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How To Make a Website Look Professional

Professional

In Today’s World, Where Everything Is On The Internet And From Businesses To Social Work Organisations, It Has Become Mandatory To Own a Website. A Website Will Not Only Enhance Your Online Presence But Also Help To Launch Your Business Into Uncharted Territories And Make It Easy For The Consumer To Find You. An Attractive And Professionally Built Website Will Inform The Customer That You Are An Authentic Organisation Who Take Their Job Seriously And Provide Error-Free Service. All Sites Present On The Internet Need To Maintained And Regularly Updated To Keep Their Clients Happy. A Lousy Website Indicates That Business Owners Don’t Have What It Takes To Run An Enterprise Successfully; It Fills The Client With a Negative Attitude Towards The Business Organisation. The Best Way To Avoid All That Is To Create And Maintain a Professional Website Where Prospective Customers Will Be Able To Find All The Necessary Information About Your Business. A Website Needs To Be Well Designed And Structured In Such a Way That Your Clients Should Find It Easier To Navigate To Their Designated Page, The Primary Aim Of Any Such Website Is To Help Their Clients In Achieving The Desired Result.

The Design Of Your Website Is The First Thing Which Will Keep Your Clients Scrolling For a Long Time. Flat Design Of The Site Will Make The Consumer Feel Disinterested In Going Through The Article, And He Would Choose Not To Stick Around For Long. This Can Be Reversed By Formulating An Effective Strategy Based On Hardcore Market Research And Industry Analysis, Which Will Help You Mark Your Target Audience And Understand Their Behavioural Patterns. You Can Work On Them And Build a Website Which Is Colourful, Attractive And Most Importantly, Professional. Being Subtle And Simple With The Design Is Essential, In The World Of Business Fashion, Less Is Always More, Do Not Load The Website With Excess Colours, Extra Models, Patterns And Confusing Navigation System.

American Psycho

The Movie ‘American Psycho’ Which Became a Cult In Popular Fiction Begins With An Interesting Scene Where Some Investors Are Showing Off Their Business Cards To Their Friends. There Seems To Be No Stark Difference Among The Cards, But It’s The Subtle Of The White Background And Simplicity Of The Font Which Differentiates One Card From The Other. This Can Be Seen As a Perfect Example Of Understanding The Importance Of Simple Design. Once You Have Selected The Design, The Content Will Be The Next Thing You Will Have To Work On. Without Great Content, The Whole Website Will Fall Apart In No Time And Become a Site Which No On Visits. Content Is What The Website Lives On; The Forms Of Content Should Be Always Be Shuffled To Achieve a Great Result. One Should Incorporate Text, Images, Video And Infographics To Make The Website Look As Informative As Possible.

Apple to launch new Find My Phone app, MobileMe updates

Apple’s MobileMe site is reporting that the system will undergo scheduled maintenance from 10PM PDT to Midnight tonight, Thursday June 17. The site is expected to reopen tomorrow with a finalized Mail update (now in beta), other interface improvements, and alongside a new iOS app that exposes “Find My iPhone” functions for the company’s mobile users.

The “Find My iPhone” feature of MobileMe was introduced last year as a way for users to login to the web and locate and message an iPhone or iPod touch, sound its alarm, and remotely lock or wiped the device. The feature works on any iOS 3.x device linked to the user’s MobileMe account, providing a unique level of secure remote administration usually only available for corporations with a centralized device management infrastructure. There is no similar consumer-level remote administration service available for Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Symbian, or Windows Mobile devices.

MobileMe users have had to access the feature via the web. Somewhat ironically, Apple blocks mobile iPhone and iPod touch users from visiting the standard MobileMe website, despite marketing the iPhone as begin able to browse the full Internet. However, Apple has subsequently exposed the Find My Phone feature to iPad users who login to me.com, although the iPad presentation is a customized web app, and not the same interface that desktop users get when visiting the MobileMe site.

New rumors indicate Apple will soon release a Universal iOS app for both iPhone and iPad users that will enable them to access the remote lookup features right from their mobile device. The new app would join others Apple has recently released, including its iTunes Mobile Connect app for developers, which allows them to monitor App Store sales, and the new Apple Store app for creating appointments and looking up retail locations.

