance engineers, and applications support specialists.  There are two major qualifications for working in the IT support field.  The first qualification is simply understand how computer systems are used.  The other qualification is the ability to apply technical solutions to problems related to networks, hardware, and software.  The main responsibility of an IT support technician is to ensure the smooth running of computer systems and thus maximize the computer system’s efficiency.   To meet this goal, IT support technicians are in charge of installing and customizing the hardware and the software of a company’s network.  After the system is installed, the IT support technician is then tasked with monitoring and maintaining the system.  To ensure the maintenance of a system, the IT support technician is often tasked with educating the office staff that interfaces with the computer system how to use the system in the most efficient manner.  Along those same lines, the IT support technician will also train the users of a system how to perform basic maintenance and trouble shooting.  When physical parts fail, it is up to the IT support technician to replace them.  IT support is in charge of access to networks and computer systems and as such are responsible for passwords and security clearances.  The will also instruct new employees how to interface with the computer system.  Finally, IT support technicians are responsible for continually testing new technologies and implementing them if they are deemed to be more efficient for a company.

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Apr
2014

Weed and Cannabis deals Up and Coming Trends

A new website is offering recreational marijuana coupons and deals. The website dubbed by enthusiasts as the “Groupon of Marijuana” is based in Denver, Colorado, where the sale of recreational marijuana has recently been legalized. The operators are banking their investments on the popularity of recreational marijuana.

The website is Canna-Saver.com. It is a start-up cannabis coupons company founded by a certified public accountant named Brian Shapiro. According to Shapiro, while he does not use recreational marijuana himself, he intends to capitalize on an industry that is estimated to be worth $1.5 billion.

 

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Shapiro’s website earns by charging operators of local shops selling cannabis a monthly subscription fee, which allows them to post weed and cannabis deals on the Canna-Saver site. With only four months since it was launched, Shapiro counts 30 stores subscribed to the website and over 65 weed coupons up for grabs.

Canna-Saver was featured as a CNN story for being the first website to focus on medical and recreational marijuana coupons and deals. On its Facebook account, the company described itself as the number one place on the web for marijuana savings. In addition, the online resource for cannabis coupons won the 2013 Cannabis Business Award for Invention of the Year.

Local dispensary owners were enticed by the reaction of the people to the website, which is why they chose to subscribe to Canna-Saver. Recreational marijuana coupons and deals ranging from offers for a free joint just for checking out a dispensary to discounts for purchasing a limited item are found on the website, which looks pretty much like a huge catalogue for cannabis enthusiasts.

Events and expos are also posted on the Canna-Saver.com website. It indicates the date and the venue of the event plus the contact information. For example, the Hempcon will be held from April 18 to April 20, 2014, at the National Orange Show Event Center in San Bernardino, California. The upcoming event is the 420th Freedom Expo.

According to the About Canna-Saver page on their website, it aims to connect the site’s users with the latest deals from retailers. Users can search the website for their favourite cannabis coupons by entering the right keywords or retailers. Those who want to avail of the coupons can have them printed or e-mailed. They can also share these coupons and deals with their friends using social media. Finally, Canna-Saver informs the reader that it seeks to become not just a trusted source but to become the only source for recreational marijuana coupons and deals.

Before recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado, the site was already earning $3,000 a month, according to its founder. With the law passed in January, Shapiro grows more optimistic about his recreational marijuana coupons and deals website. An estimated over 600,000 citizens of Colorado are expected to use the drug following its legalization. There are hoards more rushing to the state to be able to get try the drug, without fear of ending up in jail.

Also, more states are entertaining the possibility of legalizing medical marijuana. The website posting weed and cannabis deals can pretty much be an up and coming trend for both consumers and entrepreneurs.

