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Spring Cleaning 101: Ever-Organised Electronics

Tech Week March 30, 2016 at 10:32 am

Keeping Your Electronics OrganisedWith every new smartphone, gaming device and charging systems, your electronics collection could easily grow into a tangle of cords and a pile of unsorted gadgets. This is why it’s necessary to take the time and sort out which ones are still useful and make sure that those are kept safe and secure for easy access.

Here are some ways to do a little spring cleaning around the home to keep your gadgets up to date, organization-wise.

Cable ties: The handy invention to tie-up loose ends

Whether it’s an old charger and USB connectors that can still be used for a new smartphone of the same brand or everyday appliances, cords can become a tangled hassle when left unsorted. The easiest way to deal with them is to make use of cable ties.

Also known as zip ties, these are actually an easy solution to bundle together cable and wires to keep them from tangling. Cable ties are usually made of plastic, which makes them sturdy enough to hold cords together, Skygeek reported. Additionally, cable ties can be adjusted depending on how many or how thick the cords are that need to be bundled together.

Store with an electronics bin

Now that you have your cords in order, you can also make sure that your electronics are not just lying around in the house or even your bag. It helps to have an electronics bin that you can easily store in a bigger cabinet or drawer, says Engineering Supplies.

Usually, an electronics bin has different storage slots to easily store similar items. For instance, you can put together USB connectors in one slot while putting all of the phone chargers into another. With the use of cable ties for cords, this makes them even easier to find and use around the home.

This also works in the office and lets you avoid having a cluttered desk full of cords and gadgets everywhere.

Sort and separate according to use

Other electronics may not necessarily fit into an electronics bin. The best way to unclutter most of the gadgets and electronics in the home is to have an organisational system that would allow you to categorise which device, gadget, hardware, and even software is needed for which purpose, according to Houzz.

For instance, those with gaming devices, office gadgets, and entertainment systems and accessories should learn to separate each segment into a different filing area. All of the accessories related to gaming — including game discs, headsets, controllers, and the like — should have their own tier in the cabinet that’s separate from other gadgets. Better yet, if you have space in the home, it would be better to store it in a different place so that if your electronics library grows in the long run, it would be easy to adjust to the allotted space instead of being forced to take out your old hardware.

Take these three steps to heart the next time you plan to get your gear and gadgets in order. This way, you can say goodbye to days of tripping on messy cords or fumbling your way into finding the (yet again) missing remote control.

Capture Spectacular Powder Portraits Like a Pro

Service Week March 15, 2016 at 10:06 am

Powder Photo PictureYou might have heard about Holi powder, the brightly-colored fine powder splashed on runners during fun runs. Originally used for the Holi festival of the Hindus, Chameleon Colors says Holi color powder is now common in pop culture and is used to create blasts of interesting colors in concerts, events, and even in dance clubs. Photographers also utilize the vibrant powder in creating stunning images with eye-popping colors and visually-intriguing effect.

Powder photography may seem difficult to pull off, but with the right techniques and some photography tricks, you can create beautiful and dynamic portraits just like a pro!

Powder photography can get really messy.

Pick a location that can accommodate this type of project. Any location that is easy to clean afterwards (like the garage, a basement room, or even outdoors) should be fine. You may cover the floor with dust sheets for easier cleaning afterwards. Don’t forget to cover your equipment with protective materials as the fine particles of the Holi powder may damage them. Make sure the location is dry, as moisture can make cleaning more tedious.

Powder photography is all about color.

Choose a dark location, or at least set up a dark background using black cloth or cardboard. For the model, however, light-colored clothing (preferably white) is suggested. The dark background and the light clothing will highlight the vibrant and vivid colors of the Holi powder.

To capture the movements of the Holi powder mid-air, set-up trigger-controlled speedlights as back lighting.

Don’t use too many lamps and lights. They may wash away the colors of the Holi powder in the photos. If possible, use natural lighting.

Prepare the Holi powder.

Put them in clear plastic bags so it’s easier to choose the color you will use. Also have tools such as dust pans, scoops, and fans handy.