In addition to the new remote admin app, Apple is also expected to make a series of improvements to MobileMe, including a new app switcher to replace the current button bar for Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Gallery, iDisk, Find MyPhone and Settings modules. The current beta of the enhanced Mail module presents a cloud icon that replaces the button bar, but clicking on the cloud simply dumps the user back to the previous user interface within Contacts. The revised Mail beta appears to style MobileMe more in harmony with the company’s iPad look and feel, with simpler icons in a minimal web app presentation, but with more content visible.

Happy Holidays, Fucker

I keep hearing from conservative talk show hosts and Fox News how there is a battle raging over the use of “Happy Holidays” in place of “Merry Christmas.” Well, everyone I’ve talked with doesn’t give a shit either way. I think Rush, O’Reilly, Hannity, et al, are trying to create controversy where none exists to further their agenda against progressivism and liberalism. Even if there is a controversy, I’m sure they’re overstating the hell out of it.

I don’t see the big deal either, so people want to be inclusive by saying Happy Holidays, rather than exclusive and saying Merry Christmas. Why is this wrong? I’ll never understand people who take their religion (or themselves for that matter) so seriously. I’m an atheist, but I don’t go around saying, “Have a very secular holiday season.” If someone says Merry Christmas to me, I’ll say it back. If they say Happy Holidays, again, I’ll say it back. I don’t care if someone says Happy Kwanza, Happy Hanukkah or Hail Lucifer. Well, the last one would certainly get me to turn my head, but the point is that I don’t care because it’s not important.

I mean think about it, in the grand scheme of things, what’s the BFD with someone greeting you at your favorite store with “Happy Holidays.” I say if you’re that hung up about it, maybe it’s time for a trip to the family psychiatrist, seriously. No, seriously. The holidays are supposed to be a time to unwind and relax. But how can I relax when I’ve got idiots on every Connecticut talk radio station bitching about how our society is becoming secular. This kind of thing has been going on for years, so you think they’d just drop it by now, but no. I’ve got the drug addict on 1080 and sexual harassment boy on 1360, both whining like schoolyard sissies.

So here’s what I’m going to do; I’m going to practice my personal right to be an asshole this holiday season. Any white, conservative bible thumpers I come into contact with who execute a “Merry Christmas” in my direction are getting met with a “Happy Kwanza” right back at them. It may not piss them all off, but it won’t be from a lack of trying, I guarantee you that. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to take my dog outside for a piss–on the neighbors Nativity scene (just kidding, believe in Jesus).

Why Use WordPress? A Deep Dive Into Some Good Reasons

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If You Enjoy Writing Or Have Something That You Want The World To Know, WordPress Is The Place You Want To Be. It Is a Software Which Allows a User To Generate Several Webpages, And These Webpages Can Be Further Designed Using The Templates Made Available By WordPress, Commonly Known As Themes. WordPress Themes Can Be Directly Installed By Registering Yourself On This Site And Downloading Them As Per Need, There Are Different Themes For Different Uses, From Food To Poetry To Hunting, These Themes Cover All Topics Under The Sun. WordPress Started In 2003 By Two Developers Mike Little And Matt Mullenweg As a Blog Writing Webpage Where People Could Register Themselves By Creating An Account And Designing Their Page For Personal Or Business Reasons. According To a Study, WordPress Contributed More Than 60% Of Known Content-Related Data On The Internet Globally. There Are Two Different Versions To The WordPress System, The WordPress.Org And WordPress.Com. WordPress.Com Is An Unpaid Service And Works As a Forum Where You Can Get The Hang Of Using a Paid Webpage, And It Will Help You Understand The World Of Online Content Creation.

Developers

WordPress Provides You With Endless Possibilities Of Creating New Business Platforms And Personal Blogs. These Blogs Can Range From Anything From Food Articles To Web Design Ideas. Apart From Blogs, You Can Generate Business Platforms, e-Commerce Webpages, Social Communities, Help Forums And Other Forms Of Content And Social Connectivity Tools. The Most Significant Benefit Of Using WordPress Is In Its Vast Array Of Existing Plugins, At Any Given Point In Time There Are At Least Fifty Thousand Plugins Live On WordPress.Org Alone. There Is No Point In Investing Unnecessary Money On Building a Site From Scratch, The Vast Community Of WordPress Has Made It Possible For The Developers To Update Themes And Help You With Creating a Blog With Minimum Or No Cost.

