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Tech You Should Have In Your Apartment

4 Oct

Have you done an inventory of the technology you need in your apartment? Recently we stumbled upon a great article that breaks down the top 100 plus items you need.

Top 10 items you need in your apartment:
1. August Smart Lock
Reliable, affordable keyless door locks are here! It’s activated by your smartphone so you can be anywhere and unlock the door for your mom, your dog walker or a trusted delivery service.

2. Blink Camera
It gives you peace of mind knowing you can have a 24-hour live feed of your apartment streaming into your smartphone.

3. Sonos One
It’s sort of like an Amazon Echo, but with top-shelf sound quality.

4. Echo Dot
The Echo Dot is another compact speaker system which works with Alexa voice control, but it also makes and takes calls, and it’s compatible with all of the other smart devices in your apartment.

5. Nest Learning Thermostat
This thermostat will actually save you money after a while. It also creates a cooling and heating algorithm for your apartment based on your movements.

6. Belkin Wemo Switch
Turn any switch on in your apartment through an app on your tablet or phone.

7. Furbo Full HD WiFi Dog Camera
Speaking of pets, the Furbo dog camera is the next best thing to hanging out with your dog all day. It also sends your phone alerts of what your dog is doing, and it even allows you to throw them actual treats.

8. Netgear Orbi
It is a super-charged router that speeds up your connectivity and eliminates your apartment’s dead spots.

9. Smarter Fridgecam
It pops on your fridge door and sends you photos from the inside. It also learns what you like and sends you reminders.

10. Philips Hue White and Color Ambiance A19
This lighting system allows you to control the color and brightness of multiple light bulbs at once through Alexa or your phone.

Check out the full list here

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Twitter Same As It Ever Was?

2 Jun

Do you still use Twitter? Will it ever be a profitable platform? Why do you like Twitter so much? It keeps going and the platform keeps slowing growing, but does it need to change? If you are still not on Twitter, you should explore it and find out more.

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Do You Need Windows Previous Documentation?

10 May

Here is a  great resource for Windows previous versions documentation thanks to Great Lakes Geek.

Are you running an old version or Windows? If you are searching for previous documentation, this site has content for older products or services, such as release notes, deployment guides, and how-to articles. It’s the archive of all Win7/8, Windows Server 2012/2008/2003, R2, etc. info previously in TechNet.

Unfortunately that legacy content isn’t searchable as of now from Google or Bing. But it is searchable on the archive pages.So if you’re looking for specific information (like Windows 8.1 release notes or how to repair a Windows image), you can use the Search box to search all of the older Windows client libraries.


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Photos For Everyone

3 May

Do you need a photo for your next blog post? Discover over 300,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

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Improve The Vocabulary Of Your Next Essay

13 Feb

Need to improve the vocabulary and your overall writing skills for your next essay? IELTS Vocabulary means using a more academic style and word choice (Lexical Resource) when writing your essay. Using Topic Specific Vocabulary, collocations and words from the Academic Word List will help considerably. Topic Specific Vocabulary also contains lots of collocations, so you can expect a thorough explanation on what they are and how to use them.

This tutorial focuses on what to learn, the importance of context, and how to learn / memorize these new terms so you can improve your writing. The site gives you plenty of detailed explanations, tips, examples and resources for practice on this subject.

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Graphic Artist Loves Open Source

29 Dec

Are you an starving artist looking for some affordable digital tools? We’ve posted before about open source software. However, I just have to jump in again and focus on Graphic Designing with Open Source. I work on a Mac, PC and even an Ubuntu Linux box. Professional Graphics Software isn’t cheap. So I let my Boss buy it for work. Adobe is great, and pricey. My heart is with the following software. All available for all platforms I use.