 

Apr
2014

Vacuum Repair Stores Are Still Doing What They’ve Always Done

We too often in life, throw things away that we feel don’t serve a valuable purpose anymore and sometimes, we couldn’t be more wrong. Designing things that are made to last and also, made to wear out to a certain degree, is a delicate balance and one that’s important to understand. Many of the things we use are made with materials that are considered recyclable and can be used again for something different than it’s original purpose. Other things are designed to be able to break down or be biodegradable to an extent, so their their half lives aren’t absolutely ridiculous. Things made of aluminum and steel are often sold for scrap, so they can be melted down and reformed into something else. Old cars, shipping containers and rail cars are often sold for scrap because there’s often hundreds or a couple thousand dollars to redeem in the process. Other things like old kitchen appliances, toasters, electric can openers and blenders never lasted all that long in the first place, but are repairable none-the-less. A lot of small kitchen appliances can become obsolete pretty quickly, thus making them nonsensical to repair, but vacuum cleaners can almost always be repaired and returned to some functional level of performance. I don’t know about you, but I hate seeing someone just throw out an old vacuum cleaner when a little tender love and care could return it to it’s original glory. Of all things, old vacuum cleaners are what I take issue with more than other appliances when they get the boot and I’ll go on to explain why.vacuum cleaners

Vacuum cleaners aren’t like washers. dryers, refrigerators or air conditioners. They don’t take up near as much space and when they’re in need of repair, a service call isn’t required in order to get someone to come out and take a look at it. You can easily take a vacuum cleaner that’s not working right anymore, no matter how old it is, and have a vacuum service shop repair it for you. Many vintage vacuum cleaners were made and assembled by Americans during a time when things were built to last. So, since you’re not going to make a killing by scrapping a vacuum cleaner, it’s all the more important to use it for as long as you possibly can. Vacuum repair stores are still around today, and they’re often full of old but functional vacuums that are still perfectly capable of picking up your crumbs. I’m sure that you’ll continue seeing all kinds of vacuum cleaner advertisements claiming to have perfected suction technology, but the fact of the matter is that all vacuums, from any and all eras need maintenance every now and again in order to maintain their suction. Either way, think of your vacuum as something that can be repaired if need be, instead of something that you should throw out when you feel like it’s at the end of it’s life. Reuse, recycle and repair are always things that you should do if you can, no matter what the product or material is that you’re dealing with.

All Rays Vacuum

3740 South Broadway

Englewood CO

(303) 781-7448

Apr
2014

Hardwood Flooring is By Far the Most Long-Lasting and Elegant Type of Flooring.

hardwood flooringEverybody has different preferences, when it comes to flooring.  Some like carpet, while others prefer hard floors.  Carpet is a little bit less sanitary than other types of flooring because the tiny carpet fibers are the perfect place for viruses and bacteria to hide.  Hard floors are smooth, so there are fewer places for germs to collect.  When it comes to hard floors, there is little discrepancy as to which type is the best.  Hardwood flooring is by far the most long-lasting and elegant type of flooring.  If you do not have hardwood floors, you should consider getting them installed, next time you have an opportunity to replace your current flooring.  If you already have hardwood floors, you should do your best to preserve them, as they have been known to last for many years.  Preserving your hardwood floors is not hard to do, as long as you follow the recommended procedures for taking care of them.  Of course, everyone has a different lifestyle, and everyone’s hardwood floors experience different amounts of damage.  If you have children and pets, your floor probably has to endure a lot more spillage and damage than other hardwood floors in homes without pets or children.  That being said, every hardwood floor requires some basic care, regardless of how much damage it undergoes.  The biggest thing to remember, when it comes to taking care of your hardwood floors is remembering to get them refinished, as often as they need it.  There is no definite rule for how often hardwood floor refinishing is necessary, but you should not wait longer than a few years between each time.  In some cases, you can wait a little longer, if the flooring has not undergone any damage, but it is not worth testing.  In general, it is better to get your floors refinished frequently, in order to increase their longevity.  At the time your hardwood floors were installed, the flooring professionals should have applied a long-lasting finish.  This lasts for the first few years that you have your floor, usually, but after that you need to get it refinished.  As your floors themselves are worth a lot of money, it is important that you hire professionals who will use a good quality finish that will not harm your wood and will not be toxic to your family.  The best finishes that are used on hardwood floors are actually the most environmentally safe.  They can even dry in a couple of hours, so you will not need to spend the night elsewhere, in order to get your floors refinished.  Of course, even though hardwood floors are durable, they can get damaged sometimes.  Fortunately, hardwood floors can often be repaired, so you do not need to spend money on a new floor if your old one accumulates a bit of damage.  One of the best aspects of hardwood floors is the fact that they can last so long if properly taken care of.  For the small cost of hardwood floor repair and maintenance, you can have excellent flooring for years and years.

