Where To Take Your iPod When It Has Water Damage

ipod repairSome of the little gadgets that my children have these days are so tiny that I can barely spot them in their pockets. My daughter has an iPod shuffle clip or whatever they are called that she uses all the time when she’s riding the bus to school or doing homework or playing sports. She absolutely loves it, and when she thought that I had almost ruined it by washing it in the laundry I felt terrible.
Her iPod was in one of her jean pockets the other day and she threw them in the laundry basket just before she went to get a shower. I was already doing laundry so whatever she had just thrown in there I took to add to my current load. I swear kids go through more outfits in a day than I do in a week.
So I threw her jeans into the filling washing machine with the rest and went about doing the rest of my tidying up before dinner. When she got out of the shower my daughter realized that she forgot to take her iPod out of her pocket, so she went looking for it in the laundry basket. She started panicking when she couldn’t find it and I ran to the washing machine to get it out. By that time it had gotten pretty wet but it wasn’t sitting fully under water for very long so I thought it might be alright.
Well, the poor little wet iPod wouldn’t turn on and wouldn’t play anything and we thought maybe it was the end of the line for it. I felt terrible for not checking her pockets because I usually do. You learn to do that with all pockets once you have children, but this time I was in a rush and didn’t look. I really didn’t want to buy her a new iPod so I looked into taking it in to a repair service, hoping that the damage was not too bad.
I found a repair service the very next day and took the little iPod in for the technicians to check out.  They said it was pretty common for them to get devices with water damage and they have a lot of strategies for bring them back to life. Zagg Phone Repair did a quick diagnosis of the problem, but seeing as how it wouldn’t even turn on and I told them I accidentally threw it in the washing machine, it didn’t take them long to decide on which repairs to perform on the iPod. They said it seemed like it could be restored, so they kept it for a few hours and performed their magic on it and called me when it was finished. When I picked it up it turned on right away and all of her music was there just as she left it. My daughter was so excited to hear that I found a way to get her iPod back to normal after all of the water damage, and I was relieved that I didn’t’ have to buy a new one!

The surrogate mother solution

As a gay couple, we were not sure if we were ever going to be able to have a child. While we were married and we wanted a family, it wasn’t clear to us how we would reach that goal. I had always thought that adoption was the only solution and only an answer for those who are in heterosexual relationships. I did not think that as a gay couple we would be able to adopt a child together. But as times have changed, we began to think about starting the family, and we started by looking into adoption. There is a lot that goes into it for sure, and it can take a very long time to end up accepted and with a child that is right for you. In the end, while we were about half way through the process, we learned about a different option that we ended up finding a lot more interesting. There are surrogate mothers who are willing to carry a baby to term for those who are not able to become or stay pregnant. For us though, surrogacy was only a part of the puzzle, because we also needed eggs. We discovered Surrogate Mothers Inc, which is labeled as an alternative to infertility. Through their organization, we were able to find not only a surrogate mother who would carry a baby to term for us, egg donationbut also egg donors who were willing to donate eggs for us. The IVF doctor would then put sperm from each of us into the egg, so that the egg would be fertilized by at least one of us.

The fertilized egg is then implanted into the surrogate, and she will carry the baby to term for the couple. For us, it was exactly the solution that we wanted, though we didn’t even know about it in the beginning. We decided to move away from adoption and instead go the route of the egg donation and the surrogate mother. The process worked nearly seamlessly, and in the end we were there for our child’s birth and were able to take him home that very night. It was incredible to be a part of the pregnancy process, instead of just coming on the scene at the end. And after all those nine months, we had a new born baby that was our baby, to take home and create a family with. The process worked so well for us that we are moving towards doing it a second time. Not much would change about the process, we would just find another surrogate mother and another egg donor and then start the process again. We know now that we want at least two children, and if things go as well as they did the first time we may even try for three. The big family is a dream that we always had that we thought was unattainable, and in the end it turns out that it was reachable. Thanks in large part to our discovery of the surrogate organization.

The history of the motorcycle is an American victory.

The history of the motorcycle is pretty fascinating. Motorcycles were not always the speedy machines that we know today. So many different advancements and changes have been made from the first motorcycle to what we ride on the street today. The following history is a culmination of information from various motorcycle aficionados on the web.

1868

American, Sylvester Howard Romper builds the first motorcycle powered by steam. A motorcycle expert from totalmotorcycles.com says, “It’s powered by a charcoal-fired two-cylinder engine, whose connecting rods directly drive a crank on the rear wheel. This machine predates the invention of the safety bicycle by many years, so its chassis is also based on the “bone-crusher” bike. “Bone-Crusher’s” appeared around 1800, used iron-banded wagon wheels, and were called “bone-crushers,” both for their jarring ride, and their tendency to toss their riders.”