Although Holi powder is non-toxic and easy to wash, it is still important to use them with proper care and caution.

Orient the model and make sure he’s aware of what’s going to happen. Make sure everyone’s ready before splashing the Holi powder. Never throw powder at the model’s face without his permission. Always keep your mouth closed while throwing Holi powder mid-air.

Experiment and enjoy!

Try StyleCaster.com’s different poses and go with different angles in splashing Holi powder. Play around with the speedlights and the camera settings to achieve a variety of effects in the photos.

Holi color powder is all about festivities, celebrations, and fun. Just like the exciting energy and upbeat vibe these colored powders give in street parties, musical events, and dance clubs, powder photography should also be fun. You’ll be surprised how dynamic your photos will be!

Custom Homes: Why It’s Still Better Than Moving to a New Residence

Next Stop February 25, 2016 at 4:54 am

Custom HomesBetween building a new home from scratch and simply moving to a new residence, the choice is often clear which is the smarter choice. Moving in is arguably the more cost-effective method, while building a custom home requires a big investment.

But, don’t let the hefty price tag of building a new house fool you; while moving in may be more affordable, and arguably reachable, a custom home built with your specifications can save you a considerable amount of money.

Custom Homes and Energy Efficiency

When you compare a custom home from your standard production home, the former has more versatility in the way it’s constructed. The design of production homes are reused again and again, which means your neighbor (or the house a few blocks away), may have the same appearance as your own.

Custom homes obviously are specifically designed to your liking, including appearance, but one important thing that sets it apart from standard production homes is its potential to become more energy efficient in the long run.

Many builders, such as Keystone Construction, note that since you have total control of what’s included in your custom built home, it means that it will have more updated technologies. Production homes have standard equipment, such as insulation and HVAC systems already installed. This might be convenient, but it may also be dated by the time you purchase the home.

Dated equipment is a serious thing; not only is there the potential to accumulate excess energy costs, repair work is generally more costly as well. With custom homes, you’ll have the peace of mind that the equipment and technologies you’ve installed are brand new.

A Long-term Investment

One of the main disadvantages of buying used or production home is the amount of maintenance you’ll potentially have to do once you move in. It’s not surprising that even after some detective work before you purchase the house, there’s bound to be something that needs repair or maintenance. The price tag may be less than what you’ll have to pay for a new home, but the repair work can bust a hole in your wallet faster.

Custom built homes don’t require that much repair, and since you know how it was built from the ground up, you’ll have knowledge of what may go wrong in the future, and have it addressed even before it begins.

Deciding on a custom built home may require more upfront investment, but in the long run, it’s the more economical choice when you compare it to buying a used or production home.

5 Practical Means to Cut Concrete Structures

Service Week February 9, 2016 at 7:21 am

Concrete Cutting in UtahCompleting an engineering project with ease can be very challenging for construction companies who do not have all right services and technology needed for the job.  When dealing with construction service providers, one aspect that we should look closely is its concrete cutting service capabilities.

Concrete cutting, in essence, hastens the amount of time needed and increase efficiency. This is particularly true if the service company that you are dealing with is well equipped with modern and state of the art concrete cutting tools and machines.  Check to see if they have quality tools like electric saws, hydraulic saws, pneumatic saws, as well as gas-powered saws.

A highly reliable construction company is likewise capable of offering various concrete cutting methods.

So wherever you are, whether you are dealing with concrete cutting service in Sandy Utah or in Arizona, be sure to ask your local service provider if they offer any of the following methods of concrete cutting:

Diamond Sawing Method

Diamond is among the most widely used means of concrete cutting. Construction service companies make use of this method because diamond saws are far more precise and more efficient than all the others. It can swiftly cut through most metals with ease. Unlike other methods, this concrete cutting method also produces little vibration.

Flat Sawing Method

Otherwise known as slab sawing, this type of concrete cutting method is highly effective for cutting through horizontal concrete structures as floors, roads, and pavements. This method employs diamond blade mounted on a cart that operators push to go on with the cutting process. Cutting to extract broken pipes, wiring, and build plumbing trenches are among the many uses of flat sawing method.