Apr
2014

Improving the look and feel of your home with a good carpet cleaning

Like anything else in your home, keeping your carpets looking clean and like new takes some work. Since Americans usually have a habit of wearing their shoes inside the work stacked against you is even worse since so much dirt, grime and whatever else is brought from the outside world and then ground into your carpets. To keep you carpets looking nice it is important to clean them every week or so with a good vacuum cleaner. On top of that, most people recommend that you get your carpets professionally cleaned every year or so. There are usually a lot of different options for professional carpet cleaning but my favorites are the carpet cleaners who use carbonation and a little bit of water. Some of the new Chem Dry techniques are not only better for the environment since they don’t use an excessive amount of water that usually stay soaked into your carpets overnight, if not longer. For these methods they need to use so much water because they use such harsh chemicals and soaps that they need a lot of water to make sure that it is all washed out. By leaving your carpets wet for a day or so however, you are running the risk of developing some kind of mold or bacteria in your home. With the Chem Dry system there is no chemical residue that can hurt your family and since they don’t need to use a lot of water to rinse everything out, the carpets are usually dry within a few hours so you and your family can go back to walking around your house like normal.

carpet cleaning If you have your carpets professionally cleaned every year or so, you can keep your carpets looking fresh and new for years longer than if you only vacuum. Over the lifetime of your carpet this can save you and your family lots of cash. After all, while getting your carpets professionally cleaned does cost a bit of money, it is no where near as expensive as getting your carpets replaced. You will be amazed at how much longer your carpets will last if you just take the extra steps and make sure that you take care of your carpets. While you have your professional carpet cleaners at your home, you can also ask about other services including getting your upholstery cleaned or any tile or wood surfaces. Normally it does not cost that much to add on services and it is good to go ahead and get your whole house cleaned every once and awhile to keep the other areas looking as nice as your carpeted areas. If it has been awhile since you have gotten you upholstery and carpets cleaned, go ahead and give a professional cleaning company a call, you will be amazed at the difference in the look of your home once all of the dirt, grime and bacteria is lifted out. A good cleaning can really change the entire look and feel of your home.

Apr
2014

Why I choose a career designing online database software

I got my undergraduate degree in business, with a minor in computer science.  While I enjoyed learning about the business world, my passion and real talent lied in computers and technology.  For me, it always just made sense.  Many people do not understand what I mean when I talk about writing code and designing apps, they assume I’m some sort of computer genius.  I don’t really feel like that’s the case, it’s just that ever since I took my first course on computer programing, I just felt that it made sense to me.  When I graduated from school, I considered trying to find a career in the business world, while I worked on cover letters and resume’s, and occasionally got the chance to put on my one nice suit and go to an interview, I worked odd jobs on the side designing various computer programs.  As this began to take up more and more of my time, my job search slowed, and eventually, I stopped looking.  I had always expected to work in the business world, but the more I got into the world of computer programming, the more I loved it.  By the time I had decided to look for a stable career designing web-based applications, the field had exploded.  There were so many more opportunities then I had ever expected.  As I began my research into my new chosen field, I became instantly drawn to the idea of designing applications for businesses.  This would perfectly blend my degree in business, and the experience I had gained in the business world through various internships in college, with my knowledge and love for computer programing.

