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Earliest: March 17, 2003Latest: June 10, 2017Total: 125

May 1, 2016

Business Technologies

Do you ever wonder how much a business invests in new tech, to deliver the most sophisticated image to their customers? How many times, as a consumer, have you visited multiple businesses, and can clearly note the differences between newer office spaces that include the top gadgets, and older, less technologically-driven businesses?

If we stop to consider these differences, we should also consider our buying decisions, and influences on our decision to make a purchase. Generally, if the two businesses both offer similar prices, most will decide to conduct business with the organization featuring the latest technology.

Keyboard Graphic

Why?

Businesses that feature newer monitors, flat screen televisions, and gadgets that are up to date make an overall better first impression on a potential customer. It lets the buyer know that the businesses cares about its image to the public, and wants to make a good first impression on those visiting their office.

Additionally, newer technology can help to retain customer satisfaction levels. When visiting an office, customers want to engage with tech that makes their lives easier. Using touch-enabled screens to present your product to a consumer allows for ease of use, and sophistication. Additionally, using devices like iPads and tablets can help show your customer that you have an overarching appreciation for staying on top of devices that can help make their experience more pleasant. Plus, who doesn't like to use a nifty iPad from time to time?

Engagement

Technology can also help to show an organization's level of engagement with the customer. As a business, it's important to show your support for a cause, and become involved in your community. Not only does becoming involved with your community help your image as a small business, but it helps others to become passionate about your business and join with you in supporting causes you believe in.

Additionally, supporting various organizations and groups within your town or city can help you to build community links to your website. Though it may be overlooked, building links to your organization's site can greatly affect your presence online, and can boost your profits in the long run.

Long Term

Technology can also have many long-term benefits that can have an impact on your organization. With cloud storage and easy sharing with others, customer information contained on devices can be easily shared with others down the road. Technology has proven to be a great source for storing information that can be accessed in the future.

Again, technology can also drive potential customers to conduct business with your organization, because of the sophisticated image it helps you to present. As its always known, word of mouth marketing is one of the best ways that a business can grow. By utilizing the latest technology, you will open the doors for newer customers as your businesses image is discussed among others.

What are some of the best technologies utilized by some of the most successful organizations today?

April 3, 2016

Balloons at Wegmans

The nearest Wegmans to our house is about 20 minutes away in Westborough, Massachusetts. To put it in perspective, we have to drive by two Stop and Shops just to get to Wegmans. The fact that we are going out of our way to shop at Wegmans should immediately tell you it must be a special place.

We like the food selection and prices are very reasonable. In addition, they have a large well stocked gluten free selection.

Wegmans Slogan

My 5 year old daughter likes shopping here because she knows that she gets a special surprise if she is really good while we are at the store.

That's the topic of today's post:

Did you know that you can get a single blow up balloon at Wegmans?

Wegman will actually blow up one balloon any time that you need one. While I am sure other stores offer similar services, the service people at Wegman makes it a pleasant experience. Every time we ask for a balloon they interact with my daughter. They don't grunt or complain about taking time out of their tasks to blow up a single balloon.

Wegmans has a great color selection with matching strings giving my daughter the power to pick a color - kids like having to make their own choices. Sometimes she surprise me and get a pink balloon with a purple string, because that what she felt like doing on that day.

Most times when we go there's nobody at the balloon stand, so we have to push a notification button. Actually, it's my daughter that gets to push the button, she likes to have that responsibility.

Next time you're at Wegmans, ask for the Balloon booth and treat your child with an extra special balloon. Incidental they aren't free, they cost .99 - which is not a bad price to pay for some well behave time.

It gets my daughter to be excited to go shopping and behave herself to get a nice treat.

What works for you?

December 13, 2015

Utilitech Digital Timer

There's a trick to get the Digital Timer from Utilitech to work. This trick works for the Model #TM-108, but is probably true if you're using any Utilitech Digital Timer.

Key thing to get the timer to work for the first time is to make sure that the timer start time isn't before the current time. Basically, you want to follow the directions and make sure that the start time is in the future.

Utilitech Timer TM-108

If you don't do this, when you set the timer you will have to wait 24 hours to make sure that it works.

When I initially set this up, I expected that the outside lights to be working since the start time have passed. For a moment, I thought that the timer was defective. The next day, I reset the timer to the exact time and waited 20 minutes to see the light went on. That's when I realized what happened.

So just remember to set the timer to go on later than the current time.

November 20, 2015

Pot Luck Food Ideas

Every year we have a company pot luck and celebrate the season by sharing some of our favorite foods with our co-workers.

This year Pot Luck was a huge success because organizers decided to assign categories by company departments. Engineering was responsible for sides and main dish, while other teams had deserts and appetizers etc. This ensured that there was plenty of coverage in different areas. (You don't want the case of everyone bringing pies.)

