Best Online Pay Stub Maker Tool

I never thought that running your own business would be this complicated. While I did not think it would be a walk in the park, I thought that it would be something that I adjusted to rather quickly and that for the most part, it would be smooth sailing. However, the reality is that it is much more difficult than that, and I am not sure how long it will take to become fully adjusted to my new responsibilities. I am checking into this real pay stub maker that my friend told me about, and I want to see if it is going to work well for the needs of my business in particular.

My friend, the one that told me about the pay stub maker, has owned his own business for a few years now. And ever since I started to think about starting my own business as well, I have used him as a bit of a guide for the process, and tried to pick his brains about it as much as possible. Of course, I try not to go overboard when it comes to asking him questions, because I do not want to annoy him.

But this is a particularly important question, because I have just started to be an employer, having made my first hires just the other day, and I want to make sure that I know how to do everything properly. I am a bit worried about that, in fact, and I am not sure how easy it willl be to assess my setup, and whether i am doing everything properly. I really want to be able to handle all of the payroll stuff on my own though, because otherwise, I would have to hire someone to take care of it for me and I don’t want to do that.

Kitchen Toys For Children at Christmas

Kitchen toys are an element of the toy industry that have been around for generations. Children love to pretend they are cooking just like their parents and family do, and through this interest they can be educated whilst having fun. The range of kitchen toys currently available is wonderfully varied, including traditional wooden sets and old fashioned options right up to toy replicas of the most modern kitchens around.

No matter what is in fashion at any given time, kitchen toys and play sets are always popular with children. They are educational and fun, and allow children to learn about just what goes on in their homes. With play versions of pots and pans, food items and utensils, they are a very positive thing for a child to have.

Many people can clearly remember playing with these toy replicas of everyday kitchen equipment during their childhood, which just goes to show that the concept of these toys is one that crosses generations. That’s no mean feat for any toy.

What sort of things are big right now? For this year there is a wide range of kitchen toys and kitchen play sets, such as the range of Melissa n’ Doug kitchen and cooking play sets and accessories, which are stylized and fun versions of the real thing. The Melissa & Doug Classic Deluxe Kitchen is a fantastic full kitchen set that children will love to explore.

Blackberry Bold 9700 Vs Blackberry Bold 9650 a Very Close Race to the Finish

Comparing two smart phone handsets that two from the same mobile phone company is not an easy task in the best of times. It comes an all the more complex exercise if it happens to be two Blackberry smartphones we are talking about. This is because all Blackberries are bound to have excellent connectivity features and QWERTY keyboard. All the same, here we focus on two Blackberry handset that have made a name for themselves in the industry and are hit with users as well – the Bold 9700 and the Blackberry Bold 9650.

Let us first consider what the Blackberry Bold 9700 has to offer.

Bold 9700 runs on the latest Blackberry operating system the Blackberry OS 5.0. This implies lightening speeds with which the device works at the mere touch of your fingertips. Thus, do not be surprised when screens appear and the various functions get activated in a jiffy and the task that you were up to is over even before you have realised. This is true RIM class for you.

You would expect world class connectivity with any Blackberry smartphone device. And the Blackberry 9700 is no exception to this rule The device is backed by – GPRS — Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps; Edge Class 10, 236.8 kbps 3G HSDPA, 3.6 Mbps WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, UMA Bluetooth Yes, v2.1 with A2DP Infrared port No USB Yes, microUSB. And the full QWERTY keyboard is very much there along with the track pad for easy and efficient navigation. The network carriers have let loose a barrage of Blackberry Bold 9700 deals that are very good value for money offers.

Now, we look at the Blackberry Bold 9650.

Design wise the Blackberry Bold 9650 is almost exact replica of the Blackberry Bold 9700. The smartphone device has the same glossy black finish accentuated by a couple of very stylish chrome highlights. Then, y ou have the full QWERTY keypad that is now an essential feature of all Blackberries. The optical trackpad is also there to help out with the navigation.

This Blackberry smart phone is backed connectivity wise by – Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, not to mention Bluetooth 2.1. You also have a full Blackberry HTML browser. You then can have a wonderful time with the Blackberry MediSync application. You can also look forward to having a ball with the 3.2 mega pixel camera device that comes with geo tagging, image stabilization, video recording, auto focus, and built in GPS options. The network carries have done a good job of introducing a number of Blackberry Bold 9650 deals.