Concrete Wall Sawing

Concrete wall sawing method makes use of circular blades placed on track-mounted machine to cut through walls. The track-mounted set-up allows the blades to climb up the walls and cut all the way to as much as 36 inches in thickness.

Core Drilling Method

Core drilling is another type of concrete cutting that is highly essential in speeding up the whole process of construction and demolition job. This method is used to set-up holes and opening intended fir wires, cables, pipes, and vents. Core drilling requires highly trained service operators as this involves high precision cutting that only well-trained individuals can perform.

Wire Sawing Method

This type of concrete cutting is very common for larger scale construction projects. The method entails the use of complex hydraulic-powered machines to get through and cut massive concrete structures. For large scale concrete cutting tasks that are way too difficult for most cutting methods, wire sawing has always been the most practical option in order to get the job done.

With this knowledge and the help of concrete cutting pros, getting the job done will be a piece of cake.

3 Effective Ways to Bring Out the Best in Your Introverted Employees

Service Week January 26, 2016 at 1:16 am

Employees in PerthAs a good manager, you must have an eye for introversion. Chances are, one out of your three employees is an introvert. Now, why does this matter? Well, you can’t effectively bring out the best in your talents if your approach is overly extroversion-centric.

Introverts are not antisocial; they just prefer less stimulation from the environment to get their energy. These individuals are great listeners and make sound observations, but require extended quiet times produce invaluable ideas.

As you ponder how to get quality output consistently from the introverted employees you have in mind, here are some of the little changes you could make to level up their performance profoundly:

Build More Walls

Partitioning is a simple way to promote some privacy for your introverted team members. Distancing themselves, in a way, from the rest of the company can give them more ‘alone’ time to dive deep into their tasks and get their thoughts uninterrupted.

Experienced builders of office workstations in Perth can offer you fantastic ideas to make the workplace more comfortable for introverts — while improving its overall design.

Embrace Digitised Communication

Introverted individuals would rather talk to you privately when it’s really necessary. So, rather than requiring them to move out of their workstation, your introvert employees may prefer digital interactions better.

This might not even have to spend anything that much on this one. A simple chat service is enough to make your office a happier place for introverts.

Be Specifically Clear at Everything

As they would rather handle tasks with little to no intervention or supervision, it’s better to give your introverted employees detailed instructions. The structure allows them to better understand your expectations, thus helping them meet goals.

Every person has some introverted tendencies. While it’s quite a stretch to turn your entire office introvert-friendly, keeping a healthy balance is both beneficial to your introverted and extroverted talents.

Transform! – 3 Ways to Reinvent Yourself for 2016

Next Stop January 7, 2016 at 7:29 am

New CarThe New Year is coming up very soon with less than a few days away left in the calendar. Most people take this as the opportunity for new beginnings whether that be in their relationships, in their career, in their life goals, or simply just a clean slate at life. Others see it as another year to renew their determination and passion to previous commitments. Some see it as a chance to evolve and reinvent themselves.

Now, speaking of reinvention, if you plan on giving yourself a complete transformation this 2016, tituscontracting.com suggests three ways to do it.

Updating your Wardrobe

The clothes people wear are perhaps the ultimate expression of individuality. What a person wears at home, at school, at work, or at a romantic date says a lot about him. Perhaps that is why fashion has always been a thriving business as it offers a way for people to express themselves. This said, if you want to transform the impression you make at people, or your image as a whole, one sure-fire way is to update your wardrobe. If you think you are done with the boyish clothes and it is time for the manly suits, then go right on ahead. Take your pick at the closest clothing boutiques and choose a new image for yourself. You will be amazed how far a new set of clothes can do for your identity.

Changing the Decors

One of the most valuable possessions of any person would be his home. A house provides for a person shelter and security, which is right up there by the top of Abraham Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs. But aside from providing four walls around and a roof above a person’s head, a house is in itself an extension of the owner’s identity, person and will. He decorates it as he wishes, paints it the color he likes, and arranges the furniture in how he likes. In a way of speaking, the house becomes it owner, and is a reflection of his identity. So, if you want to mix things up and transform your humble abode, then redecoration and changes to the interior are in order. But if you want to up the ante and improve on what you already have, then calling up commercial construction and renovation services is the recommended move. They can expand on your home, change its features and more.