The dish size people prepare or purchase is big enough for a large family gathering. People will take small portions of your offering. Example: For a company with 100 employees, you should make enough as if your serving for 20 people.

If your looking for some ideas of what to bring to a Pot Luck, here is a list of some of foods that people have brought in the various pot lucks that I have attended in the past:

Appetizer
  • 5 layer dip with chips
  • Baked Asparagus Fries
  • Braised Brussels Sprouts
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip with chips
  • Cheese plate
  • Guacamole, salsa, chips
  • Jalapeno Cornbread
  • Pumpkin kugel cupcakes
  • Pumpkin spice muffins
  • Spinach Balls
  • Spinach Dip
Main Course
  1. Artichoke Dip
  2. Buffalo Chicken Dip
  3. Caramelized Onion Dip
  4. Ecuadorian chicken & rice soup
  5. Ecuadorian chicken & rice soup
  6. Gnocchi
  7. Some breads
  8. Spicy pigs in a blanket
  9. Spinach Dip
  10. Stuffing
  11. Sweet Potato Pecan Scuffle
  12. Sweet sweet potatoes
Dessert
  • Blackbottom Cupcakes
  • Brownies
  • Candy
  • Chai spice mini cupcakes
  • Cinnamon Cake
  • Ice Cream-filled Cupcakes
  • Ginger cookies
  • Peanut Butter Lava cookies
  • Peanut Butter Lava Cookies
  • Pecan Pie
  • pumpkin cheesecake
  • Pumpkin Pie Cupcakes
  • Seasonal Cupcakes
  • Toffee caramel cookies
  • Toffee chocolate caramel cookies
Drinks
  • Apple Cider
  • Mix Soda (Season Favorite)
  • Coquito
  • EggNog

Don't forget to bring any display dishes or utensils. (Bring along extra in case other's forget!) Make a small sign to display in front of your dish with any special information, such as 'Gluten Free' or 'A favorite from Ireland.'

October 23, 2015

Children & Elders: Benefits of Relationships

If you have fond memories of frequent visits with your grandparents or even living in the same town as your grandparents, you may one of the lucky few. While many of today's families are multigenerational and live under the same roof, some children don't know their grandparents very well due to long distances or may not have a grandmother or grandfather. Elderly individuals don't need to be biologically related to act as a mentor or a positive influence in a child's life. Many elders act as "honorary" grandparents for children of all ages. If your child doesn't have a close relationship with a grandparent or you want him or her to have more interaction with an older population, contact a nursing home in your local area; many places are more than happy to have visitors of all ages.

Why Intergenerational Relationships Matter

Creating a healthy and strong relationship with someone of a different generation is beneficial for everyone. Some children, who don't have frequent interactions with elders, may be afraid of older individuals. Similarly, elders who don't have regular interaction with younger people may have inaccurate assumptions about younger populations. While intergenerational relationships benefit individuals differently, here are a few benefits based on programs involving youth and elders:

  • Increase Understanding of Aging: Interacting with an elderly population helps children understand the aging process (how people slow down or how memories can change).
  • Improved Socialization: Children that interact with elders are more likely to have better social skills. Rather than socializing with individuals only within their peer group, they learn how to adapt (such as speaking loud/soft, articulately). They may also exhibit and have a better understanding of manners and overall respect.
  • Having Purpose: Both young individuals and the elderly may feel as if they have a purpose as they build their relationship. Children may notice they make an elder smile upon each visit and the elder may see that he or she has made a friend.
  • Increasing Wellness: Sadly, in some nursing homes across the country, some elders feel unsafe and are unhappy. Having visitors of all ages can improve moods, which as a result can improve the overall health and wellbeing of a nursing home resident.

What Can You Do?

If you want to participate in creating a healthy relationship with an elder, you don't need to be part of an official organization or class. Consider making holiday cards for elders or plan an activity (such as a game) that could include children and adults. Always call the nursing home ahead of time and communicate with the employees in charge; tell them what activities you have planned. Additionally, once you've created a schedule, stick to the plan as young and old depend on consistency.

October 13, 2015

Windex Wipes

Search Google for 'iPhone Screen Cleaner' and see how Google basically nullify Windex's Ad:

windexwipes

October 12, 2015

Global Organization for Health Improvement

Today I got this awesome spam email. I am guessing spammers are trying to be tricky. My email client easily identified this email as Spam and places it in the correct circular file:

My name is Dr.Susan Patrick. I work with the Global Organization for Health Improvement (GOHI), California LA, USA. We are cordially inviting you to the forth coming global conference on Eradicating Malaria 2015, which will be held from 14th to 18th December 2015 at the Clarence Brown Conference center Located at Cartersville, Atlanta GA, USA.