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Steam powered motorcycle

1885- The first gasoline powered motorcycle is made. It was called the “bone shaker” for its rough ride.

1889- John Boyd Dunlop invents the first air-inflated pneumatic tire for cars and motorcycles.

1895- French automobile manufacturer DeDion-Buton introduces a lightweight, 4-stroke engine that makes mass-production of the motorcycle possible.

1899-American entrepreneur and bicycle manufacturer Charles H. Metz creates America’s first production motorcycle (he’s also been credited with coining the term “motorcycle”).

1902 – Triumph

1903 – Harley-Davidson (Harley-Davidson Motor Company)

1939- First flashing turn signals

1945- 198.000 motorcycles registered in the United States

1946 – Honda (The Honda Motor Company)

1949- Harley-Davidson fits hydraulic front suspension

1952 – Suzuki (Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd.,)

1952- First hydraulic brakes on motorcycles

1953-Classic biker film The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando as the leader of a motorcycle gang, is released. The motorcycle becomes a symbol of rebellion.
1954 – Kawasaki (Kawasaki Heavy Industries)
1955 – Yamaha (Yamaha Motor Corporation)

1955- 450,000 motorcycles registered in the United States

1957- Snell Memorial Foundation established to create helmet performance standards

1962- Grey Advertising launches its iconic campaign, “You Meet the Nicest People on a Honda.” The wildly successful campaign positions motorcycles as a casual, everyday vehicle, rather than one associated with lawlessness and discontent. Motorcycle registrations soar.

1967- Bell Helmets introduces the first full facial-coverage helmet.

1970- 2.8 million motorcycles registered in the United States

1974- 55-mph speed limit established nationwide

1975- 5 million motorcycles registered in the United States

1980- First International Motorcycle Safety Conference sponsored by MSF

1985- 5.4 million motorcycles registered

1990- Second International Motorcycle Safety Conference sponsored by MSF

We have come a long way since Romper’s first steam powered motorcycles. The motorcycle has gone through many transformations and has been marketed in a number of different way from a symbol of rebellion to a way of life. Today there is a motorcycle for everyone. You can choose to cruise or maybe a need for speed. Whatever your preference it is out there.

By far one of the most important of advancements in the motorcycle industry has been safety. The most important thing when riding is to know how to ride safely and keep yourself out of harm’s way.

My friend is going to find a great plastic surgeon like the doctors at Raval MD.

I have a friend who really wants to get a nose job and yet everyone she talks to about it is really judgmental. I don’t think it’s fair for people to get on their high horse and judge folks about whether or not the choices they make for their lives are appropriate or not. No one botoxknows the experience of my friend and how her nose has shaped her life experience. And if she feels compelled and empowered to have a nose job, then she has every right to seek that out. She is a determined woman and I know that she will do what she needs to do to feel good about herself and her body.

Having this conversation with her made me feel compelled to find out everything I could about this procedure and make sure that she would find a plastic surgeon that would offer her the care that she deserves when it comes to her health and her appearance. So I did some research to see who some of the best plastic surgeons on in the area and the one clinic that kept popping up was Raval MD. Raval MD is a business that specialized in face lifts, laser treatments and botox. This gives me hope that there are good and experienced plastic surgeons out there that are doing good work for individuals who desire to have a different look. I will definitely let my friend know to really research the person she is doing to choose if she is really wanting to have a change. I certainly want her to feel safe and to have the results that she desires.

I got to thinking about things a little more and finding the right plastic surgeon is really important because procedure can stick with you. That is why so many people trust Raval MD to get the job done right. With tattoos there is the change to have tattoo removal but there isn’t a whole lot that can be done for someone who wants to reverse plastic surgery. That is why picking the right doctor right away is incredibly important. You want to be sure that the choice you are making in the present moment will be one that you feel good about for a long time coming. I hope that my friend’s experience will be a good one for her. Actually, I am sure it will be since she has a kind of Hermione-esqe quality about her.  She will do her research and find the right doctor.

My friend finally made up her mind and is doing what she feels like is the best thing for her. Getting plastic surgery can be really empowering especially when you find the right surgeon and you feel good about it. There are many different procedures that people can pick from botox to a life style lift and whatever you choose it will be a good thing for you because you deserve to look how you feel you would like to. I am excited for my friend.

Colorado has some beautiful ranches for sale.