The Growing Need for Quality Antenna Concealment

We live in a different world than the one I grew up in back in the 70′s, when FM Radio was king; A time before iPods, Walkman or any portable music device that wasn’t the size of a microwave. The “cool guys” sported which was affectionately referred to as a “Ghetto Blaster” and there were 3 types of music; Disco, led by The Bee Gees and The Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack, Rock, led by groups like The Who and Led Zeppelin and, of course, Country-Western, with guys like Waylon and Willie, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams Jr.

Back in those days, if you were on the road, in outside sales or for whatever reason, if you had to connect with someone, you couldn’t text them, email them, fax them or even pick up your cell phone and call; you had to find a payphone somewhere. Some of them were in phone booths on the side of the road, replete with a 3″ phone book including a plethora of $750.00 a month Yellow Page Advertisements underwritten by pizza parlors, plumbers and a host of other local businesses vying for their slice of the pie. Some of those phone booths were pretty disgusting, as in those days, the less than savory citizens found pleasure in destroying them in any way possible, with “biological residue”, engraving their names on the handset, or any other creative and destructive means at their disposal. I thought I would make my “fortune” by producing a little disposable sock you could put over the handset so you wouldn’t have to put your face on it and put them in a little vending machine by each phone for a quarter. In retrospect, I’m glad I pursued other opportunities, since the payphones are going the way of the buggy whip.

But I digress. Today, everyone, their kids, their mother, even their least favorite Brother-in-Law has a cell phone; And not just any cell phone, but a 3G or 4G model, with internet, unlimited texting, games, streaming music and, oh yeah, voice capability as well. If that’s not enough, 1 in 3 have a tablet device, like an iPad, a Nook, a Kindle or one of many other flavors. In addition, there is the growing M2M sector, which stands for Machine to Machine. M2M technology allows equipment to communicate, via the internet or wireless connection, about its status or condition. For example, a remote generator that is low on fuel “tells” headquarters it needs a refill. A high-rise building’s lights and HVAC are monitored remotely by a property management firm, who can manage power and maximize efficiencies, A security company can monitor all the doors and windows on a secure facility, with alerts sent immediately to the command center in the event of a breach and millions of other applications.

What does all of this have to do with Antenna Concealment? Well, I’m getting there! With all of the Broadband phones, tablets, GPS devices and M2M equipment out there (not to mention Government and Emergency services), the need for millions of cellular antennae to handle the volume of transmitted voice and data is overwhelming. Depending upon the type of antenna, GSM or CDMA, the volume of data per antenna varies, but when the limit is reached, you get dropped connections. This results in millions and millions in lost revenue for the cellular carriers, so they don’t like that to happen, which is why they want more and more cell sites. It’s also more convenient for the rest of us, who depend on “3 bars” or more when we want the convenience of making a call. The carriers with the fewest dropped calls and strongest signal use that to attract subscribers. I don’t know about you, but I will gladly pay an extra $30 a month to have a better connection when and where I want to make a call. “Cockroach Cellular” may offer a plan with unlimited voice and texting for around $30 bucks, but if you have no signal, who cares how cheap it is?

So, Cellular Carriers desire the best signal in the broadest area and consumers want to have a strong signal wherever they go and each antenna has a limit of how many calls they can handle at once. What is the solution? Obviously, it’s more cell sites! So what is wrong with more cell sites? Without getting into the groundswell of opposition to cell sites because of imagined health risks, etc., there is a genuine concern about the unsightly appearance of antennas hanging off of every-other building all over town. As a result of this, city and county building departments have established rules & regulations for new permits for either new or upgraded cell sites. These rules, called “siting rules”, restrict how a cell site is installed to minimize the appearance of it. In short, they say “you can put a new one in, but we don’t want to see it”. That’s not a bad thing, because antennas bolted to a building, or sticking up off of a roof, or bolted to a huge tower in the local park really detracts from the beauty of our communities. Some companies decided that if they “disguise” the towers to look like a Palm Tree or a Pine Tree, that would solve the problem; It doesn’t. The “Fake” trees normally are very unconvincing replicas of the real thing and stick out like a sore thumb. To compound the problem, The “branches” deteriorate from the UV rays of the sun and in about 3 years, they are discolored and falling off. The other “easy” answer is the fat flagpoles, where they hide the antennas in front of a fire station or high school on what looks like a 36″ diameter flagpole. Those aren’t bad, as long as there aren’t “too many” of them in a small geographic area, but there are only so many fire stations, schools and libraries. There is a greater need for cell sites than the available flagpole locations.