Revamping your Ride

Another form of personal expression is a person’s car. Well, ever since man started to use other forms of transportation aside from their own two feet, a certain affection and attachment has been put on their transports. From horses to automobiles, people consider them to be part of their personalities. Much of what a person’s ride is can reflect on him. This being said, to reinvent yourself completely for the New Year, try changing up your car. You can take it to the local automobile repair shop, have it tuned up, install add-ons and put a new coat of paint on it. Or if you like, sell it and buy a completely new one. Whichever you choose, updating your form of personal transportation will have great effect on your identity for the next twelve months (and even beyond).

Some people would just like to conduct themselves in an entirely different way. And this coming New Year is exactly the best opportunity for it.

Moving Office: Avoiding Complications During the Big Move

Next Stop December 12, 2015 at 3:29 am

Office RelocationRelocating your place of office is perhaps the most troublesome part of managing your own business, but it’s necessary and there’s little you can do to avoid it. Whether you’re expanding or downsizing, moving can get very complicated and it’s easy to make a mess of things if you aren’t prepared.

Preparing for the Big Move

Ideally, you should already have a schedule of how the move will go about at least a month before the actual moving date. While it seems too early, it gives you some room to make changes if ever complications arise along the way. Similarly, your employees or staff should also have an idea when the actual move will take place, and you should already be assigning them accordingly.

Most moving companies, such as Mergenthaler Transfer & Storage, recommend hiring your movers at around this time as you’ll have a significantly easier time during the actual moving process if you’ve already coordinated with them at least a month or a few weeks prior to the actual move. Most moves don’t necessitate actual movers, but if it’s your business’ first time to move, enlisting professional help is a good investment that’ll save you time and money in the long run.

Finally, you should already create a moving committee that you can trust will do some of the secondary management during the move. You can’t always tear yourself away from your busy schedule just to assist with the move after all. The moving committee will coordinate on your behalf and keep things at a steady pace.

Office Plans and Contacts

As early as the first or second week, you should already have an idea what your new office space will look like so you don’t struggle actually moving your equipment and wondering where you’ll have to put them. Your moving committee will prove useful here, but they’ll obviously need your input as well.

Another important thing that most people tend to forget is to updating your contact lists. Regardless of what business you have, you need to tell your clients and vendors that you have a new address and contact number.

You don’t just risk losing them if you fail to update your contacts, you’ll also make the first few days in your new office more troublesome as you’ll be scrambling to contact all your clients and associates while also settling in your new office.

Moving office can be very troublesome and tiring, but with a little planning and preemptive thinking, you can avoid complications and ensure that your move is seamless and hassle-free.

The Business with Business Cards: Turning Them into an Effective Marketing Tool

Modern Market August 3, 2015 at 8:39 am

Business cards may seem like a little piece of paper, but they can help your company grow and succeed. While you cannot expect your card to tell the whole story about your business, it can help you present an image that clients will remember.

Graphix Unlimited shares a few ways to make your cards an effective marketing tool.

Make a Difference

business cardsBusiness cards can do more than just bear information about you or your company. You can use them as a vehicle to support a cause and make a difference. This will help recipients get a better understanding of who you are as a person or what your company can offer to the society. Social impact will make your card memorable.

Include a Photo

Put a photo on your business card so clients will remember your face long after they have met you. This will also increase your likeability factor and make you recognizable from your competitors. Just make sure to avoid mug shot like photos; use studio or casual portrait. The right image will help you leave an impression in a professional manner.

Add Credibility

Add a brief quote or include the tagline of your business on the back of the card. It is also a good idea to add a customer testimonial or a line from a memorable testimonial to add credibility and help customers relate to your business. You can also find other creative ways to use that extra space that otherwise goes to waste.

Make it Functional

There are plenty of creative ways to give your cards a purpose. Turn it into a note card, a sticker, a scratch card, or bookmark. By making it into a functional piece of paper, clients will remember your business.