If you are interested to participate and want to represent your country, you may contact the conference secretariat for more information regarding the conference. You should inform them that you were invited by Dr.Susan Patrick who is affiliated with Lutheran Medical Center and a member of Global Organization for Health Improvement.

The benevolent donors of the Organizing Committee will provide round trip Air tickets to all invited/registered participants. Registered delegates will only be responsible for their hotel booking in Atlanta where the conference will be held. If you are a holder of an international passport that may require visa to enter the United States, You should inform the secretariat as the conference organizing committee is responsible for all registered delegates visa arrangements. You may Contact the Conference secretariat with the address below for detailed information regarding the conference.

The email concludes with some contact information. Sorry Dr. Susan Patrick, I won't be going to your conference. I checked out the conference event calendar and there is nothing scheduled for December. You can let the benevolent donors know of my plans.

October 9, 2015

Download.com Installer

DownloadDotCom

Watch out if your downloading anything from Download.com! You may end up changing some browser settings and be downloading some spyware.

I was testing out TotalTerminal application when I saw it on CNet's download.com. I have downloaded files from their site in the past, so I thought it would be safe to download it.

Turns out that you can't just directly download the file. You have to download an installer which will download the file. The installer is where it get's tricky because there's a screen that ask if you want to change your Browsers to Yahoo Search. Well they don't exactly put it that way, they use the term "Search Offer."

What's buried in the Download.com 'Acceptance of Terms' is that you'll also be installing an 'eBay Shopping Assistant,' 'SearchMe' and a 'Domain Error Assistant' browser extension.

What's worst is that you can't copy the 'Acceptance of Terms' text to another file to search for it. Download.com anticipate that you'll just click 'Yes' and not read what your really signing up for.

I would follow the advice of iowacitytechnologyservices.com and not download anything from download.com.

September 28, 2015

Solar Panel Inspection

Today we had the town inspect the electric work done with the solar panel installation.

After having the solar panels installed on the roof, the work needs to be inspected by the city/town. First up is the electrical inspection. A representative electrician from the solar installation company shows the work to a city/town inspector. For this part, the homeowner needs to be home so that the inspector can go in the house and see the work done with the electric box.

Our Electrical inspection went smoothly. Basically the electrician showed the inspector the new power boxes outside and demonstrated that they are generating power. They came inside and looked at the various parts of the fuse box. The inspector made sure that the electrical guide was updated to the latest changes. After everything passed, the inspector added his signature to the building permit.

We still need to have a building Inspection done, I am not sure if we need to be home for this part of the work. There was some drilling done to connect the cables from the outside to the inside, not sure if that will be included in the inspection.

Glad that an independent person is checking the work done. We don't want to have any issues because a contractor decided to cut corners.

September 25, 2015

Complementary Bahamas Cruise

Earlier this week I got a robot call to take a survey and I would get 2 tickets for a ?Complementary Bahamas Cruise? for taking time to answer the questions. The survey was basically inquiring if I would be willing to try some new muscle medicine that would be available only by a prescription. It also appeared that the survey was doing some data gathering such as asking how many people were in the household. Since I there was no penalty for giving the wrong answer, I volunteered some unique data.

About 10 minutes later, the phone range and it was a live person congratulating me on the Complementary Bahamas Cruise. The lady went on to talk about the cruise on the Grand Celebration. While she was talking, I was Googling all about the cruise boat and the scam. I found out that the Grand Celebration is basically more of a shuttle boat than a cruise line. There's lots of information about the cruise on Yelp and Trip Advisor. Then read what a news station found out about the scam.

I played along with the whole scam pretending to want to go on the cruise. The longer they talk to me the less time they will talk to someone who isn't educated about the scam.

Surprise Surprise...It turns out that it isn?t all free. Apparently you have have to pay the $59 dollars per person in taxes, otherwise you can't get off the island.

Suddenly this complementary cruise was now going to cost $118. Once I heard that money was involve it was time to end it.( Also I am sure that this "payment" wouldn't be refundable.)

I ended the call simply by telling the person that we only carry American Express. That shocked the scammer and the called ended shortly after, but not before I heard a strange blimp sound.

Thanks to SoundCloud, you can hear the ending part of the conversation. This is perfectly legal recording because the operator started off the call letting me know that they were recording the call for quality purposes. It?s only fair that I have a personal copy of the call.

The moral of this story is that if someone calling you with some complementary deal, chances are there will be some kind of catch. However, I encourage you to play along with the scam and keep them on the phone as long as possible. Have fun playing the "Wow, this is the best deal ever!" customer. Then make the call as difficult for the operator as possible. Try to get them to hang up on you.