What is the answer? It’s simple; Install Architectural facades to buildings that already exist. These “facades” completely hide the cell sites behind materials that are “transparent” to the radio waves that transmit our voice and data (RF Transparent Concealment or RFTC, sometimes called “stealthing”) and if done correctly, they can be fabricated to either match or enhance the appearance of the building, thus beautifying the community where they are installed. This sounds simple, but there is an art to making an RFTC enclosure that is undetectable to the passive observer. There are many many examples of a “Bad Stealthing”, where it is obvious that someone cut a chunk out of a building and field erected an enclosure on site. These types of enclosures detract from the building like a bad plastic surgeon messes up the face of a pop star. The good ones are either undetectable or appear to be an improvement to a building, like a new steeple on a church, a clock tower in the middle of campus at a junior college or a new trim on the parapet of an industrial building.

The key to a good RFTC Concealment system is the way it’s manufactured. The entire enclosure should be fabricated and pre-assembled at the manufacturer’s facility in as few pieces as possible, so when it’s delivered and installed, it can be simply bolted together from behind (in the part that is not seen by the public) and bolted onto a building. The system should be engineered for structural integrity, seismic and wind resistance and built with the same color and texture of the building. If it’s going on a brick building, it should look just like the bricks on the building. If stucco, it should match the stucco, if wood, then wood. A good, qualified contractor experienced in cell site concealment is critical. A bad contractor can make a good structure look bad. Ask the manufacturer of the RFTC concealment for recommendations of qualified installers. Many RFTC concealment providers ship their systems in piles on pallets with dozens or hundreds of pieces and it takes the contractor a week or more to assemble it on the building. As you can imagine, this type of system yields variable results. The preferred solution is the type of system that is made in large, pre-fabricated pieces with the structural members bonded to the back of the panels. This type of system provides a return flange on the back of each panel so they can be bolted together exactly like they were designed, providing a seamless and predictable installation.

Another critical component to a successful installation is capturing all of the correct information prior to fabrication. A site walk by an experienced fabricator is very important to capture precise dimensions, color, texture, installation conditions and environmental considerations. Afterwards, a CAD drawing should be provided to the project manager for confirmation of dimensions and all details, including a 3D rendering of the final design appearance for review. An experienced manufacturer should have all RF transparent materials so as not to impede the signal transmission at the frequency of the antennas being concealed. You should ask for performance data on the manufacturer’s materials performed by a licensed third-party independent testing facility and insure that the manufacturer is approved by the telecom company whose antennas are being installed. Not following these steps could lead to less than desirable results.

When considering the cost of an RFTC enclosure, you need to look beyond the base price of the structure. If the enclosure is not pre-fabrictaed in one or a few large pieces, field installation could be very expensive. Consider the cost of labor for a contractor’s crew in the field per hour. An average for field labor is $50-$75 per man-hour (supervisors are higher), so a 5-man crew is $250-$375 per hour or more. If you buy your concealment structure in many pieces shipped on pallets, it could take a week or more to assemble and install. If we assume one week at $250 an hour, it will cost you around $10,000 for installation. The same project, if purchased from a manufacturer who prefabricates the enclosure in 4 or 6 large pieces provides a system that can be installed in a half day or less, saving you 80% on installation costs. The silver lining is that the installed project is consistent with your original design with little margin for contractor error in installation. The latter unit will also have an excellent appearance for many many years, without the risk of UV degradation and deterioration over a couple of years as experienced with the fake trees.

Who Can Use Custom Inflatables?

In the ongoing battle to gain market share businesses are getting more creative and resourceful when it comes to marketing and promoting their products and services. No matter what industry you are in you’re sure to have plenty of competition and in order to survive and succeed you will need to separate your business from the rest. Custom inflatable products such as costumes, air dancers, product replicas and helium blimps have been used by many companies looking for an edge when it comes to gaining the attention of the people that matter most. Though these types of marketing products aren’t right for every industry there are plenty of businesses that can benefit from using a creative and colorful inflatable.