I have lived my entire life in Colorado and I do not see myself leaving any time soon.  The reason for this is that it is tough to find a place in which the work/life balance is so perfect and you can drive thirty minutes outside of the city and be in a totally remote area.  My favorite thing about living in the state is that I am continually in awe of the natural beauty.  This beauty can be found in many different ways and I recently had the opportunity to see the natural beauty when I drove from Denver to Steamboat Springs.

colorado ranches for saleI have made that drive from Denver to Steamboat many times, but I do not recall seeing the natural beauty that I did this last time I made the drive with my friend Brian.  It was at a point in time when the mountains still had tons of snow on them and all of the ranches were filled to the brim with lush green grass and beautiful wildflowers.  The yellow of the wildflowers was totally intoxicating and I think that some of the scenes that we saw on that drive were some of the most beautiful that we have seen ever.  Nevertheless, I did notice that on that drive up there, a number of the ranches were up for sale.  Colorado has a long history of ranching, so I am curious as to what is currently changing in the industry. My biggest suspicion is that the ranches were up for sale because of the changes in generations.  When you look at how the industry has evolved, you are probably seeing that many of the younger people are looking to get out of the profession of ranching.  Instead, they are going to be moving to a more contemporary place in the information economy in larger cities.

Many of the ranches that were up for sale in Grand County, Colorado were of the very expansive kind.  You could see how thousands of cattle could occupy the huge fields and keep the ranchers employed for years to come.  My feeling is that because of the natural beauty that we experienced, many of the ranches will probably become dude ranches or ones that would attract tourists.  I think that would be an okay end for the ranch and my big hope is that the ranches in Colorado that are up for sale are not being sold to any energy company or something like that.  It is important to keep those lands wild and open and even with tourists coming to check out the area, there is a good chance that the land will not be develop or overly exploited.  It is important to me that we keep these areas open so that future generations will have the opportunity to hike and camp in nature.  Having the areas available to do that is key and it will help keep young people engage with their environment and want to be more sustainable in their daily lives.

Factors to help office managers choose between cubicle walls and offices

Commercial design for offices is a booming industry, though one that does not sound particularly exciting at first glance. There is actually a lot of activity and up and coming research into this area, especially driven by the last decades’ worth of big tech companies and their transitions in the way they run their offices and manage their employees. Google is infamous for their open spaces, free cafeteria food, and pods for afternoon naps as needed. cubicle wallsWhile this model does not work for every company or industry, there is a lot to be said for the innovative style they have created for themselves. Other big firms such as theirs have taken to that model as well, experimenting on what works and what doesn’t work for them and their employees.

There is some room in between what seems like two extremes: everyone behind closed doors, and no doors to close whatsoever. That room typically includes some version of cubicle walls, and there are a few different things to think about before putting them in place in your office.

  1. Privacy: Is your work related to private information or security items that inherently need to be kept to only a “need to know” basis? If so, cubicles might not be the answer for you, or at least not the answer for everyone in your office. That might mean that some people sit in cubicles and some sit in offices.
  2. Human resources: Does your office handle human resource-related matters on a regular basis? If so, cubicle walls again might not be the right thing for your work. Most if not all of those matters need to be kept confidential, and cubicle walls will not allow for that level of needed privacy.
  3. Collaboration: Does your office do a lot of work where multiple people are brought in on a single project? If so, cubicle walls might be the right layout for your office. Allowing employees to have open access to one another and be able to communicate more effectively can foster teamwork and cooperation. Behind closed doors, it is a lot less likely that employees will get as much done and could possibly delay work.
  4. Creativity and design: Does your work entail a lot of visual projects, such as designing logos or advertisements? If so, having everyone’s work out in the open might be the best possible scenario for making sure that everyone’s ideas are seen and incorporated as needed, and that they are working together and not duplicating each other by accident.

As you can see the type of work leads to different outcomes in terms of the design of the office. There is no right or wrong answer for any one company, but rather, there are a multitude of factors to consider when designing any single office or multiple offices. There is more and more research being done on these trends every year, so keep an eye out for more of the latest in office designs. It really is more fun than it sounds!

Many law firms have started to utilize SEO as a digital marketing strategy.