After The Invention Of The Internet And The Establishment Of Search Engines Like Google, People Jump On Their Keyboards To Find Answers To Anything That They Are Struggling With. Gone Are The Days When You Would Visit a Library Or Borrow Books To Gain Knowledge Or Look For Someone’s Advice, Now Everything Is Available Online. WordPress Hosts Writers And People On The Top Of Their Professions Who Run Regular Blogs And Forums To Help New Writers, Artists, Engineers, Scientists And So On. You Can Interact With These Professionals Using a ‘Write To Me’ Section, Generally Available At The End Of The Webpage, And This Will Simplify The Whole Process Of Hosting a Website And Successfully Running It, You Won’t Have To Google Everything As Most Of These Articles Are Pretty Self-Explanatory.

Using Livesearch for Tags

Anyone who understands tagging also understands the benefit of being able to search for posts by tag. If you’ve ever used Technorati to search by tag, then you know how much more accurate your results tend to be. Folksonomy has become a huge part of blogging lately, but the whole purpose behind it gets a bit lost in the fact that not very many blogs with tags have a way to search for posts by tag. And isn’t that the whole point behind tagging our posts–to make them easier to find?

The advent of the Ultimate Tag Warrior plugin for WordPress has made it possible to use Livesearch to search for posts by tag rather than by content. By making just a few modifications to your livesearch files and search form, you can very easily repurpose Livesearch to search for posts by tag. The Ultimate Tag Warrior adds a “tag” parameter to your index.php file. Using this parameter in place of the traditional search parameter, “s,” changes the query type from index.php?s={search pattern} to index.php?tag={search pattern}.

There are only three files that need to be modified, and you won’t believe how simple it is. The files that need to be modified are livesearch.js.php, livesearch.php and searchform.php.

Starting with searchform.php, the following changes should be made:

Change
$search_text = “$s”; to
$search_text = “$tag”;

and

name=”s” to
name=”tag”

and that’s it for searchform.php.

Then you should edit livesearch.js.php and make the following changes:

Change every occurance of

document.forms.searchform.s.value to
document.forms.searchform.tag.value

and then change the line of code that reads

livesearch.php?s= to
livesearch.php?tag=.

Finally, edit livesearch.php and make the following changes:

Change both occurances of
$posts = query_posts(‘posts_per_page=-1&s=’.$s.’&what_to_show=posts’); to
$posts = query_posts(‘posts_per_page=-1&tag=’.$tag.’&what_to_show=posts’);

That should do it. For your convenience I’ve included a zip file of those three files so you can just replace the ones in your theme. However, do yourself (and me) a huge favor and backup your files first. To see it in action, try out the livesearch on this site.

K2

Okay, I decided to take a look to see what all the fuss is about; I’m glad I did. K2, by Michael Heilemann rocks! It has so many built-in features (including its own control panel) that it’s difficult to keep up. Anyway, I have to check this theme out for a while, so bear with me while I play.

Ajax Comments — How I did It

Ajax

One of the first questions asked of me was to make this into a plugin. Packaging this up as a plugin will be tough because it requires some detailed additions to your theme. You have to add javascript includes to your header file, you have to heavily modify the ‘form’ tag on the comments page, as well as add error and loading divs. Not to mention, the solution requires that your comments be inside ‘ol’ tags. That’s a recipe for disaster as a plugin and a support nightmare. The best I can do is offer the files for download and explain how I got it working and the rest is up to you.

Step 1: Download the squible theme and grab the following files:

ajax_comments.php
scripts/ (directory contains ajax_comments.js prototype.js and effects.js)

Step 2: Put these files in your theme directory:

wp-content/themes/yourtheme/ajax_comments.php
wp-content/themes/yourtheme/scripts/

Step 3: Add this code to your header.php file:

IT support, getting the basics right

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Reliable IT support has become an essential part of modern business over recent years. With the ever growing reliance on modern technology in everyday business can your business cope when things go wrong?

Not only is IT a integral part of day to day business but the right IT systems can also streamline your companies activities making them more efficient and therefore profitable. On the flip-side, getting your IT systems and support wrong can be a costly mistake. Here we will discuss various steps your company can take to ensure you get it right.