Any business that caters to a young audience would be wise to consider using inflatable products for their marketing strategy. Getting the attention of younger people, from pre-school to grad school, is never easy and today with the ubiquity of smart phones, tablets and MP3 players it’s even more difficult. However, studies show that kids respond to giant and colorful shapes and if your business revolves around a young target audience do your best to speak their language. Any business looking to drive a young audience to their store or web site should use custom inflatable products that tap into the imagination and spirit of the youth market. If you sell video games, BMX bicycles, ice cream or sports equipment then inflatable products might be the right choice for marketing.

Of course, inflatables aren’t just for kids or young adults and many businesses will turn to vivid and well-designed arches, booths, advertising balloons and inflatable costumes to effectively capture the fickle attention of today’s consumer. Businesses that need crowds in a hurry can use giant inflatable products to create buzz and get people to venture out to see what the fuss is about. Real estate agencies that are promoting an open house, companies that are launching a new product and car dealerships that are advertising a special sale will all benefit from using custom inflatables designed to draw attention and get people into the store.

Colleges and sports teams are also good candidates for finding success with inflatables. Getting fans excited about a big game is easy when using inflatable sports mascots, tunnels, helmets and logos that reflect the team colors and include the team mascot. Setting up giant inflatable mascots outside a stadium is great for tailgating parties and makes each game an event unto itself. Inflatables can also be used for halftime shows, special promotions for kids and to get the crowd pumped up right before kickoff or tip off.

11 Reasons to Consider Upgrading to Windows Server 2012

So Microsoft bounces in with another brand new server product. Generally, we find new versions of Microsoft server products are better than their predecessors and certainly much better than their desktop operating system counterparts which have caused a few ripples of excitement but more of nervousness and people seem to be awaiting the inevitable service pack 1 release.

Having had a play with the release preview of Windows Server 2012, we have discovered some interesting things about the new server to share with you. Some people are sceptical about the new interface formerly known as Metro, but with more emphasis on Server Core and the Minimal Server Interface, the UI is unlikely to be the deciding factor when choosing to upgrade. More important are the big changes and new capabilities that make Server 2012 better able to handle your network’s workloads and needs.

Here are 11 reasons to give serious consideration to upgrading to Server 2012 sooner rather than later.

1: Freedom of interface choice

A Server Core installation provides security and performance advantages, but in the past, you had to make a choice: If you installed Server Core, you were stuck with it with only the command line as your interface. However, this changes with Windows Server 2012.

Microsoft realised that the command line is great for some tasks and the graphical interface is preferable for others. Server 2012 makes the GUI a “feature” – one that can be turned on and off at will, therefore saving resources when the server is simply being a server. You do it through the Remove Roles or Features option in Server Manager.

2: Server Manager

Regarding the Server Manager, even many of those who dislike the new (metro) tile-based interface overall have admitted that the design’s implementation in the new Server Manager is brilliant.

One of the best things about the new Server Manager is the multi-server capabilities, which makes it easy to deploy roles and features remotely to physical and virtual servers. It’s easy to create a server group – a collection of servers that can be managed together. The remote administration improvements let you provision servers without having to make an RDP connection.

3: Server Message Block 3.0

The SMB protocol has been significantly improved in Windows Server 2012 as well as Windows 8. The new version supports new file server features, like SMB transparent failover, SMB Scale Out, SMB Multichannel, SMB Direct, SMB encryption, VSS for SMB file sharing, SMB directory leasing, and SMB PowerShell. It also works beautifully with Hyper-V, so that VHD files and virtual machine configuration files can be hosted on SMB 3.0 shares. A SQL system database can be stored on an SMB share, as well, with improvements to performance.

4: Dynamic Access Control (DAC)

Microsoft has shifted the focus from separate security products to a more “baked in” approach of integrating security into every part of the operating system.

Dynamic Access Control is one such example, helping IT Pros create more centralized security models for access to network resources by tagging sensitive data both manually and automatically, based on factors such as the file content or the creator. After that, claims based access controls can be applied.