Engage Recipients

Add an interesting fact or a piece of trivia that relates to your business. It is also a great idea to include a question that will spur recipients to know more about your company. Engage and challenge people when they read your card, and your business will stand out.

Apart from designing an appealing card, make the handoff memorable. Use it to start a conversation to better understand clients’ needs and interests.

How Has The Internet Contributed to Employee Education?

Back2School July 30, 2015 at 7:09 am

employee trainingOver the last two decades, the Internet has paved the way for many developments and innovations. Employee training is one of them.

Cloud-based software training programs are recognised to be just as effective as classroom-setting trainings, under the best circumstances. With eLearning at the forefront of staff education, administrators can save time, enhance training quality and improve retention.

Here’s how the Internet takes part in all these possibilities.

Increased accessibility

The Internet exists anywhere, anytime. This, perhaps, is its primary advantage. On these online learning platforms, administrators can upload their modules and keep them visible 24/7. Velpic, an e-Learning specialist, says this capability allows employees to access to the lessons anytime of the day, whether in the comfort of their home, at work, or at coffee shop with a Wi-Fi connection.

The bottom line is that unlike before, today’s training modules are consistently accessible, viewable and editable.

Improved interactivity

eLearning training platforms are designed to be more interactive and engaging. With bite-sized presentations, stimulating quizzes and impressive visual features, they are likelier to capture audience interest and keep the mind at work throughout the course.

These added elements can make a significant difference from the traditional mode of training, and can play a major role in increasing learner retention.

Cost-effectivity

eLearning platforms are comparably less expensive than classroom training. Since companies no longer have to hire trainers to do the training in exchange for an online module, less manpower is involved.

There are also no downtime, travel or accommodation costs. Hence, the company pays for less. Additionally, most eLearning software platforms offer no-fee updating or changing of any section in the module. Not only does it save you money, but also reduces your carbon footprint by doing away with reprints.

A company with a well-trained staff has nothing to lose and has everything to offer. As such, these training programs make for the soundest investments. Fortunately, the Internet has made that part significantly easier, allowing a cost-effective, highly accessible and better-quality training.

Novice Drinkers’ Guide to Craft Beers

Service Week July 28, 2015 at 7:24 am

BeerAre you a man’s man who really likes his beer? Do you know exactly what you taste with every sip of that bottle? Here is a simple and brief guide to the first craft beer you down and the many more you’re going to after. Let us help become a craft beer expert. Before you head to the pubs nearest you, like Speight’s Ale House Nelson, here are things you need to know and watch out for:

What It’s Made Of

95% of beer is water; the other 5% consists of hops, malt and yeast. Hops are a cone-shaped flower that adds the bitterness and aroma to the beer, while malt or, rather, malted barley is barley grain soaked in water, mashed and gets the brew started. Yeast ferments your drink, which makes beer taste all funky.

How You’re Drinking It

While you can drink your beer any way you want to, focus on the four key components of appearance, aroma, flavour and finish to experience its fullness. The colour dictates the taste; a darker beer is sweeter, while a lighter beer is more crisp and clean. The aroma, on the other hand, can help you point out if the beer is more grapefruit or more tropical.

Unlike big brand beer, drink craft beer with a few sips at first. Move it around a bit in your mouth to see how full or how light it is. After swallowing, examine the aftertaste. If the bitterness lingers long after, that would be called a strong finish. If the taste leaves practically with the beer itself, then it has a lighter finish.

What You’re Tasting

Now that you know what you’re drinking and how to drink it, can you talk beer? Light beers, such as lagers and ales, are great for sunny days and great with practically any food. Fruity beers, on the other hand, are heavy on the hops. Malt/toffee is for those with a sweet tooth as these aren’t particularly bitter. Dark beer is full-bodied while wild/funky beer tastes tart, smoky and sour.

So what sets craft beer different from your regular beer? Brand lagers focus on creating a mainstream product. Craft beers are experimental. Some flavours turn out a little too wacky, a little too complicated; which makes each craft beer distinct and drastically different. In fact, the current trend today is ageing beer in wood, which adds more layers of character and complexity. Go on and have a taste.