Getting the basics right

Some of the common issues effecting businesses include:

Slow, unresponsive computers
Security and virus problems
Out-dated software and patching
Getting the basics right will have a dramatic effect both in terms of efficiency and staff morale. Tackling these basic It support issues can often be done in-house if you have the resources. If not, many IT support companies can offer one off solutions to fix these basic problems and then an ongoing support contract to stay on top of the issues to prevent them occurring again in the future. There are several steps you as a business owner or decision maker can take to help with these common issues including:

Investing in modern equipment (often the financial gain in terms of increased efficiency are overlooked when considering upgrading aging equipment)
Taking advantage of discounted deals for software upgrades offered by many software vendors
Spending money on professional IT training to help you staff get the most from the tools you give them
IT support companies

Often the best solution for computer related problems in the workplace is employing a professional IT support company. For many, the costs involved in securing the services of a reputable IT support company seem steep but when they actually sit down and calculate the losses sustained in terms of reputation, lost sales and low productivity the costs involved in contracting a dedicated IT support company begin to look more attractive.

What to look for when choosing an IT support company

The main factors you need to look at when selecting a support company include:

Response times – How quickly can the engineer of help desk respond to your problems and if these targets are not met, what rights do you have as a customer for compensation or termination of the support contract.

What is covered – Make sure you establish exactly what is covered under the service level agreement and what the costs are for any additional work outside the support contract.

Additional hardware and software – What are the costs involved if you expand you business, add new hardware, upgrade software or replace dated equipment. Many companies don’t check the additional costs for extra hardware outside of what is covered under the original contract and find themselves paying through the nose for a few extra PC’s

Consultancy and advice – Does your chosen IT support company charge for advice or consultancy services or do they include these costs in your contact. If they do include IT consultancy, are they affiliated to any specific supplier of vendor? If so, you may find you do not get impartial advice.

Insurance – If your IT support company provides on-site support, are they covered while they are in your place of work? Another important aspect to consider is loss of data or disaster recovery. If an IT support engineer makes a mistake or some of their equipment fails who is responsible for the potential loss of earnings and reputation damages and how will they attempt to resolve the issue.

A Tag System Based on Categories

I have managed to put together a complete tag system built on top of WordPress categories. Using both plugins of my own and plugins written by others, I was able to build a system that can show all tags, show popular tags, show tags for each post, show related tags for each post, build Technorati tags, and easily add tags to a post via the administration interface. The first step was to decide that I wanted to use tags. This happened for me after interviewing Jonas Luster, product manager for Technorati and all-around good guy. One of my questions to Jonas was “What are some of the new trends in blogging that will become big in the next year or two?” His answer in part was “most definitely tagging.” When he first said this, I didn’t really understand why, but after looking into it, I realized how important tags are to building social networks, promoting social classification, folksonomy, and distributed classification. That’s when I realized the real value of tags and decided to change my wordpress installation from a category based system (and indeed mindset) to a tag based system.

When I started working on this project, I didn’t realize that there were a multitude of plugins out there that allow one to add a tag system to wordpress. I’m glad I didn’t know this because I might not have spent the time building my own. All of the tag systems I’ve seen are seperate from WordPress categories, which I don’t like very much. I wanted to use something based on the built-in category system because I had already posted a few entries and I didn’t want to have to go back and re-tag everything. Of course, some of the plugins out there have built-in tools to do this for you, but nontheless, I was determined to build a tag system on top of WordPress categories. I was able to do so without modification to the core WordPress files or the database. This was one of my personal requirements because I didn’t want to mess things up for myself if I were to upgrade.

I’ve broken things down into two main categories (no pun intended) The first being steps for administration and the second being steps for displaying tags on the blog. Okay, on to the good stuff.

Steps for Administration
Step 1. (optional but recommended)
The first step is to set your category base to /tag. You can do this under options->permalinks.

Step2.
Install the very wonderful cat2tag plugin. This plugin removes the category list on the right side of the admin panel when writing a post and replaces it with a tag system underneath your post box very much like the way Del.icio.us tags look).

Steps for displaying tags
Step 1.
I’ve created a plugin, (very much in its alpha stages, so USE AT YOUR OWN RISK) to display popular tags, related tags, and build technorati tags–all based on the built-in wordpress category system. It contains the following functions:

show_tags($limit)
This function displays tags for the current post, along with an rss feed for each tag and it builds a technorati tag as well. Feel free to steal the image I use to display Technorati tags for your own use.

related_tags($id, $rlimit=0, $before=’’, $after=’’)
This function displays a list of related tags for the current post. I use it like so:

< ?php related_tags($post->ID, 15, ‘’, ‘’); ?>

This function was tricky, and I ultimately use the sql provided by LaughingMeme in this post. This function is very very very alpha, but it seems to be holding together for the time being. We’ll see what happens as my tag list grows.

popular_tags()
Of course I use popular tags, which I’ve rolled into this plugin. I also made a small change to the code so that popular tags get displayed in alphabetical order. Directions on using the popular tags plugin can be found here.