5: Storage Spaces

Storage is an interesting topic in the IT industry these days. We are still a long way off storing everything in the cloud many organizations are still concerned about security and reliability. There are a myriad of solutions for storing data on your network in a way that provides better utilisation of storage resources, centralized management, better scalability along with security and reliability, SANs and NAS do that, but they can be expensive.

Storage Spaces is a fantastic new feature in Server 2012 that lets you use inexpensive hard drives to create a storage pool, which can then be divided into spaces that are used like physical disks. They can include hot standby drives and use redundancy methods such as 2- or 3-way mirroring or parity. What’s great is that you can add new disks any time, and a space can be larger than the physical capacity of the pool. When you add new drives, the space automatically uses the extra capacity.

6: Virtualisation

Virtualisation was the biggest thing before the cloud hit the IT industry and it is still the thing to do when it comes to servers. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s answer to VMware / XenServer. Microsoft’s virtualisation platform is liked by a lot of IT Pro’s and with each new version Windows hypervisor gets a little better, and Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 brings a number of new features to the table. One of the most interesting is Hyper-V Replica.

This is a replication mechanism that will be a disaster recovery Godsend to SMBs that may not be able to deploy complex and costly replication solutions. It logs changes to the disks in a VM and uses compression to save on bandwidth, replicating from a primary server to a replica server.

You are able to store multiple snapshots of a VM on the replica server and then select the one you want to use. It works with both standalone hosts and clusters in any combination.

7: Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

Windows Terminal Services was renamed Remote Desktop Services and has since expanded to encompass much more than the ability to RDP into the desktop of a remote server. Microsoft then launched a centralized Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) solution in Windows Server 2008 R2 and now some significant improvements have been made in Server 2012.

You no longer need a dedicated GPU graphics card in the server to use RemoteFX, which vastly improves the quality of graphics over RDP. Instead, you can use a virtualised GPU on standard server hardware. USB over RDP is much better, and the Fair Share feature can manage how CPU, memory, disk space, and bandwidth are allocated among users to stop certain users stealing all the bandwidth.

8: DirectAccess

DirectAccess was supposed to be Microsoft’s “VPN replacement” It allowed you to create a secure connection from client to corporate network without the performance drain and with a more transparent user experience than a traditional VPN. Administrators get more control over the machines and the ability to manage them even before users log in. Group policy is utilised to control the machines as well and there is no hassle of setting up a VPN connection.

So why hasn’t Direct Access taken off? Two main reasons, it can’t be virtualised and its dependent on IPv6. However in Windows Server 2012, DirectAccess now works with IPv4 and lo and behold it can run on a Hyper-V virtual machine. It also comes with a new wizard to help make configuration a lot easier.

9: Resilient File System

NTFS has been around since 1993 and it’s been a long and well needed replacement for a while. There was speculation early on that a new file system would be introduced with Windows 7, but it didn’t materialise.

Windows Server 2012 finally brings us our long-awaited new file system, the Resilient File System. While it supports many of the NTFS features, a few have been abandoned, i.e. file compression, EFS, and disk quotas. However, instead we get data verification, auto correction and it’s designed to work with Storage Spaces to create shrinkable/expandable logical storage pools.

Maximum scalability is the key drive behind ReFS, supporting up to 16 exabytes in practice. ReFS supports a theoretical limit of 256 zetabytes (more than 270 billion terabytes) that allows for a lot of scaling and a whole bunch of cloud storage!

10: Easy licensing

Microsoft and easy licencing don’t really go in the same sentence. However Microsoft have actually listened this time and Windows Server 2012 is offered in only four editions: Datacenter, Standard, Essentials and Foundation. The first two are licensed per-processor plus CAL and the other two (for small businesses) are licensed per-server with limits on the number of user accounts (15 for Foundation and 25 for Essentials)

11: The New Active Directory

In today’s business environments, data is not always stored on the customer’s server due to the utilisation of cloud technology. In addition data is accessed by staff on various different devices like phones, laptops, desktops and other removable devices.

To address these new challenges, organizations have to change how they approach identity and security. Windows Server 2012 contribution to helping with this challenge is the introduction of Dynamic Access Control, and it brings with it exciting new capabilities and deployment options for Direct Access. This means you will be able to better manage and protect data access, simplify deployment and management of your identity infrastructure and provide more secure access to data from virtually anywhere.