With this realization, I narrowed my job search.  I was pleased to see that there were many opportunities to work at the intersection of business and technology, and I had soon taken a job as a developer for a company which created online CRM software for businesses.  I found the idea of working to design online project management tools which would help businesses function and operate more effectively to be thrilling.  I had so many ideas for application which could ease day-to-day activities, enable better communication, and help businesses grow.  It was this mindset that helped me excel in my career.  I was quickly promoted and oversaw a team of developers who were tasked with creating online databases which were to be used by businesses.  The overall design and vision for these applications came from our team of product developers and designers, who would determine the needs of our clients, and update and grow our programs to keep up with those needs.

It was my understanding of business that once again, helped me grow my career.  Within a couple of years, I was not only overseeing my team of developers, but also working on overall program design.  I began meeting with businesses and conducting surveys to get a better idea of what businesses were looking for in their online project management software.  I think took this knowledge, and worked with my team to design cutting edge applications and online databases which meet the growing demands of big businesses. Now we are leading the way in developing online CRM software which is easy to use and meets the needs of our clients.

Apr
2014

Experience your beer at new levels with unique specialty beers

Being able to enjoy a beer is a special time for many people. Being able to relax and have a beer can really say an evening for many people to enjoy. It can help to relax and unwind at the end of the day and enjoy some personal time or some time with friends. Being able to take that enjoyment to a new level is becoming one of the greatest aspects about beer. People have been creative and are coming up with new recipes and new unique touches they can really help to experience your beer at a new level. He can be a great time to see what else is out there instead of drinking the same beer all of the time.

Experiencing the different types of specialty beers available on the market today can be a great aspect of beer itself. Having a good time with friends can be even more special when you add a craft beer that is unique in what it provides.  If you have not tried some of new craft beers that are available today you may be missing out on a new favorite beer. specialty liquorMany people as they try different types find that there are some specialty beers that can really make a difference. If you plan on having a party he can be a great time to show other people what you have come a crossed as far as a great beer. Knowing that you cannot have a good time and enjoy something new can really make a party that much more fun to have. Many people go years without realizing the unique taste like income from these unique craft beers. It’s a great excuse on any occasion to try experiencing hey new type of beer that can make a unique opportunity to enjoy something special. The next time you’re getting together with some friends be sure to see what types of specially beer that you can find. They can provide a great conversation as you talk about the different aspects of beer. Being able to brew your own beer can even be a unique experience for many people. Being able to handcraft their own specialty combination can really be an enjoyable experience. Being able to find and know more about beer can make it that much more enjoyable when you know the background. Being able to brew your own can offer a unique experience that very few people take part in. Being able to craft your own beer is a lot like being able to crafter unique barbecue recipe. Any combination of the two can really lead to a great evening.

Beer can offer a great experience and help you to really appreciate the craftsmanship that goes into many of the beers that are on the market today. When it comes to specially beer there are some unique combinations that really hit the spot. Knowing which ones are your favorites can take some time to get through the vast varieties that are available on the market today.  By being able to also find some that are from around the world can be very unique. Being able to see how countries enjoy different combinations more than others can provide a great deal of knowledge about where and how beer is processed in other countries and why it is more special in some countries than others. Time to learn about your beer and the quality and craftsmanship that goes into making each combination and you’ll have a fuller effect of what goes into craft beer is crafted and what goes on with each unique combination.

Apr
2014

Denver has some great concrete patios.