Step 2.
I also use the weighted tags plugin by Matt Kingston, but I’ve modified it slightly to fix a bug, you can get my modified version here. I use this plugin to display tags on my archives page, which is in much need of a redesign by the way.

That about does it. That is how I’ve implemented a full-blown tagging system on squible. The plugin I’ve written is very very alpha, so please don’t ask me to support you, I’m still figuring it out myself, but you are more than welcome to use it. If anyone adds aything to this plugin or has ideas for adding something, please let me know–I’m all about making this system as useful as possible.

Tag Happy: Popular Tags Plugin

In an ongoing effort to make this site as cool as possible, I’ve created my first WordPress plugin called “Popular Tags.” The purpose of the plugin is to create a finite list of popular tags used and to display said list by weight. Since tags are ongoing, the list needs to be finite or my homepage would grow into a huge ugly list of tags. So what I’ve done is created a plugin that will only show the x number of popular tags (the tags being wordpress categories under the hood). To see this plugin in action, visit my home page.

I started out with Matt Kingston’s Weighted Categories code and made some changes (one of which fixes a bug with Matt’s plugin where the last category in your list isn’t displayed properly). The format to use the plugin is no different than how it’s used on Matt’s plugin:

< ?php $minfont = 8; $maxfont = 14; $fontunit = “pt”; $category_ids_to_exclude = “”; popular_tags($minfont, $maxfont, $fontunit, $category_ids_to_exclude); ?>

You can download the plugin here. Let me know if it works out for you.

Echo 6

I’ve created a new WordPress theme called Echo 6. This theme incorporates some goodies not found in many other wordpress themes. The reason is because I broke some rules and rolled some cool plugins into the theme itself so that you will get exactly what you see in the demo. Some of the features include Matt Kingston’s weighted categories (displayed as tags) and a built-in recent comments plugin. Other features are Technorati compatible tags displayed at the end of each post, the ability to make “featured” posts sticky, and cool looking pullquotes available in the stylesheet.

Demo
View the demo here.

Download
Download Echo 6 here.

Directions
Drop it in your themes directory and activate from the Presentation section of wp-admin.

FAQ
I downloaded the theme, but on the sidebar it says “*Fatal error*: Cannot redeclare get_recent_comments() (previously declared”
You must already be using the get_recent_comments() function in your my-hacks.php file or something… You can delete the function from sidebar.php.

How do you create the pullquotes?

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or

text

The first one puts the quotes on the right, second one on the left…

How do I make featured posts sticky?
You can have a post become a featured post and be sticky (i.e. remain at the top). In the index.php file, there isa line of code that says

< ?php if ( in_category(‘4’) ) { ?>

All you have to do is create a category and call it “featured” (or whatever you like), then use the category ID to replace the number 4 that I have written. Once you write a post and tag it as “featured”, it will display the post as a featured post, which will keep it at the top and add some nice little bells and whistles. (Note: you will have to change the link to previous features to match your url and category archives–Hey, I can’t do everything for you).

Death Grip hysteria may end Monday with iOS 4.01

Reception issues observed by new iPhone 4 owners, derided as the “Death Grip” by bloggers, appears to actually be a software issue that an iOS update is expected to resolve early next week.

Identifying the problem

Clear observations of mobile signal strength and how they are affected by the placement of users’ hands are difficult to perform in part because there are multiple factors involved in receiving a mobile radio link, including outside interference and the conductivity or mass of different people’s hands.

Additionally, cellphones in general (and in particular the iPhone) have always only presented a very rough approximation of signal strength in the signal bar display, averaged over time. It appears that iOS 4, more so than previous iPhone software, presents a less accurate signal meter, showing less signal at times than an iPhone 3GS while still being able to achieve the same or better call quality.