Inkscape (Illustrator equivalent)


  • The Best Auto trace anywhere.
  • SVG native format- (one of Illustrators default save options)
  • PDF editing well underway- not fully implemented
  • Diagraming tool works great for planning websites


  • Color Swatches are not currently able to be saved in direct manner. No Built in Pantone support ( but that is just a matter of specifying the proper Pantone number for printing)


Gimp (Photoshop equivalent)


  • It’s free
  • Regularly updated with fixes and the latest features
  • Strong community
  • Runs smoothly on almost every platform
  • Customizable with plugins and scripts
  • Handles almost any format including: bmp, gif, jpeg, mng, pcx, pdf, png, psd, svg, tiff, tga, xpm


  • Newest version can be buggy
  • No 16-bit per channel color support
  • Feature development is slow


Scribus (InDesign equivalent)


  • It’s free
  • PDF compressing is quality
  • Works well on Windows
  • It is a lightweight program


  • Lacks the “spell check”
  • Need to keep the pictures integrated in your document in the same location on your computer or you’ll lose them
  • Doesn’t look pleasant when switching fonts
  • Runs slow with multiple pages or large files
  • Navigation needs to be updated
  • Not enough intuitive
  • Documentation is incomplete


Blender (Maya equivalent)

The pros:

  • It’s free
  • Features animation, rigging, fluid simulations, UV mapping, and more
  • Export blender files to different file formats
  • Render with your gpu instead of cpu

The cons:

  • Slow viewport performance with high-poly scenes
  • Layers system is not intuitive at times
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5 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Real Estate Business

7 Dec

Real estate market is growing fast, but at the same time, it is very competitive and challenging. Technological innovations for both agents and clients make the selling and buying of property more accessible and easy. Below is a list of top ways that technology can boost your real estate business.


Mobile Optimization

Majority of people nowadays use tablets and mobile devices to search for homes. As an agent, you need to have a real estate app and update the information about your business on a regular basis. You can use designs that will most likely capture the interest of clients by providing necessary information about listings. You should include your contacts so that customers may contact you for comprehensive details. Mobile apps enable agents to communicate with clients during the process of searching for homes through text messages, personalized listings and push notification. Nowadays, people embrace new technology fast, and if they can’t access your services on their mobile devices, you risk losing them to your competitor. You should make sure that you are well-informed about the latest real estate apps to be ahead in the market.


Emails and Newsletters

Coming up with a strategy where you send monthly newsletters and emails to people is a way of updating new and potential homebuyers on current listings. It is a branding effort that shows that you are an expert in the real estate market. Many clients get referred to agents by happy customers. By sending informative emails and newsletters, your clients will give your details to their friends and family. It is an efficient way to ensure recent updates reach your clients. Email drip marketing is a way of reminding clients of your unique expertise and differentiates you from your competitors. Readers are attracted to messages that are well-organized and informative. You ought to develop a design that is mobile-friendly because about half of your customers will read the emails and newsletters on mobile devices.



Real estate agents need to include bright and appealing photos on their websites to attract property buyers. Human beings are visual creatures and love images that are pleasing to the eyes. Good photography attracts buyers to inspect and buy your property. Avoid misleading photos such as making rooms look bigger than they are; it can leave a negative impression that a client can’t forget. You should always include the floor so that potential buyers can visualize the layout. Also, aerial shoots is a way to make the property stand out and seem more real. Everything inside the compound should be included in the photo.


Social Media

Social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat are necessary for any real estate professional. You need to utilize these sites maximally and create an organized plan to avoid getting sidetracked. Additionally, you should be selective on the channels you invest in and the type of audience you want to target. For example, Twitter is efficient in sharing articles, and Pinterest is best for visual inspiration. Over promotion can be detrimental to your business. At least 80% of the photos should directly relate to the interests of buyers, and 20% connected to the listings and information about your business.



Plugins are great technology resources for real estate agents. They help in accessing information and enhancement of your website, mainly if you use CMS systems or WordPress. Real estate agents need to work on listings correctly. Plugins offer them an opportunity to stay on top the market. Consumers are online most of the time, and it’s a great way to network with them and inform them about recent listings in the marketplace.