One of the things that is really making me nervous about my current spot is the shape of the concrete patio.  The concrete is starting to chip away and it is doing so at a really rapid rate.  This would usually not be something that surprises me, but I think that the rate at which it is going means that the HOA really needs to start doing something about it.  Nevertheless, this does offer a rare opportunity to potentially put in something better.  What really excites me is the opportunity to put in some decorative concrete.  Decorative concrete is not something that you see every day.  It can be designed to make a pretty picture or it can be inlaid with different stones.  One of the things that I really like about difference decorative concretes is the style that it gives to the house.  A couple of friends of mine used to live in a house that had some decorative concrete and it really made the place stand out.  I think that I will continue to think about them in that house because it fit their personalities so well.  One of the things that I would be interested in doing at my place, as a result, is doing the steps in different styles of decorative concrete, so that by the time someone got up to my place on the top floor, there would be a sort of storyline that was followed.  It would be a pretty interesting idea for someone to check out and I hope to be able to do it sooner rather than later.  The other thing that worries me about all of that concrete that is chipping away is the fact that it is easily brought into the house.  The house has all hardwood floors which is great, but that also means that there is potential for the floor to get chipped away.  If the chips from the concrete get into the house and people walk over them all of the time that means that I am that much closer to having to get my hardwood floors refinished.  Denver has a number of homes and neighborhoods that primarily have houses with hardwood floors, so I am not too concerned about finding a business.  Nevertheless, that also means that there are some major investments to be made and that is definitely not something that I am looking forward to.  Instead, I would prefer to spend my money on something that improves the inside of the house.  That is the part in which I spend the majority of my time, so hopefully it looks great.  The other thing that I think would be interesting is to spend some time sanding down the moldings in my place.  I think that they have about a year before I really need to buckle down and do it.  The moldings are starting to chip away from water damage and it’s about time that I do something to protect them for the longer term.

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Apr
2014

My teenage son backed our car through our wood garage doors when he was learning to drive

Teaching teenagers to drive has to be one of the most stressful things a parent can do when raising a child. Parents all over the country turn to professional instructors and driver’s education courses to teach their children the rules of the road and get behind the wheel with them instead of doing it themselves, and the ones who teach their own kids often complain or regret it later on. Driver’s education is not just an important way of not having to deal with teaching your teenage child something they think they already know everything about, but it also covers all the rules of the road and the laws that you once knew but have long since forgotten yourself, since driving is such a mundane part of your routine.

I too chose to have my child take driver’s education courses that included on hands driving experience, up to and including the number of hours they needed to complete as required by law before actually taking the test for their license. In fact, his instructor was even certified to give him the driver’s test, which he passed. As soon as he was old enough and after a little bit more practice with me before I could be sure I believed he could drive, we headed over to get him his first driver’s license. He was thrilled. My husband and I were less so, and we limited his driving only to and from school and only on days when I did not need the other car.

It did not take a full month before he backed the car out of the garage – with the garage doors closed. He was devastated, because he knew he was in trouble. I was actually not as concerned with it as my husband was. My son said he had pressed the button but had not looked to make sure the garage door had risen up, and had clearly not been going very fast when he backed out. He stopped immediately and ran back in to tell us, and my husband drove the car out of the mess. We informed him that he would have to spend more time driving with us before he would be allowed to go out on his own again, and he would certainly not be allowed to drive either of our cars until he had paid for the repairs to the wood garage doors, which ended up being several hundred dollars. He had an after school job but it would still take him several weeks to pay it back.

Several weeks gave us a chance to practice driving with him more until I was comfortable with him behind the wheel. I think I placed too much confidence in the driving instructors and let myself off the hook too much with him, because I knew it would frustrate me to have to teach him myself. I let my desire to not be inconvenienced by teaching him to drive get the better of me, and I spent more time working with him going forward.

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Apr
2014

Air Conditioning Repair Saved My Summer

  Let me tell you, with Summer just around the corner, I am looking forward to being outside in the sun, going to the beach, relaxing on my back porch, and many other summertime activities.  I absolutely love going outside and basking in nature’s warm glow, and I never wish summer would end.  You could say it is my favorite time of the year.  Who doesn’t love the Fourth of July, with the endless amount of hot dogs and hamburgers, followed by an amazing show of fireworks toward the evening?  Even though the days last for so long, there will always be a time when I need to go inside and blast the air conditioning to give myself a little bit of a cool down.  So, imagine my shock last summer when I came inside from a sweltering day of summer activities, only to find that my air conditioning unit was out of commission!  Thankfully, I was able to arrange some air conditioning repair from DNI Heating and Cooling.