This has led some to jump to the conclusion that the reception problems noted by some iPhone 4 users are the sign of a hardware design flaw related to its stainless steel band antenna design. Apple’s chief executive Steve Jobs stoked a whiplash of blogger frenzy when he reportedly responded that users “were holding it the wrong way,” blocking the signal with their hands.

A variety of people have demonstrated identical problems with other phones, from the Android based Nexus One to the iPhone 3GS. Yesterday, my wry tweet, “Blocking iPhone 4 antenna kills reception. Blocking mic kills audio, and covering the screen makes it impossible to see Retina Display” made it to the front page of Twitter and was retweeted more than a hundred times by people following the hullabaloo.

However, the fact that problems observed in the iPhone 3GS are much more pronounced when the device is upgraded to iOS 4 indicate that there is also a software issue involved in the matter. iPhone 4 users can’t downgrade to earlier versions of the core software, making it impossible to compare its relative performance.

Software fix in the works

Readers report that Apple’s tech support forums originally confirmed that a iOS 4.0.1 software fix addressing the issue would ship early next week (as early as Monday), before the comments were subsequently taken down along with all the other related discussion about the matter.

The fix is expected to address a issue in iOS 4 related to radio frequency calibration of the baseband. Readers who saw the original forum discussions say that the issue is believed to occur when switching frequencies; because the lag is allegedly not calibrated correctly, it results in the device reporting “no service” rather than switching to the frequency with the best signal to noise ratio.

iOS 4 introduced some enhancements to how the baseband selects which frequencies to use, so it makes sense that the error may have crept into those changes. Additionally, this explains why iOS 4 has also caused similar problems for iPhone 3GS users.

Additional readers have shared other related experiences that also corroborate the idea that the issue is related to iOS 4′s software control of the baseband, including the fact that the issue seems easily reproducible when connecting to a WWAN 3G network but does not appear when connecting to a Microcell 3G. If the problem were simply hardware related issues of the antenna design, it should only affect iPhone 4 units with that new design and should occur at all times, regardless of the tower type. That is not being observed.

Talk to the hand

The core software problem is likely augmented by hand placement, as Jobs noted in pointing out that holding the new phone (or any mobile device) in such a way that attenuates the signal should simply be avoided.

Yesterday, antenna design expert Spencer Webb posted his early appraisal of the situation, noting that the FCC mandates that cell phone antennas need to be positioned as far away from the user’s head as possible, effectively forcing antenna placement in the bottom of the phone, where it is most likely to be covered by the user’s hand.

Webb also noted that neither the regulatory tests performed by the FCC during its approval process, nor the antenna efficiency tests performed by the carrier (AT&T) during its own device requirements testing take into account how a user’s hand might play into the antenna design and the test results.

The bottom-mounted antenna design “evolved to meet [FCC] requirements,” Webb explained. “And efficient transmission and reception while being held by a human hand are simply not design requirements!”

Webb points out that Bluetooth headsets also suffer from attenuation when the phone is positioned in such a way that the user’s body absorbs too much of the signal. He assumed that the iPhone 4 design, which “moved the antenna action from the back of the phone to the sides,” will likely only improve things when the phone is “suspended magically in air,” but may actually make things worse when the phone is placed in the user’s pocket.

At the same time, Webb says he voted with his dollars to buy the new iPhone 4 anyway, adding, “sometimes an antenna that’s not great, but good enough, is good enough.”
Death Grip hysteria may end Monday with iOS 4.01

It’s All About Timing

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When my wife and I sold our house to fund a web design company, we made a huge mistake. Not because we flushed 40 grand down the toilet (although I still have nightmares about that part of it), but because our timing was way off. We started our company one year to the month after 9/11/2001, which was a huge mistake on our part for two reasons. First is the obvious shock to the economy that came about as a result of 9/11 and second, the ripple effect of the dot com bust was still being felt.

According to a 2003 advocacy report by the Small Business Administration, the “unemployment rate climbed from 5.8 percent in 2002 to 6.0 percent in 2003,” banks had stiff lending standards in 2002 and the recession of 2001 had not yet ended. It was only at the end of 2003, when my business had all but failed and I was already looking for work, that things started to pick up for small businesses. But by that time, I had such a bad taste in my mouth after losing 40 grand that the idea of staying in the fight wasn’t at all palatable.

But that brings me to the irony behind this post. I’ve actually gotten more requests to build websites for people in the last month than I got during the second half of the year that I owned my own web design company. But rather than start another web design company, I’m doing these jobs as an independant consultant. And because of all the recent work I’ve been getting, I’ll be able to get me one of these a lot sooner!