Foreign Policy and International Topics of Interest for Think Tanks and Radio Listeners

Greetings everyone on this 18th day of October 2012, I sincerely hope your day is going better than those who live in Syria where the refugee border camps are filling up and neighboring nations can’t really afford to take anymore, as 36,000 people have already died in that civil war according to UN figures, which I guess one could say are unreliable, nevertheless my sources do tell me the numbers is very high, perhaps even close to that 36K number. So, it’s a tragedy anyway you look at it.

Okay so, let’s get right into today’s talk show and well you know the format; “I talk you listen, you listen, then we open up the phone lines for your questions and comments, and feel-free because you don’t have to agree, you just have to have an intellectual counter argument, or a decent comment, and we are all good to go, if not, as you know – click goes your dial tone – so fair warning.”

Since the up-coming final presidential debate will be primarily on foreign policy, we will start there, as these last few debates, if you can call them that, well, they certainly aren’t helping along our national dialogue with sound bites of 2-minutes at a time and with at least enough interruptions to run you out of toes and fingers to count with. Reminds me of a reality TV series where 2-people are left on the island and they are arguing to stay – well, let’s get into it now – because we are once again at the top of the hour and it’s time to play – game on!

Now then, according to the Futurist Magazine, November-December issue 2012, there was an article in Future Scope in their September-October issue on page 4 discussing the challenges with the beef industry. You see, droughts in the US have hurt the beef industry something terrible, and according to the article; “China’s Growing Appetite for Meat Will Strain Global Supply,” these challenges could be exacerbated. We already know this is something we’ve been told from reading the news and understanding the serious nature of the drought this year. Of course, we know some of the pacing and moaning has been due to the Farm Bill (packed with pork for food stamps I might add – which is corporate welfare plus a social program) which Congress is trying to get passed, and the lobbyists such as the big corporate farms.

Still, it is a serious and real issue, even on the Mississippi River they noted that many of the barges were parked, and there was a traffic jam of some 100 barges as they had to navigate the center of the river due to the low volume, and there was no two-way traffic. This doesn’t bode well for US farm exports, or manufacturing exports which use that waterway to get to the Gulf of Mexico, the port in New Orleans.

We also know that many of the cattle ranchers took their cattle to slaughter early because they couldn’t afford to feed due to the drought issues, and cattle drink lots of water as well. This meant be prices were at an all-time low for a very short period of time, and now the demand has far outpaced the supply and the prices are will be far too great.

Incidentally, in Tennessee the favorite restaurant chain “Backyard Burgers” filed bankruptcy, and there will be more, the price of beef was a factor along with new regulations and health care costs – aka Obama Care.

Saudi Arabia is now attempting to get into the beef and dairy industry, even though there is very little water and they must import their feed, but I suppose they can trade for oil, plenty of that stuff, plus new fracking strategies allow for more – so peak oil is going to have to take a hike for a while, although that day too is coming to a Kingdom near you if you live in the Middle East.

Still, what about the perpetual drought problem in Saudi Arabia, pretty much a desert in many parts? Well, yes it is, but they are using desalination techniques, and trying their hand at building special airflow condensers to keep the cattle cool. Could this be a new industry for them, they think so. Not to mention the fact that there is a huge market and demand for meat around the globe. China for instance, they’re eating more and more beef these days.

Meanwhile, according to the Wall Street Journal cattle ranchers are working to use predetermined-sex artificial insemination strategies now, why you ask, to produce more female cows. This will allow them to increase their herds more rapidly when the water comes back, the feed prices come down, and things return to normal – question is; what is the new normal going to be? In the past it’s taken years to rebuild the herds after large scale droughts, and that doesn’t bode so well for our first world nation which eats quite a bit of meat. It looks as though free-market capitalism in the global marketplace is working around these issues, but the beef industry is hardly out of the woods yet.

And speaking of the global marketplace, we aren’t the only nation anymore looking for an intelligent workforce and recruiting from all over the planet. Today we are competing with Europe, China, Brazil, India, the Middle East, Japan, Australia, Canada and many other nations some first world, some emerging. My question is; are we burning are potential here at home? That is to say; are we playing too much patty-cake in our schools, using too much political correctness, and creating too many socialist tendencies to produce the hard work ethic needed for math and science at the upper divisions?