    I felt completely at a loss when my air conditioning unit wouldn’t work!  After a brief moment of panic and a few ice cubes on my neck, I gave DNI a call and was greeted by a more than friendly customer service representative.  I told them as much as I could, from how long the unit was inactive, to what kind of air conditioning unit I have, and how long I’ve had the unit.  Thankfully, they were able to determine that I would not need a completely new unit, which saved me a lot of money!  I have the feeling other companies would have told me that I would need a brand new replacement, which certainly isn’t in my budget.  After scheduling the repair, I was waiting for no longer than 2 hours when a handy technician showed up to get to work on my air conditioning unit.  I was pleasantly surprised as to how quickly he managed to complete the task, and I wasn’t left waiting without my precious air conditioning for too long.  While the technician was there, he asked if he could take a look at my furnace as well, since DNI is a well established heating company.  Even though it was during the summer, I figured it wouldn’t hurt to check on the status of my furnace.  It’s a good thing I let them check, because they were in need of dire heating repair!  I had an on-site consultation and was pleased to hear that the pricing was fair, as it didn’t cost me an arm and a leg to make sure everything was in line.  I was so relieved to find that I wouldn’t be in the same position when Winter started to roll in.  Thankfully everything was taken care of, and I was also guaranteed speedy on-call service if any other problems came up.  I will definitely recommend DNI to my neighbors and friends just in case they have any unexpected repairs needed on their air conditioning units.

Apr
2014

What you need to know to purchase loose diamond

Purchasing loose diamonds is and can be a smart choice when it comes time to buy something that you want to invest long-term with. But before you purchase a loose diamond ensure that you were making an informed decision about your purchase see you know that you are actually getting what is specified as its color cut and clarity. Because different diamonds carry different certifications knowing about the certifications can be an important part especially when dealing with loose diamonds. For example a GIA certified diamond does not always have the same recognition has an HRD certified diamond. Because one is more loosely graded, the HRD diamonds, you want to be able to know the difference between these two certifications. If you are going to buy something with a looser certification then knowing the difference between them is a big part of making informed purchase about your loose diamonds. Color cut and clarity are of the most importance when making the choice about diamonds. But if you have different certifications amongst them you need to realize that they are not all the same. Some diamonds go under much higher scrutiny in order to receive the ratings. gia certified diamondsIf you do not have these types of certifications attached to the diamonds then you are taking a bigger risk your purchase. If you have not purchased diamonds before and are making your first purchase of loose diamonds then being able to understand the difference and certifications will be a big part of your choice. Understanding the cut and the clarity is always important to make sure that you are getting something of quality and something that you can truly invested. But if you can’t trust those numbers because the certifications or difference then it is your own risk you’re taking about the diamonds. Diamonds are graded typically with a very fine tool that can specify the most immaculate details about it. Proper certification undergoes quite a big amount of ordeal to ensure that proper diamonds are being used. Knowing the difference between different certifications well are you to make the most informed decisions about your purchase of loose diamonds. Many opinions exist in the marketplace today but if you don’t have proper certification then that’s all you’re getting is an opinion. You take more risk because the certifications to not exist. I was having proper certification of you diamonds will help to ensure the value of the diamonds that they will last all throughout time.  In form yourself of proper certification and you can ensure that your loose diamonds are going to be what you’re looking for and hold the right value long-term.  Being properly informed and trained in the certifications of diamonds is important.  When you are properly informed you can be sure that your purchases are exactly what you want and feel confident walking away with the perfect diamond.  No one wants to be made a fool or get in trouble when purchasing a diamond but when you are not properly certified in knowing what to look for someone will make a fool of you so don’t take a chance know what to look for.