The internet has greatly impacted human life in many ways. From the way that we communicate to one another to our banking systems, and the way that businesses market their brand, the internet has impacted nearly every aspect of human life. Marketing is a field that has seen many continuous changes since the time that the internet became widely available to the general population. Digital marketing has opened up an entirely new world of marketing strategies that is ever expanding and changing. People spend more time on the internet these days than they do watching the television, meaning that there is a vast opportunity to marketers to reach their audience. Digital marketing is by far and large the most time efficient and cost effective form of marketing these days and companies that aren’t taking advantage of new marketing strategies are feeling the losses in their business.

law firm seoMarketing is an important aspect of all types of businesses and organizations. One field that we don’t often think about needing a strong marketing team is law firms. However, marketing is more important to lawyers than ever before. With so many different law firms to choose from when looking for someone to represent you in a court of law, it is important that lawyers market themselves in a way that makes them stand out from the rest. Many law firms have started to utilize a digital marketing strategy called SEO (search engine optimization) in order to help promote the online traffic to their websites. Search engine optimization uses keywords specified by the client to help better identify their website on an internet search engine. For example, a law firm that specializes in real estate law may use “real estate law” or “real estate lawyer” as their keywords for SEO. This means that when someone goes online to search for a law firm that specializes in real estate law and they type “real estate lawyer” in to their search engine, the law firm that utilizes SEO would appear higher on the search engine results than another firm that doesn’t utilize SEO.

This may sound complicated but there are companies that specialize in SEO for different types of businesses or organizations, including law firms. One such company is called Law Marketing Gurus. Law Marketing Gurus are experts in SEO utilization and work specifically with law firms to help promote their websites. Law Marketing Gurus also specialize in attorney website design. These two things seem to go hand in hand if you consider that promoting the traffic to your website is only beneficial to your business as long as your website is well designed and appears professional. Considering how much business is conducted over the internet and how competitive digital marketing strategies can be, it seems silly that any law firm would not take advantage of the services that Law Marketing Gurus offer. Based on what I have heard hiring them is worth every penny. Also, what business doesn’t need a website makeover ever once in a while?

You Should Get Your Roof Inspected by J&K Roofing.

roofing contractorsIt would be misleading to say that there is any one component of a house or other building that is the single most important.  Nonetheless, there are a few key parts of your home that you must be especially vigilant about maintaining.  One example is your roofing.  Without properly installed, fully functional roofing, the interior of your home could be exposed to a bunch of harmful conditions.  After all, the roof is a barrier, and if it is not doing its job correctly, the rest of your home will deteriorate quickly.  For various reasons, a lot of people do not become aware of roof damage until they have a leak, but it is far better to repair the damage before a leak can even form.  This may seem impossible to do, but it is not, as long as you get your roof inspected by a highly regarded roofing company, like J&K Roofing.  Having good roofing contractors closely inspect your roofing can alert you to damage, in its initial stages, so it does not have time to turn into something worse.

Leaks are the main concern, when it comes to the side-effects of roof damage.  They can progress fairly quickly, and they are extremely damaging, to a bunch of different expensive materials in your home.  Anything made of wood or fabric could potentially be ruined if water drips onto it, and electronic equipment would also be in danger.  Furthermore, once the damage has turned into a leak, it will require repairing more than just your roof.  So, if you want to avoid this happening to your roof, you need to remember to get it inspected every year.  Of course, if you do decide to get an inspection every year, you should try to time it well.  If you get the inspection too late, you run the risk of not having time to repair your roofing before winter, but if you get it too early, you run the risk of experiencing further hail damage, without knowing it.  Because of these two factors, it is best to get the inspection at the end of the summer, so you can avoid hail season, yet still have it done before winter.

If you do have some superficial roof damage, but you do not have a leak, you should not worry too much.  That being said, you should definitely have the repairs done, right away.  When it comes to roofing, you can either replace it or repair it, but replacing it is often the better choice, for a couple of reasons.  For one thing, it only takes a couple of days for experienced roofers to replace your roofing, so you might as well do it if you think it is necessary.  Secondly, it is sometimes more costly to repair your roof than to replace it, anyway.  Thirdly, roofing typically needs to be replaced every few years, so you might as well get it replaced if it is in need of repairs, since you would have to do that, either way, in a few years.

Receiving the Best Assistance with Self Storage

When first renting a self storage unit, many people aren’t quite sure how to approach it all. Sure, they might have some of their things packed up in boxes, but how do they actually go about organizing and sorting them once they have actually traveled to the storage space? storage unitThere are many variables present whenever going to visit a new storage facility, so those who are new to the game of self storage might be left in the dark once they get there. Thankfully, there are a few tips that are going to make your experience much more easier when taking care of your self storage, and many of these tips apply to virtually any self storage rental space.

While it might seem obvious to most, preparation before you actually go to the self storage rental space is going to be the first step when preparing for storage. Make sure everything is neatly packed in boxes and secured so there won’t be any damage to your property. While you might not think it is important to label the boxes, think again! Even though you might remember that your dishes were in one box, and your magazine collection in the other, many people forget what is stored in which box. This can all be taken care of with effective and simple labeling. With that in mind, you can easily go to your storage unit and find exactly what you are looking for, instead of having to open and reopen each and every one of your boxes!