Do we have enough Tiger Moms and parents that value education to get this done? Speaking of which in Discover Magazine in the October 2012 issue there was a very interesting article by Derek Lowe titled; “The Contrarian View – America Doesn’t Have a Scientist Shortage,” and the author stated; “we need to worry about the quality, not the quantity of US scientists.” Indeed, I think I concur with this because it has also been noted that while India and China are graduating more engineers and scientists, and are now surpassing the United States in the number of research papers produced and patents filed, much of the quality is not up to par, and their research papers are not publishable in the higher end scientific journals.

Not to mention they are often plagued with plagiarism, errors, mistakes, and false data through cheating on the tests and results within their scientific studies. Interestingly enough doesn’t this get back to the 80/20 rule? Where 80% of the people are taking up space and only 20% of the people are really doing anything? And really isn’t there an 80/20 rule on top of that where 80% of the remaining 20%, equaling 4% is really where it’s at? And if only 4% of the scientists are really making significant headway, why do we everyone else, why not focus on the best and brightest?

Merely sending people to school so they can make more money or get better jobs, or become scientist may not be relevant unless they can pull their weight, make new discoveries, and therefore we get a return on investment for all those research dollars are government is pumping into the sciences. Besides that have you looked at college tuition costs rising at 5% to 7% per annum, wouldn’t you like that level of return in your investment portfolio since the turn of the century? And what about 9.6% and rising student loan default rates? We need to rethink all this, well, your thoughts might be interesting once we open up the call lines.

Is a Stylish Handbag Really Better Than a Purse?

A majority of people have ever heard that black or red leather handbag is a must have for every woman. We live in an era where fashion remains the hottest topic. It has become a universal language spreading throughout the world. People of any profession care their looks, as a decent image not only expresses a person’s personality and status, but enables us to be more confident. It is nothing new to see a fashionable woman is carrying a bag with the brand tag like Gucci, Chanel, Dior or Louis Vuitton. How to spice up your look? A stylish handbag arises in most of people’s minds while being asked with this. The stunning beauty even carries the latest edition of bag from a certain well-known brand while walking on the red carpet. Many people have divulged their love for branded bags extensively in the past. However, I may let you down because I do not think a stylish handbag is really better than a purse!

Fashion conscious women must have bought the hottest handbags. Even though they are unaffordable for authentic designer bags, they can accessorize them by replicas. However, few of women consider buying a purse. To be honest, this is nothing strange. When most of women set a trend for handbag, you are easy to follow. The increasing flourish on fashion industry is exactly due to women, who are considered as easier target by both world known designers and businessmen. When you put accessories such as bags, clothing, shoes, pearls etc in your wardrobe continuously, have you got an idea to buy a unique purse?

A purse can also make a fashionable statement with your style. It is important to complete your look when you carry it while going to work, participating in a cocktail party or wedding, hanging out with friends or just sipping a cup of coffee in a restaurant or a pub. The purse is also a must have for fashionable women. As for the best companion of the hand, a purse is better than a handbag actually because we do not put heavy articles in our daily bag like before. A purse is spacious enough to hold comb, mirror, mascara, keys, phone, cosmetic and other accessories. You do not need to Carry it, but just take it with a finger. As simplicity is the main theme on fashion market, there is really no need for you to carry a big handbag sometimes.

Purses also present people with nice nods to the biggest trend in every season. Utmost care and attention to details by designers get us sit up and pay attention to these simple yet sophisticated themes. Any shopaholic must have found purses lying on the racks of Louis Vuitton, Gucci and also Chanel. A wide-ranged style, quality, price, size and color can go with basically everything you own. Also, you can get purses designed for special situations. A stress-free carrying is absolutely better than a handbag.

Buying a purse requires you to have an eye for your individuality and personal style. When you plan to buy a fashionable and elegant purse, do budget before. Visual and tangible feel on authentic designer purses may cost you too much. But they are really worthy every penny because of classy leather, refined craftsmanship, even stitching and bright hardware. If an original purse is beyond the reach, a replica purse may get the job done as well. However, you should buy replicas from reliable stores and remember they are not sold on quite cheap prices. A closely imitated purse is also a little expensive. Do be more leery!