Technology has made the management of real estate businesses more efficient. Staying up-to-date with new technology is a way of showing potential homebuyers that you are serious about your real estate business. If you want to attract more customers than your competitors, you should utilize social media sites and other online platforms to market your company.

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Finding Places To Charge Your Car

24 Aug

Do you have an electric car? Did you know that PlugShare is a good resource for finding places to charge. You can also sign up for EVGO and Chargepoint so you can access the fast chargers. If you don’t want to sign up, then you may find charging stations at Walmarts and Dunkin Donuts. However you’ll have to check stores individually because availability varies from location to location. Where do you recommend charging your vehicle? 

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Delete Your Old Tweets

13 Aug

Would you like to clean-up your Twitter feed? Do you have a bunch of old tweets that don’t mean a thing? Try out Tweet Delete to protect your privacy by automatically deleting posts older than a specified age from your Twitter feed. This allows you to delete all your tweets all at once (up to 3,200 tweets), and helps make it easier to delete multiple tweets in one go.

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Where Are Tech Jobs Booming In the Next 5 Years?

12 Aug

The tech industry is growing fast, with an estimated 182,000 jobs added to the industry in 2016 alone. This brings the total number of jobs to around 7.3 million and accounting for an estimated eight percent of the U.S. economy. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is also predicting that tech jobs will account for 2.4 percent of all jobs added annually to the economy.

With the tech sector growing so rapidly, and with many cities already considered tech hubs, will there be a change in where these jobs will be booming in the next five years? The answers may not surprise you if you’re a part of the industry, but to those seeking new employment opportunities, here are the five states in which tech jobs are slated to grow in the next five years.



Austin, Dallas, and Houston are the primary tech hubs in Texas, a state renown for both its can-do attitude and its love for start up companies. For those interested in working in emerging technologies, such as cloud computing and machine learning, Austin is a great place to settle. Houston is currently on the hunt for more software developers and engineers as well, while Dallas is currently a hub for established technologies and engineering companies.



Colorado has a booming tech community and is well known for housing some of the most interesting companies working in big data and app development. Most of these companies can be found in Colorado Springs, Denver, and Boulder along with other major cities across the state. However, the real advantage is found in the state’s entrepreneurial ecosystem: start-ups will find that Colorado is very welcoming to start ups, including a concentration of VC firms in Boulder and an influx of business-minded tech entrepreneurs that find the state very welcoming to bringing in new jobs.



Utah is currently considered a prime state for tech employers and employees; some of the best places to live in Utah, including Provo, are also tech hubs that support web developers, software engineers, and coders. The state is also home to, a genealogical website that is undergoing massive growth and is actively hiring for tech positions. Although not considered a startup haven, Utah is building a reputation for itself as a state that supports new and emerging technologies.



Although Michigan is probably best known to Americans as the home of auto industry, the state is also currently leading in tech specialty job growth. Detroit, in particular, is seeing a boom in emerging technologies, such as driverless cars, while Ann Arbor is growing in engineering research, data processing, testing labs, and computer systems design. The biggest pull for tech professionals to move to Michigan is thought to be the pay; in Michigan, the average tech wage stood at $84.800; while this is lower than the $105,400 national average, the cost-of-living in Michigan is significantly lower than in places such as Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Atlanta.


North Carolina

It should come as no surprise to anyone in the tech industry that North Carolina has made the list. The state is home to the Research Triangle, which is made up of the University of North Carolina State University, Duke University and UNC – Chapel Hill, which has long been a hub of developing technology for the country. Now, Research Triangle Park, a campus that currently hosts over 240 startups, is a major destination for tech professionals. With companies ranging from web developers to green technologies to information technology, this massive 7,000-acre compound is eager to take on as many tech employees as possible.


Technology drives almost everything in America; from banking and engineering to social media and online workflows, it is the single biggest driver of the success of the American economy. Although there are several great tech hubs that have not been listed, these five states are where the tech boom is headed next. Now all that’s left to do is to fill out a resume and start applying for tech jobs in these areas.


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