While we’re on the topic of boxes, make sure you get the right ones! The ones you find

in your basement might be adequate for your storage, but they also might be a little bit worn out and might not be able to fully protect all of your material goods that you pack. There might be small rips in the boxes that could suddenly tear open during transport, or they might not be able to form a tight seal. If you’re packing goods that are highly sensitive to dust and moisture, it is important to properly seal all of your boxes with packing tape.

Since we’re on the topic of sensitive materials, definitely keep track of what you are including in your storage unit! I’ve known people to have very rare books and magazines suffer from the tiniest bit of humidity in their storage units, so always ask about climate controlled storage units if you have some highly sensitive goods you are packing. This can range from books to vintage photographs to antique furniture to vinyl record collections. If you’re looking to store all of your goods in a safe and clean environment, storage rental units are some of the best places to keep them in, as many units offer climate control, so if you need things cooled down to the right temperature, make it a point to ask for a storage unit with air conditioning.

These are just some of the many important tips when it comes to undertaking your first self storage venture, so make sure that you ask the management of the storage facilities any questions that might affect the goods you are packing and storing, as they will be more than happy to help!

Looking for a better chair mat?

Looking for a better chair mat? Look no further than Vitrazza for your chair mat needs. They can help solve the solution you’ve been looking for when becoming frustrated with those plastic mats that have been the sore of many offices in the past. So many problems occur with these chair mats by having the spikes that ruin the carpet and the ends that curl up and cause tripping hazards. Not to mention all the divots that come from sliding around your office chair on top of it.Office Glass Chair Mats When this is just not working for you any longer it’s time for you to switch to a glass chair mat. With superior strength and quality you’ll realize the difference of what these glass mats can do for you. It makes it easier to glide your chair on and you don’t have all the problems and complications overtime with these glass chair mats because they work. You’ll be able to see and experience a great deal of difference in the ease of gliding and rolling your chair around the office. Being able to access things on the go can be an important part of having a functioning office. It happens too many of us we get a phone call and need to pull up some information quickly. If we have to glide to one area of the office to another they can be done with convenience when you have a glass chair mat. Being able to do so can speed up time and ease within the office. Being frustrated and upset does not help the mood in the office when you trying to deal with plastic mats.

The superior quality glass mats make a difference and can help you to ensure that you are also protecting the carpet within the office and also being able to have a stylish look for the floor. These glass mats make a big difference in the overall gliding and process that you have with a chair mat. Being able to switch will leave you very impressed and never going back to a plastic chair mat again. Being able to have one for your office will increase productivity and your ability to have one that makes it easier not harder to get around. Whether it’s at the office or home even a home glass chair mat can make a difference. You can glide the chairs much easier when you have a heart in service and glass makes the perfect surface for you to glide on. It’s not just any glass either it’s hardened to be able to protect against chips cracking and other problems that would occur with regular glass. It’s a very tough glass and you can count on it being rolled over many times without even seeing anywhere on it. Making a difference is easy for anyone to see the added benefits and never going back to plastic again. Get a true chair mats it’s going to make a difference within your office and you’ll build to see daddy benefits and great benefits that come from going with glass.

Finding an Executive Successor

Large companies have to cycle through leadership after existing leaders are ready to move on with their lives.  The hierarchy of corporate succession is a coveted and secretive one, but the implementation of careful succession planning is guaranteed.  When the board members from a large company begin the series of executive assessments necessary to determine a proper successor, there is a great deal of information that must be considered.executive Assessments

The ability to lead is not just something you learn.  There are characteristics, factors that occur naturally to make people into better leaders than others.  If you are not a natural leader, developing these characteristics will be tiresome, time consuming and painful.  The results will be worth every bit of suffering, though.  Leadership qualities and executive decision making ability are just two of the abstract qualities that are highly sought after when searching for an executive successor.

When you successfully find an executive successor to fill your soon-to-be vacant board position, there is a set of procedures to usher in the new era of leadership at the company.  Without following the proper procedures to ensure a stable transition of executive power, you risk the stability of the entire company.  Should you have chosen a successor who the shareholders do not have confidence in, your stock prices will reflect it quickly.

It is much easier to select an incompetent successor than a perfect one.  Realistically, you will not find someone who is the ‘perfect’ replacement, but you will find someone who is great.  Without implementing the proper executive succession planning, you won’t have anything.