So what have I learned? Never start a business in the middle of a recession and never, ever sell your house to fund your startup. I suppose I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, at least I gave it a shot, right?

Corporate Housing

Corporate

Most corporate housing companies “list” properties and leave it to other brokers to find the buyers/lessees. This means that most brokers are the agent of the seller/lessor. We specialize in representing the buyer/lessee at no cost to that buyer/lessee. All properties are listed in one data base known as the MLS (Multiple Listing Services). At Analar International Realty, Corp., one call to us enables you to access several hundred thousand properties. Because we represent you we can search all properties on the market that match your parameters.

Buyer’s Agent You do not have to go from listing broker to listing broker and search, and search, and search with each until you find one that finds a property that fits your objectives. Further, instead of you having to take your time driving around with agent after agent we at Analar preview properties, set appointments and then escort you from property to property. By representing you, the buyer/lessee, we have a legal obligation to represent your best interests-even though the seller/lessor is paying our commission. For more information please visit Denver furnished apartment LLC.

PC Pro Schools: The Historic Climb of College Tuition Costs

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Colleges in the United States charge tuition, the cost per credit hour that for each class being taken. There may be additional fees besides Tuition that are charged for specific things. Tuition does not cover supplies, lab fees, housing and board, or even parking. These fees have climbed at dramatic rates over the course of the last seventy years. This is because the United States Federal Government only directly supports military academies, making other institutions of higher education private entities that change what they believe people will pay. In spite the tuition increases, the desirability of the top universities in the world that exist in the United States indicates this trend will continue.

The United States Federal Government does have a program of loans and grants that date back to the United States Civil War. This program was first instituted with the Morrill Act, which created “land grant” colleges that were to teach agriculture, engineering, and military tactics. At the end of World War II, a G.I. Bill program was started. Officially called the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944, this bill helped veterans return to school or draw unemployment while they looked for work.

It should be noted that this series of government aid programs have enabled colleges to continue to raise tuition fees where other countries with national government direct support tend to have more static rates although suffer from other issues. One easy comparison of rates on this factor is to look at the tuition rates for Canadian colleges and those of United States colleges. While both university systems show increases, one can easily see that the rates for Canadian colleges are consistent with inflation rates over the course of sixty years between 1940 and 2000. The examples provided are typical. Canadian colleges show a thirty percent increase over the 60 years. United States public colleges and PC Pro Schools typically have increased tuition rates by two hundred and thirty percent while private colleges and universities have increased theirs by three hundred and sixty percent over the same time span. Public colleges are often paid for in part by the state government and thus are less likely to increase fees without there being an economic reason to.

The alarming fact is that except in rare cases like with PC Pro Schools, college tuition has climbed in expense faster than even medical charges. In the last thirty years alone, there has been a shocking increase on this level. The numbers show it clearly. At 2.5-fold increase shown in the CPI-U, you can see how the expected inflation rate for cost of living sets. If you look at medical expenses alone as part of the Consumer Price index, you will note that it as a six-fold increase. While this is shocking in its own right, it pales when compared to the college tuition rates, which have increased ten-fold over the last thirty years according the College Board data. This disproportional inflation is even more alarming when one considers that the grants and loans being made to cover this cost are paid for in part by the taxpayer.

One must wonder how long such a trend can last before it becomes plain that the concept of “accessible to everyone” for higher education is replaced with “only those who can afford it”. Indeed, can the public itself continue to support such hikes for tuition fees? To this, I have no answer, but it certainly is food for thought. When major countries across the globe struggle with the same issue, even under the pressure for more people to become educated in such a fashion and in fact having a college degree is nearly required in many fields in order to even get a foot in the door.

It is considered standard now to expect college tuition in the United States to climb each year at twice the rate of inflation. Compared with Canada, it is very clear that this need not be happening, as the rates there have matched inflation and cost of living increases. Higher education has been and remains one of the factors that leads inflation in the United States. The increased tuition rates has led to climbing levels of student loan debts, to the average of twenty thousand dollars per student.

One needs to moderate the alarm at these costs and the expenses however, in light of the fact that most students who invest in a bachelor’s level education typically earn nearly forty percent more than those who do not. This trend may well continue as time goes on.

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