Discover the Ins and Outs of Top iPhone Clones

Recently the iPhone clones have become the talk of the town, but most of us are not quite sure what exactly an iPhone clone is. In that case let us take a brief insight into the iPhone clones that are definitely giving the real Apple products a run for their money!! Now that these devices have become a part of the industry standard, many of the mobile companies are desperately trying to flawlessly mimic the features and looks of the original product. This is a clever step on their part to boost the market value of their economical imitations so that they come in par with the other strong competitions in the market.

However, it is generally observed that people usually tag all phones with a huge touchscreen and multi-touch display as an iPhone clone without even trying to understand that the phone can at times be even more innovative than the original product. Though it has been more than often seen that the popular iPhone clones are generally from China and are typically of a poor quality. Interestingly, even some popular companies have also come up with some models that look exactly like the iPhones and include some features that are even a shade better than the originals.

There are various ways in which we can decide upon the top 5 iPhone clones. If we view it on a broader spectrum, the list will first include the Samsung Instinct. This iPhone look-alike has GPS facility and the data transfer here is faster than its original counterpart. The second in the list is undoubtedly the Sony Xyperia. This iPhone clone is definitely one of the most stylish and much awaited phones of the year. Just like the iPhone it has a wide-screen display with touchscreen facility.

Next in the row is unquestionably the Deeda Pi, popularly called the ultimate iPhone clone. It is one phone that claims more than 95% imitation of the original product. Another clone of the Apple product is the LG Voyager. This smartphone uses a similar menu organization and even has an analogous dock on the bottom screen. These features bring it quite close to the original iPhone rating it fourth in the clone list. Finally, the discussion remains incomplete without mentioning the latest iPhone clone CiPhone-i88i. This Chinese product is an exact replica of the iPhone 3G, but only design wise. The phone lacks the 3G wireless network facility of the original product.

While talking of the iPhone clones, it would be unfair if we do not discuss the popular Chinese products that are the true imitators of the Apple iPhones. The products are named precisely as IPhon, ILeaf, Tphone, miniOne from Meizu, C-002, iPhone Nano, CECT P168, CECT T5 T32, Cool999, EPhone, LiPhone and so on. Of these, the IPhon looks very similar to the iPhone 3G while the ILeaf is a very poor clone of the original device. The C-002 is almost a complete iPhone clone with a good market value. The iPhone Nano is called so because it looks like an iPhone but is of the size of the iPod Nano.

Most of these phones share the common features of an iPhone like 5 separate keys for all basic operations, around dozen speakers that give surround sound facility, 1.3 mega pixel camera and dual SIM support to name just a few. However, since most of us like to go for branded products, it is advisable that we check the phones thoroughly before buying them. One major point of identification is the Apple logo that is found only on the original device. This will save us from all kinds of frauds and will also help us to get the product of our personal choice.

Roberto Sedycias works as IT consultant for Polomercantil

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Wholesale Handbags

Wholesale handbags offer the latest style and quality at the best prices. Wholesale handbags are usually sold to retailers, to industrial, commercial, institutional, or other professional business users or to other wholesalers and related subordinated services. Most companies provide excellent customer service. Some companies provide printed catalogs to introduce their new products. There are others with a comprehensive and updated online catalog. Wholesale distributors purchase bulk quantity handbags directly from the manufacturers at cheap prices and make considerable profit while selling them to customers.

If you want to order the handbags wholesale, then e-mail your business name, address, phone number and tax ID to the corresponding company websites. After reviewing your request, they will e-mail you a link to their wholesale only website. The companies fix a minimum purchase amount for each order. Most companies accept all major credit cards. Some companies do not accept the other company checks and personal checks. In addition to the cash discount, certain companies offer certain free accessories with the wholesale purchasing of handbags. Some companies provide free shipping also. Most companies will ship only to the billing address of the credit card holder, due to security reasons. For international orders, the USPS (United States Postal Service) is the cheapest mode of shipping. Depending on the country, size of box and weight, the shipping charge will vary.

Wholesale handbags feature front and back open pockets, interior and exterior zipper pockets, or inner open pockets. Single or dual shoulder straps, velvet jeweled shoulder straps, and magnetic closures are some of the features of these handbags. Beaded and embroidered handbags are excellent choices. Sometimes, wholesale merchants allow customers to buy directly from them. This is the best opportunity to profitably purchase a variety of handbags to complement your beautiful dresses.

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